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all'the lessons which he had to get where the whole class shared the during the eight years and a half he same punishment. In the Rebellion stayed at Harrow, there was not a which happened when he was high in single one which he got by rote, or school, he was rather a seceder than in which he was not perfect. He
a rebel, and more disposed to submit went on extremely well at school, to authority than to foment disturbmaking great proficiency in learning, ance; and no boy ever left school endeariog himself to his school more popular with his companions, fellows, and obtaining the bigbest or more thoroughly esteemed by the commendation from each of the mas. masters. ters as he passed successively under Such was his career at Harrow. their respective tuition, and particu- Oct. 1810, he entered at Christ Church, larly from the present distinguished Oxford ; and here all the good qualihead master, who has been known to ties which had given so fair a prosay several times, that the Duke of mise at school were more fully deDorset was one of the best-grounded, veloping themselves, and he was perif not the very best-grounded scholar severing in the same regular habits
in his whole school--and these enco of study, when an unfortunate acci. miums were passed immediately after dent obliged him to suspend, if not
certain strict examinations, which are give up, his classical pursuits, and to termed Trials, and the lessons for remit his application to books. He which are set five or six weeks before was playing at tennis, when a ball the day of examination. The last of that he was attempting to volly, these in which the Duke was con glanced rapidly from the wooden cerned, was from Sophocles and Per- part of his racket upon his right eye, sius, two authors ihat would put and caused so much injury to that scholarship to the test at a later pe tender organ, that he was forbidden riod of life than sixteen. So well had to read, and was compelled to conhe prepared himself for this exami tent himself, however reluctantly, nation, that no question deducible with hearing his tutor read aloud. from the lessons, as to language, This deplorable accident changed engrammar, or history, however in- tirely the whole plan of his educageniously framed or devised, would tion; and it became a duty to give have puzzled him, or gone without up his favourite study, that of the a ready answer. And, to shew bis Greek language, when he could no uncommon diligence and zeal, an longer use his own sight for any inanecdote of him respecting the pre tense purpose, or for any length of paration for this trial may bere be time together. The rudiments of limentioned. The night before the terature, which he had acquired in examination, his tutor, thinking him an eminent degree, were necessarily quite perfect in the lessons, had gone suffered henceforth to lie dormant, out to supper, and when he returned and he was obliged also to be very home at twelve o'clock, to his great moderate in all exercises that heat surprise, he found the Duke up and or agitate the frame. The pupil of at his books, and desirous to go over the eye was so injured by the blow, the Greek once more. His tutor of that its power of contraction was course indulged him, and heard him considerably impaired, and either construe the Sophocles for two whole the internal beat of the body, or a hours at midnight, without making strong light, was sure to produce a fault, or missing a word, even in the pain enough to be a perpetual mehardest chorus.
mento of some unpleasant ailivg. In games and athletic exercises he No wonder if a young man under excelled no less than in all literary such circumstances, being debarred competitions; but he was so regular the enjoyment of his favourite purin his habits, that he never neglected suits, being constantly reminded of busivess for amusement, nor ever got his misfortune by liability to pain, himself into scrapes by being too late and being obliged to be continually for school, or muster; and all the applying leeches, and blisters, and punishment he incurred during the ointments, and other disagreeable course of eight years and a half, remedies, should find his spirits somewere some half dozen impositions, what depressed by so great a calamost of them set upon occasions. mity, the full extent of which can
not be thoroughly understood, unless the testimonies, independent of the the disappointment arising from the praises and esteem of his contemponecessity of relinquishing all idea of raries, that were borne to his good taking a regular" degree at Oxford, conduct at the University. Soon after operating upon such a mind as his, quitting Oxford he accompanied his be taken into the consideration mother, and Lord Whitworth, his but, if it be allowed that his spirits father-in-law, to Ireland, Lord Whitwere in some measure'affected by the worth having been appointed Lord misfortune, it can never be forgottenLieutenant of that part of the United with what wisdom and patience he Kingdom. Being on terms of the submitted to every remedy that was greatest confidence, and in habits of prescribed, and with what self-denial the tenderest friendship with Lord he encountered every irksome pri- W. he enjoyed the great advantage vation that the oculists and physi- of studying the nature of governcians enjoined.
