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296 Original Letter from Miss Linley, afterwards Mrs. Sheridan. - (Oct. the means of making me still more by all the world. You are the only wretched, as there is no one on earth comfort remaining; let me therefore whose good opinion I would wish to be assured of your friendship; the retain more than yours. I should never world I despise. Give my kindest love have troubled you with this long let- to your sister; may she with you conter, if I had not hoped from your gen- tinue to enjoy a long course of unin. tle disposition that you would, by con- terrupted happiness, and may those sidering what I have gone through, be pangs ever be a stranger to your breast, sovner brought to forgive my errors. I which now rend the heart of your have been many days writing this, but sincere though wretched friend. I have not yet heard the event of She- P. S. As I will think my dear sidan's journey. I am greatly distress. friend has been the partaker of my ed, and my mind is at present in great griefs, I have opened my letter once agitation. God only knows what will more to assure you that I am now a become of me; I have almost lost little easier. I have this moment heard every hope of happiness in this world. that Sheridan is returned. He has Death or a convent is the only view seen Mathews, and obliged him to on which I can turn my eyes with any fight; he disarmed him, and gave him pleasure. I hope one way or other my his life, after making him promise to fate will soon be decided, as I cannot beg pardon in the newspapers *. Every endure my present feelings. Once thing is settled to his satisfaction, and more, adieu! May God for ever bless I expect to see him every minute. I and make you as completely happy as I am just told he is below. Adieu! my am miserable. Write to me i entreat dear girl, and believe me yours. you ; let me not think I am forsaken

'E. LINLEY. Throughout this interesting sketch, Miss Linley studiously conceals her marriage with Sheridan, which was not then publicly kuowo. Subsequent to this, she appeared in the oratorios at Covent Garden ; and Sheridan, though prevented by the vigilance of her father from a private interview, had frequent opportunities of seeing her in public. At length, after a series of stratagems and scenes, which convinced Mr. Linley that it was impossible much longer to keep them asunder, he consented to their union, and on the 13th of April, 1773, they were married by licence.

This amiable and accomplished woman died of consumption at Bristol, on the 28th of June, 1792, in her 38th year. The devotedness of affection with which she was regarded during life, not only by her own father and sisters, but by all her husband's family, showed that while her beauty and music evchanted the world, she had charms more intrinsic and lasting for those around her.

“We have already seen,” says Mr. Moore, “ with what pliant sympathy she followed her husband through his various pursuits,-identifying herself with the Politician as warmly and readily as with the Author, and keeping love still atteudant on genius through all his transformations. As the wife of the dramatist and manager, we find her calculating the receipts of the House, assisting in the adaptation of her husband's opera, and reading over the plays sent in by dramatic candidates. As the wife of the senator and orator, we sec her with no less zeal, making extracts from state-papers, and copying out ponderous pamphlets- entering with all her heart and soul into the details of elections, and even endeavouring to fathom the mysteries of the funds. The affectionate and sensible care with which she watched over, not only her own children, but those which her beloved sister, Mrs. Tickell, confided to her, in dying, gives the finish to this picture of domestic usefulness. When it is recollected, too, that the person thus homelily employed was gifted with every charm that could adorn and delight society, it would be difficult, perhaps, to find anywhere a more perfect example of that happy mixture of utility and ornament, in which all that is prized by the husband and the lover combines, and which renders woman what the sacred fire was to the Parsees--not only an object of adoration on their altars, but a source of warmth and comfort to their hearths.”

This alludes to the first duel fought by Sheridan, when Mathews was compelled to ask his life. Mathews, being afterwards almost universally shunned for his disgraceful conduct throughout this affair, which he had shamefully misrepresented, at length wished to retrieve his character by fighting à second duel. Sheridan readily accepted the challenge. Mr. Moore has given the particulars very minutely. Both the combatants were desperately wounded, and their swords brokeo. As neither would descend to ask their : lives, they were separated by their seconds.


