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A STRANGE ADVENTURE. May found himself unstable in his poft, and who them in our way: one fell in mine, which, expected daily by the internal intrigues of if it did not seem to suggest too uncharitable the Seraglio to be depored, neglected to pro- and ungenerous a way of thinking, might vide the necessary supply of corn and rice for lead us to judge of the wbole: Crimine ab the yearly consumption of the city though an uno difce omnes. effential part of his duty; the publick grana- The Harems of great men, that is all the ries were almost empty, and less rice than ladies, and theis attendants, are in the fumusual had been imported : however, contrary mer season frequently permitted to walk to his expecration, he found himself invefted abroad an airing on foot, either in the fields with full power by the new Sultan, and ren- on the borders of the Bosphorus, or other dered absolute; but then it was too late in such public places: These parties gene- , the season for him to introduce plenty. rally confift of twenty or thirty, and some. Bread mixed up with oats, barley, millet and times of forty or fifty women, according to fand, was dear and scarce; and rice hardly to the opulence of the matter ; and they are albe bought at any price.

ways attended by the guardians of their In this distress, the men bore their want chastity the Black Eunuchs. with passive and Cullen discontent; but the It is common with the Francs or Chrif. women, impatient and daring, afsembled in tian foreigners to pass over to the Afiatic fide a considerable body, and with hammers, of the Boiphorus for an evening's recreation. chiffels, and files, attacked the magazines, Two of them went thither as usual with where they pretended rice was in great ladies, attended by Janizaries and servants. quantities monopolized. No oppofition could As they were returning fowly, they heard a top them and whilft the publick officers confused_noise of female voices following were perplexed what party to take, they broke them. Their curiofity prompted them to open locks, bars, and bolts, entered the ma- see, as well as hear: They turned thort, gazines, took with them such quantities as and stopped. They found these voices prothey could carry off, and went away unno- ceeded from two Harems, composed of near lefted,

forty women: Their faithful watchmen the None of these female rioters were ever pu- Blacks attended on each fide, guarding them, nilhed, as far as we knew; and if you spoke 'though at fome distance. One of the spec to a grave Turk about them, he would tell tators ft ood longer, and with more carneftyou with a (neer, it was only a mutiny of mess to contemplate their figure and beha. Curbulent women.

viour. He thought they would rather avoid I have heard it averred by a person of tban approach him. He was miftaken a great veracity, who had lived for some For on a sudden, he found himself seized by years in a Sultan's Haram of the blood-royal, a seeming dapper brisk girl, followed by the chat it was impoffible for women to behave whole band; who firft accosting him with with more decency and modesty than the indelicate amorous expletives, and after with Turkith ladies did, and that they treated cach foothing and tender expressions, attempted other with the greatest politeness.

to unravel the mystery of his whole dress, In families of the higher class, where edu- The force of the conflict, and the army cation is more exalted, where reading of their of females about him, left him but the 6n own language, or the Arabiad is probably cul. gle resource of laughter and struggles : he tivated; precepts of virtue and morality, of could not debarrass himself from such nugentle demeanor and good breeding, chairy merous, determined assailants by threa's por of manners, with whatever decorates the intreaties; nor vanquish the vebemence of lex, and renders, them amiable, may be in their curiosity, by representing the shame to culcated.

which they exposed themselves, by a bebaBut, in general, it is known that the viour lo grofly and so publickly indecent. women who are sold or presented to their An old janizary attending him, ftood at great men, either for wives or concubines, some diftance, as it were in amaze. His have their price and value regulated not on- Mahometan bahfu'nels would not permit ly according to the beauty or form of the per- him to advance towards women; nor would fon, but according to those acquired graces, be bave dared to lay his hands on them : and artificial allurements, which they have all be ventured at in the fray, was to work induftriously been taught: these are always up a stern countenar,ce towards the Black such as may conduce to raise and inflame Eunuchs, and with a Stentoirian voice to the paffions. Hence they teach them vocal exclaim against them and thetir wards, tel. and inftrumental music; certain peculiar af- ling them they were the guardans of prosti. fe&tations in their gait; and often such tutes, rather than of modest women; and dances as to a modest spectator would appear urging them to exert themselves to free the sather indecent

man from such importunate violators.-All Facts by which we can be thoroughiy al- ' in vain. sured of the female characterisic in Turkey, A young man of the company, a foreigner, we difficult to come at; accident may throw either enrying the other, or prompted by com


