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affair, if one fires a second before tions, which lasted for several mothe other, he is a murderer.” Atments, when one of them fell. It
that moment there was a noise was the Captain ; for the strong and pas heard ; - it was the surgeon who skilful arm of Mr. Trevor had i had arrived, and now entered breath- thrust his sword nearly up to the
less. Step out, and give the word hilt in the side of his antagonist. at once," said Mr. Trevor, impa- His very heart was cloven ! The tiently. Both the Captain and Mr. unfortunate young man fell without Trevor returned and shook hands uttering a groan—his sword drop
with a melancholy smile with their ped from his grasp, he pressed his i friends, and then re-took their right hand to his heart, and with a
places. The gentleman who was quivering motion of the lips, as to give the signal then stepped to- though struggling to speak, expired! wards them, and closing his eyes Oh, my great God ! exclaimed with his hands, said, in a tremulous Trevor, in a broken and hollow tone, " Raise your pistols !”—the tone, with a face so blanched and muzzles were instantly touching horror-stricken, that it froze my one another's breasts—and, when very blood to look upon it, “what I have counted three, fire. One- have I done ? Can all this be two-three ! They fired — both REAL !” He continued on his knees recoiled with the shock several by the side of his fallen antagonist, paces, and their friends rushed for- with his hands clasped convulsively, ward.
and his eyes glaring upwards, for Why, what is the meaning of several moments. this !” exclaimed both in a breath. “Who has dared to mock us in this A haze of horror is spread over way? There were no balls in the that black transaction ; and if it is pistols ! ” exclaimed Trevor, fierce- dissipated for an instant, when my ly. Lord
and the seconds mind's eye suddenly looks back explained the well-meant artifice, through the vista of years, the scene and received an indignant curse for seems rather the gloomy representheir pains. It was in vain we all tation-or picture-of some occurimplored them to be reconciled, as rence, which I cannot persuade myeach had done amply sufficient to self that I actually witnessed. To vindicate his honor. Trevor al- this hour, when I advert to it, I am most gnashed his teeth with fury. not free from fits of incredulousness. There was something fiendish, I The affair created a great ferment thought, in the expression of his at the time. The unhappy survicountenance. “ It is easily reme vor (who in this narrative has passdied," said Captain
as his ed under the name of Trevor) ineye caught several small swords stantly left England, and died in hanging up. He took down two, the south of France, about five years measured them, and proffered one afterwards, in truth, broken-hearted. to his antagonist, who clutched it In a word, since that day, I have eagerly. “There can be no de- never seen men entering into disception here, however,” said he ; cussion, when warming with wine, and
now.”—each put himself into and approaching never so slowly posture_stand off there !” towards the confines of formality,
We fell back, horror-struck at without reverting, with a shudder, the relentless and revengeful spirit to the trifling, the utterly insignifiwith which they seemed animated. cant circumstances, which wine and I do not know which was the better the hot passions of youth kindled swordsman ; I recollect only seeing into the fatal brawl which cost poor a rapid glancing of their weapons, Captain his life, and drove Hashing about like sparks of fire, Mr. abroad, to die a brokenand a hurrying about in all direc- hearted exile !
REASON AND IMAGINATION.
English Opium-Eater. There are encounter, and the latter is overtwo principal ways, Mr. Hogg, in thrown. which every object can be consi Shepherd.-Plawto pour'd out dered--two chief aspects under his pheelosophy in Dialogues-and which they present themselves to sae, sir, do you—and l'il back us—the philosophical and the poe- again the auld Trojan-that is, tical—as they are to reason, as they Grecian--for a barrel o eisters. Í stein to imagination.
never understood metaseezixs afore Shepherd.-Can you, sir, make-but noo the distinction atween that great distinction good ? reason and imagination and their
English Opium-Eater.—Perhaps objects, is as plain as that atween there is no absolute distinction in the pike-stafl
' oa sergeant o'milithe world of nature, or in the human tia and the sceptie o' Agamemnon. soul. But let me say, we may con
Norih.--You have been touchsider all things, either as intellect ing, my dear Opium-Eater, on abwithout feeling tends to consider struse matters indeed, but with a them, or intellect with feeling, pencil of light. Certainly, the efi. e. causatively and passionately. fect of right metaphysical study is The great, the most earnestly dé- to dissolve the whole fabric of siring inquiry that pure reason knowledge. Boscovich has metamakes, is of the causes of things. physicized matter, and shown that For this end it comes into the there need be none-that certain world. To intellect thus working, centres of attraction and repulsion what it sees is nothing—for what it are the only things needed. Others sees are signs only of what has pre- have metaphysicized vision. Now, ceded—and therefore such specula- two great bonds of our knowledge, tion dissolves the fabric to construct are- liabit, and the feeling we it over again. It builds out of de- annex to forms ; and we repugn the struction. But intellect working breaking up of either. How our by feeling, i. e. imagination, does idea of a house, a palace, a kingquite the reverse. What is, is dom, a man, the sea, is infused with everything to it. It beholds and feeling! To all doctrines that disloves. Imagination educes from solve feelings or habits, we are naits objects all the passion, all the turally averse. They are painful delight that they are capable of as for example, that which denies yielding it. It desires, it cares for that color or beauty is in the objects nothing more. Hence philosophy - just like that further discovery of and poetry are at war with each the world, which shows us that other, but they are powers which those whom we thought all-perfect, may belong to the service of the have great faults. But this is a same kingly mind. Imagination discipline we must go through—for lives in the present—in the shown we begin children, and end spirits. -in the apparent. From the whole, There is but One good. There is as it is presented, springs some but One deserving of all love. The mighty passion. Disturb the actual discipline forms love in us, and presentment, and the passion is gradually and successively breaks gone.
