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A man of fashion paid his addresses of his amiable consort would infinitely to a young lady of beauty, rank, and exceed all ideal interviews, and make distinguished merit.

ample amends for every pang his heart As there was a parity in years, in for had undergone. tune, and in situation, the lady re It is now time that we should return to ceived her gallant with the accustomary

the lady. condescension females seldom withhold

As she possessed a considerable share from those whom they are taught to of youth and beauty, it was not to be pronounce upon an equality with them- supposed she could long remain withselves.

out a train of admirers. Her parents, The parents of the young lady, how- who never dreamt about their daughever, from some motive, disapproved ter's previous marriage, became each of the match. The gentleman pleaded day more anxious to select a person but in vain: and finding it impossible whose mental and personal endowments to overcome the aged obstinacy of the might, in their estimation, render him parents, he resolved to solicit his worthy their favourite daughter's hand charmer's consent to enter into the holy and heart. bands of matrimony, without any farther Several years had now rolled on, consultation with the parents, who without the lady's hearing a syllable of seemed so resolutely to persist in a de- 'her real husband. At last the fatal news nial.

arrived that he was now no more. Having fully explained himself on this The lady was inconsolable but she head, the young lady, after recover found it prudent to stifle her griefs, that ing from a confusion which, ever on she might obliterate the smallest degree these occasions, is visible amongst the of suspicion. virgin fair, consented to become his When she had paid every tribute conwife; they were wedded, and the mar sistent with reflection to the memory of riage kept a profound secret.

her departed lord, a gentleman was proIt happened, after a few months had posed by her parents for her approbaelapsed, that the husband was obliged tion, and the good old people were so to leave his lovely bride, being called prejudiced in favour of the person they into a foreign country in order to adjust had introduced, that they gave their some family affairs, which required his daughter to understand their happiness immediate presence. The necessity was depended on her compliance. no less urgent than disagreeable to both The young lady, who thought herself parties; however, they permitted their entirely at liberty to commit a second good sense to operate, and after.vowing trespass upon hymen, after some little mutual affection and fidelity, parted in hesitation, consented. The nuptials certain expectation of seeing each other, were celebrated; the lady, if not happy, at a time when such an alteration was placid, and serenely content; the should take place as might afford them parents were delighted; the bridegroom an opportunity of living in a manner was enraptured; and all were jocund, every way becoming a happy and all were sprightly. virtuous wedded pair.

For four years this newly married For some time they corresponded : couple lived in perfect harmony: but at but the husband being obliged to cross length an intermitting fever seized the several tempestuous seas, did not re lady; the physicians were baffled, and ceive such frequent answers to his epis- she to all appearance, paid the debt due tles as he had reason to expect. This to nature. She was buried with pomp, he attributed to the difference of climate, and every reverence shown to her merendering a regular correspondence al mory the custom of the country would together impracticable: and as he im- admit of. agined his letters had miscarried; he re During her last illness, her former hussolved for the present to desist from band, whom we left abroad, had returnwriting; not relishing the idea of hav- ed; and, after making the necessary ening his sentiments canvassed over by quiries, was informed of every circumindifferent strangers, or perhaps captious stance we have related above. enemies.

As he was unwilling to surprise her Another reason which induced him to whilst she combatted with sickness, he lay aside for the present all thonghts of had employed a trusty person to make continuing an epistolary correspondence, him acquainted with each particular of was the prospect he had of shortly re her case; and the instant the news of turning to France, where the presence her death reached his ears, a frantic

THE PORTFOLIO, wildness seized his soul, and he resolved mencement of his professional career in to receive no manner of sustenance, but very low çircumstances, though fortune to bury himself among the mould frowned upon his exertions, and wellwhich lay lightly on her breast, and thus paid arrogance attempted to check his pine out the short remaining period of progress at that Bar which was afterhis existence.

wards rendered so distinguished by his Full of this resolution, he repaired, the matchless eloquence, he rose superior to night she was buried, to her tomb, and the petty arts employed to intercept him, after digging up the earth, discovered her and evinced a firmness and solidity of coffin, fetched a deep sigh, and was about character as extraordinary as it was to stretch his wearied limbs upon it, praiseworthy and honourable ; never when, to his consternation, astonishment, perhaps was it more apparent than on and affright, he perceived sigos of life. the following memorable occasion: He tore open the coffin, and found it even

