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Julia. Never! I'm wedded to a country life.
Helen. Ay! so says Master Walter. The next extracts we would give, will illustrate that knowledge of the heart and feelings of humanity, which their author shows himself a master of. We allude particularly to the glowing pictures of true love and affection, which are scattered over this play of the passions. What can be more true or beautiful than the following:
A young woman's heart, Sir,
Yet are they happy that have nought to say to it. Upon the whole, this play will add to Mr. Knowles' fame as a dramatist, and will, we hope, moreover, in some measure, reward the unceasing labours of his literary life.
asking the reason, I told him the true one, without any circnmlocution, that, in carving the patridge, he bad used a fork which bad just been in bis own mouth. On this he observed that the English were a strange people, and had singular customs; adding a peculiar laugh of the sardonic kind, wbich was his custom when anything displeased him. This little scene, however, did not prevent me from occasionally dining with him, or from shooting over his estate.
Madame Clairon, perhaps the most distinguished actress that ever graced the boards of the French stage, was on a visit to Geneva during my residence there; and Voltaire, baving a private theatre at Ferney, expressed his desire that his play of Lusignan should be performed. Some French actors were found to fill up the dramatis persona, reserving for himself the character of Lusigpan, the hero of the piece. His appearance and costume were altogether the most preposterous it is possible to conceive. Only think of his tall gaunt figure, with a sword of corresponding dimensions, constantly getting between his legs. His coat was of the era of Louis XIV, with a tiewig to correspond, the whole surmounted by a huge paste-board helmet, in the most absurd and ridiculous taste. To resist a titter at the extreme awkwardness of his figure was beyond all power of face ; and it required no small exertion to smother the tendency of a general laugh, so as to hinder it from coming to an éclat. Next day it was a point of indispensable etiquette for the invited guests to pay their compli. ments at Ferney, and administer a quantum sufficit of adulation on the histrionic talents of the representative of Lusignan; for that was a point on which he was much more sensitive than on the poetical merits of the drama itself.
PAMPHLETS.-England, from the spirit of liberty which prevails in it, has, of all countries, been the most fruitful in pamphlets; and the period of its history when they most abounded, is that when the greatest attempts were made to crush that spirit. From the grand collection of pamphlets which was made by Tom. linson the bookseller, from the latter end of the year 1610 to the beginning of the year 1660, it appears there were published in that space, nearly thirty thousand several tracts; and that these were not the complete issue of that period there is good presumption, and, I believe, proofs in being. Notwithstanding it is enriched with near a hundred manuscripts, which nobody then (being written on the side of the royalists) would venture to put into print; the whole, however, is progressionally and uniformly bound in upwards of two thousand volumes, of all sizes. The catalogue, which was taken by Marmaduke Foster, the auctioneer, consists of twelve volumes in folio ; wherein every piece bas such a punctual register and reference, that the smallest, even of a single leaf, may be readily repaired to thereby. They were collected no doubt with great assiduity and expense, and not preserved, in those troublesome times, without great danger and difficulty; the books being often shifted from place to place, out of the army's reach. So scarce were many of the pamphlets, even at their publication, that Charles I. is reported to have given ten pounds for only reading one over (which he could no where else procure) at the owner's house in St. Paul's Churchyard.
VOLTAIRE AT FERNEY.
The following picture of Voltaire at Ferney, is taken from a delightfully gossiping publication, entitled, “ Memoirs of Sir James Campbell, of Ardkinglas, written by himself:"
During our residence at Geneva, I became intimately acquainted with M. Hubert, a man of singular but eccentric genius. He was at once a man of fashion and fortune, a decided humourist, and an amateur artist of considerable celebrity. His paintings were universally admired as efforts of genius; but his favourite amusement was to cut out scenes and figures in vellum, so as to give it the effect of a landscape, or any other style of painting. I brought many of his performances with me to England, where they did not fail to elicit the most flattering marks of admiration,
M. Hubert was a great personal friend of Voltaire, and he did me the favour to introduce me at Ferney, and to carry me frequently with him to dine at that celebrated spot. Voltaire had a noble estate, with a profusion of game, which I fear was more attractive in my eyes than all the philosophy which was to be acquired from my distinguished host. His invitations, however, if frankly given, were as frankly accepted: and I often made his permission available to shoot over his preserves, and to dine with him on my return.
