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deed, have ceased entirely; yet Mr. lity he sacrificed his life. He succeeded Croft's business continued gradually in- to the title of Baronet, on the demise of creasing, till it had become quite equal his brother, the Rev. Sir Herbert Croft, in to that of any former accoucheur. This 1816. His wife, three sons, and a daughclearly proves, not only that he was quite ter, survive him; and he has left them a competent, but that he was very well moderate provision from the profits of his skilled in that department of the profes- industry. sion which he had chosen ; and that he was equally successful in practice with

Mr. George Cuir. his brethren. At length, when the late George Cuit was born at Moulton, not much-lamented Princess Charlotte was far from Richmond, Yorkshire, in the pregnani, he was chosen by her Royal year 1743; and died Feb. 3, 1818, in the Highness to attend her. This he did with 75th year of his age. the most unwearied zeal; and, although At an early period he showed a strong the issue has been most unfortunate, with inclination for drawing, and indulged it the greatest skill. It has been sometimes in different subjects, but in portraits parsaid that Dr. Sims should have seen the ticularly. These attracted much notice Princess when he first came to Claremont. in Richmond ; and Sir Lawrence Dundas, This was proposed by Sir Richard Croft; of Aske, in the neighbourhood, from the but Dr. Baillie and Dr. Sims were both of talent which several portraits in crayons opinion, that, as the labour was going on displayed, was induced to employ his naturally, though the progress was slow, pencil in taking the likeness of some of it was better that this introduction should his own children. On this occasion young be avoided, lest the alarm it might occa- Cuit's performance proved so satisfactory sion should be injurious. During the to Sir Lawrence, that he determined to whole of this severe trial Sir Richard con- give to the self-taught artist the very best ducted himself with the utmost fortitude means of professional instruction. and self possession; but after its fatal Under the patronage of Sir Lawrence and most afflicting termination he exhi. Dundas, he was accordingly sent out to bited an agonizing despair, which was Italy in the year 1769; on his arrival at succeeded by great depression of spirits. Rome, he pursued the great object of his This state of mind appeared to be some- improvement with zeal and perseverance, times soothed by the kind and considerate as well at the academy, as amidst the wellattention of the Royal Family, by the at- known collections of sculpture and painttachment and sympathy strongly shewn ing open to all students in the peaceful for him upon this occasion by many of reign of Pope Ganganelli. Amongst the the most respectable part of his own pro- artists then at Rome, were Gavin Hamilfession, and by his patients in general, ton, David Allen, J. Banks, Nathaniel who appeared anxions to convince him, by Marchant, Jacob Moore, Deau, Parry, their conduct, that their confidence iu his Wright of Derby, &c. &c. To many of skill was undiminished. His friends were those gentlemen he became personally sometimes flattered with the hope that his known; and from his unassuming manspirits were gradually recovering ; but his ners and close attention to his studies, he grief continued to returo occasionally with was always respected and beloved. great violence; and about three months Mr. Cuit was particularly assisted in after his attendance upon the Princess, bis his pursuits by the friendly advice of Mr. former agonizing feelings being renewed Nollekens, the celebrated sculptor, who by another case of lingering labour, and readily furnished him with such casts or an opportunity accidentally offering itdrawings of figures as were at bis command. self, he, in a moment of distraction, un- The beautiful landscape scenery of Italy, happily put an end to his own life. But, however, for some time divided his attenalthough this act was performed during a tion, and finally engrossed the whole of momentary derangement of mind, he had it. This study indeed was much more never in his former life shewn any symp- congenial to his turn of mind : and he detoms of insanity; nor can that disease be lighted to pass whole days sketching in traced in any of his family.

the woods and environs of Tivoli. Thus died, universally beloved and es. In the latter part of the year 1775, teemed, a man of the most honourable which was the “Holy Year" at Rome, principles, of great humanity, and of Mr. Cuit returned to England. And, first sound practical knowledge in his profes- paying his respects to Sir Lawrence Dunsion. He unfortuvately possessed too das, who was highly gratified with his immuch sensibility of character, ill suited proved talents and taste, be visited his to bear the untoward circumstances and native village in the North; but was ere the misrepresentations to which every long invited to Moor-park, then the proprofessional man, more especially if he perty and residence of his Patron. Al has attained any degree of eminence, is that place he was employed to restore a more or less exposed ; and to this sensibi- painted ceiling of an historical subject;



and a liberal reward testified the satis- in Essex, employed him professionally on faction of his employer. To try his abi- a visit there in the year 1806 : and in his lities in landscape, Sir Lawrence com- Memoirs of Thomas Braod Hollis, p. vi. missioned him to paint a view of Moor. fixed upon him while living, the wellpark, of the same size with three pictures' merited appellation of “An ingenious which Wilson had just finished of that artist and very worthy man.” spot and the country around it. In this P.S. It ought not to be forgotten, that landscape also, Mr. Cuit was equally for- he was employed by the late Lord Multunate to please Sir Lawrence, who paid grave to paint a set of views of all the him 100 guineas for the picture, the same

