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The Unfortunate. Acquisition. der of the Garter and the music at vered while Garter proclaims the stile tending
and title of each knight, either in EngAt the second course, Garter, with lifh or French; and then all the officers the officers at arms, proceeds from the at arms crying Largelle, make their lower end of the room to the place obeisances, and retire. The day is where the new installed knights are concluded with a ball for the ladies in feated, but instantly stand up unco. the royal apartments.
To the EDITOR of the OXFORD MAGAZINE.
Knight of the Garter.)
S you have thought proper to fa- hand, of his Royal Higliness the Prince account of the ceremonies observed at Knight of the Order of the Garter. the Installment of the Knights of the This I have judged the best expeGarter, I imagined it would be no dient to gratify the curiosity of such small improvement of my idea, to add of your readers, as have not the opthe annexed Plate, which I have caused portunity of being present at that ceto be engraved by a most eminent remony.
The UNFORTUNATE ACQUISITION.-A Dramatic Tale.
" I have full as much
Here and there, indeed, among those his injurious railleries when he found who Aocked to his table upon the he had leffened himself in the eyes of flightest invitation; a wretch was found the most respectable people among his mean enough to ridicule him behind acquaintance. his back for living up to his little in jack, indeed, had been very uncome, without saving a thilling. A delervedly ridiculed for living up to real friend one day having heard him his income, and for being too liberal very unfairly exposed by a person tị save any money out of it. With whom he had distinguis:ed by his lin his income few men would probably berality, could not help acquainting have heen so liberal, in order to make him with his name, that he might not their friends happy about them. Had confer any inore favours on a man he, like a thousand generous fellows, who had shewn himself to unworthy indulged his generolity at the exof them. Jack immediately made a pence of his honour, he might have reply, which fuficiently proved that figured in a larger way, and have
The Unfortunate Acquisition. doubled the number of his benefac- 'ter of a strange lady not many miles tions : He might have contracted con- off, who had turned her out of doors Siderable debts without giving himself because she would not marry a rich old any trouble about the payment of man the did not like, and only allowed them ; but he did not bluth at a sin- her just enough to live as they did. gularity in his mode of thinking, She has boarded with us about a month, which urged him to look upon the continued Mrs. Beech, and a more man who paid no regard to justice, as pretty nor better humoured young gena man who could not, without the tlewoman I never set my eyes on. greatest impropriety, be complimented Jack listened 'with great attention to for his honour.
Mrs. Beech's intelligence in answer to For many reasons Jack could not his enquiries, and when he had fihelp wishing, frequently, that he was nished her speech, begged to see the in a more roomy situation; but his lady whom he had heard with so much wishes were not very painful to him, fatisfaction. till he began to feel the tender pallion « You will see her foon, Sir, restirring within his breast: His wishes plied Mrs. Beech, for breakfast is althen became tormenting.
moit ready." Having been, by an unlucky boy, When Miss Millingtün, that was while he was riding down, one fum- the young lady's name, appeared, her mer, to his uncle's house in Lancashire, personal charms, rather heightened directed to the very road which he than diminished by the fimplicity of fhould have avoided, soon after liis of her dress, captivated Jack to such a entrance into that country he found degree, that he ftood with his eyes himself in a most ineligible condition. fixed on her loft in admiration. ReHe found himself benighted in a place ex- covering himself however at lalt, and tremely perplexing, as he did not know to seeing her eyes rivetted on the floor, which of the paths before him he should while her face and neck were as red as turn his horse's head. His servant, scarlet, he advanced to her, and, in equally ignorant of the ground, could the politest accents, apologized for his fay nothing to remove his embarrass- behaviour, intreating her, at the same
time, to pardon a rudenels which her When he had waited some time tor- beauty had occasioned. tured with uncertainty, a whistling By that address Miss Millington's rustic made his appearance, and ad- confusion was increased; but as her miniftered much consolation to him, adınirer immediately turned to the by offering, in a very hospitable man- good cottagers, and talked to them aner, to give him a night's lodging in bout several matters adapted to their his cottage.
capacities, the became less and less difSuch an offer at such a juncture was concerted, and found herself able, too feasonable to be refused. Jack be- when he directed his converfation againz ing heartily tired with the journey of to her, to convince him that her underthe day flept foundly, though he was standing was not inferior to her beauty, but poorly accommodated.