It was the fashion of the period to treat Voltaire as a sort of demi-god, and to regard every thing he did as the work of a being of some superior order I had the misfortune to be exempt from this universal feeling of adoration, perbaps from national dislike; or rather, perhaps, from personal inability to place due value on the great man's merits. If the world at large were sufficiently ready to bow the knee to this divinity of their own creation, Vol. taire was not less willing to
" Assume the God,
Affect to nod,
And seem to shake the spheres." This was equally observable in small matters as in great. In cutting up a partridge which was placed before him at table, I observed that he first thurst his fork into it, and then put the fork into his mouth, apparently to ascertain if the fumette was as be would have it. He then proceeded to cut it up, and sent a part of it to me. I sent it away without eating of it; and, on his
And zephyrs woo softly the sea-
I have found one, iny fairest, for thee.
With orange groves breathing perfume.
Thro' beds of flowers, ever in bloom.
Fluttering joyous from each leafy spray,
Is the soul-breathing song of the swain ;
Till she echo the notes back again.
That adorns the soft bosom of spring ;
To bear us away on its wing.
Nothing connected with the philosophy of Terpsichore has given rise to more gossip among our fair citizens, than the novel cottillon which was introduced into our Assembly Rooms at Mr. Cunning bam's last ball.
The dramatic dance bas, upon the whole, been regarded with rather favourable eyes, by our friends in their teens, and we wonder not at it, as it affords them an opportunity of making choice of their waltzing companion, in the same way tbat those who are out of their teens are enabled to do on the 29th of February.
A NEw Romance, by Cooper, called “ Heidem paur,” is, we understand, about to be published. The scene is laid in Germany, and one who has read the first part of it, is of opinion, that it will be every way worthy of bis reputation.
“ A Course of Lectures on the Coinage of the Greeks and Romans," delivered in the University of Oxford, by Dr. Cardwell is about to be published.
bealth, up, at least, to a pretty recent period, was good, and gave promise of a much longer life. He bimself, however, seemed to perceive the approach of decay, and, finding that both his eyesight and his memory began to fail, he retired from the professional chair in the winter of 1830, although he continued to be secretary to the Academy of Sciences at Stockholm, an office held, we believe, for life. In the buildings belonging to tbis institution, Berzelius had bis residence and his laboratory, and it was here that he received the visits of the scientific men of Europe, with wbom, and the most distinguished men of letters, he kept up a most extensive correspondence. He was a man of incessant application, being daily engaged in study and experiment for twelve or fourteen successive hours. When occupied in writing, be would sometimes not visit his laboratory for so much as six months; yet, if he came to a subject darker than usual, his instant resource was to experiment, which he would then pursue without intermission until bis object was attained. For this alternate writing and experimenting, his apartments were peculiarly adapted ; bis desk, his furnaces, and his retorts, were all collected within the space of a few square feet.
The works of Berzelius are very numerous and valuable ; and the more widely known, that they are written in several of the European languages. To the yearly report (Arsb erättelse) of the Swedish Academy, on the progress of science, he always contributed the article on chemistry, which would, perhaps, have remained comparatively unknown to the great mass of students, had not the whole report been regularly translated into German. In the latter language he also contributed to many of the scientific journals, scarcely a single number of which, for many years, has failed to be enriched with a communication from his bar Το Brewster's, and some other English Cyclopædias, he was likewise a contributor. His principal works, however, were bis treatises on chemistry and mineralogy ; of the former of these a traoslation was recently announced at Paris, which was to receive the benefit of the revision and correction of the author. His best known work in England was perhaps his excellent Treatise on the Blow. pipe, the translation of whicb, by Mr. Children, has run through several editions.
BIOGRAPHY OF BERZELIUS.
ODDS AND ENDS.
