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HER GRACE THE DUCHESS 071) wholly directed to private theatricals. Her Devonshire, who has lately been elevated Ladyship took a lead in the amusements of to her present rank by her marriage with this kind at Richmond-house, and was perthe Duke of Devonshire, has long been haps esteemed, next to the Countess of distinguished in the fashionable world as Derby, second to none of the fashionable Lady Elizabeth Foster. She was married performers. But the most eminent display early in life to Mr. Foster, a gentleman, we of private friendship and public feeling was believe, of considerable distinction and evinced by this lady, in conjunction with fortune in Ireland; but who dying, not the late Duchess of Devonshire, during many years after his marriage, left her the first Westminster Election, in which Ladyship a widow with a family.
Mr. Fox became a candidate. She em. Her Ladyship, during many years, was ployed herself in an active personal canone of the most admired toasts of the age.
vass for this illustrious statesman, and sucShe was distinguished for her consummate ceeded by her fascinating manners, and knowledge of the polite world, for her never elegant solicitation, in conquering the prefailiog vivacity, and an elegance of man-judice of many, and procuring the kindness ner which enchanted all who had the ho of all. nout of her acquaintance.- Lady Elizabeth Lady Elizabeth Foster was married to Foster was very much celebrated during the present Duke of Devonshire in the that splendid epoch in the beau monde, autumn of the last year. Her Ladyship when the taste of the nobility was almost has one son living by her first husband,
IIYMENEA IN SEARCH OF A HOSBAND,
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Our arrival at Ramsgate interrupted quarters. My aunt was not personally my aunt's continuance of the story; and known to one individual in the room, yet an event afterwards occurred which con had she not been there five minutes, benected some immediate occurrences in my fore she was in conversation with all of own life with the sequel of that narrative. them. I shall relate this in due season.
After some conversation, my aunt proIt really asionishes nie, whenever a coun.posed a walk on the pier, and I assented. try so richly gifted by nature as Kent, and some of the gentlemen, with all the wellso near to the metropolis, should be so bred impertinence of the fashionable chagenerally deserted by its resident gentry.racter, offered their attendance; I gave By what perversion of natural taste is it, my aunt an intimation of my wishes, and that the country gentlemen are to be found she with equal ease and good-breeding dise every where but on their own estates? In engaged herself from them. Essex, a county of marshes and meadows,
“ Is it possible," said I, " that you can I can very easily account for the scarcity || indiscriminately suffer the conversation of of resident proprietors; there is neither a
every stranger you meet in that room?" healıly nor a picturesque country to invite Why not," replied my aunt, “ they them; the scenery is tame, and every are all strangers alike, ard therefore may marsh and meadow has its appcudant alike be all respectable." fevers and agues. But in Kent, where the " True," said !; " but is there not an surface of the ground is so beautifully equal probability on the other side; may distributed, where there is such an internet some of them be of a doubtful chachange of bill, valley, meadow, and plain, (racter?" where the fertility of the soil is only rival. “ Yes," replied my aunt, “certainly; led by the beauty of the scenery, that such and I have no doubt that many of them a country should be so generally aban- are." doned and deserted, appears so extraordi “ Then hew," saiel I, can you safely nary, that nothing could have induced me associate with them" to believe it but my own actual observa “ Because they are strangers,” said my tion.
aunt, “ and because every one kuow's The rank of my aunt, the style in which them to be strangers to me, and therefore she lived, and the extent of her acquaint no one can impute any voluntary selfance in the fashionable world, rendered | degradation to a person of quality who our arrival a subject of immediate interest, || adinits their conversation. It is a rule of and of general concern and conversation. || charity in the fashionable world at a waterAccordingly we no sovner entered the li ing-place, that every stravyer is respect. brary on the following morning, than we || able will be is known, and that every one were joined by all the loungers in the town. may have a more pleasing employment It is one happiness of a fashionable life, than bunting into the characters of these that if a woman of quality be once intro- || casual acquaintancco.” duced into the fashionable world, she can “ And in this manner," said i, “ your. scarcely go into any quarter of the world, selves and your daughters may be shutded where she is not instantaneously known into an evening's conve:sation or dancin: and at home. There is a freemasonry in with a swindler, or a bigliway man." the world of fashion, which connects and “ Be it so," said my aunt; “ that swin, discovers its members in the most remote dler, os highwayma!), 6001s nothing of us
beyond the evening. After the dance and into participariva. Brighton, I should the conversation is over, after we leave suppose, is still worse than Ramsgate on the room, every thing returns, as the poli-| this score." ticians say, in statu quo; the highway. “ Here is one example of the morals of man knows nothing of us, and we know watering-places," said Shuffleton; nothing of him. So pray where is the at the vast number of soies and other fish harm done?"
which that boat has just brought on shore, " Why," returned I,
Now, let us go down to the boat, and cn. your return to town, you see your friend deavour to bargain for a dinner." hanged ?"
Any trifle is sufficient for a woman of “ Nay, not see him," replied my aunt, fashion. My aunt, who would not in " that's our own fault. But as to the mere London have moved from her chair 10 occurrence of his being hanged, why what save an hundred pounds, was now seized does it signify to us; what think you with an economical fit, and together with should care, if every puppy in the room Shuffleton descended from the pier to we have left was striuged up like so many traffic with the buaimen for her ciinner. herrings on a stick"
The fellows winked to each other with a “ And this is fashionable delicacy and look of low cunning, and after a good infashionable feeling," said I.
terval of beating down. Shufileion and “ It is fasbionable prudence," said my | herself made a joint purchase at four aunt. “There is no sense in your extra times the price they would have given in vagant refinements."
