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Civil PROMOTIONS. tude, the band meanwhile playing God John Kidd, M. D. Anatomical Lecturer, save the King. The pleasant old custom Christ Church, Oxford, vice Sir Christoof distributing wedding cake was not for pher Pegge, Knt. resigned. golten on this auspicious occasion.
Rev. Richard Davies, B. D. Head Masa The report from the select committee of ter of the Free Grammar School, Leicester, the House of Commons appointed to con vice Bullen, resigned. sider the means of accommodation for transacting the business of the Court of ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. Chancery, recommends i hat two courts be
July 16. Rev, Herbert Marsh, D.D. erected for the Lord High Chancellor, and recommended to be elected Bishop of Vice Chancellor of England, in Lincoln's. Landaff, vice Dr. Watson, dec.-Gaz. inn Gardens, on the North side of the New Rev. James Griffi:h, D. D. to a Presquare. The expense is estimated at bendal Stall in the Cathedral Church of 23,0001. to be defrayed out of the Suitors' Bristol, vice Chapman, dec. fuod in the Court of Chancery, wbich Rev. E. Goddard, B. A. Lingwood Per. now yields, after paying the various ex petual Curacy, Norfolk. pensés charged upon it, an annual sur.
Rev. J. Metcalfe, B. A. Minor Canon plus of 12,000l. and upwards.
of Canterbury Cathedral. Long investigations have taken place Rev. J. Holme, B. D. Freckenham R. at Bow.street, lately, to sift out a con Suffolk, vice Bates, dec. spiracy of a novel and most atrocious de.
Rev. B. Bridge, B. D. Cherryhinton V. scription. Vaughan, the Bow-street pat co. Cambridge, vice Holme, resigned. role, is charged with employing four others Rev. Dr. Manley, Filton R. co. Glou. to entice young thieves to commit burg cester. laries; and after arranging the plan, Rev. Robert Watson, Christchurch and Vaughan lies in wait 10 apprehend them, St. Ewen's RR. Bristol, vice Dr. Ireland, in order that they may be brought to trial deceased. and convicted, and he and his accom Rev. Richard Tomkyns, Great Horwood plices share the 401. per man conviction R. Bucks. money. Two of the accomplices, named
Rev. Charles Barker, Holly with Drake and Mackay, have disclosed the
Withernsea V. co. York. particulars of several burglaries thus exe
Rev. George Mountjoy Webster, B. D. cuted: others are expected to be developed. Codford St. Mary R. Wilts.
Rev. John Powell, Cotes Parva V. co.
Rev. 0. W. Kilvington, Brignal V. co.
Rev. Thomas Thurlow, Boxford R. Suf. July 2. Is he Jealous ? an Operetta.
folk. July 20. A Man in Mourning for Him
Rev. Alexander Houstoun, M. A. Hartself! A Musical Farce, from the French.
ley Maudit R. Hants. HAYMARKET THEATRE.
Rev. Jóseph Eaton, M. A. F. S. A, July 22. Exit by Mistake ; a Comedy preċentor of Chester Cathedral, elected in Three Acts, by Mr. Jamieson.
Chapter Clerk of that Cathedral.
BIRTHS. Carlton House, July 8. Rt. Hon. John May 13. In the Rue Royale, Brussels, M'Mahon, Receiver General of the Prince Lady Thurlow, a son. of Wales' Duchy of Cornwall, vice Sheri June 24. At Rankeillour, co. Fife, the dan, dec.-Maj. Gen, Benjamin Bloom Countess of Hopetoun, a son.-28. At field, K. G. H. and M. P. Auditor and Walton House, Cumberland, the wife of Secretary to said Duchy, vice M Mahon. W. Ponsonby Johnson, esq. à son and · Foreign Office, July 9. Archibald Gor. heir. -29. At Edinburgh, Hon. Mrs. Dundon, esq. Consul at Havre-de-Grace. das, of Dundas, a daughter.
Maj. Gen. Sir S. Beckwith, Knight Com Lately-In Gower-street, the wife of J. mander of the Bath.
Harding, esq. a son and heir. --At Acton July 20. David Douglas, esq. a Lord Burrell, the lady of Sir J. Smythe, Bart. of Justiciary; James Wolfe Murray, ésq. a da'u.-At Fleurs, near Kelso, the Duchess a Lord of Session ; Alexander Macono of Roxburgh, a son. chie, esq. Lord Advocate; and James July 10. lo Grosvenor-square, the Mar. Wedderburn, esq. Solieitor General in chioness of Downshire, a son. At HawkScotland ; also John C. Dunlop, Sheriff herst, Kent, the wife of David Jennings, Depute of Renfrewshire; and Andrew Cle esq. a dau. 15. At Westwood, near phane, esq. Sheriff-Depute of the Shire Southampton, the lady of Rear Adm. of Peebles.
