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mentary jar.-I trembled with awe ; waving its-arms, and slowly turning I felt every hair of my head bristling its eyeless countenance upon the upwards ; my knees smote against wretches as they crept successively each other ; a deadly paleness sat out of the door, bounded with the upon every countenance, and alleyes rapidity of lightning after the terriwere fixed in an intense gaze on the fied wretch. But swift as the flights door, at the upper part of the kitchen, of spirits are, in this case that of the which lead to the staircase, buttery, mortal was swifter; the fellow gave and parlour ; when, to complete the a thrilling scream, made a convulsive horror of the scene, the door burstspring, his heels struck violently wide open, dashed against the wall, against the lintel of the door in his and in-gliding, at slow pace, came course, and he vanished from my a dreadful apparition. Its coun. sight, and the spectre after him.tenance was that of death: it seemed “Gude defend us !” said Peggy. to have been long the inhabitant of - For my part, much as I was that dark and narrow house,- the frightened, I could scarcely forbear grave; the worms had revelled upon laughing outright at the last inciits eyes, and left nothing but the dent, so comic and farcical. orbless sockets. The rest of the Half a minute had not elapsed skeleton was enveloped in a long when I heard a step, and, in another and white sheet.

instant (I still kept my eyes upon the This horrid spectre advanced into door) in came the very, form of my the middle of the room.-I involun- unclé, muttering,—“ Villains! Kastarily shrunk back-the heavy wea cals ! Hypocrites!" pon dropped from my hand, and He fastened the door after him, rang loudly upon the stone floor; and shut out his nephews, and the and, overcome with terror, I sunk spectre then came towards the fire ; into a chair. A cold sweat burst at this, I was more amazed than from my forehead, and I had well ever. He, however, gave me to unnigh-fainted; on its first appearance, derstand, that he was alive, and the others had tumbled one over the well; and that all I had seen transother in the greatest horror and con- acted in the afternoon and evening fusion, and now lay as if dead, in all was nothing, but a stratagem he had directions.

made use of to try the sincerity of The spectre gazed wildly around his relations; and if he found them, for a moment, at the clock, at the as he conjectured, false in their profire, and then turned its eyeless fessions, to get rid of them. The sockets upon each individual, mo scheme answered nobly, and, it must tioning, at the same time, with its be confessed, the stratagem was well long arm, and pointing to the outer planned, and exceedingly well exedoor, seemingly directing to an out- cuted. let for escape, and wishing for their I could not, at first, believe what exit. They were not long in obey. I saw, nor conceive but that all was ing this intimation, but severally the illusion of a dream. In a little crawled away upon their hands and time, however, I recovered my recolknees with all the speed they could lection ; and, on a further developepossibly make, none of them daring ment of the plot, I could enter into to stand upright. The spectre all all its parts, and reconcile almost the while was standing in the middle every thing to my entire satisfacof the floor, eyeing, or rather appear. tion. ing to eye them, through the void My uncle concluded his relation sockets where eyes had once glis- with assuring me, that, excepting tened, as they retreated, one by one, a good legacy for his faithful servant, in the greatest fear and trepidation. Peggy, I should inherit all that he When Peggy and I offered to decamp possessed, as some little acknow, along with the rest, the spectre mo- ledgement for the fright he had tioned us to remain where we were, caused me; and, as for the wretches and we durst not, for our lives, dis- he had expelled from his house in obey. When the last of the crew so singular a manner, they should was making his exit, and had crawled never more cross the threshold of nearly to the door, the spectre, who bis door. We all three now sat down had hitherto stood motionless, except to a little supper, of which my uncle

stood in great need, and after taking same moment, and then burst in upon a cheerful glass, retired to bed, us in the manner before described ;

Notwithstanding the fatigue of and I really think, that had old my journey and sitting up so late, Nick himself been there, he would my sleep was far from being have yelled with dismay. I attrisound and refreshing: I was dis buted the flapping of the doors up turbed with fearful dreams the stairs, and the jarring of those whole night.' Sometimes I was below, to nothing bùt a boisterous among groups of ruffians, fighting gust of wind, that happened to blow and mangling each other - then I just at the critical moment; and in was haunted with horrid spectres the repercussion of the air, when the (such as I had seen the night before), pistol was fired, I accounted for the which grasped at me, and I but just shaking of the windows.—The whim, escaped their clutches. Headless men sical orders and requests of my uncle and monsters of various horrid forms were absolutely necessary to the deflitted in endless variety before my sign. By having his will read in the fancy; and I frequently started awake room where he was, he heard our in dreadful agonies.