ment under his -auspices; and would He passed three academical years shortly, from his experience and inin the University, saving the two structions, have gathered a sufficient terms which the accident to his eye store of political information to quacompelled him to miss ; and he was lify himself for the important office very diligent and industrious in pick- of Lord Lieutenant, in case bis Soveiog up such information as circum- reign should ever have required his stances would admit, attending lec- services in that station. tures that did not require an intense He was in a remarkable degree application of sight, and never omit- possessed of good sense, discretion, ting to devote some portion of the and integrity, and worthy of trust day to his private tutor, who was in beyond his years. He used to say the habit of readiog English to him, of himself, he had no objection to either History or Belles Lettres. He have secrets committed to him, for took an honorary degree, to which he had no fear either of being surMr. Gaisford, his college-tutor, now prised, or ensnared, into a discovery. Professor of Greek in the University His time when in Ireland was emof Oxford, presented him. Mr. Gais- ployed, in confidential conversations ford, of whose profound erudition it with his Excellency, in studying the would be superfluous to speak, had French language under an excellent examined and commended the Duke master, in which he took great pains, for his knowledge of the Greek lan- entering into all the critical niceties guage when first he entered at Christ of Chambaud's Grammar and DicChurch; and when he presented him tionary; in attaining an accurate to his degree, he took occasion pathe- knowledge of Fractions and Algetically to lament the misfortune which bra, as far as quadratic equations alone could have disappointed the and in reading a little for himself, hopes he had formed of seeing the his eye being now so far recovered Duke of Dorset distinguished no less as to enable him to use it at interfor classical than for inoral attain. vals, either in reading or writing. ments; and he elegantly stated, that The sight was still dim, but he could but for the unfortunate accident bear light and heat with much less which happened to his sight, he annoyance, and the pupil had cermight have claimed public honours, tainly become more capable of connot merely upon the plea of having tracting itself. The injury had caused passed a certain number of terms in
no apparent blemish. the University, or upon the score of He had resided in Ireland about a rank, but by dint of merit displayed year and a half, when he met with at the public examinations. When the fatal catastrophe that put an end the Duke was about to leave College, to his existence. On the 13th of Feb. the Dean of Christ Church lamented 1815, he went to pay a visit to his his departure, as the loss of an ex friend and schoolfellow, Lord Powersample of all that was amiable and court, meaning to stay from tbe Monproper to the young men of that day till the Thursday, on which day society; and be bas often said that he was to return to the Castle for a he never had under his government drawing-room. On the 14th he went a more thoroughly well-disposed and out with Lord Powerscourt's barriers, Tight-minded young man. Such were mounted on a well-trained active
Irish mare, and accompanied by his It has been said, that the Duke in Lordship and Mr. Wingfield. Hav- his dying moments made use of the ing been out for several hours with- expression “I am off:”—he did so; out finding any thing, they were ac but not, as has been very erroneoustually on the point of returning home, ly supposed, by way of heroic brawhen unfortunately a hare sprang up, vado, or in a temper of unseasonable and the chase commenced. The hare levity; but simply to signify to his made for the inclosures on Killiney attendants, who, in pulling off his Hill. They had gone but a short dis- boots, had drawn him too forward on tance, when the Duke, who was an the mattress, and jogged one of the excellent and forward horseman, rode chairs out of its place, that he was at a wall, which was in fact a more slipping off, and wanted their aid te dangerous obstacle than it appeared help him up into his former position. to be. The wall stands on the slope, He was the last person in the world and from the lower ground what is to be guilty of any thing like levity immediately on the other side can upon any solemn occasion, much less not be discerned. Tbe wall itself is in his dying moments. The fact was, perhaps no more than three feet and when he used the expression “I am a half in height, and two in breadth ; off,” he had become very faint and but on the other side there lay a range weak, and was glad to save himself of large and ponderous stones, which the trouble of further utterance. had been rolled there from off the Those words were not the last which surface of the adjacent barley-field, be pronounced, but he said nothing that they might not impede the at all that could be thought