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No, no! you've gone too far! I shall and bring him back at all hazards; burst, I shall ! Me to go on as be- and we must really try and do somefore!--they use me worse and worse thing for him in the meanwhile, to
Gents, you'll excuse me keep him quiet till the thing's brought -I hope you will ; but business is a little into train." So out went after business, gents—it is; and if you Titmouse, Mr Gammon, from whose won't do mine, I must look out for lips dropped persuasion sweeter than them that will—'pon my soul, I must, honey ; and I should not be surprised and”_If Mr Titmouse could have if he were to be able to bring back that seen, or, having seen, appreciated, the stubborn piece of conceited stupilooks which the three partners inter- dity. changed, on hearing this absurd, un- As soon as Mr Titmouse heard the
grateful, and insolent speech of his street door shut after him with a kind *: the expression that flitted across their of bang, he snapped his fingers once
shrewd faces; that was, intense con- or twice, by way of letting off a little *tempt for him, hardly overmastered of the inflammable air that was in him, 26 and concealed by a vivid perception and muttered, “ Pretty chaps those,
of their own interest, which was, of upon my word! I'll expose them all! course, to manage, to sooth, to con- I'll apply to the Lord Mayor-they're ciliate him!
a pack of swindlers, they are! This How the reptile propensities of his is the way they treat me, who've got mean nature had thriven beneath the a title to £10,000 a-year! To be sure” a sudden sunshine of unexpected pro. He stood still for a moment, and an
sperity !-See already his selfishness, other moment, and dismay came quicktruculence, rapacity, in full play! ly over him ; for it suddenly occurred
" So, gents," said he, after a long to him what hold had he got on Messrs e and keen expostulation with them on Quirk, Gammon, and Snap ?-what
the same subject, “ I'm to go to-mor- could he do ?-what had he done? CT row morning to Dowlas and Co.'s, Ah-the golden vision of the last 15 and go on with the cursed life I led few hours was fading away moment
there to-day, all as if nothing had arily, like a dream! Each second of happened !"
his deep and rapid reflection, rendered “ In your present humour, Mr more impetuous his desire and deterTitmouse, it would be in vain to dis- mination to return and make his peace cuss the matter,” said Mr Quirk. with Messrs Quirk, Gammon, and “ Again I tell you that the course we Snap. By submission for the prehave recommended is, in our opinion, sent, he could get the whip-hand of the proper one ; excuse me if I add them hereafter! He was in the act what can you do but adopt our ad. of turning round towards the office, vice ?"
when Mr Gammon softly laid his hand " Why, hang me, if I won't employ upon the shoulder of his repentant somebody else that's flat! So, good client. night, gents; you'll find that Tittle- “ Mr Titmouse ; my dear sir, what bat Titmouse isn't to be trifled with!” is the matter with you? How could So saying, Mr Titmouse clapped his we so misunderstand each other?" hat on his head, bounced out of the Titmouse's small cunning was on room, and, no attempt being made to the qui vive, and he saw and followed stop him, he was in the street in a up his advantage. “I am going," twinkling.
said he, in a resolute tone, “ to speak “ Did you ever see such a little to some one else, in the morning. beast!” exclaimed Mr Gammon with 6. That, of course, signifies nothing an air of disgust.
to any one but yourself. You will “ Beggar on horseback!” exclaimed take any steps, my dear sir, that occur Snap.
to you, and act as you may be advised.” “ It won't do, however," said Mr « Monstrous kind of you to come Quirk, with as chagrined an air as his and give me such good advice!" ex. partners, “ for him to go at large in claimed Titmouse, with a sneer. his present frame of mind-he may 66 Oh, don't mention it !" said Gamruin the thing altogether."
mon, coolly ; “I came out of pure “ As good as £500 a-year out of good nature, to assure you that our the way of the office," said Snap. office, notwithstanding what has pass
“Egad, that at least," said Mr Gam- ed, entertains not the slightest personal mon, seizing his hat, “ I'll after him, ill feeling towards you, in thus throw.
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ing off their hands a very long, and “ It's growing very late," said Mr dreadfully harassing affair.”
Quirk, coldly, and looking at his • Hem !” exclaimed Titmouse, once watch ; “ however, after what you or twice.
have said, probably at some future “ So good-night, Mr Titmouse time, when we've leisure to look into good-night! God bless you!": Mr the thing—" Gammon, in the act of returning to Poor Titmouse was ready to drop his door, extended his hand to Mr on his knees, in mingled agony and Tittlebat, who he instantly perceived fright. . was melting rapidly.
