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we think we can indicate the field on which Mr. ciety did not—in spite of our author-spoil him Macaulay is likely yet to gain his truest and per- by its favour, though it infuriated him by its remanent fame. It is in writing the Literary His sentment. But he has been the favoured and tory of his country. Such a work is still a desi- petted child of good fortune. There has been no deratum ; and no living writer is so well qualified “ crook," till of late, either in his political or literby his learning and peculiar gifts—by his powers ary “lot.” If he has not altogether inherited, he and prejudices—by his strength and his weakness, has approached the verge of the curse, “ Woe to to supply it. In this he is far more assured of you, when all men shall speak well of you." No success than in any political or philosophical his- storms bave unbared his mind to its depths. It tory. With what confidence and delight would has been his uniformly tothe public follow his guidance, from the times of

• Pursue the triumph and partake the gale.” Chaucer to those of Cowper, when our literature ceased to be entirely natural, and even a stage Better all this for his own peace than for his or two farther!

Of such a

progress " we pro- power, or for the permanent effect of his writings. claim him worthy to be the Great-heart! Secondly, Let us congratulate him, finally, on his temporwe infer from a retrospect of his whole career, ary defeat. A few more such victories as he bad the evils of a too easy and a too early success. It formerly gained, and he had been undone. A few is by an early Achillean baptism alone that men more such defeats ; and if he be, as we believe, can secure Achillean invulnerability, or confirm essentially a man, he may yet, in the "strength Achillean strength. This was the redeeming of the lonely,” in the consciousness and terrible point in Byron's history. Though a lord, he had self-satisfaction of those who deem themselves into undergo a stern training, which indurated and juriously assailed, perform such deeds of derringstrengthened him to a pitch, which all the after do as shall abash his adversaries and astonish blandishments of society could not weaken. So

even himself.


Beneath Sophia's wondrous dome I stood,
And witnessed on her walls the cross defaced,
And Islam's emblems o'er her altars placed ;
And then before my mind that day of blood
Arose, when, spite of all that valour could,
Byzantium fell, o'erwhelmed, but not disgraced ;
Then, quenched beneath the Moslem's fiery flood,
Seemed the bright star of Christendom erased.

But I went forth, and even by the door
A handful of quiet men, with toil and care,
Upreared an ancient tomb with honour there,
And, looking for the eroblem that it bore,
I marked the fair, broad cross of Constantine
Upon its side. This also is a sign.






And since the weary year was young, The withered leaves are falling fast,

Ilow oft, for the loved like thee, Like tears for an only child,

Hath the widowed heart with grief been wrung And roughly murmurs the wailing blast

Farewell, Persephoné!
That comes from the ocean wild ;
The golden ears no longer wave,

Like a rippling sunlit sea;

But when the crocuses shall bloom, Thou art gone from us to the gloomy grave

Thou then wilt again appear, Farewell, Persephoné!

Wilt burst the bands of the darksome tomb,

And bask in the sunlight clear :
Since first the corn rose fresh and green,

The loved we mourn are gone for aye,
With its drops of crystal dew,

On earth they have ceased to be ;
How many a hope the light hath seen,

On our sorrow's night ne'er dawneth day-
That never shall rise anew!

Farewell, Persephoné !
The dazzling dreams that round us shone,

RICHARD ROWE. We never again may see ; There are hearts that now must dwell alone

poina, after she had been carried off by the gloony Farewell, Persephone !

Aidoneus. In tbis cavern she was worshipped as Miluna,

and her statue was attired in black (Paus. viji. 42, 1). Demeter wears her robe of gloom,*

This mythe is evidently only a poetical expression of the For the Holy Onet she grieves,

fact, that black is the colour of the earth (Anuára For the Autumn brings thy yearly doom

phone, mother-earth) after the removal of the crops of With the sickle and the sheaves : * The Phigalians pointed out a cavern in Mount Elaion, 'Agró is an epithet applied to Persephoné inds of whither, they said, Demeter went and mourned the Des. Homeric poems.





and we

We learned from the columns of one of the best and you are no doubt surprised that it is attributable to a weekly London newspapers—the Eraminer-years ago, person holding an eminent literary station. hat the practice of the London Police-ccurts was often unpardonible conduct ascribed to a man who holds such a

