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the sashes of all the principal front- have objected to two of its accessowindows. But from the adoption ries, namely, a common little plaster of this one of the necessaries of life cast of the Duke of Wellington —for it is idle to rank plate-glass stuck in the fan-light over the door ; windows amongst the superfluities and the leaden figure of a Cupid —it was evident, also, that the standing in a bed of tulips, in front owner was a man of sound common of the house, squirting up a thin sense : he was resolved to see things thread of water to the height of as they are ; and he well knew that some eight or ten feet. And yet so to behold them through the com- were these not altogether devoid of mon material used for excluding utility, for they saved a world of wind and weather, was scarcely questions, and plainly told you that possible. Who would endure to the inhabitant was, or had been, a sit during fifteen consecutive mi- gentleman of the city. Besides, nutes in a room where the tables since few fortunes would sufhce to and chairs were standing in and out, rival Versailles, a private individual like so many inexpert dancers in a who is fond of cascades, fountains, quadrille ; where the lustre was sus- and jets-d'eau, must be content with pended right away from the centre, what he can reasonably accomplish and left lackadaisically drooping six in that way; and, in spite of Peninches lower on one side than on nant, who, somewhere, says, “I the other; the carpet ill-joined, so hate your drip-drip-a drips, miscallas to present the pattern in bolded cascades, a good-natured obconfusion ; the ornaments on the server would consider these tiny mantel-piece thrust lovingly together hints at fine art and ornament as in one corner ; the paper hangings indications of the gigantic scale on presenting, here and there, a crook- which their perpetrators would exeed straight line ; and where the pic- cute, were they provided with “ the tures-oh, ye gods !-were hung appliances and

means to boot." with so intrepid a disregard of both For my own part, notwithstanding the horizontal and the perpendicu- these trifling drawbacks, I never lar, as would induce you to suppose passed this happy-looking mansion they were intended to illustrate without a feeling of some admirasome geometrical problem concern- tion of the genius which had directing angles varying from fifteen to ed its construction, and something, forty-five degrees. Who could en- perhaps, like envy of its cosey ocdure all this, and not die of vertigo ? cupant.


Rufus Wadd,” He alone who would venture to have I often thought, “ must be the dance a hornpipe on one of the arms happiest man in the King's dominof the cross of St. Paul's! Yet are ions !" Alas! alas! for human there many persons, whose charac- happiness ! ters in other respects are unimpeach- The last time I saw this abode of able, who are daily guilty of a look- bliss-It has since been demolished, out through a material which dis- its fair garden has been uprooted, torts every object seen through it, and the little squirting Cupid is zigzagging the opposite buildings; inhumanly exposed for sale at a thrusting the heads of the trees a plumbers's at Hammersmith ; and foot to the right, or to the left, of nought remains to mark that such the parent stems; cutting in twain things were, but the heap of rubbish, every unfortunate being that hap- and a notice, stuck upon a pole, that pens to pass ; and (if at the sea- the ground is to be let on building side) twisting the grand, even, line leases. Such is the instability of of the horizon into all manner of worldly brick and mortar! The last fantastic shapes. But to return. time I passed the house I was asPerfect in its kind as was this edi- tonished and alarmed at finding the fice, a taste severely critical might window-shutters closed, the plaster




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Duke removed from his niche over ' But, surely, there must be some-
the door, and poor dusty Cupid with thing wrong about it ; else why is
his chubby mouth, which had here- its present owner so anxious to part
tofore ejected the beauteous stream, with it ? "
full of withered leaves, as if in Mr. Stiles hesitated for a time;
mockery of his apparent thirst. at length he replied, “Why-ye-
The desolation was awful ! “ Can yes, sir : it is situated at so very
Wadd be dead!” I exclaimed. convenient a distance from town."
But I was presently relieved from < But if that be all-
this apprehension by a notice, paint- “Why—a—no, Sir ; to be can-
ed on a board, which I had not at did with you, the dining-room is ca-
first perceived. It was in these pital, and will accommodate eight-
precise words : This house to be let een with all the comfort in life.”
or sold, with or without the furniture, “I do not see that in the light of
on very moderate terms,—with imme- an objection, Mr. Stiles; and if
diate possession—THE OWNER GOING there be no other-
ABROAD. For further particulars, &c. “Why then, Sir, to speak out like

