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persisting, like him, in wrising ouly on na- reign of George III., used annually, on tional topics : but there is in her works much twelfth-night, to play hazard in an open room more love of celebrity than attachment to in St. James's Palace, which ceremony the country, and much less national pride than public were admitted to witness. Hence the personal vanity. — Lady Morgan seems to name given to these places of amusement.paint Irishmen with pleasure ; but it is an The room in which the king publicly exhiIrishwoman whom she, above every thing and bited himself to his people, was called as every where, paints with enthusiasm ; and those houses are now called on account of its that Irishwoman is herself. Miss O'Hallo- darkness by day; and hence the opprobrium gan in O'Donnell, and Lady Clancare in which has fallen upon players in mnodern Florence Maccarthy, are neither more nor less times, who congregate in places which, to than Lady Morgan, flattered by herself.— the delicate imaginations of little masters Victor Hugo.

and misses, deserve the same horrible appel. The Old Haymarket Green Room. It lation on account of their infamy, instead of was literally a green room, into which light having received it from the court itself: was admitted by a thing like a cucumber- hence, too, the title of my worthy friend in frame at one end of it. It was matted, and the chair with the rake-he is called groomround the walls ian a bench covered with porter-why, nobody on earth could possibly faded green stuff, whereupon the dramatis surmise, who did not know that in the royal personæ deposited themselves until called to hazard-playing, which has been just mengo on the stage; a looking-glass under the tioned, it was the duty of the groom-porter skylight, and a large bottle of water and a of the palace to call the odds.- Ibid. tumbler on the chimney-piece, completed the Oh! how true it is that when those we furniture of this classic apartment.Gilbert have adored are gone-when those lips we Gurney.

have loved are sealed in silence, and can no A Coffee Room.-A dear, nice, uncomfort. longer speak a pardon for our indiscretions or able room, with a bar opening into it, a omissions-we reproach ourselves with inat. sanded floor, an argand lamp smoking a tin tentions and unkindnesses, which, at the time tray in the middle of its ceiling, boxes along we then fancied them committed, would perits sides, with hard carpet-covered benches, haps have been matters of indifference or even schoolboy tables, and partitions, with rods, jest. Ibid. and rings, and curtains, like those of a church. Poets Tree.- In the park at Ferney, is wardeu's pew in a country church.— lbid. shown an elm planted by Voltaire, in 1763,

of which the trunk, in 1831, was six feet Common Sense is like four,—the other four inches in circumference, at four feet from sort of sense is like sugar, and gilding, and the ground. Since that time, the tree has all the rest of those things--beautiful to been so mutilated by visiters, who have adorn a cake and embellish the patisserie, stripped off portious of its bark as a memobut, without the flour, mere ornaments--now, rial of the great poet of Ferney, that it has without the ornaments, the flour will make been found necessary to surround it with bread.--Ibid.

stakes. Courtship.- Formerly there really existed

The School for Scandal.of the original something like sentiment and affection, de representatives of the characters in Sheridan's voted and unqualified by worldly grovellings. chef d'æuvre, the “ School for Scandal,” and Now, these exist no longer; nobody ever hears of an unmarried woman's being seriously but two survive. In the former, the widow

of his very witty burlesque, “ The Critic,” attached : the highly-accomplished and dou of the late John Philip Kemble, then Miss ble-refined beauty of the period at which I Hopkins, first played Muria; and in the write would be shocked to death if she were

latter the part of Don Ferolo Whiskerandos thought to be what in other times was called

was originally sustained by Mr. Bannister, being in love. Girls like dandies, and with jun., (familiarly called Jack Bannister,) who, the dandies whom they like they flirt, and save some occasional visitations of his old they waltz, and, if it happens to be quite con- enemy the gout, cheerfully enjoys, in his venient to all parties, eventually marry them. 76th year, a green old age; and, to the no Wit and accomplishments have taken small gratification of his friends,“ fights place of that sober serious devotion, which his battles o’er again,” with surprising vivaI looked unutterable things;" and a man, in city and vigour. these times, convicted of having been upon his knees, would be as much damaged in the

Every one in his turn becomes unpopular; estimation of the sporting world, as a horse

the people themselves inay become unpopular would be for the same reason.-Ibid.

at last.–V'ictor Hugo. Gambling-Houses. So far from hazard Printed and published by J. LIMBIRD. 113, Strand, being formerly considered a wrong or disre. (near Somerse House, ) London ; at 55, Rue Neuve

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LITERATURE, AMUSEMENT, AND INSTRUCTION.

No. 764.)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1836.

