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but he observed, that, on the whole, he had been much better treated by the Infidels than the Christians.
On repairing to France, he was soon after sent out of that country, also; and on this he travelled into Germany, where he was received with great hospitality by the late duke of Brunswick, at whose court he resided until a short time before the fatal battle of Jena, and returned once more to Great Britain in 1807. While on the continent, he appears to have corresponded with Mr. Tooke; who by his means was enabled to obtain information, on which he seemed to rely greatly, while treating of foreign affairs at his own table.
Since this period, some of the possessions of Count Zenobio have been sequestered and spoliated by the orders of Bonaparte, for whose vengeance nothing appears either too great, or too small. During the last three or four years, he had declined visiting Mr. Tooke, and he himself assigned very powerful, and at the same time, very honourable reasons for his conduct.
21. MR. JOEL BARLOW,
is the author of the "Columbiad," &c. and was lately minister plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the emperor Napoleon.
Mr. Tooke saw this gentleman for the first time, soon after the publication of his work, addressed to the " Privileged Orders." He conceived a good opinion of his talents; and it was chiefly by his means, that Mr. Barlow was provided with an introduction to France, as has been already mentioned in another part of this work. It is well-known that this circumstance proved highly advantageous, for he was noticed by Gregoire, the constitutional bishop of Blois ; and, through his means, sent on a mission to Italy.
He afterwards returned to Paris, and remained during the most stormy period of the revolution, not without danger, but I believe without restraint. During Mr. Pitt's second administration, Mr. Barlow was permitted to repair to this country, through the intervention of his friend, Mr. Fulton, of whose talents and inventions the premier entertained a high opinion; hence he went back to America, purchased an estate in the neighbourhood of Washington, and proposed to found seminaries of education at his own expense: but he was in a short time selected by the executive of his native country, to repair to the court of the French emperor in a high diplomatic station.
23. MR. KNIGHT, M. P.
This gentleman has sat more than once in parliament; possesses a considerable landed estate, and has served the office of high sheriff, &c. of his county.
He did not become acquainted with Mr. Tooke, of whose talents, urbanity, and good humour I have heard him speak with high encomiums, until the year 1792.
Mr. Knight seems to be a gentleman of polished manners and amiable temper. At a period when Mr. Tooke's situation was far from being comfortable, he, along with a few others, interposed, in a most liberal and friendly manner, to rescue him from impending distress; and I have heard the latter mention his kindness with all the emotions of heartfelt gratitude.
24. MR. CROWE,
PUBLIC ORATOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, &C.
I met this gentleman twice at Wimbledon, where Mr. Tooke seemed to pay him great respect. He never talked on political subjects, but seemed much addicted to horticulture. He accordingly spent a considerable portion of the time in visiting and contemplating the gardens,
25. SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH
was educated chiefly at Edinburgh, and intended originally for the profession of medicine, with which view he repaired to, and studied for some time on the continent. On his return to England, the bar presented a far more congenial career to his talents. While a student at Lincoln's Inn, he entered the lists with the author of the "Sublime and Beautiful;" and, by means of his Vindicia Gallica, realised the high opinion that had been formed of his talents.
First the adversary, then the friend, and finally, if I mistake not, almost the convert of Mr. Burke; he was, at the same time, introduced to, and lived in habits of familiarity with Mr. Fox, and the most distinguished members of the opposition of that day. He afterwards added greatly to his reputation, first by his lectures in Lincoln's Inn Hall; and finally, by his defence of Peltier. Soon after this, he obtained the recordership of Bombay, and has lately returned to his native country, after distinguishing himself, no less by the ability of his decisions, than by the mildness and liberality of his conduct, as a judge in the East.
This gentleman was accustomed, at one period, to visit pretty frequently at Wimbledon.