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try, as, from reasons which will ap- seen of a Sunday at one of the gates of pear in the sequel, I thought myself Hyde Park, which, from the multitude much safer on his back than at the of that elegant but unsafe vehicle which tail of many a more spirited charger. crowds its entrance, has of late received Another said he would tool me in his the appropriate and descriptive appele curricle; a third recommended his lation of Tilbury Fort. Here, I per dennet, as the most varmint; and a ceived for the first time, to my no small ed me to take the lower cushion of his crafts master” as a whip. His shafttandem, which he assured me he could horse, probably unaccustomed to that fan along with any man on the course. duty, was by no means: free to the So off we set for the evening parade of road; and to remedy this defect, the Caleutta. 5 2

only shift his driver could fall upon, The City of Palaces really deserves was to push the leader, who, by thato that appellation. Nothing can be arrangement, had not only to drag the more imposing than the splendid carriage, but his unwilling yoke-fellow houses of Chouringhee, viewed from also, so that, though we came on but the course, which is a broad carriage slowly, it was by no means surely. road on the esplanade of Fort William, By great good luck we got through the adjoining the race course, from which, throng without doing or receiving much! I presume, 'it derives its name. I damage ; and, as we were clearing it, think I have heard Edinburgh also the young gentleman began to flourish called the City of Palaces, but the title his whip and square his elbows with does not apply nearly so well. There a considerable address; but his triumph number of houses form a grand archi- was only of short duration ; for, in attectural mass-great when taken as a tempting to turn at the end of the whole, but comparatively diminutivein fashionable part of the drive, the lead its parts; and by the regular recur- er alone came round, and that with ale rence of street doors, you have it con- jerk, so that both horses were brought tinually obtruded upon you that the to a stand-still, looking each other in habitations of a great many indivi- the face, as if engaged in earnest conduals are clubbed, without consulting versation. either their individual taste or conve- This unexpected manquyre put our w nience to produce the effect. The Jehu rather to a non-plus; but as the Chouringhee houses generate a per- good people seemed to mark us out as fectly different feeling-each stands fit subjects whereon to exercise their solitáry, surrounded by its own gar- wit, he adopted the most spirited den and court yard, and each is ap- course, and laid in the silk profusely proached through large folding doors, on both steeds. This only made bad in the dead wall in front, like the worse, for the shaft horse lashed out, houses of the richer nobility in Lon- and the leader bolted, and nearly cap

sized us. We found ourselves now unThese houses are of brick, flat der the necessity of alighting, and by roofed, and ballustraded, but covered the assistance of the native grooms, with a composition that may easily who very properly attend their mastersi be mistaken for Portland stone. The on şuch occasions, we succeeded in front is of great extent, and wings are placing the horses in a longitudinal dioften added. In the centre there is a rection; and my friend not being anpediment, supported by pillars of ano- xious to receive the condolence and malous orders, within which is the congratulations of his acquaintances, front verandah. Though the details proceeded round the course, and

to be in barbarie architectural taste, the most 60 home, without encountering any

tout one who was aware of our disaster. ensemble never fails to exhibit an air Once safely landed, I made a resolu...' of grandeur I never saw equalled else- tion never again to sport my figure in is whereasod

such a conveyance; and, though notis After driving for nearly a mile along a better horseman than most gentle 30st the front of a succession of these splen- men

of his Majesty's navy, I ever after och did residences,' we suddenly turned to stuck to visurf our left into a crowd of carriages of all The dinner was splendid--the tables a descriptions, such as you may have groaned under a profusion of dishes VOL. XI.


