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volume; I will send you soon, according to P.S. As to what my dear uncle says reyour request, a list of French money, and lative to my faulty geography, I am prealso of the numerous places of amusement pared to answer him. I certainly could in the city of Paris.
not tell you that I travelled through I will yet hope to embrace you in some Nantes from Rouen hither;—10, my dear part of France, before my return to my cousin, it was Mantes; the hurry. I wrote in, pative land.-Adieu! Write as often as pos- | my bad ink, and worse pen, made you mis
take my ill-formed M for N. EMILY.
(To be continued.)
sible to your
ANECDOTES OF ILLUSTRIOUS FEMALES.
SUSANNA MARIA CIBBER.
We are induced to class this lady This lady, who married the brother of amongst the illustrious, from her being the the above unhappy female, was ister to daughter of the celebrated Colley Cibber, the famous Dr. Thomas Augustin Arne; the Poet Laureat. Her education some. aud she married Theophilus Cibber soon what resembled that of Mrs. Centlivre, in after the death of his first wife. Old Colley one respect, being more suitable to a boy was much displeased at this match, but the than a girl; but with this difference, it was amiable and elegant deportment of his not quite so intellectual; for the youthful daughter-in-law soon made him forgive his Charlotte was more in the stable than in the closet, and was mistress of the curry The shameful conduct, however, of the comb before she knew how to handle the luxurious and despicable Theophilus canneedle. All her amusements were mascu not be sufficiently deprecated, when he line; hunting, riding, races, and digging introduced a gentleman of fortune to his in the garden. She once, when' quite a wife, whom, as if by accident, he had conchild, protected her father's house from an veyed to her bed-chamber, and then laid attack made on it by thieves, by firing his damages against him for five thousand pistols and blunderbusses out of all the pounds: however, his conduct being diswindows. Her wildness, however, ceased covered, he gained only ten pounds, a sum after her marriage with Mr. Rich. Charke, not sufficient to reimburse the tenth part an eminent musician; and ever after, as
of his expences. her biographer elegantly remarks, “ she The following anecdote of Garrick is rewas launched into the billows of a stormy corded at the death of Mrs. Cibber. When world, where she was through the remain- | the news was brought to him, he said :der of her life buffeted about, without ever “ Then tragedy expired with her; and yet once reaching a peaceful harbour.” Her she was the greatest female plague belonghusband's infidelities obliged her to seek aing to my house: I could easily parry the separation, and for support she turned her artless thrusts, and despise the coarse lantalents to the stage; in which line she guage of some of my heroines; but whatever would have met with certain success, were was Cibber's object, a new part, or a new it not for that ungovernable impetuosity dress, she was always sure to carry her which marked her character, and which point, by the acuteness of her invention, and caused her to quarrel with Fleetwood, the the steadiness of her perseverance." manager,
gave rise to her writing that little dramatic Farce called The Art of Management.
She then entered a strolling company, This female, who was possessed of exand in 1755 she came to London, wherequisite and unrivalled beauty, was one of she published a Narrative of her own Life. the most celebrated ladies of Boccaccio; For a short time she lived on the profits nor was her soul, it seems, less beautiful her book procured her, but died in extreme | than her outward form. The year of her misery in 1759.
birth cannot be precisely ascertained, but
she was the daughter of Lewis Gonzaga,
COUNTESS OF DESMOND. Count of Rodigo, and Marquis of several This lady, who was a remarkable inother places in Italy.
stance of longevity, was the daughter of Vespasiano Colonna, Duke of Trajetto, the Fitzgeralds of Drumana, in the county when she had just completed her thirteenth of Waterford; and, was married in the year, demanded her in marriage. He was | reign of Edward IV. to James, fourteenth above forty years of age, and lame in both | Earl of Desmond. When she was pre.. hands and feet. Julia had the art of so sented at court ou her marriage, she danced well preserving her decrepit husband's af with the Duke of Gloucester, afterwards fection, that he settled an handsome dowry Richard III, whom she described as being on her, provided she never entered on the as handsome a man as any at court. marriage state.
