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of the discerning, among the first of his Ellenborough's eloquence, it may be profession.
observed in general, that he appears to lo Westminster-hall bis superiority aim more at strength than elegancé. was not so evident. Mr. Erskine, as a There is nothing, however, in the occaleading counsel, possessed a more ex. sional roughness and vegligence of his tensive, though perhaps a less solid, sentences which does not consist with reputation. But if he was really the delicacy of taste and refinement of knowfiuer speaker, bis rival was a more ac- "Jedge. His faults seem to belong to a complished lawyer. If Mr. Erskine "mied too highly occupied to avoid them; captivated the imagination by the bril. and; perhaps, if he had been more studi. liancy of his ideas and the elegance of ous to be graceful, bis hearers would be bis language, Lord Ellenborough sub- less at leisure to receive the full force of jected the understanding by the strength those masculine ideas which constitute of his expressions, and by a weight the distinguishing virtue of his speeches. of sentiment and matter which always "The poignancy of his iovectives has selproduced an effect proportionate to the "dom been equalled, and it established a capacities of his hearers. If they are salutarý respect among bis brethren at compared as lawyers, the superiority the bar, which has since been extended mast, without hesitation, be conceded to the members of the two Houses with to Lord Ellenborough. A most in- whom he has had occasion to contend. portant part of Mr. Erskine's life was The gravity and solemnity' of his manlost to his profession ; and the splen. ner was best suited to important causes, dor of his oratorical powers advanced but he shewed himself able to treat light bim into public notice too early after matters with gaiely and wit; while he bad devoted himself to it. The ‘at the same time it appeared more great practice which immediately fol- natural to him to be dignified than lowed the first inanifestation of his trifling. talents, though it naturally increased The office of Attorney-general is alhis knowledge, took from him the ways regarded as a step to higher situaopportunity of making those laborious tions; and, on the death of Lord Ken.' investigations which are so necessary to yon, Mr. Law was, in April 1802, apcomplete the character of a profound pointed Chief Justice of the Court of lawyer. Lord Ellenborough, on the King's Bepcb, and elevated to a peer contrary, has enjoyed every advantage age. So rapid a rise, within a year, of opportunity and training, and has, from the condition of a King's Counsel during the whole of his life, displayed to the second dignity of the law, cannot an industry no less uncommon than be paralleled by any other instance in were the abilities by which it was the annals of the profession. The situadirected.
tion of the Chief Justice of the King's Mr. Law's advancement to the great Bench, although in respect to rank and ofices of the profession did not take salary it is but second among our legal place until long after he had been de dignities, is in soine respects thought signed for them by the expectations of more desirable than the first.
As a the public. These expectations were member of administration, the Lord founded equally on his eminent talents, Chancellor is subject to the varieties and on the soundness and extent of his of its fortune ; while the Judges canlegal knowledge. That they were so not be removed from their offices, exlong defeated is attributed to his having cept in consequence of misbehaviour, been regarded with unfavourable senti or addresses from either of the Houses ments by the then administration; as of Parliament. It is likewise copsi. immediately after its dissolution he was dered, that the extensiveness of the sppointed Attorney general, and brought Lord Chancellor's patronage is scarcely. into tbe House of Commons, where he adequate to the value of the few lucrawas a frequent speaker jo defence of tive situations of which the Chief Jusministerial measures. In this charac- tice of the King's Bench has the absoter it will be allowed that he performed lute disposal. Lord Ellenborough has important services, even by those whose therefore attained wbat, probably, was opinions of the conduct and abilities of the highest object of bis ambition. Tbe his colleagues lead them to conclude elevated station in which he is placed that they seeded both defence and de- affords him all the enjoyments of dig. fenders.
nity, and all the opportunities he can Concerning the character of Lord 'desire for the display and the exer
tion of his great mental powers. His gracious Creator of it, that its enjog. two immediate predecessors were men ments lose much of their most delight. whom thegreatest miyds inight be proud ful impressions when coufined to the to emulate. Lord Mansfield will always solitary experience of our own conbe considered not only among the first viction. The truth which domestic ornaments of his profession, but among felicity conveys, that to be happy we those who have done honour to his must be virtuous, is of too much imcountry and to human kind; and Lord portance to be insulated within the narKenyon's occasional violence and neg- row boundaries of our individual feel. lect of decorum, bis deficiencies as ani ngs, and therefore, Sir, I am anxious to orator and a scholar, will not deprive communicate to your readers the sentihim of that reverence which is due to ment which the demonstration of this his vigour of understanding--the ex- truth in my yesterday's visit fixed in tent of his professional acquirements my reflections. and the uniform ardour and perse- But first I must draw the picture of verance with which he supported the this highly-favored and happy group:sacred cause of religion and morality. A father and a mother surrounded by
In 1802, Lord Ellenborough was mar- their children, and their children's chil. ried to the daughter of George Philip dren. The parents rejoicing in the Towry, Esq., by whom he has a family prosperity of their offspring, the offof three sons and three daughters, who, spring equally anxious to promote the in perpetuating their parent's honours, joyful satisfaction of their parents.will, we trust, also perpetuate his unble. The father reposing in the recompense mished integrity.
