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ample of that manly freedom, which a faithful minister owes to his Sovereign. The following anecdote, among many others, proves the truth of this assertion.
The King, in a weak moment, had given a written promise of marriage to Mademoiselle D'Enstrague, his mistress, and shewed it to Sully, for his opinion of the matter ; the minister took it--read it, and tore it in pieces.
" Comment morblieu dit Henri, que pretendez vous donne fuire ? Je crois que vous de fou ; Il est vrai Sire,” tut repartit Sully, “ Je suis fou, et plait a Dieu, que je le fusse tout seu en France.”
Anecdote of the late Duke of Northum
berland's Family. The late Mr. Butler, a gentleman of sense, and the utmost integrity, was bred to the law; but being either too nice, or unfortunate, he could not succeed in that line, nor several others he engaged in ; and, at-length, became a bankrupt. During this
distress, he was surprised to find a note -addressed to bim, desiring him to wait on
the Duke of Northumberland, when he was informed by his Grace, “ that he had been strongly recommended to him, as a man of knowledge and probity; and he therefore directed him to provide an assist·ant, and he would give thein apartments in Northumberland-House."
At the same time, the Duke put into Mr. Butler's possession, a room full of papers, which were in the utmost confusion; but which, he said, “ he had been informed, was in Mr. Butler's power to arrange, and ser in order”—The latter, intreated his Grace to let him know, ,“ to whom he was indebted for so high an obli. gation ?" but that request, during the long course of years, that Mr. Butler served his Grace, was the only boon denied; for he lived, and died without knowing, by whose means, he was removed from poverty to affluence. The integrity of this gentleman kvassuch, that there were people then ir
the duke's houshold, who wished to put Mr. Butler out of it; for he was so weak, so grateful, and so foolish, as to refuse bank-notes every week, which were offered him, to expedite renewals of leases, &c. and consequently, appeared to many, a very unfit man, to be steward to so noble and opulent a family ; in short, the duke's apartments were robbed; “ and, who so likely, as a broken lawyer, and a refuser of bribes, to be the criminal ?” The poor innocent clerk was dismissed, and the accident was within a hair's breadth of being the ruin, and dismission also of his master !
A man should be careful, not to let the world know, he is strictly honest-for such a man was Mr. Butler. He died in the duke's service and favour; and before he died, kept his carriage.
WEALTH, WISDOM, AND. VIRTUE;
AN EASTERN TALE.
* Come near, ye.children of pleasure," said theson Massaoud,“ listen to my instruc
tion, and be wise ; and let your hearts learn wisdom from the mouth of Morat-I am now journeying to the gates of death; my gardens, my houses must I leave behind me~ Praised be Mahomet, that Mirsay shall enjoy them ; let the prophet of the Highest vouchsafe, that they may not be a snart to the son of Morat.”
When Abdallah, the friend of Massaoud, was received into the gardens of Paradise, his son possessed all his riches, and he shewed to me, (his friend) the largeness of bis possessions, and the multitude of his wealth ; I fed my eyes with the gold of Ophir; I feasted them with the glittering gems of Toak— Then, said I, to myself, “Surely, Heli is blessed ; of a certain, the son of Abdallah is happy;" I thought on these things from the going down of the sun, till soft sleep seized on me; then, in the visions of the night, the heaps of treasure were still before mine eyes; and I sighed, and said, “ Oh, that I were as Heli; that as his, were the riches of my house;"
while thus my heart burned, à messenger of the Highest, and of his prophet, stood before me; “ Son of the dust,” said he,
fear not. What is it thy heart seeketh, wisdom, power, riches, pleasure? Behold, all these are before thee;" and I said, servant of the Highest, I have prayed in secret; let riches and power be given me Oh, let my house be as the house of Heli; when the rising sun had' now gilded the east, I arose, and lo, Heli waited for me; hastened to the call of my friend-- Morat,” said he, “ Mahomet has revealed to me, in a vision, that the angel of death approaches me—My father had no friend, like Massaoud; I have scarcely one, like Morat ; behold then, all my treasures are thine! but kecp thy friend's memory still engraven on the tablet of thine heart." I was struck, as with the thunder of Heaven, that falls upon the mountains of Indostan; I replied not; but on that day, Heli was cut off, as the flower that falls beneath the sun, in the hot vallies of Alan