Ports on the Yorkshire Coast, at which price which Wilson had received for each Captain Cook had personally been; and of his.

views also of the town of Stokesley, and It was his intention after this to follow of the ruins of the cottage in which that his profession in London, and he took great Circumnavigator was born. These apartments accordingly. But being com- paintings, with several others of Mulpelled by a low fever, which had been for grave Castle, and the grounds about it, some time hanging on him, to try the be- were executed in quazzo. C. & R. nefit of his native air, he re-visited the and finding his health restored,

JOHN GIFFORD, Esq. he finally settled at Richmond. There March 6. Died, at Bromley, in Kent, be quietly lived, painting with the great- aged 60, John Gifford, esq. a literary est truth and faithfulness of character character of considerable eminence and “the mouldering ruin, the moss-grown

great attaioments. At a time when the rugged cliff, and the roaring torrent.” kingdom was so seriously divided with Nor was he less successful in delineating anarchy, republicanism, and treason, he the polished features of park scenery: most zealously aided those whose opiand scarcely a Nobleman's or Gentle. nions and principles were truly loyal and man's house of any note in that district, constitutional, as well as congenial with but has been carefully transcribed upon bis own, displaying his talents in devecanvas by the fidelity of his pencil. loping and counteracting the plans and Having for a great number of years se.

machinations of traitors and levelers cluded himself from the world of Art, he against the Government of bis native Isle, contracted a style peculiarly his own,

which has so long been the envy of the working his pictures, as near as he could, world. He also very ably seconded and to approach the effect which a camera approved the views of the Ministry in opobscura throws upon paper. It is the posing the principles of the French Revo. every-day effect of Nature, without any lution, and shewed the necessity of the poetic licence of composition in form, or late protracted war, which was ultimately forced violence of contrast in colouring.

the downfall of the Tyrant of Europe. Five of his best pictures are in the pos- He was the only child of John Green, esq. session of S. Crompton, esq. of Wood

Barrister at Law, who died soon after the End, near Thirske : and four of the sub- birth of this son, which took place in 1758, jects having been left entirely to his own his name being John Richards Green, judgment, he vow chose to exercise his He was then taken under the care of his talent in composition, and has produced grandfather and grandmother, John Green four landscapes, which, for design and

of the General Post office, and Tash-street, colouring, will reflect great credit on the par. St. Andrew, Holborn, and Susanna painter, as long as they remain in exist.. (Corbett) his wife, daughter of Peter Cor

bett, of Bromley in Worfield, co. Salop, To show how the publick estimated the by Elizabeth (Richards) his wife. From productions of his pencil, it may not be hisgrandmother's ancestors, the Richards's irrelevant to add, that, although indefa. of this Bromley, he inherited a valuable tigable in his professional labours for family estate there, which is copyhold, and more than forty years, yet in the course had been enjoyed by them from about the of that period he had not painted as many period of the Restoration. His grandfapictures for sale. The whole of his time ther dying in 1772, when he himself was having been occupied in executing com- only 14 years of age, appointed bis relamissions, his study at the time of his death tions, Richard Corbett, of Shiffnall, co. did not contain one finished painting but Salop, and Joseph Wilkes, of Over Seile, what had been previously ordered.

co. Leicester, gent, and another friend in Mr. Cuit, during his long residence at London, guardians during his minority. Richmond, was respected by the most re- Mr. Richards Green (by which name he spectable. With Archdeacon Blackburne was yet known) having received a clase he was a great favourite : and he uni. sical education, and become master' of formly experienced kindness and hospi- several living languages, was destined for tality from the late John Yorke, esq. of the the bar, and bad chambers in Lincoln'sGreen. The late Dr. Disney, of the Hyde, inn, where he was resident in 1781. His




juvenile years must plead his taste for ex- unmasked, or Historical Memoirs of the pence, and the extravagance and plea- present times, from the French of General sures of bigh life, which so soon took Danican, 8vo. About this time there apdeep root in his mind, that he was obliged peared a considerable division of opinion during his minority to obtain large sums as to the propriety of the war. The Hon, of money from the Jews.

