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towards thyself, there is always raeter ; and of the unfortunate fail.
great danger that it will be forgotten ing of feminine loquacity, an ex-
towards others. The character which emption from which will be merito-
seems the most natural for women rious in proportion as the instances
to be dressed in, in the relation of it ate uncommon. Testiness in a
which they bear to their husband, wife is calculated to irritate a man,
is that of lovely dependance.. I coldness to alienate liim, and loqua-
mean that the woman of thy choice city to madded him.
should have the kindness and deli Last, but not least in importance,
cacy of a female, that she should let me advise thee first carefully to
raise her eyes to thee, and place assure thyself of the state of thy be-
upon thee her whole reliance for pro- loved's affections as towards thyself,
tection and kindness. This should and to ascertain beyond the reach of
be accompanied with a cheerful doubt that she is well disposed
frankness, the parent of confidence, towards thee. For it is observable
and that unrestrained communication that the greatest goodness may
of thought and feeling which iden- exist, and that both parties may be
tifies the souls of man and wife as equally amiable and estimable, and
one.

I will not omit to mention still be wanting in this bias of their
that thy nature, John, being pen- hearts towards each other. Young
sive and thoughtful, it will best people are often deceived by warm
suit thee to meet with a cheerful feelings. There are flights and ec-
and lively temper in thy wife. I centrie motions which imitate love,
affirm not that everyone should as there are meteors and shootiog
look for a temper opposite to his lights which represent stars; but
own in these engagements : but I they are equally fallacious, equally
maintain that too thoughtful a the phantoms of heat, and equally
feame of mind is liable to beget fugitive.
unhappiness, when unrelieved by I have written fully to thee, and
cheerfulness and vivacity. She know not that I have any thing to
should be mistress of prepossessing add, but should I find any thing
manners and a gentle address, cal more to mention I will put it in
culated not to strike but to please; the form of a postscript. That I
and should be well tutored in the wish thee every good that falls
performance of those inferior civili within the sphere of humanity thou
ties and attentions, which are scarce can'st not doubt; and wishing that
ly less amiable than a habit of ge thon may'st well succeed in thy pre-
neral henevolence. The qualities sént search, and that God may di-
which I have prescribed imply an rect thee to a wife amiable and vir-
absence of all testiness and irritable tuous, and possessing all the quali-
feeling, which, under the best dis ties I have above described, I sub-
position, may embitter every kind of scribe myself, esteemed kinsman
social'life; of all coldness, which is John, thy friend,
the grave of love, and, radically, in-

JACOB WEAVERS, compatible with the conjugal cha

Sur l'appuis du monde
Que faut-il qu'on fonde
L'Espoir ?
Cette mer profonde,
En debris feconde,
Fait voir
Calme au matin ; mais l'onde,
Et l'orage y gronde
Le soir !

On what can mortals here
Rest hope devoid of fear,

From danger free?
The morning sun so fair
May show no sign of care

On the calm sea :
Before high noon is there
The storm has rag'd, and where

Can the proud fleet be?

THE MISFORTUNES OF MONTAGUE.

A TALE FOUNDED ON FACT.

