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I not rather hope, that, like our namesakes, the Romans, ll his country's misdeeds a foreigner will marvel that we shall be hailed throughout all time,
| England could have governed so ill, and Ireland subRomanos, rerum dominos, gentemque togatam. mitted so tamely. Law, peace, and justice, at our feet shall fall, And the white-shirted race be lords o'er all!"
Memoirs of a Deist, written first A.D. 1793-4; being a We then begin with the biography of the Cap
Narrative of the Life and Opinions of the Writer, tain himself. The details of his boyish life enable
until the period of his Conversion to the Faith of Jesus the author to enter into a minute description of the Christ; which took place in the course of the developedomestic wretchedness of the lower Irish, and the ments of an Essay written by the Deist, to prove that melancholy state of their education. In speaking of Pure Deism was the only true Religion. the hedge school, at which he was himself instructed,
This is a narrative which after thirty years concealhe relates the following anecdote, which is but sad merriment, and a beavy lightness."
ment in the author's trunk, has been drawn forth to en
lighten, instruct, and entertain the world. The author "A few miles from our village, on the other side of the || very frankly gives us the following insight into his chariver, there was a school-master of much renown, and some Latin, whose pupils we had long envied for their pos
racter at the time it was written :session of such an instructor, and still more since we had " It appeare necessary, in self-defence, to inform my been deprived of our own. At last, upon consulting with
candid reader, that when I first wrote this narrative, I my brother graduates of the heilge, a bold measure was re
was, perhaps, one of the most romantic simpletons in exsolved upon, which I had the honour of being appointed
istence. I had it in my most deliberate purpose, to exhibit leader to carry into effect. * One fine moonlight night, crossing the river in full force,
my whole soul for public inspection, like an anatomical sub
ject, pro bono publico, as a warning to sinners, and also as a westole upon the slumbers of the unsuspecting schoolmaster,
valuable study for spiritual anatomists. At the same time, and, carrying him off in triumph from his disconsolate dis
I intended to remain incognito, if possible, without deciples, placed him down in the same cabin that had been
feating the object of publication.' For I was a bachelor, a | Occupied by the deceased Abecedarian. It 18 not to be sup- ll soldier, and an enthusiast: I therefore committed to paper posed that the transfluvian tyros submitted patiently to
every thing that I knew or thought of myself, both good this infringement of literary property-on the contrary,
and bad, in thought and word, as well as in deed ; that the the famous war for the rape of 'Helen was but a skirmish
whole naked truth might appear, for the information of my to that which arose on the enlevement of the school-master;
moral and spiritual dissectors, and ultimately for the glory and, after alternate victories and defeats on both sides, the
of God, in the confirmation of the truth of the Gospel.” contest ended by leaving our party in peaceable possession of the pedagogue, wbo remained contentedly amongst us
The advice of a friend induced him to expunge at least many years, to the no small increase of Latin in the neighbourhood."
one half of these exposures of himself; and he tells us | This is a catalogue of the books of study which oc
with the most amusing simplicity that other friends are
desirous of expunging the remaining half. Having cupy the intellects of the lower Irish:
given way so materially to the suggestions of friendship * In History,-Annals of Irish Rogues and Rapparees. in one point, he resolved to be very deaf to them in 66 In Biography,-Memoirs of Jack the Bachelor, a noto
another, and accordingly we have the work, taliter rious smuggler, and of Freney, a celebrated highway
qualiter, in a goodly octavo, The Rev. John Newton, man.
" In Theology,-Pastorini's Prophecies, and the Mira Rector of St. Mary's Woolnoth, says " it may be one cles of Prince Hohenlohe.
of the most useful publications of the age;"" and the * In Poetry, Ovid's Art of Love, and Paddy's Resource. "In Romance-reading,-Don Belianis of Greece, Moll
author himself seems to believe that it is sure to be so. Flanders, &c. &c.
He begins with an open, unreserved avowal of his * Such being the leading works in that choice Catalogue, || scanty preparations for authorship, by calling himself from which, according to the taste of the parties, is se “ an illiterate soldier.” We have no room for any lected the chief reading of the Cottagers of Ireland.
abridgment or even passages of his early biography. ** So educated, and so governed, is it wonderful that the Rock FAMILY should flourish ?”.
