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Et des sanglots pressés étouffent ses accents. a student' to catch his masters trip when he inquired who that pretty lit-
O ciel! en croira-t-il le trouble de ses sens?
Ces inots interrompus, un autre les achève :

ping, and to find a gentleman who pro- tle gay lady was,' and he last saw her On répond à sa voix. Il écoute, il se lève;

fesses to teach you to think and write on Monday from a distance of about V écoute . ... O bonheur ! la voûte de la tour correctly, making a grammatical blun- four yards, for a whole hour or more.' Des chants du ménestrel rctentit à son tour der in the very title page of his book. Who will dispute Mr. Cobbett's ta« C'est lui : n'en doutons plus. O Dieu, qui Iam, sir, with much respect, lents of judging of female beauty, vois ma joie,

Your humble servant, when he studies it with such minute. Qu'enfin à ses sujets ta bonté le renvoie !" Dieu seul est le témoin de ses pieux transports. Rue de Richlieu, Jan. 24, 1821.


J. B. LECLERC. Dess and accuracy. D'Albion en secret il regagne les ports ;

I am your's, &c. Et ce peuple, fidèle au roi qu'il a vu naître,

Jan. 28th, 1821,

S'appauvrit sans regret pour racheter son maître.
Rappelle-nous encor, généreux troubadour,

Les touchants souvenirs qu'éveilla son retour, To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle.
Alors que, consacré par ses longues misères,

To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. Il revint de l'exil au trône de ses pères.

SIR, -As politics form no part of MR. EDITOR, Blondel, l'hereux Blondel accompa;ne son roi. the plan of the Literary Chronicle, 1 Bears' Grease has virtues many, great, and rare; Du noble serviteur on admire la foi :

do not expect you to be very well ac- To Hair decay'd, life, health, and vigour “J'éprouvai, dit Richard, ta constance et ton quainted with the writings of a man

giving ; zèle :

'Tis sold by

famed for cutting Hair, Je garde à ta franchise une épreuve nouvelle : only known for his political talents


living. A mes peuples en deuil tu parlas de mes fers ; and tergiversation. It is on this ac- Who then would lose a Head of Hair for trying? Tu diras à leurroi les maux qu'ils ont soufferts."" count that I transmit you an extract A thousand tongues are heard'“ I wont," re

plying. When we are pleased, we wish to from the last number of Cobbett's Reknow to whom we are indebted for it, gister, in which he draws a picture of T-1 no doubt with Bear's Grease can supply

A thousand more, when they're disposed to buy. and though the elegant poet under no female beauty, and modestly intimates

• No deception.!--Seven bears publicly tice has not published his naine, it at the conclusion, that the originals are exhibited in seven months, and not an shall not be concealed—it is M. Roux, to be found in the persons of her Ma- agent on the globe's surface. Sold upon as amiable a man as he is an elegant jesty and Mrs. Cobbett.

oath, from 1s. to los. Bd. The smallest poet and scholar.

* As to what is beautiful and what child will direct to is not,' says Mr. Cobbett, there is no the church, -a real bear over the door,

standard. All depends upon taste; where a good peruke is charged 11. 10s. Original Communications. and our tastes vary with our characters, equal to those produced by Mr. T., at

which are as various as are the wild Rag's, for. 21. 125. 6d. Scalp 105. Gd. (FOR THE LITERARY CHRONICLE,) plants of the field. But I know what fusing one shilling. N. B. Bear's grease

and 6d. only for hair cutting-never reTO STEPHEN JONES, Esq. my own taste in female beauty is, and effects wonders for the knees, &c. of EDITOR OF THE PRONOUNCING DICTIONARY I will describe it. A woman, five feet horses.'

