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301 nent merchants of the city of London, ed me to retire to an adjacent parlour; I that were commissioned to provide for as repeatedly begged his excuse, and was the successful applier's paffage, though not long in discovering (though to my they did not chuse the trouble of see- utter aitonishment) him to be one of ing the multitude that were ready to those monsters, who, dead to every quit their native country,
sentiment of honor and virtue, could I was hurt by her rough manner of find a barbarous pleasure in viewing expressing herself, but it was not for the distress, the disappointment of unme to be too tenacious, the maid re- suspecting innocence, who, allured turned, and with very little ceremony by his artifice, and deluded by the told me I was to walk up stairs. pleasing. expectation of advantage,
Caution, and reserve, are they not danced attendance at his levy. effentials in the female character. In a That the public papers should be frange house, on a strange business, to the instrument of such cruel decephave gone up Itairs to a ftrange man, tion, is in my opinion exceedingly would surely have been an unpardon- censurable : any thing in the nature able breach of propriety : I made of a libel is refused admittance, not therefore the imallest hesitation to though perhaps perfectly juft, yet addeclare against a step my heart recoiled vertisements shall be inserted unquesat, and on finding it produced surprize tioned, and individuals left to expein the ladies, added, that if the gen- rience mortification, insult, if not ab. tlemaņ would not condescend to see fulute destruction, me in the public shop, my applica : Ought not a circumstance like this tion was at end.
to be taken into consideration ? Ought I need not observe, that to the edu not theidentity of what is advertised to cated female, masculine dignity has bein some degree, ascertained? Or fall few terrors, respect is the undoubted the most dangerous and pernicious.of due of rank, as civility of equality. nusances pass unnoticed, because some But fuch is the presumption of man. few purposes of convenience might be kind, that the most dangerous of all interrupted by too nice attention ? errors, is the forgetting ourselves, I will, fir, trouble you no longer, when we remember the superiority of if what I have related, fails to excite those with whom we converse, if their compassion, orindignation, in the bofex is diffimilar to ours.
som of humanity, other minds, equally The gentleman thought proper at susceptible, must fultain the shocks of length to descend : his conversation unmerited insult, and cruel impofition. was beyond measure equivocal ; his I am, fir, your humble servant, eyesimpertinent, he repeatedly solicit
they have sufficiently introduced point, at length compelled her to themselves, to enter on immediate bu- confess, with infinite distortion of
countenance, if not actual tears, that Miss Bristow, and Miss Caroline Amelia was the bane of her felicity, Middleton, froin the natural goodness and disgrace of her name, and that in and humanity of their hearts, what- consequence of some flagrant improerer was the debate, were stiil impa- prieties, was then under close continetient for the prosecution of the poor ment in an obscure apartment. Amelia's caule. Citizens are seldom Mrs. Milnham shook her head. I difficult of access
, especially where would wish, malam, said the, to be the fortune of one party, and the pub- known by you in my true character. lic profession of the other, furnishes I am no aberter of rebellion, thougho an agreeable plea of introduction. Mrs. the profesied friend of mistaken youib. Milnham foon found an opportunity To act wisely, we must prevent evil; of enquiring for the young lady. to be jus, we must pity, pardon and Mrs. Robinion changed colour, and mitigate what we have failed to preendeavoured to evade the subject, but rent. Shall we expect that perfection
June in our children we do not find in our- united her endeavours to reconcile felves? My knowledge of Miss Ro. him to reason, and as in the course binson, Iown, is bat limited, yet if it of the transaction, he had several opwould not be deemed impertinence, ! portunities of feeing Mifs Bristow, would folicit an improvement of it. I and though five-and twenty years ber am acquainted with the nature of her senior, never recollecting the improtranfgreffion, and the malice of her bability of recommending himself to enemies.
