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Customs imposed on her sex: no woman the ease aud elegance of Miss Benger's was more endowed with all the tender | style. affections; as a friend, a sister, and a

INDISPOSITION OF MR. HAMILTON. daughter, she shone pre-eminent. She was placed, in early youth, in a situation, by “ To her other regrets, Miss Hamilton now no means favourable to literary exertion, or

added the reflection, that she had prematurely to intellectual improvenient. Her family deprived herself of his society. The approach was illustrious, but her father had no inhe.

of Christmas increased ber dejection : in sur. ritance; and his sudden death prevented veying her desolated home, sbe was painfully

reminded of the cherished objects she had his providing in any way for his family. | lost, and instead of looking to the future for Assisted by her brother, bis widow was

hope and encouragement, was led, by an inenabled to give her children a good edu

voluntary impulse, to contrast ber present cation. Elizabeth, the subject of the me with her former situation. This melancholy moirs before us, was adopted by a paternal || seemed prophetic of the calamity that awaited aunt, who resided with her husband in her. Mr. Hamilton had long ceased to be Stirlingshire: at a proper age she was sent robust : in his last journey from Scotland, he to school, and was educated after the man contracted a cold, which produced alarming ber of females in general. The improve- pulmonary symptoms. A voyage to Lisbon ment of her natural abilities was all her | being recommended by his medical friends, he own. Her reading was confined, and of

invited his elder sister to be the companion of the few books she had perused, she was

his voyage, whilst, with mistaken tenderness,

he endeavoured to disgiuse from the other charged not to speak, least she should


the extent of his malady,” pear like a female pedant, amongst a contracted and prejudiced society. Her correspondents, however, consisted of her

“ Touched, even to agony, with tbe allusion elder brother, who united together the to her brother's exhausted constitution, she characters of a brave soldier, and a most conceived an alarm that was not to be re. accomplished scholar, and gentleman, and pressed, and instantly commenced her journey. an affectionate elder sister. During the On reaching Mr. Hamilton's lodgings at long residence of her brother in India, they Hampstead, she found her sister already arkept up a regular epistolary correspond rived; but the object of their mutual solicience: from this correspondence Miss Ben

tude was no longer in a state to leave England. ger has selected some very pleasing ex

During some weeks of this mournful reunion,

the patient continued to linger, and his friends tracts, Miss Hamilton's first literary essay ap

to fluctuate between doubt and despair. On

the 14th of March, 1792, the conflict ended, peared in the Lounger : but, on her bro

when, in the prime of his ambitious hupesther's return to Europe, she paid very seri. with the prospect of realizing all his early ous attention to literature. An early dis- || dreams of distinction, Charles Hamilton ex. appointmeut in the tender affections, caused || pired, preserving, to his last moment all the all the attachment of a susceptible heart to sensibilities that eudear the man or exalt the be absorbed in sisterly regard. After the christian.” death of her uncle, she resided with Mr. Hamilton, and her sister, Mrs. Blake; till her brother was obliged to prepare for a return to India, on which occasion Miss

“ The outline she had traced under bis imHamilton again took possession of her house

proving eye, remained a blank ; still she was in Stirlingshire : on the 14th of March, | object tbat appeared worthy to engage them,

unable to force her thoughts from the only 1792, however, this excellent brother expired; and the loss was to Miss Hamilton || design of writing the Hindoo Rajah, in wbich

and was thus inseusibly led to conceive the irreparable; her grief, somewhat abated by she was not only permitted to recal the ideas time, felt solace in literary pursuits. She she had acquired from her brother's couverl'esided at Edinburgh, and during her stay || sation, but to pourtray his cbaracter, and there, was a subject of distinguished atten commemorate his talents and virtues. Wbea tion and general esteem.

she bad written a few sheets, she submitted to The following extract is a specimen of ll her chosen friend, (Mrs. G.) the plan of her No. 119.-Supplement.



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work, but with a diffidence that betrays the the melancholy that pervaded the author's dejection of her spirits. “I am afraid, sbe mind : at the commencement, the style is apobserves,' to inquire what you will say to my propriately figurative and poetical; the irony black baby: I had no sooner given it out of is solemn and imposing ; the wit is often eles my hands, than I passed sentence of con- | gant; the satire grave and severe; the writer demnation on it myself, and was almost sometimes affects to smile, yet, kas obviously ashamed of having exposed it even to your | forgotten to laugh: her individual feelings are eye: but there is one thing of which I must

embodied io Charlotte; and a beautiful tribute beg leave to assure you, aod that is, I have so is offered to her lamented brother, in the delittle of authorship about me, that there is no lineation of the character of Percy, who is not occasion for the smallest degree of delicacy in introduced to the scene as a living actor, bat poioting out its defects, or, indeed, in con. as one already reposing in the grave." demning in loto, any child of my brain, towards whom I am so unnatural a parent, tbat I have

