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"There's no knowing what's in his head," thought “Doesn't he ? IIe likes it as much as I like being the clerk; “ he may be as angry as possible; he didn't cheated out of my money, I fancy. Do you supposo look very pleasant, but he has had that sort of look I'm going to be turned out of my property through very much lately; it may be only a cold--yes, it him playing a double game? not I!"

Fisher could only look while the client went on So he mended his pen, and stirred the fire, and with a tirade of abuse, in which the principal topics went to work again, determined not to fret, for he Tere his own folly and the knavery of Mr. Caleb had told the truth, and had done no harm, and if the Case. worst came to the worst, he could but lose his “It's no use being mealy-mouthed with me; here situation, and he had been long enough in it to gain | I am, and here I stay till I know the truthi," he such a character as would speedily get him another. said, as Fisher, much bewildered, began an official

So he began a little whistle as he ruled some red remonstrance. lines, and assured himself that he had turned all “I leave the office at one for my dinner,” he said. anxiety out of his mind, and that he was as free “ I don't," said Baldwick. from care as the birds of the air, yet in a minute or “ But--but I can't leave any one alone in tho so the whistle died away, and the question of what office." might come of his confession occupied him more “I don't want your company, but you're welcome annoyingly than ever.

to stay,” said Baldwick. A knock at the office door aroused him; he looked Fisher's heart beat as he heard a footstep in tho at the dial over the fireplace, it was twelve o'clock; passage; he had not brought Baldwick there; ho * Mr. Baldwick,” he thought.

had tried his best to get rid of him, and yet le He opened the door, and the expected visitor felt as guilty as if he had all to answer for; and entered.

when the door opened, and Mr. Caso appeared, le “ Am I too soon ? ” he asked, seeing Mr. Case's could not utter a word of explanation. chair empty.

But Mr. Case did not even look at him. "No," said the clerk, who had no reverenco for "Ah, Baldwick, you here!” he exclaimed, blandly; this client, as he thought him of small importance; “I'm afraid you've been waiting. You can go, neither did he feel any drawing towards him, for he Fisher," he said, mildly, to the clerk, who could was ill-looking, ill-mannered, and not very well. hardly credit his happy deliverance. spoken to him, whatever he might be to his master. To be sure, I didn't deserve any blame," he

“I'm not too late ; you said twelve o'clock, and moralised as he went, “but I know he could have look," said Baldwick, pointing to the dial.

got rid of him directly, and thinks me a poor, Yes, you are very exact, I did say twelve, and useless fellow not to have done it. And after this under ordinary circumstances I should have been morning's business I wanted no more blundering, as right, but Mr. Case, not knowing beforehand that he calls it, to put me out of favour. you were coming, had made an engagement for this “Oh, dear! what a hard life it is to be always at hour, and he left the office at a quarter to twelve.") work, and always on the fret; to be for ever un

Mr. Baldwick looked very black, and as if he certain whether one's in favour or out of it. I'm were breving angry words.

getting very tired of it. To be sure, ho is able to do The clerk regarded his anger no more than the me great good, and for my poor mother's sake I crackle of the coal with which he had just replenished want to get on; and he has promised to raise my the fire, and went on writing with an unmoved ex- salary--he's sure to do that. Ile hasn't paid my last pression, waiting for the explosion.

quarter-I dare say he'll add £2 108. to it. £10 a “Did he know I was coming?- did you tell him year will be nothing to him, but it's a good deal to so?” was all that Baldwick said, however, his wratlı I wonder he hasn't paid me; but rich men spending itself in his scowl and voice.

forget what poor people want-I should think he “Yes, I did, Mr. Baldwick,” said Fisher, serenely, is one of the richest men going. Well, I wish this laying down his pen and looking up as the great business would blow over; only the worst of it is he man did on such occasions.

never forgets. I wonder what he's doing with “And he didn't say when he would see me?” Baldwick ! How well he took his being there. What asked Baldrick, in à tone implying that much in the world did the fellow mean by his talk? Some depended on the answer.

one lias been cheating him; it seemed to me as if ho “No, he did not,” said Fisher, quite pleasantly; meant Mr. Case had, but, of course, that's out of the “he desired me to say you should hear from him." question; he was half frantic.”

