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timore was soon introduced to his her ear. The poets of the day were intended bride, and submitted him retained to celebrate her opening self with more patience than was ex. beauties. The public prints teemed pected, to the disagreeable incon with elaborate descriptions of her venience of a courtship of half an person, accomplishments, wealth, hour. The lady was prepared to and estates. At last the happy moaccept his offer, and approve of ment arrived when she appeared in whatever day he might fix for public, and, like the sun in its meritheir marriage. They were soon dian splendour, gave light and aniunited, and became, almost imme- mation to all. Wherever she turned diately after their marriage, remark. she beheld numerous youths bowing able for a cold and regular polite- with reverential love before her. ness to cach other, which never as. No aversion-no coldness-no inpired to love or descended to hatred. difference ever met her eye. ManDuring the two years which elapsed kind appeared to be made of the between the marriage of Lord Balti- most gentle and tender materials, more and his death, he was scarcely and those who had seen her pass ever seen in her company; and was through the crowds of submissive never heard to mention her with suitors, who watched every moveany approbation, except when he ment of her person, might have conwas made acquainted with the birth cluded that she was some superof his daughter and only child. A natural being, whose approach had fever carried him off in his thirtybanished from society every rough first year, and terminated a life and uneasy feeling. The letters, which had continued without ad- poems, petitions, which were advantage, and ended without regret dressed to her, surpassed calculato any one.
tion. They all breathed the same Lady Baltimore had derived so sentiment, love; and were together little comfort from her first mar a singular monumeut of protestariage, that she felt no inclination to tions without sincerity, passion withinvolve herself in new vexations by out feeling, ardour without warmth, a second. Although solicited by nu- and tenderness without emotion. merous suitors, she had the pru. In truth, the young Countess of dence to remain a widow, and de- Baltimore was of all ladies of her vote her chief endeavours to the day the one, who was most sought welfare and education of her child. after, and the least beloved ; for her Nothing could exceed the care and immense wealth was a quality of attention with which the young such power, that it totally excluded Countess of Baltimore was reared the interference of any other sentiand educated. She was trained to ment except avarice ; but so adrefinement by a succession of delica- mirably did that passion imitate the cies which attenuated both her per- feelings of real love, that it would son and intellect. Known to be the have required a person of much richest heiress in the kingdom, she greater experience and acuteness was early taught to regard herself than was the Countess of Baltimore as a personage of much importance, to have discovered the deception, and to assume airs of dignity and Some one, we believe Swift, says consequence. The flatteries and at that the happiness of life consists in tentions which she received at home being agreeably deceived, and the were exceeded by those that were Countess of Baltimore was, unforpaid her abroad. She had scarcely tunately for her, at that age when attained her tenth year, when the we are little disposed to question heads of many noble families as the assertions of people, and when pired to an alliance, which by its we listen with the most implicit wealth and dignity would aggrandize faith to the protestations of prethe most illustrious youth of the tended love. She was incapable of kingdom. The moment of her first distinguishing what portion of the appearance in public was watched immense reverence she received was by hundreds of young men, who paid to her person, and what to her were preparing their tenderest sighs wealth ; and being a young lady of and their softest words to pour into moderate capacity, and accustomed
to early and extravagant praise, she dress; to unite the blood of the Clairvery naturally received the adula faits and the Baltimores; to surpass tions of her admirers as just tri- the rich in wealth, and the splendid butes paid to her superior charms in costliness, were attainments which and endowments. Her friends, how charmed his ambition. He followed ever, considered the amazing in the young Countess with unwearied fluence she possessed in society in assiduity; whispered the softest vows its proper light, and justly attributed in her ears; presented her with it to the charms of her prodigious gifts which, in taste and richness, wealth. It was their endeavour surpassed whatever had been seen. that she should use that wealth as To-day, an Arabian, fleet as the the means of purchasing the greatest wind, whose silken and glossy coat advantages, or, in other words, that glittered in the sun like a diainond, she should accept of no alliance which pawed the air in her presence, and would not confer upon her the title seemed ambitious of her attention. of