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bis employment; but it would be absurd to
" When the duties of men coincide with condemn the lamp, or even to quibble upon their interests, tbey are usually performed its Want of safety, on this account.”
witb alacrity; the progress of civilization etOur limits will not allow us to make fur.
sures the existence of all real improvements; ther extracts from a work, which deserves ing the good opinion of society, there is a still
and however bigb tbe gratification of possessevery support and encouragement: and
more 'exalted pleasure in the consciousness of which we quit with regret, ending, as we
having laboured to be useful.” began, with the following just observations of the author :
RÈCOLLECTIONS OF CURRAN, AND SOME OF HIS COTEMPORARIES.
Recollections of Curran, and some of his Cotemporaries. By Charles Phillips, Esq. 8vo.
Hookham, Old Bond-street, and Baldwin and Co. Paternoster-row.
The loss sustained by the public when || should be thrown away in recording some men of strong talents are snatched away, ll of those, which, however authentic, whose oratorical eloquence was exerted || have found their way into our most comfearlessly in the cause of truth, and the lips mon jest books—that, for instance, of Peg whence such eloquence proceeded, are Plunkett and the Duke of Rutland; her closed for ever, may justly be deemed irre- || remark on the Irish Bishops. Surely this parable; yet immortality is their lot, even lady could not be ranked amongst Curran's in this sublunary sphere; long, long will cotemporaries ! Curran live in the hearts of his country It must not be said we seek for flaws, men; and the words that he uttered when like the envious birds in their attacks on living will be eagerly treasured up, the peacock-no, we have ever regarded
" While memory holds her seat in this dis- || the fine language of Mr. Philips to be so tracted globe.”
pure that it is difficult to find one word Who better than his friend, and that i that ought to be erased; therefore, as friend Mr. Phillips, could have drawn to.
“ the smallest speck is seen on snow," so gether those “ recollections" which render we the more easily perceive a stale and the name of Curran doubly dear? We find | hacknied jest among new and genuine no boast, no parade of virtue, feeling, friend- anecdote, told with that ease and elegance ship, gratitude: but we discover these that render them interesting even to the amiable qualifications in the most common | general and indifferent reader, who feels circumstances of his eventful life.
not for Curran and his associates that The volume before us consists chiefly of rapturous glow which he who fondly recollections or anecdotes ; and can scarcely cherishes the laud that gives him birth, be classed among biographical works : it must feel for one of her ablest and best 'is a fact well, and almost universally known, defenders at the bar of oratory. that Curran was once very poor, and owed MR. CURRAN'S RECOMMENDATION all his elevation, and his high renown to his own individual merit; and this we re
“ I then lived, said he, " upon Hog Hill; that cau be offered to his memory.
my wife and children were the chief furniture But when writing some anecdotes of his stood pretty much the same chance of liquida.
of my apartments; and as to my rent, it cotemporaries and many of them peculiarly | tion as the national debt. Mrs. Curran, howinteresting ; (it is impossible for Mr. Phil. || ever, was a barrister's lady, and what she lips to tell any story ill), we are, neverthe wanted in wealth she was well determined less, sorry that such elegance of language should be supplied by dignity. The landlady,
beat, because we think it'ibe bestleulogium
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on the other hand, had no idea of any grada. , Bob Lyons was a most distinguished member; tion except that of pounds, shillings, and but of which, as I said before, he was a most pence. I walked out one morning to avoid favourable specimen. Plausible in bis manthe perpetual altercations on the subject, ners and hospitable in his habits, those who with my mind, you may imagine, in no very
feared him for his undoubted skill as a pracenviable temperament. I fell into the gloom | titioner, esteemed him for his convivial qualito which, from my in faucy, I had been occa ties as a companion. Nor had even his sionally subject. I bad a family for whom I industry the ill favour of selfishness. If he had no dinner; and a landlady for whom I gained all he could, still be spent all he bad po rent. I had gone abroad in despon- || gained, and those who marvelled at the dence I returned home almost in desperation. || poverty of bis neighbourhood, could easily When I opened the door of my study, where bave counted his personal acquisitions. No Lavater alone could bave found a library, the matter who might be the poorer for him, be first object which presented itself was an im was the richer for no man-in short, it seemed mense folio of a brief, twenty golden gaineas to be the office of his left hand lavishly to wrapped up beside it, and the name of old expeud what his right band assiduously accuBob Lyons marked upon the back of it. I mulated." paid my landlady-bought a good dinner
REMARKABLE INSTANCE OF JUVENILE gave Bob Lyons a share of it and that dinner was the date of my prosperity.”
