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two fees, returned to my a domus et for an unlawful assembling. The learnplacens uxor.”
ed Baron again sent for the crown On the next circuit came two learned counsel, who again refused to attend; judges, whom I am anxious to introduce and his lordship having animadverted to the reader's notice. The name of somewhat severely upon the refusal, the one is identified with literary repu My Lord,” said my excellent coltation, splendid genius, and profound league, with a waggish gravity,“ most learning, the other, celebrated as the probably it may be the opinion of those accomplished scholar, the delightful learned gentlemen, that our present companion, the polished and graceful sitting in court partakes of the nature orator. The friend and correspondent of an unlawful assembly.” It was with of Edmund Burke, could not but be an considerable delight that I received an individual of more than ordinary qua- invitation to dine with his lordship, and lities; and the name of Sir W. C. Smith unquestionably a more agreeable evenand the Right Hon. C. K. Bushe surelying I never enjoyed. The Baron was must not pass unheeded in my narra refined and philosophical ; the Lord tive. It happened, when I was in Chief Justice brilliant and classical. England, pupil to a barrister since ele- The one instructed by the accuracy of vated to the bench, that a case, which his criticism, the other entertained with had been tried in Ireland before Sir W. his fascinating anecdote and sparkling Smith, was sent over to have English wit. I could not avoid contrasting advice as to the grounds upon which them with their English compeers, and a rule for a new trial could be most exulting with all an Irishman's ardour soundly supported. The notes of the in the superior attainments of my learntrial and the report of the learned ed hosts. It is reported of a very emibaron's charge, were, of course, copied nent English lawyer, that in the index in the case submitted to my learned pre- of one of his numerous publications ceptor. “ This," said he to me, seems appeared the head, “ great mind.” A "to be a very sensible, and certainly an learned judge, in casting his eye over eloquent 'charge of the judge; Baron the book, was startled at seeing such a Smith, I think, is his name; is he a man title in the index. “ Surely,” said he, of any celebrity ? My Irish pride "my friend Mr. C. has not commenced boiled and bubbled : I swelled with metaphysical studies.” On turning to national indignation. “ If, Sir," said I, the page marked in the index, he found, " you were as well versed in the litera “ Lord Ellenborough had a great mind ture, as you are in the laws of your to non-suit the plaintiff.” It was this country, you might, with as much pro- gentleman who, on one occasion, on a priety, have asked me, if Saunders's motion in the King's Bench in England, Reports was a work of any value.” was poring over and reading a quantity The habits of the Baron are peculiar ; of voluminous affidavits, with an air of his appearance is grave and venerable, luxurious delight. “ Quite irrelevant ; but it is as an evening star that he wholly irrelevant,” interrupted Mr. shines with brilliant lustre. When Brougham, who was counsel on the once fairly seated on the Bench, he opposite side. Softly, softly, Mr. seems peculiarly to enjoy the midnight Brougham," said Lord Tenterden, in lamp, and becomes the more vigorous a tone of grinding sarcasm,
“ You must as the shades of night close around. make allowance for literary taste ; many A case in which I was engaged for the persons are partial to affidavit reading." prosecution was called on at eleven I told the story of my introduction o'clock at night ; the circuit Attorney- to criminal practice, which afforded general already sketched was my col- considerable entertainment to the Chief league; there was also the regular Justice. “ Indeed,” said he, “I rearray of crown prosecutors. At this member myself having been somewhat late hour a messenger was sent to the chagrined by the result of a case in bar-room, to order our attendance, and which I was employed to defend a man some of the counsel for the crown re- who was indicted for wilful murder. It fuzed to obey the summons. My col was on the Munster Circuit, before the league and I thought it our duty to Baron's father, Sir Michael Smith. I obey; the case proceeded, and at length thought I had the most satisfactory dea very technical discussion arose as to fence in the world, for I had in court, whether the persons were truly indicted alive and well, the man who was al
leged to have been murdered. When ed at several counties, to provide, as called on for the defence, I gave “oyer” far as my humble talents would allow, of the man, and, with an air of calm that the constitution should not finally complacency coneluded the defence. be rooted out, by any but bonâ fide ragaThe foreman of the jury looked sneer muffins. One scene only, and I have ingly at me: “ that counsel,” said he, done. In the county of L., I enjoyed thinks himself a wonderful clever fel- the pleasure of being the guest of a low; I'll teach him the difference. The distinguished female personage. The prisoner stole a colt of mine, and if he two county deputies and I sojourned at produced the murdered man fifty times her hospitable mansion for nearly a over, I'll find the prisoner guilty."