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The masses move as if but one will pervaded them, and the individuals are docile, tractable, yet resolute, as your own heart could desire. Never you fear for the remote issues. England will yet become what we bave vowed to make her; and you and I will enjoy the satisfaction of having consummated the work.
And now, my friend, let me tell you of another matter, which, scarcely less than the realisation of the patriot dream of our youth, engrosses me. I have seen an angel! Yes, even I, the incredulous, have looked upon a be. ing of brighter cast than poor humanity; and I do not conceal from you, that the recollection of the vision haunts me wheresoever I go. Yet she is of mortal mould, too; and, they tell me, of very brief experience in the joys and sorrows of the world. So much the better. Being young, she has a chance, at least, of being unsophisticated ; and in this case, 1- even 1, may win ber. Do you ask who she is ? Read, then, o Brutus ! and wonder while you read. She is nothing less than an earl's daughter; yet I, Frederick - no, no-John Beaver, do not despair, sooner or later, of calling her my own. Are we not in the grey dawn of a new intellectual day? Is not the whole world about to be regenerated ? And when the regeneration arrives, shall a coronet stand in your way or mine, when we go forth to choose either our places in the political circle or the companions of our domestic hours ? Harbour not the thought for a moment; but listen to me, and I will tell you all my mind in the plain and intelligible prose wbich befitteth the occasion.
In the first place, then, I have to in. forin you, that your express reached me in excellent time; but that I had already received from high quarters intimation of the result which was anticipated, as well as a hint touching the line of conduct which might be expected to encourage the people's friends and alarm their enemies. My agents went to work without delay, -and let me tell you, that there are among them one or two of whom old Rome herself might have been proud. We made no great stir among the dwellers in the town,- for, to say the truth, these town-people scarcely come up to my views of what reformers ought to be. You will get noise enough out of them whenever you want to carry your point at a public meeting, but they are too much accustomed to law and its administrators to give you more. Therefore, in the very bowels of the earth we dig for heroes, and in the bowels of the earth we find them. Round about among the mines the apostles of liberty went preach
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ing, and our patriots sent us forth a band, than whom all England can shew nothing superior. You may conceive how we astonished the civic authorities! Wbile they were talking, we were acting : and suddenly, just as they had come to the conclusion that it would be judicious to wait till their representative, Mr. Blackston, arrived, my myrmidons marched into the market-place, and the town became one wide scene of excitement. Is it not capital, that these pot-bellied, corporate Solomons should play so nicely into our hands; nay, that the wisdom of Altamont itself should prove but a catspaw-as the sailors call their lightest breezes-in wafting us onwards to our haven. I often laugh to myself when I think of the astonishment of the M.P., when he shall open his eyes some fine morning, and discover that he lives and moves only at the good pleasure of the humble editor of a provincial newspaper. But never mind that : we met, we speecbified, we formed our ranks.We marched to Welverton; and there, there, my friend, such a vision of beauty passed before mine eyes, that they cannot now descend to look with satisfaction on realities! You never beheld a love. lier creature than this addle-pated lord's daughter,--the Lady Evelyn I think they call her. A sweet name, is it not ? “My Evy, my gentle Evy!" How musical the words sound in juxtaposition ! But she is more than beautiful, --she is a heroine. There she stood, clinging by her mother's arm, while her harumscarum papa harangued us, exactly in such language as I could have wished him to adopt — terribly insolent, and full of wrath, yet requiring only to be treated with contempt. Well, there she stood, the very image of all that is graceful, and feminine, and gentle ; and then and there I made a covenant with myself that she should yet grace the home of one of England's most ardent regenerators, and be partaker in his principles ! For the rest, I have little to add. The patriots kept their temper and sustained their dignity. They spared the very blades of grass by the rich man's way. side ; and having sufficiently warned the aristocrat of the fate which hung over his order, they peaceably, and with infinite grandeur, marched home. My friend, there was not one case of intoxication from morning even till night, They drew up in the market-place after our return. They received my thanks; and, dispersing at the word of command, they betook themselves in peace to their own houses.
Now, what do you think of all this? Are we not prospering ? Farewell; and may Fortune favour both you and me, as
well in our public career of honour as in the prosecution of our private happiness.
The preceding letter will have instructed the judicious reader on certain points concerning which he has heretofore been in ignorance. It will have shewn him, not only that there was a lack of unanimity among the reformers of Coketown; but that all the old influences were mouldering away, and new men and new motives beginning to make themselves felt in many quarters. As a necessary consequence, there were heartburnings and jealousies manifold. The poor, old, worn-out corporation became quite desperate. 6 Better to have remained under the yoke of the Boroughdales a thousand times, than thus be made tools of by the Lord knows whom.” In like manner, the liberal member for the borough and his liberal agent were both of them furious.
