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fine spirit and flowing style sufficiently indicate that, on bearing Moore himself sing, the the poet and patriot from whose pen they Duchess de Broglie had “ exclaimed continucome.” - iii. 224.
ally, Oh, Dieu ! que c'est joli !" The Examiner quoted some lines I had sent to On the 28th Nov., 1818, he goes to dine Perry [of the Morning Chronicle] and added, with Mr. Rogers' brother and sister, at High“We think we can recognize whose easy and bury, and tods " Miss Rogers very agreesparkling hand it is." I wonder he found me
able." No doubt; and we dare say the lady out. - ii. 183.
was always so; but what was the peculiar Other persons might be in doubt whether agreeability of that day?there was not some other poet and patriot,
She mentioned that she had had a letter from and some other easy and sparkling hand in all England; but Moore has no doubt at all, and a friend in Germany saying that the Germans finds himself out directly.
were learning English in order to read
Milton, Shakspeare ? - No:
“Bayly” takes him to an amateur play plumes to the strength of the eagle's wing."
and fancy ball. Moore remembers but one iv. 243.
detail : -« an allusion to me, in the epilogue One is at first surprised to find copied into by Bayly, as Erin's matchless son, &c., Moore's London Diary an extract from “ Pe- brought thunders of applause and stares on ter's Letters to his Kinsfolk," about Mr. Jef- me." (iv. 274.). frey's dress at an evening party at Edinburgh. He meets Lady Cochrane at an assembly — -A. D. 1819. It seems the last thing to be is introduced to her - finds her“ pretty and expected in another man's autobiography, and odd,” which he exemplifies by her having to be left by him for re-publication : od told him “ that she would at any time have looking closer we find the cause —
walked ten miles barefoot to see me.” (iv. 290.)
He dines with his old friend, Lord StrangHe [Peter) says of Jeffrey's dress at some assembly, “ In short he is more of a dandy than ford, at the Athenæum, and both are delighted any great author I ever saw always except- with his renewal of their early habits. Two ing Tom Moore." — ii., 357.
days after he meets his lordship, wbo, with Argal – Moore is, even by the hostile evi- true diplomatic tact, reads him part of a let
ter he had had from Lady Strangford, saying dence of Peter, a great author ! Going one night to Almack's, he asks a
how pleased she was at his account of the lady whether she did not think Lady Charle- love Moore as much as I have always admired
meeting, and adding," I shall henceforward inont lovely — “Beautiful,” replied the lady
him.” 80 notorious a truism that we doubt whether Moore himself would have thought
His daughter's schoolmistress at Bath fails
- and her pupils are sent home; another of noticing it — if the lady had not added
offers to take the child : 6 terms would be as lovely as Lalla Rookh herself!" (ii. 333.) Of the conversation of a most accomplished ter of such a man as Moore !” (iv. 313.)
a minor consideration indeed with the daughgentleman and scholar, whom he mentions as Duncan of Oxford — and whom, of course,
When he has a mind to regale himself he had not had the good fortune to meet be- with some fattering recollections which do fore he can remember only his having said, Diary, he drags them in with a by the bye –
not exactly full in with the thread of the after having heard a speech of Moore's at a which is with Moore a happy version of u Literary Institution at Bath, “I have had that sweet oratory ringing in my ears all propos de bottes : night.” (iv. 273.)
By the bye, was pleased to hear from Rogers Mr. Bowles publishes one of his controver- that Luttrell said, " If anybody can make such sial pamphlets on Pope, which Moore used a subject (Captain Rock) lively, Moore will.” habitually to laugh at as twaddle - but By the bye, received a letter from a Sir John Bowles, - grown wiser than before,” secures Wycherly, of whom I know nothing, apologizing honorable mention of this one by an inscrip for such a liberty with the first poet of the age. tion transcribed from his fugitive title-page
- iii. 11. into the safer asylum of the Diary – “inter He meets Mr. Hutchison, just come from Poetas suaves, suavissimo.” (iv. 273.) being made M. P. for Cork, where
Moore laughs at the vanity of old Delille, who, on Lord Holland having paid him an the Poel, Patriot and Pride of Ireland. I am
By the bye, they hipped and hurraed me as elaborate but well-turned compliment in becoming a stock toast at their dinners. Had French, answered “ Savez vous, Milord, que seen this very morning an account of a dinner ce que vous dites-là est très joli”.(iv276); to Mr. Denny of Cork, when I was drunk as the but he does not see anything ridiculous in Poet and Patriot with great applause. — ii., having himself registered a few pages before 157.