“ When?" asked Baldwick, in semi-thunder.. All these thoughts and many more passed through

“No date given ; you have my instructions," said Fisher's mind as he went to the chop-house where Fisher.

he usually dined. He was in the midst of them when “I won't go till I ece him," said Baldwick, scat- a hand rested on his shoulder and stopped him. ing himself resolutely by the fire; "he'll be here “ Your name is Fisher ?” again to-day, and I'll stop for him; I'm not going

“Mr. l'irobrace!” cried Fisher, starting. to be shuffled off any longer."

"All right,” said Cordell. “Mr. Fisher, I am Fisher was all but electrified ; he could not bring afraid I have been the means of doing you some inhimself to believe that he saw and heard the truth ; jury. I was on my way to the office of Mr. Case to and the idea of Mr. Case returning and finding clear you, and if you will return with me I will do so Baldwick there, not only unbidden, but forbidden, with pleasure-10 time like the present.” " made him tremble for himself; so he began :

Fisher's head was not strong enough for the per“I think, Mr. Baldwick, your wisest course will plexities of that day,-he looked anxiously at be to wait till you hear; even if Mr. Case does | Cordell's face for an explanation. return, you may get nothing by staying; he doesn't “Como in here; we will dine and talk at the same like to be intruded on against his will.”

time," said Cordell, and they entered the chophouse.


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Fisher's appetite made him a profitable customer, for "Well!” exclaimed the great man, with som his plate remained much as it came; but Cordell, thing of the great man's air returning, “you have it with whom dinner was a business quite as important on the very best authority that you are safe." as any ordinarily on hand, did his part that way as " Ye-e-s," said Baldwick, as if he meant “no usual.


as much. When they had finished they took their way to the “What has been troubling you ?” said Mr. Case ;

? office, and the trembling clerk was hardly relieved, "your conscience, that let you take the land at a

' much as he dreaded the interview, by hearing irom third of its value ?” a messenger who waited his return that Mr. Case “Well, sir, that was your business. If your conhad taken the key, and did not wish Mr. Fisher to science was clear upon the matter, I don't see that return until the next day.

mine had aught to do with it,” said Baldwick, heater by the insinuation.

“Well," said Mr. Case, not seeming to take

umbrage, "mine is very easy. I know how to do “ But, mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be rain ;

the best for all my friends, and do it; and while I The best-laid schemes o' mice and men,

served you

well in that affair, I studied the true inGang aft agley, And leave us nought but grief and pain

terests of the other parties." For promised joy."


“Yes, sir, no doubt you served me well, if I'm to LET it be said that when Fisher had left the office to keep the land; but I'm told right and left I shall go to his dinner, fullof perplexity, he had not carried have to turn out,” said Baldwick. away all office cares with him. On the contrary, he " Who has told you so ?” had left a very considerable surplus in the heart that “Why, sir, look at this letter," said Baldrick, seemed invulnerable to care-the heart of Mr. Caleb producing one from his pocket-book and presentCase.

