The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 2 eBook

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Next follow two, who ought to be now alive, and the friends of Elia—­the junior Le G——­ and F——­; who impelled, the former by a roving temper, the latter by too quick a sense of neglect—­ill capable of enduring the slights poor Sizars are sometimes subject to in our seats of learning—­exchanged their Alma Mater for the camp; perishing, one by climate, and one on the plains of Salamanca:—­Le G——­, sanguine, volatile, sweet-natured; F——­, dogged, faithful, anticipative of insult, warm-hearted, with something of the old Roman height about him.

Fine, frank-hearted Fr——­, the present master of Hertford, with Marmaduke T——­, mildest of Missionaries—­and both my good friends still—­close the catalogue of Grecians in my time.

[Footnote 1:  Recollections of Christ’s Hospital.]

[Footnote 2:  One or two instances of lunacy, or attempted suicide, accordingly, at length convinced the governors of the impolicy of this part of the sentence, and the midnight torture to the spirits was dispensed with.—­This fancy of dungeons for children was a sprout of Howard’s brain; for which (saving the reverence due to Holy Paul) methinks, I could willingly spit upon his statue.]

[Footnote 3:  Cowley.]

[Footnote 4:  In this and every thing B. was the antipodes of his co-adjutor.  While the former was digging his brains for crude anthems, worth a pig-nut, F. would be recreating his gentlemanly fancy in the more flowery walks of the Muses.  A little dramatic effusion of his, under the name of Vertumnus and Pomona, is not yet forgotten by the chroniclers of that sort of literature.  It was accepted by Garrick, but the town did not give it their sanction.—­B. used to say of it, in a way of half-compliment, half-irony, that it was too classical for representation.]


The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend.  To these two original diversities may be reduced all those impertinent classifications of Gothic and Celtic tribes, white men, black men, red men.  All the dwellers upon earth, “Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites,” flock hither, and do naturally fall in with one or other of these primary distinctions.  The infinite superiority of the former, which I choose to designate as the great race, is discernible in their figure, port, and a certain instinctive sovereignty.  The latter are born degraded.  “He shall serve his brethren.”  There is something in the air of one of this cast, lean and suspicious; contrasting with the open, trusting, generous manners of the other.

Observe who have been the greatest borrowers of all ages—­Alcibiades—­Falstaff—­Sir Richard Steele—­our late incomparable Brinsley—­what a family likeness in all four!

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