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scarce read. Being to read a bill for my poor library into the garret. The naturalizing Jemima, Duchess of Kent, professor of culinary chemistry, vulgarly he called her Jeremiah, Duchess of called the cook, haughtily declares to Kent.---Having heard south walls com me that he cannot operate in my kitchen, mended for ripening fruit, he showed all which is much too small ; and I am comthe four sides of his garden for south pelled to construct a pantry in my coachwalls.---A gentleman writing to desire a house. The director of the orchestra, fine horse he had, offered him any equi who no longer plays country dances, valent ; Lord William replied, that the but who executes solos, assures me that horse was at his service, but he did not he should be disgraced if it were known know what to do with an elephant.---A that he consented to be placed on the pamphlet, called The Snake in the Grass, ground, between two doors; and rebeing reported (probably in joke) to be quires me to build a gallery in my sawritten by this Lord William Poulet, a loon. Finally, at six o'clock in the gentleman, abused in it, sent him a chal- morning, when all is over, and I want to lenge. Lord William professed his in go to bed, I

can find neither my bed, nocence, and that he was not the author ; nor my night-cap, and am obliged to but the gentleman would not be satisfied bivouac in an arm-chair, on the field of without a denial under his hand. Lord battle, among the fragments of supper, William took a pen, and began,

This the expiring lamps, and the cards with is to scratify, that the buk called the which the floor is strewed.' Snak”---" Oh, my Lord,” said the person, “ I am satisfied ; your Lordship has already convinced me you did not write

SHORT HISTORY OF DUELLING the book.”

IN IRELAND.
MACKLIN once undertook in a lecture,

at his school of oratory, to show the VARIETIES.

cause of duelling in Ireland; and why

it was much more the practice of that MODERN ENJOYMENTS. nation than any other. In order to do

this in his own way, he began with the “ Ah, if you did but know the pain earliest history of the Irish, as it respected and fatigue of assembling such a party, the customs, the education, and the ani. you would pity the fate of the master of mal spirits of the inhabitants; and after the house.' Such was the remark made getting as far as the reign of Queen Elito me by my friend Mr. B, who the zabeth, he was again proceeding, when evening before had given a ball, or Foote, who was present, spoke to order. rather a soiree dansante, as it is agreed ...“ Well, sir; what have you to say to use that term, although any thing but upon this subject?'

“ Only to crave a good French.--" It is thirty years,' little attention, sir, (says Foote, with added Mr. B “since I began to en much seeming modesty,) when I think I tertain friends at my own house. At can settle this point in a few words.". that period nothing was easier. A sin “ Well, sir, go on. Why, then, gle violin was enough for the dance; and sir,' says Foote, “ to begin, What the neighbouring tavern-keeper was o'clock is it?''-“O'clock !” says Mack. happy to assist my cook in preparing lin, “ what has the clock to do with a supper. But how different now-a-days! dissertation on duelling?

Pray, A ball is a state affair. Two or three sir,” says Foote, “ be pleased to answer days are scarcely sufficient for the pre my question." Macklin, on this, pulled parations. The workmenī are all artists, out his watch, and reported the hour to and Heaven only knows the deference be half past ten.

Very well,” says which it is necessary to pay to these Foote; “ about this time of the night, gentlemen! They turn the house out every gentleman in Ireland, that can of windows. First comes the uphol- possibly afford it, is in his third bottle of sterer, attended by five or six assist claret, consequently is in a fair way of ants. He takes my doors off their getting drunk; from drunkenness prohinges ; removes my furniture in order

ceeds quarrelling, and from quarrelling to substitute couches, garlands of flow- duelling; and so there's an end of the ers, and card-tables; pierces all my chapter. The company seemed fully curtains with hooks; displaces the por satisfied with this abridgment; and Macke trait of my aunt, which for forty years . lin shut up his lecture for that evening in had never been touched ; and despatches great dudgeon.

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THE PORTFOLIO.

