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So the world in general look on this 354,) “ that the mixing of liquors is “ professional man of genius and vir- no doubt a bad thing, and muddles lue" as a pedant, a barbarian, a poor the brain ; but, in a certain stage of creature, and a brute. Wicked world! society, is perhaps unavoidable,” i. e. No wonder that we have earthquakes. in the stage of society of the Cow and He told us already, in his Table-Talk, Cauliflower, or other place blessed by that all the people of London will not the presence of the august body, which look on his books, for fear of being kindly informs the public mind of all thought Cockneys; and, by this ac- passing events, and directs the genius count, it would seem that his person of the age, at three pounds, odd shilgets little better treatment among them. lings and pence, paid weekly during

The old lamentation over his works the session of Parliament. is here continued. He confesses (p. The rest of the introduction to the 357,) that all he can do is to “glitter, consideration of his subject, he has flutter, buzz, spawn, die, stink, and be filled with utter nonsense about paintforgotten ;” and (p. 358,) that, when ing, (for H. was bred a water-colour princes scowl on him, which I should painter, which profession he gave up suppose they never do, as I cannot on finding that he could not earn salt conceive how Hazlitt could come with- to his porridge by it, it being univerin scowl of a prince, he is obliged to sally acknowledged that he could not hope, that “the broad shining face of delineate a churn-staff, and on that the people MAY turn to him with a fa- ground thinks himself admirably quavourable aspect.” May turn! Vain lified to talk on gusto and vertu,) and hope ! Have you not already informed common-place stuff about trite literaus, that people are afraid of looking ture. It concludes with this splendid into your books, lest they should be sentence, which, if even Mr Jeffrey suspected of Cockneyism, or perhaps the Great himself can interpret for me, because they dreaded undergoing that he shall be to me for ever a Magnus dire metamorphosis by merely poring Apollo. “If our several contemporaover your pages. He grumbles at raries were to criticize one author as a booksellers for refusing to buy his constant habit,” what then? “there books, (p. 359,) while they are so in- would be no end of the repeated reconsiderate as to take the same stuff in flections, and continually lessening fragments as filling for unhappy ma- perspective of cavils and objections, gazines. As to his reputation, he gives which would resemble nothing in naup that entirely, by admitting, that TURE but”--what in NATURE ? Pray almost the only writers who can keep guess, good reader, “ but the Caffee their reputation above water are ano. sic des Milles [sic] Colonnes !!” nymous critics ; unless he has the va- P. 360. Alas! poor Jeffrey ! critinity to make himself one of the al- cizing one author as a constant hamosts, which the poor fellow is too bit! what an idea! and then the recandid to think of. Yet what he wants flections, and the perspective, and is not much. He is ready to give up the nature! and, proh pudor ! the eternal fame for a newspaper puff, (p. French ! Why, dear Mr Jeffrey, these 357); and as he was once, and long, fellows will make us suspect you of if indeed he be not still, one of the having forgotten the most childish acglorious company himself, that, I am quirements. sure, he can find no great difficulty in But to proceed--I hinted, some pagetting, by sporting, in favour of a ragraphs ago, that Mr Jeffrey has alterbrother of the quill, a shilling or two ed this article a good deal since it made on an extra go of brandy and water at its first appearance on his writing-table. the Wrekin, or a tumbler of hot and The two chief alterations, however, hot British Hollands at the Cart and must be allowed to be the curtailments Horses, or any other fashionable hotel which the production has undergone, resorted to by those eminent literati. in respect of the notices which it origiThere, no doubt, Mr Hazlitt is great ; nally set forth touching Cobbett and and I am proud to perceive that he your own Magazine. Both of these curhas no mock modesty about him on tailments appear to me to have been inthe point ; for he candidly draws a judicious. It such an article was to apsimile from his own long experience pear at all, it should have appeared with in such campaigns, assuring us, (p. all its original beauties and defects up

