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_" you said you had been calculating abundance of the only occupation I on a year's vacation to write a book, or love; offers thrice as many as I can something ?”
accept. “Yes, sir."
As for Fips, he has gone far on Mr. “ Well, I'll furnish you the money, Mantilini's path to “the demnition can you give security for it?"
bow-wows." The affairs of the Company “No, sir-yes, I can. My books are quickly became so unsatisfactory that worth it, or nearly.”
the trustees and chief stockholders“ But you want them to write with ?" mainly on a hint from Spurling, I be
lieve-found it necessary to call an in“ Well, never mind. Give me a bill formal meeting, silence Fips by threats of sale of the books. Young men ought of prosecution, thrust him summarily never to be allowed to borrow a cent forth, and intrust their sickly body-corwithout giving security. I'll advance porate to a shrewd business dry-nurse. you the money, and you shall keep the In this reverse of fortune, Fips made books in your own hands. You won't an effort to get the secretaryship of a go and sell 'em over again ?” he added, Fire Insurance Company, and sought with a quizzical assumption of suspi- to forward his design by a curious decion.
vice. He made a vigorous attempt to “No, sir.”
be admitted a member of Pilgrim He would not let me thank him, pre- Church. I was told-I don't know how tending to be very harsh in exacting true it is—that when Fips went to old interest, fixing terms of repayment, and Deacon Flagg, and applied for the so forth.
usual examination preliminary to ad
mission, the old gentleman gravely My book has been more successful replied: than it deserved. It was--I may in- Very sorry, Mr. Fips, but the church form you, my friendly reader, in strict is full. There isn't a single vacancy. confidence—and to use the obliging If there should be one, I'll let you terms of one of my publishers' adver- know." tisements (“Did I draft the ad my- I can hardly believe that the good self?" No impertinent questions !), old Deacon would be so funny as that " that highly successful and very popu- on such a subject; but however that lar novel,”
," “ The Sangreal of To-day.” may be, Fips neither obtained his Yes, I wrote that book-though old church-membership nor his secretaryJohn Spurling is perhaps really the ship. I believe he is at present diliauthor of it. It was very naughty in gently trotting about as an agent for me to contrive to have it credited to the Dartford Accidental Catarrh Insur"a new and most promising young ance Company. I met him in Broadlady-writer," I admit. But I couldn't way the other morning. He was very resist the temptation; and it was un- well dressed, but I couldn't catch his commonly funny to read the criticisms
eye. and see how all the reviews picked out - Upon reading over what I have the weaknesses of the female character written, I see with surprise that the in it, and showed how much better a Feminine Element is entirely wanting. man would have done it. And so it I can't help it. No woman was conwas to receive letters from the jolly cerned in the affair; and I couldn't be publishers with checks, and addressed expected to invent a whole woman, just (within only), “Dear Marm.” I have to put her into a story?
A MORNING AMONG AUTOGRAPHS.
