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answers Mr. ---- and Miss - The bounds are marked by a stone so that I was soon taught to drop on a bridge, but we may go beyond these titles of distinction. Another them as far as we like, provided advised me to get a more fashion- only we return in time, (for our able coat, and called me a Cawker, names are called over,) and providwhich appellation was then per- ed too that we run away from the fectly unintelligible ; I have since Masters and some of the upper heard that it means one who gapes boys directly we see them : this and stares about him, a fault of they call shirking, and, if we hide which at that time I was very pro- well, they never take any notice. bably guilty. These questions at All the terrible stories which I first I laughed at, and took in heard about fagging turn out to be very good part, but at last they nothing at all. There is a certain were so often repeated that I was young man in my Dame's house, almost provoked to give no answer to whom I am bound to come in This conduct would probably have the morning and evening ; he is got me a beating ; but my patience called my Master, but he is a very was entirely exhausted, when the lenient one, for he scarcely ever school doors, to my great relief, makes me do any thing, and has flew open, and we sat down to the helped me very much in several lesson. Éton dicipline differs so matters. Henry is equally well off much from Mr. Plodwell's, that in this respect; he has found out it would fill a whole letter to mark that he can buy excellent marbles the distinctions, and I think this here, and is I believe at this mois a pretty long one for me at pre- ment engaged in a game, as happy sent. In the first place, we go in- as possible. to school about four times a day, You may guess from what I have but are never there more than three told you that I am pleased with quarters of an hour together; then, my new situation. I hardly fancy instead of a little paled-in piece of myself a school-boy. Papa's gout ground, there are fine large playing- came very unluckily, for it made it fields, with very fine trees in them; rather awkward for me, having to the Thames runs on one side, and introduce myself ; however, that is there is a wall on the other, against all over now. Henry joins with me which they play at Foot-ball in the in wishes for his recovery, and in season; indeed they say it is capital best love to you and my Sister. weather for it now, but it is not I remain, the fashionable game; so nobody Your very affectionate Son, dares to propose it. After the next
S. RASHLEIGH., Holidays everybody begins Crick- P.S. I hope Smirk will be et, but never before. There are turned out to grass before we come plenty of boats on the River, home; I miss my riding very much which the boys row about in the here, and shall be sadly disapsummer, but I will tell you more pointed if I have no pony in the about them when the time comes. Holidays.
Lady C. Rashleigh to Mr. S. Rashleigh.
Stapylton Hall, Hants, April 2. MY DEAREST SAMUEL, We were all delighted beyond you that he thinks you will not immeasure with your letter, and with prove your language or style by the picture you have drawn of using it. You give a very pleayour Eton life and the introduc- sant account of your play-ground, tion, and the general opinion is that but I am quite shocked at the you have managed affairs uncom- thought of that dreadful River monly well. Your Father is quite running close by it; I remember re-established, and enjoyed the de- too reading some years ago of an scription of your adventures, and unfortunate boy who was drowned laughed at them as heartily as any at Eton; pray take particular care of them; you know such things not to run heedlessly about the are quite new to him, in conse- banks, or to use boats, at any rate quence of his private education. before you can swim; I cannot Next time you write pray do not help thinking that it must be very say any thing in disparagement of improper for boys to go by themMr. Plodwell; he is a particular selves upon the water, and I hope favourite with Mr. Rashleigh, who and trust that neither you nor Henthinks himself bound to defend ry will. I do not know of any him; so reserve your sallies, in case thing that has happened in the they may offend. He was rather neighbourhood which you would surprised at the liberty you have, wish to hear. You will most proand has an idea that it may be very bably receive the County Paper much misused; but I think another together with this ; we intend to interview with Mr. Bradshaw will send it you regularly every week, set him right, and put this fancy as perhaps it may amuse you. You quite-out of his head. By-the-by, may rely upon Smirk being treated I shall show your letter to your with