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LA BELLE ASSEMBLÉE;
For APRIL, 1811.
à Pew series.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCIIES OF ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.
The Eighteenth Number.
THE TWO JUNIOR PRINCES OF SPAIN, AND THEIR SISTER, MARIA
The Royal Family of Spain, of whom her family has been divested. She is the we have taken notice in our preceding present Queen of Etruria, and her conNumbers, afford a memorable instance of nection with the Emperor of France affords the decay of greatness, and the uncertain some presumption that she will not be tenure even of Sovereign ekignity. The degraded from her throne.--Maria Isabella, two junior Princes of Spain, sons of the the youngest daughter of their Catholic unhappy and dethroned Monarch Charles | Majesties, has the empty title of hereditary the Fourth, are now ju captivity with the il Princess of Naples. rest of his family. Their characters have With respect to this family, their star never been seen in action, and the privacy of royalty seems to have set for ever. Like with which they have been educated, has the Bourbons of France, they have been exafforded no room for the expansion of any pelled from their patrimony, and their doof those qualities which distinguish one is minions have passed under a stern military man from another,
yoke. Spain may, perhaps, be fortunate Maria Louisa, the eldest daughter of the enough to regain her liberty, but the King and Queen of Spain, has now a French Emperor will never suffer her crown, and possesses a dignity of which | ancient rulers to regain their lost sceptre,
HYMENEA IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.
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“You false reasoners are always in ex- || some sport with the sons of the whip. Of tremes," said Lord Castledowne; “if I say | all follies barouche-driving is the least like to one of you it is not hell, your next reply a gentleman; and in my heart I believe is, it must be heaven. Is there no such || no man that had not a few drops of Johny thing in this wide universe as medium? || with his shoulder-knot in his composition, All I wish to prove is, that there is no ne. I could addict himself to such low pur. cessary connection between low birth and suits!" poverty, with a disposition for vanity and l “ Again tripping, my precipitate Baextravagance. The heart and mind are | ronet!" interrupted the Earl. “ These the same in any particular man, whether sweeping conclusions are the very scythes he be born a prince or a peasant; it is l of spleen and folly." proved to you every day. Look into the “Blushing becomes you, Sir Bingham," page of history, cast your eyes around your said Lady Castledowne, interrupting her own circle, and say whether high birth or Lord, as she perceived the Baronet colour low birth are, when in elevated stations, ll rather angrily as the Earl pronounced the the most irrational. Observe our fine word folly ; " you look so well in that inladies, our Duchesses, Countesses, &c. born | genuous suffusion, that I must beg you in the castles of their ancestors, educated will allow my Lord to proceed." in all the pomp of rank, and married ac- ||
omo of rank, and married ac- || Sir Biogham bowed with a gay laugh, cording to their quality; do you find them and the Earl continued. particularly discreet, dignified, and sober? “ Admit my first proposition, that there Consider then again, the women who have is to essential difference between the blood been drawn by men of rank from the sub ll of a king and of his vassal, and the whole ordinate classes of life, from the stations of charge against Olympia and her groom private gentlewomen, from even the dairy being proved by the groomish propensities and the stage; do you see them eminently of her son, will fall to the ground. And vain, extravagant and worthless ? Far, far with regard to the folly of barouche-driving from it! their names have not yet branded || as the most uugentlemanly of all follies, their noble lusbands with disgrace in the li being a matter of congratulation to the archives of Doctors' Commons. Suffice li person who possesses the folly of horseit to say, that it is not the mere circum- racing, billiard-playing, &c. I must assert, stance of birth, but the disposition of the for obvious reasons, than when a folly it is nini, that fits man or woman to act nobly not in any degree worse than any other or ignobly in life."
