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diamonds, through the ringlets of a dishevel- | by which Mr. Thackeray indicated his prediled periwig?

| lection for Addison. Of Swift he scarcely of the moral principle of Congreve's come- read a line; Congreve he illustrated, not by dies Mr. Thackeray spoke with disgust and extracts from the comedies in which he lives indignation, and he traced the worship of for posterity, but by those minor poems youth and recklessness, and the disrespect of which, though admired by his cotemporaold age, which are such leading characteristics ries, are now little regarded; but be read in those brilliant works, through a whole se several extracts from the Spectator, and also ries of dramatic categories, from the comedy Addison's well-known hymn, as a specimen to the puppet show. The constant tendency, of his deep feeling of devotion. he humorously described, is a recommenda- Addison and Congreve were both prostion to “ Eat and drink, and go to the deuce, perous men in a worldly point of view, and when your time comes, if deuce there be ;" they were therefore introduced with a surand he confessed that he regarded these vey of that golden age, when an epithalawitty banquets without love as he would / mium on some noble marriage, or an ode to contemplate the ruins of Sallust's house at William III., was rewarded out of the pubPompeii, with all its ghastly relics of fes- lic purse to an extent that made the poet tivity. The foppish depreciation of his own comfortable for life. Congreve's first literary literary productions with which Congreve achievements earned for him, through the met the compliments of Voltaire, Mr. Thack patronage of Lord Halifax, places in the eray rather cornmended than otherwise, but commission for licensing hackney-coaches, in not for a reason which would have pleased the Custom-house, and in the Pipe-office. the great man. He really did think his pro“ Alas!" said Mr. Thackeray, “there are no ductions worthless, if weighed against one Pipe-offices now; the public have smoked kindly line of Steele or Addison.

all the pipes !”—Times. Joseph Addison is evidently Mr. Thackeray's favorite, of all the “humorists" he has yet brought before the public. In speaking of his merits his heart seemed to expand and

DIAMOND DUST. his language to assume a gayer tone than while dwelling on the miseries of Swift or

We are all of us sick of curable diseases, the rigid brilliancy of Congreve. If Swist and it costs us more to be miserable than was the most wretched of mankind, Addison

would make me perfectly happy. appeared to him as the most amiable. He The love lost by a continued cooling, can admired the serene, calm character, who only be regained by as persevering a warmcould walk so majestically among his fellow. ing. creatures, and viewing with love all below Kindness and confidence are strengthened him could raise his eyes with adoration to by every new act of trust, and proof of fithe blue sky above. He admitted that Ad. I delity. dison was not profound, and that his wri.

| A courtier's dependant is a beggar's dog. tings betray no appearance of suffering

1 Of whatever nature our inclinations are, which probably he never knew prior to his

we generally incline to bring others into the unlucky marriage,-but at the same time

road we are travelling ourselves. he expatiated on the kindliness of his wisdom and the genuine character of his piety.

The life of an artist is one of thought The foible of drinking he did not attempt

| rather than action-he has to speak of the to conceal, but observed that we should

una struggles of mind rather than the conflict of have liked Addison less had he been without

circumstances. it, as we should have liked Sir Roger de

Be neat without gaudiness, genteel withCoverley less without his vanities. Greatly out affectation; for a suit which fits the he admired the gentle spirit of Addison's character is more à la mode than that which sarcasm, as distinguished from the merciless sits well on the body. onslaught of Swift, remarking, that in his! We should never wed an opinion for betmild court only minor cases were tried. Nor ter for worse : what we take upon good were words of commendation the only means grounds, we should lay down upon better.

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All the American world is preparing for face,—sleek brokers with showy shirt studs, its almost-solitary national holiday; nor and cavernous-cheeked, wiry-looking editors. are the Americans so used to holidays but We bid them all God speed, and hope they that they need previous drilling, and earnest may find a health and a content in the calculation to know how they may be country which too rarely comes to them in profitably enjoyed. It offers no small char- the city. acteristic of the national habit, of thought Still people persist in talking about and of action,—that Americans know very the Fair at London, as—two months agolittle about spending holidays. They do not they talked about Jenny Lind. And, if we slip into gun-firing, and dancing, and hur- may judge from the columns of the London rahs so easily as the old nations of Europe. press, the British are as much bewitched on Their amusements are entered upon from a this topic as we ourselves. The Exhibition sense of duty; and they enjoy, with very seems to have taken place of Parliament, much of the same pertinacity, with which balls, and empire." It is a shop and they labor.

bazaar, theatre, picture gallery, panorama, As for such city people as have no occu- -every thing in a word, which a man or a pation to detain them in town, the very woman wants in the metropolis. The pos

of Fourth of July enjoyment sessor of a season-ticket, with a small surconsists in an escape from the din and plus for cabs, or, in default thereof, a good crowds of the city. Even now desertions pair of legs, is set up for the season. In a are multiplying day by day, and our upper palace large enough to be a glass-case for streets will presently show their usual Versailles or Windsor Castle, filled with all summer waste.

