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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS AND
Pumber One Hundred and Forty-five.
Justly may be classed amongst the Although Miss Alderson's productions in illustrious and distinguished, those females | the literary style were many, we believe who, to superiority of talent and great | she never published any till after her mare mental endowments, unites every charm that riage with Mr. Opie, which took place on adorns domestic life, and whose conduct is the 8th of May, 1798. Her first publicaguided by the truest principles of virtue. tion was that excellent novel The Father
Such is the highly celebrated female and the Daughter, in 1801. Her Elegy to whose Portrait embellishes our present the memory of the late Duke of Bedford, Number, the relict of Jobo Opie, Esq., and a volume of beautiful Poems, published Royal Academician, and Professor of Paint.in 1802, were justly admired, and esta. ing; an artist whose skill in his profes.blished her fame as a sweet and elesion gained him the meed of well deserved || gant writer. Her Adeline Mowbray, or renown; but he needs no better biographer | The Mother and Daughter, her Simple nor eulogist than his amiable widow, who, || Tales, her Memoir of Mr. Opie, lier Tales with her usual elegance of language, has of Real Life, her New Tales, and her last published a short sketch of his life, to publication, entitled Tales of the Heart, which are added his Lectures on Painting || which we noticed in our last Number, are delivered at the Royal Academy.
all delightful; her novel, entitled Temper, Mrs. Opie is a native of Norwich, and || &c. has less merit than any other of her was born in the year 1771. She is the works, but will be perused with that fond only daughter of Dr. Alderson, an eminent partiality which her name alone is sure to physician in that city: he was a gentleman inspire. of highly classical attainments, and he be. In her person Mrs. Opie stands much held in his daughter, when she was arrived || indebted to all-bountiful nature; her man. at but a very early age, extraordinary ner of holding her head is reckoned pecumental powers; and so rapid were her liarly graceful; her disposition is extremely acquirements that she far surpassed any | lively; and her conversation animated aud one of her sex at that early period of life. unreserved, free from all pedantry, but on Her poetic talents early evinced them. some select subjects peculiarly energetic; selves; and a dramatic piece, entitled Ade- || and at times a little keen satire shews itself: laide, a tragedy of much merit, was per- this severe kind of wit has been supposed formed, under her father's sanction, at Mrs. to proceed from over indulgence; and she Plumtree's private theatre at Norwich, in is prompted to utter what she thinks, from 1791.
the consciousness of having all she says
admired, for no one ever quitted her society || present retirement in her native city, she without pronouncing her truly prepossess has gained the esteem and respect of the ing and agreeable: her candour gains"ber first fanuilies residing there ; and as her remany friends, and her superior talents en- putation as an author is permanently esta. sure her respect.
blished, so, by her taleuts and virtues, she One scene of uninterrupted conjugal | has exalted and added dignity to the female affection marked the nine years Mrs. Opie character. lived with her valued husband. In her
HISTORICAL AND SELECT ANECDOTES
chief of that clan : they had served together THE Emperor Otho IV. being at Flo- | in war, and their pursuits in peace were rence, saw, at a ball, the famous Gualdrada, congenia). Brigadier Grant had an inwho was then only fifteen years of age. | Aammatory fever, in which bleeding was Struck with her sprightliness and beauty, prescribed; but in his delirium he resisted he asked whose danghter she was, and the operation. Argyle determined to try happened to put the question to her own if his influence might avail, though physifather. The answer was as complying as
cians and friends advised and intreated him possible, for the father offered to put im- to shun the risk of infection. He put on a mediately his daughter in his Imperial wrapping gown and night-cap, and was Majesty's possession. The girl hearing carried in a chair to the bedside of the this, got instantly up, and said, before all invalid, who instautly knew his voice. the court, “ Pray, father, do r.ot be so
“ My dear John," said he, “ I have frightliberal of a thing which belongs not to you;
ful dreams, I wish you would disperse and give me leave to tell you, that no man
them, as you have often caused the enemies shall ever have me, unless he be my lawful
of our country to fly. But how is this? a husband.”—The Emperor was so surprized night.cap!"-"My friend," replied Argyle, at this unexpected repartee, that he in
“ I am very ill; they wish me to have a stantly sent for one of his Barons, called vein opeved, but I cannot agree unless my Guido, and ordered him to marry her upon
dear friend bleeds with me."--Brigadier the spot. He gave her for her portion the Grant held out his arm, and the same surCaventino, with part of Romagna, and geon bled both the heroes. Grant was conferred the title of Count upon her hus- cured, and Argyle escaped infection. band, from whom the Couuts Guido are descended.
This untutured Indian of Nepaul had THE LOFTINESS OF ANCESTRY. been encountered, in a sally from his fort, TAE old Duchess of Queensberry was
by an English officer, and after a severe allied to royalty, and valued berself upon
conflict hand to hand, the Ghoorka was the blood of sovereigns “heaving her high wounded so much as to disable him; but heart," as she expressed it. A very dis- he was carried off by his comrades, and in tant relation having obtained a title, she a few weeks recovered, and returned to his said—“ This fellow is powdered with the duty. In his struggle with the British dust of my ancestors."
officer he tore off his epaulette, by which
mark he recognized him as he lay spent THE FRIENDSHIP OF HEROES. with loss of blood in a recent engagement. Joux, the great Duke of Argyle, had The Ghoorka singled him out from the the highest esteem and affection for Briga. other sufferers, staunched his wounds, dier-General Alexander Grant, son to the || brought water to restore his fainting spis
MAGNANIMITY OF A GHOORKA.