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whilst the jury were being sworn in, adday, in court, without any reason, and I am dress an attorney from the bench, and ask come personally to chastise you with this him whether he was disposed to part with horse whip, for your insolence."" Are

you, indeed ” replied the barrister, “ but “'Here even the counsel speak in the surely you will not strike a man in bed." rudest manner to the attornies, as if they No, Sir, I pledge my honour not to do were really so many sharpers.

that,” said the gentleman. “ Then by

Gd,” exclaimed the serjeant, “ I will "MR. GARROW.

lie here till doomsday." The humour of “If Mr. Garrow, one of the principal the thought disarmed the anger of the advocates here, were to dare to address affronted gentleman, and bursting into a the solicitors of our court as he does those fit of laughing, he said, " there, sir, you in his own, he would convert his body in may lie as long as you like; I will not to a target. This gentleman is the principal molest you this time; but let me recomadvocate. His voice is clear and silvery, mend you never again to hold up a person and occasionally he is very eloquent. He is of respectability, whose only object is to most celebrated for his talent for cross tell the truth, to the derision of a court of cxamining witnesses, which he does with justice;" and left the man of law to congreat dexterity; but his principal engines sole himself. are an undaunted front, and a thorough “ Mr. Garrow commenced his legal contempt for the feelings of those who are career at the Old-Bailey; and the practice placed under his lash. When I have seen of that bar is said to impart to its pleader a modest and respectable person, who has a considerable vulgarity of style, and to delivered his evidence clearly and con render him very much a fierd-bras. scientiously, forced into confusion, if not “ Sir Vicary Gibbs, the attorney-gene. ensnared into contradiction, by the tricks ral, ranks next to Mr. Garrow as a pleader, and terrours of this advocate, I have blush- whose superiour he is by many thought, in ed for my own profession, and reflected, profouud legal knowledge. Owing to the that though the torture is abolished, a acerbity of sir Vicary's manner towards still more cruel and erring process for disc witnesses, he is known to the common covering the truth continues. I have been people by the name of sir Vinegar Gibbs. so disgusted with this man, that I am re. His mode of treating witnesses is, indeed, solved, whatever may be the fate of my sometimes shockingly coarse and unjustipractice, I will never adopt the system he fiable. pursues: indeed, as you know, if I were, I “ Mr. Dallas is, in my opinion, the most am sure my life would not be worth one elegant orator at the bar. Unfortunately he day's purchase in my own country. I am has much withdrawn himself from its told that he has been challenged two or practice. His voice is exquisitely sweet; three times by persons whom he has treat- his argument solid; and his language very ed in this manner in publick, and that he chaste and beautiful. To all these quali. has always placed himself under the broad ties he unites all the polite manners of a shield of the court.

gentleman, and never degrades that cha

racter by his treatment of witnesses who " ANECDOTE.

are adverse to the side he is retained upon. I laughed heartily the other day, at Mr. Dallas is the only advocate who offers the ingenuity and presence of mind by some indemnity for the heavy loss which which an English serjeant at law, cele. the British bar sustained when Mr. Erbrated for bullying and browbeating wit. skine, now lord Erskine, was elevated to nesses, saved himself from the indignity the seals. How much do I regret that I and corporal pain of a good flogging. He never heard this distinguished orator behad, it appears, on the western circnit, fore that event, in the early and habitual most grossly insulted a very respectable theatre of his great talents ! I know of no gentleman in court, in the course of a other advocate much distinguished for cross-examination. The next morning, very ability in the court of King's Bench, or in early, the insulted party proceeded

to the any other court, except sir Samuel Romilly, lodgings of the advocate, with a good in the court of Chancery, where his prac. borsewhip in his band, and requested of tice is very deservedly great. In depth of the clerk to see his master, alleging that learning, and on all occasions where the he had business of great importance with subject will admit, in the effusions of him. The clerk showed the gentleman in- genuine eloquence, this upright and exto his bedroom, where he lay fast asleep, cellent lawyer is unrivalled in the court of and upon his awaking was addressed by his Equity. It is said of him, that, like the late visiter as follows:-" Sir, I am the person Mr. Pitt, he is very fond of unbending his whom you so scandaluusly treatıd vesier. mind, by the perusal of novels, which

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afford him so much relief in the hours of certain parchments. Upon their being relaxation, that he has the reputation, produced, he placed them in the hands of amongst those who know him intimately, the Englishman, and observed, 'there, sir, of perusing almost every novel that is these are the title deeds of Westminster published.