of an active life, and the blessing of a It is impossible to contemplate the competent provision for his latter years, life of this nobleman without reflecting after having settied his children in the on the splendid prospects which animate same eligible path of industry which he the study of the law. By the mere had previously trod with so much bouor exertion of his talents, and without the to himself, and advantage to his family. interferenceof any extraordinary events, The mother sharing with the beloved Lord Ellenborough has accumulated a partner of her days the same felicitous great fortune, attained one of the most consolations --Her daughters conformexalted stations in the empire, and ac- ing themselves to ibe same matron virquired for himself, and will transmit to tues which had been the sources of their his children, the honours of the British earlier education, and were now the Peerage :--but he will also bequeath patterns of their maturer duíics.—Their to them an inheritance infinitely more husbands blest in their possession, and valuable,--the unsullied reputation of grateful to the parental guardians of his judicial character, and the grateful the treasures they enjoy. Here then I remembrance of his successful exer- found myself in the bosom of a family, tious to promote the interests and the the chiefs of which had fulfilled their glory of bis native Britain. C., natural and social obligations, and its
junior members assimilating their con
duct to the same excellent standard, Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss and all endeared to cach other, not Of Paradise that has survived the fall, more by the ties of blood, than by the Thou art the nurse of Virtue-In thine union of virtues.-A good father, a ten
der mother, and filiul children,- all She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is,
coutributing to the common stock of Heav'n-born, and destined to the skies domestic happiness, and all the more again.
enriched in blessing the more they To the Editor of the European Mugazine. gave to increase the general store.
What wouder theo, Mr. Editor, that RETURNING last night from a amid the smiles, the endearments, the
family party, myself the only un- joys of such a party, I should feel my coonected individual of the happy cir. heart expanded with delight, and all cle, I could not recollect what i had my thoughis concentrated in the peace, witnessed without feeling a desire that ful scene which met my contemplation, others should participate in the ele. It was a scene, Sir, that angels mighị vated gratifications which my own heart have stooped from their scats of bliss to acknowledged - for the buinan mind behold, and have blended with their own is so constituted by the all-wise and divine communion, for it was a scene
which conveyed the nearest idea of a sand regrets for the numerous wretched. Heaven upon earth, that could possess families, who, from the vanities of the buman imaginalion. My mind was worldly pride, or from the malignant so filled with it, tbat it accompanied passions of evil disposition, make the me all the way home, and embodied rash surrender of all their personal comitself with the following reflections: - fort, and tear asunder the bond of This is the life which the merciful Crca- social obligation, at the fearful hazard of our being designed us to lead in this of all their happiest hopes in this world terrestrial state of our existence. and the next. These are the virtues which the word To one conclusion of indisputable of bis love enjoined us to cultivate and fact I bring the whole of what I have practise, by which the happiness of each written : peace exists only in the pracis made the blessing of all, and the tice of virtue, and happiness can be blessing of all the happiness of each. sccured only by a uniform tenor of a Thus is man made“scosible of the pro. Christian life. In whatever family this vidence of God, and led to the pious practice is not upheld, and this life eviacknowledgment of his loving kindness. denced by the same pious concordance Thus also, is he better enabled to strug- of sentiment between the parents and gle with the vicissitudes of earth, and the children there, union can never be better prepared for the joys of Heaven. expected on earth, nor happiness in On such a family adversity can have no beaven. other effect, than to draw its members August 20, 1816. H. G. W. ipto a closer compact of attachment and mutual support; while prosperity heightens all their blessings with the
THE NAVY conscious relish of reciprocal enjoy. To the Editor of the European Magazine. ment. O thought I what bitter adver. maries are those to their own best intera Ithere is scarcely a ship or vessel in
Chatham, Joth July, 1816. ests who sacrifice to the world, and to its empty pleasures, that real delight the British Navy, whose pumps are not which can only be found in a united of very inferior quality: this great dehome. What an inestimable jewel do fect is of the more consequence to be such infatuated votaries of factitious remedied, because, as many of our vesgratification throw away, and which sels are built of fir only, they must once so rejected, is lost for ever. What necessarily, when opposed in action to misery must there be in division, when others built of oak, and with iufinitely so much real bliss exists in union. And stonter bolwarks, become in a short how can parents expect that they shall time comparatively very much cut up be beloved by their children, when in their hulls indeed ; and therefore hatred and variance distract their own likely to make much water.---But" fra breasts, counteract every impulse of perientia docet;" and it would seem, duty, and make them consider even nothing but experience of the most bitthe blessings of divine providence as ter kind can work any amelioration incumbrances of care, and obstacles to in our much neglected naval service. their selfish and delusive inclinations!
