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admiration beeame a suppliant for character. Even his most detertheir alıns. Some of his eirensies minest enemies lamented bis death, had the cruelty to mortify him by when they saw the negociations their ostentatious subscriptions. which had owed their birth entirely.
His inviolable attachment to peace to him, expire as our only minister was the noblest feature in his public of peace expired.
An Epitaph for Mr. For: by the Rev. James Willis, of Sopley, Hants.
This mausoleum entumbs
His first years of instruction were under
The paternal auspices of Lord HOLLAND;
The SOVEREIGN of the UNIVERSE,
In his judgment for our offences,
The most promising to save a sinking nation-
Usefulness and benevolence of his riper years.
His political sagacity, his animated expression,
The amplitude and correctness of his views,
Ilis patriotic virtue, his love of his fellow-creatures :
The suavity of his manners,
People the most remote,
In vindicating the rights of nature,
The avowed enemy to the miseries of war,
He uniformly supported the rights of the people,
Civil and religious LIBERTY.
Firmly adhering to, and boldly maintaining,
And the violent malignity of the JACOBINS,
and to justice,
To court the smiles of a minister.
Misrepresented to his soveREIGN,
But the disgrace was temporary:
To till the emplovment of those men
The chief instruments of his obloquy and oppression.-
He directed his great mind, and mighty talents,
To the restoration of peace, to his country, to Europe.
Objects nearest to his heart,
And, with ENOLAND,
Mluch might have been done
But-not at the nation's expence :
Are best known by the distinguished persons,
Who attended his remains to that grave
But the remembrance of
Ilis inestimable qualities,
Shall live to distant ages,
Extracts from Memoirs of Samuel tified his person and manners, that Foote, csq. by Ililliam Cooke, esq. by changing habits, they might be
thought to have interchanged sexes. Sapinel Foote was born at Truro, • Foote's tirst education was at one in Cornwall, about the year 1720: of the three principal grammar schools his father, John Foote, was a very long since founded in the city of Woruseful magistrate of that county, and cester, and which have always borne enjoyed the posts of cominissioner of a considerable reputation for learning the prize office and five contract. His in all its branches, as well as a genemother (descended in the female line ral attention to the niorals of the pofrom the old earl of Rutland) was pils. The school to which he was the daughter of sir Edward Goodere, sent was, at that time, under the care bart. who represented the county of of Dr. Miles, a particular friend of Hereford in parliament for several luis father's, and a man of great emiyears, and brought Mr. Foote a large nence in the discharge of his duties.' fortune.
The talent for mimickry, by which • The father died soon after the es- he was afterwards so peculiarly distablishment of his children in the tinguished, first disclosed itself os world, but the mother lived to the the following occasion: extreme age of eighty-four, through • Being at his father's bouse during various fortunes. We had the plea- the Christmas recess, a man in the sure of dining with her in company parislı had been charged with a bas. with a grand-daughter of her's, at à iard child; and this business being to barrister's chambers in Gray's Inn, be heard the next day before the when she was at the advanced age of bench of justices, the family were seventy-nine; and though she had full conversing about it after dinner, and sixty steps to ascend before she reach- making various observations. Samuel, ed the drawing room, which looked then a boy between cleverr and twelve into the gardens, she did it without years of age, was silent for some the help of a cane, or any other sup- time; at last he drily observed,“Well, port, and with all the activity of a I foresee how this business will end, woman of forty.
as well as what the justices will say • Her manners and conversation upon it.”—“ Aye,” said his father, were of the same cast; witty, hu- (rather surprised at the boy's obsermorous, and convivial; and though vation), “ Well, Sam, let us hear it." her remarks, occasionally, (considler- Upon this the young mimic, dressing ing her age and sex,) rather strayed up his face in a strong caricature like“ beyond the limits of becoming ness of justice D, thus proceeded: mirthi," she, on the whole, delighted “ Hen! liem! here's a five job every body, and was confessedly the of work broke out indeed! a feller heroine of that day's party.
begetting bastards under our very nu• She was likewise in face and per- ses, (and let me tell you, good people
, son the very model of her sou Sanruel a common labouring rascal too,) wben --short, fat, and Aabby, with an eve our taxes are so great, and our poor that eternally gave the signal for rates so high; why 'tis an abominamirth and good humour: in short, tion; we shall not have an honest she resembled him so much in all servant maid in the neighbourhood, her morements, and so strongly iden- and the whole parish will swarm with bastards; therefore, I say, let him be which is, that the man should pay tined for his pranks very severely; according to his circumstances, and and if the rascal has not money, (as be admonished—I say admonished indeed how should he have it?) or -not to commit so flagrant an ofcan't find security, ( as indeed how fence for the future." should such a feller find security ?) At the proper age, Foote was relet him be clapp'd up in prison till moved to Worcester college, Oxford, he pays it.”
