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meant by mind. I now ask you, in re being with whose intelligence I beturn, to satisfy yourself what is the ex- come acquainted must act. I have no act meaning of design. Must not a plan faculties by which I can be informed or design consist, in the mind which of the intellectual qualities of other beconceives it, of various thoughts or ings, except from their works or operaideas adjusted to each other? Do these tions. Were there no creation, I should then exist in this separate form in the never have known the existence of the Deity? If they do, we again light up- divine mind. But creation implies acon all the consequences of anthropo tion, or, in other words, volition and morphism. Or, if design in the Deity its consequences. The production of is different from design in the human the universe, therefore, at the same mind, then how is it design? is it not moment that it makes us acquaintsomething we know not what? and ed with the wisdom which' projected are we not talking mysticism, or, in it, informs us likewise of the will other words, unintelligibly? The which caused it, or the discovery of question was your own formerly, and the Divine intelligence must be acI have not yet heard it answered. companied in our minds with the dis6 It would indeed be absurd, Pam- covery of his volition. , philus, (he replied,) to affirm, that, The mighty difficulty, however, upon subjects of this lofty nature, (replied I,) relates to the moral attrithere cannot be started puzzles which butes. A being may have intelligence are beyond the reach of the human un- and the power of volition; but, if we derstanding. I surely will not pretend see no more, can we attach to him the to give you an insight into the intelli- notions of excellence or goodness? It gence of the Deity, or explain to you was here, Philo, that you combated either its mode of being or its manner with most success the received notions of operation. All that I am acquaints of Deity; and, unless we are coned with are its effects. These speak to vinced that God is good, where, after my mind the saine language as the ef- all, can be our sentiments of religion? fects of human intelligence. Perhaps . (To be continued.) the thoughts of every mind are arranged differently. Your intelligence may be something very different from THE HISTORY OF THE MORNING mine, but its operations are similar. POST FOR JANUARY 31, 1820. is Or, when we talk of a division of
CHAPTERI thoughts, are we not borrowing our language from the material world, I FIRST woke to the consciousness and speaking of the mind as if it were of existence in the form of a plant of something extended ? In short, every flax, and expanded my blue petals to man has but a very obscure and rapid the glow of a meridian sun in the ferview of the operations of his own tile plains of Cambray. . is intellect ; however, in the effects I shall nou dwell on the sensations which follow from them, he reads which I experienced during these few design with sufficient distinctness; and happy hours, when I waved my he discovers the same principle in the light flowers in the gentle breeze, operations of other men; he finds it while the butterfly rested on my slenlikewise in the works of the Deity, } der' stalk, the blithe insects flew in -, Without going any farther (replied airy circles around me, and the birds,
I) into points of so much abstruse- with joyous carols, filled the air with ness, you will yet permit me to hesi- harmony. Suddenly I was seized by tate before I give my assent to your a ruthless peasant, who dragged me assertion, that all the other perfections from my parent soil, and laid me on of mind must accompany that of de- an heap with many thousands of my sign. May there not be a being mere- languishing fellows. A darkness and ly speculative, without any active fa- insensibility came over me-I lost all culties; and what do you say to that power of observation, and retained large class of qualities which we call not even the sense of existence, but moral ? Must they likewise be the by feeling the torment of a heaviness necessary concomitants of intelligence? and oppression, which all who have
I may admit (said he) the possible felt it, know to be worse than pain. existence of a simple intelligence, de- I cannot say how long I continued void of any active principle; but any in this state, for slowly do the hours, VOL. VII.
pass that are loaded with misery. At more particularly assiduous to the length I emerged once more to light widow, and in whom there appeared and life, and found myself lying on an air of design and artifice that exa table in the form of a cambric cited my suspicions. For this reason handkerchief, in a splendid apart. I watched him narrowly, He was ment, which, as I afterwards found, tolerably handsome, and evidently belonged to the Hotel de B in thought himself exceedingly so. His Paris. The room, though brilliantly dress was studiously a-la-mode, fitted up, was rendered gloomy and though, with all his endeavours, he sepulchral, by the quantities of black could not set it off with the true air draperies that were disposed around of gentility; and there was besides a
kind of vaurien expression in his counPresently a lady entered the apart- tenance that made me in my heart (for ment, leaning on a very pretty, but cambric handkerchiefs have hearts) pensive, young woman. The lady was take a dislike to him. apparently past the bloom of youth, The conversation, as was highly and was clothed in the deepest widow's proper, was chiefly on the merits of mourning. On entering, she stopt, the deceased ; and the affliction of the and gazed around, and then said, in widow appeared excessive, though I, no very gracious tone of voice, to the who had an opportunity of knowing dejected girl by her side,“ Very well, how the matter stood, can safely aver Agatha, for once you have done me she did not shed a tear. She expathe favour to try to please me; on the tiated on her lamented husband's whole, every thing is very tolerably merits, and especially on his great li. arranged; but we must make a few berality. alterations."
