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lowing character which he gives of Mr. Canning dington and Mr. Pill, that the enclosed paper at this period of his life :

should be transmitted lo them without the signaJan. 24, 1803.-Canning has been forced, tures, which are ready to be affixed to it.”like a thriving plant in a well-managed hot-house; p. 103. he has prospered loo luxuriantly-has felt no

We can easily conceive the spirit of fun in which check or frost. Too early in life, he has had Mr. Canning penned this ingenious præscript—the many, and too easy advantages. This, added to Astonished to find obstacles and difficulties in his more deliberate countenance to the device of sigvery acute parts, makes him impatient of control. very title of which would have revealed its author;

- but when Lord Malmesbury lent his graver and way; angry with those who conceive less quickly nifying signatures to be ready, since none were to and eagerly than himself, or who will not keep be had, he could not have had in his thoughts that pace with him in his rapid plans and views ; and excellent maxim, which he afterwards so forcibly. indulging an innate principle of vanity, he under

inculcated on another young friend, rates others, and appears arrogant and contemptu- “April 11th. It is scarce necessary to say that ous, although really not so. This checks the right

no occasion, no provocation, vo idea, however and gradual growth of his abilities ; lessens their tempting, of promoting the object you have in effects, and vitiates the very many excellent, honora- view, can need, much less jusiify, a falsehood. ble, and amiable qualities he possesses. The world, Success obtained by one, is a precarious and basewho judge him from this, judge him harshly and less success. Detection would ruin not only your unfairly; his success accounts for his manners.

own reputation forever, but deeply wound the Rapid prosperity never creates popularity, and it

honor of your cause."-p. 414. requires a most careful and conciliating conduct

We need not pursue this bubble to its bursting to make the two compatible.”—pp. 169, 170. We qnote this-not as a just, and still less as a notice the extraordinary efforts of Mr. Canning

and vanishing into nothing ; but we must just favorable character of an early friend, for whose and Lord Malmesbury to persuade Mr. Pitt not to public and private qualities we preserve and cher- attend the house of commons, lest his presence ish the highest admiration and the most affectionate should seem to countenance the ministry—and the regard ; but, for the sake of observing that it was ludicrous gravity with which Mr. Canning deplores with this spoiled child, as he thought him, that the failure of his " capital measure,” which was a Lord Malmesbury—at the age of near threescore, device to prevent Pitt's keeping an engagement to and professing to have retired from public life, dine with Addington at Richmond Park, which chose to associate himself in an intrigue, as absurd the infatuated ex-minister, contrary to the most in all its parts as can well be conceived. Its details earnest efforts of his young friend, persisted in would be tedious; but the substance was this,

doing. All this is very amusing as we read it, "Nov. 1, 1802.-It was thought right to draw. but it is humiliating to think of; and in this case, up a paper to be signed, if approved, by persons of

as in others of the Diary already noticed, we eminence in different public avocations, in each think that the person who was most disliked house of parliament, to be presented by them to makes really the best figure, and that the sober Mr. Addington ; its object, as will appear from

good sense and good faith of Mr. Addington conthe paper itself, was to prevail on him to remove trast very favorably with the various ingenious, spontaneously, and prevent the matter being but not very ingenuous devices, that were embrought before the public."-p. 87.and " when signed by a sufficient number of lead- ployed to supplant him.* As to Mr. Pitt's share

in these transactions, we are glad to be able to say ing and independent men of all descriptions in that, though the hopes and wishes of Mr. Can each house," from whom it was supposed to em

ning and Lord

Malmesbury may seem to throw anate, it was to be presented simultaneously to

some doubts over the candor of his conduct toMr. Pitt and Mr. Addington, and, by the Duke of wards Mr. Addington, all that he himself was York (whom Lord Malmesbury had already initia- responsible for—his own words and actionsied into the design,) conveyed io the king. So far, are not liable to any serious reproach :-to none so well. We can fancy our young political Hot