There was an Honourable Judge as he suspected. His wife was almost Robinson at this time on the Irish bench, suffocated: he snatched her up in his

as remarkable for the peevishness of his arms, conveyed her to the house of a temper as the pitifulness of his person, neighbouring friend, had her put into a who had more than once elicited sparks of warm bed, and in a few weeks she was just resentment from the gentlemen of the perfectly restored to life and health. bar, that might have taught him better As she had a real affection for her first

caution. Current rumours stated that husband, she made no scruple of choos this learned judge attained his promotion ing him for her companion; but as the to the judgment seat, not by his eminent affair soon made à prodigious noise virtues or his legal learning, but his throughout the country, the second hus- literary services in the publication of band, who also doated on her to distrac some political pamphlets, remarkable tion, no sooner was informed of the par only for their senseless, slavish, and ticulars, than he attempted to force her

venomous scurrility. This goodly sage, to live with him ; the prior claimant as

at a time when Mr. Curran was strug-, resolutely persisted in keeping her to

gling with adversity, and straịning every bimself. In short, a law suit was com

nerve in one of his early forensic purmenced: the most learned advocates in suits, made an unfeeling effort to extin. France were employed: a redundancy guish him. Mr. Curran, in combatting, of erudition was displayed, and, after

snme opinion, urged by the opposite being litigated for a considerable length counsel, said, that he had consulted all of time, a solemn decision was given in

his law books, and could not find a single favour of the first gentleman who'mar

case to establish the opinion contended ried her.

for; “I suspect, Sir,” said the heartless This story has so much the air of fable judge with a sneer, that your law liand romance, that to leave an impres- brary is rather contracted?Sucha sion of its truth on the minds of our

remark from the bench, applied to a readers, we shall inform them, that the young man of ordinary pretensions French lawyers have selected all the

would have infallibly crushed him. But famous trials, with the decisions which

Mr. Curran, whose practical motto was have been given in their courts for a series

nemo me impune lacessit,rose from

the pressure of this stroke with increased This work, which is contained in se

elasticity. For a moment he eyed the veral folio volumes, is entitled, “ Les judge with a pause of contemptuous Cause Celebres.” The above very ex

silence and then replied, ---" It is true, traordinary relation is recited therein,

my lord, that I am poor; and that circumtogether with all the subtle and ingeni

stances have rather curtailed my libraous arguments used by the opposite ad

ry; but, if my books are not nuinerous, vocates for the different husbands. So they are select ; and, I hope, have been that there can be little doubt of the perused with a proper disposition; I have truth of a narrative so extremely well prepared myself for this high profession, authenticated.

rather by the study of a few good books, than the composition of many bad ones. I am not ashamed of my poverty, but I

should of my wealth, could I stoop to ANECDOTES.

acquire it by servility and corruption.

If I rise not to rank, I shall at least be ANECDOTE OF CURRAN. honest; and should I ever cease to be This extraordinary and highly talented man was, it is well known, at the com- acquired elevation, by rendering me

so, many examples shew me, that an ill

of years.

girl on hearing the aid-de-camp address abilities,

more conspicuous, would only make me curate at 301. per annum! He happened, the more universalły and more notori amidst all the profusion of a well-spread ously contemptible.' This appears to table, to be in want of one of the first have been the last occasion, on which necessaries of life, and, not chusing to the leamed judge ventured a bite at the call aloud, (which he feared might be same files

infringing on the privilege of his rich

neighbours) he 'inclined a little back in General Lee was remarkably slovenly

his chair, and in'a half-whisper, addressin' his dress and manners; and has often,

ed a footman in a laced livery, “I wish by the meanness of his appearance, been

I had a little bread."---" I wish you subject to ridicule and insult. He was

had, sir," returned the other with a once attending Gen. Washington to a.

haughty air, and bustled about from one place distant from the camp. Riding on

great lord to another, without vouchsafhe arrived at the house where they were

ing any further notice. The poor curate, to dine, some time before the rest of the being a man of extreme modesty, made company. He went directly to che

no more applications. kitchen, and demanded something to eat;

A gentleman of some honour, who sat when the cook, taking him for a servant,

next the clergyman, and had observed told him she would give him victuals in the transaction, either through compas a moment---but he must first help her off

sion, or for the entertainment of the comwith the pot. This he complied with, pany, made the affair public.---The and sat down to some cold meat which master of the house, 'roused with proper she placed for him on the dresser. The indignation, ordered the fellow to be girl was remarkably inquisitive about called ; and, after a severe reprimand the guests who were coming, particularly

for his insolent behaviour, told him to of Lee, whom she said she heard was go immediately and seek his own bread one of the oddest and ugliest men in the elsewhere. Then turning to the abashed world. In a few moments she desired curate, he said, “Sir, I am ashamed of the general again to help her on with what has passed : but in order to make the pot; and scarce had he finished," amends for the ill-treatment you have when she requested him to take a experienced at my table, it shall be my bucket, and go to the well. Lee made endeavour to provide you better bread." no objection, and began drawing the He kept his word, and, in a very short water. In the mean time General Wash time, presented the clergyman with a ington arrived, and an aid-de-camp was

comfortable living. dispatched in search of Lee: whom to his surprise, he found engaged as above.

