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Der wirl ! better preserve her illusive confidener in the 10:34.1-center of mil, till maturity shall bring in its train the cruel nou eder! Till now the dew of her mind has never been ruttled. In Mr. Stolice knows this : capable the while of acting the traitor's part! Dirk will be his account Mr. lecker' :1--111'en nur thici: " ix. Was singularly repulsive in her appearances Thi-vournissered, tow, from his partner. Dear Mrs. Pecker still lines the invitation to have glanced from the promises mysteriel- y21 of the author of " (reil," whose similar Voucheri some years il 4o, pretul a nine days' wonder, which reached the precincts of Tinglebury :—not ours, as you know, to luter behind in the tran-ui-ion of intelligence

Whither have I rambled ? Dill you not ask me about dress in Blgravia ? The captability which is so essential a feature and privilege of aristocratic taste presiden- here also. The free circulation of air i- insured by the boats, which also are arranged soils to admit the-ummer-111 the 1:1-1 how cheering ! Defence in crowds, too, is provided for by the structural forms of the petticoat. Lady Gales extreme timidity is said to have originated that sweep of robe which the gari-hi and frivolour Freuch claim to have discovered. Mrs. Pecker thinks the amplitud mercifully calculated, also, to prove a safeguard in the cas of railway accidents. The spread of the natural taste which Word-worth and cowper have so laudably fostered, keeps pleasing pace with these more sophisticateil devices of civilisation. Gooseberries yrapes, and other vegetable productions, are essential as ornaments. Our ingenious 1 promises that your

friend's bonnet shall not long be ungraced by a modest sprig of barberries-herself the manufactress! For singularity, my dear, is what no ('hristian gentlewoman will desire Even the simple herbage of the brook claims its part. Nay, we have seen a panache of cress, bejewelled with the shells of passing snails, and a bouquet of the same, doomed to grace the high-born bosom of the Duchess of -! A wreath of love-apples has been commissioned for Royalty, whose tasteful garnitures were so vividly conspicuous in her recent visit to continental Europe.

Too much, however, of these frivolous themes, introduced merely to show that in small matters as well as in momentous conjunctions, I am, in the bonds of charity,

Decidedly yours,

Diaxa RILL.

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P.S.A medieval card, with difficulty decypherable as is its subjunctive pencil date, --—“Eve of Saint Romuald," apprises us of a visit from Mr. Niblett. This open profession of his new views does not shake the current of my soul, with regard to his truancy and its true import. Our sweet P liowever, owns the pill to be bitter, and, I think, has shed tears. But she loves not any should see them fall.

A period of some days has elapsed since the above was written.

What will you say:

--what will England say— what will Tinglebury and Wailford feel, when it is known that, owing to the interference of the Papal Chair, through the agency of the sovereigns of France and Belgium, the Church is to be stripped by the passing of the Corn Bill ? in which, they say, II. M. reluctantly acquiesces. It was wrung from her during the enfeebled state of her approaching maternity! May the Disposer Nothing, Mr Pecker assures me, can save us. The letting of Tinglebury is canvassed !!! A foreign journey, even, in prospetto. One more letter shall you have from Belgravia ; but just now my shaken spirits preclude further exercise of the pen.

Rew Books.

TRAVELS OF LADY IIESTER STANIIOPE, forming the completion of her Memoirs

Narrated by her Physician. 3 vols. 8vo. Collurn. Tus work professes to be a completion of the memoirs of an eccentric lady, whose character it very much assists in developing, and by no means tends to elevate, either in compass of intellect, or in acquirement. Resolute, or, rather, obstinate, prouil, and credulous, this unfeminine woman acquired notoriety among the Asiatics, by the display of qualities that were unbecoming in her sex, and little complimentary to her understanding. ller purse, and aristocratic insensibility to danger, rather than cool intrepidity, backed by her arrogant self-consequence, were qualities quite sufficient to account for the ascendancy she acquir_d over a few Arab chiefs : this once gained, the respect of their inferiors was a natural consequence. It must be recollected, too, that her English connexions obtained for her the interest of all the diplomatists of her own country—throughout the East. Our ambassador at Constantinople administered to her interests with the Ottoman Porte, and thus everything aided to place Lady Ilester in that position of influence among á barbarous people, which flattered her ambition, and made her prefer a state where she could exercise a power grateful