“ Do you know, my friends, that She then, while her attendant seem- noble, generous nian, has left every ed wearied both in spirit and in body, thing to me." caused her to make a thousand little " Generous, noble man!” was frivolous changes in the folds and echoed by the circle of sympathetic hangings of the black draperies. , friends, who seemed to be performing
When this was at last completed, the part of a chorus. she threw herself, in a fine attitude, “' And every thing in my own into an arm-chair. « Now," said power," added the widow. she, “ I can indulge myself in grief.” “Excellent worthy man!” was reShe then, taking me in her hand, iterated round the room. seemed to endeavour to deceive her. “ I thought," said M. de Cham. self into the belief that she was shed- beau, the young man I have been dem ding a flood of tears. After a proper scribing," that great part of M. de time, she discontinued the semblance B 's property went to the young of woe, and took up a book that had G S , his heirs-at-law ?” been placed on the table.'
“ Not a livre," said the widow; « How is this?" said she, --" What not a month before my lamented could you mean by laying this book husband's death, he agreed to pay on the table when I am expecting their father's debts, on condition that visits of condolence ?"
they relinquished their own claims on “I thought, Madam,” replied the his estate." trembling Agatha, “ you would like " I hope," said M. de Chambeau, the book that appeared to amuse you « it was not a large sum he had to so much last night.” m
, pay?". .« True, child, but it is a different ; * O no! something very inconsider, thing reading in company, and read- able, but the sons were willing to ing alone: here, quick, hide it be. make any sacrifice to save their father hind the cushion, and give me Mas- from prison." sillon's Sermons, and the Mystics of “ How fortunate !" went round the Madame Guyon.”
. circle. These arrangements were scarcely “ But," resumed the young man, made when coinpany arrived, and with a look of anxious inquiry, “ can there followed a long scene of the hythey not institute a process, and still pocrisy of grief on one side, and the substantiate their claims?" hypocrisy of sympathy on the other. “Impossible," replied the lady, I remarked one young man, who was “ the papers were too securely drawn
up, to leave them any power of refus- At length a return of sensation began ing to abide by them; besides, the ele to creep over me, consisting at first der is now dying of a broken heart, in little else than an extreme pressure. and the younger is going to seek his On the removal of the pressure, I fortune with the South American in- started suddenly into the knowledge surgents, so there is no fear that either of a great improvement in my order of them can disturb my dear departed of being, and perceived myself to be husband's generous bequest."
no less a person than the Morning Here a few broken sobs made a very Post of January 31, 1820, and that I judicious termination of the widow's had a deep black edge round my marspeech ;-while “ excellent man !” gin, as an expression of grief for the « magnificent legacy !” “ charming news I contained of the death of the sensibility !” was repeated at proper good old King George III. I had no intervals by the chorus.
time for making farther observations, At length all the company departed, as I was seized instantly by a dirty except M. de Chambeau, who, as boy, who, with haste and importance soon as he was alone with the lady, be in his looks, hurried me and several gan a long tirade on his long nourished others like myself through the streets passion for her on his fears-on his of London. After leaving many of hopes on his desperation. The lady my companions at different places, it heard him at first with frowns and was my luck to be left at a large house reproaches: at last her grief for the in
Square. husband who was departed, was suc- After being examined and well comceeded by compassion for the lover mented upon by the porter and a who was present; and M. de Cham- bevy of footmen, I was taken up beau threw himself on his knees be- stairs, and laid on the breakfast-table fore her, exclaiming, “O! ever be of a very elegant apartment, loved creature, let me not languish Here I was left alone, and had time out my life in hopeless expectation; to look about me, and consider my siat least permit me to look forwards to tuation. My attention was soon riveta period that may terminate my suf ted by a full length portrait of a young ferings, and put me in possession of female. The candour and innocence all I love on earth.”.
