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paternal great-grandfather was the learned , amptonshire at the birth of his son. He weat and most exemplary Bishop Cumberland, au- to school, first at Bury St.
Edmunds, and af.er. thor of the treatise De Legibus Naturæ ; and wards at Westminster. But the most valuable that his maternal grandfather was the cele- part of his early education was that for which brated Dr. Richard Bentley. Of the last of he was indebted to the taste and intelligence these distinguished persons he has given, from of his mother. We insert with pleasure the the distinct recollection of his childhood, a following amiable paragraph :much more amiable and engaging representation than has hitherto been made public. mother began to form both my taste and my ear
* It was in these intervals from school that my Instead of the haughty and morose critic and for poetry, by employing me every evening to read controversialist, we here learn, with pleasure, to her, of which art she was a very able mistress. that he was as remarkable for mildness and Our readings were, with very few exceptions, con. kind affections in private life, as for profound fined to the chosen plays of Shakespeare, whom
she both admired and understood in the true spirit erudition and sagacity as an author. Mr.
and sense of the author. With all her father's Cumberland has collected a number of little critical acumen, she could trace, and teach me to anecdotes that seem to be quite conclusive unravel, all the meanders of his metaphor, and upon this head; but we rather insert the fol- point out where it illuminated, or where it only lowing general testimony :
loaded and obscured the meaning. These were
happy hours and interesting lectures to me; whilst "I had a sister somewhat older than myself. my beloved father, ever placid and complacent, Had there been any of that sternness in my grand saie beside us, and took part in our amusement; father, which is so falsely impuled to him, it may his voice was never heard but in the tone of approwell be supposed we should have been awed into bation; his countenance never marked but with silence in his presence, to which we were admitted the natural traces of his indelible and hereditary every day. Nothing can be further from the truth ; benevolence." he was the unwearied patron and promoter of all our childish sports and sallies ; at all times ready to
The effect of these readings was, that the detach himself from any topic of conversation to young author, at twelve years of age, protake an interest and bear his part in our amuse. duced a sort of drama, called “Shakespeare menis. The eager curiosity natural to our age, and in the Shades, composed almost entirely of the questions it gave birth 10, so teasing to many passages from that great writer, strung locouraged, as the claims of infant reason, never 10 gether and assorted with no despicable inbe cvaded or abused ; strongly recommending, that genuity. But it is more to the purpose to to all such inquiries answers should be given ac. observe that, at this early period of his life, he cording to the strictest truth, and information dealt first saw Garrick, in the character of Lothario; to us in the clearest terms, as a sacred duty never and has left this animated account of the imto be departed from. I have broken in upon him many a time in his hours of study, when he would pression which the scene made upon his
mind : put his book aside, ring his hand-bell for his servant, and be led to his shelves to take down a pic
"I have the spectacle even now, as it were, beture-book for my amusement! I do not say ihat
fore my eyes. his good-nature always gained its object, as the
Quin presented himself, upon the pictures which his books generally supplied me with rising of the curtain, in a green velvet coat, em
broidered down the seams, an enormous full-bor. were anatomical drawings of dissected bodies, very tomed periwig, rolled stockings, and high heeled little calculated to communicate delight; but he square-toed shoes: With very little variation of had nothing better to produce; and surely such an cadence, and in deep full tone, accompanied by a effort on his part, however unsuccessful, was no feature of a cynic; a cynic 'should be made of ihan of the stage in it, he rolled out his heroics
sawing kind of action, which had more of the senate sterner stuff.' “Once, and only once, I recollect his giving me disdain the plaudits that were bestowed upon him.
with an air of dignified indifference, that seemed to a gentle rebuke for making a most outrageous noise Mrs. Cibber, in a key high pitched, but sweet with. in the room over his library, and disturbing him in al, sung, or rather recitatived, Rowe's harmonious his studies: I had no apprehension of anger from strains, something in the manner of the Improvi. him, and confidently answered that I could not help satori :' It was so extremely wanting in contrast, it, as I had been at battledore and shuttlecock with that, though it did not wound the ear, it wearied it : Master Gooch, the Bishop of Ely's son. And I have been at this spoke with his father,' he replied ; could anticipate the manner of every succeeding
when she had once recited iwo or three speeches, I . But thine has been the more amusing game ; 80
one. It was like a long old legendary ballad of in. there's no harm done.'"
