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MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ELIZABETH.

His personal graces and elegant accomplish we have a letter to the Duke of Norfolk, diments, are on all hands acknowledged to have recting the maoner in which be should go to been sufficiently striking, to dazzle the eyes meet the King, if he landed at any part of and charm the heart of a young priacess of a Norfolk or Suffolk : and lastly, we bare i be lively imagination, and absolute mistress of solemn judgment of the Lord Treasurer, Ibe her own actions. The circumstance of his Lord Steward, and the Lord Chamberlaio, on being already married, blinded her, perbaps, the ceremonial to be observed towards bim, to tbe nature of her sentiments towards bim, on his arrival by the Queen herself. er, at least it was regarded by her as a suffi. “One paragrapb is conceived with all the cient sanction in the eyes of the public, for prudery, and the deep policy about trifles, those manifestatious of favour and esteen with whicb marked the character of Elizabetla herwhich she was pleased to honour bim.” self. “By cause the Queeu's Majesty is a maid,

in this case, would many things be omitted of ACCOUNT OF ELIZABETH'S TREATMENT OF

honor and courtesy, whicb, otherwise were HER LOVER, THE KING OF SWEDEN.

mete to be shewed to him, as jn like cases, “ Eric, King of Sweden, whose hopes of bath been of Kings of this land to others, and final success in his addresses, were kept up in therefore it shall be necessary that the gravest spite of the repeated denials of the Queen, by of ber council do, as of their own judgment, the artifice of some Englishmen at his court, excuse the lack thereof to the King; and yet who deluded him by pretended secret intelli on their own parts, offer the supplement gence, had sent to her Majesty a royal present, thereof, with reverence.” and declared bis intention of following in person. The present consisted of eighteen large

SIR CHARLES BLOUNT. pie-bald borses, and two ship loads of precious “ Sir Charles Blount, notwithstanding the articles, which are not particularized. It does parrowness of his present fortunes, judged it not appear tbat ibis offering was ill received ; | incumbent on bim to give a similar proof of but as Elizabeth was determined not to relent attachment to his Queen and country; and in favour of tbe sender, she caused him to be the circumstance affords an occasion of intraapprized of the impositions passed upon him ducing to the notice of the reader one of the by the English, to whom he had given ear, at brightest oruaments of the court of Elizabeth. the same time, expressing her anxious bope, “ Tbis distinguished gentleman, now in the that he would spare himself the fatigues of a twenty-fifth year of his age, was the second fruitless voyage. Fearing, however, that be son of James, sixth Lord Mountjoy, of ibe anmight be already on his way, she occupied | cient Norman name of Le Blande, corruptly berself in preparations for receiving him, with written Blount. The family history might all the hospitality and splendor due to his er serve as a commentary on the reiguing follies rand, his rapk, and ber own bonour. It was at of the English court, during two or three gethe same time, a business of some perplexity, nerations. His grandfather, a splendid cour. so to regulate all these matters of ceremony, tier, consumed his resources on the ostentathat neither Eric bimself, por others might tious equipage with wbich he attended to the conclude that he was a favoured suitor. French wars, bis master, Henry VIII., with Among the state papers of the times we fiod, whom he had the misfortune to be a favourite. first, a letter of couusel to the Lord Mayor, His father squandered a diminished patrimony, setting forth, tbat,“ Whereas certain book. still more absurdly in his search after tbe pbibinders and stationers, did utter certain | losopher's stone; and the ruin of the family papers, wherein were printed, the face of her was so consummated by the ill-timed prodigaMajesty, and the King of Sweden, although, lities of his elder brother, that when his death, her Majesty was not miscontepted that either without children in 1594, transmitted the title her own face, or that of this King should be of Lord Mountjoy to Sir Charles, a thousand pourtrayed; yet, to be joined in the same marks was the whole amount of the inheritpaper, with bim, or any other prince, who was ance by which this honour was to be mainknown to have made request for marriage to

tained. It is needless to add, that the younger her, was what she could not allow. Accord | brother's portion, with which he set out in life, ingly it was her pleasure, that the Lord Mayor was next to nothing. Having thus, his own should seize all such papers, and pack them way to make, he immediately after completing up, so that none of them should get abroad. his own education at Oxford, entered himself Otherwise she might seem to authorise this of the loner Temple, as meaning to pursue joining of herself in marriage to him, which the profession of the law: but fortune bad ormight seem to touch ber in honour.' Next dained his destiny otherwise ; and being led

