« السابقةمتابعة »
XXXV.ESCAPE OF THE EARL OF NITHSDALE FROM
BOERHAAVE AND MR. PHILLIPS OX THE SAME SUBJECT.
and sores of the throat. And less than this I could
ROMANCE OF REAL LIFE.
day, a petition was to be presented to the House of not say (with the leave of the charitable plıysician),
The subject of the debate was to gratify our poor woodman; and yet, when I have
whether the King had the power to pardon those who said all this, I do by no means commend the scent of
had been condemned by Parliament. * it
, which is very noxious to the air ; and therefore, This is another story of the Scotch rebellion against As the motion had passed generally, I thought I though I do not undertake that all things which
the succession of the House of Hanover, and is taken could draw some advantage in favour of my design. sweeten the air are salubrious, nor all ill savours per- from the same book that furnished us with our ro
Accordingly, I immediately left the House of Lords nicious, yet, as not for its beauty,* so neither for its
and hastened to the Tower, where, affecting an air smell, would I plant Elder near my habitation ; since mances of last week. As an interesting subject is of joy and satisfaction, I told all the guards I passed we learn from Biesius (* De Aeris Potestate'), that apt to make us wish 10 know more of it, or to refresh by, that I came to bring joyful tidings to the prisoners. a certain house in Spain, seated among many Elder our memories if we knew it before, we thought the
I desired them to lay aside their fears, for the petition trees, diseased and killed all the inhabitants; which, render would not dislike to see another specimen of them some money to drink to the Lords and his Ma
had passed the House in their favour.
I then gave when at last they were grubbed up,
became a very wholesome and healthy place. The Elder does like the stirring adventures of that period. The Count- jesty, though it was but trifling; for I thought that wise produce a certain green fly, almost invisible, ess of Nithsdale, whose courageous affection saved the if I were too liberal on the occasion they might which is exceedingly troublesome, and gathers a fiery life of her husband, has had a sister heroine in our
suspect my designs, and that giving them something redness where it attacks.
would gain their good humour and services for the own times in the person of the Countess Lavalette, next day, which was the eve of the execution. The
who, though she succeeded also as far as her husband next morning I could not go to the Tower, having So far Evelyn. But this is nothing to the venerawas concerned, appears to have had an ultra-sensi
too many things on my hands to put in readiness;
but in the evening, when all was ready, I sent for tion, which Mr Phillips, in his • History of Fruits,' bility of temperament which risked more of her own
Mrs Mills, with whom I lodged, and I acquainted says was entertained for the Elder tree by the famous peace, and thus enhanced the merit of the daring, for her with my design of attempting my lord's escape,
she is understood to have lost her senses in conse- as there was no prospect of his being pardoned; and physician Boerhaave, who “seldom passed it without taking off his hat;" and as to its ill scent, and its quence of the alarm she underwent.
this was the last night before the execution. I told The other day,
her that I had everything in readiness, and I trusted hurtfulness as a shade, hear what is delivered by the meeting with one of those delightful old editions of she would not refuse to accompany me, that my lord same welcome historian, besides additional testithe Spectator, the plain and sober type of which ren- might pass for her. I pressed her to come imme
At the same time mony to its virtues :
ders them so much pleasanter to read than the diately, as we had no time to lose.
I sent for Mrs Morgan, then usually known by the « Sir J. E. Smith has remarked that this tree is, as
name of Hilton, to whose acquaintance my dear Evans joiced to open it upon a vignette representing the had introduced me, which I looked upon as a very it were, a whole magazine of physic to rustic practi- famous vacation of the town of Hensberg, when the singular happiness. I immediately communicated " It is said, that if sheep that have the rot can get Emperor Conrad the Third, who besieged it
, gave make ; so I begged her to put under her own ridingat the bark and young shoots of Elder, they will soon permission to the female inhabitants to quit the place, hood one that I had prepared for Mrs Mills, as she cure themselves.” “ The wine made from Elder berries is too well taking with them as much as they could carry. Ac
was to lend her's to my lord, that, in coming out, he
Mrs Mills was then with known by families in the country, to need any enco
cordingly, they issued forth, each carrying her hus- might be taken for her. miums; it is the only wine the cottager can procure, band, which so affected the Emperor that he shed
child, so that she was not only of the same height, and when well made, is a most excellent and whole
but nearly as the same size as my lord.
When we tears, pardoned the town, and took the Duke of Basome drink, taken warm before going to bed. It varia, who commanded it, into favour. Our present might have no leisure to reflect. Their surprise and
were in the coach, I never ceased talking that they causes gentle perspiration, and is a mild opiate."
If a rich syrup be made from ripe Elder berries, subject reminded us of the vignette, and the vignette astonishment, on my first opening my design to them, and a few bitter almonds, when added to brandy, it induced us to read the paper containing the story
had made them consent without ever thinking of the has all the flavour of the very best cherry brandy."
On our arrival at the Tower, the first over again, which so much gratified us, that it has “ The white Elder berries, when ripe, make wine
I introduced was Mrs Morgan, for I was only allowed much resembling grape wine."
made us devote one of our specimens of celebrated to take in one at a time. She brought in theclothes that “ The buds and the young tender shoots are greatly authors to it this week. We hope nobody will com
were to serve Mrs Mills when she left her own behind
her. admired as pickle.”
When Mrs Morgan had taken off what she had plain of the commonness of the admirable work from brought for that purpose, I conducted her back to the “ The leaves of the Elder tree are often put into
which it is taken, nor fancy that we do it to the subterranean paths of moles, to drive those
• fill staircase, and in going I begged her to send me my
We are more noxious little animals from the garden. If fruit- up,” which most assuredly we do not.
maid to dress me; that I was afraid of being too late trees, flowering shrubs, corn, or other vegetables, be perplexed with abundance of materials, than the
to present my last petition that night, if she did not whipped with the green leaves of the Elder branches, want of them. But commonly as the Spectator is to
come immediately. I despatched her safe, and went it is said that insects will not attach themselves to
partly down stairs to meet Mrs Mills, who had the them. An infusion of these leaves in water is good and suddenly extended of late years, that there are, be met with, the circle of readers has been so largely precaution to hold her handkerchief to her face, as
was very natural for a woman to do when she was to sprinkle over rose-buds, and other flowers subject to blight and the devastations of caterpillars." doubtless, many persons, capable of enjoying it, who going to bid her last farewell to a friend on the eve of
his execution. I had indeed desired her to do it, that “ The whole plant has a narcotic smell, and it is are better acquainted with it by name than by its
Her thought not prudent to sleep under its shade. It is
my lord might go out in the same manner. probable that this tree, particularly when in blossom, contents ; and to such as know it well, we can only eyebrows were rather inclined to be sandy, and my may inhale more impure air than any others of say that we hope they are as glad to see a choice bit lord's were dark and very thick; however, I had preslower growth. This would naturally be exhaled in of it again as we are, and to perceive the new beau
pared some paint of the colour of her's to disguise his the night, and possibly to the injury of those who ties which are ever developing themselves to one's
with. I also bought an artificial head-dress of the continued to breatlie the immediate air of the tree;
same coloured hair as her's, and I painted his face but the author has resided in a cottage nearly sureyes as we advance in life and become more capable with white, and his cheeks with rouge to hide his long
All this rounded with these trees, without perceiving any ill of appreciating the wit and knowledge of these fine beard, which he had not had time to shave.