She lived to the age of one hundred and Ippolito de Medici had long been despe- || forty years, and died in the reign of James rately in love with her: he translated into the First, retaining her full health and virhymeless verse the second book of the gour to the day of her death. But just Eneid, as a similarity of the fire of his love ll before her demise she was reduced to exand the burning of Troy. The dedication | treme poverty, and obliged to take a jour. prefixed to the poem to Julia, was a formal | ney from Bristol to London, the greatest, declaration of his love. But she had so part of which she performed on foot, to great an aversion to the wedded state, that solicit pecuniary relief from the court. She she never would retain a married woman is said to have twice shed her teeth, and in her service, and was much displeased had new sets come in the place of the old when any of her female attendants left her
The fame of the rare beauty of Julia Gonzaga had penetrated even to the Otto
BIANCA CAPELLO,, man Porte, and Barbarossa formed the de
Was mistress to the Grand Duke of sign of carrying her off as a present to || Tuscany, during his wife's life-time, who, Solyman, his master. The Turks had al was a woman far advanced in years; ready forced the gates, and were hastening the extraordinary beauty of Bianca trito the palace where Julia dwelt; when, umphed over the conjugal fidelity of the raised by the cry of the inhabitants of | Duke; and Johanna of Austria, whom he Fondi at the entrance of the Turks, she had wedded, at length found herself utterly sprang on a horse, and passing through a forsaken for the new favourite. postern escaped to the mountains. Half Bianca had neither fortitude nor virtue naked, she scampered over hill and dale, sufficient to reject the offers of the Duke; and being attended by a few of her most allured by his flatteries and his liberal trusty servants, she at length found a con offers, she found also much to admire in cealment in a covert, where she hid herself the elegance of his manners and the beautill a decent dress could be procured her, || ties of his person, so that she reflected not in which she escaped to one of the sur on her recent marriage with Buonaventuri, rounding fortresses.
who, eager to gain advantage by the As soon as the news of the landing of the beauty of his wife, adapted himself admirTurks was brought to Rome, the Pontiff | ably to his disgraceful situation : but in sent the Cardinal Ippolito, with a chosen proportion as the Duke heaped favours on body of troops, to drive them back. The him his pride and insolence increased to Turks, however, were apprised of his com that height, not only towards the chief ing, and made off with all possible speed; nobility but even to the Duke himself, that and the Cardinal had the triumph of carry- he was one night way-laid in the street and ing his beloved Julia back with him to murdered. Fondi.
Johanna, the Duke's wife, though she She was represented, in sculpture and strove as much as possible to master her painting, under the figure of the morning grief at her husband's infidelity, yet her star.
jealousy and anguish of mind preyed ou
her frame, and pining away rapidly, she father, the Grand Duchess is in great want fell sick and died.
of your assistance." So saying he hugged The heart of the Grand Duke was now him close to his breast, and 'was immedi"wholly tát the command of the aspiring | ately struck with the sight of a beautiful Bianca, and in spite of the exhortations of new-born child, which the good father had the Cardinal, the Duke's brother, she be- concealed in his' bosom. He took it from came, in a short time, Grand Duchess of him, and called out so loud that the Duchess Tuscany.
heard him, “ God "be thanked! the Grand Her ambition, however, could not be Duchess is happily delivered of a chopping satisfied without producing an heir to the Prince;" and he directly presented the little throne, and she took the resolution of feign- one to the by-standers. ing pregnancy, and of substituting a foreign The Duchess, incensed to fury, 'resolved child. When she took' to her chamber, I on 'vengeance. Now' the Cardinal was and at length to her bed, no one was more particularly, fond of almond soup; she * rejoiced than her infatuated husband. therefore caused an almond soúp to be
When'she thought it' time to play the made, which she strongly poisoned. "The Jast 'scene of this farce, she suddenly alarm- | Cardinal suspecting 'her, seated himself as ed the paláce at midnight; and ordered usual at the table, but refused the soup her Confessor, a barefooted Carmelite, to which the Duchess politely pressed upon be called.