that is ingenious, precious, beautiful, curious, Very naturally, the escaping world is full or rare, he walks at large, monarch of all he of talk about the merits of the various surveys. From the regalia of Indian dywatering places; and the advocates of nasties to the last invention of European Sharon, Saratoga, and Newport are com- science-from the rude manufactures of paring colors, and furbishing up all the old people who dwell by the desert, or under arguments for sea-shore and salts. The the mountains of the moon, to the patent for papers, meantime, full of dainty advertise- separating the long and short fibres of wool, ments, are setting on the coyly disposed, which is to found a new family of million. and every steamer that floats country ward, aires, every thing the eye can gaze on, or the from the city, is over-burdened with ladies mind can apprehend, invites admiration. in linen, and with men in sacks. Little | There is no door to be opened—no wants children and black nurses,-French waiting intimated, -no opportunity to be repelled, maids, and chattering school.girls,--pale -no purchases expected. faced over-worked belles, and elegant young Thus soliloquizes the portly Times newsgentlemen, innocent of the sun or of handi paper, and in similar tone is harping every craft, make up much of one class of the journal of Great Britain. material which is just now escaping from America, our English good-natured friends the tedium of the dead city, for the gallop seem never tired of descanting on the pauof a summer's dissipation.

city of our show; and, so far as we have In another class we may reckon fat old seen, scarce hint at any products of our merchants in white hats; lean, hungry-country; save the Greek Slave, the looking book-keepers on a visit to country Daguerreotypes, the wagons, and the pistols, friends,—dowager ladies, very red in the Among the amiable things that have been

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said of us we must remark, and quote this to ascertain their own place and keep to it spicy treat from the Times it will come than to be many nations in one. They will into our country readers' hands on the week

see that, as Europe cannot be America, so

America cannot be Europe." of the Fourth of July; and while they brush

- The Art Journal continues its up their memory of what once happened on

beautiful illustrations of the showy objects that anniversary, they may enjoy this run

at the Fair, and the picture papers of the ning glimpse of the old spirit rekindled:

metropolis give us shows of every circum" If the Americans do excite a smile, it is by their pretensions. Whenever they come

stance of importance that transpires within out of their own province of rugged utility, the walls of the palace, and enter into competition with European

A fancy-ball which was to be given elegance, they certainly do make themselves by the Queen, was creating the usual amount ridiculous. Their furniture is grotesque ;

; of talk in London circles; report said that their carriages and harnoss are gingerbread; their carpets are tawdry; their patchwork

it would as much surpass any previous ball quilts surpass even the invariable ugliness

of the kind, as the exhibition surpassed all of this fabric; their cut glass is clumsy ; former exhibitions. Americans were to be their pianos sound of nothing but iron and present; but only such as claimed the wood; their bookbinding is that of a jour

privilege in virtue of diplomatic position. neyman working on his own account in an

The following names appear in the list of English market.town; their daguerreotypes are the sternest and gloomiest of all daguer the invited :reotypes; their printed calicoes are such as " Hon. Abbott Lawrence, U. S. Minister; our housemaids would not think it respect Hon. Mr. Van Alen, late U. S. Charge able to wear. Even their ingenuity, great d'Affaires to Ecuador; Mr. Bancroft Davis, as it is, becomes ridiculous when it attempts Secretary to the Legation ; T. B. Lawrence, competition with Europe. Double pianos, Attaché to the Legation. Mr. Lawrence a combination of a piano and a violin, a chair was to appear as Governor Winthrop, of with a cigar-case in its back, and other | Massachusetts; Mr. Van Alen as Governor mongrel constructions belong to a people Stuyvesant, the last of the Dutch Governors that would be centaurs and mermen if they of New York ; Mr. Davis as William Penn ; could, and are always rebelling against the and Col. Lawrence as Lord Baltimore." trammels of unity. But why should the - Upon the continent of Europe, since Americans take it so much to heart if they

our chronicle has wandered thither, there cannot be all things at once? Would it be reasonable that Paris should envy them the

has been increasing agitations. France, in possession of a continent ? Then why should the opinion of nearly all of the foreign letterthey envy Paris, or any other city, its nat writers, seems on the eve of some decided ural aptitude for art? The Americans change of administration, if not of positive cannot be all things at once. In some things

revolution. This inminence of change is asthey claim to surpass the whole world, and expect their supremacy to be allowed as a

serted no less strongly by the Red Repubmatter of course. In other respects they are licans than by the inunarchists; the first as plainly bebindhand, and must remain so counting, with their usual breadth of faith, for ages. The Americans have really no upon a return to the days and privileges of occasion to fret at the bomely and even un

un the Provisional Government and national couth figure they cut by the side of their neighbors. Even supposing they heard a

workshops; and the last reckoning no less few steers,' they may say, with the weal. surely upon the reinstation of

surely upon the reinstation of that old limb

of the monarchy, which can alone, in their Populus mihi, sibilat, at mihi plaudo judgment, give any permanence to the Ipse domi.

