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5 WARREN HASTINGS.

of his stature to the hard and scanty fare of this seminary. At ten
he was removed to Westminster school, then flourishing under the
care of Dr. Nichols. Vinny Bourne, as his pupils affectionately
called him, was one of the masters. Churchill, Colman, Lloyd,
Cumberland, Cowper, were among the students. With Cowper,
Hastings formed a friendship which neither the lapse of time, nor
a wide dissimilarity of opinions and pursuits, could wholly dissolve.
It does not appear that they ever met after they had grown to
manhood. But forty years later, when the voices of many great
orators were crying for vengeance on the oppressor of India, the
shy and secluded poet could image to himself Hastings the Go-
vernor-General only as the Hastings with whom he had rowed on
the Thames and played in the cloister, and refused to believe that
so good-tempered a fellow could have done any thing very wrong.
His own life had been spent in praying, musing, and rhyming
among the water-lilies of the Ouse. He had preserved in no com-
mon measure the innocence of childhood. His spirit had indeed
been severely tried, but not by temptations which impelled him to
any gross violation of the rules of social morality. He had never
been attacked by combinations of powerful and deadly enemies.
He had never been compelled to make a choice between inno-
cence and greatness, between crime and ruin. Firmly as he held
in theory the doctrine of human depravity, his habits were such
that he was unable to conceive how far from the path of right
even kind and noble natures may be hurried by the rage of con-
flict and the lust of dominion.

Hastings had another associate at Westminster of whom we
shall have occasion to make frequent mention, Elijah Impey. We
know little about their school days. But, we think, we may safely
venture to guess that, whenever Hastings wished to play any trick
more than usually naughty, he hired Impey with a tart or a ball
to act as fag in the worst part of the prank.

Wa1'ren was distinguished among his comrades as an excellent
swimmer, boatman, and scholar. At fourteen he was first in the
examination for the foundation. His name in gilded letters on the
walls of the dormitory still attests his victory over many older com-
petitors. He stayed two years longer at the school, and was looking
forward to a studentship at Christ Church, when an event happened
which changed the whole course of his life. Howard Hastings
died, bequeathing his nephew to the care of a friend and distant

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