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to her ambitious feelings, to bring alisorbed at home in the common mass of individuals of bier sition, among whom, the qualities that gained her pre-eminee in Syria woulil have depressed, rather than raised her in estimation. Denzitut, it woulil appear, of the better feelings of social lif, Llullister sacriticul everything to her self-love, and attractel towards herself notil vinule human sympathy. Isolated as she was, hur retails and solvants came anl left her without a single mark of attachment on this part, or regret upon hers. Her visionary sovereignty, maturlig priile, led her on with no very valuable traits, save her in lomilica Herby, 11p to the moment of reaction. In her career she ressembled her valtion, Pitt: obstinacy, even in conscious wrong: the policy that aichead hur olujects before any justice ; great miscalculation, and schle-«??«*- of consequences:—all these were remarkable in buth. The requirements inil cultivateil intellect of Pitt were not, invleeil, to be traced in Livly Hiszer, the comparison mainly regards natural, and not acquired toezicies. Destitute of humanity, she could csert her influences with indifference to carry fire and sworil among is mountain people, occasioning - Cenes of ravages and bloodshed among the innocent, to avenge the coath of it traveller, muriered by a robber or robbers within their territory; or, with equal in difference, hear the cries of men tortured by the pretty despues where she resided, whom one word from herself woulil hiile siviil-and, in such cases, pleading in justification some slı:2:axiom about justice and law, arising out of the innate pride of her proud and vain heart. In regard to mind, Lady llester passerl her solitude without books; she seems to have scorned the pleasures of intellect, anul was proportionably ignorant and credulous. What can be said for a woman possessing judgment, upon the strength of an old manuscript, with the possession of very small pecuniary means at the time, setting out with a granul cavalcade, to discover the hidden wealth of a deal pacha, having applied for the firmans necessary at Constantinople, perhaps through the English ambassador-God save the mark !-- then to go from her residence at Lebanon to Askalon, in order to rlig for this imaginary treasure ! Under such an authority from the Porte, Laily llester was honoured with distinctions usually paid to princes only: twenty tents were pitched for her, numerous attendants provided, and an escort of a hundred horse ordered to accompany her, upon a fool's errand. The governor of Jaffa was commanded to accompany her. She had been so credulous as to believe that the English (overnment ought to pay the expenses of her search, as it would give the name reputation. The Porte was of course to have the treasure he himself could never discover but through her means. She toiled to Askalon with cumbrous pomp, dug,-found nothing but a curious and mutilated statue, which she barbarously ordered to be broken up, because she would not have it said she came to look for statues for the English. Then, bereft of her escort, she journeyed back, crest-fallen, to her habitation in Lebanon. The whole affair exhibits a poor picture of her judgment, and a good one of her pride, that fed itself upon the achievement of presenting millions of

buried treasure to the Porte! The whole affair was pitiably ridiculous. Lady Hester's connexions in England, and her eccentricities combinerl

-the last always attractive of notice—made her a wonderment, after all, scarcely worth the noise made about her here.

