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. Soon would I change exifence with delight, Nay, Edward, fink not thus in vain distress, For the long Acep of ope eternal night. Torturing my heart with needless wretchednels;
SUSAN. Hadł thou been doonu'd, an outcast wretch, Ungrateful man ! for ever wilt thou be to go
The cause of all thy Susan's misery? Where endless rrintor piles the plain with snow, For thee, yon waste of waves I travers'd o'er, I would have lulld thee even there to rest, For the forcook my friends, my native fhore, Pillowing thy sorrows on thy Susan's breaft. And I could here be happyOr were we left to sojourn on some shore,
EDWARD Where the woods echo to the lion's roar,
-Oh forgive Though danger scream'd in every paslang wind, Th’impatient guilty wretch that lothes to live! Still I were blcft if Edward were but kind. Forgive me, Susan, if my tortur'd mind Here we are safe, on this pacific shore
Will dwell on happier scenes long left behind': No tygers prowl, no mighty-lions roar, The lenient hand of time percbance may heal No howling wolf is heard, nor secret brake The guilty pangs, the deep remorse. I feel. Conceals the venom of the coiling snake; And though thy husband in his happier itate Indulgent heaven a milder brood bestows, Thy virrues knew, and would not imitatc, A milder clime to loothe the exile's woes. This humbld heart at length may learn of thee Soft as in England, smile the summers heie, To bow resign'd beneath calamity. As gentle winters close the dying year;
W.T. Nor here is heard th' autumnal whirlwind's breath,
LAURA LEAVES ARTHUR, TO MAKE A VISIT Nor vernal tempests breathe the blast of death.
TO A FRIEND BY THE SEA-SIDE, Could I one smile on Edward's face but see,
CRUST not” he said, “ the dangʻrous sea, This humble dwelling were the world to me.
« Which fmiles too often to deceive,
" Ah! deareft Laura, think on me, Ah, Susan ! humble is indeed this cot,
“ Nor once the safer sand-beach leave." And well it suits the outcalt's wretched lot;
Laura's fond heart, too full to speak,
To Arthur righ'd a soft adieu! 'Tis just that I should tread the joyless fore,
Love's gentle tear stole down her cheek, Lift to the wintry tempeft's fullen soai',
As Arthur mournfully wiihdrew. Plough up the stubborn and ungrateful foil,
Laura, at cv'ning's hour serene, Earn the stant pitrance of a felour's toil,
Lov'd by the murm'ring sea to stray; And fleep scarce shelter'd from the nightly dew,
And there, by all unheard, unseen, Where howls around the dismal Kangaroo.
To faithful love her homage pay. This I have merited, but then to know
In vain her gay companions sought Susan partakes her barbarous husband's woe,
To tempt her on the smiling main, Urchang'd by insult, cruelty, and hate,
“ I cannot e'en,” she said, “ in thought, Partakes an outcast's bed, a felon's fate,
~ Give Arthur's heart one moment's pais, To see her fondly strive to give relief,
« O then, for bear to urgu me more; Forget his crimes, and only Ihare his grief “ Beneath yon cliff's impending brow, And then on all my actions paft to dwell, " I'll for your safe return to lhore, My crimes, my cruclties--'tis worse than « To ev'ry Nereid off'rings vow.' hell.
Impatient Arthur, from the cares
Of worldly bus’ness now releas'd, Oh spare me, spare me! cease to found my With ardor to the spot repairs, breast,
Where all his cares in rapture ceas'd. Be thou content, and we hall both be blest.
With beating heart, and falt'ring rongue, What are to me the idle's gay resorts,
" Where is my Laura ?" Arthur cries. The buz of cities and the pomp of courts? Without one vain regret to call a tear,
“ Wandering, the sea-bound ihure along''.
Like light'ning, Arthur thi: her flies.