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and the wines were excellent and came animated, and he expressed hime abundant. I found, however, that this self with fluency and to the point, diswas only of a piece with other people's playing 'an acuteness which I little sets out ; for, in Calcutta, a man can expected from so heavy an exterior. hardly go amiss for a good dinner, and He brought forcibly to my mind what it is a toss up whether the best is to Dr Johnson might have been, when be found at the Palace of the Governor- girding up his loins for a controversy. General, or the house of a trades. I found he had been educated at Ox

ford, and had made a good use of his The whole of the young civilians at opportunities; he was, out of all comtable bore a strong resemblance to each parison, the most intelligent of his class other in manner and appearance, and, I ever met with. making allowanee for circumstances, After the cloth was removed, the had much the air of young men of gentleman, in whose company I had equal rank at home; but I particular- suffered the martyrdom of the world's ly remarked two who formed a kind of dread laugh," was much quizzed by his species to the genus. The first of these comrades for his want of skill, but be was Mr Tudor Anson, who seemed soon silenced them, by quoting worse to rise much above his brethren; he blunders of theirs ; indeed, few nights had the same dandyism which all af- pass without some such catastrophe as fected, but it was quite clear at the I have described, so that such a joke first glance that there was more in against one man has soon to make him. Through that cover flashes of room for a similar one against another. genius burst, which,“ like unexpect- Conversations among men engaged ed light,” surprised us, as a dandy is in the same pursuits, and often in each the last man on earth from whom we other's company, are apt to run into loexpect intellect. And so he seemed to calities. Every body of men, “howthink ; for, though obviously superior ever high their rank, or low their stato the surrounding mass, he waived his tion,” have their own particular slang, claim on that account, and rested it and allusions to their own particular solely on his excellence in the science jokes, which are unintelligible to stranof the toilette, a ground where there gers, and the writers of Calcutta cer. was some chance at least for his come tainly do not prove this rule as exceppetitors. I have since seen a little tions. I found, also, that in many inburlesque essay of his on tying neck. stances their habits of acting had given cloths, written while at college, which a wrong bias to their habits of thinkwould have done credit to an older ing, and some opinions sported with man, and gives great promise of excele perfect confidence, and admitted as lence as a writer, if he will only be- established beyond question, struck stow as much attention on the style of me, as not a little at variance with my his future performances as he does on preconceived opinions of the moral fitthe precepts of his past.

ness of things. One of these was, that The other was a gem of a different a young gentleman mentioned, who had kind—a rough diamond, in short; his been an unusual length of time in colname was Whitebrook, but his compa- lege, and from indolence had never nions addressed him by the familiar di- been able to pass his trials, had, on minutive of Jemmy. He was fat and in- that account, a strong claim for a good dolent in his appearance; and, except appointment—this appeared to me in offering me the use of his horse, I be a non sequitur ; but prepared me had not before heard the sound of his for another not unlike it, viz. that voice. After dinner, he sat and smoked those who studied diligently to get his hookah, with his chin resting on through their probations, and lived his breast, and seemed, after every within their means to keep out of debt, monosyllabic reply extorted from him, were a mean, despicable set, who made by the interrogatories of his friends, use of unworthy artifices to ingratiate to express, by his manner, “ leave me, themselves with their superiors, and leave me to repose;" however, he by to get over the heads of better men. and bye was forced from this state of So true is the observation of the most stupor by repeated contradictions, and moral of our modern poets, the epithen he seemed a new man; his face, grammatic force and justice of whose which before seemed to realize the verses always atone for the carelessness idea of “fat contented ignorance,” be- of their composition—that


“ Faults in the life breed errors in the pompous peer in Miss Edgeworth's brain,

tale of Patronage. And these reciprocally those again."

It may perhaps shock the delicacy A great many stories were told, too, of your fair readers to hear of such a of the feats performed by these wor- tender subject being discussed in such thies against their professors and cre- a style in India ; but let them rememditors, two classes of men whom they ber, that in that country, marriage is a

seemed to look upon as their natural much less romantic arrangement than is enemies. One of these being charac- here one great and understood object teristic, I shall repeat it.

