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mbolished in all cases of dibel, and that the liberty of the in an attempt to bring Horne Tooke to the bar press should be in the exclusive guardianship of a Judge for a libel on Parliament ; but as Attorney-Geneappointed by the Crown.
* None but a Judge ral he obtained a verdict against “Parson Horne,” The said] who has from his infancy been accustomed to determine intricate cases is equal to such a difficult task. and pressed that the libeller should be set in the di un event suppose the jury sufficiently enlighiened to pillory. Even the High-Tory Johnson, on this kanseel those knotty points, yet there remains an insu- occasion, said." I hope they did not set the dog perable objection. In state libels their passions are
in the pillory. He had too much literature for frequently so much engaged, that they may be justly cunsidered as parties concerned against the Crorun. No that.” But Tooke and Thurlow were, in some justics can therefore be cæpected from them in these respects, not uncongenial minds; and at the cases.'Arte II), 01.3
close of their lives they became a sort of friends 1: This Wolcome doctrine, this "tirade against the ex-Chancellor visiting the ex-libeller at trial by jury,” proved so' acceptable at court, Wimbledon. that in a month the eloquence of Thurlow was Thurlow had now fairly earned the Great Seal resanded by the office of Attorney-General. His of his royal master; and in the following year he Intense hatred of the Americans, " the rebels," obtained it. There was no doubt as to who was probably sincere, and must have been pecu- would be Lord Bathurst's successor. Lord Campliarly acceptable to his royal master, with whom bell, we think, estimates him as a judge, an orahe became a great favourite. Every question tor, and a statesman, with perfect justice, when that came under discussion was treated by him he remarks: did the same spirit. He furiously abused the « The new Chancellor did not disappoint public expecBooksellers, when an abortive attempt was made tation, and as long as he enjoyed the prestige of ofico, to extend copyright beyond the short period of he contrived to persuade mankind that he was a great fourteen years. In the American rupture, of all judecareat orator, and a groat statesman—although I
am afraid that in all these capacities he was considerably the brators on the government side, Thurlow was overrated, and that he owed his temporary reputation for the most fierce and exasperating. With very much to his highi pretensions and his awe-inspiring him, it was war to the knife ; and his violence manners. might of itself have cut off all hope of concilia- As an equity judge, he is considered inferior to tion. Probably for the sake of contradiction, he many of his predecessors; and, was disposed at this period not to crush an at- " " Engrossed by politics, and spending a large portion of tempt to grant one small measure of relief to the his time in convivial society, or in idlo gossip with his old Catholics.
coffee-house friends, he was contented if he could only get One cannot help enjoying
through the business of his court without complaints being
the ridicule which made against him by the suitors, or any very loud murthe Attorney-General drew upon himself, on one murs from the public. Permanent fame he disregarded occasion, and which his extreme arrogance made or despised. He was above all taint or suspicion of cordoubly delightful and amusing to those who ruption, and in his general rudeness he was very imparfeared while they hated him. In the parliamen- times dealt recklessly with the rights which he had to
tial; but he was not patient and pains-taking; he soinetary session of 1777
determine, and he did little in settling controverted ques" Mr. Fox having moved that there be laid before the tions, or establishing general principles. Having been at Ilouse certain papers, relating to what had been done the head of the law of this country for near thirteen years, under the Act for cutting off the trade of the American he never issued an order to correct any of the abuses of Colonies, Thurlow rose and inveighed most bitterly his own court, and he never brought forward in parliament nagainst the motion, asserting that it could only proceed any measure to improve the administration of justice. from a desire to countenance the rebels, and contend.
