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11 after he became a widower, that he and the tea-kettle together, which we wished to marry her. This, however, should infallibly do, if it held as much as she always denied, and was fully convinced Solomon's molten sea. After breakfast, that he felt for her nothing more than every one follows their separate employfriendship and esteem. The same was ments, and my first care is, to water the reported of Dr. Hayter, Bishop of Nor- pinks and roses which are stuck about wich, and afterwards of London. Once in twenty different parts of the room ; indeed, when the two bishops and Mrs. when this task is finished, I sit down to Carter were together, Dr. Secker jocu. an old spinnet, which in its best state Jarly alluded to the subject, and said, may have cost about £15, with as much “ Brother Hayter, the world says one of importance as if I knew how to play, us two is to marry Madam Carter," by After having deafened myself for about which name he was accustomed to address half an hour, with all manner of noises, I her; "now, I have no such intention, and proceed to some other employment, for therefore resign her to you.” Dr. H., about the same time, for longer I seldom with more gallantry replied, “ that the apply to anything: and thus between world did him great honour by the report, reading, writing, working, twirling the and that he would not pay his Grace the globes, and running up and down stairs, same compliment."

to see where every body is, and how they Her mode of life is thus humorously do, which furnishes me with little interdescribed in a letter to Miss Talbot, vals of talk, I seldom want entertainment. written in 1749. After mentioning her Of an afternoon I sometimes go out, not plan for being called early, she says : so often however as in civility I ought to “And now I am up, you will perhaps do; for it is always some mortification to inquire to what purpose. I set down to me not to drink tea at home. About my lessons as regularly as a school boy, eigát, I visit a very agreeable family, where and lay in a stock of learning to make a I have spent every evening these fourfigure with at breakfast; but for this I teen years. I always return precisely at am not yet ready. My general practice ten, beyond which hour I do not desire to is, about six, to walk, sometimes alone, see the face of any living wight, and thus and at others with a female companion, I finish my day, and this tedious descripwhom I call on in my way, and drag oul tion of it, that you have so unfortunately half asleep Many are the exercises of drawn upou yourself! patience she meets with in our peregri Mrs. Carter's great work, the translation nations; sometimes half roasted with the of Epictetus, with a preliminary discourse full glare of suvshine on an open con- and excellent notes, was completed in mon; then dragged through a thread- 1758: she occasionally contributed to paper path, in the middle of a corn field; the Rambler, and in 1761 published a and bathed up to the ears in dew; and at volume of poems, many of wbich are elethe end of it, perhaps, forced to scrateh gant. Those habits of application and her way through the bushes of a close correctness she had acquired in the pur. shady lane, never before frequented by suit of knowledge, she successfully apany animal but birds. In short, at the plied to the current purposes of life ; to conclusion of our walk, we make such the latest period of existence she retained deplorably draggled figures, that I wouder her aptitude for study, and even persome prudent country justice does not severed in the laudable habit of yielding take us up for vagrants, and cramp our a portion of every day to classical literarambling genius in the stocks. When I ture. Nor did she ever cease to cherish bave made myself fit to appear among that spirit of independence, that taught human creatures, we go to breakfast, her to value the privileges of home; and are, as you imagined, extremely in her anuual visits to the metropolis, she chatty; and this, and tea in the after resisted every solicitation to domesticate noon, are the most delightful parts of in the houses of the great, constantly the day. Our family is now reduced to returning to her own lodging in Berkeley my eldest sister, and a little boy, who is Street, where she could enjoy the privivery amusing at other times, but over ledes of her own fire-side. The purity our tea every body is so eager to talk, of her charaeter, her moral worth, her that all his share is, to stare and eat benevolence and dignity, are justly valued. prodigiously. We have a great variety Mrs. Carter lived to a great age, and died of topics, in which every body joins, till in London, Feb. 19, 1806. we get insensibly upon books, and whenever we go beyond French and Latin, my sister and the rest walk off, and leave my father and me to finish the discourse,

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ACCOUNT OF A ST. ELM'S FIRE the Muses from his childhood upuards," SEEN IN POLAND.