“ He (Mr. Curran) was on a temporary BOB LYONS.
visit to the neighbouring town of Sligo, and “ Bob LYONS, the attorney, was a perfect was one morniog standing at bis bed-room but indeed a very favourable specimen of window, which overlooked the street, occua class of men now quite extinct in Ireland, pied, as he told me, in arranging bis portmanand never perbaps known in any other coun teau, when he was stunned by the report of try in creation. They were a kind of com a blænderbuss in the very chamber with him ; pound of the rack rent squire and the sharp and the panes above bis head, were all shivered law practitioner-careless and craving-ex- | into atoms! He looked suddenly around in the travagant and usurious-honorable and subtle greatest consternation. The room was full of -just as their education or their nature smoke-the blunderbuss on the floor just dishappened to predominate at the moment.. charged--the door closed, and no buman They had too much igodrant conceit not to being but bimself discoverable in the apartdespise the profession, and too many artificial ment! If this had bappened in his rural rewants pot at times to have recourse to its | treat, it could readily have been reconciled arcana. The solicitor of the morning was the through the medium of some offended spirit bost of the evening; the invitation perhaps | of the village mythology; but, as It was, he came on the back of the capias, and the gentle was in a populous town—in a civilized family man of undoubted Milesian origin capped the -amongst Christian doctrines, where the climax of his innumerable bumpers with fairies bad no power, and their gambols no toasting confusion to the gentlemen by act of currency; and to crown all, a poor cobler, parliament. This race of men, a genus in into whose stall, on the opposite side of the themselves, distinct and peculiar, grew like | street, the slugs bad penetrated, hinted in no an excrescence upon the system of the coun very equivocal terms, that the whole affair try: the Irish 'squire of half a century ago was a conspiracy against bis life. It was by scorned not to be in debt; it would be beneath no means, a pleasant addition to the chances his dignity to live within his income; and of assassination, to be loudly declaimed Dext to not incurring a debt, the greatest against by a crazed mechanic, as an assassin degradation would have been volantarily to bimself. “Day after day passed away without
The consequences necessarily of any solution of the mystery, wben one evening, creditors was law, and the indispensable con. as the servants of the family were conversing sequence of law was an attorney: but those round the fire on so miraculous an escape, a whom law estranged, the table re-united. little urchin, not ten years old, was heard so The 'squire became reconciled to the attorney to wonder how such an aim was missed, that over a bottle,--to avoid his process he made an universal suspicion was immediately exhim his agent, and the estate soon passed || cited. He was alternately fogged, and coaxed from their alternate possession by the same into a confession, which disclosed as much course of ruinous prodigality.
precocious and malignant premeditation, as ...Such was the community of which old Il perhaps ever marked the anpals of juvenile
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depravity. This little miscreant had received , punishment, with less danger to his person or a box on the ear from Mr. Curran, for some to his fame : for wbere could the bireling be alleged misconduct a few days before The found to fling contumely or ingratitude at bis Moor's blow did not sink deeper into a mind head, whose private distresses he had not more furious for revenge, or more predisposed laboured to alleviate, or whose public conby nature for sach deadly impressions. He
dition he had not laboured to improve ?" was in the bed-room by mere chance, when Mr. Curran entered.
