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Her Royal Highness the Crown || their personal feelings. The city was illuPRINCESS of DENMARK is daughter of minated, and the hut emulated the palace Prince Charles, Stadtholder of Holstein. || in testimony of unfeigned loyalty and joy. She has been married to the Prince Regent When the Princess was sufficiently refor some years; several children were the covered to go abroad, she visited the theatre. fruit of their union, of whom the Princess. The streets through which the Royal family Carolina is the only survivor. She is about had to pass, were brilliantlv embellished fifteen years old, but excluded from inherit- | with devices, and otherwise disposed to ing the crown by the laws of Denmark, which give eclat to the occasion." confine the succession to heirs male. This
On the Royal personages entering their has several times afforded the people grounds box, they were, contrary to custom, greeted to evince their affection to the Prince, by i with the enthusiastic acclamations of the expressing their heartfelt regret, that the audience; and at their departure from the throne of Denmark was not likely to be theatre, the populace, amid thundering filled by his immediate descendant; but it huzzas, surrounded the Royal party with was never more cordially manifested than such cagerness and impetuosily, that the on the 13th of February, 1802.
guards were compelled to iecede, and suffer In the morning of that day the cannon them to follow the carriage. announced the delivery of the Princess. This circumstance recalls to our minds The people anxiously listened for a second, the reply of Frederick the Fourth to the and third discharge,* but their wishes were French Ambassador, when the latter exdisappointed, and a certain gloom clouded pressed his surprise, that his Majesty should every face in the city. Notwithstanding live at his country seat without guards. which, when night approached, all sacrificed "I am always safe in the arms of my ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.
people," replied the King. On the birth of a Prince the guns are fired
A DREAM ON THE OCCUPATIONS OF DEPARTED SOULS.
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THESE were the contemplations which at coach-box; but all his exertions proved fruitless, that time occupieil my mind, and I revolved them the driver being too corporeal, and himself too with so much pleasure that I did not miss my ethereal. He seized the reins of the horses ; they guide, who in the mean time bad soared aloft, became restive; but this was all that he was able and when I descried him, beckoned to me to fol- to effect. low him. He directed my attention to the He quitted, therefore, the fatal carriage, utteranxious occupation of a departed soul, whom he ing the most dreadful imprecations, and directed pointed out to me in the town to which we bent his flight towards his son's apartments. Curiosity our flight. On coming nearer, I observed that
tempted me to follow him, and I was astonished that soul appeared half famished. It flirted round to observe the unspeakable agony with which a splendid carriage which stood before the house
he was seized. Could any thing have been more of a merchant, whose name was very familiar to dreadful to him than the sight of the profusion me, but is still more to many of his fellow-citi- of costly china, tapestry, and mirrors, which zens, who must assist him in keeping up his alone must have required an expenditure of many splendor hy advancing money to him. At first, thousand dollars. Thrice did he stamp upon the I was uncertain what could be the object of that sinful sofa covered with rich brocade. “ Eighty. restless soul; and the ragged and patched clothes five dollars !” exclaimed hè, groaning. Rich in which it was dressed, made me suspect that it hangings trimmed with gold fringe, which he was one of those who, in this world, act in a two- now descried, threw him into a still greater agony. fuld capacity, either begging alms of travellers, or He attempted to scratch off the gold; but to no robbing them on the highway. But I discovered purpose. He beheld every moment new objects my enior as soon as I came nearer, seeing that it of splendor, which also proved to him new sources was the economical soul of the merchant's father. of torture. He now descried a ledger upon a I recollected to have known him in my life-lime. writing-desk. This object seemed to afford him He was the wealthiest citizen in the whole town, some satisfaction. He read, and his fury abated. and notorious for having with economical hands But this calın was only of a mementary duration ; mended his own shoes, darned his own stockings, his son entering the apartment at the same inand eclipsed all his fellow-citizens in the art of stant, holding in his hand a parchment, whereon enduring hunger. Hecould never have imagined || I could clearly discern the words Lord of D. He that his notorious usury and exemplary parsimony went to the money-chest, in order to substantiate would afford his son an opportunity of lavishing his claiins to the new title. What a dreadful thoughtlessly the wealth which he had gradually sight for the unfortunate father! He even drop. amassed by so much care and industry. The ped the ledger. He flew to the chest, seated bindisappointment of his parental expectations prov- self upon it, made every effort in his power to ed therefore to his soul, since her separation from
present its being unlocked, and attempted to her body, a source of extreme torture. Every seize the parchment, but in vain. The young day afforded to his degenerated son a new oppor. merchant opened the chest with manifest satisfactunity for dissipation, and to himself an additional
tion, taking out a money bag, which was, at least source of the most agonizing sorrow.
