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cation than what he had derived from the With every possible disqualification for a
first forms of a free grammar school, hav man of fashion, he seemed to have no aim
ing been removed early even froin these but to stand at the height of the mode;
ciementary studies, that he might lose no and whatever folly was most in fashion, in
time in walking over the course of his for that he laboured to be most egregiously
tune. Having passed twenty years in India, extravagant. Overlooking his own real
he had now amassed a princely fortune, talents, his learning, and his wit, he in-
and returned to England to enjoy it. His deavoured only at a gay impertinence, a
first step was to marry the lady who now profound noncha'ance, which was contri..
figures as his wife, and to this indeed he' dicted by every feature in his mind and
owes all the respeet and estimation which face. Nerer did man make more sacrifices
he now enjoys. And to do him justice, to become what nature never intended
he seems full aware of the virtues of this him.
truly amiable and lovely woman, and Many other persons of characters equally
though in many respects they were very singular were introduced to me in the
ill paired, they seemed happy in each course of the evening, but as I had after.
other. I cannot but here make the cur wards more detailed opportunities of know-
sory remark that nothing is more errone ing them, I shall say nothing fuitker of
ous, and in many cases more prejudicial, | them in this place. One remark particu-
than the doctrine inculcated in novels, that larly suggested itself, that from the gene-
the union of all virtues and of all perfec. ral frivolity of the fashionable world, or
tions, is necessary to render the nearried some other equally perversive cause, one
stare happy. My own experience amongst universal trait characterized every peisun
The immediate circle of my own acquaint- in this fashionable circle. However they
ance, has convinced me to the contrary; 1. Inight differ in wliat might be called their
know at this instant more than one or two specific character, their general feature
happy couples, who neither in personal was an ivsignificance, a' levity, an ajura-
nor mental endowmenis, have any thing rent want of the power of discrimina ing
to distinguish them beyond what is com between things of no moment, and things
mon to their fellow creatures. The truth of importance. Every thing appeared to
seeins to be, that no supereminent endow-them of equal importance, and they taiked
ments are necessary to happiness. It is of every thing in the same tone. The
within the reach of almost all who try for singing of Catalavi, the total defeat of the
it. To attain it is only strenuously to at Austrians, an accidental shower in the
tempt it.

Park, and the slaughter of thousands on In the motley assembly which met to the Rhine and Danube, were mentioned gether at this rout, it is not much to say || and conversed nipon in the same indiscije that I had some adınirers. My fortime and | minating tone. I know not whether to fainily being known, I was generally re-attribute this seeming apathy to want of garded as an object of interest and attrac. feeling, or that habitual vacancy of all tion. The old Hattered me by kind atten. thought, which is so unhappily introduced tion, the young endcavoured to recon by fashionable manners and fashionable mend themselves to my notice by the dis- i habits. From a ca in review of wlat Ilave play of their accomplishments.

seen, and indeed daily dosee in the fashionMy aunt particularly introduced me to able world, I have no hesitation to say, a Captain Medley, one of the most reputed that the people of fashion have the sanie of the modern men of fashion. With an hearts and minds as the vulgar, but the air of the most extreme insiguificance, Sir | fashionabile would has an atmosphere so Laurence was neither destitute of dignity | peculia lyi:s own as gradually to assimi. or understanding; he was elegantly and late every thing to itself. A winter course almost profoundly read, and wanted no in town, a daily, or rather a nightly interthing to be a valuable character but a due course with truly faslıionable society, estination of the qualities in which he would oss ify the best heart. This is iny really did excel, and a due contempt for deliberate opinion of the effects of fashionthose in which he only attempted to excel. able habits.

