kind can never know any thing of, and with which they are fools if they give themselves much to do, Nor would I quarrel with a man for his irreligion, any more than I would for his want of a musical ear. I would regret that he was shut out from what, to me and to others, were such su-' perlative sources of enjoyment. It is in this point of view, and for this reason, that I will deeply imbue the mind of every child of mine with religion. If my son should happen to be a man of feeling, sentiment, and taste, I shall thus add largely to his enjoyments. Let me flatter myself that this sweet little fellow, who is just now running about my desk, will be a man of a melting, ardent, glowing heart; and an imagination, delighted with the painter, and rapt with the poet. Let me figure him, wandering out in a sweet evening, to inhale the balmy gales, and enjoy the growing luxuriance of the spring; himself the while in the blooming youth of life. He looks abroad on all nature, and through nature up to nature's God. His soul, by swift, delighting degrees, is rapt above this sublunary sphere, until he can be silent 110 longer, and bursts out into the glorious enthusiasm of Thom


« These, as they change, Almighty Father, these
Are but the varied God. The rolling year
Is full of thee."

And so on in all the spirit and ardour of that charming hymn.

These are no ideal pleasures ; they are real delights; and I ask what of the delights among the sons of men are superior, not to say equal, to them? And they have this precious, vast addition, that conscious virtue stamps them for her own ; and lays hold on them to bring herself into the presence of a witnessing, judging, and approving God,

No. CL.

To Mrs. R*****

Supposes himself to be writing from the dead to

the living.


I dare say this is the first epistle you ever received from this nether world. I write you from the regions of hell, amid the horrors of the damned. The time and manner of my leaving your earth I do not exactly know; as I took my departure in the heat of a fever of intoxication, contracted at your too hospitable mansion; but on my arrival here, I was fairly tried, and sentenced to endure the purgatorial tortures of this infernal confine, for the space of ninety-nine years, eleven months, and twenty-nine days; and all on account of the impropriety of my conduct yesternight under your roof, Here am I, laid on a bed of pityless furze, with my aching head reclined on a pillow of ever-piercing thorn, while an infernal tor mentor, wrinkled, and old, and cruel, his name I think is Recolle with a whip of scorpions, forbids peace or rest to approach me, and keeps anguish eternally awake. Still, madam, if I could, in any measure, be reinstated in the good opinion of the fair circle whom my conduct last night so much injured, I think it would be an alleviation to my torments. For this reason I trouble you with this letter. To the men of the company I will make no apology.-Your husband, who insisted on my drinking more than I chose, has no right to blame me; and the other gentlemen were partakers of my guilt. But to you, madam, I have much to apologize. Your good opinion I valued as one of the greatest acquisitions I had made on earth, and I was truly a beast to forfeit it. There was a Miss I too, a woman of fine sense, gentle, and uvassuming manners-do make, on my part, a miserable dd wretch's best apology to her. A Mrs. G-, a charming woman, did me the honour to be prejudiced in my favour; this makes me hope that I have not outraged her beyond all forgiveness.-To all the other ladies please present my humblest contrition for my conduct, and my petition for their gracious pardon, O all ye powers of decency and decorum! whisper to them that my errors, though great, were involuntary--that an intoxicated man is the vilest of beasts-that it was not in my nature to be brutal to any one-that to be rude to a won an, when in my senses, was impossible with me--but

Regret! Remorse! Shame! ye three hell-hounds that ever dog my steps and bay at my heels, spare me ! spare me!

Forgive the offences, and pity the perdition of, madam, your humble slave.



My dear friend,

15th December, 1795. As I am in a complete Decemberish humour, gloomy, sullen, stupid, as even the deity of Dulness herself could wish, I shall not drawl out a heavy letter with a number of heavier apologies for my late silence. Only one I shall mention, because I know you will sympathize in it: these four months, a sweet little girl, my youngest child, has been so ill, that every day, a week or less threatened to terminate her existence. There had much need be many pleasures annexed to the states of husband and father, for, God knows, they have many peculiar cares.

I cannot describe to you the anxious, sleepless hours these ties frequently give me. I see a train of helpless little folks; me and my exertions all their stay; and on what a brittle thread does the life of man hang! If I am nipt off at the command of fate ; even in all the vigour of manhood as I am-such things happen every day-gracious God! what would become of my little flock! 'Tis here that I envy your people of fortune ! A father on his deathbed, taking an everlasting leave of his children, has indeed woe enough; but the man of competent fortune leaves his sons and daughters independency and friends ; while 1-but I shall run distracted if I think any longer on the subject !

To leave talking of the matter so gravely, I shall sing with the old Scots ballad

“O that I had ne'er been married,

I would never had nae care ;
Now I've gotten wife and bairns,

They cry, crowdie! evermair.

Crowdie ! ance; crowdie! twice ;

Crowdie ! three times in a day:
An ye crowdie ony mair,

Ye'll crowdie a' my meal away."

December 24th. We have had a brilliant theatre here, this season; only, as all other business does, it experiences a stagnation of trade from the epidemical complaint of the country, want of cash. I mention our theatre merely to lug in an occasional Address which I wrote for the benefit-night of one of the actresses, and which is as


Spoken by Miss Fontenelle on her benefit-night, De

cember 4th, 1795, at the theatre, Dumfries.

Still anxious to secure your partial favour,
And not less anxious, sure, this night, than ever,
A prologue, epilogue, or some such matter,
'Twould vamp my bill, said I, if nothing better;
So, sought a poet, roosted near the skies,
Told him, I came to feast my curious eyes ;
Said, nothing like his works was ever printed ;
And last, my prologue-business slily hinted.
“ Ma'am, let me tell you," quoth my man of rhymes,
" I know your bent--these are no laughing times :
Can you-but, miss, I own I have my fears
Dissolve in pause-and sentimental tears
With laden sighs, and solemn-rounded sentence,
Rouse from his sluggish slumbers, fell Repentance;
Paint Vengeance as he takes his horrid stand,
Waving on high the desolating brand,
Calling the storms to bear him o'er a guilty

land ?"
I could no more-askance the creature eyeing,
D'ye think, said I, this face was made for crying?
I'll laugh, that's poz-nay more, the world shall

know it;
And so, your servant ! gloomy master Poet!

Firm as my creed, sirs, 'tis my fix'd belief,
That misery's another word for grief:
I also think-so may I be a bride!
That so much laughter, so much life enjoy'd.

Thou man of crazy care, and ceaseless sigh,
Still under bleak misfortune's blasting eye ;
Doom'd to that sorest task of man alive-
To make three guineas do the work of five:
Laugh in Misfortune's face-the beldam witch !
Say, you'll be merry, though you can't be rich.

Thou othe man of care, the wretch in love, Who long with jiltish arts and airs hast strove; Who, as the boughs all temptingly project, Measur'st in desperate thought-a rope-thy neck

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