as weighty as seventeen degrees of noble ancestors, The merchant had just received from the and cheerfully quitted the apartment. I shall coachmaker a carriage, which had cost him exact- never forget the despair which convulsed the ly the sum that his father once liad gained by soul of his unfortunate pareni, who remained prudently denying on oath, for the benefit of his prostrate on the money-chest, embracing it with progeny, a debt for which he had given his bond eagerness, and exclaiming again and again, in under his own signature. Could therefore any moaning accents : O Levy, O Isaac !" I was ching have mortified his soul more painfully than deeply affected by his agony, and attempted 10 this act of extravagance? He tried inore than an comfort him. Being desirous of ascertaining the kundred times to push the coachman from the exact cause of his despair, I went up to him, and
taking him kindly by the hand, said, “Would tique bow, which, according to Gronovius, was you be so kind as to give me-"“What!” ex- customary among the young men of fashion at claimed he, “give you? I a poor, unfortunate Rome at the time of Ennius. Cicero sustained man! A tall, strong fellow, as you are, can this assault with great fortitude, and seemed to work! Go to the parish!” Vexed at this surly be impatiently waiting for the communication of reply, I quitted him abruptly.
their commission. His curiosity was at length Being informed, on coming into the street, | gratified, when the spokesman, amid many conthat the soul of Cicero, attended by some Greek tortions of the face, put himself into the usual and Roman philosophers, had been seen in the rhetorical posture, and after repeated bows, pregarden of a neighbouring country seat, I was sented to him an enormous book, borne on the tempted to follow the immense crowds who shoulders of four of his colleagues, and having were flocking thither to gratify their curiosity. on the back the inscription, OPERA OMNIA. The sight of the celebrated Roman afforded me Cicero was somewhat terrified at the sight of uncommon pleasure, and his dignified counte- this strange machine, and listened with evident nance inspired me with all the awe which such a tokens of surprise, when the spokesman addresspatriotic soul ought to excite. I discovered, how- ed him as follows: “ Omnino, si quid est in me ever, in his features, the traces of sorrow and de- | ingenii, quod sentio, quam sit exiguum-exiguur jection, the cause of which I was incapable of quod sentio, quam sit exiguum." This inconfinding out. Being curious to ascertain it, I ap- || testable truth had probably exhausted the strength plied to a shade, who followed Cicero, and ap- of our Demosthenes, or the sight of Cicero, of peared to be one of his emancipated slaves. “He whoin he had preconceived an idea entirely difhas reason for being cast down and abashed," re- ferent from what he now beheld, had produced plied his attendant, "since he, in your country, such a violent perturbation in his mind, that he has been committed to the mercy of a tribe, who, I could not proceed. He stopped a long while, and under the pretext of honouring his memory, afforded Cicero time to collect himself from him tender him ridiculous, and transform him from astonishment, and who, not having understood a a Roman consul into a Latin schoolmaster. single word of the address, asked his Atticus, What is still more afflicting for him is, that on what language this was? Our orator recovered complaining of this ill-treatment to the gods of at last from his confusion, after having consulted his country, he received for answer, that was the the copy of his speech, which he carried in the punishment to which Pluto had condemned
crown of his hat. He assured the venerable bim, because he had been accused of having fre. Roman, in the most elegant Ciceronian style, quently betrayed marks of vanity and pride, which that himself and his attendants were enraptured could not be corrected better than by commit- with joy, and that he would mark with a white ting his works to the mercy of commentators. Istone the fortunate day when he had the honour was terrified at this rigorous judgment of Pluto, of becoming personally acquainted with a literary the reality of which I should have strongly doubt- luminary, who in his time had spoken the best ed had I not been convinced of it by the follow- Latin, and whose learning had afforded to himself ing incident.
and his companions the means of procuring the We descried, at a distance of about an hundred necessaries of life. He was particularly diffuse steps, a great number of souls, covered with dust, in giving liimself credit for having taken com. and absorbed in profound meditation. Their passion on the works of Cicero, and for having steps were solemn, and their gait monarchic. published them in that convenient form, assertThey seemed to disagree very much with eaching, moreover, that he had enhanced their value other, and the nearer they came, the more plain- by the addition of the most valuable and learned ly could I hear their dispute, which grew so vio- annotations, and rendered them useful by a copilent that their leader was obliged to turn round, ous index, and by this means had immortalized and clenching his fis', to command silence, by both the name of the author and the editor. He exclaiming in an authoritative accent, Me Dius concluded by lamenting the hardened blindness fidins! This cavalcarle seemed to surprise the of his German countrymen, who demanded more soul of Cicero: he suspected they had an im. of a man of learning, than merely a knowledge portant commission for him, and believed, as I of the Latin language, and even began to profane was afterwards told, that they were ambassadors the sacred antiquities of Latium, by propounding of a foreign nation, or barbarians, as he called them in a language which in Germany even the them, who had been compelled by famine to ap
populace could understand. Here he concluded ply to the Roman senate and people for a supply
his speech with a joyous dixi, and Cicero, who of bread from Sicily or Egypt. He received them
probably was tired of listening any longer to his with marks of compassion; but how was he as
unintelligible jargon, returned no further answer tonished when the leader made a profound an. but, Cura, ut valeas ! and withdrew abruptly. No. XXII. IV. III.
