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to the nature of my affection for you? Dear little paper, but for you, I should never have known that I might aspire to be loved in return!”

Poor Mr. Day! love made him loquacious as it does those who have lived upon the thoughts of it all their life. Mrs. Brooks's “inan of business" was like all other men, and Supbia, the happiest of the happy, was thinking how well love-speeches became him. considered by her young friends to be plain-looking, but in her eyes at this moment, he was positively hand.

He was


“I was not many minutes writing what I then thought a very foolish thing," continued he; " and to tell you the truth, I wrote mechanically, without considering the import of the words at all. I only recollect thinking it a silly thing that a man of business,' as Mrs. Brooks always calls me, and which I am, should have engaged in writing love-verses. Ah! if I could have foreseen"

Well,” said Mrs. Brooks, on seeing Mr. Day with his arms around Sophia's waist, looking fondly in her face, you have made it up, I see; why we were all gloomy enough when I left the room; have you found out who wrote the valentine ?"

“ Yes my dear madam,” said be, “ and as Sophia has determined to inarry the one who wrote it, I have given my consent, and I hope you will give yours."

“Oh, my dear, dear aunt,” said Sophia, throwing her arms around her neck, “ Mr. Day wrote it himself; you shall hear all about it."

“ But you promised to marry the writer, be says, is it true ? and is it my man of business' all the while that gave us such disturbance about an old valentine? Ah, Sophia, how often in my heart bave I wished for this, but did not dare to speak my mind."

Sophia has spoken her mind,” said Mr. Day; God bless her!




Ove great forms of nature ; 0), thou sun

Uprising or descending ; 0), vast sky,

Whether thy infinite expanse on high
Enlarges our dim minds in open noon,
Or that thou gatherest, in thy mighly hall,

The other worlds, a still assemblage drea,
And the invisible God in midst of all-

Do ye not, O ye wonders, thus outspread On all sides, fill ibis heart! O sky, 0 earth,

I've lov'd you, and ye forest greeneries

From which trees rise, ye branches of the trees, Ev'ir till I knew not if I had gone forth Among you, or still liv'd- But as before This heart for ever longs for something more.

of fortune on his part be the obstacle, provided he de. serves you in other respects, that shall be no biodrance, for are you not my sole heir ? Most tenderly and de: votedly have I loved you my dear Sophia, froin your ehildhood to this hour, but never til this moment did I know it would be so bitter a pany to part with you, to give you to another. But you may be convinced of the sincerity of my affection by the great sacritice I make in thus giving you up--and must l-must I indeed part with you, just as I have discovered that you are so necessary to my happiness ?-am I to live in solitary wretched ness, without hearing that sweet voice?-without-oh, Sophia, dear girl, forgive me, forget what I have said, and believe me only your friend. Alas! that one so unsuited to you in years, should dare to love you as I do—as I must always love."

Sophia wept, to be sure, but they were tears of joy. She raised her head at length, but he begged her not to speak, not to distress herself further, as he would wait till she were more composed, before he asked her who the gentleman was. She went to the writi..g-desk and took out the valentine ; but when she put it in his hand be shook his head and sighed. “ Not noi", Sophia, not now," said he,

I only want the name; as to the verses, the handwriting, what is that to me now?".

“ Everything to you," said Sophia, casting down her eyes, it is everything to you, if you really and truly love me as you say.”

"If I really love you, Sophia ! -can be who wrote this paper ever hope to love you as tenderly as I do?"

“ Yes, and I hope in time mure tenderly--look at the writing, will you ? pray do, and hear me again declare that I never have, never can love any other that I never will marry any other than the writer of this foolish valentine."

With a desperate effort Mr. Day tore open the paper, but the colour flew to his temples, he was like one in a dream, he looked at Sophia, her eyes were on the ground but there was a smile visible; he pronounced her name in a low voice, and then checked bimself, as if not daring to realise the truth.

“ Sophia,” said he at length, “ Sophia, may I believe in the truth of the words you have just uttered ?"

• Can I believe in all that you have just said ? ” replied Sophia, " when you so stoutly denied having written this valentine ?"

" Blessed paper!” said he, kissing it, “ most pre, vious valentine! little did I dreain that it was to be the means of so much happiness.”

“ But when did you write it?" said Sophia, trying to disengage herself from his arms, “ tell me all about it, for I am still in the dark-to whom did you send it, if not for me?" “ I did not send it to any one, dearest; this was the

About four years ago Ralph Fleming was very desirous of going to the races, and I was very desirous that he should not. He promised me at length if I would do him a little favour he would give up the races, for that year at least. The little favour was simply to write this valentine. He wrote a large ir. jegular hand, and this required the finest of writing and the smallest of letters. It was you my dear Sophia that induced me to form my letters in that way; in fact I had your wishes, your pleasure in view, in everything that I undertook. How could I have been so blind to

way of it.


