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At Horsington, Mrs. Spencer, relict of hoped his friends will put it into the hands of Matthew S.esq.

some person, who wili give it soon to the pub. Aç Yeotown, near Barnstaple, the wife of lic. He piiblished, sone years site, a voluit R. Newton Incledon, esg.

minous work, intitled, “ The Gospel Recoó At the Retreat, near Exeter, Sir Alexander Vered;" and a few months cefore his weath, Hanilton, who served the office of high Ii A Treatise upon the Evidences of a Deity ;* sheriff of the cou ty in 1786,

in which he con utes all atheistical 'uoctries, At Newton House, Yeovil, Mrs. Harbin, ani ably proves the existence of a God. This relict of Swayne H. esq. 81.

work will remain a testimony of his great At Harewood, near Tavistock, John Pear- power of reasoning and extensive intorma. son Foote, esq.

At Heavitree, Mr. Robert Jameson, son
of John J. esq of Aberdeen, 27.

Married.] At Cashell, Lord Viscount Bero At Newton Abbott, Mr. Whitburne, sør- naid, son of the Earl of Ballou, and M. P. geon and apothecary:

for the county of Cork, to Miss Brouericky CORNWALL,

daiighter of the Archbishop of Cashel, A public Dispensary and Humane Society Died.] At Hampton, county ut Dublin, has just been established at Penzance. Its Alexander Hamilton, esq. high sheriff of the objects are to mitigate the sufferings of the county, and eldest son of the late Honourable poor in seasons of sickness, by gratuitous Baron H. 44. medical assis! nce, nourishing food, and

In Dublin, the Countess Dowager of Mayo. Other needfui comforts--to rescue the poor - Dowager Lady Sitele.-- The Right Hun. frum the malignity of the small-pox, by John Monck Mason, 84. introducing vaccination--and the recovery of At Atoe.i, county' oi' Limeric, in full poga persons in cases of suspended animation. session of her faculties, Mrs. Eleonora Scau. Murriea.] Ats. Tudy, Richard Hasken, lah, 110.

DEATHS ABROAD esq. to Mrs. Ann Furnis.

At Endellion, Mr. W. Thomas, to Miss In the Island of Jamaica, Lieutenant-ge. Cock, daughter of C.esq. of Trefreock. - neral Villettes. This officer was descensed At Lirkeard, w Itiam Beard, esq. of Bod

from one of the most ancient families in min, tu Miss Nanjulian, of Lostwithiei.

France. His ancestors were Lords of Monte Diea.] At Flusring, the youngest daughter didier in Languedoc, in the thirteenth cene of j. P. B. Trevanion, esq.of Cashayes. tury, and many ot" them held consideraole

At Toway, Mıs. Fire, wife of Lieut. F. otlices under different monarens. During the

At Charlestown, St. Austell, Mrs. Sarah civil wars, they were much distinguisned for Younder, 34.

their exertions in tavour of the Hugonots; At Cameliord, Mr. John Marshall, sur- and arter the revocation of the edict of geon.

Nantes they withdrew from Fran è und sets

tied in this kingdom. The atoer oi me latė The commissioners of the Breconshire lieutenant-general was Educated in toe diplom turnpikes are about to make two branches matic line, and was niany y ars minister of tui.

pike road; one branch from the Bre- plenipotentiary to the late and the present con and Mirthyr road near Nant-yr. Eira, to king; first at the court or i urin, ano arterjoin the Neath and Merthyr road near Hire waids with the Helvetic Cantons. He with wain iron works; and the other from Crick, drew from public live in the year 1762, and howell-bridge to join the Abergavenny and resided at bati till 1776; when he died, in and Merthyr road, near Pentwyn Clydach, the 75th year of suis age.

his second son, Llanelly.

william Anne Vliettes, Wis ourn at Bern, Married.] At Glasbury, Brecon, Thynnè on the 14th of June, 1754. He received the Howe Gwynne, ésq. to the Hon. Georgianna erly park of ss education at a private school Marianna Devereux, sister to Viscount Here

and the lac er part of it at the ford.

