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No critic sting can trouble you ;

"Twould take a score

Of pens and more,
In grace of style to W.

As final grants,

Four consonants,
Fast dropping from my pen, see;

To Nature's part

(Conjoined with art) U O your XLNC!

JAMES SMITH."

27 Craven Street, Monday, September 13th, 1836. “Mrs. Torre Holme (whom we last night likened to Minerva) has a daughter Emily, now at Ramsgate, but soon to return to Shere. This premised, read the following:

“EMILY: A MYTHOLOGICAL SONNET.
“Round Thanet's cliff disputing naiads twine;

Huge Triton on the billow sails his shell,
And yellow Ceres, on that face of thine

Gazing in fondness, sighs a sad farewell,
Oblivious of her long-lost Proserpine.

Nymphs elastic, heel and eye of fire,
Hygeia, Esculapius' daughter, now

Invokes for thee her death-averting sire,
And pours the cup of gladness on thy brow.

But hark! maternal love from inland shire,
Jove's favorite daughter chides thy longer stay :
A goddess calls thee; hearken and obey.
Severe Minerva bids thee halt not here,

And woos thee homeward to the shades of Shere. “ I have sent a copy of this to the goddess, apprising her of her installation. “ Your faithful and devoted

JAMES SMITH.”

“Saturday (P.M., 1836). “I send you a report.

“REX. 0. WARD. " • This was an indictment for projecting a pier into the River Medina, at Cowes.'-— Morning Herald.

“ Debrett the wondrous fact allows,

You'll find it printed in his book :
The pier that stemm’d the tide at Cowes,

Could only be Lord Bull in brook. JAMES Syita."

“27 Craven Street, Monday, 26th September, 1836. “I have accidentally alighted upon the foundation of Madame de Staël's • Corinne'-Dodsley's Annual Register, 1776, Chronicle, p. 176, 31st August. • They have a custom at Rome of solemnly crowning extraordinary poetical genius in the Capitol : nor is the honor confined to men. Porfetti and Petrarch were the last Italian poets who obtained it. This day it was conferred on a young lady of the name of Morelli Fernandez, called Corilla Olympia by the Academy of the Arcades, who had long gained the admiration of Italy by her extempore verse on any subject proposed. She was conducted to the Capitol by the Contessas Cardelli, Dandini, and Ginessi. The Chevalier Jean Paul de Cinque placed the laurel upon her head,' &c.

“I wish Madame de Staël had retained the original name. Corinne is debased (at least to English ears) by Swift's Corinna, Pride of Dunbar, not to mention Curll's Corinna.

JAMES SMITH."

EPIGRAM TO COMTE D'ORSAY.

September 27th, 1837. “From Mount Street, Phipps to distant Venice hies,

And breathes his last sigh on the Bridge of Sighs. J. S."

LETTER FROM HORACE SMITH TO LADY BLESSINGTON.

“Tunbridge Wells, June 27th, 1843. “Dear Madam, Your ladyship's last letter has been forwarded to me at this place, and I deeply regret to learn that you have been such a sufferer lately, both from ill health and the more trying privation of relations so dear to you. Most sincerely do I hope that your early convalescence, and the healing influence of time, will completely restore your usual spirits.

“Never having had the honor of seeing Lady Arthur Lennox, I fear that I could hardly do her justice in attempting to illustrate her portrait ; and it would be a bad compliment to trust to my imagination for lines that can not be other than encomiastic.

“Not having my papers with me here, I have nothing to offer as a substitute, so I have scribbled a few lines of the prescribed shortness, which, if you think them worthy insertion in your Annual, are very much at your ladyship's service. I have the honor to remain yours very faithfully,

“ HORATIO SMITH. “Youth, beauty, love, delight,

All blessings bright and dear,
Like shooting-stars by night,

Flash, fall, and disappear.

While cynics doubt their worth,

Because they're born to die,
The wiser sons of earth

Will snatch them ere they fly.

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You smile at expressions like these,

At wisdom so threadbare and poor ;
And ask, since she sees the disease,

If Wisdom can point out a cure.
Ah, no! such a cure is unknown;

A theme too well known I pursue:
I once had a heart like your own

I once was a lover, like you.

With an eye, while I write, filled with tears

At the long-faded passion of youth,
I look through a vista of years,

And scarcely believe it a truth.
Yet, though Love's enchantment I miss,

Mild Reason her solace has lent;
I shrink from the palace of Bliss,

To thrive in the vale of Content."

CHAPTER XV.

CAPTAIN MARR YATT, R.N., C.B., AND CHEVALIER OF THE LEGION

OF HONOR, F.R.S. AND F.L.S. CAPTAIN MarryATT, born in London in 1792, was descended from one of the French refugees who settled in England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He was the second son of Joseph Marryatt, Esq, an eminent West India merchant, Chairman of Lloyd's, and M.P. for Sandwich. “ A little Latin and less Greek,” a good deal of mathematics, and some “polite literature,” more than sufficed for him when he entered the Navy in 1806 as a first-class boy on board the Imperieuse. For more than a quarter of a century Marryatt followed his profession, braved all its perils, discharged all its duties, risked his own life repeatedly to save the lives of others, attained honors and preferments, and in 1830 set his foot on shore for good and all, in every respect a first-class man.

Captain Marryatt turned his leisure to a very profitable literary account. He may be said to have created a new kind of novel literature, illustrative of naval life; and in that line, though followed and imitated by many, he has been equaled by

none.

The excellence of his productions, and the great success they met with, considering the large number of them, is remarkable.*

The Metropolitan Magazine" was ably edited by Captain Marryatt for some years. He was a contributor to several other periodicals, and a writer, in reviews of a graver character, of articles of great merit on subjects relating to his profession. In politics he was strongly Conservative; but, however strong he wrote against Whigs and Whiggery, in his friendship he knew no difference between Whigs and Tories, no more than he did of distinction in his dealings with men of different religions. It was not in his nature to be otherwise than just and generous toward all men with whom he came in contact whom he believed to be honest. But when he had to do with political opponents on paper, whom he did not know personally, and allowed himself to be persuaded by others of his party, who were not sincere and upright, he opened on them all his guns, aifd raked the enemy fore and aft, very desperately exasperated during the engagement, and often surprised, when it was over, at the extraordinary vehemence of his anger.

Captain Marryatt was one of Lady Blessington's most intimate friends and especial favorites. " Full of talent, originality, and humor,” says Lady B-,“he is an accurate observer of life—nothing escapes him. Yet there is no bitterness in his satire, and no exaggeration in his comic vein. I have known Captain Marryatt many years, and liked him from the first.”+ Miss M-might not have agreed with Lady Blessington's opinion with respect to the character of the satire.

One of Lady Blessington's correspondents, the first and most distinguished of living litterateurs, indulged in some quaint and

* “Frank Mildmay,” “ Letters in Canada,” “Masterman Ready,” “Children of the New Forest,” “ Newton Forster," “ King's Own," “ Peter Simple,” “ Jacob Faithful,” “ Pasha of Many Tales," “ Japhet in search of a Father," "Mr. Midshipman Easy,” “Snarley-Yow, or the Dog Fiend," " The Phantom Ship," “Poor Jack," “ Joseph Rushbrook,” “ Percival Keene," “ Privateersman,” « Olla Podrida,” “Little Savage,” “Valerie,” “ The Mission,” “ Diary in America," “Narrative of Travels of Monsieur Violet," “ Borneo," &c., &c., &c.

+ Idler in France, vol. ij., p. 86.

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