Page images

custody of his Lordship's Relict, with many others of extraordinary value, till they were purchased, with the Harleian Manuscripts, by the Parliament, in 1753; and now make a part of the British Museum.

The remainder of his Collections, namely, sixteen volumes in folio, and three in quarto, he bequeathed to the University *; in hopes that a more favourable opportunity might offer, a more suitable encouragement be given to some other, for setting about so great a work of

nances, to me the said Thomas Baker during my natural life; and, after my decease, to the said Executors and Adininistrators of the said Edward Lord Harley for ever. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the 6th day of December, in the 3d year of our Sovereign Lord King George, &c. ALNO Domini 1716.

THOMAS BAKER. “ Sealed and delivered, after the triple stamping thereof, in

the presence of Jous Biller, HUMFREY WANLEY. “ Seal: On a saltire, five escalops, with crescent of difference; Crest, a lion passant.

“After the schedule of the XXI Volunics, on another leaf :

This is to satisfy my Executor, and all others whom it may concern, that, whereas I did beretofore sell and convey, to the use of the Right Honourable Edward Lord Harley, all my XXI Books of Collections, written with mine own handi, by him to be received speedily after my decease : And whereas I have since written with mine own hand Two other Volumes in folio, one of them beginning with these words, “Coilcctanea è vet. Reg. Col. Regin."--and ending, “to perfitt felicitie;" and the other beginning, “ Status Coll. S. et Indiv. Trin."--and euding, “wbere he is buried :" My will and intent is, thai, in consideration of one guinea unto me now paid by Mr. Huinfrey Wanley, the said Two VISS. are now by me sold to the said Lord Harley, and are to Ceme under the same regulation with the XXI Booke above mentioned; and shall be actually delivered to the said Lord Harley, or his agent, on the first demand made by his Lordsbiy after my decease. Witness my hand, Dec. 24, 1719. THOMAS BAKER."

* Vr. Masters, after mentioning those given to Lord Oxford, sars, “ Those given to Cambridge are as valuable: or vice versa. Dr. Ross turned over those at Cambridge, and assured me they were not valuable. It was much that he should give his History of a College from that University. I do not know that a single piece has been published from all these XXXIX Volumes; which does not bespeak much merit in thein. He and Mr. Cole of Milton would transcribe any thing."

T. F. + “Mr. Cole left money to perpetuate the memory of him on the stone which covers his remains. I had left College three or four years; but was applied to by the Master, Dr. Chevalier, to write a sbort epitaph: but it was not accepted."

7. F.

To' To the Account of Bp. Halifax, referred to in p.630, may be added the following elegant tribute of respect from one of his learned and valuable friends : “ Dr. Halifax was an eminent tutor of Trinity Hall at Cambridge, and the King's Professor of Law in that University. In 1782 he was advanced to the see of Gloucester, and translated in 1789 to that of St. Asaph. His distinguished worth and ability deservedly raised him to the bigb rank he held in the Church. But his character is given more at large in the following elegant inscription, composed by his fatherin-law, the Rev. Dr. William Cooke, dean of Ely, and provost of King's college, Cambridge, and engraved on his monument in the church of Warsop in Nottinghamshire; of which church the Bishop was rector, and in which, for the reason assigned in the two first lines of the inscription, he was buried.

“ Hic juxta filiolum dulcissinnum, acerbo olim fato

Præreptum, paternas exuvias deponi voluit vir reverendissimus Samuel HALIFAX, LL. D. et S. T.P. Ex hâc viciniâ oriundus, primisque literis imbutus, in

Academiâ protenus Cantabrigiensi floruit; juris civilis prælector publicus, et professor regius; in curiâ prærogativa

Cantuariensi facultatum registrarius; in hâc ecclesia rector ; in ecclesia cathedrali Glocestriensi primò, deinde Asaphensi episcopus ; quæ per omnia officia ingenio claruit,

et eruditione et industria singulari, summâ in ecclesiam
Anglicanam fide, concionum vi ac suavitate flexanimâ,

Scriptorum nitore et elegantia, vità insuper
id quod primarum sibi semper habuit inculpabili.

Natus est apud Mansfield Jan. 18, 1733 ;
calculo oppressus properatà morte obiit

Martii 4, 1790, ætatis eheu 57.
Catharina conjux, cum filio unico

et sex filiabus superstes relicta,
in aliquoli desiderii sui solamen, merens P."

Bp. Hurd's Life of Bp. Warburton, 4to. p. 105.

*** For Memoirs of HUTCHINS, S. RICHARDSON, T. CARTE, JORTIN, BATTIE, CHESELDEN, JACKSON, and Bp. HURD, see their several Names in the Index


Nichols and Son, Printers, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street, London.

