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straight. I also wish to preserve the utmost delicacy; but Delicacy, though a being of perfect symmetry like the former, is only a subsidiary virtue, and ought always to give way to truth, where the case was such, that the truth was infinitely of more consequence than the delicacy.' Burke drew Burke drew up the questions addressed to Mr. Gill, the Lord Mayor, containing very bitter invectives against Administration. He also wrote an answer to Mr. Pitt's Letter to the Prince of Wales. Indeed he, however reprehensible in the violence of his expressions, displayed his talents during the Regency bills fully as much as at any other period of his life. The view he took of circumstances and proceedings was great and comprehensive, whether just or not; if there were too frequently sallies of passion, there was always effusion of genius.

While the Regency was the subject of serious consideration in Parliament, it occasioned several very humorous compositions out of doors. Of these, the Regency

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Cauldron,' in imitation of that of Macbeth's witches, was the most distinguished. So forcible, indeed, was its humour, and brilliant its wit, that by many it was imputed either to Courtenay or Sheridan. There were, indeed, a number of very laughable and ingenious writings subsequent to the Rolliad' and Birth-day Odes;' such as the Cabinet Stud,' Royal Recollections, and many others. One the side of Opposition there was certainly greater versatility and variety of powers than on the side of Ministry. For Administration there were extensive knowledge, comprehensive understanding, strong reasoning, masculine and dignified eloquence; there were industry and practical ability in the conduct of affairs. In the other party, there were, besides the materials and powers of serious reasoning. and eloquence, the materials and powers of sportive exhibitions. From the one you could derive information and instruction: from the other, information, instruction, and entertainment. In both you met with the equals of Cicero and Demosthenes. In



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the Minority you met with Congreve and Swilt. Burke, who was one of the wittiest of men himself, was also the cause of wit in others, as Simkins's Letters to his Brother Simon in Wales' can testify.


This versified attack on Burke's proceedings against Hastings made its first appearance in The World,' a fashionable paper of the day, conducted by Edward Topham, Esq. the same gentleman, I believe, who before undertook to answer Burke's Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol.' The World, teemed with paragraphs, apparently intended to be severe on the conduct of the Managers of Hastings's trial, and especially on Burke. The strictures on that subject, both in prose and verse, were usually very inferior to Simkins's Letters.' The com

position of The World'

was evidently

* The Monthly reviewers, who have done me ample justice in essentials, have here made a trifling mistake as to quotation.

+ About the same time that The World' was so much distinguished for sonorous trifles in prose, there was an

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that of a mind by no means congenial, either in taste or genius, to Burke's. It was not surprising that the author of turgid phraseology and pompous inanity, frivolous conceits and declamatory rant, should disrelish beauty, sublimity, knowledge, and philosophy.

Burke frequently spent a considerable part of the recess either in visiting Ireland, or different parts of this kingdom. Some years before the period of his life at which I am now arrived (to the best of my recollection in 1785), Mr. Windham and he took a jaunt to Scotland: they rode their own

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inundation of verse of the same species, under the signatyres of Della Crusca, Anna Matilda, Laura Maria, and others, of whose writings the leading characteristics were. reciprocity of extravagant compliment, multiplicity of superfluous epithet, and abundance of melodious nonsense. The vigorous and severe satire of Gifford, by his Maviad, either silenced these versifiers, or gave their talents (such as they were) a different direction. Laura Maria has been of lite extremely prolific in democratic and sentimental novels. See Anti-Jacobin Review of Walsingham,' August, 1798, and False Friend,' May, 1799.

horses, went by Edinburgh, and proceeded
northward to the Highlands. Though
Burke, like his friend Johnson, delighted
chiefly in the exhibition of the human mind
in its constitution and diversity of operations,
he also was much delighted with external
appearances of nature. Passing through
Athol,—a district of Perthshire, watered by
the Tay and its tributary rivers, and abound-
ing in picturesque scenery, variegated from
the verdant sweetness of cultivated vallies,
and of woods interspersed with streams, and
divided by a majestic river, to the bare
rocks and heathy mountains of the Gram-
pians, they viewed Dunkeld and Blair,
seats of the Duke of Athol, by art and na-
ture wonderfully fitted to gratify a taste for
In their way
from Dunkeld to Blair, they were very much
astonished and delighted with the beautiful
villa, parks, and pleasure grounds of Fas-
kaly; one of the most charming seats in
Scotland, in which the softness and sweet-
ness of nearest scenery is contrasted and en-
hanced by the prominent boldness and rude


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