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that he was no longer recognised by the court, and we came off triumphant.
“This dexterity in avoiding the common course of law, however, eventually cost me dcar; I was so well known for out-witting bailiffs, that there was hardly one who would undertake to arrest me; and this it was, as Leam well convinced, that induced Mr. Lycett to proceed against me criminally. In consequence of this ambiguity thrust into the law, nobody knows how, men are intrapped; and, if carried to its extent, there may soon be no imposibility in taking an insolvent merchant from the Royal Exchange, and fending him tu New South Wales.
“ I now return to the subject of my more serious business; and here I must beg my readers' patience till I lay before them a concise view of my viciffitudes. Born of an antient and noble race, but not possessed of riches equal to their rank, I naturally imbibed ideas of a too lofty kind; flattered in my youth by my rich and powerful friends, I formed to myself plans of future grandeur ; plans, which my impetuofity of disposition prevented me from realising. With abundance of fire, and not a single atom of prudence, I launched into the world; my friends supplied me with money even to profufion; and as I got it without trouble, I spent it without reluctance. Liberal as they were; my extravagance outftripped their bounty, and I was repeatedly involved in debt ; ftill their purses were not shut; they satisfied my creditors, and, with shame I relate, their generosity only impelled me to new expences !
" Accustomed, from my earliest infancy, to the most ele. vated society, my ideas imperceptibly afsimilated themselves to theirs. I entertained views of grandeur while yet a child, I felt myself born a soldier, and implicitly trusted to my sword for opening to me the way to the temple of glory. When little beyond the age of a school-boy, I was distinguished by the most renowned generals ; I had seen the immense armies of Russia cloathed in an uniform of my own contriving, and the celebrated Prince Potemkin had, as is well known, honoured me with particular marks of his approbation. Flattering as are the diftin&ions I received, I will not relate them all ; but my reception by the Prince de Ligne was in a ftyle of compliment too fingular to be omitted. VOL. IX,
" Coming Coming to Brabant, on my return from the Black Sea, I had the honour of becoming acquainted with that great and most amiable Prince. To the utmost politeness, he superadded an invitation, in consequence of which I went to Antwerp, where his Highness then lay with a corps of the army as the Emperor Joseph II, then threatened to attack Holland. Such was the opiniou of my military talents, which this ve. teran soldier entertained, that in compliment, he ordered his regiment, which was certainly one of the fineft in the world, lo parade before the hotel where I lodged: not satisfied with this, though he was an old Imperial General, and I was a very young Major, he placed me at his right-hand, and went with nie along the front. The very instant too that I was receiving this most houourable and pleasing compliment, as if every thing meant to conspire to inflate my vanity, Earl Cholmondeley, with another gentleman and a lady, arrived at the Grand Laboureur, the hotel where I was,
“ A cunftant repetition of those praises might have intoxicated a much cooler head than mine ; my pride had now its full scupe; I was already in idea a general in chief; my brain teemed with improvements in tactics and evolutions, till my expences so far out-grew my income, that I was involved in debt and difficulties.
,“ Even when I was disgraced at home, I was admitted to the favour and familiarity of the first generals upon the Cone tinent: what their opinion of me was, the following anecdote will shew. Just after I had joined the allied army in the Low Countries, a British General who know me and my whole hiltory, one day asked the Duke F. of Brunswick, how he, knowing my disgrace, and that I had just come from France, could put such confidence in me? “ Were I a taylor, or a boofmaker,” replied the Duke, “ I certainly should be somewhat cautious in giving him credit, but as a soldier I know that I might safely trust him with the whole Prussiau army.'
“ of my sufferings, since I left the allies, I need not say another word; my readers are fully acquainted with them, and I cannot submit to the whining tone of complaint. I have, I trust, amidst them all, acted in such a manner as to give my friends no reason to blush for me; my actions were such as I thought my duty required, though I cannot help thinking myself somewhat hardly created, at being left for near fix months in a prison, without even the finallest allowance for subsistence.
