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her as his sermon at St Carlo's. We wondered, but to ourselves, and making the common-place remark, that it seemed easier to preach than to practise, exchanged smiles with B
and his wife, and withdrew, to think over what we had seen; and to arrive at our own conclusions, touching the general utility of fashionable and popular preaching!
"Rogare malo, quam emere."-SUIDAS.
Sly old fox, what pen shall do justice to thy cunning! Grave, venerable, ancient cheat, who showest a Bible, left thee by some pious enthusiast (the old family pew-book, morocco, in silver clasps-well thou lookest to them at least) in return for many dealings with thee, and in requital, so thou sayest, for thine incomparable disinterestedness and honesty!
It would be no harder task to unwind a mummy, than to unroll and unriddle thee, old rogue, in thy endless windings and detours! "Have no dealings with A- ," said that timid rogue, the Florentine attorney R- ; "the man is so gigantic a cheat, that he frightens me!" "and cunning to a degree," was D- -'s account of him. "He is up to a thing or two," said S-, looking knowing, and putting his finger, like Harpocrates, to his mouth, that it went no further. A brother dealer called him a Hebrew ; another (himself as sly as any fox) admitted that he had been overreached by him. His name, whenever mentioned, seldom failed to call forth a smile, or a shrug, in those who had not dealt with him; and a thundering oath against his German blood in those that had. Mr Awas therefore too remarkable a man for us, ourself an incipient collector, not to visit; and so, as soon as we got to Naples, we dispatched a note, and the next day followed it in person; rang at the bell, and were ushered into his sanctum; where we beheld the old necromancer standing at his table, looking out for us. He put down his eyeglass and his old coin; and said in answer to our question, which was in English, "Ya! ya! mein name is AForgetting
at this moment what R
of him, and only recollecting that they were acquainted, we began, by way of introducing ourselves to his best things, to say, that we had lately seen his friend R- at Rome-"Dat is not mein friend, dat is mein enemy," said he, displeased at our mentioning the name; and looking at us half suspiciously, half spitefully. "I hav notin to say wit him more," and he took a huge pinch of snuff, and wasted a deal on his snuffy waistcoat and shirt frill. We at once saw our mistake, which indeed, but for our anxiety to get to business, we should not, assuredly, have been guilty of. We had now to make the best of it. "A mistake, Mr. A——, we assure you. Mr. R- might say that, on one occasion, you had been brusque with him; but advised us, notwithstanding, to pay you a visit, regretting that, from some little difference between you, he could not give us the introduction, which, under more favourable circumstances, he would have pressed upon us ;" an announcement which completely mollified the old rogue, who, in his heart of hearts, was thinking that a new victim had turned up to him, and one of Rusca's recommending. "It is pleasant to make peace between two honest men," said we; "Rusca and you should not have quarrelled. Ill-natured people take advantage of these disputes, and begin to profess open distrust as to the age and genuineness of whatever you sell." "For dis reason I hate not Mr Rusca; but he has too much strepitusness of voice-il s'emporte trop facilement." Ah," interpose we in the mediatorial capacity we had assumed, 'tis the character of the Italian to do so." "Ya, dat is true," assented he; and then we went to look at his coins. "We
are not blind friends of Rusca's," said we, sitting down to the first tray which he gave us to look at, and seeing, from the character of the coins therein exhibited, that A-- had presumed we might be. "We only buy from R when he is discreet, and does not overcharge; which, entre nous, he is very apt to do." The old man glanced at us approvingly, and trying hard to look honest, said,
Ya, ya; when he can get ein piastre he will not take ein halb-but when I ask a piastre for any tings, (and he was grave again,) it is tantamount as to say, 'dis is de leastest preis to give.'" "All here has a fixed price, has it?" "Ya, ya." "And what may this pretty little figure be worth?" shall confess dat is dear; two hundred piastres is de preis-Rusca would have said four hundred to begin mit." We admitted its beauty; but said two hundred spread out upon the table were also beautiful. "De good ting is de dear ting," said he, and we admitted the truth of the proposition, both in the abstract and in its application; took up a specious-looking coin, which he took as abruptly out of our hand"Nein gewiss nicht," we must not buy that. 66 Why?" Because some people had not scrupled to tell him (though they knew better) that it was à Rusca. "Rusca!" said we, "and what does that mean?" "In Neapolitan patois," said he, "we call all our specious but doubtful wares Ruscas! But dis," continued he, taking up a companion to it-" dis I baptize in my own name, and offer for a true John A--." "Ah!" sighed we, but without emphasis, as
if it had only just occurred to us. "how difficult, now-a-days, not to be deceived; " and we replaced the JA- in his box accordingly. "Ven all amateurs," said he, (following out his own thought, rather than replying to ours,) "ven all amateurs were connoisseurs likewise, we might say goot-night to dis bissnesse."
In the days of our novitiate, when we used to say, and think we knew (as the phrase is) what would please us, and would buy according to our means, we found (as indeed all purchasers in these matters find) that time, while it brought with it a nicer appreciation in judging works of art, diminished also our opinion of what we had formerly purchased; and, to avoid fresh disappointments, we used to apply to an antiquario to give us his advice pro re nata;—as the reader will see by the following note of Herr A——, which, as it prevented our making one or two foolish purchases, was not without its value, and we preserved it accordingly. It ran verbatim thus—
66 'Sir,-You may copy my catalogue, but on Montag ber sur I must hav back. The botel is not good in such a manner. The figure is of no great value; it is not antic, and not fair; so is the bust in stone not antic, and not nice; and every thing that is neither antic nor fair I cannot give any worth. Your obedient servant, "A
"Pray you must not tell to any one my estimation of any thing."
