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of his youth, was moved even to had made but slight impression on

Bagot; but now he could not help Bagot, though not poetic, was moved thinking what a different position he to feelings more akin to poetry than would have been in had his nephew he would easily have believed. The died then. As he was dead now, it gaiety of these memories of his hot would have been all the same to him, youth made the present more dismal and what a difference to Bagot! There by contrast. There were invitations would have been no Lady Lee, no to parties which Bagot remember Julius, no impending disgrace. ed to have found particularly jovial. Presently Bagot put away his letThere was a letter from his mother, ters, took his hat, and set out to walk written to him at school, when there over to Monkstone. In two or three was somebody in the world to care previous interviews, his creditor, Mr about him. Then he lighted on a whole Dubbley, who could not quite divest packet of letters with the superscrip. himself of his respect for Bagot, had tion of the top one in a female hand, professed great regret at the proceedand these he opened, one by one. It ings against him, promised to stop was difficult, even for Bagot himself, them, and renewed his assurances of to recognise the hero of those endear friendship; but no sooner had Bagot ing phrases, that affectionate solici- turned his back than all his promises tude, that cager interest, poured forth were forgotten. On this occasion, with the warmth of an imaginative however, the Squire was either really girl who had been resolved to turn absent, or, as Bagot suspected, had defects into charms, and to exagge. denied himself. The Colonel was rate the latter where they existed, in returning homeward in desponding the red-nosed, grizzled reader who mood, when, passing by the Dubbley now frowned at them over his eye- Arms in Lanscote, he stept in to reglasses. He remembered that this fresh himself with a glass of brandy love affair bad been a pleasant pas. at the bar. time, and that these affectionate epis- This drinking of drams at the Dubtles, ascribing to him qualities on bley Arms, when Bagot happened to whose absence he valued himself, had be passing of an afternoon, had never a good deal diverted him at the time. been a very rare occurrence. Bagot Somehow the expressions of interest was not proud-be liked to keep up and affection did not now strike him his popularity by talking with the in a jocular light.

people who lived in the neighbourHe dropt the last of them from his hood of the Heronry, many of wliom hand, and sat gazing at the wall with had known him from a boy, and he eyes more watery than usual. Half- would chat with the landlord or his formed visions of future respectability guests for half an hour together with fitted across his mind-he was scarce great condescension. Of late, Bagot's fifty yetmolder fellows than he mar- craving both for drams and for society ried and settled down quietly every had increased. He had never been day. Only this cursed prosecution fond of being alone, but at present his still hung between him and the hori- own thoughts became speedily intoler

Let that be well over, and he able to him; and, not caring under would seriously think about changing present circumstances to venture his life. But to get it well over he among his usual associates, he became must have money, and how that was doubly affable to his inferiors. to be procured he did not know; and Accordingly, on the evening in to avoid returning into the old weary question, Bagot entered as aforesaid hopeless track, he took up another lets for a dram. It must not be imagined ter. It was from Sir Joseph, written that Bagot ever did this in a way to before his marriage, at a time when suffer loss of personal dignity; on the he was seriously ill; and it recom- contrary, it increased his popularity mended to Bagot's care and considera- without diminishing the respect in tion, as heir to the property, some wbich he was held. The landlord improvements the Baronet wished car. was a sporting character, and Bagot ried out. Sir Joseph had recovered had therefore plenty of inquiries to from the attack, and the circumstance make from him in the midst of which



he would introduce the subject of the length turning abruptly to him, “ Are dram quite incidentally. As there you rich ?” he asked. happened, this evening, to be two or “Rich!" echoed Mr Holmes; “your three farmers drinking in the bar, worship is pleased to be facetious." Bagot, after bidding good evening to “Give a plain answer,” growled these, who stood up and touched their the Colonel. hats at his entrance, said to the land- “Do you think," returned the conlord, “Oblige me with a glass of jaror, pointing to his dress, and to sherry, James." For Bagot did not the caravan, which might now be choose to be heard asking for brandy; descried in the gloom as he indicated but the landlord, understanding bim its position—" do you think I would perfectly, handed him a glass of live like this if I were rich, sir? No, cognac.

