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SIR JASPER CAREW, KNT. CHAPTER XXV.-THE COUNT DE GABRIAC. CHAPTER
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* Conservatá tuis Asia atque Europa triumphia
Invictam bello Te coluere Dueem :
Ut desit famæ gloria nulla Tua."
Invincible in War thy deathless name :
That every earthly glory may be Thine." These lines were written by the late II. by a complimentary ode, but Marquis Wellesley in his eighty-first it proved tame compared with his earyear, and were intended to be engraved lier panegyric on Cromwell ; and when on the civic statue of the Duke of Wel- the good-tempered monarch told him lington, erected by the citizens of Lon. this without being affronted, and indon, in front of the Royal Exchange, quired the reason, the poet adroitly in 1841. They appear in a sinall vo- answered, “May it please your Malume of classical poems, entitled “Pri- jesty, it is much easier to describe ficmitiæ et Reliquiæ,” privately printed tion than truth." Personal friends, by the noble marquis, and distributed relatives, or intimate associates, are amongst his intimate friends a short not always the happiest eulogists. time before his death. The Latin flows Poets in particular write with more easily and is not inelegant, but by no fervour, more genuine estro, wlien deal. means equal to other specimens in the ing with imaginary or remote subjects, same collection. Lord Wellesley was than when commemorating events and an accomplished scholar, who retained persons belonging to their own times. his early love of Greek and Roman lore Claudian may be quoted as an excepto the latest period of his existence. He tion. His praises of his patron, Stilivalued, and solaced himself in the de- cho, compete in style and composition cline of life with his Etonian reminis- with the best efforts of the Augustan cences, as much as he prized the fame age, and drew from Scaliger (no lenient and honours derived from his Indian go- critic) the admission, that he has comvernment and other high public offices. pensated for the poverty of his matter A pen so gifted should have resumed by the purity of his language, the hapthe theme, and have composed a more piness of his expressions, and the meelaborate eulogium on his illustrious lody of his numbers. brother. We have reason to believe In studying the character and transthat he meditated something of the actions of the gifted few who have kind, but died too soon for its accom- held in their hands the destinies of plishment. The aim was ambitious, nations, and who may be looked but might have missed the mark. A
the selected instruments happy subject and a favouring will do through whom the mighty schemes not always produce the desired object. which regulate the world are carried Genius is arbitrary and wayward, and out to their ordained completion, it is sometimes refuses to be fettered by equally instructive and agreeable to rule or inclination. Waller was exceed- turn sometimes from the sustained, ingly anxious to propitiate Charles solemn seriousness of didactic or his
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torical narrative, and to walk carelessly portrait of his talents, and the clearest in the lighter fields of anecdote, every- index to his unexaggerated character. day routine, or ordinary incident; to It was long said and thought that the see greatness without its external great Duke had preserved a complete attendants; to gaze closely on the chain of memoranda, notes, and reflecobjects of our habitual respect and ad- tions, on which he intended, in the miration in their intervals of domes- leisure of repose, when full of years tic privacy and familiar intercourse, and honours, to construct an autobiowhen, for a season, they have put off graphy of his public career; and then, the cumbrous panoply of command, when this idea was abandoned, that and are no longer fenced in by the his papers either were, or would be barriers of ceremony. In this view, committed to the late Sir George such volumes as those we now propose to Murray, his confidential quartermasglance through hastily, are invested with ter-general, to be revised and puba peculiar interest, which will never lished under his auspices. Whatever fail to prove acceptable to the general may have been the intention, neither reader. * Great men are not always of these plans were ever carried into mounted on the stilts of office. They effect; nor has it yet transpired that unbend like ordinary mortals, and re- any papers were left by his Grace cruit while they appear to relax the which may become valuable for histoenergies of mind and body by simple rical purposes, beyond those with which recreation.
the public are already familiar. Sir The death of the Duke of Welling- William Napier's “History of the Peton naturally gave rise to many publi- ninsular War” may seem to render any cations respecting his life and career, future commentary on those memorable some of which, long written, had been campaigns (comprised between 1808 suppressed for various reasons until and 1874) equally hopeless and superthat event occurred.
fluous; yet it has been stated in print into existence on the spur of the mo. that Sir George Murray considered it ment, and not a few were suggested by incomplete, and said, emphatically, that the increased popularity of the subject, it was not the book; and the Duke of arising from his recent loss, and the Wellington himself recorded in a pubdeep, fervent, national regret with lished letter, that although he enterwhich men of all parties concurred in tained the highest respect for the doing homage to his character, and in author, he had not read his history, rendering a just tribute of respect and lest he should become entangled in an reverence to his memory. The sub- endless controversy. Biographies of ject will not easily tire, and many more
illustrious monarchs and ministers, of volumes will yet be turned eagerly over great generals and statesmen, written before it may be pronounced effete or during their lives, must of necessity be wearisome. When all is done, as every incomplete, and composed with rething must end at last-when eloquence serve, or from one-sided information. and language bave exhausted their pow. Important documents are often wither and variety, and when the historian held through delicacy, which ceases to has adorned impressive fact with the ad- influence with the lapse of time, and vantages of style and the charms of com- when the parties referred to are no position, his own published despatch longer actors in the busy scene. Such es and orders will be selected in prefe. memoirs cannot be entirely divested of rence, as exhibiting the truest reflex of partisanship, and must be tinged by his mind and opinions, the most faithful the very diversified feelings of in.
* 1. “Private Journal of F. S. Larpent, Esq., Judge Advocate-General of the British Forces in the Peninsula, from 1812 to the close of the Peninsular War.” Edited by Sir George Larpent, Bart. 3 vols. Crown 8vo. London: Bentley. 1853.
2. “ Passages from My Life ; together with Memoirs of the Campaign of 1813 and 1814." By Baron Von Muffling. 8vo. London: Bentley. 1853.
3. “ Three Years with the Duke of Wellington in Private Life." By an Ex-Aid-de-Camp. Crown 8vo. London: Saunders and Otley. 1853.
4. "The Duke of Wellington.” By Jules Maurel. Translated by Lord Ellesmere. Cr. 8vo. London : Murray. 1853.
5. “Life and Character of the Duke of Wellington; a Discourse delivered by Lord Ellesmere." Crown 8vo. London : Murray, 1852.