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wider mortality! For this exemption from all the rest—that we are in the hands of a higher the worst evils of a national pestilence, the nation Power. is generally and profoundly thankful.

And this is a merciful dispensation. Without And, if this be, as we believe it to be, the case, such, men would stagnate into a moral apathy, and, does not an occasion so solemn deserve an expres- forgetting the existence of a God, would forget sion of sentiments so profound ? Should there not the duties which he has enjoined. It is by these be some public and universal recognition of the visitations that men are reminded that they are Might which has stood between the living and the weak. But they are also reminded that they dead—of the mercy which has spared us the con- are accountable. There never yet was a great summation of a dreadful chastisement? We know national affliction without some previous neglect of that there are men who refuse to acknowledge the public or private duties. The very plague which hand of God in any great dispensation of his prov- has visited us was made more violent by the omisidence—to whom all the vicissitudes of the mate-sion of kindly acts and the neglect of beneficent rial world are but the casual results of fortuitous laws. The loss of life, and the loss of money, combinations, or the inevitable operations of unde- which we are suffering, are penalties by which tected laws. Fortunately, the majority of man- Almighty Wisdom pụnishes the delinquencies of kind have not concurred in ousting the Deity governments and states. Had we observed the from all concern in the world which he has made. duties of charity and justice more than we have, Most men still feel sensible that there is one Om- we should have suffered less than we have. Had NISCIENT and All-Powerful, who directs and de- we been more devout, we should have been more termines the issues of life and death to men and just and more charitable. nations. It is useless to talk of secondary causes. Those who have suffered, and those who have Secondary causes are but the instruments which escaped, the pestilence of this year, will need no the Deity chooses to employ. Sickness, famine, exhortations to acts of individual devotion and and death, are warnings by which He reminds thanksgiving. But the suffering assumed the mankind of their weakness, their helplessness, form of a national suffering ; the deliverance has and their mortality. Every man feels this in his been a national deliverance. The thanksgiving own family, person, and circumstances. The should be national also. The form and mode of sickness that hurries a favorite child, or an affec- it we do not undertake to prescribe. But we are tionate wife, to an early grave, is a humbling but confident that the people of this land will feel it effective example of divine power and human their duty to utter a solemn and public expression weakness. The palsy that prostrates the strong of their thanks to Him who has heard their prayer man in the full flush of health and vigor—the dis- in due season ; and that, moreover, they will not tress and poverty which stun the rich man in the forget that the mere expression of thanks, solemheight of his prosperity—these are but secondary, nized by whatever ceremonial it may be, will, in a often tertiary causes ; they may often be traced, season like this, be but a poor and unworthy homstep by step, through devious but connected conse- age at the throne of Infinite Justice. There is a quences ; but each man, in his own heart, feels sacrifice which should be performed. The graves them to be the indications of a supreme will and of our cities have been crowded with the victims the tokens of supreme power. And when these of greedy speculation, careless legislation, and befall individuals, the prayer is put up in an ear- frigid selfishness. They who have perished have nest confidence that He who has inflicted the wound for the most part perished in fetid alleys, noisome —though he may not heal it—will yet temper and pestiferous houses, vile and infectious cellars, the infliction with a blessing.

the structures or properties which were owned by Doubtless the cholera, like any other phenom- selfish covetousness, and erected by selfish indifferenon, either of the corporeal or the mundane sys- ence. Let us take warning from our past stupidtem, follows certain definite and ascertainable ity or neglect, and not mock a religious solemnity laws.

So does typhus fever, so do hurricanes, by persisting in cruelty and apathy. While we do waterspouts, so do thunderstorms, so do allow the houses of the poor to be without air, earthquakes. But the laws of which we speak light, or water-while we taint the breath of the are but a convenient phrase to express the will of living with the exhalations of the dead, and while the great Lawgiver. He who made can abate, we squabble in the midst of a destroying pest about modify., suspend, or warp them. He who can bid the rights of vestries and commissions, our fast a plague rise in the East, may direct its sinuous will be but an impious hypocrisy, and our prayers course so as to baffle the observations of the most a hideous mummery. sagacious, and the deductions of the most intelli- “ Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? gent. After all, when we have ascertained the for a man to afflict his soul? To bow down his law, we are nearly as helpless as we were before. head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and We may foresee a certain number of cases, and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and mitigate a certain number ; but the highest degree an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the of knowledge which we attain is, that we know fast that I have chosen ?- to loose the bands of but little about them; and our utmost skill is wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to baffled by contingencies which defy its explana- let the oppressed go free ; and that ye break every tion. One fact ever appears prominent above yoke ?”

