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LA BELLE ASSEMBLÉ E,
FOR MARCH, 1828.
ILLUSTRATIVE MEMOIR OF MRS. FITZ GERALD.
MRS. Frtz GERALD, an admirable por- || for many centuries settled in the county trait of whom, by Chalon, * forms the l of Waterford. leading em bellishment of this month's LA About a century back, one of the ancesBELLE ASSEMBLEE, is the only daughter tors of Mrs. Fitz Gerald married a daughand heiress of the late John Fitz Gerald, ter (and coheiress with Lady FauconEsq., of the little Island in the county of burg) of Thomas Fowle, Esq., of the Waterford, and of Pendleton, in the Coun- || Priory of St. Thomas, in the county of ty Palatine of Lancaster. She is married || Stafford, and thereby brought into this to her first cousin, John Fitz Gerald, Esq., family large estates in the counties of of Naseby, in the county of Northampton, Stafford, Flint, and Lancaster. and one of the members, in the present Parliament, for the Borough of Seaford, sixth degree, John Fitz Thomas, was created in the county of Sussex.
Earl of Kildare on the 14th of May, 1316, the This branch of the illustrious family of | tenth year of the reign of Edward II. His Fitz Gerald is lineally descended from grandson, Richard Fitz Thomas, was the third
Earl mentioned above. The Earldom of Ki. the second son of Richard Fitz Thomas, the third Earl of Kildare,+ and has been
dare was merged in the Dukedom of Leinster, in the person of James, the twentieth Earl.
This nobleman, a Lieutenant General in the • Alfred Edward Chalon, R.A.
army, and Master General of the Ordnance in + The family of Fitz Gerald derives its origin | Ireland, succeeded his father in the year 1743. from Otho, or Other, a powerful English Baron, In 1747, he was created a peer of Great Britain in the time of King Edward the Confessor, whose by the title of Viscount Leinster, of Taplow, in son, Walter Fitz Other, was, at the general sur the county of Buckingham ; in 1761, he was vey of England, 1078, castellan of Windsor. | raised to the dignity of Marquess of Kildare ; From the same Walter also descended the land, in 1766, he was advanced to the farther families of Windsor, Carew, Fitz Maurice, || dignity of Duke of Leinster. The Duke of Gerard, and many others. The oldest title of | Leinster is Marquess and Earl of Kildare, Earl honour used by this family, was that of Barons and Baron of Offaley, originally by tenure, of Offaley, by which Gerard Fitz Maurice, great Premier Marquess, Earl, and Baron of Ireland, grandson of Walter Fitz Other, was designated and Viscount Leinster, of Taplow, in the county 28 early as 1205 ; and his descendant in the of Buckingham. No. 39.- Vol. VII.
RECOLLECTIONS OF LADY CAROLINE LAMB.
We love not to see genius, talent, and monial alliance. Entering into life with worth pass away without a sigh, without a fine form, a highly cultivated under
tear. It is not our intention to attempt | standing, and bright prospects, she could a regular biographical memoir of Lady | not be long without admirers. AccordCaroline Lamb; but we cannot refrain || ingly, on the 3d of June, 1805, before she from offering an humble tribute to her had attained the age of twenty, she was memory, because we happen to be married to the Hon. Wm. Lamb, eldest amongst those, who, from conviction, son of the Viscount Melbourne, a gentlemost sincerely attribute all the incon man of splendid talents, and not undissistencies that existed in her character | tinguished as an active member of the to a highly excited nervous temperament, | House of Commons. The issue of this which did not, at all times, leave her marriage was three children; of whom entirely mistress of herself. Many a one only is living - George Augustus strange conversation, many a strange scene Frederick, so named in honour of his could we sketch, were such our taste; || present Majesty, who stood sponsor at but, feeling for, and sympathizing with, || his baptism. the infirmities of our nature, we refrain In literary, and other elegant pursuits, from the odious task; and, even were there was perfect congeniality of taste we under the influence of less honourable | between the married pair. Lady Caroprinciples, we should shrink from the fear || line read and studied the classics with of being branded with epithets due only | her husband; and, amongst the results to writers such as Medwin, Hunt, &c., || of such association, was one of her many who are deservedly covered with oppro- | accomplishments, that of reciting the brium in every well regulated society. noblest Greek odes with extraordinary