It was in the delightful season playing near the windows, and at of summer, when all nature was clad times indulged, at times eluded with in her gayest attire, that I was tantalizing uncertainty, the gaze of spending a week at the residence of the beholder. an intimate friend, who lived near I pulled the reins of our horse, one of the largest' mercantile towns and stopped the gig in a position of this vast trading empire. Among that allowed of my better contemthe many diversions which his good plating the fascinating scene. “ And nature devised for me, our passion whose house is that,” I enquired, for variety often extended to a ride after a pause, of my entertainer, in the beautiful park, which is but “which seems already to pronounce a few miles distant from the town. so favourably of its inhabitant ?” On one of these occasions, under the “ It is the house," said he, “ of Mr. auspices of a clondless sun, and the Montague, a ship-merchant, a genbuoyancy derived from the western tleman of honourable extraction, breeze, I was particularly charmed whose dealings are as extensive as with the appearance of a handsome they are creditable. He is a man of and superior looking house at the exalted reputation in the public distance of about an ordinary field esteem, a person of highly cultifrom us, where neatness and gentility vated mind, of great generosity of seeined the ruling deities. The win heart, and of a delicate urbanity of dows, of which some were open to manners. He carries on, with a invite the restorative fragrance of partner, the most comprehensive the summer's gale, were ornamented speculations on the basis of a wellwith choice trees and green-house founded credit; and the public streets, plants, tastefully selected and nicely every day, present the appearance arranged, while light folds of ele of numbers of his drays, conveying gant drapery just appeared on each timber to and fro to the places for side, and were seen waving in the which they are destined. He has a wind. A number of shrubs and family as amiable as himself; and climbing plants grew in the soil at for his serenity of disposition and the bottom, and extended their mat- domestic enjoyments, is at once the ted tendrils part of the way up the love and envy of all his neighbours." wall in front. The house was envi- I paused after my friend's brief narroned by extensive pleasure grounds, rative, but it was only to dwell and by gardens laid out by the fin more at ease upon the fairy scene ger of taste, the intricacies of which before me, and to imagine more were rendered for the most part im- nearly the gesture and manners of pervious to the view of a distant be the man who was reported to be the holder by the thick embowering happy, possessor of the retreat. I shades of trees and shrubs that were thought I could never feast my eyes interspersed in them. Among these enoughon so inviting a prospect, and umbrageous arcades there wound, felt an immoderate curiosity to bein circles occasionally visible to the come acquainted with the inmates of eye, broad gravel walks, whose si- the mansion. As I reluctantly turned nuosities deceived the stranger with away my head, and slowly put the a double distance, and extended to horse in motion, I mentioned to my the bottom of the garden, where the friend, whose name was Herberi, broad river that joins the sea rolled the wish that was uppermost in my its purifying waters. Opulence seem- breast. He almost anticipated it, ed here to riot in exuberance, which and proffered his services to introwas only controaled and corrected duce me personally to the family, by the hand of taste, and which, with which, he said, he was well combined with this, formed a deli- acquainted. Our ride that morning cate charm which was irresistible to was soon at an end, and in the short the polished mind. Several airy space of a few days Herbert fulfilled figures in feminine attire were seen his promise, and I was admitted to Pur. Mag. April, 1823.

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the intimacy of the venerated Mon- whose brilliant orb swam in circles
tague and his amiable consort and of liquid crystal, and pierced the
family. I found a man strong in hearts of all she looked on with a
his integrity, solid in his informa.. keen and sudden pleasure. Her
tion, clear in his conclusions, liberal figure was not tall but elegant, and
in his views, frank in his communi- her person in general was small but
cations, and gentlemanly in his ad- symmetrical. Grace bad stamped her
dress. His wife was all that sweet signet on every limb and every ges-
ness of temper and delicacy of ture. Marietta was much of the
thought can picture to the imagina same size, and only appeared so far..
tion of a lovely woman, wedded different in constitution as ber com
to the affections of her husband. plexion was rather more delicate
The family then consisted of three but in all things besides she seemed
daughters, of whom two were nearly no other than a twin sister of Eve
of the same age, being about fifteen, lina. Her cheek showed more of
and nearly equal in beauty and ac- the lilly than the rose, and her hair
complishments; and if à preference was of a bright shining glossy
of the creature to the creator could brown. She was less frank in her
ever be pardonable, one might find manner, and had a little more dig-
in them an excuse for youthful idola nity in her demea nour. Her temper
try. His style of entertainment was was not less sweet, but her disposi-
liberal, yet decorous and prudent; tion was more energetic and reso
his furniture was handsome but late. Each was formed to be the
plain; his demeanour open but ve, favourite of one of two men, between
nerable.

