Page images
PDF
EPUB

importance of the alterations which had been ef. , a Bible in her life, which was received with so much fecied, immediately adopted the whole plan as a part interest and satisfaction, or one, which she ibinks of the system of Newgate; empowered the ladies more likely to do good. It is remarkable, that this to punish the refractory by short confinement, un girl, from her conduct in her preceding prison, and dertook part of the expense of the matron, and in court, came to Newgate with the worst of charloaded the ladies with thanks and benedictions." acters."-p. 134.

pp. 130, 131.

The change, indeed, pervaded every de. We can add nothing to this touching and partment of the female division. Those who elevating statement. The story of a glorious were marched off for transportation, instead victory gives us a less powerful or proud of breaking the windows and furniture, and emotion—and thanks and benedictions appear going off, according to immemorial usage, with to us never to have been so richly deserved.

drunken songs and intolerable disorder, took “A year, says Mr. Buxton, has now elapsed a serious and tender leave of their compansince the operations in Newgate began; and those ions, and expressed the utmost gratitude to most competent to judge, the late Lord Mayor and their benefactors, from whom they parted the present, the late Sheriffs and the present, the with tears. late Governor and the present, various Grand

Stealing has also been entirely Juries, the Chairman of the Police Committee, the suppressed; and, while upwards of twenty Ordinary, and the officers of the prison, have all thousand articles of dress have been manu. declared their satisfaction, mixed with astonish- factured, not one has been lost or purloined ment, at the alteration which has taken place in the within the precincts of the prison ! conduct of the females. “It is true, and the Ladies' Committee are anx: not willingly weaken the effect of this im.

We have nothing more to say; and would ious that it should not be concealed, that some of the rules have been occasionally broken. Spirits, pressive statement by any observations of they fear, have more than once been introduced; ours. Let us hear no more of the difficulty and it was discovered at one period, when many of of. regulating provincial prisons, when the the ladies were absent, that card-playing had been prostitute felons of London have been thus resumed. But, though truth compels then to ac. easily reformed and converted. Let us never very limited extent. I could find but one lady who again be told of the impossibility of repressheard an oath, and there had not been above half a ing drunkenness and profligacy, or introducing dozen instances of intoxication; and the ladies feel habits of industry in small establishments, justified in stating, that the rules have generally when this great crater of vice and corruption been observed. The ladies themselves have been has been thus stilled and purified. And, above treated with uniform respect and gratitude." all, let there be an end of the pitiful apology

pp. 132, 133.

of the want of funds, or means, or agents, to At the elose of a Session, many of the re- effect those easier improvements, when woformed prisoners were dismissed, and many men from the middle ranks of life — when new ones were received — and, under their quiet unassuming matrons, unaccustomed to auspices, card-playing was again introduced. business, or to any but domestic exertions, One of the ladies, however, went among them have, without funds, without agents, without alone, and earnestly and affectionately ex- aid or encouragement of any description, plained to them the pernicious consequences trusted themselves within the very centre of of this practice; and represented to them infection and despair; and, by opening their how much she would be gratified, if, even hearts only, and not their purses, have effectfrom regard to her, they would agree to re-ed, by the mere force of kindness, gentleness, nounce it,

and compassion, a labour, the like to which “Soon after she retired to the ladies' room, one has smoothed the way and insured_success

does not remain to be performed, and which of the prisoners came to her, and expressed, in a manner which indicated real feeling, her sorrow for to all similar labours. We cannot. Envy the having broken the rules of so kind a friend, and happiness which Mrs. Fry must enjoy from gave her a pack of carde : four others did the same. the consciousness of her own great achieveHaving burnt the cards in their presence, she felt ments ;-but there is no happiness or honour bound to remunerate them for their value, and 10 of which we should be so proud to be parmark her kenge of their ready obedience by some small present. A few days afterwards, she called takers: And we seem to relieve our own the first to her, and telling her intention, produced hearts of their share of national gratitude, in a neat muslin handkerchief. To her surprise, the thus placing on her simple and modest brow, girl looked disappointed ; and, on being asked the that truly Civic Crown, which far outshines reason, confessed she had hoped that Mrs. would have given her a Bible with her own name power - and can only be outshone itself, by

