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of the most urgent necessity; yet there is after the battle of Ruslach, the general, mu tenderness but in women, there is no who had many wounded soldiers, and few attention but in old women. The young people to take care of thein, deterinjned ones are constantly occupied in taking care to make narses of all the loose females that of themselves. As for me, I divide myself follow the army, and told them that they into four parts when I am nursing one that would do weil to beliave properly. Well, is sick: I have an eye to every thing. I Sir, the greatest part of them became do not fear that want of sleep will weigh steady, industrious, and attentive; they my eve-lids down, make me become pale, took care of the soldiers as if they had been and even indisposed.
their children, and saved three parts of “ A sick person never constrains him them. A woman is often praised, but never self with an old woman."
suffiently valued. When a man secs I felt that this woman knew exceedingly a wonian, what ought he to see in her? well the utility of her age. Still the door His nurse, liis guardian, bis mistress, liis was unopened. I knocked again, but no wife, his unceasing friend, his comforter answer was made. At this moment a mau in sickness; the being that gives him his arrived from the house that the old woman first life, that affords him his first food, had quitted. “Ah, Mrs. T'hompson, are
that is the creator or promoter of every you here yet!" cried he, your patient pleasure he enjoys during bis life, and wants you again; he will have none but whose tender attention can alleviate the you; I beg you will return." The good dreadful pangs of approaching dissolution. old womait returned. I saw that she was Young, she is beautiful; old, she is good; not destitute of information; she was one grateful word over-pays her. Old wohighly pleased that the sick person had men are fit for a number of things which sent for her again. I went with her, in Foung ones are incapable of performing, order to have a little further talk on the either from ignorance, or because they will subject.
not take the trouble. An old woman is Women," said she to me, “ are men's never tired of any thing. I am old, Sir,
I heard it once told to an old offi- and I know my value in society." cer, whom I nursed during sickness, that
THE LADIES TOILETTE, or ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BEAUTY.
OF CLEANLINESS. The toilette without a cold, she was under the necessity of recleanliness fails of obtaining its object. A maining at home. careful attention to the person, frequent OF THE SKIN.-It was not on the form, ablutions, linen always white, which never or the nature of attire, that the great chabetrays the inevitable effect of perspira- || racters of antiquity bestowed their atten. tion and of dust; a skin always smooth tion, but it was devoted to the preserva. and brilliant, garments not soiled by any | tion of the beauty of the person. They did stain, and which might be taken for the not follow the same method as we, who garments of a nymph; a shoe which seems | frequently decorate a wretched picture never to have touched the ground ; this with a magnificent frame. The ancients it is that constitutes cleanliness. To this had a more profound theory; the cares might likewise be added a scrupulous care they bestowed were the result of the to avoid every thing that can indicate esteem they had for themselves, of the functions which undeceive the imagina- || persuasion that every thing is compretion. Women, among the ancients were hended in nature, and that the beauty, nymphs, nothing about them belied the bealth, and the good qualities of the heart, graceful imagery of the poets who immor- | almost always proceed hand in hand. talized them in their works. At Rome and It is from particular attention to the at Athens a woman could neither spit nor skin that we must expect healtlı, long life, use her handkerchief in public. If she bad || and a happy old age.
The air is the natural enemy of the nobility, and most of the higher classes, lilies of a beautiful complexion; but un- is owing to the aliments they use. Water fortunately for our handsome women, it is has an influence equally powerful on the not the only enemy; a laborious life, or beauty of the carnation. excess in pleasure; too much sleep or too
0 1 If a fortunate change of circumstances frequent watchings ; too intense applica- enable a young female of limited means, tion, or the languor of a life of indo- ' who scarcely attracted any observation, to lence or apathy; melancholy and violent attend the minute details of the toilette, passions, grief, fear, anxiety, or hatred, we in a short time behold a new beauty are all prejudicial to tbe beauty of the expand in her. How many village girls, skin, diminish its lustre, efface or alter its with charms somewhat rustic, and figures colours. On the contrary, a life of pru- rather coarse, have improved themselves dence and regularity; easy and varied oc- by a residence in the city and the use of cupations ; benevolent, exalted, generous | the toilette. 'Twas thus 1 beheld the ceaffections; the exercise of virtue, with lestial beauty of Sophia dawn forth. Sophia that inward satisfaction which is the pre- at fifteen was a mere country girl
. Sophia cious reward of it; such are the causes has now attained her eighteenth spring, which preserve the flexibility of the or- and she is an elegant and delicate nymph. gans, a free circulation, a perfect state of Her dark and coarse complexion has acall the functions, whence results health, quired lustre, and whiteness ; her lips, as well as beauty.
at the same time that they have become Buffon bas observed that the delicate more delicate, have assumed the colour complexion, and happy physiognomy of the of coral.
