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continued the little girl as one of the boldest | proud, and a little vain; fond of excitement, came close to her, and caught a crum which and not indifferent to personal distinction ; she was flinging to him before it reached the the whole population borne along by one ground, "see how saucy! O pretty, pretty laudable and powerful impulse, and yet each i Bobbies! I do love them so.
man preserving, in the midst of that great “We all like the poor confiding creatures leveller, military discipline, bis individual who pay us the compliment of trusting so peculiarities and blameless self-importance. entirely in our kindness and good faith, I be- It was a most amusing era ! lieve,” said Arthur, half laughing at her In large country towns, especially where eagerness; “ and after all, Edward,” added they mustered two or three different corps, he, as the two boys, bat in hand, marched off and the powerful stimulant of emulation was to cricket, after all, you must confess that superadded to the original martial fury, the : our method of taming robins is better than goings on of these Captain Pattypans furnishyours, and that one bird who comes to you at ed a standing comedy, particularly when aided liberty, of his own free will, is worth a dozen by the solemn etiquette and strong military kidnapped in the nest, luckless wretches, and spirit of their wives, who took precedence mewed up in a cage."
according to the rank of their husbands, from Edward confessed that his cousin was right, the colonel's lady down to the corporal's, and and never took a bird's nest again.
were as complete martialists, as proud of the services of their respective regiments, and as much impressed with the importance of fielddays and reviews, as if they had actually
mounted the cockade and handled the firelock EARLY RECOLLECTIONS. in their own proper persons. Foote's inimi
table farce was more than realized; and the THE GENERAL AND HIS LADY.
ridicules of that period have only escaped
being perpetuated in a new “ Mayor of GarALL persons of a certain standing in life, rat,” by the circumstance of the whole world, remember - for certainly nothing was ever dramatists and all, being involved in them. more unforgetable—the great scarlet fever of " The lunacy was so ordinary, that the whipEngland, when volunteering was the order of pers were in arms too." the day; when you could scarcely meet with That day is past.
Even the yeomanty a man who was not, under some denomination cavalry, that last lingering remnant of the or other, a soldier; when a civil topic could volunteer system, whom I have been accushardly find a listener; when little boys played tomed to see annually parade through the at reviewing, and young ladies learned the town of B., with my pleasant friend Captain sword exercise. It was a fine ebullition of M. at their head, - that respectable body of national feeling — of loyalty and of public which the band always appeared to me so spirit, and cannot be looked back to without much more numerous than the corps,—even respect; but, at the moment, the strange con- that respectable body is dissolved ; whilst trasts—the perpetual discrepancies—and the the latest rag of the infantry service — the comical self-importance which it produced and long-preserved uniform and cocked-hat of my exhibited, were infinitely diverting. I was a old acquaintance, Dr. R., whilome physician very little girl at the time; but even now I to the B. Association, figured last summer as cannot recollect without laughing, the appear- a scarecrow, stuffed with straw, and perched ance of a cornet of yeomanry cavalry, who on a gate, an old gun tucked under iis arm, might have played Falstaff without stuffing, to frighten the sparrows from his cherry-orand was obliged to complete his military de- chard? Except the real soldiers, and every corations by wearing (and how he contrived now and then some dozen of fox-hunters at a to keep up the slippery girdle, one can hardly hunt-ball, (whose usual dress-uniform, by the imagine) three silken sashes sewed into one way, scarlet over black, makes them look just To this day, too, I remember the