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Dealtry, Professor and Dean of the classical writers that he had
Hertford College, has very oblig. read (and these comprized at least
ingly communicated some highly all the ordinary classics) without
interesting recollections of his his recollecting the place and its
school.fellow's uncommon altainconnection.
ments and peculiar habits. His “ In addition to the usual en.
account, happy to avail ourselves gagements of the school, it was
of such authority, we take the his custom to read at home eight
liberty of transcribing entire. sections of Livy, with a certain

“'l'he love of literature must portion of Cicero, and of some have been planted in Mr. Dew- Greek writer, every day; and on husst's mind at a very early the afternoons of l bursday and period; and the progress which Saturday, he generally went into be had made at the age of thir. the fields with one of his classleen, both in classical and in fellows, where they read sub dio. general knowledge, proved him The favourite subjects of their to possess no ordinary talents. field reading were Æschines contra About that time it was the custom Ctesiphonten and Demosthenes do of his class-The bighest class in Coronâ : these they read through the school—to separate into two under the hedges again and again. divisions, while preparing the Few persons could employ their lessons of the day, and to ask one time to better advantage than he person to construc for each, the did, and few can have a higher rest undertaking to examine the relish for intellectual gratification. dictionary wben farther explana

“ His excellent master, the tion was required. Mr. 'Dew. Rev. Josepb Milner, well knew hurst was invariably requested to how to appreciate the talents of construe for one division of the his pupil; and the very extensive class, He was

not tall of his researches of that eminent scholar years; and a stranger would have in the bistorical deparıment, osten been surprised to see him sitting led to inquiries which shewed like an Oracle among his class. that even at the age of thirteen or fellows, themselves not defective fourtren, Mr, Dewhurst was an in talent, but in general much historian of no mean attainments. older and taller than he was. He His class.fellows were frequently combined, in an eminent degree, surprized both at the diversity quickness of comprehension with and the accuracy of his know. a matured understanding; and his ledge; his accuracy indeed was intimate companions had frequent almost proverbial, and they re. occasion to remark with what fa. lied upon his historical facts with cility he entered into the spirit of the same perfect confidence which the authors whom he perused, they reposed in bis judgment and and with what happiness he could his taste. apply the information derived “ His compositions at that pe. from them. His memory was riod, so far as the imperfect re. even then very retentive; and collection of a friend may be when he had reached the age of trusted, were distinguished rather sixteen, it would have been diffi. by their neatness and simplicity, cult to cite a passage from any of than by the usual ebullitions of

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The Rev. J. Milner was too exactly of the character of his much attached to the interests of mind, and exhibited plain, manly learning and religion in his own sense in a simple and modest dress. church, not to desire the acceso Never was there a youth of the sion of such a scholar. He ad. same age possessed of manners vised his pupil to study at the more mild, and inoffensive, and University and become a clergyengaging

man in the Establishment. Find. “ From a certain constitutional ing his persuasions ineffectual he indolence with respect to corpo. took him by the hand, and said, ral exertion, he rarely joined in My young friend, abute all things, the plays and amusements of his avoid the errors of the Suctions. school-fellows. The chief exer. Yet to the Socinians, as Unitarians cise which he took, was a quiet are still sometidies inaccurately walk with his favourite companion denominated, he was designed to after school in the morning; but, do no inconsiderable honour. even on these occasions, they fre- J. B. Dewhurst now determined quently employed themselves, as to pursue his studies with a view they paced the Humber-bank, in to the Christian ministry among demonstrating the Elements of the Nonconformists. He became Euclid, by recollection of the a student at the Dissenters’ Acafigures, in recitation from the demy founded by Mr. Coward, English, and Greek, and Latin and then settled at Northampton, poets, or in repeating, so far as over which the Rev. John Horsey their memories would allow, what presided, The tutor " formed they had read that day in the no common regard for his pupil, Greek Testament or Hebrew Bible; and was always spoken of by him for with a portion of one of these with a marked affection and es. their morning invariably com- term." Mr. Dewhurst was one menced. On one occasion, and of several students, who published on one only, was he prevailed in 1799 (M. Mag. vij. 17), their upon to attempt à ditch: he sti- grateful testimony to the faith pulated that his companion should fulness and impartiality of Mr. take him by the hand, and that Horsey's conduct, in his theolothey should run and leap together: gical department, in reply to the experiment failed: they found some insinuations most ungenethemselves plunged deep in one of rously reported against that gen. the worst receptacles of mud, teman. which the vicinity of Hull sup:

It was not sorprizing that young plies, and in the bitterness of a Dewhurst should carry with bim, cold December day."

from Hull to Northampton, “. It is scarcely prissible to read testimonial of his master's warm this account of the mental occu- approbation of his diligence and pations and composed habits of attainments." How he continued young Dewhurst, without recole to justify Mr. Milner's opinion, lecting those lines of Milton: till he became a scholar, and a When I was yet a child, no childish ripe and good one, cannot be told play

so well as by his respectable tutor, To me was pleasing, all my mind was set Mr. Horsey, who, in answer to tudious to learn and know.-P. R.1.201. our enquiries, has very kindly and

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promptly favoured us with the fol. linguists in the bouse, they all adlowing communication.

mitted and readily acknowledged, “In 1792, Mr. Dewhurst entered the superiority of his critical the academy, at Northampton, acumen and taste. endowed with qualifications far “ The same talents which quali. superior to what many possess fied him for a classical scholar, when they leave such institutions. shone conspicuously, in every deHis distinguished abilities were partment of science ; though he soon perceived and admired; and appeared to be particularly inhis talents vigorously applied, for clined to indulge himself in classi. five years, to a regular course of cał pursuits. study, preparatory to the Chris- “ No subjects of study, I am baptian ministry. His accurate and py to add, diverted him from cul. increasing knowledge of the differ. tivating a religious temper. A ent subjects which came under ex- valuable quality, which many have amination, gave the highest delight found it difficult to preserve, amidst and satisfaction to those who were the miscellaneous engagements of most interested in his improvement; an academical life. Our respected and, by the whole academical friend, however, happily succeerted family, he was deservedly esteemed in this. - Never any ibing frivo: and loved. The only difficulty I lous or unsuitable appeared, in find, Sir, in complying with your the exercises of Christian worship, request, is, in selecting any pecu. whatever might be the templation, liar and discriminating qualities, And his own religious services, in where all were in so much order the family and in public, while and proportion. Truth and justice they were eminent for correctness demand my testimony to uniform and propriety of expression, beand general excellence of chac came strongly impressive and inracter. Under this impression, teresting to others, from a spirit I have frequently said, in the of rational and animated devotion. hour of free converse, concerning “The leading defect, I had alour friend, that I was not able to most said the only one, in the recollect any thing he ever said or character of this excellent man, did, during the time of his residence was a want of proper confidence in at Northampton, that I could wish his own powers and attainments. had not been said or done. To be, Wbat all others saw and admired, however, a little more particular, he could scarcely be induced to -considered as a scholar, Mr. believe existed. But, notwiths Dewhurst's attainments were cer- standing the veil of modesty and tainly of a superior order. His diffidence, in which his talents and progress was so rapid, and his at- virtues were shrouded, his superior tainments so elevated, under the excellence could not be entirely able and well-directed superinten. concealed; and his inflexible indance of Mr. Forsaith, the classic tegrity, bis simplicity and purity cal tutor, as to obtain, I well of manners, his benign and placid know, his frequent and unqualified spirit, towards his associates and approbation. And though, dur. feHow students, together with his ing the period of Mr, Dewhurst's gratitude to his instructors, and studies, we had several eminent reverence for his Maker, will leave an indelible impression on the his fatal illness with anxious solihearts of all who enjoyed and citude, and lamented tim, in his valued his acquaintance and friend. death, as a friend uniformly de ship."

voled to the highest interests of On quitting the academy in those intrusted to bis care. In 1797, Mr. Dewhurst preachel at this neighbourhood, Mr. Dew. Halifax, during a few months. He hurst passed the remainder of his also occasionally supplied some life, occupying the leisure wbich congregations in the Midland Coun. the duties of a tutor allowed, in ties. It is probable, however, that augmenting his own stores of clas. the defect regretted by his tutor, sical and general knowledge, and " a want of proper confidence in contributing, by his writings, to his own powers and attainments," the public taste and information. would render the duties of the

