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Mr. McCulloch was not a party politician, but he hailed good measures, especially for the enfranchisement of commerce, however they originated. So far as the Representation of the people in Parliament is concerned, he was not what is called an advanced reformer, inasmuch as he did not in the least sympathise with those who would commit a large share of political power to the million. What he inveighed against in his youth was the election of members of Parliament by the self-chosen town councils of the Scotch burghs, but he disliked and distrusted the opposite extreme quite as much.
We have heard it remarked that Mr. McCulloch possessed in a great degree the inflexibility of the old Roman character. But under an occasionally stern exterior there dwelt great simplicity of character, a good heart, and a most social and hospitable disposition. He was very decided both in his likes and dislikes, and in his expression of them he was pithy and unreserved. Most especially he hated all shams, from an inconvertible paper currency downwards. Very few objects claimed his admiration more than the merchant prince of high honour, who, having achieved a fortune, takes a creditable or distinguished part in the councils of the nation. On the other hand, he as cordially detested the merchant pirate, who under solvent colours preys on his fellows, and brings ruin on the ignorant and confiding. But Mr. McCulloch was quite enthusiastic in his praise of the upright man who strives, by self-denial and self-sacrifice, to do his duty to his neighbour. We have heard him often quote with emphasis and delight the well-known eulogy of Burns the poet on Heron of Kerroughtree, the banker, who, having been unsuccessful in business, gave up all, and lived in a cottage till he had paid every creditor to the utmost farthing.
And there will be trusty Kerroughtree,
Burns's second Heron Ballad.
Mr. McCulloch was tall and of strong constitution,* on which, however, frequent attacks of bronchitis had made serious inroads during the last two years of his life.
He married early and most happily, and died at the Stationery Office, Westminster, on November 11, 1864 (the 53rd anniversary of his marriage), in the 76th year of his age. He was interred in the Brompton Cemetery on November 18, and there his widow, Isabella Stewart, was laid by his side in July 1867.
II. G. R.
* Of the various portraits of Mr. McCulloch, those most worthy of notice are a kit-cat by Bewick, dated 1825, and a later full-length portrait by Macnée. There are also two very good marble busts of him, the first by Joseph and the second by Slater.
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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE EDINBURGH REVIEW.
51. On Finance; the Budget. Art. X.
Tax on Property and Income.
72. On State and Defects of British Sta-