and that her education had thrown a In a few moments after he awaked in lustre on them both, the morning, his ears were regaled in He breakfasted, he dined, he fupa manner vhich astonished him. The ped at the cottage. In short, he was Sireetest female voice warbled the molt prevented from pursuing his journey melodious notes; he was quite de to his uncle by the abovementioned righted with them, he was half mad to powerful attractions. Miss Millingfe the bewitching songstress. Not be- ion's whole carriage indeed was to very mg able to be a mere listener long, discreet, and he enjoyed so much pleawith patience, le quitted his apart- fure in her society, that he became ment in order to gratify his curiosity, desperately enamoured with her : Nor which grew insupportable. lie was did he think of quitting a spot on which
formed by Mrs. Beech, the honeft his heart had been so forcibly attached, rustic's wife, that “ the young gentie- till he accidentally faw one morning (ita konan he heard iinging was the daugha
A Chinese Tale. coffee-house in the next town, to which The acquisition which he fondly he often walked to shift the icene, and imagined would have compleated his to pick up a little-news) in the paper, felicity, was indeed the cause of his that his uncle died two days before the wretchedness. Avarice took poffeffion publication of it: He started at the of his soul : All his generous emotions light of so unexpected a paragraph, as were extinguished by that contemptible if he had felt the electrical shock, and passion. He not only ceased to be lihurried back to the cottage: He hur- beral, he hardly allowed himself the ried to it more agitated than he had meanest necesaries of life. ever been in his life." After a short quaintance, his friends, and even his interview with the sole mistress of his Harriot were forsaken by him; nor affections, he took his leave of her, did he feel the flightest pang of realluring her, in the strongest terms, morse, while he barely existed in a that he would return to lolicit the selfish solitude, when he heard of the poffeffion of her hand, if his uncle's untimely end of the last, in consequence will was as favourable to him as he of his having abandoned her, as the imagined it would adding, doated on him too much to endure that he should have pressed her life without him. No longer did he to make him the happiest of men remember what he had often declared before, had he not thought that his with regard to honour and justice. By fortune was unequal to her merit. deserting Miss Millington, and by the
With these words he departed. On many extortions which he practiled to his arrival at his uncle's house his ex increase his wealth, he plainly discopectations were fully answered. Mr. vered how little his actions were inDodswell had left him near fifteen fluenced by the former or the latter. thousand pounds in the funds, and a As a feyere maiter, and a grinding very genteel landed estate.
landlord, he was abhorred by all who With such a desirable acquisition were in any shape dependent on him; Jack was so highly elated, that he and nobody ever mentioned his name could hardly keep his joy within de- , without joining the most reproachful cent bounds. He wrote a letter im- epithets to it. How unfortunate was mediately to his Harriot, and in that poor Jack's acquisition ! and it proved letter folemnly promised to make her fatal to him. In less than two years, his wife as soon as he had settled the by constantly withing with a racking bufiges in which his uncle's death anxiety to be richer, and by his exhad engaged him. However, before cessive penuriousness, he so much in that business was entirely settled, he jured both his body and his mind, thit 'became quite a new man, and as miser- he hastened his diflolution. He dieci able a man as ever lived.
an object of horror, and he died unce verfally unlamented.
"HE ancient Takupi had long been afflictions, and leflen their immerlinis Yawaqua, a fertile country that stretches enjoyments are to have an end. The along the western confines of China; people now, therefore, cali zboi ia during his adminiftration, whatever find out grievances, and after time advantages could be derived from arts, search, they actually began to funes learning, and commerce, seemed to thenifelves aggrieved. A petitions bless the people, nor were the necefla- against the enormities of Takipi 13 ry precautions of providing for the fe. carried to the throne in due torri, curity of the state forgotten It often the queen, willing to futists her subhappens, however, that when men are jects, appointed a day in which in e pollessed of all they want; they then cuters should be heard, and the mini begin to find torments from imaginary iter should stand upon his defence
Extract from Millot's History of England. The day being arrived, and the mini. her tears, protestations, and intreaties. - fter brought before the tribunal, three The Queen could have pardoned his accufers of principal note appeared two former offences, but this was confrom among the number: The first fidered as so gross an injury to the sex, was a carrier, who supplied the city and so directly contrary to all the curs with fish; he deposed that it was a toms of antiquity, that it called for custom, time immemorial, for carriers immediate justice. " What!" cries to bring their fith upon a hamper, the Queen, “ Not suffer a woman to wbich being placed on one side, and burn herself when she has a mind! balanced by a stone of equal weight on A very pretty minister, truly; a poor the other, the load was thus conveyed woman cannot go peaceably and throw with ease and safety; but that the pri- herself into the fire, but he must insoner, moved either by a malicious termeddle; very fine, indeed! The spirit of innovation, or perhaps bribed sex are so very prettily tutored, no by the company, of hamper inakers, doubt, they must be restrained from had obliged all carriers to take down entertaining their female friends now the stone, and in its place to put up and then with a roasted acquaintance ! another hamper on the opposite side, I sentence the criminal at the bar, for entirely repugnant to the customs of his injurious treatment of the sex, to all antiquity, and those of the king- be banished my presence for ever." dom of Yawaqua in particular. The Takupi had been hitherto silent, and carrier finished, and the whole court began to speak only to thew the sincebegan to shake their heads at the in- rity