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LITERARY CONTENTS, (Continued.)
INCIDENTS NEAR LONDON. Abrupt mode of getting an interview with
Lucien Bonaparte at Ludlow ...... 110 Ceremony of the Installation of the Prince
Remarkable circumstance in the churchRegent .....
ib. Opening of Parliament
Apprehension of the Rev. Mr. Bingham ib. State of his Majesty's health
Two Guineas found in the craw of a
ib. Curious circumstance attending a Pike .. 109 Singular Phenomena
112 A servant girl poisoned herself in the Isle Dreadful accideut at a lime kiln near of Wigbt ..
ib. Waterford Cruel conduct to a girl in Darndean Hut ib. Horrid Murder
ib. Melancholy death of a child and its mo Extraordinary and shocking circumstance ther
ib. in the County of Wicklow ...... is. A man, his wife, and infant suffocated ib. Supplementary Advertisements for the Shocking accident at Newark
TO OUR READERS.
FROM a desire to improve and render the Montbly Publication of LA BELLE ASSEM. B)EE as worthy as possible of public encouragement, the Proprietors are incessantly occupied in search of novelty, and studious to introduce such Original Articles as may be likely to in. terest and instruct their fair Readers in all the elegant accomplishments that can adorn the female mind.
In addition to the attractive Musical feature of Mr. Diedin's Original Songs, which he has engaged to furnish Monthly for this Publication, exclusirely, we shall bereafter also introduce a regular series of Critical Descriptions of all the finest Pictures in the various Schools of Painting, with Outline Representations of every Subject.
It is our purpose to give fac similes of the original French Work entitled Manual of the French Museum, with analytical ayd critical descriptions of every Picture. This Work includes all the principal paintings of the different Schools as exhibited in the Gallery of the Louvre at Paris. The French Work is now completed in Ten Volumes, and we shall commence with the Flemish School in our next Number; and give a representation and critical account of all the Pi res therein within the course of the present year; and proceed afterwards through every School in the same manner until the whole Work is gone through, which we trust will prove a rich treat and gratification to every lover of the Fine Arts in this Country.
Our Subscribers are already in possession of Mr. DIBDIN'S ORIGINAL Song, composed expressly for this work, entitled Life's WEATHER Gauge, which was given in our last Number, and is likely to revive the popularity of that celebrated Composer, as it has already been sung in several harmonic and convivial societies with universal admiration : it is now finding its way into the public theatres, and has been sung with great applause by Mr. Is aacs, every night last week, at the popular and beautiful theatre of Sans Pareil, in the Strand.
In the present Number is another Song by Mr. Dibdin, which is likely to obtain equal celebrity, entitled “ALL WEATHERS:” it is bespoke already by several Performers, to be in. troduced on their benefit nights, and will doubtless prove equally attractive in all friendly and convivial parties.
SOUTHAMPTON-STREET, STRAND, MARCH 1,
For FEBRUARY, 1811.
a Pew Series.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.
The Sirteenth Pumber.
CHARLES THE FOURTH KING OF SPAIN, AND HIS QUEEN.
Os all the usurpations which have This plan was a long time in agitation occurred during the many ages of modern | before it developed itself in action. In history; of all those atrocities which grew France it was a common subject of poliout of that prolific stock of mischief-thetical conversation, that the Bourbons were French Revolution, there is none more
to be dethroned in Spain, and a Bonaparte odious for systematic perfidy in the plan, introduced in their stead. All this was or more revolting to the feelings of hu meditated when both nations were in manity for the uncoloured violence of its | strict alliance together. For three years execution, than that which we have wit- | previous to the seizure of the Royal Fanessed within these three last years take mily, Spain was deluged with French place in Spain.
