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possibly be any thing more than grace and condescension. The pamphleteer bere disappointedly quotes:
« There's no art, To find the mind's construction in the face--" Nothing can be more true to the point, or he himself would have perceived that the heir apparent merely treated him as the son of a king should treat a tradesman, and the Prince would, in all probability (judging from the event) have discovered enough to have induced him to dismiss Mr. Jefferys for ever, from the moment of their first interview, The Prince, however, was no physiognomist, or Mr. Jefferys had an illegible face, and on the proposed marriage of his Royal Highness with the Princess of Brunswick, Mr. J. through the kind patronage of H. R. H. received orders to procure the jewels necessary on the occasion. They amounted to 64,0001. and the ruin which Mr. J. complains of, rests, it may be said, entirely on this transaction, and we proceed to shew where the blame alone attaches. We do not hesitate to affirm, and shall briefly prove, that it was wholly owing to the presumption of Mr. J. who, without consulting his shoulders, undertook to bear a burthen which he was unable to support; to perform an engagement to which he was incompetent. It is well known that when a jeweller has a large order for diamonds, he employs a broker, who goes into the market, and, on the credit of his principal, obtains, at a good or bad rate, what is required. Mr. J. at this period sent his agent to make the necessary purchase. The sellers were ready enough to vend their articles at an established estimation, but on learning the name of the buyer, “No," said they, “ we cannot give Mr. Jefferys the long credit which he must have.”—“ Lay it on the goods,” replies the broker; and at length so it is resolved, and Mr. J. pays at least 40 per cent. more for the diamonds, than any other jeweller would have paid, going into the market, and buying at a reasonable credit. We defy Mr. J. to deny these facts. Now it is as clear as the light of the sun, that what was deducted by the commissioners,* when the Prince's debts were paid, would have left, had the jewel. ler been every way equal to the orders he affected to execute, a
• The twenty per cent. loss sustained by the debentures (admitting it to be fact) could never have been suffered, had he not been a man wholly unfit to meddle with large concerus. A tradesman in good credit and decent circumstances, would not have lost more than 3 per cent. by them at the utmost, and possibly nothing. Is the Prince to be blamed for the inconveniencies which a lame man experiences, who cbuses to engage to run any given distance, in a certain time, or to pay for the carriage which his inability, previously concealed, makes him then require ?
sufficient profit even on such a commission, for any honest tradesman. It would indeed have been a lamentable thing, if the full amount of this demand had been discharged. Had the tradesman. been sufficient, there would have been no deficiency; as it was, all the deficiencies, in every sense of the word, belong exclusively to Mr. Jefferys.
With regard to the petty sums officiously lent to the Prince, of 16001. and 4201. -and the pitiful, and to Mr. J. the disgraceful, details which accompany them, what do they lead to, or prove ? Does not Mr. Jefferys himself acknowledge that they were paid, and does he not shew that, by his impertinent importunities, all obo ligations (if any can be supposed) were fully cancelled. As to H. R. H.'s “ assurances," of which so much is said, we have only Mr. J.'s word for it, and in that his whole conduct, as related by himself, affords us but little room to have much faith.
Now let us see how this upright tradesman, who complains so of his debtors, behaves to his own creditors.-With a certain prospect of ruin before him, as he confesses, and his creditors clamorous, he gets into Parliament, keeps his carriage, continues to incur a large annual expenditure, (all things unsuitable to him in his best days) and not till he is ousted at Coventry, surrenders the remnant* to satisfy his duns. One word of his malignity and parliamentary virtues, and we send this “jewel of a man” to Coventry for ever.' It requires more temper than honesty can well command, to read what is unblushingly advanced at p. 19 of this pamphlet. A shopkeeper is desired to wait on the heir apparent, to take an order for jewels to be presented to his intended consort, and he hardily dares to speculate on what the Prince “ appeared to feel," on the approaching nuptials, and has the dastardly shamelessness to insinuate what he does not kuow, with “ I will not repeat the expressions of his Royal Highness upon this subject.”. What is most indecently and irrelevantly foisted in, p. 66, with respect to Mrs. Fitzherbert, carries its own cure with it, and only serves to defeat and expo the spleen, malice, and, malignity of the writer. Much might be preferred to shiew the good people of Coventry how blessed they were in their member when Mr. Jefferys represented them, but they know him now, and the exposure is unnecessary. For the country at large, a single quotation from his letter to the Earl of Moira will be sufficient,
• Two shillings and three-pence in the pound, on about 30,0001. after having received, as he confesses, 68,2201. 183.
I have," says he, and, can it be believed, prints it in this very pamphlet, addressed to the 'candid and liberal public ?? “ I have constantly, my lord, in parliament, supported the present administration, while in opposition, in their most unpopular moments, and I hope they will not, now that they are in power, forsake me, because I can be no longer of any use to them." P. 49.
The same is repeated to Mr. Fox, from whom, says he, with a mark of exclamation forsooth, “I never received any answer !" What answer would such a reptile in politics have had? The Earl of Moira did return him one, and what that nobleman observed at the interview which followed is most strikingly just and fit.