University of St. Andr-w's. AN!! dness of Died.] At Newhouse, near Cardiff, Mrs. disposition, and a regular periormance of Knight, aged 58, widow of the sate Wiliam watever it was mais dviy iu ùu; qualities Knight, esq. and one of the caughtais uf when through life were discinguished textes the late William Bruce, esq. of Lamble

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se.col, sa fie never received a biów, either At Kilmarnock, Ayrsnnie, aged 84, John trømnis master, o" ally of his hool-tellows; Goldie, esq.; a man, for acuteness of appře. nur was e ever kno.vn üi che Quiversity to hension, and eccentricity of ideas, equalied to have exper:bcea a reprimunj tro.n any of

by few. The last forty years oi mis liie were the proie:sors, or to have veen engaged in a almost entirely spent in the side of the scio quarred with any of his rellow-students. His ence oi astronomy, in which he is said to have father originally intended him for the corrected several prevailing errors. His ook bar, and he was acoly entered at Linupou che sutject was almust ready for going coln's un, and kept (ws or three terms; but to the press 'when he dico; and it is 10 OC lils arcour fur a m..tary lue was so great



that Mr. Villettes at last gave way to his December, Faron was taken by surprise (but son’s inclinations, and obtained for him, in not by the fault of any British officer); and the year 1775, a cernetcy in the 10th regi. Fort Mulgrave, the nearest post to Les ment of dragoons. In this respectable corps, Sablettes, was carried by storm. These disa Villettes continued till he rose to the rank or asters rendered the evacuation of Toulon un. major. In this, as in every other part of his avoidable. The Neapolitan troops, undes lite, a punctual discharge of the duties of bis the command of Colonel Villettes, behaved elation was constantly observed. By this he very well as long as they were exposed to no obtained the approbation of his superiors, and danger; but when they saw that Fort Mulby his amiable manners he secured the esteem grave was lost, and the French appeared ready and good will of his equals and his inferiors. to attack them, they retired in a body, got During a great part of this period, Capt. Vil. into their boats, and embarked on board their Bettes attended Sir W. Pitt (then commander ships. Notwithstanding the desertion of so et the forces in Ireland) as his aid de-camp great a part of his force, Colonel Villeftes. and secretary. The character of that venera- kept up so good an appearance with the reble officer requires no panegyric; and it certain mainder, that Les Sablettes, and, of course, By was an honour to Villettes, that he lived the whole of the peninsula, continued in our several years in his family, not only as his possession till the evening of the 18th; when secretary, but as his confidential friend. His the evacuation of Toulon being complete, he attachment to Sir William Pitt was, indeed, received orders to withdraw his troops. This that of a son lo a parent; and; like all olher service, though rendered very difficult by the autachments that he formed, continued in proximity of the enemy, was nevertheless variable to the end of his life. In the year effected during the night; and the troops 1792, Najór Villettes quitted the dragoons, were marched to the other end of the penin. and was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the sula, where they were embarked in boats, 69ch regiment of foot; which, in conse. which conveyed them, without loss, on board quence of the breaking out of the war in the fleet. The next service in which Colonel 1793, was sent to the Mediterranean, serving Villectes was engaged, was the conquest of as marines on board division of the fleet Corsica. He acted here in his proper station under the command of Lord Hood. From at the siege of Saint Fiorenza; and afterwards. this service Colonel Villettes was exempt, as in a more distinguished manner, at that of a tield-officer ; but when Toulon, was given Bastia. Lord Hood having proposed to the mp to the allies, be left England to take the commander of the land forces the attack of command of his regiment, then forming a this latter place, and the measure being deempart of the garrison, His services there were ed inexpedient by that officer, bis lordship much distinguished by General O'Hara, and resolved to undertake the siege; without the his successor, General Dundas. The heights assistance of any truops but those who were af Faron were entrusted to him; and during originally given hiru as marines. Altera ciose the time that he commanded in that impor: blockade of forty days, Basgia was taken, and tant station, his vigilance was such, that he Lord Hood gratelully acknowledged the esnever retired to rest till day-light appeared. sential assistance which he received on that All attenipts at surprise were accordingly occasion froin Colonel' Villettes. The meriç frustrated, and every thing remained secure; of this service will perhaps be more fully apthe strength of the position scarcely exposing preciated, when it is known, tbat the force it to any other danger. At lengtli, the which Colonel Villettes commanded, was French army being increased, after the reduce composed of no more than 1000 british sol. E1Q0 afLyons, the danger to which Toulon dier», 250 landed seamen, and 1200 Corsicans; became exposed was proportionably greater, which last were fit only to scour the country: and Caionei Viitettes was called to a station The garrison, on the other hand, consisted of of still more importance, and requiring the 4000 French regulars, and about as many of execution of greater military talents. This the armed inhavitants. Even after the sur. was the defence of Les Sabletres,, a narrow renatr of the place, the difficulties of Colonel ist hnus, by which the peninsula that forms Villettes' situation did not cease.

