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BY J. J. REYNOLDS.
"JUST AS I SAID" FOLKS. body, and exalt himself only to be abased. When
the “tale-telling grey threads" intermingle with youth's bright locks, when the wrinkle deepens
round the eye-then, if a person has an ambition "Tush, man! mortal men, mortal men!"
this way, lie may satiate ii, with little chance of FIRST PART King Henry IV.
disconfiture. Plenty of shrewdness, a little perspicacity, and a dash of impudence, will carry
him through well; and, if he possess these qualifiMost people have their peculiarities ; in fact, it cations, it will be his own fault if he do not earn is useless denying it, we all have. With some
fame and honourable distinction among “just as I they are sage ones; with others, ridiculous : with said” folks. some, comic; and with others, truly absurd : while Half-pay officers, retired tradesmen, bald-headed there are three distinct kinds, under which every gentlemen with small independencies and gaiters, peculiarity may be classed—namely, those of à la Pickwick, are the individuals who form the action, thought, and speech. It is to a branch of majority of the class. All these evince a remarkathese latter I now wish to draw the reader's ble attachment to newspapers : the daily press is allention,
the ever-bubbling spring whence they imbibe their I have named its members by the rather ideas on foreign and domestic affairs, " the mould irregular title figuring at the head of this page, in which they form every opinion on past, present, from the frequent use each makes of those tour and coming events.” Does any political revolution monosyllabic words in course of conversation. occur abroad, they do not express any surprise, Still they possess other marked peculiarities, in
as other uninitiated creatures would ; no, no
mit number noi a sew; for instance, they are very wise happens exactly as they prognosticated long ago according to their own idea of things, as well as (when, by the bye, is besi known to themselves). very deliberative and chary in their speech—on the Does any popular commotion take place at home, principle, it may be presumed, of " deep waters “it is as ihey predicted to the letter;" if questioned flowing silently.” Leading, for the most part, closely on it, they only become the more positive in retired lives, they are looked upon by a certain the assertion. How useless combatting with their knot of intimates as oracles-people whose opinions word! Doth not the poet say that are worth having, and are therefore often sought. When one is consulted on some matter of pri
“A noisy man is always in the right?" vate importance, he will in the first place, by a In short, nothing takes them aback. If all series of cunningly devised questions, and with Europe were to declare war immediately against much apparent candour, sift his opinion-seeker's our devoted island, I firmly believe none of the mind on the subject thoroughly, and then“ with class would display the least astonishment; one hesitation admirably slow,” and many preliminary and all would describe it as a storm which had hums and haes, pronounce a dubious judgment; long been brewing around us, which they had always leaning to the side the other takes-unless often hinted at, and which, in fact, falls out just the case be as clear as noonday—and taking as they said. especial care to frame a "loophole" of escape, A person would imagine, from their talk, that should that view of things prove an incorrect one they are “infallible," and set them down as such, When, in the fulness of time, the event is com
did he not recollect that they are but dull, helpless municated to him, if it coincides with his doubt. sons of clay at last; and, consequently, fallible fully expressed opinion, he becomes as positive as beings like their fellows. before wavering; winding up with a significant
I have remarked above that“just as I said” folks “Ha! ha! you see, sir, right as usual ; just as I have other peculiarities beside the prevailing onesaid—just as I said.” If it ends otherwise, he among the rest is a remarkably knowing way of will avail himself of his loophole, and argue out, shaking the head. Those who have read Sheridan's in a most logical manner, that it is just as he laughable farce of “ The Critic,” may remember, said, and from the first expected.
that one of the characters in the rehearsal of Mr. They will never
Puff's tragedy, walks slowly to a chair, demeans “ To the fascination of a name,
himself very sedately, and after a little while, Surrender judgment hoodwinked,"
much to the surprise of the lookers on, comes for
ward, shakes his head, and exits. On being asked or be dazzled by first appearances. A facility in what the mummery means, Puff explains to his • seeing through these things” (as they themselves friends, how that the individual represents Lord express it), is what they pride themselves on; it is Burleigh; that a vast deal was implied by the “the immediate jewel of their souls.”
shake of his head, and that his part was to think, Such an extraordinary amount of wisdom which , and not to talk; it being, as Puff says, a likely " just as I said” folks lay claim to, could not, of thing indeed that a minister, in his situation, should course, be concentrated in a youthful brain, pre- have any time to talk. Just so with our friends; cocious though its owner might be. A long acquaint- they also give people to understand a pretty conance with the world and its manifold wants, can siderable deal" by a single motion of the head-as alone give it. No man, therefore, should attempt much as to say, “ Interrupt us if you dare: don't to set himself up as one of these Sir Oracles you see we are in deep thought?" until forty-five summers, at the least, bave flown There are those who call these folks “foolish old over his head ; otherwise be will be scouted the dotards," "ridiculous twaddlers," and other
SONG OF TIIE RAMBLER.
epithels, more plain than genteel. Whether they are 100 harsh, or the description I have here given be correct, I leave every reader to determine-and now humbly make my bow.