CALLED 'SHERIDAN IMPROVED.' two inches high" (without her shoes) Having carefuHy perused this most Şir-Having no other means of ad-half an inch more or less. Plump, wonderful production, I have no doubt dressing you, I applied to the corres- even when young, and prone to crum, whatever, you are fully persuaded in pondent of the Literary Chronicle, åt rather than crust, as she increases in your own mind of the infallible speciParis, to facilitate the means of asking years. Small-boned, small hand, and fic, bears' grease. I certainly apolo you a question on the English lan- small nimble feet, and giving evident gire to you, sir, and your enlightened guage, which I have studied, as we proofs, that the fruit of her love are not, readers, for bringing so greasy a subsay, in French, par principe. You for want of an ample natural supply, ject before you, but the antiquity or have taken for your motto, a passage to be banished to a hireling breast. sacred influence which true poetry is from Ben Johnson, which runs thus : Sprightly eyes of I care not what co- known to possevs, gives me an excuse. • Negligent speech doth not only dis- lour; features that speak; a voice at I have withheld the author's name and credit the person of the speaker, but it once feminine and firm; a laugh that address, because I would not subject discrediteth the opinion of his reason bauishes melancholy from my abode; you to an advertisement duty. But and judgment.' I confess to you, sir, a temper that sets disguise at defiance; this rare discovery cannot reinain in that I was greatly surprized to see a a will, that, by its ripplings, prevents obscurity, especially on 'Change, where phrase selected for your motto, which life from becoming a stagnant pool; a bears and even bulls are so frequently appears to me not only to be incorrect, heart that shews its tenderness, not in seen. A member of Parliainent, not but downright nonsense ; yet this opi- sighs and whices, but in excessive fond- long since, ventured to say that the nion may, perhaps, arise from my im- ness for children and in active bold- house would soon be turned into a perfect knowledge of the language, in ness at the bed-side of the yellow-fe-bear-garden," so that we may hope this which you so greatly excel; I shall, ver or the plague: and if I cannot pre- virtuous grease will be generally used. Therefore, be obliged to you, sir, to in serve that heart, I am unworthy to en- But, should this gentleman be out in form me, thr-sugh the medium of the joy it's possessor.

his prediction, the above extraordinary Literary Chronicle, how a man's negli- • That this is my taste I have given composition informs you where it can gent speech can discredit my opinion of the best possible proof; and, it is well be obtained, seven bears having been his reason? Ought it not rather to be known, that her Majesty might have publicly exhibited in seven months, that his negligent speech discredits (or sitten for the picture.

and that there is a real bear over the lowers) his reason and judgment, iu Mr. Cobbett speaks from an accu-door.' Not the Bear and Ragged my opinion The subject is, perhaps, rate survey of her Majesty's features Staff, sir, oh no! there is not an agent carcely worth the pains I have taken and person : he first saw her just on the globe's surface :' this epithet

, bout it; but it is always a pleasure to twenty years ago last Thursday week,' surface, is peculiarly happy, as it is sp

close to the skin. And the smallest titudes of the aforesaid bumpkin, as, old college friend, who, luckily for child will direct near the church.' -after scraping the floor most majes, our family, had contracted a wonderful Those who have overgrown hair, 'may tically with both feet, smoothing down liking for the aforesaid Solomon; and, have it cut for sixpence,--never refus- his lank polished locks, and tinally happening to die without any near kin, ing a shilling! I dare say not, sir. twirling before him his old beaver, ac- he made him bis heir, upou the sole But the knees, ye lame, and balt, and cording to the most approved modes condition, that my great grandfather bruised !- the knees are restored to vi- in such cases,--he approaches the au. and his family should ever after bear gour; particularly (beautiful compa- gust presence of the 'squire, and, with the name and arins of Von Mucklewit

. rison) horses'.

a profusions of bems, yawns, grins, and Before that time, the family appellaThis, sir, is, indeed, the age for mi- such other rhetorical flourishes, stam- tion was Numscold, or, as it was writracles; this is enough to arouse the mers out the important purpose of his ten in some old deeds, Numskull; but more sedate and time-shaving faculty visitation ?

