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(785) Lord Hugh Seymour Conway, brother of the then Marquis of Hertford.

(786) Lady Horatia Waldegrave, his wife.

(787) The Emperor Leopold, then at Florence; whither he had returned from Vienna, to inaugurate his son in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.-E.

(788) In the course of his speech on the 15th of April, during the debate on the armament against Russia, Mr. Fox had said, that “he for one admired the new constitution of France, considered altogether, as the most stupendous and glorious edifice of liberty which had been erected on the foundation of human integrity in any time or country.”  As soon as he had sat down Mr. Burke rose, in much visible emotion; but was prevented from proceeding by the general cry of question.  Mr. Fox regretted the injudicious zeal of those who would not suffer him to reply on the spot:  “the contention,” be said, “might have been fiercer and hotter, but the remembrance of it would not have settled so deep, nor rankled so long, in the heart."-E.

(789) With the debate of this day terminated a friendship which had lasted more than the fourth part of a century.  Mr. Wilberforce, in his Diary of the 6th of May, states, that he had endeavoured to prevent the quarrel; and in a letter to a friend, on the following day, he speaks of “the shameful spectacle of last night; more disgraceful almost, and more affecting, than the rejection of my motion for the abolition of the slave trade-a long tried and close worldly connexion of five-and-twenty years trampled to pieces in the conflict of a single night!” The following anecdote, connected with this memorable evening, is related by Mr. Curwen, at that time member for Carlisle, in his Travels in Ireland:—­“the powerful feelings were manifested on the adjournment of the House.  While I was waiting for my carriage, Mr. Burke came to me and requested, as the night was wet, I would set him down.  As soon as the carriage-door was shut, he complimented me on My being no friend to the revolutionary doctrines of the French; on which he spoke with great warmth for a few minutes, when he paused to afford me an opportunity of approving the view he had taken of those measures in the House.  At the moment I could not help feeling disinclined to disguise my sentiments:  Mr. Burke, catching hold of the check-string, furiously exclaimed, ’you are one of these people! set me down!’ With some difficulty I restrained him;-we had then reached Charingcross:  a silence ensued which was preserved till we reached his house in Gerard-street, when he hurried out of the carriage without speaking."-E.

Letter 379 To Miss Berry.  Berkeley Square, Thursday, May 19, 1791. (page 497)

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