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indeed so irresistible, that women have, in my But the pleasure of our interview was not a opinion, most of the moral, and much of the little abated on my finding that he had brought natural evil of the world to account for. The over with him a lady, with whom be had formed potency of their influence may prevent the || a connexion in Paris and from whom I saw oue, and disarm the other of its sting. How || but little prospect of his ever being releasel. superstition could be so stupid as to attribute Mademoiselle Duval bad etery gift of nature witchcraft to old hags, hardly human, is amaz- || and art that was necessary for such a conquest. ing; but it is no more than a natural truth to Besides a considerable share of well-improved say, that every amiable woman is a sorceress; l good sense, she had great sweetness of temper, fascination is in her eye, magic in her smile, and an unaffected desire to please. To a very and a legion of little demons in her touch. beautiful person was added a perfect skill in When virtue deigns to assume the enchanted all the arts of decoration. She had a tenderwand, the arts of Circe are reversed; man starts ness of aspect and manner very difficult to be from the brute into his proper nature, and resisted, and a modest elegance of address, rises into refinement and bliss.
which flattered bis delicacy, and threw a veil
over the very nature of vice. A CONNUBIAL STORY.
In her fetters I found him, nor could any Nec minor est virtus, quam quærere, parta tueri; influence of mine, por indeed any bumaa Casus inest illic, hoc erit artis opus.
means, but her own mercenary mind have ever
OVID. set lim free. Some time after my return to “ The glory's more to keep than win the prize,
the country, I learned that her repeated infideli“ Chance may do one, in t'other merit lies.
ties had at last broken his chain. I thought
this a good time to remonstrate, but before my Sir Edward G. the son of an English Baronet, | letter reached him, his unruly leading passion at the age of eightcen, succeeded to the title bad resumed its way, and thrown bim into the and fortune of his father: he thus entered into bondage of a celebrated Italian Opera singer, the fashionable world with every advantage. more notorious for her address than for her His estate was a clear 3000l. a year, bis consti charms, but whose great proficiency in artifice tution excellent, and his person handsome. A promised to be more dangerous than even the liberal education had afforded him a large beauty of La Duval. share of knowledge, and his strong understand But I must introduce my heroine to you. ing had made it all his own. His principles, Eliza's family and furtune were good. Her well turned by nature, had been formed by the person extremely fine, and her face, though strictest rules of honour and virtue. Add to far from regnlar, the most attractive that I all these, the attractions of the sweetest tem ever saw. Besides the most even and whitest per, great vivacity, and a fine address, and you teeth, and ponting lips, “ like the ruby rosehave a sketch of Sir Edward's picture.
bud moist with morning dew," about which Nothing could bid fairer for happiness than ten thousand graces revelled, she had a pair such an outset. Great were the expectations of the most charming blue eyes, full of the of his friends. But I, who knew him best, bewitching softness peculiar to that colour. could perceive, through all his excellences a Her spirits were excellent ; ber temper sreet; weak part, which made me fear for him. Joined || and, added to every polite accomplishment, to a general social affection, and an uncominon she possessed a good understanding, and an tenderness of heart, he possessed a sensibility affectionate heart. Such a young woman could of female charms which carried him almost to not fail of having admirers. She had indeed, enthusiasm. It was easy to foresec the rock before the age of twenty, declined several offers, on which this babit of mind, aided by the which, in the language of the world, were exvigour of a genial constitution, would inevi- || traordinarily advantageous. tably hurry a young man of his rank and || She came with her family to pass a few of fortune; and I clearly saw that, with a firm- h the winter months in town, where it was my ness that no violence could shake, a judgipent fortune frequently to escort her to the theatre. not to be deceived, and norals which the l]
One night, to my great surprise, Sir Edward world's riches could not vitiate, my friend was
entered the box, just arrived from his country doomed to be the dupe, the absolute slave of
seat. We met with mutual pleasure; but female dominion.
