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Among other of the company were the following: - The archbishops of Canterbury and York, the dukes of Portland, Devonshire, Marlborough, Montagu, Rutland, Queeniberry, Gordon, and Argyle; the marquifies of Caermarthen and Lothian ; the earls of Aberdeen, Cholmordeley, Hertford, Oxford, Surry, Carlisle, De Ferrers, Salisbury, Welmoreland, Bellamont, Waldegrave, Hillborough, Chatham, and Cornwallis ; viscounts Stormont, Keppel, Say and Sele, Howe, and Mount Edgecumbe ; lords Loughborough, Sydney, Ashburton, Walfingham, Onslow, Rawdon, Bruce, Foley, Rivers, Rodney, Harrowby, Cathcart, Thurlow, Camden, and Despencer, and most of the biskops; the lord mayor, baron Perryn, the lord advocate ; generals Patterson and Arnold ; Sir George Yonge ; Messrs. Pitt, Fox, Arden, Ellis, and most of the foreign minifters: dutchesses of Argyle, Marlborough, Hamilton, Buccleagh, Bolton, Portland, Devonshire, Beaufort, and Ancaster; Jadies Mountstuart, Howard, Cholmondeley, Fitzwilliam, Brudenell, Aylesford, King, Darlington, Hertford, Aylesbury, Howe, Gordon, Loughborough, Derby, Stormont, Weymouth, Ferrers, Aberdeen, Faulkener, Towníhend, Tankerville, Sydney, Fairfax, Orford, Carlisle, Waldegrave, Courtown, Buckinghamshire, and Rawdon ; the bilhop of London's lady and two daughters, &c. &c.
There were also present the duc de Chartres, Monsieur de Guines, and the other trench nobility.
The king wore a pale chocolate colour cloth coat, with a Araw coloured silk waistcoat, spangled and slightly embroidered. His star and shoulder-knot were diamonds. The queen's appearance was extrergely superb : her stomacher was one immense glare of jewels : the rest of her dress elegant and fancifal; a laylock silk under a gauze, decorated with great taste and simplicity : her leeve-knots of straw colour, and enriched with valuable jewels. Her hair was rather trimly than elegantly dressed, interspersed with diamonds, and lightly topped with artificial flowers. The princess royal looked beautifully, and not the less fo, for looking innocently: The wore some very hne diamonds in her hair, difplayed with peculiar talte, and a most happy fancy. The rest of her dress was white, ornamented "paringly, and perhaps for that very reason her whole figure had the finer effect. It exhibited a lively image of youthful beauty, left, in a great measure, to the command it derived from the power of its in nate charms. The princess Augusta wore a dress per rich filver tissue, most elegantly adorned with bows and punches of the fineit pearl. In her hair the princess Augusta pad a diamond feather, rich enough to have made a dutchefs
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proud. The prince of Wales, as usual, was splendidly gay : the ground of his coat was a pale pink-coloured fisk, Spotted with spangles, and richly embroidered with friver, both the front and the seams. His waistcoat and cuffs were of pale ftraw.coloured silk, handsomely embroidered : his fockings also appeared to have a tinge of the yellow in them.
The duke of Cumberland wore a coat of a stone colour ground, with richly embroidered cuffs"; the latter being, like his waitcoat and breeches, of silver tissue. · The rest of the dresses were more gay than gaudy. When we say this, we fpeak of the ladies' dreffes. The men's dresses were many of them of a grave caft. Mr. Fox had on an elegant, rather than rich suit. The duke of Portland was more than commonly brilliant, from a rich embroidered waiftcoat. Lord Carlisle, lord Lewisham, and lord Stormont, generally the beaux of the ball-room, wore dark-coloured coats; but the fir and last had stars of diamonds on their breasts, and other orna. ments in jeweilery of great value. The ladies' dresses displayed abundant taste ; they were chiefly fancy faits of cloaths, of no great cost, being made up chiefly from cheap materials, and depending rather upon the disposition of the component parts, than an the expence of the several articles that served to form the whole. Some of them were, however, extremely beautiful in effect. i
Lady Horatia Waldegrave was perfe&tly elegant in white Italian gauze, trimmed with a curious wrought crape, in colours variously interspersed with jewellery, bouquets, love-knots, wreath of roses, laurel, &c. Lady George Cavendish was so iels elegant in lilac and silver : every part of her ladyfhip's at. tire was perfectly striking, and the wreaths of lilac in the trimming were the best deception we ever saw. Most of the ladies were either in whire, petit-rouge, papillon, or the royal purple. Among the ladies who shone molt brilliant in white, were lady Elizabeth and lady Car. Waldegrave, the countess of Carlife, the countess of Jersey, lady Charlotte Bertie, lady Gideon, &c.
The minuets were commenced at nine o'clock by the prince of Wales, who walked the two first with the princess royal and princess Augusta, after which they were continued by the doke of Cumberland, lord Galway, lord Morton, Mr. North, Mr. · Smith, Mr. Lake, lady Aylesford, lady P. Bertie, lady Horatia Waldegrave, lady George Cavendish, Mrs. Walpole, Mifs Thynne, Miss St. John, Miss Broderick, &c. &c.
The ladies who were candidates for minuet dancing were lo numerous, that every gentleman, except the prince of Wales and duke of Cumberland, had to undergo the talk of dancing fou: minvers. The country dances did not begin 'till a quarter past eleven. The two first couples were, the prince of Wales and princess royal ; duke of Cumberland, princess Augusta; besides which were lord Galway, Mr. Lake, Mr. North, Mr. Smith, &c. Lady H. Walpole, and other ladies of the circle, who danced minuets. The ball broke up about half past twelve. · The confusion in St. James's-street, and the upper end of Pall-Mall, Wednesday afternoon, about tbree o'clock, is not to be described : the obstinacy of the chairmen occasioned several of the glaffes to be broken, and the ladies within to be almoft affrighted to death. Amongst the accidents was a gentleman, who, fiepping suddenly from out of a coach to get into a chair, fell down and sprained his right foot in so terrible a manner, that inftead of going to the drawing-room, he was obliged to return home.
