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Art. IX. First Impressions on a Tour upon the Continent, in the Summer of 1818, through Parts of Italy, Switzerland, the Borders of Germany, and a Part of French Flanders. By Marianne Baillie, 8vo. pp. 375. London. 1819.
THIS is, on the whole, a pleasant volume, carrying the reader without fatigue, an agreeable post-chaise tour through Paris, Lyons, Turin, Milan, the Simplon, Geneva, Berne, Nancy, Rheims, Calais, Dover, home. In general, it is written with simplicity and ease, but there is an occasional attempt at vivacity and airiness, which usually misses its object, and excites an extremely uncomfortable sensation in the perusal. Now and then, too, we meet with a lofty and dashing allusion to points of theology, commonly accompanied with a damnatory reference to Calvin and his followers. These obnoxious sectaries will, however, recover from their consternation when we assure them, that the lady has not the smallest knowledge of the subject on which she writes so flippantly; and they will probably agree with us in wondering at the ingenuity which could contrive to exbibit among the first impressions of a Continental tour, the signs of a snappish disposition to quarrel with her neighbours on the score of their religious creed. We would fain hope that reflecdition and right feeling may hereafter dictate to Mrs. Baillie, a language less tinctured with virulence and self-complacency. But, not satisfied with the indulgence of this unaccountable tendency to vituperate Calvinism, she avails herself of a visit made by a friend of hers, the purest and most romantic child
of nature,' to a set of 'ignorant' and 'unsophisticated' mountaineers, blessed with the singular virtues,' innocence,' and customary et ceteras of such people, to make a triumphant attack on the doctrine of Original Sin.
The advocates for the doctrine of original depravity, and who deny that man is rendered vicious chiefly by circumstances, might have been somewhat staggered in this plain tale,' so truly calculated to put them down."
We are unwilling to say harsh things to a lady, and shall therefore abstain from treating this delectable sequitur as it deserves; but we shall take leave to intimate, that infidelity, as well as hypocrisy, may have its cant, and that sundry passages in the present volume may serve to prove, that a sectarian temper is not confined to the admirers of Calvinism.
The scenery, manners, and costume, on the road from Calais to Paris, are slightly but agreeably described, and the little rencontres between the travellers and interesting or common-place hostesses and filles de chambre, are amusingly sketched. The height of the buildings, the narrowness of the streets, the want
of accommodation for pedestrians, and the villanous' and various' congregation of foul smells,' gave Mrs. Baillie a feeling of disgust towards Paris, which all its novelties and exhibitions were insufficient to remove. After a short stay in the Capital, her party quitted it for Lyons. At Saulieu,
Two very pretty, modest, rustic lasses waited upon us, named Marie and Lodine. Lodine was a brunette, with an arch, dimpled, comical little face, (round as an apple, and equally glowing,) teeth white as snow, and regular as a set of pearls; but I rather preferred the opposite style of Marie, who was slighter in her person, graver, and whose large dark eyes and penciled brows alone gave lustre and expression to an oval face, and a pale, yet clear and fine-grained skin: those eyes, however, were not so often illuminated by bright flashes of innocent gaiety as those of Lodine, but they made amends by the length and beauty of their soft black lashes. Lodine's admiration was prodigiously excited by my English ear-rings and rings, &c. She took them up one by one to examine, and exclaimed frequently that she had never seen such beautiful things in her life.'.
Mrs. B. and her friends reached Lyons in time to witness the rejoicings on the fête de St. Louis,
⚫ which is always celebrated with particular pomp and splendour. It was also the great jubilee of the Lyonnese peruquiers, who went in procession to high mass, and from thence to an entertainment prepared for them. The jouteurs (or plungers in water) likewise made a very magnificent appearance. They walked two and two round the town, and after a famous dinner (laid out for them in a lower apartment of our hotel) proceeded to exhibit a sort of aquatic tournament, in boats upon the river....... The dress of the combatants (among whom were several young boys of eight and five years old) was very handsome and fanciful, entirely composed of white linen, ornamented with knots of dark-blue riband. They had white kid leather shoes, tied with the same colours, caps richly ornamented with gold, and furnished with gold tassels. In their hands they carried blue and gold oars, and long poles, and upon their breasts a wooden sort of shield or breast-plate, divided into square compartments, and strapped firmly on like armour....... Against this they pushed with the poles as hard as possible, endeavouring to jostle and overturn their opponents; the vanquished, falling into the water, save themselves by swimming, while the victors carry off a prize.'
If Mrs. Baillie means that plungers in water,' is the meaning of jouteurs, she is much mistaken; the word means tilterscombatants at a joust or tournament.-Some good description occurs of the mountain of Savoy, and ample evidence is given of the admirable arrangements made by Napoleon for the safe and commodious passage of these elevated regions. On Mont Cenis, the party noticed the Hospice occupied by a set of kind and attentive monks.
We passed by the Hospice, originally built by Charlemagne and re-established by Bonaparte, who really put us in mind of the Marquis of Carrabas, in the fairy tale of Puss in Boots; for if we saw any road better than another, any house particularly well calculated for the relief of travellers, any set of guides whose attendance was unusually convenient and well-ordered, or any striking improvement, in short, of whatever nature, and were induced to inquire, by whom all had been done," the answer was invariably, Napoleon! Napoleon! Napoleon !'
At Turin, Mrs. B. was sadly annoyed by the effluvia of garlic, a universal ingredient in the cookery. In the neighbourhood, she met the king of Sardinia taking his evening ride. He is described as a little thin man, apparently about fifty-five, with a countenance expressive of good nature. The prince and princess of Carignano are spoken of as universally beloved. While at the Opera, Mr. B., feeling something tickle his forehead, put up his hand, and caught hold of a monstrous black spider, at least four inches in circumference.'
In the journey through Switzerland, the party followed a route which, though well described by Mrs. Baillie, does not offer any other than well-known objects. Some particulars are stated of the singular habits of the idiot artist Mind: he was a Cretin, and did not appear in any respect superior to that miserable race, but in every thing not immediately relating to his art, exhibited every symptom of confirmed imbecility. His animals, however, are said to be painted with great force and truth. He lived in the midst of a menagerie of cats, and from his skill in representing that species, has acquired the mock-heroic distinction of le Raffaelle des chats.
A few plates, not remarkable for excellence, accompany the volume.
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