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Mr. Hamilton Reid has all along been led into a mistake about his lifewhat we mean by announcing his life was the life be sent us of a Fair Mi k-maid, and which appeared some rime ago.

Petrit's Female Characters, No. I. in our next, certain,
W. R.'s Poetical Solutions.

Lines addressed to Miss P. Lancashite, and such Poetry as was received before the 20th of May, and is not here noticed, will appear in our next.

Bertha's Poetical fmour is defective.

The following Profe communications are intended for insertion as soon as poffible :

The Female Rumpus-a Tale.
Letter on Matrimonial Defamation:
Question by Maria.
Lucinda's Lecter.
C. On Waste of Time.
B. C. On Friendship.
Ditto-on Mr. Pope's Affertion.
A Letter on the same subject by C. J.P. M.

The Censor, No.7: N. B. This author will understand us when we hint, that a dißinet manuscript is an antidote to typographical errors.

On the Pleasures arising from the Contemplation of Nature, communi. cated by W. H. Reid.

The India is, this month, una cidably postponed.

THE

Lady's Magazine;

For

MAY,

1790.

Awhich licentious mindo indulge kind mentioned above, and who, to

OCCASIONAL PAPERS., make these few remarks upon it from

having the following paper lately 4d.lrcred to the LADIES. given me for publication and which

I chearfully promised to publish the No. XV.

tirft opportuniiy, as it says more than

is in my power to urge. It was a

prudices in, I known of none that creates a do him justice, feems to enieriaia greater portiou of guilt, or is fol. proper lente of his crime. lowed by a greater portion of misery, Sir, if penitence can lay claim ihan trilling with the sulcepriile ro pardın, and to confefs our crimes heart of a female.' To proleis an is

any kind of atonement for them, attachment merely to obiain a re- the following true narrative may turn, and gratify one's vanity, is plead in my behalf to an injured the certain mark of an unfeeling and woman, reconcileme 19 myself, base mind. It is the more blume and restore that tranquillity of mind able, as a man of address may, by, which I bave so lately forfeited by looks, little polite attentions, my own fully and indiscretion. and alliduity, create an attachment " You must know, fir, thit I am withous being under the neceffity of the fon of an honest tradesman, was absolutely declaring a passion; and by him brought up at a public this filent courthip leaves an open- school, and from that sent io the ing for him to escape, should he be univerfity. Soon after my arrival accused of baseness. H- has only there, a gentleman came down with to plead ibat he meant nothing, that his lamily to enter his son, who bad all he did and said wis commo: gal been my school-fellow, at one of the Jantry, and that he is surprised any colleges. Tocy le.:c for me, and one could construe it otherwise. By defined I would low them che uni. this abominable fubterfuge, le may verfiry, a requett which I readily efcape the chartisement of the law, complied with, as it gratified my. but he certainly cannot evade re- vanity in being leen with his daughmorse of mind, nor the reproochester, a young lady of great deauty, of the prudent and viscuous. This and fortune, advant.ges which species of gallantry is, I am afraid, ofte n fupply ihe want of every uther but too commoa, and I was led 10 reagcoc', bus le ved in her ünly to

