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also, during his life, published several others, some written in conjunction with his brother, the Rev. Daniel Lysons, whom we have just alluded to. The subject of this memoir was indefatigable in his researches, and eminently skilful in one branch of the Graphic art.

Works of the late S. Lysons, Esq. 1. Antiquities of Gloucestershire; the whole of the plates etched by himself from his own drawings.

2. The Roman remains discovered by him at Woodchester.

3. Collection of Roman remains in various parts of Great Britain (three first parts only are printed).

4. Magna Britannia, undertaken in conjunction with his brother.

A series of Royal Letters, found among the records in the Tower, were nearly prepared for publication at the time of his decease.

No. III.



This gentleman, said to be descended from the Earls of Granard, was a native of the metropolis, having been born in London, in 1749. After receiving the usual education at school, and acquiring a fine notion of drawing, at the early age of sixteen, young Forbes left England, to proceed to Bombay, at which settlement he had obtained a writership.

Soon after his arrival, he procured leave of absence for a considerable time, and employed that opportunity in visiting different parts of India. Indeed, he became a celebrated traveller in the course of his life, having spent no fewer than twenty years, in different parts of Asia, Africa, and America.


With a happy facility, he was accustomed to transfer to paper very accurate drawings of the costume of the various tribes and nations which he visited. His coloured delineations of the various objects of natural history were also executed with such elegance, accuracy, and correctness, as to delight every


After a residence of nineteen years in the East, during which period, he had occupied many honourable and some lucrative offices, Mr. Forbes returned to his native country, and having purchased a house and estate at Stanmore-Hill, resolved to settle there. In 1788, he married Miss Gayland of Stanmore by whom he had issue one daughter.

Soon after this, he repaired to the Continent, for the ex-. press purpose of indulging his taste in the picturesque and sublime. The classical scenery of Italy, the romantic regions of Switzerland, and the extensive forests of Germany, were all contemplated and surveyed by him during a long and extensive tour.

As he had been precluded during the first war with France from visiting that country, he determined to take advantage of the short peace to repair thither. Accordingly, in 1803, accompanied by his wife and daughter, he sailed for Holland, and by taking that circuitous route, arrived at Paris soon after the renewal of hostilities, and on the very day after all the English had been declared to be “ in a state of arrest.” In consequence of this order, he was sent with his family to Verdun, where he was detained along with many thousands of his countrymen, for a considerable period. At length, he was indebted for his liberation to the circumstance of his being F. R. S., an honour obtained by him immediately before he left England. The National Institute on this, as on several similar occasions, interposed, and Bonaparte was pleased to order his liberation and that of his family. On his return to his native country, he employed himself in narrating the events that had occurred to him and the other prisoners during their captivity.

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· After a few years' residence at Stanmore-Hill, Mr. Forbes took his family once more to France, and on this occasion, married his only daughter to the Comte de Montalambert, minister from France to the court of Wirtemberg.

In the month of June, 1819, he left England for the last time, with a view of visiting his daughter at Stutgard. But he reached no further than Aix-la-Chapelle, having been seized on his arrival there with a mortal disease, which put a period to his existence on the 1st of August, 1819, in the 70th year of

his age.

List of the Works of the late Mr. Forbes. 1. Letters from France, written in the Years 1803 and 1804; including a particular Account of Verdun, and the Situation of the British Captives in that City. 2 vols. 8vo. 1806.

2. Reflections on the Character of the Hindoos, and the Importance of converting them to Christianity. 8vo. 1810.

3. Oriental Memoirs. 4 vols. 4to. 1813, embellished with 93 exquisite engravings.

His portfolios were rich in drawings by his own hand, and consisted of many thousands.

No. IV.



MR. WYNDHAM was born in 1786, and educated at WadhamCollege, Oxford, where he took the degree of M. A. in 1759. This gentleman commenced his literary career by publishing a tour through Monmouthshire and Wales, in 1775. The success accompanying this octavo volume tempted the author to


enlarge it into a quarto some years after, and it is still quoted with respect.

His next publication was in quality of editor of “ The Diary of the late George Bubb Doddington, Baron of Melcombe Regis, with an” Appendix of curious and interesting Papers.” The original was found by him in his library; and the appearance of this small tract made a prodigious noise at that period, as it for the first time displayed corruption in a broad and glaring light, to the details of which the people had hitherto been unaccustomed. It has passed through no fewer than four editions.

In 1788 appeared “Wiltshire, extracted from the Domesday Book; to which is added, a Translation of the original Latin into English, with an Index, in which are adapted the modern Names to the Antient; and with a Preface, in which is included a Plan for a General Meeting of the County." His last work, was “ A Picture of the Isle of Wight," an 8vo volume, which appeared in 1794.

Mr. Wyndham died at his house in the city of Salisbury, in the spring of 1819, at the mature age of 83.


No. V.


DR. PARSONS was a native of Oxford, a place always dear to him, being connected both with the city and university by the strongest ties of affection and attachment. He was born in the parish of St, Aldate, July 6. 1761, and was first placed at the school belonging to the cathedral; thence he was removed in a short time to that of Magdalen-College. To WadhamCollege, Mr. Parsons was admitted in 1777, and elected a



scholar three years after. The following are the precise dateş of his academical degrees : B. A., June 27, 1782; M. A., December 17, 1785; B.D., April 21, 1799; D.D., April 30, 1799.

* In 1785, the subject of this short memoir became, in due rotation, a fellow of Wadham-College, and soon after, on the presentation of that society, obtained the livings of All Saints and St. Leonard's, Colchester. In 1798, he returned to Oxford, in consequence of being chosen Master of Baliol; and was admitted to the office of Vice-Chancellor. After the lapse of about ten years, the deanery of Bristol was conferred by the crown; and on the 12th of December, 1813, the Doctor was consecrated Bishop of Peterborough, a see less celebrated for its opulence than the piety and respectability of its prelates.

After a possession of about six years, his lordship was seized with the rheumatic gout; this, after many severe and agonising paroxysms, carried him off, at his lodgings in Baliol College, March 12, 1819, in the 58th year of his age.

The Bishop of Peterborough has left an afflicted widow, but no children, behind him. Of literary compositions, avowed by this worthy dignitary of the Church of England, we know only of two sermons; one preached on a fast-day (March 20, 1811) before the House of Commons: the other before the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign Parts, published in 1819.

The following letter, addressed by the Rev. Edward Patteson, M. A. to a celebrated civilian, conveys a high idea of the worth and talents of the departed and lamented prelate.

To the Right Hon. Sir William Scott, D.C.L. Representative

in Parliament for the University of Oxford, &c.

SIR, “ I RESPECTFULLY submit to your perusal an attempt to appreciate the virtues of a departed friend, for whom you are known to have entertained a high and merited regard. It was hastily traced out, immediately on his decease, under the impulse of feelings natural, on such an occasion, to an uninter

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