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Sir FRANCIS WENTWORTH seconded the motion; which was carried, nem. diss.
The Committee having duly considered the Resolutions laid before them by the Chairman, and several additions and omissions having taken place in the original copy, at the instance of various members, Mr. P. Courtenay was requested to resume the Chair, and to read over the Resolutions in their amended state. They were as follows:
III. That the said work appear in Monthly Numbers, on the plan of a Miscellany, calculated to embrace every species of composition, except those bereafter to be specified.
IV. That although the Members of the Club conceive the publication of youthful productions to be in general detrimental to the prospects of maturity; yet, under existing circumstances, they feel that they act properly in courting that publicity, which is contrary, certainly to their wishes, and probably to their interests.
V. That the Members of the Club consider it the daty of all those who are interested in upholding the reputation of Eton, and more especially the Members of the Club, to lend their strenuous and hearty support to the undertaking, and that they be cordially invited thereto.
VJ. That po article be received wbich is not certified to have been the bona fide production of an Etonian.
VII. That all religious controversy be excluded.
IX. That all satirical allusions of a personal nature be carefully avoided.
X. That no translations (however good) be accepted.
XI. That a difference in opinion with the Members of the Club be no impediment to the insertion of articles which may, in other respects, be deemed worthy of publication.
XII. That no anonymous contributions be inserted.
XIII. That bashful writers, in sending their favours to the Clab, be" directed to inclose their names in a separate scrap of paper, wbich paper shall be destroyed unopened, in the event of the rejection of the article which it accompanies.
XIV. That the strictest secrecy be observed by the Members of the Club with regard to the contributions of their correspondents.
XV. That the Club do meet de die in diem, for the inspection of articles, and transaction of general business.
XVI. That communications (post paid) be addressed to the care of Mr. C. Knight, Castle-street, Windsor.
XVII. That Mr. Secretary Hodgson be requested to report from time to time the proceedings of the Club.
XVIII. That the conductors of the work do not consider themselves qualified to act as ccnsors of our little community.
XIX. That to impute to their fellow-citizens any follies which are not in actual existence, be considered dishonourable, and unbecoming the character of an Etonian.
XX. That the Members of the Club forbear to attack, with severity, the
harmless follies which do really exist among their companions, to which they consider themselves equally liable with the rest of their schoolfellows.
XXI. That, in particular, they have no objection to a pot of beer.
XXII. That (with all due deference to Mr. Benjamin Bookworm) it is their opinion, that an Etonian may occasionally smoke a cigar without being considered a blackguard.
XXIII. That an assumed superiority over bis schoolfellows does not, in our opinion, constitute “ a clever fellow.”
XXIV. That any Member or Members who shall endeavour, in any way, to undermine the credit of the publication, be considered guilty of high treason against the King of Clubs, his crown and dignity; and that such Member or Members be sentenced to write an article (ihe length to be determined by the Club), on pain of immediate expulsion.
XXV. That any Member or Members who use not their best endeavours for the furtherance of this design, be considered guilty of petty treason against the aforesaid King of Clubs, his crown and dignity; and that the penalty of such offence be the purchase of a proportionate number of copies.
XXVI. That should the sale not cover the expenses, a subscription be set on foot by the Members of the Club to defray the deficiency.
It may be imagined, from the diversity of tastes and opinions to be found in our Club, that these Resolutions were not carried without much dissention. Perhaps a brief account of the discussions which each Resolution gave rise to may serve to illustrate the characters of the disputants, and more clearly elucidate the principles on which each was founded.
The first Resolution was carried unanimously. It may be right to observe in this place, that when I use the word unanimously, the expression by no means refers to my respected but somewhat eccentric friend, Mr. Michael Oakley; his character for pertinacity is so well understood, that an objection coming from him is seldom noticed, unless supported by the opinion of some more reasonable member. He is, as it were, a cipher at our sittings, which is of no weight or value without the addition of a figure.
The second produced a long and violent debate, in the course of which most of the Gentlemen present proposed for the forthcoming literary bantling the name which best suited his fancy.
Mr. Allen Le Blanc, Etonenses Disputationes.
The Eton Monitor.
Regales Epulæ, or Olla Podrida.
to understand the question which was put to him is to this time an ambiguity.
The members were still in hot dipute upon the comparative merits of their respective proposals, when the PRESIDENT rose. He said “ he preferred his original idea, • The Etonian,' to any which had been brought forward. It was simple, unaffected, and embraced as well the labours of Etonians who have preceded us, as of those of a more modern date.” The President observed, that the name of · The Etonian' had been recommended to him by a friend, for whom he was sure all present, in common with himself, felt the most sincere esteem.-(Cries of name, nume.)— The President gave the name of the gentleman alluded to, which was hailed with loud acclamations, and the blank in the Resolution was immediately and unanimously filled up by the title of "The Etonian.'
Mr. GOLIGHTLY moved, as an Amendment to the third Resolution, " that the work should appear once a fortnight,” on the ground that sufficient interest was not kept up by a monthly publication : but it having been urged that such an arrangement would interfere too much with other and more important pursuits, Mr. Golightly withdrew his Amendment; and the Resolation, in its original state, was carried unanimously.
Upon the fourth and fifth there was no disagreement.
The sixth produced a violent discussion. Mr. STERLING advised the rejection of all articles, but those who should be supplied by Etonians of the present day; while Mr. MONTGOMERY, whose acquaintance with the first literary characters in the country is very extensive, recommended that contributions should be received indiscri. minately from all quarters. It was at length determined, on the suggestion of the PRESIDENT, that assistance should be admitted from all those who had received their education at Eton; the CHAIRMAN at the same time observing, that such assistance could only be expected from gentlemen who had resided here within the recollection of, and had been in habits of intimacy with, the members of the Clubi
Martin STERLING argued, with considerable vehemence, against the adoption of the seventh ; maintaining that no topic could convey so much information to a youthful mind, as a due investigation of the principles of our religion. Messrs. Golightly and MUSGRAVE replied to his observations; the former with that union of polish and originality which is a distinguishing feature of his character; the latter with all the quaint, though low humour, which has so often set the table in a roar. The Resolution was finally passed by a large majority.
