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- author of a Tour through the De- are very general among the better partment of the Maritime Alps classes of society, and prove : has justly rallied the inhabitants source of pleasure and entertainof some parts of the country upon ment to the stranger. the absurdity of their devotion, his The amusements of the lower remarks do not, nor could they, classes ate ridiculous enough, with the least truth apply to the though they can scarcely surpass Nissards.

the motley assemblage of every The beau monde at Nice gene- rank and every description at a rally ride or walk out in the morn- masquerade. It is an interesting ing, and content themselves with scene to witness the gaiety of the an airing along the coast of the peasant and their families at wakes, Mediterranean, upon the road which are held in several villages leading to the Var, or by the at certain periods of the year. banks of the Paglion, near which The diversions of all, young and runs the great road to Turin. old, consist, for the most part, in Such was, at least, the custom of dancing, singing, and in music the inhabitants previously to the Buffoons perforin to the gaping revolution, whose society proved spectators, and entertain them an agreeable change for strangers, highly by their burlesque ges. who came thither from most parts tures. of Europe. It must be confessed The respectable families assemthat these roads are not now much ble .alternately at each other's frequented by the Nissards, except houses, and pass the evening at on a Sunday : the revolution have cards, in concerts, and in dancing, ing ruined the richest families, when a party to the play is not there remain but few whose cir- made up. cumstances or education put them With respect to the customs on a footing to keep company which obtain in the general interwith strangers. No roads but those course of the society of the Nisjust mentioned are practicable for sards, the traveller will find little carriages; the curious, however, or no difference from those which may find an infinite variety of prevail generally throughout the agreeable walks and rides between neighbouring districts of France. the inclosures of the country, and in the various vallies which intersect the mountains in almost every direction.

A NIGHT WALK Balls are frequent in the winter, to which the English and

IN DECEMBER. other strangers of rank are invited. It was forinerly usual to give one

By J. M. L. or two in return, but, to the best of my recollection, that custom « Tis done! stern Winter, like a thief, was onnitted in 1802.

Robs the vast wood of ev'ry leal.!. The carnival is of all festivals

was nearly drawn when I began former conduct. How much more my ramble: no vivid tints of rosy pleasing is the picture drawn by loveliness had marked the sun's Bloomfield ? How much happier declining hour, but a pale, sober must such servants be? And how stream of light alone showed his much more respected such a masresting place; this was fast disap- ter, than those I have before pearing, and ere I had gone half a hinted at ? A farmer ought to be mile it was dark. The sound of this kind of man, and no other : a flail in an adjacent barn bespoke the habits of such opposite chathat Industry had not yet resigned racters do not assimilate well to itself to rest.

gether. * The night approaching bids for rest • Flat on the hearth the glowing eta, prepare,

bers lie, Still the fail echoes through the frosty And flames reflected dance in every air,

eye: Nor stops till deepest shades of darkness There the long billet, forc'd at last to come,

bend, Sending at length the weary labourer While froihing sap gushes at either end, home."

Throws round its welcome heat :-the BLOOMFIELD. plowman smiles,

And oft

' the joke runs hard on sheepish There is something very pleas- Giles, ing in the contemplation of a Who sits joint-tenant of the cornerfarmer's fire-side in winter; such stool, a fire-side as Bloomfield describes The converse sharing, though in Duty's in his Farmer's Boy, where the

school; master and his servants sit in For now attentively 'tis his to hear comfortable equality together: not Interrogations from the master's chair. like too many of our modern far- • Left

ye your bleating charge, when mers, who from adventitious cir- day-light fled, eumstances have become gentle- Near where the hay-stack lifts its snowy men, and in consequence have Whose fence of bushy furze, so close turned their old farm-houses into splendid mansions, where the gay May stop the slanting bullets of the parlour and the soft


have succeeded to plain neat kitchen and For, hark ! it blows; a dark and dismal ample fire-sides of their ancestors. night: These things are not real benefits Heav'n guide the tray'ller's fearful steps to society, nor may they be even

aright! tually to themselves; for should the Now from the woods, mistrustful and adventitious circumstances above. The fox in silent darkness seems to

sharp-ey'd, mentioned cease to operate in their glide, favour, (and they have already in Stealing around us, list'ning as he goes, some measure) I fear they will If chance the cock or stamm'ring capon

and warı,


and cares,


Strewid you (still mindful of th' un- Increasing pleasures' every hour they shelter'd head)

find, Burdens of straw, the cattle's welcome The warmth more precious, and the bed?

shelter kind; Thine heart should feel, what thou Warmth that long reigning bids the may'st hourly see,

eyelids close, That duty's lasis is humanity.

