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ous interview is over you shall hear Walsingham, who was on the look again from your very affectionate, out, descried, and hastened to meet and happy daughter,
me in the park. I alighted from CAROLINE WALSINGHAM. my horse, and we walked together
to the house. ·How happy, my
dear friend,' said Walsingham, does LETTER II.
this favour make me; I have a
wife, Charles ; a woman I am sure The Hon. Charles Baderly to Sir you will admire, and am impatient Robert Lexton.
to have you acquainted with.'
We entered the house, and he Walsingham-Hall.
led the way to the drawing-room,
without permitting me to change Bob, you and I have both heard my dress. of Mahomet's paradise, and of its The company were assembled beautiful in habitants. But I have there. At one of the windows found the happy place. If you doubt stood two ladies in conversation ; but my assertion, come, my boy; come on our entrance they both turned on the wings of hope to Walsing-round. Heavens! what beauty did ham. If I was delighted at the that movement discover ! Oh, Bob! perspective beauty of the situation; you would have given half your if I was pleased with the elegant estate to have been present at my simplicity of the house; how was I introduction. Never before had I astonished at-but how shall I de- seen such sweetness and majesty scribe, the assemblage of grace and blended in one countenance as I loveliness that meet in the charm- then beheld in lady Walsingham's. ing mistress of this happy place? No, • Caroline,' said my friend, I my pen can never describe lady can now make a return to miss LesWalsingham. I may tell you, she ter for the pleasure conferred on us is above the common height of wo- this morning, by introducing the : men; that she is elegantly formed; honourable Charles Baderly to her that she is exquisitely fair; that and your acquaintance. The longher eyes are a languishing blue, and wished for, the long-expected friend that her head is adorned with a profusion of auburn hair : but I can Lady Walsingham with a charmnever tell you what lines of sense ing frankness gave me ber hand; : mark her expressive countenance, and I ventured, as the friend of
No, you must see her to do her jus- her husband, to press her dainask tice, and then in her intelligent eye cheek. you may read her whole soul. Oh, Walsingham took miss Lester by
Walsingham led his fair. guest te- not one of their corps, . No, no, ward the company. I followed his Bob; though I detest a demure prude, example, with his still fairer wise. as a stupid piece of still-life, yet I
He presented me to the party; admire not the other extreme ; for which consisted of lady Mary Bril. when a lady's animation passes a liant, whose father you know; the certain boundary it becomes exhon. miss Howard (whom neither cessively indelicate, and is more disyou nor I know): by the way, she gusting to me than even prudery. is a rich handsome widow; sir Harry I would rather be in company with a Champly, a most confounded cor- good picture than either of them. comb; the modest Theodosius Miss Lester, is certainly no prude. Linley, our Carne Abbey acquaint. No, she is one of those good giils who ance; and lord Seymore, a very make the most of the gists which worthy nobleman.
Ileaven has been pleased to hesta on Julia Walsingham, the sister of them. She has already distinguished our friend, you remeniber-but the meabove my fellows. I know not why: wild blooming girl you knew is unless because I have distinguished metamorphosed into the pale lan- her less.-Women love contradic. guid woman of fashion ; and her tion. They disregard the conquests warm and lively spirits are changed they have made, and are always to a most forbidyling coldness. She is contriving to ensnare those who stand even cool to her angelic sister. aloof. And where, methinks I hear What strange mutable animals are you exclaim, did you, Baderly, acwomen!—and yet, I think, Wal- quire all this philosophy, that you singham's wife is an exception froni can withstand all the contrivances this foible; she seems as happy in of a beautiful woman, and talk of the company of her old friend miss standing aloof with as much sang Lester as she could be in the ac- froid as if you had passed your quisition of a new acquaintance. grand climacteric? I will answer you,
The evening of my arrival passed my friend.--I have not the smallest very convivially; the women were wish to be distinguished by miss sprightly—the men were rational. Lester ; but would prefer one ap
Miss Lester would have lady proving smile from the mild counWalsingham's child brought in: tenance, of lady Walsingham to the she took the smiling boy in her most studied, the most fascinating arms, and nursed him a considerable glances of the coquetish Lester; for time. He is a most charming in- a coquet I am sure she is. fant : and never could his nurse ap
This is the birth-day of Walsing. pear to greater advantage than while ham ; and to-night we are to have a she so exerted herself: every one concert (several of the neighbouring was delighted with her. Indeed, families, who are performers, are she is a woman of a very fine figure, expected), in an elegant temple, of a majestic and dignified form. built, I understand, from a plan drawn Though not fair, she has a lovely hy lady Walsingham, and delicated complexion ; piercing black eyes ; to harmony. The lamps are already fine eyebrows, and hair of the same lighting; I will go down, and see colour; with such an air of vịva- who is come to increase our festivity city and archness difused over her with their company. Some country countenance, that one or two in our squires, I imagine; for they a laughi. party dare hardly look at her. I ing most confoundedly loud. need not inform you that I make
with great fury blew the bassoon.
