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Every-day Life Of James Smith

"One of the Authors of the Rejected Addresses" thus writes to a


"Let me enlighten you as to the general disposal of my time. I breakfast

at nine, with a mind undisturbed by matters of business; I then write to

you, or to some editor, and then read till three o'clock. I then walk to

the Union Club, read the journals, hear Lord John Russell deified or

diablerized, (that word is not a bad coinage,)
do the same with

Sir Robert Peel or the Duke of Wellington; and then join a knot of

conversationists by the fire till six o'clock, consisting of lawyers,

merchants, members of Parliament, and gentlemen at large. We then and

there discuss the three per cent. consols, (some of us preferring Dutch

two-and-a-half per cent.), and speculate upon the probable rise, shape,

and cost of the New Exchange. If Lady Harrington happen to drive past

our window in her landau, we compare her equipage to the Algerine

Ambassador's; and when politics happen to be discussed, rally Whigs,

Radicals, and Conservatives alternately, but never seriously,--such

subjects having a tendency to create acrimony. At six, the room begins

to be deserted; wherefore I adjourn to the dining-room, and gravely

looking over the bill of fare, exclaim to the waiter, 'Haunch of mutton

and apple tart.' These viands despatched, with the accompanying liquids

and water, I mount upward to the library, take a book and my seat in

the arm-chair, and read till nine. Then call for a cup of coffee and a

biscuit, resuming my book till eleven; afterwards return home to bed. If

I have any book here which particularly excites my attention, I place my

lamp on a table by my bed-side, and read in bed until twelve. No danger

of ignition, my lamp being quite safe, and my curtains moreen. Thus

'ends this strange eventful history,'" &c.

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