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on the enormity of the encomium which he was deputed to offer.
The "Evening Mail,"* indeed, the official organ of the Orange
faction in Ireland, gives a somewhat different account of this amusing exhibition. “Every sound,” says that graphic journalist, “ was hushed, while the Attorney-General, with a tremulous voice, but with a feeling and emphasis which showed that the sentiments expressed came directly from his heart," and so forth. Then follows the address. I forbear from setting forth the whole of it, but select a single sentence: “We," said Mr. Joy, “can not but admire that distinguished ability, that strict impartiality, and that unremitting assiduity, with which you have discharged the various duties of your office." The delivery of this sentence was a masterpiece of sarcastic recitation; and, to any person who desired to become a proficient in the art of sneering, of which Mr. Joy is so renowned a professor, afforded an invaluable model.
Cicero, in luis oratorical treatise, has given an analysis of the manner in which certain fine fragments of eloquence hare been delivered ; and for the benefit of the students of irony, it may not be improper to enter with some minuteness into a detail of the varieties of excellence with which Mr. Joy pronounced this flagitious piece of panegyric. With this view, I shall take each limb of the sentence apart. We can not but admire:"— In uttering these words, he gave his head that slight shake, with which he generally announces that he is about to let loose some formidable sarcasm. He paused at the
* The Dublin Evening Mail, long the leading ultra-Tory and ultra-Protestant newspaper in Ireland, was commenced in the beat of the agitation on the Catbolic question, and obtained immediate notoriety and influence, by means of the talent and vigor with which it was conducted, and its boldness in personality. Curiously enough, the proprietors (brothers, named Sheehan), had been Catholics, and the violence of their Protestantism was greater (on that account? - - for who so violent as a renegade ?) than if they had been born to it. During the Session of Parliament, Remmy Sheehan resided in London, very much in the confidence of the leaders of the Tory party, and his cortespondence in the Evening Mail often anticipated even the leading London pa. pers in political information. The Mail still flourishes — but Remmy Sheehan is no more. It was said that he returned to the Catholic faith, before he died.-M.
SARCASM IN DISGUISE.
same time, as if he felt a qualm of conscience at what he was about to speak, and experienced a momentary commiseration for the victim of his cruel commendations. This feeling of compassion, however, only lasted for an instant, and he assumed the aspect that became the utterance of the vituperative adulation which he had undertaken to inflict. “We can not but admire the distinguished ability :”— At the word “ability": it was easy to perceive that he could with difficulty restrain his sense of extravagance from breaking into laughter. However, he did succeed in keeping down the spirit of ridicule within the just boundaries of derision. At the same time he conveyed to his auditors (the Chancellor excepted) the whole train of thought that was passing in his mind; and by the magic of his countenance recalled a series of amusing recollections. It was impossible to look at him without remembering the exhibitions which for twenty years had made the administration of justice in the Irish Court of Chancery the subject of Lord Redesdale's laughter, and of John Lord Eldon's tears. He spoke it with such a force of mockery, that he at once brought to the mind of the spectators that spirit of ignorant self-sufficiency, and presumptuous precipitation, with which Lord Manners discharged the business of his court. A hundred cases seemed to rise in his face. Stackpoole and Stackpoole appeared in the curl of his lip; Blake and Foster quivered in the movement of his nostrils; Brossley against the Corporation of Dublin appeared in his twinkling eyes; and "reversal” seemed to be written in large characters between his brows.*
The next sarcasm which this unmerciful adulator proceeded to apply, turned on his lordship's selection of magistrates. At the utterance of strict impartiality," the smile of Mr. Joy gleamed with a still yellower lustre over his features, and he threw his countenance into so expressive a grimace, that the whole loyal, but pauper magistracy of Ireland was brought at once to my view. I beheld a long array of insolvent justices with their arms out at the elbows, who had been honored, by virtue of their Protestantism, with his Majesty's commission
* All these were important cases, which Lord Manners decided one way, while the House of Lords, assisted by the judges of England, on appeal, decided that he was wholly and almost flagrantly in error.- - It would have been difficult, I suspect, to have found a worse equity judge than Lord Manners. Some time after his death, while I was going over these Sketches with Mr. Sheil, I asked his opinion of Lord Manners. His reply was emphatic enough:-"Go out into the street - pick up the first man in a decent coat, who is able to give correct replies to any three ordinary questions you may put to him— put that man on the Lord-Chancellor's seat, in Dublin, and he must make a better judge than Lord Manners was." - M.
of the peace."
