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never give any thing more for din- 'here is a man with a carpet, which ner than one plain joint of meat ar:d he says master has ordered for the a pudding. You will excuse this front parlour, and that he is to freedom ; it is fit we should under- put it down directly.' Friend,' stand one another, you know, and said Maria to the man, I think you India gentlemen cannot some- you must be mistaken in the name.' times relish plain food. I have two The man persisting he was right, sisters by my father's side, who live she permitted him to lay it down. with me. He left them very young : When it was done, and we were a foolish man, to marry so lale in talking over the circumstance, anlife, unless he could have provided other man brought a stove-grate, for them! They are quite depend with the same message, that he was ant on me. I had thoughts of ap- to fix it to the chimney:
Maria prenticeing them to milliners or man- made less scruple to receive this, as tua-makers ; but they ask such high it was evidently a second-hand one. premiums, and I must have found It, however, fitted very well; and we them in clothes the time, so I e'en were glad to see the room so far furdetermined to keep them at home, nished. We sat ourselves to conjecas perhaps they might get husbands, ture the meaning of these strange as they are likely young women to events, look at, and; as the world goes, very 'He is going to bring home a prudent. But I begin to think I wife,' said I. was out in my conjectures; for, as " Alas! what then will become the old song says,
• There is no body of us?' replied Maria. comes to woo!' As I seldom write • You conclude then,' said I, 'that letters, and have much business on she must be as strange a being as my hands, I hope you'll excuse more himself; now I will not view every al present. Ishall be glad, as I before thing in the worst light. She may said, to see you when you please, if be a worthy good creature, and if so, you can conform 10 my rules. In it may be the best thing that can hapthe mean time rest your friend and pen; as she may either make our humble servant,
present situation more comfortable, GEORGE VERNON. or prevail on him to put us in some
way to do comfortably for ourselves.' LETTER IV.
You are right, Harriet,' said she;
' and I am very wrong to look only Miss Harriet Vernon to Miss Susan on the dark side.' l'est.
Whilst we were thus conversing,
our brother came in to dinner, acL'an, my dear Susan, quite outcompanied by Charles Wentworth. of my
wits for joy. Would you be- - Very right,' said he, as he enterlieve it, we are going to have a visitor ed the room. The men have been, at our house! a colonel too! I will I see. How do you like my new not anticipate, but inform you the carpet, Charles:'-Charles replied, particulars of this important in- Very well, sir; but you should ask cident.
the ladies.' You must know, then, that yes- Without waiting to be asked, I terday morning, as Maria and I exclaimid-'I ain quite charmed were sitting at work, there was a with the carpet and grate; but loud knock at the door; when up how in the world, sir, came you to come Dorcas. - Miss,' said she, have what you so often declared you
never would ? I mean the carpet, for of him, I shall wish him in India. the stove is a necessary article.' again.' Half ashamed at the ridia,
• Cannot you guess :' said he. culous figure I cut, I left the room
• She has been guessing,' says to scribble to you. As the colonel Maria, that you are going to give is expected every day, I will not send us a sister.'
this iill I can accompany it with my No, no; I know better: but I am opinion of him. going to have a visitor.'
My curiosity was now wound to (In continuation.) the highest piich.-Dear sir,' said I, 'pray tell us all about it.'
Well, my dear, the colonel is •Why then my visitor is a man of arrived, and I know
para large fortune, just returned from ticulars: I will describe him minuteIndia; an old friend of mine, and, ly. `About twelve o'clock this day for ought I know, may fall in love a very handsome chariot stopped at with one of you.'
the door. Here he is !' cried I, • The dinner coming in, put an end running as, fast as possible down to the discourse : but not a inorsel stairs to Maria, who was in the parcould I eat; the latter part of my lour.- For goodness sake,' said brother's speech had taken "iny apo she, don't be so agitated: one would petite away. As for Maria, she was think, to look at you, the king him. as composed as ever, and I verily self was at the door.': believe would be so if the gentle- Well, I am a fool; but I can't man were actually to make good my help it: however, you, with all your brother's words.
