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witness her happiness, I would not dimin- girl just inhaling the first sweet odors of ish it for twenty years of life and health. society-sweet before they pall—who reBut you can without awakening a minded me of Emily. With a breast agisuspicion of

my love to give her one mo- tated by a thousand emotions I watched ment's uneasiness. Give her this, and bid her varying cheek, her fathomless eye, her her wear it for

my
sake.”

thoughtful brow, her light and graceful He handed me a bracelet of exquisite step. Little did that fair creature think of workmanship. It was purchased in Paris, the old man, whose hair was white, and with part of the legacy M— had left whose cheek was furrowed, as he gazed him.

upon her beauty, or dream of what was “It will fit her,” he continued, “my passing in his bosom. The rudeness of thumb and forefinger exactly measure her my protracted gaze was unperceived, for wrist.”

I was unnoticed.
Sweet A. T., may

the When Fanny received this token from choicest blessings of life attend thee, long my hand, I read in her eye a knowledge after this trembling hand has lost the little of Robin's secret. Her starting tears paid power it retains. a silent tribute to his worth and his love. The ploughshare now claims the spot

I never had occasion for the ring inter- where Fairheath's cottage stood, and the red with Emily – I envy those whose elas- pruning-knife of improvement, often as fatal tic love can bound from object to object, as the scythe of time, has changed the but I could not imitate their buoyancy. face of ZEPHYR’s Fancy. Once--it was not long ago—I saw a young

EUROPEAN LIFE AND MANNERS.*

We see

The object of Mr. Colman's journey to Mr. Colman seems, nevertheless, to have Europe appears to have been entirely ag- found it in abundance : illustrating the ricultural, and not with a view to writing old moral of the Search after Happiness. a book upon European life and manners. Full of faith in humanity, and with the His home correspondence, preserved by his eager desire of a social disposition to comfriends, has however, in a not unusual municate to others what has strongly course of events, brought about the pro- affected himself, he gives his experience duction of the present volume. It con- with such open-hearted truthfulness that sists of a series of letters which have all he cannot fail to call out the sympathies the simple, natural, conversational tone of his readers. Charmed with the frank which is the peculiar charm of private and earnest way in which he abandons correspondence, and not a doubt arises bimself to his enthusiastic nature, we find that they were, as the preface declares, ourselves travelling as familiarly in his not designed for publication.

company as if we had known him all our Notwithstanding Mr. Colman's declara- days; and aided by his own autographic tion that if his work gives pleasure to his sketches we can even bring him to our friends he shall be fully satisfied, we will mind's

eye

in proper person. venture to hope he may not reject a more him in his French deshabille of

grey

frockextended approbation. He has given, he coat, plaid waistcoat, grey trowsers, silk says, " what may be called proof impres- neckcloth, and varnished black slippers, sions” of the scenes, objects, persons, and looking grave and wise, with his spectaplaces he has visited, and we have no in- cles dropped on the end of his nose, combtention to assume the office of corrector. ing “ the few straggling grey locks” with We take the book, and we think the pub- his fingers. Or in his more elegant Eng. lic will do likewise, as an acceptable gift, lish dining costume-straight coat, black that should not, according to the adage be satin vest, silk stockings, and pumps--but looked into with too close an inspection. it is not dress that makes the man; and Mr. Colman's wisdom teeth were evidently we know him better by imagining a pair cut long ago—but for our own part we of keen, half laughing, half scrutinizing have enjoyed many a pleasant jaunt with eyes, taking in at a glance everything a crib-biter, amid beautiful scenes which a worthy of notice; the high, bare forehead more spirited animal would scarcely have of the intellectual, the affable smile of the given us a chance to notice.

amiable man; the bland manners and the We consider it an idle and ill-natured agreeable voice-the body slightly bowed proceeding to sit at one's window, secure and the hair thinned and silvered by the from annoyance, and make impertinent ob- touch of time, heightening, not abating servations upon those who are about their the interest of the picture. business in the toilsome and dusty public

In Mr. Colman's humorous and occaway; and especially would we avoid such sionally pathetic delineations, and still a proceeding when, as in the present in- more in the spirit of universal benevolence stance, we may, overlooking occasional which diffuses itself over every thought accidents and peculiarities, gather there and expression, we are not unfrequently from much that is curious and interest- reminded of the Sentimental Journey of ing.

