« AnteriorContinuar »
BY MISS MITFORD.
steward of the London University:-Breakfast,
From Friendship's Offering. 9d.; Soup, 6d.; Dish of Coffee, 4d.; Dish of Chocolate, 6d.; Beef Sandwich, 4d.; Ham, THE ELECTION-A TALE. Sandwich, 6d.; Hot Beef or Mutton, with Vegetables and Bread, Is.
A Few years back a gentleman of the name of Danby came to reside in a small decayed borough town—whether in Wiltshire or Corn
wall inatters not to our story, although in one From the Winter's Wreath.
of those counties the aforesaid town was pro
bably situate, being what is called a close boGIBBON IN HIS GARDEN.
rough, the joint property of two noble families. "It was on the day or rorher niplit of the 27th June, Mr. Danby was evidently a man of large for 1787, bet on the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote tune, and that fortune as evidently acquired in the last lines of the last page, in a Summer-nonce in my
trade,-indeed he made no more secret of the garden. And laying down my pen, I took several turn's in a berceou, or covered walk of Acacias, which com latter circumstance than the former. He built mands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the moun himself a large, square, red house, equally ugly tains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene--the silver tint of the moon was reflected from the waters, and
and commodious, just without the town; wallall creation was silent. *But I feel, and with the de ed in a couple of acres of ground for a kitchen cline of years I shall more painfully feel that I am alone garden; kept a heavy one-horse chaise, a stout in Paradise."
pony, and a brace of greyhounds; and having He sate in his own lored bowers,
furnished his house solidly and handsomely, While the summer-moon's soft light
and arranged his domestic affairs to his heart's Was bathing the roses and jessamine flowers, content, began to look about amongst his neigh
That bloom'd through the noon of night; bours; scraped acquaintance with the lawyer, The spirit of nature benignly had blest the apothecary, and the principal tradesmen; The scene and the season with beauty and rest. subscribed to the reading room and the billiard
room; became a member of the bowling green Before him a bright lake lay,
and the cricket club, and took as lively an inAnd a fruitful valley smild;
terest in the affairs of his new residence, as if And beyond, in the moon-beam's glancing ray, he had been born and bred in the borough. Were the polished glaciers piled ;
Now this interest, however agreeable to himAnd the splendour of million worlds was lent
self, was by no means equally conducive to the To the face of the dark blue firmament.
quiet and comfort of the place. Mr. Danby And not the charm alone,
was a little, square, dark man, with a cocked-up Of visible nature was there;
nose, a good-humoured, but very knowing For the Mind's high triumphs and beauties
smile, a pair of keen black eyes, a loud voluble shone
speech, and a prodigious activity both of mind Eren more divinely fair;
and body. His very look betokened his cha
racter,-and that character was one not uncomAfter years of labour the patient sage In rapture gazed on the perfect page.
mon among the middle ranks of Englishmen.
In short, besides being, as he often boasted, a He had traced an Empire's fate,
downright John Bull, the gentleman was a reAnd the star of Cæsar's line,
former, zealous and uncomprising as ever atFrom the blaze of its high meridian state,
tended a dinner at the Crown and Anchor, or To its dark and cold decline;
made a harangue in Palace-yard. He read And the lofty magnificent tale was told Cobbett; had his own scheme for the redempIn words that glittered like burnished gold.
tion of tithes; and a plan, which, not under
standing, I am sorry I cannot undertake to exHe bad linked his humble name
plain, for clearing off the national debt without With that of the mighty dead;
loss or injury to any body. And already he felt the rich wreath of fame Besides these great matters, which may raOn his throbbing temples shed;
ther be termed the theorique than the pracThe splendent circle was round them twined, tique of reform, and which are at least perfectly And be reigned a king in the realms of mind ! inoffensive, Mr. Danby condescended to smallBut in this, his hour of pride,
er and more worrying observances; and was,
indeed, so strict and jealous a guardian of the Was his spirit truly blest ? And felt he no longing for aught, beside
purity of the corporation, and the incorruptibi
lity of the vestry, that an alderman could not The high hopes that thronged his breast? Oh yes!--for his bosom yearned to impart
wag a finger, or a church warden stir a foot, Its burden of bliss to some kindly heart.
