selves throughout the kingdom. The present king has been zealous in his endeavours to support them, as he has been indefatigable for the general improvement of the country; and Sweden owes much to his care during the time he has been upon the throne.

It was now approaching the middle of June, and each successive day either found me at the hospitable table of Hr. St. G., or at those of my Swedish friends. A strong effort was necessary; and though I was as yet unprovided with an attendant, I determined upon fixing the time of my departure; on the day previous to which, accident brought before me a person, who I fancied was suited to my purpose. He was a dapper little Swede, who, with a smiling face and many bows, entered my room While I was packing up, and offered his services. This hero, whom I shall now introduce to public notice by the name of Jean, which he still retains, and probably ever will, though his Swedish appellation was Johan Lundsted, I found out was a tull befjent by profession, or in other words a custom-house officer; but his services would be dispensed with for the time, if he should be hired. He had served also in a kind of military capacity; having, as he informed me, had the honour of acting as a spy to the late emperor Napoleon; when fortune played him a scurvy trick, as, being taken by the Cossacks, he was sent a pri- soner into Siberia. This seemed the principal feature of his life ; though as to the battles he had been witness to, and the strange risks he had run, they were innumerable; and with