“ The Lord Mayor-I am indeed surprised at finding such 'characterised by strange vagaries, but we had no appre- situation, and cannot help saying that the want of the feelings hension of experiencing in our own affairs the extreme of a gentleman is very palpable throughout the whole transacfolly and incapacity of a London Magistrate, thrust into tion which you have so dispassionately represented. To say

nothing of the inhumanity of the treatment to which you have office, out of time, and ly an accident.

been subjected, the Editor of Tvil's Magazine was bound as a We are certain that no personal feelings could induce gentleman to answer your letters. I regret the existence of us to occupy our pages with proceedings in which we the dificulties in the way of obtaining a proper recompense might feel aggrieved, but the following statements

for the loss you have sustained. I am perfectly cognizant o

the hazard arising from an appeal to the Scotch law, having are of some interest to the public--to those of them at least who, like us, have no craving for Mansion-House have made a deep inpression upon my memory and pocket


been afilicted in former days with two Scotch cases, which notoriety, and no desire to be the objects eren of a Lord “Mr. Hobbes—I feel grateful for your Lordship's very Mayor's folly.

kind expression of your sympathy. It was too harsh treatThe report of the Lord Mayor's manner of dealing ment to render useless the labour of years by inattention to

the ordinary rules by which the conduct of gentlemen is reguwith us will partly explain the merits of this case,

lated. The work I sent to Vír. Troup at his own request extract it from one of the London newspapers :

consisted of 700 pages, and was the result of study and obser

vation at least entitled to civility: “ At the Mansion House, on Tuesday the 5th instant, Mr. R. G. Hobbes, a gentleman who holds a situation in her Ma- will most readily render you every assistance. I have fre

“ The Lord Mayor---I am sure that the press of London jesty's dockyard at Sheerness, appeared before the Lord Mayor quently had occasion to ask for the aid of newspapers in exfor the purpose of publicly stating a serious grievance under posing what no institution can punish, and I have never been which he was at present labouring, from the extraordinary unsuccessful in my applications. Nothing, I must say, exmisconduct of the editor of a magazine. The complainant ceeds my astonishment at so remarkable an instance of consaid - My Lord, I have been five or sis years in the Government service in India, and on my return home I was appointed, temptnous neglect as that which one literary man has thought

fit thus to visit upon another. under the patronage of Lord Ellenborough, to a situation in

Mr. Hobbes again thanked his Lordship, and retired.” the dockyard at Sheerness. I had taken a good deal of trouble in writing an account of what I had seen and observed during It is obvious enough that this interesting report was that time of interesting commotion, and I showed my manu- carefully concocted- and perhaps the speech of Mr. script to a literary friend, who advised me to send it forth with Hobbes on the occasion was not so well connected as it to the Editor of Tuit's Magazine, as a person who would in all probability treat with me for its publication. I wrote to the appears in the report, while the supposition accounts editor of the magazine, accordingly, offering to be a contri- for several omissions on his part, and a number of embelbutor, and representing the kind of information with which I lishments that have no better foundation, we trust, for was ready to supply him, and he answered me in a note, in the sake of Mr. Ilobbes, than the reporter's inaccuracy. which he desired to see the manuscript, and stated that he would peruse it, and let me know the result.

The business as it stands in that report, without any represent to him that as the subject was one of temporary qualification, has a singular appearance for the Lord interest, and the value of the work must therefore suiler de Mayor. lle pronounces an opinion, in a matter where he preciation by delay, it would be necessary to come to as quick has no jurisdiction, regarding a transaction of which he a conclusion with respect to the purchase as possible. I sent him the manuscript, and in January I received a letter from bad heard only an ex parte statement; and for the purliim, acknowledying the receipt of it, and assuring me that he pose of gratifying the author of a rejected manuscript, would read it, and speedily return me an answer. The pro- he denounces an individual as destitute of the feelings of mise was, however, not performed. No attention was paid to

a gentleman, and guilty of inhumanity, without the shadow my subsequent correspondence by Mr. Troup, the editor of the magazine. I wrote to Messrs. Simpkin and Marshall of

