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"Our deriving justice from their being commenced to celebrate the marriage one or the other. For ourselves, we of the squire's second son, captain in wish for peace'; we can smile at the the army, to his father's ward, the fair veheinence of certain transatlantic wri- Julia Templeton. We have the shaters, and we trust that Mr. I., who has racters of the inhabitants guests, and had ample opportunities of studying neighbours of the Hall bitheir manners the national temper, will inform his and occupations, and descriptions of countrymen, that they must not judge such scenery as is yet to be found the genuine feelings of Britons by about some of our ancient" manorthe effusions of a raillery, or the bitter- houses. The incidents are few and ness of a spleen, which are no more simple ; but the volumes have yet a indicative of the disposition, than they tinge of the romantic, of the Sir Roger are of the literature, of Britain ; and de Coverley kiyd. A few tales are inwhich, in fact, afford about as, correct troduced, which are supposed to be a criterion of the latter, as the cariea- warrated by some of the characters at tures in a print shop give to the rest the Hall. The first of tirése personof Europe, of the state of the fine arts ages, whom we shaft introduce to gur in this couptry:
readers, is the busy man :Whatever may be che reception of
By no one (says Geoffrey Crayon) has MĘ L's opinions in his native land, my return to the Hall been more heartily Itere, at least, tlicy will be taken favor - greeted than by Mr. Simon Bracebridge, ably. If not a. just pride, at least a or Master Simon, as the squire most com
monly calls him. I cncountered him just pardonable self-love, enlists all our
as I entered the park, where he was breakprejudices in the cause of a man who ing a pointer; and he received me with all thinks well of us; but who, in truth, the hospitable cordiality with which a man stands not in need of our prejudices, to welcome's a friend to another one's hoyse. insure a favourable opinion of his pro:
He is a brisk old bachelor-looking little ductions. He is, in fact, a very pleas- a large family connexion; and the squire's
the wit and supcrannuated beau of ing writer, using anagreeable and some fuctotum. i found him, as usual, full of what clegant style, and if we find bustle ; with a thousand petty things to do, him'occasionally gossiping and pros- and persons to attend to, and in chirping ing, it must be confessed he does both good humor; for there are few happier very pleasantly.
beings than a busy idler, that is to say,
man who is eternally busy about nothing. Manyof our readers are already famis
I'visited him, the morning after my arliarly acquainted with Geoffrey Crayon. rival; in his chamber, which is in a remote We shall "therefore proceed, without corner of the mansion, as he say he likes further co nent on the author's man las fitted it up in his own taste, so that it
to be by himself, and out of the way. He ner, to give an account of these vo- is a perfect epitome of an old bachelor's nolumes.
tions of convenience and arrangement, In his first chapter the author brings The furniture is made up of odd pieces forward the effect produced on his from all parts of the house, chosen on acmind by English scenes, in order to count of their sulting This notions of fitting excuse himself if he should be found very eloquent it praise of an ancient elbow Ivarping on trivial themes, or indulging chair, from which he takes occasion to dia an over-fondness for any thing antique gress into a censure on "modern chairs, as and obsolete. He then conducts us to having degenerated from the dignity and the seat of the Bracebridge family, comfort of high-backed antitritit.
small čabia mentioned in his. Sketch Book,' where
net, which lie calls his study. Here'a a gathering of relations and friends had 'some hanging shelves, of his owtf construe.
tion, on which are several old works on which, I noticed, had the best stall in die hawking, hunting and farriery, and a col- stable. lection or two of poems and songs of the
The next is the widow:-reign of Elizabeth, which he studies out of compliment to the squire ; together with Notwitlistanding the whimsical parade the Novelists' Magazine, the Sporting Mas made by Lady Lillycraft on her arrival, sie gazine, the Racing Calendar, a volume or has none of the petty stateliness that I lar! two of the Newgate Calendar, a book of imagined; but, on the contrary, she has adepeerage, and another of heraldry. gree of good-nature, & simple-heastedness,
His sporting dresses hang on pegs in a if I may use the plırase, thiat mingles well small closet ; and about the walls of bis with her old-fashioned manners and harmapartinent are hooks to hold his fishing- less ostentation. She dresses in sich silks, tackle, whips, spurs, and a favourite fowl- with long waist ; she rouges.onsiderably, ing-piece, curiously wrought and inlaid, and her hair
, which is nearly wliite, is frizwhich he inherits from his grandfather.- i zed out, and put up with pins. Her face He has also a couple of old single-keyed is pitted with the small-pox, but the deli. Autes, and a fiddle, which he has repeatedly cacy of her features shows that she may patched and mended himself, affirming it once have been beautiful; and she has a to be a veritable Cremoną; though I have very fair and well-shaped hand and arm, of never heard him extract a single note from which, if I mistake not, the good lady is t that was not enough to make one's blood still a little vain, un cold.