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THE LICENSED VICTUALLERS' NEW SCHOOL, KENNINGTON LANE.

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VOL. XXIII.

THE LICENSED VICTUALLERS ment in the disposition of the public toNEW SCHOOL.

wards gratuitous education, as well as in the The handsome edifice represented on the channels through which its philanthropic previous page is now in course of erection in object is to be accomplished. In the EstaKennington Lane, Lambeth. The architect blishment before us, over-education is careis Mr. Rose, of Southwark. Before proceed. fully avoided : the common rudiments only, ing to the descriptive details, it may, how as reading, writing, and arithmetic, are set ever, be interesting to explain the noble object before the scholars; with such general into which this building is to be appropriated. struction in the useful arts of life as may fit

The Friendly Society of Licensed Victual- the Boys and Girls “ to get their own livlers was established in 1794, for raising a ing;" the former to become good apprenfund for the relief of its decayed Members tices, and by industry, good masters; and and their Widows, in sickness and old age, the latter active servants, and eventually good want, and infirmity; and of affording some mistresses. assistance to their fatherless children and or The foundation-stone of the New School phans. To accomplish these benevolent ob- was laid on January 21, 1836, by Viscount jects, the Morning Advertiser Newspaper Melbourne, in the name of His Majesty, the was published in the above year, from which patron of the School. The ceremony was time, one third of its profits, and other aids attractive, and thousands assembled to wito have formed a permanent fund. In 1803, a ness it. There was a procession to the site, School for the education and maintenance of an anthem was sung by some of the chilthe destitute children was added to this cha. dren, an Address, (written by the Secretary), ritable plan; and, about three years after was recited by the senior Boy; a brass-plate, wards, premises in Kennington Lane were recording the event, with coins and plans, purchased of the late Sir Joseph Mawbey, was deposited, the Noble Founder spread the and the establishment was removed there. mortar with a silver trowel, and the stone In 1807, additional funds were raised by was lowered, its accuracy ascertained, and subscription, and the School was enlarged; the three blows were struck; the ministers of and such has been the increase of its patrons the parish church then offered up a prayer and funds, that the amount which, in 1807, and thanksgiving, and the children sung a was 405 l. 11 s.-at the last return, in 1835, hymn, written by one of the former pupils of had risen to 4,2231. 38.

the Establishment. The event was celeThe number of children has, accordingly, brated by a sumptuous dinner, of which five increased from twenty to upwards of one hundred persons partook. hundred and twenty; and the premises above It is now time to describe the New School. mentioned being found inconvenient and in “ The building will be of sufficient extent adequate to the object of the School, they for the complete accommodation of 250 chilhave been taken down, and a structure better dren of both sexes, and will be erected with adapted to the increased extent of the Esta- the best stock brieks. blishment has been commenced on the site of “The principal front, which has a northern the old school-house. The children have been aspect, will be 140 feet in length by 50 feet removed to Grove House, Camberwell, where in height, and will be stuccoed in Roman they will remain during the erection of their cement up to the first floor, and rusticated. new abode ; so that the routine of instruction Over the Arcade to the principal entrance, will not be impeded.

there will be a handsome Corinthian Portico, As an aggregate of the happy results of surmounted above the pediment by the king's the Licensed Victuallers School, it is stated arms and a group of flags. The Arcade and in an interesting pamphlet, (obligingly for- Portico will project eight feet, and the wings warded to us by the Secretary,) that since the four feet, from the principal front. This front, School was instituted, "it has rescued from together with the east and west flanks of the poverty and ignorance 717 orphans and other principal building, will be faced with white destitute children of both sexes; and, it may Suffolk bricks. On each side the principal be considered as no slight additions to its entrance, will be the boys and girls' entrances, advantages, that, of the children who have and at each extremity of the principal front left it, 178 of the boys have received 51. will be a wall, fifteen feet high, with dooreach, to place them out as apprentices, and way for the entrance of tradesmen, &c. 224 of the girls, 31. each, to furnish them “ The basement, which is an excavation with suitable clothing on their being placed about twelve feet below the level of the in respectable situations as servants. It ground, and arched over, will occupy about should be remembered also, that much of 1,500 square feet, and will contain commothis good work was effected in days when the dious beer, coal, and store cellars on the boys facilities for public education were much less and on the girls' side. advanced than at the present time; for the “ The ground floor, which, including the lapse of upwards of a quarter of a century, offices, will occupy 15,000 square feet, will (1807 to 1836), has worked great improve comprise, within the principal building, a

boys' dining hall, forty feet by twenty-five, “ At the end of the girls' principal dormiand eighteen feet high; a girls' dining-hall, tory, over the wash-house, will be a laundry, thirty feet by twenty-five, and eighteen feet twenty-four feet by thirty-two, separated from high; a sitting-room on each side for the the dormitory by a party-wall, and approached master and mistress; a kitchen twenty-seven by stairs from the wash-house. feet by twenty-four ; a scullery, spacious pro “ The two-pair floor which is confined to vision rooms and larder; with bath-rooms, the front, or main building, will contain on lavatories, and a store-room.

