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delight, he leads his rosy, and no less happy, her, she will find that the wealthy fair one partner down twenty couple, and back bas often the mortification of seeing a more again. The modish fair one at the Italian | beautiful rival eclipse ber, either by ber Opera, of which, perbaps, she does not un- | youth or diamonds! Her elegant equipage derstand two sentences, sits weary and dis is built so light, that she is in daily peril contented; while those who fill the two of breaking her neck: the coming off of shilling gallery at the theatres, laugh, with a wheel, or her coachman being acci. real satisfaction, at Liston or Harley; or dentally drunk, or one of her bright bays delight in the wondrous feats of Astley's being taken sick, continually puts her paequestrian troop; and admire, with rap-tience to a severe trial • and when she goes ture, the splendid spectacles of the Surrey to a crowded rout (and she would not go Theatre.
too early for worlds), she is so long before Music has become a very general accom her carriage can get up to the door, that plishment in England; but amongst those she is often half inclined to return home who sing and play, the advantage is, evi- || again. "Now he who walks on foot, if he dently, on the side of the subaltern classes. has good legs and a good eye, is not afraid They never pretend to be virtuosos, and, of being spattered with mud: as to dining therefore, they are dispensed from being out, he accepts those invitations that are obliged to attend those wearisome concerts, // given him as often as he can, and seldom falsely called delicious treats : but if a new returns them. air, which is really original and melodious, Rich people may be compared to hunters, comes out, it passes from 'one' mouth to and the poor to poachers : the first are another, it becomes popular, and, in a very ever in search of, and ever trying to pure short time, makes the fortune of the com-chase, pleasures; but it is the latter that poser_uot because it has beeur sung at the get hold of them." concerts of the nobility, but because it is The following letter is a proof of what I played by every street-organ: this it is that have advanced : reuders it a popular enjoyment; and it is the people that form the bulk of the king « TO TIMOTHY, HEARWELL, ESQ. dom. Its
SIR, There is nothing that vexes me so Were I to bring forward every proof of much in this strange harlequinade, which the people being happier than their lords, | peoples this motley world, than to see some I could fill a volume': we will only say a men and women possessed of every good few words on the article of dress, and the that fortune can bestow, yet devoured by luxury of the table. There is, certainly, a vapours or spleen, or by that business great deal of difference between a robe of which concerns themselves the least, giving white satin, worked in-silver lama, and a way to continual repinings, often declaring cambric muslin gown-between a diadem | themselves miserable, and fretting about of diamonds or pearls, and a simple wreath || the affairs of government, an ill-dressed of flowers, or a bandean of ribband; cer. dinner, or a rainy day, when they have tainly, too, Champaign and Burgundy are happened to engage an aquatic party. If preferable to Cape Madeira, or the humbler they will attentively read this letter, and home-made currant or raisin wine; and a follow my example, by casting care behind barouche, that one may call one's own, is them, they will fiud that this world is a " better than a dirty hackney coach: in the very good one, and that man, with good
mean time, let us be placed, for a moment, health and spirits, and especially with com. in the situation of one who keeps his own petence, may be the happiest of all created carriage-who keeps, besides, an open beings. Now I have neither landed protable--and who glitters in gorgeous ap- perty, nor a family mansion: I have no parel; it would soon be discovered that be post of honour, no enıployment under go. was not so happy as the eye of fancy had vernment; but, with two good coats to my made him ; etiquette, and continual re back, a smiling countenance, and a small straint, often make him sigh after the stock of original wit, I am well received charms of humble life. If the retired fe among the great, as well as among the wale envies her who is lifted up far above ll middle class of people; and while the
former are worn out with cares and on- | lage; of the churchwarden, who is conticasiness in order to preserve their wealth, nually bringing to me all the orphan chilor to increase it, I think only of my plea- dren he can lay hold of, and every widow sures, of agreeable - recollections of the in the place. If you would believe him, past evening, and of my hopes for the mor- | there cannot be a May-day kept, without row. I shall not dwell on the happy care my figuring away among the people with lessness of my disposition, nor on the calm all my household: nor can the parish I enjoy, nor the real and sweet philosophy workhouse give a dinner extraordinary to by which I am guided; but I will draw the poor, without my having to furnish only a slight parallel between my lot and butter and vegetables. Would you believe that of the opulent man, so much the en- li it, my reputation for philanthrophy is so vied object of the vulgar.
