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Aparement Mesdames sont seules !” said || coachman by water: this being settled, we an old French gentleman to us, as my aunt hired the diligence to convey us thither; and I came out of the cathedral. A salu- | the emigré advised us to see the famous actation of this kind in England, from an tress, Mademoiselle Duchonois, before we utter stranger, would make us assume a quitted Rouen, who, he was desirous of perpeculiar air of dignity, and the remark of || suading us, was a second Siddons. I had the gentleman would most probably cause my doubts; ho ver, we thought we might us to be inflexibly silent; but Lady Diana, as well see the playhouse, which is cerwho has been often in France, immediately tainly better than any provincial theatre in entered into conversation with him, and || England; and I very much admired Matold him that, in order that her nephew demoiselle Duchonois, but a second Siddons should be entirely at his liberty, she had | I fear we shall never see. brought her homme d'affaires to accompany Our diligence was a curious carriage; us and assist us in transacting our money the postillion, as they call him, is perched
on an elevated seat, and sits almost on one's This intelligent man, for such we found nose: rope harnesses are invariably used, him, was about sixty years of age; and | but am convinced they are better for though a French vivacity was diffused over these roads than any other, the badness of his countenance, yet a secret care was so several in our journey from Rouen to Paris perceptibly mingled with it, that I was might be proverbial. It first strikes the sure he was some victim who had deeply idea that the French postillions are cruelly suffered by the revolution. The cross of fond of the whip; but all this terrible St. Louis at his breast, and a few expres- || claquet never touches the horses; a postilsions that escaped him, shewed his decora- || lion, however, is estimated by the loud tion was not that of to-day: but I was smack he gives in the air, with his enorcharmed with that sprightliness, the cha mous whip, and even the driver of the racteristic of the nation, and which I will voiture, which we hired to carry our bagmaintain, in a well born and well princi- | gage, cracked his with a smile of triumph, pled Frenchman of the old school, has its when we past him, as if no one could be source in politeness alone; a politeness found to 'equal him. which will not intrude the corroding sor On our journey we saw a little chapel in rows of the heart on another.
the centre of a rock, to which pilgrimages He walked with us to the Hotel de Poi- || have never entirely ceased; they will now, tiers where we had put up; and where, || 1 suppose, become more frequent. It is my aunt intreating him to be seated, he said that the wolves are not yet exterminato gave us what many would have thought a ed in the forests of L'Arrache; we saw laughable account of the transformation his none, however; and it was peculiarly plea. estate had undergone during his absence of sant passing through Lomviers, and viewsix-and-twenty years; he laughed himself, || ing the fine manufactures for cotton; the but
my heart bled to think of the late mas- vineyards of Gaillon had a rich appear, ter of a magnificent Chateau, which teemed | ance, and Vernon, formerly so passionately with hospitality and French urbanity, now admired by the English, is sweetly situated reduced to a chambre garnie, on the third on the banks of the Seine; the road, as we floor of an house in the suburbs of travelled on to Nantes, was delightful. It Rouen.
was with true veneration we beheld the fine 51 Poor Thomas, while this gentleman was
Chateau of Rossy, once inhabited by the with us, came in with a most melancholy || great Sully; it is now a favourite residence length of countenance, declaring the roads of Talleyrand's, who has a head equal to were such it would break his poor horses' || Sully's, no doubt. hearts; that of Thomas was soon set at ease,
I have seen nothing yet in Paris; my by the emigrant gentleman assuring us that | themes will become inexhaustible, when our carriage might be materially injured we have visited amongst those circles to by such a journey, and that it was better which our letters and rank will introduce to send it on to Paris under the care of the us; and when we have viewed the multi
tude of museums, institutions, and theatres. I ly flying to Paris, we inspect all that is inWe have taken an hotel garnie, in the su- teresting as we pass along. Adieu! accept burbs of St. Germain ; you must be content the best wishes and affection of your in this letter to hear only of my journey;
EMILY, as pleasure and observation was our object in travelling through France, and not mere.
(To be continued.)
ANECDOTES OF ILLUSTRIOUS FEMALES.
PRINCESS ADELAIDE, AUNT OF LOUIS XVI.! But the affection of the Princess for this
Tuis Princess, with her sister, Madame! bird was so strong, that she could never Victoire, were one day on a visit at the bear him out of her sight; she neglected: country villa of the Duchess de Narbonne, the pleasures of the chase, of which she and the Princesses appeared desirous of was particularly foud, because her dear seeing the young village girls dance. An parrot could not accompany her; and she order was given to that effect, and joy and often dispensed with paying visits of ceregaiety began to be displayed around. The mony, because he could not make one of heads of all the lasses were well powdered, the party. and adorved with a profusion of ribbons If at any time she had resolution suffici. on the occasion, and they were already ent to deprive herself of the sight of him, provided with partners for the rural ball. the moment she returned home she would But they had forgot what was of the great- almost fly up stairs, and run through the est importance: just as they were about to y several apartments which led to that in commence the sprightly dance, not a single which was contained her dear little fafiddler could be found. This was a great vourite. disappointment to the Duchess de Nar One day when the Princess went a huntbonnè, who was ambitious of pleasing the ing, she left him under the care of one of Princesses; when Madame Adelaide said, her young ladies, requesting her not to lose with great good humor, “Give me a violin, sight of him; and she reckoned on her reI once knew how to play, and I think I ; turn, when she should find him perched on can remember enough to make these young the hand of the lady; but great was her girls dance to my tunes." The instrument astonishment when the young ladies all fell was brought, and the Princess played a op their knees before her. variety of country dances, till a late hour, “Oh! my parrot !" cried she. while she excited the gratitude and sur
“ Alas! Madam, the cage door was open, prise of the astonished dancers.
and be flew away. All our search after him has been in vain, we cannot find him."