“ You have no more influence here"so wrote the attorney to his principal, the day after the great meeting —" than if you bad with the place no connexion. That scoundrel, whom in an evil hour we dragged from his obscurity, has, by some hocus-pocus process of his own, got entire possession of the people's minds, and twists them about in every direction, as may suit his own purposes, or gratify his caprices. I beseech you to come down without delay, and try what your personal presence among us can effect. And I beseech you, much more earnestly, to get for Stiles, and Jones, and Tims, and Butterworth, the places for which they are suitors, and which I promised that you would procure for them. The insolent scum begin to grow impatient, forsooth, and threw in my teeth, only this inorning, that they had found a better friend than either me or Mr. Blackston in Mr. Beaver, who never gave pledges that he did not redeem."
The receipt of this letter had not, as may be imagined, any very sedative effect upon the excited feelings of the member. He proceeded, however, at once to the proper quarter, determined to provide for his future constituents without delay. The following will shew forth the degree of success which attended his application, and the state of mind into which recent events had thrown him :
London. Dear Sir, I have received your
letter of the and am much obliged by the care which you take of my interests in Coketown. I wish that you had always been as circumspect and con. siderate, in which case we should not now have to complain of having a millstone round our necks, which, if we cannot soon get rid of, will certainly
What do you think of the un. paralleled assurance of your protégé, the editor? I went to the Office im. mediately on the receipt of your communication, and told the
with perfect frankness, that it was absolutely necessary, in order to keep up the liberal interest in Coketown, that certain places in his gift should be bestowed upon certain of my constituents. “My dear sir," replied his
your wishes are antici. pated ; I made out four appointments only the day before yesterday, in favour of four young men, natives of your bo rough. I really forget their names ; but if iť be, as I dare say it is, a matter of importance to you to know, we can easily ascertain,"
“Were they called Giles, Jones, Tims, aud Butterworth ?" demanded I.
“I really cannot tell; but we shall see," was the answer. Wbereupon he rang the bell; and the clerk, bringing in the warrants, there, sure enough, stood the names of your four protégés in full length as employés under government.
« And how came these persons to be provided for without any reference made to me?" demanded I, somewhat sharply.
“ Because though you did not make the application in their favour," replied he; “I could not possibly divine that you would have any objections to them. I hope that I have not done wrong,-I hope that they are sound men, and true. At all events, I can assure you, that the places were asked by a steady and influential supporter of the good cause, and I gave them at once, never doubting that the circumstance would prove as useful to you as I trust that it is agreeable.”
What could I say? The men for whom I was going to apply had already got the berths which I was about to so. licit. How could I possibly find fault with the arrangement ? I told his
-, indeed, that it would have been better for me personally, had the credit of procuring the appointments appertained to me; but I could only thank him when all was done, and assure him that bis patronage had been judiciously exercised. I then ventured to demand the name of the party to whose solicita. tions he had yielded.
“ The party immediately applying to me," was his answer, “ was not, I sus. pect, personally known to you, even by
character; but the individual at whose " What do you think, then, of solicitation he moved is your own editor, establishing a rival concern ? Cokeand a monstrous active, clever, and well.
town can't support two newspapers disposed fellow he is. I advise you, by professedly on the same side. What, all means, to keep bim up to his mark.
if we get a journal of our own, and We owe more to his exertions at the present crisis than to those of any other
carry all our patronage thither ?" individual in the north."
“ 'That plan might answer were it Here was a pretty position for me to
quite certain either that the newsfind myself in. I could only echo faintly paper press has the influence which the praises of Mr. Beaver, and wish his is generally supposed, or that we
- good morning. And now I have to could as easily persuade our constiannounce, that at an early hour in the tuents to give up the Journal as we morning I sball set off for Altamont, persuaded them to take it. But on where I shall be very glad to see you on both heads I have serious doubts. Thursday to dinner, that we may consult
Newspapers never give the tone to together as to the steps wbich it will be prudent to take in a state of things so
public feeling; they may contribute anomalous, and perfectly unsatisfactory.
to confirm and to deepen it; but they
are perfectly powerless when used as Mr. Blackston kept his word; and instruments wherewith to resist the on Thursday, at the hour of six, he growth of a favourite scheme, be it and Mr. Sharpus, the attorney, sat what it may. Unless, therefore, our down to a dinner-only not tête-à- new paper hold the very same lantete, because Mrs. and Miss Black
guage with the old, how is it to make ston were present to share it with its way; and if both speak the same, them. But the ladies soon with- shall we not have two rivals to watch drew, and the gentlemen entered in- instead of one? Upon my honour, I continently into business.
don't know what to do. But tell * Did you ever hear of such im- me,-is he free with the world ?-are pertinence?"
his finances flourishing ?" * Never!"
