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of English society, and that Nelson, when modern languages, her varied accomplishhe found Lady Hamilton's character as- ments, her rectitude of conduct, and her sailed, clung to her all the more openly, for agreeable manners, seemed especially to
of supporting her. We may as qualify her for such a task. But instead of well give the explanation in Miss Knight's being attached to the person of a young own words :
princess, she was attached to that of an old "I dined one day with Sir William and queen. In 1805, Queen Charlotte gave her Lady Hamilton in Grosvenor Square. Lord a situation at court ; but it does not very and Lady Nelson were of the party, and the clearly appear from these volumes what that Duke of Sussex and Lady Augusta Murray situation was. Whatever may have been its came in the evening. Lord Nelson was to precise designation, it brought her into conmake his appearance at the theatre next day, stant proximity to the queen, to whom she but I declined to go with the party. I after- read such works as Thomson's Seasons, Cowwards heard that Lady Nelson fainted in the per's Task, Cicero's Epistles, and others, genbox. Most of my friends were very urgent with me to drop the acquaintance, but, cir- erally of a somewhat fatiguing kind. The cumstanced as I had been, I feared the journals kept by Miss Knight at this time, charge of ingratitude, though greatly em- except when they record the progress of the barrassed as to what to do, for things became poor old king's malady, are not of a very very unpleasant. So much was said about interesting character, and the extracts given the attachment of Lord Nelson to Lady Ham- are but few. It was probably the dreariest ilton, that it made the matter still worse. period of Miss Knight's life. And yet she He felt irritated, and took it up in an unfortunate manner, by devoting himself more
subsequently declared her belief that she had and more to her, for the purpose of what he acted unwisely in quitting her situation at called supporting her. Mischief was made the queen’s court for another, which, if it on all sides, till at last, when he was ap- had greater charms, had greater dangers atpointed to the command of the squadron in tendant upon it too. It is not only in money the Downs, which was to sail for Copenha- matters that high interest is bad security; gen—his brother and sister-in-law, with Sir in the respectable Three-per-cents of Queen William and Lady Hamilton, being with Charlotte's court, Miss Knight had a safe him at Deal—he wrote to Lady Nelson, ziv. investment, and it was not prudent to sell ing her credit for perfectly moral conduct, but announcing his intention of not living out and speculate in such a hazardous lotwith her any more.
This was certainly not tery as that of the court of the Prince of in his thoughts before he returned to Eng- Wales. But the temptation was very great. land, for I remember his saying, while we The good old queen was certainly a less inwere at Leghorn, that he hoped Lady Nel- teresting personage than her granddaughter ; son and himself would be much with Sir and we are not surprised that Miss Knight William and Lady Hamilton, and that they deserted the former to become lady-comwould all very often dine together, and that, when the latter couple went to their musical panion to the Princess Charlotte. parties, he and Lady Nelson would go to bed. The queen was much hurt, and very anEven at Hamburg, just before we embarked, gry; and she never looked with complacency he purchased a magnificent lace trimming upon the deserter again. But this was hard for a court dress for Lady Nelson, and a black lace cloak for another lady, who, he acted in a manner distinguished by loyalty
upon Miss Knight, who appears to have said, had been very attentive to his wife during his absence."
and gratitude towards the queen. She ad
mits that she had grown very weary of the teWe hear no more of Lord Nelson and the dium and monotony of her life at Windsor. Hamiltons after this. Indeed, the record of “ I could not find it in my heart,” she said, the next four or five years is extremely slight. “ to devote myself till death to the queen's Miss Knight remained in England, mixed service, sacrificing the pleasing idea of renlargely in society, and attracted the atten- dering happy the life of a persecuted young tion, among others, of Mr. Pitt, who had a creature, whose talents and dispositions aphigh opinion of her understanding, and de- peared to me to be worthy of a better lot sired to see her appointed to superintend the than had as yet fallen to her share. Pereducation of the young Princess Charlotte. haps, also, my pride had been somewhat hurt Her intimate acquaintance with ancient and I by the queen not always, as I thought, feeling properly my situation ; and I will not say | princess, who was already a woman in years; that I had not some wish for more active and and still more so in character, any longer as more important employment than that which a child. She was at the most critical period I held at Windsor-dull, uninteresting, and of her life—the very turning-point, for good monotonous—every year more and more con- or evil, of her career-and she required most fined, and even, from the kindness of the judicious treatment. Miss Knight describes royal family, condemned to listen to all their her as “a noble young creature," " capable complaints and private quarrels. I certainly of becoming a blessing to her country, or the hoped to get honorably out of it, but I did reverse." She was, “ in understanding, penfeel attachment for the queen.” And as a etration, and stature, a