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appearance what fears were to be entertained for her health, the attendant Leonora placed him in the apartments of the ducheffa in a fituation advantageous to his defign.
The infant Matilda was then in the arms of her mother, whose maternal feelings at that moment had conquered every other. She was finging her child to fleep. Her voice, whether in fpeaking or finging, was gifted For the fuccefs of his generous with the power of fafcination; it project, don Manuel knew it would founded now fo piteous, but fo low, be neceffary to conceal his intentions as if the feared the pathos of her from all his affociates, to whom it notes fhould feem like murmurs at threatened danger the most formidathe decrees of Providence.. Her ble; and although don Manuel knew whole appearance was fo touching, the performance of his defign-would fo indicative of filent, uncomplain- be at the peril of his own fafety as ing, deep-felt woe, that don Manuel well as theirs, fo much did he, at was fubdued, and ftarting from his that moment, prize the 'reftoration place of concealment, fell at her feet, of Viola's happiness, that he would imploring forgiveness for all the have thought it "cheaply purchafed forrows he had ever caufed her, and with his own life and those of half folemnly pledging to reftore her to mankind. Orders for his voyage he fame and happinefs, even at the peril therefore iffued, as if for fome pirati of his own life and that of his affoci- cal enterprife, and even to his friend ates, affured her that at the dawn of Garcias he invented a delusive tale, the fucceeding day he would fet fail as a reafon for his intended precipitate for Italy, fee the duca di Manfredo- departure. But wary as the fubile nia, clear her immaculate fame, and Manuel thought himself, the more prove his accufations of the perfidy fubtile Elfridii cruelly proved the of her enemies true, even before the fruftration of his generous purpose. tribunal of the inquifition:' More deeply interested in the fecrets of the castle than any other of the community, it was in Elfridii's pow er to wander over it, an invisible spy, at pleasure, and in one of thele unfeen rambles he overheard the confer ence in which don Manuel promised to restore Viola to fame and to her hufband, and haftily communicated this important difcovery to his two vile affociates, Garcias and Polydore. The victim of their malice was about to be fnatched from their pow er, and not only their lives, but those of the whole community, facrificed without fcruple, for the happiness of an individual whom they all three hated. They dared not openly oppofe don Manuel, who lived in the hearts of his men; and if they exasperated
For herself, the ducheffa would have rejected even fame and happinefs from the murderer of her father; but affection for her child prompted her gradually to accept his promifes, which he generouflyforbore to tell her, as it tecmed with fuch imminent danger to himself. He offered now to take her and Matilda with him to Manfredonia. But to this propofition the purity of the ducheffa farted infuperable objections: her pride of confcious virtue led her to with to he emancipated from her dreadful captivity by her husband, or his agents; and to return with the very man with whom her fame had been blafted, was incompatible with every precept of prudence, with every feeling of
delicacy. Don Manuel therefore determined to go without her; and only that this expedition required to be immediately undertaken, if poffible to prevent the nuptials of Lorenzo, he would have poftponed his intended departure until the return of Francifco from Madrid, that he might leave Viola under his protection.
him, they knew he could quickly her ineftimable mother's approaching
find means of vengeance: they had therefore only to provide for their own fafety by rendering his defign fruitless, and to deftroy fufpicion by diffimulation equal to his own.
fate-Viola kneeling by the fide of her habe, exactly in that employment in which a Chriftian would with to die. She was at prayers when the ruthless Sanguinario entered the Among the wretches devoted to room, unfeen, unheard, by the pious. Garcias, was one more diabolical, victim, into whose beauteous bofom more fanguinary, than any affaffin in he plunged the weapon of unmerited the whole fraternity; and fo much vengeance. The lamp which lay more cruel, more ferocious, was he upon a table near, at that dreadful deemed than all the reft, that even moment emitted a brightened ray; his companions gave him the appro- it gloomed upon the face of Viola, priate name of Sanguinario. This Sanguinario now beheld her celeftial wretch, who had aided Leopold in countenance, and for the first time the murder of the archbishop of knew who the victim was he had Montreal this wretch, who had, been ordered to immolate. The fatal while in the fervice of the marchefe blow recoiled upon his hitherto of Palermo, met with a dreadful ac- callous heart, and defeated the cident, at which time the humanity further progrefs of his murderous of Viola led her to fhow him the miffion. Dathing the reeking ponimoft touching kindness-kindness ard from his trembling hand, he franthat did touch his heart, for Viola tically retreated. So fhaken, fo conwas the only perfon upon earth he scious-ftruck, his fenfes fled, never to had ever felt a particle of philanthro- return, and left him that miferable py towards; this wretch was fixed wretch the difmayed Victoria beheld upon as the perpetrator of their at- in the cavern. trocious purpofe. It was agreed upon. by thefe dæmons of iniquity, that while Leonora was taking her fupper, that night, Sanguinario fhould enter through a private door, the fecret of which Elfridii was to teach him, into the ducheffa's apartments, and there murder the unfufpecting Viola and her child-and, after the deed was effected, fo to difpofe of the poniard, as to make the horrid cataftrophe appear the work of her diftempered hand and better to colour this fuppofition, conte Vicenza, an adept in the art of forgery, wrote a few unconnected lines, in imitation of the ducheffa's writing, addreffed to don Manuel, and highly expreffive of mental derangement.
