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changed his waistcoat before he sought for: mistress of the revels; when, and how shall the key, and again before he found it.
we go?" " What have you there, Charles?” said I, “Tomorrow, if you please," said I : “ and sceing a roll of paper in his band.
suppose you and I go in the chariot, and give “ A beautiful landscape of Margaret Free Margar: t a place with the coachmaa : we can mam's," replied he," which I have run away takelier in if it raius. Charles may take Bar. with to shew you.”
bara in his curricle, aud Millichamp may go My brother unrolled it. “These are the l' on horseback." ruins of Fountain's Abbey," said he; “ Mar. il “Ill take Margaret in my curricle," said garet has drawn i hem very correctly.”
Charles, “I should like very much to see them,” said “ And, Millichamp,” said Barbara, “I Millichamp, after he had attentively examined kuow you can drive a gig to admiration: we the drawing.
will have the rig, and you shall drive me. I “I should like it of all things," said Bar. ij wil give you a lesson on good manners, and bara. “Now do, my dear Mrs. Oakwood, let you shall give me one on driving, as we go us go?"
along" “ I have long wished to see Fountain's !! “ If you want a lesson on driving,” said Abbey,” replied I; “But I will not leave Mr. Milichamp, “ you might go in the curricle Oakwood again, at present.”
and take one from Mr. Charles, who is much “I am sure,” said Barbara, “Mr. Oak. b tter qualified to instruct you thap I am; and wood will go with us."
I will drive Margaret.” “ Try if you can persuade hinn," said I. ! “No; I never learn any thing, except I “Now, my dcar, dear Sir,” said she, “I know have my own way,” said Barbara; “ besides, you are so good-naiured, you cannot refuse to you want the lesson on good manners.” make us all happy."
“ Barbara,” said her brother, “ if you wisha “You know very little of me,” replied my to learn to drive, you make a very bad choice brother; “ or you would know I am very ill- in a master. Millichamp may drive a gig, but batured.”
give bim a tandem, give him four-in-hand, or "I positively cannot believe it," cried she. give bin a pair of my chesnuts, any bow, and " Look at that handsome face, Millichamp, you will see what a figure he'll make. I would and tell me if you can discover one trait of ill. bet six to four he dashes his carriage to pieces. nature in it. You are not old enough to be If you want to drive in style, you should learn ill-batured. I declare I should not take you l of me. Nobody can manage my chesnuts but to be furty.”
mys If.” “If I were under forty,” said my brother, “I think," replied my brother, “nature “your flattery and your handsome face might intended i hec for a chesnut, and made a misgain their point; but I am on the wrong side take when she gave thee a pair of arms, inof fifty, and proof against all you can say.” stead of two additional legs."
“If handsome faces have lost their power " I hope she intended me for nothing less over you, brother,” said I, “ let me try mine. Than a coachman,"returned Charles. “I once " I should be very glad to see Fountain's drove a pair of fine blood-horses through Abbey."
Wales. I shall never forget what a pleasant “You try your power so seldom,” replied party we were; myself and three more young ' my brother, “ that it is uncontroulable when fellows. You have no soul, Millichamp, or
you do. You cannot exert your influence in you would have been delighted with our ex. vain; and I will go whenever you please.” cursion.”
“Excellent!” cried Barbara. “I have one! “ I have a soul highly susceptible of the consolation, however; though nobody minds | beauties of nature,” said Millichamp," and me now, I may be uncontroulable when I am should have been as much delighted with the fifty.”
Welsh mountains as any of you.” “Well, sister,” said my brother, "you are “We did not pay our devotions to the Weleb
mountain," said Charles; “ our business was | bave no opportunity of shewing your wit in to knock down the grouse; but the gratifica. || our excursion." tiso I wished to partake of was the last dinner! “ By yo means," answered he; “ I should we ate at Aberystwith.”
|| not think of shewing my wit in the company " I am so much a stranger to modern of ladies; and so I will go and take the landsystems," replied Millichamp, " that I did || scape back to Margaret, and ask if she will not know a soul was requisite to relish a trust herself in my curricie. I wonder, Sir," dinner."
