(45) Now first collected.
(46) It was written by Mrs. Halket of Wardlaw. Mr. Lockhart stated, that on the blank leaf of his copy of Allan Ramsay’s “Evergreen,” Sir Walter Scott has written “Hardyknute was the first poem that I ever learnt, the last that I shall forget."-E.
(47) It came out at Drury-Lane, but met with small success.-E.
(48) Gray, in a letter to Wharton, of the 22d of April, says, “Tristram Shandy is an object of admiration, the man as well as the book. One is invited to dinner, where he dines, a fortnight beforehand. His portrait is done by Reynolds, and now engraving.” He adds, in another letter, “There is much good fun in Tristram, and humour sometimes hit and sometimes missed. Have you read his Sermons (with his own comic figure at the head of them)? They are in the style, I think, most proper for the pulpit, and show a very strong imagination and a sensible heart: but you see him often tottering on the verge of laughter, and ready to throw his periwig in the face of his audience."-E.
Well, this big week is over! Lord George’s sentence, after all the communications of how terrible it was, is ended in proclaiming him unfit for the King’s service. Very moderate, in comparison of what was intended and desired, and truly not very severe, considering what was proved. The other trial, Lord Ferrers’s, lasted three days. You have seen the pomp and awfulness of such doings,