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A situation of an additional 1001. a year may per-ment to the electors—would not tell them whether haps be held out to you ; but you should take into I would take it or turn from it, but left it a question the account how far that situation may expose you quite undecided till Providence brought it to my to expenses exceeding the addition of income which door ; then, if there is no intimation of the will of it renders—what company and connections it may Providence here, it must follow, either that events lead you into—how far it may encroach upon the afford no interpretation of that will, or (what, I time which you have hitherto allotted for study, or fear, falls in with the practical Atheism of many) devoted to the pleasures and endearments of domes- God has no share in the matter at all : He is detic life-what effect the sudden change from a quiet posed from His sovereignty, and the solemn assercountry life to the din and bustle of the great city tion that not a sparrow falleth to the ground withis likely to have upon you-and how far you think out His appointment is a nullity and a falsehood. you can relish the formal and empty ceremonious I do not say that this argument should supersede fal lal of refinement when compared to the honest others, but it ought to have a place and a reality but humble society to which you have been accus- in every Christian deliberation. tomed at Kilmany. Besides, K:lmany is the place where you began your career. The Reverend Mr.
Such is the outline—and a very slender outChalmers of Kilmany is known ; his fame is far line of the career of Thomas Chalmers up to his spread, his character is respected, his reputation thirty-fifth year But even if the events of his cstablished, and his abilities acknowledged and life could have been narrated more fully in our admired. But the Reverend Mr. Chalmers of Glas- space, it is not so much in them that the interest gow is another person : he has to begin the world of the work before us and the merits of the biogafresh ; and there is no doubt but he will be considered in the literary as well as religious world as
It is in the full exhibition of a
rapher consist. a very different man from his Reverence of Kil- very remarkable character—the exhibition, very many. Shining abilities are naturally looked for osten, of the minutest working of his mind-that and expected to be met with at the seat of learning, forms the primary interest of the biography. and of course are not estimated so highly as when A secondary, though probably undesigned attracthey proceed from humble life. Think of all these tion, is in the picture of Scottish character and things, and consider also how greatly it will add to society for nearly a quarter of a century, when your character, that instance of self-denial which Scottish society was in a transition state. His your refusal of the offer will not fail to impress on the minds of all who know you and have heard of various studies and pursuils, his lectures both in you. Keep fast by what you have got, and be and out of the pulpit, made Chalmers a sort of cencontented still to remain the minister of Kilmany; tre, round which friends and opponents gathered. and leave Glasgow to those hunters after the world We have thus something like a mixed comedy, and vain-glory who may be disposed to throw them- alternately grave and ludicrous, in which many selves in its way. Never you mind the call of the characters and many kinds of life pass before the Lord, as it is called, but think of * * * Excuse
reader. all I have said on the subject. I have no other
The style of Dr. Hanna's narrative is view than your own happiness ; for I am convinced terse and manly ; and he effectively indicates the that if you do accept of this offer, you sacrifice pith of his story, whether humorous or serious. your comfort and happiness forever. You will But his great merit lies in the mastery of his subhave no time for study; you will be deprived of all ject and the management of his materials. The the comforts of a home, for you will be continually mode in which he handles complex subjects so as carried down a current of formal visits and compli- to place them plainly before the reader, and the mentary calls, and invitations, and botherations of all sorts. Let Zachariah Boyd look somewhere else way in which he suspends chronology to bring for an interpreter of his works, and not insult Kil- remarkable circumstances effectively together, is many with any such application. I hope to hear akin to the art that produces the episode and retfrom you before long; and I trust your letter will rospection of epic poetry. inform me that you have declined the offer, both on In his youth Dr. Chalmers was several times your own account, and on account of the Anstru- in England, but not much further south than Liverther folks, who would be much hurt at your leaving pool. In his twenty-seventh year he visited Lonthe neighborhood. I beg you to write soon ; and I remain, dear Thomas, your affectionate brother,
don, and the elaborate journal he kept of his lour JAMES CHALMERS.
is very interesting. It vividly conveys the impres
sion which the full-dress style of English scenery From his brother's reply, one of the letters of and English mansions left upon his mind; and it James on this subject appears to be missing.
