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pernicious consequences of all this dis- disgust him. The danger is in his con. sipation than he is willing to allow are tiouing the association so long as to altached to it, until he feels that he is contract a taste for the vicious applica. no longer able to keep the best compa tion of both to the cbaracter of his miod 115 he is stripped at the card-table of and the conduct of his life; for in this what he had laid by to pay his tailor's case a love of dissipation is sure to folbill--the larger portion of his last quar low; and this invariably produces a conter's salary. But then be strives to tempt for the more sober-minded reguconsole himself with the recollection Jations of society, and a constant strug. that he lost his money in the best com- gleagaiust those constraints to which the pany. He then sets about devising dependence of his station or the duties of some method of recovering his repeat his calling in life insist upon his submis. ed losses, and studies the mysteries of sion. But if nothing more ruinous than gambling with unremitting application the waste of his time should eosue, he until he knows as inuch as bis dear qua- will find, in the end, that this brings a Jity friends, who had taken advaniage bitterness of reflection along with it of his ignorance, and robbed hiin of which will be the source of considerable the scanty contents of his purse with as disquietude lo him, and of much subselittle scruple as so many foolpads would quent disappointment in those views have taken that purse from him. He is which industry aod temperance would not now contented with his
have secured to his possession. solation, when he was assured by the When I see a young man, who has high-blooded gamblers that he lost his nothing but his assiduily and his wages money like a gentleman!-he now re to depend upon, surrendering the one solves to win like a sharper--and in due to the frivolous society of the would-becourse of probation he is taken in by great, and squandering the other in the male and female proficients in this their spurious pleasures, I contemplate branch of thievery, as a participator in him as heaping up for his old age (if his the spoils of other vain and silly pigeons constitution hold out to that period) like bimself. However, if he is told a hoard of evils, with which poverty and that he plays high, by some of his remorse are sure to recompense his inn. humbler associates, he has an excsue providence. ready for them- he keeps the best com I do not alarm myself with the apprepany, and he is fond of a game of bension that such will be your lot; yet whist--there's no harm in now and then I can appeal to the sad experience of playing a rubber.
many a one among those who filled in Well, G. whither does all this descrip- their youth the same station as yourself, tirn tend, and what is my object in for the truth of what I have advanced. tius exposing the vicious follies of ihis For salety sake, however, I venture victim of the best company? I will to prescribe to you a preventive against tell you. A young man, who thinks so afflictive a defeat of hopes, once justhat he is honoured by being admitted tified by good conduct, but eventually into the society of those who conde. frustraied by vicious association. scend to call him friend, and who aifect Despise the vanities of that pride to patronize biun, not so much for his which seeks ils gratifications in a consike as to impress upon his unsuspecting tempt of moral decorom. mind an idea of their own importance in Be content to keep within your sta. society, steps out of his station, in tion, and to adorn it by the virtues which he might have been virtuously which its duties require. happy. and risks the sacrifice of every Never look above you until you are a niable principle without the possibi secure of the ground on which you lity of reaping a single benefil, which bis factitiously great associates have Let not the specious professions of ioduced bim to expect, by assurances those who are too great in their own which they are conscious they cannot eyes to take any trouble of being good realize, and by promises which they in the eyes of others, deceive you out of never mean to perform. Led on by that humbic-mindedness which is the the hope which he foolishly cherishes, mainspring of every just feeling and in spite of repeated disappointmenis, worthy action. he conforms his morals to maxims Suspect the friendship of every one which he cannot but despise, and assi. whosc advice tends to alienate you from milates bis mangers with habils which those obligatious in the fulalling of
which consists all moral and social ex- tillery of her eyes was planted in hostile cellence. And shuo the coinpany of all array-the whole materiel of repartec from whose lips you hear that excel was ready for assault, and the City lence ridiculed, and set at nought. Baronet began to shriok from the tre
Be not induced by the sophistry of mevdous menace, wben Miss G. the vicious to allow a necessity for vice; begged she might hear Mr. for there cannot be any good reason for solution of the problem which bad doing a bad thing. The poet will show been advanced - Lady s made a you wby.
strong effort to subdue her risiug ire, Such reasonings (if that name must needs
and, with a murmuring echo of Sir belong
B's last words, "the knowing ones,' Texcuses in which reason has no part)
convulsively ejaculatedServe to compose a spirit well inclined “Well, if it must be so, it must, but To live on terms of amily with vice, I protest against the rudeness of such And sin without disturbance.
personal rellections ; Sir B-, I shall Make your heart your happiest home, not forget it.” and you will always be in the best com “ I did'nt intend your Ladyship pang-for your thoughts will never should," was the Baronel's reply, and drive you into dissipation by self-re- settling himself on his chair by throwproach.