the highest dignity which a sub- The housings, trappings, were studject could reach. There was, never ded with the purest gold; and a theless, considerable difficulty in de- paper, written by the hand of the ciding upon what eldest son of the Sheriff of Mecea, and certifying the different Dukes the choice should illustrious pedigree of the animal, fall. The Duke of A -'s son was was borne in a gold box, richly a Catholic. The Duke of B~-'s beset with diamonds, by a native son was an idiot. The Duke of Arab, who fell prostrate at her feet C's son so exceedingly and presented her the noble animal, poor, and so deeply involved in the box, and himself, as the gift of debt, that a considerable portion of the munificent Marquis. To-inorher fortune would have gone to clear row a Shetland poney trotted behim of his encumbrances. The fore her admiring eyes, accompanied Duke of D«'s son was deaf. The by, a prodigious mastiff
, which froDuke of E 's son was blind. licked at his side and seemed to The Duke of F. -'s son was lame. caress him as his puppy. Her drawThe Duke of G —'s son was insane, ing-room swarmed with parrots, and the Duke of H- had no son paroquets, mackaws, and every deat all. They then examined the list scription of rare and beautiful birds of Marquisses, Earls, Viscounts, which could be procured from the Barons, and found that there were
South Pacific Ocean. These were among the sons of these noblemen all the gifts of the noble Marquis. seven minors, six idiots, eight crip. The connoiseurs in china, and jewelples, two and thirty spendthrifts, lery, were employed by him to sethree blind, two misers, and one fine lect and purchase the most striking and gallant young nobleman, who, and rare specimens of art. By such when it was hinted to him that he attentions as these, combined by his might espouse the Countess of Bal- natural and acquired advantages, timore, replied, that he was quite he carried away the heart of the satisfied with his paternal estates, wealthy Countess from all his comand that he never would descend to petitors. Arrangements were soon court any woman on account of her made for their marriage. Some wealth.
months, however, were necessary While these considerations occu. to complete the vast preparations pied the attention of the friends of requisite for so important an union. the young Countess of Baltimore, The opinions of the first lawyers of she had already fixed her affections the kingdom were consulted reupon the Marquis of Clairfait. He specting the marriage settlements. was one of the young noblemen in. The tradesmen of the metropolis, cluded in the list of spendthrifts, and who were most eminent for their might be said to be the Grand Al skill and taste, were employed in moner of profusion. He was lively, providing for these children of forhandsome, dissipated, and fond of tune those articles of life, which play. To win the affections of the
were necessary to their high rank richest heiress in the kingdom; to and prodigious wealth. Great imexcel all his rivals in the arts of ad- pulse was given to trade. Bustle,
assiduity, dispatch, were visible in of his wife, than he found, that it the shops of all who had the good was not in the power of beauty to fortune to be employed upon this rivet his affections, or of wealth to great and happy event. The shop furnish him with perpetual enjoy. of the coach-maker swarmed with ment. Her presence often imposed multitudes, who were gratuitously a restraint upon him, to which he invited by advertisement to view had never been subjected previous the twelve beautiful new carriages, to his marriage: and the Mar. that were built for the happy mar. chioness, conscious of her rank and riage of the Marquis of Clairfait to wealth, considered herself entitled the Countess of Baltimore. The to that deference and attention, plate was to be seen at Hamlet's. which those are apt to exact who The china at Barr and Kight's. The think that they have conferred a jewels at Rundle and Bridge's. The favour. During the first two months Marquis's wedding suit at Stultz's, after their marriage they passed and the Marchioness's dresses at much of their time together, a cir. Mrs. Arthur's. Gillow's provided cumstance which is often fatal to the furniture, and Milton selected the happiness of those who have the carriage horses. The happy lived much in the gaiety and bustle day, that day which was about to of the world. A state of exalted unite two young people most emi passion, great intellectual resournent for their rank, wealth, and ces, or minds of dull and passive beauty, at length arrived. The stupidity, are the three only circumArchbishop of Canterbury, sur- stances which can render the constant rounded by many illustrious fami- intercourse of two persons perpetuallies of the kingdom, performed the ly agreeable. The Marquis and Mar, ceremony. A dejeune, rich with a chioness of Clairfait were in neither profusion of delicacies, amused the of these states. Their love was amlanguid appetites of the admiring bition and avarice on his side, yabeauties and criticizing beaux. The nity and girlish fancy on hers; and morning was beautiful. Musick their minds were of that middle sort, wafted the softest and most de- wbich, although