I retired with my guide beyond the precincts my head. I then cleaned my hat, and thereby of the town, absorbed in reflections on the im- | deprived them so entirely of all matter for merrie pertinence and presumption of the people whomment, that they relapsed into melancholy silence. we had just quitted, and probably should have Not being much inclined to keep them comgiven a longer audience to my thoughts, had not pany in gaping, I stole away from them, and in my meditations been suddenly interrupted by a another company of ladies met with the soul of a violent blow which I received on my head, and | French marquis, who in his lifetime had frewhich was struck with so much force, that I grew quently amused the same company, that were quite dizzy, and my hat dropped on the ground. pleased to call his humourons sallies elegant, natuI turned round in a violent passion to see who it ral, witty, and charming; but I now found him, was that had dared to treat me in so rude a man
contrary to the nature of other departed souls, ner. “You are very impudent,” exclaimed I totally changed. He was mute, and barren of in a violent tone, “ for treating in such a rude invention, and not a single person in the com. manner people whom you do not know, and who
pany seemed to entertain the same opinion they have not given the least offence to you.” “And had of him upon earth. I told him I was suryou are a great fool,” replied he with a loud prised at this unexpected alteration. He shrug. laugh, “ for being offended at a piece of humour. ged up his shoulders, assuring me that he was Do you not perceive that I am a satirist ?”
the most unhappy of all mortals, adding that This disagreeable accident made me extremely death had come upon him so suddenly, that he uneasy, as I apprehended some witty blarle might had no time to take his watch-chain and snufftake it into his head to satyrise me black and blue; || box with him, “įwo articles,” exclaimed he therefore I proposed to my conductor to retire to mournfully, “in which all my wit and liveliness a shadowy spot, which lay before us, and where consisted! when I wish to sport an humourous I hoped to be, if not more solitary, at least more
sally I miss my watch-chain, and am not capable
of producing a witty thought. I am not even I was, however, disappointed, as I descried on capable of giving my opinion of literary and pomy arrival a large company consisting chiefly of litical matters, or of a poem, because I cannot ladies. As they had lived in my native town,
take a pinch of snuff.” I sincerely lamented the I knew every one of them, and soon found that fate of the unfortunate marquis; but not having they had not made any alteration in their manner
it in my power to assist him in regaining his wit, of living: they played, drank tea, some of them I invented a plausible pretext, which compelled were totally silent, but the majority laughed so
me to leave him, and retired. loudly, that I was impatient to observe them
My conductor was just going to relate to me closely. I enquired what was the reason of it? the history of the departed soul of a Merrybut they were so malicious as to refuse giving me
Andrew, who had lost his party.coloured jacket, she least explanation. One of them, however, and with it all his laughter-moving faculties, to whom I had rendered a most essential service when we were interrupted by a new adventure. by a most elegant and witty sonnet which I had the departed soul of a lady, whom I had not made upon her pug-dog, was so grateful as to re
perceived because my back was turned towards lieve me from my painful perplexity. “I will tell her, had stolen upon nie from behind, and sudyou,” said she, “ why we are so merry. We had | denly Aung one arm round my neck, while she sat many hours in the most tedious silence, be- with her other hand pressed mine so tenderly, cause we had been tired of criticising the dress, that I could guess the ineaning of this voluptuous she gait, and the features of all the souls who pass- eloquence more plainly than if she had made an ed by: nor had we any thing more to say about oral declaration. I could easily guess that she our absent acquaintances. In this state we hap
was a roving fair one, and the gloom of the solipened to descry you from afar in a situation im- | tary place where we were, confirmed me in this portant enough to set us all a laughing." Here suspicion. She seemed to be as violently enshe broke off abruptly, at the same time holding || amoured of me as a person of that description is both her sides with her hands, and bursting out capable of. I perceived plainly that she became in concert with the whole company into such an every moment more infamed, and more impuexcessive laughter, that I was confounded with dent in her familiarity, which rendered me curious shame. “Do you not perceive it yet ?" resumed to see her face. Succeeding, after some struggles, she, after having collected herself a little. “For in disengaging myself from her arm, I turned heaven's sake, only look at your hat ! it is entirely round. Heavens, what a sight! I started back. covered with dust.” “If this be the only thing Is it you?" said she contemptuously, and withwhich renders me a subject of so much mirth,” | drew abruptly. My readers may easily guess that replied I, “ I can easily remove it.” I informed it was the departed soul of my wife ; she had them that a wit whom I had met had joked it off | mistaken me for another person, which was the
sole cause of her ardent caresses; but as soon as and had many opportunities of seeing how diffi. she recognized me, she was vexed and fled; and,
cult a task it is to rule a country. In one word, I confess, I was glad of it.
