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Michael Oakley. Upon the proposal of the twenty-fifth, the same gentlemen appeared in the minority.
The twenty-sixth produced no division, but had a manifest effect in lengthening the faces of several gentlemen present, particularly Mr. Burton.
Resolved unanimouslyXXVII. That the above Resolutions be adopted, and signed on behalf of the Meeting, by the Chairman. (Signed)
Chairman. Mr. Courtenay having left the Chair, the Hon. G. MONTGOMERY moved,
XXVIII. “ That the thanks of the Club he given to Perogrine Courtenay, Esq., for his able and impartial conduct in the Chair, and that be be further requested to take upon himself the office of Editor of The Etonian.'"
The motion having been seconded by Mr. Le Blanc, was immediately put, and carried by acclamation.
Mr. COURTENAY returned thanks in a neat speech, in which he exhorted every one, at the breaking up of the Meeting, to retire with feelings of the most perfect unanimity and cordiality in the good cause, and to exert his utmost abilities in that line of composition which was most agreeable to his own taste, and most likely to support the interests of “ The Etonian.” The worthy Chairman concluded by proposing our usual parting toast, our stirrup-cup,* (to use Mr. M-Farlane's expression,)“ The King of Clubs.
Previous to the separation of the Meeting, Mr. Rowley begged Mr. Golightly to dish up a song; which request being loudly reiterated, Mr. Golightly entertained us with the following original melody, which terminated the festivities of the Meeting :
The Monarch of Clubs is a jolly old cock,
N. B. Mr. P. O'Connor inquired whether the expression was derived from the verb to stir-up ; and was much jeered by his Scotch neighbour, Mr. M.Farlane, for bis ignorance of Caledonian custome.
Look, look at the press! what a sorrowful sight!
Saturni, 14o die Octobris, 1820. This day the Club again met, pursuant to agreement, to discuss the measures which had been taken for the promotion of the design. agreed upon at the last sitting. The names having been called over, the thanks of the Club were immediately voted to Mr. Secretary Hodgson for his accurate report of the proceedings of the 3d of October. It was, however, suggested, that it would be expedient that his reports of the proceedings, for the future, should not be so prolix, and that he be requested never to exceed the limits of one sheet. The PRESIDENT then addressed the Meeting as follows :
“ GENTLEMEN -I rise with articles which have been sent in great pleasure to inform you, that by various and able contributors; such has been the readiness dis- —from these it will be in your played by all ranks of the School power to form an opinion of the to encourage and support our un- merits and demerits of the Publi. dertaking, that the first Number eation, and I have little or no of “The Etonian’ will make its doubt that, judging from these appearance in the ensuing week, specimens, you will augur favour-(Hear, hear, hear.)- I will ably of our success. proceed to lay before you the
Mr. Courtenay then read to the Meeting numerous compositions on various subjects, which will, either in our first or our future Numbers, be submitted to an impartial public.
Mr. Le Blanc then moved, that the thanks of the King of Clubs be presented to Mr. Martin Sterling, for his sensible and eloquent treatise on Juvenile Friendship. The motion having been seconded by Mr. BURTON, Mr. MICHAEL OAKLEY rose amidst loud cries of “Question,” and gave much entertainment to his auditors by the following specimen of eloquence :
“SIR,-Michael Oakley is not ceeded by a dead silence),--and one who can be put down by then I will move, as an
endclamour; I will stand buff. ment, that a vote of censure be (Hear, hear, hear.)- I will stand passed on Mr. Martin Sterling buff, I
say, until this tumult has for'"ceased -(Loud laughter, suc
Here an inclination to mirth, which had long been with difficulty restrained, burst out with such ungovernable violence, that Mr, Oakley's " vote of censure,” and Mr. Courtenay's “ order, order," were alike inaudible. When the tumult had again subsided, Mr. Oakley continued :
“ I say, gentlemen, that I move totally inconsistent with the spirit that a vote of censure be passed of this Resolution. I am aware upon Mr. Martin Sterling, for his that the majority is usually against direct and manifest infringement me.-(Hear, hear.)– But I care of one of the fundamental laws of not for this. I have an opinion of our project. You yourselves de- my own.-(Hear, hear.)- I do termined, at our last sitting, that not knock under to that of other the King of Clubs should not people. I am not a sycophant. esteem itself competent to the (No, no.)—I am not an umbra. office of Censor over our school. -(Laughter, and cries of hear.) fellows, yet Mr. Martin Sterling -I am not a flatterer.—(Bravo.) has ventured to hold out a threat —No, gentlemen, I am a" Here the disorder was so great, that the Hon. Gentleman was obliged to resume his seat before the Hon. Gentleman could conclude his de. scription of himself; upon which Mr. Golightly observed, that his Hon. Friend continued unwillingly a non-descript.
