how little did he suppose, that at the of his courser presented to his view the very time he was straining every nerve tall donjon, or main keep of the castle : to reach his house to place her there in be pulled up his steed to take a full a few days, weeks, nay months, would survey of its venerable structure, and elapse before they should meet again; bring to his remembrance the outline he but such is the uncertainty of human had seen in the days of his childhood, events-when we think we are most sure when accompanied by those who were of any thing, perhaps we are at that time lost to him in this world for ever. farther from it than ever; a presage of ( Concluded at page 13.) misfortune is a common exclamation, elation of mind is probably one of the THE SPEAKER CALLED UPON most certain.

FOR A SONG. When Angelica awoke on the morning Auguste left, she was surprised by an The following curious circumstance once unusual bustle in their palazzo, and a actually happened in the House of kind of suppressed grief was evident in Commons. Any person who is at all the countenance of each domestic ; low conversant with the proceedings of that wailing was heard in the apartment of body, is aware that a long pause someher father, and before the dreadful times occurs between the conclusion of tidings could be broken to her, she private, and the commencement of pubrushed thither,—what a sight was there lic business. On one of these occasions, for his fond child! The Comte Villado. when a heavy debate was expected, and monti lay on the couch, whither he had the house was crowded, during a dead retired the previous night; his table was silence, when every body was expecting covered with planetary revolutions, for to hear the name of Mr. Pitt issue from he was one who secretly studied the the mouth of the speaker, a shrill voice heavenly bodies, and pretended thence was heard from the back rows of the to divine the secrets of futurity; his win- gallery, calling on Mr. Speaker for a dow, whence he was wont to look forth song. Excessive was the consternation on the expansive waters, and the con- and laughter of the house. The speaker clave radiant with constellations, was called, but in vain, for order, and it was open; he had been pursuing his favourite not till some minutes had elapsed, that study thạt night, as was evident from directions could be given to the serjeanta scroll bearing characters faintly traced at-arms to take the offender into cusbeing found in his hand; the import of tody : as the serjeant entered the gallery, these seemed to interest Angelica very to hunt him out, a reporter tapped a much, for by attending to the lessons of grave, demure, quaker-like stock-broker, her sire, she too was able to read what who was sitting before him on the we will translate, for the reader's benefit. shoulder, and said to him half whisper

The first hieroglyphic denoted, a bright ing, half aloud, “A pretty scrape you prospect o'ershadowed by sudden clouds; are in, sir ; but you would not be advised, a strange country, and dwelling with and you must now get out of it as you strangers, was the second; while the best can." The serjeant drank in the bright star of the first was again in the sounds with greedy ears-pounced upon ascendant; what the sudden change of the unlucky stock-broker, thus clearly her residence would be, she was not denounced to him-and, in spite of his long left to conjecture, for hardly was affirmations of innocence, dragged him, the mortal remains of her parent cold in mighty loth, to the bar. The Charles the grave, than the senate took on them- Wynn of that day, immediately began selves the management of her property, to put the inquisitorial power of the and appointed her a guardian, with whom house into operation against him; but a she was to reside, as was the custom. few questions soon convinced him that

Through a country embowered with the party seized was “ more sinned vineyards, and redolent with the per- against than sinning.” The house saw fume of orange groves, on his way to the folly of prosecuting its inquiries his château, did the young marquis spur farther, and dismissed the frightened his wearied steed, in the hope of reach- stock-broker with a sort of apology for ing it ere the night closed in.

the needless trouble which it had occaAt length the roaring of the sea, as sioned him. “ With wings as swift as the waves with a hoarse murmur broke meditation, or the thoughts of love," he upon the shore, gave him the first swept back to the gallery, to wreak his intimation of his proximity to his wished- vengeance on the waggish reporter, who for journey's end, and a few more strides had pointed him out to the executive

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authorities of the house; but the re- pidity they have vanished from the scene porter, knowing the better part of valour of life. Napoleon, Massena, Murat, Da. to be discretion, had fled amain, and voust, David, Regnault, and Talma, are left his colleagues to soothe the resent- all numbered with the dead, and some ment of the exasperated stranger. Need of them have sunk into a premature I say, that the reporter was himself the grave. person who uttered the impertinent cry, Talma had a beautiful country resiand that he craftily imputed it to another, dence at Brunoy, near Paris, where he in order to ward off detection from him- expended enormous sums of money, and self. The trick was pleasant but wrong, yet he has left 10,0001. to his two sons, amusing to the spectator, but no joke He was very charitable to the poor ; to the party upon whom it was played. and what is rather remarkable, he gave a

great deal to the Catholic priests, who were

continually applying to him for money TALMA.

for church repairs, and other purposes of

a similar kind. Talma spoke Englisb In the year 1808, Napoleon was one very well, and he frequently read Shakday conversing with this celebrated tra- speare in the original.