undisguised sentiments; and his next At length the cocks began to request saved him from the alternacrow, the clouds of the eastern sky tive of either being laid with a slight

to break asunder, and the morning covering, near to some chilling win& to dawn:- when it was tolerably dow, or of developing the plot before

light I started up, resolved upon a proper time. The other requests a stroll over the meadows. Before were, I suppose, made for the sake going, I, however, went into the of consistency, and to make it imparlour, where I found every thing possible that we could suspect any in the utmost confusion ; chairs, thing. I now went out. tables, walking-sticks, and logs of As I was crossing the yard, I diswood lay all over the floor, and covered several drops of blood upon every thing upset, or in a wrong a stone, which I could no way account position. I then proceeded to the for, but by supposing some of my good outer door, which I opened, but cousins had received, in their hasty started back in horror, on perceiving retreat, a severe fall; and, a little a human skull lying on a sheet at further, I discovered a pair of shoes. my right hand, just outside the door. -A receptacle for the filth of the

Recovering from my fright, I went byre, in another part of the yard, and gathered it up. I could not re bore evident marks of some one hava strain my laughter, when I disco. ing had therein a severe struggle. vered it to be nothing more than Indeed, the adventures of the flya mask, representing a death’s head. ing heroes had been various and It seems, while we were all wrang. woeful; one of them, he at whom the ling, the night before, my uncle had spectre made such a sudden bound, stepped out of bed, dressed himself, as I afterwards ascertained, actually piled all the furniture logs of wood ran seven miles without stopping ; and timber he could, in the apartment and, with his shrieks, supposing the in a heap, crowning the pyramid grim monster close at his heels, with a dozen or more walking, almost raised the whole country. sticks, which had lain time out of I now proceeded onwards, over the mind on the top of an old cupboard: fields, listening to the warbling lark, Then he had gone up stairs, and “springing blythely up to greet the put on the horrid mask, brought purpling east.” The air was fresh down a pistol, and enveloped him- and pure, and, in the beauties of self, from his feet to his chin, in nature, I awhile forgot the events of a clean white sheet. After alarming the preceding evening. With hasty us just as the clock struck the awful steps I roved over the faintly-recol. hour of twelve, by striking three lected scenes, where I had, in child heavy blows against the wall with hood, spent some of my happiest a huge lod of wood, he contrived to hours, until, weary with my ramble, tumble down the whole mass of fur- I returned to breakfast. niture at once, fired his pistol at the

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Sir Charles Darnly, to the Marquis de Vermont.

Paris. myself to a native, who has so long My dear de Vermont,

been the arbiter elegantiarum of the Having now completed my first French capital ; I shall content my. quinzième Angloise à Paris, pro- self, therefore, with one remark, ceed to give you an account of what that wherever I go, I am astonished I have seen and heard, with all the at the prevalence of gravity and sideliberate wisdom of an experienced lence, where I expected nothing but traveller. I really have been whirl- gaiety and noise. In viewing the ed about with such rapidity from remaining treasures of the town, I one kind of amusement to another, meet crowds of Parisian amateurs, and have been offered pleasure in contemplating these master-pieces of such a diversity of forms, that I art with all the solemnity of profesfeel quite bewildered, and know sional critics; and without giving not how to arrange .my thoughts, vent, by a single expression, to the and still less how to communicate admiration which these objects ne them.