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by his curiosity to visit the court, he there (1 quisition, with the eye of majesty fixed upon found“ a pretty strange kind of admission,' || bim, (as sbe was wont to do to daunt men she which caopot be related with more vivacity koew not) stirred the blood of this young genthan in the original words of Naunton. “Hetleman, insomucb, as his colour went and was then about twenty years of age, of a came; which the Queen observing, called him brown hair, a sweet face, a most neat compo onto her, and gave bim ber hand to kiss, ensure, and tall in his person. The Queen was couraging him with gracious words, and new then at Whiteball, and at dinner, whilber he looks ; and so diverting her speech to the came to see the fashion of the court. The lords and ladjes, she said, that she no sooner Queen had soon found him out, and with a observed him, but she knew there was in him kind of an affected frown, asked the lady some noble blood, with some other expressions carver who he was ? She answered, she knew of pity towards bis house. And then again, bim not; insomuch, that enquiry was made | demanding bis name, she said, “Fail you not from one to another who he might be, till'at to come to the court, and I will bethink mylength, it was told the Queen that he was self how to do you good. And this was his brother to Lord William Mountjoy. This in. Il inlet, and the beginning of his grace.'

ANECDOTES OF THE COURT OF BONAPARTE.

Anecdotes of the Count and Family of Napoleon Bonaparte. 1 vol. 8vo. Colburn.

AFTER a fulsome eulogium on Napo- || he would not have dared to have spoken, Jeon, in a short, and not over-well written calling her at the same time, “ grosse bele!" introduction, we are naturally led to ima- | because she shrieked at his pinches !!! gine, that we shall behold him set forth in Another amiable occupation of the mighty a most amiable light, as to his private con- || Napoleon, told us this history, written duct; instead of which, we find him com as it seems by his champion, was setting pletely disagreeable, mean, and overbearing; men against their wives, by his invectives yet we have this private history palmed against the generality of the sex, and telling upon us, as being the work of a lady about scandalous tales of them, which a man of a his court: from many circumstances, we good disposition would have concealed. might have been led to swallow this bait; Napoleon could not have found a panebut the story of the old lady's “antique der. | gyrist, who could have defended him so ill riere" fathered upon one of the usurper's as the writer of this volume, which, howbrothers, has completely destroyed the illu- ever, to do it justice, contains not only some sion. More than twenty years ago, we,

well authenticated anecdotes, but the whole ourselves, heard this anecdote related by an is told in that pleasing and familiar style, accomplished daughter of the late Dr. as to give it an air of verity, difficult to be Madan, of polygamical memory; and, disputed; and which we should not have which lady had known the old Countess

been inclined ourselves to doubt: had it in France, as much as ten years before. not been for the old story about antiques,

But to return to this wonderful object of &c., and two or three others, totally imthe writer's adoration, who begins with the probable, we should have been as credulous, divorce of Napoleon, remarking that “he

as no doubt, are many of the readers of this despised all mankind!" nor is his conduct || amusing work, of which we shall say no in private life more captivating: this con more, but proceed to offer a few extracts. queror is described as being so weak, as to give way to fits of anger, so as to be thrown into violent convulsions; that his moments of gaiety were most odious, and that his

“ Josepbine maintained her ground for a

considerable time. She was universally befondness consisted in violently pinching the loved; she bad been styled the good star of arms, cheeks, and ears of those he regarded; || the Emperor, and she enjoyed as much ascenthal be has often so served the royal victim, || dancy over bim as it was possible for any body his wife, to whom, at one time of his life, ll to gain. Besides, ber manners were so replete

INTERESTING PARTICULARS RESPECTING

THE DIVORCE OF NAPOLEON.

