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JAMES CRAGGS, ESQ SEN

/ Post Master General / From

Picture by nincke. in the · Marquis of Buckinghams (Collection at Slowe.

Published by ladell & Davies, Strand, and the other Trprietors May 1,1807.

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If weak the pleasure that from these can spring, The fear to want them is as weak a thing : Whether we dread, or whether we desire, In either case, believe me, we admire ; Whether we 'joy or grieve, the fame the curse, Surpriz'd at better, or surpriz'd at worse. Thus good or bad, to one extreme betray Th' unbalanc'd Mind, and snatch the Man away ; 25 For * Virtue's self may too much zeal be had; The worst of Madmen is a Saint run mad.

Go then, and if you can, admire the state Of beaming diamonds, and reflected plate; Procure a Taste to double the surprize, 30 And gaze on " Parian Charms with learned eyes: Be struck with bright" Brocade, or Tyrian Dye, Our Birth-day Nobles' splendid Livery. If not so pleas’d, at • Council-board rejoice, To see their Judgments hang upon thy Voice; 35 From ' morn to night, at Senate, Rolls, and Hall, Plead much, read more, dine late, or not at all. But wherefore all this labour, all this strife? For 9 Fame, for Riches, for a noble Wife? Shall' One whom Nature, Learning, Birth, conspir'd To form, not to admire, but be admir'd,

41 Sigh, while his Chloe blind to Wit and Worth Weds the rich Dulness of some Son of earth ? Yet · Time ennobles, or degrades each Line ; It brighten’d Craggs's, and may darken thine: 45 And what is Fame? the Meanest have their day, The Greatest can but blaze, and pass away.

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VER. 45. CRAGGS] In the Political State of Great Britain, pubished 1721, is the following curious account of the senior Craggs. “He was born in the Bishoprick of Durham, of people “ of the meanest rank; but being a hopeful youth, his relations

were resolved to do fomething extraordinary for him ; when “ his apprenticeship was expired, he took a fort walk of about 200 miles

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to London." &c. VER. 48. Grac'd as thou art, with all the Pow'r of Words,] It is said that Pope was Murray's instructor in elocution.

VER. 49. House of Lords :] In 1738, Murray was successful as counsel in appeals before the House, for no less than eleven causes. Life of Lord Mansfield.

VER. 52. Where Murray, &c.] The concurring testimony of friends and enemies confirms the high panegyric here expreffed on Lord Mansfield, yet the intended parallel fails in its most material part. The Roman Conful has left unequivocal proofs of the fertile and comprehensive genius attributed to him by his contemporaries; the British Chancellor will be known to pofterity in the character of a wise and virtuous Hiftorian.

This cannot be faid of the late Lord Chief Justice, eminent, learned, and pofselled of the highest endowments, as he certainly was.

VER 53. Tully, Hyde !] Equal to either, in the miniftry of his profession; and, where the parallel fails, as it does in the rest of the character, superior to both. Tully's brightest talents were frequently tarnished by Vanity and Fear; and Hyde's most virtuous purposes perverted and defeated by superstitious notions concerning the divine origin of Government, and the unlimited obedience of the People.

WARBURTON. Ver. 53. than Hyde!] Much beyond the Original; parti. cularly on account of the very happy and artful use Pope has made of the neighbourhood of the House of Parliament to Welt

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Grac'd as thou art, with all the Pow'r of Words, So known, so honour'd, at the House of Lords: Conspicuous Scene ! another yet is nigh,

50 (More filent far,) where Kings and Poets lie; Where MURRAY (long enough his Country's pride) Shall be no more than Tully, or than Hyde!

Rack'd with Sciatics, martyr'd with the Stone, Will any Mortal let himself alone?

55 See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over, And desp’rate Misery lays hold on Dover. The case is easier in the Mind's disease

e ; There all Men may be cur’d, whene'er they please. Would ye be * blest ? despise low Joys, low Gains ; Difdain whatever CORNBURY disdains; 61 Be virtuous, and be happy for your pains.

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minster Abbey; and of the well-turned and unexpected compli. ment he has paid to his illustrious friend. The character of Lord Chancellor Clarendon seems to grow every day brighter, the more it is scrutinized, and his integrity and abilities are more afcertained and acknowledged, even from the publication of private papers, never intended to see the light. When Clarendon was going from Court, juft after his profligate and ungrateful master had obliged him to resign the great seal, the Duchess of Cleveland meanly and wantonly insulted him from a window in the palace. He looked up at her, and only said, with a calm and contemptuous dignity, “ Madam, if you live, you will grow old."

WARTON. Ver. 57. And desp'rate Misery lays hold on Dover.] Warburton says, There is a prettiness in this exprefron, which depends on its contrast to that slippery medicine, by which this Quack rendered himself famous, namely Quicksilver!"

Ver. 60. Would ye be blejl?] This amiable young nobleman wrote from Paris, 1752, a very prefling remonftrance to Mr.

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