ing it. But no one would have thought so that saw his

Mr. Case read it with a derisive smile, and replied, settled aspect as, having thrown aside his cloak, when he had finished, “I know this fellow, a hairwhich Fisher reverently hung on the proper peg, he brained young adventurer, who thinks to get somerubbed his hands together, remarking that it was an thing by making this commotion. He fancies that ungenial day, and desiring the clerk before he left when young King comes into his aunt's property he to replenish the fire. Baldwick was a shrewd man, shall get his share.” and the proverb, “Set a thief to catch a thief,” sup- “Don't care what he fancies," said Baldwick, poses that it is no easy matter for one sharp wit to rather sullenly; "the thing is, if it's true what he deceive another; but sharp-witted as Baldwick was, says." he was taken in this time, as he had been many “True ? ha, ha, ha!” laughed Mr. Case. times before, by the still sharper wit of Mr. Caleb But Baldwick did not laugh, though he was more Case. That unwrinkled brow, that steadfast, busi- | than half overcome by the great man's assurance. ness-like, untroubled look, that self-possessed atti- “Leave it all to me," said Mr. Case. “Keep tude and manner, that voice so calm and almost quiet; any letters you get let me have. Don't hold kindly, altogether carried the impression that Mr. any communication with this young Firebrace, it Case had at that moment no greater source of disc will seem to countenance him, and encourage him to content on his mind than the cold fog of November. go on; he is playing a game that he will soon get

Yes, it is cold, sir," said Baldwick, getting easy tired of." as his fears were lulled by these appearances; “I “Well, sir, if you think so-if you think for a don't remember a rawer fog than this.”

certainty that I'm safe—" said Baldwick. “ Seasonable weather, Baldwick; not to be found “If you have any doubts,” said Mr. Case, "yon fault with. We must take the year all round as it may back out and return your purchase. I can find comes, good and bad together, like other things." many that will take it on higher terms than I

Well, to be sure, sir,” said Baldwick, falling favoured you with, in the face of ten Mr. Firebraces, quite into his old deferential tone, “ there's things of with my word to rest upon.” a deal more consequence than the weather.”

Baldwick was sent into a muse by this stroke. "I should think so, I should think so," said Mr. “Come, make up your mind, I can write a cheque Case, shrugging his shoulders, and smiling a smile for your purchase-money in a very short time, and I that said, “I am but a man, Baldwick! the distance will take Callowfields off your hands." between us, great as it is, I am great enough to put Baldwick looked blank. away, and can stand by your side as a fellow-heir to “I have begun to build a house, and been at a the ills common to humanity.”

good expense otherwise already," he answered.
“I have been very much put out this last week,” “That will be some advantage to my clients, for
said Baldwick. “I hope, sir, you will be able to of course I cannot make any allowances as the price
satisfy me that it won't come to anything; I shouldn't was so low,” said Mr. Case, in his decisive business
like to be turned out of the land, and have nothing tone. “Besides, a house there would be no use to
to show for my money."

one tenant in twenty."
“I should have given you credit for more sense “No,” said Baldwick, thoughtfully.
than to entertain such a fear,” said Mr. Case; “a “Make up your mind," said Mr. Čase.
sensible man like you ought to know better than to " What? To-to-"
tremble when he knows he's safe."

“ To part with it, or to trust me," said Mr. Case.
The tone and look in which this flattery was con- "Well,” said Baldwick, rising, and looking with
veyed helped it much. Mr. Case, when he did con- searching inquiry into the great man's face, you
descend to be gracious, was irresistible; nevertheless, must know."
Baldwick, mollified as he was, answered, "Yes, if I Mr. Case smiled with assumed contempt, as he
knew I was safe.”

answered, “I wonder you ever forgot that."

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“Then this is all chaff?” said Baldwick, pointing | in the sense." To render this definition more to the letter. You are not surprised at it?” accurate, though less concise, it may be varied into,

“Surprised! I knew it all long ago. I knew “a conceit produced by the novelty and unexwhat this fellow was about; but you don't suppose I pectedness arising from the use of two words that trouble myself with such trifles. Let him go to law; agree in the sound, but differ in the sense, or of he will learn, if he does, not to meddle with other one word used with a double application." Addison people's business.'

observes, in the paper just mentioned, that “Aristotle, "Well,” said Baldwick, “I'm sorry I've given in the eleventh chapter of his 'Rhetoric, describes you so much trouble, sir. You see, it's nothing for two or three kinds of puns, which he calls paragrams, you to be in danger of a thousand pounds or so, but among the beauties of good writing, and produces it makes all the difference in the world to a man instances of them out of some of the greatest authors like me.”

