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All grievous is the state of men, who find

No rest from labour in this world of care;
While lovelier realms of heaven, that sooth the mind,

By clouds lie buried in the deep of air.

Enamour'd of the charms of life, we deem

Peerless its beauties, present to the sight; And Faith appears a fable, Hope a dream, To souls unconscious of eternal light.

W. EVANS.

OBITUARY.

1822. Sept. 3, at Benares, of debility, Lieutenant-Col. WILFORD. This eminent scholar has been long celebrated as a most learned and indefatigable cultivator of the Asiatic History and Literature. He was one of the earliest members of the Asiatic Society, and soon distinguished himself by his contributions to their researches; his extensive erudition and unwearied diligence received the highest encomiums from Sir William Jones, and secured the favourable notice of Warren Hastings, by whose encouragement Lieutenant Wilford was induced to address his whole attention to those studies, to which, with a perseverance superior to all selfish considerations, he devoted the rest of his life. His zeal has reaped its reward; his labours have been the theme of praise in all the leading languages of Europe, and his authority has become the basis on which the ablest scholars of the West repose their speculations. The name of Wilford is, in short, identified with the reputation of Great Britain, and is one of the many proofs she may adduce that her Indian empire

has not been exercised in vain.

4, at Calcutta, the venerable HENRY LLOYD LORING, D.D. Archdeacon of Calcutta, in consequence of a violent attack of cholera morbus, which battled all medical skill. He appears to have been highly and deservedly esteemed, and is sincerely lamented.

1823. Jan. 10, at Portsmouth, aged 45, the Rev. JOHN EYTON, M. A., twenty years vicar of Wellington and Eyton-onWildmore, county of Salop, being presented in 1802, by T. Eyton, Esq. He was of St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took the degrees of B. A. 1799; M. A., 18**. He was a man whose character was marked by independence of mind and suavity of manners. As a minister, he was eloquent, impressive and persuasive; and his labours have been attended with great success, in that very populous neighbourhood, where his death is now and will be long lamented. He was the author of several religious and moral tracts, and of the following sermons, &c. "On the Victory of Trafalgar," 8vo. 1805. "Christ's Sermon on the Mount, with a Course of Questions and Answers, explaining that Portion of Scripture," 12mo. 1805. "Two Sermons, at Birmingham, for the Benefit of

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Feb. 5, aged 72, RICHARD GREAVES TOWNLEY, Esq., of Fulbourn, one of the Deputy Lieutenants and Magistrates of the county of Cambridge. Mr. Townley was not, in the common acceptation of the term, 66 an active magistrate," but he was an upright one. In his political life, he was a Whig of the old school; and such was his nice sense of the high degree of liberty the people ought to enjoy, that, although possessed of extensive property, he would never even ask a tenant, or a tradesman with whom he dealt, for a vote in the support of that interest to which he himself was attached. He is succeeded in his principal estates by his eldest son, Greaves Townley, Esq. (Gent. Mag.)

- 15, at his residence at Bishop's Hull, near Taunton, in the 64th year of his age, the Rev. SAMUEL GREATHEED, F. S. A., formerly minister of the Independent congregation at Newport Pagnell, and for some time editor of the Eclectic Review; a man of considerable learning, and of great activity and influence in his own religious denomination.

21, at Tavistock, in his 71st year, Mr. SAMUEL LANG, a member of the society at the Abbey Chapel. It may be observed that this good and worthy man is entitled to the character of a Christian, which he was most zealous to attain, as a devout disciple of Jesus. Inured from his youth to the vicissitudes of an infirm and delicate state of health, he was blessed by Divine Providence with resources, arising from the valuable endowments of his own heart and mind, and from the unfailing solace, afforded him in his sufferings, by the endearments of a sister, "born for adversity;" and unwearied in ministering to relieve her afflicted brother, as "the restorer of life, the nourisher of old age." In his last illness, his tranquil spirit was exhilarated by animadverting on the Letters, recently published, of the transatlantic veterans, Jefferson and Adams, delineating an exquisite por

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traiture of ❝ venerable age." He perused
them in his favourite miscellany, the
Monthly Repository. His regard was sin-
cere and disinterested for the welfare of
his connexions; more especially for the
happiness of the young children, by whose
caresses he was daily amused. He ex-
ulted in the hope of the gradual amelio.
ration of mankind, with respect to the
important institutions of law and liberty,
and the increase of true religion; and
above all, in the prospect revealed in the
Gospel, of their ultimate triumph over
death and the grave. "What is the pre-
sent dying life in the flesh, compared
with this second life? The soul now
dwells in a decaying body, necessarily
occupied in conducting and preserving it.
Pilot of this small vessel, it steers it
through the stream of time, amidst rocks
and shoals and tempests. There are
some calm days, but there are more that
are dark and stormy." The example
of this eminently pious and amiable man
may be adduced as furnishing an addi-
tional testimony, from experience, to the
salutary efficacy of his religious principles
and habits, in living and in dying. The
beneficial tendency of the views enter-
tained by the conscientious advocates of
the Unity and Supremacy of the Divine
Being, the God and Father of Jesus, can-
not be disproved, as it is supported by
incontrovertible facts. But if their truth
be denied, and neither integrity of life
nor serenity in death be deemed a suffici-
ent test of their validity; by what other
criterion may their final result be ascer-
tained? Wait, until the Judge shall pro-
nounce from the throne of his glory,
"Well done! Thou good and faithful
servant, enter thou into the joy of thy
Lord." Farewell! dear friend, for ever
remembered and ever loved! The poor
who cannot recompense thee, strew
thy grave with the flowers of sorrow:
thine is the tribute of unavailing sighs and
tears; but thy virtue, thy praise, are con-
secrated to friendship, and survive in the
living tablet of the heart.†