woman, desirous to proof of this, when the formal invitation came acquire more knowledge of public affairs and to her to enter the princess' service, she had general society, alive to every thing, and cadeclined it; but the prince regent had re- pable of forming a judgment for herself.” newed his request, and had at last persuaded Miss Knight gives an account of a converher to consent, on the plea that her majesty sation which she had with Lord Moira on had withdrawn all her objections, and was in the subject of the princess' education. “Talreality desirous of the arrangement. The ents and genius must be encouraged,” urged fact is, that the queen was afraid of her son. the lady,“to become useful. If endeavors are She very much wished Miss Knight to re- made to lower or extinguish them, what must main in her service, but she did not like be the result ?” “I saw the tears,” adds to take upon herself the responsibility of the narrator, “roll down the cheeks of Lord thwarting the prince's plans. She hoped Moira, and he said, “This is what I felt for that Miss Knight would take the responsi- her father ; he was every thing that was bility upon herself, so as to relieve her maj- amiable, and still I cannot help loving him."" esty of all odium in the transaction. But The editor adds to this in a note, on the auMiss Knight was disposed to do any thing thority of Mr. Raikes, a tribute paid to the but this, and hence the queen's undying re- regent by the Duke of Wellington, wh sentment. “ The last thing I did before I said that the prince was the most extraordileft my old lodging,” says Miss Knight, “ to nary medley of opposite qualities, “with a enter on my new duties, was to write a re- great preponderance of good,” that he had spectful letter to the queen, expressive of the ever seen in his life. deepest regret, and of the sincerest attach- Nothing could have more surely saved a ment. This letter was never answered." young princess, surrounded by so many ad
For better or for worse, Miss Knight had verse influences, than a good marriage ; and, now taken her line. She was the servant of once recognized as a woman, the considerathe prince regent. The prince called her tion of this important question could not his " dear chevalier,” and for a time every be much longer deferred. The hereditary thing went well. The Princess Charlotte Prince of Orange was the first person fixed was domiciled at Warwick House, which was upon as the future husband of the presumpa sort of supplement or appendix to Carlton tire heir to the throne of England. Of the House, the prince's residence, and which, Orange match and of its rupture a full acMiss Knight says, was then “miserably out count is given in these volumes, which will of repair, and almost falling into ruins.” doubtless be accepted as legitimate history in Nothing of it now remains. It was a dreary supercession of all others. If the Princess sort of place, “ perfectly resembling a con- Charlotte had followed her own inclination vent;" but such as it was, it was “a seat of she would have married the Duke of Glouceshappiness to Princess Charlotte, compared ter. But the regent set his face steadfastly with the Lower Lodge at Windsor,” where against this match. But he said, at the same she had before resided, and which was, in time, that he would never force the inclinadeed, still to be considered the cheflieu ; the tions of his daughter. Miss Knight's acidea of the princess having an establishment count of his conduct in this matter is very of her own being one which it was not, at creditable to the prince :that time, the policy of the court to encour- “ The prince came, and to the Lower age.
Lodge; Princess Charlotte was desirous that It was impossible, however, to treat the I should see him first, and I met him on the
Coldly oft, the winds blow WEARY is the life I lead,
On the way of life, Beating air with vain endeavor;
Spreading in the wilderness, Love is left to weep, to bleed;
Care, and pain, and strife; Those dear eyes are closed forever;
Yet the heart may shelter have, Closed forever and forever!
Cold though be the day, Not again shall I behold thee,
Choosing like the little ones, Not again these arms enfold thee!
The sunny side the way. Thou art gone forever!
- Cottage Carols, and other Poems, by John Swain. Nothing now is left for mirth; All my dreams were false and hollow,
PONTIFF AND PRINCE.
The Pope can never go astray
In morals or in faith, they say ;. Eves of olden hours shall meet me,
His word as Gospel men may take; Lips of olden love shall greet mo,
'Tis always right, and no mistake. In the day I follow. -Blackwood's Magazine. By grace divine from error, sure
As eggs are eggs, is he secure; LOOK UPON THE BRIGHT SIDE.
His Bulls, from blunders wholly free,
Far clearer than the lynx, he sees
Right through the cloudiest mysteries; Indeed why should we? Is not January
And all conceptions of his pate
Are, in so far, immaculate.
But though he is so wondrous wise
In all that Reason can't comprise, that, Or else sit down, look foolish, and be dumb:
His Holiness is grossly dense No—we will on, turn back, go up or down
And purblind as to Common Sense. Through time as well as space; and therefore
Grant that he could pronounce a Sai now, Departing from the summer morning hills,
Originally free from taint, We to the carly days of Spring return
And can as certainly decide
This soul or that beatified :
However, he could not predict
That Lamoricière 'd be licked,
And faithful blood be shed in vain
His earthly kingdom to maintain.
The wearer of the Triple Hat,
In dogma safe, should stick to that ;
In State affairs too near a fool,
Should abdicate his mundane rule.