without being called to account by this vigilant defender
of the rights, liberties, and purses He knew that fate had given
of the people. He was, beyond a doubt, the All other boons than this
most troublesome man in the parish-and that And he sighed, when he felt that the hand of is a wide word. In the matter of reports and hearen
inquiries Mr. Hume was but a type of him. Had denied the crowning bliss
He would mingle economy with a parish dinThe Eden around him was all his own,
ner, and talk of retrenchment at the mayor's But amid that Eden he stood alone! H. R. feast; brought an action, under the turnpike
act, against the clerk and treasurer of the commissioners of the road; commenoed a suit in
chancery with the trustees of the charity Museum.--VOL. XIV.
school; and finally, threatened to open the bo tle, clever, and kind; and her accomplishments rough--that is to say, to support any candi and acquirements of the very highest order. date who should offer to oppose the nominees When her father entered on his new residence of the two great families, the one whig and the she had just completed her fifteenth year; and other tory, who now possessed the two seats he, unable longer to dispense with the pleasure in parliament as quietly as their own heredita. of her society, took her from the excellent ry estates;--an experiment which recent in school near London, at which she had hitherto stances of successful opposition in other places been placed, and determined that her education rendered not a little formidable to the noble should be finished by masters at home.
It so happened, that this little town containWhat added considerably to the troublesome
ed one celebrated artist, a professor of dancing, nature of Mr. Danby's inquisitions was, the ge
who kept a weekly academy for young ladies, neral cleverness, ability, and information of the
which was attended by half the families of gen. individual. He was not a man of classical edu: tility in the county. M. Le Grand (for the cation, and knew little of books; but with dancing master was a little lively Frenchman) things he was especially conversant. Although
was delighted with Rose. He declared that very certain that Mr. Danby had been in busi- she was his best pupil
, his very best, the best ness, nobody could guess what that business that ever he had in his life. “ Mais voyez, had been. None came amiss to him. He handonc, Monsieur?” said he one day to her father, dled the role and the yard with equal dexteri- who would have scorned to know the French ty; astonished the butcher by his insight into for “ How d'ye do :"_“ Voyez, comme elle met the mysteries of fattening and dealing; and the
de l'aplomb, de la force, de la netteté, dans ses grocer by his familiarity with the sugar and entrechats! Qu'elle est leste, et légère, et coffee markets; disentangled the perplexities Petrie de graces, la petite!” And Mr. Danby of the confused mass of figures in the parish comprehending only that the artist was praisbooks with the dexterity of a sworn accomp- ing his darling, swore that Monsieur was a good tant; and was so great upon points of law, so
fellow, and returned the compliment, after the ready and accurate in quoting reports, cases, English fashion, by sending him a haunch of and precedents, that he would certainly have
venison the next day. passed for a retired attorney, but for the zeal and alertness with which, at his own expense,
But M. Le Grand was not the only admirer he was apt to rush into lawsuits.
whom Rose met with at the dancing school. With so remarkable a genius for turmoil, it It chanced that Mr. Cardonnel also had an is not to be doubted that Mr. Danby, in spite of only daughter, a young person, about the same many excellent and sterling qualities, succeed age, bringing up under the eye of her mother, ed in drawing upon himself no small degree of and a constant attendant at the professor's aca. odium. The whole corporation were officially demy. The two girls, nearly of a height, and his enemies; but his principal opponent, or both good dancers, were placed together as rather the person whom he considered as his partners; and being alınost equally prepossess. principal opponent, was Mr. Cardonnel, the ing in person and manner, (for Mary Cardonnel rector of the parish, who, besides several dis was a sweet, delicate, fair creature, whose mild putes pending between them (one especially blue eyes seemed appealing to the kindness of respecting the proper situation of the church every one they looked upon,) took an immedi. organ, the placing of which harmonious instru.
ate and lasting fancy to each other; shook inent kept the whole town in discord for a hands at meeting and parting, smiled whenever twelvemonth.) was married to the Lady Eliza. their glances chanced to encounter; and soon beth, sister of the Earl of B., one of the patrons began to exchange a few kind and hurried of the borough; and being, as well as his wife, words in the pauses of the dance, and to hold a very popular and amiable character, was just- more continuous chat at the conclusion. And ly regarded by Mr. Danby as one of the chief Lady Elizabeth, almost as much charmed with obstacles to his projected reform.