or pretence of inquiry into the truth or falsehood of asserLondon, whom I understood to have some connexion with the tions with which he had no possible business, whether they establishment, stating the facts, but they were not acquainted were true or false. If injustice had been done, Mr. Hobbes with the transaction. Month after month passed away, and had a remedy. Notwithstanding the statements of this Mr. Troup never sent to me information whether it was his civic dignitary, the Scotch Law Courts are open enough intention to use or return my manuscript, the interest of which, comprehending as it did the late war in India, was fast

to any action of this nature. They afford far greater dying away. I applied to a clerical friend in Scotland, who facilities than English Courts, are cheaper, and more tried to recover the manuscript, and was informed that a Mr. rapid. The case was one to be decided on documentary Alison had been attracted by it, and put it in his pocket, after

evidence. There was no expensive proof requisite. It which it had not been seen. I wrote again to Mr. Troup, representing my claim to recompense for the injury, I had

was impossiblo for any imaginable case to have sustained by the procrastination, and threatening to place the involved the prosecutor in less trouble or expense, matter in the hands of my attorney. That communication and Sir George Carroll we believe that is the Lord had the same fate which my other requests met. Mr. Troup Mayor's game-knew, or

his clerk could. have told did not condescend to notice it, and I learned that

him, these facts. remedy lay in an appeal to the Scotch law, and not in an

He was, however, going out of English court of justice. Aware of the difficulties in the way office. His year had well nigh run its course. He of an equitable decision, I wrote to Mr. Troup an assurance, wanted a character for humanity, and so, crossing our that I should come to London and expose the whole affair path, he deemed it wise to get the inatter up at our exbefore a metropolitan magistrate if he refused to send me £20

compensation for my work, which I considered, when placed pense. Mr. Hobbes had an easy remedy. We have none. i his possession, to be worth £200, and which is now value- The Lord Mayor's language may be actionable, but he and is. Your Lordship will see the inhumanity of such conduct, I wouid, of course, deny the accuracy of the report,

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plead an omitted " but” or a deficient “if," and through respecting him,

he tells the sitting mi gistrate the whole of bis his counsel be eloquent on the looseness of reporters'

story, which is forthwith pullished with impunity to the #buir

world.'" notes, if he were dealt with in that way. There is a "His lordship flattered himself, on the occasion referred to moral cowardice in conduct of this kind, disgraceful to a

that he had done suflicient execution on the functionarios who man in the position even of a temporary magistrate. had lent themselves to this gross impropriety, and that sitting From his seat on the bench he spreads slander and false. magistrates' would thenceforth abstain from making the ad.

ministration of justice a vehicle for attacks on private chiarzehood with security. What any just or honourable man We are bound to acknowledge that his lordsliip's enwould shrink from in private life, he does, and for the posure of the monstrous indecorum in question did a vast deal action claims credit as a humane, kind-hearted gentleman.

of guod. We have seen much less of it ever since. Of late There is no individual safe from this system of annoy

years it has not been a habit with sitting magistrates' ta

waste the public time in listening to ex parte stories atoa ance and intimidation, when a magistrate chooses to

matters in which they have no jurisdiction, and to violate lend himself to its perpetration. No man can secure common justice and propriety by judicial invectives against himself against being denounced by the Lord Mayor of persons of whom they know nothing. It would seem, how. London as destituie of humanity, unless he comply with

ever, from a transaction reported in our columns yesterday, as

if the effect of the noble and learned lord's lash had begin to any request for twenty pounds that may be made upon

wear off. The chief sitting magistrate at our Mansion-House him. No matter how ridiculous the claim, still he must has shown himself, we are sorry to say, grievously in want pay, or submit to be placarded as a person destitute of a refresher. In all our recollections of the cnlpable and sily gentlemanly feelings by the credulous Lord Mayor. magisterial practice above described, we can find nothing that Why, if Mr Hobbes had gone to the Mansion House and the Lord Mayor of London was pleased to treat the 2

surpasses, in injustice and stupidity, the exhibition to win alleged that we had stolen his volume, instead of being natured portion of the public on Tuesday morning last. most involuntarily and immeasurably pestered with 700 “A gentleman of the name of llohbes, it appears, conceites pages of mortal writing, thoroughly useless to us,

himself to have been very ill used by Jir. Troup, the editor of bound in morocco, and decorated in a way more be

