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The Hermit in London, No. 2. your barouche or curricle without being because, independent of my preference bustled by the men-milliners, linen-dra- for the Opera, these insects from Cheappers, and shop-boys, who have been side, and so on westward, shut up their serving you all the rest of the week. shops, cheat their masters, and font les Bad horseinen, and pedestrian women, importunts about nine o'clock. The pareés a outrance, ultras in conceit and game party crowd the Park on Sunday; in dress, press upon you on every hand; but on black Monday return like schooland yet one cannot be at church ali day, boys to their work, and you see them, por make a prisoner of one's self because with the pen behind their ear, calculatit is Sunday. For my part, I am ennuié ing how to make up for their hebdomadal beyond measure on that day; and were extravagances, pestering you to buy it oot for my harp, and a little scandal, twice as much as you want, and offi. there would be no getting through it at ciously offering their arm at your myself excelled in; but I was ignorant his hand, and was out of sight in two of its becoming a part of equine educa- seconds. “A fine young man!” said tion. I urged bim to explain, and ber Ladyship. I bowed assent, and amused him at my expense very much. offered her some Eau de Cologne, which He, however, was polite enough to in- I bad about me, as the well-bred, struct my ignorance; and informed me fencing horse had left an impression that he was a high couraged horse and, of stable smell on her taper fingers. one of the best leupers of fences that he Alas ! thought I, this young rake has had ever seen. Lady Mary conde- left a deeper impression elsewhere, scended all this time to caress the horse, Lady Mary has a fine fortune, and I and to display her lovely arm ungloved, am sorry to see her thus dazzled by this 'with which she patted his neck, and compound of trinkets and of cosmetics, drew a hundred admiring eyes. who, involved to a great degree, will in


carriage door.” The carriage now drew up to the At this juncture Mr. Millefleurs door ; and her Ladyship proposed that came up to the carriage, perfumed like I should take a corner in it, and go a milliner, bis colour much heightened down the Park just once with her and by some vegetable dye, and resolved her younger sister, merely, as sbe said, Deither to blush unseen,' nor to waste " to show her friends that she was in his sweetness on the desert air.' His town." “ What legions of compter approach was very much like what I coscombs !” exclaimed she, as we en- have heard of the Spice Islands. Two tered Grosvenor Gate ; “ the Tilbury false teeth in front stiamed the others a and Dendet system is a great conve- little in their ivory polish, and his nience to these people. Upon the plun- breath savoured ol myrrh like a heathen der of the till, or by overcharging some sacrifice, or the incense burned in one particular article sold on the Saturday 10 of their temples. He thrust his horse's a negligeunt, who goes a shopping more head into the carriage (I thought a little for the purpose of meeting her favoured abruptly and indecorously) but I per. swain than for any thing which she ceived that it gave no orience. He wants to purchase, it is so easy for these smiled very affectedly, adjusted his hat, once-a-week beaux to hire a tilbury and pulled a lock of hair across bis forehead. an awkward groom in a pepper-and-salt with a view of shewing, first, that he or drab coat, like the incog. of the Roy, had a wbite forehead, and, next, that al Family, and to sport theirodious per- the glossiness of his hair must have sous in the drive of fashion. Some of owed iis lustre to at least two hours' the monsters, too, bow to ladies whom brushing, arranged, perfuming, and they do not know, merely to give them unguenting. He now got bis horse's an air, or pass off their customers for head still closer to us, dropped the their acquaintance.”

rein upon bis neck, hung half in and * Thiere !" continued she," there half out of the carriage, with his whip goes my plurnassier, with fixed spurs stuck under bis arm, and violet in the like a field-officer, and riding as in- corner of his mouth, a kind of impudent portantly as if he were one of the Lords stare in his eyes, and a something half of the Treasury. There again is my too familiar, yet ball courtly in his baoker's clerk, so stiff and so laced up, manner. ibat be looks more like an Egyptian “What a beautiful horse!” said mummy than a man. What impudence! Lady Mary. "Yes,' replied Miller he has got some groom out of place, fleurs, he is one of the best bied with a cockade in his hat, by way of horses in Europe,' “I must cones imposing on the world for a beau mili- that I thought otherwise ; nor did I laire. I have not common patience admire bis being so near;" 'and,' conwith these creatures. I have long since tinued he, “the best fencer in the left off going to the play on a Saturday, universe.' This acconiplishment Ilid