So saying they redoubled their tears and THE PRINCESS OF ORANGE, MOTHER TO
lamentations, dreading the loss of their
situations, and the grief of these poor girls An anecdote is related in the history of is not to be described. When the amiable the life of this Princess, of her extraordi- || Princess, whose virtues were well known, nary, fondness for a favourite parrot. It and deserving the inother of one of the was certainly possessed of a very superior || greatest kings England could ever boast, and peculiar kind of beauty for a bird of said kindly to them,“ Do not be so foolish, that species, being milk-white, with a tuft my good girls, to afflict yourselves thus for on the head and the tail both of flame an animal: beautiful as he was he is not colour: he was apt at learning, and, in worthy the tears of a Christian. This is short, was a little creature to whom any but a very slight misfortune; comfort your one might be attached who was not even selves, as I shall; and never let it be men peculiarly fond of animals.
MISS ANNE PITT.
CATHARINE VON BORE, WIFE TO MARTIN
This lady, who was the sister of that She was the daughter of a gentleman | great statesman, Lord Chatham, having of fortune, and a nun in the convent of received a pension through Lord Bute, her Nimptschen, in Germany. When Luther brother wrote her a very severe letter, in commenced the reformation she quitted the which he reproached her for having obveil, with eight other nuns, and which ab- tained this favour. “ I should never have dication they put in practice on Good expected,” said he, “such a meanness in Friday. Luther, passionately enamoured any one of my family; the name of Pitt of Catharine, gained her consent to become and the word pension were never intended his wife. To the charms of youth and to be joined together.” Some little time beauty, Mrs. Luther added vivacity and after, the same Lord offered a pension to pleasing conversation, and the kindest af- | Mr. Pitt (afterwards Lord Chatham) of fection and attention towards her husband. three thousand pounds, who did not refuse When she brought him a son, Luther said, it. His sister was no sooner informed of it he would not change his condition for that than she immediately sent him a copy of of Cræsus. This lady was said to have all the letter he had before written to her. the hospitality of the German noblesse This lady was celebrated for her wit and without any of their pride.
vivacity; and when at an advanced period of life, that dealer in the graces, Lord Ches
terfield, called on her one morning, and ELIZABETH BURY,
forgetting that politeness to the sex in Was the daughter of Captain Adams' which he so much prided himself, said :Lawrence, of Lynton, in Cambridgeshire, “Really, Miss Pitt, I get good for nothing; and was born in March, 1644; in 1697 she I believe I am become quite an old woman." married Mr. Samuel Bury, a dissenting : “ Is that all, my Lord?” said she, with minister.
quickness; “I thought you was going to She was famed for her genorosity and tell me you was become quite an old man, beneficence, and gained thereby a most and that is a great deal worse." illustrious fame. · She took long and expensive journies to forward her plans of charity; and in order to carry them into effect she was often obliged to resort to This lady was possessed of superior ta. the agency
of others. “I have acted the lents for the writing of comedy; and some part of a beggar so long,” she would say, of her pieces, notwithstanding the change « that I am now reduced almost to one in our taste and manners, are yet acted on myself.” And when she recommended the English stage. Her life is indeed but their setting apart peculiar sums for cha a tissue of anecdotes, or rather of ad. ritable uses, she would add, “ People will ventures. She passed, in the earliest part not grudge to give out of a purse that is no of her youth, several months at Cambridge longer their own.”
with a young gentleman of fortune, in his From her early youth she was accustom-chambers; where, being disguised all the ed to rise at four in the morning, and to time in male attire, and undetected, she spend several hours in her closet in medi- had an advantage few of her sex could tation and devotion. She could not satisfy boast, that of a classical education, herself, she used to say, with an intercourse strong was her forte for poetry, that she in which she could neither do nor receive had composed some songs before she was good. Amongst her memorandums the seven years old; and, on account of her following frequently occurs :-“ Entertain- | great talents, she afterwards received from ed very kindly at such and such houses, but Prince Eugene a magnificent gold snuffno good done to myself or others.” Some- ! box for a poem she inscribed to him; and times she would complain, after leaving another from the French Ambassador for a company, that though she had struck fire masquerade which she addressed to him. frequently, it always fell upon wet tinder. She wrote a ballad against Pope's transla
tion of Homer before ever he began it. She died in Spring-Gardens, at the house She was possessed of many jewels and of her third husband, Joseph Centlivre, pieces of plate from the produce of her one of Queen Anne's cooks, who had fallen literary labours; and we mention this as in love with her at Windsor, where he an extraordinary anecdote, since few, very saw her acting the part of Alexander the few poets have been able to rely on their Great. pen for even decent support.
