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arts and the abstruser sciences, and the too minute discusfions of political enquiry ; at the same time that we shall always carefully and faithfully give the most prominent outlines of the great events of the times ; times which daily produce the most extraordinary scenes, the most momentous revolutions.

To our Correspondents, many and most grateful acknowledgments are due for their useful assistance and valuable contributions. Some among them, perhaps, whose communications have not been inserted, may have experienced a disappointment they may Aatter themselves was not merited ; but they should remember, that even where we see much to approve, and considerable promise of future excellence, the imperfections of a first essay may be so numerous and glaring as to render it unfit for the public eye. Such, however, are nós immediately to despair : let them review and correct ; let them acquire the habit of being jealous of the deficiency of their own productions, and it is by no means improbable that their next attempt may

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We now begin the Twenty-sixth Volume of the Lady's MAGAZINE ; a Work which an indulgent and candid Public has received with the most liberal and unremitting favour, for five-and-twenty years. To that Public and our FAIR PATRONESSES (to whose elegant contributions we owe fo much) every expression of gratitude is undoubtedly due ; nor Thall any exertions be wanting on our part to continue to merit the same favours.

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Lady's Magazine ;

For

I A NU A RY,

1795.

THE GLAN C,E R. seems so arrogantly to claim his at

tention. No. I.

Under this species of disadvan

tage, the lucubrations of the essayist VERY writer who gives his labour perhaps more than any other

thoughts on a variety of sub- class of writings. It has therefore jects to the world, ought to expect been customary with almost all the that every reader will be more authors of periodical papers, in the or less a critic, and that whether he outset of their work, to answer the reads to get rid of time, or from grand question which it is supposed, hope of amusement, he will probably in the first place, muft naturally enquire what right the author has to arise in the minds of their readers. creat himself into an instructor, or This question is, “ And who are imagine himself wiser than the rest you, Sir;" I, therefore, having enof mankind. In the arts, and in gaged in such an undertaking, from particular sciences, when a man has vanity or from fimplicity ; from made them the study of his life, it ambition, or from a laudable desire may easily be granted that he may to benefit all mankind, and to effect teach mach to those who are willing unexpected and stupendous revolu. to learn ; but when any person pre- tions and reformation in the moral tends to give to the world his ob- world; it will become me in the fervations and reflections on the ge- first place to give a candid and neral subjects of life and manners, explicit answer to this most importficiently capable of going for him. My name is Tobias Hint; I am self; a peculiar kind of vanity seems of the ancient family of the Hints to attach to his undertaking. Every or Hinters; who have received reader enters into a species of nearly as many thanks and rewards tacit hostility with the writer, who, for their useful fuggeftions and disfrom the very nature of his work, interefed intimations, as seems to say to him, “ Stand by, diilant relations the Advisers, gratis, I am wiser than thou ;" and exa. alias the Oficious Intermeddlers. mines with double care and a half My great grandfather was at one determination not to be too eafily time in poffefsion of a lucrative pleased with the compofition which place in an office under govern.

ment.

their

ment. He noticed some little acts the world any good, the world is
of, corruption in his department, welcome ; and at any rate, I am safe,
and gave a hint of them to a per- because I am not personally known
fon in a much higher situation ; who, to my readers.
unluckily, derived no Imall profit But let not the world be too ap-
from them, a circumstance unknown prehensive of my feverity. If I
to my worthy ancestors. His hint ihould occasionally glance at a few
was very coolly received, and, to failings which may catch my eye, I
prevent his giving any more such hope I shall not be found too censo.
hints, he was displaced, and conti- rious. I had far rather extenuate'
nued a needy man to the day of his real faults, than“ set down aught in
death,

malice." - In the course of my glana My grandfather was patronized cing, the ladies will no doubt attract by a nobleman of eminence, who many a glance from me ; and in them procured for him a very profitable were I to discover some innocent employment, and put him in the female foibles, should afterwards my high road to preferment; but he dazzled eye glance on their faces, giving some hints that he thought it there is little doubt but I shall forpoflible his patron might gain a more get them all, and remember only complete knowledge of some subject their personal charms, their good on which he had made a long speech humour, and the general amiable in parliament, lott his favour, and qualities of their hearts, fo faited never became a great man.

to the end for which Heaven de My father was a clergyman who signed them, had the good fortune to obtain the

To temper men, who had been notice of a bishop, and was by him brutes without them.” presented to a small vicarage, and

The manners of the age in which we promised much more valuable pre- live, though they may in some few ferment; but he happening one respects merit a slight animadversion, day to converse before his patron on

are surely not so bad as not to afford the character of a Chrißian bishop: something to commend ; and I know as drawn by St. Paul, in his Epifle not but as much good may be effectto Titus, the first bishop of Crete; ed by holding up what is laudable the modern prelate found it so unlike for imitation, as by exposing what his own, that he could not help con is blame-worthy to contempt and afidering it as a rough hint that he voidarce. A good humoured-laugh was no very apoftolic bishop. Those who are acquainted with the world be very properly indulged; and have

at glaring absurdity or frivolity may will not therefore wonder when its beneficial effect; but constant althey are told that my father lived perity and censoriousness muft defeat and died in the small living to which

its own purpose, if indeed it can have he had been first presented.

