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that Colin proposed to Alice, who change came upon her face. “I have was beginning to lift her head again given you a great deal of trouble," she like a flower after a storm, and to show said ; "I am like somebody who has symptoms of awakening from the first had a terrible fallas soon as I come heaviness of grief, to go out with him to myself I shall go away. It is very and visit those ilex avenues, which had wrong of me to detain you here.” now so many associations for the “You are not detaining us," said strangers. She went with a faint sense Colin, who, notwithstanding, was a little of pleasure in her heart through the startled and alarmed; "and you must afternoon sunshine, looking wistfully not talk of going away. Where would through her black veil at the many you go? Are not we your friendscheerful groups on the way, and cling- the friends you know best in Italy? ing to Colin's arm when a kind neigh- You must not think of going away.” bour spoke to her in pity and condolence. But even these very words thus repeated She put up her veil when they came to acted like an awakening spell upon the favourite avenue, where Lauderdale Alice. “I cannot tell what I have been and Colin walked so often. Nothing thinking of,” she said. “I suppose it could be more silent, more cool and is staying indoors and forgetting everysecluded than this verdant cloister, thing. I do not seem to know even where, with the sunshine still blazing how long it is. Oh yes, you are my everywhere around, the shade and tho kindest friends. Nobody ever was so quiet were equally profound and un- good to me; but, then, you are onlybroken. They walked once or twice gentlemen,” said Alice, suddenly withup and down, remarking now and then drawing her hand from Colin's arm, and upon the curious network of the branches, blushing over all her pallid face. “Ah! which, out of reach of the sun, were all I see now how stupid I have been to bare and stripped of their foliage, and put off so long. And I am sure I must upon the blue blaze of daylight at either have detained you here." opening, where the low arch of dark ver- “No," said Colin, “ do not say so ;
but dure framed in a space of brilliant Italian I have something more to say to you. sky. Then they both became silent, You are too young and too delicate to and grew conscious of it; and it was face the world alone, and your people at then, just as Alice for the first time home are not going to claim you. I am began to remember the privileges and a poor man now, and I never can be penalties of her womanhood, that Colin rich, but I would protect you and supspoke,–
port you if you would have me. Will “I brought you here to speak to you," you trust me to take care of you, Alice, he said. “I have a great deal to say. not for this moment, but always? I That letter that Lauderdale showed you think it would be the best thing for us did not vex you, did it? Will you tell both.”
Arthur made me one of your “Mr. Campbell, I don't understand guardians, and, whatever you may decide you," said Alice, trembling and casting upon, that is a sacred bond.”
a glance up at him of wistful surprise “Yes, oh yes,” said Alice, with tears, and uncertainty. There was an eager, “I know how kind you both are. No, timid inquiry in her eyes besides the it did not vex me, except about papa.
bewilderment. She seemed to say, I was rather glad, if I may say so, that “ What is it you mean ?" “Is that she did not send for me home. It is not what you mean ? ” and Colin answered -a-home-like what it used to be," by taking her hand again and drawing it said Alice ; and then, perhaps because through his arm. something in Colin's looks had adver- “Whether you will have me or not," tised her of what was coming ; perhaps he said, "there is always the bond because the awakening sense sprung up between us which Arthur has made in a moment, after long torpor, a sudden sacred, and you must lean on me all the
same. I think you will see what I to him, and by the tender dependence mean if you consider it. There is only of the clinging arm. He set her one way that I can be your true protector doubts at rest almost as eloquently, and guardian, and that is if you will con- and quite as warmly, as if she had sent to marry me, Alice. Will you? indeed been that woman who had You know I have nothing to offer you ; disappeared among the clouds for ever, but I can work for you, and take care and led her home to Sora Antonia with of you, and with me you would not be a fond care, which was very sweet to alone."