the east side an infirmary, or sick-ward for - The Entrance Hall, which will be ap- the boys, forty. feet by twenty-four, and proached by a spacious and handsome flight eleven feet high; and, on the west side, a of stone steps, will be twenty-eight feet by girl's infirmary, thirty feet by twenty-four, and twenty, and fifteen feet high, and will lead of the same height. On the same floor will to the principal staircase, twenty-five feet by be the nurse's room, eighteen feet by sixteen, twenty, which will be lighted from above by three servants' be:1-rooms, approached by a a handsome lantern light. On each side separate staircase from the one-pair floor, and this staircase will be a private staircase, lead. a spare-room eighteen feet by twenty. ing to the boys and girls' sides of the build 6. The whole site of the building will be ing. On either side of the hall will be a inclosed on the south, east, and west sides, waiting-room, twelve feet by eleven.

by a brick wall, ten feet high ; and the front, “Behind the main building will be a wing towards the road, will have a handsome ornaon each side, at right angles with the front. mental iron railing, on granite and Portland The wing on the east side, appropriated to curbs. At each end will be a pair of folding the boys, will contain, on the ground floor, a entrance gates, and a side door, each hung school-room, forty-six feet by thirty-two, and to Portland stone piers, and surmounted by a sixteen feet high, with a covered playground neat lamp.” forty-four feet long, and of the same height The estimated cost of the New School is and width. On the west side, appropriated 14,000 1. ; a portion of which sum has been to the girls, will be a school-room, thirty-two already subscribed ; the remainder will, we feet by thirty, and sixteen feet high; a hope, be contributed before the completion of curered playground thirty-two feet by twenty. the building. The Institution is, indeed, an eight, and of the same height; and a wash. excellent one: the annual cost of the School house thirty-two feet by twenty-three, and and Asylum is 7,0001. All this good is sixteen feet high, separated from the covered effected by zealous co-operation, such as we playground by a party wall. A lofty division learn from the fable of antiquity: and the wall is intended to separate the two open chairman at the Dinner was justified in askplaygrounds.

ing his visiters who were strangers to the " The mezzanine floor will contain, ou above Institutions, “ whether there is any the boys' side, a wardrobe eighteen feet by trade in this metropolis which exhibits the sixteen, and a work-room, thirty-three feet by example of spending 7,000 1. for the benefit ten, each with inclosed closets. On the girls' of individuals belonging to it.” How it side there will be corresponding rooms, with gladdens the heart to reflect on such a result, a store-room twenty-four feet by seventeen, as we turn to the noble monument of British and a spare-room seventeen feet by sixteen.

benevolence, engraved on the preceding “On the one-pair floor will be the commit- page. tee room, forty-seven feet by twenty-four, and This School, however, is not the only esta. sixteen feet high, with a lobby on each side blishment of the Victuallers Society : for, not of the staircase landing.

only have they provided for the parentless “On the same floor, on the boys' side, will child, but they have also reared a substantial be their principal dormitory, occupying the asylum for the aged and decayed members of whole length and width of the east wing, their fraternity; thus furnishing a shelter being about ninety feet by thirty-two, and from misfortune and vicissitude, in the first sixteen feet high. In the front, or main and last act of the drama of life. building, will be another boys' dormitory, twenty-five feet hy twenty-four, and of the same height; and adjoining these rooms will Retrospective Gleanings. be the Master's bed-room and two bed-rooms for assistants, overlooking both dormitories.

