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litical;

Richard is the cleverest young man dear father so happy and so much adin England next to Mr Brougham; mired would alone compensate for a that she had rather read George's poe- world of care. It is impossible to be try than any thing else that is not po- more popular than he is here. His

and if Fanny would but study talents as a man of business make him the “ Bill of Rights,” she would not useful and respected-his knowledge have a fault in the world. I was go- of general literature, and his long ining to give you some description of tercourse with the world, gain him this dear daughter of mine, but I the attention and admiration of the must defer it till the next time I have more refined and intellectual part of the pleasure of writing to you ; how- our society-while the urbanity of his ever, as I see upon the table a letter manners, united to the simple-heartshe has been writing to her brother edness and winning smile of the De Richard, she shall introduce herself Coverleys, ensure him the regard, I to your acquaintance by transcribing might almost say affection, of young part of it, while I, in the meantime, and old. Mamma, too, is now persubscribe myself, Mr Editor, your fectly contented, and I can scarcely obedient servant,

believe she has not lived here from JOHN DE COVERLEY. her birth. She seems to be generally

liked ; and, though I have heard no Miss De Coverley to R. De Coverley, i have of her turban-and, as you and

positive admiration expressed of her, Esq.

I have often agreed, it is impossible No, my dear brother--no, your are for turban and woman to be inore aguments are powerful, your advice like. I last night overheard one lady edifying, your eloquence persuasive, whispering to another," That is a but never can I cease to sigh for the

very pretty turban of Mrs De Coverdelights of dear London; still must ley's; but, if I did not see it exactly its enlivening amusements, its en in the same situation night after night, chanting novelties, be,“ like the me- I should certainly think it was dropmory of joys that are past, pleasant, ping off. I am sure no other person yet mournful to my soul.” The very could preserve its balance as she does being betrayed into so hackney'd -only see how that little feather on a quotation speaks volumes against the left side trembles as she stirs her this land of exile, where nothing is tea!”-Cannot you see Mamma? and heard till it is too old to be worth cannot you see her equally composed hearing, and nothing seen, till, in the if her turban (which certainly is like world of fashion, it is become a mere one of the rocking stones we saw last memento that such things have been. year) were actually to drop off? And Oh for the whispered hint of a poem now you will say, What notice have in the press ! Oh for the pleasure of you, direct or indirect, of your own reading it before its novelty (perhaps popularity ? My answer is, that the its chief recommendation) has evapo- men, of course, admire me-with rated! Oh for the operas and the pa- them I consider myself an absolute noramas! And though last, not least monarch, and I should be excessively in my lamentations, Oh for the Modes astonished if they disputed my title'; de Paris, those bewitching creatures but the ladies I find rather inore difof a day which are born and die, ficult to manage, and I think, upon while we in these distant regions re the whole, they treat me very much main alike ignorant of either event. as their papas and brothers do their

How you will laugh at this burst of representatives in Parliament. So woe! and how, my dearest brother, long as I conciliate them, and bear would my woes vanish, could I have my honours meekly, they are willing the pleasure of seeing you laugh, even to place me in a much higher rank at my expence! for, after all, the be- than actually belongs to me. I dance ing separated from you is my only like a nymph, sing like an angel, and heartfelt source of regret, the rest is dress like a Parisian ; but, if I allowbut on the surface; and you know ed myself in the slightest airs, or ata me too well not to be assured I can tempted to take as my right the place find some agreeables even to console they confer as a favour, I should sink me for the loss of the metropolis and at once, and my fall would be in proall its enchantments. The sceing my portion to my elevation. I have,

however, hitherto been too prudent to to attend ; and in this manner from thirty dare such a fall, and, in the language to forty persons usually assembled. After of the thousand and one addresses I this had continued some time, she happenhave lately heard, I may still hope to ed to find an account of the Danish mispreserve the proud pre-eminence in sionaries in her husband's study, and was

much impressed by the perusal. The book which my constituents have placed me. Seriously, though we have some chose the best and most awakening ser

