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253 At Frome, Mr. Chapman, tanner, of Sim. fician in Col. Haler's regiment; who was mington, to Miss Fords.
crolling Rahleigh Wear with his daughter on Died.] At Bath, aged 85, Mrs. Tracy. bis back, when he fell into a deep part of thie relict of T. Tracy, esq. of Saddiwell Park, Itream, and they were both drowned. Gloucestershire. Mrs. Shepherd, wife of At Sidmouth, Mrs. Osborne, the wife of
Shepherd, esq. of Styles’-hill, near Mr. James Olborne, of Birmingham. Frome. Mrs Harriet Le Merchant, daughter At Berry-Pomeroy, near Totnels, aged 25, of the late Mr. Le Merchant, of Guernsey. Miss Fowler. Alexander Bailey, esq. In the prime of lite, At Pickwell-house, J. R. Middleditch, Miss Parsons, second daughter of Mr T. esq. Parsons. Mrs. Key. Mrs. Wood. Mrs. At Barnstaple, Mr. S. Roberts, surgeon. Gandsey.
Aged 89, William Melmoth, efq. the In Gwinear parishi, a vein of Gilver of conelegant tranflator of Pliny's and Cicero's fiderable value, has been discovered in HurEpistles, and author of the celebrated letters land mine, commonly called the old manor published under the name of Sir Thomas mine, in which the miners are at present at Fitzolborne. Mr. Melmoth was the son of work. the pious author of “ The Great Importance of a Married.] At Falmouth, Mr. W.
Garland, Religious Life.” During the last thirty years to Miss E. Jenkins, both of that place. of his life, he constantly resided in the house
Died.] At Penzance, aged 22, Miss Baines, where he died.
eldest daughter of Cuthbert Baines, esq. At Bristol, Mrs. Gingell, widow. Mr.
Ar Trevince, after a long and painful illT. Thomas. Mrs. Britain, wife of Mr. ness, Mrs. Johns. Britain, porter-brewer. Capt. G. Greenway. At Falmouth, Mrs. Martha Ruffell. Mr. Wilkinson, gun-maker. Aged 74, Mr. W. Long, custom-house officer. Mr. T. Married.] At Denbigh, Mr. Daniel Jones Woodward, timber-merchant.
Miss Mary woollen-draper, of Liverpool, to Miss Jane Rice. Mrs. Hurley, wife of Mr. Hurley, Evans, daughter of Mr. William Evans, of wine-merchant. Mrs. Dolman. Mrs. Bat- Park-y-Twll, Denbighshire. ten. Aged 71, General Skinner. Aged 81, Ac Baidgend, Glamorganshire, the Rev. Mrs. Beck.
Mr. Griffith, to Miss K. Paterfon, daughter At Redland-Court-House, near Bristol, of the Rev. Dr. Paterfon, physician, of MarLady Holt.
gam, and formerly of Bristul. At Urrington, Mrs. Webb, reli&t of the
Died.] At Llanrhaiadaryn, Mochnant, late Rev. S. Webb, rector of Wingford and Box. aged 108, Marriat Lewis, who retained her
At Martock, aged 86, Rev. W. Baker, mental faculties till within a few days of her many years minister of a diffenting congrega- decease. tion.
At Gregynog, Montgomeryshire, Francis At Broom-hills, in the parish of Newland, Lloyd, efq. M. P. for that county. aged 84, Mr. George White, who had lived
At Cardigan, Miss Dorothy Williams, tenant under three generations.
daughter of William Williams, esq. of Tres
vach. Married.] At St. Thomas, near Exeter, · At Hay, in Breconshire, Mrs. E. Davies, Lieutenant Watkins, of the Wiltshire militia, of the black lion inn. to Miss Otto, daughter of the late John Otto At Tenby, Mr. John Lock. Mr. Williani Baijer, esq.
Harris, of the ball inn. Died.]
At Exmouth, Dr. Ford, an emi. nent physician.
Married.] At Harcherfield, near Haddington, At Tiverton, Mr. Gideon Acland, many the Right Honourable the Earl of Elgin, to years a respectable tradesman.