With his the south side of the road of Toulon is con small force, he was to guard 8000, prisoners; nected with the main land. , As long as this and thus arduous task was continued several pust was in our possession, the whole penin- days, the state of the weather rendering it Quia was secure, and the ships could remain impossible to send them away in a shurter in safety in the road; but in this had been lost, For this important service Colonel the various batteries on the peninsula might Villettes was rewarded, by being appointed bave been turned upon then, the shipping Governor of Bastia ; and a vote of thanks to wust have removed into the bay, and the him being proposed in the House of Com. ; subsequent embarkation of the troops and the mons, it seemed to be a subject of regret inhabitants would have been rendered im- with every person, that some circumstances. practicable. At this post Colonel Villettes of parliamentary etiquette rendered it impose cuinmanded; having under him 700 british, sible to accede to the morion. In the jear and 800 Nespolitan trcops. On one içth of 1790, an interniittent dever, of a very bad.

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kind, which is common in Corsica, obliged during his command in Malta, in whicha Colonel Villettes to resign the government these qualities were exerted, and executed of Bastia, and return to England; and the with the very best effects. When Tomasin following year, Portugal being threatened by the French-elected Grand Master, laid claim the French, he was sent to that country, and to the island ; when a French Agent sougim servei in the army commanded by his friend an occasion of quarrel, and endeavoured to Sir Charles Stuart, about a year and a half; raise a disturbance in the theatre, as had been when, the danger being for the present te. done successfully at Rome, Naples, and elsemoved, the British troops were withdrawn, ` where ; when a most alarming muriny took and Colonel Villettes came back to England, place among the foreign troops in Fort Ricawhere he was promoted to the rank of a majore soli; on all these, and on many other occasions, general, on the 18th of June, 1798. About the firm, temperate, and judicious conduct this time, General Villettes was appointed Gen. Villettes was successfully employed. comptruiter of the household of his Royal In the year 1807, the personal and profesHighness the Duke of Kent; and his royal sional merit of this officer, his perfect knowhighness continued to honour the gene- ledge of most of the European languages, and ral with his confidence as long as he lived. his long acquaintance with the military sysIn 1799, General Villettes was sent to Corfu;: téms of the continental powers, pointed hirza It being then in contemplation to raise a corps out to his Majesty's government as a proper of Albanians for bis Majesty's service. Of person to command the foreign troops where the inexpediency of this measare the general were to form a part of the army intended to was soon convinced ; ani however advantage- be sent to the Baltic, under Lord Cathcartous the adopting it might have proved to Gen. Villettes was accordingly re-caltea himself, he strongly advised the contrary, and from Malta; but, though he obeyed the the plan was accordingly relinquished. The summons with the utmost promptitude, mutiny which some years afterwardstok place it was found impossible for him to arrive at Malta among troops of a simi ar descrip. in England in time to take any share in the tion, fully proved the justness of his opinion. northern expedition. That expedition was When his presence was no longer necessary accordingly dispatched under other corrin Corfu, Gen Villetes was sent to Malta; manders, and Gen. Villettes was, soon after where he acted for some time as second in his arrival, appointed to a situation stilt mere command to Gen. Pigot ; and, after his de honourable, but eventually fatal to him.' it parture in 1801, as commander in chief of was in the month of September, 1807, that this the forces, in which important situation he Officer, now a Lieutenant-general, returaed remained till the year 1807. Those persons to England, a country in which tre tid who recollect the stipulations concerning passed so small a portion of his life, as to be Malta in the treaty of Amiens, the discus. much less known in it than his worth desions which arose during the peace in conse- served. He was soon after appointed Color quence of those stipulations, and the value pel of