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precepts as to bestow adoration on his own name. He is struction in the desperate invasion of British India; considered a saint by them, and they pay him divine ho- but the great body of the Sikh soldiers considered suc-, nours, addressing him in their prayers as their saviour and mediator; and, until his tomb was washed away by

cess certain, and the conviction may partly account for the Ravee, the Sikhs made pilgrimages thercto.

the fierceness of their onset, and the immense slaughter “ The simplicity and purity of the doctrines taught and that preceded their repulse. inculcated by Nanuk were the means of drawing towards The state of the native Indian army must always be a him many who had troubled themselves but little with the complicated structure of the Hindoo religion, polluted, subject of great interest in this country, for we presume as it had become, by the worship of images and idols. Na- that the Indian empire rests on its efficiency and fidelity. nuk at once directed their attention to the one-existing From the tone of this author we believe that his remarks Supreme Deity, who was endowed by him with the great may be considered impartial, and his experience is such attributes of omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. He it was who knew all their actions, and their as to give weight to his opinions. The following extract innermost thoughts ; He it was who was ever present gives a rather favourable view of the spirit prevalent in through space and time ; the only Immortal : all others that service: perished and were lost! Nothing was created without

“ We have endeavoured to show the spirit wbich acHim, and what men viewed with awe and wonder, emanated from His omnipotent hand. All the events which tuated the Khalsa troops in their attempt to spread their occurred were regulated by His presence, and every gift conquests over Hindostan ; and it now seems proper to bestowed on man was supplied by His bounty. No place inquire whether the native portion of the British army was without His presence. • Turn my feet,' said Nanuk,

was likely to have opposed a firm resistance to the Sikhs. to where the house of God is not --- showing clearly that lony, and an Adams, showed that the native troops of

The victories gained in India by a Clive, an Ochterthe mind of the teacher was deeply imbued with the great their days were, at least, a match for any power opposed truth, that all space was filled with Him. The most insignificant animal that crawled on the carth, the least implicitly the orders of their European officers, between

to them. The men were stearly, brave soldiers, obeying complicated flower that decked the face of the desert, were alike the work of the same Divine hand that formed the officer commanding a company knew every sipahee, per

whom and the men the freest intercourse existed. The elephant and wide-spreading banian tree! Trusting to this bountiful Being, Nanuk despised all worldly riches, sonally, while the commanding officer of the regiment was unless in so far as they served to relieve his fellow crea

so associated with the interests and welfare of his men as tures ; and charity to all mankind was one of the precepts position of affairs is soinewhat changed. The bonds

to be looked up to with a species of filial reverence. The which he was induced to preach to his followers, next to

which united the native soldier to his officer have been devotion to the Deity. The life of a fellow creature was sacred in his eyes, for the same breath was breathed into look witla estoem and respect on his commander no longer

sundered. The means whereby the former was made to them all by the Almighty, and was only to be taken away exist, for the independent power of the latter has been by Him. Murder, war, and discord, whereby the lives of men were sacrificed, he deprecated; and cruelty and curtailed, and the sipahee is drilled and taught the meintolerance were held in abomination by him, as heinous chanism of the art of war, without an attempt being made

to enlist his feelings in the cause. He consequently takes sins.

“ The doctrine of a fall of man, by a first act of disobe- but little interest in the service, and looks upon it as & dience to the will of his Creator, was not admitted by Na: officers in the native army do not know even the names

means of present livelihood and future comfort. Many nuk : he held that nothing was needed but a pure and of their native officers, (the Subedars, Jemadars, dic.); holy life to insure happiness ; grounded as such must be and a wide chasm has separated the two classes. in a belief of the Deity ever present to watch man's ac

“When a dislike to any particular duty arises, it spreads tions. After all, Nanuk's was an imperfect code of religion, and finite in its application ; but such as it was,

throughout the whole ranks : it is in vain that the comthere are many professing Christians whose creed is equal- tions ; they are sulky and sullen, and refuse to obey of

manding officer urges his men to a sense of their obliga ly limited."

ficers whom they hardly know except by name. We need The Sikhs have always reverenced the memory of only instance the unruly spirit which prevailed in the Nanuk since the period of his teaching, towards the close corps that mutinied in 1813, and which, in spite of every of the fifteenth century, although they soon forgot his exertion on the part of their officers, retused to march to