The E.cquisit all this time brushed a short time squander a great part of her the animal gently with a highly scepted property. But Mr. Millefleurs is a comsilk handkerchief, after which he dis- plete merveilleur ; and that is quite played a cambrick one, and went enough for my volatile friend. through a thousand little minunderies Looking after him for haif a minute, which would have suited an affected she perceived a group of women in the woman better than a Lieutenant in his very last Parisian fashions. “There," Majesty's brigade of Guards. Als said she, “there is all that taffeta, feathers, though he talked a great deal, the whole flowers, and expensive lace can do ; amount of bis discourse was, that he and yet you see by their loud talking, gave only seven hundred guineas for his and their mauvuis ton, by their being horse ; that his groom's horse had run unattended by a servant, and by tlie bit at the Craven ; that he was monsterous of straw adhering to that one's petticoat, lucky that season on the turf ; that he that they have come all the way from was a very bold horsemav himself; and, Fleet Street or Ludgate Hillin a hackthat being engaged to dine in three pla- ney coach, and are now trying unsucces that day, he did not know how the cessfuly to play women of fashion, devil to manage ; but that if Lady Ma- See the awkward would be beau too in ry dined at any one of the tree, he a coat on for the first time, and boots would cut the other two.

which have never crossed a horse." At this moment a mad-brained Russian Mrs. Marvellous now drew up close of qualiiy flew by, driving four-in. to us. “My dear Lady Mary,” said she, hand, and exclained, in a cracked but “ I am suffocated with dust, and am affected tope, " Where have you hid sickened with vulgarity ; but, to be sure, yoursell of late, Charles ?" I have been we have everything in London here, one of His Majesty's prisoners in the from the House : »f Peers to Waterloo Tower,' said Millefleurs---ineaning that House and the inhabitants of the catchhe had been on duty there ; and, turn. penny cheap shops all over the town. I ing to Lady Mary, in a half whisper, he must tell you about the trial, and about ohserved,' Although you see him in Lady Barbara's moruification, and about such good forin, though his cattle and poor Mrs. O—'s bein * arrested, and the his equipage are so well appointed, he midnight flight to the ontinent of our • got out of the Beach only last week, poor Dandy --, Wdo arrived in an having thrown over the vagabonds his open boat-our borough member ruincreditors : he is a noble spirited sellow, ed, his wife exposed, strong suspicions as good a whip as any in Britain, full of about the children-young Willoughby life and of buinour, and I am happy to called out, thought slack, pretended that say that he has now a dozen of as fine he could not get a second, Lavender horses as any in Christendom, kept bien upon the ground, all a hoax !” entendu, in iny name--but there is a Here she lacerated the reputation of wheel witbin a wheel,

almost all her acquaintance, to which I He now dropped the violet, kissed perceived the serving-men attached to

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both carriages most particularly attentive, wall, and heard tlie scandal of the live When she drove off, I observed to Lady eried tribe. “Liow does your coat fit Mary, that I thought people of quality you, Sir Jerry ?" cried one footman to were not sufficiently cautious of speak- another : " You'll only have to try it ing before their servants, and that they 0.1: I once lived with your mistress, owed to themselves and to police socie. who was determined that I should not ty more care in this particular : she gave eat the bread of idleness, for I never got a slight toss with her head, and said, a moment's amusement whilst I was in “Oh! they know nothing about amours her service ; she sacks the card money ; and high life, and can't understand our measures out her provisions like a nip. conversation," I was, however, quite of cheese purser of a man of war ; notes a different opinion, in which I was af- down every thing in her dad account terwards still more confirmed.

