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have been considered one of the pro- settlement in England from this good foundest. Thirty years elapsed before mao ; marvellously concise, but always he executed bis favourite scheme of re- indicating that his Ano advanced in turning to bis native land, and when he every part of education which the Lady finally began his voyage homewards, Ann excelled in ; and De Romillè was his determination had been chiefly fixed struck with high respect for modern by a splendid folio volume, rich in seminaries, when he found that to learn charts, tables of heraldry, and aquatinta Latin, Greek, geometry, chemistry, eloviews representing the ancient and mo- cution, and algebra, were no uncommon dero glories of bis beloved Yorkshire. matters in the year 1819. De Romille Therein he saw records of those days underwent the fatigues of his long yoy. when a Baron and filly serving men age with the delicious heart-fuliness of lodged and boarded in London for seven a father bastening to the completion of pence a-day; when his marriage-feast his labour. He had received a Baron's consumed twenty four peacocks at 8s. title- flattering to his fancy only beeach, thirty-six oxen, and as inuch gin- cause it gave to his cherished daughter gerbread as would cover the table ; and the name so dear to bis imagination ; when my lord's council were satisfied and as that imagination became frolic. with eighteen-penny-worth of sack and some during the leisure of a long roysogar each. But above all he was en- age, be conceived the dangerous idea of chanted with the portrait and memoir of visiting his birth-place and his daughter Lady Ann De Clifford, Countess of as a stranger before he appeared with Pembroke and Montgomery, rebuilder all his blushing honours thick upon of her ancestor's ancient castle, and so bim." -- A letter dated from the Isle of skilled in all gentle and useful arts, that Wight, announcing that he meant to she wrote orders for conserves with the refresh bis health iu that Montpellier of same hand that denounced vengeance England before be entered its most against a treacherous seneschal for un northern district, was sent to amuse ube leading the roof. He found in the in- steward, and a stage-coach conveyed ventory of her wardrobe a memorandum the new Baron De Romillè into Yorkof my ladie's glass flowers and feathers, shire. and a note of 6d. for powdering her hair During the moonlight night that peethro' a quill, by which he saw that her ceded his last day's journey, De Rotoilet had been duly fashioned ; and a millè's heart beat with a school-boy's fac-simile of berorders for the admission gladness as be remembered the ancient of one Susan Gill into her almshouse, elms and firs that overtopped bis castle provided “she said prayers and lived de- and stretched their interwoven arms cently,” assured him that she watched as over the stream that wore a channel at became a virtuous matron, over the its soot. His adventurous leaps among morals of ber servants. Lady Ann, in the steep and shaggy rocks that once short, was the model and standard of formed that channel, his plunder of perfection in his mind; and having but rook’s-nests and wild strawberries to one daughter, he had called her Ann, divert an only sister now no more, reand sent ber to a seminary near this po- turned to his memory with the pleasant ble lady's estate, that she might be in dimness of evening shadows, softened all things acquainted and impressed and improved by distance. His sister with her example. Being three thou- bore the name be loved so fondly; and sand miles distant himself, he selected its holy place in his remembrance probafor her guardian and future trustee, a bly confirmed the bold which the Lady lineal descendant of Lady Ann's most Ano De Clifford's image had kept there approved steward, a farmer of primitive since his boyish days. To revive the morals and provincial shrewdness, whose ancient honours of his family, and see great-grandfather's name appeared in bis favourite name preserved by the the oldest feefarm-rents. He had re- sanctity of living excellence, was a hope ceived annual communications since his he had already half-fulfilled ; and in two VOL. 6.] Tales of To-Day-Lady Ann of Pembroke in 1819.
