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Academy, Exhibition at the Royal
168 Dom Alured, the Canon of St Paul's 270 Naseby Fight .
538 Amicitiæ Shakesperianæ, No. III 165 Needlewoman, Ellen Linn, The
465 Archäology in England
641 Oakley Common, History of
336, 400, 631 Arts, Fine
449 Obituary Notices .
66, 133, 199, 261, 328 Ashley, Lord, his Address to the Queen on Sunday Oxonian, An Irish
612 Post-office Regulation
447 Page of St. Ladislas, The, an Hungarian Tale . 50 Assurance Offices 327, 392, 455, 518, 582, 645, 711, 771 Paris, Notes from
387, 451 Banking (See Savings Banks) 365 Peel, Sir Robert
457 Brezvezmcisl, A Night in 607 Pencil of the Sun
625 Craigallan Castle 599, 659, 721 Peter versus Paul; a Pig-row at Malta
381 Crime, Causes of in the Metropolis 329 Pirates, A Brush with on the Coast of Africa
541 Colds and Cold Water
705 Protection, The Farmers and
438, 471 College Reminiscences: Dan Looby's Débût
484 POETRY:Cotton Trade and Protection, The
741 Drunkenness, Scottish
123 Epping. Origin of the Hunt
667 Exeter, The Bishop of
689 Franchise, Hints on
598 -, Supplementary Hints
179 Greek, Debates on the Question
399 Gastave and his Dog
412 High Farming
Epigrams; by Civis Universitalis Glasguensis 124 Hungarian War
680 Hyperboreana 73 Falls of the Clyde
758 Indian Archipelago, British Policy in
269 India, How to Develop the Resources of .
274 Jeffery, Francis .
298 Jews, Admission of, into Parliament
305 Journalism, A Chapter on Provincial
Hast thou forgot that beauteous Night; by W.H. 63 Legends of Ulster ; by Frances Brown :
Lament for Sir Lancelot
680 The Dear Lease.
407 - he Midnight Procession
624 Madden's Infair. 148 Love's Metamorphoses
284 The Raih Dream.
Man and the Animals .
720 The Wrecsrs of Fannet
Martyr Patriots O'Reill, Improvements 557 Moorland Grave.
215 O'Donnel. Penance
New Song for the New Year; by Colin Rae Brown . 62 Limits of Party Discipline
343 Literary Register and Literature, 55, 125, 191, 254, 319, Rosette. Beranger
611 388, 452, 516, 576, 644, 703, 765 Roseneath
215 London as it was and as it is 759 Roi d'Yvetot
463 Lover's Melancholy. 681 Rosemary for Remembrance
527 Memoirs of Colonel Albert Brenton, An Extract
The Shepherdesses. From Goethe
274 from .
208 Shorn Lamb
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Light and Darkness. Mrs. Crowe
Sculptures of the Modern Athens
173 There and Back Again
17, 137, 216, 344
747 Winter Pictures from the North of Europe . 37, 88, 154
TAIT’S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,
HINTS ON THE FRANCHISE.
The franchise will be the framework of a debate si representatives of the working classes exist and in the next session of Parliament. The feeling the Scotch operatives require to display no regret evoked by the National Financial Reform and on that account, for the English freemen often do Complete Suffrage Association is not strong, but things discreditable to themselves. The ten pound it is respectable. The noise made by the agitation rental of London, and the same rental in Thurso is not deafening; but the claim is substantial, and or Galway, are very different qualifications. Money is pressed by parties of some weight—by men with is of less value in large towns than in old rural votes and influence, to whose arguments members boroughs. Therefore, the man who pays six pounds must lend a willing audience as “ hustings days! || of rental in the good town of Elgin is probably approach.
better to do in the world than a ten pound houseThe period would be well selected for the settle-holder in Edinburgh. Government clings to a ment of the franchise movement on some permanent qualification of stone, but declines to make it more basis. The work must be done at some early date; || than nominally uniform. Inequalities of this deand, on prudential motives, a quiet season should scription can never be entirely obviated, but arbe chosen for its completion. Cottagers might rangement and care would reduce their present inteach statesmen wisdom on this and on other consistencies. questions. Thatched roofs require repairs; but Their recapitulation is an unpleasant and also the thatcher does not linger idly beside his straw | an unprofitable and provoking mode of spending until the rains fall and the storms rise, to make the time. They are not defensible, and they are not roof tight, for he prepares in autumn's stillness for defended. Their authors and supporters only decry winter's tempests. The most intelligent politicians any disturbance of the country at present. Let ill might go, with advantage, to the peasants' school, alone, they say, because some persons have been for they alone wait until troubles come before they doing mischief at Turin, or in Mesopotamia, or in provide a remedy, that would prevent their oc- Bokhara. · The day will never dawn on this side currence, if applied at the right hour.
of the millennium, in which, somewhere, unreasonThe franchise of this country embraces so many | able men will not be doing and asking unreasonable qualifications that an inquirer loses himself, or his things. The British people are not to be consijudgment, in the labyrinth. The qualification of dered as guarantees for all the human family: England would serve no good purpose in Ireland || they cannot be justly punished for any crimes exand Scotland, for the forty shillings freehold ofcept their own. Political privileges should not be England is unknown in the other two kingdoms. withheld from them on account of riots done by the In the latter country, two hundred shillings are Baden-Badenese; or because Red Republicanism cirrequired, in political qualifying, to stand, instead ofculates through French workshops. Should the opeforty shillings in England. The franchise in // ratives of England, and especially of Scotland—since Ireland is more desultory, and depends very often those of England may buy freeholds—be politically on the caprice of valuators. Difficulty is experi- disfranchised because they are poor? The negative enced in getting on, and at least equal difficulty in || is the answer by everybody; but many add, that for getting off, the roll of voters. A registered man their own sins they suffer. They are ignorant, imhas no immunity against death; but, for political provident, or intemperate; and, on these grounds, purposes, he is scarcely allowed to die.
a general sentence is issued against the whole body. like a licensed house, has a virtue in it, although The inconsistency of this conduct is remarkable, the original occupant may be buried for six months. || for although the artisan who tipples has, for tipThe body that, by the laws of nature should be pling, his citizenship shred away, yet the licensed dust and ashes, walks hale and hearty to the poll, dealer who supplies his artificial cravings, and and votes for the highest bidder-unless some great generally drinks deep himself, is a privileged man; political end, or some religious object, perhaps and all the other persons who minister the means some bit of threadbare quackery, revives the lost of debasement are exalted into voters, because their and nearly forgotten man.
trade requires or their profits enable them to pay In England, the freemen form a powerful body || ten pounds and upwards of annual rent. in borongh registries; but in Scotland no similar The argument against the concession of the sufOLI.. 0 ,