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Walsingham hummed an opera bottom when Walsingham entered, air. Sir Harry addressed himself pale and agitated. He fung him to me.-- May I hope, if you are self into a chair, and fixing his not particularly engaged an hour eyes on me- Pray, madam, said hence, madam, to have the honour he, may I ask on what subject of an audience in your ladyship’s were Champly's communications?" dressing-room, concerning an affair • Certainly, my lord. Sir Harry on which the felicity of my life has been soliciting my influence depends?
with miss Lester to receive him as I assured him I should be per- a lover.' fectly disengaged, and at his com • Indeed !--and what might be mand. The time is more than your answer?". arrived, and I expect him every · That his own merit must be moment.-But I hear him coming. his recommendation, and miss Les
ter the only judge.' [In continuation.)
• Will you tell me frankly, lady
Walsingham, your opinion of this On sir Harry's entrance, he proposal ; and whether you think hoped he did not intrude too much Champly is likely to succeed on iny ladyship's time, and polite • Your lordship,' I replied, 'is ness, but as I was the earliesť entitled to my opinion on every friend of the all-charming Lester, thing with respect to which you he flattered himself my recommen- condescend to ask it. Miss Lester, dation would avail inuch. He I am persuaded, before she quitted likewise begged to be informed of England, would have rejected the particulars of her fortune, and such an offer. What she may do who were her guardians.
now, it is impossible for me to say. • Miss Lester's fortune, sir Har: Sir Harry is a gay man-is reckry,' said I, is fublas large as fame oned a fine gentleman by many reports it. Miss Lester, sir, is of ladies. He is very rich has a an age to be from under the care large estate, which I am told is of a guardian; she is entirely at perfectly unencumbered; and miss her own disposal. If she approves Lester you, no one else will object; as for . Stop, madam ; you have said à recommendation from me, yqu enough to convince me that you will have the goodness to excuse are a friend to this preposterous me :-7your own merit and address match. --Sir Harry rich - but is must be your passport, and miss miss Lester poor-He has a clear Lester the best judge of your pre- estate; but I tell you, madam, tensions.'--He interrupted me that he is a fool, an errant fool called himself a happy man in her a conceited coxcomb.' being at her own disposal.-did not I sat stupified while he paced doubt of success had a presage- the room; his face glowing: ment that he was to be the happy Again he spoke, 'And so be man of her choice-begged pardon cause a silly devil is possessed of for his rapture, but she would be a clear estate he is entitled to an such a prize in his estimation- angel ! But, Lady Walsingham, wished me a good morning, and there are men of as large estates danced down stairs.
as Champly's, and quite as unenHe could not have reached the cumbered, ---men who would know
how to estcem such an invaluable the most boundless ambition. At
But in one thing I ain pe- her pleasures ; and she, in return, remptory-miss Lester, while she has stolen my husband's affections, honours this house by her pre- Ah, madam! who is inhospitable? sence, must, and shall, be treated Advise me, comfort me, and oh, in a manner becoming the family my mother, pray for me.--Iark ! of an English peer.'
-Surely some pitying angel, in A sensation of anger arose in commiseration of my bursting my bosom, and tinged my cheeks. heart, breatbes that strain--that It was but momentary-I rose and melting strain of celestial harmothrew myself at his feet. I assured ny! From whence can it prohim that it was my wish and inten- ceed? The family are all in the tion to behave to mies Lester with park — no one but myself is in the same politeness as was due to the house, except the servants. all our other guests : but I con I dropt my pen, and sat inotionjured himn not to let his solicitude less till the last sound ceased to for the visitor exclude all regard reverberate :-surely it was more for the wife.
than mortal music, from whence He raised me, and seating me could it proceed? But I shall in an arm chair, told me to take weary you and myself with endcare of my health, and coldly sa- less conjectures. I will be thankluting me, retired.
ful; I will hail it as a messenger How much must Helen have from Heaven, for it has soothed prejudiced Walsingham's mind; my agitated spirits; it has diffised er how much must you and all my a calm serenity over my troubled friends have flattered me! You mind, and enables me to subscribe none of you ever told me I was myself, with more composure than inhospitable, resentful, or envious; I expected, and now, alas! all these charges Your ever affectionate, are brought against me at once,
CAROLINE WALSINGHAM. and make me completely wretched.