* Tait's Magazine,' with respect to a manuscript forwarded to

Mr. Troup (it is said at his desire) some months back, and, 3 fitting the library of the noble Lord to whom it was in- is alleged, unjustly detained by this gentleman, after reiteraieł scribed in letters of gold, and by whom it was returned, applications, until its interest and pecuniary value have ei aputhan the precincts of a printing-office; or that we had rated by lapse of time. There is no occasion to repeat the done him any other imaginable mischief, it would have tions, all requiring to be sifted and tested according to the or

particulars of the story, which consists of a number of allua. been the same matter; the Lord Mayor would have be- divary rules of evidence in matters affecting character and prolicved him, and denounced us in language virulently pro- perty; and, of course, in our total ignorance of the facts, we portioned to the magnitude of the offence.

can have no opinion to express as to the probability of Wr. daily reports of cases at police offices, involving attempts Troup's having acted with the shabby and shameful injustice to obtain money by intimidation, or on false pretences ; Hobbes tells us that he wrote at last to Mr. Troup, claiming

imputed to him. Despairing of regaining his manuscript, Wr. and this in our opinion-an opinion that may be right or compensation for the lost value of his literary property, and wrong-resembled them; and they become serious enough threatening to place the matter in the hands of his attories. when magistrates, instead of acting as public guardians, Subsequent reflection, he informs us, deterred him from itinvest themselves, by their conduct, with the character of and le resolved on trying “exposure' instead. Accordingly,

curring the costs and risks of an appeal to a Scottish tribunal public nuisances.

he wrote again, he says, to Mr. Troup, demanding £20 down We are proceeding hitherto on the supposition that Mr. as compensation, with the alternative of coming to London, Hobbes' statement may have presented itself to the and exposing the whole affair before a metropolitan magis

trate.' Lord Mayor as a plain, truc, un varnished tale ; unsup

“ With this story-which may be all true, or all false, or a ported, however, by evidence of any description, involving mixture of the true and falsc, in proportions calling for the most matters easily brought to an issue, but concerning parties delicate moral and legal analysis - Mr. Hobbes presents hiuseli over either of whom he had no more jurisdiction, and no

before the chief magistrate of the city of London, and asks for closer connexion, than the Mayor of Galway or the Pro- duct. And, marvellous to say, Mr. Hobbes obtains what he

a magisterial denunciation of the inhumanity of such convost of Wick.

asks, with a compliment superided for his dispassionate te In the remarks on this curious case which appeared in presentation of the case. Not the shadow of a doubt series the Morning Chronicle, the writer adopted this view of to cross the judicial mind as to the absolute precision asd the matter :

completeness of Mr. Hobbes' version of the business. Our Very many of our readers, no doubt, remember-though he takes the whole story exactly as it is given him, and forth

Lord Mayor altogether disdains the saving virtues of an 'if' the present Lord Mayor of London appears, unfortunately, to have forgotten-the highly vigorous and useful castigation of a mau of whom he knows simply nothing. The following

with invokes the aid of the London press to ruin the character which Lord Brougham administered some years ago to a cer- are the terms in which the chief magistrate of the first city in tain class of metropolitan - sitting magistrates,' for a practice the world thought it decent to speak, on the merest es perle which he justly characterized as a usurpation of the most fla- hearsay, of a man who was not present before him, either in grant audacity. The abuse alluded to, which at one time ühreatened, in some of our police courts, to swamp the ordinary the first tiine from the lips of an angry complainant—and of

person or by proxy—whose very name he probably heard for and legitimate functions of police magistrates, and convert the a transaction on which he had neither a judicial nor a moral administration of justice into a grand centralized agency of safe right to express any opinion whatever :and cheap defamation, was so well described by the learned lord, that we cannot do better than reproduce his words:--

