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mitting the difference between you to both men of honour, and common my arbitration. Give me leave then, friends, I shall bring them with me. in pursuance of the trust you have re- All I have to beg of you is, that you posed in me of arbitrating between you, will not, by any youthful heat, frustrate 10 appoint one o'clock Saturday noon, the good end of this amicable meeting : at the Bedford-head, Covent-garden, for either you did intend by the words for the place of meeting, over a small which Mr Orme took aniils, to affront collation : and I hope, Sir, you will him, or you did not: if you did not, a come with a hearty difpofition to be re- ready and candid acknowledgement that conciled, as I shall to do impartial jus- you did not, will not fail, as I hope, of tice between you. I give the same in- being accepted as it ought : if you did, vitation by a line or two to Mr Crifp. and had no juít cause, it wil become a I hall only bring with me Mr Wood man of honour to own his fault, rather and Mr Erskine, who were present than by persisting in it to bring matters when the offence was given and taken ; to extremities. The method I intend and I hope we five shall have reason to to take shall be this : be pleased and rejoice in one another's I have ordered two rooms to be tacompany; and particularly in the happy ken, in one of which I will attend Mr change of the time, place, and occasion Orme, to know what he takes amifs, ci meeting.
and what he insists upon : and in the To avoid all matter for fresh provo- other I will attend you, to know your c'ion, on the first meeting of two fuch sentiments in like manner. This I shall high-spirited gentlemen, I have ordered do, because as you may both mest othertwo rooms till I know each of your fen- wise in high spirits, and with a fente tinents, that I may, by a juft and im- of having been injured in your honours, jercial arbitration, gather each of your all fresh provocations may be avoided ; demaods, and be the better able to re. and when I know both your sentiments, move all difficulties when I bring you I shall be better able to arbitrate with together, to the happy reconciliation that justice and impartiality which it I hope to see effected between you. I will become me to observe ; and I hope an, Sir,
the event will be answerable to my Your sincere friend and servant, wishes, and a sincere reconciliation be Thomas Gilles. effected between you; and that you may
equally rejoice for all your future ingth
ened lives, in the return of a day which From Thomas Gilles, Esq; to Andrew might have been fatal to one or both, Crisp, Eja.
I have given Mr Orme notice in writDEAR SIR,
ing of the time and place, and befought Me Orme has obliged me by con- bini, as I do you, to come with a hearty fenring to leave the matter in dispute, disposition to a reconciliation ; which between you, to my arbitration, as you if it can be effected, as I make no doubt, have also done. I have therefore ap- from the good sense of the gentlemen I pointed to-morrow, one o'clock, at the have to deal with, will be a molt defirBedfo:d-head, Covent Garden, over a able event to Edle collation that I Thall order to be Your truly affectionate on the table by two. Às Mr Wood
and faithful friend, and Mr Erskine were present when the
THOMAS GILLES. offence was given and taken, and are
LITERARY HISTORY OF THE PRESENT PERIOD. IN comparing the present century with be found, that fo much has been done thofe immediately preceding, it will not toward the improvement of science, as
may be imagined by superficial observers, these alterations will produce a more and might have been expected from pro- genuine religion, time, the greatest ingrettive experience. The philologists, ftructor, will thew how far Our mistrust crators, poets, historiars, and novellists, is grounded. of the sixteenth and seventeenth cen- One thing, however, may be advancturies, were by no means inferior, and ed as true : religion in general wears a were, in some respects, superior to those more amiable face; intolerantism is no of the eighteenth. In mixt mathematics, more her inseparable companion ; and particularly in astronomy, fome valuable, mankind fecin willing to go to heaven, at least curious discoveries have been without justling one another on the road. made, from the great improvenient of The principles of religion too have telescopes, and other instruments of ob- been more minutely examined ; many fervation. Mechanics have been carried inveterate prejudices explored ; revelato a much greater degree of perfection; tion grounded upon more rational motives and natural and experimental philofo- of credibility; a number of various corphy have acquired a certitude and ac- ruptions eliminated from the sacred curacy, beyond what they had in any volumes with which the hand of time prior period : pharmacy has also been had tarnished them ; and biblical critipurified from the dregs of former times ; cism establithed on such principles, and anatomy and chirurgery have been eager guided by such rules, as muít necesarily ly and successfully cultivated ; and the tend to its perfection. This, therefore, principles of the healing art have been is all well : yet if all this conduce not fimplified and better arranged.
