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opinion upon this subject, and no barrassing. In addition to the discourtship will be practised; for the taste which he must have felt for chief object in the visit is to show such a union, he had been already, him the king, who has been worse
appears, in some degree pledged the two last days than ever: this to bestow the great seal, in the morning he made an effort to jump event of a change, upon lord out of the window, and is now Loughborough. Finding, howvery turbulent and incoherent. ever, the prince and his party so Sir G. Baker went yesterday to far committed in the negotiation give Pitt a little specimen of his with Thurlow, he thought it exloquacity, in his discovery of some pedient, however contrary to his material state-secrets, at which he own wishes, to accede to their looked astonished. The physicians views; and a letter, addressed by wish him to be removed to Kew; him to Mr. Sheridan on the ocon which we shall proceed as we casion, shows the struggle with settled. Have you heard any thing his own feelings and opinions of the Foreign Ministers, respect
which this concession cost him :ing what the P. said at Bagshot ? “ DEAR SHERIDAN ;--I have The Frenchman has been here two swallowed the pill a most bitter days running, but has not seen the one it was and have written to prince. He sat with me half an lord Loughborough, whose answer hour this morning, and seemed of course must be consent. What much disposed to confer a little is to be done next? Should the closely. He was all admiration prince himself, you, or I, or Warand friendship for the prince, and ren, be the person to speak to the said he was sure every body would chancellor? The objection to the unite to give vigour to his go- last is, that he must probably wait vernment.
for an opportunity, and that no “ To-morrow
you shall hear time is to be lost. Pray tell me particulars; in the mean time I what is to be done: I am concan only add I have none of the vinced, after all, the negotiation apprehensions contained in lord will not succeed, and am not sure Li's letter. I have had corres- that I am sorry for it. I do not pondence enough myself on this remember ever feeling so uneasy subject to convince me of the im- about any political thing I ever possibility of the ministry manag- did in my life. Call if you can. ing the present parliament by any contrivance hostile to the prince. “ Sat. past 12."
" C. J. F.” Dinner is on table ; so adieu ; and Lord Loughborough, in the mean be assured of the truth and sin- time, with a vigilance quickened cerity of
by his own personal views, kept “ Yours, affectionately, watch on the mysterious moveWindsor,
“ J. W. P. ments of the chancellor ; and, as Monday, 5 o'clock, P. M.
appears by the following letter, “I have just got Rodney's proxy not only saw reason to suspect dusent.”
plicity himself, but took care that The situation in which Mr. Mr. Fox and Mr. Sheridan should Fox was placed, by the treaty thus share in his distrust: commenced, before his arrival, with “ MY DEAR S. ;-I was afraid the chancellor, was not a little em- to pursue the conversation on the
- Yours ever,
circumstanceof the inspection com- the more from the account of the mitted to the chancellor, lest the tenderness he showed at his first reflections that arise upon it might interview, for I am sure it is not have made too strong an impres- in his character to feel any. With sion on some of our neighbours a litte instruction from lord Hawkslast night. It does indeed appear bury, the sort of management that to me full of mischief, and of that was carried on by means of the sort most likely to affect the ap- princess-dowager, in the early part prehensions of our best friends of the reign, may easily be prac(of lord John for instance), and tised. In short, I think he will to increase their reluctance to take try to find the key of the back any active part.
