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MADAME DU BOCCAGE.
imagination than a tender heart: she was collected together all the learned and witty possessed of more enthusiasm than feeling, || in Paris, and to have formed her society and though eminently gifted with good from the literati. From what then, in so sense, her fond infatuation injured her dis- | amiable and good a woman, could have cernment, and spoiled her taste.
arisen this mistake of talent, but the love of fame, so prevalent in the breasts of many
mortals ? Voltaire received Madame du This lady was equally celebrated for the Boccage, on her return from England, at
his country seat; and crowned her with a charms of her person, the sweetness of her
wreath of laurel, while he had been tortemper, and her great literary fame. Born
menting himself all the day to make two or without any extraordinary talents, the
three couplets in her praise. Supper was world was astonished at the patience and served up, no verses yet made, and the courage' of a female, who, by dint of study || author of the Henriade, in despair, called and application, resolved to become a poet. || for laurel, and formed the crown, which, Madame du Boccage, however, had no oc
as he placed it on her head, he violated the casion to fly to such a resource to gain ad
rites of hospitality, by a grimace he made miration; she was much more sure of behind her back, and formed with his fincharming by the graces of her person and
gers the figure of a pair of horns. Yet was the excellence of her heart, than by those || this good woman so blinded by her vanity, poems, the best of which were deficient in
as to take all his burlesque, inflated praise, natural ease, and shewed a studied and and pantomimic ceremony, as sterling truth, heavy manner of composing. She was and sincere veneration of her great abilities. wealthy, and it was in her power to have
SICIAN TO LOUIS XVI.
ANECDOTE CONCERNING LEMONIER, PHY.
devil: listen:-thou art not in safety here;
if others come in, less reasonable than we The following anecdote is but little are, thou mayest be confounded with the known; we had it from one who endured rest; 1 tell thee, thou art in danger. the horror of witnessing many of the dread Where shall we conduct thee?”—“ To the ful scenes at the commencement of the palace of Luxembourg.”—“ Come, then, French revolution : it serves to shew, that follow us, and fear nothing.”—“I have alconciliating manners, united with fortitude, ready told you I do not fear those whom may penetrate the hardest hearts; there
I have never injured.” were not instances wanting during the
They made him then pass through a sanguinary proceedings of the revolution | grove of bayonets and loaded fire arins. ists, of some few provoking their fate by ill
Comrades," cried they, as they led the timed obstinacy and fierté.
“ let this man pass. It is the King's Amongst the horrors which marked the physician, but he is afraid of nothing; it is . 10th of August, Lemonier, the King's phy- a good devil.” And thus the Esculapius sician, remained in his closet, and was re
of the court arrived safe and sound at the solved to put on no disguise; a party of Fauxbourg of St. Germain. men, their arms stained with blood up to the very elbow, knocked loudly at his door; the venerable man immediately
ANECDOTE OF MACKLIN, THE ACTOR. opened it:-“What art thou doing here? A Few days previous to his daughter's Thou art easy enough!"_“I am at my benefit, this veteran of the histrionic art, post." '_“ What is thy business in this was sitting at his breakfast, when a certain castle ?"_“I am physician to the King.” | Baronet, well known then on the turf, and -"And thou art not afraid ?" '_“Of what? | since made a great law lord, knocked at his i am unarmed; would you hurt any one so door. The Baronet accepted the offer of situated ?"--“Thou art a good kind of a Macklin to stay and partake of his break
fast; when the nobleman began to praise The Emperor shewed himself above reMiss Macklin in a strain of panegyric, ll senting this insult; and when Pitrot's erwhich her father thought augured well for | gagement was at an end, he sent the inher approaching benefit; Macklin grate | solent foreigner a gold snuff-box, with his fully bowed, and while he was thinking picture set round with brilliants; and it how he should broach the subject of the was delivered to Pitrot by a Colonel of the tickets for his daughter's night, the Baronet | Guards. The dancing-master careless) prevented him, by saying, “ I mean to be looked at it, gave the box to his hair-dres: her friend—not in the trifling act of taking ser, and told the officer to acquaint his tickets for her benefit, I mean to be her | master that that was the way he dispose! friend for life.” '_“ What do you allude l of baubles sent him by those whose friendto, Sir ?" said Macklin, “ Why,” said the ship he did not want. He took care, hownobleman, “ I mean as I say, to make her ever, immediately after this insolence, to my friend for life; and as you are a man step into his carriage and get away, as fast of the world, and it is fit you should be con as he could, out of the Emperor's domini. sidered in this business, I make you an offer ons; and which he did but just time enough of four hundred pounds a year for your to save his head; a party of hussars being daughter, and