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Tue Most Noble the Marchioness of has never stepped forth as the patroness of Stafford is a Peeress in her own right. Her | those dissipated follies of the age which Ladyship, before her marriage to the pre have usurped upon the sobriety and ancient sent Marquis, enjoyed the title, honours, simplicity of the English-character, and and fortune of the family of Sutherland; | changed our British Nobles into the her Ladyship being at the time of her counterpart of the French. Noblesse bealliance with the Noble Marquis, Countess fore the revolution in that country. She of Sutherland in her own right.
has led in none of those arbitrary eccenThis lady has long occupied an elevated tricities which have prevailed in the presituation in society, which she has filled sent day, and by means of which wealth with becoming dignity, and a most has sported away the burthen of its superamiable condescension to those about her. fluities, to the great injury of morals. She She is a lady of very refined taste, and a lis, in fact, a lady, whose dignified station liberal disposition, and inculcates in her has served to display the great merits and
nduct the benefits which may be social utility of her character.'
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UIYMENEA IN SEARCHI OF A TIUSBAND.
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MỸ aunt, Lady Lovelace, having re- |Mr. Editor, you can imagine my emo covered from her chagrin, became again || barrassment at this last rhapsody of Sir as lively as ever, and accepted with plea Binghamn. Lady Castledowne and my syre an invitation which Lord and Lady aunt laughed, and declared themselves Castledowne sent to request her company highly offended at the sweeping encomiand mine in a water-party on the Thames. ums of both gentlemen on the youngest
The morning was fine, and the boat, in- || lady in company to which the Eart handed my aunt and |||
| “In these days of the rights of primo. myself, was decorated wiih all the taste of I geniture," exclaimed Lady Lovelace, “it a Venetian gondola. The canopy was of || is but just that I should assert my privilight blue taffeta, diaperied with silver || lege, and demand, on the strength of forty cords; the rowers, six in number, were in years' maturity in grace and beauty, the white, with blue silk handkerchiefs round laurel, or rather the myrtle, for my brows." their necks; and in another boat, which While Lord Castledowne inade her some followed ours at a little distance, was a fine || galladt and gay reply, the Baronet whis. band of music.
pered in my ear,—" What they speak in I had hardly taken my seat under the badinage I utter from my heart. More is in cerulean awning, when I found Sir Bing. || this breast, loveliest Hymenæa, than ," ham Courtown at my side." This water. What he would have then said I cannot party, charming Miss Wellwood,” said he, I pretend to guess, for the soft avowal, which “ was devised by me; at least I persu ded hardly faltered on bis tongue, was intermy amiable Countess here not to refuse rupted by a little wherry having come the invitation which the Marchioness of close to us, and two gentlemen, on Lord Chertsey sent for her Ladyship and party. || Castledowpe's invitation, jumped into our It will introduce us to one of the most del boat. By the terms of his salutation, I lighiful dejuncs in the world."
soon learot that the one was the young With, perlaps, rather too much simpli- || Lord Errantale, lately returned from a cily, I asked my gay informer whether it !! Mediterranean excursion, and the other was to be given on the water? Sir Bing. || his travelling companion, a man a few ham laughed aloud at this question.-ll years older than himself, of the name of * Very good, egad!" exclaimed he; “only!) Todd. hear, Lord Castledowne, Miss Wellwood Il Lord Erran tale was a handsome young fancies we are all to play the parts of inan, with large rolling eyes and an indoNereides and Tritons, and sip our tea and lent air. He looked round on the party coffee on the translucent waves !"
seated under the canopy, and taking up “It is not to be wondered at," returned
his eye-glass contemplated Lady Castlethe Earl, bowing to me, “ that the Queen | downe for a moment very steadily, and of Beauty, baving risen from the deep, !| then springing forward in affected recol. should think of spreading so fair a ban. lection, begged pardon for not baving re. quet on her own element."
cognized her Ladyship at first.-“ Upon " 'Pon honour, my Lord;" cried the) my word," cried he, “ I see so many faces . Baronet colouring," it is rather too bad that it is quite impossible to remember in you to take the lead in these sort of li those of half my friends !" speeches to the loveliest woman in the “Happy nian!" exclaimed I, half un. world!"
I consciously. No person heard me, and the young Peer, ihrowing himself into a | " say no more; you quite overpower me seat beside the Countess, continued: “I with this excess of admiration; and to am really so embarrassed with the crowd-shew you that it is not thrown away, I ing images of thousands of people, intro- | have taken precaution to secure the imduced to me, that I may truly say my head mortality of my · Bird's-eye View of the is a perfect chaos !".
1 Customs and Manners of Palermo,' and " It would be impossible to doubt it, my.Trip through Portugal,' by sending a my Lord," returned Lady Castledowne. set of each elegantly bound, to our Univer: Errantale bowed as if he had received a 'l sities, and another to the Review of Re. compliment.
