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cavalry swept the plain, and the most terrible sufferings, without havtremendous irrtillery tore over the ing the poor consolation of being field, and crushed, beneath its iron- able to afford them any relief? bound wheels, the bodies of the Harry.-Very true, mamma. I see wounded and the fallen ;-then were
that those who makc war have a mingled groans and shouts, shrieks great deal of misery to answer for ; and execrations ;--then was the death but with an officer or a private solwhich no soft hand alleviated, and dier, you know, the case is different. no prayer hallowed ;-then the spirit Mrs. B.-They certainly cause less burst from its rent and agonized misery to others : but I am afraid, prison-house, into an eternity which my dear Harry, that you have a very must have covered it with astonish- imperfect notion of what the poor ment and dismay.--Could we for a soldier suffers himself. Here is the moment view the curtain withdrawn, second volume of Sandford and which hangs around mortality, we Merton ; Lucy, you shall read to us should be forced to admit, that the Mr. Barlow's description of the life deepest terrors of the conflict lay of a soldier. beyond the sepulchre !
(Lucy reads.)—"But since you are At Brussels, in the mean time, all so little acquainted with the business was anxiety and inquiry; those who of a soldier, I must show you a little had ventured as near as they dared more clearly in what it consists. I to the field, brought back contra must inform you, that there is no dictory accounts, but most were un human being exposed to suffer a favourable. Shortly came in some greater degree of hardship. He is wounded, carried in litters, and on often obliged to march whole days carriages; these could tell but little, in the most violent heat, or cold, or as they left the field early. Soon, rain ; and frequently without victuals however, the wounded came in in to eat, or clothes to cover him. greater numbers, the hospitals were When he stops at night, the most he overstocked, and the houses of in can expect is a miserable canvass dividuals were thrown open for their tent to shelter him, that is penetrated reception. The ladies of the city in every part by wet, and a little administered to the wounds and to the straw to keep his body from the damp, necessities of the soldiers ; and the unwholesome earth.-Frequently he same delicate spirits, who would have cannot meet with even this, and shuddered in calmer hours to have is obliged to lie uncovered upon
the trampled upon an insect, now bore ground; by which means he conto hear, although not without many tracts a thousand diseases, which are a deep sensation, the groan of agony,
more fatal than the cannon and weaas the knife separated every muscle pons of the enemy. Every hour he is and fibre, and as the amputating saw exposed to engage in combats, at the grated through the bone.
hazard of losing his limbs, of being crippled, or mortally wounded. If
he gains the victory, he generally From Grecian Stories, by Maria Hack. has only to begin again and fight
anew, till the war is over.
If he is AFTER the Anecdote given of the beaten, he probably loses his life Duke of Wellington in our last Num- upon the spot, or is taken prisoner ber, Mrs. B. continues thus :
by the enemy ; in which case he may If such are the feelings of a vic- languish several months in a dreary torious General, what must be the prison, in want of all the necessaries horror and anguish of him who has of life.” lost the battle ? --Who sees his brave Harry.-- If Mr. Barlow gives a just and faithful soldiers exposed to the description of the life of a soldier,
I am sure it must be a very unhappy nothing, compared with the agony
that she suffered from her entire Mrs. B.-It is not only the poor ignorance of the fate of her husband. soldier who is rendered unhappy by Harry.--Poor thing, she was in a the sufferings arising from war. You dreadful situation ! but I wish you have no conception, my dear children, would go on with the story. When of the terror and confusion that pre- did this affair happen, dear mamma? vail in a country that is the seat of Mrs. B. - About the middle of it. A few years ago there was a civil October 1792. Exhausted with the war in France. A civil war is that fatigue and anxiety of the day, the which is carried on in any country, poor wanderers fell asleep. At three where a difference of opinion among o'clock in the morning they were the inhabitants induces them to settle awakened by the roar of cannon, their dispute by arms. Some of the which resounded from hill to hill French chose to establish a re- along the Loire. — 'They arose to public, others resolved that the coun attend inass, (for so the service of try should continue to be governed the Roman Catholic Church is called) by its king. The republican party which was to be performed in the fought the royalists, defeated and night, because, in their present cirpursued thein. From these unhappy cumstances time was precious, and fugitiyes I will select one family, many wished to rejoin the army. because you will have a more dis- The church was full; the priest, & tinct idea of the scene, than if your venerable man, exhorted the soldiers attention is divided amongst a con in the most affecting manner, to adfused crowd.
vance courageously in defence of their Harry.—You are very kind, dear king, their wives, and their children,
I should very much like whom the enemy were massacring. to hear a French story.