provision 1 had before left in the Tower. effects, although his children were daily playing and writers. But to our romance. sitting beneath their shade, at a tiine when the
guards, whom my slight liberality the day before had The Earl of Nithsdale (says our authority) was
endeared me to, let me go quietly with my company, branches were covered with blossom." one of those who surrendered at Preston.
and were not so strictly on the watch as they usually In short, the only circumstances we find against by the extraordinary ability and admirable dexterity from what I had told them the day before, that the
afterwards tried and sentenced to decapitation ; but, had been ; and the more so, as they were persuaded, the character of the Elder tree are, that it is inju- of his Countess, he escaped out of the Tower on the prisoners would obtain their pardon. I made Mrs rious to poultry, and the last thing which animals in evening before his intended execution, and died at Mills take off her own hood, and put on that which general will brouse upon. But so are many other Rome, 1744. The subjoined narrative of the man- I had brought for her. I then took her by the hand, things, very good for men, and for animals too, in
ner in which his escape was effected is so full of in- and led her out of my lord's chamber, and in passing
terest, that the reader can hardly be displeased at its through the next room, in which there were several other ways. Elder might be kept out of the farm length, more particularly as it exhibits a memorable people, with all the concern imaginable, I said, “ My or cottage yard; but it is admirable everywhere else, instance of that heroic intrepidity to which the dear Mrs Catherine, go in all haste and fetch me my -handsome, luxuriant, most useful,—a treasure, both female heart can rouse itself on trying occasions, waiting-maid, she certainly cannot reflect how late it in sight and substance, to the English village,-a ca
when man, notwithstanding his boasted superiority, is; she forgets that I am to present a petition to-night,
is but too apt to give way to despondency and despair. and if I let slip this opportunity, I am undone, for pital comforter, and sender to bed, of tired and dried
The tenderness of conjugal affection and the thousand to-morrow will be too late. Hasten her as much as up faculties,—(try a hot glass of it with toast,)-in apprehensions or anxieties that beset it in adversity, possible, for I shall be on thorns till she comes.” fine, the Bearded Bacchus himself,—for this doubtless the long pressure of misfortune, and the dread of Everybody in the room, who were chiefly the guard's is the meaning of the word Elder.
impending calamity, tend uniformly to overwhelm wives and daughters, seemed to compassionate me the spirits and distract the mind from any settled exceedingly; and the sentinel officiously opened the
door. purpose; but it is possible that those sentiments may • How! “not for its beauty!” Strange misgiving on the
When I had seen her out, I returned back part of the unmisgiving Evelyn. Au Elder tree is not su
be absorbed in a more energetic feeling, in a courage to my lord, and finished dressing him. I had handsome as a lilac or syringa; but it is surely very hand- sustained by the conflicting influence of hope and taken care Mrs Mills did not go out crying as she some, and has a wholesome, buxom, balf-brown look with desperation. Yet, even thus prepared, the mind may came in, that my lord might the better pass for the it, very pastoral and rustic. Its thick blossoms are hand
be inadequate to the attainment of a long and peril- lady who came in crying and affected; and the more some in spring, and its black berries in autumn.-ED.
ous enterprise; and, in the present case, we have the so because he had the same dress she wore. When I testimony of Lady Nithsdale herself, that she would had almost finished dressing my lord in all my petti. have sunk at the prospect of so many and such fear. coats, I perceived that it was growing dark, and was
ful obstacles, had she not relied with firmness on the afraid that the light of the candles might betray us; Useless Resentment.Give no expression, and, as aid of Providence. The detail of her narrative will so I resolved to set off. I went out leading him by far as you can avoid it, give no place in your mind, to shew how greatly this reliance contributed to the hand, and he held his handkerchief to his eyes. I useless resentment; not even where you feel that you strengthen and regulate the tone of her resolution, spoke to him in the piteous and most aMicted tone of are calumniated. If you are accused of bad conduct, not only in every vicissitude of expectation and dis- voice, bewailing bitterly the negligence of Evans, who past or intended, and it is in your power to disprove appointment, but in what is more trying than either, had vexed me by her delay. Then said I, “ My dear the accusation, do not fly into a passion, but give dis- the sickening intervals of suspense and doubt. Mrs Betty, for the love of God, run quickly, and proofs; to fly into a passion is naturally a guilty Extract of a letter from Lady Nithsdale to her bring her with you. You kuow my lodging, and if man's sole and therefore natural resource; disproof's sister Lady Lucy Herbert, Abbess of the Augustine you ever made despatch in your lite, do it at present, are the only means of distinguishing your case from Nuns at Bruges :
I am almost distracted with this disappointment.' that of a guilty man.-Bentham.
• On the 22d of February, which fell on a Thurs- The guards opened the doors, and I went down stairs
with him, still conjuring him to make all possible When the news was brought to the king, he few OUR READERS WHISKED TO THE despatch. As soon as he had cleared the door, I made into an excess of passion, and said he was betrayed; him walk before me, for fear the sentinels should take for it could not have been done without some confe
CONTINENT, notice of his walk; but I still continued to press himn deracy. He instantly despatched two persons to the [In Reminiscences of the Rhine, Switzerland, and a to make all the despatch he possibly could. At the Tower, to see that the other prisoners were still sebottom of the stairs, I met my dear Evans, into whose cured, lest they should follow the example. Some
Corner of Italy ;-specimens of which are here conhands I confided him. I had before engaged Mr threw the blame upon one; some upon another; the
tinued from our last.] Mills to be in readiness before the Tower to conduct duchess was the only one at court who knew it.
Farewell to an old Sojourn. It was a delightful him to some place of safety, in case we succeeded. When I left the duchess, I went to a house which
day this last one. We dined again in the dear He looked upon the affair so very improbable to suc- Evans had found out for me, and where she promised old room, with the kind-hearted Luigi Sada waitceed, that his astonishment when he saw us, threw to acquaint me where my lord was. She got thither ing on us, guessing our thoughts and antieipating him into such consternation that he was almost out of some few minutes after me, and told me, that when
our wishes. This mirror of gardeners, is one himself; which Evans perceiving, with the greatest she had seen him secure, she went in search of Mr
of the many things that we regret in quitting Bepresence of mind, without telling him anything, lest Mills, who, by the time, had recovered himself from Jaggio ; we shall long remember his fine intelligent he should mistrust them, conducted him to some of his astonishment; that he had returned to her house,
countenance, his dark Italian eyes, kindling with the her own friends, on whom she could rely, and so where she had found him; and that he had removed
strong expression of real feeling, as he bade us fare. secured him, without which we should have been un- my lord from the first place, where she had desired
well,kissing our hands with all the natural grace done. When she had conducted him and left him him to wait, to the house of a poor woman directly and kindly warmth of his country. Good Luigi ! with them, she returned to find Mr Mills, who by opposite to the guard house. She had but one small
we shall, I hope, all meet again under the shade of this time had recovered himself of his astonishment. room up one pair of stairs, and a very small bed in
the vines, whose rich clusters promise a golden They went home together, and having found a place it. We threw ourselves upon the bed, that we might harvest. It would have been delightful to have of security they conducted bim to it.
