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of your soul, for have I found any differ- imputable to newspapers and other periode, - ence betwcen us, but in a different choice ical effusions of the press, how much useful
of life ; a certain sort of ambition has led information is conveyed by then, to every ane earnestly after honour, while other mo- rank of Society ? Ilie autlior of an exa tives, by no means blameable, induced you cellent article in the Edinburgh Review, to adopt an honourable leisure ; honestun for October, 1809, shews, that in a given osium.” These motives appear in the inter- time, an Englishman reads about seventyesting, memoirs of this man of lettersma five times as much of the newspapers of bis contempt of political intrigues with a desire country, as a Frenchman does of Iris :to excape from the bustle and splendor of What a spread of information !-It may Rome to the learned leisure of Athens ; be said, that the reading might be more to dismiss a pompus train of slaves for the uscful and edifying ; Lut what an exercise dlelight of asscnbling under his roof a lite of the mental powers! What an exciterary society of readers and transcribers ; ment to better reading, to further attainand there having collected the portraits or ment. But, while the dissemination of busts of the illustrious men of his country, useful and ornamental knowledge among te cangut their spirit, and was inauenced persons of every rank in this country, is by their virkurs or their genus, as he in- thus generally mentioned, it would be scribed under thein, in concise verses, the wrong not to take particular notice of its claracters of tlacir mind. Valuing wcalth extensive diffusion among the purest and only for its use, a dignified economy gentlest portion of the community.cabled him to be profuse, and a moderate “ Women," says Fenclon, in his Treatise expenditure allowed him to be generous.
on Female Education, “were designed, by The result of this literary life was the “ their native elegance and softness, to en, strong affections of the Athenians; at the * dear domestic life to man, to make virtue
first opportunity, the absence of the man of lovely to children, to spread around thein letters oifered, they raised a statue to him,
“ order and grace, and to give to society conferring on our Pomponius the fond sur- “ its highest polish. No attainment can name of Atticus. To liave received a name " be above beings, whose cnd and aimn it from the voice of the city theyinhabited, has" is to accomplish purposes at once so ele. Bappened to inore than one inan' of letters. “ gant and so salutary: every incans shouk
Suci: Are these men of letters! but the " be used to invigorate, bý principle ai: last touches of their pieture, given with all "culture, such nativcexcellence and grace. the celicacy and sarinth of a self-painter, How generally, and in what a high degre may come froin the Count de Caylus, ce- these attainments are possessed by t! lebrated ter liis collections and for his daughters of Albion, all persons must liave generous patronage of artists.
observed, to whom opportunities of observ. 75 His glory is confined to tl:e mere ing it have been given, and who have availpower which lie has of being one day use- ed themselves of them. Even in the ful to letters and to the arts; for his whole learned languages, and the abstruse scien. life is employed in collecting materials of ces, several are respectably informed; those, wluiel learned men and artists snake no use to whom the best writers of their own till after the death of liim win amassed country, and the best in the French and them. It afl'crus hin a very sensible plea- Italian languages are familier, are numesure to labour in kopes of being uselul to rous ; few are so scantily instructed as not those wito pursue tlie saine course of stů- to listen with pleasure and advantage to cies, while there are so great a number who the conversation of men of learsing and
die without discharging the debt which they taste, or who do not view with taste the vincur to society.
productions of the painter or statuary :It is rare to find among them one, who
does not express herself both in conversaTIF PRESENT GENERAL DIF
tion and upon paper, with correctness and FUSION OF LEARNING AMONG
grace. The Letters of the late lady HerALL RANKS OF PERSONS.
vey are deservedly admired. -- Are there From Reminiscences rf Charles Dutier, Esq. letters, which, if compared with hers, would
not many English ladies capable of writing The circunstance which most distir - not suffer on the comparison ? guishes the present cra of Erics: Lilurature Their mild, retiring and unpretending from all others, is the general diffusion manners add to the charm of their accord both of usçful and ornamental krowledge pliskanents. Nost Gallic elrgmites have anong very rark of society, in a manner something of that spirit of exhibition, which un nown tofvrirer times, and yet unknown we seo displayed by the Corinne of Madame Pa ry oil'r nation. With all be faults du Stael : nothing of that is discovereblo.