Before he pergedian at the Tuileries, while several formed in Ducis's imitation of Hamlet, royal personages were waiting for their he read the original Play, and he often turns to speak with the Emperor. remarked, “ This Shakspeare electrifies Talma, observing this, wished to with- me.” Nature had endowed Talma with

but Napoleon detained him, say- a handsome countenance, and a finely ing, “no, no, let them wait.”

proportioned figure.

When he perDuring this conversation, the Empe- formed the part of Orestes, in Clytemror recommended him, above all things, nestra, before his death, nobody would to let his acting be as simple as possible.* have supposed bim to have been more

“ You see in this palace," said he, than five and twenty. He never ap“ kings who have come to solicit the proached so near to perfection as in 1821, restoration of their states; great captains when he performed Sylla. In this chawho have come to ask me for crowns. racter he presented a striking resemAmbition, and other violent passions blance to Napoleon. agitate all around me. Here I behold Talma had no idea of his approaching men offering to serve those whom they dissolution. During his long illness, the hate; young princesses intreating me only circumstance which rendered him to restore them to the lovers from whom uneasy, was that his extreme thinness I have separated them. Are not these would disable him from personating certragic characters ? And I am, perhaps, tain youthful characters, in which he the most tragic of all. Yet you do not was obliged to have his neck uncovered. find that we continually strain our voices, Talma's forte was the delineation of and make violent gestures ;

terror, for he was but an indifferent recalm, except at those times when agitated presentative of love. And yet that pasby passion, and those moments are al- sion influenced his whole life. ways of short duration. A man's natural beloved by some of the most distinstrength would not enable him to con- guished women of his time; and, even tinue in such a state of excitation for at the period of his death, he is said to two hours in succession : and, besides, have been in love with and jealous of when a man is under the influence of his last wife. violent passion, he has less strength than usual."

ANECDOTE OF NORTHCOTE Talma used to relate his conversa

THE ARTIST. tions with Napoleon in a style of simplicity, which rendered it impossible to DISTINGUISHED as an artist and as an suspect him of misrepresentation. He amiable but eccentric man, Northcote had no more than that degree of preten

was one of whom this country may justly sion, without which no man

boast. The following ancedote is selected a-days succeed in Paris. He was the from the “ Library of the Fine Arts," last of the great men formed by the and is honourable to his memory. revolution. With what astonishing ra- “Some years since a certain royal

duke was at the head of those who

chaperoned Master Betty, the Infant * The judicious advice of Napoleon may be said to have materially assisted Talma in

Roscius, at the period when the furor attaining the eminence he latterly enjoyed. of fashionable folly made all the beau

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monde consider it an enviable honour to in my own house.' He then resumed
be admitted within throne distance of his painting.
the baby actor.

“ The prince, whatever he thought or
“ Amongst others who obtained the felt, kept it to himself; and remaining
privilege of making a portrait of this silent for some minutes, Mr. Northcote
chosen minion of fortune, was Mr. addressed his conversation to the lady,
Northcote; and we remember what when the royal duke, gently opening the
crowds were wont to await his coming, door of the studio, shut it after him and
around his painter's street -door, in
Argyle Place, to see him alight from Northcote did not quit his post, but
the royal carriage.

proceeded with his painting. It hap“ There were usually three or four pened that the royal carriage was not other persons, ladies and gentlemen of ordered until five o'clock. It was now rank, who either accompanied his Royal four ; presently the royal duke returned, Highness thither, or who met him at the re-opened the door and said, “Mr. Northstudio of the painter. Northcote, cote, it rains, pray lend me an umbrella.' nothing awed by the splendid coteries Northcote, without emotion, rang the that assembled there, maintained his bell, the servant attended, and he desired opinion on all subjects that were dis- her to bring her mistresses umbrella,

and it seems that his indepen- that being the best in the house and dence obtained for him the respect of all, sufficiently handsome. The royal duke though one pronounced him a cynic, patiently waited for it in the back draw. another an eccentric, some a humourist, ing room, the studio door still open; others a free-thinker, and the prince, when having received it, he again walked with manly taste, in the nautical phrase, down stairs, attended by the female dubbed him a d-d honest, independent, servant, who on opening the street-door little old fellow.

