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ægrotis ultro assedit,
sed amicissimâ potiùs suavitate,
id feliciter consecutus,
Humanitas ut eluceret,
Hujus ecclesiæ patronus, A. D. 1750."
Dat facilem, sceleris nescia vita, fugam.
Et puerile decus pignoris instar erant,
Addere, Pieriæ prolis Etona parens.
Curia, quem lætâ disceret aure Themis : Te fore qui mecum curis elapsus et urbe,
Me sene desuetæ fila movente lyræ, Seu Trentæ ad ripas, Thamesim seu propteramænum,
Ausonios caneres, Æoliosve modos. Fata vetant, hominumque negant te reddere nugis,
Nec prohibent cineri me superesse tuo. "Tu posito carnis velamine (quale videmus Æquoreis lotum surgere sydus aquis)
six died young
Nec macie, nec febre dolens, novus advena cæli,
Fletibus humanis invia regna petis. O! si corpoream fas sit mihi
Vimque animi residem suscitet ipse dolor, Ut te, care puer, super astra secutus ad auras
Humana aspernens evehar ætherias *."
Mr. Hardinge married, in December 1738, Jane, second daughter of Sir John Pratt, of Wilderness, in Kent (chief-justice of the King's Bench), and sister to the late Lord Camden; by whom he had issue nine sons, and three daughters of the sons
The survivors were, George (of whom seep.342); Henry, of Peter-house, Cambridge, LL. B. 1779, late vicar of the new * vicarage of * The two last in Mr. Gough's and Mr. Bindley's copies run thus :
“ Ut me, care puer, tua pennæ signa secutum
In penetrale Dei mors cupienda ferat!" † Jane married Henry Pelham, esq. commissioner of the Cus. toms. Caroline and Julia are unmarried.
To which Mr. George Hardinge had, in 1776, presented Dr. James Andrew; and upon his resignation, 1778, Henry, his own brother. This requires to be explained. He had (in 1769) procured an act of parliament for the new-modeling of this vicarage, which formerly had contained Kingston, the mother church, and the following chapels or curacies; Richmond, Kei, Petersham, Thames-Ditton, and East Moulsey. By virtue of this act, without prejudice to right then existing, Kingston vicarage was confined to Kingston and Richmond; and a new vicarage was formed of Kew and Petersham. The other curacies "vere declared perpetual, and the patronage of theny vested in the patron of the vicarages. By an agreement made between the last Mr. Nicholas Hardinge and John Bailey, who married Isabella, his first cousin, the next presentation after the death of the said Mr. Hardinge was given to hin). He, upon the death of Comer, who survived Nicholas, presented the Rev. George Wakefield (father of the late celebrated Gilbert Wakefieid, who died Sept. 10, 1801; and of George, curate of Richmond) who died 1776, and was succeeded by Dr. Andrew. Mr. Wakfeld, as vicar of Kingston, had a right to appoint to all the curulises in that vicarage; and a little before his death he aprointel his son George to the valuable curacy of Richmond, upsas his dad yrrender of it; which curacy he held ill 1500, is the n'ait of a perpetual curacy. A very important que tion bardaris , itler the curates thus appointed by the vicar vacations sucres upon the death or cession of the sir.i'. The berie..?..." was in the negative, but it was left in doubt when it is in obtained : the Patron, though intensieri in ilin
dit in favour of what he thought it fair sile ufi
od þarred his own claim by an express clailse ili
Kingston-upon-Thames, now rector of Stanhope, in the county of Durham ; father of George N. Hardinge, esq. the gallant Naval Hero * whose loss is recorded in Gent. Mag. vol. LXXVIII. pp. 748. 768, and to whose memory the British Legislature have voted a public monument; and Richard, of Belleisle, Fermanaghshire, in Ireland, some time in the East India service, created a baronet Aug.4, 1801.
Mr. Nicholas Hardinge died April 9, 1758; and his library was sold by auction in 1759. His widow died, at her seat in Kent, May 17, 1807 p. clares all the curacies to be perpetual. The exercise of the right in Wakefield was invidious and dishonourable, because it broke in upon the manifest intentions of the act, founded with his privity and assent, in the idea that upon his death Richmond and Kingston would be vacant. See the History of Surrey, by Manning and Bray, vol. I. pp. 383, 394.
* A letter from Captain Hardinge to his respectable father (printed in the Gentleman's Magazine, vol. LXXIV. p. 461) may be considered as one of the most interesting papers of the kind that ever was written.