“ Beneath yon cliff, there fits my love !" The mild effulgence of departing day,
But ah, fond youth ! no more for thee As gayly gilds this humble dwelling o'er,
The mountain-torrent bursts above, As the proud domes on England's distant Thore;
And bears its victim to the sea. As brightly beams in morning's op'ning light,
O’erwhelm'd with grief, long Arthur foods As faintly fading links in shadowy night.
And on the cliff Atill fix'd his eye;
Then madly cry'd, " In yonder flood,
" Shall Arthur with his Laura die, Thy blessed radiance rise again on me! “ It is by my ill-omen'd carc, There was a time, when cheerfully thy light « That Laurà finds a watry grave, Wak'd me at morn,and peace was mine at night, “ I see, I see yon boat's crew there, Till I had lavished all ! !ill mad wiih play, ** Securely ride the briny wave. I turn’d a villain, from the villain's prey; They land and with them Laura's friend i Till known and branded On 'that leaven “ Again I hear the torrent roar, would hear
5. See her t'wards me her footsteps bend, My heart's desp with, my last and only prayer! « Oh heaven;"be fell, and rose no more,
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ORIGINAL ANECDOTES AND REMAINS
EMINENT PERSONS. [This Article is devoted to the Reception of Biographical Anecdotes, Papers, Lelters, &c. and
we request the Communications of such of our Readers as can afsift us in these objects.] SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE His majefty found the country engaged
JOHN WILKES, ESQ. in a just and fortunate contest with the
throne of these' realms amidit the ducted by a statesman who proved uncom-
A happier fate attended his grandson, rily, obrained by means not difficult to be who, in his first speech, gloried in being guessed at in a venal age ; but it proved « born a Briton.” His youth, his graceful the most sinister treaty in our annals, and, person, the memory of a father dear to the from a variety of circumstances, became nation, and, above all, the early promise peculiarly odious to the nation. of a government founded on the practical The administration of the earl of Bure blessings of liberty, endeared the vew gave general disgust. Close, infinuating, king to his people. Indeed, there is not cunning, rapacious, and revengeful, he a single instance in all our history, of a was said to have enjoyed the unlimited prince, who attained the throne of these confidence of his royal master, and the kingdoms with brighter prospects ; it was people affected to consider hiin as the miaccordingly predicted, in the fervour of nion of the crown, rather than the minifenthusiasm, that the fway of a Trajan, ter of England. His enemies, however, or an Alfred, was to be renewed in the could not deny that he was amiable in person of George III.
private life; the most zealous of his friends,
on the other hand, must confess, that, if * One of the first acts of his majesty's reign nut criminal, he was at least unfortunate, was uncommonly gracious. By the demise of a king, the patents of the judges were con disinterested. Some persons are so little acfidered as having expired ; but this grofs defect quainted with our history, as to imagine that was remedied by the generous interposition of before this period, the commiflions of the the young prince. A sincere regard to truth judges depended on the will of the crown. obliges the writer to acknowledge, that in this The fact is otherwise; nothing more instance, one good, wholesome, conflitutional gained than has been stated above. The paradvice, has been attributed to the late W. liament that brought Charles I to punishment Murray, earl of Macclesfield, Chief Justice of introduced the maxim followed at this day, rethe King's Bench, &c.; and the merit would specting the patents of the bench, which are to bave been fill greater, had it been entirely endur, aut vita, aut culpa,
Original Anegdotes.---'John Wilkes, Esq. [Jan. in the management of public affairs, and lish liberty. It was the latter circumstance, that the jealousies which he occasioned be- indeed, that gave a colouring to the future tween king and people, gave rise to many pursuits of his life ; to the former, he was if not a'l the misfortunes of the present indebted for a seat in parliament, and a reign. Certain it is that his conduct regiment of militia. created a most formidable opposition, bist A ftanding army has always been contomed on constitutional motives, and that sidered as the opprobrium of liberty, and the most zealous advocates for the house a disgrace to a free country. To counterof Brunswick, entrenching themselves in balance this palpable defect in the system the revolution