BY B. D, BUTLER.
TIE POET AND TUE SWALLOW.
(A Lay for September.)
BY GRACE AGUILAR.
The Summer ling'reth still;
From Row'r, and breeze, and rill. Still full of leaf the tree;
Sull glows the sun on high; And flow'rets, rife with glee,
Smile 'neath the deep blue sky. Has the light breeze a tone
Which mortals may not hearTo tell thee joy bath flown,
And chilling days are near ? Are the deep foresis stirr'd
With moanings of decay, That thou wilt Ay, sweet bird, E'en from our love away?
Swallow. Poet, yea ; fair Summer flies
Silently fiom sky and earth, Passing swist from mortal eyes,
In a flood of sunlit minth. Beautiful may be the flowers,
Bidding still the earth rejoice; But no scent breathes from their bow'rs,
Hush'd and mule that spirit-voice. Full of leaf the forest is,
Robed in raiment rich and gay, Blushing 'neath pale autumn's kiss,
Fraught with death and dull decay. Miss ye not the twilight hour,
When sweet spirits walk abroad, Sending thoughts of thrilling power
Softly o'er each household board ? These were Summer's—they are gone ;
Darkness nears for earth and sky: Wherefore should we linger lone,
When such fair things fade and die ? No; we follow Summer's track,
Wheresoe'er bis paih may be : Vainly wouldst ihou call us back
Vainly tempt to dweil with thee ! Over earth and over seas,
Up amidst yon sunny sky, Onwards, through the rushing brecze
And the gathering clouds, we fly. Poet, make our pathway ibine ;
Upward wing thy soaring flight, Till ihy rich aspirings shine,
Touch'd by Hleaven's own azure light.
Wouldst thou stay the blithe lark
As it soars to the sky,
When soft breezes blow by?
Through this wide world of wonders to By? The alluring gay town
Other hearts may content,
May have charms 10 present;
If on errands of enterprise Lent.
I would bound like the fawn, To some mountain wild rise
At the bursting of daun. 0, 1'd fain chase that car Which the sea
a-god glides, far O'er the ocean, by blue dolphin's drawo! Where the echoes shout glee,
And the regions spurn care, Would I chaunt cherrily
In the free fav'ring air, Down some fantastic dell, Where the mountain gods dwell, Oli, what rapture, methinks, would be
Until age sorge a chain,
Where no cry could complain :
Where the lear never trickles to pain!
Schiller was a man of rare genius, and of perfect sinceriiy: these two qualities ought to be insepa. rable, ai least in a man of letters. Thought can be only placed on an equality with action when it awakes in us the image of truth. Falsehood is still more disgusting in writings than in conduct. Actions, though deceitful, sull remain actions ; and one knows what meibod 10 take to judge u 10 late them : bul works are only a tiresome pile of vain words, when they spring nol from a sincera conviction.
COURT NEWS DURING THE knightings; state coaches and gold lace; how great
men dressed, how litile men Haltered them; how
nothing new under the sun, and old newspapers BY THE LATE MISS JEWSBURY.*
prove it. Excepting the religious pretence or
reality (whichever it might be), inight not the folI fell in the other day with a collection of news- lowing have transpired in France, when Napopapers, published during the troublesome times leon put an end to all its three hundred and sixiyprior to the Restoration. To increase their quaint- tive constitutions, and kindly offered himself as a ness, there were bound up with these old-fashioned
substitute ? chronicles sundry wood-cuts, illustrative, or more Dec. 12, 1653. The late Parliament having properly speaking, caricaturive of the persons and upon their dissolution delivered up the
power places treated of.
which they received from his excellency the Lord Old Oliver himself figures in a variety of atti- vised with a council of officers how this great bur
General Cronwell, bis excellency thereupon adludes, and appears equally ugly in all; but as King Charles is drawn quite as ill-favoured, the hen of governing England, Scotland, and Ireland, artist has at least the merit of being impartial. the armies therein, and the navies at sea, should be Ilere too appears the effigy of “the right wor.
borne, and by whom. After several days of seekshipful Sir John Ilotham," with his horse's tail ing God and advising therein, it was resolved, streaming like a meteor over IJull and Iluniber. that a council of godly, able, and discreet persons A lille farther on is depicted another “right wor
should be named, consisting of twenty-one, and shipful,” brandishing a battle-axe; whilst his steed, that his excellency should be chosen Lord Prowith all the grace of a cow rampant, prances in tector of the three nations. four-footed glory.
