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This globe of the world, he maintains,
What guerdon shall CARRA reward
La Nature et la Raison, voilà les dieux de l'homme ! voilà mes dieux! admirez la nature, cultivez la raison, si vous voulez que le peuple Français soit heureux, hatez vous de propager ces principes, de les faire enseigner dans vos écoles primaires. Je l'avouerai de bonne foi à la Convention, je suis Athée."
J. Dupont, Moniteur, 16 Decembre. What! are thrones and sceptres demolished ! is royalty expiring? and are the Altars of the Gods yet standing !
Nature and Reason are the proper divinities of mankind ! These are my gods! admire Nature, cultivate Reason, if you will consult the happiness of Frenchmen. Accelerate the propagation of these principles; make them the subjects of instruction in your schools and seminaries of education.
For my part I shall avow to the Convention, in good earnest, that I am an Atheist.
And the rights imprescriptive * of man
EGALITE's + retrogade worth
* A favourite term with French philosophers—" Droits ima prescriptibles.” Rights against which the antiquated prejudices respecting probity, property, honour, &c. are of no validity.
M. Carra is so strenuous an assertor of these imprescriptive rights of man, that he long ago ventured his neck in support of them, by an act of burglary in the shop of a milliner. The most notorious depredations of our philosophical plunderer were committed on the property of females. When publicly reminded of the honourable transaction above-mentioned, he acknowleged the truth of the charge, but asserted, as a sufficient apology for the fact, that he was only sixteen years old when he achieved this his first Civic Enterprize. He has, however, since demonstrated his unabated attachment to these imprescriptive rights, by recent exploits of equal celebrity. In delivering his sentiments to the Convention, he introduces the regeneration of morality in the rear of those inestimable benefits which mankind are to reap from the revolution accomplished by his enlightened compatriots. The Additional Notes will furnish the reader with a short trait of these sentiments, and shew more particularly the happy method which French philosophers adopt of recommending the ingenuity of their speculations by the purity of their practice. See No. III. Additional Notes at the end.
+ M. Egalité ci-devant Duc d'Orleans, first prince of the blood royal of France.
I know no touch of consanguinity. Troilus and Cressida.
By scoundrels of ocean and earth
Thus you see in how striking a light
The gallantry displayed by this illustrious patriot, when Duc de Chartres, and commanding the third division of the fleet with which d'Orvilliers engaged Admiral Keppel in July, 1779, procured him the ironical appellation of L’Heros d'Ouessant.” The most experienced calculators of his numerous negative merits, soon after he had attempted an aerial adventure in a balloon, with his usual intrepidity and success, commonly characterized him in the following terms :
“Poltron par l'air, poltron par terre, poltron par mer, escroc par tout.”
“ Uniquement occupé de mon devoir, &c. Je vote pour la mort” (du roi.)
EGALITE.-Moniteur. Intent solely on discharging my duty, &c. I give my vote for the death (of the king.)
The near in bood,
When our Senators sage we invite
At your folly mankind will exclaim
* M. Isnard, for example, the son of a cook; and M. Ruelle, a leading member of the Convention, the quondam administrator of roast and boiled in an obscure eating-house near London, in whose hands there is reason to expect that the regenerated constitution of France, which they have kept so long in hot water, must at length go to pot.
A spice of the science of Cookery appears to be an indispensable ingredient in the composition of illustrious characters, both ancient and modern.
Homer, if we search his books,
King's Art of Cookery, &c. Caliburn, the sword of King Arthur, and the Sword of the renowned Pendragon, were as serviceable in the kitchen as in the field, if we may credit their poetical historian, John Grub, heretofore of Christ's church, Oxford, who says of the last of these worthies : “ His sword would serve for battle, or for dinner, if you please ; "When it had slain a Cheshire man ’twould toast a Cheshire
cheese." The Reformation-Dagger of Hudibras seems to have been
With the sparks of our patriot-flame
equally adroit and accommodating with the swords of these Cambro-Britons, though of a far less sanguinary temper than the daggers of French reformers.
It was a serviceable dudgeon
To bait a mouse-trap, 'twould not care. All will allow the valiant champion, Guy of Warwick, to have been æquè laureâ Culinæ ac Martis insignitus, who have contemplated his stupendous porridge-pot in Warwick castle; and Colbrand, his gigantic antagonist, must have been little inferior to him in the former respect, since he is described by the above cited Poet, Grub, as advancing to the combat
“ Brim-full of wrath and cabbage," undoubtedly of his own cooking.
Nor, in an enumeration of heroes and legislators, will impartiality permit me to pass over in silence the late BAMBER Gascoigne, (egregii gustûs Senator) indisputably the first broiler of sprats in Christendom.
Yet it is evident, from the recent samples of state cookery which they have given us, that all must yield the palm to the Conventional cooks; nay, I am confident that even our own VOL. II.