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II. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. LORD BYRON IN PRIVATE

ful brown ringlets, is beginning to LIFE.

turn grey, he being, as he told us,

thirty-five years of age. His eyes This great man has been gene between a light blue and grey, his rally represented as a gloomy mis

nose straight but a little turned up, anthropical being, as one averse to

his teeth most beautiful, his head is all the amiabilities and endearments

perhaps too large for his body. Who of social life. The following letter is he? One of our company began a from the pen of an American, descriptive of an interview he and

set apology, which he cut short by

telling us it was useless, for that he some friends had with this distin

was very glad to see us, and then guished poet, has such an air of began to ask us questions fifty in a sincerity about it, that we willingly minute without waiting for an anplace it within our columns.

swer to any, and if by chance it was “ Genod, 1823. made he seemed impatient if it con“ I have been rambling about Italy tained more than two words. He for 14 months, and know every road few from one object to another, and in it better than any one in America, during about an hour and a half and every street or lane in Milan, talked of at least 200 şubjectsFlorence, Rome, Venice, &c. &c. sometimes with great humour, laughbetter than the main street in Rich ing very beartily; at length looking mond; I am, however, I believe, round, he asked with a quizzical leer, about to quit it, I fear for ever. I which of us was from old Virginny? am here lingering on the end.-On I bowed assent; "then followed a the 16th we arrived here; about two catechism, to which I occasionally miles from town we overtook a gen edged in an answer.. Have you tleman on horseback, attended by a been in England ? How long have servaut; I looked at his face and in you been in Italy? Is Jefferson stantly recognized him from a por alive? Is it true that your landlords trait by an American painter, West, are all Colonels and Justices? Do now at Florence, to be the most ex you know. Washington Irving? He traordinary man now alive a glance is decidedly the first English prose at his distorted fuot confirined it writer except Scott. Have you read we rode on-part of our object in Bracebridge Hall?' (I answered visiting Genoa had been to introduce no.) Well if you choose, I'll lend it ourselves to him. Accordingly next

you? here it is. day we wrote a short and polite pote American books to lend me? I am requesting leave to pay our respects, very desirous of reading the “Spy.' to which we received one equally I intend to visit América as soon as polite, requesting us to call next day I can arrange my affairs in Italy. at two o'clock. We went, a servant Your morals are much purer than stood ready to receive us, and we those of England (there I laughed) were shown into a saloon, where we --those of the higher classes in Engwaited with beating hearts for about land have become very corrupt. (I a minute, when he made his

appear smothered my laugh.) Do you think He is about five feet six inches if I was to live in America, they high-his body is small, and his would ever make me a judge in the right leg shrunk, and about two inches ten pound court? Is it true that an shorter than the other-his head is Englishman is always insulted in beyond description fine. West's like

travelling through America ?' We ness is pretty good, but no other assured him not. He then told us head I ever saw of him is the least

more laughable stories of the ridiculike him. His forehead is high, and lous biographies made of him, espesmaller at the top than below (the cially by the French. One of thein likenesses are vice versa.) His hair, represented him as a gloomy, miserwhich had formerly hung in beauti able mortal, keeping the skull of his

Have you any

ance.

We

LORD BYRON.-SUPERSTITION, &c.

189 mistress as a drinking cup—I told

ABOMINABLE SUPERSTITION. him that was pretty much the idea

Ar the last execution of criminals we had of him-as we considered

ať the Old Bailey, several persons him a sort of Vampire-he laughed afflicted with wens appeared on the heartily. He said.• Bracebridge Hall’ scaffold, in order to rub the dead was beautifully written, but as for criminal's hand as the exorcism, in the characters they only exist in the the hope of obtaining a cure. brain of W. I. There are no old

hope the sheriff, Sir Peter Laurie, English gentlemen -- no yeomen. who took such trouble to improve The English have lost every thing the apparatus for hanging, will now good in their character. Their mo do justice to the good sense of the rals are particularly bad. (Here I thought he really was quizzing us.)

age we live in, by putting a stop. to

this abominable and stupid practice. In fine he kept us for an hour and a

It is shocking to humaníty, and half constantly amused, and dis cannot be of the least benefit. missed us well satisfied with our interview. His manners

are most charming and fascinating, and if he The following is a verbatim

copy

of is, as they say, a devil, he is certainly

a letter from a Gentleman Commoner a merry one-nothing gloomy. His of B-College, Oxford, addressed, voice is low, and at first sounds affect last Term, to his father in the country: éd. Now who is it? Who is this

“Dear Sir,---I write this to-night man, about whom I have written a

(Monday) and shall put it in the post whole letter? It is Childe Harolde,

to-morrow (Tuesday). It will be in Corsair, Don Juan-in plain Eng

town on Wednesday, and you will lish, Lord Byron.”

receive it at Greenwich on Thursday. Pray let me have some money on

Friday, or I shall set off by the WorADMIRABLE METHOD OF

cester Mail on Saturday, and be with RENOVATING CLOTHES.

you on Sunday. : “ There is a time for all things,”.

