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they flayed another winter. Their wealth, though of great value, was easily stowed, and a prosperous navigation soon earned them to the Canaries. As the weather still continued fine, Don Estevan proposed to his brother to f. ttle their accounts; but, when the whole debt due to the former was fully perused, Don Gregorio chr.nged colour, and, letting the papers fall, O Estevan, cried he, 1 am a bankrupt—I am undone!—But my brother has gotten what I ha.e lost, and that is sufficient!

You are only mistaken, my dear brother, said Estevan coolly, but not undone. You warned to acquirethat wealth iiistantaiieouslf, which

Providence decrees to man under the condition of earning it by little and little, with long perseverance and moderate desires ! —-To gain riches in a moment is not industry, but gaming.—You acknowledge the error, and it is my business to repair your loss. One third therefore of our acquisitions is for ever yours; a second part shall be reserved for myself; and the residue distributed to the ship's company. It is likewise but a proper acknowledgement to the bounty of Providence, that the slaves should have their liberty, and end their days in quiet with you. and me, as they were always our fellow-creatures, and at present our fellow-christians.

Genealogical Account of N O E L

THIS noble family is descended from Noel, who came

into England with William the Conqueror; and. in consideration of his services, obtained a grant of the manors of Elenhall, Wiverstone, Podmore, Miinese, and other lands of very great value, from that monarch.

Robert, the son and heir of this Noel, stiled Robert Fitz-Noel, in the reign of Henry 1. obtained a grant of the greatest part of Granborough in Warwickshire, from Lawrence, then prior of Coventry, and the monks of that house; and in the reign of Henry II. he sounded the priory of Raunton in Staffordshire. He left issue by Alice, his wife, five sons, Thomas, Philip, Robert, Richard, and j

Thomas, his eldest son, confirmed the grant of his father, Robert, to the priory of Rauntcn; and was also a benefactor to the hospital of

Stptember, 1764.

Earl of Gainsborough.

the knights templars. In the twentysixth year of the reign of Henry II. he was appointed sheriff of Staffordshire; and was continued in that post, which in those times was an office of g'eat trust and power, for seven years successively; he was also invested with the same honour in the first year of Richard I. Ht-nry II. likewise confirmed t<> him the j>rant which his father Robert had obtained of the lands of Granborough. from the prior of Coventry. Ey his wife Margaret he had two daughters, who shared his inheritance.

Eut it is from Phiiip, the second son of Robert Fitz-Noel, that the present noble family are more immediately descended. Robert, his son and heir, lord of Hikot in Staffordshire, and Sestford, left issue a son named Philip, who lived in the fifty-second year of Henry III. and was succeeded by his son Philip, lord of Hilcot, Sestford, snd' Nswbold, in Derby3 P shire,

470 Genealogical Account of Noel, Earl os Gainsborough. British

shire, whose eldest son, named Philip the reign of that monarch, he had a also, died in his father's life time; grant of the manor and scite of the but, by Cecily his wife, he left a late precepterie of Dalbie upon the son, Thomas, who succeeded his Wolde, in Leicestershire, late in the grandfather. possession of the knights of St. John

This Thomas Noel married Alice, of Jerusalem. He was also nomidaughter and heiress of Henry de nated sheriff of the county of RutWyverston, by whom he had issue land in the reign of that king, as William Noel, who resided at New- well as afterwards in the reigns cf bold, and was father of Richard Edward VI. and queen Mary. He Noel, Esq; whose son Thomas Noel, was twice married. By his second of Newbold, Esq; married first Jane, wife Dorothy, daughter of Richard

daughter of Sonde, by whom Conyers, of Wakerly in Northamp

he had a daughter, Isabel, married tonshiie, Esq; and widow of Roger to Thomas Chetwode, of Chetwode Flower, Esq; be had issue John Noel, in Buckinghamshire, Esq; and by Esq; who was seated at Wellefbohis second wife Jane, daughter to rough in Leicestershire in right of Roger Draycot, of Pannefley in Staf- his wife Anne, daughter and heir of fordfliire, Esq; left issue John Fowler, of Wellesborough, by

Robert Noel, Esq; who resided at whom he had issue William Noel, Hilcot (the antient inheritance of Esq; who by Frances, eldest daughhis family) in the reign of Edward ter and coheir of John Fulwood, of IV. and, by Maud his wife, had Fordhall in the county of Warwick, issue James Noel, of Hilcot, John, Esq; had issue Sir Verney Noel of rector of Swinerton, and Richard, Kirkby-Mallory in Leicestershire, who died without issue. who was advanced to the dignity of

James Noel, the eldest son, was a baronet, July 6, 1660; from nominated in the reign of Henry whom descended Sir Clobery Noel. VIII. by act of parliament, " as one hart, father to the now Edward lord of the most discreet persons, justices Wentworth.

