The Prince Of Wales

George the Fourth, when Prince of Wales, frequently had as guests at his

table Sheridan, Grattan, Curran, Flood, and Father O'Leary. Croly, in

his Life of George the Fourth, says--An occasional guest, and a

sufficiently singular one, was an Irish Franciscan, Arthur O'Leary, a

man of strong faculties and considerable knowledge. His first celebrity

was as a pamphleteer, in a long battle with Woodward, the able Bishop of

Cloyne, in Ireland.--O'Leary abounded in Irish anecdote, and was a

master of pleasant humor.

Sheridan said that he considered claret the true parliamentary wine for

the peerage, for it might make a man sleepy or sick, but it never warmed

his heart, or stirred up his brains. Port, generous port, was for the

Commons--it was for the business of life--it quickened the circulation

and fancy together. For his part, he never felt that he spoke as he

liked, until after a couple of bottles. O'Leary observed, that this was

like a porter; he never could go steady without a load on his


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