soon perceived his attention stealing from me I met him in London, aster his return from ll to another obiect. Eliza struck bim; apa | the tour of Europe. He came back enriched | fancied I could see in her eyes she was equally with every valuable acquirement, and his solid
smitten. The next morning disclosed his in understanding polished into genuine elegance. || tentions. I opposed thein strongly, and picu
him to himself with friendly severity; but he , five, yet I found it convenient to turn my atpleaded so well, and so forcibly urged that tention for a while towards some historical both his reformation and his happiness de pictures which were near ine. Tidece my pended on Eliza, that I was obliged to submit. worthy friends seemed to have ben married I carried his message, and at the same time but ten days instead of as many years. I honestly exhibited his character. The mother withdrew before supper. hesitated; Eliza was referred to for a decisive U A month's stay in this delightful retrat answer. With the most modest candour she gave me hourly occasions to admire her. declared that she saw some strong marks of Joined to a steady uniformity of purpose, she constancy in the portrait, on which she would contrived to throw such an amazing variety in Teature to rely, and was willing to run the her dress, her manner, the disposal of our risk. They were married soon after, and went hours, and all her little schemes of amuseto reside at his seat.
ment, that inconstancy itself would have A perverse turn in my own affairs, caused doated on her. By always turning the bright me, about this time to go abroad. The pain side of domestic life to her husband, she avoilof a ten years' absence was however a good ed dwelling on the dark one. A cheerful deal lessened by the regular accounts I re
alacrity in her economy made it perceptible ceived of my amiable friends being completely
only by the effects; and though they lived re. happy. As soon as I returned to London,
markably well, she had nearly liquidated a hearing they were in the country, I set out
debt of six thousand pouars, incurred by his thither immediately.
former indiscretions, before he could conceive I got there the second day about three, and
it possible. Indeed I wondered not at his was sbown into a parlour, where I found my
being happy. He possessed all that La Duval, fair friend at work, her eldest girl reading to
or the Italian singer could give, and much her, and two sweet little boys playing on the more; he had affection pure and unalloyed; carpet. Our first salutes were scarcely over,
with a worthy heart besides, which neither of when Sir Edward New into the room, and hung them had to bestow. upon my neck. Words were not necessary to
The morning I came away, meeting her tell me their mutual happiness. I have seldom ! alone in the garden, I could not avoid paying felt more joy. Diuner was served, and, the her some well-deserved compliments on her first hurry of spirits subsiding, my attention | conduct. “ I know, my dear Sir," said she, was attracted by Eliza. Ladies may laugh, and
“ you were in pain for me, but, with vanity I perhaps not believe me, when I say, that though! say it, I found the task full as easy as I had the day was extremely wet, and no prospect of
imagined. My husband bas too many virtues any company, she canie down very elegantly to be lost. He took a liking to my person ; all dressed. The whole had an unstudied air, yet | the rest depended upon inyself. I resolved I could sec that the minutest article was care that my appearance should not be impaired by fully adjusted; I was particalarly struck with my own fault; my temper I could trust to; the beautiful decoratio..s of her head, and, when and I felt a lively affection, which I hoped, she drew off her gloves, with a pair of diamond would supply the place of better abilities, and bracelets, which he had lately presented to dictate as I proceeded, the means of making ber. Love had diffused an exquisite tenderness him happy. To please and be pleased are, in over her features; and an habitual wish of reality, the mutual cause and effect of each pleasing, animated by success, had so pointed' other; so that my labour is a round of pleaevery charın, that though she had been tre-sure. The business of my toilet, being haquently a mother, she wa a much finer woman | bitual, is easy, nay, agreeable. I regard my than when I last saw her. My spirits were | glass as a frieud who daily gives me new hints raised; I shared sincerely in their happiness. for pleasing the man I lore. To you, Sir, I The piano- porte succeeded our tea, and I will own, that I love him, in the full extent of found her improved into a capital performer. || the word, with the arduur which be deserves ;
The enraptured busband gazed like a lover; || with the ardour.which he requires. Had he his enamoured regards ran over her various met with only the cold return of esteem, Sir charms; her bright eyes beaming sensibility ; ! Edward would have been far from happy. her lins hreathiar sweets, and emitti. 2 the “ Happiness like mine," continued she. most melodious tones; her snow-white taper- « would be inore general, would women but ing fingers rapidly flying over the keys of the observe two maxims. One is, never to atinstrument, through all the complicated mazes tempt an opposition to nature, but gently to of the most brilliant execution, and her tempt- lead it right ly flattering the ruling propensity. ing bosomn swelling with cxpression. I am sixty- | The other, nerer to conteinn small matters as No. XXV. Vol. III.
