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On Friday, March 30., I dined with him at periment. Upon which his lordship very Sir Joshua Reynolds's, with the Earl of Char- gravely, and with a courteous air, said, “ Praj, lemont, Sir Annesley Stewart, Mr. Eliot of Sir, is it true that you are taking lessons of Port-Eliot, Mr. Burke, Dean Marlay, Mr. Vestris ?”. This was risking a good deal, and Langton ; a most agreeable day, of which I re- required the boldness of a general of Irislı gret that every circumstance is not preserved : volunteers to make the attempt. Johnson was but it is unreasonable to require such a multi- at first startled, and in some heat answered, plication of felicity.

“ How can your lordship ask so simple a ques. Mr. Eliot, with whom Dr. Walter Harte tion?" But immediately recovering himself, had travelled, talked to us of his “ History of whether from unwillingness to be deceived or Gustavus Adolphus," which he said was a very to appear deceived, or whether from real good good book in the German translation. Joun- humour, he kept up the joke: “Nay, but if

"Harte was excessively vain. He put any body were to answer the paragraph, and copies of his book in manuscript into the hands contradict it, I'd have a reply, and would say, of Lord Chesterfield and Lord Granville, that that he who contradicted it was no friend either they might revise it. Now how absurd was it to Vestris or me. For why should not Dr. to suppose that two such noblemen would re- Johnson add to his other powers a little corvise so big a manuscript. Poor man! he left poreal agility ? Socrates learnt to dance at an London the day of the publication of his book, advanced age, and Cato learnt Greek at an that he might be out of the way of the great advanced age. Then it might proceed to say, praise he was to receive; and he was ashamed that this Johnson, not content with dancing on to return, when he found how ill his book had the ground, might dance on the rope; and succeeded. It was unlucky in coming out on they might introduce the elephant dancing on the same day with Robertson’s ‘History of the rope. A nobleman’ wrote a play called Scotland.' His husbandry, however is good." | Love in a Hollow Tree.' He found out that BOSWELL. “So he was fitter for that than for it was a bad one, and therefore wished to buy heroic history: he did well, when he turned up all the copies and burn them. The Duchess his sword into a ploughshare.”

of Marlborough had kept one; and when he Mr. Eliot mentioned a curious liquor pecu- was against her at an election, she had a new liar to his country, which the Cornish fishermen edition of it printed, and prefixed to it, as a drink. They call it mahogany; and it is made frontispiece, an elephant dancing on a rope, to of two parts gin and one part treacle, well show that his lordship's writing comedy was as beaten together. I begged to have some of it awkward as an elephant dancing on a rope." made, which was done with proper skill by Mr. On Sunday, April 1., I dined with him at Eliot. I thought it very good liquor; and said Mr. Thrale's, with Sir Philip Jennings Clerk it was a counterpart of what is called Athol and Mr. Perkins, who had the superintendence porridge in the Highlands of Scotland, which of Mr. Thrale's brewery, with a salary of five is a mixture of whisky and honey. Johnson hundred pounds a year. Sir Philip had the said, " that must be a better liquor than the appearance of a gentleman of ancient family, Cornish, for both its component parts are bet- well advanced in life. He wore his own white ter.” He also observed, “ Mahogany must be hair in a bag of goodly size, a black velvet coat, a modern name; for it is not long since the with an embroidered waistcoat, and very rich wood called mahogany was known in this laced ruffles; which Mrs. Thrale said were oldcountry.” I mentioned his scale of liquors: fashioned, but which, for that reason, I thought claret for boys, - port for men, – brandy for the more respectable, more like a Tory; yet heroes. * Then,” said Mr. Burke, “let me Sir Philip was then in opposition in parliahave claret: I love to be a boy ; to have the ment. “Ah! Sir,” said Johnson, ancient careless gaiety of boyish days." JOHNSON. “I ruffles and modern principles do not agree." should drink claret too, if it would give me Sir Philip defended the opposition to the Amethat; but it does not : it neither makes boys rican war ably and with temper, and I joined men, nor men boys. You'll be drowned by it him. He said the majority of the nation was before it has any effect upon you."