The roar of cannon
was heard at Mrs. B.-Madame de Lescure, the intervals, during this discourse. The wife of one of the brave Vendean noise, the darkness, their unhappy generals, uncertain of the fate of her situation, the uncertainty they felt husband, who had received a dreadful respecting the fate of the army, and wound in the late engagement, had that of their dearest friends, made a passed a most agitating day. Flying gloomy and fearful impression on on horse-back from the approaching every mind. enemy, she was for some time obliged After mass, the good old priest, to carry her infant daughter in her who had been informed that M. de
Bewildered in the cross-roads Lescure was dead, endeavoured to of a country with which they were prepare the mind of his unhappy unacquainted, the fugitives on the wife to support such a misfortune. approach of night found themselves He spoke to her of the duty of renear a village distant only a few signation : his voice, his manner, miles from the Loire. Here, with appeared to her prophetic of some her mother, her aunt, and her poor terrible calamity. Benumbed with infant, Madame de Lescure was glad fear, she gazed at him, scarcely to throw herself on a bed, in a room knowing what to believe. In the almost filled with soldiers.
meantime, the discharges of artillery Lucy. — You mentioned her mo became louder and more frequent, ther; was Madame de Lescure a and seemed approaching : it was young lady, mamma?
necessary to quit the church. Almost Mrs. B.-She was only twenty years fainting, this unhappy lady was as, old, encumbered with a helpless in- sisted to mount a horse, and obliged fant, and herself in a very delicate to continue her flight, without knowstate of health. But all this was as ing where she could hope for refuge.
Hearing that her husband was at virtues and his courage had gained Chaudron, and that he was wounded, general esteem; but with every she hastened thither. Alas! what precaution that could be taken, the a sorrowful spectacle awaited her! motion of travelling occasioned inThe forehead of M. de Lescure had tolerable pain. His afllicted wife been shattered by a ball, which journeyed beside him, and early in struck him near the left eye-brow, the morning they gained the heights and passed behind his ear : his coun of St. Florent, which form a kind of tenance was dreadfully swollen and semicircular enclosure. From the disfigured, and he was scarcely able bottom of these hills a vast flat to speak. But though reduced to extends to the margin of the Loire, so deplorable a state, he received which in that place is very broad. some comfort from the arrival of Eighty thousand persons were crowdhis wife, on whose account he had ing into this valley. Soldiers, women, suffered the greatest anxiety, ima- children, old people, were all hurrygining that she had fallen into the ing along in a confused mass, flying hands of the republicans.
from slaughter and conflagration; Harry.—And suppose she had ? behind them they perceived the rising they could have no motive to injure smoke of villages, which the reher, for she could do them no harm, publicans had set on fire. No voice poor thing!
was heard but that of lamentation. Mrs. B.-Alas! my dear Harry, In this confused crowd, each person in the dreadful confusion which fol was seeking parents, friends, or prolows a battle, both women and chil- tectors. Ignorant of the fate which dren are often great sufferers. We awaited them on the opposite shore, have no adequate conception of such they eagerly desired to pass the river, horrors in England; and lung may as if on the other side they were to Providence, in its mercy, preserve find an end to all their sorrows. us from them!
About twenty wretched boats carried Lucy. And other countries too, I over, in turn, the fugitives who preshope. Oh, mamma! I did not think sed into them. Others endeavoured to that war had been so dreadful.
cross on horseback: allextended their Mrs. B.-The Vendean Generals arms towards those on the other bank, resolved to make yet one more at to implore assistance. On the oppotempt against the republicans, and site shore was seen another multiled their brave countrymen to the tude, whose distant and hollow murcharge. At first they were success mur was more faintly heard. In the ful; but the enemy received a fresh middle of the stream was a small supply of troops, the royalists were island, covered with people. Never routed in their turn, and at length will that spectacle be effaced from completely defeated. No hope re the memory of the unfortunate Venmained for the fugitives, unless they deans ! Many of them compared that could accomplish the passage of the disorder, that despair, that uncerLoire. The Bretons, who inhabited tainty of the future, that bewildered the country to the north of that crowd, that valley, that river which river, invited the unhappy Vendeans must be passed, to the ideas which to take refuge amongst them, and we sometimes form of the awful day sent some boats to convey them over. of the last judgment.
During the whole of that miserable Lucy.—Oh, mamma, this ocene is a night, the fugitives arrived in crowds great deal too terrible! What became at St. Florent: among the rest were of the poor lady and her husband M. de Lescure and his family. The and little girl ? wounded general was carried in a Mrs. B..-M. de Lescure died of bed with every possible care, for his his wounds, in the beginning of No-
vember, leaving his wife overwhelmed wrote to the Peace Society. I have with affliction.
sent a number of our Tracts to the But I have told you enough of this North of Italy. melancholy tale. You have heard some M. Mosena, in his second Petition, of the dangers and miseries which speaks of the Peace Society in strong accompany war. I will now relate terms of approbation. a story of some people who resolved that they would have nothing to do with war or its horrors; and then
[The following Letter from the London you may consider which plan is likely to make men happiest.
Peace Society has been translated into
several of the European languages, and (To be continued.)
both at home and abroad will obtain, we hope, extensive circulation. May it ex
cite that lively interest, and be attended Copy of a Letter from a Gentleman with that vigorous operation, which the
in Paris, who is connected with the subject truly merits.] .
