Puslapio vaizdai

tracked the robber as far as Ahmedabad, about fourteen | adapted to the growth of this plant, which, it is well or fifteen miles distant, but here lost sight of him in the known, requires a dry sandy soil, and no irrigation. crowded streets and bazaars of that city, but again, Much water and manure, so far from exerting a benenear one of the gates, recovered traces of the gentleman, ficial effect upon the plant, only swell the branches, and who, to escape his pursuer, actually waded knee-deep cause it to expand its richness on an overabundance of through a stream for an immense distance. He was, leaves. The bushes thrive best, it has been found, on however, at length overtaken about irty miles distant experiment, about four or five feet apart. A contrary from the scene of the theft, and the stolen property re- opinion prevails in some parts of India, and the planters covered.

jumble the seed close to each other, in the hope of exThe Bundelkund landed proprietors consider it highly tracting a larger, but not a finer crop. The consedisreputable to their own characters if a thief be found quence is, that, when the season for gathering arrives, upon their farms or estates, and are always careful to the women and children, the principal persons employed expel from their villages all persons of suspected charac- in this labour, in passing in and out between the ter, The province, however, is not often the scene of plants, break the dried leaves, a portion of the capsule, atrocities. Rewan seems to serve as an asylum for all into the fruit, from which it is difficult to detach it, malcontents and criminals.

owing to the fine soft texture of the cotton plant. The Bundelas are industrious and obedient, but at There are in Bundelkund five descriptions of soil. the same time bold and crafty. They resist bravely all The mauree, or black marl of the first quality, is peculiar attacks made upon them ; if on the mountains, they take to Bundelkund and Malwah provinces, and produces a the most effectual method of stopping pursuit, by hurling most luxuriant crop of cotton, as well as grain, where huge fragments of rock, or a large thorny shrub upon the rains are not immoderate. The Teer, or other the enemy. Some are fraudulent in the extreme, and lands extending along the banks of the rivers and scarcely to be equalled for cunning. A proverb pre- around Baudae, which is subject to inundations, is revails in the district, “ Nu sou el hund kee, nu ck Bhoon- tained for winter crops. The Purwal, mixed sand delkundee”-a hundred retailers of grain (proverbially and clay, is either sown with the rainy season crops, rogues) are only equal to one native of Bundelkund. or with the winter crops, such as wheat and barley,

The costume in use here much resembles that pre- and the soil formed of a mixture of limestone and clay, valent all over Hindostan. The natives are par- which is found about the hills and broken ground, ticularly partial to green, on account of the dye not where the water washes off as soon as it falls, produces a being liable to fade, as is generally the case in India. light vegetation, but is considered scarcely rich enough for It is said to be composed of the leaves of the ummowah, any but the rainy season crops. The inhabitants

, howthe havver, and alum—the two latter ingredients being ever, sow it with cotton, and if the crops in the rich first put into water, in which the ummowah leaves are soils become damaged by too much wet, they have been afterwards boiled.

known to thrive in Bundelkund. The amount of proThe hospitality exhibited by the Bundelas towards a duce varies according to the character of the soil. The stranger is remarkable. If they obtain intelligence of district does not, perhaps, yield one-half what it might his approach beforehand, no pains are spared to render be made to produce if m re attention were bestowed on his reception worthy of his rank. The Rajah, mounted the cultivation. Crops are frequently injured, from no upon elephants, attended by his train, and sparkling in fault of the ayots, but from the poverty of the landlords. silver brocade and gold turban, comes forth to welcome Were their condition ameliorated, the crops would rise the traveller. The women throng from the houses, in value. overcoming their natural timidity in their anxiety to The time of sowing in Bundelkund commenccs at the gaze upon a stranger. One is chosen, and advancing beginning of the periodical rains. The seed is first before the rest, carries on her head a brass jug, brightly rubbed with fresh manure between the hands, to prevent polished, full of water, while all the other families of the the seeds from adhering one to another, and are then village surround her, and sing in chorus some rural sown broadcast. The seed having been scattered, the song, which lasts until the traveller is beyond hearing. soil is ploughed. The plants require a first weeding in The hossjug is held for the purpose of receiving contri- ten or fifteen days, another in a month, and a third butions, to be expended afterwards in the purchase of fifteen or twenty days after that. The seeds shoot in koor or coarse sugar, of which the women alone venture about five days; the more freely the air circulates to partake. It is a sacred offering made to their sex, through the plants the better. Some reach the height and the men do not presume to share it.

