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accepted this permission. I laid out he had his rights,” he should soon be two pounds of hard-earned money in “at the opera," and then he would a neat green frock and leather inex- pay me and everybody else. pressibles, not one farthing of which I was ever to see again. Then, for la

“ Where shall I dine ?" bour, I was worse off than I had been This affair, as may be supposed, was with Mr Bolus. First, I had the house- a sad blow to a lad like me.

I lost work (every day) to do in the morn- my wages, and my place, and threeing; and then I went about with mas- and-sixpence, money lent. At first I ter to the schools, or played the fiddle thought of hiring a dancing-room myat home, all the while he gave lessons, self, and putting up, “ Ticklepitcher, On Friday nights were our

late pupil and successor to Mr Stepblies,” when I had to open the door, toe.” But I knew that there was no and hand the negus. My master, by thing to be done without the “ assemlaw, could not take money for admis- blies," and the negus, and the red letsion; so we gave away the ball-ticket, ters in the bills; and I had neither and sold a ticket for refreshments, and credit nor capital for such an undercheated the justices that way. Then, taking. after the dance was over, I fetched Then I went to live (just to make a coaches to take away the “ ladies and shift for a while) with a top-tailor near gentlemen." Some of the ladies were Bond-Street, who had a fine furnished very gay and showy indeed ; and they house, which he let out to gentlemen used to be admitted (negus and all) in the fashionable season-giving parfor nothing. Others were milliners, fea- ties in it to his brother-tradesmen ther-dressers, and straw-bonnet ma- when the lodgers were out of town. kers. A good many were figurantes at the But here there were so many masters minor theatres, or smart servant girls, and so much work, that, though I had the ladies' maids of the neighbour- the gayest livery that ever was seen, hood. The “gentlemen” (from whom light-blue, faced with scarlet, and our chief profit arose) were shopinen plush breeches to match,-master made and clerks, waiters at coffee-houses, me wear it for a pattern, that other and apprentices. Now and then a real folks might order the same--yet I gentleman would come for a frolic. found the place too much for my paThese never danced or took any les- tience, and quitted it, at all hazards, sons in dancing ; but my master treat- in less than a fortnight. ed them with great respect notwith- My next master was a Mr Gabblestanding; and it was generally a shil- gown, a lawyer in the Temple; and I ling in my pocket whenever they call- got his service, when I was in great ed at our house afterwards. But, alas! need of it, through having carried phythese shillings were all that I ever re- sic to him when I lived at Mr Bolus's. ceived in the employ of Mr Steptoe! He hired me both as clerk and perWe went on pretty smoothly for about sonal servant ; and I staid with him, three months after I came to him; partly out of inclination, partly out of but direful misfortune overtook us at necessity, almost twelve months. Inlast. One morning, when I went as deed I found out in this place at usual to fetch our gig from the sta- other folks might be unhappy besides bles, the stable-keeper said that he footmen. My master was an excellent should not let it go out, for we owed lawyer, I am sure, (for he told me so him more than he should be able to himself a hundred times ;) but, some sell it for; a few days afterwards our how or other, he got no practice. He goods were seized for rent, and mas- used to go down and sit in the courts ter (while he pretended to send me all day, and bow to the judges, and into the city on a message) went off nod to the attorneys; but still it would himself upon the sly, and carried off not do. all he could sack along with him. I At last, we did get a brief at the saw him once, a long time afterwards, Clerkenwell Sessions to defend an old acting Pantaloon in a show at Bartho- woman for stealing public-house pots; lomew Fair, and the young lady that and, if ever an old woman was in luck, used to count time in the front par- that old woman was in luck to have lour was playing Colombine; but, when come to us! My master went into I asked him for money, he protested court with his wig fresh powdered, and he had not a shilling, adding, that “if took nineteen objections to the form of the indictment. Then he made a and, in future, black no boots but those speech for the defence, which would of persons of distinction. have done, I am sure, for a defence of high treason. It lasted above two hours “ We, who have the honour to serve noand a half as it was ; and I know it bility.” would have lasted longer, (for I had Did you ever, in your visits to Lon. copied it out myself the day before,) don, Mr Editor, walk round Grosveonly that the judge, or chairman, I nor-Square about nine o'clock on a think they called him, interfered. We finesummer'sevening? You must have went to bed in high glee, though our taken notice, I am sure, of the glorious client was convicted, and borrowed all mansions in that neighbourhood, the newspapers next morning to read with their spacious entries, splendid what was said about the case; but, halls, ample offices, and noble garwould any one believe the neglect of dens ? Did the peculiar repose of the those news-writers ! there was no no- streets in this quarter ever strike you, tice of our trial at all in any paper but Mr Editor? The vicinity seeming in one; and, in that, our speech was en- a manner to be a world of itself, -a tirely left out! I never knew a gen- region into which business or vulgaritleman more provoked than my master ty never entered, and where every obwas on that occasion. I remember he ject you met was an appurtenance to was in such a passion the whole of the grandeur? I declare to you, Mr Ediday, that, though a dozen people call- tor, that, whenever I carried a letter ed that he owed money to, he would from my master, the counsellor, to any not see one of them.

