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SOCIETY AND AMUSEMENTS AT BATH-MR.
ANSTEY - SIR EDWARD KNATCHBULL --
the owners of it are so amiable and agreeable, your house foretold it would not be taken, and I that one passes one's time very pleasantly. It observe in general, if people have predicted a soinetimes resembles a congress of all the amn- misfortune, they had rather it should happen bassadors in Europe; for Lord Harcourt having than have their prediction fall into discredit. been in a public character, all the ambassadors, I beg the favour of you to present my most and indeed all foreigners of distinction, come affectionate compliments to your divine, and thither. I remember passing three days there best love to my nephew and nieces. I presume once without hearing a syllable of English my nephew now keeps happy holidays. spoken. Had every one of the company spoken With very sincere esteem, I am, my dear his mother tongue, it would have resembled madam, Your most affectionate sister Babel. Monsieur and Madame de Noailles are
and faithful friend, and humble servant. most agreeable persons, and I wish we may not
(signed) Eliz. MONTAGU. have any other foreigners while they stay. Our “measles” prevented my paying my respects to Madame de Noailles when I was in town, as her
No. IX. little son has not had the distemper, and he is a MRS. ELIZABETH MONTAGU TO MRS. WM. person of great importance, being heir apparent
ROBINSON. to the greatest house in France in point of connexions, and in rank and fortune equal to any.
The primate and Sir William Robinson were much pleased with my brother's kind reception of them ; indeed, I do not know any one who
Sandleford, June 13th, 1779. makes his house so agreeable to his friends. His DEAR MADAM, parts and knowledge make him an excellent I am ashamed to look at the date of your companion, and his apparent benevolence, in- obliging letter ; but writing, you know, is h tegrity, and virtues endear his talents. I am cluded from the Bath regimen, and not muc much rejoiced to find riding has been of so favoured by the modes of a Bath life. Dr. much service to my niece, and I flatter myself Fothergill had been for three years urging me she will soon get an established state of health. to try those waters, and upon my being a little I dare say Miss Mary wishes herself old enough indisposed last week, he repeated his exhortato be of the riding-party with her brother and tions, and I promised I would make the expesister,
riment as soon as Montagu returned to HarI expect every day to hear of the arrival of our row, after the Easter holidays. I knew I should friends at Armagh. I was a little uneasy about be more averse to going to Bath on an uncertain my brother's health when he set out on his hope of benefit, when my new house was journey; but as the exercise did not bring any babitable, as it will be in all respects much prereturn of his jaundice, I have no doubt but ferable to Hill-street in the spring. I stopped change of air will be of service to him. I agree only one day at Sandleford in my way to Bath, entirely with the Primate that your reverend so I arrived there on the 15th of April. I found consort would grace a stall; but he is of so un- more benefit from the waters than my doctor and ambitious a spirit, I believe he will not take any my expectations had flattered me with, as I had pains to get into one. Dean of Canterbury not been at Bath since the Circus was finished, would suit him very well. A dean is not and the Crescent begun. I was much struck obliged to fast or pray, nor has the troublesome with the beauty of the town. In point of society care of any soul but his own. We are now and amusement it comes next (but after a long very busy in the harvest; we had a great deal of interval) to London. There are many people esta, hay, and fortunately very little of it was spoiled.blished at Bath who were once of the polite and We have a prodigious crop of wheat this year, the busy world; so they retain a certain politeand I daresay our neighbours have the same; ness of manner and vivacity of mind, which one and yet old wheat sold at 7s. 6d. a bushel last cannot find in any country town; but all conweek, and some new wheat for 88. I hope, tracted societies, and where there are no great though I am a farmer, the prices will soon fall, objects of pursuit, must in time grow a little for the poor labourers cannot earn a subsistence narrow and un peu fade; but then there is confor their families, when bread bears such a price. tinually an addition of company, by people who I have about forty reapers at work at present, to come for the waters, from all the active parts of take advantage of the fine weather. I brewed life ; and they throw a vivacity into conversation seven hogsheads of small beer for them, and fear which one must not expect from persons whose it will not last to the end of harvest. The poor chief object is the odd trick or a sans prendre