not be heard walking up and down. We subsisted witnessed the abundant vintage of beautiful Belaggio, In the meanwhile, as I had pretended to have sent on this provision from Thursday to Saturday night, and the festive gaiety of its bacchanalia. But it the young lady one message I was obliged to return when Mr Mills came and conducted my lord to the must not be ; already the shadows of night draw up stairs, and go back to my lord's room in some Venetian Ambassador's. We did not communicate round us, and shut out the solitudes where we have feigned anxiety of being too late, so that everybody the affair to his excellency; but one of his servants passed days never to be forgotten. This is not a spot seemed sincerely to syınpathize with my distress. concealed him in his own room till Wednesday, on to be left with an every-day feeling of regret; it is When I was in the room, I talked to him as if he which occasion, the Ambassador's coach and six was
not a common paradise of leaves and flowers, but a had been really present, and answered my own to go down to Dover, to meet his brother. My 'lord
scene which deeply affects the imagination, and betters questions in my lord's voice as nearly as I could put on a livery, and went down with the retinue
the heart. One cannot look from these airy terraces imitate it; I walked up and down, as if we were without the least suspicion, to Dover, where Mr on the beautiful world around, and on that mystericonversing together, till I thought they had time Mitchell (which was the name of the Ambassador's ously sustained heaven, which makes its roof, without enough thoroughly to clear themselves of the guards. servant) hired a small vessel, and immediately set feeling the spirit purified, and the soul lifted above I then thouglat proper to make off also. I opened sail for Calais. The passage was so remarkably those mean aspirings, * which, while they seem to the door, and stood half in it, that those in the out- short, that the Captain threw out this reflexion, expand the mind, destroy the fine fibrous net-work ward chamber might hear what I said ; but held it that the wind could not have served better, if his which sheaths its delicate construction. so close that they could not look in. I bade my lord a passengers had been flying for their lives, little
I always find the rhetoric of nature more heartformal farewell, for the night and added that something thinking it to be really the case. Mr Mitchell might stirring than that of the schools, and I believe the more than usual must have happened to make Evans have easily returned without being suspected of love o nature is one of the affections which linger negligent on this important occasion, who had always being concerned in my lord's escape; but my lord longest in the heart. How strongly, as we advance been so punctual in the smallest trifle ; that I saw no seemed inclined to have him continue with him, in life, is the vanity of those things which we most other remedy than to go in person : that, if the which he did, and has at present a good place under prized in youth, made manifest; what importance Tower were still open when I finished my business,
our young master. I would return that night; but that he might be
have we given to untried joys and distinctions, and This is as exact and as full an account of this
even to the lightest trifles! A little while, and the assured I would be with him as early in the morning affair, and of the persons concerned in it, as I could most solidt amongst them seem like toys, not worth as I could gain admittance into the Tower ; and I possibly give you, to the best of my memory, and playing with. We find that feelings, opinion, flattered myself I should bring favourable news. you may rely on the truth of it. I am, with the modes, and even liearts change,-everything but Then, before I shut the door, I pulled through the strongest attachment, my dear sister, your's, most nature; she alone is immutable, and for that reason, string of the latch, so that it could only be opened on affectionately,
her spells are often the last broken. We confide in the inside. I then shut it with some degree of force,
her promises, and know that she will never deceive that I might be sure of its being well shut. I said to the servant as I passed by, who was ignorant of the
The original MS. of this letter is in the possession
us; everything else may be false--hope, love, beauty, of Constable Maxwell, Esq., of Terreagles, a
friendship, faine,—but nature never. whole transaction, that be need not carry in candles
If we sow an descendant of the noble house of Nethisdale. to his master till my lord sent for them, as he desired
acorn by the side of a grave, we are sure that an oak
will overshadow it; if we return to the country of to finish some prayers first. I went down stairs, and proof of the interest which the public took in the
our birth, changed and forgotten, we find the same called a coach. As there were several on the stand, extraordinary adventure which it details, the followI drove home to my lodgings, where poor Mr Jacing memorandum may be quoted. “William Maxwell,
hills and streams, and even the same flowers_if man kenzie had been waiting to carry the petition, in case Earl of Nethisdale, made his escape from the Tower,
has not disturbed them—which we loved in childthe attempt had failed.
hood. Pæstum has still its roses, though its tombs I told him there was no
Feb. 23, 1715, dressed in a woman's cloak and hood,
which were for some time after called Nithsdales.” need of any petition, as my lord was safe out of the
have long been swallowed up in the general oblivion.
These are the reasons why the love of nature has Tower, and out of the hands of his enemies, as I
been known to ripen in the heart, amidst the ashes of hoped; but that I did not know where he was. I discharged the coach, and sent for a sedan chair, and
other, and once warmer feelings. We love, and
lean on things that we know will not break down, went to the Duchess of Buccleugh, who expected me
or forsake us. Of others—even those that flatter us about that time, as I had begged of her to present Heardless, she left me on the dazzling height; most--we can too often spell the duration ; but we the petition for me,-haring taken my precautions
I saw far down beneath my feet the strand
are sure of nature, for she must outlive ourselves. against all events,-and asked if she were at home; and they answered that she expected me, and had an
Where busy mortals toil from morn till night,
As we descended the hill, a little girl was coming
up, with a flock of refractory sheep under her other duchess with her. I refused to go up stairs, as In quest of that for which a bolder flight
direction; they were somewhat in our path,—_enough, she had company with her, and I was not in a condi- On fancy's pinion I had dar'd to make: tion to see any other company. I begged to be
I suppose, she thonght, to impede us : for she seized My brain whirl'd round, and sick’ning at the sight,
's arm with gentle violence, and kissed it as shown into a chamber below stairs, and that they would send her grace's woman to me.
he passed, as if she would deprecate his anger by her I had disfell down headlong in the miry lake,
sweet and humble action. charged the chair, lest I might be pursued and Whence creatures of earth's mould their earthly feelwatched. When the maid came in, I told her to
Italian Dancing. The ballet (at Milan), conpresent my most humble respects to her grace, who,
sidered as one of the best, if not the very best in they told me, had company with her; and to ac- And now, what am I ? grovelling here below,
Europe, is just now below mediocrity, as to dancers. quaint her that this was my only reason for not com
Link'd to a chain 'twere vain for me to try
The plunging and twisting, this evening applauded ing up stairs. I also charged her with my sincerest
to the skies, would at Paris be scarcely tolerated at thanks for her kind offer to accompany me when I
To snap asunder. Ever, as I go,
Franconi's. It was a ballet d'action, interspersed went to present my petition. I added, that she might (Unskill'd, as yet, in apathy) I sigh
with pirouettes; the story from Lord Byron's Corsair, spare herself any further trouble, as it was now
That thus, almost unfledged, I sought to fly
with very beautiful scenery, and a Gulnare, who had judged more advisable to present one general petition
some feeling in her mute wretchedness. But Le in the name of all : however, that I should never be
In quest of what to patient toil is given;
Palarina was absent. I was disappointed, I may unmindful of my particular obligations to her grace,
And ever and anon some passer by
almost say, agreeably, I wished to have seen her which I would return very soon to acknowledge in
Points with his finger, saying, “ How he's thriven, again, yet recollecting what she had once made me person. I then desired one of the servants to call a That sought with seraphim to build his nest in
suffer, was almost pleased to escape from the effect chair, and I went to the Duchess of Montrose, who
of her too powerful acting. It was long before I had always borne a part in my distress. When I
could shake of the recollection of her Gabrielle de arrived, she left her company to deny herself, not