Scinde until the presence of two European regiments most important precepts. His most influential succes

threatened their very existence. sor from his death to the days of Runjeet Singh was " No body of officers can excel in zeal and energy those Govind Singh, who to his religious, added also a very of our native army in India, but they cannot, under the considerable military, character. He, unlike Nanuk, present state of interference with the internal manage

ment of their regiments, calculate with certainty on those seems to have been more at home in fighting than

strenuous exertions, and that determined courage which teaching; and, while the Sikhs still professed to follow marked the sipaliee of former times. The mounted branch the faith of Nanuk, and had eren raised him to a super- of our army, called the regular cavalıy, is not now com, human dignity in their estimation, they followed, with posed of men sprung from a race of warriors. Many of

them are persons of low caste, whose fathers and brothers out the slightest compunction, the exciting and ambi

are the cooks and table-attendants of the officers, and it tious path in which their warrior-chieftains led them on. not unfrequently happens that the latter swell the ranks Runjeet Singh's talents and shrewdness preserved the of a light cavalry regiment. We look in vain for the galSikhs for a time from destruction, by saving them from

lant Rajpoot and high caste Mussulman, who formerly

displayed such courage and daring in the hard fought the fate on which, after his death, they madly rushed.

fields of Indian warfare. Their officers, indeed, are the There can be no doubt that Delhi, in the first instance, same gallant men who formerly led them to the charge, and Calcutta, in the second step, were tho proposed emulating in every respect the European officer at the destinations of the Sikh army when they crossed the head of his countrymen, but they have not the same ma

terial to work at. How is it, then, that the irregular Sutlej. Several of the Sirdars may have understood cavalry are said to excel the regular in effectiveness ? better than their followers the character of the enemy They are officered from the classes of Englishmen who whom they volunteered to encounter ; the difficulties command regular cavalry, but the horses of the latter are of the way, and their own comparative strength to cope of a better stamp. The regulars have not, it is true, the

same amount of cloth and trappings about them, and are with them. It is even hinted that some of the leading armed with a sword intended merely for a thrust, while men were willing to consign a troublesome army to de- I the irregulars are in possession of a strong heavy weapon,

capable, when properly wielded, of doing great execution. Sir Harry Smith, with admirable prudence, forbade a Nevertheless there is another vast difference existing be- shot to be fired in return for any that might be directed tween the regular and irregular cavalry; the latter pos- against his position. The white covers were taken off Sess in their ranks men of high caste and family, who are the caps, which served as marks for the enemy, and every accompanied to the field by young relatives, who do their means adopted for keeping the men out of the hostile fire. utmost to imitate them. This spirit of emulation does | The gallant soldiers, who bad at the point of the bayonet not exist in the regular cavalry, every man does what he captured the batteries of the Sikhs, were thus glad to actuconsiders his duty, and no more. In Affghanistan, one of ally conceal themselves under the darkness of night. It was our regular cavalry corps refused to charge the Affgban not fight, but as near an approach to it as can be well horse, even when it was certain from the very weight of conceived; and no wonder if at this time the Governorits horses to overthrow the enemy! The advantage of charg- General of India felt the precarious position of the troops. ing en masse has not yet been fully impressed on the Never in the annals of warfare in India had matters native cavalry; they still trust to their individual exer- attained such a threatening crisis. The European intions, which, in the absence of effective weapons, can fantry alone could now support him, and he knew well achieve but little. Could the regular native cavalry be what their daring bravery had accomplished at Plassy, brought to believe that a dense and compact body of Bhurtpore, and Ghuzni. In this action the reserve was well-trained horsemen will bear down undisciplined brought up by Sir Ilarry Smith, and seized another portroopers, less reliance would be placed in individual tion of the position, while the 3d dragoons charged and power, and the full advantage of a body of dragoons took some batteries ; yet the Sikhs remained in position, might be realised. In some regular Native cavalry corps, and in possession of a considerable portion of the quada proper impression prevails (as witness the 1st Bengal rangle.', regiment in Affghanistan, the 3d at Allewal, the 5th at We see that though Gilbert's division drove everyMoodkee, and the 9th at Meeanee) but it is far from thing before it, and though Sir Harry Smith followed up being universal. In the battle of Moodkee, the loss in with equal success, yet the Sikhs persisted in keeping the European infantry and cavalry was great as com- their position. On the left, where the Feerozopore force pared with that sustained by the Native branch of the was engaged, under the command of Sir John Littler, the service, and we endeavoured to reconcile such a marked fire was so terrific, that her Majesty's 62nd regiment was difference, by supposing that the Sikhs took more deadly unable to make good their charge, and were ordered to aim at the former, without for an instant doubting that retire; at least this is the explanation of those who ought both were equally exposed. The effect, however, pro- to know best, and it does not follow that though one duced on both branches of our Native army at that hard- portion of an entrenched camp be carried, all the rest can contested fight was somewhat to shake their courage, and be so. There was a half-moon battery at the right corit could not be denied that, previous to the battle of Feer- ner of the Sikh position which played with deadly effect ozshuhur, a fear prevailed that, opposed to formidable on the 62nd, and against which they could not stand ; batteries, our Native in fantry might waver, and our had they formed a portion of the centre division, there is regular Native cavalry might shrink from charging guns, little doubt but the 62nd would have done their part or even the squares of Sikh infantry.