His Royal Highness thanked her, and, “ One day, however, the royal duke, spreading the umbrella, departed. being left only with Lady

“ Surely His Royal Highness is not young Roscius, and the painter, and gone? I wish you would allow me to perhaps worn a little out of patience ask,” said Lady with the tedium of an unusually long “ Certainly His Royal Highness is sitting, thought to beguile an idle minute gone,” replied Northcote ; but I will by quizzing the personal appearance of inquire at your instance :" the bell was the royal academician. It is well known rung again, and the servant confirmed that Northcote, at no period of life, the assertion. was either a buck, a blood, a fop, or a “ Dear Mr. Northcote,” said Lady maccaroni. He soon dispatched the “I fear you have highly offended business of the toilette when a young His Royal Highness." man, and as he advanced to a later “ Madam,” replied the painter, “I am period, he certainly could not be dubbed the offended party." a dandy. The loose gown in which he Lady made no remark, other painted, was principally composed of than wishing her carriage had arrived; shreds and patches, and might, per. which soon happening, Mr. Northcote chance, be half a century old ; his white courteously attended her down to the hair was sparingly bestowed on each side, hall; he bowed, she curtsied, and stepand his cranium was entirely bald. ping into her carriage, set off with the Thus loosely attired, the royal visitor, infant Roscius. The next day about standing behind whilst he painted, gently noon, Mr. Northcote happened to be lifted or rather twitched the collar of the alone; a gentle tap was heard, and the gown, which Mr. Northcote resented studio door opened, when, as the gossips by suddenly turning and expressing his say, who do you think walked in but displeasure by a frown. Nothing His Royal Highness. daunted, His Royal Highness presently, “ Mr. Northcote,” said he, “I am with his finger, touched the professor's come to return your sister's umbrella, grey locks, observing, • You do not which she was so good as to lend me devote much time to the toilette, I per- yesterday.” The painter bowed, received ceive-pray how long do you ?'

it, and placed it in the corner. I “ Northcote instantly replied, “Sir, brought it myself, Mr. Northcote, that I I never allow any one to take personal might have the opportunity of saying, Jiberties with me, --you are the first who that I yesterday thoughtlessly took a ever presumed to do so, and I beg your very unbecoming liberty with you, and Royal Highness to recollect that I am you properly resented it; I really am

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angry with myself, and hope you will on the alert, and, as one means of safety, forgive me, and think no more of it.” they scattered hen-coops and spars on,

“ And what did you say?" inquired the waves, until the ship could be the first friend to whom he related the brought round or bove to. circumstance.

ration required some little time, the unSay! gude G-d! what would 'e fortunate man got to windward, and at have had me say? why nothing. I only last, by great exertion got hold of the bowed, and he might see what I felt. rudder, and in this way kept his head I could at the instant have sacrificed my above water. His messmates in the life for him; such a prince is worthy meantime were busy searching for him, to be a king!” The venerable painter on the side of the vessel from which he had the gratification to live to see him a fell; no one thought of looking to windking, and such a king as is alone worthy ward, and, as it was impossible to hear of such subjects.

his cries amidst the roar of the waters

and the whistling of the breeze, they PETER THE GREAT. gave him up for lost. The half-exhaust

ed tar then managed to clamber up the This great monarch, in order to promote rudder, and creeping in by a port-hole, literature in his empire, ordered a num- to ensconce himself in the gun-room; but ber of foreign works to be translated his cries of distress were not heard, as into Russian. Among the many im- the gun-room is below water. He, portant works selected for this purpose, however, found plenty of grog and bisPuffendorf's Introduction to his History cuit, and with this remained very quiet of the European States, was one: the for a day and a half. A calm then translating of which Peter confided ensued, and the poor fellow crept cauto a learned monk. The task being tiously out of his prison-house, descended finished, the monk presented the manu- the rudder, entered the water, and went script to the Tzar, who, in his presence, swimming alongside, puffing and blowbegan to turn over the leaves, reading a ing, and exclaiming, as well as his few passages to himself. Having stopped affected breathlessness would permit : at a chapter towards the end of the book, "Ship a-hoy! ship a-hoy!” the attending officers observed that his The seamen could hardly credit their face changed colour, and exhibited strong senses. “Mercy on us,” they exclaimed, marks of displeasure. “ Fool," said the “ that's Jack Thomson himself!" Tzar, turning to the monk, “what did “Ay, to be sure,” replied he, “and I bid you to do with the book ?” a pretty set of lubbers you are, to leave “ To translate it, sire.”

a poor fellow in the lurch ; I'm three “ Is this then a translation ?” replied parts murdered already, starving of hunthe sovereign, pointing at the same time ger, and tired to death; and had it not to a paragraph in the original, where the been for this calm, I should never have author had spoken harshly of Russia and come up with you.” of the character of the inhabitants, but When Jack was pulled on board, vawhich the good monk had in part rious questions were put to him; but he omitted, and in part softened down in humoured the joke and kept his secret the most flattering manner to the nation. to himself. The captain of the vessel, “ Hence,” added the incensed monarch, soon after his arrival at Madras, dined “ and be careful that thou translate the with some friends, one of whom boasted work faithfully. It is not to flatter my greatly of the powers of a negro swimsubjects that I bade thee put the work Captain Sinclair, recollecting the into Russian and print it; but rather to story of Thomson having lived a day correct them, by placing under their eye and a half in water, backed his seaman the opinion which foreigners entertain of against the man of colour. The day of them, in order that they may at length trial came, and with it a great crowd. know what they once were, and what Both parties having stripped, Thomson they now are through my exertions.” fastened a bag round his shoulders,

which, as every one remarked, was filled

with something. Blackie looked queer, A NAUTICAL ADVENTURE. and immediately inquired :

