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truth, I had made up my mind to be per- the house and see that you had eatable suaded, and had got down a lot of blue. dinners." books and reports to work at in the inter: “ And I am so particular about my dinvals of idleness; but latterly there has ner,” Mr. Stanniforth remarked. been a sort of awkwardness and con- So that, if you should change your straint. I don't know what it is all about, mind,” continued Nellie, opening and .I'ın sure ; only this morning, when I threw shutting her fan nervously, “ I mean, if out a feeler by remarking casually that I you really wished to see something of thought I should have to be moving on farming and to spend some days with my next week, she expressed no consternation father — I hope you would not allow me at all."
to stand in your way.” “How mortifying!” exclaimed Nellie, The invitation was not an over-cordial unable to repress a slightly malicious one; but Tom Stanniforth appeared to be laugh at the sight of his honest, puzzled quite satisfied with it. face. " And so the blue-books will have “I'll tell you what,” he said; “I to be packed up again.”
wouldn't go straight from this to you, " It looks like it. I am not fond of because you have all of you really had thrusting myself upon people who don't enough of me for the present; and 'I be. want my company.”
lieve, too, that I ought to run down and “I am sure that is the last thing you see my father, who is getting to be a very would ever be guilty of,” said Nellie'de- old man, and who writes rather plaintively murely.
about his loneliness every now and then; “You are very severe, Miss Brune. but if you would have me for a day or Happily, I am in a position to heap coals two in September, I should enjoy it of all of fire upon your head. Do you know things. Without any humbug, I am anx
father has just given me an in- ious to get some hints about farming. I vitation to stay at Broom Leas, and that have a property of my own, upon which I I have declined it? I don't mind telling mean to settle down one of these fine you that it was a great sacrifice. You days, and I am ashamed to say that, at may guess why I made it."
present, if I know oats froin barley it is Nellie was a good deal taken aback and about as much as I do." much more ashained than the occasion Very well,” said
Nellie smiling; warranted. “I don't think that could be “then we shall expect you at harvest. much of a sacrifice,” she said; "for you time. Perhaps it might aiuse you to see would be bored to death with us; but I a harvest-home.” should be very sorry indeed if I thought “ Thank you very much indeed,” anthat anything I had said or done could swered Mr. Stanniforth with alacrity; make you imagine that you would not be " that will be the very thing." welcome. Besides,” she added, “ I could It was thus that the traditional hospieasily go away. I have an aunt in Devon. tality of the Brunes triumphed over prejushire with whom I always spend a fort dice, subdued animosity, and was in the night in the summer, and I know she can sequel productive of much trouble to Mrs. take me at any time."
Winnington and others. “ That,” said Mr. Stanniforth gravely, “is very considerate of you. Only, I think that if you were away from Broom Leas, I shouldn't much care about going there."
From The Cornhill Magazine, A sudden shock of alarm sent the blood
GREAT MEN’S RELATIVES. into Nellie's cheeks. Was it possible In the friendship of great men, once that the pertinacious friendliness of her they are passed away, there is this advanhereditary enemy could be explained upon tage, that you are not obliged to like their another and a less agreeable hypothesis relatives. Clarendon says the English than that of abstract philanthropy? In could have endured Oliver, if it had not an instant she had dismissed the notion been for the other Cromwells. He, they as ridiculous, and had inwardly laughed acknowledged, had a natural nobleness of at herself for having entertained it. Still, demeanor : Henry gave himself airs, and it left her a trifle ill at ease.