ing one koee over the other, he put Consider the wise as the most honour- himself into a deliberate posture of able part of society, and the virtuous as listening earnestness. the wisest.
said he,“ we are all attention." Never be ashamed of showing that “Monstrous !" whispered Lady S you are a Christian, if you would not
- ; “ Did you ever know be ashamed of yourself as a man, and any thing so affronting" remember that ibe plain dress of unaf. With a turn of the upper lip and a fected piety is of more value than all toss of the head, Mrs. the tinselled glitter of quality. binding fectly to respond to her Ladyship's in the world.
wrathful ejaculation; and throwing herAvd let me hope that you will believe self back upon the sofa and shutling him who gives you this advice, to have her eyes, scemed to await ber husband's done so from no other motives tha discussion of her paradox with an unthose which may be supposed to actuate concern which seemed to say, " Aye, you an affectionate father.
may say what you please, but I bave
resolved not to attend to it.' A CONVERSAZIONE.
Here, Mr. Editor, I could not help (Continued from page 309.)
indulging the impression of my thoughts,
which, had I thought aloud, would have ERE Mr. perceiving that the broke into the following ejacnlation:
• Whence is it, that, in conjugal life, we had been invited in right of bis wife, see so much incongruity of teinper and consisted of a medley of characters, in disparity of mind combined in an union which contrariety seemed to form the of two persons, who, by their own most prevalent feature, took upon him choice, bave solemnly vowed to travel to assume his own; and knowing the in company through the vịcissitudes of irritability of the Baronet, as well as this world to the grave ; and thorny as that of Lady S, and the little re the path is, by this dissimilarily, even serve which both retained in the expres- the few roses which inight have beca sion of their sentiments, very conside- secured are left ungathered, in conscrately broke short the growing contest quence of the petulant anxiety of one betwem them: and addressing himself of the parties, that they may not be ento Miss G— as the Mistress of the joyed by the other trange infatuabouse, requested her permission, with tion ! miserable waywardoess of heart! the concurrence of the company, to Can the sweet ingenuousness of youthgive his opinion upon the question which ful affection have prompted to such had been reported to him. - That Lady, an union ? Cao that mutual regard wbo understood in all its reference this which ought to lead two hearts to the application of Mr. - -, very readily ad- , allar of their God, bave equally influmitted it, and entreated him to pro enced both ? Here is a man who had ceed.-Lady Sabad already mar intellect enough to guide, and educashalled all her forces of tongue-the ar tion cnough to instruct, bis wife, linked
Hconversazione Party, "to® which he
in the conjugal chain with a woman affection; because the affection, to be who is too vain, even of her follies, to justified in its object, requires a kuoso acknowledge either : and wbo, by hav. ledge of the good qualities of that obing associated herself with those of her ject; for no one can be affectionately sex who have adopted the fashionable inclined towards evil, unless the heart levity of laughing at the restraints of 'itself be depraved. By affection, then, social life, has conceived that the guid- you will uoderstand, 1 mean the kind ance and instruction of a busband are inclinations of the heart : without these but the usurpation of tyrannical privi. there can be no love. She, therefore, leges, which are not to be submitted to who surrenders ber judgment to so irrabut by the tame drudges of domestic tional an impression may think she loves, subjugation ;-and bence it is, that the but at the same time is deceived by that important anxieties of a mother, and emotion of the heart which is justly the pure sympathies of a wife, have all termed passion, and which, in this case, been surrendered to the cold-hearted is nothing niore than a sudden action of maxims of those who have neither up the mind inspelling the thoughts by seoderstanding nor sensibility enough to sation, vot by sentiment, to form a comprehend the delight which the mar vague desire of possession, without ried state is capable of bestowing, when any knowledge of what it would the duties to which its sacred pledge possess. Yielding to the influence of binds their conformity, are fulfilled in ibis passion the mind rejects, whatever reciprocal concern. Alas! how little may enforce upon its reflection, a conof that union of mind do we perceive trary conviction; and hence the infatuin this state, which is the only source ated female marries, because she perof its felicity! How is it possible that suades herself that she has made a right this woman can contentedly surrender decision ;-disappointment follows, and the advantages which she might enjoy? her love ceases: or, rather, the affeclion —advantages wbich she must in vain which it ought to bave produced is lost seek out of her present condition, be in her self-reproach; and when the cause the world cannot bestow them ; heart feels itself compelled to brood for the world has no concurrent feeling upon its error as the primary cause of with her own, as a mother and a wife. its infelicity, the object which it has In these characters she is the mistress of made the medium of its hasty bope, her own happiness; and this can only be naturaily becomes that of its repuga secured by her right estimation of it in
For her love had not one of all the circumstances which may be re. those properties which mature affectioa culiarly attached to her coudition. It into perfect esteem ; and without this, is this estiination which blends her hap- the conjugal state can never be a condi. piness with that of her husband, and the tion of happiness.” welfare of her children. And is it with Here Miss Julia ventured to interpose jo the compass of any one's mature re her observation, by assuring Mr. flection to reject so felicitous a posses.
