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spoke a language not less strong when in a private company where there was some allusion to the comparative merits of the three great orators and statesmen of the age, he observed," The name of Burke will be remembered with admiration, when those of Pitt and Fox will be comparatively forgotten.”
The celebrated Mirabeau was known to speak of him more than once with great applause, and what was more singular, delivered in the National Assembly on several occasions large passages, with some trivial alterations, from the printed speeches and writings of Mr. Burke, as his own; on being reproached with this once, he admitted the fact, apologising for it by saying that he had not had time to arrange his own thoughts on some of the many topics he was obliged to discuss, and that in no other productions could he find such an union of argument and eloquence.
As coming from the pen of the scarcely less celebrated opponent of Mirabeau, the following possesses much interest ; it was at first attributed to Peltier, but was really written by M. Cazalés ;
.“ Died at his house at Beaconsfield, with that simple dignity, that unostentatious magnanimity so consonant to the tenour of his life and actions, the Right Honourable Edmund Burke. There never was a more beautiful alliance between virtue and talents. All his conceptions were grand, all his sentiments generous. The great leading trait of his character and that which gave it all its energy and its colour, was that strong hatred of vice which is no other than the passionate love of virtue. It breathes in all his writings; it was the guide of all his actions. But even the force of his eloquence was insufficient to transfuse it into the weaker or perverted minds of his contemporaries. This has caused much of the miseries of Europe ; this has rendered of no effect towards her salvation the sublimest talents, the greatest and rarest virtues that the beneficence of Providence ever concentred in a single character for the benefit of mankind. But Mr. Burke was too superior to the age in which he lived. His prophetic genius only astonished the nation which it ought to have governed."
Mr. Windham, who was his devoted friend and admirer, often expressed similar sentiments, and in the same spirit as the concluding sentence of the préceding passage, wrote in a private letter about this time, what as a Minister it would not per"haps have been quite so decorous towards his coadjutors to say in public: “I do not reckon it amongst the least calamities of the times, certainly not among those that affect me least, that the
world has now lost Mr. Burke. Oh ! how much "may 'we rue that his councils were not followed !
Oh ! how exactly do we see verified all that he has predicted." ;
On the first allusion to the French Revolution b. in 1790, Mr. Fox said that his reverence for the 2.- judgment of his right honourable friend was unfeigned; for that if he were to put all the political information he had gained from books, all that he
had learned from science, and all that the knowledge of the world and its affairs had taught him, into one great scale, and the improvement he had derived from the conversation and instruction of his right honourable friend in the other, the latter would preponderate.” Some time afterwards 'he repeated that “ from him he had learned nearly all his political knowledge.” At the moment of their disunion he observed, “ that however they might differ on present matters, he must still look to his honourable friend as his master ;” adding upon the same occasion, “ He must again repeat that all he ever knew of men, that all he ever read in books, that all his reasoning faculties informed him of, or his fancy suggested to him, did not impart that exalted knowledge, that superior information, which he had acquired from the lessons of his right honourable friend. To him he owed all his fame, if fame he had any. And if he (Mr. Fox) should now or at any time prevail over him in discussion, he could acknowledge his gratitude for the capability and pride of the conquest in telling him
At the moment of proposing his interment in Westminster Abbey, he again repeated the same acknowledgments in terms which, in the words of a Member in attendance, “drew tears from every one present who had any feelings at all, or could sympathize in the excellence of the great genius then before them, or with the still greater excellence of the genius who had departed.”
“Burke," said Mr. Gerard Hamilton (whom Mr. Grattan pronounced a great judge of men and things), at the period of their greatest coolness, “ understands every thing but gaming and music. In the House of Commons I sometimes think him only the second man in England ; out of it he is always the first.” The unknown author of the Pursuits of Literature,' who seems to have no other point of agreement with Dr. Parr, agrees with him at least in rapturous eulogy of Mr. Burke, in a variety of passages of his work, in verse and in prose, in Greek, in Latin, in English, and in no ordinary terms, First in the East,'
Regent of Day,' 'Luminary of Europe, great and unequalled man,'" who opened the eyes of the whole nation to the systems of internal destruction and irreversible misery which awaited it, and who only displayed them to confound and wither them by his powers," adding the praise of Paterculus to Cicero “Animo vidit, ingenio complexus est, eloquentia illuminavit."
“Let me," says Dr. Parr, “speak what my mind prompts of the eloquence of Burke-of Burke, by whose sweetness Athens herself would have been soothed, with whose amplitude and exuberance she would have been enraptured, and on whose lips that prolific mother of genius and science would have adored, confessed, the Goddess of Persuasion." Who is there," adds the same learned critic, "among men of eloquence or learning more profoundly versed in every branch of science ? Who is there that has cultivated philosophy, the parent of all that is illustrious in literature, or exploit, with more felicitous success? Who is there that can transfer so happily the result of laborious and intricate research to the most familiar and popular topics? Who is there that possesses so extensive yet so accurate an acquaintance with every transaction - récent or remote ? Who is there that can deviate from his subject for the purposes of delight with such engaging ease, and insensibly conduct his readers from the severity of reasoning to the festivity of wit? Who is there that can melt them if the occasion requires with such resistless power to grief or pity? Who is there that combines the charm of inimitable grace and urbanity with such magnificent and boundless expansion ?”
Mr. Curwen, whose political opinions have been already noticed, thus writes of him on viewing Ballitore, the scene of his early acquisitions in knowledge. “The admiration, nay astonishment, with which I so often listened to Mr. Burke gave an interest to every spot connected with his memory, and forcibly brought to my recollection the profundity and extent of his knowledge, while the energy, warmth, and beauty of his imagery captured the heart and made the judgment tributary to his will.
orator he surpassed all his contemporaries, and was perhaps never exceeded."
Another Parliamentary contemporary and supporter previous to the French Revolution, but who