As through the blood its balmy influOf Pain's unsavoury cup though thou

ence goes, may'st taste

When the cheer'd heart forgets fatigues (The wrath of Winter from the bleak north-east,)

And drowsiness alone dominion bears." Thine utmost suff'rings in the coldest

BLOOMFIELD. day A period terminates, and joys repay. These thoughts filled my mind Perhaps e'en now, while here those

till I had reached the village of joys we boast, Full many a bark rides down the neigh

N-, where memory reminded b'ring coast,

me of the fate of poor Jane SWhere the high northern waves tre- the daughter of a respectable innmendous roar,

keeper there. It may form a les

a Drore down by blasts from Norway's son for the female mind; and alicy shore.

though many men may laugh at The sea-voy there, less fortunate than the story, and ridicule me for in

thou, Feels all thy pains in all the gusts that troducing it, still it must interest

every feminine breast that is not His freezing hands now drench’d, now

callous to the sufferings of its own dry, by turns ;

sex; and I am proud of my counNow lost, now seen, the distant light try in this particular: for, notthat burns,

withstanding all the witty effuOn some tall cliff uprais’d, a flaming sions against the scandal, ill

guide, That throws its friendly radiance o'er the women of this isle, I would

nature, and other ill qualities of the tide. His labours cease not with declining

fain inquire where is the country day,

upon earth, whose females can But toils and pleasures mark his wat'ry boast of so much real modesty, way;

real affection, and true charity, as And whilst in peaceful dreams secure the blooming females of Great we lie,

Britain. Ever may these be their The ruthless whirlwinds rage along the characteristics; ever may their

sky, Round his head whistling ;-and shalt the best that human nature can

breasts glow with these sensations, thou repine,

feel. While this protecting roof still shelters thine?

Jane S, at the age of nine

teen, was às pleasing a female as • Mild as the vernal show'r his the eye would wish to gaze on; words prevail,

she had not, perhaps, all the dazAnd aid the moral precept of his tale ; zling beauty of more polished His wond'ring hearers learn, and ever

dames, but there was a diffidence keep These first ideas of the restless deep;

in her manner, an unassuming And, as the opening mind a circuit benevolence in her countenance, tries,

that was far preferable to it. Present felicities in value rise

About this time a young man

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came to reside in the village as the misery, partly supported by the foreman to a large manufactory; parish, and partly by the poor he possessed a fine person, and a woman's labour. During his aba remarkably insinuating address, sence, this fiend in human shape which made his company much having already found he should sought; and in his pleasurable not be able to obtain any money parties he frequently used the from Jane's father, and dreading a house of Jane's father: this led prosecution now that he knew the him into the company of the un- abode of his deserted wife was dissuspicious fair one, to whom he covered, left poor Jane pregnant soon paid his addresses, and at of her third child, after having length solicited her hand. She, plundered her of every thing he loving him as she did, with all the could, and it is supposed got off fervour of true affection, casily to America, for he has never since promised for herself; but her fa- that time been heard of. ther was not so easily persuaded. Jane's father, on his return, He very properly recollected that found his daughter in a dreadful this young man was a total stran- state of anguish. He instantly ger; who, or what his friends were, took her back to his own home, was totally unknown; it was in- where every thing has been done deed ascertained that he was a to alleviate her sorrows; but the native of a northern county, but wound is too deep ever to be there was altogether such a degree healed : she is like an early flower of mystery about him, that, added blighted by the bitter blast; and to a report which had been circu- the only solace of her anguished lated, of his having already got a moments is to hang over her yowife and family in some distant fortunate infants, down whose unpart of the kingdom, induced him conscious cheeks, often fall her to give a positive denial. Madly tears of agonized sensibility. Her infatuated, poor Jane listened to miserable situation brought to my the persuasive language that fell memory these lines

:: from the villain's tongue, left her

But, ah! on Sorrow's cypress bough father's house, was united to him, and continued to reside in the On Death's cold cheek will passion glow!

