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cause of the brotherhood and sisterhood of letters LONDON, May 1, 1869.

and the kindred arts, and on each and all, the reMR. CHARLES Dickens received, a few days since, sponse had been unsurpassably spontaneous, openat Liverpool, a coinplimentary banquet, which must, hearted, and munificent. in a particular manner, have been gratifying to him. "Mr. Mayor, and Ladies and Gentlemen: If I may He had been giving there a series of farewell read- venture to take a small illustration of my present ings, and when the parting hour came, his local position from my own peculiar craft, I would say admirers begged him to take a stirrup-cup to give that there is this objection in writing fiction to givas 'twere emphasis to their God speed! and God ing a story an autobiographical form-that, through bless you! The banquet was spread in St. George's whatever dangers the narrator may pass, it is clear, Hall. We sent down Messrs. H. F. Chorley, Pal- unfortunately, to the reader beforehand that he grave Simpson, Anthony Trollope, W. Hepworth must have come through them somehow, else he Dixon, Alphonse Esquiros, A. Trollope, Jr., and could not have lived to tell the tale. Now, in speakCharles Dickens, Jr. I do not add Lord Houghton ing fact, when the fact is associated with such (Richard Monckton Milnes) and Lord Dufferin, be honors as those with which you have enriched me, cause London can scarcely be considered more than there is this singular difficulty in the way of retheir home during “the season." The United States turning thanks, that the speaker must infallibly were represented by Messrs. C. H. Dudley, the come back to himself through whatever oratorical Federal Consul at Liverpool, and Charles Eliot disaster he may languish on the road. Let me Norton, for some time editor of the “North Ameri- then take the plainer and simple middle course of can Review.". I have no room for Lord Houghton's dividing my subject equally between myself and and Lord Dufferin's speeches (which, with one ex- you. Let me assure you that whateyer you have ception, were the principal speeches of the evening), accepted with pleasure, either by word of pen or but I think I may find room for Mr. Dickens' reply by word of mouth from me, you have greatly imto the toast given in his honor, and which ran as proved in the acceptance. As the gold is said to follows:

he doubly and trebly refined which has several “Mr. Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen : Although I times passed the furnace, so a fancy may be said to have become so well accustomed, of late, to the become more and more refined each time it passes sound of my own voice in this neighborhood as to through the human heart. You have, and you hear it with perfect composure, the occasion is, be- know you have, brought to the consideration of me lieve me, very, very different in respect of those that quality in yourselves without wbich I should overwhelming voices of yours. As Professor Wil- have but beaten the air. Your earnestness has son once confided to me in Edinburgh, that I had stimulated mine, your langhter has made me laugh, not the least idea, from hearing him in public, what and your tears have overflowed my eyes. All that a magnificent speaker he found himself to be when I can claim for myself in establishing the relations he was quite alone, so you can form no conception, which exist between us is constant fidelity to hard from the specimen before you, of the eloquence work. My literary fellows about me, of whom I with which I shall thank you again and again in am so proud to see so many, know very well how some of the innermost moments of my future life. true it is in all art that what seenis the easiest done Often and often then, God willing, my memory will is oftentimes the most difficult to do, and that the recall this brilliant scene, and will re-illuminate this smallest truth may come of the greatest painsbanquet hall. I, faithful to this place in its pre- much, as it occurred to me at Manchester the other sent aspect, will observe it exactly as it stands- day, the sensitive touch of Mr. Whitworth's measurpot one man's seat empty, not one woman's fair face ing machine comes, at last, of heaven, and Manabsent, while life and memory abide by me. Mr. chester and its mayor only know how much hamMayor, Lord Dufferin in his speech-so affecting to mering, my companions-in-arms know thoroughly nie, so eloquently uttered, and so rapturously re- well, and I think it only right the public should know ceived-made a graceful and gracious allusion to too, that in our careful toil and trouble, and in our the immediate occasion of my present visit to your steady striving for excellence-not in any little noble city. It is no homage to Liverpool, based gifts misused by fits and starts - lies our highest upon a moment's untrustworthy enthusiasm, but duty, at once to our calling, to one another, to ourit is the solid fact, built upon the rock of experience, selves, to you. that when I first made up my mind, after consider “Ladies and Gentlemen: Before sitting down, I able deliberation, systematicaily to meet my readers find that I have to clear myself of two very unexin large pumbers, face to face, and to try to express pected accusations. The first is a most singular myself to them through the breath of life, Liver- charge preferred against me by my old friend Lord pool stood foremost among the great places out of Houghton,* that I have been somewhat unconscious London to which I looked with eager confidence of the merits of the House of Lords. Now, ladies and pleasure. And why was this ? Not merely and gentlemen, seeing that I have bad some few, because of the reputation of its citizens for gene- not altogether obscure or unknown, personal friends rous estimation of the arts; not merely because 1 in that assembly; seeing that I had some little had unworthily filled the chair of its great self-association with, and knowledge of, a certain obscure educational institution long ago; pot merely be- peer lately known in England by the name of Lord cause the place had been a home to me since the Brougham; seeing that I regard with some admirawell-remembered day when its blessed roofs and tion and affection another obscure peer, wholly steeples dipped into thé Mersey behind me, on the unknown in literary circles, called Lord Lytton ; occasion of my first sailing away to see my gene- seeing also that I have had for some years some rous friends across the Atlantic, twenty-seven years ago. Not for one of these considerations, but be * Lord Houghton, in returning thanks for the toast, “The cause it had been my happiness to have a public Houses of Parliament,” had said: “As we are here as a couopportunity of testing the spirit of its people. Ifidential party, I may say it has struck the members of the

