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Memoirs of Mrs. Jebb. thought of him as I did myself. I trem. of them to exult in the downfal of ble for those in power :- I wish well those ministers, who, however reto many of them. I often think of Noah's ark, clean and unclean, but it prehensible in some parts of beir might now be as necessary as then ; and conduct, had effected the abolition yet, if the vessel will only keep us above of the slave-trade; and were alwater till the dove returns with the olive tempting to restore, though but in branch, I shall be very thankful."
pari, the rights of conscience to Mrs. Jebh's alarm for the public all dissidents from the established safety was once more excited by church. Addressing berself again the rapidly declining health of to Dr. Disney, April 2d, 1807, Mr, Fox, in whom her confidence she said, was chiefly placed. She observes
“ The king has made a precious change. in a subsequent letter, July 18th, The present ministry have been watch" Mr.
Fox, as I am informed, is much ing behind the scenes, and the king's better : I wish he may live to make a conscience greaily assisted them, and peace, which is the wish of his heart; pointed out the proper moment.. Yet ! and I am told he lately said, 'If I can do not think he would have ventured only live to see a general peace I shall to exert his prerogative so soon, if artain think that I have lived long enough.' friends of liberty all over the country, But if he should die, I should fear ihat had not opposed their old friends, and even the abolition of the slave-trade made an outcry against them for not at. would not pass."
tempting impossibilities. And even now,
when they have so very honourably reAgain, September 1st,
signed their post, they still continue to “ I tremble lest the news from France abuse them, to the great delight of all should be unfavourable, for what but the new ministry and their friends. The peace can save us: and yet, unless we Times of to-day begins to be afraid of make some concession with respect to peace : still I cry nothing but peace can the liberty of the seas, I think we have save us, and even that may come too no reason to expect it.”
late." And on the 4th of October, Again, on the 10th of Jure, she when Mr. Fox was dead, and the observed, return of the Earl of Lauderdale “ As for the new ministry, it is so resolved on, she thus resumes the much for the king's interest to keep subject :
them, and their own interest to keep in,
that I fear it will not be very easy to " With the horrors of war before me, rout them. And then you know, we I see nothing very agreeable to ruminate are taught by all the violeot friends of upon; but I will not yet entirely give up liberty, that the last ministry did noththe hopes of peace, and should not be ing but deceive the people, and that surprised to hear very soon that the af- both parties are equally bad. Some peofair is settled. But if itiş not, and Aus- pte seem to wish for a new party : - but tria should join in a new coalition, the where are we to get them? Who can carnage will be dreadful, and, in all pro- point out to us where those wonderbability, no party, all things considered, working men are to be found, who can a gainer."
do the work of thirty years in a single · Mrs. Jebb lamented the increas- session ? Rome was not built in a day;
nor can our state be repaired perhaps in ing divisions amongst the friends less time than that was in building: But of liberty, on matters of little im. I never despair: peace and patience, portance, when compared with wisdom and honesty, and a reform will the great constitutional questions who live the longest will see the most.
follow of course; and then—but they in which they had so long agreed. And she regretted still more the And on the 24th of August she fatal delusion, which led so many remarked,
“ It hurts me to see the friends of interference. She observed, August liberty abusing one another to the great 17th, 1808, in writing again to diversion of the worst party, and with
Dr. Disney, out the least hope of finding, in the whole kingdom, an administration that “Asto Spain, I think the prospect of any would be suffered to do us half the good good is far from being clear, and it is very we wish, even if they were ever so well shocking to think of the blood which disposed."
