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What shocking ferocity!" replied I, | my poor sister-in-law the queen suffer ? Do laughing; "a case of infamous despotism you think I can forget the abominable things indeed. And this martyr to our cause asks she said, the falsehoods she told ? and was to see me!"
it not in consequence of them, and the pub“Yes; and pray let your royal highness lic's belief of them, that she owed the posgrant her an audience, were it only for once: sibility of the ambassadress of Sweden's I assure you she is most amusing."
being able to dare insult that unfortunate I followed the advice of M. de Talleyrand, I princess in her very palace ?" and accorded to the lady the permission she Mme. de Staël's envoys, who manifested 80 pathetically demanded. The evening before some confusion at the fidelity of my memshe was to present herself, however, came a ory, implored me to forget the past, think third missive, recommending a certain Casi-only of the future, and remember that mir, the phénix of the époque, and several the genius of Mme. de Staël whose reputaother persons besides ; all, according to tion was European, might be of the utmost Mme. de Genlis, particularly celebrated peo- advantage, or the reverse. Tired of disple; and the postscript to this effusion puting I yielded; consented to receive this prepared me also beforeiland for the request femme célèbre, as they all called her, and she intended to make, of being appointed fixed for her reception the same day I had governess to the children of my son the notified to Mme. de Genlis. Duc de Berry, who was at that time not My brother has said, “ Punctuality is the even married.
politeness of kings"-words as true and Just at this period it so happened that I just as they are happily expressed; and the was besieged by more than a dozen persons princes of my family have never been found of every rank in regard to Mme. de Staël, wanting in good manners; so I was in my formerly exiled by Bonaparte, and who had study waiting when Mme. de Genlis was rushed to Paris without taking breath, fully announced. I was astonished at the sight persuaded every one there, and throughout of a long, dry woman, with a swarthy com. all France, was impatient to see her again. plexion, dressed in a printed cotton gown, Mme, de Staël had a double view in thus any thing but clean, and a sbawl covered introducing herself to me; namely, to direct with dust, her habit-shirt, her bair even, my proceedings entirely, and to obtain pay. bearing marks of great negligence. I bad ment of the two million francs deposited in read her works, and remembering all she the treasury by her father during his minis said about neatness, and cleanliness, and try. I confess I was not prepossessed in proper attention to one's dress, I thought favor of Mme, de Staël, for she also, in 1789, she added another to the many who fail to had manifested so much hatred towards the add example to their precepts. While Bourbons, that I thought all she could pos- making these reflections, Mme. de Genlis sibly look to from us, was the liberty of was firing off a volley of curtseys; and upon living in Paris unmolested: but I little finishing what she deemed the requisite knew her. She, on her side, imagined that number, she pulled out of a great huge bag we ought to be grateful to her for having four manuscripts of enormous dimensions. quarrelled with Bonaparte-her own pride “I bring," commenced the lady, " to your being, in fact, the sole cause of the rupture, royal highness what will amply repay any
M. de Fontanes and M. de Châteaubriand kindness you may show to me--No. 1 is a were the first who mentioned her to me; I plan of conduct, and the project of a constiand to the importance with which they tution; No. 2 contains a collection of treated the matter, I answered, laughing, speeches in answer to those likely to be “So Mme. la Baronne de Staël is then a addressed to Monsieur ; No. 3, addresses and supreme power !"
letters proper to send to foreign powers, “ Indeed she is, and it might have very the provinces, &c.; and in No. 4 Monsieur unfavorable effects did your royal bighness will find a plan of education, the only one overlook her : for what she asserts, every proper to be pursued by royalty, in reading one believes, and then she has suffered so which, your royal bighness will feel as conmuch !"
vinced of the extent of my acquirements as " Very likely; but what did she make of the purity of my loyalty."
Many in my place might have been angry; | like the countess, but quite as absurdly. but, on the contrary, I thanked her with an She wore a red satin gown, embroidered air of polite sincerity for the treasures she with flowers of gold and silk; a profusion was so obliging as to confide to me, and then of diamonds; rings enough to stock a pawncondoled with her upon the misfortunes she broker's shop; and, I must add, that I never had endured under the tyranny of Bonaparte. before saw so low a cut corsage display less
“ Alas! Monsieur, this abominable despot inviting charms. Upon her head was a dared to make a mere plaything of me ! and huge turban, constructed on the pattern of yet I strove, by wise advice, to guide him that worn by the Cumean sybil, which put right, and teach him to regulate his conduct a finishing stroke to a costume so little in properly : but he would not be led. I even harmony with her style of face. I scarcely offered to mediate between him and the understand how a woman of genius can pope, but he did not so much as answer me have such a false, vulgar taste. Mme, de upon this subject ; although (being a most Staël began by apologizing for occupying a profound theologian) I could have smoothed few moments which she doubted not I should almost all difficulties when the Concordat have preferred giving to Mme. de Genlis. was in question.”
