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many years rector of the parish As you have in your last and of Earsden, one of his bro: hers was former numbers, given an account a fellow of Cambridge, and the of Dr. Percy, I have thought it celebrated Brown, who answered not unlikely that your readers Shaftesbury, was nearly related to might be gratified with the fol. him. Having received ihe first lowing sketch of the character of rudiments of classical education his amiable but short-lived suc. under all able master, he gave so cessor, drawn up by his intimate early a promise of capacity, that friend Dr. Stock, and communi. his friends directed his views to cated to ine by a near relation the University of Dublin, whose of ihe diccased.

fellowships are an honourable and I am, Sir,

independent provision for life; acvery respectfully, cordingly, in the year 1770, he

V.F. was adınitted a student, with very Some Account of the Life and

flattering prospects of success. InCharacter of the Rev. George tained the highest academic ho

the undergraduate course, he obHall, D. D. late Bishop of Dromore in Ireland.

nours, to which was added a cha.

racter of diligence, sobriety and To pay a just tribute of praise good conduci so exemplary, that to departed virtue, is not only an he was heli in very general esteem; amiable principle of our nature, how much he was esteemed by the but a duty which we owe to the Board, consisting of the Provost living, in setting before them ex- and senior Fellows of the college, amples worthy of imitation, parti. we have a striking instance, in cularly when such examples may their dispensing with a general rebe considered as having a direct gulation in his favour, and in conand immediate influence upon the ferring upon him emoluments inliberal youth of the rising age, tended exclusively for the natives who are justly esteemed among of Ireland. And he proved him. the fairest hopes and most solid self worthy of this unusual grace; supports of a nation. Of this de- for some time after, he became a scription was the late excellent candidate for a fellowship, and Bishop of Dromore, whose cha succeeded, by excellent answering, racter well deserves a more lasting on his first trial. This station he memorial than the following short filled above twenty-three years, account can bestow, yet even the greatest part of the time, as here will be found some qualities tutor, in which capacity there and virtues that may excite an certainly never was one at any pe. ingenuous mind to laudable exer- riod, superior to him, for fidelity, tion. He was born in Northum. care and judgment, in managing berland, of a respectable family, his pupils. He possessed a clear.. of whom some were men of learn- ness and precision, in his manner ing and ability. His father was of instructing, which always sa

tistfied the rational student, and to his flock. Their regret on his conveyed some knowledge to the removal when called to the Promost unthinking. As their friend costship, was deep and sincere, and a.lviser he was vigilant and yet blended with joy for his procareful, yet his admonitions were motion. But alas! a late event tempered with the kindest concern has left them no such consolation; for their welfare, and his sincere at they cannot, however, forget him, tachment to them gained him their and though his connection with confidence in difficulty or distress. them had been dissolved for sevc. The remaining years of this period ral years, and like most others were occupied by his duties as a of the kind, would have passed senior fellow; these he discharged away unnoticed, had there not as an active, intelligent and up- been in it something peculiarly right member of the Board, uni. endearing; they mean to record formly studying the interest of their veneration for his memory, the University, and the advance- by setting up a marble tablet ili meni of learning. It should le their church, with a suitable in. recorded to his honour, that he scription. Upon his resignation was always the confidential friend, of Ardstran, he was raised to the and in many cases the adviser, of Provostship of Trinity College, that most highly venerable and Dublin, an office for which he was truly Christian character Doctor eminently qualified by talent, Murray, who was Provost at that learning, judgment, experience, time, and also of the present much temper, manners, and every other esteemed Bishop of Ossory, Doc. quality requisite for this arduous tor John Kearney, and of the in, and important siation. As a man genuous and inuch beloved Doctor both of science and classical eru. Young, late Bishop of Cloniert dilion he ranked in the first order, (then senior fellow). Such friend. neither did he suffer these gifis to ships are the best testimonies to his lie idle; from the moment of his merit. We are next to attend hun elevation he set hiinself with all in a different situation—as an diligence to look into the state incumbent of a parish. In the of every department, within his year 1800 he resigned his fellow- government or influence, and he ship and accepted the living of introduced such regulations as Ardstran, in the diocese of Derry. were thought necesary to supOf this extensive and populous ply some defects in the former parish, he soon acquired the love system of academic education. and respect, by an assiduous per. He declined no task to promote formance of his various duties, the advantage and honour of the by the propriety of his religious University. When a senior fellow, and moral conduct, by the marked he for the most part examined altention to the wants of his pa. mathematics or bistory for fellow. rishioners, by his general benevo. ships, and had he studied his own lence and judicious charities, and ease and satisfaction, he might, all this sweetened by affability and as Provost, have confined himself kindness to every rank and de. to the same branches, instead of scription of persons ; so that it may which, he undertook different and be safely affirmed, that never was more important courses, logic and pastor in so short a time, so dear ethics, and was in all so perfeci,