His opportunities of improvement were considerable,
but in his boyhood he was accounted insane, and phy. The annals of Ireland are briefly but spiritedly traced || sicked so much, that he at last believed it himself. This down through all their varieties of misery, oppression, ll enabled him to be as idle, and of course as ignorant as he corruption and crime to the present day. It is a pleased, and the result was very loose habits and scanty mournful retrospect, and gives rise to the most alarm information. “ Pope's Homer," “ Rollin's History," ing apprehensions for the future. The Captain is final and twopenny drums excited his military ardour; and ly arrested in the midst of his professional pursuits, I“ he would be a soldier." But this was not yet to be. tried and sentenced to transportation. His true name At sixteen he fell in love with a young lady of some not being known saved him from the gallows.
| beauty. His passion was the most platonic imaginaSuch is the “ brief abstract" of the last volume of | ble. His soul doated on the young lady's soul; there Mr. Moore. No one can read it without being deeply was no sensuality about it, it was nothing less than a affected. An Irishman will be in wrath for his coun- ll pure and exalted abstract of affection. “The inlage of try's sufferings—an Englishman will feel ashamed for || divinity" goes into another county and fades a little
from his memory, but the last blow is given to the moral | every degree and kind of blasphemy, sacrilege, indecency, and pure affection, by his becoming acquainted with
ll and reprobacy! I had indeed soon ample cause to repent
most bitterly (had my eyes been opened) of these most some of the faciles nymphæ of Drury Lane and Covent
grievous insults, which I had so publicly offered to every Garden,
Jaw, whether of religion, morality, or decency. From that His guardian thinks of sending him out to India as a time forward, I became more rapidly and desperately viwriter, but he will be nothing but a soldier, and he is I çiou:, gross, sensual, and almost devilish; for though my
bodily powers were exhausted by abuse, yet my imaginaaccordingly nominated to a cadetship. And here he |:
nell tion was still active, and ran through all the chambers of relates a melancholy instance of the shadowy nature of || imagery - !!!" his heroism and romantic virtue :
A brighter prospect opened upon him, and his wretch
edness became the source of his bliss. He was obliged, “ Upon the whole, I will venture to say, that a near re- |
in the excess of his misery, to fly to something like ra. lation of mine was in great distress, as I heard, in poor lodgings, and in an ungenteel part of London, as I under
tionality for relief and protection. He chose a more stood. I was exhorted to go and find him out, and relieve sober mode of life, devoted himself to the duties of his him. But I had no means of affording effectual relief, profession, and set about improving and strengthening without making application to my old cross guardian in the
his intellectual faculties by the study of mathematics. country. The particular part of Holborn was not pointed out; and I dreaded being seen in any dirty lane or alley,
The effects were most salutary. enquiring for a poor man of my own name, by any of my The author at this part of his narrative stops to ingenteel or dashing friends. Therefore, after much debate | dulge in some very curious and original speculations. in my own mind, pride, and vanity, indolence, and false
They are slightly touched with insanity, but they are shame, prevailed over the desire which I really felt to assist the old man (whom I had only seen once in my life, Il singularly interesting. His religion was entirely of his when I was a child. But I confess that he then gave me own invention, and his deifications were not a little sin. half-a-crown to buy gingerbread; which circumstance gular. Socrates came first in the list, our Saviour the has pained me more than any other recollection. It was like a worm in my bowels, or a barbed arrow in my breast).
second, aud Howard was the last. From Deism he I therefore permitted the notice I had received to pass
rose a step to Unitarianism, and changed places with away unheeded, and stified my sense of guilt, by the ex Socrates and our Saviour! As a fit corollary to these cuse of inability. It is evident from the above, that my religious studies, he set about writing a metaphysical house was built upon the sand.”
