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in the field; who had fcught and been collect of the fame fort, as having ocled to conquest under his command. Pope, cationally dropped in discourte frain in the fine phrenly of his enthusiasm, was you. But Pope,-while you allow, nay not contented with this limited triumph, even court me to correfpond with you on nor with this parlimonious praile. His there subjects, you will not be inpatient, victorious hero mutt bear the fpoils of whatever I may chance to lay-but Pope more enemies than one ; and whole hosts has other faults to answer for. By this must hail his conqueft :
unfortunate defertion of the text he not So when, triumphant from successful coils, only detaces the fine imagery of Homer, Of beroes Nain he beașs the reeking (poils,
so happily fancied to awaken sentiment Whole bofts may hail him with de served ac- and atteet the feelings; he has also en- ? claim,
tangled his compontion with inexplicaAnd say, tbis clief transcends bis fatber's fame; ble difficulties. Where, or what are the While, pleas'd amidst the general shouts of hosts, who are to hail the triumphant Troy,
hero on his return? Are they the hotts His mother's conscious heart o'erflows with joy. which he had led to barde ? Or are
By this extravagant exaggeration, they a corps of reserve ready to be drawn : which, I doubt not, is by mary confi- out, when occasion should call for them, dered as a sublime iinprovement of Pope
on this extraordinary service? Are they upon his author, the original thought is, luppoled all, as if drilled to this with you fee, entirely loft; and all the pleafing other military exercises, to break out, at affociations, excited by the appearance of once, with one voice, into the same acclathe old toldier, are dislípated, and vanith maticn ? We find no duch perplexities ia amidst the thouts of the noily multitude, the genuine work of Homer. “The hcary which the trantiator iubititutes in his Veteran, now pait lervice, remained in place. The hoary veteran (peaks from
the city, waiting the event.
On seeing his own knowledge and recollection.
the young hero's triumphant entry, he is The applauding hosts could only speak
of course reminded of the father, whom from report. So far indeed Pope very well he had often attended in similar situations. Tenders the words of the applautive lenence The applause, therefore, which he utters Fontittently with his own ideas.
in the warm emotions of his joy, is not " This chief transcends his father's fame." only subliine and animated, but from a But does Homer say anything like this speaker of this defcription equally natu
-πατρος δ' όγε πολλον αμεινον. Pope's matter, whom in many lines he". “He far surpasses his fathr"
has copied very clofely, might have taught in the martial exploits, not which Fame him better : reports of him, but which the old soldier Some aged man, who lives this act to lec, had himself seen the father perfoim. And who in former times remember'd me. I could almost fancy that Vandyke
DRYDIN. might catch the hint of his famous 1 In the last couplet he succeeds better, Belitarius from this description. · The and rises above all competition. The Soldier of the painter is the same with abrupt and unexpected transition of Hector that of the poer. It is this striking fi- from the object, for whom he was thus gure, which by its contemplative attitude, fervently fupplicating the Gods, to his and lericus caft of countçnance, gives the wite, marks in the most delicate manner piece its moral effect. We enter at the tenderness of his affection ; at all once into all his feelings ; and go along times, and on all occasions, alive and atwith him in the train of melancholy reflec- tentive to her happinels; with whichevery tions, which must naturally rise in his idea of pleasure and satisfaction was in his mind on beholding his general, whom mind intimately connected. This is very before he had seen 1o often at the head of elegantly exprefled by Pope ; though still victorious armies with all the
in conformity to his previous miscon. ( Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious ception :
While, pleasod amidst the general fouts of dow reduced to fo humiliating a fituation, Troy,
(joy. as to be relieved only by the casual cha- His mother's conscious heart o'erflows withi rity of women and children. Would the Dryden's version appears in comparison effect have been equally powerful, had the very fat and insipid: painter crowded his canvass with a whole That at these words his mother may rejoice, tegiment or a fyınpathizing army? And add her fuffrage to the public voice.