trifles, for by them only can our purpose bei Each single touch is too fine to produce a cifected. There is no such thing as a trifle. | visile effect, yet, from their frequency, the Minutenesses form the magazine of female | por rait soon begins to open to the view, and power. Connubial delight is accomplished shows how judiciously and happily the pencil somewhat like a dotted miniature picture: 1) was applied.”
AN ACCOUNT OF THOMAS WILLIAMS MALKIN, A CHILD OF EXTRAORDINARY ATTAINMENTS, WHO LATELY DIED AT HACKNEY,
IN AMERICA, AT THE AGE OF SIX YEARS AND NINE MONTHS.
The bare mention of the death of so young all But the most striking feature in bis characperson would, in an ordinary case, be deemed ! ter was a strength of intellect, and rapidity of sufficient; bat we cannot pass over a circum- comprehension on all subjects, indipendent of stance which equally arrests the attention of those to which his studies were immediately tie moralist, and the sympathy of the philan- ! directed, which increasing with his growth, thropist, without observing how suddenly and seemed likely in manhood to have placed more unexpectedly the brightest prospects vanish within his reach than usually falls to the lot of which depeod on the precarious tenure of humanity to grasp at. He united, in a remarkhuman life, however bright and proinising the able manner, the solid and the brilliant; for dawn of intellect, however encouraging the ap. the powers of his memory kept pace with those pearances of corporeal stability. With respect of his understanding and imagination; and the to the uncommon child whose early fate we character of his mind may be comprized in have to lament, the extent of his attainments these few but comprehensive words, that he may excite surprise, and possibly in some remembered whatever he had once seen done. mindis doubt. Yet we have well-authenticat But it may not be uninteresting to particued accounts of juvenile proficiency; and in the | larize the periods of his sbort life at which the present instance there are many and inost re leading traits of his character first presented spectable witnesses to attest, that amiable dis themselves to observation. He was familiar positions and superior talents were never with the alphabet long before he could speak, united in a more distinguished manner than as exhibited on counters, a practice very judiin the subject of this biographical sketch. cious, because very enticing to children, and His knowledge of the English language was as expressed in books, to which, from seeing correct and copions; and his expression, them constantly about him, he shewed an early whether in speaking or writing, remarkable as partiality. At the age of three years, on his well for fertility as sclection. In the Latin he birthday, he wrote his first letter to his mother; had proceeded so far as to read with ease the and though it contained nothing but short exmore popular parts of Cicero's works. He had pressions of affection, he soon afterwards bemade some progress in French; and was so gan to write in a style and on subjects to which thorough a proficient in geography, as not childhood in general is a total stranger; and only to be able, when questioned, to particu this practice of writing his sentiments on all larize the situation of the principal countries, ll subjects, he persevered in with a continually cities, rivers, &c. but to draw maps from me increasing expansion and improvement, both mory, with a neatness and accuracy which | as to matter and manner, which we regret could scarcely be credited but by those who that our limits will not allow us to authentiare in possession of the specimens. Without cate by specimens. At the time of which we any professional assistance, he had acquired are speaking, (three years old,) he could not considerable execution in the art of drawing; only read and spell with unfailing accuracy, and some of his copies from Raphael's heads, 11 but knew the Greek characters, and would though wanting the precision of the academy || bave attempted the language, lud not the students, evinced a fellow-feeling with the caution of his parents, in this instance, disstyle and sentiment of the originals, which couraged the forwardness of his jaclination, seemned likely, had he pursued it, to have rank When he was five, he had made considerable cd him with the more eminent professors of advances in Latin, as well as in all the other the art.