cessarily excite.. At your theatrical I have, of course, visited the gal performances of all sorts, no matter leries of the Louvre-heen presented what the exhibition may be, whether to your good king-dined with our it consist of the deepest tragedy or ambassador - lounged in the gar the liveliest comedy, or farce, pantodens of the Thuilleries-eaten ice at mine or sentimental drama, not a the coffee-house on the Boulevard, word escapes the lips of the giddiest had my pocket picked in the Palais or most ignorant of the audience; Royal-admired Mademoiselle Mars and every body seems to listen with at the Theatre François-seen the equal attention to the declamation of grand ballet at the Opera House Talma, the nonsense of Punch, or drank punch at the Caffè des mille the wit of Moliere. At your public Colonnes, and ogled the pretty and libraries and subscription reading bedizened bar-maid- sported my ca rooms, the same decorum is obsersbriolet in the Bois de Boulogne- ed; and no person's studies are disdined at Roberts’-attended the sit- turbed by the harangues of chattertings of the Corps Legislatif, and ing politicians, such as you will find the gambling table of the too cele in every similar establishment of the brated Salon; and, after losing some English metropolis: and though, to hundred pounds at the latter, have be sure, there is no lack of converbeen consoled with an invitation to sation among your pedestrians in the dine with M. Le Marquis de L gardens of the Palais Royal, and on Thursday next, who does the ho- the Thuilleries, silence again prenors of a weekly banquet, the ex vails at your gaming tables; where, penses of which are paid by, your when the most excruciating feelings virtuous government, in order to are depictured in the countenance of support an establishment so calcu. an unsuccessful speculator, if a bete, lated to improve the morals of the or a diable is sometimes heard in a people. All these scenes are so well low whisper, it is soon checked ; and known to our.countrymen, that were the lips of the ill-fated loser, howI writing even to an Englishman, I ever convulsed with agony, are not should think it superfluous to de- allowed to express the sentiments by scribe them: it would be ridiculous which they are tortured. to make the attempt in addressing Even at your balls the performers

Alluding to a novel so called ; in which the follies of an Englishman, committed during a fortnight's stay at Paris, are ridiculed.

are too much occupied in recollecting mined its long contents with due dethe figures of the dance, and the liberation, he gives his written orcompany in examining their steps, ders on a slip of paper to the waiter to admit of much communication. to prevent the possibility of a misIt is difficult for the enamoured cava

take. While these orders are exelier to find an opportunity of con cuting he seems to experience no triveying a few words of admiration fing degree of impatience, at least I to his lovely partner, and scarcely a conclude so, from the eager look sound is beard in the festive hall, with which his eyes are directed alsave and except the notes of the most every minute to the elegant music, and the eternally repeated clock on the chimney-piece, besides mandates of the ballet-master, while several similar appeals to his watch. he vociferates, “ Chassez à la droite, At length a basin of rich soup is chassez à la gauche. La chaine Ané placed before him, and by its side a gloise,&c. &c. At your restaura

bottle of champaigne de la premiere teurs also I remark, to use the ex- qualité, in a silver ice-pail. Having pression of one of your writers, first taken his soup, and then three

que c'est une affaire bicn sériuse or four glasses of his favourite beque le diner," and I daily see twenty verage, he commands the attendance or thirty persons deeply occupied in of the garçon, who soon appears with the discharge of this important duty, the first entrée. The following dishes scattered about at detached tables, then succeed each other in proper and swallowing their meat in impe- order :-a large slice of Bouilli à la netrable silence. On these occasions sauce piquante-two cotelettes à la too, I observe, that though the vora

minute un fricandeau de veau cious appetite of John Bull is the aux épinards-a roasted fowl, stuffed favourite theme of your satirists, with truffles--various vegetables of and affords the subject of many a

different hues and kinds-a vol-aucaricature now exhibited at his ex vent-an omelette-an apricot tart, a pense in your print-shops, I begin souflé, and a plate of pine-apple jelly. to suspect, from the examples con This abstemious dinner is followed stantly presented to my notice, that by a dessert of equal moderation, my friend John is by no means a consisting of fromage de gruyère, greater feeder than his criticizing grapes, pears, apples, comfits, chesneighbour.

