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the saiyanino ofour Magazine, we would which a representation in the legislapot imitate the Scythians, who mourned ture was given to the academic body, over the infant's birth from a foresight proves that its original founders enterof the perils which awaited its progress tained more enlightened views, and through the world upon which it had regarded learning and education but as entered ; we would rather take for ex means for the attainment of an end ample the merriment of our Irish chris as qualifications for the noble employtenings, where nothing is heard butment of taking a part in the concerns prophecies of the future greatness of of the state. Why is weight thus the little stranger. We feel that we given to the opinions of the University may safely use the language of confi- if it be criminal in her members to form dence and hope; and though in giving a judgment upon passing events? And to our work the name that we have why is that very theatre in which her selected, we feel ourselves seriously examinations are held, and her honours responsible for its character and merits, are adjudged, made the arena of an, yet we trust the lapse of time will show election, if the great questions that that its sponsors have not promised concern the well-being and the constitoo much for the DUBLIN UNIVERSITY tution of the country be beneath her MAGAZINE. We know and feel that dignity to notice ? Our legislators were from us will be expected an order of wiser than to establish in the very. talent different from, though perhaps centre of the land, a great and influennot superior to, that which is looked tial body of men, who should, as it for in similar publications that do not were, be exiled from the sympathies of appear before the public under such their fellow citizens; and in conferhigh sanction, or with the impress of ring the elective franchise as the reward so venerable a name. Upon this point of distinguished proficiency in the stuwe can only promise to bear in mind, dents, they seemed to inculcate this and to be influenced by the maxim- lesson on the rising generation, that * Vitavi culpam haud merui laudem.” having a voice in political concerns We cannot anticipate that any thing was an honourable privilege, and that, should ever appear under the name of as they progressed in knowledge and Alma Mater, but what, like the classic information, the state would expect pillars of her buildings, is at once ele- from them a corresponding increase gant and solid, ornamental and yet of exertion in her service, and regard chaste.
them as better qualified to express an There are, we know, some who con- opinion upon every thing that conceive we would have consulted better cerned her safety or her interest. This for the dignity of that name, had we certainly was the practical lesson of our not connected it with the politics of constitution, and we cannot yet forget the day; who imagine that within the the precepts of that form of governprecincts of her peaceful courts, should ment which raised Britain to that height be heard no sound but the calm voice of glory unparallelled in the annals of of science, and that the jarring of dis- the world. cord and the clamour of party should To what purpose is it that we exnot be permitted to disturb the solem- amine the volumes of history, if it is nity of the temple of learning, or in- not that we may derive lessons from its terrupt the devotions of her worshippers. pages, as to the causes which fostered But human nature, even in the cloisters the greatness, or produced the downof a college, cannot be divested of its fall of empires, and thus bring the exattributes; and when the sound of the perience of past ages to guide our own battle outside has become so loud as ignorance and weakness, and employ even to break upon the silence of our the observations of other times in enaretirement, and when we know that the bling us to form a correct estimate as contest is for all that we are bound to to the results of our own ? If the poprize, it cannot be expected that we sition be at all tenable, that politics are should stand aloof. Nor do we believe inconsistent with the dignity of the that the University ever was intended University ; then, indeed, may history as a tomb, in which should be buried be regarded as an old almanack, and energies that might be usefully em- the time devoted to its study as mis. ployed in the service of society. That spent, and shallow and presuming igvery provision of the Constitution by norance be left to settle those ques
tions of vital import which are regard- and self-confident speculators in noed as beneath the notice of intelligence velties, may erect an edifice of their and education. Yet there was a time own upon its ruins. If ever there was when even philosophers were not a period when circumstances practically ashamed to bear their part in what so enforced the Lacedæmonian law, that deeply concerns their fellow men, and every man should be of some party in when it was not considered that deep the state, that period is the present, erudition was mispent, when employ- and we confess, that we think little of ed in the settlement of questions that that man's patriotism, who can view involved the happiness of thousands— unmoved the aspect of the times, and when even a Solon could render him- wrapping himself in the narrowness of self illustrious as a legislator ; and So- selfish apathy, slumber on in undisturbcrates, the first of heathen sages, bring ed indifference, while the storm is his energies to bear upon the interests shaking the social fabric to its base. of his country:
