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THE FUGITIVE:

gave all nature

a deeper glow or A SCENE FROM NATURE,

beauty, and then, as in compassion to

the fugitive, darted directly on the sign By WILMINGTON FLEMING,

of the “ Silver Cow," which, with its No. I.

new and gaudy emblazonry (probably I love the range

the work of some itinerant artist who Of busy life-the ever-varying scene possessed no better means of defraying Of human passion.

his reckoning), seemed smilingly to inIt is my happy lot to be blessed with vite the wearied traveller to a habitation, a genteel competence; as far removed where good order, cleanliness, and defrom the gnawing cares of penury, as it cency, made ample atonement for those is from the excess of affluence, and the deficiencies which are the ostensible chasoul-dreading influence of uninterrupted racteristics of higher establishments. prosperity. Possessing that happy me As may well be supposed, this was dium,-neither poverty nor riches, I the only house of public entertainment have it in my power often to befriend in the village, and the host, who appeared others, and always to please myself; the very tutelary genius of good cheer and being a single man, unfettered by and good humour,--who filled the very many relative ties, I make it my business important functions of parish clerk and to ramble through the world, not in sexton, and was equally happy in chantsearch of Quixotic adventures, but those ing a stave from the reading desk on little incidents in human life, which, a Sunday, as in chanting the old favouthough they fail of producing effect on rite songs of the Vicar and Moses, the the great stage of the world, are not the Yarmouth Tragedy, or William and less interesting, in aminor degree, from the Margaret, during every evening in the truth with which they pourtray our week, to ihe great edification and delight nature, our feelings, and our passions of the jovial rustics who constantly I am a fugitive then; without settled assembled in his well-sanded tap-room residence, aim, or connection. The great (ornamented with sundry highly-polished world is toiling around me, and I scarcely brass utensils, and sprigs of evergreen), hear the distant hum of its commotion. where they talked over the private affairs The book of Nature is before me, and of the parish, or the public interests of her noblest page is to be read in the the nation, of which by the bye they heart of man. Thus I travel calmly on knew as little as the Esquimaux do of through life's journey; smile with the the Elgin marbleš, or the Turks of a happy, and weep with the afflicted; and stereotype edition. to this moment I never could decide

As my appearance denoted me to be wbich gave me the purest pleasure, the above the level of a common tramper, one, or the other.

I was ushered by mine host into the par. In one of my pedestrian excursions lour, which he assured me, with an (for I am generally inclined to the use of important air, was usually reserved for Adam's ancient vehicle), I was suddenly the convenience of the vicar himself, who, overtaken by a violent thunder-storm, in with the apothecary and exciseman, the immediate vicinity of the beautifully generally passed his evenings there, with retired valley of Oatvale; and as 1 hastily a toast and tankard, and a pipe of Virdescended the romantic path which led ginia; the grateful clouds of which to its silent and sequestered bosom, it might very probably have inspired their seemed one of those happy spots in the very orthodox and learned disquisitions. creation that slumber in blissful tran Having dispatched mine host with my quillity amid the surrounding turmoil of coat to take the benefit of the kitchen mighty states, and the destructive con- fire, I seated myself to enjoy a mug of Aicts of human passion. All was serene the Silver Cow's “ very best,” in all that beneath me, and it appeared as if the pleasing tranquillity of mind which a sacred tranquillity of its innocence had man feels at a distance from the hum slumbered gently onward since its form- and bustle of society, when reflection ation, undisturbed by the struggles of gives as it were a bird's eye view of the rank and interest, or the glittering parade world, and we look about us with that of men in arms.

pleasing security of soul which the being But fate had, it seems, decided, that feels who'is firmly seated on the towering I should be completely wet; and then, rock above the ocean, and looks down as if in mockery of my ineffectual haste with tranquil inanity on the turmoil of to obtain shelter, the sun, that had before its waves. concealed his refulgence beneath the Indeed, every thing arouud me was mantle of the passing storm, now shone well calculated to abstract my ideas forth with a lustrous brightness, that from the present, and to lead the ima