Miss Nesbitt. At Norton, near Taunton, in the prime of At Inverness, Major David Ross, of the life, Miss Norman, daughter of Mr. Norman. 71st regiment, to Miss Catherine Smith. At Exeter, Mr. John Hern. Miss Collier.
At Weit Field near Dundee, James Watt, Rev. John Vye, late rector of Rockbear. S. esq. to Miss Cornelia Aletta de Wilt. Weyniouth, esq. many years an eminent At Gordon Mills near Aberdeen, William wholesale druggiâ. Mr. Parker, sen. Miss Anderson, efq. merchant, to Miss Jane Still. Mare, daughter of Mr. Mare, of the white Died.] At Edingburgh, Duncan M'Millan, lion inn. Mr. Dingles. Mr. Sanderson, fur- writer. George Halbank, esq. Aged 85, the geon of the Somersetshire militia.
Hon, Mrs. Elizabeth Kerr. Alexander SmolAt Tavistock, Mrs. Branscombe, widow of let, efq. : Aged 103, Mrs. Mary Anne Mathe late Mr. Branscombe.
rine. At St. Thomas's, near Exeter, aged 89, At Dumfries, aged 91, James Ewart, efq. Mr. Aih, a respectable gardender and seedsman. At Dailly, in Ayrshire, aged 70, the Rev.
At Charleton, Mrs. Tickell, wife of the Thomas Thomson. Rev. W. Tickell.
At Rothsay, aged 69, John Rober:son, efq. At Chumleigh, Sabaftian Watkins, mu- merchant.
Lately at Glasgow, Mrs. Sinclair, who had being done at an expence fo triffing. Too served the public with integrity and zeal as much prajse on this score cannot be given to rpatron of the Town's Hospital for 23 years. the preceptor and other gentlemen, who From Ayr, where she was born 1736, the was visit the Hospital daily, to second and prompt brought to Glasgow very young, and in 1 54 the efforts of the matron; but much demarried James Sinclair, burgess and freeman pended on herself. She went to every place; wright of that city. For some years they she saw every thing under her charge exeenjoyed prosperity, but loit all their chil- cuted ;. the distributed proper employments dren in infancy; and the husband having to every person capable of labour ; nay, with at last embarrassed liis circumstances through fingular penetration, for of that she possessed dissipation, abandoned his wife, then preg- an uncominon Mure, she trained to useful
with her fifth child. Stripped of labours several ideots, whom others would every thing, she was left without necef- have left in idleness, or doomed to a cell. faries for herself, or the infant whom she Along with proper education, the children bore foon after this cruel reverse : but in- have always been inured to work (fomeftead of sinking under it, her erect, un times perhaps rather too much); and twelve daunted fpirit role superior to misfortune. years ago Mrs. Sinclair introduced among the Conscious of having done her duty, resolved girls the manufacture of lace. For some to do it still, maternal anxiety for a destitute time it was unpromising, but the persevered child, far from returding, seemed to quicken with her wonted steadiness, and the profits her recovery; and as she was one of those from it now are sufficient to maintain and who really believed that a gracious Provi educate forty girls annually. Her attention dence, guarding all the upright, watches to those who coulù work never made her particularly over the orphan, the hoped, by neglect the sick, whom she treated with the economy and patient industry, to procure utmost care and tenderness. I mention this fubsistence. Expert at every kind of needle- particularly, because I have frequently witwork, after a very short confinement, the need it, though I have heard some, who did Jaboured steadily from morning till night, not know the people she had to deal with, and soon began to teach a number of girls, of censure her manner as severe and starn. Nem whom many are now reípcétably settled in ver was a censure less merited. Subordina. life, and all of them mention their old mis- tion and discipline, indeed, she enforced, betress with gratičude and veneration. From cause she knew them to be effentially necerher earnings, scanty as they mut have been, sary; and the set an example of ovedience to the supported an aged mother for many years. superiors in her own conduct ; for, notwithShe never saw her husband again ; and her standing the length of her services; notwith, last child, the companion of her solitude Itanding the attention which she exalmost the orly joy of her heart--followed perienced from the preceptor, and all the the reft to an early grave. In 1775 there managers ; though she was ever