F. St John N.
Vergy.S It haunted me like a crime; for many being able to see me under the affliction which she
nights, I fell asleep, thinking of the death-shudder, judged me to be in. By mistake, however, I was [These are good lines; the last is a fine onc. But
the upright spring, the livid light in the hollow eye, admitted-so there was no remedy. She came to why seek to build a nest in heaven alone ? Why not when the cruel present is placed before her. I had me; and as my heart was in an extacy of joy, I expressed it in my countenance as she entered the room. begin with earth, with a nest upon the ground, like
read of broken hearts, and believed that such things I ran up to her in the transport of my joy. She apthe lark, lowly, and like a creature made partly for
• These are the authoress's own italics. We notice the peared to be extremely shocked and frighted; and earth; and so vindicate the licavenly part of one's circumstance, because it shews how conscious she is of has since confessed to me, that she apprehended my nature at due season, and rise on our wings and enjoy
certain conventional tendencies that beset her by habit, and
how superior to them she is by nature.-ED. trouble had thrown me out of myself, till I commu
all the Nature around us? By hoping too much, nicated my happiness to her. She then advised me
+ This, from the pen of a brilliant writer, apparently ia to retire to some place of security, for that the king we realize nothing. By realizing something first, we
possession of all the goods of fortune, is edifying. It is the
luck of many of a less abundant lot to remain richer. We was highly displeased, and even enraged, at the peti- may hope and enjoy as we go, ad infinitum. Or, if can safely assert, for one, that the blessings which appeared tion I had presented to him, and had complained of
to us the most solid in the days of our youth, appear so still ; we have yet realized nothing, why waste time and it severely. I sent for another chair ; for I always spirit in regret, instead of setting our shoulders to the
and that we like precisely the same things we did then,
without exception.-Ev. discharged them immediately, lest I might be pur
| A beautiful impulse, beautifully painted.-Ep. puud. Her grace said that she would go to court, to wheel, and vindicating our right to have been mis
Whose lover's heart was served up to ber at supper, by see how the news of my lord's escape was received. taken by our hearty resolution to make up for it?] an exasperated husband.-ED.
had been ; but this seemed the reality, the life spring There were certain simple arrangements of words Friends. Nothing to be done at Sion ; so having suddenly snapped, just as quick intense agony might which Madame de Staël could never hear without noted down that the lemon, the orange, the Indian have done it. Yet still she has not the touching emotion, such as “ Les orangers du royaume de Gre- fig, &c. ripen here, forgetting that they are in a simplicity of Bigottini; she is more passionate, but nade, et les citronniers des rois Maures. "* This seems Swiss valley, looked out of a window, and saw two perhaps less tender. There were little touches in fanciful, but it was a spring touched, a train of young women meet and kiss each other over and Bigottini's acting, * so full of truth and feeling, that thought awakened, a remembrance, perhaps, of home over again, and always with a lingering press of even Palarina's energetic wretchedness is less deeply striking on the heart in the hour of banishment, and hands as if the hearts were over them; perhaps they affecting
sounding as the song of Sion would have done to the were, perhaps not. One was much prettier than the A Picture with a young Priest in it.— Breakfasted
wanderers of Judæa, when they sat by the waters of other, an inequality sorely against a communion of at Voghera, a decent little town, where a young
Babylon and wept. I can easily imagine how the souls. I wish I were now as devout as I was fivepriest seemed chief Adonis, and the peasants carry mention of orange groves and marble balconies might and-twenty years ago, on the subject of friendship. I
was then a sincere, an enthusiastic believer; the their poultry and fruit in baskets of a graceful shape, shake the soul of an Italian exile, who could listen
But the beautiful hung on each end of a long pole, which, thus loaded, without sympathy to a tale of sorrow unconnected recollection is still dear to me. in suspended across the shoulder; the effect is with his own intense recollections.
drapery in which imagination had enveloped her picturesque, and turns the clowns of Voghera into Tears. - All strong passions, the angry ones ex
shadows, was soon torn away by the rude realities of
life. Yet I still remember who can ever forget the classical rustics of Claude or Poussin.
cepted,use the language of tears: I saw a boy in This young priest is very amusing; there is some
them?- those delicious day-dreams, those illusions the street this morning remonstrating with a gentle- of a confiding nature, to which the heart clings, so thing so naïf and conscious in his beauism. He salutes the women as they pass with a gracious smile, pected for some trifling service. I did not understand fondly, so tenaciously; and I still believe in the
kind seasoned with a little touch of protection, but no what they said, but their gestures were sufficiently faith in its sincerity. Many a one will do not only
offices of friendship, though I have lost much of my Tartufferie; I dare say he writes madrigals, and indicative. The gentleman was inflexible, and the with apportunity, and a friendly Pompadour, might boy burst into tears: they were certainly tears of weak points they do not hesitate to lay open, and
an amiable but a disinterested act by a friend, whose make, in some thirty years hence, a very decent avarice; he looked well dressed and over-fed, but I cardinal-à la de Bernis. Adieu, flower of priest
when ridicule has gone its length, quiet their connever saw disappointed sordidness so legibly exhood! and thanks for the five minutes' amusement
sciences by drawing in with the salvo of “ she is an pressed as in the glance which he cast upon the mo
excellent creature, after all, and I love her very your innocent antics have afforded us. dicum in his open palm. There are tears and tears :
sincerely." A Priest of another aspect.-A reverend father con
nothing can be more heart-touching or meaner than voying home the fruits of his vineyard passes on tears; how different the tears of my divine Hagar ennemis, je m'en charge, "
*“ Dieu me garde de mes amis! Quant à mes
- was said in a wise, foot, and bows to us courteously, while a friendly and this snivelling boy!
though bitter spirit. Yet there are no doubt some smile lights up his countenance. It is a thin kind A Painter well Painted. I once knew a clever few susceptible of this fine sentiment in all its purity; face, that looks as if its owner would use the gifts of man, who greatly admired Caravaggio, and used to
indeed I know there are. But the word friendship fortune sparingly himself, and share them freely with place him on a line with Michael Angelo. Cara
is too often profaned by its application to vague, others; the “bon curé” of Marmontel (a character vaggio too was a genius; one full of strong broad
unsettled, or entirely worldly feeling; and the sento which the heart always warms) transferred to shouldered ideas; a perturbed and gloomy spirit,
timent itself is not, I believe, often found in its Italy, where the heavy stall-fed face or the lank throwing his dark soul out upon his canvass with strength, out of the close domestic circle, where all despotic one, is found swelling out or scowling from startling effect; but he did not think or feel like good feelings take root and il yurish, where it is under the shade of a small three-cornered hat,-self- Michael Angelo; his genius was not sublime; he
bound with all the virtues and all the weaknesses indulgence, or tyranny, or both, written in every line painted like a coarse, bad man of monstrous capa
of our natures, with love, tenderness, pride, and even and wrinkle. I Whenever I see a countenance full city, but not like one who had unscaled the book of with our selfishness and vanity, of benevolent and cheerful feeling in this class of the judgment, or lifted up the Pantheon and hung it in
As we quitted Sion, I saw the girls still standing clergy abroad, I always wish its owner had the home the air.
in a corner, their eyes growing into each other's, * and blessings which an affectionate family can alone dit
their hands joined, as if they defied the powers of fuse-a wife or daughter siniling on his return, or a
An Interloper among admirable Women, an uncha. son sharing his labours and promising to perpetuate ritable Sister of Charity.- But again to the Albergo love asunder.”
