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will not. I repeat that there are eighty-five scoundrels in this room.' Surely, my lord, you will allow men to exercise their right?' ? Certainly I will; but I repeat my words—there are eighty. five scoundrels in this room, for every man it contains pledged himself to me to vote for my brother's admission. The effect of this statement may be conceived. The haughty, indignant, and now supercilious earl, after a pause, proceeded amidst breathless attention: • Montague Mathew is the only man in Ireland for whom I could not succeed in procuring admission into this club. Who among you is better entitled to the distinction, if it were one, than Montague Mathew ? Which of you is of a nobler family, or more illustrious de. scent? Who among you is more Irish, or rather more patriotic in principle and conduct, than he ? Bear in mind, every man of you, that I denounce eighty-five of those who hear me as scoundrels ! He then threw open the door, and for the last time descended the stair. case of the Kildare.street club."
Barry Yelverton, chief baron of the exchequer, resided in Kildare-street from 1792 to 1798, where also was the residence of Richard Power, baron of the same court, from 1771 to his death in 1793.
“ Baron Power," says one of his contempories, was considered an excellent lawyer, and was altogether one of the most curious characters I have met in the profession. He was a morose, fat fellow, affecting to be genteel :- he was very learned, very rich, and very ostentatious. Unfortunately for himself, baron Power held the office of usher of the court of chancery, which was principally remunerated by fees on monies lodged in that court. Lord Clare (then chancellor) hated and teazed him, because Power was arrogant himself, and never would succumb to the arrogance of Fitzgibbon. The chancellor had a certain control over the usher; at least he had a sort of license for abusing him by inuendo, as an officer of the court, and most unremittingly did he exercise that license. Baron Power had a large private fortune, and always acted in office strictly according to the custom of his predecessors; but was attacked so virulently and pertinaciously by lord Clare, that having no redress, it made a deep impression, first on his pride, then on his mind, and at length on his intellect. Lord Clare followed up his blow, as was common with him ; he made incessant attacks on the baron, who chose rather to break than bend ; and who, unable longer to stand this persecution, determined on a prank of all others the most agreeable to his adversary! The baron walked quietly down early one fine morning to the south wall, which runs into the sea, about two miles from Dublin ; there he very deliberately filled his coat-pockets with pebbles; and having accomplished that business, as deliberately walked into the ocean, which however did not retain him long, for his body was thrown ashore with great contempt by the tide. His estates devolved upon his nephews, two of the most respectable men of their country; and the lord chancellor enjoyed the double gratification
; of destroying a baron, and recommending a more submissive officer in
Had the matter ended here, it might not have been so very remarkable ; but the precedent was too respectable and inviting not to be followed by persons who had any particular reasons for desiring strangulation; as a judge drowning himself gave the thing a sort of dignified legal éclat! It so happened, that à Mr. Morgal, then an attorney residing in Dublin, (of large dimensions, and with shin bones curved like the segment of a rainbow,) had, for good and sufficient reasons, long appeared rather dissatisfied with himself and other people. But as attorneys were considered much more likely to induce their neighbours to cut their throats than to execute that office upon themselves, nobody ever suspected Morgal of any intention to shorten his days in a voluntary manner. However, it appeared that the signal success of baron Power had excited in the attorney a great ambition to get rid of his sensibilities by a similar exploit. In compliance with such his impression, he adopted the very same preliminaries as the baron had done; walked off by the very same road, to the very same spot; and having had the advantage of knowing from the coroner's inquest, that the baron had put pebbles into his pocket with good effect, adopted likewise this judicial precedent, and committed himself in due form to the hands of father Neptune, who took equal care of him as he had done of the baron; and, after having suffocated him so completely as to defy the exertions of the Humane Society, sent his body floating ashore, to the full as bloated and buoyant as baron Power's had been.—As a sequel to this little anecdote of Crosby Morgal, it is worth observing, though I do not recollect any of the attorneys immediately following his example ; four or five of his clients very shortly after started from this world of their own accord, to try, as people then said, if they could any way overtake Crosby, who had left them no conveniencies for staying long behind him.”
John Forbes, M.P. for and recorder of Drogheda, one of the most zealous advocates of Catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform, resided in Kildare-street from 1785 to 1796. The
Whig club” occasionally assembled in Forbes' house here, and the Catholic convention of 1793 originated from a meeting held there in 1792, at which were present George Ponsonby, lord Donoughmore, Grattan, Keogh, Edmund Byrne, and others :
“ Without any very distinguished natural abilities, and but moderately acquainted with literature, by his zealous attachment to Mr. Grattan, his public principles, and attention to business, Mr. Forbes received much respect, and acquired some influence in the house of commons. He had practised at the bar with a probability of success, but he mistook his course; and became a statesman, as which he never could rise to any distinction. As a lawyer, he undervalued himself, and was modest; as a statesman, he over-rated himself, and was presumptuous. He benefited his party by his indefatigable zeal, and reflected upon it by his character; he was a good Irishman, and, to the last, undeviating in his public princi. ples. He died in honorable exile, as governor of the Bahama isles."