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From Bentley's Miscellany. Miss Pardoe's powers of description and habits MEMOIR OF MISS PARDOE.

of observation appeared to point out to her her

line of literature as peculiarly that of recording The lady whose portrait* forms the illustration the wonders of foreign lands, and a tour which to our present number, is one who has largely the family made through the Austrian empire, ministered to the instruction as well as the amuse- enabled her to give the world the results of her ment of the age.

observations on Hungary in that excellent work, Miss Pardoe is the second daughter of Major “ The City of the Magyar," a work now more Thomas Pardoe, of the Royal Wagon Train, an than ever deserving of public notice-less gay and able and meritorious officer, wbo, after having par- glittering than “ The City of the Sultan," her taken of the hardships and shared the glories of work on Hungary exhibits deeper research ; its the Peninsular campaigns, concluded a brilliant statistics are peculiarly accurate ; and it is on all military career on the field of Waterloo, and has hands admitted to be one of the best books of not since been engaged in active service. It is travel ever submitted to the public. but doing bare justice to this amiable and excellent A very short time after the publication of this man, say that he was as much beloved by the work, appeared “ The Hungarian Castle," a colmen whom he commanded, as he was popular lection of Hungarian legends in three volumes, among his fellow-officers, and his honorable retire interesting on all grounds, but especially as filling ment is still cheered by the regard and respect of up a very little known page in the legendary hisall who have ever known him.

tory of Europe. Miss Pardoe gave promise, at a very early age, About this time, Miss Pardoe, finding her health of those talents which have since so greatly dis- suffering from the too great intensity of study and tinguished her. Her first work, a poetical pro- labor to which she had subjected herself, retired duction, was dedicated to her uncle, Captain Wil- from the great metropolis, and has since resided liam Pardoe, of the Royal Navy, but is not with her parents in a pleasant part of the county much known, and though exhibiting considerable of Kent. The first emanation from her retiremerit, will hardly bear comparison with her more ment was a novel entitled “ The Confessions of a mature and finished productions. The earliest of Pretty Woman," a production which was eagerly her publications which attained much notice, was read, and rapidly passed into a second edition. In her - Traits and Traditions of Portugal," a book due course of time this was followed by anotherwhich was extensively read and admired. Written " The Rival Beauties.” These tales are more in early youth, and amid all the brilliant scenes able than pleasing ; they are powerful pictures of which she describes, there is a freshness and charm the corruptions prevalent in modern society, and about it, which cannot fail to interest and delight bear too evident marks of being sketches from the the reader.

life. We have placed “ The Rival Beauties” out The good reception which this work met with of its proper order, that we may conclude by a determined the fair author to court again the pub- notice of those admirable historical works on lic favor, and she published several novels in suc- which Miss Pardoe's fame will chiefly rest—her cession-“ Lord Morcar,' Hereward,' Spec

