On the inside covers and on the fly-leaf, he stuck some very early examples of moveable pictures, the forerunners of today’s pop-up books pictures. The German inscription on the picture of a piece of furniture on the right above translates as follows:
Even if the bookcase appears so small,
If you, I beg, make the effort,
To draw the curtains right and left,
I hope the contents will please you.
And this is what is revealed:
A series of bathetic verses written in three-line stanzas, each addressed to a different family member e.g. My Mother, My Father, My Daughter, My Woman comes next. Here is a brief sample:
Who in my helpless Infancy
Assisted oft to wait on me
To ease my Mother’s arm and knee?
“When harm or sickness made me cry
Who was it watched my heavy Eye
And wept for fear that I should die?
How was my aching bosom torn
With doubts and fears upon that morn
When thou first pledge of love wert born?
This must have been a popular style at the time as it was later parodied by Thomas Hood in his verses A Lay of Real Life in which he lists all his relations, starting with his grandfather and concludes that he can only rely upon himself. Indeed, I remember my own father reciting over a hundred and fifty years later:
“Who took me from my nice warm cot
And put me on a cold, cold pot,
Whether I wanted to or not?
Charles Haultain also collected jokes, epigrams and riddles that were stuck or written in to the notebook wherever space permitted. Unfortunately he frequently only jotted down the riddle questions so I cannot enlighten you as to Why a Spectator is like a Beehive or why Two Laughing Girls are like the Wings of a Chicken. On the back inside cover, he stuck another German movable picture of a man raising a stein to his mouth. The inscription translates as 'to your health'.
He was promoted to Commander in June 1814 but, despite his best efforts, saw no further naval employment but presumably remained on half-pay. He was made a Knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order in the New Year's honours of 1833. Although this order was instituted by the Prince Regent in 1815, it was always regarded as a foreign order in the United Kingdom and while members could use the appropriate initials - in Haultain's case, KH - after their names, they were not entitled to the style of 'Sir'.
Commander Charles Haultain K. H. was later the originator and compiler of the New Navy List. He died in 1845 and is buried in the graveyard of St. Mary's Church, Fairford, Co. Gloucester.