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writing, intreating his prediction of of Soissons, especially, patronized what awaited him. Primi's counte- him, and having a strong, inclination nance fell in perusing it, and he re- to intrigue, it is extremely probable turned the paper, saying only, that that she entered into this of Primi. " he hoped he was mistaken.” The Madame of France visited Primi, who party so strongly urged further expla- related to ber with great particularity nation, that Primi at length acknow- the events of her life; and even spoke ledged, that the journey he was then without reserve of her then connectaking would prove fatal to him, and tions with the Comte de Guiche, that he would be assassinated at Paris, which so effectually surprised her, Besides being infective, as already that she described Primi to the King mentioned, this man was suspicious as a most extraordinary nan, and and cowardly. He reflected on the pressed his Majesiy to send his handpredictions he had heard, and tearing writing for his opinion. After reto come to an untimely end, he quit- peated solicitations, Louis gave a bilted the carriage, and returned to his let apparently of his own writing, home.
wbich Madame instantly communiDelighted with the riddance, and cated to P, imi, who, on seeing it, the success of the plan, Duval com- pronounced it to be the wilting of plimented Primi, adding, that his ta- an old miser, of a curmudgeon, of a lents could not fail of attaining dis- man, in short, incapable of any thing tinction, if he would follow a course handsome and becoming. that might be traced out for him. The astonishment of Madame Primi promised docility, and Duval, was extreme, at finding her forwhen arrived at Paris, presented him tune-teller thus mistaken ; she to the Abbé de la Beaume, afterwards took away the billet, assuring him Archbishop of d'Enbrun, who was that for once he was conipletely a handsome man, with pleasing man- wrong, but the Italian maintained ners, and a well cultivated inind. He that lie was perfectly correct. Mawas also well received among the dame gave the billet back to the women, and of very general acquaint- King, repeating the affirmation of ance with them, especially withi Hen- Primi. The monarch was astonished tietta of England.
in his turn, and the more, as this bilThe Abbé de la Baume, after let which he had given as his own several conferences with Primi, per- writing, was, in fact, the writing of ceiving in his cunning, in his boldness, M. le Président Rose, secretary of the even in his jargon compounded of cabinet, who so well counterfeited Italian and French, the materials for the hand-writing of Louis, that the imposition, shut him up during six King commissioned him to answer weeks without suffering him to see many things, which answers he inany body but the Duke de Vendome, tended should pass for hisowu writing. and the Great Prior of France, his This Primi knew from M. de Venbrother, to whom he introduced him. dome; and, moreover, M. Rose was They employed the time of this seclu- accused of all the faults with which sion in teaching the Italian the gene- Primi had charged the writer of the alogies of the principal persons, their billet. connections, friendships, amours, ri- The King, intent on clearing up valships, hatreds, &c. and when they the mystery, directed Bontemps, his thought him suihciently instructed, coutidential valet de chambre, to the Abbé de la Baume reported bring the Italian the next day into his among his acquaintance that he knew cabinet, whom he thus addressed : an Italian to whom the past and the “ Primi, I have only two words to future were perfectly well known, say—your secret - which I will pay merely from a sight of the hand- tor with a pension of two thousand writing. Men and women, the court livres or else-hanging!” The perand the city, crowded to Primi, and all siou having more attractions for the returned astonished at his answers, Italian than the cord, he diverted the believing what he foretold of the King with the history of his departure tuture, on the strength of what he from Bologna, his adventure in the revealed of the past. The Countess Lyons coach, the expulsion of liis offensive fellow traveller, his connec- name be is mentioned by the poet J. tion with Dural, those with the Abbé B. Rousseau. He married the daughde la Baume, and Messrs. de Ven- ter of the celebrated printer Frederic dome, his six weeks seclusion; in Leonard; and lived at Paris. short, the whcie secret of his preparation, and the various pleasant scenes Having directed the reader's attenwhich his assumed character had tion to ihe curious history of the opened to him, with whatever else Abbe Primi, I am induced to offer a the King desired to know. After few observations on the business of this interview with the Italian, the fortune-teilers, as it is called in geKing went to the Queen's apartment, neral, and on the avidity with which and there reported before the whole their predictions have sometimes been court, • After having long resisted the received and acted upon. Without request that I would see Primi, I have restricting myself to any particular at last yielded, and am just come department of this art, v betler elfrom this extraordinary man, and I tected by the agency of familiar spimust acknowledge, that he has been rits, ly judicial astrology, by visious, telling me things which no being of by sudden and supernatural impres. his kind has ever before revealed to sions on the mind, by physiognomical any body. All the world perceived indications, by palmistry, by cups, or in this report of his Majesty, addi. by cards, without attempting to elutional proots of the singular powers cidate or describe these various meof Priini; his reputation increased, thods of augury, I shall endeavour 10 and with ithis expectationsof fortune. consider this subject so as to interest