NAVALIS. The responsibilities of parents reach to eternity, and in eternity they will be Tolhe Edilor of the European Magazine. aecomplished, either in the everlasting
London, Aug. 13, 1816, frnition of associated joys, or in the N your Magazine for March last, I never-ending consciousness of mutual observe, that a new cypher has been destruction.
proposed, in which each characier reIn the former state, reunion will be presents a letter, so that the number crowned with inseparable participation; of characters does not exceed the nuriin the latter, the divisions of their ber of letters. It would much oblige earthly state will be perpetuated in all me, a constant peruser of your very their bitterness by the inevitable re- useful Publication, if you could inform morse of reminiscence, that all the mi- me, whether it is probable you will be series of their offspring here and here able to insert any specimen of this cye after are the consequences of the per- pher in your Magazine. I have seen a Verse enmities and self-destroying dis- great many cyphers, some of them very satisfactions of their parents.
ingenious, but none of them secure frou But, Sir, I cannot pursue this-subject discovery, by persons properly qualified fartber ; my beart bleeds with a thou. for decypberers : and all of them were
unfit for a Secretary of State's Office, De graaz malages longh tans fus excedee , where there usually is a large cor
Trostuitz medeciens y perdoient lor latin; respondence, from the length of time Ese me donner plot a mon Diex en fia: it would take up to put the letters Or suis de tos mes maux debarassee. into cypher. You observe, that to con- Some of your correspondents, better trive a cypher, which shall at once be versed in antique lore than myself, will, secure from detection, and easy in its perhaps inform your readers to which of application, has been considered as a these priority is due. problem of some difficulty, and so it I am, Sir, is certainly : but this difficulty. I have
Your hearty well-wisher, pot only conquered, but have carried
X. the art, I think, farther than has ever been attempted before. I have for se
A CONVERSAZIONE. veral years, during a residence abroad in a public situation, studied this sub- (Continued from Vol. LXIX. pagc 14.) ject very carefully; and the result has been, that I have invented a cypher, FTER these very just observations which has all the necessary qualifications for a Secretary of State's Office; seemed to have agreed upon a suspenviz. ease and celerity in its applica- sion of their debate, by one of those tion: and farther (what will probably pauses which in a mixed party so often astonish decypherers), it is, I think, of occur; and as no one appeared anxious that nature, as not to be decyphered, to start a new subject, the City Baronet even by a person who shall be in pos- whispered to his Sister, that he feared session of its decypher, or key.
it was very late; and taking out his watch, The art, I think, cannot be carried be exclaimed, “Why, Letty, it wants farther than this : and how much so- but a quarter to twelve.” The time ever this art may be despised by such was instantly echoed through the room, men as Mr. Conundrum, the opinion and all rose, with a simultaneous motion of such a man as Lord Bacon will, to make their congèes to the Lady of the I believe, secure its reputation. If the House She was politely very profuse Under Secretary of si icad carefully in expostulations against breaking up examined (as he ought to have done) so soon ; but as she turned from the into Mr. Playfair's communication, and Baronet with a courteous reproach for had sent for Caraman, what an enor having given the alarmn, I unfortunately mous expenditure of the nation's mo- stepped between her and one of the Mea ney, and of British lives, would have dical Gentlemen, just close enough to been saved.
bear the conclusion of a confidential I remain, Sir,
remark" but thank GOD, my dear Your most obedient and most humble Sir, it is over !” The Doctor, with servant,
one of those obsequious replies which INVESTIGATOR. spoke the consciousuess of the Lady's
having been overheard, took his leave To the Editor of the European Magazine. indebted to you for a very delightful
with, Dear Madam, we are highly TOTHING is more commonly met the word to every individual of the
evening.” This seemed to have given with in country church-yards Party; and "Good night," "delightthan the following epitaph :
,” “ much indebted," asailAfHictions sore long time I bore ; ed my ears from every quarter. As · Physicians were in vain :
was proceeding to make my adieus in Till God did please to give me ease, turn, the Baronet, laying hold of my And rid me of my pain,
coat button and inclining his head toOf the originality of this mellifluous wards my car, ejaculated with a quicka composition I entertain strong doubts. ness which convinced me the lanient Oa a stone, which formerly was in the was sincere, “ She might have given us Cimetiere de S. Lazare, but is now re- some supper I thiuk, hey!- These Conmoved into the Musée des Antiquites versaziones may be all inighty fiue, and Nationales, and arranged by the learned vastly amusing, but they wont do with curator among the Monumens du xiii out something a little more substantial, siécle, are the following lines, with no hey!-Come, you shall go and sup small dificulty legible:
with 'me-there's room in the carriage.'
