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pp. 212, 213.
exalt the Deity by a description of his attributes, or consideration, wherein atheism is openly avowed and inculcate sentiments of devotion towards him. How preached—avowed, indeed, and preached in terms. (See excellent,' says the psalmist, 'is thy name in all the particularly, part ii, chap: 2.) The effect of its bardihood earth ; thou hast set thy glory above the heavens. I will was certainly anticipated by its author ; for the supposed consider the heavens, even the work of thy fingers; the editor, in his advertisement, describes it, somewhat com. moon and the stars which thou hast ordained.' See also placently, if not boastingly, as l'ouvrage le plus hardi et that singularly beautiful poem, the 139th psalm; and the le plus extraordinaire que l'esprit humain ait osé produire book of Job, from the 38th to the 41st chapter.
jusqu'à présent.'"--pp. 233, 234. " It is remarkable how little is to be fou of particu. larity and precision in any thing that has been revealed to us respecting the nature of the Godhead. For the
From the London Eclectic Review. wisest purposes it has pleased Providence to veil in awful The Fossil Flora of Great Britain; or, Figures mystery almost all the attributes of the Ancient of Days beyond what natural reason teaches. By direct interpo.
and Descriptions of the Vegetable Remains sition, through miraculous agency, we become acquaint
found in a Fossil State in this Country. By ed with his will, and are made more certain of his exist. John Lindley and William Hutton. Vol. I. ence; but his peculiar attributes are nearly the same in 8vo. pp. li. 218. Plates 79. London, 1831–3. the volume of nature and in that of his revealed word.”—
The study of geology, like that of most fashion
able sciences, may be pursued at marvelously The notes, which are copiously appended to small expense of time and labour. Nothing can the discourse, are not less valuable than the text, be easier than to acquire the simple elements of and not less severe in several parts upon modern mineralogy, and to become familiar with the more sceptics. For example, in reference to Cuvier obvious phenomena and the less complicated gene. and Buckland's speculations in osteology, the ralisations of geological science; nor are we at all author says, that "far from impugning the testi- disposed to discourage this rudimental acquisition mony to the great fact of a deluge, borne by the considered either as an important auxiliary to Mosaic writings, they rather fortify it, and bring general reading, or as enabling the possessor even additional proofs of the fallacy which, for some of this small stock of knowledge, to avail himself time, had led philosophers to ascribe a very high advantageously of circumstances and situations, antiquity to the world we live in.” Hume's athe- where his means of observation might otherwise istic doctrines are also closely pursued and strong- be tantalising to himself, and unprofitable to ly impugned, while the French "Système de la others. There are seasons and localities when it Nature," notwithstanding his lordship's known is desirable to know how to pick up pebbles with predilections in favour of France, is exposed in a discrimination; and an easily obtained acquaintmanner becoming the champion of sacred truth, ance with the common varieties of rock, may and to whom that cause is far dearer than either sometimes enable an observer to ascertain facts of the works of genius or the ties of friendship the highest scientific nature, where he must otheramong men. Take the opening of the grave and wise waste his opportunities in vague and unavailbecoming criticism which the system of material-able description. But all this, and much more ism referred to, receives.
than this, will give but small aid towards a clear " It is impossiblc to deny the merits of the Système de and comprehensive view of a science which deals, la Nature. The work of a great writer it unquestionably not accidentally, but essentially, with the vasi is; but its merit lies in the extraordinary eloquence of and the minute; which ascends from the analysis the composition, and the skill with which words substi. of the air we breathe, and of the dust that rises in tuted for ideas, and assumptions for proofs, are made to the breeze, to the laws wbich regulate the conpass current, not only for arguments against existing struction of the "great globe itself," and to the beliefs, but for a new system planted in their stead. As mighty revolutions which have fitted it, successa piece of reasoning, it never rises above a set of plausi. ively, for a primeval solitude of rank and gloomy, ble sophisms--plausible only as long as the ear of the vegetation for an abode of "all monstrous, all reader being filled with sounds, his attention is directed prodigious things,” creatures strange and enor: away from the sense. The chicf resource of the writer is to take for granted the thing to be proved, and then to forms and systems that surround us—for the place
mous, baffling every conclusion drawn from the refer back to his assumption as a step in the demonstration, while he builds various conclusions upon it, as if it where mind was to display its dominating power, were complete. Then he declaims against a doctrine to fulfil the conditions of its moral being, and to seen from one point of view only, and erects another for unfold the elements of its immortality. our assent, which, besides being liable to the very same No one can fairly congratulate himself on objections, has also no foundation whatever to rest upon. having obtained a satisfactory knowledge of the The grand secret, indeed, of the author goes even furiher principles of geology, who has not given attention in petitione principii than this ; for we oftentimes find, to the characters, distribution, and geological sucthat in the very substitute which he has provided for the cession of the organic remains which distinguish notions of belief he would destroy, there lurks the very the different strata of the globe. Yet is this knowiden which he is combating, and that his idol is our own ledge by no means of easy acquisition to that very faith in a new form, but masked under different words large class of general students, which is excluded and phrases.
