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and she mentioned the distant re- produced the slightest alteration,
“ for disclosing crimes which mišThough this adventure had no itate against its safety ; you have connection with the present histo- || preferred to the character of an ry, yet as it materially tended to infamous informer, who acts in elucidate the character of Olym- || the dark and behind the back of pia, I was extremely gratified at the person he accuses, that of a having informed myself of it.- | loyal denunciator, who dares the Furnished with the kuowledge of enemy of the laws to meet him these circumstances, I presented
face to face in the awiul presence myself at the palace of one of the of justice.--Depart. Though the inquisitors of the state,
Government of the Republic is
armed with the necessary terrors Having obtained from Signor to maintain its authority among Rozzelino (the name of that sena the great, and secure the depentor) a private audience, in his cab
dence of the people, yet it knows inet, I entered into a detail of the how to esteem virtue, and appreextraordinary erents I had witness
ciate good actions. I shall this ed in the Cavern of Strozzi, with
instant inform the president of the out omitting the slightest circum council, and I promise you an austance: I mentioned to him the dience this evening. Good maaccident, or rather the miracle by lagistrates ought not to sleep which they had been revealed to when guilt is awake, nor repose me; I added to my narrative that
when it ought to be punished. Be of the tragical history of Lauren not a larmed at the forms which tini, and urged the necessity of surround the inquisition; submit promptitude and celerity in the to the orders of the guards, who present instance, in order to pre will be with you at eleven in the vent Olympia sacrificing a second
evening, and follow them with victim.
congidence. The sight of the
sword of justice may appal the Rozzelino listened to me with as criminal, but cannot terrify the much gravity as attention. I care innocent man, whom it is only fully observed his countenance, drawn to protect. but could not perceive that the I left Signior Rozzelino, and reName or the crimes of Olympia Il tired early home. I thought I per
ceived a man plain in his appear By the silence which reigned I ance, but extremely cautious in judged that they had not all met, his manner, following, and studi and that I should only have to ancusly endeavouring not to lose swer one person. In fact after a sight of me. I was by no means
few moments, a mild but sonorous surprised at it; I concluded that and distinct voice addressed me, after the secrets with which I had and desired me to sit down. entrusted the government, my accions no longer depended on my
“ You were, said the voice, this self, but that the police and its
morning at the palace of the sen
ator Rozzelino, and entrusted him spies had the disposal of them.
with the important secret of the
Are The dial pointed to seven min
crimes you have witnessed. utes after eleven at night, when
you desirous of changing that cons tree knocks were struck against
fidential information into a legal
denunciation ? the gate of the hotel in which I lodged, and a command:0 open it
“ Yes, Signor,', I answered. in the name of the Council of Ten, announced to me the arrival of the « Then take the oath upon the officers. They were soon at my Holy Evangelists and the crucifix, door, which I opened with silence that whatever you shall say shall and respect; they were five in be the truth," number. The foremost drawing from beneath his cloak a small My faith does not allow me to ebony rod with an ivory head,
swear upon the image of Jesus ; gently touched me with it in the but if you please I will swear upon name of the Most Serene Repub
" Jic and dread inquisition, and made a sign for me to follow him.
I thought I heard some voices
whispering together, and I took We descended the stair-case
the oath, at the same time exwithout meeting any one: at the
tending my hand upon the Evanbottom a gondola awaited us; we
gelists. entered it, and in less than a quar « Commence your recital," reter of an hour we landed before
sumed the voice," and speak sufthe palace of the council : then
ficiently slow that the secretary the chief of the guards placed a
may write down the principal cirbandage before my eyes, and in
cumstances.” this manner preceded by him and surrounded by the rest, I crossed I hesitated a moment in order several galleries, and at last found to collect my ideas, and deliver myself in the hall where the in them with the greater precision ; quisitors were sitting.
then raising my voice, I repeated
what I had stated in the morning their hands; and I, with a guard to Signor Rozzelino, and which on each side of me, was placed the reader has been informed of. upon a seat at a distance from the
rest, fronting the crucifix, about When I had finished, the voice ten paces from the table. enquired of the secretary if his transcript of what I had said was The secretary presented my definished, and he having answered nunciation to me, which I signed: in the affirmative, began to read it. then the president of the inquisiIt perfectly agreed with my reci tors showing me a volume in folio tal : then having asked me if I and opening the frontispiece, askpersisted in my denunciation, and ed me if I recollected it. having invited me to sign it, an or. der was given to take the bandage I answered that I believed it to off my eyes.