well, and emulated their brave countrymen in capturing .." Such a feeling was industriously suppressed, how the batteries. It unfortunately happened that Sir John ever, if ever entertained, by the Commander-in-Chief and Littler, in his private despatch, intended solely for the Governor-General. The Native troops marched with Commander-in-Chiet, used the words “panic struck'as alacrity to Feerozshuhur; but a resistance there awaited applicable to his regiment, and attributed the irresolution them which they could not have anticipated, and which on the part of the Native regiments in his division as certainly caused the wavering of the best troops Europe arising from the example of the 62nd. could produce. The Sikhs defended their entrenched

To complete the estimate of the capabilities of the camp with a spirit which oven European intrepidity could Indian army, there is another passage which we should not at once overcome ; and if a less-courageous bearing were manifested by the Native troops, it should be re- also copy. The first sentences refer to the unfounded membered that they had not acquired that contempt for rumour respecting the conduct of the 620, H.M.S., in an enemy which the European entertains : their highest the Sikh fights-a regiment that seemed to have been aim was to follow and emulate him. 2 ** When entering, therefore, the field of Feerozshuhur,

most severely cut up some doubted whether the Native character for bravery “ Whether, as their own Brigadier stated, the regiwas equal to the approaching struggle ; but the hopes of ments had received an order from himself to retire from all were buoyant, and it was soon to be proved to what a position which they could not carry without the risk of extent the Native soldier could be trusted.

being annihilated ; or whether this check was a necessary " Thus, on the setting-in of the night of the 21st consequence of the insurmountable obstacle opposed to December, were the European infantry regiments placed them, the loss in men and officers attests that the efforts in the enemy's camp, having captured a portion of it,

of both were great, for we find that this gallant regiment while the Sikhs occupied the rest; their cavalry and in- had no fewer than 7 officers killed and 10 wounded; while fantry moving about throughout the whole night, har- | among the soldiers of a weak regiment in numbers, thero rassing and firing on the British who were bivouacked. were 76 killed and 154 wounded, a greater number in A large Sikh gun was brought up close to the British, and both grades than fell to the lot of any other European its contents discharged, but so near that the grape could regiment. Both the Governor-General and Commander, not spread itself, and the men and officers thus escaped, in-Chief did everything in their power to re-assure tho while the chargers of the latter were knocked over, even regiment that its well-known character for bravery was when their masters were holding the rein while lying on fully borne out; and it is to be lamented that an occurthe ground. On another occasion, while the 50th and renco should have happened which could ever have ren. other European soldiers and officers were lying on a tent dered it a matter of doubt. and on the ground, a battalion of Sikhs passed and deli- “ As a contrast to the killed of the 62nd, let us see what berately fired into the midst of them; but, strange to the list of the other five Native regiments exhibited. We say, with little or no effect ! this was a fearful position to find the number of casualities scarcely amounted to half be in; and from the intervals, between the European that of the 62nd in rank and file ; while not a singlo infantry regiments and the Native brigades with them, European officer belonging to the five regiments was being left vacant, there was no possibility of forming a killed; and the whole number of their wounded Euroline or acting in concert; portions of one regiment got pean officers little more thau equalled that of the 62nd mixed up with more of another in the entrenchment, and regiment alone. We do not for an instant wish to draw in the darkness of night could not retain their respeo- any invidious comparison between the European officers tive positions. If a regiment had attempted to move of the Native army and those of her Majesty's service; right or left in search of another, the Sikh guns were sure but we may rely upon it, that the list of killed and to be directed to the spot; and where the 50th bivouacked, I wounded among these is a good proof that they and