and threatens to withdraw bis sweet effuCAPTAIN Bourdet gives an account of sions, and much sweeter self, from our ne an electrical appearance he observed in tice. We thank him for this favour ; ankl, Poland, in the month of December, 1806. as we hate to remain under obligations, The winter was remarkably mild, no snow we faithfully promise to give his little had fallen, but storms were frequent. One volume-when it appears,-a puff es evening about nine o'clock, after a vio- traordinary, and so " raise the wind," lent gust of wind, the night became so to waft this precocious youth's producdark that riders could no longer see even tions to the very summit of Mount Parthe head of their horses, and so violent a nassus! But hefore we fiuish with his storm arose that the horses were forced to “works," and himself, the sweet " Leanbalt; but their ears became speedily lumi- der," who is, as the poet saith, nous at the tops, as also all the loug hair of

The young ! the beautiful ! the brave! the body, with the exception of that of the The only liope of Sestus' daughter ! mane and tail. All the metallic ends of the harness became luminous, as if they were covered with a swarm of luminous

Who would not see, and could not bear, worms. The whiskers of M. Bourdet,

Or sign or sound foreboding fear! and that of the other capponeers, also şhone ; but neither the eyebrows nor hair we caution him to stick a little more to became luminous. This appearance con,

that old-fashioned, but useful oruament tinued as long as the gust of wind; that boast of being able to increase the sale.

to a man,-truth:--for wedo niul credit his is, about three or foui minutes

As soon as the wind ceased, the luminous

of this Publication or any other; and our

appear. ances vanished, and a violent shower of two contemporaries, to whom he so familirain fell.

arly and confidently alludes, we feelassured

will treat his intended communications FALL OF METEORIC STONES. with the contempt they deserve : for our Many meteoric stones fell in the vicinity owa part, we assert that neither ourselves,, of Arenazzo, a village in the Papal domi. or the Publisher, 'will ever suffer the nions, in the month of March. The PORTFOLIO to be made the vehicle of any largest stone weigbed 121b. Before the nonsense like Leander's. We bave now fall, loud thunder was heard. The large done with this ridiculous Correspondent, aerolite, weighing 12lb.,. was carried to and, begging he will never again trouble ologua, where it is preserved in the uswith his poetical-prose, or prosical-posObservatory.

try, we bid him, his fair“Mariamne," and

sweet " Margaret," a long, and, as we TO CORRESPONDENTS.

hope, last adieu ! We cannot insert the lines to “ Anna," 7. N. will find a note 'left for him E. S. C**'y, must be aware they were with our Publisher. sent to us as original, and we are not Mr. A. Sinclair's "Moonlight Effu accustomed to deceive our readers, for sions" will not suit our pages. the gratification of any Correspondent. Any communications of Alpha we will Whatever the motive of E. S. C***y may gladly peruse ; although we do not pro, be to pass off his stanzas as original, he mise to insert the same. We shall will not find the PORTFOLIO subservient avail ourselves of his advice, wbeu me to bis purposes. The “ Legend of need it. Lough-Morn" appears in our present Li's poetry shall be inserted. Number ; for that production we thank We thank the author of the “ Don and bim, and hope for more of the same Dee" for his elegant litlte piece: we description. He must pardon our plain. hope he will endeavour to favour us ness and apparent want of politeness, with more of the same description. but we have a duty we owe to the public Love," by Mary Mortimer, is. inadto perform ; and, when called on to exert missible. it, we must not spare even our friends. The same

answer will suffice for We have to apologise to our Corres. Marmaduke, L. L. L., and Sebastiano. pondents, for the insertion of an “ Acros We regret our inability to gratify the tic to Margaret, in a former Number: the wishes of many kind correspondents, appearance of which was owing to a mis- who weekly inflict a severe punishment take; its' amiable and romantic author, on our patience by the perusal of their « Leander" (a ci-devant relation of the nonsense. This bint is applicable parHellespont Youth, we suppose), has writ. ticularly to M. D.-I., A. Z. T., and the ten a long letter to us, about his courting above-named fair Mary Mortimer.

LONDON:-WILLIAM CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, Paternoster Row, and may be had of all Booksellers and Newsmen,

SEARS Printer, 45, Gutter Lane, Cheapside.]

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The Portfolio,

Comprising
I. THE FLOWERS OF LITERATURE. II. THE SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES.

III. THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART.
IV. THE ESSENCE OF ANECDOTE AND WIT. V. THE DOMESTIC GUIDE.

VI. THE MECHANICS' ORACLE.

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No. XCII. [ORIB]

LONDON, SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 1824.
DOVER CASTLE.

BY MOONLIGHT.

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Contents.
Dover Castle.

