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let her break from him, unless he proves that he has preserved his esteem for her, and, by his attentions may, some day, deserve her hand in a lawful way. Let us indulge the pleasing hope that a Divorce-Bill may pass, and that the sacred veil of matrimony will cover and conceal, for ever, from public view, former irregularities,
" Nec tibi quid liceat, sed quid fecisse decebit
The mansion that the Duchess of Pyrmont was become a temporary inhabitant of, was a bequest left solely to her, by the Duke of Benningsen her father, entirely independent of her husband. In the will it was expressly ordered, that she should reside at it three months every - summer.
This the Duke of Benningsen had planned in the ardour of paternal affection; he saw the unbounded love of his daughter for a life of dissipation, and mindful of her health, he knew he should thus ensure her a pure salubrious air, far remote from any of those fashionable country haunts, where the nobility in general carry down their vices, pleasures, and dissipated habits, destroying their health as much as in the smoky air of London
The Duke of Pyrmont.
Anxiously concerned also to see a mind so devoted to fashion, he reflected that after her marriage with the Duke of Pyrmont, all parental admonition would be of no avail : he therefore hoped that by an annual residence in this beautiful rural spot, she might have leisure to look into her own conduct, and be induced, from the examination, to regulate it better. That period, however, was not yct arrived, and the Duchess was like a pri. soner of state, thinking herself the most unhappy woman in the world, to have this restriction put upon lier time and choice.
As the Duke her husband was not included in this order, he never accompanied her; he was five years younger than she was, and their interests, pursuits, and inclinations, had long been separate. He once knew his wife was the handsomest woman at Court; as such he was vain of her. Her forture was immense, so
was his own; but beautiful and followed as she was before her marriage, he would not have wedded her without her Jarge portion. As has been said before, they were not unlike in disposition, but they hated more than they regarded each other, and mutually divided their society.
The children of the Duchess accompanied her partly from compulsion, partly from choice, as the Duke of Benning. sen had desired that they should at least pass some time there with their mother, or forfeit the estate at her death.
One morning, just after the noble trio in the country had taken their breakfast, two visitors were announced ; one was the Duke of Westbury, the other was Lord Orton.
- If vulgarity of manners, hard-drinking, boisterous mirth, and a carbuncled face, might interest at first appearance,
A Description of smart Costume.
recommend the owner, and evince the man of fashion, then the Duke might rank high for his emblematical merit.
His boots appeared as if they had not been cleaned for months; a large coachman's coat, a whip in his hand, and a colouredsilk-handkerchief round his neck, ornamented his person: But he soon found out, that it was “ confounded hot !” so throwing his whip into the hall, be called to his “ Scoundrel," to come and take his coat; he then discovered on the bosom of his linen, which was not of the whitest hue, the two famous gladiators of the eighteenth century, of exquisite workmanship, in correct and diminutive gold figures, and which formed a shirt-broach.
“Well, my Lady Duchess,” said he, “ I promised, you know, to come and see you, and here I am, with my wheydrinking friend, Orton! Do, Waltham, let your butler give me something to