it was too evident that the part of heir“Of course it would never do,” she an- apparent rather bored Richard. Cerswered hurriedly; "it would look so odd. tainly it is pleasant to know the best You would be very uncomfortable too; thoughts of Hooker's mind, without one's for there would be nobody to look after converse being broken upon by the shirill
voice of Mrs. Hooker; or to sail with | pectations his friends had formed of him. Nelson into Aboukir Bay without having "I assure you,” says Francis, “ I some. to follow bim to Merion and see Sir Wil- times wish your infirmities translated liam Hamilton trying to look happy. upon myself, that her Majesty might have
And yet there could be few more inter- the service of so active and able a mind; esting subjects of study than this of great and I might be with excuse confined to men's relatives. The moment one is not these contemplations and studies for bound to admire them, or be civil to them, which I am fitted.” The next edition of one can profitably spend an hour in their the " Essays was dedicated to Sir John company. They may at least teach us Constable, for Anthony " was with God," what not to be, and how not to do it. as Francis informs Sir John Bacon's Sometimes we may learn from them a wife, whom be described in 1603 as “an more useful lesson that greatness is alderman's daughter, a landsome maiden, not necessarily goodness nor happiness. to his liking,” proved ill-suited to him, or The moral is old enough, but none the be to her; for the truth is difficult to get less requires to be enforced again from at. If one may judge from the sentiments age to age. Gray imagined a Cromwell expressed in the “Essays,” Bacon was guiltless of his country's blood. Well, hardly what is termed a marrying man. poor Richard was that – a better man He scorns the poetic ideal of love." ihan his father, 'is old-fashioned canons man, made for the contemplatiou of of right and wrong are to hold, if ambi. heaven, and all noble objects, should do tion be at best but a splendid sin, if the nothing but kneel before a little idol, and meek are really blessed, if a good cause make himself a subject, though not of the has no need of legions. Quintus Cicero, mouth (as beasts are), yet of the eye, again, strikes one as a healthier type of which was given himn for higher purman than his eloquent brother, for all poses.” And "he was reputed one of the Mr. Trollope's pleadings. Quintus has wise men, that made answer to the ques. left us no Tusculan disputations ; but the tion when a man should marry : A young record of an orderly and honorable life is man not yet, an elder man not at all.” worth a good many arguments on the im- In Bishop Hall's autobiography we get mortality of the soul. Who would have a glimpse of another Bacon, Sir Edmund, been the most reliable friend in need, grandson of Sir Nicholas, and conseGoldsmith or his brother, the original of quently nephew of Francis. He does not the Vicar of Wakefield ? Whose lot was fail to exhibit the family characteristic of the more enviable, Napoleon's or Lu- prudence. In 1605 Sir Edmund invited cien's ?
Hall to accompany him to Spa, or the It is amusing or sad, according as you Spa, as he calls 'it, representing the are of the Democritan or Heraclitan safety, the easiness, the pleasure, and the school, to take any prominent bistoric benefit of that small excursion, if opportu. character, whom hitherto you have only nity were taken at that time, when the known in his public or literary capacity; Earl of Hertford passed as ambassador and try to find out “ all about him," as if to the archduke Albert of Brussels (sic).” you were employed by a private inquiry Once on Belgian soil, Hall soon got into office. You know that Wolsey was a theological discussion with a Jesuit, whom pluralist, but were not perhaps aware that he conceived he had worsted. Father he had a natural son whom he made an Baldwin, however, an English Jesuit, sent archdeacon ; or that Milton's brother Hall a polite invitation next day to come Christopher turned Catholic, and was and renew the argument with himself. knighted and made a judge by James II.; Sir Edmund Bacon, in whose hearing or that Wesley's wife had a great deal to the message was delivered, gave me secret put up with from the pontiff of Method signs of his utter unwillingness to give ism; or that Lord Siowell's harshness way to any further conferences, the issue broke his son's heart.