CHARACTERS OF CELEBRATED FRENCH WOMEN.
MADAME ELIZABETH OF FRANCE.
hold dominion, and how repellant they MADAME ELIZABETH was daughter | are to all confidence and friendship. A of the Dauphin, the father of Louis XVI. | few austere sentences, followed by a total and was scarce three years of age when she silence, took place of their watchful tender. was left an orphan; her mother was Maria ness. The Princess could not endure such Josephine, Princess of Poland, and the a change, and repentance immediately folsecond wife of the Dauphin. The mis- lowed her fault. In a short time this chafortune of losing her parents was, in a racter, which was naturally violent, took a great measure, repaired by the tender and turn, and all that remained of its originality affectionate care of Madame de Marsan, was a stability of principle, a nobleness of her governess, who took the charge of her sentiment, and an indefatigable energy during her days of infancy, and shewed || which placed her above the reverse of herself worthy of so sacred a trust, and to || fortune. which she entirely devoted herself. She Madame de Marsan was very fond of had the satisfaction of seeing her royal || flowers, and of cultivating exotic plants: pupił profit by her ardent zeal for her wel- | aided by Mr. Lemoupier, as celebrated for fare, and by the virtuous example she con his skill in botany as in medicine, sbe ex. tinually set her.
plained to her young pupil the properties But it was not without extreme difficulty of every shrub, its origin, and the period that this precious fruit was brought to ma when it was first introduced in France. turity: the blood of the Duke of Burgundy || Nature is full of instruction, and life holds flowed in the veins of Madame Elizabeth; | forth every lesson of utility; the Creator and the same difficulty which was proved speaks in all his works to the listening and in bringing up that young Prince, was also attentive mind. felt in preserving the life of his great grand The mind of Madame Elizabeth was daughter. And it was on such a mind that formed for the loftiest conceptions; the the sensible Fenelon employed all the mysteries of religion were developed by efforts of his great genius, and sweetly her, and its grand precepts were engraven enforced his instructions.
on her soul. She was soon enabled to perMadame de Marsan and Madame deceive in religion that chain of benevolence, Markau, in unison with him whom they consolations and duties, the first link of had chosen to assist them, succeeded in the which is placed in heaven, and draws mancare they employed in the education of the kind to its origin and end. She beheld Princess. By turns mild and decided, se immortality in the sure light of conviction, vere and gentle, they performed their duty | and felt that eternity was requisite to susto their royal pupil; they made her feel tain our earthly frame, and also that etera betimes the pleasure of being beloved: did | nity was for man the fruit of his virtues she, when a child, show a shadow of ob- and of his sufferings. stinacy, or give any indication of misplaced Such were the ideas on which the cha. arrogance, or ill humour, their friendship, racter of this Princess was formed; and by by reasonings such as might be made with them she arrived at that degree of dignity childhood, taught her to feel how these and goodness of mind, that she captivated tibles degrade the mind over which they every heart, as she inspired it with the love
of virtue, of which she was the most lovely In 1781, the King purchased for her the
absence she confided it to a man in whom So uniform a conduct, so happy a cha- she could place implicit trust, and who deracter, gained her the esteem of all the livered in his accounts of its disposal. He royal family, and in particular of the King, had orders to let her know immediately her brother. This Prince was accustomed when any of the inhabitants or their chilto say, that truth was her element. No one dren were taken sick, and she sent to them but his Majesty knew so well how to ap
a physician, money, and other necessaries preciate this Princess: always happy to see of which they might stand in need; and her, he only parted from her in the sweet she heard with the most lively joy when hope of seeing her soon again.
any of her sick were restored to life and A remarkable epocha in the life of Ma- health. dame Elizabeth, was, that when at about
Her pension was the treasury of the poor; the age of fourteen, her brother, who found and this striking anecdote is recorded. An her endowed with superior wisdom, gave ingenious mechanic offered her the ornaher an establishment. She still, however, I ment of a chimney-piece of very curious retained her masters, and gave herself up workmanship, asking for it four hundred to her accustomed studies and duties, alter- |franks. “ With that sum,” said Madame ing nothing of her usual routine of life. Elizabeth, “I could feed two small fa
It was in the charms of fraternal friend. | milies.”
to fancy herself already united to her Devoted to friendship alone, this Princess | Creator; but her father, who had no notion was a stranger to all court intrigue; her of these abstractions, promised her in mar. noble and elevated character could ill ac riage to a young Frenchman; and Easter commodate itself to that want of integrity, day, 1636, was fixed for the nuptials. She and that self-interest, which are too often fled in the disguise of a hermit, returned the motives to action: it was with extreme again under promise of being no more perdelicacy, also, that she rejected the applause | secuted with the addresses of her lover, but she excited; but what added most to her was forced again to fly on another proposal praise was her goodness to the poor, over of marriage. On the death of her parents, whom she might be said continually to when her patrimonial estate was bequeathwatch
ed her, she lived at little expence; moderate