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tude, where you have intended no ser- liam. In his confidence, however, of the vice, and imposed no obligation."

virtuous education of the young lady, and “ But suiely," said my aunt, “ the in his knowledge of her pride, which he tradesmen with whom we deal bave some properly considered with the Poet as the obligation towards us for the preference:" joint safeguard of a lady's honour, he held

“Yes, aunt, where you have given a ihem in merited contempt, when an acci. preference; but are you personally ac- dent occurred which awakened suspicions quainted even with the names of your in spite of himself. This was the dismissal tradesmen?"

of a female servant, in consequence of one “But where they take so much money of those accidents which frequently occur of us," said my aunt, “ do they owe us in country households. The Doctor, in nothing in return?"

his character as a magistrate, was reproving “ Very little," said I; if yeu buy in a the girl, who, instead of receiving his market, the maiketman gives you bis' discourse with an air of penitence, mutgoods for your inoney, and theie ends the teied something that people should look obligation. There may certainly be such at home, that the lecture would apply to a thing as an obligation of kinduess arising her betters as well as herself, and that perfrom having received even an involuntary haps there was some one in the house who and accidental good from another. Such had been as unfortunate as herself.' The is the narrow obligation which the water. Doctor, provohed by these words, coming-places owe their visitors: but to alk pelied the girl to speak out, when she of gratitude is to confound things." 1l plainly told him, that Miss Clarissa was in

“ Will you accompany us in a ride into the same condition as herself. Sir Wil. the country:" said my aunt to Mr. Shuffle- liam had been in the apartment in the first ton.

part of iliis conversation; he had retired, “ Madam, I am always at your service, but he had heard enough to puzzie and from noon to midnight."

embarrass him. The evident uneasiness "And suppose we should want it before of the Doctor at dinner, and the absolute Noon, Sir," said I.

disappearance of Clarissa, bad completed “ That would be bai barous, indeed," this perplexity. Sir William resolved to said my aunt, “ to require a modern man seek the girl, and to learn her secret. of fashion to leave his bed before noon," The girl, however, was removed. Sir

Mr. Shuffleton bere bowed, and we William, in a state of mind which may be returned bone to prepare for our ride. best comprehended by an anxious lover,

" What does Mr. Shufleton do here ?" stole softly along a gallery to the door of said I to my aunt.

the apartment of Clarissa ; using the fami. " He is following the fashionable world," Il liarity which early acquaintance and almost said my aunt; that man labours truly | brotherly intimacy had given him, he hard in his calling."

tapped softly. No answer.

lle tapped By some accident Mr. Shuffleton did not again; still no answer. He now softly accompany us in our vide; and my aunt, opened the coor, and cautiously entered availing herself of the opportunity, had the apartment; no one was there. He po sooner taken ber seat in the coach, searched the house; no one was than she resumed ber narrative, whence, found. De sallied into the gardens; still she had broken oft on our first arrival at no one was to be found.

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dieadful anxiety, he suglit the Doctor. “ I discovtinued my narrative," said Neither was the Doctor to be found. He she, “ where Clarissa had received a packet i inquired of one of the servants, a country from Petersburgh, and the young Baronet fellow, whether die had asen his master or had testified a degree of jealous impatience. ll the young ladly? Things continued in this manner during “Why, yes, master,' replied the herd; an interval of three or four months, when I have seen them, and I know not what a vague report began to be busy with the 10 make of them. Youn. Miss sent me in reputation of Clasissa, and an indistince a great hurry for poss-borses; as luck gusalp's story reached the ears of Sir Wil-) would have it, there was a chaise at hand,

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“Well, but be quick,' rejoined Sir Wila who bad changed their mind: so I brought liam, • what do they say?--Speak iu it, and Miss and her maid got into it, and stantly.' ordered the pose-boy to drive as fast as his Why, they say,' continued the fellow, horses would suffer him."

• that all was not right between Miss Cla“ Drive whither?' epeated Sir William, 'I rissa and Master Edward, and that Miss in astonishment.

