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island began, with the assistance of the zeal and talent, in what way would you try to natives, to build a schooner, with which they get up a misunderstanding ? hoped to trade with California, and the west 9. Write a despatch acknowledging the receipt coast of America. When they had been at of documents. work for about six months, Daniel, attacked
10. Now, revise that despatch, and correct the with dysentery, became very low and weak. grammar and the spelling,
11. Revise it again, and try and make it say At that time an American ship passed the
what you mean. island, and a boat came ashore (the men being
12. Copy it, without leaving out the principal well armed) in search of wood and water.
word. Daniel went on board the ship, telling the 13. State your chief reasons for hating the natives that he should return. Had they Secretary. thought him anxious to escape from them 14. State whether, in society, you assume the they would, no doubt, have kept him prisoner extreme butterfly, or the profound diplomat, and until the ship was gone. He went on board, whether you talk entr'acte or protocol. Give the captain promised fair to him, and so he specimens of each style. left the island ; not, he says, without some 15. State, upon oath, whether you ever reregret. It is now nineteen months since he ported yourself to have rather mystified Princess escaped.
If not, what do you think of the diploThe man is a well-looking fellow (barring matic chances of the Honorable Carnaby Spoonthe marks upon his face), and it is, perhaps, bill, who, at 22, boasted to that effect in Carlton
? worthy of remark, that he has a peculiarly soft voice ; which, I cannot help thinking,
16. What, do you suppose, is the use of you? must have been formed or improved by his long residence amongst a people whose lan
From the Ladies' Companion. guage is without harsh sounds or gutturals.
TO ONE AFAR.
BY GRACE GREENWOOD. THE PALMERSTONIAN CATECHISMS. - Lord Palmerston having announced that it would, in his O STRONG and pure of soul !-- earnest-hearted ! opinion, be a most desirable thing that all can
Like stranger pilgrims at some wayside shrine didates for Diplomatic Offices should be duly Have we two met, and mingled faith, and parted, educated for their work, and should, from time
Thy pathway leading far away from mine. to time, undergo Examinations, in order to prove The soul of ancient song is round thee swelling, that they are properly qualified, Mr. Punch and
To triumph-marches leading on the hours ; his lordship have framed a series of questions, Thy life hath Tempe shades, where gods are with which Lord Clarendon, the Foreign Secre
dwelling, tary, has instructed our representatives to pro Where founts Castalian play among the flowers. vide themselves, and to which they are to be prepared to reply. The following are addressed to But faintly may the voices of the ages the young gentlemen who call themselves At-| Come to my yearning but imperfect sensetachés :
The strength of heroes and the lore of sages, 1. Can you understand French when it is The fire of song, the storm of eloquence. spoken to you?
2. Do you ordinarily comprehend an epigram, Thy thoughts, their grand vibrations far outor, if not, can you look as if you did ?
Like church-tower bells ring out the morning 3. Have you made yourself master of the great doctrines of Cookery, of the lives of its professors While flow my numbers like the gleeful singing
chime, and martyrs, and of the principal points in culinary polemics ?
Of peasant maidens at the vintage time. 4. Can you copy a despatch, without its con- Grandeur and power are shrined within thy tents leaving the slightest impression on your mind?
spirit ; 5. Give specimens of the properly contemptu
It moves in deeps and joys, in storm and ous tone in which an Attaché speaks of his Am- While mine, of simpler mould, may but inherit
night bassador behind the back of the latter. 6. Gise imitations of the Ambassadress, or of
The love of all things beautiful and bright. any other member of the Ambassador's establish- Truth's earnest seeker, thou - I Fancy's rover : ment. 7. By what excuses do you chiefly evade duty I but the light-winged wild bird passing over,
Thy life is like a river deep and wide : when you want to ride, pay a visit, or go to the One moment mirrored in the rushing tide. Opera, instead of completing the papers entrusted to you, and how do you establish a good under- Thus were we parted — thou still onward haststanding with the physician to the Embassy ?
ing, 8. Suppose, by some unhappy accident, you Pouring the grent flood of that life along; were made Chargé d'affaires in the absence of While I on sunny slopes am careless wasting your chief, and naturally wished to show your The little summer of my time of song.