of it, on the lady's part, being an estaIn the college there were two young blishment; and that there, mammas gentlemen of the name of Whitebrook. and aunts fish for husbands to their Jemmy (my fat friend,) having got daughters and nieces-a practice which, some hundreds of rupees in debt to a as it never obtains in Edinburgh, will, livery-stable keeper, a writ was issued I fear, gain neither forgiveness nor beand served against him. The bailiff lief. found him reclining on a sofa, smoking Mr Odoherty says, that the prehis hookah, and administered the tapon sent is a delicate age. In this instance, the shoulder, said to produce an electric either the walking cornet, more putriæ, effect on unfortunate gentlemen. Jem- has been speaking without reflectingmy responded to the well known sym. out of the face, as he himself would bol, by asking at whose suit ? and, term it-or does not display his usual on being informed, “ with infinite acumen. I do not think this a more promptitude,” told the grab he had delicate age than that of Queen Anne. mistaken his man, as it was the other Equal indelicacy of matter is allowed ; Whitebrook who owed the money, and, all the difference is, that we have got at the same time, called to his servant a neater mode of saying it. So far as to run to his name-sake, and warn him my limited opportunities have gone, I of his danger. Off set the servant, and would say, that nothing indelicate, in the nab-man at his heels; and Jemmy, the present day, ever will be tolerated, following at his usual moderate pace, that is not delicately expressed. shut the door and secured it, while Some elderly single gentlewomen they were competing for the honour rated me soundly, t'other day, for of being the first to arrive at his friend s mentioning Adam Blair in presence of house. A proper vidette was then their nieces. What is improper in it posted, and the minions of the law I know not; but those who have been kept at staff's-end till Jemmy could in the habit of looking for that sort of make an arrangement with his agents game, acquire a faculty of finding it

The party bantered a Mr Fanning inconceivable to the unpractised ; as I most unmercifully, about his having have seen a sly old poacher discover a been that morning jewaubeda phrase hare lurking in her form, where the which was explained to me to signify, less experienced sportsman could only refused by a young lady. He admit- see a bunch of withered fern. ted the fact ; but said it was a matter may be doubted, however," as Mr of total indifference to him. Some one M‘Leod says, whether those who have hinted that he had not shewn the same swallowed the camel so often when philosophical composure when he re- lubricated by the oily sophisms of ceived the lady's note. This he also Tom Moore, shew much consistency allowed; but said, that it was the man- in straining at the gnat, because it ner, not the matter of it, that offended wants such a luscious condiment. him, as it was written on China paper -an insult, in his eyes, equivalent to sealing with a wafer, in those of the Bute, 1st April, 1822.

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Thursday Morning Dear Kit, Will the inclosed be of any use to you? If it will, print it-if not, use it for any

other purpose found agreeable or necessary. You see it is a squib about the “ clever old body," your friend Jeff. It is quite a good-natured affair, which I am sure his Lowness would wish very much to see.

I wrote it last night at Ambrose's, after a few tumblers. I intend to open for you a series of poems on various subjects-chiefly, however, badgering Old Blue and Yellow. I mean to tip off this evening another imitation of Horatius Flaccus, in his rather blackguard song about poor Lyce, and his Uxor pauperis Ibyci. I think they are rather pat towards the present old womanish condition of our old acquaintance. You may, if you like, call the series Odoherty's Night Thoughts. One Young, you may have heard, wrote rather a passable book with this title, but it is full of humbug—there shall be none of that commodity in mine, you may take your oath. Yours, during duration,


Hor. Od. 25. Lib. i.
Lydia jam vetulæ amatoribus carenti

Parcius junctas quatiunt fenestras
Ictibus crebris juvenes protervi,
Noc tibi somnos adimunt; amatque

Janua limen,

Quæ prius multum facilis movebat Cardines : audis minus et minus jam, “ Me tya longas pereunte noctes,

Lydia, dormis ?”

Odon. Od. 1. Night i.
Quizzes Frank Jeffrey on his Ocing uni.

versally sneered at in his old age. Jeffrey, your yellow-backed twaddle, in

truth, my dear, Is at present but little disturbed by us

youth, t my dear; Seldom we see the dull book upon one's

table But closely it clings to the counter of Con

stable ; Whence its copies once swarmed, thick as

pigs from a piggery, Over the land to the joy of Old Whiggery. Seldom you hear, though to hear it you're

willing, Sir “ Hand me a number, and here's your six

shillings, Sir. You're grown quite an old woman (to speak

without flattering), And every one dozes or laughs at your

chattering; While, blowing great guns, with a thun

dering twist, over Your unfortunate pate comes the voice of

old Christopher.