Surely, then, in taking our stand by the These too, be it remembered are no side of order, and the settled Instituordinary times. We may say, with tions of the country, we are not acting the orator of old, that we have not led in a manner unworthy the name we the life that ordinarily falls to the lot bear, nay, perhaps, we may be enabled of man, but have been boru for a tale to contribute to the defence of the of wonder to those that shall come University itself. The war that is after us ; we have seen the religious waged against every thing great and and political principles of infidel and venerable in the land, may not cease revolutionary France, spreading in our until she is among the number of the own country ; nay, and admitted withe aggressed. If concession is continued, in the very walls of the senate house demand may be encreased, and the of Britain. We have lived to see yawning chasm of democracy be like experiment substituted for experience, that gulph in the Roman Forum, which and to behold the strange, and yet the it was predicted, would close only upon solemn spectacle of a great and happy that which Rome held the most prenation voluntarily renouncing that Con- cious. stitution under which she had prosper But it is time that this article should ed, and cntering on hazar/lous specu- be drawing to a close. We must conlations, in an untried and theoretical clude by expressing our unfeigned grasystem of representation. We feel as titude to those who have evinced, by if we were yet but upon the threshold their kind and active support, a more of the change. A spirit seems to have than ordinary anxiety for the ultimate gone abroad of restless and ceaseless success of our enterprize ; hazardous innovation, and it is with deep solici- it must be, but that it should prove uttude, that we put to ourselves the mo. terly unavailing, we will not allow ourmentous question-" What will be selves for a moment to anticipate. We the end thereof.” Age cannot com- wish then, in all sincerity of heart, to mand respect, or utility ensure protec. our readers, and we trust we may be tion, while the time-honoured buttresses allowed to hope for ourselves, many a of our social system are to be given up. happy anniversary of “our opening to the rude assaults of the Goths and day." Vandals of modern days, that our vain
THE COLLEGE ELECTION,
It is no: our intention to enter into the nounce a steady, impartial, and incontrodetails of this subject, which have already vertible judgment. We cannot, however, been submitted to the public through the remain altogether silent upon a theme of medium of the press, and ably commented such general triumph ; we must speak, if upon by that portion of it which is most it were but to congratulate those, with competent, from its constant and un- whom we are proud to be identified, in flinching advocacy of truth, upon the the utter discomfiture of a party which is ground of enlightened principle, to pro- only sheltered from the severity of the
most unlimited obloquy by its having be- most exceed belief. Would that it had come the object of the most merited never been in our power to attest it! and contempt.
that in the history of a nation which The representation of our University boasts of being civilized, there never had in parliament, has at all times been consi- been unfolded that dark page, which dered as the most honorable seat to which, speaks of the unbridled and malicious in this country, any candidate could as- cruelty exerted without ceasing to wear pire to attain ; we presume it was for this down the firmness, the fervour, and the reason that, as far as our recollection faith of the labourers in the vineyard of serves, there never was an oceasion in peace, the fact of whose being repaid for which the government of the day did not their sound doctrine and salutary example, case the most extraordinary exertion to almost ever with unthankfulness, and often secure, at a contested election, the return, with assassination, loudly proclaims that either of an actual officer of the existing boast to be a lie. Whether his Majesty's administration, or at least a strenuous ad- Solicitor-general for Ireland, Mr. P. C. Focate of the ministerial measures. What Crampton, who ought to be as fully at least our opinions or feelings were, at the pe aware of the truth of the facts above stated riod to which we allude, upon the courses as we are, supposed that he was either so invariably adopted, it is not necessary showing sympathy for their sufferings, now to repeat; suffice it to say, that it or bearing testimony to their long-tried was not to be wondered at, if the in- and unshaken integrity, when he obliged fiuence and interference of government the ministers of the Gospel, in an electionproved generally successful, whatever the booth, to call God to witness that they complexion of its politics, when the con- served Him and not Mammon: or whether stituency was so limited, as it was previous Mr. Crampton, in so doing, has not disto the passing of the Reform bill, and played a more virulent malignity than the when, as could be proved beyond dispute, most bitter of their professed enemies, but a few of the individuals who com- inasmuch as to be sullied in character is posed it were permitted to act as inde- worse than to be deprived of life, is a pendently as good principle, if left unbi- matter upon which we cannot believe that assed, could not have failed to prompt he is so utterly bereft of all conscience as them.
