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political rigging of the Admiralty, of an In- ample, embodied in a new and elevated style come-tas to benefit“ an important interest, ” of practical art,” be presented in the form
a great party” which musters about a of a bas-relief act of Parliament? After the hundred members including ultra-radical mal- failures, the idea is really better worth trying contents, it has been a failure.
on than Indian Reform in the avatar of Siva. But there appears a rescue.
German romance tells of a species of supernatural Mr. D’Israeli is indeed very strong. — Liv. Age.]
[This is from the Spectator. The likeness to person called “ a double-goer," the duplicate of a living person ; a functionary known to the Scotch by the name of “ wraith," but endowed in the German with a more frequent CHARACTER IN A BLUE Bag. —Two attorneys power of intervention. That is a Germanic quarrel about a matter of business ; one of them mystery which is now suspected to attend a acuses the other of trickery ; the latter retorts right honorable high Caucasian mystery ; only on the former by calling him a liar and a scounthe double-goer comes not from Germany but arel ; and the first attorney brings an action for from Central America - Indo-Caucasian, per
slander against the second. Whereon, accordhaps, matured on an American soil, and thus ing to the report of the case :completing the mystic round of the globe. The lord chief justice, in summing vp, said it was
When Stephens was in Central America, not actionable to say of a man personally, “ You he heard of a city lying beyond “ the Great are a liar," or“ You are a scoundrel ;” nor was it Sierra, - a bourne whence no traveller re- actionable to combine the epithets, and say, turns, and where the manners of Montezuma's
are a lying scoundrel ;” but, if said of an attordays still prevail. Fired by curiosity, two ney in his professional character, those words
would be actionable. Americans set out for that city, and have not returned ; but a Spaniard who was with them What the law — speaking by the lord chief juscomes back, bearing a young man and a young
tice means to say, is, that abuse, in order to be woman of peculiar race three feet high or actionable, must be injurious ; that to call an less, American-Egyptian in aspect. They are attorney a lying and scoundrelly man does him said to be a species of human toy, kept by no injury; whereas, calling him a lying and the pricsts of the mysterious city — the live scoundrelly attorney tends to injure him in his idols of the faith of that secret people. They profession. The law, therefore, presumes that are “ Aztecs," and extinct, like the camel," save as domestic consider' him a false and mean rascal ; so that -& race degenerate, sacred, you may esteem a man to be a true and honest
attorney, whilst in every other capacity you animals. Inexpressibly sad and ludicrous is
you may be willing to confide the management the aspect of these diminutive live dolls, sized of your affairs to him, althoughı you will not like infants, proportioned like adults, witi- trust him with anything else. out language, with no training save to play It is curious that the rule applied to the defitthe idol - a microscope mystery - the Dian- mation of lawyers is reversed in its application go Copec and Mama Oello of Central America, to invective against legislators. Members of reduced ad absurdum.
Parliament are censurable if they impute false But we have not yet stated the relation of hood and scoundrelism to ench other in a perthis American mystery to the Asian. No sonal sense, but not censurable for making those sooner docs this
Aztec man appear before an imputations in a parliamentary sense. Tie theeminent and learned lord, distinguished for ory of this anomaly seems to be, that the affairs the fire of his insight into everything at once, deceit and bnseness, and accordingly that there
of political life cannot be conducted without than the philosopher is surprised into the es- is no offence in accusing an honorable gentleman clamation - How like ******** !”