chuckling like a flight of ladybirds,) excepting these gal. delight with which a worthy linen-draper of lant sportsmen, and the real bona fide ofiicers, my acquaintance heard himself addressed as one cannot now see a red coat for love or Captain, whilst measuring a yard of ribbon ; money. The glory of the volunteers is depretending to make light of the appellation, parted! but evidently as proud of his title as a newly In the mean time I owe to them one of the dubbed knight, or a peer of the last edition ; pleasantest recollections of my early life. and I never shall forget the astonishment with It was towards the beginning of the last which I beheld a field-officer, in his double war, when the novelty and freshness of the epaulettes, advance obsequiously to the car- volunteer spirit had somewhat subsided, and riage-door, to receive an order for five shillings the government was beginning to organize a worth of stationery ! The prevailing spirit more regular defensive force, under the name fell in exactly with the national character, of local militia, that our old friend Colonel loyal, patriotic, sturdy, and independent; very Sanford was appointed, with the rank of
brigadier general, to the command of the dis- had never seen any thing more nearly reserntrict in which we resided. Ever since I could bling a battle, than a sham fight at a review. recollect, I had known Colonel Sanford-in He paid us a visit, of course, when he came deed a little brother of mine, who died at the to be installed into his new office, and to take age of six months, had had the honour to be a house at B. his destined head-quarters; and his godson; and from my earliest remem- after the first hearty congratulations on his brance, the good Colonel-fie upon me to for- promotion, his old friend, a joker by profesget his brigadiership the good General had sion, began rallying him, as usual, on the nebeen set down by myself, as well as by the cessity of taking a wife; on which, instead of rest of the world, for a confirmed old bachelor. returning his customary grave negative, the His visits to our house had, indeed, been only General stammered, looked foolish, and, inoccasional, since he had been almost constant. credible as it may seem that a blush could be ly on active service, in different quarters of seen through such a complexion, actually the globe ; so that we had merely caught a blushed; and when left alone with bis host, sight of him as he passed from the East In- after dinner, in lieu of the much dreaded dies to the West, or in his still more rapid words “ When I was in Antigua !” seriously transit, from Gibraltar to Canada. For full a requested his advice on the subject of matridozen years, however, (and further the recol- mony: which that sage counsellor, certain lection of a young lady of sixteen could hardly that a marriage was settled, and not quite sure I be expected to extend,) he had seemed to be that it had not already taken place, immediatea gentleman very considerably on the wrong ly gave, in the most satisfactory manner; and side of fifty, -" or by'r Lady inclining to before the conversation was finished, was inthreescore," --and that will constitute an old vited to attend the wedding on the succeeding bachelor, in the eyes of any young lady in Thursday. Christendom.
The next time that we saw the General, he His appearance was not calculated to dimi- was accompanied by a lovely little girl, whom nish that impression. In his person, General he introduced as his wife, but who might Sanford was tall, thin, and erect; as stiff and readily have passed for his grand-daughter. I perpendicular as a ramrod! with a bald head, wanted a month of sixteen ; and I was then, 1 most exactly powdered ; a military queue ; a and am now, perfectly convinced, that Mrs. grave formal countenance; and a complexion, Sanford was my junior. The fair bride had partiy tanned and partly frozen, by frequent been a ward of the bridegroom's the orphan, exposure to the vicissitudes of different cli- and I believe, destitute daughter of a brother mates, into one universal and uniform tint of officer. He had placed her, many years back, reddish brown, or brownish red.