“I am sorry to say that he owes “ Has the scoundrel really much no man a shilling ; though where he influence in the place ?"
gets his funds from to keep him out " Ile turns it round his fingers, of debt is more than I can guess; for like a child's toy. I verily believe, though the circulation of the Journal that if he were to put up as a candi- be very fair, neither that nor the
prodate in opposition even to you, he fits on his advertisements would would beat you."
enable him to live as he does." “ The d-d miscreant ! What “ May fate confound him! How, are we to do?"
in the name of all that is unlucky, * You established him as editor: came you at the outset to take him could you not displace him ?”
by the hand ?" * I am afraid not. The rogue got Why, the case was this. The idea over me there. He was threatened, of establishing a liberal newspaper was, as you know, with several prosecu- if you recollect, your own. It seemed tions for libel, and the glories of to be a very good one, and so it would martyrdom not being pleasant in his have proved, if we had only shewn eyes, he talked of giving up the ourselves a little less vehement in our names of the real proprietors, whereof desire to work it out; for I am sure
you know, was chief. Besides, that we could have found in Lord Boroughdale's break with me a person sufficiently competent to rendered it necessary that I should carry it on, had we been content with throw the whole concern into his mediocrity of talent ; but this would hands. To be sure, I have his bond not satisfy us. Accordingly, I wrote for a thousand pounds, which I am to an old friend of mine, who has at liberty to sue for, should he at any long been connected with the London time advocate views that are hostile Inquirer, desiring that he would put to my interests in the borough ; me in the way of finding a person of but of what use is that ? He is a
sufficient talent and skill to manage deuced deal too shrewd to declare the concern, and not over scrupulous open war against us. He will push
as to the language in which he should his sap under our walls, and blow us clothe his ideas. By return of post, all very quietly to the devil.” I received an answer, recommending
Mr. Beaver; and with Mr. Beaver, as when it came in their way; and more you know, our bargain was than one, as the rumour goes, sancticluded. Thus was the matter ar- fied their deliberations on the present ranged on the spur of a moment; occasion. But it is not worth while and now we find, to our sorrow, that to carouse with them. Enough is mere talent will not of itself suffice done when I state, that the plan proto furnish us with a pliable partisan posed by the attorney was considered in the sort of warfare which we are eminently judicious; that Mr. Blackwaging."
ston acted upon it without delay; * Do you imagine that the mis- that Mr. Beaver met the Bellairses, creant is open to flattery ? Could the Steadys, and the Flints, on the we bend him to our own purposes by day appointed, and that he received the application of personal civility at their hands marks of the highest and good dinners ?”
consideration. Nevertheless, the re"I cannot pretend to say ; yet I sults did not quite answer to the exshould fancy, that if it were possible pectations of him who proposed the to work upon his selfishness at all, it dinner. must be through the side of vanity “ Did you not find him pliable, that you must achieve it."
and even diffident ?" demanded the Eg I suspect you are right ; attorney, when, on the day succeedat all events, the experiment is worth ing the feast, his patron and client trying. I'll send him an invitation had taken a seat in his office. to-morrow to dine with me on Tues- “Pliable and diffident !" exclaimed day, and you'll come and meet him.” Mr. Blackstone. “ As pliable as an
“With all the pleasure in the old oak, and as diffident as the clown world. Yet, if I might venture to in a pantomime. Deuce take me, if suggest, you will take care to asso- ever I encountered so strange a felciate with him the
élite of the low ! Ilis information, to begin reforming gentry. He's as proud as with, is boundless; his powers of Lucifer, and would consider himself conversation quite extraordinary; insulted were you to place him-I his self-possession a marvel. And was going to say, on the same level then he has the knack of pouncing with himself."
upon the slips of all those about hin, “ Well, I'll invite the mayor, and with such a patronising air, too, as one or two of our leading friends in if he pitied your ignorance, and would the borough, the same day.”
not, if he could help himself, expose “ Do nothing of the sort. Have it to others, that you do not know him either to a family dinner, or let which to resent the most, the cirhim meet at your table the Bellairses, cumstance of his possessing a great the Flints, the Steadys, and so forth; deal more knowledge than yourself, for, in the first place, he and the cor- or the contretemps which should have poration are by no means on the afforded him the opportunity of best terms; and if the contrary were shewing it at your expense. We all the case, he would feel himself in- began, as you may suppose, to speak sulted were he classed with them in to him as if we were patronising an your card of invitation."
