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WILLIAM PARNELL, Esq. M. P. April 2. At Castle Howard, Ireland, William Parnell, Esq. M. P. Mr. Par nell was distinguished in private society for the amiableness of his manners, and for the suavity and intelligence of his conversation. He deservedly ranked high in letters and in politics for his general acquirements, but more especially for his writings, "The Causes of Popular Discontents in Ireland," and "The Apology for the Catholics:" works which have been greatly esteemed by the highest authorities for their elegance of style, the statesmanlike principles which they enforce, and the pure patriotism of the Author. Had Mr. Parnell lived, the attention which he was in the habit of giving in Parliament to Irish affairs would have been productive, ere long, of lasting benefits to his country. Time

only was wanting to enable him to give

effect to those plans, which had been his constant study from his earliest years, for relieving Ireland from her grievances, and for ameliorating the condition of all classes of her people, in wealth, in manners, and in morals. The following lines are from the Poems of the late Mrs. Henry Tighe :

To W. P. Esq. Avondale.

"We wish for thee, dear friend! for Summer eve

Upon thy loveliest landscape never cast Looks of more lingering sweetness than the last;

The slanting sun, reluctant to bereave Thy woods of beauty, fondly seemed to leave [past Smiles of the softest light, that slowly In bright succession o'er each charm thou hast [grieve Thyself so oft admired. And we might Thine eye of taste should ever wander hence, pe

O'er scenes less lovely than thine own; but here [more dear, Thou wilt return, and feel thy home More dear the Muses' gentler influence; When on the busy world, with Wisdom's smile, [awhile." And heart uninjured, thou hast gazed

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Rev. JOHN Widditt.

Dec. 20. At Cocherham, near Lancaster, aged 61, the Rev. John Widditt, vicar of that parish, formerly master of the Free Grammar School and Minister of St. John's, Lancaster; in which town and neighbourhood he will long be remembered as a man of sound principles, a vigorous and cultivated mind, unwearied industry, lively wit, pleasing and inoffensive manners. In a large and respectable circle of acquaintance he

had the happiness to meet with more sincere friends and fewer enemies, than usually fall to the lot of mankind. In accepting the ministry of an extensive country parish, he adapted himself with admirable patience, zeal, and talents, to the new and important duties of his station; courteous alike to the rich and the poor, cheerful, mild, liberal, conciliating, he diffused by precept and example the beneficent spirit of Christianity, and not only gave freely to the poor, but remitted many of his just claims, and contented himself with a moderate income, for the sake of peace and concord with his neighbours.

Mr. SAMUEL STEVENS UPPOM. street, Pancras, in the 61st year of his Dec. 29. At his house in Collegeage, Mr. Samuel-Stevens Uppom, Sur

geon. He received his medical education under Mr. Birch of Mansell-street, and at the London Hospital; and very early in life was elected, upon the resignation Surgeon of the Inoculation Hospital at of Mr. Matthew Enderup, to be Resident Pancras, when that practice was very general and in great repute. His contemporary apprentice and friend, Mr. John Christian Wachsel, was then Surgeon to the hospital in Cold Bath-fields, for the casual small-pox. In the year 1793, when that hospital was removed to Pancras, and both houses were united under one establishment, he resigned his official station, and the whole charge was confided to his skilful and upright friend.

Mr. Uppom formed a considerable practice in Warren-street, where be married, and after a few years his wife died, leaving him without any issue. In 18.., he was appointed Apothecary to the poor of St. Panoras parish, at a salary which enabled him to live comfortably in a new house in Collegestreet, to which he removed on that occasion; where he could pursue his practice and also execute his new office, with the same zeal and assiduity for which his life was distinguished; and from contiguity to the Workhouse, he could more readily give the attendance which it required.