[To be continued.) I always looked on a coquetish behaviour with contempt; but a woman who indulges herself in
OBSERVATIONS on the PERSONS coqueting with a married man,
and Dress of the ENGLISH. seems to demand a double portion of every modest person's scorn.-- (from Travels in England translated Surely the surpassing beauty of
from the German of G. A. Goede.) Helen Lester's noble.form will [Continued from p. 459.] captivate a sufficient number of TRAVELLERS have often disengaged young men to gratify remarked that an Englishman's
fire-side is the most amiable point A married woman who has been of view in which you can possibly detected in an act of intidelity, see himn; and that family counec. sinks at once into everlasting contions are preserved with the ut- tempt. No repentance, no atonemost tenderness and exalted sim- ment, not even time, can remove plicity: This is said to originate the fatal stain : her company is in the females of the family, whose considered contagious. Such a domestic dispositions and cheerful criminal, therefore, must either arrangements diffuse gladness. retire to some distant part of the
Matrimony is considered in kingdoin, or leave her native land England with old-fashioned no- for ever ; and although the Enge tions. Here people pledge their lish bave been charged with a dishearts with their hands. Their regard to their conjugal vows, it marriages are often roinantic, sel- is certain such infidelities are less dom founded on the mere prine frequent, though, perhaps, more ciples of convenience ; for parents public when they happen than on do not constrain the wishes of the continent; and so_rigid is their children, or seek, by au- the public opinion in England, thority, to divert their choice. that Kotzebue's play of - The Still elopements, unequal match- Stranger,' though otherwise ades, or such as separate the parties mired, is almost forbidden on for ever from their parents, con- account of its immoral tendency. tinually occur. These miscbiev.' Jealousy is a weakness little ous freaks of love may, I fear, be known in England ; and that attributed to the rage for novel- which marks the character of reading, so fashionable with their other nations is severely satirized young females, and so baneful in here. Wives in no country enjoy tendency that the inflamed fancy greater liberty; and mutual hapmocks all dangers, disregards all piness is preserved by a mutual sacrifices, and, with romantic he- attention, free from ridiculous roism, bounds over every obstacle rhapsody, and a friendship origizto obtain the object of visionary ating in the heart. Indeed, I feel passion.
that I may, without exaggeration, In novels love is poetically de- assert, that an accomplished Eng. scribed as capable of removing all lish family affords a more chaste differences in rank or fortune; picture of content and bappiness and some of the most distinguish- than any other objects in existed families in the kingdom are ence. remarkable for having had daugh- · Envy, which appears to dis, ters who have played the heroine unite men in other countries, is a of a favourite novel on the theatre vice rare in England. - Here the of life.
merit of the man is more regarded The infidelity of husbands is than his rank. Patents of nobiless reprehended in England than lity give no personal merit to the that of their wives ; and the puó possessor, and a very leading chanishment inflicted on the latter racter in the House of Commons for a single transgression is pur- is a brewer, who lives in habits of sued with excessive severity; not intimacy with men of rank, taby the law, but by the public. lents, and fortune. Yet travellers,
who are only guided by appear In the present age the nobility ances, might easily be led ip be- have also derived an increase of lieve that the nobility of England consequence and splendor, by the were slaves to their rank. An os- elevation of characters whose nietentatious disp ay of the conduet rits are too well remembered to not only glares on their furniture, need a record here. The single plate, and carriages, but even the name of NELSON is ample testibuttons. Ou their servants liveries mony of this truth. wear this symbol of greatness. Every noble family has a place On the decease of a nobleman all of residence at the west end of bis houses display large escutchen the town, but much of their time ons of his armorial bearings, in is passed on their estates in the a deep black cloth frame, in the country, I have before noticed front of the building. At the that their town-houses are simple universities all the young nobility in their exterior. Pelaces, perare distinguished from the com- haps, might excite jealousy in the moners by a gold tassel pendent bosoms of citizens, and interrupt from their caps. At the rooms at the harmony of mixed society. Bath a most tedious and scrupu- They therefore live like citizens in lous attention is paid to rank. town, like princes in the country. All wbich marks of privilege, in English females of high birth some degree, sanction the seve- add to the most enchanting graces rity of French satire on the sub- of an accomplished mind, a pure ject. But when we see the nobles simplicity of manners which exalts mix freely with other classes of nobility. They are exemplary society ; that high birth, unsup- mothers, warm in the welfare of ported by personal merit, is uni- their country, unassuming in acte versally despised ; that their do- of boundless charity. mestic circles are patterns of all In their moruing rambles they that is amiable ; and, finally, condescendingly visit the humblest when we reflect, that those of cottages for miles round their fensive exterior forms originated seats, fearlessly encountering the in remote ages, and like other an- hideous aspect of misery, and be eient customs are rigidly observed, nevolently solicitous to aduainister we shall feel disposed to reprobate relief. this ill-founded prejudice.
