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connexions were employed by them; indeed, The divine poetry of Milton (as has been
the court and country soon began to form two justly observed by a modern critic) was little A Comparative View of the Social Life of separate parties, which had very little in com- celebrated, not from an absence of taste, but
England and France, from the Restoration mon with each other. The difference ob- from a paucity of readers. Letter-writing, of Charles the Second to the French Revo- servable in their manners and habits of life according to modern habits, was little praclution. By the Editor of “ Madame du was most decided in every thing that related tised for many years after this period. In Deffand's Letters.” 8vo. pp. 462. London, to female society. There can hardly be a spite, therefore, of the numberless tapestry 1828. Longman and Co.
stronger proof that women have never ob- chairs, carpets, beds, and hangings, now for This is a most entertaining as well as in- tained any considerable influence on the na- the most part discarded in rags from the garteresting work, displaying, as it were, the tional manners of England, than that even rets of their grand-daughters, an unsatisfied green-room of the actors, whose studied per- during the first popularity of a reign distin- curiosity yet remains, as to the amusements formance makes the tragedy of the historian; guished for its gallantry and devotion to wo of the younger women, whose fortune and and setting forth the contrivances, the bick- men, the sex in general seemed to have gained rank elevated them above the common everyerings, the vanities, which so influence the re- little or nothing on the score of social enjoy- day household cares of existence. The private presentation. It is matter for serious thought, ment. The mistresses of Charles acquired letters of the times, yet preserved, for the very to mark how the amusement of a passing hour, none of the consideration which he lost in their reasons above mentioned, furnish us with little the trifles which, whether right or wrong, society; their venality made them despicable information. Those that are not written exmake the aggregate of life—to mark how these, even to those who profited by it, and their ex-pressly on some family business, evince none 80 unimportant, taken singly, form the cha- ample harmless to the rest of their sex. of the ease in composition, so necessary for racter, and influence the destiny, of a nation. “ The respectable part of the sex in general, familiar details. They all betray a great ig, After all, the course of time, like that of a even those of the highest rank, were unknown norance of the language, of its grammar, and watch, is acted upon by almost invisible out of the circle of their own families and its spelling, and often a want of facility in the springs, and the smallest possible wheels.~ relations, where they were occupied entirely mechanical part of writing, which proves how There are two conclusions at which every with the concerns of their household, the ma- little it was practised." reader will, we think, arrive on closing this nagement of their affairs, and the establish- The next quotation gives a different picture volume: first, the fatal effects of feminine in- ment of their daughters. This last object was, in France. terference in politics ; secondly, the immense indeed, pursued by very different means from “ The spirit of meddling intrigue which in social improvement of the present day. Our those which have been deemed expedient by former days had been collected, as in a focus, author places this first point in a most striking the no less attached mothers of later days. around the mistress of the monarch or the view, by the parallel between France, where The marriages of the young nobility were minister, had, at the end of the last century, every woman of a certain rank was an in- then contracted much in the same manner that spread through the whole mass of female sotrigante ; and England, where few have even they continued to be, long after, in France. ciety. Every body had a circle of dependants, songht for that power which their very virtues The proposal was first made, and agreed to by every body was a patron, or was patronised, would be the causes of their abusing: matters of the parents, before the parties had any oppor- according to the society in which they were government are not matters of feeling, vanity, tunities of becoming acquainted, or making found. All had some interests in life, which and imagination; and what woman but would themselves agreeable to each other. * necessarily carried them into the tortuous and be influenced by one of the three? On the “ It might seem that the accomplishments, degrading paths of intrigue, where alone they second point, we must say, only prejudice could and the various modes of occupying time, uni- could pursue their object; and where this obadvocate either the manners or morals of versally taught to our young women now,ject, however honourable or legitimate, could former days: to the advance of mental cultiva- would have been more usefully and necessarily only be attained by a reciprocity of indirect tion, and to that of literary taste, must this be bestowed at a period when the whole female means, and often of unworthy services. A seascribed ; no where have their advantages been sex lived so much more in seclusion, both from dulous cultivation of every power to please, to more felt than in their effects on the female the interruptions and the improvement arising persuade, and