She is one of the illustrations of the day," This last piece of pretension was almost observed she with a sneering smile-“ a too much for my gravity. However, I colossus of religious faith, and represents in applauded the zeal of this new mother of her person, she fancies, all the literature of the church, and was going to put an end to the age! Ah, ah, Monsieur, in the hands of the interview, when it came into my head such people the world would soon retroto ask her if she was well acquainted with grade; while it should, on the contrary, be Mme. de Staël.
impelled forward, and your royal highness “God forbid !” cried she, making a sign be the first to put yourself at the head of of the cross : “I have no acquaintance with this great movement. To you should besuch people ; and I but do my duty in warn- long the glory of giving the impulse, guided ing those who have not perused the works by my experience." of that lady, to bear in mind that they are “ Come,” thought I, “here is another written in the worst possible taste, and are going to plague me with plans of conduct, also extremely immoral. Let your royal and constitutions, and reforms, which I am highness turn your thoughts from such to persuade the king my brother to adopt. books ; you will find in mine all that is It seems to be an insanity in France this necessary to know. I suppose Monsieur has composing of new constitutions." While I not yet seen Little Necker ?”
was making these reflections, madame had ""Mme. la Baronne de Staël Holstein has time to give utterance to a thousand fine asked for an audience, and I even suspect she phrases, every one more sublime than the may be already arrived at the Tuileries.” preceding. However, to put an end to them,
“Let your royal highness beware of this I asked her if there was any thing she woman! See in her the implacable enemy wished to demand. of the Bourbons, and in me their most de “Ah, dear !-oh yes, prince !" replied the voted slave !"
lady in an indifferent tone. "A mere trifle This new proof of the want of memory in less than nothing-two millions, without Mme. de Genlis amused me as much as the counting the interest at five per cent.; but other absurdities she had favored me with ; these are matters I leave entirely to my and I was in the act of making her the men of business, being for my own part ordinary salutations of adieu, when I ob- much more absorbed in politics and the served her blush purple, and her proud science of government.” rival entered.
“Alas / madame, the king has arrived in The two ladies exchanged a haughty bow, France with his mind made up upon most and the comedy, which had just finished subjects, the fruits of twenty-five years' with the departure of Mme. de Genlis, meditation ; and I fear he is not likely to recommenced under a different form when profit by your good intentions !" Mme. de Staël appeared on the stage. The “ Then so much the worse for him and for baroness was dressed, not certainly dirtily, France! All the world knows what it cost
Bonaparte his refusing to follow my advice, / "That would be curious." and pay me my two millions. I have stud. “Oh, I shall take upon myself to prevent ied the Revolution profoundly, followed it her going so far ; but she will be Royalist through all its phases, and I flatter myself I no longer, and we shall suffer from that." am the only pilot who can hold with one At this time I had not the remotest idea hand the rudder of the state, if at least I what a mere man, still less a mere woman, have Benjamin for steersman.”
could do in France; but now I understand " Benjamin ! Benjamin—who ?” asked I it perfectly, and if Mme, de Staël was liv. in surprise.
ing-Heaven pardon me l-I would strike " It would give me the deepest distress,” | up a flirtation with her. replied she, “ to think that the name of M. le Baron de Rebecque Benjamin de Constant has never reached the ears of your royal
TWO POEMS. highness. One of his ancestors saved the life of Henri Quatre. Devoted to the de
BY ELIZA COOK. scendants of this good king, he is ready to serve them ; and among several constitutions he has in his portfolio, you will probably
WATER. find one with annotations and reflections by
Wine, wine, thy power and praise
Have ever been echoed in minstrel lays; myself, which will suit you. Adopt it and
But Water, I deem, hath & mightier claim choose Benjamin Constant to carry the idea To fill up a niche in the temple of Fame.
Ye who are bred in Anacreon's school It seemed like a thing resolved an event
May sneer at my strain as the song of a fool :
Ye are wise, no doubt, but have yet to learn decided upon—this proposal of inventing a
How the tongue can cleave and the veins can constitution for us. I kept as long as I burn. could upon the defensive ; but Mme. de
Should ye ever be one of a fainting band, Staël, carried away by her zeal and her en.