stairs, and, with that in his pocket, “ The chancellor's object evi- take any situation that preserves dently is, to make his way by him- his access, and enables him to hold self and he has managed hitherto a line between different parties. as one very well practised in that In the present moment, however, game. His conversations, both he has taken a position that puts with you
and Mr. Fox, were en- the command of the House of couraging, but at the same time Lords in his hands for * * ** checked all explanations on his “ I wish Mr. Fox and you would part, under a pretence of delicacy give these considerations what towards his colleagues. When he weight you think they deserve, let them go to Salthill, and con- and try if any means can be taken trived to dine at Windsor,* he to remedy this mischief, if it apcertainly took a step that most pears in the same light to you. men would have felt not very de
“Ever yours, &c.” licate in its appearance, and, unless What were the motives that inthere was some private understand- duced lord Thurlow to break off ing between him and them, not so suddenly his negotiation with altogether fair; especially if you the prince's party, and declare himadd to it the sort of conversation self with such vehemence on the he held with regard to them. I side of the king and Mr. Pitt, it cannot help thinking that the diffi- does not appear very easy to asculties of managing the patient certain. Possibly, from his opporhave been excited or improved to tunities of visiting the royal palead to the proposal of his inspec- tient; he had been led to conceive tion (without the prince being sufficient hopes of recovery, to inconscious of it), for by that situ- cline the balance of his speculation ation he gains an easy and fre- that way; or, perhaps, in the inquent access to him, and an op- fluence of_lord Loughborought portunity of possessing the confi- over Mr. Fox, he saw a risk of dence of the queen. I believe this being supplanted in his views on
• The remainder of this sentence is * On one occasion, during these ma- effaced by damp: næuvres of the chancellor at Windsor, + Lord Loughborough is supposed to he betrayed (to the no small amusement have been the person who instilled into of his colleagues) the secret of an inter- the mind of Mr. Fox the idea of adview which he had just had with the vancing that claim of Right for the Prince, by coming to the Council with Prince, which gave Mr. Pitt, in princi. His Royal Highness's hat in his hand, ple as well as in fact, such an advantage instead of his own,
the great seal. Whatever may he gave vent to the well-known have been the motive, it is certain declaration, " that his debt of grathat his negotiation with the titude to his majesty was ample, whigs had been amicably carried for the many favours he had graon, till within a few hours of his ciously conferred upon him, which delivery of that speech, from whose when he forgot, might God forget enthusiasm the public could little him !"* suspect how fresh from the incomplete bargain of defection was the
* “Forget you !" said Wilkes, “he'll speaker, and in the course of which
see yo'i dd first."
SHERIDAN'S LOVE of BETTING.
[From Moore's Life of Sheridan.] As an illustration of Mr. Sheri- or before the 18th of March, 1796 : dan's love of betting—the only Mr. Fox to decide whether any sort of gambling in which he ever place the duke may then fill shall indulged—the following curious bonâ fide come within the meaning enumeration of some of his wagers of this bet.” for the year 1793 is not unamus- “ 25th March, 1793.—Mr. S. ing :
bets Mr. Hardy one hundred gui“ 25th May, 1793.-Mr. Sheri- neas, that the three per cent. condan bets gen. Fitzpatrick one hun- sols are as high this day twelvedred guineas to fifty guineas, that month as at the date hereof." within two years, from this date “Mr. S. bets gen. Tarleton one some measure is adopted in parlia- hundred guineas to fifty guineas, ment which shall be (bonâ fide) that Mr. Pitt is first lord of the considered as the adoption of a par- Treasury on the 28th of May, liamentary reform.”
1795.-Mr. S. bets Mr. St. A. St. “ 29th Jan., 1793.—Mr. S. bets John fifteen guineas to five guiMr. Boothby Clopton five hundred neas, ditto.Mr. S. bets lord Sefguineas, that there is a reform in ton one hundred and forty guineas the representation of the people of to forty guineas, ditto." England within three years from “ 18th March, 1793.
- Lord the date hereof."
Titchfield bets Mr. S. twenty-five “ 29th Jan., 1793.—Mr. S. bets guineas to fifty guineas, that Mr. Mr. Hardy one hundred guineas to W. Windham represents Norwich fifty guineas, that Mr. W. Wind- at the next general election.” ham does not represent Norwich “ 19th March, 1793. - Lord at the next general election." Titchfield and lord W. Russel bet
“ 29th Jan., 1793.-Mr. S. bets Mr. S. three hundred guineas to gen. Fitzpatrick fifty guineas, that two hundred guineas that Mr. a corps of British troops are sent Pitt is first lord of the Treasury to Holland within two months of on the 19th of March, 1795." the date hereof.”
