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with regimentals, like those of the officers, and he had imagination, and when she looked round the nothing of the sort, which put shame on his face too room, started at the fantastic figures on its walls much. Fortunately, Mr. Bowdich had an old red coat, -how, in the heroine style, she must needs rise into which the captain squeczed himself; he then insist. and examine these by her taper-when lo! ined on having a neckcloth, and this, and a worn-out cock- stead of prince or paladin, or frowning ancestor, ed hat, were all we could muster."
the object of her fear proved a Jemmy Jessamy. We cannot part from this pleasant volume shepherd, without recommending it to our readers, of all with a frill, and a flowered waistcoat, and a fine bow. classes--but especially to those who have to cater
pot at his breast, for the amusement of the young.
tranquilly plucking cherries in a tree for the benefit of some equally Arcadian Silvia or Corisca
below. But she loved best to talk and write of SONNETS.
Abbotsford-she could not only enjoy the converON SEEING THE GREEK TROOPS PASS THROUGH A TOWN IN sation of its master, and appreciate the treasures
he had hoarded up, such picturesque and rare These, then, are Greeks! O sight of infamy!
things as she delighted in, but could answer him 'Twas something, even wlien Botzaris bled,
in his own vein-could give him legend for leTo know, that, on the bosom of the dead,
gend—and receive his enthusiastic descriptions of There lay no vestinent of tyrannic dye.
any trait of romance or bravery with equally If these are Greeks, where is the Grecian eye?
genuine enthusiasm. Some, however, of her letWhere is the helmet that should grace the head ?
ters and tales of the “North Countrie,” told of Ask of their king! O Greece! why didst thou wed The offspring of an alien tyrant?-why
lighter things than these ;-the one which folThou soul unquenchable-why wert thou dumb ?
lows, in particular, is strikingly characteristic of Thou wert not lost, until Thermopylæ
her in her lively and wilful mood, which someWas a Bavarian landmark till the tomb
times made those sigh most who loved her best. Where sleeps Miltiades, was given away
In all matters of personal care and foresight, she Unto a German owner. 'Tis thy doom
was, alas ! as thoughtless as a child—and would To perish by a king and kingly sway!
give way to ebullitions of passing gaiety and ani
mal spirits (always, however, tempered by the "Trust not for freedorn to the Franks !” Thus sung
exquisite refinement of her nature,) which some Thy poet, Hellas; for his eye was clear
denounce as indiscreet in all who have come out And watchful as a mother's; and, in fear
of the green years of childhood-and others, more Seperti And love commingled, over thee he hung,
gravely would discountenance, though I cannot Even as a wild bird careth for her young.
but think_unjustly, as incompatible with deep This was his warning; but thou wouldst not hear feeling. This letter, like all which follow markAnd thou hast given thine ancient shield and spear ed with an asterisk, was addressed to a corresTo one who from a line of despots sprung.
pondent of her own sex. I have given them beDid those who fell by Missolonghi's wall
cause they show the grace and liveliness which Pour forth their blood to purchase such a crown?
she could throw round the most familiar matters Was this the only triumph which they sought
and have found it impossible, in glancing over To win by battle and by death? Thy thrall Beneath the Ottoman had more renown:
them for the purpose of selection, to avoid meaOne conquered thice—the other only bought.
suring them against other specimens of eloquence W. E. A, de billet left by her predecessors most famed in
this class of writing-and equally impossible to avoid feeling how well they stand the comparison,
“ Chiefswood, July 13. PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF THE LATE
“How I wish you were within reach of a post letter MRS. HEMANS.-NO. II.