"The truth of these statements we are now to examine; by circumstances or by situation from the use of but first, it may be fitting to state, why so much attention an extensive collection. To the residents in some of is bestowed upon this work. The reason is, that its bold our more important towns, well supplied museums character has imposed on multitudes of readers, seducing are freely opened, but this indispensable adransomo by its tono of confidence, but intimidating others by tage is unattainable by the far greater number who its cxtreme audacity. It is the only work, of any dwell in less favoured localities. Description
DIARY OF A BLASE.
is but an imperfect substitute for inspection; and, the accumulations of the strand, may furnish unalthough drawings or engravings might supply expected illustrations or suggest new trains of the absence of specimens, there is not, so far exploration. That singular fossil, Polyporites as we know, any readily accessible work of this Bowmanni, was found among the rubbish at the kind on a comprehensive plan. There are distinct mouth of a Welsh coal-mine. publications, illustrative of various departments, highly meritorious indeed, but of prohibitory ex
From the London Metropolitan. pense; and few greater services could be rendered to the great and increasing body of enquirers, than by the publication of manuals, well illustrated by BY THE AUTHOR OF “ PETER SIMPLE,” “ JACOB FAITHFUL," xylographic diagrams, of the three departments of
THE ADVENTURES OF JAPHET," &c. fossil remains-plants, shells, and animals. In the mean time, the admirably conducted publication, now in our hands, although of a more costly Showing why and wherefore I decided upon a renewal of loco. kind than that which we have just recommended, has been most seasonably undertaken by men,
Reader, did you ever feel in that peculiarly distressing thoroughly fitted for their task, by sound and ex
state of mind in wbich one oppressing idea displaces or tensive knowledge of their subject both practically colours every other, absorbing, mixing up with, em. and in theory. And it is, in truth, a subject de- poisoning, and, like the filth of the harpy, turning every manding no small portion of skill and experience the brain, as the Old Man of the Mountain did upon the
thing into disgust—when a certain incubus rides upon for its adequate treatment.
shoulders of Sinbad, burthening, irritating, and render" Fossil botany is beset with difficulties of a peculiar but one object perched every where and grinning at you
ing existence a misery-when looking around, you see character. The materials that the enquirer has to work upo:) , are not only disfigured by those accidents to which but that one something, and the fancied laste is so un
—when even what you put into your mouth tastes of all fossil remains are exposed in common, but they are also those which would, in recent vegetation, be consider. pleasant as almost to prcvent deglutition-when cvery ed of the smallest degree of importance. There is, in sound which vibrates in your ear appears to strike the most cases, an almost total want of that evidence by which same discordant note, and all and every thing will rethe botanist is guided in the examination of recent plants, forget"; have you ever felt any thing like this, reader ?
of the one only thing which you would fain and not only the total destruction of the parts of fructifi
: If you have not, then thank God, by way of grace, before cation, and of the internal organisation of the stem, but what contributes still more to the perplexity of the sub- you out with your knife and fork, and begin to cut up
the contents of these pages. ject, a frequent separation of one part from another, of leaves from branches, of branches from trunks, and, if varieties of Phobias," and ny disease is a Politicopho
I have; and am now suffering under one of these fructification be present, of even it from the parts of the bia. I will describe the symptoms. plant on which it grew, so that no man can tell how to collect the fragments that remain into a perfect whole.
