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people with vague and indefinite alarms.” These few sentences had far more effect than any that Lord John had yet spoken. They elicited a somewhat angry remonstrance from Sir F. Burdett, but they made Lord John the champion of the moderate Reformers.
These various Parliamentary speeches illustrated only a portion of his political labours. In the year in which they were made he published, under the guise of a letter to Lord Holland, an important pamphlet on foreign politics, in which he reviewed the condition of the various States of Europe, condemned the policy of the Holy Alliance, and called upon England ‘to keep aloof from meetings of sovereigns and auctions of subjects.'
He who has read the foregoing pages cannot be at a loss to discover the causes of the unpopularity of England on the Continent. It was supposed that she was the friend of right, and the patron of the liberal constitution which has been the foundation of her own glory. Instead of this she has been found the follower and the tool of the great Continental monarchs; assisting their spoliations, and confirming their destruction of free governments; violating promises solemnly given, and conditions offered in the plenitude of success ; pursuing her course totally regardless of the cries and supplications of Europe. . . It will be said, perhaps, that England was not able, by herself, to protect the rights and independence of nations; but, if so, in God's name, why did she interfere? Why is the name of the English Minister to be affixed to every act of injustice which is perpetrated in Europe? What deadly enemy of England's honourable reputation persuaded Lord Castlereagh that the repose of the world depended on the slavery of Saxony and Genoa 2 England might have appeared as a member of a confederacy to oppose France without sanctioning any of those acts of pillage by which the deliverance of Europe has been disgraced. If she was not able to prevent those acts, she need not have soiled her fair fame by appearing to countenance them.
Throughout the session, therefore, Lord John had been exceptionally busy ; and his labours had not been merely great, his influence and weight were increasing. His father wrote to him on June 1–
I have had a good deal of conversation with old Tierney at Cassiobury' about you. I felt anxious to know in what way he thought you would be most useful in your senatorial capacity. I find with pleasure that he has a very high opinion of your debating powers; and says, if you will stick to one branch of politics and not range over too desultory a field, you may become eminently useful and conspicuous in the House of Commons. He says your speech on his motion was very good, but his friends were dismayed by the great numerical strength of the line of battle in front of them, and became flat and dispirited, and consequently did not cheer you as they ought to have done. The line I should recommend for your selection would be that of foreign politics, and all home politics bearing on civil and religious liberty—a pretty wide range. I hope you will raise your voice on Thursday against the Attorney-General's odious Bill.2
' AHansard, xl. 1496.
Lord John was evidently paying increased attention to the business of the House of Commons. At the close of the Parliamentary session, however, the old instinct returned in full force, and Lord John again decided on foreign travel. He had the good fortune in securing, as the principal companion of his tour, a man who was thenceforward to be drawn into close communication with him, to share his entire confidence, and to some extent to influence and shape his opinions. He had, indeed, for many years enjoyed a slight acquaintance with Mr. Moore. But, from November 1818, Lord John's name recurs with growing frequency in the poet's journal. Mr. Moore was at this time suffering from the failure of his deputy in the sinecure office in Bermuda to which he had been
* The seat of Lord Essex in Hertfordshire. Writing to Lord John from Cassiobury in 1827, Lord Dudley, who was then Foreign Secretary, said, “The most singular form of government with which I am acquainted is that which obtains here at Cassiobury. So far as I recollect, it is not mentioned by Aristotle. It is a pure Doulocracy. I have seen some approach to it in other places, but here alone it is quite unmixed—the person who, in a language borrowed srom institutions of an opposite nature, is improperly termed the Master of the House, exercising no control over the liveried and salaried depositaries of all lawful authority. These rulers take very little notice of such persons as arrive here under a notion of being his guests; and are evidently displeased with any behaviour on their part that seems to proceed from a misapprehension of the real nature of the institutions established within the walls. It is said, indeed, that there are two or three carPenters and joiners about the place that submit to receive orders from him, but I have no distinct evidence of the anomaly, in which, therefore, I rather disbelieve.”
* The Foreign Enlistment Bill, on which, however, Lord John did not speak.
appointed in 18O3. Heavy pecuniary liabilities were hanging over him, and his friends were seriously considering whether they should find him a retreat at Holyrood or advise him to seek seclusion on the Continent till he was freed from his embarrassments. Pending the poet's decision," some of his admirers came forward with offers of pecuniary help. Lord Tavistock, writing to Lord John at Bowood, said—
I am very poor, but, having always felt the strongest admiration for his independent mind, I would willingly sacrifice something to be of service to him.
And Lord John forwarded the letter to the poet in the
accompanying note :Bowood.
My dear Sir, I enclose you a note from Tavistock on the subject on which we spoke yesterday. I hope you will not be offended with my saying at the same time that if you had not expressed to me your resolution not to accept of any assistance, I meant to have proposed to you yesterday to take the future editions of the ‘Life of Lord Russell,' as, by Longman's agreement with me, he was to publish the first edition upon paying only for the print. Perhaps the “remainder’ is
not worth anything ; but if it is, it is heartily at your service. . . .