BEFORE citing any further extracts the conclusion that Mr. Old, in exercisfrom Mr. Old's collection, a few more ing his judgment, had been very much words may be fitly bestowed upon it as influenced by the character, so to say, a whole. The autographs, then, set of the letter or document that he acapart in groups, illustrated by extremely quired. Light is thrown, in some cases, choice portraits, and chronologically upon doubtful points in history; in arranged, number about one thousand. others, upon the motives that have Two or three hundred besides that influenced men of mark in their doings may be termed miscellaneous, though at critical moments, or on occasions that possessing in some instances a rare in- have been variously interpreted by comterest-await the acquisition of the mentators. This will be shown, I canrequisite engravings, and have not yet not but think, in a few more citations ; fallen into their places. The collection, and to these I hasten back for the readproperly so called, is contained in er's entertainment, seeing that generalitwelve large portfolios. Eight of these ties soon tend to be wearisome. A bill are devoted to the British series; two of fare is no criterion of the excellence to the French, from the period of Louis of a restaurant. You may be struck XI. to that of Louis XVIII. ; one to the with the brilliant air of an evening German, between the reigns of Maxi- assembly; but how soon does the eye milian I. and Joseph II. inclusive; and settle down upon individual attraction ! one to the Italian and Spanish, the lat- You care not to speculate on the height ter of which commences with Charles or breadth of the saloons ; you wonder V. and comes down only to the era of rather, or inquire, who may be the tall Ferdinand VI. This covers, however, blonde promenading round the roomthe Spanish occupation of the Low who the handsome little woman seated Countries, and offers therefore a rich apart in a corner, with lily complexion field for gleaning. The British series, and expressive features, with classic filling, as I have said, eight portfolios, is head faultlessly posed on faultless shoulthus subdivided and grouped: five ders, wearing a perfect costume as portfolios are given up to the sove- though none other would fit her, and reigns, statesmen, military and naval carrying a wealth of ornament as though commanders, and other personages usu- gems were made for her, and not she ally designated as historical; two to
for them. celebrities in Literature, Science, and But now comes in reality what the the Arts; one to priests and divines, French call the embarrassment of riches. a numerous and important class. With The intellectual treat is of so high an very few exceptions-and these general- order, that one is fairly puzzled which ly of the most remote date—the letters to turn. In compliment, nevertheare holograph, that is to say, written less, to the scholarly tone of Putnam's entirely by the hand of the signer. One Magazine, let us turn at the outset to cannot expect, indeed, to find manu- Alexander Pope. Thus does he conscripts at length from the pen of Henry clude a letter to Dr. Oliver, dated 28th VII., or Louis XI., or Charles V.; but August, 1743, the year before his death mere signatures, as a rule, would be but his courtly faith in medical science lightly esteemed by your genuine col- not exonerating him from the common lector of autographs. Indeed, I came to lot of mortality:
Pray make my compliments to Dr. Hartley, for fear it should be thought an idle piece of as I shall yours to Dr. Mead. I have had such
arrogance. obligations to the best of your Faculty during Not dedicated to any man of quality, for fear my whole life, that I wish all others, both my it might be thought too assuming. Friends and my Enemies, were their Patients, Not dedicated to any learned body of men, in which I show that I wish well to my as either of the Universities, or the Friends, and not ill to my Enemies. That Society, for fear it might be thought an unevery Physical and moral Evil may be far common piece of vanity. from you is the Philosophical prayer of,
Not dedicated to any one particular friend,
Dear Sir, for fear of offending another. Your very obliged and very affectionate Therefore dedicated to Nobody. servant,
But if, for once, we may suppose Nobody to A. Pope. be Everybody, as Everybody is often said to
be Nobody, then is this work dedicated to Jonathan Swift's character has been
Everybody, by their most humble and devoted. extensively discussed, of late. Here is
I might have made copies of holoa strong testimonial in his favor, given in a letter from Sir William Temple to graph epistles from John Evelyn, JereSir Robert Southwell, dated 29th March, my Taylor, Abraham Cowley, Edmond 1690. It seems to have served as an
Waller, Lady Dorothy Sunderland, introduction and recommendation of
known as Waller's “Sacharissa,” John Swift to the care and patronage of Sir Dryden, John Locke, Sir Isaac Newton, Robert:
Matthew Prior, Joseph Addison, Sir
Richard Steele, Henry Fielding, LawHee has lived in my house, read to me, writt rence Sterne, Samuel Johnson, James for me, and kept all accounts, as far as my Boswell, Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Joshua small occasions required. Hee bas Latine and Reynolds, David Hume, Edward GibGreek, writes a very good and current hand, is very honest and diligent, and has good friends, bon, Thomas Gray, William Cowper, though they have for the present lost their
William Wordsworth, or Samuel Taylor fortune in Ireland ; and his whole family hav. Coleridge—I might, I say, have transing been long known to me, obliged mee thus ferred to my note-book, for use in these fait to take care of him. If you please to
pages, the whole or parts of letters penaccept him into your service, either as a Gen
ned by these notable persons, and by tleman to wait on you, or as Clerk to write under you; and either to use him so, if you
others who are naturally grouped with like his service, or upon any Establishment of them. But I bore this fact in mind, the Colledge to recommend bim to a Fellow- with reference to those whom Literature ship there, which he has a just pretence to, I
has made famous : we are familiar with shall acknowledge it as a great obligation.
