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is strongly to be regretted that this new possible to foresee; nor, indeed, are ve lung of the city were not so odious as to disposed to venture any decided opinion. If depreciate the value of town-lots ; for in we were to take up a defence of the new that case we might hope for the support and style, we might lose caste with the matrons, approval of such objectors as the Journal of and have all the stout women against us; Commerce.
and if we were to hazard an approval of the Fortunately, however, the scheme has long dresses, we might be subject to the wise promoters-men, who seeing into the attack of some virago in short clothes. future of our population, have the sagacity! The editor of the Albion seems to be as and good sense to urge this provision for cautious as ourselves ; at any rate our lady health, for comfort, and for all the ends of readers shall judge of his position, by bis city civilization. When a man opposes a paragraph :particular public interest by suggesting “The new costume for the ladies is talked another and more feasible course of secu- of and written of, just as though it were ring it, we respect his scruples, and are wil. | regularly ordained by the voice of lecturers ling to listen to his reason; but when he
and the pen of editors ; whilst not only are condemns as extravagant and needless a
the wearers exceedingly rare aves, but it may
be safely asserted that a new mode cannot be measure which the whole civilized world
brought about amongst the gentle rotaries recognizes as an imperative necessity for of fashion by any such means. In proof of such a city as ours, we have not even a re this, may be adduced the total failure of the spect for his weakness.
late attempt to bring about some improveIt has been objected to us as a nation
ment in male costume, for which it was
thought that the World's Fair would have and the World's Fair confirms the accusa
been an excellent opportunity. The utmost tion—that our artisans are lacking in artistic that can be done is to write down, and talk taste, and chiefly because they have few down, and laugh down a custom which is forms of beauty around them for study, and
manifestly inconvenient, and repulsive to all because the prevailing fever of utility has
ideas of propriety. We therefore have no
hesitation in denouncing the present length driven from our minds all sense of the ele
of ladies' walking dresses. Dirt and deligant. And now when it is proposed to open cacy cannot foot it together : but the evil a grand school for the free study of nature, may be remedied without any violent for a full development of the laws of health, changes; and it is to be hoped that the good and for encouraging a love of the truest and
sense of the ladies themselves will take the
many hints already offered them. If not, purest beauty, -the matter is decried as we shall be compelled to say that they need extravagant and needless.
a Punch or a Charivari at their heels It may be that our economists and parti- | Those witty Batirists might fairly be insans, and holders of down-town property, voked." may prevent this accession to our city pride | - The great Fair still holds fair possesand city growth; if so, we can hardly wishsion of the world's thought, and, through a them joy of a triumph which finds its forces thousand channels of letter and illustration, in the short-sighted policy of the hour, and the details of its wonders and events come which an advancing and improved age will to our ear and to our eye. The access of be very sure to reverse.
visitors with the diminished price had not -- Dropping now from parks to panta. been for the first week so great as was ex. lets, we have to make our week's mention pected; still, however, the throng was undiof the talk in the journals upon the new minished ; and with the cheap trains which costume for ladies. Already we have made were advertised for the month of June, the our note of it; but its noise is growing, and Palace will witbout doubt overflow. there is reason to fear a very speedy irrup-1 Mr. GREELEY, of the Tribune newspaper, tion of some of our manufacturing towns, continues bis letters to that paper; and we into all the crimson and gold of the Turkish must say---little as we like many of the tunics. The long-dress partisans are also social vagaries of that gentleman—that he afoot, and have, it would seem, to strengthen has tempered his observations thus far with their grand work, added an inch or two to a discretion and a sagacity that makes his their hems. What will be the result of this letters not only eminently readable, but in a un usual and exciting controversy it is im- high degree-truthful, earnest, and valuable. Among other matters which have caught | prevalent tendency toward Authorship by the American editor's attention has been I thousands who never asked whether the the new Guild of Literature, of which men
world is likely to profit by their lucubra
tions, but only whether they may hope to tion has been already made in these pages.
profit by them. If the 'Guild' should' tend We quote his notions of the scheme as a sort to increase the aspirants to the honors and of caveat to writing men and women: if his rewards of Authorship, it will incite more remarks are true of literary effort in a coun
misery than it is likely to overcome.