THE SCULPTOR'S CAREER. wife of Flaxman's. The artist was, in the
course of his life, fortunate beyond most men
in the friendships which he formed with FLAXMAN bad been married but a few weeks, estimable women; but his wife stood higher when one day he returned home to his young than them all in his estimation ; for she was wife, full of sadness at heart. There was a friend, fellow-student, companion, comforter, cloud on his brow, 80 unusual, that she at and wife, all in one. Like him, Ann Flasman once proceeded to inquire into the cause. had a fine taste for art; she also knew someFlaxman sat down beside her, took her hand, thing of Greek, and was well skilled in and said, with a sinile
French and Italian. Withal, she was " Ann, I am ruined for an artist !” frugal, well-managing wife; and could keep
" How so, John? How has it happened, her own kitchen and parlor as tidy as she did and who has done it?"
her husband's studio. She could knit and " It happened,” he replied, " in the church, mend as well as draw, and cook a Yorkshire and Ann Denham has done it! I met Sir pudding as destly as she could read a passage Joshua Reynolds just now, and he told me, from Racine or Anastasio. Her household point-blank, that marriage had ruined me in was a model of neatness and taste, and there iny profession."
always seemed to reign within it a devout Nonsense, John; it is only one of Sir quiet and perfect tranquillity. Joshua's theories. He is a bachelor bimself, Patiently and happily this loving couple and cannot understand nor judge of the quiet plodded on during five years in that humble satisfaction and happiness of married life.” little home in Wardour Street; always with
“Oh! he firmly believes it, I can assure the long journey to Rome before them. It you. Sir Joshua thinks no man can be a was never lost sight of for a nioment, and not great artist, unless he visits Rome, and edu- a penny was uselessly spent that could be cates his taste by a contemplation of the saved towards the expenses of the visit. great models of antiquity. He is constantly They said no word to any one about their telling the students at the Academy that if project ; solicited no aid from the Academy; they would excel, they must bring the whole but trusted only to their own patient labor powers of their mind to bear upon their art, and love to pursue and achieve their object. from the moment they rise until they go to During this time, Flaxman exhibited but few
works. He could not afford marble to experi“What! and leave no room, no corner, for ment on original works; but he obtained the affections ? Don't believe him, John; occasional commissions for monuments, by don't be cast down. You are a true artist, the profits of which he maintained himself. and you will be a great one."
One of his first works of this kind was the “But he says no man can be a great artist monument in memory of Collins the poet, unless he studies the grand style of art in now placed in Chichester Cathedral. His the magnificent works of Michael Angelo and monument to Mrs. Morley, for Gloucester Rafaele, in the Vatican. Now, I,” drawing Cathedral, was greatly admired, and tended up his small figure to its full height -" 1 to increase his reputation and extend his busiwould be a great artist.”.
He also continued to supply the Messrs. “ And you shall be! You, too, if that be Wedgwood, of Etruria, with designs for necessary, shall study at Rome, in the Vat- pottery-ware, many of which have since been ican. I will never have it said that Ann revived, and a considerable number of them Denham ruined you for an artist.”
were exhibited at the Great Exhibition in “ But how?" asked Flaxman “ how to 1851. About this time, Flaxman executed get to Rome?"
for the same gentleman a set of designs of “I will tell you how. Work and econo- chessinen, of exquisite beauty, which are mize. If you will leave the latter to me, we worthy of being more extensively known. shall soon be able to spare the means for a Five years passed, and Flaxman set out, visit to Rome — and together, mind! Ann in company of his wife, for the Eternal City. Denham must go and look after her ruined Like all other artists who visit Rome, he was artist."
astonished by the splendor of the Vaticaa And she shook her curls, and gave one of and the Sistine Chapel, and the surpassing her bright, hearty laughs.
beauty and grandeur of the works which they “ Ann," said he - and Flaxman took his contained. He could not fail greatly to profit wife's hand in his -"what Reycolds has by his visit. He applied himself eagerly to said to-day, and what you have said now, study, laboring meanwhile, like most other have determined me. I will go to Rome, and poor artists who visit Rome, to maintain himshow the president that wedlock is for a man's self by his daily labor. It was at this time good rather than his harm, and you shall that he composed his beautiful desigus illusaccompany me."
