*received Mr. and Mrs. Fox with family. It is well known that M. the heartiest welcome. The family de la Fayette had been arrested on consisted of two daughters, a son, leaving France, and thrown into and his wife-all young and ele- the dungeons of Olmutz. He had gant--all living with M. de la continued imprisoned a considerFayette as their brother and able time, when Madame de la friend. As his figure was youth. Fayette, unable to bear her sepaful and graceful (his age at this ration from him, determined to time being about forty-nine or make an effort for his liberty, or fifty), he appeared quite a young to share his fate, and set out for man. His benevolent countenance Germany, with her young and -his frank and warm manners, lovely children. At the feet of which made him quite adored in the emperor, she implored his his family-and his placid con- majesty to release her husband, or tentedness, amounting to cheer- to allow her to participate in his fulness, altogether had an irresis- confinement. Her first request tible effect in gaining the affec- was coldly refused ;- she was, howtions and esteem of those admitted ever, permitted to visit her husto his more intimate society. band. From that time, for several

Madame de la Fayette, of the years, she never left him, herself ancient family of Noailles, was a and daughters sharing with him superior and admirable woman, every inconvenience and misery ! possessing the high polish of the The damps of his prison hurt the ancient nobility, eloquent and ani- health of Madame, and she had mated. Fondly attached to M. de never entirely recovered from la Fayette and her family, she re- their baneful effects : Buonaparte, gretted nothing of past splendor ; to his honour it must be recorded, she possessed a cherished husband, interposed as soon as he had power and was happy in retirement. M. effectually to do so, and insisted de la Fayette's son was a pleasing on the liberation of M. de la Fayyoung man; his wife very engag- ette. Accordingly, at the period ing and interesting ; his daughters of which I write (1802) he had were charming young women, not long arrived in France, having quite free from the insipid languor come by way of Holland, with his or wretched affectation, which, in virtuous and excellent family, the young women of fashion, so much partners of his captivity, and destroys originality of character, soothers of his sorrows. and makes one ind in a fashion- The chateau and estate of. La able young lady, the prototype Grange, which Madame, who was and pattern of ten thousand. In an heiress, had brought him, was a word, this amiable and most in- all that remained of his fortunes; teresting family seemed united by he had lost every thing besides, in one bond of affection, and to de- the madness of revolutionary consire nothing beyond the circle of fiscation, and had not yet been their tranquil mansion.

able to procure restitution or comIt is necessary to recur to some pensation. To add to the interest past events in M. de la Fayette's of the scene, General Fitzpatrick, life, to do full justice to such a who had known M. de la Fayette

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in America, and had vainly at- many, with great vivacity and tempted in the English House of Commons to rouse the Pitt minis- The chateau itself was ancient, try to a sense of humanity and and simply furnished; the library, commiseration for M. de la Fay- at the top of one of the towers, a ette, joined the party at La Grange. circular room, with a commanding That accomplished man was an view from its windows, addition to it of the most pleasing adorned with the busts of Washnature, and he was received most ington, Franklin, and other disaffectionately by the family. I tinguished American patriots, as have often contemplated with well as by those of Frenchmen of pleasure, General Fitzpatrick and genius in modern times. The M. de la Fayette walking in a long wood, which adjoined the chateau, shady grove near the chateau, was a beautiful one, divided in the speaking of past times, the war in old style by long green alleys, inAmerica, and the revolution in tersecting one another, admirably France. The rare sight of three adapted for a studious walk, or such men as Fox, Fayette, and for reading remote from noise. Fitzpatrick, was grateful to any Here was a place to enjoy the subone who felt rightly, and valued lime and eloquent writings of men for their services to humanity, Rousseau ; and here I was happy rather than for successful ambition. to lose all thought of Paris and the Lally Tollendal, also, whose father world, filled with the grateful senhad, under the old regime, suf- sation, that I was the guest of a fered so severe a fate, was at La man so excellent as La Fayette. Grange, an open, honest, and I often, too, had the satisfaction agreeable man,-telling a great of conversing with him, as he was number of anecdotes, relating to so unaffected and mild, that I had the revolution, with point and no difficulty in addressing him: he energy, and resembling the Irish talked of Ireland, and Sir Edward in his good-humoured and unstu- Haversham, and inquired very died manners; anxious to contri- much concerning the ancient wolf bute to the pleasure of M. de la dog, one of which race (extinct I Fayette's guests, and pointing out believe in France) he desired much every thing agreeable to English to procure. Al his sentiments customs and habits. In the even- were noble, and his mind was ings, he readextracts from Shakes- animated with a true feeling of peare, translated by himself into liberty. He spoke a good deal of French, with an almost stentorian America, and told me, that so voice, and much effect. A few