of six feet, some four, others two, and some only one. At Sedpoor, the old high priest of the temple projec- They flower in August, and pod about the commenceting into the Sangur district, a man of great wealth, ment of September. spends the whole in feeding all the members of his fra- The province produces, besides, wheat, grain, and ternity, devotees to Vishnu, as they pass his temple, on barley. It suffers considerably from want of seasonable their pilgrimage, who are entitled to a good meal and a showers, and is visited sometimes by scarcity. In the night's lodging. He feeds in general about a hundred famine of 1833 this affliction was attended with the

most melancholy results. The neighbouring province of The employments of the Bundelas are chiefly agricul- Malwah supplied streams of grain, which flowed upture, and attending to the sugar mills, of which there wards towards Bundelkund, whose population immeare great numbers in the province.

diately began to flock to the source whence the supplies The productions are numerous and varied, but among of food flowed, hoping to obtain subsistence and the chief and most important must be reckoned its employment. A scene of desolation manifested itsplendid cotton. The soil of this province is peculiarly self all over the district.

per day.

The houses

were cameos.

crowded with the dead and the dying the woods were generally found growing spontaneously together—kele strewed with corpses : and subscriptions were at length and musele. set on foot to succour the people in their distress. The The productions of Bundelkund are iron, ebony, timdegradation of beggary was severely felt by the boldber, agates, diamonds, grasses, cotton, sugar-candy, Bundelas ; many, rather than submit to it, set forth coarse cloths, honey, fruits, the tamarind, the apple, towards Malwah with wife and children, and becoming grapes, chestnuts, saltpetre, opium, sugar, indigo, &c., at length faint and exhausted, swallowed opium, and &c. Beautiful flowers bloom in its retired spots—the shared this death-potion with their families, when ex- most lovely shrubs blossom on its rocky hills. Birds hausted nature could hold out no longer, and quietly of brilliant plumage haunt the villages unmolested, lay down on the roadside to die in each other's arms. forming their nests even within hands'-reach, and the Hundreds crept into gardens, made themselves quiet Indian boy scorns to touch the homes of the little crearetreats in courtyards and old mines, concealing them- ture, that seems to seek the civilized parts of the proselves under shrubs, grass-mats, or straw, where they vince, and courts his protection. might close their eyes in peace, without having their Such is a brief outline of the province of Bundelkund, bodies torn by wild savage beasts of prey.

but it would take many more pages to render us perThere are in Bundelkund many plains covered with fectly familiar with the whole value of its productions, fine long grass ; there are many varieties of grass in the inhabitants, their manners, the resources it may this province, and the people understand their character yet be made to yield, and, in brief, the actual imporand qualities extremely well. Some thrive best in dry, tance of Bundelkund to the British government. These some in wet soil, and coarser and inferior qualities thrive, we may take a future opportunity of describing in their where none other will. The finest are two which are / whole extent.