against the ministry. Jouxson. “I, Sir, am I ventured to mention a ludicrous paragraph against the ministry; but it is for having too in the newspapers, that Dr. Johnson was learn- little of that of which opposition thinks they ing to dance of Vestris. Lord Charlemont, have too much. Were I minister, if any man wishing to excite him to talk, proposed, in a wagged his finger against me, he should be whisper, that he should be asked whether it was turned out; for that which it is in the power true. “ Shall I ask him ?" said his lordship. of government to give at pleasure to one or to We were, by a great majority, clear for the ex- another should be given to the supporters of government. If you will not oppose at the trade, but was absolutely miserable because he expense of losing your place, your opposition could not talk in company ; so miserable, that will not be honest, you will feel no serious he was impelled to lament his situation in the grievance; and the present opposition is only street to ******, whom he hates, and who he a contest to get what others have. Sir Robert knows despises him. “I am a most unhappy Walpole acted as I would do. As to the Ame- man,” said he. “I am invited to conversations ; rican war, the sense of the nation is with the I go to conversations ; but, alas! I have no ministry. The majority of those who can un- conversation." Johnson. “Man commonly derstand is with it ; the majority of those who cannot be successful in different ways. This can only hear is against it; and as those who gentleman has spent, in getting four thousand can only hear are more numerous than those pounds a year, the time in which he might have who can understand, and opposition is always learnt to talk; and now he cannot talk." Mr. loudest, a majority of the rabble will be for Perkins made a shrewd and droll remark : "If opposition."

1 Mr. Eliot, afterwards Lord Eliot, had accompanied Mr. Stanhope, the natural son of Lord Chesterfield, 'for whom the celebrated Letters were written, and is frequently men. tioned in them. Mr. Harte was travelling tutor to both these young gentlemen : see antė, p. 217. — CROKER.

? William, the first Viscount Grimston. - BOSWELL. Lord Charlemont was far from being pleased with Mr. Boswell's having published this conversation. See his “ Lje" by Hardy, vol. i. p. 401. – CROKER.

he had got his four thousand a year as a This boisterous vivacity' entertained us; but mountebank, he might have learnt to talk at the truth in my opinion was, that those who the same time that he was getting his forcould understand the best were against the tune." American war, as almost every man now is, Some other gentlemen came in. The conwhen the question has been coolly considered. versation concerning the person whose charac

Mrs. Thrale gave high praise to Mr. Dudley ter Dr. Johnson had treated so slightingly, as Long (now North). Johnson. "Nay, my dear he did not know his merit, was resumed. Mrs. lady, don't talk so. Mr. Long's character is Thrale said, “You think so of him, Sir, bevery short. It is nothing. He fills a chair. cause he is quiet, and does not exert himself He is a man of genteel appearance, and that is with force. You'll be saying the same thing of all. I know nobody who blasts by praise as Mr. ****** there, who sits as quiet.” This was you do: for whenever there is exaggerated not well bred; and Johnson did not let it pass praise, every body is set against a character. without correction. “Nay, Madam, what right They are provoked to attack it. Now there is have you to talk thus ? Both Mr. ****** and Pepys 3 : you praised that man with such dis- I have reason to take it ill. You may talk so proportion, that I was incited to lessen him, of Mr. ******; but why do you make me do perhaps more than he deserves. His blood is it? Have I said anything against Mr. ****** ? upon your head. By the same principle, your You have set him, that I might shoot him: but malice defeats itself, for your censure is too I have not shot him." violent, And yet (looking to her with a leer- One of the gentlemen said he had seen three ing smile) she is the first woman in the world, folio volumes of Dr. Johnson's sayings colcould she but restrain that wicked tongue of lected by me. " I must put you right, Sir," hers ; — she would be the only woman, could said I; " for I am very exact in authenticity. she but command that little whirligig." You could not see folio volumes, for I have

Upon the subject of exaggerated praise I none : you might have seen some in quarto and took the liberty to say, that I thought there octavo. This is an inattention which one might be very high praise given to a known should guard against.” Johnson. “Sir, it is a character which deserved it, and therefore it want of concern about veracity. He does not would not be exaggerated. Thus, one might know that he saw any volumes. If he had seen say of Mr. Edmund Burke, be is a very won them, he could have remembered their size." derful man. JOHNSON. “No, Sir, you would Mr. Thrale appeared very lethargic to-day. not be safe, if another man had a mind per- I saw him again on Monday evening, at which versely to contradict. He might answer, time he was not thought to be in immediate • Where is all the wonder? Burke is, to be danger : but early in the morning of Wednessure, a man of uncommon abilities; with a day the 4th he expired. Upon that day there great quantity of matter in his mind, and a was a call of the Literary Club; but Johnson great fluency of language in his mouth. But apologised for his absence by the following we are not to be stunned and astonished by note: him.' So you see, Sir, even Burke would suf

"Wednesday, (4th April.) fer, not from any fault of his own, but from

“ Mr. Johnson knows that Sir Joshua Reynolds

and the other gentlemen will excuse his incomMrs. Ihrale mentioned a gentleman who had pliance with the call, when they are told that Mr. acquired a fortune of four thousand a year in Thrale died this morning.”

your folly.”

