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Anvers par moy Martin Lempereur THE DREAM OF A BOOKWORM. Lan de Nostre Seigneur Mil,'cinq cens

et trente.” This, of course, does not BY J. Y. AN.

comprise all the works of that wonderful For The Olio.

inan, as he lived many years afterwards,

but it was sufficient for me. The voIn one of my rambles a few weeks lume being small, was quickly transsince, I chanced to stumble on a cu- ferred from the window to

my coal rious volume, exposed for sale in pocket, and I trudged home with my the window of a book-shop in Drury- treasure. Upon reaching my lodgings, lane. Its beautiful type and curiously l at once proceeded to explore this mine illuminated capitals, its antique binding of learning, which cost me some labour, and brass clasps, won my heart, and for for, besides the old French, which a few shillings I became possessed of puzzled me much, I had to decypher this, to me, valuable and interesting the inultitudinous contractions which relic of other days. Reader, if, like met my eye in every page; however, mysell, thou art afflicted with that which after persevering for sometime, these difsome call a disease, and which unhal- ficulties were surmounted, and I read, lowed scoffers name “bibliomania," I admired and wondered. It was a sultry can readily conceive that thy eye is afternoon, and after an hour's applicasearching for the title of the volume in tion, I became tired and drowsy, and question. Know, then it is as follows: leaning back my chair, I soon fell "Les Ouvres de Messire Henri Cor- fast asleep. Pleasant visions crowded nielle Agrippa, Docteur en deux Droictz upon me. Missals of many centuries e Conseillier Judiciare du tres vic- since,-deeds bearing the signs manual orieux Empereur Charles cinquiesme, of kings and princes, warriors and translate du Latin en Francois ;" and statesmen,--black letter volumes of exVol. VI.

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treme scarcity, each worth their weight the treasure of the old ecclesiastic, and in gold to the bibliopolist, -all floated determined to possess himself of it. before my enraptured gaze. Suddenly Accordingly, he laid his plans to escape a voice, which seemed to issue from the with the treasure, and one night, just oak cover of the book I had been per- as the bell had sounded twelve, he using, spoke as follows :

entered the cell, and with repeated “ Listen, and I will narrate to thee strokes of a knife laid the old man dead my adventures since the day I was put upon the floor. The few moveables of forth and published by that honest man which the murdered priest was possessed Martin Lempereur, in the goodly city were soon tied up in a bundle, toof Antwerp!” My astonishment caused gether with the small chest which had my tongue to cleave to the roof of my cost him his life ; when the piurderer mouth, which was, I suppose, inter- stole out of the convent, and scaling preted as an assent, and the voice re- the high wall which surrounded it by joined :-"Many and great have been means of a rope-ladder, fled across the the perils which I have encountered country, in company with a desperado since the year which thou seest im- of about his own age, who had prompted printed on my title-page. Many an him to the commission of the murder. owner have I had, and many a chec- It will be needless to tell you that I quered scene of ambition, folly, happi- formed a portion of the plunder. The ness and misfortune have I been wit- rutfians in a few days arrived in Paris,

The sharp grey eye of the and soon mixed with all the vile and philosopher has often been intently fixed desperate of that pestilent city. But upon my pages ; many have read and justice cut short their career of crime, wondered ; ay, I have been exposed for, not more than a month after, they alike to the purblind game of the aged committed a murder upon a gentleman, and the mild blue eye of the young and for which they were, at the Place de the beautifol. But they are gone like Greve, broken alive upon the wheel. the mists of morning, and I have sur- I was bequeathed by the ruffian who vived them all. The spectacled monk, had purloined me, with several other the crafty statesman, the soldier and the valuables, to a damsel with whom he student, the flaunting cavalier and the had formed a liaison, and who hari blithsome damsel, have been acquainted assisted him in his various schemes of with me; and all but I have passed fraud and plunder. In this lady's posdown that stream whose tide hath never session I remained but a short time, ebbed. In the year of our Lord one for a learned doctor, who sometimes did thousand five hundred and thirty I issued lier the honour to look in at her lodgings, from the press of Martin Lempereur, espied me one day, and for a trifling and was exposed for sale in his shop, sum became my owner. I remained in together with many curious volumes his possession several years, without printed and manuscript. I had not lain meeting with any adventure worth rethere long when a good monk coming lating. At length the doctor died, and in one morning, took me up, and after I came into the hands of his nephew, as some little haggling purchased me and wild and riotous a blade as ever scoured placed me carefully in his wallet, whence the streets of Paris, or kicked up a row I did not emerge until my possessor had in the faux bourgs. He was a true gal. reached his convent, which stood about lant of that day, he danced, drank, a league from the city. The monk was swore, and -but I forget that I was a holy man, and fasted and prayed with speaking in another age, and was about true devotion ; but he worshipped not to offend you by my plainess of speech.. his Creator alone, there was another To resume:- My young naster scon God to whom he sacrificed-gold. He run himself out of the money which his had a considerable hoard of money in old uncle had left him, and entirely his cell, and I often beheld his eye lost that stock of robust health which wander from the crucifix, at the foot of nature had blessed him with,-he dierl which he nightly knelt, to the chest neglected and despised in one of the which contained his treasure. I might prisons of Paris. Having been carefuly have remained in that convent until used, I had been scarcely soiled, so ihat this hour, but for a sad event which befel I was readily purchased by a bookseller my sessor. But one person only of one of my former master's creditors; suspected that he was rich; this was a and here begins the most interesting young man who had been employed in portion of my adventures. I had not various menial offices by the monks. been many days in the possession of He it was who watched and discovered this good man, when a gentleman of