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ANECDOTES OF THE COURT OP BONAPARTE. with grace and captivation, and she knew so of personal beauty, yet tbe coutrary effect well how to avail herself of the power of plea- was observable iu Napoleon, and increase sing, that she frequently averled storms, and of years seemed to produce a fasoorable opera. Beemed alone to possess the gift of calming a tion on him. His embonpoint gare an agreelemper paturally imperious and irascible. able rotundity to his figure and rendered his

“ Fortune had, however, propounoed her skin fairer than before. "His eyes became ani. fall, and a remarkable fatality decided it. mated, and bis countenance acquired a dig. The Emperor, op bis return from Vienna, vified expression, which was probably prohad directed her to meet him at Fontainbleau. || duced by the habit of constantly exercising She had been long accustomed to these ren. authority. His hand, leg, and foot, were dezvous, which she regarded as orders, and formed after the most perfect models, and the she was always the first to reach the appointed Princess berself remarked these advantages." place. Ou tbis occasion, however, Napoleon arrived full six hours before ber. Vexed for BUONAPARTE'S CONDUCT AFTER PLANhaving waited so long, he reproached her in a

NINC TAE EXPEDITION TO BU$SIA.. strain of language pot the most choice. Jo-1 5 He was well aware that this campaign sepbine, mortified, suffered a few harsh words would be far from excitiog universal approto escape her; observations fell from both bation, and probably with a view to calm the parties of a nature which nothing can repair, dissatisfaction to which be foresaw it would and of which nothing can obliterate the re. ll give rise, he endeavoared to conciliate every membrance. The word 'divorce was pro-heart, by exerting all bis powers of pleasing, nounced. From that moment it became the and they were not inconsiderable *hen he object of the Emperor's most serious considera | wisbed to turn them to account. He never ation; it took place about four months after before appeared in so amiable a light. He wards, and was, perhaps, the origin of Na- showed neither anger, caprice, nor impapoleon's fall, from the in modérate“ impulse tience. He addressed to every one the lanwbich bis second marriage gave to his ambiguage best calculated to please. He w tion."

banker at Amsterdam, a'merchant at Brussels,

and a shipowner at Antwerp. He visited the MADAME MURAT.

manufactures, inspected the dock-yards, re. “ M. de Talleyrand used 10 say that she viewed the troops, barangued the sailors, was a pretty woman with the head of a Crom- || and accepted invitations to all the balls which well. Nature bad endowed ber with a reso. were given io the towus he visited. He apJute temper, a vigorous understanding, lofty peared polite and gracions, speaking freely to ideas, a flexible and delicate mind-ber man. every one, and, contrary to his custom, utners were graceful and captivating beyond all tering only the most agreeable things." expression-she only needed to conceal ber

NAPOLEON'S MANNER OF LIVING. love of power, and if she did not gain her object, it was entirely owing to her desire of " When in the camp Napoleon disregarded reaching it too speedily. From the very first || all fatigue, braved the most inclement weamoment she be held the Austrian Princess, she ther, reposed beneath a wretched tent, and Abought she upderstood her cbaracter; but seemed to forget all care of his

person, she was completely deceived. Sbe mistook lo bis, palace be bathed almost every day, ber timidity for weakness, her embarrassment | made a very free use of the Eau de Cologne, and for awkwardness; she thought she had oply || sometimes cbanged bis linen several times in to command, and she totally alienated the the course of the day; his favourite costume heart which she hoped to govern."

was that of the National Guard; whep on a

journey be was content with any lodgiøg, pro. PERSON OF NAPOLEON AT THE TIME OF HIS

vided that pot the least ray of light was suf. MARRIAGE WITH LOUISA.

fered to enter bis bed-chambor ; he could not « Napoleon was now forty-one years of age. even endure to have a cbamber lamp; bis In the early part of his life he was extremely table was covered with delicacies of every kind, tbin, bis complexion had an olive tinge, bis | but be never toucbed them: a broiled breast countenance long, bis eyes sunk in his bead, of mutton, cutlets, a roast chicken with peas and be wore his hair cropped close, with locks or Freach beans, were the dishes which he at the ears: finally, his appearance altoge- || preferred to all others; be was very difficult to ther was far from being agreeable. Though || please in the quality of bread, and be drank at the expiration of the spring of life, every only the best wine, but in very small quantiyear, in general, produces some diminution | ties."

