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British and foreign jesuits who dares to unmask“ secret policy" Home,” by Mr. H. SUTHERLAND EDWARDS, and “ A History plots in order to save Protestant England from the Catholic limbo of Chess,” by Dr. Forbes; and Messrs. GROOMBRIDGE and her foes have prepared for her,-yet I resolve once more to try Sons are about to publish another volume by Mr. JOHN if you will prove an exception to the aforesaid editorial foes of the HOLLINGSHEAD, author of "Under Bow Bells.” Mr. Hol- liberty of utterance and the press, of which they palm themselves LINGSHEAD's new volume will be entitled “Odd Journeys In upon the world as the champions. I can furnish facts to corroand Out of London.” It is a reprint of papers from House the subject in question.
borate the above positive charges; now I must confine myself to hold, Words and all the Year Round, and is said to include The practicability of the Aerial Navigation has been solved by accounts of "journeys by all kinds of conveyances, from a me in 1845. From those quarters, to whom I have communicated
the realization of this long.wished for locomotion, I have expelocomotive to a canal boat."
rienced nought but most contemptible opposition, carried on in an
indirect way. To pay for giving publicity to what I considered to We willingly render what help we can to the Stratford-upon- be for public good, and above all, for the safety of Protestant Avon Shakspeare Committee, by publishing in this place England, --in case of the contemplated and well-schemed aggrestheir advertisement, which runs as follows :
sion now gleaming in the future,-this I deemed not to be com. SMAKSPEARE's House.--In the year 1818, in consequence of editors. I resolved to abide my time, and to preserve my inren.
patible with my views of the duty of truly English and patriotic the ready help vouchsafed to them by a generous public, the tion for the honour and benefit of my own native country. On Shakspeare Committee at Stratford-upon-Avon were enabled reading the reports about the intended "aerial crossing of the to purchase the house in which their illustrious townsman was Atlantie” by an American professor, I replied to that gentleman born,
through the editor of the Nero York Times, telling him of my sucIn the year 1856, its dilapidated condition having rendered its
cess, and detailing my reasons which precluded the possibility rep won essential, the late John Shakespear, of Worthington, of his achieving his aims. They must have been conclusive, as Leicestershire, in promotion of this object, deposited in the hands since that time nothing was heard about this matter. Scores of of the Committeo the sum of £2,500, which was expended, under times I took up my pen to write to Lady Franklin on this subject, his direction, in the purchase and removal of the adjoining to facilitate the search after Sir John and the discovery of the premises, to prevent risk of fire, and towards the restoration of the house. In the same year, by his will, dated 17th November, he
northern passage, but as often I laid it down, owing to the annoy. bequeathed a further sum of £2,500 to the same Committee, to
ance and discouragement I had experienced formerly. During enable them (among other things) to form a museum at Shak. Bull
, and now during the parliamentary discussions “ on national
"the panic," effected by diplomatists to feel tho pnlse of John speare's house for the reception of Shakspcarian relics (which defences and erection of strongholds," I often wished to draw sum he directed should be paid before any other legacies), public attention to the services which an aerial ship could render together with an annuity of £60 for the maintenance of a custodian, to this country, in case of an attack from the continental friends which he charged upon his Langley Priory Estate.
Assured by high legal sanction of the validity of the bequest, and allies of British jesuits ; yet I desisted, from fear of indirect, and relying on the funds they supposed secured to them, the Com
hence the most dastardly persecutions.
Fortifications are certainly useful for keeping in submission the mittee, under the auspices of a distinguished architect, continued the work which they knew tho testator to have had so much at natives, -as is the case in all continental countries swayed over by heart, and thereby contracted a considerable debt.
imperial terrorists,--but they can never prevent invasions por The Ceurt of Chancery, in a suit instituted for the purpose of subjugation of the whole country, especially where native dunces, obtaining a judicial decision upon the construction of the will, entrapped by political visions and religious vagaries into imperial with great regret pronounced the bequest void for uncertainty,
snaros, are prepared to abet the alien focs, who assume the mask and tho annuity invalid under the Mortmain Aet, and thus the
of friends and liberators, to deceive the better. Imperial brutes well-known intention of their benefactor was frustrated.
and Catholic sanfedists, who swear to butcher all non-imperialista The Committee, thus unexpectedly involved in debt, have no
and non-Catholics, cither "for glory," the glory of murder, or alternative but to appeal to those who, grateful for the inheritance for the preservation of priestly enormities, forgeries, and corShak-peare has left them in his writings, can sympathize with ruption, may be kept aloof from this island without raising innethe Committee in their difficulties, and in their desire to carry
cessary, and to people's liberty dangerous, fortifications. Every out the laudable intentions of the testator, who so fully evinced hedge, wall, ditch, hill, river, wood, barn, and house, can be his appreciation of the honour of inheriting the name of Shak
transformed into a stronghold, which no imperial army could
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Subscriptions will be thankfully received by Messrs. Smith, according to emergencies, always keeping the foo at the disPayne, and Smith, Lombard-street, London ; at the Old Bank, Catholic armada may be easily forced to the bottom of the sea,
tance of a rifle range. There are means with which even another Stratford-upon-Avon; by Mr. John S. Leaver, Secretary; or at Shakspeare's House, where a book is kept to record donations.