it off from all less objects, so that “ If but a beam of sober reason play, we remain with the affection, and Then Fancy's fairy frost-work melts away.” Him the sole object fitted to it. That line, beautiful as it is, and He is to be all in all. The more true—is yet inadequate to express you approach to total devotion, the the demolition, when is and SEEMS more you unite high intellect and
high feeling to stable and 'strong been made were but fuel for this happiness.
new fire to burn-a crop to be English Opium-Eater. - Some- ploughed in for the true harvest. times there seems, sir, to be a sim- The fostered flesh has been strong. plicity of love that is happy in mere The spirit comes.
If the spirit calm, but it is rare ; and generally could have its force and course, the there is not happiness that is not man should gradually tend towards built on the rock, Religion. Every heaven, as he wears from earth. less happiness is broken, imperfeci, He should mount continually. Molow, inconsistent, self-contradictory, rally, this is true ; but is it not, my full of wounds and flaws, or it re- dear De Quincey, curious in metamains solid by a low measure of un- physics to see it true intellectually? derstanding and sensibility.
To see the material world, that North. ---Did Mallebranche say seemed so hard and ponderous, . that we see all things in God ? It turned into a thought ? To see inis not impossible that as our moral tellect play with it, dallying between nature, to find itself entire, must its existence and its non-existence ? rest in God, so our intellect must. To see the intellect grow spiritual, We cannot be happy—we cannot till it has rejected cumbrous matter, be moral—we cannot know truth and only knows and sees a spirit ? except in him. Thus, it may be English Opium-Eater.—That indestined that our beginnings of life genious man, John Fearn, with shall be on this earth, as if this whom Dugald Stewart would not earth were all. We love the pa- enter into discussion on a metaphyrents that gave us birth, the spot on sical question involving the whole which we grow, all things living philosophy of the Professor, has deand lifeless about our cradle. We monstrated that there is no matter, love this moist and opaque earth, and is quite satisfied about it. Kant which is our soil for our downward- thought that there was, but that we striking roots-here we receive the could know nothing of it ; that it sunshine and the dews—and we was nothing in the least like what begin Terrene. Earth fills her lap it appeared to us to be ; existing as with pleasures of her own. The a cause of certain affections of our homely nurse doth all she can. minds, but in no sort revealed to There seem, indeed, immense pow- them—and even Sir Isaac Newton ers exerted about us to bind us, to thought that the most solid-looking shut us up in earth and mortality, matter was a most delicate and airy to make us love finite things, centre net-work, if net-work it may be and limit our desire in them, and be called, of which the infinitesimally ourselves finite. All our pleasures, invisible atoms were a thousand or all our senses, all habits and all a million times their own diameter customs, seem to close us in ; distant from one another, and that strong passions spring up and em- all the real matter of the universe, brace things finite: this is earth, compacted, might be contained in a and the strength of earth. This is cubic inch ! natural man—the child—the day North.-Aye, thus it is, sir, that darger--the Savage. Is it not sin- metaphysicians and physicians congular to see what a fitting there has cur in overthrowing and absolving been, and what quantities of power our
sensible knowledge. They employed, to make terrestrial man ? teach us we are fools! and that what Yet as if this were but a nursery or
we take to be solid is the fabric of school, a place of preparation, lo! a vision ! another end! For a power evolves,
English Opium-Eater, — True. of which it seems the use to destroy And is not philosophy, my dear and abolish what has been made Mr. North, the very undoer of what with such pains, as if all that had nature has been doing from the be
Is it not
ginning! To nature, Mr. Hogg, mixed with what you would fain rethe earth is flat—the sky a dome - ject from his life. But can this
Shepherd.—The ane green, the mixture be all that was intended, ither blue, and baith beautifu' that is to be aimed at, to be requir
English Opium-Eater.—The sun ed? Impossible. But we have moves--and Galileo is imprisoned not the invincible, burning, aspiring for thinking otherwise. But intel- spark in our thoughts--it is stifled lect sees through the colored cloud and smothered—and therefore we of things. It is an alchemic fire hope neither for ourselves nor othwhich fuses the substance of nature, But see how those judge of annihilating its customary and known others who feel on their own shoulform to disclose its essence, which, ders the untamed eagle-pinions. alas! is not by us to be found ! See how Christians judge, expect, But we must conceive this utter require—the Saints, the Anchorites, disdain and rejection of the admit- the Holy Men who have walked on ted world, by intellect in its giant, this world more present with anoconsummated
power, and that is ther-for whom the veil of flesh has the only true idea of philosophy. been listed up or rent. Intellect, therefore, can have no strange that Brahmins, Christians, rest but in Deity—and we have and Stoics, all come to one conseen how metaphysical intellect is clusion ? driven to this, when it comes to be English Opium-Eater.-A low lieve that there is no matter-no- philosophy, tending more and more thing but a continual agency of to the elevation of the External, is Deity upon mind.