they will have to wade through. In The atrocious attack on Copen. short, the whole business is such a jum
ble of contradictions, and is supported hagen, the first fruits of these new by men of such very different principles, ministerial arrangements, as a and for such very different reasons, that Christian she decidedly condemti. I am sick of the subject.”— ed, conceiving it equally repug September 28th, she resumed, nant to every principle of sound
“ As for peace, I fear I shall not live to policy and justice. In the letter see it ; nor do I see any good we are doing last quoted, she said,
by sending troops to Spain at a great ex“ You do not imagine that I can be ceive them; and doing every thing we can
pence, where they seem unwilling to reblind or indifferent to what is passing in Portugal to disgust and make them jeaabroad or at home. Denmark has very lous of us. Our expeditions, I fear, are long taken up my attention. I feared time and labour thrown away, doing we should not let those friends to peace much mischief to others, without any remain quiet, although Buonaparte has chance of benefiting ourselves. We may not once desired them to give up their gain a bloody victory in Spain one day, neutrality, and they were entirely unpre- and the next may lose our whole pared to defend themselves. Every ex- army'.-I wish we could be led to crtion, I believe, will be made by prince make a peace, but I fear nothing but and people to repel this invasion ; and driving will do. Whatever else is done, I would advise the authors to prepare the door must be left open wide enough their backs for a scourge so highly de- for peace to entert." served." Again, on the 12th of October, persevered to the last; July 20th,
In these sentiments Mrs. Jebb she observed,
1811, she declared, “ The prospect both at home and abroad appears more gloomy every day.
“ As for Portugal, I wish we had done I was much struck this morning with with it. We are draining our best blood, some verses in the beginning of the parting with our treasure, and starving seventh Psalm. I think they will put our own people, only to lengthen a war, you in mind of the kings of England and which I fear will prove our ruin; because Denmark, and that we shall agree in we will be tyrants of the ocean. In a time giving to each his due. Great pains are of peace there is no necessity for it, and in taken to commend our exploits at Co. time of war, we are always successful ; penhagen, and to shew not only their and may long continue to be so, if we wisdom and neeessicy, but even their do not ruin ourselves.” humanity and justice : the former of And she concluded this very these, because we might have been more interesting correspondence, Nocruel, though I scarcely see how; and the latter, because they refused our de.vember 20, 1811, in these words: mand, although they knew what would “ At length people begin to open their be the consequence.'
eyes, and to see the desperate situation So decided, indeed, was Mrs. into which this detestable war has Jebb's aversion to war,
brought us: but how to get us out of
grows every day more difficult; and
• 11th August, 1809. peninsula, were insufficient to con.
+ 13th March, 1810. vince her of the propriety of any
Memoirs of Mrs. Jebb. I fear England, this most thinking na, scription of intolerance is disgrace. tion, is very deficient in the ways and ful to the Christian name, and means necessary for such an arduous undertaking. Certain ministers know that all men are equally entitled "how to extract money out of our pockets, 10 the full enjoyment of the rights and turn it to paper, or send it abroad of conscience, unrestrained by any to do mischief: but further I fear they sort of penalty or disqualification know not, and we know not where to
whatsoever. find men who can teach them.”
But whilst so large a share of But notwithstanding some oc: Mrs. Jebb's attention was directed casional dissatisfaction, she still
to public affairs, no person could continued to think favourably of
more readily descend, on proper the Whigs, making far greater al occasions, io the intercourse of lowances for the difficulties with
common life. She was fond of which they were surrounded, than children, and took pleasure in ensome of her friends were disposed deavouring to amuse young per, “to admit. She discriminated very sons, especially those of a mild accurately, between those who and tractable disposition. When were invariably true to principle, devoting herself to a school girl of and those who at times appeared to be actuated chiefly by the lust for some days her visitor, Mrs.
a quick and lively turn, who was of power. “Our friend Romilly,” Jebb was much struck with tbe she would say, "continues honest, animation and intelligence with and so does my favourite Whit- which, eutering into the spirit of "bread.—Romilly always pleases the writer, she recited some interme, and that is some comfort: it esting passages of a popular play; hurts me to differ from my friends, and was thence led to disapprove or any one of whom I wish to the practice of encouraging such think well. Whitbread is always recitations before a large audience, in the right: Mr. Fox bimself, or lest the mind, which in youth so Dr. Jebb, could not have been easily acquires a bias, should be more desirous of peace.'