continued he, “you do not lend her some of “ That is a secret your books have never ll your prints, to copy; she would make charm. taught you," said Charles; “ but I'll tell you ing drawings from them." how it was We bespoke every thing in the "I should wonder more if I did," replied house, It certainly was a good dinner, and my brother. “ I have often been surprised at we ate like sportsmen; but that was pot the lihe facility with which many persons ask fa. bost of it. We turned the waiter out of the vours, that it is extremely painful either to room, and let nobody wait but our own follows ll grant or to deny. Such is that of borrowing We dispatched all the pigrons cut of a noble books. In general I have refused the request; pye; filled the dish with fragments of ducks but refusing is so uvpleasant, ibat I have and chickens, fish and lobster sauces, mullou now and then lent books of value. A lady chops, and sweet pudding, and then put the with whom I was slightly acquainted, mado crust on again. We salted the jellies and no difficulty of asking me for an elegaut set of peppered the custards. We ate half the fruit Costumes, to cupy some of the figures. I out of the raris, mixed the remainder witi knew not how to say I will not oblige you, mustard and vinegar; and, putting ihe li''s when you know I can. I lent them. At the on, we sent them out, as well as the pigeon end of three months 1 ventured to seud for pye, to all appearance untouched. We then them. She returned them ; but was so ofrang for the waiter, and wrapping every platefended, she would never speak to me more. and dish, g'ass and decanter in the table. Another time my physician borrowed my cloth, we dashed them on the flyor, and or Shakespeare of 1623, to write out half a dozen dered our bill.--Now, I thiok, that was a leaves, which were wanting in his own. I did fight beyond ihe ancients."
not like to deny liim. He cured me of all my 6 Beyond any thing I ever read of, ancient disorders : and at last he cured me of loud. er modern," replied Millichamp.
ling hooks; for he kept it half a year, and “ You uot only svared abuve history,” said it was not without anych trouble that I got my bother “ but abuve reason and common it then.” sense."
“I have often wondered," said Millichamp, “But the best of it was,” resumed Charles, 1' “ that a man who would shudder at pick«!lat, though we bid the people make their l ing your pocket, should make no scruplo ow.. charge, they could .ot be recompenced; of borrowing a book, and never returns for we smashed almost all their stuck of glass i, ing it." and ear henware, and the poor devils niust! “ Though that man might not pick your send to Sorewobury, abuve threescore miles," pocker,” said my brother, “he would bora to replace it."
row your money, if he wanted, and never re “I un afraid, Charles," said I, “ you will turn it." find the prescac party very insipid; you will
(To be continued.)
ON THE SUPERIORITY OF VOCAL MUSIC OVER INSTRUMENTAL.
FROM THE FRENCH OF COUNT D'ECHERNAY.
I NEVER suffer my opinion to be biassed / one through whose month I have been ableg by partiality, prejudice, or prevention: I give since my return from Italy, not only to endure myself up to the impressions I receive; I write the French music, but almost to become pasthem down, permit any one to differ from me, sionately fond of it. If it had several such and indeed oppose me.
disciples as him it would be equal to, and even Whatever may be the merit of instrumental || rival the Italian music; but he was the foun. music, whatever pleasure it may give by the der of a school which had only himself for a vastness of iis imitations, and the indetermi- | professor and a pupil. pate feelings it may produce on the mind His singing in these two cantatas was through the organs of hearing, every one most neither French nor Italian, it was a manner confess that the greatest charm of music lies entirely by itself; he had, in a superior de. in that which we cal vocal. Nothing can gree, what the Italians call il portamento di roce, come in competition with the huimau voice; W or the art of conducting the voice, and lengih. wiad instruments resemble it in a small degree, lening out the cadences, a merit which he but they articulate no:bing. Let us thiok |made kuown to the Freuch singers of that only of the inflections of that voice, which be time. In the meinoirs of Marmontel, Geliore longs to a good sjuger! I will cite only one occupies a place worthy of 'envy, that of the amongst the kuown proficients at Paris, Ma- happiest among mortals! Such is he there demoiselle Colbroon. I never heard any wo- | describid; while so many others, happy in man in Italy superior to her; I prefer her appearance only, are little so in reality. Dur. infinitely to Mesdames Todi, Mara, and Bas- ling ibe life of a certain Emperor, but whose tardella, all three equally known and estimated name I cannot now well recoilect, who had by the amateurs at Paris. I may cite Nosari reigned fifty years with glory, he could only ia a cavetisre of Griselda, which I have often count, amidst all his long career, one fortnight heard bim repeat, whose voice is most perfect, ll of happiness. Geliote, from the moment of and many others of equal merit; it always his birth to that of his death, experienced appeared to me, as I lis:ened to them, that unalterable felicity. This is an example, they were to the most famous Sopranos of Italy | amongst many others, of distributive justice, what an excellent miniature painter is to Ri against the chances and caprices vf fortune. gaud, Liotard, or Latour. Only compare a What can be said of a serious l'alian Opera? concert composed of the proficients whom 1 Every body knows that it dissipates the ennui have named, with those we hear at the French of five long hours in transforming the theatre Opera!