(Concluded from page 583.) Pope, by far the most important writer, Eng- í horn at his button-hole, and supported by a select lish or Continental, of his own age, is treated with party of constabulary friends. The very natural more extensive ignorance by Mr. Schlosser than instinct which Attila always showed for following any other, and (excepting Addison) with more the trail of the wealthiest footsteps, seems to argue ambitious injustice. A false abstract is given, or a most commercial coolness in the dispensation of a false impression, of any one amongst his brilliant his wrath. Mr. Schlosser burns with the wrath works, that is noticed at all; and a false sneer, of Attila against all aristocracies, and especially a sneer irrelevant to the case, at any work dis- that of England. He governs his fury, also, with missed by name as unworthy of notice. The three an Attila discretion in many cases; but not here. works, selected as the gems of Pope's collection, Imagine this Hun coming down, sword in hand, are the “ Essay on Criticism,” the “ Rape of the upon Pope and his Rosicrucian light troops, levyLock," and the “ Essay on Man.” On the first, ing chout upon Sir Plume, and fluttering the which (with Dr. Johnson's leave) is the feeblest dove-cot of the Sylphs. Pope's “duty it was," and least interesting of Pope's writings, being says this demoniac, to “scourge the follies of substantially a mere versification, like a metrical good society," and also “ to break with the multiplication-table, of common places the most aristocracy." No, surely? something short of a mouldy with which criticism has baited its rat- total rupture would have satisfied the claims traps; since nothing is said worth answering, it is of duty ? Possibly ; but it would not have satissufficient to answer nothing. The “Rape of the fied Schlosser. And Pope's guilt consists in havLock” is treated with the same delicate sensibility ing made his poem an idyl or succession of picthat we might have looked for in Brennus, if con- tures representing the gayer aspects of society as sulted on the picturesque, or in Attila the Hun, if it really was, and supported by a comic interest of adjured to decide æsthetically, between two rival the mock-heroic derived from a playful machinery,

Attila is said (though no doubt falsely) instead of converting it into a bloody satire. to have described himself as not properly a man Pope, however, did not shrink from such assaults so much as the Divine wrath incarnate. This on the aristocracy, if these made any part of his would be fine in a melodrama, with Bengal lights duties. Such assaults he made twice at least too burning on the stage. But, if ever he said such often for his own peace, and perhaps for his a naughty thing, he forgot to tell us what it was credit at this day. It is useless, however, to that had made him angry; by what title did he talk of the poem as a work of art, with one who come into alliance with the Divine wrath, which sees none of its exquisite graces, and can imagine was not likely to consult a savage ? And why did his countryman Zachariä equal to a competition his wrath hurry, by forced marches, to the Adri- with Pope. But this it may be right to add, atic ? Now so much do people differ in opinion, that the “Rape of the Lock was not borrowed that, to us, who look at him through a telescope from the “Lutrin” of Boileau. That was from an eminence, fourteen centuries distant, he impossible. Neither was it suggested by the takes the shape rather of a Mahratta trooper, * Lutrin.” The story in Herodotus of the wars painfully gathering chout, or a cateran levying between cranes and pigmies, or the Batracho black-mail, or a decent tax-gatherer with an ink- myomachia (so absurdly ascribed to Homer) might have suggested the idea more naturally. Both | which his own previous share of the Homeric these, there is proof that Pope had read: there labour had been executed. It was disgraceful is none that he had read the “ Lutrin,” nor did enough, and needs no exaggeration,

Let it, he read French with ease to himself. The therefore, be reported truly: Pope personally “Lutrin," meantime, is as much below the “Rape translated one-half of the “Odyssey”-a dozen of the Lock” in brilliancy of treatment, as it books he turned out of his own oven; and, if you is dissimilar in plan or the quality of its pic- add the Batrachomyomachia, his dozen was a tures.

