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and afterwards taken from them this easy operation requires, consists plaster casts, which are most perfect merely in the choice of the situation resemblances. In acquiring that art, which must be given to each flower, this accomplished princess pursued a so that one may be properly conmanner of her own. Instead of nected with the others, and that as working, as isual, a long time from small a vacancy as possible may remodels, she merely procured in main between them.” As the glass struction in the use of the tools; her would not, however, be completely fancy then formed the representa covered, I suppose (for unluckily I tion of an imaginary person, and forgot to inquire) that the intervals she began to compose the figure are stained with colours so as to give without any copy.
The subject of them the appearance of stone. her first essay was the Leonora of * By means of this pleasing ar. Burger's celebrated ballad; her se tifice she has made a Chinese lamp cond was the head of an old lord, for one of her other apartments, whose name I have forgotten; and which, like those of coloured glass, the third was her daughter, the or thin alabaster, diffuses a very mild princess Charlotte.
light. • This reminds me of another piece • A second table in her workroom, of work hy the hand of this royal artist, which appears to be composed of every which I had likewise an opportunity known species of marble, is—what I of inspecting, and which appeared never should have imagined had I to me equally beautiful and inge not been told—nothing more than a njous. In passing through her work- square of ground glass, which, on the room (where, besides a choice col under side, is painted in such a manlection of books, and all kinds of ner, that the spectator cannot avoid implements of the arts, you see a taking the whole for specimens of large table covered with papers, different species of marble, joined towritings, drawings, and books) she gether and inlaid. In each corner took the trouble to direct my atten a small copper-plate of some antion to a very handsome table, and tique figure is placed; of course, on asked me what I conceived it to be. the reverse of the square which comWithout a moment's hesitation, I pletes the deception. declared it was inlaid, or, as it is * You must, my friend, have no called, Mosaic work, and that it was sense of what is beautiful, great, and an excellent specimen of the art, amiable, if you think it necessary She smiled, and said that could not that I should apologise for this little be, as she, who knew nothing of digression into which I have invóMosaic work, had made it herself, luntarily been led.
Your heart, and in a few hours. “ It is nothing which is ever open to all that is more," added her royal highness, virtuous and excellent, must, I “than a square of ground glass on know, receive equal pleasure with which I have fastened with gum my own from these particulars of different kinds of natural flowers, the wise and benevolent system of which were first carefully dried and life which a princess, destined for the pressed, and then turned the glass throne of Great Britain and Ireland, with the smooth side uppermost, to has prescribed for herself, and purproduce the illusion by which you sued for so many years with a forare deceived. The whole art, or titude and perseverance which seein rather the trifling trouble, which to exceed the powers of her sex.'
On the CONVERSATION of Men of
• FASHION is the child of vanity A Remark of Madame de Genlis. and love,' says the celebrated Mon
taigne. When it springs from the THE conversation of men of let desire of decorating the person with ters generally commences with praises modest ornaments, and rendering it and Hatteries reciprocally exchang. amiable in the eyes of man,' it is ed. An attack upon their rival praise-worthy; and then it is the ensues, and then arise long argu- irue Offspring of love. When its ments, stubborn assertions, and vio object is to feed conceit, and to adlenit quarrels. Indeed, it cannot be minister to pride, to purrey for cotermed a conversation ; every one ·quetry, and cherish self-love, it is speaks for himself alone, and follows the child of vanity. his own ideas without listening to those of others. They are absent, impatient, or thoughtful. If they
BOTANY FOR LADIES. are silent, it is to prepare an ariswer,
By Di. Thornton. without the least attention to what
NINTH LESSON CONTINUED. has been said. Is an interesting story related ? Their minds are occupied 15. PAPIPILI0.4NCEOUS, but in inventing another, which they terfly shape, from papilio, a Latin trust will be more applauded by the word signifying a butterfly, from hearers. It seems as if they had the supposed resemblance which this assembled together with the inten« species of corrolla has to a butterfly, tion of challenging and surpassing as in the sweet pea. Vide pl. 13. each other, without attempting to a, front view, b. back view. promote the common amusement The upper petal is called the standand instruction of the party. They ard, or rexillum : this last word is ace generally on the watch to find Latin for a Hag, or standard. an opportunity of introducing some The two side petals are called the bon mots of their own composition. wings, or alæ, a Latin word for a These are sometimes in honour of wing, and men of letters; sometimes anecdotes The bottom petal is named the which relate to themselves: but keel, or carina, from its supposed those numerous quotations become resemblance to the keel of a boat. at length tiresome; the hearers L'urina is a Latin word meaning a seldom feel any portion of the sa keel. Vide pl. 13. c, d, d, e. tistaction of those who repeat them; 16. Pentapetalous, having five pe. they are not always instructive; and tals, from the Greek word pente, five; any person listening to such a con as in the pink. Vide pl. 14. d. versation would imagine that he 17. Herupetalous, having six pebeard read one of those fatiguing tals, from the Greek word het, six ;
as doing myself an injustice to pass HARRIET VERNON;
the prime of my life in a situation
too unproductive for me to make a EKARACTERS FROM Real LIFE. be disqualified to support myself at
provision for the season when I shall A NOVEL,
all. To this I must add, that the In a Series of Letters.
uncouth manners of the man I serve
has made my residence with him A LADY.
extremely irksome; and the daily in(Continued from p. 30.)
sults I receive, too numerous to
particularise, are more than my LETTER V.
pride will allow me to bear. Mr. Charles Wentworth to Mr.
A gentleman has been here a few Johnson
days past on a visit, of the name of
Ambrose, a colonel in the army; London.
but having gained by trade in the I AM ashamed to acknowledge, East Indies a large fortune, he has dear Johnson, yours of the late date sold his commission in the army, of the twentieth of February last; but and is come home to end his days. in'truth you must excuse my neg- This gentleman, who forms the iigepce, and accept the only apology greatest contrast you can conceive I can offer, namely, business. I to his friend Mr. Vernon, has been perfectly agree that it is the youth's pleased to regard me with a par best preservative from ill;' but where ticular attention, and yesterday enis the youth, who does not expect to tered into my affairs with a warmth reap the golden fruits of a close ap- that surprised and Aattered me be plication, as the remark that gain yond expression. Young man,' sweetens labour is equally just? I said he, your countenance con am at this moment labouring under vinces me that you are not happy, the influence of discontent, anger, and my own observation of the conpride, and ambition; in. a pretty duct of Mr. Vernon towards you #tate, say you, to write to a friend : a has led me to guess from whence friend, however, must like one in all your discontent proceeds; honour humours; so do not complain, but me with your confidence, and I read this letter with patience, and doubt not I shall find it in my power give me your advice how to act, for to contribute to your ease of mind, I never so much needed your friend- if its uneasiness proceeds from the ship and sympathy as at present, cause which I suspect.'
It is now four years since I first Thus called on by such a man, engaged as clerk to Mr. Vernon, and in a manner so truly noble, you That he is a sordid wretch is noto. may suppose that I made no scruple riously known; as such, I could never to lay before him the state of my expect to be sufficiently recompensed affairs. for my services: the small stipend Exactly as I imagined,' said he, of thirty pounds a year and my Mr. Vernon is a stranger to your board, is all I have ever received or worth; or, if not, has not a soul to ever shall, though I were to continue set a proper value on it. But if you my whole life: I have not a rela- are willing to adopt a plan I shall tion or friend in the world who could lay down for you, you will have no assist me in any distress I might be reason to regret his behaviour. I involved in; in 'short, I conceive it have in Bengal a friend in a very con Vol. XXXVII.