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heart, who did not many weeks few days he ordered a dinner fo survive the loss of his cash. The · his beloved friends, Jack and Tom, doctor also put a miserable end to Will and Ned, good honeft counhis life, by drinking poison, and try fellows, as his grace called left his wife with two young chil. them. They came at the time apdren, in a ftate of beggary. But pointed; but how surprised was to return to Mrs. Thomas. The the widow, when she saw the duke poor lady suffered on this occasion of Devonshire, lords Buckingham a great deal of inward anguish; and Dorset, and a certain viscount, she was ashamed of having reduced with Sir William Dutton Colt, unher fortune, and impoverished her der these feigned names. After child, by listening to the insinu. several times meeting at this lady's ations of a madman, Time and house, the noble persons, who had patience at last overcame it; and a high opinion of her integrity, when her health, which by this intrusted her with the grand secret, accident had been impaired, was which was nothing less than the restored to her, she began to stir project for the revolution. amongft her husband's great clients. Though these meetings were held She took a house in Bloomsbury, as private as poffible, yet fufpiand by means of good æconomy, cions arose, and Mrs. Thomas's and an elegant appearance, was house was narrowly watched; but fupposed to be better in the world the messengers, who were no enethan the really was. Her husband's mies to the cause, betrayed their clients received her like one risen trust, and suffered the noblemen to from the dead : they came to visit meet unmolested, or at least withher, and promised to ferve her. out any dread of apprehenfion. At last the duke of Monzague ad. The revolution being effected, vised her to let lodgings, which and the state become more settled, way
of life she declined, as her ta- that place of rendezvous was quit. lents were not suited for dealing ted; the noblemen took leave of with ordinary lodgers; but, added the lady, with promises of obtainshe, “ if I knew any family who ing a pension, or some place in desired such a conveniency, I would the houshold for her, as her zeal readily accommodate them."_“I in that cause highly merited; be. take yourt your word," replied the fides the had a very good claim to duke; “ I will become your fole fome appointment, having been tenant: nay, don't smile, for I am ruined by the shutting up the ex. in earnest, I love a little more free. chequer. But alas ! court prodom than I can enjoy at home, and mises proved an ærial foundation, I may come fometimes and eat a and the noble peers never thought bit of mutton, with four or five of her more. The duke of Monhonest fellows, whose company I tague indeed made offers of ferdelight in." The bargain was vice, and being captain of the bound, and proved matter of fact, band of pensioners, the asked him though on a deeper fcheme than to admit Mr. Gwynnet, a gentle. drinking a bottle; and his grace man who had made love io her was to pass in the house for Mr. daughter, into such a poft. This Freeman of Hertfordshire, . In a he promised, but upon these terms,
that her daughter should ask him man in Gloucestershire. Upon for it. The widow thanked him, his first discovering his passion to and not suspecting that any design Corinna, the had honour enough was covered under this offer, con- to remonftrate to him the inequacluded herself fure of success: but lity of their fortune, as her affairs how amazed was the to find her were then in a very perplexed fitu. daughter, whom me had bred in ation. This objection was soon the most paflive subjection, and who surmounted by a lover, especially had never discovered the least in- as his father had given him poí. ftance of disobedience, absolutely session of the greatest part of his refuse to ask any such favour of estate, and leave to please himhis grace. She could not be pre. felf. vailed upon neither by flattery, nor Mr. Gwynnet no sooner obtainthreatening; and continuing filled this, than he came to London, obftinate in her resolution, her and claimed Corinna's promise of mother obliged her to explain her. marriage : but her mother being self upon the point of her refusal. then in a very weak condition, the She told her then, that che duke of could not abandon her in that dif. Montague had already made an at. tress, to die among ftrangers. She tack upon her; that his designs therefore told Mr. Gwynnet, that were dishonourable ; and that if as she had not thought fixteen The submitted to ask his grace one years long in waiting for him, he favour, he would reckon himself could not think fix months long in secure of another in return, which expectation of her. He replied he would endeavour to accomplish with a deep figh, “ Six months, by the baseft means.
at this time, my Corinna, is more This explanation was too satis. than fixteen years have been; you factory : who does not see the put it off now, and God will put meanness of such an ungenerous it off for ever." It proved as he conduct? He had made use of the had foretold ; he next day went mother as a tool for carrying on into the country, made his will, political designs ; he found her fickened, and died April the fix. distress; and, as a recompence for teenth, 1711, leaving his Corinna her services, and under the pre. the bequest of 6ool, and, adds she, tence of mending her fortune, at- “ Sorrow has been my food ever tempted the virtue of her daugh. fince," Had the providentially cer, and would provide for her on married him, she had been secure no other terms, but at the price from the insults of poverty ; but of her child's innocence. In the her duty to her parent was more mean time, the young Corinna, a prevalent than considerations of poetical name given her by Ms. convenience. Dryden, continued to improve her After the death of her lover, mind by reading the politest au- he was harbaroolly used: his thors.
brother stilled the will, which We have already seen that the compelled her to have recourse to was addressed upon honourable law; he smothered the old gentle. terms, by Mr. Gwynnet, of the man's conveyance deed, by which Middle-Temple, son of a gentle, he was enabled to make a bequest,
and offered a large sum of money difficult to produce a life crowded to any person who would under- with gearer evils. The small take to blacked Corinna's charac- fortune which her father left her, ter ; but wicked as the world is, by the imprudence of her' mother, he found none so completely aban- was foon fquandered : she no sooner doned, as to perjure themselves for began to taste of life, than an at, - the sake of this bribe.