By all means let him, if he please,
Retain the Apostolic Keys,
Only the Royal power forego
To lock up sinners here below.
Oh! would he but contented be
With spiritual sovereignty,
In peace he would possess his own,
Nor want Zouaves to guard his throne.
Come, Pius, do the proper thing,
Stand forth all Bishop; sink the King.
Send your French janizaries home :
And yield to Cæsar Cæsar's Rome.
POETRY.—Year after Year, 130. Night Showeth Knowledge, 130. The Despot's Heir, 130.
SHORT ARTICLES. Treatment of Poisoning, 143. Plague Cross, 147. Man of Feeling, 151. Archbishop Talbot, 151. Gen. Marion's Last Words, 151. Political Audacity, 155. Titular Wisdom, 178. Dr. Motley, 181. American Compromises, 181. Screaming Fishes, 186. A Curious Collection, i92. Hieroglyphical Picture of Charles the Martyr, 192. Improvements in Paris, 192.
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overtook all the household, and was dis- ness.” Of the mixture of vanity and simmissed. From that time she flitted about plicity, which was one of his most peculiar from place to place, taking up her residence characteristics, Miss Knight gives an amusfirst in one European capital, then in an- ing proof, which we believe has escaped the other; paying visits to her friends, and al- biographers. On a certain occasion, being ways being in intimate relations with the told that he must wear a silk coat, he purfirst people of the cities she frequented. chased one secondhand, which had belonged And so she went on up to the close of the to a nobleman, and wore it in public, not year 1837, seeing a great number of dis- perceiving that there was clearly marked on tinguished persons, and jotting down in her the breast the place where the late owner's journals and anecdote-books something or decoration had been worn. The mark of other that she had learnt about them, until the star told plainly enough the history of she passed her eightieth year, when, with the purchase, and Noll's vanity was sorely very little warning, she gently passed away vexed. from the scene, leaving behind her a boxful There is a better story than this, one of of papers, from which the volumes before Samuel Johnson, and which, as we may say us are compiled.
with tolerable confidence, has not been told If such opportunities as these had been before. We give it in Miss Knight's own turned to good literary account, one of the words :most attractive works ever published might “He was very curious to see the manner have been the result. But Miss Knight of living and the discipline on board a ship had more of the delicacy of the gentlewoman of war, and when my father was appointed than the tact of the litterateur. Though it to the command of the Ramilies, of seventywould appear that her autobiography had four guns, and to sail with the command of been written for publication, it is not sea
a squadron for Gibraltar, at the time when soned as Madame d'Arblay or Lady Char
a war with Spain was expected, Johnson
went to Portsmouth, and passed a week on lotte Campbell would have seasoned it. It board with my father. He inquired into is a plain reci of fact, modestly and un- every thing, made himself very agreeable to ambitiously written, with a view rather to the officers, and was much pleased with his the information than the excitement of the visit. reader. It is interesting principally by rea
“When he was conveyed on shore, the son of its simplicity and directness of
officer whom my father had sent to young
purpose ; and, above all, by the unmistakable accompany him asked if he had any further
commands. "Sir,' said Johnson • have the fidelity of the narrative. It is impossible goodness to thank the commodore and all to doubt, much more to disbelieve, the the officers for their kindness to me, and tell writer. If the lady's character were not an Mr -(the first-lieutenant) that I beg he ample guarantee for the truth of her book, will leave off the practice of swearing.' its style would be a sufficient voucher. “ The young man, willing, if possible, to
Cornelia Knight was butqa child when justify, or at least excuse, his superior, reher intercourse with celebrated persons com
plied that, unfortunately, there was no mak
ing the sailors do their duty without using menced; but, verging close upon octoge- strong language, and that his majesty's sernarianism, she still vividly remembered her vice required it. Then, pray, sir,' answered first experiences of literary society. “I rec- Johnson, 'tell Mr- that I beseech him ollect,” she says in 1835, “ being delighted not to use one oath more than is absolutely with the conversation of Mr. Burke, amused required for the service of his majesty." by the buffoonery of Goldsmith, and dis- The late Mr. Croker would have given a gusted with the satirical madness of manner good deal for this story, coming from so auof Baretti.” “Of all these personages,” she thentic a source. That very diligent editor says, a little further on, " the one whom I appears to have had a notion that Johnson liked best was Mr. Burke, perhaps because visited a man-of-war off' Plymouth, and that he condescended to notice me.” Goldsmith, he was much disgusted by the bad language she says, was very good-natured ; his behav- he heard. But here we have the story in jour easy and natural, removed from vul- proper shape, from the daughter of the man garity no less than from affectation. “His whose ship the great moralist visited, and buffoonery was a sort of childish playful. very characteristic it is. It may be added,