like our most meritorious Saturday's messenger, my
dear amidst all these new scenes and new people, My last paper left Mrs. Hemans enjoying and
I want so much to talk to you all. At present I can appreciating a close and frequent intercourse only talk of Sir Walter Scott
, with whom I have just with Sir Walter Scott; in the present, I think, I been taking a long delightful walk through the “
Rhymay again take up the same bright passage of her mer's Glen–I came home, to be sure, in rather a disaslife without
becoming wearisome or superfluous trous state after my adventures, and was greeted by my With herself, her first journey into Scotland was maid with that most disconsolate visage of hers, which always a favourite topic of conversation. She invariably moves my hard heart to laughter, for I had spoke with delight of the romantic scenery of got wet above my ancles in the haunted burn, torn my her in not a few ancient and stately houses. 1 roses
, stained my gloves with wood strawberries
, and regret that I have been unable to find a letter, one even-direst misfortune of all!-scratched my face with which she described, with inimitable grace and walking with Sir Walter Scott, and listening to tales of
an adventure of hers in a haunted some of the Spanish ballads till they stirred the heart chamber there-a tapestried chamber too; how like the sound of the trumpet? I must reserve many she had retired to her pillow, conjuring up a of these things to tell you when we meet; but one very thousand weirds and shadowy images, till she be-important trait
, (since it proves a most remarkable symcame almost afraid of the phantoms of her own 'pathy between the Great Unknown and myself, I can,
From the London Athenæum.
not possibly defer to that period, but must record it now. I have just received the most exquisite letter ever indited You will expect something peculiarly impressive, I have by the pen of man, from an American, who, being an no doubt. Well: we had reached a rustic seat in the inhabitant of No. Philadelphia, is certainly not woods, and were to rest there, but I, out of pure per- like to trouble me with any thing more than his spirit. verseness, chose to establish myself comfortably on a ual attachment,' as Mr. of is pleased to call grass bank. Would it not be more prudent for you, it. He, that is, my American, must certainly be not the Mrs. Hemans,' said Sir Walter, 'to take the seat?' 'I walking-stick, but the very leaping-pole' of friend. have no doubt that it would, Sir Walter, but, somehow or ship.' Pray read, mark, learn, and promulgate, for the
her, I always prefer the grass.' • And so do I,' replied benefit of the family, the following delectable passage: the dear old gentleman, corning to sit there beside me, * How often have I sung some touchiug stanza of your • and I really believe that I do it chiefly out of a wicked own, as I rode on horseback of a Saturday evening, wilfulness, because all my good advisers say that it will from the village academy to my home, a little out of give me the rheumatism. Now, was it not delightful? | town; and saw, through the waving cedars and pines, I mean, for the future, to take exactly my own way in the back roof and the open door of some pleasant wigall matters of this kind, and to say that Sir Walter wam, where the young comely maidens were making Scott particularly recommended me to do so. I was their curious baskets, or wampum-belts, and singing rather agreeably surprised in his appearance, after all I their To-gas-a-wana, or evening song! How often have had heard of its homeliness; the predominant expres. I murmured • Bring Flowers,' or the Voice of Spring, sion of countenance, is, I think, a sort of arch good na. as thus I pensively pondered along! How often have I ture, conveying a mingled impression of penetration and stood on the shores of the Cayuga and the Seneca, the benevolence. The portrait in the last year's · Literary Oneida and the Skaneateles, and called to mind the Souvenir' is an excellent likeness."
sweetness of your strains. I see you are enchanted, my
dear It was during her second visit to Scotland that mirers,' as the amiable youth entitles himself
, begs per
, but this is not all: the lowliest of my ad. Mrs. Hemans sat for her bust to Mr. Angus mission to be, for once, my cordonnier,' and is about to Fletcher, which, as far as I am aware, is the only send me a pair of Indian mocassins, with my illustriresemblance extant which does full justice to the ous name interwoven in the buckskin of which they are expression of her countenance. It was executed, composed, with wampum beads.' If I receive this preI believe, for Sir Robert Liston, of Milburn Tow- cious gift before I return to Liverpool, I shall positively ers. Few celebrated authors, indeed, have caused make my appearance en squaw, the very first evening I so little spoliation of canvas and ivory as Mrs. come to street; and pray tell that with these Hemans. She never sat for her picture willing-mocassins, and a blanket to correspond, I shall certainly ly; and the play of her features were so constant be able to defy all the rigours of the ensuing winter. Í and so changefúl, as to render the task of the ar- of your visiting this lovely country—there is balin in the
am much disappointed to find, that there is no prospect tist a difficult oné, almost to impossibility; nor, very stillness of the spot I have chosen. The “inajestic to the best of my knowledge, has any likeness silence of these lakes, perfectly soundless and waveless of her been engraved.
