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Shield's celebrated opera of that name,) who to a magnitude which will justify the denomina- course with the royal family. It appears that afterwards became the wife of the celebrated tion of its being the first of its kind in Europe. Mr. Rundell never but once attended the royal comedian long a favourite with the public, This object was in a great degree accom- summons: Mr. Bridge's manners have been and commonly known by the familiar appela plished by his endeavouring to add the intelli- represented as better adapted to the duties of lation of “ Jack Bannister.' With the late gent taste of the artist to the manual skill of such an attendance: but however this might Mr. Wroughton also Mr. Rundell' was inti. the artificer; and for this purpose he had re- have been, it is certain that the latter gentlemately acquainted. An anecdote connected course, on all requisite occasions, to the man always afterwards attended the royal with these associations may here be mentioned, choicest productions of art and the most ad- family; and it is well known that his conduct as an early indication of that liberality in which mired relics of antiquity. Paintings, statues, on those occasions rendered him a favourite at Mr. Rundell often indulged so largely. When gems, and other specimens of the antique, the palace. Two of Mr. Rundell's nephews, King, the celebrated representative of Lord were referred to, in order to unite correctness Mr. Edmund Waller Rundell, son of the Ogleby, Sir Peter Teazle, &c. retired from the of taste and accuracy of style to the perfection authoress of the eelebrated book on Cookery, stage, his brother performers presented him of exquisite workmanship. Many of the works and Mr. Thomas Bigge, a gentleman of with a silver cup, as a compliment to his pro- which were produced from the manufactory of highly cultivated talents and considerable fessional talents, and as a mark of personal Messrs. Rundell and Bridge, have been con- literary attainments, were afterwards admitted
His widow afterwards falling into sidered to rival, in classical conception and into partnership in this business ; and subdistressed circumstances, she requested Mr. delicacy and splendour of execution, the pro- sequently a nephew of Mr. Bridge was also John Bannister to dispose of this piece of plate ductions of the celebrated Benvenuto Cellini. introduced as a partner. Mr. Rundell, in con. for her: he mentioned the application to We may instance, as one of the most distin- sequence of increasing bodily infirmities, though Mr. Rundell, who bought the cup in the ordi- guished of these works, the splendid ' Shield possessing all his powers of mind in unabated nary way of trade ; but instantly purchased it of Achilles,' executed, according to Messrs. vigour, retired from business about Michael. from the shop out of his private purse, and re. Rundell and Bridge's directions, by the late mas 1823, leaving the prosecution of this great turned it to the widow. The approach of old Mr. Flaxman, and which is universally ac- undertaking to his continuing partners. age inducing Mr. Pickett to retire from busi- knowledged to be one of the finest perform.
Mr. Rundell was never married, ness, he withdrew from an active participation ances of modern art. We abstain from de- although he always manifested much pleasure in it, leaving his property embarked in the scribing this chef-d'euvre here, as we have in the enjoyment of female society; for which concern under the management of Mr. Rundell, already done so in a former part of this von the comeliness of his person, his conversational upon certain conditions agreed upon between lume; we shall content ourselves with stating, powers, and his habitual attentiveness, naturally them. Shortly afterwards Mr. Pickett died, on the present occasion, that it originated in fitted him. He was unassuming in his manbequeathing to his daughter the benefit of his the suggestion of Messrs. Rundell and Bridge, ners, and when relieved from the cares of property in the business ; his capital, by the unprompted by any order, or expectation of business, was a cheerful and agreeable compaterms of his will, not being to be withdrawn order, and at their own sole expense. For the nion. He was fond of music, had a tolerable from it immediately. This lady having, as it model and drawing they paid Mr. Flaxman voice, and sang with taste. In the year 1772 is said, remonstrated with Mr. Rundell, on the sum of 6201. Four casts in silver gilt, he was admitted a liveryman of the Drapers' what she considered his occasional inattention beautifully and elaborately chased, were exe- Company, and at the time of his death was one to the important concerns of the business in cuted from Mr. Flaxman's model, and became of the court of assistants of that company; but which she had so large a stake, he proposed the property of His Majesty, His Royal High. he never filled any corporate office in the city. that she should resign the whole of it to him, ness the late Duke of York, the Earl of Lons- When he was elected one of the sheriffs of in consideration of his allowing her an annuity, dale, and the Duke of Northumberland. Some London, he paid the usual fine to be excused the amount of which should be determined by idea may be formed of the magnificence of this serving the office, and he paid excusatory fines their mutual friends. The sum suggested by the production, when it is stated that the comple- to avoid serving the ordinary offices in the compersons referred to was 3007. ; but Mr. Rundell tion of each cast occupied two experienced pany of which he was a member. During insisted on paying her an annuity of 10001. dur- workmen an entire twelvemonth. To this nearly the last twenty years of his life, in con. ing her life; by these means he acquired the sole notice may be added that of copies equally sequence of his assiduous attention to business, possession of the business. Shortly after this creditable to the spirit and liberality of Messrs. and latterly owing to an increasing deafness, period Mr. Rundell took into partnership his Rundell and Bridge, of the celebrated Portland and the painful effects of an internal disease old companion, Mr. Bridge, who also had come and Warwick vases. Among other means by with which he was long afflicted, he withdrew to London, and had been for some years an which the proprietors of this establishment much from society, and lived very retired. assistant in Mr. Alderman Pickett's shop. It sought to advance English manufacture in
