footmen to turn him out of doors; but his fears for her OVCT ruled ull he owed to himself, and he only replied, “ Well, Mr. Quaver, I will think of your demand, and, if you call to-20:row, will acquaint you with the result.”

It would be needless to repeat the shock such a bebariour moi be to persons of their rank and figure in the world; or bo great an aggravation it was to their affli&ion, that Celemena should have bestowed her heart on a man whose mind was as for. did as his birth was mean :-they were feartul of acquaindaz her with the little regard he seemed to have for her ; bat, on her being extremely urgent to know what had pafled at an interview her peace was so deeply interested in, they at lait ventured to repeat not only the demand that Quaver had made, but also de cribed the info!ent manner in which he spoke and looked : but withal assured her, that for her fake they would both forgive and comply with it. .

Celemena listened attentively to the narrative, but feemed much less troubled than their apprehensions had fuggefed :The fainted not, she even wept not, but, after a little pauke, thanked her father for the unexampled tenderness he exprellca for her, and beseeched him, that since he was so good as to grant every thing desired by a man, who, the confessed, was worthy of little, either from him or herfelf, that fhe might be placed the next day in some room where she might hear, unseen by him, how te received the condescenaon which would be made bim.

This r. queft was easily granted ; and when they were told be was below, a servant was ordered to conduct him into a room, divided only by a thin waioscot from Celemena's chamber. She had quitted her bed that day, which for a long time the bad do: been able to do, and fat with her governess as close as the cool: to the partition, fo chat she could hear all that paffed with the fame eate as if she had been in the room with them.

« Well, Mr. Quaver, (said the old gentleman,) I think you told me yesterday tbat the price at which you set your liberty was ten thousand pounds :--it is certainly a great sum for a person of your vocation, who have no other jointure to make my daughter than a few music books'; but as she has fet her heart upon you, I will nct refuse you, and the money fhail be paid on the day of marriage.”

" Alas, Sir, (replied the other,) I am forry I was so anhappy as to be mistaken; I told you that I would not marry for twice the fum you offered at first, which you may remember was five thosfand pounds; and I think you cannot give me less tban fifteca thousand, and five thousand at the birth of the first child; befides, I expect you should fettle your whole eftate on me after


your decease, that your daughter, who I know is heiress, may not assume too much, as many wives do, when they have the power of receiving rents lodged in their own hands."

At these words the father was obliged to summon all his moderation, yet could not restrain himself from crying out, “ Heavens! What have I done, to merit a punishment fo fevere Unhappy Celemena, to love where there is nothing but what ought to create contempt!”

“ Whatever opinion you may have of me, Sir, (returned Quaver, with a most audacious air,) I know myself, and shall not abate an ace of my demand : if you think fit to comply with it, I will make a good husband to your daughter ; if not, I am your humble fervant." · Celemena no rooner heard this, than she sent her governess to beg her father to come into her chamber before he made any farther reply to what was said ; and on his entering, threw herself at his feet, and, embracing his knees with a vehemence which surprized him," Oh, Sir, (said she,) by all the love and tenderness you have ever used me with, by this last, the greatest proof sure that ever a child received, I conjure you, suffer not yourself nor me to be one moment longer affronted and insulted by that unworthy fellow, whom I almost hate myself for ever having had a favourable thought on :-spurn him, I beseech you, from your presence ;- let him seek a wife more befitting him than Celemena, who now hates and scorns him."

« But are you certain, my dear, (said this fond father,) that. you can persist in these sentiments ?.

" For ever, Sir, (answered the,) and your commands to unite me to such a wretch would render me more miferable, than two days past your refusal would have done.”

It is not to be doubted but that the old gentleman was transported at this unlooked-for change ; and returning to Quaver, whom he found looking in the glass, and humming over a tune of his own composing, he told him that the farce was entirely over; Celemena had only a mind to divert herself with his vanity ; which having done, he might go about his business, for there was no danger of her dying, unless it were with laughing at his so easily believing that to be serious, which was only a


The musician, so lately blown up with self-conceit, was now quite crushed at once ; and, as those too foon clated with the appearance of any prosperous event, are, with the same case, dejected with the reverse, he looked like one transfixed with thunder ; but when he was about to say something in a stammering voice, by way of reply, the old gentleman cut him


short, by telling him, in the most contemptuous manner, that as neither himself nor his daughter had any disposition to continue the frolick, he had no more business there, but might go home and dream of a fine lady with fifteen thousand pounds, and a great eltate.

To prove how much he was in earnest, he rang the bell, and ordered his servants to shew him out ; on which he muttered fomewhat between his teeth, and went away juftly mortified, and ready to hang himself for what he had lot by his egregious folly.

Celemena, perfectly cured of her passion, and no otherwise troubled than alhamed of having ever entertained one for a person such as he had now proved himself, foon resumed her former health and vivacity, and was some time after married to a person of condition, who knew how to esteem her as he ought. • This behaviour in Quaver, I will allow to be the higheit ingratitude, and am very certain there are many such examples of it in our bargain-makers for marriage, though all have not the famie spirit and resolution Celemena teftified in resenting it.