* lle is said to have called in Hargrave, the very ing that it could not be granted with any regard to the learned editor of Coke upon Littleton, to assist him in dignity of the Crown or the safety of the State. While preparing his judgments, and some of them show labour he was still on his legs, proceeding in this strain, news
and rescarch; but he generally seems to liave decided offwas brought that in the other House the very same mo
hand without very great anxiety about former authorities. tion having been made by the Duke of Gratton, the Go
“ Frequently he employed Mr. Justice Buller, a very Fernment had acceded to it, and it had been carried una
acute special pleader, and nisi prius lawyer, to sit for Minously. The fact was soon known by all present ; and him in the Court of Chancery. On resuming his seat, he Lord North, after showing some momentary symptoms of would highly eulogise the decisions of one whom he, in being disconcerted, joined in the titter. Thurlow paus
common with all the world, felt bound to respect and audio ing; the Secretary to the Treasury whispered in his car
mire.' But being privately asked how Buller had acthe intelligeneo of what trad happened elsewhere,” and quired his knowledge of Equity?' Equity,' said lie, the suppressed mirth broko out into a universal peal of he knows no more of it than a horse; but he disposes laughter from the phenomenon that, once in his life. Thur- somehow of the cases, and I seldom hear more of them." fois appeared to be abashed. It was but for an instant.
So fiercely did he spring on a luckless counsel or Quickly recovering himself , and looking sternly round at
solicitor, that he generally went by the name of the the Treasury Bench, he exclaimed, I quit the defence
• Tiger,' and sometimes they would, out of compliment, of administration. Let ministers do as they please in this call him the 'Lion;' adding that llargrave was his · ' proor any other House.' 'A's a member of Parliament, I vider." Derer will give my vote for making public what, accord- Lord Campbell enters professionally into the ing to all the rules of policy, propriety, and decency, more remarkable of the judgments pronounced ought to be kept secret. However,' says the Parlia- by Thurlow ; and some of them appear wise and mentary History, this did not stifle the laugh, which continued for some time.' Lord North was frightened, sound. Fairly in the House of Peers, he seems and standing more in awe of his Attorney-General than to have become more violent and more arrogant of his colleagues in the other louse, he thought it best than ever, and more furious against the Ameristill to oppose the motion, and it was rejected by a majo- cans. His manners, if not his principles, made rity of 178 to 80."
him speedily unpopular in the House of Peers ; In the House of Commons, he had been baffled but an ill-managed effort to shake off his yoke,
attempted, in the most paltry spirit of aristo- | made. But I have received the following account of the cracy, by the Duke of Richmond, only gave credit : » When a Council was to be held at Windsor to
discovery from a quarter entitled to the most implicit this indomitable spirit opportunity of establish - determine the course which Ministers should pursue, ing his despotism in the Upper House more firmly. Thurlow had been there some time before any of his col:
It must have been terror rather than love leagues arrived. He was to be brought back to London which induced the Rockingham Administration by one of them, and the moment of departure being come, to submit to Thurlow remaining in office when the Chancellor's hat was nowhere to be found. After å
fruitless search in the apartment where the Council had Lord North fell. But through him they might been beld, a page came with the hat in his hand, saying imagine that they had a firmer hold of the aloud, and with great naiveté, " My Lord, I found it in court; while he appears to have determined the closet of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales ! ?? beforehand that the Cabinet should, in all things, The other Ministers were still in the Mall, and Thurlows submit to his pleasure. He went into the Govern- confusion corroborated the inference which they drew. »
Between the King and the Prince, Thurlow, ment for the purpose of destroying it. When they Rockingham ministry fell, both Thurlow and his
was still sadly perplexed. Dr. Willis said the roval master would, of course, have wished the King would get better ; but was this certain, and Great Soal still to remain in the possession of this might not the Prince be Regont; and was it “ king's friend;” and Mr. Fox, not warned by exper to support his pretensions ? Trying to keep fair,
not, therefore, most politic like, with the Whigs, i rience, was, it is now understood, willing to accept with both parties, and not to commit himself to office with this dangerous colleague; but Thurlow saw his way. He had connected himself with young the meanwhile the King certainly got better:
either, Thurlow was suspected by both; but in William Pitt, and, it is said, declined to act with Fox. The story is, however, not very clear, either in the every day, and the Chancellor became as affec
tionate, devoted, loyal, and lachrymose, as ever Whig or the Tory edition of it; though Whig
was John, Lord Eldon, and much more hypocritiwriters deny that Fox would have held office with Thurlow. It is certain that he ought not ; that cal; as this piece of humbug must have cost him the Great Seal was put in commission; and that
a greater effort than such scenes did his pathetic,
successor Thurlow set himself, with all his might, to overthrow the Coalition Government, and was the the House of Lords, the Duke of York having made a
“ The next time the subject was brought forward in regular leader of the Opposition until the Fox very sensible speech, renouncing, in the name of his brot and North ministry was dissolved, and Pitt came ther, any claim not derived from the will of the people, into office. About this time, “the bauble,"
and lamenting the dreadful calamity which had fallen coveted by so many great lawyers, chanced to Chancellor left the woolsack, seemingly in a state of
upon the royal family, and upon the nation—the Lord be stolen; and the Whigs were accused of the great emotion, and delivered a most pathetic address to sacrilegious felony, as it was fancied no public the House. Ilis voice, broken at first, recovered its business could be transacted without the mystical clearness; but this was from the relief afforded to him by.