I am now in the metropolis of England ; and when I For it must be reinenbered, that it is not in botany as in walk out, every common house appears to me to be the zoology, where a skilful anatomist has no difficulty in house of commons-every lordly mansion the house of combining the scattered bones of a broken skeleton." In lords—every man I meei, instead of being a member of botany, on the contrary, the component parts of both society, is transformed by imagination into a member of foliage and fructification are often so much alike in out- Bavarian girl, with her “Py a proom," into an ex-chan.
the senate-every chimney-sweep into a bishop, and a line, which is all that the fossil botanist can judge from, cellor. If I return home, the ring at the bell reminds as to indicate almost nothing when separated from each me of a Peel—as I mount the stairs, I think of the other, and from the axis to which they appertain. It is " lobby” – I throw myself on the sofa, and the cushion is only by the various combinations of these parts that the transformed into a woolsack-if a solitary visiter calls genera and species of plants are to be recognised, and it is precisely ihese combinations that in fossils are de in, I imagine a public meeting, and call out Chair!
chair!-and I as often address my wife as Mr. Speaker, stroyed."
as I do with the usual appellative of " my dear." Much, however, has been of late effected by
This incubus, like the catholic anathema, pursues mo skilful and persevering experimentalists in despite every whereat breakfast, the dry toast reminds of the
toasts at public dinners-lea, of the East India charter of all these difficulties. Mr. Witham has given a
--sugar, of the West India question, the loaf, of agricul. new aspect to some of the most inaccessible of tural distress-and, as every one knows that London these peculiarities, by subjecting to microscopic eggs are a lottery, according as they prove bad or good, observation, very thin plates of various fossils; and so ain I reminded of a whig or tory measure. When the investigations of Sternberg, Buckland, and the newspaper is brought in, I walk round and round it Brongniart, have extended and systematised the as a dog will do around the spot he is about to lie down science. But it should always, in these matters, upon. I would sain not touch it; but at last, like a fasbe kept in mind, that, with all deference to great cinated bird who falls per force into the replile's mouth, dames, the bumblest student may be enabled by so do I plunge into its columns, read it with desperation, activity and vigilance to throw light on the most and when the poison has circulated, throw it away in difficult enquiries: Geology, in all its depart-despair. I am reminded to say grace at dinner, I
My lords and gentlemen;" and when I meots, is emphatically a science of observation, scek my bed, as I light my taper, 1 move “ that the calling eye, foot, and hand into constant exertion, house do now adjourn.” The tradesmen's bills are and every one who wishes well to its interests, swelled by my disease into the budget, and the checks may serve it, perhaps essentially, by keeping what upon my banker into supplies. Even my children laugh is familiarly called a sharp look out. The frag- and wonder at the answers which they receive. Yester. ments of a quarry, the ejecia of a mine or a tunnel, day one brought me her book of animals, and pointing to the refuse of a coal-pit, the debris of a precipice, a boa constrictor, asked its name, and I told her it was
VOL. XXVII. SEPTEMBER, 1835-39
an O'Connell. I am told that I mentioned the names of plannedst, he planned, we planned, ye planned, and they half the members of the upper and lower house, and at planned-and what annoyed me was, that I could not the lime really believed that I was calling the beasts by help considering that “the whole house was in a com. their right names. Such are the effects of my unfortu. miitec,” and without being able "to report progress." nate disease.
At first it was decided upon that we should proceed up Abroad I feel it even worse than at home. Society is the Rhine, and not leave off paddling until we had unhinged, and every one is afraid to offer an opinion. arrived at Manheim, at which lown I fancied that I If I dinc out, I find that no one will speak first-he should at least be out of political distance. We read all knows not whether he accosts a friend or foe, or whether about Manheim, found out that it was a regular-built he may not be pledging his bitter enemy. Every man town, with a certain number of inhabitants—with pro. looks at his neighbour's countenance to discover if he is menades, gardens, and a fine view of the Rhine. whig or tory; they appear to be examining one another you're going abroad—where?" Manheim, was the relike the dogs who meet in the street, and it is impossible ply, and all the world knew that we were bound to Man10 conjecture whether the mutual scenting will be fol- heim; and every one had something to say, or some. lowed up by a growl or a wag of the tail ; but one re- thing that they had heard said, about Manheim. “Very mark will soon discover the political sentiments of the nice place—Duchess Dowager Stephanie-very