This is “boisterous vivacity," because Boswell happened to lose Boswell, it would be a limb amputated." — Boswell. to have taken up the other side of the question. - CROKER, See antė, p. 678. n. 7.-C. 1847.

3 William Weller Pepyx, Esq., one of the masters in the 2 Here Johnson condescended to play upon the words long High Court of Chancery, and well known in polite circles. and short. But little did he know that, owing to Mr. Long's My acquaintance with him is not sufficient to enable me to reserve in his presence, he was talking thus of a gentleman speak of him from my own judgment. But I know that both distinguished amongst his acquaintance for acuteness of wit; at Eton and Oxford he was the intimate friend of the late Sir and to whom, I think, the French expression, " ì pélille James Macdonald, the Marcellus or Scotland, whose extraordesprit," is particularly suited. He has gratified me by dinary talents, learning, and virtues will ever be remembered mentioning that he heard Dr. Johnson say, “ Sir, if I were with admiration and regret.-BOSWELL. See antè, p. 644.-C. 1 Johnson's expressions on this occasion remind us of Isaac Walton's eulogy on Whitgift, in his Life of Hooker. “ He lived to be present at the expiration of her (Queen Elizabeth's) last breath, and to behold the closing of those eyes that had long looked upon him with reverence and affection." - KEARNEY.

Johnson was in the house, and thus mentions was to be disposed of, answered, “We are not the event :

here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the

potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams “Good Friday, April 13th, 1781. - On Wed.

of avarice. nesday, 11th, was buried my dear friend Thrale,

1 who died on Wednesday, 4th; and with him were (JOHNSON TO MRS. THRALE. buried many of my hopes and pleasures. About

"London, April 5. 1781. five, I think, on Wednesday morning, he expired. “ DEAREST MADAM, — Of your injunctions to I felt almost the last Autter of his pulse, and looked pray for you and write to you, I hope to leave for the last time upon the face that for fifteen years neither unobserved ; and I hope to find you willing i had never been turned upon me but with respect in a short time to alleviate your trouble by some or benignity.' Farewell.

May God, that de other exercise of the mind. I am not without my lighteth in mercy, have had mercy on thee! I part of the calamity. No death since that of my had constantly prayed for him some time before his wife has ever cppressed me like this. But let us death. The decease of him, from whose friendship remember that we are in the hands of Him who I had obtained many opportunities of amusement, knows when to give and when to take away, who and to whom I turned my thoughts as to a refuge will look upon us with mercy through all our varie ! from misfortunes, has left me heavy. But my ations of existence, and who invites us to call on business is with myself.” (Pr. and Med., p. 187.?) him in the day of trouble. Call upon him in this

Mr. Thrale's death was a very essential loss great revolution of life, and call with confidence. to Johnson, who, although he did not foresee for the future.

You will then find comfort for the past, and support all that afterwards happened, was sufficiently in marriage, to a degree of which, without personal

He that has given you happiness convinced that the comforts which Mr. Thrale's knowledge, I should have thought the description family afforded him would now in a great mea- fabulous, can give you another mode of happiness sure cease. He, however, continued to show a

as a mother, and at last the happiness of losing kind attention to his widow and children as

all temporal cares in the thoughts of an eternity in long as it was acceptable; and he took upon heaven. him, with a very earnest concern, the office of “I do not exhort you to reason yourself into one of his executors; the importance of which tranquillity. We must first pray, and then labour; seemed greater than usual to him, from his cir- first implore the blessing of God, and (use) those cumstances having been always such that he means, which he puts into our hands. Cultivated had scarcely any share in the real business of ground has few weeds; a mind occupied by lawful life. His friends of the Club were in hopes business has little room for useless regret. that Mr. Thrale might have made a liberal

“ We read the will to-day; but I will not fill my provision for him for his life, which, as Mr. first letter with any account than that, with all my