firmly established, that I am obliged to be In the season of summer, which is gene- present at every christening and funeral : rally consecrated to rural pleasures, every | The streets are crowded with my gode, body flies from town, and seeks the wood. || children: but what vexes me worst of all, land shade, both for freshness and amuse is, that my wife, in imitation of Lady ment. I follow the crowd, and direct my | C-, is continually making what she steps toward Richmond, where I know my calls regattas, and fills my house with comcompany will be acceptable. My host is pany, from top to bottom; and for these the owner of a charming habitation, si- three days past, my very barouche has been tuated on the banks of the Thames; and employed in fetching new articles from when I arrived, he was busied in paying. London for her toilette. My orangerie is a bill for repairs, rendered necessary by transformed into a public breakfastingthe last hurricane.--"Welcome, welcome, "room; my library is filled with portman-, said he; “ your inexhaustible gaiety will teaus, band boxes, bootjacks, and other, console us for the enormous expence we lumber, belonging to my numerous guests. have been at for this confounded house." My billiard-room is like a barrack, for in, “ Indeed! I see an account that is ter. that are fitted up, on nights, a parcel of rible."_“ This is but a trifle; the wind, | camp beds, for young giddy boys that come. the hail, even inundations, are but partial from a military college: there is only tlie. scourges; my real enemies-these are
dining and drawing-rooms that keep their -“ Continue,"_" They are my friends!" | original destination. , Ah! my good friend, _“I understand you; thoughtless people, what am I to do?"-" Why these spacious parasites, like myself.”—“ Fie, fie; I never mansions ruin you, your servants rob you, reckoned you in that class : 1 speak of the your friends weary you, your wife torments gentleman that lives just by, who does me
you; the man that would wish to be really the honour of putting my name at the head happy must act as I do." of every subscription for improving this vil
JAHIA AND MEIMOUNE.-A TURKISH TALE.
During the prosperous reign of Se. parent all the little money he had saved lim II. there lived at Constantinople a from his gainings. On his arrival at the young man named Ismene Jahja. He house of his friend, Muhamid said to him: dwelt near the Seven Towers with his “ You are just come in time, my dear Ja. mother, to whom he was a very submissive | hia, I was this night invited to the wedding and dutiful son : he was handsome and of one of my friends; you shall accompany well made, and his heart alive to all the me, and we shall be very merry.”—“As tender feelings of friendship; these feelings you are invited,” said Jahia, " I shall not caused him often to repair to Scutari, tbat || scruple to accompany you; it is well kuown he might enjoy the society of his friend that we are inseparable, and it will not Muhamid. After one day having, as usual, seem extraordinary my going with you."pressed the band of his mother to his lips, || They accordingly set off, were well receive he set off for Scutari, leaving with his ed, and the hour of prayer being arrived,
they followed the bride to 'the mosque,
« Let him do what he pleases; he does not according to the Turkish custom ; from want' courage nor address; be assured he whence they returned, accompanied by the || will succeed in what he is going about." — Imans to the door of her dwelling, where | Muhamid was compelled to give way, and all the assembly bade them farewell.'. After Jahia took with him two pitchers, with the usual prayers, the bride was conducted which he arrived safe at the wine house. into the chamber of the bridegroom, sher-He soon got them filled, and set forward bet was handed round to all the guests, on his return, to make merry with his and every one of whom immediately after friends. wards took their leave.
The hour of prayer had been over some Jahia and Muhamid went with some time, and the streets were all deserted. young men of their acquaintance to a kind However, Jahia perceived at a short disof tavern, where they diverted themselves tance from him a lanthorn, as he was turnand drank wine. They had already taken ing down a bye place near Valida. This sufficient to be pretty well heated, when light came towards him in that inanner that he whose province it was to pour out the he could neither turn away from it nor make wine, said:_What shall we now do, my his escape; had he turned back, the noise friends ; 'we have emptied ' our pitchers, of his footsteps would cause him to be purand it will be attended with' danger if we sued, and he ran the Hazárd of being stopsend out for more wine.* • Has any one of ped by the sea-side. On the other hand, you courage sufficient to go and get a fresh he could not throw away the pitchers of supply?"-Jahia, struck with this observa. | wine, as that would have seemed a cowardly tion, said to himself, “ I am the only stran way of giving up an enterprise he had so ger here; and to whom could this speech strenuously desired to undertake. While be addressed if not to me?" He then rose
he was busjed in these reflections, and from his seat, and offered to volunteer on fearing that the lanthorn was carried by this service. Muhamid's countenance ex
one of the nightly watch, the light advanced pressed what he felt in his mind, and he still néarer, and he perceived by it a young immediately remarked-“ Did any one man who preceded an old one, followed by ever see a stranger employed in doing the another slave.' The countenance of the errands of a people belonging to one par
old man was that of a learned sage, and ticular province? Sit down, my dear his beard, as white as silver, descended to friend, 'I shall not consent to what you
his girdle; he had a staff in one hand, and have proposed. Besides, you are upac
a Turkish rosary in the other. Jahia quainted with this neighbourhood; you
placed himself against the wall to let these do not know the different paths, and you strangers pass, hoping they might not obwould run more risk than one of us."
