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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,

For JUL Y, 1816.

,

Mr. URBAN,

July 17. to resist it. Hence the very timidity VE observations of News-writers, of our countrywomen may induce

if not always worthy of atten- them to copy the inaoners of the tion, have sometimes a force and pro- French, rather than expose themselves priety wbich entitle thein to preserva- to raillery and sarcasın. Adieu then tion in some more permanent work. all the domestic comforts; for of all In fact, the authors of those fugitive people on the earth, the French have records are, in general, men of quick Do home, in our sense of the word. parts, who, if they were not compelled Absent in the morniog, and absent in by their employment to write much the evening : they fly from home to and read little, would be equal to the theatres and operas; and the little cir. production of more valuable publica. cle of family affections that surround tions. The following passage from a and gladden a British fire-side, may daily paper, very'lately published, ap- be looked for in France in vain. pears to me to be a striking example “ It is the grafting of French mana of the first remark.

pers upon British that we dread; and * Emigrations from this Country to hence it is that we view the numerous France are more to be regretted in a Emigrations to France with regret and moral than in a financial point of apprehension, particularly those of view; and we shall be much surprised the female members of families. Let if they do not produce a disastrous ef- fathers think well of this! But was fect upon the manners and morals of it uot 80, we niay be asked, before the this Country. Above all, we dread Revolution ? Not to such an extent. the effect upon the female part of the But who is there that does not see the empire. A British woman is a 'cha- vast difference between the French racter sui generis. There is a deli- character before the Revolution and cacy, a timidity, a tenderness, a love since ?” lipess in it, that we shall vaidly seek Whoever this writer is, he bas ia any other portion of the globe. touched a string wilb which many a How adınirably adapted to be the real British heart will vibrate in unison ; comforters of our lives ! such good and with which they ought to vibrate, mothers, such dutiful children, such since its sounds are those of truth affectionate wives, so graceful in their the expression of good judgment and carriage, so perfectly formed to make right feeling. An English woman home the seat and centre of all human frenchified, is a creature corrupted happiness! Now, as we would have and degraded ; and though this is alno alloy in this pure and bright silver, most equally true of an Englishman, so we fear to see it exposed to adinix- yet the danger is not the same, for the ture with otber nations. It is the reason above assigned. John Bull is usual practice of the French to ridi- sturdy, and rough, and will not, in cule the dress and manners of English many instances, be led to imitate what, women. They want the Freuch je ne in bis heart, he dislikes and despises. sçai quoi, tournure, &c. Jo other Instead of being abasbed by ridicule, words, they have that retiriog timidity he will repay it by contempi. Not só which adds a charm to lovelmess; and the more sensitive sex, which tbereby they want that decisive look, and is the more endangered. walk, aud carriage, which the French To our men, however, rather than call tournure. Ridicule is a powerful our women, is the contagion of actual weapon, and the timid are ever unable profligaey likely to extend. Mixing

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without fear in every kind of society, support public credit, and to give em.
they will fall, as formerly they did, ployment to the thousands of artizans
into the snares of gamblers, pandars, who are starving for want of it, such
and prostitutes. But the effects will vast vumbers of our countrymen
chiefly fall upon the individuals ; re- should pass over to France, and i here
turning home with their foreigo de- consume the income which is drawn
pravities and diseases, they will be from their native land, to the enrich.
despised by the community at large, ing of the former, and the great im-
and the infection will not spread. poverishment of the latter.
There is, however, a species of moral Were the design of these numerous
po 800 which, even now, is diligently visitors merely confined to a short 80-
smuggled into the country, and which, journ in a land which, for the last 24
if the magistrates are not vigilanit, years, has been the iheatre of such
may produce much evil. I speak of surprising Revolutions:--