the forlorn little maiden, and not irkIt was a strange way of putting it, some by any means to the magnanicertainly
very different from what Colin mous knight. Thus the decisive step had intended to say, strangely different was taken in obedience to the necessities from the love-tale that had glided through of the position, and the arrangements his imagination by times since he became (as Colin had decided upon them) of a man; but he was very earnest and Providence. When he met Lauderdale sincere in what he said, and the innocent and informed him of the new event, the girl beside him was no critic in such young man looked flushed and happy, matters. She trembled more and more, as was natural in the circumstances, and but she leaned upon him and heard him disposed of all the objections of prudence out with anxious attention. When he with great facility and satisfaction. It had ended, there was a pause, during was a moonlight night, and Colin and which Colin, who had not hitherto been his friend went out to the loggia on the doubtful, began himself to feel anxious; roof of the house, and plunged into a sea and then Alice once more gave a wistful, of discussion, through which the young inquiring look at his face.
lover steered triumphantly the frailest “Don't be angry with me,” she said ; bark of argument that ever held water. “it is so hard to know what to say. If But, when the talk was over, and Colin, you would tell me one thing quite truly before he followed Lauderdale downand frankly_Would it not do you a stairs, turned round to take a parting look great deal of harm if this was to happen at the Campagna, which lay under them as you say
like a great map in the moonlight, the “No,” said Colin. When he said old apparition looked out once more the word he could not help remember- from the clouds, pale and distant, and ing, in spite of himself, the change it again seemed to wave to him a shadowy would make in his young prospects, but farewell. “Farewell! farewell! in heaven the result was only that he repeated his nor in earth will you ever find me,” negative with more warmth.
sighed the woman of Colin's imagido me only good," said Colin, yielding nation, dispersing into thin white mists to the natural temptations of the moment, and specks of clouds; and the young " and I think I might do something for man went to rest with a vague sense of your happiness too. It is for you to loss in his heart. The sleep of Alice decide — do not decide against me, was sweeter than that of Colin on this Alice," said the young man; “ I cannot first night of their betrothal; but at that part with you now.”
one period of existence, it often happens "Ah!” said Alice with a long that the woman, for once in her life, breath. “If it only would not do you has the advantage. And thus it was any harm," she added a moment after, that the event, foreseen by Lauderdale once more with that inquiring look. on board the steamer at the beginning The inquiry was one which could be of their acquaintance, actually came to answered but in one way, and Colin pass. was not a man to remain unmoved
To be continued. by the wistful, sweet eyes thus raised
“ It can
No. 61.-TOL. XI.
THE CAMBRIDGE “APOSTLES."
BY W. D. CHRISTIE.
A WRITER in the July number of Fraser's imagination,” and whose annals, strange Magazine, who has described most of the to say, though the writer asserts that it living Judges of England, has, under a has comprised one or two men of genius mistake about one of them, introduced and several of talent, might yet, he thinks, an allusion to a Cambridge Society to be “cut out of the intellectual history which, not by itself, the name of of England without being missed.” The “Apostles” has been given. He says mistake has perhaps originated in a of Mr. Justice Blackburn that "he was confusion with a younger brother of educated at Eton and Trinity College, the Judge, the Professor of Mathematics where he took a creditable degree in at Glasgow, who was a member of the mathematics. His friends thought Society. highly of him, and he was enrolled a This Society has existed for forty-four member of the club or society called years in the University of Cambridge. *The Apostles,' which boasts of having Its own name is Conversazione Society. worked wonders in the domains of It is limited in number to twelve actual thought and imagination. It may lay members in residence, undergraduates claim to a man of genius or two, and or bachelors of arts. Hence the name several men of talent, as having be- of “ Apostles,” given at first in derision. longed to the fraternity; but, as regards Thirty years ago, the fame, then already national thought or progress, its annals considerable, of one, of whom few might be cut out of the intellectual would now say that his works, if lost, history of England without being would not be missed, or that he had not missed.”
done wonders in the domains of thought Mr. Justice Blackburn was eighth and imagination,—the fame of Alfred wrangler in 1834, and was not a mem- Tennyson, and a band of his friends ber of the Society to which his name and contemporaries, all members of the has served as a pretext for this allusion. Society, among whom may be named His abilities are accredited to the world Arthur Hallam, Milnes, Trench, and by something stronger than his college Alford, had made for the Society in honours or the opinion of friends, for Cambridge a name which has never there is probably no more remarkable since departed from it. Poetry was not instance of a high appointment given its sole or special pursuit. In 1834, the entirely from disinterested conviction of actual members had the advantage of ability and learning than the selection the continued presence in Cambridge, by Lord Campbell, when Lord Chan- and friendly counsel, and familiar comcellor, for the first judgeship he had to panionship, of a large number of college give, of Mr. Blackburn, a political tutors and lecturers, who had taken opponent, known to him only as high University honours, and had member of the bar, and not suggested already, according to the rules of the for promotion by precedence, for he was Society, become honorary members. not a Queen's Counsel, or by popular Among these were W. H. Thompson, opinion, for to the general public he was the present Regius Professor of Greek, unknown. It so happens, however, Blakesley, now a Canon of Canterbury, that the learned Judge did not belong Charles Merivale, the historian of Rome, to the fraternity which, according to G.S. Venables, and Edmund Lushington, this writer, “boasts of having worked the Professor of Greek at Glasgow. wonders in the domains of thought and In this year, 1834, an agitation and controversy having arisen about the ad- were members of this Society, are three mission of Dissenters to degrees in the distinguished living ornaments of the Universities, and great fears having been House of Commons, to two of whom it expressed by Mr. Goulburn in the has been given to be members of the House of Commons, and by Dr. Turton, Cabinet, or again as Tennyson says, then Regius Professor of Divinity, in a
“ To mould a mighty state's decrees pamphlet, of mischievous theological
And shape the whisper of the throne,” controversies among undergraduates, that giant in learning and intellect, and the other of whom is one of our Connop Thirlwall—then an assistant- ablest parliamentary orators. The three tutor of Trinity, soon after made Bishop are Mr. Walpole, Lord Stanley, and Mr. of St. David's—scouted the alarm with
Horsman. a reference and a tribute to this Society. Of a fourth who attained eminence in Addressing Dr. Turton, Mr. Thirlwall public life I will speak more at large, said, “If you are not acquainted with for death has closed his distinguished the fact, you may be alarmed when I
career, and in his last years I had inform you that there has long existed peculiar opportunities of knowing him. in this place a society of young men, The name of Charles Buller, by several limited indeed in number, but con- resemblances-by his wit, by his death tinually receiving new members to
at a moment when his fame was culmisupply its vacancies, and selecting them nating and higher political honours by preference among the youngest, in had begun to come to him, by many which all subjects of the highest in- qualities described in Burke's famous terest, without any exclusion of those eulogy on Charles Townshend—involunconnected with religion, are discussed tarily recalls to mind that more eminent with the most perfect freedom. But, if but less estimable politician. For of this fact is new to you, let me instantly Charles Buller it might have been as · dispel any apprehension it may excite, truly said in the House of Commons, by assuring you that the members of when he had ceased to adorn it, as it this Society, for the most part, have been
was said by Burke of Charles Townsand are among the choicest ornaments hend: “In truth, he was the delight of the University, that some are now and ornament of this House, and the among the ornaments of the Church, charm of every private society which he and that, so far from having had their honoured with his presence. Perhaps affections embittered, their friendships there never arose in this country, nor in torn and lacerated, their union has been any country, a man of a more pointed one rather of brothers than of friends."
and finished wit, and of a more refined, Names have been mentioned which
exquisite, and penetrating judgment. If may already suggest that this Society he had not so great a stock as some have might have been spared the remarks by had, who flourished formerly, of knowwhich an anonymous writer, led to men
ledge long treasured up, he knew better tion it by mistake, has accompanied his by far than any man I ever admissions of praise. “It may lay claim acquainted with, how to bring together . to a man of genius or two, and several within a short time all that was necesmen of talent, but, as regards national sary to establish, to illustrate, and to thought or progress, its annals might be decorate that side of the question he cut out of the intellectual history of supported. He stated his matter skilEngland without being missed." Well, fully and powerfully. He particularly genius does not grow on hedgerows, and excelled in a most luminous explanation rare always have been the spirits which and display of his subject. His style of are, in Tennyson's words, " full-welling argument was neither trite and vulgar, fountain-heads of change," governing nor subtle and abstruse. He hit the national thought and progress.
House just between wind and water." Among those who, in academic youth, Burke qualified his praise of Towns
hend's judgment by a few words which the prudence of his character. I have omitted—" where his passions the eldest of three children of a rewere not concerned.” These words do tired civil servant of the East India not apply to Charles Buller, and here Company, who was still alive, and who lay one point of superiority. Charles indeed survived him ; and, though he Buller also was not a trimmer or a might have looked forward in the ordi
He was an earnest, single- nary course of nature to a not remote minded, consistent politician. It is possession of a fortune which to him, believed that his political advancement whose ways were frugal and unostentawas for some time retarded by the tious, would have been a complete comcharacter which he had acquired of a petency, and though he had in his ready joker; but whoever thought that under and happy pen a source of income on that bright pleasant surface of playful which from experience he might count, humorousness there was a character he preferred to waive a rank which is wanting in solidity or strength of pur- the general object of honourable ambipose, was greatly mistaken.
tion, that he might preserve the security never a seeker of office; for a con- of an additional means of pecuniary insiderable time, indeed, while it was dependence. He used to like to call within easy reach, he avoided it. The himself a “political adventurer;" and, secretaryship of the Board of Control being not a man of wealth or title, but was offered to him by Lord Melbourne, a man of talent and political convictions, in 1839, when Lord Melbourne's he belonged to that class of “advengovernment was strong, and he declined turers " from which the House of Comit. Later, in 1841, after Lord Mel- mons and the great aristocratic parties bourne's government had taken the first of England have derived lustre,—the step towards free-trade by proposing a class of Burke, Sheridan, Canning, Hormoderate fixed duty on corn, and the ner, Praed, and Macaulay. In the early fall of the Ministry was certain, autumn of 1847, he received from Lord the very same office was offered to John Russell an offer, which he declined, Charles Buller, and he accepted it, but the handsome terms of which gave casting in his fortunes with a falling him great satisfaction. It was the offer Ministry. When the Liberal party of the seat of Legislative Member of the returned to power in 1846, under Indian Council, which had been first Lord John Russell, Premier, held by Macaulay, and was then vacaCharles Buller was appointed Judge- ted by Mr. Cameron, whose term of Advocate. This is never a Cabinet office had expired. Lord John Russell office, and many thought that there wrote to him that he could not allow should have been then an ampler the office to be offered to anyone
else recognition of Charles Buller's abilities, before giving him the refusal, and that long-tried political steadfastness, and it was with regret he should lose him self-made parliamentary standing. But from England, where high office must his was not a grasping or self-asserting soon present itself for him. He was nature, and he himself was contented. chiefly moved to decline this office by He took the office of Judge-Advocate, his unwillingness to separate himself but he declined its usual accompaniment, from his father and mother, neither of the rank of Privy Councillor. He was whom, if he went to India, he could by profession a barrister, and had latterly expect to see again. On the meeting of been often employed in cases before the the new Parliament in November, 1847, Privy Council, and he desired to retain he was appointed President of the newly the power, when he might lose his office, constituted Poor Law Board. In a short of practising as a barrister, which would twelvemonth he was dead. His fame have been contrary to rule or usage, was rapidly ripening when he died at if he were a Privy Councillor. And the early age of forty-two. It had been here appeared both the simplicity and finally arranged very shortly before his