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gination back to the days of other years. dens have been fancifully and elegantly The old carved oak chairs with their high likened, to me she appeared more like cane worked backs--the table creaking the full-blown rose, surcharged with dew, beneath the weight of the conviviality of and glistening in the sun-beam. ages the ticking old-fashioned clock in

(To be concluded in No. II.) its ancient japanned case-all bore me back to the time of old Queen Bess of blessed memory!—though why her name

WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT IT? should be blessed, who was a woman WITHOUT 'exception, I without a woman's feelings, and a lover of the most unfortunate dogs that ever without the stability or purity of passion, breathed, and though perfectly conI have never been able to determine. vinced that a communication of my case When a man becomes involved in the will not produce the slightest benefit, I selfish abstraction of his ideas, there is shall make that communication, if it is no knowing how far his imagination may only to show the origin and extent of my carry him. I had hurried my attention wretchedness. from one object to another, until it I went the other night to a play at became fixed upon an old-fashioned Covent Garden, and my attention on print of some worthy disciple of Calvin, entering the box was caught by a beautiwith his Geneva cap, puritan band, and ful creature who sat a few yards from a countenance which seemed to bid defi. the place I occupied. You must know, ance to the slightest touch of human Sir, that I am constitutionally of a most charity;

and I was vainly endeavouring susceptible nature, and I suppose there to discover how religion could exist is hardly a man in England upon whom without mercy, or how the frail can female loveliness is qualified to make a condemn others for kindred frailty; and quicker or deeper impression. Well, Heaven knows how far I might have Šir, only judge how my heart Auttered proceeded, from the ecclesiastical rebel- when I saw the bewitching woman ! lion of Lather, up to the old fathers, have just mentioned. A profusion of and ancient councils, if my curiosity dark, glossy, curling hair hung about had not been suddenly excited by deep her forehead; a pair of bright hazel eyes sobs, and a low voice of female distress, sparkled most deliciously under those that issued from a door partly open; ringlets; her cheeks were not reddened which communicated with that departs over with the glow of rude health, nor ment of the habitation usually termed blanched by the hue of continued sick. the bar.

ness; her lips were pouting, round, and Now, there are two kinds of curiosity, pulpy, and her bosom-ab! Sir, I shall which may induce us to pry into the run distracted if I pursue this fasci. secrets or distresses of others : the one nating description, and I entreat you, as excites us to learn them merely for the a gentleman, to accept my assurance selfish gratification of knowing ; the that this was one of the fairest creatures other, is an ardent anxiety to obtain the that ever lent a lustre to the circles of knowledge, from a generous impulse to public amusement. relieve, and the sympathy to feel. How You may guess the rapture I felt, when ever, without staying to inquire to which after stealing a few tender glances at my of those motives I might attribute the charmer, I found they were not only influence of mine, I stepped softly on noticed, but returued. My heart tiptoe to the door, and beheld a young danced, and my eyes glistened, I am girl, the perfection of rustic beauty! certain, when the first faint suspicion of weeping violently on the bosom of a this truth rushed upon me; but no woman whom I instantly recognised to sooner had my conjectures been realized be the wife of my host, and, from some by one of the kindest looks that ever few expressions of natural feelings, the were thrown by maiden purity upon the pareat of the sobbing fair one before me. watchfulness of its bumble admirer, than

I was not long in learning, that her I shivered with extacy, and sank back sorrow arose from some blighted affec- upon my seat in a transport of rapture. tion of the heart; and as we have heard On recovering my senses, which had so much lately of the indications and positively been suspended by excessive effects of broken ones, I must confess emotion, I hurried down stairs to the my first emotion was surprise, that in- place in which I had seen the box-list stead of the angel of resignation hiding deposited, and soon ascertained the nanie her lovely head within the cloud of sor- of my incognita by the name of the box rows that envelope her, or the beauteous in which her party was seated. The boxLily smiling with the canker-worm within keeper, in answer to my enquiries, and, its bosum, to which love-stricken mai- perhaps in gratitude for my liberality,