ready to was a vacancy in the Town's Hospital, and serve the louse, whether in her own departmany applied with recommendations much ment or not, I know no instance of her nak. more ample than Mrs. Sinclair’s. Some gen. ing one innovation or exercising any power, tlemen, however, with great good sense, without explicit authority. Her unremita rerolved to examine the different candidates ting exertions at last overpowered a constituin a way admirably calculated to check the tion, exhausted by the toils, perhaps, fhatrecommendations. For this purpose, with- tered by the calamaties of her youth. She out previous notice, they vitited each pretty had a presentiment of her fate, which the early, and found most of them in a situation mentioned with solemnity indeed, but with which extorted apologies ; but from Mrs. no improper concern, because it had been the Sinclair they heard none. At an early hour great business of her life to prepare for that they found her dreiled; all her simple furni- event. She was soon after ftruck with an ture perfectly clean, and ranged in exact or- apoplexy during the night, and, after lander; berself liucing amillt her little fcholars, guishing eight days, she expired in the 62d who wrought around her. This determined year of her age. Her character has been their choice: the other managers, after a fufficiently delineated by describing her confull investigation, confirmed it, and the duct, in which exaggeration has been ro event has proved the fagacity by which it carefully avoided, that to some the colouring was guided. The Hospital, over which the will appear faint, and the expression cold. presided, contains at present 400 people, viz. For the correctness of the outline, an appeal 140 children, and 290 agcd, of whom about to every gentleman who has interested him86 are too old and infirm to labour. There selfin the management of the poor, will vouch are besides 'at nurse about 100 children, for for. So generally, were the merits of Mrs. Sinwhom clot'ies are provided froni the Hospital. clair known, that some years ago, when the For this establishnient there are two iervants Royal Infirmary was about to be opened, only, a circumstance that astonished Mr. every one thought of her as the fittelt peiHoward, accuftoined as he was to English ton for taking charge of that institution ; but hospitals, in which, if we are nit milin- she was too much attached to the managers, formed, there is no instance of so much work whom she had long served, to quit her place.
1799.] Biographical Notice of Mr. Robert Merry. 255 At one of their stated weekly meetings, the was as favourable a recommendation to the worthy preceptor, who had the most frequent officers of that mess, as any perfection in exopportunities of observing her merit, moved ercile could be to a marcinet general. It is the following resolution :-rThe Committee suficient to say, that this young, this handbeing of opinion, that some public testimony fome recruit, was introduced to, and drilled by fould be given of the sense they entertain Captain Otyar and Co. and it must be acknows of Mrs. Sinclair's great merit and usefulness ledged that a more dafiing Squad could not be in the execution of her office for upwards of found in any of the king's dominions. twenty years, propose, that the expences of A military life, however it might for her funeral should be defrayed at the public awhile gratify the youthful vanity of our sharge.” The motion pailed unanimously, hern, did not long engage his heart. with expressions of sincere regret for the lors To gain dilinction as a soldier, a man muft of such a matron, and ardent withes that her love the profesion; lie must give himself fucceffor might prove her equal.-Glasgow Cou wholly up to it, as an art and science: this,
cornet Merry could not do, and therefore he
had no hope of ever attaining to an eminence Letters, both public and private, received in the career. A lieutenancy and adjutancy from America, about a month ago, brought were the highest commillions he ever held in intelligence that Robert Merry died suddenly the army, and these he disposed of with the on the 24th of December, at Baltimore, in resolution to travel on the continent. Maryland, of an apoplectic disorder, induced, Like the bees on Hybla's banks our rover as is apprehended, from a plethora and a want tasted of every sweet within his reach: but of duc exercise.
