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impostor. He has on his hands a more stupendously still, and doinghorse worth nothing, and is in inces- browner the “ horse-repository" man, sant expectation that the person who by way of retaliation — a story which paid him earnest will come with the our readers cannot but agree with us remainder of the money ; but nobody in accounting first-rate, both as reof course has as yet come, as nobody gards the matter and the mode of narof course ever will."
ration. The dialogue concludes by “But I wonder,” says Aulus, “he Phædrus observing that his friend has not tasked you with tricking can now understand how it is, that him?"
mightily gratified as he is with his feat “With what face," replies Phædrus, of cheating the horse-dealer, he has “or with what show of reason, could been unable to persuade himself to he do so ? He did, indeed, on a confess it as a sin ; while Aulus, on couple of occasions complain to me the other hand, roundly asserts, that that he feared the purchaser of my could he boast the achievement of the horse was
a humbug. Whereat I deed, so far from confessing it as a turned the tables upon him, and told sin, he would claim from his country him that the man who, by a precipi- the erection of a statue in bis honour. tate sale, deprived me of such a horse, And now, dear reader, at the end richly deserved to meet with ill luck.” of this, our tbird specimen from “ The
Such is Phædrus' story of his being Colloquies," we and our grotesque old stupendously choused, bit, and done author, conjointly and most respectbrown, by the "horse-repository fully, take off our caps, and salutingly man ; and of his chousing and biting take our leave for the present.
Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods,
OUR PORTRAIT GALLERY.---XO. LXX.
THE BISHOP OP MEATA.
In the third volume of the life of the excellent and honest Chalmers, will be found some extracts from his evidence before a Committee of the House of Commons on education in Ireland. In speaking of the Irish Church, he says :-" I hold the Established Church of Ireland, in spite of all that has been alleged against it
, to be our very best machinery for the moral and political regeneration of that country. Were it to be overthrown, I should hold it a death blow to the best hopes of Ireland. Only it must be well manned; the machine must be rightly wrought, ere it can answer its purpose ; and the more I reflect on the subject, the more I feel that the highest and dearest interests of the land are linked with the support of the Established Church, always provided that Church is well patronised. I know not what the amount of the Government patronage is in the Church of Ireland ; but in as far as in the exercise of that patronage, they, in. stead of consulting for the moral and religious good of the people, do, in the low ga:ne of party and commonplace ambition, turn the Church livings into the bribes of political subserviency; they, in fact, are the deadliest enemies of the Irish people, and the most deeply responsible for Ireland's miseries and Ireland's crimes.”
But who can look back on the policy of centuries under which Ireland bas been weighed down, and not complain, in humiliation, that the moral and religious good of the people has but seldom suggested—seldom, alas ! gained for Ireland the appointment of a pious and learned man to the high, the responsible oflice of a bishop of the Reformed Church in our country?
The selection of a good man, the elevation of one who has found favour on the simple score of merit, is especially a subject of interest and thankfulness to many who now look forward in hope and patience to the future of Ireland. Such has been the feeling at the promotion of Joseph Henderson Singer to the see of Meath. Fitness was his solid claim. Unblemished in personal character, accredited as a scholar and a divine, experienced in the work of the ministry, beloved by the great body of the clergy and laity of the Church to which he belongs, and by many in other Churches, in which his praise had long been established for Christian liberality and love of evangelical religion, his appointment was greeted with the homage of general approval.
The subject of our memoir was born in the month of October, in the year 1786. Ile was the youngest son of the late James Singer, of Annadale, in the county of Dublin. From his earliest years he was remarkable for his love of reading; it began in childhood, continued at school, and ceased not when he encountered the sterner studies of the University, which he entered at the early
of sixteen. Up to this time his life was one of quiet, regular industry - : plain routine of diligence, by which he was not only well prepared for entering hopefully on the expanded course now opened for him. in Trinity College ; but by the training of a well-ordered mind, and with the modesty which so much becomes ingenuous youth, he had the early prospect of a successful career within the walls where merit has its inany triumphs. "He entered under the late Dr. Lloyd, afterwards Provost of the College. With some it is of little moment whether the good and the learned, or the careless or incompetent, has been the guardian of their studies ; but there are others whose nature finds a nurture, because a sympathy in their college tutor, by which the work of education is silently, but most effectually, promoted. This learned and good man, Dr. Lloyd, was especially beloved by his pupils; the softness of his nature, the liberality of his mind, the familiarity of his expositions of science, which he cultivated, and a modest, unobtrusive piety, which shed a pleasing and attractive light on bis intercourse with the students, made him an auspicious and most appropriate tutor for the subject of this memoir. His pupil entered as a fellow-commoner. During his undergaduate course he obtained every premium and certificate then
open to his competition, and ultimately received the gold medal on taking liis degree.