† “ In this lady, amongst other extraordinary talents and virtues, perhaps the most like a charm, was her frugal care of her income, and her address in the conduct of it. She lived upon a moderate revenue as if it had been treble its real amount; kept a very hospitable house; and was the most liberal of human creatures upon fit occasions. Her economy was invisible to every eye but her own; though, in secret, active and sagacious. It was not cold, mean, or penurious; but it left her always rich, and was the bank of her liberal spirit. Her ļinderstanding was, in its energy, masculine, though her manners were gentle and graceful. She never had a sellish thought, and was incessantly occupied in doing good among her numerous descendants; uniting them in love to one another, she was impartial and generous to them all. She loved society, and was the charm of it. Her intellect survived her failure of strength, and was unsubdued by pain. She had a high sense of honour; and her duty was lier pleasure. The vital and sound principles of Religion were never absent from her thoughts, and were the animating spirit of all her actions. When she lost her husband, her affliction would have destroyed her, if the sense of her parental duty had not recalled her to the energies of life. She consecrated them to that arduous and sacred office; but such was her intellect, her delicacy, and her address, that, as in the case of her economy, her incessant assiduity was accompanied by na effort; and she conferred obligations of inestimable value upon her children, as if they were mere feathers of courtesy, never insinuating the demand of an equivalent, but amply repaid in their smiles, and in their happiness. In society, though struck HENRY Hare, third and last Lord Baron of Colerane of that name and family, descended from John, with a deafness, in the paroxysm of her conjugal afiliction, which no applications could remove, she was the delight of all her friends, and, by the help of her trumpet, the readiest in conversation. Her eloquence, whether in reasoning, or in the narrative power, had peculiar grace and foree. It was (like that of her most eloquent brother, the late Earl Camden) stamped with an elegant simplicity; it was pointed, strong, and clear. Her style in writing was lively, natural, and full of spirit. Her seat in Kent is of matchless beauty, which her taste bad formed out of three or four little orchards, and a wild bank at the foot of a common which hung over them. Here she built and furnished an excellent house, though for a considerable time she had another in London, and was never happier than in doing the honours of it. She had a carriage, and a very handsome retinue of servants; made numerous presents, gave up to her son parts of her jointure, and yet left a handsome acquisition (including this beautiful scene) to the fortunes of her daughters. Her memory was, upon all topicks, ready and correct. It was of peculiar advantage to her in a compts, and in business of all kinds; yet, with a contempt for levity, her delight in reading Novels emulated that of her brother; and she had pleasure, as well as talent, for all games of skill, from cards to chess. Her spirit, never depressed, but always calm, was a ruling feature of her mind and genius. Amongst numerous traits of it, we can give this : her female housekeeper cheated her, and was detected in a series of complicated forgeries. Mrs. Hardinge took her up to London with her, and watched her with all the acute suspicion, of a serjeant over his deserter, tiil she recovered every shilling, and threw the forged receipts into the fire. Hand-in-hand with her prudence in forwarding the interest of her numerous descendants, was her talent in reconciling their differences, and recommending them to mutual forbearance; always taking the weakest by the hand against the rest, and with no other partialities. Her last illness was lingering, as well as painful; but all the characteristic features of her mind, and life, continued up to the very day preceding her dissolution. She had the love and prayers of relations and friends out of number, who circulated her merits where she was not personally known; so that her name was often endeared by the character and stamp it bore in the world.” Gent. Mag. 1807, vol. LXXVII. p. 450.
An elegant little unpublished volume, intituled “ The Filial Tribute, 1807," with a copy of which I have been favoured « as a Keepsake,” conchides with the following epitaph:
“ Glowing thoughts, which cannot speak,
Ye that knew the Mother's worth,
younger brother to Sir Nicholas Hare, baronet, master of the Rolls, and privy counsellor to King Henry VIII. (both sons to Nicholas Hare of Homersfield in Suffolk, the elder branch being seated at Stow Bardolph in Norfolk) was born at Blechingley in Surrey, May 10, 1693; educatedat Enfield, under Dr.Uvedale(who had also the honour of educating, among other eminent men, Francis Earl of Huntingdon, and Sir Jeremy Sambroke, bart.) After the death of his grandfather, Hugh the second Lord Colerane *, in 1708, Henry succeeded to the title; and was admitted a gentleman commoner of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, under the tuition of Dr. Rogers, who afterwards married Lydia, one of his Lordship's sisters f. A lyric poem
Join with yours the filial tear,
Who can such a theme detail?
But for Angels to reveal." * Hugh Hare, the first Lord Colerane, was a great florist, and much in favour with Charles I. who created him an Irish baron when he was only nineteen years of age. Oa the breaking out of the civil wars, he attended on his Majesty, and supplied him with several sums of money, and gave up his seat at Longford in Wiltshire for a royal garrison, which was afterwards taken and plundered by the Rebels, and his other estates sequestered. On the Restoration, as a reward for his many and faithful services, he had an offer of an English peerage, which he refused. Henry, bis eldest son, the second lord, was an emi. nent Antiquary and Medalist. He was twice married; and by his first lady, Constantia, daughter of Sir Henry Lewis, of Broxborne, bart. had two sons, Hugh (the thrd lord) and Lucius, a student in the Temple ; and one daughter, Constantia, married to Hugh Smithson, esq. Mr. Hugh Hare was, in 1692, author of “A Charge to the Quarter Sessions for Surrey," and translated, from the French or Italian, “ The History of the Conspiracy of Count Fieski at Genoa.” He died in his father's life-time.
+ See the account of Dr. Rogers, prefixed to his XIX Sermons, p. xxiii. Ixi. - In the Introduction to the first volume of the Archæologia, it is said by mistake that this lady was married