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sober mein, dressed in a somewhat AN OUTLINE OF CHARACTER.
antique fashion, entered the shop, and
purchased me, together with some other

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books. A porter carried me home to
the gentleman's lodgings, where I was Justly has the great lexicographer
deposited upon a table with my com- of our language defined Britain's vast
panions. Judge, sir, of my surprise metropolis
and pleasure, when I first heard the The common sewer of Paris and of Rome.
name of my new owner pronounced. Hither repairs the gay votary of plea-
Know that I was in the possession sure and conviviality; here the literary
of that learned and quaint philosopher, hack, and the gifted son of genius,
Michael de Montaigne. Ah, never shall whose words are sparks of immorta-
I forget his high, pale forehead, his lity,” strive to procure a chaplet of
calm and dignified aspect, his spade glory-a niche in the temple of Fame.
beard, and the penetrating glance of his In short, some particular circumstance
large and expressive eye. He had the or other renders London an object of
wit and vivacity of his countryinen, interest to all. In it are found the
added to the profundity of the ancient wealthy, the poor and wretched, from
sages. Long will it be ere France shall every part of earth's fair surface; but
look upon such another man. You have little did I think that Dame Fortune,
your translations of this wonderful ag. " thou nischief-making quean,” had
thor, but those who are unacquajnted destined that I should meet this morning,
with the language in which his works on turning into one of the public tho
are penned, can form but a faint idea roughfares, a worthy wight of the west
of the beauties with which they abound. of England. We stopped and hesitated.

the following month I was conveyed “Why, captain, ah, whoever expected to his chateau in Perigord and placed to see you in town?" following my ejacuin his library, which you will find mi- lation by a friendly, hearty shake, which nutely described in his Essays.* Many was returned with equal cordiality.-years did I live in close intimacy with “Nothing has happene I hope, to bring this excellent man, whose death was you up?"-"No; I have mastered the the death of the righteous. As the journey for the sole purpose of seeing period of his dissolution came, so the Thames Tunnel, and I assure you a calmly ebbed his life, that he seemed shilling cannot be better spent than in to have fallen into a profound slamber. viewing the unrlertaking. Such was Pardon me, if I do not dwell upon this his whim. After mutual congratulapainful subject. The undisturbed tran- tions, explanations, and such et ceterus, quillity which I enjoyed in the society my friend, being disengaged, agreed to of that philosopher, forms a striking share la fortune du poi. Considering contrast to the scenes of violence and many would be pleased with an inlicentiousness to which I have often troduction to such an unique character, been a witness.

I, after his departure, drew my chair “But to resume my narrative. A nearer to the cheerful blaze, trimmed part of the library of the venerable sig- the candles, replenished my glass, neur was left in his will to a distant took a new pen, and throwing my relation from whom he had received features in a thoughtful yet somewhat many kindnesses; and accordingly, I merry mood, I essayed the present was again shifted to another part of the sketch; attempting neither a narration country. However, I soon changed of every petit foible, a prosing memoir, hands, and was, a few months after, in nor rough notes for flaining quarto. Paris, my owner having presented me After a lapse of soine years, I find to a friend who was going to sojourn in my friend still the same, except that that city.

time hus somewhat furrowed his brow.

