Ixx . RICHARD CLEASBY. 1833,34.
bishop ; then found fault with the fixed salaries of professors, when all got alike, whether superior
or not; and said professors were like players, the best went where they got the most money.'
On the 18th of September Cleasby crossed from Ostend to Dover, and arrived in
London the following day, where he made the following entries in his Diary:
'Sept. igt/i, 1833.—After returning yesterday evening from the Continent with a view to make
some lengthened stay in England after my long peregrinations, I got on to the coach this morning
at Dover, about 8 o'clock, for London, and arrived about 5 P.M. in Cornwall Terrace, where I found
my father, mother, and sister in excellent health. Stephen came from the City later in the evening
in his accustomed steadiness of garb, and Anthony was in Yorkshire occupied as a revising barrister.
I cannot say that I approached without some misgivings the over-grown Metropolis,—the head and
centre of all ceaseless toiling after wealth and endless striving after rank and consequence, the
matchless emporium of smoke and fog,—for after the many quiet winters passed in philosophical
research, and the tranquillity of literary pursuit in the less aspiring circles of German capitals,
I feared that the rush and bustle and ambitious contendings of the great city would be sadly at
variance with the tendency of my feelings and the whole tenor of my mind.'
' Oct. 12///, 1833.—Paid Mr. Hemy Reeve a visit at No. 3, Well Walk, Hampstead, and pre-
sented him with a Bocksbeutel tobacco-bag. I bought for him in Pesth two Debrecziner pipes,
for which he paid me my disbursement of five shillings.'
'March ist, 1834.—Dined with Reeve at Hampstead,' and on the 4th 'wrote to Schmellcr, and
begged Martins would remember me to Schelling, and say I should have long ago written him if
" Herr Reeve mir nicht gesagt hätte, er stände mit ihm in Briefwechscl und hattc ihm iiber den
hiesigen Standpunkt der Philosophic benachrichtiget; ich kann nicht sagen, dass die Deutsche
Schule sehr schnellen Fortschritt macht. Die Engländer begeben sich in das Transcendentale
On the 22nd of March, 1834, he is in Oxford, on which day he says,
'I accompanied Mr. Thorpe (Benjamin), the Anglo-Saxon scholar, to the Clarendon Press,
which is an enormous building, where various works in Greek, Latin, and English were in course of
printing by hand-presses, there being no machines at present; but what most surprised me was the
enormous room, I think above 200 feet long, in which nothing but Bibles and Prayer Books are
printed: there seemed to be 70 or 80 men or more hard at work, and yet all they could do from
morning till night is scarcely capable of meeting the demand.'
As yet he knows nothing of Icelandic, and is uncertain whether he will go to
the North. Thorpe begs him if he went to Denmark to bring him a copy of ' Hcrvara
Saga, edit. RafenJ
On the 3ist of March, 1834, he wrote a long letter in German to his friend
Schmeller in Munich, giving an account of the collation of certain Latin MSS. in
Oxford. In it he says :
' Vielleicht kann ich diesen Fruhling die Wahlfahrt nach Scandinavien nicht machen; dann
komme ich wahrscheinlich nach Carlsbad.'
However, this doubt was solved in the affirmative, for on the I4th of May he left
London by steamer for Hamburg, and on the 2ist he paid his first visit to Copenhagen
by steamer from Travemilnde through the Danish Isles, and is ' much struck by the
width of the streets and spaciousness of the large open squares and the general large
scale of the houses/ Here his banker, Herr Brandt,
'Informed' him 'on the 23rd that such was the abundance of wheat from the total absence of
export that the price had fallen below that of rye, so that the common people were beginning to ask