CONCERNING EMMETT's He immediately hid bimself in the curtains, till he observed him
LAST MOMENTS. (EXECUTED FOR CON. too busy with bis portmanteau for observation.
SPIRACY.) He then levelled at him the old blunderbuss “ One day, previous to his trial, as tbe which lay charged in the corner, the stiffness governor was going his rounds, he entered of whose trigger, too strong for bis infant Emmett's room rather abruptly; and observing fingers, alone prevented the aim, which be a remarkable expression in his countenance, confessed he had taken, and which bad 90 he apologized for the interruption. He had a nearly terminated the occupations of the fork affixed to his little deal table, apd cobler."
appended to it, there was a tress of hair.
"You see,' said he to the keeper, .bow inneDESCRIPTION OF MR. ROWAN-(EXTRACT-cently I am occupied. This little tress has ED FROM MR. CURRAN'S ADDRESS TO
long been dear to me, and I am plaiting it to THE JURY ON ROWAN'S TRIAL.)
wear in my bosom on the day of my execution.' “ I will venture to say, there is not a man On the day of that fatal event, there was found in this nation more known than the gentle sketched by his own hand, with a pen and man who is the subject of this prosecution, || ink, upon tbat very table, an admirable like. not only by the part be bas taken in public ness of himself, the head severed from the concerns, and which be has taken in common body, which lay near it, surrounded by the with many, but, still more so, by that extra. || scaffold, the axe, and all the frightful para. ordinary sympathy for humap affliction, which, phernalia of a bigh treason cxecution. What 1 am sorry to think, he shares with so small a strange union of tenderness, enthusiasm, a number. There is not a day that you hear and fortitude, do not the above traits of chatbe cries of your starving manufacturers in racter exbibit ! His fortitade, indeed, never your streets, you do not also see the advocate for an instant forsook bim. On the night of their sufferings—that you do not see his previous to his death, he slept as soundly as honest and manly figure, with uncovered head, I ever; and when the fatal morning dawned, he soliciting for their relief; searching the frozen arose, knelt down and prayed, ordered some heart of charily, for every string that can be milk, which he drank, wrote iwo letters (ope touched by compassion; and urging the force to his brother in America, and the other to of every argument, and every motive, save the secretary of state, inclosing it) and then that which his modesty suppresses the au.
desired the sheriffs to be informed that he was thority of his own generous example. Or if ready. When they came into his room, be you see him uot there, you may trace his steps || said he had two requests to make mone, that to the abode of disease, and famine, and des. his arms might be left as loose as possible, pair; the messenger of Heaven; bearing with which was humanely and instantly acceded to. him food, and medicine, and consolation. l ' I make the other,' said be, not under any Are these the materials, of which we suppose idea that it can be granted, but that it may anarchy and public rapine to be formed ? Is be held in remembrance that I bave made it this the man, on whom to fasten the abomi-l-it is, that I may be permitted to die in my Dable charge of goading on a frantic populace | uniform.'* This, of course, could not be to mutiny and bloodshed? Is this the man
allowed: and the request seemed to bare no likely to apostatize from every principle that other object, than to shew that he gloried in can bind bim to the state; his birth, his pro
the cause for which he was to suffer. A perty, his education, his character, and his remarkable example of his power over himself children? Let me tell you, gentlemen of the and others, occurred at this melancholy jury, if you agree with his prosecutors, in moment. He was passing out, attended by thinking there ought to be a sacrifice of such the sheriffs, and preceded by the executioner a man, on such an occasion, and upon the -in one of the passages stood the turnkey, credit of such evidence, you are lo convict who had been personally assigned to him him. Never did you, .never can you give a sentence, consigoing any man to public * The colour of the rebel uniform is green.