Sterne. His style is light and easy ; he Not travelling for pleasure expressly, sometimes makes too much of his subject,

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European Life and Manners; in Familiar Letters to Friends. By Henry COLMAN. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown. London: John Petherham, 94 High Holborn. 1849.

but is acute, discriminating, and often elo ciety he is created an honorary member, quent.

and, called up by Lord Spencer, he acMr. Colman's travels are not calculated knowledges the honor conferred in being to induce another to go over the same thus enrolled, and states the objects of his ground, for who, truly, would go to the mission, which immediately procures him mountain when the mountain can be invitations from noblemen and gentlemen brought home? In reading these details interested in the subject; from the Earl of of life in Europe, as if under the influence Hardwicke and the Marquis of Devonshire of mesmerism, one feels actually trans- in Ireland ; from Mr. Bates, the great catferred by the author's will to the presence tle breeder and “greatest talker in Engof the scenes and persons described. land ;" from the Bishop of Exeter, and

The principal fault of the book, and one from Lord Morpeth, who shows him every which might easily have been avoided in possible attention. arranging the correspondence for publica- Mr. Pusey, M. P., a gentleman who in tion, is that the author so frequently re- point of practical science is represented as peats himself, that portions of almost every standing at the head of the agricultural letter might as well, if not better, have community in England, proposes to go been omitted : for instance,

with him on an excursion through the

farming districts. Earl Talbot invites him “P. S. Tell Miss D., Dr. Outram has been into the fine agricultural district of Stafvery polite to me.”

fordshire, the Duke of Richmond to a

sheep-shearing, and the Duke of DevonWith his warm heart and genial man

shire to visit Chatsworth, “ that museum ner, our cheerful traveller goes from city of what is most beautiful in art and nato city, and from one great house to an

ture-one of the wonders of England if other, and with the simplest, unsophisti- not of the world." cated admiration of the unaccustomed These civilities are followed by visits to splendor that surrounds him—with a keen cattle-shows, corn-markets and horticulbut good-natured appreciation of the tural establishments, by introductions to ridiculous, and an earnest thoughtfulness farms and farmers, and by sojourns, on the at the bottom of all, inspires confidence most intimate footing, in the families of and esteem, and thus acquiring advantages noblemen and gentlemen where everywhich fall to the lot of few travellers in a thing in the way of family economy, withstrange country, is enabled to present new

in and without, is freely exhibited, even views of European society and manners. in some cases to the extent of giving writHis letters, addressed to a wide circle of ten lists and rules of domestic managefriends, were consequently adapted to va- ment, with liberty to use them according rious tastes, and afford abundant detail to his pleasure ; advantages which he for the curious and the intelligent. The seems fully to appreciate and enjoy. agriculturist, the political and domestic economist, the lover of nature and of the “ The publication of my book,"* he says, fine arts, the admirers of equipage and

“ will give me great advantages in visiting the style, of dress and fashion; the philan- what I want, say they shall be most happy to

country, as several gentlemen, now seeing thropist interested in the details of misery assist me; and especially, I am persuaded, and want--each and all may find where- | feeling that I do not come as a spy, and shall with to engage attention.

not deal in miserable personalities, they will Mr. C. leaves America for Liverpool, assist me so much the more readily." and proceeds thence to London, where, as soon as his agricultural mission is de- Mr. Colman's first impressions of Lonclared, he receives every possible civility don are confused, as is apt to be the case and aid, and has opened to him the best with a stranger, taking for the first time sources of information. Facilities in the a part in “the stir of the great Babel." pursuit of his observations are offered on Every traveller gives his own description every side. Earl Spencer proposes to of the city. Mr. Colman's varies but little mark out a route for him. At one of the meetings of the London Agricultural So

* European Agriculture.