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275 Paffion at seeing his untoward situation, Brutus drove out the Tarquins, and died globoldly advanced ; and as he spoke more riously in the field, fighting against the encTurkish than the person engaged, began to mies of his country. The lait Brutus deliexpoftulate with them, sometimes with a vered Rome from the tyranny of Cæsar, and {mile, and sometimes with a frown. Whe. gave liberty to his fellow citizens, but he ther his countenance, his form, or his could not give that public virtue, by which greater youth, were more attractive, they at alone it can be preserved and secured. The once quitted hold of their firft prey, flew on firft Nassau delivered his country from the him with eager and inquifitive bands, and intolerable yoke of Spain and the inqoifition, whilft he underwent the same treatment, when Phillip II endeavoured to enslave the gave the other time to reach his boat. The Netherlands. He founded the free republic youth robust and aétive, disengaged himself of the united provinces, and fell a victim , after much struggling, and at length with in the cause of liberty. The last Naltu difficulty faved himself by fight; happy not preserved the independency of his own to have been quite Aripped, and to have been country, generously risked every thing in deable to join the company with decent cover- fence of the liberties of England, settled a ing.

juft and equal plan of freedom, and made II, The History of England from the Revo- three kingdoms happy under a mild and lution to be Accffion of obe Brunswick Line. temperate government. By John Wilkes, Esq; vol. 1. 419. Almon. “ From the Revolution the sovereign and

What is here published of this much-ex- the subject have continued firm to a free peeted work, though it is called volume ibe and will-tempered monarchy, built on the firft, is nothing more than an introduction of basis of publick liberty. England has been thirty nine pages very loosely printed, but at an empire of mild and equal laws, Monthe conclusion of it, we are informed that tesquieu observes, il y a une nation dans le the reigns of King William, and Queen 'monde, qui a pour objet direet de la confiruAnne, are in the press and will speedily be tion la liberte politique."

« There is a napublished; from the present specimen, how. tion in the world, wbich has for the direet ever, if we may venture to form any judg- end of it's contitution political liberty." mene, it will be a matter of little consequence Esprit des Loix. book uith, chapter 5th. to the world whether they are published or This is now woven into every part of our not; the sample before us neither coniains conftitution, and though we were at any any thing exremely new, nor extremely malo particular crisis betrayed or sold to our princes, terly-it is a common place declamation on though in the infinite lapse of ages a venal the tyranny of the Stuarts from the acceffion parliament, or a profligate soldiery, might of the pedant James the Fift to the abdica- arise, who would bargain for our liberties, tion of that arbitrary bigot his grandson, the people will not fail to resume their rights, and is dedicated in the following words, and exercise themselves on a great emergency

To ibe Girelemen, Clergy, and Freebelders of the power they only lend to their magis. sbe County of Middlesex, to Trurb and to Libera trates and governors. The conduct of the ty, ibis voive offering is made by John Wilkes. Romans was remarkable, and ought to be

" The varieiy with which we are neceffa- a warning to us. They expelled the Tar. sily obliged to furnish our readers, will not quins almoft as unanimously as we did the allow us to give any confideral le extract from Stuarts. They boafted of being the only this performance, for their own fakes there. free nation, yet at last became the Naves of fore, we hope they will be contented with one family from generation to generation, the little which we can lay before them, ese and is now and then a faint ray of freedom pecially as the ch'ef recommendation of that beamed forth, they soon sunk again into little, though taken from the bell place of darkness. They had made the most monthe introduction, is the popularity of its au- Atrous grants to the sovereign, fibi omnia lic tbor.

cere e in omnes, sbat so bim all was lowful, “ Liberty was the direct, avowed princi- and against all, yet when Nero grew a monple of the English at the Revolution, as fter of tyranny, they ordered bim to be pun much as of the Romans at the expulfion of nished more majorum, although it is difficule the whole fam ly of the Tarquins.“ Tacitus to conceive how after such a formal surrender says, libertatem et consularum Brutus inflic of every thing, he could be guilty of any a& tuit" “ Brutus established liberty and the of injustice or tyranny. Nature remonconfulfhip." The preservation of the laws Arated at first against so shameful a grant, and liberties of Great Britain was the letter and afterwards commanded the resumption.' as well as the spirit of every declaration made Ill. The Fool of Quality or ibe History by the Prince of Orange. The families of of Henry Earl of Moreland, in four Volumes, Brutus and Nassau will be gratefully remem- vol. 3. By Mr. Brooke, Johotton. bered by all pofterity as the avengers of ty. If there is not much order preserved in the ranny, and the prote&tors of the freedom of composition of this work, it at least contains theis nation, and of mankind. The first much benevolence, and though it may offend

