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“ I'm plung'd in that abyss whence none Winterford, the husband he had forreturn;
merly mentioned ; the remonftrates; he “ Let me then weep, let me for ever inlifts; and at last, in a kind of pious moura !”
phrenzy, she consents. They are mar
ried, and the bridal day passes; but In the beginning of the fith book, when they enter the fatal bed-chamber, Julia is, in some meafure, reconciled to where Julia had first yielded her virgin her condition, from a sense of the wor beauties to her dear Émilius, lhe is althiness of her lover, and the fincerity of together distracted, and is going to rehis passion ; but that tranquility is loon veal her shame, when her father unexinterrupted by the suspicions of her fa- pectedly rushes into the apartment: the ther, which, however, extend no further embraces his knees, and begs forgivethan to Emilius's affection for her, but ness; he dashes her from him as the disare, notwithstanding, attended with ve- grace of his blood, and the poem conry extraordinary consequences. She, cludes with her approaching death, therefore, resolves to banith Emilius, These last circumstances, and likewise till a favourable opportunity fall offer those of the marriage, are related in a of being united to him for ever, and letter from Julia to Emilius, not infemakes Constantia the bearer of the me- rior to any thing of the epistolary lancholy news. The whole of this kind. transaction, and the two letters that The reader of taste will perceive by follow it, and conclude the book, are this analysis, imperfect as it is, that the pathetic in excess.
fable of Julia has all the regularity of The fixth book opens with an offer a well wrought tragedy, or epic poem : from Lord Summerfield, Constantia's the mind of the reader is kept in perpebrother, to provide for Julia and her tual suspence from the beginning to the lover, if they can be contented with a end of the piece; every circumstance moderate competancy. This offer is rises easily out of the subject, and is inmade to Julia, who rejects it from re- timately connected with something that gard to her parents, whose life she sup- went before ; and the poem itself conposes to depend upon her conduct : me, cludes with the natural consequences of however, recommends to his lordship the passion that gave it birth, as ob Emilius, her fover, who now rouses structed by the pride of an imperious from his melancholy, and things begin father, and fed by the sensibility of a to wear a more favourable appearance too tender heart. on all sides, a few jealousies excepted, The lovers of poetry will excuse my which ftill cloud the mind of Emilius, not illustrating the four last books of this but are at last dispelled by a folemn pro- excellent poem by extracts. as it would mise of fidelity from Julia. Lord Sum- have swelled the article to too great a merfield's invitation, his sentiments on length; I cannot, however, conclude, marriage, and Emilius's jealousy, in without making one extract from the this book, are equal to any part of the last letter of the seventh book, as it poem.
both serves to throw light upon my anaThe seventh and last book is ushered lysis, and display the genius of the au. in with an alarming circumstance. Ju- thor. lia misses Emilius's letters ; her mother, it appears, has seized them : the old la- “ I dared to urge—but, ah, I urged in dy was formerly in a bad state of health,
vain ! the discovery of her daughter's shame “ My plighted troth, my never-ending makes her worse; she dies. Julia con
pain.” siders her guilty passion as the cause of her mother's death; and, in the agony Her father is obstinate, and inlifts on of her heart, renounces Emilius for ever. her promising to marry Lord WinterHe is humbled with a sense of his base- ford ; after which the proceeds thus : ness, and submits to his sentence with a patience that would otherwise have been " I bow'd assent; to speak. I likewise impossible. In the mean time Lord Pal
tried ; meriton presies Julia to marry Lord “ So let it bel--if so it muft!-I cried,
« In after-times it never shall be said, season under the direction of Mr. Yates, " That by your Julia you were diso-' the comedian. This gentleman has bey'd ;
fpared no pains of afliduity to render " That at his daughter's feet an aged them as agreeable as pollible, by enGre
gaging the best vocal and instrumental “ Was left in fupplication to expire; performers, and dressing all the charac“ But truth, I tear, will say, a daugh- ters to the greateft advantage, which, ter died
united to the grandeur and magnificence « To feed her father's unrelenting of the scenery and decorations, afford pride."