essay, to prove that “ the body of a man was merely the He embarks for India, reads "Pope's Essay on Man,"
shadow of his soul!" In the course of this essay, he disand becomes a deist in his principles; he reads Chester
covered that “ the human soul was in itself both male field, and tries to become a gentleman in his manners,
and female!" This was mad enough in 1792, but the but frankly confesses that this was a failure. He tells us
note written in 1824 is still more insane. The friends however, that his principles and his manners were both
of the author might with justice ask him to reduce his well fitted for the meridian of the East Indies. From some
intellectual aberrations “ to the standard of 92." of the moral contamination which surrounded him he , From “the study of geometrical figures, such as cir. contrived to escape ; but in regard to one passable spe cles, squares, and triangles, with a reference to moral cies of sensuality, he was as bad as the worst; still there
and spiritual truth," our author arrived at a conviction was a romantic speculative love burning in his bosom
of the existence of the devil! The consequence of this for all the heroic virtues and for military glory. In pur conviction was a belief in the existence of God! With suance of this passion he provokes a brother officer to
this last belief came that of the divinity of our Saviour, fight a duel, but fails; he ihen brings him to a court and lo! he is a perfect christian. All this part of the martial, and fails again. He is “ cut" by the regiment,
memoirs is mixed and mingled with most enthusiastic and vents all his spite upon the Bible :
and insane speculations, and cannot be read without an
indescribable feeling of compassion and wonder. Here " I must now add, that the writer of this Narrative, || is a specimen :after the above-mentioned examination, and insane and impious judgment concerning the Holy Scriptures, “ The equilateral triangle, or chord of 1200, and the bexaand the Christian faith; consummated his blasphe Il gon, or chord of 600, are, in my Essay on the analogies of mous madness, by seizing the sacred volume in a rage, geometry, shown to be emblems of the letter of the law throwing it upon the floor, and out of the house!!! And without the Spirit. It is in this snare, as in a cobweb, that yet this shocking reprobate still lives, and believes the || the devil catches the souls of men; for the letter being same glorious volume to be the very word of God, and de- ll only equal to the radius, whilst the spirit of it is equal to sires pes, and prays to live and die in this blessed faith II the sinus
| the sinus totus, or chord of 90, they are enabled for a time and obedience, as the only truth, and name, and way, | to conform to the letter, (as legal hypocrites) externally, given to mankind, whereby we must be saved. Amen. until they are tempted to transgress the letter openly, Glory be to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.which being felonious, they are hanged. Thus the letter Amen.
killeth, but the spirit giveth life,' for the Lord and His " I must here forbear to relate a singularly vile, insane, || Gospels are that Spirit.'"-2 Cor. iii. impious and scandalous frolic, which I committed in a Portuguese Church, full of images of saints, which had been “ I was, therefore, suddenly assaulted with such floods converted into a magazine for military stores, during the l of dreadful thoughts, as overwhelmed my reason in a mosiege of Basseen, near Bombay. But why should I say ment. In short, the gulls of perdition seemed to open beone? I must omit many, in which were combined almost || fore me at every step, and I was almost drowned in the
great metaphysical deep! Then I felt, and thought I un-The title of the Drury Lane piece is Zoroaster ; or, the derstood something of the following texts: "When He Spirit of the Star: that of Covent Garden-The Spirits of raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid ; by reason of the Moon; or, the Inundation of the Nile. The latter is BREAKINGS,' (of the sword of reason) they purify them- l superior in composition and dramatic interest, the former selves. The swORD of him, that layeth at him, cannot | in splendid scenery. Indeed, the succession of views called hold, the SPEAR, the DART, nor the AABERGEON. Hel “ the Eidophusikon," (borrowed from Loutherbourg) is unmaketh THE DEEP to boil like a pot; he maketh THE SEA paralleled in point of variety, splendour, skilful execution, like a pot of ointment. He is a KING over all THE CHILDREN and general effect. When we can have such views of OF PRIDE.'--Job, xli. See description of Leviathan.” Rhodes, Naples, the Pyramids, and all the marvels of
| Exypt and Persia, &c. seven shillings a nigbt, we do not " To complete as soon as possible my deliverance from see any use in spending hundreds, and hazarding life, to the horrors which had fastened on my mind, as the natural
visit the realities. Stanfield is, indeed, a wonderful artist. and judicial consequences of my faithless folly, I resolved
At the other house there is a similar series of scenes, which to read some light, entertaining book, which might divert
ill is very beautiful, but inferior, we think, to those at Drury my spirit; I therefore wisely took up the Arabian Nights' || Lane. In spite of the vast expense to which the proprieEntertainments. But I here experienced a severe reproof
tors must have put themselves--in spite, too, of the unand chastisement for my folly. The enemy was imme
equalled excellence in point of art which these pieces disdiately permitted to suggest such tremendous, detestable. || diatelo nermitted d i ch tomondan detectie Il play, they are neither of them likely to be successful. unutterable impieties and blasphemies to my imagination,
Eight or a dozen nights each, will be the extent of their that I suddenly started up, and, throwing away the book,
existence. The audience is tired of mere show and sound : I ran out of my tent in a transport of horror, terror, and
they take it as an insult that such trash as the dialogue of almost desperation. I then ran in again, not knowing how || these melodramas, should be thrust upon their likings to escape from myself, and quite distracted for a time.