79 PERFIDY PUNISHED.

AMERICAN WITTICISMS. Among the lives of female heroines,

Married, in Washington, Mr. John lately published at Paris, it appears, Judge to Miss M. C. Noland. that in 1722, a IM d'Estache, formerly a cornet in the French dragoons, having

-“ Most Judges contrive to get plenty of seduced a young woman, of the name of St. Cheron, the daughter of a brother For one we may instance Judge Toofficer, and by whom she became preg

LAND ; nant, he at length carried the insult so But plump lawyer Cupid has tricked the far as to refuse to marry her under the

whole band, shameful pretence of having been intimate

And shown us a JUDGE that has No with her mother in the early part of his

LAND !” life! The abused damsel had two brothers, lieutenants of horse in the re

In Greenwich, Connecticut, by the Rev. giments of Brisac, who would have com

David Peck, Mr. Elizabeth Peck, jun.

to Miss Deborah Peck. pelled the sieur d’Estache to marry their sister, to retrieve her honour, and vindi “ Three Pecks, we find, have here begur cate their calumniated mother; but To make two different Pecks but one ; d'Estache wounded the eldest in the But vain their labour we shall see; face with a pistol, and shot the youngest For let there pass of months a score, with a gun out of a window. 'This Three Pecks will be encreased to four, injured family had a sister, who for some And then a bushel there will be.” time abandoned herself to grief and rage, but the last of those passions at length prevailing, prompted her to a revenge

FRANCIS THE FIRST. above the daring of her sex ; this young A court without ladies, Francis used gentlewoman being informed that her to compare to a spring without flowers, sister's ravisher and brother's murderer yet there is still at Rambouillet, engraved was at Montpellier, went thither from on a window with a diamond, by himGignac, where she lived, and arrived self--there on the 5th of March, in the even

Lovely sex too given to range, ing. She found means on the 7th to be introduced to the guilty author of her

Lovely sex too prone to change,

Alas ! what man to reason just, family's disgrace, and without any ce

Thy blandishments can safely trust. remony shot him dead with a pistol.

J. I. Having done the deed, she wrote the next day to the regent, and to M. le Blanc, secretary at war, owning the fact ROUSSEAU AND FREDERIC THE GREAT. but denying it to be an offence, and, The following hitherto unpublished justifying her innocence by the provo distich, written by Rousseau under a cation, yet at the same time humbly print in his possession of Frederic the imploring for mercy. Her letters were

Great, shows the opinion which the aureceived on the 16th, in the morning, thor of "Emilius” entertained of the and his royal highness the duke regent monarch who gave him an asylum at immediately dispatched an express to Neuchatel : the lieutenant criminal of Montpellier,

Sa gloire et son profit, voila son Dieu, sa loi to send the information against her to

Il pense en philosophé, et se conduit en roi. M. le Blanc, and not to give judgement till farther orders. The ladies of Montpellier, one and all, declared their ap

The following curious Epitaph is, or probation of the action, and two of them was, in Harleigh Church, Suffolk : even made themselves prisoners to bear The charned mounted on the w her company in her confinement, which

Sets to be seen in funer was not of long continuance ; for, not

A matron plain domestic withstanding that she had acted the he

In cases and pains continu roine's part, rather than that of the Not slow, not gay, nor prodig Christian, she soon obtained her pardon. Yet neighborly and hospit

Sall

Her children seven yet living Some one writing against gravity Her sixty-seventh year hence did.c. says the gravest beast is an ass; the To rest her body natur gravest bird is an owl; the gravest fish in hopes to raise spiritu is an oyster; and the gravest man is a fool.

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Within this tranquil place of rest,

Should warning passions ne'er invade, Here should Ambition's voice be hushed,

And low each thought of pride be laid. For see within how near a space,

The statesman and the peasant lie, Tilo'e:ever d once ly rank or wealth,

Lach shared the human lot-to die.

“ By foreign hands his dying eyes were closed,

By foreign hands his manly limbs composed,By foreign hands his humble grave adorned, By strangers honored-and by strangers mourned."

Pope.

1.

His constant toil, his lowly lot,

Were vain the peasant's life to save, Nor pomp, nor power, nor rank availed,

To snatch the statesman from the grave. The streamlet softly murmuring near,

Is nature's requiem o'er the dead, The mournful yew its branches wave,

And flowers adorn each lowly bed. 'Tis here, methinks, woull I be laid,

Within this lovely peaceful spot, And o'er my grave an urn should bear

These simple words" Forget me not." M.

