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For the Eclectic Magazine.

THE WIDOW.

BY E. C. K.

In the still beauty of that face

No charms resplendent shine; Yet something there the eye may trace,

That seems almost divine. As on the lake where storms have passed,

And peace returns at even, In tranquil loveliness is casi

The sunset glow of heaven; So doth that fair, unruffled brow,

Where sorrow's storms have been,

Reflect God's holy image now

The seal of peace within. Yet she's a mourner

ner-HE, whose tone Once thrilled her soul with joy, Is hers no more--she sits alone,

With her meek orphan-boy. He nestles to her doting heart

Like some grief-stricken dove,
While from Affection's well-springs start

The tears of mother's love.
But not a murmuring trace appears

Upon her brow the while;
A charm divine indeed it wears--

'Tis sweet Submission's smile.

SEE OVER LEAF.

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THE CLAPHAM SECT, OR THE COTERIE yet unborn, to determine what was The OF WILBERFORCE.

Patent Christianity, and what The Clap

ham Sect of the nineteenth century, had From the Edinburgh Review.

not the fair and the noble authors before us 1. The Life of Isaac Milner, D.D., F.R.S., appeared to dispel, or at least to mitigate, the

Dean of Carlisle, President of Queen's darkness! Something, indeed, had been College, and Professor of Mathematics done aforetime. The antiquities of Clapham, in the University of Cambridge; compris- had they not been written in the Britannia ing a portion of his Correspondence of Mr. Lysons ? Her beauties, had they not und other Writings, hitherto unpublish- inspired the muse of Mr. Robins? But ed. By his Niece, Mary Milner. 8vo. it was reserved for Mrs. Milner, and for London.

Lord Teignmouth, to throw such light on 2. Memoir of the Life and Correspondence her social and ecclesiastical state as will

of John Lord Teignmouth. By his Son, render our facetious colleague* intelligible Lord TeignmoyTH. 2 vols. Svo. Lon- to future generations. Treading in their don : 1843.

steps, and aided by their information, it In one of those collections of Essays shall be our endeavor to clear up still more which have recently been detached from fully, for the benefit of ages yet to come, the main body of this Journal (we follow- this passage in the ecclesiastical history of ing herein the policy of Constantine and the age which has just passed away. of Charlemagne, when dividing their other

Though living amidst the throes of wise too extensive Empires into distinct Empires, and the fall of Dynasties, men are though associated sovereignties), there oc- not merely warriors and politicians. Even cur certain pleasant allusions, already ren in such times they buy and sell, build and dered obscure by the lapse of time, to a re- plant, marry and are given in marriage. ligious sect or society, which, as it appears, And thus it happened, that during the war was flourishing in this realm in the reign with revolutionary France, Henry Thornof George III. What subtle theories, what ton, the then representative in Parliament clouds of learned dust, might have been raised by future Binghams, and Du Pins

* The Rev. Sydney Smith. SEPTEMBER, 1844. 1

of the borough of Southwark, having be- s embraced and loved, under all the varying come a husband, became also the owner of forms which conceal their union from each a spacious mansion on the confines of the other, and from the world. Discord never villa-cinctured common of Clapham. agitated that tranquil home; lassitude never

It is difficult to consider the suburban brooded over it. Those demons quailed at retirement of a wealthy banker esthetically the aspect of a man in whose heart peace (as the Germans have it); but, in this in- had found a resting-place, though his intelstance, the intervention of William Pitt im- lect was incapable of repose. parted some dignity to an uccurrence other Henry was the second son of John wise so unpoetical. He dismissed for a Thornton, a merchant renowned in his moment his budgets and his subsidies, for generation for a munificence more than the amusement of planning an oval saloon princely, and commended to the reverence to be added to this newly purchased resi- of posterity by the letters and the poetry of dence. It arose at his bidding, and yet Cowper. The father was one of those rare remains, perhaps a solitary monument of men, in whom the desire to relieve distress the architectural skill of that imperial mind. assumes the form of a master passion; and Lofty and symmetrical, it was curiously if faith be due to tradition, he indulged it wainscoted with books on every side, except with a disdain, alternately ludicrous and where it opened on a far-extended lawn, sublime, of the good advice which the ecreposing beneath the giant arms of aged centric have to undergo from the judicious. elms and massive tulip trees.