two hundred pounds immediately dispatched to arrest him, but year for yourself, to be secured on any of they arrived too late. my estates during your natural life.” When Frederic the Great of Prussia bad Macklin happened just then to be spreading ordered him to get up a magnificent ballet, some butter on a French roll: he grasped | he could not forbear remonstrating with the knife he held, and looking steadfastly | him on the enormity of the expence. “The at the Baronet, desired bim to quit his honour of Pitrot,” replied the dancer, “ js apartment immediately. He affected not not to be limited by the purse of moto mind him, and made use of many coarse narchs." and gross expressions. Macklin, on this, When he was in France, and was about sprang from his seat, and holding the knife to commence a dance with the sister of the to his throat, ordered bim to make the best famous Madame du Thé, the father of the of his way out of the house, or he would late Duke of Orleans stepped up to her, drive the knife into his heart, as a proper and whispered in her ear that he would reward for his infamous and degrading | sup with her. Pitrot overheard the Prince, proposals. Macklin had no occasion to re and told the Jady he was resolved to suppeat his threat—the Baronet sprang from plant him. The lady told him he must not his chair and sought safety in flight. think of it, for his Highness would give her
an hundred louis d'ors.
« Well,” replied
Pitrot, " and I will give you a thousand." ANECDOTE OF PITROT, A FAMOUS FRENCH
On her expressing her doubts, he laid bis
hand on his bosom, and said :-" You shall When this Dioie de lu danse, as Vestris have them, foi de Pitrot." And the next now styles himself, was at Vienna, he never | morning he kept his word. made his appearance on the stage till in the last act of a ballet. The Emperor once desired he would make his entré at the end of the first act. Pitrot told the messenger that “ Men of talent never made themselves In the year 1752, the famous David Ros too cheap." The Emperor and all the had, during the Christmas holidays, been court immediately quitted the Opera-house. I playing the character of George Bernwell,
When Pitrot found this, he stepped for- | and Mrs. Pritchard that of Milwood. Dr. ward, and said to the dancers, loud enough Barrowby, one of the plıysicians belonging for the remaining audience to hear him :-- || to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, told Ross, “Mes Enfans, nous dansons pour nous-mêmes, that three days after, he was sent for by a et non pas pour l'Empereur.” It is affirmed | young gentleman in Great St. Helens, apthat he never danced so well as on that prentice to a very opulent merchant. He evening
found him very ill of a fever. The purse
told the Doctor that his patient frequently | undertake, with his father, to make up mat“ sighed bitterly, and she' was sure he had ters; and in order to set the mind of his pasomething on his mind. After much 'in- tient entirely at ease, he told him if his father treaty on the part of the physician, the would not advance the money he would. youth confessed he had something which On the arrival of the father, the Doctor lay very heavy on his heart, but that he || took him into an adjoining room, and exhad rather die than divulge it; as, if known, | plained the cause of his son's illness. With it would be his certain ruin. The Doctor tears in his eyes, the old gentleman gave assured him, that if he would confide it to him a thousand thanks, and immediately him, he would do all in his power to serve
went to his banker's for the money, while him, and that the secret, if he desired it, the Doctor returned to his patient, and should be buried in his breast, or only told told him every thing would be settled to to those who could be able and willing to his satisfaction in a few minutes. When relieve him.
the father returned, he put the two hundred After sonic subsequent conversation, he 'pounds into the hands of his son, told the Doctor, that he was second son to a affecting scene followed of tears and emgentleman of good fortune in Hertfordshire, braces between the parent and the child. and that he had made an improper acquain. The son soon recovered, broke off a contance with the mistress of an East India ||nection which had nearly proved so Captain, then abroad. That in one year 'l fatal to him, and became in time, by his he should be out of his time, and he had attention to business, one of the most opubeen intrusted with cash, drafts, and notes lent merchants in the city. to a considerable amount, from which he He was always punctual in his attendhad purloined two hundred pounds. That ance at the benefit of Mr. Ross; who, three nights before, as he was at the play though he never knew the name of his of George Barnwell, he was so forcibly benefactor, constantly on that occasion restruck, that he had not known a moment's ceiveú in the morning a note sealed up quiet since. · The Doctor asked where his containing ten guineas, and the following father was? He replied, that he expected words :him there every moment, as his master had “ A tribute of gratitude from one who sent for him as soon as he was taken so very was highly obliged, and saved from ruin, ill. The Doctor desired the young gentle by seeing Mr. Ross's performance of Barnman to make himself easy, as he would well.”