of the great houses about this neigh• We got into print, however, in some bourhood, I used to feel a sort of awe quarters, if the newspapers did us in- as I entered the boundary of the pajustice, for my master wrote occasion- rish; and I am sure I walked along ally for one of the minor magazines. the streets as if I had stolen someIt was the theatrical criticisms princi- thing. Oh! when I saw a fat porter, pally that he used to do. He used to laced from head to foot, sitting like an dictate, and I used to write. He took emperor in his great hall chair, or the opinions out of the morning pa- snuffing the air at his street door, I pers, and the jokes out of some old could not help fancying that I stood play-books that he had ; and this turn- in the presence of a superior being. ed to account, for we always had tic- As I live by cast clothes, Mr Editor, kets for the theatre ; and sometimes I can distinguish at this moment blinds used to send beside for orders to the fold—by the mere atmosphere-beperformers, who generally gave them tween the parishes of Bloomsbury and with great good-nature and politeness. St James's. I heard a gentleman say But although I had not much hard once, who was come from abroad, that work to complain of with Mr Gabble- he had brought over a cameleon with gown, yet I had the deuce and all of him ; but that it died coming through difficulty ever to get any wages. Then the city. I was run off my feet with carrying You will imagine my delight then, books, which he wrote, to all the pub- Mr Editor, on hearing, from a butler lishers in town; and always having to who patronized me, that the Hon. fetch them back again. Then another Mrs Whirligig wanted a footman five thing which was unbearable was, that feet eight inches high. Fixed with this he used constantly to dine abroad; lady, only two doors out of Portmanand almost always on such occasions Square, with four male companions forgot that I had to dine at home; and, in servitude, and in the society of al-, above all, I had now grown up to a most twice as many damsels, -with respectable figure;— I could have look- splendid accoutrements, good cuisine, ed down upon Corporal Stock, and even liberal stipend, and small beer unthe serjéant of the 10th hussars would known,–] made up my mind that I not have blushed to notice me ;-in was settled for life. But there are cir; short, I had lived in various services, cumstances, sir-I am afraid you will and knew (or thought I knew) some- begin to think that I can never be conthing of the world; and, seeing no rea- tented, -but there are circumstances son why I should not die an exciseman which may neutralize even advantages as well as my neighbours, I resolved to like these! give up plebeian allegiance altogether, The Ilonourable Mrs Whirligig

bail, I believe, no other fault than that in a superb family mansion, where of being the most unreasonable wo- board-wages, of the closest character, man in the world. She was good-na- were the order of the day; while the tured at times; but fact never made governor, who chose to make his serany impression upon her. Setting all vants “ part of his family," having hours and regulations at defiance here found negroes thrive well on salt fish self, she was furious from morning and damaged rice, saw no reason why till night at the irregularity of her de- the same diet should not prove salupendants. If she wanted a particular tary to English domestics. tradesman at one o'clock, it was use- I might speak of the Miss Just less to say, that he had been ordered enoughs, who jobbed a carriage, and to come at two. From the moment dined upon eggs and bacon ; but who, à new Waverley Novel was advertised, nevertheless, discharged me for taking what ratings did I not receive, if it my hand once from my hat, in listenhappened to be detained on the road! ing to a message much longer than a I don't think she once gave me a right bill in Chancery. direction all the while I lived with Or I might talk of the Earl of Cute her ; but, if I had failed to find any and-run, with whom luxury was even place, (even although there were 110 matter of command ; but who turned such place in the world,) dismission, me off, nevertheless, for refusing to without a character, would have been hang a Newfoundland dog, when the my lightest punishment.

