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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 |
Prius leader, 278.

his renown as a "verdict-getter,"

remarkable instance narrated,

called to the Bar, and joins the
Northern Circuit, 284.
Whig lawyers refused advancement,

enters Parliament, 289.

his speech on the Duke of York's
salary, 289.

instances of his over-confidence,

raised to the Bench, 292.

his sacrifices to his principles, 294.
Allen, John, educated at Edinburgh
as a physician, 272.

accompanies Lord Holland's family
to France and Spain, 272.
collects materials for a history of
these countries, 272.

his contributions to the Edinburgh
Review,' 272.

in early life an admirer of demo-
cratic principles, 272.
opposed to Reform in 1831-32, 273.
his value as a political adviser, 273.
his general character, 275.
never in Parliament, 276.
Aristocracy, behaviour of, to the
Queen, 39.

'Baltic risks,' 186.

Bank of England, suspension, 155.
Bolingbroke, Lord, 461.

scanty remains of the speakers of
Queen Anne's time, 461.
Dean Swift's description of Boling-
broke, 462.

his classical and literary attain-
ments, 463.

models from which he formed his
style, 465.

his Dissertation on Parties,' 465.
extracts showing his oratorical
powers, 467.

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question of his innocence discussed,

becomes in France Secretary of

State to the Pretender, 473.
the Jacobites accuse him of neglect-
ing the interests of the Pretender,

is supplanted by Lord Mar in the
service of the Prince, 476.
returns to England and resumes
his rank and property, 476.
refused place and power, 477.
the pivot of his actions, personal
interest and self-seeking, 477.
his 'Idea of a Patriot King,' 477.
summary of his private life and
qualities, 478.

his infidelity, 481.

Burke, E., eulogy on Sir P. Francis,


Bushe, Lord Chief Justice, his judicial
talents, 195.

his conversational powers, 196.
his merit as a speaker, 197.
enters Parliament, 199.
character as a judge, 199.
his pamphlet entitled' Cease your
Funning,' 200.

extracts from his answer to Paine's
'Rights of Man,' 201.

his own judgment of that work
forty years after its publication,

Cæsar compared with Wellington,
352, 363.

Canada, Lord St. Vincent's opinion
regarding its retention, 143.
Canning, Mr., his honourable con-
sistency, 25, 35.

Canning, Mr. his opinions on the 'Delicate Investigation,' 22.

Catholic Question, 401.

on currency, 162.

Caroline, Queen, her character, 16.
her benevolence and courage, 17.
the King's conduct to her, 20.
birth of Princess Charlotte, 21.
separation, 21.

delicate investigation,' 22.
her friends, 23.
goes abroad, 25.

Milan commission,' 26.
persecution, 30.

Bill of 'Penalties,' &c., 31.
public opinion, 32.

meanness of ministers, 34.
public trial, 36.

Bill dropped, 37.

intends going abroad, 39.

her love of children a cause of dif-
ficulties, 40.

removes Lord and Lady Hood, 40.
her death, 40.

public excitement, 41.

reflections on her character and
sufferings, 42.
Castlereagh, Lord, modified opinion
of, 3.

his meagre acquirements, 110.
leader of the Tory party, 111.
as a debater, 112.

his conduct on the Irish Union, 113.
as Foreign minister, 114.

his defence of the Holy Alliance,'


friend of the Catholic Question, 117.
Charlotte, Princess, birth of, 21.
Clarke, Judge, 397.

Clarke, Mrs., and Duke of York, 425.
'Commission of Naval Inquiry,' 145.
Curran, note on, 171.
Currency question, 155.

depreciation of bank-note, 156.
evils of, 157.
Bullion Committee, 162.
Horner and Canning on, 162.
Lord King's proofs, 164.

his tract commended, 165.

excess of country bank-notes, 167.
Ricardo on rent, 167.
Ricardo's plan followed, 169.

his theory of debt, 170.

Dalrymple v. Dalrymple, celebrated

case, 69.

its atrocity, 23.

Depreciation, see Currency, 156.
'Diversions of Purley,' 106.

'Drapier's Letters,' 457.

Dunning, John, enters the Middle
Temple, 325.

counsel for Wilkes, 325.

appointed Solicitor-General, 326.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lan-
caster, 326.

his honourably made fortune, 326
his love of letters and science, 328.
his power as a debater, 328.
anecdote of, 329.

Lord Shelburne's duel with Colonel
Fullarton, 333.

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his supposed indecision examined,

its injurious effects, 63.

a good Scotch lawyer, 64.

his excellent private character, 65.
his benevolence, 65.
his wit, 66.

run-away marriage, 413.
Ellenborough, Lord, 174.
defends Mr. Hastings, 175.
leads the circuit, 175.
his talents, 176.
his repartee, 177.
his dialect, 178.

wrote his speeches, 179.
critique on, 180.
extracts from, 180.
his defect, 184.

contrasted with Eldon, 184.

with Tenterden, 185.

evils of rapid decisions, 187.

his forbearance, 189.

his politics, 191.

his conduct in Lord Cochrane's

case, 192.

Fitzherbert, Mrs., her character, 11.
her marriage to George IV., proofs
of, 1, 9, 11.
Follett, Sir William, takes his bache-
lor's degree at Cambridge, 297.
his early political principles, 298.
refuses a silk gown from Lord
Chancellor Brougham, 298.
called to the Bar, 299.

his extraordinary qualifications for
the profession, 299.
his rapid success, 300.

his character as a leader, 302.
appointed Solicitor-General, 303,

elected M.P. for Exeter, 303.
his career in the House of Com-
mons, 304.

succeeds as Attorney-General, 305.
visits Italy for his impaired health,

return to London and death, 307.
summary of his character, 309.
Fox, sketch of, 390-392.

Francis, Sir Philip, a clerk in War
Office, sent to India, 80.
opponent and enemy of Warren
Hastings, 80.

his obtuseness and indelicacy in
Hastings's trial, 81.

his classic tastes and erudition, 82.
his anger at un-English phrase-
ology, 83.

a character, 84.
purity of his style, 84.

connection with Lord Holland, 85.

has a place at Foreign Office, 85.
in War Office from 1763 to 1772,

goes to India in 1773, 88.
ambitious of being Governor-Gen-
eral, 86.

intrigues for that end, 86.

his integrity and boldness in coun-
cil, 87.

his parsimony and integrity, 87.
dissertation on his supposed author-
ship of Junius, 88.
Burke's eulogy, 94.

his partizanship for Wilkes, 95.
his virulence against Lord Mans-
field, 95.

Garrow, anecdotes of, 385-388.
George III. Letters to Lord North,
history of, 2.

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George III., his insanity, 24, 52.
his recovery, 52.

knew who wrote 'Junius,' 93.
George IV., his education, 5.
his character, 6.

his marriage with Mrs. Fitzherbert,
1, 9, 11.

illegality thereof, 11.

his embarrassments, and repudia-
tion of first marriage, 15.
his marriage with Princess Caroline
of Brunswick, 15.

her character, 16.

his conduct after their marriage,

birth of Princess Charlotte, 21.
separation, 21.

'delicate investigation,' 22.
becomes Regent and again aban-
dons the Whigs, 24.
employs Sir J. Leach, 26.

to organize 'Milan commission,' 29.
development of the plot, 30.
Bill of Pains and Penalties,' 31.
public opinion, 32.
opinion of ministers, 33.
threat of dismissal, 34.
their love of office, 35.
Canning's integrity, 35.
public feeling, 36.
Queen's trial, 36.
acquittal, 37.
death, 40.
visits Ireland, 41.

excessive loyalty of the English, 45.
examined, 47.

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