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Bcll's

COURT AND FASHIONABLE

MAGAZINE,

For OCTOBER, 1807.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.

The Twentu-third Pumbcr.

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE CROWN PUINCESS OF DENMARK.

Her Royal Highness the Crown || their personal feelings. The city was illuPrincess of DENMARK is daughter of minated, and the hut emulated the palace Prince Charles, Stadtholder of Ilolstein. || in testimony of unfeigned loyalty and joy. She has been married to the Prince Regent When the Princess was sufficienty re. for some years; several children were the covered to go abroad, she visited the theatre. fruit of their union, of whom the Princess | The streets througlı which the Roval family Carolina is the only survivor. She is about had to pass, were brilliantly embellished fifteen years old, but excluded from inherit- | with devices, and otherwise disposed to ing the crown by the laws of Denmark, which give eclat to the occasion. confine the succession to heirs male. This On the Royal personages entering their has several times afforded the people grounds box, they were, contrary to custom, greetel to evince their affection to the Prince, by with the enthusiastic acclamations of the expressing their beartfelt regret, that the audience; and at their departure fro:n the throne of Denmark was not likely to be theatre, the populace, amid thundering filled by his immediare descendant; but it huzzas, surr unded the Royal party with was never more cordially manifested than such cagerness and impetuosily, that the on the 13th of February, 180::

guards were compelled to recede, and suffer In the morning of that day the cannon them to follow the carriage. announced the delivery of the Princess. This circumstance recalls to our minds The people anxiously listened for a second, the reply of Frederick the fourth to the and third discharge,* but their wishes were French Ambassador, when the latter ex. disappointed, and a certain gloom clouded pressed his surprise, that his Majesty should every face in the city. Notwithstanding | live at his country seat without guards. which, when night approached, a'l sacrificed “ I am always sate in the arms of my

people," replied the King. On the birth of a Prince the guns are fired three times.

ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS,

A DREAM ON THE OCCUPATIONS OF DEPARTED SOULS.

[Concluded from Page 128.]

THESE were the contemplations which at coach-box; but all his exertions proved fruitless, that time occupieil my mind, and I revolved them the driver being too corporeal, and himself too with so much pleasure that I did not miss my ethereal. He seized the reins of the horses; they guide, who in the mean time had soared aloft, | became restive; but this was all that he was able and when I descried him, beckoned to me to fol. to effect. low him. He directed my attention to the

He quitted, therefore, the fatal carriage, utteranxious occupation of a departeil soul, whom he ing the most dreadful imprecations, and directed pointed out to me in the lown to which we bent || his flight towards his son's apartinents. Curiosity our flight. On coming nearer, I observed that tempied me to follow him, and I was astonished that soul appeared half famished. It fitted round to observe the unspeakable agony with which a splendid carriage which stood before the house

he was seized. Could any thing have been more of a merchant, whose name was very familiar to dreadful to him than the sight of the profusion me, but is still more to many of his fellow.citi- of costly china, tapestry, and mirrors, which zens, who must assist him in keeping up his alone must have required an expenditure of many splendor hy advancing money to him. At first, || thousand dollars. Thrice did he stamp upon the I was uncertain what could be the object of that sinful sofa covered with rich brocade. “ Eighty. restless soul; and the ragged and patched clothes five dollars !” exclaimed he, groaning. Rich in which it was dressed, made me suspect that it hangings trimmed with gold fringe, which he was one of those who, in this world, act in a two- now descried, threw him into a still greater agony. fuld capacity, either begging alms of travellers, or He attempted to scratch off the gold; but to no robbing them on the highway. But I discovered

purpose. He beheld every moment new objects my enior as soon as I came nearer, seeing that it | of splendor, which also proved to him new sources was the economical soul of the merchant's father, of torture. He now descried a ledger upon a I recollected to have known him in my life-lime. | writing.desk. This object seemed to afford him He was the wealthiest citizen in the whole town, some satisfaction. He read, and his fury abated. and notorious for having with economical hands But this calin was only of a mementary duration ; mended his own shoes, darned his own stockings, his son entering the apartment at the same inand eclipsed all his fellow.citizens in the art of stant, holding in his hand a parchment, whereon enduring hunger. He could never have imagined || I could clearly discern the words Lord of D. He that his notorious usury and exemplary parsimony went to the money-chest, in order to substantiate would afford his son an opportunity of lavishing his clairs icihe new title. What a dreadful thoughtlessly the wealth which he had gradually sight for the unfortunate father! He even drop amassed by so much care and industry. The ped the ledger. He few to the chest, seated him. disappointment of his parental expectations prov- self upon it, made every effort in his power to ed therefore to his soul, since her separation from prevent its being unlocked, and attempted to her body, a source of extreme torture. Every seize the parchment, but in vain. The young day afforded to his degenerated son a new oppor- merchant opened the chest with manifest satisfactunity for dissipation, and to himself an additional

tion, taking out a money bag, which was, at least source of the most agonizing sorrow.