one of the grandelt spectacles that can
be suggested. The orchestra contains A speech from her father here fol- upwards of thirty inftrumental perforlows : after which Julia continues her mers, some of the most capital hands letter in the following animated man- that can be found : and amongst his ber:
vocal performers the following are of
greatest estimation ; first, fignor Mil• Think what emotions now my heart lico, who has great judgment and exeaffail'd!
cution; though there is Tomething whin“ But pious extacy at last prevaild. ing in his manner that takes off great “ Methought I saw my mother's soul part of his merit. 2d. Signor Schiroli, defcend,
[hand; who has a fine manly voice, with a “ And gently seize my much-contested good figure, and obtains great applause, “ Methought the pointed to the sacred particularly from the ladies. 3dly. fpire,
(guilty fire. Signor Mechili, who has a pleasing “ And said, There, Julia, quench each person, and a very extensive melodious “ Rob not thy mother's spirit of its reft; pipe. 4thly. Signora Merchetti, who " No more with forrow wound a fa- is a fine woman, with an exprefsive eye, ther's breast I"
and a very good voice, united to much “ A holy transport o'er my senses judgment; but she is not so happy in
her action, which is aukward and un“ It shall be fo!”—I whisper'd to my pleasing. Sth. Signora Galli has long foul :"
been considered as a first-rate linger,
and the still preserves her powers in And the breaks out into a blaze of great perfection. She occasionally poetry and passion, which continue to performs a man's character, and acquits the end of the piece.
herself with much ease and propriety
and, 6thly. Signora Davies, Detta InThe present State of Amusements in Lon- glesina. When I speak of this lady,
don, in an Original Letter from a I must tell you I have been particularGentleman in London, to bis Friend. ly charmed with an English woman, who
surpasses in compass of voice and judgDear Sir,
ment all the Italians, at least in Engmersed in pleasure in this em- plaudits Nie receives are scarce to be porium of voluptuousness, as to have paralleled, and the encores constantly no leisure for business, much less for a echo through the house after every air friendly correspondence; but in this the fings. The principal dancers are respect you will find yourself mistaken : Mr. Pitrot, Mr. Fierville, signor Mafor though the Opera, the Oratorio, riottini, signor Lorenzo ; madame Mimi the Masquerade, the Pantheon, the Pavier, mademoiselle Favier, and rigRidotto, Ranelagh, and even Sadler's- nora Mazzoni. Madame Heinel, the Wells may have their attractions, the celebrated dancer, also made her apmorning will admit of reflexion, and pearance here before her departure for other pursuits.
Versailles where she is to dance in a Having mentioned the opera, I shall new opera before the king and royal attempt to give you some idea of this family. To point out the various mespecies of entertainment. The operas rits of these different dancers in chaare performed at the king's theatre in connes, ballets, &c. is scarce practica the Hay-Market; and have been this
brated Handel was the first who intro- in generality of
ble ; I shall therefore content myself years been the superintendant of this
A ridotto is an unmasked ball, at the Another species of entertainment is Opera-House, where the greatest dethe oratorio ; these are poems, chiefly corum is preserved, every one being full upon sacred subjects, borrowed mostly dressed as at court, and very few but from Holy Writ, and set to music by people of rank affociate here. As these the most eminent masters. The cele
balls are only in Lent, the
full trimmed duced them. His choruses are extreme- black, whether the court is or is not in ly grand and awful, finely adapted to mourning. Besides the dresses, this the subject, and always executed in a entertainment differs materially from a masterly manner. These were perform- masquerade, as there is no supper given, ed three times a week in Lent this year and ihe only refrethments are tea, coffee, at Drury-Lane; and there was a new wine, lemonade, orgeat and the like. one, said to be composed by Handel, The company generally dance till under the title of Omnipotence at the morning, when they retire with much theatre in the Hay-Market; but though decency and politeness. the music was excellent, and conducted The Pantheon is a new edifice, built by Mr. Bartholemon, and the vocal by subscription at a great expence, beperformers were Mr. Vernon, Mr. ing of stone, and most magnificently Champnes, Mrs. Scott, and Mrs. Bar- decorated and embellished ; where are tholemon, they performed to very thin subscription masquerades, and balls, audiences, except the last night. that in every respect resemble those at