numerable stanzas, every one of which is sung 10 He also mentions, that when his adversary the same tune, eternally chiming in the ear without Collins had fallen into poverty in his latter variation or relief. Mrs. Pritchard was an actress days, Bentley, apprehending that he was in of a different cast, had more nature, and of course
more change of tone, and variety both of action some measure responsible for his loss of repu- and expression. In my opinion, the comparison tion, contrived to administer to his necessities was decidedly in her favour. But when, after long in a way not less creditable to his delicacy and eager expectation, I first beheld liule Garrick, than to his liberality.
then young and light, and alive in every muscle The youngest daughter of this illustrious and in every feature, come bounding on the stage, scholar, the Phæbe of Byron's pastoral, and and pointing at the wittol Altamont and heavy: herself a woman of extraordinary accomplish- seemed as if a whole century had been stepped ments, was the mother of Mr. Cumberland. over in the transition of a single scene! Old things His saiher, who appears also to have been a were done away; and a new order at once bronght man of the most blameless and amiable dis- forward, brighi and luminous, and clearly destined positions, and to have united, in a very exem
to dispel the barbarisms and bigotry of a fasteless plary, way, the characters of a clergyman and age, too long attached to the prejudices of custom,
and superstitiously devoted to the illusions of im. a gentlemen, was Rector of Stanwick in North-posing declamation. This heaven-born actor was
tnen struggling to emancipate his audience from the son of the wearer, that I remember when he made slavery they were resigned to; and though at times his first speech in the House of Peers as Lord Mel. he succeeded in throwing in some gleams of new.combe, all the flashes of his wit, all the studied born light upon them, yet in general they seemed phrases and well-turned periods of his rhetoric to love darkness better than light; and in the dia. lost their effect, simply because the orator had logue of allercation between Floratio and Lothario, laid aside his magisterial tie, and put on a mo. bestowed far the greater show of hands upon the dern bay.wig, which was as much out of costume master of the old school than upon the founder of upon the broad expanse of his shoulders, as a cue the new. I thank my stars, my feelings in those would have been upon the robes of the Lord Chief. moments led me right; they were those of nature, Justice." and therefore could not err."
The following, with all our former impres. Some years after this, Mr. Cumberland's father exchanged his living of Stanwick for
sions of his hero's absurdity, rather surpassed
our expectations. that of Fulham, in order that his son might have the benefit of his society, while obliged "Of pictures he seemed to take his estimate only to reside in the vicinity of the metropolis. by their cost; in fact, he was not possessed of any. The celebrated Bubb Þodington resided at But I recollect his saying to me one day in his great this time in the neighbouring parish of Ham- saloon at Eastbury, that it he had halt a score pic. mersmith; and Mr. Cumberland, who soon decorate his walls with them; in place of which I
tures of a thousand pounds a-piece, he would gladly became a frequent guest at his table, has pre- am sorry to say he had stuck up immense patches of sented his readers with the following spirited gilt leather, shaped into bugle horns, upon hangings full length portrait of that very reinarkable of rich crimson velvet! and round his state bed he and preposterous personage.