At the ufual hour Leonora retired to her fupper, and as ufual the lovely ducheffa was the fole nurse, and tender guard of her Matilda, who lay fleeping in her bed, unconfcious of
With her.death-blow Viola received the conviction of the cruel hand which ultimately directed it; and trembling for the fafety of her child, fhe fnatched it from the bed: and although feeling the ftream of life faft iffuing from her bofom, the took the lamp into the library, where the placed it to light her as with faltering teps fhe meatured her way to the parlour, where the conjectured don Manuel then was. With the convulfive hand of death the opened the room door, where fat don Manuel with her three murderers, Elfiidii, Polydore, and Garcias. She staggered towards the petrified Ambrofio, put her child into his arms, with a fupplicating look that conveyed more than language could have expreffed, then inftantly funk at his feet, and clofed her beauteous eyes for ever. (To be continued.)
Hiftory of Portugal. By Mr. John fucceeded each other, promoted this three great princes, who happily
The Portugufe the first Navigators.
general reunion. We muft, howe
AFTER the revolution, which divided the Roman empire into fo many different fovereigntics, each of which had its inftitution, its laws, and its forces, the governments of a middling extent, could not expect to increase their dominions. This was the time when it was to be determined whether Portugal fhould remain a finall and poor monarchy; or fhould open to itself a paffage to power and grandeur, by fome remarkable undertaking.
Europe could furnish it with no means of aggrandifement: the court of Lisbon, therefore, made choice of the ocean as the field of its enterprifes. When a government forms a defign to increafe its powers by land, it generally has fome knowledge how it hould be conducted; but it is impoffible to fay how it may be managed at fea; every thing is new on this element; its events, its viciffitudes, and even its dangers, may lead to grandeur.
Hiftory does not record a royal project, conceived with fuch boldnefs and fuperiority of genius; the Portugefe had no plan to imitate, they had to build a marine, and open a paffage to India by a route unknown to all the world.
Vafco de Gama, who bad the management of this enterprize, the greatest ever trufted to man, encountered the inevitable dangers and fatigues of a navigation, where experience afforded him no relief, when oppofed to the changes perpetually occurring at fea.
Coma, having failed through un know feas, arrived at India three months after his departure from Lifbon. This voyage, the longest and moft hazardous which had been ever undertaken, leads us to reflect, that
any thing demands our attention, it must be the prefent ftate of the marine. Every thing is new in this department; its origin, its progress, and its perfection, bear no refemblance to the other branches of adminiftration; which have been imitated, and often merely copied one from another.
The Portuguese were the firft na vigators; for we cannot call by the name of navigation, thofe little voy ages made from one coaft to another, without ever being out of fight of land.
This people opened the univerfe, which had been fhut up ever fince the creation. They united all the different parts of the globe, which was one of the greatest events that ever happened; not only on account of the influence it had over the feveral fovereigns of kingdoms, but also of the revolutions it occafioned among mankind.
The ancients, from whom we have treatises on all the other sciences, have left us nothing relating to naviJohn I. John II. and Emanuel, gation. Rome, that became the mif
It is certain that an element uninhabitable by man, ought not to be the theatre of his ambition; therefore the marine advanced flower to perfection than the other arts.
trefs of the world, and Carthage, that difputed this honour with her, knew but the coaft of the Mediterranean; their navies confifted of flat-bottomed boats, and these answered every purpofe to navigate the narrow ftreight, which feparates Europe from Africa. This was the only place where fea battles were ever fought; and it is probable that, had not Carthage dif puted the empire of the world with Rome, Europe would never have had a marine; and that peace would have been for ever established on an element, influenced by no revolutions, but thofe of its own waves.
