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to the banker, and communicated to | of her only child, she possessed a him the imperial command, desiring property producing a yearly income that he would follow him to the ana- of four millions of rubles. This lady, tomical theatre, where the operation a native of Poland, was the daughter of skinning should be performed. of parents in very indigent circumThe astounded banker was at first stances. Her beauty, heightened puzzled what to make of this inti- by her virtue, so fascinated the demation; but soon perceiving that it ceased prince (who owed his extrawas no joke, he succeeded, by means ordinary wealth to the liberality of of a considerable gratuity, in obtain the Empress Catherine) when in the ing the favour of being conducted autumn of life, that after she had to the palace previously to the ope- withstood all his temptations, he rea ration. Being admitted to the pre-solved to marry her. This step, sence of the empress, he threw him- which, as may easily be conceived, self at her feet, and asked in what drew on him the severe censure of way he had so offended her imperial | the court and the great world, was majesty as to deserve a sentence in- soon followed by his death, when he flicting death on himself, and entail- || left his whole property to his wife ing disgrace on his family. The and her infant daughter. The prinempress declared, that she knew no-cess had for her share forty thousand thing of any such order; and the di- rubles per month, and the rest was rector of the police now thought it consigned to trustees, the principal high time to refresh her memory of whom received ten thousand ru

Your majesty," said he, “ was most bles per annum for his trouble. Her graciously pleased to honour me with child died a few months since, noto' your commands to get Sauderland withstanding all the attentions of the stuffed without delay. I have al- | most eminent physicians; and now ready given directions for the opera- | the property devolves to the brothers tion at the anatomical theatre; and of the late prince, and the widow is most humbly implore your majesty's obliged to be content with a seventh pardon for having ventured to per- | part of her former income, with this mit Sauderland to come into your proviso, that she continues unmarimperial presence before your orders ried-unmarried at the age of ninehave been obeyed." The empress teen years! In case she contracts a laughed heartily at the droll mistake, second marriage she loses even this and tranquillized the trembling bank- allowance, and the only compensaer, by assuring him that she had tion she can claim once for all, acmeant Sauderland, her favourite dog, cording to the Polish laws, is the which had died that morning. sum of thirty-seven rubles in silver.

This event has had such an effect on HARDSHIPS OF WIDOWHOOD IN || the princess, who is said to be fond POLAND.

of money and ostentation, as to ocThe widowed Princess S-W; who casion an illness, which excites fears resides at Wilna, in Russian Poland, for her life. Justly did the philosohas recently been a main topic of pher observe-that none should be conversation in the fashionable cir- called happy on this side of the cles of Petersburg. Till the death || grave.

Madame

Madame sif- an actibilities,

FREDERIC THE GREAT. " Nis Ipsen." He served for some When Voltaire returned from years as a groom to the lord of the France to Potsdam in August 1750, manor of Bombell, till, during the he was not a little proud to be the war with Sweden, he quarreled with bearer of the respects of the Mar- a soldier of the regiment of Steinquise de Pompadour, the favourite of bock, and in the vehemence of his Louis XV. to the Prussian monarch. passion stabbed him mortally. He “I forgot to tell you," he thus writes was now obliged to abscond, fed to to his niece, Madame Denis, “ that, Holland, and made several voyages when I took leave of Madame de las a sailor to the East Indies. Being Pompadour at Compiegne, she desir- | an active young man, of good natued me to assure the King of Prussia || ral abilities, he gradually got forof her profound respect. I could ward, and was at length appointed not have been charged with a more captain of a merchantman. The agreeable commission, nor could one States General being informed of his have been given me in a more amia- | extraordinary skill in his profession, ble manner - sometimes it was si gave him the commission of lieutejosois, and presently bien de par- nantin their navy, and he rose through dons. I presented the respects of all the intermediate ranks to that of the marquise to his majesty in the admiral. He then addressed the full confidence of a French courtier, following letter to a young woman that this homage would prove most who had been his fellow-servant at flattering to the monarch; but-whe- | Bombell: ther it was owing to any awkwardness on my part, or to some other If thou art still in the same mind cause that I am not aware of the as when I was thy fellow-servant at Bomking drily replied, " I do not know bell, come to me at the Hague, and be her.”How great this reply makes my wife. I am now a Dutch admiral. Frederic appear, and how little Vol

NIL DE BOMBELL, taire, Pompadour, the French court,

formerly Nis IPSEN, and all courts where Pompadours are i

thy constant Bridegroom. suffered to have the sway!

