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bécome of our zeal in behalf of science, and of such interests of our loving- and living subjects as required a knowledge of anatomy. The question, we allow, has a startling look; but in so generous and loving a community, as we should rule over, the difficulty would surely come to nothing. We would proclaim the merits of a new species of sacrifice after death; one, that delayed indeed the body's mixture with the elements, but only delayed it, and was a gallant thing for the imagination to encounter. in behalf of the welfare of society. We would have children taught it; parents should be shown how useful it might turn out to their own children ; poets and men of letters should help to render it desirable; and if loving anatomical subjects still failed us for a season, we would proclaim rewards for it, not of money, but of honour. A man's urn should be distinguished by some mark for it; or he should be allowed, while living, some privileges, not mercenary, nor yet unuseful to others; or a train of children, when his body was ultimately consigned to the urn, should follow it to his tomb with garlands and a song of thanks, which would give him a flowery idea of death);-in short, that principle, in man should be appealed to, which, however mercenary a community may be in other respeets, has never yet, when aided by education, been found wanting to the call of circumstances, even in all the living shapes of martyrdom; from the self-sacrifice of the patriot in his dungeon, or the pale and worn scholar at the stake, down to that of the poorest soldier, who thinks it worth dying in a Forlorn Hope for a glance of his captain's eye. but it', 'id,
It will be said, that no such principle could be brought to bear on the present object, considering the manners and customs now existing,' We doubt it;--not indeed, in its full effect, or in the
forms we have been amusing ourselves with supposing; though we - think that in these, as in all other cases, influential persons are never aware how much they could effect by laying aside a little of that mistrust, and ill-opinion of men, which they themselves may have contributed to warrant, and appealing handsomely to what is handsome in the human spirit. We heard the other day of a school, in which the master threw open his orchard to the boys, or at least took away all defence of it, and all punishment for its robbery, appealing only to their honour and future manhood :---and not an apple of it was afterwards touched. Now if it could be managed, in this want of bodies for the surgeon, that some worldly advantage could be held out to the children of the poor, rather than to themselves, the two principles of interest and disinterestedness, or at least of a proper self-interest, and a most honourable anxiety for others, would be so united, as to take away all self-disrespect in the minds of the poor persons who added themselves to the list. required, as well as all sting of anything ridiculous, which might otherwise be excited in those of their neighbours. We suspect, as it is, that more persons would be found, ready to sell a mortal part of them for a little lively consideration, than statesmen, sitting in their easy chairs, might suppose, 16 Money in hand!”. What have not statesmen themselves parted with for it, willing as we are to acquit most of them of that sordidness ? But when dreadful necessity, and some of the best feelings of the heart, come in aid of it also, what sale of himself might not be expected of a pauper? The great obstacle to resources of this kind would lie, as all other obstacles to good measures lie, in the unjust portion of the inequalities among men ;-in the spectacle of excessive wealth, contrasted with that of squalid destitution. “Why should poor people," it would be said," be under the necessity of giving up their bodies any more than the rich ?” Why indeed ?--The necessity might exist; the measure might so far avail; but statesmen would pause before they sanctioned this new source of comparison with the superabundant. The same reflections would influence everything that was to be done for the object, exclusively out of the poor classes. The poor sick in hospitals,-poor soldiers,-poor suicides, how would this sting of comparison be done away, looking to the wealthy rich, to the general officer, and to the gambler who shot himself with his silvermounted pistol? More criminals indeed, besides the murderer, might be threatened with anatomizing; and this, it might be thought, would be sure of doing good one way or other; of adding to the number of bodies, or diminishing that of crimes. But our penal code is severe enough already; people would think this addition to it a new barbarism; the only eventual good we could contemplate from such a custom, supposing it could take place, would be in its diminishing the horror of dissection with the rarity
of it; and even this would be at the hazard of its doing the stery reverse, in adding to its infamy. * 's gibt vill ros few midt ni 6. Nevertheless, the case, we think, is not without hope. Dissec 'tion, as appointed by law, is hitherto a thing infamous, and confined to criminals; men in general are supposed to have a horror of it, they have certainly a horror of death, by one of the first laws of their nature, and in England as well as other countries there prevails a great objection to the chance of being disturbed in the grave." And yet, notwithstanding all this, it is no less certain thao there are hundreds, and most probably thousands of men, who do not care twopence for the thought of what shall become of their dead bodies. We have heard more than one person say so, and We believe them. Now here perhaps is a want of imagination ; but there may be great active goodness; and we do not see, why suchi persons should not be encouraged to bequeath themselves to the good of the community. Again, there may be no want of imagination on the side of -sympathy with the living, and yet none of that sort of imagination, which forms the weak side of the poetical tem perament. And above all, whether the example was furnished by a want of imagination on the one side, or an abundance of it on the other, we know not; but a voluntary thing of the sort did actually take place the other day, in the person of a professional gentleman, a member, we believe, of the Society of Friends, who made a regufar disposal of himself in his will, and for the expressipurposes of science. Really, after all, if the legislature do anything in the business, we think they had better speak upon this hint. Give such bequests the sanction of esteem, and the character of reason, ableness; and then all the other inducements, which might bring people into the measure, would be encouraged to have their full play. We know of nothing better to say, on our first view of the subject; and something upon it we could not help saying, on account of its great importance. . . .