brings up things which the present generation Thus far can we go along with one another ; only know by report. Blenheim was the first seat but I am afraid no further. Glasgow is not a better that greatly struck him; and it inspired a passage situation in point of emolument. It is greatly more that may be quoted as a fine specimen of his comlaborious; and I will have to maintain a constant struggle with the difficulties you insist upon. Yet position. I think it my duty to go : but were I to unfold all The pleasure I felt was heightened by a variety the motives to you, I fear, from the strain of your of circumstances which supplied associations of two last letters, that you would positively not under- grandeur. In addition to the stateliness of actual stand me. I do not pretend any call of Providence display, I had the recollection of its origin, the im in the shape of a vision or a voice; yet surely, if mortality of its first owner, the proud monument Providence overrule all events—if the appointment of national glory, the prospect not of a house, or in question is an event I had no hand in-if, during scene, or a neighborhood, but the memorial of those the whole progress of the steps which led to it, I events which had figured on the high theatre of war cautiously abstained from giving any encourage- and of politics, and given a turn to the history of the
world. The statue of Louis XIV. placed upon before us; saw in the rich scene that presented the south front, and taken from the walls of Tour- itself the wealth of the first city in the world, nay, gives an air of magnificence far beyond the spreading its embellishments over the neighbormere power of form or of magnitude. It is great hood. Took a boat to Kew when we passed Islenot as a visible object, but great as a trophy, great as worth, and had a charming sail down the river. it serves to illustrate the glory of England, and the From Kew we coached it to town, and reached prowess of the first of warriors. I spent two hours Walworth by eleven in the evening. in the garden. Never spot more lovely_never scenes so fair and captivating. I lost myself in an The journals of religious converts-of" brands elysium of delight, and wept with perfect rapture. snatched from the burning'— have been printed My favorite view was down the river, from the so often that little novelty in kind could be looked ground above the fountain. The setting sun for ; but in the case of Chalmers there is unusual gleamed on the gilded orbs of Blenheim ; through freshness and interest from the charaeter of the the dark verdure of trees were seen peeps of water and spots of grassy sunshine ; the murmurs of the man. The mass of people who write these conwaterfall beneath soothed every anxiety within me;
fessions are more or less of mystics : it is the the bell of the village-clock sent its music across outpouring of reverie, very often of verbiage. In the lake on my left. I sat motionless, and my mind Chalmers there is unsparing critical analysis of slumbered in a reverie of enchantment.
his own conduct, a searching dissection of his new In London he exhibited the same activity as faith ; with one example of which we conclude everywhere else ; but we will pass theatres, elec- our extracts. tions, and sights, for his Sunday trip to Windsor. A year or two later, such a jaunt would not have
May 3rd:-I gave an hour in the forenoon to debeen indulged in, nor would the indulgence of votion ; of which the following is the record. At
the commencement felt iny heart strongly occupied others have passed without grave remark. with my misunderstanding with - Prayed
Saturday, May 16th.—I arrived at Windsor at against this; that my main anxiety may be about seven ; ran up to the Castle ; got admittance by the God, and not men, and that I may be so filled with
I porter (1s.) ; and was shown by the chambermaid charity and forgiveness, as to be in a state of prep(1s. 6d.) through the public rooms. The paint- aration for bringing my gift before the altar. ings I did not see to advantage, from the laieness Prayed for God's blessing and presence through tho of the hour; but was particularly struck with the whole exercise. Prayed for the correction of my magnificence of St. George's Hall, and the finished defects, my want of taste for spiritual and divine obelegance of the king's audience-chamber. In one jects, my distance from God, my want of those imof the rooms, I was pointed out the Duke of Marl- pressions of reality and importance which should borough's annual quit-rent for Blenheim, a small accompany the whole of my intercourse with Him. flag highly decorated. I went down to the terrace ; | Prayed for the correction of my faults in reference to and as I walked along the North of the Castle, I my brethren of mankind, and, in particular, for grievgwore in the gladness of my heart that there was ing the Holy Ghost, whose fruits are long-suffering never scene so sweet or fair. You have an ex- and gentleness, by clamor and wrath and bitterness. quisite view, below the eminence, of the Castle, the Prayed for the substitution of right principles, in windings of the Thames, Eton College and Chapel. place of those wrong ones which obtained in the The vivid green seen in patches through the fringe case of - -; and that I may be without uncharitaof luxuriant branches—the extensive lawns below, bleness to man on the one hand, and a sinful fear on which the peaceful caitle were grazing--the of man on the other. This led me to a train of hum of the village—the grand association of maj- feeling and speculation about this affair which I inesty—his piety and amiable character-his selec- dulged in, even on my knees; and the result was tion of this quiet retirement as a refuge from the a plan which I think it would be advisable to adopt cares and the splendor of royalty-threw me into in reference to —, and that is, a full and explana train of emotions, soothing, tranquil, and elevat- atory letter. O God, forgive me what is wrong in ing. I returned to the Hero inn, where I got a this wandering; and, as I prayed for wisdom, am snug room, a substantial supper, and a comfortable I to take this plan as Thy suggestion, and to probed.