Yes, it is of evincing those qualities in laboring at his the resemblance of this little American vocation, that is to say, for his country's good, mystery to the right honorable high Cauca- for which it is necessary that he should cheat sian is complete. The wraith is smaller and and deceive. yet caricatured. There is the high Caucasian The law of slander, partially applied to atprofile, the slender, light“ wiry" figure, the torneys, ought perhaps to be wholly inapplicable jet ambrosial curls in brief, a double-goer, in the case of barristers. If a counsel mny sughalf-way between the original and the weekly gest to a jury a supposition which he knows to portrait in Punch. Is it not really a double, be false, and particularly one which at the same come to England to be sent for," to super, and if he is to be allowed to make such a suggestion
time tends to criminate some innocent person ; sede Lord Aberdeen, and restore “a great for his client's benefit, he is allowed to be base party?" It looks like it; for the Aztec has already charge him with deception and villany, in his
and decoitful for the benefit of his client. To been to the palace.
character of an advocate, is to acouse him of Shall we not hear, then, of a policy founded professional zeal; to advantage him, not injure on the traditions of the Montezumas? Will him, in his business. It ought to be lawful to nut English politics be adapted to the sculpture call him a liar and a scoundrel in a forensic scose, of the Aztecs ? May not free-trade, for es- as well as in every other. - Punch.
never rose to
Part of an Article from the Gentleman's Magazine. A feature of Mr. Gardiner's early days, which A MIDLAND TOWN IN THE REIGN OF is strange to the present generation, was the
military aspect of the country, when “marchGEORGE THE THIRD.
ing regiments”' filled the high roads instead Music and Friends; or, Pleasant Recollections of occupying a special train :
of a Dilettante. By WILLIAH GARDINER, Author of Sacred Melodies, Oratorio of
During the American war vast numbers of Judah, Music of Nature, &c. &c. Vol. III. troops passed through our town, on their way to
the western world. In summer time they 1853. 8vo.
arrive, in the evening, covered with dust, and Few provincial“ dilettanti” have attained set off again in the morning with their bright so wide a celebrity as the veteran author of implements of war. The whole population wils " Music and Friends." Mr. Gardiner may roused on these occasions. Crowds of young well talk of his " friends," for the chief girls were up by day-break to join the brave business of a long life appears to have been fellows and accompany them as they marched the
very pleasant one of acquiring them, and out of town, which they did for miles before they his amiable disposition and agreeable talents possibly could part. have ensured hiin as large a measure of suc
It is difficult to conjecture why Leicester
a military stution. Barracks cess as is consistent with this ever-fading con
were built in many large towns about us, as dition of mortality. He has made as many Northampton, Nottingham, and York. Yet our friendships as could well be crowded into lasses were seldom treated with the animating suurscore years. To his “ Sacred Melodies,
sight of those men of war. which he published forty years ago, he had (lie tells us) four hundred and four sub- Sometimes, however, a marching regiment scribers, only twenty-four of whom are now was quartered in the town, and in Mr. Garalive. As subscribers to the present work he diner's xxxviii th chapter le gives some pleasplaces upon record the names of one hundred ant reminiscences of the results of their flirtaand seventy-eight persons, all of whom, with tions with the belles of Leicester. There the exception of four or five," he has the were also sojourners of another class, peculiar honor to call his personal friends.' When to a period of warfare, who apparently had now, it the age of eighty-three, he offers some influence, and probably not a beneficial
his last work to their attention, they will one, upon the habits and morels of the town : gladly renew the "pleasant recollections”
The captured sailors were sent on their parole which were contained in his former volumes, into the midland counties ; and we had many and not merely pardon, but cordially welcome, of the officers in Leicester. Their manners were the agreeable garrulity and self-gratulations strikingly polite ; and their accomplishments, in
music and dancing, procured for them constant Mr. Gardiner is a native of the town of invitations into the best company, Sunday afterLeicester, in which he has been a resident noon was the great day of recreation. They all during the whole of his life ; not, however, assembled in Phipps' field, on the south side of insensible to the attractions of travel, or to the town — now entirely covered with houses. any of the events which have been transacted Here they amused themselves in active sports of on the great public stage during bis prolonged
a novel kind, and also greatly diverted the In liberality of sentiment, avidity
spectators. for information, and readiness to embrace the French officers.