displayed a carpering of gold and silver embroidery,
which too glaringly beirayed its derivation from "Our splendid host was excelled by no man in coat, waistcoat, and breeches, by the testimony of doing the honours of his house and iable ; to the pockets, butonholes, and loops, with other equally ladies he had all the courtly and profound devotion incontrovertible witnesses, subpænaed from the of a Spaniard, with the ease and gaiety of a French tailor's shopboard! When he paid his court at St. man towards the men. His mansion was magnifi. James' to the present queen upon her nuptials, he cent; massy, and stretching out to a great extent approached to kiss her hand, decked in an em. of front, with an enormous portico of Doric columns, broidered suit of silk, with lilac waistcoat, and ascended by a stately flight of steps. There were breeches, the latter of which in the act of kneeling turrets, and wings too, that went I know not whi. down, forgot their duty and broke loose from their ther, though now levelled with the ground, or gone moorings in a very indecorous and uncourtly to more ignoble uses : Vanbrugh, who constructed manner." this superb edifice, seemed to have had the plan of “During my stay at Eastbury, we were visited Blenheim in his thoughts, and the interior was as by the late Mr. Henry Fox and Mr. Alderman proud and splendid as the exterior was bold and Beckford; the solid good sense of the former, and imposing. All this was exactly in unison with the the dashing loquacity of the latter, formed a striking taste of its magnificent owner; who had gilt and contrast between the characters of these gentlemen. furnished the apartinents with a profusion of finery, | To Mr. Fox our host paid all that courily homage, that kept no terms with simplicity, and not always which he so well knew how to time, and where to with elegance or harmony of style. Whatever Mr. apply; to Beckford he did not observe the same Dodingion's revenue then was, he had the happy aitentions, but in the happiest flow of his raillery art of managing it with such economy, that I be. and wit combated this intrepid talker with admira lieve he made more display at less cost than any ble effect. It was arr interlude truly comic and man in the kingdom but himself could have done. amusing.-Beckford loud, voluble, self-sufficient, His town-house in Pall- Mall, and this villa at Ham. and galled by hits which he could not parry, and mersmith, were such establishments as few nobles probably did not expect, laid himself more and in the nation were possessed of. In either of these more open in the vehemence of his argument; he was not to be approached but through a suit of Dodingion lolling in his chair in perfect apathy and apartments, and rarely seated but under painted self-command, dozing, and even snoring at intervals, ceilings and gilt entablatures. In his villa you were in his lethargic way, broke out every now and then conducted through two rows of antique marble into such gleams and flashes of wit and irony, as statues, ranged in a gallery toored with the rarest byrihe contrast of his phlegm with the other's im. marbles, and enriched with columns of granite and presuosity, made his humour irresistible, and set the lapis lazuli ; his saloon was hung with the finest iable in a roar. He was here upon his very strong. Gobelin tapestry, and he slept in a bed encanopied est ground.” with peacock's feathers in the style of Mrs. Mon- He wrote small poems with great pains, and tague. When he passed from Pall Mall to La elaborate letters with much terseness of style, and Trappe it was always in a coach, which I could not some quaininess of expression: I have seen him but suspect had been his ambassadorial equipage at refer to a volume of his own verses in manuscript, Madrid, drawn by six fat unwieldy black horses, but he was very shy, and I never had the perusal short-docked, and of colossal dignity. Neither was of it. I was rather better acquainted with his Diary, he less characteristic in apparel than in equipage; which since his death has been published; and I he had a wardrobe loaded with rich and faring suits, I well remember the temporary disgust he seemed each in irself a load to the wearer, and of these isto take, when upon his asking what I would do have no doubt but many were coeval with his em: with it should he bequeath it to my discretion, I bassy above mentioned, and every birth-day had instantly replied, that I would destroy it. There added to the stock. In doing this he so contrived was a third, which I more coveted a sight of than as never to put his old dresses out of countenance, of either of the above, as it contained a miscellaby any variations in the fashion of the new; in the neous collection of anecdotes, repartees, good saymean time, his bulk and corpulency gave full dis. ings, and humorous incidents, of which he was part play to a vast expanse and profusion of brocade and author and part compiler, and out of which he was embroidery, and this, when set off with an enor- in the habit of refreshing his memory, when he mous tie-periwig and deep-laced ruffles, gave ihe prepared himself to expect certain men of wit and picture of an ancient courtier in his gala habit, or pleasantry, either at his own house or elsewhere. Quin in his stage dress. Nevertheless, it must be Upon this praciice, which he did not affect to con. confessed this style, though out of date, was not out ceal, he observed to me one day, that it was a com of character, but harmonised so well with
the per. I pliment he paid to society, when he submitted :3
steal weapons out of his own armoury for their en-, his recollection or equilibrium the whole time, and tertainment."