trative of Homer, Æschylus, and Dante, for She was a noble, true-hearted woman this English purchasers; and we rejoice to see that
the illustrations of Homer have recently been | Ann Flaxman.” Beneath this was the repaccessible to all classes of purchasers.* He resentation of two hands clasped as at an was, doubtless, greatly aided in the composi- altar, and a garland borne by two cherubs tion of these designs by the numerous antique carried the following inscription — “ The bas-reliefs on Greek and Etruscan vases and anniversary of your birthday calls on me to be sarcophagi, which he had now an opportunity grateful for fourteen happy years passed in of studying. But though he thus satiated your society.. Accept the tribute of these his fancy with the spirit of the days of old, sketches, which, under the allegory of a he threw his own inventive genius into his knight-errant's adventures, indicate the trials works. He created, and did not copy. The of virtue and the conquest of rice, preparatory one was to him far easier and infinitely more to a happier state of existence. John Flaxdelightful than the other.
man, Oct. 2, 1796." The designs in the book What does the reader think were Flaxman's were forty in number, two on each page. terms for executing these rare and beautiful They are still preserved, and are so full of illustrations of Homer! Fifteen shillings grace and beauty they tell the story of apiece! This was the price paid for them by trial, endurance, faith, hope, and courage, so Mrs. Hare Nayler. But Flaxman needed the well, that we wish some adventurous pubmoney, and he worked for art's sake as well. lisher would undertake now to give them to The money earned by the sale of his designs the world. We are of opinion that Flaxman's enabled him meanwhile to find bread and remarkable genius — his imaginative and arraiment for himself and wife, and to go on- tistic qualities — are more vividly exhibited ward in the prosecution of his darling studies. in these and others of his designs than even But the Homeric designs brought him more in his most elaborate sculptured works. than money. They brought him fame and Flaxman often used to say in jest before éclat, and friends and patrons began to flock his friends — "Well, Sir Joshua was wrong to his studio. The munificent Thomas Hope in his prophecy, after all. You see wedlock commissioned him to execute the group of did not ruin me for an artist. Did it, Ann?” Cephalus and Aurora, which now adorns the Ann's reply may easily be imagined. fine collection of his son in Piccadilly. About the same time the Bishop of.Derry (Earl of
IV. - SUCCESS. Bristol) ordered of him a group from Ovid's The sculptor, on his return from Rome, took Metamorphoses, representing the fury of up his abode at No. 7, Fitzroy Square, BuckAthamos ; but the price paid for it was such ingham Street, and he remained there until as to leave the artist a loser. The Countess his death, thirty years after. His small Spencer commissioned the set of designs after studio, in which so many noble works were Aschylus, at a guinea each, and Mr. Hope elaborated, still exists. His fame had pretook the set illustrative of Dante at the same ceded him to England, and he found no want price. These works brought more fame than of lucrative employment now. While at money ; still Flaxman could live, his loving Rome, he had been commissioned to execute wife ever by his side.
his famous monument in memory of Lord Some years thus passed, when Flasman Mansfield, and it was erected in the north resolved to return to England, to show that transept of Westminster Abbey shortly after wedlock had not " ruined him for an artist.”' his return. It stands there in majestic granBonaparte had struck one or two of his terri- deur, a monument to the genius of Flaxman ble blows on the further side of the Alps, and himself -- calm, simple, and severe. No the English were all crowding home. But wonder that Banks, the sculptor, then in the before he left Italy the academies of Florence heyday of his fame, exclaimed when he saw and Carrara recognized Flaxman's merits by it-This little man cuts us all out!" electing him a member.
When the bigwigs of the Royal Academy Soon after his return to England, and almost heard of Flaxman's return, and especially before he had settled down into full employ- when they had an opportunity of seeing and ment as a sculptor, he paid one of the most admiring his noble portrait-statue of Manstender and delicate tributes to his wife that field, they were eager to have him enrolled artist ever paid. It was his own way of
their number. The Royal Academy acknowledging the love and the admirable has always had the art of running to the qualities of his wife, and proud indeed she help of the strongest,” and when an artist must have been with the gift as of the giver. has proved that he can achieve a reputation He got a quarto book made, containing some without the Academy, then is the Academy score of leaves, and on the first page he drew most anxious to “ patronize" him. The the design of a dove with an olíve-branch in Academy, it will be remembered, had given her mouth, guardian angels on either side, its gold medal to his unworthy competitor, with the words written underneath — “To Engleheart, passing by his own far superior
* In the National Nlustrated Library. Ingram, work. He had then felt bitterly vexed, but Cooke, and Co.
