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And now, my dear Lucy, I am going conceive. He made a sort of side. to make a request to you, which long. bow at, his entrance, withif you approve, it will much please out venturing to look at either of me; at the same lime, it is my part us. ticular desire, you will not act con This is Mr. Jeremiah Curtis, trary to your inelination. It is, that said my brother, you shut up your house, and reside Yes,' said he, that is niy name.' with me until the tinie mentioned Pray, sir, take a chair,' said Maabove. I shall then have an oppora ria. I screwed up my mouth as close tunity to introduce you to the miss as possible, and dared not trust myVernons, which I much wish; and self with a sentence. in their society I think you will find * Thank you, Ma'am,' said he, pleasure, to say nothing of the satis- ļ this stool will do'-at the same faction the company of my dear time seating himself on one, or sister will afford me. If you ap- rather between one and a neighprove this, let me know immediately, bouring chair. and I will order every thing relative I could contain myself no longer; to your journey. In the mean time, but, by way of excuse for laughing, I rest your ever affectionate brother, said, " Take care, sir: you know the CHARLES AMBROSE, old saying, I suppose. This raised a
laugh, in which I had an excuse to LETTER XV.
join, and gave Mr. Jerry an oppor
tunity of shewing a set of beautiful Miss II. Vernon to Miss West, white teeth, as an additional orna
ment to his sweet face. I HAVE been laugluing, my dear. Dinner arrived, but I dared not Susan, this hour past, at a young look on Maria, or any where but man toom the queerest, surely, that my own plate, the whole time. My was ever seen. You nust know, brother said,' Young man, you brother has taken a new clerk, in the must not expect cheese aster dinner ; room of our poor Charles. But I never have any, I think it unnewhy do I say poor? he is in a way cessary.' to be rich,
I think so too,' said he; ' and After expecting this rare youth toasted, it is unwh lesome.' several days, he arrived yesterday : Dear!' said I, “I am sorry for express from Hampshire. You have that, for I am very fond of toasted heard of Hampshire hogs, Susan.-- cheese. But how is it unwholeHe was taken to the counting-house some? Why, I have heard it makes first, and did not make his appearance people short-breathed, and causes 2 before us till dinner-time. My brother bad smell.' was then followed by a little diminu This was too much, and I could tive figure, dressed in a whole suit sit it no longer; but, putting my of brown clothes, with carroty hair, baridkerchief to my face, I ran up tied in a tail behind about the size stairs, and laughed so immoderately of my finger. Every feature in his that Dorcas ibought I was in hyface is what you may call pretty, and :sterics. Maria soon joined me, and his complexion may rival the lily owned it was with ditriculty she could for whiteners, with scarcely any red reírain.'What shall we do?' said to entræst ir; but a more vacant 1; I shall never be able to live in the countenance you cannut possibly house with this quter creature?
Oh! when we are used to him it "I think it a very pretty one,' rewill wear off: you must reason your- plied the oaf. self out of it, and think on grave
Just' then the colonel acrived, subjects when he is present.
Jerry retired behind the door. The Thank you for your advice,' colonel entered. said I; 'but I fear I shall not be What alone, ladies!' said he. able to profit by itu?
'No, sir,' said Maria, 'here is a By tea-time I had laughed my: gentleman with us :'-then looking self into gravity, and was able to round Bless me, where' is he face the second interview. He sat himself down on the same stool as bes I who saw him sneek behind the fore, which I have now wained Jerry's door shut it, and discovered him to stool, and all Maria's persuasions the company,
The colonel, who would not prevail ons him to take a could scarcely keep his countenance, chair. Nothing particular occurred observed the gentleman was playing at tea. Brother went tó, tive club, hide and seek. and we were left to entertain our And a very innocent amusement pretty spark.
too,' said I. - This, sir, is Mr. Je You had better tale a little remiah Curtis. Colonel Ambrose, walk,' said Alaria. ',
Mr. Curtis. *If you please, Ma'am,' said he, I shall not attempt to describe happy to be released-and away he poor Jerry's confusion; it is imweni.
possible. I had compassion on him, He returned in about half an hour, and let him sit quiet the remainder slibbing his hands, saying he was of the evening. afraid of losing himselfif he walked -. And now for a word of the cofurther.- observed it was 'coldish - lonel.--He told us, that he had just this evening
: , Feceived a letter from his sister in Cold, my dear, in August! I do answer to one he had 'written, renot think so,' said Maria. * But wė" questing her to spend the winter will have a fire,' said I', very gravely with him at his lodgings; that she
Oh dear! he replied;. . not on had conformed to his wishes, and my'account. I was only cold-coming that: he expected her in a few days. out of the fresh air, I suppose.' I was delighted with this intel
Very likely,' said I. i hope ligence, and Maria looked pleased. four cold tit won't last long. "Are youI am all impatience to be intro. isabject to the ague??
duced to her. I will lay down my .I had it once, Ali'am ; 'but I pen till that wished-for day arrives. cured it with a charmi'
Maria has been reading this letter. * Really! that was charming.' For shame, Harriet!' she says, 'you
are growing satyrical. You should • Do you ever read, sir." said not represent the young man in so Maria : we have a few books at ludicrous a light : he will improve; he your service.'
is but just come from the country.' 'I can't say I do.'