to seduce, which belongs partisex: it is only of late years that it has been from worldly society. Certain it is, that, ge- cularly to the female sex, was necessary to discovered, that, without bating one iota of the nerally speaking, they possessed few of the their success. It made the women, therefore, strictest domestic duties, there is ample time means of self-amusement now in the hands in general agreeable, intelligent companions, for useful information and elegant accomplish- of almost all the world. Music was cultivated and sometimes inestimable friends. But the ment; and that a woman may be a cultivated by none but those whose strong natural taste, neglect of all the severer virtues, so deterio. and intelligent companion, as well as an active and talent for it, made them overcome all ob-rated the female character, and so banished housekeeper. Perhaps we are running now to stacles in its pursuit. Drawing, or any taste all truth of principle from its social relations, the opposite extreme; but something must be for the fine arts, seems never to have been that perhaps nothing less than the dreadful allowed to re-action; and while we enter our thought of, either as an employment of the remedy administered by the Revolution could protest against drawing-room display and sci- hands, or as a cultivation of the mind; al- have awakened them to a sense of their real entific or literary obtrusiveness, we cannot but though such a taste is, perhaps, the more interests, and restored the women of France commend all that can enlarge or inform the peculiarly desirable for women, because it to their true and appropriate consideration in mind of man or woman. The following view furnishes a source of conversation free from society.". of society after the Restoration is in strong scandal, and from all idle and vulgar inquiries The following anecdote is one of those concontrast to one of the present style.
into the affairs of others. No woman, really trasts which, to the honour of human nature, “. Except within the circle of Whitehall, no possessing such a taste, will ever be a gossip. so frequently redeem its darkest parts. habitual intercourse of society seems to have Reading, except for some express purpose, was “ The melancholy and subdued mind of taken place in London, even among those hardly esteemed an amusement among the Louis the Thirteenth had found in Mademoiwhom similarity of taste or disposition might young men of the world, far less among the selle de la Fayette a faithful, tender, and athave made agreeable to each other. Persons young women. The romances of the day, un- tached friend,—the only one to whom he dared formally visited and received visits from their like the modern furniture of a circulating li- confide his sufferings from the thraldom in own family and connexions only. No women brary, were serious voluminous works, whose which he allowed himself to be held by Richefrequented the court, or formed any part of its | perusal was scarcely undertaken except by lieu. This despotic minister, who had consociety, except those attached to the house- those who had a turn for study, and solitary trived to make his sovereign the first of his holds of the royal family, or whose parents or occupation in the long leisure of a country life. I slaves, allowed nobody to approach him bat
such as he had engaged to report to him every whose situation no modes of society can much of the bustle and business of military glory. complaint made by the king against himself, affect, nor any political events habitually be- With us, the troops were enlisted, not as the while he practised on the king's weakness, so nefit, are struggling to pursue their usual followers of such or such a leader, but called as to induce him often to betray the language of course of necessary labour and industry, in on to defend by arms, in the last resort, a those to whom he had opened himself. But Ma- spite of the moral storms around them. These solemn league and covenant between the godemoiselle de la Fayette not only boldly refused moral storms, like the great commotions of vernors and the governed, which they had all all communication with the cardinal, but in her nature, end by falling as heavily on the cottage individually sworn to observe and to maintain. frequent interviews with the king encouraged as on the palace: finding in the cottage less to The few followers who surrounded the standard his aversion to his tyrant minister, and ex- destroy, the work of mischief soon attacks such of the unfortunate monarch, when first erected horted him to shake off an authority which necessary and vital means of subsistence, that against such opponents, proved how entirely a dishonoured him in the eyes of his people. the poorest peasant in the land is obliged to conviction of the identity of their own rights Secure in the purity of her conduet, of her sen- abandon his labour, and lend his arm to sup- with those they were called on to assert, timents, and of her intentions, Mademoiselle port pretensions by which he can never profit, was necessary to bring them into action. The de la Fayette openly avowed her attachment and confirm power in which he will never great Condé, and the still greater Turenne, to the king, and even a censorious court be- participate. It is the more or less fixity and while enlisting troops, throwing themselves lieved it compatible with her honour. It is inaptness to excitement in this order of people, into fortresses, and making treaties with Spain said that Cardinal Richelieu, dreading the in. which will be found to be the measure