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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.

M. SMITH

APPENDIX I

THE MINUTE BOOK AND NOTES1

1743 19 APRIL.

EDMOND BOURKE. Pens-filius Johannis Generosiannum 16 AgensNatus Dublinii-educatus sub ferulâ Mag Shakleton -Dr Pellisier.

John BARRETT, Sen Lect.

Dec. 17–1813.

A LIST OF THE PRESIDENTS.

1747

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Mr Dennis

Tuesday 28th Friday May 8th 4
Burke

May 12th

15th

3 Dennis Mond. 18th

1 Buck Tuesd 19th

22nd
Dennis clos'd first Lustrum

Thursday 21
Hamilton

26.

3 Ardessoif

June 2 Mond. 8

3 Dennis V. Pres Dennis

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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.

THE PROCEEDINGS

OF

THE CLUB.

1747

Being assembled in George's Lane?, the Club proceeded to the
April 21st.

chusing a President by lot, which was done, the Seniority being
determin'd as follows

Mr Mohun, President
Mr Dennis, Secretary
Mr Burke

Mr Buck

A fundamental law for the Club propos'd, but not determin'd.

Voted, whether each member shall produce a system of Laws for the approbation of the Assembly which was agreed on accord

ingly.
Accusation for Mr Buck accus'd for lampooning Mr Kinsellagh2 by Mr Burke,
lampoon 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 com-
mitted 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 diss-

annuls the accusation.
Accuse of Mr Buck accuses Burke of scurrility, is answered by him. The
scurrility Assembly dismiss'd till Friday the 24th of April at which time

Mr Dennis is appointed to speak an oration on La Lovat, and
Mr Burke to deliver an Essay on Society.

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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.

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