Forgot, by the bye, to take notice of some verses (surprised at the legerdemain with which he of Lutterell's :
pops it into his own mouth. Thus - CataI am told, dear Moore, your lays are sung
fani visits Dublin when Moore happened to be Can it be true, you lucky man ?
there ; a Mr. Abbott By moonlight, in the Persian tongue, Along the streets of Ispahan. - jii. 301.
brought my sister Ellen to introduce to Catalani.
Her kindness to Nell, calling her But he does not tell us that Mr. Luttrell's of course one expects some little kind compliauthority for the fact was — Moore himself, ment to the young lady herself — not a bit of who in another by the bye tells us where he
calling her la scur d'Anacréon. By the bye, Mr. Stretch, with whom I walked yesterday (in Paris), said he had been told by We shall conclude these, after all, scanty the nephew of the Persian Ambassador that samples with one which takes the unusual Lalla Rookh had been translated into their lan- form of humility, and is, with its context, guage, and that the songs are sung about every even more amusing. After a page of recawhere. — iii. 167.
pitulation of the various forms of compliment Moore, generally so profuse of proper names,
and odors of incense which he received at a omits to tell us those of the Persian Ambassa- Harmonic meeting at Bath, he concludes dor and his nephew — but we have little with the most amiable naïveté :doubt they were of the illustrious house of
During the ball was stared at on all sides Mamamouchi, wbich has had so long a tenure without mercy. In such a place as Bath any of Oriental embassies at Paris. Stretch, too, little lion makes a stir. — ü. 280. seems a singularly appropriate name for the retailer of such an Eastern story!
This is rather hard on Bath, as we have just This Mamamouchi report is, we suppose,
seen what pains the same little lion takes to Moore's authority for saying that Lalla let us know that he was making the same
kind of stir all the world over — in various Rookh
shapes and distant regions - as a nightingale, has now appeared in the French, Italian, Ger- a bird of Paradise, an cagle, and a dandy – man, and Persian languages.
at Berlin, Cork, Ispahan, and the corner of Lady Saltoun told me that a gentleman had Little Longford Street! just said to her, “If Mr. Moore wished to be
In short, Moore reminds us in every page made much of — if Mr Moore wishes to have of what Johnson said of that caricature of his head turned - let him go to Berlin ; there is nothing talked of there but Lalla Rookh."-ü. authorly vanity, old Richardson the novelist
" That fellow could not be contented to 219.
sail quietly down the stream of reputation He meets Mr. and Miss Canning at a Paris without longing to taste the froth from every dinner, and observed
stroke of the oar.”
This excess of amour propre- so judiciously a circumstance which showed a very pleasant veiled in society, but, as we now see, so active sort of intelligence between the father and the and industrious in turning the smallest cirdaughter. — ii. 160.
cumstances to its own private account - was, Our readers will by this time not be surprised
of course, as morbidly sensitive of anything at the " pleasant sort of sympathy which to which his fear or his fancy could give å Moore's ingenuity was on the watch to detect
| less flattering color. These latter were obvibetween these two brilliant intelligences. ously distastful matters, and not to be regis* 1,” adds the diarist
tered ; but like action and reaction, the two
opposite but inseparable principles were I told a story to Miss Canning, which the always at work. We have heard and seen father was the only one who overheard, and many individual complaints of the misrepreit evidently struck them both as very comical. sentation and malevolence of several passages - ib.
in the Diary. Of the frequent misrepresentaOccasionally, his self-importance takes a tions there can be no doubt; but whatever still higher flight. At an assembly at Devon- there may be of malevolence (except always shire
on party matters) we are inclined to attribute
rather to the momentary impulses of the The duke, in coming to the door to meet the amour propre blessé, than to any predisposition Duke of Wellington, near whom I stood, turned to ill-nature or cynicism. The truth, we beaside firet to shake hands with me
though the great captain's hand was waiting ready stretched lieve, is, that he was naturally kind and out. -- iv. 70.
loving, but proportionately susceptible of petty
jealousies and imaginary slights. And having, . Sometimes when we think that he is about as these volumes too clearly show, passed his to offer a sugar-plum to a bystander, we are whole life in a more habitual state of public
exhibition than any
other person not being nity to do so in the other. It may be thought, a professional performer – that we ever heard no doubt, an easier solution to suppose (with of, he acquired much of the irritability of Jeffrey's learned biographer among others) professional people — outwardly checked in that the pistols were fairly but loosely loaded, deed, but internally sharpened by bis anxiety and that one bullet dropped out; but if that to combine his artistic powers of amusing had been the case, there was no reason why with the dignity of an author and the inde- Hume should have refused to attest Moore's pendence of a private gentleman. In society statement. he played these united parts admirably. The But there are points of Moore's narrative Diary has now furnished us with a less satis- which exhibit strong specimens of that species factory analysis of the elements.
of rodomontade which throws doubt over all We are restrained, by considerations too the rest. He says of the evening before the obvious to require explanation, from entering meeting into the individual complaints to which we have just alluded ; but it would be a derelic I forget where I dined, but I know it was
not in company.
