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wish I was in Parliament-I just wish He drank off his glass as he spoke, I was there the first night one of the giving to the libation all the ceremony nobs calls out that's vulgar;' and I'd of a solemn vow. just say to him, 'Is there anything as “D'ye hear that ?
-them's oars ; vulgar as men and women ? Show me there's a boat coming in.” one good thing in life that isn't vulgar? “ You have sharp hearing, master," Show me an object a painter copies, said Harcourt, laughing. or a poet describes, that isn't so ?' “I got the gift when I was a smug. Ayeh,” cried he, impatiently, “when gler," replied he. “I could put my they wanted a hard word to fling at ear to the ground of a still night, and us, why didn't they take the right tell you the tramp of a revenue boot one ?"
as well as if I seen it. And now I'll * But you are unjust, Billy; the lay sixpence it's Pat Morissy is at the ungenerous tone ye speak of is fast dis- bow.oar there; he rows with a short appearing: Gentlemen now-a-days jerking stroke there's no timing. use no disparaging epithets to men That's himself, and it must be somepoorer or less happily circumstanced thing urgent from the post-office that than themselves."
brings him over the Lough to-night.” “ Faix,” said Billy, “it isn't sitting The words were scarcely, spoken here, at the same table with yourself, when Craggs entered with a letter in that I ought to gainsay that remark.” his hand.
And Harcourt was so struck by the “ This is for you, Colonel,” said he; air of good breeding in which he spoke, “it was marked immediate,' and the that he grasped his hand, and shook it post-mistress despatched it by an exwarmly.
press." « And what is more," continued The letter was a very brief one; Billy, “from this day out I'll never but, in honour to the writer, we shall think so."
give it a chapter to itself.
A GREAT DIPLOMATIST.
down fellow I am; so that I need not
“MY DEAR HARCOURT,_I arrived here yesterday, and by good fortune caught your letter at the F. O., where it was awaiting the departure of the mes. senger for Germany.
" Your account of poor Glencore is most distressing. At the same time, my knowledge of the man and his temper in
a measure prepared me for it. You say that he wished to see me, and intends to write. Now there is a small business-matter between us, which his lawyer seems much disposed to push on to a difficulty, if not to worse. To prevent this, if possible, at all events to see whether a visit from me might not be serviceable, I shall cross over to Ireland on Tuesday, and be with you by Friday, or at furthest Saturday. Tell him that I am coming, but only for a day. My engagements are such that I must be here again early in the following week. On Thursday I go down to Windsor.
“ There is wonderfully little stirring here, but I keep that little for our meeting. You are aware, my dear friend, what a poor, shattered, broken
We have already told our reader that the note was a brief one, and yet was it not altogether uncharacteristic. Sir Horace Upton-it will spare us both some repetition if we present him at once was one of a very composite order of human architecture; a kind of being, in fact, of which many would deny the existence till they met and knew them, so full of contradictions, real and apparent, was his nature. Chivalrous in sentiment and cunning in action, noble in aspiration, and utterly sceptica as to such a thing as principle, one-half of his temperament was the antidote to the other. Fastidious to a painful extent in matters of taste, he was simplicity itself in all the requirements of his life, and with all a courtier's love of great people, not only
in England, Glencore,” said Harcourt, Billy and I are going to make a raid as the sick man was assisted to his amongst the lobster-pots. And what seat in the library, “and, what is with turbot, oysters, grouse-pie, and more, intends to pay you a visit." mountain mutton, I'll make the diplo
“Upton coming here!” exclaimed matist sorrow that he is not accredited Glencore, with an expression of min- to some native sovereign in the Arran gled astonishment and confusion - islands, instead of some mere Ger“how do you know that ?”
man Hertzog.' He can only stay one “ He writes me from Long's to say day.” that he'll be with us by Friday, or, if « One day !" not, by Saturday."
