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Mademoiselle Darlemont very soon perceiv- ,, I dangled after her for nearly two years, and ed my prepossession in her favour, and gave | when at last she could no longer evade hearing me the most fattering reason to think that || a declaration of my passjon, sbe put on a face she returned it; but alas! I lost my mistress of astonisbment, and told me she could not through the most ridiculous blunder that ever | conceive how I could ever have supposed she man was guilty of. An old Portuguese gentle. meant to encourage my addresses. man was one day telling me of some remark As she had permitted my visits, and acable circumstances in the life of St. Januarius; || cepted very graciously both my presents and and from the Saint he made a transition to the attentions, I was equally surprised and iudigmiracles performed at his shrine; without | nant at her effrontery; but as I considered considering that Mademoiselle was present, I her too contemptible an object for my resent. undertook to prove that these pretended mi-l ment, I quitted her without a reply. racles were all impositions. The Portuguese I bave met with several other rebuffs from replied with great warmth, and Mademoiselle different ladies to whom I have addressed my. instantly took his side of the argament. I saw self, but I shall not trouble you with an acmy error, and directly sounded a retreat; but count of them. I am at this period in my it was too late, the mischief was already done; fiftieth year, and my inclination is as strong she informed me the next day that she was as ever to enlist under the banders of the willing to forgive my being a heretic, but she
saffron-robed deity, if I could meet with a could by no means think of keeping up any
« help-mate meet for me." acquaintance with an infidel; and she was sure I am not by any means fastidious in my that no one but an infidel could possibly treat choice of a wife; and fortune, I can assure so sacred a subject with ridicule. It was in your fair readers, will be no object; all I invain that I blamed myown want of caution and sist upon is, that the lady shall be possessed politeness; that I assured her I should never of sense, good-humour, and good-nature; that again so far forget myself. All the apologies she shall have the manners and education of I could make for my rudeness to the Saint were a gentlewoman; and that she shall be some insufficient to disarm her indignation; ayd | few years younger than myself. when I concluded my visit, she desired I would Should any of your lovely readers, of the never repeat it.
above description, think me worthy of being It was some years after this before I again if rescued from the calamities attendant upon a summoned courage to look out for a wife; and I state of old bachelorism, they will eternally my next essay was a wild-goose chase indeed. oblige me by a written intimation of their As a punishment for my sins (whether that wishes, addressed (if you will allow me the against St. Januarius or any other, Heaven liberty to your office. knows) I fell in love with a coquette This in the hope that you will favour me by your lady made a convert of me to one part of the insertion of this letter, I remain, Sir, Roman Catholic persuasion, for she convinced
Your very humble servant, me that there was such a thing as Purgatory.
AN INGENIOUS FICTION.
LITTERATURE, PAR M. DE MARVILLE."
· Two or three Frenchmen are supposed || him to dinner, and as he was pleased with bis to arrive in London, and they give the follow- ll entertainment, he told me he had a great cu. ing account of what happened soon after : riosity to show me. He then took out of a
“ Several tradesmen came to our lodgings shagreen box an instrument in a tortoishell in order to sell the commodities and curio case, which proved to be a most excellent 'sities of their country. Every one of the Il microscope. I may well bestow this epithet company fixed his attention on what pleased upon it, since it was so as not only to discover him most, gloves, ribands, silk stockings, &c. il an infinity of bodies iinperceptible to the I chose to examine various perspective glasses naked eye, but even the atoms of Epicurus, the and microscopes. He who sold them was an | subtile matter of Descartes, the Monades of excellent mathematician, a man of great capa- || Leibnitz, the vapours of the earth, those city and spoke French tolerably well, I kept ll which flow from our own bodics, and such as
derive to us here the infuence of some of the aud that might lose. I examived both with planets.