“ Louis the Fourteenth,” and “Francis the First."'* ulation,” and “ The Mardyns and Daventrys.” The extremely interesting character of their times In these it is easy to trace a gradual progress, both admirably suited Miss Pardoe's powers as a writer, in power and style, and the last-named especially and she has in both cases executed her task with is a work worthy of a better fate than the gener- great spirit and equal accuracy. The amount of ality. of novels. But we are now approaching an information displayed in these volumes is really era in the life of Miss Pardoe. In the year 1836 stupendous, and the depth of research necessary she accompanied her father to Constantinople, and, to produce it fully entitles Miss Pardoe to take a struck by the gorgeous scenery and interesting very high rank among the writers of history. manners of the East, she embodied her impressions Her style is easy, flowing, and spirited, and her in one of the most popular works which have for delineations of character as vivid as they are just; many years issued from the press. “ The City of nor would it be easy to find any historical work in the Sultan” at once raised her to the height of which the utile is so mingled with the dulce, as in popularity. The vividness of the descriptions, those of Miss Pardoe. their evident truthfulness, the ample opportunities She is now, we hear with much pleasure, she enjoyed of seeing the interior of Turkish life, engaged on “A Life of Mary de Medici," a suball conspired to render her work universally known ject extremely suited to her pen. and as universally admired. This was speedily Looking on her portrait, we may trust that she followed by “ The Beauties of the Bosphorus," a has half her life, or more, still in the future, and work, like “ The City of the Sultan,” profusely may reasonably look to her for many contributions and splendidly illustrated, and this again by “The to the delight and learning of ourselves and our Romance of the Harem."

posterity. * Very bright! Would we could copy it. - Liv. Age. * Reprinted by Lea & Blanchard, Philadelphia,

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From Chambers' Journal.

Such was the Mr. Robert Simpson who, about MR. ROBERT SIMPSON'S COURTSHIP.

two o'clock on the afternoon of March the 1st, 1847,

stepped, richly and scrupulously attired, into a About three years have elapsed since Mr. Brougham, specially retained to convey him to Robert Simpson succeeded, at the demise of Mr. dine at his friend, Mr. John Puckford's, modest Isaac Simpson, ironmonger by trade, fishmonger but comfortable establishment at Mile End, where by livery, and common councilman of the city of he was by express arrangement to meet his ex London by election, to the prosperous business and pected, expectant bride. Before, however, relating municipal honors established and acquired by his what there befell him, it will be necessary to put respectable, pains-taking parent. Some natural | the reader in possession of certain important incitears he shed ; but, the exigencies of business and dents which had occurred during the three previous the duties of his corporate office—replacing, as days. he immediately did, his father in the representation On the evening of the preceding Tuesday, Mr. of the important ward in which his shop was Simpson, finding himself at the east end of the situated—not permitting a protracted indulgence town, and moreover strongly disposed for a cup of in the selfish luxury of woe, he fortunately recovered tea and a quiet gossip, resolved to "drop in" upon his equanimity in a much less space of time than his new acquaintance. Mr. John Puckford, hoping persons acquainted with the extreme tenderness of to find him and his wife alone. In this, however, his disposition had thought possible. Mr. Robert he was doomed to disappointment; for he had Simpson, albeit arrived at the mature age of thirty- scarcely withdrawn his hand from the knocker, five, was still a bachelor; and not only unappro- when he was startled—Mr. Simpson was, as I priated, but, as ward-rumor reported, unpromised ; have before hinted, a singularly bashful person in at perfect liberty, in fact, to bestow himself, his the presence of the fairer and better half of creavery desirable stock in trade, business premises, tion-by the sound of female voices issuing, in and three freehold houses in the Poultry, upon any exuberant merriment, from the front parlor. There fair lady fortunate enough to engage his affection, was company, it was evident, and Mr. Simpson's and able to return it. Indeed, to this circumstance, first impulse was to fly; as the thought crossed it was whispered at the time of his election, he his mind the door opened, and Mr. Puckford, who owed his unopposed return to the municipal niche chanced to be in the passage, espying him, he was so long and worthily occupied by his departed fain to make a virtue of necessity, and was speedily father ; Mr. Crowley, the highly respectable spec- in the midst of the merry party whose gayety had Lacle-maker, having suddenly withdrawn from the so alarmed him. That the introduction was contest on the very day of nomination ; thereto managed in the usual way, I have no doubt; but induced, hinted gossips of the city, by the fact that the names, however distinctly uttered, seem to Miss Crowley, who chanced to meet Mr. Robert have made no impression upon the confused brain Simpson on the previous evening at the house of a of the bashful visitor ; so that when, after the lapse muinal acquaintance, had been by him most cour- of a few minutes, he began to recover his composteously and gallantly escorted home. The matri-ure, he found himself in the presence of three monial inference drawn from so slight a premise ladies and one gentleman, of whose names, as well as a few minutes' walk along unromantic Cheap- as persons, he was profoundly ignorant. The side, by gas, not moonlight, proved, as might be ladies were two of Mrs. Puckford's married sisters, expected, an altogether erroneous one. The Fates and Miss Fortescue, a young lady of reduced forhad other views regarding the prosperous iron-tunes, at present occupied as teacher in a neighbormonger ; and as those “ sisters three,” like most ing seminary. The gentleman was Mr. Alfred ladies, generally contrive to have their own way, Gray, a bachelor like Mr. Simpson, but nothing Mr. Simpson was ultimately quite otherwise dis-like so old, and scarcely so bashful. Mrs. Frazer, posed of ; and Miss Crowley, for aught I know to the eldest of the two sisters, a charming lady-like the contrary, remains Miss Crowley to this day. person, of, you would say, judging from appear