He resided oc- Thomas Erskine, afterwards Lord Chan. casionally in town and country, at an cellor, having in a letter expressed bis amazing expenditure, which at length sentiments in direct opposition to the views brought his creditors upon him; the whole of the then Ministry, on the causes and of his landed possessions were disposed consequences of the war, was answered by of, particularly his estate at Bromley, in Mr. Gifford's strictures in a letter ad. Shropshire, in August 1781; and the ready dressed to that Hon. Gentlemai, 8vo, money of his long minority being also 1797. In the same year followed his Desquandered away, he went over to France, fence of the French Emigrants, from the not being able to satisfy the whole of the French of Lally Tollendal, svo; and imdemands of bis creditors. There he ob mediately afterwards his address to the tained an introduction to the British Am- Members of the Loyal Associations on basador's retinue, where he remained se- the then state of public affairs, 8vo, with veral years, to the delight and admiration a fifth edition, 1798. In this last year of all who had the felicity of his acquaint- appeared his Translation from the French ance, till the violence of that Revolution of the Address of Camille Jourdan to obliged him to return to England, from bis Constituents, 8vo. He next ushered which period he assumed the surname of into the world his History of the Political Gifford. At that time, and during the life of the Saviour of his Country, the imadministration of the late Mr. Pitt, he mortal and Right Honourable William obtained the situation of a police-magis. Pitt, 3 vols. royal 4to, and six volumes trate of the office in Worship-street, and 8vo, 1809. He is said to have furnished lately of that in Marlborough-street, with a long and interesting Preface to the Lonan income which furnished him with the don edition of W. Cobbett's “ Bone to necessary comforts of life. Mr. Gifford's gnaw'for the Democrats ;” and has been great erudition has elevated him to the considered the editor of the Anti-Jacobin first rank of modern authors, and seve. Review from its commencement in 1806. ral of the productions of his pen are It is a singular incident, that, in the standard works, and very justly consi- early part of his life, having enjoyed an dered of sterling worth, being publish- antient family estate in the romantic ed on a great variety of political sub- township of Bromley in Shropshire, and jects. He set out with the History of retired near the close of life to Bromley, France from the earliest times to the death a beautiful village in Kent—that he should of Lewis XVI. selected from the French have closed his life there, where his last of Villaret, Garnier, Mezeray, Daniel, and tenant who occupied his estate at Bromother eminent historians, with notes cri- ley in Shropshire before had lived setical and explanatory, 5 vols. 4to. 1791 veral years, and there died about eight and 1794. This work was executed with years ago-a circumstance to which he great labour and care, and is written in was a stranger. He was twice married, a good style, and deserving of much com- and by his last lady had several children. mendation. The principles of the French Revolution haviug found their way into

Percival North, Esq. this country, he published A Plaiņ Address Feb. 13. Died, at his house on Dulto the common sense of the people of Eng- wich Common, Percival North, esq. in land, containing an abstract of Paine's life bis 86th yearplenus honoris et ætatis. and writings, 8vo, 1792. Next appeared If to have attained a lengthened life behis Narrative of the transactions relating yond the span usually allotted to human to Lewis XVI. from June 21, 1791, to beings with unswerving rectitude, deserves his death, on 21st January, 1793, 4to, the tribute of veneration and respect, we 1793. To this, in the followiug year, he may join in the holy hope that at the added the reign of that unfortunate Mo- last day, the solemn sentence,"Well done, narch, and complete History of the French good and faithful servant, enter into the Revolution, 4to. He published his Letter joy of thy Lord,” will be pronounced over to the Earl of Lauderdale, containing the rising spirit of our departed friend! strictures on his Lordship's Letters to the Raised to opulence by unrelaxing industry, Peers of Scotland, 8vo, 1795, of which he he became, though not blessed with child. gave a new edition, with additions, in 1800. ren, the parent of many, over whose welfare Soon after appeared his description of a he vigilantly watched with a father's care. residence in France, during the years 1792 Amongst his equals in station his friend* and 1795, described in a series of letters ship and urbanity were the sincere testifrom a Lady, % vols. 8vo, 1796. In the monies of a good and generous heart. To following year be published the Banditti all his numerous dependents his liberality was never-failing; and to the afflicted terests of his friends or the public welfare, and the poor, his sympathy and unaf- disinterested, zealous, active, and perfected charity almost united him in the severing : he was the promoter of every sorrow which he was ever prompt to re- good work. His acts of benevolence and lieve. In his domestic circle he was sur- charity were not the result of occasional rounded by affectionate relatives, over application and temporary feelings only, whom he extended the beams of parental but constant, regular, and extensive; love; and those who were favoured with supporting the orphan, supplying the wi. liis intimate friendship bear testimony to dow, sustaining the helpless, and prothe lively interest which he took in their tecting the distressed. His hospitable welfare. His character may be comtem- mansion was not only ever open to his plated in every view without a shade; for friends for social enjoyment, but their in whichsoever way it presented itself, refuge and abode in sickness or sorrow. its claim to esteem and admiration was He had early imbibed, and zealously readily and universally accorded. His cultivated and supported, the genuine life, though protracted, was a life of gra. principles of civil, religious, and constititude and duty-as upright as it was ac. tutional freedom. Such was the exceltive in his vigour-as resigned as it was lence of his character, and so engaging gradual in his decline. Blessed with a were his manners, that, had he aspired to fair prosperity, he used it as a trust ra- the bighest bonours, and diynities which ther than for indulgence. Conscious of the City of London could bestow, there the uncertain tenor of human life, his can be little doubt of his having obtained mind was in continual preparation for a them. Condemning none who differed higher and a better state ; and he sunk from liim on religious opinions, he was, unruffed to his silent rent, until the last from early conviction, a firm believer in trump shall awaken him to future bliss ! the unity of the Godhead, a regular at

