68 MEMORIES OF MY LIFE
Scholarship soon after joining the University. At that time he was eccentric, very short-sighted, and J ohnsonian in appearance, but these peculiarities wore . off so much that, on his calling on me some years afterwards, fashionably dressed and polished in manner, I did not at first recognise him. He took an active part in a small Epigram Club which flourished for a while and then ceased, but which gave rise to some good verses. I recollect the roll of the first line of one by Maine-" King Daniel of Dettinane that referred to a recent action of Daniel O'Connell.
Tom Taylor (1817-1880), "Dramatist and Editor of Punch," was full of vigour and versatility, but a few years older than those of whom I have been speaking. He had recently been elected Fellow of the College. In those days Punch was newly started, and Tom Taylor thought he could do better, so he founded a weekly comic paper called Puck, for which he endeavoured to obtain contributors. It was fairly good, but did not live long. Many years later he became editor of the very periodical he then wished to crush.
I saw much of Joseph and E. Kay, half-brothers of Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth (1804-1877), who was the" Founder of English Popular Education." Joseph Kay (1821-1878), "Economist," was appointed "Travelling Bachelor," a University post that at that time attracted little competition, because the conditions attached to its tenure were inconvenient to most rising men. Its possession, therefore, carried little weight. But Joseph Kay utilised to the full his position of " Travelling Bachelor of the University of Cambridge " in obtaining help abroad, and he wrote and published