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In the course of a few days I had a visit from a contract for blankets. The young in form froin several of the gentlemen to Lord Popinjay (his father being an Early whom I had been more particularly intro was only distinguished in the fashionable duced in this rout at Mrs. Pagod's. The world from the excessive contrast of his first was from Captain Beaufoy.

poverty and his pride; he would not so The person of the Captain was such as completely defy the heralds as absolutely might have satisfied any woman, but as if to assume the royal liveries, but he did in despite of nature, and to degrade her what he could; he exhibited a resemblance gifts, he seemed to spare no efforts to sink so near, that it was not casy without a elle gentleman, and to assume something minute inspection, to distinguish one from which can only be described in detail. Ilis the otiver. This pride was the more ridi. warm ambition, it would appear, was to be culous, as it was contrasted with its aps. the leading charioteer of the day. Tle had pendages. A servant richly habited is accordingly established a club, the sole royal livery was borne on a back horse, and exclusive business of which was to which no one would have purchased for drive coaches in the resemblance of stages ' five pounds. My Lord himself, moreover, from London to Bedfont, and from Bedfont was not the best mounted in the world, but to London. This was not the diversion of then bis livery was royal, and strangers the club, but their business, that for which seeing him at the distance of a mile, would they lived, and to which they devoted mistake him for one of the Royal family. evesy moment and hour of their time.

I bad no wish to become a representaSomething might have been allowed letive Princess, and the efore, after amusing young men just emancipated from the re- myself some time with bis Lordship's folstraints of the ininority or collegiate dis- lies, declined his proposals. I will not cipline, but Cap:ain Beaufoy had not this extend my present letter by relating many excuse; he had attained his full maturity, others of a similar kind.' In my future of age and understanding. I was really narrative you shall have other sketches of grieved that a man really possessed of fashionable characters, who being informed Sense, as was this Captajni, should thus losc of my fortune thronged around me as an himself in frivolities, for though all his object worthy of their atention. It is pursuits were trifling, he was in reality really astonishing, Sir, how many of our not without sense, and possessed even most splendid men of fashion lay themselves some talents which might have revdered out, as it were, for the speculation of a him respectable in the more importanti rich wife. The first pursuit of a younger business of life.

brother of a good family is to get a place at I need not say, I hope, that I rejected court; if his family happen however to be the proposals of this gentleman; I was re on the wrong side, like Sir Francis Wrong. snlved not to take a husband from the head, he takes another string to his bow, stable, and not to have a man of whom his and looks out for an LRESS. Surely, friends could say nothing but that he was Sir, the prevalence of this speculation is & DRIVER.

not very flattering to our sex in general

. My next lover, (if so I may call them. What an opinion must the men entertain who made their addresses with the most of us, when they thus consider us as such perfect sang froid, as if they wer:- buying at easy dupes, when they thus consider that boise, or bespeaking a carriage,) my best they have only to make the attempt, and bver, I say, was the eldest son of an Irishi we are gained.-Yours, nobleman, cunobled in the last peneration,


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TO THE LADY SYBILLA MACKEN. father. I must acquit her, moreover, of “Constant bad now been absent six

any selfishness except in as far as it was nemonths, and since he had left Plymouth Icessarily implicated in the nature of her had received only one letter. They know

purpose. To confess the truth, though I little of the human heart who trust to the

have suffered such an extremity of misery permanence of past impressions. I have from the effect of her artifices-shough my somewhere read an excellent comparison of understanding most completely condemns the human mind in this respect to the sands her, and even my heart does not fully acof the sea-shore, one wave destroys the tracequit

, yet so powerful an bold does she yet left by the former, and is in its turn destroy

retain on my affectious, that in the midst ed by its successor. Lovers, particularly

of my sufferings I still love tlie author of absent lovers, should always have this si-them.-Let those who are better read in the militude before them. Whilst the idea of human heart, and better versed in the hun Constant was thus gradually weakened by

man affectious than Iam, cxplain this seemabsence, the Count was always at my side,

ing inconsistency: and always endeavouring to render himself

“ After the proper season for the first necessary and pleasing to me; my educa

mourning had elapsed, my mother resumed tion and natural accomplishments rendered

the progress of her contrivance, and at this but too easy to him. To the gaiety of length directly proposed to me that I should the Frenchman without its characteristic receive the addresses of the Count. I have frivolity, the Count added the more mas

reason to believe, that from the daily delight culine graces and understanding of an Eng- of listening to these addresses I made some Jishman; and it is a well known and cele. very faint objection to this proposal, rebrated semark of the elegant Richardson, li calling to her mind only in a cursory and that no triflers are so pleasing to women

indifferent manner, my engagements to as those who, being evidently capable of Constant. My mother, looking me car. better things, and competent to higher pur- nestly in the face, asked permission to put suits, descend to trifle for their sakes.

