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generally practised, for the last fitty years.
The paper by 'Junius' is in many respects interesting, hut it is unfortunately so overloaded with “fine writing," as to be quite unfit for our humble miscellany in its present shape,
Vo 11. will be published in Edinburgh on the 20th of May, and in London
on the 1st of June.
most unimpeachable honour. Where MEMÒIR OF THE LATE FRANCIS HOR
now, alas! shall good men search for, NER, ESQ. M. P.
or searching find, a union so inestimOf the many eminent and good men able of intellectual and moral excelwhom Great Britain may proudly lence, to cheer their hopes, and conboast of having produced,—who have firm their virtuous purposes, in these dedicated their lives to the service of times of political dificulty and of rethe state,-and have ministered to the laxing principle. improvement and the happiness of their Splendid, however, as these his pubcountrymen, not less by the exercise lic virtues were, the knowledge of of splendid talents in the public coun- them served only to enliance the pleacils of the nation, than by the bright sure, which it was the peculiar happiexample they have afforded in private ness of his relations and friends to enlife, of inflexible integrity, and the joy, from the contemplation of his pripractice of every amiable virtue, there vate worth. Dutiful, affectionate, and is certainly not one whose death has social ; gentle, cheerful, and unassumexcited a deeper or more universal re- ing; full of kindness and full of charigret, than that of Mr Francis Hor- ty; he was the joy and pride of his NER. To the nation at large, as well family, dear to every friend, and a peras to those fortunate, though now af- fect pattern of goodness in all the redicted, individuals, who were attached lations of domestic life. For these to him by the dearer ties of consan- sorrowing individuals, this only consoguinity and friendship, the loss of this lation now remains -silently to dwell excellent man is indeed irreparable. on the remembrance of his numerous
Statesmen beheld in him an exam- virtues, and to fix the love of thein ple ever to be adınired, and ever to be for ever on their hearts. emulated, of great parts, and still great- Of the exalted estimation in which er worth, wholly and sincerely devoted Mr Horner's character was universally to the attainment of the noblest of held, no testimony can be more gratiobjects, our country's good, and the fying or more unequivocal, than the general improvement of mankind. It tone of deep and feeling regret with was their delight to contemplate, in which his death was announced in all this highly-gifted individual, a com- the public prints; and the strain of unbination almost without a parallel,--of exampled eulogy which was poured every virtue, and every acquirement, forth on his high attainments, and his which can dignify and adorn the char- generous nature, in the House of Com. acter of a public man ;-a powerful mons, by political opponents as well as understanding,—various and profound by private friends, on the melancholy knowledge,-a sound and penetrating occasion of moving for a new writ for judgment,-original and enlightened the borough which he represented in views,-a correct and elegant taste,- Parliament. , an impressive yet modest eloquence,- The following paragraph, admirable a fervent but chastened zeal,-never- alike for its elegance and its truth, failing discretion,-a high and inde- appeared in the Morning Chrcnicle of pendent feeling, -and, above all, a Friday, the 20th of February 1817. Vol. I.
“ It is with deep concern we have I am authorized in saying that the to announce the death of Francis Hor- course is not wholly unprecedented. ner, Esq. Member of Parliament for Jy lumented friend, of whom I St Jawes. This melancholy event never can speak without feelings of the took place at Pisa on the eighth instant. deepest regret, had been rendered inWe have had seldoin to lament a capable for some time past, in consegreater loss, or to bewail a more irre- quence of the bad state of his health, parable calamity. With an inflexible of applying -.imself to the labours of integrity and ardent attachment to his profession, or to the discharge of liberty, Mr Horner conjoined a tem- his parliamentary duties.
He was perance and discretion not always found prevailed upon to try the effects of a to accompany these virtues. The res- milder and more genial climate the pect in which he wis held, and the hope was vain, and the attempt fruita deference with which he was listened less : le sunk beneath the slow but to in the House of Cominons, is a destructive effect of a lingering disstriking proof of the effect of moral ease, which baffled the power of mequalities in a popular assembly. With- dicine and the influence of climate; out the adventitious aids of station or but under the pressure of increasing fortune, he had acquired a weight and infirmity, under the infliction of a deiutiuence in Parliament, which few bilitating and exhausting malady, he men, whose lives were passed in op- preserved undiminished the serenity position, have been able to obtain ; and of his amiable temper, and the comfor this consideration he was infinitely posure, the vigour, and firmness of his less indebted to his eloquence and excellent and enlightened understandtalents, eminent as they were, than to ing. I may, perhaps, be permitted, the opinion universally entertained of without penetrating too far into the his public and private rectitude. His more sequestered paths of private life, understanding was strong and come to allude to those mild virtues--those prehensive, his knowledge extensive domestic charities, which embellished and accurate, his judgment sound and while they dignified his private chaclear, his conduct plain and direct. racter. I may be permitted to observe, His eloquence, like his character, was that, as a son and as a brother, he was grave and forcible, without a particle eminently dutiful and affectionate : of vanity or presumption, free from but I am aware that these qualities, rancour and personality, but full of however amiable, can hardly, with deep and generous indignation against strict propriety, be addressed to the fraud, hypocrisy, or injustice.--He consideration of Parliament. When, was a warm, zealous, and affectionate however, they are blended, interwoven, friend-high-minded and disinterested and incorporated in the character of a in his conduct--firm and decided in public man, they become a species of his opinions--nodest and unassuming public property, and, by their influin his manners. To his private friends ence and example, essentially augment his death is a calamity they can never the general stock of public virtue. cease to deplore. To the public it is a “ For his qualifications as a public loss not easily to be repaired, and, in man I can confidently appeal to a wider times like these, most severely to be circle to that learned profession of felt.”
which he was a distinguished ornaIn the House of Commons, on Mon- ment--to this House, where his exerday, March 3d, 1817, Lord Mor- tions will be long remembered with Pert rose, and spoke as follows: Iningled feelings of regret and admi" I rise to move that the Speaker do ration. It is not necessary for me to issue his writ for a new member to enter into the detail of his graver serve in Parliament for the borough of studies and occupations. I may be St Mawes, in the rooin of the late allowed to say generally, that he raisFrancis Horner, Esq.
ed the editice et his fair fame upon a “ In making this inotion, I trust it good and solid foundation-upon the will not appear presumptuous or offi- firm basis of conscientious principle. cious, if I address a tew words to the He was arrlent in the pursuit of truth; House upon this melancholy occasion. he was intexible in his adherence to I am aware that it is rather an unusual the great principles of justice and of course ; but, without endeavouring to right. Whenever he delivered in this institute á parallel will other instances, House the ideas of his clear and intele