ceed upon it accordingly? My beginning acquaintSunday, May 17th.-Went to the king's private ance with God as He lays Himself before me in chapel ; where, at half-past eight, I was gratified the Old Testament is, I hope, putting to flight my with the entrance of their majesties and the Prin- metaphysical difficulties about sin. I ain proceedcess Elizabeth. His manner is devotional and un- ing more upon first principles, and not consuming affected. I heard them all repeat the service most my time and strength so much in speculating about distinctly; and was much pleased with their frank, them. Thought of my relative duties. Prayed easy, and benevolent appearance. The view of for a due discharge of them, and for the welfare Twickenham was most charming. Pope's house and prosperity of those who are the objects of was among the delightful residences that we gazed them. This carried in it intercession for parish, on with rapture from the opposite side. The river church, family, friends, and acquaintances. Thought was enshrined with pleasure-boats; and the gay of the general interests of Christianity; prayed London parties, walking and drinking tea on both for its extension, for the removal of the obstrucsides, gave cheerfulness and animation to the pros- tions which now lie in its way, for the prosperity pect. The idea, however, of vicinity to the metrop- of religious societies. Concluded with a prayer olis, pollutes all our rural impressions of this for forgiveness, and for a blessing on the whole fascinating scene-takes off from all that pure in- exercise. terest, which the idea of simplicity confers, and May 5th. This day is an epoch in my life. mingles with original nature the vices, profligacy, My dear Grace had a daughter, and I have to bless and corruptions of civilized life. We ascended God for an answer to my prayers in giving her a Richmond Hill; eyed with rapture the country safe and easy delivery. O my God, perfect her
restoration to health, and carry her in safety | part he played in them, the missions he received, through the remainder of her trials. I dedicate the resolutions he made, the attitude he persisted this child to Thee, and pray for wisdom and ability in holding in view of the passions which were actas well as zeal in the great work of bringing her ing on every side, give importance to this rapid up in Thy nurture and admonition. Insert the narrative. No one will be tempted to judge the following as a memorandum, which may interest Monarch of July, simply on reading the journal of my daughter when she comes to understand it. 1815 ; no one ought to flatter himself that he is
“ Born about five minutes before two in the after- acquainted with the Duke of Orleans without noon ; and I was employed at the time in correct having read it. The sincerity of the narrator, noting for the press the second paragraph about the withstanding the vivacity of the anger and resentcontempt incurred by missionaries, in my sermon ments of that period, cannot be doubted. To-day on Ps. xli. 1."
this anger is extinguished and these resentments Among the materials for this varied volume are
are dead. The cold hand of time has laid heavy on
most of the actors in those fiery contests, and the the Posthumous Works (and indeed all the works)
common exile of the two branches of the house of of Dr. Chalmers; which receive new interest Bourbon, the alliance of all honest opinions with from their connection with his life. Some of regard to the dissolution of society, leave no longer them, looked at singly, had only a literary or a any room for the memory of ancient quarrels. theological value : considered with the occasion
Three facts spring from this narrative, with an of their production, they have a homefelt interest evidence, often veiled by the excessive moderation - like the difference between a distant occurrence first, the difficult position of the prince between the
of the narrator, but always transparent to criticism : and family events.
responsibility which the honor of his family fortune
put upon him, and the secret antagonism of his From the Boston Daily Advertiser. early associations, his opinions and his tendencies ; My Journal. The Events of 1815, by Louis in the second place, at the moment of the landing Philippe of Orleans.
