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And now, my dear Lucy, I am going conceive. He made a sort of sideto make a request to you, which long how at, his entrance, withif you approve, it will much please out venturing to look at either of me; at the same time, it is my para , us. ticular desire, you will not act con * This is Mr. Jeremiah Curtis, trary to your inclination. It is, that said my brother. you shut up your house, and reside Yes,' said he, that is my name.' with me until the time mentioned Pray, sir, take a chair,' said Maabove. I shall then have an opport ria. I screwed up my mouth as close tunity to introduce you to the miss as possible, and dared not trust myVernons, which I much wish; and self with a sentence. in their society I think you will find " Thank you, Ma'am,' said he, pleasure, to say nothing of the satis ç this stool will do'-at the same faction the company of my dear time seating himself on one, or sister will afford me. If you ap- raiher between one and a neighprove this, let me know immediately, bouring chair. and I will order every thing relative I could contain myself no longer; to your journey. In the mean time, but, by way of excuse for laughing, I rest your ever affectionate brother, said, "Take care, sir: you know the CHARLES AMBROSE. old saying, I suppose. This raised a

laugh, in which I had an excuse to LETTER XV.

join, and gave Mr. Jerry an oppor

tunity of shewing a set of beautiful Miss II. Vcrnon to Miss West. white teeth, as an additional orna

ment to his sweet face. I HAVE been laughing, my dear Dinner arrived, but I dared not Susan, this hour past, at a young look on Maria, or any where but man 100--the queerest, surely, tha my own plate, the le me. My

You nust know, brother said, “Young man, you brother has taken a new clerk, in the must not expect cheese alter dinner ; room of our poor Charles. But I never have any, I think it unnewhy do I say poor? he is in a way cessary.' to be rich,

I think so too,' said he; ' and After expecting , this rare youth toasted, it is unwhilesome.' several days, he arrived yesterday : Dear!' said I, • I am sorry for express from Hampshire. You have that, for I am very fond of toasted heard of Hampshire hogs, Susan.-- cheese. But how is it unwholeHe was taken to the counting house some? Why, I have heard it makes first, and did not make his appearance people short-breathed, and causes 2 before us till dinner-time. My brother bad smell.' was then followed by a httle diminu This was too much, and I could tive figure. dressed in a whole suit sit it no loprer: but, putting my

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Oh! when we are used to him it I think it a very pretty one,' rewill wear off: you must reason your- plied the oaf. self out of it, and think on grave

Just then the colonel arrived. subjects when he is présent.

Jerry retired behind the door. The * Thank you for your advice,' colonel entered. said I ; but I fear I shall not be "What alone, ladies !' said he. able to profit by itin?i,

No, sir,' said Maria, 'here is a By tea-time I had laughed my: gentleman with us :'-then looking self into gravity, and was able to round Bless me, where ' is he face the second interview. He sat gone?' himself down on the same stool as be. I who saw hin speek behind the fore, which I have now warned Jerry's door shut it, and discovered him to stools and all Maria's persuasions the company.

The colonel, who could not prevail on. him to take a could scarcely keep his countenance, chair. Nothing particular occurred observed the gentleman was playing at tea.

Brother went to the club, bide and seek. and we were left to entertain our :, And a very innocent amusement pretty spark.

too,' said I. - This, sir, is Mr. Je"You had better take a little remiah Curtis. Colonel Ambrose, walk,' said Maria.

Mr. Curtis. ' If you please, Ma'am,' said he, I shall not attempt to describe happy to be released and away he poor Jerry's confusion ; it is imwent.

possible. I had compassion on him, He returned in about half an hour, and let him sit quiet the remainder rubbing, his hands, saying he was of the evening. afraid of losing himself if he walked And now for a word of the con further.--I observed it was 'coldisk: lonel. He told us, that he had just

: Feceived a letter from his sister in Cold, my dear, in August! I do answer to one he had written, renot think so,' said Naria. * But wé” questing her to spend the winter will have a fire,' said 1, very gravely: with him at his lodgings; that she

Oh dear!' he replied;..not on had conformed to his wishes, and my'account. I was only coldl-coming that he expected her in a few days, out of the fresh aii, I suppose.'