Rose as her daughter, seeing in the lovely litWhilst, however, our reformer was, from tle girl every thing to like and nothing to disthe most patriotic motives, doing his best or his approve, encouraged and joined in the acworst to dislike Mr. Cardonnel, events of a quaintance; attended with a motherly care to very different nature were gradually operating her cloaking and shawling; took her home in to bring them together.
her own carriage when it rained; and finally Mr. Danby's family consisted of a wife,-a way-laid Mr. Danby, who always came himself quiet lady-like woman, with very ill health, to fetch his darling, and with her bland and grawho did little else than walk from her bed cious smile requested the pleasure of Miss to her sofa, eat water gruel and drink soda Danby's company to a party of young people, water,-and of an only daughter who was, in a which she was about to give on the occasion of word, the very apple of her father's eye. her daughter's birthday. I am afraid that our
Rose Danby was indeed a daughter of whom sturdy reformer was going to say, No!-But any father might have been proud. Of middle Rose's "Oh papa!" was irresistible; and to the height and exquisite symmetry, with a rich, party she went. dark, glowing complexion, a profusion of glos After this, the young people became every sy, curling, raven hair, large affectionate black day more intimate. Lady Elizabeth waited on eyes, and a countenance at once so sweet and | Mrs. Danby, and Mrs. Danby returned the 80 spirited, that its constant expression was call; but her state of health precluded visiting, like that which a smile gives to other faces. and her husband, who piqued himself on firm. Her temper and understanding were in exact ness and consistency, contrived, though with keeping with such a countenance--playful, gen. some violence to his natural kindness of tem
per, to erade the friendly advances and invita- | the election. Rose wept and pleaded, plended tions of the rector.
and wept in vain. Her father was obdurate; The two girls, however, saw one another als and she, after writing a most affectionate note most every day. It was a friendship like that to Mary Cardonnel, retired to her own room of Rosalind and Celia, whom, by the way, they in very bad spirits, and, perhaps, for the first severally resembled in temper and character time in her life, in very bad humour. Rose having inuch of the brilliant gaiety of the About half an hour afterwards, Sir William one fair cousin, and Mary the softer and Frampton and Mr. Cardonnel called at the red gentler charm of the other. They rode, walk- | house. ed and sung together; were never happy asun. “ We are come, Mr. Danby" said the rector, der; played the same music; read the same " to solicit your interest"books; dressed alike; worked for each other ; " Nay, nay, my good friend," returned the and interchanged their own little property of reformer—" you know that my interest is protrinkets and fowers, with a generosity that mised, and that I cannot with any consisten. seemed only einulous which should give most. cy”—
At first, Mr. Danby was a little jealous of “ To solicit your interest with Rose"Rose's partiality to the rectory; but she was sumed his reverence. so fond of him, so attentive to his pleasures, “ With Rose!" interrupted Mr. Danby. that he could not find in his heart to check "Ay—for the gift of her heart and hand, hers: and when, after a long and dangerous that being, I believe, the suffrage which my illness, with which the always delicate Mary good nephew here is most anxious to secure, was affected, Mr. Cardonnel went to him, and rejoined Mr. Cardonnel. with tears streaming down his cheeks, told him *** With Rose!" again ejaculated Mr. Danby: he believed that under Providence he owed his “Why I thought that your daughter"daughter's life to Rose's unwearying care, the “ The gipsy has not told you, then!" replied father's heart was fairly vanquished; he wrung the Rector. « Why William and she have been the good rector's hand, and never grumbled at playing the parts of Romeo and Juliet for these her long visits again. Lady Elizabeth, also, six months past.” had her share in producing this change of feel My Rose!" again exclaimed Mr. Danby. ing, by presenting him, in return for innumera “Why Rose! Rose! I say !" and the astonish. ble baskets of peaches and melons and hot. ed father rushed out of the room, and returned house grapes (in the culture of which he was the next minute, holding the blushing girl by curious,) with a portrait of Rose, drawn by the arm. fierself—a strong and beautiful likeness, with “ Rose, do you love this young man?" his own favourite greyhound at her feet; a “Oh Papa!" said Rose. picture which he would not have exchanged “Will you marry him?" for " The Transfiguration."
