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cations, where he did not afterwards until we lose it-hundreds who never meet with quite fair play; for the thought about him while he was alive, town council had long been desirous as soon as he was dead, came break to have the skeleton of an elephant in ing their necks to see him. The day their museum. So, as a living ele- after the death was a sad rainy dayphant was obviously capable of being heavy and gloomy; but the doors of converted into the skeleton of an ele- Exeter Change were blockaded with phant, and the proprietors of the show, dripping hackney coaches, and some who probably were astray as to the carriages, and a great many cabricourse the beast had taken, did not olets, in waiting. A great mob of arrive, it was resolved that an elephant common people, too, were collected in the fortifications was very danger- about the building ; not at all means ous; and sentence was passed, that ing to go in themselves, but anxious, he should be destroyed. The physi-, as the rabble always is, to choke up cians of the place, then, desiring to the passage for those who did mean to make the most of a godsend, requesto do so. Presently the crowd gave way ed to be allowed to poison the intru- for an immense lady in deep black, der in the way of experiment; and, who came down the menagerie stairs. the quantity of poisons that he swal. She got into a carriage, but I don't lowed without mischief-I can't ven. know who she was ; some said that it ture upon that part of the story-they was Mrs Coutts-others, that it was surpass the hundred weight doses of the elephant's widow. While this was salts given by my friend of the “Globe argued, there came a cry that the monand Traveller !" In two days dosing, keys had broken loose ; and then I however, they were unable to kill went away, for I thought I felt one of him ; and the council apprehending, them with his fingers in my pocket. probably, the arrival of the keepers, But enough of Chuny-and of all then called in a couple of six-pounders, other subjects—for this letter has run which did the business.
to an intolerable length. Farewell! I rather suspect that, like our un- The Chancellor of the Exchequer happy Chuny, this Genevese elephant opens his “ Budget” on Mondayomitted to swallow the poisons which Heaven grant it be not very terribly were served up to him. But the shoot- liberal! Farewell-great" Chuny" of ing business answered our Exeter politics and literature! The MagaChange man's purpose much better; zine-men call it now the Elephant for it is inconceivable what a fuss the Periodical-seems to delight people firing--a hundred and fifty shots more and more here every day: Adieu, close to the public street, and the fact Christopher ! for I am tired of wriafterwards of the poor fellow's de- ting; and, until our great festival at struction-one part of the affair and Easter, believe me, yours, the other-made. Like all eminent
TITU8. characters we never know a blessing
THE NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE AND THE MARGRAVINE OF ANSPACH.
I HAVE been looking occasionalded. The public endured it, and the ly, and rather carelessly, now and party whom it was meant to concili. then, over Campbell's Magazine, ever ate approved. How the public have since its commencement, sometimes so long endured this growing evil, amused by light playful humour, which increases by toleration, I can though even that is local, transitory, best understand by analysing my own and merely suited to the atmosphere feelings. A profound admiration of of fashion ; sometimes pleased with the works of the poet, (his early works poetry, at most graceful and elegant; be it understood,) so much personal often wearied with frivolity, which is acquaintance as was sufficient to revolting to a sound masculine taste; strengthen the partiality created by but always dissatisfied with the preva- his genius; and, perhaps, more than lent tone of sentiment and opinion all, by the sympathy excited by his that runs through the whole work. struggles with adversity in early life,
This was at first slightly touched made me very reluctant to impute to upon,-insinuated rather than obtru- him the delinquencies of his inferior
agents. The spirits who, under the party, it may linger out a kind of galcommand of Prospero,
vanic existence. But where amuseSet roaring war,
ment is the main thing expected, Between the green sea and the azure
whenever the readers leave off smivault,”
ling, they begin to yawn; and that is seem never to have exceeded their a fatal symptom soon followed by the commission; and, in a case of this death of the hapless Magazine. Though kind, it might and ought to be the the amiable and sensitive poet could ruling Spirit,--the Great Enchanter, not himself furnish the required arti-who should direct the path and set cle, he was so well aware of the nelimits to the flight of these “ extra- cessity of it, that he procured the aid vagant and erring spirits,” whom he of those who could supply it, at all finds it necessary to employ to do his hazards,-even that of having corrobidding, monthly, in the depths of sivesublimate mingled with the wholethat metaphysical sea over which they some ingredient. flutter, scarce dipping beneath the All this might have been easily surface; or in the aerial regions of foreseen; as also the necessary consefancy, in which they soar and sink by quence, that his servants, “weak miturns. But, in this instance, the spi- nisters though they be,” should berits,-Charity bids us hope,--are too come his masters. The Magazine once excursive and erroneous to be kept taken up must not be laid down; that within the bounds assigned to them would be an acknowledgment of deby their master; if, indeed, he does feat and deficiency. There are no not approve their daily increasing en- sources of information open to the croachments on public morals, and, editor that are not equally accessible in some late instances, on those de- to others who waste the midnight oil cencies of life and delicacies of feeling to gratify the public thirst for novelwhich it is the chief honour of our ty. How much, how very much, must highly favoured country to have che- be sacrificed to the self-created necesrished and preserved with jealous care. sity of gratifying the vitiated appeOf this I am about to give the most
tites of those who delight in a sly glaring instances, undeniable, irreco- stroke, or half - concealed inuendo verable, indelible.