Thrale left no son and a very large fortune, it zeal for your advantage, I am satisfied; and that would have been highly to his honour to have than 1, commended it for wisdom and equity. Yet

the other executors, more used to consider property done ; and, considering Dr. Johnson's age, why should I not tell you that you have five could not have been of long duration ; but he hundred pounds for your immediate expenses, and bequeathed him only two hundred pounds, two thousand pounds a year, with both the houses, which was the legacy given to each of his ex- and all the goods ? ecutors. I could not but be somewhat di

“ Let us pray for one another, that the time, verted by hearing Johnson talk in a pompous whether long or short, that shall yet be granted us manner of his new office, and particularly of may be well spent; and that when this life, wbieb the concerns of the brewery, which it was at at the longest is very short, shall come to an end, last resolved should be sold. Lord Lucan tells a better may begin which shall never end.") a very good story, which, if not precisely ex- - Letters. act, is certainly characteristical; that when the On Friday, April 6.', he carried me to dine 1 sale of Thrale's brewery was going forward, at a club which, at his desire, had been latels Johnson appeared bustling about, with an ink- formed at the Queen's Arms in St. Paul's i horn and pen in his button-hole, like an excise- Churchyard. He told Mr. Hoole that he man; and on being asked what he really con- wished to have a city Club, and asked him to sidered to be the value of the property which collect one; but, said he, “Don't let them be

2 At a subsequent date he added, on the same paper :“ 18th September. My first knowledge of Thrale was in 1765. I enjoyed his favour for almost a fourth part of my life." See ante', p. 169. - CROKER.

3 The brewery was sold by Dr. Johnson and his brother executor, to Messrs. BARCLAY, PERKINS, & Co., for 135,0001. While on his Tour to the Hebrides, in 1773, Johnson men. tioned that Thrale " paid 20,0001. a year to the revenue, and that he had four vats, each of which held 1600 barrels, above a thousand hogsheads." The establishment in Park Street,

in the Borough, is now the largest of its kind in the world.
The buildings extend over ten acres, and the machinery in.
cludes two steam-engines. The store.cellars contain
vats, varying in their contents from 4000 barrels dowu to
500. About 160 horses are employed in conveying beer ta
different parts of London. The quantity brewed in 1826
was 380.180 barrels, upon which a duty of ten shillings the
barrel, 180,0901., was paid to the revenue ; and, in the last
year, the malt consumed exceeded 100,000 quarters. -
WRIGHT, 1835.

* It seems un feeling to have dined at a tavern the day but one after poor Thrale's death ; but be was afraid to indulge his own morbid grief. He writes to Mrs. Thrale, “ Our sorrow has different effects : you are driven into solitud, lan driven into company. I give my affliction a little rent, and amuse it as I can." - CROKER.

patriots.")

The company were to-day very lows: "Why, Sir, a bishop's calling company sensible, well-behaved men. I have preserved together in this week is, to use the vulgar only two particulars of his conversation. He phrase, not the thing. But you must consider said he was glad Lord George Gordon had laxity is a bad thing; but preciseness is also a escaped, rather than that a precedent should bad thing; and your general character may be be established for hanging a man for construc- more hurt by preciseness than by dining with tive treason, which, in consistency with his true, a bishop in Passion-week. There might be a manly, constitutional Toryism, he considered handle for reflection. It might be said, “ He would be a dangerous engine of arbitrary refuses to dine with a bishop in Passion-week, power. And upon its being mentioned that an but was three Sundays absent from church.' opulent and very indolent Scotch nobleman, BosWELL. “Very true, Sir. But suppose a who totally resigned the management of his man to be uniformly of good conduct, would it affairs to a man of knowledge and abilities, had not be better that he should refuse to dine with claimed some merit by saying, “ The next best a bishop in this week, and so not encourage a thing to managing a man's own affairs well is bad practice by his example?” JOHNSON. being sensible of incapacity, and not attempt- Why, Sir, you are to consider whether you ing it, but having a full confidence in one who might not do more harm by lessening the incan do it:" – Johnson. “Nay, Sir, this is fluence of a bishop's character by your disappaltry. There is a middle course. Let a man probation in refusing him, than by going to give application; and depend upon it he will him."4 soon get above a despicable state of helplessness, and attain the power of acting for him- JOHNSON TO MRS. PORTER. self."