Hume had left to me the task tion of our duty not to apprize our readers that they involve grave charges of inaccuracy, in the course of the evening at some shop in
of providing powder and bullets, which I bought misstatement, and culpable insincerity on his Bond-street, and in such large quantities, I part. We have had an opportunity of ex- remember, as would have done for a score amining the evidence in some of the cases of duels." - i. 202. and we regret to say, there must be, on all those counts, an unhesitating verdict against All a fable. We have before us a letter of Moore.
his to Lord Strangford, then minister at There is one instance of the caution with Lisbon, written on the eve of the great enwhich his most deliberate assertions of facts counter, which contradicts every syllable of should be received that is innocuous and the foregoing statement, and is curious also “highly amusing. He was extremely sore
on other accounts: on the subject of his ridiculous duel with
MY DEAR STRANGFORD — I have owed you a Jeffrey, when the Bow Street officer who in. letter this long time, and now that I do write it terupted the proceeding found that one at will be perhaps for the last time. I have thought least of the pistols had no ball. We find in proper to call out Mr. Jeffrey, who has been so these volumes a formal account of the affair long abusing you and me, and we are to fight tofrom his own pen - some of which is certainly morrow morning at Chalk-farm. I am afraid, untrue, and most of it, we think, colored and my dear Strangford, much as I value you, i discolored.
should have forgot sending a valedictory word to We have no doubt of Moore's courage, or you if it were not for a pretty little woman who that he meant to fight, but we incline to sus- has this moment reminded me of a promise I pect that his second, Doctor Thomas Hume,* made to procure her letters from you for Madeira. always considered an bonest and good-hearted The cloth has been but this instant taken from man, saw the extreme absurdity of the quarrel, the table, and, though to-morrow may be my last which Moore, in a very wanton and brag
view of the bright sun, I shall (as soon as I have gadocio style, chose to fásten on Jeffrey, and finished this letter) drink to the health of my heing intrusted, as Moore admits, by Jeffrey's I have felt in the wildest days of our fellowship.
Strangford with as unaffected a warmth as ever friend Ilorner — propter ignorantiam — with My dear fellow, if they want a biographer of me the loading of both pistols, very wisely omitted when I am gone, I think in your hands I should to insert any balls; and that this omission meet with most kind embalmment, so pray, say (unnoticed by the anxious and inexpert something for me: and now to the object of my Horner) was the reason why the Irish doctor letter. Mrs. W—, a very particular friend of refused to sign a fine statement on the subject mine, is ordered by her physicians to Madeira. which Moore had drawn up — a refusal and she thinks it would be pleasant to know some which, adds Moore, occasioned an estrange- of the Portuguese grandees of the island ; if you ment of thirty years between him and that can get her letters from your friends at Lisbon, old friend. How it happened (as the police you will oblige me not a little. Who knows, my report seerns to indicate) hat a bullet was
dear Strangford, but it may be a posthumous found in one of the pistols (Moore's), and in obligation For fear of the worst, send the letthe other a paper pellet, we cannot explain, and remember me as one who has felt your good
ters enclosed to Mrs. W, W— street, London, unless by the supposition that Hume, after and social qualities, who at this moment recaHs the interruption, contrived to slip the bullet with pleasure the days he has spent with you, into one pistol and hud not time or opportu- and who hopes that his good genius to-morrow
* Not, as has been sometimes supposed, Dr. J. will allow him to renew them hereafter. These R. Humo, the friend and physician of the Duke of fine women have their glasses filled to your Wellington. Dr. Thomas Hume was for some health. So good by. time attached to the army in the Peninsula
God bless you, yours while I live. which accounts for this confusion of him with a
T, MOORE more distinguished medical officer.
Sunday, August 10th.