A year or two ago, English science had to deplore the loss of three of its most illustrious luminaries—Davy, Wollaston, and Young. Amid the regret wbich was universally excited by their death, some consolation was found in the reflection, that the phalans of the continental philosphers remained unbroken; but this idea can now no longer be indulged in, the same post which brought this week intelligence of the death of Goethe, the patriarch of German literature, conveyed also the unwelcome news that Berzelius, the eminent chemist of Sweden, and, perhaps, since the loss of the three eminent Englishmen, the first scientific character of his age-was no more.
Although he had begun to complain of the advances of age, Berzelius was but a year or two over fifty at the time of his de
In his early days, he determined to qualify himself for the medical profession, for wbich purpose he went to the University of Upsal. At the Swedish Universities it is the custom, in addition to the lectures, to allow the students to attend and operate at the laboratory. Berzelius was so disgusted with his first two tasks in chemical manipulation, that he vowed never to ask to have another assigned to him; yet, at the end of three weeks, he found himself in the habit of daily attendance at the laboratory (although the rules restricted bim to a visit once a week,) while his instructors were annoyed that he never asked them a siogle question ; the truth was, he preferred taking the trouble of discovering facts for himself, to hearing them from others; and to the habit thus acquired of fighting a way for himself, and of early contending with the difficulties of experimental research, may be attributed much of the high reputation to which he afterwards attained.
After leaving the university, he became assistant to Sparrman, who sailed round the world with Captain Cook ; and on his death, in 1806, succeeded him as professor of medicine, botany, and chemistry, in the school of medicine at Stockholm. He never, however,
lectured on botany, and at a later period, when fresh professors were appointed, took the chair of chemical pharmacy only. At first, his medical lectures were better attended than his chemical; but wben he iinproved the latter by the addition of experiments (of wbich before they were destitute,) the tables were completely turned. For the idea of this improvement, Berzelius admitted bimself indebted to Dr. Marcet, of London.
When he began his labours at Upsal, the whole science of che. mistry was merely a crude mass of theories, loosely banded together by a cuinvrous weight of hypothesis on hypothesis. Berzelius demolished the whole, and by his exertions re-established the science on its true foundation, and gave to experiment the place of theory.
Iu Germany, Berzelius was better known than in England, a fact which may easily be believed when it is known that all his works bave appeared, either originally or by translation, in German; he was also not without honour in his own country. Every educated man in Sweden felt proud at the mention of his name, (except, perhaps, the Professors of the rival medical school at Upsal,) and the king, (Bernadotte,) conferred upon him the cross of the Order of Vasa, and the grand cross of the Polar Star, besides placing at his disposal the patronage of the chemical and medical professorships of the kingdom-a privilege which be always exercised with a pure regard to the interests of science. Though a member of the House of Peers, he preserved himself free from the contagion of party; and never suffered his scientitic pursuits to be interrupted by the “heady current" of politics.
Berzelius bad nothing extraordinary in his outward appearance, not wearing even the air of a hard student; and his conduct differed little from that of ordinary meo, except perbaps, in excessive amiability. He was troubled with the gout, and a complaint of the nature of tic-douloureux; but his ordinary state of
Professor Wart—Concludes, that it is easier to falsify the Arabic cyphers than the Roman alphabetic numerals; when 1375 is dated in Arabic cyphers, if the 3 be only changed, three centur. ies are taken away; if the 3 be made into a 9 and take the l away, four hundred years are added. Such accidents have assuredly produced much inconvenience and confusion among our ancient manuscripts, and still does daily in our printed books; which is the reason that Dr. Robertson in his histories, has always preferred writing his dates in words, rather than confide them to the care of a negligent printer. Gibbon observes, that some remarkable mistakes have happened by the word Mil, in MSS. which is an abbreviation for soldiers, or thousands; and to this blunder be attributes the incredible numbers of martyrdoms, which cannot otherwise be accounted for by historical records.