in the Greek tongue.” “ Cicero," he goes on to “Of course it does, and therefore I make allow- observe, “has sprinkled several of his works with ances for your panic; but I hope you will be quiet puns; and in his book where he lays down the rules now, and laugh at any one who tries to scare you of oratory, quotes abundance of sayings as pieces of about it. You haven't said a word about the price wit, which also, upon examination, provo arrant you gave?”

puns. “Not I; not a word," said Baldwick, with a The age in which this species of wit chiefly flourished cunning grin.

in England was the reign of King James the First. Very good," said Mr. Case. · Keep your own His Majesty was a tolerable punster, and the taste of counsel. In a short time you will have cleared off the sovereign was studied by the courtiers and by the purchase-money by your profits, and then it will the clergy. The greatest authors, in their most be all absolute gain. Of course, as I told you, there serious works, made frequent use of puns; and must be risks of dispute when there is no title, but even in the pulpit they were not uncommon.

Punas long as you are secure of possession, what does ning was used under all circumstances-serious well that matter?"

as trivial matters were infected with it. This vice, No, sir, certainly it doesn't matter," said Bald- as some will consider it, extended itself everywhere. wick, his heart warming towards the great man for Indeed, it spread to so dreadful a degree, that it was having done him such a wonderful favour as to put as freely used in the court of justice and the church as him in possession of a highway to wealth.

anywhere else. The criminal, when conducted to “Very good, then, unless you have more to say, I death, received his sentence in a mixture of gravity have another engagement in a short time, and shall and puns; and the preacher, the more strongly, not be able to talk any longer on this business.perhaps, to impress his doctrine, played on the

“ Thank you, sir. I beg your pardon for taking words as he went along. The following sentence up your time," said Baldwick, brushing his hat with occurs in a sermon from the pulpit:-—"The dial shows his coat sleeve.

that we must die all; yet, nevertheless, all houses “Never mind. I am glad to help those that will are turned into ale-houses ; our cares into cates; our help themselves. I shall be repaid for what I have paradise is a pair o' dice; our marriage a merry age ; done for you when I see you—what Callowfields our matrimony a matter o' money; our divines have must make

rich man.

become dry wines—it was not so even in the days of When Baldwick left the office his heart was full of No-ah, Ah-no." gratitude and confidence ; how could he, for a mo- In the clever paper in the “Guardian,” No. 36, ment, have doubted Mr. Case ? But whether it was entitled, “A Modest Apology for Punning," is the fog, or whether it was a spice of native roguery drawn the distinction between the extemporaneous within, that made him distrust others, he was colder puns of conversation, and the deliberate and grave in heart by the time he got home, every step from use of this species of false wit in general composithe office seeming to steal a ray of the generous tion. While defending the pun as a means of enwarmth that had glowed within." I hope he is not livening the dull wits of those engaged in common

“ a-doing of me," he thought; "after all said and done, conversation, the writer, nevertheless, affirms, “I I almost wish I hadn't taken to the place.”

look upon premeditated quibbles and puns comAnd how about Mr. Case ? No sooner had mitted to the press as unpardonable crimes. There Baldwick departed than he threw himself into a is as much difference betwixt these and the starts in chair, resting his head on his hands; and when he common discourse, as betwixt casual rencounters and was•warned by the clock's striking two that Fisher murder with malice prepense. would be back immediately, he arose hastily, ex- To clear the ground, it may be well to notice the tinguished the fire, cloaked himself, locked the door, differences between puns and other forms of wit. and gave directions to the messenger who was The proverb, " Wit of one man is the wisdom of always in attendance, to bid the clerk not return till many," is attributed to Lord John Russell, in Rogers's nine o'clock the next morning, when he would find Italy,” ed. 1856, p. 453. The foundation was him there. What his thoughts had been while rest- laid most probably by Bacon: “ The genius, wit, ing his head on his hands shall presently be told. and spirit of a nation are discovered by their

The precise boundaries of the term wit are still

too unsettled to admit of any strict definition. It PUNS AND PUNNING.

may, perhaps, be described generally as consisting in the display of remote resemblances between dis

similar objects, or such, at least, as have no apparent A PUN is defined by Addison, in a paper in the resemblance.

