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EDINBURGH:
SUTHERLAND AND KNOX;
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO., LONDON; AND JOHN ROBERTSON, DUBLIN.

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Academy, Exhibition at the Royal
355 Montaigne, An unpublished Letter of

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

636
Alianore, a Christmas-tide ballad

741 Drunkenness, Scottish

547
Anti-Rationalism; by W. T. R.

123 Epping. Origin of the Hunt

528
Autumn Fruit

667 Exeter, The Bishop of

318
Bachelor's Tale

689 Franchise, Hints on

1 Beatrice

598 -, Supplementary Hints

117
Chorus; by J. B. D.

179 Greek, Debates on the Question

506
Death Feud

399 Gastave and his Dog

763
Dives and Lazarus

412 High Farming

44, 713

Epigrams; by Civis Universitalis Glasguensis 124 Hungarian War

510
Eos

680 Hyperboreana 73 Falls of the Clyde

758 Indian Archipelago, British Policy in

88
Francesca di Rimini

269 India, How to Develop the Resources of .

201
Fragment. Schiller

274 Jeffery, Francis .

239
Goblin Broom

298 Jews, Admission of, into Parliament

427
Gross and Nelt

305 Journalism, A Chapter on Provincial

424

Hast thou forgot that beauteous Night; by W.H. 63 Legends of Ulster ; by Frances Brown :

Lament for Sir Lancelot

680 The Dear Lease.

30
Lays of the Ragged School .

407 - he Midnight Procession

97
Legend of Good Women

624 Madden's Infair. 148 Love's Metamorphoses

284 The Raih Dream.

Man and the Animals .

720 The Wrecsrs of Fannet

242

Martyr Patriots O'Reill, Improvements 557 Moorland Grave.

215 O'Donnel. Penance

754

New Song for the New Year; by Colin Rae Brown . 62 Limits of Party Discipline

265
Peasant to his Lord, The

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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POETRY :-(continued.)

PAGE., Reviews :-(continued.)
Sonnet of Sonnets

753

Light and Darkness. Mrs. Crowe
On Westminster Abbey

124
Loyola and Jesuitism. By Isaac Taylor

226
Such a Getting out of Town
423 Notes of a Traveller. S. Laing

649, 730
The Talisman

505
Papacy under Napoleon. Pacca

285
To ; by W. C. Bennett

105
Prelude. W. Wordsworth.

521
William Tell

562
Salmon, The Book of. By Ephemera

372
Railway and Joint-Stock Intelligence 64, 131, 259 Scottish Cavalier

248
Revolutionary Revelations
299,414 Turkey, The Devil in

690
Roundheads before Pontefract, The

702, 743
Ward, Biography of Plumer

479
Royalist's Daughter, The
306 Savings Banks

275
REVIEWS :-

Sculptures of the Modern Athens

110
Autumnal Rambles among the Scottish Moun- Silver Ring. A Blotted Page from a Pawnbroker's
tains. By the Rev. T. Grierson

372
Day-book

179
Chalmers, Life of Dr. Vol. I. and Vol. II. 7, 490 Session of 1850, End of

573
Galileo, Tragedy of Galilei .
106 Sinners and Sufferers

674
Glendower, Owen; or, the Prince of Wales 103 Stein, Baron.

668
Hungary, Travels of an Englishman in, during Taxes on Knowledge

234
the last Century

173 There and Back Again

17, 137, 216, 344
In Memoriam
499 University Reform .

585
Italy, Narrative of Scenes and Events in. Pepe 408 Walpurgis Night, Phantasies of

360
Italy, Young. By A. B. Cochrane, Esq.

747 Winter Pictures from the North of Europe . 37, 88, 154
Leigh Hunt, Autobiography of
563 Wordsworth, William

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TAIT’S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

JANUARY, 1850.

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 ,

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