W. E.

Park Wood, March 10, 1823.

Feb. 26, at Lausanne, in Switzerland, in the 66th year of his age, JOHN P. KEMBLE, Esq., the celebrated tragedian. He was attacked on the 24th with a paralytic seizure, and this was followed almost immediately by another, and on the 26th by a third, which, after a short struggle, carried him off. He was the eldest son of Mr. Roger Kemble, and was born, in He 1757, at Prescot, in Lancashire. received the first part of his education at the Roman Catholic Seminary at Sedgeley Park, in Staffordshire, and was afterwards sent to the University of Douay to be qualified for one of the learned professions. Here he soon became distinguished for that talent for elocution which afterwards raised him to such eminence. Having finished his academical studies, he returned to England, and preferring the stage to either of the professions for which he had been intended, he performed at Liverpool, York, Edinburgh and Dublin, and then at London, where he made his first appearance, in the character of Hamlet, Sept. 30, 1783. His subsequent history is well known. He published about the year 1780 a small collection of verses, under the title of Fugitive Pieces, but was so dissatisfied with his own performance, that he soon stopped the sale and afterwards destroyed every copy that he could procure. The few copies that escaped have fetched high prices. When he was at Edinburgh, in early life, Mr. Kemble delivered a Lecture of his own composition on Sacred and Profane Oratory, which, from the talent and sound criticism it displayed, gained him the reputation of refined taste among

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instead of Death. "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth. They that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; and them that sleep in Jesus, shall God bring with him."

"Attulit et nobis aliquando optantibus

ætas

Auxilium adventumque Dei," *—qui Solis
ut ortus,
Discuteret tenebras animi, et per cæca
viarum

Duceret, ipse regens certo vestigia filo.

"Fuit" was the idiom of the politer Romans, for the departed, to avoid the harshness of "mortuus est." Instead of

periimus, it is, "fuimus Troës, fuit Ilium: Venit summa dies :"-notmors vel letum:

Ἔσσε]αι ἦμαρ, ὅτ ̓ ἂν ποτ' ὀλώλῃ Ιλιθυ
ipn.
(Iliad, vi.)

* Virg. Æn. viii, 200.

men of letters. He had the reputation of a scholar, and was curious in the formation of his library. His manners are said to have been courteous and polished.

Feb. 27, the Rev. CHARLES TALBOT, Dean of Salisbury, youngest son of the late Hon. and Rev. Dr. Talbot. After amusing himself in his garden on the preceding Thursday, he retired to his drawing-room, and seated himself on a sofa, when one of his children inquired of him whether he had finished. "Yes," replied the Dean, "I have done my work," and immediately fell back in a fit of apoplexy, from which he never sufficiently recovered to speak again. He has left a widow, the Lady Elizabeth Talbot, sister to the Duke of Beaufort, with eleven children.

-27, the Rev. J. BARTLAM, of Alceston, Warwickshire, in a fit of apoplexy. He had entered Lloyd's Reading Room in Harley Street and taken up a newspaper, and in about two minutes afterwards fell lifeless on the floor.

March 13, at his seat at Rochetts, near Brentwood, in Essex, in the 89th year of his age, the Earl of ST. VINCENT, G. C. B. His extreme old age, and the very infirm state of his health for some time previous to his death, in some degree prepared the public for the announcement of that event. The distinctive merits of this great man, and the services which he rendered to his country, are happily seized in the following character which we transcribe from one of our contemporaries:-" Perhaps no public man of the present age has rendered such important services to his country as the Earl St. Vincent. By his great victory over the Spanish fleet in 1797, he saved the British empire. But for that victory a French army would have been thrown into Ireland, at a moment when the inveterate system of misrule, which has so long created misery and excited disaffection, had driven the population of that ill-fated country into open rebellion against England. The discipline which he infused into the naval service contributed in an eminent degree to subsequent triumphs, which conferred immortality on Nelson. The economical reforms which, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he introduced into the civil administration of the navy, stemmed for a time that tide of lavish and corrupt expenditure which, under the influence of the Pitt

