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incontinence should (as it was ten

to one but she would) touch any of To the Editor of the Lady's the burning plough-shares, though MAGAZINE,

ever so slightly, she was reputed

guilty, though, perhaps, very often Sia,

innocent. So with us; if a lady I am very anxious to have an

listens ever so little beyond the usual

bounds of an allowed mutual interanswer to this interesting enquiry from one of your numerous corre

course, her reputation, like the ordeal spondents as early as possible, as it lady's, is lost in the opinion of the will give great relief to the mind of

world, though her virtue stands seCHARLOTTE,

cure in her own. Curzon-Street, July 4.

The circumstance of walking bare

footed is a strong confirmation of IF Charlotte spends an evening at an allegorical sense ; since being a the house of Maria in consequence little scorched by the hot iron can of a very pressing invitation; and if never be meant an adequate on coming away Maria does not re- punishment for the crime, and must peat the invitation ; is Charlotte to therefore be understood figuratively, understand that Maria does not wish to express that there is nothing to her to repeat her visit, or is it to be protect them from the dangers they understood, that Maria waits for an are exposed to but their bare natural invitation from Charlotte?

innocence; which, for that reason, is the easier corrupted, as the foot is more liable to be scorched by being bare and defenceless than if it was

protected by a covering. ADVICE TO UNMARRIED LADIES.

The eyes being hood-winked is a

further confirmation of an allegorical To the Editor of the Lady's sense ; for love is always described MAGAZINE,

by poets as wearing a bandage over

his eyes. This, then, being the conSIR,

dition of the unmarried ladies, I THE custom practised in Eng- shall endeavour to point out a path land during the times of the Saxons they may tread, and be secure amidst and Danes, os proving the innocence the burning plough-shares strewed of the ladies of those ages, by make in their way. ing them walk bare-footed through The high road that leads to the burning plough-shares, with their happiness and misery of the sex is eyes hoɔd-winked, seems to me to love. Their inexperience, added 10 carry a sort of secret allegory along the pleasures that enchanting route with it, and to typify the condition offers to their pleased senses, makes of the unmarried part of the fair then but too often quit the rugged sex; for what so analogous to the track for the more beaten one; which dangers of walking through burning seeming, as in fact it is, to be more plough-shares, as the strong temptae frequented, and being most agreeable, tions that sex are exposed to from draws their steps insensibly from the the warm addresses of the other? other. Again, if the lady suspected of The rugged track consists in kcepe Vol. XXXVIII.

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ing within the tounds prescribed by the exterior ills that attend an ae. custom, decency, and virtue. I say tual deviation from virtue. custom, because, though in the real How different is the behaviour of road of virtue there are several prim- Leonora and Prudentia in this rerose paths (as Laertes in Shakspeare spect! Prudentia has as strong a expresses himself), which may in- passion for Leontius as Leonora feels viie the step, without leading abso- for Torrismond. The same reasons Jutely out of the road itself, or ofter. forhid these coming together as keep ing any indecent prospect to the those asunder. The only difference view, yet the world expects the fair between their behaviour is, that .traveller should tread the direct road Prudentia endeavours to conquer the

without turning to the right or left, passion she has for Leontius; whereas for fear she should wander too far, Leonora still feeds bers, by keeping or trip unawares.

company with Torrismond. Prus But to leave the allegory, every dentia feels as great happiness in the woman has two characters to main- thought of being united to Leontius tain; one which she owes 10 herself, as Leonora does in that of a union and one which she owes to the with Torrismond; but considering world :-the.characters of virtue and the little prospect there is of it, she Teputation. Many women have lost forbears the dangerous intimacies their reputations, and yet have pre- which Leonora indiscreetly ventures served their virtues; for it is more upon. Prudentia may at length difficult, by far, to preserve reputa- get the better of her passion by the tion than virtue. The one depends method she takes, but Leonora never on the opinion of the public, who will. Both have an equal regard for may judge from false appearances, virtue, but Prudentia has most for and of course err; the other on an her reputation; Leonora thinks, that, inward consciousness of what is while she is conscious that no one right, which can never err.

can arraign her virtue, no one cught reputation, as well as virtue, is essen to arraign her reputation. Prudentia tial to every woman that would live thinks ihe best security her virtue agreeably in the world, and at peace can have is an unattacked reputation. within herself, both must be pre- Prudentia has not more virtue than served.