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MEANNESS OF NAPOLEON'S MOTHER.

word, she bad not a cachemire shawl, wbich “ It is time to say somethiag of the prolific was more remarkable, because they were then mother, who had batched this covey of Kings. in great vogue, and every lady about court had Napoleon bad given her a train of domestics, several of them. Madame Mere asked her one woriby of ibe mother of so many crowned | day why she had dat one? The other explained heads, and in order to bestow ou her a sort of The reason, without any embarrassment or political consequence, he bad named her pro mauvaise honte, and added that her finances lectress of all the charitable institutions. One would not allow her to spend more than from might suppose this nomination a biting satire, twelve to fifteen franks a month. Some days for nobody was less charitable than Madame after, when this lady entered Madame Mere's Letitia Bonaparte, whom they called at Paris, l house, the latter sbewed her a shawl richly Mother Joy, in allusion 10 ber name. They embroidered; • How do you like it ? said she tell almint incredible stories of her svarice; - It is beautiful, Madame, and the colour is we shall mention some of them.

charming !'~' I am delighted that it is to your « During the residence of Lucien's eldest taste, for it is yours !'-The lady supposed daughter at Paris, she lived with Madame that it was a present made to her by the ge. Mere: this was the title of Napoleon's mother. aerous Madame Mere; but the illusion was The young lady, brought up to principles of short. The next day came the bill of a shopreligion, asked for a confessor at the ap wao, at whose house the shawl bad been puro proach of a grand fate; Madame Mere, who chased. She sent it back, and when Madame did not quite so strictly fulfil her christian Mere was informed of it, she expressed her dutjes, bad neither a chapel, nor a confessional surprise in bigh terms, saying, that the shawl in ber palace. They besought her to pur. was a lucky bit, that it cost but nine hundred chase the latter commodity, but she could franks, and that it was the best bargaia sbe never bring herself to determine on doing so. had ever made in her life. It was necessary to borrow one from the cu. “ I shall mention another anecdote more re.. rate of her parish. Rather than be at such an markable; a waiting-woman in Madame expence, she made use of the sentry box be Mere's service, died after a long illness. Every longing to the sentidel who was stationed at necessary relief bad been afforded her, and the her door.

funeral obsequies were even more splendid « One of the ladies of her palace enjoyed a than her station required. The day after the moderate property, and the trifling salary she burial, the husband was sent the bill of ex received from Madame Mere, did not add con pences for her illuess and funeral, drawn up siderably to her income: she was judicious in by Madame Mere herself, and he was obliged regulating her expences by her means, ber

to pay it." dress always neat, was never gaudy; and, in a

NOVELS AND THE DRAMA.

THE FAST OF ST. MAGDALEN.

The Fast of St. Magdalen. A Romance, by Miss A. M. Porter. 3 vols. 12mo. Long

man and Co.

Or the writings both of Miss Porter After having given such well merited and her sister, we have never formed but | eulogium to writers like Miss Porter, before one idea ; that they are replete with ele | whose shrine criticism acknowledges her. gance of language, true morality, and where self compelled to bend, we shall su bjoin a historical incidents are introduced into the few interesting extracts from the volumes pages of romance, they are only embellished before us; wishing at the same time, that by those graceful toucles which the present our contributors would send such publicatime of refinement requires; but truth is tions earlier, as our limits now will not not violated, and yonth is not led astray, as allow us to give an outline of the story of is too often the case, in its perusal of his this interesting work :torical romances. No. 118.-Supplement,

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THE FAST OF ST. MAGDALEN.

BEAUTIFUL DESCRIPTION

OF FIDELITY

daughter!' he said, and motioned her to ad

IN A DOG.