the microscope, and thereby easily distioguish, “The first experiment I made was to look ed the source of these passions. As the men on the person from whom I received it, at the were extremely heated with their exercise they distance of four or five paces, which gave me perspired strongly, so that clouds of the mat, the opportunity of observing an infinite num ter towing from them reached us. My glass ber of little worms, that were feeding voraci showed nie distinctly that the matter perspired ously on bis clothes ; by which I perceived, by him for whom I had an inclination, was that contrary to the comiaon opinion, it is not exactly similar to wbat was perspired by my.. Ferko wear out our own clothes, but they | self; whereas the matter emitted from the are fairly eaten off our backs by these invisible other person was absolutely unlike mine, and insects. I changed iny situation, and consi. so jagged and bearded, that it seemed to wound dering my mathematician in another light, he aud pierce me like so many arrows. Hence I appeared to be enveloped ia a dark cloud. Hel discerned that the true cause of our sudden lold me that this appearance was owing to his inclinations and aversious consists in the perspiring strongly after dinner; and that this figures of tbe matter perspiring froin us and beght to convince me of the truth of wbat from others, and in the similarity or contraSauctorius bad delivered in respect to the lriety of these insensible vapours. proportion between this and other secretions. “We went out of the city, and at some
* We went next into the kitchen, where | miles distance we saw some gentlemen divertthere was a large piece of beef roasting for the ing themselves with coursing a hare. As the servants; and I had the pleasure of seeing poor animal passed very near us, I had just with the same microscope, how the fire sepa time to catch a glance of her wih my glass. rates all the parts of the wood upon which it She appeared to me like a ball of fire moving acts, and darts them by the violence of its 11 with prodigious rapidity, and leaving a mighty motion against the beef that turns before it, smoke behind her. Tbis was the matter perwounding it as it were with an infioite number spired by the animal, and I saw that the dogs of sbafts, and so tearing it to pieces. Some of followed exactly the track of that smoke, and which are converted into juice, and others into were never at a loss except when the wind disa delicate kind of smoke or vapour, which filled isipated the cloud that issued from the dying the kitchen, and was very sensibly distinguish- hare.” ed by our nostrils.
To this short account our auibor ingeniously “Going out of the house we saw four young I rallies such persons as expect ocular demonmen playing at ball. 1, at first sight, felt a stration of things that do not admit of any strong inclination in favour of one, and as such evidence, which can only be apprebendstrong an aversion from another, whence Illed by reason, and cannot be verified to the begau earnestly to wish that this might win, senses.
CURIOUS ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE FATAL POWER OF IMAGINATION.
PROPHETIC DREAMS.- Feb. 1786, 1went to read the inscription. With sur. Professor Meier, of Halle, was sent for by one prise I found upon it my own two fore ef his pupils, a medical student, who lay dan- | names, and my suraame, and that I died on gerously ill. The patjevt told his doctor that || the 4th of March. With progressive anxiety he should certainly die, having bad a warning i trice to read the date of the year; but I dream to that effect." I wrote it down,” het bougbt there was some moss over the fourth added, “ the morning after it happened, and cypher vf 178-. I picked up a stone to scrape laid it in a drawer, of which this is the key; the figure clear, and just as I began tu when I am gode read it over.” On the 4th || distingish a 6, with fearful palpitation I of March the student died, Professor Meier awoke.” Professor Meier related tbis anec. opened the drawer of the writing-desk, in dote in his lectures as a proof of the infiu. which be found this warration :-“I thought ence of the mind in disease, 1bis dream having I was walking in the church-yard of Halle, caused its own fulfilmont. and adıniring the great number of excellent EFFECTS OF FORTUNE-TELLING.-As ad. epitaphs which are cut on the grave-stones ditional and curious illustrajons of the faial ihere. Passing from one to another, I was power of imagination, the two following facts, struck by a plain tomb-stone, of which I the first of which fell within the personal ob