book ; and if you can make a guinea Our Exquisite now came up to the besides your wages, I'll allow you to eat carriage a second time, with some con- me roasted: but you'll not be long cert tickets, wbich he wished my fair there, though the old man is a goodfriend to take ; and he looked just as natured fool enough, deaf and drunken, much as to say, “Thou art a happy dog, snuffy, but never out of temper." Much old gentleman !" A telegraphic signal more was added ; but this was quite passed, and he said to me, “ I just met enough for me. Another scoundrel insiSir Peter Panemar, the nabob, and he nuated something concerning a fellow swears that there is the most beautiful servant of his, and one of bigh rank, Spanish woman that everlooked through which almost induced me to cane him. a veil, just gone into the garden. It is At my return to the carriage, I deli said, by the bye, that she is protected by cately bivted a part of what I had a ceriain Peer ; but I believe her to be heard ; but it liad no effect: neither had a rich diamond merchant's wife : the the tearing of the lace flounce, nor the whole Park is in a blaze about her.” I want of principle of the young four-inam a great amateur, I confess. A lovely hand buck : all seemed to pass with her picture is worthy contemplating; and Ladyship as matters of course in high my designs go no further. I also sus life. And yet she is virtuous, prudent, pected that this was an adroit manœuvre and weil principled ; but as Mrs. Marto get rid of me for a time. I therefore vellous calls it, she is far gone, and I am requested permission to alight, for the sorry for it. purpose of looking into the garden. This Five o'clock now called his to dress, was cheerfully agreed to ; and Lady and a third succession of company ar. Mary promised to wait until I had rived, who all appeared to liave dined, feasted my eyes on the fascinating in- and on whose cheeks sat the flush of cognita. The happy swain then offered punch and other strong liquors. lo to take my place until I returned ; and these groups were children drawn bv this arrangement seerned to please all dogs, or by their papas, in lide chairs. three. Our Exquisite entangled his spur others in arms, fat landiadies, raii strapin her Ladyship's falbela ; but it did ping wives, and iame submissive husnot discompose her in the least., I recom- bands—the emblems of domestic drill mended chevaux de frise in future, at and of pericoal subordination), Every which she laughed ; her sister looked insect of fashion llew oil on cancy's wing insipidly; and the step was let down at the appearance of le liers etot. for me.

And now commenced the plea-ure. Arrived in the gardens, I sought la and the lahours of the loiletle, which 1 bellu senoru in vain ; and am now un- leave my fair friend to indulge in, con certain whether I was hoaxed or not, vinced at the same time qu'elle aurie des although our Exquisite most solemoly distractions. protested that the Nabob had seen ber.

THE HERMT in Londovi I sat down for a montent on the loir

(Lil. Gaz. July 181.



From the London European Magazine. | PROMISED to send you soine re- the general course of the dissipated

flectious of the unhappy young man life that he had led, I represented to in prison, upon his own review of the bim how unworthy of a rational being vicious course which he had pursued, such a surrender of his better judgment and which had plunged him into ali and purer convictions must appear to the horrors of despondency, and drive hiin, wben he reflected on the decepen him to the dreadful act of suicide. tious nature of those vicious gratifica

I now transmit the following account tions which had led him to the brink of of his last moments, during wbich he destruction, both of body and soul. I lingered between life and death. pointed out the fatal certainty with

I am, Sir, your's respectfully, which ruin of character and remorse of June 3, 1818.

W. F. T. conscience--the one irretrievable and L- shire.

the other overwhelming, were always

found to follow in the footsteps of the When I entered the wretched youth's rash votary of libertine indulgence ;--room, I was introduced to him by the I brought him to acknowledge the sad worthy man who is the keeper of the truth, that too frequently such an one prison, and whose character has been was left by the treachery of his passions long revered by every one who knows without any possibility of making him, as possessing all those excellent amends to society for the outrages principles which render him an orna- which he had committed upon its prement to society, even in his unenviable scriptive laws and social rights ;„I disand, too often, misrepresented office. played to him the irremediable injury I confess myself to have felt a disposi- wbich he had inflicted upon his ill-retion to think but slighily of the human- quited parents ;-I dwelt upon the ity of individuals in his station ; but the misery, disgrace, and despondency, into many evidences of the tender con- which he had plunged a woman, who, sideration with which this person ap- whatever might have been the atrocity plied himself, in all cases of human of her acquiescence in his unpriucimisery, io alleviate the sufferings of his pled view, certainly did not deserve to prisoners, have induced me to change be rendered for ever wretched by the iny opinion, and acknowledge that all man who had been generously made the my prejudices against keepers of pris- participator of her hustaand's unsusons and jailors, have given way be- pecting confidence, and liberal co-opefore the generous conduct of this good ration to promote his personal advanceman ; and I perceive that even those ment in (oldoercial profit and imporwhose employment it in to guard the tance ;-l bade bim reflect, that, notconscience-stricken culprit, can feel for withstanding he had escaped the sentheir depraved and degraded fellow. tence of death in consequence of the increature, and are anxious to temper the adequacy of the laws against the enorrigors of confinement with Christian mous crine of duelling to bring the of sympathy.