the laurels of conquest, or the coronals of written in it? which she should value beyond any those wreaths of imperishable glory which thing else, and always keep and read.' Such, a request, made in such a manner, could not be re-await the champions of Faith and Charity in fused; and the lady assures me that she never gavel a higher state of existence.

(April, 1806.) Memoirs of Richard Cumberland : written by himself. Containing an Account of his Life

and Writings, interspersed with Anecdotes and Characters of the most distinguished Persons of his Time with whom he had Intercourse or Connection. 4to. pp. 533. London: 1806.* We certainly have no wish for the death, however, to let authors tell their own story, of Mr. Cumberland ; on the contrary, we hope as an apology for telling that of all their ache will live long enough to make a large sup- quaintances; and can easily forgive them for plement to these memoirs : But he has em- grouping and assorting their anecdotes of their barrassed us a little by publishing this volume contemporaries, according to the chronology, in his lifetime. We are extremely unwilling and incidents of their owu lives. This is but to say any thing that may hurt the feelings indulging the painter of a great gallery of of a man of distinguished talents, who is draw. worthies with a panel for his own portrait; ing to the end of his career, and imagines that and though it will probably be the least like he has hitherto been ill used by the world: of the whole collection, it would be hard to but he has shown, in this publication, such an grudge him this little gratification. appetite for praise, and such a jealousy of Life has often been compared to a journey; censure, that we are afraid we cannot do our and the simile seems to hold better in nothing duty conscientiously, without giving him of- than in the identity of the rules by which fence. The truth is, that the book has rather those who write their travels, and those who disappointed us. We expected it to be ex- write their lives, should be governed. When tremely amusing; and it is not. There is too a man returns from visiting any celebrated much of the first part of the title in it, and too region, we expect to hear much more of the little of the last. Of the life and writings of remarkable things and persons he has seen, Richard Cumberland, we hear more than than of his own personal transactions; and enough; but of the distinguished persons with are naturally disappointed if, after saying that whom he lived, we have many fewer charac- he lived much with illustrious statesmen or ters and anecdotes than we could have wish heroes, he chooses rather to tell us of his own ed. We are the more inclined to regret this, travelling equipage, or of his cookery and serboth because the general style of Mr. Cum- vants, than to give us any account of the berland's compositions has convinced us, that character and conversation of those distinno one could have exhibited characters and guished persons. In the same manner, when anecdotes in a more engaging manner, and at the close of a long life, spent in circles of because, from what he has put into this book, I literary and political celebrity, an author sits we actually see that he had excellent oppor- down to give the world an account of his retunities for collecting, and still better talents trospections, it is reasonable to stipulate that for relating them. The anecdotes and charac- he should talk less of himself than of his asters which we have, are given in a very pleas- sociates; and natural to complain, if he tells ing and animated manner, and form the chief long stories of his schoolmasters and grandmerit of the publication : But they do not oc- mothers, while he passes over some of the cupy one tenth part of it; and the rest is filled most illustrious of his companions with a bare with details that do not often interest, and ob- mention of their names. servations that do not always amuse.

