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modern times, viz. that a filial respect, at || after some interruption, to resume the a certain time of life, is a mere matter of same learning. A young Miss is said to courtesy.
know the history of England, because she Education is the greatest benefit that can has repeated, by heart, a few chapters of be conferred; but how sorrowful it is to an abridgment, by questions and answers ; observe, that, now-a-days, either through but unless she has been taught, at the same ignorance or vanity, accomplishments alone time, chronology and geography, to prop are sought after and procured, and the ru. her historical knowledge, it will soon fall diments of morality entirely unattended to!
into ruins. Some are taught drawing, It is for want of that solid foundation, how- who, perhaps, may succeed in copying a ever, that what is termed a genteel edu- | landscape, but will never produce an orication, for a female, is the ruin of many ; ginal worth being looked at, because they how can it be otherwise, when the child have never been made acquainted with the of an adventuring tradesman, for instance,
first rudiments of perspective. Some are is brought up in the same style as that of a called musicians, who have no idea of what peer, or of a wealthy commoner?
is time, and may think to have improved Although I should feel inclined to blame very much under the tuition of a dancingthe avaricious and illiterate father, who, master, because they know the figures of content with seeing his son duly qualified | every country-dance; who walk and curtesy to stand behind a counter like himself, || with no more good grace than a milkleaves the youth unprovided with the maid; and, when seated, are at a loss what means of enjoying mental entertainment, to do with their arms and legs. Seldom, during the hours of relaxation from busi. | very seldom, alas! is a boarding-school ness; I dare not censure the ambitious | education carried 'beyond what I have parent, who renounces the future partner- | just described. What a deal of time lost! ship of his favourite boy, and sends him to and now begin the days of retribution. college. Advantageous connections are
young Miss returns home, she is there to be formed sometimes : the learned an entire stranger to, and would scorn atprofessions hold out great resources: in- || tending to domestic concerus, too much terest (the consequence of long credit) may
beneath her notice. If she be required to procure preferment in the church : law repair some family linen, she cannot leave and physic are more tardy in bringing in off a piece of tambour-work, which she the harvest, but the chapter of accidents has had in hand ever so long: she has not will always throw clients and patients in been taught darning, as her mother has: his way. I might enumerate other pros
how can one think of putting her to such pects, but I must return to the other sex, drudgery? The infatuated parents now whose injudicious education I originally find out, but too late, that, in cousequence intended as my theme.
of their wish to procure for their dear child I could congratulate from my heart the
à refined education, their authority is disfemale rising generation, on the almost respected; that, upon every occasion, their total suppression of samplers in day and good-natured simplicity is laughed at, and boarding schools, from nearly ove term to their want of instruction ridiculed. Next another, if that useless occupation had not it will often occur, that the circulating libeen replaced by others no more profit- brary will give a finish
to the boarding-
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PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER.
THE PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER. - FROM THE FRENCH.
LAMBERT is a very amiable and gay “that is singular! How much he reyoung man, possessing an easy fortune, ac sembles mine! that is the reason why I quired by the industry of his father, who, ll bought it."_“I must beg of you, Sir, not for thirty years, and upwards, employed to require me to make any alteration in himself, with honour, in Normandy, in that picture.”—“ It is impossible to grant mercantile concerns. Lambert, who lost | your request; I must absolutely have a both his parents at an early age, took upon father in the army, decorated with several himself, after the restoration, to prefix a orders, and an officer of rank."-"Howde to his name; and taking advantage of ever, Sir, that is not your father, since it its reseniblance to that of an ancient gen- || is mine."_" That requires positive proof: tleman of the same province as himself, he besides, supposing you are right, this picthought proper to engraft that family with | ture is my property; I bought it, it belongs his own.
to me, and I have a right to dispose of it I called on bim a few days ago, and according to my fancy; I choose to have it found him busily employed in his saloon, in | made a Brigadier General of the King's contemplating about a dozen of old pic. army.”—“My father was never in the sertures." I have just made," said he, laugh. | vice; his countenance indicates the milding, “a purchase of a whole family: I ness and quiet of his character, and the bave bought, on the Quay des Morfondus, gentleness of his manners.”—“That may a father, a mother, two uncles, three aunts, | be, but I must have a father who was and about half a dozen ancestors, of which lord over a dozen villages."-" Mine was I stand much in need, and which I am not even the church warden of his parish." going to have brightened up a little; I am -“ Mine must be decorated with titles.”waiting for a painter, who promised to “ The original of that picture had only the come to me this morning; I have made a esteem of the public, nothing more."bargain with him to varnish over my “My father left me a great name, a great parents and relations a little."-Scarce had fortune, and stood high in the service."he done speaking, when the artist entered.
