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THE HALF YEARLY

SUPPLEMENTAL NUMBER.

This Day is published, with the present Number of LA BELLE ASSEMBLED, No. XLVII. being the regular SuPPLEMENTAL Number, which concludes the Sixth Volume of this Work, with the termination of the half year.

DECORATIONS. The Supplement contains the Heads of those Poets whose Works have ap. peared in the prior Numbers of the Magazine, and likewise of such poets whose Works appear in the Supplement and following Number.

These Portraits are Five in number, viz. very fine Portraits, from original
Pictures of acknowledged fidelity, of

THOMSON, DRYDEN,
GRAY,
JOHNSON, GOLDSMITH.

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THOMSON'S SEASONS, COMPLETE ;
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Bell's

COURT AND FASHIONABLE

MAGAZINE,

For JUNE, 1809.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

OF

ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES.

The Forty-sirth Number.

THE RIGIT HONOURABLE LADY CHARLOTTE CAMPBELL.

LADY CHARLOTTE CAMPBELL is unnecessary to inform those female readers the youngest daughter of John Duke of who are possessed of experience in the Argyll, by Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamil science of costume, and can count the ton and Brandon, and of Argyll. Her | revolutions of fashions with accuracy and Ladyship was married to John Campbell, precision, that Lady Charlotte Campbell Esq. eldest son of Walter Campbell, Esq. was the first inventor of what is technically of Shawfield, Lanerkshire.

called short waists. This Gentleman is since dead.

This peculiar attraction of the sex will It is scarcely fifteen years since Lady long be remembered by those who have Charlotte Campbell was the most distin- so often shuddered at that martyrdom guished ornament of the fashionable circle. | which beauty has sustained from whale. To a great share of beauty she united the bone and tight lacing. most brilliant accomplishments, and a taste After her marriage, Lady Charlotte in dress which excited the admiration and Campbell made a very hasty retreat from envy of the female world. Her Ladyship the gay world, to cultivate the domestic will always maintain a conspicuous place in duties in a more tranquil and secluded life. the records of fashion: the time in which Her Ladyship has chiefly remained in this she flourished will, if we mistake not, be retirement; and, a short time since, had celebrated as a kind of Æra in the deco- the misfortune to lose her husband. sation of the female world. It is perhaps

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF GROWING YOUNG AGAIN,

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A multitude of facts might be adduced || physicians who have entertained the same to prove, that nature, as we have just ob- ! sentiments on this subject as ourselves, served, still possesses the same resources and to which we might add a great many as ever; all that is required of us is not to others, if our limits would allow paralyse her means, and this our manner to enter into a full discussion of this opiof living has most unfortunately but too often a tendency to do. The age of the Most of the physicians, both ancient and world," says Dr. Huseland, " has hitherto modern, who have devoted their attention had no perceptible influence on the age of to the means of prolonging life or restoring man. It is possible to live, in our days, to the vigour of youth, have always recomas great an age as mankind did at the time mended particular care to be taken of the of Abrahain, and even at a more remote i skin. period. There have undoubtedly been

Hippocrates advised the use of the bath, times, at which men, in the same country, | daily frictions, and exercise. He lived to have attained to a greater or less age. But the age of one hundred and four years. that nation, which should return through Galen, who died at the age of one hun. a revolution to a less civilized state, and dred and forty years, and never bad any approach nearer to that of nature, would illness, owed this protracted life to the be most likely to arrive, like the people of practice of the advice which he gives in the carly ages, at the real term of life." his treatise on the way of preserving health.

It would be very easy to demonstrate, by Asclepiades, a physician, afirmed that examples, that man at the present day by art it was possible to prolong life and attains to a very advanced age. These ex health, and that he would consent to pass amples we began to collect, but they are so for an ignorant quack, if he was ever ate numerous, that the limits of this chapter i tacked with the slightest indisposition. forbid their introduction. Many of them He made good his assertion, for he died will be found in the work of Sir John Sin- of a fall, at the age of one hundred and clair, and other writers on the subject of fifty years. longevity, and the means of prolonging

Democritus was one hundred and four life, in which we shall take the liberty of years old when he died. Being once asked referring the inquisitive reader.

how he had attained such an advanced age The possibility of attaining to an ex without sickness, he replied, that it was treme old age, is so clearly demonstrated, by eating honey, and rubbing his body that we have no occasion to say any thing with oil. more on the subject. We shall therefore Heradicus, by means of repeated fricconfine o'irselves, in this place, to the proof tions, prolonged the lives of a great numof our assertion, that cosmetics, bathing, ber of persons enfeebled by age. in a word, the pains bestowed on the ski Plutarch was likewise of opinion that are one of the principal of the means that there are means by which human life may promote length of life, and are sometimes be protracted, and he gives some excellent capable of producing the astonishing phe-advice on this subject. nomenon of a complete restoration of Deodatus, a physician, wrote upon the youth-a phenomenon of which many au means of prolonging life beyond one hun. thentic examples are on record.

dred and twenty years. That this renovation is possible, and that

Robertus Vallensis, Arnaud de Ville. it is owing, in part, to the good state of neuvc, Raimond Lulle, asserted the possi. the skin, is neither a paradox nor a new

bility of attaining a very advanced age, and opinion peculiar to ourselves. I shall take even of regaining the vigour of youtb. occasion to mention the names of soine

