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No. 1574. - August 8, 1874.
· New Quarterly Review, · · 323 II. ALICE LORRAINE. A Tale of the South
Downs. Part VII., . . . . . Blackwood's Magasine, . . 336 III. “LATENT THOUGHT,” . .
. Contemporary Review, . . . IV. A ROSE IN JUNE Part VIII., . . . Cornhill Magazine, . . . 353 V. THE PLACE OF HOMER IN HISTORY AND IN
EGYPTIAN CHRONOLOGY, . . . . Contemporary Review, . . . 361 VI. THE TASMANIAN BLUE GUM TREE, . . Chambers' Journal, . . . 376 VII. Combs, .
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. . . Chambers' Journal, . . . 378 VIII. A CURIOUS PRODUCT, . . . . . Macmillan's Magazine, . . 380 IX. The Moon's FIGURE AS OBTAINED IN THE STEREOSCOPE By Chas. J. Wister, . . Journal of The Franklin Institute, 383
POETRY. THREE ANGELS, . . . . . 322, THE Mist, . . . . . . 322 REQUIESCIT : : : : : : 322 Thrice, : : : : : : : 322
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THE MIST. THEY say this life is barren, drear, and cold, The mist crept over the valley Ever the same sad song was sung of old,
Heavy, and chill, and gray; Ever the same long weary tale is told,
The mist crept into the chamber And to our lips is held the cup of strife;
Where she sitteth alone alway. And yet – a little love can sweeten life.
The mist crept over the mountain They say our hands may grasp but joys i Which loomed through its shadow dark, destroved,
And kissed with its cold embraces
She cowered close to the fire,
The flames shot clear and fair, rife ;
They flashed on her pallid features, And yet - a little hope can brighten life.
And they saw that the mist was there
Her hair pale gold of dawning skies,
A maiden standing pensively
Hamlet, Act v. Scene 2.
J. W. HALES. |
A sweet face on a stainless heaven,
Hark! some one singeth sweetly there,
A. LE G.
From The New Quarterly Review. broken, and his sister was absent in ON THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF LORD Madras, before Sir Charles Trevelyan's MACAULAY.
unworthy recall, he had seriously conI PROPOSE to gather up some notes, templated rejoining her, and might so mainly derived from public sources, which have closed his life on Indian soil. I have made froin time to time, on the His father, Zachary Macaulay, will personal history of Lord Macaulay. He have his own niche in history, hardly bewas one of whom it was repeatedly said low his son's. His mother's father was that he lived his life in public, and his Mr. Thomas Mills, bookseller and pubprivate life was only thinly separated | lisher, of Bristol ; the name is a wellfrom his public career. We had hoped known Bristol name. Thomas Mills bad that before now some family biography a shop in the High Street, just opposite would have appeared, which might possi-that amiable bibliopole's, Mr. Cottle, who bly include not only the Indian journals, proved such a sturdy friend to Southey but the unpublished poem of Waterloo, and Coleridge. His printing place was some collections towards the History of in a street off Small Street. The site of the French Revolution of 1830, which at the place of business is now occupied by one time he contemplated writing, and a bank, the shop having been burnt some additional deciphered fragments of down. The impression of my informant the History. By the lamented death of was that this conflagration happened in Lady Trevelyan, the prospect seems still Mr. Mills' time, and we find him with further removed, unless the honourable more than one business residence. Mamember for the Border Boroughs should caulay most probably received his first take the task in hand. As Mr. Gladstone name from his grandfather, Thomas Mills. truly said, the English public has an in- His sister (Lady Trevelyan) received the satiable interest in everything belonging name of Hannah More from the wonderto Lord Macaulay. There are one or two ful old lady who was so closely conpoints both in the earlier and latter partnected both with the Mills and the of his career, which it would be interest- Macaulays. The Misses Mills became ing to see traced out. Macaulay was a Hannah More's successors in the school Liberal of the Liberals, but there was a in Park Street. The old lady passed the time when he was a Tory of the Tories. last years of her life at Windsor Terrace, Looking over the reports of the Union Clifton, where she died, where Macaulay debates at Cambridge some time ago, I would visit her during his occasional soobserve that in earlier times he took a journs in Clifton. strong Tory line. He always took a Macaulay was of Scotch descent, and strong Tory line during the Queen Caro-many peculiarities of the