her favour, he yielded to her wishes, She has no enemies, my dear ma- what he had denied to reafon, justice, dam, said the fond mother, breaking in and parental tenderness, and in the upon Mrs. Milnham, but what her end became as solicitous to receive own ill conduct has procured her. I Amelia for his daughter-in-law, as value your acquaintance; Mr. Ro. he had once been to avoid all connexbinson has obligations to you; but the ion with her. Nor did the Robin. domestic concerns of our friends ought fons remain unpropitious. - To be under unexceptionable regii Amelia was inade acquainted with lation, or the voice of friendship, re- this happy change in her prospects, plied Mrs. Milnham, can never be by the worthy author of it; but fo more properly exerted, than in point far from having the expected effe&, ing out the error. Be assured, madam, me burst into tears of distress, ipftead the liberty I now take with you, you of gratitude. O madam! said the, my are welcome to return in what manner felicity is not so easily accomplished as you please, but do not let a worthy you may imagine, from the want of miud be loft ; unremiting feverity can refinement and sensibility I betrayed alone produce desperation, it is hope at my first setting off
' in life, I have that leads on to penitence, to refor. been traduced, cruelly traduced, nor mation.
can it be exculpated but on proof. But notwithstanding all the elo. The young fellow that was witness ts quence Mrs. Milnham was mistress of, my indiscretion, is now abroad, be it was only on repeated applications must bear witness to my innocence, that the was indulged with the light of and that wretched Charlotte retract the beautiful prisoner.
from her infamous teftimony, befort If a neglected education, and con I will consent to enter any family. fequential misfortunes, had obtained My principles, liowever good, want a Miss Robinson an interest in the breast correcting hand in your society. To be of humanity, how were the feelings of received, inadam, into your society, that humanity quickened, on beholding would be a molt esential service, all and converting with so truly amiable a parties would then have time for recreature? Mrs. Milnham left her Hection. Pity, or approbation, is with a resolution to effect her delive- not always permament, and as mine rance and happiness. For this pur. must be a deliberate choice, so I must pose, as the could make but little of intreat that the acceptance of my Amelia's own family, and by tracing hand may be the result of delibefrom one ftep to another, discovered ration. The had some distant knowledge of There was too much of sound reaher lovers, it was not long before the foning in Amelia's ovjections, not to cast herself in the way of the latter: have due weight with Mrs. Milnbam,
Youth and credulity are seldom dif- and as propriety is too forcible to be united; nor is fufpicion a less fre- refifted,'the universal impression was quent concomitant of age. 'The highly to her advantage. 'A few days young gentleman believed whatever afterwards beheld her an enrolled Mrs. Minham offered in Amelia's fa- member with the Benevolents, from vour, and was for Aying to her imme whence there is no doubt but she will diate relief; but his father's doubts return the most accomplified of her could not be concealed; besides, by fex; for it is not the having flightly forfeiting her reputation, the bad erred, that constitutes unworthinels, forfeited all pretensions to fortune, but a perfeverance in error, contrary and it was utterly inconsistent with to the belt convictions. every prudential maxim, to be gene The society having promised to anrous Leyond ineafure. Lady Briitow swer the lively Flora's epitle, I, Mrs.
303 scretary, received directions to ad. from public and private condemnation. efs ber in the following terms. Read, my dear Flota, read this letter
with attention ; your natural dispoliTbe Benevolent Society to Flora.
tion is not unmeritorious, Can the We are sorry, mydear young lady, folly of dress, and the parade of arat a general attack (if a descrip- sembliese be calculated to gratify the a of the members of our little com
rational mind? Alas! my young caity can come under that denomi. friend, a period must arrive, even at tion) lould be productive of a the latest, when the palfied head, and articular one. The gentle Niobe's aged heart, mult in vain seek for conars could never have proved an im. folations that are inconsistent with ra. achment of your lively mama's con- 'tionality. And what think you of a
, it you yourself had not injudi. yawning grave, to die unpitied, and sudly rendered them fo. It is you to live unloved? Be wise therefore, erefore alone, my sweet_girl, that be wise in time, nor when you tread ive pointed the finger. To judge of on roses, forget the hidden thorn; haat we do not feel, is an impoffi- we frequently laugh at our own exlity; where real attachment is found, pence, for be afured, in whatever e composition is apparent. But point of view the voice of flattery hatever advantages your airy vola may place certain steps, even le natures may appear to possess darling world will fit in judgement ith the undistinguishing part of the on our actions, and pass fentence ecies, it is an undeniable fact, that with unrelenting severity. e pleasures of reason, and the pains sentiment, are superior to all the With the most friendly wishes, licities vanity is fulceptible of.
