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company with the lady * who bas As the political life and opinions since been acknowledged as his wife, of Mr Fox are so well known, it may and after spending a few days with be proper to say something of him Gibbon + the historian, at Lausaime, as a man of letters. His magnum entered the classic regions of Italy. opus, which had engaged his attention But he was suddenly recalled, in con. for years, was a History of the pe. sequence of the alarming illness of the riod which immediately preceded and King, and the business of the Regency followed the Revolution ; a subject Bill.

alike congenial to his feelings and

his habits. We understand that he * We understand that he was niar.

was offered a very large sum of mos ried to Mrs Armstead in 1780.

Rey for it, by a spirited bookseller, # Copy of a letter from Mr Gibbon about three years since ; but it was to Lord Sheffield :

then, and is still, we fear, in an un66 Lausanne, Oct. 4. 1788. finished state. The Man of the People, escaped The materials are said to have from the tumult, the bloody tumult of been nearly completed, but little or the Wesimninster election, to the lakes and mountains of Switzerland, and I

no progress made in the composition. was informed that he was arrived at the

We have understood, on good au. Lion d'o. I sent a compliment; be thority, that Mr Fox had, in the answered it in person, and settled at my course of his researches, been led to house for the remainder of the day. 1 form a more favourable opinion have eat and drank, and conversed and than is generally entertained, of the sat up all night with Fox in England; conduct of the unfortunate monarch but it never happened, perhaps it never can happen again, that I should enjoy had at least formed no systematic de

James II. ; and to suppose that he him as I did that day, alone, from ten in the morning till ten at night. sign of subverting the liberties of his

" Poor Deyverdun, before bis acci. country. We are hence led to sup. dent, wanted spirits to appear, and has pose that this work would have been regretted it since. Our conversation distinguished, as much by its cannever flagged a moment: and he seem. dour, as by its ability. ed thoroughly, pleased with the place

His 6 Letter to the Electors of and with his company, We had little politacs : though he gave me, in a few Westminster,” published in 1793, and words, such a character of Pitt, as one which passed through no less than great man should give of another, his thirteen editions within a few months, rivál : many of books, from my own, may be in some measure considered on which he flattered me yery pleasant. ly, to Homer and the Arabian Nights; tains a full and ample apology for his

as a legacy to posterity, as it can. much about the country, my garden conduct during the former war with (which he understands far better than

France. I do,) and, upon the whole, I think he envies me, and would do so were he

Of his compositions while at Eton, minister. The next morning I gave the whole have been euumerated in him a guide to walk him about the town chronological order ; and in respect and country, and invited some company to his fugitive poetry, we shall here to meet him at dinner. The following affix a list of such articles as have day he continued his journey to Berne been seen by us. ond Zurich, and I have heard of him by

1. His Verses to Mrs, now Lady, various means.

“The people gaze on him as a pro. Crewe, beginning with, digy, but he shews little inclination to converse th them."

" Where the loveliest expression to feature 410. Ed, Vol. 1. of Mems. p. 192.

is joined," &e

2. An Invocation to Poverty; a new Writ for Tavistock, on the “O Poverty of pale consumptive hue," &c. 16th of March, 1802.

3. Lines addressed to a lady who is In the character of Mr Fox, the declared " that she did not care three mostconspicuous part was that fraakak skips of a lobee for me.” We do nessy bricandour, which distinguished not recollect the arst line, but the him from most other men, and from point is, that “ the lady of course had all other politicians, Bold and teso. in her mouth what was always run, lute in public, in private life he was ning in her bead."

. peculiarly mild and gentle, bland in 4. Verses addressed to Mrs Foxy his manners, and captivating in his on his attaining the age of fifty: conversation. Thus, while in ost. i hese are highly complimentary to Stephen's Chapel be assailed corrups that lady.

tion with Stentorian voice and Here And, 5. Vetses inscribed to bis culean energy; at St Anne's hill be nephew, Lord Holland. 384, exhibited all the urbanity, and cul.

Of his single sperches, published tivated all the blandishments, of do we rather suppose without his cog. mestic retirement.' nizance or revision, the following is Possessed of a sanguine tempera. the best list we have been able to ment, his follies at one period of his procure ;

life, like his virtues at another, were 1. Speech to the Electors of West- carried to extremes. He sacrificed minster, July 17, 1782.

his nights and days, kis health and 2. Speech in Parliament on the fortune, to the worship of the blind East Iudia Bill, 1783.54

goddess; and not content with his 3, Speech on the Irish Resolutions, triumphs in St Stephen's Chapel, he' 1784.

aspired to give laws to Newmarket? 4. Reply to Mr Pict.