— The inscription was conceived in an honest man—those Omnibuses,
the spirit of profound melancholy. Sir : it was the Omnibuses that
It conveyed an idea of resolved and forced Mr. Wadd to sell his house
total abandonment, which was affect- and fly his native land-for, between
ing in the extreme. It left no rest- ourselves, he is already gone—he
ing-place for Hope. The resolution could stand it no longer.”
it announced was immutable. It The connexion between self-ex-
was so framed as to meet and to patriation and a Turnham Green
overcome all objections and difficul- Omnibus not being quite evident, I
ties. The house might either be requested of Mr. Stiles to explain
purchased or hired; it was indiffer- it; whereupon he very obligingly
ent to Wadd : the furniture might favored me with the melancholy
be taken, or not ; Wadd cared not : story of the sorrows of Wadd, to the
the option, in both cases, was left effect following :
with the other contracting party ;

Mr. Rufus Wadd had been, for to Wadd even the terms were of many years, head of the respectable trifling importance : it was his ob- firm of Wadd, Brothers, Wadd & ject to rid himself of this property Co. (the Co. comprising a couple and quit the country, and it was of the Junior Wadds), carrying on clear that nothing was to stand in a profitable business in Lawrencethe way of its fulfilment. What was Pountney-lane, near Thames-street. the cause of this? I knew nothing In this same house the Wadds had of Mr. Wadd ; we were total stran- been established time immemorial ; gers to each other ; yet the desire it was here that Rufus drew his first I felt to learn what could have hap- breath ; and here, following the pened to induce mortal man to quit good old city custom, in the house this terrestrial paradise, was irresis- of business, did he resolve to dwell, tible. It was a moral phenomenon until he should have acquired suffiwhich called for explanation, so I cient wealth to warrant his relinwent to Mr. Stiles. Mr. Stiles was quishing the cares of commerce althe auctioneer to whom all inquirers together. By “solid wealth,” (a

. were referred.

phrase already used,) nothing more “I perceive, Sir, that Mr. Wadd's was meant than a real, bond-fide house is to be disposed of.”

property, producing a certain in“ It is, Sir. It is a most desira- come of some hundreds, in contrable and commodious residence, com- distinction to “immense wealth” in prising” Here followed an mining speculations, foreign bonds, auctioneer's flourish of considerable &c. which cannot, strictly speaking, length.

be termed “solid;" and Mr. Wadd's

notion of " sufficient" extended not and as such it will be acceptable to beyond a clear and unencumbered all poetical readers. seven hundred and fifty pounds per 'Tis sweet to be a Shepherd-boy, annum. Till he had attained the

And sweet the Shepherd's labor; uttermost shilling of this sum, not Sweet lambkins all his cares employ, all the entreaties of his wife and And sweet his pipe and tabor.

How sweet his frugal meal to eat his daughter, nor his own secret

By sweetly shaded mountain ! longings

after rural retirement, could Sweet fruits his fare, with water sweet induce him to quit the House, as he From sweetly-flowing fountain. emphatically termed it ; and the me- 'Tis sweet when Evening spreads her shades, rit of maintaining his resolution will Through some sweet grove to wander ;

And sweet, amidst its gentle glades, appear the greater when it is stated

On maiden sweet to ponder. that, from his earliest youth, his At night, the sweet green grass his bed ; most earnest wish had been to lead His lull-song sweet the billow ; the life of a country gentleman,