Scottish mind line agitation. The noticeable point is - especially the clearness and simthe suddenness and completeness of his plicity of what stood for his mental alteration of views. The remarkable In- science — show clearly forth. His granddian career of Lord Macaulay, during father was that Mr. John Macaulay, who which he was enabled to give very import-is mentioned in “ Boswell's Life of Johnant practical effect to his views on edu- son,” and whom Johnson told, with cation and legislation, is a chapter of characteristic brusqueness, that he was personal and political history little known grossly ignorant of human nature. The except to some individuals in some Asia father of this Macaulay was a minister of Minor of Bath or Cheltenham, where old an obscure parish in the Western Isles, Indians congregate. We have some and from this obscurity the plain pedinotes on this head, but the subject might gree starts. Zachary Macaulay, the fawell demand an essay as full as one of ther of the historian, most characteristihis own Indian essays. India occupied cally possessed the perfervidum in. the centre of his life, and proved the genium Scotorum. Macaulay, unlike Mr. turning point of his career. We believe Gladstone, who prides himself on his that in his last days, when liis health was! Scotch descent, carefully guarded himself against being called a Scotchman.kings.” The design had been to send “ I had not the honour of being born in him to Westminster School. At this Scotland, neither was I educated there,' date, however, men of evangelical princihe once remarked on a public occasion. ples were shy of the great public schools, And again he says, “ I am not a Scotch-perhaps because the great evangelical man by birth or education." And once poet had written the “ Tirocinium.” So more, “ That he only visited Scotland as he went to one or two private schools; a stranger and traveller.” We should and one of his masters exultingly showed have thought that it would have been a friend the very Horace that he used. with very different feelings that he would Hannah More wished that “ Tom might have visited the home of his fathers, and be in Parliament, for then be would beat the cradle of his race. The Greek ÚROLKOS them all.” He and Hannah More did would have looked on Scorland as the not always get on very well together. mother land, but Macaulay speaks of it She could not approve of all that he said pretty much as he might of Kamts- and did when he was in Parliament, and chatka. The family connection on which is believed to have told him so very he most prided himself was merely an plainly. But when he stayed at Clifton accidental one with the ancient family of for his health, in his latter days, he would the Leicestershire Babingtons, one of speak of her with affection, and point whom bad married his aunt Jean. He out the house where she lived. III was born at the family mansion of Roth-though he was, he would go out and see ley Temple, and in his autobiographical "the St. Vincent Rocks in all their poem, written after his defeat at Edin-beauty," as he said in one of his letters burgh, he alludes to the “ancient cham- to the late Mr. Black who kindly gave ber” of the “old mansion.” The house me permission to make some use of Maonce belonged to the Knights Templars, caulay's letters to him. At Clifton be and was reputed to be “in the parish of would visit his relations, the Mills, who Jerusalem.” The intermarriages of the conducted a very respectable local newsfamily are recorded on stained glass on a paper. large bow window. The family are en- Although he came up to Cambridge, in titled to a set of rooms at Cambridge, I his eighteenth year, with none of the which cannot be otherwise disposed of éclat which a public school can confer, without their permission. In the house when he first rose up to construe in class are preserved the ancient rapier and hel- 1 - it was a passage in the Persæ of Æs. met and constable's staff with which the chylus -- he was pointed out as likely to Babingtons of the day went out at the be the first man of his year. It is intertime of the Armada. This may have in-esting to observe, that one year he obfluenced his writing the fine poem of the tained a prize for the best essay on the Armada. At the extreme end of the conduct and character of William the great hall of Trinity are the royal arms, Third — an incident which may have and below is Queen Elizabeth's motto, helped towards his future line of study. Semper eadem. “The glorious Semper In his reading, he widely diverged from eadem, the banner of our pride," as he the course of Cambridge mathematical calls it.