Mr. Cumberland has offended a little in this Authors, we think, should not, generally, way. He has also composed these memoirs, be encouraged to write their own lives. The we think, in too diffuse, rambling, and caregenius of Rousseau, his enthusiasm, and the less a style. There is evidently no selection novelty of his plan, have rendered the Con- or method in his narrative : and unweighed fessions, in some respects, the most interest- remarks, and fatiguing apologies and protesing of books. But a writer, who is in full' tations, are tediously interwoven with it, in possession of his senses, who has lived in the the genuine style of good-natured but irrepresworld like the men and women who compose sible loquacity. The whole composition, init, and whose vanity aims only at the praise deed, has not only too much the air of conof great talents and accomplishments, must versation : It has sometimes an unfortunate not hope to write a book like the Confessions: resemblance to the conversation of a professed and is scarcely to be trusted with the delinea- talker; and we meet with many passages in tion of his own character or the narrative of which the author appears to work himself up his own adventures. We have no objection, to an artificial vivacity, and to give a certain

air of smartness to his expression, by the in* I reprint part of this paper-for the sake chiefly troduction of cant phrases, odd metaphors, and of the anecdotes of Bentley, Bubb Dodingion, a sort of practised and theatrical originality, Soame Jenyns, and a few others, which I think The work, however, is well worth looking remarkable—and very much, also, for the lively i over, and contains many more amusing pasand graphic account of ihe impression of Garrick's new style of acting, as compared with that of Quin sages than we can afford to extract on the and the old schools—which is as good and as cu

present occasion. rious as Colley Cibber's admirable sketches of Mr. Cumberland was born in 1732; and he Betterton and Booth.

has a very natural pride in relating that his

paternal great-grandfather was the learned | amptonshire at the birth of his son. He went and most exemplary Bishop Cumberland, au- to school, first at Bury St.

Edmunds, and after. thor of the treatise De Legibus Naturæ ; and wards at Westminster. But the most valuable that his maternal grandfather was the cele- part of his early education was that for which “brated Dr. Richard Bentley. Of the last of he was indebted to the taste and intelligence these distinguished persons he has given, from of his mother. We insert with pleasure the the distinct recollection of his childhood, a following amiable paragraph:much more amiable and engaging represen

“ It was in these intervals from school that my tation than has hitherto been made public. mother began to form both my taste and my ear Instead of the haughty and morose critic and for poetry, by employing me every evening to read controversialist, we here learn, with pleasure, to her, of which art she was a very able mistress. that he was as remarkable for mildness and Our readings were, with very few exceptions, conkind affections in private life, as for profound she both admired and understood in the true spiru erudition and sagacity as an author. Mr.

and sense of the author. With all her father's Cumberland has collected a number of little critical acumen, she could trace, and reach me to anecdotes that seem to be quite conclusive unravel, all the meanders of his metaphor, and upon this head; but we rather insert the fol-point out where it illuminated, or where it only lowing general testimony :

loaded and obscured the meaning. These were

happy hours and interesting lectures to me ; whilst “I had a sister somewhat older than myself. my beloved father, ever placid and complacent, Had there been any of that sternness in my grand saie beside us, and took part in our amusement; father, which is so falsely impured to him, it may his voice was never heard but in the tone of approwell be supposed we should have been awed into balion; his countenance never marked but with silence in his presence, to which we were admitted the natural traces of his indelible and hereditary every day. Nothing can be furiber from the truih; benevolence." he was the unwearied patron and promoter of all our childish sports and sallies; at all times ready to

The effect of these readings was, that the detach himself from any topic of conversation to young author, at twelve years of age, protake an interest and bear his part in our amuse. duced a sort of drama, called "Shakespeare ments. The eager curiosity natural to our age, and in the Shades," composed almost entirely of the questions it gave birth to, so teasing to many passages from that great writer, strung tocouraged, as the claims of infant reason, never to gether and assorted with no despicable inbe evaded or abused ; strongly recommending, that genuity. But it is more to the purpose to to all such inquiries answers should be given ac observe that, at this early period of his life, he cording to the strictest truth, and information dealt first saw Garrick, in the character of Lothario; to us in the clearest terms, as a sacred duiy never and has left this animated account of the imto be departed from. I have broken in upon many a time in his hours of study, when he would pression which the scene made upon his put his book aside, ring his hand-bell for his ser

mind :vant, and be led 10 his shelves to take down a picture-book for my amusement! I do not say ihat fore my eyes. Quin presented himself