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adorn the superior qualities of her the lady attributed to a different mind, and set off the charms of vira cause. I ferched a deep figh at tue, I sirove to make their rime as parting, and retired from her with a agreeable as pffible, by that affiduity filent Torrow which I afterwards which never fails io.pi-ase, and all found had left a stronger impression those liicle service, which are sure on her heart than all the fine things 10 conciisle affuction. I waited on I had said, and confirmed her in the my fair visitor, as you may imagine, opinion he had conceived of my in. with more than ordinary diligence, violable astachment to her. I re. grauifid her curiosity by the fight turned to the univerfty, where my of every thing that I thought worthy | attention was soop called off to other of her arteriion, and endeavoured views, and my thoughts fixed on by being useful, to make myself objects of a very different nature; nor agrecable. I succeedled so well, in thould I, perhaps, from that hour, short, with ih- whole family, that have called in mind the now for i when they left in piace, I received gorren fair one, had not a letter, a pressing invitation from he father which I received from her about to spend a weck with them in Lon Three monihs afterwards, greatly doo. Accordingly I waited on them, surprised and disturbed nie. 6. She and was recived with great polite would not," the there informed me, ness; the morning we chieft; fpent have broke through the prescribed in diversions within doors, and in forms of her fex, but that, as she the cening went to the play. This well knew my desians were honour. gave me an opportunity of frequentable, and nothing but my aun difinterviews with the young lady, in hdence had concealed them, the which I could not help paying that looked on herself as bound in honour tribute of applause to her accom to let me know that they would be plishments which I knew she de acceptable to her ; that it would fervet, ipd which I imagined the appear like affe&lation in her to fupe expected. I spoke the language of pole I had meant merely to flater love, without feeling the power of and amuse her; and as the spared it, and infantilly railed a pallion in me the centefion of first mentioning her breast, which was as yer a this, the hoped I would soon come stranger to my qu'n. Lirle did I to a more clear explanation.” In a indeed at that lime imagine, that pofticript Me' added, “that her fa. with an intention merely to ainufe, iher was a man, who bad, what we luas laying snares to dective, ani call, tecn the world, was determined that whilit I cho'ght myself only to marry hir, at all evenis, up 10 playing the incrc:n pile of a fine her rank; and chose rather to see geneleman, I was und rmining the her splendidly miserable than ob pe ce of an amiable woman, ard re- fcurely happr; that unless I saved ftroring the future hoppiness of a her she was ruined; and that a thort #hile inn'centfami'y.

cime'must determine her late." · When I took my leave, my friend ** I need not tell you how I 35 told me they would not confent :o confounded to find 'mi fell involved part with me lo pocn, unless I would in an intrigue, brlore I had so much promise, on the first leisure I had, to as once thouphe seriously upon it

. Terlin; with which proposal I I therefore ariwered her in ihe most readily acquiefced. As I had no fubmiffive manner I could ; repre. greae defire in change a scene fplented to her, that it would be the griery and pleasure for the gloom of righest ingraiirude in me to marry a college, the reflection of it ihrew the daughter of a man who had a melancholy on my features, which nown me such uncommon civilities,

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without his consent; besides that the ters to share one poor heart. Wish disparity of our forrunes must be an me he might enjoy as much as the unturmountable obracle to a thiko | unwilling victim to brutal violence, ing person ; that the might one day and have as warm a return of fo:ida Brother reproach me with breach ness from the stilled dead. But what of truit herself, or insult me on ac am I saying, and to whom? To hiin count of that very inequality which who has robbed me of my peace ! the now seemed to disregard; that Can he now dry up those tears which in such a case, the detire of pleasing he hiinteit alone could bid to flow? must fink into the fear of offending, Or can be heal those wounds which and thus put an end to all her vili. himself has made ? But the worst onary schemes of lasting happiness: is paft; all the paffions that have that I was sorry she had so much racked me since I received your last mistook my behaviour as to attribute are hushed ; and what firtle spirit that to love, which was but the remains will soon give way to the effect of gallantry : I then talked to filent eating forrow that muit foilow her of a priel and marriage in the his. Think that you have robbed language of Lothario; and concluded me of what not all my fortune can by adviting her, for both our fakes, purchase for me, nor ihe world beto think no more of it.

fide hath power to bestow. Even “ This you may imagine was an since I was taught to form a wild, it answer, which, whilit my hand was that of being a happy mother wrote it, my heart very leverely and a tender wife. I may now have reproached me for. I could not bút a child whom his father's vices will tacitly blame myself for that parti. exclude from that excess of fondness cular regard and attachment to her which I thouliotherwise bave poured which I had formerly exprefed, over it; and you know too well his and was

not determined whether character to hope any alteration in I Mould not make a licile serious him; and yet this man my religion love to her The' very next opportu. | henceforward binds me to be true to, pity, when, in the midst of thele and obey. Farewell! and kow, retlexions, I received the following however I condemn your conduct, letter, which can beit tell the itory that would my brother, jealous of of her misfortune, and expose the his honour as he is, this moment weakness of my pa't conduci.