No. XV. MR. JOSEPH STRUTT*. In tracing the studious man and the artist in his path through life, a reader can anticipate but little gratification. Follow him, ere yet the thread of life be unravelled, to his solitary apartment; there you behold him with his pen or pencil in his hand, his mental faculties deeply absorbed, and barred against extraneous objects; and your presence would be an infringement upon the flights of his imagination, now on the wing, and panting to bring home some novel idea. But when, through the medium of an Author's literary labours, an interest has really been excited, whether on account of new information communicated, of methodical classification of subjects treated, of satisfactory elucidations and perspicuity of style, or from the intrinsic merit of his researches exhibiting at once unwearied labour and capacious powers of intellect; then every the minutest circumstance relative to him is sought after with avidity; the knowledge of his birth-place, of his family-connexions, of his person and character, are then memoranda of high importance.

Such notices may perhaps be expected by a generous and enlightened publick, as due to the memory of Mr. Strutt; whose literary labours, as well as the productions of his pencil and graver, they have been pleased highly to appreciate. An assemblage of interesting facts relative to the history and usages of his native country, comprised in several volumes, chiefly occupied the hours of a life chequered by misfortune, early embittered by the loss of an amiable partner, and long tending towards the grave through the pressure of bodily affliction.

Mr. JOSEPH Strutt, the youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Strutt, was born October 27, 1749, at Springfield in Essex. Here his father possessed

* These original Memoirs are communicated by one of his bearest relations. Vol. V. Xx


some property, and carried on the profession of a miller, to which he had been brought up under Mr. John Ingold, of Woodham-Walter, in the same county.

This Thomas was son of Mr. Thomas Strutt, miller, of Chelmsford, by Elizabeth, one of the daughters of Robert Younge, gent. of Halsted, in Essex.

On the expiration of his apprenticeship, Thomas Strutt, in 1743, married Elizabeth Ingold, one of his master's daughters; and settled first at Danbury, and afterwards at Springfield, in both which places be possessed some property; and at the latter of whiclı he resided when his son Joseph was born. By his wife he had four sons and one daughter; of whom John* and Joseph alone attained to years of maturity.

In about a year after the birth of his son Joseph, Mr. Thomas Strutt embarked on a voyage for Constantinople; probably recommended by the Faculty so to do for the benefit of his health. He had a favourable passage to Smyrnat,where he stayed some

* John Strutt was their second son ; and was born Noveinber 30, 1745. He became a surgeon, and acquired considerable eminence in his profession. He married a young lady of the highest accomplishments; and by her had two children; both of whom died young. After a residence of several years in Derbystreet, Westininster, he died there, May 24, 1784.

+ Five letters written by Mr. Thomas Strutt to his wife, in his passage to and from Constantinople, have been preserted: one of these contains some local remarks, which may perhaps be deemed worth transcribing; and the order of the respective dates set down.

The first of these letters, directed “ To Mrs. Strutt, at Spring. field Mill, near Chelmsford, Essex," (which direction is also upon the other four,) is dated from the Downs, October 24, 1750: a short letter, merely stating liis arrival at the Downs, and sending his remembrances to his wife and their friends.

The second letter is likewise very brief; dated from the Streights of Gibraltar, November 7, 1751).

The third is longer than any of the other letters ; and is dated from Smyrna, December 6, 1750; whither, as Mr. Strutt obe serves, he “ arrived on Saturday last, in good health and good spirits; and on Sunday went on shore ; but could meet with no person that could speak English; however, by the help of the

time: he sailed thence to Constantinople, and re- · turned to Smyrna ; where it is supposed he caught the small-pox; he lived till the ship arrived at Plymouth, and died there, about June 1751, before his wife could arrive to bid him adieu for ever. On receiving the melancholy intelligence, Mrs. Strutt proceeded to Plymouth, and recovered her deceased husband's effects.

Thus, at the tender age of a year and a half, was Joseph Strutt bereaved of his parent. The care of his early tuition now devolved on his mother: and she, at a suitable time, placed him at the school at Chelmsford, where he attained the rudiments of boyish education, as reading, writing, and a scanty knowledge of grammar. The lessons of piety and of his duty to his Maker, were early instilled into him from his mother's lips : her example and precept went hand in hand to invite his imitation : and he seems to have retained to his latest breath the

little knowledge I have of the French, I have sold some of my knives, and wish I had brought more. The town is semicircular; about a mile in length, and makes a very agreeable prospect to the harbour; the ships lying within gunshot of the town: but the streets are so very narrow, and the houses so thick, that it is very nauseous withinside. I expect to go hence to Constantinople on Saturday morning, and be here again in May; and, if we have good luck, at home the latter end of August. You must not expect to hear from me again until I come to London ; this being the last ship that goes home this season.". He concludes with the following postscript : “ Wine here sixpence per gallon, the best at eight pence. A very plentiful place. Never had my health so well in my life; not having had so much as the head-ache."

The fourth letter; dated from Smyrna, December 8, 1750, is brief; and mentions that he was in good health ; and that they were then weighing anchor for Constantinople, · The fifth letter is dated March 1st, 1750-1, from the same place. He had proceeded to Constantinople, and returned to Smyrna, in the space of time that had clapscd between the date of this and the former letter. He says, “ We are now loading in Smyrna Bay for the homeward-bound passage; and I hope I shall see you some time in July.-P.S. We have buried our poor Captain in our passage to Constantinople. We brought the Dutch Embassadress frith her retinue from Constantinople to Smyrna," XX2


« PreviousContinue »