« AnteriorContinuar »
an attachment of the warmest friend imagined himself exhibiting an tin thip (a friendship which in polished exampled generosity ; but as one life would hazard being called ex. foliciting a gift of so invaluable a travagant and enthusiastic); for all nature, that all the wealth he had to idea of difference of fortune or ftua. offer in return was contemptible tion vanished before it.-insomuch when put in competition with it. that, as he had an only son who was However pleasing, in more re. to be heir to ail his large estates, and spects than one, this project might Mr. Everard an only daughter who, appear to Mr. Everard, he was in. besides pofleffing the most admirable clined to think it too romantic, and and delicate beauty, appeared to be too little likely to be realised.the heir to all her father's virtues Without, therefore, having recourse and good qualities, he aciually, not to the affected reserve and art with only admitted, but even pleased which cunning and little minds himself with, the idea that a union would have acted on such an occamight bne day take place between fion, he told fir Ralph, with his them, which should enrich his fami- accustomed sincerity, that, in an ly with the intelligence, the integri engagement of so important a kind, ty, and the beneficence, which, be wealth Mould undoubtediy never be doubted not, the daughter of Mr. his primary object : he certainly "Everard must inherit from her fa- affected no such false philosophy as ther.
to refuse his estate for his daughter, Nor, in thus highly rating the fu as a positive evil; but there were , ture accomplishments and virtues of too many cases in which it might
miss Lætitia Everard, did it appear, ceafe to be a good; sympathy of when time had more fully developed heart, uniformity of inclinations and ami matured her beauties both of of manners, were indispenfable to body and mind, -that he had in the happiness in that state of union tu least niscalculated. Miss Everard, which he alluded, and the more in. as she grew up, displayed the most dispensable, the more the mind had powerful chains of personal attrac- received cultivation, and was capable tion, combined with an uncommon of sensibility: “I must, besides, ftrength of understanding, and equal remark, (said Mr. Everard) that, goodness of heart. Sir Ralph gazed however Hattering your friendssip on her with delight, andapplauded his to us must appear, this project, from own forefight, which had informed very many causes, is so liable to fail, him that the daughter of his excel that it will be necessary for you to lent friend could prove no ciher act with more prudence in your than the planix she appeared. He, attempt to advance it than you on every occasion, recon mended her sometimes do. My daughter, what. to the notice of his son, and dweit ever good opinion I may entertain on her praises before him by the of her good sense and early judghour, to excite bis attention, and fix ment, is fill but a girl, liable to her image in bis heart.
turn giddy at such a profpe&. She To his friend, Mr. Everard, he may for:) expectations which may had, from the very first, intimated this be disappointed-be led, infenfibly, histavourite project; and, as the beau to fix her heart on affluence, though ty and accomplishments of Lætitia' born only to an humble competence, seemed every day to improvę, he --and thus become unfitted for the almost every day repeated his inti- way of life to which he is probably mations: not, however with the fu. destined." periority of a man who, conceiving Sir Ralph admitted the justice of nothing equal in value to wealth, his friend's remarks; but he did
not therefore abandon his favourite even thought he saw, in her trcat. 'scheme. To his son Charles he, on ment of him, an inclination to sirlievery occasion, praised Lætitia with cule his vanity and egotism. Sie a kind of rapture, and, whenever he | Ralph, however, still continued his found he had called at the parsonage. | friendly attentions and pralles of her house, testified a more than ordinary whom he would always call his satisfaction.
daughter; fo that, at laft, without But his son Charles was not exact- any formal proposal on either side, ly of his ow'n romantic turn of mind it became confidered as a fixed and in cases either of friendship or of certain engagement' that die was to Jove. The disinterested and gene- becoine the wife of Charles, imme, rous maxims of his father made but diately on his return from the uni. a flight impreffion on him, compared versity, with the doctrines more congenial to
Lætitia had attained the age of his nature, which he daily learned, seventeen years, when the son of an and readily imbibed, from others of old college acquaintance of Mr. his family. These taught him the Everard's, of the name of Mortimer, fuperiority of wealth, the dignity of made a visit to her father.
He was title, and inculcated the Pythagorean a young gentleman pofTefted of a precept in a fense widely different finall estate, which had been lett hin from that in which it was first em- by bis uncle, and proposed to chule ployed by the philosopher, that he lone profession, by the practice of fhould especially "respect himself." which he might add to his income. He had learned that tiis father wish- With the company and conversation ed him to admire, and at length of Mr. Everard he was particularly contract the closest of unions with, pleased ; and Mr. Everard, who miss Everard: and though he confi- admired his sense, his learning, dered this as a very great act of con- and other good qualities which he delceni on on his part, her beauty believed him to pollefs, was was so agreeable to him that he much pleased with him, and infound himself very well pleased with vited him to lengthen his stay, and her company, and sometimes even conder the partonage houte as his wished she had been born in his own home. He, therefore, foon became rank of life, that he might not, as he like one of the family, and, by his feared he should, have to encounter good sense and affibility, rendered the ridicule of the world by marry.
