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which was only put an end to by the then presented the appearance of a mediatorial offices of the ladies. dark and dismal dungeon, which was
The internal regulations of the fa- not, however, impervious either to mily were not much at variance with wind or rain. The seats were placed those of a substantial shopkeeper in across, and it was capable of holding England, but were widely different from fourteen to sixteen persons, exfrom that elegance which character- clusive of the driver, who was seated izes the establishments of our English in front. In this elegant carriage, merchants. There was, however, a over roads which presented obstacles plenty of every thing, even to super- at every step, and occasioned such a fluity: the table groaned under the jolting, that every bone was almost viands with which it was covered at forced from its socket, we travelled the different meals; and a want of to Washington, the capital of the hospitality could not be attributed United States. On entering this to any member of the family. place, we were struck with the air of
Here the marriage between Mrs. desolation which reigned around; and Fitzherbert and Mr. Mortimer was I was about making an exclamation celebrated with the Episcopal rites, not very flattering to American pride, Mrs. F. being a member of the Church when the timely recollection, that it of England. The gentleman receiv- might produce an altereation with ed her from my hand; the Misses Mr. Mortimer induced me to be siBrown acted as bridemaids; and the lent. We had had enough of Amelovely Misses Fitzherbert were also rican stage-travelling, and pursued present at the ceremony. Two days our journey the same day to Alexafterwards we left Baltimore forandria by one of the packets which Alexandria, in an American stage. ply upon the Potowmac between the Such a vehicle I had never before two places. A few hours' sail brought seen: it was of the shape of those us to the future home of Mrs. More caravans which travel from town to timer; and we were welcomed by her town in England, and are seen at our husband with an urbanity and a fairs, with exhibitions of tumbling, warmth, that for a time dispelled the conjuring, wild beasts, &c. The roof prejudices which I could not but en was covered with leather; and the tertain in his disfavour. sides were of wood for about two The evening was spent cheerfully; feet, and open to the top, except in fatigue sent us early to repose; and cold or, wet weather, when leather I retired, to reflect on the past and flaps suspended from the top were form plans for the future. fastened all around, and the interior
THE PARTING. (From " Recollections of an Eventful Life." By a SOLDIER.) We had been about three months || As there were, however, a great many in Jersey, when the order came for more than that number, it was orderour embarkation for Portugal; but ed that they should draw lots, to see only six women to every hundred | who should remain. - The women of men we'e allowed to accompany us. the company to which I belonged
were assembled in the pay-serjeant's to scald more of you about the fireroom for that purpose. The men of side." A general murmur of disapthe company had gathered round pointment ran through the whole. them to see the result, with various " She has the devil's luck and her degrees of interest depicted in their own,” said one of them. countenances. The proportionate The next in turn was the wife of number of tickets were made with a young man who was much respect
to go" or not to go” written on ed in the company for his steadiness them. They were then placed in a and good behaviour. She was rehat, and the women were called by markable for her affection for her their seniority to draw their tickets. husband, and beloved by the whole I looked round me before they be company for her modest and obliging gan. It was an interesting scene. disposition. She advanced with a The serjeant 'stood in the middle palpitating heart and trembling hand with the hat in his hand, the women to decide on (what was to her, I bearound him, with their hearts palpi- lieve,) her future happiness or misetating, and anxiety and suspense in ry. Every one prayed for her sucevery countenance. Here and there cess. Trembling between fear and you would see the head of a married hope, she drew out one of the tickets, man pushed forward from amongst and attempted to open it; but her the crowd in the attitude of intense hand shook so, she could not do it. anxiety and attention.
She handed it to one of the men to The first woman called was the open. When he opened it, his counserjeant's wife-she drew “ not to tenance fell, and he hesitated to say go." It seemed to give little concern what it was. She cried out to him, to any one but herself and her hus- in a tone of agony,
“ Tell me, for band. She was not very well liked God's sake, what it is!"-"Not to in the company. The next was a go," said he, in a compassionate tone corporal's wife-she drew" to go." of voice.-" O God, help me! O This was received by all with nearly Sandy!" she exclaimed, and sunk lifeas much apathy as the first. She less in the arms of her husband, who was little beloved either.