studies, which he pursued so successively for
nearly two years longer. His study of Latin, | mance. Of this country he wrote the history, in particular, was far removed from that me and drew a most curious and ingenious map, chanical routine by which scholars of more giving names of his own invention to the prinadvanced age too frequently proceed. His cipal cities, rivers, mountains, &c.; and as comparison of the idiom and construction learning was always the object of his highest with those of his own and the French lan respect, he endowed it most liberally with guage, his acuteness in tracing the etymology, l universities, to which he appointed professors and detecting the component parts of words, by name, with numerous statutes and regulahunting them through English and French, tions, which would have reflected no disgrace aud inquiring the forms they assumed in Greek on graver founders. and Italian, with which he was acquainted, But though in the progress of his short life proved him to have possessed a-mind peculiar- || he was continually employed in laying up stores ly calculated for philological inquiries. Nor of knowledge, apparently for purposes which, was his attention contined to words; he never the event proved, were never to be fulfilled, passed over any passage, the style or subject of his last illuess, which he supported with a which was obscure or difficult, without such patience and fortitude almost unexampled, an explanation as satisfied his doubts : nor amply evinced that he knew how to ardid he ever suffer errors of the press, even the ply the treasures he had acquired to the trifling ones of punctuation, to escape, with- solace and relief of his own mind, under ciront detecting and correcting them with a pencil cumstances of trial and suffering. He fre he kept for the purpose. Notwithstanding quently beguiled the tedious hours of a sickthese studious inclinations, he was a child of bed with the recollections of what he had read, manly corporeal structure, of unusual liveliness seen, or done, in the days of health; and little and activity. He was by no means grave iu points of interest or information, which might his disposition, except in the pursuit of know have been supposed to have made a transient ledge, from which, however, active sports were impression, were as niuch present to his mind successful in detaching him; but the bane of as when they first engaged his attention,all improvement, both of mind and body, ia When a blister was applied to his stomach, lie dolence, and the habit of lounging, were to observed, that, from the appearance of it, he tally excluded from the catalogue of his plea i supposed it cori esponded with what he had sures.
seen called a cataplasm ; and one day, when he But as mere description, unassisted by anec. was at the worst, he desired to know the meandote, seldom conveys a lively and accurate idea ing of the phrase, “a still-born child," which of character, it will not, we hope, be thought he had once seen in an inscription on a tomu. impertinent to mention an observation or two, stone, though he said the inscription itself was which may serve to illustrate the turn of his too poor to be worth remembering. He often mind. On being told by a lady that she would talked of the period of his recovery, but never send for him the following day, when he should | with impatience; and the triumph of mind draw as much as he pleased, he said, “I wish over body continued so complete to the last, to-morrow would come directly." After a short that he looked with interest and pleasure at pause, he added, “ Where can to-morrow be his dissected maps within half an hour of his now? it must be somewhere; for every thing dissolution. Without entering with unnecesis in some place.” After a little further re sary minutencss into the nature of his disorder, flection, he said, “ Perhaps to-morrow is in it will be interesting to parents in general to the suu.” On meeting with the following be informed, that it afiorded 110 confirmation aphorism; “ Learning is not so much esteemed of the common idea, that early expansion of by wise men, as it is despised by fools ;" heiatellect is unfavourable to the continuance of said, “I think the person who wrote that sen life. In consequence of the remarkable form tence was himself very foolish; for wise men of bis lead, which had been much admired, esteem learning as much as possible, and fools especially by artists, some doubts had been cannot despise it more.”
