Page images
PDF
EPUB

of life; others at Cambridge 1719-1722; a poem on the death of his eldest son 1746, who died in 1741, at the age of seven, and was buried in the church of Kingston (see p. 344); an epitaph on his father, who was buried in the chancel of Kingston church, 1750 (printed below); one smali poem in 1754; and epistles to several of his friends between 1730 and 1750*; most of them Lyrics, in which his vein was truly elegant and poetical — perhaps never excelled. Mr. Coxe has printed one of Mr. Hardinge's Odes, which is a most happy imitation of Sir Robert Walpole's famous letter to Colonel Churchill after his retirement. . .

The following is the inscription intended for his father. His grandson meant to put it up at Kingston.

“ GIDEONI HARDINGE, A. M. Roberti Hardinge militis filio natu minimo,

hujus ecclesiæ Vicario; qui dignis sacerdote moribus,

adjuvante facundiâ, vultuque ipso probitatis indice, fidem sibi et amorem conciliavit :

Vicariæ volentis dona
quæstuosissimis litibus anteposuit :
Egenis nummulos detrahere

longè recusavit:
Censu de suo subvenire gestiit:

* I mention these so minutely, 'as the volume in which they are printed (which in some copies are called, “ Poeinata, Auctore Nicolao Hardinge, Coll. Reg. Socio;" in others, « Latin Verses by the late Nicholas Hardinge, esq.") has been circulated only among a few friends; and because in most of the copies six leaves, pp. 57–68 are wanting. These contain a Latin poem of some humour, written at Eton in 1724, and addressed to, Mr. Justell, a learned and ingenious clergynian, son of the King's Librarian, and Conduct of Eton College; a Latin Essay, written in 1727, and addressed to the Earl of Pembroke, on deeds and seals of Robert cari Ferrars and William Fitz Otho, from the originals, in the archives of King's College; the latter illustrated by Maurice Johoson, in the “ Memoirs of the Spading Society," p. 63. Also a Latin letter to him from his brother Caleb; and some Latin verses addressed “ Ad Amicum 1707." Mr. Gough had a complete copy, which was Dr. Lorta, and is pow consigned to the hummer of Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby.

ægrotis

[ocr errors]

ægrotis ultro assedit,

consuluit, inserviit,
Artis ipse Medicæ studiosus.
Religionis legibus sancitæ tenax,

dissentientes
neque contumeliis neque fastidio prosequi,

sed amicissimâ potiùs suavitate,
facillimisque ad se colloquiis,

allicere consuevit.
His virtutibus lenioribus
adjunctam ita gravitatem tenuit,

assentationis inimicam,
ut neminem non auderet impium

monitis castigare;

id feliciter consecutus,
ut ne odii metu veritas conticesceret ;
in præceptis tamen iracundiâ carentibus,

Humanitas ut eluceret,

Testis benevolentiæ,
Patri bene merenti
Nicolaus Hardinge,

Hujus ecclesiæ patronus, A. D. 1750."
On the death of his eldest son, written at Knowl
Hills, 1746 (see p. 343):
“ Nate, vale! coeli tibi templa beata petenti

Dat facilem, sceleris nescia vita, fugam.
At mihi spem dederas, orisque animique venustas,

Et puerile decus pignoris instar erant,
Te fore quem doctæ mea vellet Etona cohorti

Addere, Pieriæ prolis Etona parens.
Quem meus expeteret Camus, cui plauderet olim

Curia, quem lætâ disceret aure Themis : Te fore qui mecum curis elapsus et urbe,

Me sene desuetæ fila movente lyra, 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)

Nec

Nec macie, nec febre dolens, novus advena coeli,

Fletibus humanis invia regna petis.
O! si corpoream fas sit mihi ponere labem,

Vimque animi residem suscitet ipse dolor,
Ut te, care puer, super astra secutus ad auras

Humana aspernens evehar ätherias *.”

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 op. Of the sons six died young. 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 penne 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, Kew, 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 forned of Kew and Petersham. The other curacies were declared perpetual, and the patronage of them 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 him. He, upon the death of Comer, who survived Nicholas, presented the Rev. George Wakefield (father of the late celebrated Gilbert Wakefield, who died Sept. 10, 1801; and of George, curate of Richmond) who died 1776, and was succeeded by Dr. Andrew. Mr. Wakefield, as vicar of Kingston, had a right to appoint to all the curacies in that vicarare; and a little before his death he appointed his son George to the valuable curacy of Richmond, upon his own surrender of it; which curacy he held till 1806, in the nature of a perpetual curacy. A very important question had arisen, whether the curates thus appointed by the vicar vacated their curacies upon the death or cession of the vicar. The better opinion was in the negative, but it was left in doubt when this act was obtained: the Patron, though interested in the question, closed it in favour of what he thought the fair side of the argument, and barred his own claim by an express clause in the act, which de

clares

Kingston-upon-Thames, now rector of Stanliope, 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 m.

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. i

* 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.

t “ 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 eve 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 understanding was, in its energy, masculine, though her manners were gentle and graceful. She never had a selfish 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 her 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 aflliction would have destroved 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 no 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 affliction, 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 force. It was (like that of her most eloquent bother, 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 inatchless beauty, which her taste had formed out of three or four little orchards, and a wild bauk 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 numerois 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 ner in accompts, 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, till 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 ħer 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. 490.

An elegant little unpublished volume, intituled “ The Filial Tribute, 1807," with a copy of which I have been favoured “as a Keepsake,” concludes with the following epiapi:

“ Glowing thoughts, which cannot speak,
Prove-that eloquence is weak;
To the heart is their appeil
They are mute,- because they foul.

Ye that knew the voit vordi,
Blest, and blessing, uposa i eth,

« PreviousContinue »