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REQUEST-a modest one. When the Duke of Ormonde was made Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, in Queen Anne's reign, one of his friends applied to him for some preferment, adding, that he was by no means particular, and was willing to accept either a Bishopric, or a regiment of Horse—or to be made Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench. This, however, is surpassed by Horace Walpole's anecdote of a humane jailor in Oxfordshire, who made the following application to one of his condemned prisoners. • My good friend! I have a little favour to ask of you, which from your obliging disposition, I doubt not you will readily grant. You are ordered for execution on Friday week. I have a particular engagement on that day: if it makes no difference to you, would you say next Friday instead ?”


RESOLUTION.—He who sets out by considering all obstacles well—non obstantibus quibuscunque, has half-accomplished his purpose, for the difficulty in human affairs is more often in the mind of the undertaker, than in the nature of the undertaking. With this feeling, and the nil actum reputans dum quid superesset agendum,-nothing is impossible.

RESPECTABILITY.—Keeping up appearances, paying your

bills regularly, walking out now and then with your wife, and going occasionally to church. On the trial of a murderer, a neighbour deposed that he had always considered him a person of the highest respectability, as he had kept a gig for several years. This could only have occurred in England, where it is held that a man who is worth money, must be a man of worth.

RETIREMENT—from business. A mistake in those who have not an occupation to retire to, as well as from. Such men are never so well or so happily employed, as when they are following the avocation which use has made a second nature to them. The retired butcher in the neighbourhood of

Whitby, must have found idleness hard work, when he gave notice to his friends, that he should kill a larb every Thursday, just by way of amusement.

RETORT-COURTEOUS." I said his beard was not eut well; he was in the mind it was; this is called the retortcorteous,” says one of the characters in Shakspeare; but this lucus à non lucendo, does not come up to our modern idea of the term, which should involve some portion of the sharpness or smartness of a repartee. Lord G-, who is vehemently suspected of being descended from Ferdinand Mendez Pinto, since he never opens his mouth without fibbing, made some disparaging statement at White's concerning one of the members. The party implicated, who happened to overhear him, came up to his accuser, and said emphatically, “ My Lord, you have made an assertion," inferring as a matter of course, that he had uttered a falsehood. It is impossible to imagine a more polite, and yet more cutting way of giving the lie.

Two of the guests at a public dinner having got into an altercation, one of them, a blustering vulgarian, vociferated, “Sir, you are no gentleman !” “ Sir, said his opponent in a calm voice, and with a derisive smile,—"you are no judge.” Both these bons mots are complete and literal instances of the retort-courteous.

There are retorts uncourteous, which can only be justified by the occasion. Talleyrand being pestered with importunate questions by a squinting man, concerning his broken leg, replied, “ It is quite crooked, -as you see.”

H. C a keen sportsman, provoked by a cockney horseman who had ridden over two of his hounds, could not forbear swearing at him for his awkwardness. “ Sir!" said the of fender, drawing up both himself and his horse, and assuming a very consequential look, “I beg to inform you, that I did not come out here to be damned.”- Why then, Sir, you may go home and be damned."

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“ Ah! Dr. Johnson,” exclaimed a Scotchman, “ what would you have said of Buchanan, had he been an Englishman?” “ Why, Sir,” replied Johnson, “I should not have said of Buchanan, had he been an Englishman, what I will now say of him as a Scotchman, that he was the only man of genius his country ever produced.”

REVENGE.-A momentary triumph, of which the satisfaction dies at once, and is succeeded by remorse; whereas forgiveness, which is the noblest of all revenges, entails a perpetual pleasure. It was well said by a Roman Emperor, that he wished to put an end to all his enemies, by converting them into friends.

REVIEW.-A work that overlooks the productions it professes to look over, and judges of books by their authors, not of authors by their books.

REVIEW-retrospective. When we cast a Parthian glance backwards, and embrace in one far darting retrospect our whole existence, divided as it has been into infancy, boyhood, manhood, and old age, each a sort of separate life, from the variety of thoughts, feelings, and events that it comprises, what a long, long course of time seems to be condensed into the mental operation of a single moment. The period from our own birth to the present hour, appears more extensive and eventful than all that has preceded it, even from the birth of the world; so different is the impression made by time experienced, and time imagined. In the former case, the view is broken by a succession of land-marks, each throwing back the distance, and giving to the whole the semblance of covering a much larger space than it really occupies. In the latter, we are gazing over an objectless sea, where the horizon is brought nearer to us for want of any standard by which to measure its remoteness. History is the shadow of time; life its substance, and they bear the same relation to one another, that the dim twilight does to the up-risen and visible sun. It is in vain to talk to men of throwing their minds into the past, or into the future, you may as well bid them leap out of themselves, or beyond their shadow. The present is all in all to us. As to the past ages, and those which are to come, De non apparentibus et non existentibus eadem est ratio."

REVIEWER.—With certain honourable exceptions, a reviewer is one who, either having written nothing himself, or having failed in his own literary attempts, kindly undertakes to decide upon the writing of others. “ Let those teach others, who themselves excel," was the maxim of former times, but in the march of no-intellect, we have reversed all this: the dunce wields the magisterial rod, the ass sits in the professor's chair, and both are severe, because they have found it much more easy and pleasant not to like, than to do the like. Hi præ cæteris alios liberiùs carpere solent, qui nil proprium ediderunt :—those men are most disposed to depreciate others, who have done nothing themselves. Such a critic contemplates a book, as a carpenter views a tree, not to weigh the time and contrivance that have been required for its production, not to admire its just proportions, or the beauty of its leayes, not to consider what pleasure or advantage it may bestow upon others, if left to flourish and expand, but merely to calculate how he himself may best turn it to account, by undermining, overthrowing, and cutting it up. As to the poor author, he is merely used as a stalking-horse, behind which the critic levels at the surrounding game, giving his steed a lash or two as he ends his diversion.

Messieurs the Reviewers! you are like Othello, not for your black looks, nor because of your smothering the innocent in their own sheets, but because, “your occupation's gone." Haying found the motives both of puffers and abusers, the public are no more to be deterred from purchasing a clever book by the latter, than cajoled into buying a stupid one by the former. Parodying the words of a well known epigram, we may therefore exclaim :

Peace, idiots,-- peace! and both have done,

Each kiss his empty brother,
For Genius scorns a foe like one,

And dreads a friend like t'other.

Should any of the fraternity, nevertheless, feel disposed to notice this little work, they will please to consider themselves among the honourable exceptions alluded to in the commencement of this article. We scorn to truckle to any man for the poor honours of “full blown Bufo,” but candour, is candour !

RHETORIC.-Appealing to the passions instead of the reason of your auditors, and claiming that value for the workmanship, which ought to be measured by the ore alone. An orator is one who can stamp such a value upon counterfeit coin as shall make it pass for genuine. Pitt was rhetorician, or rather declaimer, of this sort, and unfortunately, we are now paying in sterling coin for his Birmingham flash money.

RICHES-are seldom really despised, though they may be vilipended upon the principle of the fox, who imputed sourness to the unattainable grapes. We cannot well attach too much value to a competency, or too little to a superfluity, but we may and do err in generally defining the former as a little more than we already possess. Riches provide an antidote to their bane, for though they encourage idleness, they will purchase occupation, by change of scene, variety of company, pastimes of all sorts, and by that noblest employment of any, the exercise of beneficence. Robinson Crusoe might despise riches—so may a savage; but no sane and civilised man will hold them in contempt.

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