my father, who was a great etymoloto more exalted deeds of wonder. Ope- -But as I have a mortal antipathy to gist, preferred the former reading, and rators are to be found at the pole and digressions in travelling, --- whether it be derived the name from the Latin words, block as well as at Guy's and St. Tho- through the fens of Lincolnshire or the Nummos Colligere, which, he was wont Inas's Hospitals ! Prescribers at the fingers of the compositor, - come at to affirm, betokened the founder of the real Bear, as well as at the College of once to the point, at which it was my family to have been some great moneyPhysicians, Warwick Lane! How de intention to commence this my first getting, or mercantile personage. But graded, then, are the disciples of Galen lucubration. And, however contrary this by the way :-ur name, wherever and Hippocrates become ! How shame it may be to the true Horatian precept, originating, was certainly of great anful, that for paying the government a in ali sublime productions of this na- tiquity, and connected with persons of duty, such disgusting puffing should ture, to begin ab ovo, or from the shell, the first rank,—the Numscolls or Num. be tolerated to mislead the uowary, (an illustration, by the way, extremely skulls having, from the most remote and sink the virtues of medical science apposite to an unfledged author,) I can- period, figured in the bighest stations into contempt rather than promote their not resist the temptation, which the in church and state, where many of general utility! The above, sir, is not example of my celebrated predecessors their descendants are still to be found.

0 exceptionable as hundreds which hath thrown out, to ingratiate myself As to the name of Von Mucklewit, tinge the pages of respectable newspa- with my loving readers by some ac- there was nothing about which my fapers

, by their violating the rules of des count of my birth, parentage, and edu- ther was more puzzled : and the only cency and insulting the most common cation. It hath, moreover, I am well satisfactory conclusion he could come understanding; but sent you as a spe- aware, been ever regarded as a matter to, after all his wanderings and bewilcimen of its promise and eccentricity. of etiquelle, that this account should derings in the mazes of etymology, was


accompanied by a certificate of one's that the name was a cross-breed be

age, height, colour, make, figure, good tween a Scotch non-conformist and a The Family Trunk, or bad qualities, and other important high Dutch commentator, the latter

particulars, with as much minuteness, part of which hypothesis, as agreeing BY MOSES VON MUCKLEWIT, GENT.

as if the poor devil of an author were so well with my father's black-letter

about to be put up to sale at the far- predilections, sed to tickle his fancy The embarassment of a first appear-famed repositories of Aldridge or Tat- out a little. However, as this is a point ance hath ever been felt and acknow- tersall. For my own part, however, in which the honour of our family is ledged through all ranks and grada. I have, from my youth upwards, always not immediately interested, I shall tions, from the drawing-room at St. looked with abhorrence on this last- dwell no longer upon it than to state, James's down to the boards at Covent mentioned practice, as highly derogatory that my great grandfather's college Garden or the dock of the Old Bailey from the dignity of a free-born subject friend, from whom we derive this inThere are few creatures of a more ner of these realms, and have resolved, in portant cognomen, left behind him no vous temperament than your genuine conformity with the glorious spirit of inemorials, whereby the matter might debutant; and in no situation hath this the times, if ever it should please iny be cleared ; and whatever knowledge nervousness operated more sensibly than stars to afford me the opportunity, to the venerable Solomon Von Mucklewit upon the honourable fraternity of pe

be the first to make some reform in this inay have possessed, he has certainly riodical essayists

, from the golden days weighty matter. For this reason, the took with him, when he descended to of our illustrious precursor, Mr. Isaac following sketch of my history will be the vault of his ancestors. Bickerstaff

, even to these degenerate confined to such general matters, as I I now come to my grandfather Jeho

Scurcely one, but hath felt may deem essential to that proper un- shaphat, of whom the most memorable himself overpowered, 'at his first start- derstanding between my readers and record i find is that he married a lady ing, by the overwhelming sense of his myself, which

it must ever be my chief from Wales

of good fortuve, and who own unworthiness, somewhat after the ainbition to cultivate.