A number of such cross accidents any purpose worth attaining. have repeatedly befallen every branch of our family, from this their unlucky faculty of hinting their real COLIN AND SYLVIA sentiments. I have, myself, by no

SENTIMENTAL FRAGMENT means escaped them; and as I have so frequently found the ill confe

By T. LACEY. quence of communicating my peculiar opinions in conversation, I have BEAUTIFUL romantic cotnow adopted mode propa tagesituated near the sea gating them; in which if they do hore, was the dwelling of the love

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ly offspring of fimplicity-Sylvia's maton, which occafioned some wicked charms were not to be resisted-she wits to publish, that he had an illewas the envy of the rustic villagers gitimate daughter named Franchine -in deep meditation the reclined -10 prove demonstratively that her delicate form by the fide of a beasts have no soals, and that they mountainou: cliff-pensive reflection are but machines nicely composed, brought to her remembrance her be and move whenever another body loved and tender Twain—"Colin was strike them, and communicates to not to be forgotten;" the tear of sen- them a portion of its motion. Have fibility started at the recollection- ing put this singular machine into a Colin, of rustic memory, entered the cale, on board a vessel, the Dutch army in defence of the best of fove-captain, who sometimes heard it reigns, and an injured country-his move, had the curiosity to open the gallant courage was eminently dir-box. Aitonished to see a little hu. tinguished in the field of battle-a man form extremely animated, yet, successful campaign rewardedthe toils when touched, appearing to be noof his labours he was blessed with a thing- but wood; litile versed in competency-he fighed for his ab- science, but greatly addicted to fufent love his mind was sadly af. perstition, he took the ingenious lafliated his fair and distant com bour of the philosopher for a little panion occupied his distracted devil, and terminated the experithoughts--his agitated frame was ment of Descartes, by throwing his on the rack-he embarked with a wooded daughter into the sea. prosperous gale to seek the lonely wanderer-but alas, a tempetuous ocean arose and dashed the vessel | ReMARKABLE STORY af a Lion, against a fatal rock-the restless related by MARIANA, the celebratwaves were not to be trifled with

ed Spanish Historian. defruction befel the crew-they funk the victims of the briny deep ALDONADA was a subal. except the heroic Colin, who climbed

tern officer's wife, and one the craggy precipice he was wear of those who ventured their fortunes ry with fatigue, when the village with Nunez; when he went upon bell gave dismal notice,

the discovery of new countries along “ The lovely and virtugus Sylvia was

the great river Plate in America.

This woman's husband was ever no more.”

foremost in danger, and always tefThese melancholy tidings reached tified an averfion to the cruelties exher distracted lover — convulsions, ercised by the Spaniards on the unpreyed upon bis frame-a deep.' resisting Indians: his courage howfetch'd figh released him from a ever was not sufficient to atone for world of tortures the remains of the mildness of his disposition, with Colin's treathless corpse was interred a body of men with whom murder by the tide of his affectionate Syle had grown familiar. Nunez fent yia.

him out upon a party where he was ·

sure the Indians would be vietoriThe WOODEN DAUGHTER of What this general expected acDESCARTES.

tually happened ; the Spanish party,

consisting of twelve men, were atW THEN Descartes resided in tacked by a number of Indians,

Holland, he made, with great taken prisoners, and all Nain, except labour and industry, a female auto the hulband of the unfortunate Mal7

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donada, whom they brought away called the Araucans, where he was to be sacrificed upon some more so foon conftituted general among them, lemn occasion.

He taught them the art of war, and In the mean time Maldonada soon this nation is the most formidable began to perceive both the general's enemy both of the Spaniards and evil intentions to her husband, and Portuguese to this day.. guessed at his fate. Women, when injured, more frequently give an imprudent loose to their passions than Description of the PRINCESS of men. She openly accused the ge

BRUNSWICK. neral of cruelty and injustice; and he, to vindicate his reputation, had (Witb ber Portrait, elegantly en. the woman summoned before a court

graved.) of soldiers, composed of thofe who were chiefly devoted to his interests. HE betrothed consort of the It is easy to imagine that here the prince of Wales is of a mid. found no pity: they brought her indling stature and elegant in her perguilty of mutiny, and Nunez him, fon : her appearance at court is mafelf condemned her to be exposed to jestic ; but there is a sweetness and wild bealis in a forelt, at some dif- affability in her manners, which tance from the Spanish garrison. rivets the admiration of all who beHis sentence' was immediately put hold her her eyes are intelligentin execation. She had not been her countenance animated, and her here long when an old lion from the teeth white and regular--her hair a thickert forest came running at her light auburn, of which she has an a. with all the fierceness of famine, mazing quantity behind, which she She now concluded herself loft; when wears always in a simple but elegant the generous favage, observing her stylecin undress, she generally wears bound to a tree, represfed his impe- it in a plain broad chignon, but when tuolity, and inttead of being her de dressed, she has it rather low on the stroyer, became her defender. He back and spreading a good deal over crouched down by her, and kept off her shoulders; the upper part of the the tyger, the-leopard, the hyena, and hind hair is generally plaited into the other beasts of

prey

that two broad plaits, brought round the attracted to the same place. In this

front, and fastened at the crossings fituation, the historian affirms me with diamond pins, making a natú, continued for three days, encircled ral bandeau -the points drawn out by a whole herd of wild animals, and in curls between the plaits, the ends protected by the old lion; when of which are curled and tied with a her husband, who had fortunately ribbon to the points of the hind hair, escaped from the Indian enemy,

which is also curled, and disposed so happened to take this way, in his as to form a bow of curls, by tying return to the garrison.

them across, which with a large ceived a wretch unprepare for de plume of feathers, has a very fine fence, and approaching, found it to effect-her royal highness wears also be his wife. Upon his approach the generally a very large bouquet in animals all but the lion Aed, and, her bosom--her taste in every other after inutual tears, the unfortunate part of drefs is equally elegant ; woman informed him of all that had there can therefore he no doubt the happened in his absence. Upon this will become the standard of fathionthey both fled to a tribe of Indians, ablé dress and elegance.

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