“On the girls' side, within the west wing, OWEN FELTHAM says:- Thomas Sarsannes, the principal dormitory will be fifty eight feet being asked what kind of prelate he thought by thirty-two, and sixteen feet high; and in Eugenius IV. would prove, answered, that it the front will be another girls' dormitory, might be easily guessed at if they knew but thirty feet by twenty-five, and of the same the stock he came off, for such as was his faheight; and adjoining these, the bed-rooms mily, such a prince would they find him. It is of the mistress and assistants, overlooking true, by his own virtues or vices a man does both dormitories, as on the boys' side. often differ from his progenitors; but usually

NOBILITY.

through successive generations the blood does to be a king in virtue and wisdom is the hold its tincture. And in a noble family, for brightest jewel that sparkles in a regal crown, the most part, the stream does still hold yet, merely, as in a beautiful body, the noble ; which, by wise states, hath been temper and transcendency of the spirit is sometimes so presumed upon, that they have more grateful, so is virtue more lustrous and set marks of honour upon them; not only shining in the stem of ancient and ennoout of respect to their ancestors, but in hopes bled blood, than in the newness of a rising of finding the successor not so degenerate. house : each may be a marble in the quarry It was a law among the Romans, that if where it lies, but it must be by art and there happened contentions in their elections industry, and the diligence of a laborious for the consulship, those that were descend- hand to give it gloss and smoothness, before ed of the Sylvians, Torquatians, and Fabri- the streaks and taking veins can be discerned cians, should in the first place be preferred; in it. Alexander would needs derive from and we see it common among princes, that Jupiter ; the Romans from Hercules, Venus, offices of trust, and places of command, Aneas, and the like ; and how many nations are settled on the heirs of some deserving have thought it their honour to draw their families, as presuming they will merit to descent from the Trojans ? As it was an keep, what their ancestors, at first, by their honour to be a Grecian, where virtue and the merit, did acquire. Certainly, it is to be be- arts were learned, so it was held a stain, lieved that, he which out of nothing, or a and he was branded with the name of barbamean beginning, is the founder of a house rian, that was of another nation. It was and fortune, had something in him beyond objected to Antisthenes as a disgrace that the standard of an ordinary man; and it is his mother was a Phrygian, had he not well likewise to be believed, that where the spirits wiped it off by replying, that Phrygia was are so rarefied and refined by virtue and in the mother of the gods. But, however it be, dustry, even in the generation of posterity, it is virtue and true nobleness that is the they do transmit themselves, and are propa. crown of honour. They that are of the gated to succeeding ages. Some families are highest merit in themselves, the least insist observable for peculiar eminences in the cur- upon their ancestry; for they well know that rent of successions. The Romans had not a he who boasts his stock, commends but what family of more merit than the Scipios; and belongs to another. The best use they can it is not unworthy our observing, that even make of glorious actions, by them well the first founders of that family were emio achieved, is to endeavour that they may outgo nent for their piety, and their love to their them; or, at least, to beware, that they parents : the first whereof, when his father darken not, by their own declination, the was blind, as his staff, he was his guide, and splendour that they lived in. The best way led him about in his way, from whence he to keep their ancestors' great acts in memory took his name. The next, being a child, did, is to refresh them with new ones of their every day in private, set out some time for own; and let them be sure to remember, the temple; and, at seventeen years of age, they grew up to that brightness by degrees : brought off' his wounded father, encompassed even fire itself. the quickest of the elements, by the enemy: and, indeed, he that dis. must be kindled and blown up by degrees, charges his duty to these two, cannot but be before it shines itself into a flame: when it eminent in all the rest of his conversation. breaks out on a sudden, it is usually both The foundation of honour and greatness is ominous and harmful. It is better to be laid in obedience and respect to these : but foolish than unthrifty; for another generathe neglect thereof, or practices of a contrary tion roay prove wise: but the riotous and nature, put a man out of favour with nature's indiscreetly prodigal, after he hath wasted genius ; and leave him to be ravined upou all the fruit, digs up the tree by the roots, by all the insects of his own small appetites, that it can bear no more ; and instead of as well as the greater ragings of his intem- hoped applause, departs the world with infaperate passions. They that are bred under my. A degenerate son of a noble family, is the government of such as are thus wise, are like a worm at the root of a tree : a spendseasoned with maxims of honour; and it but thrift, like an earthquake, does shake the one in an age steps up to do this, he leaves house so long, that at last it either falls in an example that puts posterity in the way of pieces, or is swallowed up in ruin. He is continuing it: and not to speak of the helps not likely to be prevalent in battle, who of fortune, which are infinite, they are presio thinks that, without his own stout fighting, dented into virtue and honour; and they are it is enough for him to be covered with the deterred from poor and skulking conveyances shields of his ancestors. W.G.C. by the orientness of that fame which their forefathers have left them! so that earth Habit or custom, like a complex mathemacannot present is any thing that is more tical scheme, flows from a point, insensibly glorious than ancient nobility, when it is becomes a line, and unhappily, (in that which illustrated by the rays of virtue : and though is evil,) it may become a curve.- Robinson.

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