Sheridan pp 42-43 | Cite as

Pride Filled My Heart

  • Elizabeth Sheridan


Just as I received your letter yesterday, I was setting out for the Trial1 with Mrs Crewe and Mrs Dixon. I was fortunate in my day, as I heard all the principal speakers—Mr Burke I admired the least—Mr Fox very much indeed. The subject in itself was not particularly interesting, as the debate turned merely on a point of law, but the earnestness of his manner and the amazing precision with which he conveys his ideas is truly delightful. And last, not least, I heard my brother! I cannot express to you the sensation of pleasure and pride that filled my heart at the moment he rose. Had I never seen him or heard his name before, I should have conceived him the first man among them at once. There is a dignity and grace in his countenance and deportment, very striking—at the same time that one cannot trace the smallest degree of conscious superiority in his manner. His voice, too, appeared to me extremely fine. The speech itself was not much calculated to display the talents of an orator, as of course it related only to dry matter. You may suppose I am not so lavish of praises before indifferent persons, but I am sure you will acquit me of partiality in what I have said. When they left the Hall we walked about some time, and were joined by several of the managers—among the rest by Mr Burke, whom we set down at his own house.


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