" London, April 12. 1781. On Saturday, April 7., I dined with him at

“ Dear Madau, — Life is full of troubles. I Mr. Hoole's with Governor Bouchier and Cap- have just lost my dear friend Thrale. I hope he is tain Orme, both of whom had been long in the happy : but I have had a great loss. I am otherEast Indies; and, being men of good sense and wise pretty well. I require some care of myself

, observation, were very entertaining. Johnson but that care is not ineffectual ; and when I am defended the oriental regulation of different out of order, I think it often my own fault. castes of men, which was objected to as totally

“ The spring is now making quick advances. destructive of the hopes of rising in society by As it is the season in which the whole world is enpersonal merit. He showed that there was a

livened and invigorated, I hope that both you and principle in it sufficiently plausible by analogy. Lichfield; but being left executor to my friend, I

I shall partake of its benefits. My desire is to see We see," said he, " in metals that there are

know not whether I can be spared; but I will try, different species; and so likewise in animals, for it is now long since we saw one another; and though one species may not differ very widely how little we can promise ourselves many more infrom another, as, in the species of dogs, the terviews, we are taught by hourly examples of cur, the spaniel, the mastiff. The Bramins are mortality. Let us try to live so as that mortality the mastiffs of mankind."2

may not be an evil. Write to me soon, my dearest: On Thursday, April 12., I dined with him at your letters will give me great pleasure. a bishop's, where were Sir Joshua Reynolds, “ I am sorry that Mr. Porter has not had his Mr. Berenger, and some more company. He box; but by sending it to Mr. Mathias, who very had dined the day before at another bishop's.3 readily undertook its conveyance, I did the best í I have unfortunately recorded none of his con

could, and perhaps before now he has it. Be so versation at the bishop's where we dined toge kind as to make my compliments to my friends. ther : but I have preserved his ingenious de

I have a great value for their kindness, and hope fence of his dining twice abroad in Passion

to enjoy it before summer is past. Do write to

I am, dearest love, your, &c., week; a laxity in which I am convinced he

“ SAM. Johnson." would not have indulged himself at the time when he wrote his solemn paper in “The On Friday, April 13., being Good Friday, I Rambler” upon that awful season. It appeared went to St. Clement's church with him as to me, that by being much more in company,

usual. There I saw again his old fellow-colleand enjoying more luxurious living, he had gian, Edwards, to whom I said, “ I think, Sir, contracted a keener relish for pleasure, and Dr. Johnson and you meet only at church." was consequently less rigorous in his religious / “Sir," said he, “it is the best place we can rites. This he would not acknowledge; but meet in, except heaven, and I hope we shall he reasoned with admirable sophistry as fol. meet there too." Dr. Johnson told me that

me.

1 The truth is, that the patriots had driven him away from Sir Joshua's Club, which he latterly seldom attended. See antè p. 529. n. 1. - CROKER.

2 Rajapouts, the military caste; the Bramins, pacific and abstemious.-- KEARNEY.

3. The only bishops at whose houses Johnson is recorded to have dined wero Shipley of St. Asaph and Porteus of Chester, alterwards of London. By a letter, post, April, 1782, it appears that he dined two consecutive days, in April of that year, with the Bishops of St. Asaph's and Chester. It

is odd that he should, in two succeeding Aprils, have dined on two successive days with these two bishops, but it seems nevertheless certain. The matter is of some little impor. tance, for we had rather be assured that Bishop Porteus were not the bishop here alluded to. See pust, 26th April, 1782. - CROKER.

• This is a very poor excuse for many reasons, but one is very obvious that the refusal need neither have been public nor motivé, as the French say. - Croker, 1847.

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there was very little communication between “Sir,” said he, “it is generally known; it is Edwards and him after their unexpected re- known to all who are acquainted with the litenewal of acquaintance. “ But,” said he, smil- rary history of that period : it is as well known ing," he met me once and said, 'I am told you as that he wrote • Cato.' Mr. Thomas Sherihave written a very pretty book called “The dan once defended Addison to me, by alleging Rambler.' I was unwilling that he should that he did it in order to cover Steele's goods leave the world in total darkness, and sent him from other creditors, who were going to seize a set.'

