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note in it, and that in tunes where drawing near the term of life, wishes it was most convenient for the voice before that period to see them joined to use the middle notes of the harp, in the holy bonds of matrimony, but and place the key in F, there the chiefly the young lady, for wbom B, which if used should be a B flat, she wishes to find a husband of cha. is always omitted, by passing over it racter; and a batchelor would be pie. with a third. The connoisseurs in ferred, between the age of thirty and modern music will say I have no forty, of a mild and religious turn, taste, but I cannot help adding, that irreproachable conduct, and an inI believe our ancestors, in hearing a come between four and five thousand good song, distinctly articulated, francs a year. The lady is twenty. sung to one of those tunes, and ac- four years of of an elegant per: companied by the harp, felt more son and agreeable countenance, and real pleasure than is communicated a serious and solid character. Her by the generality of modero 0- fortune consists in thirty-six thou.' jeras, exclusive of that arising from sand francs of patrimonial inheriihe scenery and dancing. Most tance, free of all debts ; with altunes of late composition, not hav. most as much more on the death of ing this natural harmony united her mother. The son is five years with their melody, have recourse to older, with an equal fortune, and as the artificial harmony of a bass, and honourable situation." other accompanying parts.

This “ An amiable lady, entering into support, in my opinion, the old tunes the autumn of her age, of a lively do not need, and are rather confused disposition, good education, and ira han sided by it. Whoever has reproachable manners ; now at the heard James Oswald play them on head of an establishinent adapted to liis violoncello, will be less inclined her sex, and worth between twenty. to dispute this with me. I have five and thirty thousand francs ; more than once seen tears of plea- wishes to marry a batchelor aged sure in the eyes of his auditors, and between foity and Efty, with a reyet, I think, even his playing those venue between three and four thawa tunes would please more, if he gave sand francs, health, and good morals.” them less modern ornament.

“ A lady of twenty-seven years &c.

of age, of irreproachable conduct, B. FRANKLIN. and an education above her situation Franklin's works,

in life, which, without being unhap.

py, nevertheless obliges her to have PARISIAN MARRIAGES. recourse to her talents for a decent From Pinkerton's Recollections of Paris,

subsistence, yet, having withal some

neat furniture, and some sparings THERE are at Paris three or four from her gains, desires to unite her

offices for marriages ; and large destiny by the religious bonds of masheets are pasted up in the public trimony to that of a man of sense, of places, containing the advertisements a mild character, who has some emto this effect. At the same offices ployment, or trade, independent of a may also be had housekeepers of all wife. His age would be a matter denominations, and sometimes ser- of complete indifference." vants. Some advertisements for mar. “ A young lady, in the spring of riage may amuse.

her age, living with her father, who “ The mother of two charming has no other child, desires to be un. children, a boy and a girl, to whom ited in marriage to a batchelor of she has given a good education, now a mature age, who unites a decent

I am,

income to a person full of health. -- of age, of similar inclinations, either The lady is of a most agreeable ap- unmarried or a widow, without chilpearance, and possesses, in the second dren, without natural defects, and degree of perfection, vocal and in- preferring, like bim, a rural life; with strumental music. Her father will nearly an equal fortune." leave her an income of between two The following is a letter from a lady and three thousand francs.”

dated from the banks of tbe Marne “ A batchelor aged forty-nine, of near Paris, " Far froin the noise an agreeable and very healthy person, of the city, in a retreat which the lively character, and fond of the plea- presence of my loved parents rendersures which decency permits, enjoy. ed agreeable to me, I have attained ing ten thousand francs of territorial my twenty-sixth year without thinkrevenue, wishes to marry a young ing of hymen; but the tribute lady of good birth, aged between which every mortal must pay to paeighteen and twenty-five, of sweet dis- ture having for ever separated me position, similar taste, and income bee from those who alone received my tween two and three thousand francs. care, and occupied my thoughts, this His intention is to make a contract of retreat, formerly so pleasant, appears marriage to the last liver."

a desart, and I feel the necessity of " A young man of twenty-nine repairing the void which that loss years, of good birth, and belonging has occasioned. After having borne, to a respectable family, which has beyond the term exacted by decency, procured him a careful education, so but surpassed by my grief, the that he profits of several agreeable mournful marks, the tears and regret talents which produce a decent sube which I owe to their memory, I wish sistence, can only offer them, togeth. to divert my mind from the melaner with his person, which, without choly which has overwhelmed me vanity, may please a reasonable wo. for fifteen months, and to unite myman, such as he would desire, who self with a prudent man of a mild must be amiable, and possess an easy and complaisant character, holding an income. Her age is wholly indiffer- honourable situation in the capital,

so as to maintain a house above the “ A widower aged forty-three, middling rank. The heiress of five without


