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LA BELLE ASSEMBLÉE;

FOR

MARCH, 1810.

A NEW SERIES,

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.

The Third Pumber.

THE IIONOURABLE MRS. DAMER.

If we take the most comprehensive || the talents with which Heaven has endowed survey of elegant and fashionable life, her,-than Mrs. Damer. whether we look amongst that order which This lady is the niece of the celebrated is not less eminent for rauk than conspicu. Horace Walpole, the last Earl of Orford, ous for the brilliant example which it af from whom she derived a very considerfords to society, or whether we selectable fortune, and is now the owner of his amongst those who, whilst they move in beautiful villa, Strawberry-bill. Mrs. the splendid walks of fashion, consider it || Damer was chiefly educated under the su. their prime distinction to cultivate the perintendance of her uncle, and much of purest taste in morals, and to direct their ) the elegant taste, and refined knowledge, talents to the most refined and elegant pur- / which she is known to possess, was of course suits of the human understanding, -in a obtained under his tuition. Mrs. Damer, word, whether we select from the glitter- we believe, has frequently appeared ing throng of nobility, o from the peacefui | amongst her friends in the character of an and sober assemblies of middle life, we authoress, but she has not hitherto made should find it difficult, perhaps impossible, any of her writings public. to discover a female who has conferred This lady has long been in the widowed more distinction upon ber rank in society, state, and, if we mistake not, has no family and who bas employed to better purposes living.

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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

HYMENEA IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.

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My aunt thus continued her narra covering to bim her preference of Edward. tive:

Being gifted, moreover, with that acute « The illness of Sir William was of a sagacity which is usually said to characmuch more serious kind than was first ima terize women, she had discerned the un. gined; a physician of some eminence was happy violence which made a part of the called in, who pronounced him in the most character of Sir William. Under these extreme danger. The agitation of his impulses, therefore, and this persuasion, the spirits brought on a fever of the most young lady had resolved to indulge her alarming kind, and it was generally be. sentiments in secret, concealing even from lieved, that even his youth could not be Edward the preference which her heart proof against the severity of the attack. acknowledged for him, and, as much as What do those philosophers mean, my || possible, holding an equal balance between dear Hymencea, who deny the existence of the two. what is called iove in strong minds? The “ Women, however, are wiser in their young Baionet was now on the verge be- resolutions than in their execution of them. tween death and life; like the flame which It is one thing to determine and another to hangs over the socket of a taper just be act. Edward no sooner received the comfuie its extinction, the last breath of the mands of his patron to prepare for his preyoung lover was momentarily expected to arranged departure for Petersburgh, than issue forth, and so absolute was the certainty he hastened in search of Clarissa? As forthat all farther care was laid aside, and tune,wlio too often favours the young lover every preparation made for the expected I would have it, he met her in the sbrubbery funeral.

which bounded the extreme part of the “In the mean time, where was Clarissa Doctor's garden. With that earne-tness, and her uncle? It will be now necessary to and that natural eloquence which true go back to a part of the story which I have passion and natural sensibility always give, left behind me in the course of my narra he took her hand :--My dear Clarissa, my tive.

dearest girl,-- but pardon ine, for I am You may remember, my dear Hy- | miserable.' menxa, that previously to the departure of “ For Ileaven's sake speak, Edward. Edward for Petersburgh, Clarissa had ask What mean you :' exclaimed Clarissa, ed permission to visit her aunt, and that the alarmed at his evident paleness and agitapermission had been given, and the young ion, and thereby thrown off her guard. Lady departed accordingly. You may re “Clarissa, continued he,‘it is no longer member, moreover, the embarrassment of time for disguise or concealment.--I love the worthy Doctor at the seeming indiffer you, my dearest girl, beyond my life,-beence of Edward and Clarissa. It is now youd every prospect of fortune and fame. time to account for this apparent incon- I have no happiness, no end in life or in sistency.

living, but the hope of possessing you. It “ Clarissa, however apparently indiffer- is now necessary to leave you.' ent io her two suitor's, was, in fact, most • Leave me,' said Claris a.--'What mean affectionately though secretly attached to

jou, Edward ? Edward; but having been educated from “I leave you for years, my dearest girl, her childhood with the young Baronet, she for years,' replied he.-For Heaven's sake, loved the latter as a brother, and was une if you have any feeling.–it you have any willing to give him the uneasiness of dis regard, give me now soinc assurance, sonic

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