against the bigots, the hypocrites, or, I felt what Madame Sevigné calls to use what in our sister-country is a
“ holy horror,” when I heard of phrase of undefined, but general appliCampbell's engaging in an underta- cation—the Methodists. king, which he, of all men, is least fit In the Magazine for January is confor; being, in the first place, too in- tained one of the grossest insults to dolent and too liable to the variations the taste, as well as the morality, of of spirits which genius, lodged in a the public, that has appeared since the very sensitive frame, is liable to, for days of Peter Pindar, of abhorred meregular drudgery; and, in the next mory. It is thrown partly into an acplace, among the fine qualities with count of, with extracts from, the Life which his very fine mind is enriched, of the Margravine of Anspach, and neither wit nor humour are inclu- partly into the Notices of New Books, ded. Neither that peculiar power of at the end of the Magazine. The aeassociating or contrasting ideas that count of the Memoirs begins thus :sparkles and delights; nor that quick “This Lady is the most amiable of sense of the ludicrous that throws its blue stockings, and the most profound own ever-varying hues over the most of princesses,” &c. &c. discordant objects,—that happy sport Then follows a long catalogue of her of fancy which often, like Shake- merits and accomplishments, and a speare'sclownsin a tragedy,-intrudes, voluptuous description of her long even amidst the pathetic, without de- since withered and haggard 'person, stroying its effect. This sprinkling of such as it was when she went, with attic salt is absolutely necessary to the shameless effrontery, to display it in all longevity of a Periodical, which the the courts of Europe, without either perfection of learning and good sense the protection or introduction that wowould never keep alive for a year with- men of character require when travelout it. By the influence of great ling in foreign countries. names included among the suspected This “ profound” princess, among writers, or by blind deyotion to a the many merits ascribed to whom, veVol. XIX,
419 The New Monthly Magazine and the Margruvine of Anspuch. [April, racity is not even in their own estimate of the Margrave-"She lived with him included, begins her story at the hour as his friend !" The French Actress of her birth : how veritably, the reader Clairon, who preceded her in that imwill judge. Madame Genlis, who' maculate court, could have told by stands far higher in moral estimation what means she was expelled from the than her Highness, relates a circum- place of honour. stance that occurred immediately after After fairly admitting the previous her entrance on that existence, during un-platonic connexion, the apologist which she had so much to do, to see, tells us triumphantly of her marriage and to suffer. She was wrapped in fian- at Lisbon, in the presence of a hundred nel, and laid on a great chair by the fire. people,
-as if its publicity shed purity The President, Hainault (i think), over this ill-starred union. This came in, and was about, almost un- “ most amiable of blue stockings," consciously, to place himself upon the impudent in her mendacity, makes so seat where the infant lay, but was pre- many assertions that can easily be vented just in time to save itslife. This, disproved, relative to facts, as happenif it really was the case, was a happy. ing publicly within the last thirty opening of the story. The lucky escape years, that it requires no small creduwas like a good prologue, producing lity to believe all her self-praise apeffect, and preparing us to give all our plied to an earlier period, and all the attention to the drama, which opened obloquy she has poured out on the in so interesting a manner. The pro- father of her children, and on her own found” princess was aware of the ef- mother. Most children, daughters fect, and determined, at a cheap rate, particularly, whatever may have been to enter on the scene with the same the faults of their parents, allow them eclat. Can any mortal, who has heard to rest quietly in their graves till that of this Lady, withhold from her the “ day of dread decision, and despair, credit of this happy theft, which has when the thoughts of all hearts shall done good to her, without in the least be made known. This lady, however, impairing the credit of the Countess ? having no longer youth, beauty, or a The Margravine has well chosen the Theatre to attract the disciples of loose heroine of her tale. Lady Albemarle morality, unable to exist without bewas very short-sighted, and very un- ing seen or heard of, sits down in exwilling to be thought so. About half treme old age to entertain the public a century since, the writer of this ar- with a revival of the faults and vices ticle was intimately known to a gen- of her nearest connexions, and much tleman much connected with the Kep- of her own history, which