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After Mr. Steevens was quite well again, he iconiained nothing but the identical nostrum in was very anxious to know by what rule or method | his own hand-writing, which he had formerly an approaching distemper could be found out, sold to Mr. Turner, being only-CONCEIT CAN and how the cure was to be worked. He thought | KILL, AND CONCEIT CAN CURE. if he could by any means obtain this secret he He remained some time as if stunned, till the should be happy, and then be able to vie with Doctor burst into a ft of laughing, and discoverany of his professional competitors in England. || ing himself, asked him whether he did not apSo after he had made a proposal to the Doctor for prove of the secret? The apothecary was obliged the purchase of this secret, and had taken a great to be satisfied, finding that by his own documents deal of pains about it, he at last agreed with him he had been diseased and restored. And Monto be taught this occult science for a hundredsieur le Baron de Retourgnac, now Dr. Turner, guineas. And when, to his great joy, the bargain by following his master's advice when his father was stuck and the money paid, the mountebank Il purchased the secret, not only recovered the prinBaron gave him a paper neatly folded and sealed, i cipal, but four times as much in addition, besides which, as he said, contained the whole art and || his fee, and had the pleasure of returning the mystery.
compliment to his old master, by properly trying The apothecary, with great impatience, broke this most excellent nostrum, and experimentally the seal, and to his great surprise found the paper proving it to be infallible.
I Have contracted a habit of putting down ll As I am very fond of this kind of writing, I in writing every night, the impressions which re- || take pleasure in continuing it. An author must main on my mind, occasioned by the various oc- | reimburse himself before hand if he would not be currences of the day. My pen is at hand, and reduced to the character of a deceived creditor; all that I have felt, thought, heard, in short, the || for we sometimes receive nothing from that caresult of my studies and my conversations, all is pricious public who judge us so arbitrarily, and laid down on my paper.
who, whether they praise or condemn us, are How sweet it is to mcditate alone, with our never on a footing with us; it is well to be satiseyes bent on the end of our pen, and a night
and a night-fied with the form, the manner, the style, and cap on our head! It is then that we are com- even the title given to a book. pletely master of our ideas and our expressions,
1 Following these rules; we cannot exclaim and can catch the fleeting thought without re- against the ingratitude and injustice of the cenflecting on the critic's lash.
tury who does not comprehend us; we are not What can be more useful than to recall to our
envier, we disdain the abuse of hired reviewers, remembrance all that we have experienced, to
and write what we please without fear or reserve. pass sentence on the various events, and, what
After this the public may pronounce whatever more closely concerns the self-love of an author, sentence it pleases; each have been free, and the opinions which are in circulation? Learned each may consider themselves recompensed; I critics, only permit me the use of ny pen for one maintain that the author is to compose accordhour before I resign myself to the soothing arms |ing to his mind; he would be a grea: dupe if he of sleep
gave up his right of serving the world accor ling Sometimes the most amusing incidents arise to his own taste, and not as they would impein my mind; then, like Democritus, I laugh Il riously exact. at the follies of human nature, judge for myself, I How sweet it is, the head reposing on the and distribute praise and blame where I think it || pillow, to be able to say, I have done my duty, is due, saying, those that have spoken aloud in and if I give the public much more than they figurative language had better have held their bestow on me, they are my debtors, and I am tongue, and those that have not been listened to, not theirs. I have supplied them with agreeable have spoken the truth.
sensations, and what can be added to those I have In short, during the silence of the night my experienced while writing them! pen has prepared me on my awaking a new en.
E. R. joyment of the past day; and that day lost to so many people is not quite anihilated for me.
FAMILIAR LECTURES ON USEFUL SCIENCES.
FAMILIAR LETTERS ON PHYSIOGNOMY.