217 hours—in another hour, he might realize sitting behind one, two, three, or four the whole! The loaded and uneasy post- irrational ones.” coach turned down the black steep of “ I don't see the justice of your conRumblegap-(an ominous and suitable clusion," said his companion on the namne!)—but our traveller thought only roof, “ if a man guides the wheelbarof the valley below. There lay his na- row—but perhaps you mean the intetive village-yonder was the gleaming rior sex to wheel us. of the river where his first trout-basket “ Which has happened too often," was filled--and now-certainly now he returned the first speaker“ however, could see the grassy lane where his tru- that, like other defects in the old system, aot walks had been so often enjoyed. may be corrected ; and I expect to conThat green lage ! how often, in the tor- vince this town, when I have establishrid beat of his eastern pavilion, he had ed my academy in it, that the teachers wished to walk again down its narrow of youth have been in a mistake fourpath uoder the trees that grew among teen centuries. Sir, what do we want the high hedgerow mounds, and to see, with antiquities, histories, and other through their knit branches, the white men's recollections ?- When we have schoolhouse walls and the smoke of the forgotten every thing, then, and not till village below !—all these precious ob- theo, we shall begin afresh, without jects were almost withio reach—he had prejudices and presuppositions." counted every milestone, yet they did Pray, sir," said the plain man by not appear. Al length the guard blew his side, “ of what science bave I the his horn, and De Roinillè leaped upon bonour of seeing a professor ?" the roof to seize the first glimpse. His “Of none singly, my good sir. I vehicle turned thro' a little turopike into might call myself an omoagogue, or a range of slated buts, which, at different teacher of all things to all mea, for such times and with different intentions, had I have been ; but am now what is more grown into a street. Some presented a profitable and fashionable : I come, in back-wall creviced into windows half- short, to give the last stroke and polish filled with oiled paper and clumps of to Lady Ano De Clifford's education-turf; others thrust a pent-house and an the art of forgetting gracefully.” ill-bung sign-post towards the road ; “ Have you any objection," resumed while all poured forth groups of mothers the stranger, with a sly glance at bis gaudily dressed and ragged children. meagre person,
to be styled a Pan“Yon's ould castle and market-cross,” gogue ?-«qually dignified in sound as said the sturdy guard, pointing to a troop a Greek compound, and liable to raise of yeomeary-cavalry. sheltering them- some pleasant ideas in English.” selves under the pediment of a rough “ Nothing could be more appropriblack building, which, as it could pro- ate !—for, in plain truth, I have brought tect only the horses' heads that met un- down the last Almanac des Gourmands der it, obliged the riders to sit in the at- as an addition to my pupil's library ; titude which so diverted Frederic of and if, as I judge from your portfolio, Prussia when attorney-generalDucoing you are an ambulating artist, I can threw his arms round his charger's neck command a passport to the pantry of at a review.
her father's castle, and, secondly, to his “ Take care of your wheels ! apply gallery of portraits. I see the orgen of your anti-attrition !” exclaimed a sharp physiognoiny in your skull; and if you visaged lean man, as the coach rolled know any thing of Gall aod Spurzheim, down its narrow road" Thanks to the you will see a most amusing variety of improvements of this age, it will not be frontispieces." long, I hope, before the ancient mani- “ I see one now,” replied his travelpede, vulgarly called a wheelbarrow, ling companion, as they alighted at the will be adapted to the politest passen- massy iron gate of Enge portcullis flankgers ; and the superior animal will ed by towers of venerable size,“ Can then have due precedence, instead of this be Castle Romille ?" said the stran2D
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ger, as, after a few introductory wbis- The professor of modish obliviouspers, he followed a laced butler and a ness saw his companion gaze with studamsel in pink slippers over the matted pid astonishment, and conducted bim hall into the picture-gallery." Here," through one of the castle-gates into the said his guide, you may form an appen- smooth-shaven lawn, where a splendid dix to Lavater's folio volume. Look groupe of the neighbours were assemat that head—its original belongs to the bled to see Lady Ano's first exhibition present Lord De Romillè, and has, as on an ass composed of joint-wood, and you see, the organ of constructiveness suitably covered with a zebra's skin, close to the left ear. He has toiled with the power, as the projector said, thirty years under a burning sun to rest of perpetual motion. Great, indeed, at last among the escutcheons of his would have been the surprise of the ilancestors, in this castle. What will he lustrious And of Pembroke, if she had find bere ? his farm-bouses changed seen her descendant attired in transpainto villas with virandas, his tapestry rent tissue, with amazonian hat and into crimson velvet einbossed with gold, buskins, mounted on her wooden paland his hospitable ball into a concert. frey; and greater still would have been rooin--full of fine sounds, but nothing ber horror had she seen the procession substantial. Look at the splendid jars, of pink, lilac, and white silk parasols festooned draperies, the silver tea-equi- which followed in the hands of her honpage beyond that door !”—“ Are those est yeomanry's great-grand-daughters. my lady's ?”—“No-my lady's maid's; De Romillè walked in the rear of this and that portrait, loaded with gold singular squadron in profound silence ; wreaths, is the modern Lady Ann De but the automaton ass, no less fatal than Clifford, beiress of these domains. Her its wooden predecessor in Troy, sudhair-dres-er has only two hundred a denly turned down the steep path which year for varying the style of ber head- led to the castle-giove, and tangling its dresses, and that fillet was actually springs in a branch of its kindred oak, braided from the model of the ancient burled its rider into the chasm below. Lady Aon's. Observe in her glassy It was a dismal and unfathomable eye and pale yellow hair, how well the depth, most unfortunately resembling capability of forgetfulness is expressed the celebrated Strid in which young De by nature ! She has the true emptiness Romillè lost his life some centuries beof skull which renders a woman fit for fore. The miserable father leaped in my pupil. She will learn in two days to save his child, and brought only her to pass her harp and drop her pencil corpse to land. This terrible catastrowith an air of ignorance as completely phe acting on a brain heated by eager natural as if she had not cost her father hopes, and on a frame chilled by a sudsix thousand pound in music and draw- den plunge into the wharf, was final ing-masters. She will soon forget how and fatal to his reason. His steward to write, and employ an agent to speak recognized bim, and conveyed his upfor her. This will be the perfection of happy master to the desolate home that polite forgetfulness; and I intend to now awaited bis return. Tbere bis propose an accomplished young person brain-fever seemed to sink into an intoʻreside with her as a sort of living sanity of a calm and singular kind. He opera-glass, a moveable lorgnette io hu- imagined himself the old Lord Clifford man shape, to see for her. On this very of Cumberland, and talked with conday she makes ber first experiment in stant and quiet patience of his daughter's the art of losing the use of her limbs expected return. His steward, grieved gracefully. She has forgotten how to in heart at his unhappy patron's desolawalk, and an apilenium, a veloeimani- tion, went forth one day with a scheme pede, and a patent asinade of my almost as wild as De Romillè's chimera. own invention have been brought here He had often seen a ragged rosy girl to save her the vulgar and old-fashion- sitting in the church-yard, and looking ed trouble !"