By this description I only mean Many of the English nobility to draw the interestin, outlines of have rendered eminent services those amiable females who mingle to their country ; the flourishing with the noisy groups of the mestate of agriculture, the inland tropolis in obedience to fashion, trade, national industry, are chiefm but indulge the milder feelings of ly attributable to their exertions; their hearts in eweet retirement; and the names of the dukes of for there are ladies in London in, Bridgewater, of Portland, mar. sensible to every beauty of nature ; quis of Lansdown, marquis Corn. whe daunot live out of a crowd, wallis, and others, would do ho- and are unable to fill up the nour to any country, on the solid vacancy in their minds without basis of individual and jpnate the aid of card-tables and public worth,
of Richard the Third,' a favourtie OBSERVATIONS on the ACTORS' play with the English, at Covent
on the ENGLISH STAGE, par- Garden, the Little Theatre in the ticularly Mr. KEMBLE, and Hay-Market, and on the Dublin Mr. COOKE.
Stage. Cooke performed the part,
which is unanimously considered [From the same.)
his chef d'auvre ; he even sur
passes Kemble. It may be said ENGLISH actors aim little at that this actor has entirely adopta generality in their characters ; ed the individuality of Richard they seek to establish their repu- the Third, and that he delineates tation in a limited way, without that horrid character with a depth ever taking the trouble to attempt of skill which cannot be surpassed surmounting any difficulties in in those scenes where Richard the wide field of their theatrical is undisguised; but he seldom
Even the most eminent represented him faithfully, and among them, Kemble and Cooke, sometimes failed where the crookmerely appear to have aspired to backed tyrant assumes the mask one point, without stimulating of dissimulation. This happened their ambition to a superior oh- particularly in the second scene ject. It certainly is very com- of the first act, where Richard, mendable that an actor should by means of sweet flattery, 'wins display modesty in giving range the love of Lady Anne. This is to his attempts ; but it cannot, the greatest triumph of Richard's at the same time, be denied that dissimulation, which he himself scarcely any department in the conceives so astonishing that he art can be so limited as not to re- esults in his unlooked-for success quire the perfection of opposite at the end of the scene. Shaktalents, which nature herself but speare has in this excellent speech seldom distributes to her favour- furnished Richard with the most ites in equal measure, This is, eloquent expressions of a glowing perhaps, never so generally the romantic love. Richard being decase in
any art as in that of acting, formed, and stained by the blackAn actor, although his principal est crimes, the passion which he forte lies in tragedy, will not, delineated in his looks, and every however, totally neglect the comic word that he pronounces, must muse ; since he must understand render bim amiable in the eyes the different ways of expressing of Lady Anne. His dissimalation the human affections. This does should therefore wear the garb of not seem to be sufficiently attend- truth, if the scene, by its improed to by English performers of bability, is not intended to offend the first eminence. They cer- the spectators. In this Cooke did tainly rise to an extraordinary not by any means reach his part ; height in such parts as they are his voice and gesticulation denoted peculiarly adapted to fill; but a palpable hypocrite, whom the