ANECDOTES OF THE MARSHAL DUKE OF RICHELIEU.
TRANSLATED FROM “SOUVENIRS ET PORTRAITS."
(Concluded from Page 224.)
When M. de Richelieu was Ambassa- || all the state secrets. It is curious enough dor at Vieuna, during the ministry of the that the austere Cardinal de Fleury, was Cardinal de Fleury, he shewed himself as the confidant of his diplomatic amours. at Paris and in the arıny, brave, spirited, The Marshal also distinguished himself by and gallant, always attentive to the ladies, the firmness with which he supported the and always well treated by them; he had || rights of the French crown against the prethe art of making gallantry serviceable to tensions of the Spanish Ambassador, who his political interests.
soon afterwards quitted Vienna through The Marshal finding himself indifferently vexation. It is universally allowed that in received at the beginning of the ministry this embassy the Marshal displayed great of Prince Eugene, who might be said to talents, and a capacity for business above govern the monarch he had so valiantly his years, for he was not then quite twentydefended, addressed himself to the Prince's nine years of age; but the reputation which mistress, seduced her, and learned from her "he acquired as a statesmall, was clouded by No. 65... Vol. X.
the report of a weakness disgraceful to || terialists believed in ghosts. But lets common sense, which he unfortunately was return to the Marshal. guilty of at that time. Vienna was then The adventure which I have just meninfested by one of those charlatans who tioned passed over without any disagreeable gain an existence by practising upon the consequences to him; nor can we wonder credulity, the fears, and the curiosity of at it, when we find that the Abhe de Linttheir fellow creatures, iu the triple capacity | zendorf, one of his companions or accomof alchymist, astrologer, and physician. | phices, was honoured with a Cardinal's hat This itinerant quaek, this being without a On the Marshal's return to France, country and without a name, duped many | Louis XV. who was himself a man of wit, with a promise to make gold. He duped became very partial to him, and begau the Marshal in a manner, if possible, more from that time to honour him with marks ridiculous, -he promised to shew him the of favour and friendship, which continued devil in propria persona ; and the Duke, to the end of his life. This monarch de excellent as his understanding was, had lighted in joking the Marshal, and bere actually the weakness to believe himn. His | with great good humour Richelieu's rr. infernal Majesty was to be exhibited in a partees, which were sometimes very sharp, quarry vear the town: and some men of One day as the King and the Marshal were distinction, amongst whom, we are sur- | returning together from church, after hear prised to find, was the Abbe de Lintzen- | ing a sermon by the Bishop of Senez, in dorf, son of the Grand Chancellor, went which the prelaté, with an apostolic zeal, with the Marshal.
had reprobated the viees of the court, the Duclos, in his Secret Memoirs, pretends King said to the Marshal, “ M. de Richethat the Marshal had the cruelty to assassi- | lieu, the preacher has throwi a great many nate the pretended magician. ' But Duclos, | stoijes into your garden."--"Sire,” replied who so often copied the Duke of St. Simon, he,“ did none fall into your Majesty's resembled him also in believing much too park?" lightly the most atrocious accusations. For The Marshal behaved to his inferiors my own part I have been at particular with a dignity devoid of haughtiness; his pains to ascertain the truth or falsehood manners and words were peculiarly graceful, of this story, and I am convinced it has no but he never made free with those below foundation whatsoever. M. de Richelieu || bim in rank; and without wounding their was indeed reproached at the time with feelings, he had the art to keep them at : being so foolish as to sacrifice a white horse | respectful distance. Voltaire, so spoiled by to the moon. This account is much more the great, and who had been the compprobable, and in the event of a doubt, it is nion of his youthful days, never presumed better to believe that the Marshal was to break through those bounds. His nu. guilty of murdering a horse than a sorcerer. merous letters to the Marshal are written It must be confessed, that the Duke was
in a guarded and respectful style, which very superstitious; he believed in the pre- forms a singular contrast with the freedom dictions of astrologers, and all that sort of of those which he wrote to so many Princes nonsense. I have seen him refuse, at Ver- and Princesses of sovereign houses. sailles, to go and pay his respects to the M. de Richelieu, when Governor 'of Gay. eldest soir of Louis XVI. declaring at the enne, kept up a great establishment, and dissame time seriously, that he knew that played all that inagnificence which formerly that child was not destined for the throne. | distinguished France, but which we 20 This superstitious credulity was very gene longer find except in the pages of its his. ral during the league; and its baneful in- tory. He has, however, been reproached fluence was still felt in society nnder the with having encouraged gaming in his Regency, when the Duke de Richelieu own house,