French state. “ A nation with a continent in its pocket As for Louis Napoleon, (whom they call can afford to be laughed at. After all, the more and more “le Prince," he appears American section is the fittest possible pic. ture of the geographical part, not merely as just now to be occupying ground by himself. fastidious Europeans might describe it, but A recent speech of his at Dijon in the even as it would strike an American himself eastern quarter of France, is very much in his progress from the Broadway to the commented upon; and his announcements Missouri or the Rio Grande. Is America

on that occasion seem to have been so innot content with being America, but does it want to be Europe also? Let it beware in

flammatory, that his cabinet were obliged time of that fatal ambition. If the United to issue in the columns of the Moniteur an States are wise they will be more anxious amended edition. However the truth may

tby man

an :

be in regard to the speech in question, he is masses have yet to come in at the reduced now at issue with the Orleanists, by open

rates, the receipts at the doors will probably hostility ;- with the Legitimists, by hostili

not fall below the average of £1500 a day

for the next hundred days; and if so, we ty, still more decided ;-with the Red Re

may add to the present total a prospect of publicans, by decided remuneration on their £150,000. There have been divers hints of part ;-and with the Moderates and the As buying up, not only the Crystal Palace, but sembly as a body, by lack of confidence, and

all that it contains. Nothing seems impossi

ble in face of the huge facts before them—and (if his speech is not belied) by open defiance.

even figures would seem to have acquired a The President then stands on his name, new power as applicable to the Great Exhi. and his vigor; we shall see how they will bition. We are sorry to interfere with this sustain him.

calenture of the imagination—but Cocker - A criminal trial which, at the last

must have his rights even in the Palace of

Glass. The value of its contents has been advices, was in progress at Mons, in Belgium,

variously estimated; but we heard no one has excited a very large share of attention | appraise them at less than twelve millions, throughout Europe. Those implicated hold and some calculations go up as high as thirty. high stations, and the alleged crime is of a

Let us assume the lowest figure to be cormost revolting kind—viz., the murder of a

rect, for the sake of a sum to be worked after

the fashion of the venerable shade whom we brother at the table of his own sister! We have invoked. How soon could the Royal speak of the trial of the Count and Countess Commission raise twelve millions of money, of Becarmé; an infirm brother of the latter even were they certain to receive from the paid them a visit at their chateau; he was pu

public at the doors £2,000 daily, over and

above all the expenses of management? In reputed very rich, and had announced to

just 6,000 days; after deducting Sundays them his intention of speedily marrying : on and other religious days, when the palace a certain day he dined with them, when must of course be closed, in exactly 20 years! (contrary to custom) the children and ser. Look at the question in another point of vants were excluded from the saloon. After

view. At £5 per cent. per annum, the indesseri was served some ten minutes elapsed,

terest on twelve millions is £600,000 a year;

or, leaving out Sundays and a few other when there was heard a cry for help—in the non-productive days, just £2,000 a day! If tones of the brother of the countess. Upon the contents of the Exhibition be really the entrance of the servants the man was

worth twenty millions, a daily income of dying ;-the poison supposed to be used was

£3,300 would not discharge the nere interest

on the capital lying dead in the Crystal nicotine, an extract of tobacco. From the

Palace. The suggestions, therefore, of purtestimony we have seen thus far, (reported

chasing the Exhibition, in order to keep its in the Courrier des Etats Unis,) it appears contents together, is one which merely shows that the husband accuses the wife, and the

to what wild poetic heights the imagination wife the husband. There was undoubted may climb up to the wonderful shafts of the collusion in the matter of the murder, and

Palace of Glass.

“The world once possessed of an encyclothe probability is that both will meet con-pædia of knowledge like this, who can bear to demnation.

thick that the volume shall ever be closed, - The proposal to buy up the Crystal and its pages scattered to the distant corners Palace for a perinanent exhibition has been

of the earth. The workers in silk, wool, worstmuch bruited; but it would seem without

ed, gold, silver, iron, and copper, mahogany,

and other woods—the makers of musical and a due consideration of the immense stake scientific instruments, watches, chronometers, involved. In relation to it we quote the carriages, agricultural machines, and fount. following very sensible remarks from the ains: the producers of flowers and plants, London Athenæum.