their men were in a position of danger, and that both | gable, have consented to fight the battles of their intasuffered equally. The fact, as regards Feerozshuhur, ean

ders, and sustain foreign influence on their swords. not be concealed. The Native infantry were not equal There is presumptive evidence in the circumstance, that to the work. If it were otherwise, how came it that the eapturing of the guns became the work of the European the natives find the British sway, with all its blemishes, infantry and European cavalry ? How did it happen less onorous than the governments under which these that, long ere the European infantry found then selves parties lived or than those of the native princes around in the intrenched camp, the Native regiment connecting them with one another had disappeared? They did not,

them. perhaps, run away, but they did what, in effect, proved With the Sikhs we are likely to have intimate, perhaps much more injurious ; they hung back, lost their proper too close, relations for the time to come ; and therefore distances, and, instead of being side by side with the Dr. M'Gregor's volumes, althoughı hastily written, have European soldiers, they got behind them, and fired, often accidentally killing or wounding the latter. So far as

a considerable value, were it merely from the circumthe result of the battle of Feerozshuhur is concerned, it stance that they form the only regular account that wo would have been far more eligible to have formed the have, out of the newspapers, of these terrible battles that whole European force into one line, and lost the Native introduced our armies into Lahore. regiments in reserve, and at such a distance as to prevent the consequence of their ill-directed, though wellmeant, fire. This point may be disputed by those partial

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BY BEN IN D'ISRAELI, M.P. advanced would have been spurned: but facts have proved the truth and justice of our statement. It is well known

Tancred was announced two months ago, and published that the European officers had the greatest difficulty in six weeks since. We did not see the work soon enough getting their men to advance, and that many threatened to to notice it in April. Now it is too late. Tancred has cut them down. On the night of the 21st the fate of India been read by one half of the novel readers of the day, de pended on the continued bravery of the European in- and by a great many persons who do not generally attend fantry. Had the battle commenced early in the day, and with the troops fresh, and not fatigued by a long to works of fiction. Two or three days after its publicamarch and want of water, the conduct of the native tion, we noticed a copy in a circulating library in London, troops would certainly have been far different : and we

and expressed some surprise that Tancred should be aphave heard regrets uttered by even themselves to the effect that they could do nothingPsuja sa aur bhook parently at a stop amongst the circle of readers. “Why, se murjata'—'I am dying for want of water and food sir, its bespoke six times over,” said the librarian; “me

--and concluded by a downcast look and shrug of the subscribed for a dozen copies, and I think we must take shoulders - Humokya kurne sukta." -'I am good other twelve." The work had not been a month in the for nothing. Those who do not know the Native character may smile at our endeavours to extenuate their field, when a second edition was announced. A second want of a combative spirit; but with those who know edition of a three-volume novel, in something less than how incompetent a Native is to do anything without his four weeks - a book that has no illustrations, no atwater and food, the excuse will go far to prove that we

tractive points except its staple, the text. There is have not attached too much weight to these circumstances. A native knows none of the stimulating and exciting ef- nothing to be gained by reviewing a work of this deseripfects of wine, beer, or spirits. The European soldier can tion. The public have pronounced upon it. The author, exist, it is true, without either, and be a robust, courage- clearly, could not be put down ; with all his exclusive ous individual : but the energy of the native is paralysed Hebrew notions and occasionally they are offensive—he when he cannot procure water ; his physical strength and courage give way in its absence. A European soldier, is fixed in the public mind as a great novelist, and they on the other hand, suffering from thirst, finds a mouthful will read his works. of rum sufficient to quench it, more effectually than per