The immenfe ocean could not be navigated without a guide, and it was fcarcely poffible that the human mind could imagine it would ever poffefs one, when the compafs was discovered. It is unknown in Eufope, who was the inventor of this inftrument; the Chinese are fuppof ed, being an enlightened nation, when the reft of the world was in a state of ignorance; but there is reafon to believe we owe the invention to chance, as also of almost all the deadly inflruments, which have defolated the earth.
human mind can make fuch a change in the face of the globe; and that if fome acts are productive of much good, there are alfo others productive of much evil.
It is remarkable, in the events of this world, that we may charge the magnetic needle with the death of one hundred millions of men; fo true it is, that the smallest discovery of the
The only ufe the compafs is of in navigation, is to point out how near they approach to, or how far they are diftant from, the north. This was fufficient for navigation, but not for warfare.
The difcovery of the compafs was the caufe of many fea battles; in which the combats were fo much the more deadly, as they announced that revolution, which has overturned the fyftem of the universe.
The first battle we hear of in modern times was that of Lépanto, in he Mediterranean ;* in which, for, the first time, about three hundred galleys, belonging to the Turks and Chriftians, were engaged with a fu-` ry, which had never been obferved in battles on thore. It has been obferved that the fea renders the combatants more fierce, and that their courage appears to increase with the fury of the waves. There is this difference between battles on fhore and fea fights; that the former are fubordinate to order and military difcipline, which in fome measure diminishes the carnage, while the latter continue wanton in their cruelty. At fea a naval power has no retreat but on the waves, which makes it fight till its force is almost totally extinguithed.
The fecond great battle fought at fea, was that of the invincible armada, fitted out by Philip II. grandeur and number of his fhips, led to a conjecture, for the first time in Europe, that the lord of the fea might become the fovereign of the whole earth. Yet this undertaking did not fucceed, and Philip faw his vaft
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* At Leeds Castle, in Kent, is a very large painting of the battle of Lepanto: the picture is ancient, and very valuable.
vast project of ruling the waves fruf- which, France enjoyed not a coin tiated; it was not the nation with meice flourithing enough to keep up which Spain was at war that gained a grand navy ; of which mercantile the bauile, it was the tempest which navigation is the support, and would gave the victory; an important les have to combat with those nations, son to those maritime powers, which which, having no resources but from pught rather to mistrust this element, the ocean, are by nature maritione. than depend upon their navies for Lewis joined the sea flag to the protection.
land standard, thinking that the forThe Dutch took the sceptre of the mer would strengthen the latter ; but ocean from the hands of the Spani- this prince, at other times enlightenards, and Gnce that time have pre- ed, was deceived in this respect ; inferved the empire of an element, ftead of strengthening, it was certain which for want of land, serves them to weaken it. The battle of La for domains. They are the only Hogue discovered to the French this power of Europe which has establish- important truth, of which, however, ed itself on the sea. When a people they are not thoroughly convincerl. cannot sublist on their own cleinent, The Romans were alone able to they naturally look out for another. rule over both elements, because they
The civil wars raging in almost all poffefied a coerceive power, which the kingdoms of Europe, contributed made every thing submit to them : to place the ocean under the domini. but as power in a general sense is dion of these republicans. It is re- vided into as many different branches markable in the bistory of establish- as there are governments ; a nation ments, that secondary causes have cannot acquire the dominion of the generally befriended the first. fea without losing that of the land,
In the mean time England, reco- nor augment its power on the one, yered from its domestic contentions, without weakening itself on the wilized, under the ambitious admini- Other: a system which if it could be ftration of Cromwell, to divide the adopted by ccitaju nations of Europe, empire of the feas with Holland, or would in a great measure prevent ihe rather to acquire the superiority ; for evils arising on both elemenis. when a kingdom, of more extended It is evident from the biitory of empire and greater power, opposes maritime powers, that one nation another inferior in both, it seldom he- cannot have the superiority both at fitates to impose laws to it.
sea, and on thors Acthe time that The Dutch, that they might not England fent its forces out of its island d generate, fought for a long time to govern France, it possessed scarcewith the Englith, for at least a coin. ly a thip; because at that time it afpetition, which at sea is looked upon pired to be powerful on land; iis as an equality.
government was anxious to liave folFrance, which before had confined diers in lieu of failors, and fortificaitself to land, and on which it had tions instead of thips : it was not become very powerful, aspired to the until it lost its influence on thore, empire of the feas. Lewis XIV. that it fought the empire of the purchase a navy. This prince did ocean. with moncy, what money betoit liis Iis marine may date its rise from tine could not do ; he supplied, by the sime when the French obliged this metal, what nature had refused iis forces to repass the channel, and, his country, a' country fofficiently when Calais became the frontier ot, powertul to defend itself by land, but England. To the smallness of the 100 weak to fight at sea ; befidcs illalid it owes the grandeur of its ma.