him. Well,” said the Grand Duke, '] The Cardinal håstened to the antichàm- || will take some of the soup myself;" and 'ber of the Grand Duchess, where he walked accordingly took"a plate of it. Unable to up and down 'reading his breviary. The prevent his eating it, the wretched Bianca Duchess begged him, for God's sake, to be saw she was undone;' she ate up, therefore, 'gone. The Cardinal answered, drily: all that remained of the almond soup, and « Let her Highness attend to her own
died with her husband, on the 21st of Ocbusiness, and I will mind 'mine.” As soontober, '1587. The Cardinal 'súcceeded to as the Confessor appeared the Cardinal the Dukedom' under the name of Ferdiflew to meet him with open arms.-Welnand I. and reigned till the yeår 1608. come, welcome," said he,“ my dear ghostly
CHARACTERS OF CELEBRATED FRENCH WOMEN.
CHARLOTTE COUNTESS DE BREGY. she served her friends also with an ardoor
She was one of the ladies of honour to as if the favours she asked were for herself; Queen Anne of Austria, and was distin- nor would she ever listen to a' word against guished at that court for her wit and beauty; them; where she dare not contradict she the turn of her mind was metaphysical; | defended them to the utmost of her power, and love was more in her fancy and imagi- | and great ability of reasoning. Fortune nation than in her heart. No lady was
and honours were with her but secondary fonder of praise and flattery; but she was
considerations : and, in short, 'to use her grateful for it, as she repaid it with interest; own words when speaking of herself, she gentle and civil from politeness, she was acted in the world conformably to what it naturally of a proud and scornful disposi- ought to be, and too little according to tion; wedded to her own opinion, she had what it is. dissimulation enough to affect to adopt that of others; modest and discreet from pride, she passed through life with an unblemished character, though very much This lady, renowned more for her given to intrigue, gaiety, and dissipation. beauty and sterling wit than for the amiaConstant, however, and secret, she was the bility of her disposition, was long the fachief favourite and confidante of the Queen, vourite mistress of Louis XIV.; haughty and never abused the trust reposed in her:" and self-willed, the charms of her person
MADAME DE MONTESPAN.
and conversation alone enslaved the mo the Romish church, though naturally fond narch, for he detested her pride and arro of the pleasures of the table. When she gance, together with her spirit, which was banished the court, she wrote a most knew no controul.
submissive letter to her husband, imploring Yet the originality of her sprightly sal- || bim to receive her, or to allow her to retire lies, and for which her whole family were to any one of his estates in the country, proverbial, her extraordinary beauty, and which he might please to name. On his her being the mother of several of the positive refusal to her requests, she retirKing's children, long ensured her swayed to St. Joseph, rue St. Dominique, over the royal captive; and had it not been where she practised the severest austerity for the arts of Madame de Maintenon in || and outward ceremonies of mortification : supplanting her, she might have retained she wore hair cloth next her skin, and gave her situation of favourite to the end of her || away immeuse sums in charity; making life.
with her own hands clothes for the surAmidst all her foibles she yet retained a rounding poor. Yet her excessive pride, sincere veneration for the duties of religion, the leading feature in her disposition, was and never missed a mass: one of her gay visible to the last: she exacted from her friends, who was allowed to speak to her attendants that homage and servility as if with freedom, smiled at this punctuality, she had been really a Queen; one chair which, in the preseut way of life in which only, of state, and covered with crimson Madame de Montespan was engaged, she || velvet, had a place in her apartment; on treated as hypocrisy. “ Not so," said the this she sat, while her visitors remained Marchioness; “ because we fail in our duty standing: and her extraordinary beauty, in one point, should that make us negli- | which survived all the attacks of vexation gent in all, and suffer us to lay aside the || and time, together with her majestic air, most important?"
caused her acquaintance to adopt themThe devotion, however, of Madame de selves easily to her arrogance, and all deMontespan was of the Italian kind; it | clared she looked in the place which nature consisted solely in outward ceremonies ; || Wad intended her to fill. she strictly kept all the fasts enjoined by
LORENZO RICCI, THE LAST GENERAL OF tween Lorenzo and his Swiss, in order to THE JESUITS.
give our readers a specimen of bis extraor. As the Pope has thought proper to re dinary insolence. establish this order, it may not be uninter “ Swiss. Half a dozen Bishops and as esting to our readers to know something of many noblemen, will take no denial. the famous Lorenzo Ricci, a man who acted
“General. The generation of vipers; I by no fixed principle, but from a spirit of am not at home. intrigue fixed himself in the arduous situa “ Swiss. The Pretender of England detion he enjoyed.