were they
licentious prints, which already are desirous only of viewing the effects
openly exhibited for sale, having been which have been produced on the na.
either actually imported, or founded tional manners and character of a
upon hints suggested by French de- people, by the very extraordinary ex-
pravity. There is one kind in parti. periments which they have made in
cular, which, presenting nothing im- RELIGION and in Politics during the
proper to the eye, is exposed without above interval, we should not feel io-
scruple in the windows of a shop; but clined very severely to coodemn their
which, by a slight machinery contrived conduct. But when we behold almost
in it, admits of a sudden metamor- innumerable families of the first con-
phosis of the most profligate nature. sideration, both as lo rank and opu-
Such figures are now actually offered lence, systematically determioe to quit
for sale in great numbers at a house their own country for a number of
within the precincts of the royal resi- years, and to carry with them their
dences; ibus aspiring to rival, if it large establishments, with a view of
can be done with impunity, the Palais living abroad and lelling their houses
royal at Paris. But happily we have and estates in this country ; the pub-
laws 10 prevent such improprieties ; lic evils which must at length arise
we have magistrates accustomed to from this plan, and the mischiefs
enforce them; and a voluntary Society, which will fall upon these mistaken
whose professed object is to watch persons themselves from it, are well
over the morals of the peuple, and to deserving the most serious attention.
stop, as much as possible, such chap- And perhaps if these plans can be
nels of corruption. This abuse, I shewn to be founded in error, as will
trust, canovt long escape their notice; in all probability be made manifest
and, that it may have the less chance ere long to those who are now making
of doing so, I have laken the trou. the experiment, others may be de-
ble, Mr. Urban, of thus stating the terred from following their culpable
fact for publication in your useful re- example, and may be induced to rest
pository. If the progress of vice can- contented in the country which gave
not wholly be prevented, under the them birth; and in which, if iney
present state of intercourse with the will but consider the matter with un-
most corrupt of people, let it at least prejudiced eyes, they may enjoy bless-
be compelled, as formerly, to have re- ings and advantages which no other
course in artifices and secret expe- country upon earth affords.
dients; and pot be suffered thus to in- CECONOMY is the first general ob.
sult the British publick by indecen, ject which presents itself to the miiid,
cies so slightly seiled that they can- as an advantage of so serious a kind
not fail to explain their real intention that many inconveniencies, they thiuk,
to the least inquisitive eye.

are to be hazarded to accomplish it; Yours, &c. ANTIGALLICUS.

but in this thereare very cogent reasons

to suppose those who make the expeMr. URBAN,

July 19.

riment will be considerably disapT is a matter of very deep regret pointed. More than one publication of his Country sincerely at heart, that lick, tending to prove "that the exat the present moment, when every pences of removing a family from cxertion is imperio usiy called for to Eogland to France will be at least

1..every y

equal

equal to the whole savings that can bable consequence of this introduction be made in two years.” And we re- is almost too shocking to coutems ceive daily accounts from a variety of piate!! A poem, io the dramatie quarters, that the price of all the ne. form, faithfully pourtrayiog the feacessaries of life is so constantly in. tures of this Fiend, and intituled “Du. creusing in France, that, before the RAND, or JacOBINISM DISPLAYED," permod above-damed shall be expired, is now in tbe press, and will be pub. it will be us expensive living there us lished very speediny, wherein will be it is in England. Should this be the seen what unfeeling cruelty and basecase, as we have every reason to think ness those can be guilty of who are will really come to pass, the first, and actuated by its diabolical spirit. must seducing reason for emigration The limits of a post letter will not will absolutely prove false aud deceito allow me to enter inore fully into the ful.

discussion of this importaol subject ; Education of Children is the second otherwise it would be no diflicult reason woich has generally been urged matter, both by reasoning and by exin favour of Emigration to France; amples that might be adduced, to which, it is said, can be as well accoin. prove that the hubits, customs, and plisted as iv England, and at a much manners,--the insincerity, deceit, and cheaper rale. But here the same ob- hypocrisy,—the filthiness, buth in the jection with respect to the question of habitations and coukery, of ihe French cheapoess will present itself, as in the nation, the frequent ignorance of instance we bave mentioned above. their language, which muny EnglishMasters will very soou learn to set men carry with them,---ind, above all, such a price upon the instruction the rooted antipathy, let them cover which tiiey give, as will render the it with what grimace and external stranger oo gainer by the change politeness soever they will, which woich he has mide. The mischief; FRENCHMEN probably always will en bowever, as to this object, it is feared tertain for ENGLISHMEN, must almost will art rest here. When we consider necessarily make a residence of ang tbe corrupted RELIGION which is continuance amongst them of an Dow established in that country,--the English family, irksome abd disgusting shocking and indeed borribly relaxed in the extreme !! state of MORALITY,—and the unset. I recommend, Sir, these considertled Politics, which still prevail ativos to the serious reflection of your there ; whal principles in these three pumerous Readers, if you will honour very important branches of EDUCA- them with a place in your public TION can we expect will be instilled cation. into the ductile minds of youth, but Yours, &c.