He retains his usual peculiarities, and [To be continued.)

possesses the same inclination to repeat his favourite anecdotes and maxims, to which a handful of days back I listened

with wonder-with almost veneration. The form of my study is round, and has The Sir Oracle of my youth (for so I no more level than what is taken up by iny table and chair: so that the curb presents me may term him) is a short, dapper, mer with a view of all my books in five rows of curial personage; a batchelor, of course, shelves quite round me. It has three noble though, unlike many of the seventyand free prospects, and is sixteen paces in dia- fours of the present times, he keeps

ESSAY!, book iii, chap. iv. pace with the fashions and amusements

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LETTER

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WRITTEN BY HIS LATE
JESTY GEORGE IV.

of the day ; always merry,—he has no- Well, too, do I remember the consething indeed to embitter the sweets of quences that resulted from this boyish life. In due historic order, I ought to desire of ranking among the scions of notice his birth, parentage, and educa- Terpsicore ; severely did he suffer for tion. These points may be dismissed his feat-a sprained ankle confined hiin with ease :-Devon, emphatically styled to his room; he has never since (I speak the Garden of England, was the place advisedly) attempted a similar juvenile of my friend's nativity. His parents, exploit. My friend, I have lately heard, of humble grade, were called to that still continues his usual routine, but " bourne whence no traveller returns,” adheres with greater pertinacity to old before he could write himself a man. whims and customs. He now occaHis school was the world. Oft has he sionally exceeds his usual hour of proudly exclaimed that to himself alone rising, and is never called into account is he indebted for the ease, comfort, by his worthy housekeeper for enand independence he now enjoys. At croaching on the hours claimed by the one time he performed the menial duties leaden god. The fact must be owned, of a cabin boy. Early stood he the he is not so young as he was twenty brunt of the world, and bore “the proud years ago. A desire to see how the man's c ntumely." By dint of dili- world and its motley group are moving, gence, by plodding industry, he worked induces him to wrap up at nights, inhis way to wealth, before life loses its dulge in Kitchener's Tewadiddle, and relish, before man arrives at the seventh such minutiæ, luxuries which at one age, and appears as “ the lean and time warmly excited his wrathful inslippered pantaloon.” Neatness in dignation.

HENRY INCE. dress forms a material point, and without broaching any peculiar opinion, I RECOLLECTIONS OF ROYALTY. may venture to assert it, strongly indicative of disposition and character. His locks were neatly powdered, and -“ each particular hair” duly arranged, When Eight Years of Age. implying the order within ; for his The interesting document was writanecdotes, bon-mots, and long stories ten on the occasion of a loyal address on deeds of former days, are given out being brought up by Sir Richard Perwith the exactitude of clockwork. His rott, from the borough of Flint, with the neckcloth is adjusted with surprising view of counteracting the effects of the tact, with all the priinness of his petit numerous factious petitions that were ledger, in which every outlay is rigidly got up at the same period, calling upon noted. In fine, his tout ensemble pre- the king to dismiss his ministers. Sir sents an original, an inimitable speci- Richard Perrott had long been attached men of precision, affording ample topics to the court in a military and civil cafor gossip and remark at all ihe select pacity, and had rendered many eminent tea parties in the vicinity of his abode. services to his country abroad as well A tea party his very soul abhors ; but as at home. He was in the whole of after tea the captain, true to tjine, forms the seven years war with Frederick the an indispensable at a sound game. Great, and was created bis Lord High “ Whist,” exclaims he, “ too much Admiral, and he received a baronial thinking, -give me a game at which rank from Louis XV., with the distinwe may talk and enjoy ourselves. What guished privilege of Tabouret for his say you, madam ?" The lady, of course, Lady, and those of his successors in bis assents, and speculation is the annuse- English honours. ment fixed on. Here is he in his ele. "Sir Richard Perrot may assure the ment: kings and queens are disposed Barony of Flint that I have delivered of-the game displayed—the richness the Petition to the king, and am much of the pool descanted upon, with a pleased with the Loyalty and Affection grace, eloquence, and luxuriance of io the King, and to myself, expressed puff, rivalling evenChristie, Robinson, by the ancient Britons on this occasion. or other great knights of the hammer.