“Oh, papa!". Perhaps too, consistent, as he thought him “Do you wish me to tell him that you will self, he was not without an unconscious respect not marry him?" for the birth and station which he affected to To this question Rose returned no answer; despise; and was, at least, as proud of the ad. she only blushed the deeper, and looked down miration which his daughter excited in those with a half smile. privileged circles, as of the sturdy indepen. " Take her, then," resumed Mr. Danby; "I dence which he exhibited by keeping aloof from see the girl loves you. I can't vote for you llein in his own person. Certain it is, that his though, for I've promised, and you know, my spirit of reformation insensibly relaxed, parti: good Sir, that an honest man's word_" cularly towards the Rector; and that he not " I don't want your vote, my dear Sir," interonly ceded the contested point of the organ, but rupted Sir William Frampton; “I don't ask presented a splendid set of pulpit hangings to for your vote, although the loss of it may cost the church itself.
me my seat, and my uncle his borough. . This Time wore on; Rose had refused half the
is the election that I care about; the only elec. offers of gentility in the town and neighbour tion worth caring about—Is it not iny own hood; her heart appeared to be invulnerable. sweet Rose ? -the election of which the object Her less afiluent and less brilliant friend was lasts for life, and the result is happiness. generally understood (and as Rose, on hearing That's the election worth caring aboul-Is it the report, did not contradict it, the rumour not, mine own Rose ?". passed for certainty) to be engaged to a nephew And Rose blushed an affirmative; and Mr. of her mother's, Sir William Frampton, a young Danby shook his intended son-in-law's hand, gentleman of splendid fortune, who had lately until he almost wrung it off, repeating at every passed much time at his fine place in the neigh. moment-“I can't vote for you, for a man bourhood.
must be consistent; but you're the best fellow Time wore on; and Rose was now nineteen, in the world, and you shall have my Rose. when an event occurred, which threatened a
And Rose will be a great lady," continued the grievous interruption to her happiness. The delighted father; “my little Rose will be a Earl of B.'s member died; his nephew, Sir great lady after all!" William Frampton, supported by his uncle's powerful interest, offered himself for the boroogh; an independent candidate started at
A CABINET PICTURE. the same time; and Mr. Danby found himself A GRACEFUL form, a gentle mien, compelled, by his vaunted consistency, to insist Sweet eyes of witching blue, on his daughter's renouncing her visits to the Dimples where young Love nestles in teclory, at least until after the termination of Around a “cherry mou’:"
BY THE AUTHOR OF
BY MRS. HIEMANS.
The temper kind, the taste refined,
From Friendship's Offering.
Ir was on a fine morning in September, A soul alive to other's woes,
Anno 1813, that a friend and myself, after standBut to her own resigned.
ing the customary time with the troops under
arms, made ready to pay a visit to a common This gentle portraiture to frame
acquaintance, whose duties still detained him Required not Fancy's art:
in the immediate vicinity of St. Sebastian. At But do not ask the lady's name
the period to which I now allude, tbe tents of 'Tis hidden in my heart.
the regiment of light infantry were pitched, beneath the shelter of a grove of dwarf oaks, on the top of a gentle eminence not far
from the Bidassoa, and at the base of the QuaFrom the Winter's Wreath.
tracone mountain. It is scarcely necessary to THE VOICE OF MUSIC.
add, that the Bidassoa is fully five leagues distant from the point which we proposed to
reach; and as it would have been a hazardous “ Striking the electric ebain wherewith we are darkly measure to sleep abroad, at a moment when bound."
a general action was every day expected, WHENCE is the might of thy master-spell ?
we felt that the sooner we set out the better it Speak to me, Voice of sweet sound, and tell! would be, both for our horses and ourselves. How canst thoni wake, by one gentle breath,
The early parade, therefore, was barely disPassionate visions of love and death!