a respectable country boarding-school, His disposition was in good keeping with where she remained, until his new appointthis solemn exterior, - grave and saturnine. ment, and, as he was pleased to say, his He entered little into ladies' conversation, friends' suggestions induced him to resolve with whom, indeed, he seldom came much in upon matrimony, and look about for a wife, contact; and for whose intellect he was apt as a necessary appendage to his official situato profess a slight shade of contempt, - an tion. unhappy trick, to which your solemn wiseacre It is probable that his wife's exceeding is sometimes addicted. All men, I fear, en- beauty might have had something to do with tertain the opinion; but the clever ones dis- his resolution as well as with his choice. I creetly keep it to themselves. With other have never seen a lovelier creature. Her gentlemen he did hold grave converse, on figure was small, round, and girlish; full of politics, the weather, the state of the roads, grace and symmetry. Her face had a childthe news of the day, and other gentlemanly like purity and brilliancy of colouring; an topics; and when much at ease in his com- alternation of blush and smile, a sweetness pany, he would favour them with a few pros- and innocence of expression, such as might ing stories, civil and military. One in par- beseem a Hebe-only still more youthful than ticular was of formidable length. I have seen the goddess of youth. Her manners were a friend of his wince as he began, “ When I exactly those of a child come home for the was in Antigua." - For the rest, the good holidays, – shy and bashful, and shrinking General was an admirable person ; a gentle from strangers; playful and affectionate with man, by birth, education, and character; a those whom she loved, especially her husband, man of the highest honour, the firmest princi- who doated on her, and of whom she was very ples, and the purest benevolence. He was an fond,and showing, in the midst of her timidexcellent officer, also, of the old school ; one ity and childishness, considerable acuteness who had seen much service; was a rigid dis- and power of observation. ciplinarian, and somewhat of a martinet; Ai first she seemed, as well she might be, Just the man to bring the new levies into or- quite bewildered by the number of persons der, although not onlikely to look with cont who came to visit her. For, living in a large siderable scorn on the holiday soldiers, who town, and holding in right of her husband's
office, a station of no small importance in the a tuft of wild flowers ; now elimbing a polcountry, every person, of the slightest gentil- lard, to look for a bird's nest; now driving ity in the town and neighbourhood, the whole through the lanes in a donkey-chaise; now visiting population of these, in general, very galloping across the common on a pony; now distinct and separate societies, thought proper feeding the chickens; now weeding the gravel to wait upon Mrs. Sanford. Mrs. Sanford walks ; now making hay; and now reaping. was the fashion of B., and of B. shire. “Not These were her delights! All her pleasures to know her, argued yourself unknown." All were equally childish: she cherished abunthe town and all the county called, and all the dance of pets, such as school-girls love; kept town invited her to tea, and all the county silk-worms, dormice, and canary birds ; a requested her company to dinner; and she, parrot, a squirrel, and a monkey, three lappuzzled, perplexed, and amazed, hardly know- dogs, and a Persian cat; enjoyed a fair, and ing by sight one individual of her innumerable was enchanted with a pantomime; always acquaintance; unable to distinguish between supposing that her party did not consist of one person and another; often forgetting titles; fine people or of strangers, but was composed never remembering names; and ignorant as of those to whom she was acrustomed, and an infant of artificial distinctions, made twenty who were as well disposed to merriment and blunders in an hour; and kept the poor Gene- good-humour as herself. ral, as punctilious an observer of the duties With regard to accomplishments, she knew i of society as of the duties of the service, in a what was commonly taught in a country perpetual state of fidget and alarm. Her mis- school above twenty years ago, and nothing takes were past all count,—she mislaid invita- more : played a liule, sang a little, talked a tions; forgot engagements ; mismatched her little indifferent French; painted shells and company; gave the mayor of B. the precedence roses, not particularly like nature, on cardof the county member; and hath been heard racks and hand-screens; danced admirably; to ask an old bachelor after his wife, and an and was the best player at battledoor and old maid after her children. There was no shuttlecock, hunt-the-slipper and blind-man'send to Mrs. Sanford's blunders. The old buff, in the county. Nothing could exceed Brigade-Major, a veteran of the General's the glee with which, in any family where she own standing, lame of a leg, and with a pro- was intimate, she would join the children in digious scar across his forehead, was kept on a game of romps, herself the gayest and hapthe constant stump with explanatory messages piest child of the party. and conciliatory embassies, – and declared, For cards she had no genius. Even the that he underwent much harder duty in that noise and nonsense of a round-table could not service, than ever he had performed in his reconcile her to those bits of painted pasteofficial capacity of drilling the awkward squad. board; this was unlucky: it is true that the The General, not content with dispatching his General, who played a good rubber, and lookaide-de-camp, exhausted himself in elaborate ed upon it, next to a review or a battle, as the apologies; but embassies, apologies and ex- most serious business of life, and who had, planations were all unnecessary. Nobody moreover, a settled opinion that no woman could be angry with Mrs. Sanford. There had intellect enough to master the game, was no resisting the charm of her blushing would hardly have wished to have been her youthfulness; her pleading voice; her ready partner at the whist-table; but he also loved confession of error, and her evident sorrow a snug party at piquet, just to keep him awake for all her little sins, whether of ignorance or after dinner, and would have liked exceedingly heedlessness; no withstanding her sweetness that Mrs. Sanford should have known enough and simplicity. Even offended self-love, the of the rules to become a decent antagonist. hardest to appease of all the passions, yielded He was not unreasonable in his expectations, to the artlessness of Mrs. Sanford.
