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Lord Chatham as an Orator
respectable in every other on the globe'; the man of whom William Cowper wrote:
England, with all thy faults, I love thee still.
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Time was when it was pride and boast enough
The speeches of the first Pitt have, as is well known, reached us only in fragments, especially those which he delivered in the House of Commons in the days of his prime. He left that House in 1766, when he was fifty-seven years of age, grievously broken by constant and acute attacks of gout. It was not till 1770 that he became active in the House of Lords. Of his speeches delivered there in the course of eight years about fourteen have been fairly reported.
What, then, was the special mark or note of his oratory? Was he like or unlike other famous speakers, ancient or modern?
Cowper, indeed, has told us in lines that suggest a Statue:
In Him Demosthenes was heard again,