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&c. &c. Oct. 25, 1790, being the Anniversary of his Majesty's Accession to the Throne." "Pious Memorials a Public Good; a Sermon preached in St. Paul's Cathedral, before. the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, &c. &c. Nov. 5, 1790;" all which were published by order of the Courts of Aldermen and Common Council. Subsequently collected into a volume, these discourses, which had attracted much attention in the delivery of them, were greatly canvassed: and they will be found almost equally pertinent to the present state of the British Empire, both Civil and Ecclesiastical.
Mr. De Coetlogon was soon after presented to the Rectory of Godstone in Surrey (vacant by the death of the famous John Kidgell); and has since published, "The Grace of Christ in Redemption, enforced as a Model of sublime Charity; in a Sermon preached at St. Giles's, Cripplegate, on Sunday, Dec. 3, 1793; and published by particular Desire, for the Benefit of the Spitalfields Weavers, 1794." [The Design of this Discourse was, "to add to a collection then making, and which was rendered necessary by the uncommon distresses of more than 20,000 objects, men, women, and children; pining in a state of extreme want; not arising from indiscretion, idleness, or profligacy, but from a defect in a particular branch of commerce."] "The Life of the Just, exemplified in the Character of the late Rev. W. Romaine, A. M. 1795." The "Portraiture of the Christian Penitent," in two volumes; an excellent volume of "Sermons on the Fifty-first Psalm;" "The Temple of Truth, 1800," and "Studies adapted to the Temple of Truth, 1809," which were extended to three volumes.
The following character of Mr. De Coetlogon is extracted from vol. II. of "Onesimus, or the Pulpit :"
"Mr. De Coetlogon remains a noble specimen of the genuine extemporary
school. He stands
ferior worth. It is the pearl of great price,' which is found in him, that makes him all that he is. He knows nothing of a refined Religion; of the still modernising Theology of these times; of an accommodated, and accommodating, scheme for the salvation of men. It is in the old way, through the old truth, that he pleads for life! The powers of Mr. De Coetlogon are great. Whether he be estimated as to manner or matter, as to the great and high importance of what he says,-talents and learning he most unquestionably both possesses and exerts. It has been confidently rumoured, without denial, that the same able genius bore its full share of contribution towards those classical citations which adorned the celebrated Pursuits of Literature,-a rumour that will not easily be discredited by any person who attentively peruses the Notes to his National Jubilee. Respecting Divinity, besides his Tracts and Sermons, the opinions of Mr. De Coetlogon are explicitly avowed in the Theological Miscellany, in seven volumes, which was edited by him; and may also be inferred from the manner in which he urged into notice the Treatises of President Edwards, especially those on Original Sin, the Freedom of the Human Will, and his History of Redemption."
JOHN HATSELL, Esq.
Oct. 15. At Marden Park, near Godstone, Surrey, in his 78th year, John Hatsell, esq who was Chief Clerk of the House of Commons. Mr. Hatsell sat at the table of the House of Commons, as Clerk Assistant, at the close of the reign of George II., and succeeded to the office of Chief Clerk in 1768. He retired from active service 11th July, 1797; when the House "Resolved, nemine contradicente, That Mr. Speaker be requested to acquaint Mr. Hatsell, that the House entertains a just and high sense of the distinguished and exemplary manner in which he has uniformly discharged the duties of his situation during his long attendance in the service of the House."
From the time of his retirement, Mr. Hastell shared the profits of his lucrative office with Mr. Ley, and subsequently with Mr. Dyson. Mr. Hatsell was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, and did not forget in old age the use and enjoyment of the classical acquirements of early youth. In manners, he was mild and conciliating: a perfect gentleman of the old school, and rich in anecdotes of public men and public events of the last half of the eighteenth century.
century. He enjoyed his faculties, and a comfortable state of health, to the last. After having read prayers to his family on Saturday evening, he was seized in the night by an apoplectic affection, which terminated his life at three o'clock in the morning of Sun day. His volumes of "Precedents of Proceedings in the House of Commons" are well known, and the work will long survive him as the text-book resorted to in all cases of difficulty.