“ Your's most dutifully, H. B." says the proverb, and surely this must be the time for appearances. FASHIONABLE BLINDNESS. The following recipe to those who wish to make their mourning last

On observing a friend with a quizthrough a whole generation, we are

zing-glass dangling before him; not assured is well adapted for the pur

for the purpose of remedying a defect

in the organs of vision, but because pose, although we cannot speak of

he considered it fashionable. any practical experience. A pint of

Our fashionable bells and beaux, common black ink, mixed with as much water, is all the expense ne

With all their sight entire,

Stick up a glass before their nose, cessary. The clothes should be pre

And each becomes a spier. viously cleansed from all dirt, dust;

Hail, times! hail, ton! hail taste regrease, &c. (the latter can be done

refined, through the means of turpentine) and then should be spread over by a

Which make e'en failings please, piece of linen or calico previously

And finds a joy in being blind sopped in this mixture of ink and

To every thing one sees. water ; this done, the whole garment

EPIGRAM. should be pressed, the calico still re

From the German. maining on it, with a hot iron, and the effect, we are assured by those Better to sit in FREEDOM's Hall, who have tried the experiment, is With a damp cold floor, and a moulworthy the trouble it occasions. Care dering wall, should be taken that the iron is not Than to bow the head, or bend the too hot, and that the linen is not tou ; knee full of the liquid.

In the proudest palace of slavery!

IV, THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN AND DOMESTIC ORACLE.

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Anxious that the PORTFOLIO may patient in whom phthisical symptoms be as useful as it is entertaining, and have just appeared, he being in his in order that it may supersede the ne- a50th year, cessity of our Subscribers being put to The symptoms which deserve pare the expense of purchasing other works ticular notice, I will now enumerate, for that intelligence which may, with In the beginning, an obstinate and propriety, be admitted into our pages, usually dry cough occurs, and the we have added the present important voice seems more or less acute and feature to our miscellany. This

shrill than before the commencepaper will be under the superintend ment of the malady. There is a ence of a Medical Gentleman, and difficulty in respiration, a pain or on whom implicit confidence may oppression about the chest, and now be placed.

the patient appears thin and emaci-
ated, the cheek exhibits a circum-
scribed and rosy hue, and the skin is
frequently fair and almost brilliant ;

while at other times it seems of a
CONSUMPTION.

dirty white.

A fever always accompanies ConTHERE is no disease that claims a sumption, denominated Hectic, and greater share of attention than Con is attended with a small frequent sumption ; nor is there any complaint pulse, increasing towards the evenmore prevalent, more terrible in ap ing; and hence arise anxiety, watch. pearance, or more fatal in its effects.

ing, a greater degree of heat, and The causes of Consumption are now and then a species of Incubus, various, such as intense and severe or nightmare. The pulse in Phthisis, study, tender and delicate habit of or Consumption, I have said, is smalí body, long continued coughs, grief, and frequent, but it sometimes variés scrophula, debauchery, mal-forma to one hard and full,--the tongue in tion of the chest, and hereditary pre this malady is peculiar, and deserves disposition.

particular attention; the edges and The unhappy subjects labouring tip are red and shining, the middle under its baneful influence, are gene

part is generally slightly furred and rally the young and the beautiful, whitish. and they may usually be distinguish The expectoration accompanying ed by their form and appearance;

of the cough is at first thin and frotly, these, many have inherited the dis

floating on water; but, as the disease ease from their parents, for it is advances, it becomes yellow, of a strictly hereditary, and then, indeed, thicker texture, and sinks in water little hope is there of recovery. unless supported by froth. Patients who are affected with

At length the legs and feet swell, Consumption are usually from fifteen the eyes sink in their orbits, the to thirty-five years of age, of a slight palms of the hands burn, and the make and clear complexion, they are cheek Ausbes (especially after taking however not well formed about the nourishment,) while the appetite for chest, which is strait and narrow, food remains good, and the hope of and often Hattened shoulders high recovery is generally, so constant, and round; breathing frequently firin, and unabating, that it ought to short and quick, and becoming worse be recorded as a symptom of the on even moderate exercise and mo disease. tion; however, they often remain [We must defer the remainder of well and hearty for many years, in this treatise, containing the method deed, at this time I am attending a of cure, till our next Number.]

PART THE SECOND.