May I be allowed to say," inter" Why, sir-if I thought you all posed the bland voice of Mr Gammon, meant the correct thing-hem! I say, addressing himself to Mr Quirk, the correct thing by me I shouldn't “ that Mr Titmouse a few minutes so much mind a little disappointment ago assured me, outside there, that if for the time ; but you must own, Mr you could only be persuaded to let our Gammon, it is very hard being kept house take up his case again" out of one's own so long."
- I did I did indeed, gents! so " True, very true, Mr Titmouse. help me —— -!” interrupted Mr TitVery hard it is, indeed, to bear, and mouse, eagerly backing with an oath we all felt deeply for you, and would the ready lie of Mr Gammon. have set every thing in train
Mr Quirk drew his hand across his
chin, mus ogly, and stood silently for Yes, my dear Mr Titmouse, we a few moments, evidently irresolute. would have done it, and brought you “ Well,” said he at length, but in through every difficulty-over every a very cool way, " since that is so, obstacle."
probably we may be induced to re" Why—you don't hardly-quite sume our heavy labours in your
be. - mean to say you've given it all up ? half; and if you will favour us with - What, already!" exclaimed Tit- a call to-morrow night, at the same mouse, in evident alarm.
hour, we may have, by that time, made Gammon had triumphed over Tit- up our minds as to the course we shall mouse ! whom, nothing loth, he think fit to adopt.” brought back, in two minutes' time, “ Lord, sir, I'll be here as the clock into the room which Titmouse had strikes, and as meek as a mouse; and just before so rudely quitted. Mr pray, have it all your own way for the Quirk and Mr Snap had their parts yet future, gents—do !” to perform. They were in the act of “ Good-night, sir-good-night!" locking up desks and drawers, evi. exclaimed the partners, motioning to. dently on the move ; and received Mr wards the door. Titmouse with an air of cold surprise. “ Good-night, gents !” said Tit
“ Mr Titmouse again!” exclaimed mouse, bowing very low, and feeling Mr Quirk, taking his gloves out of his himself at the same time being bowed hat. “ Back again !--an unexpected out! As he passed out of the room, honour.” “ Leave any thing behind ?" he cast a lingering look in their three enquired Mr Snap-i don't see any frigid faces, as if they were angels thing."
sternly shutting him out from Para• Oh no, sir! No sir! This gentle- dise. What misery was his, as he man, Mr Gammon, and I, have made walked slowly homeward, with much it all up, gents! I'm not vexed any the same feelings (now that the fumes more-not the least."
of the brandy. had evaporated, and the 66 Vexed, Mr Titmouse!" echoed reaction of excitement was coming Mr Quirk, with an air sternly ironi- on, aggravated by a recollection of cal. 66 We are under great obliga- the desperate check he had received) tions to
forbearance!” as a sick and troubled man, who, sud« Oh, come, gents !" said Titmouse, denly roused out of a delicious dream, more and more disturbed, “ I was too drops into wretched reality, as it were warm, I dare say, and-and-I ask
out of a fairy-land, which with all its your pardon, all of you, gents ! I dear innumerable delights is melting won't say another word, if you'll but overhead into thin air-disappearing buckle to business again-quite exact- for ever. ly in your own way because you
[To be Continued.]
We resume with pleasure our re- ers the captive and the turnkey. But marks on these volumes. Every thing the free country is the open field, connected with Ireland has a powerful where every aspect of heaven and earth interest in our minds. Its history, that has its influence, and where every man of a singularly intelligent, brave, and has his individual enjoyment, or is comhigh-minded race of men, misled by pelled to exert his independent vigour. national fantasies, deluded by political The condition of the great contiartifices, and misruled by virulent fac- nental governments, during the last
tion, perhaps more than any other peo- hundred years, is strongly illustrative de ple of the globe, strongly demands the of this truth. Spain, Austria, Prus
attention, not less of the philosopher sia, and Russia, have produced no adthan the patriot. To point out their dition and no change in the forms of true friends to such a people, to direct individual character. They required their fine talents and their glowing soldiers, and they had them; but all the energies into the path of public pro- vigour of the national talents was cir. sperity, would be among the noblest cumscribed within the cabinet, and services of statesmanship; and though the king and his ministers were the Ireland, papist and partisan, must only only names in the kingdom. Among rivet her own chains by the fires of the minor powers of Germany which her own impure altars, we do not de- were partially free, literature gave spair of the time when she shall be what distinction to some individuals. In nature intended her to be—a bulwark France, towards the end of the eightto the great empire of pure religion eenth century, the growing license and public virtue.