from the rest in outline, but is filled up | day, and Threadneedle Street and Bishopsgate with a vividness of coloring peculiarly his Street, and there seems to be an uninterrupted own. The people seem to him very im- interlockage of carriages and vehicles of every

description, and the sidewalks are thronged with perfectly to appreciate the difficulties of a stranger, and he finds himself frequently crowded assembly. Mount the top of an om

people as if they had just rushed out of some be wildered in his peregrinations amid the nibus, and look down the whole length of Fleet narrow streets, stretching through long Street and the Strand, and nothing can bear ranges of shops and stalls; the broad and any likeness to the view but the breaking up of magnificent avenues, running for miles one of our great rivers in the spring by some through the city, with their splendid ful and tumbling masses, bringing with it trees

sudden flood, when the ice comes down in fearstores; the crowded thoroughfares, the and uprooted stumps, and logs, and boards, and main arteries of this mighty body beating broken fences, and remnants of cottages, here continually with tremendous pulsations; moving in a swift torrent, there circling in the palaces and public buildings, the some rapid eddy, and presenting only a picture monuments, bridges, and parks; the car- of indescribable confusion, and yet all hastenriages and the people almost piled upon ing on with a steady and certain progress to each other; the wilderness of houses, their destination, save only, that in the streets

of London there are counter-streams, passing streets, lanes, courts, and kennels. He

each other without obstruction and without indescribes his first alighting from a close terference. carriage in the very centre of the city. “ Then again the vastness of London. Go

into what quarter you will, and you will find “* And this,' said I to myself, 'this is Lon- something, some place, some square you have don, is it? Well, this is not much.' But, how not seen before. "Turn into any by-passage, wofully was I mistaken! I recollect the same court-yard, close, or wynd, where scarcely a kind of impression when I first saw Niagara. wheelbarrow can be driven, and you will find

Very beautiful,' said I, • very beautiful. What every place occupied, from the cellar to the conceit-what insolence on my part! Soon, attic. The subterranean apartments of the however, I came to my senses ; soon I saw the houses are as much tenanted as the celestial; depth of the flood and the height of the cata- and you may literally find many a humble ract; soon I saw the vast inland oceans of the tailor and cobbler occupying portions of cellarunexplored West pouring down their mighty doorways or halves of shop windows, where volumes of water in one iinmense and irresisti- the cobbler cannot stand erect, and where the ble torrent; soon I saw the tumultuous waves, tailor, if he did not sit cross-legged, could not miles beyond me, contending for supremacy sit at all. The squares, the streets, the rows and hurrying on in broken and foaming masses and blocks of buildings, the terraces, the cresto make the fearful plunge; soon I considered cents, the public edifices, the monuments, the the Almighty Power, which could take up this private palaces, above all, the parks and pleatorrent in the palm of his hand, and had fash- sure-grounds, are numerous and extensive beioned every drop which formed this comingled yond description. I thought I had seen all the mass, and smoothed every glittering orb which markets some time ago ; to-day I stumbled poured itself along without jostling its neighbor, upon one covering several acres, of which I and painted every beautiful beam of glory re- had never heard, filled with fruits, and vegetaflected from this mighty aggregate of jewels; bles, and meats. One's astonishment is inand soon I gathered strange ideas of the dura- creased, when you observe the perfect order tion of its Hood, and my bosom swelled more prevailing in this vast multitude. By day or and more with convictions, too vast for utter- night, you may walk as securely in most of ance, of God's eternity, of which I here saw an the streets of London as in your own yard. I humble emblem.

have strolled into all parts of the city-into the "Not at all unlike have been my impressions most public and the most profligate-and I have of London ; they have grown larger and larger seldom seen a quarrel; and I have seen carevery day and hour. I had been absent from riages, again and again, by hundreds, passing it four months, and I came back with new each other in the narrowest passages, and wonder at its extent. I have just returned to oftentimes hindered when they were evidently it again, after a fortnight's absence, and it most impatient to get on, and yet I have seen seemed to me, on my way to my lodgings, as no passion displayed, and heard no harsh lanif the population had qnadrupled in that time. guage uttered; but I have heard more profane Here are two millions of human beings--to say swearing in one hour among the boatmen on nothing of other living things—crowded into the New York Canal, than I have heard during one place, from one extremity of which to the my seven months' residence in England. other a man may ride in iwo hours. Go ** A man here believes what he pleases; says through the Strand and Fleet Street at noon- what he has to say; does what he chooses to

as

do; and has all the liberty, without censure, camel's back, so, presently, it would seem, that without surveillance, which a rational man can she must be crushed by her own weight.” desire, provided he keeps out of the hands of the police. Here nobody is of any importance ; and the proudest man only floats upon society of the admiration excited at a block of ice