on its head. It could then have been laughter with his jeers about their said, “ Poh, MrJeffrey was busy-or he prophecies; he has battered them, in was from home and this article was a word, on the ground which was comstuck in without his knowledge or re- mon to them and him, with a vigour vision.-It is a blot; but what book only equalled by that which you and is without a blot now and then? You your friends have exhibited against must not condemn the Review for the them quoad alia. He has been the sake of one production, hastily and other great thorn in Jeffrey's side. unwarily suffered to appear in it." The moment you gave him a pause, Many are the times when shifts like Cobbett was sure to dig in-the mothese have been resorted to, and with ment the old sergeant cried halt, tolerable success, by the patrons of the plunge went your spur again.-In Blue and Yellow. But here it will not short, between you, you kept Mr Jeffrey do:—there is evidence—there is the in eternal hot water; and I believe he clearest evidence-that the great Mr would often have been greatly puzzled, Jeffrey's own pen has been at work. As if anybody had put Fortunatus' cap on it stands, the article is a mere piece of his head for an instant, which of the stottery ;-it is incomplete; it is im- two to wish first in perdition and the perfect; it is curtailed; it is manc and abyss. Of late, however, as I have mutilated; whole paragraphs have been hinted, there have been some sympscored out-others have been clippped toms of a change in this matter. We and docked. The thing is not what it have seen Mr Brougham puffing Mr was meant to be; nobody can glance it Cobbett's Cottage Economy in the over without being satisfied that Mr Edinburgh Review. The book deserJeffrey has bonâ fide combed and car ved all that was said in its praise, that ved upon the Cockney abortion—that is true; but still, to see Mr BROUGHAM He has really edited Hazlitt! ; puffing his old arch enemy was some

The notice of Cobbett, as it now ap thing. Then we have seen Mr Broughpears, is really the most pitiable make ám presenting Mr Cobbett's petitions believe I ever met with. “ Willing to about the national debt, the equitable wound, and yet afraid to strike,” is adjustment, &c., in the House of Comtruly a line which the man who edited mons-introducing Mr William as a this has a right to quote. I have no « distinguished writer"-" a man of sort of doubt in my own mind that original and acknowledged genius," the Cockney's original MS. contained and the like. We have seen this, and three or four pages of puff upon Cob- we have seen Mr Cobbett, on his bett.— Hazlitt, for one, never can part, devoting many whole columns of mention Cobbett without letting his his Register to the puffing of Mr breath out in his praise ; and I ap Brougham. We have seen Mr Cobbett, prove of William Hazlitt for admi. who, only a year before, concluded ring, which he really appears to do one of the severest diatribes he ever from his heart, the great and singu- penned with these words—" Law. lar merits of William Cobbett. But yer Brougham praises him-THAT IS here was a ticklish piece of busi. ENOUGH!!!"--We have heard Mr Cobness for Mr Jeffrey to have any hand bett, who treated Mr Brougham in in. Many years ago, as, indeed, even this style of supreme scorn not twelve the extant paragraph acknowledges, months before, singing out about Mr Brougham made a savage attack on Brougham's “ learning," " genius," Cobbett's character in the Edinburgh “honesty," and what not, as if he had Review. Cobbett did not suffer from been to be paid a guinea for every pretthat, of course, but he resented it not ty word he could produce. We have withstanding. For the last ten years, seen all this, and we were of course he has badgered Jeffrey; and, to use aware that some underhand work had his own powerful expression, passim, been going on between Messrs Brough“ all the vile, canting, coxcomb gang am and Cobbett. But still there was of the Edinburgh Review." This has no puffery of Jeffrey in Cobbettinvariably been Cobbett's language- no: the treaty between Brougham at least it was so until within the last and him appeared to be strictly a two or three months. He has lashed personal one. The abuse of Mr Jeffrey their tergiversations; he has exposed and of the Review itself still contheir gross errors in politics and politi- tinued. Brougham's praises were ever cal economy; he has moved the world's and anon wound up with wonder how such a great man could stoop to ment than almost any Sunday-paper have anything to do with such a in existence, and that circulates among gang" as Jeffrey's. Under these cir- a more ignoble class of readers than cumstances, what could Mr Francis perhaps any one of the array-the Jeffrey do with this Cockney's puff Cockney Court-Gazette !--the weekly upon Mr William Cobbett? The puff trash-work of the Hunts -Oh, my of Cobbett by Brougham had indeed dear Mr Jeffrey, this indeed is a tumsoftened Cobbett towards Brougham

