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fault with several things, in all of which it appeared that the cook had totally forgotten himself. I admired his freedom of speech particularly, and it was done with so good-humoured an air that it was impossible any body could be offended. “ Here's a dish," said he,“ excellent in itself, but totally spoiled by ignorance. I'll be whipped (a common expression of his) if I could not make it twice as good myself." Then he specified the ingredients so correctly that I really took him for a regular bon vivant; a man who delighted in cooking; in which I afterwards found that I was entirely mistaken, as well as in supposing that what he found fault with was in any way deserving his censure; for it appears he makes a practice of picking every thing to pieces, and informing himself in all sorts of matters which you never would think of. In fact, he always has a way of doing every thing peculiar to himself, and infinitely superior to that of any

I should like very much to pay him a visit at his house; for I understand the variety of novel inventions there is extraordinary.

You are every moment surprised by the application of some undiscovered principle, some wonderful contrivance or experiment, for which he deserves his Majesty's Letters Patent much more than half the folks who have them. By-the-by, a Patent is the very last thing that he would desire; for he is so far from keeping any of these plans to himself, that he advises every body he knows to adopt them, and is always prepared to argue in their defence and support with great vehemence and ingenuity. I should like to know what he thinks of the Club. If I had the pleasure of knowing him, I am sure he would tell me sincerely, for he likes declaring what he thinks in a straight-forward sort of way, though without any sort of rudeness. Perhaps he would call us disorderly. Now you must know that want of order is a crime of the very first magnitude in his eyes, for he observes it himself most scrupulously. Stepping on a border, or treading down a gooseberry bush, is a very great offence; and if you were to come into his house without cleaning your shoes properly, I really think he would turn you out again. One must excuse him in these matters, for, from all accounts, he has the best heart in the world, and withal is very clever ; but he is a bachelor, and that is sufficient reason for a good many oddities. I have really been taken up so long with talking about this gentleman, that I have no time or inclination to record all the important small talk which took place till the cloth was rem moved ; nor is it of much use to tell

you what you may see in any newspaper, that every delicacy of the season abounded, and that the whole did infinite credit to Monsieur the Landlord, his Cook, and Mr. Hudson.

You must take just the same account of the dessert and the wines, which latter, as far as I could judge, did not appear to have proceeded from the inn cellar. I miss Rowley very much in these particulars; for, at Rawsdon Court, he instructed me in such matters to admiration. You will pity me, I think, when I tell you that I got into the clutches of that odious Miss Jones again, and was so provoked that it almost tempted me to be uncivil. Luckily I restrained some very short answers, which were at the top of my tongue, and carried on the conversation with all imaginable decency, till at last I was released by her departure for the drawing


Of course a great revolution took place immediately on the ladies' dismissal; and I had the satisfaction not only of getting nearer the fire, but also of observing and hearing several people I had totally passed over before. Among these, a gentleman (a Mr. Morton, I believe,) made himself conspicuous by the wonderful extent of his acquaintance. If any body happened by chance to mention a particular character in the course of conversation, he would immediately interrupt liim without

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the least sort of ceremony, in some such way as this :

I knew him well, a distant connexion of the family: he was accused of selling his vote to the Minister, and to be sure one day he forgot his principles-but he was a charming soul, a delightful creature, the most good-natured fellow in the world—I knew him well, Sir." Whether the object of his sallies was a Nobleman or a Commoner, it did not seem to make the least alteration. The first one I heard I was very near laughing at, but I observed the rest of the company kept their gravity unmoved, so that probably they were used to these sort of impromptu sketches. He regularly first began with some bitter stroke of satire, and then appeared to be ashamed of what he had said, and determined to make his victim amends, by his unmeaning sort of panegyric.

After a little time the conversation principally turned upon Agricultural Distress, and matters relating to that weighty question-a topic which seemed to be admirably well understood by all the company, but unfortunately each had his own way of remedying it, and of course each thought his own the best. I fancied myself transported on a sudden into the House of Commons, or at least some body of Legislature; and, if there is a meeting on this subject in the county, I shall attribute it all to Mr. Hudson's party. "Tis true our good host seemed rather out of his element during the discussion ; in fact, I believe in his early days he spent much of his time in a counting-house, and no doubt at present has a leaning to the mercantile interest, though it would have been madness to have declared it at that time, as any opposition would have made the farming party furious, especially as some of them were rather

in their cups, among whom was my worthy neighbour, Mr. Mandle. Upon this latter gentleman the invigorating effect of the wine was very evidently displayed. I think I told


before that he spoke not a word during the whole of dinner,

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but now he vociferated beyond all bounds, talked about the country groaning under taxation, national bankruptcy, and things of that sort, which one of Mr. Hume’s speeches will readily supply you with. The Ministers he determined to be a set of hypocrites, rascals, and pickpockets, and those who favoured them not many degrees better. Of course every body saw his derangement, and let him have his own way.--I do think, for many reasons, that the Neapolitan tumult is the happiest thing that has for a long time taken place, for it has led away people's thoughts from domestic affairs, of which they have had some slight acquaintance, and has led them into the most delightful and innocent political speculations, upon concerns of which they are totally ignorant. My opinion is the more strengthened from the very opportune assistance which it gave us at the Peli

One person called the Neapolitans heroes; another confidently argued that they were mere rebels and poltroons, and that the Carbonari were pure radicals and sans culottes ; while the opposite party affirmed that they were a brave and a liberal-minded set of men. Mr. Bradshaw stood forth most vehemently on the former side, adding that he had lived a year or two in Italy, and that their character then was that he gave them. I thought it was better to be, in such conflicts, as England is--neutral.

I dare say you will find the dinner an uncommonly long one, as I assure you I did myself, and was not at all sorry when we joined the ladies—a proposition which Mr. Hudson at last made, by Mr. Bradshaw's special advice. Mr. Wise gave forth a vast number of miserable witticisms, which I would not disgrace my paper with, or with the tea-table talk, which I could have got very accurately second-hand from my aunt.

There were plenty of card tables, and plenty of players. I watched Miss Jones down to a party of loo, with a parcel of


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dames all looking as sharp as needles. I would not have been with them on any consideration.

Some of the company joined in different games, just as they liked. I had seated myself on a sofa next to my friend Mr. Brooke, and prepared to talk Eton matters over again, in return for which I expected him to give me an account of various Oxford Horrors, Examinations, Proctors, &c., besides different adventures, which he had encountered himself, for I verily believe him to be a bit of a pickle; when Mr. Bradshaw advised the young folks to get up a dance. We agreed to this very readily; so they showed us into an empty room, and we performed to admiration, till we were called away, very unwillingly, to go home, about twelve o'clock. Now, my dear Courtenay, at last there is an end “ longa chartæque viæque;" and I assure you I am much more glad to have finished this letter, than I was to depart from the Party at the Pelican.


F. G.



We take it for granted that all the world, that is all those who read and buy “ The Etonian," are well acquainted with that sagacious critique on a certain poem called the “ Queen of Hearts," which may be seen in the valuable volumes of the first of our venerated predecessors, Gregory Griffin, of the College of Eton. We

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