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VOL. 2.] Legends of Lampidosa.The Parisian.

7 the burning pavilion. Henriava re- on my saint's day.”—“ Madelon !” said mained muie; but the quick heavings of Heoriana, gently detaining ber handher bosom announced her interest in this “ recollect yourself-these pearls belong scene; and the intelligent glance of accu- to the family De Salency !"- The blind sation cast on her by Henrielle turned woman started up with a fierce gesture Florival's thoughts towards her. He had “ Wretch! vile wretch! you have pronot yet heard the mysterious tale of her fited by my blindness to steal my necksupposed imposture ; and her mourning lace, and substitute another !"--Her dress, ber retiring attitude, and inodest cries brought a robust young man from eges, over wbich she had drawn her fine the interior of her habitation ; but as he hair embellished only by a simple sprig rap to her assistance, he appeared to refrom the rose-tree loved by ber father, cognize Henriana, and besitated. “Speak fixed his pity and attention.-“ Speak, for me, Lubin !” exclaimed his grandthat we may see you,” says an old philoso- mother : “ You well know I have no pher who had the benefit of a woman's pearls--the chain you gave me was of instruction. Florival understood this beads.”—Lubin hung down his head, biot, and he addressed bis conversation and a deep blush rose even to his foreto Henriana, hoping to penetrate her head—“ Mademoiselle, pardon and becharacter. If he had been touched by lieve me!-I was templed— I was paid the meek simplicity of her aspect, he was to bring your dove to the pavilion with now impressed by what might be called the billet written by—by her who wore the holiness of innocence in her calm the necklace of pearls :—they were dropand proud reserve. But the Baroness, ped near me - I did not guess their val. earaged at the suspicion which the ab- ue, and I gave them to La Bonne.”sence of the necklace seemed to excite in “ Well," replied Heariana, " she loved ber busband, busied herself in public and my father, and you are safe-Dare you vehement complaints of the theft. The confide the pearls to me ?”—The rich pearls had been often worn by her, were glow of Lubin's heart burned through of the richest oriental kind, and of a his saffron cheek—“Gracious lady !shape so singular that they could be easi- you saved my helpless grandmother ly identified. All the domestics and from the flames, and we owe you the spectators employed on the day of the service of our whole lives.”—Henriana fète were traced by police officers, but replied, “ The time may come when no discovery resulted. Florival, appa- you shall receive more than the value of rently heedless of the event, continued his these pearls :--let Madelon accompavisits at the Baron's hotel, where he was ny me.” Feceived with vague, but inviting blan The old paysanne rested on her grand! dishments by llenrielle, and with placid son's arm, and followed Henriana to the coldness by Henriana. As his regard Hotel de Salency. In the vestibule they seemed fised on the prosperous heiress, mei Florival ; and advancing a few steps the latter gradually avoided his presence, to meet him, Henriana said, “ Chesa and left him in full enjoyment of the wit lier, the lost prize is recovered !--it feltor and smiles which had attained such cele- into the hands of this blind woman, and brily. On one of these occasions, she was worn by her without consciousness absented herself to seek Made-lon's hum- of its worth."-" I know it already," ble residence, and offer her a price for he answered ;-“ but Henrielle has deile cheriebed rose-tree. She round her. nounced her to the police, and its agents knitting in her little garden-porch with are on their way to her residence- I was the happy thoughtlessness of second hastening thither myself to favour her sturidhood ; but at the first glance Hen- escape :- let her depart now, for the riava recognized the pearl necklace hang- vengeance will be as sudden as the 13-14 illig round her neck! A moment was picion."_" Wbat ! on her father's fosgiven to silent astonishment before she iermother!" interrupted Henriana, in- , inquired by what means it had fallen in- dignantly--" dares Henrielle shew crue, to her possession.—“ This ?" returned elty even there !--take back these pearls, he old paysanne, stroking her sunburnt chevalier, since you have brought a ban 'trout-:' his airs my grandson's gift ble 10 atach to theirgive them to your

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cho zubireying and say they were redeem- an absent father, sincerity to a modest Pin by yo elf-at your request, per- claimant, and tenderness to helpless oldHeips, she will spare this aged woman. age. I have found one, but not in Hen.