ebeapwhole. Should they all agrec, they are so busy in abuse gay in winter-Sir John Sinclair—Captain Grevillethat they rail at their adversaries with their mouths full nasters excellent"—were the variety of changes rung, -should they disagree, they dispute so vehemently that and all was settled ; but at last one unlucky observalion tlicy forget that they were invited to dinner, and the raised a duubt—another increased-a third confirmed it. dishes are removed untasted, and the duties of the Am. “ A very dull place—German cookery bad for childrenphytron become a sinecure. Go to an evening party or steamboats from Rotterdam very bad, and often obliged a ball, and it is even worse, for young ladies talk politics, to pass two nights on deck.” A very influential memprefer discussion to flirtation, and will rather win a ber of the committee took alarm about the children partner over to their political opinions than to their per- being two nights on deck, and it was at last decided sonal charms. If you, as a tory, happen to stand up in that to go up to Manheim by steamboat at 41.98. a head, a cotillion with a pretty whig, she taps you with her fan and children at half-price, was not to be thought of. that she may tap your politics; if you agree, it is “ En " I wonder you don't go to Bruges,” observed a comavant deux," if not, a “Chassez croisée." Every thing mittee nian; " nice quiet place-excellent mastersgoes wrong-she may set to you indeed, but hers is the every thing so cheap-I once bonght eighty large set of defiance, and she shakes her wig against your peaches there for two francs.” tory. To turn your partner is impossible, and the only And all the children clapped their little hands, and part of the figure which is executed con amore is dos à cried out for Bruges and chcap reaches. dos. The dance is over, and the lady's looks at once tell It was further submitted that it was convenient, you you that you may save your "oaths,” while she “ takes might go the whole of the way by water; and Bruges her seat."
was immediately under consideration. I have tried change of scene-posted to watering · If you go to Bruges, you will find it very dull," obplaces; but the deep, deep sea will not drown politics. served another; “ but you'll meet Mrs. Trollope there ; Even the ocean, in its roaring and commotion, reininded now Brussels is very little farther, and is a delightful me of a political union.
place;" and Brussels was also referred to the committee. I have buried myself in the country, but it has been · You won't like Brussels, but you'll meet Grallan all in vain. I cannot look at the cattle peacefully graz. there—there is such a mixture, and bouse rent is dear. ing, without thinking of O'Connell's tail, Stanley's tail, Now I should recommend Spa for the summer; it is a and a short-docked pony reminded me of the boasted most heautiful spot, and excellent company.” And Spa little tail of Colonel Peel. The farm-yard, with its noisy was added to the list. occupants, what was it but the reality so well imitated by Then after a day or two came an Anti-Teutonic, who the members of the lower house, who would drown argu- railed against Germany and Germans-German towns, ment in discord? I thought I was in the lobby at the German traveling, and German French, which was declose of a long debate. Every tenth field, every tenth testable--German cookery, which was nothing but furrow, (and I could not help counting, every tenth
grease. • You may imagine," said he," and so have animal
, and every tenth step, reminded me of the Irish nany more, that Germany is more pleasant and less ex: tithes ; and when I saw a hawk swoop over a chicken, I pensive than France; but they have been disappointed, thought of the appropriation bill—so I left the country.
and so will you be. Now, for a quiet placc, I should rcI have tried every thing I have been every where (commend St. Omer's, only thirty miles from Calais, so but in vain. In the country there was no relaxation, convenient, and very pretty." in society no pleasure-at home no relief. England was disjointed, never to be united until it was dismem politics-and St. Omer's was occasionally canvassed.
St. Oıner's—humph-very quiet-and retired—and po bered-and there was no repose. I had my choice,
“St. Omer's !" said another, who called the next day ; cither to go abroad, or to go mad; and, upon mature de " you'll die of ennui. Go to Boulogne-it is delightful liberation, I decided upon the former, as the lesser evil -you may be there as retired or as gay as you please." of the two. So I gave, I sold, I discharged, I paid, I
Boulogne to be taken into consideration-many en. packed up, and I planned. The last was the only por. quiries inade, and all tion of my multifarious duties not satisfactorily arranged. excellent jackasses for the children.
ery satisfactory-good sands and I looked at the maps, plied my compasses that I might "My dear friend, Boulogne is something like the compass my wishes, measured distances that I might de king's bench-at least most of the people only go there cide upon my measures-planned, looked over the maps, in preference. Every body will suppose that you've and planned again.
levanted. Pray don't go to Boulogne."