I do not know how far your sentiments I will leave you in the pleasing enjoy.. will coincide with mine in these observa- ment of your favourite's acknowledged tions, though something I sem to the superiority
ral and proper
or the nefendier
TABLE TAL K;
OR,' CHARACTERS, ANECDOTES, &c, OF ILLUSTRIOUS AND CELEBRATE) BRITISH CHARACTERS, DURING THE LAST Fifty YEARS, (MOST OF THEM NEVER BE FORE PUBLISHED.)
[Continuent from Page 84.] DUKE OF PORTLAND.
where the principal personage (the Devil) Charafter of be late DUKE OF PORT- was lecked up by way of safety, they
LAND, Father 19 the proleris Duke, hired a mcb to break open the door the written by bis Faber-in law EDWARD night before, and steal him. This they EARL OF OXFORD, previous to the effected, to the no small mortification of former's Marriage wib bis Dangher. the Whigs, and the derangement of the (EXTRACTED FROM A LETTER intended ipectacle. DATED 1734.)
Next day Lord Oxford, who was a re" THE person we have cholen for our puted Tory, meeting Garth in the Court
son-in-law has the fairelt and of Requests, called out to him, by way of most unexceptionable character, and his triumph, * Garth, I am told you have compofition the mott unlike the genera- loit your Devil; pray how has all this lity of the young gentlemen of tliis age, happened?""Because," says Garth, which you will think was no imall ingre. " you have found your G-d, his disciples dient towards our approbation of him. stole him away in the night." As I hope inuch and long to lee you in Garth, writing a letter one evening at Englanat
, I believe when you see the Duke the St. Jaunes's Coffee-house, was much you will be plealed with him, as he is embarralied by an Irith gentleman, who free froin the prevailing qualifieations of was rude enough to look over his shoulder the present ket’of poung men of quality, all the time. Garth, however, seemed to fuch as gaming, tharping, pillering, lys take no rotice of this, 'till towants the ing, &c. &c. On the contrary, he is conclution, when he humorously added, endowed with qualifications they are by way of a poftíçript, “ I should write Strangers to, tuch as justice, honour, ex- you more by this post, but there's a cellent temper both of mind and body, damned tall impudent Irishman looking living with all his own family: and the over my Moulder all the time."-"What manner in which he propoled hintelf was do you mean, Sir?” says the Irishwhat became a gentleman and a man of man ;“ do you think I looked over your honour.” [The pretent Duke is the letter?"-"Sir," says Garth very giaveeldest ton of that marriage, and with the ls, “I vever once opened my lips te hereditary honours polleties all the here- you."— " Aye, but by J-s, you have ditary virtues.]
put it down for all that,"
tay you never once looked over my letter." Garth, it is well known, was one of the greatest Whigs of Queen Anne's time; THE LATE VISCOUNT FALMOUTH. and, at that period, thole on his fide went This Nobleman, so well known in all great lengths in celebrating the Anniver- the public places of resort in this metrolary of Queen Elizabeth, hy burning the polis about twenty years ago, and who, Deiil, the Pope, and the Pietender toge- in conjunction with the late Baron Halther. Party business running very high lang and seme others of an ancient handabout the latter end of the Queen's reign, ing; were pleasantly called “the Goaa greater proceflion than ordinary was terie," in his general love of pleasure in, intended to be brought out on one of eluded the pleasure of doing a good a&ion, thote Anniverfaries. A computation and very properly dedicated part of a very may be loofely made of the excess of par- extentive fortune to publick charities and ty spirit and folly which then prevailed, the relief of private dittrels. In one of when the figure oj' the Devil alone cost bis morning perambulations in St. James's fitteen hundred pounds. The intended Park, of which he was a constant treparade of this proceilion being much quente:, and
those occasions dreked talked of, set the Irties at work to coon- uncommonly plain, he happened to take les plct then, anda gitting intelligeac duis dat upon the same bench with a per
SIR SAMUEL GARTH.