VaRce.

ro Dawn glimmered faintly; yet not 80

Ippolita's "raised eye uttered the ibanks. faintly as might bave prevented her from see

giving she did not articulate; and no looger ing melancholy traces of the midnight strife. hésitating, she followed ber guide. The crimson stones she trod on, the livid heaps

“Formless séats of wood, with a block of of slaia which occasionally obstructed their

mountain marble for a table, an hour-glass, a path, now and then surprised her into a thril- crucifix, and the image of the patron saint, ling cry, or an audible sbudder: the mook furnished the single apartment.' Its inbabitcrossed laimself at every new horror; and Val-'ant, a woman of severe piety, smiled not like ombrosa with. unusual emotion, wondered her blazing fire, but she welcomed Ippolita

with serious earnestness; assuring ber, tbat bow any motive could sanctify bloodshed.

“ Here and there they passed a carep-fol- protected by the Virgin and Santa Anda, her lower, employed in riding the dead ;, and at

solitary abode had never, during twenly years, these momenis, Valombrosa's stern mandate | beast.ro i

been invaded either by ruffian or savage to forbear, was followed by, instant obedience. la crossiog a narrow outlet towards the moun: CHARACTER OF VALOMBROS 4. tains, he observed a sjugle body, stretched upon the ground. Life bad issued there, at

" At four-aad.twenty, (that charming age * thousand gaping wounds ;', for the grass,

when youth breaks into manhood, and the around was reddened in as many channels, greatest indiscretious find perhaps too ready The gleam of daylighi shene upon some jewels

an excuse in the ardour of the blood !) Va, about the breast of the failed warrior,

dis.

lombrosa's character certainly displayed Ibe covering at the same time a dog which lax balanced by a far larger proportion of amiable

favills of his age; but tbese were really overmoaning at bis dead master's feet, The eye of a straggling plunderer fell on them at the

and estimable properties., same instant, and, contesting the possessjon

Frank, true, and unsuspicious; crm as of the body wiļh the faithful animal, was just warm in friendship; with large and liberal raising the butt end of his tspinbone, to kuuck views of his duties as a patriot and a patron ; out the braios of the dog, when Valvenbrosa, rightly understanding the best and most transported beyond himself, sprung forward, splendid means of exalting the nobility of his aod felled the ruilian to the eartb.".

name; respectful to age and misfortune 3 prompt to pily; eager to redress wroog as to

forgive injury; easily convinced of error; HERMITAGE OF SANTA ANNA. 1

prouder of unsullied family honour than of "It was rudely built of stone, but the cor family antiquity; kind nearly to excess to trasted forms of the spiral and spreading trees those beneath bim; and attached to bis kinaround-il, grouped well with its low, irregular dred with the tenderest affection. figure, and with the rough-hewn cross by "Among his faults might be numbered crewhich it was surmounted.

dulity, rasb judgments, aversion to deep in. Long exposure to the air, by producing a vestigations, and a deficiency of that mental soft brown tint, had mellowed the glaring courage without which all our virtues, are whiteness of the stone, into harmony with the built on sand." His temper, which carried surrounding objects; and now the increase of

anger, as the fiut doch fire, had never re mosses and weather-staing upon the fraciured ceived any check from himself mor others surface of the building, threatened soon to for if it lightened through bis social circle, the blend it entirely with the darker shades of the storm was so brief, and such enchanting sudback-ground.

shive succeeded, that bis companions thought “Wreaths of smoke ascending from the soli only of eujoying the present brightness; and tary chimney, and the grateful smell of burn if it gathered over a domestic, such a shower ing rosebay issuing from the entrance, spoke of bounties aed favours, almost immediately of comfort and warmth within ; yet Ippolita | fell from the same cloud, that gratitude or self. tben they reached the threshold, beld back interest, or indulgent partiality, stifled com. , on the arm of Valombrosa, and motioned for plaint. the mook to enter alone.

« Valombrosa's engaging physiogaomy de. " Valombrosa felt her tremble, as she leaned veloped this character to be most careless opon him, and he would have impelled her observer, for ils rapid changes were true to forward, but she withheld him.

every variety of his feelings, or bis fancy. “The monk re-appeared; ' be of good cheer, "Ardour was perhaps its cuief characteristic

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