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HORACE E A R L OF ORFOR D..
(WITH A PORTRAIT.)
THE Nobleman whose Portrait adorns practice of men of rank and fortune at
eur prefent Magazine palied a long that time, lett the University without life in pursuits so leldoin ihe objects of taking any degree. While there he wrote attention in perfons of the same rank, “ Verses in Memory of King Henry the that we cannot forbear claiming for his Sixti, Founder of the College," which are tremury that respect which ever should datiFeb. 2, 1738, and are probably the xcompany chote who, by the exertion of firit production of his pen t. In the their mental faculties, have contributed to tame year he was appointed Inspectorthe improvement of their own or to the General of the Exports and Imports ; a entertainment of future times.
place which he toon after exchanged for HORACE WALPOLE was the youngest that of Uther of the Exchequer . To son of the celebrated Minister of Great there were added the post of Comptroller Britain, Sir Rotert Walpole, atter of the Pipe and Clerk of the Eitreats ; wards Earl of Orford (a title which all which he held unto his death. became extinct by the death of the No. Finding hijntelf dilincined to enter so Hein.in now under our consideration), by early into the business of Parliament, he his wife Catherine Shorter *. He was prevailed on his father, Sir Robert Walbern about the year 1718, and received the pole, ta permit him to go abroad, and early part of his education at Eton, where Mr. Gray confented to accompany him in te brit became known to the celebrated his travels. They left England on the Mr. Gray, whose friendship at that early 29th of March 1739, and took their route period he cultivated, and whole esteem by the way of France to Italy, viewing 4d regard he retainul, with a Mort inter whatever was remarkable in the several ruption, to the end of that Gentleman's places they visited, and at some of them, lie. From Eton he went to King's Col. particularly Florence, residing several kege, Cambridge ; but, according to the months. Unequal friendthips are not
In July 1754, Lord Orford erected a cenotaph to the memory of his mother in the Chapel of Henry the Seventh in Westinifter, with the following inscription : “ To the Demory of CATHERINE LADY WALPOL2, eldeft daughter of John Shortar Era of Bybrook, in Kent, and first wife of Sir Robert Walpole, afterwards Earl of Orford. HORACI, her youngeit son, confecrates this monument. She had beauty and wit without vice or vanity, and cultivated the arts without affectation. She was devout, though without bia got:y to any lect ; and was without prejudice to any party, though the wife of a Minister, whore power the effeemed but when the couid employ it to benefit the miserable, or tw ftward the meritorious. She loved a private life, though born to thine in public ; and was an cinament to Courts, * untainted by them. She died August 20, 1737."
See Fugitive Pieces, 1758, p. !. and Pearch's Collection of Poems, Vol. I. | Maon's Life of Gray, 4to. p. 34. Mr. Pope said, " She was untainted by a Court."
always the most lasting. About July conduct of Sir Robert Walpole for the 1741 the two friends came to a rupture, preceding ten years, he opposed the
proand parted at Reggio, each pursuing his pofition, as far as the debates of that journey homewards leparately. Of this period may be depended on, in a speech quarrel the circumstances are unknown ; of some length, with great spirit, and but Mr. Walpole enjoined Mr. Mason greatly to the credit of his filial piety. to charge him with the chief blame, He was not, however, a frequent ipeaker, confelling, that more attention, complai. In 1747 he was cholen for the borough of fance, and deference, to a warm friend- Castle Riting. ship, and fuperior judgment and prudence, The tenor of his life was not much might have prevented a rupture which varied by accident or adventure ; though gave much uneasiness to them both, and about the year 1749 he narrowly escaped a lasting concern to the survivor. The the pistol of a highwayman, the relation liberality of Mr. Walpole on this occa of which we shall give in his own wordst: fion deserves much praise ; though we " An I acquaintance of mine was robbed cannot but asent to Dr. Johnson's re a few years ago, and very near thot mark, that “ if we look without preju- through the head by the going-off of the dice on the world, we shall find, that men pistol of the accomplished Mr. Maclean; whose consciousness of their own merit yet the whole affair was conducted with sets them above the compliances of servi. the greatest good-breeding on both sides. lity are apt enough, in their asociation The robber, who had only taken a purse with superiors, to watch their own dig- this way because he had that morning nity with troublesome and punetilious jea. been disappointed of marrying a great lousy, and in the fervour of independence fortune, no sooner returned to his lodgto exact that attention which they refuse ings, than he sent the Gentleman two to pay.” In 1744 a reconciliation took letters of excuses, which with less wit place between them, by the intervention than the epistles of Voiture had ten times of a Lady who willied well to both more natural and easy politeness in the parties ; though it is probable the corti turn of their expression. In the postscript ality which had subsisted between them did he appointed a meeting at Tyburn at not wholly return, as Mr. Walpole was twelve at night, where the Gentleman entirely unnoticed by Mr. Gray in his might purchale again any trifles he had laft will.