baker's dozen. The journeymen did the other The “Essay on Man" is a more thorny sub- twelve ; were regularly paid ; regularly turned ject. When a man finds himself attacked and off when the job was out of hand ; and never once defended froin all quarters, and on all varieties had to "strike for wages.” How much beer was of principle, he is bewildered, Friends are as allowed, I cannot say. This is the truth of the dangerous as enemies. He must not defy a matter. So no more fibbing, Schlosser, if you bristling enemy, if he cares for repose; he must please. not disown a zealous defender, though mak- But there remains behind all these labours of ing concessions on his own behalf not agreeable Pope, the “Dunciad,” which is by far his greateste to himself; he must not explain away ugly I shall not, within the narrow bounds assigned phrases in one direction, or perhaps he is recant- to me, enter upon a theme so exacting ; for, in ing the very words of his “guide, philosopher, this instance, I should have to fight not against and friend,” who cannot safely be taxed with Schlosser only, but against Dr. Johnson, who has having first led him into temptation; he must not thoroughly misrepresented the nature of the explain them away in another direction, or he “Dunciad," and, consequently, could not measure runs full tilt into the wrath of mother Church, its merits. Neither he, nor Schlosser, in fact, who will soon bring him to his senses by penance. ever read more than a few passages of this adLong lents, and no lampreys allowed, would soon mirable poem. But the villany is too great for cauterise the proud flesh of heretical ethics.

a brief exposure.

One thing only I will notice of Pope did wisely, situated as he was, in a decorous Schlosser's misrepresentations. He asserts (not nation, and closely connected, upon principles of when directly speaking of Pope, but afterwards, fidelity under political suffering, with the Roman under the head of Voltaire) that the French auCatholics, to say little in his own defence. That thor's trivial and random Temple de Gout "shows defence, and any reversionary cudgelling which the superiority in this species of poetry to have it might entail upon the Quixote undertaker, he been greatly on the side of the Frenchman.” left-meekly but also slyly, humbly but cunning- Let's hear a reason, though but a Schlosser realy-to those whom he professed to regard as son, for this opinion : know, then, all men whom greater philosophers than himself. All parties it concerns, that "the Englishman's satire only found their account in the affair. Pope slept in hit such people as would never have been known peace ; several pugnacious gentlemen up and without his mention of them, whilst Voltaire down Europe expectorated much fiery wrath in selected those who were still called great, and their dusting each other's jackets; and Warburton, respective schools.” Pope's men, it seems, never the attorney, finally earned his bishoprick in the had been famous-Voltaire's might cease to be so, service of whitewashing a writer, who was aghast but as yet they had not ceased ; as yet they comat finding himself first trampled on as a deist, and manded interest. Now mark how I will put three then exalted as a defender of the faith. Mean- bullets into that plank, riddle it so that the leak time, Mr. Schlosser mistakes Pope's courtesy, shall not be stopped by all the old hats in Heidelwhen he supposes his acknowledgments to Lord berg, and Schlosser will have to swim for his life. Bolingbroke sincere in their whole extent. First, he is forgetting that, by his own previous

Of Pope's “Homer" Schlosser thinks fit to say, confession, Voltaire, not less than Pope, had amongst other evil things, which it really does de-“ immortalised a great many insignificant perBerve (though hardly in comparison with the Ger- sons;" consequently, had it been any fault to do man“ Homer" of the ear-splitting Voss), “that so, each alike was caught in that fault; and inPope pocketed the subscription of the Odyssey,' significant as the people might be, if they could and left the work to be done by his understrap- be “immortalised," then we have Schlosser pers.” Don't tell fibs, Schlosser. Never do that himself confessing to the possibility that poetic any more. True it is, and disgraceful enough, that splendour should create a secondary interest Pope (like modern contractors for a railway or a where originally there had been none. Secondloan) let off to sub-contractors several portions of ly, the question of merit does not rise from the the undertaking. He was perhaps not illiberal object of the archer, but from the style of his in the terms of his contracts. At least I know archery. Not the choice of victims, but the exeof people now-a-days (much better artists) that cution done what counts. Even for continued would execute such contracts, and enter into any failures it would plead advantageously, much penalties for keeping time at thirty per cent. more for continued and brilliant successes, that less. But navies and bill-brokers, that are in Pope fired at an object offering no sufficient excess now, then were scarce. Still the affair, breadth of mark. Thirdly, it is the grossest though not mercenary, was illiberal in a higher of blunders to say that Pope's objects of satire sense of art; and no anecdote shows more point- were obscure by comparison with Voltaire's. edly Pope's sense of the mechanic fashion, in | True, the Frenchman's example of a scholar,