Leonora, but does more to preserve It would be an affront to the sex to it. Leonora thinks her reputation offer any arguments to them to induce secure while her virtue is so, and apthem to preserve their virtues. To plies all her care to preserve that. The suppose they want directions on this consequence of which different behead would be an unpardonable pre- haviour is this. The world being sumption; yet, without meaning to prepossessed in favour of Prudentia, offend them, I will venture to say, and prejudiced against Leonora, Pruthat I have observed some among dentia might lose her virtue, and yet them who have not had so much preserve her reputation ; and Leoregard for reputation as the import- nora lose her reputation, and yet be ance of it requires, and who think strictly virtuous. The one therethat nothing can be laid to their fore is to be commended, the other charge so long as they can satisfy to be pitied. themselves as to their own conduci :

J.D. 4 way of thinking productive of all Southampton, May 24

But as

the moral kind, which perhaps he OBSERVATIONS on the Credit due does not understand, and from them

to Travellers reporting marvel. draws some inferences 'suitable to lous Facts, as to Character and the taste of the times, or to a faManners.

vourite hypothesis. He tells us of

a Californian who sold his bed in the By the late Dr. BEATTIE. morning, and came, with tears in his (From sir William Forles's 'Life of Dr.

eyes, to beg it back at night; whence Beattie.')

he very wisely infers that the poor

Californians are hardly one degree WHEN an European arrives in above the brutes in understanding, any remote part of the globe, the for that they have neither foresight natives, if they know any thing of nor memory sufficient to direct their bis country, will be apt to form no conduct on the most common occavery favourable opinion of his inten- sions of life. In a word, they are tions with regard to their liberties; quite a different species of animal if they know nothing of him they from the European ; and it is a gross will yet keep aloof, on account of his mistake to think that all mankind strange language, complexion, and are descended from the same paaccoutrements. In either case, he rents. But one need not go so far has little chance of understanding as to California in quest


men who their laws, manners, and principles sacrifice a future good to a present of action, except by a long residence gratification. In the metropolis of in the country, which would not Great Britain one may meet with suit the views of one traveller in five many reputed Christians who would thousand. He therefore picks up a act the same part for the pleasure of few strange plants and animals, carousing half a day in a giri-shop. which he may do with little trouble Again, to illustrate the same importa or danger; and at his return to Eu- ant truth, that man is a beast, or rope is welcomed by the literati, as very, little better, we are told of ana philosophic traveller of most ac other nation, on the banks of the corate observation and unquestion- Ordlana, so wonderfully stupid, that able veracity. He describes, pere they cannot reckon beyond the numhaps, with tolerable exactness, the ber three, but point to the hair of soils, plants, and other irrational cu the 'head whenever they would riosities of the new country, which signify a greater number; as if four procures credit to what he has to say and four thousand were to them of the people; though his accuracy equally inconceivable. But whence' in describing the material pheno- it comes to pass that these people mena is no proof of his capacity to are capable of speech, or of reckonexplain the moral. One can easily ing at all, even so far as to three, is dig to the root of a plant, but it is a difficulty, of which our historian not so easy to penetrate the motive attempts not the solution. But till of an action; and till the motive of he shall solve it I must beg leave an action be known, we are no com- to tell him, that the one half of his petent judges of its morality; and tale contradicts 'the other as effectu. in many cases, the motive of an ac-' ally as if he had told us of a 'people tion is not known without a 'most who were so weak as to be incapable intimate knowledge of the language of bodily exertion, and yet that he and manners the agent. Qur had seen one of thetn lift a stone of traveller then delivers a few facts of a kundred weight:


flowing ringlets. She bade me not beautiful and romantic grounds, and despair: she disclaimed against lady Theodosia had pointed out difevery other. I gazed, lored, and ferent objects worthy of admiration, fondly hoped: but all those marks she took Julia's arm, lowered the of affection are, alas! now with her tone of her voice, and with a serious forgotten; and must I own my air, addressed her. weakness !--still, every tittle I have • From what you most have obo in remembrance, every little token served to-day, miss De Clifford, you I received from her I have pre- doubtlessly believe you have entered served.

a most disunited family:-and your For men'ry still, reluctant to depart

belief is just; for, alas ! I think there From the dear spot, once rich in prospects

can be few more uniappy families fair,

in existence!' Bids the fond soul enamour'd linger there,

Julia was shocked; and said, with And its least charm is grateful to the heart!"

