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the fame method. I approved of his propofal. He was hard-, ly out of fight, when several men rushed fuddenly from a concealment; one of them feized my horfe by the bridle; while I ftruck at him with the butt end of my whip, I received a blow on my head, which brought me fenfeless to the ground. When I recovered, I found myself in a pal try looking apartment, furrounded by a number of fellows, whofe countenances told me I had no good to expect from them. I asked them the meaning of all this, and was an fwered I should know that in proper time. I was immediately forced into a carriage, one of the fellows placed on each fide of me,-carried to PORTSMOUTH, and put on board a transport, which failed next day with troops for Germany.

"Time will not permit me to relate particularly the various circumstances which happened during the different campaigns in which I have ferved. As a reward for my fobriety and attention to duty, I was foon raised to the rank of ferjeant. At the battle of Ramalies, my behaviour was eiteemed brave; it was mentioned in very high terms to the DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH, who foon after prefented me ⚫ with an enfign's commiffion. In this new fphere, I formed an intimacy with a number of the officers, particularly a young gentleman of the name of DOUGLASS, a native of SCOTLAND, whofe life I had the happiness to preserve from the fword of a bafe affaffin. From that moment we were united in the indiffoluble ties of friendship. At the attack of the French lines of MALPLAQUET, I had my left arm shot away, befide a ball lodged in one of my thighs. Surrounded by the enemy, I fhould certainly have fallen a victim to their ferocity, had not MR. DOUGLASS, who perceived my fituation, come to my relief. The victory was glorious: it was decifive; but I lost my friend. He was certainly killed, or at least taken prisoner; for from that day till this, I could never learn what became of him. The lofs of fo much blood, and a long and tedious recovery, made a return to my native country neceflary, in order to recruit my debilitated constitution. In the boom of a parent, in the company of my friend MR. WILLIAMS, I now expect to find a folace to my affliction. This remaining happiness, how is it embittered by the recollection of MARIA, once the fum VOL. III.

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of my felicity, and fource of my mifery; now, as I was long fince but too well informed, hid in the fhades of death for ever from my view."


I fee, faid MR. TOUNSHEND, you expect the highest pleasure from the enjoyment of your friend."-" I do indeed-Oh! how sweet at this moment is the recollection of our past endearments How pleafing the hope of their revival" How vain is fuch a hope:Him you call your friend is the blackest villain.'. "What do you fay; faid EDMUND? with a look of aftonishment and indignation; you certainly do not know him." I should indeed be ashamed of fuch an acquaintance; you may however be affured of what I tell you, that he is the bafeft of villains, and the worst enemy you ever had.'-" My enemy, exclaimed EDWIN; what do you mean?-Sure I can read fincerity and benevolence in your countenance; you would not impofe upon me, nor willingly make me wretched-Oh! for heaven's fake explain yourself." Know then, WILLIAMS betrayed you in the affair of MARIA. Excited by a guilty paffion, and finding her proof against évéry delufive art, he found means to carry her off by force. The letter he brought you was a base forgery. In cafe fhould be inclined to examine more fully into the matter, as he apprehended you would, he hired those ruffians who carried you away in the manner you have yourself related. I need fay no more: this is the truth of the matter; for the confirmation of which, I can produce the most undeniable proof, if you demand it.'-EDMUND trembled and turned pale; a thoufand minute circumftances now rushed on his memory, which tended to fhake in fome degree, the confidence he had placed in his friend. MR. TOUNSHEND perceived his distress, and attempted to foothe the agitation of his mind. "May I be allowed, fard EDMUND, to afk you by what means you became acquainted with thofe circumftances." You behold in me the father of the unfortunate MARIA.'- The father of MARIA, cried EDMUND in the utmost astonishment; and can you behold with fuch a placid countenance, the wretch, who has, though unintentionally, been the occafion of her misfortunes?" You was deceived; you was cruelly difabled from difcovering the deception. The lady with whom MARIA refided, continued MR. TOUN

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SHEND, is my fister; fhe wrote me concerning your visits, and her apprehenfions of the confequences.-The day after receiving her letter, I fet out to fee my daughter; I had not got half way, when I was alarmed with her cries from a carriage which drove past. Fortunately I had brought a fervant along with me, by whofe affiftance I rescued my child. We returned home; I questioned MARIA concerning your correfpondence with her; he gave me a circumftantial detail of the matter, concluding with an account of her being feized and carried off by two men whom she had never feen before, not a quarter of a mile from her aunt's houfe. I was inclined to think this to be a contrivance of yours; and not hearing any more of you, confirmed me in that opinion. It was but very lately I was undeceived; a fevere illness produced a confeffion of the whole affair, from the wretch whom you fondly call your friend.'

