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EMBELLISIIMENTS. 1. A correct Portrait of the Right Honourable LADY MULGRAVE. 2. The FAMILY OF VAN OSTA'DE;" by VAN OSTADE.', siis 3. THE SINGER ; by Ditlo. 4. Two WHOLE-LENGTH FIGUREs in the FASHIONS of the SEASON, COLOURED. 5. An elegant and new Pattern for NĘEDLE-Work. 6. The Riddle; an Original Song for the Harp and Piano-forte, composed by Mr.

Diedin, expressly and exclusively for this work.

LITERARY CONTENTS.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUS.

TRIOUS CHARACTERS. Lady Malgrave

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FINE ARTS. ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE GRAPHIC ART;

The Family of Van Ostade-The Singer 151

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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS..

POETRY: Hymenæa in search of a Husband...... Us "Letters on Mythology; translated from the

Extracts from the Battle of Wagrań, lwy * Freach of Demoustier

the Author of the Battles of the Danube 121 and Barossa

153 0. Curiosity concerning the affairs of otbers, copsidered as a great evil ......

Cora Linn; a Lament Bite of a Mad Dog

126 Verses frou Lope de Vega; by Lord Hola land

ib. Apologue.. "..

The Kiss...

ib. Oakwood House; an Original Novel.... 130 Stories of Seven Days. Tale II. The

Lines on a Lady refusing the Author a Ring, or the Talisman of Remem

Ruse brance

An invitation to walk by Moon-light.... ib.
On Sensibility

ib. Coujugal Devotion .....

139 A concise History of Printing .. New system of Botany, with practical illustrations of the Philosophy of

BELLE ASSEMBLEE. Flora,” &c. &c. &c.-The Viue-Thé

An Evening Dress Orange 143 A Ball Dress .

ib. A true Love Story

146 | General Observations and Reflections on The Heroine of Saragossa

Fashion and Press Character of the Russian Army

149 Naking a Noise in the World 11111111111 150

MONTHLI

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For SEPTEMBER, 1811.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.

The Twentp-CHird Pumber.

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SOPHIA LADY MULGRAVE.

It is certainly a just, and we hope will not We are led more particularly to these be considered as too national an observati-observations in contemplating the object: on, that the British nobility is the porest and of our present biography, Sophia Baroness best defined (technically speaking) of any | Mulgrave, who adds honour to that rank in the world. We speak here of that true to which she is elevated, whilst that elevahereditary, legislative nobility, endowed tion has tended in some measure to restore with powers and privileges, not for them- | the opulence and consequence of an old. selves alone, but for the support of the aud respectable family from whom she discriminate rights of the various ranks in | sprung. society; and not of that general term Lady Mulgrave is the daughter of Wilnoblesse, so prevalent on the Continent of liam Maling, Esq. whose family had long Europe: than which no two words can been settled at West Herrington, in the be more distinct in their meaning, or dis- | parish of Houghton-le-Spring, in the counsonant in their application. We have al- | ty of Durham, where they had resided in ready noticed, that in other countries the great respectability; uot so elevated or so nobles alone bore coat armour, so that all | conspicuous as to be recognized in any those who bore coat armour were consider- | priuted collections of topography, nor have ed as noble; and, forsooth, were Barons at we been able to trace them particularly least : thus producing in this country an in manuscript records; yet sufficiently overflow of soi-riisanı baronial foreigners, known in their own neighbourhood to be aping the consequence of our junior raukremembered with gratitude and respect. of the Peerage; whilst their birth, fortune, I thus developing the origin, or delineor attainments did not place them above ating the character of indiviuuals or of fathe rank of our English gentry.

mili s, it is equally foreign to our purpose In other countries there were but the to flatter vanity, or to satiate the craving noble and ignobie, between whom the live new of' scandal. In the present case, ine. drawn by ancient prejudice was (except i || -eed, we trust that the first would meet a very few instances) impassable; whilst with contempt where it most merits it, with us, the nobility and commons thout and we know that there is uo legitimate distinct in, a political, are yet so inti

food for the latter : we inay, however, brief.. mately blended in a social view, that their ly mention, that her Ladyship's father, lines of distinction can scarcely be pointed indiug the expences of a large and increasout. With us manners and fortune, aidecing family entreuching on those plans of by birth, produce the gentleman, whon economy which he had adopted for the gallantry, political virtue, legal integrity, honourable purpose of clearing off incumor commercial industry, may elevate to brances on the family estates, retired to the the Peerage; whi'st virtue, innocence, aud | south of Frauce during his children's inbeauty ofteu place his daughters iv the fancy, from whence he and they were same rauk, adding a new current to here. | driven by the storm of the Revolution. ditary blood, as houourable, if not always Soon after this, in the year 1793, the preas ancient.

sent Lord Mulgrave led the blooming

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