I did not think it possible for the powers of irony to go beyond this last achievement of the Attorney-General, until he came to talk of his lord ship's unremitting assiduity. It was well known to erery man at the Bar, that Lord Manners abhorred his occupations. He trembled at an ently mem, he sunk under a sorites, and was gored by the horns of a dilem
* It may be scarcely worth mention - but I may as well state that, when I lived in Ireland (five-and-twenty years ago: cheu fugaces anni!) I had frequent occasion to notice that the Catholics preferred going before a Protestant magistrate, even though a justice of their own persuasion might be nearer their vicinity. When I was a boy, I passed much of my time at the house of my uncle, the late John Shelton, of Rossmore, in my native county of Limerick, and I noticed that the peasantry always brought their complaints before him in prefer ence to a Catholic Justice of the Peace who lived on the other side of the mountain, and nearer to their homes. Their complaint was that their own magistrate was too severe, entirely, upon them.” So, a few years after, when I was at school, at Fermoy, in the county of Cork, there was an excellent man, and a Catholic (Thomas Dennehy, of Belleview), who was a magistrate. He lived near Carrigaline, and between Glandalane and Fermoy, but the peasantry and the small farmers always pussed him by, and went before George Walker, a Protestant magistrate. I ascertained the cause - - the Catholic Justices, who
“ few and far between,” were so much exposed to, and afraid of, censure, that they usually inclined a trifle toward a Protestant complainant or defendant
- for fear that they should be suspected of partiality toward persons of their own creed.- Perhaps I should apologize for thus bringing my own experiences into this note ; but, when I resided, as a child, with my uncle, the magistrate, in the county of Limerick, I was usually thrust into the library, on wet days, being accused (very unjustly, of course) of being "a troublesome lad." This library consisted exclusively of a complete set of Walker's Hibernian Magazine, recording Irish history during the time of the Union, as well as many years preceding and following it, and the repeated perusal of these magazines made me so familiar with Irish matters that I recollect nearly all they told me — which may account for the particular and distinctive details which I have put into these notes.- M.
ma. His irritability in court was the subject of universal complaint. He seemed to labor under an incapacity of fixing his attention for any continuity of time to any given matter of meditation; and by his wriggling in bis seat during the admirable arguments of Mr. Pennefather, and his averted eye, and the puffing of his cheeks, exhibited his strong distaste for reasoning, and the horror which he entertained for all inductive thought. It was in frosty weather that his excitability and fretfulness of temperament were particularly conspicuous. He was fond of shooting, and if he was detained by a long argument beyond the usual period which he allowed to the hearing of causes, about Christmas, lie broke out into fits and starts of ludicrous irritation. Mr. Plunket used to say that whenever Lord Mauners heard the name of Mr. Hitchcock (a gentleman of the Irish Bar of considerable talents) his lordship used to start, as if it were Hish! Cock !" that had struck his ear. The memory of the Attorney-General, in complimenting him on his “ unremitting assiduity," was, I am sure, carried back to those scenes of judicial impatience, in which, when the mercury'stood at the freezing point, his lordship's intolerance of all argument was exemplified. The look with which Mr. Joy executed the recitation of this portion of his address, was, if possible, a higher feat. It was the chef-d'ouvre of mockery, and masterpiece of derision. His eyes, his brows, his nose and chin. - But I will not undertake to describe him
enough to say, that such was the potency of his sarcasm, that I was transported in fancy to the Duke of Leinster's demesne at Carton, where his lordship used to shoot, and I beheld him amid those brambles of which he was much fonder than the thorny quicksets of the law, with his chancellor iat, a green jacket, a scarlet waistcoat, silk breeches, and long black gaiters, which constituted his usual sporting attire.
I was, however, recalled from this excursion of the imagination, by the farewell address of his lordship to the Bar. The Attorney-General bad concluded, and Lord Manners rose to bid it a long adieu. It did him great credit that he did not follow the example of Lord Redesdale, who wept and whimpered upon his taking leare of Ireland and ten thousand a year. Lord Manners had the materials of consolation in his pocket, having received about two hundred thousand pounds of the public money, for “ the distinguished ability, the strict impartiality, and unremitting assiduity,” of which Mr. Joy had performed the panegyric. So far from indulging in any lachrymatory mood, his lordship proved himself a partisan to the last, by giving vent to his factious antipathies against the Solicitor-General. He had strenuously resisted the nomination of Mr. Doherty to the office, for which his talents as a speaker, both in Parliament and at the Bar, had eminently qualified him. There was not an individual of the profession, who did not feel convinced that Lord Manners was actuated by an hostility arising from political motives, founded upon Mr. Doherty's support of Catholic Emancipation.
Nearly the last sentence in his address is copied from the Evening Mail. “ If,” said his lordship, “I have disappointed or delayed the expectations of any gentleman of the Bar, I lament it. I can assure you, gentlemen, I have not been actuated by a personal motive, or hostile feeling against him, but by a sense of duty imposed on me, in the situation in which I am placed to protect the fair claims of the Bar, by resisting, to the utmost of my power, the interference of parliamentary or political interest in the advancements in the law." It is obvious that under the veil of affected regret which Lord Manners states himself to bave felt at having, with a view to the promotion of Sergeant Lefroy, opposed the wishes of Mr. Canning and the directions of the Cabinet, there lurks in the intimation that his lordship had opposed the interference of parliamentary and political interest, a reflection upon Mr. Doherty, of which good feeling, as well as a sense of justice, should have forbidden the expression. This Parthian arrow should not have been discharged at such a moment. It was not a time for the indulgence of acrimonious feelings.
But, independently of the factious rancor which is conveyed in this reference to Mr. Doherty, it is surprising that such a want of ordinary discretion should have been manifested by an individual who was himself so obnoxious to the unkind