• The Lord Mayor- I am indeed surprised at finding such

unpardonable conduct ascribed to a man who holds such a ** What Illude to is called 'asking advice of the sittius ma- situation, and cannot help stying that the want of the feeliuss gistrate ; and it consists in this aliuse and nothing else that of a gentleman is very palpable throughout the whole trans if any man bas a grievance ag iinst another, and dares not go into a court of justice with it, from being sensible that againse nothing of the inhumanity of the treatment to which you bare

action which you have so dispassionately represented. Toe that other person he has no case, and that at the handa of that been subjected, the editor of Tait's Magazine' was boun 13:48

bas of obtaining , away liefore the sitting invgistrate' us he is clied, and, in the airculties in the way of oltaiuing a proper recompense for the

gentlemau to answer your letters. I regret the existence of the sence of the other person, and in the utter and necessary igno- loss you bare sustained. I am perfectly cognizant of the hazard rance of that other person that one word is about to be spukes arising frum au appeal to the Scorclu law, having been aflicted

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in former days with two Scotch cases, which have made a deep | know India, an opinion in which, without the same means of inprsion upon my memory and pocket. I must syv exceeds my astonishment at so remarkable an in: acquaintance with the country, I fully coincide, it never was stance of contemptuous neglect us that which one literary man of any value; and it is not connected with any subject of a ha, thought fit thus to visit upon another.'

temporary character, or one that can sulier by delay in its * This is positively outrageous. One is perfectly aghast at publication. But your Lordship seems to think that to read the mingled impertinence and silliness of a magistrate who cau a volume of 700 pages, so as to decide whether it be worth rusl in this fashion head-foremost into a business which no £200 for a magazine, is a matter of little importance, which way concerus him-swallow implicitly every syllable of a com- may be done on receipt. plainant's own version of his own case, and publicly brand an

“I observe that Mr. IIobbes in his statement intimates that, absent and unheard man as “palpably wanting in the feel- on applying to me through a clerical friend for this MS., lic ings of a gentleman,' and guilty of an act of“ umpardonable learned that a friend of mine had taken a fancy for it, and inhumanity.' We profess we cannot understand it. It is carried it away in his pocket. My friend's pocket must have utterly incomprehensible to us how a person of that average been not less capacious than your Lordship’s credulity, when it intellectual capacity, which one must presiune in a civic chief admitted a quarto volume of 700 pages. I know nothing remagistrate, and posseasing that familiarity which the routine of garding this “clerical friend ;” but when I received the MS. judicial proceeding, which is necessarily incident to a year's I was not permanently resident here, and thus the volume hapmayorality, can commit himself to so enormous a breach of the pened to be taken to and left in the house of a friend of mine. clementary judicial proprieties. We most devoutly trust that When applied to by one of the clerks in this office for this it may be a long time before we have to comment again on a volume, I mentioned where it was, and that on receiving an magisterial escapade of this astounding description. To say order from Mr. Jobbes it would be handed over to any party, that our Lord Mayor displayed a good heart and kindly sym- but I cannot see why the name of a private gentleman in whose pathies in this affuir, is merely to say that he is admirably house the volume was left, should be introduced in this affair. qualified for that domestic happiness and repose to which he is “I repeat now, what I have always stated, that on an order happily on the eve of returning, and which we trust he will being handed to me for the volume, I am ready to return it; for many years continue to enjoy, undisturbed by official respon- or if Mr. Hobbes instruct me by what conveyance he wishes it sibilities and newspaper criticismus."

returned, at his risk, and not at mine, it will be sent.

“ Will The following letter was subsequently published in the

your Lordship allow me now to remark, that I am not Chronicle :

surprised that your Lordship suffered in purse, and suffers in

recollection, from your Scotch law pleas, because, judging from “My Lord,— In the London papers of Wednesday, I ob- your observations in this case, they had been very rashly serve the report of an application made to you by Mr. R. G. entered into. Farther, when your Lordslıip ventures to ex. Hobbes, of Sheerness, regarding a manuscript transmitted to

press an opinion as to the feelings and conduct of gentlemen, me for publication in “ Tait's Magazine;" aml your Lorilship's do you not step somewhat out of your line, for it occurs to me reinarks on his statement. I also observe your Lordship that when the Court of Aldermen placed your Lordslip in the sneers at Scottish law; and I deeply regret that, asea Magis- Mansion House last November, they did not insist on having a trate, you do not practise one principle in Scottish law, that of gentleman for a tenant. hearing the statements of both parties in any case before pro- “Still farther, when your Lordship styles Mr. Ilobbes a nouncing an opinion.

