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Sketches of English Society.
THE HERMIT IN LONDON,
SKETCHBS OF ENGLISH NANNERS.
From the Literary Gazette, August 1818. recollected that he had lent them to a
friend. Upon another occasion, he kept THE BLUNDERER. dinner waiting two hours at a friend's THERE cannot be a better man house, and, upon flying into a passion
1 than Sir Michael Marall. No one at his coachman's neglect, he was inmore obligiog: nothing is kinder than formed that he had sent his carriage to his heart; yet no one on earth commits bring home his little nephews from more unlucky mistakes in company, school. He lost an aunt's favour by From these, he is reckoned a mere scat- outbidding her in a sale of china, which ter-brain, a marplot, a quiz, and is often he did, thinking that she had an interest avoided. From these, he bas got him. in keeping up the price of the article ; self into very serious scrapes, and has and a rich cousin scratched him out of lost his very best friends. Finally, her will for speaking against Methodism, from these unwilling errors, he, who of he having entirely forgot her religious all men in the world, wishes most to persuasio please and to do good. scarcely everB ut of all the unfortunate days of opens his mouth without committing a blunders that ever occurred, that was blunder,-without giving offence, the chief on which I met himn at dinner
Sir Michael is now fifty years of age; at Le Marchioness's. Being in general vet is he as thoughtless as when first í two hours too late, and resolving to knew him, which is thirty years ago. make amends for his usual failures, and As a proof of the confusion of his brain. never having dined at the Marquis's bebe forgets daily to wind up his watchfore, he arrived two hours before he was sets it wrong afterwards, and is never in expected. The score of servants in the time any where. In bis commonest hall starea
best hall stared at him on bis arrival, and concerns he is always under some mis. then looked at each other--as much as apprehension. some mistake : and, in to say, “ Is he mad ? what a queer gebis conversation, he is sure to say or to nius ir
tonius this Sir Michael must be !" but the do something out of time or out of groom of the chambers, with his accus
place. If he meet a widower, he will tomed officious grin and low bow, said, · invariably inquire after his wife. If he mechanically, “ My Lord will be down meet a lady who is divorced, he will in ten minutes,” and then placed his (forgetting the circumstance) beg his chair, bowed, and handed him a newsrespects to her husband. He not unfre. paper. He had time to spell every word quently asks unmarried ladies after their of it. After which he took up a novel children ; and people at variance, after and went through it. their friend so and so. The many who At length a powdered servant opened do not know and pity this absence, or the folding-doors, and in walked the rather this confusion of his, consider that Marchioness. Sir Michael had never he intends to hoax them, or to insult seen her before ; but he was acquainted them. The few who are acquainted with her sister, Lady Barbara, to whom with his infirmity, fear to ask him to the resemblance was striking. He rose their houses, lest he say or do something up, and made his best bow ; whilst the offensive to their company.
o Marchioness smiled on him with her I remember one day when he made usual dignity and mildness. Cheered an appointment with me to ride togeth- by this into self-confidence, he thus beer to see a cottage on the banks of the gan : ' I need not (bowing a second Thames : we waited a considerable time) ask your Ladyship to whom I time : at last he rung the bell, and asked have the honour of speaking, seeing so why the groom did not bring his horses strong a resemblance betwixt your to the door? when, all of a sudden, he daughter and yourself. “Daughter; Sir, I have none ; you must mistake.” than Sir Michael Marall,”—(the Knight • Probably—Madam-[ may ; I ask in an agony) • Pardon me, my Lady ; your ladyship's pardon.