, upon the

“I have the spectacle even now, as it were, be. pictures which his books generally supplied me with rising of the curtain, in a green velvet coat, em

broidered down the seams, an enormous full-bot. were anatomical drawings of dissected bodies, very tomed periwig, rolled stockings, and high heeled little calculated to communicate delight; but he had nothing better to produce; and surely such an cadence, and in deep full tone, accompanied by a

square-ioed shoes: With very little variation of effort on his parı, however unsuccessful, was no feature of a cynic; a cynic should be made of ihan of the stage in it, he rolled out his heroics

sawing kind of action, which had more of the senate sterner stuff.' "Once, and only once, I recollect his giving me disdain the plaudits that were bestowed upon him.

with an air of dignified indifference, that seemed to a gentle rebuke for making a most outrageous noise Mrs. Cibber, in a key high pitched, but sweet within the room over his library, and disturbing him in al, sung, or rather recitatived, Rowe's harmonious his studies: I had no apprehension of anger from strains, something in the manner of the Improvihim, and confidently answered that I could not help satori :' It was so extremely wanting in conirast, it, as I had been at battledore and shutilecock with that, though it did not wound the ear, it wearied is: Master Gooch, the Bishop of Ely's son. 'And I when she had once recited iwo or three speeches. I have been at this sport with his father,' he replied; could anticipate the manner of every succeeding • But thine has been the more amusing game; so there's no harm done.'

one. It was like a long old legendary ballad of in.

numerable stanzas, every one of which is sung 10 He also mentions, that when his adversary the same tune, eternally chiming in the ear without Collins had fallen into poverty in his latter variation or relief. Mrs. Pritchard was an actress days, Bentley, apprehending that he was in of a different cast, had more nature, and of course

more change of tone, and variety both of aciion some measure responsible for his loss of repu- and expression. In my opinion, the comparison tion, contrived to administer to his necessities was decidedly in her favour. But when, after long in a way not less creditable to his delicacy and eager expectation, I first beheld little Garrick, than to his liberality.

then young and lighi, and alive in every muscle The youngest daughter of this illustrious and in every feature, come bounding on the stage, scholar, the Phæbe of Byron's pastoral, and paced Horatio — heavens, what a transition :

and pointing at the witrol Altamont and heavy. herself a woman of extraordinary accomplish- seemed as if a whole century had been stepped ments, was the mother of Mr. Cumberland. over in the transition of a single scene! Old things His faiher, who appears also to have been a were done away; and a new order at once bronght man of the most blameless and amiable dis- forward, bright and luminous, and clearly destined positions, and to have united, in a very exem

10 dispel the barbarisms and bigotry of a tasteless plary way, the characters of a clergyman and and superstitiously devoted to the illusions of im.

age, too long artached to the prejudices of custom, a gentlemen, was Rector of Stanwick in North- ' posing declamation. This heaven-born actor was

then struggling to emancipate his audience from the son of the wearer, that I remember when he made slavery they were resigned to; and though at times his first speech in ihe House of Peers as Lord Mel. he succeeded in throwing in some gleams of new. combe, all the filashes of his wit, all the studied born light upon them, yet in general they seemed phrases and well-turned periods of his rhetoric to love darkness belter than light; and in the dia. I lost their effect, simply because the orator had logue of altercation between Floratio and Lothario, laid aside his magisterial tie, and put on a mo. beslowed far the greater show of hands upon the dern bag.wig, which was as much out of costume master of the old school ihan upon the founder of upon the broad expanse of his shoulders, as a cue the new. I thank my stars, my feelings in those would have been upon the robes of the Lord Chietmoments led me righi ; they were those of nature, Justice," and therefore could not err."

