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justice; the industry, the enterprize, and another proof that corruption destroys the public spirit of Britain, may be gra- liberty, and that despotism extinguishes dually transferred to other realms; and national glory; or, in other words, demonthese islands may sink, the victim of ge- strating that similar causes always proDeral corruption, into the slumber of duce similar effects! despotism ; exhibiting, like Asia Minor,
COMMON SENSE. Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and Holland,
MEMOIRS AND REMAINS OF EMINENT PERSONS.
ACCOUNT of MADEMOISELLE DE eyes and the respectfulness of his behaCLAIRON, communicated by HERSELF, viour. After he had attended me a conin a LETTER to M, Meister, and ne- siderable time bebind the scenes, I adder before published, either in the ORI. mitted of bis visits at my own house, and GINAL or in ENGLISH. *
ga e him reason to believe he had in[MADEMOISELLE DE CLAIRON, the cele. spired me with a mutual attachment.
brated French actress, died in January Perceiving this, he wailed with patience 1803, at the age of eighty-three. The till time produced more tender sentiuncommon noises, which are the subject of nients in his favor; and who can tell this letter, are mentioned in the Memoirs what might have followed had not my of that actress, a translation of which was orudence and curiosity suggested a numpublished in London a few years since.' ber of questions, his candor in replying to We have little faith in the marvellous, but the narrative is curious, and, as an interest
which entirely defeated bis hopes. I ing trait of human nature. deserves to be discovered, that, being ashamed of inhepreserved. The letter was addressed to riting a fortune acquired by trade, he had M. HENRY MEISTER, a native of Zurich, imprudently sold the estate bequeathed who sesided much at Paris in the character him by his father, in order to purchase of literary agent to the Empress of Russia one which should intitle him to rank at and several of the northern potentates. M. Paris as a marquis. Meister printed many works, none of which When a man is ashamed of his own have been translated into our language, ex condition in life be bas no cause in my cepting his Letters on England, which in. opinion to be offended with any one who clude an elegant French letter written by shall happen to despise him. His temper the Maryravine of Anspach, with whom
was melancholic, and he was inuch given he was long in correspondence, and from
to conceive aversions and hatred. In whose husband, the late Margrave, he received a pension.)
his own opinion he knew so much of the Paris, 12th January, 1787.
world that he thought himself obliged to
shun and despise all mankind, so that he M Y youth, and the reception I met W with on the stage at the Opera.
wished to lead a recluse life, and had Theatre, and that of the Comedie. Fran.
hopes that he could prevail on me to see çoise, in the year 1743, procured me
no one but himself. This was a plan of touch attention from a number of young
life by no means agreeabie to me. I was lops and old voluptuaries.
to be held by a wreath of flowers, but I was honored likewise with the notice ©
could not submit to be bound in an iron of some gentlemen of good sense and
chain. From this time, our interviews, politeness. Of this number was M. de
which were daily, became less and less a gentleman, who was greatly
frequent, and were in a little time reCruck by my figure and attractions. He
duced to visits of ceremony. I saw the was the son of a merchant in Brittany;
necessity, and I broke off our connection 28 about thirty years of age, of a good
and destroved his hopes. siiape, and handsome person. He con.
This indifference on my part brought posedi in verse with great elevance. His on him a fit ol sickness. During his ill. air and manner discovered that he had !
ness I shewed him every mark of attenreceived the most finished education, and
and tion; but my constant refusal to fall into had been accustomed to keep the best
his scheme of living prevented his recovery. company. The reserve and timidity of
This poor young man had unfortunately
1 was address were such. tbat bis passion given his brother-in-law a general power ror me was only to be discovered in his to act in his affairs, and he had received
money for him, which he detained as part " Communicated by the Rev. W. Dupré. of his wife's fortune. This proceeding
teduced M. de S t o very great dis whole company sat looking at each other tress, and he was under the necessity of with astonishment. For my part, I faintaccepting my offer of the little money I ed away, and it was a full quarter of an could assist him with to provide the ne hour before I could be brought to life. cessary comforts during his illness. When When I recovered my senses, the I think of the abject condition he was keeper of the Privy Purse, who was fond brought under by this cruel treatment on of me, and rather of a jealous disposition, tbe part of his sister's husband, I ain dise observed, with a malicious sneer, that, tressed beyond measure, and you must when I made my assignations, I should be yourself, my dear Henry, feel the neces. careful that my signals were less dismal sity of keeping it a secret from all the and alarming. I was nettled by this sarworld. I revere his memory, and would casm, and I replied, that, as I was quite on no account abandon it to the cruel mistress of my own conduct, there was compassion of mankind. It is the first little necessity for signals, and that what time I ever revealed this circumstance to he was pleased to stvle such bad little the any living creature, and it is from the appearance of being a prelude to those de great esteein I bear you that I now do it; licious moments which lovers expect on at the same time ihat I beg you to ob. an assignation.' The agitation and tre serve the most religious silence on the mor I was in after this alarm, my pale subject. After some delay, he was put in looks, some tears which I could pot help possession of his just right, but liis health shedding upon the occasion, and my ent was never restored to him. As I supe treaties to the company to sit up with me posed my absence might be of benefit some part of the night, were so many and-tend to-a recovery, I forebore to vio proofs that I was ignorant of the cause sit him; and, from my ceasing to do so, I of that which had so much alarmed them. refused to receive any letter that came We discoursed a great deal on the subject from him.