London, s Great Knight-Rider Street,
Doctors' Commons. My Dear FRIEND, I have been so
SIR, -The Society for the Proexceedingly occupied, that I have not motion of Permanent and Universal been able to give the Peace Society of that period of tranquillity which
Peace desiring to avail themselves the details I could have wished. I have been however actively em
has at last dawned upon the Nations ployed. I am glad to say that the of Europe, take the liberty of addresprincipal literary publication here, sing you, to entreat your co-operathe Revue Encyclopedique, has taken tion in the dissemination of their up the subject, and will give a long principles, by the circulation of their article in their next Number.
Tracts, and by exciting as extensively The new Society* here met about
as possible the attention of the reten days ago ; I attended their meet- ligious world to the all-important ing, and assured them of our cordial question, Whether the Christian reco-operation as far as their plan and ligion, in its spirit and its letter, is objects accorded with ours. The not wholly opposed to the practice of
War? promise of co-operation was accepted and repeated. I engaged that they serious conviction; and that the cir
That it is so, is the result of their should be furnished from time to time with details of our proceedings,
culation of that conviction would and they assured me that they would necessarily tend wonderfully to inconstantly send us a procès verbal of crease the sum of human happiness, theirs. I hope this matter is now
and to diminish the burden of human perfectly in order, and that our union, misery, is their, as they trust it is thus begun, will be perfected, and your, conscientious and unshaken made availing for the great objects belief. Every thing that the imain view.
gination can conceive of distress and I have given Toreno (Count) a
horror has been produced by War; Set of our Tracts, and have already and to be instrumental in extirpating distributed pretty extensively those
so gigantic an evil, an evil which I brought with me.
they are persuaded may be, and will I have written to M. Liotard, of be at last vanquished by the influence Amsterdam, who some time ago motive of thus addressing you.
of the Christian principle, is the * Alluding to the Society whose Pro. Will you join them in their imspectus appears in our present Number. portant labours--labours not limited
to any nation or climei Will
felt. It is with unfeigned delight į give them the encouragement of your that we hail any public demonstra
correspondence, and of your counsels; tion of this fact. Two recent pub¿ so that no effort may be lost--nó lications, on the genuine spirit of ? attempt be untried, which may pro- Christianity, have been sent to us.
mise to encourage the circulation of One is entitled “ The Kingdom of this distinguishing characteristic of God on Earth,” by the Rev. John the religion of Jesus ?
Whitehouse, rector of Orlingbury, On their behalf I invite you to Northamptonshire,- The other is a co-operate, and remain, &c.
Sermon by the Rev. George Clayton, (Signed by the Foreign, or the Doctrine and Spirit of ChrisHome Secretary.)
tianity, in reference to the Retaliation of Injuries.” Both admirable for the
spirit which they breathe, and both Review of a Sermon, on the Doctrine intimately connected with the sub
and Spirit of Christianity, preached ject of Peace. The former, which at York Street Chapel, Walworth, embraces a wider field, we must re21 Jan. 1821, by the Rev. GEORGE serve to our next Number. To the CLAYTON,
latter we request the attention of our Painful as the reflection is, we find readers at the present time. it impossible to stifle the conviction, The following is the text which that much of the vindictive and re Mr. Clayton has selected, and the vengeful spirit from which private striking exordium he has employed quarrels and national animosities have to introduce the subject to the notice arisen, is owing to an unintentional of his hearers, and the public neglect on the part of Christian Mi Luke vi. 27, & 28. “But I say unto nisters, in propagating, with reite- you which hear, Love
your enemies, rated and affectionate zeal, the hum- do good to them which hate you, ble, self-denying, and peaceful spirit bless them that curse you, and pray of the Gospel. They have either for them that despitefully use you.' been not sufficiently aware of its Christianity, even where it is most importance, or possessed with too publicly and extensively professed, is humiliating an idea of the beneficial but partially understood, and imperefficacy which, with the blessing of fectly exemplified. Looking at the God, their labours in this respect great mass of what is called the rewere calculated to produce. Yet its ligious world, and marking the spirit peculiar importance forms a most they breathe, and the passions they prominent subject of our Saviour's indulge, who would suppose that addresses to his disciples ; and it they had read, even with a cursory seems absolutely impossible that attention, the precepts of the New any minister, whose mind is familiar Testament, or sat in submissive with the 13th chapter of the 1st book silence, even for an hour, at the of Corinthians, can be satisfied with- feet of Jesus of Nazareth? When we out making the spirit of Christian contemplate the delineation of his love a very frequent and forcible divine religion, as presented to us in theme of address to his people. the inspired page, and then turn to
But we are persuaded, both as it the living manners of those who regards ministers and people, (with- avow themselves its professors, we out referring to any particular sect) are ready to exclaim with one of the that the lovely dispositions of Chrisa Fathers,— either this is not Christianity are gaining ground, and that tianity, or we are no Christians !" the imperative necessity of propa. Such are the reflections which have gating and encouraging these dis- forced themselves upon the mind, in positions in others is more powerfully reading the language of the text.