Mr. Rundell was, perhaps, not has been observed by those who were ac. their particular trade, was that of obtaining more distinguished by his peculiar excellencies quainted with them, that perhaps two part- the services of the best talents, both native and as a man of business, than by his personal ners never met, whose tempers, though in many foreign, which could be procured. Accordingly, qualities : both were alike creditable to him. respects different, accorded so well in the pro- artists and workmen of distinguished ability of the former we have taken a hasty survey, secution of their common pursuits. Mr. Run- always found in their manufactory a certain of the latter it would be injustice not to say dell was a man of first-rate talent in his busi- and liberal engagement; and by this accumula- something. He was rich, and devotedly atness ; of resolute opinion, high mind, and ir- tion of superior executive ability, they may al- tached to the farther acquisition of wealth ; ritable temper, but with a disposition always most be said to have accomplished what they are but he was totally free from those blemishes ready to do a kind or generous action. Mr. reported to have aimed at the advancement of which frequently disfigure the possession of Bridge was a man of equal talent, but mild a manufacture nearly into a department of art. money. His wealth was not contaminated by and affable in his deportment, possessing great Nor has this increased reputation of our manu- avarice ; his desire of gain never invaded his equality of temper, and a very engaging suavity factories been confined to England. The va- honour; his anxiety to increase his possessions of manners. The personal respect by which rious splendid services of plate, and the articles gave admission to no sordid or covetous motive: the late king, and, indeed, all the members of of jewellery and other costly work, which have he was always liberal; and as his wealth augthe royal family, condescended to distinguish at various times during the last half century mented, his liberality enlarged ; and his dis
; Mr. Bridge, may be adduced as a convincing been presented to official dignitaries and other cernment of deserving objects of bounty, and of proof of his possessing those qualities. In this persons in foreign countries, and have been beneficial media of dispensing it, seemed to be partnership each member of the firm devoted ordered from this establishment by foreign po- strengthened. In proof of his generosity of himself to the department for which it was tentates, must necessarily, from their acknow- temper, it may be stated, that, irascible as he considered that he was best qualified : Mr. ledged superiority, have raised the fame of was, no one in his service, either commercial or Rundell superintending the manufactory and English manufacture; and in this point of domestic, ever left him spontaneously. Of his the shop, and Mr. Bridge applying himself
, view the life of an individual whose peculiar freedom from sordid or avaricious motives, the by personal visits to distinguished customers, and personal exertions have been thus useful, bountiful, not to say magnanimous benevoto the increase of the patronage by which the acquires an interest which that of the mere lences which he gave to his relations in his lifecelebrity of the house was established and sup- manufacturer, however wealthy, never could time, are a most honourable testimony. It has ported; and conducting the correspondence possess. About the year 1797, on the retire- been represented, on very good authority, that with various foreign parts, which was necessa- ment of Mr. Duval from the employment, he distributed among his relations during his rily incident to such an undertaking. Now Messrs. Rundell and Bridge were appointed life-time, in sums varying between 5002. and commenced that devotedness to business, and diamond jewellers to the royal family : an ap- 20,0007. (for his bounty on meet occasions de that energy of exertion on the part of Mr. Run. pointment relating to the crown-jewels
. This scended in such large amounts) no less a sum doll
, which eventually brought his establishment brought them, of course, into direct intere than 145,0001. In addition to these absoluta
The Modern Traveller. London, 1828. of them secured by binding legal securities, to estimable in human life.
J. Duncan. such of his relations and dependents as in his But this is a grave prelude to a volume of judgment would be most benefited by an annual fun and drollery ; and we must account for it From the multitude of publications which at provision, to an amount which, if calculated by agreeing with Blackwood, in his Noctes of this season crowd upon us, we regret being according to the established value of annuities, the month just published, that Christmas is, compelled to limit ourselves to a brief notice of would increase the total of his living bounty to after all, a solemn and reflective, rather than this very valuable performance, of which, how. a sum almost, if not quite, unexampled in the a merry and thoughtless season. We are glad, ever, we have spoken in its progress as it deserved. annals of generosity."
however, at any time, to begin with classing Those who take matters by the outside will " Mr. Rundell exhibited no symptom of ap- Mr. Maunder among our publishers. We be agreeably disappointed in the Modern Traproaching decay until the autumn of 1826. have seen much of him as a writer, which gave veller. An 18mo, in an unassuming cover, His health then began to decline ; and al- us a high idea of his quickness, versatility, and at the unassuming price of half-a-crown, though his mental faculties were vigorous and talents; and it is a pleasure to see a person contains the marrow of every thing known reuntil the last, his bodily strength gradually of literary habits and tastes enter into the lative to the country of which the No. treats. wasted, until he breathed his last on the 17th career of caterer for the public amusement and And this, not merely in the shape of a digest, February, 1827, in the eighty-first year of his instruction. This, the first thing which has which, in its nature, must throw away much
brought him before us in that capacity, is a interesting detail, but with the double advan.
be a very popular one. It is good humouredly connected with the subject, and all that is im.