determined that the next time he modelled
for the Academy it should be as a master- he Louvre, which had been plundered from nearly would deserve and he would command their all European countries. Flaxman entertained applause. Perhaps, too, he had not forgotten a hearty English dislike to Napoleon. When the president's cruel cut when Flaxman told at Rome, some young French officers showed him he had married — " You are ruined for him a medal of Bonaparte, then only a genlife as an artist.” Well! he had got over eral officer. Flaxman looked at the head, both these slights. The wounds had healed and said : “ This citizen Bonaparte of yours kindly, and he had no desire to keep alive is the very image of Augustus Cæsar!" The the grievance. He allowed his name to be sculptor never got over his dislike to the man; proposed in the candidates' list of associates, and though, when at Paris, the First Consul and was immediately elected. In the course wished to be introduced to him, Flaxman of the same year (1797) he exhibited his refused. Still greater was his repugnance to monument of Sir William Jones, and several the French Republican painter and sculptor bas-reliefs from the New Testament, which David, in whoin Flaxman saw an atrocious were greatly admired.
Jacobin and a declared atheist; and he turned His progress was now rapid, and he was from his proffered civilities with only halfconstantly employed. Persererance and study concealed disgust. Flaxman was himself so had made biin great, and he went on from pure of heart, so simple and so gentle, that triumph to triumph.
the very idea of such a man set him a-loathIn the heyday of his fame, some years after ing: his return to England, Flaxman conceived the He returned to England, and continued his design of a colossal statue to the naval power great career ; pursuing at the same time his of Britain, which he proposed should be life of quiet affection at home, in the company erected, two hundred feet in height, on Green- of his wife and in the frequent evening sociwich Hill. The idea was a grand one – that ety of the poetic Blake and the gifted Stothof a majestic landmark for mariners, over- ard, who continued among his most intimate looking the tide of British commerce, on friends. He would often amuse those gathwhich the tealth of all lands was borne upon ered about him in his family circle by.com. the busy Thames into the lap of England, and posing little stories in sketches, serious and standing, as it were, sentinel over the last burlesque - an art in which he himself found retreat of British payal heroes. But the great pleasure. In this spirit he composed design was too grand for his age, and though his story and illustrations of The Casket, a committee deliberated upon it, they treated encouraged to do so by his poetic friend the it as the dream of a poet, and dismissed it as sculptor Banks. The story runs in rhyme of unworthy of further notice. Some future gen- Flaxman's making, and there is often a good oration may, however, yet embody Flaxman's deal of quiet humor in his fancies. noble idea of a colossal Britannia on Green In 1810, our hero came out in a new charwich Hill. Surely the power of Britain acter. The little boy who had begun his might as well be exhibited in some snch en- studies behind the poor plaster-cast-seller's during national work of art, as that of the shop-counter in New Street, Covent Garden, kingdom of Bavaria in the now world-famous was now a man of high intellect and recogstatue at Munich !
nized supremacy in art, to instruct aspiring Flaxman's monuments are known nearly students, in the character of Professor of all over England. Their mute poetry beauti- Sculpture to the Royal Academy! And no fies most of our cathedrals and many of our man better deserved to fill that distinguished rural charches. Whatever work of this kind office ; for no man is better able to instruct he executed, he threw a soul and meaning others than he who, for himself and by his into it, embodying some high Christian idea own almost unaided efforts, has overcome all of charity, of love, of resignation, of affection, difficulties. The witty and caustic Fuseli or of kindness. In monuments such as these used to talk of the lectures as sermons by bis peculiar genius preëminently shone. the Reverend John Flaxman ;" for the sculpThere is a tenderness and grace about them tor was a very religious man, which Fuseli which no other artist has been able to surpass was not, and was a zealous Swedenborgian in or even to equal. His rapid sketches illus- the latter part of his life. But Flasman actrative of the Lord's Prayer, published in quitted himself well in the professorial chair, lithograph some years ago, exhibit this pe- as any one who reads his instructive Lectures culiar quality of his genius in a striking light. on Sculpture, now published, may ascertain In historical monuments, again, he was less for himself. His literary talents were further successful, though his monuments to Reynolds called into requisition in supplying articlos and Nelson, in St. Paul's Cathedral, are noble on subjects connected with sculpture to Rees' works, which will always be admired. Encyclopædia.