The Abbé Primi continued this and anuse others. deception some time: he afterwards What illustrious names appear on attempted to occupy a more serious the list of those who have, in some situation, by writing the history of way or other, imagined it possible tor the actions of Louis XIV. Louvois human beings to obtain a knowledge permitted him to accompany the of future events ! Saul, the first army in the war against the Dutch. anointed sovereign of Israel, who He composed the history of the first consulted the witch of Endor, alcanipaign, which was printed in though he was expressly commanded Italian. This little book is sufficiently by God not to suffer such a character ill-written, but is remarkable for tie to live in bis dominions: the Princes detailing too minutely not to be under- who sent for Bizaam to curse the stood, the private negociations be- Israelites: several of the most emi. tween Charles II. of England and nent generals and statesmen, if the his sister, concluded by the profoundly history of them is to be credited, of secret treaty of Dover, 1070. This the ancient world; and, in times more transaction had been kept so per- recent, Lord Bacon, Dryden, Dr. fectly, that M. de Croissi, then minis- Johnsoit. ter for foreign affairs, no sooner sal Napoleon of France, amidst the this book, than, struck with the pri le of military renown, has declared, novelty, he brought it to the Council. even at the present enlightened era, The King affected surprise, sent Primi that lie acts on the persuasion of bis to the Bastille, seized his papers, &c. being predestined to arise and attain This was in July 1082; but in De- supreme power, in order to carry into cember Primi was released, and at effect the designs of Heaven. When quitting his prison received an ample engaged in the campaigns in Egypt, gratification paid down.-Tlus did it was his boast that he had ace mLouis vent his spite against his former plished the predicted overthrow of the intimate, Charles, who was nou', papacy; ani lately, when at Paris, le by the voice of his people and his par- avowed himself commissioned in re. liament, detached from his subjection store the scattered jews to the land to che French Monarque.
of their forefathers. Primi afterwards changed his name,
The writer of the Revolutionary called hin:sedt Visconti, Comte de St. Piutarch has distinctly attirmed that Mayol and Animoniv. Under this this influential persuasion, on the
part of their founder, pervades the persons are the instruments et les
DELP!! fess to divine the secrets of futurity! Portaps I may bereafter is...
Such a spirit of prophetic activity is this topic, to which I was stimulat it not to be despised. Men may re- by the adventures of Abhe l'rimi, but ject the source whence it is derived, upon which I have at present forbonne but they cannot always ridicule thé to expatinte more at length. I bare consequences which it produces. If adreried to the intuence of Predicyou can once induce a great por- tions on Political Society, though it tion of mankind to blieve that Di. rein'ıins to consider their effects on rine Providence lias ordained certain common Lite. events, and that such a description of:
LITERARY COMMON-PLICE BOOK.
circumstances which introduced dence, and of her national existence." the Reformation in Religion, iliis mo- SOCIAL SERPENTS! - Mr. Bruce narch, addressing his son, makes the in a letter written by him from Alfollowing important concession---" As giers, while he was consul there, de far as I could understand," observes tailing the particulars of a most perithe King, “the ignorance of church- lous excursion made by him into the men in former centuries, their lux- interior of Africa, gives the following liry, their debauchery, the bad exam- interesting account of a people who ples they set, and which of course they resided in caves underground.--"Newere compellid to tolerate in others; las says of these, that they lived in in short, the abuses of every kind they caves and lived upon serpents: if," connived at, in the conduct of indivi- adds Mr. B., "he had said fel ingeduals, contrary to the rules and known ther with serpents, his descriptions decisions of the Church, have contri- would have been just; for there are buted, mora than any thing else, to so many in every habitation, and so the deep wounds it has received from familiar, that at each meal they coma schism and heresy."