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May the rigid rules of criticism by the continual lare Work, entitled Historie Doubts on ebe Reign episodes into which it is braching it connoc ard Life of King Richard sbe Tbird. By but be serviceable to the intereits of mor ility F. W. G. of obe Middle Temple, i vol. 410. -on this account we recommend it to the White. protection of ihe public, and are certain it Th: author of this answer, if he is not a will be found greatly superior, notwithstand very able writer is at least a very civil one, ing its irregularity, to most of the numberless and we may always be certaia that a' man is Dovels which have of late years issued from not wholly without merit who entertains a

modeft idea of his own abilities, IÙ. The new Clarilla: Arrue History, by XII, A Defence of my Uncle. Trauflated Madame de Beaumont, 2 vols. 8vo. Nourre. from tbe French of M. De Voltaire, 1 small

Persons of an enthufianic turn may pos. vol. 8vo. Bladon. fibly find en'ertainment in this peformance, This is a strange, yet not unentertaining, but we d not think it will be highly accep. Medley of Efsays upon subjects extremely optable to those who entertain the most just and pofitc; those, however, who are acquainted liberul ideas of morality.

with ihe whimsies of Voltaire, will not be V. The Orpban Daughters a Moral Tale. surprized at finding an agreeable composition By tbe Auilor of Emily Willis, 2 vols. 12mo. of oddities. Nobie.

XIII. Some proposals towards preventing A fresh repast for the craving appetites of tbe Growib of Popery: Humbly addreffed to bis those soft rould young ladies who principally Diocesan by a Country Parson, 1s. Svo. Baldexist upon the romances of a circulating win. library.

This pamphlet is on a subject of real imVI. Ligbe Summer Reading for Ladies: Or, portance, but matters of religion in these tbe History of Lady Lucy Fenton, 3 vols, 12 mo. days are much too inelegant for a circle of Robinson and Roberts.

fashionable readers, A very juft title of this prelent work is in. XIV. Ibe immediate necefily of building a deed, Light Summer Reading for Ladies. Lazzaretti for a regular Quarantine after tbe

VII. The visiting Day, 2 vols. 8vo. Italian Manner, to avoid the Plagues &c. 38 * Lowndes.

pages 410. Murdoch. If our country was to be judged of, by the This article too, like the foregoing, denumber of its novels, we thould certainly be serves to be seriously considered by the great, thought the most amorous nation in the but we fear they are too much taken up world, but if our literary character was to with their own squabbles to pay a necessary be estimated by the general merit of these attention to the business of the nation. productions, (and the Vificing day is no bet.

XV. The new Foundling-Hofpiial for Wir ter than the generality) there is not a na. being a Colle&tion of several curious Pieces in tion in the world which would be more Verse and Profe by Lird Chesterfield and orber heartily laughed at by every sensible foreigner. eminent perfons, i vol. 12 mo. no bockfeller's name

Vili. The point of Honour, 2 vols. Izmo. The contents of this collection have been Noble,

several times printed in various periodical We are in reality not a little embarraffed publications, yet they are in general very to find new modes of pressing the same sen- far from deserving fuch a difinction, and timents; there is such a constant fimilarity refle&t rather a difcredit than an honour upon in the fimley compofitions of the circulacing the present compiler, library that what we say of one produ&ion XV). The importance of Faitb ro wbich is might with the utmost propriety stand as the added a Sketch of obe Ximigbey's proceedings 'character of fifty, and therefore we fall only witb bis Creature Mari, Ollevo, 35 Pages, Tay of the author at present under our con- Becket. *fideration that he is as large a dealer in love This may possibly be a useful tradt, to a and soft nonsense as the common run of his reader of a religious caft, but we cannot procotemporaries.

mise that it will give those of a contratry IX. Tbe Adventures of Miss Lucy Watson turn any extraordinary fatisfaction, I vel. 12mo. Nicol

XVII. Ibe Upboljferer's Letter to tbe Rigbe Much love as usual, deep distress, and mon- Hon. William Pict, Esq; now Lord Chatbam: Arous improbability.

To wbicb are prefixed some preliminary Remarks, X. Medical Transactions, published by tbe 8vo. 3. pages. Newbery. of Physicians in London, wole i sve A flippant compoñtion of affected impor. Dodscy.

tance which probably neves was read, but by In this performance the medical reader forne unfortunate reviewer, who is obliged to will meet witb many useful discoveries made wade through the mirc of the moft intolleby gentlemen of the firft eminence in the rable publicacions, ph: fical world, and it is unnecessary to say XVII, The Triumpb of Love and Beauty, anything farther in its recommendai on. or ebe History of Mr. Wallace and bis Family, XI. An Anfwer to Mr. Horace Walpole's 2 vel. 12mé. Robinson and Roberts.