- t our countrywomen. With all their ac- knowledge of them can scarcely be obtaincorajlislaments,
ed, except at a public school, where the " Hule ine from day's garish eye, **
boys acquire it much more by hearing their
school-fellows repeat over and over again
MI! TON. their daily tasks, than by learning their eins to Be their almost universal wish.--- own. . Of this advantage poung ladies are A Freuchnian once triumplantly asked the necessarily deprived. Reminiscent, wliether auy English lady It is obscrvable, that, at a certain time
rould have written the consideruiiuns' sur of life even gentlemen, who are most ar. les Principaur Evenements de l'Europe of dent in literary pursuits, relax in their zeal
Vadane de Sael, a work certainly of ex. for the prosecution of them, if their studies traordinary merit. The writer belicves Le not directed to a particular object; and there are many; but that t'rere are none that, from the want of such an olject, they Who would have written the pages of cgs:t-generaily fall into a course of desultory ism with which it abounds. We must add listlesk. reading, which leads to nothing.. that Madaine de Stul, the witty protegee This was remarked by Mr. Burke to the of the ductags de Maine, would liave Reminscent; and he acknowledged that, written better and more interesting Con- ; in one period of his life, he luimself, with sichrations.
all his literary enthusiasm, experienced Pope says,
something of this paralysis. To prevent it
would it not be advisable for ladies of cal“ Most women have no char.:cter at all,"
tivated minds, when they begin to feel its and intended to be satirical : but this line : approach, to employ their minds on selle in one application of it, may be considered literary or historical enquiry, which will to express a very high degree of praise. is their attention, -and, while it confines, Women are never so perfect as when they will aniinate their daily application ? possess an assemblage of excellences, cach
A course for female reacting should emof thiema suited to the rest, but no one out br: ce“ Anquetil's Abridgment of Ancient shining the others, and thus making it her & Modern İlistory,"attending particularly charcter. Such are the women by whom to its geography, and minuting down its Shakespeare attracts the favour of the spec- | chronology :-Or, if modern history only tators; his Desdemona, Imogen, Miratıla be the object, to peruse, —but with partiand Ophelia. Such too, is the Amelia of cular attention, and with a proper map Fielding, the Rebecca of Sir Walter Scott. always in view, the “ Tableau des Revolu. Each is the perfecjon of female excellence; “ lions de l' Europe, par M. Koch,” now in each attracts love and reverence; each ex- 4 vols. 8vo. cites interest ; in all there is an union of Here, the Reminescent presumes to charms, but no one charm predoininates; mention an observation made to him by a none shines with surpassing glory. learned and intelligent friend, on the sub
Whether ladies, even with the greatest ject of pursuing the study of the learned dispositions for literary acquirement, should languages too far. For some time after study the learned languages, may be thought the Reminiscent quitted college, he cona question. The contrary was once sug- tinued smitten with the love of Greek and gested by the Reminiscent to a lady of Roman lore. His friend remarked to him great mental ardour: she observed that, that it was a vain pursuit : “ You and I," the inferiority of the female capacity for he said, " are willing to think that we un. acquiring the dead languages, should not “ derstand the French language, as well as be taken for granted :-"I'll engage," slie “ we do our own : most gentlemen, who said, “ that if we were sent to Eton or “ have received a liberal education, do the
Harrow, we should become as good clas- “ same. Yet, how little do any of us feel “sical scholars a, boys." “ True,"—it “ the beauties of French poetry? How was replied, “but you are not sent to Eton“ little are we sensible of that indescribable " or Harrow: this makes the difference.” “ charm of Raçine, of which every FrenchiThe fact is that the structure of the Greek “ man talks to us with so much rapture ? and Latin differs so much from that of “ Now, if this be the case, in respect to a modern languages; their grammars are so language,
which we hear spoken every complex and obscure, their prosody so ab- , “ day, and the writers in which are countstruse, and, for several years tlie acquisition ' “ less, how much more must it be the case of it is, in a great measure, so much a mere “in respect to a dead language, where the act of memory, and without a perfect know- " writers, whom we possess, are so few ledge of it, the real beauty of the diction is “ The utmost knowledge, which, by the so little felt, that anything like a competent “most persevering application, we cita obe
“ tain of the literary merit of their compo- although it had been as feasible as they
particular styleMany, suited to the the great fatigue which lie underwent “ general style of Livy, would not be suited in his northern "expedition. He has “ to that of Tacitus: of this, we necessarily " are, in a great ineasure, insensible ; and a handsome face and good eyes; (I “ use them indiscriminately. This must think his buşts, which about this time “ be wrong ; when therefore we write in were commonly sold in London, are " the Latin language, our style should be
more like him than any of his “ inost unambitious; we should carefully " avoid all fine words and expressions, we pictures which I have yet seen) (2) but, “ slould use the most obvious and most in a polite company he would not pass “ simple diction ; beyond this, we should for a gentleman.
