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THE DELAWARE REGISTER
OR, FARMERS», MANUFACTURERS' <A MECHANICS' ADVOCATE. of Bcnudal." Our Public Journals as they ought to be—"The vehicles of Intelligence, not the common aewc VOL. I , WILMINGTON, Pee., SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 1829. No. 42. The Delaware Register ia published every Saturday morning, by Albert Wilson, No. 105, Market Street, at Two Dollars per annum, if paid in advance; otherwise, Two Dollars and Fifty Cents. Handbills, Cards, Blanks, Pamphlets, and Job Printing in general, executed with neatnesB and despatch, and at mode faio prices, at the Office of the Register. (,-y. Advertisements inserted on reasonable terms. (•DrlStutl FOR THE DELAWARE RE018TER. TniRn Story.—Translated from the French. On the blooming banks of the Arno, stood an ancient castle, belonging to Signor Laredani, a nobleman of high birth, and related by marriage to the Medicii. His daughter Idalia was famed throughout Italy for her exquisite beauty and rare ac complishments; and many sought on alliance w shunned every approach towards a matrimonial connection, and intimated an eurly and unswerving desire to take the veil in a neighboring convent. In vain her mother wept and her father exerted himself to change this resolution: her deiennination was fixed, arid her firmness unalterable residing in the town of Pi ing In ter a few momenta previous to her novitiate in the con vent of of the flower of the Italian youth ith this noble family; but the lovely Idalia MaIio had a Hear ond intimate friend to whom she wrote the follow «< To Loretta Di Modena: Mv very dear friend, doubtless you, as well as manv of my acquaintances in Pisa, have heard of my intention to become the bride of God, inslead of participa' ing in any of the worldly nuptials 'hat have bann nffnred to my acceptanco; but you will no longer be astonished when I repose in'your faithful hr-ast, and yours alone, the real motives of a conduct that Tw o summers appears somewhat extraordinary to you. recollect the visit we paid at the villa ofmy kindun Thitt was an over memorable visit to now ago you clc Don Francisco's. Malia, for it fixed her fate. My elegant and amiable a visit to his idolizing parents, he entered into orders previous to his officiating in the It is useless for me to repeat, for you know your cousin Ferdinand was then ere chapel of it already, that few young men arc his superiors in beauty, accomplishments or talents. The frequent opportunities we had of convening together, endeared him to my heart, and his unusual manly beauty entirely captivated my girlish fancy. But this preference I locked up carefully in my own boaom, and never by word or action betrayed the fatal secret that fil led each avenue of rny soul, lonely musings, and attributed my pensiveness to an absence from home, where you knew every indulgence was mine; but deceived; and I believe Ferdinand never even sus Toti often surprized me, in my you were peeled the situation of my heart. When he pressed tell him if any thing in bis power was wanting to make me happy, l could only answer with my tears, and then begging him to excuse my childishness, rush into company to conceal the agitation of my feelings. You will remember, my dear Loretta that the Marquis Di Mnntaldo and his fashionable son and heir was also on a visit at the Villa, and that the young men imagined himself much in love with your friend, and you are not ignorant of the hitter enmity existing between the marquis and all my mother's family. To this cause my charming cousin attributed my apparent grief, little suspecting that the silver tones of his sympathetic voice sank too deeply into my youthful heart ever to be obliterated. When he sang, or with magic finger touched the witching lute, my greedy ear hung on the melody of the sounds until a faint sickness over came me and I was obliged to leave the apartment. Once, I glided from tho company unobserved and sought our favorite mossy bank, where the cool evening air revived me, and my tears flowed unrestrained as I gazed on the soft murmuring wave that sparkled in the silvery moonbeam and gently laved the foot of the bank on which I had flung myself in the firs, impulse of feeling, and there 1 made a covenant with my Ma ker that if he would accept the residue ofmy life to be devot to ed to his service, for this guilty weakness in indulging a hope less passion for this his servant and priest, I would, on reach ing my 17th year, enter a convent and immure myself from the world; and oh! my friend, I felt that my solemn vow would be acceptable, and that the holy mother church would receive and cherish me in her sacred bosom. Soon after, Ferdinand came in search of me and kindly taking my hand he inquired with tremulous anxiety into the state of my health. He folded his arm round me and pressed his lip on my fore head in a most affectionate and brotherly manner. It was too much, and I fainted on his bosom: his fervent exclamations at length aroused me. " Oh! dearest Idalia," cried lie,**what is. what can be the cause of this emotion ? Tell me, my fair cousin; trust your own faithful Ferdinand." I could not, I dared not, answer him, and a great relief it was to me to see you coming from the mansion towards us. The next day our good old Bishop called, and Ferdinand accompanied him, and a short time afterward he received the qualification to officiate at the altar, and dedicated himself to the service of the church and to a single life. From that hour decision has marked my conduct. My honored parents will not any longer oppose the strongest wish of their only daughter, and in a few months the ceremony of taking the veil will be exhibited in the chap , on the person of .our friend. I have heard that my never-to-be forgotten Ferdinand intends visiting France, his return the calm walls of the convent will have for Idalia." el of mi ,d e\ er enclosed your affectionate The mind of idalia felt relieved after she had written this letter, win, she justly considered as due to her long tried friend; ar.d now all her thoughts were directed towards,that preparation which was deemed necessary by the rituals of that church whose obedient child she was Her heart bled for the deprivation that hor affectionate parents were soon to experi ence. and site endeavored to reconcile them to it by every ar gument in Iter power, jorned to those of good old father An selme, who congratulated her mo. Win the warmest terms on the early and exemplary piety of her lovely daughter. Signora Lareduni was strictly educated in the precepts