animal would not jump a fifth time Then the walks, and the messages, off Richmond-bridge for a wager. in every weather, were inconceivable. I might go on, too, to relate the *After sending me through a hail-storm thousand-and-one rebuffs which I refrom Berkeley-Square to the Bank, ceived in the course of my various she would be surprised that I was not applications for service. My being ready to wait in the drawing-room the rejected at one house, because I was moment I came back. She had a too tall—at the next, because I was quantity of gold-fish too, who seemed too short-at a third, because I was to have been spawned for my especial not“ serious"-at a dozen, because I torment. There was a pump in the did not fit the last man's livery. I garden of Lady Anne Somebody, full might comment generally upon the a mile and a half off, the water of unfairness of masters and mistresses, which was sovereign, she fancied, for who blame servants for bad weather, the health of gold fishes; and to this non-arrival of the post, intrusion of pump, with two great pitchers, I was unwelcome guests, and all other curcompelled to walk every day. Again, rent inconveniences—who measure, in as ladies' footman, it was my duty to their estimate of fitting employment, attend the ladies of our family on all the greatest quantity of work which occasions; and the power even of a can be done in the hour, and expect London footman has its limits. All just four-and-twenty times as much to the ladies of our family kept different be performed in the day--who devise hours of business and amusement, and impossibilities with infinite thought, all expected me to be always ready. and expect to have them performed My mistress kept me up at parties the without any thought at all who make whole night; and the young ladies, up their minds, whenever any article her daughters, kept me out shopping is missing, that “ the servant” must the whole day. I used to come home have taken it, because he is obviously with my mistress at four o'clock in a the person most in need of it—who summer's morning from a rout; and allow their domestics not even those the young ladies, and their governess, infirmities which are inseparable from wanted me to take their morning's our common nature—who believe them walk with them at six !

impervious to wet, insensible to cold, “ Francis!

and unsusceptible of fatigue-who talk Anon, anon, sir."

ever of their mercenary feeling, their

ingratitude, or their infidelity-and I might go on to give the details look for devotion, disinterestedness, of my subsequent services with the and affection, in a being who only Dowager-Countess of Skin-Flint, and exists upon the tenure of their caprice; the West India Governor Whip and and who is but too well aware, that, Strip with the first of whom I lived after years of faithful service, it needs

but the whim of a moment, and he to assist me in my work, which are has to begin the world again.

more trouble to look after, than it But I will not, unless in passing, would be to do the work three times complain of these afflictions. On the over ; but for this, my situation would contrary, I will confess, in earnest of be a footman's bed of roses. repentance

I will acknowledge my But, if I need not now speak for own crimes, for iniquities I have come myself

, Mr Editor, I have a feeling mitted.

for my fellows. This appeal is not I do repent me that, while starving the first exertion that I have made on in the service of the Miss Justenoughs, behalf of my class generally. I was I ate the mince meat out of certain the man who laid the corner-sixpence pies, and stuck the tops on again as of the Servant's New Benefit Society before to the manifest discredit and It is I who have lately, intent upon severe jobation of the pastry cook. I justice, so often paid the expense of do regret that out of aversion to Mr summoning the Register office-keeper Twangle, the music teacher, I spilled I was the man who led the battle, a plate of soup into his lap one day, last season, at the Opera-house, when when he dined with the Earl of Cut the footmen were to have been ousted and-run. I regret that I strangled two from the waiting room, which belongof Mrs Whirligig's gold fishes, to make ed to them; and I have a petition now her think that the water, a mile and a lying in my pantry for signature, prayhalf off, was unwholesome for them I ing that an additional duty may be imregret that I rubbed a hole in Govera posed upon that vile small beer; which ner Whip and Strip's livery, because many a stout stomach has disturbed so he contracted with his tailor, and re terribly! turned the old clothes. I say, in sin. If these slight remarks, Mr Editor, cerity, that I do repent these things; finding their way into your publicae and that, spite of temptation or provo« tion, should save one footman from a cation, I will so offend no more. damp garret, my labour will not be