principles of 1688, com. (for it is not inherent in our pólity; some bated the doctrines and proceedings of generous spirits conceived the idea of a the favourite, with the same zeal that national and constitutional defence. This that their ancestors had opposed the ty- plan, so long scouted, and fincé, in a a great ranny of the house of Stuart. It was this measure, emalculated by tubsequent regu. fingular circumstance that gave birth to the lations, was at length carried into effect, political career of the subject of these me, but not without much opposition, and moirs ; and not only his own biography, considerable disfatisfaction on the fide of but the history of the present times, is inti- the people. mately connected with the foregoing events. Mr. Wilkes, who was a great stickler
The father of Mr. Wilkes was an emi. for the mcasure, made an offer of his fer. nent distiller in Clerkenwell, where John vices in Buckinghamshire on this occais supposed to have been born, on the fion; and as he lived in great intimacy 28th of patober, 1725. The elder fun with earl Temple, the then lord lieutenant, Iiael, who is till alive, followed the same he soon became mcriber for Aylesbury, business, and ultimately failed. The fe- and colonel of the county regiment. It is cond, of whom we now treat, and who to be recorded among the other singular bad received a liberal education early in anecdotes of his life, that nearly at the life, was a brewer ; but as he had, in a same time, he was expelled from the one great measure, become unfitted by claf- office by the House of Commons, and dis. fical pursuits from obtaining wealth as a missed from the other by a mandate from tradelinav, it is more than probable that the fift cxecutive magistrate. he would not have succeeded in his com The inember for Aylesbury soon par. mercial pursuits. For, is it possible to ticipated in the general resentment against fuppofe, that the enthusiastic admirer of lord Bute, and, possessing a happy talent the elegant Tibullus, should relish the for. facire, contributed not a little to indull found of business, in the neighbour, crcafe the barred which he hadevery where hood of St. Sepulchre's ? that he who excited. But this was not ail; in the banished care like Anaceron, and daily bitterness of his resentment, he accused quaffed the Falernian of Horace, thould the nation, among whom thar nobleman pay such a sedulous attention to the pro was born, of an hereditary attachment to cess of fermentation, and be conversant in flavery, and, without much ceremony, atall the properties of two-penny,porter, and tacked certain persons, who fondly hoped brown-tout ? Disgust, accordingly, foon that their rank ivas not only too lofty for succeeded, as a necessary confequence, and plebeian animadversions, but even dilthe golden dreams arising from the min. Tolvid all connection hetween guilt and gled fumes-of hops and malt, vanished with shame. the malh-tub and the conipting-house. Mr. Wilkes began his career, as an
Mr. Wilkes was calculated, by nature, author, in 1762, and his first political education, and habit, for far different pur- publication, at present known with cero suits, and he soon gratified his inclinations. tainty, was intitled, “ Observations on Having married a daughter of the celebrate the Papers relative to the Rupture with ed Dr. Mead, the author of the Treatise on Spain. On the 5th of June, in the sume Poisons we find him exchang:ng the dull and ycar, he became the editor of a periodi: foggy atmosphere of the city for the thin- cal paper of much voturiery, called the ner and politer air of the west end of the “ North Biiton,” which give a particular town. Poffeffed of a genteel fortune, cle- turn to, and not only influenced, the fugant manners, and a sparkling wit, he ture progress of his aitajis, but actually easily obtained the acquaintance of many decided the tevour of his whole life. No of the most faihionable people of the age. publication that ever came from the Enga Educated in Wbig principles, he was at lich press was read with more interelt, the same time an ardent aftertor of Eng. or circulated with greater avidity than this,
ercise of power.
1798.] Original Anecdotes.-John Wilkes, Eja.
45 the Letters of Junius, and the worķs The crown - lawyers were accordingly of Paine, alone excepted. Nor were the on the watch, and some unguarded, pereffects disproportionate either to the end haps, improper exprellions in No. 45 with which it was launched on the ocean for I write not an eulogium-afforded of popular opinion, or the high expec- ample opportunity for a profecution. tations that were conceived of its success.