A moon-beam sweet to wrap his head,

A daisy sweet his pillow. Many of our most profound desires may be traced to some trivial cir- Pity that a being like Wadd, formed cumstance operating constantly, by Nature for the enjoyment of the though imperceptibly, on the mind. Sylvan solitudes of Turnham Green, In a large enclosure, somewhat re- should have been hunted from their sembling a burying-ground, in Law- precincts ere he had scarcely tasted rence-Pountney-lane, stands a huge of their pleasures ! tree, in form resembling the elm There are persons, who, when though, as its leaves are usually they contemplate an abandonment of black, (excepting after a heavy rain, the Capital, send their imaginations when they assume a dingy brownish- full gallop across the Pyrennees; green color,) a cautious observer others, of less ardent temperament, would hesitate before he referred it dream of nothing beyond Geneva or decidedly to that class. However, Lausanne ; some again, of colder · it certainly is a tree ; and the win- constitutions, stop short in Walesdows of the bedroom formerly oc- some, even at Walthamstowe. Of cupied by Mr. Rufus command an this, the most moderate class, was agreeable view of it. There would Mr. Wadd. He did not intend, he sit for hours, after the cares of upon his quitting Lawrence-Pountbusiness were ended, reading Thom- ney-lane, to become either a bear son's Seasons—his only book, and or a hermit. He knew that old haa work of which he possessed every bits are not to be put off like an old known edition-and listening to the garment; consequently, that he wind, as it elbowed its way through might, now and then, feel a longing the numerous stacks of chimneys, to visit his old haunts, and see how and just ruffled the topmost leaves things were going on at Garraway's, of the tree. To this habit, no doubt, on 'Change, or at the House ; is to be traced his settled wish for and to this end, a convenient disrural life ; and that this wish was tance from town was desirable. In eagerly engendered, may be infer- an evil hour, he found precisely the red from a pastoral song of his own thing he wanted : some demon thrust composition, written on a blank leaf under his very nose an advertisement of one of his Thomsons : for, since of "A house to be sold, most delighthis morality was inflexible, and his fully situated at a convenient disfidelity to Mrs. Wadd unquestioned, tance from London, enjoying the the third and fourth lines of the se- super-eminent advantage of comcond verse may be taken as proof manding coaches, up and down, four that the poem was composed prior times a-day ;

» and he fell plump to his marriage. The song has been into the snare. The seven hundred justly characterized as a sweet song, and fifty pounds per annum were


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completed, and away to Turnham rogues, and are not to be trusted : Green went Mr. Wadd. He had and partly in inspecting the washernever been fond of company, there- women's bills, and visiting the vaby meaning visiters, occasional rious chandlers' shops in the village, droppers-in; they interfered with in order to purchase hearth-stones, his habits. His mornings were, of sand, and matches, for the housecourse, secured against such intrud- maids, at as little above prime-cost ers by the imperious duties of busi- as possible--for washerwomen are ness ;

besides which, in his neigh- not all of them honest, and chandborhood, every man had his own to lers are scoundrels, who would cheat attend to. But his evenings were you out of a halfpenny as soon by no means so safe ; and it had look at you. His evenings he would frequently happened that his inter- devote to amusement-chiefly his course with his favorite Thomson, own : he would perfect himself in and his sly dallyings with the Muses, Thomson, undertake the study of were interrupted by the unwelcome other moral poets, and make up the call of some acquaintance, who had daily account of his outgoings and kindly resolved to come and spend his savings. Then, once a year, on a couple of hours with him. Yet his daughter's birthday, which forwas he fond of society—that is to tunately occurred in July, he would say, whenever it exactly suited his give a splendid entertainment—a own good pleasure and convenience; breakfast on the back lawn—to all and once a month, or so, he would his friends and acquaintance. This invite a few friends to a family-din- would be a handsomer-looking thing ner, which, in due time, and as it than a dinner, less troublesome, less was but fair it should be,) was re- expensive ; ånd at that particular gularly accounted for by an invita- season he should have such an abuntion from each of the guests. Here, dance of fruit—of which, as he at his rural residence, no such un- kindly considered, Londoners are expected invasions as those alluded so passionately fond—that if his to could be accomplished : he was friends did not eat it, his pigs must. protected-like the New Holland- But there was beneath this scheme ers from an incursion of the Chero- of the “splendid annual," a politic kees-by distance. But, it may be intention altogether worthy of Wadd, inquired, how did Mr. Rufus Wadd and one which his head alone perintend to spend his comfortable in- haps could have conceived: it would come,

with no one but a wife and serve as a set-off against the dinnerdaughter to provide for ? and how scores he might run with his City pass his mornings, which, to a man friends, whenever his affairs might formerly used to occupation, must call him Eastward ; and his friendly press wearily on his hands ? Why, reminder, on any such occasion, with respect to his income, he did “Remember, we shall expect you not intend to spend it : on the con- at the Green on the 27th of next trary, he had resolved, by severe July," would also serve as

a hint, economy, and by sundry dabblings at which no one could reasonably in sundry matters, whenever he paid take offence, that they would not be a visit to the City, “ to make this expected till then. mickle more ; " and with respect to These, however, were but prohis time, he had devised a variety jects, few of which were destined to of methods of passing it entirely to be fulfilled. his own satisfaction. His mornings It was on the fifth of August that would partly be occupied in his gar- the Wadds took possession of the den, in carefully counting the goose