METHOD OF ASCERTAINING CURRENTS AD SEA.—The currents at sea are not sensible but at a small distance from the surface of the water. This fact, which is well known to navigators, supplies them with the means of determining whether their vessel be in a current. They boist out a boat, wbich proceeds to some distance from the vessel, and then let down a weight attached to a rope to the depth of 200 fathoms. This weight being thus at a great depth in calm water, observation and experience baving shewn that currents are not sensible beyond the depth of ten fathoms, it produces the etfect of an anchor which retains the boat : they then throw into the water a very tbio board, that the wind may have no hold of it, and according to the motion of this board, if it bas any, tbey discover whether there be a current, and determine its direction and velocity. It results from these facts, that the libration of the sea, occasioned by the moon, which produces the tides, is owing to its extent, and in no manner to its depth.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
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THE FORTUNE HUNTING BACHELOR.
patronage, or parliamentary influence, was at her dis
posal. My endeavours to please, were seldom frusTHERE are some people who think, that the general
trated by the dread of any expense ; for I am one of ity of men are guided by unerring circumstances to
those who think that money should always be hazarded choose that profession which is most fitted to their ta
in the pursuit of any scheme which is likely to termilents and inclinations. It has often struck me, how
nate profitably. 'Tis true, I could not drive my tandem, ever, that this truth is not universal, from its not being
nor furnish my house in a fashionable style, nor give applicable to my own case. Who would have thought
many evening parties to the young and beautiful, but that a buoyant, high-spirited, open-hearted, curly
the reader may judge of the means which I employed headed, ruddy-faced boy, was destined to be tied all
to accomplish my end, when I present him with the his life to a lady's apron string ? Yet such has been
following list of items, copied from one of my old memy lot, and, without a blush I may own it, since it
morandum books. was the offspring not of choice but of necessity. My
Jan. 27, 18—. Bought two neckcloths, colour of situation in life, while very young, was such, as to re- Miss —'s shawl-hope to attract her notice by quire some exertion on my part in the way of bnsiness,
brummel tie next Wednesday. Received account for in order to secure such a competence as it is the desire
confectionery of a dejeuner given on the morning when of every gentleman to possess. For this reason, I
I was to have led Ann to the altar. Referred was placed under the tuition—first, of a writer, then
for payment of above to the cross rich uncle who preof an accountant, and, thirdly, of a merchant, in order to
vented us. discover in what particular department my genius and
Feb. 3, 18%. The horse dealer says he won't lend disposition lay. But all these attempts to find a channel
me the bay gelding till I pay for the use which I had of for my abilities were of no avail, as I abandoned my en
it when I was visiting Miss N--, at Larchgrove. Also, gagements, severally, from incapacity, laziness, or dis
John, the porter, wants something for his trouble in taste. The fact was, that, while I was apparently occu- following me as livery servant, when I was arranging pied in attending to business, my thoughts and wishes
Mem.—Must try to get out of were constantly recurring to other objects in a manner
these scrapes somehow. This day, tore a blue coat in which rendered me wholly unfit for any serious labour. My natural indolence was one cause of this,
trying to save a bandsome woman's poodle from being but a still more influential one was, the romantic sick
run over by a gig. Note of thanks from the lady,
shall call upon her to-morrow, if I get my drab pantaness which was constantly nourished in my intellect
loons in time from the tailor. by the passion of love. It was my unhappy fate that I could not gaze upon a pretty ancle, or a handsome
Feb. 7, 18— My servant, Tom, talks of leaving me figure, without conjuring up to my mind dreams of
next term. Ungrateful dog! Didn't I pay his wages tenderness, sufficient to disturb my repose for a
punctually for the first year he was in my service ?