I will protect Madelor, assuredly," rielle."~" Be well assured before you repied Flirival

“ but the heari I decide," said the Baron, entering-" I bronshit will never belong to Hearielle have brought a final arbitrator.”-Flori-er's is incapable of gratitude, boun- val saw the father of Heorielle, and startty, er compassion. They tell me she ed back.-“ Do you fear to be assured has been eve ted for ornament and re- of this young beauty's poverty ?” added trement, but she has neither been orna- the old Lord, sternly.-“ No, Baron !" mengend complutely nor retined enough. returned his young favourite, still retreatFivers are scattered on the surface of ing—“I only fear to find her unworber character, but none grow there. The thy.”—“This," said Henri de Salency, in hevolence which ornaments social life, “is my own Henrielle--my only ac

refinement which governs thoughts knowledged daughter. Her rival, who and actions, are wholly unknown to her. has wisely taken refuge in fight, obtainSelf is the sile rňotive of her graces, her ed the documents and credentials she blandistinents, and even her virtues, possessed by a theft which her wretched wich she assumes not because they are mother committed to exalt a daughter to twine, but because they create her whose existence is my reproach. The power. It is a power, however, which child of my virtuous wife has shewn the extend: no farther than her own flatter- softness and the purity of soul which, fort imagination, and I disclaim it from like the poppy and the lily, are the best tuis hour." Her presence will renew symbols of domestic happiness ;-the ! chevalier!" returned Henriana, smil- pain inflicted by her sister's imposture

" No, madame--the vapid remains was a penalty I well deserved, by bem; wit arii beauty exhausted in public lieving that splendid talents might cover cm, vou're not satisfy me-I expect- a depraved heart, or atone for its unworni tid a heart capable of gratitude to thiness."

V.

ST' TE OF THE EAST INDIA MISSIONS.

From the New Monthly Magazine. r. 1)!TO,

doubt is the class of men generally sent VI!! subjoined extract of a letter on these missions are at all calculated to ntleman in Bombay, to

promote so desirable an end ; in fact, sie out in ingland, will, I doubt not, they have not added one respectable jse izteresting to the readers of your convert. Hliny : “ I cannot close this letter

“In the mean time the Mahomedans 120.4siveying comething on the subject are forestalling us ; a Mahomedan niis13:52: ssions.--We have at present sionary with a young boy for his attend: re, il nerican missionaries ; one ant, sits down under a tree near some often trive'; with his wise :--there is Hindoo village, subsists on alms, and alpola ligt: htween the government and

ways succeeds in making numerous conthe Bue S jety, whether they shall be verts ; here he lives, and most likely

Europe or not. They have been dies, when his disciples set him up as a Cirkemei do proceed in the Carmarthen, saint, and continue to follow his precepta, 10! Si no diary previous to her sailing, I will be bound to say there is not a vilotpiside their e cape, leaving the wife lage in Hindoostan which has not its

They have been since arrested, Mahomedan saint. In our part of Inchtbark from Cochin, and are dia the spirit of intolerance is never manberadap proceed in the ships un- ifested; the Mahomedans living under i England.

Hindoo governments are as mild and Finster, rable it is that the light quiet as the Hindoos themselves. Whilst on scold be spread

Our nu Jionaries are einployed in ereure regions, yet, I much probing presses, building spacious Buu

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VOL.2.) On Mesdames de Staël and de Genlis, from Lady Morgan's France." 9 goloas, in fact labouring to endow them- because it appears by the last accounts selves with the goods of this world, the from India, that the resolutions menMahomedan fakir is reapiog the harvest. tioned above have been read with avidity I think you were in China when one of by many of the most intelligent of the these travelling fakirs made his appear. natives, who have translated them into ance in Canton, in either 1805 or 1806. the language of the country, by which This man had travelled over 'land from means the alarm, it is feared, may spread; Bengal, through Siam, and Cochin Chi- for it is said that some of the native sol. na, subsisting all the way on alms, pos- diers have already complained to their sessing nothing but a staff and wallet. officers, that they fear some measures are He acquired during bis sojourn in Can. about to be taken to compel them to ton (which did not excced two months) change their religion. such a character for sanctity, that he was It is not likely that success will attend followed and noticed by all ranks, and any missions in India, until the Euromight have led a life of indoleace and ease; peans residing there can, by embracing a but he preferred a travelling life, doing, he practical life of piety and virtue, exhibitsaid, all the good of which he was capa- ed before the natives of that country, ble, for nobody approached him to whom convince them by example as well as he did not impart his good advice. He precept, that christianity is a pure reliset off on bis travels followed by the tears gion, and far superior to theirs.—But and blessings of thousands, who looked while the natives of India keep with pious on him as a saint. He intended to travel zeal all their solemn festivals, and continfrom Canton,northward, for the purpose of ue to adore and supplicate the Deity, converting some savage hordes, on whom whether it be prostration daily to the the light of religion had not yet dawned." rising or setting son, as his sublime

It is not long since the subject of In- image, or otherwise, 'as taught by their dian missions was discussed in the House fathers; and at the same time observe of Commons, and at that time, several amongst the Europeans around no indigentlemen were of opinion, that the reso- cations of superior virtue or piety, but lutions of various meetings held at several rather an indifference as to all religion, taverns in London, relative to those mis- they will, under such circumstances, never sions, and stated in the daily and month- believe but that their own way of adoring ly publications, would find their way to the Deity is preferable to that of EuroIndia, and alarm the peaceful natives.- peans, or rather consider the latter as There is reason to think those opinions men possessing no real religion at all. are already verified in a certain degree ; July 1817,

XTIANUS.