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assured me that she was a person of re cence, as I reached the street in which spectability, that her name was Seymour, Miss Seymour lived. Here all my old that she was unmarried, and that her scruples rushed upon nue, and I began to residence was with her parents in * * * think that though Miss Seymour had been Street, Berkeley-square. Transported at at the play, the ignorant blundering booby this propitious intelligence, I found it of a box-keeper might have changed the necessary to give my overcharged feel- seats that were originally intended for her, ings a little relief, and I proeeeded to and furnished me with the address of take a short walk in one of the neigh- some old harridan spinster, by whom bouring avenues, with the intention her place was filled. I knew that such of returning as

my dis- mistakes were not improbable, and my ordered ideas were arranged, and ex- fertile imagination immediately conhilarating myself with a sight of the dear jured up the present case, as one in girl, whose favour I had apparently en which it might have peculiarly happened. gaged. You may judge of my torture, The thought of losing my charmer, on returning, to find that Miss Seymour after such encouragement and exertion, and her friends had left the theatre, and was so agonizing, that I broke out into that several hours at least must elapse a profuse perspiration, and had absolutely before the sight of her beauties could staggered against the area rails of a calm my fevered imagination. I endea- neighbouring house, when, on looking up, voured to console myself with the know- I saw my dear Miss Seymour, seated like ledge I had obtained of her residence, a blushing statue at one of the parlour but my temper was so embittered by windows. Yes, Sir, I actually stood in disappointment; that I actually pushed the full dark eye of the woman I adored, an old beggar woman into the kennel as and such were the mingled efforts of susI sauntered home.

pense, surprise, and delight, that my After a night of sleepless inquietude head swam round, and I fell upon the and romantic arrangements, I rose, break- pavement in a state of insensibility. You fasted, dressed myself with peculiar neat- may easily guess what a heavy fall it ness, and proceeded towards * * * Street, was, when I tell you that my tortoiseshell Berkeley, Square, determined, if all other snuff-box broke to pieces in my pocket, expedients failed of getting access to Miss and that the gilt buttons on the back

Seymour, to enter the house, request the of my new blue coat, though I had honour of an interview with her parents, only put it on that morning, were and make an offer of my hand and for- scratched, as if I had worn it for a tune. In my way to * * * Street, 1 twelvemonth. Well, Sir, on reviving, I seemed to tread upon air, and I suppose found myself in a very handsome aparta more buoyant heart was never lodged ment, supported by a pretty servant in a human bosom, than that which beat girl. She was applying a bottle of till it sickened with anticipation of my hartshorn to my nose, a footman in a charmer's presence. How cruelly has neat livery stood at her elbow with a this state of bappiness been reversed ! glass of water, and an elderly lady, in and that too by an accident of which no whom I at once saw the mistress of the person upon earth would ever have house, appeared to be directing their dreamed, by nothing in the world but operations. I was sufficiently collected, . I will finish the narrative,

in a few minutes, to recollect the nature of my budding hopes, and then, Sir, of my situation, and when the domestics you shall be troubled with the cause of withdrew, summoned up courage enough my blighted expectations.

to ask if my acknowledgements were not On arriving in ** * Street, I found, due to the hospitality of Mrs. Seymour. by enquiring in the vicinity, that my in- The good old lady answered, Yes ; and I formation was perfectly correct, and that immediately gave way to my feelings, Miss Seymour's friends had long been and disclosed the attachment I felt for established in opulence and respectability. her daughter. Mrs. Seymour smiled at She would put an end to a great deal of my declaration, but her smile was rather trouble, for I had fidgetted myself with marked by incredulity than approval; I abundance of apprehensions, and fancied saw this, and was proceeding to meet a hundred times over that I might have the scruples I thought the abruptness of been mis-directed by the box-keeper, or my passion might have raised, when she that I had inadvertently substituted some asked me, in a good-natured tone, if I other name and address for the particu- was fully aware of Maria's situation. I Jars he had supplied. To my great precipitately answered in the affirmitive, joy, however, these apprehensions were and confessed the whole of what the groundless, and I found myself tran- box-keeper had told me. Mrs. Seymour quillized down toa state of gentle efferves- began to look serious, and requested to

know if I had made a minuter enquiry, inspires me with alarm and aversion, or received more explicit information. You cannot help me, I am aware, to the Wondering at the oddness of this ques. remedy for this singular evil, but the tion, I answered, No, and was proceed- publication of my case will perhaps ing to state, that as beauty, character, deter other susceptible young fellows and accomplishments, were the only from falling in love with a woodenthings I aspire to possess, the fortune legged beeuty; and so far some advanof her daughter would neither constitute tage may be derived from the sorrows of an allurement, nor force an objection.