“ That's all; he is over head-and• What a miserable place to receive ears in business, and he goes down to him,” exclaimed Glencore. “As for Windsor on Thursday, so that there is you, Harcourt, you know how to rough no help for it.” it, and have bivouacked too often “I wish I may be strong enough ; under the stars to care much for satin I hope to heaven that I may rally—" curtains. But think of Upton here! Glencore stopped suddenly as he got How is he to eat?-where is he to thus far, but the agitation the words sleep?"
cost him seemed most painful. " By Jove, we'll treat him hand- “I say again, don't distress yourself somely. Don't you fret yourself about about Upton-leave the care of enterhis comforts; besides, I've seen a great taining him to me. I'll vouch for it deal of Upton, and, with all his fasti. that he leaves us well satisfied with his diousness and refinement, he's a tho- welcome.” rough good fellow at taking things for “It was not of that I was thinking," the best. Invite him to Chatsworth, said he, impatiently; “I have much and the chances are he'll find twenty to say to him—things of great importhings to fault - with the place, the tance. It may be that I shall be uncookery, and the servants ; but take equal to the effort; I cannot answer him down to the Highlands, lodge him for my strength for a day--not for an in a shieling, with bannocks for break- hour. Could you not write to him, fast and a Fyne herring for supper, and ask him to defer his coming till and I'll wager my life you'll not see a such time as he can spare me a week, ruffle in his temper, nor hear a word or at least some days.' of impatience out of his mouth.”
“My dear Glencore, you know the " I know that he is a well-bred man well, and that we are lucky if we gentleman,” said Glencore, half pet- can have him here on his own terms, tishly; " but I have no fancy for not to think of imposing ours; he is putting his good manners to a severe sure to have a number of engagements test, particularly at the cost of my while he is in England." own feelings."
6. Well, be it so," said Glencore, " I tell you again he shall be ad- sighing, with the air of a man resignmirably treated; he shall have my ing himself to an inevitable necesroom ; and, as for dinner, Master
The first volume of the English version priest of Heliopolis, the annals of of this elaborate work appeared in Egypt would have remained till this 1848, and was received by the British day in the same state of darkness and public with the respect due to the uncertainty as the annals of Babylonia, virtues and learning of the distin. and Assyria. The Greek classical guished individual whose name it bore; writers did as little towards the eluci. and now, after the lapse of six years, dation of the one as the other, and the second has appeared, to be followed what we do know with any degree of (we are told) in about a year hence, by certainty about the ancient Egyptians, the third and last volume. The object we owe chiefly to the earlier Christian of the work is indicated by its title, writers, who were attracted to the “Egypt's Place in Universal His- study of their history by its connexion tory;" and considering how much has with the history of the Israelites. We been written on the subject, from He- make this statement in the full knowrodotus downwards, it might be thought ledge of what was done, or attempted that this point had been tolerably well to be done, by the scholars and critics established long ago. There has been of the Alexandrine school before the no disposition manifested in ancient or Christian era ; and our deliberate bemodern times to undervalue the im- lief is, that the desire manifested in moportance of Egypt as an element in the dern times to penetrate the veil that has earlier civilisation of the post-diluvian so long
covered the history of the land world, but a tendency rather the other of the Pharaohs, is due more to its relaway; for it must not be thought that tions with the Abrahamic race, both bewe knew nothing of Egypt, or that its fore and after the exodus, than to any mysterious history excited no attention, other single cause whatever. Our acbefore the secret of bieroglyphical quaintance with Egypt begins with the interpretation was discovered, and we story of Joseph and his brethren, were enabled to read the monumental wherever it may end; and though it inscriptions of ages far transcending in may shock learned ears to be told so, antiquity the oldest written records of we can entertain no doubt that an the race. What place will be assigned illustration of that simple and touching to her by the Chevalier Bunsen, when tale would excite a greater sensation he has completed his literary survey of throughout Christendom, than the disher remains, we cannot know till his covery of a new dynasty, or the settlethird volume appears; but we do not ment of the place in which Moses, the imagine that even his extraordinary first king, was born or died. erudition can lead to any sensible Our readers are probably aware that ebange in the convictions that have the first volume of this work was delong prevailed among educated men as voted to those preliminary investigato the government, laws, arts, sciences, tions in which the learned German literature, and habits of a people whose mind delights, and was, in fact, a huge elaims upon our regard are due more preface extending over some 750 pages; to accidental circumstances than to any but since this was to be the method marked superiority they possessed over adopted, it is impossible that it could other and contemporary nations. The have been better executed. The liteChevalier, like most of his countrymen, rary resources of the Chevalier Bunsen has a rooted dislike to Moses, and ra- are nearly inexhaustible, and are prother a contempt for those who attach digally displayed in the discussion of any weight to his authority ; but we the questions that arise on the very will venture to affirm, that had it not threshold of his work; and hard as the been for the writings of the recreant task of perusal often is, all must admire
* "Egypt's Place in Universal History.” By C. C, J. Bunsen, Ph. D., and D. C. L. Translated from the German by C, H. Cottrell, Esq., M.A. Vol. II. London: Longman, and Co. 1854.