— week. I would not intrude further into Despite of the judge's charge, despite the privacy of domestic life than to say of my display of the living body “ of that we had the society of a hostess the murdered man,” the prisoner was endowed with mental energies of exfound guilty of murdering a living man, traordinary power, and intellectual culbecause he stole a horse; as pure a tivation of more than usual excellence. specimen of jury logic as ever as pro- One of the deputies being an old marbably could be produced from any ried man, and the other a confirmed old country. It was only by the Lord bachelor, I considered myself, as the Lieutenant interfering that the life of "youth” of the party, called upon to the prisoner was spared.”. There is one discharge the duties of gallantry, parcircumstance which cannot fail to be ticularly as there was a very pleasing, observed by any one who has been in animated, and artless young lady, then the society of Sir W. C. Smith, and on a visit with our hostess, for whom I that is, the accuracy of his knowledge soon entertained a pure platonic affecon every subject on which he converses. tion. My wife might have been jealous, Go with him into the recesses of an- perhaps, if she had seen the simpering cient and modern classics, you will soon softness of my smiles at the dinner find that he will take the lamp out of table; but as I made a full and fair your hand, and light you onward. Turn confession of my true condition on the to metaphysical disquisition, and there day of my arrival, I thought I was enhe rides triumphant, foiling you with title to take a dance in fetters. My his acute analysis, and opening new old romancings were revived by the and rich veins of thought and emotion. quickening impulses of what may be de The Lord Chief Justice will always signated an affectionate regard, (such as fascinate; he will attend you in your a lady entertains for a gentleman when range through law and literature, and she pens a refusal to the verata questio, cheer and delight you on your journey; and then tells him she shall ever esteem and if you wish to be an “ auditor him as as a friend); and on my leaving tantum," you may calculate upon an the hospitable roof, I became poetical in agreeable repast of polished anecdote the extreme, that is, I intended to and didactic hilarity. This circuit become so, but my muse, sly jade, proved more productive than the for- traversed in prox., and I must only wait mer ; but the fee book for this year is to bring her before the bar of public truly indebted to the reform bill and opinion for trial, and judgment, it conthe registry sessions for its most solid victed, next number. sustenance. My presence was demand
THE LAND OF DREAMS.
I wander'd far into the land of dreams
And built me there a pleasant place of rest ; Deck'd with all forms that youthful fancy deems
Brightest and dearest to the human breast.
Wrapt in the coil that idle fancy spun, 'Till ev'ry firm resolve began to melt
Like snow dissolving in the noon-tide sun.
Where blazon'd glass sheds an illusive gleam;
Are thrown to shadowy distance in its beam ;
How quickly would its radiance fade away!
Would stand the pillars, bare, and cold, and grey.
So have my youthful visions left me now!
My wayward will, and bade my spirit bow!
While floats the hov'ring mist o'er lake and hill,
Her fairy landscapes--peopled as she will.
From sober truth, as morning's rays encrease.
And nature's charms, for vapours such as these ?
Thus has the day-star ris'n within my heart,
The day-spring from above has o'er me dawn'd ; Dispellid iny dreams-caused many a bitter smart, But shown the truth, and bid me not despond.
We are inclined to believe, that more than repaid him since for his among the feelings and passions injokes, by unrestrained convulsions of cidental to human nature, there is not laughter at the mere mention of his one which would be likely to form a
For ourselves, to prove with more interesting subject for speculative what different feelings our spirits are inquiry, than the extreme solicitude influenced, such is our fond desirewhich the majority of mankind have, our longing after the immortality of liin all ages, evinced for posthumous terary renown, that, without meaning fame. It would be difficult to find a any offence to you, gentle reader, we poet or historian of antiquity, who has only need capital to induce us to pubnot expressed himself to the same ef- lish a magazine for posterity solely, fect as the most intellectual and philo- content to be cheered by its clamorous sophical of his brethren in modern times, approval, wafted upon the wings of echo in calculating upon the honours which to the beatified Editor in the Elysian should be paid to his memory by the fields. . Before we leave this part of applause of posterity; and, if we may our article, however, it may be prudent so say, the degree of post-obit felicity, to state, that we are now writing, conwhich' he could not fail to enjoy in trary to the advice of Thucydides, for the justice so rendered to his excel- the existing generation expressly, leavlent deserts. We must certainly ad- ing it optional with futurity to reprint vance so much in commendation of the us, without fear of being entangled in greater acumen and
more polished the meshes of the law of copy-right; taste evinced by that portion of crea- but as yet we have no subscribers for tion, usually entitled posterity, as to the year 1900. attribute to them the redeeming of It
