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the debt. She knew that cheerfulness is the charm of the domestick circle, and she was always cheerful. She knew that, where home is pleasant, children will prefer it to the fleeting gayeties of life; and it was her study to make their home pleasant. She banished from her circle all selfishness but that which springs from the endearments of affection, and she taught her inmates to center all their affections, their desires and their hopes at their own fireside, and to expect there that happiness which was never absent. Could children part from such a mother and feel only the transient emotions of a fleeting sorrow? No; their grief is sacred. When she died, others lost a friend, always active, always kind, always benevolent. Her intimates lost a companion, and the poor lost a protector. To such, their loss may be supplied. But where are children to seek or to find the affection of such a mother? Where? In the love of that BEING, who, for His own wise ends, hath parted them for a few years; but wно, we humbly hope, hath not forbidden us to seek in another world, for a re-union with those who have been endeared to us in this by the strongest ties.
At Northampton [Eng.] Thomas Percy, L. L. D. one of the senior fellows, and vice president of St. John's college, Oxford. Dr. Percy was nephew to the celebrated bishop of Dromore; the last edition of whose valuable and interesting "Relicks of Ancient English Poetry," he edited. To this work he was preparing the addition of a fourth volume, which was announced so long since as March, 1807, and which will not, we trust, even now be withheld from the literary world, to whom Dr. Percy's taste and information on this subject are well known.
Drowned by shipwreck, off Memel, Lord Viscount Royston, eldest son of the earl of Hardwicke and M. P. for Riegate. We understand, a more promising young nobleman was never given to a country's hopes, or more untimely snatched away. At an age when most are content to study the ancient authors, with a view only to attain the language in which they wrote, his lordship was so thoroughly master of their contents, that he translated the most obscure of them, with a spirit and clearness which surpassed the original. It was from the desire of adding, to the store of ancient and modern learning which he possessed, the advantages that result from personal observation and from travel, that his lordship quitted the splendour of an affluent home, and encountered the dangers under which he finally perished.
In St. Gilesgate, Durham, in the 96th year of his age, William Cloyd. Among the many eccentrick tricks of his youth. he once undertook to descend, upon a rope, from the steeple of St. Giles's church, to the Bower Banks adjoining, and accomplished it unhurt. In 1739, he was with admiral Vernon at the taking of Porto Bello and Carthagena. In 1742, he was deprived of his eyesight by lightning, upon the African coast; and after that, became famous for dressing sheep's feet, which proved a very profitable trade to him, and enabled him to procure his quantum of ale, of which he consumed no small quantity. At cards and bowling matches Cloyd was generally one of the foremost, and frequently betted very freely. He enjoyed, in general, a very good state of health, and within the last twenty years has been seen to run round the feet of a large stool turned topsey-turvey, with his boots on. About twenty-six years ago, he was at a bowling match on Gilesgate moor, when a violent altercation arose about the position of the bowls, which had nearly ended in blows; when Cloyd, starting from the crowd, cried out: "Lead me to the place where the bowls are." On his arrival there, after groping awhile for the bowls, he
cried out; "Any body may see that bowl is first." This created a loud laugh, and put all the parties in good humour again. About 18 years ago, he received one of Hetherington's benefactions of ten pounds a year to blind men, upon which he subsisted till his decease.
In the 53d year of his age, Charles Henry Wilson, Esq. late of the Middle Temple. Mr. Wilson was several years editor of The Gazetteer ; and there are few daily or periodical publications of any standing which have not been occasionally indebted to his contributions. He was the author of The Wandering Islander. Polyanthea, Brookeana, Beauties of Burke, and many more original productions, compilations, and translations, to none of which would he suffer his name to be prefixed. His attainments were almost universal. He was deeply versed in the antiquities and literature of the Gothick, Scandinavian, and Celtick nations. With an inexhaustible fund of learning, he was "a fellow of infinite jest-of most excellent fancy." His wit and humour, were truly original. The factitious jester, the Joe Miller wit, in vain attempted to enter the lists with him; he was speedily distanced by a simile, or an expression which never could enter the imagination of his rival, but so ludicrously apposite to the subject in hand, as never to fail to "set the table in a roar." He was a native of the north of Ireland, and migrated to the metropolis upwards of twenty years ago. Born to no fortune, he ran his career of life, without doing more than providing for the day which was passing over him; a fate not uncommon to men entering the world under the same circumstances, and possessing similar endowments, joined to a strong relish for social enjoy.
At Hammersmith, in his 85th year, John Rice, Esq. a character miserable and penurious. Mr. Rice was born in Westminster, and having received a musical education, he resolved to try his fortune in America. He sailed for New York, where he settled, and got an appointment as organist. In this situation, denying himself the common necessaries of life, he accumulated a considerable sum of money, and returned to England. His habit was that of the most indigent beggar; and so deplorably miserable were his garb and appearance, that he was turned out of two lodgings that he took. At length he obtained a room at a glazier's shop, near Marsham-street, where he was taken ill. He requested that he might be decently clothed and conveyed to Mr. Boyce, at Hammersmith, whose father, he said, was his most intimate acquaintance. He was accordingly taken to the house of Mr. Boyce, where he only survived a few days. After his death, his will was opened; by which it appeared that he bequeathed 20,0001. to Mr. Boyce, and 10,000l. to the bishop of New York. He is said to have died worth 40,0001.
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