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J. Norma Ss. MADEMOISELLE de BEAUMONT or the

CHEVALER DEON Female MinifterPlenipo.Capt.of Dragoona te

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Boston Magazine

For U NE,

1784.

CONTAINING,

313

316

346

Page, On making Mortar,

339 Memoirs of Madememoiselle Epitaph on Yorick's Eliza, 840 D'Eon,

The Beauties of B:evity, ibid.
On Agriculture,

PortICAL ESSAYS,
On Education,

317
The lovitation,

440 Experiments made with the Verses written by an Englith

Aerofatic Machine, 319 Lady to an American Offi. On the D ffcrent Organs of the cer while a prisoner, 343 human Body,

324

The Officer's Aufwer, ibid. A Letter froin an American A Prayer to Indifference, ibid.

Lady to her son, 326 The Wedding Ring, 344 Memoirs of the life of Ignatius To Flavella,

ibid. Sancho,

328 The Divine presence. A Sacred Anecdotes of the Rusian Em

Ode, pire,

330

Epitaph'or Laurence Sternyibid. Juftice wayed by Money, 332

STAT & PAPERS. A deaf ear to adulation recom. Treaty of Amity and Commended to the Fair, 333

merce between his Majesty, On the Coluber Ceralles, 334 the King of Sweden and Luxury the effeminale debarer the United States, 347 of the soul,

335 MONTHLY CHRONOLOGY. On the intercourse between the

Foreign News,

350 fexes, 335 American News,

ibid. Misfortunes of Gubbios, Gub. Proceedings of the General blestones, and Clutterbuck, Court,

355

Meteorological Observations,
Voltaire's Prayer,

338
for Jane, 1784.

358
With the following EMBELLISHMENTS, viz.
No. I. Mademoiselle D'Eun, &c. No. II. The horned Viper.

332

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Printed and Published by NORMAN, WHITE and

FREEMAN,
At their Printing Office the North side of the Market.

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Acknowledgements to Correspondents. ТЕ

HE Editors are forry to announce, that it is im

possible for them to publish all the favours chey have received this month (as several pieces are thought too trifling for the public eye) without giving offence to fome of their readers.

A number of pieces are received, which came too late for publication this month, shall be duly noticed in their next.

The Editors would esteem is a peculiar favour, if their correspondents would send their lucubrations earlier in the month,

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Memoirs of Mademoiselle D'Eon procure every anecdote relative to de Beaumont ; commonly called the public

notice, and in order to conthe Chevalier D'Eon.

vey a proper idea of the person of this H E extraordinary perfon, lady, in whom we shall find a Arange age who has been known in heterogeneous compound of male and London, and many other female qualities, we obtained a Atriking

parts of England, by the resemblance of her face, from an orie name of the Chevalier D'Eon' ever ginal drawing from the life, by a prifince the year 1763, when the Duke de vate gentleman, at the time of the disNivernois was ambassador from the putes between D'Eon and the count de court of France; having been finally Guerchy. The realons for dire&ting discovered to be a woman, by authen

the ingenious artis, who executed the tic, indubitable evidence given in the

whole figore, 'o decorate it in a manner court of King's Bench, at a trial for truly characteristic, will appear in the recovering a lum of money on certain sequel. policies opened on the sex of the pre- Miss D'Eon de Beaumont is descended tended Chevalier ; every anecdote re- from a genteel family of the town of lative to our heroine has become a new Beaumont sur l'Oise, in the Ine of fubject of curiosity, and though many France, from which place she takes the of the principal transaktions of that addition to her family name, a circuma part of her life which she passed in

among the England are generally known, and French, in order to didinguish the genhave frequently appeared in print ; yet try, from yeomen and tradesmen. it was the defire of many of our The rank in life of her parents, the spectable correspondents, that we time of her birth, and every thing reThould draw up a concise account of lative to her domestic situation during the whole, to serve as a memorial of her infant years, seems involved in lo angular an event; and as a warning profound secrecy ; however, from her in future again A that credulity which uncommon understanding and critical leads so many of the good people of this knowledge in classical and polite learnkingdom into egregious errors, to the ing, it seems as if great care was taken prejudice of their fortunes, and to the to give her a finished education. At impeachment of their understanding. what time the first appeared in the habit In compiiance with the requel of our of a man,or what were the motives for friends, no pains have been spared to so extraordinary a disguise, no person

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has been able to ascertain upon proper could have obtained as a mifitress of evidence; all that has been circulaied! the marthal Dukes de Brogho, de in public, is founded upon conjecture. Choiseul, &c. &c.