Another reason might apologise for omitting a review haps a gallon of water; and this was verified on the night of the 21st, at Feerozshuhur. Those who were

of Tancred—it is half finished only. There must be dying of thirst, and loathed the taste, or even the smell other three volumes, and a short period must elapse beof the soldier's rum, were speedily obliged to own its ma- fore they can appear; for the third brings matters elosely gical effect in moistening their parched lips, and restoring the energy of mind and body. Fortunately, the causes up to time; and that is a dangerous experiment in rowhich we have assigned for the apparent want of spirit mancing. There is little difficulty in concocting a good and purpose, on the part of the Native soldier, were romanco a century backwards or forwards; because in afterwards tested at Sobraon ; where many Native corps the one case the public will not, and in the other they charged side by side with the European regiments, and with a gallantry equal to that of their brethren in arms.

cannot pay any attention to your dates and facts; but it This, it is hoped, will act as a warning to commanders, is a bold undertaking to make the hero of a romance in all future battles, not to call upon the Sipahee to fight figure in the present day, and fight battles, as it were, on an empty stomach. So well are the Sikhs aware of under the very nose of the reporters for the press, and the banetul effects of such privations on the Natives of British India, that in all their wars they have invariably correspondents for the London Journals : battles which endeavoured to entrench themselves in a position where they have never seen or heard of, although they oceurred water is scanty : and the tact which Gooroo Govind ex- -say in the month of July last-that is bold, and of difhibited when fighting against the Mussulmans, at Moo-ficult management. Then, in dates so recent, people are gutsir, in the desert of the Hissar district, was as strong a case in point as that furnished by the Kulsa troops, in apt to make keys---keys to Coningsby, keys to Tanered 1845, under Sal Sing and Tej Singh. Though far out- and a writer's most intimate friend may cut him in the numbering the army of the Gooroo, the Sikhs got posses- | park, if he forbear cutting him in any more dangerous sion of the only water then procurable, and tho Mussul

way, on the supposition that he has been placarded in the mans consequently fled, and many died."

last novel as Lord Milford, Lord Valentine, or some other The conduct of the Indian army is, on the whole, disreputable character. without a parallel in history. There is no similar case where a people brave, and, with water and rice, indefati

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In this particular work, we have met some fine pas- | ours of the ancient Earls and Dukes of Bellamont in his sages-many smart passages -- and some few that are own person. Mr. Pitt, who was far from favourable to the

exclusive character which distinguished the English peerneither one nor other ; while there is an obvious inco-age in the last century, was himself not disinclined to acherence and apparent want of object in the volumes ; cede to the gentle request of his powerful supporter; but arising, perhaps, from the story being half told. The principle not opposed to the revival of titles in families to

the King was less flexible. His Majesty, indeed, was on first volume commences with a dissertation on cooks and whom the domains without the honours of the old nobility cooking, which seems to have little or no connexion with bad descended, and he recognised the claim of the present

Earls of Bellamont eventually to regain the strawberry-leaf the subject, though it is spun out unreasonably.

which had adorned the coronet of the father of the present Tancred is the son of the Duke of Bellamont, and is Countess. But the King was of opinion that this supreme permitted the title “Marquis of Montacute.” The Del- old house, and that a generation, therefore, must neces

distinction ought only to be conferred on the blood of the lamonts are a great country family, with broad lands, sarily elapse before a Duke of Bellamont could again figure and the county representation : they once had several in the golden book of the English Aristocracy.