he did not desire that she should play well She, on her part, liked nothing so well as enough to win. He only wanted her to unto steal away from her troublesome popularity, derstand sufficient of the game to lose in a her visiters, and her fine clothes, to the ease creditable manner. But it would not do: she and freedom of the country ; to put on a was unconquerably stupid ; never dealt the white frock and straw-bonnet, and run about right number of cards; never showed her the woods and fields with some young female point; was ignorant even of the common friend, primrosing or bird's-nesting, according terms of the art; did not know a quart from to the season. I was her usual companion in a quint, or a pique from a repique ; could not these rambles, and enjoyed them, perhaps, as tell when she was capotted. There was no much as she did: but in a far quieter way. comfort in beating her; so the poor General Her animal spirits seemed inexhaustible; I was fain to accept his old Brigade-Major as a never knew her weary; and strong, agile, substitute, who gave him three points and and entirely devoid of bodily fear, the thought beat him. of danger never seemed to come across her. In other respects, she was an excellent How she enjoyed spending a long day at our wife; gentle, affectionate, and sweet-tempered. house! now bounding over a ditch, to gather She accommodated herself admirably to all
the General's ways; listened to his admoni Since his death — for she has been long a tions with deference, and to his stories with widow-Lady Sanford-have I not said that attention — the formidable one, beginning, the good General became Sir Thomas before “ when I was in Antigua,” not excepted ; his decease!- has lived mostly on the conti. was kind to the old Brigade-Major; and when nent: indulging, but always with the highest he, a confirmed old bachelor, joined his patron reputation, her strong taste for what is gayest in certain dissertations on the natural inferior- in artificial life and grandest in natural sceneity of the sex, heard them patiently, and if ry. I have heard of her sometimes amongst she smiled, took good care they should not the brilliant crowds of the Roman carnival, find her ont.
sometimes amidst the wildest recesses of the To be sure, her carelessness did occasion- Pyrenees; now looking down the crater of ally get her husband into a scrape. Once, Vesuvius; now waltzing at a court ball at Vi. for instance, he, being inspecting certain corps She has made a trip to Athens, and twenty miles off, she undertook to bring his has talked of attempting the ascent of Mont dress clothes, for the purpose of attending a Blanc! At present she is in England; for a ball given in his honour, and forgot his new friend of mine saw her the other day at the inexpressibles, thereby putting the poor Gen- Cowes regatta, full of life and glee, almost as eral to the trouble and expense of sending an pretty as ever, and quite as delightful. Of express after the missing garment, and keep course, being also a well-dowered and childing him a close prisoner till midnight, in ex- less widow, she has had lovers by the hunpectation of the return of his messenger. dred, and offers by the score; but she always Another time, he being in London, and the says that she has made up her mind not to trusty Major also absent, she was commission marry again, and I have no doubt of her keeped to inform him of the day fixed for a granding her resolution. She loves her liberty too review ; sate down for the purpose ; wrote a dearly to part with the blessing; and well as long letter full of chit-chat--and he could not she got on with Sir Thomas, I think she has abide long letters; never mentioned military had enough of matrimony. Besides, she has affairs; and being reminded of her omission, now reached a sedate age, and there would be crammed the important intelligence into a a want of discretion, which hitherto she never crossed. postscript under the seal, which the has wanted, in venturing General, with his best spectacles, could not “What was that you said, ma'am ? The have deciphered in a month! so that the un- newspaper! Have I read the newspaper ? lucky commander never made his appearance People will always talk to me when I am on the ground, and but for a forty years' re- writing !-Have I read to-day's paper? No; putation for exactness and punctuality, which what do you wish me to look at? This comade any excuse look like truth, would have lumn: Police reports - new publications fallen into sad disgrace at head-quarters.