The following, with all our former impresSome years after this, Mr. Cumberland's

sions of his hero's absurdity, rather surpassed father exchanged his living of Stanwick for that of Fulham, in order that his son might

our expectations. have the benefit of his society, while obliged "Of pictures he seemed to take his estimate only to reside in the vicinity of the metropolis. by their cost; in fact, he was not possessed of any. The celebrated Bubb Bodington resided at But I recollect his saving to me one day in his great this time in the neighbouring parish of Ham- saloon at Eastbury, that it he had halt a score picmersmith; and Mr. Cumberland, who soon decorate his walls with them; in place of which I

tures of a thousand pounds a-piece, he would gladly became a frequent guest at his table, has pre- am sorry to say he had stuck up immense patches of sented his readers with the following spirited gill leather, shaped into bugle horns, upon hangings full length portrait of that very remarkable of rich crimson velvet! and round his state bed he and preposterous personage.

displayed a carpeting of gold and silver embroidery.

winich 100 glaringly betrayed iis derivation from Our splendid host was excelled by no man in coal, waistcoal, and breeches, by ihe testimony of doing ihe honours of his house and table; to the pockets, buttonholes, and loops, with other equally ladies he had all the courtly and profound devotion incontrovertible witnesses, subpænaed from the of a Spaniard, with the ease and gaiety of a French tailor's shopboard! When he paid his courl at Si. man towards the men. His mansion was magnifi. James' to the present queen upon her nuptials, he cent; massy, and stretching out to a great extent approached 10 kiss her hand,' decked in an emof front, with an enormous portico of Doric columns, broidered suit of silk, with lilac waistcoal, and ascended by a stately Night of steps. There were breeches, the latter of which, in the act of kneeling turrets, and wings too, that went í know not whi. down, forgot their duty and broke loose from their ther, though now levelled with the ground, or gone moorings in a very indecorous and uncourtly to more ignoble uses : Vanbrugh, who constructed manner.' This superb edifice, seemed to have had the plan of During my stay at Eastbury, we were visited Blenheim in his thoughts, and the interior was as by the late Mr. Henry Fox and Mr. Alderman proud and splendid as the exterior was bold and Beckford; the solid good sense of the former, and imposing. All this was exactly in unison with the the dashing loquacity of the latter, formed a striking taste of iis magnificent owner; who had gilt and contrast between the characters of these genilemen. furnished the apartments with a profusion of finery, To Mr. Fox our host paid all that courily homage, that kepi no terms with simplicity, and not always which he so well knew how to time, and where to with elegance or harmony of style. Whatever Mr. apply; 10 Beckford he did not observe the same Dodington's revenue then was, he had the happy attentions, but in the happiest flow of his raillery art of managing it with such economy, that I be- and wit combated this intrepid talker with admiralieve he made more display at less cost than any ble effect. It was an interlude truly comic and man in the kingdom but himself could have done. amusing.–Beckford loud, voluble, self-sufficient, His town house in Pall-Mall, and this villa at Ham- and galled by hits which he could not parry, and mersmith, were such establishments as few nobles probably did not expect, laid himself more and in the nation were possessed of. In either of these inore open in the vehemence of his argument ; he was not to be approached but through a suit of Dodingion lolling in his chair in perfect apathy and aparıments, and rarely seated but under painted self-command, dozing, and even snoring at intervals, ceilings and gilt entablatures. In his villa you were in his lethargic way, broke out every now and then conducted through two rows of antique marble into such gleams and flashes of wit and irony, as stalues, ranged in a gallery Hoored with the rarest by the contrast of his phlegm with the other's im. marbles, and enriched with columns of granite and petuosily, made his huinour irresistible, and set the lapis lazuli; his saloon was hung with the finest iable in a roar. He was here upon his very strongGobelin tapestry, and he slepe in a bed encanopied est ground." with peacock's feathers in the style of Mrs. Mon- " He wrote small poems with great pains, and lague. When he passed from Pall-Mall to La elaborate letters with much terseness of style, and Trappe it was always in a coach, which I could not some quaininess of expression: I have seen him but suspect had been his ambassadorial equipage at refer to a volume of his own verses in manuscript, Madrid, drawn by six fat unwieldy black horses, but he was very shy, and I never had the perusal short-docked, and of colossal dignitý. Neither was of it. I was rather better acquainted with his Diary, he less characteristic in apparel than in equipage; which since his death has been published; and I he had a wardrobe loaded with rich and faring suits, well remember the temporary disguse he seemed each in i:self a load to the wearer, and of These Ito take, when upon his asking what I would do have no doubt but many were coeval with his em- with it should he bequeath it to my discretion, I bassy above mentioned, and every birth-day had instantly replied, that I would destroy it. There added to the stock. In doing this he so conirived was a third, which I more coveted a sight of than as never to put his old dresses out of countenance, of either of the above, as it contained a miscellaby any variations in the fashion of the new; in the neous collection of anecdotes, reparlees, good saymean time, his bulk and corpulency gave full dis. ings, and humorous incidents, of which he was part play to a vast expanse and profusion of brocade and author and part compiler, and out of which he was embroidery, and this, when set off with an enor in the habit of refreshing his memory, when he mous tie-periwig and deep-laced ruffles, gave the prepared himself to expect certain men of wit and picture of an ancient courtier in his gala habit, or pleasantry, either at his own house or elsewhere. Quin in his stage dress. Nevertheless, it must be Upon this practice, which he did not affect to con confessed this siyle, though out of date, was not out ceal, he observed io me one day, that it was a com. of character, bui harmonised so well with the per- Iplimeni he paid to societv. when he submi:ted 10