One occurrence was truly laughable.--A gentleman extremely laty, and elegantly dreifed, had so effectually wedged himself in a sedan chair, that it was upwards of ten minutes before an ejeétment from the premises could legally take place.
ETIQUETTE of the King's B1 P. TH-Day.. THE king, who usually rises very early, oftener before fix o'clock (in the summer season) than after, generally spends an hour in his library in his night-gown and flippers, as he rises from bed; he then goes to his dresing closet, where he pots on his morning dress ; he then meets the queen and royal family in the common breakfast parlour, and at eight they go to the public prayers at the chapel at Buckingham-house, where one of che queen's chaplains gives constant attendance. This being over, breakfast is served ; where their majelties, on this day, (who otherwise generally are alone at the morning's repaft,) have fome part of the family with them. Twenty minutes only are allowed for dispatching this meal : they all rise, and the king, queen, and royal family, go airing in Hyde-park, on horseback or in coaches, (unless the morning is very wet, and then they exercise in the queen's riding-house,) from which they return about eleven. From t'
welve to one their majesties receive the private compliments of the nobility, &c. at Buckingham-house, after which they have coffee, and then go to their several apartments to dress. At two they go to the drawing-room, and, as soon as that is over, return to Buckingham-house, and in half an hour dinner is served up, all the royal family, except infant children, dining together on this day. Ac seven o'clock there is a private concert, at which the royal family perform vocal or musical parts. At eight they dress for the ball at St. James's,
where they are carried in chairs, with their attendants, and the king and queen make a point of retiring before twelve.
On the KNOWLEDGE of OURSELVES. T HE knowledge of ourselves, with all due deference to
ancient writers, is a matter, the difficulty of which lies : not in the thing itself, but in the attaining that sincerity that is : necessary towards its perfection. If a person in reality wishes to know himself, and is desirous to find out his real disposition, let him be true to himself, in examining what are his motives of action, the principal turn of his thoughts, and the general run of his discourse, and he will not be long ignorant of the tecret bias of his heart. Let a person take the same fort of view of himself that he would do, if, for any material reason, be wilhed to dive into another's character, and his heart will open to him immediately : he will see himself as in a glass, and that not an obscure and dark one, but such a one as will reflect eren his defects in true and genuine colours—will magnify, rather than diminish them ; and for this reason, because he is true to himself, and in earnest in his enquiry, wishing to open a way to reformation of error, and every tendency to what is inconlistent with sound sense and goodness.
Another reason why we are deficient in this knowledge, of negligent in the search of it, is this, because we do not intend to make use of it, if we attain it : we like ourselves very well as we are: we fancy that even our failings are less than those of other people, and our little arts towards others of use to us in the intercourse with the world : we therefore don't care to search to the true cause of these failings ; for, if we do, we shall think ourselves, in some measure, bound to correct them; and our Night infincerities towards others we had rather continue, with out probing to the source of them, as we might probably find # they proceeded from so dark a corner, that it must be thoroughly cleansed before we could bear again to hold sweet conyerse with ourselves. Thus, I am perfuaded, the difficulty of self-knowledge arises from the consequences that would follow a fiocere search, and the difficulty of procuring that necessary resolution to be in earnest with ourselves in the doing it. But how fortfighted are we, in neglecting what would be of the greatest be neht to us, and, after a very hort time, would turn to the highet pleasure ! How very refpectable is that character, which takes its rise at the great fountain of action, and begins in the approbation of the heart! Such a character can never be shakes i
the ground-work is laid too deep, and the superstructure is all too uniform to totter by the united force of danger and tempta. tion. A righteous man is satisfied from himself; he can turn inward, and there find consolation, in the certainty that his intentions were such as, it known, would acquit him to the world, as well as to himself and to his God.''
“. Kaow thyself,” was a wise precept, but generally ranked among the number of those easier laid down than followed. True it is, that it feldom is so ; but, as I have said, the task is not attended with difficulty from the infcrutableness of our natures, but the insincerity of our hearts in the work. We cannot be hid from ourselves. So far are we from being a mystery, that there is nothing more plain to our understandings than the reafons of our actions. The only bar in our search is the consciousness that we ought to make a good ufe of it, and, having deale fairly in it, to cast off whatever is disgraceful to our natare, and adopt whatever would be an honour to it, whatever would render our next enquiry into ourselves agreeable and delightful. Whoever, therefore, with finceriry looks into himself. in order to become acquainted with his motives of action, (for that is true self-knowledge,) and in order to discover his fail. ings, and to correct them, will easily attain to such a certainty, with regard to bimself, and to such a command over himself, as will amply reward his search, and give him consistency of ac. tion, and regularity of conduct..
NEW LITERARY FABL E S.
The VIPE'R and the LEECH. " I 7E both prick," said the viper one day to the fimple
VV leech, " we both prick ; and yet I know not how it is, you are a great favourite, and every body runs away from me, or strives to knock me on the head.”
"Don't you know why, my little dear,” replied the other; * we both prick, true enough ; but my sting gives life to the fick, and your's kills the man who has the ftrongest health.”By lo moch, and no less, differs a good-natured critic from an ill-natured one.
The GRASSHOPPER and the FOX. DOES the reader remember the converzatione in which the fox guessed the reason why the two gentlemen of Africa, the