ble! personally; but the rage and contempt I confess I am a little puzzled with of the man for Mr Jeffrey, and for the last sentence of this character of Mr Jeffrey's Review, were still ex- the Examiner. Is it Hazlitt's ? Is it pressed without stint or stay. Should Jeffrey's ? Is it a pic-nic affair ? he insert Hazlitt's puff, perhaps Cob- “ With the exception of a little egotbett might thank Hazlitt for it ; but ism, and twaddle, and flippancy and here was proof enough that he would dogmatism about religion and morals, not thank Mr Jeffrey. He could not, and mawkishness about firesides, and therefore, bring himself to put Haz- furious Buonaparteism, and a vein of litt's trash in as it stood-he could sickly sonnet-writing, we suspect the not do this. He had gone as far in the Examiner must be allowed to be the way of stooping to Cobbett as he could ABLEST and MOST RESPECTABLE of bring himself to do without receiving the publications that issue from the some sort of intimation that Cobbett Weekly Press.” This is the sentence would accept of his humiliation, and as it stands, near the bottom of page be merciful in future. At the same 368. How-why-by what fatuity it time, he had already suffered so shock was allowed to appear there, I coningly, that he durst not for the life of fess my utter inability to make any him dream of putting out the puff, conjecture. and inserting an attack of his own If it be Hazlitt's, what can be so expenmanship in its room. He was not quisite as a rebuke of egotism and so fool-hardy as to dream of this. What twaddle from the worthy, who, in his then, amidst all this net-work of stulti- very last book, (no, the Liber Amoris fying difficulty, remained for the noble was the last, but in the one immediFrancis Jeffrey-Why, just to do ately preceding the Liber Amoris,) what he has done—to score out all took occasion to tell the world that it the hack's hearty laudation, and retain was on THE 10TH OF AUGUST, 1794, just enough to shew that there hail HE first read the Nouvelle Eloise, been such a thing in the article, and over a bottle of sherry, and at the inn that he had, in his editorial magnani of Llangollen, "--who, in the penult mity, erased it.-Hiatus valde deflen- number of the Liberal, favoured us dus! But, my word for it, this gentle with all those charming particulars man is not the boy to allow anything about the old Unitarian preacher bis he has written to remain unprinted, father, and his own first introduction and therefore unpaid ; and we shall to Mr Coleridge,- whose excessive and have it all in good time in some other illustrious egotism is, in short, one of corner of the “ Periodical Press." the most striking features throughout

But only to think of the paragraph the whole of his lucubrations. If it be which immediately succeeds this pre- Hazlitt's again, if it really be Hazlitt's, cious one about Cobbett! It is a puff can anything be so superb as a sneer of the EXAMINER, which the Edin against “ flippancy and dogmatism burgh Review is made to say stands about religion and morals," from the “ next to Cobbett's,” (among the author of the Loves of " H." and weekly papers,) “ in point of talent." Sally in our Alley—the man who has The Examiner classed next to Cobbett just insulted the public with publishin anything is odd enough, but, “ in ing a full and particular account of point of talent,” is really the joke of his laborious and deliberate, but un. all jokes ;—the Examiner, that has successful attempts, to seduce, betumbled down first from a shilling to neath her father's roof, (he being at tenpence—then from tenpence to se the time a married man, and the favenpence-halfpenny-then to sixpence ther of a family,) a poor servant girl --and now to four pence ;-the Exa- who waited upon him in his lodgingminer, that, even with his reduced house? Egotism and flippancy about prices, has less circulation at this mon religion and morals, indeed! But no,

no—this must be an interpolation ber of the Review in which “ furious this must be Mr Jeffrey's. And, if the Buonaparteism” is mentioned as consentence be his, will that mend the stituting one of the few deductions matter? Turn to the article on Buo. which must be made from the general Daparte, in this very number of the “respectability" of the Examiner paReview, and see Buonaparte there per. Another of these deductions is gravely characterized as–But do let us said to be “ a vein of sickly sounettake the very words (they occur at the writing.” Now, who is this sickly bottom of page 515.)