was in excellent foolery. It was a singular coinc. "I had taken leave of Lord Melcombe the day dence, that there was a person in company who had preceding the coronation, and found him before a received his reprieve at the gallows, and the very looking-glass in his new robes, – practising arti- judge who had passed sentence of death upon him: tudes, and debating within himself upon the most Bui this did noi in the least disturb the harmony graceful mode of carrying his coronel in the pro. of the society, nor embarrass any human crea:ure
He was in high glee with his fresh and present.”—pp. 174, 175. blooming honours; and I left him in the act of dictating a billet to Lady Hervey, apprising her that At this period of his story he introduces a young lord was coming to throw himself at her several sketches and characters of his literary feet.''-p. 159.
friends; which are executed, for the most Mr. Cumberland went to Ireland with Lord part, with great force and vivacity. Of GarHalifax in 1761; and the celebrated Single- rick he saysSpeech Hamilton went as chief secretary: - “ Nature had done so much for him, that he His character is well drawn in the following could not help being an actor; she gave him a sentences.
frame of so manageable a proportion, and from i's “ He spoke well, but not often, in the Irish aptitude and elasticity, he could draw it out to fit
flexibility so perlectly under command, ihat, by its House of Commons. He had a striking counte; any sizes of character that tragedy could offer to nance, a graceful carriage.great self-possession and him, and contract it 10 any scale of ridiculous dipersonal courage: He was not easily put out of his misuion, that his Abel Drugger, Scrubb. or Frib. way by any of those unaccommodating repugnances ble, could require of him to sink it to. His eye, in that men of weaker nerves, or more tender con; the meantime, was so penetrating, so speaking; sciences, might have stumbled ai, or been checked his brow so movable, and all his features so plas. by: he could mask the passions that were natural tic, and so accommodating, that wherever his mind to him, and assume those that did not belong to impelled them, they would go; and before his him: he was indefatigable, meditative, mysterious; tongue could give the text, his counienance would his opinions were the result of long labour and much reflection, but he had the art of selling them express the spirit and the passion of the part he was
encharged with."-pp. 245, 246. forih as if they were the starts of ready genius and a quick perception : He had as much seeming
The following picture of Soame Jenyns is sleadiness as a partisan could stand in need of, and
excellent. all the real flexibility that could suit his purpose, or advance his interest. He would tain have retained his connection with Edmund Burke, and associated cieries with the most even temper and undisturbed
“ He was the man who bore his part in all sohim to his politics, for he well knew the value of his hilarity of all the good companions whom I ever talents; but in that object he was soon disap- knew. He came into your house at the very mopointed: the genius of Burke was of too high a
ment you had put upon your card ; he dressed him. caste to endure de basement."'--pp. 169, 170.
self to do your parly honour in all ihe colours of In Dublin Mr. Cumberland was introduced the jay; his lace indeed had long since lost its to a new and a more miscellaneous society since the days when gentlemen embroidered figured
lustre, but his coat had faithfully retained its cut than he had hitherto been used to, and has velvets with short sleeves, boot cuffs, and buckram presented his readers with striking sketches shirts. As nature had cast him in the exact mould of Dr. Pococke and Primate Stone. We are of an ill made pair of stiff slays, he followed her so more amused, however, with the following close in the fashion of his coat, that it was doubted picture of George Faulkner.
