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• Bad writers are laughed at: but animals of several kinds, and hade they are pleased in writing, and him play some of his loudest and tenerate themselves.'
quickest tunes. The inusician If he will refer to my first letter stood at an upper window, and he will find I never mentioned the below him, in a little inclosed word • St. Giles,' but the use of it tield, were a cat, a dog, and a seems natural to him. Lastly he horse ; an ass, a tame hare, some bids me (in a choice morsel of deer, cowb, a cock and bens, and poetic poetry) to contemplate my several little birds on a range of own faults; this may be very just, trees adjoining: While the musiMr. D. Y.! but you ought to know cian continued to play, I kept that iny faults are no excuse for myself concealed in order to obyours, and that though I am not serve the effect of the music. perfection myself, yet that does • I could not perceive that the not prevent or incapacitate me cat showed the least symptom of froin pointing out the follies or in- emotion. As the day was fine, accuracies of others.
and the sun shone, it lay stretched And now, Mr. Editor, I must under the window, and seemed althank you for your candour, and most asleep : I could perceive by apologise for thus trespassing upon its very mien that it would give your time, and as this is the last all the music in the world for a letter I shall address to you on the single monde : it'showed no marks subject, your insertion of it this of joy, and after some time walked month will put an end to a dis- leisurely away, not without castayreeable and uninteresting con- ing a sly glance upon a hea and troversy in which (without any ill chickers that happened to be intention) I have involved wyself. I remain, Sir,
* The horse was walking along Yours, &c. &c. and feeding when the trumpet be
W. M. T. gan, but the moment he heard the Dec. 4, 1807.
first note he approached the window, and stopped short at some distance from it, opening his wide
nostrils, sometimes seeming to On the 'Effects of Music on feed, and at other times to listen, different ANIMALS.
• The dog sat down like an ape,
keeping his eye steadily fixed on SOME years ago, a gentleman the musician. In this posture he well versed in music, conceived continued for some time, seemed the idea of trying its effects on to be uneasy, offered to go but redifferent animals. Of the experia turned again, and at last set up a ment he roade to satisfy his curio. bowl, alınost in unison with one of sity on this subject, and its results, the notes of the trumpet. he gives the following account in •The ass seemed to show no signs a letter to a friend.
of sensibility: it went peaceably • I procured,' says he,' a person along, eating the rankost herbs eminently skilled in blowing the that were left by the others, and trumpet, and one afternoon in switching its tail
in order to drive the middle of August brought him the flies away. The deer and the to a lodge in my park, where were hare, pricked up their large curs,
and seemed very attentive. The no expence to render it so. It is cows stopped a little, and seemed situate in the midst of a beautiful to regard the player as if they lawn, interspersed with various knew,kim, but soon scoured away sorts of shrubberies, so contrived as fast as they could, with their as to assist nature, aroiding that tails cocked,' and their heads formality too frequently seen in thrown towards the sky. The girtlernens grounds. The river cock was employed only in taking ilandle, winding through the care of his mistresses, and they in grounds, has a rich and pleasing scratching about for something to effect, and over it are bridges at eat, so that they seemed to pay no once simple and elegant. The regard at all to the music: but gardens are capacious, and well tlre little birds which were among stocked with every vegetable, the trees, and some others in cages flower, and fruit, foreign and at the windows, I thought would nutive, that can be procured. have split; so loud were they,' The pincries, graperies, orangethey strove even to outdo the ries, &c. are well worthy the atten, trumpet, approaching, nearer and tou of the botanist and curious; nearer to the sound, and as they in short, the gardens, hot and approached swelling their little green-houses, &c. do much credit notes with greater eagerucse, and to Mr. Nichols, the present head as it appeared to me, with greater gardever. rapidity.