envy, jealousy, or distrust, to “rend their ancient
A cradle friendship probably. Ah! dei Poveri. his virtues,-or at least that the singleness should be
The women are under the superintend
faith is given to the young, and doubt is inflicted on voluntary. It may be said that a parish priest has ence of a community of sisters of charity. It is im
those who advance in life. But I talk of friendship always an ample field for benevolent exertion. This possible to see these meritorious and self-devoted only in the general acceptation of the word ; of the is true, and he who tills and nourishes it in the spirit
women, without feelings of sincere respect ; but the closer and dearer ties of intimate kindred, the fireof truth and love, is indeed a benediction, to his hospital in immense stiffened-out aureoles, were, to venerables, who floated through the wards of the
side ties, who can speak from a more felicitous expepeople; but it is hard to have one's path chalked out
rience than myself? No one on earth, I believe; by others in such near in-door concerns, particularly often makes its way more surely than when it sends say the least, not conciliating. Virtue unretinued
I say it in deep thankfulness of spirit, and with the when the thing is irrevocable.
devout and carnest hope of its faithful and long ena herald before it to knock at our gate, and enforce durance. Italian Villas and their Scenery. These terraces homage by sound of trumpet. The sister who acare one of the most charming features of Genoa. companied us took snuff with an uncharitable air, as
[We must have one more batch of extracts, next Many of them look upon the gardens and terraces if she smelt infection, and glanced us over as if she weck, from these interesting volumes.] of other houses, others to the mountains, or upon herself was safe in Abraham's bosom, and we at the the sea, and some are so high that the street below purple and fine linen side of the gulf. She would
• How well said is this! Our charming authoress de
serves all the faith and fulicity which at the end of this looks not a span wide, and the passers like figures in insist on our inspecting some paltry needle-work, extract, she still describes as belonging to her, notwitha fantoccini. The best apartments are (as usual in and when we declined purchasing, looked venomous. stan ling her polite lite experience, in which friends ridicule Italy) up several flights of stairs, with windows I have so sincere a veneration for these admirable
one another at all lengths behind their backs, aud finislı
by calling their victims “excellent creatures, after all." opening on these marble terraces; and from this pe- women; the purity of their motives, their courage,
God keep me from my friends,-) can take care of my culiarity comes, I suppose, the old story that the zeal, and usefulness belong to so high an order of encies myself-is indeed a wise saying for the friends of houses of Genoa are covered with gardens.
virtue, that I had almost looked upon them as beings such friends; but the whole perplexity, as our authoress There is a great deal of character about the villas of an intermediate class, with more of heaven than
intimates, arises from an abuse of words. Any body can
be ronvinced that there are real friends in the world which the Genoese hang upon their hills, though the earth about them ; consecrated to a mission of ten
by being one himself, and not bebaring in the manuer houses seem, in our English eyes, overgrown in pro- . derness, and fulfilling it as angels might do ; and above mentioned, even if he has not had the luck (as we portion to their contracted domains, often little more could hardly forgive our cross vulgar old woman
have had) of realizing friendship in its noblest form on the
part of others.- ED. than two or three terraces, suspended on arches and for disenchanting me, though it was but for a mocover with orange trees, lemons, or acacias, mingled ment, for I soon returned to my allegiance. with the dark fig (more magnificent), or the paler
A good Hint to Protestant Churches.--I love the LETTER OF ARCHBISHOP HERING olive; but their southern associations give them a
Italian churches with their broad aisles, vast and colouring of poetry. They do not call up rural unfrittered—no pews, no divisions, no aristocratical
(THEN BISHOP OF BANGOR) images of the familiar kind, such as are awakened
TO A FRIEND, RESPECTING A SCENE IN WALES. by the sight of a hay-field, a green lane, or a thicket screenings ; all kneeling together, the high and of hawthorn ; we do not think of Madge or Cicely, sending up their thanksgiving or their prayer, to mighty, and the lowly, on the same pavement; all
Kenzington, September 11, 1739. of Hodge the ploughman, or the miller's boy, but of
Dear $1!,-I met your letter here on my return the same great being in whose eyes all are equal. downright nymphs of antiquity, and swains to match
from Wales. I bless God for it, I am come home them; disguised gods, who had much ado to hide penitent. I shall never forget the impression made No dread of vulgar contact, no dread of the tattered
quite well, after a very romantic, and, upon looking their divinity under the shepherd's bonnet, while
back, I think it a most perilous journey. It was upon me on my first visit to St Peter's at Rome, by they sate upon the rocks piping to the fair, half
the year of my primary visitation, and I determined dressed, statue-like creatures, who peeped out upon
a young lady who came into the church, folded up in
to see every part of my diocese, to which purpose I them from the orange trees, and were caught in their livery; her appearance was that of a petite muitresse, through North Wales to Shrewsbury. I am a little
mounted my horse, and rode intrepidly, but slowly, nets like so many little fishes. Or if the mind flies
as far as dress was concerned, but her air was devout away from the reprobate gods of old pagan story, as
afraid, if I should be particular in my description, not having enough of intimate reality about them, nated shrine of the saint, and inserted herself amidst and collected; she passed on slowly to the illumi
you would think I am playing the traveller upon in steps Shakspeare, leading Juliet and Desdemona, a group of masons in their working dresses, kneeling and because a little journal of my expedition may be
you ; but indeed I will stick religiously to truth ; the tender Viola following with love's own smile
with them on the pavement, and praying earnestly. shining in her eyes, and Beatrice fanning herself with
some minutes' amusement, I will take the liberty to This was beautiful, and similar acts of humility are the wing of a parrot. Then come Boccaccio and
give it you. I remember, on my last year's picDa Porto, and Giraldi Cintio, with their legends of performed every hour in the day, and in every
ture of North Wales, you complimented me with church in Italy. love and hate, such as sunny skies and passionate
somewhat of a poetical fancy; that, I am confident, natures engender, and their rainbow tales of sad and
you will not now; for a man may as well expect
• The orange trees of the realm of Grenada, and the joyous spirits. citron trees of the Nioorish kings. Surely this was no
poetical fire at Copenhagen, as amidst the dreary domestic chord touched in the bosom of Madame de Staël,
rocks of Merionethshire. You find by this intima•“Such as blowing out the lights in Clari, after vainly
but her sympathy with pomp and ascendancy, and fine tion that my landscapes are likely to be something trying to withdraw her eyes froin her lover's portrait.” wards,-with the poetry of power.- Ev.
different from what they were before, for I talk Authoress. This is a charming evidence of feeling indeed. + This is a strange mistake to be made by so discerning a somewhat in the style of Othello
writer, though creditable to her own nature. + Who rose to the heights of the church on the wings of she never sce, or even read, of tears of anger and spite,
of antres vast, and deserts wide, the French loves and graces, and the favour of Madame de
and rage itself? There are passions of all sorts “too deep Pompadour !-ED.
Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads for tears;” but the same passions, when thrown upon a sense of their own suffering, may equally be seen weeping.
touch heaven.” We have seen, however, excellent faces among the Our fair traveller should have been present at a sermen priesthood of Italy, full of inextinguishable goodness. There which we had the pleasure of bearing at Genoa, in which • To this (says Dr Knox, very truly) his lordship's letter are multitudes of bad ones, it is true,--the result of a the preacher, a friar, handled this subject with a masterly is one exception; and Anbrose Phillips's poem “ from Cotyrannical, and what Bentham would call a “lie-compel. spirit, though in a florid style. He did not mince the mat. penhagen," published in the “ Tatler," is avother. ling” system. We may judge of what sort of character the ter with his hearers, male or female; and must have startled
Hazlitt refers somewhere to the letter before us, as an exceptions must be, that remaio good notwithstanding. Ev. many a lachrymose egotism.-ED,
excellent one of the descriptive order.
