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the reputation of a writer, as the habit of the reader's sympathies in a story of real saying very smart things in print. The natural interest, to find its writer affecting little epigrammatic sayings which make one a sarcastic tone-in regard to the feelings laugh or wince when they are said, break and impulses of the heart. like bubbles upon the stream of conversa- We must again repeat, that Mrs. Gore tion; but in a book they remain, perhaps treats the affections too lightly. In what to season, but most certainly to disfigure. we have said we have not been disparaging Usually too, their sarcasm, while it purports Mrs. Gore's talents, but her style, or rather to attack immorality, really strengthens it. its deformities. Her talents are of a very We will instance a few of the quick, glit- first-rate order, her information most tering sentences, which we deem imperfec- abundant, her shrewdness wonderful, her tions :
tact excellent, and her perceptions of cha1. “ If such an appurtenance as mind racter delicate, and happy in the extreme. had originally been allotted to her, she had All the latter qualities, however, make us certainly mislaid it in her childhood.” wish that she had written a novel of middle
2. “ It always gives a girl a certain life. If she had done so in the offset, we vogue, in her first season, to have a present think her fame would have doubled what it able man dying for love of her.”
is. And a better offset or opportunity 3. “Mrs. Darnham—whose matronly de- living, author never had : if we recollect tails had been of so medical a character, as rightly, Mr. Colburn gave her to begin to drive poor Mary to a distant table.” with a sort of wholesale carte-blanche, he
4. “ Atrocious monsters belonging to the paid her fifteen hundred guineas, for which commissariat.”
she engaged to furnish three books. There A mother to her daughter
could be no objection to one of these being 5.“ In neglecting your personal attrac- fashionable or satirical; the world of ton, tions, you forfeit all chance to the Duke of like every other world, had vices and follies Lisborough."
in it, that might be seasonably lashed; but 6. Sipping a fiery vinous decoction, the exposure which Mrs. Gore produced called port."
was but the exposure of a season ; it was 7. “ The gratification of a picturesque brilliant, it was personal, it was caustic, embrace from her long absent mother!” graphic and full of vice; but its dazzlement
8. “ The little fair, white mass of human fell away, its star shot when the novelty imbecility, displayed by the head nurse as subsided, and people had indulged their his princely boy."
love of scandal to the full. Vainly did 9. “ They had nothing but birth and the Mrs. Gore continue to pour in fresh food, Devil's beauty-youth!”
the world devoured but it could not digest, 10. “ In order that she might moisten it read, but it did not remember ; with each her papillottes with a few tears."
succeeding book it was delighted, with each 11. “ The unremitted labour of keeping succeeding season it forgot the source of its body and soul together.”
delight. Mrs. Gore made herself a reputaNow out of these eleven sentences—in tion by her books, but she made no permercy we forbear to make up the dozen— manent reputation for her books. Whatwhat inference does the reader derive ? ever she wrote people read because it No. 1 is flippant nonsense ; 2 is immoral ; was her writing; it was
sure to be 3 indelicate; 4 stupid ; 5 wicked, and 6 clever, they seemed to be entertained, stupid again: 7 is lanced against one of but they did not store their libraries with the most touching and beautiful sources of it. It was the difference between loving emotion, and 8 is, in its spirit, worse than Walter Scott, because he wrote Waverley ; the revilement of a cripple for deformity. and admiring Waverley, because it was A little fair white mass of human imbe- Walter Scott's ; in one word, Mrs. cility !--the idea is truly disgusting. No. Gore's books were ephemeral. This, how10 is not simply vulgar, but very vulgar, ever, was Mrs. Gore's mistake, not the and 11, a tame effort to say a good thing. mistake of the public; they rejoice in all We have not adduced any of these ex- she writes, but they will not consent to tax amples in a spirit of severity-we mention their memory for a fashionable novel. If them perhaps in a striking light, as the she had written, as she can write if she greatest defects of Mrs. Gore's style; and likes, a novel of middle life, it would have we would hint, that it sometimes injures stood its ground; for her sterling qualities would have been brought into play, her and Lady Danvers, the rouée and intrigante knowledge of the world diffused over a of the plot, the author has presented us more varied and a better ground; and, by with a justly indignant display of depravity; the exercise of her great talents, she would and yet we are convinced that he has not have fallen into a class of writers more dared to reveal, even in the shadowy preuseful than that of which, to do her justice, sentments of fiction, one half the follies, the she is now at the head. Her books have temptations, the passions, and the vices of not been failures, but we think her subjects his caste. The book has been put forth have, in the main; and, with her really with a general disclaimer against personastounding versatility, they have an air of ality; a tenderness of caution which has sameness. They present the same routine served to convince us that it is, in fact, of events falling in the same circles. The more personal than any other of its class. people are all the same, albeit they are From internal evidence, indeed, we will occasionally moved to different places. venture to assert that it does not contain a “Mothers and Daughters; a Novel of High single character of which the original might Life;" “The Hamiltons; a Novel of High not be detected among the varied walks of Life;"