His keen and penetrating eye would 5. Two Speeches in behalf of a red follow a favourite courser from the peal of the Test and Corporation starting post to the goal; his heart. Acts, March 2. 1790.

would pant with expectation as the 6. Speech op Mr Whitbread's mo. face drew towards a conclusion; and tion on the Russiap Armament, Mar, that voice (fated to be more honour1. 1792.

ably and more usefully employed, in 7. Speech at the Wbig Club, Dec, regulating the interests of an empire) 4. 1792.

was then prodigatly wasted in cheer. 8. Speech at the opening of Par. ing the foaming steed, and applaud. liament Dec. 18. 1792.

ing the victorious rider. At leogth, : 9. Speech on the King's Message abjuring the follies of the day, be to the House of Comnions, on the began to use the arms, and practise execution of Louis XVI. January 31, the arts of a great statesman. 279%.

In his person and manner, M- Fox 10. Speech on the declaration of somewhat resembled the sage of war by France, Feb. 10, 1793. Ithaca : he was short and corpulent,

11. Speech on Mr. Gray's motion bis chest was capacious, his shoulders for a Reform in Parliament, May 7,

-2 36 9. broad, 1799.

12.On the State of the Nation * A porvien of the race ground 16 28March 24, 1795.

tually called the F. C. or Fax Course, And, 13. A Sketch of the cha. in this place, however, that Mr Fox al

at this day. It ought not to be omitted sacter of the late Most Noble Francis ways withdrew his name from Brookes's, Duke of Bedford, as delivered in his the moment he accepted of any employ. Introductory Speech to a Motion for ment.

broad, his hair dark and thick, his fellow the Earl of Carlisle hailed the eye brows black and bushy, his com, dawning talents of his youth, the plexión- tinged with a yellow hue. classical pen of Dr Part offered a sin. In bris' youth he was celebrated for cere tribute to the wonders of his his agility ; but of late years he had be. maturer age; the Duchess of Devon. come obese and unwieldy, while his shire, surrounded by the Loves and lower extremities sometime past be- Graces, hailed him as the brightest gan to 'exhibit the diagnostics of that - ornament of his age'; while the disease which proved fatal to himat-.

Duke of

f Bedford installed his-bust six oclock on the afternoon of Saturs in the unfioisbed Temple dedicated day the 13th of September, 1806, by him to Liberty, and requested without pain, and almost without a csof his successor, on his death-ted, struggle, in the fifty nişth year of that it might be completed for its his age. Seseception *

He expired at the house of his His corpse, entombed with our friend the Duke o Devonshire, in :rkingą, statės men, and heroes, will rethe arms of his nephew, Lord Hold pose within the precincts of that city - land, at Cheswick House, hitherto which hic iso long represented.pl celebrated as one of the masterpieces ;

Riof Palladio's art ; but which will henceforth be viewed with a new degree of interest by Englishmen, as :* * Verses by the Duchess of Devonthez.spot withio the -salictuary of shire, inscribed under the bust of Me which a Fox uttered his last sigh, Fox, at Woburn. His His face and figure will be long

Here, 'midst the friends he loy'd, recollected - for there was something

the man behold; uncommon in both. His bust has In truth unshaken, and in virtue böld: been repeatedly carved by the chissiel Whose patriatu zeal and uncorrupted' of Nollekens, the last labours of Sir'. *. mind Josbua were bestowed on his por, Dard to assert the freedom of mankind ; trait a while Jones is supposed to And whilst extending desolation far, have excelled in a megzotinto likeness,

spread the baleful flames of

war; and Smith and Opie is whole lengths Fearless of blame, and eloquent to save, these are the more transitory emos Twas he-'twas Fox, the warping couns blems of the person for to whomens

sel gave; is it given to depict the

e animated Midst jarring conflicts stemm'd the tide flashes of his eye in the course of an

of argumente of the menacing action of And to the menac'd world a sea-mark

stood! his hand during debate, to describes the wisdom of his head, the kindness

Oh! had his goice in Mercy's cause of his hşart, or the cloquence of big what grateful millions had the States

prevail'd, tongue ?

man hail'd : No man has ever been more ready Whose wisdom bide the broils of nato bestow praise on others; and in tions cease, return-he trimself-has been gratified . And taught the world humanity and with thet eulogiums of almost everyo peace! distinguished person of the present = But though he fan.d, succeeding agęs

here age. The great "Lexicographer, 'a! though pepsioned by the king, and The vain yet pious effort shall revere unfriendly to bie principles, ayowed Beast in their annals his illustrious his attachment to his person, and his gr Uphold his greatness, and contro his admiration of his genius. His school. fame." Oct. 1806.

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Reflections on a Stand of HACKNEY dragged along, what reflections must COACHES.

not occur ! You will observe the no. By SIR JOHN SINCLAIR.

blest of our domestic animals, redu. THERE is ng situation which ced, probably from a state of case, of

furnishes more ample room for comfort, and of luxury, to ihe most reflection, than where a stand of hack. miserable of all situations; kept al. ney coaches, and all the incidents most perpetually in harness; exposed, connected therewith, can for some unsheltered, to all the vicissitudes of time be contemplated. A volume the seasons ; living on scanty fare ; might be written upon the subject. forced by st.ripes to exert himself beI shall confine myself to a few par- yond his strength; and at last per. ticulars, which must strike even the ishing, at a premature age, unknown most careless observer.

and unpiried.

Alas! how similar, When a stand is full, what a va. at the same time, to the lot of a ma. riety of characters appear among the jority of the human species. coachmen! You will see one sleep If from them our attention should ing on his box, another drinking be directed to the coach itself, what a with the waterman, a third feeding source of contemplation! What art his horses, a fourth cleaning his car. has not been employed in the conriage, and a fifth watching with an.. struction ;-- what ingenuity in adjusxiety and eagerness to catch the ap- ting the different parts, and combinproaching passengers. The person ing them together ;-what taste was who is foremost on the stand is in displayed in its original formation, general first employed, but how often in the elegant paintings with which it is it that the most active attracts the was adorned, in the emblazoning of carliest notice, and is preferred to the almost-faded arıs, in the decohis more careless neighbours. Is it ration of the proud supporters !. How not the same in other situations; and taudiy and unfashionable does it now can there be a better rule to go by, appear! and, after all, what is human for obtaining success in other profes- life, but a coach! At first, it is strong sioos, besides that of a hackney and powerful, and capable of surcoachman, than to adopt activity for mounting, without difficulty, the

roughest roads, or any other obstacle The regular order in which the it has to encounter. generation of coaches, (if I may be riod of its youth, it is splendidly orallowed that expression,) arrive at, namented, and attracts the admiraand depart from, their respective tion of all beholders. It gradually places, is an exact emblem of the falls off, old age creeps on ; first one progress of human life. One is cal. wheel gives way, then another; its led off the moment it arrives, another springs are broken down, the maremains an hour unnoticed : one gets chine itself rapidly decays, it becomes a good job, another

goes

but a short an object of neglect, and is thrown distance, and is paid but a trifle : aside to perish. one is fortunate to-cay, another to If from the coaches, we turn our

The whole is a lottery, eyes to the passengers who hire them like that of human life, where the fate from time to time, what a variety of of each is diversified according to a reflections must not strike the mind. thousand accidents.

The same carriage conveys sometimes If from these topics, the attention the wrangling pleader, at other times is directed to the unfortunate beings the thoughtful citizen ; sometimes by whom these carriages are heavily the gay Adonis to the midnight ball,

be

your maxim ?

In the gay pe

morrow

at other times the devout methodist ducted. I regard the case to which to church : sometimes it is filled with I allude as an aberration from the the old, sometimes with the young; path of impartial criticism which the sometimes with the sick, sometimes conductors of that Journal are wont with the healthy ; sometiines with to tread ; but it is an aberration from thie voracious epicure, hastening to a whence they must be recalled, and for luxurious banquet, at other times which they deserve a chastisement with a miserable corpse, for whom a fully as severe as they have ever them. grave is already prepared, to receive selves inflicted upon any literary de. its lifeless tenant.

linquent. In short, if any man wishes to be In the Number for July, there is a a true philosopher, let him resolve, to criticiem on the work lately presentcontemplate a Stand of Coachis. ed to the world by Sir William Forbes,

An account of the life and writVindication of Dr BEATTIE from an

ings of Dr James Beattie." Towards Attack in the LITERARY JOURNAL.

the conclusion of the paper, the fol

lowing passages occur: To the Editor.

" I he letters in the present collecSIR,

tion, which we think the most excep. I Am a constant and attentive reader tionable, both in matter and manner,

of the Review published in Lon are those, or at least a considerable don, known by the name of The Li. part of those to the Duchess of Gortera: y Journal.The conductors of Qon. From some notion of gallanit appear to possess as much learning try, or from having been in an extraand talent as any other class of lite ordinary degree flattered by the atrary journalists in Britain, and they tentions of that distinguished lady, seeni to be animated by a spirit of there is an overstraining in his letters liberality, which is not the less con to her which is any thing but gracespicuous in them, that it is a vir- ful. After enjoying the company of tue by no means common among her Grace during a long visit at Gore their biethren. Their principles, don Castle, we could have heartily as far as I cao pretend to judge, are sympathised with the Professor tel. correct in the leading characreristics ing her, in his first letter, that he had of opinion : their politics are those felt much regret in parting from such of independent men, of intelligent company, and such a place ; but friends to liberty : their religion is who can bear to hear Dr Beattie say. rational: and the morality which they ing, that he had wept copiously on inculcate and support, is of that kind such an occasion," &c. which must have the approbation of “ Those who are acqnainted with every pure heart, and every enlight. the character of the Duchess, or ened understanding. I mention thus even who have witnessed her career particularly my opinion of the gene during a pretty long life will smile ral character of that collection of at the Doctor's fears expressed in the criticism, and its authors, because I following letter, [a letter is after. am about to lay before your readers wards quoted,] that she was becoman instance of gross misconduct in the ing too grave and serious, and at his exercise of their censorial functions, solemn advices to her, not to indulge and because I wish it to be under. in melancholy and religious books.” stood that I do not adduce that case “ We have no doubt that the as an example of the ordinary way in light-hearted Duchess would have which “the Literary Journal? is con: a very heariy laugh with her compa.

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