missed when we mounted our steeds; and as How call'st thou back, with a note, a sigh,
we pushed on at a brisk trot, we speedily clear. Words and low tones from the days gone ging along over
ed the encampment, and found ourselves jog
a path as lonely and sebyA sunny glance, or a fond farewell ?-
cluded, as if two huge armies, instead of being Speak to me, Voice of sweet sound, and tell!
close at hand, were not within a hundred miles
of it. What is thy power, from the soul's deep spring The road by which we travelled was not the
In sudden gushes the tears to bring; great causeway, which, passing through Irun, Even 'midst the swells of thy festal glee, leads by a glen or deep detile towards Vittoria,
Fountains of sorrow are stirred by thee! but a wild mountain track, which skirting the Vain are those tears! -vain and fruitless all
sides of the range, at the height of perhaps five Showers that refresh not, yet still must fall;
hundred feet from their base, comes down, over For a purer bliss while the full heart burns,
the amphitheatre of low hills that encircle the For a brighter home while the spirit yearns! hardly struck into it, when the sun, which had
town of St. Sebastian on every side. We had Something of mystery there surely dwells,
risen about an hour, but which had hitherto Waiting thy touch, in our bosom-cells;
been obscured by thick mists, burst, as it were, Something that finds not its answer here
the veil that shrouded him; and the clouds, A chain to be clasped in another sphere. rolling down in unspeakable majesty, displayed Therefore a current of sadness deep,
to our view the gigantic peaks of the Pyren. Through the stream of thy triumphs is heard nees, towering over-head like so many rocky
islands out of the bosom of the ocean. These, Like a moan of the breeze through a summer bold and rocky, but not on that account the sky
less magnificent, contrasted finely with the Like a name of the dead when the wine waters of the Bay of Biscay, which lay at this foams high!
moment in all the stillness of a dead calm; and Yet speak to me still, though thy tones be
as we were enabled for a while, as often at least fraught
as breaks in the wood occurred, to command a With vain remembrance and troubled
distinct view of both, it were difficult to conthought ;
ceive scenery more striking than their combiSpeak! for thou tellest my soul that its birth
nation produced. Nor was it the sense of sight Links it with regions more bright than earth! alone wbich, during this delightful excursion,
received ample gratification. The region of
the eastern Pyrennees, like other mountain dis EPIGRAM.
tricts, abounds in rivulets and small streaing From the Greek Anthology. (Author unknown.) which, falling here and there over ledges a
rock, or rushing with headlong violence ove
stony channels, produce a ceaseless murmur If at the bottom of a cask,
seldom loud enough to drown the voice of a Be left of wine a little flask,
ordinary speaker, but almost always sufficient It soon grows acid :—so when man,
ly audible to check the progress of converse Living through Life's most lengthened span, tion. In addition to this, the trees of the fore His joys all drain d or turn’d to tears, seemed to be each of them peopled with sin Sinks to the lees of fourscore years,
ing birds; the bees were abroad in thousand And sees approach Death's darksome hour-making the morning air ring with their musi No wonder if he's somewhat sour!
and the roar of the sea, as it broke upon il
BY THE REV. W. SHEPHERD.
beach beyond Fontarabia, came up, upon a soft | There was something in the air and general west-wind, with peculiar barmony. I perfect appearance of that poor fellow, which excited, ly recollect, to this hour, the effect which this I could not tell why, my liveliest sympathy; so accumulation of exquisite sights and sounds I went towards him, with the design of asking produced both upon my companion and myself
. him a few questions, touching the nature of Though usually not deficient in colloquial pow. his hurts, and the occasion on which he reers, we this morning maintained a profound ceived them. But though I addressed him in silence, as if we had been afraid to interrupt the same kindly and familiar tone in which I the dominion of universal solitude by obtrud knew that it was the custom of our guide to ing upon it the sound of human voices.