No one appearing to second Mr. Oakley's Amendment, the original motion was put, and carried unanimously, with the usual exception of Mr. Oakley's single dissentient voice. The PRESIDENT, in delivering the Thanks of the Meeting to Mr. Sterling, said, that if the Hon. Gentleman proceeded to put his threat in execution, it would be for the Meeting to determine how far the strict observance of the eighteenth Resolution might be dispensed with. Mr. STERLING, in returning thanks, assured the Meeting that in future he would be so guarded in his most minute observations, that not even his Hon. Friend Mr. Michael Oakley should have occasion to find fault with the license of his pen.
The Thanks of the Meeting were then unanimously given to the following gentlemen, who severally made their acknowledgments :To Mr. Golightly, for his Essay on Nicknames, his Remarks on the The two last-mentioned names occasioned much mirth among the Members. When the laughter and applause had ceased, Mr. Courtenay again rose, and informed the Meeting, that several contributions had been received from Etonians not belonging to the Club, who were unwilling to have their names disclosed. He therefore moved,
Practical Bathos, and on the Practical Asyndeton. To the Hon. G. Montgomery, for his “ Lines on the Coliseum." To Sir F. Wentworth, for “ Liberty and Dependence, an Allegory," and
for his “ Thoughts on the words Turn Out.” To Mr. Le Blanc, for his paper entitled “ Darkness.” To Mr. O'Connor, for bis poetical description of “ The Wedding of
Poetry on Ditto.
66 That the Thanks of the King
of Clubs be given to all contributors, and all well-wishers to “ The Etonian ;” and that Mr. Secretary Hodgson be requested to communicate the same.”
Mr. STERLING Seconded the motion, which was carried by accla. mation.
The PRESIDENT next observed, from the abovementioned work, that he had received a communis four pieces for insertion in the first cation from the Conductors of the Number of “ The Etonian,” viz.:Apis Matina, stating that any 66 The Temple of Diana at Ephepieces which had appeared in that sus;" “ Edith ;” “ Genius ;” and Miscellany were at the service of “ Laura." And he concluded by the Editor of “ The Etonian.”. moving, that the thanks of the (Hear, hear, hear!)
King of Clubs be given to the He further informed the Club Conductors of the Apis Matina for that he had accordingly selected, their obliging offer.
Mr. MONTGOMERY seconded the motion, which was carried una. nimously. Mr. STERLING rose to state, that
a paper war.
He conceived that while he coincided in every senti. enough had been said upon this ment which had fallen from the disagreeable topic, and hoped that President at their last meeting, “the Etonian” would not degrade upon the subject of the Salt-bearer, itself by any future mention of the he could not but express his utter Salt-bearer.-(Hear, hear.) disapprobation of any thing like
The PRESIDENT said, that he ginated. This done, he was sure was confident Mr. Sterling's obser- the members of the Club would see vations expressed the sense of the the propriety of abstaining from meeting; at the same time it was petty disputes, which would be his opinion that, in their first Num- alike degrading to themselves, and ber, it was incumbent upon them uninteresting to their readers. to state openly to the world the (Loud cries of hear, hear.) ground on which the measure ori
The thanks of the Meeting were then yoted to the President for his conduct in the chair.
Mr. COURTENAY returned thanks, and hoped that their next Meeting would be for the purpose of celebrating the success of the first Number of “ The Etonian.”—The Meeting then adjourned.
Knave of Clubs,
RHYME AND REASON.
“ Non eadem est ætas, non mens.”—HORACE.
He whose life has not been one continued monotony; he who has been susceptible of different passions, opposite in their origins and effects, needs not to be told, that the same objects, the same scenes, the same incidents, strike us in a variety of lights, according to the temper and inclination with which we survey them. To borrow an illustration from external senses, if we are situated in the centre of a shady valley, our view is confined and our prospect bounded; but if we ascend the topmost heights of the mountain by which that valley is overshadowed, the eye wanders luxuriantly over a perpetual succession of beautiful objects, until the mental faculties
appear to catch new freedom from the extension of the sight; we breathe a purer air, and are inspired with purer emotions.
Thus it is with men who differ from each other in their tastes, their studies, or their professions. They look on the same external objects with a different internal perception, and the view which they take of surrounding scenes is beautified or distorted, according to their predominant pursuit, or their prevailing inclination.
We were led into this train of ideas by a visit which we lately paid to an old friend, who, from a strong taste for agricultural pursuits, has abandoned the splendor and absurdity of a town life, and devoted to the cultivation of a large farming establishment, in a picturesque part of England, all the advantages of a strong judgment and a good education. His brother, on the contrary, who was a resident at the farm during our visit, has less of sound understanding than of ardent genius, and is more remarkable for the warmth of his heart than the soundness of his head. In short, to describe them in a word, Jonathan sees with the eye of a merchant, and Charles with that of an enthusiast; Jonathan is a man of business, and Charles is a poet. The contrast between their tempers is frequently the theme of conversation at the social