I was delighted with this intelVery likely,' said I hope ligence, and Maria looked pleased. four cold tit won't last long. Are you! I am all impatienoe to be introsabject to the ague?'

duced to her. I will lay down my I had it once, Ma'am ; but I pen till that wished-for day arrives. tured it with a charm.'

Maria has been reading this letter, Really! that was charming For shame, Harriet!' she says, 'you said I.

are growing satyrical. You should • Do you ever read, sir?" said not represent the young man in so Maria : we have a few books at ludicrous a light: he will improve; he four service.'

is but just come from the country.'

I wish he may,' said I; ' but

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placed chairs, and we were seated

on each side of her. But before I A week has passed since I wrote proceed any further, I must describe the above. This morning the colonel ihe person of this lady. came, and informed us that his sis She is tall and graceful. Her ter was arrived, and wished to see face, though impaired by time, is us: he therefore proposed, if agree- still pleasing; and it is easy to perable, to take us with him directly. ceive, that twenty years ago it must We made no objection ; but, equip- have been much more so. She has ing ourselves in neat morning dresses, still a good complexion, although attended him. Maria whispered me, the roses are somewhat faded ; and that she felt rather agitated.- Fool a good deal of vivacity in her counish,' said I, 'what are you afraid of? tenance, joined to an extremely senI, however, was not surprised. The sible look. Her dress was neatness colonel chatted very agreeably dur- itself. ing our ride ; but, I believe, he no I am,' said she, looking in each ticed Maria's tremor.- I have, of our faces by tarns, well acsaid he,"mentioned my sister to quainted with you both; and as that you as a sensible, and even a learn- is the case, we will, if you please, ed woman: I leave you to discover lay aside that reserve that usually a thousand good qualities of more attends a first visit, and enter into value in my estimation; for I own, chat as freely as though we were old although I admire learning in your acquaintance.' sex, I never could find a charm there We smiled at her good-humour, in to counterbalance the want of an and, after thanking her for so kind a amiable temper and agreeable man- proposal, obeyed her; and having ners; and, much as I esteem good chatted away for near two hours, we sense, there is a sort of understand took our leave. I should have told ing which I term common sense, you, that the colonel left us in about that I greatly prefer.'

half an hour, saying-Now I have But surely, sir,' said I, 'a per- brought your visitors, and introduced son endued with a superior under them, I have done my part.' standing cannot be deficient in • Aye, aye,' said his sister, 'we common sense.'

have done with you now; so you may There certainly are instances of march off.' that deficiency, miss Harriet, and She did not drop a hint relating to some have fallen within my knowher brother and Maria. I thought ·ledge. But we are arrived.

this was delicate and considerate. He then handed us out of the She pressed us much to stay dinner, carriage, and, taking a hand of each, but we declined it. She rang to order led us into the parlour, where was the chariot; but, as the weather was his sister, sitting at work, with spec. fine, we chose to walk hama

cares

brought it past our dinner-hour at the maid (I suppose behind the home; the cloth was just taking away. door). Oh, oh!' said my brother, you "And who made it

your

kitchen, are returned then, like bad pennies: 1 old madam Grumpus?' said Jerry. thought I should have saved a din "I have been mistress of my mas. ner to-day.'

ter's kitchen these twenty years, "No, not to-day,' said I ; 'but on replied she, “and will not be ruled Thursday we have engaged you and by such a jackanapes as you. I will ourselves to dine at the colonel's.'

acquaint the ladies, I assure you.' He made no objection, but asked Go tell them,' said he. Who if Mr. Curtis was invited.

for

you, or they either?" • Dear, no!' I replied: "how do Dorcas, angry enough before this, you think he would look in such a was enraged still more.--Youngvisit?'

ster,' said she, ' I give you to know, Look! why, how should he you must speak more respectable of look? I think he is a very good. my young ladies, if you

live here: looking young man.