that his conclusion was too general; for siop? Too true it is, that examples of that she had koowo many couples very such insanity are to be found !
happy who came together in conseI was going on with these reflections, quence of what he was pleased to term for my mind became absorbed in the love at first sight.'-"For my part," train of thought to which they led, said she, “I cannot understand how When Mr. thus began his discus. love can influence the heart at all, unsion of the knotty point submitted to less the object appears amiable in our bis decision.
cyes.” “ 'To love without affection certainly " And what should such young Misses sounds like a solecism; yet I believe as you understaod at all about it?" er. there is not quite so much contradiction claimed the Baronet, “ unless indeed in it as we may suppose: and I verily they pick out from some rhapsody of a apprehend that too many instances novel ihal a Master and a Miss met by among the married world may be some marvellous chance, just within brought to prove, that the paradox eye sbot of each other; and in order to may be solved more easily than we are serve the novellist's purpose, exchanged at first inclined to think. I will begin vows of unalterable fidelity, wbicb in with those matches which originate in the course of another page or two it
love at first sight,' as it called, Here suited their purpose to break. No, no, I maintain, that love must be without child, falling in love is ridiculous; its a
stumble of the judgment; for po pru are really fit for no market at all, and dent person would ever fall in love un can't be got rid of, either for love or less they were sure of rising afterwards. inoney." There's your Reverend Friend, Doctor, Lady S
bit her lip with anger, and Mr. D.- -, who had lived upon the in the impulse forgot that she could not leanness of a country curacy for six
do this without depriving it of a certain years, thought proper to fall in love portion of the carmine by which its ruby with the widow of Deputy Sturgeon,
bue had been obtained. the fish salesman ; but then it was the Mrs. here took up her friend's most prudent thing he could do ; for he cause, and with a scornful smile, that married Thirty Thousand Pounds, which seemed to tell Sir B his remark was helped him to buy the living of **** too contemptible to excite indignation, in Hertfordshire ; and as the matron begged to ask the worthy Baronet, drawwas at least a quarter of a hundred older ing out the epithet to the very corners than hinself, he had a fair speculation of her mouth, Whether it would not be upon the good woman's falling out of some extension of the lucrative princilove into the grave in all due time. ples of his prudence, if the traffick
“ Sir B-,” replied the Doctor, which he recommended so' earnestly "I am not aware that the sacred ordi were to admit the Smithfield-bargains of nance of marriage is confined to any haltered wives: for she could not help age, or any difference of years, between thinking that such maxims and such the contracting parties."
measures were highly deserving of being “ Or,” cried the Baronet,“ to any combined. sucression of husbands and wives. “ O Madam!" replied the Baronet, I grant it, Doctor, but it generally "your suggestion might perhaps be happens, I believe, that when a man bas adopted, were it not discovered that once made a bad contract because he there are wives who are sufficiently did'nt understand the article, he grows adroit to throw the halter from off their wiser by experience, and takes care to own necks upon those of their husmake up his first loss by a better bar- brods; and, thinking that the bempen gain afterwards."
grace better suited their spouses, have, “ But, Sir B-," asked Miss — with much affectionate consideration, " is the skill in making a good bargain mingled them among the rest of the to be considered as essential to happiness horned species !" in the conjugal state.”
“ Be it so, Sir,” rejoined Mrs. “Why yes, Madam, I think it is; for " and I would hope that even you will then a man is satisfied with bimself and allow it to be no more than what is just, with bis lot, and there's no gruinbling that brutes should herd with brutes ?” afterwards."