Conscious of no aims but such as might Few of the designs of the great Minister invite the scrutiny of God and man, he purwere equally successful. Ere many years sued them after his own fearless fashion, had elapsed, the chamber he had thus pro- yielding to every honest impulse, relishing jected became the scene of enjoyments a frolic when it fell in his way, choosing which, amidst his proudest triumphs, he his associates in scorn of mere worldly premight well have envied, and witnessed the cepts, and worshipping with any fellowgrowth of projects more majestic than any Christian whose heart beat in unison with which ever engaged the deliberations of his own, however inharmonious might be his Cabinet. For there, at the close of each some of the articles of their respective succeeding day, drew together a group of creeds. playful children, and with them a knot of His son was the heir of his benevolence, legislators, rehearsing, in sport or earnestly, but not of his peculiarities. If Lavater had some approaching debate; or travellers been summoned to divine the occupation from distant lands; or circumnavigators of of Henry Thornton, he would probably the worlds of literature and science; or the have assigned to him the highest rank Pastor of the neighboring Church, whose among the Judges of his native land. Brows look announced him as the channel through capacious and serene, a scrutinizing eye, which benedictions passed to earth from and lips slightly separated, as of one who heaven; and, not seldom, a youth who list-listens and prepares to speak, were the true ened, while he seemed to read the book interpreters of the informing mind within. spread out before him. There also was It was a countenance on which were graven still a matronly presence, controlling, ani- the traces of an industry alike quiet and mating, and harmonizing the elements of persevering, of a self-possession unassailable this little world, by a kindly spell, of which by any strong excitement, and of an undernone could trace the working, though the standing keen to detect, and comprehensive charm was consessed by all. Dissolved in to reconcile distinctions. The judicial, endless discourse, or rather in audible so- like the poetical nature, is a birthright; liloquy, flowing from springs deep and in and by that imprescriptible title he possessexhaustible, the lord of this well-peopled ed it. Forensic debates were indeed beenclosure rejoiced over it with a contagious yond his province; but even in Westminster joy. In a few paces, indeed, he might tra- Hall, the noblest of her temples, Themis verse the whole extent of that patriarchal had no more devoted worshipper. To indominion. But within those narrow pre- vestigate the great controversies of his own cincts were his Porch, his Studio, his Judg- and of all former times, was the chosen emment-Seat, his Oratory, and the Church ployment, to pronounce sentence in them that was in his house,'—the reduced but ihe dear delight, of his leisure hours. not imperfect resemblance of that innumer Nothing which fell within the range of able company which his Catholic spirit his observation. escaped this curious in

quiry. His own duties, motives, and habits, support of his commercial credit, he adthe characters of those whom he loved best, judged that it ought never to be increased the intellectual resources and powers of his by accumulation nor diminished by sumpvarious friends and companions, the pre- tuousness; and he lived and died in the possessions, hereditary or conventional, to rigid practice of this decision. In the diwhich he or they were subject, the maxims vision of his income between himself and of society, the dogmas of the Church, the the poor, the share he originally assigned problems which were engaging the attention to them was nearly six-sevenths of the of Parliament or of political economists, whole; and as appeared after his death, and those which affected his own enterpri- from accounts kept with the most minute ses—all passed in review before him, and commercial accuracy, the amount expendwere all in their turn adjudicated with the ed by himn in one of his earlier years, for grave impartiality which the keeper of the the relief of distress, considerably exceeded great seal is expected to exhibit. Truth, nine thousand pounds. When he had bethe foe of falsehood-truth, the antagonist come the head of a family, he reviewed this of error—and truth, the exorcist of ambigu- decree, and thenceforward regarded himself ity-was the object of his supreme homage; as trustee for the miserable, to the extent and so reverential were the vows offered by only of one-third of his whole expenditure. him at her shrine, that he abjured the com- The same faithful record showed that the munion of those less earnest worshippers, smallest annual payment ever made by him who throw over her the veil of fiction, or on this account, amounted to two thousand place her in epigrammatic attitudes, or dis- pounds. As a legislator, he had condemned guise her beneath the mask of wit or droll- the unequal pressure of the direct taxes on ery. To contemplate truth in the purest the rich and the poor; but instead of solacing light, and in her own fair proportions, he his defeat with the narcotic of virtuous inwas content that she should be unadorned dignation combined with discreet parsimoby any beauties but such as belong to her ny, he silently raised his own contribution celestial nature, and are inseparable from to the level of his speech. Tidings of the it. Hence his disquisitions did not always commercial failure of a near kinsman emescape the reproach of drought and tedious-barked him at once on an inquiry, how far ness, or avoided it only by the cheerful he was obliged to indemnify those who might tone and pungent sense with which they have given credit to his relative, in a reliwere conducted. He had as little preten- ance, however unauthorized, on his own sion to the colloquial eloquence as to the resources; and again the coffers of the multifarious learning and transcendental banker were unlocked by the astuteness of 'revelations of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. the casuist. A mercantile partnership Yet the pilgrimages to Clapham and to many a year has passed since the disclo Highgate were made with rival zeal, and the sure could injure or affect any one), which, relics brought back from each were regard- without his knowledge, had obtained from ed as of almost equal sanctity. If the phi- his firm large and improvident advances, losophical poet dismissed his audience un- became so helplessly embarrassed, that der the spell of theories compassing all their bankruptcy was pressed on him as the knowledge, and of imagery peopling all only chance of averting from his own house space, the practical philosopher sent his the most serious disasters. He overruled hearers to their homes instructed in a doc- the proposal, on the ground that they whose trine, cheerful, genial, and active-a doc- rashness had given to their debtors an untrine which taught them to be sociable and merited credit, had no right to call on othbusy, to augment to the utmost of their ers to divide with them the consequent loss. power the joint stock of human happiness, To the last farthing he therefore dischargand freely to take, and freely to enjoy, the ed the liabilities of the insolvents, at a cost share assigned to each by the conditions of of which his own share exceeded twenty that universal partnership. And well did thousand pounds. Yet he was then declinthe teacher illustrate his own maxims. The ing in health, and the father of nine young law of social duty, as expounded in his do- children. Enamored of truth, the living mestic academy, was never expounded spirit of justice, he yielded the allegiance more clearly or more impressively than by of the heart to justice, the outward form of bis habitual example,

truth. The law engraven on the tablet of Having inherited an estatė, which, his conscience, and executed by the ministhough not splendid, was enough for the try of his affections, was strictly interpreted

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