a flood of tears. Ile declared his fixed and unalterable
Another seal agency of the Great Seal. made, and Thurlow clutched and held it, till out of twenty-seven years, had proved his sacred regard to
resolution to stand by a Sovereign who, through a reign witted by his own double-dealing and intriguing the principles which seated' his family on the British between his “ old master," and the “ rising sun throne. He at last worked himself up to this celebrated of Carlton House, during the first illness of the climax A noble Viscount (Stormont) has, in an eloking, when the “ Prince's friends” were likely to quent and energetic manner, expressed his feelings on the
melancholy situation of his Majesty-feelings rencome into power, and Pitt to go down. Lord dered more poignant from the noble Viscount's having Campbell, however, thinks that he is charged by been in habits of personally receiving marks of indulgence the Whigs with rather more craft and duplicity and kindness from his suffering Sovereign. My own than he actually practised. There is, however, debt of gratitude is, indeed, ample for the many favours
sorrow, my Lords, is aggravated by the same cause.
My no doubt that, possessing the confidence of the which have been graciously conferred upon me by his Queen and Pitt, he was at this time frequently Majesty; AND WHEN I FORGET MY SOVEREIGN, MAY MY GOD closeted with the Prince, when the leaders of all FORGET ME! parties repaired to Windsor Castle to examine into Lord Campbell does not forget to add the the state of the King's health, and hold councils, sharp, certainly coarse, but perhaps not unjust, and circumvent each other. Mr. Pitt was at first retort of Wilkes, who was at the time seated on duped, it is said ; but the following theatrical in- the steps of the throne, and which, though necescident stripped Thurlow of his mask :
sarily spoken aside, immediately got into currency “ The exact circumstances of the discovery are vari- in political circles, and has been often quoted ously related, although all accounts agree in stating that since. it took place at a meeting of the Ministers in Windsor After this, Thurlow's path became moreclear; and Castle, and that it arose from a mistake that the Chan, when the Commons sent up the Regency Bill, he cellor made respecting his hat. Some say that he entered the room, having under his arm the Prince's hat, which concluded his eloquent appeal by exclaiminghe had in the hurry carried off from the Prince's closet * Is there a man who hears me-who possesses the instead of his own; others, that he walked into the room sensibility common to every human breast, who does not without a hat, and that soon after one of the Prince's sympathise with her Majesty ?' (Here he began to be pages brought him his own hat, saying that his Lordship much affected.] •I protest to God I do not believe there had left it behind when he took leave of his Royal High- is a noble Lord in the House who wishes to reduce to such ness; and others, that entering without his hat, and being a forlorn condition a King labouring under a misfortune, reminded of it, he inmediately said, he supposed he must equal to any misfortune that ever happened since mishave left it in another part of the castle, where he had fortune was known in the world. To hesitate about been paying a visit ; whereupon the looks of those present giving the household to the Queen, would show a total immediately made him conscious of the disclosure he had extinction of pity for that royal sufferer, whose calamity
entitles him to the most unlimited compassion, and even "When he showed himself in the House, he was obw increased respect :
served to look sulky and discontented. He was even at "Deserted in his utmost need
a loss where to seat himsell, for he hated equally the By those his former bounty fed."'! »
government and the opposition, and there was no preHere the orator burst into tears, and he resumed his seat cedent for an ex-Chancellor placing himself on a cross on the woolsack as if still unable to give vent by language bench. He took no part in the important debates which to his tonderness.