of the people, and the rapid feebleness Among the chief values of these vo- of the government, the only freedom lumes, we have already alluded to their which France seems ever likely to ensketches of remarkable men. It is joy, gave a larger and more fatal scope one of the important peculiarities of a to individual character; until what free country, that all public necessities ought to have been only an illuminaimmediately raise up a generation of tion, burst into a blaze, and France, like vigorous minds. Public necessity will the habitual drinker of ardent spirits, not create genius, but it turns the gen. perished of spontaneous combustion. eral powers of the people into its own The case of Ireland was nearly in direction. Genius is the especial gift point. It would be absurd to speak of of heaven, an intellectual miracle, and her as enslaved, for all the efforts of therefore rare ; but the average ability the British Government for centuries
; to which we allude, may be called the had been exerted to give her the fachild of circumstances, and is as much culty of freedom; but Popery, the a matter of succession as the seasons, wars which it produced, and the pubin which the winds of March are call. lic exhaustion produced by those wars, ed on to dry the soil after the rains of had worn out all the natural exeitewinter, the sun of summer to warm ments of public character. For three the bosom of the earth after this dry- hundred years Ireland had scarcely ing, and the winter's frost to give the produced a name, except of some bar. ground at once rest, and new princi- barous chieftain, rendered conspicuous ples of fertility after the exhaustion only by crimes, and ascending into of the year. But the intellectual pro- historic remembrance only by treadcess can be relied on only in freeing on the neck of his country. But, countries, for there alone man is ena- from the period when the Parliament bled to shape himself to the changing began to resume its functions, the shapes of the time. Despotism is a people to grow opulent with the in
dungeon in which the external influ- creasing opulence of England, and i ences of things go for nothing; its the sanguinary feuds of Popery to * world is its walls, and its only dwells give way to a general conviction of
Memoir of the Life and Times of the Right Honourable llenry Grattan. Son, Henry Grattan, M.P. 3 vols. 1839,
the value of peace, a crowd of able change of measures, the patriot's men started up at the national sum- conscience was salved; he became a mons; practised into moral activity,by placeman without the scandal of a the labours of the legislature; shaped deserter, and had the comforts of sainto the proportions of public manli- lary to reconcile himself to any casual ness by public struggle; and bequeath. compunctions of honour. Hutchin. ing to their country the knowledge, son's chief personal fault was satire, that, if Irish talents had been hitherto which he lavished liberally on all chaobscure, it was because they were un- racters. He called Flood a "spouter sought for ; that, like her minerals, of periods, an “artificer of attitudes ;" they were to be found in every height and, in allusion to his involved and and depth of the land, and that their pompous style, “a petty dealer in uselessness hitherto was like that of her sevenfold phraseology.' Oddly as minerals, owing not to the penury of those expressions sound in our ears, nature, but to the negligence of man. they seem to have been either dexter
Among those remarkable men was ously conceived or skilfully launched, John Hely Hutchinson, the ancestor for they still hang on the fame of the of the present Lord Donoughmore. orator. But every thing in Ireland He was a lawyer, and called to the bar has a touch of oddity. What can be in 1748. Hutchinson was a man of more curious than the answer of the great natural ability, but more dishon. Attorney-General Tisdall to this man? ourably conspicuous for a most ex- The Prime Sergeant and this high traordinary grasp at public office in legal officer having been combined in every shape. Appointed Prime Ser- some public operation, Hutchinson geant early in the reign of George III., said to Tisdall, “ Now that we have and with all the honours and emolu- done the service of the Government, ments of his profession fairly before what do you think if we were to do him, he contrived, as he moved along, something for the country.". Tisdall to pick up the pay of a major in the replied, with his wonted air of gravity, army. Another grasp in the opposite - Mr Hutchinson, if we attempt that
, direction, equally singular, and not we are undone-ruined, ruined; the less tenaciously held, was that of the Opposition may bear that we should provostship of the Dublin University. take the emoluments, but if we lay His next seizure was one of power and claim to the popularity we are ruined emolument combined: he became Irish for ever.” They came as oddly into Secretary of State. To what he might collision. Hutchinson, when provost, have reached, if he could have kept having quarrelled with Duiguenan, death at arm's length, is to be con- and thinking it beneath his dignity to jectured only from his universal rapa- take notice of him, or more probably city ; but that great disturber of the unsuitable to his office-for Duiguenan designs of ambition, who reduces states- was one of the fellows of the collegemanship to dreams, and puts a veto the Provost called on Tisdall to make even on the pension list, grasped the him responsible for his friend the grasper at last, and extinguished one Doctor's conduct. He said that one of the ablest, wittiest, most eager and of his retainers bad insulted