Florence chiefly engaged his attention, not to The lat:er part of the life of this de- fay his affection. The charms of a well servetly admired man, so far as it attracts the known lady of quality fascinated his eyes, tice of the biographer, exhibits two colour- penetrated his heart, and for a time fixed him ings of nearly equal strength: viz. the poeti to the spot. Italy, in his mind, surpassed all cal and political. The preceding, after his countries under heaven for realising the pleaintroduction into the world, was tinctured with sures of the imagination. And it might perextravagance and diffipation; vices two ge- haps better become the vivid pen of an Ovid, neral and fashionable at that period, to allow
than the cooler one of an historian, or wria lively turn and pliant disposition to be se ter of a memoir, to dwell on the voluptuous cure from their infection.
scenes in which he was fo favoured an actor. His father has acquired more than a com As the lady was a married woman, delicacy petency by trade, and had a relile for its ad forbids us to hint at what might be the provantages and profits : but the aunt of our bable consequences of those intimacies beyoung hero, had sentiments of a loftier cat, tween the English Eneas and the Italian Dido. and the prevailed on her brother to allow her The discussion alone might lead, if not to the to prescribe the regimen for her nephew's interruption.of private liappiness, at least to education. This proposal, which could not the suspicion, that the laws of primogeniture but be agreeable to puerile ambition, was no do not, in all cases, answer the intention of less readily acquiesced in by the father, from their framers. Let us therefore throw a veil a well poised confideration of interest; and over the pi&ure which gives rise to such pain. the first foundation of the gentleman, in young ful and scrutiniling ideas. The inquisitive Merry, was laid by that great literary charace after records of gallantry may seek them on ter Dr. Parr. From the Doctor he went to the spot. The waters of the gilded Po and Chrift College, Oxford, where he made an white stream Tibris have often reflected the intima e acquaintance, which, at one time, lovers images, and the banks of the swifter was thought might have greatly aided his Arno, and all the haunts of voluptuousness advancement in life. This acquaintance, with which that region of delights abounds, however, did not ripen into the expected have heard their vows. Whether the first of fruit; probably for want of cultivation. these rivers, fo famed of old for extinguishing
The profession of divinity and law were the ambition of a Phäeton, contributed to canvasled by Mr. Merry's relations in order to quench the flame of our hero, or whether fomake a choice for him. But as he was not ber reason took its turn to reign, we find litegrave enough in countenance for the par rature began to exercise its wonted ascendancy 1o, it was resolved, he should be a lawyer; over his enlightened mind. and he accordingly entered a student of Sensual pleasures had never so wholly por. Lincoln's-Inn. Why this line was not pursesled him as not to allow him leisure for is. sued does aut appear; as on the death of his tellectual improvement. By the engagingfather he purclared a commillion in the horse. nefs of his manners, and the influence of the guards; and he entered into that corps at a connexion spoken of, he had made an acperiod when it was difficult to decide whether quaintance with several persons, natives as its devotion to the roly god, and cyprian god- well as foreigners, distinguished as literari in dess, did not outdo its zeal in the service of the circles of fashion. He was elected a Bellona,. And gracefully
member of the celebrated Academy Della
to entwine, Crusca, and was easily persuaded to engage The myrule of Venus with Bacchus's vine, with several of his country folks of both
sexes in the Florentinė Miscellany, printed
A THIRD, under the eye and superintendence of the ju
ON ANOTHER SUBJECT. dicious and learned Mrs. Piozzi. While wit When truth her rending scourge applies, and taste were thus publicly diffused through The HIRELINGS roar with streaming eyes ; the elegant part of the world, private scandal They crowd together and complain, did not want for publishers. Tales were cir- They cannot bear so GREAT A PAINB. culated, which, accordireg to the late and