FRAGMENT OF A SIAMESE LETTER.
The English affirm that they adore but || ed, the sacrificer moves his hand, trembling one God; I cannot believe them, for in all the time, over the rest of the book, and addition to the living deities to whom they remains for some moments petrified with are used to address their prayers, they have fear and impatience. All the others, in many other inanimate ones to whom they anxious suspence and motionless like bimoffer sacrisice, as I observed in one of self, are attentive to what he is going to their assemblies into which I accidentally do: afterwards, at every leaf which he entered.
turns up, these motionless spectators are I beheld a large, circular altar, covered alternately agitated in different ways, acwith a green cloth, lighted in the middle, cording to the spirit which takes possession and surrounded by several persons seated of them : this, clasping his hands returns in the same manner as we are at our do- thanks to heaven; that, grinding, looks mestic sacrifices.
steadfastly at his image; a third bites his At the moment of my entrance, one of fingers and stamps the floor ; in a word, them, who appeared to be the sacrificer, all throw themselves into 'such extraspread over the altar the detached leaves of ordinary postures and contortions that a little book which he held in his hand; they no longer have the appearance of on these leaves were represented various human beings. But no sooner has the figures; these figures were very rudely sacrificer turned up a certain leaf than he painted, yet they must be images of certain himself is seized with phrenzy, tears the deities, for as they were distributed to the book, and devours it from rage-overcircle, each of the persons present placed turns the altar, and curses the sacrifice. an offering upon them, according to his de- Nothing is now heard but lamentations, votion. I observed that these offerings were groans, cries, and imprecations. On bemuch larger than those which they made holding them thus transported with fury, in their temples.
I judged that the deity whom they adore After the ceremony I have just describ- || is a jealous god, who, to punish them for
sacrificing to others, sends to each an evil blers.- What would he think, if he had an spirit to take possession of them. opportunity of observing those of the fe
Such is the opinion a Siamese might|nale party? deduce from the passion of male gam
MAXIMS AND RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF WOMEN.
BY THE LATE COUNTESS DE BOUFFLERS.
1. In the exterior, decency and clean- || consider dangers only as inconveniences, liness.
and not as obstacles. 2. In demeanor, reason and simplicity. 13. Sacrifice every thing to peace of 3. In actions, justice and generosity. mind. 4. In language, truth and perspicuity. 14. Combat adversity, as disease, with 5. In adversity, fortitude and pride. temperance.
6. In prosperity, moderation and mo 15. Be anxious only to do what is right, desty.
paying as much respect as possible to the 7. In company, affability and ease. world and to the laws of decorum; but,
8. In domestic life, rectitude and kind-having observed this rule, be indifferent ness, without familiarity.
to public opinion. 9. Fulfil duties according to their order 16. Never indulge in any but innocent and importance.
raillery, which is not injurious to prin10. Never allow yourself any thing butciples, nor painful to persons. what a third enlightened and impartial 17. Despise interest, and employ it person would allow you.
nobly. 11. Avoid giving advice.
18. Deserve respect. 12. When you have a duty to fulfil,
MISCELLANEOUS REFLECTIONS ON THE CONDUCT OF WOMEN.
A MODEST assurance very nearly ap- | the person you attack can reply in such a proaches grace. Weare never better than manner as to be satisfied with himself; but when we feel that we are well.
as soon as he becomes embarrassed, the The quarrels of lovers are like storms in pleasantry is too severe. summer, which only render the country If I durst, I would hazard a proposition, more verdant and more beautiful,
which will appear new.