At the time of his death, Mr. Hatsell was, we believe, the senior Bencher of the Middle Temple; and his remains were removed, on Oct. 24, from Marden Park, for interment in the Temple Church. A hearse, with six horses, was followed by six mourning coaches with six horses each, and several private carriages. The chief mourners were the Right Hon. the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Mr. Powys, Wm. Ley, and Charles Hoare, esq. who proceeded in the first coach. Jeremiah Dyson, John Henry Ley, John Rickman, and George Whittam, esqrs. the four principal Clerks of the House of Commons, proceeded in the second carriage. The other carriages contained several gentlemen belonging to the House of Commons, with some of the domestics of his household. On entering the great hall, in the Temple, the procession was met by the Recorder, Mr. Baron Maseres, and other Benchers, in their robes, together with a number of gentlemen and officers in their gowns, and other regalia of office; after laying a short time in state in the middle of the hall, the whole proceeded in a solemn walking procession to the Temple Church. On entering the fine Gothic building, the solemn dirge of the Dead March in Saul was struck up on the organ; on which incomparable instrument two appropriate Anthems were performed in the course of the funeral ceremony; after which the body was deposited in the vault.
The appointment of Mr. Hatsell to be Clerk Assistant of the House of ComImons was so honourable to all parties, that we are tempted to extract the following compliment to his predecessor from the second volume of "Precedents of Proceedings in the House of Commons: :"
"By virtue of this office, the Clerk has not only the right of appointing a Deputy to officiate in his stead: but has the nomination of the Clerk Assistant, and all the other Clerks without-doors. Formerly the appointment to these offices made a considerable part of the Clerk's income, as it was the usual practice to sell them; but, when Mr. Dyson
came to the office of Clerk, though he had purchased this of Mr. Hardinge for no less a sum than six thousand pounds, he, with a generosity peculiar to himself, and from a regard to the House of Commons, that the several Under-Clerkships might be more properly filled than they probably would be if they were sold to the best bidder, first refused this advantage, and appointed all the Clerks whose offices became vacant in his time, without any pecuniary consideration whatever. I was the first that experienced this generosity as Clerk Assistant: to which office Mr. Dyson appointed me, not only without any gratuity on my part, but indeed without having any personal acquaintance with me, till I was introduced to him by Dr. Akenside, and recommended by him, as a person that might be proper to succeed Mr. Read, then just dead, as Clerk Assistant. This office, at the time I received it from Mr. Dyson gratis, he might have disposed of, and not to an improper person, or one unacquainted with the business of the House of Commons, for 3,000/.—Mr. Dyson's successors, i. e. Mr. Tyrwhitt and myself, have thought ourselves obliged to follow the example which he set but it is one thing to be the first to refuse a considerable and legal profit, and another, not to resume a practice that has been so honourably abolished by a predecessor."
In drawing the following character of Mr. Dyson, Mr. Hatsell has ably sketched his own:
"Perhaps some apology is necessary, for his having presumed, without leave or any previous notice, to inscribe these Collections to a person whose universal knowledge, upon all subjects which relate to the History of Parliament, will render this, and every work of this sort, to him unnecessary. The public character of that Gentleman, his comprehensive knowledge, his acuteness of understanding, and inflexible integrity, are sufficiently known and ac knowledged by all the world: but it is only within the circle of a small acquaintance, that he is admired as a man of polite learning and erudition; a most excellent father, and a most valuable friend. They only who have the pleasure and advantage to know him intimately, know, that the warmth and benevolence of his heart, are equal to the clearness and sagacity of his head."
He was a lineal descendant from the noble family of Fielding; his great grandfather, the Rev. John Fielding, D.D. Canon of Salisbury and Dean of Dorset, having been third son of George first Earl of Desmond, the younger brother to William third Earl of Denbigh (see Nichols's Leicestershire, vol. IV. p. 394); but he derived still more honour from being the eldest son of the celebrated and original writer and novelist, Henry Fielding; and in genius, imagination, and pleasantry, he was worthy of such a sire. Mr. Fielding was baptized at Twickenham, Feb. 25, 1747; and having been brought up to the profession of the law, he was for many years eminent as a special pleader, and was a barrister of the Inner Temple.
