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stay there till we come.". Immedi- care, and expect from him as a man ately I heard a murmur in the com- of honour and my friend, that every pany, and lord Eyre said to me, mother's son of them should be
You'll hear from that gentleman found forthcoming and alive next again, or I am mistaken. You don't morning, “ Then by the soul of know perhaps that you have been me,” he replied, " and they shall; answering one of the most irritable provided only that no man in commen alive, and the likeliest to inter- pany shall dare to give the glorious pret what you have said as an af. and immortal memory for his toast, front.” He predicted truly, for the which no gentleman, who feels as I very next morning the gentleman do, will put up with.” To this I rode over to lord Eyre, and de- pledged myself, and we removed to manded of him to give up my name. a whiskey house, attended by half a This his lordship did, but informed score pipers, playing different tunes. him withal that I was a stranger in Here we went on very joyously and the country, the son of bishop Cum- lovingly for a time, till a well-dressberland of Clonfert, where I mighted gentleman entered the room, and be found, if he had any commands civilly accosting me, requested to for me. He instantly replied, that partake of our festivity, and join the he should have received it as an company, if nobody had an objecaffront from any other man, but tion. Ah now, don't be too sure, bishop Cumberland's was a charac- of that," a voice was instantly heard ter he respected, and no son of his to reply; “I believe you will find could be guilty of an intention to in- plenty of objection in this company sult him. Thus this valiant gentle- to your being one amongst us.” man permitted me to live, and only What had he done ? the gentleman helped me to another feature in my demanded. 66 What have you sketch of major O'Flaherty.
done!” rejoined the first speaker; A short time after this, lord Eyre, « don't I know you for the miscrewho had a great passion for cock- ant that ravished the poor wench fighting, and whose cocks were the against her will, in presence of her crack of all Ireland, engaged me in mother? And didn't your pagans, à main at Eyre Court. I was a that held her down, ravish the moperfect novice in that elegant sport, ther afterwards, in presence of her but the gentlemen from all parts daughter? And do you think we sent me in their contributions, and will admit you into our company? having a good feeder, I won every Make yourself sure that you shall battle in the main but one. At this not; therefore get out of this as meeting I fell in with my hero from speedily as you can, and away wid the Shannon bank. Both parties you !". Upon this the whole comdined together, but when I found pany rose, and in their rising the that mine, which was the more nu civil gentleman made his exit and merous, and infinitely the most ob was off. I relate this incident exstreperous and disposed to quarrel, actly as it happened, suppressing could no longer be left in peace with the name of the gentleman, who our antagonists, I quitted my seat was a man of property and some by lord Eyre, and went to the gen- consequence. When my surprise tleman above-alluded to, who was had subsided, and the punch began presiding at the second table, and to circulate with a rapidity the seating myself familiarly on the greater for this gentleman's having arm of his chair, proposed to him troubled the waters, I took my de. to adjourn our party, and assemble parture, having first cautioned a them in another house, for the sake friend, who sate by me (and the of harmony and good fellowship. only protestant in the company), to With the best grace in life he in- keep his head cool, and beware of stantly assented, and when I added the glorious memory. This gallant that I should put them under his young officer, son to a map who
held lands of my father, promised an unbeliever in their existence. faithfully to be sober and discreet, My father thereupon turned the as well knowing the company he subject, and observed to him, with was in ; but my friend having for. concern, that his steed was a very got the first part of his promise, sorry one, and in very wretched and getting very tipsy, let the se condition. « Truly, my good lord," cond part slip out of his memory, he replied, “ the beast himself is but and became very mad; for stepping an ugly garron, and whereby I have aside for his pistols, he re-entered no provender to spare him, mightily the room, and laying them on the out of heart, as I may truly say: table, took the cockade from his but your lordship must think a poor hat, and dashed it into the punch- priest like me has a mighty deal of bowl, demanding of the company to work, and very little pay.”-“ Why drink the glorious and immortal then, brother,” said my good father, memory of king William in a bum- whilst benevolence beamed in his per, or abide the consequences. I countenance, “ 'tis fit that I, who was not there, and if I had been have the advantage of you in both present, I could neither have stayed respects, should mount you on a betthe tumult nor described it. I only ter horse, and furnish you with proknow he turned out the next morn- vender to maintain him." This ing, merely for honour's sake; but parley with the priest passed in the as it was one against a host, the very hay.field where the bishop's magnanimity of his opponents let people were at work; orders were him off with a shot or two that did instantly given for a stack of hay to no execution. I returned to the be made at the priest's cabin, and, peaceful family at Clonfert, and in a few days after, a steady horse fought no more cocks.