of the emperor, the complete absence of all allu
sions on his part as to the final result of this heroic This is the title of a book in two volumes, recent- return ; finally, on the part of the good and sensible ly published in Paris, of which, a writer in the Louis XVIII. a natural confidence—which, however, Journal des Debats, (Cuvillier Fleury,) gives the he could not help resisting-a sort of involuntary following history:
dislike mingled with esteem for the character, the
fame, and the indisputable capacity of the Duke of It is a book published without the permission of Orleans. These three facts will be successively its author. The reason is very simple ; the author revealed and produced in the rapid analysis which has been King of the French, he is so no longer. I am about to make of the Journal of 1815. Everything against him is permitted in the gen- On the 5th of March, M. de Blacas came in erous country of France, even to the publication of great haste to seek the Duke of Orleans at the his manuscripts, without his consent. This is Palais Royal at eleven o'clock at night, to conduct called barricade law. I do not know what right him to the Tuileries. “I will put on my unithe editors had to the Journal of King Louis Phil- form," said the prince." That is not necessary," ippe—whatever it was, worse things have been replied the duke.-—" What, go in a frock to the done since the February revolution. It is better, Tuileries ! this would make a story all over after all, to publish books than to burn them. Paris.” The circumstances were then very se
The Journal of 1815 had been printed, but had rious. The Duke of Orleans knew nothing of never been edited. Its history was this: The them, but he foresaw some extraordinary reveDuke of Orleans, finding himself at that time at lation. In a frock coat to the Tuileries ! MeanTwickenham, formed the design of writing an ex- time they arrived there. They crossed the guard posé of his conduct before and during the Hundred room. The body-guard, stretched on mattresses on Days. It is generally known that the reaction the floor, opened their eyes in astonishment to see a which had succeeded the ephemeral triumph of Na- prince of the blood passing at that hour, and in a poleon had not spared the Duke of Orleans. There frock coat! The Duke of Orleans entered the was a disposition to place to his account some of king's apartment. the grievances which were felt against the whole * Ah, well sir,” said the king to him, “ Bonaliberal party. The coolness of the prince when he parte is in France.”—“ Yes, sire,” answered the might have resisted Bonaparte, was spoken of, and prince, who had just been informed by M. de his dilatoriness, when he might have returned after Blacas of the news, " and I am very sorry for it."'an invasion. Ile was almost accused of treason. * Ah, I should like it as well if it were not so,' The Duke of Orleans endeavored to defend himself. said the king, “ but since it is the fact, we must The defence of the prince was written and printed | hope that it will prove a fortunate crisis which may at London, under his own eyes. The whole edition rid us of him."-" I wish it may be so, but I fear was put up in a trunk, to be published in France, the contrary,” said the prince. The conversation if his honor demanded it; or to remain secret, if continues some time in this tone. But from the circumstances rendered its publication useless, first moment we see the antagonism between the which in fact happened. The Duke of Orleans re- king and the prince bursting out, between the conturned to France, and the Journal of 1815 did not fidence of the one and the too well justified alarms leave its hiding place. The violent hand and in- of the other, between the illusion which shuts the discreet curiosity of a revolution was necessary to eyes at the Tuileries, and the prudence which draw it out.
opens them at the Palais Royal." "I depend on This book is an interesting page of a great his- the garrison of Valence,” says the king. The tory. In the long life of King Louis Philippe, the Valence garrison, composed of the 4th horse arrilfew days which preceded or which followed the lery, will do nothing against Bonaparte," said the 201h of March, 1815, are but an instant, but the prince." I destine you to go to Lyons, under my
brother."-" I should be more useful to your attempt, which could have no other result than that majesty in getting together a body of troops be- of fortifying the army of Napoleon, by stripping tween Lyons and Paris, in any event.”—“Not at the North of France. The important thing, howall," replied the king dryly, interrupting the ever, on the contrary, was to secure a refuge there. prince. · You will be much more useful to my The Duke of Orleans did all he could to make this brother, who will give you the command of a opinion prevail, and finally succeeded, since Louis division.”—" And is not your majesty uneasy at XVIII. gave the prince the command of the northremaining thus alone at Paris?”_"I am very ern army. - When I entered the king's aparimuch obliged to you ; but I have no need of any ment,” he writes, “his eyes fixed on mine with an one, and it is much better for you to go to Lyons. uneasy expression, and I thought I perceived that Adieu, oil your boots, and come to see me to-mor- he feared I had come to excuse myself. But as row morning.
