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passed the Reform Bill. Previous to his being King he was for some time Lord High Admiral of England, or, in other words, he filled the highest office at the head of the naval administration of affairs, commonly called the Admiralty. He was brought up a sailor, having at an early age gone to sea as a midshipman and as a lieutenant. He had a large family prior to his marriage, having lived for many years with Mrs. Jordan, a first-rate actress, who performed on the London stage several years, whilst living under his roof. Standing close by each other were Lord John Russell and Sir Robert Peel; admirable likenesses of the two great men, who are the leaders in the House of Commons of the political parties called Whigs and Tories. We also saw a first-rate likeness of Mr. Daniel O'Connell, a member of parliament, and the man who has attracted much attention by the conspicuous part which he always takes in any matters connected with Ireland, which he constantly describes as being harshly dealt with. He is paid very largely for his exertions by an Irish contribution called “Rent,” to remunerate him for having given up his practice as a barrister. Lord Brougham is also here. He is the man, who, as plain Henry Brougham, member of parliament, was always the advocate for the diffusion of useful knowledge, and who has immortalized himself, if he had never done anything else, by writing the introductory pamphlet to the Library
of Useful Knowledge. It is called the “Objects, Advantages, and Pleasures of Science;" it shows how gigantic is his mind, and the general knowledge that he possesses. He was the Queen's (Caroline) counsel when she was tried in the House of Peers, and in conducting her defence made use of such strong remarks upon the conduct of her husband, George the Fourth, then the reigning sovereign, that the King never forgave him; notwithstanding which his talents and popularity were such, that in the next reign he became the Lord Chancellor, the highest dignity that any individual can arrive at, being the keeper of the King's conscience, and the head of the law. Since he has been a peer he has not been so popular as when he was plain Mr. Brougham. He has not held any office for a number of years, and by his friends it has been a source of regret that he ever was made Lord Chancellor.
Wilberforce is there; who has not heard of Wilberforce ? he was the champion of the poor slave. He it was who for a series of years denounced the slave trade, and told of the horrors of West Indian slavery; and who, by his assiduity and dauntless zeal, first annihilated the slave trade, and at length knocked off the fetters of the wretched slave. There are two wretchedlooking men, named Hare and Burke, whose villainous looks cause you to shudder. They gained a a livelihood for a long period by decoying persons
to their residence, giving them opium in their drink and then smothering them, to sell their bodies to surgeons for dissection; they were apprehended, and were put out of this world by hanging. Close by the entrance is a likeness of that extraordinary individual, Fieschi, with the machine with which he attempted to destroy Louis Philippe, the present King of the French. The machine consists of a number of barrels, twenty perhaps, all of which he loaded with gunpowder and bullets, and fired as the King was just passing his residence; an accidental stoppage of the procession saved the life of the King ; several of the nobility and soldiers who were accompanying him, and who were close to his person at the time were severely wounded.
There was, opposite to him, a very laughable representation of a very favorite actor of comical characters, Mr. Liston, in a character called Paul Pry, which amused us much. We should have mentioned that Fieschi, who is represented as standing up and looking at the machine, is so constructed as to gradually keep his head in motion, as if he were very minutely examining the barrels; and so much is he like a living man, that several persons have enquired of him the nature and intent of that which seems so much to occupy his attention. Seated on one of the long forms placed for the accommodation of the visitors, is a wax representation of that extraor
dinary man, William Cobbett, a great political writer. He, Cobbett, is one of the numerous instances of which we have heard, of men from the humblest rank in society rising by talent alone and unaided, to wealth and distinction. Cobbett was the son of poor parents, and had but
very indifferent education, and was induced by poverty to enlist as a common soldier. He, however, took great pains with his education, and became the writer and printer of a weekly political periodical (the Register), which was constantly attacking the acts of government. He published an English and French grammar, said to be the best of its kind, wrote a history of England, and many other volumes of books, and at last became a member of parliament. To prove how very closely he is in appearance to an animated being, a gentleman with whom we became very intimate told us that he went with a friend to see the exhibition, and being himself at first deceived, thinking Cobhett was alive, he sat himself down alongside of the figure (which also keeps his head constantly moving, as if looking at the group of foreign princes in front).
front). He, of course, preserved his gravity, and kept his features quite still. He wore spectacles, and endeavoured to imitate the motions of the figure. He had not sat long before a gentleman and lady took their seat by Cobbett's figure, and the gentleman asked of it, who the persons were in the inclosure in
front; upon receiving no answer he whispered to his companion, “ It is not a man, it is a figure ;" she said, “Oh, yes, I knew that, and so is the next to him ;” immediately upon which, to test her judgment, the gentleman asked a question of our friend, and upon not receiving an answer, went to some ch the spectators, and asked who those two figures were. This drew the attention of several of the spectators to them, and after they had looked for a few minutes, our friend put his hand suddenly in his pocket, took out his catalogue, got up and walked away as if he was innocent of the deception, and a loud and unusual burst of laughter was produced. The best time to see the exhibition is when it is lighted up in the evening, as the countenances look more natural then. The music which is played here is very pleasing, and generally there is a very great concourse of people. The dresses are very good.
We paid a second visit, after the marriage of the Queen, and we then saw a group of figures, representing those who were present on the 10th of February, 1840, when her Majesty was married to her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe Cobourg and Gotha. He would not be twenty-one years of age until the 26th of August in that year, and she would be twenty-one on the 24th of May in that year. His Royal Highness' likeness is very good; they are both looking very happy; he has every appearance of being a good kind-hearted