TO MY SOFA Written by an Invalid, during a temporary

amendment.
Dear sofa, where so long l’ve lain.
Confined by weakness or by pain,

I'm glad to quit thee;
Releas'd at length from draught and pills
I'm free to wander where I will

If health permit me.,
And see the blooming month of May
Appears to bid me haste away,

To cul ber flowers.-
Ungrateful I may seem, 'tis true,
For all the ease bestowed by you,

In pain's long hours.

He left his home with a bounding heart,

For the world was all before him ;
And felt it scarce a pain to part,

Such sun-bright beams came o'er him.
He turned him to visions of future years,

The rainbow's hues were round them;
And a father's lodinys-amotirer's tears--
Might not weigh with the hupes that crowned
them.

II.
That mother's cheek is far paler now

Than when s'e last caressed him;
There's an added gloom on that father's brow

Since the hour when last he blessed him.
Oh! that all human hopes should prove

Like the flowers that will fade to-morrow; And the cankering fears of anxious love Ever end in truth-and sorrow!

111.
He left his home with a swelling sail,

Of fame and fortune dreaming -
With a spirit as free as the vernal gale,

Or the penion above him streaming.
He hath reached his goal.-hy a distant wave,

'Neath a sultry sun they've laid him ; And stranger-forms bent o'er his grave, When the last sad rites were paid him.

IV.
He should have died in his own loved land,

With friends and kindred near him,-
Not have withered thus on a foreign strand,
With no thought, save of heaven, to cheer

him. But what recks it now?-is his sleep less sound

In the port where the wild winds swept him, Than if home's green turf his grave had bound,

Or the hearts he loved had wept bim ?

I'm like the rest of human kind,
Whom benefits can never bind,

Who still deceive us ;
They seek our aid when in distress,
Eternal gratitude profess,

And then they leave us.
They leave us, and forget us too,
But so I shall not do hy you,

Too much I owe thee;
Each act of kind attention lent
By those who o'er my couch have bent,

Endears thee to me.

Then why repine ?-Can he feel the

rays That pestilent sun sheds o'er him? Or share the grief that must cloud the days

Of the friends who now deplore him ? No-his bark's at anchor, -its sails are

furledIt hath 'scaped the storm's deep chiding, And, safe from the buffetting waves of the

world, In the haven of Peace is riding. A. A. W,

A father's hand thy cushions spread, A mother's care sustained my head

With thy soft pillows; And every care of love bestowed, When o'er my drooping spirits flowed

Afliction's billows.

Thus wilt thou constantly recal
My parents' love, dearer than all

The gold of Ophir ;
And if once more attacked by pain,
l'll patiently return again
To my good Sofa.

LONDON.-Printed and Published, regua

larly every Saturday Morning, by WM. KEENE, at the Office, New Church-court, Strand, where all communications for the Editor, and orders for the Portfolio, (post paid) are requested to be addressed: also by DUNCOMBE, 19, Little Queen-street, Hol. born, SIMPKIN and MARSHALL, Paternoster-row, and all respectable booksellers.

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MOUNT ETNA. The majestic Etna, which the ancients of Etna extend to fifteen, twenty, and considered, not unreasonably, as one of some even to thirty miles. The crater the highest mountains in the world, and of Etna is seldom less than a mile in on the summit of which they believed circuit, and sometimes is two or three that Deucalion and Pyrrha sought re miles; but the circumference of the Ven fuge, to save themselves from the uni- suvian crater is never more than half a versal deluge, is situated on the plain of mile, even when widely distended, in its Catania, in Sicily.

most destructive conflagrations. Lastly, Its elevation above the level of the the earthquakes occasioned by these adsea has been estimated at 10,963 feet, jacent, volcanoes, their eruptions, their upwards of two miles. On clear days showers of ignited stones, and the desit is distinctly seen from Valetta, the truction and desolation which they crecapital of Malta, a distance of 150 miles. ate, are severally proportionate to their It is iucomparably the largest burning respective dimensions. mountain in Europe. From its sides A journey up Etna is considered as other mountains arise, which, in diffe an enterprise of importance, as well rent ages, have been ejected in single from the difficulty of the route, as masses from its mous crater. The from the distance, it being thirty miles most extensive lavas of Vesuvius do not from Catania to the summit of the mounexceed seven miles in length, while those tain. VOL, DIL