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mouth--pleasures of physiognomical observze
Lions-vanity of the physiognomist. When I BEFORE I proceed to give you any further shall say of this man that he must be a great coxinstructions relative to the meaning of the dif
comb, they will tell me it is a calurany, and that ferent features of the human face, I will relate
I am fond of teasing; and when I tell them to to you what once happened to me during my
mistrust such a face, they will exclaim that I am abode in France. When the whole population
the only one whom they ought not to trust.of Paris overflowed into the Champs Elysées and must make up my mind to this ” A pause folthe Buis de Boulogne, on the road to Longchamps, lowed this sentence, to which the hearers seemed I was carried along by the tide, as well as the to affix a deep meaning as they did not underwish of studying the numberless countenances
stand it. The reader went on.-“This man has with which I should meet. I took my post been a soldier " "Oh! this is for me, against a tree by the side of the way at the en cried out my accuser. “I believe he has left trance of the wood, and glanced over the crowds the banners of Mars for Vulcan's service." "He that rolled before me. I was provided with a says you are a deserter,' exclaimed the officer. pocket-bock and a pencil, and had already taken “That is a lie, begging your pardon, Captain; a few notes, when I was struck with the physiog- after fighting for ten years, which is five biore than nomy of a man who had stopped, like me, to the time prescribed, I have obtained the permisgaze at the passengers. I fixed my eyes uponsion of quitting the army, and am now an honest him without perceiving that he also observed me, smith in St. Sepulchre's-strect.' and was offended at the marked attention I paid I begged to be allowed to speak, and said, that him. But when he saw me taking out my by the same reason as the officer's profession pocket-book, and writing in it, he lost all pati- ordered him to shed his blood for his country, ence, and rushing towards me, took hold of my the smith's trade to beat red hot iron, my OCCUarm, and asked me roughly to follow him. Surpation led me to observe physiognomies The prised at the vehemence of his action, and awed features of this honest man, I added, struck me by the consciousness of being a foreigner, I could because they still wear a warlike cast, heightened not help obeying him, and was hurried towards il by the hale complexion which the heat and va. the nearest watch-house. The dark and threat-pours of the coals have spread over them; and I ening looks which my companion cast upon me l judged he was a smith from the blackness of his made me think of the bloody times of the revo- hands, caused by holding iron, the dead colour Jution, and I wished myself in England, far from of his eyes, and the bent of his body, p.oceeding the grasp of oppression.
from the constant habit of blowing and beating I held my pocket-book, and pencil in my | the red hot metal. hand, by the express order of my conductor; The firm undaunted voice with which I prowho, as soon as we reached the watch-house, en-nounced this explanation of my conduct answered quired for the commanding officer, and accused | my expectations; I was looked upon as an oracle, me cf liaving impudently looked him in the and indeed the bench upon which I slood, and face for nearly half an hour, and after that to have lihe smoke of tobacco which rose around me, written. Al the same time he tore my book || imitated pretty exactly the Sybil's tripod and the from me and gave it to the officer; who, not suf. | vapours with which she was surroundert. Every ficiently skilled in the art of reading, or too hand clapped my praise, and every one wished to proud to condescend to examine me himself, I have the meaning of his features explained. At told the corporal to peruse aloud its contents. ll last, after having satished them all, I asked me Wh:n I saw what was the matter iny fears officer the permission of returning home; and ac vanished away, and I dared to smile, which irri- politely offered to send two soldiers with me ta tated both my accuser and my judge, and I was
user and my judge, and I was | see me safe, which I refused. Then bidding him forbidden to smile. Silence was called for, and adieu, I glided away among the crowd, but not the lecture thus began :-"A banker-a crooked' so skilfully as to evade the search of the smith,
who this time shook my hand heartily, begged | me, I will at least gratify your curiosity, and unmy pardon, and left me with this compliment fold the secret value which nature has stamped “ You are a famous man!"
upon every feature, and almost every lineament, If any of your friends still say that there is no of that sublime and low, wise and foolish, motruth in the science of physiognomy, show them dest and conceited being-man. the preceding adventure, which really happened
E. R. to me, and laugh, as I do, at their vain and base
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OF CEREMONIES AT TABLE.
|| exactly at the hour which the invitation men
tions; but it is the Amphitryon's duty also to be All ceremony should be banished among very precise, and to arrange it so that the first epicures, especially at table. This is a truth, course may be on the table exactly fifteen minutes which we shall never cease to repeat; the reason after the time mentioned. is not difficult to define. In the first place, It is of importance here to make an observawhen e picurism is thoroughly established among tion respecting the various manners of announce people who meet for the first time, a close in
ing the hour of a dinner. There exist in Lontimacy soon succeeds, for no formality can long
don three ways of interpreting it, which it is of exist between real lovers of the table. A simi. service to be acquainted with, so as not to arrive litude of tastes is ever acknowledged the best
neither too early nor too late. Thus, when it is basis for friendship to test on; real epicures also marked on the invitation five o'clock, it always are seldom known to quarrel; they leave cool means six; five o'clock precisely, half past five; ness, and dissentions to lovers, and live together and dinner on the table at five, bears its own like true children of Epicurus.