It is known that George III. after the But what was the confusion of the poor

close of the American revolutionary war,

ordered a thanksgiving to be kept through man with whom she had been so the kingdom. A noble Scotch divine, in familiar, with the title of Excellency!

the presence of his Majesty, inquired; The mug fell from her hand, and drop

For what are we to give thanks ?-that ping on her knees, she began crying your

majesty has lost thirteen of your best for pardon; when Lee, who was ever

provinces? The king answered, "No!' ready to see the impropriety of his own

Is it, then the divine added), that your conduct þut never willing to change it, majesty has lost 100,000 lives of your gave her a crown, and turning to thc subjects in the contest ?'

"No, no!' aid-de-camp, observed," You see, said the king. Is it, then, that we have young man, the advantage of a fine coat expended and lost a hundred millions of --the man of consequence is indebted money, and for the defeat and tarnish of tö it it for respect ; neither virtue nor jour majesty's arms?'- No such thing !!

without it, will make him look said the king pleasantly. What, then, like a gentleman.

is the object of the thanksgiving ?

Oh to give thanks that it is no worse.' A certain nobleman, high in office, It is related of Philip King of France, had once a number of his friends, mostly that when his navy was destroyed at people of rank, to dine with him ; and Sluys, and thirty thousand of his best great elegance and hospitality were dis men slain or drowned (for numbers cast played upon the occasion.---Among the themselves into the sea rather than be company, there happened to be a reve. takon prisoners), no person dared to rend divine, of worthy character and disclose so terrible a disaster, and the Sztát Teaming, but, alas ! he was only a task was at length entrusted to his Om garrobio'. Vo

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The husband soon discovered that he the room advise

no shrinktace THE PORTFOLIO.. Jester, who did it by continually re- him to banish both himself and his wife peating,

Englishmen! to the inmost recesses of the desert. Faint-hearted Englishmen!": &c. which He set out with her, and after a journey induced the king to inquire why he so of several days, he chose for bits residence

"Because," said his a place the most agreeable to his eyes, as fool, ** they durst not leap out of their it was perfectly solitary, and far remote ships into the sea as our brave French- from any habitation. men did. From which the king under Scarce had he pitched his

tent, under. stood what had happened.

which was reposing that wife who caused him so much pleasure and so much pain, when he perceived at a distance

three men on horseback, and among VARIETIES.

them his rival: inflamed with anger, he

attacked the foremost, in spite of the CUSTOM OBSERVED AMONG THE inequality of nuinbers, and was soon,

DUTCH TOWARDS LYING-IN wounded in several places. In selling WOMEN.

his life dearly, he had wounded his rival Mr. Fell, in his Tour through the also; and while his friends were assistBatavian Republic, notices the following ing him, the furious Arab crep, into his custom with regard to lying-in women: tent; his wife flying to his relief: “ Die -"I must not,” says he, "omit to men with me,” said he, fixing his eyes full tion a practice, which, I believe, is pe of love and fury on her,

rather than culiar to Holland. When a woman is become the prey of an infamous rob- . brought to bed, a bulletin is daily fixed ber.” At these words, he plunged his to her house for a fortnight, or longer if dagger into her breast; their blood she continues so ill as to excite the soli- mingling together flowed profusely citude of her friends, which contains a around, and they expired at the same statement of the health of the mother time, in sight of the ravisher, who reaped and the child. This bulletin is fastened no fruit, but his wounds, from his crimito a board ornamented with lace, accord nal'enterprize. ing to the circumstances of the person lying-in, and serves to answer the enquiries of her friends, and to prevent any

A charter granted by Malcolm Canunnecessary noise being made near the more, King of Scotland :-I Malcoline door of the indisposed person. We saw

Kenmure, king the first of my reignat Leyden the most of these boards or

give to thee, Baron Hunter, Upper and namented with lace, and there learned Nether. Powinode, with all the bounds their meaning. When a person of con

within the floods; with the Hoope and sequence is dangerously ill, a bulletin of Hoope-town, and all the bounds up and health is generally affixed to their house, down; above earth to heaven-and to satisfy the numerous enquiries that all below the earth to hell-as free to are supposed to be made after them : thee and thine, as ever God gave to me but, unless it is a child-bed case, the

and mine-and that for a bow and broad board to which the bulletin is pasted, is arrow when I come to hunt upon Yarnot ornamented with lace.