incumbrance, of a hand- thousand francs a year, I offer him some stature, oval face, brown hair this patrimony. He will fipd my and beard, florid complexion, every person rather plump than delicate, appearance of health, large black eyes rather fresh than 'beautiful, with announcing the mildness of his cha. more good sense than wit, more of racter, mouth of a middle size, white practical philosophy than of science; teeth in perfect preservation; born of but a good heart and flexible chahonourable parents, and having re. racter. It is to your sagacity, Mr ceived an educaticn in the liberal Mediator, that I entrust this restudies, of a very easy character, search, begging you to place me on though reserved till he know his the list of

your subscribers." company, lively, and not fund of ex- A young man, without actual pensive and noisy pleasures, but of fortune, but having a person and ethose which he finds at a charming ducation fit to appear in any comcountry house, where he lives in the pany, and an amiable character, such neighbourhood of Versailles, and pas. as may please any reasonable and sensessing a clear income of three thou. sible woman; of respectable parents sand francs, wishes to marry a lady who were formerly very rich, and are between thirty and thirty-six years still at their ease, buc liave a nume.


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rous family ; aspires to hope that he healthy constitution, with a decent may find, by the means of this Jour. income, and sufficient gaiety to drive nal so fertile in propositions of all away care in the long winter evenkinds, a lady generous enough to ings." seek his acquaintance, choose him as a husband, and share her fortune with him."

Account of the CLIMATE of the Mo“ A batchelor aged sixty, but as

REA, and CHARACTER of its prefresh and healthy as possible at his

Sent INHABITANTS. age, having a character and education which render him still amiable

From Pouqueville's Travels. in society, desires to marry a lady between the age of twenty and thir. Livin its temperature, as well as in

"HE ty-five, of an agreeable person, that is to say a genteel figure, regular the configuration of its soil ; insofeatures, beautiful eyes, a pretty much, that Providence seems in a mouth, adorned with fair teeth well thousand ways to have diversified arranged and very white, in fine a rosy 'her benefits on this small part of the complexion, and free of all bodily de globe. The climate in general seems fects. This batchelor will pay no to hold a middle rank between that attention to fortune, his own being of Egypt and the temperate zones. fully sufficient to procure for a belove We do not see in it those livid clouds ed companion all the comforts that which conceal for a length of time, a solid education, virtuous soul, and the azure of the sky and the rays of grateful beart can require."

the sun ; nor that arch of brilliant “ A young woman aged seventeen, light, deprived of moisture, on which beautiful, fresh, well educated, rather the sun ascends and inflames the dein a solid manner than in the taste of

A refreshing dew falls in the the present day, but in consequence early days of spring, and the ground of the revolution, absolutely without is covered with snow, or moistened fortune. She would prove a prize by torrents of rain, according to the to a man of mature age, who would difference of the seasons : but the prefer to fortune with a taste for dis- mourning of nature is of short durasipation, pure manners, a charming tion; for each night discloses to the person, and an inclination for the admiring eye, the firmament sparkcares of a household. This young ling with its brilliant constellations. woman belongs to one of the best fa- The woods, so necessary for promilies formerly eminent in the law.” ducing rain, which covered most of the

“ A young lady aged eighteen, mountains, and were consecrated by fresh and beautiful as a new blown the religion of the ancients, no longer flower, and endowed with all the exist; and since their destruction, graces and talents which increase the the vallies in their vicinity have be. charms of beauty, but without for- come barren while the extermination tune, in consequence of disasters of the inhabitants by their barbarous which have happened to her parents, invaders, has left to the feeble genis offered by them to a man of sensi- erations that have succeeded nothing bility who would share with her a but disorder and insalubrity. decent existence.”

The winter generally begins in the " A lady aged forty, enjoying Morea with abundant rains, and the good health and an income of two mosi dreadful thunder ; and never housand francs, wishes to marry a was the voice of Jupiter more impobatchelor about her own age, of a sing; than when it resounds through



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the caverns of the Taygetus, or ex- tractive descriptions of the poets of
tends along the deep excavations antiquity, are, in this respect, not ex-
of Mounts Olenos and Pholoe.- aggerated.
These changes, which begin in De- The summer season commences in
cember, are succeeded by frosts, the month of May, and lasts till Oc-
which however are seldom severely tober. From the very beginning,
felt till the beginning of January ; at the air is dry, the heat increases, and
this period, the harvest of every kind as well as the cold, is most felt in the
is finished ; the wine is fermenting great bason of Laconia. The ther.
in vats or inclosed in casks, and the mometer in summer rises there to
last operation is that of expressing 34° and 30°. The Alida is refresh.
oil from the olives, which almost ed by sea breazes ; but the Argolide
all the cantons furnish in abundance. is suffocating, and most of the ri-
But the same cold and temperature vers are dried up. Every evening
are not felt in those parts of Ælida the people make their beds in the
and Messenia, which are bordered open air, and each family passes the
by the sea ; yet Arcadia, Achaia, night in the middle of the court,
Sicyonia, and the elevated territory which forms an essential appendage-
of Corinth and Laconia, experience to every house ; they are also in the
very rigorous winters; while the habit of lighting fires, which they as.
sun daily shines on Arcadia like sert to be necessary for purifying
a diamond, but deprived of heat.- the air. There is likewise a char-
In the month of February, how. ming spectacle which embellishes the
ever, the malignant influence of which obscurity of night-millions of la-
was so much dreaded by the an- minous insects, which the Greeks
cients, vegetation begins to revive, call Kóro Potice, fly through the air,
and the narcissus and bumble violet and seem like so many diamonds agi-
may be seen issuing from the snow; tated by the clouds, At this time
when the youths impatient to resume the atmosphere of Tripulitza be.
their wonted activity, arm them. comes so much impregnated with the
selves, and go out upon excursions a. odour of the milk.thistles, that grow
gainst the wolves, accompanied by about Mount Roino, as to affect with
that courageous race