whereof might prove dangerous, since we But there are more agreeable discov- were to pass further, and beyond the eries to be made. For instance, one bounds of the protection of our ambassawould be glad of further acquaintance dor.” In a subsequent discussion with a with Mr. Anthony Bacon, the “loving prior of the Carmelites, Sir Edmund, and beloved brother” of Francis, as the both by his eye and tongue,” wisely latter addresses him in the presatory “ took off” Hall, as the latter confesses. epistle to the first edition of the essays. Sir Edmund might have proved a useful Anthony seems to have been prevented private secretary to his uncle. On the by ill bealth from realizing the high ex. whole you find quite as many cases of
great men's relatives proving useful to never thought expedient to confer a peerthen as of their being encumbrances. It age on Mr. Richard Clive. On St. John's is a good thing to see brethren working being created a viscount his father obtogether in unity, as the Wellesleys in tained a similar title, though by some India, or the Wesleys in England, or the blunder his patent was dated after his brothers Grimm, or the Schlegels. The son's, so that the latter had the preceablest lieutenant of Frederick the Great dence. Their descendant still sits in the was his brother Henri. “There is only House of Lords as Viscount Bolingbroke one of us,” the king once said, pointing and St. John. The above precedent, to Prince Henri, “who has never made a however, has by no means been invariamistake.” It is melancholy to remember bly followed. It is pleasant to read how that Henri hated the brother he served so Rowland Hill, when he returned from the well. Frederick did all he could to win Peninsula a peer and a general, quietly his affection in vain. A pair of brother took his seat at his father's table in the soldiers not less interesting to English: old Shropshire manor-house, not accordmen are Henry V. and John Duke of ing to his rank, but siinply according to Bedford. General Churchill, too, served his birth as a younger son.
It is notewith credit under Marlborough. The worthy that Lord Beaconsfield, with his fame of the Napiers is still fresh. One usual good nature, turned Mr. Abneywould like to couple the Howes, but it is Hastings into Lord Donington to lessen not fair to the hero of the ist of June. the distance between him and his son, the Sir William was a brave soldier and noth. Earl of Loudoun. ing more.
One fact the student of history should Partnerships between fathers and sons not lose sight of. Great men, the best of are too numerous to be noticed, but there them, think far more of their relatives are a few curious instances in which the than of the public; otherwise they would father has seconded the son. A certain be, as Bristolle says of the man who king of Media appointed his father to a should prefer an habitual condition of satrapy, and the sire quietly served under solitude to society, either gods or brutes, the son.
But since the hereditary princi- either more or less than inen. When one ple first found favor among men, no sov- says that they think more of their relaereign can have felt himself altogether a tives than of the community at large, one king while his father lived. Philip II. is not necessarily implying that they would was constantly receiving advice from the prefer a son's interest to that of the State, ex-emperor, and must have felt bound at but simply that that son's welfare and least to excuse himself when he did not happiness is probably a more frequent follow it. How much the paternal super subject of reflection than schemes of leg. intendence annoyed him he showed by islation or war. The circumstance is, by delaying the payment of the paternal pen- comparison, honorable to humanity. Vulsion. There are fathers, again, and more gar personal ambition, ambition purely for of them, perhaps, than we suppose, who self and selfish enjoyment, is rare. Corhave been content to be the humble ad. dially as he detested 'Shaftesbury, Dryden mirers of their sons, and to bask in the admits that that statesman neither plotted rays of their good fortune. Old Mr. nor toiled for himself: Richard Clive had never thought his son Great wits are sure to madness near allied, good for much till the news of the defence And thin partitions do their bounds divide, of Arcot arrived in England, but he grad: Else why should he, with wealth and honor ually became immoderately proud and blest, fond of his son, who joined filial piety to Refuse his age the needful hours of rest; his other qualities. Robert cleared off Punish a body which he could not please, the mortgages on the family estate, settled Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease? Sool. a year on his parents, and insisted And all to leave what with his toil he won that they should keep a coach. Mr. Clive To that unfeathered, two-legged thing — a son. now began to mix in fashionable society, Then it is a truism to observe that and was presented at court. The king statesmen honestly conceive their own graciously noticed him, and asked where kith and kin to be endowed with higher Lord Clive was. “ He will be in town aptitudes for administration than they very soon," said the honest squire quite may actually possess. Again, granted aloud, " and then your Majesty will have two men, one rather cleverer than the another vote,” which was true enough, other, but the second a secretary of but not intended for publication.
