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succeeded by some lively young female. Lord North, when he was out of office, had no private secretary; even after he became blind, his daughters, particularly the two elder, read to him by turns, wrote his letters, led him in his walks, and were his constant companions.
"In 1792 his health began to decline: he lost his sleep and his appetite; his legs swelled, and symptoms of dropsy were apparent. At last, after a peculiarly uneasy night, he questioned his friend and physician, Dr. Warren, begging him not to conceal the truth: the result was, that Dr. Warren owned that water had formed upon the chest, that he could not live many days, and that a few hours might put a period to his existence. He received this news not only with firmness and pious resignation, but it in no way altered the serenity and cheerfulness of his manners; and from that hour, during the remaining ten days of his life, he had no return of depression of spirits. The first step he took, when aware of his immediate danger, was to desire that Mr. John Robinson (commonly known by the name of the Rat-catcher) and Lord Auckland might be sent for; they being the only two of his political friends whose desertion had hurt and offended him, he wished before his death to shake hands cordially, and to forgive them. They attended the summons of course, and the reconciliation was effected. My father had always delighted in hearing his eldest daughter, Lady Glenbervie, read Shakspeare, which she did with much understanding and effect. He was
desirous of still enjoying this amusement. In the existing circumstances, this task was a hard one; but strong affection, the best source of woman's strength, enabled her to go through it. She read to him great part of every day with her usual spirit, though her heart was dying within her. No doubt she was supported by the Almighty in the pious work of solacing the last hours of her almost idolised parent. He also desired to have the French newspapers read to him. At that time they were filled with alarming symptoms of the horrors that shortly after ensued. Upon hearing them, he said, 'I am going, and thankful I am that I shall not witness the anarchy and bloodshed which will soon overwhelm that unhappy country.' He expired on the 5th of August, 1792.
"Lord North was a truly pious Christian; and (although from his political view of the subject) I believe that one of the last speeches he made in Parliament was against the repeal of the Test Act, yet his religion was quite free from bigotry or intolerance, and consisted more in the beautiful spirit of Christian benevolence than in outward and formal observances. His character in private life was, I believe, as faultless as that of any human being can be; and those actions of his public life which appear to have been the most questionable, proceeded, I am entirely convinced, from what one must own was a weakness, though not an unamiable one, and which followed him through his life, the want of power to resist the influence of those he loved.
"I remain, my dear Lord,
"Gratefully and sincerely yours,
"GREEN STREET, February the 18th, 1839."
Abinger, Lord, difficulties of a Nisi |
his renown as a "verdict-getter,"
remarkable instance narrated,
called to the Bar, and joins the
enters Parliament, 289.
his speech on the Duke of York's
instances of his over-confidence,
raised to the Bench, 292.
his sacrifices to his principles, 294.
accompanies Lord Holland's family
his contributions to the Edinburgh
in early life an admirer of demo-
'Baltic risks,' 186.
Bank of England, suspension, 155.
scanty remains of the speakers of
his classical and literary attain-
models from which he formed his
his Dissertation on Parties,' 465.
question of his innocence discussed,
becomes in France Secretary of
State to the Pretender, 473.
is supplanted by Lord Mar in the
his infidelity, 481.
Burke, E., eulogy on Sir P. Francis,
Bushe, Lord Chief Justice, his judicial
his conversational powers, 196.
extracts from his answer to Paine's
his own judgment of that work
Cæsar compared with Wellington,
Canada, Lord St. Vincent's opinion
Canning, Mr. his opinions on the 'Delicate Investigation,' 22.
Catholic Question, 401.
on currency, 162.
Caroline, Queen, her character, 16.
delicate investigation,' 22.
Milan commission,' 26.
Bill of 'Penalties,' &c., 31.
meanness of ministers, 34.
Bill dropped, 37.
intends going abroad, 39.
her love of children a cause of dif-
removes Lord and Lady Hood, 40.
public excitement, 41.
reflections on her character and
his meagre acquirements, 110.
his conduct on the Irish Union, 113.
his defence of the Holy Alliance,'
friend of the Catholic Question, 117.
Clarke, Mrs., and Duke of York, 425.
depreciation of bank-note, 156.
his tract commended, 165.
excess of country bank-notes, 167.
his theory of debt, 170.
Dalrymple v. Dalrymple, celebrated
its atrocity, 23.
Depreciation, see Currency, 156.
'Drapier's Letters,' 457.
Dunning, John, enters the Middle
counsel for Wilkes, 325.
appointed Solicitor-General, 326.
his honourably made fortune, 326
Lord Shelburne's duel with Colonel
his supposed indecision examined,
its injurious effects, 63.
a good Scotch lawyer, 64.
his excellent private character, 65.
run-away marriage, 413.
wrote his speeches, 179.
contrasted with Eldon, 184.
with Tenterden, 185.
evils of rapid decisions, 187.
his forbearance, 189.
his politics, 191.
his conduct in Lord Cochrane's
Fitzherbert, Mrs., her character, 11.
his extraordinary qualifications for
his character as a leader, 302.
elected M.P. for Exeter, 303.
succeeds as Attorney-General, 305.
return to London and death, 307.
Francis, Sir Philip, a clerk in War
his obtuseness and indelicacy in
his classic tastes and erudition, 82.
a character, 84.
connection with Lord Holland, 85.
has a place at Foreign Office, 85.
goes to India in 1773, 88.
intrigues for that end, 86.
his integrity and boldness in coun-
his parsimony and integrity, 87.
his partizanship for Wilkes, 95.
Garrow, anecdotes of, 385-388.
George III., his insanity, 24, 52.
knew who wrote 'Junius,' 93.
his marriage with Mrs. Fitzherbert,
illegality thereof, 11.
his embarrassments, and repudia-
her character, 16.
his conduct after their marriage,
birth of Princess Charlotte, 21.
'delicate investigation,' 22.
to organize 'Milan commission,' 29.
excessive loyalty of the English, 45.