Copy of an authentic Letter, written by the late Lord Chester

field to the present Earl, found among the Papers of the wafortunate Doctor Dodd,

T SHALL not warn you against crimes, nor give you exata-

I ples of criminals, because I am sure that, even already, you ·bave too juft a notion of your religious and moral obligations to be guilty of any : but I shall, from time to time, warn you against those follies, which, though fashionable, are indecent and disgraceful, and which are become so epidemical, that the contagion might poffibly infect you, if some seasonable preventative were not administered to you. The subject, therefore, of this letter, shall be a most signal, illiberal, and degrading folly.

It is now too general a fashion for young men, even of the fort quality, to drive wheel carriages. They dress themselves like stage coachmen, and, together with the dress, they adopt the manners and the vulgar language of real stage coachmen.

There is the earl of S- n, a lineal descendent of the great lord B , who has done nothing but drive his coach and set of horses ; and rather than fail, when his own horses were tired,


has frequently driven the stage coach to and from London, and to and from his own fine feat at H- d; by which honest, laborious, and ridiculous life, he has degraded himself to fach a degree, that he does not, I am sure, know a single gentlemar: in the kingdom, nor any gentleman him. I could give you many fuch examples among the young men of fashion of the present age. Strange, prodigious folly! I should not wonder at peo, ple's defiring to appear fomething more and better than they are ; but to prefer the calling of a stage-coachman to that of a gentleman, is surely unaccountable. I infift upon your never driving any wheel carriages, whether it be coach, chaife, cart, or wheel-barrow ; for they are all upon the same footing : but I should rather prefer the wheel-barrow, as a less dangerous voie ture. Let your maurs, that is, the general conduct of your life, be that of a gentleman. Any thing below this, is indecent and isgraceful. God bless you!

N. B. Several other letters, by the late lord io the present earl of Chesterfield, were found among the above-mentioned papers.

ANECDOTE Of Mrs. MARSHAL, a celebrated Actress

in the Reign of Charles II. T R S. Marshal was an actress famous for playing haughty

IVI parts, particularly the character of Roxalana, hy which name she generally went. She'was said to be mistress of a very severe virtue, and was attacked by, but had withstood, the earl of Oxford, in every form an artful gallant could put on. Grown mad with love, and her repulses, he formed a plot to get her by force, intending to seize her as she went from the house after she had been acting her part; which being made known to her by some real friend, the obtained a party of the king's guard to protect her. When her chair appeared, the nobleman began his assault, but was valiantly repulsed, and she was safely con. ducted home.

The adventure was the whole talk of the court and town: the ladies applauded her resolution secretly, not a little pleased to see their sex's resolute behaviour in Roxalana. Many parties were formed, both for and against her. The fanatics cried out, saying, it was a shame they should bring up girls in the school of Venus, teaching them fuch airs and tricks to tempt mankind. The gentry liked the diverfion, ailedging, the greater the temptation, the greater the glory to resit. However, in this affair the king himself having the story represented to him in the blackelt light, interposed, and, with a freedom natural to one of the beft tempered princes, told the earl, he thought the vice (though perhaps he gave too much countenance to it by his own irregularity) bad enough with the consent of the fair ; but, where force or violence was used, it was so heinous, that he would not, tho a fovereign, indulge the thought of such an action, and mach less permit it to be done by a subject.

This reproof caused the earl to answer with some referve : he faid he would think no more of her ; but soon after he reneved his assault, telling her it was impoffible to live withoot her: that her exalted virtue had inspired him with other sentiments, propofing to marry her in private. This bait Roxalana gree ily swallowed, her vanity inclining her to believe the earl fincere. In short, the earl came, brought his coachman dressed like a minister, married her, and took her down to one of his coustry seats ; where foon growing weary of her, he pulled off ibe mask, and with fcorn bid her return to the stage. Upon this, the threw herself at the king's fect, who countenanced her to far, that he made the earl allow her 500l. a year, and, as long as her son lived, would not suffer him to marry any other laji; but on the child's death, the concern for so ancient a fanily's becoming extinét, (the earl being the last of it,) bis Majeły, through great interceflion, was prevailed on to permit of the earl's re-marriage.

ANECDOTE on DUELLING, A Quarrel having arisen between a celebrated gentleman ia

the literary world and one of his acquaintance, the latter beroically, and no less laconically, concluded a letter to the for. mer, on the subject of the dispute, with, “ I have a life at your service, if you dare to take it.” To which the other replica, " You say you have a life at my service, if I dare to take it. I muft confess to you, that I dare not take it : I thank my God, I have not the courage to take it ; but though I own that I am afraid to deprive you of your life, yet, Sir, permit me to affure you, that I am equally thankful to the Almighty Being, for mercifully beltowing on me fufficient resolution, if attacked, to defend my own." This unexpected kind of reply had the of fect ; it broùght the madman back again to reason ; friends intervened, and the affair was compromised.

A R E F L E C T I O N. A Wife man will avoid the fhewing any excellence in trifles,

He will be known by them at the expence of more valoable talents.

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