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CLINE OF LIFE.
duriog his imprisonment: this poor fellow would feel any kind-hearted sympathy for you? loved him in his heart, and the tears were Answer yourselves, by asking, what sympathy streaming from bis eyes in torrents. Emmett does he feel for Frenchmen, whom he is ready paused for a moment; kis bands were not at to bury by thousands in the ocean, in the liberty-he kissed his cheek-and the map, barbarous gambling of his wild ambitiod? wbo bad beeu for years the inmate of a dun What sympathy, then, could bind him to you? geon, babituated to scenes of horror, and He is not your countryman; the scene of hardened against their operation, fell senseless your birth, and your childhood, is not endeared at his feet. Before his eyes bad opened again to his heart by the reflection, that it was also upon this world, those of the youthful sufferer the scene of bis. He is not your fellow-chrishad closed on it for ever. Such is a brief tian : he is not, therefore, bound to you by sketch of the man who originated the last any similarity of duty in this world, or by any state trials in which Mr. Curran acted as an union of hope beyond the grave.” advocate.”
MELANCHOLY OF MR, CURRAN IN THE DE. EXTRACT FROM AN APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND, AS TO WHAT THEY COULD
“ The gloom of his own thoughts disHOPE FROM THE PERSONAL APPEARANCE
coloured every thing; and from calamity to OF BUONAPARTE.
calamity he would wander on, seeing in the “ Are your opinions of modern and sub
future nothing for bope, and in the past, jugated France tbe same that you entertained
potbjug but disappointment-You could not of popular and revolutionary France fourteen
recognize in him the same creature, who, but years ago ? Have you any hope if the First
an hour preceding had set “ the table in a Consul got possession of your island, he would
roar”-bis gibes, bis merriment, bis Aashes of treat you half so well as he does those coun
wit were all extinguished. He bad a favourite tries at bis door, whom he must respect more
little daughter, who was a sort of musical than be can respect or regard you? And do | prodigy. She had died at the age of twelve; you know how be treats those unbappy and he had her buried in the midst of a small pations? You know that in Ireland there is
grove just adjoining bis garden. A little little personal properly to plunder ; that there || rustic memorial was raised over ber, and often are few churcbes to rob. Can you, then, and often have I seen him, the tears “chasing doubt, that he would reward bis rapacious ll each other” down bis cheeks, point to bis generals and soldiers, by parcelling out the daughter's monument, and wish “ to be with soil of the island among them, and by dividing | her, and at rest.” Such, at times, was the you into lots of serfs to till the respective man before whose very look, not merely lands to which they belonged? Can you sup- || gravity, but sadness has often vanished—who pose that the perfidy and treason of surren. bas given birth to more enjoyment, and dering your country to an invader, would to uttered more wit, than, perhaps, any of bis your new master be any pledge of your alle. || cotemporaries in any country--who had ia giance? Can you suppose that, while a single him materals for social happiness, such as we Freoch soldier was willing to accept an acre of cannot hope again to see combined in any one; Irish ground, he would leave that acre in pos. and wbose death has cast, I fear, a permanent session of a man who had shewn bimself so
eclipse upon the festivities of his circle. Yet, wickedly, and so stupidly dead to the sug even these melancholy bours were not without gestions of the most obvious interest, and to their moral. They proved the nothingness of the ties of the most imperious moral obliga- || this world's gifts—the worse than inutility of tións ? What do you look forward to with res• this world's attainments--they forced the pect to the aggrandizement of your sect? mind into involuntary reflection-they sbowed Are you Protestants ?-He has abolished Pro a fellow-creature enriched with the finest testantism and Christianity. Are you Calho- | natural endowments, baviog acquired the lics ?-Do you thiok that he will raise you to
most extensive repatation, without a pecuniary the level of the Pope ? Perhaps--and I think want, or a professional rival; yet, weighed he would not; but if he did, could you hope | down with a constitutional depression, that more privilege than he has left his holiness ? left the poorest wealthy, and the humblest And what privilege has he left him ?-He has | happy in the comparison.” reduced bis religion to be a mendicant for contemptuous toleration; and be bas reduced his
LAST MOMENTS OF MR. CURRAN. person to beggary, and to rags. Let me ask « His short stay in Cheltenham could you a further question : do you think he scarcely be called existence. He coustantly
MEMOIRS OF MRS. HAMILTON.