Lady Caroline Ponsonby was born on grace, and most impressive effect. Inthe 13th of November, 1785. Her father deed her taste and skill in reading, and was the Right Hon. Frederick Ponsonby, || reciting from, the living as well as the Earl of Besborough; her mother, the dead languages English, French, Italian, Lady Henrietta Frances Spencer, daugh-German, &c.—were at all times pre-emiter of John, the first Earl of that name. nent. In conversation, her wit was lively She was an only daughter; and, from || and sparkling; in her easy, natural, and her earliest infancy, she had the op- || graceful style of relating an anecdote, portunity of receiving the instruction, or delivering a connected narrative, she and improving by the example, of her | has rarely been equalled; her imaginavenerable grand-mother, the highly ac tion was brilliant, fervid, and powerful; complished Countess Dowager Spencer. * the sweetest, tenderest, deepest pathos Thus she was blessed with every advan- || she was perfect mistress. She was at tage of birth and education; and, in the once a lover and a patroness of the Fine very bloom and beauty of youth, she was Arts. Some of her pencil sketches, exeequally fortunate in an honourable matri cuted in childhood, are remarkable for
the spirit and freedom of their touch. • This lady died at the age of 78, in the year As a writer, and also as a woman, 1814. “ Her mind was richly stored with || Lady Caroline Lamb has been much misvarious reading, and what she acquired was ap- | understood, much misjudged. With cerplied to the best purposes. She had an exten
tain allowances, her literary productions sive range of acquaintance, who regarded her correspondence and conversation as an inestimable
are entitled to esteem ; for, certainly, her In sprightliness of style, her letters object in them was to impart the most would rival those of Sevigné or Montague ; useful lessons to her young and ardent while, in solidity of thought and ethical purity, 1) contemporaries of both sexes. they might rank with the epistles of Carter. On aware that, on the publication of " Glethe paternal side, she was of the ancient family | narvon," an outcry was raised against of Poyntz, and her mother was daughter of the that work: it was denounced as an "imgreat Earl of Peterborough."
moral book, that no young person ought
to read !” That some of its scenes were being was unhappy at once erased from too highly coloured, we must allow; but her mind the recollection either of enmity what did it contain? The first witnessing, | or of error.” Again :-"Before I finish that had been given in the form of a
the sad history, upon
my imaginanovel, of the dangers of the life of fashion. | tion loves to dwell, of a being as fair as It was, therefore, the drawing up of a ever nature created-let me at least have curtain—the display of scenes—which the the melancholy consolation of holding up actors did not like to have exposed to public to others those great and generous qualiscrutiny; and that was the main cause of ties, which it would be well if they would the outcry that was raised against it. What imitate, whilst they avoid her weaknesses a host of able writers have since availed || and faults. Let me tell them that neither themselves of the hint given by “Gle- || loveliness of person, nor taste in attire, narvon!” Our authors of “ Matilda," nor grace of manner, por even cultivation
Granby,” “Tremaine,” “Vivian Grey,” || of mind, can give them that inexpressible “ Honor O'Hara," “ Flirtation,” “Coming || charm which belonged to Lady Orville Out,” &c., have made many a successful above all others, and which sprang from march over the field that was first opened the heart of kindness that beat within her by Lady Caroline Lamb. It is not to be bosom. Thence that impression of sindenied that the writer's unconstrained cere good-will, which at once she spread fancy, in many parts of " Glenarvon,” || around; thence that pleasing address renders that leading excursion more like | which, easy in itself, put all others at the wild inroad of a border forayer || their ease; thence that freedom from all than a regular essay of disciplined re mean and petty feelings that superiority viewers of the land. Still Lady Caroline to all vulgar contentions., Here was no had the merit of first unveiling the follies || solicitude for pre-eminence—here was no and vices of fashion; and, surely, even || apprehension of being degraded by the should it be admitted that her own pecu- society of others—here was no assumed liar temperament and exposure on that || contempt—here was the calm and unasdangerous stage caused her to suffer some | suming confidence which ought ever to of the stings which she described to be be the characteristic of rank and fashion." caught in her own flesh, she is not to be One little specimen of Lady Caroline less credited for shewing whence the || Lamb's poetical talent, from the same shafts that inflicted them came.