study, which in those days had the unfair Bristol was a place with which he effect of debarring him from the highest maintained his associations from first to classical honours. He distinguished him. last. His mother had been a pupil of self in literature and oratory, and Lord Hannah More's, her last pupil, before Brougham sent him, through his father, a she gave up her school. As a child he good deal of advice about oratory, which used to visit Hannah More, and the old young Macaulay studied and surpassed. Jady thought that there was no schoolboy, There is a book, now very scarce, entitled no young man like him. “He ought to Conversations at Cambridge, which pur. have competitors. He is like the princeports to give some specimens of Macau. who refused to play with anything but I lay's Union speeches. The declamation against Cromwell belongs to those very ever, was of the scantiest. He convicted early days in which he was a Tory. Its a boy of stealing a parcel of cocks and internal evidence places the authorship hens, and that was about the amount of beyond a doubt, and it becomes a ques-jit. Still Macaulay belonged to the polittion how the speeches found their way ical party that was now prosperous, and into this obscure book. Either they it was determined to do something for must have been furnished by Macaulay, him. We have no doubt but his father or they were reprinted as a pamplilet Zachary, and the friends with whom he for private circulation, as I have known acted, were perfectly sincere in their zeal done at the Oxford Union. This is not, for the abolition of slavery, and would however, the impression of the author have been true to the cause, as in years of the book, who told me, that in the gone by, amid all difficulties and obstalapse of years he had forgotten the cles. But Abolition was found to be an sources from which he obtained these exceedingly popular election cry, and it speeches. To his contributions at this was turned to sharp political purposes. date to Knight's Quarterly Magazine, so " Young Macaulay” was described in great is the value attached, that nearly all those days as the son of “old Macaulay;" his juvenile pieces, as in the case of and in course of time, when their friends Tennyson, have been reprinted. His por- were in, both “young Macaulay " and trait is sketched at this time by his friend" old Macaulay” got places. Sidney Mr. Moultrie, in one of his poems : Smith asked Lady Grey to get the Whigs Little graced
to make Macaulay Solicitor-general. With aught of manly beauty - short, obese,
| That legal experience about the cocks Rough featured, coarse complexion, with lank and hens furnished too narrow a basis for hair
such a distinction. But he was made one And small grey eyes . . . his voice abrupt, of the seventy Commissioners of BankUnmusical.
ruptcy - Lord Westbury once said they
were called the Chancellor's Septuagint He was not over scrupulous ; to him There was no pain like silence — no constraint
and it must be said that this system of So dull as unanimity.
commissioners, though derided and abol.
ished, did the bankruptcy work at least His heart was pure and simple as a child's
as well as it has ever been done since. Unbreathed on by the world - in friendship / 7;
? | His great legal appointment was when he warm,
was made Legal Member of the Supreme Confiding, generous, constant.
Court of Calcutta ; but I believe he alNor was it only in literature that he made ways consistently denied the soft imhis début. Between taking his degree peachment that he was a lawyer. and achieving his fellowship he made a In the old days young men of congreat anti-slavery speech at the Freema- spicuous ability were sought for as posops' Hall, which, though unreported by litical recruits by leaders of parties, and the Times, was alluded to both by the at times promising young men at the Quarterly and the Edinburgh. Alto- universities were watched, marked out gether, this is a very remarkable position for future eminence, and returned to for a young Bachelor of Arts to have Parliament by political sponsors and pataken up before he attained his fellowship. I trons. Reform legislation, with many at
He was called to the bar in 1826, and tendant advantages, has closed the doors went the Northern Circuit. Those were of the House to this class of political as. the great days of the Northern Circuit, pirants — young men who are thinkers when it was attended by Brougham, Scar- and readers, and have taken to politics as lett, Tindal, Williams, Coltman, Alder- the serious business of their lives. It is son. He also went to Quarter Sessions, hard to see how men of the character and which had then the character, which it is belongings of Macaulay, Canning, and fast losing, of being an avenue to dis- Gladstone, can have a political career tinction at the bar. His business, how-l open to them in the future, in what some