claimed her descent from the aboriginal fashion of young Hoboail, who pays

According to the most authentic stock of the renowned Cadwalader. his first visit to his landlord, the 'squire, records, our family hath been settled in consequence of this alliance, my to solicit his continuance in the farm, in the North Riding of Yorkshire for grandmother's armorial bearings, – just vacated by his lamented sire, old the last two hundred and fifty years. three goat's heads argent--were quarHobnail defunct. Who, that hath ever The first of my progenitors, who bore tered on our family shield :-a çircumstudied human nature in her rustic the name of Von Mucklewit, was my stance, which my father, drawing his garb, cannot picture to himself the great grandfather Solomon, of pious conclusions, no doubt, from the mountclumsy gait, sheepish countenance, memory. who took it with a considera ing of the said

heads, would often, awkward strides; and non-descript at ble estate, which was left him by an with a significant sbrug of his shou.


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ders, lament, ás more qininous than it was my fortune, but whether good and bequeath unto my said dear son, he could wish to the connubial honour or ill I will not pretend to deterinine, Moses, all that my large black-leather of the Von. Mucklewits, though, in to fall to my father's nomination : and, Family Trunk, which now is and every other respects he was not a little predicting, as he was pleased to say, stands in my private closet, together proud of bis Cambrian descent, and that I would be of a very meek dispo- with all the contents thereof, and all made it the source of mnch pleasant sition, and being, moreover, at the the rights, members, and appurtegenealogical speculation. As for my time, disposed to flatter my mother's nances thereunto belonging, with full grandfather, he was so much taken scriptural predilections, he bestowed power and anthority for my said son, with my grandmother and her native upon me the dignified appellation of Moses, to make such use of the saine, mountains, that he became a decided Moses. .

as he, in his discretion, shall deem fit.' convert to her national customs, lived From the earliest period within my Now, this antique piece of furniture, half his time upon Welsh mutton and recollection I became a great favourite which had been a sort of heir-loom leeks, and was found dead in bis bed, with my father, who even carried his in our family from time immemorial, after feeding too luxuriously one night partiality so far as to undertake the and had, anciently, contained the fanpon a Welsh rabbit, (or, according to special charge of my education, while mily title-deeds, and other similar remy father's emendatiou, rare bil,) the rest of the family were sent to a cords, was converted, by my father, inwhich my grandmother was accustomed public school. He, accordingly, after to a depository for his literary lucubrato cook for him.

I had mastered the common rudiments tions. Here it was that he concealed, : It is now time to do honour to my of learning, initiated me in the varied from all eyes but his own, those erudite immediate progenitor, Cadwalader Von and abstruse mysteries of his own stu- labours which he, no doubt, flattered Mucklewit;--for such were my grand- dies; and, thus, before I was thirteen, himself might one day astonish the father's Welsh partialities, as already I was deeply read in the respective sci- world, and, as even I had been hinted, that he was determined his eld- ences of heraldry, etymology, physic, permitted to penetrate into the mysteest son should bear the name of the astrology, and occult philosophy, with ries of this sanctum sanctorum, it was great Cambrian prince. And it must sundry other similar pursuits, antiqua- with no small degree of curiosity that oot be disguised, that my father was, to rian, philological, and inetaphysical. I first proceeded to take possession of his latest hour, more vain than was, In short, I had made such proficiency, my legacy., Upon opening this veperhaps, consistent with true Christian that my father considered his superin- nerable trunk, I found the long hidhumility, of this important distinction. tendence no longer necessary, and left den treasure to consist, principally, of My father, indeed, to say the truth, was me to the guidance of my own discre- small bundles of paper, many of thein not less a stickler for names than the tion, until the time should arrive for superscribed for the press,' together renowned Mr. Shandy himself, and fixing me in the world.