ll into a place of rendezvous, and assemblies I arrived from Italy, where I had heard and divided into boxes, where instead of listening followed the first proficients, such as Caffarelli, they play, eat and drink, or couverse. They Giziello, Aprile, &c. I was at a concert in only lay down their cards to come forward and Paris where Geliote performed two of his most hear one recitative, accompanied by two or favourite pieces, and which he sang best of three airs, or a duo sang in a superior mauner, any: he did not take them from Operas, but but not played, by an excellen: Soprano cra they were two cantatas of Felider and Pygma Prima Donna! lion. The delight which the great Italian lt Of what use is the serious Italian Opera in Sopranos had given me did not prevent my exercising interesting composition and goou listening to Geliote with rapture; to a species writing? That, for instance of Apostolo Zeno, of melody which seems entirely abandoned all and above all, Metastasio, siuce they are not the present day, and which the present genc | listened to, and cannot be listened to, by their ration bare not the least idea of. What magic || want of stage effect, and the ennui caused by is there not in sucb a voice! What taste, what their long recitativos. method in this unequalled singer! the only" The comic Opera, which has all the defecte of the ser o Opera, and is equally luns, i audience listen to those miserable pieces, in yet more insupportable; because the play of which we can scarce conceive how such men the actors has reither elegance, natare, uor as P.ccii, Cimerose, Sacchini, Paesiello, and dignity; and wants iht lively gaiety of Ilie Paer, would even associate their scientific bar. Frosch comic Opera ; it is bombastic and often mony and seductive melody! ridiculous: and how can the actors make thel,
“ Do not cry, dear papa," said the little ere I continue my narrative, I will request Juliet as she clung round her father's knee; l my readers to look back a fiw years, and re. “ mamma will soo': come back."
trace the circumstances that led to Mr. and Mr Beritun clasped the child wi'lı emotion | Mrs. Beritou's present situation and misfor. to his heart, while the tears silently flwed tunes. from beneath a shaile that covered hi: cyes, As Vr. Cleland, after a confinement of some now mournfully closed from ihe glorious light montlis in France (during the dreadful revo. of the sun; day and night were alas equally lotion), was lurrying in the gloom of the unknowo); and the smiles or tears of his be evening, disguised by the assistance of a kind loved wife and child alike unperceived by him friend, to reach a packet that was to wast bira wbo bad till within a f-w months experienced once inore to his long regrelled home and from ihe effects of the firmer the only conso- l country, he passed through a varrow lane, lation during his unmerited misfortunes. This mind agitated by the fear of discovery and In a few minutes virs. Beriton entered the li
the various ideas that alternately assailed him, cottage; pale and exhausted, she sunk in a he felt liis coat slightly detained by a fecble chair. Juliet ran towards her with infantineband, and turning round, beheld a child who, delight, and taking hold of ber hands vried to in French accents, implored his assistance. climb on her knee; her mother averted her Mr. Ci land, during his confinement, had suf. face in the bopes of conceali:g tears that glis fered so many liardships, and heard and wit. tened in spite of her efforts to restrain them; nessed such dreadful cruelties committed by iu turning her head she nei the melancholy the inhabitants of France, that his soul revolt. countenance of her husband; she immediately led at the name of a Frenchman, and bardened conquered the emotion that seemed before to a heart which till then bid always been alive Overpower her, and advincing towards him, i to the cry of distress ; he shook off the child's juquired in the kindest accenis wheiher he hand, and continued his pace for a few steps, bad wanted ally thing during her absence?, when he fet the pang that always attends a Mr. Boriton, pressing her hand, replied in the feeling mind in the nonperformance of a duty negative. Ajlence of a few minutes succeed it has been accustomed to. He cast a glance ed. At last, after some hesitation, he inquired of inquiry towards the spot he bad passed; if her walk had been successful? “Berier, my and heheld a sight that instantly recalled him. dear," answered Mrs Beriton, with the forced! The poor little mendicant, enfeebled with the accents of cheerfulness, “than I could h.ve i want of food, bad in his rude repulse fallen expected; and I trast I shall in a monto's ! agaiust the step from which she had risen to time bave the comfort of sceing you enjoy the implore bis assistance, and was supporting sea breezes, and deriving from them that be- herself against the wall, the blood trickling in melit it is my daily prayer you may experience." | large drons from her forebead. Mr. Cleland In saying these words, aod casting on ber hus. hastened towards her, but ere he had finisbed band a look expressive of the tenderest affcc-binding his handkerchief across ber temples, tion and concern, Mrs. Beriton hurried out of the child, from debility and loss of blood, the room to indulge for a few minutes the fainted. In the greatest distress (delay being emotions she could no longer repress. But 'l of the utmost importance to his escape and