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that it is difficult to say in which signs for the faithful discharge of he most excelled. No man in their several duties. But he was that coilege it is supposed ever destined to view his caribly reward examined so many dilticult and only at a distance and for a moweighty subjects as be did, and ment; the day of his consecration, few even in their limited courses we may say, closed ihe scene of naintained an equal reputation; his valuable life; on the next, a nor were bis views exclusively oc. mortal complaini seized his throat, cupied with these higher concerns, and, baffling all the efforts of mebut estended to the minutest point dical skill, hurijed him off in a of discipline. It was his custom few days; he expired in the bo. to attend early prayers at six som of the present Provost, Dr. o'clock in winter and summer, Elrington, who had through his that he might set an example of illness, watched with the anxious devotion, industry and self-denial tenderness of a friend and brother. to the students; sloth he consider. The foregoing historical sum. ed as the bane of youth and nurse mary has accidentally exhibited of idleness, and therefore he omit- some traits of his lordship’s chated nothing that could induce racter; a few more nịay not be them to become active and diligent, unpleasing to the reader. He had He was equally in the maintenance early imbibed a principle of reli. of good order and good govern- gion, the only sure and safe guide ment, yet the strictness of his dis- of life, and had made it the foun. cipline he admirably tempered with dation of bis moral conduct; hence, the courteousness of his manners, that subriety and modesty so reand was popular even with those markable in his youth; hence, whom he was obliged to censure. ibat regular attendance on divine Thus he proceeded in his govern- offices and his devout humility in ment of the college to the univer- attending them. His picty was sal satisfaction of the public, till warm without enthusiasm, sedate his Grace the Duke of Richmond, without austerity; he worshipped lord lieutenant of Ireland, in his in the beauty of holiness, in spirit accustomed noble spirit of patron- and in truth; he was well versed izing men of virtue and talents, in theology, to the study of which thought fit to reward his services by much of his time was devoted, not conferring on him the bishopric of so much from curiosity' as con Dromore, vacant by the death of the science, for he deemed it the duty late Dr.Percy, and had it pleased the of every minister of the gospel, to Almighty to have spared him some be ready always to give an answer years longer we cannot entertair, as to the reason of his hope- such a doubt, but that he would have were his religious impressions. In adorned this high station with the his transactions with the world be graces becoming a Christian bish- was strictly just, candid and hoop. Even during the short time nourable, hospitable without pahe lived after his appointment, he rade, and charitable without ostenturned his mind to the care of his tation, a generous relative, a con. diocese, enquiring into the state of antand sincere friend, especially his clergy, providing for their con- tothose under the pressure of sick. stant residence, and forming de. ness or sorrow, when there appeared in him a most amiable sym- in his manner, which won on those pathy and concern joined to his who had not talents or ta-t" for best efforts to relieve and console. his higher acquirements, and with. Under this part of bis character we out laying a restraint on his natu. must nut omii a feature which might ral manners, he equally distin. seem to belong rather to his man. guished bimselt, entertaining his ners, but we give it a place here humble parishioners at Ardstran, as expressive of fine feelings and or the Viceregal Court at the a good heari,- he was one of the Provost's house. Among his infew that prosperity and elevation timate friends be used to unbend improved. His talents were vari. with the sweetest familiarity, forous and excellent, a clear percep- getting all reserve and yielding to tion, nice discriniination, accu. ihe overflowings of an affectionate rate judgment, quick in discover. heart.