to be unable to decide, and that too di. So far as it is possible to feel grateful rectly against himself. for a favour which never was intended to The first time that Mr. Crampton be conferred, even so far are we ready came forward as a candidate here, it canto acknowledge ourselves indebted to his not be denied that there was a very strong Majesty's ministers for that enlargement feeling in his favour---public affairs wore of the elective franchise, which has secured not the fearful aspect that they now preto this University a constituency that, at sent. The fatally destructive mischiefs once from its nature, character, and ex- of Reform were tolerably well concealed, tent, must ever continue, what late events except to the more acute glance of exhave proved it to be, incapable of being perienced politicians, under the mask of either cajoled by their instruments, or public advantage and utility: almost all controlled by themselves. The great, agreed that some change was necessary, and we must add, the noble, use which the the attention was willingly diverted, from great body of the Irish clergy have made gloomy reflections upon probable and apof this their investiture with political parently but partial evil, to the cheering power, was only what might in fairness anticipations of positive and general good; have been expected from a class of men, in short, the delusions of Twenty-Nine whose reputation for learning and ability, were revived: may we not add that they the most spotless conduct, a meekness al. have now at least been similarly dispelled ? most proverbial under the most wanton We were aware that Mr. Crampton had persecution, a devotion to the great cause been highly distinguished here, and, not of which they are the solemnly ordained being much concerned at that time in advocates, from which tyranny cannot what was going on elsewhere, we took it deter, nor privations distract them, has for granted he was a lawyer in good repute deservedly placed them, we will not say and practise at the bar. In private life on a level with, but far above the Pro- we knew him to be eminently remarkable testant clergy of any country, who have for every quality that could reflect honor not yet been, and we trust may never be upon the conduct and principles of any; destined to experience that degree of po- he was further, the able and unceasing verty and affliction to which our own advocate of the designs and projects of have been reduced, and which would al- several societies that had for their object
the enforcing of practical religion, and æquis' in the most unlimited sense of the the diffusing of a stricter morality, and phrase. It is no donbt true that he has more salutary discipline, than the lower one or two divines on his side in supportorders of this country are naturally wil- ing the orthodoxy of the new education ling to observe. In fact, at the period system, upon which he dwelt largely and in which Mr. Crampton accepted office forcibly in his speech on the late occasion, under the present governmeut, such was unavailingly howeveras the event proved: the influence of the considerations already for, with the exception of the one or two stated upon many, that they could not whom we have alluded to, and the scanty believe he would abandon his character number of his other adherents, who may and respectability, the comparatively quiet probably have been confirmed in error, the and probably more lucrative walk of his arguments of the learned gentlemen failed profession, together with all the claims to produce an effect upon any, so far as to which he appeared so justly to possess cause a shadow of conviction. There upon general regard, for the sake of at
are many other points connected with Mr. taching himself to the Grey administra- Crampton's canvass previous to his contion, with the visionary prospect of legal duct during the election, and to which advancement, unless that administration, we early intend to pay a marked attenwhich it has never done, nor is it now in tion, not with the impression that the its power to do, were likely to disprove censures we may pronounce, or the advice and falsify all the ill-omens and prophe- we may offer, can be of any use to Mr. cies of evil that attended its formation. Crampton, who of course will never again We were then far from being surprised at attempt the representation of the Unithe encouragement which, during his first versity. We have the strongest grounds canvass, Mr. Crampton received; fortu- for believing, that overwhelming as the nately it was not sufficient to secure him late majority was, in favour of Messrs. against a defeat which, though equally Lefroy and Shaw, it will be likely to bear decisive, was not so signal as the last; the the proportion of Mr. Crampton's minority reason is obvious, the designs of govern- when compared with the numbers which ment were rapidly unmasked and unfolded; shall be added to the present adherents of the goodly towers of church and state, so the former gentlemen at the succeeding long the efficient and impregnable bul- commencements.
However the precepts warks of British liberty, were soon marked we intend to give, founded upon the conout for demolition, not alteration; and duct of all parties at the election, may, great as the zeal, and warm as the ardour we trust, be considered so deserving of was, with which the sapient architects of notice and adoption, as to check the insomodern constitutions hastened on their lence of an opposition which would make work of destruction, with the silly and up for the fruitlessness of hope by the auunfounded confidence that they should be dacity which would disguise despair, and able to rebuild, with better workmen, upon may encourage at all times such an unthe same site, a fairer and more faultless wavering adherence to high principle, such structure; still the enthusiasm of Mr.
