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Mr. Mason's manners once more. Anatomists have been much bothered to determine the uses of the pineal gland and the spleen; and what these mysterious organs are in the body physical, embassadors, ordinary and extraordinary, are in the body politic. When a respectable Boston merchant, more remarkable for his knowledge of domestics than of diplomacy, was appointed by our Government to St. James (where he cut a sumptuous figure and spent double his salary for the honor of his country), he had a painful recollection of having somewhere read, or at some time heard, that an embassador is a person sent abroad to tell lies for his country ; a service which he did not care to undertake. To solve his doubts, he went to Mr. Edward Everett, who is authority in Boston for every point, from a disputed passage in Euripides to the configuration of the great toe of a statue, and asked him simply if he should be obliged to tell the lies aforesaid. Mr. Everett promptly responded in the negative.