was purchased and presented to The fairies were extremely pre- him. Surely they could not be true valent at Clonfert : visions of buri- born Irish fairies that would spite als, attended by long processions of my father, or even his turkies, after mourners, were seen to circle the this. church-yard by night, and there was Among the labourers in my fano lack of oaths and attestations to ther's garden, there were three broenforce the truth of it. My mother thers of the name of O'Rourke, suffered a loss by them of a large regularly descended from the kings brood of fine turkies, who were of Connaught, if they were exactly every one burnt to ashes, bones and to be credited for the correctness of feathers, and their dust scattered in their genealogy. There was also an the air by their provident nurse and elder brother of these, Thomas feeder, to appease those mischievous O'Rourke, who filled the superior little beings, and prevent worse con- station of hind, or headman; it sequences; the good dame credited was his wife that burnt the bewitchherself very highly for this act of ed turkies, whilst Tom burnt his atopement, but my mother did not wig for joy of my victory at the see it quite in so meritorious a light. cock-match, and threw a proper
A few days after, as my father parcel of oatmeal into the air as a and I were riding in the grounds, votive offering for my glorious sucwe crossed upon the catholic priest cess.. One of the younger brothers of the parish. My father began a was upon crutches, io consequence conversation with him, and expres. of a contusion on his hip, which he sed a wish that he would caution his literally acquired as follows: When fock against this idle superstition my father came down to Clonfert of the fairies : the good man as from Dublin, it was announced to sured the bishop that, in the first him that the bishop was arrived ; place, he could not do it if he would; the poor fellow was then in the act and, in the next place, confessed of lopping a tree in the garden ; that he was himself far from being transported at the tidings, he ex
claimed, " Is my lord come? Then phen, demanding what he wanted, I'll throw myself out of this same and what brought him to Dublin. tree for joy.” He exactly fulfilled “ Nay, my good lord,” replied the his word, and laid himself up for man, “ I have no other business in some months.
Dublin itself but to take a bit of a When I accompanied my mother walk up from Clonfert to see your from Clonfert to Dublin, my father sweet face, long life to it, and to beg having gone before, we passed the a blessing upon me from your lordnight at Killbeggan, where sir Tho- ship; that is all.”. So saying he mas Cuffe, knighted in a frolic by flounced down on his knees, and in lord Townshend, kept the inn. Å a most piteous kind of howl, closing certain Mr. Geoghegan was ex his hands at the same time, cried tremely drunk, noisy, and brutally out, “ Pray, my lord, pray to God troublesome to lady Cuffe, the hos. to bless Stephen Costello."