I set upon this adventurous journey on a Monday
SPECIMENS OF CELEBRATED
The next appeared in a more decent figure, carrying morning, accompanied (as bishops usually are) by
a handsome young fellow upon her back. I could my chancellor, my chaplain, secretary, two or three
not forbear commending the young woman for her friends, and our servants. The first part of our road
conjugal affection, when, to my great surprise, I lay across the foot of a long ridge of rocks, and was
His Dream of a Besieged Town.
found she had left the good man at home, and over a dreary morass with here and there a small
brought away her gallant. I saw the third, at some dark cottage, a few sheep, and more goats, in view, The reason of our choosing this specimen for the distance, with a little withered face peeping over her but not a bird to be seen, save, now and then, a soli. present number, will be seen in “ The Romance of shoulder, whom I could not suspect for any but her tary heron watching for frogs. At the end of three Real Life.” It furnishes one of the most amusing
spouse. I heard her call him dear Pug, and found miles we got to a small village, where the view of evidences of that fanciful wit, for which, as well as
him to be her favourite inonkey. A fourth brought things mended a little, and the road and the time
a huge bale of cards along with her; and the fifth, a were beguiled by travelling for three miles along the for the purer essence of it, or the amalgamation of Bolonia lap-dog ; for her husband, it seems, being a side of a fine lake full of fish, and transparent as remote ideas, Addison is remarkable; and we may very burly man, she thought it would be less trouble glass. That pleasure over, our work became very observe in it that instinctive spleen, and wish to find
for her to bring away little Cupid. The next was arduous, for we were to mount a rock, and in many
the wife of a rich usurer, laden with a bag of gold; places of the road, over natural stairs of stone. I fault, which is perhaps no less to be found in him,
she told us that her spouse was very old, and by the submitted to this, which they told me was but a though veiled in all sorts of delicate zeal for the wel- course of nature could not expect to live long; and taste of the country, and to prepare me for worse fare of his polite readers. He had here got a real
that to shew her tender regards for him she had saved things to come. However, worse things did not story, altogether creditable to the fair sex, and yet he
that which the poor man loved better than his life. come that morning, for we dined soon after out of
The next came towards us with her son upon her our own wallet, and though our inn stood in a place
could not help turning it into a satire. Conscious back, who, we were told, was the greatest rake in the of most frightful solitude, and the best formed for of this mischief himself, he has admirably passed off place, but so much the mother's darling, that she left the habitation of monks (who once possessed it) in the joke as a letter from Will Honeycomb, and taxed
her husband behind with a large family of hopeful the world, yet we made a cheerful meal. The novelty of the thing gave me spirits, and the air gave his imaginary friend with it at the close. The world
sons and daughters, for the sake of this graceless
youth. It would be endless to mention the several me appetite much keener than the knife I ate is too much indebted to Addison to quarrel with him persons with their several loads, that appeared to me with. We had our music too, for there came in a for his wit, however exercised, especially considering in this strange vision. All the place about me was harper, who soon drew about us a group of figures the natural temptations to which the faculty is sub
covered with packs of ribbands, brocades, embroidery, that Hogarth would give any price for. The har. ject; but if Steele had got hold of this story, it would
and ten thousand other materials sufficient to have per was in his true place and attitude ; a man and a
furnished a whole street of toy-shops. One of the woman stood before him, singing to his instrument
have charmed him into other stories equally true, women, having a husband who was none of the hea. wildly, but not disagreeably; a little dirty child was and equally creditable to his fair friends.
viest, was bringing him off upon her shoulders at the playing with the bottom of the harp ; a woman in a
same time that she carried a great bundle of Flanders
My friend Will Honeycomb has told me, for above sick night-cap hanging over the stairs; a boy with
lace under her arm ; but finding herself so overcrutches fixed in a staring attention; and a girl cardthis half year, that he had a great mind to try his
laden that she could not save both of them, she ing wool in the chimney, and rocking a cradle with hand at a Spectator, and that he would fain have one
dropped the good man and brought away the bundle. her naked feet, interrupted in her business by the
This morning I reof his writing in my works.
In short, I found but one husband among this great charms of the music; all ragged and dirty, and all
ceived from him the following letter, which, after
mountain of baggage, who was a lively cobbler, that silently attentive. These figures gave us a most entertaining picture, and would please you or any I shall make a present of to the public.
ing him on, and, as it was said, had scarce passed a man of observation ; and one reflection gave me par- “ Dear Spec,—I was about two nights ago in day in his life without giving her the discipline of ticular comfort, that the assembly before us demon- company with very agreeable people of both sexes, strated, that even here, the influential sun warmed where, talking of some of your papers which are “ I cannot conclude my letter, dear Spec, without poor mortals and inspired them with the love of written on conjugal love, there arose a dispute among telling thee one very odd whim in this my dream. music. When we had despatched our meals, and us whether there were not more bad husbands in the
I saw, methought, a dozen women employed in bringhad taken a view of an old church, very large for world than bad wives. A gentleman, who was advo- ing off one man; I could not guess who it should be, that country, we remounted, and my guide pointed cate for the ladies, took this occasion to tell the story till, upon his nearer approach, I discovered thy short to a narrow pass between two rocks, through which, of a famous Siege in Germany, which I have since phiz. The women all declared that it was for the he said, our road lay. It did so; and in a little found related in my historical dictionary, after the sake of thy works, and not thy person, that they time we came at it. The inhabitants call it in their following manner :- When the Emperor Conrad the brought thee off, and that it was on condition that language, “the road of kindness.” It was made by Third had besieged Guelphus, Duke of Bavaria, in thou shouldst continue the Spectator. If thou the Romans for their passage to Carnarvon. It is the city of Hensberg, the women, finding that the thinkest this dream will make a tolerable one, it is just broad enough for a horse, paved with large flat town could not possibly hold out long, petitioned at thy service from, stones, and is not level, but rises and falls with the the emperor that they might depart from it with so rock at whose feet it lies. It is half a mile long. much as each of them could carry. The emperor,
• Dear Spec, thine, sleeping and waking, On the right hand, a vast rock hangs almost over knowing that they could not convey away many of
" Will HONEYCOMB.” you; on the left, close to the path, is a precipice, at their effects, granted them their petition; when the The ladies will see by this letter what I have the bottom of which rolls an impetuous torrent, women, to his great surprise, came out of the place often told them, that will is one of those old-fashbounded, on the other side, not by a shore, but by a with every one her husband upon her back. The
ioned men of wit and pleasure of the town, that rock, as bare, not so smooth, as a whetstone, which emperor was so moved at the sight that he burst into
shews his parts by raillery on marriage, and one who rises half a mile in perpendicular height. Here we tears, and, after having very much extolled the wo- has often tried his fortune that way without success. all dismounted, not only from reasons to just fear, men for their conjugal affection, gave the men to I cannot, however, dismiss his letter without observing but that I might be in leisure to contemplate in their wives and received the duke into his favour.
that the true story on which it is built does honour pleasure, mixed with horror, this stupendous mark - The ladies did not a little triumph at this story, to the sex, and that, in order to abuse them, the writer of the Creator's power. Having passed over a no- asking us in our consciences whether we believed that
is obliged to have recourse to dream and fiction. ble bridge of stone, we found ourselves upon a fine the men in any town of Great Britain would, upon sand, then left by the sea, which here indents upon the same offer, and upon the same conjuncture, have the country, and arrived in the evening, passing over
loaden themselves with their wives; or rather, whemore rough country, at our destined inn. The ae. ther they would not have been glad of such an oppor. commodations there were better than we expected, tunity to get rid of them? To this my good friend
A COMPLAINT AGAINST HARD for we had good beds and a friendly hostess, and I Tom Dapperwit, who took upon him to be the mouth
VILLAGE WAYS. slept well, though by the number of beds in the of our sex, replied, that they would be very much to room, I could have fancied myself in an hospital. blame if they would not do the same good office for
To the Editor of the London Journal. The next morning I confirmed at the church, and the women, considering that their strength would be after dinner set out for the metropolis of the country, greater and their burdens lighter.