sir; if I were rich, I would indulge my "Really,” said Bagot, wiping his taste for the legitimate drama- I mouth with his handkerchief after would be a theatrical manager, sir. drinking it—"really, I was beginning I have been smothered all my life by to feel quite exhausted; I don't know poverty.” how I should have got home without "If a way were shown you to better

your circumstances, with little trouble, The Colonel having finished his would you undertake the small risk brandy, and impressed the landlord that might attend it?" asked the and the farmers with an almost op- Colonel. pressive sense of his affability, was “If your worship would condescend leaving the inn, when he encountered to be a little plainer, I could give a at the door an ancient man dressed plainer answer,” returned Mr Holmes. in a narrow-brimmed hat, a skin " At any rate,” stopping short and waistcoat, and black breeches and laying his hand on his skin waistcoat stockings. This singular figure drew -" at any rate, I could be secret." itself up and saluted the Colonel with Have you told any one of the a very elaborate, ceremonious bow. death of this grandchild of yours ? "

Bagot stared at him for a minute. resumed the Colonel presently, “What! the conjuror, eh?” he said. "No one!” answered the other. " Come to conjure a little money“It only took place half an hour ago.' ont of the villagers' pockets, my “And where is the body? " asked friend?"

Bagot. My errand, sir," returned Mr "If you'll do me the honour to turn Holmes, “is of a less cheerful nature. aside from the road here, I'll show I am come in search of the sexton." you," answered the conjuror.

“What d'ye want of the sexton ?" Bagot assented. The part of the asked Bagot. “Anybody dead?” road they had reached widened into a

“My little grandson departed this small green with some geese feeding life just now in the caravan on our on it. At the side of this green the road to this place, returned Mr caravan in which Mr Holmes and Holmes. “Perhaps you do bim the his family resided and travelled was honour to remember him, sir-a child drawn up, the horse that drew the about the size of the young gentleman vehicle being turned loose to graze. you have at home. Ah, sir, you may A Aight of wooden steps led up to the recollect I always said he was not door, and Mr Holmes ascending, held strong enough for the profession." it open, and invited the Colonel to

Bagot stood gazing at the old man follow. in deep thought. I'll show you A lamp swung by brass chains from where the sexton lives,” he said;" I'm the roof of the interior, and by its going that way. Walk on and I'll light Bagot saw the child's mother follow you."

seated by a little bed. Glancing Bagot turned hastily into the inn, thereon, the Colonel involuntarily reswallowed another glass of brandy, moved bis hat out of respect, partly and followed Mr Holmes, who was for the mourner, partly for the poor walking slowly up the road.

little remnant of mortality she bent The Colonel walked for some time over. On the outside of the coverlet in silence beside the old man. At lay the dead child, who appeared to

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have spent his last hours in the last time, and Bagot prepared to de-
exercise of his vocation, for the body scend.
was dressed in the little tight drawers “Leave that cursed lamp," he said,
and hose, and the spangled doublet, turning on the threshold, with an
in which he had been accustomed to oath, and re-entering, as he observed
appear on the stage. The strange that Mr Holmes, having detached the
dress, and the small, thin, sunken cresset from the ceiling, was prepar-
face, produced together an effect as ing obsequiously to light him down
quaint as mournful.

the steps.
Bagot spoke a few words in a low “True—most true," said the old
tone to the conjuror, and he, address- gentleman, blowing it out at three
ing the woman, who did not look up feeble puffs ; after which, with his
at their entrance, told her he had finger on his lips, he came on tiptoe
business with the gentleman, and to the door, and stretched his neck,
wished to speak with him alone. She with theatrical caution, in every direc-
rose, and, mechanically folding her tion. “You may come forth, sir,"
shawl about her, left the caravan he said in a whisper.

