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passioned Dido on the departure by the stout old Capulet of the of Æneas. But the eagerness with premises. which he delivered himself up to The pursuits of Sir FRANCIS the sway of the potent wands of WENTWORTH are perfectly disour own native magicians, Shak- tinct from any that have been speare and the elder tragedians, hitherto described. This youth with Scott, Byron, and Coleridge was born and bred a staunch of the present day, was carried to Whig. Even in the nursery the an excess. I believe he had reached true principles were instilled into the perfection of human happiness, his expanding ideas with the great.. when, having locked himself in his est assiduity. Instead of the comroom, this poetical enthusiast in- mon food with which the love of dulged in sentimental tears over the marvellous, so early evinced some favourite poem which he was by children, is usually served,reading aloud with energy and such as the astonishing exploits feeling. This sensibility often led of Jack the Giant Killer, or the Gerard into many other extrava- adventures of Tom Thumb; little gancies; and he was looked upon Frank was supplied with politias a romantic visionary by those cal caricatures and electioneering of the common mould. He would ballads. His laced baby-cap was frequently steal away from a com- made in the shape of that of fortable fire-side to wander on a liberty; and whenever he was adchilly autumn evening in the gloom mitted to the family dessert, to of Poet's Walk, with his arms have half a glass of wine on Papa's folded, to commune with solitude, knee, he was first required to to watch the fleecy clouds as they lisp out the patriotic toast of past over the glimmering moon, - The cause for which Hampden and, I was going to add, to me bled in the field and Sydney peditate on some ideal beauty. But rished on the scaffold,” long beno! Gerard was not a shadow fore he could possibly understand hunter : unexistent creatures of the import of the sentence; and the imagination were by no means to repeat after his uncle, in a shrill to his taste, for he knew well how voice,—“The liberty of the Press to attach sufficient value to the -it is like the air we breathe ;” liquid blue eyes of a substantial-(while his eyes were evidently Charlotte, or the graceful figure turned towards the glass at the and auburn ringlets of a real latter part of the sentence,) “ if Sophia. Hence his pockets were we have it not, we die.” The crammed with billet-doux and labours of the parents met with sonnets on the charms of the the success their most ardent adorable Miss R. T-, or the wishes anticipated. When he had last dying speech and confession now reached the period at which of the love-lorn Gerard, previous boys who are intended for public to his quenching the flames of schools prepare for their debut on passion in a cold bath. This a miniature world, his father (the amorous disposition led our Romeo late Sir Marmaduke). was a long into many ludicrous scrapes. He time debating with himself at which has een shot at for a black cat; seminary the future hopes of the has narrowly escaped a man family should be placed. At first trap; has been well soused by his he was afraid that Eton was siJuliet, and soundly horsewhipped tuated too near the atmosphere of

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a Court; and the main considera- Opposition, as one might readily tion was, the danger there might expect, made him more violent, be of Frank’s principles becoming because the foundation had been corrupted. This school had also deeply laid in his infancy; and been disgraced, in his eyes, as the during the whole course of his nursery of Canning; but when boyhood, the most indefatigable he reflected, on the other hand, exertions had been sed to build that it had had the honour of edu- a firm superstructure upon it. cating two such 5 burning and Having therefore been beforehand shining lights” in the parliamen- furnished with arms, and well in'tary hemisphere as the great Fox, structed in the art of wielding and the kindred spirit who caught them, he had now a field opened the mantle of the departing orator, for him on which to signalize himand with it an inspiration which self; and so successful did he has raised him to the pre-eminent prove, that he was at length tastation which he at present holds citly acknowledged as the Whig among his party,--the Earl Grey; Leader of the School. But such all scruples vanished, and Frank a distinction could not be ob. was sent to Eton. Here, however, tained or permanently secured he did not find that coincidence without a close application to the of opinion which he had been in study of political economy. It is the habit of meeting with at his true that some, who pretend to father's table : nothing is more take the lead in this line, content foreign to the dispositions of the themselves with ringing the changes would-be politicians at school, on a certain string of set sentences, and at Eton in particular, than while their mouths are continu sycophancy or complaisant con- ally full of aggravated philippics cessions in party sentiments. It is against tyranny, taxation and opan independence of soul worthy pression, and theoretical pane. the true offspring of Englishmen; gyrics upon universal liberty and and although it is the cause of a the unshackled freedom of the good deal of squabbling between press, without being able to bring the champions of opposite parties, them to bear really and substanwhich are as regularly organized tially on the question in debate. here as on the more extensive stage This is not the case with the young of the real world ;- yet when we Baronet. From a close investi. consider that these are the minds gation of his darling study, and which will be hereafter summoned a sincere desire of information, he to the management of the helm of has lately learnt a degree of moLegislature, can it be otherwise deration in his assertions which than beneficial for themselves and was heretofore a desideratum. He their destinies, that they should still, however, pushes the same be exercising those talents here, outcries against existing corrupwhich will be of so much import- tions, boroughmongers, and place. ance in their maturity elsewhere? men ;-the extravagance of the Thus young Frank met with those expenditure, and the incapacity who were both willing and able of Ministers. Step into his room, to grapple with and discuss every and you will discover the man from notion which he advanced, and the company he keeps. The first had hitherto been taught to con- object which strikes the eye is sider as incontrovertible as Gospel. an immense bust of Charles James

