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It produces terrors, of all others, I give myself up to his direction. the most to be dreaded and strove Amidst all the evils that threaten againit; for although they cannot me, I will look up to him for help, ' be entirely overcome, yet by giving and question not but he will either the least way to them, life is at avert them, or turn them to my adOnce made uncomfortable and dif- vantage. Though I know neither agreeable.
the time nor the manner of the death From childhood we are taught to I am to die, I am not at all folicibelieve in the existence of superna tous about it ; because I am sure tural beings, by the prattle and that he knows them both, and thar fimple stories of those, who, in ge. he will not fail to comfort and supneral, abuse their care of children, port me under them *.” by inftilling into their young miods Grasville Abbey was situated near terrific and horrid ideas. As age Montserrat in Italy, and but a little advances, they are more likely to diflance from the Gulf of Genoa; increase, than decline ; and the Its lofty turrets, on one side, comnumber of relations, seemingly au manded a view of Piedmont, and thentic, which are continually in the prospect was bounded by the circulation, serve greatly to confirm towering and majestic fummits of the the horrors of imagination. Whe-Alps :--The other wing looked ther such histories proceed from the over the perspective scenery of Parvisionary remorse of guilty con ma, Placenza, Mirandola, and the sciences, from affectation, or the river Po, while at the extremity of tongue of falsehood; from insanity, the prospect, in an oblique view, weakness, or oppression of spirits; Venice might just be observed. The from nervous disorders, or roman- back front looked over Valentia, tic thoughts and contrivances; is Casal, and Vercil, and terminated equally as difficult to be ascertained, in a distant fight of Savoy. as whether fome of them are not But none of these countries could actually true, and the works of a be seen but from the top cafements Supreme Deity, for wise and un of the wo towers; the lower part known ends. Many men of great of the Abbey being entirely surlearning and genius have differed rounded by thick foliage, pines and widely on this point, and though cypress-trees, with many ancient even the immortal Addison could cedars. not positively give a decisive opi The building was in every respect nion on those topics, yet his words calculated to inspire awe and icon the subject will ever be remem- lemnity, both in the external and bered and admired.
internal appearance. After the death “ I know but one way of forti- of the count Maferini, many strange fying my soul against these gloomy accounts were talked of by the prelages and terrors of mind, and perfanis ; and count D'Olifoni's that is by securing to myself the Ludden departure from it, at the friendship and protection of that tuneral of his uncle, seemed to conBeing, who disposes of events, and firm those reports that had before governs futurity.' He sees at one been circulated through the sure View the whole thread of my exist. rounáing country. From that time ence, not only that part of it which it was thut up, without any of the I have already palled through, but furniture being removed, and no that which rus forward into all one had been known' to enter it till the depths of eternity. When I lay Signor Maferini, fon to the late me down to sleep, I recommend myself to his care; when I awake, * Spectator. · No. VII.
count, and father to Alfred and tecture, but extremely noble, though Matilda. His sudden and remark- heavy in the design. It was sup. able disappearance, raised the hor-ported by large gothic columns ; ror of the place, if poflible, more the capitals were chiefly decayed, than ever ; even those who had be- the Mafts were composed of Itained fore laughed at the superstition of their marble, and though of a confideneighbours, were extremely alarm.rable height, the diameters were ed ac so dreadful and uncommon an greater than the strict rules of that occurrence. No person ever walked kind of architecture would admit. beyond the entrance of the grove, The top opened in a large dome that led to the gates ; and the only and gallery, the walls of which human habitation that stood near had exhibited beautiful paintings, it, was a cell which contained an that were now nearly destroyed : a old hermit, who had lived there ever large painted kvlight terminated since the Abbey had been forsaken, the height, and additional light was and subsisted on the charity of the received from four elevated caseneighbouring cottagers.
ments on different sides of the hall. The travellers remained in the Pilasters of the same dimensions uphall till day light, when the storm wards stood opposite the pillars, abated, and they began to wish for between each of which were niches fome repose. Leonard pulled two that held statues larger than life ; arm chairs, which food in a recefs, these were in some preservation, as towards the fire, and Agnes and the count had them placed there, Matilda Atrove to sleep in them; when he first came to the estate. while Alfred and his servant laid Two large fire-places stood at themselves down on an old bench each end, which seemed to thew that stood near the spot. After some that holpitality and the comforts of hours they awoke, and found them- life had once been enjoyed in this felves much refreshed. Leonard dreary and melancholy abode. The was immediately dispatched to see pavement was of black and white that the gates were close in the same marble, the stones of which were manner as they were before, to of a considerable fize. In the front prevent fufpicion of any one having stood a large pair of heavy folding passed them. They then opened doors that led to the apartments on their portmanteau, and found they the east and west wings of the Abhad food and drink for that day : ( bey. Two fone ftair-cases appeare this circumstance was extremely ed on each side, which wound to fortunate as they could have time the. chambers above. Alfred re. to contrive some method of reple. solved first to examine the lower nithing their store. Leonard had apartments, and accordingly opened also got victuals for his surviving the folding.doors, which discovered mule. They had now an opportu- a small paffage, fäpported by Tus. nity to tak: a more particular ac can pilla:s ; at the further part of count of their fituation; and Alfred, it was a descent of several steps, smiliagly asked his filter, if she had which were in many parts broken any objection to explore with him and decayed; at the botion of them the apartinents by day-right, she was a pair of large iron gates, . chearfully consented, bui Agnes was through which they perceived the terrified at the idea of attending remair.. of an extensive and noble them, and eqaa!ly afraid of re- chapel; this part they supposed had maining in the hall by herself, but tood nearly in the farne itate from at lait resolved on the former. the firtt foundation of the building, The hall was of ancient archi- as then intended for a place of re
ligious worship. They re-ascended | Aances happening in it, for heaven's the steps, and discovered in the lake who would willingly choose it paffage iwo large openings, which for a habitation ?” Her brother seemed to lead to the different suites (miled, and having again returned of apartments. They first entered to the hall, they ascended one of the those of the West wing. The fur- Itair-cases, but soon perceived that niture in the first room had been both terminated in one landing. extremely elegant, though antique ; | The Abbey 'here was not divided; it was in tolerable preservation, the chambers were consequently far confidering the number of years more
intricate : the apartments it had remained there without care; were spacious, and had been nobly many noble paintings were yet furnished; the beds were heavy and hanging, but so decayed by damps antique ; but all nearly destroyed. that it was impossible to make out They however, after some trouble, the subjects. The second room contrived to change one thing with was rather larger than the first, but another, till they made up three in far worse condition ; the tapestry tolerable beds. Two of them was entirely destroyed, and both were in a large chamber, and the the casements and shutters broke other closely adjoining. They denearly to pieces; the columns which ferred, however, finishing their supported it seemed also rotted and search till the next day, on account decayed.
