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Account of Sir W. Wyndham, Ceremonies, funeral, of the anci-
ent Mexicans, 265.
Chairs, sedan, 181.
Chess player, automaton, 247.
Customs of Maldavians, ' &c. sin-
60, 61, 77, 78, 93, 94, 110, Dinner, the, 190.
Early rising, 92.
origin of, 194.
Enigmas, 62, 196, 220, 244, 256.
Epigrams, 16, 31, 48, 64, 196,
124, 232' 268.
derivation of, 96.
220, 232, 244, 268, 284.
Etymologies, &c. 157,
Fair of Mackarieff, 103.
Fish, musical, 242,
tion of some principal, 11. Franklin, Dr. 45.
Gainsborough, anecdote of, 182.
by Hoar frost, on Windows, 206. Human life, on, 275.
Human body, the, 56.
Quaker, a, 77. pores of, 204.
Religion in America, state of, Husband, purchasing one, 241,
195. Jasmine, the, 180.
Report, Matrimonial for SeptemLaw, 216.
Retrospection and Association, Letter, Theatrical, 11.
Sandwich Isles, King and Queen from C. W. to
of, 108. Dick." 264.
Saturday night in London, 141. Love and Jealousy, 198, 210, Shakespeare and Burbage, 215.
Sketch book, 115, 129. Meditations on an old coat, 57.
Starvation, voluntary, 169. Monk, re-animation of a dead Stratford-upon-Avon, 69.
Stones, musical, 217. Moonlight, a walk by, 183, 240. Table cloths, history of, 217. Mummies, Egyptian, 59. The table in the middle ages, 253.
Temper, 183. Newton's Philosophy, 27.
Travels, 73, 89, 106, 121, 131, New dictionary, specimen of, 230.
142, 155, 165, 177, 188, 201, Poor Ellen, 235.
213, 226, 236, 251, 262, 279. Poetry of the Chinese, account Trojan war, 71. of, 254.
Truth and Fiction, 38, 52, 66, Poetry, 15, 16, 30, 31, 32, 46, 85. 47, 48, 63, 64, 78, 80, 94, Walking in Stilts, 193. 95, 96, 111, 121, 122, 123, Welsh Tradition. 40. 124, 134, 136, 146, 147, 159, Woman, 281. 160, 171, 172, 180, 184, 195, 196, 207, 208, 219, 243, 244, 255, 256, 267, 283.
and birth stand at a distance, and MADAME CATALANI. view each other with a jealous eye,
THE distinguished Character, the one too proud to court, and the who forms the subject of our pre-other too capricious to favour, the sent memoir, was born in Sinigag- nunnery is the only asylum which lia, a small town in the Papal ter- the pride of birth has discovered ritories, about the year 1782. in Italy to secure the fair ses from Though the accident of birth can the contingencies of circumstances add nothing, in the sight of uni- and situations. Angelica, how versal reason, to those mental or ever, discovered such superior physical qualities which lead to powers during her novitiate in excellence, and which nature only singing the praises of her Creator, can bestow, it is, however, due to that her parents were induced by the the celebrated Angelica CA- solicitations of friends, to change TALANI to say, that she was born their intention of withdrawing of parents highly respectable their daughter from all commerce though poor; and that this circum- with the world. She was accordingstance, which in England only ly suffered to cultivate her musical facilitates the approach to the powers; and the combined energies temple of fame, was nearly depriv- of nature and of art soon qualified ing the world of those splendid her to take the first parts in seripowers, which are the admiration ous opera. of the present, and will continue however, were not the only qualito be the theme of future ages. ties which recommended her to Madame Catalani owed more to public favour. Beauty and youth birth than to fortune; and she when accompanied by elegance was therefore destined to take the and grace of deportment, will not veil, like other females, similarly easily yield their contested sovecircumstanced. When fortune reignty to the dominion of music.
Her vocal powers,