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CONTENTS.

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The Death of the Conqueror...... Charles Knight ............

A Winter Wreath .................. Mrs. Wm. Hey ............ 7

The Pilgrims and the Peas ...... Dr. John Wolcott .........

The Mourning Mother of the

Dead Blind........................ Mrs. E. B. Browning...... 10

Little Charlie ......

Rev. Dr. Geo. Aspinall...

A Scene from the Honeymoon... John Tobin ..................

The Music Grinders ...............

0. W. Holmes ...............

A Human Skull..................... Frederick Locker...........

The Frenchman in a Fix; or, a

New Map of London ............ D. Jerrold..................

Ode for Music on St. Cecilia's

Day..........

Alexander Pope ............

About Husbands .................. J. G. Saxe ...................

On Negro Emancipation ......... Lord Brougham ............

To a Skylark .......................... Percy Bysshe Shelley .......

How Commodore Trunnion went

to get Married...................... Tobias Smollett ............

Virginia ......

Lord Macaulay .............

How Pleasant it is to have Money Arthur Hugh Clough......

Mary, Queen of Scots ............ Henry G. Bell...........

Scenes from the School of Re-

form.......

Thomas Morton ..........

The Last Man .................. Thomas Campbell .........

To Parents and Guardians ...... Frederick Locker..........

Yorick's Death ...................... Lawrence Sterne............

The Bishop Orders his Tomb at

St. Praxed's Church ............ Robert Browning .........

Speech of Horace Walpole ..... ...........

Mr. Pitt's Reply ............

Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Green...... G. Linnæus Banks .........

The Factory Girl's Holiday...... J. E. Carpenter .............

The Home Stream .................. Alsager Hay Hill, LL.B,

A Marriage in High Life......... John George Watts.........

The Image-breakers of the Ne-

therlands........

John Lothrop Motley ....... 102

A Scene from Bertram ............. Rev. R. C. Maturin ........ 111

The Forging of the Anchor ...... Samuel Ferguson, Q.C.

Echo and the Rich Man............ James Bruton ..................

To a Mosquito............ ....... William Cullen Bryant... 121

The Sailor's Lassie..... John Franklin ............

124

Two Loves and a Life ............. Villiam Sawyer ............

126

Abou Ben Adlem and the Angel Leigh Hunt.......

Kossuth's Farewell to his

Country ................................

The Enchanted Net ............... Francis Edward Smedley 132

The Fall of Marie Antoinette... Edmund Burke...........

Alexander's Feast; or, the Power

of Music ............................ John Dryden....................

140

Back from the Holidays ......... George Bennett ............

145

Sir Rupert the Red ................. Edmund H, Yates .......

The Interview Between Parsons

Adams and Trulliber............ Henry Fielding ..........

Cleopatra's Barge .................. Shakspeare ....

165

My Old Hat ......................... Anonymous .....

166

The Old Man in the Wood......... Anonymous ............. 168

The Sands of Deo................... Rev. Charles Kingsley..... 170

The Alma ............

................ Right Rev. R. C. Trench 171

The Spectre Pig. .................... 0. W. Holmes. ............

A Scene from the Martyr of Very Rev. H. H. Milman,

Antioch ........................... D.D., Dean of St. Paul's 176

Influence of Beauty ............... John Keats .................. 179

Barbara Frietchie .. ........ John Greenleaf Whittier 182

Tom Brown's Pilgrimage to the

Doctor's Tomb ................

Thos. Hughes, M.A., M.P. 184

In a Gondola.....

Arthur Hugh Clough...... 191

The Farmer's Wife and the

Gascon .........

.. Horace Smith

The Wreck of the Hesperus...... H. W. Longfellow .

The Confederate Spy............... J 1. Trowbridge..... 198

The Lutist and the Nightingale John Ford .....

The Poet and the Rose............ John Gay..................

To the Poppy....

Georgiana, Duchess

vonshire .....

The Death of the First-Born...... Alaric A.

Time's Changes ..................... IV. M.

A Bachelor's Complaint............. H. G

To a Drop of Dew..................

Р.

Mr. Simpkinson's Misadventures

at Margate ...........

Right Development of

Faculties....

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PENNY READINGS.

THE DEATH OF THE CONQUEROR.

Charles Knight.

[If we were asked to proclaim the man who has done most for the cause of popular education and the enlightenment of the middle and working classes, we should not hesitate to name Charles Knight; and it is not only from his character as a projector and producer of cheap and good literature, but as an elegant and perspicuous writer of history, a careful and con. scientious editor, and an antiquary, that his high and enduring position in English literature has been established.

Mr. Knight was born at Windsor, in 1791, his father being a bookseller in the royal borough. In 1811, in partnership with his father, he established the • Windsor and Eton Express." In 1820, 1821, and 1822, he edited, in connexion with the late Mr. Locker, Commissioner of Greenwich Hospital (and father of Fredk. Locker the poet), “The Plain Dealer," the first attempt to produce cheap literature of a high character.

In 1822 Mr. Knight removed to London, and started, at Pall Mall East, “Knight's Quarterly Magazine,” to which Macaulay was a contributor.

In 1827 he became associated with the Useful Knowledge Society, and edited many of its publications. “The Penny Magazine,” which he commenced in 1832, was continued for eleven years; and in 1838 “The Penny Cyclopædia" made its first appearance. During the course of this work Mr. Knight expended upon it forty thousand pounds in original contributions. This, in addition to his own valuable matter. Among his other work's his "Shakspeare," "Pictorial History of England," "London," and the series of " Shilling Volumes, "-bear testimony to his genius and industry.

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