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up his courage to the sticking point He sat in Parliament for some and it was very unfair in the other time for a Cornish borough, but he to damp his spirits. Haliburton used to complain to ine of the late turned away, and strolled away hours which his duties obliged him from the hotel; and about half an to keep. He was a fine genial hour afterwards a turn in the road specimen of an English gentleman, brought Blondin and his living and had a warm heart. I was burthen full upon his view. The speaking to him of a common justice told me that, although he acquaintance, and mentioned that would not on any account have he was an old friend: “Cherish gone to witness the exploit, he was him then,” said the Justice; “for so fascinated by the sudden spec- there are no new friends like old tacle that he could not withdraw ones.” his gaze, but continued to watch His after-dinner speeches were their progress with the most pain. remarkable for their raciness and fully absorbing interest. Once one rich humour. I remember his of the gyes—the small ropes ex- returning thanks at a dinner in tended from the great one across Stationers' Hall, in his character as the river to the shore-gave way, “the Clockmaker." He was the and produced a visible vibration strongest Tory of my acquainBlondin knelt down on the rope, tance, and made no secret of his under his load, until the vibration politics. ceased, and then successfully completed his perilous task.
Haliburton was once persuaded A QUARTER OF AN HOUR to take a Turkish bath, and his
TOO LATE. description to me of his sufferings I was on the point of quitting while under the manipulations of my office to keep a dinner engagethe attendant was very rich. He ment with my friend Admiral (then was always, in my recollection, Lieutenant) Allen, when a gentlestout, and latterly he grew so man mentioned the death of a litecorpulent that he was induced to rary man of some eminence, by try the Banting system ; and I which a rather valuable and impornever met him that he did not tell tant editorship became vacant. I me of the success of the experi. knew that many competitors would ment, informing me how much he be in the field; but, on the mere had diminished in girth; and on chance, I immediately wrote a the last occasion he mentioned to letter to the publishers, offering me in great triumph that he could myself for the post. It then pick up his spectacles.
occurred to me, it being Saturday, He was dining one day with the that they would not get my letter Leander Club at the Star and until Monday; and, therefore, Garter at Putney. It was a fine although it would make me late day in summer, and the window for dinner, I trusted to the indul. towards the river immediately over gence of my gallant friend, and the towpath was open. The Justice took my letter to the publishers was returning thanks for the toast myself. They were both out, but to his health ; and, being inter. I saw their managing man; and, rupted by the loud barking of a explaining to him the purport of dog, paused, and said that when my letter, asked him to tell me if the member for Bark-shire had the appointment had been made. finished his speech, he (the Justice) He assured me it had not. I then would finish his.
repaired to my friend's, and arrived
a quarter of an hour too late. I of his country in a remarkable explained the cause, and he drank degree. We were walking by the success to my application. On Wey one day when an Oxford Monday I had a note from the graduate, a Mr. White, who had a publishers requesting to see me, taste for botany, plucked a flower and stating that they would explain (Balsamum impatiens) from the to me how they were circumstanced river, remarking that “it was a with regard to the editorship. I rare plant.” “It is an out of the went, and, to my great surprise, Wey one, at any rate," was the they put the papers of the deceased instantaneous reply. Speaking of editor into my hands, and gave me Charles Dickens, he remarked, the appointment, which I held for “He is more intolerant than the six years.
Puritanism he denounces. He sees only the scum thrown by the
system to the surface, and which ON THE HOME CIRCUIT.
