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“ These, Gentlemen," he continued, “ wear indeed the most flattering appearance. You will remember that the Prose in No. I. was the production of pens totally unaccustomed to such composition: these, gentlemen, may certainly be expected to acquire greater facility of expression as they proceed. We are sure of the support of our equals, as long as we continue to amuse. When this shall cease to be the case, the Etonian will cease to write : it will not be my wish to send our papers into the world in opposition to the wish and opinion of the majority of our schoolfellows:-(Cheers.) -But, gentlemen, I have no reason for apprehending such a termination to our efforts ; I have every foundation for a contrary expectation; and, what is perhaps more to the purpose, our good friend and publisher, Mr. Charles Knight, is even more sanguine than myself. I will now read to you a variety of compositions which have been sent to The Etonian' by gentlemen, not members of the Club."
Mr. Courtenay proceeded to read several Articles, of which it is needless to give a minute account. Suffice it to say that the following were deemed by the Club inadmissible; and that the thanks of the Meeting were voted to the Authors for their kind support, although at present it is not in our power to avail ourselves of it :- Tacitus,”. “ Q. S. D."6. Edward De Brent,”- “ Basha of Three Tails," -“ Looney M'Twolter,"_" News from Nottingham," (humbly suspected to be fictitious,)—" Seraphina Timms,”—“ A Clod,”—“ T.”
_“ Patentee of an Improvement in Lamps,"—“ Virga and Virgil, a Parallel," -- "A Marine,"_“ R. N.”. “ A Lame Duck," “ Lucian Junior,"_"But Indifferent,”—“ A Chaise and Pair.”
The Members of the Club were then requested to give in a list of what articles they had in preparation or contemplation, and the Secretary was ordered to publish the said list, in order that the public may see what entertainment they have to expect from our future Numbers.
ARTICLES IN PREPARATION.
An Essay on the Advantage of having only One Eye; to be illustrated and confirmed by the invariable practice of great Conquerors, Hannibal, Philip, John Zisca, Lord Nelson, Aurelian, &c.
Mr. Martin Sterling's Admonitory Hints on Theme Composition.
Mr. Oakley's Objections to Other Men's Wit. Treatise on Blarney, by Mr. Patrick O'Connor. Mr. Golightly on Hair-dressing ; with an Eulogium on Mr. John Smith.
Meditations on Mutton ; by W. Rowley.--" The Beef of to-morrow will succeed to the Mutton of to-day, as the Mutton of to-day succeeded to the Beef of yesterday."-Canning.
On Mr. Wordsworth's Poetry in a General Sense; by the Honourable G. Montgomery.
On his Theory and Manner; by Mr. A. Le Blanc.
Punning Defended, on the score of its Antiquity, Utility, &c. &c. &c.
Inconvenience of a Sympathetic Heart; from the Hon. G. Montgomery.
Biography of a “ Boy's Room.”
Mr. Martin Sterling's Review of the Present State of Literature at Eton.
Mr. Golightly's Review of the Present State of Cricketing at Eton, with some Cursory Remarks on our Contest with Harrow.
Foot-ball; a Sketch.
“ Certain Age."
Essay on Pedants.
Sensibility, Sketches from Windsor Terrace. Lines on Leaving Llandogo, a Village on the Banks of the
The Contented Lover.
Stanzas in Imitation of Wordsworth ; by Gerard Montgomery.
Lines to Ellen on her Departure; by X. C.
THANKS OF THE CLUB.
The PRESIDENT then rose to propose a Vote of Thanks to the Honourable GERARD MONTGOMERY for the active and able part which he had taken in the execution of the Second Number of “ The Etonian.” Mr. COURTENAY prefaced his motion by a high and well-merited eulogium upon the two articles which had been contributed by his Honourable Friend.