great was the jealousy of the of M. de la Fayette's country Americans against foreign troops, neighbours were also occasionally that he was obliged to consent to invited; his table was plentiful, reduce the number stipulated for, and our evenings diversified by though he afterwards negociated conversation, chess, or some other for more at home, to make the game, as was most agreeable. aid effectual ! Worthy and respecMadame was extremely pleasing table man! If I have seen you in conversation, and narrated her for the last time, my wishes for adventures and sufferings in Ger- your repose, and my gratitude,


shall ever be alive.

I shall ever

had their own employment; till dwell on your name with reverence dinner, every guest was left quite and affection; and those delight- free to follow his studiesto ful days I spent at La Grange, walk and explore the country, shall remain consecrated in my to write,-to act as he pleased memory, as among the most for- dinner re-assembled every one ; tunate and pleasing of my life.

and the hours flew swiftly past. The political career of M. de la Mr. Fox was very happy at La Fayette had not, it is true, the Grange; every thing suited his same happy result in France as in taste there, and he had, besides, America : but it is to be consi- the gratification of seeing his dered, that his situation in the friend, after a life of dangers, and former was arduous beyond mea- years of captivity, sheltered, at

A friend to a limited mo- length, on the moderate estate of narchy, and to the legitimate rights La Grange-having all his family of the people, at a time when around him, and conscientiously sathe support of one was deemed tisfied that he had done every thing hostility to the other, he found it for his country that his powers impossible, consistent with his and opportunities had allowed. principles, to fall into the mania of His garden, which was large, the nation. A king of integrity but had been neglected, also ocand firmness, with La Fayette cupied a good deal of the atten- , as his counsellor, might have been tion of M. de la Fayette. He safe, even in the tumultuous times was in the mornings engaged in preceding the seizure of the com- his farms, and enjoyed, with much mon-wealth by sanguinary dema- relish, the avocations of agriculgogues ; but Louis, it is to be ture! We remained a week at La feared, wanted both these quali- Grange: I left it with great regret. ties, certainly the latter ! La The same kind and hospitable Fayette failed, therefore, in his family bade us adieu; they linpatriotic views, not as the first gered on the stair-case. We took Consul is said to have insinuated, leave of Madame. It was for the because he attempted what was

last time! That amiable woman, impracticable; but because those never having recovered her health, whose interest it was to second is since dead ; and the lovely his views, and whose happiness chateau of La Grange stands dewould have been insured by them, prived of its hospitable mistress. did not support himn. A ruined M. de la Fayeite, in the year throne, and desolated

country, 1803,, sustained a dreadful fracsubsequently attested the purity ture of his thigh-bone, but reof his principles, and the sound-covered, and continues to reside in ness of his judgment.

his retirement at La Giange. M. de la Fayette had begun to devote himself much to agricultu. Mr. DUNNING (Lord Ashburton) ral pursuits (the happiest occupa

and Mr. Foote. tion of man!) and had entirely From the Life of Arthur Murphy, withdrawn himself from political affairs. His bouse and family were

Esq. by Jesse Foote, Esq. excellently well regulated; each Mr. Dunning and Mr. Foote