decorators and stained glass makers, sculp

tors and carvers in wood and ivory, printers “ To pay the entire expenses of the Exhi- and hand-workers of most kinds, would in all bition, and to buy the building as a perpetual probability be glad to have such a universal palace for the people, will require about and permanent exhibition-room for their £300,000. Towards this sum £65,000 have | wares, works, and discoveries. Many things been raised by sub-cription, £65,486 have of more curiosity and rarity would no doubt been received for the sale of season tickets, I be removed; but the absence of the Koh-iand up to Thursday night the amount re- | noor, the Spanish jewels, the Indian diaceived at the doors for admission was £37, monds, and similar articles, if it should be 702; making altogether, at the end of only proved to lessen the mere splendor of the three weeks, a total of £168,188. As the exhibition, would not materially detract either from its moral interest or its practical and reflects very much credit upon Mr. usefulness. The carnest seeker after knowl. Gutierrez who has had the care of both letedge is more attracted by a collection of min

ter-press and engravings. As for the deerals and metallic ores than by the Russian or the Portuguese diamonds valued at millions.

signs, some are exceedingly effective, come "Specimens of the jewelry, which borrow

are tame, and some, though effective--are of their highest value from the genius of the highly questionable taste; we allude parartist, would probably be left as examples ticularly to the Beauty and Death, in illusand advertisements. We do not doubt that tra

tration of a few lines by Mrs. SigOUEXET. it would be worth the while of our most eminent goldsmiths to maintain a show-room

If we are not greatly mistaken in the in the Great Exhibition, to be from time to character of the poetess, Mrs. S. will be sad. time supplied with whatever is new and ly shocked by such a horrible exaggeratico excellent in their current manufactures. The of ber meaning. The literary execution of same may be surmised of our great drapery | No

rapery No. 1 is by no means equal to the mechaniand silk mercers. What artist would not be glad to have a certain space assigned to him

cal nicety of the book; and the articles on the walls of the National Gallery on the scarce rise above, if indeed they equal, the easy condition of always having a picture ordinary contents of the “ Lady Magazines." hung there! In the Crystal Palace, the artist It is an ambitious, but a worthy project, and artisan in silk, cotton, wool, metal, and and we hope for it all success. so forth, might, under some such arrangement as we are proposing, obtain their National - Mr. Hart, of Philadelphia, bas Gallery and Academy. Even in the series recently published, in his usual, neat, and of costly and complicated machines in mo eminently readable manner, a new tale by tion, we imagine that not a few of the most

Mrs. LEE HENTZ. The success of her other beautiful and interesting would be willingly allowed to remain. Most of these machines,

writings will secure for the present issue, we believe, are made in model. They can.

we cannot doubt, a rapid sale. not be sold or used in actual factories. If - Among the Philadelphia magazines taken away, they will be either broken up for the month, that of SARTAIN distinguishes or buried in local museumis. Their pro- litself the present month by an increased prietors would naturally prefer that they should remain as their advertisements and quantity of matter, and by a great variety representatives in the great centre of obser- of engravings. Graham has, however, the vation. There is plenty of room, besides, gem of the July engravings, in a stipple by for a winter garden. Indeed, the place is a Mote, after one of Hayter's drawings. We garden now; and its beauty,-in that respect had supposed, however, that GRAHAM WAS would increase with every year. The contributions of industry leave plenty of space

strictly an American affair ;-how is it then, for trees, and shrubs, and flowers. The elm

that we find in it an engraving by More! and the palm tree here grow side by side ; The British nionthlies for June, which and there will be room abundant for exotic came to hand at an unusually late date, plant and indigenous parterre. The works have their usual variety. “My Novel," and of mind and the works of nature already blend here with a harmony of tints and |

X“ Maurice Tiernay" are continuerl in the tones beyond the power of imagination to columns of Blackwood, and of the Dublin have conceived. There never was an epic University Magazines, and Fraser has a thought or an epic poem at once so vast and new installment of Mr. Bristed's “Sketches so full of beauty. The infinite multipli- ' by a New Yorker.” We have marked a cation of the varieties have produced the first great unity. The place is even now all por

i portion of the paper for insertion, and by that the heart, the senses, and the imacina- way of contrast with his sketch of Long tion can desire."

Island Trotting, we shall publish in the THE BOOK WORLD.

next issue, a glimpse of an English RaceThe Parthenon is the title of a new work ground, from Houschold Words. to be published in serial parts by Messrs. Among recent issues which are specially Loomis & Griswold, and to contain charac- noticeable in England, the last month, are teristic original productions of the best The Kaleidoscope of Anecdotes and Apha authors in the country, elegantly illustrated. risms," by Miss Sinclair, author of “ Modern The authors named are among the best Accomplishments ; The Attaché in Spain," known of the country, and the artists are by an American ; “ Second Love," by Mrs Darley, Billings, WALLEN, &c.

TROLLOPE; Bulwer's Neo Play; and Mrs. The first number is exquisitely printed, | BROWNING'S “ Casa Guidi Windows."

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