be the description of the Cavern
of Strozzi, and that it belonged to The spectacle which at that the Dominicans of the library of moment struck my sight had St. Mark's, then taking from my something in it terrible and awful. pocket the card on which I had
transcribed the transparent words The room in which I was seat of the ninth page, and which were ed was spacious, and supported by repeated on every thirteenth page, a ra:ge of circular pillars, from the I read it to the council, at the same capital of which, to within three time entreating it to verify my feet of the floor, hung a black dra- | conjectures. I was admitted to pery. Two large chandeliers, this proof, and obtained the same suspended by chains from the ceil confirmation as in the first ining, gave glaring and mournful stance. light, which reflected on the countenances of the inquisitors. the bottom of the room, under a cessary to repeat, the council de. scarlet canopy, with plumes of creed that within three days at the black and white feathers over it, farthest, three of its members was placed a large marble figure should repair to the island of of Christ, and beneath it was a Strozzi, accompanied by a strong long table covered with a black guard, and that I should direct the carpet, round which were seated, expedition. The council congra. upon
Go hic chairs, the ten inqui tulated me on what it was pleased sitors and the secretary of state, to deliominate my virtuous courclad in long gowns of black satiin, age ; and ordered that until the embroidered with crimson. Sev day of justice, I should be kept as eral officers and guards stood an liostage in one the apariaround them, with their wands in ments of its palace, but at the
After several formalities unne
same time treated with every pos
those who should attempt to force sible degree of respect.
the passage. Having taken this
precaution, we entered the CaOn the morning of the day ap vern: I pointed out to the inquipointed for proceeding to the is. sitors the protecting willow which land, I was desired to hold my
had concealed me while I inspired self in readiness to depart at six in the prisoner with hope and courthe evening. I felt the highest | age. At length we found oursatisfaction, not so much at the selves before the entrance to the approach of the termination of my inner cavern; I recollected the owrı captivity, as because it ena signal, and struck it with my dag. bled me to contribute towards the ger: the same voice immediately deliverance of the unfortunate An pronounced the watch word Trealoni, and punish his detestable e
son! we answered by that of Vena nemy.
geance! (a word under the present
circumstances perfectly applicaAt the appointed hour two ble) and the cavern was opened te guards came to me, and conducted me to a covered bark, in which
[ To be continued] were three inquisitors, two of their attendants, and a detachment of soldiers completely armed. The principal inquisiter, who was Sig. nor Rozzelino, gave his orders,
For the Lady's Miscellany, and distributed masks to each of us; after which we rowed off. We see thousands of our fellow We were soon in sight of the is beings struggling with adversity; land, but instead of landing on the we see many of them sink under side of Venice, where Olympia the pressure of distress; and but was to disembark, we doubled the few seem to be happy. It were a bay, and landed in a small crcek subject not unworthy of the conto the east. Though the night templation of the moralist, or the was very dark, and the reflection
man af feeling, deliberately to conof the stars scarce pointed out our sider what mode of conduct during: l'oad, Signor Rozzelino would not needly or other adverse circumallow us to light torches, but or stances 'twere adviseable that the dered us to obscrvo silence, and poor sufferer should adopt. This proceed without the least noise. unfortunately, however, unless in
a general sense, would be imposWhen we arrived near the Ca. sible, as the constiention of almost vern, I advised the inquisitors to every man's, nind, as well as of place ten guards at the entrance ; his corporeal system differs from with orders to stop and secure that of others. But a few general
observations might not be inad means of happiness by whom missible.
those who are so fortunate as to
possess them, may alleviate the Submission to our fate, whether sorrows of captivity, the degradaas inevitable or proceeding from tion of slavery, the hardships of the gracious behest of an omnipo want, the torments of disease, and . tent and benevolent cause, is an even the horrors of despair. essential and primary requisite,
The consolations of religion
need not be enumerated ; they are Regret, unavailing and childish, though it may emanate from the
too great, and the generality known bosom of the purest, most refined,
to require description ; besides,
the distresses arising from misformost elevated humanity is irrelevant. The intrusions of regret;
tune being incident to the human with its sad concomitants, discon
race in general, and no general tent, ennui, and anxiety, ought religion existing, its exhilarating
influence cannot be specifically never to be permitted. They must be set aside as unworthy pas
ADVENA. sions of the noble soul. Let them associate with the weak and sor
An equanimity, the happy re For the Lady's Miscellany. sult of a well regulated and virtuous mind, should ever be preserve ed; and a just comparison of our
LUCUBRATIONS.-No.IV. own situations with those of millions of others still more afflicting | Insidious grave !~how dost thou rend: and deplorable, should always be
Whom love has knit and sympathy kept in view,
A tie more stubborn far than nature's A deep conviction of the fertility band.
R. BLAIR. and evanescent nature of all human enjoyment; a thorough impressi Nothing is more capable of imon of the brevity and precarious pressing upon the mind of the tenure of our sublunary existence, contemplative man, the awful lesand a dignified, elevated philoso-' son of mortality, than the grave. phy superior to the pressure of The depository of the remains of adversity or the conflicting emo the departed, or the tomb that entions of the human passions, soar closes the last earthly relic of a ing from the contemplation of the once beloved friend, is productive effects of the unerring laws of na of sensations in the philosophic ure up to Nature's God, are breast more easily felt, than desa