not now be amiss to state * many a gem of purest ray serene,' the bearing of our preceding observafrom the waters of oblivion, to which tions, and shew how they are connected they had been unfeelingly consigned with the present subject. It has been by the race, whose credit it should our good fortune to have lighted achave been to appreciate, as it was a dis- cidentally upon a mine of Irish poetry, grace to reject them ; as also the trans- from which we shall gather occasionplanting of many a flower born to ally a few brilliants, and submit to an blush unseen,' from the midst of rank, amazed public some exquisite speciold weeds, that envied and obscured its mens of a more precious than oriental beauty, to a more congenial soil, where lustre ; in other words, we discovered its loveliness could no more be lost. upon a lofty shelf, no matter where, None can deny to 'posterity' the merit some dozen tomes of various size and of having accomplished these great quality, and contents in all metres, desiderata ; what have not we done in crusted with the most venerable dust, this relation, to those who went be- and evidently intended to be concealed fore? And what may not those, who from the curious, by a curtain of cobare yet to come, now being fashioned webs, which did infinite honour to the in the womb of time, effect for us? skill and industry of a tribe of ArachOut upon the idle jest of the half One glace convinced us that witted' mountebank, who refused to they never were designed for the use lend his aid for the benefit of future and purposes of modern times ; some generations, unless they gave bim an of them, it is quite plain, were meant equivalent ! Heaven knows they liave to be valued by, and others to be un
derstood by future, and more distant nical apparatus as indispensable to the ages
, an object which, we must confess, arrangement of domestic economy as they deservedly despaired of seeing the fly-wheel of a jack, and just as unaccomplished in the present infancy of conscious of its own evolutions. Why knowledge and taste. The fact is, we should not a part, if not the whole are really now spoon-fed, and, to speak range of the sciences be made available gravely
, we are in the childishness of for the purposes of female education ? dotage, with regard to our literary Is it that woman is deficient in capacaprices ; the intellect has long spurned city? In truth we know of instances the strong aliment by which it was where the pupil outran her master. nourished and invigorated ; Shakes- Why should she be kept in the darkpeare and Milton are almost forgotten, ness of ignorance ûpon the beauties of and the enervated and effeminated classic literature, which are still more fancy luxuriates to satiety upon the easy of attainment, and could not but hot-spiced confections, which emanate be studied to good purposes under the from the pen of passion, under the influence of the most refined and exquiguidance of folly and bombast, and site taste? Let any take but a hasty in utter defiance of the dictates of glance at the honoured names upon the modesty as well as reason. The scroll of authorship, and although he sun has gone down upon the poetic may find the proportion of female art ; those who wielded the sceptre writers to be but small, he cannot for a over all nature are no more ; and by moment with justice believe that they whom are they succeeded? The prim- do not sustain with spirit and talent rose poets ; those who can wrap the part which genius has induced them up their souls in a rose-bud—the de- to enact upon upon the literary stage. famers of botany, who would appear of the various departments of combut to study it for the purpose of rack- position we should be inclined to point ing it upon the wheel of their nauseous out the poetical as peculiarly adapted and abominable rhymes. Heaven for the expression of feminine feeling,
help the Aower that will jingle in of course when that feeling has suba couplets or triplets ; should it escape mitted to the correction of its exube
one Annual —it will probably be snared rance or excessive enthusiasm by the in another, and should it outwit them standards of a well-informed mind, and all
, it may still be overtaken by a Ma- a well-regulated judgment. Further, gazine.
is not woman the absolute essence of A considerable portion of that spe- two-thirds of the poetry that has been cies of composition to which we allude written since the creation? Why then we are under compliment for, to fairer may she not look into the mirror of her hands and more enthusiastic hearts own beart and become the medium of
than fall to the lot of man. Woman its dictates ; we do not expect, nor in b> is in the field.
Would she were so sooth do we desire that she should go armed, as to defend her rights. We so far back as to retaliate upon our sex may
be wrong, but it is an impression for our odes and sonnets · To Caroline,' which we have long entertained, that “ To Maria,' and so on, by indicting there is no foundation whatever for the versicles • To Henry, Charles' or presumed inferiority of the female in- even · Antony Poplar' who, in a parentellect. The stuff which we are aware thesis, is quite vain enough; no—but if our opponents would adduce in their poetry be * nature harmonised we assupport about weaker vessels,' and sert that the subject could not find an so forth, we could answer at once apter minstrel-one who could clothe by insisting it was
not a moral more adequately, in the expressive lanweakness which the expression was
guage of the soul's emotions, the fair intended to convey ; that the grea- scenes with whose beauty and inartifiter delicacy of her frame and the cial loveliness the senses are wont to pliant softness of her feelings should impressed, than woman. With what incline her to depend on man for her peculiar and yet forcible imagery has support we do not mean to deny, but one whom it now were idle to comto assert that she is inferior in soul, or mend, pourtrayed in one of his most its qualities, is taking a good step to- favourite pictures, the out-beaming of wards the Mahometanism that would female intellect in the wordsdeprive them of any suul at all, and convert them into a species of mecha
“ The mind, the music breathing from her