You will naturally think my curiosity the Opera house; but as the latter here has led me to the masquerade; indeed are not confined to Lent, the dresses are it has to every one, since I have been generally more diversified and brilliant, in this metropolis. Those that have than those at the ridotto. been this year at Carlise-House, have Ranelagh is an elegant rotunda, eonly been preludes to those at the Hay- rected in a beantiful garden, about two Market ; a kind of association of the miles from the capital. The inside is masks, previous to their going to the finely ornamented, and when illuminatregular one at the Opera-House. But ed, with a rumber of glass chandeliers, if the malquerades here have not been makes one of the most beautiful coup equal to those elsewhere, the fplendour d'oeils that can be conceived. The enand magnificenc of the apartments, which tertainment consists of a concert of music, are decorated with fo refined a taste as executed by some of the most eminent to furpass all description, and justly en- vocal and instrumental performers. title Mrs. Cornelys, who has for some
During which the company drink tea same time I do not pretend to tell you and coffee, and walk round in regular that all gallantry is banished from this groups. The concert finishes at ten spot of the globe: there are many ino'clock, and the company gradually trigues carried on; but it is most freretire to their respective equipayes. This quently speedily divulged who and who is the constant rendezvous of the nobili are together, and these discoveries are ty and people of rank of both sexes ; generally so will authenticated as to but as the price of admittance is so mo admit of no doubt of their certainty. derate as half-a-crown, and as no par- But here are another tribe of females, ticular etiquette of dress is required, it of whom, at the disiance you live, it is frequently visited by people of inferi- is almost impossible for you to frame or stations.
any idea of when I tell you they are At Sader's-Wells, which is situated nuns, and reside in nunneries; but invery near the city, an entertainment of itead of being tainted with the least bia very singular kind is served up, whilst gotry of a monastic life, they would you enjoy a'glass of wine or punch, have you believe they live for the bewhich is inçiuded in the entrance money. nefit of mankind only; and so far from The chief amusements are rope-dancing, making any vows of celibacy, they seem yaulting, dancing on ladders perpen- to have sworn eternal inconstancy. In dicular and unsupported, and other a word, they are profeffed devotees of amazing feats of agility and activity ; Venus, who live in numbers under one then succeeds a kind of vocal interlude, roof, and under the regulation of a noand a regular pantomime concludes the minal mother abbess. They usually performance. These are all excellent appear together at all public places in in their kinds, the present proprietor a group with their good mother at their having spared neither pains or expence, head, 'elegantly dressed, with their to have the best performers; and the charms displayed to the greatest advanmachinery and decorations are equal to tage, as no art is left unessayed that may those of either theatre.
improve them. They have for the most Such have been the amusements for part a splendid equipage, and some of some time in and about this metropolis, ihem running-footmen. Adieu till I which are calculated for persons of every have more leisure. rank and station, though they are fre
Yours sincerely. quently blended, and a star is as often to be seen at Sadler's-Wells, as an An Esay on the fickle Disposition of the honest tar at Ranelagh.
English You cannot imagine that I have been a constant frequenter of all these public
The noisy praisc entertainments, without having my at- Of giddy crouds, as changeable as winds; tention attracted by the ladies of this still vebement, and fill without a cause; happy island, whose beauty surpasses Servants to chance. every idea that you can frame of them,
Dryden. and their affability and civility, particularly to strangers, add additional luite HERE is certainly nothing so veto their charms. Notwithstanding all
fickle in the world as the natuihe scandalous reports of News-Paper ral and general dispositions of Englishintelligencers, I have the greatest rea they are fond of all novelties, wheson to believe that the many accounts ther they lead to fame or destruction, forwe have seen in print of amours, in- tune or death. Every thing new hath its trigues, detections, separations, and charms, and all things are pursued with divorces, have either been manufactured an equal avidity. Their prejudices and by some needy fcribblers, or have been affections are of much the fune duration, greatly exaggerated by envy and malice. and when we mean to describe any other A few faux pas made by one or two people as well as our own, I do not know women of fashion, have brought too any allegory fo applicable as the igneous universal a stigma upon the ladies, whom, one that follows. in general, I take to be as virtuous as For example, I have always compared any set of females in the world. At the the French to the fuel of their own coun
try, faggots, which kindle quick, blaze, name of the Magdalene. This tickled the and soon burn out.