at all, we think, in the earlier period of the Adspur exclaiming, “ Our plot is a good plot as ever dington administration ; for the evidence of Lord was laid-our friends true and constant; a good Malmesbury leaves no doubt that he was perfectly plot-good friends and full of expectation an ex- and zealously sincere in his endeavors to restrain cellent plot, very good friends. Why my Lord of the hostility of his younger friends who had reYork commends the plot and the general course signed with him, as well as to confirm the support of the action !" Alas! when all those “good of those of his former colleagues who had taken friends" and the many “persons of eminence” were to be assembled to sign the important docu- part in the new government ;--so much so that

when Mr. Pitt beard accidentally, on the 10th ment, it was found that there were no such per- March, 1801, that the Duke of Portland intended, sons in rerum naturû—not one—and that the whole on his own part and that of his other colleagues, confederacy consisted of no soul but the original to propose to Mr. Addington to recall Mr. Pitt, coterie which had imagined it, Mr. Canning, Lords Granville Leveson and Morpeth, and our venerable * We are glad to be able to say that Lord Sidmouth's diplomatist ;—but genius and art united are never papers are in the hands of his son-in-law, the Dean of without a resource—and behold, Mr. Canning Norwich, and we have reason to hope that the Dean is writes to Lord Malmesbury

preparing for the press a work that will do to that honest

minister and excellent man more justice than has yet Nov. 15th.- If, after all, neither imposing been done to his abilities and public services. Lord signatures nor spokesmen can be had, the lasi resort Malmesbury seems to have been much prejudiced against is to send the paper unsigned, with something like him by the influence of Mr. Canning's pleasantries. We the enclosed prescript" (!)

have, however, ourselves seen evidence, which we hope

may exist in Lord Sidmouth's papers, that at a subsePROPOSED PRÆSCRIPT.

quent period Mr. Canning, in a very frank and generous

manner, (as was his nature,) expressed his regret for their It is thought to be most respectful to Mr. Ad-former differences.


the latter waited on the duke, and in the most Addington's place in the old one. We have peremptory manner prohibited any such interfer- heretofore ventured to express our doubts as to ence with Mr. Addington, (iv. 42;) and when, on Mr. Pitt's policy in all this affair-his original the 14th, in pursuance of the same views, Mr. Can- breaking-up of the great party of which he was ning pressed Mr. Piit for a categorical answer as to the head-his present failure to reunite it-his his real feeling towards Mr. Addington, Mr. Piu- ousting Mr. Addington's government before he

" Without hesitation, and in the most unquali- knew on what basis he could replace it-and, fied manner, replied, that it was impossible to above all, the way in which, first and last, he have behaved with inore confidence, more open- dealt with the Roman Catholic question. Lord ness, more sincerity, than Addington had done, Malmesbury's details are too long to quote in from the first moment to this ; and that the man- extenso, and too connected to be separated, but they ner in which he had conducted himself, added to will be read with interest, and the result may be his long friendship for him, had raised him higher thus stated—that the precarious state of the king's than ever in his good opinion.”- p. 46.

mental health, never so liable to disturbance as And amidst not a few subsequent provocations from the Catholic question—the peculiar difficulties on the part of Mr. Canning and his "young created by Mr. Fox's former profession of French friends," who were exceedingly dissatisfied and principles and his consequent removal from the angry at his reserve, le steadily adhered to his privy council-and the great and growing perils of engagements with Mr. Addington.