to mca serious question, 'Is it necessary,' “ Things were in this situation when a

said I, that a mother should ask such a most unfortunate event occurred in my

formal permission of her daughter---surely family.-Atier a sudden and short illness mamma this is unkind.' 'I ask the question my father died. He left a wili, by which, | formally,' replied my mother, and seria after a liberal provision for my mother-in- ously, because I expect a serious and formal law, he bequeathed the bulk of liis fortune

answer. I need not be told, that there are to me: by the same will my mother-in-law

certain points in which young women deein was to be my' sole guardian during my mi-themselves justified in deceiving even their nority, and I was to lose half the fortune mothers. Now I wish to arrive at your real bequeathed to me, if at any time before the sentiments.' Propose your question, theu age of twenty-five I married without her madam,' said 1;ʻI give you my word that I consent.

will answer you as seriously as if I was beforc “ Behold me entirely in the hands of this the altar.' I am sure you will Alicia—there artful woman, for such I must call her. || is a candour in your tone and manner Let me, however, do her justice; with the which convinces me of it,-iny question single exception of whatever was necessary

then briefly is-is Constant still dear to to the accomplishment of her purpose, 1 || you? does he still occupy your heart and had no cause to complain of her-she your affections? do you still prefer bion to treated me with the tenderness of a natural || all mankind?" parent, and by this affectionate conduct “ Does he not deserve to be lovedre. nell supplied to me the place of my late | plied la

“ That is no answer to my question,' “ It tends to procure a direct reply to a rejoined my mother; ‘young women are very intelligible question,-do you, in the not such perfect machines that their love present state of circumstances, still con. necessarily follows the merit of its object, | tinue to love Constant! or, to speak nor indeed are all virtues of a kind which plainly, have you began to prefer the necessarily appeal to a woman's affection; | Count?' Sir Isaac Newton, for example, was a great “I really forget the terms in which I and a good man, yet I do not think that replied to this question, but they must either yon or I should have been enamour have been of a nature upon which my ed of him-may it not be something of the mother put a construction farourable to same kind with Constant? I wish you to the views of the Count, as she immediately confess the truth.'

afterwards resumed her advocacy of his " What am I to confess?' said I; ‘you cause. seem already to have formed your opi. " I must confess,' said she, that to me nion.'

you appear to be fully absolved from any “I have already formed my opinion,' | engagement from which you may consider replied my mother, • and that opinion is, l yourself as being implicated towards Con. that Constant is not the man that is suited stant; three times a sufficient period has to you; he is grave, you are gay; he is na- elapsed for hiin to have written and to turally of a sober, plodding (for so I must have received letters, yet he has now been call it) cast and humour, and you are of an absent month after month, and you know air and humour as totally opposite as fire || nothing of him but that he is circumnaviand water; it is impossible you can mingle gating the globe; I must acknowledge that together in that intimate intercourse which a lover of this nature would not suit me' is necessary to constitute the happiness of “ That I may not enter into a longer a married life. When you are for pleasure detail than the pages of your Magazine he will be for reasoning; when you are for | may probably be able to admit, suflice it enjoyment he will be for reflection. In to say, that the arguments of my mother, short, as a lover, or rather as a husband, as seconded by my own inclinations, and I know of but one good quality which be the importunities of the Count, had such possesses, and perhaps that is one which an effectual result that a kind of comprowould not recommend him to ever one, || mise took place between us, by which I he has not the slightest spark of jealousy consented to receive the addresses of the about him ; like the fools in Congreve's Count as my future husband, unless within comedies, he will suffer another to court the period of three months I received some his mistress before bis face, and even in- || letter or satisfactory intelligence respecting nocently advance liis rival's suit; the Constant. a; athy of his nature will not suffer him to “During the interval the Count continu. kindle into jealousy.'

ed his addresses, and availing himself of " You do not mean to assert,' said I, bis knowledge of the world, and more parthat he does not love me.'

