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No. 13.


do the same with the latter. A bridegroom in one of one of the first duties at all times; to be the reverse, TO THE PUBLIC.

the periodical essayists, describing his wife's fondness or to risque it, in the least avoidable respect, is peril. We have the pleasure of informing the venders of this

for rouge and carmine, complains that he can never ous in the eyes of that passion, which of all others is Journal in town and country, and all other friends, that

make pure, unsophisticated way to her cheek, but is at once the most lavish and the most nice,-which some obstacles which stood in the way of its hour of pub- obliged, like Pyramus in the story, to kiss through a makes the greatest allowance for all that belongs to it, lication are now removed, and that they can have it in

wall,—to salute through a crust of paint and washes : and the least for whatever is cold or foreign, or imany part of the kingdom, at the time most convenient

plies a coarse security. A very loving nature, howto them.

“ Wall, vile wall, which did those lovers sunder."

ever, may have some one unlovely habit, which a wise Letters and Parcels to be addressed to the Editor, to

This is bad enough ; and considering perhaps a due party on either side may correct, if it have any address. the care of Mr. Hooper, No. 13, Pall-Mall East.

healthiness of skin, worse ; yet the object of paint is to The only passage which we remember meeting with in imitate hcalth and loveliness; the wish to look well a book, in which this license assumed by the male sex is in it. But snuff !-Turtle-doves don't take snuff,

is touched upon, is in a pleasant comedy translated A PINCH OF SNUFF.

A kiss is surely not a thing to be “sneezed at.” from the French some years ago, and brought upon (Concluded.)

Fancy two lovers in the time of Queen Anne, or the stage in London-the “Green Man." Mr. Jones, From the respect which we shewed in our last to Louis the Fifteenth, each with snuff-box in hand, who we believe, was the translator. He also enacted the scented snuffs, and from other indications which will have just come to an explanation, and who in the part of the lover, and very pleasantly he did it. It doubtless have escaped us in our ignorance of his hurry of their spirits have unthinkingly taken a pinch, was one of his best performances. Luckily for our art, the scientific snuff taker will have concluded just at the instant when the gentleman is going to present purpose, he had a very sweet assistant, in the that we are no brother of the box. And he will be salute the lips of his mistress. He does so, finds his person of Miss Blanchard, a young actress of that day, right. But we hope we only give the greater proof honest love as frankly returned, and is in the act of who after charming the town with the sprightly delithereby of the toleration that is in us, and our wish bringing out the words,“ Charming creature,” when a cacy of her style, and with a face better than handnot to think ill of a practice merely because it is not sneeze overtakes him !

some, prematurely quitted it to their great regret, our own. We confess we are inclined to a charitable

“Cha - Cha - Cha - Charming creature !"

though, we believe for the best of all reasons. In the regard, nay, provided it be handsomely and cleanly

course of her lover's addresses, this lady had to find

What a situation! A sneeze! O Venus, where is managed, to a certain respect for snuff-taking, out of

fault with his habit of snuff-taking, and she did it with a divers considerations : first, as already noticed, because such a thing in thy list ?

face full of such loving and flattering reason, and in a.

The lady, on her side, is under the like mal-apropos voice also so truly accordant with the words which the it helps to promote good-will: second, because we have known some very worthy snuff-takers: third, influence, and is obliged to divide one of the sweetest

author had put into her mouth, that we remembe. of all bashful and loving speeches, with the shock of thinking how natural it was for the gentleman to give out of our regard for the snuff-taking times of Queen Anne, and the wits of France : and last, because in the sneeze respondent :

up the point as he did, instantly, and to pitch the the benevolence, and imaginativeness, and exceeding “Oh, Richard ! Sho - Sho - Sho - Should you cause of offence away from him, with the exclamation, width of our philosophy (which fine terms we apply to

think ill of me for this !”

“Ma tabatiere, adieu.” (Farewell, snuff-box.) Thus it in order to give a hint to those who might consider

Imagine it.

the French, who were the greatest sinners in this it a weakness and superstition),- because we have a We have nothing to say against the sneeze abstract. matter, appear, as they ought, to have been the first certain veneration for all great events and prevailing In all nations it seems to have been counted of great

reformers of it; and openly to have protested against customs, that have given a character to the history of significance and worth respectful attention, whether

the union of love and snuff-taking, in either sex. society in the course of ages. It would be hard to get advising us of good or ill. Hence the “God bless you,”

We merely give this as a hint to certain snuff-takers us to think contemptuously of the mummies of Egypt, still heard among us when people sneeze; and the at a particular time of life. We are loth to interfere of the ceremoniousness of the Chinese, of the betel

“ Felicità” (Good luck to you) of the Italians. A with others, till we can find a substitute for the excitenut of the Turks and Persians, nay, of the garlick of Latin poet, in one of his most charming effusions,

ment and occupation which the snuff-box affords, the South of Europe ; and so of the tea-drinking, though not, we conceive, with the delicacy of a Greek, fearing that we should steal from some their very coffee-drinking, tobacco-smoking, and snuff-taking,

even makes Cupid sneeze at sight of the happiness of powers of reflection; from some their good-temper, or which have come to us from the Eastern and American two lovers :

patience, or only consolation ; from others their helps nations. We know not what great providential uses

Hoc et dixit, Amor, sinistram ut ante,

to wit and good-fellowship. Whenever Gibbon was there might be in such customs; or what worse or Dextram sternuit approbationem.

going to say a good thing, it was observed that he more frivolous things they prevent, till the time comes


announced it by a complacent tap on his snuff-box. for displacing them. “The wind bloweth where it

Love, at this charming speech and sight, Life might have been a gloomier thing, even than listeth ;” and so for ought we know doth the “cloud”

Sneez'd his sanction from the right.

it was, to Dr. Johnson, if he had not enlivened his of the tobacco-pipe. We are resolved, for our parts, But he does not make the lovers sneeze. That omen views of it, with the occasional stimulus of a pinch. not to laugh with the “scorner,” but even to make remained for the lovers of the snuff-box; people Napoleon, in his flight from Moscow, was observed one merry with submission; nay, to undermine (when we more social than nice.

day, after pulling a log on to a fire, impatiently seeking feel compelled to do so) with absolute tenderness to We have no recollection of any self-misgiving in for his last chance of a consoling thought, and he found the thing dilapidated. Let the unphilosophic lover of this matter on the part of the male sex, during the it in the corner of his snuff-box. It was his last tobacco (if there be such a person), to use a phrase of times we speak of. They are a race, who have ever pinch; and most imperatively he pinched it! digging his own, "put that in his pipe, and smoke it." thought themselves warranted in taking liberties which it, and fetching it out from its intrenchment. Besides,