Clarissa is

You know what I “ Thai's more than I know,' said the mean, Sir, and that Master Edward is the man; ' for it was none of my business to father." ask, and they did not seem in any mind to Perish the infamous lye,' said the tell me; so I let them go, and run off to young Baronet ;' what do the wretches tell my master.'

mean by such reports?' Well, and your master,' said Sir Wil- Nay, for my part, master, that's the liam, what of him?'

same as I said; but as I said before, people Why,' replied the fellow, • I gave will talk, and more paiticularly women ; him a letter which Miss Clarissa desired and it is very sure that Miss Clarissa did me to put into his hands, and he read it.' grow rounder than usual, and all the maids

" What was the letter about? de- in the family said, that there was something manded Sir William hastily and thought- not right, and then they would vinter and

smile, and make a jeer of each other. All “Why, heaven bless you, young master of them would say thus, except Mrs. Letof mine, how should I know the contents tice, my young lady's maid, and when the of a sealed letter? The letter I dare say others would talk as I have been saying, was like other letters; it told all, where she she would Ay at them, and say that Miss was going to, and why she was going, and Clarissa was as good a maiden as herself; this is all that I know about it; and I only and that might be true, 100, as your honor know this from guess.'

may perhaps know, and no great praise on “Well, proceed,' said Sir William. Miss Clarissa either. And this is all that

“Why, master, I have told you all that I know of the matter, Sir.' I know, except that after the good Doctor “ So saying, the fellow departed, leaving had read the letter, he commanded me to Sir William rooted to the spot, without get bis horse, and that I might lose no time, eyes, ears, or understanding. If there be he even helped me to get it himself: and any calamity which is truly deserving of so he got on his horse, and told me that he pity, but which seldom meets wiih any should not return till to-morrow evening, pitp, it is the distress of mind of an unforand sode off as if a highwayman was after Tunate lover. The most unhappy man in him. Heaven bless you all, said I to my- | the world was not more unhappy than Sir self, what can all this be about?-Well, to William at this present moment.

He be sure, gentlefolks have their troubles as stood as if fixed and rooted in the ground, well as others. Here's my master and when his reverie was suddenly interrupted young Miss, they have plenty of every by an address from two maidenly ladies, ibing which the heart could wish for, and I who, hearing of the family disaster, had yet they are not happy.

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osity, under the pretext and through the “ What do people say?' hastily inter- | medium of consolation. supled Sir William, awakening from a fit My dear young gentleman,' said one of meditation, which the long winded of these females, a tall rawboned, redsketch and comments of the fellow allowed haired maiden of fifty-five, 'is it true, bim to indul;e.

what we have heard, --is it possible that it Why, master,' rejoined the fellow, | should be truc? For my į art I will not be. people have tongues, and tongues will lieve it, so do not tell me that it is true.' move, and every one will say what they My dear Sir William,' said the other, please, and they will please to say whatever | enable me to contradict the infamous comes upperm ust."

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sexpect to Miss Clarissa. I have told every them. That Sir William was so cut to the
body they are false, and as I know it is every heart by the Doctor's well merited re-
thing to be first upon the ground, I proaches, that he was carried lifeless to
have been found with the story myself to bed; but that after all Miss Clarissa had
all my friends and acquaintances; and been alone to blame, that all the art and
thanks be to my sincere friendship for the seduction were upon her side; that Sir
Doctor and his family, half the county are William was quite a good young man, but
acquainted with it by this time. Well, to l had ile ordinary passions of his youth and
be sure, who would have believed it; that sex. That Clarissa was a licentious hussey,
Miss Clarissa,-she wlio always looked so had voluntarily thrown herself into the
prudishi,--sle whose face was scarcely way of ruia, and was to be considered as
visible except through the sticks of her li the sole instrument of it.
tau. But I am resolved that I will not be “Whence is it, my dear Hymenæa, that
lieve it. To be sure I thought that she in all disasters of this kind, indeed in all
grew very loud of late, and I even made the vicissitudes of female life, women are
the observation to some of my friends, but so invariably uncharitable, and unkind
I thought it might be the country air and towards each other; and that where a pro-
Liew inilk. But still I will not believe it. i bability and a possibility concur, and the
Do, my dear Sir William, enable me to possibility only is unfavourable to their
contradice it.'

own sex, they immediately adopt it. Would
“ The gossips might have gone on till not one expect that we should have a lean-
doomsday, Sir William saw nothing, hearding towards each other.-Tell me, Hy-
zorbing ; his feelings became at length ll menxa, can you account for this strange
marifet ju. bis changed appearance, and perversion of our good humour.”
the friendly gossips observed it with a It originates, in a very proper feeling,"
knowing wink at each other.