“ But mine left me only his virtues, for a After the customary civilities, Lambert pattern, and a few debts to pay, which I pointed out to him what he wished him to have religiously fulblled.”—“ You may say do." You must,” said he, “make from what you please, I cannot part with this these five portraits (these were the an- | figure; it is too much like myself for me cestors) an Archbishop, a Presideut of to think of giving up the making use of it; Parliament, a Colonel, a Captain in the my father never had his picture taken." navy, and a Lieutenant of musketeers." “ Mine had his likeness taken only once; « 1 shall be much troubled," said the bis portrait was sold during my absence; painter,“ to disguise these gentlemen after since my return, I have sought for it every such fashions; however, with a little pa- wbere, but in vain ; I have now found it, tience, I hope I shall succeed." _“You and I, certainly, can never suffer it to be will then make of these three ladies (these | mutilated.”—“Mutilated !"_“ Certainly, I were the aunts), a Canoness, a Maid of have nothing to depend on but my talents Honour, and an Abbess of the Couvent of as an artist, but I would give all I am worth Montmartre; of these two gentlemen (these to possess this beloved image of my parent; were his uncles), a Cardinal and a Field. I will make you the offer of daubing over Marshal; of this lady (this was his mother), || these geutlemen and ladies, to paint for a woman of the first distioction; and of you half a dozen relations, old and young, this portrait (shewing the last) you must Counts, Marquisses, Bishops, whatever you make"_" Ah! but," said the paiuter, choose, only craviug that you will give with much emotion, “ it will be impossible up that picture to me.”—“But, my good to make any thing else of him thau an Sir—-"_"This offer," said I to Lambert, honest grocer; this portrait-! it is that “ is a reasonable one : the gentleman will of my father."-" Indeed!" said Lambert, " make you a father according to your di
recti ons, and you will not have to reproach discovered, in a corner of the picture, a yourself with having taken his away from small portion of a Marshal's baton, as if him. Come, come, be a little obliging; we to indicate, that, at least, he merited it.". are all sent on earth mutually to assist each | "If he had been in the service," whispered other ; describe to this gentleman the fea- | 1.-" I wish also," continued he, “ that my tures and phisiognomy of your father, ac father may have the appearance of a veteran cording to the best of your recollection ; || officer, and the flexible features of an adroit tell him what was unpleasant about him, | courtier; that his smile may be that of a and what alteration he shall make; add man of sense, and his whole phisiognomy and diminish all that may tend to the glory | like that of a man accustomed to courts." of your family, and the success of your own " I know, then, how to suit you," replied individual interest. I will be answerable the modern Apelles; “ you will then see, for his docility in complying with your without a doubt, the portrait of a certain will." _“ Well,” said Lambert to the young personage that walks regularly every day, painter, “I wish my father to be repre- from two to four, on the Terrace des Feuilsented as a little man, between fifty-five | lans; I expect to meet him on my return; and sixty years of age; who shall have the and if, the day after to-morrow I bring you appearance of having grown old in the your father -"_" Then," said Lambert, midst of honours, and who, on a blue coat, smiling, “I will restore you your's with shall have two General's epaulettes, and pleasure." five or six ribbons of the most striking
S. G. colours; if possible, I should wish to be
TO THE EDITOR OF LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE.