One state's cousin : could one blame the seccan scarcely be surprised that it was retary for choosing his cousin as under.
secretary rather than the slightly cleverer ". Make them, I said to his Majesty, man? The minister might argue with arch-chancellors, arch-electors, and so justice that the inferiority of talent in his forth, as much as you please. Give them kinsman was compensated for by the fact any number of honorary distinctions. Do that he knew him well; for no one will not think of giving them real power.'” deny that it is an advantage to a chief to The ablest opponent of Napoleon during be thoroughly acquainted with the char- the first half of his career committed the acter and dispositions of his subordi- same mistake on a smaller scale. Pitt, pates. Hence the shrewd and by no whose name was considered synonymous means cynical remark of Palmerston's, with patriot, would not see that his “The best man for any place is the man brother, Lord Chatham, was wholly unfit I like best."
for high office. For more than six years, “The Complete Patron; or, A Guide including two of war, he kept him at the to Ministers,” has yet to be written; and head of the Admiralty, till something like very difficult it would be to lay down any a public outcry compelled the incapable thing more than the vaguest rules for the minister to resign. Pitt soon recalled distribution of loaves and fishes. But him to the Cabinet as lord president. The there are bright examples and examples second Chatham was so dull a man that to be shunned. After Robert Grosse George III. hesitated to give him the teste had been named Bishop of Lincoln, Garter which he had offered to Pitt, and his rustic brother called on him and so which the latter at once begged for his licited preferment. The bishop replied brother. Finally, the king consented, on that if he wanted a new plough or a yoke the distinct understanding, as he wrote, of oxen he would cheerfully pay for them; that the honor should be considered as but he added, “A peasant I found you, bestowed on the Pitt family in general. and a peasant I shall leave you." "The It is fair to Pitt to add that others than good bishop might have put the truth a himself formed a mistaken estimate of little more politely; possibly he feared the earl's capacities. Even after the terthat anything less than the plainest speech rible fiasco of the Walcheren expedition, would not be understood. Napoleon once Lord Chatham was thought good enough found himself in exactly the opposite to be governor of Gibraltar. In 1789 position to Grosseteste, with a poor rela. Pitt had as colleagues in the Cabinet, his tive who only begged to be left alone and brother aforesaid, and his first cousin, positively dreaded the idea of elevation Mr. (afterwards Lord) Grenville, the home out of his own homely sphere. It was minister, who was just thirty years old. quite a surprise to the emperor, in the His viceroy of Ireland was another first heyday of his glory, to learn that a mere cousin, the Marquis of Buckingham. The parish priest in Tuscany bore the name elder Pitt was equally partial to his conof Bonaparte, and descended from a com- nections, with results, at one time, mourn. mon ancestor with him. Straightway an ful for his country and almost fatal to his aide-de-camp was despatched to Italy to own reputation. But in the administra. ask the abbé what he would like. The tion of 1757-61 he found room for them emperor wanted him, if only for the sake all, without perceptible injury to the pubof ihe family prestige, to accept a bish- lic. His brother-in-law, Lord Temple, opric; and it was hinted that the purple held the privy seal; Temple's brother, would soon follow. The padre would none George Grenville, was treasurer of the of these bonors at any price; and ended navy; James Grenville had a snug post, by convincing the officer of his sincerity. and Henry Grenville was duly provided Napoleon shrugged his shoulders at his for. On the other hand, it was no small emissary's report, but did not insist. gain to Pitt to be able to command the
To the question, What caused the fall vast Parliamentary influence of his relaof Napoleon? Talleyrand would have re- tives by marriage. There is no doubt he plied in two words : " His relatives.” The was devoted to Lady Hester; but he had Prince of Bénévent's answer is as correct loved wisely. as any that could be framed. Properly As a rule, great men have oftener supported by Joseph in Spain, by Jerome helped their relatives than been helped in Westphalia, by Louis in Holland, by by them. It is strange to see how, at the Murat in Naples, the emperor would have commenceinent of their careers, some been invincible. Talleyrand tells us that men of genius, who might have been ex. he warned Napoleon of the inevitable pected to start in life backed by the eager consequence of entrusting important in