births ?-oh, the marriages ! Yesterday, at In process of time, however, even these Bow Church, Mr. Smith to Miss Brown.' little errors ceased. She grew tall, and her Not that? Oh! the next!— On Friday last, mind developed itself with her person ; still at Cheltenham, by the Venerable the Archlively, ardent and mercurial in her tempera- deacon P, Dennis O'Brien, Esq., of the ment, with an untiring spirit of life and mo- —th regiment.'—But what do I care for Dention, and a passionate love of novelty and nis O'Brien, Esq.?. What's Hecuba to me, gaiety, her playfulness ripened into intelli- or 1 to Hecuba ?' -I never heard of the gengence, her curiosity became rational, and her tleman before in my days. On! it's the lady; delight in the country deepened into an intense • Dennis O'Brien, Esq. to Lady Sanford': feeling of the beauties of nature. Thrown Angels and ministers of grace defend us! amidst a large and varying circle, she became, here is a surprise to Lady Sanford!! Ay, in every laudable sense of the phrase, a per- my eyes did not deceive me, it's no mistake; fect woman of the world. Before a change relict of the late Major-General Sir Thomas in the volunteer system, and a well-merited Sanford, K. C. B.' And so much for a wipromotion took the General from B., she had dow's resolution! and a gay widow's too! I learned to manage her town visits and her would not have answered for one of the decountry visits, to arrange soirées and dinner mure. A General's widow at the ripe age of parties, to give balls, and to plan picnics, forty (oh, age of indiscretion !) married to an and was the life and charm of the neighbour- ensign in a marching regiment; young enough hood. I would not even be sure that she to be her*son, I warrant me; and as poor as a had not learned piquet ; for lovely as she church mquse! If her old husband could but was, and many as there were to tell her know what was going forward, he would that she was lovely, her husband was always chuckle in his grave, at so notable a proof of her first object; and her whole conduct seem the weakness of the sex-so irresistible a coned guided by the spirit of that beautiful line firmation of his theory. Lady Sanford marin the most beautiful of ballads :
ried again! Who, after this, shall put faith For auld' Robin Gray's been a gude man to me. in woman? Lady Sanford married again!