Ek Thank you, Sir Be, but I am very brilliant in your conversation subengaged to eat an oyster with my friend jects; however, I'll come, and so will the Lecturer, who has something to com. Juka, who bas a very pretty taste for municate to me in his way," " Aye, music,-so she onght faith, for I pay ase, you gentry of the literary squad are Welch two guineas a lesson twice a bat a fastidious set after all. Now I week-that's a good deal of money, suppose you and your friend will enjoy hey!""Well, sir B," observed yourselves for an hour or two in cut- the Superintendant," I shall expect you' ting up us poor ignoramusses, hey! and the Ladies." -The party for TuesThere's my son Hal, because he has been day being thus made, and the future ento College, thinks no one can read, tertainment secured, the room was graWrite, or speak, who has not; but, to dually emptied of its contents. There give him his due, he has taught me to is one thing, however, which, as I reck. read and write to the purpose, as he oned it of ominous portent, I must not calls it ; for be kept me in tolerable omit to mention: The young City Ca. training, when I had to read his quar. rate, in his great anxiety to lead the terly letters and write the checks in Baronet's daughter io her carriage, most answer, – the boy has spent me at least unpropitiously to his views, trod upon thrée and twenty hundred pounds fur lier ludia shawl and made a very alarmhis Cumbridge carcer; however, he has ing chasm in the border. The Rev. got his degree, and that's something Gentleman's auk warduess was instantly you know for my money:- but come repolsed by the young Lady's abrupt Sister, Julia, Hal, come, the carriage is exclamation : “ Mercy on me, Sir, how Waiting—and after all this Conversa- aukward! Dear me, sir, I desire you zione a bit of supper will be no bad. would not trouble yourself! My camelthing, her."-The Baronet was pro- hair shawl coinpietely destroyed! I ceeding to the door, when he was sam- vow 'tis monstrous !"_" What's the moped back by the Lady of the house, matter Julia, bey?” cried the Baronet. who, calling to her visitors with a tone' However, the daughter did not reply,' of eagerness which led them to expect and the Curate checked his apologies, something of importance, they pressed to prevent the Baronet's further in. towards her, when she communicated quiries; but I could not help draw. to them a commission which she said it ing a very adverse conclusion to all his was her duty as Mistress of the house to anticipations of promotion.-Poor man, falfil, -" Ladies and Gentlemen, I am thought I, this uutoward accident may requested by Miss B-to say, that' cost bim the Baronet's interest at the this Copversazione will be held at ber' next vacancy of St. ~--'s living; fur house, in Maideo-lane, next Tuesday it's no trifling matter to tear the India evening."- Miss B then followed shawl of a Baronet's daughter; and altry this notice by expressing her bope though it's a serious thing to lose a liv. that she should be honoured with the ing, yet the Baronet gave fifty guineas company of all present, and that for for the shawl; and what's worse, the fear they should not recollect the day, East India Director's nephew has an eje she should send a card to each. “ Aud' to the rectory bimseli-and curates as an additional indacement to the com- can't buy shawis, though directors may pwy," continued the Superintendant, give their.. ** I have good reason to proinise you a Ten minutes walk brought the Lecgreat musical treat; nor is it unlikely turer and myself to his lodgings.-that I shalt introdưce to you a dra
“Now,” said he, "we'll take an oyster, Jriatic character of high celebrity-' and then I'll make you better acquaintat all events I need not disappoiut you`ed with the Conversazione party, which ir the first expectation, as —
is I dare say you have had enough of.” one of the best creatures in the world " No, indeed," I answered, I hasé for that; and in spite of his late dis- ' been very well amused; but upon my confiture he has promised to be with life I think Mrs. — does not
weit ui, and after supper we shall have some discriminate in her invitations. "Wbo excellent glees. – Sir B---, may I ex- should have thought of an Editor of a pect you and your Ladies!” “The words Newspaper, an East India Director; a *afier supper," struck on the Baronet's Manager of a Tbeatre, and a Colonel ex with peculiar effect : “ Certainly, of the army: a Row Publisher, and a Madam, I shall be most bappy to make City Baronet ; a female Superintendant, ose, tho' you must not expect me to be and a Member of Parliament; a Doce Europ. Hug. Vol. LXX. Aug. 1816.