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for the inroads it would make upon our leisure hours. He argued that the world at large, and our fellow-citizens in particular, would be far from casting ridicule on a work begun from praiseworthy motives, and continued on honourable principles.—(Hear, heur.)—He next pointed out the absurdity of the idea that our instructors, whose constant hope is for our welfare, whose constant study is for our improvement, should object to a work, whose principal design is to remove the obloquy which has been brought, by means of “ The Saltbearer," both on the talents of the School, and the attention of its conductors.-(Hear, hear.)-The worthy Chairman then closed his remarks in the following manner :-" There is still one objection to my design which I deem it proper to notice; it has been frequently urged, that it is the province of boys rather to learn than to teach. I acquiesce, Gentlemen, in the justice of this remark; and I am of opinion that our progress in learning would be very much furthered by the adoption of my proposal. For we shall find it necessary to read before we can write; before we discuss a subject, we must learn what has been said of it by older and wiser men: and we shall thus combine the improvement of ourselves with the amusement of our schoolfellows.-(Applause.) – I will now detain you no longer. If you think that I have successfully combated the objections which your diffidence has brought forward, I can assure you
will find in the citizens of our little world a competent and an unprejudiced jury."
The worthy President resumed hiš seat amidst loud and repeated cheering.
The Hon. GERARD MONTGOMERY supported the Chairman's arguments with great ability.
It is needless to pursue the Hon. Gentleman's arguments; his efforts, combined with those of the President, produced such complete success, that the feeling of the Meeting ap- . peared to be unanimous, and even Oakley refrained from expressing his dissent.
The PRESIDENT then rose, and briefly addressed the assembly as follows:
"GENTLEMEN,- Finding that you are agreed on the subject of my original proposal, I will beg your attention, while
I submit to your consideration a list of Resolutions which I hold in my hand. For this purpose I move that the House do now resolve itself into a Committee."
Sir Francis WENTWORTH seconded the motion; which was carried, nem, dis.
The Committee having duly considered the Resolutions laid before them by the Chairman, and several additions and omissions having taken place in the original copy, at the instance of various members, Mr. P. Courtenay was requested to resume the Chair, and to read over the Resolutions in their amended state. They were as follows:-
Resolved, 1. That a new Publication be set on foot by the King of Clubs. II. That the said work be called “ THE ETONIAN.”
III, That the said work appear in Monthly Numbers, on the plan of a Miscellany, calculated to embrace every species of composition, except those hereafter to be specified.
IV. That although the Members of the Club conceive the publication of youthful productions to be in general detrimental to the prospects of maturity; yet, under existing circumstances, they feel that they act properly in courting that publicity, which is contrary, certainly to their wishes, and probably to their interests.
V. That the Members of the Club consider it the duty of all those who are interested in upholding the reputation of Eton, and more especially the Members of the Club, to lend their strenuous and hearty support to the undertaking, and that they be cordially invited thereto.
VI. That no article be received which is not certified to have been the bona fide production of an Etonian.
VII. That all religious controversy be excluded.
XI. That a difference in opinion with the Members of the Club be no impediment to the insertion of articles which may, in other respects, be deemed worthy of publication.
XII. That no anonymous contributions be inserted.
XIII. That bashful writers, in sending their favours to the Club, be directed to inclose their names in a separate scrap of paper, which paper shall be destroyed unopened, in the event of the rejection of the article which it accompanies.
XIV. That the strictest secrecy be observed by the Members of the Club with regard to the contributions of their correspondents.
XV. That the Club do meet de die in diem, for the inspection of articles, and transactiou of general business.
XVI. That communications (post paid) be addressed to the care of Mr. C. KNIGHT, Castle-street, Windsor.
XVII. That Mr. Secretary HODGSON be requested to report from time to time the proceedings of the Club.
XVIII. That the conductors of the work do not consider themselves qualified to act as censors of our little community.
XIX. That to impute to their fellow-citizens any follies which are not in actual existence, be considered dishonourable, and unbecoming the character of an Etonian.
XX. That the Members of the Club forbear to attack, with severity, the harmless follies which do really exist among their companions, to which they consider themselves equally liable with the rest of their schoolfellows.
XXI. That, in particular, they have no objection to a pot of beer.
XXII. That (with all due deference to Mr. Benjamin Bookworm) it is their opinion, that an Etonian may occasionally smoke a cigar without being considered a blackguard.
XXIII. That an assumed superiority over his schoolfellows does not, in our opinion, constitute “ a clever fellow.” XXIV. That any Member or Members who shall endeavour, in
any way, to undermine the credit of the publication, be considered guilty of high treason against the King of Clubs, his crown and dignity ; and that such Member or Members be sentenced to write an article (the length to be determined by the Club), on pain of immediate expulsion.
XXV. That any Member or Members who use not their best endea vours for the furtherance of this design, be considered guilty of petty treason against the aforesaid King of Clubs, his crown and dignity; and. that the penalty of such offence be the purchase of a proportionate nuinber of copies.
XXVI. That should the sale not cover the expenses, a subscription be set on foot by the Members of the Club to defray the deficiency.
It may be imagined, from the diversity of tastes and opinions to be found in our Club, that these Resolutions were not carried without much dissention. Perhaps a brief account of the discussions which each Resolution gave rise to may serve to illustrate the characters of the disputants and more clearly elucidate the principles on which each was founded.
The first Resolution was carried unanimously. It may be right to observe in this place, that when I use the word unaniinously, the expression by no means refers to my respected but somewhat eccentric friend, Mr. Michael Oakley; his character for pertinacity is so well understood, that an ob
jection coming from him is seldom noticed, unless supported by the opinion of some more reasonable member. He is, as it were, a cypher at our sittings, which is of no weight or value without the addition of a figure.
The second produced a long and violent debate, in the course of which most of the Gentlemen present proposed for the forthcoming literary bantling the name which best suited his fancy
Mr. Allen Le Blanc, Etonenses Disputationes.
The Eton Monitor.
The Royal Eton Mail.
Regales Epulæ, or Olla Podrida. It should be noticed that the fumes of the punch had by this time somewhat ruffled the serenity of Mr. O'Connor's brain. He had fallen by degrees into a kind of stupor, from which he was roused by Mr. M.Farlane, who tapped him on the shoulder, exclaiming,~" Weel, Paddy,—and what name or title do you recommend ?"—to which Mr. O'Connor replied with an “ Och! Honey!” and “ Honey' was immediately committed to paper, as Mr. O'Connor's suggestion. But whether Mr. O'Connor had at this moment a sufficiently clear intellect to understand the question which was put to him is to this time an ambiguity. The members were still in hot dispute 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 Resolution, 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 which 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 Club.
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 reader an uninteresting, debate. Upon a division, the following gentlemen appeared in the minority against it: Sir F. Wentworth.
Michael Oakley. The ninth called up Mr. PATRICK O'CONNOR; who, in a true Irish brogue,“ hoped he should be allowed an occasional