viz., the French Salmasius, was most accom- | not steal, Jov: 's thunderbolts ; hissing, bubbling, plished. But so was the Englishman's scholar, snorting, fuming ; demoniac gas, you think-gas viz., the English Bentley. Each was abso- from Acheron must feed that dreadful system of lutely without a rival in his own day. But convulsions. But pump out the imaginary gas, the day of Bentley was the very day of Pope. and, behold! it is ditch-water. Fox, as Mr. Pope's man had not even faded; whereas the Schlosser rightly thinks, was all of a pieceday of Salmasius, as respected Voltaire, had simple in his manners, simple in his style, simgone by for more than half a century. As to Da- ple in his thoughts. No waters in him turbid cier, " which Dacier, Bezonian ?" The husband with new crystallisations ; everywhere the eye can was a passable scholar-but madame was a poor see to the bottom. No music in him dark with sneaking fellow, fit only for the usher of a board- Cassandra meanings. Fox, indeed, disturb deing-school. All this, however, argues Schlosser's cent gentlemen by “ allusions to all the sciences, two-fold ignorance-first, of English anthors; from the integral calculus and metaphysics to nasecond, of the “ Dunciad ;"_else he would have vigation!” Fox would have seen you hanged known that even Dennis, mad John Dennis, was a first. Burke, on the other hand, did all that, and much cleverer man than most of those alluded to other wickedness besides, which fills an 8vo page by Voltaire. Cibber, though slightly a coxcomb, in Schlosser ; and Schlosser crowns his enormiwas born a brilliant man. Aaron Hill was so ties by charging him, the said Burke (p. 99), with lustrous, that even Pope's venom fell off spon- “wearisome tediousness. Among my own actaneously, like rain from the plumage of a phea- quaintances are several old women, who think on sant, leaving him to “mount far upwards with this point precisely as Schlosser thinks ; and they the swans of Thanes"--and, finally, let it not be go further, for they even charge Burke with “tediforgotten, that Samuel Clarke Burnet, of the ous wearisomeness.” Oh, sorrowful woe, and also Charterhouse, and Sir Isaac Newton, did not woeful sorrow, when an Edmund Burke arises, wholly escape tasting the knout; if that rather like a cheeta or hunting leopard coupled in a impeaches the equity, and sometimes the judg-tiger-chase with a German poodle. To think, in ment of Pope, at least it contributes to show the a merciful spirit, of the jungle-barely to contemgroundlessness of Schlosser's objection--that the plate, in a temper of humanity, the incomprehenpopulation of the Dunciad, the cbaracters that sible cane-thickets, dark and bristly, into which filled its stage, were inconsiderable.

that bloody cheeta will drag that unoffending poodle!