of the peace, (as the words of the By his first wife Elizabeth, daughact are) for assessing and collecting a ter and heir of John Hopton, of subsidy of 163,000 pounds by a poll- Hopton in Shropshire, Esq; and tax, Sec." He married a daughter widow of Sir John Perient, knt. he

of Pool, Esq; of Langley, in had four sons and two daughters;

Derbyshire, by whom he had four Andrew, Henry, George, William; sons; Robert Noel of Hilcot, of Elizabeth, married to Anthony Faunt whom are descended the Noels of of Foston, in Leicestershire, Esq; and Hilcot; Arthur, who died without Judith, who died unmarried, issue; Andrew; and Thomas, who Andrew Noel, the eldest son, fuels ancestor to that branch of the fa- ceeded his father in his estates, and mily seated at Pershall in Stafford- was greatly esteemed by queen Eli— Ihire. zabeth, who knighted him at Green

Andrew Noel, Esq; the third son, wich, March 2, 1581;, and honoured obtained several beneficial grants him with several other marks of her from Henry VIII. who vested him approbation and favour. But being also with some considerable employ- of a generous spirit, his continual ments. In the thirty-fifth year of attendance upon the court drew him Genealogical Account of Noel, Earl of Gainsborough. 471

great expences as com- the said Sir Baptist Hicks, who djed


into such

pelled him to sell his feat and lands at Dalby. Queen Elizabeth is said to have made this distich on him:

The word of denial, and letter of fifty,
Is that gentleman's name who will never
be thrifty.

He was thrice sheriff of Rutland; and was chosen one of the knights for that county, in several parliaments in the reign of queen Elizabeth. His death, which happened October 9, 1607, is said to have been occalioned by the violent exercise he used at the Baloune (a kind of play with a great ball, tossed with wooden braces upon the arm) which threw him into a violent fever, of which he shortly aster died. He married Mabel, sixth daughter of Sir James Harrington, knt. and sister and co heiress of John lord Harrington, by whom he left at his decease, four sons and three daughters.

He was succeeded by his eldest son . Sir Edward Noel, who was knighted by king James on his accession to the crown, and afterwards created a baronet, on the first erection of that dignity, June 29, 1611. In the fourteenth year of the fame monarch's reign, he was created a baron of this realm, by the title of lord Noel of Ridlington in the county of Rutland, by letters patent, dated March 23, 14 Jac. I. Having married Julian, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Sir Baptist Hicks, knt. and bart. created lord Hicks of llmington in Warwickshire, and viscount Campden, of Catnpden in Gloucestershire, in the reign of Charles I. he obtained the reversion of those honours to himself and his heirs male, on failure of issue male of the said Baptist, lord viscount Campden; and he accordingly inherited those titles on the decease of

October 18, 1629.

On the breaking out of the civil wars between king Charles I. and his parliament, his lordship espoused the cause of his majesty, and raised' some forces for his service. He departed this life in his garrison at Oxford, on March 10, 1643, leaving issue Baptist, his succeflbr, and Henry Noel; and two daughters.

Baptist, lord viscount Campden, adopted his father'i principles, and proved as unshaken in his loyalty to Charles I. He raised and maintained at his own expence, a troop of horse, and a company of foot in that unfortunate prince's service; but was afterwards obliged to pay to the sequestrators nine thousand pounds composition for his estate, besides one hundred and fifty pounds per annum, settled on the teachers of the times. After the restoration of Charles II. he was constituted lordlieutenant of the county of Rutland; and died in October 29, 1683, in the seventy first year of his age. His first wife was Anne Fielding, second daughter to William, earl of Denbigh, by whom he had three children, who died in their infancy. By his second, Anne, countess of Bath, he had one son, still-born. By his third, Hester, one of the four daughters and co heiresses of Thomas lord Wotton, he had two sons, Edward and Henry; and four daughters; and by his fourth wise, Elizabeth Bertie, eldest daughter of Montagu, earl of Lindsey, he had four sons, Lindsey, Baptist, John, and James; and three daughters.

He was succeeded in his honours and estates by Edward his eldest son, who having with great integrity perr formed several eminent services .to Charles II. and having also married 3 P 2" the 47 i Gtneahgkal Account £/"No

the lady Eliza'eth, tided diughter and co heiress of Thorn-.s Wnothcfley, earl of Southampton, loidhigh-treasurer of England, with vhom he had the lordship of Tithfield, in the county o! Sou than p'on; that monarch advanced him by letters patent, dated Ft bruary 3, in the 33d year of hi? reign, 10 the digrte and dignity of a baron of lh;s ualm, by the ti'lf of loid Noel of lichfield, with limitation, for want of' male-issue oslus body, to the younger sons of his father Baptist, viscount Campden. His rnajtsty also constituted his lordship, lord lieutenant of the ctfunty of S )uthainpton,''waidcn of New-forest, and governor of Portsmouth. After he succeeded his father in October 1680, he was likewise appointed lord-lieutenant and custos rotulorum of the- county of Rutland; and, on the first of De cember following, he was, for his eminent services and abilities, created earl of Gainsboro' gh, with limitation of that honour to his younger brothers. He d'.td in the year 1689, leaving issue only one son, Wrir thefley Baptist, his successor, and four daughters.