The earliest work, in which he pulpit too often oppressive to bis is known to have become a writer, feelings. No one can have joined was the Annual Review, which public associations, formed for commenced in 1808. By our whatever purpose, without fre. friends, Mr. Arthur Aikin and the quently lamenting the scarcely. Rev. Thomas Rees, the succespardonable silence of individuals, sive editors of that work, we are eminently furnished with know. favoured with some account of ledge and counsel above many who his contributions. Through the have cultivated the arts of popular first six volumes, comprehending address. Those arts, we know from Mr. Aikin's editorship, accord. himself, Mr. Dewhurst considered ing to that gentleman'sinformation, as, by him, unattainable; nor, we « Mr. Dewhurst undertook the believe, did he ever attempt upon entire department of classical lite. any occasion an extemporaneous rature and bibliograpby." Mr. address. Even preaching from Aikin having very obligingly cha. written papers, as too generally racterized to us a lew

articles in practised in bis communion, dur- that department, we shall take the ing his latter years, he appears to liberty of copying his communicahave declined. Yet though thus tion. shrinking from publicity, he could "The introduction to not neglect the talents intrusted to in the first vol. is a very equitable his occupation. He was, indeed, though brief summary of the ad. well prepared to fill the offices of vantages derived by ihe moderns private tuition, and to instruct and from the study of the ancient clas. entertain through the medium of sical writers, of the services ren. review of Heyne's Homer; it also and his acquaintance with the contains a good deal of original works of the critics who have elu. matter, especially with regard to cidated the writings of the ancients. the Cesura and the Æolic Digam. Not to specify other articles, his ma. North more's Tryphiodorus review of kidu's Opuscula Rhun. and Taylor's translation of Plato, keniana, affords abundant illusgive occasion to two good articles: tration of this remark. in the latter, he shows, incontes. 6. Besides these, there are a few tibly, that the translator has, on biographical articles by him ; viz. several occasions, neglected the the Lives of Blair, Hume and Lord original Greek for the Latin ver. Kaimes, and Dr. Cogan's work on sion.

dered by the early editors, and In 1797, Mr. Dewhurst ac- critics, from the revival of letters cepted an invitation from Mr. to the end of the seventeenth cen. Macmurdo, then resident at Old tury, and of the distinguishing Ford, near Hackney, to become characters of that modern school a tutor in that gentleman's family, of criticism of which Bentley may by every part of which he was re. be considered as the founder, garded, through life, with justly "The longest and most elaborate merited esteem. They attended article which he furnished, is the

the press.

the Passions, (p. 615.) is also from “ The review of Preston's transe his pen ;-anarticle which exhibits lation of the Argonautics of Apol. his mind in a different character, lonius Rhodius is introduced by a but with undiminished advantage. very satisfactory account of the In the seventh volume, his first original author, and a critique on criticism is Mitford's Greece the merits of the poem. Steuart's (p: 85.); there is much in this ar. translation of the works of Sallust, ticle that is very interesting. It forms also a very interesting ar. discusses briefly, but very ably ticle."

the controversy respecting the It may be here added, on other study of ancient and particularly good authority, that the review of of Greek history. His next critiCowper's Homer was character- cism, in point of importance is ized by the late Professor Porson, (p. 286) on Griesbach's Greek as one of the neatest pieces of cri. Testament, which exhibits a sketch ticism he had ever read.

of the nature and extent, and an The Rev. Thomas Rees, who edit- illustration of the importance, of ed the seventh and last volume of bis labours. the Annual Review, and had some

“ Most of the tenth chapter was concern in the sixth, has obliged drawn up by him ; but you will us with the following communica. observe the works are, for the non, respecting some articles by greater part, of the elementary Mr. Dewhurst in those volumes. kind. In some of these, however,

" In the sixth volume (p. 208.) he evinces, by a touch or two, as his first article is a review of Dr. in the review of Grant's Grammar, Gillies's continuation of his Greek Cary's Prosody, and Pickburne's History, a subject for the discus. Metrical Pauses, bis mastery in sion of which our friend, by his the subjects they discuss." intimate acquaintance with the

Another work which was aided original historians, was eminently by Mr. Dewhurst's pen was the qualified.

Atheneum, which commenced in “ The fourth chapter (pages 1807. Our respected friend, Dr. 306—374) is entirely by him. It Aikin, who edited that work, has contains no article of importance, kindly informed us that “ Mr. but it was impossible for him to Dewhurst's contributions to the touch on this iheme without dis. Athenæum, consist of one paper playing his thorough knowledge of in each number relative to Greek the languages of Greece and Rome, authors, a letter respecting Mr.

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