composure, have a most charming After dinner I began to make fur- glow on your
face.' ther enquiries, and then learned that By this time my brother and the the expected visitor was a colonel. colonel were congeeing in the hall,
'A still greater recommendation, and in a moment both entered observed Mr. Wentworth. You can: 'My two sisters,' said my brother, · not resist the attractions of a red 'I mentioned in my letter.' We
coat, miss Harriet. Pray is his made our curtseye, I thought, with coat red or blue, Mr. Vernon ?' a very good grace: the colonel took
Mr. Vernon had now leancd back a hard of each, and put them to his in his chair, and was in a profound lips in a very gallant manner. “I doze; so that the important question hope,' said he, in a short time to could not be resolved.
entitle myself to this freedom by an Maria and Charles then went intimate acquaintance.' into a serious dissertation on the But before I proceed, I must give influence the military men you a description of his person; the supposed to have over the ladies; most material part, you know, of a while I was conning in my mind nava! hero. I shall not particularthe contents of my wardrobe, and ise his features, but inform you that determined to ask my brother, when he is a tall genteel man, about fortyhe awoke, for a new beaver bat. So five, with a countenance very pretotally lost was I in this reverie, that possessing, though much sun-burnt. it was some time before I discovered He wears his hair' very becoming, Charles and my sister were laughing arid a blue uniform turned up with at my expence.-- Really,' observed white. His air and manner aie exthe latter, if the sight of this colonel tremely elegant, and there is an take the same eficct as the thought aniu ation and softness in his ado
dress I never saw equalled. The crimson, and, I believe, mine was contrast between him and my bro- of the same hae. ther is so striking, that I fear one “I am happy, sir,' said the colonel, house will not hold them long; and ' to be introduced to a gentleman I think we shall be sorry to part you so highly recommend : Mr. with our new visitor,
Wentworth, I hope to be better • I received your letter, sir,' said acquainted with you;' and shook him he to my brother, just as I was most cordially by the hand.-- This stepping into my carriage for Lon- ready turn set us all right, and the don, where I purposed taking lodg- arrival of dinner turned the converings till such time I could fix on sation. My brother had informed a country residence. Having given us we should make no alteration in over all thoughts of hearing from our manner of living on account of you, I concluded you would have our visitor; and we found, by what answered my letter immediately, if passed at table, he had settled that my intended visit had beerf agree point by letter. In half an hour able. I was surprised, and I own after the cloth was removed, we left my surprise was not lessened when the room. The first question to each I found the reason of the delay. other was how we liked him. Both What shall I say to the man who concurred in sentiment, and I then would risque the losing a friend for sat me down to finish my letter to the sake of saving a shilling?' you. I will write again soon, but not
As this was spoken in a laughing till I hear from you. Maria joins easy way, my brother could not be me in love, and respects where due. offended. Aye, aye, colonel,' said I remain, as usual, yours sincerely, he, I see you have yet to learn that !
H. VERNON. a penny saved is a penny gained.'
(To be continued.) I cannot give you the particulars of what passed before dinner. Maria and I said little ; but the flattering attention the colonel paid to that ACCOUNT of the new COMIC little highly exhilarated our spirits, OPERA, called FALSE ALARMS; and I thought gave Maria a dignity
or, My Cousin,' performed for and grace in her manner that greatly the first Time at the Theatrebecame her. Mn Wentworth came
Royal, Drury-Lane, on Monday, in, as usual, about a quarter of an
January 12. hour before dinner. My brother, who is very inattentive to all de- THE characters were thus reprecorums, did not introduce him.' seated : Charles made a genteel bow, which the colonel returned. Maria, resolve
Sir Damon Gayland, Mr. Wroughton.
a billet arrives from the fictitious Rosalinda, stating that she is at
hand, and can no longer endure the -Si Damon Gayland, who has re- suspense of their mutual passion. cently taken Lady Gayland for his see The false Captain, to whom Ladycond wife, and for whom he really has Gayland appeals, affects to recognise more regard than he is aware of, is the hand-writing of the fair Rosainfatuated with the silly pride of ex- linda to be that of his cousin, and citing his wife's jealousy, and of ac- demands instant satisfaction from quiring the character of a man of Sir Damon for the indignity offered gallantry. It appears that he has to his family. Sir Damon is overbeen in habits of correspondence powered with shame and penitence, with an incognitu, with whom he and pleads for forgiveness. became acquainted at a private mas- In the mean time, Edgar, the son querade, but to whose person he has of Sir Damon, has arrived in pursuit been kept a stranger. --The jealous of Emily, the ward of Old Plod, to apprehensions of Lady Gayland are whom he is attached, contrary to the relieved by the unexpected arrival of views of his father. After some of Caroline Sedley, an old friend and the usual difficulties in these cases, school-fellow.