. I wish he may,' said I; . but How, then, do you employ your till that happy day arrives, you must self?'
give me leave to laugh at his ex. Why I think a great deal, pence: I promise you I will cease, Ma'am,' fixing his eyes on the foor. when he ceases zo be an oddity. And,
pray, sir, what do you thinks Adieu for the prese.. of this carpet?' said I,
( well ac
placed chairs, and we were seated
on each side of her. But before I Aweex has passed since I wrote proceed any further, I must describe the above. This morning the colonel the person of this lady. came, and informaed us that his sis 'She is tall and graceful. Her ter was arrived, and wished to see face, though impaired by time, is us: he therefore proposed, if agree- still pleasing; and it is easy to perable, to take us with him directly. ceive, that twenty years ago it must We made no objection ; but, equip- have been much more so. She has ing ourselves in neat morning dresses, still a good complexion, although attended him. Maria whispered me, the roses are somewhat faded ; and that she felt rather agitated.- Fool a good deal of vivacity in her counish,' said I, 'what are you afraid of? tenance, joined to an extremely senI, however, was not surprised. The sible look. Her dress was neatness colonel chatted very agreeably dur- itself. ing our ride ; but, I believe, he no I am,' said she, looking in each ticed Maria's tremor.- I have,' of our faces by tarns, said he,"mentioned my sister to quainted with you both; and as that you as a sensible, and even a learn- is the case, we will, if you please, ed woman: I leave you to discover lay aside that reserve that usually a thousand good qualities of more attends a first visit, and enter into value in my estimation ; for I own, chat as freely as though we were old although I admire learning in your acquaintance. sex, I never could find a charm there We smiled at her good-humour, in to counterbalance the want of an and, after thanking her for so kind a amiable temper and agreeable man- proposal, obeyed her; and having ners; and, much as I esteem good chatted away for near two hours, we selise, there is a sort of understand took our leave, I should have told ing which I term common sense, you, that the colonel left us in about that I greatly prefer.'
half an hour, saying— Now I have • But surely, sir,' said I, 'a pero hrought your visitors, and introduced son endued with a superior under them, I have done my part.' standing cannot be deficient in Aye, aye,' said his sister, 'we common sense.'
have done with you now; so you may There certainly are instances of march off.' that deficiency, miss Harriet, and She did not drop a hint relating to some have fallen within my know. her brother and Maria. I thought ledge. But we are arrived.
this was delicate and considerate. He then handed us out of the She pressed us much to stay dinner, carriage, and, taking a hand of each, but we declined it, She rang to order 'led us into the parlour, where was the chariot; but, as the weather was his sister, sitting at work, with spec. fine, we chose to walk home. She tacles on.
then insisted on fixing a day to dine, I am much obliged to the young accompanied by our brother. The ladies,' said she, rising from her day after the morrow was fixed; and seat, ' for their early attendance : we took our leave, highly pleased at the same time saluting Maria with our visit.--As I shall have ocand me with the most engaging casion to speak often of this lady, I freedom.
sball say no more now. By ibis time the colonel had Our long visit and walk had
brought it past our dinner-hour at the maid (I suppose behind the home; the cloth was just taking away. door). Oh, oh!' said my brother, you "And who made it
kitchen, are returned then, like bad pennies: 1 old madam Grumpus?' said Jerry. thought I should have saved a din "I have been mistress of my mas. ner to-day.'
ter's kitchen these twenty years, "No, not to-day,' said I ; 'but on replied she, “and will not be ruled Thursday we have engaged you and by such a jackanapes as you. I will ourselves to dine at the colonel's.'
acquaint the ladies, I assure you.' He made no objection, but asked Go tell them,' said he. Who if Mr. Curtis was invited.
you, or they either?" • Dear, no!' I replied: "how do Dorcas, angry enough before this, you think he would look in such a was enraged still more.--Youngvisit?'
ster,' said she, ' I give you to know, Look! why, how should he you must speak more respectable of look? I think he is a very good. my young ladies, if you
live here: looking young man.