He had been a Police Magistrate about 12 years, and during that period he discharged his official duties with impartial ability; and upon all occasions, he was the strenuous advocate of the poor and unfortunate. He was allowed by those who knew him most, to have been one of the best conversational men in the country; and amongst those who were wont to honour his table, was Sir W. Grant, the late admirable Master of the Rolls, with whom he used to travel the circuit.
Mr. Fielding had long laboured under severe attacks of the palsy and the gout, together with palpitations of the heart; and when it is recollected that more than 40 years ago, a paralytic stroke deprived him of the use of nearly one side, it is a matter of some surprize that he should have survived to the age of 73. He died apparently without pain, and without a struggle; and that firm belief in our Christian dispensation, which had given an elevation to his mind in his progress through the world, imparted increased comfort and confidence to him in his latter days. He was buried in St. Margaret's Churchyard, attended by his only son, Mr. William Fielding, and his nephew; Mess. Markland and Vincent, his brother Magistrates; the Clerks, and other Policeofficers at Queen's-square. By his lady, who had watched over her afflicted husband with the utmost tenderness for upwards of thirty years, he had four children, but two were still-born. His widow and one son survive, we are sorry to add, very slenderly provided for.
JOHN FURNELL TUFFEN, Esq. Oct. 1. At his lodgings in Islington, John Furnell Tuffen, esq. formerly a banker in Bristol, and resident in Parklane, London; where he had a valuable
library, and many fine paintings, collected by himself with exquisite taste and judgment. The death of this gentleman ought not to pass without somewhat more than a mere notice. He was of very superior mind, and his intellectual acquirements were considerable. As he had travelled much on the Continent in early life, and associated with the best circles, his manners were highly polished, which, with the extent and accuracy of his knowledge, gave to his conversation a charm that his friends will long feel the loss of. But it is, perhaps, higher praise to say, that he was a man of active benevolence, whose exertions when they could benefit his fellow-creatures were unwearied. He did not survive by many months the celebrated Philosopher Mr. Watt, with whom for a long series of years he had been united in the strictest friendship; and whose death, breaking up as it were one of the chief ties of his existence, had an evident effect on his frame.
THOMAS HARRIS, Esq.
Oct. 1. At his cottage at Wimbledon, Thomas Harris, esq. His age was far advanced; it was that of our late lamented Sovereign; nor has he long survived his venerated Monarch, who, for so long a series of years, was his most gracious patron and kindest supporter. For more than half a century Mr. Harris most honourably filled the arduous situation of Chief Proprietor and Manager of Covent Garden Theatre. When, some years ago, his corporeal powers sank under the exertion, still no disease could reach his mind, which, to the last, retained all its active energy. At that period he assigned over all his theatrical property to his son, Mr. Henry Harris; and the chief solace and enjoyment of his declining years has been to guide by his experience, and assist by his advice, his son, in the exercise of the difficult duties of theatrical management. Few possessed so many qualifications as Mr. Harris for this office.-His manners were those of a polished gentleman, his temper was firm, yet mild and conciliatory, his principles steady, and faithful to his engagements his dramatic taste and judgment, pure and correct, as those numerous highly-talented Dramatists and Performers can testify, who have the advantage of his critical remarks and suggestions.