The services which he had rendered to the Small-pox Hospital since his resignation, were gratefully acknowledged by the Governors, who unanimously elected him to be an Honorary Governor for life, and a member of their Committee, where the benefit of his councils was very essential. On the morning of his decease he had visited his patients, and felt some fatigue on his return home, where he was bled,

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but without effect, for in a few minutes afterwards he expired. It seems to have been his wish that his death might be sudden, and in this his prayer was completely answered!

In his figure he was short and square in stature, of full colour, and apt to suffer heat on any exertion. He had acquired useful and practical knowledge. He preferred Vaccination to Inoculation, from a conviction and experience of its security, if correctly performed. In his professional course he was much respected and beloved. His great tenderness to the poor, was requited by their respect and veneration, and their deep regret at his death! In his general demeanour he was unassuming, and seldom delivered an opinion hastily or uncalled for. His disposition was friendly and confidential; and his regard once fixed was not shaken by slight causes. He was buried in the Church-yard of St. Pancras, and was followed to the grave by many friends who thus testified their respect for him in this last melancholy duty to his memory!

Rev. HENRY KIPLING.

Jan. 18. The Rev. Henry Kipling, Vicar of Plumstead, with the Chapel of East Wickham annexed, in the county of Kent (to which he was presented, in 1772, by his late father Henry Kipling, Esq.) He had considerable knowledge in the Classics and Divinity, having been educated at Harrow-school, under the late. Rev. Dr. Thackeray, and Dr. Sumner (the late Bishop of Cloyne, Sir William Jones, Dr. Parr, and other eminent scholars being his contemporaries), and he took his degree of A. M. at Emanuel College, where he was entered in 1763, being placed under the late Rev. Henry Hubbard, then the distinguished tutor of that college. He has given 10007. to the Minister, Churchwardens, and Overseers of Plumstead, and the Chapel of East Wickham, to be from time to time applied by them towards supporting and keeping up the Sunday Schools in the said parishes respectively. And, dying without leaving any surviving issue, has, after making provision for a faithful servant, given all the residue of his personal estate equally between bis two surviving sisters, having devised to his surviving brother all his real estate not before settled upon him.

ADMIRAL SIR G. CAMPBELL.
Jan. 23. About 10 minutes before
seven, Admiral Sir George Campbell,
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Commander in Chief at the port of Portsmouth, was found dead in his dressing-room by his valet, who had left him only a few minutes previous. He was lying on the floor, with a pistol by his side. This melancholy event has astonished every body, and caused the deepest concern, Sir George being of the most humane and charitable disposition, and of exemplary domestic habits. He was one of the Grooms of the Bedchamber, and had the honour of being highly esteemed by his present Majesty; indeed they were early friends. The last season but one that his Majesty was cruizing in his yacht, he came on shore purposely to visit Sir G. Campbell; and last year, on his going on-board the yacht to pay his respects to his Majesty on his arrival at Portsmouth, the King observed, that he did not intend to go out of the yacht during his stay; and turning to Sir George, added, in the familiar tone which he always used with this gallant Admiral, "I shall not even go on shore to see you, George." The abilities of Sir G. Campbell as a Naval officer, were highly esteemed by the immortal Nelson. The poor will feel a great loss. Sir George was charitable in the extreme, and highly esteemed by all the Navy. A Coroner's Inquest was held, and returned a verdict of Lunacy.

Mr. SERJEANT RUNNINGTON. Jan. 18. At Brighton, Charles Runnington, esq. Serjeant at Law. He was of a respectable family in Hertfordshire, and was born on the 29th of August, 1751. His education was liberal, but derived from private tuition. In 1768 he was placed under Mr. Morgan, a special pleader of considerable repute, with whom he continued about five or six years. Morgan was then concerned in publishing a digest of the Law of England, in which Mr. Runnington, young as he then was, took a very laborious part; but by this laid the foundation of his future knowledge and practice in the laws of his country.

