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FOR JULY, 1822.
Art. I. The Speeches of the Right Honourable Henry Grattan, in the Irish and in the Imperial Parliament. Edited by his Son, In 4 Volumes. 8vo. Price 21. 8s. London. 1821.
THE gentleman whose speeches the laudable diligence and
pious affection of his son have collected in the present publication, long occupied a prominent place in the public attention. His vast talents and unintermitted labours, dedicated to the noblest objects, the moral and political melioration of his country, entitle him to a high rank among those whose lives have been honourable and beneficial to mankind. The recorded services of such men are the most imperishable monuments that can be reared to their memory.
Henry Grattan was born in 1746, at Dublin, for which city his father sat in Parliament. He was educated at the Univer sity of Dublin, and in 1767, entered as a student of the Middle Temple. While prosecuting his studies in the Temple, he frequently attended the debates in Parliament. He was peculiarly struck with the masculine vigour of Lord Chatham's eloquence; and those who busy themselves with fanciful analogies, have imagined a sort of affinity between the style and character of those great speakers. Mr. Grattan frequently took down in writing entire speeches as pronounced by Lord Chatham; and there is now extant in his hand-writing a speech of that great statesman's, which is not to be found in any, printed collection. Among the contemporaries with whom Mr. Grattan set out in life, were Mr. Macauley Boyd, one of the supposed authors of Junius, and Mr. (afterwards Mr. Justice) Day. For the latter, he entertained an affection which grew with his years, and was extinguished only at his death.
Mr. Grattan was called to the Irish Bar in 1772. At this time he lived in familiar intercourse with the many distinguished individuals who formed the gay, the polished, and VOL. XVIII. N.S.
the intellectual circle of the Irish metropolis. Among these
His private life well corresponded to the purity of his public one. There was an interesting simplicity in his character, not unlike that which was the charm and ornament of the domestic retirement of Mr. Fox. He loved to forget the statesman in the friend. Upon the subjects that incidentally arise in social converse, philosophy, politics, poetry, he was equally pleasing and instructive. Every topic was illumined with the bright, though softened rays of that powerful intellect which was alike capable of elucidating the most perplexed, and of adorning the simplest matters on which it touched. Playful or grave, he delighted the young, and age itself was improved by his experience. His private conversations were replete with the