I am one of those who take a pleasure in losing themselves in the intricacies of speculation. My greatest delight is to make an eternity of my thoughts, and gather up all I have ever possessed or desired into a changeless individual consciousness. My heart feels freer when I am thus employed ; sorrow and disappointment lose their earthly grossness, and leave only a tender sensation like a reflex gladness. The world is then within the sphere of my own soul, and is ruled

and moulded by my will. External objects, as they continued to be regarded with the same reverence; nor pass before me, are looked at as a fair pageantry, whose could there any where be heard wilder tales of feudal glorious original is imperishably mine ; and the pro- | strife or baronial magnificence than in its neigh: found wonders of nature, though inexplicable when I bourhood. These had all their share of respect in my contemplate them with material organs, seem, by a lone and dreamy reveries ; but the later history of this strange and mysterious power within me, an easy place afforded my imagination a theme on which it lecture for the spirit. That this disposition of mind dwelt till thought became deep and fervent passion. has not been without its influence on my life, may easily On the desertion of its noble proprietors, the castle be imagined ; and there have been some incidents in it was left to decay, and many years intervened before any which have left an awe upon my heart, that is bowed, one thought of taking shelter under its roof. On the as it were, by the untimely birth of futurity.

accession, however, of Mary to the throne, when those One of these passages of my strange existence who had embraced the reformed doctrines foresaw the shall endeavour to relatë, and shèw how, without either approaching storm, many who were unwilling to for. opium or astrology, such mysterious scenes may pass sake their country, fled for shelter to such ruinous and before the soul, as only its own secret energy could deserted buildings as were not likely to be speedily produce.

reclaimed. The old Norman ruin was well calculated I was an inhabitant, in my youth, of a lonely and for the purposes of such a retreat, and it became the deserted district that, tradition said, was once populous, refuge place of one of the Protestant prebends of a but was then only remarkable for the rude simplicity neighbouring cathedral. He was accompanied in his and superstition of its inhabitants. The stories, how. retreat by an only daughter, whose filial piety would ever which were told of the neighbourhood were neither not suffer her to leave him in his solitude. While they like the abstracted visions of the Hartz, nor similar dwelt here she seems to have been a ministress of love to the fairy songs of the Highlands. They were those and mercy to the surrounding hamlets. Sometimes deep, melancholy narrations which history writes it daring, with her father, to aid the devotion of the reverie- details of human suffering, of events that little flock that remained faithful to the truth, and at give a voice to the midnight echo, and people the old others stealing forth to administer comfort to the sick consecrated abbey or the halls of forgotten barons. I or the aged. Her memory was like a sweet gentle dew was not singular in having a deep veneration for the on that lonely place ; and there was not a Rowery bank traditions uf my birtlıplace; but, to me, they were or murmuriug rivulet which was not, in some way or something more than tales of the winter hearth-they other, associated with her name. Her father and she were the foundations of my mental character, the remained here in safety for a considerable time, till, at knowledge out of which my reason formed its theories length, the cruel vigilence of Bonner discovered the and abstractions. I should have sooner doubted, with prebend's retreat, and hastened to make him a sacrificc Descartes and the Bishop of Cloyne, the reality of my to his barbarious superstition. The father and daughter own existence, and that of the earth, than have hesitated were both seized and carried before the council, where, for a moment in yielding my thoughts to their influence. after a long examination, the former was condemned to I was always surrounded by some of the beings whose expiate the crime of an open confession of the truth in history they told. My .ympathies were all employed the flames. His daughter escaped, it is probable, through on the events of their existence ; and my mind at last, the malignant satisfaction already given by the con. became so habituated to this aerial intercourse, that, demnation of her parent, and she was left with him fur wbat | regarded mere exterval things, I was as during his few remaining hours rather through care. much a disembodied being as my companions.

