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against his minister had yet been ve. beg you will not disguise your sen-
came to complain of the minister. that they have one master, without “ Truly, M. D'Epernon," said the having so many more to support. king,
you are wrong to make This short speech is sufficient to me think he is your enemy ; for depict the character and politics of there is not a man in France to Sully. He justly considered great whom you have greater obligati- cities as the graves of the nation, ons." The king then related to as they are never formed, but at him what had passed at Blois. the expence of the country; and it D'Epernon, though proud and was his maxim, that labous and ahaughty, was susceptible of grati- griculture, were
the two great tude. He immediately repaired to springs of national wealth. Paris, waited upon his benefactor, ftrenuously recommended that the when he flowered his thanks upon nobility should live upon their elhim, Sully replied, “That what tates. He also pronounced, " That he had done did not require any a multitude of unnecessary offices acknowledgment; that he had on- was a certain mark of the approach. ly done his duty in supporting vir. ing decay of a itate." cue and innocence in any subject This great man, born amidst re. whatever, when it was proposed ligious wars, had frequent occafion to oppress him; that he was never- to lament the evils produced by fatheless well pleased that the occasi- naticism. He often repeated, that on had occured to convince M. compassion and gentleness were the D'Eperr.on, that he was more his certain means of advancing religi. friend than the duke had often been on, and the only taught by it. Zeal pleased to fuggeft."
was in his opinion nothing more Sully, in the course of his admi- than a phrenzy, disguised under anistration, vigorously opposed a nother name. He lived and died number of burthensome edicts that in the Protestant religion. The were designed ; many small imports, pope sent him a brief full of praises which would have been very detri- upon the wisdom of his adminirmental to many branches of trade. tration, and finished his letter like Moreover, these edicts were often a good pastor, by praying God he intended only as gratuities to cour- would bring back his wandering tiers, who importuned the king to lamb, and conjured the duke de make additions to their salaries. Sully to make a proper use of his Henry one day sent twenty-five e- understanding to get into the right dicts of this kind to Sully, who did track. The duke answered him in not approve of any one of them, the same style. He assured the and repaired to court to make re- pope that he prayed to God every monstrances upon the occasion. day for the conversion of his holiHe met with the marchioness ce ness, or what came to the same Verneuil, who upbraided him for point, that he addressed his ardent opposing the king's good intenti- prayers, that it might please him, ons. “ All you say, madam, as being the father of light, to arwould be right, if his majesty took list and enlighten his holiness, and the money for himself. But to le-to give him more and more knowo vy fresh taxes upon the trader, the ledge of the truth. artist, the labourer, and the hur- After the tragical death of Henry bandman, for people who do not IV. ully retired from the adminiswant, is quite unjuft. They feed tration, and lived retired. As he the king and us all; it is enough could not, on account of his reli
gion, be admitted of any order, he memory, did me the honour to con-
A curious French Medical Anecdote.
gre was a man of fo cold and something yet more provoking in phlegmatic a habit, that all means order to gain his point, threw down, employed to purge him bad long and broke in pieces, fix curious Veproved ineffettual. His physician, nice glasses, of which his master however, judging a pürge neces- was peculiarly fond. “ It is indeed fary, called his lervant aside, and a pity," said Monf. Aligre, with the gave him the dose, defiring hiin, molt" unruffled calın ness of voice at the same time, to endeavour to and mind, “ for they were very pac his master in a paslion, and then handsome.” After this, the serto make him swallow the potion. vant despaired of accomplihing The servant went into the doctor's his purpoie, when a client came in, scheme, and next morning early who had an affair of consequence, entering into his master's chamber which required much thought, to with precipitation, opened the cur- lay before Monsieur Aligre. This lains in a noisy manner, and awak- client, who was lively and full of ed him out of a calm and gentle motion, had on a coat of taffeta, sleep. Mongeur Aligre, rubbing which made a rustling, disagreehis eyes, beheld his servant with able kind of noise as often as he out the least emotion, and only changed his gestures, and disturbing asked him “ what it was o'clock;" the attention of Mons. Aligre, put About an hour after, the servant him so far out of his humour, as having once missed his aim, resolved to make him say, with an angry to make a second trial: Whilft he tone, Pray, Sir, oblige your coat was warming his maiter's shirt, he to keep silence, if
have a let it fall in the fire, and brought it mind that I should hear you.” The half burnt to him. Monf. Aligre, servant, seizing the luckly mowith a serene countenance, bid him ment, administered che dole, and warm another. The servant, be it was successful. January, 1774.
THE GO L D E N NA I L.
An Alchymical Anecdote.