friendship of powerful kinsmen, have terests to men like Jerome and Joseph. for all practical purposes — stood as much alone as the typical Scotch boy who comes it; but as his lordship seemed to forget to London with sixpence in his pocket. it on a very essential occasion to me, I Read Byron's account of his first visit to shall not burden my memory with the the House of Lords. He seems, one of recollection ;” and so on, and so on, in a his biographers remarks, to have had “a style of increasing petulance, till Byron keen and painful sense of the loneliness stoops to italicize the word fools that the of his position.” He could not find a reader may be under no mistake as to its single peer to introduce him, and this application. from no lack of cousins in the Upper It is to be feared the twain were never House. After wandering about for a reconciled. But Carlisle was no fool. In while, he made his way into a room where his youth the government of the day held the fees were to be paid — there is never him to be so well worth enlisting on its any difficulty in finding such places. side as to confer the order of the Thistle Next he entered the House itself.' Only on him when he had but just completed a few lord's were present, and Byron was his nineteenth year. On his coming of afraid to look at them. Without turning age he was immediately sworn of the his eyes to the right or to the left, he ad- Privy Council. 'In 1780-2 he held the vanced straight up to the woolsack to post of viceroy of Ireland. Young Fox, in take the oaths. In the chancellor's seat a letter to Richard Fitzpatrick, supposes sat Eldon, who tried to put the bashful he will have heard of Carlisle's green lad at his ease, spoke kindly to him, and ribbon. “I think it,” he observes, "one held out his hand. Byron replied to of the best things that has been done this these advances with a stiff bow, and gave great while.” Which may well cause a the chancellor the tips of bis fingers. He smile. The Fox of 1767 was not exactly subsequently offered a lame excuse for his the Fox we think of as we contemplate pertness, as one must consider it, remem- the tomb in the Abbey, or recall the bering Eldon's position and the fact that beautiful eulogy of Scott. But, it may
be Byron was then only known as the author observed in passing, he was always too of “ Hours of Idleness.” “If,” says By- warm-hearted a man not to be something ron, “ Į had shaken hands heartily, he of a nepotist. He observes somewhere would have set me down for one of his that a job and a fraud are very different party; but I will have nothing to do with things; and a little job for the sake of a
I have taken my seat, and relative would not have appeared to him now I will go abroad.” Where, all this too much amiss. From his nephew's time, was Lord Carlisle, whose “obliged memoirs of the Whig party one gathers ward and affectionate kinsman " had dedi- that in the summer of 1806 he was medi. cated to him those very “ Hours of Idle-tating a pretty formidable one
no less In the preface to the volume in than putting Lord Holland at the head question Byron had spoken of the earl's of the Foreign Office. Now, Lord Holworks as having long received the meed land, though with age and experience he of public applause to which by their in developed into a meritorious politician, trinsic worth they were well entitled. In was at that time a young man absolutely “ English Bards and Scotch Reviewers,' unknown to the great body of the public published a few days after the author had except as the co-respondent in a divorce iaken his seat in Parliament, one per case, when he had been condemned to ceives that the season of compliments pay 6,000l. damages to Sir Godfrey Webbetween the obliged ward and his guar- ster. dian is at an end:
If relatives could ever have helped a
man of genius too feeble to help himself, Let Stott, Carlisle, Matilda, and the rest Of Grub Street, and of Grosvenor Place the that man was Cowper. His father, as best,
every one knows, was the second son of Scrawl on till death release us from the strain, Spencer Cowper (a younger brother of Or common sense assert her rights again. the chancellor, and first Earl Cowper),
who was appointed chief justice of Ches" It may be asked,” comments Byron ter in 1717, and afterwards a judge in the on himself, “why I have censured the Court of Common Pleas. Nor were the Earl of Carlisle, my guardian and relative, Cowpers unmindful of their duty to the to whom I dedicated a volume of puerile young poet, for whom they procured the poems a few years ago. The guardian-snug place of readiny-clerk to the House ship was nominal — at least as far as I of Lords. He had nothing to do in ordihave been able to discover; the relation- nary times but to read aloud the titles of ship I cannot belp, and am very sorry for | bills, and draw a salary of Sool. a year.
any of them.