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j ORIGINAL ANECDOTES. j The following anecdote*, although of an ancient date, have lately been published, for the first time, in a French work, from which we have translated them. During the reign of Lewis XIV. a rich fi- nancier's wife occupied a bench in a church on which a duchess thought proper to take a seat. Unable, however, to bear such a low neighbour, she ordered one of the King's guards, who was present, to turn her out.— Her commands were obeyed, but the triumph of pride was of short duration. The fitii-iicier complained of the insulting manner in which his wife had been treated to the State Minis- ter, to whose office he belonged, and the com- plaint soon readied the Monarch. Louis the XIV. ordered the Duchess's bus. band to be brought before liim, and after commanding his wife to beg the injured lady's forgiveness, added these remarkable words, fraught with sense, reason, and dignity Reflect, that a. single word from me can make a Duke, but that all my power cannot create as useful a servant of the State as the man whose wife has been insulted." It is not astonishing that so many great men should have sprung up under the reign of such a Monarch. l or it is thus that the chief of a great nation, always attentive to the claims of merit, learns the usual method of inspiring his subjects with emulation, and supplies talent and genius wilh favourable op- portunities of displayiflg themselves to his view. His successor, Louis XV. proved himself, on the following occasion, worthy of filling the same throne, and possessing the same au- thority as his great predecessor. Passing once through his apartments, lie perceived a lady in tears, and on enquiring into their cause, was informed that they had been occasioned by harsh language on the part of the Dau- phin. The Monarch instantly sought -hits son, made him feel how U¡¡just harshness-is in those who are vested with, superior power, and-con- cluded his energetic remonstrance with the following expressive setilerice- soit, that the reproaches of Use great kiil iheit object. What an excellent lesson for those armed ovilh sovereign authority'! May this example lie followed for the happiness of nations, md the security of the great themselves. Benefits may be forgotten but an injury sei dom is. The following anecdote, though not found- ed on the savings or actions of Monarch*, will not be found destitute either of interest or iu- formation When M. de Chorseul was Minister in France, it happened that one day, as he was employed in some accounts wilh his ifrst clerk, in his closet, he was visited by a general offi- Z, cer, who had a request to make. The Mi- nister led him to the other end of the room, aud listened patiently to his representations. These turned chiefly on the inadequacy of Of- ficers' pay during peace. "Huwever," said the petitioner, H I have only twelve thousand livres a year, whilst you give eighteen thou- sand to yonder clerk!" It is 17-ue, answered the Minister, but only do what he does, and you shall have double his pay.'1 How mistaken many are with respect to their own talents'.



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