As a sort of moral supplement to “ 18th March, 1793.--Mr. S. this strange list, we subjoin a letbets lord Titchfield two hundred ter, connected evidently with one guineas, that the D. of Portland is of the above speculations :at the head of an administration on “SIR;-I am very sorry that I
have been so circumstanced as to from the intimation imparted to have been obliged to disappointme, I hoped the proposition might you respecting the payment of the come from you. five hundred guineas : when I gave “I hope I need not for a mothe draughts on lord. * I had ment beg you not to imagine that every reason to be assured he would I am now alluding to these ciraccept them, as had also. cumstances as the slightest invaI enclose you, as you will see by lidation of your due. So much his desire, the letter in which he the contrary, that I most perfectly excuses his not being able to pay admit that from your not having me this part of a larger sum he heard any thing further from me owes me, and I cannot refuse him on the subject, and especially after any time he requires, however in- I might have heard that if I deconvenient to me. I also inclose sired it the bet might be off, you you two draughts accepted by a had every reason to conclude that gentleman from whom the money I was satisfied with the wager, will be due to me, and on whose and whether made in wine or not, punctuality I can rely. I ex- was desirous of abiding by it. tremely regret that I cannot at this And this was further confirmed by juncture command the money. my receiving soon after from you
“At the same time that I regret 1001. on another bet won by me. your being put to any inconve- Having, I think, put this nience by this delay, I cannot help point very fairly, I again repeat adverting to the circumstance which that my only motive for alluding perhaps misled me into the ex- to the matter was, as some expectation that you would not un- planation of my seeming dilatoriwillingly allow me any reasonable ness, which certainly did in part time I might want for the payment arise from always conceiving that, of this bet. The circumstance I whenever I should state what was mean, however discreditable the my real wish the day after the bet plea, is the total inebriety of some was made, you would be the more of the party, particularly myself, disposed to allow a little time ;when I made this preposterous bet. the same statement admitting, as I doubt not you will remember it must, the bet to be as clearly having yourself observed on this and as fairly won as possible ; in circumstance to a common friend short, as if I had insisted on it mythe next day, with an intimation self the next morning. that you should not object to being “ I have said more, perhaps, on off; and for my part, when I was the subject than can be necessary ; informed that I had made such a but I should regret to appear negbet and for such a sum,—the first, ligent to an application for a just such folly on the face of it on my claim. I have the honour to be, part, and the latter so out of my Sir, your obedient servant, practice,–I certainly should have
“ R. B. SHERIDAN. proposed the cancelling it, but that, Hertford St., Feb. 26."
ANECDOTES of the LIFE of CANOVA up to the Time of his Residence
at ROME. [Abridged from « Memoirs of Antonio Canova," 8c. by J.S. Memes, A. M]
AMONG the former dependencies of Antonio entered again into a of Venice is the obscure village of state of wedlock, and settled in Possagno, situate amid the recesses the neighbouring village of Cresof the hills of Asolano, which form pano. The name of her new spouse the last undulations of the Venetian was Sartori ; but of what condiAlps, as they subside in the plains tion or occupation does not clearly of Treviso. In Possagno, on the appear. The only offspring of morning of the 1st of November these second nuptials was a son, 1757, was born Antonio Canova, who still survives, the Abbot GioThe mud-walled cabins of an al- vanni Battista Sartori Canova. pine village witnessed, during the This brother was the object of first twelve years of existence, the Canova's tenderest attachment, dawnings of that mind whose pro- whom he patronized and supported ductions now constitute the most in early life, and constituted his precious treasures of the noblest heir at death ; confiding to him palaces.
the completion of several designs Pietro,* the father of Antonio, in which he was then engaged. * followed the occupation of a stone
When his mother removed to Crescutter; while his mother was in pano, on the occasion of her second nowise distinguished from the marriage, Canova, then about three simple females of her native ham- years old, remained at Possagno let. Of these humble parents, under the protection of his grandCanova was the only child. father, Pasino. Thus, at an age
At the period of his son's birth, when he could scarce yet lisp their Pietro still resided under the pa- names, was he deprived of both ternal roof, and continued without parents.t This loss, generally a separate establishment till 1760, irreparable, was most amply supwhen he died at an early age. He plied by the tender care of Catteappears to have been a man of rina Ceccato, his paternal grandmelancholy habits, and of a weakly mother. She nursed his delicate constitution; not remarkable for frame with the kindest assiduity ; talents of any kind, and in this watched his progress with the most respect greatly inferior to his father affectionate solicitude; and directed Pasino; with whom, either as his childish acquirements in the assistant, or in partnership, he had
* Il fratello d. Gio. Battista Sartori always continued to workit
Canova, erede universale ed esecutore A few months after the demise delle mie disposizioni è costituito nel of her former husband, the mother diritto e nella liberta di fare quelle ecce
zioni, o alterazioni alle mie testimentarie * In some biographical sketches pul). disposizioni, &c.—“ My brother, John lished many years ago in the l'alian Baptist Sartori Canova, sole heir and Journals, he is improperly named Fran- executor of my dispositions, is invested cisco, an error which has been copied with the power and liberty of making into the still more erroneous accounts of these exceptions and alterations in my travellers.
testamentary dispositions,” &c. Ex† The family of Canova is said to have tract from Canova's Will-Introduc furnished stone-cutters to the village of “ Quasi ancor balbettante,' says Possagno for several ages.
Canova, in one of his letters,