ticularly perhaps of his knowledge of “ No, nothing of the kind,' said my women, so far prevailed, that I cannot but mother;'I really believe that he loves confess that nothing would have been you as much as he is capable of loving any niore unpleasing to me iban the arrival of one, but you must permit me to say, that that letter from Constant which must have he appears to me one of those who na. terminated his hopes. I am really at this turally and systematically follows the ad. distance of time surprised at my infatuavice of the poct, -to admire nothing pas- tion, continuing daily to receive the sionately, to love every one and every addresses of the Count, whilst I acknow. thing with a tempor and moderation which ledged myself by every principle of right shall not endanger bis happiness. Now of and honour to owe my hand to another. all kind of lovers, heaven protect me and “My mother, upon her part, made no my daughter from your thinking, reason- disguise of her satisfaction, and every preing, philosophical lovers.'

paration was making that our union should, " To what does all this tend,' said I. take place at the end of three montlas.

The matter soon became generally re- . imagined love of some pennyless swain, ported in the country, and as the evident have afterwards been compelled to accept conduct of the Count and myself confirmed some plain honest husband, and are now it, there was but one general opinion and has happy (to use a vulgar expression) as general report, that the Count and myself the day is long. There is not a greater were to be married.

enemy to real happiness than these ill. “ In this manner I was precipitated, as it conceived ideas. were, into the snare which was prepared, “Our happiness, however, was shortly till at length every thing appeared so na- | interrupted: I was walking one day with tural, that when the Count at length pressed my husband in the fields which adjoins me to permit him to fix a day for our mar our house, when a letter was suddenly riage, I heard him without surprise, and brought to him. He opened it before I though I had still resolution to refuse him, || could catch a sight of the superscription. he had alieady advanced very far, when I observed him change colour, and drophe had persuaded me to listen to such a ping my arm, he left me suddenly, without proposal. By diot of importunity, and by any other excuse than that the letter deat length availing himself of a favourable manded an immediale answer. moment, the day was at length fixed, and “ A melancholy presentiment overtook every preparation avowedly made, that me; I continued my walk, but was miserour nuptials might be duly solemnized. able, though I knew not wherefore. I at

“The day arrived, and forgetting all the length returned towards the house, when rights of Constant, I gave my hand to his I was met by my favourite maid, who was rival, and became the wife of the Count. hurrying towards me. The girl seemed

“For some time nothing could be more frightened I hastily enquired of her the happy than my husband and myself. Day cause.' only succeeded day to introduce some new “ Indeed I know not, Madam,' replied pleasure. My husband's love seemed only she; but there is something very strange to increase; and grateful for so much ten. || about my master and the gentleman who derness, I on my part became hourly more called on him.' affectionately attached to him. I must not “ Who was the gentleman that called?" here omit an observation which I have re. “ I know not, Madam,' replied she; peatedly had occasion to make. In my but being in the shrubbery by the side of intercourse with my female friends, I have the gate which enters upou the lawn, I repeatedly heard the indiscriminate use of heard my master say that he would ride to the words, first love, first attachment, &c. | Colonel Orton's, and then return to the and as repeatedly heard it alleged by them place mentioned in the letter. The as the received maxim of ihe female stranger bowed, and went away, first of all world, that a first attachment, as they call | dismissing his own servant and spurring it, is invincible, and that no one can ever his horse to the full speed: be happy but with the object of their first “ And where is your master?' said I. choice. Now I have no hesitation to ac “ He has mounted his hunter, Madam, knowledge, that the first object of my and has likewise rode off full speed, and choice, or to use the sentimental lavguage without a servant.' of the day, that the first image impressed “ Where can be possibly have gone to?' upon my heart, was Constant.

In every | demanded I. sense of the word, he was my first love; “ Indeed I know not,' replied the girl; yet how easy was this first image erased, and what could he possibly want with with how much facility was this invincible pistols?' love extinguished and subdued. Let 110 “ With pistols !' exclaimed I. one hereafter assert that misery is the ne Yes, madam,' replied the girl ; 'he cessary result of a first disappointment took them from the gun-room, and when How many notable women are there at this he saw me observe him he looked somewhat present moment, who, after the mental confused.' indulgence of all the ideas of romance, “ I had not time to express my alarm after having been cruelly thwarted in their when my attention was suddenly diverted No. XLVI.-Vol. VI.


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