of the uncommon noise, and concluded Two years and a half had elapsed from on setting a watch in the street to discothe commencement of our acquaintance ver, if possible, from whence it proto the tiine of his death. Io mis last mo- ceeded. ments he had entreated me to see him In short, the like noise was beard at once more, but my friends persuaded me the same hour for several nights alier, from it. He died, and had nobody with seeming to proceed from the air. It was him when he drew his last breath but his heard not only by my own people but by servants, and an elderly lady who had the neighbours and the officers of the pobved with him for some little tine before. lice. As it was nearest my windows I He had apartments at that time on the could have no doubt but that the noise Boulevards, near the Chaussée Dantin, was intended for me, and for no one else. in one of the houses then lately built on I rarely supped from bome, but, when I the spot.
did, my favily heard nothing more than I lived at that time with my mother in coiminon whilst I was abroad, Sometimes, the Ruë de Bussi, near the Rië de Seine on my return home, whilst I was perhaps and St. Germain's Abbey. I was accus. making inquiries of my mother or some tomed to give frequent suppers to my of the family if any thing had happened, friends. My constant visitors were, the the noise would be heard betwixt me and Keeper of the Privy Purse, some of the them. actors, what worthy Friend Pipelet, whom One evening after I had supped with you recollect with so much regard, and the resident de R- , he was pleased to Rosely, belonging to the same theatre as accompany nie home, lest any accident I did, a young man of good family, very should happen to me by the way. Just promising, and of an excellent onderas be was taking leave of me at my own standing. Forty years ago these little door, the noise was heard as if proceedsuppers were more gny iban the enter. ing hetwixt us both. The story of this tainments, magnificient as they are, of uncommon visitation was current throughthe present day. At one of my suppers, Out Paris, and not unknown to birn; but, just as I had finished singing an air which neverı heless he was put into bis carriage, had given great satisfaction to my guests, and returned horne more dead than alive. and which they expressed with rapturous Another time I begged my brother actor, applause, the clock striking eleven at the Rosely, to accompany me to the Ruë St. same time, we heard the most doleful Honoré, to purchase some articles I ory, continued for a length of time, and wanted, and afterwards to pay a visit to with so mournful an emphasis, that the Mademoiselle de St. Phalien, at lier lodge
ings near St. Denis-Gate. The subject all concluded, that this was an attempt of our discourse, by the way, was, conse to take away my life, which, for the precerning this apparition, (for so it began sent being frustrated, it would be pru. now to be styled,) and this young man, dent to be guarded against for the future.
ho did not want for understanding, Accordingly, the keeper of the Privy having never heard the noise, had litile Purse applied to M. de Murville, at that faith in the matter, though he was much time Lieutenant de Police, and bus struck with the story. He advised me friend. Search was made the samne night to call upon the apparition at that no- in the houses opposite to mine, and a mnent, and promised to have faiili, if it watch placed; even iny own house was answered ine. From rashness, or a want diligently exainined, and a number of of consideration, I did as he desired me, spies placed in the street. Notwithstandand the cry was repeated three several ing all these precautions, the same noise times in the most frightful manner. This continued for three months, as if it were happened just hefore we got to the Joor a musket discharged at my window, yet of our friend, Mademoiselle de Phalien's no one could discover from whence it lodgings; and, when we arrived there, we proceeded. The reality of what I have were both, froin the fright, in such a been narrating is recorded in the restate of insensibility, that it was as much gisters of the police. I was now become as the whole house could do to recover us. accustoined to the evening gun, and
After this dreadful alarm, I continued thought it very civil in the apparition to for some months without disturbance amuse me thus with tricks of legerdefrom the noise, and had hopes that I main. should never hear it again; but herein [ One night, during warm weather, the had greatly deceived myself. On the keeper of the privy purse and I, not thiuk. marriage of the Dauphin, sume theatrical ing of the hour, or the apparition, had performances were commanded at Ver- opened the window, and were leauing sailles, at which place we were to remain over the balcony, when the cluck struck for three days. A sufficient number of eleven. At that moment we leard the lodgings had been ounitted to be provided usual report of the musket, which drove for the company, and Madame Grandval us into the middle of the rooin, where was without any. I waited with her we lay as if struck dead. As soon as we whilst inquiry was made after one, but were recovered of our fright, and had no ludging was to be had; and, it being found that we had received no hurt, we three o'clock in the morning, I made lier compared notes, and found that each of an offer of one of the two beds in a room, us had received a violent cuff; he on the which was engaged for me in the avenue left side of his head, and I on the riglit. of St. Cloud. "This offer she accepted; Recovered from our frigbt, we laughed ano accordingly, as soon as she had re- most immoderately, like