of youth sat upon the brow, cheerfulThe lady was silent, but he mark- ness beamed through every feature, ed the relenting of her eye, and con- and the beautiful lips that were a littinued, “ Allow me to name this day tle parted, seemed to be saying: fortnight for our happy nuptials.” “Look at me, for I am good and
". This day fortnight, Sir !" .ex. happy.", clained the lady, " consider the re. I was so much absorbed in contemspect I owe to the memory of the de plating this lovely picture, that I was ceased,—to the world, to myself, scarcely aware that a lady and gentleconsider my excessive grief.--consider man had entered the room, and were
a fortnight! impossible ! at least let seated at breakfast, till the lady took it be three weeks.”
me up. I then immediately saw that " At this moment I became too much she was the original of the portrait I occupied by my own misfortunes to had been admiring; but O how changobserve how much farther the contest ed ! Instead of that sweet and happy proceeded; for in the moment of agi- expression of countenance, she wore tation, the widow had suffered me to the haggard, dissipated look of a thofall on the floor, where I became the rough votary of fashion-restlessness prey of a mischievous little French lap- and anxiety were visible in her eye, dog, who'amused himself with tearing peevishness and discontent in her me to shreds. - I cannot say that my mouth. The same delicacy of comsufferings under this operation were plexion and regularity of features reacute, though they were very distres- mained, but all their charm was sing, and were succeeded by a faint. gone.. ness and insensibility, which rendered I turned from this painful contrast, my existence for a time a total blank to examine the gentleman. His air
and figure were strikingly dignified CHAP. II.
and elegant; his face might, perhaps, I conjecture that I remained in this be called plain, but was highly pleasmelancholy condition many months. ing, from the expression in it of sound
good sense and integrity, though conscience, the sense of what she owes somewhat clouded by thoughtfulness. to"
“ How odious this long mourning “ It is extremely hard," said the will be !" said the lady.
lady, interrupting him, and rising The gentleman made no reply with an air of resentment; “it is ex
“ However," resumed she," there tremely hard, Sir William, that you will be a coronation. It will be de- should presume to find fault with my lightful to walk at a coronation.” conduct, considering the fortune and
The gentleman was still silent. consequence you have acquired by
At length, after several equally fri- marrying me.” volous observations from the lady on “ It will be well, Madam, for us the solemn and affecting subject of her both,” said Sir William, with a tone Monarch's death, the gentleman broke of great solemnity, “ if I acquire no silence, and, drawing his chair nearer disgrace. It is my duty, though a to her, said, -" You will oblige me, duty I should be gladly spared, to ad. Lady Mary, by laying aside the pa- monish you of your errors ; and no per, and giving me an opportunity of consideration upon earth shall ever speaking to you."
make me forego what I believe to be She tossed me down, with no win- my duty.” ning grace, saying, "Well, Sir Wil- Saying this, he left the room, and liain, I am ready to hear what you Lady Mary, retiring also, and taking have to say."
me with her, threw herself on a sofa .“ What I have to say, Madam," in an adjoining apartment. She atreplied he, “ will not please you-but tempted to read, but I saw she could I should be most unjust to you and not comprehend a word. I saw rise to myself if I did not say it." : ing in her mind regret and dissatis
« The old story, I suppose," said faction with herself, and an increased Lady Mary, seeming to case-harden respect for her husband. I thought herself with a look of callous indiffer-. again of the lovely picture of what ence.
she had once been, and what she :“ You very well know," resumed might be again and my heart palpiSir William, " that I have long dis- tated, (for I have said before that I approved of your allowing that foolish had a heart,) and, by an almost suyoung Guardsman to accompany you pernatural effect, I contrived to uneverywhere. Do not suppose that I fold to her view one of my columns, am jealous of him. I would not think in which, in giving a picture of the so ill of you, nor so ill of myself, as to deceased King's character, were dissuffer that baleful passion to harbour played the happiness and the dignity in my breast ; but to see you loved, of a virtuous married life; and gladly and honoured, and respected by others, did I receive a tear of regret and comby the wise and good, as you are by punction on the page. me, is the wish nearest my heart; and At that moment a lady entered, how can you be so, while your con- whom I perceived, by her tone of serduct in public is both childish and in- vility, to be a sort of satellite. discreet ?"