with a variety of copy books of all sorts was, therefore, not only particularly Matters had continued in this state and sizes. Some of the contents provproud of his own, as harmonizing so for some time, when the gout, with ed, upon a farther examination, to be happily with his genealogical attach- which my father had been long strug- my father's original productions, while ments, but was also remarkably solici-gling, at length gained a powerful as the rest were merely transcripts, which tous about the choice of those, which cendancy; and, in spite of all his skill, he had made in the course of his readhe bestowed on his children. Many physical or necromantic, he was oblig- ing: And, amongst such a mass, it and keen, he hath often told me, were, ed to give up the combat. In a word, will readily be imagined, that there at first, the contests, on this head, be- before I had well attained my fifteenth must have been a good deal of matter, tween himself and my mother, who, year, my lamented father, Cadwalader that did not greatly redound to the literabeing of a puritanical lineage, was for Von Mucklewit, was obliged to bow to ry fame of Cadwalader Von Mucklewit. preserving the old patriarchul appella- the common lot of humanity. Howe- Úpon the whole, however, they served tions, which had been, from the days ver, he had not so far lost himself in to give me a high idea of the profuuof the Reformation until my father's the labyrinth of his studies, as to for. dity of my father's knowledge, and of time, a part of the family inheritance. get to provide previously for his chil the diversity of his talents; for, amongst After a long series of conflicts on this dren, to each of whom, although many the multifarious heap of original pieces, important topie, they compromised the in pumber, he contrived to leave a de- were skeletons of epic poems, -halfmatter by agreeing to name their chil. cent competency, besides an ample connected tragedies, -untinished todren alternately, my father to take the provision for my mother: and he was mances,-scraps of biography, chiefly first chance. . And, as it pleased hea- farther pleased to mark his partiality relating to our own family, and an ven to bless them with a numerous pro- for me by an additional bequest, which infinite collection of miscellaneous cow. geny, they had each a full opportunity | I cannot better describe than in the positions, under the various heads of of gratifying their various wbims in following words of his will:

commentaries, criticisms, dissertations, this particular. Accordingly, while my . And whereas, I have taken my dear essays, anecdotes, bon mots, and a mother stocked our family nomencla- son, Moses, from bis infancy, under thousand other titles too tedious to ture with Isaacs, Jobs, Joshuas, Re- my own especial tuition, and he hath, mention. The transcripts, also, were beccas, and Rachels ; my father, on through bis diligence and ability, pro- equally diversified, and, perhaps, I his part, brought in his Alexanders, fated greatly thereby, iu the attainment ought to admit, by far the most valuaArtburs, Ossians, Erasmuses, and Lu- of a variety of useful and profound ble part of these literary remains. In cretias, who were so 'named, according knowledge, so that he promiseth fairly short, so numerous were they, that soine to the particular train of my father's to prove one of the brightest lumina- years elapsed before I'was able to make studies at the time of their birth, or the ries of his time: therefore, and in order a proper selection of such as were most capricious opinions he chose to form of the more effectually

, to enable him so worthy of being preserved; and, after their future destinies. For myself, to distinguish himself, I do hereby give deliberating for twenty years longer on


their merits, I have, at length, resolved of no advantage to Drury Lane; lino-ago, she performed Meg Merrilies, and, to lay them occasionally before the gen, Alicia, and Imoinda in Oronooko in our humble opinion, this is the very public, not doubting the gratitude (an extremely mawkish and insipid line of character for which she is best with which they will be received. But personation of a weak and powerlessly adapted. She has never, in our esti1 hereby give notice, that I reserve to drawn character), being the only parts nation, merited the appellation of a myself the fullest use of the discretion- she enacted, and these with little credit first-rate actress. . That she possesses ary, power, vested in me by the afore- to herself, and still less to the house. talent is unquestionable, but that she said will, whether by abbreviation, am- About two years since, however, she has mis-apprehended its extent and plification, suppression, addition, or appeared at Covent Garden in the cha- peculiarity seems equally undeniable. interpolation; and, should any one racter of Bianca in • Fazio,' and, al- She is too young for. Volumoja, nor doubt my legal right and authority so though her representation was far, very does she possess the dignity of the Roto do, I hereby refer him to the proper far inferior to that of Miss O'Neil, she man matron; why is not Mrs. Faucit office, at Doctors' Commons, where he was evidently much improved. We continued in the part, instead of aswill find the last will and testament of think, however, on the whole, the signing her that of Virgilia? VolumCadwalader Von Mucklewit, Esq., haughty beauty, Aldabella, would have nia has more of what we may imaw bich was duly proved on the first day suited her better. Her next appear- gine Roman, than any of the other of April, in the year of our Lord one ance was in Adelgitha : her perform- characters in the piece; her very love thousand seven hundred and eighty- | ance was again remarkable for frequent is pride,-she doats not upon ber son, nine, Moses Von MUCKLEWIT. and powerful displays of talent, and but on the hero, the conqneror of Co