two fouls as we tired to ber bed, I got into my uwi, and were. The next night nothing particular whilst the maid-servant who attended happened, but the night after, being inme, was undressing herself, and prepar- vited by Mademoiselle Dumeuil, to make ing to lie by my side, I happened to say, one at a parly given at her house, I got we are now in a manner jul of the world; iuto a hackney-coach to go thither about it is shocking bad weather, surely the eleven o'clock, accompanied by my wcnoise will not follow us here. No soonering.maid. It happened to be a clear had I pronounced the words, than it was moon-light night, and, as the coach passed heard. Madame Grandval exclaimed, along the Boulevards, which was then that hell itself was certainly broke loose, nearly built over, and whilst I was taking and she ran about the house in lier shift notice of the houses that had been erectlike a woman possessed. We none of et, my attendant asked me if it was uot us slept a wink the whole night. This here ihat M. de S. died? To this was the last time, however, that we ever question I replied, that, according to what beard this kind of noise.
I had been told, it must be in one of Seveu or eight days afterwards, whilst those two houses, pointing at ibe same I was in discourse with my usual society time with my finger. Immediately the of friends, exactly at the hour of eleven, report of a gun was heard, as before at we heard the report of a muskel, fired, my house, seemingly issuing from one of as we thought, against one of my win. the two I had pointed at. The coachi dows. All of us heard the report, and man, supposing we were attached by rob, saw the flash, vet not a single pane of bers, whipped bis horses to niend their glass received the smallest damage.' We pace, and we arrived at Madeinuiselle
Dumenil's, in a state of mind more easily limity of the author, and the pathos of to be conceived than described. For the actress: this shall be my dwelling my own part, I did not recover from the place; therein will I live, and thereio fright for a considerable time. But, after will I die! Accordingly, I agreed to this night, the same noise was never heard take it, and I affixed a bill upon the more; another, like that of clapping apartments I was about to quit. kands, succeeded it.
Amongst the numbers who were in This was continued, and appeared to search of a house to reside in, there were be regulated according to time, or méa- many who came out of mere curiosity to sore. As the indulgence of the public look at me. As I was rarely to be seen had accustomed me to hear sounds of off the stage, some people were desirous that sort very frequently, I was inatten. to view me when at home, and without tive to these until some of my friends re- the disguise of the theatre. They wished marked to me, their having taken par. to hear what I should say, when I had ticular notice that this noise was repeated no speech put into my mouth from the constantly at my door at the hour of works of Racine, Corneille, or Voltaire. eleven. “We hear it very distinctly, I am inclined to hope, that I have not (said they,) and yet we see nobody; this less morality off the stage than on it; and must certainly be something of the same that my conduct and sentiments are de. kind with those noises you have heard cently consistent: but you know that any before.
stature is diminutive, and you must unAs there appeared nothing so very doubtedly have heard it asserted, that I frightful in this noise, as in the others be was near six feet high, Now, as at home, fore heard, I have lost the recollection I employed none of those artifices which of the length of its continuance. As I practised in the theatre, I was there little did I attend to certain melodious wholly myself; and I feared lest people, sounds which I heard some time after finding me shorter than they expected, wards. It seemed as if some fine voice might report me to be shorter than I am. was preluding or humming over an air, I had learned, that whoever expects to preparatory to the execution of it. The benefit by an intercourse with men, must sounds seemed to begin at some little endeavour to deceive them; fortunately distance from my door, and to cease for me, my countrymen were at that when arrived at it; and, as in the cases time little given to make reflections on already related, they were followed, were things, and I had reason to think they distinctly heard, yet nothing was ever believed that I grew daily tailer and discovered that could occasion them. taller. But you will say, why this di
At the end of about two years and a gression? Your story is already spun balf, nothing extraordinary was ever heard out to too great a length. A truce with by me, or any one of my family. About your remarks, and finish your narrative. that time, I found the house I occupied, I consess your reprehension is very from its neighbourhood to the market, just; but you asked me for this history; and the number of persons inhabiting I know not what you inean to do with under the same roof, to be disagreeable. it, yet I think I ought to omit no cir. I wished for a more quiet situation, not cumstance relating to it; there is not a only on account of the necessity of it, in single word that I trace with my pen but order that I might pursue my studies brings to my recollection how near you without interruption, but because my are to my heart. Is it my fault if my health, which was declining, required it. fecling heart continues to deceive me in Besides, I was somewhat more easy in spite of years, sickness, and misfortune? point of circumstances, and I wished to It is to you I write; I ain inclined to improve them still more. I