their style, and with an infinity of their Here is a bit from David Garrick, that thoughts. One does not, therefore, in almost rivals Edmund Kean's expres- regarding their correspondence, feel the sion : "the pit rose at me.” Writing same sense of gratified curiosity, as in to his brother, George Garrick, on the being brought face to face, as it were, 12th April, 1776, he says:
with those whose actions have tended
to the making of history, but whose Last night I played Drugger for the last
spoken or written words are comparatime. The Morning Post will tell you the
Thus I conwbole of that night. I thought the audience tively unknown or scarce. were mad, and they almost turned my brain. fess to looking with profoundest inter
est at letters from Sir Philip Sidney In an age when lordly patronage was
and Sir Walter Raleigh, treasures that considered, by authors and artists, an
few private collections can boast. One essential passport to public favor, it is
from the former I quote at length, as a curious to find Hogarth thus satirizing sample of phraseology that appears the system that prevailed. What fol
quaint in these days. The seal is lows is a copy of an undated paper in
broken, whereas generally in these his handwriting, headed “ The No Ded- antique missives the seal remains intact, ication;"
while the silk that was secured by it Not dedicated to any Prince in Christendom, has been cut. The writing, on foolscap
paper, is in a fine clerkly hand; and to move my Lord Treasorer in my behalf, that the signature is low down on the page, by his grace my wife might agayne be made a connected with the main body by a line
prisoner with me, as she hath bine for six such as one sees in account-books, when
yeeres last past. Shee being now devided from
me, and thereby, to my great impoverishing, I the entered items on either side do not
am driven to keip two howses. A miserable correspond in number. This peculiarity fate it is, and yet great to me, who, in this was common before this period, and wretched estate, can hope for no other thing was continued for very many years.
than peacible sorrow. The letter itself runs thus:
It is now, and I call the Lord of all power to
witnes, y: I have ever bine, and am resolved, To the
that it was never in the worthy hart of Si right honorable my very good Lorde the
Robert Cecyll, (whatsoever a counceler of state Lorde Burghley-Lorde Ily Treasorer of
and a lord treasorer of Ingland must do) to England.
suffer me to fall, much less to perrish. For
whatsoever termes it hath pleased his Lordship Righte honorable my singular good Lorde ! to use towards mee, wch might utterly despaire Sir Nicholas Bagnoll dothe requeste my hum.
any bodie else, yet I know yi be spake them ble letters to your L. for the som of to-hundred
as a counceler, sitting in councell, and in compounde out of the treasure. wch be for his
pany of such as would not otherwise hare bine necessities doibe desyre to receare bere and to
satisfied-But, as God liveth, I would have pay at his cominge into Irelande | I do take it
bought his presence att a farr dearer rate than that there is as muche due unto him, and be
those sharp words, and these three moneths sydes I know the creddit my father bathe in
close imprisonment; for it is in his Lordship's him, dothe stretche to a matter of greater face and countenance that I behold all yi reimportance, so that thus furr these few lynes
maynes to me of comfort, and all the hope I sball only serve, humbly to advertise your L. have, and from Weh I shall never be beaten, till that I holde it for assured my father will be
I see the last of evills, and the dispaire và very well satisfied withe it | furdre I can not
hath no bealp. The blessings of God cannot proceede, but referringe it holy to your Lorde make him cruell that was never so, nor prosships goodnes humbly leave your L. to the
peritie teach any man of so great worth to protection of the Allmightie.
