« AnteriorContinuar »
XXVI. That should the sale not cover the expenses, a subscription be set on foot by the Members of the Club to defray the deficiency.
It may be imagined, from the diversity of tastes and opinions to be found in our Club, that these Resolutions were not carried without much dissension. Perhaps a brief account of the discussions which each Resolution gave rise to may serve to illustrate the characters of the disputants, and more clearly elucidate the principles on which each was founded.
The first Resolution was carried unanimously. It may be right to observe in this place, that when I used the word unanimously, the expression by no means refers to my respected but somewhat eccentric friend, Mr. Michael Dakley ; his character for pertinacity is so well understood, that an objection coming from him is seldom noticed, unless supported by the opinion of some more reasonable member. He is, as it were, a cipher at our sittings, which is of no 'weight or value without the addition of a figure.
The second produced a long and violent debate, in the course of which most of the Gentlemen present proposed for the forthcoming literary bantling the name which best suited his fancy.
Mr. Allen Le Blanc, Etonenses Disputationes.
The Eton Monitor.
The Royal Eton Mail.
Donales Epulæ, or Olla Podrida. It should be noticed that the fumes of the punch had by this time somewhat rufied the serenity of Mr. O'Connor's brain. He had fallen by degrees into a kind of stupor, from which he was roused by Mr. M‘Farlane, who tapped him on the shoulder, exclaiming "Weel, Paddy,--and what name or title do you recommend ?”—to which Mr. O'Connor replied with an *** Och! Honey!” and “ Honey” was immediately committed to paper, as Mr. O'Connor's suggestion. But whether Mr. O'Connor had at this moment a sufficiently clear intellect to understand the question which was put to him is to this time an ambiguity.
The members were still in hot dispute upon the comparative merits of their respective proposals, when the PRESIDENT rose. He said “ he preferred his original idea, 'The Etonian,' to any which had been brought forward. It was simple, unaffected, and embraced as well the labours of Etonians who have preceded us, as of those of a more modern date.” The President observed, that the name of “The Etonian' had been recommended to him by a friend, for whom he was sure all present, in common with himself, felt the most sincere esteem.-(Cries of name, name.)-The President gave the name of the gentleman alluded to, which was hailed with loud acclamations, and the blank in the Resolution was immediately and unanimously filled up by the title of. The Etonian.'
Mr. GOLIGHTLY moved, as an Amendment to the third Resolution, “ that the work should appear once a fortnight,” on the ground that sufficient interest was not kept up by a monthly publication : but it having been urged that such an arrangement would interfere too much with other and more important pursuits, Mr. Golightly withdrew his Amendment; and the Resolution, in its original state, was carried, unanimously.
Upon the fourth and fifth there was no disagreement,
The sixth produced a violent discussion. Mr. STERLING advised the rejection of all articles, but those who should be supplied by Etonians of the present day; while Mr. MONTGOMERY, whose acquaintance with the first literary characters in the country is very extensive, recommended that contributions should be received indiscriminately from all quarters. It was at length determined, on the suggestion of the PRESIDENT, that assistance should be admitted from all those who had received their education at Eton; the CHAIRMAN at the same time observing, that such assistance could only be expected from gentlemen who had resided here within the recollection of, and had been in habits of intimacy with, the members of the Club.
MARTIN STERLING argued, with considerable vehemence, against the adoption of the seventh; maintaining that no topic could convey so much information to a youthful mind, as a due investigation of the principles of our religion. Messrs. GOLIGHTLY and MUSGRAVE replied to his observations ; the former with that union of polish and originality which is a distinguishing feature of his character ; the latter with all the quaint, though low humour, which has so often set the table in a roar. The Resolution was finally passed by a lage Majority.
Michael Oakley. Allen Le Blanc The eighth was also productive of a violent, but to the reader an uninteresting debate. Upon a division, the following gentlemen appeared in the minority against it: Sir F. Wentworth.
