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COUNSELLOR BICKERTON, ESQ. Yaseerd
« Richard's himself again.”
AN ADDRESS, &c.
SINCE the publication of the first Number of my “ Lamentations” I have entirely changed my plan, and shall no longer mourn over my own sins; but will seize the lash, and endeavour to make others lament their vices and their follies. “ Semper ego auditor tantum ? " No, no, I am determined to do justice to the University of which I have the honour to be a member. No longer shall the Etonians continue to reign triumphant over us. They with reason boast that the Microcosm has not yet been equalled by the idle Oxonians ; but I trust the time is now approaching when they shall be forced “to hide their diminished heads,” and acknowledge their total defeat. For this purpose I call on my brethren of the Gown for their assistance, and request to be favoured with their Communications on all interesting subjects. I hope the Isis will occasionally give up some of her votaries ; that the charms of the oar and the melody of the
aquatic band will yield to the claims of Science and Literature. I utterly despair of the Tandem Club of the Knights of the Whip: " facilis descensus Averni : Sed revocare gradum, ” “there is the rub.". They are too far gone in their folly. The Belles Lettres have no charms for them. The extravagant senseless taste for a leader has led them beyond the power of my rod. I leave them in their besotted career, which I am afraid will never terminate whilst they have either credit or cash remaining
As I before said, I solicit the assistance of all that are inclined to take up their pen in behalf of their Alma Mater. Those who wish to learn the opinion of the public respecting their compositions, may send them without even the possibility of ever being known. They may deposit them in the letter-box in the window of my Printers, or consign them to the Penny Post-Office, addressed to me at Messrs. Munday and Slatter's.
I shall use my own discretion respecting the adinission of the Communications sent to me. The only subjects I have a real dislike to are Party Politics and Polemics. Writings in favour of the British Constitution, as established, or on National Economics, I earnestly solicit. I wish, however, my Correspondents