[ocr errors]

steal weapons out of his own armoury for their en., his recollection or equilibrium the whole time, and tertainment.'

was in excellent foolery. It was a singular coinci. "I had taken leave of Lord Melcombe the day dence, that there was a person in company who had preceding the coronation, and found him before a received his reprieve at the gallows, and the very looking-glass in his new robes, – practising atti. judge who had passed sentence of death upon him : tudes, and debating within himself upon the most But this did noi in the least disturb the harmony graceful mode of carrying his coronet in the pro. of the society, nor embarrass any human creature cession. He was in high glee with his fresh and present.”—pp. 174, 175. blooming honours; and I left him in the act of dictating a billet to Lady Hervey, apprising her that At this period of his story he introduces a young lord was coming to throw himself at her several sketches and characters of his literary feet."-p. 159.

friends; which are executed, for the most Mr. Cumberland went to Ireland with Lord part, with great force and vivacity. Of GarHalifax in 1761; and the celebrated Single- rick he saysSpeech Hamilton went as chief secretary:- Nature had done so much for him, that he His character is well drawn in the following could not help being an actor; she gave him a sentences.

frame of so manageable a proportion, and from its

flexibility so perfectly under command, that, by its “He spoke well, but not often. in the Irish aptitude and elasticity, he could draw it out to fit House of "Commons. He had a striking counte; any sizes of character thai tragedy could offer 19 nance, a graceful carriage, great self-possession and him, and contract it 10 any scale of ridiculous dipersonal courage: He was not easily put out of his minuion, that his Abel Drugger, Scrubb. or Frib. way by any of those unaccommodating repugnances ble, could require of him to sink it to. His eye, in that men of weaker nerves, or more tender con.

the meantime, was so penetrating, so speaking; sciences, might have stumbled at, or been checked his brow so movable, and all his features so plas. by: he could mask the passions that were natural tic, and so accommodating, that wherever his mind to him, and assume those that did not belong to impelled them, they would go; and before his him : he was indefatigable, meditative, mysterious: tongue could give the text, his countenance would much reflection, but he had the art of setting them express the spirit, and the passion of the part he was

encharged with."--pp. 245, 246. forth as if they were the starts of ready genius and a quick perception : He had as much seeming The following picture of Soame Jenyns is steadiness as a partisan could stand in need of, and

excellent. all the real flexibility that could suit his purpose, or advance his interest. He would fain have retained

“ He was the man who bore his part in all sohis connection with Edmund Burke, and associated cieries with the most even temper and undisturbed him to his politics, for he well knew the value of his hilarity of all the good companions whom I ever talents; but in that object he was soon disap- knew. He came into your house at the very mopointed: the genius of Burke was of too high a

ment you had put upon your card ; he dressed him. caste to endure debasement.''-pp. 169, 170.

self io do your party honour in all the colours of In Dublin Mr. Cumberland was introduced the jay; his lace indeed had long since lost its to a new and a more miscellaneous society since the days when gentlemen embroidered figured

lustre, but his coat had faithfully retained its cut than he had hitherto been used to, and has velvets with short sleeves, boot cuffs, and buckram presented his readers with striking sketches shiris. As nature had cast him in the exact mould of Dr. Pococke and Primate Stone. We are of an ill made pair of stiff slays, he followed ber so „more amused, however, with the following close in the fashion of his coat, that it was doubted picture of George Faulkner.

if he did not wear them. Because he had a pro

tuberant wen just under his poll, he wore a wig • Description must fall short in the attempt to con- that did not cover above half his head. His eyes vey any sketch of that eccentric being to those who were protruded like the eyes of the lobster, who have not read him in the notes of Jephson, or seen wears them at the end of his feelers, and yet there him in the mimickry of Foote, who, in his portraits was room between one of these and his nose for of Faulkner, found the only sitter whom his ex. another wen, that added nothing to his beauty ; yet travagant pencil could not caricature ; for he had a I heard this good man very innocently remark, solemn intrepidity of egotism, and a daring con. when Gibbon published his history, that he wontempt of absurdiiy, that fairly outfaced imitation, dered any body so ugly could write a book. and, like Garrick's Ode on Shakespeare, which “Such was the exterior of a man, who was the Johnson said " defied criticism,” so did George, in charm of the circle, and gave a zest to every com. the original spirit of his own perfect buffoonery, pany he came into: His pleasantry was of a sort defy caricature. He never deigned to join in the peculiar to himself; it harmonised with everything; laugh he had raised, nor seemed to have a feeling it was like the bread to your dinner; you did not of the ridicule he had provoked. At the same time perhaps make it the whole, or principal part of that he was preeminently, and by preference, the your meal, but it was an admirable and wholesome butt and buffoon of the company, he could find auxiliary to your other viands. Soame Jeny ns told openings and opportunities for hits of retaliation, you no long stories, engrossed no

much of your which were such left-handed thrus's as few could atention, and was not angry with those that did. parry: nobody could foresee where they would His thoughts were original, and were apt to have a fall; nobody, of course, was fore-armed : and as very whimsical affinity to paradox in them : He there was, in his calculation, but one supereminent wrote verses upon dancing, and prose upon the character in the kingdom of Ireland, and he the origin of evil; yet he was a very indifferent mela. printer of the Dublin Journal, rank was no shield physician, and a worse dancer : ill-nature and peragainst George's arrows, which flew where he sonality, with the single exception of his lines upon listed, and hit or missed as chance direcied, -he Johnson, I never heard fall from his lips : Those cared not about consequences. He gave good meat lines I have forgotten, though I believe I was the and excellent claret in abundance. I sat at his table first person to whom he recited them; they were once from dinner till iwo in the morning, whilst very bad, but he had been told that Johnson ndi. George swallowed immense potations, with one culed his metaphysics, and some of us had jost solitary sodden strawberry at the bottom of the then been making extemporary epitaphs upon each glass, which he said was recommended to him by other. Though his wit was harmless, yet the genehis doctor for its cooling properties ! He never lost I ral cast of it was ironical; there was a terseness in

« PreviousContinue »