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BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.
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 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; authorship, 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 ment of an Irish judge, and the bur. Devonshire suddenly saves his lamplesque 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 all ence 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 ther ?"
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 sess 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 devotea of lovers, VOL. XIV.