servation of the writer, will not be unaccept-1, their experiment. Nothing, however, was able able to our readers.-A few years since, a to counteract the impression already given. young lady, whose name and residence must, li The man became worse, and, in the space of for very obvious reasons, he concealed, was, ll a few months, fell a martyr to his imagina. when in the full possession of health and tion. It is unnecessary to remark, that, had spirits, forewarned by a gipsy, by whom she, the melancholy result been foreseen, the expein a mere frolic, liad the curiosity to have her riment never would have been tried. fortune told, that sbe would assuredly die vn i SINGULAR CASE or INSANITY.-The fola certain day, within a few months from that lowing anecdote, founded on fact, is related time. This wanton and idle prediction Il in “ Dr. Perfect's Select Cases of Insanity.” gradually made a strong and unusual impres. | The Doctor informs us, that the name of the sion on the girl's mind. Her dejection and person stood on the books of the parish for alteration of manner being observed by her several years, with the addition of “ the Lufriends, she was asked the cause, upon which natic King;” the first entry was Jan. 1, 1727. she related the circumstance just mentioned, —“Some years ago, a poor man, who having adding, that she felt conscious the prediction studied the art of government, and the bawould be verified. Her friends, of course, at lance of the European power with greater atfirst endeavoured to laugh her out of the idea ; tention than his business, grew insane, and but, when they perceived, notwithstanding, fancied himself a King, and in this situation her melancholy daily increase, they had re I was admitted into the work house of St.Giles's course to reasoning and remonstrance on the l in the Fields, where there then happened to absurdity of indulging in such a mere air- | be an idiot of nearly his own age ; the imagin. drawn phantom. Ridicule and remonstrance ary King appointed the idot bis Prime Miproved equally ineflectual. The poor girl, at || vister ; besides whicb post, he officiated as his length becoming seriously ill, took to her barber and menial servanthe brought their bed, from which she never more arose. As the common food, and stood bebiud his Majesty time of the prophecy drew nearer, she grew whilst he dined, when he had permission to visibily worse, and on the very day foretold by make bis own repast. There would sit, ibe the gipsy, she expired, under all the fictitious King upou an eminence, and bis Minister behorrors of a deluded imagination.
low him, for wbole days, issuing their preThe second instance, with which the writer cepts to their imaginary subjects ; in this was not personally acquainted, but of which manner they lived about six years, when, un. he has every reason to believe the truib. fortunately, the Minister, impelled by bunger, Some persons, determined to try the power so far deviated from his line of allegiance, as to of imagination, fixed on, for their experi- eat his breakfast before his Sovereign apment, a hale and robust countryman, who peared, which so exasperated the King, that had never known a day's illness in his life. he fell upon him, and would certainly have This man they told, wilh an assumed air of I put a period to his existence, if he bad seriousness and concern, that he looked un- | not been prevented. When his anger was well. The fellow, as may be supposed, at || thought to have a bated, the Minister was first treated the observation with contempt || again introduced to his quondam Sovereigu; and ridicule, but on hearing it continually re- but he seized bim immediately, and could peated, be at length brought himself to ima vever after be prevailed upon to see him.gine there might be some truth in it. Fancy | The degraded Minister catched a fever in bis soon realizes the object of its hope or fear; exile, and when his Majesty was beginning te what he at first only thought probable, he at || relent, and almost prevailed upon to forgive length firmly believed to be true. This be him, he died; which had such an effect upon lief, by a natural and obvious consequence, ll the faucied Monarch, that after living almost soon occasioned a real indisposition. Those without sustenance, and in contipued silence, who had first possessed bim wirb this notion, he, in a few weeks, died of mere grief.” now began to be alarmed at the success of
SINGULARITY OF TWO BROTHERS.