" Vot a mouse without any change in the tearless, stirring." settled melancholy of her aspect. “So much the better," said Bagot,

“There isn't a better place to talk in whose eyes there was a wild look of business in the whole world than a of excitement. “Now, don't fail in caravan,” said Mr Holmes. “There your part of the business. Mind, are no walls, and consequently no good treatment, and immediate comears—and I'd defy a bird of the air to pliance with my future directions carry the matter."

whenever you receive them, are what So saying, Mr Holmes closed and I bargain for—let these conditions be bolted the door; while the woman, fulfilled to my satisfaction, and your descending to the lowest step of the reward shall be proportionate." ladder, seated herself there, and buried Mr Holmes, with elaborate and her face in her shawl.

graphic pantomime, patted his waistSo she remained for near an hour. coat several times, bowing deeply, Twice, during that time, the door and the Colonel descended. After above opened, and the conjuror put Bagot's figure had vanished in the his wizened face out, but, appearing gloom, the conjuror called the woman, satisfied that nobody was within who reascended to the caravan, the hearing, immediately withdrew it. door of which was then closed for the

At length the door opened for the night.


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the grave.

The memory of her great men is judgment and the slow vindication, the noblest treasure of a great country; for nearly his whole administration to preserve it is an act of duty, to Pitt was assailed with every outcry honour it is an act of justice, and to of popular hostility. That stately vindicate it is an act of virtue. But tree, the noblest product of the intel. the memory of her statesmen demands lectual soil of England, was stripped the exertion of those honourable im- of branch and leaf, for year after pulses in a more vivid and vigilant year, by the blast of popular indignadegree than those of any other class tion. His fame now flourishes in a of eminence. The monument of a verdure which gives the promise of Poet is in his works; all the world an imperishable luxuriance. The has there the living evidence of his severest names of faction were flung claims on posterity. The Soldier has on Burke - pensioner, partisan, tool, precluded all doubt by the brilliancy and knave. The nation now apof achievements which speak to the proaches his monument only to bow universal conviction. The Orator, down to the majesty of his wisdom. like the Poet, is to be judged of by We shall not quarrel with this law of the triumphs of his appeals to the public life, however we may regret hearts and heads of mankind.

its injuries to society, but we feel But the leader of national council that it forms a stronger obligation to has a peculiar ordeal to undergo do justice to those, to whom we can His career must be through the ordi- do no more than lay our tribute on nary circumstances of life, not, like the man of imagination, above them; The late Lord Castlereagh was his materials must be the common one of those distinguished men whose influences of mankind, not the nobler honours are thus to be paid only by faculties of exclusive genius, dazzling posterity. Commencing public life at courage, or profound philosophy; an early age, sustaining high office his renown must grow out of a long with an ability now beyond all quesstruggle against the difficulties of tion, and engaged in the most imporpublic events, the opposition of igno- tant transactions of a time which rance, the stubbornness of popular throws all the past periods of England prejudice, the selfishness of individual and of Europe into the shade, no man feelings, and the thousand common- in Europe was more exposed to the place casualties of all things subject virulence of party libel, and the vioto the caprice, frivolity, or vices of lence of popularirritation. His brother, man. He must be content to be mis- and the successor to the title, has understood, and of course maligned, taken on himself the duty of clearing for a time; to have his most honour- off all aspersions in the most effectual able motives arraigned, his clearest way, by the publication of his Letters views pronounced to be problematic, on the chief subjects of his public life. and his profoundest policy ridiculed, The family of which Lord Castleeven in proportion as it is profound; reagh was descended was originally for few men will praise that which they Scotch -- the Stewarts of Wigtowncannot penetrate. The general result shire, a branch of the royal house of being, that the greatest statesmen in Stewart. One of them, in the reign our annals have been compelled to wait of James I., settled in the county of for the tardy vindication of the tomb. Donegal, on some forfeited land.