prevalent among us at this day in North.—Just so do we find it ex- England. Jeremy Bentham is precessively difficult, from looking at ferred to Jeremy Taylor-and Pathe world, to find the true relation ley has triumphed over Plato. All of religion to man. The looking at good and all evil is in the Will. the world naturally lowers to us the The mind that can see the vulgar estimate of this relation, because distinction between Faith and there is so little religion in the Works, must think that roots and world-hardly any—and we can fruits are not parts of the same tree scarcely believe everybody, here and expect to see the "golden too, to be utterly in the
balls on a rotten stump. We think the world must have com North.-Yes! that doctrine, while mon sense, and end in thinking the it.exacts the most scrupulous adhehigh notion of religion contrary to rence to the moral law, is at the common sense, and visionary. But same time the most cheering and do not mankind err—and do we not consolatory of any in a world conknow it ? For you see that the stituted as this is—far more so than multitude miss the End of Life. any laxer doctrines contrived to Have they found the possession of flatter human weakness, and theretheir highest faculties-innate in by encouraging vice, and causing all ? No-not one in a million. misery. For, according to this Have they found happiness? No doctrine, virtue and its ineffable --not generally. Look sublimely rewards may be in the spirits of all, upon them, and you deplore them be their lot what it may. The slave and their fate. What is human life in bonds may be a glorious freethen ? Mixed. High affections man. He that
seems to sit in mixed with low, religion with earth darkness and the shadow of death, and sin, the finite with the infinite. may be soaring in light and in life Make an idea of man, and you in- eternal. The sphere of action vaevitably take him at the highest, ries from the theatre of a kingdom and exalt his life to be like him; the world—to some obscure and but look at him existing, and you narrow nameless nook ; and if the see bright fragments of this idea future doom of men were to be ac
cording to the magnitude of their he may enter in, even like a king in deeds, what would become of that glory,-because his Will was good; portion of the race that passes away while the conqueror, at whose name silently and unknown into seeming the world grew pale, may stand oblivion ! But once allow that as shivering far aloof, because while the Will of a man's spirit has been, he had wielded the wills of others, so shall he be judged by Him who he was most abject in his own, and, gave it into his keeping, and the dazzled with outward pomp
and gates of heaven are flung wide open shows, knew not that there was a to all the uprisen generations of kingdom in his own soul, in which mankind, and the beggar that sat it would have been far better to by the waysides of this dreary earth, reign, because he who has been blind, paralytic, most destitute-but monarch there, exchanges an earthpatient, unrepining, contented be- ly for a spiritual crown, and when fore the All-seeing eye with his lot summoned from his throne on earth, of affliction, for him will the heavens awakens at the feet of a throne in lift up their everlasting gates that heaven.
“ Little things have their value.” Marrey's Discovery of the Circulation But the epithet circulator, in its Latin inof the Blood.—HARVEY's work cost him vidious significntion (quack), was applied twenty-five years to bring it to maturity; to hin by many in derision, and his rehis discovery was ill received, most per- searches and discoveries were treated by sotis opposed it, others said it was old, his adversaries with contempt and refery few agreed with him. He had, in- proach. To an intimate friend he himself deed, his admirers; witness, for example, complained, that after his book of the circertain verses which were addressed To culation came out he fell considerably in the Incomparable Dr. Harvey, on his Book his practice, and it was believed by the of the Motion of the Heart and Blood," in vulgar that he was crack-brained : all his which these lines occur :
contemporary physicians were against his There didst thou trace the blood, and first opinion, and envied him the faine he was behold
likely to acquire by his discovery. That That dreamnis mistaken sages coin'd of old ;
reputation he did, however, ultimately For till thy Pegasus the fountain brake,
enjoy; about twenty-five years after the The crimson blood was but a crimson lake,
publication of his system, it was received Which first from thee did tyde and motion
in all the universities of the world-and gaine,
Hobbes has observed, that Harvey was the And Feins became its channel, not its chaine. only man perhaps who ever lived to see With Drake and Ca'ndish hence thy bays are
his own docirine established in his lifetime,
Chinese Policy.-In China all is at a Famed circulator of the lesser world.
stand still; succeeding ages add not to the