The usefulness of such rédactions is so palpp. 152. London, 1828. S. Maunder.
familiar subjects, fit for the entertainment of pable, and even so necessary in the present influx We know not, not we, who are for “the children, and (which is great praise) not one of Journals and Voyages, and the present in. march of intellect,” “the development of syllable unfit for that purpose. The things creasing intercourse with foreign countries, that humanity,” “ the perfectionability of our are playful and clever-all kinds of utensils, our surprise is, that it has been left even to species,"
" " the millennium !” We are for as well as animals, are endowed with speech the activity and intelligence of the publisher. them all
, slick right away, as soon as possible, and action ; and pins, pokers, mice, hedgehogs, The limits of any individual traveller's obserwithout halt, let, hindrance, or impediment wasps, monkeys, &c. &c. figure on the scene. vation are so narrow, --individual views of (as a stuttering orator lately said in our hear. There are many palpable hits in the book ; but men and things must be so often erroneous, ing); and we shall only differ, perhaps, from our better course is to afford a sample of all, or peculiar, or alien to the purposes of general others
, who agree with us in the principle, by selecting one of the pieces, though expe- information, that the most correct and accomabout the ways and the means. That fine diency suggests that we should take the very plished tourist leaves his reader in error on experimented horse which had just learnt to shortest - The Wasp, or Vanity's Ruin. points innumerable. The mere diversity of live without food when he died, was not, in "" The Wasp was a very fine gentleman:
taste produces a diversity in their products, our opinion, more mistaken (though we dare say
Such was his silly pride,
useless or injurious to truth. The classic sees
He wore his coat laced over with gold, the blunder was not the beast's, but his philo
nothing in the scene of his journeyings but in.
And his hat cock'd on one side. sophical master's) than the new school of sages,
scriptions, fragments of temples, and busts to
One morning he rose betimes from his bed, who, in order to teach the young idea how to And call’d the Drone to bring
be dug up from their sleep of two thousand shoot, would begin with algebra and fluxions,
His cowslip boots, with spurs of steel,
years. Where these are the harvest of the
And his sword with pointed sting. and never descend lower in the scale of edu
land, he detects no other barrenness, and procation than the solution of impossible quan
Said he, · I'll fly from east to west,
nounces the desert delightful, and the rock
And none shall dare dispute tities. Their pupils must be Heinikens at My right oer the sweetest blossoms around,
flowing with milk and honey. least, like him, the first and last of celebrity
Or claim to the ripest fruit.
touched with the spirit of trade scorns charms of that name, who at fourteen months old had And if a vile Bee cross my path,
of this unexchangeable kind, scoffs at the port a complete knowledge of the Scriptures, and
I'll soon despatch his life,
from which the navies of Athens poured out to
Then fly to his hive and eat all his honey, was a perfect classical scholar at four years of And drink his wine with his wife.
meet the navies of Asia,-turns away from the age, but unluckily died at five !* And it will
Piræus, as not fit for the anchorage of any thing
What care I for a paltry tribe be well if we can prevent them from beginning Of insects mean and vile?
beyond a Thames wherry,—and sees nothing
Such low mechanics as Worms and Ants, to make their tyros, like Lipsius, philosophise
in Marathon but a marsh, of which the weeds
I scornful on them smile. before they happen to be born ; if indeed they
could not be converned into a saleable commo
And as for Moth and Beetle, they do not adopt some of the Westminster Review
dity. The military traveller is enraptured with
My contempt are quite beneath ; economics, and contend against the perversion
"Tis very hard that I'm condemn'd
the mountain and the defile,—the ruggedness
The self-same air to breathe. and folly of children being born at all.
that makes the province defensible, and the lofti. With immense and unspeakable diffidence,
On the Cricket, who dares of knowledge boast, ness that places the village out of the reach of
I most indignant frown; inspired at this moment, perhaps, by seeing
every thing but a Congreve rocket. The diplo.
What signifies learning to such as 1 ? little elves langhing “Jike fun,” at places of
The world is all my own.
matist, sketching his journal on the way to the public amusement, - eating mince-pies with " I'll get me a golden sceptre bright
place of mission, discovers nothing on right or left appetite and enjoyment that might raise the
I'll brandish it over all
but beggary, bleakness, banditti, and ruts covered
I'll crush beneath my royal foot envious ghost of Lucullus, - gloating over the
with the wrecks of his predecessor's carriage.
The reptiles, great and small. Ontmonest of story books with a delight be
The artist, all eyes for the picturesque, and
And when I'm gone, o'er my honour'd dust yond the pursuits of literature,--we venture
blind to every thing else, is in rapture with suggest that mirth may combine with wis
Therein I'll sleep, while the insects wail
the difficulties of the way-rejoices at the im. dom, and play and jollity do more for the infant
And never more dry their eyes.
passable torrents—triumphs in the precipitous mind than mechanics and metaphysics. We
Their tears shall fall so far and wide
hill--and thinks a sight of banditti essential to
As dew-drops from the sky, are not the advocates of silliness or misdirec
his happiness and his pencil. The English
And thus shall be, on onyx wrought, tion even in trifles; but we are the enemies
My modest elegy:
country gentleman, stirred from home by the of that saturnine regimen, which we are con
• Here lies the best, the noblest Wasp
habit of following his neighbours, and asking vinced is only calculated to blunt the better
That ever waved a wing:
only to get home again with the reputation of
His virtues bloom'd like sweetest flowers, feelings, obliterate the finer faculties, and
having been across the Channel, rolls along, dis
In nature's fairest spring. destroy the nobler sensibilities of childhood, Without conceit, and wise, he was,
gusted alike with the lofty and the level, finds one jot of useful or bene- And great and grand of birth ;
the foreign world distinguishable only for smokficial knowledge in their room. Little man
But could we write a thousand years,
ing, discomfort, and the want of an English
We could not write his worth.' nikins are always odious ; but little philosophers
dinner-and publishes lucubrations dipped all are not to be endured at all.