113 The Tomb of the Tradescants.
To Greece

114 Honours, Titles, and Nobility
Sketches at a Watering Place..

113 The Touchy Lady..
! On the Sociability
of the Brute Creation: 116

Antiquity of our Popular Diversions.
Poetry - Love

ib.

The Dervise ...
The Parricide

ib. Witty Replies
A City Feast ..

117 Bach Bust of Goethe.

119

The Painter and the Painted..
Gilbert! Gilbert !

120

Definitions of a Beautiful Woman..
Poetry.-Law....

ib. Shawl Goats ...
From the Italiau of Ariosto...... ib. Artificial Chaly beate Water.

121 122 124 126 ib. 127 ib. ib. ib. 128 ib.

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The fowers of Literature, in its original structure and situation,

and its modern adaptation to the present

state of warfare, is, beyond all question, DOVER CASTLE.

the most remarkable existing building of

its class, in its vast military strength and Of the fortified places denominated accommodations, its uncontrolable comCASTLES, remaining in this country from mand over the landing places, roads, a remote date, Dover Castle is, if not and surrounding country, and its pictuthe most extraordinary and important resque and beautiful appearance,

VOL. IV.

Our English castles appear of no gene- pectation of hostile descents from the rally chosen figure, except such as were enemy. founded by the Romans, who preferred Our visit to this imposing and formithat of an oblong square, unless in cases dable fortress was in 1805, at the time where there were special reasons to the when it was in fresh possession of its contrary. Small castles consisted of a newly acquired vigour, and, with a garsingle court, or ward, whose sides were risou' of 6,000 British troops, at once usually Aanked by lowers. The great defied a landing within range of its bathall, chapel, and domestic apartments, teries, and practically forbade any adbuilt from the outer wall into the court, vance into the heart of the country from occupied one or more sides. The citadel, a landing on any distant point. The called also the keep and dungeon, was a whole extent of beach, of water, and of tower of eminent strength, wherein the ground, within range, was rendered ungarrison made their last stand, and where tenable to an enemy's force; the roads prisoners were sometimes confined : the completely commanded, and, to provide citadel was often detached from the walls, against the probability of sudden and and built on an artificial mound, encircled desperate occupation, they were mined, with a ditch. The barracks for the sols and might, at any moment, be blown diers in garrison were generally a range into the air! with the precision of the of buildings near the gate-bouse, or prin- proceedings of a regular defence in siege. cipal entrance. The latter building con The troops occupied in the internal detained apartments for the officers of the fence of the castle, were provided with castle, and the portal was furnished with bomb-proof barracks, at a considerable one, two, or three port cullisses. A wet depth in the solid rock, to which the light or dry moat surrounded the whole, and of day was admitted by immense funnels advanced before the draw bridge which or inverted cones of masonry; and the crossed it; there was often an out work greater part of the guns appropriated to called a barbican. Large castles were the defence of the place, so coutrived, only a repetition of these courts, upon as to work under cover, and so as not to somewhat of a larger scale, connected expose the men who worked them. with each other. In fortresses of the Our cut is made from an original first class, an extensive embattled wall drawing of the castle, from the summit sometimes encircled the mass of fortif- of the ever-famous Shakspeare-Cliff; cation already described, at some dis- with the immortal poet's description of tance, enclosing a considerable tract of wbich we conclude our sketch: ground. Castle walls appear in some

" How fearful instances built of solid masonry, but And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low! their general construction is of what is 'The craws and choughs, that wing the midway understood by grout work. For this pur. Though scarce so big as beetles; half way pose, two slight walls were built parallel down to each other, from six to twelve feet Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful asunder : the internal was then titted up with. loose stones and rubbish, and the Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring

The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, whole cemented together, with a great quantity of Auid (according to some

Seems lessened to her cock; ber cock, a authors, boiling) nurtar : the mass soon

buoy,

Almost too small for sight; the murmuring acquired a sufficient firmness, and in the pressnt day such constructions pre. Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more ; sent the solidity and adhesion of the solid

Lest my brain turu, and the disorder make me

Tumble down beadlong." rock. Of this description are many of the

TO GREECE. walls and foundations of Dover Castle ; and to this have been added, from age