said I; “ virtue, honour, and chastity, are My dear young gentleman,' said Miss such essential requisites in the character Sncer, you are indisposed. –We will of a w:mar, that the moment she takes a assist you into the house.'

decided leare of them, in the same mo“ Sir William made uo answer.

ment she becomes worthless. Let a woman “ Heseeins very ill indeed,' said the be weak once, as it is called, and the other lady, the amiable Miss Blink.

chance is, that she will be for ever aban- Tlie la ties took his hand, his pulse had! || doned. Every woman, therefore, feels a eeased 10 beat, and he fell as if breathless very becoming horror at the vice of aninto their arms.

other. We bave so many greater restraints, “ The ladies had the humanity to feel not to say greater obligations, to the most some concern; the servants were summon-perfect purity of conduct, that a woman is al, and Sir William removed into bed. not entitled to the same indulgent conSurgical remedies being applied, the young sideration with a man. It is an error to say Baronet was awakened with difficully into that virtue and vice are the same in both. something like life, but still so indistinct The degrees of virtue and vice depend as not to warrant the assurance of the Sur. upon the circumstances of greater or less geon, that his recovery would be certain. obligations. Now, as our obligations are The ladies had remained as long as there manifestly greater, as our temptations are was any thing to gratify their curiosity. I manifestly less, and as the restraints opThey now deemed it but decent to make posed to us are evidently stronger, so must their retreat; after a few further inquiries, it require a bolder viciousness, a more therefore, from some of the female domes- powerful bad principle, to break through tics her withdrew.

these restraints, than to offend where there “On the following day, it was immediate are none such." ly spread over the neighbourhood that the “ Your argument is opposed by fact," original story was erroneous.-- That Miss said my aunt. “Is not ilie seduction most Clarissa was not pregnant by Edward, but frequently on the side of the other sex.” by the young Baronet.—That she had “ Certainly, replied I; but still the eloped ; and that the Doctor, after soundly I strongest restraints are on our side." rating the young Baronet, had pursued

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PERSIAN LETTERS.

No. 11. DOM NULLY CID SADI, OXE OF THE SECRETARIES TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PERSIAA

AMBASSADOR IN LONDON, TO OSMAN CALI BEG HIS FRIEND IN ISPAHAN.

In my last letter, friend of my youth, The floor is covered with a carpet which, d gave you some account of the objects by its pattern, I should think to be one which first impressed ine upon arriving in i piece, but I understand that it is not so. the land of Infidels. Well do I now un. The English have borrowed the fabric of derstand the justice of your frequent pre- carpets from Persia and Turkey, and being cepts, that Persia was not the only land an ingenious race of people, have infinitely in the world in which the women were improved on our invention. The English beautiful and the men wise. With the have dealt in the same way with the Chi. single exception of their religion, these nese. They used formerly to import al} Infidels seem nearly upon a par with their fine eartben vessels from China, bus Musselmen themselves. They do not be they continued this practice only till they lieve in Mahomet, but they are the best learned the ait themselves. The genius manufacturers in the world. Another of of English trade and commerce has adopt. your precepts is almost daily and hourly ed one maxim, which the philosoper Sadi exemplified, -that the goods of this world has put at the head of his moral maximns, ere not invariably bestowed on the most to depend as little as possible upon others, worthy; these Infidel dogs possess a greater to learn to stand upon our own legs, and to abundance of wealth and worldly pros. live upon our own bowels. It is a maxim, perity, than the sons of the true faith. therefore, of English trade to sell as much

A description of the house in which we and to buy as little as they can, to supply live, and the mode in which it is furnish- the world, and to receive the world's money ed, will give you no bad idea of the man- in exchange. ners of this people. As if persuaded that The English, however, being in many their infidelity left them no chance of an- respects still barbarians, do not recline in other life, these Infidels expend all their the manner of civilized beings. When time and thoughts on the provision for they want to rest themselves in the day this. Their houses are accordingly little time, they do not recumb in a prostrato paradises; and though our religious books manner, like all the highly civilized nations justiy denominate them dogs in their of Persia, Turkey, and Barbary; but they habitations, the Grand Vizir of our So sit on raised stools with backs to them, rereign is not better lodged than a London which they term chairs. Nothing can be grocer.