an uncompromising regard to the honor Crampton far surpassed that of all: to and character of gentlemen, and such a work with the slow and steady line and persevering advocacy of the sacred cause plummet of our forefathers, appeared a of religion, truth, and justice, as secured, contemptible prejudice in favor of antiqua- and shall continue to secure, to Messrs. ted superstitions in the wise judgment of Lefroy and Shaw, the affectionate regard, this political Aladdin, who certainly ought as well as the never failing support of a not to have depended upon a natural ge numerous and enlightened constituency. nius for such sudden inspiration as would Of the merits of these gentlemen, and enable him to construct an empire in a their worthiness of the high trust and day; his very colleagues in office were confidence which has been reposed in ashamed of his intemperance, and con- them, we shall speak more at length demned him for his ignorance; he plainly hereafter: it is a subject which will not showed that he did not possess the tact admit of being hastily glanced at, or careand experience requisite for an honest lessly dismissed; it is one which affects statesman, nor the ability, however com the interests of the country at large, as petent in inclination, for the opposite; well as our own, too deeply to discuss it we cannot in short pronounce a more de “currente calamo." We hope to be soon cisive or intelligible opinion upon his offi- enabled to treat of it with the justice our cial career, than by asserting it to be toto feelings would demand, and close for the cælo'the reverse of that of his predecessor, present with once more congratulating the whom he certainly followed non passibus Conservative body upon their triumphant
success where their principles and objects wholly to rely for the safety of the emcould be best appreciated, and imploring pire, endangered as it has been, by the them to continue to preserve amongst opportunities and encouragement so unthem that union of wealth and intelli- sparingly yielded to the tyranny of an gence upon which they may rest assured unawed democracy. ere long the government shall be obliged
LAW SCHOOL OF THE DUBLIN UNIVERSITY.
The title of this article, we feel con- the bar, and adorned the bench, but a sound vinced, will surprise many of our readers, and judicious inculcation of principles—a to whom the existence of a law school in useful direction in their early studies, the Dublin University must have been might have lightened their labours ; at all more than a matter of doubt. But if any events, the efforts of genius cannot be ex-scholar chance to turn his attention to repressed, it delights in battling with difthis article, he will recollect the old mode, ficulties, and in overcoming them triumphso pleasant and improving, of escaping the antly. horrors of learning Hebrew, by dozing The Inns of Court, once so famous for away for half an hour two mornings in legal education, where centuries ago Coke the week during term, instead of listening and Bacon searched out and settled the to the professor of common law solving deepest principles, astonishing while they the enigmatical definition of “ fee simple” instructed by their luminous expositions, and “fee tail.” Wishing, however, to degenerated into taverns, and the science enlighten the uninitiated, we state it as a of the law became proportionably degradpositive and solemn fact, which, if neces ed. There was nothing to keep alive the sary, we can prove by evidence the most active spirit of enquiry, or to sharpen by incontrovertible, that there has existed in collision the youthful understanding ; the our college, for many years past, a profes- student was left to plod his weary way as sorship of common law, it true, some best he could through masses of decisions what in a torpid state, which, however, which confounded and perplexed him to we ascribe to the delightful fact, that ponder over old folios, and guess at their it was unnecessary for learned men to meaning—to bewilder himself by acts of dilate upon the laws in a country where legislation, incomprehensible to the sathey were so thoroughly understood, and pient framers—and finally, unless stirred what is infinitely better, so universally and on by poverty and ambition, to abandon, so evidently obeyed. We go farther, in despair, a hopeless and heart-breaking the institution has not only existed but pursuit. exceedingly flourished. Some five and Something excellent was at last found twenty years ago, an accomplished scho- to have existed in the institutions of our lar, by name O'Sullivan, filled that chair, ancestors; the good old custom of teachhe delivered lectures, left us printed, ing law by oral instruction, has been rewhich for depth of research, beauty of vived, and with signal success. The arrangement, and eloquence of expression London University set the example are second only to the commenta- King's College followed; both instituries of that matchless juris-consult Sir tions are supplied with professors of conWilliam Blackstone. The lustre of his summate learning, deep sense, and mawritings shed a light upon the noble sci ture judgments; their lectures attracted ence he assumed to teach, and his exer- large classes, and have rendered essential tions, as unprompted as they were suc- service, as well to the private gentleman cessful, will preserve his name in honour, as the professional student. Fortunately, safe from that oblivion in which the in- at this period, for the Dublin University, dolent and the unconscientious are de- the numerous engagements of Mr. Crampservedly buried. From the death of that ton, compelled him to resign into the able eminent person, till a recent period, we hands of Dr. Longfield, the fulfilment heard little of the professorship of com of those important duties incident to mon law. Legal education ceased in the the professorship of common law, and Dublin University, and hardly existed in which Mr. Crampton had not time to England since, in the practical business discharge himself. Mr. Longfield beof the pleader's office. In that dark in- ing thus appointed deputy profesterval no doubt, great lawyers practised at sor, like a conscientious man resolv