“ The illustrious and high-born Dec. 16. This day bis excellency the Lord Prince Rupert" only wants the Geneva cloak 10 General Cromwell, about one of the clock in the be mistaken for a preacher ; the gallant Montrose afternoon, passed from Whitehall to Westminster resembles an armed kangaroo ; and the “right in his coach, foot soldiers being on both sides the valiant and expert commander, Sir William Waller, streets all the way along; and in the palace at knt.," looks like a little boy on a great rocking- Westminster were many soldiers, both horse and horse. Places are not more favoured. “ The foot. His excellency was attended by the Lords exact ground plot of the City of Worcester, as it Commissioners of the Great Seal, the Judges and stood fortified in 1651" would supply materials Barons in their robes, and after them the Council for a dozen pictures ; as it is, it resembles a Tur- of the Commonwealth, and the Lord Mayor and key carpet. The Severn foams in front, a tolerable Aldermen of London in their scarlet gowns, with mimicry of the ocean; the city with the houses the Recorder and Town Clerk, all in their coaches; lying " heads and thraws” occupies the centre; a last of all came his Excellency in a black suit and fearful delineation of the battle, with trumpets like cloak, and many of the chief officers of the army bed-posts, and banners like blankets, engrosses with their cloaks and swords, and hats on. In the corners; whilst corn-fields and coais of arms this equipage bis Excellency and attendants came divide the distance between them. Charles the 10 Westminster-hall, where, in the High Court of Second concludes the series, in a peruke that Chancery, was a choir placed, in which, when the resembles two horses' tails tied together in the rules for the new government had been read and centre.
subscribed, the Lords Commissioners invited his Laughable studies in perspective these said Excellency to sit down as Lord Protector of the wood-cuis; but the newspapers are not lo be three kingdoms, the which he did with his head lightly spoken of. Change ihe names and the covered, all the court remaining bare. Then, after dates, alter the spelling, add a few powers of further ceremonies significant of delivering up the rhetoric, take away a few common-place repe- government to his Highness, the Court rose, and titions, and some of them might now issue from departing from Westminster-hall-gate, returned to the press as leading journals. That tendency in Whitehall in their former state and order; the human nature to exult in and exalt the present, purse and seals, and the four maces of the City, to consider the events and persons with which we the Chancery, the Council, and the Parliament are conversant supremely important 10 posterity being borne before his Highness, and the Lord as well as to ourselves, is seen in as full 'force in Mayor of London riding in the boot of the coach the “ perfect diurnalls” of the seventeenth century holding the city sword. There were great acclaas in this the nineteenth, and sometimes with more mations and shoutings all along the streets as they reason. Then the trifling news reseinbles ours in passed ; and his Highness, on reaching Whitehall, spirit-processions and reviews; civic dinners and went with his attendants to the banqueting house,
where they heard an exhortation by Mr. Lockier, chaplain to his Highness; which' being ended,
they were dismissed with three vollies of shot by * The editress has received the kind permission the soldiers between four and five at night. There to reprint this, and several other papers, which
is more than ordinary joy in and about London originally appeared in a publication of very limited for this happy day. circulation, from an intimate and valued literary Dec. 29. The Portugal ambassador came to friend of tbe lamented Miss Jewsbury.