But there is one thing that puzzles us in the history they do not allow their gentler friends; and we can. we have a regard for snuff-shops and their proprietors, of the Indian weed and its pulverization; and that is, not call to mind any passage in the writings of the and never pass Pontet's, or Killpack's, or Turner's, how lovers, and ladies, ever came to take snuff. In French or English wits in former days, implying the without wishing well to the companionable people that England, perhaps, it was never much done by the lat- least distrust of his own right, and propriety, and frequent them, and thinking of the most agreeable ter, till they grew too old to be “particular," or charmingness in taking snuff, on the part of the gen- periods of English and French wit. You might almost thought themselves too sure of their lovers ; but in tleman in love. The "beaux,” marquisses, men of as soon divorce the idea of the Popes, Steeles, and France, where the animal spirits think less of obstacles fashion, Sir Harry Wildairs, &c. all talk of, and use, Voltaires, from their wigs and caps, as from their snuffin the way of inclination, and where the resolution to and pique themselves on their snuff boxes, without boxes. Lady Mary Wc:tley rok snuff; Madame Du please and be pleased is, or was, of a fancy less nice the slightest suspicion that there is any thing in them Bocage also, no doubt; we fear even the charming and more accommodating, we are not aware that the to which courtship and elegance can object; and we Countess of Suffolk, and my lady Harvey. Steele in ladies in the time of the Voltaires and Du Chatelets suppose this is the case still, where the snuff-taker, the character of Bickerstaff, speaking of his half-sister, ever thought themselves either too old to love, or too though young in age, is old in habit. Yet we should Miss Jenny Distaff, who was a blue-stocking and about young to take snuff. We confess, whether it is from doubt, were we in his place. He cannot be certain to be married, thinks it desirable that she should not the princtilios of a colder imagination, or the perils in- how many women may have refused his addresses on continue to have a nose “all over snuff" in future. He zidental toa warmer one, that although we are interested that single account; nor, if he marries, to what secret seems, in consideration of her books, willing to comin comprchending the former privilege, we never could sources of objection it may give rise. To be clean is promise with a reasonable beginning. Ladies are

greatly improved in this respect. No blue-stockings now-a-days, we suspect, take snuff, that have any pre-. tensions to youth or beauty. They rather chuse to realize the visions of their books, and vindicate the united claims of mind and person. Sure of their pretensions, they even disclaim any pretence, except that of wearing stockings like other people; to prove which, like proper, unaffected women, they give into the fashion of short petticoats, philosophically risquing the chance of drawing inferior eyes from the charms of their talk, to those of their feet and ancles.

In the battle of the Rape of the Lock, Pope makes his heroine Belinda conquer one of her gallant enemies by chucking a pinch of snuff in his face; nor does he tell us that she borrowed it. Are we to conclude that even she, the pattern of youthful beauty, took it out of her own pocket?

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the hiding places. This watch they kept three days, till wearied by the non-appearance of the parties, and the bellowing of the cattle, who were confined without water and on short allowance, they were on the point of quitting the spot; one of the officers, however, thought, previous to doing so, he would go over the Chateau once more-the peasant followed close at his heels: suddenly the officer turned towards him, "Give me a pinch of snuff, friend," said he. "I have none," replied the man, "I do not take it." "Then who is there in this Chateau that does !" "No one that I know of-there is no one in the Chateau, as you see."

"Then whence comes the snuff which I see here?" said the officer, pointing with his foot to some which was scattered on the ground.

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Sneezing however is not a high snuff-taking evidence. It shews the author to have been raw to the science, and to have written more like a poet than a professor.

As snuff-taking is a practice inclining to reflection, and therefore to a philosophical consideration, of the various events of this life, grave as well as gay, we shail conclude the present article with the only tragical

story we ever met with in connexion with a snuff-box. We found it in a very agreeable book-"A Week on the Loire."


'The younger Cathilineau, devoted with hereditary zeal to the worn out cause of the Bourbons, took up arms for Madame la Duchesse de Berri; associated in his successes with M. de Suriac, M. Morriset, and M. de la Soremere, names dear in the annals of fidelity and courage. Orders were given to arrest them at Beaupreau; they took refuge in a Chateau in the neighbourhood. The troops surrounded and searched it, but all in vain; not a single human being was found In it. Certain however that the objects of their search were actually within the precincts of the Chateau, they closed the gates, set their watch and allowed no one to enter, except a peasant whom they employed to show

The man turned pale, and made no reply; the officer looked round again, examined the earth more closely, stamped with his foot, and at last thought he felt a vibration, as if the ground below were hollow. He scrutinized every inch, and at length saw something like a loose board; he raised it up, and then alas! he beheld Cathilineau, in front of his three companions with his pistols in his hand ready to fire. The officer had not a moment to deliberate, he fired,-Cathilineau fell dead, and his companions were seized. This story was told us by the keeper of the Muscè, and afterwards confirmed by an officer who was one of the party employed."


We almost regret to have closed a light article with 'so heavy a stone" as this. ("To tell him that he shall be annihilated," saith Sir Thomas Brown, "is the heaviest stone that melancholy can throw at a man.") But the snuff-taker, with his magic box in hand, is prepared for all chances. As the Turk takes to his pipe, and the sailor to his roll of tobacco, so he to his pinch; and he is then prepared for whatsoever comes,-for a melancholy face with the melancholy, or a laugh with the


Another pinch, reader, before we part.


From the 25th of June to the 3d of July, inclusive.


"How honey-dews enbalm the fragrant morn."

DURING the latter half of June and the first half of
July, the observer of trees is most accustomed to find
upon them a sweet and mysterious liquid, the origin of
which is still a question among naturalists. The fol-
lowing chapter on this subject is taken from the work
which furnished us with our extract the other day re-
specting the swarming of bees, and the title of which
was accidentally omitted. We hasten to repair this
involuntary injustice to the best-written and most com-
prehensive book which exists in the English language
on the subject of bees. It is entitled "The Honey-
Bee, its Natural History, Philosophy, and Manage-
ment," and is the production of Dr. Bevan.
It was
published some years ago by the house of Baldwin and
Cradock, and we cordially recommend it to all who
love to have thorough information on a pleasant sub-

The term Honey-dew, (says Dr. Bevan,) is applied to those sweet clammy drops that glitter on the foliage of many trees in hot weather. The name of this substance would seem to import that it is a deposition from the atmosphere, and this has been the generally received opinion respecting it, particularly among the ancients; it is an opinion still prevalent among the husbandmen, who suppose it to fall from the heavens. Virgil speaks of "Aerii mellis cœlestia dona;" (the celestial present of honey out of the air), and Pliny expresses his doubts, "sive ille est cœli sudor, sivæ quædam siderum saliva sive purgantis se aëris succus," (whether it is an exudation from heaven, or the stars, or the atmosphere). The Rev. Gilbert White, in his Naturalist's Calendar, regards honeydew as the effluvia of flowers, evaporated and drawn up into the atmosphere by the heat of the weather, and falling down again in the night with the dews that en

tangle them. But if this were the case, the fall would be indiscriminate, and we should not have it confined to particular trees and shrubs, nor would it be found Some upon green-house and other covered plants. naturalists have regarded honey-dew as an exudation or secretion from the surface of those leaves upon which it is found, produced by some atmospheric stroke, which has injured their health. Dr. Darwin stands in this class. Others have viewed it as a kind of vegetable perspiration, which the trees emit for their relief in sultry weather; its appearance being never observed in a cold ungenial summer. Dr. Evans is of this opinion. Mr. Curtis has given it as his opinion that the honey-dew is secreted by the aphis or vine-fretter, an insect which he regards as the general cause of what are called blights. He assures us that he never, in a single instance, observed the honeydew unattended with aphids.