arose on the French revolution, or on the origin of the " These exhibitions were probably pretty justly appre- war with the French Republic.” cited in the House of Lords where the actor was known, and they must have caused a little internal tittering, Thurlow, out of office, became liberal ; a friend of
In a few years, by gradual and natural process, although no noble Lord would venture openly to treat them with ridicule. But they made a prodigious impres- the Prince," and at last a patriot, warmly opposing sion on the public."!!
the Treason and Sedition Bills which followed hard But the King was ' now pitied, and therefore on the abortive State Trials, when Hardy, Horne popalar with the nation; and his faithful Chan- Tooke, and the other victims, for whose blood the cellor, the Kent to poor, old, mad Lear, shared in Government seemed to thirst, were triumphantly & popularity new to both of them. But what acquitted, and constitutional principles saved those at hand had all along clearly seen gradually from the most daring outrage on civil liberty that became apparent to the public, though the eyes had been attempted since the Revolution. Nay, of the King were among the last opened to the Thurlow went farther: he became a parliamentary deceitfulness of his conscience-keeper. Pitt now reformer, “Was it fitting," he asked in the both distrusted and disliked Thurlow as much as House of Peers, " that he afterwards did Lord Eldon. There was secret
"A man should be subject to such penalties for saying discontent, if not open disunion, in the cabinet; it was an abuse that twenty acres of land below Old Sarum and Thurlow finally fell, though more through Hill, without any inhabitants, should send two represenhis own ungovernabletem perthan anyother cause. tatives to parliament ?" To the last he violently opposed every measure Lord Campbell cites such contemporary méthat savoured of improvement or liberality; and moirs and publications as throw light upon the denounced the Jacobins of France as furiously as last years of his hero's life, and his personal habits he had done the rebels of America; and finally, and tastes; but they are not of great interest; the King himself, when his Majesty had, at last, excopt, perhaps, his intercourse with Horne vielded to his dismissal.
Tooke ** His Majesty had no longer any occasion for his prices." We are not inforined of the channel throngh when Attorney-General, he had prosecuted and sent to
" His next effort was in favour of an old enemy whom, which the dismissal was announced to the Chancellor, but the act was a dreadful surprise to him, and the manner of gaol, and struggled to place in the pillory; but with whom it deeply wounded his pride. I have no doubt,' writes he was now living on terms of great personal intimacy. the same person to whom Lord North had uttered his political character, some years deceased, gives an inte
* The following extract from the diary of a distinguished pruplecy, that this conduct of the King was wholly resting account of their first meeting after the convicted unexpected by Lord Thurlow: it mortified him most
parson had been marched off to Newgate : severely. I recollect his saying to me,
No man has a right to treat another in the way in which the King, bas Ealing, had by Lord Thurlow's desire (I believe), but at
««• Lady Oxford, who then (1801) had a house at treated me : we cannot meet again in the same room.
all events with his acquiescence, invited Horne Tooke to "" Seeing his fate inevitable, instead of quietly submit- him since he had prosecuted him, when Attorney-General,
dinner to meet him--Lord Thurlow never having seen ting to it, he complained loudly of the ingratitude and for a libel in 1778, and when the greatest bitterness was faithlessness of Princes.”
