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COURT AND FASHIONABLE
For FEBRUARY, 1809.
The Fortp-second Lumber.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE VISCOUNTESS ST. ASAPH.
The Right Honourable Charlotte Vis- || sex in every station of life. The imputa. countess St. Asaph (a beautiful Portrait of tions of vulgar calumny against the great wbom, from the admired pencil of Hopp. were never so litile merited as at present; der, embellishes the present Number of for it must be remarked to the honour of La Belle Assemblée), is the eldest daughter the British Court, and is indeed chiefly of Algernon, Earl of Beverly, by Isabella owing to llac example and vigilance of her Susana, second daughter of Peter Burrel, Majesty, that there is a constant and steady Esq.of Beckenham, in the County of Kent. discountenance, in the circle of St. James's, Her Ladyship is married to George Vis of all those females who have anywise discount St. Asaplı, only son of John Earl of credited themselves by a disregard of pubAshburnham.
lic reputation. Lady St. Asaph, from her rank and high The Court, at least the female part of it, station, occupies a considerable degree of under the controuling and matronly pruattention in the sphere in which she moves ; dence of the Queen, is made what it ought and it is but justice to her Ladyship to to be,-the conservator and example of state, that the scrutiny of her conduct well morals and chastity of manners in fashionjustifies an admiration of her virtues. able life; the source from which refinement
There probably never was a period in Aows; and in which, however fashion which the females of the British Court ex. may bear sovereign sway, she is never sufhibited a more laudable and splendid || fered to infringe upon the severity of pattern of those virtues which adorn the || virtue.
SLIGHT NARRATIVE OF THE CELEBRATED MRS. CLARK.
As this lady has attracted such universal must be allowed that she is pretty, having a notice, not indeed from any merit of berowi, soft delicate coniplexion, and an animated ex. but, on the contrary, from the magnituile of pression of features. When first she came into her demerits, we have thought it proper to in the House she was very pale; on her second troduce some account of her in the Number of appearance her colour had flusbed into ber the present month.—The curiosity with re face, which was like vermillion; but she seemspect to Mrs. Clark is so general, that her re ed not at all daunted or embarrassed at any putation offers no excuse for omitting her time. Her female friend was dressed in a
white silk gown spotted with brown, and wore Mrs. Clark is the daughter of a Mr. Far a white bonnet with a veil so thick and close quhar, a native of Aberdeen, who was bred | about her face, that her features could not be a printer, and worked at one time on The Star || distinguished. She went into the House of newspaper, and afterwards in the bouse of Mr. Commons and remained below the bar near Blugbs. He used to correct the proofs, and Mis. Clark during her examination. Mr. his daughter, a sprightly girl, was employed | Gurney was seated at the bar taking the whole hy him to read them. A son of Mr. Day, who of the evidence in short-hand. had the conduct of Mr. Hughs's business, took Mrs. Clark's family was much inferior to that a lively interest in Miss Farquhar's fate, and of her busband. Before she was quite fifteen sent her for two years to school, meaning as she married Mr. Clark, the second son of a we have been told, to inarry her when she had | very eminent, wealthy, and respectable brickfinished her education. This, however, she layer, who liad been largely employed in the avoided by forming a connection with Mr. ll city of London. The eldest sou succeeded to Clark, the son of the builder, which ended in the father's business, but is now dead, having their marriage. She truly said in the House of left a family behind him, and a fortune of Commons, iliat lie was of no profession, for about twelve or fifteen thousand pounds. Tbe though bred to the business of a stone-mason, second son (the busband of Mrs. Clark) was be utterly neglected it, and soon sunk into the bred a stone mason by the father, and carried most extreme waut. She was thus at an early on that business in an extensive and respecto period of her life fung upon the world with an able manner on Snow-hill; but whether from infant family. Her mother and she at times liv.
the indiscreetuess of his marriage, or any ed together, and she has been to her in all her general indiscretion, the father left him only ebanges of fortune her adviser and counsel. a weekly annuity during his life, the principal
Mrs. Clark was suinmoned to attend the going to his children, of whom he has several House of Commons about twenty minutes | by Mrs. Clark, the lady of whom we are now before eight o'clock on the first of February, speaking. Mr. Clark is living, bat, we under. and she came readily through the lobbies, with stand, he has for some time discoutinued bis a light step and a smirking countenance. She business at Snow-hill. He has two brothers was dressed as if she had been going out to an living, the one an eminent surveyor, the other evening party, in a light blue silk gown and a clepsyman, both of them gentlemen of great coat, edged with white fur, and a white muff respectability. – Mrs. Clark was always of a On her bead she wore a wlite cap or veil, ay tun and very expensive habits. How long which at no time was let dowu over lier face. she has been separated from ber husband we lu size she is raiher small, and she does not know not, nor do we know what was her course seem to be particularly well made. She has a of life between that separation and her comfair, clear, smooth skin, and lively blue eyes, mencing the costly establishment in Gloucesbut her features are not handsome. Her nose ter-place; but her extraragance there was is rather short and turning up, and her teeth unbounded; and she in particular exerted all are very indifferent; yet she has an appear her powers in keeping a luxurivus table, set ance of great vivacity and fascination of man out in the most brilliant manner. Of tbe exners, though she is said not to be a well bred tout to which she went, some notion may be or accomplished woman. Sbe appears to be formed from the fact of the wine glasses, sucia about thirty-five years ofage, and probably bas in size as iudividuals usually drink out of at recommended herself more by her agreeable dinner, being so finely cut, that at the sale of and lively spirit than by her beauty, ilough it ber furniture, they sold for a guinea cach glasst