the country, both internal and external, afforded As time lapsed, and circumstances changed, so, not merely an obvious apology, but-in the opinion no doubt, did in a certain degree the mutual rela- of Lord Malmesbury, ihe Duke of Portland, and tions of the late and existing ministers, and Mr. the great majority of Mr. Pitt's friends, and, no Pitt became naturally more and more reluctant to doubt, in Mr. Pitt's own conscientious convictionattend in parliament the discussion of new mea- a full justification of proceedings which, in opposisures which he had not advised and might not tion to such authoriiy, we can hardly persist in approve, but which his general inclination to sup- blaming, though we can never cease to regret. port Mr. Addington disabled him from opposing. These difficulties helped to accelerate his death, if In the spring of 1803, however, this state of they did not absolutely cause it, by anxiety, disapaffairs was essentially altered, by Mr. Addington's pointment, and affliction : the impeachment of making hiin an overture for his return to office, Lord Melville, and the battle of Austerlitz, filled but on terms which Mr. Pitt thought he could not the cup of bitterness, and he died, as was emphatiaccept. The particulars of this transaction are cally said, at 46, of old age and a broken heart. given by Lord Malmesbury in much and interesting In alluding to the last moments of this illustrious detail; and we are bound to say that the conditions man, whose glorious eloquence we heard with were such as we do not think Mr. Pitt could have youthful admiration, we have a melancholy pleasure accepted, though his refusal was somewhat too in laying before our readers, whom we may prehaughtily stated. This affair, however, seems to sume to be admirers of the name and character of us to have placed the rival parties on new and Pitt, the following interesting anecdotes, which the independent ground; it was a fresli point of de- noble editor has given us from the note-book of parture; and though Mr. Pitt appeared still very his amiable and able father, the second Earl of reluctant to oppose the ministry, his connexion Malmesbury, while he was Lord Fitzharris, and became gradually less cordial. Mr. Addington a member of Mr. Pitt's last Board of Treasury. about this time fancied that he strengthened him- “On the receipt of the news of the memorable self by offering office to Mr. Sheridan and others battle of Trafalgar, (some day in November, 1805,) of the old opposition, and by actually bringing I happened to dine with Piti, and it was naturally into his government Mr. Tierney, who a few the engrossing subject of our conversation. I shall years before had fought a duel with Mr. Pitt. never forget the eloquent manner in which he This seems to us to have fairly released Mr. Pitt described his conflicting feelings, when roused in altogether :-and at last, after many moves on the the night to read Collingwood's dispatches. Pitt political chess-board, which may be followed very observed, that he had been called up at various agreeably in Lord Malmesbury's Diary, Mr. Piit hours in his eventful life by the arrival of news of concurred with Mr. Fox and the old opposition in various hues; but that, whether good or bad, he several important votes, particularly one on the could always lay his head on his pillow and sink defence bill, in which Mr. Addington had a ma into sound sleep again. On this occasion, however, jority of only thirty-seven, on which he resigned, the great event announced brought with it so much and Mr. Pitt returned to office-almost alone. to weep over, as well as 10 rejoice at, that he could

Lord Malmesbury details the circumstances in not calm his thoughts, but at length got up, though which this short-lived and unfortunate administra- it was three in the morning." tion was formed on so narrow a basis, after Mr. 6. The battle of Austerlitz and its consequences, Pitt had proposed for office his new ally Mr. Fox, which he saw in their true light, greatly disapand his old connexions the Grenvilles, &c., for pointed and depressed him, and certainly rather whose sake he, no doubt, had broken off the accelerated bis end. I well remember walking negotiation with Mr. Addington in the spring of round St. James' Park with him in November, 1803. The king had now positively excluded Mr. 1805. He was naturally of a sanguine disposition. Fox, and though the latter very generously de- His plans were vast and comprehensive, and held sired that this might not prevent the accession of out to his powerful mind the hope of establishing his friends to office, they all made common cause a European Confederacy, that should crush French with him. Mr. Canning and Lord Granville Leve ascendancy. When that balile was fought, the son were zealous for the introduction, first of Mr. last ray of hope was so dimmed as to leave him Fox, and then of the Grenvilles—but all parties without the possible expectation of seeing the fuladhered to their resolutions, and Mr. Pitt, instead filment of that for which he had so long, so strenuof forming a new government, found himself in ously, and so successfully exerted himself, and the necessity of doing little more than taking Mr. / which he felt (if ever accomplished) must be