as they are, except when troubled by the wind, is to me On her way into Scotland for the second visit, most impressive.0! what a poor thing is society in Mrs. Hemans passed a few weeks in a secluded the presence of skies and waters and everlasting hills." cottage on the banks of Winandermere. Here she had an opportunity of making the personal
" Dove Nest, Ambleside. acquaintance of one whom she had long admired and reverenced as a poet; but I may have occa- ter with a full and most sincere participation in the va.
“I am sure you will believe that I have read your letsion to speak more fully of the love she bore to ried feelings it expresses. As for your imps! poor dear Wordsworth's writings when I treat more exclu- little things! so great is my compassion for them, that sively of her literary tastes. In the four follow- I, even I, would at this moment of tender feeling, wil. ing letters, which were written at this happy lingly uncork them all
, though I believe the conseperiod, it will be seen how highly she valued him quences would be little less awful than those of untying as a man and as a friend; nor will her little the bug of winds. But to speak more seriously, pleasantry about the bridal gift be misunderstood - to my thinking, the difference between the poet
Let nought prevail against you to disturb
Your cheerful faith. of daily life, and the poetess of romance and sentiment, could hardly be shown better than in this You will not be cribbed and cabined by the influence anecdote. The second letter is more personal of your daily toils ; no, you will rise from them, as all than I should have liked to print were the truths minds gifted for worthier things have risen, with a fresh it contains one iota less valuable and less nobly and buoyant joy, into a world where they cannot enter. expressed.
Tell me one instance of a generous spirit which has sunk “ Dove Nest, near Ambleside.
under the mere necessity for stedfast and manly exer
tion ;-many, many, I believe, have been lost and be. “ I have too long left unacknowledged your letter, but wildered for want of having this clear path marked out the wicked world does so continue to persecute me with to them. I am convinced that you will be all the better noles and parcels and despatches, that even here I cannot for having your track so defined, and for knowing when find half the leisure you would imagine. Yesterday, I and where you may turn aside from it to gather flowers had three visiting cards, upon which I look with a fear- upon which no soil of earthiness will have fallen. I ful and boding eye, left at my house, whilst I was sitting could not write thus, if I thought that one precious gift of in the innocency of my heart, thinking no harm, by the mind was to be sacrificed to the employment upon which side of the lake-imagine, visiting cards at Dove's Nest! you have entered. You know that I believe you to be enRobinson Crusoe's dismay on seeing the print of the dowed with powers for the attainment of excellence; and man's foot in the sand, could have been nothing, abso- where such powers do exist, I also believe them to be unlutely nothing to mine, when these evil tokens of young conquerable. How very gravely I have written! If you ladies with pink parasols,' met my distracted sight on were sitting here beside me, I could hardly have spoken my return from the shore. En revanche, however, Ilso; but I really have only wished to cheer and comfort
you, and I know you will not let me be proved a false ture greets every sunbeam with an absolute scream of prophetess. However, I think there is but little danger, rapture. I wonder his horses do not take fright, and rush, and that, with the prospect of immediately commencing with bim and his “violent delights,' down some of the
and , besides about fifty pretty little entremets, ghylls or scurs of the mountain.” of which I know nothing, the poor imps may take comfort in their botiles on the mantel-piece, while the fish
“ Rydal Mount. do their duty' in the frying-pan below. *
