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raise memories to the monuments,
how useful and instructive might these
soon-forgotien remembrances of the
Life-Ist. Tlie paths of life are
Gardens: there are a few flowers
in you meet with no more.
2d. What libertines and men of the
3d. In sickness and in misfortune
we flatter and quiet ourselves under
the intolerable sense of the present,
with hopes of the future ; the rapid
future approaches, and, in a short time,
a piece of silver in George's Coffee-
dish of coffee, was helped into his that all the servants, one after another, ·
The following excellent rules, which
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ELOQUENCE~ sweet, rich, and beautifully varied ; LORD CHATHAM_LORD NORTH when he elevated his voice to its high
alR. FOX--MR. PITT--MR. BURKE est pitch, the house was completely From Peminiscenes of Charles Butler, Esq. The effect was awful, except where he
filled with the volume of the sound. The administration of lord North wished to cheer or animate ; and then was certainly an era in the history of he had spirit-stirring notes, which were British eloquence : what in respect to perfectly irresistible. He frequently the orators of Rome, is observed by
rose, on a sudden, from a very low to Velleius Paterculus of Cicero, will
a very high koy, but it seemed to be probably be said of lord North, that without effort. His diction was re
no member of cither house of the markably simple, but words were never British parliament will be ranked chosen with greater care ; he mentionamong the orators of this country ed to a friend of the Reminiscent, that
whom lord North did not see, or he had read twice, from beginning to “ who did not see lord North.
end, Bailey's Dictionary; and that Lord Chatham
he had perused some of Dr. Barrow's Of those by whoin lord North was Sermons so often, as to know them preceded, none probably except lord by heart. Chatham, will be remembered by pos- His sentiments, too, were apparentterity. It was frequently given to the ly simple ; but sentiments were never writer of these pages to hear the better adopted or uttered with greater speeches, both in the house of com- skill; he was often familiar and even mons and the house of lords, of this playful, but it was the familiarity and extraordinary man. No person in his playfulness of condescension: the lion external appearance was ever more that dandled with the kid. The terbountifully gifted by nature for an rible, however, was his peculiar power. orator. In his look and his gesture, Then the whole house sunk before grace and dignity were combined, but him.Still he was dignified ; and dignity presided; the “ terrors of his wonderful as was his eloquence, it was beak, the lightning of his eye,” were attended with the most important effinsufferable. His voice was both full ect, that it impressed every hearer with and clear; his lowest whisper was a conviction that there was something distinctly heard, his middle tones were in him, finer even than bis words; that the man wasindinitely greater than what they themselves conceived of the the orator : no impression of this kind immeasurable superiority of the orator was made by the eloquence of his sol, over every other human being that or his son's antagonist.
surronnded him.-- In the passages But,—with this great man--for which we have cited, there is nothing great he certainly was,----manner did which an ordinary speaker might not much. One of the tiirest specimens have said ; it was the manner, and the which we possess of his lordship's ora- inanner only, which produced the eftory, is his speech in 1766, for the fect. repeal of the stamp act.
An interesting and accurate account Most, perhaps, who read the report of Mr. Pitt's style of oratory, and its of this speech, in Almon's Register, prodigious effect on his audience, may will wonder at the effect which it is be found in a letter of lord Holland, known to have produced upon the his distinguished contemporary, pubhearers ; yet the report is iolerably lish:d in the appendix to lord Walexact, and exhibits, although faintly, degravet's Mehroirs. its leading features. But they should * Mr. Wilkes, a friend it seems of have seen the look of inetizble con- " Pitt's, petitioned against the youngtempt with which he surveyed the late“ ei Delaval, chosen at Berwick, on Mr. Grenville, who sat within one of “ account of bribery only. The him, and should have heard hiin say Tulcer
Delaval made a speech on with that looks 2_" As to the late, “ his being thus attacked, full of wit, ministry, every capital measure they " huncur and buffoonery, which kept have taken has been entirely wrong.'