him, that most reckless candidates of the goods he must make him answerable for it, of this world, who ever turned a shil and that therefore he must consider ling into a guinea. This rapacity was that he, the Provost, now intended to so obvious, as to become the subject insult him." of the well-known sarcasm of Chester- Tisdall calmly replied, “ Mr Profield, that "if Hutchinson had been of. vost, I will consider no such thing; fered England and Ireland foran estate, and he instantly walked into the King's. he would ask the Isle of Man for a Bench, and applied for an informacabbage-garden.” He had begun, ac- tion! This was a source of high cording to the usual routine of deter- amusement and excitement to the bar. mined placemen, by being a furious Seventeen counsel were engaged ! patriot. He abused the Government, Hutchinson defended himself, but the until in its timidity it proposed to buy information would have been granted him. The rapid changes of Irish vice except for his accustomed luck. Tis. roys gave peculiar opportunity to these dall died in the mean time. patriot recruitings. As every new vice- event appeared doubly lucky; for Che roy came in under some promise of a Attorney-General having been mealle
ber for the University, and a vacancy
Grattan's entrance into Parliament being thus created, the Provost pushed is thenceforth an era in the history of his son into his place. However, the his country. He took his seat, for most fortunate have some rubs in their the first time, on the 11th of December career. His system had been too pre- 1775, for the borough of Charlemont, cipitate with the electors, (to use the in which the death of the earl's bro. gentlest phrase ;) a scrutiny was de- ther, who was drowned in the Irish manded, his son was thrown out, and Channel, had left a vacancy. Thus he had the additional mortification to the great Irish Whig, like all the leadsee him succeeded by Fitz-Gibbon, ing English ones, was indebted to the (afterwards Earl of Clare and Lord borough system, which they made a Chancellor,) and who had been one of hypocritical theme of libel, for the Tisdall's counsel.
very opportunity of uttering the libel. Hutchinson died in 1795, singularly. No popular constituency in Ireland at fortunate in his career, having founded that time would have received Grata family, and being the father of two tan, simply a young barrister, withpeers, his eldest son possessing the title out fortune or public notoriety. But of Lord Donoughmore, and his second what the multitude and the Reform son, General Hutchinson, gallantly Bill never would have done for him, earning his peerage by the defeat of was done by an amiable and intellithe French in Egypt. The fact was, gent man of rank, possessed of just that the only grand mistake of Hut- influence, and exerting it with an chinson's life was the work of his honesty and a discrimination which love of place; the provostship of a will never be found, to the end of learned university was the last situa- time, in the corrupt and brawling tion which a man of his habits should crowd of the ten-pounders of a great have chosen. The seat was formed town. The members now chosen for for a Churchman, as the head of a London, Dublin, and Edinburgh, the college, all whose fellows, with one three capitals of the empire, are suffior two exceptions, were necessarily in cient proofs of the utter inadequacy of holy orders. Having been founded the Reform Bill to provide qualified expressly for the maintenance of the representatives, and of the sure vicProtestant religion in the land, it was tory of the vulgar, the time-serving, evidently unsuited to a layman, and and the revolutionary. Thanks to the that layman a bustling, intriguing, mischiefs concocted by the native ambitious man of the world. He virulence and long festering venom of besides wanted the exact literature old Lord Grey, aided by the fresh and science which were required to bile of his son-in-law Lord Durham, preside at the public examinations, and put in action by the meagre serand other essential business of the vility of the menial of both, Lord college. This want, especially, ex- John Russell ! posed him to scorn among the fellows, In 1777, Fox visited Ireland, and and became the source of constant happened to hear Grattan in the House. ridicule. A volume by his old enemy Afterwards, meeting him at dinner at Duiguenan, entitled “ Lachrymæ Lord Moira's, (afterwards Marquis of Academicæ," was a long and bitter Hastings,) he complimented the young burlesque of his literary deficiencies. orator on his speech, and quoted some But the provostship was three thou of the passages with compliment. This sand pounds a-year, and the col- instance of Fox's habitual politeness lege returned two members to Parlia. made a great impression on him, and ment. Those were strong tempta- probably afterwards constituted one of tions. They were evidently too strong his strongest links to Whiggism. The for his prudence, and equally so for his newspapers, too, gave him due encourpeace. The chief discomforts of his agement; the verdict of one seems to latter years arose from them; and, sin- have been adopted by the whole : gularly fortunate as his general life “ Mr Grattan spoke--not a studied had been, his headship of the reluctant speech, but in reply—the spontaneous university might supply an important flow of natural eloquence. Though so lesson to avarice and ambition, if either young a man, he spoke without hesitathe one or the other was ever within tion; and, if he keeps to this example, the reach of experience, or reclaimable will be a valuable weight in the scale by human wisdom,
of patriotism.” That Grattan spoke