Wriothefley Baptist, tarl of Gainsborough, trained Catharine, eldest tlaughier of Fulk Grevile, earl os Brooke; and died, Sept z\, 1690, leaving issue only two daughteis, lady Elizibeih, and l-dy Rachel. Dying without male-issue, his honours dtscendtd to

Baptist, eai \ o' G tin-.borough,only son of the hon. B.ptist Noel, (second son to Bantist visioui t C-tr.ipden by his fourth Ai:e, Elizabeth c.mj,h;er of Montague e::il of L'ndiV)) by his wire Sulauuuh, da"gh.ei" r.;:d heir of sir Thomas F«u.ihaw of Jenkins in the paiifh of Baiking in

'!, Earl «/"Gain(borough. British Essex, by whom also he had two daughters. This noble lord married Dorothy, second daughter of J >hn duke of Rutland, and died of the small pox on April 17, 1714, in the 29th ^ea^ of his age, leaving issue three sons and three daughters, viz. Baptist, who succeeded him; John, who died Dec. 26, 1718; James; lady Catharine; and lady Susannah, married to Anthony Ashley Cooper, earl of Shahcsoury.

Baptist, his eldest son and successor, father of the late and present earls, had issue by Elizabeth Chapman his wife, who married secondly in Nov. 1756, Thomas Noel, Esq; three sons, Baptist, the late earl; Thomas, the present earl; and Charles, who died young: and nine daughters. His lordship dying on March 21, 1750-1, was succeeded in his honours and estate by his eldest son

Baptist, the late earl, born June 8, 1740, who also dying in May 1759 upon his travels at Geneva, the titles and inheritance devolved on his brother Thomas, the present earl of Gainsborough, who was born in '743

His lordship's titles are, earl of •l.iinsborough, viscount Campden of Campden, baronNoel of Ridlington, baron Hicks of Ilmington, baron Nod of Tichfield, and baronet.

Arms.'] "Or, fretty 'of ten piece?, gi.les, a canton, ermine.

CriJ}.~\ On a wreath, a buck at gaze, argent; at'ir-d, or.

S-jffo'ien.] Two bull?, argent; arnud and uognled, proper.

ALno] Tout lien tu ricn; All gx>d, or nut ing.

Cftief Start.] At Extonbrook in the county cf Rutland; and Cavendilli-square, London.

Tii * cate a nature, that we meet but very 'e* places which can produce it in so rough a climate as this; and tho' we frequently hear of parents who ruin themselves for the lake of their children, yet, we seldom or ever hear of children wlio do any extraordinary acts of kindness to their parents.—Perhaps nature has formed the parental sensibility infinitely more exquisite than the filial, and, tor some wise purpose, implanted a much greater fondness on our minds tor those we beget aud educate, than for those by whom we are begotten and educated ourselves; at least custom has firmly established such different sentiments relative to the behaviour of parent and child, that it is thought a matter of the highest praise in a wealthy son to settle a paltry fifty pound for life on a distressed and worthy father; but an action of lirtle or no merit in a father to settly twenty times the sum upon an indigent son. I was led into this train of reflection by the following history, which is an exception to the foregoing proposition, and which I flatter myself will prove no disagreeable relation to your readers.

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An eminent merchant, whose pame I think necessary to conceal under that os Webley, mirried a most amiable woman, with whom he received a considerable fortune, and by whom he Wjs blest in the siist year with a daughter, ca'.kd Maria: Ms. Webley, howeic, unhappily ca'cbing a cold during the time of her King-in, did not long survive she birth os her child, but died in


about three months after; with her last breath conjuring her husband to be particularly attentive to the welfare of the unfortunate little Maria.

Mr. Webley for two years before hjs marriage had been connected with a subtle designing woman, by whom he also had a daughter; nor did his having a wife put an end to the guilty intercourse: under the pretence of important business, he frequently staid in town with her a night or two in the week, while Mrs. Webley was down at the country-house in Hertfordshire; and as frequently carried her into the country with him, whenever he knew his lady could not conveniently leave town: his marriage, in fact, was rather an engagement of interest, than a union of inclination; and Mrs. Webley's fortune enabling him to live up to the summit of his wishes, the moment she was interred, he thought there was no farther necessity for restraint or disguise.— In short, six weeks had scarce elapsed, when he married the abandoned woman we have been speaking of, and pirched upon the most profligate of her sex to supply the place of the very best.

We shall pass over the time of Maria's infancy, when she experienced little more than the diminutive cruelty of a narrow-minded mother-in-law, and come at once to that pei iod, which mn1 be just, ly reckoned the most impottant of her life. She had just enttred on her eighteenth year, and was blooming into all the perfections of her Ax, when Mrs. Webley b^gan to


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