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to turn the heads of all the fashionable fair ones of Nootka Sound. Let Mrs. Toole, or Madame Bouchard, patch all these articles together, one upon another, dash them plentifully over with stars, bugles, and tinsel, and they will aitogether form a dress, which, hung upon a lady's back, cannot fail of supplying the place of beauty, youth, and grace, and of reminding the spectator of that celebrated region of finery, called Rag Fair.&

a What figure of speech ? b Meaning of N. B. ?

No. 1. Who was Mrs. Toole? What of her authority? How is her power likely to be limited ? Who is Madame Bouchard ? What are the standards of each ? What are the circumstances of both ? Which is most likely to gain the victory? Why? What is the morning dress? Why shoulders, &c. bare? Why thin shoes? What is the a-la-drabble? What is the Cinderella dress? What will be the effect of wearing such a dress?

No. 6. Punctuate the first verse.

No. 7. Foot, even, sell, fast, drill, lay, light, long, mine, neat, like, grave, ht, crop, card, cry, dear, despatch, diet, frost, fawn, feed, fit, flatter, flock, flew, fuller, green, help, hue, instance, key, lawn, log, lie, light, lime, lock, litter, mole, nail, organ, page, pale, pitch, punch, saw, season, spirit, till, yard.

LESSON XLVII.

ANECDOTES OF LEARNED FEMALES.

1. Ladies have sometimes distinguished themselves as prodigies of learning. Many of the most eminent geniuses of the French nation have been of the female sex. Several of our country women have made a respectable figure in the republic of letters.

2. Queen Elizabeth, by a double translation of Greek, without missing, every forenoon, and of Latin every afternoon, attained to such a perfect understanding in both tongues, and to such a ready utterance of Latin, and that with such judgment, as there were few in either of the universities, or elsewhere in England, that were comparable to her.

3. Of Lady Jane Grey it is said, that, besides her skill in the Latin and Greek languages, she was acquainted with the

* This piece is worthy the attention of every young lady, and I would recommend to every one to read Buck's Anecdotes, as containing a fund of Useful information.

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Hebrew also ; so as to be able to satisfy herself in both the originals.

4. Mary Cunitz, one of the greatest geniuses in the sixteenth century, was born in Silesia. She learned languages with amazing facility, and understood Polish, German, French, Italian, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. She attained a knowledge of the sciences with equal ease; she was skilled in history, physic, poetry, painting, music, and playing upon instruments, and yet these were only an amusement. She more particularly applied herself to the mathematics, and especially to astronomy, which she made her principal study, and was ranked in the number of the most able astronomers of her time. Her astronomical tables acquired her a prodigious reputation.

5. Anna Maria Schurman was born in the year 1607. Her extraordinary genius discovered itself at six years of age, when she cut all sorts of figures in paper, with her scissors, without a pattern. At eight she learned, in a few days, to draw flowers in a very agreeable manner. At ten, she took but three hours to learn embroidery. Afterwards she was taught music, vocal and instrumental, painting, sculpture, and engraving; in all of which she succeeded admirably. She excelled in miniature painting, and cutting portraits upon glass with a diamond. Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, were so familiar to her, that the most learned

men were astonished at it. She spoke French, Italian, and English fluently. Her hand-writing, in almost all languages, was so inimitable, that the curious preserved specimens of it in their cabinets.

6. Constantia Grierson, born of poor parents in the county of Kilkenny, in Ireland, was one of the most learned women on record, though she died at the age of 27, in 1733. She was an excellent Greek and Latin scholar, and understood history, divinity, philosophy, and mathematics.

7. Mary, Queen of Scots, at an early period, is said to have pronounced with great applause, before the whole court, a Latin harangue, in which she proved that it was not unbecoming the fair sex to cultivate letters, and to acquire learning. She applied also, with great success, to the study of the French, Italian, and Spanish, which she spoke not only with propriety, but with fluency and ease.

8. These instances are not selected to imply that a learned education ought to be given to females in general. They are sufficient, however, I think, to decide the controversy respect

ing the intellectual talents of women, compared with those of men : enough to prove that there are radical powers in the female sex, as well as the male.