;" “ The Fair of May Fair; a Novel of fashionable life. The portrait of the Duchess High Life!!!" and finally--oh! not least of Castleton, for instance, has been generally though last, the “ Manners of the Day;" recognised as a likeness of the lovely and a novel of decided high life !!! When Lady virtuous Duchess of Leinster; that of the Charlotte Bury under mysterious auspices elegant and amiable Lord Mallerton as one produced the “ Exclusives,” Mr. Colburn of our young lay-lords of the Admiralty; published a key! Mrs. Gore followed with Sir Ralph Harburton and his eye-glass are “Manners of the Day;" and again Mr. Col- attributed to Colonel Tr-ch, the political burn published a key. The “Exclusives” trimmer; while the character of Theodosius related to Lady Ellenborough, and her Brill has been traced by universal accord to too-public history ; the “ Manners of the a politician of the day, whose rapid risc Day” to some of the same characters who to the post of colonial secretary has given figured in the “ Exclusives.” The writer of less general offence than the sneering and its key throws light upon them after the supercilious impertinence with which he following fashion :
has suffered himself to bestride the shoul“ The writer of the novel which has ders of many, so lately his seniors in office, given rise to the present remarks, has made and who are still entitled by superiority of an exhibition of current manners which all age, birth, and ability, to his respectful persons may study with profit ; and yet, deference. Yet even this portrait, which is while it is impossible to doubt that the one of the most amusing in the book, is representation is perfectly correct and de- marred by the somewhat too timorous rived from nature, or, in other words, from caution of the writer. The outline is filled the very persons and scenes which form the up with too much hesitation ; we should actors and incidents of the tale,—it may be have been better pleased with a bold, free, asserted without fear of contradiction, that honest sketch of the underling of office, a work of more perfect purity of principle rising into notice on the strength of and intention, and greater chastity of lan- green-room jests and parasitical adulation, guage, was never put forth. We have first to the mighty little, and lastly to the reason to know that it has been pronounced, little great; and having crawled to the top a model of good-breeding and elegance,' of the ladder, and landed safely on the in several circles of the highest ton : and parapet, throwing it down with insolent that this opinion has been recently con- defiance on the heads of those by whose firmed by the authority of the highest efforts it was supported during his labour personage of the realm,--decidedly the of ascent. Such a picture as this might most eminent judge in point of refinement have been useful and admonitory, whereas of the existing 'manners of the day. The the Brill of our author is only an outline, delicacy is such as could only have been capable, it must be confessed, of being expected from a female pen. The interest, deepened into the black intensity of feature as may be expected, is strong: like the and strength of colouring distinguishing the glance of the rattle-snake, there is some- portraits of Rembrandt.” thing fascinating in disclosures of moral Now all this sort of fictitious dependence obliquity. In the characters of Seymour upon personalities for fame is beneath Mrs. Gore. The great body even of her readers clusion without the space to expatiate as never saw the individuals whom she so much
the merits of Mrs. Gore as we faithfully depicts; they would not recognise freely could, for they are far more numerous them therefore—that we suppose is certain than her faults. She is a truly clever per—then why, with her great abilities, typify son—the head of her class,—and the most only one class, and that a confined one, discerning and graphic of the lady-writers. when she might group the world upon her If she would dispense with high life, and canvass and display in contrast all the write a novel of general life, we believe she painter's skill?
would achieve a reputation nearly equal to We regret to bring this paper to a con- that of Theodore Hook.
LADY ANNE AMELIA COKE is the eldest lordship, who was a Knight of the Garter, surviving daughter of the present Earl of married in 1701, Gertrude, daughter of Albemarle, and the wifo of Thomas Wil- Adam Vander Duin, lord of St. Gravemear, liam Coke, Esq., of Holkham Hall, in the in Holland, and had two children, William county of Norfolk.
