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PICTURES OF A COURT.
MRS. ROBERT CARTWRIGHT,
“LAMIA, A CONFESSION," “CHRISTABELLE,”
“ AMBROSE THE SCULPTOR,” &c., &c.
Les écrivains comme les instituteurs, améliorent bien plus sûrement par ce
MADAME DE STÄEL
IN TWO VOLUMES.
J. F. HOPE, 16, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.
THE ROYAL SISTERS.
A little boat is dancing, adown a rippling stream,
AUTHOR'S Translation from the German of UHLAND.
The day of their departure came but too quickly, and Thekla took leave of her sister and me with great and sincere emotion.
You may imagine that she promised to write regularly to both of us, and not to allow that this, or the still more awful separation from us, which was so speedily to follow, should, in any degree, alienate her affections; or, as is so often the case, diminish her natural and habitual intimacy with her sister. How often have I seen those who, when young, and in the fresh tide of heart and feeling, would have deeply resented the supposition of ever forgetting their early connexions, become gradually enveloped in the selfish network of the world, and insensibly allow themselves to be estranged from ties which no after friendships can replace.
As I was not to accompany the Princess and Countess von Söhran, as I have already stated, for reasons of her own, had decided (very fortunately, I thought) to remain at X-, it had been a matter of some consideration to the Duke, to select a person of such mature age and undoubted respectability as should be, at once, a companion and adviser to his young daughter and her giddy maid of honour.
The first lady about the court, whose rank and position-rather than her qualities—pointed her out for such a trust, was the Chanoinesse; but, unluckily, her matrimonial undertakings, which were brought to a happy conclusion the very day before the departure of the court for Toplitz, by a brilliant wedding in the Hof Kapelle des Herzoglichen Schlosses, put a stop to the idea. The moment was untoward-at another time-next year, perhaps—she and her hnsband would have delighted in forming part of a travelling court; he, of course, acting as à most incomparable Reise Marschall, and ordering the post horses, fixing the relays, the day's journey, &c., with that acquaintance with German roads, horses, inns, and postilions, which such court--functionaries are expected to possess. She, on her part, would have been an equally perfect high mistress of the ceremonies to the little court-ambulatory ; knowing everybody's rank, and effectually preserving her sacred young Princess from the sight or knowledge of