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lives, and fought with all their nerves their pomp and stateliness; but which, and sinews, have ever preserved to- to the wary and the wise, are mere wards each other, personally, a digni- puppet-sounds, unproductive and unfied and majestic forbearance,-have profitable, but reproduced everlastmutually attributed to each other ho- ingly and the same, from the same nourable motives of action, and given worthless though unwearied machine. a nobler character to their own cause, Of such persons every great city by the liberality of spirit manifested contains “ numbers numberless." Do towards that of their opponents. That they not swarm in every coffee-house? high-minded courtesy which all eat do they not infest almost every private men observe towards each other in party of gentlemen? How often is the life, is paid to them, when they die, genial flow of urbane and humane by all who have hearts to feel the conversation broken by the silly imgrandeur of the departed. Then, truc pertinence of some young Whig or ly, do mere party feelings appear in some young Tory? The stripling to their native abjectness. And him who whom nature may have denied feelcould speak of a great dead states- ing, fancy, imagination, she may have man with bitterness and anger, we at cursed with a tenacious memory. He once know to be a man of a perverted has studied politics, he is a party man nature, and wholly incapable of un- forsooth. He despises my Lord Castlederstanding or feeling the strength, reagh, and talks of the Irish Union, the beauty, or the glory, of any great and the Irish Rebellion, and Martial
Law, and Catholic Emancipation. LyOn fine and elevated intellects, ing anecdotes take the place of true therefore, party spirit can have no reasonings ; the most outrageous abother effect than to stimulate and ex- surdities are quoted and believed from cite. The sacrifices are but few and newspaper authority; falsehoods that unimportant which it calls upon them have been exposed to the light of day, to make ; it never troubles the pure and scattered to all the winds, are well-head of their principles ; it may whispered as new and alarming seoccasionally ruffle the waters, but it crets; the most powerful of his Manever can change, from its natural jesty's ministers is perhaps levelled to channel, that stream of thought that the dust by some yearsing barrister obeys a nobler law, and flows on un- bristling in the new borne glories of a interruptedly to a magnificent destina- rustling gown and a stiff periwig; and tion.
what is the wit of the Right HonourBut upon weak and ungenerous able George Canning, to the sarcasm minds, the effect of party spirit is of a young gentleman who, for a whole most fatal. Unable to grasp general winter-session, may have adorned the principles, they are pleased to seize chair of the Speculative Society of upon some petty prejudice within the Edinburgh ? reach of their paltry understandings ; It is not very easy to decide wheignorant of the constitutions of em- ther a young Whig, or a young Tory pires, and of the mighty events that of this stamp, is the most abject animal. have swayed their destinies, they are The latter is generally a dull, stupid, at least knowing enough in the ephe- well-meaning man, who, being a plodder meral arcana of political scandal ; un- himself, is well satisfied to see every touched by the spirit of ancient times, thing plodding around him; and he they feel not in what true grandeur of therefore starts at the sound of innosoul consists, yet, with blind pre- vation, as he would at the sudden sumption, decide dogmatically on the rumbling of a waggon behind him qualities of the great men of their own on the street. He chooses his steps day; without impulse to propel, or through old lifeless opinions, as if he star to guide, they move in the gales were afraid of dirtying his shoes. of other men's understanding, and by He carries an umbrella in dry weathe light that shines not for them; ther,-he takes shelter in some shed in the midst of ignorance, weakness, at the first drop of rain ; and when darkness, error, and insolence, they other more spirited people are walkpass their abject lives,-judging, de- ing home through the shower, his ciding, condemning, eulogising, in face is seen at the window of a glasswords that, to the unsuspicious, would coach, as if afraid of an universal seem issuing from an oracle, such is deluge. At table be carves a foud
with the same stately precision with ed the progress of his daily career, which he divides an argument; and have seen him gathering the drophe swallows his mashed turnips with pings of opinion from some real or the same look of importance as if he fancied oracle of his party at one hour, were gulping a way or a mean from and bringing them out again hardenMr Vansittart's budget.