tempt was made upon her inno. to shew her refpect to the memory cence. When she was about be. of her deceased lover, she con ing happy in the arms of her ami. fented to an accommodation with able lover, Mr. Gwynnet, he was his brother, to receive 200l. down, snatched from her by an immature
and 2001. at the year's end. The fate. Amongst her other misfor.
volumes of letters which passed Under all thefe calamities did between her and Mr. Gwynnet. poor Corinna labour; and it is
to us from Berlin, that, during his Anecdotes of Monf. de Voltaire in his long refidence there, and enjoying
prefent situation at Fernex in Bur, those substantial emoluments which gundy, near Geneva,
that monarch denies even to his
deliverers, the military gentlemen, THE following anecdotes are said Voltaire at laft so enraged the king,
to be authentic; it is, however, by perpetual accounts of his mean evident that the collector of them is behaviour ; that one thing bringnot an enthusiastic admirer of the cele- ing on another, and joined to a brated writer, whom he profelles ta quarrel with the great Maupertuis, chara&erize.
then at the head of the academy
of sciences in Berlin, Voltaire was IN IN the preface to an ingenious dismissed with a genteel kind of
volume, lately published, un- disgrace ; being ordered to leave der the modeft title of Bagatelles, the golden key he wore, and to I lately faw the following observa- depart in twenty-four hours, tion, which my acquaintance with It appeared that out of the am. Voltaire has truly, too truly veri. ple allowance of the king of Pruffied.
fra, he had remitted every dollar “ Authors are, in general, the home; though his majelty gave reverse of all other objects; they him a more ample penfion than magnify, by distance; they dimi. ufual, to justify his affectionate nish by approach i it reminds me choice of this bosom friend, by supof a city built on a hill, and in posing he would diffuse it anong perspective; where the towers, the his subjects ; and thereby gain, if fpires, and lofty parts, are seen not a settled, yet a transitory kind with admiration; but, on a nearer of popularity: approach, we discover
The king lived to find the falftreecs, little alleys, and offenfive lacy of his judgment in this parti. objects perhaps ; till we are, at cular, at least; and it is well laft, taught to wish we never had known that this great little man, quitted our first distance; and wish, when the court went into deep though in vain, to be thuş happily mourning on some pear occafon, deceived, as before.”
borrowed of some friend a suit that As this great author had ever in fitted him, rather than be at the his eye, the realizing a proper for- expence of making a new one.
tune to retire upon, he has, fome- That he was vexed to be found - how or other, accomplished it ; for, out (and his good friend Mauper
at present, hè poffesfes a vast tract tuis took especial care to enflame of land in that part of Burgundy the bill) appears by the severe properly called the Pais de Gex': couplet or two left on his table, which stretches almoit to that gate together with the king's picture of Geneva which opens into France, and clef d'or; the purport of and that part of Switzerland which was : bounding on the south-west side of the lake.
“ I received it with affection, It is plain, by anecdotes delivered
" I return it with disdain ;
" As does a once fond loves to as it came out afterwards; his ma. « his favourite,
jefty certainly availed himself and « When his affection is turn'd perhaps it was his original view "to hate."
in the faid invitation) of his ftay
there, to form certain outes, fince This is the purport, if not the made public under the title of Phiexact translation. The king, as I losophe Sans Soucie ; and which, if heard, treated it with that proper not Voltaire's, were corrected by contempt which Richard does the him ; on the quarrel the secret apbillet put into his hands the even. peared, and Voltaire: was 'rude ing before the battle; which, as enough to say, '5. I was his old Sternhold and Hopkins have it on washerwoman, and : was sent for another occasion, may be either only to clean-bis dirty-fheers." sung or faid.
Having been so long accustom Voltaire was afterwards equally ed to dechrone kings; and overi well received at the court of Man. throw empires on paper, he thinks heim; and it was during his stay himself justified in realizing the se here that he wrote his tragedy of his chimeras; and this has been Olympia ; and, with his usual ac- but a foo general complaint at all curacy, lays the scene in the tem- courts, that the ministry could not ple of Ephesus, two hundred years, quietly go on in their work for at least, after that famous structure him. · was destroyed.
When he left the palatine court, And this reminds me of a strange he retired to his new purchafe near answer he gave to old general Fur- Geneva. Various were the teai stinberg at the same court ; who, fons given for his fituation ; name. giving him an hint, and with greatly, that he could dodge his perle. diffidence to fo great an author ; cutors from one country to ano. that a certain battle in his Hiftory ther; being in an hout either in of the War, was marked down as Geneva, Switzerland, or Savoy. in the month of April, when really But where such property is, the it happened in October; made an- stake is too great for his person fwer, “ Well fool! it was fought he would less value than-an inch then; no matter when." What of his acquisitions. dependance on such a volatile his. No author but himself ever pers torian?
haps knew how to.oul-wit bookThe same general was in Eng- sellers ; even thofe. of Holland land, as engineer-general to the have felt his fuperiority of traffic; Heflians; was governor to the pre- nay, while he has sold a copy at sent landgrave, during his mino- Paris, he would re-felt the fame to rity; had great rank at the elector others at Leipfig, the Hague, palatine's, as commandant of Man- Brussels, Leige, Francfort, and heim; and yet could not escape elsewhere ; with the addition only the pointed 'ribaldry of our great of a new title-page, or different author.
introduction. One small circumstance at the He has a rented houfe, on the court of Berlin seems necessary, territory of Geneva, which he ere I drop the curtain there; that, feldom vifits; and the real cause of