" the house in a continual roar of They should also have beheld him, “ laughter. Nr. Pitt came down from when addressing himself to Mr. Grens " the gallery, and took it up, in his ville's successors, he said, “ As to “ highest tone of Dignity. He was the present gentlemen,—those at least astonished when he heard what had whom I have in my eye,”—(looking been the occasion of their mirth.at the bench on which Mr. Conway “ Was the dignity of the house of sate,)“ I have no objection : I have " commons on so 'sure fouhdätians,
never been made a sacrifice by any tliat they might venture themselves “ of them.—Some of them have done " to shake it?-Had it not, on the
me the honour to ask my poor opin- " contrary, by gradations been dimiion, before they would
nishing for years, till now we were repeal the act :- they will do me “ brought to the very brink of the “the justice to own, I did advise them“ precipice, 'where, if ever, a stand " to engage to do it,--but notwith- “ must be made ?—High compli
standing, for I love to be explicit)"ments to the speaker,-eloquent “ I cannot give them my confidence. “ exhortation to whigs of all condi“ Pardon ine gentlemen,”-bowing « tions, to defend their attacked and
to them)" confidence is a plant expiring liberty, &c.
of slow growth.” Those, who re- “ will degenerate into a little assemmember the air of condescending “ bly, serving no other purpose than protection with which the bow was "to register the arbitrary edicts of inade and the look given, when he “ one too poreerful subject,' (laying on spoke these words, will recollect how “ the words one and subject the most much they themselves at the moment “ remarkable emphasis.)" I have vereTere both delighted and awed, and what "fied these words by five or six
• Unless you
“ different people, so that your lord- / called it forth, and drew it into your “ ship may be assured they were lis“ service,-a hardy and intrepid race
very words. When I came in, he “ of men. Men, who when left by was recapitulating, and ended with " your jealousy, became a prey to the
our being designed or likely, “ artifices of your enemies, and had “ (I cannot tell you what he said,)“ gone nigh to have overturned the "s' to be an appendix to~I know not state, in the war before the last.
rohat I have no name for it.' - “ These men, in the last war, were "* Displeased, as well as pleased, allow“ brought to combat on your side; “ it to be the finest speech that ever they served with fidelity, as they so was made; and it was observed, that “ fought with valour, and conquered " by his first two periods, he brought
“ for you in every part of the world. " the house to a silence and attention, | " Detested be the national prejudices “ó that you might have heard a pin against them ! they are unjust, drop. Except the words marked, “groundless, illiberal
, unmanly . “ observe that I do not pretend to give “When I ceased to serve his majes““ your lordship his words, but only the “ ty as minister, it was not the country * purport of his speech, of which a “ of the man (lord Bute) by which I c. good deal was on bribery, I suppose,
moved :--but the man of that ; and the manner of treating it, which “ country wanted wisdom, and held
“ so much tended to lower, what was principles incompatible with free“ already too low, the authority of the “ dom.' “ house of commons. The speaker His celebrated reply to Horace “ shopk him by the hand, ready to Walpole has been immortalized by the " shake it off; which, I hear, gave report given of it by Dr. Johnson.* almost as great offence as the speech. On one occasion, Mr. Moreton, the " I just now hear the duke of New chief justice of Chester, a gentleman of “ castle was in the utmost fidget, and some eminence at the bar, happened to “ that it spoiled his stomach yester- say, King, lords and commons, or;"
(directing his eyes towards lord ChaIn another letter, in the appendix to tham)--" as that right honourable memthe same correspondence, 18rd Holland - ber would call them, commons, lords describes in one line the effect of Mr. " and king.". The only fault of this Pitt's oratory, when he intended to be sentence is its nonsense. Mr. Pilt severe, on the object of his severities. arose, -as he ever did ---with great * In both Mr. Pitt's speeches, every deliberation, and called to order : “I “ word fell on Murray, (lord Mans-“ have, he said, frequently heard in this “ field) yet so managed, that neither “ house, doctrines, which have sur“ he nor any body else could or did“ prised me; but now, my blood runs “ take public notice of it, or in any “ cold ! I desire the words of the “ degree reprehend him. I sat near “ honourable member
be taken “ Murray, who suffered for an hour “ down.” The clerks of the house
The whole speech on the repeal of wrote the words. “Bring them to the stamp act, is very fine : "I sought me," said Mr. Pitt, in a voice of for merit,” said lord Chatham, “wher- thunder. By this time, Mr. Moreton ever it was to be found. “It is my was frightened from his senses. « Sir “ boast, that I was the first minister he suid, addressing himself to the " who looked for it ; and I found it Speaker, “ I am sorry to have given
in the mountains of the north. Il “any offence to the right honourable