It has luckily been always the fortune It was in vain that the ministers attempted of arbitrary councils, not only to render to oppose its progress, by means of the the means disproportionate to the end, but * Briton *"and the “ Auditor;" the lat to have recourse to odious measures foc ter of which was conducted by Mr. Mur- the attainment of their object. It was phy, a man of considerable parts, who, this very circumstance, that, in one age, in the course of his variegated life, has bereaved Charles of his life, James of his defended the arbitary principles inculcated crown ; and, in another, endeared Mr. by a Tory administration, and presented Wilkes to the nation. us with a Whig version of Tacitus. His Had a common action taken place against pen, however, on this occafion, was made the editor of the North Briton, and, after to drop from his hand, by the mere force due conviction, a moderate sentence been of ridicule alone, and his journal itself inflicted, Mr. Wilkes would have been expired in the flames of his own Florida- branded as a recorded libeller. It was turf +. He, however, did not fall alone, the illegal proceedings which occasioned for his patron foon lay proftrate by his that gentleman to be considered as a suflide; and although he was suspected of fering patriot, through whose fides the regulating the motions of the ministerial liberties of a whole nation were wounded. puppets long after he left the stage, yet, His, therefore, from that moment, ceased so obnoxious had he rendered himself, to be a private cause it was the cause of that, from this moment, he was forced to the people. bid adieu, at least, to the oftensible ex On the soch of April, 1763, he was
arrested in the streer, by a king's meffenThe Thane was succeeded by Mr. ger, in consequence of a general warrant *, Grenville, the father of the prefent lord against the authors, printers, and pubGrenville and the marquis of Bucking lifhers of the North Briton, No. 45, and ham ; who, partly from hatred to the au carried to his own house. The publicity thor, and partly from animosity to his of the act having oucafioned much noise, own brother, with whom he had quar. he was instantly visited by a number of his relled (he is also said to have been infti• friends, and, among others, by Charles gated by another motive) determined, if Churchill
, a fellow-labourer in the po. he could not suppress the publication, litical vineyard, whom he saved from imthat he should, at least, punish the editor. prisonment, by that presence of mind
which never deserted him on trying oc. * Smollet was the editor."
casions. In the mean time, he delired two + Such as wish to be better acquainted with other gentlemen to repair to the court this instance of literary jockeyfin, are referred of Common Pleas, and sue out a writ to a note in p. 52, vol. 1, of Bell's second of Habeas Corpus, in consequence of his edition of Churchill's works, or to the Nurth being detained a prisoner in his owa Briton. Here follows the epitaph occafioned house, by an illegal arrest. by the discomfiture of the “ Auditor;" and it
As lord Halifax did not choose to promay be necessary to premise that this event was produced by a waggith letter figned “ Viator," in which the advantages derived from the pos
* (Copy) feffion of Florida (obtained by the peace of
L. S. “George Mountague Dunk, Earl of Paris) are ironically pointed out, particularly
“ Halifax, Viscount Sunbury, &c. the peats and turf, that were to warn the poor rise and require you'(taking a constable to your
“ These are in his majesty's name to authoAmerican planters in the winter seafon !
allistance) to make strict and diligent Search SISTE, VIATOR.
after the authors, printers, ant publishers of a fe. “ Deep in this bog, the Auditor lies fill, His labours finish'd, and worn-out his quill;
ditious and treasonable paper, entitled the North His fires extinguish'd, and his works unread, Briton, Number 45, Saturday April 2 3d, 1763,
printed for George Kearney, Ludgate-ftreet, In peace he fleeps with the forsaken dead ! With heath ani jedge, oh! may his tomb London, and them or any of them having found, be diert,
to apprehend and seize, together with their And his own turf lie light apon his breaft.”