I believe it will be found that there are at least two sorts of honey-dew; the one a secretion from the surface of the leaf, occasioned by one of the causes just alluded to; the other a deposition from the body of the aphis. Sir J. E. Smith observes, of the sensible perspi ration of plants, that "when watery, it can be considered only as a condensation of their insensible evaporation, perhaps from some sudden change in the atmosphere. Groves of poplar or willow exhibit this phenomenon, even in England, in hot calm weather, when drops of clear water trickle from their leaves, like a slight shower of rain. Sometimes this secretionis of a Saccharine nature, as De la Hire observed in orange trees. "It is somewhat glutinous in the tilia or lime tree, rather resinous in poplars, as well as in Cistus Creticus." Ovid has made an elegant use of the resinous exudations of Lombardy poplars, which he supposes to be the tears of Phaeton's sisters, who were transformed into those trees. Such exudations must be considered as effusions of the peculiar secretions; for it has been observed that manna may be scraped from the leaves of Fraxinus ornus, as well as be procured from its stem by incision. They are often, perhaps, a sign of unhealthiness in the plant; at least such appears to be the nature of one kind of honey-dew, found in particular upon the beech, which in consequence of an unfavourable wind, has its leaves often covered with a sweet exudation, similar in flavour to the liquor obtained from its trunk. So likewise the hop, according to Linnæus, is affected with the honeydew, and its flowers are rendered abortive, in consequence of the attacks of the caterpillar of the Ghost moth (Phalana Humuli) upon its roots. In such case the Saccharine exudation must decidedly be of a morbid nature.

The other kind of honey-dew, which is derived from the aphis, appears to be the favourite food of ants, and is thus spoken of by Messrs. Kirby and Spence, in their late valuable Introduction to Entomology. "The loves of the ants and the aphides have long been celebrated; and that there is a connexion between them, you may at any time, in the proper season, convince yourself; for you will always find the former very busy on those trees and plants on which the latter abound; and, if you examine more closely, you will discover that the object of the ants, in thus attending upon the aphides, is to obtain the saccharine fluid secreted by them, which may well be denominated their milk. This fluid, which is scarcely inferior to honey in sweetness, issues in limpid drops from the abdomen of these insects, not only by the ordinary passage, but also by the setiform tubes placed, one on each side, just above it. Their sucker being inserted in the tender bark, is, without intermission employed in absorbing the sap, which, after it has passed through the system, they keep continually discharging by these organs. When no ants attend them, by a certain jerk of the body, which takes place at regular intervals, they ejaculate it to a distance. The power of ejecting the fluid from their bodies, seems to have been wisely instituted to preserve cleanliness in each individual fly, and indeed for the preservation of the whole family; for, pressing as they do upon one another, they would otherwise soon be glued together and rendered incapable of stirring. "When the ants are at hand, watching the moment at which the aphides emit their fluid, they seize and suck it down immediately; this, however, is the least of their talents; for the ants absolutely possess the art of making the aphides yield it at their pleasure; or in other words, of milking them." The ant ascends the tree, says Linnæus, that it may milk its cows the aphides, not kill them. Huber informs us that the liquor is voluntarily given out by the aphis, when solicited by the ant, the latter tapping the aphis gently, but repeatedly, with its attennæ, and using the same motion as when caressing its own young. He thinks, when the ants are not at hand to receive it, that the aphis retains the liquor for a longer time, and yields it freely and apparently without the least detriment to itself, for even when it has acquired wings it shows no disposition to escape. A single aphis supplies many ants with a plentiful meal. The ants occasionally form an establishment for their aphides, constructing a building in a secure place, at a distance from their own city, to which after fortifying it, they transport those insects, and confine them under a guard, like cows upon a dairy farm, to supply the wants of the metropolis. The aphides are provided with a hollow pointed proboscis, folded under the breasts, when the insects are not feeding, with which instruments they puncture the turgid vessels of the leaf, leaf-stalk, or bark, and suck with great avidity their contents, which are expelled nearly unchanged, so that, however fabulous it may appear, they may literally be said to void a liquid sugar. On looking steadfastly at a group of these insects (aphides Salicis), while feeding on the bark of the willow, their superior size enables us to perceive some of them clevating their bodies and emitting a transparent substance in

the form of a small shower.

"Nor scorn ye now, fond elves, the foliage scar When the light aphids, arm'd with puny spear, Probe each emulgent vein, till, bright below Like falling stars, clear drops of nectar glow." Erans. The willow accommodates the bees in a kind of threefold succession, the farina of the flowers yielding spring food for their young,-the bark giving out propolis for sealing the hives of fresh swarms, and the leaves

shining with honey-dew in the midst of summer scar- years in a state of occasional nervous imbecility, and attend a sick stranger. Then he ordered me to write eity. But to return to the aphides. “These insects

died at Paris, aged thirty-nine. He made himself hate- to that stranger, and desire him to send two thousand may also be seen distinctly with a strong magnifier, on ful to the Jesuits by his admirable exposition of the

dollars, or I should be a dead man, and to warn hiin the leaves of the hazel, lime, &c. but invariably on the

against sending out an armed force. He brought me inferior surface, piercing the vessels, and expelling the casuistry and daring want of principle of that extraor

pen, ink, and paper ; and I was obliged to write what honey-dew from their body with considerable force." dinary body; but good men of all parties honoured and he bade me, with all the earnestness that thirteen " These might easily have escaped the observation of loved him.

assassins, and the fear of death could inspire me. the earlier philosophers, being usually concealed with

While I was writing he sent two of his men to take a in the curl of the leaves that are punctured." The

man who was ploughing a little lower down; he drops that are spurted out, unless intercepted by the

belonged to San Gregorio, but one of the messengers surrounding foliage, or some, other interposing body,


having seen one of Castel Madama in the flat below, he fall upon the ground, and the spots may often be ob


went down for him, and they were both brought up to served, for some time, beneath the trees affected with


As soon as they were come, I begged the man of honey-dew, till washed away by the rain. When the

This account, which was first published, it we re- Castel Madama to carry my letter to Tivoli for Signor leaves of the kidney-bean are affected by honey-dew, member, by Mrs. Graham, in her “Six Months Resi

Celestini; and, in order to enforce it, I sent my case of their surface assumes the appearance of having been

surgical instruments, with which he was well acsprinkled with soot.

dence near Rome,” has been repeated by Mr. MʻPar- quainted as a token. This countryman, who was as Honey dew usually appears upon the leaves, as a lane in the “ History of Banditti ;" 'but we are not civil, as he was wary, prudent, and fit for the business, viscid, transparent substance, sweet as honey, some

aware that it has hitherto appeared in any publication accepted the commission which I gave him, and after times in the form of globules, at others resembling a syrup, and is generally most abundant from the middle which gives it so cheap an introduction to thousands, offending the brigands, he gave me some bread which

having afforded mesomeencouragement without however of June to the middle of July. as one like our own. The undoubted authenticity of

he had with him, and set off for Tivoli, the chief It is found chiefly upon the oak, the elm, the maple, the terrors so naturally painted by the poor apothecary, desiring him to take one of the horses we had left below, occasionally also on the cherry, currant, and other fruit produces the last degree of interest, by uniting certainty that he might make more speed. The ploughman

from San Gregorio was sent with him, but not quite to trees. Sometimes only one species of trees is affected with surp ise, and a domestic familiarity with the re

Tivoli, and only to await at a given spot the return of at a time. The oak generally affords the greatest moteness of wild stories. The narrative is given in a the peasant of Castel Madama. quantity. At the season of its greatest abundance, the letter from the person principally concerned.

We were remaining in the same statein expectation of happy humming noise of the bees may be heard at a considerable distance from the trees, sometimes nearly

Castel Madama, August 30, 1819.

the return of the messenger, when, in about three hour's

time we saw, in the distance, a man on horseback, equalling in loudness the united hum of swarming. Of I send you the detailed account you requested of coming straight to us, which we believed to be the man the plane there are two sorts; the oriental and the the misfortune which befel me on the 17th current. returning. A little after, however, several people were occidental, both highly ornamental trees, and much Early on the morning of that day, the factor (bailiff or seen together, which the chief took to be the armed regarded in hot climates for the cooling shade they farm-agent) of the Cavaliere Settimio Bischi, named force of Tivoli. He abused one of his companions who afford.

Bartolomeo Marasca, a person well known to me, came had broken his spy glass the day before, because he "Jamque ministrantem Platanum potantibus umbran."

to my house with a letter from his master, desiring me could not obtain a more satisfactory view of them. At Virgil.

to come to Tivoli, my assistance, as a surgeon, being length having made the best observations he could, he (And plane-tree, ministering a shade to drinkers.)

necessary, both to Signor Gregorio Celestini, and to concluded that there was really an armed force advan

the nun sister, Chiara Eletta Morelli. On this account cing, and gave orders to his men to retire to the highThe ancients so much respected the former that they I hurried over my visits to my patients at Castel est and most woody part of the mountain, obliging me used to refresh its roots with wine instead of water, Madama, and set off on horseback accompanied by the and the other prisoner to keep pace with them. After believing, as Sir William Temple has observed, that this factor, who was armed with a gun, towards Tivoli. I

a long and painful march finding himself in a safe tree loved that liquor, as well as those that used to passed through all the parish of San Gregorio and that place, he halted, and there awaited the return of the drink under its shades.

of Tivoli, as far as the second arch of the antique aque- messenger; but, as he still delayed, the chief came to "Crevit et affuso latior umbra mero."

ducts which cross the road two miles from that town, me and said perhaps it might happen to me, as it did Virgil. to a spot commonly called the narrows of Tivoli, with

to a certain inhabitant of Viletri, who had been taken by out accident. And here I must observe, that it is im (It drank the wine, and spread a kindlier shade.)

this very party that entered his house in disguise, and possible for the road, from its natural position, to be carried him off to the woods, and because his ransom The sycamore has been discarded from the situation better adapted for banditti, or more terrible to travel

was long in coming, they killed him, and when the money it used formerly to hold near the mansions of the con- lers. After passing the bridge degli archi, on the way came, the messenger found him dead. I was alarmed vivial, owing to the bees crowding to banquet on its to Tivoli, it is bounded on the left by a steep hill, beyond measure at this story, and regarded it as a foreprofusion of honey-dew, and occasionally an early fall covered with thick underwood, which reaches to the

runner of my own speedy death, of its leaves. The lime or linden tree has been regarded very edge of the road; the other side is a continued

However, I entreated them with tears to have a as doubly acceptable to the bees, on account of its frag- precipice of great height, and quite perpendicular to the little patience, and the messenger would surely return rant blossom, and its honey-dewed leaves appearing plain, through which the Anio runs below. The with the money. Meantime, to satisfy the chief as both together, amidst the oppressive heats of the dog. breadth of this road is very little more than sufficient well as his companions, I told them I might have days; but it seems doubtful whether the flowers have for a carriage, so that it is not possible to perceive the written another letter to Castel Madama, with orders any attraction but their fragrance, as they are said to danger, which may easily be concealed in the thicket

to sell whatever I possessed, and to send up the money have no honey-cup. above, nor to fly from it on either side when it bursts

immediately. Thank God, this pleased them, and It is of great importance to apiarians who reside in out upon one, and therefore one must inevitably be

instantly they caused me to write another letter to the vicinity of such trees as are apt to be affected with come the victim of lawless violence.

Castel Madama, and one of the prisoners from San honey-dew, to keep their bees on the storifying plan, I had scarcely passed the second arch of the antique Gregorio was sent with it. After he was gone, I saw - where additional room can at all times be provided for aqueducts, when two armed men rushed from the the factor Marasca walking carelessly about among the them at pleasure, as, during the time of a honey-dew, thicket, near a little lane to the left, and stopped the brigands, looking at their arms and making angry gesmore honey will be collected in one week than will be way; and pointing their guns at the factor, who was tures, but he did not speak. Shortly after he came afforded by flowers in general. So great is the ardour riding a little before, ordered him to dismount. Mean- and sat down by me; it was then that the chief, having of the bees on these occasions, and so rapid are their time two others came out of the wood behind me, so

a large stick in his hand, came up to him, and without movements, that it is often dangerous to be placed

as to have us between them and the former. We had saying a single word, gave him a blow on the back of betwixt the hives and the dews. both dismounted on the first intimation. The two

the head just where it joins the neck. It did not kill That species of honey-dew which is secreted from the men behind me ordered me to turn back instantly, and him; so he rose and cried, “I have a wife and chil. surface of the leaves, appears to have been first noticed

to walk before them not by the road to Castel Madama, dren; for God's sake spare my life,” and thus saying, by the Abbe Boissier de Sauvages. He observed it but that to San Gregorio.

he defended himself as well as he could with his hands. upon the old leaves of the holm-oak, and upon those The first question they asked me was, whether I Other brigands closed round him; a struggle ensued, of the blackberry, but not upon the young leaves of

was the Prince of Castel Madama, meaning, I fancy, and they rolled together down a steep precipice. I either, and he remarked at the same time that neigh- the Vice-Prince, who had passed a little before. To

closed my eyes, my head dropped on my breast, I heard bouring trees of a different sort were exempt from it:

this I answered, that I was not the Prince, but a poor a cry or two, but I seemed to have lost all sensation. among these latter he noticed the mulberry tree, surgeon of Castel Madama; and to convince them I

In a very short time, the brigands returned, and I saw which,” says he, “is a very particular circumstance, spoke truth, I shewed them my case of lancets, and my

the chief thrust his dagger still stained with blood, for the juice (honey-dew) is a deadly poison to silk

bag of surgical instruments ; but it was of no use. into his sheath; then turning to me he announced the worms."

During our walk towards San Gregorio, I perceived death of the factor in these very words: "Do not fear: Some years do not afford any honey-dew; it gene

that the number of brigands increased to thirteen. we have killed the factor because he was a sbirro; such rally occurs pretty extensively once in four or five One took my watch, another my case of lancets. At as you are not sbirri; then he was of no use among us. years.

the beginning of our march we met at short distances, He looked at our arms, and seemed disposed to mur. BIRTH-DAYS.

four youths belonging to San Gregorio, and one elderly mur; and if the force had come up, he might have been

man, all of whom were obliged to share my fate; dangerous." And thus they got rid of Marasca. The 1st July (19th June, 0. S.), 1623, at. Clermont, in shortly after, we met another man, and an old woman, chief seeing that the money did not come from Tivo.i, Auvergne (France), Blaise Pascal, a man remarkable whose ear-rings were taken, and they were then per- and being afraid least troops should be sent, seemed for the greatness of his understanding and the weakness mitted to continue their journey.

uncertain what to do, and said to his companions,

In the meadow by the last aqueduct, the horses of his temperament, wbich rendered him, in spite of his which I and Bartolomeo had ridden were turned loose,

"How shall we dispose of our prisoners; we must

either kill them or send them home;" but they could wisdom, a victim to hypochondria and superstition and after passing the ravine, called delu Vanatore we not decide on either, and he came and sat down by me. He was an admirable mathematician, reasoner, wit, and began to pass the steepest part of the mountain with 1, remembering that I had a little money about me a most excellent man; and yet, notwithstanding this

such speed that, together with the alarm I felt made which might amount altogether to thirty pauls (three union of the most solid and brilliant qualities, a wretched

me pant so violently that I trembled every moment crowns)-gave them frankly to him to gain his good

lest I should burst a bloo d-vessel. At length, however, will. He took it in good part, and said he would keep constitution sometimes reduced him to a state which we reached the top of the hill, where we were allowed it to pay the spy. idiots might have pitied. As if his body was not in ill

to rest, and we sat down on the grass. The factor After this it came on to rain heavily; it was already condition enough, he wore an iron girdle with points shewed himself well acquainted with their numbers, Marasca then talked a good deal to the brigands, twenty-one o'clock (about four in the afternoon, En

glish time) and I was wet to the skin. Before the rain on it next his skin, and was in the habit of striking it and said other things, which my wretched state of was quite over we heard some voices from the top of with his elbow, when a thought which he regarded as

mind prevented me from attending to very distinctly; the hill above us on the left hand. Then a strict sinful or vain, came across him. During his latter

but seeing him apparently so intimate with the robbers, silence was kept, that we might discover if they were days, he imagined that he saw a deep abyss by the side

a suspicion crossed my mind that I was betrayed by the voices of the messengers from Tivoli, or some party him.

of the troops of whom they seemed much afraid. I of his chair, and that he was in danger of falling into The chief brigand then turned to me, and throwing endeavoured to convince them that it was probably the it. How modest it becomes the cleverest men to be, down my lancet case by me, said that he had reflected messenger. They then called out “Come down;" but and thankful for a healthjer state of blood, when they

upon my condition, and that he would think about my no one came; nor did we ever find out who it was, so see one of the greatest of minds thus miserably treated

Then I with tears explained to him my we remained where we were. by the case it lived in !

poverty, and my narrow means, and told him how, to After another short interval we heard another voice Pascal languished several gain a little money, I was on my road to Tivoli to also from above, on the left; and then we said, surely

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this must be the messenger. But the brigands would sheep-cote all night and set out at daylight : “But take without reservation or limitation, that they might all
not trust to it, and forced us to go on to a place a good notice," said he, “if you do not return at the twentieth return to their houses without fear of treachery; but
deal higher, and even with that whence the voice pro. hour to-morrow to the sheep-cote, you may go about your otherwise they would not trust to, nor treat with any
ceeded. When we reached it they all presented their business, but we shall throw Cherubini into some pit.” one ; and added, that this was the reason for which
muskets, keeping the prisoners behind them, and thus The peasant tried to persuade them that perhaps it they had not concluded anything with the prelate sent
prepared to stand on the defensive they cried out, might not be possible to collect so much money in a to Frosinone to treat with them. As it was, their com.

Come forward !" In a few moments the men ap- small town, at so short a notice, and begged to have a pany was determined to trust nothing but a pardon
peared among the trees, one of them the peasant of little more time; but the chief said that they had from the Pope's own lips ; and he repeated this same
Castel Madama, who had been sent in the morning to no time to waste, and that if he did not return next sentiment to me several times during the second day I
Signor Celestini at Tivoli; the other, the ploughman of day by the twentieth hour, they would kill Cherubini.” was obliged to pass with him and his fellows.
San Gregorio his companion.

After they had given their orders they left the coun- One of the brigands begged me to endeavour to ob. As they were recognized they were ordered to lie tryman at the sheep-fold, to wait for daylight before he tain from government the freedom of his wife, Marindown with their faces to the ground, and asked if they set out for Castel Madama, which was about three cia Carcapola di Pisterso, now in the prison of St. came alone. But the man of Castel Madama answered- miles from it. The brigands then set off, carrying me Michael in Rome. Another said to me, “Have patience, “It would be a fine thing, indeed, if I, who am almost with them, and obliging a shepherd to carry the great Signor Cherubini; we made a blunder when we took dead with fatigue after climbing these mountains, with coat, in which they had wrapped up the cold meat and you; we intended to have had the prince, who accordthe weight of five hundred scudi about me, should be cheese. And now, instead of the low thicket which it ing to our information, should have passed by at that obliged to prostrate myself with my face to the earth! was so difficult to walk through, we came to fine, tall very time.” In fact, he was to have travelled that Here's your money. It was all that could be got toge- timber trees, where the road was comparatively smooth, road, and just before I passed, not the prince, but the ther in the town! Then the chief took the money, and except where a fallen tree, here and there, lay across it. person commonly called so, the vice-prince, or agent, ordered us to change our station. Having arrived at a At this time I was overcome by fear in consequence of Signor Filipo Gazoni had gone by, but fortunately for convenient place, we stopped, and he asked if there the new threats I had heard to kill me next day if the him they did not know him, because, as I understood, were any letters; being answered that there were two, whole sum of eight hundred crowns was not brought by he was walking leisurely, only accompanied by an une he gave them me to read; and learning from them that the twentieth hour; for I thought it quite impossible armed boy, who was leading his horse. The banditti the sum sent was five hundred crowns, he counted that so much money could be collected at Castel bit their fingers with rage when they found that they them, and finding them exact, said all was well, praised Madama. I therefore recommended myself to God and had let him slip, for they said they would not have the punctuality of the peasant, and gave him some begged him to have compassion on my wretched state, released him under three thousand crowns. The brisilver as a reward for his trouble : his companion also when one of the brigands, a man of great stature, who gand who said all this had the collar of the Madonna received a small present.

figured among them as a kind of second chief, came up della Carmine* round his neck, and said to me, “Suffer The robbers, who no longer cared to keep the pri- to me, and, taking me by the arm, he assisted me to patiently, for the love of God.” Then the chief came soners belonging to San Gregorio, from whom they walk, and said, “Now, Cherubini, that you cannot tell to me and told me he was not very well, and desired could not hope to get anything, released them all from the man from Castel Madama, I assure you that to- me to prescribe for him, which I did in writing. this spot. I, therefore, and the peasant of Castel morrow you shall go home free, however small the sum Another, the same who had taken my watch from me, Madama, remained the only prisoners; and we began he brings may be. Be of good cheer, therefore, and do not told me that the watch did not go, and shewed it me. to march across the mountains, perhaps only for the distress yourself! At that moment I felt such comfort I found that he had broken the glass and the minute sake of changing place. I asked why they did not set from the assurance of the outlaw, that he appeared to hand. He said if I had any money he would sell it me, me at liberty as well as the others, as they had already me to be an angel from heaven; and, without thinking but I gave it him hack saying nothing, but shrugging received so considerable a sum on my account. The

why I should not, I kissed his hand, and thanked him up my shoulders. Meantime the day was drawing to chief said that he meant to await the return of the fervently for his unexpected kindness.

a close, and the chief, taking out his watch, said it messenger sent to Castel Madama. I continued to When we again reached the thicket, and found a fit was now twenty o'clock. He called the shepherd to press him to let me go before night, which was now place, we all lay down to sleep, and I had the skins to him, and ordered him to return to the sheepfold which drawing on apace, saying, that perhaps it had not been rest on as before, and the chief wrapped my legs in his we had left during the night, and see if the countryman possible to procure any more money at Castel Madama, own great coat, and he and the second chief lay on was come back with the answer to the second letter to and that if I remained out all night on the hill in the each side of me. Two sentinels were placed to keep Castel Madama. In that case he ordered him to accold air, it would have been better to have killed me at watch, and to prevent the shepherd with the provisions company him back to the place we were now in; and

Then the chief stopped me and bade me take from making his escape. I know not how long we if he were not come, he ordered him to wait three good care how I said such things, for that to them kill. rested before one of the sentinels came, and gave hours; and if he did not come then, to return alone. ing a man was a matter of perfect indifference. The notice of day-break. “Come again, then, when it is The shepherd obeyed, and after an hour and a half he same thing was also said to me by another outlaw who lighter,” said the chief, and all was again quiet. I came back with the countryman and another shepherd, gave me his arm during our rocky journey. At length turned my face so as not to see the brigands, and dozed who had been sent with him. They brought with we reached the top of the mountain where there were a little, till I was roused by the cry of some wild bird. them two sealed packets of money, which they said some pools of water, formed by the rain that had fallen

I am not superstitious; but I had often heard that the contained six hundred crowns. They also brought a a little before ; and then they gave me some very hard shriek of the owl forboded evil; and in the state of few shirts of home-spun linen, which the chief had and black bread that I might eat, and drink some of that spirits in which I was, every thing had more than its begged of me, and some little matter for me to eat, water. I drank three times, but I found it impossible usual effect upon me. I started, and said, “What and a little wine to recruit me. But I could take to eat the bread.

bird was that?” They answered, A hawk.” “Thank nothing but a pear and a little wine, the rest was eaten The journey continued over the tops of those moun- God!" I replied, and lay down again. Among my by the robbers. They took the money without counting, tains which succeed one another, till we arrived at a other sufferings I cannot forget the stingings and tor- and gave the messengers some silver for their pains ; place known by the name of S. Sierla, about midnight. ments of the gnats, which fastened on my face and after which, they gave me leave to depart. And thus There we saw an ass feeding, and heard some one call throat; but after the death of poor Marasca, I dared I found myself free from them, after having thanked to us, to ask if we had seen the ass. The chief in a not even raise my hand to drive them away, lest it them for their civility, and for my life, which they had feigned voice, answered, Yes; and then made the man should be taken for a sign of impatience. A little had the goodness to spare. from Castel Madama desire him to come down from after this we all arose and walked on for about an hour, On the way homewards the two men of Castel Mathe ass.

It appeared that the man was afraid to come when we came to a little open space in the midst of dama informed me, that the prisoner from San Gredown ; for which reason the chief said that if he were the thicket, where the brigands began to eat their cold gorio, who was sent the day before with the first letter to near enough, he would have stuck his knife into him. meat, inviting me to join them; but I only took a Castel Madama for money, and who had not been seen Piqued that the shepherd was afraid of them, he said, little new cheese, without bread. After they had since, had really been there, and had gone back the “Did one ever hear of a shepherd being afraid of the breakfasted they lay down to sleep, the second chief brigands ?” When the man at length came down, they giving me his great coat to wrap myself in, as the

same day, at the hour and to the place appointed, with reproached him with his fear; but he, taking courage,

the sum of one hundred and thirty-seven crowns sent ground was damp. While the others slept, one of from Castel Madama; but the robbers having forgotten said he was not afraid, and invited them to his hut. them began to read in a little book, which I understood The ass was then taken and a great coat put upon his

to send any one to meet him at the place agreed on, to be the romance of the Cavalier Meschino. After because we were a great way from it, the messenger back, with a shepherd's coat of sheepskin, upon which about an hour, they all arose, and filed off one by one I was mounted, and we went on to the hut, where there

returned to town with the money, after having waited was a threshing-floor. This was the only time I saw

guard to a higher place, leaving a single sentinel to till night, carrying back the intelligence that the factor

me and the shepherd. In another hour the youngest them drink anything but water.

had been killed, which alarmed all my townsmen who The chief told me of the robbers came to relieve the guard, who then they were always afraid when fresh wine came, lest it

began to fear for my life. I found that the last six went and joined the others. When I saw this, and should be drugged; and that they always made whoever

hundred dollars had been furnished half by Castel Maperceived that they were engaged in a kind of council dama, and half by Tivoli. brought it, drink a good deal of it; and if in two hours of war, I feared that they had taken some resolution I went on towards Castel Madama, where all the no bad symptom appeared, they used the wine.

about my life, and that the new sentinel was come to After this we went to the sheep-fold, which we

people anxiously expected me. In fact, a mile before put their cruel designs in execution ;, but he very soon reached about the fifth hour; and where we found a

I reached the town, I found a number of people, of all said to me, “Be cheerful, for to night you will be at ranks, who had come out to meet me, and I arrived at quantity of boiled meat which the brigands tied up in home;" which gave me some comfort; but as I could various handkerchiefs, and a great coat, together with

home a little before night, in the midst of such public some cheeses. Before we left the fold, the chief, re

not entirely trust them, I had still an internal fear, congratulations and acclamations as were never before

which, however, I endeavoured to hide. Shortly after heard, which presented a most affecting spectacle. I fiecting that the messenger was not come back from wards we were called to join the rest, our station had hardly arrived, when the arch-priest Giustini orCastel Madama, began to think he might have made being now on the mountain, commonly called Monte dered the bells to be rung to call the people to the his escape entirely, because he was one of the prisoners Picione, not very far from the ancient sanctuary of parish church. On the first sound all the people flocked from San Gregorio, and determined to make me write Mentorella. There we remained the rest of the day thither with me,

to render public and devout thanks to another letter, and accordingly brought me all that was only going out of the way once, on the approach of a the most merciful God, and to our protector, Saint requisite for writing; and ordered me to tell my friends flock of goats, that we might not be seen; but we soon at Castel Madama that if they did not send eight hun

Michael, the arch-angel, for my deliverance. The priest returned.

had done the same when he first heard of my capture, dred crowns the following day, they would put me to Then the second chief, who said he was of Sonnino, and soon after, when he sent the six hundred crowns. death; or carry me to the woods of Fajola, if there was and one of the five who went to treat with the Presia farthing less than the abovenamed sum.

Both times he had assembled his congregation in that I conse- dent of Frosinone, began to talk of the political nature quently wrote a second letter, and gave it to the coun- of their situation. He said that government would

very church, to offer up supplications to the Lord to tryman to carry, telling him also by word of mouth, never succeed in pulling them down by force; that shew.

grant me that mercy which he deigned afterwards to if they found no purchasers at Castel Madama for they are not a fortress to batter down with cannon, but my effects, to desire that they might be sent to Tivoli rather birds, which fly round the tops of the sharpest this my misfortune will be ever remembered by me.

I cannot conclude without saying that the epoch of and sold for whatever they might fetch. The chief of rocks without having any fixed home; that if, by any the brigands also begged to have a few shirts sent. One misfortune, seven perished, they were sure of ten re

I shall always recollect that the Lord God visited me as of the brigands proposed, I don't know why, to cut off

a father ; for, at the moment when his hand seemed to cruits to replace their loss; for criminals, who would one of my ears, and send it with my effects to Castel

be heavy upon me, he moved the city of Tivoli, and the be glad to take refuge among them were never wantMadama. It was well for me that the chief did not ing; that the number of their present company

whole people of Castel Madama, even the very poorest, approve of the civil proposal, so it was not done. He,

to subscribe their money, and to sell their gøods in so amounted to a hundred and thirty individuals; and however, wanted the countryman to set out that mo

short a time, and with such profusion, for my sake. that they had an idea of undertaking some daring ex, ment; but the man, with his usual coolness, said it was

The same epocha will also always remind me what ploit, perhaps of threatening Rome itself. He ended gratitude I owe to those, particularly the Signors Carnot possible to go down that steep mountain during by saying that the only way to put an end to their denight; on which the daief told him he might remain in the predations would be to give them a general pardon,

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ness of heart, exerted themselves in my favour. I now hearth which I used to picture as the union of what and įroduce disordered feelings and a sense of superopray God that he will preserve me from all the bad was most pleasing and elegant. You once wrote, long gation, and tyranny. Primness and petty exactions consequences which commonly arise out of similar ago, that in the contemplation of a Poet's honey-moon,

have none of the. ease and liberality of true order, misfortunes; and I am always

there was more of speculation than in the moons of
Your Affectionate Friend,
common mortals; and the sequel, in that instance,

which shoulů göʻgracefully and equably like a dance, EUSTACHIO CHERUBINI. strengthened your hypothesis. But hearths change; and not stiffly and slavishly like soldiers before a mar

blooming children become men and women, having the tinet. One of the very advantages of a periodical same wants as ourselves, which we are not so ready to

consisting of several sheets, "ís the power it affords a UNSOCIAL READERS OP PERIODICALS.

accord to them; they murmur, and often with reason.

There is much difficulty in abstracting from the mind generous reader of enabling the persons around him to Dear Quondam Indicator,

the impression that they are still but children. But I do as he does, and partake at the såme.mement of the That which I have so long desired, is at length ac

must conclude; for this subject will lead me beyond same pleasure. For this, among other reasons, were complished ;-1 mean your return to us in the heb.

my limits ; so I finish with expressing a hope that bomadal way, which in by-gone days afforded both these changes may have fallen lightly on one, who has

Examiners, and Atlases, and Spectators, and True Sie pleasure and instruction to so many circles.

ordained. There is an old story which will settle-the. But

been so much the favourite of nature, that fortune, in wherefore have you changed the size of your sheet?

her envy of his endowments, has been oft unwilling to spirit of this matter. A professed lover of order called Fifteen years since, when sitting at the tea-table with recognise the justice of his claims.

out one day, in a crowd, so vociferously and provokingyour paper, I have imagined myself one, living in the

Pardon must be asked for the loose half sheet, with which this letter commences. It had been written on

ly for “silence,” that some one was at length moved "queen's time,” whose taste was directed and conserved by an Addison. The lapse of years has not impaired

the other side, before the mistake was discovered. to exclaim, “Knock down that fellow crying silence !” the character of the Indicator with me, and I have a


We might have asked whether the gentleman in the sensible gratification in the prospect of a renewal of

GRISELDA. present instance could not be coaxed out of his huthose times. This change in the form is however, Mopeham, May-day, (Incongruous !) 1834.

mour; for there is no counter-argument like your some drawback, and is to me twofold. First, inasmuch as the illusion is weakened ;-and secondly, which is Again we must ask, what are we to do with letters coaxing,--no lips so eloquent as those which yet more tantalizing.... But the “second count" so intoxicating as these, and from fair correspondents ?

"Convince us at once with a kiss." involves a narrative, which shall be unfolded with all

For before we have done reading them, our heads are brevity, and to which you are invited most graciously

**wenty years” is a long time for a crick in the to lend an ear. not in a condition to judge. If we publish them en

fancy. Imprimis, I wish you would not place Leigh Hunt tire, we seem shameless; and if garbled, ungrateful; at the head of your Journal; I would still call you, and in the latter case, our friends may think also that " dear Indicator ;" but no matter for the name. Now to the narrative. Know then, that I am the wife of

we boulk that openness of intercourse, and those ima gentleman, remarkable for the regularity of his pulses of good-will and sociality, which it is one of PETRARCH'S ACCOUNT OF A DREADFUL

STORM AT NAPLES. habits, on which he plumes himself not a little. the first objects of this Journal to encourage. We feel Having a taste for purchasing most of the periodicals, however what must be our course in future:-we

The late storm at Brighton, with its four-inch globes he stitches together all those, which from their sim

must endeavour to reconcile with that encouragement of hail-stones, and its windows battered as with musilarity in size, are susceptible of this conjunction. Thus, when I would be tête-a-tête with you, “Chambers's

a most unwilling portion of sobriety and self-sacrifice. ketry, has reminded us, not in those particulars, but Information for the People," presents itself; and what We can assure the writers of such letters that the

in its having taken place by the sea-side, of a more is more, the sheet must always be appended to those passages we omit will be those that are the most pre

awful tempest which had the above great poet for one miscellanies, ere it be consigned to me. The octavo would not have been liable to this accident, there being cious to us, and that our virtue will be indeed so un

of its spectators, and of which he has left an account no work of that form going on at this time in weekly willing as to have no merit whatsoever. And yet this,

to posterity. We take it from the "Life of Joanna, succession. instead of depriving us of any other rewards, such as

