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the best epitome of general information. to be deposited in our National Museum, Having thrown myself on a Grecian a specimen of the manners and couch, 1 prepared to " kill two birds primitive taste of the last generation. with one sione,” by eating my break. Por myself, I consider the attacks of fast, and reading your Magazine, as this individual to be easily rebutted ; 1 bad av engagement, which demanded -indeed, he repeatedly shews his ignomy allention at four to attend Lady rance of our manners, and the motives Caroline Flirt, to a view at Chrisley's. which are the spring of them ; and I -I rapidly glanced over the contents ; therefore anticipate an easy conquest. and perceiving,

" On Modern Refine. - He complains of our education as ment in Manners," hastily perused it, far inferior to that of a gentleman as well as my anger would allow, when I of the last age :-reallý, Sir, these old found it was wrillen by that Old School men think none are so learned and wise Correspondent, who had attacked our as they—but, Mr. Editor, though I fashionable improvements in larguage, do not understand either Greek or a short time before. I was extremely Hebrew, nor am I versed in Eastern angry, and was about to assert, I would literature, -it is my own fault, for all no longer subscribe to your Publica- these might have been attained had, I tion, if such fellow's lucubrations ob. felt the disposition ;-other, and to me tained admission into its pages; when I more important, matters early engaged recollected that such a course of pro. my mind:-my uncle was desirous of ceeding would be paying too great my being initiated into fashionable soa deference to his opinious; and that it ciety ; ibis therefore occupied all my would be very wuch belter to castigate thoughts; and my study was, to think him as he deserves with his own wea.. how I should'eclipse all my competipons, and to hold him up to the upi- tors in the novelty of my dress, and the versal execration and contempt of the splendor of my equipage, than to excite bon-ton. I instantly began this letter, their wonder by internal accomplishand trust this statement will be a suffi. ments, which, you must have vbserved, cient apology for its impetuous com fail to strike the generality of inankiud mencement.

$0 powerfully as those which are exterI have read, Sir, bis illiberal and anti- nal. For this refinement we have cause quated remarks, and, “ 'tis pily, so it for gratitude; since it was useless to exis,” - that such a stupid old fellow pend a fortune in furnishing a young should be allowed to enter into those man with such an educativo, whose circles, whose manners he makes the future occupation was to consist in subject of his ridicule and satire: bow. attending the ladies, and studying the ever, as we shrewdly suspect who he beau-monde. I therefore, Sir, only obis, let him expect to be greeted by our tained an acquaintance with French approbation, when we next meet. As I aod Italian ; both of these were inam not much in the habit of reading, dispensable: the one, as the general and still less of writing ;-you must fashionable language; and the other, look over the defects in my style and that I might be able to enjoy the pleacomposition, having never made those sures of the Opera. The charge, there. acquirements my siudy, as they are not fore, of your Correspondent is ground. taken into account in the education of Jess: we may not be able to quote a genlleman.

Greek or Hebrew wilh facility, but we The indignation with which I, and can refer for our justification to the all my companions, viewed the former polite language of Paris, and the soft remarks of your Old Correspondent, straips of Italia. After censuring, ibus can only be equalled by the contempt unjustly, our mental acquirements, he we feel for his opinions; and certainly proceeds to ridicule our dress. Wbeiber this last Essay is not calculated to raise we are to be blamed for dressing accord. him higher in our estimation. It is ing to our station, I leave the world to time he should be taught, that the world decide; and only remark, that it is out increases in knowledge, as it grows older; of a real regard for the interest of our and that what mighi bave been consi· country, and in order to keep the poor dered the very quintessence of polite manufacturers in employ, that we change ness in bis younger days, would now be it so frequently; and such praisewortby regarded as the grossest vulgarity: in motives ought surely not to be misfact, such an old-fashioned piece of represented. goods as your Correspondent, is only fit I would ask what right he has to

attack us for carrying the souff-boxes to forbear, not only because I should weary which he alludes; when he acknow. you, but haviog, as 1 before stated, a ledges, that we confine them to our pressing engageinent, which I cannot owo observation. Is it any business break, at four; after which I have to ofhis? Every one must confess it is not. call and leave my congratulations with