Examples of this moral injustice, Another ancestor, in the reign of yet almost natural necessity, will James II., raised a troop of horse for recar to every reader of English his- the Protestant cause, and was attainttory. In proof of both the partial ed by the popish king for his religion

Correspondence and Despatches, and other Papers, of Viscount Castlereagh, second Marquis of Londonderry. Edited by his Brother, the MARQUIS OF LONDONDERRY. Third Series. 4 vols. London : Murray.

and loyalty. Robert (the father of crowded the legislature of one country Lord Castlereagh) was raised to the with venality, while it seems to have peerage by the successive titles of consigued the intellectual progress of Loudonderry, Castlereagh, Earl of the other to stagnation. But the Londonderry, and, finally, Marquis measure was at once a protection and a of Londonderry in 1816. Marry punishment. The folly of party-and ing a daughter of the Earl of Hert- folly in politics always has the effect of ford, he had two sons, Alexander, crime- had given power to a religion who died in infancy, and Robert, born which denies all power to the ConstiJune 18, 1769. Robert being born tution ; which, instead of peace, had while his father was a baron, was filled Ireland with religious factionknown in early life only as the which, acknowledging a foreign masHon. Robert Stewart. Receiving his ter, extinguishes allegiance to a Briearly instruction in Armagh, he en- tish sovereign-and which, adverse tered, at seventeen, St John's, Cam- by its faith to all liberty, insisted on a bridge. At college he was distin- supremacy which must have ended in guished for his application. He next civil war. made the tour of Europe. On his The Union saved Ireland from being return to Ireland he succeeded in the a French field of battle, or a papal election for the county, but at the in- appanage; in both instances a Proordinate expense of £60,000. In 1793, testant grave. The Irish legislature, he was made Lieutenant-colonel of the from the year 1793, when the franDerry Militia, and the next year mar- chise was given to the Roman Cathoried Lady Anne Hobart, co heiress of lic peasantry, was popish by inflathe Earl of Buckinghamshire. He ence; in a few years it must have entered Parliament in Opposition, and been popish by fact; through the as a Reformer, and his first speech violence of the priest and the paswas on the right of Ireland to trade sions of the people, it must have with_India. But from the time of been inflamed into revolution, and the Rebellion he voted with minis- that revolution could have terminated ters; and from the giving of the fran- only in its being a French province, chise to the Roman Catholics in 1793, or an English dungeon. he abjured Reform as dangerous to But the Union has extinguished all the Constitution.

the intellectual progress of Ireland. Opposition, then in want of a griev. She is the land of the Swifts, Sheriance, took up the cause of the Roman dans, Burkes, and Grattans, no longer. Catholics. Lord Camden was sent to She doubtless gives birth to many a Ireland as viceroy; and his secretary, mind of the same calibre; but they Mr Pelham (Lord Chichester), de- perish in the cradle. It is remarkclared "that further concession was able, that, while mechanical skill can impossible; that concession seemed scarcely be retarded in its course to only to increase their demands; that success, genius is of difficult rearing, those demands were incompatible with and is more easily checked than any the Protestant Constitution ; and that other attribute of man. A clever carthere he would plant his foot, and penter arrives by degrees at celebrity never consent to recede a step farther." in building; we have men of twenty On Mr Pelham's returning to Eng- thousand a-year, and spreading their land, Lord Castlereagh (whose father labours over provinces, who began the had now married Lord Camden's sis world with a chisel and a day's wages. ter) was appointed secretary ; on We have before us the history of a man the appointment of Earl Cornwallis, whose trade was weaving wigs, and was continued in the Secretaryship in whose amusement was making mouse1799, and in the next year carried the traps, yet whose heiris said to be worth UNION.

six millions sterling. But genius, with We are not now about to discuss a that pen in its hand which is the true question which was forced on England talisman of immortality on earth, if by circumstances wholly irresistible, repulsed in its first flight, either colwhich was hated by Ireland, which lapses in disdain, or shrinks, from the turned a brilliant kingdom into a dis- very force of its own sensibility, and affected province, and which has perishes unknown. The Irish parlia

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