my honourAt this moment, her eldest sister, (The Marquis entered) “My dear Lady Barbara,entered the room. “That, Baronet, how are you? Why you are that lady, Madam, is the person I come in time to-day. (Turning to the meant; I took her for your ladyship's Marchioness) This is my very oldest daughter. Lady Barbara, your most friend." Her ladysbip gave a contempobedient! delighted to see you look so tuous look, which said, Je vous en fais well: indeed the likeness'-(Marchion- mon compliment. . ess)“ is that of a younger to an elder The company now began to arrive. sister : my sister Barbara is three years briskly; carriages chased carriages dowa older than myself (drily); but, (with a the street; and the thunder of the street smile of contempt) there is certainly a door was like a feu de joie. The Marstrong family likeness.” “Oh! yes, quis now drew his friend aside, and beautiful ! vastly like indeed ! a strong said, “ Michael, I am heartily glad to -very strong family likeness, particu- see you here. It is now three years larly about the eyes' (Lady Barbara since I met you at Newmarket. I have squints dreadfully.) Here ensued a been to Naples and to Vienna since, loud laugh of the two ladies. (Mar- and have got married. I am sorry that chioness) “ Do you think so, Sir Mi. I had not an earlier opportunity of inchael ?” (Sir Michael perceiving the troducing you to the Marchioness; but obliquity of the sister's eye). No, my you will find her at all times happy to lady, not at all, not a bit ! - see you."—Sir Michael. •No doubt ;
(Marchioness) “ I am quite mortified I read it in her countenance. A very to think how long you have been kept sweet woman! a most ioteresting perwaiting. My Lord is not yet come son! and I perceive that she is as wofrom the House ; and I am much later men wish to be who love their lords : than usual myself, having been detained ha,ha, ha! yes, pretty far gone; there's no at Philips and Robins's." "I under- fear of the title's being extinct ; no, no; stand your Ladyship ; yes, the two but all in good time.' Marquis.—“Sir money lending attorneys ; I know them Michael, I hope that her ladyship's well; hard dogs.' “ Not at all, Sir Mic change of shape will not be so sudden chael, I mean the auctioneers.” “Yes, yes, as you expect; else must ill health be (all confusion) the auctioneers I mean.' the cause. She is, I confess, rather
(Marchioness) “ I see that you have corpulent, but is not so in the way taken up that scurrilous novel, what which you imagine.” Here he turned think you of it ?” • Beautiful ! full of from him and left him overwhelmed wit ! how it cuts up the gouty alderman with sbame—they had been married pocketing the poor's rates! and the fat only three months. gambling Marchioness' (the latter was Now entered Colonel O'Fagan, who, herself). (Lady Barbara, wishing to after making his obeisance all round, relieve him) “ Hem ! did you look at attacked the Baronet. “ Sir Michael, those trifles in verse ? They are very you played me a prettty trick to-day ; trifles, but written merely at leisure you promised to bring me bere in your hours, mere bagatelles composed on the carriage, knowing as you do that one spur of the occasion. What think you of my horses is lame; and here you of them ?” • Trifles, trifles indeed, mere are before me, after keeping me waiting bagatelles, as your ladyship justly ob- an hour and a half.”—My dear Coloserves ; quite below par; childish, very nel, I ask ten thousand pardons ; but it childish indeed; a catchpenny no doubt.' is my coachman's fault; he never put Lady Barbara—“Childish, as you say ; me in mind of it as I bid him, for my very much below par ; but no catch- memory is most treacherous ; 'tis enpenny, Sir; they are my composition, tirely his fault ; but he is an Irishman, and were never sold, but printed for a and one must pardon bis bulls and his few friends more indulgent and partial blunders sometimes ; they belong to
VOL. 4.] Sketches of Society-- The Hermit in London. his country, and he cannot help them.' exclaimed he, fixing his eyes at the The Colonel, angrily~" Sir Michael, same time on their fatber, who is remaryou are very polite ; but here stands an kably plain. " What lovely creatures !' Irishman before you who never made repeated he, laying much emphasis on a bull in his life, nor disappointed his the word lovely. “Are all these chilfriend.” The poor Baronet was struck dren yours?' “So her Ladyship says," dumb, and sat silent until dinner was replied the husband ; and there was announced.
nothing but blushes, smiles, surprise, Defeat and diffidence took such pos- and confusion round the table. session of bim at table, that be scarcely His last blunder was respecting Waldared to open his mouth. At last, the ter Scott. Being asked by a lady what Marquis, seeing his consternation, en- he thought of that excellent poet, whom deavoured to draw him out, by saying, he had seen in his tour through Scot* Sir Michael, did you observe the sale land, he replied, “ Chariping,charming; of our old school-fellow's estate ? it but 'tis pily he is so lame.” . How do fetched eighty thousand pounds! should you mean?' said Mrs. Freethink, a blueyou have thought it worth so much ?" stocking lady. Is it bis poetry (con* By no means, my dear Lord ; and I tinued sbe) or his person, to which you was as much surprised to see the crim. allude ?' "His person” -(here he recon. business of Lady-(he was stop. collected the lameness of the Marquis's ped by a look of the Marquis's)-1 brother ! so, trying to recover himsell, mean the death of old Lady- (another he recalled bis words) “not in his perfrown) the marriage of Captain Brace- son, Madam, but in his poetry”—(reright to a mechanic's daughter. The flecting on the beauty of his lines, and crim. con. lady, whose publicity had the public opinion, he recovered himself been revived after lying dormant iwelve again by) “ 1.-)---mean in both-in months, sat opposite to him ; the old neither-upon my soul, I beg your lady's daughter, in deep mourning was pardon-I do not know what I mean," on his right band ; and Captain Brace- Here a general laugh could no longer tight's brother was near the foot of the be controlled, and he was laughed at hy table.
all present. He retired early ; took “ Each looked on other, none the silence broke.” French leave; went home ; passed a
Sir Michael blushed and stammered, sleepless night; and never returned to conighed, called for water, and hesitated. Doricourt House, The Marchioness His next neighbour on the left addressed has given orders to her German Porter him; and he stuttered so in reply, that to say to the Baronet always, “ Mudame the other, who had an impediment in n'est pas visible ;" and the whole famihis speech, almost suspected that he was ly has dropped him. turning him into ridicule.