ANDREW AMOROUS. “ On that point, Sir,” replied my projected mother-in-law, your most

ANECDOTES OF CELEBRATED sanguine hopes might be gratified—but

WOMEN-No. IV. there is one obstacle to a union with my daughter, which I fear you will find in

LADY ARABELLA STUART. superable.” “[ find insuperable! 1, A CIRCUMSTANCE which happened madam, who am devoured with towards the middle of the reign of James eagerness to call her mine, and let the the First, though perfectly insignificant tenderness with which I shall meet her, to all, but the unfortunate parties whose evince the warmth of my attachment! happiness it involved, was able to disImpossible !" “But have you heard, turb the tranquillity of the period, and Sir, that Maria has had the misfortune" to raise the fears of the timorous

-I felt a cold perspiration creep over monarch. me as I strove in vain to quit my chair, Arabella, daughter of Charles Stuart, and it was with exceeding difficulty that earl of Lenox, the youngest brother of I could articulate, “How, madam; has Lord Darnley, who espoused Mary queen Miss Seymour been so" -when the of Scots, was born in 1577. She posold lady interrupted me with fresh seșsed talents above the ordinary stamp, earnestness, and exclaimed. “Have you and her papers are still preserved in the never heard that my daughter has got” Harleian and Longheat libraries. Her

“ Got what, madam,” I cried, affinity to the English throne, subjected jumping up by a violent effort. “Oh! her to the obligation of not forming a Sir," said Mrs. Seymour, covering her matrimonial alliance without the consent face with her handkerchief, “ A WOODEN of the king. Against this tyranny she LEG!!!" Judge, Sir, of my anguish, was much disposed to rebel; and, undemy horror, my despair, when I received terred by a censure which had been passed this intelligence! I stood for a few on her a short time before, for listening seconds like a petrifaction. My eyes to a clandestine proposal, she ventured were fixed and glassy ; I clenched my to receive similar overtures from Wilhands, my teeth ground audibly to liam Seymour, grandson of the earl of gether, and my whole frame shook Hertford. On discovery of this, in with agitation. Fearing a relapse, Mrs. February 1610, both parties were sumSeymour rose hastily to ring the bell, moned before the privy council, and and call for assistance, when her action reprimanded : they proceeded, notwithrestored me to a consciousness of my standing, to complete their marriage, dreadful disappointment. I attempted which becoming a matter of notoriety, to say something by way of explanation the lady was committed to private cus‘or apology; but wbile my feelings were tody, and her husband to the Tower. in this exasperated state, I heard a noise But the unfortunate pair still continued on the stairs, which seemed to my sen to hold intercourse by means of confidensitive years so like the stumping of tial agents, and in June 1611 concerted Miss Seymour's wooden leg, that all measures of escape. Mr. Seymour, hav. the violence of my grief rolled back ing disguised himself in mean apparel, upon me, and produced another burst walked unobserved out of the Tower, of desperation. I snatched up my behind a cart, which had brought him hat and stick without paying that respect billets, and made the best of his way to to Mrs. Seymour which her kindness de- Lee, a small port in Kent, where he served, and rushed out of the house, expected to find a vessel waiting. His overwhelmed with the sudden and lady, in the mean time, who was detained irretrievable misery of my situation. at a gentleman's house at Highgate, from

Now, Sir, what am I to do? My heart whence she was the next day to have is still devoted to the image of Miss been sent to Durham, continued to lull Seymour, such as I fancied her before the vigilance of her keepers, by a prethis horrible discovery took place; and tended resignation to her fate. Then, yet my sensations are so acute, that “ disguising herself by putting on a great the knowledge of her artificial limb pair of French-fashioned hose over her

