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Somerset Notions Of A Poet.-Mr. Wordsworth | THE NEW REGENT OP GERMANY.– While John of had taken the Allfoxden House, near Siowey, for Austria is the centre of so much political interest, a one year (during the minority of the heir): and the brief sketch of his career may be interesting to reason why he was refused a continuance by ihe many, for it belongs more to ihe past generation ignorant man who had the letting of it, arose, as than the present. He is the broiher of the late and Mr. Coleridge informed me, from a whimsical uncle of the reigning Emperor; he was bern in cause, or rather a series of causes. The wiseacres 1782, and has therefore reached his 66th year. He of the village had, it seemed, made Mr. W. the sub- was educated and thrown into active life during the ject of their serious conversation. One said that stormy times of the first French revolution; as she had scen him wander about by night, and look early as 1800 he was placed in command of a u rather strangely at the moon! and then he roamed Austrian army--but he was not fortunate; the battle over the hills like a partridge.” Another said, “ He of Hohenlinden tried him in the fire of misforhad heard him mutler, as he walked, in some out- tune, and the utmost he could effect was by his perlandish brogue, that nobody could understand !" sonal courage and example to keep the spirit or the Another said, “It's useless to talk, Thomas, I think Austrian forces from being quile crushed by the dehe is what people call a 'wise man'” (a conjuror). feals they sustained from the French armies, led by Another said, “You are every one of you wrong. the ablest of its generals. After the peace of LuneI know what he is. We have all seen him tramp- ville he was appointed Director of the Corps of Ening a way towards the sea. Would any man in his gineers and of the Military Academy of Vienna. senses take all that trouble to look at a parcel of Notwithstanding his youth, he was ihe object of water? I think he carries on a snug business in many bright expectations in that gloomy period ; the smuggling line, and in these journeys he is on he became excessively popular, especially in the the look-out for some wet cargo!" Another very Austrian provinces. He originated ihe measure of significantly said, " I know that he has got a pri- arming a Landwehr, or militia, and served through vate still in his cellar, for I once passed his house at the campaign of 1805. The next few years were a little better than a hundred yards distance, and I most disastrous in the annals of Austria, except percould smell the spirits, as plain as an ashen faggot haps the present one. In 1811, he founded the Joat Christmas!" Another said, " However that was, hanneun in Graiz. He was always aliached to the he is surely a despered French Jacobin, for he is so study of natural history, and when released from silent and dark, that nobody ever heard bim say onc military duties he lived the life of a mountaineer, word about politics!" And thus these ignoramuses preferring the Styrian hills as a residence to the capdrove from their village a greater ornament ihan ital. He knew ihe whole of this district thoroughly, will ever again be found amongst them.-Cotlli's and was on the best terms with its inhabitants, to Reminiscences of Coleridge and Southey.
whom he was known as a bold and successful ex
ploier of the most inaccessible points. He served Diplomatic Anecdotes.—Sir Gordon remark:d, nie peace began the long Ministry of Metternich;
again in the campaigns of 1813 and 1815. With that in this quality of coolness and imperturbability and the policy of opposition to all progress, which he never sa v any one surpass his friend, Sir Robert he maintained for more than thirty years; the Arch. Darcy. One evening when playing at whist, at Po:zdam, with the late King of Prussia, his Majesty in aerful Chancellor, and never concealed his dislike of
duke always condemned the system of the all-powfil of inadvertence appropriated to himself several gold pieces belonging to Sir Robert. The King at last
the consequence was, that not being able to opperceived and apologized for his mistake, adding, puse it by positive action, he withdrew himself froin "Why did you not inform me of it?"-". Because self from his family by marrying the daughter of the
political lite altogether, and almost separated himI knew your Majesty always makes restitution when you have obtained time for reflection.” Ha- Postmaster of Ausee; he was exiled from Vienna, nover was then on the topis, and the King felt the and all but socially p. oscribed; the gulf between allusion. Iinust not forget a trait of that peculiar him, the Court, and the old nobility, however, was sarcastic humor for which Sir Robert was famous never closed. He lived in his retirement at Gratz, When an honorable and learved gentleman, in the farming, botanizing, and hunting, but never for a course of a Continental tour, happened to pass
day released from the espionage that Metternich through the city where Sir Robert lived as ambassa- kept upon his movements. His popularity was aldor. he received a card of invitation to dinner, far ways feared as much as his opinions. After a long more on account of a certain missive from the Fo. absence he revisited the Tyrol in 1835, ard was rereign Office, than from any personal claims he was
ceived with such enthusiasm that the Vienna jourpossessed of. Sir Roberi, whose taste for good liv- nals were not permitted to publish the accounts of ing was indisputable, no sooner read the noie aeced. his reception. In 1812, at' a public dinner, he is ing to his request than he called his attaches together, said to have given as a toast," No Austria, no Prosand said, “Gentlemen, you will have a very baddin- sia, but a united Germany." This incident has sener to-day; but I request you will all dine here, as 1 cured him much of his present popularity. The have a particular object in expressing the wish.” statement ran through all ihe journals, but there are Dinner-hour came : and after the usual ceremony, dote. In person the Archduke is of middle height,
considerable doubts of the authenticity of the anecthe party were seated at table, when a single soup appeared: this was followed by a dish of fish, and thin, and balu; his countenance expresses great then without entrce or hors l'auvre, came a boiled benevolence and good humor. Though of so adleg of inutton, Sir Robert premi-ing this guest siasm of youth. When the revolution occurred in
vanced an age, he has preserved inuch of the enthuthat it was to have no successor : adding, “ You see, Vienna he entered at once into public life, and it sir, what a poor entertainment I have provided for you; but to ihis have the miserable economists in was principally by his influence thai Meiternich Parliament brought us-next session may carry it was compelled to resign. The events since the further, and leave us without even so much." revolution are too well known to require repetition ; Joseph was sold, and never forgot it since.- Diary he is now Regent of Austria, and chief of the Ger. of a Secretary of Legislation.