He had a quick ap-
a foreign accent. As to the rest, very
his education. He had not made the INTERESTING ACCOUNT THE belles-letters or any of the finer arts PRETENDER, PROM THE POLITI- his study, which surprised me much, CAL AND LITERARY A NECDOTES considering his preceptors, and the or juis OWN TIMES, BY DR. WIL- noble opportunities he must have alLLAM KING.
ways had in that nursery of all the eleThis is a curious and amusing book. gant and liberal arts and sciences. But It contains many curious anccdotes of I was still more astonished, when I the Jacobite party, to which the au- found him imacquainted with the histhor was strongly attached, and with tory and constitution of England, in the leaders of which he was intimately which lie ought to have been very early acquainted. It 'may be necessary to instructed. I never heard him express add, that the writer was born in 1685, any noble or benevolent sentiments, in the county of Middlesex, and that the certain indications of a great soul the present work was written in his and a good heart; or discover any
sorrow or compassion for the misfor“ Sept. 1750, I received a note tunes of so many worthy men who had from my Lady Primrose, who desired suffered in his cause. But the most to see me inmediatly. As soon as I olious part of the character is his love waited on her, she let me into her of money, a vice which I do not redressing-rooin, and presented me to member to have been imputed by our
(1). If I was surprised to històrian to any of his ancestors, and find him there I was still more asto. is the certain index of a base and little nished when he acquainted me with mind. I know it may be urged in lus the motives which had induced him to vindication, that a Prince in exile ought hazard a journey to England at this to be an economist. And so he ought; juncture. The impatience of his but nevertheless his purse should be friends who were in exile had formed always open, - as long as there is añy a scheme which was impractica!-le; but thing in it, to relieve the necessities
of his friends and adherents. King then was, who had instructions to inCharles the second, during his banish- sist that Mrs. Walkinshaw should be ment, would have shared the last pis- removed to a convent for a certain term; iole in his pocket with his family. But but her gallant absolutely refused to I have known this gentleman, with comply with this demand, and although two thousand louis d'ors in his strong Mr. M.Namara, the gentleman who box, pretend he was in great distress, was sent to him, who has a natural and borrow money from a lady in eloquence, and an excellent understand. Paris, who was not in affluent circum- ing, urged the most cogent reasons, stances. His most faithful servants, and used all the arts of persuasion to who had closely attended him in all induce him to part with his mistress, his difficulties, were ill retarded. To and even proceeled so far as to assure this spirit of avarice may be added his him, according to his instructions, that insolent manner of treating his imme- an immediate interruption of all cordiate dependents, very unbecoming a respondence with his most powerful great Prince, and a sure prognostic of friends in England, and in short that whật might be expected from him if the ruin of his interest, now was daily ever he had obtained sovereign power. increasing, would be the infallible Sir J. Harrington and Colonel Goring, consequence of his refusal: yet he conwho suffered themselves to be imprison. tinued inflexible, and all Mr. M‘Naed with him, rather than desert him, mara's remonstrances were ineffectual. when the rest of his family and attend- Mr. M‘Namara staid in Paris some ants fled, were afterwards obliged to days beyond the time prescribed him, quit his service on account of his il- endeavouring to reason the Prince inliberal behaviour. But there is one to a better temper: but finding him part of his character, which I must obstinately persevere in his first answer, particularly insist on, since it occasion- he took his leave with concern and ined the defection of the most powerful dignation, saying, as he passed out, of his friends and adherents in Eng-what has your family done, Sir, thus land, and by some concurring accidents to draw down the vengeance of Heatotally blasted all his hopes and pre- ven on every branch of it through so tensions. When he was in Scotland, many ages. It is worthy of remark, he had a mistress, whose name is that in the conference which Mr. · Walkinshaw, and whose sister was at M‘Namara had with the Prince on that time, and is still, housekeeper at this occasion, the latter declared, that Leicester House. Some years after it was not a violent passion, or indeed he was released from his prison, and any particular regard, (3) which attachconducted out of France, he sent for ed him to Mrs. Walkinshaw, and that this girl, who soon acquired such a he could see her removed from him dominion over him, that she was ac- without any concern ; but he would quainted with all his schemes, and not receive directions in respect to his trusted with his most secret corres- private conduet from any man alive.” pondence. As soon as this was known in England, all persons of distinction,
(1) “ The Pretender, who were attached to him, were greatly ings and drank tea with me : my servant,
(2) “ He came one evening to my lodge alarmed; they imagined that this after he was gone, said to me, that he wench had been placed in his family thought my visitor very like Prince by the English Ministers; and, con
Charles :' : Why,' said I, have you ever sidering her sister’ssituation, they seem- the fellow, but this gentleman, whoever
seen Prince Charles ?' No, Sir,' replied ed to have some ground for their sus- he may be, exactly resembles the busts picion ; wherefore they despatched a which are sold in Red Lion-street, and are gentleman to Paris, where the princeseid to be the busts of Prince Charles.' -Poctry.
