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which Constantia had been con said she, “ is the source of my demed, without losing a considera- ll tears, and the reason why nothing ble portion of her external graces. remains for me, but to bless you My friend appeared to me like a for your kind intention, without refine statue, that had been long, ex ceiving any advantage from your posed to all the injuries of bad design of befriending so unfortu . weather ; the beautiful polish was nate a wretch."
Constantia con gone, but that superior excellence tinued to weep; and I eagerly -remained, which could not be af. searched into this
this mysterious fected by the influence of the sky. source of her distress. I found I was, indeed, at first, greatly the first letter in my hand construck by a new and unexpected tained her petition to her father, coarseness in her language and ad which I have mentioned already ; dress"; but I soon perceived that, the second was his reply to her realthough her manners had suffer. quest ; a reply which it was imed, she still retained all the spirited possible to read, without sharing tenderness, and all the elegance the sufferings both of the parent of her mind. She magnified the and child.
This unhappy father, unlooked-for obligation of my visit,
ruined both in his fortune and his with that cordial excess of grati. || health, had been for some time 'tude, with which the amiable. un. tormented by an imaginary terror, happy are inclined to consider the the most painful that can possibly petty kindnesses of a friend. I enter into a parental bosom ; he wished, indeed, to assist her, and had conceived that, in conseqnence believed that chance had enabled of his having sacrificed the interme to do so ; but there were ob est of his younger daughter 10 stacles to prevent it, of which I the establishment of her sister, the had no apprehension. The first dcstitute Constantia would be at reply that Constantia made to my length reduced to a state of absoproposal, for her new settlement Yute indigence and prostitution.-in life, was a silent but expressive Under the pressure of this idea, shower of tears. To these, how which amounted almost to frenzy, ever, I gave a wrong interpreta- he had replied to her request. His tion ; for, knowing all the misery letter was wild, incoherent, and of her present situation, I imagi- long; but the purport of it was, ned they were tears of joy, drawn that if she ever quitted her pres. from her by the sudden prospect ent' residence, while she herself of an unexpected escape from a was unmarried, and her aunt alive, state of the most mortifying de she would expose herself to the pendence. She soon updeceived curse of an offended father ; and me, and, putting into my hand his malediction was indeed, in this two letters, which she had taken case, denounced against her in from a little pocket book, Here,': terms the most vehement that the
language of contending passions || gold, which are commonly secould possibly supply. Having quins* ; thus continually carrying rapidly perused this letter, I en about her the enviable marks of deavoured to console my poor
affluence and superiority, while the weeping friend, by representing it wretched Calogria follows her as as the wild effusion of a very wor. a servant, arrayed in simple home, thy but misguided man, whose spun brown, and withcut the most undeserved calamities had impair- distant hope of ever changing her ed his reason. “ My father,” re
conditiou. Such a disparity may plied Constantia,
o is now at
seem intolerable, but what will not rest in his grave, and, you, per
custom reconcile? Neither are the haps, may think it superstitious in | misfortunes of the family yet at an me to pay so much regard to this end. The father and mother, with distressing letter ; but he never in what little is left them, contrive, his life laid any command upon by their industry; to accumulate a me, which was not suggested by second little fortune, and this, if his affection, and, wretched as I they should have a third daughter, am, I cannot be disobedient even they are obliged to give to her upto his ashes...”
on her marriage, and the fourth, if
there should be one, becomes her (To be concluded next week.)
Calogria ; and so on thro' all the daughters, alternately. Whenev
er the daughter is marriageable, Account of a Singular Custom at she can by custom compel the faMetelinl, with, Conjcctures on the ther to procure her a husband, and Antiquity of its origin. the mother, such is the power
habit, is foolish enough to join in By the Right Honourable James, Earl
teazing him into an immediate of Charlemont, President R. I. A.
compliance, though its conseFrom the Transactions of the Royul Irish Academy, 1789.]
quences must be equally fatal and
ruinous to both of them. From (CONTINUED.)
hence it happens that nothing is
more common than to see the old The married sister enjoys every father and mother reduced to the sort of liberty--the whole family utmost indigence, and even begg: fortune is hers, and she spends iting about the streets, while their as she pleases--her husband is her unnatural daughters are in afilųobsequis servant--her father and
ence; and we ourselves have fre. mother are dependant upon hershe dresses in the most magnifi
* This species of finery, which prevails cent manner, covered all over, ac.
through many of the islands, is never cording to the fashion of the island, worn in Metelin, but when full dress is with pearls, and with pieces of ( deemed necessary.
quently been shown 'the eldest lars, I was informed by the French daughter parading it through the consul, a man of sense and of in. town in the greatest splendour, disputable veracity, who had residwhile her mother and sister follow ed in this island for several years, ed her as servants, and made a and who solemnly assured me, that melancholy part of her attendant every circumstance was true; but train.
indeed our own observation left us
without the least room for doubt, The sons, as soon as they are of || and the singular appearance and an age to gain a livelihood, are deportment of the ladies fully turned out of the family, some evinced the truth of our friend's times with a small present or por.
