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[408] machine; that he has sometimes been quite surprised at some of its capacities; and that without previous calculation he cannot always tell whether it will, or will not work out a given table. The third was, that he can set it to do a certain regular operation, as, for instance, counting 1, 2, 3, 4; and then determine that, at any given number, say the 10,000th, it shall change and take a different ratio, like triangular numbers, 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, etc.; and afterwards at any other given point, say 10,550, change again to another ratio. The whole, of course, seems incomprehensible, without the exercise of volition and thought. . . . . But he is a very interesting man, ardent, eager, and of almost indefinite intellectual activity, bold and frank in expressing all his opinions and feelings. . . .

I dined at Lord Holland's, in his venerable and admirable establishment at Holland House. The party was small, but it was select. Lord and Lady Holland, and Mr. Allen; Colonel Fox, and his wife Lady Mary, the daughter of the present king; Earl Grey, who has such preponderating influence now, without being Minister; Lord Melbourne, the Premier himself; Mr. Labouchere,1 another of the Ministry, who was in America, and who is now Master of the Mint and Vice-President of the Board of Trade, as well as Member of Parliament; Lord and Lady Cowper, who is sister of Lord Melbourne; and Lord Minto, lately Minister at Berlin.

In the evening my old friend Murray, now Lord Advocate of Scotland, came in, and Lady Minto, with one of the Austrian Legation, and several other persons. The conversation was extremely vivacious and agreeable. Lord Grey is uncommonly well preserved for his age, being now seventy-one years old, and talked well on all subjects that came up, including Horace; Fanny Kemble's book, which he cut to pieces without ceremony; the great question of the ballot and its application to English elections, etc.

Lord Melbourne, now fifty-six years old, was somewhat less dignified than Lord Grey, but seemed to be very heartily liked by everybody. He, too, was full of literary anecdote, and a pleasant, frank, and extremely easy talk, occasionally, however, marked with a quick, penetrating glance, which showed him to be always ready and vigilant.

After dinner, when we were in the long library, he took me away


1 Henry Labouchere, afterwards Lord Taunton, travelled in the United States in 1824-25 with Hon. Edward Stanley,—the late Earl of Derby,—Hon. Stuart Wortley, and Evelyn Denison,—afterwards Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Ossington,—when they all were often at Mr. Ticknor's house.

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