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and eyes. His manners were elegant; with directions to be ready to start at six and his mind was highly cultivated. the next morning. At that hour, on He generally wore a blue coat, buff entering his master's chamber, he found waistcoat, leather breeches and boots; a him extended on the floor, weltering in dress which he adopted in imitation of his blood, close to the projecting window,. the English, then rarely seen in the in- which stood open. It is believed that terior of Germany, excited great atten- some dissensions with his principal the tion, and has not failed to be hinted at ambassador, contributed, not less than in the “ Sorrows."

his unhappy passion, to drive him to the The real object of this gentleman's deed of desperation. His death took passion was Mrs. Herd, wife of the place early in October, 1772, and not at private secretary to the ambassador Christmas, as related in the novel. Mrs. from the Lower Palatinate; a lady of Herd died in 1814, four years after her most exquisite beauty. On her the husband. The room in which Jerusalem unhappy man's affections were wholly shot himself is in the first story of a concentrated, and, torn by the conflicting bookseller's house near the Franciscan emotions of love and honour, he gave church, the house in which Kästner, or himself up to despair. The scenes with Albert, lodged, is now occupied by the his servant-his throwing himself on minister of the Reformed church. the bed undressed- and his having re- Jerusalem was interred by night, and turned home one night near midnight without ceremony, in the public burial without his hat, in total forgetfulness, ground, but, notwithstanding the confiare correctly described in the work. dence with which the common conductors His hat was found on the brow of a of strangers pretend to point it out, it is steep hill, close to the ruins of the castle not perhaps easy to determine the exact of Kalsmunt.

spot where he lies. A funeral mound, He had often been heard to argue in erected to the memory of Werter in a favour of suicide, and it is believed that public garden at Garbenheim, has somehe had formed his resolution to destroy times been visited under the erroneous himself previously to his last interview idea that it exhibited the real tomb, and with Mrs. Herd. In that interview he in the campaign of 1813-14, many of made an incoherent declaration of his the Russian officers and privates, under passion, which she heard with astonish- this belief, and in their respect for the ment and dismay, exclaiming with the dead, knelt there and said their prayers dignity of offended virtue, “ Jerusalem, with deep devotion. this is going too far, we now see each The country surrounding Wetzlar is other for the last time," and then, fixing well calculated to heighten the interest one last intense look on his face, as if of Werter's story. None can ascend the she meant to treasure up every feature mountain on the opposite side of the for after-recollection, she hastily with valley to the burial ground, without redrew. He anxiously waited her return, calling to mind the following lines :but she came not; he followed to the “ When, in the fine evenings of summer, door of her apartment, which was locked, you walk towards the mountains, think and in a low tone, entreated permission of me; recollect how often you have to speak one last word with her; but re- seen me come up from the valley. Raise ceiving no answer, he bade her an ever- your eyes to the church-yard which conlasting farewell. Jerusalem immediately tains my grave, and by the light of the ordered his things to be packed up, his departing sun, see how the evening bills were paid, and horses bespoken, as breeze waves the high grass which grows for a journey. The note requesting the loan of the pistols is in the German original, a literal copy of that which Jeru.

ANDREW HOFER. salem sent to Kästner, who, by lending them, became remotely connected with In a corner of the church of the Holy the last scene of Werter's history; but Cross at Inspruck, a little to the left of Charlotte, who was not yet married to the main entrance, under a plain marble Kästner, had of course no more share in flag-stone let into the pavement, lie the the delivery of the pistols, than she had ashes of Andrew Hofer, a peasant. If in influencing, in any way, the fate of the traveller in Switzerland finds the Werter.

name of Tell enshrined in the hearts of On the night of the catastrophe, Jeru. the peasantry, every step he takes in the salem sent bis servant, who slept in a Tyrol will remind him of Hofer; there distant part of the house, early to rest, is not a cottage which he enters in which

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the traveller does not see, between the which we are told is richly mellowed by crucifix and the image of the patron time, and in fine condition. The porsaint, some representation of him in the traits are half-lengths, nearly the size of dress he wore when leading his country- life, and the principal figures are repremen to their country's battles.