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brought about by other hands than_his. He re- land, the same security against the pains and signed himself to the will of that Providence to penalty of the law against Popery as they enjoyed whom he had always looked up, as well in the in Ireland by the bill of 1793, which bill enabled days of victory as in the hour of peril, and calmly them to hold commissions in the army as far as awaited that last call to which we inust all respond, the rank of colonels. with the true spirit of a Christian, and felt that his “ The Union made these regiments liable to sand had too nearly run out for him to think serve in England and Scotland, and the act as it any longer of worldly matters. He went to Bath, now stood, (they said,) gave them security in Ireand only returned to Wimbledon, (where he had a land only. This appeared a just measure if purvilla,) to die there."

sued, and one not to be opposed. “ I have ever thought that an aiding cause of “ To this bill the king did not object, and in this Pitt's death, certainly one that tended to shorten shape it first appeared in the house of commons, his existence, was the result of the proceedings as a clause attached to the mutiny bill, of which against his old friend and colleague, Lord Mel- it was naturally to make a part. But minister's ville. I sat wedged close to Pitt himself the night finding this go down with scarce any remark made when we were 216 to 216 ; and the speaker, Abboui, upon it, thought they might go a step further ; (after looking as white as a sheet, and pausing they withdrew the clause to the mutiny bill, and for ten minutes,) gave the casting vote against us. substituted in its room a bill which, by one stride, Pitt immediately put on the little cocked-hat that gave to the Catholics in every part of his mahe was in the habit of wearing when dressed for jesty's dominions the privilege of entering into the the evening, and jammed it deeply over his fore-army or navy, of holding any rank in either, and head, and I distinctly saw the tears trickling down of being allowed to attend their own places of his cheeks. We had overheard one or two, such worship. This gave rise to a very spirited deas Colonel Wardle, (of notorious memory:) say, bate, in which Perceval, with great force and they would see how Billy looked after it.' A ability, showed to the house the radical alterations few young ardent followers of Pitt, with myself, such a measure would make in our constitution, locked their arms together, and formed a circle, in and the dangerous innovations with which it would which he moved, I believe, unconsciously out of be attended both in church and state. Government the house ; and neither the colonel nor his friends was violent in support of it, and Lords Howick could approach him.

and Temple talked vehemently. “I met Pitt at Lord Bathurst's in Gloucester- “ Strong symptoms, however, soon appeared shire, where he passed some days, [in December, that they met with opposition in the closet, as the 1802.) We went to church at Cirencester. In second reading of the bill was postponed from day discoursing afterwards on the beauties of our to day. On Wednesday, the 11th, the king came Liturgy, he selected the Thanksgiving Prayer as to town, and saw his ministers as usual at the one particularly impressive and comprehensive. queen's house, to whom, (it was told us,) he exThe one, ' In Time of War and Tumults,' he pressed himself very distinctly, that to such a thought admirably well drawn up, as well as that measure he never could asseni."-vol. iv., pp. 358, for the parliament; but added, with respect to the 359. first of the two, that he never in hearing it could At this crisis Lord Malmesbury-forgetful of divest himself of the analogy between • Abate their all his former indignation against Lord Auckland pride, assuage their malice,' and the line in the for a like conduci-urged the Duke of Portland, song of God save the King,' Confound their with whom he had always maintained his early politics, frustrate their knavish tricks.' I ob- relations of confidence, to communicate to the king served, that Pitt was constantly taking down and his grace's sympathy on what he heard of his quoting from Lucan, of which author he appeared majesty's feelings on this subject, and to acquaint to be extremely fond. Nothing could be more him that if he should be driven to extremities by playful, and at the same time more instructive, his present ministry, there were others who were than Pitt's conversation, on a variety of subjects, ready to undertake the responsibility of office on while sitting in the library at Cirencester. You the adverse principle. This letter was dated the never would have guessed ihat the man before you 12th of March, 1807; but before it was despatched was prime minister of the country, and one of the -indeed before it was written out fair—the king greatest that ever filled that situation. His style himself had anticipated its advice by sending for and manner were quite those of an accomplished Lord Grenville, complaining of the deception atidler.-Lord Fitzharris' Note Book for 1805— tempted to be practised on him, and declaring 1806."-vol. iv., pp. 341-347.