The patient and conscientious diligence which had become the fixed habit of his life, and the steadiness with which he won his way, in each and every dopartment of collegiate study, pointed to a fellowship as the fit object of his further efforts to attain.
The variety and depth of reading which this required, even at the period of which we speak, have made the fellowship examination one of the severest tests to which a scholar can be subjected. Our student, however, had not only mas. tered the necessary studies of his undergraduate course, as he went along, but stored up accumulations of industry, gathered in gratuitous excursions into the advanced regions of fellowship-study, so that at an early period he was enabled to make his first attempt, not indecd in expectation of success (which on a maiden effort is exceptional), but with a view of testing his strengil, and then husbanding his energy for the trying occasion, which is generally on the second sitting of the young candidate.
In 1809, he first sate; his answering was very respectablo; it secured him one of the premiums which are given in money. In the next year thero were two vacancies, which were then filled up by the election of the late Dr. Elrington and himself. His answering on this occasion was not merely successful, but distinguished. Were we asked at this point to say, what were his peculiarities as a scholar or as a man, we would unhesitatingly answer, that ho wild an accomplished general scholar ; perhaps more remarkable for the extensive range of his knowledge, than for exclusive excellence in any single subject of study.
Active industry was the law of his being; his time, his talents, his diligence, were all conscientiously appropriated to purposes of duty and usefulness, llo was pious from his early youth. His natural gifts included that courtesy of demeanour which is always attractive; and the grace of religion imparted the glow of a zeal, tempered with moderation - thus adding sunshine to daylight, and consecrating each gift to the service of the Giver of them all.
The arrangement as to pupils was then different in the University from what it is at present. The extent of connexion, or amount of popularity arising from character, interest, and other influences, which in so many ways combine, regu. lated the profits of the tutor, and caused the prefierence which gave
the supply: With his general character and good address, a cheerful courtesy, a clasio taste, variety of information, combined with excellent conversational talent, and an extensive acquaintance in the country, it was scarcely possible that Mr, Singer should not have been a most popular tutor. At least there is no doubt as to the fact, that he was one of the most favoured by the publie, as was evi. denced by the number of his pupils.
Nor was this confidence misplaced. His care of the young students com. mitted to his charge was parental How often bas one beau gently turned aside from idleness or folly — others guided and encouraged in the pursuit of truth, by his timely and affectionate intervention: Without the sternens, but you with the influence of authority, he could stir the consciences by u jurdirdous appeal to the generosity of youth, and touch sympathies at once powerful and sensitive. The hand that pens this memoir can ustify 19 the excellence and the felicity of suggestions which towed so naturally from ob at once loved and respected. By these, can be well remembur, bis own eurly doubts were stanovad; his hesitations and crudities; the ebbings and flowing of his mind, the pe riod which just preceded the frst setting down of lix opinions, all my kindly met; instruction so seasonably communicaud; the tart authore judiciously recommended; books courteously oflered, and cub enare au curious and a text for further explanation ; these are now seusubred with the same plac. ness of heart in which the friend: bip of more than thirty year in pristrued as yet unabated. A remarkable period was about this time opening, on Jaurl
, and signallig on the Irish Church. An earnest religiour ferling mau maxime in al at kigue desire for giving to the peopit a kuynbrige of the bestart; as well a tu laity and amongst the clergy thia tayan u work witi stilist' 1 46 taunt and pursuits of College life were not calculated w fostar what ist siel: Buppvéti rutier