where he applied bimself with much • Justice A- will be milder, and diligence to the classics and the Belles say, Well, well, brother, this is not a Lettres. He afterwards entered binnew case; bastards have been begot- self of the temple, for the supposed ten before now and bas arods will be purpose of adopting the profession begotten to the end of the chapter; of the law : therefore, though the man has com- • During his continuance in the mitted a crime--and indeed I nust temple, he was seen there pro forma, say a crime that holds out a very bad situated in handsome chambers, surexample to a neighbourhood like rounded by a well furnished library, this-yet let us not ruin the poor fel- and eating his way (via commons) to low for this one fault : he may do the profession of the law. He is rebetter another time, and mend his membered by a few now living, in life; therefore, as the man is poor, that situation ; and they report him Jet him be obliged to provide for the to have been one of the greatest beaux child according to the best of his abi- (even in those days of general dress) lities, giving two honest neighbours as well as one of the most distinguishas security for the payment." ed wits who frequented the Grecian
• He mimicked these two justices and the Bedford. with so much humour and discrimi- • Here Foote appeared, in the nation of character, as " to set the Alush of youth, wit, and fortune. Dr. table in a roar;” and, among the Barrowby, no mean judge in every rest, his father, who demanded, why thing which respected elegant knowhe was left out, as he also was one of ledge, was present at his first exhithe quorum ? Samuel for some time bition at the Bedford, and he always hesitated; but his father and the rest spoke of him as a youug man of most of the company earnestly requesting extraordinary talents.
“ He came it, he began :
into the room," said he, “ dressed " Why, upon my word, is respect out in a frock suit of green and silto this here business, to be sure it is ver lace, bag wig, sword, bouquet, rather an awkward affair; and to be and point ruffles, and immediately sure it ought not to be; that is to say, joined the critical circle of the upper the justices of the peace should not end of the room. No body knew sutler such things to be done with im- him. He, however, soon boldly enpunity: however, on the whole I am tered into conversation ; and by the rather of my brother A's opinion; brilliancy of his wit, the justness of
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« • A favourite word of his father's on the bench; which, with his plain matter-offact manner of pronouncing it, and twirling his thumbs at the same time, drew so correct a picture of the justice, as met the warmest approbation of the whole company; and even of his father, who, so far from being offended, rewarded him for his good tivi mour and pleasantry::
his remarks, and the unembarrassed part of Othello, Feb. 6, 1744, at freedom of his manners, attracted the ihe Haymarkel theatre ; which, about general notice. The buz of the room three years after, le opened with an went round, “Who is hie? wlience entertainment of bis own composition, comes he ?' &c. ; which nobody called “The Diversions of the Morcould answer; until a handsome car- miny. riage stopping at the door to take * This consisted of the introduction hint to the assembly of a lady of of several characters in real life, then fashion, they learned from the ser- well known, whose manner of convants that his name was Foote, that versation and expression be very luhe was a young gentlenian of family dicrously hit off in the diction of his and fortune, and a student of the drama, and further represented by Inner Temple."
an imitation not only of their tones of : • He continued in the Temple but voice, but even of their very persons. a very few years ; and yet even this Among these characters there were a period was sufficient to exhaust a certain physician, who was much betfortune, which, by all account, was ter known from the oddity and sinvery considerable, and which, per- gularity of his appearance and con: haps, with a genteel economy, might versation, than from any eminence in have given him the otium cum digni- the practice of his profession; a cetate independent of any profession. lebrated oculist at that time in the But he was incapable of the ordinary height of vogue and popularity, &c.; restraints of life; he dashed into all and in the latter part of the piece, the prevailing dissipations of the time; under the character of a theatrical diand what the extravagance of dress, rector, he mimicked with great buliving, &c. had not done, the gaming mour the several styles of most of the table tinally accomplished. He strug- principal performers on the English gled with enbarrassments for some stage. time : but want, imperious want, is • An entertainment of this sort met an austere monitor, and must at last at first with every degree of success be attended to by the most thought that his most sanguine wishes could less spendthrift. He accordingly soon expect. The audience saw a species found himself at a stand; his credi- of performance quite novel to the tors grew obstinate and impatient; stage brought forward and supported his friends, as is usual in such cases, by a young man, independent of any eleserted him; and he found that other auxiliary than the fertility of something must necessarily be done, his own pen, and his own powers to provide the means of subsistence performauce; while the author, feels
• In this situation, it was very na- ing himself bold in this support, beitiral for him to think of the stage. held his future fortunes opening beo Acting was a science wbich he already fore him. knew theoretically; and, conversing • He soon found, however, that he so much with players as he usually reckoned without his host; for, whedid, he was perhaps not a little inci- ther from the alarm excited in the ted by their disengaged, free manner theatres royal, or the resentment of of living, to become a candidate for most of the performers who smarted the profession.'
under the lash of bis miinicry, the His debût as an actor , was in the civil magistrates of Westuiuster were