sires admission. His deportment towards the great was a
“ General. Let his pretending Majesty be compound of pride and impertinent stateli- || pleased to wait till I have finished this
Often his Swiss would enter his | letter to his actual Majesty the King of chamber, and say to him, “Reverendissimo, Spain." 'the Cardinal York waits below at the gate, He was so prepossessed with his order, desirous of speaking with you." He would | that he imagined the Romish church must reply:-“ To-day I give audience to no fall to the ground without his support; one. Is not to-day post day?. Five or six | and on this opinion was founded that obof my Viceroys in the East and West Indies | stinacy which in him was beyond example. are expecting my orders.” And, in short, The worthy Ganganelli, the best and most it is requisite to quote a short dialogue be. Idenlightened of all who have ever sat on the
papal throne, saw himself obliged to pub passionate people, telling them he was at the
piece of black crape round the neck of a When the bull of abrogation was read to little dog, which he always used to carry him he turned pale at the sudden calamity: || about in his arms. When he was in liquor at the same time he said, that indeed he he always imagined her to be alive, and had looked for a reform, but he never could would use much invective against those imagine the total demolition of the order. with whom he thought she might then be But how could he have ever looked for a in company. After he quitted Reading he reform, when he had inflexibly resisted it ? grew more sober and decent, and great His pallid countenance was but an index hopes were entertained of his reformation ; to his inward agony at seeing an end to his but his health declined daily, and after a boundless and haughty dominion.
Jingering illness, he died in an obscure Cut off from all hope, he might yet have lodging in Shoe-lane, in 1749, and was rendered himself estimable by adopting the buried at the expence of the parish. virtues of a private ecclesiastic; but he behaved on his examination like a man at
ACCOUNT OF THE ABBÉ VATTEVILLE. tacked by banditti, who is resolved to part
WHEN the Baron Vatteville was Amwith nothing till he sees the sword or the
bassador to the court of England, Vattepistol levelled at his breast: he became
ville, his brother, the subject of this sketch, therefore a dangerous' member of civil society, and Pope Ganganelli acted right of Philip IV. of Spain, and distinguished
was a Colonel of a regiment in the service when he refused the petitions of the bro
himself in a very gallant manner in several therhood for his release.
engagements. Dissatisfied with the slowThis haughty and extraordinary man
ness of his promotion, he quitted the serdied in the year 1775, in the Castle of St.
vice, and turned monk; but scarce had he Angelo, lamented by none but by the
taken the vows when, weary of seclusion, blindest bigots.
he obtained a sum of money of his family, and without any one suspecting his inten
tion, he, by means of a trusty friend, proThis ingenious person, who had received cured the habit of a Cavalier, and armed the rudiments of education at a private with a brace of pistols and a sword, he school in Dublin, was sent to the university | dressed himself, went out of his cell, and of Glasgow, where, before he was twenty, took the way which led to the gardens. he married a tradesman's daughter in that Whether by chance, or whether the Prior city, who was of a very dissolute character, || had some suspicion of his design, Vatteville and soon ruined him. He was born in the met him in the garden, and stabbed him on year 1708, and in 1740 he was so reduced the spot. He then leaped the wall, on the that he had not even a shirt or coat which other side of which was a horse ready he could appear in.
to receive him. He set off at full gallop In 1742 he was in a spunging house; || to an immense distance, and only stopped from whence, after a long continuance once to refresh his horse. there, he obtained his liberty. His impru He arrived at a desolate spot, where there dence and wants, however, still increas was no other habitation to be seen but a ed, and in order to alleviate them he had little inn. He ordered a leg of mutton to recourse to the following expedients to be put on the spit, and another piece of obtain benefactions. Sometimes he would meat to be dressed, and which was all the raise subscriptions on poems which he provision in the house. He had scarce benever meant to compose; at other times he gun to taste a morsel when another travelwould order his wife to write to some com ler arrived, and finding nothing in the No. 63.- Vol. X.