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to understand the question which was put to him is to this time an ambiguity.
The members were still in hot dipute upon the comparative merits of their respective proposals, when the PRESIDENT rose.--He said “he preferred his original idea, The Etonian,' to any which had been brought forward. It was simple, unaffected, and embraced as well the labours of Etonians who have preceded us, as of those of a more modern date.” The President observed, that the name of · The Etonian' had been recommended to him by a friend, for whom he was sure all present, in common with himself, felt the most sincere esteem.- (Cries of name, name.)- The President gave the name of the gentleman alluded to, which was hailed with loud acclamations, and the blank in the Resolution was immediately and unanimously filled up by the title of “The Etonian.'
Mr. GOLIGHTLY moved, as an Amendment to the third Resolution, " that the work should appear once a fortnight,” on the ground that sufficient interest was not kept up by a monthly publication : but it having been urged that such an arrangement would interfere too much with other and more important pursuits, Mr. Golightly withdrew his Amendment; and the Resolation, in its original state, was carried unanimously.
Upon the fourth and fifth there was no disagreement.
The sixth produced a violent discussion. Mr. STERLING advised the rejection of all articles, but those who should be supplied by Etonians of the present day; while Mr. MONTGOMERY, whose acquaintance with the first literary characters in the country is very extensive, recommended that contributions should be received indiscriminately from all quarters. It was at length determined, on the suggestion of the PRESIDENT, that assistance should be admitted from all those who had received their education at Eton; the CHAIRMAN at the same time observing, that such assistance could only be expected from gentlemen who had resided here within the recollection of, and had been in habits of intimacy with, the members of the Clubi
MARTIN STERLING argued, with considerable vehemence, against the adoption of the seventh ; maintaining that no topic could convey so much information to a youthful mind, as a due investigation of the principles of our religion. Messrs. Golightly and MusGRAVE replied to his observations; the former with that union of polish and originality which is a distinguishing feature of his character; the latter with all the quaint, though low humour, which has so often set the table in a roar. The Resolution was finally passed by a large majority.
Michael Oakley. Allen Le Blanc. The eighth was also productive of a violent, but to the readeř añ uninteresting debate. Upon a division, the following gentlemen appeared in the minority against it :
Sir F. Wentworth. Martin Sterling.
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The ninth called up Mr. PATRICK O'CONNOR; who, in a true Irish brogue, “ hoped he should be allowed an occasional lick at the Saltbearer.” Mr. M'FARLANE thought that satirical remarks on
were quite allowable, and was proceeding to make some hu. morous personal observations on Mr. Bookworm, when he was interrupted by the PRESIDENT, who said he was confident that the Meeting would see the gross impropriety of the course the Hon. Gentleman was pursuing; he considered nothing so unbecoming the character of a gentleman as the slightest allusion to the personal defects of a schoolfellow. However such a proceeding might suit with Mr. Bookworm's notions of honourable conduct, he was sure it was utterly inconsistent with the principles of the King of Clubs.
The President's concluding declaration was loudly cheered, and the Resolution was carried by acclamation.
The tenth was added to the President's original list, at the instance of Mr. MUSGRAVE; who said that he had never found a translation from the Classics which was not a hackney-coach."
Mr. LE BLANC hoped an exception would be made in favour of a translation from Lucretius, upon which he had spent much labour.
Mr. Rowley hopes to find a corner for the reception of a translation of an ancient manuscript bearing the name of Apicius.
Mr. O'Connor wished to know whether the restriction applied to a version in Greek hexameters of
“ Oh! Gra! sweet Mrs. Flanigan.” The Hon. G. MONTGOMERY observed that he considered nothing prettier than an ode of Horace elegantly turned.
In conclusion, the Resolution was carried nem. diss. ; but it was decided that Mr. O'Connor's production, being something out of the common way, should be inspected, and inserted, if the Club should
The eleventh produced no discussion.
Upon the twelfth being put, Mr. GOLIGHTLY desired to be informed what object would be gained by departing from the usual course in this respect ?
Mr. COURTENAY replied, that unless such a rule were enforced, it would be impossible to ascertain whether any composition was the actual production of an Etonian.
To the thirteenth no material objection was made.-N.B. It was found impossible to make it comprehensible to Messrs. O'Connor and Musgrave. The first thought it very unfair to destroy a paper without opening it. The latter did not approve of any underhand practices in the way-bills, neither would he consent that passengers should be booked under false names.
The fourteenth passed without altercation. Mr. O'CONNOR, however, was particularly inquisitive as to the extent of the penalty to be levied on the transgressors of this regulation.
Upon the fifteenth and sixteenth the Meeting was unanimous.
The seventeenth having been agreed to, Mr. Rowley inquired whether the rule extended to the publication of their bill of fare; and Messrs. GOLIGHTLY, MUSGRAVE, and O'CONNOR, begged that the Secretary might be particularly desired not to mention the number of glasses swallowed, or hereafter to be swallowed, by each member.
Mr. M. STERLING moved, as an Amendment to the eighteenth, " That this Meeting do consider themselves the censors of theirlittle community, and that they do take notice of prevalent follies accordingly."
Mr. M. STERLING argued, at considerable length, in favour of his Amendment ; urging, that the office of Censor was undertaken without scruple by Mr. Griffin, and had been always filled by his successors upon the same principle.
Mr. GOLIGHTLY hoped, that in the event of the adoption of the Amendment, no one would be very violent against a habit of running in debt.
