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another of your predecessors, who long delighted the town with his elegant sentiments and splendid diction, would ramble day after day among
the fashions of the Ladies. THE WANDERER,
I see nothing therefore that you No. LII.
have, which can give a privilege of
exemption from similar civilities, It has been objected to the Wan- and I enclose you a letter from a derer, that notwithstanding he num
m- friend of mine, which I expect you hers so many females among his will make public for the benefit of readers, he has scarcely devoted a all who are similarly situated. paper to their particular amuse
With due regard, your reader, ment. He assures thein, however, that it is not for want of respect, that he has hitherto omitted his at
MOUNT VERNON, OCT. tentions, nor from want of gallantry Dear Imperia, that he has not accepted their favors. Desirous, however, of correcting a
I am perfectly at a loss how to fault before it increases into an un
conduct myself in this censorious pardonable crime, he will immedi- metropolis. I find on one side that ately begin his progress of reforma
reserve is considered as prudery, tion by inserting the letters of his freedom is levity and liable to insult.
and treated with contempt; and that friend.
To be ignorant exposes one to Dear Wanderer,
sneers and ridicule, and to appear I read your paper every Satur- accomplished produces rivalship day, but I shall not continue to do and enmity. But what I have most so any longer, unless you pay a little reason to complain of, is the habit more attention to our sex-You your town's people have of proclaimhardly deign to pay us a passing ing every little common attention of compliment, and treat us with as civility, to be a serous engagement. little ceremony as if we were mere- One would think that I, a stranger ly capacitated to regulate a kitchen, among you, would have a right to or give orders in a nursery. In- require the politeness of the ladies deed, Sir, your great ancestor, the land the attentions of the gentlemen, Spectator, did not refuse to pay par- without giving occasion to the most ticular attention, number after num- ill-natured cynic to place the one to ber, to the cut of a cap or to the the score of love, or introduce the form of a furtelow, the humblest other as a competition for pre-emiornament of lunnale decoration; and nence. But I find it is so univer
sally ; and I have no peculiar rightes, and thus destroy these advantato complain, as the inconvenience ges to the manners and disposition is common. If a Gentleman dance of each, which spring from each twice with a Lady, he is proclaim-other's society. A gentleman of ed publicly to be under an engage-honor would feel unhappy that his ment of marriage ; if he is twice conduct should raise a report which séen with her in the same box at would never be realized, and dread the Theatre, something more is in- its effects on a young lady with tended than a common acquaint- whose prospects he would not interance; and if for the pleasure of her fere, and whose afîections he felt society, or to pay the attentions no desire of securing. If he found which politeness requires to the that acquaintance on familiar style stranger or the resident, he passes could not be retained without origione or two evenings familiarly in nating observations, he would withher company, it is instantly enquir- draw from her society, and sacried when they will be married, and fice his pleasure to her quiet. I all farther visiting is considered as speak nol from conjecture, my intrusion on the part of gentlemen, friend, for several young men to and civility by the lady condemned whom I have spoken of this strong as coquetry:
propensity, have assured me that This habit, my friend, affects me this was the case. It becomes then very little, as my residence here is a fault which they should censure, soon to be terminated; it does how as producing an inconvenience of ever, my dear girl, in some degree which they principally feel the efdiminish the value of that hospitality fect. Now, my friend, on whom which has so peculiarly marked the do you think the blame of this coninhabitants of Boston. But I should duct ought to fall? It is my serious think it would essentially mar the opinion on our own sex. We do felicity of those who are the constant know they have more leisure for reobjects of its sport. Separate from flection on this business of the heart, the injury which it does to the feel- than the other, and have less conings ofa delicate woman to have such cerns of importance to draw off reports originating, without any their attention. Foolish girls there. appearance of a cause, it interferes fore, who impertinently interfere in with her interest, because it is a bar the arrangement of others ; who to the addressçs of others, who have themselves been disappointed, might have been so well pleased as and act from revenge, or are still to make her the object of serious anxious, and influenced by hope, or attention, had they not understood who have nothing else to employ that in all probability her heart was their loquacity about, (and surely already engaged; and both honor nothing requires so little underand decency would teach a man standing) turn their attention to this rather to restrain his feelings than prolific subject, and occasion the interfere with the previous arrange- many difficulties, which such conment of his friend.