with eager admiration at the splendid
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tures * * * *
tomb erected to the heiress. This girl's
Materials for mock-china, £. d. blue eyes and pale flaxen bair resem
straw-shoes, and bead-nets 15 0 0
6 Lectores in Hydraulics 12 00 bled her's sufficiently; and honest Ditto in Mineralogy
12 0 0 Abrahain sought an opportunity to
Instructions in Elocution 12 00 execute bis project. De Romillè loved
Pocket-extracts as materials to amuse his moody leisure by sitting for ditto
10 00 on that tomb, and scooping with bis
Circassian Corsetts to reform cane the half-effaced ioscriptions on
her Ladyship's bust
5 0 0 Oriental Tooth-paste
1 0 bumbler
graves. Sadly as he busied Renovating Pink Fluid - 3 30 himself with this untoward chizzel, be
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gi appeared not to remember that his own name would be thus effaced or preserv- “What are you about, Abraham ?" ed only by strangers. His steward ap- quoth the Lord De Romiliè, falling proached him as be sat in this occupa- with marvellous exactness into the ideas tion, and announced the arrival of his which his ancestor would have had on daughter.
such an occasion : By what mishap " It is too late to-day," said the sick have you put such an inventory into man, sighing—“ We can make no suf- my daughter's name ?-Here is the meficient preparation. My daughter ought morandum of her board and teaching, not to return without twenty yeomen in signed by her governess, dame Taylor pinked cloaks and scarlet hose, You of London : and with coin for her may take fifteen pounds for her travel- pocket, and furniture for her wardrobe, ling expenses, Abraham: that, I think, the sum total is only 38£. and a silver is as much as I paid for the Sheriff of threepenceYorkshire's wine and eating on his journey, though he brought three
chap- of sweetmeat iid.
“To my Lady Ann's man for litel glasses lains and fifty soldiers Where, I pray, “For my la 's Indyan clothes vid. is the account of my daughter's charges
“To a Frenchewoman for dauncing viis. in London ?”
“ Item, geven to Stephens that teacheth
my lady to daunce for 1 monthe xxs. Honest Abraham had dot foreseen “ liem. A verdingal & verdingal wyre
Vs. ijd tbis demand, but he had many such ac
Musicyons for playing at my la's chamcounts ready, and replied, Here is ber-doore vs. one small charge unpaid for some mat
“ A maske for my la. iis. ters of my lady's wardrobe and the last
"Item---a paire of Jersey stockings isiis.
“ Item, two pair of shoes of Spanish lether month of her board
& one of calves' lether, xiiid. £. s.
“ Bt at the sign of the holie lamb at St d.
