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Mr. BURKE comes to London and enters in the Temple,
35. Mr. Murphy's account of their first acquaintance, ibid.
and 36. State of his finances, 37. Account of the ancient
Bourkes, 38. Burke writes for periodical publications, 39.
Patrons of genius, 10. Burke's acquaintance with Mrs.
Woffington, 41. Introduced to Dr. Nugent, 42.-Marries
Miss Nugent, 43.
BURKE publishes his 'Vindication of Natural Society, 43.
-Object, analysis, and character of the work, to 48.-Its
success not proportionable to its merit, 49.
Publishes . Sublime and Beautiful, 50.-Compared with
*. Longinus's Treatise, ibid. ---Account of, 51 to 56.--His
theory of beauty compared with those of Hume and
Hutchinson, 56 and 57.-General character of, 57.- Esta-
blishes its author's literary fame, 58.-A grand epoch in his
literary history, 59.
BURKE courted by men of letters, ibid.--Goldsmith, 60 to
62.-Sir Joshua Reynolds, 62.--Johnson, 63. Mr. Mur-
phy's account of a Christmas dinner with Johnson and
Burke, ibid. Establishment of the Club, 64.---Its mem-
bers, to 67.-Anecdotes of Goldsmith at the Club, to 73.
Burke's puns not merely a play of words, to 75.-Garrick
offers to become a member, 76. Johnson offended with
the mode of his proposal, ibid.but is appeased, ibid. Sir
John Hawkins's abusive rudeness to Burke, 77.
Mr. Burke plans the confutation of the theories of Hume
and Berkeley, 78.-Is diverted from the execution, ibid.
Establishes the Annual Register, ibid. Intimacy' with
V Hamilton, 79 and 80.–Character of Hamilton, 81.
Burke's writings recommend him to the Marquis of
Character of Burke at his entrance into public life, 82 to
84. State of affairs at his outset, 85. Mr. Secretary Pitt,
86. Lord Bute, 87.---Neither promoted the friends of
liberty or of despotism, but his own friends, 88. Preju-
dices of the English against the Scotch, 83.- Increased by
popular writings, go. Churchill, ibid. Wilkes, 91. North
Briton, 92. Proceedings against Wilkes, to 96. Lord
Chesterfield congratulates the nation on the patriotic ef-
forts of Wilkes, and the religious and moral exertions of
Lord Sandwich, ibid. Discontents in America, 97. Mr.
Grenville is Minister, 98. Stamp-Act, 99 and 100. Dis- •
mission of Mr. Grenville, 101. Division of the Whigs, ib,
Lord Rockingham Minister, 102. Burke's account of his
introduction to the Marquis, 103.-Appointed Secretary to
that Minister, ibid.' Real grounds of Burke's separation
from Hamilton, 104 and 105. Reflections on Burke's be-
coming a member of a party, to 107. Hamilton's opinion
of Burke, 107 and 108. Burke's disinterested resignation
of the pension, 109. Enters Parliament, ibid. Prepara-
tions, 110. Attends to the mechanical as well as the in-
tellectual part of oratory, 113.—Acknowledges he has de-
rived great advantage from Mr. Garrick, ibid. First speech
excites the admiration of the house, 114.-including its
most distinguished member, Mr. Pitt, ibid. Burke's advice. .
concerning the Stamp-Act, ibid. The Rockingham plan
discussed, 115 to 117.Rockingham Administration cha-
racterized, 117.—Dismissed, 118. New Ministry, 119.--
Burke's defence of his party, to 121.-His ironical reply to:
the serious defence, to 124. Sir John Hawkins's opinion
of Burke, ibid. ---Easily accounted for, ibid. Burke now
well known in the fashionable world, 125.--Intimate with
Sir Joshua Reynolds, ibid.—with Mrs. Montague, ibid.
Johnson's critical estimate of that lady's writings unjustly
severe, ibid.-Merit of her vindication of Shakspeare, 126.
History, and definition of the Blue-Stocking ladies, 127.-
Burke's politeness, in appearing to think himself instructed
by them, renders him a favourite, ibid. Mr. Adam Fer-
gusson's reply to a lady who wished to talk about predesti-
nation, 128. Burke's political associates, ibid.-Conver-
Johnson's opinion of Burke's wit, 129.--Examined, 130.
Illustrations, 131. Lord Chatham disgusted with Ministry,
132., New taxes on America, 133. Burke's speech on the
subject, 134. Lord Chatham resigns, 135: Dissolution of
Parliament, and character of Burke's eloquence, ibid.
Wilkes returning to London, applies to Mr. Buike, 136.
Aliddlesex Election and consequences, to 141. Mr. M'Cor-
mick's comparison between Messrs. Burke and Grenville
examined, 142 to 144.' Mr. Grenville's Present State of
the Nation,' 145. Mr. Buike's observations thereon, 146 to
150. American affairs, with Burke's speeches thereon, 152
and 153. Ferment about the Middlesex Election, 154.
Dr. Johnson's "False Alarm,' ibid. and 155. Junius, 155.
--imputed 10 Burke, 156.—Reasons for that supposition,
157 to 160-against it, 160 to 164.-N. B. This discussion
comprebends an examination of Junius's Writings. John-
son's · Falkland Island,' 165.