. . . , : " No one, my Lord," joined in my 'l “ And what Review is that," asked the aunt; " who has read your works need Earl," which your Lordship believes to be such an apology; every page bears witness one of the three destinies of literary immorto the wonderful occupation of your tality? I should like much to be intromind."
duced to this modern successor of the “ You do me bonour," replied he, com- Delphic Oracle ?" placently smiling; and with a half sleepy | e Its name," replied Lord Errantale, bend of his head, lowing to Lady Love- looking solemn, “ must remain a myslace. I was astonished to see how the tery." self-love of this foolish young man mis. ' The Earl turned round to conceal his translated such evidently ironical speeches. i hardly stifled laughter; and amidst the
“ But which of my works do you like music of Autes and horns, we soon after best?" said be, again addressing my aunt; drew near the green and velvet shore “I hope your Ladyship will grant the which slopes down from Villa-Ambrosia, wreath of your approbation to my own the enchanting seat of the Marchioness of favourite? li one may be allowed, of two Chertsey. The whole of the river, at this bagatelles, to grant so high an honour as part, seemed covered with gay boats, your Ladyship's veto to either !"
filled with ladies in dresses wbich vied As I had read both, I was curious to hear in colours and variety with the bright my aunt's reply. “I dare not take the parterres of the garden. ... .. critic's chair," replied she, “ though led The villa was constructed in the Italian to it by your Lordship. Allow me rather | style; and the whole of the lawn, to che to appeal to the Earl of Castledownc,", water's edge, seemed enamelled with splen. said she, with rather a wicked smile. “It did groups, walking or sitting amidst was only yesterday be passed his opinion ! flowering shrubs of every hue and climate. to me on the merits of your last; and what A delicious fragrance came upon the he said was certainly a just tribute to | breeze as we approached the shore; it was the merits of.A Trip through Portugal." breathed from the odoriferous plants on
“Heaven bless us !", whispered Lady the lawn, and the perfumes which adorned Castledowne to me, “what is your mis- its numerous visitors. chievous aunt about? Why, she knows Sir Bingham Cou:town banded me that Lord Casledowne cut up the poor from the boat to the lawn.--" To such a miserable performance without mercy.” il fairy scene on the banks of the Humber,
“ Pray, my Lord," said Errantale, tuin. | would I gladly conduct the fair queen of ing to the Earl, with an expecting simper, my heart !" whispered he to me, while he “ pray indulge me with the happiness of pressed my hand and sighed. I drew away your opinion on my work."
my hand, and wishing not to notice his * Impossible!" cried the Earl, bowing gallantry, answered with a laugh ; “ then to the confident author;" it would not I hope your fair queen is a native of the be proper for me, in delicacy to your Humber's banks ; else, I fear, she would Lordship's feelings, to say any part of that fiud its climate rather too bleak for such a opinion to your face, which tha: Lady southern festival!" heard me uller behind your back.”
“No ;", replied the Baronet, “the " My good Earl," exclaimed Errantale, odours of my love would make her forget ali bleakness! And if you, loveliest Hy- | “None in the world,” replied I; “ his menæa, would make these odours yours, if manners are perfectly disagreeable to me; you would condescend to become Lady though not absolutely libertine, they are Couriown, you will render me the happiest so free, so careless of the refinement, and of men !"
is even discretions of mind and action, that He now spoke with an earnestness I could he is a person quite disgusting to me in not mistake.-“I am sincere," added he; any other light than an occasional ac“I now lay my life at your feet; aliow it li quaintance." but to be dedicated to you, and you shail ll “I am glad to hear you speak so decommand it at will."He clasped my hand | terminately, and with such dicrimination violently as he spoke.i.
of his character," returned my kind friend; · My answer was simple and firm. It was “it assures nie you are not acting a mere to decline the honour he proposed to me. maidenly part, but decidedly from know. He remonstrated, he expostulated, he be- ledge and just reasoning. Sir Bingham is seeched, he alınost threatened self-murder, l exacly what you think him. He cannot if I continued to refuse hivi. He would have be called a libertine in the present ex. thrown himself on his knees as he held me tended sense of the word; but in the opi. obscured between a short passage of pions of our sober grandsires and grandorange trees; but, in few words, repeating | dames, he would not have been considered my rejection, I broke from him, and
as much less. He does not keep more burried after my party.
mistresses than one, that the world knows caught hold of the arm of Lady Castle- of; but he has been suspected of exnensive downe, who, having been disengaged from
intrigues with two or three ladies of her conductor, Lord Errantale, by a pass- fashion, who hesitated not to make sa: ing groupe, was the first I reached. Il crifices of their womanly honour to the hos hurried her along, ull we were lost from nour of paying their gambling debts. A the eyes of the Baronet in the gay crowd; few unchaste condescensions gained them and then explained to her surprised Lady- the purse of poor Bingham; and thus, be. shin the reason of my unceremonious trayed by bis vanity and their arts, he has haste. She smiled when I ended.
