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regular one. Unpremeditated efforts are generally the most striking.
The song, and the tale, too, contribnte their aid to make light and joyous “ the passing of the hour,” the song that never yet called down the applauses of a concert-room, or of a theatre; yet might sometimes challenge a comparison with the best that had done so; and all this with etiquette. At a traveller's table no freedoms receive countenance that durst not show their faces at my lord duke's--rudeness durst not sit there; it would be shown the door in a moment. Character, too, is an essential. Without it you may, perhaps, be suffered, upon the principal of a common right, but you will be assuredly sent to coventry. Dont ask the very man who helps you to take wine with you; he may abstain from the insult of a point blank refusal, but he will give you clearly to understand that he had as lief you had left it alone.
If I wished to give a foreigner the most striking idea of that stable integrity which, beyond every thing else, constitutes the commercial health and strength of the United Kingdom, I should take him to the Traveller's room.
There I should point out to him some dozen or half dozen men, the agent of various establishments, with the accounts of which they are entrusted, and from which they depart, alone, upon journeys, perhaps of some hundreds of miles, collecting, as they progress, the proceeds of those accounts, and makmg contracts for new orders; thousands and thousands of pounds, in cash and in property, depending upon their activity, judgment, address, and principle.
They miss no post they can possibly save! they waste not a minute that is due to fidelity. How often have I seen them enter the room at the moment that dinner was just brought in, and after a laborious round of five or six hours employed in beating up customers, instead of sitting down, proceed to the travelling desk to complete the regular entry of their memoranda, or to write their dispatches, before they would partake of the refection which the rest were enjoying. I
should tell them that their allowances were liberal, but limited, and that they used them for the credit of their employers; and for their own respectability, with the circumspectio:1 of men of business and the spirit of gentlemen. I should assure him that, by this means, millions were daily circulated through these dominions without the loss of a single fraction that, in due course, ought to arrive at its proper destination; and if he cavilled about exceptions, 1 should say to him, that, if any, they were rare, and in no wise impaired the broad integrity of the general rule.
In his attire the Commercial Traveller is neat and quiet, and as we have before said, in matters of business, shrewed yet open hearted, and off-handed; still there is to be observed a stiffness about him, out of the Commercial refectory, incompatible with his general habits, it is scarcely to be acconnted for, unless it is an assumption of importance from his Aldermanic principal of Wood street, or the head of the firm in Old Change, as the Satellite is influenced by the greater luminary. But there is also a Commercial puppy, a sample of the Town Traveller, with whom should you meet, you may set down, without fear of contradiction, as being guiltless of having transacted mnch business, as being green on the road, and irreproachable of any manly accomplishment of all puppies such an one is unbearable; your aristocratic puppy is a kind of necessary essential; your puppy of merely independent life a tolerable biped; but the Commercial puppytime and incident defend me from him!
Maugre the great anxiety, there is much pleasure mixed up with the pursuit of the Commercial Traveller; and should he be a man of mind, and a gleaner from nature, he has an opportunity of culling much usefulness, beneficial alike to himself and the community he servés. Should he have a taste for topography, geology, botany, or even gastronomy, he may. from the prolific field, he has now before him, become a contributer to Bowyer's Gallery, the Zoological Museum, the Medico Botanical, or the Gastronomical Societies, the coun.
try through which he travels, and the variety which he encounters, enabling him to cull from natures freaks, and man's invention, the rarest and the best. But few there are thus constituted, few of this calibre, excepting, indeed, nearly all being proficient in the last named science ! for the Commercial Traveller is no camelion; true, you may now and then meet with one who prefers a milk and vegetable diet to the more solid viands of the cuisine, or a decoction of lemons, sugar, and “ aqua pumpagitus” to the more inspiring juice of the grape, such are, however, scarce ; we never met with but one — a commercial traveller, “au fait" in his profession, will not be satisfied with merely taking orders from the trader for what he wants, but will persuade him, so 'gifted is he, to order that which he does not want, and this he will do with ease and tact that would perfectly astonish your uncommercial nervesoften have I seen this verified in my friend, Mr. Mabbott, whose indomitable perseverance (commonly called sticking to them like wax) has astonished me, for although the trader has said he has had enough of it, he has gone at him again, and actually began afresh. No grass grows under the como mercial traveller's feet; he flits about at night with the batrises with the lark—his husiness done in one town, he is off to another, keeping up his correspondence with his principal both as to time, place, and things ; forwarding ‘his ing his orders, and remitting the proceeds of his journey in such a business off-hand manner, as would not only puzzle a more professional capacity, but which scts description at defiance. He has from a guinea to thirty shillings a day allowed him for his expenses, and if steady and elderly in the service, has three or four hundred a year as a salary, out of which, if a careful man, he lays amply by for a future day; but no pay, no remuneration can over-pay him, for the anxiety and fatigue he undergoes ; for, althongh only an agent, the stimulous of business, and the excitement of hope, bring with them their cares, as well as disappointments—the caprice of a
principal, or the incautionsness of his own subordinate capacity may place him “hors de combat,” which is soon trumpeted forth with a missionary-like zeal, by the more fortunate but enyious and malicious sons of the fračernity, a want of confidence in him ensues, a neglect of him follows, and from a commercial traveller, he becomes a commercial pauper !
[To be continued.]
Thy Mother's tears—thy Mother's tears,
Can never cease to flow;
Thy Father's silent woe.
Oh these sublimely tell thy doom
Beyond what words can reach ;-
By vain and idle speech ?
And these in hours when all beside
Have ceased to mourn thy lot;
Thy brother's grief forgot.
When Friends—aye, it was well for thee
Thou did'st not live to know,
To whom that name we owe.
· When friends, of those who best might claim
That dear and holy tie,
And scarce accord a sigh.
Then these, thy suffering mother's tears,
Thy father's silent woe,
Thy early doom will show.
LINES ON THE PICTURE OF A MOTHER.
WOUNDED AND DYING, NURSING HER CHILD.
Take, hapless child—not long the power will be
Take the last drop that bosom has for thee.
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