We played several of Handel's best On entering the saloon I found pieces ; some concertos of Jackson, I'very elegant company of both sexes &c. When songs were called for, assembled. On my entrance (for I miss Lister favoured us with some was the last), lady Walsingham led Italian airs, and then, by the desire the way to the temple in the gare of Walsinghan, warbled the old den; in which this amiable woman English song of Somebody ;' and had paid Walsingham every possible really somebody's eyes were fixed honour in the decorations. The with such rapturous attention on her, outside of the building was one en. that I knew not what the deuc-tothink. tire blaze of light. On ascending Seymure called on larly Wals oge the steps under the portico, A W. ham for a song: If she complies, in variegated lamps, and the arms of said he to me, who sat next to him, the family surrounded with laurel, you will think yourself in Elysium.' had a brilliant effect. Within the Before I could answer she struck doors the scene which presented was the chords of her piano; played a enchanting--it seemed the work of grand symphony: then changed her magic, and I actually rubbed my style, and sung one of the tenderest, eyes to know if I was really awake. softest, sweetest airs, that minister.
The building is an octagon; an ing spirits ever chanted over the dyarras of white satin covers the walls, ing bed of the happy:-) was mute on which subjects that do honour to with astonishment. When she conmusic are painted by lady Walsing- cluded, a profound silence reigned him from the heathen mythology. for a moment, and when it was Alight gallery runs round the top; broken every tongue encored her ; which on this occasion was formed but she nodestly declined singing into an arcade, with green-house the same air again. And why? plants, and artificial flowers; under Because the words and air were her which were placed refreshments (sor own composing. But I could have we had no regular supper). In each listened to the same air, and the same angle stood a beautiful china vase voice, ' from morn till noon, from filled with aromatic waters, which noon till dewy eve.' diffused a fragrant perfume.
She turned over her music, and The roof terminated in a dome; selected a beautiful song of Pleyel's. the ceiling represented an open and On her rising, Seymore, who had serene sky, with angels in the arti- been busy with the music which lay tude of listening to the sounds which scattered on the top of the instramight arise from below. And, surely, ment, sat down to the keys, and is the strains that were heard this night a fine mellow tune, sung, there might have drawn listening
Hush every breeze, let nothing move; angels from their happy abode.
My Delia sings, and sings of love.' Here is a very fine-toned organ, to which Walsingham did justice, The compliment pleased me; it Miss Lester took the harp, on which was delicale
--I wished I had sung sue performed in a masterly style. the song myself. Julia struck the lute, lady Walsing We did not separate till a late ham the piano forte, lord Seymore the hour. The concert concluded with flute, your humble servant strummed "My faith and truth,' sung by Wal. the base viol. The other gentlemen singham and lady Mary: she has but took violins, except Champly, who a weak voice, and of very little con
pass, but is a passionate admirer. ifoward was not pleased with my of music, particularly of lady Wal- attendance, she did not forbid it. singham's performances.
I therefore accompanied them on the We could not preval on the nen. visit of charity, for such it was on sive Julia to warble onc. What Mrs. Howard'a part, who seemed ean' ail the girl, Lexion ? Only she well known. Indeed, in my eyes, has become so cursed proud, or I she appeared a second laiy Brunshould think she was in love ; but I tiful, while she dispensed happiness am persuaded she regards herself 100 to her old pensioners, comfort to much to fret her bloom away for the sick, and advice to the young, another. All I can say, is, there is Nor was this all; for at every house a wonderful alteration in her; and at which we stopped she left a token an alteration by no means for the of the generosity of her spirit; and better. So, so, what the deuse is in return was loaded with the blesse the matter now!