This species of wit is exhibited in Guardian,” as “a conceit arising from the great perfection in two poems of a very opposite use of two words that agree in the sound, but differ class—the “Hudibras'' of Butler, and the “ Night





duct is a pun.


PUNS AND PUNNING. Thoughts” of Young: ludicrously by Butler, to region than the ludicrous; as, for instance, when display the absurdities of hypocritical pretence; Burke (or whoever it was) exclaimed: “What is seriously by Young, to add force and point to his majesty, when deprived of its externals, but a jest?" reasonings in favour of religion, belief, and conduct. So, in his account of his ramble through London, in

When, instead of the remote resemblances dis- | the “Spectator,'' No. 454, Steele tells us that when coverable in things themselves, the different mean- he looked down from one of the windows on the first ings of the same word are brought into equivocal floor of the Exchange upon the area below, “ where contact, the operation is called punning, and the pro- all the several voices lost their distinction, and rose

up in a confused humming,” a reflection occurred t The philosophy of the pun, and its relation to him that could not have come into the mind of any alliteration, rhyme, and other forms of speech, the but of one a little too studious; for he adds, * effect of which is derived partly from the sound, said to myself, with a kind of pun in thought, What rather than the sense, might afford matter for some nonsense is all the hurry in this world to those who speculation.

are above it!" It may be observed that both these The greatest authors, in their most serious works, puns arise, not out of the similar sounds of two made frequent use of puns. The sermons of Bishop words, but out of the double application of oneAndrews, and the tragedies of Shakespeare, are full externals in the former, abore in the latter. of them. In the latter, nothing is more usual than We will give two or three examples of these to see a hero weeping and quibbling for a dozen slippery fellows, who, to use a modern phrase, have lines together. Butler, who was greatly taken with succeeded in driving a coach-and-six through AddiBishop Andrews's style, aflirms that he was an in- son's act, as to the non-translatability of puns. imitable preacher in this way, in an anecdote which The lectures of a Greek philosopher were attended he tells with the view of showing how difficult or by a young girl of exquisite beauty. One day, a impossible it was for those who attempted to copy grain of sand happened to get into her eye, and, him with success. But Butler unconsciously records a being unable to extricate it herself

, she requested his severe and, at the same time, well-deserved condem- | assistance. As he was observed to perform this little nation of the manner of writing which he so much operation with a zeal which, perhaps, a less sparkadmires. “Pious and pleasant Bishop Felton,” he ling eye might not have commanded, somebody says, " his contemporary and colleague, endeavoured called to him in Greek, "Do not spoil the pupil.”

“ in vain to imitate his sermons, to assimilate his style, A punster, being requested to give a specimen of and therefore said merrily of himself, • I had almost his art, asked for a subject. "The King." * The marred my own natural trot by endeavouring to King is not a subject,” he replied. This holds good imitate his artificial amble.""

in French likewise-Le Roi n'est pas un sujet. There is no kind of false wit, says Addison, which The last case belongs to a class which is, perhaps, has been so recommended by the practice of all ages, more extensive than is commonly supposed; where as that which consists in a jangle of words, and is the two senses of the word are allied by an easy comprehended under the general name of punning. metaphor, and may consequently be found in more than It is, indeed, impossible to kill a weed which the one language. We give another of the same kind. soil has a natural disposition to produce. The seeds Erskine was reproached with his propensity to of punning are in the minds of all men, and though punning, and was told that puns were the lowest they may be subdued by reason, reflection, and good kind of wit. “True,” said he," and therefore they senso, they be very apt to shoot up in the greatest are the foundation of wit." genius that is not broken and cultivated by the rules Madame de Lamotte was condemned to be marked of art.