In a manuscript in one of the Libraries, put on the same kind of dress, which they did at Paris, we are told ibat the Count de Ligni- i now and then for amusement, their servants ville and Count d'Autricourt, twins, desceud. could not distinguish the one from the other. cd from an ancient family in Loraine, re- | Their voice, gait, and deportment the game, Rembled each other so much, that wbep they and these marks of resemblance were so per
fect, that they often throw their friends and the devil, he roared out with terror, and sunk even their wives into the greatest embarrass- down in a swoon on the fluor. Whilst they were ments. Being both captains of light borse, the endeavouring to call him to life, Count one would pat himself at the head of the d'Autricourt retired again into the closet, and other's squadron, without the officers ever || Count de Ligniville, who was balf-shaved, resuspecting the change. Count d'Autricourt turned to his former place. This was a new having committed some crime, the Count de cause of surprise to the poor barber, who Ligniville never suffered his brother to go out now imagined that all he had seen was a without accompanying him, and the fear of || dream, and he could not be convinced of the seizing the innocent instead of the guilty, ren | truth until he beheld the two brothers 10dered the orders to arrest the former of gether. The sympathy that subsisted between po avail. One day Count de Ligniville sent || the two brothers was no less singular than for a barber, and after haviog suffered him to || their resemblance. If one fell sick, the other sbave one balf of his beard, he pretended to was indisposed also; if one received a wound, have occasion to go into the next apartment, ll the other felt pain; and this was the case and putting his night-gown upon his brother, with every misfortune that he fel them, so that
ho was coucealed there, and taking the on this account they watched each other's cloth which he had about his neck under his conduct with the greatest care and attention. chin, made him sit down in the place But what is still more astonishing, they both which he had just quitted. The barber im often had the same dreams. The day that mediately resumed his operation, and was pro Count d'Autricourt was attacked in France by ceeding to finish what he had begun, as be the fever of which he died, Count de Ligni. supposed, but to his great astonishment, he ville was attacked by the same in Bavaria, and found that a new beard had sprung up. Noil was near sinking under it. doubting that the person under his bands was
THE NEW SYSTEM OF BOTANY, WITH PRACTICAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF FLORA, &c. &c. &c.
(Continued from Page 38.)
HATING thus run through the various , from vegetable creation, are those of our do. divisions of botanical cultivation, and ana mestic ties, wbich he illustrates by the lysed one specimen in each instance, as illus
ELM. trative of the general principles of each
Who does not remember when the sprightly specifc variety, we recommence the circle on a | Tita
Titania, in his Midsummer's Night Dream, explan which, though perbaps less practical,
claims will still adhere to popular investigation. We
“ Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms. therefore invite our fair readers to saunter
“ Fairies, begone! and be always away. forth from the genial shelter of the hot-house,
“ So doth the woodbine, the sweet honeyand once more to penetrate into the inmost recesses of the forest. Who is there that can
| “ Gently entwist-the female ivy so (suckle study the great book of nature without being
“ Enrings the barky fingers of the elır. wiser and better ?
1, “Oh, bow I love thee'! how I dote on thee!" Every tree, shrub, or flower is a lesson of morality-every change. But it is not of the passion of tender love of season every elemental change, produces alone, that he considers this tree as being
new iden, or at least by its strong analogy, i highly emblematical; for it also serves bim to restores those which may have lain dormant, illustrate the wildest passion which can tear Should any hearts be so cold in this delight. the human heart. How energetically does ful pursuit, as to require a monitor, let them " Adriana, in the Comedy of Errors, tell the false apply to the great poet of nature-in his " Antipholuspages they will find a sufficient number of « Come, I will fasten on this sleeve of thine ; moral lessons drawn from the phenomena of " Thou art an elin, my husband, 'I a vine; the vegetable, as well as of the animated « Whose weakness married to thy stronger world! Among the most interesting allusions, 1 state,
(nicate: indeed, which our immortal Shakespeare draws " Makes me will thy strength to comm No. XVI. Vol. III.--N. 8.