Michael Oakley. The pinth called up Mr. PATRICK O'CONNOR; who, in in a true Irish brogue, “ hoped he should be allowed an occasional lick at the Salt-bearer.” Mr. M'FARLANE thought that satirical remarks on “ şic a carl" were quite allowable, and was proceeding to make some humorous personal observations on Mr. Bookworm, when he was interrupted by the PRESIDENT, who said he was confident that the Meeting would see the gross impropriety of the course the Hon. Gentleman was pursuing ; he considered nothing so unbecoming the character of a gentleman as the slightest allusion to the personal defects of a schoolfellow. However such a proceeding might suit with Mr. Bookworm's notions of honourable conduct, he was sure it was utterly in. consistent with the principles of the King of Clubs.
The President's concluding declaration was loudly cheered, and the Resolution was carried by acclamation.
The tenth was added to the President's original list, at the instance of Mr. MUSGRAVE ; who said that he had never found a translation from the Classics which was not“ a hackney coach.”
Mr. LE BLANC hoped an exception would be made in favour of a transla-tion from Lucretius, upon which he had spent much labour.
Mr. Rowley hopes to find a corner for the reception of a translation of an ancient manuscript bearing the name of Apicius.
Mr. O'Connor wished to know whether the restriction applied to a version in Greek hexameters of
“Oh! Gra! sweet Mrs. Flanigan.” The Hon. G. MONTGOMERY observed that he considered nothing prettier than an ode of Horace elegantly turned.
In conclusion, the Resolution was carried nem. diss.; but it was decided that Mr. O'CONNOR's production, being something out of the common way, should be inspected, and inserted, if the Club should think proper.
The eleventh produced no discussion. Upon the twelfth being put, Mr. Golightly desired to be informed what object would be gained by departing from the usual course in this respect ?
Mr. Courtenay replied, that unless such a rule were enforced, it would be impossible to ascertain whether any composition was the actual production of an Etonian.
To the thirteenth no material objection was made.-N. B. It was found impossible to make it comprehensible to Messrs. O'Connor and Musgrave. The first thought it very unfair to destroy a paper without opening it. The latter did not approve of any underhand practices in the way-bills, neither would be consent that passengers should be booked under false names.
The fourteenth passed without altercation. Mr. O'CONNOR, however, was particularly inquisitive as to the extent of the penalty to be levied on the transgressors of this regulation.
Upon the fifteenth and sixteenth the Meeting was unanimous.
The seventeenth having been agreed to, Mr. ROWLEY inquired whether the rule extended to the publication of their bill of fare; and Messrs. GoLIGHTLY, MUSGRAVE, and O'Connor, begged that the Secretary might be particularly desired not to mention the number of glasses swallowed, or hereafter to be swallowed, by each member.
Mr. M. STERLING moved, as an Amendment to the eighteenth, “ That this Meeting do consider themselves the censors of their little community, and that they do take notice of prevalent follies accordingly." . ...
Mr. M. STERLING argued, at considerable length, in favour of his Amendment; urging, that the office of Censor was undertaken without scruple by · Mr. Griffin, and had been always filled by his successors upon the same principle.
Mr. GOLIGHTLY hoped, that in the event of the adoption of the Amendment, no one would be very violent against a habit of running in debt. .
Mr. MʻFARLANE begged that no notice might be taken of “ a guid gill of whisky toddy, in which he occasionally indulged, for the sake*o' the Land o
Mr. Rowley insisted that no mention should be made of his favourite pudding.
Mr. O'Connor harangued, with great originality of expression, in favour of rowing ; and begged that a slight tinge of bargee-ism» might not be considered a prevalent folly.
Mr. MUSGRAVE hoped, that if Mr. Sterling thought proper to hold forth
against driving, an exception might be made in favour of himself, as he could not prevail on himself to forego dandling the ribbons.
The Amendment was ultimately thrown out, and the original motion carried without a division.
The nineteenth and twentieth were passed unanimously, and accompanied with cordial acclamations.