With your brow to the sun and your feet to the thusiasm, instead of speaking of what per sand, sonally concerned herself, knocked me about
I would wager the thing I'm most loth to spare
That your Bacchanal chorus would never ring with arguments, and crushed me under
there : threats and menaces; so, tired to death of
Traverse the desert and then ye can tell entertaining, instead of a clever, humble What treasures exist in the cold deep well; woman, a roaring politician in petticoats, I
Sink in despair on the red parch'd earth
And then ye may reckon what Water is worth. finished the audience, leaving her as little satisfied as myself with the interview. Mme. Famine is laying her hand of bone de Genlis was ten times less disagreeable, On the ship becalmed in a torrid zone; and twenty times more amusing.
The gnawing of Hunger's worm is past
But ficry thirst lives on to the last. That same evening I had M. le Prince de
The stoutest one of the gallant crew Talleyrand with me, and I was confounded Hath a cheek and lips of ghastly bue; by hearing him say, “So your royal high The hot blood stands in each glassy eye, ness has made Mme. de Staël completely
And, “ Water, oh God!" is the only cry. quarrel with me now ?”
There's drought in the land, and the herbage is “Me! I never so much as pronounced dead,
No ripple is heard in the streamlet's bed: your name.”
The herd's low bleat and the sick man's pant “Notwithstanding that, she is convinced
Are mournfully telling the boon we want. that I am the person who prevents your Let Heaven this one rich gift withhold, royal highness from employing her in your How soon we find it is better than gold; political relations, and that I am jealous of
And Water, I say, hath a right to claim
The minstrel's song and a tithe of fame. Benjamin Constant. She is resolved on revenge." “Ha, ha land what can she do p"
THE QUIET EYE. “A very great deal of mischief, Monsei
Tae orb I like is not the one gneur. She has numerous partisans; and if
That dazzles with its lightning gleam, she declares berself Bonapartiste, we must
That dares to look upon the sun look to ourselves.”
As though it challenged brighter beam.
That orb may sparkle, flash, and roll,
feet slipped into that vortex which has Its fire may blaze, its shast may fly;
engulfed so many, and their affairs began to But not for me; I prize the soul That slumbers in a quiet eye.
assume a very gloomy aspect. About this
time an adventurer named Smith, with whom There's something in its placid shade
Captain Duiton became casually acquainted, That tells of calm, unworldly thought;
and whose plausible manners and appearHope may be crown'd, or joy delay'd No dimness steals, no ray is caught;
ance completely imposed on the frank, unIts pensive language seems to say,
suspecting soldier, proposed to him a plan “ I know that I must close and die ;"
for insuring, as he represented it, a large And death itself, come when it may,
and rapid fortune. This was to be effected Can hardly change the quiet eye.
by embarking considerable capital in the There's meaning in its steady glance,
manufacture of some new kind of spiritor gentle blame or praising love,
lamps, which Smith assured the captain That makes me tremble to advance
would, when once known, supersede the use A word that meaning might reprove. The haughty threat, the fiery look,
of candles and oil-lamps throughout the My spirit proudly can defy ;
kingdom. But never yet could meet and brook
To hear him descant on the marvellous The upbraiding of a quiet eye.
virtues and money-making qualities of his There's firmness in its even light,
lamp, one would be inclined to take him for That augurs of a breast sincere :
the lineal descendant of Aladdin, and inAnd, oh! take watch how ye excite
heritor of that scampish individual's preThat firmness till it yield a tear. Some bosoms give an easy sigh,
cious heirloom. Our modern magician, howSorne drops of grief will freely start;
ever, candidly confessed that he still wanted But that which sears the quiet eye
the "slave of the lamp," or, in other words, Hath its deep fountain in the heart.
ready money, to set the invention agoing; and he at length succeeded in persuading the unlucky captain to sell out of the army,
and invest the price of his commission in THE JEWELLED WATCH.
this luminous venture. If Captain Dutton
had refused to pay the money until he should Among the many officers who, at the close be able to pronounce correctly the name of of the Peninsular war, retired on half-pay, the invention, he would have saved his cash, was Captain Dutton of the —th regiment at the expense probably of a semi-dislocation He had lately married the pretty, portion of his jaws; for the lamp rejoiced in an less daughter of a deceased brother-officer; eight-eyllabled title, of which each vocable and filled with romantic visions of rural belonged to a different tongue—the first bliss and “love in a cottage," the pair, who being Greek, the fourth Syriac, and the last were equally unskilled in the practical de taken from the aboriginal language of New tails of housekeeping, fancied they could Zealand; the intervening sounds believed live in affluence, and enjoy all the luxuries to be respectively akin to Latin, German, of life, on the half-pay which formed their Sanscrit, and Malay. Notwithstanding, howsole income.