"I seem to be writing to you almost from the spirit“ I wish you were near me just at present. I am go- land; all is here so brightly still, so remote from everying out upon the lake with only the boys, and if our day cares and tumults that I sometimes can scarcely perunited giddiness does not get us into some difficulty or suade myself I am not dreaming. It scarcely seems to other, it will be marvellous. To be sure I shall kcep the be the light of common day' that is clothing the woody precious mocassin letter-it will be the very key-stone of mountain before me, there is something almost visionary our edifice. Do you know, that I was actually found out in its soft gleams and ever-changing shadows. I am in my nest here last night, by a party of American tra charmed with Mr. Wordsworth, whose kindness to me vellers.-words of fear! and they came and stayed all has quite a soothing influence over my spirits. Oh! the evening with me, and I was obliged to play l'ami. what relief, what blessing there is in the feeling of admiable, and to receive compliments, &c. &c.-here, even ration when it can be freely poured forth! There is a here, on the very cdge of Winandemere. In other re- daily beauty in his life,' which is in such lovely harmony spects, I am leading the most primitive life. We lite. with his poctry, that I am thankful to have witnessed it rally 'take no note of time,' as there happens to be no and felt it. He gives me a great deal of his society; clock in the house. To be sure we get an eleemosynary reads to me, walks with me, leads my poney when I ride, pinch of time now and then, (as one might a pinch of and I begin to talk with him quite as with a sort of pasnuff,) when any one happens to call with a watch, but ternal friend. The whole of this morning he kindly that is a rare event. I believe I shall have to trouble passed in reading to me; a great deal from Spenser, and you and
to make me up a parcel before long. Mr. afterwards his own • Laodamia,' my favourite. «Tintern Wordsworth wishes to read a little of Schiller with me, Abbey,' and many of those noble sonnets which you, like and he is not to be had at Ambleside; and I want some myself, enjoy so much. His reading is very peculiar, but, chocolate, and that cannot be had at Ambleside ; and a to my ear, delightful ; slow, solemn, earnest in expresblack silk spencer, after many moving accidents by sion, more than any I have ever heard; when he reads or field and flood,' wants a rifacciamento, neither can that recites in the open air, his deep and rich tones seem to be had at the all-needing Ambleside ; but I believe I proceed from a spirit-voicc, and to belong to the religion must write the affecting particulars to -."
of the place, they harmonise so fitly with the thrilling
“ Dove Nest. toncs of woods and waterfalls. His expressions are often "My Dear -, I must frankly own that it is my ne
strikingly poetical--for instance, ‘I would not give up cessities which impel me so soon to address you again. skies of Italy. Yesterday evening he walked beside me
the mists that spiritualise our mountains, for all the blue From the various dilapidations, which my wardrobe has endured, since I came into this country, I am daily as
as I rode on a long and lovely mountain-path, high above suming more and more of the appearance of a decayed Grasmere Lake. I was much interested by his showing gentlewoman,' and if you could behold me in a certain me, carved deep into a rock, as we passed, the initials of black gown which came with me in all the freshness of his wife's name, inscribed there many years ago by bimyouth, your tender heart would be melted with fearful self, and the dear old man, like 'Old Mortality,' renews compassion. The ebony bloom of the said dress is de them from time to time. I could scarcely help exclaim. parted for ever; the waters of Winandermere (thrown ing 'Esto perpetua !'” up by oars in unskilful hands) have splashed and dashed over'it; the rains of Rydal have soaked it; the winds a few more extracts from the livelier letters of my
I shall conclude my notice for the present with from Helm Crag have wrinkled it, and it is altogether friend--feeling how delightfully they supersede, somewhat in the state of
in the present case, the necesssity of elaborate Violets plucked, which sweetest showers May ne'er make grow again.
