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EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

OR

LITERARY MISCELLANY,

FOR JUNE 1796;

With a View of DALHOUSIE CASTLE, the Seat of the EARL of DALHOUSIE.

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State of the BAROMETER in inches and decimals, and of Farenheit's The*MOMETER in the open air, taken in the morning before fun-rise, and at noon; and the quantity of rain-water fallen, in inches and decimals, from June 1ft to 30th, within one mile of the Caftle of Edinburgh.

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THE

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

LITERARY MISCELLANY,

FOR JUNE 1796.

ANECDOTES OF PERSONS CONNECTED WITH THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.

MARAT,

[FROM THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE.]

TERMED by Dumourier, the

Medufa's head of the Revolution, and whofe brutal wishes, and barbarous actions, have been eminent ly differviceable to the cause of liberty, throughout Europe, was not, as is generally imagined, a Frenchman. He was born at Neufchatel, the fovereignty of which, ever fince the diet of 1707, has appertained to the house of Brandenburg. He was therefore a Pruffian.

It is well known, that he was a coward, who "could fpeak daggers, but not use them," yet it is not of fuch general notoriety, that his

hideous countenance was the exact

counterpart of his heart. His body
was placed in the French pantheon;
for under the monarchy of Robe-
fpierre, Marat was a god! It has
fince been removed to a more ob
fcure fituation, and his character is
now juftly odious in France. Το
the Royalifts and Girondifts, this
man was equally deteftable; and the
former, as ufual, expreffed their joy,
by means of puns, &c. immediately
after his death.-Here follow two of
them:

Le Ciel, dans fa Miféricorde,
Comme il le meritoit, vient de traiter
Alrat;

Car quoique affaffine, ce lache fcelerat
Vit finir fes jours par LA CORDE,

Cigit Marat, cet infigne affaffin,
Le chef ardent des Patriotes,
Qui reçut fa mort dans fon bain,
Et parlant, mourut Sans-Culottes.
MESDAMES,

The aunts of Louis XVI. were the firft of the royal family that took Belle Vue, the villa, or rather pa the alarm, and emigrated from France, lace, in which they refided, 'was one of the moft beautiful in the kingdom, being built by their father, Louis XV. for one of his many miftreffes. It is fituated on a rifing ground, between Seve and Meudon, near the great road leading from Paris to Verfailles; the river Seine winds along the bottom of the hill, and by its ferpentine course, seems as if defirous to linger in fo charming a neighbourhood. The building was erected by one of the most celebrat ed architects of that day; the marble bufts and bas-reliefs, were cut by the chiffel of Coulton; the ftatues, by Adam and Falconet; the paintings are by Vanloo; and as to the gardens, they were laid out by M. de Life, the Capability Brown of France.

It was here that Pompadour, re velling in the wealth of plundered provinces,

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