. reapers and haymakers bring nothing but Cards are the great business of the inhabitants water into the field, which, with bad cheese and of Bath. The ladies, as is usual in little sofine bread, is their general fare. I think our cieties, are some of them a little gossiping, and northern people are much more notable: their apt to find fault with the cap, the gown, the meals are more plentiful and less delicate : they manner, or understandings of their neighbours: eat coarse bread, and drink a great deal of milk, but that does not much concern the waterand have o ten salt beef,
drinkers, who, not being resident, are not the I must not congratulate you on the taking objects of their envy; and I must say they are Triconderago, as I imagine all the prophecies in all very obliging to strangers. As the Primate
of Ireland was at Bath almost all the time I was from the dreadful things he had beheld. He there, I had the daily pleasure of passing my got back to Bath just in time to be present at time in the most agreeable society--for such is the riot there. that of a person of his noble mind, endeared still Though I am not personally acquainted with more by his friendship to our family. I did not the farnily of Sir Edward Knatchbull
, I cannot go at all to the public rooms, which are hot and help being glad the heir of it has made so proper noisy; and as much as I could I excused myself a match. I have beard a good character of ihe from private assemblies; so when the Primate, young lady: she has a noble fortune, and by Lord Stormont, and some others of my ac- her mother must be allied to the best families in quaintance, who happened to be at Bath, had Kent. Commerce has so enriched this kingan idle hour, they bestowed it on me. The dom, that in every county there are some new Bishop of Peterborough, uuluckily for me, went gentry who eclipse those ancient families which away the day I came to Bath. We just met at once liad the superiority; and I must own I Marlborough. Another most agreeable ac- love to see it return to them. The mellow digquaintance of mine, the Provost of Eton, ar- nity of a gentleman is infinitely preferable to rived only just before I came away. Nr. Anstey the crude pride of a nabob. I believe you are was often with me, and you will believe he is acquainted with Sir Archer and Lariy Crofts; very droll and entertaining; but what recom- they are now come to live in their house in this mends him more, is his great attention to his neighbourhood. It had been let to a mad West family. He bas eight children. He instructs Indian, who ruined his fortune, and then shot his boys in the Greek and Latin ; so that they himself: after that to a naboh. I never visit are fitied for the upper forms of Eton School, the West Indians in my neighbourhood, bewhere their education is finished. He has a cause they would teach my servants to drink house in the Crescent, at which he resides the rum; nor the nabobs, lest they should teach greatest part of the year. Mrs. Anstey is a very them to want to eat turtle, and such dainties : desirable, amiable woman, and does not deal in so I had not been at Dunston till the other day the gossip of the place. There is also Mr. since the old proprietors left it. I find the lower Hamilton in the Crescent: he is very polite kind of neighbours are not pleased with Sir and agreeable, has been much abroad, and lived Archer and Lady Crofts, because they are not much in the great world. I should dislike so profuse as the West, nor so inagnificent as Bath much less if the houses were larger. I the East Indian: but they seem to me very always take the largest tbat can be got in the well-bred people. Circus or Crescent; and on the outside it ap- My nephew Robinson, according to the Pris pears a good stone edifice; in the inside, a nest mate's advice, is studying hard at Cambridge of boxes, in which I should be stifled, if the this vacation. Ile has very good sense, and an masonry was not so bad as to adınit winds at uncommon memory; so he will reap great admany places. The society and mode of life are vantage from application to study. The geneinfinitely preferable to that one can find in any rality of young people in these days spend all other country town, but much less agreeable their time in travelling from place to place. than London. I believe, if I were to act the Such a life may fit them to be surveyors of high part of Minos in this world, I should use it as a roads, or, if very ingenious, to make maps of kind of purgatory, to which I should send those England, but for nothing better. A uniformity who had not the taste or qualifications which of life goes far in forming a consistency of deserved to be put into the capital city, nor character. were yet so disagreeable and unsociable as to I was very glad that Sir Richard Jebb, when merit suffering the terrors and horrors of a long I consulted 'him if I should go to Tunbridge this winter in the country:
suinmer, advised me against it, on an opinion it When I left Bath, Dr. Moisey said I ought to would rather do me harm than good. I am return thither soon after Michaelmas, as the sure it could have done none to Montagu to waters heated me the last fortnight of the six have practised lessons of idleness rather than weeks I drank them this spring. I shall pro- study. From the last there is not anything to bably be enjoined no longer time than a month, divert him here. I am very sorry I have not a and then I may get settled in Portman-square frank to Denton ; however, that my double letthe beginning of November. I shall hope that ter may not put the pocket as well as patience to you will not trust your visit to the great city to double expense, i convey it to London in a the spring, but come in the winter, when your frank, so save half the charge. time will not be broken in upon by sea-bathing. My most affectionate compliments and good I hope my brother has been well ever since he wishes attend my brother, and my nephew and made me a kind visit here. I thought he looked nieces. Miss Gregory begs her compliments, remarkably well. He was very fortunate in and Montagu his duty. With the most sincere getting back without falling in with any of the regard, I am, dear Madame, terrible riots. Mr. Anstey, on a little excursion
Your most affectionate sister from home, was not so lucky. He called here
and sincere friend, on his way to London, where he arrived just to behold the horrors of the conflagration. On
(signed) E. MONTAGU. his return back he made me another visit, and Mrs. Robinson, his countenance bore the impression of terror Denton, near Canterbury.
Paris, Nov. 19. annexed to the autograph of each remarkable MY DEAR C,
person are the documents proving its authenAlthough I believe people are never satisfied, ticity, a biography of the individual, his or her yet those who lamented over the emptiness and portrait, and a critique of their works. Not the dulness of Paris a short time ago must be least valuable is the collection of the autographs pleased with the improvement which the last of the artists, to almost each of which M. de few weeks have witnessed in this respect. Al- Trémont has been fortunate enough to add an though the unusual beauty and mildness of the original drawing. season induces those who are so fortunate as to Among the letters of the Bonaparte family is possess country houses to remain at them, still one written by Louis Bonaparte, father of the Paris is crowded with visitors; the English and President; this letter is dated 1lme Vendémiaire, Russians are, I think, in the majority: nothing year V., and is addressed to the Minister of can exceed the bustle and gaiety in the streets, War, asking to be appointed officier dans l'Arand on the Boulevards particularly; the shop tillerie légère. Of the Emperor Napoleon there windows display their most tempting wares, and is an extract, of two pages in folio, of his history I suppose in no city can the temptations of this of Corsica. kind exceed those of Paris; already are the Monsieur Beauchesne has just published a prudent and experienced making their purchases most interesting work, the History of Louis for the “ Jour de l'An," for be it known as that XVII.; although the author does not attempt day approaches prices rise in a most alarming to disguise those feelings of sympathy and manner, and the same articles are at least a third commiseration which the fate of this unfordearer than they are now; but I must not anti- tunate Prince must excite in the hearts of all cipate-all things in their season; and in my who read of his sufferings, yet the book is not next letter I will give you an account of the written in a party spirit ; it is a recital of facts. “ Jour de l'An," and of some of the manifold M. Alexandre Dumas is engaged in writing templations expressly invented for the appear- | the History of Louis XVI., and of Marie Anance of the year 1853.
toinette; some feuilletons of it have already The great fête of this month is one which is appeared; it is said that the scenes in the Temple invested with a deep and melancholy interest for are painted in most vivid colours; for my own all classes-the rich and the poor alike; I mean part, knowing the brilliancy of Monsieur Dumas' the 2nd of November, which is the “ Fête des imagination (a brilliancy which if constant emMorts”: on this day all those who have lost ployment can preserve there is but little danger relatives put on mourning-attend mass, which of its losing)," I should rather be disposed, in is celebrated in the churchesand crowd to reading history, to choose a less imaginative the cemeteries with wreaths of immortelles and writer, but I give my opinion in all humility
. bouquets of flowers, which they place on the “Uncle Tom's Cabin” bids fair to have as great tombs. A few years ago I happened to be success abroad as in England ; the Presse newsstaying in the country at the time of the Fête paper, which is always foremost in advocating des Morts," and witnessed the ceremony of the cause of Liberty, is publishing it in French, opening the gates of the village grave-yard, and notwithstanding the great difficulties which which was immediately filled with the relations the work presents to the translator, Monsieur and friends of those whose last remains re- Leon Pilatte acquits himself well in his task. posed there; round each grave were grouped M. Leon Pilatte has spent some time in that the mourners, all on their knees, some sobbing part of America where Mrs. Beecher Stowe loudly, some weeping silently; but I did not in resides, and he is acquainted with her; the all the crowd see one dry eye: some brought notes in his translation show they are written little images of the Virgin and of the Saviour; by conversant of the manner and customs some guirlandes of immortelles : these last were of those where the scenes are laid. The Pays most numerous: the bell of the church tolled is also bringing out this work; but the Presse is all the day in the most melancholy manner. beforehand, and I question if another translator I have heard many persons observe that they equal to M. L. Pilatte can be found easily.
saw bright weather for a “ Fête des I hear also that “Uncle Tom" is to appear ou Morts”; all those I have seen have been dark, the stage; in fact the piece is now in preparacold, and foggy, which, together with the train tion: the decorations are to be beautiful. of thought to which this day must give rise, Monsieur Latour Saint-Ybars has written a renders the most cheerful triste.
tragedy, in which Mademoiselle Rachel has acGreat interest is excited by the approaching cepted the principal róle. sale of the collection of autographs of the Baron The Variétés has brought out a vaudeville in de Trémont: not only is this collection inte five acts, by M.M. Antony Beraud and Claire resting and extensive, but the way in which it ville, called “ Taconnet;"" it is written for Fréhas been arranged adds greatly to its value ; dérik Lemaître. Taconnet is a joiner, and a
poet, and equally successful in the two some- The representation by command (par ordre as what different trades. (O what an age we live the papers say), given at the Opera Comique, in, when poetry is classed amongst trades!) was a very brilliant affair; there was, for the Taconnet is about to marry Nicole, god-daughter outside of the theatre, all that eagles, escutcheons, of Nicolet, directeur des Grands Danseurs du with Imperial ciphers, and gas in abundance, Roi—in fact he is only waiting for his frock could do to make a display. The Domino Noir coat, which the tailor, Lambin, has not sent was the piece given. In the last entre-acte the home. So impatient is Taconnet that he would allegorical cantata of M.M. Méry, and Adolphe have been married without his coat, but an inci- Adam, was executed by Malle. Wertheimber, dent happened which troubles the general har- who represented Sculpture; Madame Ugalde, mony; the tax-gatherer, Camuset, by certain Music; Mdlle. Lefevre, Poetry, and M. Bataille attentions addressed to Nicole, excites the anger an African, the subjects of the cantata being of Taconnet, who, to revenge himself, vows to the completion of the Louvre, and the liberation hiss Madamoiselle Luzy on her debut at the of Abd-el Kader. The decoration of the stage Comedie Française-Camuset being the admirer for the cantata was this : Instead of the usual of the said Mademoiselle Luzy; but-alas! for curtain was one representing the chateau of Fonpoor Nicole—at the sight of Mademoiselle