I have had the curiosity to gather a few From this little nest his fiddle will often particulars concerning her. She was be heard, in the stillness of mid-day, drpw- great belle in town between 30 and 40 sily sawing some long-forgotten tune; for years since, and reigned for two seasons he prides himself on having a choice cold with all the insolence of beauty, refusing lection of good old English music, and several excellent offers ; when, unfortu will scarcely have any thing to do with nately, she was robbed of her charms and modern composers.
The time, however, her lovers by an attack of the small-pox. at which his musical powers are of most She retired immediately into the country, use, is now and then ot' an evening, when where she spme time after inherited an eshe plays for the children to dance in the tate, and married a baronet, a former adhall, and be passes among them and the miser, whose passion had suddenly revived ; servants for a perfect Oộpheus,
having,' as he said, “always loved her His chamber also bears evidence of his inįnd rather than her person.' yarious avocations; there are half-copied The baronet did not enjoy her mind and sheets of music ; designs for needlework; fortune above six months, and had scarcely sketches of landscapes, yery indifferently grown very tired of her, when he broke his executed ; a camera lucida ; a magic lan- neck in a fox-chase, and left her free, rich, tern, for which he is endeavouring to paint and disconsolate. She has remained on her glasses ; in a word, it is the cabinet of a estate in the country ever since, and has inan of many accomplishments, who knows never shown any desire to return to town, a little of every thing and does nothing and revisit the scene of her early triumphs well.
and fatal malady. All her favourite recolAfter I had spent some time in his lections however, revert to that short period apartment, admiring the ingenuity of his of her youthful beauty. She has no idea of small inventions, he took me about the es- town but as it was at that time; and contintablishment, to visit the stables, dog-kennel, ually forgets diat the place and people must and other dependencies. in which he ap- have changed materiallyin the course of half peared like a general visiting the different a century. She will often speak of the quarters of his camp; as the squire leaves toasts of those days as it still reigning; the controul of all these matters to him, and, until very recently, used to talk with when he is at the Hall. He inquired into delight of the royal family, and the beanty the state of the horses ; examined their of the young princes and princesses. She feet; prescribed a drench for one, and cannot be brought to think of the present bleeding for another; and then took me to king otherwise than as an elegant young look at his own horse, on the merits of man, rather wild, but who danced a minwhich he dwelt with great prolixity, and uet divinely; and before he came to the erown, would, often mention him as the library, and has a constant supply from the sweet young prince.'
publishers in town. Her erudition in this She talks also of the walks in Kensing- line of literature is immense ; she has kept ton Garden, where the gentlemen appeared pace with the press for half a century. in gold-laced coats and cocked hats, and Her mind is stuffed with love-tales of all the ladies in boops, and swept so proudly kinds, from the stately amours of thie old along the grassy avenues; and she thinks books of chivalry, down to the last bluethe ladies let themselves sadly down in covered romance, reç
from the press; their dignity, when they gave up cushiyned though she evidently gives the preference head-dresses, and bigh-heeled shoes. She to those that came out in the days of her has much to say too of the officers who youth, and when she was first in love, were in the train of her adınirers; and She maintains that there are no novels speaks familiarly of many wild young written now-a-days equal to Pamela and blades, that are now, perhaps, hobbling Sir Charles Grandison; and she places the about watering-places with crutches and Castle of Otranto at the head of all re gouty shoes.