strengthened her desire of doing good: she country-town misses in all their mons,' and spake with more freedom, more flounced varieties, we have others warmth, more affection, to the neighbours from whom you and Mr Trevor, when who attended at her evening prayers ;you pay us your promised visit, will their numbers increased in consequence, have difficulty in guarding your for she did not think it right to deny any hearts; and, though we have coun- who asked admittance. More persons came try-town dandies in their stiffest of at length than the apartment could hold; collars, we have others in whom I sus and the thing was represented to her hus. pect you would gladly find less for- band in such a manner, that he wrote to midable rivals. I have much to tell her, objecting to her conduct, because, he

said, it looked particular,' because of her you of some of my new acquaintance, sex, and because he was at that time in a whom I trust I may one of these days public station and character, which rendercall friends-much of our routs, and ed it the more necessary that she should balls, and book societies ; but I must do nothing to attract censure ; and he renow bid adieu to my pen, and to you, commended that some other person should my dearest brother."

read for her. She began her reply by Your's affectionately, heartily thanking him for dealing so plain. FANNY DE COVERLEY. ly and faithfully with her in a matter of

no common concern. As to its looking My aunt Eleanor congratulates you particular," she said, " ! grant it does, and op winning five guineas, and refuses so does almost every thing that is serious, to believe you would more gladly have or that may any way advance the glory of lost them.

God, or the salvation of souls, if it be per. formed out of a pulpit or in the way of

common conversation ; because, in our EXTRACTS FROM SOUTHEY's Lire of corrupt age, the utmost care and diligence

has been used to banish all discourse of God, or spiritual concerns, out of society,

as if religion were never to appear out of We gave some extracts * from the beginning of this curious book, relate the closet, and we were to be ashamed of

nothing so much as of confessing ourselves ing to certain circumstances of a seem to be Christians. To the objection on acingly supernatural kind, which may count of her sex she answered, that, as she have influenced the imagination of was a woman, so was she also mistress of Wesley in his opening years, and we a large family; and, though the superior proceed now to a few more particu- charge lay upon him as their head and lars of his early life.

minister, yet, in his absence, she could not “ Mr Wesley (the father) usually at- under her care as a talent committed to her

but look upon every soul which he had left tended the sittings of convocation : such under a trust by the great Lord of all the attendance, according to his principles, was families of heaven and earth. “If,' she a part of his duty, and he performed it at added, “I am unfaithful to Him or to you, an expence of money which he could ill in neglecting to improve these talents, how spare from the necessities of so large a sa- shall I answer unto Him, when he shall mily, and at a cost of time which was in command me to render an account of my jurious to his parish. During these ab- stewardship? The objections which arose sences, as there was no afternoon service at from his own station and character she left Epworth, Mrs Wesley prayed with her own entirely to his own judgment. Why any family on Sunday evenings, read a sermon, person should reflect upon him, because and engaged afterwards in religious con- his wife endeavoured to draw people to versation. Some of the parishioners who church, and restrain them, by reading and came in accidentally were not excluded : other persuasions, from profaning the Saband she did not think it proper that their bath, she could not conceive ; and, if any presence should interrupt the duty of the hour. Induced by the report which these would not regard it. • For my own part,'

were mad enough to do so, she hoped he persons made, others requested permission she says, " I value no censure on this ac

count. I have long since shook hands with * See Number for May 1820. the world ; and I heartily wish I had ne.

WESLEY,

vet given them more reason to speak ko and the hopes of Christianity, and it may gainst me! As to the proposal of letting well be believed that these circumstances some other person read for her, she thought of their childhood had no inconsiderable her husband had not considered what a influence upon their proceedings when they people they were ; not a man among them became the founders and directors of a new could read a sermon without spelling a community of Christians. John's provigood part of it, and how would that edily dential deliverance from the fire had prothe rest ? And none of her own family had foundly impressed his mother, as it dia voices strong enough to be heard by so himself

, throughout the whole of his after many.

