from each majestic nostril, darkening to allude to her story that day. S. the air. He took it, not by pinches, promised faithfully to observe the inbut a palmful at once, diving for junction. He had not been seated in it, under the mighty flaps of his old- the parlour, where the company was fashioned waistcoat pocket; his expecting the dinner summons, four waistcoat red and angry, his coat minutes, when, a pause in the condark rappee, tinctured by dye origi- versation ensuing, he got up, looked nal, and by adjuncts, with buttons out of window, and pulling down his of obsolete gold. And so he paced rufflesman ordinary motion with him the terrace.

-observed, “ it was a gloomy day, By his side a milder form was and added, “ Miss Blandy must be sometimes to be seen; the pensive hanged by this time, I suppose.” Ingentility of Samuel Salt. They were stances of this sort were perpetual. coevals, and had nothing but that Yet S. was thought by some of the and their benchership in common. greatest men of his time a fit person In politics Salt was a whig, and Co- to be consulted, not alone in matters ventry a staunch tory. Many a sar- pertaining to the law, but in the ordicastic growl did the latter cast out, nary niceties and embarrassments of for Coventry had a rough spinous conduct—from force of manner enhumour, at the political confederates tirely. He never laughed. He had of his associate, which rebounded the same good fortune among the from the gentle bosom of the latter female world, was a known toast like cannon-balls from wool. You with the ladies, and one or two are could not ruffle Samuel Salt.

said to have died for love of him-I S. had the reputation of being a suppose, because he never trifled or very clever man, and of excellent talked gallantry with them, or paid discernment in the chamber practice them, indeed, hardly common attenof the law. I suspect his knowledge tions. He had a fine face and perdid not amount to much. When a son, but wanted, methought, the spirit case of difficult disposition of money, that should have shown them off testamentary or otherwise, came be- with advantage to the women. His fore him, he ordinarily handed it over eye lacked lustre. Lady Mary Wortwith a few instructions to his man ley Montague was an exception to Lovel, who was a quick little fellow, her sex: she says, in one of her letand would dispatch it out of hand by ters, " I wonder what the women the light of natural understanding, of see in S. I do not think him by any which he had an uncommon share. means handsome. To me he appears It was incredible what repute for ta- an extraordinary dull fellow, and to lents S. enjoyed by the mere trick of want common sense. Yet the fools gravity. He was a shy man; a child are all sighing for him.” Not so, might pose him in a minute-indo- thought Susan P- -; who, at the lent and procrastinating to the last advanced age of sixty, was seen, in degree. Yet men would give him the cold evening time, unaccompacredit for vast application in spite of nied, wetting the pavement of Band himself. He was not to be trusted Row, with tears that fell in drops with himself with impunity. He which might be heard, because her never dressed for a dinner party but friend had died that day-he, whom he forgot his sword- they wore she had pursued with a hopeless swords then-or some other neces- passion for the last forty years-a sary part of his equipage. Lovel passion, which years could not exhad his eye upon him on all these tinguish or abate, nor the long reoccasions, and ordinarily gave him solved, yet gently enforced, puttings

If there was any thing off of unrelenting bachelorhood diswhich he could speak unseasonably,

suade from its cherished purpose. he was sure to do it. He was to dine Mild Susan P-, thou hast now at a relative's of the unfortunate Miss thy friend in heaven! Blandy on the day of her execution; Thomas Coventry was a cadet of -and' L. who had a wary foresight the noble family of that name. He of his probable hallucinations, before passed his youth in contracted cirhe set out, schooled him with great cumstances, which gave him early anxiety not in any possible manner those parsimonious habits which in

his cue.