of airing what they were to lie From this apartment they walked on at night. Leonard accordingly through many others that were in made a good fire in the hall, and the same condition, and thewed no the cloaths were placed before it figns of having contained any mor- immediately. After another repait, tal within them for many years. Matilda begged Agnes to relaie to In the last room there was a strong them those occurrences that caused door, which they perceived, by a her to be exposed to the fury of lo window, opened into a court or ter terrible a storm. « Alas Maderace.
moiselle," returned Agnes, I should Having returned to the hall, they even before this have related to you entered the apartments of the East my little history, had I not been wing. They were finaller though afraid you would have condemned more in number than those they had my conduct; but at least (continued left ; and by the plainness of the the poor girl, with tears in her eyes) internal part, they supposed them you shall never have reason to reto have been offices for servants, proach me with ingratitude, for the At the extent of them was a door of favours I have received from you." the same size with that they had Both Alfred and Mati'da desired observed on the other fide, and her, if the relation would bring freth which opened also to the other end grief to her memory, to decline it, of the terrace.
as in that case they would willingly « The fituation of this place,” fuspend their curiolity, faid Alfred, “ shews that the inha. Agnes declared, that though it bitants left it on a sudden; but yet might raise in her mind many forit is amazing that so noble a build- rows, yet it would in the end give ing, and such elegant furniture, her pleasure to make them acquaintshould have been left to perish by ed with her little narrative. The the ravages of time and neglect.” party having seated themselves by
“ I cannot say I am altogether the fire, liftened with attention to to affonished at that," answered their artless orator. Matilda : “ for after such circum
(To be continued.)
DESCRIPTION of the City of leagues (or about five English PARIS
miles) in diameter, and fix in cir.
cuit, including the suburbs : it ne(With a View elegantly engraved.) ver was, however, equally populous
with London. ARIS, the capital of France, is Before the Revolution, and the
one of the largest and most po abolition of the ancient hierarchy, pulous cities in Europe. It is di- Paris was an archbishopric, and the vided into three parts, the town, church of Notre Dame, the methe city, and the university; and tropolitan church. This is a superb there are 20 cantons called quarters, structure, supported by 120 columns : wherein are 967 thoroughfare streets, the body of the church is 174 feet and 85 through which there are no
in length, 60 in breadth, and 100 paffages. It contains 52 parishes, in height; the towers or steeples are and 20 churches, besides 20 chap- of very excellent architecture. The ter and collegiate churches ;
university of Paris is the moit analso 80 churches and chapels, which cient in Europe, having been fou: dare not parochial. The number of ed by Charlemagne is 790. houses has been variously eftinated, That astonishing event of mosome making them amount to dern times, the Revolution of 200,000 though it is not probable France, has produced very consithere are so niany. Before the Riderable alteratiins in the city of volution, there were 3 abbeys of Paris. The Baltile, that famous,
of women ; 53 con or rather infamous, itate-prison, is vents and communities of monks, levelled with the ground, and not and 70 nunneries and communities
one itone of it left upon another : of women, amounting in the whole the statues of the kings, and all to 134. There were also 3. eccle- memorials of royalty, are removed. fiaftical jurisdictions and 31 secular. The names of the places or squares There are 57 colleges, of which 10 which had allusion to their kings are much frequented, 15 seminaries,
or any of the royal family have all 26 hofpitals, 12 prisons, 50 public been changed. Several of the pasquares, 56 public fountains, 30 laces and public buildings have luf. quays, 12 markets, 30 bridges, fered conliderably in the popular great and small, and 8 gardens and tumulti, and the appearance of pablic walks.
The number of this great city is in many respects coaches employed in this city are changed. computed to a mount to 14,000, and it is lighted by 5,800 lamps. The number of inhabitants has been va. riously itated; some accounts mak ANECDOT.E. ing the number only 400,000, and others extending it to 800,000 : certain Wag, who thinks himthe late convulsions of France have self very witty, gave the fol. probably rendered the former num lowing example of it at the London ber much nearer the truth.
Tavern, where being at dinner with Paris was formerly supposed to some gentlemen, and feeing one of stand on more ground than London;them help himself to a leg of a fowl, but this may now, with much reason, asked what relation was dead that be doubted, since the great enlarge- left him the fortune.. An explanament of the latter capital by the tion was asked; because, said he, pat rage for building, Paris is you have got a leg I fee-meaning d to be about two French