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a meeting of the clergy, in Yorkshire, where there was a Rev. Mr. Buckle, who never spoke when I gave his health; saying, that he was a buckle without a tongue. Most persons within hearing laughed, but my next neighbour sat unmoved and sunk in thought. At last, a quarter of an hour after we had all done, he suddenly nudged me, exclaiming, "I see now what you meant, Mr. Smith; you meant a joke.' "Yes," I said, "sir; I believe I did." Upon which he began laughing so heartily, that I thought he would choke, and was obliged to pat him on the back.
THAT pudding! yes, that was the pudding Lady Holland asked the recipe for when she came to see us. I shook my head and She became said it could not be done, even for her ladyship. more urgent; Mrs. Sydney was soft-hearted, and gave it. The glory of it almost turned my cook's head; she has never been the same since. But our forte in the culinary line is our salads; I pique myself on our salads. Saba always dresses them after my Taste it, and if you like it, recipe. I have put it into verse. I will give it you. I was not aware how much it had contributed to my reputation, till I met Lady at Bowood, who begged long wished to know to be introduced to me, saying, she had so me. I was of course highly flattered, till she added, 'For, Mr. Smith, I have heard so much of your recipe for salads, that I was most anxious to obtain it from you.' Such and so various are the sources of fame!
"To make this condiment, your poet begs
The pounded yellow of two hard-boiled eggs ;
Four times the spoon with oil from Lucca brown,
Oh, green and glorious! Oh, herbaceous treat!
Serenely full, the epicure would say,
[The above is the famous recipe as given by Lady Holland in her Memoir. We have before us printed on the first page of a letter-sheet (on the back of which is the second note to Captain Morgan on the American Debts previously given, p. 72), the following with some variations, and as the date of the letter is 1844 it has good pretensions to the latest edition. The affectionate friend solicitously adds with his own hand: Let me beg you not to alter the proportions in the salad." Such are the well-known anxieties of salad-makers.]
A Recipe for Salad.
Two large potatoes, passed through kitchen sieve,
Of mordant mustard, add a single spoon,
Three times the spoon with oil of Lucca crown,
And scarce suspected, animate the whole;
Then though green turtle fail, though venison's tough,
"Fate cannot harm me, — I have dined to-day.”
To this is added in print:
A Winter Salad.
Two well boiled potatoes, passed through a sieve: a teaspoonful of mustard; two teaspoonfuls of salt; one of essence of anchovy; about a quarter of a teaspoonful of very finely-chopped onions well bruised into the mixture, three tablespoonfuls of oil:
one of vinegar; the yolk of two eggs, hard boiled. Stir up the salad immediately before dinner, and stir it up thoroughly. N. B. As this salad is the result of great experience and reflection, it is hoped young salad-makers will not attempt to make any improvements upon it.
PARODY ON POPE.
HAVE you heard my parody on Pope?
Why has not man a collar and a log?
TRANSIT OF A SOVEREIGN.
BY-THE-BY, it happened to be a charity sermon, and I considered it a wonderful proof of my eloquence, that it actually moved old Lady Cork to borrow a sovereign from Dudley, and that he actually gave it her, though knowing he must take a long farewell of it. I was told afterward by Lady S that she rejoiced to see it had brought "iron tears down Pluto's cheek" (meaning by that her husband), certainly little given to the melting mood in any
I ONCE saw a dressed statue of Venus in a serious house—the Venus Millinaria.
*This story is told somewhat differently in Dyce's Recollections of the Table-Talk of Rogers: "Lady Cork was once so moved by a charity sermon, that she begged me [Smith] to lend her a guinea for her contribution. I did so-she never repaid me and spent it on herself." Jekyll, the great wit of the lawyers, said at one of Lady Cork's parties where she wore an enormous plume, "she was exactly a shuttlecock-all cork and feathers." Lady Cork was the veteran of London society. Her parties to literary celebrities were famous from the days of Dr. Johnson who visited her gatherings. She was the Miss Monkton of Boswell's Johnson; daughter of Viscount Galway; married in 1786 to the Earl of Cork. She held on among the London literati bravely to the last, dying in 1840, at the age of ninety
THE VANILLE OF SOCIETY.
Ан, you flavour everything; you are the vanille of society.
SEWING FOR MEN.
I WISH I Could sew. I believe one reason why women are sc much more cheerful, generally, than men, is because they can work, and vary more their employments. Lady used to teach her sons carpet-work. All men ought to learn to sew.
No, I don't like dogs; I always expect them to go mad. A lady asked me once for a motto for her dog Spot. I proposed,
Out, damned Spot!" but she did not think it sentimental enough. You remember the story of the French marquise, who, when her pet lap-dog bit a piece out of her footman's leg, exclaimed, “Ah, poor little beast! I hope it won't make him sick." I called one day on Mrs. and her lap-dog flew at my leg and bit it. After pitying her dog, like the French marquise, she did all she could to comfort me, by assuring me the dog was a Dissenter, and hated the Church, and was brought up in a Tory family. But whether the bite came from madness or Dissent, I knew myself too well to neglect it; and went on the instant to a surgeon and had it cut out, making a mem. on the way to enter that house no more.
MANNERS are often too much neglected: they are most important to men, no less than to women. I believe the English are the most disagreeable people under the sun; not so much because Mr. John Bull disdains to talk, as that the respected individual has nothing to say, and because he totally neglects manners. Look at a French carter; he takes off his hat to his neighbour carter, and inquires after "La santé de madame," with a bow that would not have disgraced Sir Charles Grandison; and I have often seen a French soubrette with a far better manner than an English duchess. Life is too short to get over a bad manner; besides, manners are the shadows of virtue.
FURNITURE OF A COUNTRY-HOUSE.
I THINK no house is well fitted up in the country without people of all ages. There should be an old man or woman to pet; a parrot, a child, a monkey; something, as the French say, to love and to despise. I have just bought a parrot, to keep my servants in good-humour.
TOWN AND COUNTRY.
THE charm of London is that you are never glad or sorry for ten minutes together: in the country you are the one and the
other for weeks.
TEA AND COFFEE.
AT the tea-table: "Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea. I can drink any quantity when I have not tasted wine, otherwise I am haunted by blue-devils by day, and dragons by night. If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee. Sir James Mackintosh used to say, he believed the difference between one man and another was produced by the quantity of coffee he drank.
CLASSES OF SOCIETY.
I HAVE divided mankind into classes. There is the Noodlevery numerous, but well known. The Affliction-woman- —a valuable member of society, generally an ancient spinster, or distant relation of the family, in small circumstances: the moment she hears of any accident or distress in the family, she sets off, packs up her little bag, and is immediately established there, to comfort, flatter, fetch, and carry. The Up-takers- -a class of people who only see through their fingers' ends, and go through a room taking up and touching everything, however visible and however tender. The Clearers who begin at the dish before them, and go on picking or tasting till it is cleared, however large the company, small the supply, and rare the contents. The Sheep-walkers