“The Essay on Wordsworth," said Mr. COURTENAY, “ is a powerful attempt to counteract the effects of a groundless prejudice against one of the first poets of the day. Wordsworth, whose glowing genius and intense feeling his most severe critics cannot but allow, has been too long a stranger to the bookshelves of Etonians. We may be allowed to hope that the efforts of my Honourable Friend will induce our schoolfellows to read before they ridicule. I feel convinced that “The Etonian' will have strong claims upon
the gratitude of his readers, although the only service he renders to them should be the introduction of Wordsworth to their acquaintance.—(Loud cries of hear, hear.) It is needless, as it would be endless, for me to enlarge at present upon the merits of Godiva. Before our next meeting takes place, the voice of our schoolfellows will have bestowed upon this composition an encomium far more gratifying to its author than any thanks or approbation from the lips of Peregrine Courtenay."-(Hear, hear, hear.)
The Hon. G. Montgomery returned thanks in an eloquent speech, which, for the sake of brevity, we are obliged to omit. He congratulated the Club on its reasonable prospect of success, and concluded by assuring the President that he was mistaken in the last words of his flattering speech, and that the wish he entertained for Mr. Courtenay's approbation was much higher than Mr. Courtenay himself seemed ready to believe.
The thanks of the Club were also voted, upon the motion of Mr. Courtenay
To Mr. Golightly, for his "Account of the Windsor Ball," and his “ Solitude in a Crowd.”
To Mr. Matthew Swinburne, for his "Description of the Miseries of the Christmas Holidays."
To S. D. for his “Ode on Despair."
The thanks of the Club were finally given to all who write, speak, or think, in favour of the “The Etonian.”
Mr. Courtenay then rose, and addressed the Meeting in the following manner :
Gentlemen,—While we are upon the subject of a vote of thanks to our numerous and obliging supporters, I feel it my duty to bring forward a topic upon which I am sure you, in common with myself, will look with the deepest anxiety: (A dead silence-every one seemed wrapt up in expectation.) Gentlemen, there is among the enemies of our Institution a terrible, a nefarious conspiracy to blow up the King of Clubs:'-(A burst of horror on all sides.)—Yes, Gentlemen, I repeat, a conspiracy utterly to exterminate the King of Clubs. We have within these few days witnessed the rejoicings made on the anniversary of that day, when a grievous plot was laid for the destruction of the King of England. Alas! we have now to contemplate a plot almost as detestable for the destruction of the King of Clubs. You will ask me for proofs of this dark transaction ! the imprudence of our enemies has furnished them. As if they were certain of success in this atrocious villainy, they have anticipated the accomplishment of their purpose, and have already caused it to be believed that our Institution is no more; that the King of Clubs exists not.-(A start of surprise from all the Members.)-Yes! they have dared to assert that in the land of the living we have no station that the Members of this Society are shades.' Shades ! Gentlemen! Can one who lives, who drinks, who writes, be a shade? Is the humble individual who has now the honour of addressing you, a mere shade? Are you not all substantial beings? Are you not all equally plain flesh and blood with myself ?—(Loud cries of yes, yes, equally.) —Then, Gentlemen, what can be more flagitious than the machinations of these designing persons, who argue against the existence of a body of young men, who not only perform with propriety the usual functions of human nature, but have just sent into the world an undeniable proof of their health and safety in the pages of · The Etonian?—(Loud cries of hear, hear.) This brings me to another point, which it is necessary to impress most firmly on your consideration. These secret destroyers, not content with arguing us out of our existence, have already disposed of our property. They have bestowed those little hoards, which we have deposited in The Etonian' with so much care and anxiety, upon other gentlemen, who never were or will be Members of the King of Clubs. It shocks me, Gentlemen, to see the trifling riches we have collected thus openly taken from us : shocks me to behold the Treasury of the King of Clubs publicly plundered, that the wealth of it may be bestowed upon Messrs. DURNFORD, OUTRAM, ASHLEY, TROWER, Curzon, Beales, PRAED, and others, with whom the King of Clubs has no connexion whatever.-(Low murmurs of indignation.)-After the unequivocal assertion we have made of our sole right to the property in dispute, I cannot but look upon this appropriation as a most degrading and flagitious attempt. Whether the gentlemen, whose names I have mentioned, are parties to the iniquitous transaction I know not. If they have any feeling of honour, any obligation of principle, let them come forward to disavow any right or claim to that which is exclusively the property of the King of Clubs."-(Loud cheers.)