a family of adopted children.
I remember its conclusion.
He who should give himself to the care of other people's children would be entitled to say:—
Formai questa famiglia
Sol colla mia virtu.
I built myself this family
solely by my own merit.
The performances concluded with a satirical poem given by a layman, and describing the indignation of an elegant ecclesiastic at the visit of a man in poor and shabby clothes.
His complaint is answered by a friend, who remarks:—
La vostra eccellenza
Vorrebbe tutti i poverelli ricchi.
would have every poor fellow rich.
The presence of the celebrated phrenologist, George Combe
, in Rome
at this time added much to Dr. Howe
's enjoyment of the winter, and to mine.
His wife was a daughter of the great actress, Mrs. Siddons
, and was a person of excellent mind and manners.
Observing that she always appeared in black, I asked one day whether she was in mourning for a near relative.
She replied, rather apologetically, that she adopted this dress on account of its convenience, and that English ladies, in traveling, often did so.
I remember that Fanny Kemble
, who was a cousin of Mrs. Combe
, once related the following