" I have now performed what I promised, by giving my own history, such as it has really been ; and the reader has, I hope, seen, amidst all my errors, something that may be commended, much that may be pardoned, and still more that must be pitied. That I ineant to vindicate every part of my con. duct could not be supposed; but, alas! man is the creature of circumstances, and let him not presume. to expect, that no pressure is heavy enough to drive him to a wrong action. Vio
lent passions, the almost infeparable companions of a vigorous Ci constitution, call upon youth, with an importunity nearly un
ceasing; experience, the furest guide, is inevitably wanting; example invites, splendour displays its allurements, fashion leads the way, and ruin too often follows. Gay, honefi, unfuspecting, and generous, the young man rushes on to pleafure, and considering interest as trash, is apt to weigh the property of others as lightly as he does his own; amusements incur expence, and
expence degenerates into prodigality. To fupply those pleasures now become almost necessary to his existence, he contracts debts, which he cannot pay; he thifts from his creditors ; his gay companions forsake him, as an incumbrance on their joyous moments; poverty ttares him in the face, and actions, at which his soul recoils, become the only possible means of subfifting. If an accidental supply falls in his way, his relish for pleasure returns; he embraces it with an appetite sharpened by abstinence; he is again involved, and disgrace succeeds tó ruin.
"Once disgraced, those prudent friends, whom the law alone“ restrains from open plunder, abandon him; they do Worse, they shut the door of society against him by their ca
his faults are the theme of their conversation, and they shelter their own want of honesty behind his loss of fame; they hunt him down with unceasing clamour, till it needs more than common discernment and common firmness eyen to dare to be friend him; his timid well-wishers will not venture to give their countenance to him; and he is left to peo
“ Did it always happen that men of warm passions, hurried away by pleasures, were villains; or did it always happen that the cold, the solemn, the phlegmatic, were honest; some
excuse might be found for such prosecutions. But as it happens on the contrary, that the man who is without vices is also, for the most part, without virtues ; and that prudence is very often nothing better than low selfishness in disguise, little can be said for such gratuitous severity ; besides, if one goud action is not sufficient to constitute the man of worth, why should one bad one be allowed to constitute the villain: A serious turn, the effect of experience, may reclaim the lie bertine, his unruly passions may subside, and he may, if the gate of society be left open to him, some time or other, re-enter; hut, if hunted into villainy, by the clamours of hypocrisy, the die is caft, and his perdition is inevitable.
Too often do talents and accomplishments prove the ruin of the owner; he is beset by the envy of little minds, they endeavour to reduce him to their own level, by drawing him into debauches; they Aatter him while in his presence, but no sooner is he gone than they revile him: if his intimacy with them can give probability to their tales, they fabricate calumnies which pass for truths; if he makes one false fiep, he falls unpitied, and they are the first to trample upon him.
“ It is a trite observation, that men of talents are generally poor, and seldom rise to any high preferment; it is true ! for if they depend solely on their merit, no sooner does that begin to display itself, than it is invested on all sides by an army of blockheads, who, having nu merit of their own, cannot bear it in 'others. But where a youth sets out with high spirits, conspicuous talents, indulgent friends, and a small fortune, his ruin is next to inevitable ; life is to him a perpetual ambuscade, with a thousand marked batteries ready to play upon him at every turn; his vanity is flattered, his senses amused, his companions press him to become the partaker of their pleasures, his enemies endeavour to entice him to destruction he yields himself up to gaiety and expence, till at length he falls, and dunces rise on his ruin."
Tradesmen, we doubt not, must wish that Major Semple, and gentlemen of his description, might never come abroad into society! For our own part, we mean him no ill, but we are sorry to perceive that repentance has not visited him during the several stages of his confinement. Even when called upon by the officers of
juftice, justice, in order to convey him to Botany Bay, he flabbed himself, though it did not prove mortal. What a state of mental degradation must such a scene have exhibited! What may be the present determination of government respecting him, it is impossible to say ; but perhaps the remainder of his sentence will not be put in execution. He seems to be poffeffed of some kind of talents, and should he be liberated, we fincerely hope that he may reform his past conduct and become an useful member of society.
Modern Infidelity confidered with respeel to its Influence
on Society. By Robert Hall. A. M. 2s. Conder. THE progress of Infidelity has, for some time, been
a matter of serious concern to the best friends of the community. No stone has been left unturned for the purpose of shaking the faith and corrupting the morals of the rising generation. On the continent scepticism is notorious, and even in this country attempts are daily making to throw the advocates of religion into disorder and confusion. Under such cir, cumstances it becomes ministers of talents to come forward and repel with ability efforts designed to involve our best hopes and expectations in one common destruction. It is time that the fallacy of the unbeliever's arguments should be pointed out, and, above all, that the practical tendency of infidelity fhould be depicted in its true colours. Unbelief is equally hoftile to God and man!
After these observations, it only remains that we say that the work before us forms an admirable preservative from infidelity
The ingenious author indeed, has principally directed his fhafts against atheism, which was once nearly declared to be the creed of a neighbouring kingdom. Nor are there wanting persons, even