life. Among the private meditations which " While Mrs Wesley thus vindicated were found among her papers, was one herself in a manner which she thought written out long after that event, in which must prove convincing to her husband, as she expressed in prayer het intention to be well as to her own calm judgment, the cil. more particularly careful of the soul of this rate of Epworth (a man who seems to have child, which God had so mercifully providbeen entifled to very little respect) wrote to ed for, that she might instil into him the Mr Wesley in a very different strain, com. principles of true religion and virtue ; plaining that a conventicle was held in his • Lord,' she said, "give me grace to do it house. The name was well chosen to alarm sincerely and prudently, and bless my ata so high a churchman; and his second let- tempts with good success.' The peculiar ter declared a decided disapprobation of care which was thus taken of his religious these meetings, to which he had made no education, the habitual and fervent piety serious objections before. She did not re- of both his parents, and his own surprising ply to this till some days had elapsed, for preservation, at an age when he was pershe deemed it necessary that both should fectly capable of remembering all the cir. take some time to consider before her hus. cumstances, combined to foster in the child band finally determined in a matter which that disposition which afterwards developed she felt to be of great importance. She itself with such force, and produced such expressed ber astonishment that any effect important effects. upon his opinions, much more any change Talents of no ordinary kind, as well in them, should be produced by the sense as a devotional temper, were hereditary in less clamour of two or three of the worst this remarkable family. Samuel, the elder in his parish; and she represented to him brother, who was eleven years older than the good which had been done, by induc- John, could not speak at all till he was ing a much more frequent and regular at more than four years old, and consequenttendance at church, and reforming the ge. ly was thought to be deficient in his facul. Deral habits of the people, and the evil ties; but it seems as if the child had been which would result from discontinuing laying up stores in secret till that time, for such meetings, especially by the prejudices one day when some question was proposed wbich it would excite against the curate, to another person concerning him, lie anin those persons who were sensible that swered it himself in a manner which astothey derived benefit from the religious op. nished all who heard him, and from that portunities, which would thus be taken a. hour he continued to speak without diffiway through his interference. After stat. culty. He distinguished himselt first at ing these things clearly and judiciously, she Westminster, and afterwards at Christ concluded thus, in reference to her own Church, Oxford, by his classical attainduty as a wife: If you do, after all, ments. From Christ Church he returned think fit to dissolve this assembiy, do not to Westminster as an usher, and then took tell me that you desire me to do it, for that orders, under the patronage of Atterbury. will not satisfy my conscience; but send But he regarded Atterbury more as a friend me your positive command, in such full than a patron, and, holding the same poliand express terms as may absolve me from tical opinions, he attracted the resentment guilt and punishment for neglecting this of the ministers, by assailing them with opportunity of doing good, when you and epigrams and satires.

On this account, I shall appear before the great and awful when the situation of under-master became tribunal of our Lord Jesus Christ.' vacant, and he was proposed as a man emi

“ Mr Wesley made no farther objec- nently qualified to fill it, by experience, tions; and, thoroughly respecting as he ability, and character, the appointment was did the principles and the understanding refused, upon the irrelevant objection that of his wife, he was perhaps ashamed that he was a married man. Charles was placed the representations of meaner minds should under him at Westminster, and, going have prejudiced him against her conduct. through the college in like manner, was

« John and Charles were at this time also elected to Christ Church. John was under their mother's care: she devoted educated at the Charter-house." such a proportion of time as she could af.

Vol. I. pp. 15–21. ford to discourse with each child by itself 6 John suffered at the Charter-house un, en one night of the week, upon the duties der the tyranny which the elder boys were