papers, and to bring in safe custody before me,
Original Anecdotės.-John Wilkes, Eja. [Jan. ceed directly to extremities, he sent fe all the rigour of royal vengeance, having veral polite messages to Mr. W. request- been actually dismissed from his situation ing his companybut the latter resolutely of colonel of the Back’s Militia, by a rerufed, and could not be prevailed upon mandate *, with which the lord lieutenant to repair to his lord thip's houfe, until he reluctantly complied. But this was not was threatened with personal violence, all; an at:empt to disgrace, was foon foland given to understand, thar a regiment lowed by another, calculated to ruin him : of guards would, if necessary, be called it proved, however, contrary to all huin. On this, he proceeded in a chair, at- man calculation, 'to be the basis on which tended by the roessengers and their fol- hc erected the edifice of his future for. Jowers; he, however, refused to answer tune. any queftions wharever, and treated lord In the course of next term, an informEgremont, the other fecretary of state, ation was filed against him, in the King's who exhibited too much of the info'ence of Bench, as author of the North Briton, office, in his demeanour, with great No. 45 ; and, on the meeting of parliaspirit.
ment, being voted' “ a false, fcandalous, On his being committed to the Tower, and feditious libel,” it was ordered to be he was pressed to offer bail; but he stre- . burned by the hands of the common hangDvously refused, as it would have looked man; a sentence which was carried into like an acquiescence in the injustice of execution, with much difficulty,in the city; the proceedings again ft him, although two when Mr. Sheriff Harley, who displayed noblemen offered to become sureries to the great zeal on the occasion, was mal-treated amount of 100,000l. each. In confe- and even wounded by the populace. quence of Atrict orders for that purpose, Mr. Wilkes having, in his turn, comhe was kept a obse prisoner ; and earl Tem, plained to the house of a breach of priviple, and the rest of his friends, denied ac- lege, was not only refufed redress, but a cels to him, until two habrafes were resolution passed, “ that the privilege of • issued, the first having been evaded by parliament does not extend to the case of
chicanery. At length, on Tuesday, the writing and publishing feditious libels, 3d of May, he was brought up to the bar por ought to be allowed to obstruct the of the Common Pleas, where, in an ap- ordinary course of the laws, in the steady pofite speech, he complained of the vio- and effectual prosecution of fo heinous and lation of the laws, and afferred, that he dangerous an offence.” had been treated worse “ than if he had Some words that passed on this occabeen a Scotch rebel."
fion, in conjunction with a paffage in the The court having taken time to deli- North Briton, occafioned a duel between berare, he was remanded, and brought Mr. Wilkes and Mr. Martin, member up once more, on the 6th, when the lord for Camelford, and late secretary to the chief justice. fir Charles Pratt, afterwards Treasury, which took place in Hyde Park, ford Camden, ordered him to be dir- the 76th of December. The representacharged. Flushed with this victory, in tive of Aylesbury behaved with great gathe course of that very night, he wrote a lanty on this occasion, and the wound he bitter and farcastic letter to the two secre- received in the groin greatly encreased taries of state, in which, after recapitu- the number of partisans, who were Jaring the circumstances relative to the pleased with his spirit, and considered him seizure of his papers, he demanded the as a martyr in the public cause. reftitution of them, under the title of Soon after he found it necessary to req ftolen goods," and aclually applied to tire to France ; but this did not in the Bow-ftreet, for a warrant to search their least tend to ahate the vindictive fpirit of houses, in order to recover poffc Mion of his property, which had been felonio'lly
* (Copy) taken away. It may be easily supposed,
" My lord, Whitehall, May 4, 1763. that a magiftratc, under the immediate
“ The king having judged it improper, that influence of the ministry, refused his John Wilkes, Esq. fhuld any longer continue countenance to this proceeding; but re to be colonel of the militia for the county of courfe was soon had to a higher autho- Buckingham, I am commanded to fignify his rity, and ample satisfaction received. majesty's pleasure to your lordship, that you do
While Mr. Wilkes was yet in the forthwith give the necessary orders for displacFouver, unlawfully imprisoned, and un- ing Mr. Wilkes as an officer for the militia, convicted, therefore, in the eye of the for the county of Buckingham."
" I am, &c. * law, fuppofedoeu be at once innocent and
. To the Earl Temple.". EQREMONIE opprette, thé' was doomed to experience