Michael Oakley. Allen Le Blanc. The eighth was also productive of a violent, but to the reader an uninteresting debate. Upon a division, the following gentlemen appeared in the minority against it: Sir F. Wentworth. Martin Sterling.
| Michael Oakley.
Allen Le Blanc.
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The ninth called up Mr. PATRICK O'CONNOR; who, in a true Irish brogue, “ hoped he should be allowed an occasional lick at the Saltbearer.” Mr. M'FARLANE thought that satirical remarks on carl were quite allowable, and was proceeding to make some humorous personal observations on Mr. Bookworm, when he was interrupted by the PRESIDENT, who said he was confident that the Meeting would see the gross impropriety of the course the Hon. Gentleman was pursuing; he considered nothing so unbecoming the character of a gentleman as the slightest allusion to the personal defects of a schoolfellow. However such a proceeding might suit with Mr. Bookworm's notions of honourable conduct, he was sure it was utterly inconsistent with the principles of the King of Clubs.
The President's concluding declaration was loudly cheered, and the Resolution was carried by acclamation.
The tenth was added to the President's original list, at the instance of Mr. MUSGRAVE; who said that he had never found a translation from the Classics which was not “ a hackney-coach.”
Mr. Le Blanc hoped an exception would be made in favour of a translation from Lucretius, upon which he had spent much labour.
Mr. Rowley hopes to find a corner for the reception of a translation of an ancient manuscript bearing the name of Apicius.
Mr. O'CONNOR wished to know whether the restriction applied to a version in Greek hexameters of
« Oh! Gra! sweet Mrs. Flanigan." The Hon. G. MONTGOMERY observed that he considered nothing prettier than an ode of Horace elegantly turned.
In conclusion, the Resolution was carried nem. diss.; but it was decided that Mr. O'CONNOR's production, being something out of the common way, should be inspected, and inserted, if the Club should
The eleventh produced no discussion. Upon the twelfth being put, Mr. GOLIGHTLY desired to be informed what object would be gained by departing from the usual course in this respect ?
Mr. COURTENAY replied, that unless such a rule were enforced, it would be impossible to ascertain whether any composition was the actual production of an Etonian.
To the thirteenth no material objection was made.-N.B. It was found impossible to make it comprehensible to Messrs. O'Connor and Musgrave. The first thought it very unfair to destroy a paper without opening it. The latter did not approve of any underhand practices in the way-bills, neither would he consent that passengers should be booked under false names.
The fourteenth passed without altercation. Mr. O'Connor, however, was particularly inquisitive as to the extent of the penalty to be levied on the transgressors of this regulation.
Upon the fifteenth and sixteenth the Meeting was unanimous.
The seventeenth having been agreed to, Mr. Rowley inquired whether the rule extended to the publication of their bill of fare; and Messrs. GOLIGHTLY, MUSGRAVE, and O'CONNOR, begged that the
Secretary might be particularly desired not to mention the number of glasses swallowed, or hereafter to be swallowed, by each member.
Mr. M. STERLING moved, as an Amendment to the eighteenth, “ That this Meeting do consider themselves the censors of theirlittle community, and that they do take notice of prevalent follies accordingly."
Mr. M. STERLING argued, at considerable length, in favour of his Amendment ; urging, that the office of Censor was undertaken without scruple by Mr. Griffin, and had been always filled by his successors upon the same principle.
Mr. GOLIGHTLY hoped, that in the event of the adoption of the Amendment, no one would be very violent against a habit of running in debt.
Mr. M'FARLANE begged that no notice might be taken of “ a guid gill of whiskey toddy, in which he occasionally indulged, for the sake o the Land o Cakes."
Mr. Rowley insisted that no mention should be made of his favourite pudding
Mr. O'CONNOR harangued, with great originality of expression, in favour of rowing; and begged that a slight tinge of bargee-ism might not be considered a prevalent folly.
Mr. Musgrave hoped, that if Mr. Sterling thought proper to hold forth against driving, an exception might be made in favour of himself, as he could not prevail on himself to forego dandling the ribbons.
The Amendment was ultimately thrown out, and the original motion carried without a division.
The nineteenth and twentieth were passed unanimously, and accompanied with cordial acclamations.
The twenty-first was carried nem. diss.-N.B. Mr. Patrick O'ConNor immediately testified how hearty an assent he gave to this Resolution, by calling for a gallon of beer, and inviting every member to follow his example in drinking-“ Prosperity to The Etonian ;'"which was most cheerfully complied with.
The twenty-second was carried after some opposition from Mr. STERLING.
1 Twenty-third, Mr. Golightly thought a declaration of the Club's sentiments on this point unnecessary.
Mr. P. COURTENAY was sorry to be again compelled to allude to the “ Salt-bearer;" but, after the very high ground which had been assumed by that publication, he conceived it proper to state that the
King of Clubs” set out upon different principles ;—those of liberty and equality.-(Loud cheering from Sir F. Wentworth.)-No division took place.
Upon the proposal of the twenty-fourth, Sir F. Wentworth observed, that in England nothing was so vague or undefined as the law of High Treason. Before the Hon. Gentleman could apply his observation to the Resolution proposed, he was interrupted by loud cries
no Politics !" The Resolution was passed by a large majority.