On the sixth (Friberries on his bushes, and picking day), as the clock struck five, and the sufficient number for the day's just as they were sitting down to pudding-for gardeners are great dinner, the stage-coach stopped at

new mansion.



the door. The servant announced coach drove up to the gate, and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Robert down jumped a little, round, red, Wadd and Master Tom. Rufus fat man, with a small portmanteau stood like one transfixed-like his in his hand. Who--the-devilroyal namesake, if you please. “ By isthat, and what can he want ? " Jingo, Rufus,” exclaimed his cousin - It was Mr. Wobble, the underBob, you are at the most conve- writer, one of the pleasantest felnient distance ! delightful! Fine lows in the city, and one whom afternoon, nothing to do, at half- Mr. Wadd was always delighted to past three Betsy and I took it into -at other people's houses. our heads to come down, no sooner “Ha! Wadd, my boy! Mrs. W. said than done,-capital loin of veal I'm yours-Ha! Miss Jemima ! that, upon my word, ---took little Delightful house, I declare; comes Tom with usTom, my dear, up to all I have heard of it! And don't be picking the edges of that the distance! Stage sets you down tart, they'll give you some presently at the very door, the-very- y-door.

-jumped into a Turnham-Green Nice house, indeed, and — Bow, coach at the Goose and Gridiron, wow, wow ! that'll never do. You and here we are, just in pudding- must chain up that dog to-night, time."

There was no parrying this Wadd ; I can't sleep in a house blow, but Rufus resolved to avail where there is a dog barking." himself of the sweetest vengeance “ Sleep!” echoed Wadd ; “why that occurred to him : knowing that surely you are not come to sleep ' his visiters were fond of a little of here? "_" I'm not come to lie the kidney, he swallowed the whole awake all night, I can tell you that. of it himself.“ Capital port this, Ha! ha! ha! you know my way: I Rufus.-Now see, Betsy, my dear, always take the bull by the horns. 'tis, as I told you, a most conveni- Ha ! ha! ha! first come, first servent distance : plenty of time to take ed. Ha! ha! ha! you may have one's wine comfortably, get a cup the house full to-morrow-Sunday, of-Ha! where's Tom? O, I you know,—and then Sam Wobble see him amongst the strawberries. might come off second best. But [Rufus's heart sank within him.] don't put yourselves out of the way; Can't leave the little fellow with anything will do for me; a garret, you to-night, but he shall come and anything, only let me have a good spend a month with you before we bed and plenty of pillows. I leave lose the fine weather; nice distance that to you my dear Mrs. W.-I for the boy. As I was saying, time have a short neck and must sleep to take our wine and coffee ; at with my head high, else I might go half past eight the stage calls for off suddenly in the night, and a fuus, and at ten there we are at home. neral in a newly-furnished house Charming distance, isn't it, Betsy, would make such a mess, wouldn't my dear?”—Half-past eight came, it, Wadd ? I suppose you have and the guests went. This won't . dined ? So have I. I know you do, thought Rufus. But he not on- are a supping-people, so I dined ly thought it, he said it and swore early. Well, I'll just go and make it too. That night he slept not. myself comfortable and come down

The next day (Saturday) he gave to you. Charming house, delightstrict charge to the servants that, if fuldistance, I declare !"__"Where any one should come to dinner, they can we put him ?” inquired Mrs. were to say the family were all out. Wadd ; we can't turn him out The order happened to be needless, now he is here.”—“There is the for no one did come, and Rufus be- blue bed,” replied Wadd ; "it has gan to resume his usual good hu- never been slept in, and may remor. At eight o'clock a stage- quire airing in case I should want

10 ATHENEUM, Vol. 5, 3d series.

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