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4 WARREN HASTINGS.

cheeks of the curl-pated minions of James the First. He was
content that his face should go forth marked with all the blemishes
which had been put on it by time, by war, by sleepless nights, by
anxiety, perhaps by remorse; but with valour, policy, authority,
and public care written in all its princely lines. If men truly
great knew their own interest, it is thus that they would wish
their minds to be portrayed.

Warren Hastings sprang from an ancient and illustrious race.
It has been aflirmed that his pedigree can be‘ traced back to the
great Danish sea-king, whose sails were long the terror of both
coasts of the British Channel, and who, after many fierce and
doubtful struggles, yielded at last to the valour and genius of Alfred.
But the undoubted splendour of the line of Hastings needs no
illustration from fable. One branch of that line wore, in the
fourteenth century, the coronet of Pembroke. From another
branch sprang the renowned Chamberlain, the faithful adherent
of the White Rose, whose fate has furnished so striking a theme
both to poets and to historians. His family received from the
Tudors the earldom of Huntingdon, which, after long dispossession,
was regained in our time by a series of events scarcely paralleled
in romance.

The lords of the manor of Daylesford, in Worcestershire,
claimed to be considered as the heads of this distinguished family.
The main stock, indeed, prospered less than some of the younger
shoots. But the Daylesford family, though not ennobled, Was
wealthy and highly considered, till, about two hundred years ago,
it was overwhelmed by the great ruin of the civil war. The
Hastings of that time was a zealous cavalier. He raised money on
his lands, sent his plate to the mint at Oxford, joined the royal
army, and, after spending half his property in the cause of King
Charles, was glad t.o ransom himself by making over most of the
remaining half to Speaker Lenthal. The old seat at Daylesford
still remained in the family; but it could no longer be kept up; and
in the following generation it was sold to a merchant of London.

Before this transfer took place, the last Hastings of Daylesford
had presented his second son to the rectory of the parish in which
the ancient residence of the family stood. The living was of little
value; and the situation of the poor clergyman, after the sale of

the estate, was deplorable. He was constantly engaged in lawsuits
about his tithes with the new lord of the manor, and was at length

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