all possible care. Tell Henry Uncle as soon as possible; it can- that his pony too shall meet with not fail of interesting him : perhaps the same attention. For goodness' he may give you a few instructions. sake, my dear boys, do nothing imPeter, as you guessed, gave us a prudent. I am afraid you will feel very full account of the expedi- these cold winds very much; if tion, and said that there were so you do find any thing the matter many young gentlemen at Eton, that with you, send for a medical man he was sure you would find plenty immediately. You must excuse of playmates; he added too that this hasty letter, as we dine with peither of you looked very sorrow. the Westburys the first time since ful, or, as he called it,“ took it much your Father's recovery, and you to heart,” when he went away. know how particular they are. Talking of phrases, your Father Yours very affectionately, does not at all approve of the Eton
C. RASHLEIGH. Vocabulary, and desires me to tell
Eton, April 3, 1821. MY DEAR MAMMA, I have taken an early opportu- that Mr. Plodwell is rather definity of writing to you, on purpose cient in that point of instruction. to confirm my first account, and to Pray quiet your fears and alarms show you that Eton loses none of with respect to the River. It is its charms by experience, though, much too cold to think of boats; to be sure, mine has not been a besides, they are not the fashion very long one. However, as far yet, and I have too much regard as I can say at present, it rather for myself to think of tumbling improves upon acquaintance.- from a bank. I will not fail. Many little difficulties vanish, and however, to mind what you say, one gets quite accustomed to the and tell Henry the same. I am, routine, the customs, and the terms at present, what they call a lower of the place. You are not to ima- boy; that is to say, liable to be gine, as perhaps you do, that we fagged by all the fifth and sixth are sent here to learn Latin and form; and I did not know till the Greek alone. I assure you we other day that I myself shall be a can hold a conversation in the Eton fifth form some time next June, dialect, perfectly unintelligible to and then I shall have just the same any stranger, and so, of course, it authority over those below me, as was to me, until I had been in- I am subject to now; so you see structed by some very able masters the transition from servitude to in many of the principal words, power is pretty rapid. Henry and still there are not a few left will be about a year and a half artotally above my comprehension. riving at this desirable situation. Pray do not mention any of this About a night or two ago I was to my Father, if you think he will roused from a pretty fast sleep by not like it. I wish often that he a most unaccountable sensation, as had been an Etonian himself. if I were standing on my head. At Well, to pursue a topic more suit first I thought it a dream, but that able to his fancy.
idea did not continue very long; I at first found a good deal of for I found myself safely shut up, trouble in finding out my different clothes and all together, in my bedlessons, and the proper times for stead. In a very few minutes they them ; indeed, as you may ima- let me down, half suffocated, and gine, that is rather a complex bu- running away, left me quite in the siness. Now I begin to understand dark, and totally ignorant who their order as well as any body. were my persecutors. Henry suf. There is no hardship at all in the fered the same fate, so I suppose it books, or the quantity, which we is a trick commonly played off on are obliged to learn : but I still new comers; and I am sure, if this am rather slow at my verses, for is all I am to undergo, I am very you may venture to tell my Father well content. I am rejoiced to hear of my father's convalescence. he must be! I think he might as There is plenty of room left for my well give me one, for it is quite imbrother to send a few lines in his possible that he can use them all at own words; I know he is not par. once. Samuel and I have our breakticularly ready at writing, except fast and tea always together; there in his own books, which he has dis- are little parcels of tea and sugar figured terribly by divers heads sent every week from the grocer's, and figures, after the patterns of and we have a tea-kettle, cups, an approved master, who sits near saucers, &c., and I really think, him in school, not to mention a fine without any offence to you, that my English version, with which he has brother makes tea almost as well as interlined his text for the assistance you do; to be sure we have no of his memory; I have desired him cream, and the milk seems to be to exercise his ingenuity on spare rather watery ; and what do you paper another time, and to carry think we have to eat ? not Mr. the sense in his head. Adieu. S. R. Plodwell's stale bread, but really