“ But George the Third, with all his firmness, was boroughs,--to be lost by the Reform Bill. The Duke of doomed to frequent discomfiture. His lot was cast in Bellamont is a quiet country squire put in a duke's place, troubled waters, and he had often to deal with individuals and the Duchess is a cousin of her husband's from the calmly contumacious than the individual whom his treason

as intlexible as himself. Benjamin Franklin was not more north of Ireland, a puritan and a pietist, whose relaxa- had made an English peer. In that age of violence, tions consisted in Bible Society meetings, and meetings obdurate spirit, could not fail of its aim; and so it turned

change, and panic, power, directed by a clear brain, and an of the Society for the Conversion of the Jews—at which

out, that, in the very teeth of the royal will, the simple Mr. D'Israeli seems to sneer-though is he not a con- country gentleman whose very name was forgotten, became, Ferted Jew? The puritan and pietist opinions of the Marquis of Montacute, Earl of Bellamont, Dacre, and

at the commencement of this century, Duke of Bellamont, Ulster lady seem, however, to have conduced much to Villeroy, with all the baronies of the Plantagenets in addithe usefulness and respectability of the Bellamont family; tion. The only revenge of the King was that he never

would give the Duke of Bellamont the garter. It was as and the Duke and Duchess, because they were not ex

well, perhaps, that there should be something for his son actly pleased with the conduct of the fashionable world, to desire.” and very well pleased with themselves, were

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The manner in which the Duke and Duchess of Bellasives" amongst the aristocracy, and lived like hermits in mont passed their time in town, was considered “out of the country, by which “ the peoplo' on the estates, and society” by the world of the clubs, although they wero the Marquis of Montacute--that is Tanored—were no very high people indeed, “meeting with Royalty' alone : losers.

“After Easter, Parliament requiring their presence, the The history of the second rise of the Montacute family court-yard of one of the few palaces in London opened,

and the world learned that the Duke and Duchess of Belis thus given : a piece of good political gossip “founded lainont had arrived at Bellamont House from Montacute on fact" :

Castle. During their stay in town, which they made as

brief as they well could, and which never exceeded three “ The Duke of Bellamont was a personage who, from months, they gave a series of great dinners, principally his rank, bis blood, and his wealth, might almost be placed attended by noble relations, and those families of the at the head of the English nobility. Although the grand county who were so fortunate as to have also a residence son of a mere country gentleman, his fortunate ancestor, in London. Regularly every year, also, there was a grand in the decline of the last century, had captivated the heir- banquet given to some members of the royal family by the ess of the Montacutes, Dukes of Bellamont, a celebrated Duke and Duchess of Bellamont, and regularly every year, race of the times of the Plantagenets. The bridegroom, at the Duke and Duchess of Bellamont had the honour of the moment of his marriage, had adopted the illustrious dining at the palace. Except at a ball or concert under the name of bis young and beautiful wife. Mr. Montacute royal roof, the Duke and Duchess were never seen anywas by nature a man of energy and of an enterprising where in the evening. The great ladies, indeed, the Laily spirit. His vast and early success rapidly developed his St. Julians, and the Marchionesses of Deloraine, always native powers. With the castles, and domains, and sent them invitations, though they were ever declineil. boroughs of the Bellamonts, he resolved also to acquire But the Bellamonts maintained a sort of trailitional actheir ancient baronies and their modern coronets, The quaintance with a few great houses, either by the ties of times were favourable to his projects, though they might relationship, which, among the aristocracy, are very ramirequire the devotion of a life. He married amid the dis- fied, or by occasionally receiving travelling magnificoes at asters of the American war. The King and his Minister their hospitable castle.” appreciated the independent support attorded them by Mr. “To the great body, however, of what is called “the Vontacute, who represented his county, and who com- world"---the world that lives in St. James's Street and Pall manded five votes in the House besides his own. He was Mall, that looks out of a club window, and surveys man. one of the chief pillars of their cause, but he was not only kind as Lucretius from his philosophic tower; the world independent, he was conscientious, and had scruples. of the Georges and the Jemmys; of Mr. Cassilis and Mr. Saratoga staggered him. The defection of the Montacute Melton; of the Milfords and the Fitzherons, the Berners voles, at this moment, would have at once terminated the and the Egertons, the Mr. Ormsbys and the Alfred Mountstruggle between England and her colonies. A fresh illus-chesneys--the Duke and Duchess of Bellamont were abtration of the advantages of our Parliamentary constitu. solutely unknown. All that the world knew was, that tion! The independent Mr. Montacute, however, stood by there was a great peer who was called Duke of Bellamont; his Sovereign; bis five votes continued to cheer the noble that there was a great house in London, with a court-yaru Iord in the blue ribbon, and their master took bis seat and which bore his name; that he had a castle in the country, the oaths in the House of Lords, as Earl of Bellamont and which was one of the boasts of England: and that this Viscount Montacute.