Just here, in wo's vast pomp, Wasp threw
over in bile and patriotism. To learn the truth Nature has His regal wing aside, pointed the way in the glorious exuberance of
And tumbled into the mustard-pot,
from any one of these discoverers would be hopethe youthful bosom : regulate the strong bursts
Wherein, alas ! he died."
less. Temperament holds the pen, and every * you please, but do not try to kill the kindly
Mr. H. Heath appears to be of the Cruik. letter that falls from it must be distorted. batiments which are hereafter to make the shank school, and a very promising and rising But allowing the purest and most impossible not his short life in two long vols, by Martini, artist. Many of his ideas are full of fancy and impartiality, not one man in a thousand has humoar : he will do well.
the means of acquiring the true information to
A diamond tomb shall rise ;
any decided extent, perhaps as few have the from any other source. It will be felt, that the relations between the sexes, what is meant faculty of dispensing it intelligibly ; and all upon such occasions we can have no observa | by marriages of convenience. They generally must be restricted to a particular portion of tions to make--we insert the selection, simply turn out to be as inconvenient, as persons, who the immense districts that are now traversed. for the entertainment it may afford our readers. are said to have arrived at years of discretion, One traveller cuts across Asia Minor from “ He was a warm politician, and thought are apt to be indiscreet. Lord Byron's was a Constantinople to Cyprus, by a line marked himself earnest in the cause of liberty. His marriage of convenience, certainly at least out in his firman,-a deviation from which, if failure in the House of Lords is well known. on his own part. The lady, I have no doubt, half a mile to the right or left, would cost his He was very candid about it; said he was would never have heard of it under that title throat. Another traveller winds his obscure much frightened, and should never be able to He married for money, but of course he wooed and frightened way by the Taurus, leaving do any thing that way. Lords of all parties with his genius; and the lady persuaded her. magnificent countries on either side, into came about him, and consoled him; he parti- self that she liked him, partly because he had a which his firman does not give him the key. cularly mentioned Lord Sidmouth, as being genius, and partly because it is natural to love A third intersects the lines of both, and fills unaffectedly kind.”
those who take pains to please us. Further. up the description. Of this kind of tour writ. “ I remember one day, as he stood looking more, the poet was piqued to obtain his mising, England has abundant examples, unques out of the window, he resembled in a lively tress, because she had a reputation for being tionably honourable to the intrepidity, research, manner the portrait of him by Phillips, by far delicate in such matters : and the lady was and literature of her travellers ; but of such the best that bas appeared; I mean the best of piqued to become a wife, not because she did slight value for a comprehensive acquaintance him at his best time of life, and the most like not know the gentleman previously to marriage, with, at least, any remote country, that we him in features as well as expression. He sat but because she did, and hoped that her love, might nearly as well not have them at all
. one morning so long, that Lady Byron sent up and her sincerity, and her cleverness, would Their chief value is to be found only in the twice to let him know she was waiting. Her enable her to reform him. The experiment shape in which Mr. Duncan here offers them ladyship used to go on in the carriage to Hen. was dangerous, and did not succeed. Another to the world ; - they furnish materials for derson's nursery ground, to get flowers. I had couple might have sat still, and sacrificed their combination and concoction into knowledge. not the honour of knowing her, nor ever saw comfort to the vanity of appearing comfortable. The scattered works, collected and concen- her but once, when I caught a glimpse of her Lord Byron had too much self-will for this, trated into regular narrative, form the ground at the door. I thought she had a pretty earn- and his lady too much sincerity, —- perhaps too of a solid and satisfactory acquaintance with est look, with her pippin' face; an epithet much alarm and resentment. The excess of the countries in question. They are merely by which she playfully designated herself. The his moods, which, out of the spleen and even “ mémoires pour servir" the personal inci. first visit I paid Lord Byron was just after self-reproach of the moment, he indulged in dents and observations which are by skilful their separation. The public, who took part perhaps beyond what he really felt, were so hands to be embodied into geographical historywith the lady, as they ought to do, (women in terrifying to a young and mortified woman,
The series of the Modern Traveller has had their relations with the other sex being under that she began to doubt whether he was in før its object this combination of the various the most unhandsome disadvantages) had, possession of his senses. She took measures, and scattered intelligence of men of literature, nevertheless, no idea of the troubles which her which exceedingly mortified him, for solving of explorers, of residents in the respective coun. husband was suffering at that time. He was this doubt; and though they were on good tries, of philosophers and politicians,--in fact, very ill, his face jaundiced with bile; the re- terms when she left an uneasy house to visit of every class of society whose labours could nouncement of his society by Lady Byron had her friends in the country, and Lady Byron throw light upon its highly interesting topics. disconcerted him extremely, and was, I believe, might, I have no doubt, have been persuaded The editor, whose name has been long known utterly unlooked for; then the journals and by him to return, had there been as much love, to polite literature, bas performed his task their attacks upon him were felt severely ; and or even address, on his side, as there was a wish with very meritorious diligence, exactness, and to crown all, he had an execution in his house. to believe in his merit on her's, it is no wonder happiness of selection. All repulsive details I was struck with the real trouble he mani. that others, whom she had known and loved are avoided, the tediousness that will creep fested, compared with what the public thought so much longer, and who felt no interest in upon individual narrative is exchanged for of it. The adherence of his old friends was being blind to his defects, should persuade her animation ; and the errors from which no in- also touching. I saw Mr. Hobhouse and Mr. to stay away. The Farewell that he wrote, dividual writer can escape are extinguished. Scrope Davies (college friends of his) almost and that set so many tender-hearted white Our readers must not be deceived by the every time I called. Mr. Rogers was regular handkerchiefs in motion, only resulted from diminutiveness and moderate price of the work in his daily visits; and Lord Holland, he said, his poetical power of assuming an imaginary into the idea that it is only for children. Let was very kind to him. Finally, he took the position, and taking pity on himself in the them examine it, look at the crowd of authors blame of the quarrel to himself; and he en- shape of another man. He had no love for the quoted, and ascertain the force and fidelity of listed my self-love so far on the side of Lady object of it, or he would never have written the work, and they will find its use to men ; Byron, as to tell me that she liked my poem, upon her in so different a style afterwards.
