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upon them by circumstances. They were proportion of women who will have the submissive to their lords, were thankful for courage to face the difficulties and brave the their kindnesses, and forgave them their labour. Many may, however, learn enough many sins. And it was not till early in the to make themselves invaluable nurses. present century that the blue stocking ap- So will be restored the mediæval condition. peared, to become a subject of ridicule. Women will occupy themselves in household This was unfortunate, because the blue stock- work, in study and literature, in looking after ings, in a desultory, hesitating way, only and educating children, in social amusetried to recover a portion of woman's lost ments, in dances, music, and love-making. ground. For a long time women who studied Man-poor, dear, patient animal!-goes on were looked upon with disfavour and suspi- always the same: working for those he loves, cion. Why could not they make samplers striving to keep the nest warm, and caring and puddings, and play on the harpsichord? little enough for aught else. Some of them-poor things !—were obliged As for the rest, things are in a transition to learn in order to become governesses. state, and consequently uncomfortable and But, really, what more ridiculous than that a disagreeable. Women, finding that their woman should learn the same things as a sphere is enlarged, want, naturally enough, man? Above all, why seek to change things? to get as much as they can. Nor have they

Social prejudices are almost as hard to yet learned how to limit their aims to their eradicate as those of religion. It was not strength. If they are prepared to give up till quite lately that the feeling against wo love and marriage, or to subordinate these man's rights as regards education was suc- —with, of course, the welfare of their childcessfully combated; and even now there are ren—to other things; if, further, they are hundreds of respectable parents who would willing to give up those social amenities to far rather send their daughters to a fashion which they are accustomed—the concession able boarding-school at Brighton, where they of small things by men, the deference and are sure to learn nothing, than to a place like respectful bearing of gentlemen towards the Hitchin College, where they will be taught them—then, by all means, let women go with the same accuracy and thoroughness as upon platforms, and fight in the arena, side Cambridge Honour men.

by side with their brothers. Life is a great We go up and down, like a see-saw. After battle, in which, from time immemorial, wotwo hundred years our women are going men have been spared. If they want to enter to become students again; and after three it, let them come. But the battle is for exhundred years they are going to become istence: they will be struck down ruthlessly; physicians again. Foremost among lady- and they will enter it

, however well prepared doctors is Mrs. Anderson. In the profession and armed with whatever ability of brainwhich she has taken up, particularly in those with a feeble and delicate frame. branches to which she is understood to have Meantime, it is all windbags and nonchiefly devoted her attention—the diseases

A few women have got up a cryof women and children—we wish her all the partly from a wish to get notoriety, partly success that her courage and ability deserve. from a perfectly intelligible, if unreasonable, More: we hope that she is the forerunner revolt against their own position, partly of many other ladies who will take up the against one or two real grievances. They art of healing. Women can become at once are the shrieking sisterhood. Their voices nurses and doctors; their gentleness, not alone are heard. Their ranks are not ingreater than that of some men, in spite of creasing; but they make such a confounded what is said, is more uniform: they have clatter, that we quiet men believe the nummore patience; they are ready to devote bers to be tenfold what they really are. more time. Only the conditions of things The way to meet them is to argue as little are changed. It is no longer necessary to as possible—to take away as much as posknow the properties of simples: it is necessible all power to do mischief (by interfering sary also to study the anatomy and frame-in subjects in which, rightly or wrongly, they work of the body, to gain experience in can know little, they have done a good the symptoms of disease, to go through a deal of mischief already); to help all women, great deal that is repulsive and hard. It is in every station, to honest work; to secure to light thing to become a physician. We for women proper pay for work; to concede do not think that there will ever be a large all that we can. Let us acknowledge at

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once that women can do everything; we bold enough to attempt a reconciliation of may then invite them to illustrate their posi- the two. The latest example, perhaps, is tion. For it remains with them to establish given by Mr. James Hurnard, the Colchester the theory that they can do everything. Mean Quaker, in his recent curious poem entitled time, let us remember, and whisper among “The Setting Sun.” ourselves, that they have not yet produced We are not about to inflict upon our in the first rank, be it remembered—a single readers the more than three pages of a lawmusician, painter, poet, metaphysician, scho- yer's bill done with rhythm in this very orilar, mathematician, chemist, physicist, phy- ginal book. A slight specimen will suffice. sician, mechanician, or historian. One great, After having duly informed us thatvery great, novelist is a woman-George

... least of all would I be bred a lawyer, Sand. Second and third-rate people, of Because I have a humble hope of heaven,” course, are common as blackberries. The best thing that can happen to a

he proceeds to give a bill of costs in full, woman is to attract the love of a man: the

after the following poetical model: best thing for a man is to love a woman. All “For instance, if you simply buy a house, the female men in the world cannot alter the

He will take note of every interview, laws of nature.

And charge you for receiving your instructions;

Charge you likewise for drawing up the same. Meanwhile, Mrs. Anderson, who did not Eight folio pages with a world of margin; shine when she left her own line and went Charge you likewise for copying the same; to the School Board, has, we hope, a suc

Charge you likewise for reading you the same, cessful and honourable career before her in

And sending of it to the other party;

Charge you likewise for reading long reply her most noble and womanly work.

From Finden, lawyer, with a draft agreement;

Charge you likewise perusing of said draft;
POPPING THE QUESTION.

Charge you likewise transmitting draft agreement.”

