ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Shenkin, "Shenkin in Town, to his Friends in Wales" Lloyd's Evening Post (14 January 1791) 43-44.
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
1791: Edmund Burke
Having little to do, and to get rid of time,
And accustom myself to the writing in rhyme,
I'm elected a Member, and one of the Quorum,
That weekly attend at the Westminster Forum:
Last evening the Question propos'd for debate,
Was — What is BURKE'S weight in the scales of the State?
One GENTLEMAN said, and begg'd leave to submit,
That BURKE wss in eloquence great than PITT,
And superior to JOSEPH in satire and wit;
Than FOX or DUNDAS he's in argument stronger,
And can hold out at least for a day or two longer.
Then another observ'd, in the style of suggestion,
That he who spoke first had mistaken the question:
He added, "According to my calculation,
BURKE'S value is equal to that of the Nation;"
(This bold declaration excited surprise,
Which was strongly express'd by upturning of eyes:)
"And, strange as it seems, I shall make it appear,
Like a Problem in EUCLID, quite certain and clear.
I discover'd this truth by a nice calculation,
By means of a new Algebraic Equation,
For finding BURKE'S value in parts of the Nation;
Tho' the worth of the Nation exceeds definition,
'Twill not in the smallest affect the condition.
"But first, as I ought, I'll exhibit to view,
The data from which the conclusion I drew.
In the ANNUAL REGISTER, lately brought forth,
Are data intended to settle BURKE'S worth;
The History of Europe is written and done,
In pages precisely two hundred and one;
And out of this number, GREAT BRITAIN engages,
Within a small portion, just one hundred pages;
And out of this hundred I find seventeen,
Without other matter intrusive between,
Taken up with abridgment of one single speech
Of BURKE'S, on the day he began to impeach:
His complaints of delay, with his threats and defiance;
His opinions of treaties and foreign alliance;
And diversify'd matter which thence did arise,
Such as PITT'S observations, DUNDAS'S replies;
And many more things, which, the Reader may see,
Make up an addition of thirty and three:
If to thirty and three we the seventeen add,
Of fifty exact the amount will be had;
And if we one hundred by fifty divide,
The quotient is two; and I therefore decide,
That the value of EDMUND, on true estimation,
Is a quantity equal to that of the Nation.
"But I said, when I this calculation begun,
There were pages exactly two hundred and one
For the History of Europe, which if, as before,
We by fifty divide, we've a quotient of four;
And, if we require a still closer exaction,
One, divided by fifty, remains for the fraction:
From this calculation, it seems very clear,
BURKE is one fourth of Europe, at last, very near.
This ANNUAL REGISTER was, you'll suppose,
A Barometer, both for his friends and his foes;
And the Speeches of JOSEPH, which you thought so fine,
Are abridg'd and reduc'd to the space of a line;
And tho' it in length comprehended three days,
There is not a single iota of praise;
Which verifies what my old FATHER believ'd,
That the NATION by JOSEPH was greatly deceiv'd;
Whose Speech for a while made a very great flash,
But on analization prov'd nothing but trash."
Here one of BURKE'S enemies begg'd leave to note,
That 'twas EDMUND himself who the REGISTER wrote,
Who fancies himself as puissant and able
As the Fly who sat perch'd on the wheel of the Fable,
And prided himself in the raising a dust—
All laugh'd, and exclaim'd, the COMPARISON'S just.