Mem.-To ask old week or fortnight; and this natural imbecility was fur
if he will permit me to ad
dress his daughter. ther increased by that misfortune which has been the ruin of so many, a facility of rhyming. Somehow,
Feb. 10, 18%. My old flame, Maria, is married. my Julia's, Maria's and Fanny's, had always sur
Well ! she would have done better to take me. Pronames which souuded beautifully at the close of a
posed to Charlotte this afternoon, and was couplet, or furnished subjects for easy acrostics. This rejected. I believe I shall try Miss next. was my constant employment, therefore, to pillage the When I first commenced business in this line, I stores of heathen mythology and ancient allegory, to found my amatory disposition rather a bar to my suc. find illustrations for the charms of my temporary mis- cess, as it was difficult to pursue interest in preference tress, and to depict the effect of her eyes upon my sus- to love. By a series of adventures, however, which I ceptible heart. Scorning the aid of a rhyming dic. may hereafter detail, I learnt, in a few years, to separtionary, which is only serviceable to dull fools, I sup. ate the two objects, and became a thorough-bred forplied all my verses from my own fertile invention, and tune-hunter. My dealings in this branch, brought me went through the whole catalogue of “ bright,"
bright,” | acquainted with other gentlemen of the trade, whose “light,” “ breath,” “ death,” “ kiss” and “bliss," as circumstances had driven them to the same resource. often as the fit seized me, to record the triumphs of a This led to our forming partnerships, and, by degrees, haughty fair one. With these inclinations, it will we advanced so far in the promotion of our common readily be conceived, that I was not the fittest man in design, as to establish a society in London, for the the world to make a desk slave of, and it will not be purpose of receiving and answering communications, wondered at, that I resolved, after a short trial, to relative to our common interests.
For several years spend no more time in the vain attempt to acquire past, we have had agencies established in the principal business habits. Still there was as great a necessity as towns of the united kingdom, through whom all busiever, of my doing something for myself, so that there ness of the firm is transacted in the provinces. A was no time to be lost in deciding upon my pro- number of intelligent secretaries are scattered in the fession. After some consideration, the idea sug- principal depots of gaiety and fashion, whose business gested itself to me, that I might turn my particular it is, to report to head-quarters whenever a fortune talents and disposition to account, by purchasing, with makes her appearance in the world. The information them, an interest with the fair. Accordingly, I devot- is furnished to these gentlemen, by travellers, who are ed my whole attention to the decoration of my person,
kept constantly employed, and have their expenses in the hope that I might prove acceptable to some rich paid for officiating in this capacity. I am, at present, and handsome widow, or get myself into the good acting as traveller for the west
, in which character, I graces of a kind matron, whose husband's East India have attended all the public places in this town, and
LITERARY CRITICISM. its neighbourhood, and have gathered, from private sources, much information, which may be valuable to
THE LITTLE GIRL's Own Book, by Mrs. Child, Embellished with my employers. The public may have some idea of
-Wood Cuts.—London, 1832. the nature of the observations which I make, from the
In our first number we introduced our readers to the specimens which I exhibited, while wearing the spectacles of The Day. All that I have to add, by way of
merits of the “ Mother's Book,” by Mrs. Child, and we
are again enabled, from receiving an early copy of the explanation, is, that the reports which I make to the se
work before us, to call the attention of our citizens to cretary in this quarter, (a bachelor, by the way, of long
another volume by the same able and judicious authorstanding in this city,) are transmitted, faithfully, to the
This little book has been, evidently, compiled central committee, who have always corps
with the most earnest desire, on the part of Mrs. Cbild, tants, ready to obey any summons which they think likely
to niake it useful to the class of readers for which it is to promote their interest. Our plan is, to send up a des
intended, and we have no doubt but it will receive, from cription of any lady who is likely to prove a profitable speculation, and, from observing her taste, character and
parents and guardians, in Britain, the same patronage endowments, to mention which member of our society
wbich it has already done in America. This pretty
little volume treats of all the “innocent games which she will most readily accept. The gentleman indicat
Miss ed, has it then in his power to demand a supply of
may be supposed to take an interest in,
in her girlish days.” It then goes on to “instructive pocket money from the treasurer, and post down to
,"“ games of memory,
“ forfeits," "active exthe place where the lady resides. If he then succeeds in his suit to hier, and obtains her fortune, he bestow's
,” “ bints for making baskets,” and “ornaments."