SIR,-) flatter myself your fair readers only public display, they will, probably, will not think you deviate from the prin- | accord an indulgent perusal to an elucidaciples of an elegant miscellany, though a tion of the impediments to success for their few columns are occupied by the reflections
manæuvres, with the cause of leaving in of a husband and a father, who gratefully celibacy such fair creatures as cannot furoffers a testimony to their bliss.imparting nish an equivalent to support the invirtues. Having
creasing expences of an increasing fa“ By blest experience try'd,
mily. “ How much the wife is dearer than the bride,"
Nearly twelve years have elapsed since he wishes his sons may each obtain from my return from a foreign country to take Heaven the precious boon of a partner en possession of a large estate, devolved to me dowed with qualifications similar to those by the death of a distant relation. I was that constitute his domestic felicity; and still young, and had been so judiciously his excellent mate earnestly prays, that stimulated to diligence, in preparing myself our little girls may be as early and happily to acquire independence by professional exunited as herself. Indeed, I could not help ertions, that I had no leisure for vicious entertaining a low opinion of the connubial addiction. Prepossessed by the placid afqualities, or the sincerity of a pair, who, fection and concord in the domestic associ. independent of family aggrandizement, by ation of my parents, though struggling new alliances, were not solicitous for the with a narrow income, to educate six boys, marriage of their offspring, as the best se and to maintain an appearance suitable to curity of every comfort in life. I am not their highly respectable connections, I naignorant, that there are fathers and mothers | turally inferred, that an affluent fortune to whom the silken bands of wedlock have could enhance the enjoyments of well asproved cumbrous and galling fetters-yet sorted marriage ; but believe I should have are they very sedulous to procure splendid | hesitated to reveal those sentiments to my establishments for their daughters; and | only near relation, a bachelor uncle, if he though those worldly-wise parents desire' had not bewailed his owu improvidence in
trusting to contingencies for the care of his nor imitation, a similar character. Don't helpless old age.
interrupt me, George. I have no evil to “ Get married-get married, George,” say of Louisa ; and after you hear some said he, “ if you would not, in sickness and || facts of her mother, you will agree with decrepitude, throw yourself upon the merly me, that you cannot too warily proceed in of a prosing housekeeper and mercenary your love affair, lest latent foibles may, too valet-when, like me, you are unfit to take late, break the charm. Mrs. Swinburne's care of your decayed body, or your affairs. father, as a wharfinger, in a West-India A wife, a daughter, or even a sister, would colony, acquired a competency which enbe worth more than wealth to me, when I abled him to give a shewy education to five can neither think nor act for myself, and i sprightly daughters: their dashing manam incapable of receiving any comfort, but ners gained them husbands, in dotage or in tender assiduities, and kind sympatlıy. | minority. Swinburne was no more than As I am at present tolerably well, and the nineteen, when, a few days after his inseason is inild, I shall accompany you to troduction to a belle of five-and-twenty visit our neighbours. Young ladies are years old, he offered her his havd. He seen, in their true colours, far inore readily had a valuable property, but the returns in rural scenes than in town; and young depended upon following a system which men, I imagine, are more apt to make a the young man learned from his lately selection among a dozen captivating ob- deceased father, and had successfully conjects, than when their fancy is distracted ducted during his tedious illness. While by scores of bloomers. Cupid flutters he could prevail with his wife to remaiu in about in assemblies, routs, and theatres, but the island, prosperity crowned his wellhis altars are erected only among the house directed attentions; but the lady had been hold gods, or in gardens, woods, and fields. finished at a London boarding school, and I would as soou choose a wife by seeing she languished for gaities, of which having her picture at an exhibition, as by contem- only partial glimpses, her imagination plating her features or figure at public pourtrayed as the ne plus ultra of enjoy. places."
ment. She wheedled her husband, at the To abbreviate my egotisms, I shall passend of four years, to take a trip to Eng. over intermediate occurrences, to tell, in land. He was a Creole, brought up on the few words, that a slight acquaintance in- spot of bis nativity; and a total stranger in clined me to prefer the ever-gay and insi. the emporium of pleasure and profusion, he nuating Louisa; and her mother seemed depended entirely on his wife's guidance. more pleasantly amusing than Mrs. Isles. She became, and still is, a fine lady, a very worth, with all her advantages of person, fine lady ; but an usurper of altitude in soand greater fortune. My uncle perceived ciety is no more to be tolerated than the the nascent passion.
