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LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE. Evening Dress

..245 Walking Dress....

il. Description of several Dresses, worn by ladies of rank and fashion

ib. General Observations and Refcctions on Fashion and Dress...

ib.

Steam applied io America to the purposes

of Inland Navigation ... Dreadful Accident occasioned by experi

meuts to ascertain the ingredients used in

the composition of the Greek fire.., .. ib. Demonstration of tlie minute divisibility of matter...

ib.

....249

INCIDENTS NEAR LONDON.
MONTHLY AISCELLANY.
Extraordinary Robbery

.253

ib. Shakespeare's King Jobu, at Corent Garden Robbery of the Whiteheaven Bank. Theatre

il. Singular Occurrences .247 Dreadful Accident...

054 ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION.

ib. Christ teaches to be Humble, by West.... ib.

A man killed in a pitched battle.....

ib. Hercules, to deliver Theseus, assails and

luteresting Marriages and Deaths...... wounds Pluto Andronache imploring Ulysses to spare the

PROVINCIALS. life of her Sou; by G. Dave, A ........249 | Dreadful Circumstance..

ib, A subject from Ossjan, by Drummond, A. ib.

Barbarous Murder

ib. Titania, by H. Howard, R. A........... ib. Accident by a thick fog

.255 Titania, Puck, &c. by 11. Thompson, R. A.250 Extraordinary Deaths...

ib. Death of the Earl of Argyle, by J. North.

Tiptree House destroyed by fire..... ib. cote, R. A......

ib.

Public Baptism by immersion in the river ib. Views of Lowther and Petworth, by Turner ib.

Longevity

ib. Village Choristeis rehearsing a Sunday An

Death of a female at an advanced age.. ib. them, by E. Bird........

ib.

Pitched battle between Pearce and Gateo.. ib. Mr. Walsh Porter's Collection of Pictures 251

Remarkable silver Eel.......

ib. Tour to Zealand......

ib.
Sale of a Wife....

ib. Curivus circumstance respecting the Toad ib.

Rare and curious Fisin.

..956 Improved method of cultivating the Alpine

Statue of his Majesty...

il. Strawberry.....

ib.
Singular act of Benevolence.

ib. Ingenious Fire Escape..

ib.
Singular Death......

iba The collection of Manuscripts brought

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WE hare this Month omitted our portion of Poetical Extract from Milton, in order to give our Readers a complete Analysis, and copious extracts from Walter Scott's new Work,

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Enararatirl, B., 18 lisemblee Now irries No 5. Published hune 1.7810, by J. Bell. Southampton ineet, Strand.

FOR

MAY, 1810.

a Pew Series.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES,

The Fifth Pumber.

MRS. FITZHERBERT.

ance.

This lady has filled so great a space in | to have given us some fragments of the the fashionable world, and occupied the secret history of the Athenian and Spartan conversation of the public for so long a Courts, and to have thrown light upon time, that a brief sketch of her cannot fail those parts of domestic life which have to be agreeable.

often influenced great affairs in a way disIf we lived in an age of rigid morality, proportionate to their seeming importit would perhaps be prudent to omit the mention of this lady altogether; but as too Mrs. Fitzherbert, from the best informa. much is unfortunately conceded to fashion, i tion we liave been able to obtain, was and notoriety, however obtained, is more married very young to an Irish gentleman envied than censured, we shall make no of cousiderable fortune. She had been apology for introducing her portrait into educated in the strictest principles of the La Belle Assemblée.