House of Lords with occasional pain and regret that, amid the had asked Liverpool for help towards the worthy lifelike and admirable portraitures of the class of society in preservation of Shakspeare's house. On another Mr. Dickens' works, the members of the House of Lords ap. occa ion, I had ventured to address Liverpool in pear in a not very frequent or flattering character. In fact,

ladies and gentlemen, I can hardly speak aloud the designathe names of Leigh Hunt and Sheridan Knowles. tion which Mr. Dickens bas bestowed upon us. (Mr. Dickens On still another occasion, I had addressed it in the 'Oh! do.) Well, I really cannot.''

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slight admiration of the extraordinary judicial pro- Quite recently we have seen the influence of a perties and amazingly acute mind of a certain Lord great writer (J. S. Mill)-an influence, on the whole, Chief Justice popularly known by the name of no less beneficial than powerful-materially weakCockburn; and also seeing that there is no man ened by the vain attempt to reconcile philosophical in England whom I respect more in his public ca- theories with the laws of political action. Mr. pacity, whom I love more in his private capacity, Dickens is pre-eminently a writer of the people and or from whom I have received more remarkable for the people. To our thinking, he is far better proofs of his honor and love of literature than suited for the part of the Great Commoner' of another obscure nobleman named Lord Russell; English fiction, than for even a life peerage. To taking these circumstances into consideration, I was turn Charles Dickens into Lord Dickens wonld be rather amazed by my noble friend's accusation. much the same mistake in literature, that it was in When I asked him, on his sitting down, what amaz- politics to turn William Pitt into Lord Chatham.” inz deril possessed him to make this charge, he I regret to say that Mr. Dickens' health has bereplied that he had never forgotten the days of Lord come suddenly impaired. The 22d April he went Verisopht. Then, ladies and gentlemen, I under- down to Preston to give a farewell reading, the stood it all; because it is a remarkable fact that, in same evening. Thousands of visitors had come the days when that depreciative and profoundly into town from the neighborhood, and thronged the undatural character was invented, there was no grand entrance to the Guildhall. Up to a late hour Lord Houghton in the House of Lords. And there of the day, Mr. Dickens hoped to fulfil his engageFas in the House of Commons a rather indifferent ment; but he was taken so seriously ill that it bemember, called Richard Monckton Milnes.

came necessary to summon Dr. F. Carr Beard from ** Ladies and Gentlemen : To conclude (loud cries, London. He went down and found Mr. Dickens' No, no') for the present (laughter)—to conclude, heart and voice so much out of order, a disorder I elose with the other charge of my noble friend; "superinduced solely by excessive fatigue,” that and here I am more serious, and I may be allowed, he forbade his appearing in public, prescribed remeperhaps, to express my seriousness in half a dozen dies, and at once brought him up to town. All his plain words. When I first took literature as my engagements have been indefinitely postponed, and profession in England, I calmly resolved within the following medical certificate has been published myself that, whether I succeeded or whether I in the newspapers : “We, the undersigned, certify failed, literature should be my sole profession. It that Mr. Charles Dickens has been seriously unappeared to me at that time that it was not so well well, through excessive exhaustion and fatigue of understood in England as it was in other countries body and mind, consequent upon his public readthat literature was a dignified profession, by which ings, and long and frequent railway journeys. In any might stand or fall. I made a compact with our judgment, Mr. Dickens will not be able, with myself that in my person literature should stand, safety to himself, to resume his readings for several and by itself, of itself, and for itself; and there is months to come. Thomas Watson, M.D.; F. CARR Do consideration on earth which would induce me Beard, F.R.C.S." to break that bargain.