great inequality. She was much ap- rioli; it is, therefore, impossible for it Original Criticisms

plauded when she stabled Michael to have due effect on the stage, uvless

Ducas (Mr. Macready), and, though its representative be endowed with an The Principal Performers of the Theatres the character lost a main, if not essen- innate dignity, and a majestie figure, Koyal Drury Lane Covent Garden.

tial source of its interest after the death action, and demeanour, Alicia, though

of that personage, she availed herself of a very natural, is by no means an agrees No. X.-MRS. BUNN.

several opportunities to obtain ap- able character, and would scarcely be - Use all gently,

plause in the fifth act. Her intonation endured in the virulence of her actions You must acquire, and beget a Temperance,'

was greatly improved, and she had, in and the extravagance of her behaviour,

SHAKESPEARE. a great measure, discarded that hollow- but that she meets with an admirable The character of Imogen, in Mr. ness of tone which is by no means na- foil in her, more amiable, but not more Matarin's tragedy of Bertram, first in- tural, and still less necessary to her. fortunate friend. The character loses troduced Mrs. Bunn (at that time Miss Roxana and Elvira, fierce, haughty, none of its effect in the hauds of Mrs. Somerville) to a London audience. and vindictive, find in her very effici- Buun; many of her speeches are exHer task was arduous, but then she ent representatives ; but of her Lady quisitely given; her wild exclamation had not to contend with the corn para- Macbeth we are unwilling to speak; of horror .Stand off, and let me pass,' tive claims of any predecessor. 'No- as we can offer her neither compliment &c., on meeting Hastings on the way to thing could exceed the glorious wel or panegyric without a complete viola- execution, had its proper effect, and come of the public; still, notwithstand- tion of truth, we shall pass it by in si- the whole of her mad scenę, in which ing the torrents of applause that were lence. We are persuaded that this she reviles the unhappy June Shore as showered on the performance, her lady is permitted to enact the heroine the author of her miseries, and spurns conception of the character, on the in tragedy, merely because the mana- her from her door, were one specimens whole, did not please us. Her figure gers of Covent Garden have not a sin- of the histrionic art. Considerable is well adapted to the lofty range gle first-rate performer in this line, force and effect is given by Mrs. Bunn of tragedy, but her countenance is ex. with the exceptions, perhaps, of Miss to the holder and more vehement attremely unimpressive. Again, she Foote aud Mrs. Faucit; the former of tributes of Helen, in the tragedy of feels passionately, but fails in elevated whom, though exquisitely beautiful, Wallace;' but, owing to the harsh expression. Her articulation is by no is but a mediocre performer in trage and unpleasant tones in her voice, she means distinct: her words 'roll into dy, and the latter, though an extreme- is unable to give proper pathos to the each other like intermingling waves y clever woman, generally speaking, softer and more tender scenes, Her that crowd into a confused mass; her belongs rather to elegant comedy or a voice is a terrible drawback to her voice, in short, wants that modulation, superior class of melo-drame. This is neral merits, and she has yet to learn that variety of tone, which is exacted by the only reason we can assign for Mrs. to moderate her declamation, as well declamation; nor is her study formed Bunn's constant appearance before the as to chasten her action, which is someon a pure model, unless it be correct to public in characters for which she pos- times dignitied and graceful, at others surprize the ear by sudden starts, from sesses but slender requisites. Her inappropriate and inelegant; these erthe highest capable pitch of the voice Margaret of Aujon, in the Earl of rors, however, we notice the more freeto its lowest audible key. Her deli- Warwick, as a whole, is entitled to ly, as it is in her own power to get rid very of the speech • Of one who lov'd, conumendation.' Wherever rage or in- of, or, at least, to correct them. She -she was of humble 'birth,' &c., was dignation were to be expressed, she has still-much to learn as well as to onadmirable; but the remainder of the fulfilled her task with much ability; learn; let her study closely and withcharacter was badly conceived, and still she was, however, less happy in the out intermission; let her unlearn her worse executed; she was, at one time, scenes where feeling, pathos, and ten- acquired bad habits; native mapagevehement to the highest degree,-at derness were required. Her last scene ment, classically directed, will do wonanother, she sunk into an almost inau- was very impressive, and was honoured ders.