lessness than mercy. Tu a deep thinker, there is much less difference Borne up by the saine strength which had been her between sleeping and waking than to less intellectual confort and support iu solitude, she passed, it is said, characters-to him they are like the same state of the night preceeding his execution in listening at bring. The powers which have been most active in one intervals to his parting exhortations, and at others condition are the same which are active in the otber ; | watching his quiet peaceful slumber, which was, like and the long changeless stream of existence seems death disarmed of its sting and terror. The fearfal going vninterruptedly on, lengthening and deepening morrow came and passed, and, under the cloud of its in its course. I have known hard students whose night, the martyr's orphan bore back the ashes of her minds have laboured as much in the night as in the father to the solitary mansion which had furnished day; and there are countless instances of imaginative | them with shelter. Here, it seeins, she continued to men, to whom sleep has made revelations of secret and make her home holding communion with no one, but indescribable loveliness. To me, employed as I ge. when soine purpose ot charity called her forth, and then nerally was, there was still less difference ; and I retiring into her loneliness,-:00 gentle not to be might almost be said to live in a dream, wbich the broken hearted, but too full of hope not to bear her entire repose of the body heightened into a sapernatural anguish. vividness and distinctness. But, to proceed :-One of | How long she remained here, whether she died under my most favourite haunts was an old Norman castle, | those ruined walls, or passed the rest of her life amid situated at the extremity of a narrow dale, which other scenes, what was her fate, tradition had not here and there retaineid traces of human labour, but for | recorded, and there was an uncertainty and mystery in the most part was choked up with wild and tangled this latter part of her history, which strongly favoured abirubs. The place had once been of considerable im | the creations of my imagination. The other forms with portance, and the last in the line of its original inha. which these solitary scenes were peopled were to me bitants was a courtier of Henry the Eighth. After more like the persons of a drama; but the vision of this time it became deserted, but its traditionary annals that meek and lonely girl was constantly with me; it

hung upon my heart like a spirit of hope and joy, / a something tells me that that bright form is fled, from and I felt myself linked to her by a spell that must which the destiny of my earthly nature has seperated last for ever.

me. A dark and fearful doubt comes over me some. This was the bright and sunny period of my existence. | times whether I may ever enter that inner sphere of I had before, and bave since, been little affected by the being ;-though I feel it is the law of my existence to cares or caprices of fortune, but, during that period, I be for ever quickening in perception, – there may not seemed to move in an element of delight. My mind be another law which shall repel ine when I approach was wedded to the fairest being in its intellectual | its confines. creation, and, wherever my fancy wandered, I still There are awful golphs in the wide sea of thought, heard the same unceasing song of love. But it is not down which we may plunge till we are lost in their the things of the earth only that are subject to change. abysses.- I have tempted them, but in vain!

I was sitting one evening under what had once been the purtcullis of the castle, looking down through the deep green valley before me, and which might almost LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS. be said to be flooded with the full thick melody of the birds, when a beavy sultry haze fell over the scene, and Dresses.-The ancient style is prevalent in the same it became silent as at midnight. I felt my heart op. | degree as ever, and the numerous modes which result pressed by this external change of nature, and, retiring from this and the extensive field afforded by the many within myself, I became gradually insensible to every arrangements of costume which are worn on all sides, thing without. But thought was awake, and quickened give full scope to the taste, and produce a variety pot into unwonted activity. The sphere of vision seemed only pleasing, but becoming. almost interminable, and I saw around me, with but Among these varieties may be particularly enumerated one exception, all the forms with wliich I had ever held the Châles à Capuchon, Pelisses, Burnous, Châles-mon. communion. She alone was absent who was to me as 'ches, Manteaux Arabes in satin &c. the make so ar. existence, and I felt as if sinking into nothing while ranged as to admit the arms and head as well as to form vainly endeavouring to call her to me. At length, at such folds around the shape, as to exhibit it to ad. the farthest verge of that wide sphere, she appeared vantage, while the form is not as in many of the old rising, like a thin impalpable mist, and came before inė. modes ungracefully enveloped. There was a mysterious change in her appearance, The pointed corsage, fowing sleeves short to the which I cannot describe, but I felt that her spirit could mid-arm, are most in requisition, the lace in profusion, no longer hold communion with mine. I struggled mostly of the old pointed and other ancient styles, and with the strength of my whole being to retain her, but the other embellishments of the massive and heavy it was in vain ; and I saw her vanish, as it were, into character so gorgeous, which, in union with the other another eternity.

accessories of this species of toilette. At the same The heaviness of the night passed away, but I have time it must be remarked that variety being the order been from that hour alone in the wide world of exis of the day, no peremptory necessity exists of adopting tence. I have journeyed since then over seas and con a rigorous observance of any particular mode ; and the tinents, and have felt my material frame wasting under