MENTOR, such as are corresponding to the present prevailing systein of those Tour through various parts of FLANSciences !!

DERS, GERMANY, and HOLLAND, in i liis now pretty clearly ascertained the year 1815. that JACOBINISM, which caused such (Continued from Part I. p. 488.) horrible trageu les during " the System Oy spacious

and elegant hotel

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N my arrival of Terror,” and brought so many ins nocent victims to the Guillotine, is to which I had been recommended by so far from being extinguished in the French lady whose keen wit and FRANCE, that it is even now, in full ac. lively humour had afforded me so tivity in that country; and if any fa- much entertainment in travelling from vourablecoinbination ofcircumstances Calais lo Dunkirk. On presenting a sbuuid allow it to once more display note from that lady to the maîtresse its full energies, a repetition might be d'hôtel, I met with marks of attention looked for of thuse scenes which once no less distinguished than if, instead, deluged that wohappy country with of being Monsieur le Curé, I had been the blood of ber citizens. The princi- Monseigneur l'Evêque.

I bad traples of this blood-stained monster velled part of the way to Lille wiib would, no doubl, be imbibed in that three Eaglish gentlemen and a young system of education taught in France, lady, the sister of one of them, who, and very probably would thus be in- on our being set down at the post house, troduced in no long period into this were pleased to express a wish of ac Cobutry; and what might be the pro- companying me to my hotels and for

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my sake, or rather for my fair fellow- of the water.” Home rushed in fult
traveller's nake, they were welcomed tide upon all our hearts; I thought of
with equal attention. Toey bad that beloved spot
crossed the channel for the purpose

qua se subducere colles
of visiting the field of Waterloo. | Incipiunt, mollique jugum demittere clivo
soon tound them to be an agreeable Usque ad aquam, 'et veteris jam fraeta
parly, and they made me a proposal, cacumina * quercus :"
in a manter too flattering to be re- even the hills of Chardwood receding,
sisted, that we should travel together and gradually sloping down to one of
to tbat celebrated spot. Although I Soar's tributary sireams, on whose
generally dislike to be tied and bound banks, fringed with willow and alder,
to a party of strangers, yet on the I can spy from iny study window the
present occasion I felt great satisfac- broken tops of the old oak,
tion in the prospect of passing a fer

" et uda days in a society which promised me a

Mobilibus pomaria rivis." Jarge share of rational and elegant en. joyment. After getting rid of the

Sweet scene, at once Virgilian and Ho. dust of our journey from Cassel, we

ratian! I thought also of sat down to a well,cooked, handsome

“ The shade diwper, consisting of two courses and Of Templar oaks in t R-th--y glade;" a luxurious dessert, at a cheaper rate and the hospitable abode of the lord thao we could bave bad a bit of fish

of the mapor, and a beef-steak at one of the Covent “ His house embosom'd in the grove, Garden hotels, or even at my favour- Sacred to social life and social love.". ite place of resort, the London Coffee Nor did I forget House on Ludgate Hill. The Bur

“ Low Thurcaston's sequester'd shade," gundy was exquisite, and the flavour of it was heightened by the enjoy

once the residence of the classic Hurd, ment of the feast of reason and the

Dow possessed by a worthy friend, flow of soul: our hearts beat id unison Through whose free-opening gate to the first toast-Old Englund in a

None comes too early-none departs too bumper. They who bave never been

late." upou foreign ground can form no With these and various other scenes conception of the feelings which swell before the mental eye, I drank the the heart on recollecting the natale toast con amore.

I had hitherto been solum with all its endearing associa. an entire stranger to every one of the tions: on such occasions we beartily party ; but, upoo comparing notes over de pise those coid-blooded political the social glass, several pleasing, disTheorists whuse system of civic educa- coveries took place in regard to tion would exciude from their voca- places, acquaintance, and friends, bulary the love of country, to make which attached: us more closely to way for the more liberal phraseology each other than we could have conof citizen of the world. The party ceived at our first interview. We with which I now had the pleasure of seemed to forget that we were in associating, felt the amor patriæ in a French Flanders, and could scarcely strong degree, but wiihout forfeiting talk of any thing but S-89-X and their claim to philanthropy. They L-c--sh. were Christians as well as Patriots, After dinner we sallied forth to view and could see no reason why the bene- the town, attended by a guide who volent affections which a Christian was dignified with the title of commischerishes towards the whole hunjan sionaire, in other words a licensed race, should extinguish the glow of valet de place, who, iu rather a gropatriotic feeling, and the attachments tesque style of dress, strulled before of friendship, notwithstanding all that us with a consequential air, repeating