in which his jealousy has been needCaroline declares herself to be the lessly alarmed, he succeeds in eloping cause of Sir Damon's alienation ; re- with the object of his wishes ; and lates their meeting at the masque. Sir Damon's consent is extorted by rade, and that, accidentally discover- Lady Gayland, as a condition of ing in the person of her gallant the their reconciliation. husband of her friend, she had been A further interest arises out of induced to humour the intrigue, in the characters of- Tom Surfcit and the hope of avenging the wrongs Lieutenunt M Lary, who are rival of Lady Gayland, and effecting Sir candidates for the hand of Caroline. Damon's reformation.
The former, as an apology for doing To promote this design, she has nothing, has assumed the character obtained a letter of introduction to of a Temple student; but despising Sir Damon, under the assumed dis- the slow returns of half-guinea moguise and character of Capt. Bronze; tions as inadequate to his fashionable and in this character she affects pursuits, he conceives designs upon such an easy impudent freedom with the superior fortune of Plod's ward. Sir Damon's house, his servants, and, His attempt, however, is frustrated, above all, his wife, that the man of and his vanity exposed in all quargallantry is confounded, bis indigna. ters; whilst the mirthful Caroline tion is roused, his jealousy is alarm. finds a deserving and successful suitor' ed, and, under pretence of sudden in the brave and honest M Lary. indisposition, he determines imme- ' In the developement of this story diately to hurry away his wife from there are several whimsical and strike so dangerous an intruder. This is ing situations, and the characters are the signal for Lady Gayland; she re- supported with much humour. In fuses to accompany him ; accuses Sir deed, it is not often that so much Damon of infidelity; abuses him by is done for the dramatic part of the
part is highly respectable. In the and gloves : cap of lace intermixed vocal department the whole strength with fawn-coloured velvet or satin, of the house is combined. The and trimmed with ribbon to match : music is the composition of M. P. white cornelian or pearl necklace. King: but Braham has composed his own songs, together with Storace's song in the first act, and the duet between her and Mrs. Moun- PARISIAN FASHIONS. tain, in the second. The music, in general, possesses great merit, and BESIDES capotes, which lose no. was much applauded. The song thing in depth, our fashionable ladies which Braham sung, accompanying wear large yellow panela hats, in upon the piano forte, produced the undress. These punelas are of very most powerful effect, and was rap- fine straw; but except two ends of turously received. Miss Duncan ribbon, by which they are fastened appeared to great advantage: and under the chin, all kind of ornaMrs. Mountain and Mrs. Bland ment is excluded. The number of xung with their usual sweetness. caps à lu paysunne is not considerJohnstone's Irish character and airs able, but they are worn by ladies of gare him an opportunity of shewing the most elegant taste. himself in a way in which he always The waists are still very short, excels. The piece was very favour. and the robes in general round. ably received.
For full dress, they are frequently of striped gauze, and trimmed with satin ribbons; the trimming usually
representing a foliage. *LONDON FASHIONS.
(With an Engraving, elegantly co
1.-FASHION ABLE AFTERNOON
ELVILLE FAMILY SECRETS. AND DANCING DRESS-A short sound dress of yellow muslin or crape over
a white sarsenet petti-, coat ; the dress trimmed round the (Continued from Vol. XXXVII. p. bottom with a broad lace, and made
594.) much shorter than the petticoat: the bodies full, and trimmed with a IT was no spectre that thus inter. coloured trimming, which crosses rupted her, but lord Holden himself, in the front, and is made to corre- saying, in a significant manner, spond at the back : sleeves laid in that the conduct of Burns had been crossways over white sarsenet. Head. such as to gain him the hatred of