We shall conclude these remarks and bitherto seen them smothered without re

extracts, with those beautiful lines, written That wbich has been done by my own

by Mrs. Hamilton, on the social pleasures diffidence, will be still more easily accom.

by which she once found herself encircled. plished, when aided by the judgment of a ' Iu one alone I saw, Oh! pleasing sight! friend; on you, then, my dear madam, it will

• The mind's first gifts,--the heart's best depend, whether my poor Rajah shall sleep in

virtues blend peace on bis native mountains, or expose "Jo a lov'd brother saw them all uuite, bimself to the dangers of criticism, by a trip

• And mine the pride to call that brother to England; if you think him too weak to

friend! stand the dangers of the voyage he shall never move a step further.'

• Such were thy early scenes, deceitful year! “ The fiat of this iutelligent friend decided ( From these thy closing hour beheld me the Rajah's destiny."

torn; • Condemo'd to leave whate'er my soul

holds dear,

• Reluctant, sorrowing, hopeless, and for “ The Hindoo Rajah bears many traces of






Life and Errors of John Dunton, Citizen of London. 2 vols. 8vo. Nichols.

This work, besides its series of con readers, “ the great patron of hackney aufessions, gives the characters and biogra- || thors." phical sketches of more than a thousand co In 1685, he went to New England, where temporary divines, and other persons of the books he had formerly published, being literary eminence.

adapted to the taste of the puritans there, John Dunton was the son of the rector | he met with considerable success. On his of Aston Clinton, in Buckinghamshire; he return to England, he was loaded with fawas born in the year 1659, and intended mily debts and contentions; and after enfor the church; but at the age of fourteen, during a confinement of ten months, he dehe evinced a disposition too volatile for the parted for Germany and the Low Countries. sacred profession; and when he had near When William III. arrived in London, ly attained the age of fifteen he was bound Dunton again opened a shop at the Black apprentice to Mr. Thomas Parkhurst, an Raven, opposite the Poultry Compter, eminent bookseller of the Presbyterian per where he continued in trade for ten years, suasion. Here he evinced a conduct, not meeting, alternately, success and disapthe most regular, and when his term ex- | pointment. In 1692, he was chosen liverypired, he gave an entertainment to one man of the company of stationers; and, hundred apprentices, to celebrate what he after baving been iwice married, he died at styled his funeral. He soon after set up the age of 74, in a state of obscurity, and for bimself, and became, as he informs his almost insane: this latter assertion will be

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found just by all who may have patience to In the Netherlands, he met with the faexplore these volumes; the piety mingled mous almanack maker, Dr. Partridge, of in which, seems evidently that of a mad- whom, however, he says nothing more. man: his mother had a great many visions In Ireland, he met with some exorcists, about the other world, and generally, on who were excellently famous at helping those occasions, falling into a trance, she cattle that were bewitched: and was told was once very near being buried alive : 1 of a troop of borse, in which one mother Dupton seemed to possess many of her no had two-and-twenty of her sons enlisted; tions,

be saw, also, an old lady 130 years of age, His father had charged him not to marry | who had been under laundress to the chief till he was five-and-twenty; but John, lauudress of Queen Elizabeth; and he who was not the most obedient of sons, heard of a gentleman who had taken such fell in love at thirteen, with a Mrs. Mary a violent antipathy to cats, that he swooned Saunders. His next mistress was a young away, because the furrier had lined his virgin, whose name he is careful of men muff with catskin. His journey through tioning, constantly writing it “Susannah Ireland contains a number of such ridicuSog." When she was banished into lous stories. the country, he acquaints us, that as he Dunton, in his old age, presented a mewas seated under the powerful ministry of morial to George the First, in which he Mr. Doolittle, “ the beautiful Rachel Sea- || pleaded the great extent of his political serton gave him a fatal wound.” He passed vices, and enumerated forty tracts that he much of his time with this captivating fair had written in favour of the Protestant sucone at Mr. Dawson's dancing school: and cession. The Lord Sunderland's reply was, he makes the following reflection on this “ Tell Dunton he is an impudent fellow, part of his conduct :

and has abused the greatest men in the na« Man is naturally an amorous creatore,

tion.” which is an argument of bis poverty!"