277 Though we omitted to put the present no- subject without meriting the notice of govel in the immediate catalogue of the ro. vernment. mances which we have characterised, it is XX. An infallible Remedy for the bigb Prica nevertheless too much of a piece with these of Provisions, 4 pages 8vo. Bingley productions to merit any particular observacion. We have had many political noftrums

XIX. Refle&tions on Inland Navigations, lately published to remove the distresses of the &c. 48 pages 8vo. Cadell,

poor, but, notwithstanding the boalled inOur Inland navigations are of great im- fallibility of the present pamphleteer, we portance to the happiness of this kingdom think him as little calculated to answer those and scarcely any thing can be written on the desirable ends as any of his predeceffors,


* N April :8 and 29, a great and topmafts, have stopped them in the pro

mnob assembled about the secution of their voyages, and that these acts O King's Bench, but no out- of violence have been accompanied with Yes rages were committed, till

the threais of Nill greater outrages, which have å last mentioned day, when, in- spread terror and alarm among those the moft

fifing Mr. Wilkes should be likely to be immediately affected thereby: and set at liberty, they pulled down the railing, it has been further represented to us, That &c. and made a bonfire of them before the some of the said dissolute and disorderly perprison : Twelve of the rioters were taken fons have audaciously attempted to deter and into custody and sent to prison. On the zoth intimidate the civil magiftrates from doing the peace officers kept all quiet, without any their duty. We having taken the same into our military affiftance. Soon after a guard offerious confideration, and being duly senfible Soldiers was sent to preserve the peace. Oo of the mischievous consequences that may enthe gth inftant, at night, a number of peo- fue from the continuance or repetition of pleafsembled about the Manfion house, such disorders, have thought fit, by and with Some of whom were seized. On that day the advice of our privy-council, to issue this the mub being more numerous about the our royal proclamation; hereby ftriatly reKing's Bench prison, several were secured. quiring and commanding the lord mayor, and On the joth there was a great riot, and the other the justices of the peace of our city of juftices ordered the riot act to be read; but London, and also the justices of the peace of whilft it was reading, stones and brickbacs our city and liberties of Westminster and bobeing fung, the folders on duty received or- rough of Southwark, and of our counties of ders to fire, and a youth, the son of Mr.Allen, Middlesex, Surry, and Kent, and all other master of the Horse-lhoe inn, in Blackman. our peace officers, That they do severally use freet, whose curiosity had drawn him to the their utmoft endeavours, by every legal Spot, was killed. He was, it seems a young man means in their power, effettually to prevent of an inoffensive character, and was pursued by and suppress ail riots, tumuits, and unlawful Some Soldiers, to an outhouse of his father's assemblies; and to that end to put in due cx. and there Daughtered, in vain imploring ecution the laws and statutes now in force mercy, and protesting he had been guilty of for preventing, supprefling, and punishing, po ottence. Six others were afterwards kil- the same; and that all our loving subjects be led on the spot, and above fifteen wounded, aiding and affifting therein: And we do fursome of which are fince dead.

ther graciously declare, That the said magisOn the 11th the following proclamation trates and all others acting in obedience to was published :

this our command, may rely on our royal GEORGER.

protection and lupport in so doing. WHEREAS it has been represented unto Given at our court at St. James's the uith vs, That divers difolute and disorderly per- day of May, 1768, in the eighth year fons have, of late, frequently affemb.ed them elves together in a riotous and unlawful The same day the coroner's inquest on the manner, to the disturbance of the publick body of young Ailen was held, when they peace; and, particularly, that large bodies of brought in a verdict of wilful murder against feamen, conlifting of several thousands, have lieut. Murray, corporal M'Lauchlan, and assembled Cumultuously upon the river Maclaine, a grenadier : Two of whom have Thames; and, under a presence of the in- fince been admitted bail. fufficiency of the wages allowed by the mer

SATURDAY, 30 chants and others, have, in the moft daring Whitehall. It being his majesty's royal in. manner, taken pofseflion, by violence, of le- tention, that the parliament, which is fumveral outward-bound ships ready to fail, and, moned to meet on Tuesday the roth day of by unbending the fails, and Ariking the yards May next, lould thea meet and fit: The


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278 The MONTHLY CHRONOLOGER, May king has been pleased to direct a commis- number of papers round a lighted candle, fun to pafs the great feal, appointing and which he placed on the table near the chimau horfing his royal bigbne's the duke of ney. It appeared on the trial, that all Ge. Gloucester, his royal highness the duke neral Conway's servants had lived with him of Curberland, Thomas lord archbishop of a confiderable time, and behaved well, fo Canterbury, and other lords, to open and that he could not suspect any of them; and bold the said pariament on the said 10th day the reason of fufpecting the real person, was of May, being the day of the return of the a peculiarity of character written on the writs of fummons.