sonnetteer? Is it anybody but that very “ We deem it impossible for any one,

identical Leigh Hunt, King of the

Cockneys, the most sickly and disgusthow strongly soever he may have been

ing of all whose poetical productions prejudiced against Napoleon, to rise from

(the incestuous Rimini story) is chathe perusal and study of these details, without an intimate persuasion that few

racterized, three or four pages fargreat men have ever been more WORTHY OF

ther down, in this very article, as “an ESTEEM. His insatiable ambition re

elegant and pathetic poem, by the edimains, in reality, the only charge against

tor of an opposition paper." How are his character, and it must be allowed to we to reconcile all these contradichave been aningled with as much of good tions? I, for one, cannot read the as ever was known to be compatible with whole sentence, be it whose it may, a thirst for power. The destruction of over again, without being convinced pernicious abuses-the improvement of that even the devil can speak truth at the condition of the people at large- times. Truth he hates; but truth, went hand in hand with every act by like murder, will out.-Just pause for which he sought his own personal ag. a moment, and read the words over grandizement. In many cases this was again. Well now: Would anybody the necessary consequence of the debased desire a more intelligible definition condition of the countries he overran and than that which the Edinburgh Resubdued. Any change, for instance, must view itself furnishes, when it talks of » unavoidably have proved beneficial to “an able and respectable paper, which Spain and Italy; nor could he conquer has no faults except that it is flippant :hem without bettering their condition in about religion and morals, (which, every essential particular. But it is only being interpreted, means that it wages just to add, that his own inclination was to

n inclinatwn was to uniform war against the principles of root out antiqualed evils, and that he placed chastity and decency, and overflows his chiefest glory in being the regenerator of

with eternal blasphemies against the the modern world. The volumes before us

faith of the Bible,)—that it is full of afford evidence, in erery page, of his thoughts,

maukishness about firesides, egotism, at least during the last ten years of his reign,

twaddle, and sickly sonnet-writing" haring been all directed towards raising for

that is to say, in other words, that it himself this most durable monument, by ene

is full of Cockneyism and Leigh Hunt tilling himself to the gratitude of all ages, for renulering to mankind the inestimable service

-and, finally, that it is full of ultraof frecing them from the thraldom of invete

Buonaparleism, which means neither rale abuses in church and state."

more nor less than that it is, like the

Edinburgh Review itself, characterThese words are worthy of being ized by the basest Jacobinism, the written in letters of brass. Buonaparte most unrelenting hostility to all the more worthy of esteem than alinost established institutions of Christian any great man that ever existed! No Europe, in “ church and state.” charge against Buonaparte's character I shall say no more for the present but the thirst of power ! Buonaparte about this “most respectable publicathought of nothing from 1804 to 1814, tion.” but “ entitling himself to the grati- And yet, ere I leave the Cockneys, tude of all ages for rendering to man- I may perhaps as well take notice kind the inestimable service of freeing very shortly it shall be--of the passthem from the thraldom of inveterate age a little way down about Mr John abuses in church and state!” These Keats. It is said by this Edinburgh are expressions on which I am not Reviewer, that John was attacked as a such a ninny as to offer any remark. bad poet, merely because he had been They are, unquestionably, however, praised in the Examiner in a way quite the ne plus ultra of furious Buonapar- unconnected with politics, for some of teisma, and they occur in the same num, his juvenile verses, and that he would VOL. XIV.