nuts, dried cherries, brioches, cakes, When I have no engagement, I

and preferves. Nor are these variusually dine at Beauvillier's, in the ous articles brought forward only Rue de Richelieu, and while I take to be 'tasted. My gallant neighmy solitary repast, I derive no little bour is careful not to lose any part amusement in observing those who of the good things set before him. are seated near me. Among these I After eating the principal contents have frequently remarked å gentle- of each dish, he secures the remainman whom, from his black cravat, der, by dipping a piece of bread in large whiskers, and enormous cocked the sauce or juice, which bread, when hat, I take for an officer, and from properly saturated, is swallowed in the ribband which he wears, for one its turn. The intervals, which occur of distinction. The individual in between the appearance of the diffequestion usually takes his station at rent entrées, are filled up with copious a table adjoining mine, so that I am draughts of the sparkling chamnecessarily the witness of all his paigne, and when all the eatables proceedings. After carefully fixing are at last consumed, and the bottle his napkin in the button-hole of his exhausted to the last drop, he asks coat, he commences the labours of for a caffé, or coffee, which is sweetthe day, by swallowing an ample ened by at least six lumps of refined supply of raw oysters, (the eating sugar, and followed by a glass of of which is, I find, considered here the richest liqueur. He then deas great provocative of appetite.) mands la carte payante,--settles his With his oysters he consumes at account, gives a few sous to le garleast a pound of bread, and washes çon, detaches bis napkin, resurnes down the whole with a glass of his fierce cocked hat, bows en passant Dantzic brandy. He then calls for with becoming gallantry to the pretty

La Carte," and, after having exa bar-maid, and 'marches out of the

room, apparently well satisfied with and enlivened by the company of the manner in which he has thus some brother bon vivant. discharged one of the most agreea

Go into our most fashionable cofble parts of his daily avocations. fee houses, and you will see that our

This is a simple and unexagge- young men of rank and fashion, rated account, not only of the mode when they dine, alone, are not only in which this person usually dines, satisfied with much simpler fare than but of the luxury and indulgence that which your Parisians of a corwith which I constantly see several responding class require, but also others of your countrymen take a that the quantity of food commonly similar meal.

consumed by the former is infinitely Now, without pretending to deny less. that we have many persons in Lon As I have yet seen but little of don equally fond of good eating, I private society, I shall reserve my must take the liberty of saying, that observations on that liead till I have you will find it difficult to ineet with had better opportunities of examinan example of similar selfish gratifi- ing your manners. In the mean eation-something of sociability en time I hope often to hear from you, ters into the calculations of our inost and depend on your imitating my decided Epicnreansand I should example, in speaking freely of all suspect that even a certain alderman which draws your attention. (whose jollity is proverbial) would Adieu, and be assured not relish his tureen of turtle, or his

Of my constant regard, haunch of venison, if not shared

The Marquis de Vermont, to Sir Charles Darnley.


I find there is no reciprocity on Before my arrival in this land of these subjects, on which, on the confreedom, I imagined that here at trary, the most tyrannical uniformity least, in private as well as in public is exacted in London. life, every man would be at liberty While paying a visit half an hour to follow his own inclinations as earlier than that, which almighty tou long as he infringed on no positive has marked as appropriate to such law. It never occurred to me, there, duties, is a crime seldom pardoned fore, that on such unimportant topics wearing a hat an inch too wide in as dress and the division of time, the brima waistcoat too short, or a stranger would be called upon to a coat too long, subjects the unforalter any of his usual habits. tunate and unconscious foreigner to

I have, however, already discover a suspicion of vulgarity quite suffied, that while John Bull claims the cient to banish him from the most privilege of making himself ridicu, elegant circles of this gay metropolis. lous in his own way abroad, he al. I have therefore begun my career lows no similar indulgence to the by completely new modelling my foreigner in England.

costume, and for that purpose have • At Paris we are so accustomed to put myself in the hands of the most the whims and eccentricities of your celebrated professors. My hair has countrymen, that a member of the been cut by Blake, and my coat by four-in-hand club drives his team Allen, my waistcoat and pantaloons (as he pleases to call his mail coach come from the hands of other artists and fiery greys) along the Boulevard, of equal celebrity, each devoted to or the Plaine St. Honore, without the peculiar line of his profession.exciting any more attention than such Lock is my hatter, and Hoby my an equipage would draw in Bond- shoe-maker, and as I am assured (to street or Hyde-park-and one of your adopt the words of an elegant maexquisites, or modern petits maitres, dern satirist) that accoutred in all the effeminate absurdities of the prevailing fashion, “ All is unprofitable, fat, is not more stared at in the Theatre And stale, without a smart cravat, Feydeau than he would be at Covent Muslined enough to hold its starch, Garden or Drury Lane play-houses. The last key-stoue of fashion's arch."

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