sented as in the act of debating on some Since his military murder, in his native political question in which they all seem valleys, Andrew Hofer is revered by his highly interested, whilst the newspapers, countrymen as a saint and martyr. glasses, tankards, and all the parapherThere is not, in all history, a more in- nalia of a tavern table are admirably disstructive episode, than the enterprises of played, and do great credit to the taste Hofer and his companions ;-- the perfidy of the artist. and cruelty of Austria, the injustice of his execution by the French, the match

OLD SARUM OAK. less energy and heroism of a band of peasants led on by one of themselves, Previous to the reform of the British abandoned by Austria, by their own nobles, for whom they were fighting, Parliament in 1832, by which the bomaking head against the powerful armies rough of Old Sarum was disfranchised, of France and Bavaria,-all unite to

the electors and their representatives had give a deep interest to every thing which

been accustomed to meet for ages under

the broad arins of a venerable oak that relates to the patriot. When Hofer was led out to execution, his imprisoned crowned the eminence on which the city countrymen, through whom he passed, that in the memorable storm of the 29th

once stood, and it is a curious coincidence could not contain their indignation and cries for vengeance.

“Silence, I

of August in the following year, as

pray you, my friends,” he said, “in pity both though its existence were no longer neto you and myself;--the time will come

cessary, the tree under which the mock--I am about to die, but I tell you that ery of election had been so long exhibited, the Tyrol dies not with me.” There are

was levelled with the turf, like the system not a few in the Tyrol who already look

to which it had so long given its tutelary

sanction,
anxiously for the fulfilment of this pro-
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KING JOHN.
SINGULAR TONTINE.

The character of King John, who is ABOUT thirty years ago there existed at generally represented by historians to Birmingham a singular society called the have been weak, ignorant, selfish, and Portrait Club, consisting of a few patrons tyrannical, has had but scanty justice of the fine arts in that town. Their done it; and those, perhaps, who have meetings were held at the tavern belong- formed their opinions of that monarch ing to a person known at that time as from common report, will be surprised the Poet Freeth, and the designation of to find him writing to the abbot of the club originated in the following cir. Reading, to acknowledge the receipt of cumstance. Twelve of its members “six volumes of books, containing the agreed to have their portraits taken in whole of the Old Testament, Master one group, after the manner of Hogarth's Hugh de St. Victor's treatise on the celebrated picture of the Modern Mid. Sacrament, the Sentences of Peter Lomnight Conversation. Their likenesses bard, the Epistles of St. Augustine on were accordingly introduced in a picture the City of God, and on the third part by an excellent artist, a young Prussian of the Psalter, Valerian de Moribus, of the name of Eckstein, and hung up in Origen's treatise on the Old Testament, the tavern above mentioned, there to and Candidus Arianus to Marius." Still remain till claimed by the last survivor. less does it consist with such notions The painting cost about fifty guineas, that he should address Bryan de Insula and was highly esteemed, both on account thus, “know that we are quite willing of the excellent likenesses and the well- that our chief barons, concerning whom known eccentricities of many of the you wrote to us, may hunt while passing members. Their ages were on an aver- through your bailiwick, provided that age about fifty, and it was painted about you know who they are, and what they thirty-eight years ago. In the year take, for we do not keep our forests for 1829, only two of the party were sur- our own use, but for the use also of our viving, one of whom would, in all human faithful subjects.” Records of the Tower. probability, very soon claim the painting,

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OF FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, AND GENERAL LITERATURE.

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A TALE OF ITALY.

THE BRIGA ND. tinguishing his house clearly defined

against the sky in the background.

The castle was built in the richest

style of the Corinthian order, strongly (For the Parterre.)

defended in case of an attack, by a deep ditch and drawbridge, with towers at

the angles; its inner front was adorned Dear days of boyhood, how the heart by a lofty portico, on the pedestals and loves to recur to thee, to those bright entablatures of the columns of which visions of bliss that fed our young minds, the powers of sculpture were excellently ere by their common-place reality the displayed. Above, the numerous battleafter-scenes of the world banished their ments and frowning towers cast their fairy scenery, or diminished their splen- broad shadows far behind, where the rays dour! how sweet and many are the joys of the “Spirit of Night” sat in tremof that time, and how few the sorrows! bling restlessness on the waters. joy that casts “ on dazzling spots remote, Standing on the south-west end of the its tempting smile,”—who does not wish beach, it commanded a picturesque and to indulge in that poesy of spirit, in extensive prospect of the most beautiful which the young heart loves to revel, bay in the known world; as the thickly ere the after-passion drowns the sweet strewed houses of the town with their melody.

white walls, presented themselves to Such was the current in which ran your view, rising from the brink of the the thoughts of Auguste, as in all the sea, they seemed as if a flock of watery clearness of an Italian sky, the radiant birds had merged from the waves, with moon cast a silvery light o'er the richly their wings shining with spray, and ehiselled armorial bearings which de hasening to bask on the undulating hills, corated the halls of his ancestors, with which far as the eye could pierce, spread the sharp angles of the heraldry dis- their vine-clad bosom to the refreshing

sea breeze.

