Charles Hamilton, Lord Binning, [note] was the eldest son and
heir apparent of Thomas, the sixth Earl of Haddington.
He gave early promise of being an ornament to his country, but, being of a tender
constitution, fell into a lingering decay. With the hope of deriving benefit from a change of
climate, he went to Naples, where he died in 1732, during the life-time of his father. To a fine
understanding and cultivated taste, his lordship joined a frankness and generosity of disposition,
which made him as beloved as he was admired. He possessed, like his father, a turn for poetry, but
of a purer sort; and was the author of a pastoral effusion, not unknown to the lovers of ballad
poetry, called “Ungrateful Nanny.” It
appeared originally in the Gentleman's Magazine for
1741, and has been re-published by Ritson. [note] It is but a
string of conceits, yet they are such conceits as please; for example:
| My cheeks are swell'd with tears, but she |
Has never shed a tear for me.
* * * *
* I always thought on her, but she
Would ne'er bestow one thought on me:
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| If no relief to me she'll bring, |
I'll hang me in her apron string.
His lordship is also the reputed author of another ballad of a
colloquial kind, and of no great merit, titled “The
Duke of Argyle's Levee,” published the Gentleman's
Magazine for February, 1740; but the ballad itself seems rather to negative his
lordship's pretensions. The narrative is in the first person:
| I waited on Argyle, [note]
Than whom no better patriot breathes, &c.
And the relater thus afterwards introduces his own name:
| His grace then turn'd to me |
Ah, Charters! —
It is not impossible, indeed, that Lord Binning may have palmed the
thing upon Charters, who appears, from a note appended to the ballad,
to have been a “Colonel Charters.”