free from the halicious airs to the listening ears. mility of the grub or worm, aspires A most elegant chariot, drawn by not beyond the butterfly, activity four beautiful bays and rode by which Hits just above the surface of two boys, selected for their sym- things, and dips into the gandy metry and elegance, galloped up to pleasures of existence. They begas the door, and every bosom was agi- to be conscious that they were dever tated by admiration orenvy, when the happy unless a third person were fortunate Marquis handed into bis present, who might relieve them carriage the lovely and elegant bride. from the tedium and discontent · The high water mark of human which sat so heavily upon their felicity is a happy marriage; a mare hearts when they happened to be riage where fortune and love form a alone. “ This retired life," said wreath to ornament the temples of the Marquis to the Marchioness, two devoted lovers. The years, which after a long conversation of bicker precede this epoch of human life, ing ill-humour, " is disagreeable to seem to be merely the preparation me. Let us return to London and which nature is making for the great mix again with those scenes of gay banquet of mortal happiness. The and lively, pleasure which are suited years that follow are not unlike the to our dispositions.”—“ With all days which succeed a fast, when we my heart," replied the Marchioness, consume the scraps, the residue of “ No one can be more anxious than the great banqnet, until we return I am to receive the homage of that to that homely fare and moderate circle, of which I was considered as state of enjoyment which constitutes the grace and ornament.” Preparathe capital of human pleasures. tions were immediately made to rer These reflections have sprung out of turn to the metropolis, and the ca: this marriage, not in reference to it. valcade soon moved with rapidity
The Marquis of Clairfait no sooner through the country : the Marquis possessed the person and the wealth and Marchioness each riding in
"separate chariots, and not in the same Grange's or Gunter's, and then he as they had arrived at Clairfait Cas- will be able to form some estimate tle. They came to London in time of the vast expense of the first grand for dinner, which was no sooner party of the Marquis and Marchioover than they hurried away in their ness of Clairfait, at which there "separate chairs, the one to Boodle's were three thousand peaches alone. in St. James's Street, "the other to Antony and Cleopatra could not her box at the Opera House. The have acquitted themselves better in Marquis soon forgot the Marchioness their taste for expensive profusion. in the passion of deep and extrava. The guests were thunderstruck ; gant play. A run of luck in the such taste, splendour, and muniearly part of the night gave him ficence were never before united. confidence in his good fortune, and, Every one may conceive the exquibeing hurried on by his own site pleasure felt by these yoang thoughtlessness and the encourage people when they read a detailed Inent of his companions, he lost and circumstantial account in the before he quitted the house in the newspapers of their most magnifimorning the sum of fifty thousand 'cent entertainment, in which more pounds. This was a mere trifle; he money, it was said, had been ex smiled when he wrote the check, and, pended than constituted the annuat throwing it carelessly on the table, revenue of some of the smaller states invited any one of the party to' set of Germany. an equal súm' againt it, to be won The Márquis and Marchioness or lost by a single cast of the dice. soon became the very best specimen
The Marchioness, on her part, had of fashion. His manner of taking gone after the Opera was over to snuff; of tying his neckcloth; of the party of the Dachess of 0 putting on his hat; of smiling, the wife of the Russian Ambassador, walking, talking, swearing, standwhere she had been unsuccessful ing, bowing, was observed and co-and had lost above eight thousand pied by the young men of the best pounds. This was at bagatelle; fashion. The Marchioness was not the Marchioness kept a separaté held'in less estimation among the bankers' account from her husband, ladies, and every article of her dress,, and therefore was not under the ne as well as every attitude of her body, cessity, like many ladies, of apply. was admired and imitated. ing to her husband for the money Nearly the whole of every day requisite to pay her debts of honour. was employed by these young peoWhen the Marquis and Marchioness ple in making preparation to be met in the morning, each related his admired, and in enjoying the fruits loss with the greatest indifference. of that preparation. They were no They had been amused at the places sooner awake in the morning than where they had passed the night; they began to consider in what new and the loss of fifty-eight thousand dress they should strike the admirapounds seemed to them a sum well tion of thousands. They knew that expended, since it had divided them a hat with a brim the tenth of an inch from each other, and relieved' them wider than what was worn the day from the misery of yawning through before, a cravat tied a little more an evening together.
