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Enararatirl, B., 18 lisemblee Now irries No 5. Published hune 1.7810, by J. Bell. Southampton ineet, Strand.

FOR

MAY, 1810.

a Pew Series.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES,

The Fifth Pumber.

MRS. FITZHERBERT.

ance.

This lady has filled so great a space in | to have given us some fragments of the the fashionable world, and occupied the secret history of the Athenian and Spartan conversation of the public for so long a Courts, and to have thrown light upon time, that a brief sketch of her cannot fail those parts of domestic life which have to be agreeable.

often influenced great affairs in a way disIf we lived in an age of rigid morality, proportionate to their seeming importit would perhaps be prudent to omit the mention of this lady altogether; but as too Mrs. Fitzherbert, from the best informa. much is unfortunately conceded to fashion, i tion we liave been able to obtain, was and notoriety, however obtained, is more married very young to an Irish gentleman envied than censured, we shall make no of cousiderable fortune. She had been apology for introducing her portrait into educated in the strictest principles of the La Belle Assemblée.

Roman Catholic persuasion. Her union In the biography of the world of fashion with her husband did not continue long: those characters must be selected which he died shortly afier the marriage, leaving have attracted attention, and drawn upon her a widow, but without any children. them the curiosity of every description of The fainily of Mrs. Fitzherbert was repeople. The choice is not to be made ac. spectable; she was niece, on her father's cording to any moral estimate, buit a cord. side, to Sir Edward Smythe, of Acton ing to the scale of fashi unable celebrity and Burnel, in the county of Salop; and is dispreponderance in the bon ton.

tanly rel.ted to the noble family of Sefton, The sage biographier of Cheronea might || in Ireland. with propriety have onnitted in his inimita. The sister of Mrs. Fitzberbert was marble lives ihe names of Aspasia, Thais, and ried to Sir Carnaby Haggerstone, a BaroCleopatra; but Plutarch had no concep. ! net of considerable respectability and fortion of the weight and importance of the tune in the county of York. bean muide in these latier ages of the The intimacy between Mrs. Fitzherbert world, otherwise he would not have failed: and a certain illustrious personage corn.

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menced early in the year 1780. When as in her mental qualisies. She seems to
this connection was first made known, a hare cultivated the minor morals with
rumour was circulated, and received from great assiduily, and to hare considered
popular credulity a much greater share of poliieness as the science of fashionable life,
credit than it deserved, that his Royal and the principle of action amongst a cere
Highness the Prince of Wales was privately tain rank of beings. She has lately taken
married 10 Mis. Fitzlervert. The public under her tuition an orpban daughter of
alarm upon this report was excessive. It the late Lord Hugh Seymour, who lives
was mentioned in Parliament, and ques. with her, and is almost wholly furnicd
tons were put, which not receiving the under her eyc. The origin of this attach-
rompt answer that was expected from the ment was in the friendship which had long
friends of the Prince, the apprehension of subsisted between the mother of this young
the people was augmented, till it became lady and Mrs. Tiizherbert; and it is cer-
necessary at length to give the report aj tainly to the credit of Mrs. Fitzherbert,
formal denial, and some of the Parliamen- | that the voice of a dying mother designat-
tary friends of his Royal Highness chal-i ed her as the guardian and instructress of
lenged an inquiry into his conduct, inber only daughter.
order to ascertain the malignity of the A suit in Chancery was instituted a few
source froin whicuce the falsehood issted. years since by the relations of Miss Sey.
This inquiry, however, was rendered un mour, for the purpose of recovering her
necessary, by the fank declaration of the from the care of Mrs. Fitzherbert; and the
friends of the Prince, and the subject drupt" present Lord Chancellor made an order
into oblivion.

for the child to be given up to her natural
From the period of their first connec relarions. Mrs. Fitzherbert appealed to
tion, the friendship of the Prince and Mrs. the House of Lords, and the decree was
Fitzherbert continued wiih very litle in. reversed. She is now, therefore, the esta-
termission. It is unnecessary to be parti- blished guardian of this young lady.
cular in this slight sketch, and as our in During the progress of this suit, many
tentio is not 10 offend, or to wound the circumstances transpired from the evi-
feelings of any party, it will be prudent "dence, which reflected great credit upon
to drop the veil.

