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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!

BIRBONE IV.

HERR ASCHERSON.

"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

had said

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

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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,

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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.

Ty

Adams, Mr, on the Oregon Question,
443.

Eschylus, tragedies of, 61, 65.
Esthetics of Dress-Military Costume,
114.

Agriculture, decline of, in Italy, 339.
Alamo, siege of the, 39.

Alexander of Russia, accession, &c. of,
224.

Alexander, Prince of Servia, 133, 146.
Alfieri, tragedies of, 71.
Aliwal, battle of, 639.
Almanza, battle of, 200.

America, specimens of the debates, &c.
in, 439.

Americans and the Aborigines, the, a
tale of the short war, Part I., 554—
Part II., 677.

Amusements at Vichy, 309.
Anacreon's grave, from Goethe, 121.
Andreossi, the French ambassador, 466.
Antigone of Sophocles, the, 64.

Antonio Perez, sketch of the career of,
450.

Apology for a review, an, 249.
Arethusa, fountain of, 103.
Assur, battle of, 491.

Atheism, first public avowal of, in
France, 393.

Austin, Stephen F., 37.

Baker, Mr, on the Oregon Question,
444.

Banks, Sir Joseph, 648.

Barclay of Ury, first feat of, 225.
Barré, Colonel, death of, 463.
Bedford, Duke of, death of, 227.
Belgrade, town of, 133.
Bells of Venice, the, 256.
Bentinck, Lord George, on Ireland, 601.
Berwick, Marshal, 211, 213.
Birboniana, or Italian Antiquities and
Antichitá-scene the first-the intro-
duction, 543-Birboniana, 548-Bir-
bone I., Signor Rusca, 765-II. Coco,
768-III. Basseggio, 772-IV. Herr
Ascherson, 775.

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.
Broadfoot, Major, on the state of the
Punjaub, 628.

Brooke, Mr, of Borneo, sketch of the
life, &c. of, 356.

VOL. LIX. NO. CCCLXVIII.

Brougham's lives of men of letters and
science, &c., review of, 645.
Bunkerhoff, M., on Oregon, 447.
Burden of Zion, the, by Delta, 493. '
Camelford, Lord, anecdotes of, 217.
Campagna of Rome, description of the,
252-causes, &c. of its present con-
dition, 337.

Campaign in Texas, a, 37.

Campaign of the Sutlej, the, 625.
Capucin convent at Syracuse, the, 106.
Cass, Mr, on the Oregon question, 442.
Cathedral service in England, the, 181.
Catholic emancipation, on, 387.
Charles XII., character of, 195.
Chipman, Mr, on Oregon, 447.
Christie the auctioneer, anecdote of,
229.

Christmas carol, 1845, 122.
Clarke, Mr, murder of, 593.
Clerks of counsel, duties of, 5.
Coercion bill, the Irish, 572.

Colonel O'Kelly's parrot, death of, 466.
Colosseum, the, 252.

Consultation, a; a Sicilian sketch, 109.
Contrast, the, 307.

Cook, General, 39-Captain, 649.
Corn-law repeal, the proposed, 373.
Corneille, tragedies of, 69.

Cos, General, 37, 40.

Crisis, the, 124.

Crusades, the, and their effects on
Europe, 475.

Czabacz, town of, 135.

D'Alembert, career of, 654.

Darragh, Mr, on the Oregon question,
444.

Darwin, Dr, death of, 228.
Delta, burden of Zion by, 493.
Despard, Colonel, conspiracy and trial
of, 467.

Devon, Lord, on the state of Ireland, 567.
Dionysius, the ear of, 105.

Distribution of grain in Rome, effects
of, 340.

Dorislaus, battle of, 484.

Douglas, Mr, on the Oregon question,
443.

Drama, remarks on the Greek and ro-
mantic, 54-Causes of the decline of,
58.

Dramatic poet, qualifications necessary
for the, 54.

Dress, æsthetics of-Military costume,
114.

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Escovedo, the secretary, murder of, Ingersoll, Mr, on the Oregon question,

452, 455.

Eugene, Prince, 201, 206, 212.

Eusebius, letter to, 408.

Excursion to Epipolæ, an, 110.

Fall of Rome, causes of the, 339-its
causes at work in the British Empire,
692.

Famine in Ireland, the, 599.
Fanning, Colonel, 42, 43, 44.
Faucit, Miss, 55.

Ferozeshah, battle of, 635.

Follett, Sir William, sketch of the career
and character of, 1.

Fountain of Arethusa, the, 103.

Fox, conduct of, on the regency ques-
tion, 389.

Fragments of Italy and the Rhineland,
review of, 249.

French drama, characteristics of the,
68.

French revolution, Wellesley on the,
394.

Geddings, Mr, on the Oregon question,
443.

Goethe, translation from-Goethe to

his Roman love, 120-Epigrams-
Anacreon's grave, 121-the warning,
ib. the Swiss alp, ib.-north and
south, ib.

Goliad, fort, massacre at, 43.

Gordon, Mr, on the Oregon question,
447.

Grain, importation of, into Rome, 340.
Grant, Colonel, 41, 42.

Greek and romantic drama, the, 54.
Greek Fire and Gunpowder, 749.
Griffiths, Mr, on Ireland, 586.
Gunpowder, on the origin of, 749.
Hamlin, Mr, on the Oregon question,
446.

Heberden, Dr, 224.

Herbert, Mr Sidney, on the state of Ire-
land, 572, 573.

Hexameter, the English, remarks on,
259.

His epitaph, by Ennius, 496.

Holman, the blind traveller, 134.

444.

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,
765.