fenders to condign punishment, the stain After my first introduction, I visited of blood was upon his hands, and the the young man three or four times be- guilty deed of depriving a fellow-creafore I received the letter which you ture of life was recorded against him in have inserted in your Miscellany for the judgment of an Omniscient God ;--last Month. At ibese seasons I way that, in the voluine of Retribution, none anxious to bring hiin to a just estima. of those evasions and sophistries word rion of the moral and religious necessi- be found allowed, by which the corruply for repentance.

tion of the human heart, and the fashion As I had long been acquainted with of a sinful world, sought 10 justity the TOL. 4.]

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selfish principles of a false and murder- ciety or his own—He was for ever deous bonour ; – concluded by implor- prived of all return to reputation and ing him to consider well, in his own un- credit in this world ; notwithstanding happy example, the religious truth of which, he had it in his power to seek the following inference : that no man that Divine favour and happy immorcan violate the moral obligations which tality, in which he would discover that he owes to society, without trangress. peace and joy can only bless those who ing in equal degree those in which he seek the one in this world through the is bound towards God. And, hence, it paths of pious obedience; and the othbecaine him to seek tbe pardone of his er, in the world to come, through the guiltiness at his divine hand; since, as sure mercies of the Most High. his justice was eternal, so would be his As I felt the desolate misery to which wrath. To the justice of man he had this early victim of ungoverned passions submitted himself; and when the tem- had reduced himself, it was my great porary forfeiture of his personal liberty anxiety, as a Minister of the Word of should he paid, the discharge of the reconciliation, to seize the reflections of penalty exacted would be accomplish- bis mind while they were balanced beed; and whether he manifested his tween self-reproach and repentance, peoiteace or not for the iniquity which and to fix them upon the latter ; but I he had done, was not in the contempla- found his thoughts wretchedly bewil. tion of those laws by which he was dered between the infidel notions which punished. It was not so with the jus- he had imbibed, and those prospects of tice ot God, and the inflictions of his eternity which bis fears, rather than his displeasure. The former could only hopes shadowed to his foreboding soul. be appeased by a faithful repentance of Pleasure, in all its most ruinous purthose trangressions which he had com- suits, had been his only object; and 1 mitted ; and the latter could no other- clearly perceived that, so vitiated bad wise be averted than by such newness been bis heart, there was still a regret of life, as might prove that repentance lingering in his bosom, at finding himto be sincere, I advised him, there- selt, by this last fatal act, cut off at once fore, to retire from the public eye as from all worldly gratification, and soon as the period of his sentence should doomed to disappointment and disbe completed, in order to avoid that grace; 1, therefore, shewed him the ute contempi and execration with which ter unprofitableness of the career which all who knew him would, out of regard he had so inconsiderately run, as well to their owa reputation, reject him from as the criminal impetuosity with which their intercourse. In this retirement he had persevered in its course, uprehe might cultivate that hope, which the strained by the admonitions and exposmercy of Heaven still,beld out to him, tulations of bis heart-broken parents, and which henceforward couid be the and unchecked by the reproaches of his only consolation and the sole support own conscience, of his mind.

It was my duty to press these saluta. This I unfolded to him in all its sa. ry truths upon this poor young man's cred dependencies, and endeavoured to acknowledgment; and my sympathies impress him with a Christian trust, that were too strongly excited, not to blend forgiveness might still be obtained with my sense of duty, an earnest de through the righteousness of his Re- sire to call hiin back from the unhaldeemner, and this forgiveness might be lowed paths in which he had wandered followed by everlasting blesseri nezg, far from the moral and religions purity

By these, and similar reasonings, I of Christian principle. When I looked probed his wounded conscience ; and at him, and called to mind that he was searcued the depths of the wound, by once the endeared child of an affectionrepresenting to him what he had losi, ate mother, and the promising hope of and what he yet might gain. He no an indulgent father when I saw him longer possessed the good opinion of so- sunk in woe and personal privatio


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