and pick up what falls from the table, Concerning the popular judgment like dogs. . Some of them are seven he justly athirms, that “ It is not in feet in length, but to these people so the power of the multitude to dis- harmless that, even trod upon accia cover a falsehood skilfully disguised, dentally, they do not sting; and there and when it is concealed amony a is not any person of the family who number of undeniable truths." will not with their hands liti then
POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE.-“ Far out of the way, when sleeping or in be from nje the idea,” says M. E, any manner troublesome. Np/Ancillon, in his judicious work enti- suasion, nor reward, could induce tled Tableau des Révolutions du Syse them to let me çurty awly ope of téme Politique de L'Europe depuis la them ; it being untersally believed fin de Quinzième Siécle, “ of less that they are a kind of good an'ela, sening the natural borror which war whom it would be the hichest imp:. inspires, and in which I participate priety, and of the worst conscalierce with all the friends of bumanity! I to the community, to remove tion desire only to prove that, in the ge- the r dweilings.” neral chain of events, good may some
Dr. JosePH PRIESTLEY -Carefully times arise from that destructive avoiding any reference to the opinions, scourge: peace is, and always will be, wtriher polemical or political, whicha the first of earthly blessings. But a were promulgated by this disrinnation ought never to forget that guished writer, I shall gle2!), fium there is an evil greater than war-it ile lite ot hin published by his soul,
two or three miscellaneous remarks famed; the idea of their rank and for the entertainment of the general superiority to others seldom quits reader.
them; and though they are in the Travelling “ I had (says Dr.P.) been babit of concealing their feelings, and recommended to Lord Shelburne by disguising their passions, it is not alDr.Price, as a person qualified to be a ways so well done, but that persous literary companion to him. In this si- of ordinary discernment may perceive tuation, my family being at Calne, in what they inwardly suffer. On this Wiltshire, near to his lordship’s seat account, they are really entitled to at Bowood, I continued seven years, compassion, it being the almost unaspending the summer with my family, voidable consequence of their educa. and a great part of the winter in his tion and mode of life. But when the lordship's house in London. My of- mind is not hurt in such a situation, tice was nominally that of librarian, when a person born to affluence can but I had little employment as such, lose sight of biinself, and truly feel besides arranging his books, taking á and act for others, the character is so catalogue of them, and of his manu- godlike, as shews that this inequality scripts, which were numerous, and of condition is not without its use. making an index to his collection of Like the general discipline of life, it private papers. In fact I was with is for the present lost on the great him as a friend, and the second year mass, but on a few it produces what made with him the tour of Flanders, no other state of things could do." Holland, and Germany, as far as Lord Bute.-The following interStrasburgh; and after spending a esting particulars respecting this no: month at Paris, returned to England, blenian are related in M. Dutens' This was in the year 1774.
Memoirs of a Traveller now in Re“ This little excursion made me tirement."-" Lord Bute, (says this more sensible than I should otherwise author) was a man of dignified, ele. have been of the benefit of foreign gant manners, and of a handsome travel, even without the advantage of person: he was endowed with great much conversation with foreigners. talents, and a comprehensive mind; The very sight of new countries, new his knowledge was extensive; and he buildings, new customs, &c. and the possessed a spirit of magnanimity that very hearing of an unintelligible new despised difficulties, and proved how language, gives new ideas, and tends admirably he was fitted to share in to enlarge the mind. To me this lit- the greatest enterprises.