Not that Mr. Simpson was by any means in- ances, about twenty-three or twenty-four years of sensible to female fascination ; he was, unfortu- age, seemed after some oscillation between her nately for his own peace of mind, somewhat too and Mrs. Holland, whose fuller proportions, dark susceptible ; an ardent admirer of beauty in all its hair, and brunette complexion, contrasted not unhues and varieties, from the fair and delicate grace favorably with the lighter figure, and fair hair and and beauty of the maidens of the pale north, to the features of her sister-lo engross Mr. Simpson's richer glow and warmer tints of orient loveliness. whole attention, and to arouse, after awhile, all The strict surveillance of his honored father, joined his conversational energies, which, hy the way, to a constitutional timidity he was quite unable to were by no means contemptible. Mr. Simpson's overcome, had, however, sufficed during that gen- time was come : ere a couple of hours had fled, tleman's lifetime to prevent rash impulse from the hapless ironmonger was hurt past all surgery; eventuating in rash deed. He was also, I must had fallen desperately in love with a married lady, mention, extremely fastidious in his notions of and the mother of three or four children! On the feminine delicacy and reserve ; and his especial only single female present, Miss Fortescue, Mr. antipathies were red hair, or any hue approaching Simpson had bestowed but one glance on entering to red, and obliquity of vision of the slightest kind. I the apartment: that had been quite sufficient to

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check any desire for a more intimate perusal of “I suppose we may with a safe conscience asher features. The lady combined his two an- sure him that she is not engaged ?” tipathies--her hair was decidedly red, and a strong “Of course we may.

It is a wonderful match cast, to use a mild term, detracted from the un- for her, and we ought to do all we can to forward common brilliancy of her mind-glancing eyes. it

. Friday next, the 1st of March, is Alfred's She took very slight part in the conversation, and birthday; suppose you ask him to dine with us on that little, so absorbed was Mr. Simpson, was by that day to meet her ? We need have only the him utterly unheeded. She wore, like her friend same party he met yesterday evening." Mrs. Frazer, a plaid dress, and the baptismal name This was finally agreed upon ; and accordingly, of both was Mary.

as soon as he had finished his business in the city, The ladies departed early, and Mr. Simpson Mr. Puckford, previous to returning home, called and Mr. Gray followed their example a few minutes on Mr. Simpson. He found him in a state of great afterwards.

excitement, which, however, gradually calmed “Mr. Gray,” said the former gentleman, as he down after Mr. Puckford's solemn assurance, which took leave of his companion at the end of the street, he gave unhesitatingly, that the charming Mary

what is that charming person's name? I have Fortescue was certainly disengaged ; and, in his quite forgotten it.”

opinion, by no means indisposed to entertain an Which charming person ?" inquired Mr. Al- eligible matrimonial proposition. All this was fred Gray, with a quiet smile.

balm to the stricken Simpson ; and after several This Mr. Simpson thought a very absurd ques- failures, he at last succeeded in inditing a formal tion ; he, however, replied—“ The lady in the offer of his hand and fortune to the lady of his plaid dress ; Mary, Mrs. Puckford called her.” affection; of which impassioned missive Mrs.