The poor Baronet will at last be At the dessert, four beautiful children obliged io live the life of a recluse, as were ushered in, walking by files in he will not be able to keep an acquainrather a stage-effect way. They were tance in the town ; or perhaps he may the Marquis's nephews and nieces. His end by some very serious consequences brother and sister were at table, and the attending these habitual mistakes ; for children had been sent for as a recrea- these unmeant insults are never forgivtion to them. Every one was eager en, and, so weak are we, that many to praise them, to extol their beauty, to who can generously pass over and forget enumerate their good qualities, &c. Sir an injury, can never pardon the being Michael, after priming hiinself with a degraded, or rendered ridiculous, wheglass of hermitage, “to hear his courage ther intentionally or unintentionally up," thought that he would be compli- in joke or in earnest. mentary too : •What lovely children!'
Toe HERMIT IN LONDON
ORIGINAL ANECDOTES OF DR. GOLDSMITH.
From the Gentleman's Magazine, July 1818.
at Pallice, on the Southern banks fond of solitary walks, spending most of the river Inny, in the adjoining parish of his time among the rocks, and woodof Cloncalla. As he was educated at the ed islands of the river Inny, which is school of the Rev. Mr. Hughes, in Bal- remarkably beautiful at Ballymahon, lymahon, and passed his earlier years in The writer of this account purchased that town with his mother ; the follow- some books, a few years ago, at an aucing brief Memoirs of him may be given, tion in Ballymahon, and among them with propriety, in this Survey.* an account-book, kept by a Mrs. Ed.
The family of Goldsmith has been wards, and a Miss Sarah Shore, who long settled in Ireland. One of them, lived in the house next to Mrs. Gold. Dr. Isaac Goldsmith, was Dean of Cork smith. In this village record, were sevabout the year 1730; but they seem to eral shop accounts kept with Mr. Goldhave resided chiefly in the province of smith, from the year 1740 to 1756. Connaught. For many generations, Some of the entries in the earliest of they have regularly furnished a Minister these accounts run thus:--Tea by masfor the Established Church, being what ter Noll-Cash by ditto—from which is termed a “ Clerical family." it appears that the Poet was then his
The father of the Poet was the Rev. mother's principal messenger on such Charles Goldsmith, who married Anne, occasions. One of these accounts, in daughter of the Rev. Oliver Jones, Di- 1756, may be considered as a statistiocesan schoolmaster of Elphin, in the cal curiosity, ascertaining the use and county of Roscommon. By the resi- price of green tea and lump sugar, &c. dence of Charles Goldsmith at Pallice, in this part of the country 60 years ago : on the 29th of Nov. 1728, when his Mrs. Goldsmith to Sarah Shore, son Oliver was born there, it is probable
Brought forward . . . . . 15. hul con Oliver was born there it is probable
Jan 16, Half an ounce of green Tea - 3 he was curate of the chapel of Ease in
A quarter of a pound of lump sugar
A pound of Jamaica sugar in the parish of Clancalla or Forgeny. An ounce of green Tea" . . ;
Half a pound of Rice He was afterwards promoted to a bene.
. . .
2 fice in the county of Roscommon, but
Goldsmith was always plain in his . died early ; for we find bis widow re- appearance ; but when a boy, and imsiding, with her son Oliver, in Bally- mediately after suffering heavily from mahon, in the year 1740--so the Poet the small pox, he was particularly ugly. was an orphan at the age of twelve Whea he was about seven years old, a years. The house in which they lode fiddler, who reckoned himself a wit, ed is still standing; it is situated on ihe happened to be playing to some compaentrance to Ballymnahon from the ny in Mrs. Goldsmith's house. During Edgeworth-town road, on the left-hand a pause between two sets of contra side. Here Mrs. Goldsmith lived in dances, little Oliver surprised the party, narrow circumstances, and indifferent by jumping up suddenly, and dancing health, nigra veste senescens, till the round the room. Struck with the groyear 1772 or 1773, having been for tesque appearance of the ill-favoured some time before her death nearly blind. child, the fiddler exclaimed “ Æsop," A lady who died in this neighbourhood and the company burst into laughter : about two years ago was well acquaint- whe
was well acquaint when Oliver turned to them with a smile, ed with Mrs. Goldsmithand stated that and repeated the following couplet : it was one of Oliver’s habits to sit in a Colicore habite in citin “Heralds, proclaim aloud, all saying,
See Æsop dancing, and his Monkey playing." window of his mother's lodgings, and amuse himself by playing the flute. Ile
This anecdote is given on the autho
rity of a direct descendant of the Rev. * This valuable article is extracted from the Sta- Henry Goldsmith, of Lissoy, Curate of tistical Survey of Sbruel, in the diocese of Ardagh, and county of Longford, now in the press, with Mr. Shaw Mason's third voiuine of the " Parochial Ac count of Ireland."