From Ackerman's Repository.

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CHARACTERS OF MADAME DE STAEL AND MADAME

DE GENLIS. (FROM LADY MORGAN'S NEW HISTORICAL NOVEL, FRANCE.”* ] I ,

literary circles at Paris, that the great- decided superiority to the De Staëls, the est revolution which had taken place in Cottins, the Genlis's, and the Souzas. their literature, since the reign of Louis But the great claim to that originality of XIV. has occurred in the taste, talent, invention and combination, which con. and style of their female writers. They stitutes the essence of genius, belongs exstill speak with rapture of the facility, the clusively to the modern writers. The abandonnement, the grace of the compo- best compositions of the female wits of positions of the La Fayettes, the Sevig- the beau siècle, exhibited but the art of

transferring the elegant gossipry, só eter* See Ata. Vol. I. p. 584. It is said Lady nally practised in their salons, to their M. has received £2,000 sterling for the copy. letters, and adopting in their written acright of this work. ]

counts of the anecdotes,incidents,slanders, с Vol. 2. ATRENEUM.

i itrigues and tracasseries of the day, the

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Comparison of the Characters of M. de Staël and M, de Genlis, (VOL. 2.

same epigrammatic point and facility of between those women who wrote at the expression, which belong to the genius latter end of Louis the Fourteenth's day, of their language, and which have at all and those who have appeared since the times been the study, the charm, and the revolution. The foundress of a new habit of their conversation.

genus of composition in her own lanThe life of such a woman as Madame guage, her domestic stories are a deviade Sevigné was passed in social little cir- tion from the grave formality of the early cles, in eternal visits, and in seeking, French novel ; and stand equally free hearing, circulating, and transcribing all from the licentious liberties of the new, that was passing in the city or the court. a witty but an immoral school, founded Women of rank had then no domestic by the Marivaux, the Louvets, and the duties, though they had many social ties. Leclos. M. de Genlis, if not the first Their infants were nursed by hirelings, who made works of imagination the vetheir children were reared in convents, bicle of education, was at least the earliest their husbands lived with the army or the of those who introduced instruction and court, and those profounder feelings science into tales of sentiment and paswhich exercise so powerful an operation sion ; and the erudition which occasionupon female intellect, remained cold and ally gleams through her pages, has been undeveloped. They read little, because thought to do the honours of the head, the scale of modern literature was then to the exclusion of the interests of the circumscribed,and few women studied the heart; while her pure and polished style, dead languages. The whole power of flowing and smooth as it is, stands accutheir mind, therefore, was confined and sed by the severity of French criticism of levelled to the combination and recitation approaching to the studied elegance and of the events which took place in the most cold precision of a professed rhetorician. frivolous, intriguing, but polished society It may, however, be said with great truth, that ever existed. Their style was bril- that none perhaps ever wrote so well who liant, playful, and elegant; and it was wrote so much, or has ever blended so eminently, perhaps exclusively, calcula- few faults with so many merits of style ted to éterniser la bagatelle. *

and composition. Madame de Genlis When, however, they abandoned facts just held that place in society from her for fiction, they wholly failed in their at- rank, her fashion, her political tendepcies, tempt ; and in the world of invention and literary successes, which was most there is, perhaps, nothing so cold, cum- calculated to excite against her a host of brous, and wearisome, so out of the line enemies. Had she been more obscure of social nature, and yet so remote from as a woman, she would have been less the fairy regions of fancy, as the roman- severely treated as an author. ces of Mademoiselle Scuderie, and the The genius of Madame de Staël benovels of Madame La Fayette. They longs to the day and age in which it soon fell by their own ponderous weight, dawned, and by which it was nurtured. even in an age when they had novelty to It partakes of their boldness and their assustain them, and have now long been pirations, their freedom and their force. known by name only.