lott; and my friend has been blamed for In the Parliament which met the 25th not accepting the rendezvous, as it of June 1741, he was returned for Cal- seemed liable to be construed by ill-natured lington, and foon had an opportunity of people into a dcubt of the honour of a man Thewing that he was not likely to become who had given him all the satisfaction in either a filent or inactive Member. On his power for having unluckily been the 23d March 1741-2, on Lord Lime near Thooting him through the head." rick's motion for an enquiry into the
(To be construed.)
TWO ORIGINAL LETTERS of DR. ARBUTHNO TT.
HONOURED SIR, THE kind message I had from you by often troublesome to you. I was in hopes
Mr. Pricket tother day, putts ine in of havirg a good account of my friends mind of a neglect of my duty, which is at Oxford to- night by Dr. Gregory, but to wish you a goud new year, in all health I find, by a letter of his, I am dilapand pr iperity to yourlélt, and success to pointed at present. I do not hear of any your designs, for the good of a fociety remarkable newes about town, the Czar which I have many obligations to honour. and My Lady Maccleheld make up the Were it not that I have hardly any thing greatest part of the deverlion. As for beides tu ell you, but what I know you the standing al my, we reckon ther is an have from much better hands, I should be end of that. I was pleaid to see Mr.
* Chandler's Debates, vol. xii. p. 191. † World, Dec. 19, 1754.
The Author hinsulf, as he explains it in his “ Fugitive Picces,"
Alfop's Æfop: Mr. Bentley fayes, there SIR,
To it. The next day Mr. Bernard sent him
The Reverend Dr. Char. this verse in Horace, fi quid componere che
lett, Master of UniverTem, but was forry afterward he did not
fity Colledge, lett him publith his criticism. We expect
Oxford. soon some reply to his dissertation at the
H“. SIR, end of Wotion's book. This new act of I receaved yours, & thanks you heartparlia', againit corretponding with K. ly for your Ballad. It is not as yet reJames, lyes very heavie upon a great lolved, so farr as I know, that her Ma. many people : it is reckond to compres jetty Mali go to the Bath, but I do beleive hend above 20 thousand at least. I the will, & if he do's, I fancy it will beleive I know above thirtie of my ac be a little fooner than last year. I can quaintance that must gett them gone be give you no newes in return for yours. I tore the day appointed. Sir Andrew have seen this day a most impudent petiFcrefter, Dr. Cockbern, &c. severalls tion, of the Commission of the Kirk, to I melure have not money to pay for their the parliament, against toleration in Scotpaslage to Giaves-end ; & which is yet land. I think it will be of service to hardes, they are like to be very ill re- print it, & it will fully answer your occaceiv'd in France, where they are putting lional Baliad. Affairs there seem to be a tax upon foreigners, fome say on pur. in great faction & confusion, by the hopole to dilcourage throse who might neit & wile managment of the Queens Leave England on this occeasion. We Ministers, as you may guess, but the reare expecting the Count de Talard over diculous compleasance of the Cavalier here, as ambaladour, with a fplendid party is part all comprehension, for they, equipage. He stayes only at Paris to forsooth, out of a tear for the Queens Hogive my Lord Portland a dinner. It is nour, wont suffer a ministry to be touch a Do dewes to tell you of his highness the that are ruiring her affairs as fait as they Duke of Gloceiters preceptors & gover, can. Please show this to D' Gregory, & pour My Lord Malborough, the Bo of tell him it is the state of the case ; when Salesburry, La Valteur, a French refugee, it comes to greater maturity I shall give whom you have seen at Oxford, & I cant him a more particular account of it. I tell how many more of cne fort of people hope to see you at od time. In the mean & other. I hope at lealt the University time, wishing you all health & happiness, of Oxford may have the intereft to have remain, cre. I have not had the good fortune to
H'S', fee M Jeffreys since he came home. I Your Most affectional freind have made fcine enquiry about him, &
& humble Servant, expect a return before I proceed further.