" against the stomach of their sense." None but children Then, as the last resource, I betook myself to prayer; but I are ever caught twice with a gilded pill. Who the authors the same horrors presenting themselves, even then, I was may be, we know not, but it is impossible to conceive any forced to stop short through fear, lest the wrath of heaven
thing more destitute of wit, sentiment, ordinary interest, should strike me in an instant to hell, for daring to offer a
or even decent English. It is worse than ridiculous in masacrifice so full of pollution and abomination."
nagers to present such trash to the public,-it is beneath
the dignity of the meanest audience to listen to it in silence. But we cannot dwell any longer on this volume. The
The minor Theatres.-- The Easter pieces are better writauthor settles into a sincere and fervent christianity, Il ten at the small houses than at the great. These last think which is tinged with all the wildness of a weak and ram I to carry every thing by spectacle, but the former having bling intellect. He comes to England, writes the narra
but small stages, and small finances, are absolutely obliged tive in 1792, and publishes it with sundry notes and
to rely, not a little, upon making their pieces tolerable, by
means of tolerable composition. At the Surrey, under its postscripts in 1824. Its literary merit is far from con enterprizing proprietor, Mr. Williams, (who is equally fatemptible. The style, so far as mere language is con mous for good coffee-houses, and good theatres) a new mecerned, is nervous, racy, and clear. The sentiments are,
lodrama, founded on The Fire Worshippers, of Moore, as our quotations will demonstrate, very anomalous.
was produced with much gorgeous scenery, and glittering
|shew. It was very interesting, and though the story, rather Altogether, it is a book worth the perusal of all who are than the language of the original, was borrowed, yet it excurious in the philosophy of the human mind. We have cited considerable interest. A melancholy accident ocno knowledge of the author, but we cannot help gues
curred to one of the dramatis persona. Ali Pacha, it sing it to be the production of a writer who is known to
seems, had presented Napoleon with an animal, which by
some strange means, found itself upon the Surrey stage. be an original and acute, but very fantastic, metaphy In consequence of its ignorance of "the whereabout, and sician.
its uncommon obesity, it tumbled through a trap-door, and perished amidst its own cries, and the sympathies of the
audience. A clever, though very wild and fantastic piece, DRAMA.
called The Floating Beacon, followed. It is wrought out of a story in “Blackwood's Magazine,' and contains a good
deal of romantic interest. Our critical notice for the present week is in no want of
U Sadlers' Wells (which is likewise under the management materials. The genius of melodrama has waved her wand l of Mr Williams over the slumbering invention of her worshippers, and wh
I of Mr. Williams) came out in a new suit of Easter livery, quickened into life an infinite spawn of these hybrid crea
Il which was bright and burnished enough. In Ora; or tions. For ourselves, we are generally puzzled how to
the African Slave, Mr. H. Kemble was really impressive. describe these things, but the authors have happily adopt
Generally this actor is our abhorrence, but in depicting ed the same or similar subjects, and we can " lump" them
the sufferings of an oppressed African, he is, in this piece, altogether. Egypt and Persia are the localities; lost heirs
uncommonly successful. There is a pantomime likewise, and tyrannous usurpers-infernal deities, and benevolent
which contains all the usual characters in triplicate. In
describing it we cannot do better than borrow the language angels--spirits, soothsayers, priests and soldiers, are the characters; and the rest is made up of indifferent music, and ||
of a brother critic. “ This if it do not make the perbeautiful scenery, full of towers, temples, palaces, theatres, il
|| formance three times more interesting, at least makes the cataracts, and sandy deserts. Covent Garden and Drury
ll plot three times more unintelligible.” Lane have by some singular chance adopted the same
At the Cobourg Mr. Galt has been laid under contributheme, and employed pretty nearly the same scenery. Re- tion. Out of his last novel, the “ Spacwise," there has port talks of some bad faith, and clandestine proceedings, I been constructed a novel and affecting story. Mrs. Stanin this respect; but as we never meddle with the on dits of || ley, in the “ weird woman,' is very effective. It is a fine green-rooms, and for the most part despise their authors, we piece of acting. The tale is turned to the best purpose, shall say nothing about the criminations and recrimina-1) and the drama is very exciting. After all, we have to retions, which have been bandied about from one theatre to peat that the melodramas of the smaller have given us the other.
greater pleasure than those of the larger theatres.
