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a sunny old age. To enjoy life The mistress of the charity he must be surrounded by old school opposite Bay Cottage is, or friends, and these were failing was till lately, living. She “was him. Popularity and a name often drawn to the window by would have come,* but they would Lamb's cheery voice as he issued have rather annoved than solaced from Mr. Walden's, chatting loudly him. The world he cared for- with anyone he chanced to meet. the world of old associations, old Otherwise he was not noticeable, habits, old friends, old haunts, except as a spare middle-sized man was slipping from his grasp. The in pantaloons.”+ One day, while long watch over his afflicted sister making for the “Bell,” John Gilwas coming to an end; Emma pin's hostelry, “the middle-sized Isola, “ whose mirthful spirits were man in pantaloons” stumbled in the youth of our house,” had the road. The fall brought on married his friend Moxon, and erysipelas, the erysipelas death, and Lamb was practically alone in his “Elia” was buried, on December household. His letters at this 27th, 1834, in a spot which, about time were few and short, and he a fortnight before, he had pointed ended them by saying that “his out to his sister, on an afternoon hand shook.” But they breathed wintry walk, as the place where he the spirit of unselfishness: theatre wished to be buried.” orders were begged for his land- Rumour says that Lamb was lord, Wordsworth's interest was very kind to the poor, visiting asked for “ Louisa Martin who is especially the old people in the in trouble,” and “establishing a almshouses, but the oldest of the school at Carlisle.” “Mr. Tuff” present inmates have not lived is informed that Covent Garden, Tong enough there to remember from its thin houses, is likely to him. close, and that he had better lose

HENRY F. Cox. no time“ in using the orders."

* New editions of “Elia,” after the second edition in 1833, appeared in 1835, 1839, 1840, &c.; of “The Last Essays of Elia” in 1835, 1839, 1847, &c. A collection of his works was published in Paris in 1835; ind Talfourd's editions of his life and works were reprinted several times in the decade succeeding his death.

+ From an article of mine in the Globe.-H. F. C.

CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS.

NEW SERIES.—No. 10.

PROFESSOR MAX MÜLLER. WHEN we think of the position held at Oxford, and throughout England, by the present occupant of the chair of Comparative Philology, who is of German birth, we are reminded of the old days when scholarship was almost cosmopolitan in the cultivated portions of Europe, and noted lecturers were able to set up their schools in university centres, by reason of the recognition not of their nationality but of their power.

Friedrich Max Müller was born at Dessau on the 6th December, 1823. His father was Wilhelm Müller, a German poet, who died young, after obtaining a great popularity in his own country, especially for his Songs of the Greeks, written and sung at the time of the Greek insurrection. To be the son of a poet, who is a lover of language, is probably to inherit a facility of style and an aptitude for linguistic study. Certainly such has been the inheritance in the case of Max Müller, whom-not to name his well-known philologic labours—most persons who read his books published in this country and do not know his birth place, must take for an Englishman, so natural and spontaneous and powerful is his language.

Through his mother he is the great-grandson of Basedow, the reformer of national education in Germany, the friend of Goethe, and the precursor of Pestalozzi. Professor Max Müller has lately published a short life of his great-grandfather in the “ Deutsche Biographie.” Though his family name is Müller, this name has long ago been changed in Germany, and in England also, into Max-Müller, for the simple reason that Müller in Germany, as Smith in England, has ceased to be a name, and it would have seemed conceited for any scholar in Germany to claim to be known by the name of Müller, pur et simple, with such rivals as Otfried Müller, Johannes Müller, Friedrich Müller, and others in the field.

The elements of Max Müller's education were received at the ducal school of Dessau, where he was distinguished as a bright and industrious boy, with a special talent for music. When twelve years old he was sent to Leipzig, continuing his studies at the Nicolai School, where nearly two centuries previously Leibniz had been a pupil. In

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