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petticoats, a man's doublet, and a man- lein against, and two or three trunks like peruke over her hair, a black hat,black already in possession of the place destined cloak, russet boots with red tops, and a for your legs ; a sick child is awaked by rapier by her side, walked forth with your entrée, and the mother opens an Markham. After they had gone afoot octave higher than concert pitch, to a mile and a half, to a sorry inn, where drown his cries, and aid in waking him Compton attended with horses, she grew thoroughly. After keeping you in this very sick and faint, so that the ostler state half an hour, the coachman drives that held the stirrup said, the gentleman on, and you are greeted with the muttered would hardly hold out to London : yet curse of your opposite male fellow-pasbeing set on a good horse, astride in an senger, as you pitch against him; and unwonted fashion, the stirring of the the whining, “ dear me! Juddy mercy” of horse brought blood enough into her the ladies, (to use the coachman's face, and so she rid on to Blackwall.” hyperbolical compliment to the ging

Here she found some attendants in ham-draped travellers) on whom, in two boats waiting for her, and they turn, you recoil. rowed down to Lee, where a French ves Misery 4th.--A breakfast at a poor sel awaited them. Her attendants dis- tavern; domestic coffee, sweetened with suaded her from waiting for Mr. Sey- maple sugar, heavy coarse bread, tough mour, who had not yet arrived, and they cold ham, no napkins, no salt spoons, put off; but, lingering afterwards in the

no egg cups, no toast, no nothing. You channel, in hopes of his reaching them, have now a view of your fellow-passen. they were overtaken by a pinnace sent gers who are to bear you company in pursuit, and, after standing several throughout a long summer's day; and shots, were obliged to strike. The first, of the ladies, the sick child's mother, unfortunate lady was immediately con a red, fat, snuffed-faced widow, and two veyed to the Tower, not so much lamento old maids with faded silk gowns and jag her own captivity, as rejoicing in the gold necklaces. The men, ignorant and hope of her husband's escape, "whose presuming, wrangling about manufacwelfare," she said, “ was far dearer to tures and politics, and treating their her than her own.”

salivary glands to a profusion of tobacco. In this affectionate hope she was not You have a fine time to reflect on your disappointed : Mr. Seymour, on finding folly in leaving the charming, cheerful that her bark had sailed without him, breakfast at hoine. The strong hot had rowed off to a collier lying in the amber of the coffee, the light French roads, by which he was safely. landed in - rolls, the Vauxhall ham, and above all, Calais harbour.

the rosy, laughing girls, blooming and The ill-fated Arabella never recovered giggling from their morning slumbers, her liberty: she becaine distracted with and full of the amusements and sports the hopeless sense of her misery, and in of the day; a “longing, lingering look that state died within the Tower, in 1615, behind.” and was interred by the side of Mary Misery 5th. As you are about to requeen of Scots, in Henry the Seventh's mount the mud-Aeckered coach, you look chapel.

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with tardy prudence for your valise.

Remember, at this convenient season, you THE DELIGHTS OF TRAVELLING. forgot it. You thus endure, like the man Misery 1st.-Packing.

in the play, not only disgrace and inconMisery 2nd. After a sleepless night venience, but positive loss. Forced to of anxiety, on the eve of the fatal day, open your heavy, large, close packed mixed with the interesting reflections— trunk twenty times a-day, for want of Is every thing right in my valise ?-will the valise, as a tender, your imagination Mary remember to wake me at four?- dwelling on it with nervous tenacity; so where did I pack my shaving apparatus, neat a valise, so convenient, all my dress &c.?-you drop into a perturbed sleep, ing articles, the very valise I had abroad, which in half an hour is broken by the how could I lose my valise ? &c. appalling cry of, “The stage is come, sir;" Misery 6th. -A rough stoney road, you wake with aching head and low wooden springs to the carriage, the spirits, and would give every thing in the driver as well as the horses in spirits ; or world (except your already paid passage- deep, clinging mud, lazy driver, and money,) to sleep till nine.

tired horses, long stages of 12 or 15 Misery 3rd.-Getting into the coach miles with a heavy load. in the dark; treading on the feet of the Misery 7th.-Wishing to make a peevish, sleepy occupants : you are cross cut, you are told at the next village st nck upon the midst of the narrow, you will certainly find horses; arrive, toitering, middle seal, with no back to and while seeking the landlord, let the

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