of the to expel a powerful minister the moment he creasing influence of a character on which he more or less evil occasioned by such tempestu- opposed their individual pretensions, appear to could gain nothing, addressed himself to her ous periods in the civil history of man. the unprejudiced eyes of posterity merely em. confessor and to the confessor of the king, to “ The difference of national character is per. ploying a morbid activity to get possession of inspire their penitents mutually with scruples haps no where more strongly marked than in power, which they knew no more than their respecting their intercourse. Mademoiselle de the motives and conduct of the contemporary opponent how to use. All idea of bettering la Fayette, it would seem, had always intended civil wars of France and England. The the condition of the country was alike out of ending her life in a convent, and her resolu. fronde was directed entirely against individual the question on either side. Nor were these lead. tion was hurried by her royal lover, who, character,our rebellion against principles of ing personages, in fact, better informed of their aware of this intention, and dreading thus to government. Both may be said to have real interest and real duties, or less vulgarly lose her, at last, in spite of all her scruples and failed in their object; the one by the establish- ignorant of every principle of civil liberty, on all his own, pressed her to accept of an esta- ment in power of Cardinal Mazarin, the other which they supposed themselves acting, than blishment at Versailles, and to attach herself by the restoration of Charles the Second. But the lowest follower of their camp. The female entirely to him in a more earthly manner. Her the war against principles had served to de- characters which these times produced offer a severe principles were startled at this derelic-velop the human mind, and to throw light on still more striking contrast to their English tion of the king's. It proved to her, that she the real end and only true means of govern- contemporaries. Cardinal de Retz and Cromherself might not always resist, and hastened ment. The war against individual character well (however dissimilar) may still be said to her resolution to quit the court (where she be had debased the mind, and given expansion, resemble each other more than the Duchesse de longed to the queen's household), and retire to only, to private pique and hatred. It took Longueville and Mrs. Hutchinson. At the
To this measure the king's con- away all dignity of motive, and all shame of peace of the Pyrenees, Mazarin told the Spanish sent seems to have been obtained, merely from abandoning or supporting leaders, except as minister Don Louis de Haro, who was stiputhe religious scruple of not daring to dispute so they rose or fell with the wheel of fortune.lating for the return of Madame de Longueville pure a soul with heaven. After a long con. The parliament of Paris, after having put a as well as of her brother the Grand Condé to versation with her at the queen's drawing- price on the head of Mazarin in 1633, pub. court-Vous autres Espagnols, vous parlez room, he publicly shed tears at taking leave of licly harangued him as the saviour of the state fort à votre aise ; vos femmes ne se mêlent que her; and although she is reported on this oc- in 1660, without any other change in circum. de faire l'amour: mais en France, ce n'est pas casion to have allowed no alteration to take stances than his having established his au- de même, et nous en avons trois, qui seroient place in her countenance, the merit of her sa- thority. By this conduct they lost the power capables de gouverner ou de bouleverser trois crifice was not lessened by insensibility. For ever to do more than make useless remon- grands royaumesma Duchesse de Longueville, when, retired to her own apartments, she flew strances against measures which they had la Princesse Palatine, et la Duchesse de Cheto her windows to watch (for the last time) neither the right to oppose, nor the virtue to vreuse.' It may be doubted if their political the king stepping into his carriage, and ex- control. But the parliament of England, abilities were not much over-rated by the claimed, “ Hélas, donc ! je ne le verrai plus :' which had defended five of its members from crafty cardinal. Their influence, however, and she proved, that not coldness, but the religion the king himself in person, when coming to that of their associates, on the future character of those days, and the strong hold it took on seek their punishment in 1642, preserved and and social existence of their sex in France was virtuous as well as weak minds, alone parted developed within it the seeds of that power permanent, and remained in an almost un. them. The long visits the king continued to which, in 1676, voted the exclusion of the diminished, although less apparent, force, until make to her convent, in a distant quarter of only brother of the reigning king from the swept into the gulf of the Revolution.” Paris, shewed his unaltered sentiments. It succession to the throne, and in 1688 spoke
We now dismiss these pages with the strongest was to these visits, and the advice he received the voice of the nation in declaring that recommendation of them to our readers. Views at them, that his more kind treatment of brother for ever an alien to that throne of of society as entertaining as they are just; in. Anne of Austria, and their living on better which he had proved himself unworthy. Nor dividual character drawn most vividly ; elear, terms, is attributed.”