Believe me, yours truly,
* The correspondence on this subject is still preserved among the Russell papers. Mr. Allen and Sir J. Mackintosh obtained the highest opinions that (1) until Mr. Moore's creditors obtained from the Scotch authorities letters of caption against him his person would be free from arrest in Scotland ; and (2) within the sanctuary of Holyrood House he would be absolutely free from arrest.
* This letter is the only extant letter from Lord John to Mr. Moore beginning “My dear Sir.’ All the subsequent letters commence ‘Dear Moore.' There is an allusion to the correspondence in the text in Moore's Diaries, ii. 343. Lord John reverted to the offer in October 1821 : “I wish you would take my 2007, and leave more of your 2,000l. for other things [i.e. the 2,000l., or guineas, advanced by Messrs. Murray to Moore on the security of Lord Byron's Memoirs : see Moore's Memoirs, iii. 260 sq.). I say this seriously and with a reason. For it is not 2001. out of my pocket, but proceeds of the sale of Lord Byron's Life. I have made it a service of duty to spend the money in a manner suitable to the source it came from-for the Parguinotes, for Whitbread's election, &c. I shall not in any event profane it to common daily expenses; and after all you may with as much dignity receive the value of the Life of Lord Russell as of Lord Byron. Q. E. D. I shall expect to hear no more about it.’ Messrs. Longman in 1822 applied this 2004, to the settlement of what Mr. Moore called the Bermuda claim (Memoirs, iv. 22). But it was apparently repaid and suffered to roll up at compound interest till it
Mr. Moore at the time declined to accept the proffered help, or to seek shelter from his creditors under a royal roof. The more his wiser friends pressed on him the advantages of Holyrood, the more he himself sighed for the freedom of the Continent. On August 30, 1819, Sir James Mackintosh wrote to him—
The Continent is best for pleasure; Holyrood House for study, composition, present income, and lasting fame.
But the next post brought a letter from Lord John :—
Dear Moore, Rogers, as I suppose you know, declines going. I hope you have not been persuaded by Allen that Holyrood House, with a view of Arthur's Seat, is better than Paris with a range of all Europe. I must leave town, however, Saturday, so pray let me know your mind to-morrow night, when I shall be in Arlington Street. I want to go on Saturday in order to cross in my father's packet on
The bait proved irresistible. Mr. Moore packed up his clothes, sent his wife down to Sloperton in the coach, and on Saturday, September 4,
set off with Lord John in his carriage at seven ; breakfasted, and arrived at Dover to dinner at seven o'clock; the journey very agreeable, Lord John mild and sensible. . . . Talked a good deal of politics. Lord John much more moderate in his opposition than the Duke and Lord Tavistock.
On the following morning Lord John and Mr. Moore sailed with the Duke and Duchess of Bedford to Calais, and on the Monday the four friends parted company, the Duke and Duchess setting out for the Rhine and Vienna, Lord John and Mr. Moore for Paris.
Lord John remained with Mr. Moore in Paris till September 18, spending much of his time in consulting Barillon's papers, to which the French authorities had previously refused him
amounted in 1837 to 440/. It was then, as appears from a letter to Lord John from Messrs. Longman, invested in favour of the poet's second son, John Russell Moore, to whom Lord John had stood sponsor. “I shall be happy,” so he had written to Mr. Moore in 1823, ‘to stand godfather to any production of yours or Mrs. Moore's ; so pray tell her I am delighted with the honour entrusted to me.”
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access. Then, after passing through Fontainebleau, Tonnerre, and Dijon, the two friends crossed the Jura and descended on Geneva, where Lord John's uncle, Lord William, had a villa. Crossing the Simplon, they passed through Como, and reached Milan on October I. Thence Mr. Moore turned eastward to pay a visit to Lord Byron, who was living near Padua; Lord John turned westward to Genoa. It was probably Lord John's intention, when he left Mr. Moore at Milan, to renew acquaintance with a lady who occupied for many years a warm place in his regard. The Durazzos were a noble family in Genoa in the eighteenth century; and, as Lord John went out of his way to declare, in his “Memoirs of the Affairs of Europe,” they made large sacrifices in the cause of the Republic. In 1819 the head of the house had for a wife a lady who sixty years ago was well known in English society, and who was described by Mr. Moore as “a fine woman ; must have been beautiful ; not at all like an Italian.'" Lord John had probably made Madame Durazzo's acquaintance during a visit to Genoa in the early part of 1818; and, on leaving the town, had bade her farewell in a sonnet which is still preserved among his papers." He
* This descent suggested to Mr. Moore the first of his series of poems called A hymes on the A'oad.
* Memoirs of the Affairs of Europe, ii. 336.
* Moore's A/emoirs, iii. 235.
* The lines are as follows:–
ON LEAVING GENOA. FEB.
Genoa, farewell thy placid bright blue sea,
I infer that this was written in February 1818, as Lord John was at Florence