Some affert, that her parents pot By secret infuence then, easily to be her upon this scheme, thai fhe mignt gueit at, the was appointed miniger fucceed to an estate in the family ea. plenipotentiary to the court of Peterstailed on the male heirs. Others say, burgh, vefied with full powers to conthat she had a brother an officer in the ciude a private negociation with the Gens-d'armes, whom he frequently unfortunate emperor,-Peter III. soon visited at Versailles, and who, finding after his accellion; the has not thougit her a girl of high spirit and of aspiring proper 10 favour us with the object genius, advised her to enter herself as of inis commiffior, all we koow is, a cadet, and to pursue the ipilitary

that Me executed it to the entire farispath to honour and fortune in ene faction of the French ministry; and character and dress of a man. A third as a reward for this importent fervice, report, and the most probable is, that the was nominated Secretaire d'Am. The absconded from her friends with a baliade to the Duke de Niver pois, Jover in this disguise, and being aster. when he was sent to England in the wards forsaken by her fwa'l), wito was character of his late Mod Christian an officer, the took the military life maffy's ambaslador extraordinary, from choice, after having acquired a . and to initter plenipotentiary to the tafte for it during her co-habitation sourt of London in 1962. Upon the with him. But all we can depend on return of the Duke de Nivernois to R$ auttiedtic is, that the obtained a cor France, in the month of May 1983, dercy of horle in the Fiench service, D'Eon was left as is vsual charge wben she was very young, that the af- d'a faires in the absence of the ambas. terwards role to the rank of captain of fador ; but ibe nomination of another dragoons, and aid de camp 10 Mar- being, fufpended for some time, the ihai Broglio, under whom the made Duke de Nivernois made such a represnore than one campaign in Germany lentation, it is said, of the secretary's jo the last war; and for her personal abilities, that the French muftry bravery, as well jo reward for some thought proper to honour him with polirical tracts on the internal aumini. the commuffion and title of minister Kration of government, the was ho- plenipotentiary: but this was io fa& dioured withine royal and m litary or. only an empty honour, for there could der of St. Louis, the cross of which or- be no occasion for the exercise of any der the constantly wore in Eogland, tuli powers, after the ratifications of pendaot froin a ribbon faftened to a the treaty of peace were exchanged. bution hole of her coat. To five, by To say the truth, no arfair of any con. We of thele.un!rigues not unutral in sequence, with respect to ine two couris, especially in that of France, crowns, fell under this lady's manage she was taken into the minifterial de ment; but having been secretary to partment ; but they must be frangers. the embassy, a post in some measure indeed to the private histories of the minifterial, becaule ait the Gispatches Elantries of Versalles, who ascribe pass through the haods of the recreTuis promocion to any legree of traol. tary, tuns gave her an opportunity of cendcnt inerit ip Miss D'Eon. Ijo detaining some papers in her hands to arms, 1 letters, and ju love, she was answer the purposes of self inte eft at ejually skilled, 1,10 equally succes fui. the expeace of political intriguer. In her i word th: acquired renown,

the month or Uitcber 1763, the Count tor perional courage, wearing it ever de Guercy appeared at St. James's in 19dyta Nop ste tongue of calumny, the criaracier of ambassador from a: tlo usmidaie forward inquirers. Fiduce, and ibe Mam Chevalier With her p:o fine supported her pa- DEon had orders to re-assume the tu pas, ine Fitoch mottry, aur! even functions vi secretary to the new amarried the wiciner advice; and by ballader, but this one Chevalier poliithe powers the potetis ber Oatural tively refused,and confronted the count cicies, this one-d to nerielfacijala , de Guercy in the cucle at court, repri to heller promision at court, en. taining the quality of minifter plenide. Ige digarie of a mall, thän ile potentiary, and expecting the houeurs

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