allusive growth of the corn. It would have to death. One of bis young friends, been safer to scramble over such a his most constant companion, has fence, than to take it in the stroke. often said of him, that he was the The Duke's mare, however, attempted most intrepid man he ever knew, and to cover all at ove spring, and clear. there is no doubt that he met his fate ed the wall; but, lighting among the with firmness; but Mr.Wingfield, who stones on the other side, threw her was present and vigilant during the self headlong, and turning in the air, whole melancholy scene, never heard came with great violence upon her him say a syllable from which it could rider, who had not lost his seat; he be inferred that he was conscious of undermost, with his back on one of his approaching end. His principal the large stones, and she crushing wish was to be left quiet. He died so him with all her weight on his chest, easy, that the precise moment when and struggling with all her power to he breathed his last could not be asrecover her legs. Let the Reader certained. but contemplate this situation, and Such was the melancholy calahe will not wonder that the accident strophe that deprived the world of a was fatal, or that the Duke survived most valuable member of society, in it only an hour and balf. The mare the untimely end of the fourth Duke disentangled herself, and galloped of Dorset. Now suppose a stranger away. The Duke sprang upon his to the real character of this excellent feet, and attempted to follow her, youth to have beard no more of bim but soon found himself unable to than what he would be most likely stand, and fell into the arms of Mr. to hear of one whose constitutional Farrel, who had run to his succour, modesty concealed his virtues, Danieand to whose house he was conveyed. ly, that he was very fond of cricket, He was laid on a mattress supported that he hurt his eye with a tennisby cbairs. Lord Powerscourt, in the ball, that be lost his life hunting, utmost anxiety and alarm, rode full that his last words were “I am off;"speed for medical assistance, leaving would not a person possessed of this his brother Mr. Wingfield to pay information, and no more, vaturally every attention possible, as he most conclude that the Duke was a young kindly did, to the Duke. Medical man of a triv al mund, add cted to aid, even if it could have been ap- idle games and field ports, and apt plied immediately, would have been to make light of serious things? How of no use. The injury was too se false a nosion would such a person vere to be counteracted by buman form of the late Duke of Dorset ! skill. Life was extinct before any As to the four circumstanees above surgeon arrived.
alluded to, if he was fond of cricket,
it was in the evening generally that his attachments most sincere; and he he played; when he hurt his eye (it had a heart formed for charity in the was on the 7th of Dec.) he had been most extensive meaning of that copiat bis books all the morning, and ous term. He was a fond and dutiful went between dinner and dusk to son; he was kind to the poor, genetake one set at tennis. When he lost rous to the distressed, slow to anger, his life hunting, he had not hunted ready to forgive. He had a mind ten times the whole season. And what exactly constituted to admire Chrishave been represented as his last tianity for the sublimity of its prinwords were not his last words; and ciples, and to revere it for the purity even if they were, they had no other of its precepts. His religion was free meaning than “ Pray prevent a help- from ostentation, bis practice was not less man from slipping down out of designed to attract the applause of his place.” That he was not a mere the world. He sought out opportusportsman, a mere idler, or a mere nities of doing good as it were by trifler, witness the wet eyes that stealth, and relieved distress where the streamed at every wiodow in the persons relieved did not even know streets of Dublin as his hearse was who their benefactor was. passing by; witness the train of car that he had no faults, or never comriages that composed his funeral pro- mitted sin, would be ridiculous, if cession; witness the throng of nobi- not profane ; for what human being lity and gentlemen that attended his is free from sin? but to say that, if remains to the sea-shore; witness the he was occasionally betrayed by families he had visited in Ireland; youth, surprize, or passion, into the witness the reception of his corpse in commission of a sin, he did not suffer England ; witness the amazing con it to become habitual; or that selfcourse of friends, tenantry, and neigh- denial and self-controul were two bours, that came to hear the last rites very conspicuous features in his cha, performed, and to see him deposited racter, is no more than doing justice in the tomb; witness the inore en to his magnanimity. He had been deared set of persons who still mean early instructed in the three fundato hover round the vault where he mental principles of the Gospel, faith, is laid !