“ George Prince of Wales." According to his own account, he in January 9th, 1770.variably comes off minus. The veracity of this was often questioned ; had it ORIGINAL LETTER OF THE LATE KING, been true, his wit and humour would When Prince of Wales, to the Late not have been dealt out so profusely. Duchess of Deronshire. I hare seen him lead off the sprightly Ilow little you know me, ever dearest dance with all the vivacity of youth. Duchess, and how much you have mis

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conceived the object of this day's dinner, “ Well, young author, why have my which has succeeded beyond my most father and myself so frequently attended sanguine expectations ; it has almost, Covent Garden Theatre on the nights if not entirely, annihilated every cool- your comedy of the Dramatist has been ness that has for a short time past ap- performed ?—“ I cannot guess, your peared to exist between the Duke of Royal Highness," replied the astonishNorfolk and his old friends, and brought ed bard.—“ Why, to be frank, then, Erskine back also. Ask only the Duke because, in the whole range of the Engof Leinster and Guildford what passed. lish drama, your play is the shurtest.I believe you never heard such an eulo- Since Reynolds is now about to appear gium from the lips of man, pronounced, in (to him) the norel character of norelas I this day have pronounced upon ist, (and in which, from his original Fox, and so complete a refutation of all and satirical observations, he will mos! the absurd doctrines and foolish dis- probably meet with success,) we hope tinctions which they have grounded he will not forget this jocose remark of their late conduct upon. This was his late Majesty. most honourably, distinctly, and zea During the illness of Fox, the prince lously supported by Sheridan, by which was a constant visitor. There was no they were most completely driven to affectation in his visits. A face full of the wall, and positively pledged them- good-natured concern, a voice softened selves hereafter to follow no other line by emotion, showed the feeling of an of politics than what Fox and myself uncorrupted heart; not even the fatwould hold out to them, and with a cer- teries of a court, nor the seductions of tain degree of contrition expressed by pleasure, could attract him from the sick them, at their ever having ventured to bed of his dying friend. express a doubt either respecting Charles Prince Leopold incurred the tempoor myself. Harry Howard, who never rary displeasure of the king, and its has varied in his sentiments, was over- expression called forth two traits of the joyed, and said he never knew any heart. His Majesty was surprised that thing so well done, or so well timed, the prince had not visited his motherand that he should to-night retire to his in-law on her arrival in England; but bed the happiest of men, as his mind astonishment and indignation succeeded was now at ease, which it had not been to surprise when he saw the prince for some time past. In short, what fell swelling the tide of her triumphi

, and from both Sheridan as well as myself increasing the number of her visitors, was received with rapture by the com when she became the idol of the mob, pany, and I consider this as one of the and the source of odium and annoyance luckiest and most useful days I have to his majesty. spent for ages. As to particulars, I must His majesty had all the antipathy of ask your patience till to-morrow, when a Virginia nigger-driver to blacks, and I will relate every incident, with which would not even admit persons slightly I am confident you will be most com- tinged with India-ink into his royal pletely satisfied. Pray, my ever dear- presence. A certain naval peer, Lord est Duchess, whenever you bestow a T -n, incurred irretrievable disgrace thought upon me, have rather a better by an attempt to smuggle a wealthy opinion of my steadiness and firmness. half-breed from Calcutta, of the name I really think, without being very ro- of B--i, through the formalities of mantic, I may claim this of you ; at the presentation ; and Kramer, the musisame time, I am most grateful to you for cian, nearly lost his situation of leader your candour, and the affectionate of the royal band by a similar piece of warmth, if I may be allowed so to call imprudence. The story, as regards it, which dictates the contents of your Kramer, runs thus:--The tiddling geneletter; you may depend upon its being ralissimo was bent on having a black seen by no one else but myself. De

to beat the kettle-drum; but, pend upon my coming to you to-mor aware of his majesty's antipathy to the row. I am delighted with your good- sable tribe, he was in despair of ever ness to me, and ever

being able to accomplish his wishes, Most devotedly your's, G. P. when he met by chance with a native Carlton House, Friday Night.

Englisbinan of so dark a hue, that at a

short distance he might easily be misDramatic Anecdote of George IV. taken for an importation from the coast -The late King, some years ago, meet- of Guinea. Kramer had the man forthing Frederick Reynolds on the Steyne, with installed in the office of keitleat Brighton, approached hin, and said, drummer ; and now came the trying

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