is the difference of the two national characters correct observations; and a mass of anecdote The ensuing passages are too just to be less remarkable in the conduct, than in the and information too little studied ;-such are omitted.
motive of their civil commotions. The re. the grounds on which we give this volume our “ Were we disposed to adopt the represen- luctance with which in England both parties cordial praise. A masculine understanding, tation given of the manners and the morals of resorted to arms; the length and patience of joined to feminine tact, imparts an extraordithe city in the comedies of the day, we should the discussions, in which one side claimed, and nary character to the author's remarks; and have an equally bad opinion of both; but for the other allowed, rights at that time unheard we trust that nothing may prevent her* from tunately we know that the vices and follies of of in the other governments of Europe, con- adding to the obligations we already feel to her the upper orders of society, in a great metro- trasts remarkably with the unfortunate pre. pen, by laying us under a still greater obligapolis, have no extensive influence on the mass cipitancy with which, 150 years afterwards, tion--that of listening to her ideas upon the of the population of their fellow-citizens, far the Declaration of Rights was made and en- state of society nearer to our own period. This less on that of their country at large ; that forced in France at the beginning of her Revo- is wanted to complete her admirable work. such excesses,
lution. The same reluctance is observable in * To men remote from power, but rarely known,
the appeal at last made by England to the ratio The Battle of Navarine, Malta, and other Leave reason, faith, and conscience, all their own.' ultima' of nations, as well as of princes; and the Poems. By a Naval Officer. 12mo. pp. 227.
same precipitancy in the whole conduct of the London, 1828. Saunders and Otley, Even in those disastrous periods which crowd fronde. The facility with which the leaders To abandon the boarding pike, and assume the the pages of history with the recital of tu- on either side raised armies to support pre-lettered pen, is a strange freak for a naval mult, war, revolution, and all the horrors in tensions, or avenge wrongs, in which those otticer ; and, since Falconer, we have hardly their train ; while private memoirs teem with armies had neither interest nor participation, known one of the class make the attempt with frightful instances of individual depravity and marks the unaltered mobility of the national
• Miss Berry, the friend of Horace Walpole, is, we uffering, thousands of inoffensive beings, I character, its love of military enterprise, and believe, the author.
out suffering Shipwreck. Nor is the present Our next line is a bull, and not a roaring portrait of the Earl of Strafford, too, is in the aspirant an exception: he is a very sailor on one, though borrowed from the ocean. copy divested of all the heroic nobleness which Pegasus; and his tacks about Parnassus bear a “And nought was heard awhile, save the still waters is admirably expressed in the original; and striking resemblance to the general style of
another of the plates is inscribed, “ the trial of cruising when a Jack gets on horseback. Here But perhaps the fairest specimen of the Archbishop Land (Laud), in the hold (old) he be-lays, and there he runs out a line ; here poetry is to be found in the io triumphe on House of Lords,”-as if the repetition of the he takes in a reef, and there he lets go a sheet; the victory of Navarin gained over the Pascia, blunders of the inscription had been a test of here he keeps his course, and there he flags; as our author spells the Turkish commander. superior fidelity, which in this instance it is here his fire (poetic) is poured out in broad. We can only cite a few verses. sides, and there his rhymes lay him on his “ From ship to ship loud cheers responsive rung, Amidst a vast mass of historical extracts, beam ends. In short, every thing about his
While, mad with joy, these lines the conquering seamen many stale anecdotes are, perhaps unavoidwork smacks of the sea : his measure is in the
ably, obtruded on the reader. Whole pages irregular form of yards, and he has adopted the
• Who is he that can cope with the Queen of the Isles,
from Laurence, Eachard, Heath, and Sir Spenserian stanza in compliment to a late Lord She stretches her arm, and the wide waters shake; Edward Walker's Annals, which the author of the Admiralty; he decks his muse with She sends forth her fleets, and proud capitals quake.
