10 JULY 1869

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The Archbishops and Bishops gave a really creditable vote on

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the Duke of Cleveland's amendment for giving manses to the Catholics and Presbyterians, nine of them (Canterbury, York, Ely, Gloucester and Bristol, Lichfield, Oxford,...

"Town" has been delighted this week with a " row

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" of the eighteenth-aentury kind. A journal called the Queen's Messenger has for some time past scandalized London by a series of utterly inexcusable attacks upon big people,...


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TIRE number of signatures to the resolution introduced by the Tiers Parti into the Corps Legislatif, demanding Ministerial responsibility, is already 125, and the 30 members of...

The Lords made a fearful mess of the amendments on

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Friday week. That night was devoted to the great compromise under which the Episcopalians were to retain their manses and glebes, on condition that a house and ten acres were...

A remarkable feature of this debate was that the Catholic

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Peers voted against the grant to their own Church. It is to be regretted they have no very good spokesman in the House—indeed, they have a tendency to neglect public business,...

The " row " greatly interests society, but the public

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is more concerned with the discreditable incidents of the inquiry in Court. Mr. D'Eyncourt, the sitting Magistrate, whether awed by the rank of the defendant and his friends, or...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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In the debate on the University Tests' Bill yesterday week,

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Sir Roundell Palmer withdrew his very ill-advised proposal to impose a negative test on University professors and college tutors, a pledge committing them not to teach or...

On the proposal to appropriate James's Ulster grants to the

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Protestant garrison of Ireland to the disestablished Church, the Government mustered only 55 votes against 103. The Bishop of Derry begged for this special State grant to the...

The Archbishop of Canterbury's attempt to put back a century

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the date from which the " private " endowments were to accrue to the disestablished Church, —namely, from 1660 to 1560,—was met by Lord Granville by an offer of half a million...

The Life Peerage Bill was thrown out on the third

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reading on Thursday, on a motion by Lord Malnaesbury. That worthy Peer thinks the House of Lords already perfection, "the oldest Legislative body in Europe, the highest, and the...

Lord Portarlington drew the attention of the Government on Monday

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to a most important problem. If the Irish Church Bill should become law, how was it intended to appoint successors for the offices of Prelate, Chancellor, and Dean of the Order...

The trial of the Overend-durney case has been postponed to

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December, when the Attorney-General will prosecute on behalf of the private prosecutor. There were not sitting days left suffi- cient for such a trial. We are far enough yet...

Lord Cairns on Tuesday got a majority of 70 for

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delaying the division of the surplus sine die (160 to 90),—a step in which he was supported by many who hoped in this way to get a locus penitentix for the vote of the Peers on...

Lord Hartington brought in the Bill for the purchase of

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Electric Telegraphs on Monday. The money to be paid to the companies, to the railways, and for expenses is 16,750,000, and the surplus, after paying expenses and interest, is...

The Welsh landlords are quite determined to have a Tenant-

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Right Bill passed for the United Kingdom. They are evicting tenants wholesale for not voting as they are bid. The Member for Merthyr, Mr. Richard,—a new man, who is rapidly...

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Mr. Hughes moved on Wednesday the second reading of the

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Trades' Unions' Bill, which repeals all the combination laws, and gives all societies of the trade, not otherwise illegal, the same protec- tion for their funds now accorded to...

We do wish members would leave off asking for medals

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for every petty expedition in which our troops may be engaged, and leave the Government to recommend them. On Thursday a medal was asked for for Bootan, an expedition which had...

Mr. Gladstone on Thursday requested Sir H. Bulwer to with-

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draw his notice to call attention to recent negotiations with America. The Government of Washington "thought it desirable that some interval should elapse, in reference to the...

This very broad hit at the House of Lords and

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hint at the future,—which, on the high conventional theory of life, teems to us much more questionable than the more famous ." indiscretion" of Mr. Bright,—elicited from Mr....

The Negroes for the first time have allied themselves with

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the Democrat party, and have given their candidate for the Governor- ship of Virginia a heavy majority. The Democrats were obliged, ihowever, to give a public and " sacred "...

The Hon. W. Woodward, formerly Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and

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now a Democratic Member for Congress for that State, has written a letter on the Alabama question, which is sensible, though rather stilted, as far as the American side of the...

Mr. Lowe in declining a Government grant for a monument

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to Faraday last Monday night, said that it had not been customary to vote public monuments to private citizens,—meaning by "pri- vate," we suppose, men not eminent in political...

At the dinner given at the Trinity House this day

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week, Mr. Lowe committed what they call "an indiscretion" graver than Mr. Bright's recent indiscretion ; but which nobody seems to be equally shocked at,—perhaps because...

Consols were on Friday evening 93/ to 93k.

