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before the lover had explained to the fair object of his choice, that they could only meet once a week, and had exacted from her a promise never to urge him to a further explanation of the circunstances, which reduced him to the necessity of submitting to so painful a separation ! They were accordingly married, and went on very pleasantly, until the lady proinpted by a curiosity which (whether true or not we will not venture to affirm) is said to be peculiar to her sex, requested that he would confide the secret to her. At this request, the manner of the enamoured spouse became much altered, and after betraying a considerable degree of irritation, he commanded her never to obtrude the subject upon him again. The storm was thus suffered to blow over for a time; but curiosity is one of the most powerful motives agitating the human breast, and this new Psyche had not philosophy enough to withstand it. She again entreated a solution of the mystery, but the entreaty was met only by a frown, and she pleaded her affection--and finding all of no avail, she threatened to have him watched to the place of his retreat. This had the effect of extorting a declaration from bim, and he assured her that she might probably discover his secret, but, that if she did, she would never see him afterwards. Notwithstanding this declaration, made with great coolness and firmness, the imprudent woman persisted, and by the help of some busy friends, was introduced to her husband in his disguise, as one of the common beggars of the metropolis. She spoke to him in that situation, but as he then told her, for the last time, and she has never seen him since!
[The celebrated sculptor, Canova, was sent by the Pope to Paris to reclaim the works of art which the French carried off from Rome. When Buonaparte was first Consul, he. invited Canova to fix himself in Paris. He answered, that he did not meddle with politicks, but that he never could wish to live under the dominion of him, who had destroyed the organization of his native country, (Venice.) The following are extracts of letters from him, taken from an English paper. It should not be forgotten on this question of the restoration of the objects of art taken from Rome, that when it was first contemplated, all the principal French artists signed a remonstrance against it, addressed to the Directory.]
Paris, Sept. 31. The cause of Fine Arts is at length safe into port; and it is to the generous and unremitted exertions of the British Minister, Lord Castlereagh and Mr. Secretary Hamilton, that Rome will be indebted for the triumphing in the demands that I came hither to inake in her name. What gratitude ought we not to feel to the magnanimous British nation! Fully does she deserve that the Arts, in return for this generous act, should join hand in hand to raise a perpetual monument to her name; but the best and more lasting monument will be engraved in the heart of every Italian, who, on beholding the sacred objects torn from their country, again restored to her, will recollect the nation that stood forth as their advocate for this restitution, and will call down upon her the blessings of Providence.
Our work is about to begin. Tuscany, Milan and Ve. nice have retaken all that belongs to them. I shall be the last and shall require more time; for the objects claimed by Rome, as you well know, are much more numerous. I am burning with impatience to see every thing packed up and gone, then will I fly across the sea to spatiate in your magnificent metropolis, with my heart at ease, and to em
Paris, Oct. 5th. We are at last beginning to drag forward from this great cavern of stolen goods, the precious objects of art taken from Rome. On the 2d instant, among the many fine paintings that were removed, we noticed that stupendous production, the Transfiguration, the Communion of St. Jerome, the Virgin of Fuligno; the next day several other exquisite pictures came away, together with the
group of Cupid and Psyche, the two Brutus's, the very ancient bust of Ajax, and other no less precious objects of sculpture. Yesterday the Dying Gladiator left his French abode, and the Torso. We remove this day the two first statues in the world, the Apollo and the Laocoon. Tomorrow Mercury will quit
the house between Flora of the capitol and the Venus. The Muses will follow next, and so on to the close of this portentous procession.
October 9th. In my
letter of the 5th instant, I informed you what we were doing here in regard to the objects of art, which we are removing from the Museum. The most valuable of them are to go by land, and will set off next week accompanied by the celebrated Venetian horses, and all the other precious articles belonging to Lombardy, Piedmont and Tuscany. The convoy will be escorted by strong detachments of Austrian troops. The remainder, which may belong to Rome, will be embarked and sent by sea to Italy. Among these, I am happy to inform you, for I know how much you will rejoice at it, that even all our ancient manuscripts, medals, and other equally valuable objects of antiquity will
be included, to the great satisfaction no doubt of the loyal Denon, and of that eminent Italian patriot E. A. Visconti, members of the Institute.
P.S. I had nearly forgot to tell you, that even the painting and statues lately belonging to the Albani family are to be restored. Do not believe all the lies which the French papers are authorized to pour forth about the Venus de Medicis. She is still as she was before, salva et incolumis.
Died at Berne, Switzerland, of an apoplexy, in his 46th year, GODFRIED Mind, a painter celebrated for his extraordinary delineations of Bears and Cats.
His father, still living in Berne, is a native of Lipsch, in Upper Hungary, and learned the trade of a cabinet maker at Kremnitz. The son was a pupil of Frendenberger, and his extraordinary talents in the representation of various species of animals, but especially those abovementioned, in paintings in water-colours, are attested not only by the numerous productions of his pencil in the portfolios of various amateurs at Berne, Zurich, Basle, and other places, but also by the high encomiums passed on his performances by many artists of the highest eminence. Madame Lebrun, of Paris, perhaps the first living female painter, never failed in her different journies through Switzerland, to purchase several of Mind's performances, declaring at the same time, that they were real master-pieces of their kind, and would be acknowledged as such in the French metropolis. It was she who first gave to our artist the appellation of Le Raphael des Chats, the Raphael of Cats, which he has ever since retained, and by which many strangers enquire for him at Berne. Mind was certainly well worthy of this name, not only on account of the correctness of his drawings of those
animals, and the true though dignified delineation of their
Lugete, O Feles, Ursique lugete!
THE MONARCH MINSTREL.-A SONNET BY LORD BYRON.
The Harp the Monarch MINSTREL swept,
The king of men—the lord of Heaven, -
It softened men of iron mould,
That felt not-fired not to the tone,
It told the triumphs of our King
It wafted glory to our God-
The cedars bow-the mountains nod-
Since then, though heard on earth no more
Devotion and her daughter, Love,
To sounds that seem as from above,
FROM THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE FOR OCTOBER.
Extracts from a Memoir on the Ruins of Babylon, on
the east side of the Euphrates ; by Claudius James Rich, Esq. resident for the Honourable East India Company at the Court of the Pacha of Bagdad.
I was completely deceived in my anticipation about Babylon : instead of a few insulated mounds, I found the whole face of the country covered with vestiges of building, in soıne places consisting of brick walls surprisingly fresh, in others merely of a vast succession of mounds of rubbish of such indeterminate figures, variety, and extent, as to involve the person who would have formed any theory in