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The general conversation of the fa- 1 knowledged him as his star and model. In shionable'world is wholly occupied upon every action he had distinguished hiinself the melancholy business which has lately as the bravest of the brave; every battle been agitated in the Courts respecting the had been to him but a new occasion for the separation of Lord and his amiable. | display of those qualities which are deemed wife; a separation which, throughout the characteristic of Englishmen. Lord whole affair, is accompanied with such | therefore was never mentioned in any comsingular aud unhappy circumstances as pany but that at the same time bis name render it more like a romance than any || was accompanied with eulogies of his bra. thing which has recently occurred, or very. With such a reputation, so well which could be supposed to have occurred merited, and so universally acknowledged, in real life. In the variety of human it is no reasovable subject of surprise that misery, however, it would seem that for. | Lord was considered as the British tune sometimes torrows the powers of Alcibiades. As elegant in his manners as fiction, and thereby produces real scenes in bis person, be seemed to unite every and actual occurrences, which, in the dark thing with which the fancy of the novelist ebony of their ground, resemble the images usually decks his hero of seduction. Unof fiction. Something of this kind has fortunately, too, Lord seeins to bave happened in the unhappy affair to which employed all his naturai gifts to the same we allude: some of the transactions are so perverse purpose. melancholy, and at the same time so little Lord paid his first addresses to the known, that it may not be uninteresting to | daughter of the Earl of --, and as the retrace them.

match was every way suitable, the young Lord is a nobleman possessed of the lady being of equal rank with himself, most eminent personal attractions; he is . these addresses met the approbation of possessed, moreover, of those qualities both families, and after the usual period which still farther heighten the effect of of courtship the parties were united. those attractions. Amongst those illus. Every one anticipated for the illustrious trious few whose single deeds uphold the young couple all that happiness which reputation of the country, Lord -'s usually follows a union of sentiment; and name stands foremost. · Some of the most the Poet of the MORNING Post, the ten. brilliant of our late victories have been der and elegant Hafiz, wrote an epithaimputed to him, and certainly if not alto- lamium on the occasion, in which, with gether acquired by his individual prowess, || his usual felicity, he predicted that their his active valour has at least contributed love should only end with their life. Une more than an equal share. It is a very old fortunately, however, the words of the poet remark, that no quality is so attractive to have not been verified; their life continues, the ladies as valour, and therefore that but their love has been interrupted. nothing more effectually recommends a In the ordinary intercourse of fashionman to their favour than having a repu- | able life, Lord -- was introduced into tation for courage; Lord - possessed the family of Mr. this reputation in a most eminent degree. one of those men who are, perhaps, more Every soldier could relate the acts of his calculated for business than for domestic unexampled courage; every soldier ac- il society. He was a man of the most suict No. XLVI-Vol. VI.

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honour, of the most laudable morality, but (which, with her feeling of mind, is, under had a gravity which but ill accords with the the circumstances, impossible), but to enfashionable levity of the day.' Unhappily deavour, by every means in my power, to for his repose, Mr. - had been induced / alleviate ber suffering. I feel, therefore, by his family connections to select as his that my life is-hers, not my own. It dis. wife one of those fashionable ladies who tresses me beyond all description to refuse suffer their tastes and their morals to be you that satisfaction which I am most formed from the trash of a circulating li. ready to admit you have a right to demand; brary, who learn the predestination of love but, upon the most mature reflection, I from Werter, and the omnipotence of it' have determined upon the propriety of

this

this Jady by the name of Calista, and bere- tive for acting thus is good; nor was I after Lord - - by that of Lothario. without bopes that you would have made

The consequence of this unhappy ac. allowances for this my very particular situquaintance was, that Lothario and Calista ation, and thereby have largely added to too soov forgot their respective honour: the extreme kindness you have already they saw and loved- they loved, and for- shewn to your sister upon this afflicting got every thing. To make short of this occasion. melancholy tale, the seductions of Lothario “ I have the honour to be, Sir, prévailed upon Calista to leave the house

“ Your obedient servant, of her husband; in one unfortunate ,mo

“ LOTHARIO." ment, friends, family, every thing was P. S. On referring to the date of your forgotten.

letter, it becomes necessary to assure you This elopement was no sooner known, that I have only this moment received it. than the following letters passed between some of the parties concerned :

HORATIO TO ALTAMONT, HIS T'he first was from the brother of the un

INTENDED SECOND. fortunate lady, whom from delicacy we

« MY DEAR SIR,

April 2, 1809. shall call Horatio.

“ I have availed myself of the very first

moment in my power to relieve you from " LOTHARIO, March 23, 1809. the anxiety you have for some days past * I hereby request you to name a time been feeling on my account, by assuring and place where I may meet you, to obtain || you that all communication between La satisfaction for the injury dove myself and thario and myself has ceased. my whole family by your conduct to my “ And in oruer. that what has passed sister.

may not be misrepresented, I herewith in" I have to add, that the time must be close copies of the only letters that have 'as early as possible, and the place not in been exchanged, and I have to request the immediate neighbourhood of London, that you will shew them, together with as it is by concealment alone I am able to this letter, to any of my friends, or of your evade the police.

own acquaintance, that might wish to read “ HORAT10."

them.

“ When my sister, after a separation of LOTIIARIO'S ANSWER.

a very few days, returned to Lothario, and " HORATIO,

March 30, 1809. when I was convinced, by a variety of cir. "I have to acknowledge the receipt of cumstances, that the fear of iny resentment your letter of the 28th inst. I have no had no farther effect in deterring ber from thing to say injustification of my conduct that connection, I could no longer restrain towards your sister, but that it has been the impulse of my feelings, and immedi. produced by an attachment perfectly uno | ately demanded that satisfaction from Loconquerable.

thario, which the laws of my country do “ She has lost the world upon my ac not afford, but which I had a right to ask, count, and the only atonement I can niake and he was equally bound to give me, for ties to derole myself, not to her ' happiness || the injury he had done myself and my

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