office on the condition of his enforcing the measures
recommended in that speech.
stood before Europe
as a cashiered officer, disgraced for cowardice on the field of battle; and his unquestioning vanity made him eager to efface his ignominy by a career that should rival that of Pitt
in the Seven Years war. Haunted by corroding recollections, he stumbled like one in the dark as he struggled to enter the temple of fame, and eagerly went about knocking for admission at every gate but the right one.
He owed his rehabilitation to Rockingham
, to whom he instantly proved false; Chatham
would never sit with him at the council board.
His career was unprosperous, from causes within himself.
His powers were very much overrated; he had a feverish activity, punctuality to a minute, and personal application, but no sagacity, nor quickness or delicacy of perception, nor soundness of judgment.
He wanted altogether that mastery over others which comes from warmth of heart.
Minutely precise and formal, he was a most uncomfortable chief, always throwing upon the officers under his direction the fault of failure even in impossible schemes.
His rancor towards those at whom he took offence was bitter and unending.
His temper was petulant; his selfish passions were violent and constant, yet petty in their objects.
Apparelled on Sunday morning in gala, as if for the drawing room, he constantly marched out all his household to his parish church; where he would mark time for the singing gallery, chide a rustic chorister for a discord, stand up during the sermon to survey the congregation, or overawe the idle, and with unmoved sincerity gesticulate approbation to the