ed and encrusted into folly by their For our own parts, after a long ac- residence within his brain at anothquaintance with some worthy repre- er. With what a grin of demoniacal sentatives of both these classes, we satisfaction would he see him retailing prefer the stupid young Tory to the these second-hand dogmas to some clever young Whig. He is occasione lower circle, and taking the airs of a ally contented to be silent. At the high priest among those who had worst, he is inclined to be acquiescent. never been permitted to penetrate beAnd though the church and state do yond the outer "court of the Gennot seem to require his immediate as- tiles !” The more dogmatical his assistance to support them, yet, as his sertions, the more indiscriminate his motives are good, with a smile of ap- abuse, the more rancorous his frothy probation we allow him to stand with indignation,--the more would the sahis shoulder to the edifice, and to ut- tirist or the demon be delighted with ter his benedictions. But Heaven for- the spectacle. For us, we are too fend us from a clever young Whig! much lovers of our species, to enjoy At an age wherein a grocer's appren- the view of any of its degradations. tice would be supposed too raw in the With the contempt, which we cannot properties of peppers and sugars to quell, there mingles at least an equal be allowed to set up for himself,- proportion of the milderelement of pity. wherein an understrapper of the We cannot even consent to view the Esculapian tribe would not be per- unhappy stripling as the victim entirely mitted to practice except on corpses,
of his own follies; but reserve at least wherein a follower of the law would some portion of our blame for those Þe compeiled to sit dumb at a consult- men of superior minds, who have by ation, and reserve all his genius for flattery, or the love of patronage, been taking stenographic notes of the “dic- induced to countenance his empty airs, ta Ictorum peritissimorum et consul- and foster the rank fungus of conceit tissimorum,”-it is by no means a rare in the bosom of this their otherwise thing to sit at table with one who, at unobserved and insignificant disciple. this green and tender age, conceives Amidst all our contempt and all himself quite entitled to dole out sen- our pity, we must not, however, hesitentious wisdom concerning the affairs tate to say, that we really do believe of the state; to quote acts of Parliament these beardless chatterers are, in so which he never saw except in a quo- far, aeting prudently for themselves. tation; to rate the conduct of public Such absurdities have at least this men, in whose presence the innate merit, that they do draw upon their consciousness of inanity would render practitioners some little notice. A him all one blank of confusion ; men party out of place has no rewards to
; whose intentions, principles, and pur distribute, except those which are of poses, he no more understands than a such a nature, that generosity, in reAy does the laws of the steam-engine, spect to them, requires no great stretch against one of whose levers it is buz- of liberality. When people are conzing. To a Cynie of the genuine breed, tented with a few smiles and grins, --a Voltaire, a Labruyere, a Swift, an it is scarcely worth while to keep them Echard, or an Aristophanes,—what unsatisfied. So these striplings are pleasure would the contemplation of caressed a little and flattered a little, such precocious presumption afford. and by this means they are raised, not With what delight would one of them merely in their own opinion, and that have watched the oracular frown of of others equally shallow as themselves, the empty forehead, the philosoph- --but up to somewhat a higher rank ical screw of the round, fat features in the crazy ladder of popular estima-whereby this infant reformer takes tion than their small faculties and pains to testify that he is “
worthless attainments could, in almon observer of men and measures.' most any
other way, have secured for With what malicious delight would them. Their place is, indeed, after the witty devil of Le Sage have trace all, not a very lofty one; but they
flatter themselves they may hereafter early poems the most seductive instru. get up yet farther.
They enjoy at ments of debauchery, and which, least a blessed delusion, and fancy therefore, did not save them from the and believe themselves to be the ema dignified rebuke of a most powerful bryos of very considerable men.
pen, are now, we fear, rendering his It is of course quite natural, that political jeux-d'esprit very dangerous the tone in which these persons dis- weapons in the hands of a set of stucourse of public men and public af- pid demagogues, who, had Moore refairs, should savour of their paltry served himself for the proper subjects notions,—their ignorant heads, cold of poetry, would never have had the hearts, and impotent judgments; taste to discover any portion of his of their vulgar pursuits and habits; merits. We can excuse something to -of their base compliances and sneak- an Irishman, and much to a poet. ing submissions, and hypocritical van- When a head, exposed to two such ities. This is quite unavoidable.- inflammations, once begins to turn They caricature the already overcharg- upon party feelings and party subed sketches of their masters into ab- jects, there is no saying how hot it solute and meaningless monstrosity. may grow. But Mr Moore should They are the links between genuine remember that he is not a mere Irishparty violence and the mere hubbub man, nor a mere poet. He should reof the populace. In short, they do flect that he is a Briton, and, above much dirty work in the dirtiest way all, that he is, by manners and acpossible. They are employed to say complishments, a gentleman. This things which their superiors are not word seems now, indeed, to have lost sorry to have said, although they have a great deal of its old meaning. It too much self-respect to be the trum- was the boast of the English civil wars, peters of them in propriis personis. that both parties were headed by EngThey are the tag, rag, and bobtail, of lish gentlemen; and that the manly and the set. They are the awkward, sham- delicate feelings, then inseparable from bling, dwarfish, crooked drummers this high character, took away from a and fifers of the procession. The true period of battles, and slaughters, and fighters hold them and their voca- exiles, and revolutions, not a little of tion in high contempt; but it is not- that ferocious and unrelenting hostiliwithstanding true, they make more ty which the history of any other penoise than all the rest of the array. riod of the world would have made