And so on “charge you likewise" for an-
I
RECOLLECT, in former days,

other eighty or ninety lines, till we are glad
I loved a maiden with blue eyes;
Her style was gentle, and her hand

when we come to the end of the bill. Exactly formed the proper size.

There is not much humour in all this; but Her voice in cadence had the sound

in a late number of the “Law Journal”An eddy makes in mossy nook,

about the last periodical in the world an And when she spoke to me, I thought, ordinary layman would think of taking up

With slightly extra interest shook. for half an hour's light reading-some rather Thus dawning of sweet love began

interesting correspondence has been going Delightful tremblings in my chest

on concerning some of the more humorous Foretold the bliss to come at noon,

versions of law in rhyme which are extant. When all the truth had been confessed.

Every one remembers Cowper's famous
One charming day when larks were high, “Report of an Adjudged Case, not to be

And we were on the walk alone,
I thought that Providence had marked

found in any of the Books," commencingThe hour especially our own.

“Between nose and eyes a strange contest arose,” I told her in few words my love

but the poet's humorous plea for the liberty She answered with accepting tear; And just before the sealing kiss,

taken in combining law with poetry has not, Sighed, “What's your income, dear?”

we think, been so often quoted. He says:

“ Poetical reports of law cases are not RHYMED LAW.

very common; yet it appears to me desirable

that they should be so. Many advantages AW and the muses are not, as a rule, would accrue from such a measure. They

supposed to work harmoniously to would, in the first place, be more commonly gether; but as some curious instances have deposited in the memory; just as linen, occurred, from time to time, of a happy com- grocery, and other matters, when neatly promise between them, the subject gives packed, are known to occupy less room, and room for some amusement, if not instruc- to lie more conveniently in any trunk, chest, tion.

or box to which they may be committed. It is but at very rare intervals that the In the next place, being divested of that intwo discordant elements of legal techni- finite circumlocution and the endless emcality and rhythmical expression find a poet barrassment in which they are involved by it,

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they would become surprisingly intelligible And to hip not inclin'd, in comparison with their present obscurity.

But of vigorous mind,

And my body in health, And lastly, they would by that means be

I'll dispose of my wealth, rendered susceptible of musical embellish

And all I'm to leave ment; and instead of being quoted in the

On this side the grave

To some one or other country with that dull monotony which is so wearisome to bystanders, and frequently lulls

And I think to my brother.

Because I foresaw even the judges themselves to sleep, might That my brethren-in-law, be rehearsed in recitation, which would have If I did not take care, an admirable effect in keeping the attention

Would come in for their share,

Which I no wise intended fixed and lively, and could not fail to dis

Till their manners are mendedperse that heavy atmosphere of sadness and And of that--God knows !- there's no sign. gravity which hangs over the jurisprudence I do therefore enjoin, of our country. I remember, many years

And do strictly command,

That nought I have got ago, being informed of a relation of mine,

Be brought into hotch-pot. who in his youth had applied himself to

But I give and devise the study of the law, that one of his fellow- As much as in me lies students, a gentleman of sprightly parts and

To the son of my mother

My own dear brother, very respectable talents of the poetical kind,

And to have and to hold did actually engage in the prosecution of

All my silver and gold, such a design, for reasons, I suppose, some- As th' affectionate pledges what similar to, if not the same, with those

Of his brother, John Hedges.” I have now suggested.

Another will, proved in the same place, is "He began with 'Coke's Institutes'-a too long to give in full. It began, however, book so rugged in its style that an attempt as follows:to polish it seemed an herculean labour, and

“What I am going to bequeath not less arduous and difficult than it would

When this frail part submits to deathbe to give the smoothness of a rabbit's fur But still I hope the spark divine, to the prickly back of a hedgehog. But he With its congenial stars shall shinesucceeded to admiration, as you will per

My good executors fulfil;

And pay ye fairly my last will, ceive by the following specimen, which is

With first and second codicil.
all that my said relation could recollect of And first, I give,” &c.
the performance:

The poetic will ends thus:-
“Tenant in fee,
Simple is he,

In seventeen hundred and sixty-nine,
And need neither quake nor quiver,

This, with my hand, I write and sign,
Who hath his lands

The sixteenth day of fair October,
Free from demands

In merry mood, but sound and sober ;
To him and his heirs for ever.'

Past my threescore and fifteenth year,

With spirits gay, and conscience clear; To which pleasing little disquisition of Joyous and frolicsome, though old, the bard of Olney, we may add that Sir Ed

And like this day, serene, but cold. ward Coke's Reports have actually been ren- To foes well wishing, and to friends most kind, dered into verse by an anonymous author.

In perfect charity with all mankind.

For what remains I must desire, The name and the principal point of every

To use the words of Matthew Priorcase are contained in two lines. The follow

Let this—my will-be well obeyed, ing are examples:

And farewell all, I'm not afraid.

For what avails a struggling sigh, Archer. If he for life enfeoff in fee, It bars remainders in contingency:

When, soon or later, all must die?” Snag. If a person says he killed my wife,

Here, again, is a copy of the will of one No action lies if she be yet alive.

Joshua West—who went by the name, in Foster. Justice of peace may warrant send To bring before him such as do offend.”

his time, of the Poet of the Six Clerks

Vice. It is dated the thirteenth of DecemWills are not very safe things to trifle ber, 1804, and attested by three gentlemen with, but the following solemn will and tes

well known in that office: tament was actually proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Perhaps I die not worth a groat;

But should I die worth something more, “The fifth day of May

I give that and my best coat,
Being airy and gay,

And all my manuscripts in store,

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