As for bis remarks on our being well the Honourable Miss D- on her acquainted with the vulgar tongue, it is recovery ;-and, my card with several absolutely needful to possess that ac. others:-1 must then return to dress, complishment ;-how frequently does it and shall scarce know which way to accur, that, in a convivial moment, we direct myself first, as I have a card for are apt to endapger our personal free Lady C's to dinner at nine-anodom, by combat with the guardians of ther to the Countess of B — 's con. the night, or in an affray with the coach. versazione at ten-and I have positively men at the theatre ; and when in such engaged myself to attend the two Ladies. situations, this knowledge is found to be G-to the Duchess of B—-'s divers no mean acquisition, and is frequently tissement ; where I shall be fully occu. productive of great advantages. pied in the delights and enjoyments

So far as respects the occupation of of the waltz, till the returning appearour time--our pursuits and amuse ance of morning (which to ny sincere ments, I could furnish good authority regret now comes so early). Thus you for them ; but I forbear !-suffice it see, Mr. Editor, if I bad not seized the to say, that we are not to be beat present opportunity, and wrote you out of our own opinions, either by while my feelings were warm on the argument or common sense ; when it subject, it might never have been done; is against our inclination :- we have as I am equally engaged till the end that only to consult, and, as free agents, of this mouth three-deep, when I intend we feel at liberty to do that which seems visiting the seat of all politeness, and right in our own eyes. For myself, I elegance, and fashion ; for volwithlove boxing, and would be a candidate standing an almost unconquerable averfor pugilistic fame, were it not for in- sion I have to the sea, I find it needful curring a liability to disarrange my wbis. to repair to Paris, if I would inaintain kers, and discolour my features; but I my present station and character in the like to encourage it, as keeping up the fasbionable world. true British stamina in our peasantry, Should I perceive any further reflecwhich cannot be inculcated by any other tions on Men of Fashion in your Miscei. means so effectual.

lany, I shall not fail, if I can spare tinic, Your fastidious Correspondent also and feel the inclination, to trouble you censures the truly polite dance called agaio: and I hope some female will the Waltz! What! would he condemn chastise your Correspondent, for his that graceful, easy, and charming move. illiberal animadversions on the female ment of the limbs, which, when slightly part of fashionable society. Leaving clothed, is so well calculated to raise this to your candid perusal, I remain, our admiration of the perfection of Na- Sir, your's, very respectfully, ture, in the formation of the human A LOVER OF THE NEW SCHOOL. frame? Really, Mr. Editor, the nearer the ladies approach to a state of pri- Tothe Edilor of the European Magazine. meval appearance, the higher my ad

Islington, May 20, 181%. miration is raised; besides, there is N

I something truly gratifying in this dance celebrated Dr. William Thompson, to our taste as young men, however who died at Kensington, March 16, disagreeable it may be to old men in 1817, in the 71st year of his age: the their dotage, who are incapable of ap. following singular instance of his facepreciating those pleasures, which exhi- tiousness when a youth, at College, Jirate the spirits, and give a zest to the occurred; which I transcribe for the enjoyments of the young.-In conclu- amusement of the numerous readers of sion, your Correspondent may make his your valuable Miscellany. remarks on our manners and amuse “ About the year 1774, while young ments ;-but let him recollect, that they Thompson attended the Divicity school “ who have glass windows should be at St. Andrews, it was the custom on ware of throwing stones” with impu. certain days for all the students, in turn, nity. Were I disposed, it would be in to read a chaper of the bible, avd remy power to shew, that the last age was peat a prayer, in order to ipiliale tbem not without ils follies and errors: bu! I in the practice of public speaking; for