great Duke had a Duchess : but they never met them any. “ This might be considered suficiently well for one ge wherë, nor did their wives and their sisters, and the ladies neration; but the silver spoon which some fairy had placed whom they admired, or who admired them, either at ball in the cradle of the Earl of Bellamont was of colossal or at breakfast, either at morning dances or at evening diproportions. The French Revolution succeeded the Ame- jeûners. It was clear, therefore, that the Bellamonts rican war, and was occasioned by it. It was but just, there might be (very great people, but they were not in “sofore, that it also should bring its huge quota to the elevation ciety." of the man whom a colonial revolt had made an earl. Amid

The fashionable world was, of course, piqued with the panic of Jacobinism, the declamations of the friends of the people, the Sovereign having no longer Hanover this affectation, as they considered it, and were very for a refuge, and the Prime Minister examined as a wit- desirous to get some knowledge of the mysterious family ness in favour of the very persons whom he was trying for high treason, the Earl of Bellamont made a calm visit to

--the Duke, the Duchess, and their only son. Mr. Downing Street, and requested the revival of all the bon. I D'Israeli, in later times, must have collected a personal

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with the more aristocratic class of country gentlemen in ** You don't mean that!' said Lord Valentine; and she London. They cheer him, and he “championizes" is a very nice girl, too.

“You are quite wrong about the hundred thousand, them in the House of Commons. He is ungrateful if in Fitz.,' said Lord Milford; for I made it my business to inhis book he misreports the character of their conversa - quire most particularly into tbe affnir; it is only fifty. tion; and presuming that he rather leans to “ Charity's ” said Mr. Ormsby,

“In these cases, the best rule is only to believe half,' side, we cannot say that “Tancred' was a loser by ** Then you have only got twenty thousand a year, his seclusion from their society.

Ormsby,' said Lord Milford, laughing; because the world

gives you forty.' “Saw Eskdale just now,' said Mr. Cassilis, at White's, · Well, we inust do the best we can in these hard times, going down to the Duke of Bellamont's. Great doings said Mr. Ormsby, with an air of mock resignation. With there-son comes of age at Easter--wonder what sort of your Dukes of Bellamont, and all these grandees on the fellow he is? Anybody know anything about him ? ' stage, we little men, shall be scarcely able to hold up our

“I wonder what his father's rent roll is,' said Mr. heads.' Ormsby.

Come, Ormsby,' said Lord Milford; tell us the "• They say it is quite clear,' said Lord Fitzheron. amount of your income tax.'

«« Safe for that,' said Lord Milford; and plenty of ready- They say Sir Robert quite blushed wben he saw the money too, I should think for one, never heard of the pre- figure at which you were sacked, and declared it was downsent Duke doing anything.'

right spoliation.' “He does a good deal in his county,' said Lord Valentine. ". Yon young men are always talking about money,' said

“I don't call that anything,' said Lord Milford; but I Mr. Ormsby, shaking his head; you should think of mean to say he never played-was never seen at New higher things.' market, or did anything which any body can remember. ** I wonder what young Montacute will be thinking of In fact, he is a person whose name you never, by any this time next year,' said Lord Fitzheron. chance, bear mentioned.'

" There will be plenty of people thinking of him,' said “He is a sort of cousin of mine," said Lord Valentine, Mr. Cassilis. Egad, you gentleinen must stir yourselves • and we are all going down to the coming of age-that is, if you mean to be turned off. You will bave rivals.' we are asked.

• He will be no rival to me,' said Lord Milford; for I "" Then you can tell us what sort of fellow the son is.' am an avowed fortune-hunter, and that, you say, he does

“I never saw him, said Lord Valentine ; ‘but I know not care for, at least at present. the Duchess told my mother last year, that Montacute, “* And I marry only for love,' said Lord Valentine, throughout his life,' had never occasioned her a single laughing; "and so we shall not clásh.' moment's pain.'