Whitehall, to congratulate the Lord Protector; the ambassador's brother is committed prisoner to fore has been my astonishment, at the incidental the Tower. This day his Highness with the officers notices in these newspapers, of his Highness " in of the army kept a day of fast and humiliation. a musk.colour suit and cloak very richly em
March 4. This day the Lords Ambassadors of broidered with gold”—“his Highness's led horse the seven united provinces of Holland, &c., had very rich"- his Highness's life guard, their coats audience of bis Highness in the banqueting room, and their trimmings, and a continual assumption which was hung with extraordinary rich hangings, of state, that proves a hankering after the trappings divers lords, krights, officers, and gentlemen, be- as well as the power of royalıy. Witness the sides thousands of people, being in the said room following :present, and in the galleries round. At the upper March 29. This day the Lord Ambassador end of the banqueting house were set, first, a chair Bourdeaux, from the king of France, was brought of state, very rich, for his Highness; and by it, on in great state through the cities of London and the right hand, three rich high stools for the Lords Westminster. In the first coach, which was the Ambassadors, and a place railed in, covered with Lord Protector's rich coach, was the Lord Amcarpets, wherein the chair and stools were set. So bassador Bourdeaux, and five or six of his chief soon as the ambassadors were come into the room, gentlemen; next went the French ambassador's a lane was made for them to come up from one own rich coach, with orbers of his gentlemen; then end 10 the other; and they having put off their hats
went the chief coach of the Lord Ambassador of to salute his Highness the Lord Protector, his the king of Portugal, the coachman and postilion Ilighness the Lord Protector did the like to them ; riding in crimson velvet coats, laid thick with rich and so again a second and a third time as they silver lace. After them followed about twenty came nearer to the place, wherein were the chair, coaches more with six horses apiece, the foremost the stools, and the carpet ; then after a low salute of which was the Lord Protecior's second coach; made by the noble parties to each other, the Lord and then about twelve more with four horses Protector put on his hat, and the Lords Ambas- a piece; and last of all, some twenty more with sadors pui on their bats also. Then the Lord | iwo houses apiece, forming altogether a well orYongstall made a speech to his Highness, and dered commonwealth of coaches. There had like, presently his Highness made another speech to the however, 10 have been a fatal mistake, ending in ambassadors, both be and they ofttimes putting off battle and bloodshed, for some of the French gentheir hats in the course of the speeches, when any tlemen thinking that their Lord Ambassador's words occurred declaring the affection of the one
second coach should bave gone before the Porcommonwealth for the other, and of their mutual tuguese Ambassador's first coach, this mistake did desire of peace and alliance. When both speeches occasion drawing of swords; but the soldiers stepwere ended, the ambassadors returned, three times ping in, disarmed the combatants on both sides, turning back to salute his Highness, and his High- and so harmony being restored, and the precedency ness, staying also for that purpose, three times of the coaches settled, the procession passed on saluted ihem, and afterwards with his council in friendly order, and safely sat down the Lord departed by the door through which he had Bourdeaux, to make his congés to the Lord entered.
April 1. The Lord Henry Cromwell is rebit of party spleen and party flattery ?
safely arrived at the cock-pit. Dublin, March 18, 1654. Since the Lord
April 20. A declaration and petition from the Henry Cromwell's departure for England, we Corporation of Guildford was on Tuesday last have nothing further of news, but that about 1,200 brought by the Mayor and four Aldermen to Tories are shipped away from Limerick, and Whirehall. They were received by a gentleman 1,700 more are ready for transportation, which of very great and exceeding becoming civility, renders the whole nation more free than in times who conducted them where his Highness stood, of the greatest peace this land hath enjoyed. A and some of his heroes and divers other gentlemen notorious obstinate cavalier that had a journey to of quality attending on him in a handsome and go from London, who so soon as he heard of the somewhat awful posture, fairly pointing towards late fast for rain, appointed by the Lord Protector, that which of necessity, for the honour of the he sent presently to have his horse ready, and English nation, must be observed towards him called for his boots, for he would away into the that is Protector. And the Mayor of Guildford country whither he was to go. And being asked and bis company, by what they then observed, do why he made such haste, his answer was, that he declare and say, ihat they are confident “ his knew there would be great rain, and the ways Highness is pleased with those phylacteries and would be dirty, because whatsoever this present fringes of staie." power prayed for, they had; and therefore he
“ His Highness the Lord Protector kept a fost would be gone before the rain came.
this day privately with his own family at WhiteIt may be very impolite, but I cannot help fan- hall." cying, that some of his Majesty's lieges may have A private fast publicly notified ! been as ignorant as myself with regard io the Monday, May 1, was more observed by peochange which the Protectorship wrought in Oliver ple going a Maying than for divers years past, Cromwell's outer man. Up to the present period and indeed much sin was committed by wicked I had always fancied him a strong-minded, coarse meetings with fiddlers and the like. Great resort bodied, ill-dressing, elderly gentleman; great there- came io Ilyde Park, many hundreds of rich
coaches, and gallants in attire, but most shameful | nobility of France, landed at the Tower, where powdered hair. Some men played with a silver entering his Highness's coach, and other coaches ball
, and some took other recreation ; but his being prepared for their company, and being folHighness the Lord Protector went not thither, nor lowed by a large train of coaches with six horses, any of the Lords of the Council, but were busy they were very honourably conducted 10 Brook about the great affairs of the commonwealth. House, in Holborn; and this afternoon they were
Advertisement. “Whereas several persons have conducted to the audience which his Highness presumed, without any authority or declaration of gave them, standing under a cloth of estate. They the state, to set the commonwealth of England's also expressed their great respect to her Highness, arms on a piece of pewter, of the weight of about and in like manner they made addresses to the a quarter of an ounce, and do daily vend these illustrious ladies (her daughters), the lady Mary unauthorized pewter farthings to the great deceit and the lady Frances. and damage of this nation; these are to give But in the midst of these successes and dignities, notice, that if there be not a sudden stop to the this enjoying of kingliness without the title of making and vending of these pewter farthings, the king, there came another ambassador to solicit an Commonwealth will be greatly deceived by the audience with his Highness, and this ambassador mixing the pewter with lead, and also every tinker was death, whose demands, after a struggle of and other base person will get moulds and make fourteen days, poor Oliver was constrained to adthe said pewter farthings in every corner. There- mit; and on the third of September, the day of fore all people ought to take notice that no farthings his most signal successes, he departed this life, are 10 pass, but such as shall be authorized by his and was in effigy laid out in Somerset House in Highness and the Council.”