fancy of the belles of quality, and the The Dutch are now in lighting like pulpit thunder of Dr. Dodd, with the their turss; but burn well to their very idea of seeing repentant beauty, drew ashes, which hold a heat to the very all the world to subscribe and frequent laft without blazing at all.
this new institution. The Magdalene The English are like their own sea-coal had scarcely turned out a dozen faints, fires, which catch quick, make a great before the Asylum started up at Weftfmoke; but, if they are not continually minfter-bridge on another plan; and, rumaged and stirred with the poker, they though the old Magdalene house was die away and soon go out.
deserted, and a new one was built in St. It is thus with our vices and follies in George's-fields, nevertheless the novelty general, our tenets and passions for reli- of the Asylum took away the attention gion and politics: we catch any new mat- . from the other, ter in a moment; but, unless we are Preaching is a fashion as well as other continually roused, stirred, and pokered things : one day the gallop after Roup, we forget the business we began up- maine, then after Wesley, then after on, and the most material or the moft Dodd, and next after Madan. Pleatrifling circumstances of life, are but the fures are also of equal fluctuation : Rawonder and roar of nine days.
nelagh was ravishing ; now they are all To-day we throw up our greasy caps for the Pantheon. Carlisle house was for Wilkes; to-morrow he passes from once incantation; now it is the opera the Mansion-house to Prince's-court un and the Heinel; and he who has not seen noticed. To day who is so great as Mr. her swivel round on the velvet toe is Pitt? to-morrow, who is so difregarded ? reckoned a savage of the first class, and Our passions of hatred and admiration are totally unfit for the company of gentlemuch the fame; in the year 1745 we were men and ladies of the true bon ton and all rageand blood against the Scotch rebels; savoir vivre. int he year 1774 we confer every dignity, These whimsies are not confined withevery honour, every lucrative situation, in any bounds: they prevail in every pay relore to the sons the identicalestates thing, and over every thing: they reign that their fathers forfeited in arms against in our dresses, our words, our very dithis country. The people of England are ets; no people can be so capricious, in some respects just observers of the Chrif- The French are accused of poffeffing tian doctrine; for, after receiving one more levity than any other people blow
upon the cheek, they will turn their without allowing them one certain virfaces and take a second.' In our chario tue which we have not, they are confiant ties we are as yariable as our pleasures: in their follies. when the Foundling hospital was first One half year we wear litt le hats, established, it was the fashion to frequent little coats, little swords, little wigs, it and subcribe to it. Every lady of qua- short shoes, little buckles, and little lity made it a part of her day's amuse- heads. Whisk goes the change of fashiment to attend it, and every old sinner on, and in an instant, as if we were that died left something towards the fup- metamorphosed by order of the lord port of it. New hospitals rising into chamberlain, we come forth in large the air took off the zeal for this, though hats, large wigs, large buckles, long at firit dukes and duchesses were spon- coats, long swords, high shoes, and fers for the Foundling children: all the large heads. fashion was for the Foundling; plays One day we are all turtle-mad, anowere written and so called, and odes, ther day we run after pilau and curry, povels and romances,all took their subjects then after the fricande aux ; now raving and their titles from this laudable inftiru: for French dishes, next hunting after tion. A new charity again soon turned German cooks, and then dying for Itathe tide of charitable and religious fashi- lian maccaroni.
Mr. Robert Dingley introduced a I cannot define who is the grand new object for the attention of the polite, fashion-worker ; but he hath us all as and he built a house to invite proititutes much under his command as Torre hath to repentance, and called it by the sober the fire-works! he hath only occasion