9. Females, however, would do well to embrace every opportunity of enlarging their minds with useful knowledge. Instead of losing time by perusing novels and plays, in which so many take delight, and by which so many are actually rendered dissolute, how much better to see them employed in studying the pages of history, of grammar, of morality, of useful literature in general, and of religion! And here I cannot help recommending to my female readers, Mrs. Hannah More's admirable strictures on Education : “which (says Dr. Porteus, the present Bishop of London) presents to the reader such a fund of good sense, of wholesome counsel, of sagacious observation, of a knowledge of the world and of the female heart, of high-toned morality and genuine Christian piety; and all this enlivened with such brilliancy of wit, such richness of imagery, such variety and felicity of allusion, such neatness and elegance of diction, as are not, I conceive, easily to be found so combined and blended together in any other work in the English language."

LESSON XLVIII.

AN ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG LADY.

1. She shone at every concert ; where are boughta

Tickets, by all who wish them, for a dollar ;
She patronized the theatre, and thoughta

That Wallack looked extremely well in Rolla ;;
She fell in love, as all the ladiesb do,
With Mr. Simpson-talked as loudly, too,

2. As any beauty of the highest grade,

To the gay circle in the box beside her;
And when the pit-half vexed and half afraid,

With looks of smothered indignation eyed her,
She calmly met their gaze, and stood before 'em,
Smiling at vulgar taste and mock decorum.

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3. And though by no means a Bas blue," she had

For literature, a most becoming passion ;
Had skimmed the latest novels, good and bad,

And read the Croakers, when they were in fashion ;
And Doctor Chalmers' sermons, of a Sunday ;
And Woodworth’s Cabinet, and the new Salmagundi.

4. She was among the first and warmest patrons

Of G******'s conversaziones, where
In rainbow groups, our bright eyed maids and matrons,

On science bent, assemble ; to prepare
Themselves for actiny well, in life, their part
As wives and mothers. There she learned by heart

5. Words, to the witches in Macbeth unknown.

Hydraulics, hydrostatics, and pneumatics,
Dioptrics, optrics, katoptrics, carbon,

Chlorine and iodine, and aerostatics ;
Also,—why frogs, for want of air, expire ;
And how to set the Tappan sea on fire !d

6. In all the modern languages she was

Exceedingly well versed ; and had devoted,
To their attainment, far more time than has

By the best teachers lately, been allotted;
For she had taken lessons, twice a week,
For a full month in each ; and she could speakd

7. French and Italian, equally as well

As Chinese, Portuguese, or German ; and,
What is still more surprising, she could spell

Most of our longest English words, off hand;
Was quite familiar in Low Dutch and Spanish,
And thought of studying modern Greek and Danish.d

8. She sang divinely : and in “ Love's young dream,"

And “ Fanny dearest," and " The soldier's bride;" And every song whose dear delightful theme

“Love, still love," had oft till midnight tried Her finest, loftiest pigeon-wings of sound, Waking the very watchmen far around.

a § 43. 3. b Why not ys ? c $ 56. d § 22. 1. f What figure of speech? This lesson is an example of wit.

No. 7. Adds and adze, an and ann, anker and anchor, callous and callus, can and cann, dram and drachm, paws and pause, paul and pall, naught and nought, creek and creak, feet and fete, flee and flea, leaf and lief, board and bored.

LESSON XLIX.

HENRY OF NEMOURS;

OR, THE IRON CAGE.

1. About the year 1480 there reigned in France a king called Louis XI. who was greatly disliked by his subjects on account of the cruelty of his disposition so much so in fact that his own brother the Duke of Guyenne entered into a conspiracy along with certain other persons to deprive him of the crown one of the principal assistants of the duke in this unnatural undertaking was James of Armagnac a nobleman of Languedoc and constable of the kingdom of France.

2. Before, however, their designs could be carried into effect, the Duke of Guyenne was poisoned in consequence of eating of some fish, which were presented to him by his confessor; and the lord of Armagnac, attaching himself anew to the party of the Dukes of Britany and Burgundy, they called to their assistance the arms of the English, who had been all along the hereditary enemies of the French. Their designs were on the very point of being carried into execution, when Louis was privately informed of their intentions, and James of Armagnac, having been taken into custody at a moment when he least expected it, was beheaded by order of the goyernment.

3. This vigorous measure was no doubt dictated by prudence and good policy; but the enormities with which it was accompanied, and the cruelties inflicted on the unoffending offspring of the constable after his decease, have served to brand the name of Louis XI. with well-merited infamy. The unfortunate nobleman left behind him two children; the eldest, Henry, being about eight years of age, and his brother Francis, scarcely seven, at the period of their father's death,

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