delight in the endles adversitie of an enemie, Frome Leysterhouse this sth of Februarie
much less of him who in his very soule and 1576 |
nature can never be such a one towards him. Your Lys moste humbly at commandement
S', the matier is of no great importance, PHILIPPE SIDNEY. (though a cruell destinie hath made it so to
me) to desire that my wife may live with me The remarkable letter that I next
in this unsavory place. If by your mediation proceed to cite, has indeed been pub- I may obtayne it, I will acknowledg it in the lished—but only in the Archæologia of highest degree of thankfullness, and rest reddy the Society of Antiquaries, having been
in trew fayth to be commanded by you.
W. RALEGA. read at one of their meetings while it was in possession of the Tyrr family, of Come we down to a later period in Shotover, in Oxfordshire. It was writ English history, and to an incident that ten, probably in 1610, to Sir Walter is famous. Here is a letter from James Cope, Governor of the Tower, while Sir Stanley, Earl of Derby, to Prince RuWalter Raleigh was a prisoner therein, pert, dated 230 March, 1643, but withIt is on a foolscap sheet, much frayed out mention of place, praying the Prince and very dirty. The writing is neat. to send succor to the relief of Lathom The superscription is : “ To my very House, then beleaguered by the Parliaworthy friend Sir Walter Cope Knight.” ment forces. A former attempt at aidThe following is a copy :
ing the garrison had failed; and the
Earl states that Sir Walter Cope. You are of my old acquayntance, and were my familier friend for the time for effecting it by that means bad many yeeres, in weh time I hope you cannot passed, for the enemy is soe close unto the say that ever I used any unkind office towards house that it is impossible for that designe to you. But our fortunes are now changed, and take effect, which might have been some reit may be in your power greatly to bynde me viving of a distressed woman, whose only hope unto you, if the bynding of a man in my estate next the almightyes is in your highness help, be worth anything.
for double reasons, soe she hath tolde me in My desire unto you is, that you wilbe pleased her Last Letter. I praise God bless and pros
per yor highness, what ever becomes of me, " is a puzzle. Can it have been such shall be the prayer of
hastily written for «
prayen,” and can Your bighness Most unfortunate humble servant
her Ladyship have thus conjugated the DERBY.
verb prendre ? The whole runs thus :
Monseigneur The " distressed woman" in the fore
tonte arleure je viens de resivoir les maugoing extract was the heroic Charlotte
vaisse nouvelles de la perte de wigain a 6 mille de la Tremoille, Countess of Derby, who de saite plasse elle na teneu que deux heures also directly implored assistance from et a este frayen mon mary etoit a 12 mille et the same quarter. This her touching devent quil peut estre prest de la secourir ils
se sont repdeus an nom de dieu Monseigner appeal-never published, I believe, here
prenes pitie de nous et sy vous aparessez vous tofore-is written in a large bold hand
pouves reconquerir bien aysement et avec bien on note-paper. It has been folded up de l'honneur pour vostre altesse je ne say ce in long and narrow form, to be the que je dis mes ayes pitie de mon mary mes more easilygecreted on the person of its
enfens et moy qui sommes perdues pour tout bearer. The two black wax-seals are
jamais sy dieu na pitie de nous et vostre
altesse a qui je suis broken ; nor are there, as is usual, any Monseigneur vestiges of the silk fastening that was tres humble et tres obeysente servente onee bound by them. The copy is
X DE LA TREMOILLE. exact; and the reader cannot fail to
A ladhom ce 1 davril 1643. notice the curious mixture of correct For a youthful student of French it and incorrect rendering. For “wigain,” would be a pleasant exercise, to put one may read “ Wigan;" and for de- this letter into correct terms, and to vent,” “avant;" but the word “fray- punctuate it in accordance with custom.
THE PICTURE OF CHRIST.
UNDER the gathered dust of years
His are the folios dark with age