quite lost. May. they weigh with those “ Liberty and Fleet Street for ever !" candid and clement minds, who exThanks be, however, to the rod pect all personal accomplishments, all which, in the Blue-coat school of Bir- cardinal virtues, intuitive perception, mingham, awakened in me the spirit and universal knowledge, for twenty of reading and writing ! I speak, for- guineas a-year, and “ the run of the tune be praised, not from the pressure kitchen !" At all events, Mr Editor, of immediate feeling, for I have a bet- for myself I may say—" if you accept ter service, at present, than falls to them, then their worth is great ;" and the lot of most. My master is a be there will be no compliment in my nevolent, and, what is more, a consi- adding, that you will always be able derate man; and, but that he has an to command the services, as well as unlucky turn for mechanical inven- the gratitude, of your constant reader, tion, and will keep devising machines



Although a hundred leagues of weary soil,

Rivers, and plains, and mountains, stretch between,

And years of gloom have pass’d, since we were seen
On Esk's green banks, abroad at early toil ;
(What time ascending to the lucid skies

The summer lark far up his singing shrouds,)
Bidding upon the snowy sheet to rise
The hills—the hamlets and the morning clouds
Yet, Edward, deem not,'mid a world of strife,

That thoughts of early days can ever fade,
Or late-found friendships overcast with shade
The dear, the heartfelt joys of early life.

Let then these trifles a memorial be
To thy benignant heart, of Esk and me!

No. I.

A mountain child, 'mid Pentland's solitudes,

Thou risest, murmuring Esk, and lapsing on,
Between rude banks, o'er rock and mossy stone,
Glitterest remote, where seldom step intrudes ;
Nor unremoved, as, with a broader tide,

Thou windest through the glens of Woodhouselee,

Where 'mid the song of bird, the hum of bee,
A bard with scenes Arcadian cloth'd thy side,
The pastoral Ramsay.-Lofty woods embower

Thy rocky bed 'mid Roslin's forest deep,
Above whose top time-hallowed ruins peep
Of castle and chapelle ;t yea, to this hour

Grey Hawthornden looks downward from its steep,
To tell of Drummond, poesy's bright flower.

• It is here that the scenery of that inimitable pastoral, “ The Gentle Shepherd,” is placed. It has become, like the poetry of Tasso to the Italians, thoroughly national in Scotland, and in the best sense of the word, national. It is pleasing to find, that Camp. bell, in his Specimens of the Poets, stands forward in defence of this domestic drama, with a truly chivalrous ardour.--Embellished editions of this poem are frequent, and many paintings in reference to it have been made from the actual scenery." Habbie's How” has long been one of the favourite resorts for rural festivities, during the sum. mer months, to the inhabitants of the metropolis.

+ Castle and Chapelle. The Castle of Roslin is now almost in a state of entire ruin, only an apartment or two, at the upper part of the south-eastern extremity, being habitable.

The Chapel, so famous in the earlier poems of Scott, is still remarkably entire ; and one of the principal curiosities in the county to which travellers resort.-See Lay of the Last Minstrel, Forsyth's Beauties of Scotland, and Peter's Letters, Vol. III.

Grey Hawthornden. A poetical licence is here taken, the present house being an almost completely mo. dernized one. In it are portraits of Drummond and Ben Jonson. For a conversation between these sages concerning the merits of many old English authors, vide the folio edition of Drummond's Works, page 224. It was for this conversation that the character of the poet of Hawthornden is so severely handled by Mr Gifford, in his edition of the works of the “ Rare Ben.” For a fine dramatic sketch of the same, see Tim's Magic Lantern, No. VIII. in Vol. IV. of this Magazine. Wordsworth also vi. sited Mr Gillies amid the same scenery; and has left & fine sonnet commemorative of “ Roslin's faded grove."

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