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92 WARREN HASTINGS.

had carried the Westminster election against palace and treasury,
shone round Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire.

The Serjeants made proclamation. Hastings advanced to the
bar, and bent his knee. The culprit was indeed not unworthy of
that great presence. He had ruled an extensive and populous
country, had made laws and treaties, had sent forth armies, had
set up and pulled down princes. And in his high place he had so
borne himself, that all had feared him, that most had loved him,
and that hatred itself could deny him no title to glory, except
virtue. He looked like a great man, and not like a bad man. A
person small and emaciated, yet deriving dignity from a carriage
which, while it indicated deference to the court, indicated also
habitual self-possession and self-respect, a high and intellectual
forehead, a brow pensive, but not gloomy, a mouth of inflexible
decision, a face pale and worn, but serene, on which was written,
as legibly as under the picture in the council-chamber at Calcutta,
[liens aqua in arduis ; such was the aspect with which the great
Proconsul presented himself to his judges.

His counsel accompanied him, men all of whom were afterwards
raised by their talents and learning to the highest posts in their
profession, the bold and strong-minded Law, afterwards Chief
Justice of the King’s Bench; the more humane and eloquent
Dallas, afterwards Chief Justice of the Common Pleas; and Plomer
who, near twenty years later, successfully conducted in the same
high court the defence of Lord Melville, and subsequently became
Vice-chancellor and Master of the Rolls.

But neither the culprit nor his advocates attracted so much
notice as the accusers. In the midst of the blaze of red drapery,
a space had been fitted up with green benches and tables for the
Commons. The managers, with Burke at their head, appeared in
full dress. The collectors of gossip did not fail to remark that
even Fox, generally so regardless of his appearance, had paid to
the illustrious tribunal the compliment of wearing a bag and sword.
Pitt had refused to be one of the conductors of the impeachment;
and his commanding, copious, and sonorous eloquence was wanting
to that great muster of various talents. Age and blindness had
unfitted Lord North for the duties of a public prosecutor; and his
friends were left without the help of his excellent sense, his tact,
and his urbanity. But, in spite of the absence of these two dis-
tinguishcd members of the Lower House, the box in which the

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