of our Poet.
Original Anecdotes of Dr. Goldsmilli.
On the 11th of June, 1744, the fol- Student, from which place he wrote lowing entry was made on the books of a letter to his friend Robert Bryanton, Trinity College, Dublin :-“ Olivarius of Ballymahon, Esq. published in a Goldsmith, Siz. filius Caroli Clerici, late edition of his Works. The origiann, agen. 15, natus in Comitatu West- nal of this letter was preserved by the meath, educatus sub ferulâ M. Hughes, late Mrs. M‘Dermott, of that town. admissus est, Tutor, M. Wilder." The The edition in which this letter has error with respect to the county in which been published is that of Otridge and he was born arose from the vicinity of Son, London, 1812. Pallice to the borders of Westmeath 1756—About the breaking out of or, as stated by one of his biographers, the war in this year, Goldsmith refrom the circumstance of his baving at turned from the Continent to England that time lived in that county. The in great distress, having gone to travel, Tutor mentioned in this record was the from Edinburgh, in 1754. Rev. Theaker Wilder, a younger son of 1757, December 27, he wrote a letthe family of Castlewilder, in the coun- ter to Daniel Hudson, Esq. of Lissoy, ty of Longford. He was remarkable near Ballymahon, who had married for the eccentricity of his character, from his niece. In this letter, he says, “he the severity of which our Poet suffered could wish from his heart, that Mr. heavily while under his tuition. Altho' and Mrs. Hudson, and Lissoy, and Goldsmith did not distinguish himself Ballymahon, and all his friends there, in the University, there can be no doubt would fairly make a migration to of his having been duly prepared for Middlesexo-adding, that, as on se, entering it. Few boys of i5 have ever cond thoughts this might be attended been able to obtain a Sizer's place, which with inconvenience, “ Mahomet should is a place of emolument, contended for go to the mountain,” and he promised by many persons, and disposed of to the to spend six weeks with them in the best answerer, as the Scholarships are. ensuing summer. This however din In Goldsmith's days, the Sizers of the not occur. University of Dublin are said to have « Tho' like the hare whoin hounds and horns pursue, been compelled to submit to many He sought the place where first his breath he drew ; medial services; but these degrading The darling Bard of Erin wish'd in vain offices have for many years back been To view his lovely natal spot again, committed to persons more fitted to To find his wand'ring o'er, his sorrows past, execute them, than young men often Return in peace, and die at home at last!" tenderly brought up, liberally educat"ed, and whose only disqualification
In Olridge's edition of this author's 19 the want of money to pay entrance works, Lissoy is erroneously spelled fees, and the annual charge of a Tutor.
Lishoy. It is very generally believed June 15, 1747, Goldsmith obtained in this neighbourhood, that it was his poly laurel in the University of "
from Lissoy that Goldsmith drew Dublin--an exhibition on the founda
more than the oulines of his enchanttion of Erasmus Sinyth, Esq. These
ing scenery of " The Deserted Village." exhibitions consists of a small sum of
His brother was the village preacher money to unsuccessful candidates for there, when he dedicated - The TraScholarships. In the same year, he
veller” to bin. The Clergyman's was publicly admonished, for baving
mansion is still well known-the parisha been concerned in a riot, and in pump
church of Kilkenny, West, tops the ing a bailiff, who had invaded the pri
neighbouring bill--and pear it may be vileged precincts of the College.
seen the Mill and the Lake. The February 27,1749. he was admitted Hawthorn tree still exists--though Bachelor of Arts, two years after the
mutilated, “lanialum corpore toto," regular time.
by the curious travellers, who cut In the month of December, 1753, pieces from it, ils tro 1252 pieces froin it, is from the Royal Oak,
trom. me find him in Edinburgh a Medical or from the Mulberry tree on o
upon-Avon. The village nichonse has