carelessly than usual, a bonnet It was at this time the very height trimmed with purple or red ribbon, of the season in London,' and pres the form of a cuff or a collar, the parations were soon made by these length of a spur, the quality of a young people to give their first mult, the pattern of a waistcoat, or grand party. . t Let it surpass in the form of a button, were things of magnificence and expense," said the the most important consideration; Marquis to his steward, “whatever and that the whole fashionable world imagination can conceive or the pa was looking to them with impatient late can desire." The reader knows anxiety for example in dress which the price of peaches, grapes, apri- they might humbly adhere to. It cots, peas, young potatoes, and other is not therefore surprising that a rarities in the month of March ;' bút, walk, a ride, or a party, was preif he does not, he may enquire at ceded by soine hours of laborious Eur. Mag. Oct. 1823.
investigation into the methods of ad- Marquis's ambition to repair this dejusting or placing in the best man ficiency. He dispatched two mesner each article of dress which they sengers, one to Italy the other to put on. The Marquis would often the Netherlands, with orders to buy try on fifteen waistcoats, and tye as up the choicest specimens of art; many handkerchiefs round his neck, and in a few months he had the plea'before he could please the fastidi sure to hear the Clairfait Claudes, ousness of his taste, The Marchio. Poussins, Rembrants, Potters, more ness was equally particular in her celebrated than all others. He had choice, and equally slow in deli one Corregio which cost him eight berating on the colour, or hat, or thousand pounds, and had purbonnet, which best suited her com chased a small sketch of Reubens plexion; and her maids have been for a thousand guineas, lest it should known to faint under the fatigue of 'fall into the hands of the Marquis of dressing one, whose delicacy of con S He had more Raphaels and stitution could scarcely bear the Julio Romanos than any other no ascent of a staircase, yet seemed to bleman; and, although his collection undergo, with renovated power, the had cost one hundred and fifty thoudebilitating fatigue of a toilet which sand pounds, he still seemed to be delasted three or four hours. The sirous to expend more money. Three reader may form some estimate of or four booksellers, of great judgthe great influence possessed by the ment and experience, had a general Marchioness, in the fashionable commission to purchase whatever of world, when he is informed that scarce and rare editions could be the young Countess Gaylove, who contended for at sales, or ascertained was regarded as a star of the second by research; and the Clairfait library magnitude, had bribed her own was in a short time inferior to none maid to bribe the maid of the Mar. but the Althorpe. chioness of Clairfait, to inform her By such profusion, extravagance, if it were really true that the Mar- and losses at play; by the dishochioness intended to re-introduce nesty of servants and stewards; the wearing of feathers, which had by a thoughtless generosity, which for some years been entirely aban- bestowed without discrimination; doned. The answer returned was, and by a total disregard of all ex that the Marchioness was deter- actness and regularity in accounts, mined to appear at the Duchess of the Marquis expended, in the short Broadback's party in feathers. This space of one year, nearly six hundred was enough; the Countess Gaylove thousand pounds. The Marchioness ventured to appear at the party in had contributed her share of exerfeathers. Some astonishment was tion to waste this prodigious sum; manifested at her entrance, but it for, although they disagreed in alwas supposed that she had the sanc most every thought and wish, they tion of greater authority, until the completely coincided in one partiMarchioness of Clairfait entered the cular, the love of expense and waste. room in a plain head-dress, when A taste for pleasure, which, when the poor Countess Gaylove was over- kept within moderate bounds, renwhelmed with confusion, and has- ders persons amiable, was become in tily calling for her chariot, retired them a perpetual and restless thirst, amidst the tittering and contempt of which could be satiated only by conher enemies, and the pity and con stant draughts of luxury, alike debidolence of her friends.
litating to the mind and body. The There were, however, two things Marquis and Marchioness seldom in which the Marquis was surpassed met. They would occasionally catch by other noblemen; his collection a distant glimpse of each other when of pictures was inferior to that of they both chanced to visit the same some who were below him in rank; party, but they rarely spoke, except and his library, although very ex for the purpose of keeping up that tensive, was deficient in Editiones decent appearance of conjugal afPrincepes, and black-letter copies fection which is now considered to printed by the early hands of Caxton be necessary towards forming that and Wynkyn de Worde. It was the character of polished hypocrisy,