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THE

Lady's Magazine;

For JUNE, 1796.

To the Editor of the Lady's and refine the taste. They, at the MAGAZINE.

same time, admitted that a species of

melody did exist, of a characteristic SIR,

directly the reverse ; and against the I

Was, yesterday, present at the introducers of its effe inate and

anniversary meeting of the cha. debafing airs they enacted the feverest rity children at St. Paul's; a spectacle penalties. The music performed at equally gratifying and instructive to the folemnity I am now speaking of, the (pe fator, and honourable to the there can be little doubt, is equal to country in which it is exhibited. the nobleft specimens the most poThe fight of fix thousand children, line of those nations could have all newly clothed, with the utmost produced, -and, as employed in our neatael, by the generous donations religious service, tends still more to and subscriptions of the affluent, enlarge the heart, and elevate the must give pleasure to every heart of soul. sensibility, and may incite even the While present at this noble scene, parfimonious and the felfish to

go

I recolledted with indignant conand do likerill."

tempt that there had been persons fo The accuracy and propriety with ' loft to feeling, so dead to generosity, which they sang the plaims and cho-, as to offer frigid arguments against Tu es allotted to them, (the latter bestowing the rudiments of knowsome of the inost excellent, and even ledge and cultivation on the children difficult, of the con positions of the of the poor, on the base pretext that immortal Handel) led me into a train it unfits them to be Naves. Such of reflections on the liberality of sen- men were born themselves with the timent which had made the rudiments fouls of Naves. Yet they have huof music a part of the gratuitous manity !--yes: they are willing to education bestowed on the offspring provide for the subsistence of the

poor in such a manner that the breed Many ancient nations considered may not become extinct, and extend nulis as a most essential and even to them the same charity they exerindispensable part of the education cise towards their cattle.' To secure of their youth, as tending to liberalise the enjoyment of their luxury and and expand the mind, to calm and wretched authority,--as if fenfible harmonise the passions, and to correct how imperfect their title, and how un

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of the poor.

fit to endure theinveftigation of learn. exalt the sensibility of our nature,ing, reason, or common sense,—they and, if the exprellion may be emwould leave thousands and tens of ployed, give more life to existence. thousands in the most debasing ig- As natura.ists have supposed that the norance,-ignorance, as they trutt, flux and reflux of the ocean was in. yet greater than their own,--and on tended by nature to prevent the imthis goodly foundation erect their mense body of the waters from subclaim to pre-eminents. As yet, fiding into a putrid mass, destructive however, their narrow maxims are of the principle of motion and life in little regarded; the generosity of the all animated beings; so the alternacountry derides their logic, by liberal tions of apprehension and hope, disdonations; and the way to mental appointment and success, purify the improvement, as far as the first rudi- foul, and prevent it from stagnating ments of literature can lead to it, is in dull existence, devoid of feeling, still left open to the children of the and destitute of reflection. poor.

Frederic Courtenay was a youth I cannot conclude these observa- of gay manners and a generous tions on the propriety and excellent heart. By his family connections, tendency of this public institution, allied to nobility and iinmense prowithout paying my small tribute to perty, both of which fortune might individual merit. The attention and confer

upon

him without appearing exertions of the gentleman who to depart much from the customary regulated and directed this numerous course of events, he confidered him. choir ought not to pass unnoticed. self as authorised to live a little, The abilities of Nir, Page, as a mu- and, indeed, considerably more than fician, are well known; but confi- a little,-beyond his adínal means: derable, babour, directed by judg- not, however, in low disipation and ment, must have been necessary in senseless riot did he walle his prothe instruction of these juvenile per-perty with illiberal prufusion : his formers, to attain the effect pro. luxuries were atoned for by his real duced. Patience, perseverance, and generosity and benevolence; and his that condescenfion which is honour errors appeared to be only the efferable to the heart, seem to have been vefcence of misguided virtue. absolutely indispensable to success in While he pursued this course of such a talk. In fine, the whole of life, and while his credit continued this solemnity appeared to me con- undiminished, many were his friends, ducted with that propriety which at leaft his oftenfible friends. He did equal honour to the young per was the soul of every convivial afformers, their teachers, and their sembly: the personal endowments patiquis.

rature had bestowed on him, his

MUSIDORA. eafy and elegant manners, his native London, June 3, 1756.

gaiety, genuine wit, and superior understanding, rendered him every

where acceptable, and every where 7%se PLEASING SURPRISE. admired. But his finances rapidly A Tale

diminithing, and debts accumu.

lating, it became neceffary to have (Emb.Hilsed with an elegant En recourfe to fome expedient to selieve graving.)

him from the innediate prellure of THIE vicisitudes of fortune, and his embarrassed circumstances.

the opposition of the fucceffire Among his wealthy relations he passions they occalion, exercise and had an uncle gf-the name of Mor.