»* In Sir induced to persevere in an incli. Samuel Romilly, indeed, she re- nation for the stage. cognized an old acquaintance,
On the death of Mr. Brand who, true to his early principles, Hollis, in 1804, Mrs. Jebb had was now attempting a revision of the happiness of seeing Dr. Disthe penal code; a subject in the neysucceed to his estates, although, discussion of which he bad first from her ill-health, she could not, engaged during his intercourse like his other friends, enjoy the with Dr. Jebb. And in Mr. beauties or the hospitality of this Whitbread she beheld, not only truly classic mansion at the Hyde. the intrepid advocate of a pacific few persons, indeed, shared so and constitutional policy, but the largely as he did in her confidence steady asserter of religious liberty, and esteem; for the justice which on the great principle maintained he had done, as a biographer, to by Mr. Wyvill,t that every de. the merits of her husband, was en
hanced by his undeviating artën. * Letters to the Rev. Dr. Disney. tion to herself. Warmly interested
+ See his Papers on Toleration, 4th ed. in whatever might involve the wel1812,
fare of himself and his family, she
entered with ardour into all his ever leave town I shall certainly either
be a candidate for a share of it, or desire
to be admitted as a tenant of the
street, Westminster, to the Mill.
hill congregation at Leeds. Amidst
in thought, however, amongst his
In the same year, the present
is one passage so striking and so
+ 26th Feb.
characteristic, that no apology
** 18th July, can be necessary for its insertion
8th June, 1808.
Memoirs of Mrs. Jebb. here; particularly as it contains bearing his decided testimony to the substance of what she had her talents and superior worth. written for Dr. Paley's perusal, Miss Ann Plumptre, the inge before his Moral and Political nious daughter of the late presi. Philosophy was first submitted to dent of Queen's College, Cam. the world. She observed, bridge, a lady with whom she had
been long and intimately acquaint. " I remember that I could not quite agree with him in some cases where ed, was then frequently the inmate he allows a deviation from truth, of her house; Mr. George Dyer, particularly with respect to children: Mr. Towers, Author of the Illus. for I am convinced that there is nothing trations of Prophecy, and Mr: ed against than the attempt to deceive Harris, librarian to the Royal children. Deceive them in the arms Institution, were amongst her ocof their nurses, and with reason you casional visitors. He was also may expect they will attempt to de. ceive you the remainder of their lives. present when Dr. Garthshore, & Falsehood is, in my opinion, the chief physician, whom she had known origin of all evil : it is the grand temp- in the life-time of her busband, ter; for how few would dare to sin if made her an unexpected call; they did not first flatter themselves they and gratified her very much by look upon SATAN, under all his titles, declaring, that he had lately read as falsehood personified.
The Life and Works of Dr. Jebb,
with no small satisfaction ; and Mrs. Jebb, indeed, had the greatest abhorrence of every de conduct, in having so long neg
was quite ashamed of his own scription of untruth. “ Lies," lected the widow of so excellent she would say,
never do any a man. real good; they are like the Will
The mind of Mrs. Jebb was with the Wisp to the benighted seated in a very slender frame ; traveller,
may lead into as constitutionally of a nervous tem. dangerous errors; but truth will perament, and subject to frequent in time break forth like the sun
indisposition, she seemed in the and discover the deception."*
prime of life to be sinking under In this application originated a deep decline. For many years an acquaintance, which, improv, she was confined to her house ; ing into intimacy, was cemented and in winter, for the most part, by their mutual connection with to her bed: but, as her health
ich valued friends. In improved with the advancing seahis subsequent visits to the metro- son, she was accustomed to riso polis, the writer has repeatedly and remove into her sitting room, sought the society of Mrs. Jebb, during the latter part of the day whose equanimity and cheerful- Reclining on her sofa, she then ness, whose benignity and genu; used to receive company at tea ; ine good-nature contributed still her sufferings, her debility were more than all her powers of intel. for the time forgotten, and, her lect to secure bis admiration and countenance often brightening with esteem. And he is happy in the an innocent playfulness, she enter. opportunity now afforded him of ed with spirit and vivacity into the
various topics of discourse, Hersen. * See her Letter to John Bull, isch tences were short and pithy,-her 106 1998
language pointed and terse; whilst