Your's, &c. To pass through life without one The BENEVOLENT SOCIETY. art-felt connexion, to be impervious
every ray of delicate refinement, I am likewise commanded to inform n it be ea viable? The woman who you, that Miranda's spirits, though arries for convenience, if the nei. amazingly composed since her admit. ser despises herself, nor is affected by tance into the Society, are not fuffise consciou saels of being despised by ciently fo, to enable her to be further er husband, is nevertheless exempt communicative, therefore the promison all those invaluable exertions of ed particulars respecting her name ul, which are the rewards of faith, of and family will be deferred till the th, and amiable sensibility. ensuing month. The Society, when publishing their As the Society have this month re. na sentiments, are far from infinu. ceived innumerable applications for ing reproach to their neighbours ; the reception of members, and as two w it would be well if youth in pare places only were vacant, they came to cular would make it a rule, to exa a resolution last night, in order to sea line their several assertions with an cure themselves from every change of aprejudiced eye; and should they be partiality, to confine the community to abled to perceive the error they the present number, and on the death, in not correct, and ought not to ar or other diminution of the now electtign, let their own conduct reap the ed members, to accept those only who bole benefit of their discoveries. are recommended by their relations, Pieem of our friends, and the or long established, and private friends. teen of our own hearts, are the best But whilst the Society thus publickly kelilings of our existence; but it is disclaim all increase of members, they either the casual goodness of an hour, are desirous of the most extensive cor hat can secure us the one, or the fuc- respondence, and they take this oppore of our deceptions the other, to tunity of foliciting those ladies, who e estimable, we muft be uniformly really honour them with their appro. sorthy; and whatever improper ten- bation, to favour them at leaf with a encies we may experience, or exam- literary acquaintance, and accept les we may be expoled to, dare to their best literery tervices. teounce both, to preserve ourselves As the Benevolent Society was in
June no degree prepared for the applause opinion of happiness, sought to render they have received from their own her darling child, and nothing less fex, they must confess they were still than a fine lady will content her ; less prepared for the smart ridicule of nay, I verily believe, that, from actual the gentlemen. A few harınless '
wo- affe&tion, she would rather behold me men assembling for purposes of benevo- starving genteely, thân know me the lence, is undoubtedly a very pretty foun- most prosperous tradeswomoman in dation for raillery and sarcasm! Such the universe. illiberal attacks, however, can excite Having formed a thousand unavailonly contempt. They therefore pre- ing plans to effect her wishes, the has sent their respects to the wits in gene at length, by the suggestion of an unral, and affure them, that they thall refined friend, fixed upon a moft exever rejoice in their innocent methods travagant one; the giving her daughof amusement, though utterly at their ter an opportunity of captivating expence.
a nabob. Having thus acquitted themselves of How much is it to be lamented, their grateful and complimental de- that I cannot behold things througb mands, business, and business alone, the same medium ? What this friend will be the succeeding object.
calls inere policy, is to me the most
odious of practices. What kind of To the BENEVOLENT SOCIETY.
soul must that girl possess, who is ca. Ladies,
pable of submiting to have applicaI shall not make the smallest apolo. tions made in her name to the East-Ingy for soliciting your advice in a mo. dia company for credentials, to ensure ment of exigence: Benevolence has her fome degree of estimation in a nothing to do with apologies ; to know country to which the voluntarily and distress, is, if posible, to relieve it, declarediy transports herself for the and conscious merit its best reward. purpose of obtaining a husband?
My life, indeed, has little remark I indeed am not to be reduable belonging to it; to have lost my ced to quite so indelicate an extrefather in my infancy, to have had my mity; by the interest of this ammother's fortune and my own lodged bitiously busy friend, the governor's in unsafe hands, to have been brought lady is receive me under her protecup to the period of twenty years old tion; with her I am to embark, and in the utmost affluence, and at that my wardrobe, consisting of whatever period to be robbed of every prospect, elegancies the last farthing of any or means of provision, are misfortunes own, and the utmost ftrainings of my too familiar and incidental to the hu- mother's shattered fortune, can purman species to procure me either chase, to give me that self-complacompassion or consideration.
cence, fo essential to such a bold an. But a circumstance, my dear ladies, . dertaking. has lately occurred, that I do flatter But in order to qualify me for fo myself will recommend me to your noble a business, a larger portion of generous attention.