It is this - That I It is not sufficient to be beloved: we am better pleased to see my real friends wish to be so for those parts of our cha- when I am in prosperity than in adversity. racter which we ourselves consider ami. We must be highly beloved indeed by our able.
friends, if they share with us the feeling Fortune is in the habit of taking back of our happiness, if their minds be enfrom us, by means of our desires, all that gaged with ideas like our own, if they sbe has given us to satisfy them.
dwell with pleasure upon our circumWhen I see unhappy men who are un stances. A fortunate man is chargeable successful in every thing, who lose their to others; they envy him his good fortune. children, their property, their friends, When he enters your house to communiand still are attached to life, I look upon cate his felicity, and you are past the first them in the same light as masks at a ball, | moment of secret satisfaction which you who know nobody, to whom no person feel at having been chosen by him for speaks; who experience the utmost lan- | that purpose, you soon become impatient guor and disgust, and yet are the last to for him to be gone, that you may reason quit the scene.
the matter over, and discover some drawI think this rule may be given, with back. In a word, it is the master-piece of respect to pleasantry: it is good as long as the most tender friendship, to love sa
much as not to be importunate for the habit of disguise prevents them from redetail of the circumstances which have maining a moment in their natural state; rendered a man happy; whereas, in ad- they overdo every thing, even the deversity. I have only to shew my face, and monstration of the grief or the joy which people are too glad to see me wretched, they feel. not to converse with me with pleasure. Ladies of gallantry are treated by the They draw from me a narrative of my world nearly in the same manner as loose disaster, they dwell on all the particulars women are treated by the public. As long which attended it, they make long lamen- as they make no disturbance they are suftations, they are never tired of the sub- fered to continue their trade in peace. In ject; while my true friends, overwhelmed like manner a woman of gallantry assowith grief at my situation, have nothing ciates with all the prudes, as long as she to say to me, because they themselves keeps matters within bounds; but on the stand in equal need of consolation, first uproar, her whole conduct is scru
The fable of the miller, his son, and the tinized, the minutest circumstances are ass, teaches us that, whatever course we raked up, and her reputation is gone. may pursue, we must not expect the ap It cannot be more surprising to see a probation of mankind; but we must take woman who has been unfaithful to her care not to abuse this moral, and beware husband, prove inconstant to her paralest the difficulty of obtaining approbation mour, than to see thieves mutually cheat should serve as a pretext for obstinately | each other. following our own caprices.
Languor is the end of love. Men pretend to be better and think them The pensive melancholy of youth makes selves worse than they actually are. They us smile; that of old age draws tears into are inconsistent in evil as in good. our eyes, because we presume that the one
It is the property of the false man to ridi- is sad from being embarrassed in his choice, cule all those sentiments which he has not; and the other regrets that he has nothing but some are so false as to ridicule the rery left to choose. sentiments which themselves possess. Their
THE MARCHIONESS OF TOWNSIIEND:
A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.
To which is added, a correct Likeness of that Lady in her Court Dress of Jan. 8, 1806.
ANNE, the present Marchioness of Towns were so accomplished in all exterior and hend, was the youngest daughter of Will intellectual qualifications, and so attracliam Montgomery, Esq. afterwards created tive and interesting in their persons, man. a Baronet. Her family was originally ners, and demeanour, that they received Scotch, though settled in Ireland. Mr. the name of the three Graces. Montgomery was a gentleman of an ancient The first acquaintance of the present and honourable house, without any consi- Marchioness of Townshend with the noble derable fortune, but a man well esteemed | Marquis her husband, arose when bis and received in the polite worid. Pre- Lordship held the high office of l'iceroy, viously to his daughter's marriage, le of Ireland. It was here that he first bewas an army agent in Dublin., Sir William | held Miss Montgomery, and became enaMontgomery had four children, Elizabeth, moured of ber; bis attachment was spee-, Barbara, Anne, and the late infortunate dily followed by an offer of his hand, and Colonel Montgomery, who was killed in a he married her, May 19th, 1773. Her duel with Captain Macnamara.
sisters were not less fortunate in contractThe three Miss Montgomeries were the ing splendid alliances. Barbara was martoasts of Ireland from their earliest intro ried to the Ilon. Mr. Beresford, of the faduction into the fashionable world. They | mily of the Marquis of Waterfordd; and were amiable and engaging, educated with Elizabeth to the first Viscount Mountjoy. the utmost propriety and attention, and it may not be superfluous to mention here,