ineffable feeling, she was grieved I often pass the grove, the tree, to hear it.' the bridge, the river, which bear "-And, as you seem to possess witness to the vows she gave; but to real feeling, you will be more so to me they have no charms. I pass see it: and much I fear, you will them now regardless by-save the often repent becoming an inmate of tribute of a sigh, which bitier re- yonder magnificent castle, where the membrance obliges. The wild-rose genius of discord reigns--in the blooms, but not for me; the waters person my

sister. From all murmur, but they afford to me no strangers (I mean daily, or accipleasing sensation; the nightingale dental, visitors), it is my excellent pours her tale, but not to me; the mother's wish to conceal our sormurmur of the wood-pigeon resounds rows : but as you are come to form throughout the grove, but with me one of our family, concealment from all is lost; I have no pleasure in you would be a vain attempt; and them.

therefore, that you may comprehend every thing you hear, and may know my inestimable mother is blameless, I will give you a brief history of our

house; in doing which, perhaps you The AMIABLE WIFE and ARTFUL

may acquire some useful informa. MISTRESS.

tion, for, in knowing us all, you máy learn to regulate your conduct,

to avoid creating enemies for your[An Extract from SANTO SEBASTIANO, 2

self. N., by the duthor of The Romance of the Pyrenees.'

• My father, by unfortunately

losing both his parents at a very early SHORTLY af:er tea, lord Dela- age, had no one left to him, to whose more and Mr. Temple commenced a authority he would bend, or submit serious engagement at backgammon. to consider as his adviser or his Lady Delamore retired, to weep again guide. The consequence was in, for ihose domestic misfortunes, she evitable :-the impetuosity of unnow believed irremediable; and governable passions led them to be Facy Theodosia requested Julia to come his masters : and uncontrolled aeconpany her on a walki Our bes: they have, alas! governed him in roine complied : and aster they had many points, even to this hour. He rambled for some time about she became, before his minority expired,

a complete man of the town; and detains him a short time there), Dehad plunged with avidity into all of lam re castle has been his constant relibertinism, sanctioned by fashion. sidence; and during this period, yon able dissipation.

white house, peeping from amid that Unhappily for his wise, and off-lofty wood, has been the habitation spring, he found, among the aban- of Mrs. Monk. doned of our sex, a Mrs. Monk ; . My mother married, at the coma woman who so entirely fascinated, mand of an arbitrary father, without bim, that serious apprehensions were affection, and without dislike. Her entertained by his family that he heart, lord Dulamore might have would be so disgracefully infatuated easily won; for in her bosom I have as to marry her. My father was, ofien perceived are the steds of clorand is, a most enthusiastic admirer mantaffection, which a little kindness of female beauty. His uncles and would awaken, and teach to glow: sister dared not to advise him; but, although ihe neglect she at first, and availing themselves of this admira- the often harsh and contemptuous tion, contrived to let him see my treatment she has since, experienced, mother, lady Emily Stanmore, then might not only have indelib'y fixed not fifteen, who was still secluded, her indifferenc", but awakened reby a rigid father, with her governess, sentment and hatred ;-hut these are to complete the plan of education he inmates not to be found in the bo. had formed for her, an:] her two sis- som of my mother, who has ever ters before her, ladies Ennerdale and been the meek, submissive, uncomHoratio Fitzroy. The budding bezole plaining, suffering, model of excelty of lady Emily, you can readilylence, as a wite..... Why not say believe, was transcendent: my fa truth, at once?-In ever; way, she ther, in one interview, felt its magic; is perfection.... and, as his family hoped, all dis • It was the interest of Mrs. Monk tractedly in love, and instantly re- totally to destroy my father's affecsolved this new fascinator should be tion for my mother : but in this athis wife, Luckily for this deter- tempı she could not effectually sucmination, my grandfather Ashgrove ceed; for, even when he treated her approved the match for his mere most unkindly, his eulogiums upon child, who was told she must marry her beauty, her understanding, and this very young, and very handsome, sweetness of disposition, to every one ford; and, cre she knew she had a he mentioned his wife 10. still soundheart, her hand was given to a man ed like the language of ardent love; not capable of long appreciating her and when he openly forscok her, and matchless merit.

went witi the vile Monk to make ‘My mother's mind was too sub- the tour of Italy, he took French Jimated for my father's. Her exo leave of his mistress at Rome, and alted virtues were not (I suppose) to almost flew back to England, upin his taste: again he sought out a be- reading in a newspaper of my moing congenial to him; and Mrs. ther's being indispo-ed. Monk was reinstated in his favour. Monk failed in entirely banishing As time stole on, he became dis- his wife from my father's heart, she gusted with the metropolis; and for resolver, in verg ance, to make her these last six ytars (except when part wretched.---In this, alas! she has liamentary business calls hin 10 too fatally succeeded! town, and a love of mixing in sno Al first, the specious fiend beciety, solely composed of nobility, gin her project by introducing jea.

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