shown on both sides so that this dinner was a meeting of His last efforts as Chancellor were directed great curiosity to us who were invited to it. Sheridan against the rights of juries in cases of libel; and, and Mrs. Sheridan were there, the late Lord Camelford, when defeated, he erected, in a strong protest, a
Sir Francis Burdett, Charles Warren, with several others, monument to his own illiberality and obstinacy. and as I had met him repeatedly, and considered his
and myself.-Tooke evidently came forward for a display, His parting advice to Sir John Scott, by this time powers of conversation as surpassing those of any person made Attorney-General, is full of character. I had ever seen (in point of skill and dexterity, and it at
“Stick by Pitt,' said the retiring Chancellor : "he all necessary in lying), so I took for granted old grumbling has tripped up my heels
, and I would have tripped up his Thurlow would be obliged to lower his top-sail to himif I could. I confess I never thought the King would have
but it seemed as if the very look and voice of Thurlow parted with me so easily. My course is run; and for the scared him out of his senses from the first moment--and fature I shall remain neutral. But you must on no ac
certainly nothing could be much more formidable. So count resign: I will not listen for a moment to such an
Tooke tried to recruit himself by wine, and, though not idea. We should be looked on as a couple of fools! Your generally a drinkar, was very drunk; but all would not pronotion is certain, and it should not be baulked by any
do; he was perpetually trying to distinguish himself, and such whimsical proceeding.''
Thurlow as constantly laughing at him.'” “When he again entered the House of Lords, he was Thurlow saw his reputation, like his power, like a dethroned sovereign, and he could not bear his durinished consequence. Seen without his robes, without pass before his mortal course was run. his great vig, sitting obscurely on a back bench instead of The Keeper of the King's conscience was never frowning over the assembly from the woolsack—the Peers married, but he lived openly with a mistress (Mrs. were astonished to discover that he was an ordinary mortal, Hervey), and their children were, without any and were inclined to revenge themselves for his former disguise about the matter, brought out into soarroganee by treating him with neglect. Finding his altered position so painful, he rarely took any part in the ciety as if they had been legitimate children; and, business of the House, and he might almost be considered at least, while their father held the Great Seal, as having retired from public life.”
were as such well received. But, in spite of all this
“Ile was a prime favourite, not only with George III. of his own times. His opinion of fris' contein but with Queen Charlotte, both supposed to be very strict poraries, of his brother Peers, and those Bishops in their notions of chastity; and his house was not only and Ecclesiastics who paid court to Mrs. Hervey, frequented by his brother the Bishop, but by ecclesiastics of all degrees—who celebrated the orthodoxy of the head to gain the favour of her "protection," would of the law--his love of the established church—and his certainly have been edifying, as well as rich and hatred of dissenters.".
rare; and not less so his "" confessiony" connected This, no doubt, covered a multitude of sins. It with the Court 'and Carlton House, and the in! is to his credit that he took pains to educate his trignes at the period of the attempted Regency, offspring for the society into which he obtruded most instructive to fledgling statesmen, and partythem. For the rest, Lord Campbell hopes that men still unskilled in the intricacies of domestic his end was a good one, though he can give no
or back-stairs diplomacy. particulars of it; and thus he moralises at the From the freedom and good spirit with which death-bed of the Ex-Chancellor:
Lord Campbell has spoken of the Tory Chancelthos I trust that, conscious of the approaching change,
lors of past periods, we anticipate that he will having sincerely repented of his violence of temper, of come out with becoming vigour in commenting the errors into which he had been led by worldly ambi- on the dark period, the “ Reign of Terror," which tion, and of the irregularities of his private life, he had followed the dismissal of Thurlow, and continued, seen the worthlessness of the objects by which he had been with little abatement, until the death of Lord allured; that having gained the frame of mind which his awful situation required, he received the consolations of Castlereagh. As he approaches" contemporary religion ; and that, in charity with mankind, he tenderly times, we may also look forward to a richer accubade a long and last adieu to the relations and friends who mulation of characteristic anecdote, and personal surrounded him. lle expired on the 12th of September, recollection, to enliven and diversify graver diss} 1806, in the seventy-sixth year of his age.”
cussions, and revive the vital interest 'which pers? Lord Campbell wishes, as in other instances, vaded the nobler records and more picturesque that Thurlow, in old age, had written the history times of Wolsey, More, Bacon, and Clarendon 1)
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larity chictly besetting the Jews. But how per."