man Empire, and Metternich is an exile. – Times.
Memoirs of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Bart., with Selections from his Corresponi
dence. Edited by his Son, Charles Buxton, Esq. London. Svo. 1848.
This book will have its vogue among those his county in 1792–leaving a widow and whose opinions are not ours : but it should five young children. The lady was one of by no means be confined within a party or the family of Hanbury-wealthy Quakers sectarian circulation. It has raised our es- long known in the City of London, and contimate of Sir Fowell Buxton's talents, and nected in blood and in business with the introduced us to an acquaintance with graces Gurneys—a family belonging to the most of character which we might not have been ancient gentry of Norfolk, but enriched likely to infer from the main circumstances through commercial enterprise, both proof his public life. It affords some very cu- vincial and metropolitan, and distinguished rious pictures of manners-and, let us add, during several generations for liberal charian example of discretion and good taste in ties; the branch of it ailied to the Hanone of the most difficult of literary tasks. burys being also of the Society of Friends. The Editor has been contented to rely, as 1 he Buxtons themselves had always been far as possible, on the correspondence and of the Church of England, and Fowell and diaries in his possession, and the anecdotes his brothers were baptized accordingly, furnished by a few elder friends :—but both while the sisters were to be trained in the classes of material well deserved in this mother's persuasion. She appears to have case the advantage of a neat setting, and been left sole guardian-and she never made have received it. When we consider how any attempt to withdraw her sons from the lately the Baronet died (February 1845), pale of the Church ; but, with evidently and how many of the questions with which considerable cccentricitics, she was a wohis name was connected are still fraught man of strong faculties and strong affecwith anxiety, it is highly creditable for his tions; and her opinic Ds and sentiments son to have produced thus early a biography could not but influence powerfully the young generally clear, yet seldom profuse—and people committed to her care. Her nearest though showing entire sympathy with the and dearest connexions were Quakers: such course portrayed, hardly ever using lan- members of our Church as she had any inguage that will offend any candid reader. timacy with were of the extreme “ EvanHe was born in 1786—the eldest son of gelical” section :
and her heir was so a gentleman of easy fortune, who lived brought up that he never had attached the chiefly in Essex, and died high sheriff of slightest importance to Churchmanship.
VOL. XV. No. II.
The Church was with him, first and last, I over sisters, brothers, dogs, horses, and
cept that it was not Anglican. But he dis-
“What not his parent's care nor tutor's art
Could plant with pains in his unpolished heart, fesses that he was “haughty, fierce, and ty- The best instructor. Love, at once inspired, randical” (pp. 276, 277); but there were As barren grounds to fruitfulness are fired. in him the seeds of many most amiable Love taught him shame, and shame with love at qualities. He far surpassed others of his Soon taught the sweet civilities of life.” years in physical strength, and (with all his spurts of imperiousness) had the con- He had found his Iphigenia. After a stay stitutional good-nature that very often ac- of some weeks he repaired to Dublin, with companies such advantages, not only among a fixed determination to cultivate his mind, mankind, but in the lower animals also that he might one day be authorized in asHis school-fellows called him Elephant piring to ask the companionship for life of Buxton ; but the early friend who tells Miss Hannah Gurney, whose fair form enthis (Mr. Horace Twiss) candidly adds that shrined that of which he painfully-but not the compliment was paid merely to his bulk hopelessly-felt the superiority. An elder and his temper, for that certainly no idea daughter of his house was the Elizabeth of uncommon sagacity was then associated | Gurney afterwards known and honored as with him.
His nerves were as well strung Mrs. Fry. Another, Priscilla, who died in as bis muscular fabric was formidable—he her early prime, cut off by the disease which probably had as little notion of fear as so often selects the loveliest for its victims, young Nelsou. Seldom thwarted—carry- appears to bave been more highly endowed ing all before him in schoolboy games and by nature than even Elizabeth. They were exercises--at home ruling without dispute all distinguished for their proficiency in