had sprung forward to her assistance, The next was an old hand, a most and in whose face was now depicted outrageous virago, who thought no- every variety of wretchedness. The thing of giving her husband a knock- drawing was interrupted, and she down when he offended her, and was carried by her husband to his who used to make great disturbance birth, where he hung over her in about the fire in the cooking way. frantic agony. By the assistance of Every one uttered their wishes audi- those around her, she was soon recobly that she would lose; and her hus- vered from her swoon, but she awoke band, if we could judge from his only to a sense of her misery. The countenance, seemed to wish so too. first thing she did was to look round She boldly plunged her hand into for her husband; when she perceived the hat, and drew out a ticket; on him, she seized his hand and held it; opening it, she held it up triumphant- as if she was afraid that he was goly, and displayed "to go.”—“ Old ing to leave her. “O Sandy, you'll Meg will go yet," said she," and live not leave me and your poor babie, will you?” The poor fellow looked | fixed in her mind that they would in her face with a look of agony and never use them in that way again, and despair.
as she put them aside, she watered The scene drew tears from every them with her tears. Her tea-pot, eye in the room, with the exception her cups, and every thing that they of the termagant whom I have al. had used in common, all had their ready mentioned, who said, “ What apostrophe of sorrow. He tried to are ye a' makin' sic a wark about? persuade her to remain in the barLet the babie get her greet out! I rack, as we had six miles to travel to suppose she thinks there's naebody the place of embarkation; but she ever parted with their men but her, said she would take the last minute wi' her faintin', and her airs, and in his company that she could. her wark!"
The regiment fell in, and marched The drawing was again commenc- off amid the wailing of those who ed, and various were the expressions having two or three children, could of feelings evinced by those concern- not accompany us to the place of ed. The Irish women in particular embarkation. Many of the men had were loud in their grief. It always got so much intoxicated, that they appeared to me that the Irish either were scarcely able to walk. The feel more acutely than the Scotch or commanding officer was so displeasEnglish, or that they have less re- ed at their conduct, that, in coming straint on themselves in expressing through St. Helier's, he would not it. The barrack, through the rest allow the band to play. of that day, was one continued scene When we arrived at the place of lamentation.
where we were to embark, a most We were to march the next distressing scene took place, in the morning early. Most of the single men parting with their wives. Some men were away drinking. I slept of them indeed it did not appear to in the birth above Sandy and his affect much; others had got themwife. They never went to bed, but selves nearly tipsy; but most of them sat the whole night in their birth, seemed to feel acutely. When Sanwith their only child between them, dy's wife came to take her last alternately embracing their child and farewell, she lost all government of each other, and lamenting their cru- her grief. She clung to him with a el fortune. I never witnessed in my despairing hold. “Oh! dinna, dinlife such a heart-rending scene. The na leave me!" she cried. The vespoor
fellow tried to assume some firm- sel was hauling out. One of the serness, but in vain; some feeling ex-jeants came to tell her that she would pression from her would throw him have to go ashore.
“ Oh! they'll off his guard, and at last his grief never be so hard-hearted as to part became quite uncontroulable. us!” said she; and running aft to the
When the first bugle sounded, he quarter-deck, where the commanding got up and prepared his things. officer was standing, she sunk down Here a new source of grief sprung on her knees, with her child in her up. In laying aside the articles which arms. “Oh! will you no let me gang he intended to leave, and which they wi' my husband? Will ye tear him had used together, the idea seemed frae his wife and his ween? He has nae frien's but us - nor we ony but us frien'less on the wide world." him-and, oh! will you mak' us a' “ God will be your friend,” said I, frien'less? See my wee babie plead as I took the child from her until in' for us!"
she should get into the boat. Sandy The officer felt a painful struggle had stood like a person bewildered between his duty and his feelings; all this time, without saying a word. the tears came into his eyes. She “Farewell, then, a last farewell then!" eagerly caught at this as favourable said she to him. “Where's my bato her cause. “Oh! aye, I see you bie?" she cried. I handed him to have a feeling heart-you'll let me her—“Give him a last kiss, Sandy." gang wi' him! You have nae wife: He pressed the infant to his bosom but if you had, I am sure you wad in silent agony. “ Now a's owre! think it unco hard to be torn frae Farewell, Sandy! We'll may-be meet her this way—and this wee darling." | in heaven;" and she stepped into the -"My good woman," said the offi- boat with a wild despairing look. cer, “I feel for you much, but my The vessel was now turning the pier, orders are peremptory, that no more and she was almost out of our sight than six women to each hundred in an instant; but as we got the last men go with their husbands. You glimpse of her, she uttered a shriek, have had your chance as well as the the knell of a broken heart, which other women; and although it is hard rings in my ears at this moment. Sanenough on you to be separated from dy rushed down below, and threw your husband, yet there are many himself into one of the births in a more in the same predicament, and state of feeling which defies descripit is totally out of my power to help tion. Poor fellow, his wife's forebodit.”—“ Well, well,” said she, rising | ings were too true! He was amongst from her knees, and straining her in the first that were killed in Portugal. fant to her breast, “ it's a' owre wi' What became of her I have never us, my puir babie! This day leaves been able to learn.