verse a fancy! In the Jews, idolatry was a Of Mr. Landor's notions in religion it would be disease ; in Pagan nations, it was the normal useless, and without polemic arguments it would be state. In a nation (if any such nation could arrogant, to say that they are false. It is sufficient exist) of crétins or of lepers, nobody would talk of to say that they are degrading. In the dialogue be- cretinism or leprosy as of any morbid affection tween Melanchthon and Calvin, it is clear that the that would be the regnlar and natural condition former represents Mr. L. himself, and is not at of man. But where either was spoken of with all the Melanchthon whom we may gather from horror as a ruinous taint in human flesh, it would his writings. Mr. Landor has heard that he was argue, that naturally (and, perhaps, by a large gentle and timid in action ; and he exhibits him majority) the people were uninfected. Amongst as a mere development of that key-note ; as a Pagans, nobody talked of idolatry—no such idea compromiser of all that is severe in doctrine ; existed—because that was the regular form of and as an effeminate picker and chooser in morals. religious worship.' To be named at all, idolatry God, in his conception of him, is not a father so must be viewed as, standing in opposition to some much as
a benign, but somewhat weak, old higher worship that is not idolatry. But, next, grandfather; and we, his grandchildren, being as we are all agreed that in idolatry there is now and then rather naughty, are to be tickled something evil, and differ only as to the propriety with a rod made of feathers, but upon the whole, of considering it a Jewish evil-in what does may rely upon an eternity of sugar-plums. For this evil lie? It lies, according to the profound" instance, take the puny idea ascribed to Me- Landorian Melanchthon, in this--that different lanchthon upon Idolatry ; and consider for one idolaters figure the Deity under different forms: moment how little it corresponds to the vast ma- if they could all agree upon one and the same chinery roared up by God himself against this mode of figuring the invisible Being, there need secret poison and dreadful temptation of human be no quarrelling ; and in this case, consequently, nature. Melanchthon cannot mean to question there would be no harm in idolatry-none whatthe truth or the importance of the Old Testa- ever. But, unhappily, it seems each nation, or ment; and yet, if his view of idolatry (as reported sometimes section of a nation, has a different by L.) be sound, the Bible must have been at the fancy : they get to disputing ; and from that root of the worst mischief ever yet produced by they get to boxing, in which, it is argued, lies idolatry. He begins by describing idolatry as the true evil of idolatry. It is an extra cause of “ Jewish ;" insinuating that it was an irregu- | broken heads. One tribe of men represent the
* The Works of Savage Landor. 2 vols. London: Moxon, 1816.
Deity as a beautiful young man, with a lyre, and from created things, can and will condescend to a golden bow; another as a snake; and a third the grossness of inferior human natures, by sub--Egyptians, for instance, of old--as a beetle or initting to mirror itself in more and more carnal an onion; these last, according to Juvenal's re- representative symbols, until finally the mixed mark, having the happy privilege of growing eleinent of resemblance to God is altogether, their own gods in their, own kitchen-gardens. buried and lost. God, by this succession of imIn all this there would be no harm, were it not perfect interceptions, falls more and more under for subsequent polemics and polemical assaults. the taint and limitation of the alien elements Such, if we listen to Mr. L., is Melanchthon's associated with all created things; and, for the, profound theory of a false idolatrous religion. ruin of all moral grandeur.in man, every idolaWere the police everywhere on an English foot- trous nation left to itself will gradually bring ing, and the magistrates as unlike as possible to round the idea of God into the idea of a powerful Turkish Cadis, nothing could be less objection- demon. Many things check and disturb this tenable; but, as things are, the beetle-worshipper deney for a time; but finally, and under that indespises the onion, worshipper ; which breeds ill tense civilization to which man intellectually is. bloed; whenco grows a cudgel; and from the always hurrying under the eternal evolution of cudgel a constable; and from the constable an physical knowledge, such a degradation of God's! unjust magistrate. * Not so, Mr. Landør ; thus, idea, ruinous to the moral capacities of man, did not Melanchthon, speak: and if he did, and would undoubtedly perfect itself, were it not for would defend it for a thousand times, then for a the kindling of a purer standard by revelation. thousand times he would deserve to be trampled Idolatry, therefore, is not inerely an evil, and one by posterity into that, German mire which he utterly beyond the power of social institutions to sought to evade by his Grecian disguise. The redress, but, in fact, it is the fountain of all other true evil of idolatry is this, there is one sole idea evil that seriously menaces the destiny of tho of God, which corresponds adequately and cen- human race. trally to his total nature. Of this idea, two things