“ The lady in a plaid dress, whom Mrs. Puck Puckford was to be the bearer ; her husband unford called Mary, is a Miss Fortescue : she is a dertaking that she would exert all her eloquence teacher of music and drawing,” rejoined Mr. Gray, and influence to secure acceptance of the proposal. with demure accent. It was too dark for Mr. “And now, Puckford," said Mr. Simpson,“ we'll Simpson to see his eyes.

have a glass of wine, and drink the future Mrs. “ Thank you, sir ; good night,” rejoined the Simpson's health. What a charming ornament, enamored municipal dignitary. Mr. Simpson was he added, with a sort of rapturous sigh, as he placed soon at home, and before an hour had elapsed had the decanters on the table--"what a charming carefully penned, and posted with his own hands, ornament she would be to this fireplace !" a letter to his friend Puckford. He then retired An odd expression that !” thought Mr. Puckto bed, and dreamt dreams.

ford, forgetting that the speaker was an ironmonSarah," said Mr. Puckford the next morning ger, and dealt in such articles. In fact, from the to his wife, after reading a letter, just delivered, way in which Simpson had been rapturizing upon with a perplexed expression of countenance—“did Miss Fortescue's charms, a doubt of his friend's Mr. Simpson seem to you particularly struck with perfect sanity had sprung up in John Puekford's Mary Fortescue yesterday evening ?”

mind ; and he shrewdly suspected that the affair “ With Mary Fortescue? Surely not. Why would terminate in a de lunatico inyuirendo instead do you ask?”

of a license. “ Only that here is a letter from Simpson, pro- “ Do you know, Puckford," said Mr. Simpson, fessing violent love for her ; and stating his deter- with a benevolent, patronizing air, after the third mination, should you and I be able to assure him, or fourth glass—“ do you know I fancy there is a which he scarcely dares venture to hope, that she great likeness between you and Mary Fortescue ?”' is disengaged, to immediately solicit her hand in Mr. John Puckford, the reader must understand, marriage.”

was a handsome young man, with a brilliant florid “Gracious !—Is it possible ?"

complexion, perfectly-agreeing vision, and lightRead the letter yourself. Her beauty, he brown hair. No wonder, therefore, he was more observes, is, he is quite sure, her least recom- startled than flattered by the comparison. The mendation. Comical, is n't it?"

color mounted to his temples, and a conviction of “ Well, it is odd; but she is, you know, a most Simpson's utter insanity flashed across his brain. amiable creature; and will make, I am sure, an “ Mad as a March hare !” he mentally ejaculated ; admirable wife."

at the same time resolving, should the paroxysm And he, too, that so especially detests red grow dangerously violent, to knock him down with hair, or the slightest twist in the organs of one of the decanters ; both of which, as two could vision"

play at that game, he drew, as if in doubt which Mary Fortescue's hair," interrupted the wife, wine he would take, to his own side of the table. can scarcely be called red : a very deep gold Mr. Simpson, mistaking the nature of his friend's color, I should say”—

emotion, added, Don't suppose, Puckford, I in“Very deep indeed—remarkably so," inter- tend any absurd Aattery!" jected Mr. Puckford.

“ Not at all, Simpson ; I did n't suppose any. And as to the slight cast in her eyes, that no thing of the sort, I assure you.” one observes after a few days' acquaintance with “ To be sure not; nothing is more contempther."

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of course I could n't mean that you, a man, are to lady there, and you know her.Mr. Simpson's be compared to Mary Fortescue."

heart leaped and thumped, as if desirous of burst“ I should think not!" drily responded the more ing through his green velvet waistcoat. He stepped and more mystified and bewildered Puckford. desperately towards the door, and essayed to turn

Exactly: you do not resemble each other the brass handle ; but so profusely did the bashful about the eyes, either in color or expression.”

man's very fingers perspire, that they slipped " Oh !"

round the knob without turning it. The second “No; as to hair,” continued Mr. Simpson trial, with the help of his cambric handkerchief, meditatively, “yours, there can be no doubt, is was more successful, and the lover was in the decidedly the lightest.”

presence of the lady. “ It's coming now," thought Mr. John Puck- Certainly it was she ! Mrs. Frazer, the hapless ford, grasping at the same time one of the decan- Simpson's Mary Fortescue, was there in bodily ters, and eying his friend intensely.