Fostered amidst philosophical inquiries, The two most celebrated female wri- and political and social fermentation, its ters of France, Madame de Genlis and objects are naturally grand, its scope vast, Madame de Staël, mark successively the its efforts vigorous. It has the energy of progress of female intellect, and the scope inspiration, and its disorder. There is given by circumstances to female talent in Madame de Staël's compositions, somein that country. The works of Madame thing of the Delphic priestess. Somede Genlis form a sort of connecting link times mystic, not always intelligible, we

still blame the god rather than the * Speaking of the talents of Mesdames de oracle ; and wish perhaps that she were Staël and de Genlis, a French critic of the old less inspired, or we more intelligent. school observed to me: “ Pour ces femmes la, elles ce sont fait une imagination et une littéra While other writers (both male and ture viriles.--- Madame, il y a, dans l'une et l'ou- female) in France have turned with every tre, de quoi faire trois ou quatre hommes d'esprit.'

breeze that fluttered in the political hemis

VOL 2.) Extracted from Lady Morgan's France."

11 phere, Madame de Staël has steadily an invitation from this distinguished wriproceeded in the magnificent march of ter herself brought me at once to her regenius governed by principle ; and her treat, in her convent of the Carmelites opinions, while they are supported by all an order recently restored with more than the force of female enthusiasm, derive an its original severity, and within whose additional weight from the masculine in- walls Madame de Genlis has retired. As dependence and steadiness of their advo- I drove “ aux Carmes,” it is difficult to cate.

say, whether Madame de Genlis or MaI had to lament that Madame de Staël dame de la Valière was uppermost in had left France at the moment when I my imagination. Adjoining to the glooentered it; and I was tantalized by invi- my and mõnastic structure which incloses tations, which proposed my meeting her the Carmelite sisterhood (in barriers at the house of a mutual friend, at the which even royalty is no longer permitted time when imperious circumstances obli- to pass), stands a small edifice appropriged me to return to Ireland. I was thus ated to the lay-guest of this silent and prevented from seeing one of the most solitary retreat. The pretty garden bedistinguished women of the age, from longing exclusively to this wing of the whose works I had received infinite plea- convent, is only divided from its great sure, and (as a woman I may add) infi- garden by a low wall, and it admits at its nite pride. Her character was uniformly extremity the melancholy view of described to me by her friends, as largely chapel or oratory, fatally distinguished by partaking of a disposition whose kindness the murder of the bishops and priests, knew no bounds; and of feelings which imprisoned there during the reign of Rolent themselves, in ready sympathy, to ev- bespierre. Madame de Genlis received ery claim of friendship, and every call of me with a kindness, a cordiality, that had benevolence. Among those who knew all the naïveté and freshness of youthful her well, the splendour of her reputation feeling and youthful vivacity. There was seems sunk in the popularity of her char- nothing of age in her address or converacter; and “ C'est une excellente per- sation; and vigour, animation, a tone of sonne"---" C'est un bon enfant,” were decision, rapidity of utterance, spoke the epithets of praise constantly lavished on full possession of every feeling and every one, who has so many more brilliant faculty : and I found her in the midst of claims to celebrity.

occupations and pursuits, which might Madame de Genlis was at Paris when startle the industry of youth to undertake I arrived there; but I was told on every or to accomplish. side that she had retired from the world; When I entered her apartment, she was that she was invisible alike to friends and painting flowers in a book, which she strangers—that, “ elle s'était jetée dans la called her Herbier sacré, in which she religion !" or that " elle s'était mise en was copying all the plants mentioned in retraite dans une société de Capucines.” the Bible

. She sheived me another volI had despaired therefore of seeing a per- ume, which she had just finished, full of son, out of whose works I had been edu- trophies and tasteful devices, which she cated, and whose name and writings were called L'Herbier de reconnaisance. intimately connected with all my earliest “ But I have little time for such idle associations of books and literature; when amusements,” said Madame de Genlis.

She was, in fact then engaged in abridg* Both Madame de Staël and Madame de ing some ponderous tomes of French Genlis appeared to me to be rather unpopular moires, in writing her Journal de la Jeusupposed republican principles ; the other for nesse, and in preparing for the press her the part she took in the early

part of the revo- new novel Les Battuécas, which she has lution. of Madame de Staël they constantly

, since given to the world. said to me," C'est de éloquence, si vous voulez ; cependant c'est une phrasiere que Madame de S.!" Her harp was, nevertheless, well strung Of Madame de Genlis-- Pour son style, c'est and tuned; her piano-forte covered with rien de naturel dans ses romans, que les enfans" new music'; and when I gave her her kowever, by this, have reconciled her to the drawing up of a single string. All was The Battuecas of Madame de Genlis must, lute to play for me it did not require the most inveterate friends of legitimacy, church, state, and the King of Spain !

energy and occupation. It was impossi

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