fon equally feedy in appearance, but his address, and deGred he would call up in very different circumtances relative to on him again in a week's time. The spirits and fortune.
poor man, penetrated with kindness, took It being about the latter end of August, his leave. In the mean time his Lordship and the town very thin of people, a con- made the proper enquiries into the real versation commenced relative to this cir- state and character of the man ; which
i cumftance; when the gentleinan observed, fully answering his own description of rather gloomingly, how unequally this himself, he procured him a Captain's comworld was divided, some rolling in their mission in a inarching regiinent in Ireland, Carriages and spending unnecellarily at where he and his family embarked soon watering places, whilft others had great after, under all the impresions of so for-' difficulties to get bread for themselves and tunate a change of circumstances. families."- This remark gave his Lordftip a hint of his associate's condition,
THE PRETENDER. and he fell into it in all the spirit of com- The suspicions of an intended invasion plaint and mortification. 'After some by the Pretender, previous to the death of cunverfation of this nature, the clock at Queen Anne, were fo general at that the Horse guards ftruck five, and his time, and were so much confirmed by the Lordthip ftill continuing his feat, his als papers and letters of information tranffociate feelingly observed, “ I believe, mitted by order of the Electoral family of Sir, the same reason that induces you to Hanover', that the Whigs were determined út so long in the Park at this hour is to be beforehand with the Tories in this pretty much the fame as to myself,- the busines; and, if the Queen had not dich want of a good dinner.” “ Upon my so suddenly, the former would have taken vord," faid his Lordfhip very gravely, up arms in defence of their religion and * I'm very sorry that should be your liberties. tak; but at present, thank God, it is General Stanhope (the' ancestor of the not mine ; and, as you state your cale lo present Earl Stanhope) was to have comfrankly, such as my dinner is, which I manded the army, and Lord Cadogan to believe (pulling out his watch), must be have leized the Tower. All the officers about this time ready, you are perfectly on half-pay, some of whom were living a velcome to take share of it.” The gen- few years ago, had signed the association. tletnan immediately consented, and as his The place of rendezvous was appointed Lordship lived in St. James's Square, they behind Montague-house. The officers kad not long to walk, when they arrived kept their arms in readiness in their bed. at his door. The stranger was at first chambers, and were prepared to obey the taggered at the appearance of the house, summons at a minute's warning: The bet, fuppofing his Lordship the butler, Queen, however, dying before this plot and that the family were out of town, he was ripe enough for execution, and the kept talking on with his usual freedom, unanimous resolution of the Council 'till one of the footmen opening the door, (principally affected by the exertions of and addressing his master as his Lordship, the Dukes of Argyle and Somerset) in
, discovered his rank and condition. taking cautious measures for the better
The gentleman on this drew back, security of the Hanover succession, every made many apologies for his mistake, and thing lucceeded so much to the satisfacs offered to take his leave; but his Lord- tion of the Whigs, as to render all ideas of fhip was refolute in keeping him to din- insurrection unnecessary. ner, which he took care should be a good In the Menoirs of Lord Chesterfield by one to the stranger, by all manner of bof. Dr. Maty, we are told that Lord Bopitalities and attentions.
lingbroke never heard of this delign 'till In the course of conversation his Lord, his return to England in 1722 ; and he fhip drew from him his story ; which further adds, " that Lord Bolingbroke was, that he was a Lieutenant upon half. allured Lord Chesterfield, that he never had pay, with a wife, a mother, and two chil. any fixed scheine in relation to the Predren to fupport ; that part of this Imall tender, and that he had always avoided ftipend was mortgaged, and that misfor- speaking of him
speaking of him to the Queen, who, he tunes were growing upon him with little laid, did not like to hear any thing of a or no prospect of a remedy.