revenge me, I had rather forgive “ 'Tis over, and I am a fave! than relent it. Live then, and he Yet the only hour that I can cali happy; and may that happiness my own, I give to you ; the only never be suspended a moment by the one that a husband's authority has rememberance of ber whom your not a right to interrupe. To fum falsehood has made for ever miser. up all iny miseries in a word, know, able.” my father has this morniog given “ If your heart has not already in. me up to sorrow and Mr.

formed you what I felt on this, Alas! what delufire visions of fe. it will be needless to tell you how licity did noe your flattering tongue feverely I new accuse iny own weak once give me leave to form ! sucio conduct; nor can I foon forgive myo as no rurn of fortune can again re felt the wanton facrifice of yourh, incall. I tremble to think what a nocence, beauty,and virtue to fashion. husband's rage may not intlift, uhen able levity, and polite perfidiousness. he finds, infead of the happiness he 'Tis I that have given the wound in. expected, so poor an entertainment Hiated by her father a deeper (mari, as love compelled will attord hiin. Though it is himself who has inade It is impo:bible for two different mar that mifery latling. But it would

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On visiiing the Great be an useful lesson to warn all young | cellent port of the last year's vintage, genilemen, my fellow-profligates, “ But ihat, my dear boy, thall Dor never to express a particular regard | be touched i hele five years, and then where they bave not serious thoughis I hope you will come and help me of love; and to reach parents whom off with a boitle or two." hearea has bleft with duritul chil It was impolñble not to be pleased dren, rather to make them happy with the good huviour and youthtul Than great, nor viol te ihoíe hearts ideas of Viellus; but at the famo which they have only a right to ime, one would expect that the pra:

jects of youth thould have no room in the decrepitude of old age, and that when we perceive the lamp of

life burn dim, the should no longer VI E L L US,

be dazzled with its brightness.

Vicllus talks, writce, thinks, and A CHARACTE R. contrives like a young man-and,

indeed!, is young in every respect TELLUS was a youth of thirty but that of years! in the time of the ribellion

ADOLESCENS. 1745: he lately purchased a pleafant' fout in Essex, with park, giourds, &c. on which he now re. fides. When I 1:1 pa d him a vilit, On VISITING THE GREAT. he led me (ir racher I led him) through his extensive premises, point.

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and cogeracter', with a view to make guilly or, will fave any one from it a pood only for gold filli. - These running into the same error, I diall beautiful animals,” said he, are

think myself a buoy to prevent others not now many in Duniber, but they from splitting on the same rock. will fpawn loon, and I fhall have You are lo be informed that I am plenty. In year or two I thall be

one of those ('ir sather was one) who able io fupplý my neighbour Mrs. have spent the latt four years in Tafy, who is curious in the fe things. vifiling ihofe who thought (as I have Biu now bok you here, what do fnce experienced that they did me you take this to be? This I intend an hozour in tenung mea: their table, for a maze, in imitar on of that at which by the bye was a very ex. Hampton Court. There is nothing pensive honour, for you cannot vifit yet to be fein above ground, but in tuch dignised people without being nue or fix years I hoje 10 fre you as produse in dreis, &c. as your puzziedotind your way through ir finances will adoit, and sometinies a You are now looking at ihole pianty: great deal mo:e, which I 191?} en. I had them of Malcom last year, deavour to explain ere looie ibis and you Ice how ibey ihrive. I pro narrative. I ki.ow a friend of mine, pose 1o anfpant them food for whom I ball call Mrs. Hamurus, beduing ; 16.0; will be us all as my who is so bufv for four or five days delt in about to years, and i pieter previous to fuch a rilir, in preparing a hedge of irees.'

elegant things for the fruition of his Viellus treated me with a borile miraculous condefcenfion, and each of wine which he had kept in his millener's fhop is ransacked fos a cellar fifrea years, and I could fmarı cap, apron, clo.. k, ds. &c. to readily bejeve him. He added that honour, or rather not to difgrace in hud juft bid in two pipes of ex. the table of lord and lady B

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