serve him. But when they came up close All the company agreed that Mubamid to him, he heard the old mau addressing was right; and while they applauded the his prayers to the Almighty in the followcourage of Jahia, they begged he would
words :-“ O Alla! in the name of thy not take the trouble: but in praising his
seven heavens, of Adam, Eve, thy holy courage, and admiring his generosity, these prophets, saints, and martyrs, behold me, young men endeavon red to strengthen his thy servant, who has attained this day the proposal, though they affected to prevent | age of fourscore years: the summer of my it; and Jahia, like all other young men,
life is past away for ever, and till now I thought his honour concerned in his de
never knew what it was to want a guest termination to take this rash step. He
at my table, or a hospitable welcome at therefore repeated his resolution, and those another's ; this is the first night that I am who thought of nothing but the getting
threatened with supping alone. I bumbly more wine, at length, said to Muhamid :
now implore thy divine majesty, that if my
homage for so many years has been accept* Wine, in Mahometan cowories, is only al- || able in thy sight, that I may meet with lowed to be sold on the sea shore. The place
some one with whoin I may eat my supper where these young men were assembled was at
and be entertained with his society." some distance,
Jahia regarded the old man with a ter
ror that rendered him motionless, and the law of Mahomet, he told the reason of his kind of prayer that he had offered up made having been entrusted with this commisthe young man tremble. “ Assuredly," || sion.—“My friends," added he, “ are waitsaid he to himself, " this is some great ing with impatience: judge yourself what prophet; and what will become of me I ought to do, and then command me." when he finds me the bearer of this for- || The old man replied, “ My son, your words, bidden liquor ? Wben, however, Jahia as they are the words of truth, are more discovered this venerable personage to be || valuable than the finest pearls of the ocean. a sheick, who was seeking to discover dif- You have gained my heart: and know that ferent objects notwithstanding the dark the person who now speaks to you is the ness of the night, and that having perceiv- sheick Ebulkiar, who was born at Magneed himself, he desired those who accom sia. I have been settled at Scutari ever panied him to bring the lanthorn close up since I was seven years of age, and I have to bim, that he might look on him more attained that of fourscore without ever attentively; and poor Jabia, however he having supped alone. By the blessing of might be disposed to render homage to the God on my prayers and sacrifices, I have sheick, could not, on account of the two always bad wherewithal to give to eat to pitchers with which he was burthened. || those who came to see me.
When a stranThe sheick began to return thanks to God ger has not presented himself before me, for this meeting, and said to Jahia—“ You | after the hour of evening prayer, I have are witness, youug man, of my gratitude returned to the mosque, and chose him to Alia, for his goodness in sending you who appeared most favourable in my eyes; here. If I had not met you I should have took him home with me, and gave him the gone without my supper: follow me to my best welcome in my power. I have met house, and do not refuse the pressing invi- with no one this day; and all those whom tation I make you."-These words re I separately asked at the mosque made doubled Jahia's embarrassment.
