1^4 CONSOLATION FOR THE COMMISSIONERS.
the strength, as well as the desire, quietly to strangle the DiflTerence Engine.
It would be idle to break such butterflies upon its matchless wheels, or to give permanence to such names by reflecting them from its diamond-graven plates.* Though the steam- hammer can crack the coating without injuring the kernel of the filbert it drops upon — the admirable precision of its gigantic power could never be demonstrated by exhausting its energy upon an empty nut-shell.
Peace, then, to their memory, aptly enshrined in unknown characters within the penetraUa of the temple of obUvion.
These celebrities may there at last console themselves in the enjoyment of one enviable privilege denied to them during their earthly career — exemption from the daily con- sciousness of being *^ found oui.'*
It is, however, not quite impossible, although deciphering is a brilliant art, that one or other of them may have heard of the dread power of the decipherer. Having myself had some sb'ght acquaintance with that fascinating pursuit, it gives me real pleasure to relieve them from this very natural fear by assuring them that not even the most juvenile decipherer could be so stupid as to apply himself to the in- terpretation of — characters known to be meaningless.
Tet there is one name amongst, but not of them — a fellow- worshipper with myself at far other fanes, whose hands, like mine, have wielded the hammer, and whose pen, like mine, has endeavoured to communicate faithfully to his fellow-men
- For the purpose of testing the steadiness and truth of the tools em-
ployed in fonning the gun-metal plates, I had some dozen of them turned with a diamond point. The perfect equality of its cut caused the reflected light to be resolved into those beautiful images pointed out by Frauenhofer, and also so much admired in the celebrated gold buttons produced by the late Mr. Barton, the Comptroller of the Mini