himtelf highly agreeable to every ing beneáih himself. In general, person of whom it coolsted. however, he appeared very feldom Mr. Mortimer poffefred a lively to have forgotten his rank; the li- and ardent imagination ; he had berties, he took were all manifestly read much, and to much advantage; the freedoms of superiority, and his but he was somewhat addicted to the attentions such as were entirely con- building of systems, though only of fiftent with his dignity.
such fyítenis as lowed the vigour of Mr. Everard foon perceived iliat liis minä and the goodness of his the character and qualitis of this heart. youth were by no means the counter. Lq: tia,--the beautiful, the intelpart of those of his daughter, and he ligent, the susceptible Lætitia.--atperceived it with no little anxiety; tended with pleasure to his conversa. but he likewise observed, to his no tion, or listened to him while be small pleasure, that Lieritia appear read some favourite author. She ed very little dazzled either with his admired his animated language, and wealth or expected title; her heart the proofs he gave of fenfibility of appeared periectly at eale, and he heart; uur could the refrain from
secrtly comparing him, in these disgrace a school-boy? In mort, refpeis, with the youth to whom Gr, if we have no other way of judg. The considered herself as affianced; ing of a man's talents, but by the but thi, comparison was so much to quantity he publishes either from the disadvantage of the latter, that the press or from his mouth, are we The repressed it as much as was in not giving all the praise to mere say. her power. Mr. Mortimer like. ing; and never reflecting that an wise, in his turn, was very far from accumulation of words, without cora. being insensible to the charms and responding actions, is to all necessary the merit of Lætitia ; but he conf. purposes uselefs and unprofitable? dered her only as the daughter of This being premised, and, I hope, liis friend, and devoted by right to allowed, we need dispute no longer another.
about the superiority of the male (To be continued.)
sex. The talents of the fair fex, as to all the great and important
events of human life, and all the To the Editor of the Lady's leading transactions of kingdoms and MAGAZINE.
itates, have so far transcended what
has been attributed to us, that were I SIR,
to compile a new Universal History, ERTAIN perfoos have for however I might avail myself of the
fone tine past been carrying valuable labours contained in the old, on a dispute relative to the talents of I should certainly entitle it, “A women, and the dispute I perceive History of the Power and Influence has found its way into your miscel- of the Female Sex, from the Fall of lany. I believe, fir, the question Adam to the present Time.” It is might be foon fettled to the fatisfac- the pitiful jealousy and envy of men rion of all parties, if we were first to which has deprived the sex of agree in what is meant, or should be the honours due to them in histomeant, by the word talents. Hither ry; and likewiłe same part of the to, if I understand the controversy, concealment of their influence arifes talents have been understood to from the brevity of bistories, their mean the power or faculty of pub authors taking á fuperficial view of Jithing in prose and verse; and if we events, and seldom troubling themlimit it to this, we may rasily decide, felves to investigate the secret springs that women are inferior io men, of human action; whereas, if we
because there have been probably will only examine into the minute - a thousand male authors for one particulars of great events, the secret female.
intrigues of courts, kings and miniBut, fir, with submission, I would Iters, or even of republics, we shall heg leave to suggest that we narrow always find that the women have had human genius and ability very much, a great share in bringing about powhen we confine them to the book- litical changes, wars, treaties, nego: filler's shop. Are there not many tiations, &c. although they, from very able ftatéfinen who neves write modesty, probably, content themany thing but treafury-warrants, telves with acting unseen and unob. and receipts for their sataries? Nay, served, and the men, proud of the do we not admire the vast genius of success of the affair, wish to take all love members of parliament, whose the merit to themselves. Now, lire forie is entirely in speaking, and who, let me ask you a plain question: when compelled to draw up an ad. which of the two is likely to deserve dress to their independent corifti- most fame, and to confer greater cuents, commit errors that would renown on the party, the publishing
a poem, or bringing about a revolu- I repeat it, fir, let us bring the tion in a state or nation, perhaps question home to ourselves.' Whas with a few words? Which requires is it that constitutes the felicity of greater abilities,-to govern a king- domestic' life? Is it the wealth we dom, or to cajole a bookfeller? -to have acquired, the house we live ing tickle the fancy of love-lick boys and the equipage that helpeaks our rank, girls by a novel, or to confound and or the servants that bow at our comHtun half the cabinets of Europe, by mand? No, sr: to use an expiefa bold stroke of invasion, a massacre, fion of Mr. Burke, it is “the dig. and a partition ?- to write a ballad nified obedience and proud submitabout a man and woman who never Lion” we ou'e and pay in the temnale existed, or to make the existence of fex. Our hearts confefs that they thousands of men and womeņ mi-deserve it, and that we cannot help ferable ?