I folly which uselessly consumes the time, " If we are to judge of men's origin by and dissipates the mind from the proper their pursuits,” observed Mr. Courtown, || pursuits of an accountable being." " when we consider the disposition which I “Then you patronize the barouche. turos men of rank into coachmen and I club?" demanded Sir Bingham. grooms, while their servants loll at their | Not so," answered the Earl; " I repeat, case in the carriage, I fear we should be I approve nothing that wastes our time, induced to fancy that the Olympias of our renders us worthless to others and conmodern heroes of the chariot had been temptible to ourselves. When men of visited by far different loyers than Jupiters rank make amusements an occupation, in disguise.”
when they pervert means of relaxation and " Well done, brother Brazen-Nose!!" | salutary exercise, into serious employments cried the Baronet. “ If your parsonship and ardent pursuits, then it is that they grants a license for scandal, I shall cer. become blame-worthy. But when a gentle. tainly patronize the commerce, and have man, after fulfilling his duty, in perform,
ing the services his station or situation de- 1 young man of rank, that now occurs to my mands, chuses to mount his barouche, and memory." drive himself from Cavendish-square to What would have been the remark of Salt-Hill, I see not that he does any thing the brothers upon this explanation of the unbefitting the best nobleman in the land. ! Earl's, I cannot tell, for the stage-bell rang There is no more shame in driving a car- as he ceased speaking, and the curtain imriage than in being driven, the circum- | mediately drew up. stances attending makes it either offensive l A figure habited in a Sicilian fancy dress or indifferent. Should a gentleman give stepped forward, and, bowing to the audio his company to his grooms, should he imi-llence, in a sbrill-squeaking voice, informed tate their dress and language, and do as the house that “ an accident having hapLord Martindale did, have a tooth punched i pened to Lord Buskin, who was to have out that he might spit like a coachnan; performed the part of Osmyn in the Mournthen, indeed, barouche-driving becomes a ing Bride, the play had been changed for crinie, a desertion of his rank, an aban- that of Much ado about Nothing." donment of his duties, and a sin agaipstil No notice, even by the movement of a the laws of heaven and earth. When a single band, was taken by the audience of man is born in a station above his fellow. this address; and bowing, in the midst of a creatures, he brings into the world with dead, and what to a public actor would him duties as well as privileges; and when I have been a killing silence, the spokesman he does not perform the one he has no l withdrew. right to exact the other. Contempt must The bell instantly tinkled again, and to be his portion; and whether he herd il my curiosity's excessive joy the second with grooms, cock-fighters, or Newmarket curtain was raised, and discovered--the racers, it is all the same,-he is a man square in Messina in which stood Leonato's equally to be despised and avoided." I house.
“ My Lord," observed Mr. Courtown, Leonato and his daughter and niece ap. "I comprehend the comprehensive stretch | proached. Before either of the ladies of your argument; and I wish from my spoke, Lady Castledowne whispered to heart that half the gay ones on the benches
| me, "Now pray, Miss Wellwood, if you beneath were your auditors."
can, guess which is the sprightly Beatrice; “I believe I understand his Lordship llaud in her person discover the bewitching pretty well,” rejoined Sir Bingham; " but || Duchess." . yet I do not see how his classic taste per- l I fixed my eyes on both the dramatic mits this universal rejection of all the ex. ll ladies. In one I saw a dark complexioned ercises of the Gymnasium."
little woman about forty, prodigiously fat, "Precisely,” cried the Earl, “ because i rouged very high, and dressed with all the these games, or what you please to call heavy splendour of green velvet, gold em. them, are used as employments, not as ex-libroidery, and various coloured gems in her ercises. I would have an accomplished || head and neck jewellery. The other lady gentleman exercise himself in every thing || was of a graceful height, proportioned with that becomes a man; but there are seasons || exquisite delicacy, and with no other orna. for every thing. Instead of trifling away ment added to her native beauties of youth tbe time lounging in Bond-street or at and perfect female loveliness, than a slight White's, I would have my sons exercise robe of white satin, and a band of diamonds themselves between the intervals of serious around her head which confined a luxuri. occupation in fencing, sparring, firing at || ant quantity of fine raven hair, while one inarks, archery, rowing, riding, runding; || long braid of it, as if escaped from its in short, in all exertions of the body which brilliant cestus by accident, hung down far increases its strength and activity; but all beneath her waist, waving to and fro with must be done with gentlemen, and like || the elastic motion of her shape. gentlemen. I remember, when I was al “That white-robed beauty," cried I, “ is boy, I read a novel calied The Fool of the Duchess!" Quality, which then conveyed to me one “You are a witch!" exclaimed Sir Bing, of the best systems for the education of a " ham, “to make so good a guess."
