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With others, than with him. Let them alone :
Justice Shallow is an admirably well drawn comic character, but he never appears better, than by reflection in the mirror of Falstaffe's wit, in whose descriptionshe is most strongly exhibited. It is said by sonie, that the justice was meant for a particular gentleman who had prosecuted the author for deer-stealing, I know not whether that story be well grounded. The Shallows are to be found every where, in every age, but those who have least character of their own, are most formed and modified by the fashion of the times, and their peculiar profession or calling. So though we often meet with a resemblance to this justice, we shall never find an exact parallel to him now manners are so much changed.—The superior danger of a rebellion fanctified by the church, cannot by historians or philosophers be better
set forth than by the following words of Morton :
But now, the bishop
Nor can the indecency of a prelate's appearing in arms, and the abuse of an authority derived from the sacred function, be more strongly arraigned, than in the speeches of Westmorland, and John of Lancaster.
Then, my lord,
your grace do I in chief address
fair honours. You, my lord archbishop,
fo ill trandate yourself,
Employ the countenance and grace of heav'n,
The archbishop of York, even when he appears an iron man, keeps up the gravity and seeming fanctity of his character, and wears the mitre over his helmet. He is not like Hotspur, or a valiant rebel, full of noble anger and fierce defiance, he speaks like a cool politician to his friends, and like a deep designing hypocrite to his enemies, and pretends he is only acting as physician to the ftate.
I have before observed that Shakespear had the talents of an orator as much as of a poet; and I believe it will be allowed the speeches of Westmorland and Lancaster are as proper on this occasion, and the particular circumstances are as happily touch’d, as