Why don't you go by Southampton to Havre; there
you'll have quiet and amusement; beautiful country Showing that, although one may decide upon not staying at hone, about Honfleur-scenery up the Seine splendid; and
it is not quite so easy to decide upon where you are to go then you can go up to Rouen by water, if you intend to Well, as I said in my last chapter, I planned—and go on to Paris." planned—but I might as well conjugate it, as my better Havre and Honfleur submitted to the committee. half, and many others, assisted—it was I planned, thou And then came Dieppe, and Brest, and the environs of
Paris, Versailles, St. Germains, Passy, and other recom | them about ine, cach as sick as a horse.
“Sic omnes," mendations, in which every one particular place was thought I. proved incontestably to be more particularly suited to us I have long past the ordeal, and even steam, and ihan any other, and the committee sat for three weeks, smoke, and washing basins, and all the various discord. at the end of which, upon examining the matured ant and revolting noises from those who suffer, have no opinions of the last seven days, I found them to have effect upon my nervous system still was I doomed to fluctuated as follows:
torment, and was very sick indeed. For some time I Monday morning, Manheim. Evening, Spa. had been watched by the evil eyes of one, whoin the Tuesday morning, Bruges. Evening, Brussels. Yankces would designate as almighty ugly. He was a
Wednesday morning, St. Omer's. Evening, Bou- thin, spare man, whose accost I could well have spared, logne.
for he had the look of a demon, and, as I soon found, Thursday morning, Havre. _Evening, Honfleur. was possessed with the demon of politics. Imagine Friday morning, Dieppe. Evening, Passy.
what I must have suffered when I found out that he Saturday morning, Versailles. Evening, St. Ger- was a button-holder to boot. Observing that I was the inains.
only one who was in a state to listen, he seized upon me Sunday morning, Spa. Evening, Brussels.
as his victim. I, who had fled from politics with as The fact was, that there was a trifling difference of much horror as others have done from the cholera-I, opinion in the committee; the great object appeared to who had encountered all the miseries of steam naviga. be, and the great difficulty at the same time, to find a tion, and all the steam and effluvia of close cabins, 10 place which would suit all parties, that is to say, a place find inyself condemned with others “alike to groan"where there were no politics, plenty of gaiety, and cheap what with King Leopold, and William of Nassau, and peaches.
the Belgian share of the debt, and the French and Ant. werp, and his pertinacious holding of my button.
“Shall I knock' him down,” thought I; he insists In which the reader will find the author on board of a smoker.
upon laying his hands upon me, why should I not lay
my hands upon him ?" But, on second consideration, Paddle, paddle-splash, splash-bump, thump, bump. that would not have been polite, so I made other What a leveller is sea-sickness-almost as great a radi. attempts to get rid of him, but in vain; I turned the cal as death. All grades, all respect, all consideration, subject to far countries—the rascal had been every are lost. The master may summon John to his assist where; at one moment he would at Vienna, and disance, but John will see his master d-d before he'll go cuss the German confederation—at another, in South to him; he has taken possession of his master's great America, canvassing the merits of Bolivar and St. Mar. coat, and he intends to keep it; he don't care for warn. lin. There was no stopping him; his tongue was like ing
the paddle of a steamboat, and almost threw as much The nurses no longer look after the infant or the spray in my face. At last I threw off my coat, which children, they may lumble overboard; even the fond be continued to hold in bis hand by the third bultor.. ycarpings of the mother at last yield to the overwhelm- and threw myself into one of the cribs appropriated to ing sensation, and if it were not for the mercenary or passengers, wishing him a good night. He put my coat kind-hearted assistance of those who have become habit down in the crib beneath, and, as he could no longer uated to the motion of the vessel, there is no saying hold the button, he laid hold of the side of the crib, and how tragical might be the commencement of many a continued his incessant clack. At last I turned my party of pleasure to the Continent.
back to him, and made no answer, upon which he made “O lauk, Mary, do just hold this child," says the upper a retreat, and when I awoke the next morning, I found nurse to her assistant"; " I do feel such a sinking in my that he was too ill to spout politics, although as he prostomach."
gresscd, he spouted what was quite as bad. “Carn't, indeed, nurse, I've such a rising."
