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coinpany with the lady * who has 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 to the historian, at Lousamme, as a man of letters. His magnum entered the classic regions of Italy. optes, which had engaged his attention But be was suddenly recalled, in con- for
years, was a History of the pea sequence of the alarining 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
was offered a very large sum of mos * We understand that he was ried to Mrs Arnistead in 1780.
ney 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 un6 Lausanne, Oct. 4. 1788. finished state. : f The Man of the People, escaped The materials are said to have from the tumult, the bloody tumuit of been nearly completed, but little or the, Wesiminster 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 aus 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. I form a favourable opinion have car 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 des
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 Dey verdun, 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 can never flagged a moment: and he seeme 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 politács : 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, rival : many of books, from my own, may be in some measure considered on which he flattered me yery pleasant- as a legacy to posterity, as it can. ly, to Homer and the Arabian Nights; tains a full and ample apology for his much about the country, my garden conduct during the former war with (which he understands far better than I do,) and, upon the whole, I think he
France. envies me, and would do so
Of his compositions while at Eton,
were he minister. The next morning I gave the whole have been edumerated 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. and Zurich, and I have heard of him by various means.
1. His Verses to Mrs. now Lady, “ The people gaze on him as a pro. Crewe, beginning with, digy, but he shews little inclination to converse with them."
« Where the loveliest expression to feature 410. Ed. Vol. 1. of Mems. p. 192.
16 joined," &
2. An Invocation to Poverty ; a new Writ for Taristock, on the “O Poverty of pale consomptive hue," &c. 16th of March, 1802.
3. Lines addressed to a lady who » In the character of Mr Fox, the declared " that she did not care three most conspicuous part was that frankerk skips of a lite for me.” We do nessy oricandour, which distinguished not recollect the fatst line, but the him from most other men, and from point is, that the lady of course had all other politicians, Bold and tesoin her month what was always run fute in public; in private life-he was ning in her bead." ,
peculiarly mild and gentle, bland in 4. Verses addressed to Mrs Fox, his manners, and captivating in his on his attaining the age of fifty: conversation. Thus, while in St. These are highly complimentary to Stephen's Chapel he assailed corrup. that lady.
tion with Stentorian voice and Hera And, 5. Verses inscribed to bis culean energy ; at St Anne's hill be nephew, Lord Holland.
exhibited all the urbanity, and cul. Of his single speriches, published tivated all the blandishments, of dor' we rather sappose without-his- cog. mestic retirement.' nizance or revision, the following is Possessed of a sanguine temperze she best list we have been able to ment, his follies at one period of his : 1 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, tuis health and 2. Speech in Parliament on the fortune, to the worship of the blind East ludia Bill, 1783.ga
goddess: and not confetier' with his 3, Speech on the Irish Resolutions, triumphs in St Stephen's Chapel, ke' 1784.
aspired to give laws to Newmarket? 4. Reply to Mr Pist.
His keen and penetrating eye would 5. Two Speeches in behalf of a res follow a favoarite courser from the ze 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 on Mr Whitbread's mo. race drew towards a conclusion ; and tion on the Russian Armament, Mar, that voice (fated to be more honoer 1. 1792.
ably and more usefully employed, in 7. Speech at the Wbig-Club, Decregulating the intcrests of an empire) 14. 1792.
was then prodigally wasted in cheere 8. Speech at the opening of Par. ing the foaming steed, and applauda liament Dec. 13. 1792.
ing the victorious ridery At length, 9. Speech on the King's Message abjöring the follies of the day, ehe to the House of Comnions, on the began to use the arms, and practise execution af Louis XVI. January 31, the arts of a great statesman. 179%.
In his person and manner, Mr 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 3. S. j broad, 1793.
12 On the State of the Nation A porvien of the race ground us aeMarch 24, 1795.
tually called the F. C. or Fox 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 says 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, bis hair daik and thick, his fellow the Earl of Carlisle hailed the eye-brows black and bushy, his com: dawning talents sof his youth; the plexion- tinged with a yellow hues classical pen of Dr Pari offered a sinIn his 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 Devoncome obese and unwieldy, while his :"shire, surrounded by the Loves and lower extremities sometime past be- Gracen, hailed him as the brightest gan'to 'exhibit the diagnostics of that ornament of his age; while the disease which proved fatal to him, at Duke of Bedford installed his bust' six oclock on che afternoon of Saturs in the e unfioisbed Temple dedicated day the 13th of September, 1806, by bim sto Liberty, and requested without pain, cand almost without a sof his successor, on his death-ted, struggle, in the fifty.pinth year of that it might be completed for its
il reception He expired at the house of his art His corpse, entombed with our friend the Duke o Devonshire, in kings, statės men, and heroes, will rethe arms of bis nephew, Lord Hold pose within the precincts of that city land, at Cheswick House, hitherto which kc so long represented.pl celebrated as one of the masterpieces is
Re: of Palladio's art ; but which will, henceforth be viewed with a new degree of interest. by Englishmengras. * Verses by the Duchess of Devonthe spot within the sailctuary of shire, inscribed under the bust of Me which a Fox uttered his last sigh. Fox, at Woburn. 1His faces and figure will be long
“ Here, 'midst the friends hę loy'd, recollected for there was something
the man behold; uncommon in both. His bust has In truth unshaken, and in virtue bold : been repeatedly carved by the chissel Whose patrioti zeal and uncorrupted of Nollekens; the last labours of Sle:
mind Josbua were bestowed, on his por, Dard to assert the freedom of mankind; traite while Jones is supposed to And whilst extending desolation far, have excelled in a mezzotinto likeness,
Ambition spread the baleful flames of and Smith and Opie ia whole lengths: Fearless of blame, and eloquent to save, these are the more transitory emos -'Twas he-'twas Fox, the warning coun blemos of the person for to whomya is it given to depict the animated , ?Midst jarring conflicts stemm'd the tide flashes of his eye in the course of an
And to the menac'd world a sea-mark argumenty of the menacing action of his hand during debate, 40 describes a On: had his soice in Mercy's cause
stood ! the wisdom of his head, the kindness of his heart, or the eloquence of lie what grateful millions had the Statestongue?
man hail'd: No man has ever been more ready. Whose wisdom både the broils of nato bestow praise on others; and in tions cease, return he brimself-has been gratihed And taught the world humanity and with the eulogiums of almost every
peace!. distinguished person of the present - But though he faid, succeeding ages
here age. The great Lexicographier, 'a!:* though pensioned by the Ring, and The vain yet pious effort shall fevere!
Boast in their annals his illustrious unfriendly to bio principles, avowed e hame, bis attachment to his person, and his Uphold his greatness, and contro his admiration of his genius. His school. fame." Oct. 1806.
sel gave :
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 no situation which ccd.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 confinę myself to a few par- yond his strength; and at last perticulars, which must strike even the ishing, at a premature age, unknown most careless observer.
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
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,
your maxim ?
In the gay pe
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 Coaches. 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 indepec dent 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.