emissaries, commissioned to prepare the We have had examples in our country, minds of the people for the event. and have seen many instances in foreign The original plan was to transport the pations, of the dethronement and abdica- || Royal Family of Spain to South America, tion of monarchs. These are events, the and to seize upon the Crown as a derelict. familiarity of which, in the present age at
It was the misfortune of Spain at this least, has taken from them all claim to time to be governed by an infamous upnovelty; but the dethronement, the seem
start, without either military talents, ingly voluntary, though, in fact, the forced or civil experience, and indeed totally abdication, of the King and Queen of without any other greater talent than Spain, are events which, in a time preg
a dexterous habit of intrigue, and a pronant with all wonders, have some claim to found system of cunning and dissimuattention. There was an awful warning
lation. This man, who thus enthralled in this event; it seemed so intelligible a | Spain, depressed her gallant spirit, drove dispensation of the will of Heaven-theher nobility from the Court, and ground band-writing on the wall was so glaringly | down her numerous population by every visible; it was calculated, moreover, to species of oppression, was Manual Godoy, impart such an irresistible conviction of the Prince of Peace, a title impudently the true genius of the French govern- assumed, to recommend Spain to France. ment; in short, it brings together such a || by a course of inactive and self-destroymass of circumstances for profitable lesing tranquillity, and mean-spirited subsons and useful warning, that it can never
mission. be too serious a subject for contempla This ' man possessed the confidence of tion.
the King and Queen of Spain, and was
employed to manage the intrigues of ments of bis friendship, shews that he can France in the cabinet of the Escurial. stoop to any refivement of artifice, the The most splendid promises were doubt. massacre of three hundred victims, whom less made to engage and stimulate his Murat caused to be grouped together and perfidy; but how far these promises were shot by the French soldiery in the squares fulfilled, and what was the just reward of of Madrid, tends equally to shew, that, his traitorous conduct, events have suffi. in the nature of the Emperor of France, ciently shewn.
hypocrisy and savage cruelty are biended The means which Godoy employed to and united, and that the policy of Tiberius secure his power were as unnatural as cruel; | is employed to prosecute bis views, joined he succeeded in alienating the heart of the to the cool and malignant cruelty of a King from his son, Prince Ferdinand. Nero and Caligula. He is reported to have fabricated letters The flight of the Royal Family of Spain which contained an account of a plot me to Bayonne, the pretended abdication in ditated against the King's life by his son, that city of the Spanish throne, for himself and the heir of his throne, Ferdinand VII. and his heirs, which was extorted at the
Whilst these intrigues were carried on point of the bayonet from the timid and in Spain, Bonaparte, who saw that the pro- helpless old King, are circumstances fresh gress of cunning was less certain, and in in the recollection of our readers, together finitely more tardy, than that of open vio- l with their subsequent captivity in the lence, prepared to march ao army into hands of their powerful enemy, and their Spain. The consent of Charles and his imprisonment in the heart of his dominiQueen was soon obtained; the consent of ons, far from their subjects, or any hope of Godoy was not asked. The time was now rescue which they can afford them. Ferarrived in which he ceased to be useful as divand, moreover, whom the Spanislı an instrument, and (as he might in the il people had unanimously elected King in event expect a reward which, though pro. place of their deposed monarch, was forced miscd, was never intended for him) he was into the same captivity, and, with the extoo costly to be entertained as a friend. terior of splendour and nominal indepen
Whilst the King and Queen were pre- || dence, is reduced to the condition of a paring for a flight, the opposition of Fer- || slave. We are not writing the history of dinand and his counsellors intercepted \| Spain, or aiming at any detail of recent their departure; and the alarni spreading || transactions; but we cannot belp observa amongst the people, led to the first com. | ing (and we shall conclude with the obsermotions at Aranjuez. The immense force | vation), that Great Britain never exhibited which Bonaparte introduced into Spain a more edifying spectacle to surrounding clearly shews that he foresaw the probabi- | nations; she never displayed, at any period lity of the subsequent convulsions through- | of her various annals, a more elevatod vir. out Spain, and had made every provision | tue, or disinterested patriotism, than in against them which his fears could sug the part which she took at the commence. gest, If the detention of Ferdinand, when ment of the Spanish struggles.-May the Tured into toils by the dangerous blandish. || termination be fortunate.
ROMANCES IN REAL LIFE. IHISTORY OF ALBERTO AND ANGELICA.
In the city of Rome was a rich mer-1| long industry. And this we suppose was chant of the name of Stephano. His cha- l the cause that he loved his riches with a racter throughout the city was that of a passion so inordinate, that he sacrificed all merchant who dealt honestly, and who had the enjoyments of his life to the sole pleaamassed bis riches by small profiss and sure of adding to the heaps he had already