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rally would be in most instances, you he had not got home from the Captain's; know, especially after the first term, but so, as the window of my room overlooked to have time granted in which to obtain the front piazza, and commanded a view the Lapininis consent to appear by au of the street towards Captain Smith's as thority, he took wcasion to tell Judge far as the brow of the hill, and, in fact, of Wansley at the last term, which was be the upper portion of the house itself, I fore the suits were commenced, and sat down by it in my rocking-chair, lit a Wansley told the rest of us pretty much cigar, and began to smoke, to watch for what I have been telling you.
Cranston's return, and it is perhaps needThe Judge finished the punch and his less to add, to build castles in the air, narrative at about the same moment, and of which ethereal mansions Miss Mary shortly afterwards I bade him good Smith, under the name, style and title of night, and went up to my room.
I Mrs. Charles Lovel, was invariably misknocked at Cranston's door as I passed, tress. and there being no reply, I concluded that
(To be continued)
Is it a milk-maid drops her pailful ?
Lubin 's love-making;
Lubin 's been raking !
Pouts o'er her tea,
Ask, who is he?
Despite experience, what can set
The widow hoping ?
And sometimes moping ?
Of wives too free;
Pray, who is he?
The weaker fair sex;
Ours—not on their sex.
If such there be:
Pray, who is he?
Of gold and jewels;
Dance, song, oaths, duels.
Upon the Bible,
Is a gross libel !
WITH A SQUINT AT CHESTERFIELD,
The duration and severity of the Ameri blooming cheeks and captivating quali
ties of fair women, than any particular clined to believe, is more attributable to, sense of the justice or injustice about apparently, a trifling and insignificant which they were fighting. It was the cause, and one very generally overlooked remark of a very distinguished statesby historians, than to any other. The man, that “a chambermaid has somecause we allude to, and on which we are times caused revolutions in court, which inclined to place so much stress, was the have produced others in kingdoms." It manners of Lord North.
is said, that if a British officer had not Many suppose, that in great historical stopped to make love to his sweetheart events, causes must have existed com on the morning of the battle of Bunker mensurate in importance with the events Hill, the attack upon the Americans would themselves; whereas it has often been have been made some three hours soonthe case, that the most important events er, when their works would have been were traceable directly to seemingly the in a very imperfect condition, and the most trifling causes. The cackling of result entirely different. Who is pregeese, every one knows, once saved Rome; pared to estimate the moral effect of and we suspect that the peace and war that battle, or calculate what it might of nations has oftener depended upon the have been, if the rebels had suffered a
defeat ? In the early part of the French turbable good nature, and his amiable Revolution, Robespierre determined on and pleasing manners. Men of much leaving France, and was taking his de greater ability, but with less good nature parture from Paris, when his attention and affability of manner-men with the was arrested by a political wrangle in a temper of Burke, Canning or Brougham, café. Ile stopped to take part in it, and for instance-could not have kept the events there occurred which prevented place for six months. A man of marked him from leaving Paris. How different capacity, but of a less indolent and easy ly might have terminated the French temper than North possessed, could not Revolution, if Robespierre had been left have weathered the storm that Burke, out of it.
Fox, and others, raised against the minisDisraeli the younger, in one of his ter on account of the American war. novels, gives an account of a distin But he received all with a bland smile, guished European diplomatist, who was or slept quietly through the denunciadetected in cheating at gambling. Tho tions, invectives, and sarcasms that were threatened exposure caused his sudden showered upon him by the opposition. departure from the watering-place where Men soon get tired of assailing another he was staying. As but few were ac with such a disposition as this. On quainted with the cause of his sudden leaving the house, upon a certain occaleaving, his departure created an intense sion, after a loud and stormy debate, in sensation, and gave rise to the most ex which the minister preserved his equatraordinary conjectures. A wealthy Eng nimity and humor to the last, Burke lishman sent immediate orders to his said, “ Well, there's no denying it, genbroker in England, to sell two millions tlemen, this man has certainly more wit of Consols. The sale was of course ef and good nature in him, than all of us fected—the example followed; stocks put together.” He would reply to attacks fell ten per cent. The exchange turned the most bitter and virulent, in a manner money became scarce. The public funds calm and gracious, and with facetiousness of all Europe experienced a great de and pleasantry that no political animosicline—smash went the country banks ty could withstand. It was this easy consequent runs on the London-a dozen temper that nothing could ruffle, joined baronets failed in one morning-Portland to his bland and insinuating manners, place deserted—the cause of infant lib which kept the tomahawks and scalpingerty at a terrific discount-the Greek knives of the savages so much employed loan disappeared like a vapor in a storm between the years 1776 and 1783. It is all the new American States refused to doubtful if any other minister could have pay their dividends-manufactories de continued the American war half as long; serted—the revenue in a decline—the and it will therefore be safe to suppose, country in despair-orders in council perhaps, that every one of his gracious meetings of parliament-change of min smiles cost America the life of a patriot. istry-and a new loan! Such were the It was fortunate for the United States terrific consequences of a diplomatist that there was one event which the turning blackleg! This secret history of courtesy and good nature of North could the late distress, is a lesson to all mod not avert. Clive committed suicide just ern statesmen. Rest assured, that in after North had given him the command politics, however tremendous the effects, of the English army in America. If the the causes are often as trifling, and some consummate abilities of that great soldier times still more despicable.”