Doubtless, Madam !” cried Sir “ But, then," returned Miss G B, " and I have beard of ladies “ may not the Lady be dissatisfied with who are somewhat expert at this sort of her part of the bargain ?”
classification, they are so ingenious as " Surely," replied Sir B,"if she to make their husbands what they fell in love at first sight;' for in that please.” case, perhaps, she might be too blind to Mrs. not appearing, or not wilJook to the safety of her property: and ling to appear, to understand the Baroif she never inquired into the character net, adjusted that part of the gown of the steward before she appointed him which should have
covered her to manage her real and personal estate, shoulder, and then drawing on her she must be an unconscionable dame to glove, with an affected ejaculation of find fault withi his accounts."
compassionate concern sighed out“ Well, this may be the craft of the “Ah! Lord help the poor creatures ! market,” observed Lady s who it requires a good deal of ingenuity, I becould not resist the opportunity of con lieve, to make any thing of them at all.” vincing the Baronet that she had not “ Not so much, perhaps, Madam, as forgotten his recent uncourteous attack, you would have us think; an invention " and quite worthy of those very sagaci- bas long been pretty much in fashion ous traffickers who support it."
among many of the married dames of “ Just so sagacious," relorted Sir this land, which very simply and very B-,“ as to know when the goods soon enables them to effect a surprising are vendable, and will be of any profit. alteration.” able use to the purchaser ; but some “ Indeed! Sir; and pray what is that? Europ. Mag. fol. LXXII, Dec. 1817.
I'm sure it is a pity it should not be ge “ Aye, pray,do, Mr. --," said Miss nerally knowo."
G--; " for the belligerents are getting “ Why, as for that,” observed the too much irritated for self-defence; and Baronet, "I rather think it is no secret; as mediation on my part may only its merely breaking through the matri- involve me in the couflict, I would give monial vow and parting before death them an opportunity of recollecting and if a wife once fancies she has found themselves; iherefore, my goud Sir, I out the art of loving without affection beg you to go on," and obeying without the will, perhaps Humph !” exclaimed Mrs. it may be as good an expedient as any. aside to Lady S-" so now we shall There is indeed another, but then this have another dose of metaphysical sapi. is sometimes found rather inconvenient euce. Hear'n preserve us from these in ils operation ; and this is, leaving wise lords of the creation !— A woman's the Seventh Commandment out of the tongue must be silent, I suppose, whenscale of conjugal obedience: an omis. ever they choose to utter the sonorous sion which is not at all unlikely to hap.. sentimentality of their despotic dic. pen, when the paradoxical sentiments to tates !" which I have referred become the per “ Never mind, my dear," replied suasion of the beart."
Lady S-looking at her watch, " ils This observation of the Baronet pro half after eleven, and I hope he woot duced a mutual emotion between Mrs. have the merciless assurance to make
and her tutelary friend Lady S; bis sermon more than ten minutes the latter, in a whisper, made rather long.” more audible by the accent which her This said, these two congenial minds, long restrained passion gave to it, turn. folding their arms and shutting their ed to the ear of the former with the ex. eyes, seemed very deliberately to comclamation
pose themselves for a short uap. “ By G- that is too bad !”
Mr. then proceeded in his soluMrs. raising her eyebrows with tion of the dark saying of his wife. an effort of unconcern, which her qui
(To be continued.) vering lip shewed her repugnant feelings strongly contended against, said half.
ON COMMERCE. alaud,“ O my dear! I am not in the least surprised or hurt at the rudeness of
Edificat, a man, who seems to have just as many
Mutat quadrata rotundis." ideas of courtesy as a Smithfield dro VHE commonwealth of tbe State is
The Baronet heard the opinions of culture : its industry is its branches, the Ladies, and was about to answer, and these bear all its fruits of sustewhen Miss Julia, touching bis arm, in nance; foreign commerce and the arts terrupted him
are its leaves, under whose sbade we “My dear papa! I know if Mr. B find enjoyment, ease, and delectation. would be so good as to sing in bis The great Emperor of the East, King usually delightful style that sweet song Cyrus, was used to say, “ My subjects of Love has eyes,' you would be con are the depositories of my riches"-an vinced that there is such a thing as expression as just as it was poble, as Jove at first sight.'”
politic as generous: Mr. B — made one one of his stage Trade is the useful and necessary codbows to his young panegyrist, and pro nection of every social being with his fessed himself ready to obey her com fellow.creature. We have a moral inmaods.
tercourse of exchange, as well as a ma. “ Not yet! not yet, child! Mr. terial; all is barler and commerce has not finished his argument; and if I among maukind. am to be bribed by Mr. B-'s vocal Commerce is so ancient, that as soon talent into a surrender of my convic as there were two men, there began a tion, Mr. - will not have fair play:" reciprocal trading between them, of Why! Sir B
- !" observed Mr. mutually useful services ; there acrer "I was only waiting until the existed any human society, without the battle of repartee had ceased; but in commerce of exchanges. mercy to you, for I verily think you Commerce made the families of men, would come off with the worst of it, I from families arose communities, the wust take up my subject,"
union of these formed cmpires ; Cow: