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41. Children, the year hath waned away; a new

Opens before us ; we are as a pack Which Time the pedlar, kindly to a few,

And sour to thousands, carries on his back;
On as he jostles, daily, you may view

Some on death's dunghill downward falling whack,
And others but we never saw our match!
We are always trolling at some dismal catch.

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42. Well, we intendour guerdon be our word

This year to shoulder crutch, and do our best ;
All other periodicals absurd

Shall look, when out we sally primely dress'd
In Wisdom's great-coat, richly caped and furr'd,-

In Learning's small-clothes, and in Humour's vest,
With Eloquence's flour-puff powder'd grand,
And Criticism's stiff rattan in our hand.

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43. Already Europe bows before our nod,

And echoes back our dicta : India, too, (Land by the umber-colour'd Bramin trod,)

And wide America keeps monthly view Of us, and loves us dearly ; it is odě

That even we please the democratic crew, Who read, and wish us down to Tartarus hot ;We are also relish'd by the Hottentot!

44. But one thing we have omitted ; we are sorry,

That when the northern squadron last set sail,
We did not send out lots, by Captain Parry,

Of Magazines, to civilize the whale,
The Greenlanders we mean : We now must tarry

Till the spring vessels scud before the gale;
For 'tis a crime laid at the door of Kit,
That these bleak realms in darkness still do sit.

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VANDERBRUMMER: OR, THE SPINOSIST. VANDERBRUMMER

was a student at tainment in his apartment to two other Leyden, where he had come to acquire students. One of them was a German the medical art. He was sober and named Kroetzer, a man given to the retired in his habits. Being fond of study of the ancient languages and reading, he often extended his inqui- philosophy. The other, whose name ries beyond what pertained to his own was Laet, was educating for a Dutch department. Metaphysics also drew clergyman. Their conversation turned his attention, and led him to study the on the separation of friends and assoancient writers. But he found them ciates, and how it might be regarded not according to his liking, for lie by persons of different

constitutions or thought them either too cold and de- opinions. Vanderbrummer, taking his finitive, or too devotedly contemplative two companions by the hands, said, of the beautiful, and neglectful of hu- “ Although I esteem you both, I feel man affections.' His mind, from the something at leaving you; I am conbeginning, had inclined most towards vinced in opinion that such throbbings thought concerning substantive existe come altogether from delusive appear. ence, and he often wished to lose all ances; for nature is one, and whendifferences of feeling, in the notion of ever, in future, I meet with an affecan universal community of being, anitionate honest clergyman, I meet again relationship with nature. This filled with the very being of Laet, the same his mind with a sort of absolute ten- that now speaks to me, though appear derness, but with no admiration for ing in another place, and in a different the beautiful, and with no aspiring form; and also, whenever I meet with wish; for he delighted to think his a man of pure intellect, I find again moving spirit was internally of the the rest of Kroetzer meeting me there." same feeling with the weeds which Laet replied, "Now this is bringgrew under his window, or the water ing in metaphysics where I would which stagnated in the neighbouring scarcely have expected them; but I do pool. While his mind was forming not, on that account, question the truth these notions for itself, the writings of of your feelings towards me. I never Spinoza fell into his hand and shew

can think of any one of my friends but ed him how an endeavour might be as remaining always in bis individual made to prove, by logical deduction, self; nor can I take any other person what he wished habitually to feel. for his essence, which, to my feelings,

But his medical courses being com- is always his and no other's. pleted, the time came for him to re Vanderbrummer replied, -- Ah, turn home to his father, a thriving Laet, I see you will not take the whole merehant in Amsterdam. This was of nature as cautioner for its parts. not displeasing to Vanderbrummer ; Here Kroetzer observed," Your for, before coming to Leyden, he had doctrine, Vanderbrummer, sounds like been deeply attached to a young lady an abstraction, but, in truth, is the in his native city; and his love re- very reverse. For, when you say that mained undiminished, and was che- you expect to meet elsewhere with rished by him with every probability

of what is here in Laet, you do not speak success. Therefore, when the term for of similarity of kind, but universality his departure was at hand, he cheer, of essence. fully packed up his books, and bestir To which Vanderbrummer answerred his mind in expectation of exchan- ed,-“Yes, and what I seek after is the ging the college modes of life, for the feeling of that universality amidst its dissimilar habits of a physician prae- differences of appearances. But, I fear tising his art in a town. At this time, that Laet, when he has once got sethe received a letter from his father, tlęd for life in some country place, or directing him not to return to Amster on some milk and cheese giving pasdam, but first to go to England, Scot- ture, will forget any thing general that land, and France, for farther insight he has learnt here, and will see nature into his profession.

only in the form of his house, of his Vanderbrummer prepared to obey wife and children, or his church this order. But, one evening before steeple." he left Leyden, he gave a small enter To which Laet replied, --- EstimaVol. X.

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ble is learning, and beyond all price is nosisticas putarem. Et sonos qui, Belreligion, but dear is true attachment. gicum concentum, inter nationes, apAnd if I, as clergyman, were to know pellari solent, tibi magis gratos crediand be personally concerned for all of derim quam verissima harmonia

. Si my flock, would not that be enough ?” omnia communis substantiæ sint nihil

“No,” said Vanderbrummer. “Not diutius abominandum, vile, aut imalthough you knew the name and con- mundum erit.” Vanderbrummer said, cerns of every person in Holland; for, with some bitterness, Quæ non so long as you see nature in the form munda sunt, mundana tamen erint." of individuals, you are as far as ever The Professor answered, “ Apage hæc from what I seek to feel.”

turpissima, et scientiæ maxime conKroetzer then said," I dissent traria.” The Student went away with. from both of your opinions. For my out making any reply; and, every mind desires most to feel relations thing being ready for his departure, which it may always be able to find he soon left Leyden. again, the same as before, since that Vanderbrummer felt mingled sen. gives fortitude, confidence and cer- sations of pleasure and regret when tainty. Therefore, I neither would he stepped on board the vessel which wish, like Laet, merely to be placed was to convey him to England. He in a situation for enjoying always the had not as yet crossed any part of the neighbourhood of the same individuals, ocean in the course of his travels, and and the same things; nor, on the to the idea of a sea voyage he attached other hand, would I hope to find con- that of a total separation from his natentment by endeavouring to recognise tive country. Formerly, in travelling in all nature a fluctuating universality, through Holland, he had daily met In parting with friends, I think that with objects which awakened associasome regrets of human tenderness are tions connected with home; and he not out of place; but wherever we go, had found that the chain of local affecor whoever may be left behind, the tions which bound him to the place of love of truth need suffer no change, it his birth, extended itself, and acquibeing the same everywhere.” Such red additional links in proportion as he was the general tenor of their conver- moved forwards, and receded from the sation with Vanderbrummer, with spot where it commenced. But, on his whom they remained till a late hour. losing sight of land, its continuity

Next morning, the Student went to seemed to be suddenly broken, for the take leave of the different Professors heaving expanse of ocean around prewhom he knew, and came past the sented no objects that could restore house of the Professor of Mathematics, those ideas to which it had hitherto who had become blind, and was partly owed its existence. superannuated. He was sitting at his The weather was gloomy and boisdoor, smoking in a wheeled chair ; and terous, and Vanderbrummer soon beon hearing footsteps, he said, “ Salve came sea-sick. Every thing then apfili, quorsum vadis?" Vanderbrum- peared hateful and distorted, and he mer answered, “ In Angliam.' The thought with contempt and aversion Professor, thinking he was going into on the pursuits he had formerly desome of the courts of the college, re- lighted in. All his opinions seemed plied, “ In angulum? Immo in qua- erroneous and unfounded ; and he bedrangulum, vel aream publicam, et gan to despise himself and his fellowforum doctrinæ dixisses.” Vander- creatures, as beings who

