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BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No. LXXVIII.

JULY, 1823.

Vol. XIV.

LONDON ODDITIES AND OUTLINES.
“Quicquid agunt homines.”

No. I. London has now gone through her cause of some of our public phenomeintellectual year ; for, after the first of na. Why Sir Robert Wilson is as July, no man writes, reads, or thinks. much forgotten as if he had never raThe booksellers stray through dusty ved'; why no man alive asks whether and deserted shops; authorsh weary He is, at this sultry hour, hiding his and wasted, coils itself in its secret glory and his honours in a cabaret at haunts, till winter shall revive it to Corunna, or cooling his ambition in a plumpness and activity again. Actors Portuguese jail ;-why common halls play Clari, Adelgitha, and such other are vocal no more with radical nonsymptoms of theatrical exhaustion; sense and grammarless language ;legislators hurry to the country to can- why Huntand Lord Ellenborough have vass the wives of the men of corpora- equally disappeared from the streets, tions, and shoot partridges ; parlia, and Holland House incubates young ment expires in the languid impeach- reviewers no more ;-—why the Duke of

Inent of an Irish judge, and the bur- Devonshire suddenly saves his lamp· lesque puzzling of an Orange examin- light, and throws Piccadilly into a

ation ; Canning speaks no more; the darkness emblematic of his own oraChancellor of the Exchequer brings tory ;-why Michael Angelo Taylor out his budget; and Brougham talks vapours no longer against chancellors,

-the effect is irresistible; and St chimney-sweepers, and id genus omne, Stephens is emptied of all who have ears bag-bearing and black-vestured, &c. to hear. Bond Street has symptoms of Of all these wonders, the true soluagricultural produce aspiring between tion is sudden sunshine. its stones; Lord Petersham abjures Montesquieu was in the right, after his black silk shirt, and wears a white all. Men are made by the climate. neckcloth-sign that the season is Their minds are, like their bodies, over when men of fashion were to be earth and water; and laws and gomade envious. Barristers quarrel with vernment have no more actual influeach other in empty courts; and allence on them, than on the copiousness. Cheapside is transmitting its tepid ele- of cabbage-leaves, or the toughness of gance to steam-packets under weigh turnips. for the mouth of the Thames.

Why is the German a worshipper When a rise of ten degrees in the of eternal dissertations on Hebrew thermometer can work such changes, roots, and a propagator of the muddiwho shall wonder that the first topic est philosophy on the dingiest paper ? of English conversation is the “ wea. Why is he, par excellence, a dreaming

politician and a mystic theologue ? If, in some of the future revolu- Simply because he sees nature through tions of climate, England should pos- a fog, and deepens that fog with the sex a settled sky, and men should be eternal fume of his own tabacco. Why accustomed to expect a summer, pos is the Spaniard the most consummate terity will be at a loss to conceive the of idlers, the most devoted of lovers,

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