ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. S., "To the Earl of Abingdon, on reading his Thoughts on the Letter of Edmund Burke to the Sheriffs of Bristol" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (28 March 1778).
1759: Elizabeth Montagu
1765: William Gerard Hamilton
1766: Horace Walpole
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1775: Rev. Joseph Sterling
1778: J. S.
1780: T. S.
1780: E. P.
1781: Sarah Emma Spencer
1782: Fanny Burney
1784: Samuel Johnson
1784: Mary Leadbeater
1788: J. Day
1789: Rev. Bryan Waller
1789: L. M.
1790: Horace Walpole
1790: Elizabeth Carter
1790: Frances Burney
1790: John Williams
1791: Anna Seward
1791: Edward Gibbon
1791: William Fernyhough
1791: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1792: J. S.
1792: William Roscoe
1793: Rev. George Butt
1794: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1795: Mr. Thomas Fool
1795 ca.: Thomas Sanderson
1795: B. W.
1796: One of the Multitude
1796: John Williams
1796: W. T.
1797: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1797 ca.: Thomas Clio Rickman
1797: John of Hazelgreen
1797: Charles Burney
1798: Thomas Green
1804: Dr. William Perfect
1806: Richard Cumberland
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1811: Richard Cumberland
1814: James Jennings
1817: William Hazlitt
1820 ca.: Anne Grant
1822: William Cook
1830: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1766: Christopher Anstey
1770: James Thomson
1772: Robert Fergusson
1778: Edmund Burke
1792: Edmund Burke
1808: Anna Maria Porter
1829: Robert Burns
When venal senators for dirty pay,
Base and despotic Ministers obey;
Prove faithless to the solemn vows they made,
And those insult whose rights they have betray'd;
Some hireling scriblers will such men applaud,
In hopes to share with them a large reward;
But all the various arts which they devise,
Will not the treach'rous part they act diguise.
Tho' Johnson, Wesley, and Shebbeare commend
The men who thousands kill, and millions spend;
And others, who the Gospel ought to preach,
Neglect their duty, and these precepts teach—
"To Kings entire obedience must be paid;
Nor should a Monarch's will be disobey'd."
Precepts which tend our reason to disgrace,
And prove those slaves who can such thoughts embrace.
Tho' Tories such vile doctrines may declare,
Their folly and their falsehood shall appear;
Thy labours, Abingdon, such truths impart,
As must convince and warm each honest heart.
Those labours which from better motives spring,
Than the command or pension of a King;
The public weal, the first, the noblest cause,
Is the great end which thine attention draws;
Thy country's good claims thy peculiar care,
As all thy speeches and thy Thoughts declare;
Those Thoughts, which in the scale of reason try'd,
Bear down the beam, and well the test abide.
Reason, the only rule whereby to know
From whence the rights and claims of Rules flow,
And what the duty which the govern'd owe.
When future writers shall these times relate,
In their descriptions of the British state;
When they, unprejudic'd, mankind survey,
And in their proper colours things display;
Such scenes of baseness shall be then reveal'd,
As in the present day lie much conceal'd.
The world will wonder, but with truth shall find,
That Britain was to her best int'rests blind;
Her real friends were slighted and misus'd
By Tories frown'd on, and by Scots abus'd;
Her Council's form'd from B—e's and M—nsf—d's plan,
Whose chief endeavours were to serve their clan;
Lost to all justice, to all feeling dead,
The Tories govern'd, and the people bled;
Millions were squander'd, and vast numbers dy'd
Victims to pow'r, injustice, and to pride.
Not all the means the Patriots could devise,
Convinc'd the — or made the Sov'reign wise
By Scots deluded, yet on Scots rely'd,
And in no other councils would confide.
But though the world of such like men shall hear,
Some worthy characters shall also then appear;
Thy works, great Abingdon, shall then proclaim,
Amidst their number, thine illustrious name.
Yes, worthy Peer, thy fame the world shall know,
And to thy merit every praise bestow;
Each patriot shall thy name with rapture hear,
And such important Thoughts as thine revere.
St—d, March 18, 1778.