either in its own harbour, or on its way to these shores. My “ Aerial Orb" is one of these means. As "Old England" has
been the bulwark of tyranny, ignorance, and priestcraft, so ProA SERIES of articles, founded upon the “Three Hundred testant England is the bulwark of Christian institutions, moral Unpublished Letters” which are to appear in the new liberty, and justice. To preserve this bulwark from the ruin which edition of Pope, mentioned above amongst Mr. Murray's British and foreign jesuits have prepared for it since 1835, this is announcements, has been commenced in the Athenæum. The the duty of every truly Christian and just man, no matter to what first article of this series discusses a long-disputed question, resisted to disgrace myself by accepting wealth, dignities, co
country he may belong. Such is the reason why I have steadfastly “seriously affecting the moral charaeter of the poet,". power, which await me even now, more than ever, in the camp of namely, the question as to whether or not he first satirised the foes of Protestant England, hence the foes of mankind at the Duchess of Marlborough in the "character of Atossa,” large. This is the very reason why I now, at the eleventh hoar, and then received a thousand pounds from her grace to sup- the already ripe plots of England's foes, and to defend her Pro
try to proclaim publicly my readiness of undertaking to counteract press the satire. The writer in the Atheneum brings a testant throne and institutions from all invasions without asking verdict of “ Not Guilty," and establishes that it was not the for personal remuneration, without squandering millions of Duchess of MARLBOROUGH, but the Duchess of BUCKINGHAU. public money in those ramparts of despotisin--fortifications,
The five millions which will be required to secure actually a lastSHIRE, that “Arossa ” was meant for.
ing peace, by removing the causes of bloodshed, rapine, revo
lutions, and incursions, I will charge myself to re-imburse with We print the following odd letter, which comes to us from contributions from the then grateful nations of the continent. It a gentleman with an evidently Polish name. It is printed must be understood, that only under certain Christian conditions, just as it came to hand, except that we have “deleted” a calculated to promote truth and justice, I can be induced to aid iti portion of one sentence, the language of which seemed almost carrying out my proposals.
Now to the "Orb." M. Ducros, a French aeronant of great expetoo strong :
rience, in his last report to the Academy of Science, declares,
“That unless the car were placed in the centre of the machine the To the Editor of the Register.
problem shall not be solved. This once done, we will be then in the Sır.-In your notice I read that "the next number of the same position as boats upon water." I have solved this problem Register will contain an article on the practicability of Aerial fifteen years ago, I repeat. I begin my operations by constructing Navigation." Although disgusted with the dun Muscovite coercion and equipping the boat or car with the utmost attention to its of many of the editors of the leading London papers, who sup. centre of gravity, on the most minute exactness of which depends press any and every thing that despots, jesuits, and diplomatists ! the possibility of navigation, Next, I do the rest; and, in God's
name, "up and go a hear.” With this “ Orh” (so called) and
THE LATE ROBERT B. BROUGH. two hundred thousand riflemen, all imperial foes of Protestant BY JOIN HOLLINGSHEAD, AUTHOR OF "UNDER Bow BELLS," England will be kept at bay, or soundly thrashed, and, if needs
“ODD JOURNEYS ABOUT LONDON," ETC. be, destroyed, should they venture to leave their gory lair for this land, which, for the sake of its own existence and happiness, Few things contain so much falsehood, or do so much harm, must become in fact what its leaders and masses assume that it is as clever sayings. They deceive the mind by jingling in the at present.
and so cause antithesis to be taken for wisdom. They Derby, August, 1860.
prove nothing, except that their authors have a certain com. May we whisper in our correspondent's ear a gentle doubt mand of words, and the power of placing these words in the as to whether he is quite correct in attributing to the motives most glittering position. set forth in his letter the refusals of various editors of news- Charles Lamb has given us much for which we are gratepapers to publish elsewhere than in their advertising columns ful, but he has saddled us, at the same time, with one false the announcements which he seems to have sent to them of and misleading saying. In writing to Bernard Bartoni,--1 the discovery which he believes he has made ? If an editor pleasing, but feeble poet, who had consulted him about leavé refuses to believe, on the bare assertion of a correspondent ing a banking-house desk to start as a professional author, who is entirely unknown to bim, and of the soundness of whose he said, " Literature is a very bad crutch, but a very good judgment he can, therefore, have no knowledge, that the said walking-stick.” This phrase has been echoed and re-echoed, correspondent has discovered the means of effecting what the until it has passed into a proverb. It is small, compact, and Times has declared would be theonly wonder that could astonish nicely balanced. The weakest memory can hold it without us in these days,-a marvel which men in all ages have sought trouble. It is taken as containing the life-long experience of to accomplish, but which has baffled the ingenuity of the whole Charles Lamb the author, although it was written by Charles human race till now,--surely the hypothesis of the editor's Lamb the city clerk. The occasional essayist, who never being an ally of “ despots, jesuits," etc., is not the only threw away the corks,—who never struck out to sink or swim one on which the refusal can be accounted for. If, instead in the business of literature,-is giving an opinion upon the of mere assertions respecting the value of his plans, our trade of authorship forty years ago, and this opinion is held correspondent would send a description of them, he may rest to apply to the present hour. No account is taken of our assured that every editor to whom they might seem at all great and growing periodical press,-of shoals of weekly practicable would be eager to give them publicity. He will magazines, which now stand in the place of the old “month. iind that this is the method adopted by the contributor of lies” and “quarterlies,”-of a list of newspapers in the the article on this subject which is crowded out of our pre. United Kingdom which numbers between ten and eleven sent number, but will appear in our next.