Upon a ministerial newspaper affixing his learned Lord Mansfield's doctrine, could not fail to be deemed great libels And there be adopted signature to some verses of a very
different nature and tendency, he wrote the coming every day more current, failed not to
following give great uneasiness to the enamorato as well as to his friends. Mr. Merry's indignation at
IMPROMPTU. the authors of these reports, which he found The SLAVISH PRINT, that's dead to shame, among his collaborators, urged him to take up
In fury for Jeparted fame, the pen of satire in revenge. He employed it Has even robb’d me of my name : in ridiculing the greater part of the circle, Alas! my nose is out of joint ; and in some measure occasioned its breaking. Yet what's a THORNE without a point ? up. This incident hastened Mr. Merry's
But these brilliant effufions like the cutreturn to his native country, and gives a proper occafion to speak of his poetical taste ting epigranis of Horace (which author
our's so much resembled in indolence, and the and acquirements. That the subject of our memoir pofleffed a lively imagination, that of the last of the Ronian poets, must in time
love of refined pleasures); or like the satires, he spoke the l'anguage of passion, every one
lose their walue, when the occasions which who had the happine's to know hin must
gave the birth are forgotten, hoviever anibear witness; what is there then to wonder at that he afterwards appeared fo capable been at the period they were written,
mated anu well directed they might have of expressing himself in regular, in harmo
Inese jeux d'esprits are offered as proofs of nious numbers ? He had the qualities of a
his fancy and ready wit only. For his judge poet by nature. The company he had kept,
ment and skill in versification we refer the the countries he had visited, the books he had read, all conspired to give those qualities reader to the reviewers of his works as they every external aid. The approbation his first of living Authors." His connexion with se
appeared ; as well as to 66 Literary Memoirs essays in the art experienced, fully justified veral persons concerned in dramatic affairs, the great expectation formed of his future productions. Many of his pieces have been poliesied him with the idea of writing for the rather impromptu fights to Parnaffus, than stage. He was not Yu perficial enough to fuc
ceed in this walk. Audied compositions. They show, however, judgment to perverte i tate, and therefore
He disdained to sacrifice the author's powers, and while they give
was not calculated to please á vitiated palate. pleasure to the present age they will not fail His tragedy of Lorenso, represented at Covent to secure him the admiration of posterity. Of Garden house, and his Magician no Conjuror ; his beautiful verses and fugitive pieces pub- while they prove lis various turn of mind lished in the World, under the title Della equally manifest to those who knew the wriCrusca, &c. it is unneceslary to speak; they ter, that he was biafled to the undertaking are fresh in every one's mcmory. of his fa- without due consideration. fyrical and witty epigrams published in the
His native fire times out in his odes. Some Argus, under the signature of Tom Thorne it is of these give room to think that had he .emequally needlefs to make mention. During ployed himself chiefly in the lyric species of the last months of hat paper's existence, it
poetry, he might have filled a most honouramight be truly said, a certain Rose was sie
ble place between Pindar and Horace. In ver without a THORNE.
confirmation of which assertion reference may As a specimen of the keenness of our
be had to the odaic song he wrote for the poet's epigrammatic wit, we give the few fourteenth of July, the anniversary of the following infances.
fall of the Bastille, and which was repeated THE LONDON ROSE.
in full chorus, with so much applause, in the The Rose is called the first of flow'rs
year 1791, at the Crown and Anchor taIn all the rural shades and bow'rs ; But 0! in London 'tis decreed,
The Laurel of Liberty he wrote also, and The Rose is but a DIRTY WEED.
presented it to the National Convention who
did honour to the author by the manner in
He had one of those susceptible minds, to
which the genius of liberty instantaneously
misingly beneficial change of condition in to Whene'er the House becomes TOO HOT. many millions of his fellow creatures. He
7799.) Biographical Notice of Mr. Robert Merry.
