1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Hardinge

Henry Crabb Robinson, 11 March 1817; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:290.



G. [Baron Graham] talked a good deal about the late George Harding. He said he came into life under auspices so favorable, and he possessed so great talent, that with ordinary discretion and industry he might have attained the highest honors of the profession. He was an eloquent speaker and a fine scholar, but a child in legal knowledge. He would cram himself to make a set speech, and he would succeed, but in a week's time be unable to state even the principles on which the case turned. He was nephew to Lord Camden, then very popular, and his uncle expected everything from his nephew. He had therefore great business at once; but the best clients soon left him. "And," said the Baron, "we must draw a veil over his latter years."