Neither did we, excepting to Maga, to whom we tell every thing.
INDEX TO VOL. LIX.
Adams, Mr, on the Oregon Question,
Eschylus, tragedies of, 61, 65.
Agriculture, decline of, in Italy, 339.
Alexander of Russia, accession, &c. of,
Alexander, Prince of Servia, 133, 146.
America, specimens of the debates, &c.
Americans and the Aborigines, the, a
Amusements at Vichy, 309.
Antonio Perez, sketch of the career of,
Apology for a review, an, 249.
Atheism, first public avowal of, in
Austin, Stephen F., 37.
Baker, Mr, on the Oregon Question,
Banks, Sir Joseph, 648.
Barclay of Ury, first feat of, 225.
Borneo, the expedition to, 356.
Bosniaks, character of the, 138.
Boufflers, Marshal, 211, 213, 214.
Breece, Captain, 38, 39.
Bridge of Sighs at Venice, the, 254.
Brooke, Mr, of Borneo, sketch of the
VOL. LIX. NO. CCCLXVIII.
Brougham's lives of men of letters and
Campaign in Texas, a, 37.
Campaign of the Sutlej, the, 625.
Christmas carol, 1845, 122.
Colonel O'Kelly's parrot, death of, 466.
Consultation, a; a Sicilian sketch, 109.
Cook, General, 39-Captain, 649.
Cos, General, 37, 40.
Crisis, the, 124.
Crusades, the, and their effects on
Czabacz, town of, 135.
D'Alembert, career of, 654.
Darragh, Mr, on the Oregon question,
Darwin, Dr, death of, 228.
Devon, Lord, on the state of Ireland, 567.
Distribution of grain in Rome, effects
Dorislaus, battle of, 484.
Douglas, Mr, on the Oregon question,
Drama, remarks on the Greek and ro-
Dramatic poet, qualifications necessary
Dress, æsthetics of-Military costume,
Escovedo, the secretary, murder of, Ingersoll, Mr, on the Oregon question,
Eugene, Prince, 201, 206, 212.
Eusebius, letter to, 408.
Excursion to Epipolæ, an, 110.
Fall of Rome, causes of the, 339-its
Famine in Ireland, the, 599.
Ferozeshah, battle of, 635.
Follett, Sir William, sketch of the career
Fountain of Arethusa, the, 103.
Fox, conduct of, on the regency ques-
Fragments of Italy and the Rhineland,
French drama, characteristics of the,
French revolution, Wellesley on the,
Geddings, Mr, on the Oregon question,
Goethe, translation from-Goethe to
his Roman love, 120-Epigrams-
Goliad, fort, massacre at, 43.
Gordon, Mr, on the Oregon question,
Grain, importation of, into Rome, 340.
Greek and romantic drama, the, 54.
Heberden, Dr, 224.
Herbert, Mr Sidney, on the state of Ire-
Hexameter, the English, remarks on,
His epitaph, by Ennius, 496.
Holman, the blind traveller, 134.
Iphigenia in Aulis, the, 65.
Ireland, state of, in 1780, 387.
Ireland, present state of, and measures
with reference to, 572.
Italian antiquities and antichitá, 543,
It's all for the best, Chap. I., 230—
Jack Robertson and the professor of
Jenner, discovery of vaccination by,
Jerusalem, storming of, by the Cru-
John, Don, of Austria, 452.
Kara George, the Servian leader, 143.
Kennedy, Mr, on Oregon, 446.
Last hours of a reign; a tale in two
Lauriston, General, 223.
Leases, effects of, in Ireland, 584.
Let never cruelty dishonour beauty, 16.*
Lille, siege of, by Marlborough, 211.
Lodge, A., the Old Player by, 473-
the Rose of Warning, by, 747.
Mackintosh, Sir James, defence of Pel-
Maher, Mr, on the state of Ireland, 589
Homer's Iliad, twenty-fourth book of, Marlborough, No. III., 195-his nter-
view with Charles XII., 197-diffi-
Martha Brown, by an ancient contri-
butor, 184-Chap. II., 187.
Mendip, Lord, 229.
Metastasio, dramas of, 70.
Mexico, war between, and Texas, 37.
Michelet's Le Peuple, review of, 733.
Military costume, remarks on, 114, 219
Milosh, the Servian leader, 145.
Modern Pilgrim's Progress-the frag-
Moses and Son, a didactic tale-Chap.
Mother and her dead child, the, 53.
Music, something more about, 169.
Natural history of Vichy, the, 306.
Naval costume, remarks on, 119.
North and South, from Goethe, 121.
O'Connell, Mr, condition of the tenant-
Old player, the, by A. Lodge, 473.
Orford, Lord, 470.
Oudenarde, battle of, 207.
Overkirk, General, death of, 214.
Peltier, trial of, 468.
Peninsular war, opening of the, 402,
Perceval, Mr, death of, 403.
Perez, Antonio, sketch of the career of,
Petronevich, M. 131, 134, 142.
Piper, Count, minister of Charles XII.
Pitt, retirement of, 227-Regency ques-
Poetry:-Let never cruelty dishonour
Posharevatz, town of, 140.
Recollections of a Lover of Society-