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The next couple that presented themselves were Mr. VANsittART and Mr. GRATTAN : as soon as the interchange of their heads was effected, the most surprising alterations became visible in their deportments; Mr. WANSITTART began to throw himself into the oddest postures imaginable, and to play all manner of antics; he strode up and down the House, as if he was measuring ground for a duel; when he spoke his action was so violent, that I observed he scratched off the skin of his knuckles against the floor; ever and anon he gave the red box on the table a thump that electrified the House: his style was wild and desultory; he dealt chiefly in short enigmatical sentences—intentionally antithetical—and unintentionally profane; - the country Gentlemen seem to toil after him in vain: he talked “ of Chaos carrying Noah's flood on its back,”—likened Sir Cox Hippesley to the Witch of Endor—and said “a motion for a Committee would
shoulder omnipotence from the altar.”
Mr. GRATTAN, on the other hand, immediately withdrew, and dressed himself in a full suit of black: on his return he walked up the House with a very modest gait, and looked around him with a smile of general complacency. When he rose to speak, he placed himself in a certain position, from which he did not afterwards deviate in the slightest degree, and in the utmost vehemence of his action I did not observe him to do more than to entwine, very lovingly, the two fore-fingers of the right hand with the two fore-fingers of the left. Whenever he spoke he showed his deference to the House, by treating every matter with the same degree of attention and formality, and he moved “ that this Bill be read a third time to-morrow, if then engrossed,” with the same tone in which he defended our whole system of Finance. But in all he said there was such perfect candour and such an intimate acquaintance with his subject, so much
clearness in his views, so much integrity in his propositions, so much good nature and kindness in his manner, that he seemed to receive the entire confidence of the House, and to possess the esteem equally of his adversaries and his friends. I was much surprised to see that the next two Gentlemen who presented themselves both came from the same side of the House; but when I recognised Mr. HoRNER and BRough AM, I felt that the arrangement was quite proper; as no two persons could be more opposed to one another in manners, character, and principles, than they, and that a union between them would be absolutely necessary to the establishing a general harmony. The operation had scarcely been finished on these Gentlemen, when Mr. HoRNER started up in the most impudent manner, and began a lengthy, violent and coarse attack upon all mankind, from the Prince Regent down to Mr. Abbot, a Brewer of Canterbury. He called every body by the grossest
as it seemed, to moderate his fury, he lent him such a box on the ear, as knocked the silver spectacles which he wore on his forehead into Mr. PETER GRANT's right eye, and nearly prostrated the reverend leader himself on the floor—but what most surprised me was, the diarrha or flux of speech which now flowed from Mr. HoRNER's lips, and the eternal repetitions of the same thought in all the various words and forms which the vocabulary of the vulgar tongue could supply; indeed there seemed no reason why he might not have gone on, stringing words, like beads, on one thread, for the whole night long; but a look of general despair, and a loud cry of question, confounded him, and obliged him to sit down; upon which I observed that Lord MILTON and Mr. CHARLEs WYNNE, between whom Mr. HoRNER had been before sitting, changed their places, and Sir FRANcis BURDETT and Lord CochRANE went up and shook Mr. BROUGHAM, on the contrary, had acquired by the change a sedate, solemn, and gentlemanly manner; he did not speak long, but he spoke well; he expressed a proper indignation against Jacobins, a manly contempt of Mountebanks, and the greatest abhorrence of bluster, quibble, evasion, and pettifogging; he picked up Mr. Ponsonby's spectacles, and presented them to him with a compassionate smile; he endeavoured to give a kind turn to the absurdities which Mr. HoRNER had uttered, and took his seat near Mr. WILLIAM ELLIOT, with whom he continued in close and friendly conversation for the rest of the evening.
hands with him.