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much reverence was paid to all the brethren of the gown, and an ambition forthwith seized him to become a clergyman.
And, tho' scarce yet eighteen, my mind
My father, tho' a publican,
Thus, by my sire's severe behest,
And all my views-0, sad to tell !
A stranger at the Inn, who ultimately patronized him and sent him to College, where he appears to have laid down the plan of his future proceedings.
In Isis' bowers I now had spent
Nor in a fellowship to loiter
By great exertion, and some good luck, the candidate for preferment contrived to effect a marriage with a lady who happened to be the existing Lord Chancellor's niece, a circumstance, which more than all others was calculated to realize the dreams of happiness to which he had directed his mind. He soon succeeded in advancing on the heaven-ward road of preferment, and the more rapidly, as he had the opportunity at the same period of making a reputation for himself by controversy, being well armed with quibblery and cant, and with all befitting sophistries for so pious an enterprise. But in the midst of all these high hopes, Canning came into power, and so darkly did the future present itself to the aspirant for spiritual promotion, that he rallied all the friends of the church, and with desperate energy raised the cry of “no popery." But the end of it was, that by a fresh resolution in the ministerial constitution, the candidate for preferment saw his friends restored to influence, and the result, as he expected, was the great consummation of all his hopes, the possession of a mitre.
Art. XIX.- The Young Enthusiast in Humble Life-a Simple
Story. With a Biographical Introduction. London. Fraser.
1833. This is a highly instructive tale, the value of which consists altogether in the curious course of the fortunes of the hero. The particulars on which the whole is founded are as follows:
" James Jolly was born at a small village about thirty-four miles from Liverpool, in which town his father subsequently commenced business as a butcher, having been unfortunate and unsuccessful as an extensive farmer and grazier. At this period James Jolly was about six years old ; and after being at school about two months, during which time he acquired a little knowledge of reading and writing, his father took him from the school and employed him to carry meat to the various customers. He was afterwards apprenticed to a Mr. Taylor, pianoforte-maker, of Liverpool, and remained with him three years, when, in consequence of the premises having taken fire, his master gave up business.
* It was while in Mr. Taylor's employ that James Jolly began to feel a desire to improve his mind. He had, however, to acquire the very commonest branches of an ordinary education. 'I felt ashamed,' he says, in one of his letters, of my ignorance-I knew nothing of arithmetic, and I procured a book on the subject.' From this period his avidity for knowledge was intense.
“ Disliking to engage with a new master in Liverpool, James Jolly was desirous of going to London ; and Mr. Taylor, in consequence, very kindly gave him his indentures. He came to London in 1829, and procured employment in Messrs. Broadwoods' manufactory in Horseferry Road; but remained with them only a few days; and soon after left London. The motives by which he was actuated, his feelings from this period till he became a soldier, are detailed in the · Simple Story.'
“« I wrote the Story,' says the young enthusiast himself, 'in the Military Hospital at Enniskillen. Two, to me most powerful motives, induced me to write it,—the hope of realising by its sale a sum sufficient to procure my discharge, and a desire to present a copy to one who has pledged herself to become my wife. With these objects I obtained a furlough, and left Londonderry with ll. 9s. 4d. in my pocket. I spent two days with my brother in Liverpool ; he is a stonemason, has a wife and two children, and he lives in Chisenhall Street, Liverpool.
VOL. 11. (1833) NO. III,
" I walked to London-a distance of two hundred miles—and lived by the way, in a great measure, on turnips, to save what money I could. I reached London, after six days' march, with about thirteen shillings. I have paid five shillings for lodgings, and I have now two.
"In conclusion, I hope I may be allowed to speak it with modesty, yet with a justifiable pride, that since I have been in the service I have conducted myself as a soldier ought to do. In proof of this I can refer you to no higher authority than the colonel and the adjutant of the regiment to which I belong.'
“ Notwithstanding what James Jolly has said of himself in the above extract as to his soldierly character, it seems that he has conceived sentiments on the subject of war which make the service peculiarly distressing to him. How he came to enter it does not exactly transpire, but his situation there is clearly enough uncongenial with the tone of his mind and feelings. Love, also, appears to have not a little to do in the matter. The pay of a private soldier is no very splendid income to support a wife withal; and, to judge from some of her letters, the lady-or lady's maid-of his affections has too much merit to be sacrificed in marriage to a destitute lover. With a laudable repugnance to take advantage of her preference for himself, and to reduce her to circumstances so disadvantageous as his own, he seems to have determined on some measures c emancipation from difficulties so distressing. All his hopes of this kind depend on the success of the little work now submitted to the public approbation.
“ Having been recommended to Mr. Fraser as a bookseller likely to forward his views, James Jolly ventured to address to him his manuscript, accompanied with a letter stating his circumstances and wishes. With many, perhaps, such an application would have been totally disregarded, but it is Mr. Fraser's policy, (and it is a wise one) to give every man's manuscript a fair chance, and accordingly he brought the story and letter before the proper critical tribunal. The judgment was favourable, and some design was conceived of inserting the simple story in Regina, as the readiest means of serving the story-teller. But as will subsequently appear, an objection was raised to this mode of proceeding, by the young enthusiast himself.
“ The feelings of James Jolly on this first step in his progress were not without expression. From my heart, he writes, I tbank you sincerely for your kindness, for even a single word of encouragement. To one who, like myself, has met with little pity from men, or seldom heard a voice in the tone of sympathy-to one whose motives of action have been misunderstood and misrepresented, kindness has in it something peculiarly attractive and impressive. If I were allowed to speak of the simple unpretending production that has brought me hither, I would say, that I depend not on its success with the affluent or fashionable. There is in my little work