it would be pel family, who told 'many amusing better for herself and others to have stories of this lady's blunders, but ne- buried in oblivion. The editor seems ver alluded to a circumstance which to take for granted, her assertion as would have been numbered among to her living happily with the hapless them had it really happened. The apo- expatriated Landgrave. In the first logist of her Highness goes on to say, place, any one who will take the trouble “The Margravine, whose life has been of looking into the Annual Registers of the subject of so much discussion, and the time, will see that, in little more of so much calumny," &c. The dis- than a year after their arrival in Engcussion was everywhere, for why should land, the Landgrave was sued in a not a shameless woman, who, trusting court of justice for the cost of an exto her beauty, her assurance, and her pensive supper, which, it appeared, title, braved public opinion, have her the Princess had ordered without his conduct discussed ? The calumny was approbation. He stoutly resisted paynowhere, for nothing was imputed to ment, but whether successfully I do her but what was too notorious to be not remember. This, however, was refuted by her friends—if such per- very unlike family union. The writer sons have friends and what she her- of this article happened to reside in self never ventured to deny or de- the neighbourhood of Brandenburgh fend, till she had outlived most of those House not long before the death of to whom the habits of her early life this prince, always contemptible, but were best known. The defender of her then most pitiable. So insignificant, no faith makes use of a modest peri- so neglected-Germany had lost him, phrasis when speaking of the manner and England had not found him. in which his princess lived in the court There he was to be seen, forlorn and solitary, riding on the London road, snuffy old Queen" was not a suffiwithout even the attendance of a ser- cient reason for the exclusion, &c. &c. vant, and on a horse very different Honoured shade of the best of wives, from that which won the Derby. Pity the most spotless of females, and the that the Margravine, in giving the last most exemplary of Queens ! How poor words of her lord, had nothing more
is the malice, so industrious to cast a sublime or pathetic to record, than his reflection on departed worth and exdeath-bed anxiety for his horse win- cellence, that has no greater stigma to ning the Derby. Happy Margrave! throw on thy grave than the use of a Not only to look forward to such a snuff-box, and the exclusion of pubconsolation in the last decline of en- lic infamy from the precincts of a feebled nature, but to find in the wife court ever memorable for being the of his bosom a chronicler as faithful most decorous in Europe ! Did this as Griffith! Conscience, that makes Queen, whom the grave cannot shelter cowards of us all, has whispered to from the threefold reproach of being the Eulogist of the “ most amiable of old, and snuffy, and decorous, stand blue stockings,” that it would be as alone in this feeling? The rancorous well, to tell with some soft apologies spite against everything connected for continental manners, &c. that his with royalty, which gives its tincPrincess uses some liberties of lan- ture to every subject discussed in guage which he could not properly the New Monthly Magazine, would, transfer to his pages.
like the hyænas, who delight in prey, troublesome monitor had suggested to ing on the dead, have poured forth him, that it were as well to confess more reflections on the memory of the what we shall all know by and by, royal and venerable Charlotte, had namely, that the purpose of this pal- there been any pretext for so doing. liative publication was to anticipate one Again, I ask, was she the sole culprit which was hostile to the authoress. so punishing this outlaw from decent
All this was revolting, and if such society? Did all the theatrical parade indulgence towards those deserters all the tricks exhibited to attract from their own corps be continued, the visitors, ever draw one female of reNew Monthly Magazine will, ere long, spectable character into the tainted sink to the degraded level of what was atmosphere of Brandenburgh-House? once called the Town and Country, In vain the “profound princess” and each number of which was adorned finished actress raged, ranted, and rewith the head of some demirep and cited. None could she attract but birds her gallant, with private history to of her own feather. A bright gleam, suit. But though this had its day, it however, is gilding the evening of a was but a brief one. The scandal life that for fifty years past has been which at first excited curiosity soon
covered with clouds of deserved opproproduced disgust. The work sunk brium. She has found an eulogist into merited contempt, and was utter- equally correct and delicate in what he ly banished from all decent places.
