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Bell's

COURT AND FASHIONABLE

MAGAZINE,

FOR APRIL, 1909.

EMBELLISAMENTS.

1. An Elegant PORTRAIT of the Right Hon. LADY GERTRUDE VILLIERS. 2. Two WHOLE-LENGTH FIGURES in the FASHIONS of the SeasON, COLOURED. 3. An ORIGINAL SONG, set to Music for the Harp and Piano-forte; composed exclus

sively for this Work, by Mr. Hook. 4. Two elegant and new PATTERNS for NEEDLE-WORK.

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..... 103

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUS- || The Bard.......

106 TRIOUS LADIES. Ode on the Spring

103 Lady Gertrude Villiers.

The Progress of Poesy
The descent of Odin

109 Ode to Adversity

110 ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS. The Fatal Sisters ..

11 The triumphs of Owen

... ib. Hymenæa in search of a husband ....... 104

Ode on the installation of the Duke of Second sight ...

108 Fashionable World at St. Petersburgh

Grafton 112

........ 112 Madame Catalani's singing Hulkem; a tale .....

118

BEAUTIES OF DRYDEN. The Bond-street Lounger

122 Biographical sketch of Miss Seward 128 Cymon and Iphigenia

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London: Printed by and for J. Bell, Proprietor of the WEEKLY MESSENGER, Southampton-Street,

Strand, May 1, 1809.

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bell's

COURT AND FASHIONABLE

MAGAZINE,

For APRIL, 1809.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.

The Fartp-fourth Pumber.

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LADY GERTRUDE VILLIERS.

LADY GERTRUDE Villiers, a Por- || circles of dissipation, which the proud look trait of whom is prefixed to the present down upon with contempt, and the gay Number of La Belle Assemblée, is the only with indifference. It would be difficult to daughter of the Right Honourable Earl find amongst the youthful females of the Grandison. From the youth of her Lady- nobility of Great Britain a character formship, and very recent introduction into the ed with more industry and parental prefashionable world, she is not to be consi- caution than that of her Ladyship's. She dered as a public character; she has not has been brought up under the immediate yet become celebrated for that fashionable superintendance of the most accomplished splendour, and consequent notoriety, which woman, and the care which has been be. is peculiar to high life. Her Ladyship's || stowed upon her education has well reprivacy, however, has been attended with warded the sanguine expectations of her its customary advantages; it has fostered parents. those virtues of the domestic kind which We can declare indeed with truth, that dignify, if they do not decorate life. The it would be difficult to point out to our seclusion of her education has given op- young nobility a more perfect pattern of portunities to the culture of those duties domestic excellence than that exhibited which are so generally slighted in the by Lady Gertrude Villiers.

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BIR. EDITOR,

ing' jest of those who are themselves the

jest of all the graver and better part of I find by your Magazine of the last mankind. month that you have given my letter a I shall make but one more observation distinguished place in your fashionable re. before I proceed to take up the thread of ceptacle. I know not whether I have much my narrative. It has been found conof the vanity of an author, but I have cer venient to assign certain limits to every tainly the vanity of a woman, and therefore | division of human life; thus infancy is feel no inconsiderable satisfaction at dis- | said to terminate at seven years, childhood tinction and precedence. With these sen- || at fourteen, and minority at twenty-one. timents, Sir, I proceed in my narrative. Now I must briefly suggest, that it might

I believe I have before expressed my in- be equally convenient to assign the limits dignant astonishment, that mankind should of hope and despair in the state of female be so unjust as to ridicule those whom their celibacy; in other words, you might do own neglect alone has rendered ridiculous. away much mischief, and perhaps do much There are many points of difference be- i active good, if you were to point out at (ween ancient and modern manners, but in what precise age a woman may be consinothing do they differ more than that the dered an old maid; at what period she may ancients were accustomed to consider many cease to hope, and begin to reconcile herthings as venerable and respectable which self to the certainty of passing away the the moderns have scouted as ridiculous remainder of her days in single blessedness. and contemptible. Thus has it beem withi To resume my narrative.--I left off at the single part of the female sex. The that point where I had already lost three of virgins of the ancients were the old maids my lovers, and considering the circumof the present day. In ancient times the stances of the case, I cannot but think that most distinguished offices of religion were

from two of them I had a happy escape; assigned to that species, who, according to

