EARL GREY'S VISION!
For some time past there has been a ridiculous rumor current, that Earl Grey was haunted by a spectre, and that his health had materially suffered by the anxiety of mind which it occasioned. We should have treated this rumor with contempt, if it had not got into good circles; but such being the case, we have made inquiry, and the following statement, to which we attach credit, on account of the quarter from which we received it, but the entire authenticity and correctness of which we cannot guarantee, has been handed to us. It is stated to us that, several years ago, when Earl Grey was at his seat in the country, he was after a hard day's study, suddenly struck, on raising his eyes from his book, with the vision of a head. At first his Lordship conceived that this was the shadow of some bust, and he examined carefully the situation of all the busts in the library, in order to ascertain whether this was the fact. He found, however, that it was a mere illusion, and treated it, as every wise man would do, as a cerebral affection, arising from a disordered state of the stomach, brought on by a too sedentary life. For some time afterwards, the Noble Earl is said to have been occasionally subject to the same vision; but as his health improved, the illusion went off. Latterly, however, the cares of office are stated to have deranged his health and to have brought on a frequent recurrence of this cerebral affection, which is only to be regretted as the proof of ill health. The story of Lord Grey's giving way to melancholy about it, is exquisitely absurd, for the complaint is one to which many sedentary men of strong powers of imagination are occasionally subject, although it in rare in this country, compared with Holland, where it is attributable to the lowness of the soil. We have heard that an eminent physician attributed the vision to an optical defect; but it is easily to be accounted for, as the result of indigestion, and depends for removal upon the cure of the complaint. It is a curious fact, that, many years ago, Earl Grey was speaking in the House of Lords, when an eminent foreign phrenologist who was present, struck with the formation of his Lordship’s head, exclaimed, “That man sees visions!" This gentleman was the friend and disciple of Dr. Gall; and it may be mentioned, that Dr. Gall himself, who was a man of great powers of mind, laboured, for a long period, under a similar cerebral affection to that which is said – with what degree of truth, we repeat, we do not know – to afflict Earl Grey. – Court Journal.