But surely the least philosophic of readers, It is, or it would be, if Mr. Schlosser were him who hates philosophy “as toad or asp," must yet self more interesting, luxurious to pursue his be aware, that, where new growths are not gerignorance as to facts, and the craziness of his minating, it is no sort of praise to be free from the judgment as to the valuation of minds, through throes of growth. Where expansion is hopeless, out his comparison of Burke with Fox. The it is little glory to have escaped distortion. Nor is force of antithesis brings out into a feeble life of it any blame that the rich fermentation of grapes meaning, what, in its own insulation, had been should disturb the transparency of their golden languishing mortally into nonsense. The dark- fluids. Fox had nothing new to tell us, nor did ness of his “ Burke” becomes visible darkness he hold a position amongst men that required or under the glimmering that steals upon it from the would even have allowed him to tell anything desperate common-places of his “ Fox." Fox is new. He was helmsman to a party; what he painted exactly as he would have been painted had to do, though seeming to give orders, was fifty years ago by any pet subaltern of the Whig simply to repeat their orders—“ Port your helm," club, enjoying free pasture in Devonshire House. said the party ; " Port it is,” replied the helmsThe practised reader knows well what is coming. man. But Burke was no steersman ; he was the Fox is “ formed after the model of the ancients” Orpheus that sailed with the Argonauts; he was ---Fox is “ simple”-Fox is a natural”_Fox is their seer, seeing more in his visions than he al“ chaste"-Fox is “ forcible ;" Why yes, in a ways understood himself; he was their watcher sense, Fox is even “ forcible :" but then, to feel through the hours of night ; he was their astrolothat he was so, you must have heard him ; where- gical interpreter. Who complains of a prophet as, for forty years he has been silent. We of for being a little darker of speech than a post1847, that can only read him, hearing Fox de- office directory? or of him that reads the stars scribed as forcible, are disposed to recollect Shake- for being sometimes perplexed ? spere's Mr. Feeble amongst Falstaff's recruits, But, even as to facts, Schlosser is always blunwho also is described as forcible, viz., as the dering. Post-office directories would be of no use “most forcible Feeble.” And, perhaps, a better to him ; nor link-boys ; nor blazing tar-barrels. description could not be devised for Fox himself He wanders in a fog such as sits upon the banks ---so feeble was he in matter, so forcible in man- of Cocytus. He fancies that Burke, in his lifener; so powerful for instant effect, so impotent for time, was popular. Of course, it is so natural to posterity. In the Pythian fury of his gestures—in be popular by means of " wearisome tediousness," his screaming voice—in his directness of purpose, that Schlosser, above all people, should credit Fox would now remind you of some demon steam such a tale. Burke has been dead just fifty engine on a railroad, some Fire-king or Salmo- years, come next autumn. I remember the time neus, that had counterfeited, because he could from this accident—that my own nearest relative

stepped on a day of October 1797, into that same not in the House of Commons. Yet, also, on the suite of rooms at Bath (North Parade) from which, other side, it must be remembered, that an intellect six hours before, the great man had been carried of Burke's combining power and enormous comout to die at Beaconsfield. It is, therefore, you pass, could not, from necessity of nature, abstain see, fifty years. Now, ever since then, his col from such speculations. For a man to reach a lective works have been growing in bulk by the remote posterity, it is sometimes necessary that he incorporation of juvenile essays, (such as his should throw his voice over to them in a vast arch “European Settlements,” his " Essay on the Sub- -it must sweep a parabola—which, therefore, blime,” on “ Lord Bolingbroke,” &c.,) or (as more rises high above the heads of those next to him, recently) by the posthumous publication of his and is heard by the bye-standers but indistinctly, MSS.;* and yet, ever since then, in spite of grow- like bees swarming in the upper air before they ing age and growing bulk, are more in demand. settle on the spot fit for hiving. At this time, half a century after his last sigh, See, therefore, the immeasurableness of misBurke is popular; a thing, let me tell you, conception. Of all public men, that stand conSchlosser, which never happened before to a fessedly in the first rank as to splendour of intelwriter steeped to his lips in personal politics. lect, Burke was the least popular at the time What a tilth of intellectual lava must that man when our blind friend Schlosser assumes him to have interfused amongst the refuse and scoria of have run off with the lion's share of popularity. such mouldering party rubbish, to force up a new Fox, on the other hand, as the leader of opposiverdure and laughing harvests, annually increas- tion, was at that time a household term of love or ing for new generations! Popular he is now, but reproach, from one end of the island to the other. popular he was not in his own generation. And To the very children playing in the streets, Pitt how could Schlosser have the face to say that he and Fox, throughout Burke's generation, were was? Did he never hear the notorious anecdote, pretty nearly as broad distinetions, and as much that at one period Burke obtained the sobriquet of a war-ery, as English and French, Roman and “ dinner-bell?" And why? Not as one who invited Punic. Now, however, all this is altered. As men to a banquet by his gorgeous eloquence, but as regards the relations between the two Whigs one that gave a signal to shoals in the House of whom Schlosser so steadfastly delighteth to misCommons, for seeking refuge in a literul dinner represent, from the oppression of his philosophy. This was,