more upgraceful, more disgusting, than The house in which we live is situated these postures.-Yet so ignorant and bar. in one of the squares, which is a large area, barous are these dog-faced Infidels, that surrounded on its four sides with houses. when upon our first entrance into their The under apartments, which are termed houses, his Excellency and myself, and kitchens, are for the use of the lower do. some others, threw ourselves prostrate upon mestics of his Excellency's family. In the the carpet, our English attendants, after a upper apartments we live ourselves. stare of astonishment, broke forth into a

One room, on the first floor, is termed | peal of laughter. I understand, however, the drawing-room; it is here that his Ex- | that there is one very respectable fratercellency passes the day, and in compliance nity even amongst these Infidels who sit in with the manners of the country receives the manner of civilized nations; these are company. This room is furnished so pecu- a class of men whom they term Taylors; liarly in the manner of this country, that !! who I understand sit cross-legged by dozens a detailed description of it may perhaps on a raised floor, or board.

Mention this to our much respected No. II. Vol. 1.-N. S.

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Ben Hali, the President of our Persian Mo. mit and reflect the contours of figures, by narch's Acaderny of Sciences and Anti- returning the various rays of tigit which quities, perhaps he may be enabled to de are prevented from passing through by duce the cause of the peculiar refinement incans of quicksilver, thic properties of in this body; perhaps lie may discover in

which is to repel these rays. The effect the next sitting of his Society, that the of these glasses is very happy; they enable Englisb taylors are descendants from some a woman to see herself, and to array herself Persian refugees, who have fled into E: goil in all her loveliness; they enable a man to land, and under all the varieties of climate curl his whiskers; and they enable his and government have managed to retain Excellency to assume that look of might their ancient practices and characteristic and dignity which is necessary to awe the civilization.

English Ministers and other great men. To how many absurditics does one ab. Of all their pieces of furniture I chiefly surd practice necessarily give rise? As the approve of their glasses; and a monkey English do not recline but sit, as they do which bis Excellency brought with bim not naturally prostrate their bodies but from Ispahan is so delighted with them, unnaturally elevate them, so are they com- that he passes whole days playing his an. pelled to follow the samne absurd practice tics before them, and almost keeps the through all its ramified consequences.- women from them. Thus, for example, as they have chairs so This country being a land of heavy are they compelled to have another non- fogs, it becomes necessary to have per. strous piece of absurdit', which they term petual fires, and this is contrived by means tables. These are raised small floors, il of open iron vessels which they denomistanding on four legs, to correspond with nate stoves, or grates. This, too, is very the elevation of their chairs. These chairs useful, and the ingenuity of the English and tables are very highly and expensively manufacturers renders it likewise very ornamented; they cost more than a whole ornamental. The stove is made of polishhouse in Persia. The English are so riched steel, and is surmounted by marble.that they shower their gold and silver on The Infidels are not without taste, and they their most trumpery articles,-every thing have money at command, as you may, in is either gold or gilded. This latter is an fact, casily conjecture from what I have apology for the former, and by means of it said above as to their paper. How can the iron, lead, wood, and every other naterial, | people of that country want money, where assumes the external appearance, and as every man may tear up his shirt into Bank far as the eye goes, the external effect of || Notes. gold. This, in fact is one of the peculiar These are the principal articles of furarts of this people,—that they turn every niture in an English drawing-room; there thing into gold, and in its turn makc gold are several minor articles, such as instruof every thing. I understand, for example, il ments for animating the fire, which they that in one great louse in the kingdom, | term pokers and tongs; and one for guard. denominated the Bank of England, all the ing it from the room, which they term a gold of the country is turned into paper;

fender. All these are made of polished and this paper passes current for gold.-steel, and add much to the general look Really these people are a most unaccount- of magnificence and comfort. Upon my able nation, where every rag merchant word, the King of Persia himself is not may becoine a coiner, and every piece of better lodged than thiese Infidels, paper be converted into gold coin. It is

From London, the city of Infidels, not so in Persia.

in the Month der nominated January.” I have now mentioned the chairs and tables,-another prominent piece of fur. niture in our drawing room is the glasses

[To be continued.) and mirrors. These are plates which ad

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