On the 6th, the mortal remains of this gentleman were removed from his late residence, the Cottage on Putney Hill, near Wimbledon Common, for in
terment in the family vault built by him at Hillingdon, near Uxbridge. The funeral, agreeably to his own desire, was a private one; and the only mourners present were some of his relatives and a few of his old and faithful theatrical assistants, who have survived to regret the loss of a sincere friend and worthy
NATHANIEL Rix, Esq. Sept. 28. At his house, Chiselden Grange, near Kelvedon, co. Essex, of an apoplectic fit, in the 70th year of his age, Nathaniel Rix, esq. During the earlier period of his life he had resided on his estate at Blundeston, in Suffolk, but having there no immediate scope for further improvement, and being a most accomplished farmer, he was induced to purchase a considerable farm in Essex, in a complete state of devastation, but which, under his liberal and intelligent conduct, he converted into one of the completest specimens of œconomical and productive culture in the county of Essex. While, however, he thus benefited his own property, a corresponding improvement imperceptibly took place in his immediate neighbourhood, by the example he set to his humbler neighbours, and by the intelligent direction he gave to the labours of the poor. Though occupied with the management of his own extensive establishments, he lent his ready aid of useful counsel and active superintendance to several of his relations and connexions possessed of landed property, and who derived from his judgment and experience the most beneficial results. These friendly offices involved him further in numerous trusts and executorships, in which his indefatigable zeal, and accuracy of investigation, were invariably called forth for the protection of the Widow and the Orphan.-In addition to these claims on his attention, he voluntarily undertook, for seve ral successive years, the irksome duties of Overseer of the Poor of his Parish, and effected the most salutary reforms in the administration of the fund raised for their relief; as, with a clear and comprehensive knowledge of that important subject, he united, what so seldom occurs, the most perfect acquaintance with all its practical details. however, while he would rigidly as a landholder and occupier resist the incroachments of the indolent and importunate poor, his innate benevolence induced him to contribute to their comforts out of his own purse, or from the overflowings of his hospitable house. His conscientious, but unobtrusive and
liberal dissent from the Established Church precluded his acting in the Commission of the Peace, but his advice and suggestions ever met with the ready concurrence of the magistrates of the district, by whom, as well as by all other classes in the neighbourhood, he was universally respected.
After this detail of a life thus actively spent in the most useful of all pursuits, the improvement of his native soil, and of the condition of those engaged in it, there can be little occasion to add, that conduct so beneficent was the product of a mind consistently pious, and influenced in all its dictates by the pure precepts of the Gospel.
Mr. Rix has left an afflicted widow and seven children to bewail his loss, and to emulate his virtues. He had the satisfaction of witnessing, a few months before his death, the marriage of his eldest son to a very amiable young lady, and of seeing them happily settled on the estate at Blundeston. W. T.
LUMLEY KETTLEWELL, ESQ.
At the close of the year 1819, terminated the singular life of Lumley Kettlewell, esq. of Clementhorpe, near York. He died of wretched voluntary privation, poverty, cold, filth, and personal neglect, in obscure lodgings in the street called the Pavement (whither he had removed from his own house a little while before), about seventy years of age. His fortune, manners, and education, had made him a gentleman; but from some unaccountable bias in the middle of life, he renounced the world, its comforts, pleasures, and honours, for the life of a bermit. His person was delicate, rather below the middle size, and capable of great exertion and activity. His countenance, singularly refined and scientific, reminded us of a French Alchymist of the middle ages. His dress was mean, squalid, tattered, and composed of the most opposite and incongruous garments; sometimes a fur cap with a ball-room coat (bought at an old clothes' shop) and hussar boots; at another time, a high crowned London hat, with a coat or jacket of oilskin, finished off with the torn remains of black silk stockings, and so forth. His manners were polished, soft, and gentlemanly, like those of Chesterfield, and the old Court. Early in life he shone in the sports of the field; and he kept blood horses and game dogs to the last: but the former he invariably starved to death; or put such rough, crude, and strange provender before them, that they gradually declined into so low a condition, that the ensuing winter never failed to terminate their career, and their places were as regularly supplied by a fresh stud. The dogs also were in such a