inances. Whether the taste the good lady had of She does a vast deal of good in het matrimony discouraged her or not, I can- neiglıbourhood, and is imposed on by every not say ; but though her merits and her beggar in the county. She is the benefac. riches bare attracted inany suitors, she has tress of a village acljoining her estate, and never been tempted to venture again into takes an especial interest in all its love the happy state. This is singular too, for affairs. She knows of every courtship that she seens of a most soft and susceptible is going on; every love-lorn damsel is sure heart; is always talking of love and con- to find a patient listener and a sage adviser nubial felicity; and is a great stickler for in her ladyship. She takes great pains to old-fashioned gallantry, devoted attentions, reconcile all love-quarrels, and should any and eternal constancy, on tủe part of the faithless swain persist in his inconstancy, gentlemen. She lives, however, after her he is sựre to draw on himself the good own taste. Her house, I am told, must lady's violent indignation. have been built and furnished about the time of Sir Charles Grandison : cycry thing
Then comes General Harbottle: about it is somewhat formal and stately ; He is, as Master Simon observed, a sol. but has been softened down into a degree dier of the old school, with powdered head, of voluptuousness, characteristic of an old side locks, and pigtail
. His face is shaped lady very tender-hearted and romantic, and like the stern of a Dutch man of war, narthat loves her ease. The cushions of the row at top, and wide at bottom, with full great arm-cļairs, and wide sofas, almost rosy cheeks and a double chin; so that, to bury you when yoy sit down on them.- use the cant of the day, his organs of eatPlowers of the most rare and delicate kind ing may be said to be powerfully developed. are placed about the rooms and on little The general, though a veteran, has seen japanned stands; and sweet bags ļie about very little active service, except the taking the tables and mantle-pieces. The house of Seringapatam, which forins an era in his is full of pet dogs, Angola cats, and sing- history. He wears a large emerald in his ing birds, who are as carefully waited upon bosom, and a diamond on his finger, which as she is herself,
he got on that occasion, and whoever is She is dainty in her living, and a little unlucky enough to notice either, is sure to pf an epicure, living on white meats, and involve himself in the whole history of the little lady-like dishes, though her servants siege. To judge from the general’sconver. have substantial old English fare, as their sation, the taking of Seringapatam is the looks bear witness. Indeed they are so most important affair that has occurred for indulged, that they are all spoiled ; and the last century. when they lose their present place, they On the approach of Warlike times on the will be fit for no other. Her ladyship is continent, he was rapidly promoted to get one of those easy tempered beings that are him out of the way of younger officers of always doomed to be inuch liked, but ill merit ; until, having been hoisted to the served by their domesties, and cheated by rank of general, he was quietly laid on the all the world.
shelf. Since that time his campaigns have Much of her time is passed in reading been principally confined to watering places novels, of which she has a most extensive I where he drinks the waters for a slighe touch of the liver, which he got in India, and by many an old lady, when ' labouring plays whist with old dowagers, with whom under the terror of Bonaparte's invasion. he has flirted in his younger days. Indeed He is thoroughly loyal, and attends. he talks of all the fine women of the last punctually on levees when in town. He half century, and, according to hints which has treasured up many remarkable sayings. he now and then drops, has enjoyed the of the late king, particularly one which the particular smile of many of them. king made to him on a field day, com
He has seen considerable garrison duty, plimenting himon the excellence of his horse and can speak of almost every place famous He cxtols the whole royal family, especially for good quarters, and where the inhabi the present king, whom he pronounces the tants give good dinners. He is a diner inost perfect gentleman and best whist-player out of first-rate currency, when in town; in Europe. The general swears rather being invited to one place, because he has more than is the fashion of the present day; been seen at another. In the same way but it was the mode in the old school. he is invited about the country seats, and He is, however, very strict in religious can describe half the seats in the kingdom, matters, and a staunch churchman. He from actual observation ; nor is any onc repeats the responses very loudly in church, better versed in court gossip, and the pe- and is emphatical in praying for the king digrees and intermarriages of the nobility. and the royal family.
As the general is an old bachelor, and At table his loyalty waxes very fervent an old beau, and there are several ladies at with his second bottle, and the song of God the Hall, especially his quondam flame save the king' puts him into a perfect eca Lady Jocelyne, he is put rather upon his stacy. He is amazingly well contented gallantry. Hecommonly passes some time with the present state of things, and apt to. therefore, at his toilette, and takes the field get a little impatient at any talk about naat a late hour in the morning, with his hair tional ruin and agricultural distress. He dressed out and powdered, and a rose in his says he has travelled about the country as. button hole. After he has breakfasted, he much as any man, and has met with nothing walks up and down the terrace in the sun- but prosperity; and to confess the truth, & shine, humming an air, and hemming be great part of his time is spent in visiting tween every stave, carrying one hand behind from one country seat to another, and riding
his back, and with the other touching the about the parks of his friends. They talk 1 ground with hiscane, and then raising it up of public distress,' said the general this day
to his shoulder. Should he, in these mor. to me, at dinner, as he smacked a glass of ning promenades, mect any of the elder rich burgundy, and cast his cyes about the ladies of the family, as he frequently does ample board; they talk of public distress, Lady Lillycraft, his hat is immediately in but where do we find it, 'sir ? I see none. lis hand, and it is cnough to remind one I see no reason any one has to complain. of those courtly groups of ladies and gen- Take my word for it, s this talk about tlenien, in old prints of Windsor Terrace, public distress is all humbug !" or Kensington Garden. He talks frequently about the service,'
In the chapter intitled English and is fond of humming the old song,
Country Gentleman, there is mnch Vhy, soldiers, why,
matter worthy of very serious attention, pot! Nu Should we be melancholy, boys ? and we strongly recommend one. part Why, soldiers, why,
of it tothe consideration of those Whose business 'tis to die !