Mr. MʻFarlane begged that no notice might be taken of a guid gill of whiskey toddy, in which he occasionally indulged, for the sake o' the Land o Cakes."
Mr. Rowley insisted that no mention should be made of his favourite pudding.
Mr. O'CONNOR harangued, with great originality of expression, in favour of rowing; and begged that a slight tinge of bargee-ism might not be considered a prevalent folly.
Mr. MUSGRAVE hoped, that if Mr. Sterling thought proper to hold forth against driving, an exception might be made in favour of himself, as he could not prevail on himself to forego dandling the ribbons.
The Amendment was ultimately thrown out, and the original motion carried without a division,
The nineteenth and twentieth were passed unanimously, and accompanied with cordial acclamations.
The twenty-first was carried nem. diss.-N.B. Mr. Patrick O'ConNOR immediately testified how hearty an assent he gave to this Resolution, by calling for a gallon of beer, and inviting every member to follow his example in drinking—“ Prosperity to The Étonian ;'”— which was most cheerfully complied with.
The twenty-second was carried after some opposition from Mr. STERLING.
1 Twenty-third, Mr. Golightly thought a declaration of the Club's sentiments on this point unnecessary.
Mr. P. Courtenay was sorry to be again compelled to allude to the “ Salt-bearer;" but, after the very high ground which had been assumed by that publication, he conceived it proper to state that the “ King of Clubs” set out upon different principles ;—those of liberty and equality.—(Loud cheering from Sir F. Wentworth.)—No division took place.
Upon the proposal of the twenty-fourth, Sir F. WENTWORTH observed, that in England nothing was so vague or undefined as the law of High Treason. Before the Hon. Gentleman could apply his observation to the Resolution proposed, he was interrupted by loud cries
no Politics !» The Resolution was passed by a large majority.
Michael Oakley. Upon the proposal of the twenty-fifth, the same gentlemen appeared in the minority
The twenty-sixth produced no division, but had a manifest effect in lengthening the faces of several gentlemen present, particularly Mr. Burton.
Resolved unanimouslyXXVII. That the above Resolutions be adopted, and signed on behalf of the Meeting, by the Chairman. (Signed)
Chairman, Mr. Courtenay having left the Chair, the Hon. G. MONTGOMERY moved,
XXVIII. “ That the thanks of the Club he given to Perogrine Courtenay, Esq., for his able and impartial conduct in the Chair, and that be be further requested to take upon himself the office of Editor of The Etonian.'
The motion having been seconded by Mr. Le BLANC, was imme. diately put, and carried by acclamation.
Mr. Courtenay returned thanks in a neat speech, in which he exhorted every one, at the breaking up of the Meeting, to retire with feelings of the most perfect unanimity and cordiality in the good cause, and to exert his utmost abilities in that line of composition which was most agreeable to his own taste, and most likely to support the interests of “ The Etonian.” The worthy Chairman concluded by proposing our usual parting toast, our stirrup-cup,* (to use Mr. M'Farlane's expression,) “ The King of Clubs. "
Previous to the separation of the Meeting, Mr. Rowley begged Mr. Golightly to dish up a song ; which request being loudly reiterated, Mr. Golightly entertained us with the following original melody, which terminated the festivities of the Meeting :
The Monarch of Clubs is a jolly old cock,
• N.B. Mr. P. O'Connor inquired whether the expression was derived from the verb to stir-up; and was much jeered by his Scotch neighbour, Mr. M'Farlane, for bis ignorance of Caledonian customs.
Look, look at the press! what a sorrowful sight!
Saturni, 14o die Octobris, 1820. This day the Club again met, pursuant to agreement, to discuss the measures which had been taken for the promotion of the design agreed upon at the last sitting. The names having been called
over, the thanks of the Club were immediately voted to Mr. Secretary Hodgson for his accurate report of the proceedings of the 3d of October. It was, however, suggested, that it would be expedient that his reports of the proceedings, for the future, should not be so prolix, and that he be requested never to exceed the limits of one sheet.' The PRESIDENT then addressed the Meeting as follows:
6 GENTLEMEN, I rise with articles which have been sent in great pleasure to inform you, that by various and able contributors; such has been the readiness dis
-—from these it will be in your played by all ranks of the School power to form an opinion of the to encourage and support our un- merits and demerits of the Publi. dertaking, that the first Number eation, and I have little or no of "The Etonian' will make its doubt that, judging from these appearance in the ensuing week, specimens, you will augur favour-(Hear, hear, hear.) I will ably of our success. proceed to lay before you the
Mr. COURTENAY then read to the Meeting numerous compositions on various subjects, which will, either in our first or our future Numbers, be submitted to an impartial public.
Mr. Le Blanc then moved, that the thanks of the King of Clubs be presented to Mr. Martin Sterling, for his sensible and eloquent treatise on Juvenile Friendship. The motion having been seconded by Mr. BURTON, Mr. MICHAEL OAKLEY rose amidst loud cries of “Question,” and gave much entertainment to his auditors by the following specimen of eloquence :
“Sir,- Michael Oakley is not ceeded by a dead silence),--and one who can be put down by then I will move, as an Amendclamour; I will stand buff. ment, that a vote of censure be (Hear, hear, hear.)- I will stand passed on Mr. Martin Sterling buff, I say, until this tumult has for?"ceased -(Loud laughter, suo