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It would be unjust to close this account without subjoining the faithful and animated portrait of Mr. Walker, drawn by his friend the late Gilbert Wakefield; who in characterizing the various individuals that had presided over the Warrington institution at different times, passes the following eulogium upon his talents and his virtues:-"The last whom I shall mention of this laudable fraternity, but not the least in love, is the Rev. George Walker, dissenting minister at Nottingham, a fellow of the royal society. This gentleman, take him for all in all, possesses the greatest variety of knowledge with the most masculine understanding of any man I ever knew. He is in particular a mathematician of singular accomplishment. His treatise on the sphere long since published, and one upon the conic
sections, are the vouchers of my assertions. His two volumes of sermons are pregnant with the celestial fire of genius, and the vigour of noble sentiments. His appeal to the people of England upon the subject of Test Laws would not be much honoured by my testimony in its favour as the best pamphlet published on that occasion; were not this judgment coincident with the decision of the honourable Charles James Fox, who has declared to a friend of mine the same opinion of its excellence.
"But these qualifications, great and estimable as they are, constitute but a mean portion of his praise.Art thou looking, reader! like sop in the fable, for a man? Dost thou want an intrepid spirit in the cause of truth, liberty, and virtue-an undeviating rectitude of action-a boundless hospitality-a mind infinately superior to every sensation of malice and resentment-a breast susceptible of the truest friendship, and overflowing with the milk of human kindness--an ardour, au enthusiasm, in laudable pursuits, characteristic of magnanimity-an unwearied assiduity, even to his own hinderance, in public services ? My experience can assure thee, that thy pursuit may cease, thy doubts be banished, and thy hope be realized: for this is the man.
"Who will now stay to compute the deduction, which must be made from this sum of excellence, for sallies of passion devoid of all malignity, and often excited by a keen indignation against vice; and for vehemence and pertinacity of disputation? I have made the computation, and it amounts to an infinitesimal of the lowest order."
ANALYSIS OF 1810.
(CONTINUED FROM OUR LAST.)
Veluti in Speculum.
MOST sapient KOSTERS...now, I have you smack,
Such terms might de, for fun or scoffing.....
If, once, for all, you kindly take this hint,
All future errors..." aiblins"...you'll avoid,
Hoping you'll be good boys, I go no further,
One, of the few, I cannot well pass over,
(OUR GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN's-birthright) of Hanover.
Another event, which old Janu'ry brings,
A few days after, (done no doubt to pester),
The premier after long debatings held....
Then after this, to wit, the thirty-first,
Out then perchance, you'll tell me, now they went,
O, Impudence, thou first of human talents...
ODE TO IMPUDENCE.
O, Spencer, puggish ímp of fame,
The British nation hath been chous'd,
O, Impudence, no man as yet,
the nail...as thee, O Percival!
Still for corruption on the watch,
and then bawl out..." no popery
may curse such fatal foolery..
amidst the Nation's excellence.
We suppose the poet means those Turks, who are placed on the minarets in Constantinople, &c.
OUR ROYAL REGENT's noble mind,
Then Febru'ry with haggar'd aspect came,
Producing almost nothing, worthy name,
Was mov'd by Yorke...a senator of fame.
Yorke likewise mov'd...(no doubt with good intent),
Who thought, or spoke, or wrote, or meant,
That, ought of wrong, was done by ministry,