as weighty as seventeen degrees of noble ancestors, The merchant had just received from the and cheerfully quitted the apartment. I shall coachmaker a carriage, which had cost him exact- never forget the despair which convulsed the ly the sum that his father once had gained by soul of his unfortunate pareni, who remained prudently denying on oath, for the benefit of his

prostrate on the money.chest, embracing it with progeny, a debt for which he had given his bond eagerness, and exclaiming again and again, in under his own signature. Could therefore any moaning accents: “O Levy, O Isaac !” I was thing have mortified his soul more painfully than | deeply affected by his agony, and attempted 10 this act of extravagance? He tried more than an comfort him. Being desirous of ascertaining the bundred times to push the coachman from the exact cause of his despair, I went up to him, and

laking him kindly by the hand, said, “Would tique bow, which, according to Gronovius, was you be so kind as to give me-"“What!” ex- customary among the young men of fashion at claimed he, "give you? la poor, unfortunate | Rome at the time of Ennius. Cicero sustained man! A tall, strong fellow, as you are, can this assault with great fortitude, and seemed to work! Go to the parish!” Vexed at this surly be impatiently waiting for the communication of reply, I quitted him abruptly.

their commission. His curiosity was at length Being informed, on coming into the street, grauified, when the spokesman, amid many conthat the soul of Cicero, attended by some Greek tortions of the face, put himself into the usual and Roman philosophers, had been seen in the rhetorical posture, and after repeated bows, pregarden of a neighbouring country seat, I was sented to him an enormous book, borne on the tempted to follow the immense crowds who shoulders of four of his colleagues, and having were flocking thither to gratify their curiosity. I on the back the inscription, OPERA OMNIA. The sight of the celebrated Roman afforded me Cicero was somewhat terrified at the sight of uncommon pleasure, and his dignified counte. this strange machine, and listened with evident mance inspired me with all the awe which such a tokens of surprise, when the spokesman addresspatriotic soul ought to excite. I discovered, how- ed him as follows: Omnino, si quid est in me ever, in his features, the traces of sorrow and de- ingenii, quod sentio, quam sit exiguuma -exiguun jection, the cause of which I was incapable of quod sentio, quam sit exiguum." This incon. finding out. Being curious 10 ascertain it, I ap- testable truth had probably exhausted the strength plied to a shade, who followed Cicero, and ap- of our Demosthenes, or the sight of Cicero, of peared to be one of his emancipated slaves. “He whoin he had preconceived an idea entirely difhas reason for being cast down and abashed," re- ferent from what he now beheld, had produced plied his attendant, “ since he, in your country, such a violent perturbation in his mind, that he has been committed to the mercy of a tribe, who, could not proceed. He stopped a long while, and under the pretext of honouring his memory, || afforded Cicero time to collect himself from him tender him ridiculous, and transforın him from | astonishment, and who, not having understood a a Roman consul into a Larin schoolmaster. single word of the address, asked his Atticus, What is still more afflicting for him is, that on what language this was? Our orator recovered complaining of this ill-treatment to the gods of at last from his confusion, after having consulted his country, he received for answer, that was the the copy of his speech, which he carried in the punishinent to which Pluto had condemned crown of his hat. He assured the venerable bim, because he had been accused of having fre Roinan, in the most elegant Ciceronian style, quently betrayed marks of vanity and pride, which that himself and his attendants were enraptured could not be corrected better than by commit- with joy, and that he would mark with a whita ting his works to the mercy of commentators. I stone the fortunate day when he had the honour was terrified at this rigorous judgment of Pluto, of becoming personally acquainted with a literary the reality of which I should have strongly doubt. Tuininary, who in his time had spoken the best ed had I not been convinced of it by the follow- | Latin, and whose learning had afforded to himself ing incident.

and his companions the means of procuring the We descried, at a distance of about an hundred necessaries of life. He was particularly diffuse steps, a great number of souls, covered with dust, in giving himself credit for having taken ccmand absorbed in profound meditation. Their passion on the works of Cicero, and for having steps were solemn, and their gait monarchic.published them in that conv nient form, assertThey seemed to disagree very much with eaching, moreover, that he had enbanced their value other, and the nearer they came, the more plain by the addition of the most valuable and learned Jy could I hear their dispute, which grew so vio- annotations, and rendered them useful by a copilent that their leader was obliged to turn round, ous index, and by this means had immortalized and clenching his fis', to command silence, by both the name of the author and the editor. Ile exclaiming in an authoritative accent, Me Dius concluded by lamenting the hardened blindness fidius! This cavalcadle seemed to surprise the of his German countrymen, who demanded more soul of Cicero : le suspected they had an im. of a man of learning, than merely a knowledge portant commission for him, and believed, as I of the Latin language, and even began to profane was afterwards told, that they were ambassadors the sacred antiquities of Latium, by propounding of a foreign nation, or barbarians, as he called them in a language which in Germany even the them, who had been compelled by famine to ap- | populace could understand. Here he concluded ply to the Roman senate and people for a supply | his speech with a joyous dixi, and Cicero, who of bread from Sicily or Egypt. He received them probably was tired of listening any longer to his with marks of compassion; but how was he as

unintelligible jargon, returned no further answer tonished when the leader made a profound an: but, Cura, ut valeas ! and withdrew abruply. No. XXII. ID. III.