some excuse or other to absent himself. tainly," said he to himself, “ this man is a Seeing my case hopeless, I sent up my supsaint. I have already deserved the wrath | plications to Alla, and he presented to my of Alla, by transgressing his command- || view a most agreeable guest in yourself. ments in drinking and carrying wine, But," added the old man, “ it is not right shall now augment my fault, and bring on to prevent you from fulfilling a commismyself the anger of this holy man if I re- sion so replete with danger; I will wait fuse his request. Yet if I accept his pro- | for you here, and you shall request of your posal I can never appear again before those companions their permission to retire, as who are expecting my return."-In this you can tell them that if you drink any dilemma Jahia preserved the most pro more wine it may disagree with you. You found silence, and the sheick observing that shall then come and join me, and I am sure he kept his hauds ander his robe, suspected you will not repent of granting me the that he was concealing something, and to favour I ask of you. I swear to you, by put an end to his doubts he lifted up the Alla, that I will wait here till your return : robe of Jahia, and beheld the two pitchers. you see I trust to your word, though it is “I thought," said he, " that it was wine in your power to make me pass the whole that bad flushed your countenance, but | vight here.”—The sheick then sat down you need not be uneasy about that in my on a stone, and Jahia congratulated himself presence. Which way are you going? I on having met a man who was so indul. will accompany you; at least, I will fol- gent: and he promised to return as soon as
at a , you a guard : in a word, i will do just as you His first care, after he rejoined his please ; but I declare that I will not return friends, was to fill their goblets, and to to my own house without you.”—The place the two pitchers on the table: the gentle behaviour of the old man now set | joy at his return was exuberant, as they Jahia quite at his ease, and delighted at had almost despaired of seeing him not having experienced any reproof on again that night; bis friend Muhamid, what was so expressly forbidden by the ll who had been the most uneasy, embraced
him fervently, and they all applauded him | habitation of all earthly delights. Multito the skies. But whatever intreaties they tudes of silver lamps shed around the light made to prevail on him to take his place of an artificial day. A superb sofa was again at the head of the table, they could placed in a beautiful window recess, and not succeed." All that I require," said is in the middle of the apartment rose a Jahia, “ in recompence for the trifling ser marble fountain, surrounded with pillars vice I have rendered you, is your permis- of the finest workmanship, and whose sion to retire. I am fatigued ; and a friend waters were clear as crystal, and filled whom I met with in the wine house has with gold and silver fishes, whose agile made me drink cup after cup so hastily, i sports and motions delighted the eye. that my head is very much disordered." Between the pillars were stands of flowers It was with much difficulty he gained their of every kind and hue. Jahia took his seat consent to his departure, but it was still on the sofa, and his seuses were ali ab. more difficult for him to get rid of his sorbed in the objects that pressed on his friend Muhamid, who insisted on accom- sight. The old man soon perceived what panying him. However, as soon as Jahia was passing within him, and said _“ Confound himself alone, he repaired to the spot | fide to nie the subject of your meditations; where he had left the sheick, who was did not I tell you that I regarded you as a waiting for him, according to bis promise.
Aud do not you think it would be Penetrated with his kindness, Jahia pros better that you should be only the son of a trated himself before the sheick, and offer." sheick's adoption, than to be so in reality? ed to kiss his feet. The sheick raised him for the tie of adoption is strengthened by up, pressed him to his bosoni, saying, “ (, , inclination, and the friendship of choice my son, prostrate not thyself before a child must be superior to that of nature. Be of the dust."—He then praised him for easy; you are iv the house of a frievd, you bis punctuality, and taking him by the shall be my companion, and our evenings hand, they went out of Scutari together. I will be passed in amusements : as I expect After they had passed by the Leper's the angel of death shortly to lay his hand Hospital they came to a garden, the gate of ' upon me, I will make you heir of all my which seemed like the entrance to a royal wealth; for I fiud you a young man after palace, and the walls that enclosed the
my own beart, and when I am dead you garden were of an immense height. The shall occupy my place."— The sheick then old man knocked at the door, and the voice went into another apartment; but soon of a young girl was heard asking who was
after returned, richly clad in a robe so there? She opened the gate immediately fively embroidered with gold and silver on hearing the voice of the sheick. Jabia that it seemed rather that of a Sultan than was enraptured at the sight of her counte a sheick the then placed himself beside Dance, for she was without a veil, and was Jabla, and the slaves of the sheick brought beautiful as the day, and blooming as the in several dishes of silver set with precious early spring: she carried before them a
stones and filled with the choicest dainties, silver lamp, in which the fame was kept | while the perfumes of musk and ambergris burping by an oil of the most aromatic burnt in vessels of gold, ravished the sense and costly scent.
with their odours. The house appeared to Jabia as the (To be concluded in our next.)
ON THE REVIVAL OF COMMERCE.
SBB Commerce waken from her gloomy sleep,
No. 115.-Vol. XVIII,
Or whence the car of day, the morning's