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pcfties © f their fellow-citizens , but also for the brilliant wit , perfect integrity and i rresistible persuasion of their professional e xertions . Tbe conversational powers of JUr . Henry Erskine were of the first order —— prompt , g-eatle and luminous , his flashes of wit irradiated every countenance .
while Us amenity left no sting * behind . His epigrams and bon mots were innumerable j many of them are on record , and we trust that the elegant elusions of kis m , and his impromptus at table , will be collected by the biographer of his honourable life .
Mr . Erskine was called to the Scottish bar in 1768 . He was twice appointed Lord Advjocate , in 1782 and 1806 , under tbe Rockingham and the Grenville administrations . During' the years 1806 and 1807 , he sat in Parliament'for the Dunbar and Dumfries districts of boroughs .
In his long * and splendid career at the bar , Mr . Erskine was distinguished not only by the peculiar brilliancy of his wit , and gracefulness , ease and vivacity of bis eloquence , but by the still rarer power of Creeping those seduemg qualities-in perfect subordination -to bis judgment . sBy their
assistance he could not only make tbe most repulsive subjects agreeable , but the most abstruse , easy and intelligible . In his profession , indeed , all his wit was argument , and each of his delightful illustrations « . material ^ step inhrs reasoning . —To himself it seemed always as if they were recommended rather for their use than their
beauty ; and unquestionably they often enabled him to state a fine argument or a niee distinction , not only in a more striking and pleasing way , but actually with greater precision than could have been attained by the severer forms of reasoning . In this extraordinary talent , as well as
in the charming facility of his eloquence , and the constant radiance of good humour and gaiety which encircled his manner in debatej lie bad no rival in his own times , and has yet had no successor . That part of eloquence is now mute—that honour in abeyance .
As a politician , lie was eminently distinguished for tbe two great virtues of indexible steadiness to his principles , and invariable gentleness and urbanity in his manner of-asserting them . Such , indeed , ^* s tbe habitual sweetness of bis temper , " * ttd tbe fascination of his manners , that ttbongh placed by his rank and talent in -utei ttbuoxious station of a leader of
oppo-* 8 itton , ; afc -a , period when , political animosi'tws w « re- carried to a lamentable height , " **> individual , it is" believed , 'was ever known to speak or to think of him with *» By thing-approaching to personal hostility . l ** <| fc * Utfn , it "may be said with equal oo r-*** Be * s , t « hflUt 4 lio * igh baffled in * ome of fc > ¥ umuts , aarfd iwot quite iJuuMUwnrely
disappointed of some of tbe honours to which his claim was universally admitted , he never allowed the slightest shade of discontent to rest upon his mind , nor the least drop of bitterness to mingle with h i ** blood . He was so utterly incapable of rancour , that even the rancorous felt tUat he ought not be made its victim .
He possessed , in ao eminent degree , that deep sense of revealed religion , and that zealous attachment to the Presbyterian establishment , which had long been hereditary in his family . His habits were always strictly moral and temperate , and in the latter part of his life evea abstemious . Though the life and the ornament of every society iuto which he entered , be was always
most happy and most delightful at home , where the buoyancy of his spirits and tbe kindness of his heart found all that they re ^ quired of exercise or enjoyment ; and though without taste for expensive pleasures in his o-wn person , he was ever most indulgent and munificent to his children , and a liberal benefactor to all who depended on bis bounty .
He finally retired from the exercise of that profession , the highest honours of which he had at least deserved , about the year 1812 , and spent the remainder of his d&y # in domestic retirement , at that beautiful villa which had been formed by his own taste , and in the improvement and adornment of which he found his latest -oooiipatien .
Passing , then , at once from all the bustle and excitement of a public life to a scene of comparative inactivity , he never felt one moment of ennui or dejection , but retained unimpaired , till within a day or two of his death , not only all his intellectual activity and social affections , but , when not under
the immediate afnictlen of a painful and incurable disease , all that gaiety of spirit , and all that playful and kindly sympathy with innocent enjoyment , which made him tf * e idol of the young , and the object of cordial attachment and unenvying admiration to his friends of all ages . —( Morning Chron . J
Obituary *— -Hon * H&nry Erskine . —Miss A . L . O . Fisher . © fcf
Oct . 14 , Anna Leonora Osbobnf Fisueb , eldest daughter of Thomas Escoliwe Fisher , of St . Ives , in tbe county of Huntingdon , solicitor . For some years past she had read and thought much on eternal things . Her character was always serious , and her reflections just and greatly above her years . During an illness of five months , though
frequently in great bodily pain , she shewed the greatest resignation to the ( Divine * Will , being convinced ^ she said , that heriliuesa was for her good . She always discoursed upon her own 'd eath with the greatest composure ; and exactly one week before her decease , she disposed of b «» rjajeney among twenty poor widows and others , with each of whom she took an affectionate farewell . She thanked God for tbe bless *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 627, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/55/