Historical Sketches of Statesmen Who Flourished in the Time of George III - Vol. 2

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MR. HORNE TOOKE.

MENTION has been made of the enmity which Mr. Horne Tooke always bore towards Sir Philip Francis; and it is not to be forgotten, among the circumstances which tend to connect the latter with Junius, that a fierce controversy had raged between the author of the Letters and the great grammarian; a controversy in which, although no one now doubts that the former was worsted, yet certainly the balance of abuse had been on his side, and the opinion of the public at the time was generally in his favour. Another circumstance of the same description is the zeal with which Sir Philip Francis always espoused the quarrel of Wilkes, as vehemently as he made war on Lord Mansfield. Few who recollect the debates of 1817 can forget the violence with which he attacked a member Of the House of Commons for having said something slighting of Wilkes, while the eulogy of Lord Mansfield that accompanied the censure did not certainly recommend it to Sir Philip's palate. "Never while you live, Sir, say a word in favour of that corrupt judge." -- "It was only the eloquence of his judgment on Wilkes's case that was praised." -- "But the rule is never to praise a bad man for anything. Remember Jack Lee's golden rule, and be always abstemious of praise to an enemy. Lord Mansfield was sold on the Douglas cause, and the parties are known through whom the money was paid. As for Wilkes, whatever may be laid to his charge, joining to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction. v
  • Contents xiii
  • Contents of the Furst Series. *
  • Statesmen of the Times of George Iii. 1
  • Lord Eldon. 54
  • Sir William Scott (lord Stowell). 73
  • Dr. Laurence. 81
  • Sir Philip Francis. 88
  • Mr. Horne Tooke. 104
  • Lord Castlereagh. 121
  • Lord Liverpool. 131
  • Mr. Tierney. 143
  • Lord St. Vincent -- Lord Nelson. 156
  • Mr. Horner -- Lord King -- Mr. Ricardo. 172
  • Charles Carrol *
  • Neckar. 199
  • Madame De Staël. 214
  • Mirabeau Family. *
  • Carnôt. *
  • Lafayette. 286
  • Prince Talleyrand. *
  • Napoleon -- Washington. 318
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