to meliorate the heart of man, to inspire Such are the parts of science, with him with a greater degree of the love sespect to which our age can boatt some of God and of his neighbour ; what will fort of saperiority: for, with regard to religion profit by it? the fine arưs, as they are termed, we ap- On the other hand, it is but too true, prehend they are rather languishing than that irreligion has made great strides acquiring vigour. A partial or local during the same period. The metaphyimprovement, in some of them, may have fics of Hume, the eloquence of Bolingiaken place, and has, no doubt, taken broke, the learning of Freret, the wit place in this nation; but we greatly of Voltaire, and the fascinating logic of mistala, if, on the whole, they have not Rousseau (not to mention a numerous loft more than they have gained. but less formidable tribe of inferior
Whether in polítical, moral, or religi. writers) bave inflicted severe wounds on ous kaowledge, we are a whit wiser than Christianity, and spread the contagion our forefathers, appears to us a problem, of infidelity far and wide: even Athethat may be disputed with equal plau- ism, who before lurked in corners, and sibility on both sides of the queition. covered his face with a deceitful veil,
New systems of ethics have been creat- has recently shown himself without dised, and bases of various forms have been guise; and Hammonds and Dantons have contrived for the statue of Virtue ; yet appeared, have boldly dared the Deity we think it must be confessed, that the to punish them for disbelieving his exgoddess is not more sincerely worship- istence. And this is called The Age of ped, nor her votaries more numerous Reason! than in the days of our predecessors; we Having thus given a short view of the fear the reverse is true.
present state of literature in general, we As to thcology, or the science of re. will next, in as few words as poisible, i on, it has certainly undergone some and we flaiter ourselves with strick dilo conliderable changes within these fifty tributive justice, allign to the different years, and is apparen:ly on the eve of nations of Europe their respective thares. Itill greater alterations; but whether
(To be Continued.)
REMARKABLE HISTORY OF DON PEDRO KING OF
PORTUGAL, AND OF HIS UNFORTUNATE CONSORT DONA IGNEZ DE CASTRO. CONTIGUOUS to the transept of thought it prudent then to conceal the the church belonging to the royal mo- fact. patery of Alcobaca, fifteen 'leagues The nobility also had intimation of north of Lisbon, there is a Gothic the marriage, and the preference given mausoleum of hewn stone, in the midit to Ignez had awakened their jealousy. of which are two magnificent sepulchres, Hence they took every opportunity of of white marble, containing the remains representing her as a woman of the of Don Pedro the first, King of Portu- greatest ambition, and pretended that gal, and of Dona Ignez de Castro, his very fatal consequences were to be apconsort.
prehended from such an alliance: they 1 here are but few personages record- also condemned the prince as a rash and ed in history, who have been oftener disobedient son. celebrated by dramatic writers than this The King, who was a man of weak Princess. There have been no less than understanding, gave ear to their calumfre tragedies formed from her pitiful ny, and they worked upon his passions Darrative ; vi.. two in English, one in to that degree, that he resolved to murFrench, one in Spanish, and one in der the unfortunate Princess. AccordPortuguese. The latter, perhaps, ap- ingly, he set out to perpetrate the norproaches the nearest to the truth of bil- rid deed, accompanied by three of his tory, and is not inferior in point of po- courtiers, and a number of armed men. erical merit. The author, Senhor Ni- Dona Ignez at this time resided in cola Luis, had no occasion to resort to Coimbra, in the palace of Santa Clara, fiétion to heighten the passions of an au- where she passed her time in the most dience, as the simple facts are sufficient private manner, educating her children, to fill up all the scenes of pity and ter- and attending to the duties of her doror, and to thew to what lengths love mestic affairs. and revenge are capable of transporting The Prince, unfortunately, was athe human mind.