(From the New Monthly Mag.) to age, such superstructure as bas been The maids who wreathed the laurel crowns for

those suited to the advancements of military Who fought at Marathon, did vever twine skill and architectural knowledge. The Garlands, O Greece! for nobler sons of thine greatest improvements it has perhaps Than these-the champions of thy tears and altogether received, and the most impor. Nor history in her ample volume shows (siga tant alterations, involving, indeed, its More glorious tales-since fame did first couvery character and its application to the To her the pen of Time, and task divine purposes of defence) were made during Down to oblivion each illustrious name the first or revolutionary war with France, And fair achievement—than her present page between the years 1794 and 1800, but Shall now disclose, when she shall proudly waite principally between 1798 and 1802, lo deathless characters the deeds of fame when our coasts were held in hously ex

OI Grecian heroes, who on this dark age
Have cast the brighlacss of inmortal light.

trade !

bark

surge

SKETCHES AT A WATERING PLACE.

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SKETCHES AT A WATERING neck, only in too great profusion,---and PLACE.

her lovely mouth! but I fear, from the way in which she displays her white teeth, that she has been told too often what a pretty girl she is.

There are Original.

many of whom I long to know who and

what they are, but I must trust to time No. I.---THE ARRIVAL.

or chance to make the discovery, for the

signal is given for the ladies to retire, and How comfortless is the day of arrival we must follow in the train. But see us at a watering place! At least such was now assembled in the drawing-room; the case with our arrival at After coffee concluded, what are to be the a fatiguing ride, we found the letter amusements of the evening? No dancing bespeaking rooms, &c. had been mis- lo-night? Well, the ladies are making a directed, and after complaints and ex. snug working party, and the gentlemen cuses had mutually passed between must form a rubber. Let us accept the the lavdlord and our party, the end was, ladies' invitation to join their table, and that we were obliged to be contented suppose I draw a sketch of the gentlewith rooms out of the hotel for a few man who is paying so many compliments days.

to Miss B. (who seems to receive thein enAnd now came the miseries of un- tirely as a matter of course,) though by the packing in a hurry, the things you most bye, it was not till after a month's acwant being always most difficult to find, quaintance that I found the proper and we, the ladies of the party, being of colours with which to paint his characier. course anxious to appear to the best Dr.

is a physician who has advantage, on our first introduction, travelled much, and who, possessing a were sadly discomfited at having our good knowledge of languages, introduces hair en dishabille, and curling-irons were them, necessary or not, into all bis con. not to be procured.

versation. He is one of our presidents, In the midst of the operation of and does not abate one jot of the dressing, the second dinner-bell rang, houjours of his office. Yet in spite of and we hurried to the hotel, in time to his display he is a pleasant man, and find the soup ended, the fish cold, and to endeavours, to make himself agreeable, receive the accustomed stare from np. which is what I cannot say of all. He is wards of ninety people.

a widower, looking out for a second wife, But now the first few awkward and though above forty, pays bis court, minutes are over, suppose we summon and his compliments, to every young courage to look round, and take a survey lady under eight and twenty, provided of the company:

she is not, as he says, "intolerably How often on the first glance, or from the plain.” The two ladies sitting apart, first few words, we decidewhomwe shall,and are the Hon. Mrs. R. and her whom we shall not like : thus a few civil daughter,—she never forgets that she is attentions from our opposite neighbour, the honourable, and looks down on us have decided that he is “ a very pleasant untitled souls with suitable contempt; man :” while an attack that I received and her daughter, on the strength of her from the opera-glass of S, who with fortune, for she is an heiress, awes all his gay sisters, was seated near the top who attempt to approach her into proper of our table, has set bim down for quite distance-no, nothing less than a title the contrary.

will ever obtain Miss R.'s hand. From the frequent repetitions of How delightful it is to turn from these "major this," and " captain that,” with over-acted airs of gentility, to a true, occasionally a---" general, may I have the perfect lady, such as Mrs. A who, bonour of taking wine with you :" one with her two dauglitets and son, form a would imagine we had a whole regiment true specimen of elegaut manners. at table with us. I wonder who the gay

Plain in her dress, almost as a lady in the pearl coronet is, she ought quakeress, she affects no style, makes no to be a countess at least from her ap- pretensions ; yet she is one, whom you parel.---And who is the sedate-looking soon perceive to be a lady in the fullest man near her? he looks as though ill. sense of the word. health bad been his companion lately, But we travellers must retire--this and I think his complexion hints of India gay scene is almost too great a change ..and who?---but see this lovely romping from our still, country life, and we girl running in---what beautiful cluster- must try to sketch again to-morrow. ing curls hang over her Edrehead and

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