We shall close our remarks on these two Three Sarahs next succeeded;

volumes, by inserting the following extract

Sarah Day, Sarah Doolittle, and Sarah Briscow :

of a story related to Mr. Dunton by the

wife of Dr. Phoenix : on the first, he made the following anagram:

« Sarah Day- D bas a ray." ?" Some years since, baving been delivered His wife, however, was a Miss Annesley, of a girl, two ladies, that were then the Dor: whom he asked, and obtained of her fa

tor's patients, desired the baptising of the ther. After many extravagant entertain.

cbild might be deferred till they were able to ments and merry-makings, the young cou.

go abroad, because they had a mind to stand ple opened a shop in Prince's-street, on the gossips to it. But the two ladies, not being

well enough to go abroad so soon as they sd of August, 1682. The poesy on the thought at first

, a mouth's time was passed wedding-ring was dictated by John Dune | since the birth of the child, all which time it ton, and was as follows:

remained unchristened. But one day, as the “ God saw thee most fit for me." Doctor's lady was in her chamber, looking for When he first went to America, he was

sometbing which she wanted in a press, on a strongly tempted to violate his conjugal | sudden she cast her eyes back, and saw, sitvows, at West Cowes, which, at that time, I ting down in a chair, an uncle of her's, who

had been dead several years : at which, being he informs us, abounded “ with a genera

somewhat surprised, she asked him how be tion of the most impudent women ever met

did? And be, on the contrary, asked her, with; and we might have easily mistaken

wbat was the reason she did not christen the it for Rome, Venice, or Mycene.” His at

child? She told him, it was because her bustachments, however, seem not to have ex.

band promised two ladies should be gossips ceeded the bounds of Platonism. In a jour- | to it, and they were both yet indisposed, and ney up the country to Natick, he lets us

could not come. The spectrum then called know he performed it on horseback, “ with her to come to bim, which she accordingly lhe flower of Boston, Madam Brick." did; and be embraced her in his arms, and




kissed her paked bosom, which, she said, she was again abroad, and his lady alone in ber felt extreme cold. He then asked her wbere cbamber, there appeared to ber another specher busband was? and she told him where. | trum, in the likeness of her annt, who bad been After which, be charged ber to let the dead near twenty years before, with a coffia child be christened the next day, at three in her hand, and a bloody child in the coffin, o'clock in the afternoon; and then went away asking ber, in a threatening manner, why the she knew not how. When the Doctor came child was not christened? She replied as she home, bis lady told him what sbe had seen, had done to her uncle before, i hat her bus. and desired the child might be christened, ac band delayed it on the account of two gossips, cording to the charge given by the spectrum; which could not yet come. Whereto the but the Doctor was unbelieving, and still re. spectrum, with a stero countenance, said, solved to defer it lill the two ladies sbould "Let there be no more such idle excuses, but come to be gossips. But the time prefixed by || christen the child to-morrow, or it sball be the spectrum being past, and the child not worse for you;' and so disappeared. The christened, ibat nigbt the bed clothes were lady, all in tears, tells the Doctor of the spee. à tempted to be pulled off

, she crying out to trum, and prevails with bim to bave it chris. the Doctor for help, who pulled the clothes tened the next day, and in three days after, up with all bis strength, and had much ado the child was overlaid by the nurse, and to keep them on; his wife, in the mean time, brought home in a coffin all bloody, exactly crying out grievously that somebody pinched | like that which was shewn her by the last her. And the next morning, viewing of her spectrum. The Doctor confirmed that part of body, tbey found she was pioched black and the story which related to him; and as to the blue in several places. This did not yet pre- || spectrums, his lady averred, before myself, vail with the Doctor to have his child christen. Mr. Wilde, Mc. Larkin, and Mr. Price, that ed, till the two ladies should come to be gos what she related was nothing but truth." sips. But a day or lwo after, when the Doctor


Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth. By Lucy Aikin. 2 vols. 8vo. Longman and Co.

There is not only something highly, this with too much poetic enthusiasm, and chivalrous in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, rendered her work more like a romance, but we feel ourselves also interested by than a real history; for we know that pearer and more domestic causes to be at- Queen Elizabeth could, according to the tracted by the history of that period. Our i testimony of the most authentic writers, Jaws, customs, and manners, our religion, || swear, like her father, by God's death, and all became changed to that system which stare young men out of countenance, while has continued, in a great measure, the same she admired, and made remarks on their to the present day: while military glory, || manly beauty. Nor can we ever figure to national achievement, and literature, in ourselves, like Miss Aikin, “ Diaua and the reign of Elizabeth, attained to an height, her nymphs," in Elizabeth, and her “atglorious to the sovereign, and to the nation tendant beauties"—with stiff stays, their at large.

waists girded tight below their bips, and Miss Aikin has proved, with great inge- ii their heads buried in enormous ruffs! We nuity, that gallantry, romance, and talent, | must say, we really find this a very unclascharacterized the nation under the rule of sical resemblance of the chaste Diana. We the maiden Queen: the conversation at look more to Elizabeth in a political view; whose table, though seemingly coarse to there the advantages produced to the peothe present ear of taste and refinement, was ple of England can never be sufficiently witty and sprightly, and was followed by a estimated. Commerce was extended, the drama, or a dance, in which the Queen, her- | most important discoveries made, and reliself, did not disdain to be a performer. I gion established on a firm and solid basis, Miss Aikin has, however, the fault of too by a reformation devoid of fanaticism, and many female writers; she has painted all || unblinded by a party zeal.