to consider as gleanings from the metaphors, and his imagery is proof of his
most impartial sources (see his Preface, p. ii.),
We sigh but for glory, the pleasure of fighting having a fine image-head ; oft tropes shroud 'Gainst Christians or Moslems, in battle delighting;
are relieved by the remarks of Aubrey, and his meaning; and his use of the press interferes We care not for what nor for whom we draw swords, Lilly the astrologer, by accounts of King confoundedly with the freedom of the subject.
Or civilised nations, or Turcoman hordes.
Charles's waistcoat, and of a picture made To speak in less seamanlike phrase, words
Then away let us hasten to where the tides roll
of the hair of the murdered monarch: these
of the dark Hellespont, along proud Istambol! and erude ideas, and the necessity of rhyming Let us hunt the grand sultan in midst of his slaves, were scarcely worth repeating, any more at the expense of grammar and sense, are the And teach him what foes are the sons of the waves ! than the stories told of Oliver Cromwell's errors of this sailor-bard ; and if, even at Na- And with footsteps of blood we will track the long streets, boyhood, copied from the Biographia Bri.
We will circle the harem and ritie its sweets ; varin, there had not been better fighting than We will seek in the mazes of love and its risks,
tannica. The author is also very redundant there is writing in this volume, we are per- The rewards of the brave, the fair Odalisques. on a point we should think now of very little suaded that the Turks would have beat the A health to our leaders, and those who were aiding ! importance. As it has never yet been proved combined squadrons. Imagination, cherished
Their lives be as long as their honours are fading!
who was the king's executioner, he has fa. by an unsettled life, seems to have run away Who writes them the shortest will be the most sage.
voured us with every conjecture upon the with judgment, and so created an idea that Now tum we to Malta, on laurels reposing,
subject, from that which attributes it to the excited feeling was the true Parnassian tem. And leave to our betters the writing and prosing; common hangman, to that which hit upon
Let us kiss the fair damsels, and shew them our scars, perament, a gross mistake, for most people
Then kiss them again, and return to the wars.''
Lord Stair. We have, besides, a letter from are sensible of potent emotions at times, though
Mr. Ellis, who takes credit for the discovery. few people are poets . Thus, the writer, looking necessary: it speaks for itself, for the writer, After this quotation, we deem no comment
“ British Museum, Dec. 21, 1826. at the Temple of Ægina, tells us :and for us. We have only to say, that if his
“ Dear Sir, It was not in my power to * I deemed, or thought I deemed, my feelings grew Unto its very birth; that 'fore my face lines are parallels, we trust his latitudes are
answer your note immediately, and I was The master-spirit stood, who there did trace more correct; that he will fare better with therefore unwilling to detain your messenger.
The work sublime, and with him other men of more or less renown, in that same place tropics than with tropes; that his professional I certainly believe myself to have hit upon the
Did converse hold-of whom I had no ken: will be more secure than his poetical bays; and person who beheaded poor King Charles ; but Imagination saw, but knowledge failed me then. that if he has lost soundings in verse, he
he was not your old man.
I have not my
may For much of learning I did ne'er imbibé, While in that school upon the ocean cast,
be warned by the squall, and seek a trade-papers to refer to at the present moment, for But more of evil lalk and saucy gibe.”
wind, hopeless here, in the seaman's regular they are with my printer; but the substance And then fancying himself a child of wondrous course and quarter.
amounts to this, that the common execu.
tioner was really the person; that he died imaginings, he is wrought up in his own con
within six months after the beheading of the ceit, and falls foul of his berth and companions Historical Sketches of Charles I., Cromwell, king; and that hence came the mystery aton board ship.