meaning. Attending to this invariable rule, we It has also been clearly proved that ceremony shall never be deceived, and never spoil an enterat table is always detrimental to an entertain tainment. The first salutations among epicures ment, for while superfluous compliments are should be laconic, and instead of the usual quespassing, the viands are not improving. However tion, How do you do? should be substituted, as they are not yet entirely banished at the hour how is your appetite to-day? The most general of dinner, we think it necessary to say something rule is, half an hour after the time mentioned, . on the subject, and to lay down a few instruc i for the butler to enter and announce dinner. tions, which may perhaps reconcile civility with Then he who is placed nearest the door, should epicurism; and we are very desirous that they | silenıly lead the way to the dining-room, followed should be universally adopted, as we are certain in procession by the rest, without allowing any of their suiting every kind of appetite, from the thing to make them halt even for an instant; the greatest to the smallest.
| Amphitryon should close the march, to accelerate He who said that exactness was the sublimity ll those who are inclined to loiter. of fools, was certainly far from a man of sense. We on the contrary deem it a virtue, which all those who know the value of time must possess,
| Anecdntes, marins, and reflections, interspersed
with principles of politeness, and good living. and as for fouls we shall not honour them so far as to range them in that class. An epicure is, An epicure, really worthy of that name, so or ought to be, a punctual man, for it is easy to often usurped by those who have no right to it, prove that of all uncivil acts, that of making a | may be always distinguished at table, because he dianer wait is the greatest. An affair, let it be of never fails to take his soup boiling hot. Happy ever so much consequence, may be put off for a || he who can boast of a palate which combines few hours; but a joint at the fire, a stew-pan on delicacy with strength to withstand the burning the stove, or a pie in the oven, must only remain heat! a stated time, and if exceeded, they must dry up, | It is a received maxim that steel should never and be infallibly spoiled without any remedy. l approach fish ; as soon as it makes its appearance
Then the epicure, and all those who aspire to on the table, gold and silver are the only metals this noble appellation, should repair to a feast" worthy of dissecting it.
The greatest pain you can inflict on an epicure | the table he removes it to the side-board, and cuts is to interrupt him in the exercise of his jaws. it up with inconceivable quickness and dexterity; Thus it is greatly transgressing against good he then hands it round the table, and each perbreeding to visit a man when he is eating. 'Tis son serves himself according to his taste. This interfering with his enjoyments, and preventing is what may be justly denominated a confortable him from reasoning with his mouthfuls.
repast. It is scarcely less uncivil to arrive an invited The first study of an Amphitryon when at guest to a dinner, when the company have taken table, is to be well acquainted with the state of their seats; when this happens the person should ll each guest's plate; it is a constellation, on refrain from entering, even should he be com which his eyes should be iacessantly fixed; bis pelled to fast the remainder of the day as a punish. I first duty then is to keep them a'ways well rement for this want of punctuality.
plenished, as well as when the cloth is removed A real epicure never makes himself be waited the glass well filled. H should ever hold empti
ness in detestation. A master of a house ought to be well acquaint-| Digestion is the affair of the stomach, and ined with the principles of the art of carving. This digestion that of the faculty. in times past formed a prominent feature in the The inost delicate morsel of a roast fowl is the education of well bred people; and formerly a wing; that of a boiled one, the leg, especially if carving master, was as common as a dancing it be white and plump. Some people are partial master.
| to the ruinps of poultry, in partridges the breast The Germans in this respect possess a great is unanimously esteemed the most favourite part. advantage over us. With them it is the butler who always carves; as soon as a dish appears on
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ON THE ART OF DRAWING.