ce of dogs peculiar vertigo and fainting the nervous and to Epirus.

delicate women of the harams. To In the month of April, the rising remedy this inconvenience, and part. and setting of the sun are preceeded ly from an old custom, the pacha, and followed by abundant dews ; during my residence, sent all the inwhile some gentle showers rapidly habitants of the town to extirpate fertilize the lands. The orange, vine and burn those plants. and other fruit trees embalm the hea- Odoriferous herbs and flowers per. vy atmosphere of the Ælida, while fume the fields, too numerous to thyme, rosemary, and other aromtic mention, every where. The ponds plants, embellish the whole of Laco. in the north of Arcadia, are covered nia and the Peloponnesus. C obser. with the flowers of the water lily, ved that at this period, a little before the leaves of which resemble so ma. the rising of the sun, the air was ny shields spread on the surface of impregnated with such a mass of o. the water : the resinous trees afford dours, that those not accustomed to abundance of gum, and the canthariit, felt inconvenience in breathing. des fly in swarms around those of

I cannot describe the grandeur of the ash. Towards the end of May, the rising sun in these delightful cli. they begin to cut their corn, and mates, but shall observe, that the at- pile it in stacks on their farms. In August 1806.


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the months of July and August, the their probity. Being lively, chirping of the grasehopper is no moured, and inclined to debauchlonger heard on the burning soil; and ery, they excite pleasure, without the people throughout this season are inspiring confidence; and their conforced to drink the unwholesome versation abounds in figures and comwater of their wells and cisterns. parisons: hence they exaggerate what The labourer, shepherd, and inhabi. ever they say or do. When they speak tant of the towns in the Morea, eat of liberty, they talk with such spirit, a variety of fruits which relieve them that one would believe them ready to so much from the oppression of the undertake every thing, and to make heat, that they seem scarcely to re. every sacrifice, to obtain it ; butin fact gard it : the reviving freshness of the the indignation which they manifest evening, and the light morning air, towards their oppresssors, proceeds cause the inhabitants of the valley of less from their love of freedom, than Tegea to forget the heat of noon.- from their wish to see their religion The children ruo about with nothing predominant. One may easily conon them but a simple shirt, and are ceive, what may be expected from as sun-burnt as the Arabs; but none of people occupied with such ideas. those scrophulous diseases are to be The descendents of Miltiades and Cifound among them, which are so com. mon, now bent down by the double mon in our large towns. At length, in' despotism of Mussulmans, and the October, the rains announce the au- papas or priests, are incapable of tumn, and seem to give rise to a new forming any of those generous and spring ; the grapes fall beneath the manly enterprises, which might reknife of the vintager, and nothing is store the political existence they have heard but songs of joy. Fetes then lost. I should add, that tho' they hate take place in every part, and the the Turks, they probably detest much whole of the inhabitants assemble for more those Christians who acknowrecreation.

ledge the authority of the pope. The present Greeks, like all other Such are the modern Greeks, or, distinct people, bave a peculiar phy. at least, in such a light did they apsiognomy, which unfortunately de- pear to me from actual observation. rives its principal feature from the 'The Grecian women in the Morea, state of servitude aod oppression in deserve in general the praise of beau. which they are plunged; butwho will ty, and perhaps the palm of virtue. assert that the sanguinary rod of des. They are indebted for the first adpositism has not had the same effect vantage to physical causes, which it upon a whole people, as it would is possible to assign. During the have upon an individual ? Without greater part of the year an ardent stopping to explain causes I shall sun dries up the Morea ; and the air merely describe this people as they deprived of moisture and impregna

ted with the perfume of flowers, is The Greeks of the Morea are pure and vivifying ; while the temstrong, robust, and distinguished by perature is as mild, and the sky as features full of expression ; but, as I clear as at Memphis ; to which if have observed, altered by servitude. we add the moderate labour and reThey are in general full of spirit, gular life of the women in eastern but dissembling, crafty, and vain. countries, we shall find in these uniGossipers, liars, and perjurers, they ted causes the source of that beau. do not make the slightest profession, ty, which has ever distinguished the nor traffic with the smallest article, women of the ancient Pelodonnesus. without taking the saints to witness The models which inspired Apel


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