had been brought to bear against the We are told of an instance of the du people of the United Colonies, then feeplicity of Fouché with Wellington, which bly struggling for liberty, the history of came near changing the fate of Europe, the Revolutionary war might have been for a time, at least. And we suspect that very different from what it now is, and the manners of Lord North had a more the pleasing manners of North still more serious effect upon the affairs of the disastrous to this country. world, than the swindling of any diplo It is well known what three requisites matists who have lived since his time. the ancient orator said were necessary to He was not a man of great capacity, but make a good speaker; and the same vahe possessed a cheerfulness and suavity of riety is necessary to make agreeable and manner that nothing could disturb. He winning manners. Good nature, amiabilwas at the head of affairs for many ity, and kindness of heart, are three qualiyears, during a period of great political ties no less important and indispensable in excitement and fierce strife ;-a fact that producing them, than action, action, action, is only to be accounted for by his imper in the estimation of the distinguished
ancient in producing the good orator. lect no instance of the union of a characThe most elaborate, assiduous, and untir ter like Cato's, with the manners of ing endeavors to cultivate in a young man Cæsar, though John Hampden comes pleasing and attractive manners, where nearer to such a union than any that now There is but little benevolence of heart, occurs to us. Aaron Burr, we think, reis utterly impossible. A generous na sembled Cæsar very much in character, ture is the leaven that leavens the and he certainly did very
much in manners. whole lump.” Wherever we find a man John Jay, Hamilton, Judge Marshall, who enjoys a wide popularity, we may Pickering, resembled Cato more in charbe assured, however bad his reputation acter as well as in manners. All the may be, that he has some good qualities, training in the world, we suspect, from in an eminent degree. Yet it is not un infancy upward, could not have infused usual to hear the man who is popular into Čato the manners of Cæsar, any with the multitude, and odious with the more than the persevering efforts of (soi disant) respectable few, denied all Chesterfield in coaxing, flattering, sneermerit. They have
ing at and threatening his son, could
drive “the graces” into that slow-witted, “ Observed his courtship to the common people;How he did seem to dive into their hearts,
pedantic lout. How impossible it would With humble and familiar courtesy;"
have been for Voltaire to have had the
manners of Dr. Johnson, and vice versa. but it was only art (they say)—cool, What a combination it would have made premeditated design, that prompted the for each, if Pitt and Sheridan had changed courtesy. Now it would not seem to re manners. Supposing such a thing possiquire a great deal of wisdom to know ble, we are inclined to believe that neithat counterfeit virtue will not pass cur ther of them would have died so much rent any better than a counterfeit coin or in debt, and that the debt of Great Bricounterfeit bank bill; and the "
tain would be something less than it people” probably detect the counterfeits now is. sooner than the exclusives, because they Bad men, as well as good men, unare under a greater necessity to keep doubtedly sometimes have very agreethem circulating:
able manners; but we should be unwilA French writer, we believe, has the ling to believe, that very bad men could credit of first having said, in speaking of long prove agreeable companions. Nastyle in authors, “The style is the man.” ture has bounded and circumscribed hyEvery peculiarity a man has, of course, pocrisy to very narrow limits, and keepmust be part and parcel of the individ ing within them any very great length ual; and the idea of regarding them as of time, is extremely difficult. We susa sort of extraneous adjunct, which pect, if those persons who have had the might be dropped or resumed at pleasure, reputation of being very fascinating in is very
idle. Tuckerman has written a manner, and very vicious in character, very ingenious and interesting essay on were fully understood and appreciated, “ The Flands." The particular disposal they would be found to possess more one makes of the hands in walking, sit than an ordinary share of kindness. ting, talking, is full of expression, and We are too much of an optimist to feel constitutes an important part of one's a very great distrust of the world's judgmanners. And the manners are but the ment; yet we cannot help looking upon disposition and character, sticking out, a good many characters famous in histoas it were, all over the person. The feet, ry, as well as a good many more humeven, are made expressive in our manner ble individuals of our acquaintance, in of using them. Ulysses says of Cressida: a more favorable light than they are re
garded by the world generally. “There is language in her eye, her chook, her lip;
The more familiar we become with the Nay, her foot speaks."