suggested, to render it desirable to have the But the most singular instance in which he head as well as the body examined. From the displayed fertility of imagination, united with result of this investigation it appeared, that the power of making every thing he met with V the brain was musually large, and in the most in books and conversation his own, was his | perfect and healthy state; and there was more invention of an imaginary country, called, than crdinary probability, from the vigour of Allestone, of which he considered himself as his constitution, and the well-proportioned king. It resembled Ctopia, though he had formation of his body, of his arriving at mannever heard of that celebrated political ro- || hood, but for one of those accidents in the
system, to which the old and young, the || to articulate, and a little before twelve o'clock, healthy and infirm, are equally exposed. he sunk without a struggle or a groan, ex
His illness lasted from the first to the thirty- | citing more admiration under circumstances first of July; a period which, under such from which human nature is apt to revolt, severe sufferings, none but a naturally strong i than when in the full career of mental and bo. patient could have reached. On the moruing ! dily improvement. of the thirty-first, his medical friends, Dr. Thus ends this short history of a child, Lister and Mr. Toulmin, saw him, and con whose mind, though his years were few, versed with him, as he with them, after their seemed to have arrived at maturity. His usual manner; and though they had given powers of understanding, of memory, of imalittle or no encouragement for many days, they gination, were all remarkable, and the reason. did not, on their last visit, (such was the col.lableness of his inind was such, that he always lected state of his mind, and strength of his yielded his own to the wishes of his friends, as spirits) apprehend bis dissolution to be so much from conviction as compliance. His near. Soon after eleven o'clock le appeared dispositions were as generous aod amiable as much exhausted; his breathing became very his talents were brilliant and universal; and difficult ; his voice, which through his illness there can be little doubt, that in after-life, had been strong and clear, began to falter whether he had devoted the powers of his Still, however, he was firm and composed, mind to the fine arts, to belles-lettres, or to without the slightest appearance of dissatis the severer studies, his success would have faction or alarm; he talked at intervals with been pre-eminent, and would have placed him the inost perfect consistency, with his accus in the estimation of the wise, whatever might tomed powers, and usual kindness for those be his external coudition, high in the cate about him, till he could no longer utter a logue of worthy and useful members of sco sound. In a few minutes after he bad ceased | ciety.
FAMILIAR LECTURES ON USEFUL SCIENCES.
Among the various powers applied by our repulsive power within itself; and always in. wise Creator to effect his purposes, none ex- clines or tends to a point below the horizon., cite more astonishment than those of Mag. The ancients were totally anacquainted netism; which like all the others are known with the nautical use pow made of the magnet, only by their effects-effects useful, peculiar, having only discovered one of its properties, wonderful!
that called attraction. To Columbus we are The natural magnet is a solid mineral sub-indebted for a great part of its present extenstance, of a dark greyish colour, and of a sive usefulness, in uavigation ; for which be. compact and weighty nature. It is found in nefit his memory must be revered by all lovers different soils and situations, but chiefly in of science, and particularly by those persons iron mines, and possesses the powers of attrac- who are benefited by commercial advantages. tion and direction. The artificial magnet is a The essential properties which cause the phe piece of iron or steel, to which the properties nomena of the magnet have not been ascer of the natural magnet have been communi- tained; yet those conjectures formed on the cated. The name magnet is supposed to have || subject, which ascribe its properties and ale been derived from Magnesia, the province in fections to a subtile effluvia, universally din which the cffects of the loadstone were disseminated through the earth and its atmos. covered. A true magnet, whether natural or phere, and produced from a central body of a artificial, has the following characteristics : spherical form, appear to be well founded 14 it attracts iron, and points nearly to the poles reason, and are also confirmed by experiment. of the world; possesses both an attractive and But the cause of its directive power, and the