Mr. Colman gives an amusing account like a cork upon the rapids of Niagara, sure to be hurried along ; sure, presently, to go over, exhibited at a shop in London, which and as sure not to be thought of or cared for many of the passers by felt themselves after he has gone over. Every man is for him- compelled to go in and examine, that by self, and if he does not take care of himself

, | the test of touch they might satisfy themthere is nobody will take care of him. It is selves it was not glass ;-looking upon

it not that persons here are more selfish than others; but, really, no one has any time to

as a standing miracle, never melting, but alspend upon the affairs of other men. In the ways there, and entirely unsuspicious that busy season the streets of London present a

the cunning Connecticut yankee, who exhibsort of Waterloo rout— save himself who ited it, could take a fresh piece from bis can;'-saunter, and you'll be run down ; fall refrigerator every morning. Mr. Colman down, and you'll be run over. Sometimes I overhears one wise head gravely informing have thought that a man might walk from the another, that the ice was imported from Exchange to Charing Cross, iwo miles, through the West Indies ! the busiest and most crowded part of London, and at the busiest time of day, with nothing

Our author enters sufficiently into the else on than Adam's cast-off paradisaical suit, excitements of London life to get a pretty and he would not be noticed farther than that clear understanding of its clubs, societies, some hasty passenger might venture to remark, places of amusement, meetings, schools, en passani, that is a queer fellow; what tailor hospitals, &c. &c. He describes particularmade his dress ? So, too, the Queen might ly " the Blue” Coat School at Christ's Hosdie to-morrow; her body would not be cold pital

, where he attended one of the public before her successor must be found; and a few tolling bells, a few muffled drums, and a

Lent suppers, and saw eight hundred and few glittering swords and nodding plumes, and fifty boys, consisting of noblemen's and the world would go on precisely as it was go- gentlemen's sons, well as charity ing before. This is a humiliating but an in- scholars, taking their frugal meal, of structive lesson, and a most wholesome extinc bread and butter, “with a drink of beer guisher of all pride, if pride in man can be from a wooden piggin, and nothing more extinguished unless the candle of life be snuffed out at the same time. What comes of all this?

and nothing else. They are said to dine What composes this mighty, moving mass ?

on mutton five days out of seven, which Many aching limbs ; many heated and burning our author, with professional acuteness, brains ; many agonized hearts; wealth beyond considers advantageous to sheep-raising, the dreams of the Arabian Nights; luxury as but is doubtful regarding its tendency to brilliant as gold and silver and diamonds, and make “mutton heads." « The board and human art and labor can make it ; indulgence education of the boys,” he says, “ is wholly without restraint; destitution complete; poverty extreme ; wretchedness, vice, and suffer- gratuitous. Why the sons of noblemen ing unmitigated, and absolutely hopeless and men of wealih should be found in an What a picture of life! Who can unravel establishment purely charitable is a questhis web and draw the threads straight? What | tion”-not easily solved. shall settle this turbid cauldron, and cause the One of the most interesting sights is the waters to become clear ? Alas! no human meeting, in St. Paul's Church, of the charpower or sagacity can even approach the task; ity children, amounting in number to and man, standing upon the shore of the mighty ocean, may think as well to assuage its tem nearly ten thousand, dressed in different pests by his breath, and stay its rising tides at uniforms according to the school to which his command, and smooth its broken surface they belonged. with the palm of his hand. Yet what is to come of this great city? It is growing at this “During the service I went into the whisvery hour much faster than ever. Thousands pering gallery, which is at the bottom of the and thousands of houses are in the process of dome, extending all round it, and directly over erection, and thousands and thousands are be- their heads, about two hundred feet from them. ing born to fill thein. Rome had her six mil. We could bear them distinctly, and saw them lions of inhabitants ; London has as yet but to the greatest advantage. They resembled a two. What is to prevent her having twenty, beautiful bed of variegated flowers, and indeed unless, as it was the last feather that broke the | it seems to me nothing on this earth ever

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