wickedness and tyranny of the nobility “Manners make the man,” is a very of France previous to the French Revoold saying. It is a proposition that is lution, the more charity we feel towards undoubtedly true; but the converse of it Marať and Robespierre. Shakespeare's is equally true, and much more plausible, poaching and supposed backsliding at the as it strikes us. The man makes the country inn, the world is disposed to remanners. A man with such a character
gard more leniently, than the error he as Cato's, will be likely to have man committed in handing down to posterity ners like Cato; and a man with a char that worthy monarch (as it now appears acter similar to Cæsar's, will have he was), Richard the Third, as such a similar manners to Cæsar. We recol monster of iniquity.
Lord Chesterfield was a man against the Queen of Spain was enamored with whose reputation the most violent anath that handsome booby, Godoy; and the emas and denunciations have been hurled. Duchess of Castlemaine was smitten with He has been preached against as the the fine proportions, strength and agility cold-blooded and systematic corruptor of the rope-dancer, Hall; but these woof his own son; as a man utterly with men could appreciate nothing but animal out religion, virtue, principle, or moral qualities in a man. Lady Essex never ity. But he was much too wise a man would have fallen in love with the handto have been near as wicked as many some person of the adventurer, Carr, but have represented him. A candid and for the love letters Sir Thomas Overbury careful examination of his life and works, wrote her for him. It was not an idle leads us to believe, that however much boast of Wilkes's, that he was an overhe may have been wanting in virtue and match for the handsomest man in Engmorality, he was not, in these respects at land, in winning the affections of a woleast, far behind many other distinguished man, although he was one of the ugliest men of his time. And in brilliant, if not men in the kingdom. But he was a solid qualities, he surpassed them all. good-natured rascal, with very fascinating Now if Chesterfield had been the heartless monster many believe him, and yet The impressions stated above in repossessed of such an engaging address, gard to Chesterfield, we suspect, are and such fascinating manners, it would wholly erroneous. He was a free and have been truly surprising.
easy careless gentleman, with all classThe ideas most commonly associated es; had no troublesome weight of digniwith Chesterfield, are, that he was a man ty to preserve, and was an exceedingly possessed of a highly cultivated but su agreeable companion to whomsoever he perficial intellect, and the perfect master might be thrown among. Ile would exof every accomplishment; that he was hibit no less gusto in cracking a joke an effeminate, fastidious, highly polished with a beggar in the street, than he gentleman-a sort of combination of the would grace and elegance in exchanging dancing-master and the statesman repartees with the lady in her parlor. cross between Beau Nash and the Duke IIe was as popular with the Irish squiof Grafton. A lady's boudoir, many have reens at Dublin, as he was with Fredersupposed, was the field best calculated ick the Great and Voltaire ; as much adfor the exhibition of his exploits—a field mired by his servants and dependants, as on which a brilliant display of his pow he was by Lord Hervey and Lady Sufers was sure to be afforded, and his ut folk. The man whose society is much most capabilities elicited. They have sought after by the fashionable and the supposed that he could make a bow with great, must have in him elements of popinimitable grace, compliment a lady with ularity with the multitude ; for he must the most exquisite delicacy, and utter a possess a large share of good nature witticism with charming sang froid.
which the high and low equally appreThe popular fancy has painted him as an
ciate. Politeness has been defined as exceedingly handsome man, dressed with benevolence in little things-a definition the utmost taste and elegance—“the which comprehends the full meaning of glass of fashion and the mould of form," the word. That Chesterfield was a kindbut a man of such keenly nervous sus hearted man, his life and writings clearceptibilities as to be greatly shocked by ly show. contact with the least approach to rude We give a description of Chesterfield ness and vulgarity.
by two different parties—both very reliNow it appears to us, that no very
alle authorities. The reader can reconprofound knowledge of human nature is cile the dissimilarity in the descriptions necessary to know, that however grace as best he may ; we cannot help him ful and accomplished a spooney may be,
much. Perhaps, howerer, Lord Hervey, he cannot be a very fascinating man.
who wrote the first description, may Women contrive to elicit some amuse have had a prejudice against Chesterfield, ment from shallow fops in the way of for some reason or other. ridicule and bantering, but they seldom His
person was as disagreeable as it feel any admiration for a man, who does was possible for a human figure to be not command the respect of men.
without being deformed. IIe was very Women almost always require some short, disproportioned, thick and clumsigumption (to use a homely but expres ly made, had a broad, rough-featured, sive term) in the men upon whom they ugly face, with black teeth, and a head bestow their admiration. To be sure, big enough for a Polyphemus. One Ben