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Memçirs of the Right Hon. JOHN FOSTER.

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are enabled to give a perfect account of William Burgh, Esq; late member for tre diftinguished fenator with which we have Athy, (both his near relations) as class fela Spened the new year, beyond a mere ketch; lows and companions ; and it was remarked sich though excusable in fo limited a line that they were the first tudents who occu2 a periodical publication, cannot aim at pied .ie new buildings. In this University reudering that degree of justice which is re- he very early gave a promise of thofe uncomfered for the pen of the future historian. mon talents, and that capacious mind, which Tiagh we have been lucky enough to catch have fince diftinguished the progress of his te abscxed Atriking likeness of the present public conduct. Before he was of age, ori Siset, yet all we can add to the portrait, the King's accession to the throne, he went wid amount to no more than a scanij ojt into Pariainent, as member for Dunleer; 122 of a character, of whom may be here- but took' nò a&ive part'during the life of his alte repeated, what Pliny the younger, said father. After returning from the Teinple, of Titus Livius: *“ The reputation of this (where he had that happiness continued to great man, began already to make such a him, of studying with his friend the late role in the world, that a stranger came to Chief Baron) he was called to the Irish bar, Rome from the fastlest part of Spain pure in the year 1967. But being born with fapolely to behold bim, whose renown had lunts fitted for a more extensive sphere of fyread itself far and near in his own coun- action, than the mere practice of the courts,

he turned his attention to the improvement The Right Honourable JOHN of the long neglected trade and commerce FOSTE K, Speaker of the House of of his country, and for this very important Commons, is the son of Anthony, late purpose, he began with taking all reftraints Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Ex- off the manufactures of the kingdom, as the chequer, by his wife, Elizabeth, daugh- fift means of attaining his favourite object. ir of William Burgh, of Bert, Esq. The 'In 1777, the first Teffion of Lord BuckSpeaker was born in the year 1742, and ingliam's administration, Mr. Foster introater being a due time at Drogheda school, duced a bill to free the manufactures of IreTas entered at Trinity College, where the land, of every dénomination, from all duHealing circumstances occurred of his hav- ties 'on cxportation. , 'Till then, many of Ν Ο Τ E.

them were fubject to the custom duty of five

per cent. on being exported. In this he coGaditanum quendam Titi Livii nomini pied the British policy of 1722; and strange slariaque commoium, ad vrsendum eum' ab as it may appear, no'man ever attempted to strimit terrarum orbe veniffe, ftatimque ut adopt the whole of that policy here, with onder al abiiffe. Plin. f. 2. Epift. Wib. Mag. Jan. 1786.

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