“* Ay, ay; but if he will not go to the heiresses, the Here there was a general laugh.

heiresses will go to him," said Mr. Ormsby. I have seen “*Well, I have no doubt he will make up for lost time,' a good deal of these things, and I generally observe the said Mr. Ormsby, demurely.

eldest son of a Duke takes a fortune out of the market. "Nothing like Mamma's darling for upsetting a coach,' why, there is Beaumanoir, he is like Valentine. I suppose said Lord Milford. “You ought to bring your cousin here, he intends to marry for love, as he is always in that way; Valentine; we would assist the development of his unso- but the heiresses never leave him alone, and in the longpbisticated intelligence.'

run you cannot withstand it; it's like a bribe-a man is in. “If I go down, I will propose it to him.'

dignnut at the bare thought, refuses the first offer, and “Why if ?' said Mr. Cassilis ; ‘sort of thing I should pockets the second.' like to see once uncommonly-oxen roasted alive, old ar "• It is very immoral and very unfair,' said Lord Milford, mour, and the girls of the village all running about as if 'that any man should marry for tin wbó does not want it.' they were behind the scenes.'

“Is that the way you did it at your majority, George?' Mr. D’Israeli professes to have a political object in his said Lord Fitzheron. "• Egad, I kept my arrival at the years of discretion at

novels ; and his politics are of the highest Toryism. He Brighton. I believe it was the last fun there ever was at admires, or professes to admire, the political ascendancy the pavilion. The poor dear king, God bless him! pro of the Aristocracy. He seems to lament even the posed my health, and made the devil's own speech. We changes of the Reform Bill; and “ Progress” through his all began to pipe. He was Regent then. Your father was there, Valentine--ask him if he remembers it? That was works is the great point of his enmity. He wants to a scene! I wont say how it ended; but the best joke is, retrograde. For a writer of these principles, it must I got a letter from my governor a few days after, with an account of wbat they had all been doing at Brandingham, be a sacrifice to paint in such dark and frivolous colours and rowing me for not coming down, and I found out I had the idle hours—the time when the heart “ looks out”kept my coming of age the wrong day!' *• Did you tell them?'

the leisure of the men whose cause he pleads, for whose “Not a word. I was afraid we might have had to go superiority he toils, and sneers, and wases eloquent in through it over again.

I suppose old Bellamont is the devil's own screw, the Saxons Legislature. Sometimes, indeed, a geim of said Lord Milford. Rich governors who have never been sympathy with the struggling classes of society may be hard up, always are.'

traced in Mr. D'Israeli's speeches. Is he at heart still " No; I believe he is a very good sort of fellow,' said Lord Valentine; at least my people always say so.


a Radical, and these revelations of the core of “Young don't know much about him, for they never go anywhere.' England,” are they satirical ? Does the writer move

“« They have got Leander down at Montacute, said Mr. in the brilliant circles of the West to tell the dingy East Cassilis. Had not such a thing as a cook in the whole county. They say Lord Eskdale arranged the cuisne for of all their wild oat sowing ? them; so you will feed well, Valentine.'

We pass over the festivities at Bellamont when the “That's something; and one can eat before Easter ; but Marquis came of age-the offer made to him by his when the balls begin

“« Oh, as for that, you will have dancing enough at Mon. father of a seat for the county and of her niece tacute; it's expected on these occasions. Sir Roger de

as his wife, by his mother, both courteously postponed, Coverley, tenants' daughters, and all that sort of thing. Deuced funny; but I must say if I am to have a lark, I which, in the latter case, at least, looks much like relike Vauxhall

jection, and of Tancred's determination to travel to the “I never met the Bellamonts,' said Lord Milford, musingly. 'Are there any daughters ?

Holy Land-an idea that gave rise to all kind of coni Nope.'

trivances on the part of the Duke and Duchess, short « That's a bore; a single daughter, even if there be a of an actual exercise of authority, to prevent. Tancred, son, may be made something of; because, in nine cases out of ten, there is a round sum in the settlements for the however, is a man of diseased intellect. He expects a younger children, and she takes it all.'

new revelation. He anticipates that at the Holy SeThat's the case of Lady Blanche Bickerstaff,' said Lord Fitzheron. She will have a hundred thousand pulchre, or on Mount Sinai, he may meet with that enpounds.

lightenment which he cannot, or will not, expect out of

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