inferior. If you will believe it, we * The devil take his impudence !" had not enjoyed the honour of his esclaimed the M.P. -"a ragamuffin company one hour, ere one and all whom we took up from the very began to feel that we had met at kennel! I declare that I can scarce least our equal. I wish with all my bring myself to submit to such de- soul that he were any where else gradation."
than in Coketown!” “ Pooh! pooh! what does it mat- Perhaps the reader may be curious ter? It is but the annoyance of an enough to contrast with this the hour. And if you can by such editor's own account of the dinnermeans recover your ascendancy over party, which occasioned so little sahim, only think of the prodigious tisfaction to the founder of the feast. point that you will have gained.” If so, let him read, mark, learn, and
The two friends continued the inwardly digest the following epistle: consultation for more than three hours,—for they were both warmly Congratulate me, my dear Jem, on attached to a bottle of good port, having been again admitted into what is
vulgarly styled “ good society;" Only conceive! 1 dined yesterday, by special invitation, at the mansion of our borough member, and found that there had been invited to meet me some of the most infuential families of which the Liberal interest in this county can boast. I was, of course, the lion; and the magnates began, as their wont is both in town and country, to draw me out. I was ceremoniously appealed to on all sorts of subjects. I was invited to take wine with one of the gentlemen after another; and had the honour of sitting next but one to the master of the mansion. The scene was not new to me, and therefore I could afford to smile at it, which excited extreme amazement among my newly acquired friends; and when, in. stead of merely answering such questions as these big-wigs chose to put, I became, in my turn, the catechist, I declare that it would have done your heart good to see how they stared. But I have more to tell you than this. The conversation happened to turn on the revolution of 1083 ; and my statement that there oc. curred an interval of perfect anarchy between the flight of James and the arrival of William in London, seemed quite to amaze them. No one ventured to contradict me; yet it was evidently the first time that any bad heard of the circunistance. And then, when we began to discuss the actual prospects of the country; when 1-1-took the lead, assuring them that there was the very best spirit among the people, who only
required their right, and would accept of nothing less, by Heaven, Jem, it would have killed vou to witness the sort of stupifying effect which my eloquence produced upon them! Besides, we had a touch at the classics; a glance at the literature of France ; a word or two anent our own standard writers — such as Pope, Addison, Swift, Hooker, and Sydney; and the immeasurable distance at which the cultivators of the soil felt that they were left behind, altogether overwhelmed them. The results were that, when we joined the ladies in the drawing-room, my position was entirely changed. They no longer paid court to me as to an inferior. I honoured them, one after another, by leading them into conversation ; that is to say, as often as I condescended to withdraw my attention from the fairer portion of the creation. And when the hour of parting came, it seemed to bring with it, as far as they were concerned, a sense of positive relief. Is not all this rich in the extreme?
I suppose the new M.P. flatters him. self that he is playing the diplomate with rare effect. What a fool he is! He hopes to use me - I mean to use him ; and the world will judge by and by wbich has proved the more skilful artisan. Meanwhile, keep thy great mind easy as to the progress
of matters more important. The train is laid, and when the explosion takes place, hurrah for Old England and her real friends,
- the friends of the species all over the world!
RAMBLING REMARKS WITH REFERENCE TO TIIE GERMAN OPERA.
WELL, Jack, here we are, pretty describes, if it had not been for the much, I presume, in the position oc- intervention and magic influence of cupied by Sheridan and Mick Kelly, the ocean of punch. First, all was the whilst the dramatist explained to mere unintelligible and incapable the maestro, by sundry significant noise ; but as the tide ebbed and growls, the nature and character of flowed into the reservoirs of their the music which he considered would respective glasses, Kelly began to feel appropriately auspicate the induction
“ Soft music, soft music steals over the upon a profane stage of the Virgins
sea,” of the Sun. For myself, I honestly confess that I regret the absence of And the result of his efforts as a the bowl of punch which took its composer upon this occasion proves state between these two facetious that there was no illusion. Ah! you worthies of Paddy's land; and which, think, notwithstanding my early dinif it did not lend them the inspir- ner and abrupt departure from the ations of a Hippocrene, at least en- social board, that the arm of this abled them to come to a good under- stall is a more comformatible boundstanding. Sheridan would never have ary between us than the recking bowl been able to instil his notions of a of punch. You are wrong.
The combination of sweet sounds through odorous fumes would necessarily be the medium of such grunts as Kelly most acceptable as sacrificial offerings