paying it, and cannot, therefore, help But this is not all. It is not acknowledging their luperiority. -enough to appeal to the history of When we refute to pay it, when our ancient and modern nations, for minds are in a state of rebellion proofs of the fuperiority of woman against those lawful sovereigns, where over man. This, perhaps, is not is it that we are to breithe lenti. much in their favour; for a superiori-ments of a feritious tendency? ty of evil influence is not the pre. Is it in their presence? No: a look, sent contest, and would not be very a word, awes us into submission; honourable if it were established. and when we conceive the thoughts No, fir, if we wish to ascertain the of resistance, we fly, like cowards, to real and meritorious fuperiority of some secret place, to fome neutral female talents, we need not consult ground, to the defert heath of celithe voluminous records of hiftory; bacy, and the infulated society of we need only bring the question worn-out bachelors, where we may home to ourselves. I shall instance growl our complaints with impunity, but in one respect, the power of per- and talk of resolutions which we fuafiqn: This I take to be the great have not the courage to carry into teft of genius and talents. He who execution poffetres this, pofelles every thing; Conscious of the superiority nf the and yet we know that what a man female fex, fome have lately questioncannot do by whole treatises and voed whether they ought not to be lumes, by a well-connected chain of admitted into the employments of argument, and the most convincing civil life, for which women feern so calculations, is generally done by a admirably fitted: on this fubject, I woman with a smile, a glance of the mean, at some future occasion, to eye, or a very few words. Sir, we offer my 'sentiments.
As wonnen may talk as we please of our vast have been admitted to be queens, learning, of our voluminous produc. there furely can be no inferior office tions, of our many virtues for which to which they are inadequate. A we obrain credit in epitaphs and fu- very eminent judge lately decided neral sermons. But with what pain that a woman might be chosen overful efforts do we accomplish the least feer. The office is rut loiv, indeed : of our good actions and to do a but there have been queens, who great gnod is the business of a long perhaps wished, at some period of life. What is all our power, com- their lives, that they had never filled pared, or (which is more dangerous) a higher station. put in competition with a tear or a I Mall not, however, anticipate
what I have to affer hereafter on this
subject. My present design was, Indeed, he had more excellencies merry to bint, that great talents are than most of his rank take pains to not necessarily shown by much writ. Thew, or to pretend to. But, that ing, and that they may be accounted which touched me moít, his heart to pofless the greatest talents who was good, and he loved me. He accomplish the greatest purposes by loved me, I have reason to say it, in few means, which, in my mind, to particular'a manner, that he either establishes the superiority of the fair could not; or would not, hide it; sex. 0. E. D.
and he had that sort of tenderness in I am, fir,
Mhewing of it, which, when I know
it to be real, always captivates my Your humble servant,
heart. The last time I saw hiin Ang. 27, 1796. PHILOGYNES. (which I little thought would have
been the last) afres some of the most engaging discourse, in His easy way,
he promised himself, he said, to To she EDITOR of the LADY's
come inuch oftener to me than he MAGAZINE,
used to do, since I had assured him
how agreeable an intesruption it SIR,
would always be to me. He was AMONG fome old papers, I found ever contriving how to get his friends
a manuscript copy of the follow about him in the most agreeable ing letter from birhop Hoadley to manner; and when they were so, a friend, on the death of another they were fure of being caly and friend: if you think proper, I happy. I say what I think literally Mould be glad to see it inserted in true, when I say that no one could your entertaining miscellany. -- be uneafy with him; nor do I beIt may remind your literary read-lieve that ever any one was. And ers of a letter of fimilar elegance, though bis numerous relations (soine on a similar occafon, in Pliny.
not in affluence) will get a great A CONSTANT READER.
deal by his death, I believe there is
hardly one of them who would not Honiton, Sept.7.
gladly purchase his presence again
with all they can get by losing him. HE chain of lif, of which we As to myself, I do not say that he have sometimes spoke, has
was to me in that rank of friendship, been very heavy ever since I saw in which one other person is; no vou; and my heart is now a good one 'ever was; no one, I think, deal wounded with the news of fire
ever can be ; but if I had been William Willys' death. He had asked whom of all my friends, next very good fenfe, great modefty, un
to that one, I would have chosen to common humanity, and a benefi- have staid longest with me in this cence which fliewed itfelf in a way miserable planet, I believe, from the that but few' knew any thing of knowledge I had of hin from his (Let me go on, and pour out a little childhood, I should have said fir of my sorrow, although I did not. William Willys. But he is suddenly design it when I sat down to write.) gone, and in a most painful manner. He had learning enough to make Forgive this from him acceptable to those who had
Your faithful opportunities of gaining more ; but it was covered by the ease and unaffected behaviour of the gentleman.