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• appendix to the Black Book . By the original Editor , As we said of the ' Black Book' itself , so say we of this Appendix to it ; ' every man who is interested in the condition and improvement of the country , should have this book at hand for reference . ' To which may be added , that the * Appendix * should instantly be procured , and consulted
for information of the most varied and valuable description , in connexion with the coming elections . It is the Elector's Guide Book , and the Candidate's Test Book , and the Ministerial Character Book . It is powder and shot for the Reformers , and bad pieces must they be that miss fire when loaded with it . We cannot give even the briefest epitome of the information it contains , and which is rendered so much more
valuable by the clear-headed comments of the Editor . In an Advertisement at the end , he announces * that he is ready to offer himself ( free of expense ) a candidate for the representation of any city or borough in Parliament , in opposition to a Tory or Conservative Whig . ' And if ever man ought to be returned * free of expense , ' it is such a man as this who would be sure , in the exercise of his peculiar talent , to repay the public very handsomely all that he could possibly cost them . But the public is given
to be penny-wise and pound-foolish in politics . Mr . Wade would be well worth a liberal salary in addition to the cost of his election . And yet his offer will probably remain , unaccepted , while constituencies , of which the majority call themselves Reformers , are putting up with mere idlers and trimmers , on the strength of a few indefinite promises . Let us get fairly through this last conflict with Toryism , and then there must be some discussion on what Bentham termed the ' Appropriate Intellectual Aptitude' for the work of Legislation and Government .
The ' American Sketches , ' and other communications , are unavoidably postponed . Will C , P . send to our office ?
72 J Critical Notices .
It is very true ; it is very true ; I ' m old , and " I 'bide my time ; ** But my heart will leap at a scene like this , And I half renew my prime . Play on , play on , I am with you there , In the midst of your merry ring ; I can feel the thrill of the daring jump , And the rush of the breathless swing . I hide with you in the fragrant hay , And I whoop the smothered call , And my feet slip up on the seedy floor , And I care not for the fall .
I am willing to die when ray time shall come , And I shall be glad to go ; For the world , at best , is a weary place , And my pulse is getting low : But the grave is dark , and the heart will fail In treading its gloomy way ; And it wiles my heart from its dreariness , To see the young so gay / p . 170 .
TO CORRESPONDENTS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1835, page 72, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2641/page/72/