the 64th regiment of infantry; ani attached to this island by all parties since his talents were not suffered to remain long che renewal of hostilities; and who, at the unemployed. A proper person was wanited same time, consider the situation of Malta, to be commander of the forces, and Lieute with respect to Naples, Sicily, Egypt, and nant-governor, of Jamaica. Many circa me indeed the whole of the Mediterranean and the stances in the situation of that Island nenLevant, will readily conceive that there were dered it necessary to be particularly careful few situations, in which a firm, temperate, in the appointment of a general officer suited and judicious conduct could be more requisite to that important trust. Gen. Villettes was than in the commander of the forces in that selected for this purpose ; and it wouid, -perisland. It may safely be asserted, that' few haps, farve been difficult to have found a few men were superior to Gen. Villettes in the more capable of fulfilling the duties of the qualities from which such a conduct origi- stacion to the satisfaction of Government, and Dates. His judgment was 80 good, that, for the benefit of the colony. He was accord though he seldom staud in need of advice, ingly appointed Lieutenant-governor an yet, on every proper occasion, he was ready commander of the forces in Jamaica, with to listen to it; to adopt it with candour, it be the rank of a General in that Island, in the judged it to be right; or to adhere to his latter end of the year 1807. Highly konourown opinion, if Ire saw no jusk grounds for able as this appointment was, Gen. Villetiek abandoning it. His firmness in pursuing the would willingly have declined it. His conline of conduct, which he thought it his duty stitution, which was never very strong, had to adopt, was equally remarkable; and to been much impaired by bilious complaints these qualities were uniied a tomper the least and having been absent from England during irritable, and manners the nost conciliatory, almost the whole of the last fourteen years, that can be well imagined. The favourite he would gladly have remained some time in maxim of “ Suaviter in mods, Fortiter in this country. The last day before he éta re," has perbaps seldom been per- barked at Spithead, was spent at the house a jesily exemplifica. Many instances occurred the earliest friend of bis joush, to whuaa, is



confidential conversation, he expressed his be- late friend the Hon. Sir C Stuart. Mr. lief, that the climate of Jamaica would not Westmacott is' employed as the sculptor ; agree with him ; " but,” he added, “I and the following inscription is to be engraved would not object so going there on that ac- on the marbie: count; for if I were ordered to march up to

" Sacred to the memory of a battery, I should do it, though I might be. Lieut.-Gen. WILLIAM ANNE VILLETTES, of opinion that I should be killed before my (second son of Arthur Villettes, Esq. his troops could carry it; and, in like manner, Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary at the I think I ought not to hesitate as to going to Court of Turin, and to the Helvetic Cantons,) Jamaica, if his Majesty's service requires it, who, during a period of thirty three years, Though I may be of opinion that I shall fall rendered essential sírvice to his country, at a victim to theclimate.” But Jittle is known Toulon, in Corsica, at Malta, and in many in England of. whát bappened in Jamaica du... other places. In consideration of these serring the short period that General Villettes. vices, he was appointed Colonel' of the 6+th lived after his arrival in that island. It is, regiment of Infantry, and Lieutenant Goverhowever, well known, that his amiable dis.. nor and Com diander of the Forces in Jamaica; position, and that firm, but conciliatory con- but, while engaged in a tour of military in. duct, which always formed so remarkable a spection in that island, he was seized with a part of his character, soon engaged the confie fever, and died near Port Antonio, on the dence and estcem of the whole community. 13th of July, 1808. aged 54 years. A worthy In the month of July, 1808, he vndertook a member of society was thus taken from the military tour of inspection through the island. public; a valuable officer, was lost to the Neither the bad state of his health, nor the King's service; and the Island of Jamaica unfavourable weather, could induce him to was deprived of a man well calculated to propostpone doing what he copsidered to be his