broad on a hunting party, when the The subject of this tragical piece is as King arrived. The beautiful victim follows : Dɔn Pedro, son of Alonso came out to meet him, with her two inthe fourth, King of Portugal, and heir fant children, who clung about his apparent to the crown, having fallen in knees, screaming aloud for mercy. She love with a lady of the court, named prostrates herself at his feet, bathes Dona Ignez de Castro, thought he could them with tears, and supplicates pity not share the crown which awaited him for her children, beseeching him to bawith a more amiable person. She uni- niih her to some remote desert, where ted to all the charms of beauty, the she would gladly wander an exile with most graceful and accomplished man- her babes. Ders. The prince, waving all considera- The feelings of nature arrested his tions of birth and fortune, was privately arm, just raised to plunge a dagger into married to her by the bishop of Guarda. her breast. But his counsellors urging
Notwithstanding the nuptials were the necessity of her death, and reproachperformed with all the secrecy imagin- ing him for his disregard to the welfare able, yet they reached the King's car, of the nation, he relapsed into his forwho had premeditated a confort for mer resolution, and commanded them D) Pedro in the King of Caltile's to dispatch her ; at which they rushed daughter. He questioned him as to forward, regardless of the cries of inthe truth of the report ; but knowing nocence and beauty, and instantly struck bis father's arbitrary disposition, he off her head ! Vou, LVIII.
This affe&ing scene forms part of an But destiny forbade : with eager zeal, episode on the Lusiad of Camoens, thus Again pretended for the public weal,
Her fierce accusers urg'd her speedy doom; translated by Mr Mickle:
Again dark rage diffus'd its horrid gloom Dragg’d from her bower by murderous O’er stern Alonzo's brow: swift at the ign, ruffan hands,
Their swords unsheath'd around her brandish'd Before the frowning King fair Inez ftands;
shine; Her tears of artleis innocence, her air O foul difyrace, of knighthood lasting stain, So mild, fo lovely, and her face so fair, By men of arms an helpless lady Nain! Mov’d the stern monarch ; when with eager Inez, while her eyes to heaven appeal, zeal
Resigns her bosom to the murdering steel: Her fierce destroyers urg'd the public weal; Thať snowy neck, whose matchless form Dread rage again the tyrant's foul poffest,
suitain'd And his dark brow his cruel thoughts confeít; The loveliest face, where all the gracesreign'd, O'cr her fair face a sudden paleness spread, That snowy neck was stain'd with spouting Her throbbing heart with generous anguish
Another sword her lovely bosom tore. Her beauteous eyes in trembling tear-drops The flowers that glisten'd with her tears bedrown'd,
dew'd, To heaven she lifted, but her hands were bound; Now shrunk and languifh’d, with her blood Then on her infants turn'd the piteous glance, inbrew'd, The look of bleeding woe; the babes advance. As when a rose crewhile of bloom fo gay, The lovely captive thus:-0 monarch, hear, Thrown from the careless virgin's breast If e'er to thee the name of man was dear,
away, If prowling tygers, or the wolf's wild brood, Lies faded on the plain, the living red, Inspir'd by Nature with the luft of blood, The snowy white, and all its fragrance fled; Have yet been mov's the weeping babe to So from her cheeks the roses dy'd away, spare,
And pale in death the beauteous Inez lay : Nor left, but tended with a nurse's care; With dreadful smiles, and crimson'd with her As Rome's great founders to the world were blood, given;
Round the wan victim the stern murderers Shalt thou, who wear'ft the sacred stamp of ftood. heaven,
O fun, couldst thou fo foul a crime behold, The human form divine, shalt thou deny Nor veil thine head in darkness, as of old, That aid, that pity, which e'en beast supply? A sudden night unwonted horror cast Oh, that thy heart were, as thy looks declare, O'er that dire banquet, where the fires repast, of human mould, superfluous were my prayer; The son's torn limbs supplied !-yet you, ye Thou could'st not then a helpless damfel lay, vales! Whose fole offence in fond affection iay. Ye diftant forests, and ye flowery dales ! Ah, let my woes, unconscious of a crime, When pale and sinking to the deathful fall, Procure mine exile to fonte barbarous clime: You heard her quivering lips on Pedro call; Give me to wander o'er the burning plains Your faithful echoes caught the parting sound. Of Lybia's desarts, or the wild domains And Pedro! Pedro! mournful, ligh'd around. Of Scythia's now-clad rocks and frozen ihore;
Lufiad, book 3. There let me, hopeless of return, deplore
Soon after the above transaction the Where ghaftiy horror fills the dreary, vale, Where shrieks and howlings die on every gale, Prince arrived; but, alas! found those The lions roariig, and the tygers yell, eyes that were wont to watch his return There with mine infant race coulign'd to with impatience, closed in death. The dwell;