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"Oh! how am I disappointed, exclaimed EDMUND; betrayed by one whom I efteemed my bofom friend-MARIA loft for ever!-Distracting thought-What now remains for me?-Oh! heavenly FRIENDSHIP, foul of happiness, where fhall I now find thee? who fhall now lead me to thy abode?" Young man, faid MR. TOUNSHEND, you need not go far to find her-She dwells beneath this humble roof You have yet a friend.'-EDMUND ftretched out his hand to the old gentleman; his feelings were too big for utterance; the tear tarted in his eye. Look on me as your father, continued MR. TOUNSHEND-I have yet a daughter-Perhaps in her you may find fome traces of your MARIA.-EDMUND remained filent, except the figh which burfted from his agitated bofom. MR. TOUNSHEND retired; but foon returned, leading in a woman. "HEAVENS what do I fee, exclaimEDMUND, the moment he fet his eyes on her-My MARIA— Sure I cannot be mistaken." You are not, faid MR. TOUNSHEND; it is the herself, though brought indeed by forrow to the brink of the grave, heaven was pleased to restore her to her aged parent, to preferve her as a bleffing to her EDMUND, as the reward of his virtues, as the compenfation of his fufferings.' Sweet was the embrace of love, beyond the power of word to exprefs; the charming MARIA hidher modest face in her EDMUND'S bofom, while the tears of fenfibility flowed plentifully from her eyes. He appeared not now the

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sprightly youth fhe had once beheld him-The bloom of health glowed not on his cheeks-Care had filvered over his flaxen locks, and grief had marked his manly countenance. A meffenger was difpatched to MR. ROBERTS, who arrived next day. In the midst of a scene, which displayed in the strongest, the tenderest manner, the power of parental and filial affection, EDMUND was ftruck with the appearance of a gentleman who had accompanied MR. ROBERTS; he fuddenly quitted the embraces of his father, and rushed with ardour into the arms of the ftranger-It was Mr. Douglass; he had been taken prifoner at MALPLAQUET, but qn his parole had returned home, and called at MR. ROBERTS on his way to SCOTLAND, EDMUND was united to his MARIA. Her father removed along with them to MR. ROBERTS, where they were long bleffed with every domeftic felicity and focial endearment. Heavenly peace dwelt in the bofom of EDMUND; joy ever fparkled in his MARIA's eyes. Happiness increased with their increafing years, and diffused his richeft sweets through their rural habitation.


Intelligence refpecting Arts, &c.

A new Hydraulic Invention.

THE Committee of agriculture and commerce in Paris, gave a report to the National Affembly on the 3d of February laft, concerning an hydraulic difcovery, faid to be made by a M. de Trouville, which is announced in the most pompous terms, by the reporter M. Herault Lumerville, deputy from the department of Cher, as one of the most extraordinary difcoveries that has been made in the present age. "The author, fays he, has devised the means of elevating water to an indefinite height, by a fimple effect of afpiration, of balancing alternately of air and water. His machine is not embarraffed with the apparatus of piftons, wheels and levers. Reflection and practice have lifted up to him the veil, which still covers in many parts, the great law of nature, and has given to him, thus to speak, the useful mecha

nifm (la mechanique utile). By the aid of his invention, he can raise enormous maffes of water to heights unknown even to us."

Mr. Lumerville proceeds in the fame ftile of overftrained hyperbole, which is now fuppofed to constitute the quinteffence of eloquence in popular affemblies, to enumerate many other particulars, which a fober philofopher endeavours in vain to comprehend. The fecret confifts, fays he, in understanding better than any other perfon the doctrine of the fyphon. "The author has reverfed, combined, returned upon itself, divided, and fubdivided this fimple instrument; he has become master of it under all its forms, and has drawn from it the fecret of his forces. The inftruments employed are hollow columns, bafons for refervoirs, valves, fometimes compreffive, fometimes fucking (afpirantes). The air is the inivfible balancer of the whole."

If our readers can form any diftinct ideas from the dif covery thus announced, it is well; for our own part, unless it be on the principle of the spiral wheel, employed for rearing water in fome parts of Switzerland, by means of alternate portions of air and water in the fame pipe (which is one of the most curious hydraulic contrivances yet difcovered though no new invention), we can form no idea of it. The National Affembly, however, in confequence of this report, have appointed a committee of their own members, to examine this invention more fully, and to make an estimate of the expence that will be required for conftructing a machine of this kind at large, fo as to afcertain the precife value of the discovery. When this machine is executed, we shall be able, not only to judge of its real efficacy, but also to develope the principles of its construction to our readers, which we shall not fail to do as foon as poffible.

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In the mean while, it is rather an unfavourable prognoftic, that the royal academy of fciences, have declined to give any report in its favour.

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