The liouse is built of stone one • Such,' continues he,' was the story high : its centre is supported result of this experiment; and if by a colonade of six elegant sharp some curious persons, perhaps, fluted pillars, and its two wings more qualified than myselt, vould are embellished with very large prosecute this entertaining subo square and circular headed winjeet, and try the effect of musie dows of plate glass, The chimney apon other animals, it would at pots are of a peculiar shape, imi: pnce serve to demonstrate the tating leaves. "On the North side power of sounds, and the peculiar is a very extensive and tastefully sagacity of every animal, since upon constructed aviary, well stocked trial I have found that those ani- with rare birds of various descripmals are most sagacious who are tions, and at a small distance be most affected by it.'
hind the house is another aviary i on a neat construction. The two
large windows in the front wings DESCRIPTION of the Villa of have a grand collection of rare Mr. A. G. GOLDSMID, at Mor- and odoriferous plants and shrubs,
Behind the house is a curious well, DEN, SURRY.
two hundred feet deep, with an [With a View, elegantly engraved.), inscription-alluding to Abrahain's
finding waters. The offices are · THIS elegant cottage villa is admirably constructed for use and situated at Morden, near Mit.. beauty. In short, nothing has cham in Surry, and is perhaps one been omitted by Mr. Goldsinid, of the most complete and elegant whose taste is only equalled by his in this kingdom: the generous and liberality, to render this place as #pulent proprietor having spared earthly paradise,
the country, I intend residing in
it; and I think, as a country HARRIET VERNON; 'squire, to bid defiance to bustle,
care, and strife-So much for my
own concerns. I have a long story CAARACTERS FROM REAL LIFE. to communicate, in which you
will find yourself somewhat interested. A NOVEL.
You may recollect iny often
speaking of an intimate acquaintIn a Series of Letters.
ance which I contracted at college BY A LADY.
with a student of the name of
Beaumont. This young man was (Continued from p. 586.) the son of a clergyman who enjoy
ed a living of four hundred a-year.
He was, on the supposition of one LETTER XXXVIII. day, possessing this living, edu
cated for the church, and with a Mr. Johnson to Mr. Wentworth. disposition better fitted for the
army, where dissipation and exHOW shall I speak the joy I travagance too often assume the felt on the perusal of my dear name of courage. -At twenty-three Wentworth's letter ? It could only he was invested with holy orders. be equalled by my surprise. From Oh, profanation of the sacred vothe bottom of my heart I congra- cation! He was dissolute in his tulate you on your change of for- manners, but possessed shining tune; in all situations you are to abilities. His wit gained him me the same, nor is it in the power friends among his fellows, and his of fortune to increase or diminish society was courted by all, but more my regard. Most impatiently did particularly by me.' We formed I wait for the first ships from In- a friendship, if such an intimacy, dia; but that they would bring me founded on the bottle, wit, and such glad tidings I could not gaiety, will bear the name. He dream. When I received your led me into a thousand follies and letter, my uncle lay on his death- extravagances. I could not but bed. I communicated the contents think him a dangerous companion, to him; and he desired me to re- but I liked his company too well peat to you the advice of a dying to renounce it. When he left col. man. ; Tell him,' said he, : to lege, a correspondence commencrejoice at his good fortune like a ed, and he regarded one in the light rational being; to return thanks of a friend. Perhaps I might have to the all-wise Disposer of human retained that title; but about that events; to regard his wealth as a time I became acquainted with talent for which he will be account- you, in every respect so opposite able; and, above all things, let him to Mr. Beaumont, that I could not be solicitous to keep a clear con- but discern the difference; and disscience, and acquire the title of an cerning, approve and prefer. At honest man.'
that time my partiality for him I am now, by his decease, in wore off; happy was it for me that possession of an estate of a .clear it did so. His correspondence, howe thousand a-year. As I am fond of ever, I did not drop; and as his Vol. XXXVIII.