mote its happiness and prosperity. His residuty. General Villettes left Kingston on the dence there was indeed short ; yet his manly 3d of July, and proceeded as far Port Antonio, but mild virtues, shis dignified but affajle dewhere he inspected some of the troops. He portment, and his firm but conciliating conset out from thence on the 11th, to go to duct, had secured him the confidence and Buff Bay, in the parish of St. George, to in- esteem of the whole community. spect a battalion of the 60ch, which was " The sculptur'd marble shall dissolve indust, stationed there ; but in this journey he was. And fame, and wealth, and honours, pass seized with a fever, which, on the third day,

away ; put a period to his life. He died on the 13th Not such the triumphs of the good and just, July, at Mrs. Brown's estate, named Wnion; Not such the glories of eternal day.” retaining in his last moments the same sere- At Cronroe, 1. Ambrose Eccles, esq. a chanity of mind for which his whole life had racter of the highest respectability. A profound been so remarkably distinguished. The re- scholar, a perfect gentleman, he was an ornagret expressed on this occasion by all descrip. menerosociety. Asa critic, he was distinguishtions of persons in Jamaica, far exceeded what ed amongst the commentators on Shakespeare. could have been supposed possible, when the On the qualities of his heart, it is not, at short period that General Villettes had resided present, intended to expatiate. We shall among them is taken into consideration. His only observe, that, perhaps a purir spirit body was interred near Kingston, in the pa never stood before the throne of the Almighty rish of Half-Way-Tree, in which he resided. than that of the subject of this article. Pero The funeral was attended by the Duke of Man- haps a better husband, a better father, and, chester (the Governor of the Island), as chief in every respect, a better man never existed. mourner, and was conducted with all the mi- But full justice will, we trost, yet be done to litary honours to justly due to the rank and his memory. Nothing more is now intended merit of the deceased." Few men have posm than an basty sketch of his life and character. sessed, in a degree superior to General Vil After a regular course of education, in the lettes, the talent of acquiring the good will college of Dublin, he went to the Continent. of almost all, the ill will of scarcely any, who Here his stay was not long. From France kaew him, The chief reason was that he he proceeded to Italy, but ill health limited felt good will towards all, and his conduct his tour in that interesting country From was suitable to his feelings. His friendship, Rome he returned to Florence, where he though by no means restricted to a few, was studied the Italian-language, with great assifar fram teingaindiscriminate ; but any person duity and success, under a celebrated prowho once really enjoyed it, was sure that it fessor. But he was soon compelled by the vould never be withdrawn. On the applica- state of his health, to return home. On his tion of three friends of the late Lieutenant- way, he.paused in London, where he conGeneral Villeftes, the Dean, and Chapter of crived to reside sometime, associating with Westminster have consented that a monument some of the remarkable literary characters of should be placed to the memory of that much the day. With the late Dr. Jolinson, he lamented officer, near the monument of his boasted no intimacy, but he had met him at