marry, truly you are come to a tak it into your
heads laugh at pretty pass in a week.' him. I tell you, he is a very clever · Don't make such a rout to me,' young fellow in business.'-! did retorted Jerry: 'I don't care a fig for not dispute my brother's assertion. either of them, although they are
After we had dined, we began to such wits.' tell him the particulars of our vizit. • Wits !' said she, 'no more wits
- And now,' said I, do not you than yourself: you had not best stand long to see Mrs. Ambrose ?"
there, calling names!' ' No,' said he ; 'she is only a wo Thus they went on for some time, man, I suppose.
when master Jerry was sent out on • But she is a very fine one,' said business ; and I shall here conclude Maria.
myself affectionately yours, * Her fineness did not get her a
H. VERNON, husband. I suppose she knows no
(To be continued.) thing of good housewifery, and so forth :-how should she, for her father taught her nothing but reading and writing, both of which are un ACCOUNT of the new Grand Ronecessary to a woman, unless it be
mantic Melo-drama, called. The books that relate to household ma-, Wood DÆMON,' presented for nagement,'
the first Time at the Theatre* I am sure you will like her,' Royal, Drury-Lane, on Wednessaid I; ' and we shall be able to
day, April 1. judge of her housewifery by her
THE following are the principal management of her table.'
I retired up stairs to finish this characters : letter ; but hearing an uncommon Hardyknute,
Mr. De Camp.
Mr. Penley. noise in the kitchen, I stopped to
Mr. Dowton, listen.
Mr. Gibbon. Dorcas was exalting her voice to Rolf,
Mr. Montgomery. a very loud key, with a 'Come from Sangrida,
Miss C. Bristow. behind the door ; I will have no such Leolyn,
Mrs. H. Siddons. doings in my kitchen, I assure you!' Clotilda
Mrs. Harlowe. - I now found it was Jerry kissing Alexina,
Mrs. Scott. Vol. XXXVIII.
many spectres of various descripMistress of the Revels, Miss Fearon. tions, that nothing less than a jury
of ghosts can decide upon the merits This drama is founded on a Ger- of this extraordinary performance. man tale, which affords full scope to Whatever credit may be given to the wild faricy of Mr. Lewis, author his powers of invention, his repuof The Castle Spectre, &c. nas tation, as an author, will be rather acquired so much celebrity for pro- diminished than increased by the ductions of this des "ription, The Wood Dæmon; which owes its scene is lid in Holstein, and the principal attraction to a profusion 'interest and incidents of the piece of splendid scenery, admirably aralmost wholly arise from the devo- ranged; some charming and approtions paid to the Wood Damon, to priate music by Mr. Kelly; and the whom, it seems, it was the su laudable exertions of De Camp, perstition of the place yearly to im- Dowton, Gibbon, Mrs. H. Siddons, molate a child,
Mrs. Harlowe, and Miss C, Bristow, : Mr. Lewis has chosen Dennark who performed the interesting Leo'as the scene of his magical incanta- lyn with great propriety of gesture tions; and has fixed the period when and expression. A miss Fearon the power of Dæmonology was im- made a vocal début, and from the plicitly believed.
It appears, that sweetness and power of her voice Hardyknute, being born deformed promises to prove a valuable accesand poor, exchanges these disad- sion. vantages for their contrarieties, Of the scenes it is difficult to say through the influence of the • Wood which was the most beautiful. We Dæmon,' to whom he pledges him- were most struck, however, with self, under penalty of destruction, the picturesque variety of the third that on a certain night in each re scene', which exhibits a splendid Govolving year he wilf sacrifice blood thic Hall, with a gallery crowded upon the altar of the spirit, before with spectators, and an emblematic the clock exhibited by the side of representation of the Four Seasons, the altar strikes the awful hour of whr, as they move in a superb paone ! -For eight succeeding years he geant, make offerings peculiar to ha, kept his sanguinary vow; and on each to the Count -The scenes, mathe ninth he is so far fortunate, that chinery, &c. were worked with wonhis victim Leolyn, a dumb boy, is derful ease and dexterity for a first secreted in the fatal cavern; whence exhibition of so complex and elabohe is delivered by Unu, to whom rate a nature At the close of the Hardyknute is betrothed. The time last scene, when the Wood Diemon is within a quarter of one, and Har- and the Clock sink into the earth, dyknute, dreading his immediate dis- that opens to devour them, amidst solution, prepares to in molate Una; all the horrors of the infernal regions, when the boy, climbing near the there was a general cry of Bravo! clock, by the assistance of a spear,' which was redoubled when the piece accelerates its movement; One is was announced for a second represtruck !--Hurdyhnute perishes !-- sentation. It promises, indeed, to The boy is saved !- And the restored be of lasting attraction, and aniply Una is united to the virtuous but
the vast expence that must unassuming Oswy
have attended the getting up a specMr. Lewis has given soch loose to tacle of such splendour, magnifihis imagination, and introduced so cence, and variety