duct produces. I know not my But my greatest objection to this dear, but I am too fastidious, yet I foolish trifling with other's feelings, never hear a lady joking her friend and wanton intrusion on their pri- on a' partiality for any particular vate avocations, is that it must check person, but I think her in some deevery thing like familiar intercourse gree forfeiting her character for among the unmarried of both sex- delicacy. If you think I am too
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severe, put it to the account of my takes may be avoided which someeducation ; an inexperienced coun- times occiirg--such as praising try girl cannot be familiar with your the execution of a tune before it has city habits ; but it is really the im- commenced, or forgetting to speak pression of nature which leads me of it at all. Likewise teaches the to censure such conduct, not mere true style in which conversation ly as a breach of decorum and good should be carried on while a lady is manners, but as a piece of rudeness singing or performing on any inand indelicacy. I am sure my | strument, so as not to disturb more friend, that a lady of feeling and than half the company. Also in. sentiment never errs in this way, forms, that he can teach any lady and I have remarked that those to play and sing in such manner whose own hearts were really alive that the conversation of half a dozto merit and love, had too much en gentlemen at her elbow shall not tenderness ever to give a wound by put her out of tune.-Apply at the sporting with the feelings of others lounging room.
E. under the fancies of engagements and matrimony. I submit to you, my friend, these ideas in answer to Mesers. Editore, the questions you proposed me, and I forward you the enclosed anecdotes, because I think it a habit by much which I believe have never appeared in too prevalent for the comfort of print ; if you think they will amuse those who are exposed to its evils, your readers you have the liberty of and because it is so very different
publishing them, from the constructions that are put
THE LAWYER'S wigs, on the innocent and familiar meet
The celebrated SERJEAXT DUX* *ings in my native village, as to sing, afterwards LORD A$HBURN.
strike me immediately with no Hall, was a true lover of amusement, agreeable contrast. Excuse me if and always ready to be the leader I err, and believe me,
of any thing like sport. One time Your sincere friend,
at the middle circuit the lawyers from London who attended the
court, not willing to trust the More ADJERTISEMENT,
wich Barbers, had sont their wigs Signior DEAFFERARI, late from in boxes by the stage coach. It is Utopia, informs the Gentlemen of the etiquette of the English Bar, Bosion, that he can teach them the that no one appear at it but in a full most desirable faculty of recopciling dressed three tiid wig, and a peginattention with civility. His pupils, lect of this ceremony would be conafter a very few lessons, may be in sidered a contempt of court, and company with the most beautiful endanger a commitment of the nega woman,who mayalternately exercise ligent counsellor. Duoning, who the powers of music and the attrac- happened to be at the tavern wheir tions of nature, and yet not be in the the stage coach arrived, and finding laast affected. le teaches the pro- what was the contents of the Boxes, per time when to ask a lady to sing, got a boy immediately to pay the when to praise her performance fare and sent them a half a dozen and beg a repetition, without giv- miles into the country. The Law, ing his pupils the least trouble of yers arrived the next day in thcie slistening to the music ; by means carriage just in time to dress for of which, those unfortunate mis- the court, and dispatched a messen:
ger for their wigs, but no wigs were coach, she would stay for him in any where to be found. D-n it, the lobby where the company waitSir, says one, have you seen my wig? ed after the play for their carriages, Curse that stageman, says another, and when most of them had dishe has delivered my Box to the wrong persed, he would follow her home. boy. Waiter, says a third, go to the Some young Bucks, knowing this stage-house and bring my wig. The practice of the Counsellor, who bell is ringing : Sir, says the waiter, by the way was a noted character there is no - wig there. D-n it, in the city, resolved to have a little what is to be done ; mine is the sport with his avarice. They acfirst cause in the docket. In the cordingly intimated their design to mean while the chief Justice had the porter who attends the box lobtaken his seat on the Bench, and by, and by means of a half guinea was astonished to find not a single got him to consent to their plan. Barrister but Serjeant Dunning ; One evening at a crowded house he threatened to commit them for when the Barrister was present, contempt, to non-suit, default them, the porter as usual announced the and reprimand them publicly, and carriages. My Lord G's chariot ; a bailiff was proceeding to the actu- Sir Wm. Draper's coach ; Lady al execution of his orders, when a Fielding's curricle ; tie Dutchess letter arrived from the Lawyers, of Portland's chariot and footmen; who had found it convenient to as- Counsellor Jones' maid and lantern. semble for their common defence, The peals of laughter which this begging humble pardon of his Lord- piece of wit occasioned, prevented ship for creating delay, but that the Counsellor ever after from visome unfortunate accident had des- siting the theatre with his maid and troyed their wigs, and there was not lantarn. one among them who could make
THEATRE, a decent appearance.
