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[350] ex-chancellor a bottle of rum upwards of fifty years old), though Lord Chief-Justice Tindal and Lord Moncreiff1 (the latter the great Scotch judge and lawyer) were expected. The truly venerable and interesting mother of his Lordship,—now eighty-six years old,—was in the dining-room when we entered, and presided at the table. Never did I see a person who bore her years so well. She seemed a fit mother for a distinguished son. Her manners were easy and even graceful, with very little of the constraint of age. She refused my proffered assistance in helping the soup, though she afterwards condescended to allow me to mangle a partridge. She is tall, has sharp features, and an aquiline nose. Her countenance is much more refined and intellectual than her son's. You doubtless know that she is the niece of the historian Robertson. Lady Brougham and her daughter are at a watering place at the south. During the dinner, his Lordship was constant in his attentions to his mother, addressing her as ‘Mother,’ and urging her to eat of particular dishes. I heard Mrs. Brougham address her son as ‘Lord Brougham.’ I could hardly make up my mind and my tongue to address this venerable woman as ‘Mrs. Brougham,’ which is all that belongs to her, and then speak to her son as ‘My Lord.’ At table the conversation turned on light matters,—the great scarcity of game, the merits of some old Madeira (the gift of Cutlar Fergusson), of a blackcock (the gift of Lord Anglesey), and of the rum (the valuable contribution of the clergyman). Besides these there was a variety of topics arising from familiarity with the parson, and reminiscences of common acquaintances. Mrs. Brougham retired very soon after the cloth was removed. His Lordship took very little wine, less than I have seen any gentleman take at the head of his table in England; but if he have not that vice, which has been attributed to him,— and I fully believe that he has it not,—he has another which is, perhaps, as bad; certainly it is bad and vulgar beyond expression,—I mean swearing. I have dined in company nearly every day since I have been in England, and I do not remember to have met a person who swore half so much as Lord Brougham;—and all this in conversation with an aged clergyman! His manner was rapid, hurried, and his voice very loud. He seemed uneasy and restless; and, of course, made me feel the same. His language, as you may well suppose, was vigorous and to the point. He told some capital stories of King William, from which I should infer, notwithstanding all the reports to the contrary, that he was on good terms with that monarch. You remember Denman's famous appeal on the Queen's trial, alluding to the slanders of the Duke of Clarence, ‘Come forth, thou slanderer!’2 Brougham said that the Duke of York, sitting in one corner of the house, said to a peer near him, ‘There is my brother William! he is always in some scrape;’ while the Duke of Clarence, sitting on the other side of the house, whispered to his friend, ‘My brother Frederick is always saying some d——d absurd thing,’—each supposing the other


1 Sir James Wellwood (Lord Moncreiff), 1776-1851; a Lord of Session and Justiciary of Scotland. His son has been Lord-Advocate, and held other high posts, judicial and political.

2 Life of Lord Denman, Vol. I. pp. 136-138.

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