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About 1774 he took chambers in the Temple, and commenced drawing under the Bar, as a special pleader. He soon acquired celebrity in the profession; and among those who were placed with him as pupils, may be named Sir Samuel Shepherd, the late Mr. Mingay, Mr. Tidd, Mr. Jordan, the agent for Barbadoes, and Mr. Adair, the late minister at Constantinople. Sir Samuel Shepherd was placed with him in 1775, or 1776; and in 1777, he married the youngest sister

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of that gentleman, Miss Anna Maria Shepherd; a lady of great beauty and accomplishments, by whom he had two children, a son and a daughter. Of the former, a youth of great promise, he was bereaved in 1810. In Hilary Term 1778, he was called to the bar by the society of the Inner Temple; and in Michaelmas Term 1787 was called to the degree of serjeant at law.

The motto on his ring was-" Paribus se legibus." Soon after his call to the bar, he was appointed deputy judge of the Marshalsea Court, where he manifested those talents for judication, which have since been more extensively displayed.

He took a very active part in the politics of 1784, on the side of the old Whigs; when he advised, and ultimately succeeded in the action brought by Mr. Fox, against the high bailiff of Westminster, for his conduct in granting and continuing the scrutiny on the election for that city in the same year; the whole responsibility of that action rested upon Mr. Runnington, and his conduct on that occasion recommended him so strongly to the notice of Mr. Fox, that the latter became extremely anxious for his promotion; and had that great statesman lived but a short time longer, he would no doubt have

effected it.

Just before the death of Mr. Fox, and while he was in power, it was arranged by the then Chancellor, Lord Erskine, that the Serjeant should be made a master in chancery; but the administration going out soon after that arrangement was concluded, of course nothing was done for him. It was understood that Mr. Fox was adverse to it, as he wished the Serjeant to be placed in a very different situation in his profession. Very soon after his being called to the rank of Serjeant, he was frequently applied to, to officiate as judge on the home circuit, for the late Mr. Justice Gould, Mr. Justice Buller, Mr. Baron Hotham, Mr. Justice Heath, the late Lord Chief Baron Macdonald, and Lord Kenyon-the duties of which substitution he discharged to the satisfaction of the suitors, the profession, and the public. But this official aid was so repeatedly solicited, that he was at length (greatly to his professional loss) compelled to retire from the circuit-which he did about twelve years ago.

In 1782 his first lady died, and in 1783 he married Mrs. Wetherell, the widow of Charles Wetherell, Esq. of Jamaica. In Hilary Term 1791 he argued the great case in the Court of King's

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Bench, of the Corporation of Lynn against the City of London, in Error, and succeeded in reversing the judg ment of the Court of Common Pleas. He was Counsel together with Sir Samuel Shepherd, the late Mr. Clifford, and other gentlemen, in the actions which Sir Francis Burdett brought against the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Colman, and Earl Moira -upon the judgment of the first cause, a writ of error was brought in the Exchequer chamber, which was argued in Easter Term 1812, by Mr. Clifford on the part of Sir Francis Burdett, in the most luminous and impressive manner. The substance of that argument was said to have been communicated by Mr. Serjeant Runnington to Mr. Clifford.

In 1813 Mr. Pooley resigned the office of Recorder of Colchester, upon which the Corporation solicited the Serjeant to accept that office; this, we understood, he agreed to do, thinking that the appointment was in the select body of the Corporation only-but being in the free Burgesses at large, he was opposed by Mr. Harvey, and after a hard contest of several days, was, on the 17th of July 1813, chosen by a considerable majority; but as the Mayor who swore him into that office, was not Mayor de jure, an information in nature of quo warranto, was afterwards filed against the Serjeant; in consequence of which, he was obliged to disclaim the office.

The residence of the Serjeant was principally at Brighton, where since 1812, he took a most active part as a Magistrate for the county of Sussex. His firm, prompt, and impartial manner of administering the duties of that office, added to his great temper, knowledge, and humanity, was certainly of the highest benefit and importance to that place; and was more than once acknowledged in the most liberal manner by his present Majesty.