so obvious and important, that we and had compared his temper to that of Gio- Indeed, I do not believe that he ever had the know not how any man who desires to unders vanni, my heroine's consort. In all this I good fortune of knowing what real love is, stand the actual circumstances of any country beheld only a generous nature, subject perhaps meaning by love the desire that is ennobled by of the earth, can do without it-it is absolutely to ebullitions of ill temper, but candid, sensi- sentiment, and that seeks the good and exalta essential to mature knowledge.
tive, extremely to be pitied, and, if a woman ation of the person beloved. He could write A considerable number of its volumes have knew how, or was permitted by others to love a passage now and then which shewed that he already appeared. Palestine began the series him, extremely to be loved. What made me was not incapable of it; but the passion on with an admirable detail of that most interesting come the more warmly to this conclusion, was which he delights to dwell, is either that of country. Greece, and Turkey in Europe and a letter which he shewed me, written by Lady boys and girls, extremely prone and boardingAsia, are among the later numbers; and the Byron after her departure from the house, and school ; or of heroines, who take a delight in publisher, by an advantageous adaptation to when she was on her way to the relations, who sacrificing themselves to wilful gentlemen. the time, now gives us, in two volumes, a view persuaded her not to return. It was signed “ There is no doubt that Lord Byron felt of the history, territory, politics, and present with the epithet above mentioned ; and was the scandal of the separation severely. It is war of Persia. The volumes are illustrated written in a spirit of good-humour, and even likely, also, that he began to long for his wife's with maps, sketches of costume, and remark- fondness, which, though containing nothing adherence the more, when he saw that she able scenery.
but what a wife ought to write, and is the would not return. Perhaps he liked her the
better for writing, was, I thought, almost too better. At all events, she piqued his will, LEIGH HUNT'S MEMOIRS OF BYRON, &c. good to shew. But the case was extreme; which was his tender side; the circles were EXTRACTS from this book, which (however it and the compliment to me, in shewing it, ap- loud in his condemnation; and he was in per. may be considered when completely before the peared the greater. I was not aware at that plexity about his child, in whom, as his only world) possesses unquestionable interest, having time, that, with a singular incontinence, to- representative, and the descendant of two found their way to publicity, we should be wards which it was lucky for a great many ancient families, he took great pride to the last. sorry not to yield our quota to the contingent people that his friends were as singularly con. But his feelings, whatever they were, did not of novelty and curiosity. The New Monthly siderate, his lordship was in the habit of hinder him from wreaking his resentment in a Magazine has gone before us; but we are making a confidant of every body he came nigh. manner which every one of his friends lamentenabled to make the annexed selections from I will now tell the reader, very candidly, what ed; nor from availing himself, at a future a few sheets of the work, avoiding what bas I think of the whole of that mattor. Every day, of those rights of matrimonial property, already run the gauntlet of the newspapers| body knows, in the present beautiful state of which the gallant and chivalrous justice of the
stronger sex has decreed to itself, as a conso- of comparisons to check it, he had made the He looked as blank as possible, and never again lation for not being able to make the lady wise and blessed discovery, that women might criticised the personal appearance of those comfortable.