“However, this is an attempt to mend the try, where literature secures vastly more
fortunes of unlucky British Authors, and as pecuniary success than here-how eminently
we Americans habitually steal the producis it true of America!
tions of British Authorship, and deliberately
refuse them that protection to which all THE LITERARY GUILD.
producers are justly entitled, I feel myself
fairly indebted to the class, by the amount « « The Guild of Literature and Art will of my reading of their works to which copy. have already been heard of in America. It right in America is denied. I meant to is an undertaking of several fortunate bave attended the first dramatic entertainauthors and their friends to make some ment given at Devonshire House in aid of provision for their unsuccessful brethren- this enterprise, but I did not apply for a for those who have the bad luck to be born ticket (price £5) till too late ; so I took care before their time, as well as those who to be in season for next time—that is, on would apparently have done better by de- Tuesday evening-of this week. clining to be born at all. The world over. “The play (as before) was ‘Not so Bad flows with writers who would fain transmute as We Seem, or Many Sides to a Character,' their thoughts into bread and, lacking the written expressly in aid of the 'Guild' by opportunity, have a slim chance for any Bulwer, and performed at the town mansion bread at all, even the coarsest. No other of the Duke of Devonshire, one of the most class has less worldly wisdom, less practical wealthy and popular of the British nobility. thrift ; no other suffers more keenly from On the former evening the Queen and Royal 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,' Family attended, with some scores of the than unlucky authors. If any thing can be nobility; this time there was a sprinkling of done to mitigate the severity of their fate, Duchesses, &c., but Commoners largely preand especially if their more favored brethren ponderated, and the hour of commencing can do it, there ought to be but one opinion was changed from 9 to 74 P. M. The apartas to its propriety.
ment devoted to the performance is a very “And yet I fear the issue of this project. | fine one, and the whole mansion, though The world is scourged by legions of drones commonplace enough in its exterior, is fitted and adventurers who have taken to Litera- up with a wealth of carving, gilding, sculpture as in another age they would have ture, &c., which can hardly be imagined. taken to the highway—to procure an easy | The scenes were painted expressly in aid of livelihood. They write because they are the ‘Guild,' and admirably done. The Duke's too lazy to work, or because they would private band played before and between the scorn to live on the meagre product of manu. acts, and nothing had been spared on his al toil. Of Genius, they have mainly the part to render the entertainment a pleasant eccentricities—that is to say, a strong addic. one. Every seat was filled, and at $10 tion to late hours, hot suppers, and a profu- each and no expenses out. A handsome sion of gin and water, though they are not sum must have been realized in aid of the particular about the water. What Author - benevolent enterprise. ship needs above all things is purification “The male performers, as is well underfrom this Falstaff's regiment, who should be stood, are all Literary amateurs; the ladies taught some branch of honest industry and alone being actresses by profession. Charles obliged to earn their living by it. So far, Dickens bad the principal character—that therefore, am I from regretting that every of a profligate though sound-hearted young one who wishes cannot rush into print, and Lord-and he played it very fairly. But joining in the general execration of publish stateliness sits ill upon him, and incompaers for their insensibility to unacknowledged rably his best scene was one wherein he merit, that I wish no man could have his appears in disguise as a bookseller tempting book printed until he had earned the cost the virtue of a poverty-stricken author. thereof by bona fide labor, and that no one Douglas Jerrold was for the nonce a young could live by Authorship until after he had Mr. Šofthead, and seemed quite at home in practically demonstrated both his ability and the character. It was better played than willingness to earn his living, in a different Dickens's. The residue were indifferently way. I greatly fear the proposed Guild,' good-or rather, indifferently bad-and on even under the wisest regulations, will do as the whole the performance was indebted for much harm as good, by aggravating the lits main interest to the personal character of the performers. I was not sorry when itent day, that was altogether out of the was concluded.