At the Peace of Amiens, Flaxman formed te must now draw our sketch to a close. one of the crowd of Englishımen who flocked After a long, peaceful, and happy life, Flarover to Paris to admire the treasures of the I man found himself growing old. The loss
which he sustained by the death of his af- | luminaries of the English bench, namely, fectionate wife, Ann, was a severe sbock to the profundity of Bacon with the intuition of him ; but he survived her several years, during Mansfield.” The rappists may well plume which he executed bis celebrated “ Shield of themselves on the acquisition of such a lumiAchilles" and his noble “ Archangel Michael nary to their circles. vanquishing Satan,” — perhaps his two great But the senator gives us a further exposiest works. lle also executed some beautiful tion of his views and his growth in wisdom statuettes for Mr. Rogers, the poet, now to be through a letter which he wrote to Senator found in his celebrated collection.
James F. Simmons. Having determined to in: llis early friends were now all dead ; his vestigate the matter, and fancying that he home was comparatively desolate — and it is could bring to it a reasonable talent of invesBad for an old man, however full of fame, to tigation and a pretty good share of common be left iu the world alone. One day a stran- sense, he sits down to question the medium. ger entered his room. “ Sir," said the visit- And not in the rulgar way that others do did ant, presenting to him a book, “ this work he put their questions, but he propounded all was sent to me by the author, an Italian of them mentally, which prevented any impoartist, to present to you, and, at the same sition upon him by the medium, and possibly time, to apologize to you for its extraordinary might serve another purpose also. Nothing dedication. It was so generally believed in weak or frivolous either were the inessages reItaly that you were dead, that my friend ceived from the spirit-world. They were lofty determined to show the world how much he and elevated, characteristic of the honorable esteemed your genius ; and having this book individuals who despatched them. " I have ready for publication, he had inscribed it To had frequent communications," he says, the shade of Flaxman. No sooner was the purporting to come froin my old friend, book published than the story of your death John C. Calhoun, which his intimate friends was contradicted ; and the author, affected would pronounce perfectly characteristic of by his mistake, which, nevertheless, he re- him ; and some of them, both in style and juices at, hegs you will receive his work and sentiment, worthy of him in his palmiest days his apology."*
in the Senate of the United States. I have A remarkable circumstance of a somewhat had similar ones, purporting to come from similar character is recorded in the Life of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, of the same Mozart, and in this case it proved equally elevated order, and peculiarly characteristic prophetic. On the very next day he was of the individual. I have seen rapping meseized by fatal illness, and in less than a diums, writing mediums, and speaking meweek he breathed his last; the most gifted diums, and have received communications genius in sculpture that England has yet through all of them. I have witnessed physproduced.
ical manifestations, such as the movement of tables, without any visible agency. These
physical manifestations are more satisfactory From the N. Y. Times, 5th April. to the mass of mankind, because they appeal ANOTHER GONE OVER TO THE SPIRITS. myself with the moral, if I may so call thein,
directly to the senses. I am better pleased The spirits have rapped another famous than the physical manifestations.' man's knuckles, and he confesses he thinks He is disposed to think that Reicharbach's them no humbug. The marrellous tidings odic force may enter somewhat into these come by way of yesterday's Washington In- physical manifestations ; but, if so,
it is only telligencer. "An article in that paper, entitled the medium through which minds may com“ Impostures and Delusions, naines the municate, just as the electric fluid conveys Ruchester Knockings, with their kindred train but does not make the despatch which one in of rascalities and abominations, as within the New York receives froin his friend in WashCategory of disorders which it may become ington. necessary to suppress by the strong hand of He has received from Mr. Calhoun a meg. the law. This and like statements are sufli- sage, wherein he says: “We (spirits) by cient to draw out from llon. N. P. Tallmadge our united will acting in flesh, influence then a letter vindicating himself from the asper- to perform dutica which benefit mankind." sions cast on him (though not on hiin partic- Out of these mystic words the ex-senator exularly), in which he professes full faith in the tracts confirmation of the belief which, he says, new spiritual philosophy. It was the abuse is general among all Christian denominations, of his old friend, Judge Edmonds, that first that spirits visit the earth, attend us, impress directed his attention to the subject, and, in us, and afford us protection from dangers seen passing, he paused to say of the judge, that and unseen. Now, he asks, is it any great he unites the qualities of two of the highest stretch of that belief to suppose that a mode
may have been discovered by which spirits * Allan Cunningham's Lives of the Painters,
can communicate with us in addition to at!