very nice rolls; it makes me quite MY DEAR MAMMA.--Samuel hungry to talk about them: there has left me two whole sides, and are regular things for dinner every declares I must fill them ; so, after day, but I cannot tell you each of having made a hundred fruitless ex- them now; it would look so like a cuses, I have sat down positively to bill of fare. Pray tell Robert to write you what I call a long letter. take care of my rabbits: I would First of all, I have the happiness not have them hurt for all the to inform you that we come home in world; indeed I gave very partisix days' time, for, though I do not cular orders about them before I mind Eton much, yet, of course, I left home. I am quite sure like home better. There are plenty nobody can starve here very well, of holidays here, for we have one for there are enough pastry-cooks' whole, and one half, every week, shops to supply a hundred other besides others now and then, which places, and all of them look so nice, I do not know the reason of, but and so tempting, that it is hardly that is the last thing for us to in- possible to resist; besides these, quire about. I like my Tutor very there are other people always standwell, and my Dame very much; she ing about with baskets of fruit, sent me some jelly to eat the other cakes, and such-like things, just day after her dinner, and gave me where we go into school, in case we several balls that had been thrown should like to lay in provision for into the garden. Everybody talks a dull lesson time: by-the-by, a about beginning cricket next school boy was flogged the other day for time, and I am to belong to a club cracking nuts in church, so I shall in the playing-fields. Do you take care to avoid those noisy kind think I can venture to ask Papa of eatables, and shall take barleyfor a bat? they make them so beau- sugar in preference. Do not forget tifully here, that they do not look the rabbits. Give my best love to at all like that one which I have' Papa and Sister, and believe me, got at home; my master keeps
Your most affectionate Son, about a dozen hanging up in his
- I. RASHLEIGH. room ; to be sure what a great player
Stapylton Hall, April 7.
MY DEAR SAM, Your mother has told you how else. But if it be the custom, I glad we were to hear of your doing would by all means continue it, as so well at Eton, and being so much I should not wish you to be sinpleased with your new situation. gular in any thing. Your mother The second letter has made us still has given you some cautions remore content, and has eased me specting accidents. I must beg of from a good deal of anxiety which you also never to get in debt at I felt at not being able to accom- any of those pastry-cooks' shops pany you in person. Now I am which Henry confesses are so alquite fit for that or any other un- luring. I have known boys redertaking; and my gout, after duced to the most miserable shifts having attacked my lower extre- and evasions in consequence of mities one after another, has left this very fault; it is an imprume just as well as ever again. My dence of all others that I would intention in sending you for so wish the most to warn you against, short a time at first was, that you and I shall trust to your good might get accustomed to the place sense in this respect. You may before you were fixed to a long give the same instructions to continuance there. I suppose that Henry, who, perhaps, requires among the Eton coaches you will them more than you do. You be able to find a place for your must remember that I am not an self and your brother as far as Etonian, and consequently must London, where I will meet you in fortify yourself with an infinite person. We none of us expected quantity of patience to answer all that you would have been able to the questions I shall put to you make your way so quickly; in- when I see you next week; for deed, upon second thoughts, I al- my curiosity will not be very easily most repented of having sent you satisfied. Do not accustom yourto such a vast Establishment, par- self to those phrases which I know ticularly without a single friend are peculiar to public schools; in there. It is much more creditable the first place, I shall not be able for you, as it is, to have made these to comprehend them, and, sefor yourself, and I am perfectly condly, I do not consider them at pleased with almost the whole ac- all ornamental. All the family count. The tea and sugar which join in best wishes and rememHenry mentions, I must confess brances to you and Henry; with, that I think rather an' unnecessary my dear Samuel, luxury. Bread and milk would do Your most loving father, just as well, if not better; and
- R. RASHLEIGH. when I was a boy I had nothing.