Jo. ARBUTHNOTT, I hall use the freedom to give my respects Windfor, June 8th, 1703. to the Warden of All Souls, The Dean of Chrifts-Church, and Dr. Wallis. I Dr ARBUTHNOTT, long for good weather, & leisure to see
Jun. 10, 1703 yourielt & the rest of my frends at Ox- Ab' an impudent Petition of the førd. If I should be so happy as to have Commiflion of the Kirk aga a line from you, please to direct it for me Toleration to the Parliament at the Pine apple in St Martines Street. there. Pricket said he was going out of town,
For but I fancy not without ieeing the Czaar,
Tbemuth Honoured Doca I hop you will excute this trouble, & bea
for Charlor, Masier of leive that I will alwayes be,
University Colledge, Hond Sir,
Oxon. Yoar most humble Servent, Lender, Jan. as, Jo. ARBUTHNOTT. 9.
T H E B E G G A R.
IN THE MANNER OF STERNU.
“AH, little Faxnx!" said he, taking imagination pictured before me my lovely
bag fome broken , " would thou wert here to partake cfthy touched the right string of the mendiusual portion, which, though scanty, cant's wor ; he thook his head, and gave thou wert always contented with.” The a righ. Wlien he felt him!elt more comwords were simple, but the manner in poied, he took from his bosom, close to which he delivered them aifueled me : where his heirt (I am sure it was a feel. they came from a blind Besgar; he was ing one) lay aching, a folded paper : as a venerable figure, and feated on a stone he untied it, he called twice on his bench, with a tablet of his misforiunds Fanny's name, and twice killed it for betore him. “ But, alus, thou art cold!" Fanny's lake. No sooner did the inclo. faid he ; " cold as the fone I now reit sure meet my eye, than I knew the source upon." In saying this he tock up a of the mendicant's woc-it contained a cruit, and held it awhile to his mouth; lock of Fanny's hair, which once graced but nature denied hiin appetite ; he laid the ear of a faithiul Dog-"She died it down again. I had only a single fous yesterday,” said he, "on the very spot about me, I dropped it into his hat-I I am now lamenting her. I do not with was weak enough to let fomething tall to live without her." He always boasted with it, no matter what-it was a---. of her as the most precious gift of HeaHe would have thanked me, but nature " While the was alive, "continued demanded her tribute-he wept bitterly. he, “ I needed not my eyesight, for the I was not athamed; I advanced, and safely every morning brought nie hither, feated myself clote beside him, and took and lately every evening conducted me k ld of his hand. “ Tell me, friend," huire."- I was not prout againft bis elofaid I, “what has pierced this pointed quence, but, ritir.g, iock my leave, thinkarrow in thine heart, that it bleeds thus? ing how fortunate my lot would be ever Halt thou luft in thy Fanny the only prop to poßefs so valuable a friend as this blind that fultained thy tottering frame : PerBeggar once boatted in his Dog; for haps foire virgin daughter that is cold, when we are parted the lots will not be on whole cheeks were painted the blushes a trilling one. of the morn, and whole bojom for white
T. ENORT. neis excclled the spotless liliy." But here Borough, March 1, 1797. COPY of the ARTISTS' PETITION PRESENTID to His MAJESTY
GEORGE the THIRD, NOVEMBER the 28th, 1968; and which gave rise to the ESTABLISHMENT of the ROYAL ACADEMY.
To the KING's Most EXCELLENT MAJESTY. MAY IT PLEASE YOUR Majesty, WE; your Majesty's moit faithtul of Students in the Arts ; and an annual
fubiccts, the Painters, Sculptors, Exhibition, open to all Artists of diltinand Arcoitects of this Metropolis (being guished inerit, where they may offer their delircus of establishing a Siciety for pro performances to public inspection, and incting the Arts of Design, and fenible acquire that degree of reputation and how ineffectual every eftablishment of encouragement which they shall be deemed that rature must be without the Royal to deferve. influence), molt humbly beg leave to We apprehend that the profits arising folicit your Majlsty's gracious afittance, from the last of thele inftitutions will patronage, and protection, in carrying fully answer all the expences of ibe forjt; this useful plan into execution.
We even fatter ourselves that they will It would be too great an intrusion upon be more than necessary, and that we your ajelly's time to offer a minute fall be enabled annually to distribute detail of our plan. Wecnly beg leave to something in uletul charities to the indiinfurin your laefiy, that the two prin- gent of our proleflion. cipal obices we have in view are, Your Majetty's avowed patronage and the citliihoient of a well-regulated protection air, therefore, all that we at Siizitoi Hittueriy of D F7", for the use present humbly fue for: But thould we