Abbey; which belongs to us; the priors of “ The British bar is crowded with vota. this convent are by right the priors of that ries for practice and distinction, hundreds abbey; and I have no doubt but that we of whom, in all probability, will never shall one day or another recover our even have the felicity of making a half. rights. In corroboration of this curious guinea motion. Upon the whole I am declaration of the prior of Affligham mo. much disappointed in the talent I expecte nastery, the same gentleman, who is an ed to find. The best of the English plea antiquarian, assures me, that amongst the ders would suffer by a comparison with ancient tombs in Westminster Abbey, Curran (whose elevation to the Rolls of there are two that contain the ashes of the Ireland I shall, for many reasons, regret) like number of priors of that monastery. M'Nally, and others, whom I could name “ After inspecting the abbey, which, by in our own country.

the destruction of several old houses, is

now finely placed before the eye of the “ WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

spectator, we adjourned to a coffee house “ Prom the courts, our party paid a in the neighbourhood, where we dined, visit to Westminster Abbey. With all the and afterwards proceeded to the House of principal features of this august and Lords, in an anti-room of which we were venerable pile you are doubtless well ac met by lord M-, who procured us admise quainted, from the numerous descriptions sion into the house." which have been given of them. Our St. Patrick's cathedral would cut as miserable Our author falls into the common a figure by the side of this stately and and vulgar errour respecting the stupendous fabrick, as the monuments of

pronunciation of Mr. Kemble. His doctor Smith, formerly the carl of Cork, would, if they were within range of com.

authority for this seems to have been parison, with those of the duke of Argyle no higher than the witless editor of and Mrs. Nightingale. The attendant a Sunday newspaper, who occasionshows the visiter a great deal of trash, ally prates with great solemnity such as the kings and queens of England about theatrical matters. The author in wax-work! General Monk, in armour, of the present volumes, following resembles a great stuffed bear.

his wise original, tells us that Mr. “HENRY THE SEVENTH'S CHAPEL. K. calls beard, bird, and virtue,

" The interiour of Henry the seventh's varchu. Really, those people have chapel is exquisitely beautiful. The ban.

most perverse auditory nerves who ners and helmets of the knights of the

talk thus, or else they never heard Bath conduct the mind back to the ages of chivalrous romance. The seats of the

Mr. K. pronounce these words. But stalls are double, and upon the uppermost

our author also tells us that Mr. being raised, I was told, but not till after Kemble calls sovereign, suvran, and I had left the chapel, the most abomina. thee the. Wonderful errours! How bly obscene subjects appear well carved would he have them called: Perupon the tops of the lower seats.

haps, if he be really an Irish student, ** ANECDOTE,

he prefers the dear brogue of Bally

nahinch! “A very intelligent friend of mine rela. ted the following circumstance, respect

There is a great deal of seconding this venerable pile, but little known. hand talk in these volumes about Many years since, when my friend was living celebrated characters, which enjoying the three days and three nights seems to have been picked up at hospitality which the monks of the rich coffee-houses, the servants' hall, convent of Afligham, between Ghent and and from the newspapers of the day, Brussels, extend to all strangers who are disposed to tarry under their roof; the The author has been diligent, and prior ordered one of the brethren to open he deserves such praisé as such diii. á large iron bound trunk, and bring liim gence requires,


Vie de la Marquise de Courcelles, &c. i. e. The Life of the Marchioness de Courcelles,

partly written by herself. With her Letters, and the Italian Correspondence of Gregorio Léti, relative to that Lady. 12mo. pp. 268. Paris. 1808. Price 6s. sewed.

IT is observed by the editor of this rant; but I believe that this fault is impuvolume, in his avant-propos, that in ted to me because no other can be found; the multitude of characters which and that I must pardon those who say that

mouth is not quite regular, when they have been preserved to us from the allow, at the same time, that this defect is Augustan age of France, the gallery infinitely agreeable, and imparts a lively of gay ladies was still without the air to my smile, and to all the movements portrait of Madame de Courcelles; of my face. In short, I have a well formed who attracted so much of the publick mouth, admirable lips, and teeth like pearl. attention by her beauty, the charms My forehead, my cheeks, the turn of my of her wit, and the singularity of her hands; tolerable arms, that is to say, rather

are all beautiful; divine adventures; and who, in fact, drew a

thin: but I console myself for this misforhistorical sketch of herself. This tune, by the pleasure of having the handpainting has, indeed, hitherto been somest legs in the world. I sing well, in the hands of a private connoisseur, though without much method. I know from whose collection it is now first enough of musick, indeed, to come off

pretty successfully with connoisseurs. But taken, for the purpose of exhibition; the greatest charm of my voice is in the and it will, perhaps, be more ad- softness and tenderness which it inspires. mired for brilliancy of colouring In a word, I possess all the arms of pleathan delicacy of touch, though the sure, and have never yet exerted them iş artist assures us that it is by no


