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LONDON AND OXFORD. (From the last number of the Quarterly Redelc,) To a thoughtful eye even external appearance 1* very full of meaning. And there can scarcely be contrast more pregnant with serious reflection than. is presented by a rapid transition from the Metropo- lis to Oxford. It must be familiar to every one vvh<> has travelled in England. Loudon itself is one of the most remarkable phenomena in the world. vast size, its dense population, its boundless multifarious wealth lying open in the midst of wantt and vice the splendour of its palaces contrasted with the misery of its hovels; tbe eager restJesS faces, marked deep with anxiety or vice, that throng its streets; its crowds, where each man is unknolvll to the other, and every one is struggling to rise upOQ the shoulders of his neighbour; even the daily SU of its public wants, secured with a wonderful accu- racy Ihrough the instinctive rapacity of private selfishness,—altogether form a spectacle of melan- choly and painful interest, most fit to preparfi the mind for receiving deeply the impressions* produced by the sight of Oxford. From n»b& and glare, and brilliancy, the traveller RlaS. upon a very different scene,—a mass of towers pinnacles, and spires, risirg in the bosom ot a valley, from groves which hide all buildings but such its are consecrated to some wise and holy pur- pose. The same river which in the metropolis is covered with a forest of masts and ships, here gli- ing quietly through meadows with scarcely a sail upon it—dark and ancjent edifices clustered to- gether in forms full of richness and beauty, yet rolict asif to last for ever; such as become institutions- raised not for the vanity of the builder, -but for the benefit ofcollling- asres—streets, almost avenues of edifices, which elsewhere would pass for paW»ee^, but all of them dedicated to God repose and gravity, in the coilmenance and cvrl;, dress of their inhabitants; and, to mark iof.e-stir and business of life, instead of the roar of sound of hourly bells calling men together to prajcf* <