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THE FIASCO IN THE LORDS. T it, muddle in the Lords is deeper than we had supposed, so deep that it will take a dead heave from the chiefs of both parties to get the Bill out of...


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F OR a statesman, and one, moreover, of singular ability as a man of business,—and none of his predecessors for generations back can rival the present Primate in either...

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T HE interest of the situation in France is becoming very great. The very foundations of the Empire are believed in Paris to be shaking under a Parliamentary assault, led by...

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T BE Engineer, that very solid contemporary of ours, which we never read without a certain reverential awe for its diagrams as well as for its science,—(who can help abasing...


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I S it quite so certain, as most of our business contemporaries assume, that the remarkable lull in British enterprise, which has now lasted three entire years, is entirely due...

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I F only the Darwinian principle were applicable to man, it must surely sooner or laterproduce a new sort of human nature in the United States,—a human nature with sensoria of a...

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T HE Carington-Murray correspondence, published in the Times of Tuesday, brings into strong relief one of the many discordances occasionally revealed between English laws and...

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T HE conversion of England to the obedience of the Faith" is a victory of which Rome has never ceased to feel or, at least to profess a hope. What the rulers of the Church may...

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Gryffyth, the Welsh Prince, and iElfgar, or Algar, the insurgent

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Saxon earl, in their raid into Herefordshire, of which we have already spoken, took and fortified Leominster ; but abandoned it on the approach of Earl Harold, who is said to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR?) SIR,—Will you allow nie a word in reference to the article on this subject in your last number ? I am unable to see that liberality of...


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THE CONSTITUTION OF MALTA. . [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It must be owned that the constitution which Her Majesty conferred in 1849 on the people of Malta, at Earl...

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LECKY'S HISTORY OF EUROPEAN MORALS.* IT is, perhaps, a hazardous assertion to make, and yet we feel ourselves almost warranted in saying that, since Gibbon wrote his fifteenth...

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Or all the trash provided nowadays for the amusement of the public, we hope there is not much so irredeemable as that in the book before us. Bad spelling and bad grammar occur...

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WHEN it is remembered that our Indian Empire covers an area of a million square miles, or eight times that of the nation that rules it, and that, far from being sparsely...

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AN American travelling in Europe and describing what he sees to his fellow-countrymen must of necessity write much that is neither new nor interesting to Europeans. Excepting in...

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THE questions discussed in this dialogue, or naturally arising out of it, are of a more simple and generally intelligible kind than those dealt with by the Sophists& In the...

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PERHAPS the most instructive paper in any of the magazines this month has been contributed by Professor Seeley to Macmillan. It is the first of a series of papers upon "Roman...

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reading it again, and as a whole, we retain our

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old preference. There is something very smart about all that concern the hero's adventures in Hungary, and nothing better than the sketch of the prince-bagman, or bagman-prince,...

Twice Refused. By Charles E. Stirling. 2 vols. (Tinsloy.)—This tale

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is fairly up to the mark in cleverness and interest. There are some well-conseived and well-described scones in it ; the characters are dis- tinct, and the reader, though-ho...

Louis de Ripple. By Darlow Foster. (Freeman.)—We have nothing to

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say against this tale, but this, that it failed to make any impression upon us, except, indeed, to wonder whether there are yet, or indeed ever have been, schools of a...

Two Years before the Mast. By Richard Henry Dana, jun.

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(Sampson Low.)—We are very glad to see an "author's edition" of a very old favourite. Some of our readers may, perhaps, need to be reminded that some thirty years ago Mr. Dana,...

Honore' de Balzac. Edited by Henri van Lama. (Rivingtons.)—This is

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a very serviceable book of extracts from a great writer whom no student of French should neglect, but whose works are certainly not to be read in their entirety by any one not...


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"It may be," the writer says in a note to an essay on the "2,300 days of Daniel," "that the millennium commenced with the confinement and restraint of the dragon's power and...

The Origin* of the Seasons. By Samuel Mossman. (Blackwood.) —Mr.

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Mossman starts from the fact that the inclination of the earth's axis produces the variations of the seasons. What he adds to it of his own is that "the world has all along...

Handy-Book of the Law Relative to Masters, Workmen, Servants, and

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Apprentices. By Alexander Macdonald. (Mackenzie.)—It may be doubted whether a large-sized octavo of more than fear hundred pages can be properly called a "handy-book." Mr....

Possibly it is somewhat childish in its style at first.

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Such a reflec- tion as this, a propos of the Druid sacrifices, "Row sad those poor parents must have felt when their children were led out to suffer a cruel death!" is trite...

Our Admiral's Flag Abroad: the Cruise of Admiral D. G.

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Farragut in the Flagship Franklin. By J. E. Montgomery, A.M. (New York : Putnam. London : Sampson Low.)—One naturally compares this book with that which some time ago gave us...