with a hot iron on both shoulders, as well as to perPunsters, in the opinion of Steele, very much con-petual imprisonment, for her fraud in the affair of tribute towards the sardonic laugh, and the extremes Marie Antoinette's diamond necklace. At the end of either wit or folly seldom fnil of raising this of ten months, however, she made her escape from noisy kind of applause. "As the ancient physician L'Hòpital, where she was confined, by the aid of a held the sardonic laugh very beneficial to the lungs, sæur, who said, when quitting her, Adieu, Madame, I should, methinks, adviso all my countrymen of prenez garde de rous faire remarquer.(Farewell, consumptive and loctical constitution to associate madame, take care not to be re-marked.) with the most facetious punsters of the age.”

At a time when public affairs were in a very unOne

way to try a piece of wit, is to translate it into settled state in France, M. de G-, who squinted another language ; if it bears the test, you may pro- terribly, asked Talleyrand how things were going nounce it true ; but if it vanishes in the experiment, Mais, comme vous voyez, Monsieur.” (Why, as you must conclude it to have been a pun. In short, you see, sir.) one may say of a pun, that it is vox et præterea nihil Another


attributed to the same great master, -a sound, and nothing but a sound. Like most is not only translatable, but is much better in Engtests, however, this fails occasionally; for there are lish than in French. During the reign of Bonaparte, some few puns that, in spite of the prohibitory law, when an arrogant soldiery affected to despise all can smuggle themselves into the regions of true wit, civilians, Talleyrand asked a certain general what just as foreigners who have perfectly learned the was meant by calling people péquins. "Nous appellons language of a country can enter as natives, and péquins tout ce qui n'est pas militaire," said the general. set alien acts at defiance.

(We call everybody who is not a soldier a péquin,It appears, too, in the novelty and unexpectedness à miserable creature.) Eh! oui,” replied Talloy- . of tho signification or application presented by the rand, " comme nous autres nous appellons militaires tore pun,-a novelty which always, at least, produces ceux qui ne sont pas civiles." (Oh yes, as we call surprise, and often the livelier titillation of a gro- military all those who are not civil.) tesque or otherwise ludicrous image. Sometimes, I propose now to amuse the reader with some though rarely, a pun has risen into a far higher I miscellaneous examples of punning. It may be



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observed that many of the notable punsters were of the street. They had each sent a dramatic manudramatic writers or professional comedians, and a script for the Summer Theatre, and, being anxious to selection of some by George Colman will serve to get the start of each other in the production of their show the quality of this style of wit.

several works, they both called out, “Remember, A gentleman having a remarkably long visage, was Colman, I am first oar.” “Humph," muttered the one day riding by Mr. Whyte's school at Dublin, at manager, as they passed on, “they may talk about the gate of which he overheard young Richard first oars, but they have not a scull between them. Brinsley Sheridan say, “That gentleman's face is This reminds one of a witticism of Douglas Jerrold. longer than his life.'' Struck by the strangeness Two conceited young authors were boasting that they of the remark, he turned his horse's head, and re- rowed in the same boat with a celebrated wit of the quested its meaning. “Sir," said the boy, “I meant day. “Aye,” replied Jerrold,

“Aye,” replied Jerrold, “but not with the

“ 110 offence in the world, but I have read in the Bible

same sculls." at school that a man's life is but a span, and I am John Taylor sent to Colman a volume of his poems, bure your face is double that length.” The gentle which bore the motto,man threw the lad sixpence for his wit.