* Another Correspondent has fa- tender and supporter of the Unitarian docvoured us with the following character: trine, and a truly pious and religious man.

“When valuable members of society are After having spent a long life in the prac. removed from this transitory state of ex- tice of every virtue, he resigned his mor. istence, their surviving friends are natu. tal existence in his 86!h year, in the fullrally anxious to retain such imperfect me. possession of his mental faculties, with morials of them as memory can recall perfect serevity and equanimity. He and description supply: It also becomes died in charity with all men, grateful to a duty to record merits which few can his Maker for the many blessings he had equal, and an example from which all so long enjoyed, in the joyful hope of may benefit.

The late Mr. North, of being again united with his beloved family Bridge-street, was so dear to his relatives, and friends in a blissful immortality. S. so beloved by his friends, and so respected by a most extensive acquaintance,

EARL OF UPPER Ossory. that few will be so generally regretted ; Feb. 1. Died at his seat, Ampthill Park, and none can deserve to be more so. A

co. Bedford, in his 73d year, the Right sound understanding, a manly character, Hon. John Fitzpatrick, Earl of Upper a most affectionate, benevolent, and li. Ossory, Baron Gowran in Ireland, Baron beral heart, were in him adorned by the Upper Ossory of Ampthill in the Peerage kindest, most frank, and most winning of Great Britain, Lord Lieutevant and manners. His open, animated, and be. Custos Rotulorum of the County of Bed. nignant countenance pourtrayed the heart ford, Keeper of Waltham Forest, co. Linthat enlightened it, inspired confidence, coln, and of Rockingham Forest, co. Norand invited to friendship, which his solid thampton, F. R. S. and F. S. A. The Ear) worth always confirmed.

He spent a

was born May 7, 1745, and was educated long life in active, useful, and profitable at Eton and Oxford. He succeeded to the industry ; upright, honourable, and li. family honours and estates on the death of beral, in all his dealings.

his father in 1758 ; and was elected Knight situation to which he was called with dis- of the Shire for Bedford in 1767, appointed tinguished ability, as well as great zeal Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in 1770, and unsullied integrity. His manners created a Peer of England in 1794, by the were so courteous and engaging, that, title of Baron Upper Ossory of Ampthill, whether in the common intercourse of life, co. Bedford; married March 26, 1769, the transaction of business, or in the the Hon. Anne Liddell, only child and hour of social intercourse, the young and heiress of Henry Lord Ravensworth, (whose old, the poor and rich, were attracted former marriage with Augustus Henry, and delighted with him. In domestic life third Duke of Grafton, was dissolved by he was uniformly cheerful, affectionate, Act of Parliament); and had issue by her, and indulgent, the inspirer of every kind who died in Feb. 1804, Anne, born Feb. feeling; in affairs that concerned the ins 24, 1770: and Gertrude. - The Earl was GENT. MAG. March, 1818.