“ I have more wit than any body. It is means flattering.

natural, pleasant, playful, and capable also “Without being a great beauty," she i have a good understanding, and know

of great things, if I chose to apply to them. says, “I am one of the most amiable crea. tures ever seen. There is nothing in my though I scarcely ever do it.”

better than any one what I ought to do, countenance, or my manners, which does not both please and interest. Every thing The reader may, perhaps, deem about me, even the sound of my voice, in. it fortunate, that charms so powerful spires love. Persons the most opposite to

were not presented to the gaze of Tre in inclination and temperament, are all of one mind on this subject, and agree

an enamoured world in those early that no body can look at me without wish. stages of society, in which the jeaing me well.

lousy of lovers was synonymous with * I am tall, have an admirable figure, the hostility of nations, and the and the best air possible; I have fine brown slaughter of embattled thousands: hair, which is disposed, as it ought to be, but he is still more likely to wonder to shade my face, and relieve the hand. somest complexion in the world, though it that the beautiful marchioness did is marked by the small pox in several

not obtain some degree of influence places. My eyes are sufficiently large, over the civilized kingdoms of moneither blue nor brown, but between those dern Europe, through the medium two colours, and have a particular hue of of Louis's gallantry. This fair creatheir own which is very agreeable. I never open them entirely; and, though there is

ture appeared at his court at the no affectation in keeping them so, yet it is period when his passions were most true that they thus gain a charm which easily excited. But, though he offermakes my look the softest and the tender ed his protection, and a situation est that can be seen. The regularity of my near the queen's person, with the nose is perfect. My mouth is not the view of our heroine becoming the wife smallest in the world, but neither is it

of Colbert's brother (a connexion very large. Some censors have chosen to say that,

certainly not unfavourable to the according to the just proportions of beauty,

chance of a subsequent more intimy under lip may be called too protube. mate acquaintance with his majesty)

it does not appear that he ever en-law, who had cruelly, and inconsisttertained any specifick views on her ently laboured to prevent this reperson. The actual history of the conciliation. M. Louvois happened lady's life is, however, sufficiently to call one morning, when these curious, even as a series of roman- three ladies were on the point of tick adventures, and since it throws setting out together to church; and additional light on the scandalous he overwhelmed with confusion, by state of manners which prevailed in his sarcastick irony, the enemies of the polished court of Louis the his mistress. The connexion, howFourteenth, we shall lay a brief ab- ever, soon came to an end; for Lou stract of it before our readers. vois detected his frail fair, in an

Mariè Sidonia de Lenoncourt, ha- equivocal situation, with the forgetving lost her father in her infancy, ful Villeroi, and determined to conwas addressed by numerous suitors, quer

his passion. who were attracted by her posses The injured husband, exasperated sions, as well as by her superiour at an infidelity which deprived him beauty; and she was united, at the of the benefits that he might have age of thirteen, to the marquis de expected from making over the Courcelles. She is said to have soon person and honour of his wife to a tasted all that could imbitter matri- minister of state, resolved on a sinmony, without enjoying any of its gular mode of revenge. He contrived pleasures. The celebrated Louvois to poison a lotion, that was used by endeavoured to profit by the mutual her for washing her face; which was, dissatisfaction of the ill assorted cou: in consequence, so completely scariple. But the marchioness found it fied, that it did not recover its impossible to return his ardour, smoothness for nearly three months. though frequently pressed by her The marchioness suspected a partihusband and his family, to adopt cular attendant of being the instruhim as

a lover. M. de Courcelles ment employed for this odious puronce went so far as to quarrel se pose, and ordered her to drink the riously with his wife, for declining water. She refused, and was held to make the fortune of her family, down and gagged by footmen, who by devoting her charms to the de- compelled her to swallow it. The sires of a powerful minister, after result was, that she fell into convulthe manner of madame de Humieres sions, in which state the marquis and other handsome wives. At length saw her, and confessed his share in the duke de Villeroi, the marquis's the attempt. His lady was in great first cousin, who suspected his rela danger, received exreme unction, tion of too great a familiarity with and was reported to be dead. the dutchess, avenged himself by reBaliation. Being, however, at this “ During this illness," says she, “ M. de time, the professed adorer of the Courcelles was obliged, by his interest, to

render me as much service and attention princess de Monaco, he was disco.