Luzy, tainebleau, in the midst of its picturesque country. Taconnet discovers in her the realization of his Afterwards this was replaced by a superb velvet beau ideal. Instead of hissing he applauds en- curtain covered with golden bees, with the Imthusiastically, and, in order to be near his idol, perial arms, and on each side colonnades in perobtains the place of machinest of the Théâtre spective in the Florentine style, with the names Français; which, however, he soon loses, owing of the principal towns visited by Louis Napoleon to the mistakes he commits in his fits of admira- in his last tour. In the middle was a pedestal tion for the belle Mademoiselle Luzy, who is not supporting the bust of Napoleon III. Towards insensible of Taconnet's devotion to her, and the close of the cantata the scene changes, and follows with interest her slave in his career. discovers a panorama of Paris brilliantly lighted Driven from the theatre as a machinest, he re- up. Abd-el Kader is brought into everything. turns an actor, and plays at Nicolet's Les He has left Paris for the present, and has reSavetiers with great success. During this time, turned to Amboise; but he will come back for poor Nicole, spite of her youth, her beauty, and the coronation I believe. I heard the other day her wit, is forsaken-forgotten. She comes to that, when at Versailles, he visited the gallery, the determination of going to Mdlle. Luzy to and, after gazing for some time at the picture by ask her her secret for making herself beloved. Horace Vernet representing the taking the smala The actress, who is good-natured, is interested of Abd-el Kader, he said—“Ah, had I painters, I in the poor girl, and determines to repair the also could order pictures.” mischief of which she has been involuntarily the Apropos of pictures, it is said that the portrait cause. On one occasion, while Taconnet is of the Princesse de Wasa has been sent over to playing, be sees among the spectators his old Paris, and that the day after the public announceenemy Camuset, and addresses numerous piquant ment of Louis Napoleon's marriage with her, allusions to him. Camuset becomes furious, and the portrait will be exhibited; some say, howwould shut up the offender in Fort l'Evéque. ever, that the widow of the Prince de LeuchtenIn flying from the pursuit of the sergens and the berg is to be the future Imperatrice des Français. maré chaussée who try to arrest him, the poor But for this the Pope must give a dispensation. actor takes refuge in the garden of Mademoiselle I dare say there will be no great difficulty in obLuzy, where he disguises himself in an old taining that. I think, however, that by the costume de Marquis, which he finds in a pavilion French law a woman cannot marry within a year there; but he is recognized and led off to of her husband's death; and how many things prison : from whence he liberated-thanks to may happen in a year! It is to me wonderful, the intercession of Malle. Luzy. Besides this knowing how keenly alive to a sense of the she has obtained for him the permission to ridiculous the French are, that Louis Napoleon play before the Court, Le Savetier dans son Me- has had portraits of himself painted in the nage. She is to enact the part of the Seretière; Imperial costume, which are now in all the but at the moment when she should appear, she print-sellers' windows. It is impossible to pushes forward Nicole in her place, to whom imagine anything more ugly and ridiculous than she has in secret been giving lessons in her art. this very ugly, common-place, dull-looking (for Nicole's success is complete": 'Taconnet's slum- whether he be a genius or not, he looks de. bering love is awakened; he sees in her the wife cidedly dull, and even sleepy) head, with the and the muse united, and he need no longer Imperial crown and the enormous moustache. seek the latter elsewhere. He had looked on The protest of Monsieur le Comte de Chambord her as a mere housewife ; he sees in her a bas produced very little effect indeed, like most woman applauded, fêted, his equal in mind and things which he does : people seem to consider in heart--and all this happiness is thanks to that in his position he is right to act as he has Luzy! Frederick played Taconnet very well in- done; but whether he protests or not makes little deed, though the part is rather feeble for him.
or no difference. Mademoiselle Clarisse Miroy, whom you have
The Revolutionists are disappointed at the seen in London, plays also in this piece. Malle. effect produced by theirs, and pretend that it is Ozy enacts the rule of Malle. Luzy.