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297 Mr. URBAN, Lincoln's Inn, June 17. of the time of James I. the two badges OP

BSERVÍNG that one of your given to the Earl of Northumberland

Correspoudents is in search of are, the crescent, and the key and the crests and badges of the Baronial crown; but the latter is used differfamilies represented by the house of ently from Poynings, the key being Percy, I send you a drawing of the turned up and passed through the Seals of Sir Gay Bryan, Sir Robert crown. The unicorn is one of the Fitzpayn, and Sir Robert de Poynings, supporters of the Percy family. three of the noble ancestors of the Yours, &c. John GAGE. Duke of Northumberland. Sir Tho. mas Rytson of Hengraver

waste por THE matrix of bronze) of the Northumberland, of the manor of of Lieut.-gen. Hutton, to whom it was Ackford Fitzpain, in Dorsetshire, and presented a few years ago by a genuethese seals are among the title deeds man in Ireland, who brought it from remaining at Hengrave.

Demerara, where it had been used Sir Guy Bryan, K.G. bore Or, three some time in a merchant's store for piles Azure (see Plate I. fig. 1.) and sealing bottled liquors, &c. It is said appears from his seal, which is loose, to have been carried to Demerara by to have used griffins for his supporters; an officer who had found it among he died in 1390, having been sum- some ruins in Spain. moned to sereral Parliaments in the The legend, big, castri roffensis, reigns of Edw. III. and Rich. II. The it is apprehended, can only apply to heiress of Bryan intermarried with Rochester in Kent, and any elucidaFitzpayne..

tion as to its use, &c. would much Sir Robert Fitzpayne gave for his oblige. It is probably about 300 years arins Gules, three lions passant Ar- old.

Edit. geut, a bendlet Azure (see fig. 2.) This seal is appendant to a deed dated the day before the least of the Convero Teubelcohol the Chusch of


May 30. sion of St. Paul, 40 Edw. III. whereby he granted to Sir Guy Bryan, Sir Mar- Béton, about eight English miles from tin Moulisch, Canon of Salisbury, and Rennes in Brittany, was sketched by other trustees, his manors of Ackford a youth of fifteen, who is a great adFitzpayn in Dorsetshire, Stourton in mírer of Antiquities (see fig. 5). The Wilishire, Bryghampton, Spekyntone font has the figures 404 upon it, the Staple, and Sedene in Somersetshire, first figure is obliterated from age ; prowith the advowsons of the Churches bably 1404 is the date; and on the of the same places. His only child margin at top are some ancient letters, Isabel was wife of Sir Richard de which appear to be Celtic, but too imPoynings.

perfect to copy or decipher. Sir Robert de Poynings, son and The Church is of a much older date. heir of Richard and Isabel, by deed The steeple was destroyed in the Redated 26 June, 4 Henry V. enfeoffed volution, but the tower still remains, Walter Metford, clerk, Sir John Pel. though much dilapidated; the winham, and other feoffees, with his ma- dows are Gothic, varying but little nor of Ackford Fitzpayn. Upon bis from the niches on the font; and a seal he bears quarterly 1 and 4, barry house of about a century old has been of six Or and Vert, a bendlet Gules, added to the ecclesiastical building, Poynings, 2 and 3, Fitzpayn. His which was occupied two years since crest is a griffin's head, with wings by Capt. Wells of the British Navy. displayed; and he uses two badges, a The Church is small, has only one key with the handle oppermost, under aile, one window is stopped up, and a crown, and a unicorn passant. Pro- the tracery in the East and West win. bably the latter was derived from dows are in a very imperfect state. Bryan. (see fig. 3.) Sir Robert Poyn-. Over the windows are labels, termiing's eldest son Richard died in the nated at top alternately with a cross life-time of his father, leaving an only and a fleur de lis. (see figs. 6,7.) child Eleanor, wife of Henry, Earl of I am, Sir, one of your oldest Northumberland.

adinirers and subscribers, In an heraldic MS. in my possession




On Laughter.

