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Two o'clock, P. M.-All college is in commotion. In Long Chamber there are consultations, and parties, and cabals. I saw a gownsman looking not complacently upon an unfolded paper; like Alexander, he sighed and looked, sighed and looked, sighed and looked, and sighed again.” He became alternately as pale as the Bath post, and as black as the characters it bore. This is a mystery to me!
Feb. 15.—The mystery is unravelled. A young Gentleman is displeased at receiving a billet-doux. This is surprising. But it is still more surprising that he suspects “ The Etonian" of its manufacture. He threatens us with a quire of paper for the sake of the Postage. I hope it may be blank. I shall be angry if I am obliged to pay and read too.
Feb. 17.-I hope my readers will be pleased with the following Song :
Hark upon the passing gale
Mark the tints of silver, made
By the Moon on yon cascade ; Feelings how serene and tender
How those fleeting tints impart Does the lonely music render!
Consolation to the heart!
Why can Nature thus control;
Leila, say, my secret soul?
Feb. 19.-Received from Oxford a large parcel of prose and
I am very much pressed for room, nevertheless I am particularly requested by the Club (on the immediate suggestion of Rowley), to insert the two contributions with which we are most pleased.
“ A Collar of Brawn, with M. B.'s compliments.”
“ A Barrel of Sausages, with Lord N. -'s best wishes." Feb. 20.—The authorship of the abovementioned Valentine is fixed, I understand, upon Gerard Montgomery. Mr. Bellamy fancies himself suspected, and is rather alarmed for the consequences. He has purchased a smart little pistol, nailed a sovereign to the wall of his apartment, and practises three hours a day. He says he is not much afraid, for * he can hit George to a nicety."
Feb. 25.-Martin Sterling slanged me for being satirical. All the P. C. articles were attacked one after the other :-“ Lovers' Vows," “ Politeness and Politesse,” “ A Certain Age,” “ Not at Home.”—Golightly came to my assistance. • Mr. Sterling, said he, “let me give you a little information. There is as little truth in your remarks as there is in Lovers' Vows : neither Politeness nor Politesse can bear you any longer: no one should talk in
this style who is not of a Certain Age; and if you persist in it, I shall recommend to Mr. Courtenay to give you a flat Not at Home.” Mr. Hodgson remarked that Mr. Golightly was a flat, for supposing that any thing fat could come from the President. Lozell laughed, and Oakley said “Pshaw.”
Feb. 26.–Transcribed a few stanzas by E. M. They were written soon after the Lady's marriage. They were composed in a more tranquil moment, and breathe a more subdued spirit than those which were inserted in the Scrap-book, No. I.
I do not weep-the grief I feel
Is not the grief that dims the eye ;
The inward pain that cannot die.
The silent woe that still must live ;
For all the joy the world can give.
And by thy smiling lips, I vow,
And by the meekness of thy brow,
So joyfully is wont to shine,
Of half the woe that preys on mine,
Hath gain’d the love I could not wake ;
And do not hate him-for thy sake.
I think not on my own distress,
And happy-in thine happiness. Feb. 27.—The King of Clubs has too much vanity to withhold from the world Miss Harrison's Valentine, although the habits of procrastination in which the fair Authoress indulges (habits by the way in which his Majesty occasionally participates) have caused it to reach him much after its day. The time I am sure is not far distant, when to the names of a Baillie, an Edgeworth, an Incbhald, and a Morgan, Criticism will add that of Fanny Harrison.
MISS HARRISON'S VALENTINE.
“ Nec sum adeo informis." -VIRG.
His manly figure, and his motley robe!
I love his look where fascinations rove;
I love his crown, whatever ills betide it;
His great black eyebrows, and his small white nose,
His stunted beard, the buckles in his shoes,
His puns, bis punch, his reasonings, and his rhymes ! Feb. 28.-Gerard gave us, from a Cambridge correspondent, the following whimsical imitation, or rather parody, of Horace :
“ Integer vitæ scelerisque purus,” &c. Hor.
Record her tuneful voice and thrilling smiles. To-morrow our first Volume is to be launched.--I remember, when I was last at Plymouth, I was present at the launch of a ship of war. It was a very fine sight: but our “ Etonian” will be much finer, rigged out in gaudy Morocco, or odorous Russia, or unassuming calf.
Success to our weak vessel! She has an easy voyage to run : the breeze of hope sends her briskly forward, and smiling faces shine upon her as brightly as the sun on a July morning.
Off she goes !—Three cheers for “ The Etonian!"
ERRATUM.In page 382, line 11, for heart's, read heart.
* The figures within parentheses mark the variations which took place in
the Second Edition of No. I.
Account of the proceedings which led to Genius, 75, (68)
the publication of“ The Etonian," p. 3 Girolamo and Sylvestra, 251
Golightly (Frederick) Character of, 3
's Letter of Condolence, 309
Gowan, Morris, Letter from, 347
Greek Song, O'Connor's, 343
Gubbins, Jeremy, Petition from, 233
Hair-dressing, Remarks on, 905
Harrison, Lines to Miss F., 306
at a ne plus ultra, 250
on the Approach of, 256
Horæ Paludosæ, No. I., 290
I was a Boy, 273
Remarks on his Poetry, 307
Julia, lines to, Preparing for her first
Season in Town, 190
of Age, 187
Juvenile Friendship, Essay on, 53, (47)
King of Clubs, 3, 85, 165, 245, 325
Knight and the Knave, 349
Lamb, (Charles,) Remarks on his Poetry,
Lapland Sacrifice, 111
Laura, 59 (54)
Le Blanc (Allen) Character of, 6
turned Poet, 249
's Sober Essay on Love, 343
from Morris Gowan, 347
Lines, on leaving. Llandogo, 210
on the Coliseum, 211
Lines to Florence, 271
Reflections on Winter, 236
Reminiscenses of my Youth, No. I., 285
Rhyme and Reason, 35, (28)
Rowley (William) Character of, 15
's Essay on the Art of saying "Yes," Saturday Evening in the Country, 388
Scrap-Book, Peregrine's, No. I., 238;
No. II., 318; No. III., 395
Signs, Remarks on, 183
Solitude in a Crowd, 129
No. II., 379
Written on the last leaf of Shakspeare,
Written from Hartland Point, ib.
Dunster Hermitage, 68, (61)
Barle-Edge Abbey, ib.
On the Asses'- Bridge, 93
On the State of Spain, April, 1820, 290
Sterling (Martin) Character of, 11
Swinburne (Matthew) Letter from, 121
Character of, 328
Turn Out, 115
Oakley (Michael) Character of, 15 Van Nickerneucht's Philosophical Re
Essay on the Art of saying signation, 249
Visit to Eton, 48, (42)
's Inauguration Ode, 334
Wedding, a Country, 267
Wentworth (Sir Francis) Character of, 9
Windsor Ball, 138
Wordsworth, Remarks on his Poetry, 99,
Yes and No, 105
“ Yes,” Lozell's Essay on the Art of Say,
END OF VOL. I.
Charles Knight, Printer, Windsor.