Sheridan pp 41-42 | Cite as


  • Horace Walpole


One heard everybody in the streets raving on the wonders of that speech; for my part I cannot believe it was so supernatural as they say—do you believe it was, Madam?… How should such a fellow as Sheridan, who has no diamonds to bestow, fascinate all the world?— Yet witchcraft, no doubt, there has been, for when did simple eloquence ever convince a majority? Mr Pitt and 174 other persons found Mr Hastings guilty last night.… Well, at least there is a new crime, sorcery, to charge on the opposition!

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