reality. But the grateful humility, the “ tears and Mr. Simpson, quite misinterpreting the action, tenderness," prefigured by the charming note ! added quickly, “Do, my good fellow, kill me a Oh Alfred Gray! bumper, and we 'll drink her good-looking friend's The unruffled ease, the calm, reserved politehealth-the lady, I mean, with the dark silky hair ness with which Mrs. Frazer received him chilled and brunette complexion. Do you know,” on- his enthusiastic fervor wondrously. His perspitinued the complacent Simpson, crossing his legs, ration became a cold one, and in a few moments throwing himself back easily in his chair, and he felt as if enveloped in coatings and leggings of hooking his thumbs to the arm-holes of his waist-Wenham-Lake ice. Recovering himself as speedily coat“ do you know that, if Mary Fortescue had as he could from the shock of this unexpectedlynot been at your house yesterday evening, I might chilling reception, Mr. Simpson stammered forth have”

something about his extreme good fortune in havWhat the worthy ironmonger might, in the case ing obtained a favorable response from so amiable supposed, have done or said, must be left to the a person, et cetera. reader's imagination, for on the instant a clerk Certainly," replied the lady, hurriedly entered the apartment, to announce that are very fortunate, Mr. Simpson.” And then, by an important customer awaited Mr. Simpson in the way of saying something particularly civil, and counting-honse below. Hastily rising, Mr. Simp- to relieve the modest man's embarrassment, she son shook hands with his friend, and both departed added, “ But few men have, like you, sufficient their several ways: Mr. Puckford bearing off the discrimination to discern and appreciate attractions epistle addressed to Miss Fortescue, and musing as which lie hidden from the merely superficial obhe went upon lover-madness, which, he fully agreed server.” with Rosalind, deserved chains and a dark house Poor Simpson gasped for breath! quite as much as any other variety of the disease. I literally dumbfounded! Here was modest grati

The next day Mr. Simpson received a note from tude, to say nothing of “tears and tenderness,' Mary Fortescue, modestly and gracefully expressed, with a vengeance! Miss Fortescue, with a prein which, with charming humility, and many ex- carious salary of some twenty pounds per annum, pressions of gratified'surprise, the offer of his hand exclusive of bread and butter, was, in her own was—on one condition, unexplained, but which opinion, conferring a tremendous obligation upon rested altogether with himself-gratefully ac- a civic dignitary worth at least twenty thousand cepted.

pounds, by accepting him for a husband! That Such was the state of affairs when, on the 1st was quite clear ; and although Mr. Simpson was of March, Mr. Simpson, as I have before stated, too much in love to deny such a proposition in the entered a Brougham, and directed the driver to abstract, still it was, he thought, scarcely consistmake the best of his way to Mile End. It was ent with maiden modesty to state it so very broadly. a fine, bright and exceedingly cold day ; but not- Notwithstanding his amazement, Mr. Simpson, withstanding the nipping, eager air, the love-lorn | as soon as he recovered breath, continued, so well ironmonger, as he approached the house which had he studied for the occasion, to get out a sencontained his charmer, was in a state of profuse tence or two about the superiority of connubial to perspiration and high nervous excitement. Once single blessedness. This sentiment also met with more he drew from his pocket the fairy note, and ready acquiescence. glanced over the modest, grateful, delicately-fem- Oh dear, yes,” said Mrs. Frazer ; “I would inine expressions. "Dear lady,” he audibly ex- not have been an old maid for the world !" claimed as he finished about the five hundredth “Well,” thought the astonished admirer of perusal of the familiar lines—“Dear lady, she feminine reserve, almost doubting the evidence of will be all tears and tenderness!”

his ears, “ this is certainly the frankest maiden I About a minute after giving utterance to this ever conversed with !" consolatory reflection, Mr. Simpson found himself A considerable pause followed. Mrs. Frazer, in Mrs. Puckford's presence, who, congratulating seated upon a sofa, played with the luxurious auhim on his punctuality, and pointing to the door burn-really auburn-tresses of her nephew Alof the front apartment said, " There is only one fred.

He was

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