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have fared very differently, had he Mr Jeffrey be! Jo law, the intention flung King Leigh Hunt's puff in his makes the crime, and he who fires a face, and bowed at the knee of William pistol at my body is a murderer, alGifford, editor of the Quarterly Re- though he happens to miss me, or alview, and author of the Baviad and though I recover of the wound he inMæviad. Now, the whole of this is flicts. Granting, then, that this is the made up of direct mis-statement and law, what are we to say to the man base misrepresentation. In the first who cut up Byron's Hours of Idleness? place, long before any Tory Review That review, surely, was meant to be whatever took notice of Keats, he had as severe as any review that was ever not merely been puffed in the Exa- penned touching poor Johnny Keats. miner, but he had put forth sonnets The article on Lord Thurlow-the arupon sonnets of his own, in ho- ticle proh pudor ! on Joanna Baillienour of Leigh Hunt, calling Leigh the article on Tom Little's smutty Hunt “ a kind martyr,” &c. because Poems-all these, and a hundred more, he had been clapped into Newgate were at least intended to murder poetifor a beastly libel upon his sove cal reputations; and as for the reviewers reign; and, in short, had identified of Keats really meaning to murder, not himself in a hundred different ways, the poetaster, but the boy-the living with all the bad political principles, individual Johnny-why this, I supas well as with all the bail poetical pose, is more than the Examiner himtaste, of the Cockney school. Here, self will hold up his face to. This Edintherefore, is one clear mis-statement burgh Reviewer, to conclude, reproachas to matter of fact. In the second es very bitterly the Quarterly Reviewplace, it was not, as is so plainly er of Keats for mentioning his profesinsinuated, the author of the Ba- sion, and says, that his being a young viad and Jæviad who commenced apothecary would, under different cirthe attack upon Keats. Keats had been cumstances, have been converted into dished-utterly demolished, and dish- a ground, not of censure, but of praise. ed by Blackwood-long before Mr Gif. All this may be true ; but I would just ford's scribes mentioned his name. The ask of Mr Jeffrey, who it was that, in Quarterly Review did not invent the the pages of this same Edinburgh Rename “Cockney-School,” but only view, quizzed Mr Thelwall for being adopted that name after it had been a tailor-a trade at least as harmless as introduced by Blackwood into univer the other, I suppose ? Thelwall replied sal use, and had in fact become as to that, by telling somebody or other much an integral part of the language connected with the Edinburgh Review, of English criticism, as any other that his father or grandfather, I forget phrase in the dictionary. It is then which, was a barber. This had the absurd, and worse than absurd, to say effect of stopping for some time the that Mr Keats would have altered stream of allusions to professions, &c. his condition in any respect whatever, in the Edinburgh Review. Why did by trying to conciliate the smile of the not Mr Keats try the same trick with Quarterly editor. It is possible, and, the Quarterly? But the truth is, that indeed, it is highly probable, that he all this is shocking stuff. Who seriouswas vexed with finding himself, and ly thinks the worse of a man for being the rest of the Cockney school, cha- an apothecary, or for being the son of racterized in the Quarterly by the a barber? No such absurdities exist phrases which Blackwood had invent in this age of the world. And the pered. But that was a mere flea-bite, son, if such there be, who really feels All the other Reviews had adopted the the least annoyance from any such tritone ere then. The concern was ute fles as these, must certainly boast the terly undermined three years ere the manhood, not of a barber, nor of an Quarterly put a single pick-axe to its apothecary, but of a most superlative foundation. As for the absurd story tailor. If John Keats cared for being about MrJohn Keats having been put to called an apothecary, being one, he death by the Quarterly, or by any other must really have been a greater goose criticism, I confess I really did not ex- than even I ever took him for. Such pect to meet with a repetition of such allusions have been in use ever since stuff in the Edinburgh Review. If peo there were books and reviewers in the ple die of these wounds, what a prince world. Good heavens! what would of killers, and king of murderers, must become of Moliere, Fielding, Smollett,

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