our countrymen who, in this season of sslicaninot discover, however, that the general the diminution of incomés arising from sillias ever run any great risk of dying, et-pepting from an apoplexy, or an indisgestion.
lapd, meditate carrying off their reduced Heeriticises all the battles on the continent rents to be spent in a Foreign land. i stand discusses the inerits
of the coinmanders, I do not know a more lenviable condition but never fails to bring the conversation, of life, than that of an English gentleman, ultimately, to Tippoo Saib, and Seringapa. of sound judgement and good feelings a lo. tám. *I 'um' told that the general was a passes the greater part of his time on a he..
perfect champion at drawing-rooms, parades reditary estate in the country. From the i land watering placos, during the late war, excellence of the roads and thie rupidity and
and u as looked to with hope and contideixe exactness of the publie conveyances, it is
enabled to command all the comforts and of the old fatnilies, whose forefathers have conveniences, all the intelligence and no- been lords of the soil from time immemo velties of the capital while he is removed rial. froin its hurry and distraction. He has It is when the rich and well-educated anple incansof occupation and amusement and highly-privileged classes neglect their within his own doinains; he may diversi- . duties, when they neglect to study the infy his time by rural occupations, by rural | terests, and conciliate the affections, and sports, by study, and by the delights of instruct the opinions, and champion the friendly society collected within his own ' rights of the people, that the latter become bospitable halls.
discontented and turbulent, and fall into Or if his vices and fvelings are of a the bands of demagogues: the demagogue more extensive and liberal nature, be has always steps in where the patriot is wanting. it greatly in his power to do good, and to . There is a common high-handed cant lave shatugood immediately reflected back among the high-feeding, and as they fancy upon hiinself. He cæn render essential themselves, high-minded men, about putservice to his country, by assisting in the ting down the mob; but all true physicians disinterested administration of the laws; know that it is better to sweeten the blood, by watching over the opinions and princi- ; then attack the tumor, to apply the emolples of the lower orders around him ; by lient rather than the cautery. It is absurd difusing among them those lights which in a country like England, where there is may be important to their welfare ; by so much freedom, and such a jealousy of mingling frankly among them, gaining right for any man to assume an aristocrattheir confidence, becoming the immediate ical tone, and to talk superciliously of auditor of their complaints, informing himthe common people. There is no rank self of their wants, making himself a chan that makes him independant of the opinnel through which their grievances may ions and affections of his fellow men, be quietly communicated to the proper there is no rank nor distinction that severs sources of mitigation and relicf ; or by himn from his fellow-subject; and if, by becoming, if need be, the intrepid and any gradual neglect or assumption on the incorruptible guardian of their libertiesas one side, and discontent and jealousy on the enlightened champion of their rights. the other, the orders of society should
All this can be done without any sacri. really separate, let those who stand on the fce of personal dignity, without any de- eminence beware that the chasm is not grading arts of popularity, without any mining at their feet. The orders of truckling to vulgar prejudices, or concur society in all well constituted governments rence in vulgar clamor; but by the stcady are mutually bound together, and importinfluence of sincere and friendly council, ant to cach other : there can be no such of fair, upright, and generous deportment. thing in a free government as a vacuum; Whatever may be said of English mobs, and whenever one is likely to take place, and English demagogues, I have never met by the drawing off of the rich and intelliwith a people more open to reason, more gent from the poor, the bad passions of considerate in their tempers, more tractable : society will rush in to fill up the space, and by argument in the roughest times, than rend the whole asunder. the Euglish They are remarkably quick Though born and brought up in a reat discerning and appreciating whatever is public, and more and more confirmed in manly and honorable. They are by na republican principles by every year's ob wre and habit methodical and orderly: servation and experience, yet I am not and they feel the value of all that is regular insensible to the excellence that may exist and respectable. They may occasionally in other forms of government, nor to the be deceived by sophistry, and excited into fact that they may be more suitable to the turbulence by public distresses and misre situation and circumstances of the counpresentations of designing men ; but open tries in which they exist: I have endeavour. tir-eges, and they will eventually rally ed rather to look at them as they are, and round the land-marks of stondy fruth, and to observe how they are calculated to effect deliberate good sense. They are fond of the end which they propose. Considering, established customs, they are fond of long therefore, the mixed nature of the governestablished names, and that love of order ment of this country, and its representative and quiet which characterises the nation, form, I have looked with admiration at the gives a vast influence to the descendants manner in which the wealth and influence