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“I thank the Noble Lord for every proposition he has held out: they are worthy of a great mind, and such as ought to be adopted.”-Lord North.
“Lord George Sackville was a man of very sound parts, of distinguished bravery, and of as honourable eloquence.”_Lord Orford, Vol. I.
The late Lord Sackville, who was a man of extraordinary talent, wrote a beautiful eulogy on the Princess of Orange, but which never graced
The genius, learning, and exalted virtues of the Princess, were the theme of his Lordship’s all-powerfull pen.
“He had the art of painting in words, to a very eminent degree, and which afforded the finest ornaments in either poetry, history, or elocution.”—Gentleman's Magazine, Sept. 1785.
“During the seven years that his Lordship was Secretary for the Colonies, he had, principally, Charles James Fox to contend with. Throughout this long and arduous period, he displayed signal ability in his replies.”-Parliamentary Debates.
“ In business, Lord George Germain was rapid, yet clear and accurate ; rather negligent in his style, which was that of a gentleman and a man of the world, unstudied, and frequently
careless, even in his official dispatches. But there was no obscurity or ambiguity in his compositions."-Sir N. Wraxall.
“Mr. Pitt styled Lord George Germain the Agamemnon of the day.”—Sir N. Wraxall.
“ In the debate on the Mutiny Bill, Lord Orford says that Lord George Sackville displayed more ability than Mr. Pitt ” [afterwards Earl of Chatham].--Memoirs-Nov. 1754.
Among the persons of eminence to whom Mr. Pitt had recourse for support, at this delicate crisis of his ministerial life , when every parliamentary aid which could sustain him against the coalition, was anxiously sought after, the late Lord Sackville attracted his attention. That nobleman had, hitherto, taken no decided part in the debates during the progress of the East India Bill, though he voted against it personally,” &c.-Sir N. Wraxall.
On the Marquis of Carmarthen's motion, in 1782, after Lord George Germain had been created a viscount by the King, Sir N. Wraxall observes :
“ His enemies confessed, that never was a more able, dignified, or manly appeal made within the walls of the House of Peers, than Lord Sackville pronounced on that occasion."
Debates on the Treaties in the Committee, 1755 :
“Lord George Sackville, with as much spirit, and with sense as compact as the other's [Mr. Beckford] was incoherent, replied, that if the question was agitating whether we should desert the war in America, and stick to the Continent, nobody would dare to support such an argu. ment."-Lord Orford.
Among the parliamentary orators of 1755, Lord George Sackville stands pre-eminent.
“Lord George informed and convinced; with a frankness in his speech, there was a mystery in his conduct, which was far from inviting.”—Lord Orford.
In 1756—“Lord George Sackville spoke very sensibly on the situation of affairs, with some reproof on ministers.”—Lord Orford.
In 1756—On the question of employing the Hessian and Hanoverian Soldiers
“ Lord George Sackville replied with great spirit and sense : and the motion was agreed to."-Lord Orford.
In 1757-A Commission of Enquiry was directed concerning the Miscarriages at Rochfort, composed of the Duke of Marlborough, Lord George Sackville, and General Waldegrave. Upon this occasion, Lord Orford observes that “ Lord George Sackville was more than a balance to the other two in abilities.”
At the conclusion of Lord George Sackville's
trial in 1760, Lord Orford pourtrays a certain character so applicable to Junius, that I cannot withhold inserting it here :
“ Lord George's own behaviour was most extraordinary. He had undoubtedly trusted to the superiority of his parts for extricating him. Most men in his situation would have adapted such parts to the conciliating the favour of his judges, to drawing the witnesses into contradictions, to misleading and bewildering the court, and to throwing the most specious colours on his own conduct, without offending the parties declared against him. Very different was the conduct of Lord George. From the outset, and during the whole process, he assumed a dictatorial style to the court, and treated the inferiority of their capacities as he would have done had he been sitting amongst them. He browbeat the witnesses, gave the lie to Sloper, and used the judge-advocate, though a very clever man, with contempt. Nothing was timid, nothing humble in his behaviour. His replies were quick and spirited. He prescribed to the court, and they acquiesced. An instant of such resolution at Minden had established his character for ever."
This intrepid and daring spirit was peculiar to Lord George through life; it fully accords with the description given in a letter to a cer
tain nobleman on the intricate question before us, wherein the writer says
“ Whenever Junius appears in a probable character, he is great and generous, above every idea of deriving a mercenary emolument from his writings, impatient and indignant at opposition, and fiery and implacable in his resentments. I have long felt assured this is no common man; and when you desire me to search for Junius amidst the discontented of his day, I look instinctively to the discontented of the noblest rank.
“ Think of a genius not born in every country, or every time; a man gifted by nature with a penetrating and aquiline eye, with a judgment prepared with the most extensive erudition, with an Herculean robustness of mind, and nerves not to be broken by labour; a man who could spend twenty years in one pursuit.-Such a man was Junius.
“ I cannot seek him among discontented politicians, for he was apparently bound to no set of men; and though he thought with Mr. Grenville, he is less distinguished by any political attachments or sympathies, than by his abomination of one particular administration; on the score of politics alone he has hitherto eluded our curiosity. As an injured person, to whom should we particularly direct our attention ?"