Miss Aikin commences her memoirs with O God! I speak it, having 10 other friends, the birth of Elizabeth, and narrates the

but thee alone.' close of Henry's life and reign. In the “ On seeing a number of wardens, and other reign of the bigotted Mary, she gives an

attendants drawn out in order, she asked, account of Elizabeth's being committed to

• What meaneth this? Some one answered the Tower, for being concerned in the in- | that it was customary on receiving a prisoner. surrection of Sir Thomas Wyatt. This ac

If it be,' said sbe, ' I beseech you, that for count is well given, and is one of the most

my cause they may be dismissed. Immedi

ately the poor men kneeled down, and prayed interesting passages in the work: and as

God to preserve her; for which action, they the writer carries Elizabeth from the scenes

all places the

of humiliation and imprisonment, to the Going Title further, she sat down on a

throne of her ancestors, she gradually un stone to rest herself; and the Lieutenant folds her character; shews her, in some urging her to rise, and come id out of the cold respects, a female despot, and discovers to and wet, she answered, Better sitting here, the reader all those little jealousies, and than in a worse place, for God knoweth envyings, from which, even a Queen is not

wbither you bring me.' On hearing these exempt, when the consciousness of infe- words, her gentleman-usher wept, for which riority of person, and approaching age, dis

she reproved bim; telling him be ought rather covers that the young and beautiful have

to be her comforter, especially since she knew

her own truth to be such, that no man should more claim to admiration than them.

have cause to weep for her. Then rising, selves. This was Elizabeth's weak side, || she entered the prison, and its gloomy doors the ardent desire of conquest over the hearts were locked and bolted on her. Shocked and of men. Nothing can be better described dismayed, but still resisting the weakness of than the history of some of those unfortu- | unavailivg lamentation, she called for her nate lovers, which the capricious Queen || book, and devoutly prayed that she might trifled with, and discarded, than by Miss build her house upon the rock.” Aikin, in a work, which in spite of some of its high coloured descriptions, we do not


AFTERWARDS EARL OF LEICESTER. fail to pronounce true to the most material and important points of history, and ex “We are totally uninformed of the circumtremely interesting and amusing. As a stances which had recommended to her pecu. proof of this, we shall point out to our liar patronage, this bad son of a bad father ; readers a few striking passages, by giving whose enterprises, if successful, would have the following extracts.

disinherited of a kingdom Elizabeth berself,

no less than Mary. . But it is remarkable, that COMMITTAL OF ELIZABETH TO THE TOWER, even under the reign of the latter, the surviving ON SIR THOMAS WYATT'S INSURRECTION.

members of the Dudley family had been able “The next day being Palm Sunday, strict to recover in great measure, from the effects of orders were issued for all parties to attend the their late singular reverses. Lord Robert, churches, and carry their palms; and in the soon after his release from the Tower, conmeantime she was privately removed to the trived to make himself so acceptable to King Tower, attended by the Earl of Sussex, and Philip, by his courtier-like attentions, and to the other Lord, tbree of her own ladies, three Mary, by his diligence in posting backwards of the Queen's, and some of her officers. Se. and forwards to bring her intelligence of her veral characteristic traits of her behaviour || husband, during his long visit to the Contihave been preserved. On reaching her melan- i nent, that be earned from the latter several eboly place of destination, she long refused to marks of favor. Two of his brothers fought, land at Traitor's Gate; and when the uncor. and one fell, in the battle of St. Quintin's; and teous nobleman declared, 'that she should not immediately afterwards the Duchess, their choose,' offering, bowever, at the same time, mother, found means, through some Spanish bis cloak to protect her from the rain, she re. interest and connections, to procure the restained enough of her high spirit to put it from toration in blood of all her surviving children. her, with a good dash. As she set her foot || The appointment of Robert to the place of on the ill-omened stairs, she said, “Here Master of the Ordnance soon followed; so that lapdetb as true a subject, being a prisoner, as even before the accession of Elizabeth, he ever landed on these stairs; and before thee, ll might be regarded as a rising man in the state.

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