At nunc lævior ære, vel rotunda
Horti tubere, quod creatit unda
Ridentes fugis & times. after having retired from his profes GEORGE BARNWELL, ( Lillo) and sional concerns, by means of which The Romp--Wednesday, Oct. 22. he had realized a fortune of from RICHARD THE THIRD, (Shakespeare) forty to fifty thousand guineas, was and SHIPWRECK-Friday, Oct. 24. not less noted for his parsimony Richard THE THIRD and R17A: than his wealth. He still retained SOLDIERS.-Monday, Oct. 27. his old partiality for theatricals, but
We very much regret the accithe expence
it occasioned was ex- dent which has prevented the upceedingly grievous ; it was his cus-pearance of this evening's Ordealtom, however, to come when the The Milwood of Mrs. Shaw, tie play was nearly half over, and pur- RICHARD of Master Loring, and chase his ticket at a reduced price, more than all, the Barnwell of Mr. as is the manner at the theatres Poe, would have furnished a fund royal. In this way he was attend- of amusement; and while criticism ed by the maid who swept his has been banished by the frirolig chambers, She commonly preced- of the performance, ridicule are ed him with a lantern, as he was humour might have sported with 100 old to venture without a light, the curiosities in dramatic art this and too parsimonious to take althe last week has exhibited.
I fell on
Selected for the Emerald. Dionysius; I neither blamed nor
commended liis defects, nor was it [The antient world abounded with men proper for me to do so ; I only
who under the name of Philosophy knew that it was easier to endure
My indulgent and easy character
sure moments. I never betrayed of the epicurian. We have present. ed a view of the first, and the follow. important questions. As I wished ing may serve as its companion pic- him to know the extent of his duture. In form and prominence it is ties, and to restrain the violence of the samne, but in coloring it is a per- his disposition, I often said in his fect contrast. The other had collected the darkest skades and spread a presence, tliat a well informed man gloom, a chill orer the feelings, this differs from another who is not so, has the livelier rays of light and is as a courser, docile to the bit, differs suited to gaiety and sport. We feel from an ungovernable horse. luwerer not much more congeniality
On the subject of his mode of with Aristippus than Diogenes, and would not be pleased at exchanging government I spoke with freedom, our own systems with either. But it sometimes with indiscretion. Soliis not merely the antients who are citing him one day for a friend, he teazed with philosophers-every city would not hearken to me. and almost every village among us has my knees, and was censured by some its oracle of learning, who with the for my servility. My answer was: vain confidence of philosophy, pro. Is it my fault if this man has his claim systems as excentric and theo. rics as visionary as any that were ears in his feet ? propagated in antient times, and we Whilst I was one day requesting trust some modern Anacharsis when Dionysius in vain to grant me some he travels among us will amuse him- favour, he thought proper to offer self with giving a delineation of their manners. -Em. Ed's.]
one 10 Plato, who did not accept it.
I said aloud : The king runs no ARISTIPPUS knew that the Athe risk of ruining himself; he gives to nians had been prepossessed against those who refuse, and refuses those him; and as he was always ready who ask. to answer to the censures of those
He often proposed problems to who disapproved his conduct, he us, and suddenly interrupting us, pressed me to give him an oppor- gave the solution of them himself. tunity to justify himself.
- He once said to me: Let us discuss You are accused, said I, of baving some question in philosophy: beflattered a tyrant, which is a horrid gin. What, said I, for you to have crime. He replied : I have ex- the pleasure of concluding, and of plained to you the motives of my teaching me what you say you wish visit to the court of Syracuse,which to know. He was piqued, and at was then full of philosophers, who supper ordered me to the bottom of were setting themselves up for re- the table. The next day he asked formers. I adopted the character me how I had found that place.of a courtier, without laying aside You intended, no doubt, answered that of an honest man : I applauded 1, to make it for a short time the the good qualities of the younger most honorable..