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writes this note to express her regret, and almost even to complain that her ladyship has only found time to bestow upon her one transient visit, since her arrival at Paris. Lady Morgan is not one of those passing travellers, whom having seen once, one can easily be resigned to see no more. H. M. W. is therefore extremely flattered to hear from her friend Mr. Warden, that Lady Morgan had expressed something like a kind purpose of returning. Will she do H. M. W. the honour of passing an hour with her on Sunday evening next, with Sir Charles, to whom she begs her particular compli
H. M. W. wishes it the more, as she expects a friend on Sunday, who has the greatest desire to be presented to Lady Morgan, whom he has long admired at a distance.”
“ Friday, July 5th, Rue de Bondi.”
Oh! dear! I am ready to pamer over this allusion to my“ graces and enchantments,” after being called an Irish she wolf, in Blackwood's, and indexed in the Quarterly for “ my unwomanly brutality.” Since I wrote the above, in great gaieté de cæur, I received a letter from a mutual friend of Miss Williams and myself, inclosing the following paragraph from a French paper.
65 DEATH OF HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS. “ We ought to devote a few lines to the memory of a literary lady, whose name is dear to the friends of public liberty. Mrs. Helen Maria Williams, the author of a vast number of political and poetical works, lately died at Paris, after a long ill
This lady left England for France, to assist in the important events of the Revolution. Since 1790, she has constantly resided at Paris. She contracted an intimate acquaintance with the most ardent and most disinterested patriots. She was the friend of Madame Roland, and the Girondins. Since that period, she has related the different events of our Revolution in a series of works published at London, and which have served to direct the opinion of England and the United States to the facts of the French Revolution. To these literary claims, she joined qualities of mind equally affectionate and intelligent. She was always the patron of the poor; and frequently, in the class of unfortunate literary men, her kindness was ex. tended to that independent merit, which is ashamed to solicit.
She published her • Souvenirs de la Révolution, the analysis of which was suppressed by the Censorship. The last wishes of this distinguished woman were in favour of the heroes who overcame barbarity at Navarin. Her death has plunged her family and numerous friends in the bitterest grief.”—Constitutionnel.
The Duchess of Marlborough, when ill of an ague, refused to take the cinchona, because it was called at that time, jesuit's bark. The clergy at the reformation were wiser, inasmuch as they did not refuse to take the papistical tithes : for all the rest, our no-popery legislators are pretty much on an intellectual
The comparison of logic to matrimony, one of the most diverting passages in Martinus Scriblerus, is copied from the Nuptiæ Peripateticæ of Caspar Burlæus.
“ WHEN I consider the physical structure of man," said Frederick the Great, “ it appears to me, as if nature had formed us rather to be postilions, than sedentary men of letters.” There is some exaggeration in this. We hear a good deal of the diseases of literary men, because literary men are most interested in their own afflictions ; and they hold the pen in their own hands; but the diseases peculiar to excessive exertion are not less numerous, nor severe, than those of excessive repose. Besides, half the so called desk diseases
arise from the combination of excessive nourishment, with sedentary habits. Like all other machines, the human frame wears out the most rapidly, in those parts, where there is the greatest friction and strain. Continued exercise of the brain is very exhausting, and occasions a demand for nourishment and for stimulation, greater than is consonant with health. Most literary men are tant soit peu gourmands; and they pay the penalty of their indulgence the more, because they neglect a regular and gentle exercise. That nature did not intend us for postilions, is evident in the abridged lives, and diseased, deformed, and premature old age of the working population.
This article of dress should be written bombycine. It is a texture of worsted and of silk, the latter substance being the produce of the animal termed bombyx.