were incapable brummer answered, “ Minus acute of resisting causes of pain, and unable audiveras. Non in angulum, sed in to evade the degrading influence of adBritanniæ partem dicebam.” The ten- ventitious circumstances. Before he dency of Vanderbrummer's opinions landed in England, a fit of sea-sickness was known in the college, and the Pro- had given him a sort of insight into his fessor, who hated them, recognising own mind, which he did not previous, the Student by his voice, said, “Vah! ly possess, and with which he would Brummerium ex voce. Tuarum sen- gladly have dispensed.. tentiarum, fili, haud ignarus sum. Me However, on shore, a good dinner non sordido auctore, credas, quod Spi- and a comfortable night's rest revived nosismum omnium angulorum im- his spirits, and he spent the ensuing purissimum invenies. Ranas, etiam, day in strolling round the small sean in aqua paludum, sese lavantes, Spi- port town where he had dişemÞarked,

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and in forming plans for the future. Mrs L had no sooner cast her His father had supplied him liberally eyes upon, than she exclaimed to the

with money and letters of credit, and servant in attendance, “ Thomas ! in he resolved to take advantage of his Thomas ! what have you been about ? la bounty, and live and travel in what- why did you bring this here ?-carry

ever style he happened to find most it away before the Doctor comes down in agreeable.

stairs. Thomas did as he was order. Vanderbrummer, on turning over ed ; and Mrs L-, turning to l'an12 his letters of introduction, found one derbrummer, said, “You will be at a xs addressed to DrL-, a medical man, loss to understand the meaning of all 21 who resided about twenty miles from this. The truth is, my husband has Ir the coast. He determined to visit him the greatest aversion to all sorts of mi immediately, and therefore took a place pastry—we dare not present it when R in a mail-coach that passed through he is at home. He is very particular

his place of destination. It was about in his notions about diet.”—“ What 33 six in the evening when Vanderbrum- is this I hear about diet ?" cried the

mer reached the Doctor's house, which Doctor, entering the room abruptly die was situated in the outskirts of a small “ Mr Vanderbrummer, you may fearEt town. A servant ushered him into an lessly sit down at my table, for I never dei apartment, fitted up like a study, and allow any article to be placed upon it

soon entered, wiping his that is of an injurious nature. My 10 mouth with a table napkin, and said, wife and daughter would have had us

“What do you want?” Vanderbrum- all dead long ago, had not I interfered. mais mer made no reply, but presented his I don't exactly know how you live in

letter of introduction, which the form Holland, Mr Vanderbrummer, but I i Fakt mer having read, he cried, “Oh, I beg believe you deal chiefly in oleaginous

your pardon-I had no idea who you substances- these I rather disapprove were--I'm so tormented with consulta- of; but when you see my countrymen tions -- I rejoice to see you—I'm afraid hurrying on towards premature death, you have dined I hope you havn't.” by making their stomachs a receptacle -"Yes," replied Vanderbrummer, for deletereous substances of all kinds,

I had dinner on the road, and sup- you will begin to understand my feelposed that meal would have been over ings, and also sympathize with me.” with you before I reached this.”. At a late hour, jthe party separated “ Then,” said the Doctor, “you shall for the night. The window of Vandergo into the drawing-room, and I'll brummer's room overlooked a rich send up my daughter Caroline to en- shrubbery, through which a rivulet

glided with gentle murmurings; a A servant now conducted Vandere level expanse of cultivated country brummer into an elegant apartment, stretched all around to the horizon; where he was soon joined by Miss and the white cottages scattered upon L-, with whom he conversed till its surface gleamed unassumingly in her father and mother came to them. the moonshine, which was bright, but Dr L was a short, stout, corpu

at the same time mellow. There was lent man, bold and assuming in his no appearance of animation, except manners, and impatient of contradic-' when a light happened to gleam for a tion, though very liberal in using it moment through the windows of some towards others. He delighted to keep of the rural abodes that diversified the his wife and daughter under controul, prospect. Vanderbrummer sat down and was anxious to convince every one to meditate, and recurred to his fathat he was completely master of his vourite metaphysical notions, but could own house. He had once practised in not help feeling a degradation in bethe village near which he now resided, lieving that the lowest, stupidest, and but having acquired a competency, he basesť individuals were entirely of the had given up business, that he might same stuff as himself ; for hitherto he live at his ease, and be at leisure to had not been displeased to own an al

decry the labours and characters of his liance with inanimate nature. His rethis professional brethren.

tired life at Leyden had prevented him When the evening was pretty far from witnessing instances of human advanced, a servant announced supper. ignorance, grossness, and depravity. The supper-table presented, among He remained at the window nearly an other things, a dish of pastry, which hour, and finding it impossible to solve

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support of the animal economy; and him, he retorted upon the Doctor,

his doubts for the time, he retired to quired, as he hoped to prove at dinner sleep

that same day. Next morning after breakfast, Dr Accordingly, when they sat down Lled Vanderbrummer through at table, Vanderbrúmwer was pre his garden and grounds, and endea- sented with some soup made from the voured to shew that he was happier sawings of beech timber, which had and more comfortable than any other been first baked three several times in being in the world. He was interrupt- an oven, and then boiled fourteen ed by the arrival of a messenger, who hours and a half over requested him to visit a dying person Doctor stated that a dog had at à cottage not far off. The Doctor, been fed upon the soup during three accompanied by Vanderbrummer, went days, withoutany loss of flesh, strength, i cm to the house, where they saw a inan or spirits. He then directed the ato de stretched on a bed, in the last stage of tention of his guest to a pudding, as a consumption. His family, friends, which consisted of powdered ox bones, as and relatives stood around him. A and a small proportion of plum-tree genteel looking young man paced back• gum, declaring, at the same time, that wards and forwards at one end of the it was highly nutritious, and even » room, and returned a contemptuous greeable to the taste. “All articles are glance to the consequential nod which equally nourishing, and equally conwas directed to him by Dr L-, vertible into chyle," said Doctor who, seizing the patient's arm, held it “Some are indeed more quicklyso than for a few moments, and then dropped others, and this has given rise to the it carelessly, and shook his head. The prevailing mistake respecting dietopeople looked at him with an expres- This turkey, and the knife that cuts s. sion of anxious inquiry, but he turned it, are both equally calculated to afford / towards a table, and began to examine nourishment to the human frame ; but some medicines that lay upon it. A the flesh of the turkey will do so s pale cry from the attendants soon announ- few hours after it is swallowed ; while

, the ced that the sick man was no more. on the other hand, the knife would rew This was the first time Vanderbrum, quire to remain in the stomach seves mer had witnessed death, and it seem- ral years before it could be of use in a ed to him different from what he had similar way." On hearing this, Vanaf believed it to be. As he gazed on the derbrummer said, “ Allow me to rew corpse, he felt sensations of horror, mark, that your practice seems incon uneasiness, and gloomy fear, which he sistent with your theory. If all subcouldnot account for. DrL touch-stances are equally capable of afford

. ed him on the shoulder, and told him ing nourishment to the human frame, te it was time to return home.

why have you such an aversion to Their walk was rather an unsocial pastry?” This led to a dispute conone, for Vanderbrummer allowed his cerning diet. Vanderbrummer.com. companion to support the conversation bated the Doctor's assertions and arhimself, his mind being entirely en- guments with such success, that the grassed by what he had recently wit- latter lost temper, and began to abuse pessed. Dr Linformed him that Dutch people and Dutch physicians

. he had for some time past been making Vanderbrummer at first bore these atexperiments to shew how small a quan- tacks with patience ; however, Nature tity of nutriment was sufficient for the soon asserted

her rights, in spite of plying the lower classes with food, at he found it necessary to take leave of a cheap rate, during times of scarcity his entertainer

early in the evening, or famine. He then alluded to the He went to the neighbouring vil substances in use as articles of diet lage, with the intention of immedi, among various nations, and mentioned atelj proceeding on his tour, but found some northern savages, who lived up that he could not obtain any means of on moss and the bark of pine-trees. conveyance till the following He concluded by asserting that such ing. He therefore secured accommo productions would form very good dations at the tavern, and then sauna substitutes for bread and animal food tered out, and entered a small book in this country, when occasion rem seller's shop on the opposite side of

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