Then follow puzzles, riddles, charades, automata, a premium upon the society, and his name is struck off the list. In this way, a great many vacancies have
needlework, bees, silkworms, and keeping animals, occurred of late, notwithstanding the badness of the
gardening, &c. In short, this volume may be said to times, and ladies who never suspected any sinister
be a perfect cyclopedia for a young girl, and a cyclomotive, when a dashing spark all at once made his
pedia certainly, the study of which will be found both
entertaining and useful to all those who may have the appearance in their vicinity, bave been taught to look
good fortune to peruse it. The work is embellished upon every strange face with the suspicion that it has just arrived from some branch of the establishment.
with the most exquisite wood cuts by Bryanston and
Wright, and is got up in a style altogether in uniI need not say that others of our brethren have waited
son with its object. Let us merely add, that, while the for years without finding any opportunity to suit them.
Mother's Book is found, as we have good reason to beIn this part of the country, there has not been much
lieve, the manual of many a mother, this new work will doing this winter; and the last intimation of a thirty thousand chance, which I gave to the secretary, brought
be found in the day-nursery of many a family, down a handsome fellow all the way from Plymouth, who just arrived the day after the lady whom we had
THE ADVERTISING BACHELOR.-No. II. intended for him was married. But that the business is sometimes brisk enough, will be shown by an ex- Still, still, the dark wings of misfortune shadow me, tract from an old letter, of my own writing, which I as she gnaws the young hopes that arise in
heart. have lying by me.
I expected Glasgow would commisserate me, that Dear Sir,—I have to acknowledge the receipt of your favonr of her beautiful danghters would look upon me in kindthe 27th ultimo, in which you gave me directions for forwarding ness, and, that the very story of my misfortunes would a return of all transactions during last quarter. I will endeavour
be sufficient to induce thee, thou lovely peruser, to into comply with your request as soon as possible, but in the mean.
terest thyself in one who has publicly challenged thy time, must entreat your patience, as I have yet to classify the
regard. Nor, indeed, have thy daughters, proud fortunes and ages of subjects in question. In the meantime, you
Venice of the west ! been unwilling to bear, and commay depend upon the Hon. Miss
proving a good spec.
passionate me. They have shewn themselves superior She has rejected four lovers, but I think will scarce resist Tom
to narrow views, and the prejudices of custom, they if he comes down and attempts her. Poor Bob
have not rejected a virtuous overture, because it came
not with a formal introduction by a host of relations, is down in the mouth because his Jewess bas turned out to be
they bave looked upon blessed matrimony, as not the tbree or four thousand below her reported value.
less beautiful, because she has abandoned the affectareign girl appeared at the assembly here last night, said to be
tions of modern manners, and adopted the admirable worth six or seven hundred a-year in property, besides which, I
simplicity of that unsophisticated time when the prohave discovered, that she has £7000 in the 3 per cent. consols,
fered band was accepted at the moment it was offered, and 4 Sbares in the East India Company. I fear Clara wont do
and ere love had known how to prevaricate. I repeat after all, as the money is in the hands of a lawyer, and she gives it, the ladies of Glasgow have met my overture with away about fifty pounds a-year in charity. This latter expense,
kindness—yet, alas! with no benefit to me; for the to be sure, might be retrenched, so if Mr. chooses to try it, 1 publisher informs me that of the great number of letthink be may win her. A great sensation made lately at Dundee ters, in clear, tremulous, bold and scraggy hand-writing, by Miss
- of coming to her Uncle's property. I bave a which have come to his shop, addressed, “ The Advergood mind to go there, and reconnoitre myself. Particulars in tising Bachelor,” there was not one of which the post
age was paid, and he, cruel man! returned them to the Tlie reader will be surprised to find that I have not Post-office. This, this, was too bad, yet, not to be succeeded yet in finding a match for myself, and it is wondered at. Fate bas ever destroyed my hopes, when somewhat unaccountable, that, with all the eager- brightest-envious of my happiness, she again has inness which people in my situation usually have to do terfered, but in a way somewhat different from that I business for themselves, all my attempts at settling experienced when I paid my addresses to myself for life have ended in confusion. I have never
THE BUXTON BEAUTY. got the better of an insult which I received from a lady, I had been residing with my aunt in Liverpool, during with whom I was just on the point of making arrange- the spring and summer months of the year 18–, and ments. I happened to send her a paste ring, which was well contented to enjoy the society of that bustwas returned to me with a civil message, informing ling and busy town, without having recourse to an me that I was considered, like my gifts, to be an im- aquatic excursion, which some of my companions had postor, In truth, it is my own honest conviction, as it planned, and had already hired a pleasure boat for a is probably that of the candid reader, that, after many week, in which to visit the Isle of Man. A few days years of experience, at the only business which I before, when requested to accompany them, I had not thought myself likely to become a proficient in, I must been sufficiently explicit in my refusal, and I found be content to think myself good for-nothing.
