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a bottle of curdled milk, were afterwards taken out of the disembogued machine: the whole made me fed so hot, I was obliged to retreat to the sea side. . ..
.... It is the observation of our kind friends, the French, that the inhabitants of this island are certainly Web-footed, to own the truth, I have long suspected this to be the case with some of my fair country women; to examine this subject with the minute attention it deserves, in order to make a report to the dilettanti society, I took mv station one morning, after the usual custom now prevailing at Brighton, immediately opposite the place that is appropriated to female bathing: this, for wise reasons, i.* in the most public and exposed part of the beach, vis a vis the end of the Steine, orpublic promenade: doubtless a mark of the innocence or delicacy of the present philosophic age. On the beach at Brighton, and probably at all other fashionable sea-bathing places: "they go naked, both the man and the woman, and are not ashamed."
Having taken this fashionable station, I immediately began to scrape an acquaintance with one of the female bathers. On a sudden, from one of the blue machines sprang forth a female, as beautiful, and doubtless as chaste, as Venus; who immediately began to ride the billows with all the ease of the webb-footed tribes. Mypleasure may easily be imagined, and I eagerly asked— "Whether that was the elegant female swimmer, so long renowned in the highest circles of ton?"—"No Sir," replied the bather, " that is a lady of fashion."— "Of fashionl"—" Why Lord, Sir, where be ye come from: why now don't you know, that we now calls all your high-fliers, your dammerips, and them there sort of folks, ladies of fashion!"—I begged the bather's pardon for my ignorance, and walked off.
Let my fair country-women be careful how they play with Salt. It has been frequently used with success ia fattening the cattle: and the sea, as we are now informed, from the lectures given at the Royal Institution, is strongly impregnated with it. What would the world say, if some unsuspicious-young ladies, should in consequence of frequent plunges and swimming in the sea, lose their delicate slimness, and return to town with an odious protuberance? "O ye fair inhabitant* of Grosvtnor Square," as a popular preacher was once heard to exclaim at the beginning of the last century,—" beware of salt! beware of salt!" Dr. Johnson has declared, that though it is incombustible, yet it is an active substance.—I will leave to some future writer des Memoires gallants et badins to develope the very considerable advantages that the fair and frail sex derive from resorting to the sea-side.. ..
.... It affords ample subject of entertainment at Brighton to read the account the London newspapers give of the company and their amusements. A masquerade was announced, as to be given by the Prince at the pavilion, which neither his Royal Highness, nor his friends had ever heard of: and paragraphs are continually sent up to the London papers, and their insertion paid for, hy people whom nobody knows, who wish, to appear to belong o the Prince's party, and the circle of ton.
When considering the manners of the fashionable world at Brighton, it might be deemed a want of due respect not to mention,
"Th1 observed of all observers,"
His Royal Highness, the Prince. The change which' his presence has wrought in what was only a paltry village of fishermen, can hardly be credited by any but those who, remembering what Brighton originally was, are enabled to compare it with its present rising opn* ience. The taste which his Royal Highness displayed in the first decorations of his pavilion is now still more apparent, by an entirely new and admirable arrangement, which gives to nearly the whole of the lower apartments the rich splendour of a Chinese buildingT and I doubt not that the originality and beautiful contrast of colour which his Royal Highness has displayed, will open a new field for the imagination and tast» of our ornamental painters*.
.... I cannot take leave of Brighton without expressing a wish, that either the sixty cornmisioners who superintend the miserable lighting up of the townf, or a
• These Chinese ornaments' have been executed with historic exactness, under the direction of a Mr. Scrase, and nothing has been selected but what strictly belongs to the costume and manners of that country. The prevailing taste of the age, in building, has been to select and combine the beauties of the different orders of architecture; and, although this is certainly blameable in the construction of great national edifices, it certainly is allowable in buildings on a smaller scale; and, in rhis respect, the introduction of parts of the Chinese style must afford an essential service to those improvements which modern refinement is daily making, in the villas and rural rclreals of our opulent countrymen.
•f The lamps are only lighted from Midsummer to Michaelmis, though Brighton can boast of a summer season, of an autumnal season, and of a winter season, when families from, the Weald make a sort of London of it.
body of men composed of the most spirited and zealous of its inhabitants, would form themselves into a committee, under the sanction of parliament, for superintending and directing the future buildings and alterations that may be made*. The situation of Brighton admits of what Brown termed great capability: trees with little trouble might be planted, and would certainly thrive, when sheltered by the adjoining buildings from the sea-winds. The improvements which his Royal Highness has made, and is still projecting, will, I trust check the listless torpor and selfish apathy of the inhabitants of Brighton: will reflect a certain portion of taste and liberality on the sordid natives of this lawless waste; and make them more worthy of the illustrious patron, who, from a paltry village of fishermen, has formed one of the most delightful and fashionable bathing places that our coast presents, and which in time, we trust, will vie, as far as the difference of the climate may admit, with the celebrated Baia of the Romans.
* Had this been done, as it ought to have been, long ago, the Steine would not be now disgraced by the heavy pile of brick-buildings, like a manufactory, which the speculation of a tasteless individual has constructed, and which bears the appearance of an apothecaries' hall, established foi the public sale of drugs, for the benefit of Brighton invalid*.
FRENCH CRUELTY AND ITALIAN HEROISM.
Remove fera monstra, tuzque
Saxificos vultus, qusecunque ea, tolle Medusae. Os-id.
"Remove that horrid monster, and take hence Medusa's petrifying fountenance."
Having revolutionised most of the frontier towns of the republic of Venice, Buonaparte sent his favourite assassin general, Augereau, to Verona for the same purpose. Three of the most respectable of the inhabitants went forth to deprecate hit vengeance, and to treat for the safety of their city; but, in violation of all the laws of nations, and of civilised society, this ruffian arrested the deputies, and insisted that the place should surrender at discretion. It was accordingly so surretidered, after a solemn promise had been obtained for the security of the lives and property of all the inhabitants. But what faith can be reposed in the promises of rebels and regicides: the place was plundered, even the public repository for the pledges of the poor was rased, and all their effects confiscated j in short, this military banditti acted, in all respects, like them' selves.
"The heads of the guilty shall fall," had the ferocious Augereau declared in a public proclamation, this obscure indication of half-uttered menaces had frozen the blood in every bosom. The thunderbolt was only to strike a few, but the terror that preceded it fell on all. Notwithstanding, after much prayer, entreaty, and exertion, many of the prisoners were reitored to liberty, though they expected only to quit