This female was still single: she

repaired according to the adıniral's ADMIRAL BOMBELL.

invitation to the Hague, where they This brave officer was a native of || were actually married, Sleswick, and his proper name was !

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THE COMPLAINTS OF A MAIDEN LADY. Mr. Editor,

I ever considered that the privileges I am one of those females who of a mother, enjoyed in common have thought fit to remain in a state with the brute creation, were but a of " blessed singleness;" not from poor compensation for the loss of necessity, I assure you, as the scan freedom. However the class of fe. dalous world would aver, but from males to which I belong may incur my own free will and choice, having the ridicule of the vulgar, there are Vol. IV. No. XXI.

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truly none so deserving of praise. || strong interest in their welfare, will By withdrawing themselves from the not appear surprising, when it is conmatrimonial market they prevent its sidered that they are wholly depend. being overstocked, thereby conferent upon me. Now, Mr. Editor, it ring an inestimable benefit on their is my misfortune to have a boys' school own sex; while, at the same time, within a few yards of my house, than they give a salutary check to popu- which there cannot be a greater lation before it has reached that source of annoyance to one of my point wherein, according to Messrs. habits and feelings. Indeed, it is Malthus and Co. the natural checks scarcely possible to conceive two operate in a manner so prejudicial neighbouring tenements to be comto the happiness of mankind. posed of more discordant materials s Now, though it is easy to prove than a boys' school and a maiden lathat the situation of maiden lady is dy's ménage; and this I have proved productive of much more happiness to my cost. To detail all the mise to the individual than the marriage chievous tricks that are played on state, generally speaking, yet there my darlings would fill a volume. are certain little sympathies and af Complaints and remonstrances with fections natural to the female breast the master I find to be of no use: which must have a vent, otherwise in fact, they only make my situation they are apt to engender crudities, the worse; for, instead of the tricks tending to injure the disposition, and being confined to my family, they are to diminish the amiability of their now, from my having become an obe possessor. In the matrimonial life ject of aversion, extended to myself this, want is naturally supplied by There is not, I will venture to say children;; but the maiden lady is un- an urchin in the whole school but der the necessity of providing her has suffered from complaints of mine; self with subjects whereon to exer hence schemes innumerable for my cise these inherent qualities of her annoyance are hatched, and after nature. For this reason we seldom wards practised with the utmost dex: see what is vulgarly called an old terity. Independent of these pranks, maid without a score or two of pets, the continual noise they make is naturally presenting themselves in enough to distract one whose nerves the shape of monkeys, parrots, lap- are none of the strongest. Their modogs, cockatoos, and tortoise-shell, notonous buzz when coming theiv des oats; and every one of judgment will sons, and the continual chatter of admit, that they are infinitely more their nasty little querulous voices innocent, and much less troublesome, when at play (which can be compan: objects of affection, than children. ed to nothing less than that of teni Besides, as I said before, to have thousand sparrows mobbing a poor children one must have a husband. solitary swallow on the house-top), are " Aye, there's the rub!" : absolutely insufferable. Indeedymy