“ The big round tears That coursed each other down her innocent nose
In pitiless chase,” It requires very little excitement to produce a crowd in all.converted every dimple into a puddle, and made her a most great metropolis; independently of those who are really
lugubrious figure: a substantial picture of woe. In riding idle, there are numbers who either require, or believe they
cattle, the only thing that seemed to be thought requisite, are intitled to recreation, and a fair, or a fight, are there was two pair of legs: there was an endless variety, from fore certain of attracting a full attendance. This is the
the charger to the jack-ass; but why attempt an enumeranecessary consequence of the restraints and sacrifices, to || tion, when D'Urfey has done it so much better, with the which the drudgery of the week has subjected them; and advantage of poetry to sustain it.hence a corresponding disposition to recompense them
“ On long tails, on bob-tails, on trotters, and on pacers, selves with fun and frolic. It is thus we have seen the
On pads, hawkers, hunters, on higglers, and on racers, jaded, overwrought horse, when released from his harness, and turned out into the field, recreating himself with un
You'd have sworn knights and 'squires, prigs, cuckolds,
and panders, couth gambole, and the most extravagant curvettings, as
Appear'd all like so many brave Alexanders.'! if still doubtful of his liberty, or wishing to reimburse himself as quickly as possible for his late privations.
In country villages it is different-there the labour is severe, but
There is something very intellectual in lofty regionsdesultory; mere idleness is therefore matter of less posi witness the congenial influence of garrets on the votaries tive enjoyment; besides, at these places of resort, busi of the muse; it is from the same reason no doubt, that the ness is mingled with amusement, and the anxieties of a
top of a coach is the very Parnassus of wit, enlarging the market-day, are enough to destroy many of the pleasures | mind by giving it a wider field to look over. We had all which would otherwise have followed in the train of a fair. kinds of jokes, if I except good ones, for the quality was at But why do I mention this cherished feast of fools, where least as various as the subjects. the genius of merriment and revels, held his motley court,
We passed a sign-board, which received a whole broadand every variety of character had its representative in side, something ungallant truly, considering it was the this congress of booths and boors; it seemed as if the
buoy, the land-mark, as it were, which pointed to “ The very atmosphere of a fair produced unbounded licence. Blue Style Establishment for the Education of Young LaAlas! the ruthless magistrates have destroyed this fa
dies." " And what the devil kind of place may that be," vourite gratification of the “ lean, unwashed artificers;' said a thick, pursy poodle-looking body, whose head and with one “ fell gwoop," they have banished them from the tongue were occupied all the way with new schemes for metropolis. Bartholomew yet languishes, in sickly exist loans, docks, and insurances; for lightening, or even darkence; Bow Street and Brook Green, have already sunk ening towns; for making roads, or spoiling them, and who under their stern mandate, and even " Greenwich merry instantly thought of it, as a stock company for instructing making" is but the ghost of what it was.