5001. note, which a young man bad changWEDNESDAY, May 4.

ed the fame morning at the Bank. The The convocations of Canterbury and York clerks of the Bank were therefore defired to were prorogued 10 Jul 22

call on Mr. Sampson, as on business, and, in SATURDAY, 7:

Mr. Conway's presence, to give a fignat, in The sailors began to afiemb'e in large bo- cale he was the person they had seen before; dies, forcibly unbent the topla ls of several which fignal being given, he was taken into fhips ready to fail, and declaring no ship custody, and contested the crime, He was fhould fail, unless thuir wages were raised introduced to general Conway, during the by the merchants. On the oth they affem late war, as a draughtsman, and served bled in Stepney.fields to the number of le- under him in that capacity, while he was veral thousands, and some articles of a peri- in Germany; fince which the general had tion to parijament were drawn up. On the procured him a draughtsman's place in the Irth a large body went through the city to tower. On account of the pavement being Westminster with the said petition ; but up in Holborn, he was carried by Smithfield means were used by some ship-masters and to Cow-cross, through Turnmill-Areet, and other gentlemen, to lend them back fome. fo through the King's-road to Tyburn. what pacified, nor have there any mischiefs The hon. house of Commons presented been done by these useful but mistaken men; Sir John Cust, Bart. as their speaker, to the though for some time their retractorinefs lords commiffioners in the house of Peers, put a fop to all mercantile bufiue's.

who being approved of, ibey returned back, At halt an hour paft ten o'clock, came on when he took the chair; after which they at Westminster- hall, before all the judges began to swear in the new members. of the court of King's. bench, a bearing re- The lords commissioners observed in their fpecting the illegality of Mr. Wilkes's out- speech to both houses of Parliament, that Jawry. The case was opened by Mr. Ser- they were, by the king's command, to jeani Glyn, in favour of Mr. Wlkes, who acquaint them, that his majefty had not was answered by Mr. Thurloe, and a reply calieš them together at this unufual feason made by Mr. Glyn; on which the judges of the year in order to lay before them any were pleased to observe, that both the gen- matters of general bubinets, but merely to tlemen had made ule of very learned argu- gWe them an opportunity of dispatching cer. ments, and quoted many precedents and tain parliamentary proceedings, which his cases which had at various times al'ered their majesty's defire of providing, at all events, for opinions, and as they were desirous of the welfare and security of his good subjects, maturely confidering the several arguments made bim wish to see completed as soon as made use of by the two learned council, their poffible, and with that dispatch which the lordship's thought proper to appoint a further publick convenience as well as their own bearing the beginning of next term.

required; that his majesty, at the same THURSDAY, 10.

time, bad commanded them to affure them We minster. This day the new parlia. oí his perfe&t confidence in this parliament; ment met; and his majefty's commiflion, im. and that he had the Atrongest realon to expect powering Thomas archbishop of Canterbury, every thing from their advice and affiftance, Charles Jord Camden, chancellor of Great that loyalty, wisdom, and zeal for the public Britain, Chries earl Gower, prelident or good, can dictate or suggeft. his is jetty's council, and several lords there.

FRIDAY, 13. in nained, to open and hold the said parlia- The princess Louisa-Anne, fister of the ment, was read in the presence of both king, third daughter of the late prince of houses. And the commons were directed to Wales, died of a decline in the twentieth year choose their speaker, and to present him to- of her age. [The next day the usual orders morrow at twelve o'clock at noon, to the for mourning were is ued from the lord lords commiffionirs.

Chamberlain, the earl Marshal, the War, and WEDNESDAY, 15.

Admiralty offices, and a strp was put to all James Sampfon was executed at Tyburn, public diverfions 'till her royal bighoefle's pursuant to his fentence, for robbing the lia intervent.) brary of the right hon. Henry Seymour Con- The following address of the houses of way, of bank notes to the value of gool. and Jords and commons, was presented to his aferwards setting it on kse, by piling up a majesty.

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