whom a slight diversity of inclina-
Among those who had a place at tion prevailed. The lover, fondest
his table at this time was a young of softness and diffidence, would
gentleman named Henry Charleton, attach himself to Evelina ; while he,
a frequent but welcome visitors who preferred spirit with virtue,
whose parents lived in a distant part would bow to the influence of Mari-
of the country; He was at that etta. · Expanding youth had already
period of life when the green bloom smoothed their cheeks with the down
of boyhood begins to be embrowned of his wing, and new-inspired ema-
with the sun of opening youth; tions, lent a shade of blushing fer
when the body revels in elasticity, vour to their skin. Both possessed
and the mind feels with trembling ears delicately attuned to the sounds
consciousness the expansion of its of music, both touched with magic
faculties on a new and interesting softness the piano-forte, and ac-
scene. His temper was naturally companied its liquid notes with the
cheerful, and his spirits displayed richer melody of their enchanting
themselves in incessant sallies of voices. Evelina, indeed, exceeded
mirth, not less pleasing to the old her sister in the one accomplishment
than to the younger members of of fingering the harp with an air
the family. They were generally, and nanner, that pictured to the
indeed, addresssed to the latter, and mind the vision of some angelic
principally to the two young ladies minstrel. In all other perfections
I particularised, whose years and they appeared to be equally distin-
ideas alike corresponded with leis guished: in the art of embroidery,
own. But his good nature was dis. in all the niceties of the needle, in
pensed with so impartial an equality drawing, in writing, they advanced
to both of these, that it was scarcely step by step to the climax of excel-
possible to tell to which his young lence.
heart preponderated; nor is the ! I could perceive that the parents
reader likely to derive any assist- doated on these two blooming sciops
ance in his conjectures from a more with a fondness that prudence could
particular description of them. Eve. scarcely controul. The mother em-
lina was the eldest, and, of the two, barked in them all her hopes of
in manner, more gentle and tender ; happiness, the father looked to them
but still her cheek glowed with a for the solace and blessing of his
rather brighter tint than that which declining years. All that ingenuity
enlivened her sister's. She had dark could devise, and kindness execute,
black hair, and a jet black eye, was done to increase the satisfac

tion and facilitáte' the improvement and scrutiny, was at last' måde at of the two sisters. In affection to the cabinet-makers, by our purchastheir parents they were mutually ing two handsome red morocco emalous, nor was any inequality of work-boxes, surmounted on small interest observable in the good offi- embossed feet, and richiy ornamentces with which they rewarded the ed with gold. A neat plate of silattentions of their playful visitor.'yer-gilt on the top of each work-box I was one who soon contracted a bore, in tasteful characters, the refriendship with the young aspirant, spective names of Evelina and Main which disparity of years was en

rietta Montague. We presented one tirely overlooked. As I had the of these to each of the two young good fortune to effect a favourable ladies, and received a more than impression on the various members proportionate reward in the delicate of the family, I received an invita- thanks and chaste blushes which tion, with my friend Herbert, to they produced. continue my visits while I staid ; so But the time for my departure that I was several times again un arrived. With heart dejected I paid der Mr. Montague's roof, and in

a last visit to take leave of my new truth was much influenced by this acquaintances, and parted from theme circumstance in prolonging my stay at length with mingled admiration in the neighbourhood. Our time and regret. I already felt a congegenerally passed in innocent diver- niality of sout with the worthy Mr.' sions within the house when the wea Montague, a sincere respect for his ther was unfavourable, and in the lady, and a kind of paternal affection open air when the season tempted us for the daughters; and I even anto enjoy the freshness of the breeze. ticipated a future périod, when I At the bottom of the garden, and on might see the sprightly Charleton the edge of the river, there stood a claiming the hand of one of these summer-house built with every view as the reward of his long and wellto convenience, in which the young tried attachment. ladies often came to sit, bringing Several years elapsed, and I was with them their sewing or the mate whirled with the rest of 'men in the rials for writing, or practising to vicissitudes of humar affairs, which gether the melodious inflexions of introduced me to many new friends, their fine voices. Hither young and separated me from many old Charleton and myself attended them, ones. I did not within that time fond of being satellites within their re-visit my friend Herbert, nor did radiation, and amused them with I see any thing more of Mr. Monreading alternately from some favour- tague of his family. The business ite book, or dweli with them on the I had engaged in led me to perform rich empurpled beauties of the frequent voyages to and from my country, or the still and glowing native country, and in returning on effulgence of the summer's sky. On the last of these, after encountering one of these occasions, when we the perils of a tremendous storm, were collected in the summer-house, we were thrown much out of our among other subjects upon which course homeward, and compelled to the conversation turned,' a sugges- put in at another sea-port; higher tion was started by my young friend on the coast than the one we intendHeory in the innocent ebullition of ed. This proved to be the same his gallantry, that myself and he town where I had before formed my should each make some present to delightful acquaintance, and which the two young ladies, to be retained I beheld at present on that account by them as a remembrance of the with stronger emotions of pleasure. happy meetings with which accident It was now the month of October, had embellished the morning of our when, after coming into the docks, lives. I hailed the suggestion with and repairing the injury done to enthusiasm, and waited not a mo my dress, I had my horse landed ment after the termination of our that I might ride into the town to conversation ere l'accompanied my find an inn agreeable to my wishes. young friend to the different shops' The evening was advancing with its of ornamental articles in the town.. blue autumnal mists, and as my Our choice, after long examination thoughts were a little dejected by

