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LETTER

FROM A NEW MEMBER TO HIS FRIEND

IN THE COUNTRY,

MY DEAR SIR,

As you are so anxious and inquisi tive to know the principal circumstances that have occurred to my observation, since my introduction to the House of Commons, I think it my duty to give you what satisfaction I am able, As you know, my dear friend, how little I dreamed of being called out of my humble sphere of life, to the rank of a senator (and still less at a time when so many considerable gentlemen of education, worth, and property, had been driven from their seats in Parliament), you will not wonder that it required some time before I could rid myself of the awe and embarrassment that I felt on first entering the walls of that august assembly. Figure to yourself, my good Sir, how very awkward and distressing it was to me to reflect,

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that I was now become a member of the British Senate; picked and culled out, as our inimitable Premier assured us, by the free, unbiassed voice of the people, for our singular abilities and love of our country, to represent the wisdom of the nation at the present critical juncture. Would to God I possessed a pen that might enable me to celebrate, in a style equal to his me rits, the praises of this prodigy of a Minister, whom I can never speak or think of without enthusiasm! O! had you but heard his speech on the day of our meeting, when he addressed himself to the young members in a strain of eloquence that could not fail to make a lasting impression on our minds! Not one of us, I assure you, who did not feel the warmest emotions of re spect and gratitude, and begin to entertain a confidence in his own talents for business, and a consciousness of his zeal for the public service, that would probably have never entered into the head of a simple individual if this excellent young man had not com descended to point out to us those qualities in such strong and flattering colours.

Such extraordinary marks of condescen

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sion surprised me not a little, from a person whom I had been used to hear so generally (but no doubt most falsely) censured, for upstart pretension and overbearing arrogance; and I could not sufficiently admire the candour he showed, in giving such per feet credit to the talents and virtues of so many strangers, the greatest part of whose faces were even unknown to him. Besides, the compliment appeared to me the more generous, as I had but that very morning received a promise from Govern ment to refund me the heavy charges and trouble they had led me into at my late election, which you very well know, notwithstanding the help of Mr. ROBINSON, had very near ruined my affairs, and proved the destruction of myself and family.

As you desire to have my impartial sentiments respecting the eloquence of Mr. PITT and Mr. Fox, I must fairly own, that I cannot hear, without indignation, any comparison made between 'em ;-and, I assure you, Mr. Prrr has a very decided preference in the opinion of most of the new members, especially among us coUNPRY GENTLEMEN, who, though we never

heard any thing like public speaking before in our lives, have too much sense and spiit to agree in this particular with the generality of the public.-We could all see Mr. PITT was an orator in a moment. The dignity of his deportment, when he first rises from the Treasury-bench, with his head and eyes erect, and arms extended, the regular poize of the same action throughout the whole of his speech, the equal pitch of his voice, which is full as sonorous and emphatic in expressions of the least weight; above all, his words, which are his principal excellence, and are really finer and longer than can be conceived, and clearly prove him, in my judg ment, to be far superior to every other orator. Mr. Fox, it seems, in perfect des spair of imitating the expression and manner of his rival, never attempts to soar above a language that is perfectly plain, obvious, and intelligible to the meanest understanding; whereas, I give you my word, I have more than once met with several who have frankly owned to me, that Mr. PITT's eloquence was often above their capacity to comprehend. In addition to

this, it is observable, that Mr. PITT has the happy art of expressing himself, even upon the most trifling occasion, in at least three times as many words as any other person uses in an argument of the utmost importance, which is so evident an advantage over all his adversaries, that I wonder they persist to engage in so unequal a combat.

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I shall take an early opportunity of communicating to you some further observations on this subject: in the mean time be

lieve me,

Dear Sir,

With the truest regard,

Yours, &c. &c. &c.

Cocoa Tree, May 29, 1784.

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