We shall say nothing of the silly vaporing Bessy my darling girl! 21st. Told style of this letter, which would certainly be L. Lansdowne I was going to town. — ii. 218. a most characteristic prelude to a mock duel. 1819, Aug. 231. Employed in preparing We need oply observe that this was the day for my departure. My darling Bessy bears all that Moore knows he did not dine in company, with me ; but, please Heaven, we shall not be
80 sweetly, though she would give her eyes to go and this — Sunday was the evening on
- ii. 353. which he went to a shop in Bond street to long separate.
July 21st. — Making preparations for my buy all that superfuity of ammunition. Which departure. Bessy much saddened and out of of the stories is true ? or was either? We sorts at my leaving her for so long a time — but must further observe that, as the letter was still most thoughtfully and sweetly preparing written late on Sunday night, it could hardly everything comfortable for me. — - 97. have been posted till Monday, when it might “ 1825, Oct. 17th. — Bessy would not hear of have been suppressed as some other valedic- my staying at home. Insisted that, if I did not tory epistles were (i. 207), and a simpler re- go to France, I must go either to Scotland or quest substituted, which would have spared Ireland to amuse myself a little. Dear, generLord Strangford a long doubt of his friend's ous girl! there never was anything like her safety ; but Moore, it seems, could not resist warm-heartedness and devotion. the temptation of sending it-nay, perhaps, of
Other instances will occur in future eswriting it on the Monday as a proof of the
tracts. anacreontic spirit with which he could face death while fine women were filling their glas- that these tender expressions would not merely
We have no doubt that Moore calculated ses, and that, in the words of his own song; soothe the lady's feelings at the moment, but his last hour was dedicated to " smiles and wine."
would also tell very much in his own favor
a model husband - when his Memoirs Next after his own self-worship — if indeed it was not a branch of it, there is nothing so
should come to be published ; but they are prominent throughout the voluines as his accompanied, as we shall now show, by inany adoration of his wife. Let us say, once more,
circumstances which make a strong and unathat she seems to have been worthy of his miable contrast with the exuberant and pagaffections ; and there is no praise - prodigal lary angel at home.
sionate expressions of his devotion to the tuteas it may sometimes seem
she does not appear, from the evidence of all who Legal proceedings taken against Moore for knew them, to have deserved; but, after this the defalcation of his deputy in an office tribute of justice to the lady, we confess that which he held in the Admiralty Court at Berthere is soinething in the way in which Moore muda, obliged him to quit England ; and Lord parades her throughout his Diary that we of the besetting weakness of Moore's mind
Jobin Russell — not yet, we suppose, aware cannot understand, and that seems evidently advised him to fix his temporary residence in artificial. Why have expended so much time and trouble in elaborating on paper the ex- the delight of all his acquaintance, and wast
Paris, where he became, as he did everywhere, pression of a steady and habitual feeling, ed his time and his money — which in such which he could find fresh and fresh in his own circumstances could hardly be called his own beart? What could be his motive for making such an étalage of what we must suppose that has been imputed to either of the im
- in a style as giddy and extravagant as any was the daily bread of his happiness ?
We can have no doubt of the sincerity of provident classes, to both of which he bapMoore's attachment to and admiration of his pened to belong -- of poets and Irishmen. wife, but we must observe that these ultra- Veuves in the Champs Elysées, but in the
His longest residence was in the Allée des uxorious expressions occur with peculiar emphasis just before and just after some escapade summer months he was allowed by a Spanish
to OCfrom home; they are the honey with which gentleman of the name of Villaiil. he sweetens the edges of his absences. It is cupy a small cottage, a dependence of a fine evident that Mrs. Moore saw the Journal (iv. villa which he had at Sèvres. Nothing could
be 16); and we now have no doubt that
convenient and promising. The
many of these fattering phrases were peace-offerings place was rural and extremely pretty, and to his Ariadne. The instances are too nuo the retirement exactly suited for the various merous and too regularly recurring to be acci- literary pursuits in which Moore was engaged. dental.
But though these were his only means of liveWe shall select a few here, just to direct libood, he worked at them in a very desulour readers' attention to this ingenious de- tory way; and whether in Paris or the counvice.
try, spent more than half bis mornings, and
all his evenings, in a constant whirl of gayo1818, April 24th. Arrived at iny cottuge ties, alike inconsistent with study and eOOD- always glad to return to it, and the dear girl
omy. that makes it so happy for me.”— ii. 151.