The twenty-first was carried nem. diss.-N.B. Mr. PATRICK O'CONNOR immediately testified how hearty an assent he gave to this Resolution, by calling for a gallon of beer, and inviting every member to follow his example in drinking—“ Prosperity to “The Etonian ;'”_which was most cheerfully complied with. The twenty-second was carried after some opposition from Mr. STERLING.
Michael Oakley. Twenty-third, Mr. GOLIGHTLY thought a declaration of the Club's sentiments on this point unnecessary.
Mr. P. COURTENAY was sorry to be again compelled to allude to the “ Salt-bearer;" but, after the very high ground which had been assumed by that publication, he conceived it proper to state that the “ King of Clubs” set out upon different principles ;—those of liberty and equality.-(Loud cheering from Sir F. Wentworth.)—No division took place. ''
Upon the proposal of the twenty-fourth, Sir F. WENTWORTH observed, that in England nothing was so vague or undefined as the law of High Treason. Before the Hon. Gentleman could apply his observation to the Resolution proposed, he was interrupted by loud cries of " no Politics !” The Resolution was passed by a large majority.
Michael Oakley Upon the proposal of the twenty-fifth, the same gentlemen appeared in the minority.
The twenty-sixth produced no division, but had a manifest effect in lengthening the faces of several gentlemen present, particularly Mr. Burton.
Resolved unanimously XXVII, That the above Resolutions be adopted, and signed on behalf of the Meeting, by the Chairman.
Chairman. Mr. Courtenay having left the Chair, the Hon. G. MONTGOMERY moved,
XXVIII. “ That the thanks of the Club be given to Peregrine Courtenay, Esq., for his able and impartial condụct in the Chair, and that he be further requested to take upon himself the office of Editor of The Etonian.””
The motion having been seconded by Mr. LE BLANC, was immediately put, and carried by acclamation.
Mr. COURTENAY returned thanks in a neat speech, in which he exhorted every one, at the breaking up of the Meeting, to retire with feelings of the most perfect unanimity and cordiality in the good cause, and to exert his utmost abilities in that line of cotriposition which was most agreeable to his own taste, and most likely to support the interests of “The Etonian." The worthy Chairman concluded by proposing our usual parting toast, our stirrup-cup,* (to use Mr. M‘Farlane's expression,) "The King of Clubs.'
Previous to the separation of the Meeting, Mr. ROWLEY begged Mr. Golightly to dish up a song; which request being loudly reiterated, Mr. Golightly entertained us with the following original melody, which terminated the festivities of the Meeting :
The Monarch of Clubs is a jolly old cock,
He flies in a fit from the row and the revel,
Look, look at the press! what a sorrowful sight!
Saturni, 140 die Octobris, 1820. This day the Club again met, pursuant to agreement, to discuss the mea sures which had been taken for the promotion of the design agreed upon at the last sitting. The names having been called over, the thanks of the Club were immediately voted to Mr. Secretary Hodgson for his accurate report of the proceedings of the 3d of October. It was, however, suggested, that it would be expedient that his reports of the proceedings, for the future, should not be so prolix, and that he be requested never to exceed the limits of one sheet. The PRESIDENT then addressed the Meeting as follows:-,
“GENTLEMEN, -I rise with great pleasure to inform you, that such has been the readiness displayed by all ranks of the School to encourage and support our undertaking, that the first number of “The Etonian' will make its appearance in the ensuing week.--(Hear, hear. hear.)—I will proceed to lay before you the articles which have been sent in by various and able contributots } from these it will be in your power to form an opinion of the merits and demerits of the Publication, and I have little or no doubt that, judging from these specimens, you will augur favourably of our success.”
Mr. COURTENAY then read to the Meeting numerous compositions on va
* N.B. Mr. P. O'Connor inquired whether the expression was derived from the verb to stir-up; and was much jeered by his Scotch neighbour, Mt. MFarlane, for his igno. rance of Caledonian oustoms