This practice, so reprehenentered the world. This superstitious sible every where, is particularly so in a weakness, strange as it may appear, was great commercial town, where economy often found associated with the grossest ought to be the tutelar divinity. His in: impiety, and the principal part of the ma- l genious Tepartees are still remembered at
Bourdeaux. I shal) only quote his answer which I confess I thought suited her very to a young Officer of the garrison, who, in well. a quarrel at the theatre, inconsiderately ap
Other characters who visited the Duke proached the Marshal's box to complain of were, the Marshal de Biron, a nobleman some one having spit in his face. “ Tor 1 alike distinguished by birth, character, and shame, Sir," replied he; “ go quickly and figure, and the Count d'Argental, who is wash yourself." In order to feel all the so often mentioned in the correspondence finesse of this reply, it must be recollected of Voltaire, who for forty years called him that in France such an affront could only his angel, concluding all his letters by putbe washed away in the blood of the person ting himself under the shadow of his wings. who offered it. Nevertheless, the Marshals || This compliment was not in any way of France were obliged, by the duties of || suited to the Count, whose figure was extheir office, to hinder and punish duels, cessively clumsy, and whose conversation which was a part of their office they never was far from engaging. Amongst the Mardared fulfil. M. de Richelieu had himself shal's visitors was one whose aspect and killed the Prince de Lixen, a relation of character. were equally, venerable, it was Mademoiselle de Guise, his second wife, on the President Nicolay. The figure of this account of his having expressed rather too | worthy magistrate was truly venerable; freely his disapprobation of this marriage. he was tall, and wore his owo white hair I must add, that a soldier who, to conform which reached to his shoulders; his counto the decrees of a tribunal of Marshals, had tenance was grave and serene, aud you refused a duel, would never arrive at this might easily trace in it that virtue which eminent diguity. The Marshal de Riche was hereditary in his family., lieu exercised during the last years of his
M. de Richelieu finished, at the advanced life, the functions of President of the tri- | age of ninety, a career less remarkable for bunal, which belonged to the senior Mar- | its extraordinary length than for its singushal. He did not conduct himself like onė || larity in other respects. At an age when of his predecessors, whose parsimony was
other young men were still at college, he such that he went by the name of the Mar
was already married, the gallant of a great shal of the Diet. M. de Richelieu's esta- Priycess, and a state prisoner; and when blishment, on the contrary, was magnifi- he had completed his sixtieth year, in the cent; but his house was very little fre- possession of the greatest places to which quented by yonng men, and his society was a subject can aspire, after being Ambas. generally composed of his cotemporaries. Isador, Commander in Chief of the army, There was, amongst others, the Duchess of Goveruor of a province; at the age, in Phalaris, a lady who might have been short, when other men are martyrs to intermed with propriety a walking history of | firmities, be re-married, and appeared to the court for more than sixty years before begin a new life. the period of which I am writing. It was
Though the Marshal never displayed in her arms that the Regent had expired;
a superior genius, nor performed any of an event that took place nearly sixty years those great actions which command the before I became acquainted with her. She | admiration of posterity, yet his wit, his must have been beautiful at that time, but bravery, and his gallantry, assure him a when I saw her she was hideous; her livid distinguished place in French history. In and wrinkled skin was covered with pearl- the field, more fortunate and brave than powder and rouge, and her light coloured skilful; in love, more seducing than paswig formed a striking contrast with her sionate ; in the world, more admired than eye-brows, which were coloured black. It esteemed; the splendour of his successes was a whim of this lady's to delight in em in every department, preserved him froin bracing young people; and under the pre- the odium which his immorality merited; tence of I know not what relationship, she and we are inclined to throw the blame honoured me with a salute, which I very of his vices on the age in which he lived, well could bave dispensed with. She was rather than on himself. nick-named Mother Jezebel, an appellation