His lordship said, on Mr. J.'s talking of this “ Review,” that he should think it his duty to persuade his royal highness never more to notice Mr. J.; that his conduct was a fit subject for the attention of the attorney-general; “and,” continues Mr. J. “ his lordship went so far," (and then just reached the mark) " as to compare my proposal to publish a review of the prince's conduct, to the threatening letter of a felon to extort money." Admirably said and righteously deserved.
In this book-making, and book-reading age, the scheme of hatching this scurvy libel may put a few miserable' pounds into the pockets of Mr. Jefferys; but any other man would lose more honour than he would gain profit by such a publication.
O Jeffrys! Jeffrys!* quærenda pecunia primùm,
Virtus post nummos. Supplementary Pages to the Life of Cowper, containing the Additions
made to that Work, on reprinting it in Octavo. By W. Hayley, Esq. 4to. pp. 122. Johnson. 1806.
All who love genius in the garb of simplicity, or possess a cultivated taste, are amongst the devoted admirers of the epistolary writings of Cowper, and 10 such, these “more last words,” and as miany other as can be added, will prove most acceptable. As to Mr. Hayley's share in the whole of this business, it is of very little importance. We should therefore dismiss this article with the observation, that what is here printed from the octavo edition, is for the accommodation of the possessors of the quarto; but that we are led to some further remarks, by what appears, very much out of its place, not to say indecently, at p. 5, concerning the editor, his opipions, and his rhymes.
• To be read with the quantity of the “ Cites, cives," of Horace.
Cumberland, in his “Memoirs," quarto, p. 233, having said something in perfect good humour about Mr. Hayley's “ having twice misemployed his pen, once by flippant censure on his critical ancestor (Dr. Bentley) and once by unmerited praise in rhyme, addressed to himself," the latter is pleased“ in his mild and civil manner, to make. this merciless and uncivil" excuse for his wantonness,
“ And first,” says he, "for his famous progenitor. As his critical grandfather was the God of Mr. Cumberland's infantine idolatry, I can easily forgive what I cannot but consider as an injudicious display of zeal, in resenting an occasional, and not a malicious mention of those defects in the celebrated critic, which had been abundantly, and sometimes very justly, censured and derided by the most eminent scholars and wits of his own time. I believe Bentley to have been a man of many virtues and much learning, but occasionally subject to fits of dogmatical petulance, not perfectly consistent, in my opinion, with such habitual good manners, and such an indulgent christian spirit of improved good nature, as true and sound learning ought to inspire. Yet in allowing that•• arrogant critic,” &c.
Going on in this way, rubbing now with, and now against the grain, he winds up this count with an implied promise of a future tickling for the memorable maternal grandfather of Mr. Cumberland. Then“ brandishing the scalping knife of satirical malignity he thus settles the rhyming part of the story.
“I coine now," he continues, “ to the second transgression imputed to me, that of having praised the Doctor's more polished, yet diffident descendant, abou? his desert. To this charge Mr. C. can hardly wish me to plead guilty; and any reply to it must have more of truth than politeness, if I should inform my accuser that, since that eulogy was written, I have myself found reason to entertain some painful doubts concerning its perfect propriety. But this is a point, which, of all living, Mr. C. is himself the most competent to decide, because I praised him for a benevolent simplicity of heart. This inestimable endowment he has frequently represented as his peculiar characteristic. It is certainly possible, as my personal intercourse with Mr. Cumberland has been very trifling in- . deed, it is possible that I may have greatly mistaken his real disposition, when I commended it so warmly.” P.7.
Is this a strain consistent with such habilual good manners; and. such an indulgent christian spirit of improved good nature, as true and sound learning ought to inspire ?” Shame, shame, Mr. Hayley, to pretend to mistake Cumberland's laudable affection for his illustrious grandsire, and friendly introduction of your verses, which could gratify no vanity but your own, for a a vindictive reproof,” and a breach of the common rules of politeness.” Perhaps Mr. Cumberland's overweening regard, in both cases, may have carried him a little too far, but most inoffensively so; therefore, even exclaim,
“ brother, brother, we are both in the wrong," and be as good friends as ever.
Let not such men hold themselves up to the ridi. cule of witlings. ,Sævis inter se convenit Ursis, says Juvenal, and we shall favour these learned gentlemen with our running translation:
The gruffest bear can live with brother Bruin,
And let us see two poets live in peace !
58. Longman and Co. 1806. Tae Harper has many reasons, he tells us, for not hazarding his name, and he has therefore assumed for his nom de guerre, Quintin Frost, Esq. Frost does not, we confess, at the first blush, appear to be the best and most recommendatory name for a poet, and all that can be said in favour of it, in this instance, is, that it is in gene ral remarkably indicative of the prime quality of the verses. Reflections on Mr. Windham's Plan submitted to Parliament for the
Improvement of the Army. By an Officer. 8vo. 15. 6d. Thiselton, 1806.
We cannot hear of the improvements of Mr. Windham's plan, and the numerous advantages to be derived from it by the soldiery, without exclaiming with Juvenal, or whoever wrote the sixteenth satire, commonly ascribed to him,