my name appended to a list with the sum of seven
A young fo
guineas as my share of the stores and the expense.
Were I beneath the cork tree's shade,
In Spain's enchanting land, As the matter had proceeded thus far, with a smiling
I'd serenade thy placid couch, face and a heavy heart, I embarked, and, both wind
I'd woo thy lily hand. and tide being in our favour, we quickly passed the
No arm should twine thy hallow'd zone, fort and north-west buoy, and were, before night set
No flower adorn thy breast, in, a considerable distance from the land. A bright
But what I planted there alone, blue sky above, and calm sea beneath—for the wind
Won by my own proud crest. had now lulled—could not fail to impress me, since it
Were I beneath the cork tree's shade, &c. was the first time I had ever beheld them on the We had discussed several of the popular songs of mighty waters, and, whilst my young companions were the day, and one in particular, by Mr. C *** of enjoying their social entertainment, I stood at the stern, Liverpool, was a great favourite, so much so, that I and attempted to count the glittering hosts of heaven, requested a copy of it, and would have got it, but for that were twinkling in ether far above me, when the the following circumstance: In the course of our sails of our little yacht were suddenly taken a-back, and walk we approached a little gully, the water of which a blow from the main-boom sent me into the water. So was nearly dry, leaving a deposit of mud to consideramuch alacrity was shown by the crew of the cutter, that I ble depth. I saw we must leap to get over it, and had no sooner become acquainted with my situation than without thinking on the lameness of my friend, I I was rescued from it, to the utter destruction, however, caught her firmly by the hand, and exclaiming, “ here of my blue marine jacket, through wbich an unseemly we go,” I sprang with her to the opposite bank. That boat-hook had been thrust, as I was withdrawn from something had gone wrong in transitu, I was beartily the liquid element. In the true spirit of an amateur convinced, for not only did the lady shriek, but she seaman, I did not put on dry clothes for some time, and had actually fallen on the top of me--but, gemini! when we turned in for the night, I could not sleep, but when I looked back what did I behold? a sboe and remained cold and shivering till the morning. My
My stocking neatly gartered upon a cork leg that stuck companions offered to return to Liverpool, when they upright in the mud, and seemed to be proclaiming saw me so much an invalid, but a vessel came along. its want of an owner. My fair friend could do nothside at the very moment-I stepped on board, and I ing without assistance, but it required female assistance, was seized with a very severe rheumatic attack, and I so I impressed one kiss upon her lovely cheek, talked was then directed by my physician to repair to the hot of the West Indies and yellow fever, hastened to the baths at Buxton, for relief.
hotel, pointed out the scene of my discomfiture to the The Peak is a district of Derbyshire, ten or twelve chamber maid, paid my bill, and returned to Manches: miles in extent, near the edge of which, Buxton is ter by the Peveril of the Peak new coach, which hapsituated.