Charles II., and the principal Persons oftending the transaction. The clue which I " Right ill is borne
that Period, fc. By W. D. Fellowes, Esq. first obtained to this was from an obscure pub. The ceaseless hum of mirth from early dawn
Till Cynthia midway hangs, th’unvaryed round 4to. Pp. 508. London, 1828, J. Murray; lication of the time; and I traced the burial of Of dull, unchanged ideas, from Lever drawn,
Paris, Bobée and Hingray.
the man in the register of the parish where he And witless jokes, when boys and veterans sound Their early pranks of love, and doting jests expound.
That the period of history to which this was interred, precisely according to the date Loathsome to him who blighted stands forlorn
book relates is one of great interest, is not to be given in the tract, together with a memo. Amongst a serving race, without one tie
denied ; and that it is worthy of illustration, is randum in the margin of the register (in a Than what co-eating gives ; who, though deep scomm a point upon which we are well inclined to hand nearly, if not quite contemporary) that
May scathe his brow, must feign hypocrisy, And utter joys his inward cares deny:
agree with the author. But the manner is this person, Richard Brandon, was the man. Cursed with deep feeling, his the bitter task also something to be considered. Mr. Fel. The first person he had beheaded was Lord To feign content, and sinile in misery, Unfelt by comrades rude, who only ask
lowes sets out with reprinting the account of Strafford. You see I am very frank with you. In sensual joys of life the hours below to bask."
the king's trial and execution, from Nalson's Should you mention this circumstance of my
Journal, accompanied by Historical Sketches, discovery, have the goodness to name it as Now, as far as our critical opinion is worth a of which he says" the Historical Sketches mine, and to add, that in the second series of whistle, or a boatswain's pipe, or his mate's of the principal persons who were actors in this the Original Letters, which will appear in a cat with a supernumerary abundance of tails, comprehensive political scene, which embrace month or two, the proofs will form a note. I we would earnestly offer it to the author; and the views and conduct of all the parties con. am, dear sir, very faithfully yours, advise him to fall in with the mess, and enjoy cerned, are chiefly taken from the Life of
"HENRY ELLIS." " co-eating" even salt junk, and co-drinking, Clarendon and his History of the Rebellion ; Our first extract, by way of illustration, is a were it nothing better than purser's swipes, the Lives of the English Regicides, by Mr. mere chance medley; rather than indulge in these “ deep feelings,” Noble ; the Memoirs of Sir Philip Warwick, “ It is a remarkable fact, which history which turn him sour and poetical. As a brave in the Royal Library at Paris ; also from some was either too idle to ascertain, or too much seaman he may distinguish himself, as a bard never : witness the annexed examples.
scarce tracts published at that period. And, ashamed to relate, that the arms of Cromwell
after the most diligent seareh in their col. communicated to Scotland, with other benefits, “ Ipsara meets the sight, Bright valour's grave, where treason fell did grow,
lection, the introduction of some very rare the first newspaper which had ever illuminated And conquer men whose swords were never low. prints and outlines, by way of illustration, the gloom of the north. Each army carried It was a rising hillock, like you see
may be considered as enhancing the interest of its own printer with it; expecting either to On Troia's plain, of ancient form and fashion ; the account of the ill-fated monarch's trial and convince by its reasoning, or to delude by The sheep fed round its base, and one tall tree Du lure the wind.
execution.” We have accordingly above fifty its falsehood. King Charles carried Robert
lithographic plates; but most of them are of the Barker with him to Newcastle, in 1639; and Better to beard the lion in his den,' Confront the shark in India's glowing tide,
very lowest grade of art. Why the author should General Cromwell conveyed Christopher HigMercy expect from cannibalic men,
copy a very bad print of the beautiful statue at gins to Leith, in 1652. When Cromwell had Or rend her cublings from the tigress' side,
Charing Cross, we cannot conceive. Rosinante here established a citadel, Higgins reprinted, Than raise the wrath of fair Britannia's pride. She shakes her trident, and the waters start,
was not more unlike Bucephalus than the en- in November of the same year, what had been And the huge whales from inmost deeps upglide." graving is to the statue. Vandyck’s exquisite already published at London - A Diurnal of