Roman Catholic persuasion. Her union In the biography of the world of fashion with her husband did not continue long: those characters must be selected which he died shortly afier the marriage, leaving have attracted attention, and drawn upon her a widow, but without any children. them the curiosity of every description of The fainily of Mrs. Fitzherbert was repeople. The choice is not to be made ac. spectable; she was niece, on her father's cording to any moral estimate, buit a cord. side, to Sir Edward Smythe, of Acton ing to the scale of fashi unable celebrity and Burnel, in the county of Salop; and is dispreponderance in the bon ton.

tanly rel.ted to the noble family of Sefton, The sage biographier of Cheronea might || in Ireland. with propriety have onnitted in his inimita. The sister of Mrs. Fitzberbert was marble lives ihe names of Aspasia, Thais, and ried to Sir Carnaby Haggerstone, a BaroCleopatra; but Plutarch had no concep. ! net of considerable respectability and fortion of the weight and importance of the tune in the county of York. bean muide in these latier ages of the The intimacy between Mrs. Fitzherbert world, otherwise he would not have failed: and a certain illustrious personage corn.

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menced early in the year 1780. When as in her mental qualisies. She seems to
this connection was first made known, a hare cultivated the minor morals with
rumour was circulated, and received from great assiduily, and to hare considered
popular credulity a much greater share of poliieness as the science of fashionable life,
credit than it deserved, that his Royal and the principle of action amongst a cere
Highness the Prince of Wales was privately tain rank of beings. She has lately taken
married 10 Mis. Fitzlervert. The public under her tuition an orpban daughter of
alarm upon this report was excessive. It the late Lord Hugh Seymour, who lives
was mentioned in Parliament, and ques. with her, and is almost wholly furnicd
tons were put, which not receiving the under her eyc. The origin of this attach-
rompt answer that was expected from the ment was in the friendship which had long
friends of the Prince, the apprehension of subsisted between the mother of this young
the people was augmented, till it became lady and Mrs. Tiizherbert; and it is cer-
necessary at length to give the report aj tainly to the credit of Mrs. Fitzherbert,
formal denial, and some of the Parliamen- | that the voice of a dying mother designat-
tary friends of his Royal Highness chal-i ed her as the guardian and instructress of
lenged an inquiry into his conduct, inber only daughter.
order to ascertain the malignity of the A suit in Chancery was instituted a few
source froin whicuce the falsehood issted. years since by the relations of Miss Sey.
This inquiry, however, was rendered un- mour, for the purpose of recovering her
necessary, by the fank declaration of the from the care of Mrs. Fitzherbert; and the
friends of the Prince, and the subject drupt" present Lord Chancellor made an order
into oblivion.

for the child to be given up to her natural
From the period of their first connec- relarions. Mrs. Fitzherbert appealed to
tion, the friendship of the Prince and Mrs. the House of Lords, and the decree was
Fitzherbert continued wiih very litle in. reversed. She is now, therefore, the esta-
termission. It is unnecessary to be parti- blished guardian of this young lady.
cular in this slight sketch, and as our in- During the progress of this suit, many
tentio is not 10 offend, or to wound the circumstances transpired from the evi-
feelings of any party, it will be prudent "dence, which reflected great credit upon
to drop the veil.

Mrs. Fitzhei bert. Her conduct towards Mrs. Fiizheibert is universally acknow- this young orphan seemed to be affectionledged to be a woman of refinement and

ate and tender without example. The eviclegant manners, of accomplishments dence of a Bishop was delivered into equally solid and fascinating, and acquire. i Chancery, who testified that he had exments of a very high degree in the intel. , amined the course and mode of Miss Seylectual scale. Her powers are of that kind mour's education, and had every reason to which the hand of time cannot wi: her, think it both moral and religious. This which survive the charms of youth and the young lady resides constantiy with Mis. decay of beauty. Her attractions are as Fitzherbert at the summer residence of the conspicuous in her manners and her taste, Prince at Brighton.

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" It was thus agreed on all parts," if red to Edward beyond the mere circumcontinued my aunt, “ that the marriage of stance of his death. To what purpose Sir Williain and Clarissa should take place, should they disturb hier repose; why should and that no intimation should be given to they interrupt that happy serenity of temClarissa that any thing peculiar had occur-il per which led her to what they wanted :

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