The air is pure and salubrious in this pened at the moment to be at the gate of Buxton elevated region, but the hot baths were, of course,
Crescent. the attraction for those who, like myself, were in
ALCHYMY. valids. I resided at one of the principal hotels, and soon found the advantage of mixing indis
I have seen an advertisement in a newspaper, from a pretender criminately with the society it afforded. I was soon of the hermetic art. With the assistance of " a little money," he familiar with all the visitors, and the baths proving could " positively” assure the lover of this science, that he would very beneficial to me, I became the “gallant gay Lo
repay him “ a thousand-fold !” This science, if it merit to be dis. thario" of the hotel, and actually perpetrated a quad
tinguished by the name, bas bitherto been doubtless an imposition,
which, striking on the feeblest part of the human mind, bas so rille or two, although lame in my left knee, and my
frequently been successful in carrying on its delusions. arm almost immovcable. One thing is certain, how- As late as the days of Mrs. Manly, the authoress of the Ataever, that I brought as much dancing material upon Jantis, is there on record a most singular delusion of alchymy. the floor as any of the quadrille party, which, although
From the circumstances, it is very probable the sage was not less
deceived than his patroness. consisting of eight, had only twelve sound limbs in all,
An infatuated lover of this delusive art, met with one who exclusive of disabled shoulders and arms. Indeed,
pretended to have the power of transmuting lead to gold: that is when we first commenced the dance, Vestris would
in their language, the imperfect metals to the perfect one. This have sickened—such limping and irregularity never hermetic philosopher required only the materials, and time, to perwere beheld, but it was wonderful how we improved form his golden operations. He was taken to the country resias we proceeded. To tell the truth, however, I never
dence of his patroness. A long laboratory was built, and, that
his labours might not be impeded by any disturbance, no one was could dance well, and I found my time more agreea
permitted to enter into it. Ilis door was contrived to turn on a bly spent in sunning myself in the smiles of a very pivot; so that, unseen, and unseeing, his meals were conveyed to lovely girl, whose father and mother had recently arriva him, without distracting the sublime contemplations of the sage. ed. She had come hither evidently for the benefit of the During a residence of two years, he never condescended to speak waters, and was very lame, but I found her a companion
but two or three times in the year to his ivfatuated patroness.
When she was admitted into the laboratory, she saw, with pleasso agreeable, that I was soon fascinated with her beauty
ing astonishment, stills, immense cauldrons, long flues, and three and conversation, and willingly agreed with her, that or four Vulcanian fires blazing at different corners of this magical dancing was not a rational employment. She generally mine; nor did she behold with less reverence the venerable figure rode with her father and mother in “ the carriage,” of the dusty philosopher. Pale and emaciated with daily operations during the forenoon, but I always met her at lunch, and nightly vigils, he revealed to ber, in unintelligible jargon, his and as the old gentleman drank wine with me regular
progresses; and, having sometimes coudescended to explain the
mysteries of the arcava, she beheld, or seemed to behold, streams ly, and the mother smiled when I spoke to her, I per- of fluid, aud heaps of solid ore, scattered around the laboratory. ceived my attentions to their charming daughter were Sometimes he required a new still, and sometimes vast quantities not unacceptable.
of lead. Already this unfortunate lady bad expended the half of
ber fortune in supplying the demands of the philosopher. She She and I, accordingly, promenaded before dinner,
began now to lower her imagination to the standard of reason. and at times left the public walk and enjoyed the
Two years had now elapsed, vast quantities of lead had gone in, sweets of retirement from the world. I knew from a and nothing but lead had come out. She disclosed her seu timents thousand incidents that my love was returned, and my
to the philosopher. He candidly confessed he was himself suronly regret, which I frequently expressed to her, and prised at his tardy processes; but that now be would exert himself
to the utmost, and that he would venture to perforın a laborious which she as often blushed to hear, was that the God
operation, which hitherto he bad hoped not to have been necessidess Hygeia was less willing to bestow her favours upon tated to employ. His patroness retired, and the golden visions of one so worthy of them as she was, than to one so un- expectation resumed all their lustre. deserving as myself. Her lameness still continued, One day as they sat at dinner, a terrible shriek, and one crack but it did not affect my passion, which I breathed forth
followed by another, loud as the report of cannon, assailed their in the following effusion, and presented to my enchant
ears. They hastened to the laboratory.— Two of the greatest stills
bad burst; one part of the laboratory was in Aames, and the deress, during one of our retired rambles:
Juded pbilosopher scorched to death. -D’Israeli.