With very different feelings, in- us suppose to be the necessary accomdeed, do we sometimes observe ab- paniment of all such times of tumult. surdities and extravagancies quite as and convulsion. Surely the interests vulgar and gross as these, exhibited in which were then at stake are suffithe virulence of the demon, PARTY cient to make the party men of the SPIRIT, by men well fitted by nature present day look with some little conand education to play a very different tempt on the insignificant subjects of part on the public stage. That petu- their warfares. And yet in those days lant and boyish abuse which is only there was universally observed, by all despised from the lips of self-conceited the eminent men of either side, the striplings, becomes, in truth, a very most perfect politeness to their oppondifferent sort of affair when it finds its ents. Above all, even in the moments mouthpiece in a man of genius. When of actual battle and siege, the unforwit, poetry, elegance, and eloquence, tunate Charles was never mentioned are exerted for any purpose, however by his insurgent subjects without exvile and unworthy, the material is sure pressions of deep respect for the personto gain some little value and import- al character, and regret for what they ance from the workmanship. Minds conceived to be the destructive meawhich resist without difficulty the low sures of their sovereign. Since that raving of daily and weekly newspapers, time the character of the king of Great the froth of debating-clubs, and the Britain has undergone a very material dullness of pamphlets, are not secure alteration. The prince no longer lays when attacked by one who possesses claim to those high prerogatives, a suthe brilliant fancy and matchless ease perstitious love for which was the ruin that characterize all the exertions of of Charles. He is the first magistrate the muse of Moore. The same en- of a free state ; it is declared by the gaging qualities which rendered his law that he can“ do no wrong;" and
the inviolable dignity of his person it is to strike because we know disdain and character is watched over by every must prevent the stroke from being regood subject, because this is supposed turned? We are happy in having the opto be inseparably connected with a due portunity of expressing our sentiments respect for that happy, government, on this subject, in regard to a man the most important of whose functions whose general character is so amiable, are intrusted to his hands, and of and genius so indisputable, as those of whose authority, as well as of the col- Thomas Moore. We are quite sure lective greatness of the nation, he is he will take no offence at what we the acknowledged symbol and repre- have said. He is much too good and sentative. Such feelings as these, we too great a man to be thrown away upshould think, cannot fail to find an on the outskirts of a party. He should easy reception in the breast of every think of Pitt, Fox, and SHERIDAN, one who has ever thought at all on and not seek to find either countenance the subject of governments and kings. er companionship among those small The days are surely no more, in which men whose revilings his muse has good deluded men dreamed of repub- echoed into wit, without taking from lics and consuls, and flattered them- them their original sin of meanness. selves that they might amend, by one The little book, which has been the bold blow, the institutions of our fa- means of betraying us into all these thers. Mr Moore, at least, is surely observations, is, we think, inferior, in not quite so wild an enthusiast as to every point of view, to the Twopenny wish for a revolution in Great Britain. Post-Bag. The vein of wit was then If he cherishes no such wishes, how- new; and although it is by no means ever, (and we by no means say that he exhausted, the ore does not now seem does so) he is, he may be assured, act- to us to have quite so much splendour ing in a manner at once unworthy of about it as heretofore.
“ The Fudge his own reputation, and of the land Family in Paris” is, in outline and in which he lives, when he consecrates apparent purpose, and, generally speakhis talents to reviding the personal ing, in its measure, an imitation of the habits-nay the very countenance and famous “ New Bath Guide.” It profigure-of the prince to whose hands fesses to consist of a bundle of letters the high functions of sovereignty are written by the different members of committed. We think nothing can an Irish family during a short stay be more vile than to lampoon and car-' in the French metropolis. The head icture our superiors in a manner in of the family is an old gentleman, a which we durst not so use our equals. sort of spy of Lord Castlereagh, The Prince Regent, it is quite evident, legitimate stickler.” His son, Bob can take no personal notice of the low Fudge, is a young dandy, who revels scurrilities of one in the situation of in the delights of Beauvilliers' and Mr Moore. The only thing he can Hardy's cookery, but as to political do, in respect to such a person com- affairs is “not so particular. The mitting such an outrage upon all the daughter, Biddy, is a sentimental laws of politeness, is to have him tried miss, whose love of mustachiod offiat the Old Bailey. And we think we cers supplies the place of the methodmay easily take it upon us to tell Mr istical propensities of her prototype Moore, that if the monarch had on (the admirer of the holy Aaron) in the the present occasion been as fond of Bath Guide.