literary man, I may be permitted to say that you are renturing “Mr. Ilobbes applied to me, as he says, regarding a manu- an opinion on a subject with which you are even less acquaintscript on East Indian affairs, and led me to understand that the ed. From the US. in my possession, I suspect that the literary application was made at the suggestion of a gentleman in career of Mr. Hobbes has yet to be commenced, and that his London, who is connected with literature, and that the manu- literary qualifications are very nearly on a par with the justice script haul been read by him. On meeting that gentleman of your Lordship’s remarks. subsequently in London, I learned from him that he was im

"I am, my Lord, acquainted with the character of the manuscript. I wrote to

“Your Lordship's, &c., Mr. Hobbes thut he might send the mannscript, and that I

“GEORGE TROUP." should provide for its safety. I was surprised, however, to receive a volume very richly bound, expensively illustrated, and

The Chronicle has a note to this explanation, in which inscribed in gilt letters to the Right Honourable the Earl of it states that not even the Lord Mayor's conduct justiEllenborough. His Lordship entertaining the same opinion fies the writer's intemperance. Wo apprehend that most of the contents of the volume that I have been induced to

men would have exhibited some irritation in the form, returned, as it appears, the gift.

circumstances; but there are the two documents-the “ I have never, at any time, had the slightest objection to follow the Earl of Ellenborouglı’s example, but I have re

Chronicle's article and our letter ; and when the quested Vr. Hobbes to instruct me how the volume was to be Chronicle in the case speaks of intemperance, we say that returned. And I have done so, because its return to Sheerness it looks very like the reproof of sin by Satan. through a bookseller's parcel is attended with some risk, which I do not wish to incur, in the case of a manuscript so highly

The Morning Post, the only other morning paper in prized by its owner, and because I should not be called on to which the report appeared, endeavoured to defend the hear the expense of returning a volume that is quite useless to Lord Mayor from the remarks of the Chronicle, and wa me, but which, at the value fixed on it by Jír. Hobbes, would require to be insured.

even zealous in favour of inagistrates having full permis“ So far from not having answered Mr. Hobbes' letters, I sion and power to assail any man's character unheard, as have before me a note, in answer to one of my letters, re- their want of discretion and prudence might dictate. questing to know from Mr. Iobbes to whom his manuscript should be delivered. In that note he threatens to apply to a

The defence was natural. Similarity of taste leads to police magistrate, unless I remit him twenty pounds along with similarity of conduct. The Post, although using its his volume, and, as he says, with the view of compelling me columns to circulate falsehoods in this instance, declined to make some compromise. I have no idea of being intimi- to insert our letter ; and refused us whatever benefit we dated into a payment of twenty shillings or twenty pence in might have derived from its very limited circulation--an this way, and certainly declined to transmit any money whatIf I am supposed to be indebted to Mr. Hobbes, as,

instance of justice quite equal to that displayed by the along with your Lordship, he entertains apparently some well. Lord Mayor himself. grouned fears that Scottish Judges are not so open to ex parte This very worthy magistrate and remarkably just man, statements as London Lord Mayors, I shall atford hiin every facility to have his case tried in an Englislı court, ly giving stated that the case had not been fully explained--that

on receiving our letter, of course corrected his errors, hin my address in London. His manuscript is neither more nor less useless than at any former period; because, appa- the voluine was now, and had at any time been at the rently, in the opinion of the Earl of Ellenborougli, who should I command of Mr. Hobbes-on his giving an order for a


book which he valued at £200, or stating how or by whiat

If his offer had been for twenty pounds, or even forty means he wished to have it returned.

pounds, to prevent similar annoyances for the time to Persons who expected so much justice in the Niansion come, and from similar authors, we might have closed House, under the present mayoralty, would be greatly the bargain, and been cheaply ont of difficulties. disappointed. We were not, because it was evident We solicit and require no man's manuscripts—esceptenough to us that a nan capable of committing the in- ing those that come from our regular contributors. justice contained in the magistrate's original remarks, if nerer find any advantages aceruing to us from stras at all correctly reported, was capable also of perpetuat- manuscripts. In nineteen cases out of twenty they are ing that injustice.