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EXTRACTS FROM NEW

strength and spirit, that he did not fall, BOOKS.

but actually travelled along at a toleraHALL ON SOUTH AMERICA.

ble pace on his stumps, a most horrible

sight! This was not all, for a man The only preface we need to the fol armed with a dagger now mounted the lowing paper, is that of noticing that bull's back, and rode about for some the author is in Lima after its conquest minutes to the infinite delight of the by San Martin and Lord Cochrane : spectators, who were thrown into ecsta

“ Being desirous (says Capt. H.) of sies, and laughed and clapped their ascertaining, by every means, the real hands at every stab given to the miséstate of popular feeling, which generally rable animal, not to kill him, but to stidevelopes itself at public meetings, I mulate him to accelerate his pace; at went to one of the buil-fights, given in length, the poor beast exhausted by loss honour of the new Viceroy's installa of blood, fell down and died. tion. It took place in an immense “ The greater number of the comwooden amphitheatre, capable of hold- pany, although females, seemed so ening, it was said, twenty thousand people. chanted with the brutal scene passing As we had been disappointed at Valpa under their eyes, that I looked round, in raiso by a slam bull-fight, we hoped vain, for a single face that looked grave; here to witness an exhibition worthy of every individual seeming quite dethe mother country. But the resem lighted; and it was melancholy to obblance was not less faulty, though in serve a great proportion of children the opposite extreme, for the bulls were amongst the spectators, from one of here put to death with so many unusual whom, a littie girl, only eight years old, circumstances of cruelty, as not only to I learned that she had already seen three make it unlike the proper bull-fights, bull-fights; the details of which she but take away all pleasure in the spec gave with great animation and pleasure, tacle from persons not habituated to the dwelling especially on those horrid cirsight. These exhibitions have been cumstances I have described. It would described by so many travellers, that it shock and disgust to no purpose to give is needless here to do more than advert a minute account of other instances of to some circumstances peculiar to those wanton cruelty, which, however, apof Lima.

peared to be the principal recommenda“After the bull had been repeatedly tion of these exhibitions. speared, and tormented by darts and fire “ 'The refiections which force themworks, and was all streaming with blood, selves on the mind, on contemplating a the matador, on a signal froin the Vice whole population frequently engaged in roy, proceeded to dispatch him. Not such scenes, are of a painful nature; for being, however, sufficiently expert, he it seems impossible to conceive, that, merely sheathed his sword in the ani where the taste is so thoroughly cormal's neck without effect. The bull rupted there can be left any groundinstantly took his revenge, by tossing work of right feelings upon which to the matador to a great height in the air, raise a superstructure of principle, of and he fell apparently dead in the area. knowledge, or of just sentiment. The audience applauded the bull, while Connected with these struggles of the attendants carried off the matador. man against animals, we have some exThe bull next attacked a horseman, dis traordinary details of the skill and prowmounted him, ripped up the horse's ess of the guassos :--belly, and bored him to the ground, “ When a wild horse is to be taken, where he was not suffered to die in the lasso -is always placed round the peace, but was raised on his legs, and two hind legs, and, as the guasso rides a urged, by whipping and goading, to little on one side, the jerk pulls the enmove round the ring in a state too hor- tangled horse's feet laterally, so as to rible to be described, but which afforded throw him on his side, without endanthe spectators the greatest delight. The gering his knees or his face. Before noble bull had thus succeeded in baffling the horse can recover the shock, the his tormentors as long as fair means rider dismounts, and snatching his pouwere used, when a cruel device was cho or cloak from his shoulders, wraps thought of to subdue him. A large it round the prostrate animal's head; he curved instrument called a Luna was then forces into his mouth one of the thrown at him froin behind,

such a powerful bridles of the country, straps a way as to divide the hamstrings of the saddle on his back, and, bestriding him, hind legs; such, however, wore his removes the poucho ; upon which the

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