Misses by lectures, or perhaps machinery. “Do ye know,"
he continued, " if the shares are all made up, and if the " I cannot but remember such things were,
thing is like to do? Any chance of a premium on the transThat were most precious to me. Did Aldermen look on,
fer, eh?' _“ Bah," said his neighbour, (who at the moment And would not take their part?'"*
was watching the senator-like look of a monkey sitting on
the dickey beside the driver)," it is for the blue-stocking There was some competition for places on the top of the ladies, man.”—“Very good, i'faith,' answered little dumpcoach, when on Tuesday last I set out for Greenwich, de ling, - not a bad plan ; worth looking after--a new thought: termined once more to enjoy its revels, in spite of their blue is a fast colour; never had blue stockings in my own shrunken form and diminished attractions. “We have a ly, but will bave them if the thing takes. I shall see very comfortable feeling when snugly provided with all the about it on Change to-morrow;' and while the laugh raged appurtenances of travelling: when firmly seated, our loud and bold around him, he returned into his pocket the cloak adjusted, and some idea formed of the qualities and huge memorandum book, in which he had entered a nobiengeance of our next neighbour, and at our leisure mar tice of what he conceived to be a “ literary hosiery work." ing the living stream which passes in all directions, but In one of the few tranquil moments which the bustle of chiefly guessing at those in the motley crowd, who are bent the road allowed us, I enjoyed a very rich treat of Cockon the same journey. A traveller is said to bear very neyism. A Cit's box skirted the side of the way, and striking marks of his purpose in his air and gait: they are about a rood of pleasure-ground, which seemed to belong obvious even to ordinary observers, but with a stage-coach to it, was thickly studded with temples, grottoes, and teaman they form a science, and are matter of certainty: he houses; on the top of which sprawled some member of picks out the wayfaring man among the throng, as if his Pagan mythology as its presiding deity. There were trees, ticket blazoned the front of his hat. By Jehu's unwearied | or rather shrubs, for the former would occupy too much importunity, by holding up his paw, and crying, “. Green- || room ; and as many rocks as trees, and a bunch of daisies wich, Sir ? going to Greenwich, Ma'am ?')--and the unin to every rock, so that there was nothing wanting : “ grove termitting watchfulness of some fellows, who, like the nods to grove." But what is a landscape, however perfect, feelers of insects, preserve a line of communication with without water? Well, it had that also ; there was a pond more distant objects, and led their prey past the opposi with delightful sinuosities of outline, embracing in the tion coaches, we were at length well freighted, and set off, most cunning way imaginable, two verdant islands, between the “ stones rattling underneath, as if Whitehall were which a leaden cupid had found room to sit, and spirted mad." As might be expected, from the heterogeneous water with great assiduity. mass of vehicles which covered the road—from the collec There was something quite novel in sousing his little tion of the strong, and the weak-the swift, and the slow, godship into the water-to extend, no doubt, the triumphs there were frequent collisions; and I passed many a city- 1 of his mother, and add a new empire to her former despowire, seated on some fragment of her shipwrecked parcel tism.cart, like “ Niobe, all tears ;” but whether her wailing pro
“Et tenet in viridi regna palude Venus." ceeded from grief for her prostrate and half-murdered lord, or the more unintellectual sorrow of a ruffled-elbow, I It has never been decided whether the noble bridge at know not; however the whirling cloud of dust mingling || Blenheim was built for the sake of the water, or the water with
introduced for the sake of the bridge ; then why expect
that I should explain the use of a bridge, with three gothic stoutly, but to no purpose-he feigned to be sick, and held arches, over this nice little lake, which no doubt was made his head over the side of the car, “suiting the action to to fit the structure that was to bestride it. Beside the || the word,” and at once his wishes were answered: the bridge was moored a boat, so that there could be no incon swinger deserted his poet; the crowd retired to a distance, venience-not the slightest, in having the water in the || to await till the storm blew over. I had seen enough of grounds, and then what an addition to the sylvan beauties the fair, and soon after left Greenwich. of the place! The boat was as gay as Cleopatra's galley: its sides were decorated with wreaths of flowers, gwans,
• Shakspeare, mutatis mutandis, doves, and cupids, like the borders of the painted ceilings in || + City wire, city ladies, so called by Ben Jonson, from the wires Hampton Court.' The fair has sadly fallen away, and is used in their dress-caps. robbed of all its due proportions by the discouragements to these plebeian jollifications, by hoary magistrates, who
LITERARY NOTICES. seem to forget the green days of youth, when they thought King's THEATRE.-The admirers of Mozart will be grathem the grandest sights on earth. I was obliged to ask |tified to learn that the beautiful opera “ Il Don Giovanni" for the fair, as I would for an acquaintance who had changed
| is announced for Madame Caradori's benefit, on Thursday, his lodging; and when I found it, how changed, how
the 6th of May. We heartily wish-nay, we may almost shrunk, and tame-now unlike the joyous vulgarity, the
promise the lady a bumper on the occasion. It would affreedom, variety, and fun, which was wont to be the boast lord us great pleasure to see a few more of Mozart's compoand attraction of Greenwich merry-making; in short, to
sitions introduced during the present season. continue the metaphor with which I set out, my old
The splendid gallery and suite of exhibition rooms befriend was on his last legs, and but the shadow of what he || longing to the new society of British Artists, in Suffolkwas, having but little hope of another annual round of his |street, Pall-Mall East, were executed by MR. NASA, from existence. Still there was a tolerable display; a sickly
the designs of MR. ELMES. smile of gaiety about the place. I passed through a formidable array of gingerbread soldiers, drawn up in front
MARQUESS OF WORCESTER. of a booth, for the protection of the watches, horses, Turkey cocks, old ladies and gridirons, which were ranged ||
| The Marquis had a mind to tell King Charles I. (as behind. The uniform of the military was very imposing :
|| handsomely as he could) of some of his (as he thought) they were attired in a suit of gold leaf; to swallow one of ||
| faults; and thus contrived his plot. Against the time that the doughty heroes would have been to realise the fate of
his Majesty was wont to give his lordship a visit, as he Crassus. Next succeeded the legerdemain and rowley
commonly used to do after dinner, his lordship had the powles gentry; the mermaids and mountebanks, and won
book of John Gower before him on the table. The King ders of every class, from a penny to a sixpence, which
casting his eye upon the book, told the Marquis that he had sbewed that the fair had not altogether declined from its
never seen it before. “Oh!'' said the Marquis, “it is the ancient character.