row'; and for the more sooth of this, I

byte the white wax with my teeth, be CRUEL JEALOUSY OF AN ARAB fore Margaret my wife, and Maule, my

OF THE DESERT.
An Arab of the Desert became vio-

Sic-Subscribitur.
Jently, enamoured of a young woman,

MalcomE KENMURE, King. who was not of his tribe. The law ab: MARGARET, witness. solutely forbade such an alliance, but MAULE, witness. his constancy and the ardency of his

1057. passion surmounted this obstacle. Aš he was richer than her he was in love Dr. Goldsmith gives this advice, “ If with, the parents of the woman obtained you bę a rich man, you may enter the leave to supercede , the general law room with turee loud hems, march deliand the lover became happy, if happi- berately up to the chimney, and turn ness can exist in a breast torinented with your back to the fire.

a poor jealousy.

ás fast as you can, had a potent rival ; discuntented love, yourself as usual, upon the edge of a so much resembling hatred, persuaded Chair in a remote comer."

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SELECT POETRY.

DARBY AND JOAN.

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His hands bedaub'd with paste and flout,
Old Darby labor's full an hour:
But, luckless wight! thou couldst not make
The bread take form of loaf or cake.
As every door wide open stood,
In push'd the sow in quest of food;
And, stumbling onwards, with her snout
O'erset the churn-the cream run out.
As Darby turn'd, the sow to beat,
The slipp'ry cream betray'd his feet;
He caught the bread trough in his fall,
And down came Darby, trough and all.
The children, waken'd by the clatter,
Start up and cry, "oh! what's the matter"
Old Jowler bark'd, and Tabby mew'd,
And hapless Darby bawl'd aloud,
« Return, my Joan, as heretofore,
I'll play the housewife's part no more ;
Since now, by sad experience taught,
Compared to thine my work is naught;
Henceforth, as business calls, I'll take,
Content, the plough, the scythe, the rake,
And never more transgress the line
Our fates have mark'd whilst thou art mine;
Then Joan, return, as heretofore,
I'll vex thy honest soul no more ;
Let each our proper task attend
Forgive the past, and strive to mend.”

JEU D'ESPRIT.

When Darby saw the setting sun
He swung his scythe, and home he run,
Sat down, drank off his quart, and said,
"My work is done, I'll go to bed.”

My work is done !" retorted Joan,

My work is done! your constant tone; But hapless woman ne'er can say, My work is done, till judgment-day. Must toil—,"_" Whose fault is that?"

quoth he. I know your meaning,” Joan replied, "But, Sir, my tongue shall not be tied ; 1 will go on, and let you know, What work poor women have to do: First, in the morning, though we feel As sick as drunkards when they reel; Yes, feel sach pains in baek and head As would confine you men to bed, We ply the brush, we wield the broom, We air the beds, and right the room ; The cows must next be milk'd-and then We get the breakfast for the men. Ere this is done, with whimpering cries, And bristly hair, the children rise; These must be dress’d, and dos’d with rue, And fed-and all because of you ; We next”-here Darby scratch'd his head, And stole off grumbling to his bed; And only said, as on she run, « Zounds! woman's clack is never done." At early dawn, ere Phæbus rose, Old Joan resum'd her tale of woes; When Darby thus" I'll end the strife, Be

you the man and I the wife : Take you the scythe and mow, while I Will all

your boasted cares supply."
“ Content, quoth Joan, give me my stint.”
This Darby did, and out she went,
Old Darby rose and seiz'd the broom,
And whirl's the dirt about the room :
Which having done, he scarce knew how,
He hied to milk the brindled cow.
The brindled cow whisk'd round her tail
In Darby's eyes, and kick'd the pail.
The clown, perplex'd with grief and pain,
Swore he'd ne'er try to milk again;
When turning round, in sad amaze,
He saw his cottage in a blaze ;
For as he chanc'd to brush the room
In careless haste, he fir'd the broom.
The fire at last subdu'd, he swore

The broom and he would meet no more.
Press'd by 'misfortune, and perplex'd,
Darby prepar'd for breakfast next;
But what to get he scarcely knew
The bread was spent, the batter too,

Tom,, who had visited the Fleet,

Just parted tipsy from his host, And, as he reel'd along the street,

He beat his head against a post. A stranger eried, not standing far, That is the way to T'emple Bar.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.

We owe apologies to J. Babingleyereek for not

redeeming our promise to him; he is not forgntten, and shall have a place in an early

number, Received H.B., Crito, and T. H, I. S. L. will perceive we have attended to the

points of his enquiry. The Index, and Emblematical Title-page to

Vol. II. were given with the last number.

LONDON.-Printed and Published by W.

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