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open to conviction. The evidences and doctrines of Christianity, studied with attention, made me a most firm and persuaded believer of the Christian religion. I have made it the rule of my life, and it is the ground of my future hopes. I have erred and sinned; but have repented, and never indulged any vicious habit. In politicks, and publick life, I have made publick good the rule of my conduct. I never gave counsels which I did not at the time think the best. I have seen that I was sometimes in the wrong, but I did not err designedly. I have endeavoured, in private life, to do all the good in my power, and never for a moment could indulge malicious or unjust designs upon any person whatsoever.'

At another time he said, 'I must leave my soul in the same state it was in before this illness; I find this a very inconvenient time for solicitude about any thing.'

“On the evening, when the symptoms of death came on, he said, 'I shall die; but it will not be your fault.' When lord and lady Valentia came to see his lordship, he gave them his solemn benediction, and said, 'Be good, be vir. tuous, my lord; you must come to this.' Thus he con. tinued giving his dying benediction to all around him. On Monday morning a lucid interval gave some small hopes, but these vanished in the evening; and he continued dying, but with very little uneasiness, till Tuesday morning, August 22, when between seven and eight o'clock he expired, almost without a groan.”

His lordship was buried at Hagley; and the following inscription is cut on the side of his lady's monument:



Fielding immortalized the personal virtues of Lord Lyttelton in the Dedicatory Letter to Tom Jones, and Smollett in the first edition of Peregrine Pickle held his tall gaunt figure up to ridicule as Gosling Scrag, Esq.-P. CUNNINGHAM.

“ This unadorned stone was placed here
By the particular desire and express
directions of the Right Honourable

George Lord LYTTELTON,
Who died August 22, 1773, aged 64."


Lord Lyttelton's Poems are the works of a man of literature and judgement, devoting part of his time to versification. They have nothing to be despised, and little to be admired. Of his “ Progress of Love,” it is sufficient blame to say that it is pastoral. His blank verse in “Blenheim " has neither much force nor much elegance. His little performances, whether Songs or Epigrams, are sometimes spritely, and sometimes insipid. His epistolary pieces have a smooth equability, which cannot much tire, because they are short, but which seldom elevates or surprizes. But from this censure ought to be excepted his “Advice to Belinda," which, though for the most part written when he was very young, contains much truth and much prudence, very elegantly and vigorously expressed, and shews a mind attentive to life, and a power of poetry which cultivation might have raised to excellence.

Mr. P. Cunningham observes that Lyttelton's Prologue to Thomson's last play is one of the best in the English language.


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