Par parenthèse, he was a great liar, and as he drew a Away hurried both the women at once to the side of long bow when he was able to talk, so did he prove a the vessel, leaning over and groaning heavily. As for long shot when lie was sca-sick. Confound the fellow, the children, they would soon have been past caring for, I think I see him nowhere he stood, a tall gaunt had it not been for my protecting arms.
inisery, about the height of a work-house pump, and the Decorum and modesty, next to maternal tenderness basin was on the floor of the cabin, nearly three feet the strongest feelings in woman, fall before the dire from his two feet; withove condescending to stoop, or to prostration of this inalady. A young lady will recline sit down, or to lift up the basin, so as to lessen ihe dis. unwittingly in the arms of a perfect stranger; and the tance, he poured forth a parabola, " quod nunc describere" bride of three months, deserted by her husband, will had just as well be omiited. I shall dismiss this perseoffer no resistance to the uncouth seainan, who, in his cuting demon, by stating, that he called himself a baron, kindness, would loosen the laces that confine her heaving the truth of which I doubted much ; that he was em. bosom.
ployed by crowned heads, which I doubted still more. As for politeness, even the ancient regime of the no. On one point, however, I had little doubt, although he blesse of France put it in their pockets as if there were did not enter upon the subject, (and his tongue to a a general chaos-self is the only feeling; not but that I great degree confirmed it,) that he was a Chevalier have seen occasional traits of good-will towards others. d'Industrie. I once witnessed a young lady smelling to a bottle of “I am rid of him, thank God," cxclaimed I, as I went Eau de Cologne, as if her existence depended upon it, on deck to breathe a little fresh air, having lighted my hand it over to another whose state was even inore cigar in the steward's berth as I ascended. The first pitiable, and I was reminded of Sir Philip Sidney and objects which attracted my attention, were a young gen. the cup of water, as he lay wounded on the field of tleman and lady, the former standing by the latter, who battle, " Thy necessity is greater than mine." And if ! was sitting in a pensive position, with her elbow leaning might have judged from her trembling lips and pallid on the gunnel. She was in deep mourning, and closely countenance, it was almost an equal act of heroism. veiled. Paddle, paddle, splash, splash, bump, thump, bump--one “And how does the beautiful Maria find herself this would really imagine that the passengers were so many morning ?" said the young gentleman, leaning over her pumpe, all worked at once with the vessel by the same with his hand on the rail to support himself. hundred horse power, for there were an hundred of The beautiful Maria ! How was it possible not to be
attracted by such a distinguishing appellation? The still heavier upon those who remain. But is that all, beautiful Maria! I thought of Sterne's Maria, and the sir ? Oh, no!" little dog with a string, and I trimmed my ear like a This second “oh, no!" was pronounced in a more windsail in the tropics to catch the soft responding, and lugubrious note; he shook his head, and after a pause he inost assuredly, in my imagination, melodious vibration recommenced. “ England is no longer priest-ridden, of the air which would succeed.
sir; but she is worse, she is law-ridden. Litigation and At last there was a reply. “Oh! tol, lol !" And that law expenses have, like locusts, devoured up the produce in any thing but a inelodious voice. “Oh! tol, lol!” of industry. No man is safe without a lawyer at his What' a bathos! The beautiful Maria, whom, in my elbow, making over to him a part of his annual income imagination, I had clothed with all the attributes of sen. to secure the remainder. And then there's Brougham. timent and delicacy, whom I had conjured up as a beau But, sir, is that all? Oh, no!" ideal of perfection, replies in a hoarse voice with, “Oh! Another pause, and he continued. “ I never grumble lol, lol!" Down she went like the English funds in a - I hate grumblers; I never talk of politics-1 bate panic-down she went to the zeru of a Doll Tearsheet, | politics; but, sir, is it not the case, that madinen and and down I went again into the cabin. Surely this is a fools have united to ruin the country ? is it not irne, sir, world of disappointment.
that unable to rise by their talents, and urged by a wicked Perhaps I was wrong—she might have been very ambition, they have summoned main force, and the power beautiful, with the voice of a peacock ; she might also of numbers to their assistance, and have raised a spirit have the plumage ; but no, that is impossible; she must, which they cannot pat down again? Is it not true, sir, from her sex, have been a peahen. At all events, if not that treason walks barefaced tlırough the land, pointing very beautiful, she was very sick. I left the beautiful lo general destruction—to a violation of all righis, to anMaria screeching over the gunnel. Ii' the young gentle. archy, confusion, and the shedding of blood ? is not man were to repeat the same question now, thought I, reason borne down by faction, sir? Madmen throw the beautiful Maria will hardly answer, " Oh! tol, about fire, and cry, it is only in sport; but, sir, is that lol !”
all? Oh, no!" It was very cold on deck, blowing fresh from the east. This last “oh, no!" was morc melancholy than the I never heard any one give a satisfactory reason why a preceding, but I considered that my companion must west wind should be warm, and an east wind cold, in have nearly exhausted his budget of miseries, and was latitude 50° N. It is not so in the tropics, when the east curious to ascertain what would come next. wind follows the rarefaction occasioned by the sun. “ What, is there more, sir ?" enquired I. Yet does not Byron say,
“ More, sir. Yes, sir, plenty more.