On the 19th of April 1815, on the death of the late Mr. Serjeant Palmer, Mr. Runnington was appointed his Majesty's commissioner for the relief of insolvent debtors in England; which he resigned in 1819.

Serjeant R. published, "Sir Matthew Hale's History of the Common Law," 8vo. 1779; a new edition with consider"Gilable additions, 2 vols. 8vo. 1794. bert's Law of Ejectments," 8vo. 1781. "Ruffhead's Statutes at large, from Magna Charta to the 25 Geo. III," 14 vols. 4to. 1787. "The History, Principles, and Practice of the legal remedy by Ejectment, and the resulting action for Mesne Process," 8vo. 1795.

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REV. FREDERIC THRUSTON, M.A. Jan. 9. At his house in Park-place, Mary-le-bonne, aged 33, the Rev. Frederic Thruston, M.A. third son of the late Framingham Thruston, Esq. of Weston Hall, Suffolk, and officiating Minister of Bayswater Chapel.

Young as was this Divine, and little as he had been exhibited to the public, he ought not to pass away unnoticed, and slide into oblivion in the common list of an obituary.-Providence had endowed him with some peculiar talents, which his industry had highly improved, and his early piety had directed to the service of his Creator. His endeavours to qualify himself for his professional duties were unremitting, and his zeal in the performance of them often beyond his bodily strength. Blessed with an unusual flow of spirits, he never besitated to encounter what he saw was required. This was strikingly evinced in the extraordinary attention he paid to two parishes under his care at the very commencement of his ministerial career; performing double duty in both, establishing and attending Schools, visiting the sick, and fulfilling every parochial claim; whilst, at the same time, such was his ardour, and such his powers of mind, that he was induced to take up the discussion of the mysterious and intricate subject of Prophecy, which Mr. Faber's noted work had then brought forward to the public.-Whatever he undertook he resolutely devoted himself to; and he had a patience of mind which could fix itself undeviatingly upon one subject. To this subject he returned day after day, during the hours not devoted to parochial claims, and in a few months produced two 8vo volumes, which evince his powers for acute research, and his ability for brilliant composition. A more than ordinary acuteness of mind pushed him into other speculations also, and his ingenuity was displayed in a small tract, entitled "The Night of Treason," which appeared soon after his work on the Prophecies. In the composition and delivery of his Sermons, he united a touching simplicity, and at the same time emphatic style, with the most elevated views which Christianity encourages her disciples to look forward to. A purified heart, and well-directed affections, had taught him personally to contemplate without dismay, even through "the grave and gate of death," the bright and interminable prospects of the Christjan's course, and to these prospects he was ever earnest to direct the hearts and minds of his congregation.

GENT. MAG. January, 1821.

During part of a two years' residence in Switzerland, he undertook the duty of the English Churches there, and his peculiar qualifications for pulpit eloquence were fully appreciated, and will be recollected with pleasure by the numerous congregations who attended him.

His career was short, but his labours were extensive; his days were few, but they were crowned with no ordinary serIvice to God and man. He had laid the foundation for most comprehensive utility in his profession, and had given promise of the most essential service in the cause of our Holy Faith. But "God's ways are not as our ways, nor his thoughts as our thoughts." He has called his righteous servant to himself, and for his labours in the vineyard, Faith points to a bright reward.

With regard to his personal merits, these can alone be estimated by his personal friends. The public, however, will always be interested to hear of private virtues associated with public duties. In these respects his peculiar traits of character were a singularly devotional turn of mind; benevolence and affability to all within his reach; with a remarkable affection for and kindness to little children, whose purity of heart and simplicity of manners seem to have been the model upon which he formed his own.His body is buried in the dust, but his name will live for ever amongst those who knew him, and ought not to be unnoticed by the Church and country in general, whom he loved and served so ardently and so extensively

MRS. JOHN HUNTER.