" It is the sympathy of beauty acknow-| I replied that I did not know any thing ledging a sister," rejoined Mr. Courtown. about Lady Anne Burleigh; only I must
" True," said the Earl; “but there we confess that her appearance seemed better see beauty only in exterior, here it alike adapted for Beatrice's mother than Bea. irradiates without and within."
trice's cousin. While Lord Castledowne spoke, I thought I “ The superb Augusta will not bear a that Mr. Courtown fixed his intelligent rival near the throne," said the Earl; eyes on me with a particular interests I“ Lady Anne, though of one of the first felt myself blusb; and at the moment and oldest families in England, is poor; caught a glance of the Barone', who, havo and therefore, rather than live in honouring observed the expression of his brother's able want of the luxuries of life, she subcountenance and mine, cast on him a look mits to be a dependant in the house of of evident anger.
newly created nobility; and become a pa“But who is that green lady?" asked the rasite and an object of ridicule that she Countess; “surely we are not to believe I may sit at a magnificent table, have a that so portly and ordinary a dame means splendid equipage at ber command, and herself for “the beautecus Hero?"
not be comed in the decline of life to a “ Even so," answered the Baronet, evil private fire-side, a social friend, or her dently intending by his reply to pique me \ Bible." into estimation of bis compliments; “I do 'Leonato having put his questions to Don not wonder at your thinking that lady, who Pedro's messenger, Beatrice broke in upon is no other than Lady Anne Burleigh, the conference with her lively inquiries quite a fright by the side of the incompar- respecting Benedict. But with the first ab!e Duchess. The greater glory dins the words the spell of her enchantments was less in these cases; and indeed, I have brokeo with me and Mr. Courtown; we ever found that let the Duchess he where both exclaimed at once, we never had she will, she always Joanifies every woman heard so discordant a voice. in her presence.
“A very peacock in form and melody!' “Joanifies?" repeated Mr. Courtown. - | cried Sir Bingham; “but who attends to
“Joanifies :" repeated we all; “ pray," the screaming notes when his eyes direll added the Earl, “ what do you mean, Sir on such lovely plumage?" Bingham, by that word ? I declare my We made him no answer, so much were ignorance even of its country.".
his brother and I absorbed in wonder at : “I mean," answered the Baronet, " that the absurdity of the miserable performance she is so imperially beautiful that she before us. Perfect as was the form, fea. makes all women appear no better than sotures, and complexion of the Duchess, all many country Joans, when compared with seemed to vanish when she began to act, her."
ller enunciation was as disagreeable as her * Thank you, brother, for your addition voice; the animated language of Shaketo our vocabulary," cried Mr. Courtown; speare was cadenced out without judgment “ though, I must confess, its application or grace; and her action had nothing of does not exactly hold good here. There
the spirit and indescribable elegance we are twenty woman now in this theatre I expect in Beatrice; it was at times the think much handsomer than your imperial
romping activity of a rustic girl, and at beauty."
others the haughty Aippancy of an insolent «I see but one," interrupted Sir Bing: | coquet. I was disgusted beyond measure. ham, touching my hand gently with the
“That woman is without mind or heart," play-bill he held in his hand; and then
whispered Mr. Courtowo). sighing, he smiled, and asked me in a gay “You would not presuine so much of tone (having got into good humour by this the whole of her corps drainatique ?" rehappy turn of gallantry), whether I did not joined I; "that would be one of the sweep think it a malicious trick in the Duchess i ing conclusions Lord Castledowne has anto put her old friend, Lady Aune, in so athaniatized, and yet they all, in their ridiculous a situation as to personify the different ways, murder poor Shakespeare!" lovely Hero?
" Aud they sacrifice themselves to his