his wonderful fertility, and the thorough gent of even modern inquirers. This command which he holds over his ma- defect will be no longer felt if M. terials. In this respect he resembles Bunsen's corrections are accepted by his illustrious master, Niebuhr; and scholars generally; but we are apt, we find, in the second volume especially, when talking of this subject, to recall illustrations of the force of his discri- the remark of Plutarch, that the traces minative faculty, which show that it is of truth in these Egyptian records are little, if at all, inferior in power to that so slight, that it requires a skilful perof his great predecessor in historical son to find them out, and “to extract renovation. Having cleared the way much out of little,” μεγαλα δε μικροις for his future labours in the first vo. lau. With the restoration of the regal lume, by a copious analysis of what had lists there is necessarily associated the been done by previous Egyptologers, construction of what the author consiancient and modern, he proceeds, in the ders a true system of Egyptian chrosecond, to grapple with those terrible nology, which he believes he has estab. perplexities known as the Lists of the
lished on a lasting foundation ; and as Kings, which, by careful collation, and it is upon this point that the Chevalier unwearied diligence, he has restored to Bunsen anticipated the greatest diverchronological order. It is impossible, gence from the opinions he has promulwithout consulting the book itself, to gated, we shall devote a few words to form a conception of the sagacity that the consideration of the argument is exhibited in these emendations; and which he has raised upon his archæoloif anything could compensate for the gical inferences. toil of groping through this critical la
The system of chronology followed byrinth, it would be the pleasure that in this country, and in most parts of every ingenuous mind must feel at the
Western Christendom, places the creacontemplation of so much zeal united tion of the world at 4004 years, and the to so much knowledge. His chief au- deluge at 2,348 years, before the birth thorities for the dynastic history of the of Christ. It is admitted upon all Old Empire are Manetho and Era- hands, however, that considerable distosthenes, particularly the latter, and crepancies exist in the results of the both are appealed to, though with less calculations founded on the Hebrew confidence, for the middle or shepherd genealogies, from which alone we can period; while the reconstruction of know anything of these matters; and the New Empire rests on the Epito- that the Vulgate, the Samaritan text, mists, Josephus, the canon of Ptolemy, and the Septuagint, differ largely in and the Monuments; and those only their temporal computations. Thus, who have tried to comprehend these for example, between our canon, as tables, and to extract out of them a established by Usher, and the Coresconsistent narrative, can be expected theopolitan æra, or that adopted by to appreciate the skill that is shown by the Greek Church, there is a difference M. Bunsen in this portion of his work. of 1,500 years an immense portion of He has done for Egyptian chronology time to be either of doubtful existence, all that profound criticism can effect or unappropriated ; and the knowledge for it; and obscure as such labours may of this fact necessarily compels us to seem to be, we, who reap the benefit of allow some latitude to those who dethem, should not forget that, whether sire to make this globe older than it is we can agree to all his conclusions or
commonly supposed to be. We are not, these reformations required, for perfectly willing, therefore, to give their successful accomplishment, a com- the Chevalier Bunsen the benefit of bination of the highest talent, learning, these differences, though there is very and ingenuity that could be found. little chance of our being able to extend So bewildered was old Jacob Bryant the antiquity of the earth to such a by these unaccommodating tables, that degree as his Egyptian theory would he declared the one half of them to be require, and without which, as it seems spurious, and cut off the first fifteen at to us, all his toil and skill in the restoa blow (iv. 404); and though a diffe. storation of the regal lists must go for rent and a wiser course has been fol. nothing; for either he and his Egyptian lowed by the members of the new school monuments must give place to Moses of interpretation, still the state of these and the Hebrew annals, or Moses and lists has been till now a grievous the Hebrew annals must give place to stumbling-block to the most intelli. them. The casc stands thus.