become almost a beggar !" "My Lord and I," said she, “ both fore-1 I coloured when Lady Castledowne paus: saw Sir Bingham's proposal and your re
ed at this sentence. She saw that I under: jection ; yet, as even the most discreet
stood my fortune had been the stimulus to young women are sometimes hurried out of
Sir Bingham's precipitate declaration; ard their judgment by the impetuosity or per- sbe resurned: severance of a lover they might not other
"I do not wish to insinuate, my dear vise approve, we had intended to have Miss Wellwood, that our Baronet did not taken an opportunity of giving you a sketch
see as many charms in your person as in of the Baronet's real cha acter. This my your rent roll; but the passion of a comhusband thought he was bound in honour
onour mon lorer of the ser is not worth a thought to do, as Sir Bingham cwed his introduc- l in the estimation of a woman of delicacy. tion to yo'l, to him. We did not guess Sir Bingham's warmest sighs were for your that your lover would have been so estates
estates; and possessing thein, your modest prompt in his declaration; but no harm graces would soon bave been desvied and has issued from our delay in speaking, as neglected, for a reunion with the bold, you have dismissed his addresses."
indelicate, and sordid wantons who, sin. • “ It was preposterous to think of making ning under some degree of disguise, are them at all,” returned 1, "on so short an! yet shamefully tolerated by persons of acquaintance."
rank, as women still belonging to their “Oh! my sweet friend," rejoined the circle. Such creatures have been the early Countess ; “ I fear from that remark, acquaintance of Bingham : they have de. delicacy rather than disinclination has praved his taste de
praved his taste, debased his manners, and prompted your present refusal. Sir Bing.'' corrupted his heart; hence he is free in ham may have a chance by perseverance!", his conversation, and without refinement or
discretion in his mind or actions. Such all dise. Now, we have become so liberal man would have made you miserable." || that man is allowed to range from fair to
“ What a pity that such men are ever || fair without a frown from any of the sex, admitted into respectable society," an- but she whom he inay desert for some new swered I; “ while so acting, were they | rival. A woman is permitted to defile the banished the converse of honourable inen marriage-bed, to abandon the children she and virtuous women, shame, if not a due | bore in wedlock, and Aying to an adul. sense of their crimes, might bring them. terer's arms, obtain a divorce as the reward into the right path." .
Cher iniquity; and next day crown her " I join in your sentiment," replied the shame with triumph, by inarrying the Countess; and the longer I live in the partner of her guilt. When the criminal world cannot but more severely lament | pair have mocked the laws of Gud by per-' the laxity of modern manners, the little juring themselves before his holy altar, respect that is paid by all ranks and situa- |they are deemed, by the public, lawful tions to uncorrupted virtue. I am astonish man and wife; and, in place of being ed when I contemplate the present state of avoided with horror, after a few wry faces, society. When I was a girl, the smallest their crime is forgotten, and they are retaiot in the character of a man, which re ceived, visited, courted, esteemed, praised, lated to his conduct with regard to our | as if nothing ill had ever happened. Trust sex, was sure to excite so strong a displea!! me, my dear Miss Wellwood, this crime sure in the breasts of the matrons, that
alone, this wide sin of adultery, wbich inthey shut their doors against hiin : and the troduces others, too horrible to name, in sight of the seducer of women made the lits train, is of a dye so black, that the single of our sex avoid him as a ba vengeance of Heaven must, ere long, fall silisk. This constrained men, if they had | upon the abominable generation, I tremble amours, to keep them secret; and thus for my country; nay, I sometimes weep, evil example was spared, and virtue ho- || for the contagion of vice now reaches from noured."
the marbled dome to the thatched cottage. “When females forfeited their chastity, || How soon may all lie a flat desolation, were they married women, no power on like the burning wastes of Sodom and earth could ever induce the meanest of " Gomorrah !" society to tolerate them, but as weeping As the Countess finished this animated Magdalens, visited and consoled by stealth. speech, her Lord, who bad overtaken us Did an unmarried woman forfeit her ho- meanwhile, tapped her on the shoulder, nour, ber happiness went with it; for and having heard part of what had passed, po circumstances could ever bring her smilingly whispered : “ If you can per. amongst her virtuous associates again; suade Miss Wellwood to dine with us to. they might pity and bewail her; but shemorrow, I will promise that she shall have had passed the bouine whence no female an antidote for your direful prophecy. traveller is suffered, but in sackcloth and And now let us advance to make our bows ashes, to return.
to the Marchiness, seated under the arbour “ These laws Inight seem severe; but, of the seasons." like the angel with the flaming sword, they were the sure guardians of women's para- |
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