love himself, though he could not return the whom I regarded. It was on accounts like " I will here mention what I have hap- passion; and that all women's love, the very these, that he talked of Mrs. Hunt as being pened to omit respecting another and greater best of it, was nothing but vanity. To be able ' no great things.' Myself, because I did matter. Two hundred pounds were sent me to love a quality for its own sake, exclusive of not take all his worldly common-places for from Italy, to enable me to leave England with any reaction upon one's self-love, seemed a granted, nor enter into the merit of his bad comfort. They came from Lord Byron, and thing that never entered his head." If at any jokes on women, he represented as a 'proser;' nothing was said to me of security, or any time, therefore, he ceased to love a woman's and the children, than whom, I will venture thing like it. Lord Byron had offered, a year person, and found leisure to detect in her the to say, it was impossible to have quieter or or two before, through Mr. Shelley, to send vanities natural to a flattered beauty, he set no more respectable in the house, or any that me tour hundred pounds for a similar purpose, bounds to the
light and coarse way in which he came less in his way, he pronounced to be which offer I declined. I now accepted the would speak of her. There was coarseness in impracticable.' two hundred pounds ; but I found afterwards the way in which he would talk to women, “He condescended, among his other timid that his lordship had had a bond for the even when he was in his best humour with deferences to the town,' to be afraid of Gifa money from Mr. Shelley. I make no comment them. I do not mean on the side of volup- ford. There was an interchange of flatteries on these things. I merely state the truth, tuousness, which is rather an excess than a between them, not the less subtle for Gifford's because others have mistated it, and because coarseness ; the latter being an impertinence occasionally affecting a paternal tone of remonI begin to be sick of maintaining a silence which is the reverse of the former. I have strance; and they were friends' to the last ; which does no good to others, and is only seen him call their attention to circumstances, though Lord Byron (to say nothing of that turned against one's self.
which made you wish yourself a hundred miles being a reason also) could not help giving him “The public have been given to understand off. They were connected with any thing but a secret hit now and then, when the church that Lord Byron's purse was at my command, the graces with which a poet would encircle and-state review became shy of him. Gifford and that I used it according to the spirit with his Venus. He said to me once of a friend of thought him a wonderful young man, but wild, which it was offered. I did so. Stern neces. his, that he had been spoilt by reading Swift. &c.; and he never forgot that he was a lord. sity, and a large family, compelled me ; and He himself had certainly not escaped the infec- He least of all forgot it when he affected to during our residence at Pisa, I had from him, tion. What completed the distress of this play the schoolmaster. On the other hand, or rather from his steward, to whom he always connexion, with respect to the parties them- Lord Byron was happy to regard Mr. Gifford sent me for the money, and who doled it selves, was his want of generosity in money as a wonderful old gentleman, not indeed me out as if my disgraces were being counted, matters. The lady was independent of him, born gentleman, but the more honest in his the sum of seventy pounds. This sum, together and disinterested ; and he seemed resolved that patricianisms on that account, and quite with the payment of our expenses when we ac- she should have every mode but one of proving a born critic; : sound,' as the saying is ; companied him from Pisa to Genoa, and thirty that she could remain so.
learned and all that, and full of good pounds with which he enabled us subsequently “ Lord Byron painted his beroes criminal, sense : in short, one that was very sento go from Genoa to Florence, was all the wilful, even selfish in great things ; but he sible of his lordship's merits, both as a poet money I ever received from Lord Byron, took care not to paint them mean in little ones. and a peer, and who had the art of making his exclusive of the two hundred pounds in the He took care also to give them a great quantity homage to a man of rank agreeable, by affectfirst instance, which he made a debt of Mr. of what he was singularly deficient in—which ing independence without really feeling it. Shelley's by taking his bond.”
was self-possession : for when it is added, that Murray he laughed at. He treated him after“ But to return to the Gambas. The way he had no address, even in the ordinary sense wards, as he did most others, with strange in which the connexion between the young of the word that he hummed and hawed, and alternations of spleen and good humour, of Countess and Lord Byron bad originated, and looked confused, on very trivial occasions -- open panegyric and secret ridicule; but at the Was manctioned, was, I thought, clear enough ; that he could much more easily get into a di- period in question, he at least thought him an but unfortunately it soon became equally clear lemima than out of it, and with much greater honest man for the tribe of Barabbas;' who, that there was no real love on either side. The skill wound the self-love of others than relieve said his lordship, was unquestionably a booklady, I believe, was not unsusceptible of a real them,-the most common-place believers in a seller.' attachment, and most undoubtedly she was poet's attractions will begin to suspect, that it * Lord Byron was very proud of his rank. desirous that Lord Byron should cultivate is possible for his books to be the best part of M. Beyle (Count Stendhal'), when he saw it, and make her as proud and as affectionate him.