land. As proud, perhaps, of his blunt speech GOING TO THE RACES. and homely ways as some of his brother farm
ers of their superior refinement and gentility. A MEMORABLE day was the third of last Nothing could exceed the scorn with which June to Mary and Henrietta Coxe, the young Robert Hewitt, in his market-cart, drawn by daughters of Simon Coxe the carpenter of his good horse Dobbin, would look down on Aberleigh, for it was the first day of Ascot one neighbour on his hunter, and another in Races, and the first time of their going to that his gig. To the full as proud as any of them celebrated union of sport and fashion. There was Robert, but in a different way, and peris no pleasure so great in the eyes of our coun- haps a safer. He piqued himself, like a good try damsels as a jaunt to Ascot. In the first Englishman, on wearing a smock frock, smokplace, it is, when you get there, a genuine ing his pipe, and hating foreigners, to our inEnglish amusement, open alike to rich and I tercourse with whom he was wont to ascribe poor, elegant as an opera, and merry as a fair; all the airs and graces, the new fashions, and in the second, this village of Aberleigh is situ- the effeminacy, which annoyed him in bis ate about fourteen miles from the course, just own countrymen. He hated the French, he within distance, almost out of distance, so that detested dandies, and he abhorred fine ladies, there is commonly enough of suspense and fine ways, and finery of any sort. Such was difficulty—the slight difficulty, the short sus- Robert Hewitt. pense, which add such zest to pleasure; final Henrietta Coxe was a pretty girl of sevenly, at Ascot you are sure to see the King, to teen, and had passed the greater part of her see him in his graciousness and his dignity, life with an aunt in the next town, who had the finest gentleman in Europe, the greatest been a lady's. maid in her youth, and had resovereign of the world. Truly it is nothing tired thither on a small annuity. To this extraordinary that his liege subjects should aunt, who had been dead about a twelveflock to indulge their feelings of loyalty by month, she was indebted for a name, rather the sight of such a monarch, and that the an too fine for common wear-I believe she wrote nouncement of his presence should cover a herself Henrietta-Matilda; a large wardrobe, barren heath with a dense and crowded popu- pretiy much in the same predicament; and an lation of all ranks and all ages, from the abundant stock of superfine notions, some skill duchess to the gipsy, from the old man of in mantua-making and millinery, and a legacy eighty to the child in its mother's arms. of a hundred pounds to be paid on her wed
All people love Ascot Races; but our coun- ding-day. Her beauty was quite in the style try lasses love them above all. It is their fa- of a wax doll: blue eyes, flaxen hair, delicate vourite wedding jaunt, for half our young cou- features, and a pink and white complexion, ples are married in the race week, and one or much resembling that sweet pea which is iwo matches have seemed to me got up pur- known by the name of the painted lady. Very posely for the occasion; and of all the atten- pretty she was certainly, with all her airs and tions that can be offered by a lover, a drive to graces; and very pretty, in spite of her airs the Races is the most irresistible. In short, and graces, did Robert Hewitt think her; and so congenial is that gay scene to love, that it love, who delights in contrasts, and has an is a moot point which are most numerous, the especial pleasure in oversetting wise resolucourtships that conclude there in the shape of tions, and bending the haughty self-will of the bridal excursions, or those which begin on lords of the creation, was beginning to make that favoured spot in the shape of parties of strange havoc in the stout yeoman's heart. pleasure; and the delicate experiment called His operations, too, found a very unintentional “popping the question," is so often put in coadjutrix in old Mrs. Hewitt, who, taking practice on the very course itself, that when alarm at her son's frequent visits to the car. Robert Hewitt, the young farmer at the Holt, penter's shop, unwarily expressed a hope that asked Master Cose's permission to escort his if her son did intend to marry one of the daughters, not only the good carpenter, but Coxes, he would have nothing to do with the his neighbours the blacksmith and the shoe- fine lady, but would choose Mary, the elder maker, looked on this mark of rustic gallantry sister, a dark-haired, pleasant-looking young as the precursor of a declaration in form; and woman of two-and-twenty, who kept the house all the village cried out on Hetta Coxe's ex as clean as a palace, and was the boast of the treme good luck, Hetta being supposed, and village for industry and good-humour. Now with some reason, to be the chief object of his this unlucky caution gave Robert, who loved attention.
his mother, but did not choose to be managed Robert Hewitt was a young farmer of the by her, an additional motive for his lurking old school, honest, frugal, and industrious ; preference, by piquing his self-will; add to thrifty, thriving, and likely to thrive; one of which, the little damsel herself, in the absence a fine yeomanly spirit, not ashamed of his sta- of other admirers, took visible pleasure in his tion, and fond of following the habits of his admiration; so that affairs seemed drawing to forefathers, sowing his own corn, driving his a crisis, and the party to Ascot appeared likely own team, and occasionally ploughing his own I to end like other jaunts to the same place, in