There was,

appear to have been his most the chaise. But Lord Chatham confidential friends ; with them soon came to Mr. Murphy, and he could safely speak of others, without the least ceremony, told unbend his social hours, and re- him that “ he should not remain ceive a gratification highly pleas- as an enemy at his gate," and on ing to him. In his apartments, the chaise door being opened, he there was a portrait of Dunning, added, '“ This is kind of you ! a very striking likeness, painted You see, sir, I am confined here in crayons, by Ozias Humphrey. by inundations, like Noah in his Mr. Dunning and he sometimes ark." retired to Wimbledon, where the Mr. Murphy used to say, that former had a house, a fine garden, if there was a natural logician, it and a hot-house, which he saw so was Mr. Dunning. When he was seldom, that upon both their cal- in the happiest mood, a speech of culations, it was found that it cost his, that took only half an hour, a hundred pounds a visit. Hav- would embrace all the arguments ing less to do than Mr. Dunning, contained in his opponent's of two he used to go to his chambers in hours. But yet he agreed, that it the hours of business, where he required the utmost attention to has seen Mr. Lloyd Kenyon re- follow him. His mind laboured. turning and receiving opinions. He had, all the while, a movement One time Mr. Kenyon asked Mr. of his head, a grinding of his Dunning for a frank to a relation lower jaw, and a certain singular in North Wales. Mr. Dunning cast of countenance. gravely wrote him one, directed besides, a huskiness in his throat, to his relation in North Wales, which constantly moved him to near Chester. Mr. Kenyon threw make use of an endeavour to clear down the paper, and said, “ Take it: this was first produced as a your franks, Mr. Dunning; I will mental excitement, but afterwards accept no more from you. Mr. became a habit, whenever bis subDunning got between him and ject demanded any extraordinary the door, and pacified him. exertion.

Mr. Dunning, having business A short time after Mr. Dunin the west of England, gave Mr. ning was created Lord Ashburton, Murphy a cast in his carriage, and when he awoke one morning and in his way called on Lord Chat- heard the servant maid in the next ham at Burton Pynsent. Mr. chamber, he ordered her to unMurphy wished to be taken up at draw the curtains. He asked her the next stage, and to leave Mr. what it was o'clock; she told him, Dunning to call alone on his lord- “it was late.” " Why then, unship, as he had formerly con draw the curtains." They are ducted a political contest against undrawn,” she said. He still bim : but Mr. Dunning would thought otherwise, and desired his not part with him : they drove up valet to be called. The valet to the house whilst it poured tor- confirmed the maid's report, and rents of rain, and there were large it was not till then, that his lordsheets of water round the house. ship found, that, by a paralytic Mr. Dunning left Mr. Murphy in stroke, he had been deprived of his


eye-sight, without the least'sensá- ful, the other gay and witty; they tion of pain

notwithstanding formed an indisSoon after this calamitous visi- soluble friendship. It has been tation, Mr. Murphy was with him seen, that they were concerned at his house in Lincoln's-Inn- together to perform plays at Drury Fields, when the name of Colonel Lane Theatre during the summer Barré was announced; and he was of 1760, and the agreement was, led in, by a guide, as blind as the that each of them should produce noble person to whom his visit three new dramatic pieces. I was directed. These two eminent mention this, to show how friendcharacters

amongst the ship will cover faults: for alstrongest opponents of Lord though Mr. Foote did not produce North's administration; and Lord one piece, Mr. Murphy only laugh. North also, almost at the very ed at the trick that was put upon same period, experienced the me- him : and I do not believe there lancholy approach of the privation was another man in England that of his sight: a circumstance in would have served bim so, and the history of these distinguished by the venture escaped with imcharacters which affords an ample punity. scope for serious reflection.

Mr. Murphy bad it in contemShortly after, Lord Ashburton, plation to write the Life of Mr. on his returp from the west of Foote, and he was actually emEngland, in his way to London, ployed in collecting materials for met Mr. Wallace, the late attorney- it; but age and infirmity forbade general, at an inn upon the road, the fulfilment of this intention. going to Falmouth for the benefit Mr. Murphy had already obtained of his health. They passed the the best account of his early life ; evening together; and when it is and as even that must be interestconsidered, what these two men ing, I will here give it. had been, and what the condition “ Samuel Foote was born (I of both of them then was, I will believe, but that may easily be asleave the scene of the evening to certained by the register) about the be filled up by the mind of the year 1721, at Truro, in Cornwall: reader. They parted never to meet his father, who was an attorney, again. Lord Ashburton died in and sometime member for TiverLincoln's-Inn-Fields, and Mr. ton in Devonshire, had considerWallace died at Falmouth. Mr. able places under government : Murphy has composed an elegant his mother was of the ancient faLatin epitaph to the memory of mily of the Dineleys, of Charlton the latter.

in Worcestershire, who married It will be recollected that Sa. with the Gooderes, of Burghope muel Foote was one of the earliest in Herefordshire : both of these friends Mr. Murphy had; and so families were of an eccentric turn far back as the year 1757, it is of mind, which Mr. Foote appears seen that they were in the habits to have inherited and preserved to of familiar intercourse; and, op- the last. posite as they were, in their first “ These connections brought nature; the one graveand thought him to the college school at Wor

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