with respect to Sir Toby I may perhaps the present practice, are rendered vidiculous have been in the wrong, and to confess the under the appellation of old maids. What truth, I have frequently repented my caelse were the vestal virgins but so many | price. old maids, carefully selected; I say care As my story soon got wind, and became fully selected, because, if my reading and the common theme of the country, it was memory be correct, it was necessary beyond sometime before another suitor offered all possibility of doubt to be old maids be. The ladies of the fashionable world are perfore they became vestals, In the same fectly mistaken, if they flatter themselves manner the oracles of old were administered with any peculiar dexterity in the art of and declared by priestesses. In plain words, mangling cbaracters and reputations, there instead of being objects of ridicule and con is as much malice, and therefore as much tempt, there was in former times a degree execution, done in this way in the country of sanctity attached to the very idea of as in the metropolis; the difference is in an old maid, and the Roman Consul, in all the weapons alone. In London some dehis imperial glory, was compelled to give gree of wit is necessary to the Lady Teazle way to an arcient virgin, as if he had met of the company; in the country, malice, a superior being. Oh! that I had lived in idleness, and plain speaking, supply its those days; but in this age of coxcombs, ' place. In London, moreover, the atten. it is really peculiarly hard to be the stand-lition is necessarily dissipated and distracted

by a diversity of topics, and therefore no ) “He is not more than sixty," replied my one fully engages the mind and the tongue; father ;. "tall, erect, and healthy. His in the country a piece of scandal, an ill-meagre appearance is a proof of his health;' natured story, is a thing of rare occurrence, with the exception of the gout for about six and therefore of exclusive interest. The months in the spring and fall, I never knew circumstances, therefore, of my three him to have an ailing. lle is then confinlovers,—the desertion of one, the despair ,ed to his bed, but with ca:eful nursing is of another, and the loss of all, together with tolerably good tempered; between nursing my confinement and my final compromise, him and reading to him you may pass your - were shortly as well known throughout the time very pleasantly. To make short of county, as if every individual who retailed the matter," continued my father, " Sir these anecdotes had been a family servant | Zachary has informed me that he has con. in my father's house.

sidered the matter yery gravely, and has He who would live in secret must not no objection to matrimony." live in the solitude of the country.

“ He has considered the matter long Accordingly, nothing could be more un- enough," said I, “ for he has been consi, pleasant than the first month or two after dering it for these fifty years, and has in turn my adventure; whenever I entered a ball- offered his hand, and repented of his offers, room every finger was pointed at ine. The to almost every lady in the county, tilt he younger ladies tittered, the elder looked has become the jest of them all, and not a grave, and the young men seemed alarnied milk-maid but would refuse hin; in short, at me. To make short of the matter, I my dear father, you must allow me to refuse know not how long I might have been the him before he shall have the opportunity stare of the Assizes and the wonder of the l of refusing me." Sessions, had not Miss Pumpkin, the daugh My father replied only by a menace, that ter of a neighbouring Squire, very fortu. he had made this choice for me; and that nately cloped with her father's huntsman, if I refused him I might abide the consewhich rescued me from the popular gaze quences. by drawing all eyes upon herself,

Not to enter into any minute detail, sufA short time after this event, my father fice it to say, that I was compelled to receive one day sent for me to his gun-rooni, and the visits of Sir Zachary as an accepted taking my bands with more glee and affec- lover. tion than he had lately testified, informed As this man was a perfect character, yoų nje that something had occurred very much must allow me to introduce you to him at to his satisfaction.—“I began to think,” | more length. He was the son of a gentle. said he," that you had become what is man, I believe a physician, who having acealleri a bad bargain, and that there were quired a considerable fortune by his pro: Bo hopes of marrying you in the country; || fession, had made a purchase of a good I have very happily deceived myself. You estate in the country. He had two sons, know our near neighbour, Sir Zachary | the eldest of which was Zachary. The one Wizen."—“Yes," replied I, " but I hope was educated to the pulpit, the advowson Sir Zachary Wizen is not the object of your of a living being appended to the estate; conversation."

the other, who was the main hope of the “Why not," resumed my father: “there father, was educated immediately by the is not a more respectable gentleman in old gentleman himself; he had small Latin the neighbourhood. His estate is cer- and less Greek, but a plentiful stock of tainly mortgaged, but were it not for that the heavy infidel literature of the last age, circumstance he would not marry; your Sir Zachary, therefore, entered upon his fortune will release his estate, and he will estate with a thorough contempt for all transfer the incumbrance as a future join- || religious principles, which, in the country ture instead of a present mortgage: You at least, serve us as the rule of life, being will thus have a husband with a clear estate, | more intelligible to our understandings and and Sir Zachary will have a wife in the more sensible to our feelings than mere place of a mortgagee."

absti.ct morality. Sir Zachary, therefore, “But his age, my dear Sir."

was considered as a phenomenon amongst No. XLIV. V. VI.

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