I ask you “ 'Tis the land of the east, 'tis the clime of the sun ?" whether even the seasons have not changed in our an. Certainly our east winds are not at all poetical. happy country; have we not summer willi unusual, up
“Very cold, sir,” said I, addressing a round.faced gen- exampled heat, and winters without cold ; when shall we tleman in a white great coat, who rested his chin and his ever see the mercury down below sixty degrecs again? two hands upon a thick cane. “ You are fortunate in never, sir. What is summer but a season of alarm and not being sea-sick."
dread? Does not the cholera come in as regularly as “I beg your pardon, I am not fortunate. I am worse green peas---terrifying us to death, whether we die of it than sea-sick, for I want to be sea-sick, and I can't. I or not? Of what advantage are the fruits of the earth do believe that cvery thing is changed now a days, since so bountifully bestowed—have they not all been converted that confounded reform bil!."
into poisons ? Who dares to drink a light summer Politics again, thought I; what the devil has sea-sick-wine now? Are not all vegetables abjured, peaches ness to do with the reform bill? Mercy on me, when thrown to the pigs, and strawberries ventured upun only shall I be at peace ? “ There certainly has been some by little boys who sweep the streets, with the broom in change," observed I.
one hand and the pottle in the other ? Are not melons “Change, sir! yes, every thing changed. England of rank poison, and cucumbers sudden death ? And, in the 1835 is no more like merry England of olden time, than winter, sir, are we better off ? Instead of the wholesume 1 am like Louis the Fourteenth-ruined, sir-every class frosts of olden days, purifying the air and the soil, and suffering, sir-badly ruled, sir.”
bracing up our nerves, what have we but the influenza, “ Things are inuch cheaper."
which lasis us for four months, and the spasmodic cough “ Much cheaper! Yes, sir, but what's the good of which fills up the remainder of the year? I am no things being cheap when nobody has any money to pur. grumbler, sir, I hate and abhor any thing like complain. chase with? They might just as well be dear. li's a ing, but this I will say, that the world has been turned melancholy discovery, sir, this steam."
upside down—that every thing has gone wrong--that “ Melancholy just now to those who are on board, and peace has come to us unattended by plenty-that every suffering, I grant.”
body is niserable ; and that vaccination and steam, “ Pooh, nonsense ! melancholy to those on shore, sir ; which have been lauded as blessings, have proved the the engines work while man looks on and starves. greatest of all possible curses, and that there is no Country ruined, sir-people miserable-thrown out of chance of a return to our former prosperity ; unless we employment, while foreigners reap the benefit; we sell can set fire to our coal mines, and re-introduce the them our inanufactures at a cheaper rate; we clothe small-pox. But, sir, the will of Heaven be done, I shall them well, sir, at the expense of our own suffering popu. say no more, I don't wish to make other people un lation. But is this all, sir ? Oh, no!" And here the gentleman dropped his chin again upon
happy ; but pray don't think, sir, I've told you all. Oh, his hands, and looked very woful iudeed. After a few seconds, he resumed.
At this last "oh, no!" my companion laid his face “We are dismembered, sir-ruined by faction. So sought the deck, and preferred to encounter the east
down upon his knuckles, and was silent. I once more ciety is disintegrated by political animosities; thousands wind. have retreated from the scene of violence and excitement. unkind,” soliloquised I, as I looked over the bows, and
* Blow, blow, thou wintry wind, thou art not so to find peace and repose in a foreign land.” I groaned an assent. “Ay, sir, and thousands will harbour of Ostend. Ten minutes afterwards there was
perceived that we were close to the pile entrance of the follow, withdrawing from the country its resources, cir- a cessation of paddle, paddle, thump, thuinp, the stern, culating millions which enrich other nations, and avoid fast was thrown on the quay, there was a rush on board ing their own share of the national burdens, which fall of commissaires, with their reiterated cries, acccom