usurper of a throne ; since, in both cases, " Wait,” said he, « till you become a we may discern the absence of a pure and little intimate in both houses : I have a high moral rectitude. I condemn all that moral certainty, that, in general, the most sport away, in personal adorninent and selfaccommodating mothers, or the most at ish gratification, the superfluity of wealth tractive daughters, are not always the most that would relieve the distresses of many delightful companions in daily intercourse. indigent fellow-beings—but immeasurably I am a downright Englishman, and always more culpable is she, that has cajoled a toothought Mrs. Swiuburve over anxious to easy husband to desert his most important recommend herself and her daughter to interests, and who squanders his revenue rich young or old men; and I have seen in giving routs, and playing cards with her haughty as a Spanish Princess to penny peeresses, when she should be acting her less merit: but my old friend, Adleeron, ' part in economizing for the benefit of her whom I have not seen these seven-and progeny, apd taking care of their health, twenty years till last Monday, gave me a and forming their minds. All Mrs. Swin. history which should deter you from yield burne's children died, except Louisa. Dising your heart to her eleve, until assured sipated mothers sellom bring to maturity she has, neither by hereditary disposition, more than one or two of the creatures they No. 112.-Vol. XVIII.
usher into existence, only to pine and ex point out the most deserving matron with a pire-and had all the young Swinburnes marriageable daughter?" been now living, they could be but slen “You are a sly rogue. You very well derly provided for. The expenditure of know my favourite; and should I do any their parents far exceeded their remittances, l justice to Mrs. Islesworth, you will say but both had acquired a taste for high life. || I am in love with her, or have predestined Money was borrowed, at usurious interest. her Isabella for you. You smile: well, I I need not expatiate upon the consequences. || shall even give you that opening, to retort Swinburne died suddenly; some aver his severities. Mr. Islesworth was the ward own hand terminated his unhappy career. of Mr. Cavendish, and had frequent opThe widow had securities on bis planta. || portunities of seeing his lovely daughter. tions, and a quondam admirer, who drew || They formed an early attachment; but out the settlements, took a friendly con
Mr. Cavendish did not think Isleworth's cern in winding up, for her behoof, the ne estate equal to the pretensions of his daughglected business of the deceased Swin- ||ter; he was, however, moved by her unburne. He sold the land, the negroes, and complaining dejection, and consented to moveables to great advantage, and em
her union with Islesworth: warning him barked for England to claim his reward, that a few thousand pounds was all the but died on the passage. Mrs. Swinburne's portion he intended to bestow. In this annuity, and the reversion for her daughter, resolution he persevered to the day of his allows her to live some weeks in Londondeath; but Mrs. Islesworth and her huswith acquaintances, who make reprisals by band prudently suited their style of living passing months at her decorated cottage in to their income. summer or autumn. This is all I have to “ Isleworth behaved to his father-in-law say, George ; but it is quite enough to without servility, but with the complacency make a judicious young man very cautious of an affectionate son; he lost his life big You are not the first that has been enchant- 1 going to see him when attacked by a putrid ed by such a girl as Louisa ; but all who || fever. The same distemper made Mrs. have so much reason left as to remember, Islesworth an orphan and a widow in one that a lover and a husband must draw 1 week. She inherited her father's estates, their happiness from different sources, will and has had more than one tempting offer inquire the real character of a mother; and from admirers, who prized her for her own I have known several relinquish a pursuit, sake. If we had more such matrons, ceon finding she was ill-tempered or extrava- libacy would be less frequent; and that gant. Good conduct in the mother, is the you may not think me a surly bachelor, best recommendation for the daughters.” unjust in the most amiable portion of ra
“ Do then, my dear uncle, inform me tionals, I will say, that if we had more such where I may find a faultless mother." husbands as Islesworth, we should have few
“ Fauitless ! George; now I see you are or no frivolous extravagant wives." angry at my blunt sincerity. All mortals, The reader will have anticipated that male and female, are faulty; but the kind Mrs. Islesworth was my mother-in-law; and and degree of failings, you will acknow- | 1 beg leave to add, that the best recomledge, make an esseutial difference in their mendation for marriageable fair ones will merit or demerit."
always proceed from the worth of their True, my dear Sir: will you, therefore, || parents
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