That I have a little family of my life is rendered so miserable by these own of the above description I will incessant annoyances, that I haveale admit, and that I should bestow a most come to the resolution of selling good deal of time and trouble in my house and quitting the neighs their care, or that I should feel a bourhooil. :1.18 Blorin ng app poorseine 11. Althougly the urchins scem to which I was hunted from top to bota stand in considerable awe of me (alltoin of the house, till, the combustiamusement being suspended in my bles being exhausted, the innocent presence), I can perceive, as I walk object of my dread lay stretched on past their play-ground (for my eyes | the floor, panting and smoking, withi are pretty sharp), a considerable pro- | its beautiful hair all singed from liead tuberance in the off cheek of most of to foot.'': them, which, as I have noticed it out | Then you must kňow, Mr. Editor, of the apple season, I conclude must that I have been particularly careful be caused by a lateral movement of in teaching my parrot nothing but the tongue; a gesture, I presume, be- the choicest language, and have, in tokening derision.' ' fact, gone so far as not to permit liis - Of the many tricks played upon learning a single expression which me and my household, I will select a could not be found in Addison. Ofice, few by way of specimens. The 5th on returning from an excursion whick of November, that day of school-boy I had prolonged beyond the tinie I ascendency (I can't tell why I'm sure, had intended, I was saluted by Poll unless it is that the Parliament House with the appellation of old be has very much the appearance of a accompanied by such a string of paths school-room, and that the principal and blackguard expressions as had object o: Guy Fawkes's treason was never before assailed my ears. In better calculated for a pedagogue than short, by the unremitting lessons of a 'king), is one in which I am sure to my mischievous little neighbours, my be paid off for all the punishpients I dear bird had been rendered com have occasioned. Consequently on pletely unfit for any other society those anniversaries I consider myself than that of Billingsgate. Inúced, so in a state of siege, and prepare ac- || completely had the bad eradicated cordingly by the barricading of doors the good, that all my pains could not and windows, &c." On one of these break him of his vile slang; so I was memorable occasions, my favourite compelled, 'most reluctantly, to part poodle, who had been missing from with my favourite." "!!!!!!! 492 the morning, came to the door after On the same occasion I found my dark yelping most piteously. Not- little family, which I had left the withstanding the danger to be appre- happiest and most harmonious do hended by opening the gate of the mestic circle that could be imagined, fortress at that hour, I could not pos converted into a perfect Babylonisli sibly leare the poor wretch at the Pandemonium (if I may be allowed mercy of his enemies. On withdraw the expression), each animal express ing the bolt, as I'anticipated, he came | sing its rage in its peculiar languae rushing in under a shower of crack | and gesticulation. The dogs snarled ers from without, and as many more and barked; the cats swore and depending from his tail, exploding raised their backs; the monkey jablike 'a fire-ship, to the imminent dan-bered and shewed his teeth; the parger of the house and its inmates. rot scolded in all the ricliness of his The poor creature naturally attempt-| new vocabulary; and the cockatoo, ed to take refuge in the lap of his with his powdered wig, looked as mistress, in endeavouring to avoid fiery and as pompous as a barrister cross-questioning a tough witness. | debt of nature, I was waited upon by This change I found had been ef- the undertaker, as he said, in complifected by supplying them with a bone ance with my orders; and I have so of contention, thrown over the wall often been nearly frightened to death into the garden appropriated for with detonating paste, that I have their recreation. . i :

now got into the habit of holding a --:With not less dismay, and rather letter at arm's length when I break more humanity, than a farmer evin the seal. ces when he views a balloon about In short, there never was a poor to alight in one of his corn-fields, I creature so plagued and pestered as have more than once seen my favour I am, even by those who ought to ite cat descending in a parachute know better; and all on account of from a neighbouring house-top; and my kindness to poor defenceless dumb in spreading my apron to break its animals. Not even that great chamfall, - have been all daubed with dirt pion of the brute creation, the Smithin which the animal had been pre-field Howard, Mr. Martin of Galway, viously rubbed.

has suffered more odium in the cause My dear Phyllis, too, whose visu- of humanity than I have. Mischief al organs are none of the strongest, | is, of all things, what I most abhor. hás frequently had snuff or pepper For theft, and even for murder, there thrown into them, causing such an || is generally some motive, such as overflow of the lachrymal fountains, I want or revenge; but for deliberate, that it has taken months before the wanton mischief there can be none streams, issuing from her beautiful || but the innate malignity of the heart. prominent black eyes, could be re- || I abominate all boys from eight years duced within their natural limits. old to fifteen; they display, in full

Once, to my utter annoyance, Iforce, all the asperities of our nature discovered Pug strutting up the High- before they have been rubbed down street dressed in a riding-habit and by the world, and all the odious hat, resembling what I usually wear, qualities of the heart ere they have to the infinite amusement of a large been corrected or concealed by the crowd. In this prank I suspected polish of society. I wish from my one of the boys to have been assist- soul, that the breed of mankind could ed by his mother, my late laundress, || be carried on without them. is whom I had turned off for refusing I think I have said quite enough, to wash my lap-dog's cushion-cases. Mr. Editor, to excite the sincere - Shani parcels and anonymous let- commiseration of yourself and read. ters I have had innumerable, anders for your obedient servant, when one of my pets had paid the Il B.

Tabitha Puin.)

MUSICAL REVIEW.. Vocal Anthology, or the Flowers Words; also an Appendix, cont * of Song," being a Selection of the sisting of original Vocal Compo* most beautiful and esteemed Vocal sitions, and a Catalogue Raison, - Music of all Europe, with English ne of the Contents. Part XII,

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