was told of believe that you attend to my little nar. a house in the Ruë du Marais, which rative, and will overlook the tedious went at the rent of (welve hundred livres. dulness of it, with all that good bumor They informed me that it had been oce which renders you so dear to your friends, cupied for forty years by Racine ; that and gains you so much esteem in all the it was in this very house that he com. societies of which you make a part. posed his iromortal works, and that be Alas! it is with regret that I quit these died in it: that, after his death, it had pleasing ideas to pursue the sequel of my been inhabited by the pathetic Lecou. story. vreur, and that she likewise had died in One day I was informed that an elit. The very walls of such a mansion, derly lady wished to see my apartments, (thought I) will inspire me with the sub, and, as it is a rule with me to pay the
utmost possible respect to age, I waited continued she, “ that I was the most inupon her immediately. A certain emo. timate friend of the deceased M. de tion, for which I was not able to account, Sm, and the only one he permitted caused me to examine her person from visits from during the last year of his life. head to foot, and my emotion was fur. We have passed whole days together in ther increased, when I observed her talking solely of you ; one while speaking doing the same with me. I pressed her of you as a divinity, another time, de to take a seat, which she did, and indeed nouncing you to be a fury; I at the same we had both of us need enough of being time conjuring himn to think of you no seated. We continued silent for some more, and be declaring that his love of time, but the eyes of both of us disco- you should accompany him beyond the vered a desire of speaking. She knew grave. But I perceive that your eyes of course who I was, but I had no know- are swimming in tears; you will just alledge of her person ; she therefore con. low me to intrude only so far as to ask sidered it as incumbent upon her to what could induce you to make his life break this silence; accordingly she be- 60 miserable; and why you refused, one gan nearly in the following manner. who entertained so violent an affection
" It is long time, Mademoiselle, for you, the consolation of seeing you since I have had a most earnest desire of once more." ranking myself amongst the number of The heart is not to be controled, reyour acquaintance; as I am no frequenter plied I, M. de S-- was a deserving of the theatre, and as I have no know. man, and had many good qualities, but ledge of any person who has the happi. his temper was vindictive, melancholy, ness to visit you, and being moreover and absolute, so that I dreaded his love, unwilling to address you by letter, lest as much as I disliked his company, Tó ally explanation in that way might leave have satisfied him I must have renounced room for suspicions, and thus defeat my all human society, and must have given purposes, I have therefore taken advan: up my profession; I was as proud as I tage of the bill you have affixed for let. was poor; it was ever my maxim, and ting your apartment, to introduce myself, I hope it will continue to be so, to be and enjoy the satisfaction I have so long under obligations to no one, and to desought after. You will be good enough pend for support upon iny own industry. to excuse the liberty I have taken ; it is I had a partiality for him, and therefore not to hire your lodgings that I am come I strove what I could to make him enhither, they are, indeed, above my sim- tertain principles more consistent with pie means; but I beg, however, you will propriety and justice ; but it was all in permit ine to see them; any place which vain, I could not prevail with him; so you have made your residence must be that, finding his infatuation to proceed interesting to my curiosity; your talents rather from violence of temper than the have obtained you such a degree of faine force of his passion for me, I came to as can leave no doubt of your under the determination, which I resolutely standing, and I see now that I have not kept, of breaking off all connexion with been deceived in the account I have re, him. The reason why I refused to visit ceived of your person; I wish to know him in his last moments, was, because only if the description I have bad of your the sight would have overpowered my apartments are equally exact, that I inay feelings, and because, had I after that follow my unhappy friend step by step persisted in my former resolution, I through all his hopes and disquietudes." should but have appeared the more cruel
To this I hastily replied, You cannot and inexorable; and, had I complieg but see, Madain, that I am already much with his wishes, I should have made my, surprised, and even alarined, at your dise sell the most iniserable of women, You course; and every word that proceeds have now, madam, heard the motives hom your lips does but increase my as of my conduct, which I fatter myself is tonishment nore and more. I must not altogether so blameworthy. therefore insist that you explain yourself “I am far from blaining it," rejoined as to your errand hither, of whom it is the old lady, “I should think myself you speak, and who you are yourself. guilty of great injustice if I did; we owe I ain not one who can submit to be tri no sacrifice of ourselves but to our vows, fled with. You must, Aladam, either to our parents, or our benefactors; and, explain yourself to muy satisfaction, or I in this last respect, I know well it is not must beg you to leave my house.
you who were under obligations, for I " You are to know, Mademoiselle," have heard him express how greatly he MONTHLY MAG, No. 232.