In Kildare-street also was the residence of sir Kildare Dixon Borrowes, bart., of Giltown, co. Kildare, of whose house here Moore has left the following juvenile reminiscence :
“ Among the most intimate friends of my schoolmaster,* were the Rev. Joseph Lefanu and his wife,-she was the sister of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. This lady, who had a good deal of the talent of her family, with a large alloy of affectation, was, like the rest of the world at that time, strongly smitten with the love of acting; and in some private theatricals held at the house of a lady Borrowes, in Dublin, had played the part of Jane Shore with considerable
A repetition of the same performance took place at the same little theatre in the year 1790, when Mrs. Lefanu being, if I recollect right, indisposed; the part of Jane Shore was played by Mr. Whyte's daughter, a very handsome and well-educated young person, while I myself—at that time about eleven years of age-re. cited the epilogue ; being kept up, as I well remember, to an hour so far beyond my usual bed time, as to be near falling asleep behind the scenes while waiting for my début. As this was the first time I ever saw my name in print, and I am now myself the little hero of my tale, it is but right I should commemorate the important event by transcribing a part of the play-bill on the occasion, as I find it given in the second edition of my master's poetical works, printed in Dublin, 1792:
•Lady BORROWES' PRIVATE THEATRE,
Will be performed
The Tragedy of
To which will be added
the Farce of
etc. etc.'" Many years subsequent to the performance here commemorated, Moore formed one of the distinguished literary and artistic circle assembled by the authoress of the “Wild Irish Girl” at the house of sir Charles Morgan, which is now known as number 39 Kildare-street.
* For a memoir of Samuel Whyte, see the paper on Grafton-street, IRISH QUARTERLY REVIEW, Vol. III., p. 20.
Art. IV.-THE GARRET, THE CABIN, AND
THE GAOL. 1. The Rookeries of London : Past, Present, and Prospective.
By Thomas Beames, M.A., Preacher and Assistant of
London: Thomas Bosworth. 1852. 2. Crime: Its Amount, Causes, and Remedies. By Frederick
Hill, Barrister-at-Law, Late Inspector of Prisons, 1
vol. 8vo. London : John Murray. 1853. 3. The Social Condition and Education of the People in Eng
land and Europe ; Shewing the Results of the Primary
vols. 8vo. London: Longman and Co. 1850. 4. The Conditions and Education of Poor Children in English
and in German Towns. Published by the Manchester Statistical Society. By Joseph Kay, Esq., M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, Barrister-at-Law; Author of “The Social Condition and Education of the People in England and Europe.” London: Longman and Co.
1853. 5. Moral-Sanatory Economy. By Henry M‘Cormack, M.D., Consulting Physician to the Belfast General Hospital
, Visiting Physician to the District Asylum for the Insane, Recent Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine in the Royal Belfast Institution, Corresponding Member of the American Institute, Washington. Belfast : Printed
for Private Circulation, by Alexander Mayne. 1853. 6. Juvenile Depravity. £100 Prize Essay. By Rev. Henry
Worsley, M.A., late Michel Scholar of Queen's College, Oxford, Rector of Euston, Sutfolk. Dedicated, by special permission, to the Lord Bishop of Norwich. London:
Charles Gilpin. 1849. 7. Report from the Select Committee on Outrages (Ireland).
Ordered to be printed June 4th, 1852. To the man who looks but at the surface of our social condition, who sees London thronged by a teeming population, who observes on every side the tokens of enterprize, the riches of the
wondrous worlds which science has laid open, and which all the people of the earth agreed, by a peaceful confederation, to place in that glorious palace, shewing all the products of those "long results of time” which have sprung in this age from the lonely study of the thoughtful designer, or have been produced by the sweat and labor of the ever-toiling worker ; to the man who knows that in every sea floats the ensign of England, that in every land her arms are victorious, that the indomitable courage, the iron resolution of her sons, great in Raleigh, greater in Anson, greatest above all in the peasantborn Cook, are still as fervid as ever in that class represented by Parry and by Ross; who sees Layard, by his labors, en
; lightening the world, and by his researches confuting the atheist; who sees the missioner going forth to civilize and to save; who knows that amidst the wild conflict of jarring systems in revolutionary Europe, where patriots have but dreamed of freedom and wooed only her shadow, the English people have continued at peace, steady in all the pride of their true liberty-secure in all the glory of their free constitution; who sees a Newspaper Press, in genius and in learning worthy to rank with the classic writings of the last age, and trusted to expose the blunderer in politics or in statesmanship, though he be a prime minister—free to denounce the scoundrel, though he disgrace a crown; who sees the Judicial Bench untainted by partiality and rendered illustrious by legal learning; who sees the merchant honored and the manufacturer respected; who sees honorable and successful trade sending its freely chosen representatives to the House of Commons, whence Royalty calls the worthiest to be its own Peers; who sees the meanest criminal treated with all the indulgence extended to the highest born offender against the law; who knows that the foulest rebel that ever sinned against the majesty of the nation, is scatheless till convicted by the free and unanimous voices of a careful jury; to the man who observes all this, the stability and the glory, and the honor of England appear the proudest, the surest, the truest things in life; and yet could be but look below the surface of the social world about him, he would find much at the very thought of which the statesman might grieve, the patriot murmur, and, alas ! the Christian tremble.
That in the condition of all classes in the kingdom there has been a vast change during the past two hundred years, no student of history can deny; and it is likewise true that