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I can recollect no more, and I don't know that these are correct. There is an anecdote told of her, and I believe there is very little doubt of the truth of it.
Mr. having spent some time in Paris, soon after his return happened to dine at Mr. Gore's, where Miss Woffington captivated the company with her sprightly wit and easy manners; our Parisian hero paid such attention to the glass, that the cloth was scarce removed when the table and the chairs exhibited the effects of it, as well as those that were present, particularly Miss Woffington, who, as she happened to be formed of the common mould, was reminded of it, to which she only answered, "Sir, I expected all this; I observed for some time past the yellow clay breaking through the plaster of Paris."
As to Mr. Brooke, I believe I can collect you many particulars relative to him. His father was a clergyman of the Church of England. He is married to a Miss Meares, a relation of his own. He has lately built a house at Longfield, one of the most desert spots in the county of Meath. He is an enthusiast in agriculture, and has spent his patrimony in draining lakes, to very little advantage. He has had many children; but Heaven was so indulgent as to call them out of this life just as they began to taste the miseries of it.
Doctor Sheridan is well, and desires to be remembered to you. I hope you will write as often as you can. You can't conceive what pleasure it will afford me to correspond with you.
I am, &c.
1743 19 APRIL.
THE MINUTE BOOK AND NOTES1
Mr Mohun came to the Chair. Tuesday
Dennis clos'd first Lustrum
EDMOND BOURKE. Pens-filius Johannis Generosi—annum
A LIST OF THE PRESIDENTS.
1 See a very interesting article, “A Famous Students' Club," by John Cooke, M.A., Ex-auditor, C.H.S., in Blackwood's Magazine, Feb. 1898, p. 273.
1747 April 21st.
Accusation for lampoon
Accus" of scurrility
Being assembled in George's Lane1, the Club proceeded to the chusing a President by lot, which was done, the Seniority being determin'd as follows
Mr Mohun, President
A fundamental law for the Club propos'd, but not
Voted, whether each member shall produce a system of Laws for the approbation of the Assembly which was agreed on accordingly.
Mr Buck accus'd for lampooning Mr Kinsellagh2 by Mr Burke, answer'd by Mr Buck who pleas, that the Assembly had no right to trie him. Mr Burke replies, Mr Buck rejoins, with this plea, that as the crime was committed out of the Assembly, it did not come under their cognizance, therefore they had no right either to accuse or condemn him. The President declares in his favour. Mr Burke declares against his determination, and maintains that the crime was committed in the Assembly.
Mr Buck replies and Mr Dennis backs him with this plea, that it was no crime that Mr Burke accus'd him off, that it was not committed in the Assembly, and lastly that he approved of the lampoon, and by accusing Mr Buck, was liable to accusation for ill nature. Mr Burke answers, but is interrupted by Mr President who dissannuls the accusation.
Mr Buck accuses Burke of scurrility, is answered by him. The Assembly dismiss'd till Friday the 24th of April at which time Mr Dennis is appointed to speak an oration on Ld Lovat, and Mr Burke to deliver an Essay on Society.
1 GEORGE'S LANE. The name of George's Lane was changed to that of South Great George's Street in the middle of the eighteenth century. Cp. Gilbert's History of Dublin (Dublin, 1861), vol. III, chap. iii.
2 Henry Kinselagh. Scholar 1746. B.A. 1748. A class fellow of Burke.