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height. But the most interesting part of it is the interior of the lower story; an apartment rising into a dome, ornamentally stuccoed, and supported by eight pillars, encircling a white marble statue of the late Marquis of Rockingham in his robes, as large as life, by the admirable chissel of Nollekens. This stands on a square pedestal, one side of which is inscribed with the titles of this great man. The remaining three form a noble, but just, tribute to his memory, being dedicated to deserved eulogium, and the effusions of disinterested friendship. The verses and laudatory lines are as follow:—

" Angels, whose guardian care is England, spread
" Your shadowing wings o'er patriot Wentworth dead:
" With sacred awe his hallow'd ashes keep,
" Where commerce, science, honour, friendship, weep
" The pious hero the deeply-sorrowing wife
" All the soft tics which blcss'd his virtuous life.
" Gentle, intrepid, generous, mild, and just;
" These heartfelt titles graced his honour'd dust.
" No fields of blood, by laurels ill repaid,
" No plunder'd proviuces, disturb his shade;
" But white-rob'd Peace compos'd his closing eyes,
" And join'd with soft Humanity her sighs:
" They mourn their patron gone, their friend no more,
" And England's tears his short-liv'd power deplore."

" A man worthy to be held in remembrance, because he did not live for himself. His abilities, industry, and influence were employed, without interruption, to the last