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six died young:
Nec macie, nec febre dolens, novus advena cali,
Fletibus humanis invia regna petis. 0! 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 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 see p. 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 pennä signa secutum
In penetrale Dei mors cupienda ferat!" † Jane married Henry Pelham, esq. commissioner of the Customs. 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 forined 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 vicarage; 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
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 up.
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 lary, 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 æconomy was invisible to every eye but her own; though, in secret, active and sagacions. 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 ber 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 æconomy, 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 Harr, 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, bad 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 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 doing the honours of it. She had a carriage, and a very handsome retinue of servants; made numero's 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. Ilardinge 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 her merits where she was not personally known; so that her name was often endeared by the character and starp 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 a Keepsake,” concludes with the following epitaph:
Glowing thoughts, which cannot specik,
Ye that knew the vio: indy 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 . 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. On 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, his eldest son, the second lord, was an eminent Antiquary and Medalist. He was twice married; and by his first lady, Constantia, daughter of Sir Henry Lewis, of Brexborne, 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 Archäologia, it is said by mistake that this lady was married
by Lord Colerane appeared in the “Academiæ Oxoniensis Comitia Philologica, 1713,” and in the “Musæ Anglicanæ,” vol. III. p. 303, under the title of “ Musarum Oblatio ad Reginam.” Dr. Basil Kennet, who succeeded Dr. Turner in the presidency of that Society, inscribed an epistolary poem on his predecessor's death to Lord Colerane; who was a great proficient in the learned languages, particularly the Greek; and eminently versed in history, both civil and ecclesiastical. His Lordship made the tour of Italy three times; the second time with Dr. Conyers Middleton, about 1723, in which he made a noble collection of prints and drawings of all the antiquities, buildings, and pictures in Italy; given after his decease to Corpus Christi College. The esteem in which he was held by the Literati procured him admittance into the Republica Litteraria * di Arcadia, and the particular intimacy of the Marquis Scipio Maffei; who afterwards visited him at his antient manor and seat at Tottenham, in Middlesex, commonly called Bruce Castle, from having antiently belonged to the Bruces Earls of Huntingdon. His Lordship married, in 1717, Anne, only daughter of John Hanger, esq. some time governor of the Bank of England. Her fortune from her father was near 100,000l. She survived her lord five years, dying Jan. 10, 1754, of the gout in her stomach. This marriage was not attended with the expected felicity.
Within three years after it took place, her Ladyship thought proper " utterly to forsake his bed and house ;” nor could his repeated solicitations for twenty years, and to Dr. Turner, the president, who died a single man, and gave 20,0001. to the use of poor clergymen's widows.
* A Society whose business it was to correct, increase, and beautify the Italian poetry; as that of Crusca was to purity, illustrate, and fix their language. Some curious particulars of both are given by Baretti, in his “ Account of Italy,” vol. II. Pp. 246. 243.
+ In consequence of which marriage, Gabriel, third son of her elder brother, was, in 1762, created Baron Colerane; which title is now enjoyed by his third son, William.