Can Beauty breathe her genial bloom! saine place, though unnoticed by

Or music warble from the tomb ?' her father or her friends. The

OGILVIE. motive which evidently had induced her husband to this con- If this plain, matter-of-fact stoduct, was that of her being the ry should be the mean of snatchonly daughter of a man he knew ing but one infatuated female from to possess considerable property, the grasp of duplicity and iniqui. some of which he hoped to obtain. ty, I shall be more than happy; Two years elapsed, and Jane had for, alas! the fair sex are but too brought him two children; when often sacrificed to beings who are positive inteligence reached her totally undeserving of them. father of the residence of the wife A degree of fog began now to and children this miscreant had prevail, and I did not think it deserted; he iminediately jour- advisable to extend my rainble; I neyed to the place, and discovered therefore faced about, and began them in a state of the most abject my return home, where I shortly

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arrired, and instantly sat down to 24. Mr. Chivers, of Clapham Com-
pirt together this my last Night- mon, killed by his gardener.

FEBRUARY. •A year has pass'd in varying hours

3. The battle of Eylau between the

French and Russians fought : the away, And seems to Joy's gay sons a sum

slaughter was very great on Loth sides,

and both claimed the victory. mer's day; Unheeded ev'ry season as it fled,

23. A dteadfut accident happened in Found them to Nature's brightest beau

the Old Bailey at the execution of Helties dead :

loway and Haggerty for the murder of Pleasure allurid them to her golden

Mr. Steele in November 1802, and

Elizabeth Godfrey for stabbing Hichard clime,

Prince; when, from the prodigious And only Pleasure shar'd their truant time!

pressure of the crowd, twenty-eight per

sons lost their lives, and a still greates To Sorrow's sons how long have seem'd

number were dreadfully bruised and its hours,

wounded. See page 113. Where grief had sapp'd the mind's sublimest pow'rs;

25--28. The unsuccessful attempt on By them each season too unheeded went,

the Dardanelles and the city of ConNo joy was theirs when sunmer hours stantinople made by the squadron under

Sir J. T. Duckworth, were seit ; All wore the gloom of Winter's bitter

MARCH sway,

6-11. The trial of Sir Home PopDark as December's dull and dreary ham by a court-martial, for quitting his day!

station with the squadron under his • Those minds alone have Nature's command, without orders or authority sweets enjoy'd,

from his superiors; of which charge lie Where Pleasure's wild abuses never was found guilty, and adjudged to be cloy'd;

severely reprimanded. Nor tou much sorrow overcame their

20. The city of Alexandria in Egypt pow'rs,

surrendered to the English troops under To blunt the ecstasy of heav'n-bright major-general Frazer. hours."

25. The laté ministry resigned their offices by his Majesty's comihand; when the duke of Portland was ap.

pointed first lord of the treasury; lord CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE

Hawkesbury, lord Castlereagh, and Mr.
Canning, secretaries of state ; and (on

the 27th) Mr. Percival chancellor of OF REMARKABLE OCCURRENCES

the exchequer.

27. The parliament prorogned. IN THE YEAR 1807.

29. The proclamation for the disso

lution of parliament signed by his MaJANUARY

jesty, 1. Notice sent into the city by lord

ΜΑΥ. Howick, the secretary of state, that the 2. A duel was fought near Combe treaty of amity, navigation, and com- Wood between sir Francis Burdett and merce between England and the United Mr. Paull, when Mr. Paull was severe States, had been signed the day prece- ly wounded in the leg, and sir Francis ding by the commissioners respectively shot through the upper part of the appointed for that purpose by both vernments.

6. The election for the city of Lon5. Breslau, in Silesia, surrendered to don commenced, which was expected the French under Jerome Bonaparte, to be rery warmly contested; but Mr.

go thigh.

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