liberty), he knew not how to act; to abandon agitated him; nor did be recover his usual the little unfortunate in her present situation presence of mind till the bateful shores of the was repugnant to his homane heart, and to country he had suffered so much in were fast wait ber recovery perhaps bis ruin. After receding from his view: he then remembered some besitation he knocked against the dror his little companion, whom he had not reliaof the bouse from the steps of which the child quished, and wbo had clung to him in wild bad first claimed his notice; it was opened dismay during his short struggle to gain adby a man wbose countenance bore the strong. millance on board the vessel. Opening bis coat est marks of ferocity, and who demanded with he now relieved her fears, and was more at vulgar insolence what he wanted ?
liberty to view a countenance which till now Mr. Cleland at first shrunk back from bis bis peculiar situation had not permitted him savage appearance; but recollecting himself, to attend to. He was astonished at the beauty requested a few drops of water to restore the which shone through so many disadvantages; miserable being he supported.
for though covered with the meauest garments, “Not I," said the hardened wretch with an and pale and enfeebled from the effects of grief oath; “ she has asked for that before, and I and the want of proper nourishment, yet the have just beat my wife for attempting to give elegance of her countenance and gracefulness ber some. Thanks to Vive la liberte, she is of her form plainly indicated that she descend the last of that proud family I vowed to heed from no mean origio. Falling on her knees, revenged on. Her father and mother, the and rising her mild eyes bathed in tears, with Marquis and Marchioness, were guillotined
innocent earnestuess she entreated him not yesterday; but she being too young to be to leave her. Mr. Cleland had no such inthought of any consequence, was suffered to tention, and even bad such a thought suggestescape. And i be poor little fool thought, as ed itself, he had, in making her the companion my wife had r:ursed her, she should find relief of his flight, rendered it an impossibility; he bere; but I soon evded her bopes in tha!! therefore lost no time in relieving her anxiety, respect, not a morsel of bread shall any one and procuring hier a small quantity of nourishbelonging to me give to the child of the man ment, which lie administered with the tenderI hated,”
ness of a father, and soon after was rewarded Mr. Cleland turned from the wre'cb with in scciug the little exhausted sufferer sink disgust, wbile be shuddered with horror at into a refreshing slumber. He gazed ou the his diabolical expression of mind and coun sleeping innocent while his thoughts fondly tenance. The violence with wbich lie shut reverted to his long lamented home. Was bis the door recalled the Deeting senses of the un- beloved wife alive? If so, bow was ber affecfortunate child, whose deep sobs of distressionate heart distracted with fears for his life were now no longer unheeded by Mr. Cleland, i and safety! Now did his fancy fondly pourtray who having no time to deliberate, in the en the happiness of their meeting ; and under the thusiasm of the moment, wrapped ber in tbe influence of this pleasing vision bis barrassed large coat whiclı served for his disguise, and frame found relief in a temporary slumber by with precipitate steps hurried to the place the side of bis prolegée. of appointment. When he arrived there | Mr. Cleland was a clergyman of the most all was in a state of confusion ; the packet exemplary character, and blessed with a wife was on the point of sailing ; a moment's delay in every respect worthy to be bis partner longer would have been fatal to his escape. \ through life; he was in possession of a small The owner of the packet being his friend, he il living in the western part of England, but was by bis adroit management admitted into baving no family (except a nephew whom he the crowded vessel, while others less fortunate bad adopted) he lived in the greatest comfort were vainly entreating the same indulgence and respectability, beloved by his neighbours,
So momentous was his entrance into the and almost adored by the poor, to whom be ship, that his mind was a perfect chaos from was the consoling friend and generous beun the feelings that had within the last hour factor.
No. XXXI. Vol. V_N.S.