But
you
have

marry, truly you are come to a tak it into your

heads laugh at pretty pass in a week.' him. I tell you, he is a very clever · Don't make such a rout to me,' young fellow in business.'-! did retorted Jerry: 'I don't care a fig for not dispute my brother's assertion. either of them, although they are

After we had dined, we began to such wits.' tell him the particulars of our vizit. • Wits !' said she, 'no more wits

- And now,' said I, do not you than yourself: you had not best stand long to see Mrs. Ambrose ?"

there, calling names!' ' No,' said he ; 'she is only a wo Thus they went on for some time, man, I suppose.

when master Jerry was sent out on • But she is a very fine one,' said business ; and I shall here conclude Maria.

myself affectionately yours, * Her fineness did not get her a

H. VERNON, husband. I suppose she knows no

(To be continued.) thing of good housewifery, and so forth :-how should she, for her father taught her nothing but reading and writing, both of which are un ACCOUNT of the new Grand Ronecessary to a woman, unless it be

mantic Melo-drama, called. The books that relate to household ma-, Wood DÆMON,' presented for nagement,'

the first Time at the Theatre* I am sure you will like her,' Royal, Drury-Lane, on Wednessaid I; ' and we shall be able to

day, April 1. judge of her housewifery by her

THE following are the principal management of her table.'

I retired up stairs to finish this characters : letter ; but hearing an uncommon Hardyknute,

Mr. De Camp.
Guelpho,

Mr. Penley. noise in the kitchen, I stopped to

Willikind,

Mr. Dowton, listen.

Oswy,

Mr. Gibbon. Dorcas was exalting her voice to Rolf,

Mr. Webb.

Mr. Montgomery. a very loud key, with a 'Come from Sangrida,

Miss C. Bristow. behind the door ; I will have no such Leolyn,

Mrs. H. Siddons. doings in my kitchen, I assure you!' Clotilda

,

Mrs. Harlowe. - I now found it was Jerry kissing Alexina,

Mrs. Scott. Vol. XXXVIII.

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Paulina,
Miss Kelly.

many spectres of various descripMistress of the Revels, Miss Pearon, tions, that nothing less than a jury

of ghosts can decide upon the merits This drama is founded on a Ger- of this extraordinary performance. man tale, which affords full

scope Whatever credit may be given to the wild fancy of Mr. Lewis, author his powers of invention, his repuof The Castle Spectre, &c. who has tation, as an author, will be rather acquired so much celebrity for pro- diminished than increased by the ductions of this des ription, The Wood Dæmon; which owes its scene is lijd in Holstein, and the

principal attraction to a profusion interest and incidents of the piece of splendid scenery, admirably aralmost wholly arise from the devo ranged; some charming and approtions paid to the Wood Dæmon, to

priate music by Mr. Kelly; and the whom, it seems, it was the sur laudable exertions of De Camp, perstition of the place yearly to im. Dowton, Gibbon, Mrs. H. Siddons, molate a child,

Mrs. Harlowe, and Miss C. Bristow, Mr. Lewis has chosen Denmark who performed the interesting Leo . as the scene of his magical incanta lyn with great propriety of gesture tions; and has fixed the period when and expression. A miss Fearon the power of Dæmonology was im- made a vocal début, and from the plicitly believed.

It appears, that sweetness and power of her voice Hardyknute, being born deformed promises to prove a valuable accesand poor, exchanges these disad- sion. vantages for their contrarieties, Of the scenes it is difficult to say through the influence of the Wood which was the most beautiful. We Dæmon,' to whom he pledges him- were most struck, however, with self, under penalty of destruction, the picturesque variety of the third that on a certain night in each re scene, which exhibits a splendid Govolving year he will sacrifice blood thic Hall, with a gallery crowded upon the 'altar of the spirit, before with spectators, and an emblematic the clock exhibited by the side of representation of the Four Seasons, the altar strikes the awful hour of whr, as they move in a superb paone ! — For eight succeeding years he geant, make offerings peculiar to ha, kept his sanguinary vow; and on each to the Count. The scenes, mathe ninth he is so far fortunate, that chinery, &c. were worked with wonhis victim Leolyn, a dumb boy, is derful ease and dexterity for a first secreted in the fatal cavern; whence exhibition of só complex and elabohe is delivered by Una, tu whom

At the close of the Hardyknute is betrothed. The time last scene, when the Wood Diamon is within a quarter of one, and Har- and the Clock sink into the earth, dyknute, dreading his in mediate dis

that opens to devour them, amidst

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