of his resignation; “ I acknownovating minister, when the second ledge," cried he, “ my crime, and witness appeared: He was inspector since I am to be banishe:1, I beg it may of the buildings of the city, and ac be to some ruined town, or desolate cused the disgraced favourite of having village in the country I have governed." given orders for the demolition of an His request appearing reasonable, it ancient ruin, which happened only to was immediately complied with, and obstruct the passage through a principal a courtier had 'orders to fix upon a street of the city. He observed, that place of banishment answering the misuch buildings were noble monuments nister's description. After some months of barbarous antiquity, and contribue search, however, the enquiry proved ted finely to Thew, how little their an- fruitless; neither à defolate village, cestors understood architecture, and nor a ruined town, was found in the for that reason they should be held fa- whole kingdom. “ Alas," said Ta. cred, and suffered gradually to decay. kupi to the Queen," How can that
The third and last witness now ap- country be ill governed which has neipeared; this was a widow, who had lau ther a desolate village, nor a ruined dably attempted to burn herself upon town in it?” The Queen perceived her husband's funeral pile : She had on the justice of his remark, and received ly attempted, for the innovating mi, the minister into more than former nister had prevented the execution of favour. her design, and was insensible to all
An Extract from MILLOT's History of England, translated by Mr. Kenrick. THIS history is penned with much has, with regard to the length, hit up
fpirit, elegance, and perfpicuity. on the jult medium. For an AbridgeMr. Hume is the author, whole senti. ment, it is neither too long to be tements Millot has chiefly adopted. dious and disguitful, nor too short to Hence in most contests between the be dry and uninteresting. The tranking and the people he leans, like a Nation diicovers the hand of a master. Frenchman, to the side of monarchy. As a specimen, we shall give his acThis is the only material imperfection count of the tragical end of Charles with whicia the work can be charged; the first. and we must obterve that the author
Extrax from Millor's History of England.
265 QN the report of the commissioners his subjects united could have no pow. charged with drawing up the articles er to bring him to a trial; that having of impeachment, the House of Com- often exposed his life in defence of the mons declared him guilty of High liberty and fundamental laws of the Treason, for having made war upon realm, he was still ready to seal those the parliament, and formed a court of precious' rights with his blood; that justice, which was invested with the those who arrogated the power of bepower of passing sentence. The Peers, ing his judges were born his subjects, with a proper indignation, rejected and fubjects of the laws, which dethe bill. Then on the principle that clared that the King can do no wrong'; the origin of all power is in the people, but that, without having recourse to they declared that, “ The Commons that general maxim, he was ready to of 'England in parliament assembled, justify his conduct by the evidence of being chosen by the people, whom they reason; and that if he were called up. represent, have the supreme jurisdic- on in another manner, he should be delition of the nation; and that whateverrous of demonftrating to them, and to is judged to be law by the Commons the whole universe, the justice of that has the force of a law, without the war in which he was unfortunately, and consent of the King or the Peers.” contrary to his own inclinations, enThus the English constitution was to- gaged in his own defence. tally reversed by those who pretended This answer had no effect, and the tofmaintain it. The hypocrite, Crom
court continued the process. well, by affecting inspiration, support. Charles having been brought up three ed these astonishing usurpations. Laft- times, and having as often denied its ly,” said he ki when I would have jurisdiction, the judges, after hearing fpoke of re-establishing his Majesty, some witnesses, who deposed that the I found my tongue cleave to the roof King had appeared in arms against the of my mouth; and I considered this troops of the parliament, pronounced preternatural circumftance as an an. Sentence of Death. France, Holland, Iwer from Heaven, which rejected that and Scotland, in vain attempted to hardened Prince." Charles being con- stop these horrid proceedings. Four ducted to London by one Harrison, a illustrious friends of the King, Richcolonel, the son of a butcher, and mond, Hertford, Southampton, and worthy of his birth, appeared before Lindsey, represented to the Commons, his judges; amongst whom were Bre- that in quality of his counsellors they reton, Cromwell, Harrison, and many. alone were guilty of the measures imother knaves, whose memory will be puted to him as crimes ; and that they held in everlasting deteftation. The re,uired to save by their own punishAttorney-General laid, in the name of ment, that precious life which the Comthe Commons, that “ Charles Stuart, mons were so much interested to dehaving been admitted King of England fend. This generous offer possibly adwith a limited power, being delirous ded to the animosity of the court. For of establishing an unlimited and ty. the more bad men see their conduct rerannical government, hath traiterously proached by the virtue of the good, and wickedly made war upon the par- the more eager they are to consummate liament, and upon the nation which it their base attempts. represents, and that he is therefore im During the three days which were peached as a traitor, a tyrant, an ho- allowed the King before his execution, micide, and as the avowed and impla- he calmly employed himself on those cable enemy of the Commonwealth.” eternal truths which elevate the soul On which the President summoned the above the evils of mortality. The King to answer. Charles, with a dig- Prince of Wales and the Duke of nity and courage which ill fortune had York, his two eldest sons, were fled. not abated, answered that he did not The Duke of Gloucester, their younger acknowledge the authority, nor the brother, about eight years old, being jurisdiction of that court; that being brought to him, he said, “ My child, by birthright their hereditary king, all they are going to cut off your father's VOL. VI.