The billiard-room was the constant resort of
An incident occurred here every rational improvement, he has ever been that utterly destroyed the harmony between the a true citizen of the world. To those who foreigners and the townspeople. Soulez wins are acquainted with the former volumes of playing a game of billiards with John Fenton ; “ Music and Friends''* (which were pub- à dispute arose, in which Fenton so grossly inlished in 1838), it is unnecessary to describe sulted Soulez that he left the room, and shortly the present; to others we need only say that returned with a brace of pistols and demanded all three form a pleasant miscellany of musical, instant satisfaction. The pistols (loaded) were political, and general anecdote, interspersed, Festival, the trio, The Lord will comfort Zion, was at intervals of every ofteen or twenty pages, performed, and put down in the books as the with pieces of music of the author's own com-composition of Haydn, although written by him. position or adaptation.t
self. " Perhaps (he adds) it has been å falso
of old age.
modesty in me not to affix my name ; but to pre* They were reviewed at length in our vol. xi. vent any mistake, and as a general answer to 227-239.
these inquiries, I say that every recitation, sym+“ The Songs are specimens of old-fashioned phony, song, and chorus without a name is my poetry - as Isaac Walton says, 'choicely good,' composition. In the Music of Nature, Music and to which I have composed appropriate airs.” Friends, and Sights in Italy, there are more than (Preface to vol. iii.) This has been the princi- fifty songs composod by mo, besides many of in. pal amusement of Mr. Gardiner's life. In his trinsic merit that I have shortened and improved Sacred Melodies the anonymous pieces are his by cutting out old-fashioned fourishes now obso
Ile relates that in 1821, at the York lete.” (p. 379.)
A MIDLAND TOWN IN THE REIGN OF GEORGE THE THIRD.
thrown on the table for Fenton to take his choice. ! Lord Tamworth came one morning, with his He dastardly seizing one of them ran away with hounds, and invited us next day to Staunton it. Soulez pursued him to the Green Dragon, Harold, for dinner. After the ladies had left, we where Fenton took shelter. His brother, the had a fine display of Mr. Moore's convivial landlord, a large, stout man, endeavored to powers. His lordship, a fine scholar and bon thrust the Frenchman out; but, in the scuffle, vivant, soon excited the bard, and a richer feast Soulez, who had the other pistol in his pocket, of classic mirth could not be imagined. His shot the landlord on the spot. Soulez was Anacreontic effusions and his corruscations of tried for the murder ; but, as there could have wit inflamed the company for three hours after been no previous malice against the landlord, it the ladies had retired. was brought in manslaughter. When the French- In the summer [i. e., apparently, the summer man was remanded to prison, had it not been of 1814], I paid a visit to Mr. Anacreon Moore, for my father, and a few others who were present, when he resided at Mayfield Cottage, Derbyshire. he would have been torn to pieces by the mob. He met me at the bridge-foot, where I alighted The sentence was submitted to the judges ; and from the coach, a little beyond Ashbourn, and soon afterwards Soulez received the king's took me a near way over the fields. When we pardon.
came to the top of the hill which commanded a
view of the spangled vale below, I exclaimed Before we take a final leave of Mr. Gardiner and his " friends," we inust revert to his I can tell, by that smoke that so gracefully curls interesting anecdotes of one whose biography Abore the green elms, that your cottage is dear ! is now occupying a large portion of public attention. Ainong the correspondence of He was pleased with the quotation (from his Thomas Moore recently edited by Lord John well-known song of The Woodpecker), and we Russell there are four letters (numbered 186, stopped a few minutes to survey the richness of 193, 266, and 351) addressed “ to William the landscape. On arriving, it was delightful to Gardiner, Esq.,”! but unaccompanied by a be welcomed by his graceful wife, who was word of note to intimate who Noore's corre- assiduous in entertaining her company. The spondent was, or how and when he became condition imposed upon his visitors was to tarry acquainted with the poet.
with him only a certain number of days, having
Now, we find that a friendly intercourse subsisted for some bird the moment the former had flown.