London. We were now on the pier, and were ex. “Whence," said my aunt, “ have fish pressing our surprize, that in the wide reached iliis extravagant price even on the circle of our visitants and acquaintances sca coast?" we had as yet met none of them, when we " Because of the war," replied one of were joined by Mr. Sbuffeton.
the fellows, with a look of vulgar banter. “ What wind has brought your ladyship The war,” rejoined Shufileton), with to this quarter," said lie,
a look of astonishment, “ how can that lady; is it possible that Ramsgate can have affect the price of fiesla soles at Ramnsgate?" any charms for two ladies of such thorough “ Because the noise of ille cannon bied fashionable taste?"
frightens them away,” returned the fellow, “And why noi, Shuffleton ?" said my with as easy an assurance as if he had aunt; “ to my thoughts Ramsgate is de
learnt the art of humbug in Bord-street. lightfully situated, and the company is as “ They are not at least scaice," said my good as you can expect to meet in water
aunt. “ Yes," jeplied the beatman, ing-places. What fault bave you to find
have not caught more than this boatful with Ramsgate "
within the last three months." “ Only," replied he, “that of all the
“ Whence can you account for this distowns on the earth, the people of Rains- position to extortion," said my aunt.gate practise the most villainous imposi.
“ This place has been entirely made by lion. All the tradesmen have the manners
the liberality and profusion of the annual of smugglers, and all the smugglers the visitors, and such is their gratitude." morals of highwaymen; they have fleeced. “ As to gratitude," said ), “ you upon me most unmercifully within the short | your part seek to make a claim to what space of a month."
you can have no right. The profusiunt "Then why have you any dealings with and extravagance of the visitors at a them :" said my aunt. “I have but une watering place can certainly impose liv rule in all these things, and that is, to obligation of gratitude: they have no have everything from London. I know other end but the gratification of yournothing more intolerable than the gross | selves. They are not intended to serve jmpositions of tradespeople at watering. If the people with whom you deal, or even places : and what is still worse, they corn i the place in which you live; it is absurd, rupt our men servauts by enticing them therefure, my dear audit, to talt of grati
no and his young
tude, where you have intended no ser liam. In his confidence, however, of the vice, and imposed no obligation."
virtuous education of the young lady, and “ But suiely," said my aunt, “ the in his knowledge of her pride, which he tradesmen with whom we deal bave some properly considered with the Poet as the obligation towards us for the preference:" joint safeguard of a lady's honour, he held
“Yes, aunt, where you have given a ihem in merited contempt, when an acci. preference; but are you personally ac dent occurred which awakened suspicions quainted even with the names of your in spite of himself. This was the dismissal tradesmen?"
of a female servant, in consequence of one “But where they take so much money of those accidents which frequently occur of us," said my aunt, “ do they owe us in country households. The Doctor, in nothing in return?"
his character as a magistrate, was reproving “ Very little," said I; if yeu buy in a the girl, who, instead of receiving his market, the maiketman gives you bis' discourse with an air of penitence, mutgoods for your inoney, and theie ends the teied something that people should look obligation. There may certainly be such at home, that the lecture would apply to a thing as an obligation of kinduess arising her betters as well as herself, and that perfrom having received even an involuntary haps there was some one in the house who and accidental good from another. Such had been as unfortunate as herself.' The is the narrow obligation which the water. Doctor, provohed by these words, coming-places owe their visitors: but to alk pelied the girl to speak out, when she of gratitude is to confound things." 1l plainly told him, that Miss Clarissa was in
“ Will you accompany us in a ride into the same condition as herself. Sir Wil. the country:" said my aunt to Mr. Shuffle- liam had been in the apartment in the first ton.
part of iliis conversation; he had retired, “ Madam, I am always at your service, but he had heard enough to puzzie and from noon to midnight."
embarrass him. The evident uneasiness "And suppose we should want it before of the Doctor at dinner, and the absolute Noon, Sir," said I.
disappearance of Clarissa, bad completed “ That would be bai barous, indeed," this perplexity. Sir William resolved to said my aunt, “ to require a modern man seek the girl, and to learn her secret. of fashion to leave his bed before noon," The girl, however, was removed. Sir
Mr. Shuffleton bere bowed, and we William, in a state of mind which may be returned bone to prepare for our ride. best comprehended by an anxious lover,
" What does Mr. Shufleton do here ?" stole softly along a gallery to the door of said I to my aunt.
the apartment of Clarissa ; using the fami. " He is following the fashionable world," Il liarity which early acquaintance and almost said my aunt; that man labours truly | brotherly intimacy had given him, he hard in his calling."
tapped softly. No answer.
lle tapped By some accident Mr. Shuffleton did not again; still no answer. He now softly accompany us in our vide; and my aunt, opened the coor, and cautiously entered availing herself of the opportunity, had the apartment; no one was there. He po sooner taken ber seat in the coach, searched the house; no one was than she resumed ber narrative, whence, found. De sallied into the gardens; still she had broken oft on our first arrival at no one was to be found.
To the most Ramsgate.
dieadful anxiety, he suglit the Doctor. “ I discovtinued my narrative," said Neither was the Doctor to be found. He she, “ where Clarissa had received a packet i inquired of one of the servants, a country from Petersburgh, and the young Baronet fellow, whether die had asen his master or had testified a degree of jealous impatience. ll the young ladly? Things continued in this manner during “Why, yes, master,' replied the herd; an interval of three or four months, when I have seen them, and I know not what a vague report began to be busy with the 10 make of them. Youn. Miss sent me in reputation of Clasissa, and an indistince a great hurry for poss-borses; as luck gusalp's story reached the ears of Sir Wil-) would have it, there was a chaise at hand,