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Harvey-Brotherhood is the result, from
which a great deal may be expectedby
the undertakers.

In literature, a very spirited effort has
been made, which is no less than the formation
of a P. G. A. P. C. B., or Pre-Gower and
Pre-Chaucer-Brotherhood, for the restoration
of the ancient English style of spelling, and
the weeding out from all libraries, public and
private, of those and all later pretenders,
particularly a person of loose character named
SHAKESPEARE. It having been suggested,
however, that this happy idea could scarcely
be considered complete while the art of printing
was permitted to remain unmolested,
another society, under the name of the Pre-
Laurentius Brotherhood, has been established
in connexion with it, for the abolition of all
but manuscript books. These MR. PUGIN has
engaged to supply, in characters that nobody
on earth shall be able to read. And it is
confidently expected by those who have seen the
House of Lords, that he will faithfully redeem
his pledge.

In Music, a retrogressive step, in which
there is much hope, has been taken. The
P. A. B., or Pre-Agincourt Brotherhood has
arisen, nobly devoted to consign to oblivion
Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and every other
such ridiculous reputation, and to fix its
Millennium (as its name implies) before the
date of the first regular musical composition
known to have been achieved in England. As
this Institution has not yet commenced active
operations, it remains to be seen whether the
Royal Academy of Music will be a worthy
sister of the Royal Academy of Art, and
admit this enterprising body to its orchestra.
We have it on the best authority, that its
compositions will be quite as rough and
discordant as the real old originalthat it
will be, in a word, exactly suited to the
pictorial Art we have endeavoured to describe.
We have strong hopes, therefore, that the
Royal Academy of Music, not wanting an
example, may not want courage.

The regulation of social matters, as separated
from the Fine Arts, has been undertaken by
the Pre-Henry-the-Seventh Brotherhood, who
date from the same period as the Pre-Raphael
Brotherhood. This society, as cancelling all
the advances of nearly four hundred years,
and reverting to one of the most disagreeable
periods of English History, when the Nation
was yet very slowly emerging from barbarism,
and when gentle female foreigners, come over
to be the wives of Scottish Kings, wept
bitterly (as well they might) at being left
alone among the savage Court, must be
regarded with peculiar favour. As the time of
ugly religious caricatures (called mysteries),
it is thoroughly Pre-Raphael in its spirit; and
may be deemed the twin brother to that great
society. We should be certain of the Plague
among many other advantages, if this Brotherhood
were properly encouraged.

All these Brotherhoods, and any other
society of the like kind, now in being or yet
to be, have at once a guiding star, and a
reduction of their great ideas to something
palpable and obvious to the senses, in the sign
to which we take the liberty of directing
their attention. We understand that it is
in the contemplation of each Society to
become possessed, with all convenient speed,
of a collection of such pictures; and that
once, every year, to wit upon the first of
April, the whole intend to amalgamate in
a high festival, to be called the Convocation
of Eternal Boobies.


IT is exactly fifty years ago since the clergyman
of a little town in Bucks circulated
among the poorer part of his parishioners a
proposal, which excited the ridicule of many
and the apprehension of not a few. "If any
inhabitant of Wendover chooses," said he, "to
entrust me with any amount of his savings, in
sums of not less than twopence at a time, I shall
be happy to receive the money, and to repay
the sum to him next Christmas, with an addition
of one-third upon the amount of his deposit."
It was some time before the population
of Wendover could be brought to understand
the value of the proposal; but it was still
longer before its universal application became
appreciated. Five years elapsed ere any
similar institution rose into existence: then a
"Charitable Bank" was opened at Tottenham,
by a lady named Priscilla Wakefield, assisted
by six gentlemen, who undertook from their
private purses to allow five per cent. interest
on the deposits. Three years passed, and
another society upon the same principle was
formed at Bath. After this, the eyes of the
public began to be opened; and by 1816, there
were established in England seventy different
Savings' Banks; whilst Wales boasted of four,
and Ireland of five. At present the number
of Savings' Banks in operation in Great
Britain, is five hundred and eighty-four.
Those doing the largest amount of business
are of course in London; and some idea may
be formed of the magnitude of their transactions,
when it is stated that the St. Martin's
Bank, near Trafalgar Square, alone, has on its
books at present, forty thousand depositors,
whose investments amount to upwards of a
million and a quarter sterling. Since this
establishment was first commenced in 1816,
it has opened one hundred and seventy-three
thousand accounts for nearly eight millions of
money. The bank which approaches the
nearest to the St. Martin's Bank in magnitude,
is the Bishopsgate Bank in Moorfields. That
bank has three-quarters of a million invested
in it. The Bloomsbury Bank has half a
million: the Marylebone Bank about £300,000.
There are banks as large as the last, at
Newcastle, Nottingham, Norwich, Bristol,
Hull, Devonport, Leeds, and Birmingham.
The Liverpool and Manchester Banks have