1818, Nov. 18. — Walked with my dear 1820. June. — Gave a good many dinners
this month, till Bessy (whose three pounds a Napoleons. This economical scruple is dated week was beginning to run very short) cried out 8th September, 1820. Three days after, we for a relâche. Had Lady Davy, Silvertop, and find the following entry : Lord Granard together : the Storys another day ; Sullivan, Dr. Yonge, Heath (my old friend the 1820. Sept. 11th - Went into Paris at twelve, engraver), and his travelling companion Mr. in order to take Bessy to the Père la Chaise Green, &c. The day that Heath dined with us before the flowers are all gone from the tombs. was one of the few hot days that we have had The dear girl was, as I knew she would be, very this summer, and we had dinner out of doors much affected. Gave them - Bessy, Duunder the shade of the trees, which with cham- moulin [a poor starving Irishman, who soon. pagne and vin de Grave well frappé, was very after died in an hospital], Miss Wilson [we luxurious. Frequent parties, too, to plays and believe a governess), Anastasia [his own little gardens. Saw a man go up in a balloon from child], and Dr. Youge's little girl — a dinner at Tivoli, which brought tears into my eyes, being the Cadran bleu, and took them afterwards to the first I have seen since I was a little child. the Porte St. Martin (a melodrame theatre]. iii. 124.
Iced punch on our way home. The whole cost
me about three Napoleons, just what I ought There were matters nearer and more urgent to have reserved for the Voyages de Pythagore. which might have brought less irrational Bessy, however, told me when we came home tears into his eyes. But when any gleam of that she had saved, by little pil ings from me reflection as to his position did occur, it was at different times, four Napoleons, and that I hardly ever to awaken a proper sense of his should have them now to buy those books. — i. own imprudence, but only to make him won- 146–7. der that his friends in England were not more
All this — the Père la Chaise and the Cathoughtful and more active about him than he showed the least inclination to be about him- dran bleu — the funereal flowers and the self.
Porte St. Martin -—the iced punch and the
Voyages de Pythagore — reads like a mere 1821. June 14th. — A letter from the farce, but the smile it creates is a bitter one Longmans, which makes me even more down- when we reflect on poor Bessy's honestly-pilhearted than I have been for some days, as it fered Napoleons, so wantonly squandered. shows how dilatory and indifferent all parties At last the season drives them back to have been in the Bermuda negotiation, and how Paris : little probability there is of a speedy, or indeed, any, end to my exile. — iii. 242.
1820. Oct. 16th. We took our leave of La
Butte, after three months and a half's residence ; If his friends in England could have guessed and, as far as tranquillity, fine scenery, and what the Diary has now revealed to us of the sweet sunshine go, I could not wish to pass : life of the Erile of Erin, they would not have more delightful summer. Our déménagement thought it any great bardship. Dinners, con- was, as usual, managed so well and expeditiously certs, operas, theatres two or three of an by Bessy, that I felt none of the inconvenience evening, suppers, balls, &c., occupied almost of it, and we are now reinstated comfortably in every day and night. Visiting with a childish our home in the Allées des Veuves. We dined impatience and enjoyment the public gardens the 1st of July, which was a great treat to both
alone with our little ones for the first time since of Beaujon - Tivoli - Jardin Suisse
- and carefully’registering when and how often he the first rational day we have had for a long
" This is
of us; and Bessy said, in going to bed, went down in the cars of the Montagnes time." Russes, and what ladies were the companions of these flights — strange ones, we think, for On this Lord John adds a note saying a father of a family aged 43; for instance : very coolly : 1821. May 7th. - Went to the Beaujon ;
Mrs. Moore was quite right. In reading descended in the cars three times with each of over the diary of dinners, balls and visits to the the [Miss] Kingstons, and four times with Mrs. theatre, I feel some regret in reflecting that I S. iii. 229. No [“ Bessy.”]
had some hand in persuading Moore to prefer 1821. Aug. 19th. -— At Beaujon ; went down France to Holyrood. His universal popularity the cars ten or twelve times with the young
was his chief enemy. Ed., iü. 157. Scotch girl. — 265. [“ No Bessy."']
1822. Aug. 11th. With Lucy (Miss Drew, This appears to us altogether inadequate to it seems] to the Jardin Suisse : very pretty : the occasion, and laying the chief blame on went down in the cars. - 365. [“ No Bessy."'] Moore's popularity is a poor evasion of the
real state of the case, whioh was his inability While he was living in this way, the idea to refrain from such self-indulgence. We of writing The Epicurean most appropriately say self-indulgence, for it is remarkable, in all presented itself to him. To read up for this this tourbillon at Paris as well as in his Engprojected work, he wanted Les Voyages de lish life, both in town and country, that Pythagore, but hesitated at the price — three l " Bessy's” share in all external gayeties was