It's all for the best, Chap. I., 230—
Chap. II., 234-Chap. III., 238-
Chap. IV., 242-Chap. V., 245-
Chap. VI., 319-Chap. VII., 320——
Chap. VIII., the squire's tale, 323—
Chap. IX., 329--Chap. X., 334.

Jack Robertson and the professor of
eloquence, 104.

Jenner, discovery of vaccination by,

230.

Jerusalem, storming of, by the Cru-
saders, 486.

John, Don, of Austria, 452.

Kara George, the Servian leader, 143.
Kemble, Stephen, 225.

Kennedy, Mr, on Oregon, 446.
Kopaunik mountain, the, 139.
Krushevatz, town of, 139.

Last hours of a reign; a tale in two
parts-Part II., Chap. III, 17—
Chap. IV., 24-Chap. V., 29-con-
clusion, 36.

Lauriston, General, 223.
Lavater the physiognomist, 221.
Lavoisier, career of, 658.

Leases, effects of, in Ireland, 584.
Le Peuple, review of, 733.

Let never cruelty dishonour beauty, 16.*
Letter to Eusebius, 410.

Lille, siege of, by Marlborough, 211.
Literature of the eighteenth century,
the, 645.

Lodge, A., the Old Player by, 473-

the Rose of Warning, by, 747.
Lover of society, recollections of a,
215-Part II., 463.

Mackintosh, Sir James, defence of Pel-
tier by, 468.

Maher, Mr, on the state of Ireland, 589
Malta, seizure of, by France, 407.

Homer's Iliad, twenty-fourth book of, Marlborough, No. III., 195-his nter-

view with Charles XII., 197-diffi-
culties with which he had to contend,
199-invades France, 201-returns
to England, 202-resumes the com-
mand, 203—movements previous to
Oudenarde, 204-defeats the French
there, 207-besieges Lille, 211.
Marquis Wellesley, sketch of the career
of, 385.

Martha Brown, by an ancient contri-

butor, 184-Chap. II., 187.
Martial, epigrams from, 496.
Martin, General Claud, 226.
Masham, Mrs, 202.

Mendip, Lord, 229.

Metastasio, dramas of, 70.

Mexico, war between, and Texas, 37.
Michaud's History of the Crusades, re-
view of, 475.

Michelet's Le Peuple, review of, 733.
Mignet's Antonio Perez and Philip II.,

450.

Military costume, remarks on, 114, 219
-Music, 175.

Milosh, the Servian leader, 145.
Ministerial measures, the, 373.
Model Republic, how they manage mat-
ters in the, 439.

Modern Pilgrim's Progress-the frag-
ment of a dream-Chap. I., How
Scapegrace first made acquaintance
with Scrip, 604-Chap. II., How
Scapegrace, losing sight of Premium,
was mocked at Vanity Fair, 606.
Moodkee, battle of, 633.
Mornington. Earl of, 386.

Moses and Son, a didactic tale-Chap.
I., 294-Chap. II., 297-Chap. III.,
299.

Mother and her dead child, the, 53.
Muda Hassim, rajah of Borneo, 358,
359.

Music, something more about, 169.
My College Friends, No. III.—Mr W.
Wellington Hurst, 73.
Mysore war, the, 397.
Napoleon, epigram on, 220.

Natural history of Vichy, the, 306.
Naylor's Reynard the Fox, review of,
665.

Naval costume, remarks on, 119.
Nobility, re-establishment of, in France,
230.

North and South, from Goethe, 121.
Novibazar, town of, 138.

O'Connell, Mr, condition of the tenant-
ry of, 589.

Old player, the, by A. Lodge, 473.
On a bee, from Martial, 496.
On Gellia, from Martial, 496.
Oregon question, American speeches on
the, 441.

Orford, Lord, 470.

Oudenarde, battle of, 207.

Overkirk, General, death of, 214.

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Peltier, trial of, 468.

Peninsular war, opening of the, 402,
People, the, 733.

Perceval, Mr, death of, 403.

Perez, Antonio, sketch of the career of,
450.

Petronevich, M. 131, 134, 142.
Petty, Sir William, 219.
Philip II. sketches of, 450.

Piper, Count, minister of Charles XII.
197.

Pitt, retirement of, 227-Regency ques-
tion, 389.

Poetry:-Let never cruelty dishonour
beauty, 16*-the mother and her dead
child, 53-translations from Goethe,
120 Christmas carol, 1845, 122-
the twenty-fourth book of Homer's
Iliad, in English hexameters, 259—
the Old Player, by A. Lodge, 473—
the burden of Sion, by Delta, 493-
rhymed hexameters, 496-the first
book of Homer's Iliad, 610-Truth
and Beauty, 624-the Rose of Warn-
ing, 747.

Posharevatz, town of, 140.
Potatoe failure, the, 382.
Powell, Mr, murder of, 591.
Prometheus Vinctus, the, 65.
Prospectus, a, 621.
Racine, remarks on, 69.
Rassavatz, M. 140.

Recollections of a Lover of Society-
the Irish Union, 215-Challenge to
George III. 216-anecdotes of Lord
Camelford, &c. 217-death of Paul
of Russia, 218-anecdotes of him,
219-epitaphs, 221-death of Lava-
ter, Heberden, &c. ib.-peace of
Amiens, 223-coronation of Alexan-
der of Russia, 224-first feat of Bar-
clay of Ury, 225-appearance of Ste-
phen Kemble, ib.— -on the peace, &c.
226-death of the Duke of Bedford,
227-retirement of Pitt, ib.-conclu-
sion of the peace, 228-death of Dar-
win, ib.--and of Lord Mendip, 229-
re-establishment of nobility in France,
230-Jenner and vaccination, ib.-
No. II.-ball in honour of the peace,
463-accident to George Rose, ib.-
death of Colonel Barré, ib.-curious

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