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Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, and for some time practised as a Conveyancer under the Bar, to which he was afterwards called. In this intricate and dry department of the law, his abilities soon acquired celebrity amongst professional men, and business pressed upon him. The social qualities, the variety of attainments, the benevolent, amiable, and attractive manners of Mr. Downing, could not fail to win the affections of a large circle of friends, amongst whom, many of the hours that could be spared from business were spent, and who were ever cheered and delighted in his society. His attachment to the Constitution in Church and State, and his high sense of loyalty, induced him to become a member, and soon after he was appointed an officer, of the corps of Light Horse Volunteers, in which corps he soon became a most popular character, and amongst whom he may be said to have lost his life. The pressure of professional business, intercourse with his friends, and frequent musters of his corps, began apparently to overpower his strength; and in an arduous service with the Volunteers, during a time of public alarm, in 1800, he caught a cold, which brought on an inflammatory fever, which in a few days terminated in his death, to the great concern of his afflicted wife, (the daughter of his old master, Mr. Alston, of Nayland) his venerable parents, and a numerous circle of greatly attached friends. Dr. Gaskin, as a friend and Clergyman, visited him on his dying bed, and happy to find in him the faith, hope, and charity of the Christian, engaged to administer, on the following morning, to him, his afflicted wife, and their common friend, Mr. Stevens, the dying Christian's most comfortable viaticum: but before the hour for this solemn administration had arrived, his soul had fled to the place of departed spirits. The corps of Light Horse Volunteers, as a testimony of their affection and regard for their deceased companion, passed a resolution, requesting that his funeral might be a public one: his remains were accordingly buried with military honours, in the parish church of St. Paul, Covent Garden, attended by the whole of that highly respectable body.
The next member of Nobody's Club, whose death happened in the life of its venerable head, was the Rev. Jonathan Boucher, Vicar of Epsom, in Surrey, who died in May, 1804. Of him Mr. Stevens thus writes, in a letter to Bishop Skinner, June 5, 1804:
“ I believe I mentioned in my last letter the precarious state of our good friend Mr. Boucher's health, so that you were the less surprised to hear, what you no doubt have heard, of his death. I saw him about a fortnight before the event, when I concluded he was not long for this world, though I did not consider it as the last time I should see him. His loss will be severely felt by his family, his numerous friends, and the public; notwithstanding the truth of Dr. Young's observation, that the mind turns fool before the cheek is dry. The widow has a large family to take care of, there being eight children, including one she had by her former husband, and all young. An anxious situation! Her grief is not rendered more poignant by being left in want, as her circumstances must be good; and so they had need be. His great work *, which might contribute to the shortening of his days, was far from being finished ; and whether any one can be found to carry it on, and complete it, so as to make what was done beneficial to the family or the public, is very uncertain. Man proposes and God disposes. Either we must mourn for our friends, or our friends must mourn for us. Such is the tenure by which we hold ; and happy
* A Glossary of Provincial and Archäological Words, intended as a Supplement to Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. for us when we can say ex animo, 'Not our will, but thine, O God, be done !'. There was a meeting of Nobody's Friends, at the Crown and Anchor, on the 29th of May, when they had to lament, as they did most sincerely, the loss of an excellent member since the last meeting, our invaluable friend.” ginia—the living of St. Mary's, in the same countyand afterwards, by the favour of Sir Robert Eden, Bart. Governor of Maryland, successively the rectory of St. Anne's, in Annapolis, and Queen Anne's, in Prince George's county, from which he was ejected at the revolution.
The history of this gentleman was certainly most singular, and it were much to be wished that his own account of his sufferings in America, on account of his loyalty, had met the public eye. Mr. Boucher was born at Blencogo, in the county of Cumberland; and, after receiving his education at Wigton, under the Rev. Joseph Blayne, he went, at the age of sixteen, to North America. At the proper age he came home to England to be ordained, and afterwards faithfully and zealously discharged the duties of a Minister of the Church in America, till the year 1775, when the distracted state of the British Colonies obliged him, after his property there, which was his all, was confiscated, and himself proscribed as a traitor, to return to Great Britain. Of his exemplary conduct in the discharge of his ministerial functions in the Western Hemisphere, abundant proof is furnished by a work published by him in the year 1797, entitled, “ A View of the Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution, in Thirteen Discourses, preached in North America, between the years 1763 and 1775.” In the very elaborate and interesting preface, prefixed to the Discourses, consisting of ninety pages, and containing anecdotes and observations respecting the writers, and most eminent persons, concerned in the American Revolution, he observes, page 88: “ Cast, as my lot was, by Providence, in a situation of difficult duty, in such an hour of danger, it would have been highly reproachful to have slept upon my post. Investigations of the important subjects of religion and government,
when conducted with sobriety and decorum, can never be unseasonable ; but they seem to be particularly called for in times like those, in which these discourses were written-times, when the Kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers took counsel together against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying, Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us."
The conclusion of this preface is so beautiful and affecting, that I am sure I shall be excused for transcribing it. 1: “ If haply this volume should find its way into those distant regions where the greatest part of it was first produced, and there should be still living any of those old friends, with whom, in old times, I formerly took sweet counsel together; I entreat them to remember me as one who loved them and their country, if not wisely, yet well. If it should be so fortunate as to fall into the hands of any of the inhabitants of the different parishes which I held in Virginia and Maryland, (many of whom once were my willing hearers, and, at the risk of more than blame, listened with a respectful attention to several of these very sermons) I entreat their aca ceptance of them in their present form. I entreat them to consider this book as the legacy of: one who still bears it in mind, with pleasure and with pride, that he once was their faithful and favourite pastor. In this world we are severed to meet no more: but we may meet again when, ere long, bath they and I shall be called on to give account, (at a tribunal where passion and prejudice can have no place) they, how they received instruction—and I, what' instruction I communicated, and in what manner. God grant that neither they may have been unprofitable. hearers-nor 1, after having preached to others, myself be a cast-away;". By a note to the preface, it appears that Mr. Boucher had at different times held the rectory of Hanover, in Virs
These sermons are inscribed, by a well-written, manly dedication, to General Washington, whom Mr. B. states to have been once his neighbour and friend: but he adds, in a truly Christian spirit, “ the unhappy dispute, which terminated in the disunion of our respective countries, also broke off our personal connection; but I never was more than your political enemy, and every sentiment even of political animosity has, on my part, long ago subsided." The whole of these discourses unequivocally demonstrate this truth, that the pious, manly, and eloquent author was not to be deterred by the personal difficulties in which the schism and faction that then prevailed had placed him, from maintaining, with undaunted resolution, those doctrines, political and religious, in which he had been educated. I cannot withhold from the reader, the following passage from Mr. Boucher's farewell sermon, preached in Maryland, in the year 1775, as a proof of strong, manly, energetic, pious, and loyal eloquence: and I envy not - the man nor his feelings, whose head and heart are not deeply affected by the perusal. : In page 587 of the volume, is the following burst of true Christian loyalty : “ Sincerely do I wish it were not now necessary to crave your indulgence for a few minutes longer it shall be but for a few, to speak of myself. If I am to credit some sürmises, which have been kindly whispered in my ear, (and I am proud thus publicly to acknowledge, that it is to a man whose political tenets are the opposite of mine, that I owe
this information, communicated, no doubt, from · motives of good-will and humanity) unless I will