if he did not wear them. Because he had a pro
tuberant wen just under his poll, he wore a wig Description must fall short in the attempt to con- that did not cover above half his head. His eyes vey any sketch of that eccentric being to those who were protruded like the eyes of the lobster, who have not read him in the notes of Jephson, or seen wears ibem at the end of his feelers, and yel there him in the mimickry of Foote, who, in his portraits was room between one of these and his nose for of Faulkner, found the only sitter whom his ex. another wen, that added nothing to his beauty ; vet travagant pencil could not caricature; for he had a I heard this good man very innocently remark, solemn intrepidiiy of egotism, and a daring con. when Gibbon published his history, that he won. tempt of absurdiiy, that fairly outfaced imitation, dered any body so ugly could write a book. and, like Garrick's Ode on Shakespeare, which “Such was the exterior of a man, who was the Johnson said " defied criticism,” so did George, in charm of the circle, and gave a zest 10 every comthe original spirit of his own perfect buffoonery, pany he came into: His pleasantry was of a sort defy caricature. He never deigned to join in the peculiar to himself; it harmonised with everything; laugh he had raised, nor seemed to have a feeling it was like the bread to your dinner; you did not of the ridicule he had provoked. At the same uime perhaps make it the whole, or principal part of that he was preeminently, and by preference, the your ineal, but it was an admirable and wholesome butt and buffoon of the company, he could find auxiliary to your other viands. Soame Jenyns told openings and opportunities for hits of retaliation, you no long stories, engrossed not much of your which were such left-handed thrusis as few could attention, and was not angry with those that did. parry: nobody could foresee where they would His thoughts were original, and were apt to have a fall; nobody, of course, was fore-armed : and as very whimsical affinity 10 paradox in them: He there was, in his calculation, but one supereminent wrote verses upon dancing, and prose upon the character in the kingdom of Ireland, and he the origin of evil; yet he was a very in different meis. printer of the Dublin Journal, rank was no shield physician, and a worse dancer : ill-nature and peragainst George's arrows, which flew where he sonality, with the single exception of his lines upon listed, and hit or missed as chance directed, -he Johnson, I never heard fall from his lips : Those cared not about consequences. He gave good meat lines I have forgollen, though I believe I was the and excellent claret in abundance. I sat at his table first person to whom he recited them ; they were once from dinner till iwo in the morning, whilst very bad, but he had been told that Johnson ridi. George swallowed immense potations, with one culed his metaphysics, and some of us had just Bolivary sodden strawberry at the bottom of the then been making extemporary epitaphs upon each glass, which he said was recommended to him by other. Though his wit was harmless, yet ihe genea:s doctor for its cooling properties ! He never lost I ral cast of it was ironical; there was a lerseness in
his repartees, that had a play of words as well as found by Johnson, in the act of meditating on the of thought; as, when speaking of the difference melancholy alternative before him. He showed between laying out money upon land, or purchasing Johnson his manuscript of the Vicar of Wakefield, into the funds, he said. One was principal without but seemed to be without any plan, or even hope, interest, and the other interest without principal.' of raising money upon the disposal of i1; when Certain it is he had a brevity of expression, that Johnson cast his eye upon it, he discovered some. never hung upon the ear, and you felt the point in thing that gave him hope, and immediately took it the very moment that he made the push."
to Dodsley, who paid down the price above-men.
pp. 247-249. tioned in ready money, and added an eventual conOf Goldsmith he says,
dition upon its future sale. Johnson described the
precautions he took in concealing the amount of the That he was fantastically and whimsically vain, sum he had in hand, which he prudently adminis. all the world knows; but there was no malice in ered to him by a guinea at a time. In the event his heart. He was tenacious 10 a ridiculous ex. he paid off the landlady's score, and redeemed the ireme of certain pretensions that did not, and by person of his friend from her embraces."'--p. 273. nature could not, belong to him, and at the same time he was inexcusably careless of the fame which
We will pronounce no general judgment on he had powers to command. What foibles he had the literary merits of Mr. Cumberland; but he took no pains to conceal; and the good qualities our opinion of them certainly has not been of his heari were too frequently obscured by the raised by the perusal of these memoirs. There carelessness of his conduct, and the frivolity of his is no depth of thought, nor dignity of senti