PORSON AND SOUTHEY. may be affirmed: the first being—that it is at the root of all absolute grandeur, of all truth, and The two dialogues between Southey and Porof all moral perfection; the second being --that, son relate to Wordsworth ; and they connect Mr. natural and easy as it seems when once unfolded, Landor with a body of groundless criticism, for it could only have been unfolded by a revelation ; which vainly he will seek to evade his responsibiand, to all eternity he, that started with a falso lity by pleading the caution posted up at the head conception of God, could not, through any effort of his Conversations, viz.“ Avoid a mistake in of his own, have exchanged it for a true one, attributing to the writer any opinions in this book All idolaters alikę, though not all in equal degrees, but what are spoken under his own namer”. If by intercepting the idea of God through the prism Porson, therefore, should happen to utter villanies of some representative creature that partially re- that are indictable, that (you are to understand) is sembles God, refract, splinter, and distort that Porson's affair. Render unto Landor the elo-s idea. Even the idea of light, of the pure, solar quence of the dialogue, but render unto Porson light—the old Persian symbol of God-has that any kicks which Porson may have merited by depraving necessity, Light itself, besides being his atrocities against a man whom assuredly he an imperfect symbol, is an incarnation for us. never heard of, and probably never saw. Now, un-s However, pure itself, or in its original divine less Wordsworth ran into Porson in the streets of manifestation, for us it is incarnated in forms | Cambridge on some dark night about the era of and in matter that are not pure: it gravitates the French Revolution, and capsized him into tho towards physical alliances, and therefore towards kennel-a thing which is exceedingly improbable, unspiritual pollutions. And all experience shows considering that Wordsworth was never tipsy ex, ) that the tondency for man, left to his own imagi- cept once in his life, yet, on the other hand, is nation, iş downwards. The purest symbol, derived exceedingly probable, considering that Porson was
very seldom otherwise--barring this one opening ** Melanchthon's profound theory.”—That the reader man not suppose me misrepresenting Mr. L., I subjoin his for a collision, there is no human possibility or Fords, p. 224, vol. I. :-"The evil of idolatry is this--rival contingency known to insurance offices, through nations bave raised up rival deities; war hath been de which Porson ever could have been brought to nounced in the name of heaven; men have been murdered fre the love of God; and such impiety bath darkened all trouble his head about Wordsworth. It would the regions of the world, that the Lord of all things hath have taken three witches, and three broomsticks, been mocked by all simultaneously as the Lord of Hosts." clattering about his head, to have extorted from The evil of idolatry is, not that it distigures the Deity, (in which, it seems, there might be no great harm) but that Porson any attention to a contemporary poet that otée man's disfiguration differs from another man's; which did not give first-rate feeds. And a man that, leads to quarreling, and that to fighting.” "Grecian disguise : --The true German name of this besides his criminal conduct in respect of dinners, learned reformer was Schwarzerd (black earth); but the actually made it a principle to drink nothing but honeliness and pun-provoking quality of such a designa-water, would have seemed so depraved a character to induced Melanchthon to masque it in Greek. By the in Porson's eyes that, out of regard to public way, I do not understand how Mr. Lanılor, the archin orthograpby, reconciles his spelling of the naine to decency, he would never have mentioned his name, Greek orthodoxy: there is no Greek word that could be had he even happened to know it. " Oh no! Erpressed by the English syllable "cthon." Such a word he never mentioned him." Be assured of that. as Melancthon wonld be a hybrid monster-neither fish, flesb, nor good red herring.
As to Poetry, be it known that Porson read none