Elizabethan, Louis Quatorze, or the light and elegant the returning years; but I have found no change or | manner originated by our inodera taste, are seen side rest to my thoughts. That lost vision has never re by side in the highest circles. turned, and I have no companion in my long wander Among the recent adoptions, the loop must by no ings but my own dark fancies. Sometimes, indeed, in means be overlooked, and the more frequent examples the vast desert or the pathless forest, I have doubted the improved modern hoop, must induce a more fa. whether their silence was not made audible by her vorable reception from those hitherto opposed to its voice ; and I have sometimes thought, when the clear

cht when the clear introduction. midnight sky seemed receding into its everlasting The Berthes of precious stones, pearls, jet &c. are depths, that I saw her gliding in the blue thin element. | one of the inost admired styles of ornament for the But these were momentary thoughts, and I shrunk back neck &c, and when applied to some of the gorgeous into my former solitude.

costumes in velvet. Velvet-nakara, satin &c. which are I have read of some who, penetrating into the secret so much in vogue at this moment present an indesholds of nature, have gained a mastery over her ele. cribable effect. The cordelière as well as the næads ments, that enabled them to change her ordinary or other ornaments to the sleeve, ought to be made to courses; and there are strange tales of others who, in correspond ; a bouillon or biais of velvet for the lower the dark ages of the world, were able, by an abstruse part of the sleeves, fixed by a neud of precious stones, and hidden art, to control the actions of spiritual is suitable. beings. But, brooding, as I have done, on these an. A dress of velours d'Afrique, pearl-grey color, iced earthly mysteries, neither could I ever discover, in the cherry-color, had a sweetly pretty effect; the corsage wild sublimities of the old magicians, nor in the intel. was draped, the sleeves long and ornamented by bell. lectual anatomics of philosophy, anything that could shaped additions, finished by ribbons with pendant ends, bring back to me that companion of my spirit. I have flounce to correspond. been able to see wonders in the universe of being that A dress in levantine had a corsage en cøur half high are hidden to other eyes ; have lived from my youth in mounting; the sleeves which were long, bad næuds of a state of almost-perfect idealism; and have felt as if material similar to the dress with an admixture of black the outward form 1 bear where every day becoming less | lace which gave a very excellent effect. and less a barrier to my desires : but there is a charmed A satin dress iced blue and rose-color, had a blond circle, which I cannot pass, and within which there is | fall on the upper part of the coraage, which was interspersed with satin roseties with pendaut ends; a broad ornament of net lace on the bust extending from tlie blond ornament extending from the ceinture in a double shoulders to the middle of the ceinture. The sleeves line down the front of the skirt, separating at the lower long, bouffanted to the elbow, whence a ruffle depends part, and sprinkled also with satin rosettes gave this to almost the wrist round a portion of the sleeve which costume a beautiful appearance,

terminates there. The entire front of the dress is em. A white satin dress, e.nbroidered with cherry-colored bellished in the robe style with a row of black lace silk, had the corsage ordaniented with lace volans ex. placed on full and spirally, and encreasing considerably tending down the dress and looped up at intervals with in width at the lower part, and where it turns round cordelières and tassels.

towards the hem. Satin hat with feathers. Hats & CAPS.-Among the most tasteful of the Figure 3.–Fancy Costume.—The body of satin, head dresses which the fertility of French invention has | the skirt of satin de laine. Hat to correspond. laíely originated is the Memphis Coiffure, which is FIGURE 4.--Costume Moyen-Age..--Velvet robe composed of gauze, ornamented with the most delicate lined with satin, bodice ornamented with cross pieces of fiuwers and gracefully folded round the head falls in a the saine ; a rich embroidery extends down the front of veil on the neck.

the skirt : the hair ornamented with long feathers. A hat of gros d'Afrique, straw.colored, was formed The first half figure forms a back representation of with the brim rather elevated and thrown back, and the the underneath dress. curtain slightly curved, a bouquet o! small roses mixed The second half figure, a walking dress, being a with camelias.

satin pelisse faced with velvet, has the sleeves orna. A moire hat, somewhat fat, turned on the extremity mented in a corresponding manner. The hat in spot. of the brim and widened at the top hard a pretty light ted silk has a feather banging on one side. ornament of blund with a small sprig of heather inter Dress and carriage hat in velvet and satin, with bird mixed, the exterior was ornamented with a garland of of paradise feathers and flowers. the same.

Turbans in mousseline de laine and tulle. A green velvet turban, embroidered with silver, was

PLATE II. formed into an elegant series of parallel foliis on one Figure 1.-Evening Dress.-Crape dress, draped side and one bouillon on the other, divided by a pearl | in the upper part of the corsage ; sleeves very short but band and having the long flowing end wbich rested on enveloped with an outer one more ample, showing the the neck entwined with a silver fringe.

arms through its transparent texture ; a double row of A black velvet turban, rather higher than the pre Aounces with a running garland of Powers ornaments viously described one, was ornamented with a glistening the lower part of the skirt. A turban elegantly de. garland of diamonds which produced a most admirable

corated with pearls interwoven with the folds of the effect.

fabric and with marabouts. A dress bat of Pekinet had one side more extended Figure 2.–Fancy Costume.- Velvet body faced and elevated than the other, and was embellished with with satin aed satin skirt ; chemisette bigh oyer the a plume of marabouts mingled with diamond wbeat-ears. shoulders. Hair having a single ribbon noud.