Anne his successor, for whom Queen Anne The family of Lady Anne Coke is of stood godmother in person, and Sophia, who Dutch origin. ARNOLD Jôost Van KEP- was married to John Thomas, Esq., brother PEL, Lord of Voorst, was a younger son of of Sir Edward Thomas, Baronet, of WenBernard Van Pallant, Lord of Keppel, the re- voe Castle. The Earl of Albemarle died presentative of a noble house in Guelderland. the 30th May, 1718. Of all the Dutch Like his rival the Earl of Portland, Arnold followers of King William, the Earl of Van Keppel rose to eminence from being & Albemarle was the most popular with the Page to William III. He came to England English, who scarcely considered him a with that monarch at the Revolution, and foreigner: he had none of that cold and his manners and person being prepossessing, stiff manner, that made so many foes for he soon rose high in favour with his master the Earl of Portland; he was a complete through the aid of Lord Sunderland and courtier, gracious to all; and thus, in a great Mrs. Villiers, who wished to destroy the measure, may be accounted for his continual influence of Lord Portland. On the 10th prosperity. 66 The Earl of Albemarle," of February, 1696, he was created Baron says Mackey in his Memoirs, was King Ashford, of Ashford in Kent, Viscount Bury William's constant companion in all his in Lancashire, and EARL OF ALBEMARLE, diversions and pleasures, and was entrusted in Normandy, a title hitherto, either royal at last with affairs of the greatest conseor ducal, having been borne at one time by quence: he had much influence over the princes of the house of Plantagenet, and at king, was handsome in person, open and another by General Monk, who restored free in his conversation, and very expensive Charles II. Nor did the king's favour stop in his manner of living." The Earl was here: the new peer was enriched as well succeeded by his only son, as ennobled, having been promoted to the WILLIAM ANNE, second Earl, K. G. rank of general in the army, and entrusted This nobleman married 21st February with the command of the Horse Guards, and 1723, Anne, daughter of Charles, first the Swiss in Holland : the monarch also Duke of Richmond, and had, to survive, bequeathed to him the lordship of Beevost seven children, of whom the gallant Admiin the Netherlands, together with a legacy ral Keppel was the second son. His lordof 200,000 guilders. The Earl's good for- ship, who was a general officer in the army, tune did not end with the life of William ; and had been British ambassador at the he held places of great profit and dignity court of Versailles, died the 22nd December under Queen Anne and George I. His 1754, and was succeeded by his eldest son
VOL. X.-NO. III.-MARCH, 1837.
GEORGE, third Earl, K.G. This nobleman March 1827, to Edward Eustace served as aide-de-camp to the Duke of Cum
Hill, Esq., a field officer in the berland at the battle of Fontenoy, and the
army. next year, being with his royal highness at Caroline Elizabeth. Culloden, was bearer of the despatches to The Earl married, secondly, the 11th London announcing the victory. He subse- Feb. 1822, Charlotte Susannah, daughter quently attained the rank of lieutenant- of the late Sir Henry Hunloke, Bart. general, and was commander-in-chief at the The Earl's eldest surviving daughter, the reduction of Havannah, where he acquired LADY ANNE AMELIA, whose portrait forms increase of fame and fortune. He married this month's illustration, was married 26th 20th April 1770, Anne, youngest daughter Feb. 1822, to Thomas William Coke, Esq., of Sir John Miller, Bart., of Chichester, in of Holkham in Norfolk, formerly M.P. for the county of Sussex, by whom he left at that county. By this lady, who is his his decease 13th October 1772, an only son second wife, Mr. Coke has issue, and successor,
Thomas William, born 26th Dec., WILLIAM CHARLES KEPPEL, fourth and
1822. present Earl, born 14th May 1772. His Edward Keppel, born 20th Aug. 1824. lordship, who holds the high station of Henry John, born 3rd June 1827. Master of the Horse, married first the 9th Wenman Clarence Walpole, born 13th April 1792, the Hon. Elizabeth Southwell, July 1828. fourth daughter of Edward, Lord de Clifford, Margaret Sophia. by whom (who died 14th November 1817,) The family of Coke, from which Mr. he had issue
Coke derives through female descent, and Augustus Frederick, Viscount Bury, which he now represents, is one of the most
born 2nd June 1794; married 4th eminent in the kingdom. In its proud May 1816, Frances, daughter of line, it boasts the name of the great Sir
Steer, Esq., of Chichester. Edward Coke, Lord Chief Justice of EngGeorge Thomas, an officer in the land in the reign of James I.
army, M. P., born 13th June 1799 ; EDWARD COKE, Esq., who inherited the
born 16th Aug. 1800; married 24th Anne, married to Philip Roberts, Esq.,
whom presently. Henry, R.N., born 14th June 1809. Mr. Coke died 13th April 1707, and was Thomas Robert, R. N., born 3rd Feb. succeeded by his eldest son,
1811; married in 1833, Frances, THOMAS Coke, Esq., of Holkham, who daughter of Sir Thomas Barret was created Earl of Leicester, but dying
Lennard, Bart., and has issue. without surviving issue the title became Sophia, married in 1819, to Sir James extinct, and the estates devolved upon
his Macdonald, Bart., and died in Sept. nephew, 1824.
WENMAN ROBERTS, Esq., who assumed ANNE AMELIA.
thereupon the surname and arms of Coke Mary, married in 1826, to Henry only. He married Miss Elizabeth Cham
Frederick Stephenson, Esq. berlayne, and was father of the present Mr. Georgiana Charlotte, married 31st Coke.
has a son.