soon as the king understood that I accepted, his Meantime the Count d'Artois had gone. The expression became as gracious as it had been the Duke of Orleans followed soon after him. On the contrary.” 9th of March he was at Lyons. " What news?” The 15th of March arrived. 6. The eagles of the asked the prince on arriving.—" Ah, the news is Empire which were left in the decoration of the not very pleasant,” replied Monsieur. In fact, the Tuileries seemed,” says a history of that time, emperor was at Grenoble. He had found there a “ to resume a threatening aspect." No serious hundred and thirty pieces of cannon, ammunition mind could any longer have a doubt of the approachof all kinds, and an immense supply of guns. At ing arrival of Bonaparte in Paris, and of the imposLyons, on the contrary, there was neither a cannon, sibility of offering him any resistance except in the a gun, a ball, nor a dollar. “ This is our position, strong places of ihe extreme frontier. If the missir,” said the Count d'Artois, “ here it is without sion given to the Duke of Orleans had any meaning, dressing (au naturel.)”—“ The affair cannot last it was this. But it was necessary to come to an long," replied the Duke of Orleans; and he ordered explanation. Did the king wish, after his retreat his post horses. The same evening Marshal Mac- from Paris, to remain in France ? Did he wish to donald arrived. A council was held. The posi- call in the aid of foreign armies? On these two tion was explained to him. Lyons was to be points, the sentiments of Louis XVIII. might seem detended, the troops were not to be depended on, to agree with the well known dispositions of the no fortifications, no cannon. “ This simplifies much Duke of Orleans. A saying of his is quoted, the defence of the place,” said the marshal smiling. which mighit pass for heroism. “I shall awali The council broke up ; they inquired for the news Bonaparte in my chair; the victim will be greater --Napoleon was marching on Lyons. The next than the executioner.” On the other hand, the king day he, who was then called the enemy, had his authorized the prince to repulse all intrusion of advanced posts at La Verpilliere. The troops at foreign troops into his army. Noble sentiments, Lyons refused to serve. There was but one thing but vain words! promises, not deceitful, but of for the princes to do ; this was to go as they came. little sincerity, dictated perhaps by the heart, imNone of them failed to do this, and they did well. pelled by the first emotion to the lips, but to which The Duke of Orleans has been much blamed for events were about to give a cruel contradiction. having predicted what happened; it was said that For the Duke of Orleans, meantime, all the queshe was guilty of the defection of the troops, because tion was, will he call in foreign assistance? he had judged it inevitable. 66 When M. Necker,' writes Madame de Stael, " said to the king and The reviewer proceeds to state at length the queen, Are you sure of the army?' they imag- difficulty there was in establishing perfect confiined they saw in this doubt a factious sentiment; dence between the king and the prince. He profor one of the traits which characterizes the aristo-ceeds with the narrative : cratic party (the old style) in France is holding the knowledge of facts to be suspicious. These facts, But time passed ; the emperor was approaching. which are obstinate, in vain raised themselves ten The king, who, on the 15th of March, when the times against the hopes of the privileged orders; Duke of Orleans had come to ask his orders, in case they always attributed them to the persons who pre- Napoleon should arrive in Paris, had answered with dicted them, not to the nature of things."
an air of the greatest astonishment, “ You must On his return to Paris, the Duke of Orleans not suppose such a thing !”—the king took in all began by complaining to the king of the part he had haste the northern route. On the 22d he arrived at just been made to play at Lyons, and the figure he Lille, almost unexpectedly, without the prince, who had made there. * You only went there," said the did not expect him, not having received, in any season king," like a man pushed by the shoulders.” to be of use, any notice of his approach : afterward, “ Sire,” replied the duke, “the sacrifice I made however, he was blamed for not having divined to your majesty, in giving you, against my judg- what he had not even foreseen. However this may ment, this mark of my obedience, ought to prohibit be, Lille was no longer a tenable position for the henceforth all suspicion of my motives. When did I King of France. The population was good, the permit myself to examine, before accepting, a mis- disposition of the garrison more than doubtful. To sion, if I had the hope and the means of success?" keep the place for the king it was necessary to draw Louis XVIII. was a sensible man. He needed the from it the troops, which could alone defend it, and Duke of Orleans, he esteemed him. He pretended if they were left there no one could answer for the not to understand him, and turned the conversation safety of the monarch. To escape this alternatire, to something else.
of taking the garrison from the place, or coinproMeantime the blow was struck. It was neces- mising the retreat of the king, it seemed there was sary to consult with the Duke of Orleans. Events only one part to take, to pass the frontier. Patrihurried on. The ideas of the prince were adopted, otism suggested another to the Duke of Orleans. but too late. They thought of forming a camp In a council held before Louis XVIII., he proposed under Paris. This might have been the salvation that the king should retire to Dunkirk, and estabof it perhaps some days sooner; now it was a vain lish himself there with his military household.