after-life never forsook him; so that, in the world. He resigned his title with one windfall or another, about almost to respect as a master, if L. the time I knew him, he was master could ever have forgotten for a moof four or five hundred thousand ment that he was a servant. pounds; nor did he look, or walk, I knw this Lovel. He was a man worth a moidore less. He lived in of an incorrigible and losing honesty. a gloomy house opposite the pump A good fellow withal, and would in Serjeant's-inn, Fleet-street. J. strike.” In the cause of the oppress, the counsel, is doing self-imposed ed he never considered inequalities, penance in it, for what reason I di- or calculated the number of his oppovine not, at this day. C. had an nents. He once wrested a sword agreeable seat at North Cray, where out of the hand of a man of quality he seldom spent above a day or two that had drawn upon him; and pomat a time in the summer; but preferred, melled him severely with the hilt of during the hot months, standing at it. The swordsman had offered inhis window in this damp, close, well- sult to a female-an occasion upon like mansion, to watch, as he said, which no odds against him could “ the maids drawing water all day have prevented the interference of long.” I suspect he had his within- Lovel. He would stand next day door reasons for the preference. Hic bare-headed to the same person, mocurrus et arma fuêre. He might destly to excuse his interference. think his treasures more safe. His For L. never forgot rank, where house had the aspect of a strong box. something better was not concerned. C. was a close hunks--a hoarder ra- He pleaded the cause of a delinquent ther than a miser-or, if a miser, in the treasury of the Temple so efnone of the mad Elwes breed, who fectually with S. the then treasurerhave brought discredit upon a cha- that the man was allowed to keep his racter, which cannot exist without place. L. had the offer to succeed certain admirable points of steadiness him. It had been a lucrative proand unity of purpose. One may hate motion. But L. chose to forego the a true miser, but cannot, I suspect, so advantage, because the man had a easily despise him. By taking care wife and family. L. was the liveof the pence, he is often enabled to liest little fellow breathing, had a face part with the pounds, upon a scale as gay as Garrick's, whom he was that leaves us careless generous fel said greatly to resemble (I have a lows halting at an immeasurable dis- portrait of him which confirms it), tance behind. C. gave away 30,000l. possessed a fine turn for humourous at once in his life-time to a blind cha- poetry-next to Swift and Prior rity. His house-keeping was severe- moulded heads in clay or plaister of ly looked after, but he kept the table Paris to admiration, by the dint of of a gentleman. He would know natural genius merely ; turned cribwho came in and who went out of bage boards, and such small cabinet his house, but his kitchen chimney toys, to perfection; took a hand at was never suffered to freeze.

quadrille or bowls with equal facility; Salt was his opposite in this, as in made punch better than any man of all-never knew what he was worth his degree in England; had the merin the world; and, having but a com- riest quips and conceits, and was alpetency for his rank, which his indo- together as brimful of rogueries and lent habits were little calculated to inventions as you could desire. He improve, might have suffered severe. was a brother of the angle, moreover, ly if he had not had honest people and just such a free, hearty, honest about him. Lovel took care of every companion as Nir. Isaac Walton thing. He was at once his clerk, his would have chosen to go a fishing good servant, his dresser, his friend, with. I saw him in his old age and his “ flapper,” bis guide, stop- the decay of his faculties, palsywatch, auditor, treasurer. He did smitten, in the last sad stage of hunothing without consulting Lovel, or man weakness" a remnant most failed in any thing without expecting forlorn of what he was,"-yet even and fearing his admonishing. He then his eye would light up upon the put himself almost too much in his mention of his favourite Garrick. He hands, had they not been the purest was greatest, he would say, in Bayes

" was upon the stage nearly dine-answering to the combination throughout the whole performance, rooms at college-much to the easeand as busy as a bee." "At intervals ment of his less epicurean brethren. too, he would speak of his former I know nothing more of him.- Then life, and how he came up a little boy Read, and Twopenny-Read, goodfrom Lincoln to go to service, and humoured and personable-Twohow his mother cried at parting with penny, good-humoured, but thin, and him, and how he returned after some felicitous in jests upon his own few years' absence in his smart new figure. If T. was thin, Wharry was livery to see her, and she blessed her attenuated and fleeting. Many must self at the change, and could hardly remember him (for he was rather of be brought to believe that it was later date) and his singular gait, « her own bairn.” And then, the which was performed by three steps excitement subsiding, he would weep, and a jump regularly succeeding. till I have wished that sad second- The steps were little efforts, like that childhood might have a mother still of a child beginning to walk; the to lay its head upon her lap. But jump comparatively vigorous, as a the common mother of us all in no foot to an inch. Where he learned long time after received him gently this figure, or what occasioned it, I into hers.

could never discover. It was neither With Coventry, and with Salt, in graceful in itself, nor seemed to antheir walks upon the terrace, most swer the purpose any better than commonly Peter Pierson would join common walking. The extreme teto make up a third. They did not nuity of his frame, I suspect, set him walk linked arm in arm in those upon it. It was a trial of poising. days—“as now our stout triumvirs Twopenny would often rally him sweep the streets,”—but generally upon his leanness, and hail him as with both hands folded behind them Brother Lusty; but W. had no relish for state, or with one at least be- of a joke. His features were spitehind, the other carrying a cane.