character-drawing, or the "twice-told tale” of Will you, therefore, be so kind as to send me as soon as written in the humour of the moment, to those
anecdote. They are chiefly fragments of notes, possible, the malerial for this rifacciamento. * gine, my dear, a bridal present made by Mr. Words with whom she shared every passing emotion. worth, to a young lady in wliom he is much interested " I hope I shall soon be well enough to pay a visit; I a poet's daughter, too? You will be thinking of a brooch really mean to try if I can take a little care of myself, in the form of a lyre, or a butterfly-shaped aigrette; or a (though I do think it requires a natural genius for it) Forget-me-not ring, or some such small gear. Nothing because, having no kind brother to nurse me, I have of the sort-but a good, handsome, substantial, useful. made the brilliant discovery that there is no pleasure at looking-pair of scales, to hang up in her store-room ! all in being ill alone; indeed it is very desolate; to me,
For you must be aware, my dear Mrs. Hemans,' added so strangely desolate, that . sorrow takes new sadness he gravely, 'how necessary is for every lady to see from surprise ;' but I will not speak about such things. things weighed herself. Poveretta me !–1 looked as I send you an American annual to look at, which I regood as I could, and, happily for me, the poetic eyes ceived a few days ago, and in which you cannot be more are not very clear-sighted, so that I believe no suspicion, surprised to see some forgeries of mine, on the use of the derogatory to my notability of character, has yet Hashed word Barb, than I was to see them there. It quite perupon the mighty master's mind; indeed, I told him that plexed me, until I found out that a friend, in this neighI looked upon scales as particularly graceful things, and bourhood, had given Professor Norton a copy of what I had great thoughts of having my picture taken with a had almost forgotten, during his visit to Liverpool. He pair in my hand. Tell that I am going to revisit has told the story in the prettiest way for me, but to you Corriston on Saturday, driven by the same straw-hatted I shall confess the whole wicked truth. It was neither and green-ribanded old bachelor, whom I before de- more nor less than a mystification, practised upon a very scribed to him. If there be many beautiful lights and well-meaning gentleman, (though somewhat earthly,) who, shadows upon the hills, I shall certainly die of ecstacy, in the innocence of his heart, called upon me two or three bot my own, but my companion's ; for the strange crca- years ago, and asked if I could help him to some authori.
ties in the old English writers, for the use of the word ; that choosing to have a little solitude to complain of, I Barb, as a steed. I promised my assistance, (I believe had not thought proper to see any one for three days, so he had a wager depending upon it,) and actually. I you were the first recipient of all the strange fancies and imposed upon his trusting nature all that sheet of forgeries feelings which had been floating about me during that with which the much enduring man,' enchanted by his long time. Well, I will be very good and gentle on sudden acquisition of learning, went about rejoicing (I Tuesday evening, and try to realise the title of a book really marvel how I had the heart) until some one-eyed once inflicted upon my juvenilc days by the heads of the person, among the blind, awakened bin from his state of family, and called The Exemplary Matron,'—a "wea. ignorance and bliss.
risu' woman' I then thought the good lady was, but I now “I have been very ill-used, in several ways, since I believe she would be a very suitable model for me. In saw you. Here is a great book on phrenology, which a which good faith (I am afraid it will be truly faith, and gentleman has just sent me, and expects that I shall read! not works,) believe me, ever yours,-F. H." People really do take me for a sort of literary ogress I think, or something like a sailor's definition of an epicure
I shall once again return to my subject--to -a person that can eat any thing.' To be sure I did speak of Mrs. Hemans' literary tastes and habits, very much aggravate the phrenologist lately, by laugh with further passages from her letters, as characing at the whole scullery science and its votaries, so I teristic, though in somewhat a different vein, as suppose this is his revenge: and imagine, some of my those I have here given.
H. F.C. American friends having actually sent me several copies of a tract, audaciously calling itself. A sermon on small sins.' Did you ever know any thing so scurrilous and
From Leigl Hunt's London Journal. personal ? "Small sins' to me, who am very little better than a grown-up Rosamond, (Miss Edgeworth's naughty
THE AUTHOR OF LACON. girl, you know,) who constantly lie in bed till it is too We extract this account of a well known chalate to get up early, break my needles (when I use any), racter from a new and highly respectable magaleave my keys among my necklaces, answer all my zine, called the “Literary Union. It would not amusing letters first, and leave the others to their fate, bave appeared in these pages (nor assuredly in and, in short, regularly commit small sins enough every those of our authority) had any thing like scanday to roll up into one great, immense, frightful one at dal attached to it; but Mr. Colton persisted in the end of it! Now, have I not been ill, very ill-used, as I said ?"