My mother, insensibility is necessary than I hare though in other respects a most valu. received from nature. Of all applaaje, able woman, has a tincture of pride in my dear father early taught me to her composition, that I fear will be fondest of my own, and as the lef. prove fatal to us both. I am for a son was enforced on me, even with proper resignation to the will of Hea- his latest breath, it is imposible for ven; honest industry thould supply to time, accident, or circumstance, to me, what injustice has deprived me erate it from my memory. of: I am mistress of accomplishments, Do you, ladies, generously plead that might be employed to my advan- · for me, and awaken all the mother tage, in my hour of need; painting, to save me from this facrifice : ve Janguages, work of every kind. Are way, in an hour of gaiety or interest, not these a sufficient fortune for the affect to despise the rigid precepts of humble ? My poor mother's prejui. delicacy; but there is a faithful mojudices, however, are an interrup- nitor in every breast, that both checks tion to all my rational Schemes ; a fine us when deviating from the conduct lady was what the, from a mistaken we ought to pursus, and everlaltingly
1769. Of the Difference of Fashions in England. 305 reproaches us, on impropriety, while corded, that Anne Bolen wore yellow feeling remains. How then can I en- mourning for Catharine of Arragon. ter on a new character, exchange As far as I have been able to trace fimplicity of manners, and ingenu- the growth of the beard from portraits, oufnels of sentiment, for artifice and and other remains of antiquity, I find allurement? Accustomed to thun ad. it never flourished more in England, miration, could I make a confident than in the century preceding the display of the few graces of my person Norman conquest. That of Edward for mercenary ends, and deliver my- the Confeffor was remarkably large, as self up to the best bidder, without appears from his seal in Speed's Theaconceiving myself the worst of profti- tre of Great Britain. After the contutes, a prostitute in principle ? queror tock posession of the kingdom,
Pity, o pity the complication of beards became unfashionable, and misery I now experience; it is a mo were probably looked upon as badges ther I thus dare to arraign, though of disloyalty, as the Normans wore tremblingly alive to filial duty, and only whiskers. It is said, that the filial tenderness. But I can die, sooner English spies took those invaders for than forego the resolutions decency an army of priests, as they appeared to and delicacy have prompted me to be without beards." form: my mother thall be my mother At the conclusion of Mary's reign,
in every other instance, however I Dr. Granger proceeds in these words : in may venture to proceed, when lo “ I have before observed, that much ? much is at fake, as hers, and my the same kind of dress, which was
worn by Henry VIII. in the former I am, Ladies,
part of his reign, is now worn by the Your humble servant.
yeomen of the guard. It is no less re
LAVINIĄ. markable, that the mott conspicuous This subject, as well as the poor and distinguishing part of a cardinal's Lavinia’s particular case, will be duely habit
, which has been banished from attended to the ensuing month. England ever fince the death of Car. (To be continued.]
dinal Pole, is also now worn by the
lowest order of females, and is called The difference of Fashions between the pre- a cardinał. I take the reign of Mary to Sent People of England and ibeir An, be the æra of ruffs and farthingales, cefiors.
as they were first brought hither froin Dr.
R. Granger having lately publish- Spain. Howel tells us in his letters,
ed a biographical dictionary of that the Spanish word for a farthin. England, which contains a variety of ve- gale literally translated, signifies cover 3 sy curious articles, we have felected the infant, as if it was intended to con
following account of the ancient Eng- ceal pregnancy. It is, perhaps, of lith fathious, which, let in oppofi. honourable extraction, and tion to the present modes of dress, might signity cover-infanta. mult give considerable entertainment A blooining virgin in this age seems to our readers.
to have been more solicitous to hide "In the reign of Richard II. the her skin, than a rivelled old woman is peaks, or tops, of shoes and boots were at pretent. The very neck was geneworn of so enormous a length, that rally concealed ; the arms were coverthey were tied to the knees. A law ed quite to the writts; the petticoats was made in the same reign, to limit were worn long, and the head geer, or them to two inches. The variety of coifure, close ; to wnich was sometimes dresses worn in the jeign of Henry fastened a light veil, which fell down VIII. may be concluded from the print behind, as it intended occasionally to of the naked Englishman, holding a conceal even the face. piece of cloth and a pair of shears, in If I may depend on the authority of Borde's Introduction to Knowledge. engraved portraits, the beard extended The dress of the king and the noties, and expanded it felf more during the in the beginning of this reign, was not short reigns of Edward VI. and Mary, palike that worn by the yeomen of the than from the conquest to that period. guard at preient. This was probably Bishop Gardiner bás a beard long and aped by inferior persons. it is re- ftreaming like a comet. 'The beard June, 1769