Fox, with the “ Vincit amor pan member thy Creator in the days of triæ on the pedestal. Look round thy youth ;” and disgusted with you at the caricatures, and you the thoughtlessness and levity with will see the Ministers and their which every thing connected with satellites falling headlong from religion was treated among a certheir political spheres, like Lucifer tain set of his schoolfellows, he and his angels, while the glorious was often caught in his study exsun of “ Opposition " has gained amining that old-fashioned book, the complete ascendancy in the which has been long exploded by firmament. His book-shelves are the new school of philosophy, as well provided with various works utterly unworthy the attention of on statistics, from the tomes of men of wit and genius—the Bible. Hume and Adam Smith, to the com- Not that I would for a moment positions of Malthus, Brougham, insinuate that the slightest tinge of and Jeremy Bentham. Though scepticism, as to the truth of rethere are some authors of question- vealed doctrines, had infected the able principles, the great majority young élèves of Eton, many of consist of writers after Sir Frank's whom are hereafter destined to own heart; and never perhaps was mount the pulpit: but the assent my Lord Clarendon in such mixed given was too frequently a cold company. The tables were strewed one, in which no interest was with the Edinburgh Reviews, par- shown; a matter of course; an liamentary proceedings, files of old old deed, to which, for decency's Chronicles and Examiners, and sake, they felt themselves obliged pamphlets of all sizes. Here is to put their signatures, at the rethe room of audience, in which commendation of parents, or from this blooming sprig of Whiggism the force of general example; the assembles his friends and followers validity of which they never, into breakfast, and communicates to deed,dreamt of questioning, though them in confidence the latest de- they did not once reflect that they spatches which he has received were bound to fulfil its provisions, from town of the state of affairs; any further than preserving an apthe new speculations which are pearance of decorum in attending afloat ; and the general under- Church-service. All other duties standing there is that the Ministry they imagined might be safely deare to be turned out—immediately ferred to a more convenient season, another cabinet can be formed when the aniusements and gaieties without them: he then reads out, youth had lost their flayour. for their edification, Lord Erskine's In addition to the offence which last publication, or some other Martin gave by the bent which his text-book; and, having thus closet studies had taken, his con-strengthened their minds, he sends duct at chapel was observed to be them forth to fight in the 6 good at variance with the usual noncause, as he tells them, like chalance and listlessness of his sheep among wolves.

neighbours. Instead of arranging There are two distinguishing matters for the next game at features in the mental physiognomy cricket or football, or composing of MARTIN STERLING:ma religious a copy of verses, for which he and political firmness of principle. could not find leisure at a more Awakened to a due sense of the proper time, he was silly enough -importance of the passage, “Re- to be following the Chaplain in the





lessons of the day, and has been versaries, are bigotted to the exeven overheard to whisper an treme. In fact, he professes him66 Amen” at the conclusion of a self a Tory; or, more properly prayer. This behaviour stamped speaking, a Ministerialist; for the him with the appellation of “ Me- old distinction between Whig and thodist ;” and an everlasting fire of Tory, according to Madame de small shot, witticisms, sneers, and Stael's definition, “ that the formockery was kept up against the mer approve of monarchy and love saint, by those whose resentment liberty—the latter approve of lihe provoked by his stern home- berty but love monarchy,"is grown driven phillippics against swearing, obsolete. The two parties, which drunkenness, and the like. By no at present divide the State, may be means of irritable temper, he pre- classed under the two heads of served his equanimity admirably, those who systematically support, and his patience under insults and those who as systematically never failed him. His conduct oppose, the measures of the existindeed subjected him to ridi. ing administration. As the head culė ; but Martin was