them." Mr. Berenger visited him to-day, and was We talked of the difference between the very pleasing. We talked of an evening so- mode of education at Oxford and that in those ciety for conversation at a house in town, of colleges where instruction is chiefly conveyed which we were all members, but of which by lectures. Johnson. “ Lectures were once Johnson said, * It will never do, Sir. There useful ; but now, when all can read, and books is nothing served about there; neither tea, nor are so numerous, lectures are unnecessary. If coffee, nor lemonade, nor anything whatever; your attention fails, and you miss a part of the and depend upon it, Sir, a man does not love lecture, it is lost; you cannot go back as you to go to a place from whence he comes out ex- do upon a book." Dr. Scott agreed with him. actly as he went in.” I endeavoured, for argu- “But yet," said I, “ Dr. Scott, you yourself ment's sake, to maintain that men of learning gave lectures at Oxford." He smiled. “ You and talents might have very good intellectual laughed,” then said I, “at those who came to society, without the aid of any little gratifica- you." tions of the senses. Berenger joined with Dr. Scott left us, and soon afterwards we Johnson, and said that without these any went to dinner. Our company consisted of meeting would be dull and insipid. He would Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Desmoulins, Mr. Levett, therefore have all the slight refreshments; nay, Mr. Allen, the printer, (Mr. Macbean), and it would not be amiss to have some cold meat, Mrs. Hall, sister of the Reverend Mr. John and a bottle of wine upon a sideboard. “Sir,' Wesley, and resembling him, as I thought, said Johnson to me, with an air of triumph, both in figure and manner. Johnson produced “Mr. Berenger knows the world. Every body now, for the first time, some handsome silver loves to have good things furnished to them salvers, which he told me he had bought fourwithout any trouble. I told Mrs. Thrale once, teen years ago; so it was a great day. I was that, as she did not choose to have card-tables, not a little amused by observing Allen perpeshe should have a profusion of the best sweet- tually struggling to talk in the manner of meats, and she would be sure to have company Johnson, like the little frog in the fable blowenough come to her." I agreed with my illus- ing himself up to resemble the stately ox, trious friend upon this subject; for it has I mentioned a kind of religious Robin Hood pleased God to make man a composite animal, society 3, which met every Sunday evening at and where there is nothing to refresh the body, Coachmakers'-Hall

, for free debate; and that the mind will languish.

the subject for this night was, the text which On Sunday, April 15., being Easter-day, relates, with other miracles which happened at after solemn worship in St. Paul's church, I our Saviour's death, “And the graves were found him alone. Dr. Scott, of the Commons, opened, and many bodies of the saints which came in. He talked of its having been said, slept arose, and came out of the graves after that Addison wrote some of his best pa- his resurrection, and went into the holy city, pers in “The Spectator" when warm with and appeared unto many.” Mrs. Hall said it wine. Dr. Johnson did not seem willing to was a very curious subject, and she should like admit this. Dr. Scott, as a confirmation of it, to hear it discussed. JOHNSON (somewhat related that Blackstone, a sober man, composed warmly). “One would not go to such a place his “ Commentaries” with a bottle of port be- to hear it, one would not be seen in such a fore him; and found his mind invigorated and place, to give countenance to such a meetsupported in the fatigue of his great work, by ing.' I, however, resolved that I would go. a temperate use of it.

“ But, Sir,” said she to Johnson, “I should I told him, that in a company where I had like to hear you discuss it." He seemed relately been, a desire was expressed to know luctant to engage in it. She talked of the rehis authority for the shocking story of Addi- surrection of the human race in general, and son's sending an execution into Steele's house. maintained that we shall be raised with the

Richard Berenger, many years Gentleman of the Horse was there, and was all himself, all chivalry, blank verse, and to her present majesty, and author of The History and Art anecdote. He told us some curious stories of Pope, with of Horsemanship, 2 vols. 4to. 1771. – MALONE. Mr. Beren- whom he used to spend the summer at his uncle Lord Cobger's mother was sister of Lord Cobham and of Lady Lyttel- ham's." He died in Sept. 1782, æt. 62. – CROKER. ton, mother of the first lord. Talking of good manners, 2 See antè, p. 671.- C. Johnson named Mr. Berenger as the standard of true elegance; 3 The original Robin Hood was a debating club, " chiefly but soine one objecting that he too much resembled the composed" (says the Connoisseur, 28th March, 1754) - of gentlemen in Congreve's comedies, Johnson said, “ Well lawyers, clerks, petty tradesmen, and low mechanics, where then, we must fix on the famous Thomas Hervey," (ante, it is usual for the advocates of infidelity to assemble and p. 183. n. 4.) - Piozzi. “I dined the other day," says Hannah openly avow their infidelity." See Gent. Mag. xxii. 54, and More, " at Mrs. Boscawen's, very pleasantly, for Berenger xxiv. 154. CROKER.

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