sight of his beloved Ignez weltering in There let me try that piety to find,
filled his mind with distraction, and In vain by me implor'd for human kind :
kindled There in fome dreary cavern's rocky womb,
every spark of revenge within famid the horrors of fepulchral gloom,
his soul. In all the
agony of rage, For him whose love I mourn, my love shall called aloud on the avenging hand of glow,
heaven to punish those monsters who des The ligti thall murmur and the tear Shall flow. prived him of all he held dear upon earth. In tears she utter'd as the frozen fnow
As foon as her remains were interred, Touch'd by the spring's mild ray, begins to he put himself at the head of an army,
flow; So just began to melt his stubborn foul,
who fympathized with his distress ; Asmild-ray'd pity o'er the tyrant stole; they carried fire and sword through the
adjacent provinces, and laid waste the her body was taken out of the sepulchre, eltates of the murderers. The royal covered with regal robes, and placed troops could not oppose them; they on a magnificent throne, around which Bed at the appearance of the gallant a- his ministers assembled, and did homage vengers of innocence. But the king, to their lawful Queen. wretched man! could not fly from him- After this ceremony, her corpse was felf; the cries of his grand children still translated from Coimbra to Alcobaca; echoed in his ears, and the bleeding i- with a pomp hitherto unknown in the mage of their unfortunate mother was kingdom ; though the distance between conitantly before his eyes. Death at these two places is fifty two miles, yet lait commiserated his situation, and he the road was lined on both sides all the expired full of repentance for his accu- way, with people holding lighted tapers. mulated crimes. He was an undutiful The funeral was attended by all the nofon, an unnatural brother, and a cruel blemen and gentlemen in Portugal, dreffather.
fed in long mourning cloaks ; their laThe Prince now ascended the throne, dies also attended, dressed in white in the thirty-seventh year of his age, mourning veils. He ao sooner obtained the power, than The cloud which the above disaster he meditated to revenge the death of cast over the mind of Don Pedro was his beloved Ignez. The three mur- never totally dispersed ; and as he lived derers, namely, Pedro Coello, Diogo in a state of celibacy the remainder of Lopez Pacheo, and Alvaro Gonsalvez, his life, agreeably to his vow, there tad fed into Castile, previous to the was nothing to divert his attention from death of the late King. The Prince ruminating on the fate of his beloved ordered them to be tried on a charge of spouse. The impression her death made high treason, and being found guilty, on him was strongly characterised, not their estates were confiscated. Next, only in the tortures he inflicted on her he contrived to seize their persons, by murderers, but also in all the acts of his agreeing with the King of Castile, that administration, which, from their fevebuth should reciprocally deliver up the rity, induced some to give him the apPortuguese and Caftilian fugitives, who pellation of Pedro the Cruel ; by others scught protection in their respective do. he was called Pedro the Juft: and, uminions. Gonsalvez and Coello were pon the whole, it appears that the last accordingly arrested, and fent in chains title molt properly appertained to him. to Portugal; Pacheo escaped into France. It must be allowed, however, that he
The King was at Santerem when the punished some offences rather severely, d.lingcents were brouglot to him; he particularly in cases of adultery. In al iftanty ordered them Ło be laid on a transgressions of this nature, his laws Pire that was previously formed, conti. were more rigid than those of Solon, gavus to which he had a banquet pre- as will appear by the following infances: jercd. Before the corch was kindled, he ordered a man to be hanged for barand while they agonized at every pore ing had communication with a woman toder the most lingering tortures, their previons to his marriage with her. Anhearts were cut out, one at his breast, oiher, detected in the act of adultery, the other at his back. Laftly, the was, with his mistress, comnitted to pyre was set on a blaze, in presence of the flames. A friar, who was discuwhich he dined, while they evaporated vered to be the father of a boy who in Acnes.
struck his nominal father, was put into Having thus far appeared his insati- a case formed of cork, and fawed through able thirit of revenge, he ordered his the body. marriage with Dana Ignez to be pub- Now; it is surprising that Don Pedro Last throughout the kingdom ; ibon bimself inould have been guilty of fins
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