of the Eton True Blues, Martin whom the opinion of the mul- is often opposed in fierce debates titude weighed but as dust in and furious bickerings with Sir the balance, in his discernment be. Frank Wentworth, and the epitween right and wrong; nay, it thets of Toad-eater and Demagenerally took a contrary effect. gogue are often exchanged beHaving paid great attention to tween them. The one accuses his ecclesiastical writings, he is be- opponent of supporting the doccome a stout polemic in divinity, trines of the infallibility of Miniand as high a churchman as ever sters, and the divine right of Kings; took the Bampton Lectures for the and the other retorts, by ridiculstandard of faith ; a work, by the ing the sovereignty of the mob; bye, which an elder brother at and stigmatizing the Utopian theoOxford is commissioned to pro- ries of Universal Representation. cure for him regularly on the first But, gentle Readers, I flatter day of publication. The supe- myself you are all expecting with riority of his abilities is incon- impatience a sketch of the worthy testible. To a thoughtful and Chairman himself. Like a literary unprejudiced mind, his clear rea- gourmand I have reserved his chasoning, and the acute remarks racter for a bon-bouche, but canwhich he makes on the last ser- not sufficiently lament my inability mon he has heard in chapel, are to do it justice. The difficulty of a source of pleasing instruction; the undertaking consists in disthe analysis which a retentive tinguishing the different shades, memory enables him to give of which are so confused and blendthe subject embraced by the ed together, that a sort of indepreacher is true and correct; and finable mystery is thrown over the manner in which he embodies the tout-ensemble ; and it would in theme the beautiful language be presumption, and (what has and clear argument of the much- more weight) bad policy for me esteemed author of “ Records of to withdraw the veil, which forbids the Creation,” has gained him the gaze of the profane and ungreat applause. But I have ale initiated. There is something luded to his political principles. which attracts our respect and atThese, if we may believe his ad- tention in whatever is without the

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pale of our comprehension. Where principles of poetry; and it is whiswould have been the reverence pered that it is not merely for purwhich the Heathen paid to the poses of theory. With Frederick oracles, had he been acquainted he bandies witticisms, and coins with the detail of the natural or satirical critiques upon the foibles artificial causes from whence they and follies of our miniature world ; proceeded ? Yet far be it from any and he moreover acts as umpire in one to conclude from what I have the political disputes between said, that in this case familiarity Frank and Martin Sterling. The would breed contempt; I confi- admirable coolness and impardently refer you to that surest of tiality with which he composes the all tests, Time. “From his works feuds of these adverse leaders, thou shalt know him :" and Time while he points out to them the is the crucible which will show difference between despotism and whether they contain most dross a constitutional monarchy, the or pure gold. I will, however, freedom and licentiousness of the venture on a few outlines:


conciliates for him the PEREGRINE COURTENAY has esteem of both parties. Being long been considered a fac-totum now one of the senior members of in Etonian literature;-a centre of the Sixth Form, the intercourse gravity, which attracts to itself which he is enabled to keep up every boy, who is in any way dis- with both the Universities in his tinguished for talent or merit ;—a correspondence with old acquaintsolar orb, around which they all ances, who have preceded him in revolve, and which (although they the road of life, has greatly excannot be said to borrow their tended his means of information ; heat and light from it) serves as a and with the world at large his consolidating head of the system, thirst after knowledge has opened and gives the powers of each sepa- to him many sources of intelli-, rate member of it that efficacy and gence. If any new work is about direction which they would other- to make its appearance, Peregrine wise want. Possessed of sound has heard of it, and is in a fever of good sense, rather than of brilli- expectation : if it has appeared, ance of genius, he is better known Peregrine has read it, and his sumfor his general acquirements and ming up of the merits and demerits universal information, than for of the composition generally inextraordinary progress in any one fluences the public verdict at Eton. individual branch of knowledge : Has any publication come forth and hence we may account for the anonymously? who so likely to influence which he possesses over, have received accounts of the latest and the respect which he surmises which are current in the ceives from, his brother stu- blue stocking circles on the subdents. He investigates questions ject of the author, as Peregrine? In of moral and natural philosophy addition to these traits of characwith Allen, and very often solves ter, he has something of the virthem by the clear-sightedness of a tuoso about him, at least if we good understanding, to the asto- may judge from the proofs of that nishment of his companion, whose pursuit which are so abundantly brain has become muddled over scattered over his room. Here a them. With Montgomery he hunts plaster cast of the Venus di Mefor beauties, and inquires into the dicis or the Apollo Belvidere,


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