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LITERARY MEN.—Literary men, generally speaking, are not men of business—they are not sufficiently worldfy for the management of worldly affairs; they make no provision for the future, but abandon themselves to chance and hope, indulging in dreams and idle specula- .te tions; forgetting some duties, and mistaking others, and ultimately sinking into disrespect,—or poverty, which is about the same state in this money-bag country. There are some people who can, to use a common phrase, make a pound go further than others. The former are not scribes—even in prose! But we think that our literary man should be, if possible, above and free from the hu- miliating necessity and petty care of endeavouring to spin out his dross to the last mite. The extravagance of which he is often accused is, after all, nothing to the extravagance of a thrivingand sometimes n. failing draper. The literary man is, in most cases, content with social relaxations. He is no sporting man, no high-living and stylish strainer for first-rate fashion. Heaven knows, he earns his bread by the sweat of his brow, and such a labourer is indeed worthy his hire! Yet is he greatly grudged his ignoble pittance. Supposing him to be ever so improvident, still there should be all possible wise provision made for the failings of such a man—one, who in a state of penury, must inevitably sink into disgrace as well as distress. But to our thinking there should be less disgrace and distress too known among them, were they better paid. Doctors, and Lawyers, and Parsons, very properly demand a good remuneration for their ser- vices, that their order may be maintained, and they may support themselves in a manner likely to render them valuable to the community. Authors, on the other hand, are differently considered. The exceptions that we see in successful writers, only make the rule of which we complain else such men as we have named would not have left their families applicants for public charity. There is something disgraceful in the fact that no sooner was the breath out of the bodies of late contributors to public amusement and instruction, than subscriptions were set on foot for their destitute families. The fault cannot so uniformly lie with the departed. They worked" for the hour, and got no more than sufficient for that hour's necessities. Had they been better paid, they would, in all probability, have held abetter position, and left more to their families. and left more to their families. Improvidence seems to be thoroughly stamped upon the character of the scribe; and not until he shall have been convinced that his own exertions are indispensable in providing against destitution, is he likely to make the necessary effort. '4< it<- There is something morally wrong, as well as impolitic, unjust, and cruel, in witholding a fair consideration for service rendered by public writers. It may be all very well to pay miserably for what in one sense costs -or seems to cost-so little, but when we consider that the writer's respectability depends upon the amount of his earnings, as also do, in nine cases out of ten, his health and happiness, as well as the vigour and value" of his productions, surely there is something worse than unfair- ness in keeping him "down in the world." The uncer- tain and unequal amount of pay which he obtains, is the mainspring of half the poverty and disgrace to which so many of that class are subject. The respectability of the press has been too long neglected. A power so great an agency so wondrous as to have become recognised as an additional member of the constitution one affecting the whole interests of the community, should begin to organise its being, to take a social stand, and maintain its respectability. To that end we should have less pau- perism among our "talented writers;" our literary men should be better paid.—•Abridged from the English Gentleman.






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