making his own want of sympathy so public, ap
pears to have been so unconnected with any one *“I am sure you will be glad to hear, my dear who could feel in pain for his memory, and inthat I was not at all worse for the flight out of doors, 1 deed must be looked upon as so manifest a specitook with you, though I have not since been able to repeat it. I bear long being shut up in the house, about as his nature, and therefore a subject rather for the
men of a clever lunatic, originally defective ill as a gipsy or a wild Arab would. Did it ever strike physiologist than the preacher, (unless the latter out in the free air, and under the blue sky, than beneath preached a little more physiology, which would a smoky roof, as the sea-kings of old used to say? I not be amiss,) that with this caveat against miswish you would fix an evening to come here--I believe conception, we can have no hesitation in adding a moon was the requisite you mentioned when I last spoke him to our list of " Romances.” It may be as of your coming-and I am sure there is a moon, for she well to add, that clever as he was, his talents looks in at my window every night, and keeps me awake have been highly overrated. He got a little more with her cold bright eyes, which, I scarcely know why, head-knowledge than ordinary, by dint of pol always seem to speak of the past.”
caring where he went for it, or what he did; but The nes fragment refers to a visit she paid to
for the same reason, he was totally deficient in the amphitheatre-the Astley's of Liverpool--se are from others; and his cleverest trick was
profundity and real wisdom. His best thoughts duced thither by the temptation of Ducrow's “Gre- baving a style that made them pass for bis own
his cian Statues."
a style, however, betraying its trickery. See his “ Oh! the horrors of the circus !-the orange-peel, the regular set out of ables in the bit of sophistry cigar-smoke, the shouts, screams, groans and hisses, and about suicide. The poor man was absolutely other playful eccentricities of the pensive public! We sat, turning a sentence, while meditating his last act two of the party at least, with a superb disgust enthroned of self-reference and egotism, though in the shape on our regal brows, and looking most resolutely away of a tragedy. “When life is unbearable (says from the stage. But now I bethink myself, there was a he), death is desirable, and suicide justifiable ; certain tranquil assumption of superiority in your talking and so poor, clever, flaring, silly fellow! he goes of sitting at home quietly, (and elegantly doubtless, off, like a man on the stage, with a fine line in which is not to be countenanced. You will please to his mouth, and thinks he will have made a proing was delightful--the clown altogether a creature of found sensation on us. But life is seldom unthe elements – the public might have been an audience bearable, except by want of imagination and an of gentle readers’ –I was enchanted, and my attendant outrageous egotism; and suicide, to be justifiable, cavalier in a state of beatitude."
except in the eyes of melancholy charity, should ". You paid me the compliment yesterday evening, of to the survivors, or avoidable by medicine, or by
be preceded by nothing that renders it formidable longer than I did myself; pray do not extend the distinc patience. tion to all the perversities which I must have uttered " It was in the year 1926; if memory serves, during those few hours; I rather think I was in the most (says the writer in the 'Literary Union,') that capricious of moods, and that if I could have summoned we first saw the Rev. C. Colton in Paris; he had the wings I so often wish, they would have been of a then just arrived from
America, sported a splenthousand and one colours. The reason, I believe, was, did cab and tiger, and lived in dashing style.
He derived his means from certain visits to Fres- antly testify; he had a smattering of most of the cati's gaming-house, and No. 113 Palais Royal, sciences, and an amazing fund of amusing anecwhence he usually returned laden with gold. He dote. To a stranger-more especially if unlearnplayed upon system, and the fame of his plan ed, for this would insure from him an elaborate reaching England, two speculators with plenty of display-he must have appeared a man of imcash, (whose names it were well not to mention,) mense and varied talent, (he loved to be a lion, were tempted to leave London for Paris, and and thus unrestrainedly to rule the roast) but adopt his mode of play: A short time after their when in the company of really scientific men, arrival, Colton joined them-an arrangement men who had drunk deeply where he had only having been made that they should find cash, and sipped, his consequence was considerably lessenhe science--and he was then to be met with at the ed. Arrogance and conceit often drew from him Salon-au-dessus du Café Anglais, corner of the off-hand opinions upon subjects of which he Place des Italiens, every evening; fortune fa- knew but little ; and his pride compelled him to voured him for some years, and all went merrily; maintain