Invicem machos anus arogantes
Flebis in solo levis angiportu,
Threcio bacchante magis sub inter-

lunia vento;

* Falstaff! hem !!

+ Teste, the author of the hymn-nobody reads them now save awfully ancient old women. By the bye, who wrote that hymn ? I am told Doctor Parr.-M. O. Mum!C. N.

# Christopher North, Esq. ; a well-known and respected character in this city-M.0. But not so old neither—say fifty-seven ; or, by’r lady, inclining to threescore.-C. N.

Cum tibi flagrans amor, et libido

Yet still for suitors, old rogue, you are Quæ solet matres furiare equorum,

clamorous, Sæviet circa jecur ulcerosum ;

Looking most Whiggish, and priggish, Non sino questu,

and amorous ; Moaning the manifold slights of all tribes

to you, But moaning much more that no mortal

subscribes to you ;

For every young person of wit, taste, or Læta quod pubes hedera virenti

quality, Gaudeat pulla magis atque myrto : Rejoicing in North, that prime patron of Aridas frondes Hiemis sodali

jollity, Dedicet Euro.

Scorns your dry leaves as dull, low, and

ridiculous, And sends the concern right a-head to old


YR ALLAN'S PICTURE OF THE DEATH OF ARCHBISHOP SHARPE. This fine picture having attracted the chief ornaments of the approacha great deal of attention when it was ing exhibition at Somerset House. exhibited in London last year, and Since we are upon this subject, howhaving been shewn during some weeks ever, we may just as well state what this last winter in Edinburgh, at the is our candid opinion as to the course shop of Messrs Hill and Co. we need this great artist ought in future for not say anything by way of attracting his own sake to pursue. The Broken notice to its merits. It is possible, Fiddle is a charming picture, and quite however, that many of our readers worthy of hanging by the side of Pitmay not be aware of its being now in lessie Fair or the Blind Fiddler. But the hands of Mr James Stewart of this Wilkie is before Allan in this walk, city, for the purpose of being engraved and even if the latter were acknowin the same style with the Circussian ledged to produce as good comic Scots Captives. The print after that beau- pictures as the former, he would never tiful composition, by the same hand, is obtain the same high' character of oriallowed by the connoisseurs to be such ginal genius by doing so. as would have done honour to any He has a field of his own—and we artist in London, and is, without all think he would do well to stick by it. doubt, the finest specimen of the art in the great line of Scottish domestic ever executed in Scotland. The Death pathos, nobody comes near to himof Archbishop Sharpe, not only as and after the Death of Archbishop being a picture quite equal in all the Sharpe, what subject is there, either of excellencies of coin position and coloure the terrible or the sublime, which he ing to the Circassians, but as possess- need fear to grapple with? We have ing the high additional merit of being heard that he has some thoughts of the finest painting ever executed on painting the Confession of Adam Blair, any subject of Scottish history, will, and we have many doubts whether he we doubt not, receive at least as flat- could fix upon any subject more tering patronage at the hands of Mr adapted to the display of his own noAllan's countrymen. The delineation blest talents. In the Archbishop's of Scottish character in the physiogno- death, he has already found an oppor, my of the Covenanters has a truth tunity for pourtraying with the hand which cannot be mistaken, while the of a true master the effects of the stern landscape and sky, and all the accom- old spirit of Presbyterian fanaticism. paniments, are conceived in a way that Perhaps it were but fair to do as much proves the artist to have the purest for the benign and compassionate feeland most poetical feeling for natural ings which have never ceased to tembeauty and grandeur.

per the austerities of our ecclesiastical Mr Allan's new picture of the Bro- discipline. The absence of any female ken Fiddle, is a piece of quite a differ- figure uld, however, increase very ent cast from anything he had former much the technical difficulties of a ly attempted. It is a highly humor- picture on this subject. If so, Mr ous composition, and the glow of co- Allan could be at no loss, by turning louring is such as perhaps Wilkie him- over our Acts of Assembly, to find some self never surpassed. But we have no other event in which similar circumdoubt our London correspondents will stances must have agitated the feelings do it better justice than we could. It both of men and of women.

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