condemns and what he approves. Yet Yet in the short Notices of the new though abhorring devotion—under the publications in the end of the Maga- compendious term of Methodism-next zine, there is a more outrageous insult to royalty, he seems best to illustrate on all decency and good feeling. It scripture and fulfil a prophecy, even is, in the first place, very broadly that ancient and authentic one which hinted, that public opinion has un
foretells of those who shall call good dergone a change with regard to the evil, and evil good. Let him rememreciprocal duties between the sexes. ber, however, who says, In short, there is an attempt to esta- “ All, all but truth drops dead-born from blish a doctrine which was, in a paroxysm of political frenzy, brought Like the last Gazette, or the last Ad. forward on a late occasion ; namely,
dress." that men's neglect sets their wives free Time presses; but I have not poured from ties hitherto deemed sacred. forth half my honest indignation. Then, after a while, the editor, the Mụch is reserved for the Parisian arvery editor himself, in his notice of ticles. The lash now suspended shall the Margravine's Biography, says, to fall with double force on a future ocgloss over the disgrace of his heroine casion. I have much more to say of being refused admittance at court, this same Falstaff. that the over-stretched etiquette of a
MR HUSKISSON'S SPEECH IN DEFENCE OF FREE TRADE.
We have several reasons for be- and, among other things, he had, withstowing some notice on the Speech of out instruction, enabled himself to Mr Huskisson. The first is, it is a make the fiddle squeak“ Jolly Sailor," defence of what we have on certain and divers other tunes, very audibly. occasions attacked ; the second is, it In an unlucky moment he took it into has been called in some quarters an his head that he could make a fiddle; eloquent, powerful, and even unan- he made one, and then he made anoswerable speech ; and the third is, the ther, and then another. These fidMinisterial Leader of the House of dles were certainly wonderful ones, Commons thought good, after its de- when looked at as the work of a man livery, to assure the House, that Mr who had never been taught the art of Huskisson's abilities were almost su- fiddle-making; but, when looked at perhuman ; and that all who dissents with regard to music, they were the ed from his opinions and schemes, most execrable fiddles that ever came were utterly devoid of understanding into being. Fiddle-making and garand exceedingly factious.
ment-making could not prosper togeOf Mr Huskisson we have no wish ther; and the former threw the ingeto speak with undue severity. Judging nious tailor and his family upon the merely from his speeches and mea- parish. How many ingenious men sures, we believe him to be a clever,
are at present starving themselves and active, ingenious, and, to a certain their families by toiling at balloon-naextent, able man ; if he could only be vigation, steam-carriages, and other cured of his itch for change and ex- projects, without having sufficient caperiments, he might be a valuable pacity to discover, either that they are public servant. But we think that he attempting impossibilities, or that they possesses little depth-that his judg- are proceeding upon false principles ment is unsound-that he is very rash and erroneous calculations ! --that his powers of vision are of a We deem Mr Huskisson to be one very humble order—and that he is by of these clever, ingenious, intermedno means qualified for changing the dling, inventing people ; and we think laws and systems of this empire. Men Mr Canning did him the most cruel like him are to be met with in every piece of disservice imaginable, when class of society. Their quickness, in- he brought him into comparison with genuity, and cleverness, raise them Burke, Pitt, and Fox, by puffing him above common men, only to make
so outrageously. When we read the them act more foolishly than common speeches of these men, and then read men. They are always passionately the speeches of Mr Huskisson, we can fond of change and novelty, and ex- only. account for the description given ceedingly addicted to improving, in- of the latter by Mr Canning, by sup- .. venting, and projecting. If one of posing that the excitement of the Right them have any influence in a parish, Honourable Secretary rendered him he turns it topsy-turvy with improve- incapable of perceiving that he was fiments; if he have the control of a
ring at the enemy through the breast house, he fills it with all manner of of the friend whom he defended. We useless gim-crack perfection ;-if he speak thus plainly of Mr Huskisson have a smattering of science, he em- with pain, but we speak it in the exbroils himself with some wonderful ercise of a right, and the discharge of discovery that ruins him.
a duty. He has done, and is doing, youth, the tailor of the village in which that which renders it the sacred and we dwelt, was one of these clever in- imperious duty of every man in the genious people. He read every book empire to subject his character, powers, that he could pick up—he was infi- and principles to the most rigorous nitely more knowing than his neigh- and unsparing scrutiny. He is chin. bours he could do almost anything; deep in marvellous experiments and
* Free Trade. Speech of the Right Honourable W. Huskisson in the House of Commons, Thursday the 23d of February 1826, on Mr Ellice's Motion, &c. &c. London. Hatchard and Son. 1826.