fucceffor. He likewise added, ibat iba His Lordthip heard all very attentively, Pretender never was in England during and, after begging his acceptance of a 1ol. the Tory administration. " Bank-note, told him he meant that only What credit may be due to Lord Boas a relief to lis prètent nécessities; took lingbroke's affertion on this head, may be
gathered from the veracity of the last pa. Ahire, he accordingly made him a vifit, in ragraph, as it is well known the Preten. company with the late Mr. Cumming, the der was in this country some months quaker, a character at that time well before the Queen's death, and had apart- known as the projector of the Conquest of ments at Somerset-house incoge and that Gorée. They arrived about dinner-time, he left Loudon only for the purpose of and were received with such respect and making preparation for a descent on this good-breeding, that the Doctor joined in kingdom. But perhaps Lord Bolingbroke the convertation with much pleasantry might think, as a statelman, that we were and good-humour. He told several ttories too near the scene to tell the fact upon this of his acquaintance with literary charac occasion, which would then too much ters, and in particular repeated the last involve private intereits and corrections. part of that celebrated kiter which he
wrote to the late Lord Chesterfield,deliring DUKE OF WHARTON.
to be disnified from all further patronage. The peace of Utrecht sticking in the Whiirt “ the featt of reaion and the flow House of Lords, Queen Anne tound it of soul" was thus enjoying-a gentleman politically necessary to create a majority of Lord Lansde wne's acquaintance from by calling up !2 Commoners to the Houle London' happened to arrive ; but being too of Pers. The intention of this being late for dinner, his Lordfhip was making previoully known, caused a great ferment his apologies, and added, but you have amongst the opposite party. The Duke loft a better thing than dinner, in not be of Wharton, who was at the head of ing here time enough to hear Dr. Johnson them, promised to speak against a mealure, repeat his charming letter to Lord Chelwhich from its suddenneis, and the well- terfield, though I dare say the Doctor knuwn use it was intended for, he thought will be kind enough to give it to us trenched upon the freedom of the Consti-. again."- -“ Indeed, my Lord," lays tution. He therefore took care to be the Doctor (who began to growi the mo. early in the House on the day of their in- ment the subject was mentioned), "I will troduction, when getting up very formally not. I told the circumstance fri for my as they leverally pafled from below the own amusement, but I will not be dragged bar, he called out very audibly and dir- in as story-teller to a company.' tinctly, "one, two, three, four, five, fix, In the course of the night, which the feven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, Doctor enjoyed to a very late hour, he good men and true.Well, Gentlemen of differed very much upon loine subject with the Jury, who thall speak for you?" one of the gentlemen ai his Lordship's
table, and uied some strong expressions, OWEN CAMBRIDGE, ESQ.
which the other took no notice of, from This venerable and respectablecharacter, the particularity of the Doctor's characwho still enjoys the orium cum dignitate ter. In the morning however, when with literature and literary men, wrote Johnson cooled upon it, he went up to the fome papers in The World, a periudical gentleman with great good-nature, and work well known amongst English readers. taid, “Sir, I have found out, upon reBeing one Sunday at church during the fle&tion, that I was both warm and wrong progress of the above publication, Mrs. in my argument with you last night ; for Cambridge observed him to be remarka. the first of which I beg your pardon, and bly filent and thoughtful, and, being ap; for the second I thank you for setting me prehensive he had something on his mind right." father disagreeable, asked him, " what It was on this visit he was asked, which he was thinking of ". “Upon a very was the best poei, Boyce or - Derrick ? important fubje& indeed, my dear," said when hefterly replied, " How can I apprehe; “ I am thinking of the next Il orld.” ciate the difference between a flea and a
About the time of his bringing out the f Anecdotes of bim niver before pub. tragedy of « Irene," Johnson was told it libed.)
would be necessary for him to makea genDr. Johnson, having had a general in- teeler appearance than he used to do; upon vitation from Lord Lanfdowne to see which he made up a rich gold-laced waisto * Bow-wood, his Lordihip's feat in Wilts coat, with a blue coat, red colla, &GE &c.