plight that they were scarcely able to go about in search of food in the shambles or on the dunghills. A fox was usually one of his inmates; and he had Muscovy ducks, and a brown Maltese ass, of an uncommon size, which shared the fate of his horses, dying for want of proper food and warmth. All these animals inhabited the same house with himself, and they were his only companions there; for no mortal (i. e. no human being) was allowed to enter that mysterious mansion. The front door was strongly barricadoed within; and he always entered by the garden, which communicated with the Clementhorpe fields, and thence climbed up by a ladder into a small aperture that had once been a window. He did not sleep in a bed, but in a potter's crate filled with hay, into which he crept about three or four o'clock in the morning, and came out again about noon the following day. His money used to be laid about in his window seats, and on his tables; and, from the grease it had contracted by its transient lodgment in his breeches pockets, the Bank notes were once or twice devoured by rats. His own aliment was most strange and uninviting; vinegar and water his beverage; cocks' heads, with their wattles and combs, baked on a pudding of bran and treacle, formed his most dainty dish; occasionally he treated himself with rabbits' feet: he liked tea and coffee, but these were indulgences too great for every day. He read and wrote at all hours not occupied with the care of the aforesaid numerous domestic animals, and with what he called the sports of the field. His integrity was spotless; his word at all times being equal to other men's bonds. professed no religion. He used to carry about with him a large sponge, and on long walks or rides he would now and then stop, dip the sponge in water, and soak the top of his head with it, saying it refreshed him far more than food or wine. He admitted no visitor whatever at his own house; but sometimes went to see any person of whose genius or eccentricity he had conceived an interesting opinion; and he liked on these visits to be treated with a cup of tea or coffee, books, and a pen and ink; he then sat down close to the fire, rested his elbows on his knee, and, almost in a double posture, would read till morning, or make extracts of passages peculiarly striking to him. His favourite subjects were the pedigree of blood-horses, the writings of freethinkers, chemistry and natural history.
1820. AT Calcutta, aged 36, S. Ballin, April 30. esq. late of Holloway.
May 7. At Madras, the Rev. Wm. Amboor Keating, Senior Chaplain at that Pre
sidency, and formerly of Merton college, Oxford.
May 24. At Prince Edward's Island, North America, Johu Plaw, esq.
July 9. At the rectory, in Westmorland, Jamaica, the Rev. Dr. Pope.
July 12. On-board his Majesty's ship Revolutionnaire, near Marseilles, Lieut. Rob. Savery Harvey, R. N.
Aug. 1. At Washington, in Pennsylvania, Mr. Thomas Spring, farmer and nurseryman, lately resident in the neighbourhood of Sheffield. He fell a victim to the disorder which had long afflicted him in England. He was journeying towards the Western States, when his life was terminated, and his family left without home, without friends, destitute of his paternal guidance and care.
Aug. 11. On-board his Majesty's ship Tartar, Howard, third son of Col. Sir Howard Douglas.
Aug. 14. At Cheltenham, in his 38th year, T. Burton Fitzgerald, esq. Commismissioner of his Majesty's Stamps in Ireland.
Sept. 3. At Cornforth, Durham, aged 83, Mr. Robert Bell, 31 years a private and master tailor in the 58th regiment of foot. He was wounded at Quebec, in America, on the day that Gen. Wolfe was killed; and was also at the siege of Gibraltar with Gen. Elliot in 1782.
Sept. 7. At Ketta House, near Darlington, the Rev. Henry Hardinge, rector of Stanhope (valued at 50007. a year). He was son of Nicholas Hardinge, esq. clerk of the House of Commons and joint Secretary of the Treasury, by Jane sister of Lord Chancellor Camden. He was brother of the late George Hardinge, esq. Chief Justice of Brecon, and of Sir Richard Hardinge, bart. and father of Capt. Geo. Hardinge, R. N. (who fell in action in the East Indies), and of Sir Hen. Hardinge, K.C.B. M.P. for the city of Durham.
Sept. 8. Mr. Palmer, auctioneer, of Wimpole-street, Cavendish-square.
Sept. 9. In his 86th year, Jamès Young, esq. of West Hill, Battersea Rise, Surrey.
Sept. 10. At Chichester, in his 80th year, John Quantock, esq. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, and a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Sussex.
In Soho-square, aged 63, very suddenly, Charles Trelawny Brereton, esq. formerly M. P. for St. Michael's, and Lieut-col. of the Coldstream regiment of Foot Guards.
Sept. 11. At Walham Green, in his 76th year, the Rev. Leonard Chappelow, of Hill-square, Berkeley-square.
At Weymouth, Susannah Mary Dehanes, relict of the late Wm. Henry, esq. of the island of Barbadoes, and daughter of John Beccles, esq. Attorney General of that island.