HISTORY OF A COQUETTE.
(Concluded from p. 74.) I consoled myself for the defec- || ion. By this means I succeeded at tion of Squire Chase by directing my last in making him fancy himself in battery at the heart of Lord Listless, love with me; and as his rank on the on whom, for some time, I tried one hand, and his reputed insensibiall the arts of coquetry in vain; in lity on the other, made him a very fact, his lordship was regarded as creditable conquest, I enjoyed the a man completely invulnerable to eve- delight of leading him about in my ry feeling but self-love. Inaccessible, chains, which I thought a little mahowever, as his heart was supposed nagement would induce him to wear to be, I at last found a way to it: I till I was tired of his homage. Soon praised his taste in dress, consulted after I had secured the peer, chance him about my toilet, and occasionally threw Mr. Doubtall in my way: he gave my opinion as to what colours was a philosopher on Hobbes' system, were most becoming to his complex and he maintained his opinions with
an obstinacy which piqued me into rangue to gain my consent to a more a desire of convincing him that pain philosophical connection; but I evadwas not an imaginary evil, and I flat- i ed it by declaring, that my object beter myself that I completely convincing what the grand object of every ed him of it before I had done with rational being ought to be, the prohim. It was necessary to make my motion of general utility, I could by approaches cautiously, and to attack no means consent to a step which his heart by a show of deference to would divert, at least for a time, his his understanding. O Mr. Editor, energies from their proper source: what fools are philosophers in love! but as I was determined not to leave I soon brought my stoic, who pro- him without hope, I added, that when fessed to regard every thing with in- he had succeeded in bringing the difference, to tremble at my frown; greatest part of the nation over to nay, I have actually seen him tur his opinions, I would then join him as pale as ashes at my giving a kind in setting an example to our converts look to any body else.
of a rational union. One might rea- As I considered the conquest of sonably suppose that such an offer aś Mr. Doubtall's heart as the most this would be received by a man of glorious I ever made, I took the his principles with transport; but ingreatest delight in exhibiting him as stead of that, he flew into a most unmy captive; but in riveting his chains philosophical fury, and as in his pasI unluckily loosed those of Lord sion he made some very severe reListless, who, happening to be pre- flections on my conduct, I answered sent one day at a dispute which I had him with an asperity which brought with his rival on the doctrine of in-on a violent quarrel, and we parted. nate ideas, was struck with such hor- Being at a ball one evening, soon ror at hearing me use a Latin quota- after I had lost Mr. Doubtall, I obtion, that he abruptly quitted the served a young gentleman looking at room, and never could be drawn by me earnestly, but with perfect indifany artifice to pay me another visit. ference. Surprised and piqued at the As he was at that time the only os- cold and scrutinizing air with which tensible pretender to my hand, Mr. he eyed me, I inquired who he was, Doubtall saw him retreat with great and was answered, “Oh! it is Sir exultation, and seized the occasion George Worthy: he is lately come to press
for my consent to an imme- to his title and a very fine estate, diate marriage. I evaded a reply as which is a monstrous pity, for he is a long as I could, but when I was at sad stupid animal; indeed some peo last obliged to speak, I told him ple think him a Methodist.” This gravely, that I was really shocked at last piece of information did not disa his making so unphilosophical a pro- courage me; I soon contrived to be posal; for, thanks to the pains he had introduced to Sir George, whom I taken to enlighten my mind, I was found a man of sense, taste, and of above submitting to so senseless a morals more strict than men of fayoke; and if he meant to preserve shion generally are, to which it was my friendship, he must talk no more owing that he acquired the characabout it. He tried in a florid ha- | ter of a Methodist. Hewas extremeVol. III: No. XV,