as should have been excited by affection. vered in his intrigue, by her vigi. I was sixteen years old, and had not made lance, and sacrificed his new passion my will. The loss of my property appeared to his interest with Louvois; to whom so great a misfortune to him and his mo. he solemnly swore that he would ther, that, after having exhausted all hu. never again see madame de Cour. man remedies, they had recourse to God: celles. Our heroine then took some

whom, till that period, they had little

known, and of whom they never once pains to revive the tenderness of thought after I was well. But Courcelles Louvois, and succeeded. Their inti

now made a vow to go on foot to Notre macy became excessive. But the Dame de Chartres, if I recovered.” most gratifying circumstance to the lady, consisted in the mortification What a field for reflection on the of her mother-in-law and sister-in high spirit, the generosity, and the



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disinterested magnanimity of the had she not imprudently escaped Tirille cour !---but we have no time from prison, in company with a new for animadversion; the story itself admirer, Brûlart du Boulay, a caphurries us forward, and indeed syp- tain in the Orleans regiment. With plies its own comments.

him she had the hardihood to reWe no longer proceed, however, main sometime disguised in Paris: on the authority of our heroine, of but at last they thought it prudent whose lively narrative we are sorry to retire to Geneva, where their afto take leave, though it is for some fection does not appear to have time not ill supplied. After having in- been of long duration. On returning dulged herself in all the pleasures of to France, she was again arrested, the luxurious metropolis, she was and imprisoned for some years; her shut up in the convent of the “ filles trial being protracted by various de Sainte Alarie de la Bastille,for appeals and revisions. Here the hissome striking irregularity. The tory concludes abruptly; stating that dutchess of Mazarine, her fellow nothing farther is known respecting prisoner for a similar offence, takes her, except that,after having several pleasure in relating, in her memoirs, adventures, she fell in love, sur le the tricks that were played off against retour de l'âge, with an officer, whom the harmless nuns, by the two “amia- she married, and with whom she ble recluses, such as putting ink lived unhappily. into their holy water, that they Some of this lady's letters, written might black their faces; awakening from Geneva to Boulay, form a part them out of their first sleep, by in- of the volume. They were collected troducing little dogs into the dormi- but not published by him, and the tory, pouring water into their beds, statement with which he accompa&c. The dutchess, on being restored nies them is curious: to her family, procured permission for the narchioness to pay her a

I have been induced to bring these

letters together, for the more convenient visit, and Courcelles prevailed on her petusal of my friends, not by the indiscre. 10 return to his home: but he soon

tion that is common with those who think had reason to suspect her of partial. that they have quarrelled irreconcilably ity to his friend, the marquis de Ca- with the writer: but I wish to justify myvoy, whom he challenged and wound. self for having too faithfully, and too vió. ed: rather preposterously, we think, lently, loved the most beautiful creature

in the universe, though the most treacheunless he acted as the champion of

rous and inconstant. I dreaded her eln. Louvois. The combatants were com

quence too much to apply to her alone for mitted to the Conciergerie, where my justification; and the declarations they lived on terms of great friend, which I daily made, to give a just idea of ship for two years.

her talents, satisfied me so little that I saw In the mean time, the marchio- they would convince nobody. In this per. ness was attended to her husband's that I had certain means of producing this

plexity, I one day fortunately recollected country seat by his mother, who conviction; and that what she had written conceived suspicions of her be was so beautiful and so polished that by coming pregnant. Courcelles, being showing it I should entirely answer my informed of this circumstance, insti- purpose. I had none of the scruples that tuted a process of adultery against because, as the letters were full of talent

often occur in taking such a resolution; her, and finally succeeded in pro- and almost without passion, I did not be. ving his charge of an illicit inter- tray, in producing them, those secrets course with one of her servants; which ought never to be revealed. Such dissolving the marriage, and re persons of both sexes, as have censured covering large · damages against me so severely for the extent of my affecher. It was thought, indeed, that tion, when fame had told me so much a

bout her, will perhaps find themselves em. her beauty and her interest might barrassed, when they have read these lethave led to a more favourable issue; ters, and I tell them that the understand.


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