Queen of Naples," which we mentioned the other day This is one of the many annoyances arising out of the nightingale's songs, &c. so generously held forth as a work deserving greater publicity than it appears. the love of order; a superstition (when it amounts to such) to which you, as a party concerned, would do

by our fair friend, will, we conceive, doubly secure to have obtained. The tempest, the poet, the black well to apply your ingenuity in the exposure of its them for us; for it is not merit alone that elicits re

night-time, the day as black, the earthquake, the cainconvenience. “The inconvenience of order !" some compence from the charitable: -grievous privations valiers“ coming as if to assist at the obsequies of their would exclaim. To such I would not address myself. are held to be some title. We think we even deserve country," the white ghastly sea, and the fair queen There is no one to whom I would consign the handling a paradox, with such confidence, as to you. Twenty

a little balm before-hand, for the very painful, though with her ladies issuing forth barefoot and with disheyears long have I borne that the Examiner should be we are sure unintentional, wound inflicted on us, byvelled locks, to beg the mercy of heaven, make up a cut and sewed before it was resigned to one, out of our correspondent in her objection to the use of the picture truly southern and appalling. It is only in four or five, who waited in vain for a sheet. Need I

name at the head of our paper,--a most involuntary climates of general luxury and occasional violence that point out to you the comfort of holding a page of a favourite author between the fire and your eyes, with

and long-contested concession on our part to the re- such combinations of beauty and horror take place. your feet placed on the fender; contrasted with being presentations of persons conversant with periodical “Petrarch (says our author) had frequent conferplanted at a large table, remote from such appliances, literature and with the state of public feeling, and for ences with Joanna during his stay at Naples at this and sitting bolt upright as though you were which we have since been consoled by the opinion of period. These turned chiefly on literary subjects and amining Magna Charta! I hope you will think of some alleviation to a lone family, living in the country,

a friend of ours, conversant both with literature and inspired her with a high esteem for his abilities and where to read is almost the only resource, and where any business, that he “looked upon it as the cause of worth. Loving letters, she wished to attach him to abridgment of this pleasure is a serious annoyance. half of the Journal's success." We mention this in her court, and under happier circumstances might One thing I do insist on, that you turn not the shafts of your wit against us. We look to you for succour.

self-defence. The name is now identified with the perhaps have succeeded, but being, as she afterwards We hear a vast deal of the “ignorant impatience" of

Journal, and cannot be laid aside: and to say the herself expressed it, ‘a queen in name only, without women, and the necessity of restraining it ; and if you, truth, we had one consolation in it before; for it

power to do good to any one,' she was obliged to too, were toglance that way, it would be the unkindest cut looked like a part of the frankness and open dealing content herself with appointing him, in imitation or of all. But we know you for a 'Squire of Dames. En

which our paper recommends, and was, perhaps (if we Robert, her domestic chaplain and almoner, an office passant, an occasional Essay in support of our claims to a small share of understanding, would not be misplaced.

may say so without arrogance), not without its use in possessed only by people of distinction, and to which Your late friend Hazlitt took some pains to prove, that furthering the pretensions of cheap literature. With some valuable privileges are attached. It is a rewomen were totally incapable of reasoning; and it

regard to the size, it was thought best to square that markable circumstance that the letters patent for this must be acknowledged that he had reason for the assertion. I never knew any woman, nor man either, save

to the similitude of our popular friend Chambers. The employment bear date on the day of the most remarkone or two fantastical wits, who could develop the

Indicator we never thought of. But what have we able tempest by which Naples had ever been visited. mysteries of his ratiocinations. But de mortuis, &c. I been saying all this while? Of what ungrateful forget. This tempest was caused by a violent Sirocco* and was shall look with no small trepidation for the recognition fulness have we not been guilty ? For now we think of felt all round Italy, and on all the shores of the Mediof our grievances; and do engage, in case they are properly noticed, to furnish such remuneration, as may

it, our fair friend no sooner inflicted the wound, than terranean, but more particularly at Naplez. Petrarch's amply reward a man of letters and an elegant poet.

she did apply the balm to it, when she followed it up description of its effects in that capital is peculiarly Imprimis, in the village of Mopeham, where I reside, with a reason for the objection. Is there no way by lively and interesting. it is not that Mopeham where dwells the old lady of which we can still retain this right of being so pleaoblivious memory; and from whence the

This scourge of God, says he, had been predicted a Daughter” posted home in the carriage tête-à-tête with

santly addressed ? Might not some nom-de-guerre (de few days before, by the bishop of a neighbouring island the young Count. This was thought, in our circle, pair, rather,) some appellation implying a friend in skilled in astrology. But as an astrologer never foretells rather a new incident, and a happy hit in the novel masquerade, be found out by us, or for us, so that we the exact truth, he hac' also predicted that Naples would department.) But to leave digression: this Mopeham might be addressed by it notwithstanding appearances, bedestroyed by an earthquake, on the 25th of November. is Our Village; and in its woody haunts are to be found more nightingales than, perchance, you may have ever

and in spite of that brazen-faced necessity at the head This prediction had gained so much credit, that the greater heard or seen congregate ; for you see them in their of our Journal ? Will the lady herself christen us? part of the populace, resigning every other thought, flight from one tree to another throughout the day We cannot promise to be a very "good little boy;" and expecting only immediate death, craved the mercy "when every goose is cackling,” yet lose they none of but we will promise to be a very great big godson, a of heaven for their sins. Others, however, derided the their fame as prima donnas. Now do I intend noting

prophecy and the vain science of the astrologer. Be. every minim, crotchet, quaver, &c. &c. in the combined great deal older perhaps than herself. scale of harmony, to present you with; and yet this is

As to the case which she has done us the honour tween hope and fear, but I confess rather more inonly a small part of what I project, if you will under- to submit to our judgment, and which (from the clined to fear, for accustomed to inhabit colder climates take to prove that order does not always produce har- allegorical name she has given her village) we I regarded a storm of thunder and lightning in winter mony; and to disabuse, of that other heresy, one, on whom time has no other effect than to strengthen and

clude she has enveloped in a due quantity of generous as a phenomenon, and looked on that I now witnessed confirm him in preconceived errors.

inapplicability as to sex or relationship, it surely re- as a menace from heaven,-on the evening of the 24th It was with much concern I read in your commence- quires no other discussion, after the very argumenta. I retired at an early hour to the convent of St. Lawnient to your present work, that you should cease to speak of yourself in future. There has been a long

tive conclusions implied by the way in which she has rence, where I lodged, having previously seen the kiatus in our acquaintance, and I had hoped to have

stated it. Extremes meet this as in all other cases. principal part of the ladies of the metropolis, more collected some gleanings from your hearth again,--that Order is not order if it pervert the very end of order,

* A hot and close south wiod.


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