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business in view, when I sat down to write, which was first to desire that the manuscript sermons left with the Doctor and your brother may be made up in a parcel and sent me forthwith, as they are wanted—and next tô throw what light you can upon a story I heard somewhere, I believe from you or Frank, of an Irish prelate, asking Old John with great surprise, if what he had heard was true, that he (old John) knew the names of all his parishioners, or something of that sort; and old John's answer, which surprised him still more: I have a confused idea of something, but I hardly know what, that deserves to be recorded, and having an opportunity of introducing it to advantage, where it will not be lost, I could wish for all the particulars, and hope you will be able to help me to them. Old Jones is going on with his literary account of the life and writings of our dear Bishop, which I trust will be an acceptable present to the public; both entertaining and edifying: but it will not be ready to make its appearance with the two new volumes of sermons, which may be expected in another month, the whole being nearly printed, and waiting for an engraving, which, after all our endeavours, will not exhibit so pleasing a likeness of the person, as the discourses do of the mind of the amiable man. To fill up what is wanting, it will be sufficient to remember most cordially all my worthy friends at Farnborough, at Corston, at Bath, and to say how much gratified with the sight of your fair hand-writing, and a good account of your health, and of Mrs. Quick's, which was but indiffer, ent, and of the rest, will be

“ Your very affectionate.”

It appears by the next letter that he had been strongly pressed to come to Farnborough to Dr. Gunning's, and in a strain of great jocularity

writes thus to Mrs. Gunning as to his mode of conveyance;

"August 2, 1794. . " What a lucky circumstance, that there was such an assembly of wits, at the time my letter to Frank arrived, to: lay their heads together and contrive the best method of enforcing the Habeas · Corpus Act, notwithstanding the present suspension of it. I hope, however, they did not forget their dinner on the occasion, and I hope also, that their deliberations will not be considered as a plot against the State,

« Of all the schemes proposed by my learned and ingenious friends for the more easy conveyance of my dear self from Kintbury to Bath, and saving some of the many thousand bumps that flesh is heir to, I must be worse than a Kalmuck not to prefer being under the conduct of the ladies from Devizes ; but then, vain as you have taught me to be, I am not vain enough to suppose, I am any way entitled to such honour; neither can I think of troubling the good Doctor to come to Marlborough, not flattering myself that I am so worth having, as to be worth fetching at that rate. In regard to your brother, he is a fine bustling fellow, and one would not mind leading him a wild goose chase. You suppose it will not be convenient for me to stay at Kintbury till he returns from Leicester, which will not be before the 20th of August: but why do you suppose any such thing? How it will be in his way to call on me I know not; but if it should suit him to look in upon me here about that time, it will suit me as well as any time, and one would earnestly wish him to be of the party when I make my visit to Farnborough. If he travel in his chair, and his wife with him, I suppose I am to be strapped on behind, with the portmanteau, which will make all things easy except to the poor horse, who is to draw us. So you see, I am at your mercy,

and you are now to let me know what is to be done. You must acquaint me with Frank's plan of operations, and I must hold myself in readiness accordingly. Upon the whole, I question whether it is not a perplexing business, and whether the shorter way would not be to 'do as others have done before me, step into a Bath coach, and say nothing to nobody. I was glad to hear your good mother was so well, and that there was a chance of my seeing her. I wish you could have given a better account of yourself, for I am still of opinion that there would be no danger in your being well. To the worthy executor I am obliged for his liberality to the Scotch episcopal clergy. The draught you mention may be taken at Bath with as good effect as in London. :-“ I am afraid by my visit being deferred I shall not see all the olive branches. Last year I promised the Rector some good, sound manuscript divinity, and this year I hope to perform it, having a parcel in my portmanteau. So he will pray there may be no spiritual pads on the way to rob me. Make my best respects to him and all my other good friends, and believe me," &c.

: To prove how lively all his letters were, would be to copy the whole of the correspondence now lying before me :--But I do not mean so to deal with my reader; especially as to prove the truth of what has been already asserted of Mr. Stevens, as well as in the further portraiture of his life, parts, if not the whole, of many of his letters must be copied, in all of which the same liveliness of manner, with the same seriousness of thinking will appear. He never appears to have kept a diary or journal of his proceedings, as many wise and good persons have done, and have thought that if it were faithfully and honestly done, it was another means of grace, and an incentive to good actions and rectitude of moral conduct. But while he was at Farnborough, at Dr. Gunning's, on the visit mentioned in the preceding letter, it appears as if Mrs. Gunning had urged him so 'to do. And after he left her house, he sent her the following diary, for one week, which is certainly as entertaining as any I have ever seen.-Much playfulness of wit, a perfect good humour, which is now and then mixed with sound and serious reflections, which evidently were the spring and foundation of all his words and actions : for in no man was ever more truly verified the saying of our blessed Lord. « Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” than in the person whose life we are now contemplating. .“ Wednesday, September 3, 1794.–At Mr. Meade's—rose early—anxious for my portmanteau --pleased to see the servant going with it on his shoulder to the coach-wished it safe at Kintbury -had my fears about it-walked for an hour around the fields with Dr. Gunning compared notes, agreed the conversation flat the day before-could not guess why—perhaps Dr. B , who was of the party, could-he wished to meet Mr. Stevens ; query, if he ever wished to meet him again? After breakfast, took leave of my friends : may be, final —had not rode far, when recollected had not paid Nancy for postage and washerwoman's bill-went back, was told by Mr. Meade she would abuse me for preciseness—memory sadly treacherous, an infirmity common to age-beguiled the way by ruminating on the incidents of the last fortnightthought with satisfaction on the morning, noontide, and evening walks to the church with the good Doctor to view progress-mightily amusing to see other people work-should work myself much to be done, and little time to do it in the

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worthy Rector not idle; he loveth our nation, and has built a church--charity edifieth-called to mind the pleasant excursion to the clerical meeting at Bristol, and the happy expedient hit upon by Peter and me to escape the overflowings of turtle soup, and save harmless our best clothes-laudable solicitude well rewarded !--reflected with complacency on the many agreeable rides to and fro, between Farnborough and Bath— Nancy by my side-enlivening creation-highly flattered by the very friendly attention of good Mrs. Quick-the apostolic injunction, use hospitality without grudging, never more religiously observed than in Paragon Buildings—greatly delighted with the performance of the service the two Sundays at the Octagon Chapel : both excellent men—recollected Mrs. Quick's remark on Frank's sermon, a happy faculty in combining scripture and comparing spiritual things with spiritual-very just-Bishop Horne likewise eminent in that way—thought of the wellspread table on Monday, and the kind, accommodating disposition of the invaluable hostess when, after an early dinner, I bid adieu to Bath could not say as Sam. Johnson once did, 'a good dinner, Sir, but not a dinner to invite a man to'— much gratified by a gentle squeeze of the hand from Kitty- on getting into the chaise. Mem. In my grand climacteric—wonder what it could mean-pursued my journey, musing upon many things--awaked from my reverie by horse stopping at Kintbury_found a letter from Will. Horne, complaining, that when I got among the ladies, single or married, it was all one-nothing could move me

-no denying facts-must plead guilty—ate my dinner-entertained my friends with a relation of my adventures, and the wonders I had seen—they much edified thereby—portmanteau not arrived --sent after it, but no tidings-strange misgivings

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