all the trappings of royalty, which, if we are to Query. Were the monasteries or these pewter believe the newspapers, were bedewed with more farthings suppressed with most pomp and circum- tears than ever royalty inspired or deserved. To stance ? Now for a little private news.
toil through “ the particular and exact relation how March 27, 1656. A notable highwayman hav- Somerset Ilouse was prepared for the reception of ing been apprehended according to order, by some his late Highness,” would baffle any one but a of the messengers of the Council, was this morn- master of the ceremonies in league with an uping examined before his Highness. His name is holsterer. The roof of the state room ceiled with William Francis, and he is said to have been chief velvet-the effigy itself apparelled in a rich suit of of that company which robbed the carrier of York | uncut velvet-the kirtle robe of purple velvet of 1,5001.; and it is reported that he and his laced with gold—the royal large robe of the like companions have, in a little more than a twelve- purple velvet, laced and furred with erminema month's time, robbed to the amounts of 11,000l. rich embroidered belt-a fair sword richly giltSo great sums of money at a time, that instead of the golden scepire-- the globe-the cap of royalty counting it, they shared it by the quart-pot. He -the rich suit of complete armour representing was apprehended this inorning at an alehouse in generalship-the bed of state encompassed with Old-street, just as he was ready to pull on bis rails covered with velvet-the pillars at the corners boots and take horse to go out on some new de- supporting crowned banners - the eight great sign, and he now stands committed to the prison candlesticks, five feet high, bearing tapers three of Newgate. The Lord Ambassador of France feet long--the four great standards—the guidons, had also private audience of his Highness. the banners, and banrolls, all gilt and painted-a
What a splendid thief! What an Arabian-night majesty scutcheon here, a majesty scutcheon style of doing business! When will a magis- there-scutcheons on the velvet hangings, and trate now-a-days have such “a notable highway- every where over the room—who amidst all this man” brought before him, measuring the money tissue and taffety, this feather and finery, can by the quart-pot !” apprehended by order of the realize Death? The funeral corresponded in Council ! examined before “his Highness!” and magnificence, and the narrator having exhausted his examination followed by the audience of “the all terms of eulogy, at once on the hearse and its Lord Ambassador of France !". What a magnifi- plumes, the multitudes of coaches, and multicent rogue! By comparison the Lord Ambassa- tudes of mourners—the canopy of state, and the dor appears of very inferior consequence! The Knight Marshall's “ black truncheon tipped at “ alehouse in Old-street" subtracts a little from both ends with gold"—the noble worth of his the ideality of William Francis and his deeds; but serene Highness Oliver, deceased, and the noble then, the just “ ready to pull on his boots, and worth of his serene Highness Richard, yet livingtake horse to go out upon some new design,” | ends by consigning all their descendants, to the carries one back to Poins and Prince Ilal-gives remotest generation, to universal honour and the an air of chivalry to cheating-places a feather in government of Great Britain. the cap of crime-and, for a moment, puts poor Unfortunately a few contradictory documents honesty out of countenance, as a rusty old gentle on hand remain to be noticed. Thus, ten months man adınitted on sufferance ! But, alas! the after the preceding narrative, we come to the folclimax of “stands committed to the prison of lowing ominous passages :Newgate”—there is no gainsaying that homily. Whitehall, July 4, 1659. It is referred to the
June 15. The Duke of Crequi, first gentleman Council of State to receive from Colonel Henry of the bed-chamber to the King of France, and Cromwell, an account of the affairs of Ireland, and Monsieur Mancini, nephew of the most eminent after such account given, he hath liberty to retire Cardinal Mazarin, accompanied by divers of the into the country, whither he shall think fit, upon