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As the Marquis had been expected. The perfect willingness of the young ma: the blaze of light which cast its lurid to his father's proposal, was so pleasing rays o'er “many a rood,” betokened that

to the senior, that he gave an order to his arrival was hailed with pleasure: by draw on his banker, which was so scrupuhis retainers: the drawbridge was lowered, lously obeyed, that at the end of a and the keys of his castle presented to month the property of Signor Docheri him on a silver dish, by the veteran was more than half mortgaged. major-domo; mirth and gladness beam- And such was the substitute to have ed on the countenance of all, and the been for the beloved of her heart-her liberal dole ordered to be distributed to first, her only love-he who was to pour each, did not at least damp their spirits. the balm of happiness on the festering On being ushered into the banquetting wounds which the loss of a fond parent hall, he found refreshments prepared, had occasioned. Oh! the change was and having done honour to the cheer, great indeed; and loud and long was her retired to enjoy a sound sleep, where grief, when she reflected on the utter we leave him for the present; but hopelessness of her situation, and the

My tale I'll follow to its last recess, bright visions of her day-dreams, as she of suffering and peace.

used to picture to herself the love and Torn from the abode of her father, affection with which she would tell her and deprived of the presence, or the means of procuring the presence of her

Fall upon his neck and weep; betrothed, the situation of the lovely And gaze upon his brow, and hold Angelica was far from enviable.

Her His hand in her's, while gentle sleep guardian was one of the most rapacious Stole o'er that spirit brave and bold.

Must those dear tasks of tenderness, members of the Venetian, senate, who

No more her blighted bosom bless ? at once saw the propriety of taking the heiress to the great wealth and broad

While the gentle heroine of our tale domains of Villadomonti under his own

was shedding unavailing tears, the Marsurveillance, hoping thereby to accom

quis di Romaine was engaged in making plish a marriage, between her and his son.

alterations for the improvement of his One motive, had he needed an incitive, house, in order that it should be in also urged him to bring it about ; it was complete order at his approaching

not without to blight the hopes of the young Marquis nuptials, though it was di Romaine, to whose late father he bore surprise that the time elapsed without no small share of hostility. Prompted his fiancée or her father.

his receiving any communication from by these motives, he allowed no means untried to further his project: her ears

One evening, after he had seen most were filled with the praises of the young effect, he walked forth alone, to meditate

of his desired arrangements carried into man, every tidings of Auguste were care

The fully denied her, his absence was ac

on what lay nearest to his heart. counted carelessness; in fine, wherever

sun had set in golden splendour ; even she sat, walked, moved, -the son, or his yet, as if loth to leave the sight of the minions were before her. Now this green earth, the fiery tinge of his latest youth was not exactly the description of beam shone with a lovely softness on the husband every guardian would have topmost peaks of the blue and distant chosen for his ward, unless indeed, as in hills; the air was balmy, and the breezy the present instance, he happened to zephyrs sportively waved the boughs of be his own

the trees in the shady groves. son; for Messer Carlo

Surely Docheri was a professed roué; a first there is magic in that twilight hour, rate masker and stiletto man, and more

something so peculiarly soothing to a over the greatest gambler in the territo- troubled mind, calming the grief, and ries of San Marco, was familiarly ac

drawing the dark train of anxious thought quainted with all the bravos, and knew into a calmer channel, elevating the soul the intricate passages of the hills, far

so that nought better than the galleries in the church

--earthly can alloy

Its sacred purity. of San Isadora ; be therefore offered little obstacle to the scheme, when his father Yet the beauties of earth, or the starry told him of unknown wealth, the result sky, were lost on the lone beholder of

he felt a of the frugal disposition of her deceased the entrancing spectacle ; parent; and recounted with the exulta- ing void left aching in his breast,” as he tion of actual enjoyment, the various thought of his isolated condition ; truly rich estates, the productive vineyards and he experienced the most painful severity, spacious dwellings he would possess. the separation from her he loved, a