Mr; Bofwell, in telling this anecdote, mentions the name of Christopher Smart instead of Boyce, which destroys the force of the remark, Smart being a man of genins, a paccy and one of whose abilities Dr. Johnson entertained the highet respect.
Which was the fashionable undress of that vered her surprise, the observed to Mr. time. On the second day of this trans- M- " what a fortunate thing it formation, a friend, looking in upon him, was for her, that Johnson's milliner had found him before a glass in the following not cheated him of his linen as much beo soliloquy:—No, this won't do, this fore as she had bebind. is both troublesome and expensive; it may The conversation turning one night at lead me into vanity, and when once in, the Club in Ellex-street on the injury our 'tis not so easy to get out. I'll therefore language sustained by the abbreviations return to my old brown again;" which made by the poets, Dr. Burney was obcolour, with an occasional suit of black, ferving, that he knew a lady of literature, be continued during the remainder of his who was in some instances in the contrary life.
extreme, and often added a letter too Mrs.C-having subscribed for seve- much, particularly in all words ending in ral Copies of Johnion's first edition of e, as agreeablee, infalliblee, &c. &c. Shakelpeare, the told Mr. M—( a par- " Why did she take such unnecellary ticular acquaintance of the Doctor) that trouble ?". fays one of the company. fhe wished above all things to be intro- “ Nay, Sir," says Johnson, “ it could duced to the Author, and that she would be no trouble to her ; on the contrary, the wave all ceremony, and pay him the firft appears to be very much at her ce's. visit. Johnson, being apprised of this, At another time, giving an account of confented, and a morning was appointed his tour to the Hebrides, he was telling, for the rendezvous. The parties accord- that when he gave a shilling to a Scotch ingly arrived at Johnson's chambers.in peafant for Mewing him the road, he liftGray's Inn about one o'clock; when, after ed up his eyes with as much gratitude thundering at the outer door for near a and amazement, as if it had been a thouquarter of an hour, Mr. M at last sand pounds. This story being retorted peeped through the key-hole, and observ. upon Boswell, who was the only Scotched Johnson jult iffuing from his bed, in man in company, by an Irish gentleman his fhirt, without a night-cap (which by present, the Doctor immediately replied, the by he never wore), the pot de chama . Why, to be fure, Sir, the Scotchman bere in one hand, and the key in the other. was much furprized at the magnitude of In this fituation he unlocked the door, the donation ; but then he knew it was when, fpying a lady, he gravely turned a fhilling : but had it been one of your Found, begged he would walk into ano- countrymen (turning to the Irish gentle. ther room, and he would have the pleasure man) he in all probability would have reof waiting on her immediately," jected it with disdain, as not knowing the
As foon as ever Mrs. Chad reco- current coin of ibe country."
W ALL E R. To the EDITOR of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. SIN, If the following particulars concerning WALLER, and the small Pieces by him not
inserted in his works, thсuld be likely to be acceptable to your Peaders, they are at your service.
I am, &c. G. H. N a copy of Waller's Poems now lying larly in that sort of verse and manner of tions, apparently written by Bishop Ar- translator of Gratius, Mi. Wale (I terbury :
think), Sir William Davenant, Mr. San“Waller commends no poet of his dys, and Mr. Evelyn: he knew their retimes that was in any degree a rival to putation would not hurt his own. Ben him, neither Denham, nor Cowley, nor Jonion and Fletcher he commends in Dryden, nor Fairfax himself, to whole ver. good earneft; their dramatic works gave fification he owes so much, and upon whose him no pain; that lort of writing he tum of verie he founded his own. Sir John never pretended to. Denham's high Sockling he writes against, and feems pleas- compliment to Waller in his “ Cooper's edig exposing the many fale thưughts
there Hill" deserved fome return. we in his copy of verses “ Against Fru- “ Mr. Walier has praised Chaucer, ition;" and, belides, he well knew the and borrowed a tine aliulion to Prince Ar adrantage he had of six John ; particu- thur's Shield, and the name of Glorida, VOL. XXX, SEPT, 1796.