MAXIMS OF Mr. O'DOHERTY,

191 MAXIMS OF MR. O'DOHERTY. first as a fool, the second as a knave,

and the third as both a fool and a

knave; but if I must choose among Marin Thirty-fifth.

the others, give me the mere fool. In making our estimate of a man's

Marin Forty-second. character, we should always lay en Never boozify a second time with tirely out of view whatever has any

the man whom you have seen misconnexion with the “womankind.”

behave himself in his cups. I have In fact we all are, or have been, or

seen a great deal of life, and I stake shall be,mor, if this be too much, myself upon the assertion, that no we all at least might, could, would,

man ever says or does that brutal or should, be fools quoad hoc. I

thing when drunk, which he would wish this were the worst of it...but

not also say or do when sober if he enough.

durst, Marim Thirty-sixth.

Maxim Forty-third. The next best thing to a really In literature and in love we genegood woman, is a really good-na- rally begin in bad taste. I myself tured one.

wrote very pompous verses at twenty, Maxim Thirty-seventh. and my first flame was a flaunting, The next-worst thing to a really airy, artificial attitudinizer, several bad man in other words a knave,) is

years older than myself. By means a really good-natured man, (in other

of experience, we educate our imawords a fool.)

gination, and become sensible to the

charm of the simple and the unafMarim Thirty-eighth

fected, both in belles and belles-letA fool admires likeness to him. ters.--Your septuagenarian of acself; but, except in the case of fools, complished taste discards epithets people fall in love with something with religious scrupulosity, and preunlike themselves--na tall man with fers an innocent blushing maiden of a short woman..-a little man with a sixteen, to all the blazing duchesses strapper---fair people with darka--and of St. James's.

Maxim Forty-fourth. ! Marin Thirty-ninth.

Nothing is more disgusting than A married woman commonly falls the coram publico endearments in in love with a man as unlike her which new-married people so fres husband as is possible---but a widow quently indulge themselves. The very often marries a man extremely thing is obviously indecent; but resembling the defunct, ' The reason this I could overlook, were it not is obvious.

also the perfection of folly and imMaxim Fortieth

becility. No wise man counts his

coin in the presence of those who, You may always ascertain whether

for aught he knows, may be thieves you are in a city or a village, by find

---and no good sportsman permits ing out whether the inhabitants do.

the pup to do that for which the dog or do not care for or-speak about

must be corrected.
ANYTHING three days after it has
happened.

Marim Forty-fifth.
Marim Forty-first.

A hushand should be very atten,

tive to his wife until the first child There are four kinds of men,---the is born. After that she can amuse Whig who has always been a Whig herself at home, while he resumes ---the Tory who has once been a

his jolly habits. Whig---the Whig who has once been a Tory, and the Tory who has always

Marim Forty-sixth. been a Tory. Of these I drink willingly Never believe in the intellect of a only with the last ---considering the Whig, merely because you hear all

SO 01.

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MAXIMS OF MR, O'DOHERTY the Whigs trumpet him---nay, hold with him, and, still holding him to fast your faith that he is a dunder be a pleasant féllow, hear from his head even although the Pluckless own lips just at parting that he is a pipe symphonious. This is, you will Whig---do not change your opinion please to observe, merely a plain of the man. Depend on it he is English version of that good old quizzing you. adagium :

Maxim Forty-ninth. “ Mille licet ciphris cyphrarum millia jungas,

Shew me the young lady that runs Nil

præter magnum conficies nihilum." after preachers.--and I will shew you Marim Forty-seventh.

one who has no particular aversioni There are two methods of mail

to men. coach travelling.--the generous and

Marim Fiftieth. the sparing. I have tried both, and

There are only three liquors that give my voice decidedly for the

harmonise with smoking --beerformer. It is all stuff that you hear coffee---and hock. Cigars altogeabout eating and drinking plentifully ther destroy the favour of claret

, inducing fever, &c. &c. during a long and indeed of all red wines, 'except journey. Eating and drinking, copi Auchmanshauser ; which, in case you ously, produce nothing, mind and

are not knowing in such matters, is body being well regulated, but sleepi- the produce of the Burgundy grape ness---and I know no place where

transplanted to the banks of the that inclination may be indulged less Rhine---a wine for which I have a reprehensibly than in a mail-coach

peculiar regard. for at least sixteen hours out of the four-and-twenty. In travelling, I

Murim Fifty-first. make a point to eat whenever I can

Ile whose friendship is worth havșit down, and to drink (ale) when- ing must hate and be hatéd. ever the coach stops. As for the in

Maxim Fifty-second. terim, when I can neither eat nor Your highly popular young lady drink, I smoke if upon deck, and seldom-I believe I might say never

. snuff if inside. N. B. Of course I mean when inspires a true, deep, soul-filling

passion. I cannot suppose . Julie there is no opportunity of firtation.

d'Etange to have been a favourite Marim Forty-eighth.

partner in a ball-room. She could If you meet with a pleasant fellow not take the trouble to smile upon so in a stage-coach, dine and get drunk many fops.

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