him at the opera in Venice, made this discovery as she was anxious to be. But to hear “ As I oftener went to his part of the house at a glance ; and it was a discovery no less her talk of him, she must have pretty soon than he came to mine, he seldom saw her ; subtle than trne. He would appear sometimes discerned that this was impossible: and the and when he did, the conversation was awk- as jealous of his title as if he had usurped it. manner of her talking rendered it more than ward on his side, and provokingly self-possessed A friend told me, that an Italian apothecary doubtful whether she had ever loved, or could on her's. He said to her one day, What do having sent him one day a packet of medicines love him, to the extent that she supposed. I you think, Mrs. Hunt? Trelawney has been addressed to · Mons. Byron, this mock-heroic believe she would have taken great pride speaking against my morals! What do you mistake aroused his indignation, and he sent in the noble bard, if he would have let think of that ??_ It is the first time,' said back the physic to learn better manners. His her; and remained a faithful and affectionate Mrs. Hunt, I ever heard of them. This, coat of arms was fixed up in front of his bed. companion as long as be pleased to have which would have set a man of address upon I have heard that it was a joke with him to her so ; but this depended more of his treat- his wit, completely dashed, and reduced him mystify the sense of the motto to his fair friend, ment of her, and still more on the way in to silence. But her greatest offence was in who wished particularly to know what. Crede which he conducted himself towards others, something which I had occasion to tell him. Byron' meant. The motto, it must be acknow. than on any positive qualities of his own. On He was very bitter one day upon some friends ledged, was awkward. The version to which the other hand, he was alternately vexed and of mine, criticising even their personal appear.her Italian helped her, was too provocative of gratified by her jealousies. His regard being ance, and that in no good taste. At the same comment to be allowed. founded solely on her person, and not surviving time, he was affecting to be very pleasant and “ The first number of the Liberal was now in the shape of a considerate tenderness, had so good-humoured, and without any offence in on the anvil, and Mr. Shelley's death had given degenerated in a short space of time, that if you the world. All this provoked me to mortify me a new uneasiness. The reader wiil see in were startled to hear the lady complain of him him, and I asked if he knew what Mrs. Hunt Mr. Shelley's Letters, that Lord Byron had as she did, and that too with comparative bad said one day to the Shelleys of his picture originally proposed a work of the kind to Mr. strangers, you were shocked at the license by Harlowe ? (It is the fastidious, scornfu Moore; at least, a periodical work of some sort, which he would allow his criticisms on her. portrait of him, affectedly looking down.) He which they were jointly to write. Mr. Moore The truth is, as I have said before, that he had said he did not, and was curious to know. An doubted the beatitude of such divided light, tever known any thing of love but the animal engraving of it, I told him, was shewn her, and declined it. His lordship then proposed it passion. His poetry had given this its grace- and her opinion asked ; upon which she ob- through Mr. Shelley to me. I wrote to both of fuller aspect, when young ;-he could believe served, that it resembled a great school- them to say that I should be happy to take such in the passion of Romeo and Juliet. But the boy, who had had a plain bun given him, in- an opportunity of restoring the fortunes of a batrament he thought he had attained to years of stead of a plum one. I did not add, that our tered race of patriots ; and as soon as we met in discretion, what with the help of bad compa- friends shook with laughter at this idea of the Pisa, it was agreed that the work should be ponies, and a sense of his own merits, for want noble original, because it was so like him.") litical, and assist in carrying on the good cause.
SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS: LOO CHOO.
The title of Liberal was given it by Lord Byron, The Juvenile Forget-me-not ; or Cabinet of man's head, we returned, but through a village,
e were to share equally the profits, being printed and published by my brother ;
Entertainment and Instruction for 1828. to his utter discomfiture, it being their chief and it was confidently anticipated that money We have elsewhere in this sheet taken oc
care throughout, to keep us away from their
houses, and particularly from seeing their wonld pour in upon all of us. Enemies, how- casion to commend the mixture of mirth with women. Perhaps they thought as they could ever, had been already at work. Lord Byron wisdom, and playfulness with tuition ; but we
not control us in one case, they would not be was alarmed for his credit with his fashionable are not the less disposed to bestow our praise
able in another. Be that as it may, we have friends ; among whom, although on the liberal side, patriotism, was less in favour than the of a graver cast, tenderly pathetic and highly we have been inside their forts; and if we had
upon a production like the present, which is seen their women and made drawings of them; talk about it. This man wrote to him, and
moral. that wrote, and another came.
It is a pretty and an eligible little staid long enough, should no doubt have en
Mr. Hobhouse volume to put into the hands of the good and tered their town. Before we departed, I longed rushed over the Alps, not knowing which was deserving child ;-a reward for past merito- very much for some occasion to put them to the more awful, the mountains or the maga- rious conduct, and a pure source whence to would be able to make ; but unfortunately they
their mettle, and to see what defence they zine. Mr. Murray wondered, Mr. Gifford draw those principles which are likely to make smiled (a lofty symptom!), and Mr. Moore the future as gratifying and happy as the past.
were much too civil; and rather than fight, Í (tu quoque Horati!) said that the Liberal had The subjects are little tales, &c. interspersed
am convinced they would have consented to a taintin it! This, however, was after with suitable poetry, and neatly adorned with any terms, however degrading. I never saw wards. But Lord Byron, who was as fond as a footman of communicating unpleasant intelliengravings.
before, and hope never to see such again. gence, told us, from the first, that his friends'
We left Nappa after ten days' sojourn, and had all been at him ; friends, whom he after
ARTS AND SCIENCES. pursued our course to the eastward. On the wards told me he had libelled all round,' and
8th June we fell in with a group of islands whom (to judge of what he did by some of|(It is again our good fortune to be favoured with an which had long been expunged from our charts, them) he continued to treat in the same im
extract of a private letter from Captain Frederic and came to anchor in an excellent port. We
Beechey, giving the latest intelligence of his course partial manner.”
after steering from Behring's Straits. It may be a pity were somewhat surprised to find here a Robin-
of the natives of Loo Choo : but truth obliges us to who had belonged to the William, the old A History of France ; with Conversations at destroy this El Dorado of our valued friend Captain
Basil Hall. — Ev.] the End of each Chapter. By Mrs. Mark.
Tyne, which had been wrecked upon the island.