(Oet. Mr. URBAN,

Oct. 7.

and when it is suffered to become im

moderate, it is of painful consequence I correctly to the tenth century, and

to persons of weak nerves. The roar noticed by Mr. S. Turner, III. 516, and noise of merriment, when accomare the following lines :

panied with loud laughter, is inimical

to all conversation, and generally, as is “Hast thou heard the saying of Taliesin, said to children, ends with gravity or In conversation with Merdhin ? It is natural for the indiscreet to laugh im- fore the parties separate.

regret, certainly with great fatigue, bemoderately."

But if external objects have, the This remark of so ancient a poet power of exciting Laughter upon the seems to show that Laughter, which is nerves above mentioned, it must have confined entirely to the face of man, been so constituted with a pleasant and is an operation of the muscles and wise design ; for it is known to seated in the mouth and cheeks, may aid the digestive faculties which gravity claim of two distinct characters, this depresses and checks,-it is known to which belongs to folly, and the other add to the stock of cheerfulness in soto scorn. It has been attributed to the ciety, as the flowers of the field are fifth pair of nerves, which sending known to augment the diffusion of branches to the eye, ear, lips, tongue, fragrance, and to purify the air,-and palate, and muscles of the cheek, parts so up to the many blessings of the of the mouth, præcordia, &c. a sympa- Sun's light: the reverse of all these thy is formed between them all, so would have wrapped the glories of all that when one of them is acted nations in gloom, -and thus a smile excited either by external accident, or on the cheek of innocence is the most internal imagination, the others are transcendant charm of female manners, proportionably affected: if they please which can adorn, and animate, and ihe fancy, they affect these inuscles give value to human existence ;--but with Laughter. (Rees's Cyclop.) this does not extend to laughter; it is

Many philosophers have denounced the pure essence of a mind elevated far it as not only exposing the force of in- higher than the boisterous and frolicternal feeling, which ihey think should some indulgence of vulgar freedom. always be reserved, but also that it is Dr. Joboson gives ten definitions of a species of levity and contempt which Laughter and its concomitants, the it is either improper or immoral to en- greater part of which rank themselves tertain and to express. I believe the under contempt, derision, scorn, ridiSociety of Friends, to whoin we may cule, and the rest under merriment, almost exclusively yield the palm of and are so used by the writers whom moral philosophy in mind and prac- he recites. tice, above all other sects, in their ear- In the sacred Scriptures the characliest education check any propensity ter of Laughter is very accurately deto laugh; and they are brought up so picted as follows: 1. Where it is acmuch in the habit of self-denial and companied with contempt and scorn; forbearance, that though we see great Gen. 17.,17; Job 1. 10; 12. 4; 22. 19; cheerfulness among the Friends, yet 41. 29; 2 Chron. 30. 10; 2 Kings, we never detect them laughing; they 19.21; Isa. 37. 22; 80. 6; Ps. 52. 6; avoid it in common communications 59. 8; 22. 7 ; 27. 13; N. 2. 19; Ec. as an act of levity; but as an excite. 23. 32; Mat. 9. 24 ; Mar. 5. 40; Lu. ment to scorn or contempt they deem 8. 53. These eighteen passages are it a transgression against Christian for- not the whole of the same import, but bearance and meekness.

are sufficient for my purpose. 2. Where Bailey, says, the ancients always it is accompanied with disbelief, Gen. painted its genius in a garment of va- 18. 12. 3. Where it is thoughtless and rious colours, to represent its varying sinfully merry, Prov. 5.4; 14. 13; Lu. humour, its unsteady demeanour. It 6. 23. 4. Where it is deemed mad, arises in general from the excitement Eccl. 2. 2. 5. Where it is comfortacreated by surprise, which is in fact ble, and where sorrow is turned into wit; from smart repartee, sarcastic re- joy, Lu. 6. 21; under which head citation, from equivoque and enigma, may be arranged moral joy or rejoicfrom sudden and unexpected humour ing, though it is very seldom that in of either expression or action ; but then these instances the gaiety of heart is it evinces great want of self-possession; stretched beyond cheerfulness; for


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