Hurnifferus, a man of infinite placed his vessel of liquor on the author of some works which suffici. common aqua fortis. Then, sendently prove that his natural tempering a servant to a shop for some was not much to be relied on. The nails of the same kind, he, by an story of his golden nail is curious. easy piece of legerdemain, when he Having worked away his fortune had desired the company to exain alchymy, and finding his tchemes mine them, and see that they were vain, he had a mind at once to get real nails, took out his own, and into the service of a certain prince, after turning it about before the and to establish a character of him- company, plunged it half way inself to all the world, as if possessed to the river: Ă hissing and bub. of the grand alchymical secret. To ling noise arose, and the aqua forthis purpose he declared, that he tis immediately diffolved, and had found out a liquor which would washed off iron coat, and the immediately convert all metals gold appeared. The nail was handplunged into it into gold. The ed round to all the company, and prince, the nobility of the place, finally delivered to the prince, in and all the literati, were invited to whose cabinet it now remains. The see the experiment; and the chy- gold-maker was desired to dip more inift having prepared a large nail, nails, and other things, but he imthe half of which was iron, and mediately threw away the liquor, the other half gold, well joined to- telling them they had seen enough. gether, coated over the gold part He was made happy for the rest of with a thin crust of iron, which he his life; but all the intreaties in the joined so nicely to the rest of the world could never get him to make iron, that no eye could discover the any more gold. fallacy. Having this ready, he
To the PROPRIETOR of the HIBERNIAN MAGAZINE.
throw himself, in a disconfolate atA А S I was fauntering, a few days titude, on one of the seats of the
one of the public walk. I did not neglect the opporwalks, I could not help particularly tunity; but seating myself by his remarking a young man, whole fide, prevailed on him, after some dress shewed marks of a shabby gen- introductory conversation, to give tility, and whole countenance wore me his history, which he did in the the aspect of a fertled melancholy following words.
The appearance of wretchedness, “ Yes, Sir,” said he, “ though in whatever fituation, is always suf- my present appearance may seem to ficient to awaken my curiolity. I invalidate my affertion, I assure you felt myself irresistibly impelled to I was the son of one of the most enquire into the history of a person opulent traders in the metropolis. who seemed to be completely mise. I might at this time have been en. rable. After having walked a joying all the happiness that affluconsiderable time, I perceived him ence can bestow; but cow, alas !
I have no where to lay my head, no compts, and examining my ledger' refuge to which I can fly for com- I was always attending the perforfort. I am abandoned to the wide mances of a Foote or a Garrick, world without a friend ; and one At length, by constantly frequentconfideration aggravates all my mi- ing the play-houses, and mixing fery-I have deferved my suffere with contemptible fcholiafts, who ings, and cannot justly complain.” called themselves theatrical critics,
Here he paused to conceal a tear I became so enamoured of the stage, which was just bursting from his as to look upon dramatic entertain eyes. After he had a little reco- ments, as the molt important busivered himself, his countenance gra- nefs, and the most agreeable endually grew. more serene, and he joyments of human life. The shop proceeded with less emotion. continually refounded with my
" When I was at the age of ele- rants, in imitation of some favouven, my father placed me at a ce- rite actor ; and I went so far as to lebrated grammar-school in the treat with the purchasers of a yard south-west part of Kent, which is of Irish with a theatrical tone, and still remarkable for the excellence a-dramatic action. of its discipline, and the unwea- " I had so great an opinion of ried attention of its superintendant. my own talents, that, like the imThere I spent the happiest days of mortal Shakespeare, I was ambitimy life. Nature had given me ous of shining both as an actor and parts; I made a rapid progress in a writer. Accordingly I finished a cialsical learning; all was encou. comedy with great care and pains, ragement, all was hope, and all and presented it to one of the mawas happiness. But in the midst of nagers, who, after much iniolent my improvements, my father re- treatment, returned it upon my solved, in opposition to the advice hands, with evident marks of conof my master, to remove me from tempt. By no means dejected, I school, and to settle me in his own was resolved to try my success as an accompting.house. My tutor urg- acior. But, after having, with great ed, that though I might perhaps difficulty, obtained permission to fucceed in a learned profession, yet speak before the managers, and a the vivacity of my disposition would circle of their friends, who seemed be an obftacle to my prosperity in to enjoy my distress, I was again a mercantile employment. My fa. rejected with all the haughtiness of ther, sensible of the lucrative ad- tyranny: vantages of an established trade,
Though I could not succeed was deaf to the semonstrances of at the theatres, I was resolved to my amiable master; and on a fatal exert my oratorial abilities at spoutday I entered into engagements to ing and disputing clubs. And plod at the desk and the compter for here, indeed, I easily made a conseven years.
spicuous figure; as I had the ad. “ But nature is not to be con- vantage of a classical education, ftrained by indentures. Instead of and as moit of my competitors had cafting up sums, and measuring the advantage of no education at ells, I employed my time in the all. The most important topics of perufal of Shakespeare, in compof- religion, learning, and politics I ing epilogues and farces, and in dif- discussed with more volubility than cuffing the merits of every new dra- the graveft prelate, the profoundelt matic production. Instead of spend. academic, or the craftiest statesman ing my evenings in pofting ac- But I triumphed, as it were, with