." In tears, my sweetest Lady Mary! I saw she was touched, but pride what can be the matter ?" little, 'contemptible, female pride “0, nothing !" said her Ladyship. kept down the more worthy emotion; “But something must be the matand, with the tone of a person highly ter-I never before saw the radiance affronted, she retorted,
of those brilliant eyes so dim," said « Well, Sir, and am I not respect- the other. ed? What woman of quality can be “ Well, then," said Lady Mary, more noticed and admired than my. “ if you must know, Sir William has
been plaguing me again about Colo. “ Your rank,” replied he, “ gives nel BS , and wants me to forbid you place, your elegance and beauty his attending me in public.” gain you admiration; but is there not “My dearest Lady Mary,” exsomething more than this which a claimed the satellite, “ I never heard wise and virtuous woman would de- anything so intolerable; but I hope sire ? Is not the respect of all good you did not make any concessions. people, the approbation of her own “ No, indeed,” replied Lady Mary;
“I can assure you I kept up my own feeling excessively hurt. I had indignity admirably.”
tended not to have mentioned it to « That was quite right, my sweet any body-however, I will to you, creature,” said the other ; “it is most and to you only. I have received an · unreasonable in any husband to dice anonymous letter, telling me that that
tate to his wife on the choice of her poor unhappy woman is now with her acquaintance; but, depend upon it, wretched seducer in the most abject they are all alike. If you once begin poverty. For two years after her diyielding and submitting, there's no vorce, they subsisted on the money end of it. If you will take my ad. and jewels she took with her when vice, you will invite Colonel B- she eloped from this house, and abanhere to-day, to show Sir William you doned every" won't submit to be a slave to his ridin' Here his voice became so indistinct, culous whims."
I could not hear his next words; but, I can assure you, gende reader, I becoming more composed, he resumwould, if I could, have wept tears ed,-“ And I find that he has now not of blood, but of ink at this weak been obliged to sell his commission, and wicked advice ; but I had no op- and is in momentary expectation of portunity to know if it was taken, for being put in prison for debt, whither Lady Mary had folded me round a she, having no other resource, must small volume, and, ringing the bell, accompany him. I know it is weak, ordered the servant to take the parcel it is wrong to feel as I do; but, when to Mrs Mordant's.
I recollect how much she was the dar
ling of a doating father, all her early CHAP. III.
self-indulgence, her helplessness, her The distance to Mrs Mordant's delicacy, I cannot picture her reduced house was not great, and I was im- to be the inmate of a common prison, mediately taken into the drawing, of a receptacle for the lowest vice and room, where a lady of a most engage want, without feeling, great as have ing aspect was sitting, reading. As been her injuries to me, an agony I she continued to proceed with her cannot suppress.” book without taking any notice of me, After a short silence on both sides, I had leisure to observe her physiogé Mrs Mordant took the hand of her nomy. . At first I thought her ex- husband in both hers, and said, tremely handsome, but, on examina. “Let us consider what can, what tion, I found that her chief attraction ought, to be done.” consisted in the expression of her il- " I know," said Mr Mordant, luminated countenanceman expression “ what ought to be done. She ought fraught with goodness and benignity. to suffer the misery she has brought
After some little time, a gentleman upon herself. She has poisoned her entered. There was something very own cup-she ought to drink to the prepossessing in his appearance, though last drop the bitter dregs of it.” his brow was evidently clouded by.“ And has she not," said the genchagrin. Mrs Mordant perceived that tle advocate,“ done that already something had vexed him, and, lay- “No," said the agitated husband, ing aside her book, said, in an affec- " I have had my share of it; her intionate manner,
nocent, her injured child, she has her “My dear Mr Mordant, I am ae portion yet to come. How must she fraid something has occurred to dis- feel when she comes to know that her tress you—May I not know what it mother forsook her, forsook her for an is ?"
abandoned profligate! The disgrace of " I own,” said he, “ I have been such a mother will cling to her all her greatly disturbed by a letter I have life. O Selina,” he continued, “ had just received.”
I but seen you before I had consigned “I hope nothing very serious- my affections and my honour to one Pray let me know what it is-Perhaps so unworthy of the trust, how uncloud. it may not be so bad as you appre- ed would then have been our lives, hend," said Mrs Mordant, with ear. for not all the happiness I now enjoy nest solicitude.
with you can prevent my life from " It is nothing, my love, that need being embittered by cruel rememdistress you, and ought not, perhaps, brance !" to distress me. Still I cannot help “ We should then," said the gentle