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WESLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE.

THE DUNMOW FLITCH.

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BREACH OF PROMISE.

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A DETERMINED OPPONENT TO VACCINATION.

LORD PALMERSTON'S DIARY.

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LORD PALMERSTON'S DIARY. The Athenaeum records one of the pleasantest liter ary discoveries that could have been made—that of the private diary of Lord Palmerston. All his great con- temporaries figure in it, and they are said to be drawn by a bold and masterly hand. This discovery will, no doubt, be turned to profitable use by Sir Henry Bulwer, who is known to have been for some time occupied (with family sanction and assistance) on a biography of the late statesman, which will be published by Mr. Bentley. The Record, commentlni on the foregoing paragraph, and giving a shoit sketch of the interesting discovery of the handiwork of the late Premier, says :— The main fact published by the Athenceum is quite true, although not to the extent which an evening con. temporary would conduct sanguine readers to believe, when it intimates that "Lord Palmerston's shrewd perception and genial humour were employed in this diary of his to analyse the characters of the great men with whom, for threescore years, he was almost in daily contact. Sir Henry Bulwer, who is said to be at work on a biography of the veteran statesman, will have materials at dirposal unequalled since the days of Boswell." The diary in said to be full (If interest, and distin- guished by all the late Premier's finest/ ubaractenstics. It commences when he was sixteen years of age, and it ends at the close of 1830, when he assumed office as Foreign Secretary. But at present no continuation of the diary has been found amongst his lordship's papers and it has none of the attributes of a Boswellian record. It is replete with interest; modest, unaffected, and simple without an atom of trail or ill-nature, but short and condensed, as if the style bad been formed after the model of the sententious brevity of Tacitus. It seems to have been originally designed in its pre- sent form chiefly tu explain why he left, the Tories and took office under the Whig Earl Grey; a change which, according to Lord Palmerston's chivalrous sense of honour, could only be justified by the fact that he was himself deserted by the party, when he was un- seated for the University of Cambridge, for voting in favour of Roman Catholic emancipation, although there had been an established compact, according to which that question was to have been an open one. The diary will explain that his long term of service as Secretary at War was not from a want of many overtures to accept higher offices. His loid-hip was importuned by Mr. I 'erceval. as Mr. Pitt's successor at Camnridge, to assume Air. Pitt's office of Chanedlor of the Exchequer. He twice declined the Governor- General-hip of India, and he was willing to have accepted, on Mr. Canning's solicitation, the Chan- cellorship of the Exchequer. But George IV. thought that he should find a more pliant Minister in Mr. Herries; and Mr. Canning was compelled, after a visit to Windsor, to make an awkward apology to Lord Palmerston, by offering him a British peerage and the Governorship of Jamaica We understand that the story of this interview is full of the uiott racy humour. The Viscount burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter, whi-h for a moment quite disconcerted Canning until Lord Palmerston, with his ready good humour, relieved the Premier by telling him that he saw that he had not the Chancellorship of the Exchequer at his disposal, but that as for himself, he preferred the House ot Commons to the niggers Lord Palmerston's life spans the gulf that separates the era of Fox and Pitt from the times of Gladstone and Bright. But we fear no diary will be found to conduct Sir Henry Bulwer over the thirtv-five years which separates the commencement of Earl Grey's Administration from the close of Lord Palmerston's,

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