Whoever had the happi. ing, yet cautious in admitting ness of knowing him well, can ne. proofs. He was seldom deceived ver forget those delightful scenes in his conclusions ; his habits of while life and memory hold their thinking were cluse, yet sufficient. seat. But let us console ourselves ly enlarged for the purposes of with the sublime hope that he is method and arrangement, in which gone to join an infinitely happier few excelled him. Ti is therefore society of just men made perlect, to be lamented that he could ne, and to become partaker of the ver be prevailed on to undertake highest and most lasting pleasure. any literary work for the public; had he done so, it would have 1811, Dec. 15, at the Cape of been a much better eulogium on Good Hope, after an illness of him than the present inadequate eight days, Dr. VANDERKEMP, attempt, but although those friends a distinguished missionary to the who were best acquainted with Hottentots, and other nations of his talents and resources are con. South Africa, under the patronage vinced he would have satisfied his of the Missionary Society of Lon. readers, yet he was either too mo. don. Dr. Vanderkemp was dest or too fastidious ever to please graduate of the University of himself. For his manners they Edinburgh, had practised some were naturally polite and engaging; years as a physician in Holland, he was fond of society, and fre. and had attained considerable quently enlivened conversation eminence in his profession. At with delicate touches of pleasantry that period of life, when the desire and wit. His company was of repose induces most men to re. courted by persons of the highest tire from scenes of activity and dignity and station, whose good labour, this venerable man was opinion he never failed to concili. impelled by feelings of the purest ate, always paying a proper defer. benevolence and most exalted phia ence to their rank, yet without lanthropy, to undertake a mission ever forgetting what became bim to some of the most ignorant, un. as a gentleman, a clergyman and cultivated and unpromising of a scholar-in truth, his society was mankind; and cheerfully to ex. sought after by every class. There pose himself to all the fatigues was a gentleness and playfulness and privations which such an ar


duous enterprive involved. His wickshire,) and early placed in labours were unremited-liis pru. the world, he liever sutiered tempdence was not interior to bis zeal, tation to lead him astray froin and his success in promotion civile the path of conscious rectitude. ization and Christianity, in a place Though only in the middle walk where he found buih literally and of life, the public and private acts morally a wretched wilderness, was of charity and beneficence, in such as to afford to his benevolent which he was cither ü principal or mind, no mean recompence for participator, would not have dishis disinteresied and persevering graced persons in a much more exertions.

elevated situation. One leading M. Chron. feature of his characier, was the

pleasure he took in training up 1812, Fib. 17, at Trowbridge, and virtue ; but his concern for

young men to habits of industry Wilts, the Rev. William Jones, their welfare, ceased not when they minister of the General Baptist quieted his house, for he continued church in that town. He was a

as long as he lived, a kind and native of Wales and educated for considerate adviser to them in all the ministry, under the Rev. J. their troubles, and a true and wise Evans, of Islington. He was very friend to them in their prosperity. recently settled at Trowbridge, - In a word, his life might be taken having commenced his labours at

as a pattern for imitation by young Chichester, where he continued

tradesmen. The magranimity which only a few months-preferring the he displayed, and the danger to situation in which he died, as be- which his person was exposed in ing nearer to his native Principality, the disgraceful riots at BirmingHe was ill for a considerable time, ham, of 1791,

will long be but bore his afiliction with exem- remembered by many persons still plary resignation. Cut off in the living. Educated in the princi. prinie of life, he affords an addi- ples of religious dissent, he never tional proof of the precarious deserted them, and at the time of tenure on which we hold every his death, had been thirty-nine carthly blessing. We are born, - years a member of the Old Meetwe live a longer or shorter period, ing congregation: his remains were and are buried ! Melancholy would interred in the burial ground adbe this history of the human race, joining, on the 141h instant, at. were it not for the hope of a blessed tended to the grave by his eight immortality.


nephews, and several young men, Islington.

who deeply felt their loss, con

sidering him as possessing all the 1812, March 5, the day on feelings of a wise and affectionate which he compleated his 54th year, parent. He has also left five sis. Mr. John Burton, of Birming-, ters and two nieces, who feel all ham. Descended from highly re- that human nature spectable parents, he did not disc mournful an occasion; yet, blessed grace his lineage, for though de. be God, they mourn not as those prived in youth of bis father, (Mír. who have no hope, trusting in the G. Burton, of Mancetter, War- revelation of their Lord and Savi


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