The position was strong, and Napoleon could not I die in all humility, knowing well that we are think of laying siege to it before having invaded all alike before the throne of God, and I request, Belgium. Besides, at Dunkirk, the king would find therefore, that my mortal remains be conveyed to himself freed from dependence on the allied troops, the grave without any pomp or state. They are and entirely out of the line of their operations ; he to be moved to St. George's Chapel, Windsor, might then await events there without incurring the where I request to have as private and quiet a reproach of having participated in the invasion of funeral as possible. his kingdom. These arguments and many others, I particularly desire not to be laid out in state, brought forward with warmth by the Duke of Or- and the funeral to take place by daylight; no proleans during a discussion, which lasted five hours, cession; the coffin to be carried by sailors to the brought about the adhesion of the two marshals chapel. who were present at the council, that of M. de All those of my friends and relations, to a limBlacas himself, and finally the king appeared to ited number, who wish to attend, may do so. My have made up his mind. It was midnight—the nephew, Prince Edward of Saxe Weimar, Lords horses were ordered for one o'clock-orders were Howe and Denbigh, the Hon. William Ashley, given to the Count d'Artois to conduct the house- Mr. Wood, Sir Andrew Barnard, and Sir D. hold of the king to Dunkirk, to Marshal Macdonald Davies, with my dressers, and those of my ladies to set out at the end of half an hour, and to all the who may wish to attend. servants to hold themselves in readiness for depart- I die in peace, and wish to be carried to the
But here the scene changed with the sud- tomb in peace, and free from the vanities and the denness of an opera decoration. The Duke of pomp of this world. Orleans had scarcely returned home for a moment's I request not to be dissected, nor embalmed; and repose, when one of the king's secretaries arrived. desire to give as little trouble as possible. “The king has ordered me," said he, “ to warn
ADELAIDE R. monseigneur, that he shall not move to-night! His November, 1841. majesty is not going away!” The secretary went
The Duke de Trevisa came in : “ What is all · It may be questionable whether the “ Ceremothis,” said the prince, “is not the king going nial for the private interment of her late Most away?”—“I know nothing about it,” said the Duke Excellent Majesty, Adelaide the Queen Dowager, of Orleans-and, in fact, he never knew, neither he, in the Royal Chapel of Saint George at Windnor the Duke of Trevisa, nor Marshal Macdonald, sor,” published at the same time as this affecting the motives of a change of resolution as sudden as it was extraordinary. The next day, however, the paper, be quite in unison with the feelings it king said to him, " I did not wish to leave Lille expresses. Uneasy doubts obtrude themselves upon like a thief in the night.”- !_“ But now it is day," re- the mind whether“ her late majesty's state carriage plied the prince.—" I prefer to stay in Lille.—“I drawn by six horses, in which will be the crown wish your majesty may be able to do so, but I fear of her late majesty, borne on a velvet cushion," it will not be long.”“ We shall see,” said the would not have been more in keeping with the king. It is not necessary to add that a few hours funeral requests of the late Mr. Ducrow. The after the king passed the frontier, leaving to the Duke of Orleans, instead of the precise instructions programme, setting forth in four lines, of which he had so great need, an enigma to guess.
THE CHIEF MOURNER, Louis XVIII. was full of malice, the Duke of Or
The Duchess of Norfolk leans full of art. The game was then, between them, we may be excused for saying it, perfectly
Attended by a Lady, equal.
Everybody knows who won, and how, in 1848, is like a bad play-bill. The announcement how this same Duke of Orleans, who had looked so " the archbishop having concluded the service, scornfully at the irresolution of his royal relative, Garter will pronounce near the grave the style of was forced to make as precipitate and not a more her late majesty ; after which the lord chamglorious retreat. So the world goes.
berlain and the vice-chamberlain of her late
majesty's household will break their staves of office, and, kneeling, deposit the same in the
royal vault," is more like the announcement COURT CEREMONIES.
outside a booth at a fair, respecting wh the The late Queen Dowager, whose death has elephant or the conjurer will do within, by-andgiven occasion for many public tributes to exalted by, than consists with the simple solemnity of worth, often formally and falsely rendered on that last Christian service which is entered upon similar occasions, and rarely, if ever, better de with the words, “We brought nothing into this served than on this, committed to writing, eight world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. years ago, her wishes in reference to her funeral. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; This truly religious and most unaffected document blessed be the name of the Lord.” has been published by her majesty the queen's We would not be misunderstood on this point, directions. It is more honorable to the memory and we wish distinctly to express our full belief of the noble lady deceased than broadsides upon that the funeral of the good dowager queen was broadsides of fulsome panegyric, and is full of conducted with a proper absence of conventional good example to all persons in this empire, but absurdity. We are persuaded that the highest particularly, as we think, to the highest persons personages in the country respected the last of all.
wishes so modestly expressed, and were earnest
From the Examiner.