Sir Joshua Reynolds was very yood to ment about him ;-he is too frisky for an old him, and would have drilled him into better irini and order for society, if he would have been amen: man, and too gossipping for an historian. His able ; for Reynolds was a perfect gentleman, had style is too negligent even for the most famigood sense, great propriety, with all the social ai- liar composition; and though he has proved iributes, and all the graces of hospitality, equal to himself, upon other occasions, to be a great any man. - Distress drove Goldsmith upon undertakings number of phrases into this work, which, we
master of good English, he has admitted a neither congenial with his studies nor worthy of his talents. I remember him, when in his chambers are inclined to think, would scarcely pass in the Temple, he showed me the beginning of his current even in conversation. “I declare to Animated Nature; it was with a sigh, such as truth”_" with the greatest pleasure in life” genius draws, when hard necessity diveris it from "she would lead off in her best manner,”' &c. its bent to drudge for bread, and talk of birds and are expressions which we should not expect man would have done as well. Poor fellow, he to hear in the society to which Mr. Cumberhardly knew an ass from a mule, nor a turkey land belongs ;—"Jaid,” for lay, is still more from a goose, but when he saw it on the table." insufferable from the antagonist of Lowth and
pp. 257-259. the descendant of Bentley ;-querulential’' “I have heard Dr. Johnson relate with infinite strikes our ear as exotic;—" locate, location, humour the circumstance of his rescuing Goldsmith and locality," for situation simply, seem also of his Vicar of Wakefield, which he sold on his to be bad; and “intuition” for observation behalf to Dodsley, and, as I think, for the sum of sounds very pedantic, to say the least of it. en pounds only. He had run up a debt with his Upon the whole, however, this volume is not landlady, for board and lodging, of some few the work of an ordinary writer; and we should pounds, and was at his wits end how to wipe off probably have been more indulgent to its the score, and keep a roof over his head, except by faults, iť the excellence of some of the auclosing with a very staggering proposal on her part, thor's former productions had not sent us to very far from alluring, whilst her demands were its perusal with expectations perhaps someextremely urgent. In this crisis of his fate he was what extravagant.
(July, 1803.) The Works of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Including her Correspond
ence, Poems, and Essays. Published by permission, from her Original Papers. 5 vols. 8vo. London: 1803.
These volumes are so very entertaining that the facts are narrated. As the letters themwe ran them all through immediately upon selves, however, are arranged in a chronologitheir coming into our possession; and at the cal order, and commonly contain very distinct same time contain so little that is either diffi- notices of the writer's situation at their dates, cult or profound, that we may venture to give we shall be enabled, by our extracts from some account of them to our readers without them, to give a pretty clear idea of her Ladyfarther deliberation.
ship's life and adventures, with very little asThe only thing that disappointed us was the sistance from the meagre narrative of Mr. memoir of the writer's life, prefixed by the Dallaway. editor to her correspondence. In point of com- Lady Mary Pierrepoint, eldest daughter of position it is very tame and inelegant; and the Duke of Kingston, was born in 1690; and father excites than gratifies the curiosity of gave, in her early youth, such indications of a "he reader, by the imperfect manner in which I studious disposition, that she was initiated into the rudiments of the learned languages along acter in a different light, and was at any rate with her brother. Her first years appear to biassed by her inclinations, appears to have have been spent in retirement; and yet the addressed a great number of letters to him very first series of letters with which we are upon this occasion; and to have been at conpresented, indicates a great deal of that talent siderable pains to relieve him of his scruples, for ridicule, and power of observation, by and restore his confidence in the substantial which she afterwards became so famous, and excellences of her character. These letters, so formidable. These letters (about a dozen which are written with a great deal of female in number) are addressed to Mrs. Wortley, the spirit and masculine sense, impress us with a mother of her future husband; and, along with very favourable notion of the talents and disa good deal of girlish flattery and affectation, positions of the writer; and as they exhibit display such a degree of easy humour and her in a point of view altogether different from sound penetration, as is not often to be met any in which she has hitherto been presented with in a damsel of nineteen, even in this age to the public, we shall venture upon a pretty of precocity. The following letter, in 1709, long extract. is written upon the misbehaviour of one of her female favourites.