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which purpose, in order to increase the well as in those numerous Public Instiaudience, many of the respectable tutions which have derived so much town's-people were usually admitted. advantage from his unwearied exertions. At length, it came to the turn of The Brethren of the Grand Stewards Alexander Meldrunr, a very modest Lodge are under the greatest obligayoung man, and then not a little re tion, for the design and execution of inarkable for his stiffness and formality. this chaste, tasteful, and truly elegant The portion of scripture selected on production of art, to one of their own this occasion, happened to be the 15th body, Brother J. C. BURCKHARDT, of chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Northumberland-street, Strand (Past Corinthians, in which, by hastily scrap Senior Grand Deacon, the Presenting out the letter c, our wicked candi- acting Worshipful Master, under His date for holy orders, continued toʻren. Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, der the whole passage ludicrous-viz. of the Lodge of Antiquity, [No. 2,] Behold ( shew you a mysterywe shall and Past-Warden of the Grand Stewards nol all sleer, bul we shall all be hanged Lodge). This distinguished Brother, (changed) in a moment, in the iwinkling whose zeal and ability have been exerted of an eye al the last Trump! in con in the Craft, for many years past, with sequence of this New Reading, the the greatest effect, and who, for private wbole Hall was instantly in 'a titter, worth, stands so highly respected by which increased to a broad laugh, and the Fraternity, displayed on a former discomposed the muscles of the grave great and ever-memorable occasion, and venerable Professor of Divinity; equal skill, judgment, and liberality, when Wiilie, as he was then called, as in the present instance, in preparing with much assumed gravity, exclaimed that very superb Jewel (without any " A very quick execution indeed.” pecuniary advantage whatever) which I am, Sir, your's, respectfully, was presented to the Most Noble the JOHN EVANS. - Marquis of II astings(then Earl Moira!,

Past-acting Grand Master, on his quit. A SKETCH of the SUPERB Masonic ting this Country, to take upon himself

Jewel presented by the Bretaren of the high and most important station of
the Grand STEWARD's Lodge in their Governor-general and Commander-in-
Past Master, the R. W. WILLIAM . Chief of all India.
WILLIAMS, Grand Master for Doro

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THIS superb JEWEL was presented to . A Border of Purple Enamel, with the

: Inscription " DORSETSHIRE,” and a half of the Brethren of the Grand Stc. Branch of Accassia, of Diamonds, withwards Lodge, by Br. GEORGE Reed in Two Circles of Brilliants; in the Cen(his successor as Worshipful Master), tre, the Emblem of Provincial Grand in Open Lodge assembled, immediately Master, in Brilliants, on a chased fine on bis Installation into the Chair ; ac Gold Ground: the whole suspended by companied by an able, pathetic, and ap- Two Rings, formed of Brilliants. propriate Address, which did bonour to

Reverse. the Lodge, credit to himself, and jus A Border of polished Gold, containing tice to the bigbly.distinguished Indivia the following Inscription : (“ Respectdual to whom the Jewel was presented. fully presented by the BRETHREN of The Inscription engraven around it, the GRAND STEWARD'S LODGE, to although it points out some of the their PAST-MASTER the R. W. WM. causes which prompted the Brethren’ WILLIAMS, ProvincialGrand MASTER to this act of respectful alleation, does' for DORSET, in testimony of their innot, and indeed cannot, sufficiently con dividual gratitude, pot only for the vey those feelings and sentiments of great zeal, and distinguished abilities, sincere regard and attachment, with wild which be has uniformly promoted which they are most deeply impressed, the best interests of the Lodge, but also towards one whose talents are so con for his extensive and invaluable services spicuous, to whose unremitting zeal to the Craft at large, 18th February, and perseverance they are so greatly A. L. 5822, A. D. 1818,") within Two indebted, and by whose general con Circles of Laurel Wreaths, of coloured duct, both as a Man and a Mason, chased Gold; in the Centre, the Emso many bright and admirable exam blem of Past Master of the Grand ples bave been set forth through the Steward's Lodge, of fine Gold, on a widely-exteuded circle of the Craft, as crimson enamelled Ground.

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