work, will not be unacceptable:Lady Caroline Lamb's highly imagina If thou could'st know what 'tis to weep, tive romance of “ Ada Reis," is not ob To weep unpitied and alone, noxious to the objections, which have, The live long night, whilst others sleep, with some plausibility, if not justice, been Silent and mournful watch to keep, urged against “ Glenarvon.” It is full of
Thou would'st not do what I have done. purity of heart. So also is the novel of
If thou could'st know what 'tis to smile, “Graham Hamilton;" a work, the leading
To smile, whilst scorn'd by every one, object of which is to shew that an amiable
To hide, by many an artful wile, disposition, if unaccompanied by firmness
A heart that knows more grief than guile, and resolution, is frequently productive Thou would'st not do what I have done. of more misery to its owner and to others, than even the most daring vice, or the And, oh, if thou could'st think how drear, most decided depravity.
When friends are changed and health is As this is the only production of Lady
gone, Caroline's that we happen to have in our
The world would to thine eyes appear, possession at the moment, we shall ven
If thou, like me, to none wert dear, ture to make from it a brief extract, in
Thou would'st not do what I have done. which, it strikes us forcibly, her ladyship We have, however, had the pleasure has, unconsciously, delineated much of of perusing some manuscript productions her own character. Speaking of Lady of Lady Caroline's, evincing poetic powers Orville, Graham Hamilton says
“ ll of a much higher grade. never heard her breathe an unkind word It has been remarked that much of of another. The knowledge that a human | Lady Caroline's character was delineated
in the novel of “Graham Hamilton.” If | gering and almost hopeless complaint. we mistake not, a more complete portrait || Three or four months ago she underwent of her ladyship will be found in Lady an operation, from which she experienced Cordelia Trevillion, one of the dramatis some relief, but only of a temporary napersone of “ Dame Rebecca Berry, or Court ture. She expired without pain, and Scenes in the Reign of Charles the Second," without a struggle, on the evening of the production of a dear and intimate || Friday, the 25th of January. On the friend of Lady Caroline's—of one who was | morning of February 4, her remains were much with her in her last illness.
removed in a hearse and six from the To the feeling heart, to the religious || house in Pall-Mali, in which her ladyship mind, it is eminently gratifying to know, || breathed her last, for the purpose of being that the last days of Lady Caroline Lamb conveyed to the cemetery belonging to were quite free from those nervous dis- | Lord Melbourne's family at Hatfield. tractions of thought which so often dis- || Two mourning coaches and four, in tressed herself and her friends; and that || which were Dr. Goddard, Dr. Hamilton, her death-bed was perfectly tranquil, and || and two other gentlemen, followed the demonstrative of every Christian convic-hearse. The carriages of the Duke of tion and its consequent peace. It is also || Devonshire, Earl Spencer, Earl Carlisle, gratifying to know that her husband ar Earl Besborough, Lord Melbourne, Visrived in town, from Ireland, sufficiently count Duncannon, Mr. Wm. Ponsonby, early to receive her latest blessing. and Mrs. Hunter, followed the funeral
Lady Caroline Lamb had long been procession to a short distance out of town. declining under the pressure of a lin- | The Hon. William Lamb, husband to the
deceased, and Mr. Wm. Ponsonby, joined * For a review of this work, vide LA BELLE the procession at Belvoir, to attend the ASSEMBLEE, vol. v. page 126.
funeral, as chief mourners.
PATIENCE: A TALE FOR WIVES.
