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ly attached to me, and was happy in his declining years to behold his daughter married to a man who loved her, and who was by himself esteemed. Alas! It was a happiness of short continuance. We had not been at home more than three months when my wife died in childbed.

The death of so amiable and so affectionate a friend was an irreparable loss ! The confident and the soother of all my wo_but for her, life was of no value? This event changed every plan I had formed. I had determined on living remote from the noisy bustle of the capital, and in some snug retreat to

-“Pass our unambitious days, “Remote from envy, undisturb’d with praise ; * Guiltless enjoy the lot heav'n freely gave, “ Steal soft through life and hide us in the grave !"

And sad reverse ! Day after day increased the grief that preyed upon my mind !-Often would I wander at a distance from the capital, and be absent weeks together. Don Guzman conceiving my inclination led me to the cultivation of retirement, with a view as he imagined to the study of religion, was anxious to promote my wishes, and he procured me, unknown to myself, the situation I now hold.

So extraordinary a proposition embarrassed me exceedingly. How could I accept of an appointment I was so ill calculated to fill? an appointment which would chain me in the exercise of what I most abominated ? I had not forgotten the uneasiness I felt in performing the functions of a priest, for the acquisition of wealth ; how then could I support them when in possession of a fortune that enabled me to act as I pleased. There seemed no alternative, and I would have given a positive negative to the offer-but AMBITION prevailed. She painted in the liveliest colouring a thousand fascinating objects in accepting it. To be the Superior of the first, the wealthiest monastery in Spain, was too flattering to my vanity, and without dreaming of the difficulties I had to encounter, I immediately entered upon the functions of my situation. I had sufficient power of gravity to assure respect, and a steady course of severe austerity soon stamped me the man of God! All was the application of outward appearance. In-cessant marks of approbation from the other orders, and the universal reverence I attracted, were no mean principles of action ! In public, the devoteeIn private, the philosopher. But as little the former as possible, I had the more leisure to follow the wary tracts of the latter. The consolation to be found in the inquiry after truth is a pleasure too fascinating to regard any price as exorbitant. I had now little, very little inclination again to mix with the horde of mankind-the duties then of abbot were trivial in con-sideration to the invaluable enjoyment of intellectual research..

Conclusion of the History of FRANCISCO,
Dungeon of the Inquisition.

UCH, my dear Charles, is my history up to the

hour we first met. I found you a young man of a liberal mind, and I loved you for your sentiments.. It was then, and not until then, I wished I could escape



from my situation. I panted to become your instructor, that I might prune the infant plants in a soil so luxuriant. I beheld the esteem you had for me, and it tended to increase my affection. But ah ! how ignorant are mortals ! It was a sad illussion ! Little did I anticipate that you would prove a new source of misery. It was you who discovered to me the origin of all my unhappiness, and the means by which I saved the life of Eliza, have forfeited my own. Strange concatenation of events !

It is approaching the ninth year since our first interview, and I had long ago resolved to send you the foregoing ; but I knew not to whose care it was safe to confide it. Now I have nothing to fear. To-morrow am I doomed to be an offering to appease the angry vengeance of an imaginary divinity !

You must remember the night on which I delivered Mad. B. from the convent of St. Clare into your hands. Listen then to the artifice by which I accomplished it, and you will feel yet more exquisitely for the misfortunes of your friend :-Mad. Parouty in consequence of her execrable attempt against the life of her brother and Eliza, had been condemned to suffer at the first auto de fe. In point of figure she resembled her sister, and I conceived a possibility of passing the one for the other. This was my motive in applying for the key of the subterraneous passage which leads from the inquisition to the convent of St. Clare. Thus prepared I hastened to the dungeon of the former, and, as I anticipated, easily obtained the consent of Mad. Parouty to assume the character of her sister, and in preference to expiating her guilt in the flames, she subscribed to a solemn obligation to


preserve the secret. My infuence at the inquisitorial office made it an easy matter to spread a rumour of her death, and I had the pleasure of seeing her receive the veil to the complete deception of the whole sisterhood. · In order to preclude all idea of detection, I took upon myself the duty of sole confessor, until the sparks of suspicion should dwindle on apace, until they were eventually extinguished. Mad. Parouty, to all appearance, soon became a sincere penitent, devoting herself purely to her God. She was the favorite of the abbess, and had acquired by exemplary behaviour universal esteem. About twelve months ago a direful distemper broke out in the convent of St. Clare, which swept off a number of the sisters. Among the many victims to its

ravages the abbess herself fell a sacrifice to its contagion. At length, fatigued by infection, this scourge gave signs of discontinuance, and in the cemetry of the convent was entombed the last victim of its pestilence. The exemplary conduct of sister Ursula (for such was the name Madame Parouty assumed) pointed her out as a sister fit to fill the situation of Superior, and I exerted my influence in favour of her pretentions.

The mind is generally weaker in prosperity than in adversity, and the preferment of Ursula had a powerful operation on her behaviour. She became at once haughty, imperious, and morose. these the only passions that accompanied her exaltation. The hitherto dormant seeds of one far more dangerous were seen to be aroused, and seemed to be taking root with unprecedented celerity. For a

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while she strived to conceal the bent of this passion from my eyes; but it was an useless struggle.

I had repaired to the convent a few months ago, at the usual hour, and on entering her private apartment, what was my astonishment to find her attired in a loose muslin robe, reclining on a sofa in a most lascivious attitude. I started back in amazement. She arose, and before I could retreat, she had bolted the door-then seizing me by the arm, she fixed her eyes stedfastly on mine, and with a sneer demanded if I was afraid of a woman ? I knew not what to reply—But assuming an austere countenance, I thought to intimidate her by reflecting on the indecency of her conduct. I was mistaken in its effect, for in place of attending to my observations, she ordered me peremptorily to hold my tongue ! “ It is matter of perfect indifference to me, Father Francisco,"added she “what your opinion be as to my conduct at this moment; should it experience your displeasure, as I dare say it does, I am regardless of your reprehension, and I do not fear your indignation at what I am going to propose. I am about to satisfy my passion at the expence of your devotion. Nay," continued the abbess, cease your surprise-my demand is ab: solute; and when you are informed that your refusal shall be as dreadful as you imagine the crime to be horrible, your hesitation will cease.

Should you refuse, a terrible death awaits you. I have my emissaries obedient to my call, who will support me in the accusation of crimes unnumbered-Blasted will be your fame the same moment shall register my revenge and the cheap purchase of your reputation !"

Her features relaxed from their contortion, and:

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