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daunt, with whom he had always latter, he pointed out to him a rich been, in some degree, a favourite, and heiress, to whom he recommended to whole ample property, estimated, him to pay his addresles, affuring including real and personal, at more him that nothing should be wanting, than a hundred thousand pounds, he on his part, with respect to any had, apparently, an extremely well. pecuniary advances or ftipulations founded expectation of being the which might be necesary in the heir. To this gentleman, Frederic, course of the negotiation of the hywhen the mumurs of his creditors meneal treaty, were no longer to be appeased by the This proposal was not received by plausible profeţions of polite pro- Mr. Courtenay with any extravacrastination, saw himself obliged to gant rapture; but, from refpect in intimate the posture of his attairs. his uncle, le consented that he Mr. Mordaunt, after a short lecture fhould introduce him to the young on the value and beneficial nature of lady, and begin the operations of economy and prudence, to the prac- the amorous fiege at a convenient tice of which he earnefly exhorted distance. But he found her person his nephew, enabled him to satisfy unlovely, her understanding trivial, the most urgent demands made on her conversation infipid, and her him; and, as he said, to give him manner's inelegant, and even grofs. employment, procured him a com- Slow was the progress, -or, ramillion in the army,

ther, rapid was the retrocession of Mr. Courtenay now lived in gaie- his love: yet, from his regard for, ty and cafe ; his gratitude to his and gratitude to, his uncle, who uncle caused him to be asliduous in conGidered the effecting of this union his vifits of respect; and his engaging as a master-stroke of generalflip, manners, and truly amiable qualities, which would complete the fortune quickly advanced him to the bigheit of his nephew for life, and enable degree of favour with Mr. Mordaunt, him to attain the most enviabie stawho now determined to pationise tions of wealth, honour, and power, him 10 the utmost extent of his in- he was inclined to submit to the doence, and make him his sole heir. yoke.

Mr. Mordaunt was a man neither But fate had otherwise decreed: for devoid of sense nor generofity.- another female, cast in a different Nature had endowed him with an mould, inspired him with a passion Excellent understanding, which he he found it impoffible to vanquish. had improved by literature. He Maria Nugent was the daughter of a had lived a life of elegant plcasure, gentleman of inconsiderable fortune, and feen much of what is called the but of the fairest character for proworld, both in his native land and bity and honour. To lier, Nature foreign countries. With respect to had been lavish of her bounty; her his moral philosophy, he had adopt- exterior charnis were not easily to be ed the system of a late courtly pear, described, and her understanding and held that all men were knaves or and heart were correspondent to fools, and all women babies and their excellence. To her Mr Cours prostitutes, as led by interest on tenay is a short time united himself, passion. There was no error against with all the rapture of aifection; to which he more carefully endeavoured the great aftonilliment and indigna. to guard his nephew than that of rion of his uncle, who now found being made the dope of pretended that all his infti uciions 10 his fafriendthip, cr love; and, more cf. vourite nephewv, alt his leclures on ftctually to protect him from the the necality of making interest the

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great spring of every transaction of life, and the folly of yielding to the Anecdote of Dr. Caryl, Mafis delufions of friend thip or of love, of Jesus College, Cambridge. were as

water spilled upon the ground; and, as he deemed now his (From Mr. Wakefield's Memoirs of fimplicity to be incorrigible, he

his own Life.) swore in his wrath that he would not encourage him in it, and that he fhould never receive a penny from

N the occasion of an university him, neither while he continued in

election, contended with un. this world, nor when he had arrived common ardour and animosity on at that which is to come.

both sides, in which services Dr. In the mean time Mr. Courtenay Caryl was esteemed without an and his amiable bride were rich in equal for dextrous and prudent the treasure of love; in other

management; after the committee, fpeéts they proposed to practise eco

of which he was a member, had nony: but such resolutions, in cer. been deliberating with great seriouf. tain situations of life, are much more

ness on the posture of affairs, he easily made than carried into effect. observed, on their separation for Mr. Courtenay had the genteelest nity, interpofing, as his custom was,

adjournment, with inimitable solemconnections, and had been accustom

half ed to live at an expense greater than

a dozen seconds between every

Gen-ile- men !-we his income, by the encouragement of

word, his uncle. He soon, therefore, faw

- fhall- eitherlose-this-elechimself involved in difficulties, and

tion, -or-we--hall-win-this..

election" Here a considerable preffed by urgent demands.

These he parried, by the aflistance pause took place, and he seemed to of his friends, during three or four labour with the pregnancy of the years, in which time his wife

sentiment. The committee looked

at each other with a mixture of merat length, one impatient creditor riment and wonder, unable to fathom seized the whole of his effects; his the profundity of this fage remark. wife was obliged to seek refuge in They were reminded, I presume, of

that fine ridicule of the oracli-mongers her father's house, and Mr. Courteway to take the best measure's he

of antiquity :could to preserve the liberty of his

“ O Laërtiade! quicquid dicam, aut person by concealment.

erit aut non. A few days after this event, Mr. Courtenay suddenly entered the " O fon of Laertes! whatever I Mall apartment in which his wife was foreteil, will either happen or not hap. fitting, with her sisters and her chil. pen.” dren, and exclaimed, to their great but most pleasing fuprise, -" My

Their impatience, and propenfity angel! we are restored tó liberty, to laughter, interrupted the speaker "happiness, and independence!” before the conclusion of his allertion.

How this happened, will be ex. He began atreh-- Geneplained by the account which he men !-we- fhall- either-losegave his Maria, in the following nar- this---cle&tion,-or-we- thall rative of his adventures, since he had win---this--election, - by--aJast seen her.

Jingle-vite."----A prediction ex

actly correfpondent to the event. (To be coniinued.)

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