address his patients, the soldier took no notice A three hours' ride brought us to the domi- of me. Once, indeed, he raised his eyes and cile of our host, where a substantial breakfast looked me full in the face,--and the mofor ourselves, as well as an ample supply of tion enabled me to perceive that his checks provender for our horses, was in readiness. It were wan and sallow, and that an expression of was a snug cottage, or rather a small farm the deepest dejection overshadowed his whole house, composed, like most buildings in this countenance-but he withdrew his gaze from part of the country, chiefly of wood, and beau me again without speaking, and almost immetifully situated in the heart of an extensive diately relapsed into a stooping attitude. Being orchard, about two miles from St. Sebastian. much struck with the whole air of the man, Not more than a bow shot from it stood another turned to my host, and requested him to give mansion, of dimensions somewhat more ample, me the information which his patient seemed though in structure and general character in indisposed to communicate. But he, too, perfect keeping with it. The latter was, we merely shook his head and walked away. We found, filled with sick and wounded men, in had not, however, returned many minutes to charge of whom our host, who was a medical his quarters, when of his own accord he revert. officer, had been left; indeed it constituted the ed to the subject, and in a manner certainly hospital, set apart from the first for the use of not calculated to diminish the impression which that portion of the army to which the siege of had previously been made, thus addressed me: St. Sebastian had been intrusted. Our host “ You inquired a minute ago, respecting the frankly told us, that the crowded state of its fate of the poor fellow in the corner: that is wards, and the deplorable condition of many one of the most distressing cases which ever who occupied them, would present no very gra
came under my observation; and as I happen Lifying picture of war in its realities,-yet, to be acquainted with the whole of the young with the inconsistency which attends most man's story, I will, if you desire it, repeat it to men's actions, he proposed, immediately after you.". It will readily be imagined that neither breakfast, to conduct us over it; and we, partly my friend nor myself offered any opposition to from curiosity, and partly, I trust, from a better this obliging proposal; so drawing our stools feeling, readily closed with his offer.
towards an open window, which commanded a We found it, as he had foretold, filled with magnificent view of the city and the ocean pitiable objects; but we found also, that every beyond, we listened, with very considerable thing was arranged there in a manner honour interest and excitation, to the following hisable, in the highest degree, to the British go-toryvernment, and no less creditable to the com • It is now about six years ago since the remander-in-chief, and to the heads of the medi- giment to which I am attached, being quartercal department. A single glance served to ed at the time in the citadel of Plymouth, was convince us, that no expense was spared in joined by a batch of recruits from Scotland; order to alleviate the sufferings of those who among the rest, by two brothers, natives of the soffered for their country; and that whatever town of Fort William, the elder of whom, the might have been the case in other days, now at poor fellow whom you noticed in the hospital, least a medical hospital was a place, into which alone survives. Being myself a denizen of that no soldier, be his rank whatever it might, need place, I was not long in discovering that the fear to enter. The different rooms in the youths were the sons of a widow woman, and house were each furnished with pallets, spread ihe orphans of an old pensioner-who after in regular rows, and at proper intervals from serving his country for upwards of thirty years, one another, over the floor; and all were as married, according to custom, a mere girl, and neat and comfortable as clean linen, and blan- died within a few days after the birth of his kets white as the wool of which they were youngest son. The name of their father was formed, could render them. Then again, as to Cameron-an ancient and honourable clan, I rentilation, though in some of the larger cham assure you, inuch respected in former times bers at least twenty patients were laid, not the for its warlike exploits, and still famous for the slightest inconvenience was experienced by nuniber of brave men which it produces; and any of us, whilst threading our way through Donald and Allan, the two young men of them; and the kind and affectionate tone in whom I am now speaking, were in no respect which the poor fellows blessed the doctor as he inferior to their kinsmen in any quality befitpassed, gave proof enough that the state of ting the good soldier. things to which we were witnesses, was one " What the circumstances were which inof every day's occurrence.
duced them to take service in the army, I never We bad visited several of the apartments, accurately understood; but I have heard that and were preparing to quit the place, when the Donald, whose disposition was daring and adfigure of a iall man, who sat with his head venturous, involved himself in some difficulties banging down upon his breast, in the corner of with the excise, and that to avoid the conse. one of the last wards, arrested my attention. I quences likely to arise out of them, lie secret