unsuitable, and it would be better to want the twentieth, This volume, we should say, was too heavy to return than to read and dispose of the other nineteen. Very by post. The post-office, until within four or five wecks, generally work of that kind is done from a feeling would not have taken it on any terms, and we could not or good nature towards parties who are not much condivide an expensively-bound book. Even now the post- vected with literature, and we are quite willing to bear age, pre-paid, on a 5lb. parcel would be £1 10s. ; and our share, but two hundred pounds' worth of writing cren £1 10s. was too much to lose, in addition to from one thoroughly unknown individual-unknovi valuable time, on a manuscript thrust upon us, with the as a writer-is a quality we never should have looked understanding that it had been seen, read, and approved,

at, if the invoice had preceded the parcel. by a gentleman thoroughly conversant with such mat- However, the point of public interest in the case is the ters, but who, it appears, know nothing of its contents-facility with which threats of this kind can be executed, a manuscript volume that has nothing to do with the late So long as there are police magistrates like Sir George Indian war, as was represented, but is quite as desirable Carroll, any man may indulge inalevolentfeelings against now as at any former time, and which is certainly not those who decline to pay him black mail.

There can devoted in any very great degree to matters of a warlike lic no more complete nuisance than this description of character.

intervention by a magistrate in business that concerns bin We had no means of following any other course than

There can be nothing more unjust than the perinis that adopted with a bundle ralued at £200--and for sion afforded to such men as this Lord Mayor, of attackwhich, if lost, we were unfortunately liable—no means ing absent individuals, of whom they know nothing, whatever, but preserve it carefully to its owncr's order, information that may be either true or false. There is no or to be forwarded at his risk. Mr. Hobbes, however, remedy for the evil at present. Lord Mayors can alway wanted money, and if his goods had been useful to us-

take shelter beneath the reporters' pencils. They are safe if we had required them, to money he was well entitled; from prosecution; and may, if they please—and have a tun and he threatened to expose us in such a way as would that way-convert their courts into schools for scanda! prevent other authors from visiting us with similar tribu. What is our case now, may be that of any other person ta lation, if we did not pay him twenty pounds, in return for another day-of some person whose habits or whose cirlosing valuable time, and for the detention of what we cumstances, for many reasons, will not permit him to tra thought, perhaps erroneously thought, a stupid manu- quite so lightly, as we trust we can afford to treat, anytbr; script, but which, not falling amongst our many manu

that such a credulous person as this Lord Mayor Ly scripts, we should have been glad at any time to have got have to say. safely, where it now is, out of our hands.


Ile reck'd not the pulse from her heart was gone, Like the fearful rush of the ocean's ware,
And that now he stood in the world alone,

Which gathers the jewels it may not save,
For the ling'ring flush which life had set,

E'en thus it o'crflow'd with the gushing tears, From that lovely check had not parted yet ;

O'er that fairy vision of vanish'd years. While the smilo on the lip seemed resting there,

And then came his childhood, whose dream was fraught Like the light which echoes the spirit's prayer,

With the love which his after years bad brought, And hush'd he stood in that love-fraught spell,

The cottage afar in that sunny land,
Which gathers round one whom the heart loves well. Which was press’d by the feet of his household band.
Thus time wore on, and yet all was still,

Yet not for them are the tears he weeps ;
When a death-like voice from his bosom's thrill, There's another chord for whom nature keeps,
Told him the quiet which settled now,

Her echo'd music of song and light,
On that fair smooth cheek and chissel'd brow,

Thro' the dreary hour of the spirit's night. Must be the calm of that long last eleep,

There is one who mirrors his fond heart's dream, To be hallow'd there by that silence deep ;

For the flowret's blossom and bright sunbeam; Not then he wept—for his heart seem'd bound,

There is one whose halo now calls him back, In that fearful truth it so lato had found;

To the joy of his after childhood's track. And e'en for the moment there came no sigh,

And brighter thoughts in his heart now rest; To relieve the soul of its agony.

There's a glow of hope in his troubled breast, Yet awhile he rested his marble gaze,

And a fairy path which his feet must tread, On the fondly cherish'd of other days,

Thru' the flowers which blossom around the dead. And then was the chain from that spirit burst,

They'll meet again in that deathless land, O'er the trembling hope it as yet had nurs'd.

'Mid the fairer smiles of his household band. M. W.

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