The tess. Thomas O'Rourke was with scene was sufficiently ludicrous to us, and, being much scandalized have spoiled the solemnity, yet my with the behaviour of Geoghegan, father kept his countenance, and took me aside, and in a whisper gravely gave his blessing, saying, said: “Squire, will I quiet this same as he laid his hands on his head, Mr. Geoghegan?” When I replied, “ God bless you, Stephen Costello, by all means, but how was it to be and make you a good boy !” The done ?—Tom produced a knife of giant sung out a loud amen, and formidable length, and demanded arose, declaring he should immedi. “ Haven't I got this? And wont ately set out and return to his home. this do the job? and hasn't he wound. He would accept no refreshment, ed the woman of the inn with a but with many thanks and a thouchopping knife, and what is this but sand blessings in recompence for a knife ? and wouldn't it be a good the one he had received, walked deed to put him to death like a mad out of the house, and I can well bedog? Therefore, squire, do you lieve resumed his pilgrimage to the see, if it will pleasure you and my westward without stop or stay. I lady there above stairs, who is ill should not have considered this and enough, God he knows, I'll put this the preceding anecdotes as worth krife into that same Mr. Geoghe. recording, but that they are in some gan's ribs, and be off the next mo- degree characteristic of a very cu. ment on the grey mare; and isn't rious and peculiar people, who are she in the stable? Therefore only not often understood by those who say the word, and I'll do it.” This profess to mimic them, and who are was the true and exact proposal of too apt to set them forth as objects Thomas O'Rourke, and, as nearly for ridicule only, when oftentimes as I can remember, I have stated it even their oddities, if candidly exin his very words.
amined, would entitle them to our We arrived safe in Dublin, leav- respect. ing Mr. Geoghegan to get sober at his leisure, and dismissing O'Rourke to his quarters at Clonfert. When
Garrick. we had passed a few days in Kil. dare-street, I well remember the The happy hit of the West Indian surprise it occasioned us, one after- drew a considerable resort of the noon, when, without any notice, we friends and followers of the muses saw a great gigantic dirty fellow to my house. I was superlatively walk into the room, and march blest in a wife, who conducted my straight up to my father, for what family with due attention to my cirpurpose we could not devise. My cumstances, yet with every elegance mother uttered a scream, whilst and comfort that could render it a my father with perfect composure welcome and agreeable rendezvous addressed him by the name of Ste to my guests. I had six children,
whose birth days were comprised Nature had done so much for him, within the period of six years, and that he could not help being an acthey were by no means trained and tor; she gave him a frame of so educated with that laxity of discip- manageable a proportion, and from line, which renders so many houses its Aexibility so perfectly under terrible to the visitor, and almost command, that by its aptitude and justifies Foote in his professed vene. elasticity he could draw it out to fit ration for the character of Herod. any sizes of character that tragedy My young ones stood like little sol. could offer to him, and contract it to diers to be reviewed by those who any scale of ridiculous diminution wished to have them drawn up for that his Abel Drugger, Scrub, or inspection, and were dismissed like Fribble could require of him to sink soldiers at a word. Few parents it to. His eye, in the mean time, had more excuse for being vain was so penetrating, so speaking, his than my wife and I had, for I may brow so moveable, and all his fea. be allowed to say my daughters even tures so plastic and so accommothen gave promise of that grace and dating, that wherever his mind im. beauty, for which they afterwards pelled them they would go, and be. became so generally and conspicu- fore his tongue could give the text, ously noticed ; and my four boys his countenance would express the were not behind them in form or spirit and the passion of the part he feature, though hot climates and was encharged with. hard duty by sea and land, in the I always studied the assortment service of their king and country, of the characters who honoured me have laid two of them in distant with their company, so as never to graves, and rendered the survivors bring uncongenial humours into con,
veterans before their tact with each other. How often time. Even poor Fitzherbert, my have I seen all the objects of society unhappy and lamented friend, with frustrated by inattention to the pro all his fond benignity of soul, could per grouping of the guests! The not with his caresses introduce a re- sensibility of some men of genius is laxation of discipline in the ranks so quick and-captious, that you must of our small infantry; and though first consider whom they can be Garrick could charm a circle of happy with, before you can promise them about him whilst he acted, the yourself any happiness with them. turkey-cocks, and peacocks, and A rivalry in wit and humour will water-wagtails, to their infinite and oftentimes render both parties silent, undescribable amusement, yet at the and put them on their guard ; if a word or even look of the mother, chance hit, or a lucky sally, on the ki motus animorum were instantly part of a competitor, engrosses the composed, and order re-established, applause of the table, ten to one if whenever it became time to release the stricken cock ever crows upon their generous entertainer from the the pit again : a matter-of-fact man trouble of his exertions.