-Much did she suffer ; but, if any friend,
In that delightful part of sunny Italy il pebbled beds,” and the pipe of the shepwhere the Po commences its rapid and herd came upon the wind. It was a place, majestic course, there reigned, about the where humanity, pure from the soil and twelfth century, a certain Prince named
grossness of the world, might have found Eugene Armedia. His estates, though far a foretaste of the after-pleasures promised from extensive, awarded to their possessor to the good. It had pleased Nature to a sufficiency of worldly advantages where- || adorn the Prince Eugene with all those with to maintain the rank by Providence || nobler qualities which, whilst they exalt assigned to him, whilst his subjects enjoy- || the inward self, bless and conciliate dea ed under his dominion all that safety and pending man. His court was free from abundance which poets dream of in the those silver-tongued pests, those smilers golden age. It was, indeed, a delightful that abuse a prince's ear-those fawners, spot; the fields, demanding the lightest
« Whose dimples seem a sort of honeycomb, cultivation, returned a hundred-fold the
Filled and o'erflowing with suavity.” wealth of Ceres ; the vine hung, “ purple and gushing," from the elm; a thousand He had about him men upright of heart limpid streams murmured “o'er their || and simple of speech, men who, had it
been needed, would have acted as the Armedia, unconscious of this, lived ministers to petitioning wretchedness, and “ heart-whole,” and unfettered. At not have “shut the door.” Wherever length, incapable of further resisting the Armedia went he carried with him that kind entreaties of his people, he promised soothing gentleness of aspect which wins them, whilst he avowed his scepticism, its way into the sufferer's heart, and if they could bring to him a maiden “ makes his misery voluble-his was no fair yet never proud,” one of gentleness, freezing look, eurdling the blood of dif-modesty, patient of suffering, yet learned fident worth - in his eye was mild en and wise, the marvel of her sex, he would couragement, and his hand was open consent to wive. Satisfied with this, the as day to melting charity."
people were for a time silent, whilst ArIt was their excessive love for Armedia media, in the blindness of his bigotry, which urged his subjects to solicit the feeling certain that his anxious subjects Prince to an alliance with some noble might as successfully seek for the phenix, lady worthy of his virtues and his great or to catch the rainbow from the heavens, ness, lest he, living a life of un as the maiden he had pictured, promised cheering celibacy, might “ die and leave himself a freedom from their future enthe world no copy." This request the treaties. In the mean time he pursued Prince had for some time adroitly evaded. || his wonted sports. It was his only vioWith all the golden gifts which nature had lent recreation to rouse the wild boar, lavished upon him—with a form to win and to prove his manhood against the the eyes of woman, with a mind fraught rugged bear. Thus, he would at times with a true nobility of sentiment, with remain whole days from his castle, accourage, eloquence, with nearly all the companied by his huntsmen and his dogs. possessions “ which make the happy One day, the horn summoned the Prince man,” there was still one speck upon this to the chase; the game was quickly starthuman sun, one blot upon the lily of his ed, the forest echoed with the barking of mind, which too often made his other dogs, and the shout of men; the stag virtues seem a mockery to themselves,- | bounded through the forest; whilst Arhe was a heretic to the sweet faith of wo-media, ever foremost, set spurs to his man. He had never carried “ within the || steed, and, intent only upon the prey, was red-leaved tablet of his heart,” the en- speedily far beyond his lagging comgraven recollection of woman's love he || panions. After many devious turns and laughed at the cherry lip of Cupid, and subtle shifts, the stag escaped, and the made a jest of the saffron-mantled god. | Prince, on looking round, discovered himHe had early imbibed most erring notions self to be in the thickest part of the forest, of the strength, of the fidelity of woman's || wholy unattended. He dismounted, and, love, and the prejudice once received, after a search, discovered a narrow track, nurtured itself; he had carefully abstain- | which he imagined would again lead him ed from all converse with the gentle sex ; || into the open country. The further, howand thus, like a ride, wayward Pagan, || ever, he proceeds, the more closely he exclaimed against the creed, before he finds himself shut in by the umbrageous had even conned the text. He knew not || wood; at length he can neither hear the the generative powers of love,the new barking of the dogs, nor the cries of the virtues, the fresh delights it gives a being hunters. to;—for
By chance he arrived at a grove, through love first learned in a lady's eyes,
which a brook babbled its way amid the Lives not alone immured in the brain ;
flowers which clustered its narrow banks. But with the motion of the elements, Courses as swift as thought in every power ;
Nature was here in her most beautiful And gives to every power, a double power,
and flourishing simplicity; the Prince, Above their functions and their offices.
overcome with the beauty of the place, It adds a precious seeing to the eye:
“ for there is a spirit in the woods," blessA lover's eye will gaze an eagle blind ;
ed a thousand times the chance which had A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound, directed him to the spot. He abandoned When the suspicious head of theft is stopp'd." himself to the influence of the scene; and,