257 would be a spectator of the scene ; and ac that it is difficult to say whether at this pe. cordingly in the summer of 1792, he visited riod his inattention to money affairs had Paris.. While in that city, and under the made him more the prey of unsatisfied creinvitation given by the French legislature to ditors or of unprincipled lawyers. all foreigners, to favour them with their sen., Upon his marriage with the celebrated timents on the erecting a free conftitution; he actress Miss Brunton, a prospect opened to wrote a short treatise in English, on the na him of living at his ease, by the joint proture of fiee government. It was translated duction of that lady's talents and his own into French by Mr. Madget *, and presented pen; but unfortunately the pride of those in the same manner as the Laurel of Liberty relations upon whom he had most dependence, to the National Convention : " honourable was wounded by the alliance, and he was mention” being made of it on their journals. constrained much against Mrs. Merry's incli
When Mr. Merry was making his tour in nation to take her from the stage. This he Italy, and especially while surveying that fa- did as soon as her engagement at the theatre mous city, once the mistress of the world, expired, which was in the spring of 1792. and still the repertory of all the great mo- They both returned from the continent in the dels of the fine arts; he met with David the summer of 1793 (for Mrs. Merry had ac. celebrated French painter, who had repaired companied him to France), and from that. there with the view of further improvement. date they cannot be faid to have formed any He had now in Paris an opportunity of re settled plan, unless their retiring to America newing this acquaintance with his old friend, in 1796 may be so considered. Occasionally who had laid aside the pallet and taken upon in the above interval Mr. Merry wrote for a himself the duties of a legislator. By David periodical paper; and some of the best poetry he was introduced to several members of the in the Telegraph was the production of his Legislative Assembly and of the Convention, pen. His Signior Pittacbio, written at this peand it was to this friendship he was indebted riod, must ever be deemed a most happy profor a passport to return home when so many
duction of keen satire, unsurpassed by any Englishmen applied for them in vain.
thing in ancient or modern times. No miR. Merry was in Paris on the memorable nister in any age had been so ridiculed before. both of August, when the Parisians stormed But our author had seen that the thunder of the Royal Palace. He was there also on 3rd reason and truth had been as ineffectually and 4th of September, of the same year, tried to change the state of affairs, as his those diès atri of that season of the revolu- [quibs of fatire and ridicule; he therefore betion. He had a ticket presented to him, and gan to think of seeking in a distant country a seat reserved for him in one of the lodges of what he despaired of ever finding in this. theconvention, now erected into a national He was not long in resolving. He snatched tribunal, had he chosen to be present at the up a pen and wrote partly in tears, partly in trial of the king ; but he declined the offer; ink, an adieu to his native land. There afand i may be laid of him with great truth, fecting lines are in print, and the occafion and that however he approved of the principles subject of them are fresh in the minds of his of the French revolution, he turned his face dearest friends : to whom upon his taking from all the violences with which it was at leave he said, in the words of Oroonoko. tended in its progress. Revolution upon re
This last farewel, volution greatly affected his fenfibility; for Be sure of one thing that will comfort us, though he was robust of frame, his nerves did Whatever world we are next thrown upon, not correspond with his muscular strength. Cannot be worse than this. Thus alarmed he quitted the scene of lan. Considering this a mere sketch of a life in guinary contention, although there were many what is called the grande monde ; we have of both parties and those of high confideration, not touched upon any of the incidents of our willing to thew him every civility in their hero's early age. Trisling as they may be power.
thought by some persons, they will no doubc Mr. Merry had always been a bon vitant ; one day engage the pen of sonie abler hand, he had also a turn for play, and this with who shall undertake fully to satisfy public other fashionable propensities kept him for curiosity, by prefixing his whole life to a colseveral years in an embarrassed fate; so lection of his classical works.
Having been born in Lon'on, his fond aunt * This is the Mr. Madget spoken of in was afraid the country air might be too severe the intercepted letter of Dr. Jackson, con for the young cockney's tender frame, he was demned in Ireland for high treason; and therefore never carried abroad unless wrapt in whose name for want of the real fact being furs or other equally warm clothing. Note known or credited, was represented in the withstanding all which, he appeared luckily inuendoes of the Attorney General, as having to have escaped the dangers which J. J. Rousa myfterious signification; whereas Mr. Mad seau describes the children of great personget was a real character, an Irishman by birth, ages to undergo from too much parental fond. but had fulfilled the functions of a clergy- ness. man above twenty years in France, and at the In a letter to a friend after his arrival in the sime of Dr. Jackson's trial, was a public new world, he speaks of the sublime emotions craaflator of languages.
with which, liis soul was filled by the voyage MONTHLY MAC. No. XLIII.