but one spare nest, which was to receive another
Another tiine between them, the details of which form stipulation was, that immediately after breakfast a very interesting feature in the carlier por- he should be left alone till within an hour of tion of Mr. Gardiner's memoirs ; and we think dinner ; he was then deroted to you for the it will be acceptable to the readers of the remainder of the day. As he was desirous of Life of Moore if we take this opportunity of showing me the country, he broke through his laying the particulars before them. It will plan, and formed a pic-nic party with a neighborbé reinenbered that in the year 1812 Moore ing family for the next day. His object was to was resident at Kegworth in Leicestershire, show me the romantic district, Dovedale, not in order to be near his patron, the Earl of more than two or three miles from his abole. Moira. At that time, says Mr. Gardiner,
The morning was fine, and we had an ass to
carry the provisions. We proceeded by the way Mr. Cheslyn invited me to spend a few days of Okeover Hall, and I was treated with a sight at Langley Priory, to meet the lyric bard, Mr. of that exquisite painting, the Madounn, by Anacreon Moore. The house was full of conn- Rafaelle. In our walk the most beautiful spots pany; and, as the poet did not join in the were pointed out by the bard. When we lolled sports of the field, I had the great pleasure of round our table-cloth, spread upon a luxuriant Walking out with him over some pleasant fields bank by the murmuring Dove, it was delightful to Keg worth, the post town, where he went for to hear the tone of his voice. He felt inspired letters. In returning, he read me part of one amid the scenery, and, having passed the livefrom Lord Moira, who was just setting off to long day, we left the happy valley with reluctIndia, written with the affection and sensibility ance, to stroll home in the evening. of a father. Mr. Moore was then living at The next morning I was shown into the library, Castle Donnington, for the advantage he had in and while there a letter came from Mr. Jeffrey, consulting that nobleman's library.
complimenting him on the learned review of If the weather proved unfavorable for walking, the Fathers which he had written for the Edinthe ladies would prevail upon the poet to sit burgh Review. So much erudition was displayed down to the piano-forte. He might be compared in that article, that the editer sent him a carte to the poets of old who recited their verses to blanche, pressing him to choose his own subject, the lyre. His voice, rich and flexible, was and he should not be surprised if his next comalways in tune, and his delivery of the words munication was a learned disquisition on neat and delicious ; his manner of touching the tronomy. instrument was careless and easy ; his fingers He put into my hands a MS. book, in the seemed accidentally to drop upon the keys, pro- handwriting of Lord Byron, a memorinl of his ducing a simple harmony just sufficient to extraordinary life. I had scarcely feasted my support the voice. In such company his per- eyes many seconds when a carriage drove up full formance was delightful, always indulgiog in of ladies, to make a morning call. He snid, " I the amoroso, a style peculiarly liis own. must take this book from you ; I dare not let
it lie about.” It was instantly put under lock which was fixed at three thousand guineas.* and key.
He told me, on executing this work, he found it One evening he sat down to the piano-forte, infinitely more difficult to write the prose introand asked me to listen to a song he had just ductions than the poetry. Upon those he could written, Those Evening Bells. He performed it scarcely ever satisfy himself. with exquisite taste ; I thought it one of his As I was a little curious to be let into the happiest effusions, and a composition that could modus operandi of such intellectual tasks, I only have emanated from himself, in whom the ventured to continue the conversation, and obpoet and the musician were combined.