An African cacheniere shawl was tastefully mingled Figure 3.- Fancy Costume.--Striped silk che. with the hair, a rich addition of point lace and a gar. misette ; skirt and trowsers of satin de laine. Hat of land of diamonds, was skilfully blended so as to form satin made very small. a most elegant decoration.

Figure 4.–Ball Dress.-Tulle dress with blond MATERIALS & COLORS, -At some of the truly de. fall; sleeves to the elbow with lace ruffle ; skirt full lightful meetings of the select circles many of the most with double row of Aounces. elegant fabrics and designs were seen, and in our illus. The Hats and Capotes in satin. velvet and Tuscan. trations we have availed ourselves copiously of those

PLATE III. aids.

Figure 1.-Evening Dress.-Velvet spencer and New Reps, Moires, velvets, satins, cherry-colored, satin body, the corsage cut pointed; sleeves long and chocolate, wbite, &c. with fresh combinations both of noderately full, lessening gradually to the wrist which texture and pattern, and capable of adaptation to every has an embroidered cuff ; a worked collar, old pattern, style of costume were observed, some of the most embellishes the upper part of the corsage, the front of elegant of which are depicted in our figures.

which has the addition of that very elegant ornament recently introduced under the name of Berthe from

which depends a series of chains with articles of jewel. DESCRIPTION OF THE PLATES.

lery &c. attached ; the skirt has two founces laid on

rather full and baving a narrow lace edging. The head PLATE 1

has a most elegant light cap with barbes of blond. Figure 1.-Evening Dress..-Levantine dress, made Figure 2.-Evening Dress.- Moire dress, half. rather low in the corsage, which is embellished with high mounting corsage with long and vesy peaked point, drapings, reaching a considerable way down the ex. the upper part having a double lace fall laid on pretty tent of the bust, pointed at the extremity ; the sleeve full, the front ornamented with an upright row of bows; close titring above and full towards the elbow which is the sleeve short and in bouillons, ornamented with bows terminated by a ruffle of old point lace. The skirt | and finished with tolerably deep ruffles; the skirt em. ample ornamented with a bouillon Aounce at the hem, bellished in a corresponding style in the tablier figure. sprinkled with flowers : the upper part ornamented with Turban of embroidered tolle with ends hanging pendant, a garland extending from the ceinture both ways to Figure 3.-Evening Dress.-Satin dress, the corwards the founce. Coiffure decorated with pearls. sage half-liglı mounting, pointed, the apper part placed Figure 2.-Walking Dress.-Satin dress, mantilla

58.-Satin dress, mantilla | on full, the centre having a rather large rosette; the

sleeves tight in the upper portion, thence bouffanted and

terminated by a pendant addition, on the higher part Figure 1.-Evening Dress.-Pekinet dress, the
of which a bunch of grapes and a couple of ribhons corsage ornames with a draping ; the skirt full and
with flowing ends are placed.

having a deep ti...nce looped up with a bouquet. Coif.
The caps are composed of tulle and worked muslin, fure ornamented with pearls.
ornamented with feathers, fowers arranged in small Figure 2.- Bali Dress.—Satin dress, with laee
bouquets or garlands, and ribbon bows. The hats and moyen-age ornamenting the upper part, the skirt em.
bonnets of satin, gros d'Afrique and velvet bave fea. | bellished in the same style, garlands down the front
thers, marabout and paradise bouquets and garlands, and deep Hounce.
lace ornaments, &c. the interior it will be observed is FIGURES 3 & 4.-Evening Dresses-Of satin and
rather fully ornamented, and the choice of ornaments in gros d'Afrique, very similarly fashioned in the cor.
them is considerable, lace Aowers and small ribbon sages; the flounce and sleeves looped up in the first in.
bows prevail. A peculiarity of form will be remarked stance, and in the fourth figure, a graceful ornament
in the bonnet at the extreme right, which gradually composed of bonillons and marahouls alternating.
and without forming an angle diminishes in width from The lats and capote of velvet, gros de Tour, and
the brim to the crown, the curtain is also rather full. I with feather and flower ornaments principally,



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No. 14. The Vicar of Wakefeld," and another tale,

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