« What you do wid dat ?” Some years ago, the Castle-Huntley “Do with it," replied he, “ you know East-Indiaman was on her voyage, when we are bound on a long cruise, and a seaman, named Thomson, fell over- although I can swim, I cannot starve for board. In an instant his comrades were a whole week, and must therefore carry


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provisions with me; since for the sake Kästner and Charlotte, he quitted Wetzof being light, I have rather pinched lar, and bade a long adieu to the object myself, and cannot, therefore, promise of his unfortunate attachment, as deyou a single biscuit."

scribed in the 37th letter of the “Sor“ Swim a week,” said blackie, “and rows." mess in de wave! den me nod swim wid The scene of this parting was the you—you be devil, nod man--you sink garden then belonging to Count Spauer, me;" and in short remained so deaf to supreme judge of the Imperial Chamber. entreaty, and withal, appeared so fright. It is situated above the river Lahn, close ened, that Captain Sinclair gained his to one of the gates of the town. The wager.

fountain mentioned in the 3rd and 5th

letters, is situated at the side of a brook, THE SORROWS OF WERTER. in a valley at a little distance from the

Wildbach gate. On the opposite side is It is a singular fact, that the celebrated an extensive orchard which was occupied Göethe, the author of this popular novel, by Charlotte's father. Hither Charlotte was also himself the hero. From an frequently resorted, and Goethe had a entertaining work published in 1822, by favourite seat beneath the beautiful limeMajor James Bell, under the title of tree which overshadows the fountain.

Letters from Wetzlar,” we obtain some Another favourite retreat of Goethe's curious information respecting the dif- was the village of Garbenheim, called in ferent characters mentioned in the novel, the novel, Walheim, about a mile and a and the scenery of the spot where the half from Wetzlar. The path leading events took place.

thither, along the edge of a high cliff The imperial city of Wetzlar is sit- which overlooks the Lahn, is one of the uated near the conflux of the rivers Lhan most beautiful walks in the neighbourand Dill, a few miles from the direct hood. The schoolmaster's daughter, road between Frankfort and Hesse-Cas- whose children are spoken of in letters sel. It was once the seat of the Impe- eight and nine, was living at Garbenrial Chamber, which was dissolved in heim in 1822, and not a little proud of 1806, but which had been the means of being, as she called herself, “ the woman bringing together the principal characters in the book.” Goethe possessed, in a delineated by the novelist. Albert, whose high degree, the faculty of fixing the atreal name was John Christian Kästner, tention of children, by little stories officiated as secretary to the ' duchy of which he invented extemporaneously Bremen; he was afterwards the husband for their amusement. An allusion is of Charlotte, the second daughter of Mr. made to this talent in letter 30. Buff, an agent of the Teutonic Order Mr. Kästner had been dead some of military knights, who resided in the years, but Charlotte was living at Hanotown, and not a short distance from it, ver, at the time of Major Bell's visit in as represented in Werter's sixth letter, 1816 or 1817, the mother of eight sons

Charlotte and Albert were enjoying and two daughters. The “ little fair the near prospect of connubial felicity, girl” mentioned in letter tên, is now livwhen Goethe, a youth of great promise, ing at Weimar, where Göthe procured a arrived in Wetzlar to finish his studies situation for her lover, and thus enabled in the higher branches of jurisprudence. him to marry her. Two or three years The acquaintance which he soon formed ago, Charlotte paid a visit to this sister with Kästner or Albert, and his betrothed at Weimar, and then she again met wife, soon ripened into intimacy. He Göethe for the first time since their partbecame a daily visitor, and often, in the ing at Wetzlar. absence of Kästner, he was the com- Such is the story, as far as the real panion of the lady in her walks and characters were concerned; its tragical little parties of pleasure. Whether love conclusion is taken from the fate of a produced these unceasing attentions, or person who had little connexion with whether this frequent intercourse pro- Charlotte, and whose intercourse with duced love, cannot now be decided; but Kästner was nothing more than what at all events, Göethe became, from the naturally sprang from their holding simiconfidential friend, the passionate ad- lar employments in contiguous states, he mirer. For months he wholly abandoned being secretary, to the ambassador from himself to the sentiment, till urged by the court of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. a friend, who saw that he was indulging This person was the only son of the proa hopeless passion, and prompted still testant abbot Jerusalem. In stature he more by the approaching nuptials of was tall and well formed, with dark hair

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