Mrs. Fitzhei bert. Her conduct towards Mrs. Fiizheibert is universally acknow this young orphan seemed to be affectionledged to be a woman of refinement and

ate and tender without example. The eviclegant manners, of accomplishments dence of a Bishop was delivered into equally solid and fascinating, and acquire. i Chancery, who testified that he had exments of a very high degree in the intel. , amined the course and mode of Miss Seylectual scale. Her powers are of that kind mour's education, and had every reason to which the hand of time cannot wi: her, think it both moral and religious. This which survive the charms of youth and the young lady resides constantiy with Mis. decay of beauty. Her attractions are as Fitzherbert at the summer residence of the conspicuous in her manners and her taste, Prince at Brighton.

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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

HYMENA IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.

[Continued from page 167.]

" It was thus agreed on all parts," if red to Edward beyond the mere circumcontinued my aunt, “ that the marriage of stance of his death. To what purpose Sir Williain and Clarissa should take place, should they disturb hier repose; why should and that no intimation should be given to they interrupt that happy serenity of temClarissa that any thing peculiar had occur-il per which led her to what they wanted :

Clarissa,' said the Doctor, 'is one of “ You and I," said my aunt,

es under: those tempers upon whom every thing sits 'stand very different things by the same light ; her mind is ardent but instable. werd, and perhaps this is the source of our She will make you a most affectionate wife disagreement, which is rather in terms than as long as you live and can be with her, but in argument; by sentiment I understand if you die, or become long aksent, you must that propensity to take every thing for the expect to be forgotien as soon as Edward. best, and to inake the best of every thing. It is right that you should know what you I take sentiment as the lawyers take equity, have to expect. By not expecting too as a reasonable departure fiom the strictness much you will suffer no disappointment; of reason, and by which some allowance is half the misery of life arises from extrava- made for the illusions of fancy. How happy gant expectations. We are apt to form an". would be our lot if we could always live in estimate of life from the size and colour fancy instead of realty, if imagination was through which it presents itself to our view to give us a stage instead of valure." through the medium of our imagination, “ This is a kind of nonsense, my dear and because nature, even in her happiest i aunt, so like sense, that I conceive it my mood, can never reach the spirit of fancy, duty to express my clear opinico of it. Tie can never paint with its brilliancy, we feel lare reasovable and accountable creatures; ourselves disconcertel, and lose the retish we are not born to sleepard in dream; slee; of the good we have, because we cannot is but the repose afier labour which nature reach all that we had hoped. If hope some has made necessary in o der to invigorate times indemnifies us for the miseries, it labour'; dreams, or dreaming, is tiie exnot unfrequently, when unwisely encourag- crcise of fancy above nature ; the mind is ed and indulged, leads us into real misery. I still active whilst all the motions of the Such is Clarissa; you now know what you body are suspended. Imaginatioli, in its have to expect.'

best exercise, is but a waking dream; in “And I am perfectly satisfied,' said Sir , iis proper, sphere, where it illustrates and William. “What is it 10 me whether my adopts ihe scenes and realities of nature, it widow weeps six months or twelve, or till is in its proper place, but no where chic. her weeds wear out, or till her shoes be old? To return, however, to my narrative," Give me the woman who cau love me whilst said my aunt. _“ The puptials of Clarissa living, and I will readily dispense with her aud Sir Williain were such as were suited sorrow when dead ; surely it is enough for to their rank; and though every one did me if I am loved as long as I live, if the not approve of the conduct of Ciarissa, ihic comforts of domestic lite do not follow me splendour of their equipage and side of into my tomb."

living, male every thing to be shortlyf.'“Well,” said I to my aunt, “I cannot gotien. What a world is that in licin but acknowledge that these two lovers, we live, Hynienza; tell me what is the Clarissa and Sir William, were well worthy i criine, short of any thing infamous, which of each other; the delicacy of the one is is not paidoned, and not overlooked in very well matched by the delicacy of the those who can cover it with wealth: rank other; they both seem to me as destitute and money are every whe'e the presumpo of a heart as a calculating Jew."

lions of worth, and the worla bow before “I wonder,” said my aunt, “ that you them wheresoever they are found." should make this objection, who of all “I am happy,” said I, “ that you have people in the world seem most adverse to become a satyrist. The first step is to see any thing in the shape of sentiment.” the follies of others, the next to apply thie

“ Where sentiment is in opposition to rule to ourselves. Every person of fashion reason," said I, "I cannot place myself on

must become a misanthrope, in a degree, its side. I abhor that sertinent whicis, before I can induige any hope of his having no foundation in nature or seuse, ' amerdment." only renders us unfit for the condition of “Well," replied my aunt, smiling, “ if life; but where sentiment is but another sagacity in seeing the faults of others be name for virtue and delicacy, wliere it is the first sep at self-ref rmation, you may not a fiction but a reality--,"

doubtless fiud reformers at every tea-table

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