of the Roman Catholic religion, and every superstitious feeling was strength ened by the constant instructions and conversation of Ansel who was an amiable and well disposed man, and private mo, confessor to Signora Laredani and her daughter. As soon as Loretta, the friend of Idalia, had received the letter of Iter beloved associate, she despatched an answer, de siring her not to conclude finally, until she saw her, as she preparing to accompany her brother in a tour for his was health, and would pass some weeks at the castle;—but weeks, months, wore away and Loretta came not; being detained in a remote village by the increased indisposition of hor brother Felix. And tho following Sabbath evening was selected for the young candidate to appear and publicly acknowledge the choice she had made, the term of her novitiate being dispen sed with, at her particular request, and in consequence of a lurge donation from her father to the church. The fame of her exquisite beauty had drawn an immense concourse and the chapel was richly illuminated and tastefully decorated for the occasion. Tie: fair being at length appeared, clad for the last time in the most splendid habiliments of the gay world. An unusually brilliant diamond sparkled on the velvet cestus that bound her slender waist, and her snowy neck was adorn ed with twining wreaths of pearl; a coronet of precious gems glittered on her jetty ringlets, which shaded, but did not con ceal her lovely countenance, set offby a complexion dazzlingly fair; her light white drees of silver gauze flowed over a rich satin slip made tight to her form, which was symmetry itself, and on the left side of her pale cheek hung a deep veil of blond lace, richly worked and fringod with silver; and many an eye was moistened as it contemplated the engelic figure of this beauteous blossom kneeling before the sacred altar and about to take a vow which would deprive the world of so bright nn ornament. At the instant the officiating priest, and father Anselmo had received the young enthusiast from the hand of her agitated parents, a messenger forced his way to the altar and thrust a paper into the priest's hand: he glan ced his eye over it and hastily raised the kneoling girl;—a si lence of some minutes ensued, and Ferdinand, accompanied by the Bishop, entered the crowded chapel; be reached the altar's foot and prostrated himself there; in a few words the Bishop informed the audience that the ceremony was postpon ed by order of his holiness the Pope. Curiosity was alive, but as it was not likely to be satisfied that night, the throng at length gradually dispersed, and when none were left but Idalia and her particular friends, the good bishop began— "Well, we have travelled 48 hours without food and rest;-— just arrived in time; now let us all adjourn to the castle, and I will take upon myself to account for our abrupt interfering.** The carriages were in waiting, and in a short time they were all seated in the saloon of the castle, where the bishop resum ed the thread of his story:—" Doubtless you all well remem ber the hour when Ferdinand and myself departed for Florence, where lie was to receive priests' orders;—well, just at the time, I was commanded to repair to Rome in order to give my testimony as a witness in an important transaction then be fore his holiness. I proposed to Ferdinand to acoompany me and be presented at the papal palace: he consented, and as the business was protracted from day to day we were detain ed until a letter arrived from Don Felix di Modena, directed to me, informing me that the only daughter of Signor Lare dani was about to immure herself in a convent, not for the love of religion or any desire for a pious life, but in despair at having formed an attachment for her excellent cousin, who had been induced to enter the church, by the avarice of his father's elder brother, who would in that case inherit the fortune of Don Francisco. When these circumstances were related to his holiness, he evinced a noble willingness to dis pense with their vows, and Ferdinand and myself hastened back with the utmost expedition, and now," added he, " if you will send for our pretty nun elect, this same excellent cousin may give her his sentiments on the subject." Ferdi nand pressed the hand of his worthy friend the bishop, and with heartfelt gratitude thanked him, for the fatherly interest he had taken in his concerns, and frankly acknowledged that he had long loved his beauteous cousin, but feared to indulge the thought lest it should interfere with the future life he had projected for himself. Idalia entered, leaning on the arm of her delighted mother, who felt her like a renewed gift, and when Ferdinand hastened to give her a seat on the sofa. Bhe hid her blushing face on the maternal bosom. Her cousin begged permission to remain with her half an hour after the family had retired, and be readily obtained it. The next day the happy circle was enlarged by the agreeable addition of Loretta and her amiable brother, and as soon as the parents of Ferdinand arrived, the good bishop joined the hands of Ferdinand und Idalia, with the full approbation of all their relatives; each one of whom gave a splendid donation to the church; and the diamond cross that sparkled on the breast of the youthful bride was only rivalled by the animated eyes of the happy bridegroom, as he received her from the hands of her affectionate friend Felix, who was now restored to perfect health, and with his amiable siBter paid a long and pleasant visit at the castle. An elegant dinner was made for the young married cou ple, to which most of the Italian nobility were invited. The day was delightful, and in the afternoon the smooth bosom of ■ the Arno swelled beneath the ornamented gondolas, which calmly floated on its silver mirror, and softly moved to the sweet melody of music—and the full moon arose ere the gay company disembarked In the splendid saloon of the noble castle was a superb supper, where luxury and hilarity presid ed, and an animated ball, in a room illuminated with colored lamps, closed the fairy scene. Amongst the many beauties collected on this occasion, none could vie with the incompa rable Idalia. Heartfelt happiness had shed its magic influence over her elegant countenance and suffused her glowing cheek ith a brilliant dye, and as her sylph-like and polished form glided through the mazes of the complicated dance, the de T lighted eye of her parents followed its graceful motions, and blessed the happy fate that rescued her from the solitude of the convent and the gloomy life of a nun. Theodor».