It is announced that Prof. Bosworth hopes to be " Ladies and Gentlemen : Finally allow me to able to publish in 1871 or 1872 the new 41o. ed. of thank you for your great kindness, and for the his Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. .

The appearance, louehing earnestness with which you have drunk in the Windsor Castle pulpit, of Dr. Monsell, best ny bealth. I should have thanked you with all known as the author of religious poetry in great Dy heart if it bad not so unfortunately happened favor with some classes of readers, has attracted that, for many sufficient reasons, I lost my heart at some attention. The Queen seems to take more between half past six and half past seven to- interest of late in literary men.

Mr. Richard night.”

Morris, whose editions of Chaucer, etc. have introThe other charge” brought by Lord Houghton, duced him to the favorable notice of the literary and to which Mr. Dickens alluded, was : " My world, has been appointed, and has accepted an friend Mr. Dickens has shown little or no interest under-mastership of King's College School, London, in the matter of our political life.

Why is it There is some rumor that a club of lovers of he has not taken part in the civic rites of his the Spanish language and literature will shortly be friends ? For my part, I believe any man of letters, established in London ; its style will be “ Los Cabalhowever great his individuality may be, would be leros." .. The Crown las just issued a comthe better for those duties and those struggles which mission to Lord Romilly, Earl Stanhope, Marquis the life of a citizen engenders. If he had chosen, of Salisbury, Earl of Airlie, Lord Edward Fitzor perbaps condescended so far, he might have ac- maurice, Sir W. S. Maxwell, Dr. C. Russell, Dr. çeded to the honors of Lord Macaulay and Lord Dasent, and Mr. T. Duffus Hardy, to make inquiries Lytton."

relative to the existence of manuscripts of historiThe public papers of the day will have informed cal interest in the possession of public institutions you that Lord Russell has introduced a bill pro- and private persons, .

A voluminous Bible is viding for the creation of life peerages. There now on sale in London ; it is in 63 fol. volumes. seems to be little doubt that the measure will be. It was formed by a well-known Manchester printer, come law. If it does, it is generally understood that collector, and bibliomaniac, the late Mr. John Gray one of the first peerages created will be offered to Bell, who for years laid his hands on everything Mr. Dickens. His language in rebutting Lord which could illustrate the Bible. He laid them Houghton's other charge is more than usually sig- carefully in a folio edition of Macklin's

Bible, which nificant under these circumstances. There seeros gradually swelled to 63 volumes. They contain to be a very general approval of Mr. Dickens' de- 360 leaves of old and rare editions of the Bible, termination. As one newspaper says: " It seems more than 1000 photographs and original drawings, to us that if Mr. Dickens became a professional and almost 10,000 engravings. politician, he would soon lose one of the most pleas India has sent about $720 to the Franz Bopp ing features of the universality we have just ascribed Fund. The subscription list is curious. English to him. His popularity now affords a common and Hindoo names are in fraternal neighborhood. ground upon which men of every variety of politi .. The Danish church at the East End of Loncal opinion can amicably meet, forgetful of their don has been demolished, and on its site some pubdifferences, to unite in doing homage to genius. Ilic schools will be erected. I mention this removal

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A few days since this odd paragraph appeared in a public reader. He seems to have any number of “The Times:" “ We are requested by Mr. H. Bail. strings to his-long-bow ! lière to state that he is not the publisher of a prize Or forthcoming works we have announced as in the essay on Kleptomavia, lately advertised under his press, Dr. James Clark's “Memoir of Dr. John Con