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bursting of the strongest link which binds now travelled several hours without inthe human race, one which is stronger teruption. The road for the most part than the ties of nature, and of kindred, lay over vast marshes, from which salt is and to be ignorant whether she was in abstracted ; and from the great speed health, or and the maddening idea with which they, in their impatience, caused him to start-could she have for- traversed the level space, the horses re

quired some relaxation. A turn of the On his return from his walk, he was road brought them into a narrow dell, accosted by a strange man, whose weary wooded, to the brink of a rivulet running steed and way-worn appearance bespoke through its centre. Here the horses him one who had travelled fast and far. stooped to drink water, when, ere he had Approaching Auguste with more speed time to call for aid, a strong hand was than the crippled gait of his steed pro- clasped so tight on each arm, as to pinion mised, he thrust a small packet into his them to his sides; and Auguste was senhand : with joy the writing of Angelica sible of the presence of his captor : seated was recognised, but it was short-lived on the crupper of the saddle behind, he the contents were as thus :

attempted so cry out, but the command “ You once loved, and are still beloved. " silence," powerfully aided by the presShe to whom you uttered the vows of sure of cold steel across his neck, made affection has lost a father, fortune, and him obey the mandate. The horse was it would seem one who should have been spurred up the course of the stream, and a friend ; if this is as useless an appeal after some time, with a noise as of the as the others made to the Marquis di splashing of a dozen steeds in the rearRomaine, well may the unfortunate at least, it so appeared to Auguste, who Angelica Villadomonti resign her once could but look straight before him, for prized hand to Carlo Docheri.”

the narrow glen only afforded a view of “ Gracious heaven!” cried Auguste a few feet on either side ; after stumbling distractedly, “I fly to save her, if it yet over the loose stones of what was intended be time: she blames me, too.. That vil for a landing place, though so closely lain Docheri intercepted her letters, and covered with cork and brushwood as to I here like an idiot—why did I not go be only available to those who were aware myself to Venice ?" Such were the of its existence, the horse brought our half-muttered sentences of the hero, and companion, to a sort of dwelling, wretched Auguste: then, turning to his evidently a retreat of the very personages pitying domestics, he ordered half a to whom they were indebted for their dozen of them to arm themselves, and introduction. On his arrival at the hut, attend him with horses, “ to tear his lamb Auguste no sooner felt himself released from the ravenous wolf Docheri.” from the iron grasp of bis compagnon de

“ Signor," said the major-domo, who voyage, than he turned to look for some concluded, and not without some shew tidings of his men; and what was his of reason, that his master's intellect had astonishment and dismay, at perceiving been somewhat disturbed by the letter, that each had fallen into the same pre' surely you would not expose your own dicament as himself, and sat helpless on valuable life, and those of the men, to their horses, with the ferocious features the danger of an attack of the banditti of their brigand captors (who sat steady who are known to infest the hills-wait behind, with a drawn sword in the hand but for the inorning's light, and make up of each) lit up with a sarcastic smile of in speed what they will lose by delay." exultation; his eyes, at last, rested on

Dotard,” hastily exclaimed Auguste, the man who stood awaiting the effect of “think you that I value my life, when it the scene, with his hand playing with the is risked to save the happiness of the bit of Auguste's bridle. worthiest of her sex: no, old man,

had I “ How now, sirrah,” said the impatient the gift of ten lives, I would peril each Marquis, “what means this ?” for her's; but I influence none-let such “ Just what your own mind tells you, as wish to strike a blow in favour of one Signor,” calmly replied the brigand. intended for their mistress, mount and * Then we are to be held to ransom." follow."

His words were magic-all seemed “ Name your terms, villain,” cried the vying in impatience to be ready for the impetuous Auguste, who was in agony at road ; and the rising moon cast her the unforeseen delay likely to be put to straggling beams on the Marquis and his attempt for Angelica's rescue. eight well-appointed attendants, rapidly “ Softly, Eccellenzam-softly,” replied journeying on their road. They had the other, still suffering his hand to re.

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