“ Now is the winter of our discontent perhaps, in part a scoff of his opponents. Yet

Made glorious summer" there must have been some foundation for the for that intellectual potentate, Edmund Burke, scoff, since, at an earlier stage of Burke's career, the man whose true mode of power has never yet Goldsmith had independently said, that this great been truly investigated; whilst Charles Fox is orator

known only as an eeho is known, and for any real went on refining, And thought of convincing, whilst they thought of dining.” effect of intellect upon this generation, for any

thing but “the whistling of a name," the Fox of I blame neither party. It ought not to be ex

1780-1807 sleeps where the carols of the larks pected of any popular body that it should be patient of abstractions amongst the intensities of those years—sleeps with the roses that glorified

are sleeping, that gladdened the spring-tides of party-strife, and the immediate necessities of the beauty of their summers.* voting. No deliberative body would less have tolerated such philosophie exorbitations from

JUNIUS. public business than the agora of Athens, or the Schlosser talks of Junius, who is to him, as to Roman senate. So far the error was in Burke, many people, more than entirely the enigma of an

* “Of his MSS.:"-And, if all that I have heard be * A man in Fox's situation is sure, whilst living, to draw true, much has somebody to answer for, that so little has after him trains of sycophants; and it is the evil necessity been yet published. The two executors of Burke were

of newspapers the most independent, that they must swell Dr. Lawrence, of Doctors' Commons, a well-known M.P. the mob of sycophants. The public compels them to exin forgotten days, and Windham, a man too like Burke aggerate the true proportions of such people as we see every in elasticity of mind ever to be spoken of in connexion bour in our own day. Those who, for the moment, modify, with forgotten things. Which of them was to blame, I know not. But Mr. R. Sharpe, M.P., twenty-five years idols in the eyes of the gaping public ; but with the sad

or may modify the national condition, become preposterous ago, well known as River Sharpe, from the isspeytonogla necessity of being too utterly trodden under foot after they of his conversation, used to say, that one or both of the are shelved, unless they live in men's memory by something executors had offered him (the river) a huge travelling better than speeches in Parliament. Having the usual fate, trunk, perhaps an Imperial or a Salisbury boot (equal to Fox was complimented, whilst living, on his knowlege of the wardrobe of a family), filled with Burke's MSS., on Homeric Greek, which was a jest: he knew neither more the simple condition of editing them with proper annota- nor less of Homer, than, fortunately, most English gentletions. An Oxford man, and also the celebrated Mr. men of his rank ; quite enough that is to read the “Iliad" Christian Curwen, then member for Cumberland, made, with unaffected pleasure, far too little to revise the text of in my hearing, the same report. The Oxford man, in par- any three lines, without making himself ridiculous. The ticular, being questioned as to the probable amount of excessive slenderness of his general literature, English MS., deposed, that he could not speak upon oath to the and French, may be seen in the letters published by his cubical contents; but this he could say, that, having Secretary, Trotter. But his fragment of a History, pubstripped up his coat sleeve, he had endeavoured, by such lished by Lord Holland, at iwo guineas, and currently sold poor machinery as nature had allowed him, to take the for two shillings, (not two pence, or else I have been desoundings of the trunk, but apparently there were none; frauded of ls. 10d.) most of all proclaims the tenuity of his with his middle finger be could find no bottom; for it was knowledge. He looks upon Malcolm Laing as a huge stopped by a dense stratum of MS.; below which, you oracle; and, baving read even less than Hume, a thing not know, other strata might lie ad infinitum. For anything very easy, with great naiveté, cannot guess where Hume proved to the contrary, the trunk might be bottomless. picked up bis facts.

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