repentance, and improvement of life; The Duke had been of age only and he constantly acted as if he had three months when the fatal accident those principles firmly rooted in his happened, and he had not taken bis mind:-in short, both in sentiment and seat in the House of Lords. Whe. practice, he endeavoured to be,andwas, ther he would ever have made an a good Christian: and, if such, even an eloquent speaker in Parliament, is a event so awful and tremendous that question that, if it must be decided, it is deprecated in the Liturgy, and may be decided in the negative; but, which it was his apparently hard lot as to his making a very useful mem to encounter, though it took him ber of that august assembly, there unawares, could not find him upprecan be no question at all; for in any pared. deliberation where sound judgment The sketch here given of the Duke and acute discrimination were requi- of Dorset's character is a very faint site, there he must have shone. He and imperfect one; but it is not exbad all the qualities that go to the aggerated. Those who knew him making up of an honest man. He need no record of his virtues ; and had all the accomplishments that are those who were ignoraut of his meessential to form a perfect gentle- rits may form some, though far from man. He had a bigh sense of his an adequate notion of them, from rank, and of the dignity of his an this authentic document. A life tercestry, tempered with true humility. minated in the very dawn of manHis manners were gentle and engag- hood, and including only the brief space ing; and if in a mixed party some of twenty-one years and three months, rempants of shyness were still per cannot be expecied to furnish much ceptible, to his familiar friends he incident for narration, or to make a was a most agreeable companion. very splendid figure in the annals of His temper was peculiarly amiable, fame. But, if an uncommon docility not so much perhaps constitutionally of disposition, an undeviating regard serene, as chastened by self-discipline. to truth, an ardent emulation in the His affections were warm and steady; pursuit of literary attainments, an
unremitting desire of distinction in give a grand Eastern entrance to the all meritorious competitions, may be City from the London Road. Wbile, deemed a good model of behaviour however, all these things are going at School;--if we same thirst of know on in Scotland, I am equally surprised ledge, interrupted only by an acci with your Correspondent “G.” (vol. dent, a steady sobini88100 tò disci LXXXV. Part II. p. 495), that no pline, an unswerving adherence to suitable place in Edinburgh has ever every honourable principle, be a use. been suggested for the display of the ful example to contemporaries at the Banners of the Knights of the most Universitis-if, upon coming out into ancient Order of the Thistle; it is a the world, a modest and unassuming reflection, that the Scottish national deportment, a strici regard to justice, Order of knighthood is not on a foot. a correct attention to pecuniary con- ing in splendour with the other Orders cerns, be beneficial to Society, the of the United Kingdom—the subject Duke of Dorset did not live in vain. requires investigation. If a conscientious discharge of duty Yours, &c.
PERTHENSIS. in all the relations of life as far as be was tried, if the tenderest affection in Mr. URBAN, Windsor, Sept. 13. the domestic charities which he had To" beneficial a subject as that
has been experienced, of son, brother, and friend, if a fervent patriotism united of Universal Instruction among the with sound judgment and integrity, Poor both in England and Ireland, be a sure pledge of utility in maturer scarcely any thing more can be added, years, the Duke of Dorset's death was except indulging a firm reliance on a loss to bis Country. If a due ob the exertions of the Legislative servance of all holy ordinances, an Commitee appoinied for that laud. habitual piety, a firm faith, an ab able purpose to establish Parochial horrence of vice, a wonderful self Schools similar to the excellent Scot. controul, a just appreciation of all tish model, long since adopted in transitory things, be the best prepara that intelligent country; ihe expence tion for a summons into Eternity, of which is defrayed by the heritors, come when it may; though he was or freeholders ; and should be so cut off in the bloom of youth and likewise in the other parts of the the vigour of health, though he was United Kingdom, and not left, as torn from the kindest of Parents, bitherto, to the precarious subscripSisters, Friends, though at scarce a tions of individuals, who are moment's warning he was called stantly moving about, or removed upon to relinquish the fairest pro- by death; or the charge might be spect of happiness this world can deducted from the rates, or paid by afford the Duke of Dorset did not Government. Schools thus establishdie an untimely death.
ed, it is evident, would be of the Ostendent terris hunc tantùm fata, highest public utility both to Church
and State ; and until such a measure Mr. URBAN,
Sept. 7. is adopted, the most sanguine friends I
that at no period since the Revolu- themselves much disappointed as to tion have the friends of regular Episco a general final result.
AMICUS. pacy in Scotland exerted themselves more in its
TOUR tricts several new Chapels have re your cently been erected ; and in Edin is informed, that the Tree he menburgh and Aberdeen there are just tions near Binfield is even more sanow two in the former, and one in cred to tbe Lovers of Poetry than the latter, building in a very superior de imagines, as the words " HERE style. Those in the Scottish Metro Pope SANG”.
inscribed by polis are indeed magnificent: the one George Lord Lyttelton, who was a is in York-place, and the other in frequent visitor in that neighbourPrinces-street, for the Bishop of the hood. district, forms the Western perspec This fact is unquestionable, and is tive to the splendid Regent's Bridge, warranted by your very old Reader wbich has lately been commenced, to and Correspondent, X. Y. 2.