fell asleep in the day time, and when he awoke, • DEAR PHILLIPS.- Just got a note-Mrs. it was only to thoughts of sadness. He was Godwin is sick; be'll dine bere Sunday. If perpetually fancying things wbich never had
you prefer an invalid, come to-morrow_You'll existence, and misinterpreting those which be more gratified on Sunday.-Utrum horum ? had. He told me he was dying; and indeed,
Your's, to show bow firmly the prophetic presentiment Wednesday.
J. P. CURRAN.' was impressed upon his mind, tbe very night preceding his departure, he handed Lady 66 Early on Thursday, I was, of course, inFaulkner the following melancholy impromptu, formed of the melancholy circumstance of the written in pencil, on a blank leaf of paper, preceding night. I found him only just which lay accidentally before him:
breathing-one eye closed, and one side quite • For welcome warm--for greeting kind,
inanimate. I asked him to take me by the • Its present thanks the tongue can tell; hand, if he knew membe took it, and faintly . But soon the heart no tongue may find squeezed it in a day or two after, he similarly « Then thank thee with a sad farewell." recognised bis old and attached friend Serjeant “ Poor fellow ! little did I think that in a
Burton, and this was the only symptom of id. few days afterwards, I was to see him sadly telligence he exbibited during his illness. I verifying his own prediction ! The heart, in
saw bim at seven o'clock in the evening of the
13th, and at pine be died.” deed, was beating, but the tongue was mute for ever. On Wednesday, the 8th of October,
BEAUTIFUL REFLECTION BY THE AUTHOR. I called on him at his lodgings, No. 7, Amelia Place, Brompton. He asked me to dine with “ Such men need not the ceremonials of him on tbe following day, to weet Mr. God. the tomb-bistory is their natural monument, win: at eleven o'clock at night, however, he
and their country the most bonorable mourner : wrote the apnexed note to me, the last be ever
to their care, with a melancholy confidence, wrote to any one.
It is remarkable that I now consiga him, fully assured, that when there is not a superfluous word in it. In fact, the slaves who revile him, shall be neglected he was struck with apoplexy in two hours dust, the wisdom of posterity will respect the after.
name, and its patriots weep over the memory
MEMOIRS OF MRS. HAMILTON.
Memoirs of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton. By Miss Benger. 2 vols. 12mo. Long.
man and Co.
« As our work is peculiarly addressed || local circumstances, yet it was what to, and patronized by the female sex, so, it stamped the future high celebrity of its ever gives us sincere pleasure to record writer : the work was an elucidation of that their virtues, their talents, and that peculiar mania, which was so prevalent for a short ease, and elegance, which always charac- period during the eighteenth century. We terize their writings. Interested alike, shall not dwell upon the wonderful talent therefore, for the inestimable deceased, who displayed in this performance; it has been was an honor to literature, and for her fair too generally read, and too justly admired, biographer, we revise these memoirs with for us to attempt offering any thing new og double satisfaction; from whence, after a the subject. few cursory remarks, we shall present our The memoirs of Mrs. Hamilton are more readers with some select extracts.
interesting, in one respect, than those of Mrs. Hamilton obtained a very bigh and literary persons in general ; because they just celebrity for her novel of Modern Phi- represent a female writer overcoming all losophers, and also, by her letters supposed the disadvantages of feminine education, to be written by a Hindoo Rajah ; these and the prejudices of society; offering a works were sufficient in themselves to es. striking proof of energy, firmness, and untablish her fame, as a female author of the rivalled perseverance: yet, all this effort very first class; and, though the success of was made without ever swerving in the Modern Philosophers depended much on smallest instance, from those habits and