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what had past, and the shades of difficulty I gained the door to 25-
parting day inclined to melancholy, cape the astonished gaze of the bye
I rode but slowly on, since I was standers. I then ran with the speed
conscious of no cause to excite my of lightning to the residence of my,
diligence. The town, though really friend Herbert, impetuously rang
populous, ' appeared comparatively the bell, and, on meeting him at the
desolate; and 'I seemed to have the door, poured out my full griefs into
undisputed enjoyment of the public his bosom. I found young Charle-
way, when on proceeding through ton already in his house, where he
one of the largest streets I observed was staying; they were conscious
before me a collection of people, of the whole calamity, and, the mo-
who were anxiously pressing for ment they saw the cause of my emo-
admittance into one house. Import- tion; acknowlenged the empire of
ance, or concern was depicted on sympathy, and mixed their sorrows
the visages of all, and I made haste with my own. Tears indeed were
to inquire the cause of the assem denied me, but sighs and regrets
blage from a respectable old man depicted the agitation of my soul.
who stood on the edge of the cause When I regained a degree of com-
way, only deterred from joining the posure I took my seat beside them,
throng by the violence of the pres. while Herbert briefly recapitulated

“ In that house," said he, the events that led to the lamented
" they are proceeding to sell by crisis.
auction the goods of a respeetable “ About two years," said he,
but unfortunate man, which have “after your departure, while Mr.
been removed hither from his family Montague was basking in the sun
residenee. All the town sympathize of opulence, rich in the tribute of
in his misfortunes, and would glad, every man's esteem, and richer still
ly alleviate them. Many are now

in the smiles and affection of his pressing into the room from a better family, the bolt of destruction was motive than curiosity, and wish by levelled at his house, and his eldest their numbers and emulation to raise daughter Evelina fell a sacrifice to the prices of the articles, and im consumption. This was indeed a prove the sale." I was unconsci- heavy blow, and almost bowed Mr. qusly interested in his humane nar- Montague to the earth, while his ration, and, feeling myself at liberty wife gave herself up to the tyranny to follow the bent of my inclination, of desperation, and remained for å I put up my horse at a neighbour: whole day under a total alienation ing inn, and joining the crowd on of mind.' But the cap of their mifoot gained access into the sale sery was not yet full, and they were room. I gazed about for some time doomed again to stoop beneath the with the listlessness and dull sur- rod of afflicting providence. Among prise of a stranger, nor was my at- those who waited most on the dying tention much arrested by several Evelina, and who felt more or less articles of furniture which I saw the ill effects of their attention, sold. At length the auctioneer's as Marietta had been foremost in all sistant handed to him something the assiduities of love, and it was which drew forth a general buzz of perceived that the viper had fixed commendation, and appeared to bear his rapacious fangs on her heart. promise of greater value. Immedi. The long confinement to Evelina's ately a faint voice, tremulous with room also injured the health of the age and indicative of rustic artless- delicate Mrs. Montague, but her less, exclaimed with emotion, “those frame appeared by degrees to rise are not to be sold, sir," and I be- superior to the attack. It was not held the two morocco work-boxes 80 with Marietta. A slight, short which

young Charleton and myself cough first attracted the notice of had presented to the Miss Monta- her friends, and presented the eargues. Imagination can scarce grasp liest symptoms of approaching dan.. the extent of misery that shot ger, and she was now gnawed with through my bosom, at thus seeing the worm of imparted consumption, the certain signs of the ruin of my and betrayed all the signs of de ancient friend. A trembling dizzi. clension which foreran the dissa ness came over my, eyes, and with lution of her sister. The disease

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