Page images

bear down decorum, and subvert the dignity and respectability which a community like ours ought to possess, and which every member ought to support — then I should think I offer no disrespect to those to whom I owe the compliment of having elected me, if into their hands I resign my trust.

I have the honour to be, &c.

B. 0.



Tavistock Place, July 28, 1821. I HAVE the honour to address you through the introduction of my esteemed friend, Mr. Ravenhill, from whom I learn, as also from his interesting boys, so Aattering an account of Harrow School, that I am induced, and very desirous, to place a son of mine under your care.

Mr. Ravenhill informs me, that it is probable you may, in the course of a short time, be in town, when he will have great pleasure in making me personally acquainted with you. Should I have that favourable opportunity, and find you can, with convenience, receive my son, I shall be most happy to place him under your judicious control. He is nearly fourteen

age, and, I flatter myself, well grounded in the classics, having been, the last eighteen months, with a clergyman of high respectability and acquirements.

I lose no time in intimating my wish to you, in the hope that by an early application I may be fortunate enough to secure accommodation for him under your roof; and but for the uncertainty of finding you at home,

years of

I should have paid my respects in person. This; I hope, you will receive as an apology for my thus troubling you; and, at your leisure, do me the favour to say, what. chance of success I have in this application.

I have the honour to be, &c.

B. 0.



Tavistock Place, July 31, 1821. I GREATLY regret my absence from home at the time you did me the favour to call in Tavistock Place. The predilection my son has imbibed for you,

in consequence


kind advice and directions, would not allow him to rest satisfied without a promise from me, that I would avail myself of your polite invitation of visiting Harrow on Sunday next. This promise I intend carrying into effect; but shall not be able to accept your kind offer of dining with you, as I shall be under the necessity of returning early in the afternoon to town.

Believe me to be, &c.

B. 0.

To EDWARD DUBOIS, Esq. Gower Place.


Tavistock Place, September 2, 1821. I REMEMBER to have heard you say, you have two copies of Colburn's Magazine sent you every month. Will you do me the favour to let me have one of the last (new series), to carry with me to the

Continent, and allow me to be your debtor for it until I see you? It will afford amusement to Mrs. and Miss Oakley, who are to accompany me to-morrow morning to Brighton, from whence we hope to embark for Dieppe in the evening Commend me, with respect, to thy lady.


B. O.




Paris, September 14, 1821. Your mamma, sister, and Mr. Pasquier, are gone to gossip with Mrs. Laurence. Being alone, and tired with poring over a Description of Paris, I seek relief in chatting with you en famille. We have seen a great deal for the time we have been here; but were we to stay three times as long, still there would be enough to excite curiosity.

You must suppose us standing in the midst of a fête, with holiday people about us, regardless of business, and bent only on pleasure. The whole population seem to be living out of doors; and for a single sous you may have a chair in any street or place, lounge as long as you please, and observe the passing throng. Nothing seems to occupy the attention of the Parisians but the frivolity of dress, and thinking what delicacies to indulge in, and what theatrical amusements are to fill up the evening. I will not attempt to describe what we have seen, nor what we intend to see ; nor should I have written this but that I know it will give you pleasure, were it only to have the signature of your



I cannot help mentioning, that yesterday we went to see the burial-ground of Père la Chaise ; but whether the impression of walking through this cemetery had an effect upon your dear mamma, or that it was owing to fatigue, I cannot tell, but we were obliged, with great reluctance (I speak for myself), to quit it, and proceed to our hotel as fast as possible, where, in a little time, with the assistance of our kind hostess, your mamma recovered, and was able to enjoy her dinner, when we were joined by Mr. Dearne, who came to pass the day with us, previously to his setting off for Burgundy.

We thought of poor Richard on Wednesday- thought of Harrow School, and the reception he would meet with : we think of him still, and think of all of you. My gout has almost subsided; but I can scarcely venture out without taking a fiacre, which is a great annoyance

to me.

This from your dear Papa,

B. 0.


MY DEAR GIRLS, Paris, (L'Hotel de l'Europe), Sept. 17, 1821.

I am again left alone. Mr. Pasquier is gone to spend the day with a friend, and your mamma and Hannah are gone a-shopping - shopping -- nothing but shopping! Dress and frivolity are the order of the day.

Our good friend, Mrs. L., has had a dreadful fever for the last two months, and I am afraid your mamma has caught her distemper. Poor lady! she has a carriage and a pair of horses, which stop regularly at every milliner's shop, and are acquainted with every avenue

around this city, within the circumference of twenty miles. St. Cloud has greater attraction for her than ever took possession of Buonaparte : he, poor man, may have visited it about six times in six months; but Mrs. L. could not be satisfied with less than six visits in two months !! What, madam, cannot you be content with seeing this or that place once?Lord, sir! I could go every day.” “ Have you not seen the palace of Versailles ? Have you not seen the Theâtre François, the Italian Theatre, the Odeon Theatre, the Theatre des Variétés, and the French Opera ?” Lord, sir! I have seen them all, and I could go every night.” We went to Tivoli. I forget how many times she had been there.

Tivoli is the Vauxhall of this place, and it is certainly worth seeing, and what any person may innocently indulge in. A laudable curiosity is praiseworthy, if it be not carried to excess; and here there is a great deal, if not to be admired, at least to astonish you. You see, in one place, Punch and his whole grotesque family: in another, a conjurer, who has the dexterity to conjure money out of the pockets of those who are no conjurers, and who (you will scarcely believe) have credulity enough to fancy, that a tall meagre figure, with dark eyebrows, and a false but flowing long beard, with a long tube in his hand, can through it impart in a hollow whisper, ay, and satisfy them too, that their future progress in life will be attended with increasing happiness and prosperity! I could almost have envied the delightful sensation imparted to the fortunate listeners. They all seemed happy; thought not of the past; but, with eyes of intelligent brightness, appeared to be in possession of that which all the world is panting for – riches! Who that can obtain it at so small a price

« PreviousContinue »