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I retired with my guide beyond the precincts | my head. I then cleaned my hat, and thereby of the town, absorbed in reflections on the im- || deprived them so entirely of all matter for merrie pertinence and presumption of the people whom ment, that they relapsed into melancholy silence. we had just quitted, and probably should have Not being much inclined to keep them comgiven a longer audience to my thoughts, had not pany in gaping, I stole away from them, and in my meditations been suddenly interrupted by a another company of ladies met with the soul of a violent blow which I received un ny head, and French marquis, who in his lifetime had fre. which was struck with so much force, that I grew quently amused the same company, that were quite dizzy, and my hat dropped on the ground. ! pleased to call his humourous sallies elegant, natuI turned round in a violent passion to see who it iral, witty, and charming; but I now found hin, was that had dared to treat me in so rude a man.

contrary to the nature of other departed souls, “ You are very impudent,” exclaimed I totally changed. He was mute, and barren of in a violent tone,“ for treating in such a rude invention, and not a single person in the com. manner people whom you do not know, and who

pany seemed to entertain the same opinion they have not given the least offence to you.” “And

had of him upon earth. I told him I was suryou are a great fool," replied he with a loud

prised at this unexpected alteration. He shrug. laugh, “ for being offended at a piece of humour.

ged up his shoulders, assuring me that he was Do you not perceive that I am a satirist ?”

the most unhappy of all mertals, adding that This disagreeable accident made me extremely

death had come upon him so suddenly, that he uneasy, as I apprehended some witty blaile might

had no time to take his watch-chain and snuff. take it into his head to satyrise me black and blue;

box with him, “iwo articles,” exclaimed he therefore I proposed to my conductor to retire to mournfully, “in which all my wit and livelinesi a shadowy spot, which lay before us, and where

consisted! when I wish to sport an humourous I hoped to be, if not more solitary, at least more

sally I miss my watch-chain, and am not capable

of producing a witty thought. I am not even I was, however, disappointed, as I descried on

capable of giving my opinion of literary and po my arrival a large company consisting chiefly of litical matters, or of a poem, because I cannot ladies. As they had lived in my native town,

take a pinch of snuff.” I sincerely lamented the I knew every one of ihem, and soon found that

fate of the unfortunate marquis; but not having they had not madeany alteration in their manner

it in my power to assist him in regaining his wit, of living: they played, drank tea, some of them

I invented a plausible pretext, which compelled were totally silent, but the majority laughed so

me to leave him, and retired. loudly, that I was impatient to observe them

My conductor was just going to relate to me closely. I enquired what was the reason of it?

the history of the departed soul of a Merry

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but they were so malicious as to refuse giving me Andrew, who had lost his party-coloured jacket

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she least explanation. One of them, however, and with it all his laughter-moving faculties, to whom I had rendered a most essential service

when we were interrupted by a new adventure. by a most elegant and witty sonnet which I had

The departed soul of a lady, whom I had not made upon her pug-dog, was so grateful as to re

perceived because my back was turned towards lieve me from my painful perplexity. “I will tell

her, had stolen upon nie from behind, and sudyou," said she, “why we are so merry. We haddenly Aung one arm round my neck, while she sat many hours in the most tedious silence, be

with her other hand pressed mine so tenderly, cause we had been tired of criticising the dress, that I could guess the ineaning of this voluptuous she gait, and the features of all the souls who pass

eloquence more plainly than if she had made an ed by: nor had we any thing more to say about oral declaration. I could easily guess that she our absent acquaintances. In this state we hap

was a roving fair one, and the gloom of the solipened to descry you from afar in a situation im.

tary place where we were, confirmed me in this portant enough to set us all a laughing.” Here suspicion. She seemed to be as violently en. she broke off abruptly, at the same time holding || amoured of me as a person of that description is both her sides with her hands, and bursting out

capable of. I perceived plainly that she became in concert with the whole company into such an every moment more infamed, and more impuexcessive laughter, that I was confounded with dent in her familiarity, which rendered me curious shame. “Do you not perceive it yet?" resumed to see her face. Succeeding, after some struggles, she, after having collected herself a little. “For in disengaging myself from her arm, I turned heaven's sake, only look at your hat! it is entirely round. Heavens, what a sight! I started back. covered with dust." “ If this be the only thing “ Is it you ?" said she contemptuously, and withwhich renders me a subject of so much mirth,” | drew abruptly. My readers may easily guess that replied I, “ I can easily remove it.” l informed it was the departed soul of my wife ; she had them that a wit whom I had met had joked it off mistaken me for another person, which was the

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