scene

permitted to exercise. This evil at one this kind more painful than the last; but time existed very generally in English Wesley seems never to have looked back schools, through the culpable negligence of with melancholy upon the days that were the masters ; and perhaps may still conti- gone; earthly regrets of this kind could nue to exist, though, if a system were de- find no room in one who was continually signed for cultivating the worst dispositions pressing onward to the goal. of humar, nature, it could not more effec “ At the age of seventeen he was retually answer the purpose. The boys of moved from the Charter-house to Christ the higher forms of the Charter-house were Church, Oxford.” Vol. I. pp. 27-29. then in the practice of taking their portion of meat from the younger ones, by the law of the strongest ; and during great part of EXTRACT FROM MR WORDSWORTH's the time that Wesley remained there, a LAST VOLUME.MEMOIR OF THE small daily portion of bread was his on. REVEREND ROBERT WALKER. ly food. Those theoretical physicians who recommend spare diet for the human ani. Our attention has been taken off mal, might appeal with triumph to the for a time from the Father of Methodlength of days which he attained, and the ism, by the following little Memoir elastic constitution which he enjoyed. He of a Clergyman in the notes to Mr himself imputed this blessing, in great Wordsworth’s Sonnets on the River measure, to the strict obedience with which Duddon. We will own the “ noisehe performed an injunction of his father's, less tenor” of the life which it pourthat he should run round the Charterhouse garden three times every morning. trays has something in our view much Here, for his quietness, regularity, and ap- more characteristic of genuine Christiplication, he became a favourite with the anity, than all the mighty doings either master, Dr Walker; and through life he of Wesley or Whitefield, though we by retained so great a predilection for the no means regard these with any feel. place, that, on his annual visit to London, ing approaching to worldly contempt. he made it a custom to walk through the Mr Southey, we think, appreciates

• of his boyhood. To most men them very justly, and with a true every year would render a pilgrimage of

sense,

both of their importance and

their extravagance; and we yet hope • " Good old Izaak Walton has preserved to give our readers some of the a beautiful speech of that excellent man Sir Henry Wotton, when, in his old age, work, although we have been paus

more interesting particulars in his he was returning from a visit to Winches. ing, we confess, a little too long at ter, where he had been educated. useful,” he said to a friend, his companion the threshold. It is from no disrein that journey, “how useful was that ad spect to Mr Wordsworth that we vice of a holy monk, who persuaded his have selected this note in preference friend to perform his customary devotions to the poetry of his volume. That in a contant place, because in that place will be bepraised or bespattered we usually meet with those very thoughts sufficiently, according to people's difwhich possessed us at our last being there. ferent notions, without any aid from And I find it thus far experimentally true, us; and although, no doubt, it is sathat my now being in that school, and see; turated with " unprosaic loveliness," ing that very place where I sate when I was a boy, occasioned me to remember yet a piece of plain prose is more level those very thoughts of my youth which to our vulgar capacities, and may be then possessed me: sweet thoughts, in more generally acceptable to our readdeed, that promised my growing years nu. inerous pleasures, without mixtures of “In the year 1709, Robert Walker was cares ; and those to be enjoyed when time born at Under-crag, in Seathwaite; he was (which I therefore thought slow-paced) had the youngest of twelve children. His eld. changed my youth into manhood : but est brother, who inherited the small family age and experience have taught me, that estate, died at Under-crag, aged ninetythose were but empty hopes : for I have four, being twenty-four years older than always found it true, as my Saviour did the subject of this Memoir, who was born foretell, sufficient for the day is the evil of the same mother. Robert was a sickly thereof.' Nevertheless, I saw there a suc- infant; and, through his boyhood and cession of boys using the same recreations, youth continuing to be of delicate frame and questionless possessed with the same and tender health, it was deemed best, acthoughts that then possessed mc. Thus cording to the country phrasc, to brecd him one generation succeeds another, both in a scholur ; for it was not likely that he their lives, recreations, hopes, fears, and would be able to earn a livelihood by bo. death.'”

dily labour. At that period few of these

ers.