“ Solitude,” says Lord Bacon, “ is fitted only for a
As we were called Dolgelle. There I staid, and did business amusing ourselves with discourses of this nature, in
wild beast or a god.” It is then quite plain that is unthe next day, and the scene was much mended. The order to pass away the evening, we fell into that fit for man, or woman. There are few who can apcountry I had hitherto passed through was like one laudable and primitive diversion of questions and preciate the grandeur of that solitude of which the not made by the Father of the Creation, but in the commands. I was no sooner vested with the regal wrath of power ; but here were inhabitants, a town authority, but I enjoined all the ladies, under pain of philosopher speaks, it being too far removed from the and church, a river, and fine meadows. However, on my displeasure, to tell the company ingenuously, in
scale of humanity. The solitude of those who live on the Thursday, I had one more iron mountain of case they had been in the siege above mentioned, and the confines of an anti-social village, may be more two miles to pass, and then was entertained with the had the same offer made them as the good women green hills of Montgomeryshire, high indeed, but of that place, what every one of them would have
readily comprehended. In such village it is the hap turfed up to the top, and productive of the finest brought off with her, and have thought most worth
of the writer to live. Let it not be imagined, that sheep; and from this time the country and the pros- the saving. There were several merry answers made the village is remote from the means and appliances pects gradually mended, and indeed the whole to my question, which entertained us till bedtime. of civilization. On the counter of the principal staeconomy of nature, as we approached the sun ; and This filled my mind with such a bundle of ideas, you cannot conceive what an air of cheerfulness it that upon going to sleep, I fell into the following lesser satellites, all good in their spheres. Thither
tioner, is to be seen The London Journal, with the gave us, to compare the desolations of North Wales dream. with the fine valleys and hills of Montgomeryshire, “ I saw a town of this island, which shall be name- all the flower of the village repair, some to deposit and the fruitful green fields of fair Warwickshire. less, invested on every side, and the inhabitants so treasures too precious to consign to vulgar messene For I made myself amends in the following part of straitened, as to cry for quarter. The general refused my journey, directing my course through Shrews- any other terms than those granted to the town of
gers, (this being also the Post-office,) others in quest bury, Woolverhampton, Birmingham, Warwick, and Hensberg, namely, that the married women might
of mottoes and valentines; and all, let us hope, Oxford, some of the finest towns and counties in the come out with what they could bring along with finally, to learn urbanity, from the perusal of those island. But I must stop, and not use you so un
them. Immediately the city gates flew open, and a worthies. No village can be more famous for formmercifully._I am, dear sir, your obliged and affec- female procession appeared, multitudes of the sex
ing following one another in a row, and staggering under tionate humble servant,
• Resolutions.” But the deposing a superanTHOMAS BANGOR. their respective burdens. I took my stand upon an
nuated officer in blue, with gold lace, and the election eminence in the enemy's camp, which was appointed of a successor, duly announced with other magisterial for the general rendezvous of these female carriers, matters, are after all insufficient to excite a perpetual
being very desirous to look into their several ladings. interest. There is one resolution wherein they are The Golden Rule of Love.-I am of opinion that The first of them had a huge sack upon her shoulders in matter of sentiment there is but one rule, that of which she set down with great care. Upon the open.
not unanimous, and which it is suspected, is the cause rendering the object of our affections happy: all ing of it, when I expected to have seen her husband of its being in appearance a deserted village. The others are invented by vanity.„De Stael.
shot out of it, I found it was filled with china-ware. foot-paths are compounded of the sharpest fints, and
To wounde ye.
the hugest gravel-stones. They present more augles than ever geometry dreamed of, none of them
TO GATHERED ROSES. right angles. It can never be right to place stum
(IN IMITATION OF HERRICK.) bling-blocks in the way of those, who, but for such
Sweete floweres ! ye were too fair : impediments, might perchance have been social. Were the danger of corns coming in contact with
With drooping lids
Among your heavie morning teares harder excrescences removed, visits might be made
I found and returned in more due season, and thus some of
Faire buds! I left ye there: the fardels of solitude be mitigated.
For sorrow bids Poets may say what they please, but there is a Briefe greeting to gay youthe; it feares monotony in a country life, which induces a torpor in the mind long used to its influence. Now, dear “ to the muses have been bound this
But, deare roses,-in your noone many a year, by strong indenture," and if you
That graceful merrie prime,were upon honour, you could not affirm, that the I stole away the lovelie boone: country is omnipotent in the construction of poetry,
And was it not a crime or in the relish for its beauties. Poetry is “all made To rob the wooing aire of your sweete breath ? out of the (poet's) brain,” and is independent of
Ah! daintie floweres, situation. You know from whence Milton, Thom
The wanton houres son, Goldsmith, cum multis aliis, drew oft their inspi- Of mid-day's golden shine, rations. How many courts and alleys dark have
Will see ye pine been illuminated by the rays of their genius. Had To-morrowe, and so fade away to death! Mr Tibbs (beau Tibbs) been poetical, he might, in
I've marr'd your blisses, the altitude of his Prospect, of which he was so
Those sweete kisses, chary, have invoked his muse as successfully, as in
That the young breeze so loved yerterdaye! any of those domains, whose owners were among his familiars. Lady M. W. Montagu, (who is not cited
I've seen ye sighing,
Now ye're dying ;as a poetical authority,) says of the country, " Peo
How could I take your prettie lives away? ple mistake much in placing peace in woods and shades, for I believe solitude puts people out of Sweete floweres, ye were too faire : humour, and makes them disposed to quarrel,” &c. Your beautie was youre bane You may say, how can those quarrel who have none
(To whom is it a gane?) to quarrel with! Remember, dear Mentor, that the I would I had not founde ye! solitude of our village is not quite so savage.
Faire buds ! Dying,—ye are make up a small family party ourselves, where dis
So verie sweete sentions might be held in perpetuity, if that were That of Death's paine ye do him cheate ;our taste; but being all remarkable for good temper Ah! I could die with ye arounde me. and forbearance, we desire to assemble around us
ISABELLA JANE TOWERS. the anti-social, that they may witness the pleasure
Pinkney's Green. arising from such happy temperaments.
In this laudable pursuit, we crave the benefit of your cooperation, being all, and severally, your constant readers and admirers from “auld lang syne."
' YOUR ADDRESS.' GA PAULINE; • THE GENERAL;' &c. &c.
(For the London Journal.) August 11th, 1831.
