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Lord. F. Maple.--Acquired great eclat in an affair of honour, March 2,
1818.-Horscwhipped for a scoundrel at the Second Newmarket
Meeting, 1818. Mr. G. Bungay-September, 1819. Four in hand-blood horses—shag
coat-pearl buttons. October, 1819, Plain chaise and pair. Miss Lydia Dormer, May, 1820.-Great beauty-manifold accomplish
ments--£4,000 a year. June, 1820-Chere amie of Sir J. Falkland. The Hon. Miss Amelia Tempest.-(From a daily paper of July 1820.)
Marriage in high life. The beautifal Miss Amelia Tempest will shortly be led to the hymeneal altar by the Marquis of Looney." (From the same paper of August 1820.)—“Elopement in high life.-Last
week the Hon. Miss Am-l-a T-mp-st eloped with her father's footman."
Reader,—When we inform you that we ourselves had long entertained a sneaking kindness for the amiable Amelia, you will imagine to yourself the emotion with which we read the above paragraph. We jumped from the table in a paroxysm of indignation, and committed to the flames the obnoxious chronicler of our disappointment; but the next moment composed our feelings with a truly stoic firmness, and, with a steady hand, we wrote down the name of the Hon. Miss Amelia Tempest, as an admirable proficient in the Bathos Precipitate.
The Temple of Diana at Ephesus.
WHILE the lost eye in mournful glances falls
Bright o'er the mind the kindling prospect glows,
Twice şixty columns reared the glorious pile,
Accurst Ephesian!* when thine impious hand
'Reft of thy pride--spoild by the victor's swand,
Eratostratus. + The Temple of Diana was destroyed by fire, on the same night in which Alexander the Great was boro.
Again the goddess views her glittering fane,
• St. Paul. + It is proper to state, that these lines have appeared surreptitiously a few weeks back in the “ Morning Chronicle,” in which the blank in the last line was filled up with the name of Lord "Byron.” We deem it right to mention this, because the name which originally occupied the space was that of a schoolfellow, whom we are happy to reckon among the number of our contributors.-P. C.
“ Lusco qui possit dicere ' Jusce.'”
The invention and appropriation of Nicknames are studies which, from want of proper cultivation, have of late years very much decayed. Since these arts contribute so much to the wellbeing and satisfaction of our Etonian witlings—since the younger part of our community could hardly exist if they were denied the pleasure of affixing a ludicrous addition to the names of their seniors,—we hope that the consideration of this art in all its branches and bearings, will be to many an amusing, and to some an improving, disquisition.
The different species of nicknames may be divided and subdivided into an endless variety. There is the nickname direct, the nickname oblique, the nickname sæt' &žoxjv, the nickname sæt avti pasiv, and a multitude of others, which it is unnecessary here to particularize. We shall attempt a few remarks upon these four principal classes.
The Nickname Direct, as might be expected, is by far more an.cient than any other we have enumerated. Much has been argued upon the elegance or inelegance of Homer's perpetually-repeated epithets; for our part we imagine Homer thought very little upon the elegance or inelegance of the expressions to which we allude, since we cannot but regard his Ξανθός Μενέλαος-σόδας ωκυς Αχιλλεύς άναξ ανδρών Αγαμεμνων, and other passages of the same kind, not even excepting the thundering cognomen which is tacked-on to his Jupiter, ZEÙS ÚLIBREMÉTys, as so many ancient and therefore inimitable specimens of the nickname direct. This class is with propriety divided into two smaller descriptions ; the nickname Personal, and the nickname Descriptive. The first of these is derived from some bodily defect in its object; the latter from some excellence or infirmity of the mind.
The nicknames which were applied to our early British kings generally fell under one of these denominations. William Rufus and Edward Longshanks are examples af the first, while Henry Beauclerc and Richard Cour de Lion afford us instances of the second.-We cannot depart from this part of our subject without adverting to the extreme liberty which the French have been accustomed to take with the names of their kings. With that volatile nation, “ the Cruel,” “ the Bald,” and “ the Fat," seem as constantly the insignia of royalty, as the sceptre and the crown. We must confess, that, were it not for the venerable antiquity of the species, we should be glad to see the nickname personal totally discontinued, as in our opinion the most able proficient in this branch of the science evinces a great portion of ill-nature, and very little ingenuity.
The merit of the nickname Oblique consists principally in its incomprehensibility. It is frequently derived, like the former, from some real or imaginary personal defect; but the allusion is generally so twisted and distorted in its forination, that even the object to whom it is applied is unable to trace its origin, or to be offended by its use. The discovery of the actual fountain from whence so many ingenious windings and intricacies proceed, is really a puzzling study for one who wishes to make himself acquainted with the elementary principles of things. In short, the nickname oblique resembles the great river, the Nile : its meanders are equally extensive; its source is equally concealed. - We have a specimen of this species in the appellation of our worthy Secretary. Mr. Golightly made a pleasant, though a sufficiently obvious hit, when he addressed Mr. Richard Hodgson by the familiar abbreviation of Pam. We should recommend to the professors of the nickname oblique, two material, though much neglected, requisites-simplicity and perspicuity; for, in spite of the long and attentive study which we have devoted to this branch of the art, we ourselves have been frequently puzzled by anauthorized corruptions both of sound and sense, and lost amidst the circuitous labyrinth of a far-fetched prænomen. We were much embarrassed by hearing our good friend, Mr. Peter Snaggs, addressed by the style of “ Fried Soles," until we remembered that his grandfather had figured as a violent Methodist declaimer in the metropolis : nor could we conceive by what means our-old associate, Mr. Mathew Dunstan, had obtained his classical title