He gave permission to the editor to place olly" (which will give, moreover, an account of the his name on the title-page ; but as soon as he be- reforms introduced into the treatment of the insane came acquainted with the contents he asked him in England and other countries) ; Jobn Forster's to withdraw it, and refused to sell the book.” The “ Life of Walter Savage Landor ;" a translation of following day this card was publisbed : “Sir: In Tourguenef's “ Unhappy One" (this is a story of your impression of to-day, you say that you have Russian life); “ The Democracy of Reason, or the been requested by Mr. Baillière, bookseller, Regent Organization of the Press” (the author's name is not Street, to state that he is not the publisher of the given); W. B. Scott's “Albert Dürer and his " Essay on Kleptomania,' for which I offered a prize. Works,” with a translation of portion of his diary ; I beg to say Mr. Baillière saw the essay in proof, "The Vicar's Courtship,” by Walter Thornbury and agreed to publish it, as he had done former (a tale of Wiltshire life); Dr. Wm. Smith's “ Dic. publications of mine. I am, etc. D. Wilson, M.D.” |tionary of the Church ;" * Five Years in a Protestant

This advertisement, which appeared in the last Sisterhood, and Ten Years in a Catholic Convent" “Athenæum,'' seems very ironical, but it may be (anonymous); Sir H. M. Elliot's "Memoirs on the merely in earnest. “To be sold, very cheap, Bishop History, Folk-Lore, and Distribution of the Races Colenso’s autograph. Address S., Messrs. Thomas of the Northwestern Provinces of India” (this is Snape & Co., 16 Blackstock Street, Liverpool.” an amplified edition of the original supplementary

Nevius's "China and the Chinese” says: "A Glossary of Indian Terms ; it is edited, revised, and new enterprise originated a few years since in the rearranged by John Beames); J. Talboys Wheeler's city of Suchow, and has since been introduced into “ History of India from the Earliest Ages" (vol. ii., other places, which cannot but be regarded with containing the “ Ramayana'); F. W. Newman's peculiar interest. Its express object is 'the sup “Miscellanies" (chiefly academical and histori. pression of immoral books.' This enterprise has cal); B. Spinoza's “ Ethics and Letters" (translated also gained the sanction and concurrence of the from the Latin, with a life of Spinoza, and a sumauthorities, and has already done much towards mary of his doctrine; translator's name not menchecking the influence of this source of demorali. tioned); C. P. Brown's (author of the Telugu zation. The people are not only requested, but re- Dictionary) “ Sanskrit Prosody Explained ;" Louis quired, to bring such books as have been prohibited Viardot's “ Apology of an Unbeliever," with an to the head-quarters of this society, where they re- original letter from M. Sainte-Beuve (translaceive nearly an equivalent for them in money. Not tor's name not mentioned); H. Green's “Shaksonly books, but the stereotyped blocks from which peare and the Emblem Writers of his Age;" E. L. they are printed, are thus collected at a great ex. Hervey's “Our Legends and Lives ;” J. Beaumont's pense, and all are together, at stated times, com- (late Chief Justice of British Guiana) "Five Years mitted to the flames. Several of the celebrated in British Guiana ;" D. W. Freshfield's “ Travels in standard novels of China, which in a moral point the Central Caucasus avd Bashan ;" J. Gilbert's of view will bear favorable comparison with some “ Cadore, or Titian's Country;" M'Culloch's “Dicof the current popular literature of our own coun- tionary of Commerce and Commercial Navigation" try, have fallen under the ban of this society, and (a new edition, revised throughout, and corrected cannot now be obtained without great trouble and to the present time); Rev. T. P. Dale's “A Life's expense. Ivstances have occurred in which book. Motto;" “A Peep at Brittany, the Bretons and sellers, who have continued to sell immoral works Breton Literature ;" “Married” (a novel by the in the face of these regulations, have become ob- author of " Wondrous Strange"); F. Trollope's - A noxious to public authority, and have incurred a Woman's Error;" “ Favilla's Follies” (a novel); great sacrifice of reputation and property." and "Cuthbert Krope” (a novel).

Mr. Pellegrini is said to be the author of the An American law book had the honor of a comcaricatures of “ People of the Day" and "Our States- pliment from the bench this week, an honor which men,” which now appear in “Vanity Fair.” He is is the more distinguished as the work referred to by birth an Italian, but has, I believe, made England as an authority is one of the latest legal publica. his home.

tions of the United States press. Mr. Berger, a The following copyrights and stereotype plates Loudon publisher, sent $25,000 worth of stock to be have been sold at auction, and fetched the under- sold at auction by Mr. Southgate ; the publisher mentioned prices: Knight's Pictorial History of Eng- had the auctioneer's bills discounted by the City

V, $2775, gold (purchased by Messrs. Bell & Discount Co. It happened that the auctioneer was

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