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the Representative of a very antient and of this truly respectable gentleman ex. noble family in Ireland, originally styled cited a sensation of the deepest regret iu Princes of Ossory, and elevated to the all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Peerage by Henry VIII. jo 1541, by the Mr. Rushworth was many years repre. title of Baron of Upper Ossory. Barnaby sentative in Parliament for the Boroughs Fitzpatrick, the second Lord Upper Ossory, of Yarmouth and Newport, and was much was the intimate friend and companion of esteemed for the independence of his chaKing Edward VI.; as is fully evinced by racter and for his intellectual endowments, the many letters still preserved which the He was a gentleman of pure and virtuous young Monarch wrote to him in 1551, principles, steadily and zealously attached while he served as a volunteer in France to the Establishment in Church and State, under Henry II. against the Emperor. and eminently distinguished for a sense of His descendant, Bryan, the seventh Baron, duty in every relation of life. He was an died in 1696, since which the antient intelligent and useful Magistrate, a good Barony has not been allowed in conse- father, an affectionate husband, kind quence of an attainder. The ancestor of master, and a firm friend.-On the day this branch was the Hon. Jobo Fitzpatrick, of his funeral the shops and private houses of Castletown, second son of Florence, the in the town were closed (a circumstance inird Baron Upper Ossory, living in the sufficiently expressive to mark the estireign of James I.; he was great-grand- mation of his high character). In the infather of Richard Fitzpatrick, the first mediate neighbourhood of his late resiBaron Gowran, so created April 27, 1715. dence, his death is an event which will be This Nobleman was nephew of James, the long and deeply lamented, and by it the first Duke of Ormond, and was promoted community at large have lost the benefit to the Peerage of Gowran, soon after that of a valuable example, Mr. Rushworth title had become extinct by the decease of married the Hon. Catherine Holmes, bis first cousin, Lord John Butler, (younger daughter of the late Lord Holmes, by son of the Duke) created Earl of Gowran whom he had a large family. His son in 1676. His son John, second Baron and heir is married to a daughter of Sir Gowran, was in 1751 created Earl of Everard Home; one of his daughters. Upper Ossory; he was father of John, married to Col. Murray, Deputy-adjusecond Earl of Upper Ossory, third Barou tant-general in Ireland, and another to Gowran, and first Baron Upper Ossory of Sir John Pringle Dalrymple, bart.; and Ampthill in England, by whose death, he was father of the late gallant Capt. without male issue, the honours became Rushworth, of the Barbadoes frigate. extinct. The Earldom of Upper Ossory is the eighteenth Peerage of Ireland that has

Isaac Serra, Esq. failed since January 1801, for want of An essential use of this Obituary, is male heirs.--The late Earl was elder bro- that it teaches our best readers, how, ther to the late General Fitzpatrick, M.P. many fellow Christians have lived with who, had he survived, would have inherit. as anblemished a fame, and as sincere ed the Peerages; and materoal uncle of the a piety, and how many have died with as Marquis of Lansdowne and of Lord Hol. resigned and fervent a hope of future merland, his two sisters having married the cy, as themselves : and we proceed to state fathers of these two Noblemen respectively. the decease of a gentleman, who, although His Lordship was uniformly and highly of a different persuasion from ourselves, esteemned; and his loss will long be felt well deserves “ the due meed of fame” from and lamented by a numerous tenantry, one who, during 30 years past, well knew, both in Great Britain and Ireland. His much of his character, and witnessed remains were interred in the family-vault much of his liberality, Isaac Serra, esq. in Bedfordshire, Feb. 12. The Duke of of King's-road, near Bedford-row, died Bedford, Marquis of Lansdowne, and Lord Feb. 9, in his 79th year: he was the surHolland, attended the funeral. His Lord. viving son of Gomez Serra, esq: formerly ship's valuable estates in Ireland are left well known in the mercantile world. He to his two daughters.

derived from his father, and from the exten

sion of his commerce in the Portuguese EDWARD Rushworth, Esq. trade, a handsome fortune, with which he P. 563. b. At Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, retired some years since, and occupied his Edward Rushworth, esq. of Farringford leisure in works of charity. In faith, he hill, and mayor of Yarmouth. He was was a zealous Israelite of the Portuguese seized with apoplexy while sitting on a Synagogue, which he attended with great bench, conversing with a friend, on the punctuality and devotion, until prevented Quay at Yarmouth; a medical gentle. by advancing age and infirmities. He passman was on the spot, who bled him, and ed through all the offices there usually bled caused him to be carried to the George by Laymen; his mind was continually en Inn, where he lingered from Monday till gaged in the promotion of the Institutions Wednesday, when he expired. The death there for the education of the children of


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