“I will state the case to you as plainly as I can,
and then ask yourself if you use me well. I have “My knighterrantry is at an end; and I believe I showed, in every action of my life, an esteem tor shall henceforward think freeing of galley-slaves you, that at least challenges a grateful regard. I and knoching down windmills. more laudable un.
have even trusled my reputation in your hands; for dertakings than the defence of any woman's repu. I have made no scruple of giving you. under my tarion whatever. To say truth, I have never had own hand, an assurance of my friendship. After any great esteem for the generality of the fair sex;
all this, I exact nothing from you: If you find it inand my only consolation for being of that gender, convenient for your affairs to take so sinal a fortnne. has been ihe assurance it gave me of never being I desire you to sacrifice nothing to me: I pretend married to any one among them! But I own, at
no tie upon your honour; bui, in recompense for so present, I am so much oui of humour with the ac- clear and so disinterested a proceeding, must I ever iions of Lady H***, that I never was so hearily receive injuries and ill usage ? ashamed of my petticoats before. My only retuge
“Perhaps I have been indiscreet: I came young is, the sincere hope ihat she is out of her senses; into the hurry of the world; a great innocence, and and taking herself for the Queen of Sheha, and Mr. an undesigning gaiety, may possibly have been conMildmay for King Solomon, I do not think it quite strued coquetry, and a desire of being followed, so ridiculous: But the men, you may well imagine, though never meant by me. I cannot answer for are not so charitable; and they agree in the kind the observations that may be made on me. All who reflection, that nothing hinders women from playing are malicious attack the careless and detenceless: I the fool, but not having it in their power."
own myself to be both. I know not any thing I can Vol. i. pp. 180, 181. say more to show my perfect desire of pleasing you,
and making you easy, than to proffer to be confined In the course of this correspondence with with you in what manner you please. Would any the mother, Lady Mary appears to have con- woman but me renounce all the world for one or ceived a very favourable opinion of the son; would any man but you be insensible of such a and the next series of letters contains her an- proof of sincerity ?"'~Vol. i. pp. 208–210. tenuptial correspondence with that gentleman, xother so bad, as you fancy it. Should we ever live
One part of my characier is not so good, nor from 1710 to 1712. Though this correspond- ingether, you would be disappointed both ways; ence has interested and entertained us as you would find an easy equality of temper you do much at least as any thing in the book, we are not expect, and a thousand faults you do not ima. afraid that it will afford but little gratification gine. You think, il you married me, I should be to the common admirers of love letters. Her passionately fond of you one month, and of someLadyship, though endowed with a very lively esteem. I can be a friend; but I don't know whe:
body else the next. Neither would happen. I can imagination, seems not to have been very sus- ther I can love. Expect all that is complaisant and ceptible of violent or tender emotions, and to easy, but never whai is fond, in me. have imbibed a very decided contempt for If you can resolve to live with a companion that sentimental and romantic nonsense, at an age will have all the deference due to your superiority which is commonly more indulgent. There of good sense, and that your proposals can be are no raptures nor ecstasies, therefore, in agreeable to those on whom I depend, I have no
thing to say against them. these letters; no flights of fondness, nor vows As to travelling, 'lis what I should do with great of constancy, nor upbraidings of capricious af- pleasure, and could easily quit London upon your fection. To say the truth, her Ladyship acts account; but a retirement in the country is not so allotted to a female performer. Mr. Wortley, for life, 'tis their mutual interest not 10 grow weary a part in the correspondence that is not often disagreeable to me, as I know a few months would
Where people are tied though captivated by her beauty and her vi- of one ano her. If I had the personal charms that vacity, seems evidently to have been a little I want, a face is 100 slight a foundation for happi. alarmed at her love of distinction, her propen- ness.
You would be soon tired with seeing every sity to satire, and the apparent inconstancy of day the same thing: Where you saw norhing else, her attachments. Such a woman, he was
you would have leisure to remark all the defects; afraid, and not very unreasonably, would make lessened, which is always a great charm. I should
which would increase in proportion as the novelty rather an uneasy and extravagant companion have the displeasure of seeing a coldness, which, to a man of plain understanding and moderate hough I could not reasonably blame you for, being fortune; and he had sense enough to foresee, involuntary, yet it would render me uneasy; and and generosity enough to explain to her, the the more, because I know a love may be revived, risk to which their mutual happiness might which absence, inconstancy, or even infidelity, has be exposed by a rash and indissoluble union. extinguished: But there is no returning from a de
gou given by satiety."— Vol. i. pp. 212--214. Ladv Mary, who probably saw her own char- “I begin to be tired of my hupiility; I have rar