W. H. PARBY. dible whine. This lady was certainly I with great applause. Some months

LITERARY SQUABBLE. ency, he would have been surprised at connected with any point of honour in

receiving in answer to so plain, so dis- which he (Mr. L.) could conceive himThe rival magazines of Baldwin and tinct, and so decisive a proposition, the self to be in any sort concerned; but Blackwood have, for some months following letter, in which it will be Mr. Scott now found it convenient not past, carried on a species of literary seen that Mr. Scott maintains all the even to listen to the answer to his own warfare against each other, equally dis-spirit of his former communications, despicable insinuation, and he, theregraceful to the conductors of both but variegates the discussion with cer- fore, would not permit Mr. Christie The pen, however powerful, has been tain new conditions, which nothing but to read this paper, and for that reason found too feeble a weapon, and an ap- the ingenuity of personal apprehension Mr. Lockhart does not think it necespeal of another description has been could have brought into this stage of sary to insert it here. made by one of the parties, and evaded the business :

• Mr. Lockhart had now been enby the other. It appears, from'a par- «“Mr. Scott does not think it necessa- gaged in this very disagreeable corresrative published by Mr. Lockhart, who ry to discuss Mr. Lockhart's denial of his pondence for the greater part of a avows himself an occasional, but an un- right to a preliminary explanation; it is week. Seeing no likelihood of bringpaid, contributor to Blackwood's Ma- sufficient for Mr. Scott to have made up ing the affair to a termination by such gazine, that feeling himself insulted his mind on that point; to have his opi- means as he had hitherto resorted to, by oame, in various articles of a publi- nion supported by that of his friend-a he now found himself compelled to adcation called the London Magazine," he man of unblemizlied honour; and to be dress the following final note to Mr. authorized his friend, Mr. Christie, to prepared to stand the test of the feelings John Scott:-call on the editor, Mr. John Scott, and

« “ It is, however, his wish to limit the

• "Mr. Lockhart, in consequence of • ask of him, on the part of Mr. Lock-explanation he demands within the nar: Mr. Scott's having refused to act towards hart, whether he really had any concern rowest bounds the case will possibly ad- bim according to the rules by which gen: in these offensive articles, or was in- mit of. He will not, therefore, require tlemen are accustomed to regulate their clined to hold himself responsible for from Mr. Lockhart any arowal or disa conduct, thinks it' necessary to inform them.' Mr. Scott at first refused to give yowa!, directed towards particular articles Mr. Scott, that he, Mr. Lockhart, consi

that an answer, because Mr. Lockhart was inay have appeared in Blackwood's ders him as a liar and a scoundrel. Magazine: all he requires is, that Mr.