" If aught possess thee from me, it is dross, , early period of literature. Chaucer lived at « Usurping ivy, brier, or idle moss;
| New Elm, Dryden's residence was at Nine * Who all, for want of pruning, with intru. | Elms; and it is supposed that the name sion,
of Baru Elms is of still greater antiquity. « Lo fect thy sap, and live on thy confusion!” i Chelsea was also famous for many years for
lan elm planted by the hand of Elizabethi ber. of this genus there are seven species, all self; it stood, and served as a parochial comprised onder the general name of Ulmus, a
boundary, near the site of the present tura
bound: word of very uncertaio derivation, and of pike in Church-lane, was called by her name, course, very bigb antiquity; these seven va- , and was one huvdred and ten feet in heighth, rieties are, the common elm; Datcb elm; and thirteen in girt at the ground; but perbroad-leaved elm, or witch hazel; American haps the most remarkable circumstance re. elm, which inciudes the red, white, and specting it is, that this tree, almost sacred drooping elms; hornbeam-leaved elm ; dwarf from its antiquity and history, was actnally cnt elmand entire-leaved eim. In scientific ar- i down by Sir Hans Sloane, the parent of English tangement, the whole of these varieties are Botany! and sold for the paltry sum of one classed as PENTANDRIA DIGYNIA, and re- ! guinea !!! in the year 1745. Those who are ferred to the natural order Scabride. In in the babit of sauntering in Gray's Inn generic character, the calyx has the perianth Walks in the summer, may there repose under one leaved, turbinate, wrinkled, border five the shade of some venerable elms, planted by cleft, erect, coloured within, permanent. The the hand of the still niore venerable Sit stamen has five filamients (but sometimes foor, Francis Bacon ; nay, some of the elms in St. or eigbt), the anthers are four-grooved, erect," James's Park are upwards of two hundred short ; the pistil has the germ orbicular, erect; years of age. The lovers of picturesque the styles are two, and shorter than the sta- beauty will, however, form but a very imper. men. In essential character, the calyx is five 'fect idea of this tree from its appearance in cleft, inferior, and permanent, the capsule is f the regular lines of a plantation or a vista; it membranaceous, compressed, fat, and one-, is in more scattered sititations that it is so seeded.
elegantly described by Gilpin, as growjug upIt is also a singular circumstance both in right, and when it meets with a soil it loves, generic and in essential character, tbat the rising higher than most other trees. After it flower possesses no corolla. We may also has assuined, says this elegant writer, the observe of the general qualities of this tree, dignity and roughness of age, there are few of that the flowers appear about the end of its forest brethren that can excel its grandeur Marcb, even before the leaves come forth; the and beauty. At à distance, indeel, when a latter are well known to be of dark green; but winter skeleton, it may be mistaken for the it may perhaps have escaped general observa oak; but when in all the luxuriance of full tion, that although the bark of the old trees, foliage, its picturesque character is better as they increase in size, is torn aud rent into marked : and whether it is intended to fill in roughness, yet that of the young trees is a span in the natural landscape, or introduced smooth and tough, and will even strip off to a on the imitatire canvas, there is no tree cousiderable length. There can be no doubt wbatever which can be justly considered as that this tree was known in England before better adapted to receive grand masses of the Norman accessiou, as many places named | light, though it does not actually require from it, according to Saxon derivation, are them, to give effect; as its foliage from the eroticed in Dumesday Book ; yet a very shadowing contrasts of its colour, particularly scientific writer doubts if it is indigeuous, li wlien agitated by the evening breeze, is by no and conceives it to have been first brought means of the heary kind. Those who aro from Lombardy. It is, indeed, a well ascer forining landscapes round their country re tained fact, that about two centuries ago, it sidences, will find this tree extremely useful was not to be inet with north of Granthan; fi in producing shade rapidly, as trees of a foot and we have the authority of Linneus to say, in circunference may be transplanted with a that it is scarcely to be found in Finland at certainty of their succeeding. Of its other the present day. It is however known to be uses we veed only observe, that it bas fur. a native of both Europe and Barbary; but it is pisbed Plautus with a good hyperbole ; for not the less curious, that the famous vistas at being used in ancient times instead of birch, the palaces of Aranjuez, &c. were formed by he describes à rascal as having exhausted all Philip II. of Spain, by plants brought from the elm iwigs in the country! In some parts England. It is indeed 10t unkuown to our of England the leaves are collected for winter