relation. In walking through the tion, but more frequently without | town, it is easy to perceive, from any thing to support them ; and the whimsical manners of the fe. thus reduced, they either endea- | male passengers, that the women, vour to live by their labour, or, according to the vulgar phrase, which is more usual, go on board wear the breeches. They frequentsome trading vessels as sailors, or ly stopped us in the streets, exam. as servants, and remaining abroad ined ourdress, interrogated us with till they have gathered together a bold and manly air*, laughed at some competency, and then return. our foreign garb and appearance, ing home to marry and 10 be hen and shewed so little attention to pecked. Some few there are who, || that decent modesty, which is, or taking advantage of the Turkish ought to be, the true characteristic law, break through this whimsical of the sex ; that there is every custom, who marry their Calogri. reason to suppose they would, in as, and retain to themselves a com spite, of their haughtiness, be the petent provision ; but these are kindest ladies upon earth, if they accounted men of a singular and were not strictly watched by the even criminal disposition, and are Turks, who are here very numehated and despised as conformists rous, and would be ready to punish to Turkish manners, and deserters any transgression of their ungal. of their native customs; so that lant laws with arbitrary fines. we may suppose they are few in. deed, who have the boldness to de
* In the nineteenth epistle of the first part from the manners of their
book, Horace applies an epithet to Sap. country, to adopt the customs of
pho, which might with great aptness be their detested masters, and to
given to her present countrywomen : brave the contempt, the derision, and the hatred of their neighbours " Temperat Archilochi Musam pede and fellow-citizens.
Of all these extraordiny particu
(To be continued.)
For the Lady's Miscellany.
For the Lady's Miscellany.
Messrs. EDITORS. FROM whom should I have expected such a reply to my remarks
HAD not H. C. H. so ungenon the Bachelor's soliloquy, as is erously excluded widows, from made by a person under the signa- the pleasure of ever hoping to ture of Cupid, but from one have the honour of bearing his whom Cupid has full controul. name, this might be considered as
an answer ; but as I unfortunately Oh, why should'st thou, fabulous
come under the prchibited class god of love, direct the conjugal | who are for him doom'd to wanbonds, when to earth's contracted
der in the willow grove or leap inspan thou art bound ; when to all
to Rosainond's pond, my followfelicity thou art a stranger, but to
ing a good example, though it may such as from earth's filthy tools
flatter his judgement, will not his may be slip’d,. Oh, thou cunning vanity. I am a widow in want archer, subtle as Lucifer, and half of a Husband, to shield me from ás good, at me thy arrows are shot
the storms of life, to participate in vain ; for are not bonds of mat
its pains and pleasures, joys and rimony form'd in heaven, where- griefs, but as I rather suppose few unto thy arrows cannot reach. To
men, would like to take a wife, earth, to earth thy destin'd orbe, without having some account of thou, art. confin'd, and as other
her person, age, and circumstanreptiles, perform thy office in thy ces, I will candidly confess, I have allotted sphere. Presume not to
no fortune either. in possession or point inteligent creation the path reversion ;. I am a thick, short, of matrimonial felicity, when brutes
brown, hard-featured woman, and. and brutalis'd man, thou canst only having in my youth (for that is teach the scanty sum of sensual
past) been accustomed to weed. love: Never more stain the pages the garden, the sun has entirely. of this useful vehicle of communi- destroyed that softness in skin, that cation by thy insinuations.
beauty-hunters so much admire, Morden may take it for granted nor can I boast of the rose on my that a serious answer from him, will
Nor e'én a smile in my eye, be duly noticed.
Neither blushes or dimples will: NUPTIAL TIES.
make the men sigh:, so that my future helpmate will
not have the pangs of jealousy to Every one thinks that he has apprehend:--now, having descrie more than his share of brains. bed my age, situation and charms,
I must tell you what I can do, I me you will receive one favour.can wash and iron, make and Be assured that when next I aim, mend, cook, and scrub house, and that if the bow should be as all I am a most excellent hand to
mine are, favoured by my mother's make bread, and rag carpets, and hand, and off the most elastic limb for pickling and preserving, no of our most fragrant tree, the better can be found, then for my themes are of so singular a nature, mental attractions, why I can read that they adhere to the arrow, else any English book, without much
where the pain. No, no, thou spelling, but this is a taste I hope | boasters, since thus you brave my wont be imposed on for its what I
power, not a feather will my inothhate ; then I can scold, so that if er suffer even to pull from the any candidate has apprentices wings of her favourite bird, to allewho are negligent or lazy, he will viate the pangs; nor will I select meet a helpmete who will delight a disciple of Minerva's, as the obin taking the trouble of making ject; she has so long defied me, them work off his hands.
that all females who inlist under Yours, etc. her banners, are by me door.ed to LAURETTA. apathy. Therefore, if you are not
content with youth, beauty, and P. S. All I require in the man
prirality, abide by the consequence. I shall kuow, by making him mas. But experience will teach you to ter of my person, is to be rich, so
know, that you must gather the ber, and industrious, and good || thorn with the rose. tempered, as I possess an excellent one myself, and if I always N. B. For widows bewitched have my own way I'm never out have long ago declared themselves of temper ; all candidates are to
outlaw'd. Therefore,they lay at the apply through the medium of this mercy of every tormentor, and are paper, and may expect answers if without hope from me. they merit them.
For the Lady's Miscellany.
For the Lady's Miscellany.
In the essay addressed to H.C. Presumptious Mortal,
H. published in yours of the 4th Who thus hopes to taste the inst. in the 2d par. 10th line, you pleasures of love without its pains, have inserted,"participation," for what in the name of common sense participator.” I hope, however, can induce you to expect that from you will not only participate in this s