book of books, which if your Majesty had been well versed “ In houses of boards, men walk upon cords,
in, it would have made you a king of kings."_" Why so, As easie as squirrels crack filberds,
my Lord ?" said the King. “ Why," said the Marquis, But the cut purses they do bite and rub away,
“here is set down how Aristotle brought up and instructed
Alexander the Great in all the rudiments and principles beBut these we suppose to be ill birds. For a penny you may zee, a fine puppet-play,
longing to a prince." And under the persons of Alexander And for twopence, a rare piece of art;
and Aristotle, he read the King such a lesson, that all the standers-bye were amazed at the boldness : and the
ess; and the King, And a penny a cann, I dare swear a man May put zix of them into a quart.
supposing that he had gone further than his text would Their zights are so rich, is able to bewitch
have giyen him leave, asked the Marquis if he had his The heart of a very fine man a,
lesson by heart, or whether he spoke out of the book. The Here's patient Grizel here, and fair Rosamond there,
Marquis replied, " Sir, if you could read my heart, it And the history of Susannah.”
may be you may find it there; or, if your Majesty please Old Ballad.
to get it by heart, I will lend you my book,” which The literary part of the amusements were sadly neglect
latter proffer the King accepted of, and did borrow it. ed; in vain did learned dogs boast of their erudition, or
“ Nay," said the Marquis," I will lend it to your dandy pigs shuffle the cards and play domino: John Bull
Majesty upon these conditions : first, that you read it; sehad not left home to shew off as a Mæcenas to these debu
condly, that you make use of it." But perceiving how that tantes, and all their graces could not win an approving
some of the new made lords fretted and bit their thumbs at smile from him. The showman of one of these establish
certain passages of the marquis's discourse, he thought a ments, sadly mortified, paraded in front of his booth; by
little to please his Majesty, though he displeased them the turns he listened to the chattering of his monkey, and the
more, who were so much displeased already: protesting grunting of the youthful porker, as if to coax a similar con
unto his Majesty, that no one was so much for the absolute descension from the bye-standers; but they could not be
power of a King as Aristotle; desiring the book out of the pleased, and as a last resort, he tried to fasten a quarrel on
King's hand, he told his Majesty that he could shew him a them, as the only means of dispelling their apathy, and || remarkable passage to that purpose, turning to that place offered £20,000 to the person, who would match the awful
ofw Il that has this verse: wig he wore, made of glass, whose curls and flowing ringlets
“ A king can kill, a king can save, threw even the speaker's wig, that chef-d'æuvre of the art |
A king can make a lord a knave; of tormenting hair, at hopeless distance. The ups and
And of a knave a lord also, downs were, on the whole, the most recherche gratification
And more than that a king can do." of the day; a great deal was got for the money: both a shake There were then divers new made lords, who shrunk out and a fright, and one or other never failed to content the lofthanom which
of the room, which the King observing, told the Marquis,
"" out! adventurers. In vain did they call when terrified by the || " My Lord, at this rate you will drive away all my nobiviolence of the gwing: the old rogue who presided over the || lity. The Marquis replied, “I protest unto your Mamachine would not listen, because it might bring the sljesty I am as new a made Lord as any of them all, but I amusement into disrepute, or perhaps thought it a good
was never called knave and rogue so much in all my life as joke which pleased the mobocracy, and might tempt some || I have been since I received this last honour, and why one to shew off greater hardihood. One fellow bawled
should they not bear their shares ?"