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IT is our intention to omit the Outline Plates (which were not well understood, and did not gire u general satisfaction to the bulk of our Readers ) in our succeeding Numlers; and in place of this omission, we shall COLOUR all the Figures of Fashion, and give an additional quantity of Letter. Press, as our Readers will perceive in the present Number.
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For JANUARY, 1809.
The Fortp-first Number.
Lady LANGHAM, whose portrait, || act in public, to woman is committed the from the celebrated pencil of Hopner, em more difficult task of private utility, and bellishes the present Number of La Belle the example of retired virtue. Assemblée, is the only daughter of the Hon. The slight sketches which, according to Charles Vane, by Elizabeth, daughter of the plan of our miscellany, we are in the Richard Wood, Esq. of Hollin, in the habit of appending to the Portraits of those County of York. Her Ladyship is married | females which embellish our Work, are not to Sir William Langham Bart. of Cotes to be dignified by the name of biography. broke, Northamptonshire.
The reader who receives, or expects them The materials of biography are very in such a shape, is not warranted in his scantily distributed through the walks of expectations from any promise of the private life. The uniform tenor of domes- || Editor.—They are nieant merely as tic duties, and the necessary seclusion of planatory to the Plate upon those subjects the mother of a family, leave little room for of family connection which it is necessary that kind of activity which attracts public to relate. They aspire to no bigher honotice.
nour, and no farther utility; but when the It is the maxim of a great poet, that the subject admits of amplification we shall sphere of female duty should not exceed follow it. the family circle-To man it is given to
THE CELEBRATED CORINNA.
There has been on biography of any aq Their circumstances becoming daily more thentic stamp of this celebrated woman; and perplexed and involved, she remonstrated with our readers will perbaps feel a pleasure from her lover on the inequality of their fortunes the brief narrative which we now lay before and prospects, and the imprudence of the conthem, collected with difficulty, and from no nection wbich he solicited. The attachment common source.
of Mr. Gwynnet, who was already in a great Corinna (whose real name was Mrs. Thomas), | degree independent of his family, was increasthe pride of the gay world, and no less cele- || ed by the delicacy and disinterestedness of his brated for her charms than for her genius, mistress ; nor was it long before he gained the was born in 1675. She seems to have inherited consent of his father to an union in which his from her father, who was far advanced in life, happiness was so deeply involved. With this and whose health had been long infirm, an sanction be came to London, to claim the unhappy constitution, rendered yet more reward of his affection and fidelity. delicate and fecble by the injudicious teuder Mrs. Thomas being at this time in an infirm ness with which she was nurtured. From her state of health, her amiable daughter refused, infancy she was afflicted with fevers and de- || in her owu better prospects, to abandon her fluxions ; but, with these physical disadvan- | mother to the care of strangers. She replied tages, she possessed a gay and lively temper, to the solicitations of her lover, that as she and gave early promise of a vigorous intellect. had not thought sixteen years too long a period Before she had completed her second year, to wait for him, she hoped he would not conthe death of her father, of whose circum- sider six mouths as tedious, in expectatiou of stances his fanıily, from bis expensive manner receiving, at the end of that time, the recomof living, had formed an erroneous calculation, | pence of his generous constancy. “Six months involved them in embarrassment and distress at present, my Corinna,” he replied, with a
The Duke of Montague made flattering sigli," "are more than the sixteen ycars that professions of service; and when Mrs. Thomas
are passed; you now defer our union, and God solicited him, as Captain of the band of pen- will put it off for ever.” His words were prosioners, to bestow a post on a Mr. Gwynnet, phetic. The next day he returned into the a young gentleman who had long addressed country and wade his will, by which he beher daughter, actually assented to her request, queathed to Corinua six hundred pounds ;
he on condition that the bride-elect should apply sickened shortly after, and expired April 16th, to him in person. The guileless mother over
1711. To express the feelings of his mistress whelmed hier generous benefactor with grate on this event language is inadequate :-“Sorful ackuowledgements, and instantly hastened | row," said she, “has been my portion ever to inform her daughter of their flattering pros- i since.” pects, when, to her extreme surprise, she re The deed of conveyance, by which the father ceived from Corinna, who had been accustom of Mr. Gwynnet had empowered his son to ed to yield to her commands an implicit obe- dispose of his effects, with the will which he dience, a peremptory refusal to avail herself bad in consequence made, were suppressed by of the bounty of the noble Duke. Coinpelled his brother. She had, iu the course of this at length to explain the motives for a conduct suit, been obliged to sign an instrument to emso unreasonable and extraordinary, the young power the lawyers to receive the money, and lady confessed that his Grace bad attempted to pay themselves the costs. The consequences allure her from the paths of chastity. To this may be foreseen: thirteen pounds sixteet she added, that in the condition he had annex shillings was the residue which these conscien. ed to bis services to ber lover, she had but too tious gentlemen, who sell justice very dear, just cause to fear a renewal of his dishonour. || paid into her hands. Reduced by this event to able purposes. The feelings of a mother upon the necessity of reitring from her creditors to such an occasion required no description. obscurity and want, she was betrayed by a pre
The mind of Corinna had been highly culti tended friend, and thrown into prison. vated by a perusal of the best authors, while, After her liberation from confinement, Mrs. as her taste refined, her sentiments became Thomas resided in a small and humble lodging delicate and elevated, and her character strong. 1 in Fleet-street, where she died, February, 1730, ly tinctured with those virtues which
in the fifty-sixth year of her age. She was in “ The sons of interest deem romance."
terred in the church of St. Bride's.