letters were replete with wit and long in vain; he found an heiress entertainment, I did not find a of uot less than thirty thousand reluctance to continue it. I never pounds; rich, sensible, and young. invited him to my uncle's house, A very fortunate young man, you knowing him to be a character he will say. But the world says mowould not approve. This he knew, ney is her principal charu ; that and often would anticipate my un she is ill-tempered, proud, learned cle's death, when he would pay to no other purpose but to make me a visit. About twelve months her despise all her own sex; in since his father died, and my gay short, a woman that it is impose friend expected to be put into sible for a man to love. possession of the living. He had He has obtained the promise of the interest of many in the univer- her hand, and her mother dying, sity, and no one doubted his suc the marriage is for decency's sake cess. But to the praise of the bi- deferred for a few months. In the shop of the diocese, he caused in- mean time he does not trust her quiry to be made of the private out of his sight, but accompanies character of the shepherd to her on a visit
to a relation in Wiltwhom he was to intrust the care shire; and finds means to ingraof the flock. This would not bear tiate himself so as to be invited to investigation : another was found stay the whole tiine with the lady. to fill the place his father had done You are to understand he writes with honour, and young Beaumont all these particulars to me in conwas left to bemoan his follies. The fidence. At the house where his bishop was extremely tender of the lady is he meets with another, and young man's reputation, and with falls violently in love with her. a humanity that does him the high- She confesses a partiality for him, est honour, after expostulating but reminds him of his other enwith him in the most pathetic and gagement. He declares he will tender manner, told hiin, he would break it if she will consent to martake on himself the stigma of hav- ry him. She wishes him to coning rejected the son of a worthy fa- sult his mother, and she informs ther, rather than he should suffer her friends. As she has no fortune in his reputation or future success. he has no intention to marry her,
In this situation was Mr. but forms a plot to seduce her by Beaumont. His mother has an a sham marriage: for this purpose income of three hundred a-year he forges a letter froin his mother, from the bequest of an uncle, in which she urges their union, which devolves to her son at her and offers them a residence with death. He had contracted debts, her, and a participation of her inso that a wealthy marriage was now The young lady, whoin he all he had to trust to. His person describes as simplicity itself, joinhandsoine, address pleasing, and ed to every thing that is good and family respectable, he stood a good lovely, being deserted by her brochance with the ladies; thanks to ther, and destitute of the means of the good bishop his character was living, consents to the proposal. not notoriously known, though, if, He attends the rich lady home. as Pope says, every woman is at who is kept in ignorance of his real heart a rake, this might have been attachment; and they are, as by no detriment. He did not seek agreement, immediately married .
He writes to the lady he loves, that · You can have nothing, sir, to he has explained matters to the say to me, that may not be spoken other, and is coming in a few days before this gentleman and my sisto receive her hand, and take her ter,' pointing to the other lady. I to his mother. Destitute of friends told her I could certainly have no and fortune, and fond of him, he objection if she had not. We seatdoubts not her consent to live with ed ourselves—I went on~ To be him in some retired part of Eng. the messenger of unpleasant tidBand, and the ample fortune he ings is a task I would gladly be has with his wife will enable him excused from, but in the present to supply her with all she can case it is my duty.' I took' Beauwish.
mont's letters from my pocket, toI have, as briefly as possible, re- gether with the copy of the long lated the substance of three long expostulatory one I had written to letters I have received from hiin, hin, and presented them to her which I instantly answered, and - If, madam,' said I, you will used every argument I could think peruse this packet, my errand ot to persuade him to relinquish will be explained, and my duty his horrid purpose; but not liking discharged. She took them with his replies, I resolved at all events a trembling hand— If,' continued to rescue this poor girl, and by be- 1,“this gentleman is in your concoming unfaithful to a villain, save fidence, I will, while you retire her from ruin and infamy. He had to read the letters, acquaint him not informed me of her name, but with the contents.' -.I shall only the family she was with. I lost be obliged to you, sir,' she replied, no time, but immediately, on give and will attend you presentlya' ing up all hope of his desisting, She took her sister's art, and they and finding that he was actually both left the room. I then openmarried, I set off for the seat of the ed the whole affair to the astonishgentleman he had mentioned, a ed Mr. Wilson. The praises he Mr. Wilson. Upon my arrival I bestowed on me for my conduct inquired for him, and was shown gave me the most heart-felt satisinto a parlour. I told him my faction. He informed me that name, and asked if there was not he expected Beaumont the next a lady there on a visit, an acquaint- day, and the young lady had conance of Mr. Beaumont,
sented to accompany him to his answered in the affirmative. I mother's, where the ceremony was requested to speak with her on to take place. He spoke in the very particular business. He led highest terms possible of both the me to a room, and opened a door, sisters, who were, he said, distant where sat two young ladies at work. relations of his wife, and that their Beaumont had given me so very names were--Now, Wentworth, particular a description of his prepare for astonishment-VERcharmer, that I instantly recog- NON. Do not be alarmed; it was nised her in one of them; and ap- not thy Maria, it was Harriet wlio proaching her, I begged permis- had dared to love Beaumont. sion to speak to her in private, on By the time I had riuished my a subject, in which I presumed relation to Mr. Wilson, miss l'ershe was much concerned. She non returned: Oh, Mr. Johnblushed excessively, and replied, son, said she,' what obligations