is bitter to the taste and unpleaSome of the brightest hours of sant to look at; and does not see my life were spent on the Circuit, the under-current of good which it either at Guildford or Croydon, hides.” We were talking of Louis whither, for many years, at the Napoleon, some of us agreeing that Summer Assizes I was invited by it was not to his interest to invade my dear and fast friend Patrick England, and that it would be his Colquhoun, and where I had a last card. “True,” said O'Connell; hearty welcome from the brother “but, as we do in Ireland somebarristers with whom he set up times, he may play his last card housekeeping on these occasions, first.” He told us a story of a and very nice housekeeping it was. duel, premising, what I knew I shall always remember, with the already, that duels in Ireland in profoundest gratitude, the care and former years were commonly atdevoted attention I experienced tended by a crowd of spectators, from these young men, on whom I the affair to come off being no secret, can pronounce no higher eulogy and the police, if any existed, never than adducing the fact that, with thinking of interference. The but one or two exceptions, they result was fatal, and the survivor were all raised to the bench either was, of course, brought to trial for at home or in the colonies. Our his life, and the judge in summing breakfasts were not late ones, as my up concluded by saying, “ Gentlefriends had to attend the courts. men of the Jury, I am bound in Luncheon was laid about one justice to the prisoner to say that o'clock, and remained on the table it was the fairest duel I ever saw for an hour or two; but at seven in my life.” we were all expected to assemble He quoted a story from Sir at dinner. I should mention, how. Frank Barrington which is worth ever, that we were early risers, the repeating, if it be only as a speci. whole party bathing before break- men of the style of that renowned fast, except myself; nevertheless, racconteur. Two Irishmen were reI always went with them, and was turning from mowing, with their called, in consequence, the “Com scythes on their shoulders, when panion of the Bath.” Among the one of them saw a salmon in the party one summer was Morgan river. “That's an illigant salmon John O'Connell, the nephew of under the bank there,” said he. the agitator, and son of John “ That's true for you, Mick," said O'Connell. He had the ready wit the other; wouldn't we spare him
with our scythe handles ?” Pat impracticable character I ever met made the experiment, and in doing with: so cut off his own head and his Counsel: The horse which was comrade's ear, both of which taken from the common was afterfloated down the stream until they wards sold to the plaintiff ? were stopped by the mill dam. Witness: Was it? (With the “ Tare an 'ouns, Masther !” ex- minutest possible note of interroclaimed the miller's man, “here's gation after the word.) a poor man has been kelt and Counsel : And this occurred in murthered — who can he be?" the month of August, 1857 ? “Oh,” replied the miller, “sure Witness: You say so. I didn't. 'twill be aisy enough to identify a Counsel : When the horse was man with three ears !”.
taken back to his companion, did At the commencement of the they know each other? (A laugh.) assize the bathers borrowed a Adverse Counsel : My learned ladder, which they let down into friend means–Did they kiss and the river, by the bank, for the con- hug each other? venience of landing, the part of The Counsel, Montagu Chamthe river in which they bathed bers, gave up the Dorking Boniface being nearly a mile from the town, as impracticable. On the last morning of the assize The following was reported to the ladder was withdrawn, placed me as having occurred in another on two sticks, and thus borne by court: four of the party; while one, which Counsel : And when, do you say, on the occasion referred to was did this happen? myself, stalked in front of the Witness : Three years since. procession with a towel, by way of Counsel: Why, you told me just tabard, in the character of herald, now that it was only a year and a O'Connell bringing up the rear and half. enacting the chief mourner, while Witness : Did I? Then I'll another of the party chanted a stick to it. solemn dirge, which he did in a Judge: Could the horse, which remarkably rich bass. As we is the subject of this action, draw? neared the town the tabard was Witness (A bucolic but shrewd discarded, but the order of proces. one): Draa? Bless your heart, sion was otherwise preserved, and my lord, he wouldn't draa a sprat the dirge continued sotto voce. off a gridiron. Much eloquence was wasted in the Edwin James was inapproach. endeavour to persuade me to“ take able at an operation on a roguish a header," backed by the assurance or refractory witness. Hawkins that if I got into difficulty they was a great ally of his; and, therewould have me out in a moment; from had acquired the title of indeed, one of them requested me as James the Second. They were a personal favour to take the plunge, bathing one morning, and while in in order that he might save me and the water a rampant bull came get the Humane Society's medal. from the other end of the meadow
Much of my time was spent in the and mounted guard over their court, and I was much interested clothes, which they were unable to by occasional passages of arms regain until some rustics came to between counsel and witness. Here the rescue. is an instance in which the former Among the privileges I owed to endeavoured to elicit a fact from a the kindness of my forensic friends Dorking innkeeper, the most coolly was admission to the hospitalities of the bar mess. On one occasion, at the end of it, said, “Colquhoun at Guildford, I sat between Ser- is coming to dine with me to-day, jeant Shee and Mr. Montague will you come too?" I said I should Chambers. The latter gave us be very proud indeed to do so, but “ The British Grenadiers," with its that I had no evening dress with me, refrain of “ Tow, row, row,” in only a frock-coat. “Never mind grand style. Edwin James sang your frock-coat; come. Accord. “ The Fine Old English Gentle- ingly, accompanied by my friend, man" more beautifully than I ever on the breaking up of the court, I heard it sung. Mr. Hawkins has repaired to the “ Judges' lodgings,” a voice like a bell, and inexpres- a fine house and lovely grounds a sively sweet. Relieved from the short distance out of the town; and dry duties of the court, my learned on entering the drawing room, was hosts were like boys just let out of received by the Chief Baron, who school, and were as playful as colts, presented me to his daughter, Miss and the evening was a very brilliant Mary Pollock, as a gentleman who one.