I was butler to the Lord Chancellor. The Whilst I was revolving in my mind this singu- finances were the favourite subject of m; medilar adventure, I had the misfortune to be descried tations, and if my advice had been followed, the by the departed soul of my barber. It was im- state would have annually gained several millions. possible for ine to avoid him. I was compelled || But you know men of talents always have eneto listen to his political rant. His joy at meet || mies. The Chancellor of the Exchequer pering me was unspeakable; he put more than an ceived that I was likely to eclipse him, and this hundred questions to me, without giving me time was sufficient to induce him to ruin me. My to reply to one. “I hope you have been well country is to be pitied for having been deprived since I had the honour of seeing you last?” said of my services. I meditated day and night how he, “ Your relations were in good health when the finances of our country inight be improved. you left them ? And your niece ?-you under. I have proposed several excellent projects to the stand me? I really mean no harm; she deserves minister, but they were always rejected; an evi. it. Is the old caplain still alive? he has made me dent proof of the deplorable state to which we laugh a thousand times; he was uncom nouly are reduced. I made a plan for the abolition of entertaining when in good humour; he had at the clergs, proposing that the aldermen should his finger's end all the events of the Pomeranian | be compelled to preach gratis in their room, and war. I do not flatter! matters would unduubt- am sure that a considerable sum might thus have edly have taken a different turn had he not been been saved in one year; but our government dismissed the service. But, let me tell you, I would not listen to this patriotic proposal. I Europe is in a most critical state. It was not tried another method of rendering myself useful with my consent that Prince Charles-crossed the ! to the state, presenting a memorial in which I Rhine; a great deal might be said on that head. had plainly proved that the treasury would every As for the Turk, that sanguinary dog has no rea- month gain at least three thousand pounds, if son to boast. But what was I going to tell you?' every wife exercising petticoat government over I could plainly foresee it! My late grandmother her husband were compelled to take out I know not whether you recollect the goud wo-monthly licence at the low rate of one shilling. man? she was a litile deformed woman. I fear Could any proposal have been more rational and some roguery was at the bottom when she just? but the only effect which this plan promade her will; but it cannot be altered now. duced was, that all married women conspired But what was I going to say? I have entirely against my life, and threatened to tear me to forgot it! Aha! now I recollect! the Turk!"-pieces. What do you think of these projects ? “Yes, yes, the Turk,” replied I angrily, “ I tell me frankly whether they were not excellent.” know him well enough; but this is no proper
I declined at first to give my opinion, but conplace for talking of this subjeet. I have no time fessed at last that I could not approve of his pro. to stop any longer." So saying I retired abruptly. posal to licence wives to exercise à dominion
I had not proceeded far when Kheard some over their husbands, as this would produce the person behind me laugh aloud. Turning round, greatest confusion in many families. As for his I descried a soul appearing as famished as an plan to abolish the clergy, I candidly confessed alchymist, and as malicious as a public informer; that it was so extremely absurd, that only a butler he squeezed my hand very familiarly, and said: could have devised it; adding that the clergy at “ You are perfectly right in getting rid of that all times had the misfortune of displeasing those foolish talker. I have overheard your whole who were most destitute of common sense, and conversation, and was astonished at your patience; that the populace- “ What populace ?" it is to be lamented that there are so many people exclaimed the projector in a furious accent. who trouble themselves about matters of which “ Do you know who I am ? Don't you know they have no conception; it would not be of any that I am a government man? You are a traitor consequence, and at most excite pily, if none but
to your country, a rebel, a blasphemer! I will barbers meddled with politics, but there are men convince you” So saying, be laid hold of of greater consequence who act as foolishly as me, and beat me so uninercifully, that I should your barber; instead of watching over the welfare have become most painfully sensible of his paof the state, as they are in duty bound, they sil triotic zeal, had not my conductor pacified him together and talk over the newspapers. I have by a handful of money. He quitted me instantly, been employed in politics, as you may perceive, and withdrew.
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