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Tom Davies's, and paid , the most respectful The praise bestowed on them, by the author attention to his conversation. Some of his of an Essay on the revival of the drama in opinions and remarks, which had impressed Italy, note 3, p. 270, is only justice to their themselves deeply upon his memory, he used merit. “As you like it,” was prepared for the to take pleasure in repeating. Revering press upon the same plan, but it sleeps with Tillotson, he was surprised to hear the doctor the editor, to whom we shall now return. call him “ a pitiful fellow." But he was His person was iall, well proportioned, and still more astonished to hear him acknow- majestic. His countenance beamed benevoledge, “ long aiter he had been employed. lence. His manners were soft, easy, and in preparing his Shakespeare for the public polite. His mind was richly stored with eve, indeed a very short time before it issued classic. !ore, and every moral virtue. His from the press, that he had never yet read conversation was a stream of elegant inforthe plays or Beaumoirt and Fletcher." Pre- mation, occasionally enriched with just critiface to the plays, Lear and Cynıbelire, Dub. cism and solid argument. Graced with every 1799. During his residence in London, the accomplishnient himself, his family became theatre engaged much of his attention, and highly accomplished under his direction. Of his passion for that elegant amusemerit grew the fine arts, music, (which he has so ably de

" He followed the best per-' finded in a note on the Merchant of Venice," formers from theatre to cheatre, and studied p. 256-239, was his favourite. Accordingly the best dramatic writers. From an admirer it was particularly cultivated in his family, he became a critie. Idolising Shakespeare, who seems to inherit not only his accomhe oiten lamented chat his dramas had sus- plishments, but his virtues. To this slight fered in their structure, from the ignorance sketch of his character, we shall only add, or carelessness of the first editors. This de- that he closed an useful life at an advanced. termined him to attempt a transposition of age, at-his beautiful seat of Cronroe, where the scenes, in a few places, from the order he had long resided in elegant hospitality, in which they have been handed down by ministering to the comforts of his surrounding successive editions. " This," be continues

tenantry, and exhibising in his public and in the modest preface to his edition of Lear, private conduct, in his studies and in his

will doubcies: be thought by many a hardy amusements, a model worthy the imitation innovation, but if it be considered in what a

of every country gentleman. disorderly and neglected state this author's

At Philadelphia, on the 9th of February pieces are reported to have been left by him, last, aged about 86 years, James Pemberton, and how little certainty. there is that the scenes have hitherto preserved their original esq. of the society called Quakers; lvy which,

no less than by the community at large, he arrangement; the presumption with which

was eminently distinguished for the upright this attempt is chargeable, will admit of much extenuation, and it were, at least, to discharge of his religious and civil duties.

He was long the colleague of Dr. Benjamin be wished i!iat no privilege of alteration Franklin, in representing that (his native) more injurious to Shakespeare, had ever been assumed by any of his editors.” What he vania, pievious to the revolution; and after

city, in the general legislature of Pennsylattempted, he has accomplished with great ingenuity and much taste in his editions of it, lie succeeded the philosopher as president the collowing plays :-Lear and Cymbeline, interests of the enslaved Africans; which,

of the society, instituted for promoting the Dub. 1793, and the Merchant of Venice, with various other benevolent objects, enDub. 1805.* To each play he has assigned

gaged a large proportion of his time more a separate volume, containing, not only notes

than half a century. On the 13th, at the and illustrations of various commentators, interment of his remains, the respect felt for with remarks by the coicor,.but the several his memory was manifested by a very nume: critical and historical essays that have ap.

rous aitendance of his fellow.citizens, of all'. peared at different times, respecting each ranks and denominatiuis. His temperature, piece. 10 Cymbeline he has added a new

and regular habits, contributed to preserve, translation of the ninth story of Second Day almost to the last, the unimpaired enjoyment, of the Decamerone, ani an original air, which of his intellectual faculties, with a capacity, accompanies the words of the elegy on Fi- for exerting them; and his closing moments * dzie's 'veath, compused on purpose for his evinced the peaceful retrospect of a well. publication, by Sig Giordani.' These editions will yet be considered as a valuable accession spent lite.mo't Mark the perfect man, and, to the crit:cal labours of the commentators of behold the upright; for the end of that man our immortal bard. According as they are

On board his Majesty's Ship Wanderer, in better known, they will rise in estination., the West Indies, in the 21st year of his

age, Lieutenant William White, of the
All lese publicat.ons appeared anony-
mously. They were published in London by royal Navy, eldest son of A. W. White, esq.

of Surinam,
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