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SOME wise artists are truly ingenious in, The public opinion has stamped a just value oui screening any deficiency which the hurry of this work by the universal approbation with business may have occasioned ; liberties from this which it has been received. But the public has cause are often taken bordering on licentious-likewise encouraged publications made with no ness. A little caution is requisite in producing other thought or design, but to make viewsviews of well-known places, but scenes froin under correction, to make money; in which obremote countries give ample scope for this species jects are introduced or omitted ad libitum, distant of ingenuity. Who will travel to India to ascer-hillocks are elevated into mountains, approximate tain the truth of a drawing? But let it here be mole-hills are magnified to magnificence; in remembered, to the eternal honour of the late which lights and shadows, impossible in nature, Captain Cooke, that the drawings made under are performed in print, to entertain or mislead his direction for illustrating the narrative of his the uninformed, and to divert or offend all that voyage, the engravings from which are a national | know any thing of the matter. This is a curious ornament, he carefully compared with the ob- but certain fact; but shall such representations jects delineated, from the precise points in which | depreciate the merit of a genuine copy of nature, they were taken; nor would he suffer the intro- of a legitimate work of art? forbid it taste, science, duction or alteration of any object, however it genius! Let the ingenious youth, by patient might have been insisted that it would assist the assiduity, labour to acquire that knowledge which general or particular effect, but such as were ab- will enable him to copy fai?hfully, not servilely, solutely on the spot. Captain Cooke was no the features of nature. Where then shall he picture maker, no modern draughts-man, he had begin? to what prime object shall we direct his not been initiated, else what glorious opportuni Attention? You have described the beauties op ties for introducing accompaniments that must nature as so pleasing and universal, that if we have improved these scenes to the most consum I walk into the fields we shall meet with innumermate idea of the truly picturesque. Who would able objects to draw from; true, but their mulvisit Otaheite, or Owyhee, to examine that tiplicity and variety render it impossible for a scenery, which might so easily have been pro- learner to copy them, without having previously duced at the small expence of truth and reality : I studied, and made himself well acquainted with
the artificial methods of representing them. The | every seeming difficulty will soon be overcome student must copy drawings made from these with the instruction of his master. The scholar objects with diligent perseverance, till he acquires will then feel that satisfaction which the ingenia correct eye, and a free, firm, masterly hand, ous mind enjoys from the acquisition of some before he can make his pencil translate the lan useful discovery, or from surmounting some for. guage of nature. Look over the port folio, and midable obstacle; consequently every subsequent select some simple subject; copy it carefully, I trial will be inade with greater facility, and the closely, and repeatedly. Here is a simple scene; || progress of his improvement will keep pace with that porch of an ancient tenaple, with overhang- | the excellence of the subject proposed; whereas ing trees, a distant mill, and still more distant by fixing the youthful attention to regular figures, view of Tivoli ;-delighiful, nothing can be more and making him go through the drudgery of beautiful, more simple. Pause a momeilt; con copying things that produce him 110 entertain. sider that is a picture, a composition, a Claude. ment, the genius is crainped, the mind is disCan you conceive you could make such a pic. gusted with the pursuit, and no benefit can be ture before you knew how to draw any of the derived from all the labour and expence. parts? Can your school-fellow, who has not || Thus far in favour of the above argument, and learned subtraction, multiplication, and division, this method undoubtedly may succeed with work a sum in the rule of three? Thus, it should those who, before they receive instruction, exsecm, a child may be convinced that it is proper hibit a quick conceprion, and produce commendfor him to begin with those objects which are the able copies by their own unassisted endeavours; least intricate, complex, and difficult; but it has but no such method will suit the general class of been asserted by some whose taste and genius are | learners, nor enable ibem to proceed in any thing universally acknowledged, that the readiest way like an easy path, to gain such a tincture of the to improve a scholar is to ser before him excel principles of drawing as will sink deep into the lent and difficult drawings for his imitation. That memory, or be found useful, and tending towards they ought to be good, that is correct, must be improvement in their future progress. Let it be admitted; but not difficult, that is, not complex. considered how many particulars, each different The argument for this mode is highly ingenious, from the other, are requisite to be known to and merits consideration. The following is produce a picture even the most simple. A cotpenned solely from memory, and by no means tage cannot be correctly drawn without some little does justice to the acumen of the thoughts, but idea of proportion and perspective; the trees will serve though imperfectly, to convey the | around it demand a different kind of study, and ideas entertained by some intimately conversant | cannot be executed at all without considerable with every topic of the arts.
practice. The water reflecting every form inTo the uninformed and uninstructeil every sub verted to the eye, the road leading through the ject must be equally difficult, for we will sup wood, the distant glimpse of the country, and pose him entirely ignorant of every subject, con the broken masses that occupy the fore ground sidered as an object for i:nitation. Emulation of the piece, each of these is an object that rewill impel him to exert his utmost efforts to quires a peculiar kind of knowledge. produce a good resemblance of his example, and