P. ful. I have heard that he would was a benevolent, but not a prepos- pinch his cat's ears extremely, when sessing man. He had that in his any thing had offended him. Jackface which you could not term un- son—the omniscient Jackson he was happiness ; it rather implied an inca- called—was of this period. He had pacity of being happy. His cheeks the reputation of possessing more were colourless, even to whiteness. multifarious knowledge than any His look was uninviting, resembling man of his time. He was the Friar (but without his sourness) that of Bacon of the less literate portion of our great philanthropist. I know the Temple. I remember a pleasant that he did good acts, but I could ne- passage, of the cook applying to him, ver make out what he was. Contem- with much formality of apology, for porary with these, but subordinate, instructions how to write down edge was Daines Barrington-another odd- bone of beef in his bill of commons. ity-he walked burly and square He was supposed to know, if any in imitation, I think, of Coventry- man in the world did. He decided howbeit he attained not to the dig- the orthography to be-as I have nity of his prototype. Nevertheless, given it-fortifying his authority with he did pretty well, upon the strength such anatomical reasons as dismissed of being a tolerable antiquarian, and the manciple (for the time) learned having a brother a bishop. When and happy. Some do spell it yet perthe accounts of his year's treasurer- versely, aitch bone, from a fanciful ship came to be audited, the follow- resemblance between its shape, and ing singular charge was unanimously that of the aspirate so denominated. disallowed by the bench: “ Item, I had almost forgotten Mingay with disbursed Mr. Allen the gardener, the iron hand- but he was somewhat twenty shillings, for stuff to poison later. He had lost his right hand by the sparrows, by my orders.” “Next some accident, and supplied it with a to him was old Barton—a jolly ne- grappling hook, which he wielded gation, who took upon him the or- with a tolerable adroitness. I dedering of the bills of fare for the par- tected the substitute, before I was liament chamber, where the benchers old enough to reason whether it were, artificial or not. I remember the as- what a new light does this place his tonishment it raised in me. He was rejection (o call it by a gentler a blustering, loud-talking person ; name !) of mild Susan P-unraand I reconciled the phenomenon to velling into beauty certain pecumy ideas as an emblem of power- liarities of this very shy and retiring somewhat like the horns in the fore- character !-Henceforth let no one head of Michael Angelo's Moses. receive the narratives of Elia for true Baron Maseres, who walks (or did records ! They are, in truth, but shatill very lately) in the costume of the dows of fact-verisimilitudes, not vereign of George the Second, closes rities—or sitting but upon the remote my imperfect recollections of the old edges and outskirts of history. He benchers of the Inner Temple. is no such honest chronicler as R. N.,

Fantastic forms, whither are ye and would have done better perhaps fled? Or, if the like of you exist, to have consulted that gentleman, why exist they no more for me? Ye before he sent these incondite reminis inexplicable, half-understood appear- scences to press. But the worthy subances, why comes in reason to tear treasurer-who respects his old and away the preternatural mist, bright his new masters would but have or gloomy, that enshrouded you? been puzzled at the indecorous liberWhy make ye so sorry a figure in ties of Elia. The good man wots not, my relation, who made up to me- peradventure, of the license which to my childish eyes—the mythology Magazines have arrived at in this perof the Temple ? In those days I saw sonal age, or hardly dreams of their Gods, as “old men covered with a existence beyond the Gentleman's mantle,” walking upon the earth.- his furthest monthly excursions in Let the dreams of classic idolatry this nature having been long conperish,-extinct be the fairies and fined to the holy ground of honest fairy trumpery of legendary fabling, Urban's obituary. May it be long -in the heart of childhood, there before his own name shall help to will, for ever, spring up a well of in- swell those columns of unenvied flatnocent or wholesome superstition- tery!