that he never had consented, and never would conAfter the death of Mr. Pitt and the accession sent, to Lord Howick's bill. The Duke of Portof the Talents' administration, there is little to land's letter arrived no doubt opportunely to connotice till we arrive at the celebrated attempt to firm the king's resolutions, which were also supinveigle the king into the first step towards a con- ported by some of the existing government. cession of what were called the Catholic claims, The king said the prince had come down on which ended in the dismissal of that arrogant and purpose on Saturday, [March 14,) to declare his infraudulent ministry in whose detection and dis-tentions of acting and speaking against the bill; comfiture Lord Malmesbury took more part, as that the chancellor (Erskine) has also been from we have already hinted, than was commonly sup- the beginning against it, as well as Lord Ellenposed.

borough and Lord Sidmouth. This last he said “On the 9th of march, [1807,) I found that a had behaved handsomely.”—vol. iv., p. 373. hill was actually preparing, evidently as a sort of And upon this the king gave the Duke of Portpreliminary step to other bills still more explicit, land carte-blanche for forming that administration to take off the restrictions now existing against which, with many serious modifications, and the the Catholics. The bill in the first instance was sudden or premature deaths of no less than five of stated to be one that had no other object in view its leaders—. Portland, Perceval, Londonderry, than to give the Irish Catholics, serving in Eng- Liverpool, and Canning—and many vicissitudes

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of difficulties and prosperity, terminated the most pressions it so frequently creates; and, finally, perilous, but eventually the most glorious, war that the confidence and security of private liferecorded in our annals by the most triumphant the great foundations of society-are seriously peace—and may be said to have lasted till, by a compromised by a precedent, which is the more series of mistakes and inisfortunes, it was led—as dangerous from the amusement that it affords, and always happens to a party too long and too com- the respectable names with which it is unfortupletely prosperous-lo terminate by suicide an nately connected. existence of five-and-twenty years.

In the Duke of Portland's ministry Mr. Canning received the foreign seals-Lord Fitzharris became his under

A MIRACLE! secretary-Lord Granville Leveson went as am

PENNSYLVANIA HAS PAID!-don't be alarmedbassador to Russia—and Lord Malmesbury, confidentially consulted by Mr. Canning, brings down not her debt, but the dividends upon it for Februto the battle of Wagram and the convention of ary. The event was celebrated throughout the Cintra—but with little detail and no novelty—his state, as became its strangeness, with ringing of summary of our foreign and domestic transactions. bells, waving of flags, and firing of cannon.

“ Here,” says the editor, in his parting words - Friends looked agape on each other in bar-rooms " Here Lord Malmesbury appears to have closed with uncontrollable emotion ; mint juleps were

and railway stations. Drab waistcoats heaved this Diary. of the Journal which I have published, and gulped like water when the news was told.

In the city of London the excitement was indewhich composes this fourth volume, it may be said that it contains much inatter already known to the scribable. Feebly we attempt to portray it in

verse, reader. I have not suppressed it on that account,

the only medium for description of such a because I think that no corroborative evidence of

Humble prose limps after the reality with history can be produced so unsuspicious as a diary,

too painful an effort :in which events and conversations are regularly There had been talk of an Express o’ernight; recorded within a few hours of their occurrence, And London's capital had gathered then and that by an intelligent observer, (like Lord Her merchants and her stock-brokers, and fright Malmesbury,) whose personal ambition has been Was in the features of her moneyed men. satisfied with high rewards, or arrested by incur- A thousand eyes looked askingly; and when able infirmity. The man who is in this position, The whispered news one bold man dared to tell, having nothing to hope or to fear, and writing for Holders of stock looked pale, then red again, no immediate purpose of the day, will probably And most were of opinion 't was a sellrelate history with as little excitement or preju- But hush! hark ! That report from Bow to dice as can possibly be found in any active mind."