will make a pleasant fellow sullen, I would wish the world to believe, and a sullen fellow, if provoked by that they take but a very short and raillery, will disturb the comforts of impartial estimate of that departed the whole society. character, who only appreciate him It is tiresome listening to the nonas the best actor in the world; he sense those who can talk nothing was more and better than that ex. else, but nonsense talked by men of cellence alone could make him by a wit and understanding, in the hour thousand estimable qualities, and of relaxation, is of the very finest much as I enjoyed his company, I essence of convivality, and a treat dehave been more gratified by the licious to those who have the sense to emanations of his heart than by the comprehend it. I have known, and sallies of his fancy and imagination. could name many, who understood
this art in its perfection, but as it im- ed in tears: a few succeeding years plies a trust in the company not al. laid him in the earth; and though ways to be risked, their practice of the marble shall preserve for ages it was not very frequent.
the exact resemblance of his form Raillery is of all weapons the and features, his own strong pen most dangerous and two-edged ; of has pictured out a transcript of his course it ought never to be handled mind, that shall outlive that and the but by a gentleman, and never very language which he laboured to should be played with but upon a perpetuate. Johnson's best days gentleman; the familiarity of a were dark, and only when his life low-born vulgar man is dreadful ; was far in the decline, he enjoyed a his raillery, his jocularity, like the gleam of fortune long withheld. shaking of the water-spaniel, can Compare him with his countryman never fail to soil you with some and contemporary last-mentioned, sprinkling of the dunghill out of and it will be one instance amongst which he sprung.
many, that the man, who only brings The brilliant vivacity of Garrick the Muse's bantlings into the world, was subject to be clouded; little fly- has better lot in it, than he who has ing stories had too much of his at- the credit of begetting them. tention, and more of his credit than Reynolds, the friend of both these they should have had; and certainly worthies, had a measure of prospethere were too many babblers who rity amply dealt out to him ; he had access to his ear. There was sunned himself in an unclouded sky, some precaution necessary as to the and his muse, that gave him a pallet company you associated with him dressed by all the graces, brought at your table ; Fitzherbert under him also a cornucopia rich and full stood that in general admirably well, as Flora, Ceres, and Bacchus could yet he told me of a certain day, conspire to make it. His hearse when Garrick, who had perhaps was also followed by a noble caval. been put a little out of his way, and cade of mourners, many of whom, I was missing from the company, was dare believe, left better faces hangfound in the back yard acting a tur. ing by the wall than those they car. key-cock to a black boy, who was ried with them to his funeral. capering for joy, and continually When he was lost to the world, his crying out, “ Massa Garrick do so death was the dispersion of a bright make me laugh: I shall die with and luminous circle of ingenious laughing." The story I have no friends, whom the elegance of his doubt is true; but I rather think it manners, the equability of his temindicates the very contrary from a per, and the attraction of his talents ruffled temper, and marks good had caused to assemble round him humour in its strongest light. To as the centre of their society. give amusement to children, and to In all the most engaging graces of take pleasure in the act, is such a his heart, in disposition, attitude, symptom of suavity as can never be employment, character of his figures, mistaken.
and above all in giving mind and Garrick was followed to the ab- meaning to his portraits, if I were bey by a long extended train of to say sir Joshua never was excelled, friends, illustrious for their rank I am inclined to believe so many and genius, who truly mourned a better opinions would be with me, man, so perfect in his art, that na that I should not be found to have ture hath not yet produced an actor said too much. worthy to be called his second. I saw old Samuel Johnson standing [The remainder of the extracts beside his grave, at the foot of from this work will be given in the Shakespeare's monument, and bath- next number.]
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