Mr. Lockhart also thinks-proper to pot on the spot. This difficulty was Lockhart should declare upon his ho- inform Mr. Scott, that it is his intention soon removed, by Mr. L. imunediately nour, in explicit terms, that he has never to set off for Scotland

on Tuesday mornhastening to London and renewing his derived money from any connexion, di- ing-bearing with him no other feeling demand. Mr. Scott still evaded an rect or indirect, with the management of in regard to Mr. Scott, except that suexplanation, requiring from Mr. Lock that work; and that he has never stood preme contempt with which every gen. hart to disavow his having been con- in a situation giving him, directly or in- tleman must contemplate the utmost unit. cerned, under fabricated names or ano- directly, a pecuniary interest in its sale. ed baseness of falsehood and poltroonymously, with that very infamous pub

" Mr. Lockhart will see that the terms nery.”

of this disavowal have no reference whatlication, Blackwood's Magazine.' This

• In about two hours, Mr. S. replied ever to occasional, or even frequent con- in these terms :was the sine qua non of Mr. Scott's giv- tributions, which Mr. Scott waives his ing any explanation. On receiving this right to inquire into. They are simply opened (not knowing the seal) the last

«“Mr. Scott has just received, and letter,' Mr. Lockhart wrote a reply, intended to draw the line of distinction note addressed to him by Mr. Lockhart; which, with the remainder of the nar- between the dealer in scandal and the and thinks it only necessary to say, that rative we give entire:

man of honour.
<« London, January. 19.

The system of concealment and eva of Blackwood's Magazine.

he considers it as coming froin the editor “Mr. Lockhart, without admitting sion, adopted in regard to the editorship

«“Saturday evening, half-past seven.”' that Mr. Scott has, according to the usu- of Blackwood's Magazine, and obstinateal practice of gentlemen in similar situa- ly maintained under calls as direct as that • This last new miserable subterfuge tions, any right to a preliminary explana- which Mr. Lockhart has now made on Mr. is as false in assertion (Mr. Lockhart tion, does, nevertheless, not hesitate to Scott, but which Mr. Scott could not not being the editor of Blackwood's offer Mr. Scott any explanation upon any bring himself to imitate; also Mr. Lock- Magazine,) as its motive is despicable. subject in which” Mr. Scott's personal hart's silence under the general public re- And Mr. Lockhart has now only to feelings and honour can be concerned; port attributing to him a principal share in the hopes, and on the understanding in the

getting-up of the work in question, regret that his ignorance of the manthat Mr. Scott will then no longer delay are sufficient to justify Mr. Scott in de ners and character of Mr. John Scott, giving Mr. Lockhart the explanation and manding this preliminary explanation. should have involved him in any dissatisfaction alluded to in Mr. Scott's com. The disavowal required by Mr. Scoti be cussion with a person alike incapable munications." **

being made, he holds himself prepared to of giving or of receiving the explana• If Mr. Scott's previous conduct had give Mr. Lockhart satisfaction without tion of a gentleman. not prepared Mr. Lockhart to expect

• N. B. The first copy of this state any degree of meanness and inconsist

Contemptible as Mr. Scott's as- ment was sent to Mr. Scott with a-110

sertions had now become to Mr. Lock- tification that Mr. Lockhart intended So 'anxious was Mr. Lockhart to bring hart, he vevertheless condescended to leaving London within twenty-four this discussion to a conclusion, that his friend make one etfort more to remove his hours after the time of his receiving it.? went on this occasion, charged by him with authority to deny on the part of Mr. L. (in case

tremulous delicacy and ever-springing Here the affair rests at present, and Mr. Scott should offer any opportunity for do- difficulties, by authorising Mr. Chris- what further steps may be taken is of ing so,) “ the smallest knowledge of or concern tie to read to Mr. Scott a formal denial little consequence to the public. Both in any article in any publication whatsoever, of that bare-faced falsehood, that Mr. the magazines in questiou have been by which Mr. Scott could possibly have ima. Lockhart had ever, on any pretence remarkable for their gross personalities, will be seen, that Mr. Christie bad no opportu- whatever, declined giving an immediate which have placed them out of the pale nity of acting upon these instructions.' and open answer to any application of honourable literature. What a pity it


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