question. On the contrary, the public had “After a brief interval for refreshments, confidence in their opinions, and looked to liberally proffered, a comic after-piece, 'Mr. them as leaders on other than literary Nightingale's Diary,' was given with far matters. Take in the first place the great greater spirit. Dickens personated the prin- novelist, the great bead of a great party, in cipal character-or rather, the four or five a great assembly of this country. When he principal characters—for the life of the first offered himself as a candidate, he was piece is sustained by his appearance suco asked on what interest he stood, and be said cessively as a lawyer, a servant, a vig. he stood on his bead; and no one could orous and active gentleman relieved of doubt the great merit and genius of Mr. his distempers by water-cure, a feeble in Disraeli. Another eminent novelist addressvalid, &c., &c. It is long since I saw much ed letters to John Bull, from his ancestral acting of any account, but this seemed to me hall; and a third was even at that moment perfect; and I am sure the raw material of employed, heart and hand, he might better a capital comedian was put to a better use say, heart and voice, in a cause of charity, when Charles Dickens took to authorship. (Alluding to Mr. Charles Dickens engaged The other characters were fairly presented, in rehearsal of the new play by Sir E. B.L. and the play heartily enjoyed throughout.” Bulwer.) Of course it was impossible for -- And now, having rounded our gossip
our gossip authors' to settle the mere price by which
| the works of those who amused the public into a talk of books, we shall quote as an
were to be paid. Signor Twapkadilla, or offset to the above, the remarks of Mr.
| Madame Taglifipas, by their chests or toes, THACKERAY, the author of Pendennis, at the might earn as much in a night as a literary anniversary dinner of the Royal Literary man could by weeks of hard labor. They Fund.
could not help the difference of payment,
and sometimes it was impossible to prevent « The toast of Mr. Thackeray and the distress. Thank God, in his own case, be Novelists' being proposed, that gentleman, I had felt that necessity for assistance; and in returning thanks, said- As there were a because he had found friends who had belpnumber of foreign gentlemen present, and ed him at those moments of distress, he felt the question of literature had been brought deeply interested in the aims of a society on the tapis, there was a certain error com- which had for its object the helping brethren monly indulged in which ought to be pro
| at hours of similar misfortune.'” tested against by himself and by men of his profession. He wished to inform those — The last work of Mr. HAWTHORNE gentlemen that the literary men of England has met with rich and deserved success in were not the most unfortunate, the most England, and has been issued by Mr. Boux, degraded, the most seedy people which was generally supposed. He did not believe in
for one shilling and sixpence a copy. The literary men being obliged to resort to ig.
Athenæum commends it highly poble artifices in order to get places at the - A revision of the late decision in tables of the great, and to enter into society reference to copyright is earnestly prayed upon sufferance ; he did not believe in
for by many of the booksellers in London, patrons, except such as those before him,
and there is reason to think that the decision who were glad to see an honest man, and to shake him by the hand, as he had been
of Lord Campbell may go up to the House shaken by the hand by them. Therefore, he of Lords. proposed that, from this day forth the op- | -- Punch has become latterly particupressed literary man should disappear from
larly severe on American topics, and has amongst us. The times were altered. In the days of Queen Elizabeth there were laws!
pointed his jokes, with portraits from the against caricatures and lampoons, visiting life. offenders with maiming and hanging ; but if - Among new American issues, are that were the state of things now, what the Heir of Wast-Wayland, by Mary HoF. would be the condition of his august friend litt :-England in 1850, by LAMARTINE ;and patron, Mr. Punch? (Cheers and laugh. ter.)' Where would be his hands, and neck,
Wayside Flowers, by Mrs. St. Leon LOND;and bowels---for the offenders were some Memoirs of Wordsworth, by C. WORDStimes disembowelled too! The fact was, worth ;-Caleb Field ;-a new edition of the literary men of the present day did not Fresh Gleanings ;-Bulwer's New Play; want patrons, they wanted friends; but The Wife's Sister, by Mrs. HUBBACK ;-8 against their fancied degradation he strongly protested and utterly denied. They did not
new edition of Colton's Ship and Shore, want to be pitied any more ; and as for pity! (called Land and Sea);-Para, or Scenes in being employed on the novelists of the press the Amazon, by T. F. WARREN.
This much admired roof was built by 1 of Canterbury. At the top of one of its Bishop Juxon in 1662. Lambeth Palace towers, is the prison in which the Lollards was the ancient residence of the Archbishops | were confined.
This vast work is the only one of its class | The plan shows that it resembles an Anglobegun and finished in one age; and, what is Gothic church of the largest class, except still more remarkable, under one bishop, by only in the breadth and fewness of the one master-mason, and (except a few con- severies or compartments. The usual four temptible super-additions) by one archi- piers at the crossing are omitted, so as to tect. It was commenced in 1675, nine throw the weight of the dome on eight sur. years after the fire, and finished in 1711. rounding piers, (as at Ely Cathedral,) and