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as the political horizon was clear. We have Congreve, who affected to be the Beau as well as the Wit; Lord Hervey, more of the courtier than the Beau—a Wit by inheritance—a peer, assisted into a pre-eminent position by royal preference, and consequent prestige; and all these men were the offspring of the particular state of the times in which they figured: at earlier periods, they would have been deemed effeminate; in later ones, absurd.
Then the scene shifts : intellect had marched forward gigantically: the world is grown exacting, disputațious, critical, and such men as Horace Walpole and Brinsley Sheridan appear;.
the characteristics of wit which adorned that
age being well diluted by the feebler talents of Selwyn and Hook.
Of these, and others, " table traits," and other traits, are here given: brief chronicles of their life's stage, over which a curtain has so long been dropped, are supplied carefully from well-established sources: it is with characters, not with literary history, that we deal; and do our best to make the portraitures life-like, and to bring forward old memories, which, without the stamp of antiquity, might be suffered to pass into obscurity.
Your Wit and your Beau, be he French or English, is no medieval personage: the aristocracy of the present day rank among his immediate descendants: he is a creature of a modern and an artificial age; and with his career are mingled many features of civilized life, manners, habits, and traces of family history which are still, it is believed, interesting to the majority of English readers, as they have long been to
GRACE and PHILIP WHARTON.
The King of Bath.-Nash at Oxford.-"My Boy Dick."-Offers of Knighthood. - Doing
Penance at York.—Days of Folly.—A very romantic Story.—Sickness and Civilization.
THE ABBÉ SCARRON.
an Abbé of him. - The May-fair of Paris. -Scarron's Lament to Pellisson.—The Office
FRANCOIS, DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULT AND THE DUC DE SAINT-SIMON.
Rank and Good-breeding. — The Hotel de Rochefoucault. — Racine and his Plays. – La
Rochefoucault's Wit and Sensibility.-Saint-Simon's Youth.-Looking out for a Wife.-
Saint-Simon's Court Life. --The History of Louise de la Vallière. ---A mean Act of Louis
Quatorze. --All has passed away !-Saint-Simon's Memoirs of his own Time ........ 245
The Commoners of England.--Horace's Regret for the Death of his Mother._"Little Hor-
ace" in Arlington Street.--Introduced to George I.-Characteristic Anecdote of George I.
-Walpole's Education.--Schoolboy Days. --Boyish Friendships.--Companionship of
Gray. - A dreary Doom. --- Walpole's Description of youthful Delights. --- Anecdote of
Pope and Frederick of Wales.--The Pomfrets.--Sir Thomas Robinson's Ball. ---Political
_" Who's that Mr. Walpole ?"--The Miss Berrys.—Horace's two “Straw Berries.".
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.
Sheridan a Dunce.-Boyish Dreams of literary Fame.—Sheridan in Love.—A Nest of Night-
ingales.-The Maid of Bath.---Captivated by Genius.—Sheridan's Elopement with “Ce-
cilia.” –His Duel with Captain Matthews. - Standards of Ridicule.-Painful family Es-
trangements.--Enters Drury Lane.-Success of the Famous “ School for Scandal.”-
Opinions of Sheridan and his Influence.—The Literary Club.-Anecdote of Garrick's
Admittance.-Origin of "the Rejected Addresses."- "-New Flights. - Political Ambition.
-The gaming Mania. —Almack's.—Brookes'.-Black-balled.-
Two Versions of the Elec-
tion Trick.-St. Stephen's won.-Vocal Difficulties.-Leads a double Life.---Pitt's vul-
gar Attack.-Sheridan's happy Retort.-Grattan's Quip.--Sheridan's Sallies.—The Trial
of Warren Hastings. - Wonderful Effect of Sheridan's Eloquence. The supreme Effort.
-The Star culminates. -Native Taste for Swindling. -A shrewd but graceless Oxon-
ian.-Duns outwitted. — The Lawyer jockeyed.-Adventures with Bailiffs.--Sheridan's
Powers of Persuasion.—House of Commons Greek.-Curious Mimicry.-The royal boon
Companion.---Lights and Shadows of Depravity.--Street Frolics at Night.-An old Tale.
- The Fray in St. Giles'.-Sheridan's gradual Downfall.--Unopened Letters.--An odd
Incident.--Reckless Extravagance. - Sporting Ambition..Like Father like Son.-A se-
vere and witty Rebuke.-Convivial Excesses of a past Day.-Worth wins at last.-Bit-
ter Pangs.-The Scythe of Death.— The fair, loving, neglected Wife.-Debts of Honor.
Drury Lane burned.-- The Owner's Serenity.--Misfortunes never come singly.- The
Whitbread Quarrel. - Ruined, undone, and almost forsaken.-The dead Man arrested.-
The Stories fixed on Sheridan.-Extempore Wit and inveterate Talkers
Two popular Sciences.- Buck Brummell" at Eton.-Investing his Capital.-Young Cor-
Det Brummell. - The Beau's Studio. The Toilet. — “Creasing down.". Sneers and
Snuff-boxes. - A great Gentleman. Anecdotes of Brummell. — “Don't forget Brum :
of a crooked Sixpence. — The Breach with the Prince of Wales. — “ Who's your fat
Friend?" -The Climax is reached.-The Black-mail of Calais.-George the Greater and
George the Less. — An extraordinary Step. — Down the Hill of Life. — A miserable Old
Age.--In the Hospice du bon Sauveur.-0 young Men of this Age, be warned!..... 381
THEODORE EDWARD HOOK.
The greatest of modern Wits.--
What Coleridge said of Hook. - Hook's Family.--Redeem-
ing Points.--Versatility.-Varieties of Hoaxing.--The Black-wafered Horse. --The Ber-
ners Street Hoax.-Success of the Scheme.-- The Strop of Hunger. --Kitchen Examina-
The Plots of Hook and Mathews. -Hook's Talents as an Improvisatore.--The Gift be-
comes his Bane. - Hook's Novels. - College Fun. — Baiting a Proctor. -- The punning
Faculty.--Official Life opens. Troublesome Pleasantry.--Charge of Embezzlement. -