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logies from you are not likely often to take place, except in the instance you mention, viz. “ for not having long ere now” returned thanks for my attention to you: but “ when a man has not a steady mind,” it is perhaps excusable ; and I freely pardon you.

The best advice I can give you, is to remain a good, honest fellow, which I sincerely think you are; and if I had not thought so, I should not have given you more attention than is common to the passing stranger: but as you are going to be married, perhaps I may presume to offer you a few observations arising out of twenty-six years' experience.

First of all, you must love your wife, or must not expect she will love you. You must not, in the glow of revelry and hilarity among your friends and field acquaintance, forget that she has a strong claim to that flow of spirits which are too often lavished over the bottle, when the best spirits of man evaporate in the noisy society of bons-vivants, usually termed friends. You will be sure to have one friend ; and that is as much as falls to the lot of man, and is generally found to rest in the bosom of a wife. When I shall hear you say you prefer home to any other place, I shall conclude that you have within your grasp those comforts which are the most solid of any to be found in the very precarious tenure which life affords.

I profess to have warm friendships, when they are excited by honest and unassuming worth; and, without hesitation, pronounce, that I have in you invested the best attachment that can emanate from


best feelings: and most sincerely do I hope, that your anticipated change of life will be realized by every enjoyment that integrity, worth, and character, like yours, deserve. I would have you, by all means, avoid a too great error, too often indulged in - ostentation and display in establishments. If you wish domestic quiet, calculate how much may be gained by few servants, and how much may be lost by having superfluous ones; and be sure to be cautious of what are called confidential ones, Look to things yourself, and do not think it a degradation to be careful.

If you observe this advice, you will deserve the esteem, and may command the friendship of

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Royal Exchange, July 19, 1816. I am extremely gratified by the receipt of your kind letter, and most cordially acquiesce in your liberal intention of appropriating to a charitable use the little balance between us, which I understand is somewhere about £7; but as you are minus so much, I do not see any reason why you should be profuse in increasing it in an unnecessary degree. If I may be allowed to suggest to you where it should be applied, I think your noble Infirmary (which I had the pleasure of seeing with Mr. Cross,) a fit and proper object for your charitable intention ; but if any distressed family, or any other institution, is nearer in your regard, pray exercise your best discretion, and you are sure to me it will be satisfactory.

This day brings to mind awful reflections. Fifty years ago, the kindest and the worthiest of mothers felt the pains of childbirth, in ushering into the world him who now addresses you. Her exemplary conduct, if I can but imitate, I may be content to retire with from this scene of fluctuating comforts, to those of more substantial form, and where the re-animated spirit may associate with her in unfading happiness. My poor boy too — but I cannot go on.

Yours ever,

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Tavistock Place, August 2, 1816. In consequence of the accounts of the late Captain Butcher, Paymaster of the Second Battalion of the 6th Foot, having been finally adjusted to 24th December, 1815, the period of the reduction of the battalion, and the amount of the final decisions of the disallowances to that period having been paid into the hands of Messrs. Greenwood and Cox; I request the bond, of which I am the only surviving surety, may be delivered up. I have the honour to be, Sir, &c.

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To the Right Hon. The SECRETARY AT WAR.


Tavistock Place, August 30, 1816. I SHOULD not have written for the surrender of my bond, in favour of my late brother, Captain Butcher, had I not been told by Lieutenant-Colonel Çarnie, that the accounts were made up and acknowledged to the 24th of December, 1815. If there is any thing unadjusted, I beg to have it stated, as I am desirous to have it settled.

I am at a loss to know why the discount money due to Captain Butcher, when a prisoner in France, was not allowed, as I have been given to understand, in similar cases, the claims have been admitted. No reason was assigned to me which bore upon the subject of the claim; and, as I distinctly stated that Captain Butcher had leave from his commanding officer, I did expect to be upon the same footing with those who were circumstanced as my brother was. I did not, when I made the application, urge it on the score of my own services and exertions in the cause of my country; or I could have mentioned, that I raised, and had the honour to command, the Loyal Tooting Volunteers, which was accompanied by great sacrifice of time and pecuniary advances, to the amount of several hundreds of pounds. However, I have a satisfaction in that equivalent to my exertions — the approbation repeatedly expressed of its being the first corps trained and fit to join the troops of the line. I hope I may be pardoned for the mention of that, which I should not have done had the fair and just claim of Captain Butcher been allowed, or, at least, a reason given why it was not.

I have the honour to be, Sir, &c.

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Tavistock Place, November 6, 1816.

MR. OAKLEY begs to return to Mr. Southcote“ Spurzheim's Analysis of the Brain."

Mr. Oakley has discovered, among the excellences of that complicated structure, many imperfections which

perhaps have escaped the sagacity of Mr. Southcote : but as Mr. Oakley's penetration does not extend to a perfect development of the sensibility which emanates from the brain, he will only presume to remark upon its superficial bearings, inasmuch as it affects the heart.

The perfect brain gives consistency to the head, the heart, and the soul of man; and God, in the image he has made, has given to himself a resemblance in human form : but it is only human, inasmuch as it is subject to corruption. Although the brain, the head, and the heart be corrupt, yet still the soul exists; and, when we have “ shuffled off this mortal coil,” lives in the delight or sorrow which arises from the contemplation of those component parts of corruption having done their duty. Such is the impression Mr. Oakley feels arising from the structure of the perfect brain.

The imperfect one has different features: in it may be discovered shallowness of intellect, deceit, false promises, attentions which are only meant to deceive — professions without meaning, illiberality with ingratitude, imbecility with meanness, and contemptible ignorance and pride, with self-sufficiency and coxcomical presumption. Lavater, whose knowledge in physiognomy goes farther than that of Spurzheim, has mixed up all those imperfections, and finds them united in the head of an idiot ; in which he traces the resemblance of the monkey, the bull, and the goat. In the first and last he probably may be right; but in the noble animal, the bull, he does not seem duly to appreciate his loftiness of character, the grandeur of his mien, his majestic form, and undaunted courage ; and altogether loses sight of the attachment to the feminine sex, which

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