Meantime, O ye new Benchthe seeds of exaggeration will be ers of the Inner Temple, cherish him busy there, and vital—from every- kindly, for he is himself the kindliest day forms educing the unknown and of human creatures. Should infirthe uncommon. In that little Goshen mities over-take him-he is yet in there will be light, when the grown green and vigorous senility-make world flounders about in the darkness allowances for them, remembering of sense and materiality. While that “ ye yourselves are old.” So childhood, and while dreams, re- may the winged horse, your ancient ducing childhood, shall be left, ima- badge and cognisance, still flourish! gination shall not have spread her so may future Hookers and Seldens holy wings totally to fly the earth. illustrate your church and chambers !

ELIA. so may the sparrows, in default of

more melodious quiristers, unpoison

ed hop about your walks! so may P. S. I have done injustice to the the fresh-coloured and cleanly nursoft shade of Samuel Salt. See what sery maid, who, by leave, airs her it is to trust to imperfect memory, playful charge in your stately garand the erring notices of childhood! dens, drop her prettiest blushing Yet I protest I always thought that curtsey as ye pass, reductive of juvehe had been a bachelor ! This gen- nescent emotion! so may the yountleman, R. N. informs me, married kers of this generation eye you, young, and losing his lady in child- pacing your stately terrace, with the bed within the first year of their same superstitious veneration, with union, fell into a deep melancholy, which the child Elia gazed on the from the effects of which, probably, old worthies that solemnized the pahe never thoroughly recovered. In rade before ye !

C. Wan Winkbooms, his Dogmas for Dilettanti.

No. I.


Down by a flowery greene I went,
Full thick of grass, full soft and sweet,
With flowres full faire under feet,
And little used, it seemed thus ;
For both Flora and Zepherus,
They two that make flowrès grow,
Had made their dwelling there, I trow!

For all the wood was waxen greene,
Sweetness of Dewe had made it waxe.
It is no needè for to axe
Where there were many greenè greves
Or thicks of trees, so full of leaves,
And every tree stood by himselve
Fro th' other, well ten foot or twelve,

With crops broad, and eke as thick,
They were not an inch asunder,
That it was shady o'er all under ;
Through here I romed wonder fast
Down the wood, so at the last
I was aware of a man in black
That sat in a church-yard and turn'd his back
To an oak, an huge tree.
“ Lord,” said I, “ who may that be?
What aileth him to sitten there !" Chaucer.

This will be, in all probability, a not syllogistically so,) I have a wonshort article. For, as I am now sit- derful “exposition" to gossip about ting in a church-yard, seventy-three Michael Angelo, Tristan le Leonnois, miles from London, without a single Major Cockburn, Goethe, (I beg book, either in my pocket or port- pardon, respected Editor! but what, manteau, I must put my trust for in the name of Sathanas, set somefine phrases in my memory, which is body two or three numbers back apot to be relied on — and in my Mistering, eight or ten times in a brains, which are little copious. On page, M. le Baron John Wolfgang this very account, however, I am de- Von Goethe?) Keats, · La Demoitermined, with a parity of reasoning selle qui songeoit,' and the like: and, which induced the Latins to derive 3dly, I am promise-bound for not lucus à non lucendo, and our late Mr. less than four pages on something Drama to pitch on Salisbury Plain as this month. Therefore, my unknown the fittest station for penning a cri- friends, as soon as my messenger retique on Convent Garden (as Ld. P- turns from the village with some mawrites it), to describe a few pictures terials for writing, I shall expostuin the British Institution, and two or late a few of the above-mentioned to three prints or books besides, which, ye. Now in the meantime, I give ye as I said before, are seventy-three leave to express your wonder at my miles distant from my visual eye. choice of site; and as it is rather early I have likewise three motives for my in the day, and as I know how

all present action, which the gentle read- love my nice little preambles, I have er shall have, whether he likes it or no objection to tell briefly the why. not: 1st, I am lying on the cool Be it known, then, that I have three grass, on a very elevated spot not things in great estimation, viz. to sit five miles from the green salt sea; lazily on an eminence which comand a due approximation to the wan- mands a rich prospect,—to be shadering clouds is held by Dr. Johnson dowed by the thick trees while the to favour the wit: 2dly, (which is gay sun shines around me,--and to the consequence of the first, though enjoy solitude with the consciousness VOL. IV.



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