THE AUTHOR'S PROGENITORS.
Fetching a man's mind from his cradle.--Transmission of family faces and qualities.--Childhood a favorite theme in after-life.--The author's ancestors and father.--Perils of the latter during the American Revolution.--Compliment paid him by the father of Sheridan.-- His answer to a bishop, and general character and career.--Becomes tutor to the nephew of the Duke of Chandos.--Accidental death of that nobleman, and affecting end of his duchess.--Misfortunes in the author's family.--His mother and her connections.--Her behavior during her voyage to England; admirable conduct on various other occasions; and love of the sunset during her decline 13
The Leigh family.--Preposterous charge against it.--Beautiful character in Fielding applied to Mr. Leigh by his son.--Author's birthplace, Southgate.--Dr. Trinder, clergyman and physician.--Question of sporting.--Character of Izaak Walton.--Cruelty of a cockfighter.--Calais and infant heresy.--Porpoises and dolphins.--A despotic brother.--Supernatural fears in childhood.--Anecdote of an oath.--Martial toys.--Infant church-militant.--Manners and customs of the time.--Music and poetry.--Memories of songs.--Authors in vogue.--Pitt and Fox.--Lords and Commons 35
Children's books.--Hogarth.--Christ-Hospital.--Moral and personal courage.--Anecdote of a racket-ball.--Fagging.-Visits of Queen Victoria to the school.--Details respecting that foundation, its manners and customs, modes of training, distinguished scholars, preachers, and schoolmasters, &c.--Tooke's Pantheon and the British Poets.--Scalded legs and the luxuries of a sick ward 64