H. M. S. Blossom, Petropaulowski, July 5, 1827. ham, Author of the “ History of England."
They were living there very comfortably, well For the use of Young Persons. 2 vols. 12mo. I have little time to communicate more than provided with hogs, pigeons, turtle, and fish, London, 1828. J. Murray.
you will find in my public letter ; but you shall and I supplied them with a he-goat, to match
learn that we were very well received at Nappo- a female that is to arrive in one of the whalers. Mrs. MARKHAM's History of England, of this class, is one of the best books, " for the use of kiang, as Hall calls it, and were able to make They have planted water-melons, pumpkins,
ourselves understood by means of the Chinese potatoes, cocoa nuts, &c.; and I think purpose young persons,” in circulation ; but her His characters, which are equally those of Loo Choo, remaining there if they can get wives from the tory of France is still better ; for a history of though the languages are essentially different. Sandwich Islands or the Ladrones.
After that country was infinitely more wanted, not we found they had forts, muskets, swords, and completing our survey of this harbour, we only for the rising generation, but for the adult and mature. We have rarely met with a work/copper money; and that they were, in fact, weighed with 16000 lbs. of turtle crawling
nothing more than Japanese. Would
about the decks, which lasted us into Petroof the kind to which we could ascribe such un-believe it, ***? I hardly dare speak it, they paulowski, and furnished the governor and qualified praise. The leading points of the have thieves and rogues among them just like garrison here with turtle soup for six months. annals are well preserved, in right proportions all the rest of mankind : they actually stole We have the credit, besides, of having brought and keeping : the style is plain and perspicu.
our best thermometer ; and the Head Mandarin to the place two things which the natives had ous; and the reflections are highly moral and sent me a set of their hair pins, declaring they never seen before - turtle and water-melons. instructive. Nothing can be more interesting
were silver, which I yesterday found trans- We are now ready to depart in search of than the narrative ; and much skill is shewn in formed into brass, the plating or lacker having Franklin once more, and sincerely do I hope making the interrogatories and answers not all corroded! They are, however, with all that we may fall in with him early. After only subservient to the main purpose of in. this, a good sort of people'; and whether they that, our return to England may be said to ducing correctness of opinion, but also a relief act from fear or principle,' is not for us, who commence; but it will be June or July before instead of an interruption to the reader. Of were kindly treated, to canvass.
we can expect to arrive there. I have really the accomplished authoress we know nothing, of them, that they were always willing to no time to say any more, being wholly taken but that her labours deserve the gratitude of oblige us whenever it could be done without up with the survey of this extensive bay and that she will reap a higher reward in that con- with tea, and on one occasion gave us some opportunity. every lover of what is good ; and we are sure any expense—they even sometimes treated us magnetical observations so adieu till the next sciousness than in the success which must at- gingerbread cakes! With all this kindness, In our Literary Gazettes of last July 14th tend her exertions. The volumes are very however, there was not a single individual in and 21st, we had the pleasure of inserting a neatly adorned with cuts of costume, portrait, the ship who was not heartily sick of Loo Choo circumstantial account of the voyage of the and other illustrations.
before we weighed. The illusion which had Blossom, Captain Beechey's ship, which was per
hung over the island before we anchored was formed up Behring's Straits, to meet Captain Confessions of an Old Maid. 3 vols. London, too soon removed, and we found nothing in Franklin, had it been possible for that able and 1828. Colburn.
the inhabitants to inspire us with more than gallant officer to proceed farther along the As the real and genuine confessions of an old common-place sentiments. Their conduct was, North American coast than he did, under such maid would most probably be unintelligible to at bottom, certainly artificial. When we first appalling difficulties, towards the Pacific. We us, except in so far as the study of human cast anchor, they said we must immediately beg our readers to refresh their memories by nature might enable us to guess at the likely depart; but this I did not understand, and in- reference to these numbers, in order that they and the improbable, we are not sorry to dismiss sisted on being allowed to go on shore: the may peruse with greater interest the following these volumes with a very short notice. They next day permission was granted, but they sequel of the voyage of the Blossom, after appear to be the production of a person (a wanted to confine us to the beach-a restriction leaving the ice-bound Straits, and proceeding male person) who has mixed with society of which was of course not attended to; and we to refit at St. Francisco, whence the last letter various kinds in London; and, consequently, had walked nearly half over the island, when from a youthful navigator, in our number 548, some of his sketches are amusing, and some of our conductor, who had long been declaring was dated in November 1826. Resuming his his satire founded on observation. But the that the Mandarin would cut off his head if he pen at Macao, in April 1827, in the same free sketch of old maidism is a caricature of the attended us any farther, went down on his and sailor-like style, (which personally renders common-place character,-the ancient vestal of knees, and begged us so pathetically to stop, his communication extremely greeable and comedy, farce, and novel, for the witlings of that we could not refuse his petition. Will it characteristic of the young English seaman to long years; and in the spirit of portraiture, we be credited in England, that a Loo Choo Man- our minds) he says : have Irish fortune-hunters, bluff naval officers, darin is capable of ordering a man's head to be “ I believe my last letter was dated at San &c. &c., more to be praised for their resem- cut off? Perhaps it is performed symbolically Francisco, where we completely refreshed our. blance to established models, than for the ori. with a fan-there cannot be scarcely any blood selves after our fruitless exploits in the dreary ginality or delicacy of their lineaments. spilt. Well, as I told you, to save the poor regions of the North, accompanied by the un
I must say