ever, this prestige of a name, the lamp was They took up their abode near a pleasant a decided failure: its light was brilliant town in the south of England, and for a enough; but the odor it exhaled in burning time got on pretty well; but when at the was so overpowering, so suggestive of an end of the first year a sweet little boy evil origin, so every way abominable, that made his appearance, and at the end of the those adventurous purchasers who tried it second an equally sweet little girl, they once seldom submitted their olfactory nerves found that nursemaids, baby-linen, doctors, to a second ordeal. The sale and manufacand all the etceteras appertaining to the in- ture of the lamp and its accompanying spirit troduction and support of these baby-visit- / were carried on by Mr. Smith alone in one ors, formed a serious item in their yearly of the chief commercial cities of England, he expenditure.
having kindly arranged to take all the For a while they struggled on without trouble off his partner's hands, and only refalling into debt; but at length their giddy quiring him to furnish the necessary funds.
From “ Chambers' Edinburgh Journal."
For some time the accounts of the business befriend him, and solicit their interest in transmitted to Captain Dutton were most obtaining some permanent employment; but flourishing, and he and his gentle wife fondly the soldier, who was as brave as a lion when thought they were about to realize a splen- facing the enemy, shrank with the timidity did fortune for their little ones; but at of a girl from exposing himself to the hulength they began to feel anxious for the miliation of a refusal, and could not bear to arrival of the cent-per-cent. profits which confess his urgent need. He had too much had been promised, but which never came ; delicacy to press his claims; he was too and Mr. Smith's letters suddenly ceasing, proud to be importunate ; and so others suchis partner one morning set off to inspect ceeded where he failed. the scene of operations.
| It happened that the general under whom Arrived at - he repaired to the he had served, and who had lost sight of him street where the manufactory was situated, since his retirement from the service, came and found it shut up! Mr. Smith had gone to spend a few months at the watering off to America, considerably in debt to those place near which the Duttons resided, and who had been foolish enough to trust him; hired for the season a handsome furnished and leaving more rent due on the premises house. Walking one morning on the sands, than the remaining stock in trade of the un- in a disconsolate mood, our hero saw, with pronounceable lamp would pay. As to the surprise, his former commander approachpoor ex-captain, he returned to his family a ing; and with a sudden feeling of false ruined man.
shame, he tried to avoid a recognition. But But strength is often found in the depths the quick eye of General Vernon was not of adversity, courage in despair; and both to be eluded, and intercepting him with an our hero and his wife set resolutely to work outstretched hand, he exclaimed—“What, to support themselves and their children. Dutton! is that you? It seems an age Happily they owed no debts. On selling since we met. Living in this neighborhood, out, Captain Dutton had honorably paid eh ?" every farthing he owed in the world before “Yes, general ; I have been living here intrusting the remainder of his capital to since I retired from the service." the un principled Smith; and now this up- “And you sold out, I think-to please right conduct was its own reward.
the mistress I suppose, Dutton? Ah ! these He wrote a beautiful hand, and while ladies have a great deal to answer for. Tell seeking some permanent employment, Mrs. Dutton I shall call on her some mornearned a trifle occasionally by copying man- | ing, and read her a lecture for taking you uscripts, and engrossing in an attorney's of- from us." fice. His wife worked diligently with her Poor Dutton's look of confusion, as he picneedle ; but the care of a young family, | tured the general's visit surprising his wife and the necessity of dispensing with a ser in the performance of her menial labors, vant, hindered her from adding much to their rather surprised the veteran; but its true resources. Notwithstanding their extreme cause did not occur to him. He had had a poverty, they managed to preserve a decent great regard for Dutton, considering him one appearance, and to prevent even their neigh. | of the best and bravest officers under bis bors from knowing the straits to which they command, and was sincerely pleased at were often reduced. Their little cottage was meeting him again ; so, after a ten minutes' always exquisitely clean and neat: and the colloquy, during the progress of which the children, despite of scanty clothing, and often ex-soldier, like the war-horse who pricks up insufficient food, looked, as they were, the his ears at the sound of the trumpet, besons and daughters of a gentleman. came gay and animated, as old associations
It was Mrs. Dutton's pride to preserve of the camp and field came back on him, the respectable appearance of her husband's the general shook him heartily by the hand wardrobe ; and often did she work till mid- and said—“ You'll dine with me to-morrow, night at turning his coat and darning his | Dutton, and meet a few of your old friends! linen, that he might appear as usual among Come, I'll take no excuse; you must not his equals. She often urged him to visit his turn hermit on our hands." former acquaintances, who had power to At first Dutton was going to refuse, but