These personages all revenge as the subject has been fertile write in the regular namby-pamby in offences, there is abundant matter measure used by Anstey and his imicontained in one little volume which he tators. But their lucubrations are has just published, to have given him at intermingled with some most fiery least five or six years comfortable lodging and absurd heroics,-the work of the in Newgate. It is true, that it would tutor of the family,—a poor cousin be quite below the dignity of the il- of the Fudges, a Catholic and a Relustrious person injured to take such former,-one whose head has арa method of revenging himself. Mr parently been turned by the perusal Moore knew this :-he was aware, of “ The Milesian Chiefs” and the probably, that he might so sin with “ Irish Melodies.” This Mr O'Conimpunity. But does he not perceive nor, for that is his name, is, by the how little of manhood there is in thus female side, descended froin abusing generosity? how pitiful a thing “ The ragged royal line of Tara,"
And whimpers about the oppressions The next is a part of Bob's journal, of “ The Green Isle," as if he almost wished back again the old days
“ Dick, Dick, what a place is this Paris ! “ When Malachi wore the collar of gold,” As my raptures may bore you, I'll just
sketch a day, and Erin, like the Ithaca of Homer, As we pass it, myself and some comrades could maintain an independent monarch upon every farm-steading. So. All thorough-bred Gnostics, who know what
is what. much for the interlocutors. We shall now proceed to give our readers a short After dreaming some hours of the land of specimen of each, and, in doing this, Cocaigne, we shall endeavour to select the pas- That Elysium of all that is friand and sages which are most honourable to nice, Mr Moore, abstaining, as far as is Where for hail they have bon-bons, and
claret for rain, possible, from inserting any of the piti
And the skaiters in winter show off on ful or atrocious virulencies, of which,
cream-ice; we are persuaded, now that the book Where so ready all nature its cookery yields, is fairly out of his hands, he is him- Macaroni au parmesan grows in the fields ; self very heartily ashamed. Polite- Little birds fly about with the true pheasant ness induces us to make our first se
taint, lection from the lady. Biddy's letters And the geese are all born with a liver comare of course addressed to some board
plaint !+ ing school intimate in the Land of I riseput on neck-cloth-stiff, tight, as Bogs.
For a lad who goes into the world, Dick, “ Our party consists, in a neat Calais job, Of Papa and myself, Mr Connor and Bob. Should have his neck tied up, you know
there's no doubt of it You remember how sheepish Bob look'd at Kilrandy,
Almost as tight as some lads who go out of it. But, Lord! he's quite alter'dmthey've made
With whiskers well oil'd, and with boots him a Dandy;
that “ hold A thing, you know, whisker’d, great-coated. The mirror to nature”-so bright you could and lac'd,
sup Like an hour-glass, exceedingly small in the off the leather like china ; with coat, too, waist :
that draws Quite a new sort of creatures, unknown yet On the tailor, who suffers, a martyr's apto scholars,
plause ! With heads, so immoveably stuck in shirt. With head bridled up, like a four-in-hand collars,
leader, That seats like our music-stools soon must And stays-devil's in them- too tight for a be found them,
feeder, To twirl, when the creatures may wish to
I strut to the old Café Hardy, which yet look round them!
Beats the field at a dejeuner a la fourchette. In short, dear, “ a Dandy” describes what There, Dick, what a breakfast !oh, not I mean,
like your ghost And Bob's far the best of the genus I've Of a breakfast in England, your curst tea
and toast ; An improving young man, fond of learning,
ambitious, And goes now to Paris to study French The fairy land of cookery and goat dishes,
mandise ; “ Pais, où le ciel offre les viandes Whose names--think, how quick! -he al.. toutes cuites, et où, comme on parle les, ready knows pat,
alouettes tombent toutes roties. Du Latin, A la braise, petits patés, -and-what d'ye coquere."-Duchat. call that
† The process by which the liver of the They inflict on potatoes ?-oh! maitre d’-ho- unfortunate goose is enlarged, in order to tek
produce that richest of all dainties, the foie I assure you, dear Dolly, he knows them as gras, of which such renowned patés are well
made at Strasbourg and Toulouse, is thus As if nothing but these all his life he had eat, described in the Cours Gastronomique : Though a bit of them Bobby has never “ On déplume l'estomac des oies ; on attouch'd yet ;
tache ensuite ces animaux aux chenets d'une But just knows the names of French dishes cheminée, et on les nourrit devant le feu. and cooks,
La captivité et la chaleur donnent à ces vo. As dear Pa knows the titles of authors and latiles une maladie hepatique, qui fait gon. books."
fler leur foie,” &c. p. 206.