them to the last, however absurd, howbut, during this period, which was his meridian, ever wrong; but if his adversary proved too powwe never saw one generous or praiseworthy ac-ersul for him, he would suddenly quit the field tion, never met with a recorded trait of charity or for his strong-hold, anecdote, carry off the laugh goodness; a varice was his ruling passion, and to on bis side, and thus rid himself of what he termgratify this he would stick at notbing. About ed, with strange blindness, 'the d—st bore in this time, not content with the rapidity with life-an obstinate man:' this, however, would not which he gained money at the table, the thought always succeed; and we well remember him, took possession of him that he was a first rate among other instances, to have been roughly judge of pictures, and with his dominant idea in handled and exposed by Mr. Charles M-n, a view, that of duping others in the re-sale, he pur- young man of talent, (related to one of the most chased a great number: but, as Colton discovered eminent performers of the day) who failed as an to his cost, this is a trade that requires some ap- actor, some few seasons past, in London. prenticeship; he was imposed upon in every way, “ Colton's appearance was singular in the exand paintings for which he had paid as much as treme; he painted bis cheeks, and was usually 150,000 francs, scarcely produced, after his death, bedecked with mock jewels and gilded chains. as many centimes. Fortune now began to turn With his pockets filled with eatables, a market tail at the table, and Colton found it was much basket in his hand, crammed with vegetables, easier to talk of breaking the bank, as he had so fish, &c., most incongruously, and an octavo vooften boasted he could do by his system, than to lume of some fashionable work under his arm, he effect it. He fell as rapidly as he had risen ; he might be sometimes met walking the streets of had saved no money-few do who live by chance; Paris, the very picture of eccentricity, nearly of they put implicit faith in the fickle goddess, and madness. Thus equipped, be one morning called fancy she is never to desert them-so that his dis-in at Mr. T—r's, a noted Palissier, in the Rue tress was great in the extreme. Without other St. Honoré: 'I say T-r, I have called to give resource, (for having no money, the table was you a good recipe for curing bams: my mother closed to him,) he adopted the singular expedient has just now sent me some over, which I shall of advertising in Galignani's Journal, that a cure myself; and damme, sir, they shall beat clerical gentleman was willing, for a certain sum, your Strasburghs to H-1. He did cure them to teach an unfailing method by which the bank himself, and invited some of his friends to meet might be broken at Rouge et Noir: like the albim at Poole's to taste; as might have been exchemist of old, who was willing, nay desirous, topected, however, the moment he entered the sell for a trifle the means of making gold in quan- room with his basket on his arm, containing the tities unlimited. There are always gulls to be precious morceau, all were convinced of the found when a clever rascal will give himself the failure of his recipe ; the odour was intolerable, trouble to seek for them; the bait took, and for but this, with unyielding gravity, he argued, prosome little time Colton lived well upon the flats ceeded merely from the substitution of brown thus caught. At every opportunity he would sugar for treacle: from treacle he went to metaventure to his old haunts with the trifle he could physics; and, being somewhat humbled by the spare, nay, sometimes with that which he could previous event, never were we better pleased with not
, and occasionally, would have a run of luck; his society than on that evening. we used then to meet him at ‘Poole's,' an Eng " At this period of his career, Colton had for lish tavern, in the Rue Favart, near the Boule- hanger-on, or rather associate in his projects for rard Italien, in all the pomp and pride of worn- raising the wind, one H-n, a well educated out velvet, mock jewelry, and dirty hands; on man of good family, but bad principles; pupils in these occasions, when the sunshine of circum- the occult science were becoming rare, and he stance had, for an instant, dispelled the fogs now endeavoured to obtain a living by a series of usually enveloping him, his conversation was begging letters. Colton forged the darts, and sparkling and delightful, and his arrival was hail-H-n launched them. Every person of wealth ed as the promise of amusement. Colton pos- resident in Paris, or stranger visiting it, was sessed a most retentive memory, as his Lacon-waited upon by Hn; and the plea of an unwhich is perhaps more remarkable for the terse- fortunate divine, in embarrassed circumstances, a ness of style, in which an amazing number of the broken down author, or a distressed widower with opinions of others are expressed, than for any six children, as the case might be, produced for great originality or depth of thought-will abund- some time a supply of cash. Colton, of course,