served that many supposed that his verses When I was in town, negotiating with Mr. slipped off his tongue as if by magic, and quoted Murray for the publication of the Lives of Haydn a passage of great ense and beauty. · Why, and Mozart [published by Mr. Gardiner in sir,” he replied, “ that line cost me hours, days, 1818], I found Mr. and Mrs. Moore in his draw- and weeks of attrition before it would come;" ing-room_looking at the fine picture of Lord which required, he said, the constant repetition Byron. They were then living near London, at of the verse as he walked up and down the the rural village of Hornsey. [This was in avenue in his garden. 1817.) I was kindly invited next day to dinner, Every oue feels the beauty of this author's and the poet described to me a pleasant foot- verse ; the liquid smoothness of his numbers path across the fields, which I should find more surpassed everything previously written. He is agreeable than the road. As Mr. Murray was the only example of an exquisite ear for music not at home they departed. Soon after they combined with an elegant fancy. Drayton, were gone he returned, and was much mortified, Herrick, Suckling, Beaumont, Raleigh, Loreas it was the first call they had made him. I lace, and Marlow are poets of this order, but said I was invited to dine at Hornsey to-morrow, their verses are not without alloy. The comand pressed him to go with me; that he would poser meets with expressions that have no allinot presume to do, but he would give me a ance with sounds; but in Moore there is not a commission to engage the bard to write a critique word which the music composer wishes to reupon the Lives of Haydn and Mozart for the move. On this subject I asked the bard who, in next Quarterly Review, and would give him fifty his opinion, was the finest of our lyric poets ? guineas a sheet. I stated this to Mr. Moore, (I might have said excepting himself.) He who, it will be recollected, was then writing for replied, Burns was the greatest that ever the Edinburgh. He desired me to say " it was wrote. an extremely handsome offer, but he could not think of freighting his wares in an enemy's diner relates the circumstances of his attend
In another place (vol. i., p. 465) Mr. Garbottom."
The path to Hornsey I found so intricate ing a levee at Carlton House, in order to that I lost my way, and did not arrive till an present to the Prince Regent the first volume hour after time. They had sat down to dinner, of his Sacred Melodies. This he did at the and when I was apologizing, Mr. Moore, in a suggestion of Moore, who offered him his own loud voice, cried out, “Red or White ?” I could court suit for the purpose, and it is to the renot but smile, and Mrs. Moore was not a little sult that the poet alludes in his letter (Moore, astonished. He reiterated still louder, " Red or vol. ii., p. 6) :White?” I answered, Red,” and took my place at table. As soon as the cloth was drawn,
The prince was very gracious to you, and no I explained to Mrs. Moore that it was an allu- one can be more so when he chooses. To'give sion to the Cambridge tale which I told at the devil his due, he is very fond of music, and Lord Tamworth's table.*
that is one great step towards redemption, at After dinner we took a walk in the garden, least where you and I are judges. and in passing through a conservatory there lay We must now lay before the reader a letter a heap of books
" Books every- I of Moore to Mr. Gardiner, which is not inwhere,” said I.
“ Ay,” he replied, “ these are cluded in Lord John Russell's series, though, the materiel of Lalla Rookh ;", and taking up as it appears to us, it is fully as remarkable one, said, “This book I bought at a stall for three pence, and it was of great use to me.”
as the majority in his work. Mr. Gardiner Throwing it down and taking up another,
had requested the hard to write some verses “This cost me half a guinea, and I got nothing to his music, and Moore had not merely asout of it but the ' tortoiseshell lanterns.'» sented, but had actually commenced writing
The origin of Lalla Rookh was an application a song, when he recollected the engagement made to him by Messrs. Longman and Co. to which bound him exclusively to the service write for them an epic poem, in which ther of Mr. Power: should be no allusion to the ancient classic authors. They would be responsible for the
Kegworth, June 24, 1812. highest sum ever given for an epic poem. Mr. Dear Sir, — The more you do me the honor Perry, it was agreed, should decide the amount, of valuing the assistance you expect from me,
Mr. Gardiner, when at Cambridge, had re- * Except in the figure of pounds for guineas, Mr. ceired a reception more hospitable than ceremo- Gardiner's account of this transaction is now nious from a college wine-party upon which he confirmed by Moore's noble biographer, vol. ii., stumbled when in search of a friend.
pp. 58, 110.