Dales were furnished with school-houses; having heard a great deal of it related be. the children being taught to read and write fore. But I must confess myself astonishin the chapel; and in the same consecrat- ed with the alacrity and the good humour ed building, where he officiated for so many that appeared both in the clergyman and years both as preacher and schoolmaster, his wife, and more so, at the sense and inhe himself received the rudiments of his genuity of the clergyman himself.'” education. In his youth he became school.. master at Lowes-water ; not being called " Then follows a letter, from another upon, probably, in that situation, to teach person, dated 1755, from which an extract more than reading, writing, and arithme. shall be given. tic. But, by the assistance of a “ Gentle “ • By his frugality and good manageman" in the neighbourhood, he acquired, ment, he keeps the wolf from the door, as at leisure hours, a knowledge of the clas- we say; and if he advances a little in the sics, and became qualified for taking holy world, it is owing more to his own care, orders. Upon his ordination, he had the than to any thing else he has to rely upon. offer of two curacies; the one, Torver, in I don't find his inclination is running after the vale of Coniston,—the other, Seath- further preferment. He is settled among waite, in his native vale. The value of the people, that are happy among themeach was the same, viz. five pounds per selves ; and lives in the greatest unanimity annum : but the cure of Seathwaite having and friendship with them; and, I believe a cottage attached to it, as he wished to the minister and people are exceedingly marry, he chose it in preference. The satisfied with each other; and indeed how young person on whom his affections were should they be dissatisfied, when they have fixed, though in the condition of a domes- a person of so much worth and probity for tic servant, had given promise, by her se- their pastor ? A man, who, for his candour rious and mouest deportment, and by her and meekness, his sober, chaste, and vir. virtuous dispositions, that she was worthy tuous conversation, his soundness in prin. to become the help-mate of a man entering ciple and practice, is an ornament to his upon a plan of life such as he had marked profession, and an honour to the country out for himself. By her frugality she had he is in; and bear with me if I say, the stored up a small sum of money, with plainness of his dress, the sanctity of his which they began housekeeping. In 1735 inanners, the simplicity of his doctrine, or 1736, he entered upon his curacy; and, and the vehemence of his expression, have nineteen years afterwards, his situation is a sort of resemblance to the pure practice thus described, in some letters to be found of primitive Christianity.” in the Annual Register for 1760, from * We will now give his own account of which the following is extracted :

himself, to be found in the same place.

To Mr

« From the Rev. Robert IV alker. 666 Coniston, July 26, 1754. ««« SIR,-Yours of the 26th instant was 4. Sir,-I was the other day upon a communicated to me by Mr, and I party of pleasure, about five or six miles should have returned an immediate answer, from this place, where I met with a very but the hand of Providence then lying striking object, and of a nature not very heavy upon an amiable pledge of conjugal common. Going into a clergyman's house endearment, hath since taken from me a (of whom I had frequently heard) I found promising girl, which the disconsolate mohim sitting at the head of a long square ther too pensively laments the loss of; table, such as is commonly used in this though we have yet eight living, all healthcountry by the lower class of people, dres- ful, hopeful children, whose names and sed in a coarse blue frock, trimmed with ages are as follows: Zaccheus, aged almost black horn buttons; a checked shirt, a eighteen years ; Elizabeth, sixteen years leathern strap about his neck for a stock, a and ten months; Mary, fifteen ; Moses, coarse apron, and a pair of great wooden- thirteen years and three months ; Sarah, soled shoes, plated with iron to preserve ten years and three months ; Mabel, eight them, (what we call clogs in these parts,) years and three months; William Tyson, with a child upon his knee cating his three years and eight months; and Anne breakfast ; his wife, and the remainder of Esther, one year and three months : behis children, were some of them employed sides Anne who died two years and six in waiting on each other, the rest in teaz- months ago, and was then aged between ing and spinning wool, at which trade he nine and ten ; and Eleanor, who died the is a great proficient ; and moreover, when 23d inst., January, aged six years and ten it is made ready for sale, will lay it by six months. Zaccheus, the eldest child, is teen, or thirty-two pounds weight, upon 'now learning the trade of tariner, and has his back, and on foot, seven or eight miles two years and a half of his apprenticeship will carry it to the market, even in the to serve. The annual income of my chadepth of winter. I was not much sur- pel at present, as near as I can compute it, prised at all this, as you may possibly be, may amount to about L. 17, 10s. of which

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