But thou wilt burst this transient sleep,
The tenant of a frail abode,
Tly tears must flow, as mine have flowed
Beguiled by follies, every day, ON THE MORNING OP HER BIRTH-DAY.
Sorrow must wawh the faults away; ( By Lord Byron.)
And thou may'st wake per chance to prove Hail, to this teening stage of strifc- The pang of unrequitců love. Hail, lovely miniature of life!
Unconscious babe! though on that brow Pilgriin of many cares untold !
No haif-Aulg'd nisery nesties now-
Searce round tliore placid lips a smile Sweet promise of ecstatic years !
Ere the moist footste;'s of a tzar How fainly would I bend the knce,
Shall plant their lewy traces there, And turn idolater to thee!
And prematurely pave the way 'Tis nature's worship-felt-coufessed For sorrows of a riper day. Far as the life which warins the brcast :
Oh! could a father's prayer repel The sturdy savage, 'midst his clan
The eye's sad grief, the bosomi's swell! The rudest portraiture of man,
Or could a tatlıer hope to bear In trackless woods, and boundless plains,
A dariing child's allotied careWhere everlasting wildness reigns,
Then thou, my babe, should'st slumber stili, Owns the still throb—the secret start
Exempted from ali iniuan ill; The hidden inipulse of the heart.
A paret's love thy peace should frec, Dear babe! ere yet upon thy years And ask its wounds again for thec. The soil of human vice appears
Sleep on, my child, the slumber brief Ere passion hath disturbed thy cheek,
Too soon shall melt away to grief And prompted what thou darest not speak; Too soon the dawn of woe shall break, Ere that pale lip is blanched with care,
And briny rills bedew tly clieekOr from those eyes shoot fierce despair, Too soon shall sadnoss quench twse cyes Would I could meet thine untuned ear
That breast be agonised with sighs ; And gust it with a father's prayers
And anguish a'er the beams of noon But little reek'st thou, oh my cláid ! Lead clouds of care-ah! much too soon. Of travail on life's thorny wild,
Soon wilt thou reck of cares unknowr., Of all the dangers, all the woes
Of wants and sorrows all their own, Each loitering footstep which enclose- Of niany a pang, and many a woe, Ah ! little reck'st thou of the skene
That thy dear sex alone can kaow So dárkly wrought, that spreads between"
Of many an ill, untold, unsung, The Biule all we here can find,
That will not, inay not find a tongue ;
May joy still animate thy breast !
Shedding its rich inspiring rays!
Thine image easachita's parting throes plaster of Paris froin his face.
Then hail, sweet miniature of life! (3).“ I believe he spoke truth, when he Hail to this teeming stage of strife!; declared he had no esteem før bis northern Lamb of the world's extended
Pilgrim of many cares untold !
。 panion tonough she had been his comso many years.
fears! She had no
Fountain of hopes, and doubts, an elegance 'of marmers ; and as they hadi Sweet promise of ecstatic years! both cantracted an odious habit of drinking, How fainly could I bend the knees so they exposed themselves very frequently, And turn idolater to thee! not only to their own, family, but to all their neighbours. They often quarrelles,
BRIDAL SONG and sometimes fought'; they were some of In Genoa's streets gay steeds are prancings. these drunken scenes which, probablv, oc- Through Genoa’s streets thick crowds ads comunioned the report of luis pradzess." vazcing