[The following lively and various article has been We grant to our fair correspondent that the sent us by some civic observer, who furnishes estima
ble evidence of the advance of knowledge and reis not omnipotent,” &c. and that “poetry is country made out of the poet's brain;" but then the country flection among the middle classes, both in his own helps to put it there. The poet, “in the lake of the person and in those of his friends. ] heart,” (as Dante calls it) reflects every thing; but “ Give ine your address ! ” is a very common exassuredly the trees and mountains are among the pression amongst all people moving in what may be
called respectable society; but as we descend a little things which he reflects most willingly. We sym
lower in the scale, we then hear asked, what just pathize heartily with our fair friends (and brown) in
answers the same purpose, “Where do you live ? ” their wish to see people's “ ways" mended, with
Now, although the one equally answers to the other regard to the facilities of companionship; but might in the end, there is yet a very marked and great dis
tinction betwixt the two. In the former, the person not shoes a little stouter be ventured in, by the stout
applied to gives his address merely as where he can hearts that so often reside in fair bodies? As to the
be heard of or spoken to, perhaps accompanied by a
those General, we presume his movements wait upon parenthesis, “ from 12 to 4 o'clock.”
The latter, of his friends; otherwise he, of course, is not a man to
again, is in general given as the bona fide residence,
name of the street and number, verbatim. I.lately be daunted by these obstacles to his foot. The great
mused on this subject in going to make a call on a secret of enjoyment is to pass half one's time in occu
person living in rather an intricate part of this great pation (not merely the name of it), and so build the metropolis, and having passed street after street, and
But square after square, in which I thought it just as pleasure of the other half upon that basis.
likely he might live as anywhere else, after many ladies and gentlemen (as the world goes) are apt to
turnings and windings, I found him correctly enough begin their day a little too comfortably, and to enjoy at the place and number given. It was like the sotoo much of each other's society at once; the conse- lution of a problem in Euclid, or a question in Dill
worth-equals to equals—side to side--second to the quence of which is, that they get tired of it before it
right, first to the left (for so I was told by a baker), is over. Now, a beautiful day, one would think,
on the right 37 will be found, which accordingly was might be built up of solitary study or other occupa
the point I required. On going along, I could not tion for half the time,-and books, music, laughing, help revolving in my mind this daily and familiar
expression which I think is seldom sufficiently chatting, &c. the rest, not omitting walks, of course,
noticed; for, although it is not the “silver link and nor a reasonable number of visits; for the latter
silken tie ” of the poet, I consider it as the mighty would be hardly wanted in any great proportion. chain that links the great mass of society, and that
binds us all, as it were, in one body. If happiness be not thus realized by amiable people,
Now as I merely purpose giving a few ideas which such as our “constant readers,” it is for want of some
keep floating in my mind on this subject, I shall not thing in the ordinances of society at large, and not
enter into the various definitions of the word itself, merely in that of their neighbourhood.
which might be used with propriety in a thousand different ways. For instance, we say “ He addressed us in so rude a
were obliged to leave;" “ The King read the address from the
throne in a firm and audible voice-My Lords and Conveyanee of Reproof. Avoid accompanying your Gentlemen, &c. ; ” “ He spoke the address on the censure with any expression of scorn, with any stage beautifully;” “ He is really good looking phraseology which shall convey a wish of your's to and handsome, but he has a very awkward degrade or lower the object of your reproof in the address.” Again we hear it said “She is not consisocial scale.-Bentham.
dered pretty, but what a pleasing and elegant
address !” and if there is any thing that the ladies dear creatures—do not possess, in communion with us, it is that we have the privilege of paying our address, but to their credit be it spoken, it may oftentimes be ranked amongst the rejected.
But confining myself to the original idea with which I began, that of residence, I shall in the first place notice when a person first comes to London. He proceeds to find out a good lodging in some respectable street, in order that he may give “ a good address," which really must be considered as a very proper feeling. Others bearing the idea of Johnson in mind (to get the greatest saving) live in a garret, and give their address at a coffee-house hard by. Following this idea a little further, the various club-houses, in Waterloo-place and St James's street, may be considered respectable cards of address, and the subscribers to them merely go there to lounge, read the papers, and dine, at the same time domiciling in some respectable tradesman's first or second floor, according to their circumstances. Surgeons, lawyers, and other professional men, are
fond of a good address. I have known persons of this class, who would rather sacrifice their comfort than forego the proud distinction of having a good address, such as Harley street, Wimpole street, or Portland place, although incidentally you may find washerwomen living at the west-end, and mechanics in May Fair.
In the second place there is scarcely anything we should exercise our discretion in more strictly than in giving our address. This I would strongly impress on all, from “buxom youth to mellow age. It has sometimes good results it very often has evil. I have known a conceived insult at the theatre, which would have been resented on the spot, and might have led to shame and confusion of face, very quietly settled by : Your address, sir." My card, sir.” The parties went home with it in their pockets, slept, and never saw, heard, or thought of each other again; thus most courteously preventing a duel in Chalk Farm or Battersea Fields. I once had an address card put into my hand in some spree of this kind, when, on looking on the card afterwards, I found it to be that of a gentleman belonging to the Treasury, and a friend of my own, which had been given either by mistake or design. Had I perceived so on the instant, who can tell what might have been the consequence ? Perhaps it was picked up at some house where he had occasion to call, as I lately could have filled both pockets at a dress-maker's in Albemarle street, who had with great seeming industry stuck about a thousand all round a glass, as if to make one believe she was visited by “ all the world and his wife." Very often, bowever, the effects of giving an address are evil. At a trial at Westminster, within these six months, in which I was personally interested -the case was this:--Two gentlemen coming from Richmond were jostled by three fellows; one, a journeyman watchmaker, living in the purlieus of Clerkenwell, and who then and there demanded their address, which was immediately given without any consideration. When it was found to be respectable, they trumped up a story about losing watches, and, after a trial of three hours, were scouted out of court, but left the gentlemen most vexatiously to pay their own costs. This, as was justly remarked by one of the counsel, was all occasioned by giving an address to parties of their stamp and character. Losing an address and having none,
are other I have known,many beautiful effusions of the heart lost to the world from this very cause; and I now have a letter before me written in the most affectionate and explanatory terms, to a young lady by a gentleman, who, doubtless, in the ardour of his love had not sufficiently attended to the address, which consequently fell into my hands, and was therefore lost to her, purely through a wrong address. It may be the parties are now wide as the poles asunder; and how often does it happen when we walk forth in the populous streets of this city, or when we are perhaps quietly seated inside a stagecoach, going along like the “ Jolly young waterman,” thinking of nothing at all, we are agreeably joined by blooming cheeks and sparkling eyes, the owner of which, as if by enchantment, almost makes one's heart her own. We feel this-we would instantly declare this—if prudence did not whisper in a tone of doubt--" You do not know her address." I should be inclined to suggest the propriety of each person, male as well as female, carrying “ their address” in some way or other where it might be seen and read; it might save a great deal of unnecessary disappointment, and a great deal of unnecessary importunity and imprudence, which the fair sex, I dare say, often endure. I lately had the curiosity to inquire the object of an old woman, whom I observed wandering as Adagio, and, grave as Jomelli's ghost, simply looking at every door and number in a street, in Westminster. She said she had come up from the country to see her son, but having lost his address would be forced to return again. It is curious to consider an address in this way. We hear perhaps of a friend or a lady being in town, and wonder much we do not see them, or have a call. We write to their friends a thir.