The present volumes are far more valuable for the disclosures they afford relative to the manners and dispositions of the natives of Syria, whether Turks, Arabs, or Druses, than for what they contain about Lady llester, with her shrewd and eccentric coarseness. In this respect they are very interesting, and the loss of some of the author's journals is, on that account, to be deplored. We have travels and tours enough over highways and byways, that describe with sufficient generality every common-place object in nature or art - we are saturated with such ; but there is a great paucity of travels that embrace accounts of the domestic life, conversation, personal habits, and modes of thinking of foreign nations. Of those in the East, more especially, we know scarcely anything. This narrative gives a considerable insight into the domestic life of the East, nor does it present so repulsive a picture as we have been accustomed to see in previous accounts. The advan. tage of a medical character introduced the narrator into several harems, more properly har’yms, in the language of the East, and the pictures he draws of the fair recluses are not at all sombre. The Druses, both males and females, are a singular race; their tenets and forms of religious worship do not seem to be fully understood, but it is clear they have been much misrepresented. The habitation of Lady Hester Stanhope was, for some time, at the convent of Mar Elias, at no great distance from Sayda, or Sidon of old, which is situated on the sea near where the mountain ridge of Lebanon begins to rise. Ascending for about half a mile to the first ridge of elevations, then descending into a deep valley, and again ascending a second and loftier mountain, by a miserable road barely practicable for the asses of the country, a quadrangular stone building was reached, consisting only of a single story, with a flat terraced roof. This building inclosed a small paved court, square, with a little mound of earth in the centre, a few flowers and a couple of orange-trees. The rooms were whitewashed, without tables or chairs, but some of them had long sofas of solid masonry built up against one of the walls. At one corner of the building was a small chapel with an altar in it, and on a staircase leading to the roof was a discoloration in the wall caused by the corpse of a late patriarch, walled up there, sitting in a chair, and giving out a most offensive smell in that warm climate, although embalmed. The site was picturesque, but lonely and barren, being on a summit destitute of verdure and surrounded with sterile mountains. A few olive and mulberry trees grew at the back of the building, which commanded a vast view, over an almost shipless sea, only distant about two miles. The interior of the building consisted of three good rooms on one side ; two occupied by Lady Hester and her maid, one serving as a drawing-room. A kitchen, and couple of storerooms, occupied another side, and three small rooms,

a wine and oil cellar completed the palace of the visionary Lady, so that her physician and some others vi her retainers were lodged in cottages without her abode, it is poor village called Abza, a quarter of a mile away. Destitutes, it would appear, of every intellectual resource, it is wonderful how this singular woman ovulil jass her time, for now she dropped all communication with Savia. She had been indisposed soon after her arrival, and on her hecovery her character seemed much changed. She adopted the simpl. habits almost to cynicism; showed in conversation a vigorvils mind in describing men and things, and almost prophesiedl.some of the events that occurred in Europe, although not so fortunate in prediction is to the Jiskülon treasures, the deposit of the deceaseil Pashi el Cinzill. ll Win it Mar Elias that she seems to have formed a resolution of lahing up her aliude in the East, and began to adopt the customs of the orillin's. She allierted disyust for England, and fancio l she might remain in quiet on Hount Lebanon, looking clown in disdainful contemplation on the vici-virules and follies of the world— herself out of their reach.

During this wojown of Liirls lleonor, the anithor had ample time ani opportunity for examining the country in the vicinity, and acquiring some knowledge of the inhabitants. Mi-account of the Druses here is interesting. With Lily later the narrator visited Palmyra and Damascus. The last a city tull of interest, populous and flourishing as in earlier times. His visit to Palmyra is interesting, and still more the reception there of Larry lesier. Now storm on a journey in such a climate concountered by the travellers, must have been a great novelty: Bally Wils visited by the narrator, and the wonderful ruins in which there are stones sixty-vight feet long, seventeen wide, and nearly fourteen thick, about i mile from which the country is described is exceedingly beautiful. After seeing as much of the country as it was possible under very favourable circumstances, and remaining for several years, the author of the present travels left Lady llester and set out for Europe. He proceedles in the first place to Cyprus, of which he gives some account, and then sailed in a French vessel to Marseilles:

In glancing over these volumes it is impossible not to perceive that the author has laboured under disadvantages in having lost no inconsiderable portion of his journals. At the same time, we are not disposed to rate his descriptive powers very high. lle must have sojourned in localities calculated to kindle into a flame the poetry of journeyingthe life of description, imparted not merely by observations, but combined association; yet we find that no genial warmth cheers us as we are led by him over scenes of brilliant historical renown, places hallowed by religious recollection, or strewed with the dust of perished empires. Certain facts we have most undoubtedly, but their relation seems to hint that we might have had more. There are, in fact, two or three descriptions of travellers who publish, besides those who have no object but to see their names in print, and we would place the author of the

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