a fabrication of the Government. Great surprise was created at the President publishing these nected with the newspapers, for as they are not protests in the Moniteur ; that of the Revolu- allowed to insert anything but what is agreeable tionists was so horrible that it could have but to, and consequently in favour of, the Governlittle influence, except to disgust all parties with ment, the newspapers have but little interest for the authors of it, and yet there were certain any one, and subscribers drop off by degrees. parts in it not to be forgotten, drawing at- | In spite of all one hears and reads of the entention to the facilities which Louis Napoleon thusiasm for Louis Napoleon, it is almost impossesses for deceiving as to the result of possible to understand the indifference exhibited the votes; and of course making no doubt towards him by all those one meets; in all classes but that he will deceive. In the midst of it is the same thing. Though the mass certhis tissue of horrors there are some danger- tainly seem for him, yet, taken individually, every ous truths, which I should think would have one speaks of himn with indifference, or in ridi. been better suppressed could that have been cule; the latter feeling is becoming more general done. Froin the publication of these pieces in every day. But I must now say adieu. the Moniteur, some hopes have been raised that
My dear C the liberty of the press may be restored; the
Always yours, present state of things is ruinous to those con
The Craig TeleSCOPE. — This giant re- , in battalia, or a peasant slaughtered at the door fractor, lately erected at Wandsworth Common, of his burning hovel; before a carouse of of two feet aperture and eighty feet focal length, drunken German lords, or a monarch's court, has been brought to bear upon the planet Saturn or a cottage-table, where his plans were laid, or on the first favourable evening after its erection. an enemy's battery, vomiting flame and death, The instant result has been to set the question and sirewing corpses round him; he was always at rest for ever amongst astronomers as to the cold, calm, resolute, like fate. He performed a satellite having a third ring. The Craig tele- treason or a court-bow; he told a falsehoud as scope at Wandsworth has brought out this third black as Styx as easily as he paid a compliment ring beautifully. It is of a bright slate colour, or spoke about the weather. He took a mistress, and one of the Fellows of the Royal Society is and lest her ; he betrayed his benefactor, and preparing a regular drawing, made to a scale, of supported him, or would have murdered bim, the planet Saturn, exhibiting it with its rings, as with the same calmness always, and having no now palpably defined through the noble tele- more remorse than Clotho, when she weaves the scope. We are unable to state the powers thread, or Lachesis, when she cuts it. In the brought to bear upon the planet when the rings hour of battle I have heard the Prince of Savoy's were discovered. We believe, however, as the officers say, the Prince became possessed with a night itself was only of a moderate kind for as sort of warlike fury; his eyes lighted up; he tronomical observation, powers of about 500 rushed hither and thither, raging; he shrieked merely were used. The appearance of the moon curses and encouragement, yelling and harking in crossing the meridian at midnight--this tele- his bloody war-dogs on, and himself always at scope having a power of about 1,000 looking the first of the hunt. Our Duke was as calm upon it-is an object of surpassing beauty. The at the mouth of the cannon, as at the door of a Craig telescope, however, like that of the Earl drawing-room. Perhaps he could not have been Rosse's giant reilector, can only do work so as the great man he was, had he had a heart either to bring to light its marvellous powers in i for love or hatred, or pity or fear, or regret or weather that affords a calm as well as a clear at
He achieved the highest deed of mosphere. A friend states, that when the daring, or deepest calculation of thought, as he atmosphere is disturbed, this telescope shows it performed the very meanest action of which a rising and surging like the waves of the sea ; man is capable; told a lie, or cheated a fond and hence no high powers can be used to look woman, or robbed a poor beggar of a halspenny at the heavens through such a medium, except with a like awful serenity and equal capacity of ing when it is still and at rest. On such occa- the highest and lowest acts of our nature. His sions the wonders of the heavenly bodies are ex- qualities were pretty well known in the army, bibited by this 80 feet refractor in a way the eye where there were parties of all politics, and of of man has never heretofore been permitted to plenty of shrewdness and wit; but there existed see them.--Newspaper paragraph.
such a perfect confidence in him, as the first
captain of the world, and such a faith and adThe Duke or MARLBOROUGH.--Our chief, miration in his prodigious genius and fortune, whom England and all Europe, saving only the that the very men whom he notoriously cheated Frenchmen, worshipped almost, had this of the of their pay, the chiefs whom he used and ingod-like in him, that he was impassible before jured (for he used all men, great and small, that victory, before danger, before defeat. Before care near him, as his instruments alike, and took the greatest obstacle or the most trivial cere- something of theirs, either some quality or some mony; before a hundred thousand men drawn property, the blood of a soldier, it might be, or