Martyn's, a yd and a qr of lawne. 4 Twelve lessons in Latin 6 00
" Item, for sleave-silk xxxiiis. Ditto in Attitudes
12 0 0 “ Item'an ell of holland for my lady's Do. private lessons in colour
8 00 “ For drawing her la.shipp on canvas iris. Signora Tintoretta's new-in
“For foore basket-pendants of goulde vepted carmine for morn
and pearle xiis. ing-bloom
5 0 0 Ditto for the side-box
“ liem a paire of greene worsted stockings
5 0 0 for my la, ijiis. iirid, Fugitive pink for occasional
“ Item. Two pap bookes, one for aceffect
10 00 sostructions for applying the
compte---the other to write ber catechisme
in--above according to the rules of perspective
"Item--pd for a ringe & jewelle ixs ijid.--
20 0 0 To Mons. Grandsop fortui
item 2 dozen of glasse flowers viis.” tion in the Swiss, Spanish, and Rossian waltzes, and
“ No doubt,” answered Abraham, costume for each
your good lordship has settled all de8 Lesson from Madame
mands for such items. I find no mention Bruit, Artist in vocality 16 0 0 Do. from MademoiselleSay
here either of neck-kerchiels or caleteuse, Professor of Attitu
chism-books. Will it please you to have dinizing
16 0.0 Instructions in the art of ce
a little patience while I read on? menting kid-gloves with iron glue, and materials
" For a black velvet gown edged with gold for ditto
Jace, slashed & lined with white satin. 10 00
“Ditto,crimson velset with ermine border
“ Morning vest of white silk with cambric at no loss to convert the silk jerkins into skirt
Cloak of grey superfine kerseymere the scanty tunics of the year 1819, and with hood &
the furred cloaks into pelisses. Carna“ Man,” interrupted De Romillè, caps, and laced bats, were as easily
tion-coloured silk stockings, red velvet snatching the paper from his steward, transformed into female decorations ; " that is a leat out of my own inventory and the tailors of elder days had been of clothes-Read on-| bave the first
so abundant in buttons and fringes, that part of it in my pocket. If it is the ber dress when she entered Lord De fashion of this day for women to wear Romillè's dining-ball
, would have been such clothes, my daughter shall have all envied by a court-dress maker. De my father's wardrobe—500 pounds for Romille gazed at her with eyes of wonone week's apparel ! it is more than the der and admiration, for he recognized price of six wedding-dioners and the the apparel of his great-great grandPrior of Bolton's whole cellar." Abraham took the schedule with due nized the prudence and sagacity of vid
father's ancestor, and thought he recog. submission, and read as he was com- Lady Ann De Clifford in her descenmanded
dant's ingenious adaptation of her ward“ My Lord's Apparell--
robe. He placed bis supposed daugh“ A black velvet jacket embrothered with silver, farred with squirrels, & lined thorow- ter at the head of the dining-table, ly with white lamb somewhat decayed xls. which by his order, had been covered, “One olack sattin gowne lyned with buck. according to an ancieut bill of fare, with " Item--- One robe of blewe sarsenet with a young lamb whole roasted, two bakout sleeves & four shorte gowns with lace. ed turbots in one dish, brawn with
* Item. A tawny hatte. * Item--- A dun hatte.
mustard and malmsey, apples and * Item One covered with crimesyn velvet cheese stewed with sugar and sage, green & gold lace--. ili Payre of carnation silk stockings ed displeased that no yeomen sat in bis
ginger, and gingerbread. But he seem& asb coloured taffeta garters & roses edged with goalde--
hall to eat frumetty pottage ; for Abra“ liem. A rollof buckram, 7 yards of right ham's utmost art could not find any
of white sattin & iii prs of perfumed gloves."
bis lord's tenants willing to appear ia “ Your lordship will be pleased to buff leather doublets and serge hose at observe, that here are no less than fifty a public dioner, and their wives were gowns and forty pair of shoes in this still less inclined to return from their inventory, not to mention twelve ells of pink pelisses, fringed balf-hoots, and ribbon for tippets."
laced parasols, to the homely attire their “So much the better, Abraham; great grand-dames bad worn, even for take the key of my father's chest, and a day. But the new Lady Ago's demove it into my daughter's chamber; meanour gratified her supposed father and see that the doublets and hose be beyond his best friends' bopes. Acmade fit for present use.”
customed to the labours of the dairy Abraham obeyed without delay; and and the kitchen, she arranged her paswhen he had surveyed the piles of an- try castles, jars of conserves, and stores cient black jerkios, sleeveless gowns,and of polled lampreys, with the most silk shoes, he saw ample store of equip- exact attention to Lady Ann De Clifment for tbe damsel he bad selected io ford's book of recipes.
She needed amuse bis patron's insanity. The new such a guide, as the race of good old Lady Ann was shewn to Lord De Ro- women in the country is whollgextinct.* millè's physicians, and the scheme well Native shrewdoess and a real ambition approved. She was shut; a week before to please, the first principle both of pothe day intended for her introduction, in the chamber which contained the an, • Perhaps she spelled herself very much like Lady cient coffer, and having studied the Ann, and wrote at least as well, if we may judge by equipment of modern ladies from the that celebrated ady's autograph. Her father's se
cretary had 57. per annum : but those who could window of her native cottage, she was read his wrwing deserved it as mueb.