hundred, and of a metropolis supplied with at least two dozen
merely parochial organs. No account is taken of those daily We have recently stumbled across one of the strangest increasing trade journals, price lists, shop circulars, call them volumes of verse ever written. It is called Songs of Satan, and by wbat name you will, whose managers allow no question of is described as being “ a brief history of temptation-combats money to interfere in engaging the scientific literary talent and interviews with demoniacal spirits; containing also a they think necessary for their pages. This altered condition series of lyrical and dramatic poems, embodying the faith of things must be familiar to scores of working authors, and and philosophy taught by the evil spirits, and laying open yet the old crutch and walking-stick antithesis is still quoted, various methods by which they delude the human mind." as if “Grub-street" had not changed since the days of Most of the pieces in this singular volume are parodies of Richard Savage. previous compositions. Here is one,-a parody of the well. The late Robert B. Brough, the subject of our paper, has known song in The Bohemian Girl :
often been pointed at to prove that literature is a bad busi. "I dreamt that I dwelt in fiery halls,
ness. In moments of ill-health and dejection he would point With a serpent by my side ;
at himself; and his death, with the circumstances connected She wound me in her venomed coils, I had a demon bride.
with it, may give another excuse for pointing. IIo died insol. She spoke with lips like snakes that stung,
vent, without mincing words, as thousands of doctors, lawyers, And breath of poisoned flame,
and tradesmen have died before him. He has left a wife and *You ruined me when my heart was young,
three young children totally unprovided for, as thousands of But I love you all the same.
great merchants, statesmen, and generals have left their “My heart is now an adder's lair,
families before him. The author with his little debts and his My body turned to mould,
puny indiscretions is not alone in the world ; there are plenty I sit alone in dark despair
of respectable people to keep him company. In going over Within the devil's fold. For you I drank the cup of doom,
the few points in the life of the late R. B. Brough, and read. The harlot's sinful shame,
ing them by the light of his character and constitution, it can Come, clasp me in our fiery tomo,
easily be shown that the trade of literature was his best For I love you all the same.
“crutch," and that he would have broken down years ago if “We drank of passion's cup, alas!
he had selected any other. And reap what we have sown;
He was born in London some time during 1828, and he And see in hell's huge looking-glass
died in Manchester, on his road to North Wales, on the 26th What beauties we have grown.
of June, 1860. Though only thirty-two years of age, he You are the corpse of manhood now,
looked, at least, ten years older. His constitution was radiIn spite of all your fame;
cally bad at starting; he took no pains to preserve or im. But, foul deceiver, hear my vow, I love you all the same.
prove it, and was always suffering from a variety of internal
complaints that only doctors can name. The stomach makes “I'll make your heart my dressing-gown,
the man, and Robert Brough had a faulty stomach. This was And on it I will sit;
at once his misfortune and his excuse. Many broken appointAnd, like a rat, your soul r'll drown In hell's unfathomed pit.
ments, much work left unfinished, loose arrangements with Take back, take back those fires of lust,
certain publishers, and even ill-digested plots of novels, may In wreaths of snaky flame,
be referred to this cause. A want of health is the great I spit on thee, thou devil's dust,
weakener of moral principle. But I love you all the same.'
Much of his early life, up to the age of fifteen, was spent The author of these awfully impressive verses is the Rev. amongst the coal-miners of Pembroke. From Wales he was T. L. Harris, of New York, the minister with respect to transplanted to Manchester, where he entered a coin-factor's whose preaching at the Literary Institution, Marylebone, Mr. office, and tried to become a clerk. This position was soon WILLIAM Howitt wrote such enthusiastic letters to one of given up, and he accepted a situation in a print warehouse, the metropolitan daily newspapers some months ago. Of He showed no aptitude for business, either in the counting. Mr. Harris and his claims we may have something to say house or the sale-room, and if he had chosen commerce for on a future occasion.
his "crutch” he would hardly have earned a bare living.