Clerkenwell! - vol. iv., pp. 411, 412.

To some of these last observations we have by Within an office hard by Lendenhall anticipation replied in the distinction we took be- Sate an extensive holder; he did hear tween the sincerity of the journalist and the accu- That news, perhaps, the earliest of all, racy of the facts or justice of the opinions he re- And but pooh-poohed it when it met his ear. cords: with that reservation we grant to the noble And when “the Times" declared the pay-day editor all the merit that he claims for his grand

near, father, who is beyond doubt entitled to as much His books, more truly, told their tale too well ; credence as any journalizing politician and quid- Which show'd he'd lost two thousand pounds nunc can be entitled to. But however trustworthy the author may personally be, it by no means fol- And left stock on his hands he could not sell : lows that we are to give him that kind of implicit He rushed on 'Change,-found that they paid confidence which the editor seems to challenge.

and fell ! In the first place, he is very often deceived by a second-hand narrative of facts ; but even when the

And men came buying in hot haste_indeed, naked fact is true, it may be so disguised by being Their old dishonesty some folks did bar clothed in black or in white as not to be recogniz

From buying as they else had done with speed; able. Of such a diary it may be said, as the Stoic And some lacked means “ for carrying on the said of human life in general-ταράσσει τους ανθρώπους ου τα πράγματα, αλλά τα περί των πραγμάτων But on the whole they bought more freely far doyuita—no one alive would, we believe, be rnuch

Than might have been expected from the way disturbed by any of the facts recorded by Lord

That Pennsylvanias had stood under parMalmesbury if simply and accurately narrated,

While brokers sought “ The Cock” across the though great and serious pain has been inflicted

way, by the color that he gives them and the opinions And whispered with white lips, " By Jove, they which his grave authority pronounces upon them.

pay, they pay!” No man, however honest, or even kind-hearted,

Punch, can be free from temporary impressions and personal prejudices—which, though they should have only flashed momentarily across his mind, stand Legal Criticism.—Mr. Sergeant Hill, disputpermanently Daguerreotyped in his Diary—so that ing once with a young pupil who contended for truth itself becomes an auxiliary to falsehood. the accuracy of Richardson's description of love On the whole, we are bound to say, this publica- in Clarissa Harlowe, the learned sergeant alleged tion seems to us to be in principle wholly unwar- that Richardson was anything but an accurate rantable; that as regards either political events or man; and, in proof his assertion, asked the young personal character, it would be in general a very student if he had read Clarissa's will; and added. jallacious guide ; that any historical value it may “You will find there is not one of the uses or have is nearly counterbalanced by the false im- trusts in it that can be supported."

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1. Punch-Mr. Caudle's Shirt Buttons ; Punch's Noy's Maxims,
2. Sabbath Night's Supper

Edinburgh Tales, .
3. Thomas Hood, .

Hood's Magazine, 4. Algæ, or Sea Weeds,

Chambers' Journal,
5. Bookselling before the Invention of the Press,

Chambers' Journal,
6. Mademoiselle Lenormand,
* 7. Continental Railroads,

8. St. Giles and St. James, Chaps. Vil and Vill., Jerrold's Magazine,
9. A Few Days in a French Chateau,

Chambers' Journal,
10. Railway Literature,
11. Social Anarchy in France,

Foreign Quarterly Review,

Chambers' Journal,
The Herring Pie,

Hood's Magazine,
POETRY.—Bridges, 309.-Prophet in the Wilderness ; Laman Blanchard, 312.