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system, bore down the resources of the country. The characteristics of the Earl St. Vincent's mind were vigilance, promptitude, energy, and a penetration which looked through the very souls of men.' His elevated love of fame was superior to the jealousy which depresses congenial excellence, and bears like the Turk, no Instead of brother near the throne.' endeavouring to keep Nelson in the shade, he selected him for command. He was the Bayard of the British service, not only without fear and without reproach, but without fear and without envy. His politics were liberal. Take him for all in all, he was the greatest commander that England has produced in the present age." The following particulars have been communicated to us by a gentleman long honoured with the confidence of his Lordship:-He always prided himself more on the discipline which he introduced, his success in the preservation of the health of seamen, and putting down mutiny, than in the battles which he fought, though a victory of more importance to the country never was achieved than that which, at a most momentous crisis, he gained over the Spanish fleet. So delicate, indeed, were his feelings, with respect to his achievements in battle, that whenever an allusion was made to them in his presence, he always endeavoured to change the conversation. But on the subject of the discipline of the navy and the correction of abuses, he was warm and communicative. The merits of his services in these respects are, by universal confession, inestimable. That excellent corps, the Marines, whose value he so well knew, has lost in him a most devoted friend. His first request of his late Majesty, when offered the highest seat at the Admiralty, was, that he should be freed from sitting in the Cabinet, in order to devote his whole attention to the affairs of the navy. This request was not acceded to. When every effort to conclude a peace with Bonaparte failed, his language was always "Economise and go on.' His love of liberty and independence continued unabated throughout his long life, and even within a few hours of his death he expressed a warm attachment to the cause of the Spaniards and his wishes for their independence. It is remarkable that Lord Keith, who entered the navy as a midshipman under Lord St. Vincent, when he commanded the Alarm, should have died on the same day. Lord Keith was always anxious to acknowledge the pride he felt at having received the rudiments of his education under Lord St. Vincent, a feeling which, we believe, he

shared in common with all who have enjoyed the advantage of serving under, or with that great man; and it may confidently be said, that every naval officer who has not had this advantage, views the circumstance in the light of a misfortune. He was deeply affected with the late proceedings at Paris, and peculiarly struck with the noble conduct of Manuel, which drew from him the exclamation of "A fine manly fellow!" It will, we are sure, afford our readers much gratification to learn that an account of his life and services is to be written by a gentleman of high character, intimately acquainted with the departed hero.-Earl St. Vincent was made a Post Captain, April 10, 1766; Rear Admiral of the Blue, December 3, 1790; Vice Admiral, April 12, 1794; Admiral, February 14, 1799; and Admiral of the Fleet, July 19,

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1821. His Lordship was also appointed General of the Royal Marines, May 7, 1814.-Morn. Chron.

March 14, at Turville Park, near Henley-upon-Thames, aged 84, General DuMOURIEZ, who led the army of the French at the commencement of the Revolution. He was regarded in the circle of his friends as the unchanged friend of freedom, and his character will be soon set in its proper light, and justice be done to his memory. He has left behind him many valuable papers which are to be published. He died poor, which is the best refutation of many of the charges against him; having subsisted, in fact, upon a pension allowed him by the British Government. General Stevenson and Mr. Bowring attended his remains to Henley Church on the 21st inst.

Additions to Obituary.
DR. VICESIMUS KNOX.

(See Vol. XVI. p. 561.)

[THE following Inscription has been put upon a handsome monument in the chancel of the church at Tunbridge, to the memory of this distinguished scholar and enlightened philanthropist.}

To the Memory of
VICESIMUS KNOX, D.D.
Master of Tunbridge School,

And Rector of Runwell and Ramsden-Crays, in Essex.
Born Dec. 8, 1752: Died Sept. 6, 1821.

A sound Divine,

A polished and powerful Writer,

An elegant and profound Scholar,

A zealous, eloquent and persuasive Preacher of the Gospel;

He employed his high Endowments,
TO THE GLORY OF GOD,

And the Moral and Intellectual Improvement of MAN.
Anxious ever to advance the happiness
Of his Fellow Creatures,
Upon the purest principles of Christian Philanthropy,
With a lofty spirit of Independence,
And a rare Disinterestedness in Conduct,

DR. EDWARDS.
(See p. 58.)

He was a man of much eccentricity of character; and, as one proof of it, we may mention, that he dedicated one of his books in these words, "To the Only True God."

He disregarded the ordinary Objects of worldly Ambition,

And shewed himself on all Occasions
The Enemy of Public Abuses,
The Friend of Civil and Religious Liberty,
The Opponent of offensive War,
The Promoter of Peace,
And the Advocate of all the Claims of Humanity.
"He being dead,—yet speaketh.”

Rev. ISAAC ASPLAND. M. A.
(See p. 116.)

He died Jan. 30, at the Glebe House, Earl Stonham, Suffolk, in his 44th year. He was a native of Soham, in Cambridgeshire, where his father, Mr. John Asp

• Printed by mistake East, p. 116.

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