wished to apologise for coming in One of the company informed a frock-coat; adding, “If it will me, that on a recent occasion a put him more at his ease, I will learned gentleman began a story, but put on a frock-coat too.” It was a before he had proceeded far he was small but very charming party, interrupted by “ Swear him.” Ac- consisting, I think, of eight, includ. cordingly a bottle was presented to ing the judge and his daughter, him, on which he was to be sworn. Serjeant Channell, who was assistTo this he objected, on the ground ing as judge pro hac vice in the that it was empty. The objection Crown Court, a barrister of the was gravely argued, and finally name of Clarke, Colquhoun, and pronounced to be valid, and the myself. After dinner the judge, gentleman was accordingly sworn apropos of the subject of conversaupon a full bottle.
tion, quoted twenty lines from Pope with wonderful feeling
and effect. This led to quotations SIR FREDERICK POLLOCK,
from others of the company, myself LORD CHIEF BARON.
included, and then the Chief Baron My introduction to this distin- quoted a long passage from guished scholar and judge was in Hudibras, in which he ran the lines this wise. I had gone down to so into one another as to disguise Croydon to spend the day and the rhyme and give it the dine with Patrick Colquhoun, then semblance of blank heroic verse. on the Home Circuit, and was The next time I had the pleasure taken by him into the Civil Court of seeing Sir Frederick was at the then sitting. It was much crowded, Guildford Assizes, I think in the and not being able to find me a following summer, when I was comfortable seat, he sent up a slip again “raised to the bench," and of paper to the judge, the Lord as soon as I had taken my seat, Chief Baron, with a request that was invited to dinner on that day. “his friend might be raised to the It was a very lovely day, bench.” A bright smile passed and the “judges' lodgings" were over the face of the judge as he the rectory about half a mile out nodded assent, and I was accord. of Guildford, in very beautiful ingly presented to his lordship by grounds. Instead of going into my friend. Sir Frederick rose the drawing room we were received from the bench, and meeting me on the lawn. The guests were the Rev. Mr. and Lady Maria Bender, which the evidence of both plainthe daughter of the Earl of Walde. tiff and defendant was taken. He grave, Mr. Willes (afterwards Jus- said he thought the change a great tice of the Court of Common Pleas), improvement, adding that he the same Mr. Clarke whom I had wished that it had been extended met at Croydon, Colquhoun, and to criminal cases; and in support two sons of the Chief Baron. The of his view, he told us that he had colleague of the latter, Justice Sir once tried two men for highway William Erle was there in his own robbery, the evidence of which right. I think I have now before appeared to be perfect, and they me the dear old Chief Baron pacing were found guilty and sentenced up and down the lawn with Lady to fifteen years transportation. An Maria on his arm, a picture of exclamation from one of the venerable age and graceful youth. prisoners, as he was removed by the The lady sat in the middle of the turnkey, struck Sir William as table, with a judge on each side of being remarkable, and to point to her. The Chief Baron had wonder- a fact which had not come out in ful tact, invaluable in a host, of the course of trial. Upon this the drawing out his guests; and before judge sent to the prisoners' the soup was removed he asked me attorney and the counsel who a question which he knew by some defended them, desiring them to sort of instinct that I could talk come up to his lodgings in the upon. Apropos of the soup, which evening, and bring the papers with was real turtle, the Chief Baron them. The result of this and inquired of Sir William (who was further investigation was that it going to the Old Bailey Sessions, was shown that, although the or had recently been there) whether stolen property was found upon the turtle soup served to the judges them, and that they were in comthere was as good. “ Well,” said pany with the thieves at the time, Erle, “ I never enjoy the turtle soup they did not actually commit the at the Old Bailey ; it seems to be robbery. Sir William was thereflavoured with the sighs and groans fore rewarded for his benevolent of the condemned prisoners.” sagacity by the pleasure of re
The trial and acquittal of the ducing the term of imprisonment woman (formerly a nurse of the to a year or two. I was much Queen) for the murder of her fascinated by his manner and consix children had just taken place, versation ; there was benevolence the ground of acquittal being, as is in his voice and look; and I never well known, the insanity of the met with anyone on whom he had prisoner. The judge who tried her not made a like impression. He (Sir William) had summed up was a bachelor, delighting in horse against the plea, and he repeated exercise, and very fond of his at table his opinion that she was of horses. Indeed, the Court was sound mind when she committed no sooner up than he might be the act. The presumption, how seen taking his anteprandial ride; ever, is that he was wrong, for the and often, when the Courts were woman subsequently destroyed sitting in London, have I met herself while under confinement in him, about nine in the morning, the asylum to which she had been on horseback in the neighbour. consigned for her life. I asked Sir hood of the obelisk, with his William his opinion of the new law groom behind him. He rode of evidence in civil cases which had heavily, and leaned over his just come into operation, under horse's neck, so as to render the