llrength and prefenee of mind. But he fuon after became fo weak, that he perceived he was near his end. Niece, (aid he to the Duchefs of Eqttillon, l am very ill l—leave me, I befeech you; your tears affect me: {pare yourfelf the pain of feeing me die.” Father Leon coming up to the Cardinal, told him he was at the end of his life, of which he was go- ing to give an account to God; at the fame time he prefented the cru- cifix to him to kit's, and pronounced the lall abfolution to him. The commendatory prayers were fcarce begun, when he expired in thefifty- eighth year of his age, and the eighteenth of his minillry.—Soon after the king being informed that his minilier was departed, (aid, very coldly, to fume of his courtiers, There is a great politician gone.”

The CardinaPs molt intimate friend and confident was father Jo- feph, a capuchin, who was reckon~ ed the molt able negociator in Eu- rope. He entered into all the Car- dinal’s views; and being lefs em- barrafTed with the numberlefs in- triguesofthe court and cabinet, and not obliged like his friend to take any [late upon him, he could think over at leilure in his cell the fchemes they had formed together: f0 that our author thinks it exceeding pro- bable that Richlieu would have been very much at a lofs to have cott- ducled f0 many great and fuccels- ful negociations, without his zttfitl- ance. Upon fomeoccafion the po~ pular clatnour being railed againllt the Cardinal, he kept hitnfclf {hut up in his palace, and was afraid of being feen in the llreets. But by Father ]ol'eph’s advice he was per- fuadecl to go through the city with- outhis guards, and lhetv himfelf to

the people; who inltead of offering


him any infult, being pleafed with this inllance of his confidence, and with the afiiability and condefcen- fion he exprefled to all he met, load- ed him with their bleflings. Upon his return, his friend laid, Did, not I tell you, that you was only faint-hearted ; and that witha little courage and firmnefs you would foon raife the fpirits ofthe citizens, and reilzore your afFairs 2”

C/aarafier of Mrr. Pritchard, tbe re~ leer-med aflrq/It ; wrote upon bar quitting zbe jlage, fame fmall time b/fore bar deal/z.

HOUGH it is acommon. laying, and generally faid in Latin, that we fhould not {peak ill of the dead; yet, as it feems a max- im not founded upon reafon, it will not be regarded in the following difquilition. How Ihould we know what portion of efieem we ought to pay real or theatrical heroes and. heroines, and how far we lhould fet them up for imitation, ifwe did not fairly and critically (in the bell: fenfe ofthe word) examine into theirgood. and bad qualities? I would there- fore change the maxim, and fay, De mortui: nil mfi werum,” that nt-thing but what is true thould be faiti of the dead. As the charafier under our prefent confideration is properly dead to the llage, 1 {hall ccnlider Mrs. Pritchard as an actrefs with the firiciefi juflice, and for this realon, becaufe, in f0 doing, no- thing but good can be {aid of her. Mrs. Pritchard has been near forty years upon the fiage. Though for the latt twenty {he has been in figure more than what the French call “embanpoint,” yet {he never loll:

either her cafe or vivacity. When D z {he