So free tle time was extremely, pleasing, from ambition, however, was he, especially as I saw every thing to the that scarcely was he married, when greatest advantage, and without any he retired to the Isle of Bute, of which anxiety or trouble, and had an op- he was proprietor: where he devoted portunity of seeing and conversing himself to various studies, and a tranwith every person of eminence wher- quil and happy life ; dividing his time ever we came; the political charac- between the improvement of his ters by his lordship’s connections, and estates, and the enjoyment of his the literary ones by my own. books and his family: Here, perhaps,
Middle Classes of Society. “ I used he would have ended his days, liad to make no scruple of niaintaining, not the landing of the Pretender in that there is not only most virtue and Scotland, in the year 1745, obliged most happiness, but eren inost true him to change his manner of living. politeness in the middle classes of Upon that occasion most of the life. For in proportion as men pass Scotch nobility who were attached to more of their time in the society of the reigning family, withdrew from their equals, they get a better esta- Scotland; that they might not be susblished habit of governing their tem- pected of an attachment to the Stuarts, pers ; they attend more to the feels and to testity their zeal for the court. ings of others, and are more disposed “Lord Bute, though bearing the to accommodate themselves to then). name of Stuart, and one of the chiets On the other hand, the passions of of that illustrious family, was among persons in higher life, having been the tirst to repair to London, and 01le-s coutrolled, are more apt to be inte fer his services to the King. When
he appeared at the court, it was di- “ In proportion as George II. ad. vided into two parties: that of the vanced in years, the Prince of Wales, King, and that of the Prince of Wales, and the Princess (who had the natural who frequently opposed the measures ascendancy of a mother over himn). of his father. The Prince of Wales acquired more influence. The miniwas much pleased with Lord Bute, sters began to pay some attention to and sought his friendship by so many this rising court; and Lord Bute, who marks of distinction, that bis lordship was its oracle, consequently enjoyed soon renounced all other engage- great power." ments; and devoted himself, without reserve, to the service of a prince who POLITICAL ASCENDANCY.-Adloaded him with honours and kind- verting to the control exercised by ness. By degrees he became so ne- the first Earl of Chatham, M. Dutens cessary to the Prince of Wales in af- excellently remarks, that “ He gofairs both of business and of amuse- verned almost despotically a people ment, that nothing could be done who, though little inclined to yield without him.
to arbitrary power, are sometimes “ The death of the prince, which reduced by their attachment to popu. happened some years after, far from di- lar leaders.” minishing his influence, considerably increased it. The Princess of Wales PLEASURE !-It was the remark of honoured him with unreserved confi- Langier, formerly a physician at the dence; and consulted him not cnly court of Vienna, that “ At twentyupon her own concerns, but upon the five, we kill Pleasure; at thirty, we education of the Prince of Wales, her enjoy it; at forty, we husband it; son. By her influence with the king, at fifty, we hunt afier it; and at Lord Bute was appointed first lord of sixty, we regret it!"-He was, (obthe chamber to the young prince; serves Duters) the St. Evremond of and this early mark of favour excited Vienna. Nobody had more deeply against that nobleman the jealousy of studied the art of being happy; and many of his competitors, and was th:e none better knew how to enjoy hapcause of that animosity which after- piness himself, or to make others ac. wards broke out so strongly against quainted with it. him.
Address intended to have been spoken by Parent of manners, thou! to whoin we owo
one of the Ladies at Airs. GEORGE'S The lieart to conflict, and the mind to know; School, at Lambeth, Dec. 4th, (her birth- Mild as the past, О may no coming storm day), 1805.
The tranquil lustre of thy days deform! No venal strains, of adulation born,
To added years, be added bliss decreed; Greet the first hours of this auspicious Virtue's best gifts, and Honour's spoiless
meed! No prac-is'd hand the willing Muse requires, Though destin'd soon, discharg'd thy fos'Tis truth that prompts, 'tis gratitude in
tering care, spires!
Far from thy smiles in differing scenes to
share, While Love and Friendship aid the fair Not ceas'd thy pow'r, o‘ar fortune's restless design,
tide Pleas'd still for thee consentirg wreaths to Thy rules shall coinse), and thy pattern twine;
guile; Each foremost to record, with tender strife, To life's last hour, soine grateful ininds The silent virtues of domestic life;
shall save Thec, lovd precepiress! our's we fondly Thy bright remembrance from ob vion's claim,
grave! Altd give thy merits to the voice of fume. Dec 20, 1805.