ings of the grateful creature. A tremendous bounce at the room what was miss Lester's employment? door made me start; but a mighty Winy, pulling about every thing pretty laugh informed me that miss within her reach. •Look tere, BaLester was there I opened the door derly, what shocking ugly chairs.-immediately, "Well,' said the lady, What a bore of a table. Bless me, • I have been searching the house what queer dishes!' All the time all over; and not finding you any the poor womon were blushing and where imagined you was no longer curtseying. I was ashamed of her a terrestrial, but had got translated behaviour, actually; for though no to apartm-nts in the moon. See, I saint myself, yet, whin I discover bave run away with little Adolphus; that noble spirit of philanthropy when his nurse misses him, there which shines so bright in Mrs. will be a fine piece of work.' Howard, and appears to so much ad
• Tis true,' said I, 'I have been vantage in a female, or which rather travelling among the planetary makes the sex appear to advantage, worlds; but since the goddess of I feel my heart warm towards them, beauty condescends to bring a che. whether man, woman, or child. rub to my earthly dwelling, I am Mrs. Howard is a young mocontent to abide in it; for where nitress, bur virtue in her a pears in shall I meet a brighter con tellation its proper form ; young, rich, and than this before me, a Venus and beautiful; with a heart ready to a Cupid?'
pity, and a hand to relieve every The compliment was gross; but one in want of her assistance, the lady smiled. Upon my soul, Miss Lester complained of being Lexton, I have often thought that a weary, and vowed to come no more vain woman and a drunken man on such errands of charity to the are very much alike: the one swal. village. Mrs. Howard made no relows liquor, however bad; the other ply, but I saw she was vex.d. Hattery, however fulsome. • Come,'
we returned home miss cried my visitor, find your hat; Lester.amused herself and some of Mrs. Howard wants me to walk with the company with a ludicrous de her to the village, but I positively scription of our walk, and the shan't stir without a protector.' aukward reception we had. Really
I did as the lady commanded; poir Baderly' lauked as if he had found my hat, and sallied forth to never been out of a cathedral till the bamlet; for though I saw Mrs. this evening; I did not thiuk he
..could have looked so very sheepish. But as for MIrs. Howard, no
LONDON FASHIONS. ever told her beads with so pensive an air; indeed, she acted the part of
a lady abbess to perfection. So soft, (il'ith an Engraving, elegantly co, so mild, so pitiful; while her village
loured.) acquaintance stood with distendel mouths, overtywered with the 1. A DRESS of pale pink muse thought that so girat a lady could lin or crape, over a whiie sarsnet condescend to notice such little folks.
slip; the sleeves of the slip laid in I assure you I walked out allegro- small plaits, and trimmed with lace : but came back quite adagio; which and the sleeves of the dress fastened proves that I am one of the best with silver and pearl ornamen.s. crea’ures living, as I cannot bear to Head-dress, a bandeau of white crape, seep ople in trouble.'
ornamented with a gold tiara set "I do not think it proves any with rubies. Necklace and armlets such thing,' said Mrs. Howard, to correspond. White gloves and reddening. "We went not to make
shoes. visits of ceremony, but to chase the 2. A plain muslin dress, Vangloom of sorrow from the brow of dyked round the bottoin ; a short the widow and the orphan ; if these Spanish cloak of lilac satin, made to are fit subjects for your sarcasms, I fit the back, and full on the shoul. kave done. I must say, however, ders, trimmed all round with a very if I had thought the worthy crea rich Vandyked lace; bonnet of the tures would have received nothing same, crown intermixed with lace from your visit hut ridicule, I should and trimmed in match. Limerick not havé requested your company. gloves and shoes. But I imagined a lady of your foro tune would have been happy to dispense a litule of that wealth to the less fortunate, and am sorry I was deceived.'
Ridiculous!' exclaimed miss Les PARISIAN FASHIONS. ter; 'so, my dear Mrs. Howard, you would have me lay out my posses ROBES of white Italian crape sions in portions to village swains, over a satin slip of the same colour, ani cottagers daughters; ha! ha! ornamented round the bottom with ha! And turn methodist, I suppose, festoons, and painted shells of their andlay up my treasure in Heaven?' natural colours, are much worn. The
I shall leave you to lay out your bosoms are plain scolloped cut very money and wit too, as you think low, and made to sit close. The proper,' said Mrs. Howard, rising, sleeves are waved and full, and comanizmiting the room.
posed of alternate slips or stripes of I followed her to the steps that crape and pink satin.