the more I lament my thoughtlessness in offering continually bringing upon themselves by fulso it ; for I ought to have recollected (when Miss doings and appearances. Dalby told me that you wished some verses of Why is it that merit has such difficulty in mine) that I am no longer a free agent in the obtaining preferment? False pretension stands disposal of my writings --- at least of those con in the way. Why is it that a truth is so nected with music having given, by regular long in forcing its way amongst wankind? deed, the monopoly of all such productions of Because it is su difficult to obtain sound. evimine to the Powers, of London and Dublin. dence in its favor, and distinguish it from the These legal trammels are so new to my muse; hundreds of falsehoods which are constantly that she has more than once forgotten herself, and been near wandering into infidelity, very contending with it for notice. We know it much, I assure you, from the habit of setting no
as a certain fact of society, that a man may price upon her favors ; but I think you will come forward with the design of offering his
; agree with me that it is worth while keeping her fellow-creatures some great benefit, and yet within bonds, when I tell you that the reward he will be received with distrust, and checked of her constancy is no less than five hundred x at every turn, as if he were a knave aiming at year during the time stipulated in the deed, some sordid advantage for himself. And the For not complying with your request I need reason, we can all see, is that selfish aids are offer no better apology ; but for inconsiderately so often concealed under a philanthropic guise, promising what I could not perform, I know, not that society is compelled to be upon its guard what I can say to excuse (and believe me I speak sincerely) the strong olence, until time has given a guarantee for
, except that against eren the fairest appearances of benevwish I felt to show my sense of your merits made
their genuineness. me consult my inclinations rather than my
Fictitious literature has no more favorite power; and it was not till I had actually begun words to one of your airs that I recollected the point than that furnished by the claims of faux pas I was about to commit.
virtuous poverty treated with coldness, and I thank you very much for the Sermons, which left to neglect. Its heroes, manly but out-atI am reading with great pleasure, and beg you elbows — its heroines, amiable but outcast to believe me,
are always turned away from in an unacVery sincerely yours, countable manner, to the indignation of all THOMAS MOORE.
readers of sensibility. People living in comTo Wm. Gardiner, Esq., Leicester.
fortable cottages are mysteriously addicted to The Sermons were those of Robert Hall; mission to vagrants, just as the heavens are
the unchristianlike practice of refusing adthen resident at Leicester, and in the height about to break forth in a snow-storm. Counof his fouine as a preacher, and to whom, in turn, Mr. Gardiner lent Moore's Sacred
Songs, try justices are invariably harsh towards the when Mr. Hall read them with great delight, circumstances before them. These descrip
respectable persons who come in equivocal saying,
Sir, I discover that he is deeply tions, we can have no doubt, are a reflection road in the Fathers,” &c., &c. (See Gardiner, of what passes in actual life - only in actual vol. ii., p. 613.)
life there is never any reason for wonder about the causes. Shabby vagrant people, and people who appear in equivocal circumstances
and without good credentials, are there so THE COST OF INIQUITY.
commonly found to be bad, that no one stops
to think of possible exceptions. The few It is a fact, in the history of Prussia, that good suffer because of the prevalence of iniq. Frederick II. would never have inflicted upon uity in connection with those appearances. his country the evil of farming out his rev- Were there no transgressors of any kind in enues, had it not been that, while he had the world, fiction would be entirely deprived them in his own hands, he was cheated so of this important province of its domain ; for extensively by his subjects. For the same the wretched, under no suspicion, would then reason, about the same time, the government be everywhere received with open arms, sucof the king of Great Britain in Hanover was cored, and set on their feet aguin. Even the obliged to adopt the same oppressive measure. superintendents of Unions would in that caso If we call to mind the anecdote of a party become genial, kindly men, quite different of Frenchmen trying which could bring the from the tyrants which they always are in blackost charge agninst human nature, when novels; or, rather, there being no longer any Voltaire, commencing with, There was once human failings, there would be no longer any a farmer-general,” was admitted by common poverty calling for public aid, and Unions consent to have already carried the day - we would go out of fashion. may form some idea of the severity of a pun- Every one acquainted with business must ishment which consisted in farming out a have occasion to observe how many transacnation's revenues. But the anecdote is mere- tions of hopeful appearance are prevented by ly a type of a class of troubles which men are the want of confidence. And even where
From Chambers' Journal.