Jan. 7. In Holles-street, Cavendishsquare, in the 79th year of her age, Mrs Anne Hunter, widow of that distinguished physiologist, John Hunter.Native genius was never more pleasingly united with female modesty and delicacy than in Mrs. John Hunter; nor can any one more truly have deserved the eulogies of her surviving friends. With every grace that could make her interesting in society, she had every personal and social virtue that could command respect and attachment. As a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, and a friend, she was anxious always to exceed, rather than in the smallest degree to fail in any of her duties. The natural warmth and energy of her heart prevented, indeed, the possibility of such defect. In social intercourse, she had the happy talent of pleasing without effort; and in the conversation-parties which, in Mr. Hunter's life-time, she frequently

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frequently received, she succeeded perfectly in banishing affectation, pedantry, and every symptom of dullness or forma lity. Connected by long friendship with Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Delany, she well deserves to have her name recorded with those amiable as well as eminent females not, indeed, for deep learning, which she neither possessed nor affected, but for poetic genius, sagacity, and good taste.

Mrs. Hunter was the eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Home, an eminent Surgeon, first in the army, and latterly at the Savoy. He had several other children; among whom another daughter was married to Mr. Mylne, the archi tect of Blackfriars Bridge; and a third, though no less amiable than her sisters, died unmarried. His sons were, Robert, bred as an artist, and now painter to the King of Lucknow, in India; Colonel Home, an officer on the Bombay establishment, now retired; and Sir Everard Home, bart. the very eminent pupil of his brother-in-law. In 1771, Miss Home was married to Mr. John Hunter, and in the ensuing year, her younger brother, Everard, then leaving Westminsterschool, devoted himself to the studies and profession of that new relation, under the auspicious influence of his instruction and encouragement.

Mrs. J. Hunter became the mother of four children, of whom only two survive; but both the living and the dead have been the subjects of her poetical effusions. This talent, in which for elegance of lyric strains, she has seldom been surpassed, was very early developed. Her well-known stanzas of "Queen Mary's lament," were produced so long ago, that they are frequently thought to have belonged to a prior age. Her song, "In airy dreams," stands almost in the same predicament. The death song of Alknomook, the Indian Warrior, was written before many of those who sing it now were born: and throughout her life, whatever strongly moved her feelings became the occasion of some expressive strains. For her father, she wrote a short, but characteristic epitaph. The education, marriage, or death of children, produced similar effects; and never surely was there a mother who more affectionately watched, or more sincerely

felt for all the various fortunes of her

offspring. Notwithstanding this facility of writing, she never assumed, or in the least affected, the character of a poetess; but with modesty delivered her productions in manuscript to a favoured few. At length, on the suggestion of friends, she collected those which she most approved, in a small but elegant

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volume, which she inscribed to her son, then stationed as an officer at Gibraltar.

When Haydn passed a season in London, Mrs. Hunter became the Muse of that celebrated composer; and all (if we mistake not) of his beautiful English cangonets, were composed on words which she supplied. Most of these are original, and particularly the pathetic song of "My mother bids me bind my hair *." The beautiful Mermaid's Song, in the same set, was founded on an Italian original, freely translated. This small volume of Poems was noticed in the British Critic of October 1802, with commendations, strong indeed, but not at all exaggerated; giving one or two specimens which amply justified the praise. Since Mrs. H. became a widow, she has lived in quiet retirement, though in London; consoled by her near relations and select friends, and mutually consoling them, in all the vicissitudes of life. It is probable that her pen has not been laid aside, in this last period, but the fruits of its exertions have not yet been seen.

Mrs. H.'s daughter, Lady Campbell, now the widow of General Sir James Campbell, has of late years been at once her chief care, and ultimately her chief consolation, as by her she was attended to the latest moment of her life. The decline of her health was very gradual, and her intellects were never impaired. By those who best knew her, she will be lamented, in proportion to the admiration and attachment which she could not fail to inspire; and it may be said with confidence, that she has not left a survivor in the world, who can have either a right or a wish to detract the smallest particle from the commendations, here or elsewhere bestowed, upon her genius, her understanding, or her heart.

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