As to criminals,-if the law turns its attention to that quarters and wishes to add to the list of available ones, we beg leave to propose the following :
All old bachelors, of a reasonable income, above forty.. i vitamin ** All methodist-preachers, who talk of “ this vile body? (the bodies to be had cheap; being, by their own account, worth so little.) All young men who have married old women (the plea that they have sold their bodies already, being, by the consent of the, old ladies, frivolous after death)..
Item, all old men who have got young wives (the plea that their bodies are worth nothing being to be held vexatious, notwithstanding what the widows may say in confirmation of it). o
. Item, all those who have helped to make the national debt what it is, leaving their children to pay for it; because this is the only mode of proving they did it for their good..
. Furthermore, all persons who have contributed nothing to the common good by some sort of personal service, (Here will be a fine crop of specimens, barring the gout). Bemanas.
THE DRAWING-ROOM AND THE DUCHESS OF
ST. ALBANS.' YESTERDAY,” saith the Court Newsman, speaking of Wednesday last,“ being St George's Day, and also appointed for the anniversary and celebration of his Majesty's nativity, every demonstration of respect was observed throught the metropolis. There may be reasons we are not acquainted with, for congratulating his Majesty on being born the day on which he was not born. In France they keep the name-day, as it is called, but that custom originated in children's being named after the saint, on whose festival they came into the world. Now his Majesty was not christened after the illustrious bacon-contractor, who, according to Gibbon, came afterwards to be called St George, and to be the watch-word of the English chivalry. The name however did originate among his Majesty's ancestors from that sacred and equivocal personage; and we notice the thing rather for the novelty of it, than for any purpose of objection. Whatever tends to amalgamate the customs of all Europe may be regarded with pleasure, provided it be nothing but an evidence of sociality. The more we copy harmlessly from one another, the more inclined are all parties to an interchange of real advantages. There is no nation in Europe, however highly it may think of itself, that may not learn something on points of importance by a liberal study of its neighbours. By the way, it is curious, that this name of George, which has become so royal, should signify an agriculturer. The King is his Most Illustrious and Gracious Majesty, Agriculturer the Fourth. Mr Southey might write hexameters on his reign, and call them the Georgics. They would be read, as somebody said of the rest of his poetry, “ when Virgil's were forgotten;" and, as Mr Porson added—" not till then." It is strange, that Mr Southey writes no laureat odes. Can nothing that the King does, inspire him? The silence would look not'a little jacobinical, if the Laureat did not pay so much attention to Church and State in every other particular, He does dot wish to look bought perhaps? But then why be so ? Or if he cannot bring himself to think he is bought, what could induce him to suppose that the goyernment would crown his poetry, more than that of any other person? Does he think it was. for Wat Tyler, or the Botany Bay Eologues ? or not rather for the poetical fictions against his old brother Reformers, in the prose of the Quarterly Review ?-But this is a common place subject, and gives rise to common places.
The Court Newsman informs us, that “ the illustrious company who assembled on this occasion, to pay their respects to their Sovereign, comprised the beauty, the rank, the talent, the genius, the wealth, and the enterprise of the British Empire."
Halt a little there, sweet Signior. A great deal of the “ rank, no doubt, and a good deal of the “ wealth ;" but not all the talent, thou gifted Newsman; nor the genius, thou discriminating SubLaureat; (not a man of genius was in thy list, that the public know of, except Sir Thomas Lawrence). And as to the beauty! Bear witness, opera-house, and exhibition, and concertsroom, and all the carriages of all the squares, that we deny not the charming faces which abound in high life, and which doubtless contributed their full cluster of human rose-buds to this garden of waving feathers, and diamonds like the dew. But had the gallant old Duke of Gordon been at thy side, he would never have suffered thee, thou traitor to the Jenkinses of thine own acquaintance, to blaspheme the loveliness and the lustre to be found in dairy-maid and in milliner; in bakers' daughters, and carpenters'; in the houses af Hol. born, and the Strand, and Oxford street, and the remote parts of Stepney, even beyond Bethnal; and then again in all the countytowns, and all the counties; and in Ireland, with its darlings that have a breath in their speaking; and Scotland, with its barefoot beauties, standing in the brooks of Burns and Allan Ramsay!
Dost thou forget, ungrateful recorder of petticoats, dazzled with silver lama, and drunk with slips, how many fair faces have stooped over the making of those very petticoats, and lost their bloom in contributing to that of others ?---faces, some of them with as finę eyes and as much refinement in them, aye, and perhaps as much gentility of origin, as hundreds that held themselves among the highest ? II SUV
a s Take care, inconsiderate bistorian, how thou repeatest the like offence of omission, the deadliest in matters of beauty; or like the petticoats of thy Duchesses, thou wilt be elegantly trimmed. thyself,—gros de Londres that thou art, and deficient in “ garniture to correspond."
It must be a curious thing, -one of these Court Drawing-rooms, with its heap of external splendour, and its multitude of humours, bad and good. How much sparkling of eyes, for the first time, amidst the young! What apparent indifference, and real triumph, in the beautiful ! What regret or good-humoured maternity among the old! What happy self-estimation on all sides! What