Misprints, 298–Fort Leavenworth ; Proving an Alibi ; Liebig, 310.

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thing and another! They'd never tie themselves MR. CAUDLE'S SHIRT-BUTTONS.

up to the best man in the world, I'm sure. What

would they do, Mr. Caudle? Why, do much bet"There, Mr. Candle, I hope you 're in a little ter without you, I'm certain. better temper than you were this morning ? There " And it's my belief, after all, that the button -you need n't begin to whistle : people don't wasn't off the shirt : it's my belief that you pulled come to bed to whistle. But it's like you. I it off, that you might have something to talk about. can't speak, that you don't try to insult me. Oh, you 're aggravating enough, when you like, Once, I used to say, you were the best creature for anything! All I know is, it's very odd that living : now, you get quite a fiend. Do let you the button should be off the shirt; for I'm sure no rest? No, I won't let you rest. It's the only woman 's a greater slave to her husband's buttons time I have to talk to you, and you shall hear me. than I am. I only say, it 's very odd. I'm put upon all day long : it's very hard if I “However, there's one comfort ; it can't last can't speak a word at night ; and it is n't often I long. I'm worn to death with your temper, and open my mouth, goodness knows !

shan't trouble you a great while. Ha, you may " Because once in your lifetime your shirt laugh! And I dare say you would laugh! I've wanted a button, you must almost swear the roof no doubt of it! That's your love—that's your off the house! You didn't swear ? Ha, Mr. feeling! know that I'm sinking every day, Caudle! you don't know what you do when though I say nothing about it. And when I'm you're in a passion. You were not in a passion, gone, we shall see how your second wife will look

Well, then, I don't know what after your buttons ! You 'll find out the difference a passion is—and I think I ought by this time. then. Yes, Caudle, you ’ll think of me, then : for I've lived long enough with you, Mr. Caudle, to then, I hope, you 'll never have a blessed button to know that.

“It's a pity you haven't something worse to “No, I'm not a vindictive woman, Mr. Caudle ; complain of than a button off your shirt. If you ’d nobody ever called me that, but you. What do some wives, you would, I know. I'm sure I'm you say? Nobody ever knew. so much of me? never without a needle-and-thread in my hand. That 's nothing at all to do with it. Ha! I What with you and the children, I'm made a per- would n't have your aggravating temper, Candle, feet slave of. And what 's my thanks ? Why, if for mines of gold. It's a good thing I'm not as once in your life a button 's off your shirt—what worrying as you are—or a nice house there'd be do you cry ohat?-I say once, Mr. Caudle ; or between us. I only wish you'd had a wife that iwice, or three times, at most. I'm sure, Caudle, would have talked to you! then you 'd have known no man's buttons in the world are better looked the difference. But you impose upon me, because,

I only wish I'd kept the like a poor fool, I say nothing. I should be shirts you had when you were first married ! ashamed of myself, Caudle. I should like to know where were your buttons “ And a pretty example you set as a father! then ?

You 'll make your boys as bad as yourself. Talk" Yes, it is worth talking of! But that's how ing as you did all breakfast-time about your butyou always try to put me down. You fly into a tons ! And of a Sunday morning too! rage, and then if I only try to speak you won't call yourself a Christian! I should like to know

That's ho:v you men always will what your boys will say of you when they grow have all the talk to yourselves : a poor woman up? And all about a paltry button off one of your is n't allowed to get a word in.

wristbands ; a decent man would n't have menA nice notion you have of a wife, to suppose tioned it. Why won't I hold my tongue? Beshe is nothing to think but her husband's but-cause I won't hold my tongue. I'm to have my tons. A pretty notion, indeed, you have of mar- peace of mind destroyed—I'm to be worried into riage. Ha! iť poor women only knew what they my grave for a miserable shirt-button, and I'm go through! What with buttons, and one to hold my tongue! Oh! but that 's just like you, ,



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