I left no calling for this idle trade ;" In preaching a charity sermon, the Rev. Sydney Smith frequently repeated the assertion that, of all to which Colman added, nations, Englishmen were most distinguished for generosity and the love of their species. The collec

For none were blind enough to ask thine aid." tion happened to be inferior to his expectations ; Now, Taylor was an oculist, but having little or and he said that he had evidently made a great no practice, the satire was the more poignant. inistake, for that his expression should have been Taylor heard of this jeu d'esprit; and shortly after, that they were distinguished for the love of their being in company with Colman, the word calling was specie.

incidentally mentioned by the latter, when Taylor, W. II. Ireland, the Shakespeare forger, wrote in with great quickness, interrupted him with, “Talking a volume of his “ Rhapsodies ” :

of callings, my dear boy, your father was a great

dramatic ‘English Merchant;' now your dealings " As on thy title-page, poor little book,

are and always will be those of a small Coal-man." Full oft I cast a sad and pensive look,

George the Fourth presented to Colman a comI shake my head and pity thee;

mission of Lieutenant of the Yeomen of the Guard For I, alas! no brazen front possess,

in 1820. On the first birthday that Colman attended Nor do I ev'ry potent art profess,

officially in full costume, his Majesty seemed much To send thee forth from censure free."

pleased to see him, and observed, “Your uniform,

George, is so well made, that I don't see the hooks Upon this Porson wrote: “Though I cannot help

and eyes." On which Colman, unhooking his coat, looking upon him as too modest in the fourth verse,

said, ** Here are my eyes, where are yours?" he certainly underrates the amount and extent of

At the table of George iv, when Prince Regent, his possessions; he is by no means poor in his own

the royal host said, “Why, Colman, you are older brass." George Colman was an admirable punster. Sheri- could not take the liberty of coming into the world

than I am!” “Oh, no, sir,” replied Colnian, “I

! dan once said, when George made a successful hit, before your Royal Highness." “I hate a pun ; but Colman almost reconciles me to the infliction.” He was once asked if he knew Theo, Gold Stick in waiting, the King remarked, “ George

Turning to the Duke of Wellington, who was dore Hook ? Oh, yes," was his reply, “ Hook and Colman puts me in mind of Paris.” “If that is the I [eye) are old associates."

case,” exclaimed Colman, “the only difference George Colman" the younger was an early associate of Theodore Hook. On the first evening they I am the hero of Loo—he of Waterloo !”

between the Duke of Wellington and me, is, that met they had been sitting some time, when Colman, fixing his eye upon Hook, muttered, “ Vory odd, Lord Erskino, the ex-chancellor, who, in the course

Colman and Bannister were dining one day with very strange, indood! wonderful precocity of genius! Of conversation on rural affairs, boasted that he kept Astonishing diligence and assiduity! You must be a very extraordinary young man. Why, sir,"

on his pasture-land nearly a thousand sheep. “I

he continued, raising his voice, “ you can hardly have perceive, then,” said Colman, “ your lordship has

" reached your twenty-first birthday?" "I have just still an eye to the Woolsack.”

Colman, himself no giant, delighted in quizzing passed it," said the other, using the phrase of cardplayers, "ringt-un, overdrawn.

persons of short stature. Liston and pretty little

Al, very good,” | Irs. Liston, were dining with him, and towards replied Colman; “but pray, sir, tell me how the deux-aco did you contrive to find time to write that evening, when preparing to leave their host, Liston

said, “Come, Mrs. L., let us be going.” Mrs. L. terribly long Roman History?" (Hooke's.)

A young person, being hardly pressed to sing (EN) indeed,” exclaimed Colman, “ Mirs. Inch, you in company where George Colmau formed one of the party, solemnly assured them that he could not engaged at the Haymarket.

A Mr. Faulkener, from the provinces, had been

Colman was dissing; and at last said, rather hastily, that they only appointed with his new actor, who had to deliver wished to make a butt of him." “O, no," said Colman, “my good sir, we only want to get a stave

a nasal the following line, which he spoke in

tone: out of you.' One day, when Colman and his son were walking

Ah ! where is my honour now?” from Soho Square to the Haymarket, two witlings, Colman, who was behind the scenes, took a hasty Miles Peter Andrews and William Augustus Miles, pinch of snuff, and muttered, “I wish your honour were coming the contrary way, on the opposite side was back at Newcastle again, with all my heart."

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