BURKE purchases an estate at Beaconsfield, 166. Draws
up a petition for the County about the Middlesex election,
167. Publishes his 'Thoughts on the Discontents,' 169.
Importance of that work as a political history, and as a de-
claration of political sentiments, 170.-Object, analysis, and
examination of, to 182. *
General retrospective view of the Whig combination,
including an examination of Mr. Harley's plan of abolishing*
party distinctions, 183 to 188. Policy of the present reign
inimical to a party cunfederacy, 188.- Proposes to govern
by personal abilities, and the public confidence which these
inspire, ibid.- Plan laudable, 189.-Executed with various
success, but finally accomplished, ibid.
BURKE's object to support the Whig confederacy, 191.-
General character of the · Thoughts on the Discontents,'
192 to 196. Burke attacked by Democratical writers, 197.
His work compared with Johnson's 'False Alarm, 198.
· BURKE and Johnson give evidence to the character of
Baretti, 199. Burke visits Ireland, 200.-His reception, ibid.
Pays his respects to his old schoolmaster, and to Mr.
Michael Smith, once his class-fellow, 201.-A letter from
Mr. Burke to Mr. Smith, 202.--Mr. Smith's answer, 2 10.
Lord North Minister, 218.-Character, 219, Character
of Burke's eloquence and conversation, to 224. Lord
North's expedient for quieting America, 225. Burke re-
probates it as a half measure, ibid. As he advances in wiss
dom rejects theory, and reasons from experience, 226.. An
enemy to hasty innovation, 227. Speeches on the liberty of
the press, 228 to 234--on Falkland: 'Island, 234.--Conver-
sation with Dr. Juhnson on Toryism and Whiggisin, 235.
Bon mot of Dr. Robertson, 236.-Bon mots to Mr. Boso
well, 237 and 238. Coinparison of Lord North to Dr.
Sangrado, ibid. Johnson's description of his pleasing man-
ners, 239. Opinion of Burke about Dr. Johnson's coming
into Parliament, 240: Discussion with Johnson on the
comparative merits of Homer and Virgil, 241.-His favou-
rite authors and studies, 242 to 246.—Entertains a poor
opinion of the ‘ Beggar's Opera,' 248. Gibbon's observation
on that work, 250. Bon mot of Mr. Courtney thereon, ibid.
BURKE always increasing his knowledge, 251. An ex-
quisite judge of pictures, ibid.-His favourite amusement
the theatre, ibid.-Opinion of the theatrical works of his
friend Mr. Murphy, 252 to 256. Pursuits when in the
country, 256.—Beloved by all ranks, 257. Bon mot to a
young lady, ibid.-Was often the play-fellow of children,
258. His farming on the same general principle as his
politics, ibid. Account of his style of living, 259,--Hos-
pitality and charity, 260. An early riser, ibid.-Observation
about Mr. Fox on that subject, 261.
Account of Burké by a fellow-traveller in a stage-coach,
ibid. Visits France, and sees the Dauphiness, 262. Con-
verses with the French philosophers. ibid.-Discovers in
their doctrines the overthrow of religion and governmept,
264.–Observations in Parliament thereon, 265.-Speech
in favour of the Dissenters, 266.-Change of case may
justify change of opinion, 268. "
East India affairs before Parliament, 270. Burke asked
by the Directors to head a commission for the reform of
abuses, 272.-Refuses, ibid. Biils proposed in the House
concerning India, and Burke's speeches, to 278.-Great
views of Burke on India affairs, 280.
India Company send tea to America, 281. Tumult at
Boston, 282.–Boston port-bill, 283.--Opposed by Burke, .
ibid.-Passes, 284.-Compared to the case of Edinburgh
about Captain Porteus, 285 and 286. Burke's speech on
American taxation, 287.--Account of, to 302.-Character, .
to 304. Opposes the bill for the government of Canada,
305. Visited at his villa by Johnson, ibid. to 308. Mr.
Thrale's Burke in a bag, 310. Round Rubin addressed to
Johnson by him and others about Goldsmith's epitaph, 312.
Dr. Robertson's opinion of Dr. Johnson, 314.
Comparison of Buike and Cicero in materials, arrange-
ment, language, objects and eloquence, 316 to 329. Burke -
chosen for Bristo!, 330.—His opinion of the mercantile
character, ibid. Remarks, 331.
Meeting of new Parliament, 333. Characteristic talents
of the principal members, 334. Charles Fox, account of
his juvenile years, 335 to 338.—Entrarce into Parliament,
339 —Epochs of his eloquence, to 341.-Character of his
oratory, to 346. American affairs, to 349. Petitions of
British merchants supported by Burke, to 353. Lord Chat-
ham's speech, 354. Burke's speech on conciliation with !
America, 356 to 372. Mrs. Piozzi's account of Johnson's >
parody on a part of Burke's speech, 375. Johnson's 'Tax-
ation no Tyranny,' 377 to 381. Conversation at the Club,
381 to 384. Messrs. Gibbon, Sheridan, and Fox, become
members, 384. Johnson undervalues Gibbon's abilities,
385. Burke's bon mots, 386. Boswell's account to Burke
of Johnson dining in company with Wilkes, 388. Burke's
Burke's speech on ministerial information and conduct,
389. Fox's on the same subject, 392. Burke's new con- .
ciliatory bill and speech, to 396.
Review of Burke's intellectual operations, and of his po-
litical reasonings and conduct, concerning America, 397 to
401. Difference between Burke and Dr. Tucker, 403 to
407.--Tucker's sagacity, ibid. Burke's reasoning on the
prohibition and trade of America, 408. Fox's animadver-
sion on Lord North's conduct of the war, 410. Burke's
irony on ministerial information, 412. Frequently quotes
Watson's History of the revolt of the Low Countries, 414.
Great talents of Opposition, 416. Anecdote related by