, a fanciful lay Theologian * has ad- the nomenclature of streets, squares, vanced to prove the contrary. The bext toast was given and received * A beecb-tree is wanting to make the with warm sensibility, “All who are

scene quite Virgilian. near aod dear to us on the other side + See a poem, lately published, inti

tuled “Rothley Temple," by the Rev.T, * See Soame Jenyns's " View of the Gisborne, an effort of genius and taste Internal Evidence of the Christian Reli, which Spenser's muse would not have gion,” p. 58, &c.

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churches, and public edifices. I have and to generate sensuality, and I had nothiog to add to the general descrip- no doubt she would agree with me tion given of Lille in my last letter, that the greatest monster in human that would be particularly interest. nature was an unbelieving priest, to ing; and shall only ren ark that I have whom, above all other woen, might seen but few places in the course of emphatically be applied the words of my travels which surpass it in wag- the Psalipist, “thai the things which nificence, beauty, and regularity. should have been for his w ulih, ure There is much refinement and ele- unto him an occasion of falling.' gance among the higher classes of so- Had I been disposed to enter into an ciety in Lille.

Those who have a argument with the good lidy, I might taste for public amusements may find have shewn the tendency of Popery to ample gratification here; and the gar- generate Infidelity *, where the mind rison diffuses through the place an is enlightened by science, but unacair of gaiety and gallantry, without quainted with the pure fountain of Inwhich the French may be said to be spiration ; but I forbore, froin tender. out of their element.

ness to her deeply-rooted prejudices, “ Gay sprightly land of mirth and social and remembering that it is written

“No man putteth a pièce of new cloth Pleas'd with thyself, whom all the world unto an old garmeni-neither du men

can please." Goldsmith's Traveller. put new wine ioto old bottles.” Lille abounds with churches, but I

But I had like to have forgot that I fear there is not much of the spirit of was peraınbulating the streets of Lille. true devotion amoog the clergs or

After our precursor had gone through Jaity. I happened to be introduced his vocabulary, he re-conducted us to to an elderly lady residing at Lille, a

our hotel, not a little fatigued with warm devotee of the Romish church, our survey of the town ; and here ! with whom I had a conversation on

bad the pleasure of finding the French the state of religion there.

The good

officer whom I mentioned in my last lady lamented the decay of piety letter, waiting for my return. This throughout the country at large, geatleman had a strong sense of reliwhich she was firmly convinced might gion upon his mind, although, like be traced to the profligacy of the Pope, he might be said to be priesthood, who might thank theri. « Nor Papist, nor Protestant, but both selves for the spoliation they had between, updergone during the Revolution. Like good Erasmus in an honest mean." " They had previously lost (I use her In regard to the state of religion at own words) the confidence of the peo- Lille and the country in general, he ple, and they became the unpitied said there was too much truth in the victims of revolutionary rage." I ob- information I had received from the served, ibat Mr. Burke, in his meinrio pious Catholic lady. He was sorry rable Reflections on the Revolution in to say that, generally speaking, the France, had given a very different re- clergy in French Flanders were far presentation of the character of the from being patterns of purity; i: proof French clergy, and that he had la-, of which he reminded me of an obserboured to impress upon the people of vation made by a gentleman with England that,“ generally speaking, be- whom we had travelled in the dilifore the period of the Revolution, gence from Cassel, that many of them they stood high in public estimation, lived openly in a state of concubinage both in regard to attention to their to which another gentleman, who was duties, and the goodness of their mo. a zealous Catholic, subjoined in a rals." “ Ob! Sir,” replied the good warm tone lady, " Mr. Burke knew but little of

“ Pudet hæc opprobria nobis them, if he said so ; you would be as- Et dici potuisse et non potuisse refelli.", tonished to think what shoals of reverend sceptics and atheists polluted France at the accession of Louis XVI.,

* It was observed by Dr. Warton, in and hence that moral profligacy in the that in France Popery produced Infin

one of the notes to his edition of Pope, Sanctuary, which sickened the hearts delity, and Despotism Anarchy ; an obof the faithful,” I fully agreed with servation which may be considered as a her that pothing had so direct a ten-' sufficient answer to Mr. Burke's splendency as Infidelity to barden the heart did Rhapsody of 356 pages.

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