Walter Otway, a son,-. At Irvin Hall, dear
Oagar, the wife of Adolphus Hume, esq. Wm. Lecky, esq. formerly M. P. for that
3. Rev. J. Fisher, to Mary, eldest dau.
of Rev. Dr. Cookson.
Mr. Robert Matthew Imeson, to Anne,
of the Grange, near Ellesmere. 20. At Paris, at the house of the
B. J. Spedding, esq. secood son of R.
4. Barron Field, esq. of the Inner Tem.
6. Rear Admiral the Hon. Sir Henry Lately-Rev. William Rayer, rector of Hotham, K. C. B. youngest son of the Tidcombe, to Jane, youngest dau, of the late Lord Hotham, to the Hon. Frances iate Sir Thos. Carew, Bart. of llaccombe. Anne Juliana Rous, eldest daughter of
At Gartur, co. Stirling, the seat of T. Lord Rous.
8. J. J. Johastone Hope, esq. eldest
Charlotte St. Leger, eldest daughter of Rev. Edw. Mangin, eldest son of the late Viscount Doneraile. Lieut.-col. Mangin, 12th drag. to Miss 9, Lieut.-col. Brownrigg, eldest son of Nangreave, only child of the late Lieut.. Lieut.-gen. Sir Robert Brownrigg, Bart. col, Nangreave, of the East India Com. G. O. B. to Emwa, dau. of the late Maj.pany's service.
gen. Colebrooke Nesbitt. Rev. Charles Lane, third son of Thomas 10. Major-gen. Sir Dennis Pack, K.C.B. Lane, esq. of the Grange, Layton, Essex, to Lady Elizabeth Beresford, dau. of the to Frances Catherine, eldest surviving dau. late and sister of the present Marquis of of the Rt. Rev. Bp. Sandford.
Waterford. At the house of the English Ambassa 11. Robert Milligan, esq. Captain in dor, Paris, Lieut..col, Wylly, Assistant the 25th Foot, to Elizabeth Margaret, Adjutant-gen. to Mary Anna, only. dau., only dau. of Matthew Baillie, M. D. of Michael Keating, esq. of Lower Brook Rev. T. Penrose, Vicar of Writtle, to street, Grosvenor-square.
Mrs. Johnson, of Orchard-street, Port. 2. Thomas Foster Barham, esq. eldest man-square. son of T. F. Barham, esq. of Penzance, to Thomas C. Strade, esq. to Mrs. SpenSarah, second dau. of the late Francis Gar. cer Vassall, widow of the late Col. Spencer ratt, esq. of London.
Vassall, who fell gloriously at the stormF. C. J. Pemberton, esq. of Trumping, ing of Monte Video. ton, co. Cambridge, and Colonel of the
S. Scroggs, esq. late Lieut.-sol. of the Cambridge Militia, to Frances, second 53d reg. to Sibyll Jane, only dau. of the dau. of Benjamin Keene, esq. of Westoe late Col. Dansey, 59th reg. Aide de Camp Lodge.
to his Majesty.
Cheshire, to Eleanor Frances, second
At Londonderry, Lieuto-col. Thompson, Paulet, to Lady Smith Burges.
Right HON. RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. It is with deep regret we announce to ter, displayed by Mr. Sheridan in his draour Readers the death of the Right hon. matic writings, will surprise us more when Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who, after a we recollect that he composed The Rivals severe and protracted illness, expired on whilst yet a boy; and that his School for the 7th of July at noon, in the 65 sh year Scandal was written at four an: twenty. of his age. -On this occasion we shall at Those who are best acquainted with the once give expression to our own feelings, 300 history of the Stage for an hundred years afford gratification to everyone who rightly preceding their appearance, can best apappreciates a just discrimination of charac- preciate the obligations of the publick to an ter, by transferring into our pages the ex author, whose dialogue has the spirit of cellent and well-written memoir of this reality without its coarseness—w
- who neither extraordinary person which appeared in wearies nor offends his audience but The Times Newspaper of July 8.
whose sentiment is aniinated, and his wit " The various sensations under which refined. His opera is another specimen we, with the rest of the world, contemplat. of various power, which has eclipsed all ed the course of this extraordinary man but one of those which went before it; and while living, have been so far recalled to all, without exception, of those which have us by the recent event of his decease, that followed. The Duenna has but a single we cannot dismiss the account of it like a rival on the stage ; and if the broad licencommon-place article of the Obituary. tiousness of the Beggar's Opera has given We do not strive to check the pangs of its author the means of indulging a nergrief and pity which mingle with our ad vous and pregnant vein of satire, to be miration for a lost son of genius. It is al found in no other Euglish work, Sheridan ways interesting, whether gratifying or has combined in the plot and language of painful, to meditate the bistory of a dis his Duenna the charms of delicacy, ele. tinguished man; and more especially of a gance, and ingenuity; and in his songs man, from the materials of whuse character has discovered a taste and pathos of high even more of warning than of example may poetical beauty. be collected. From the mixture and coun. If we pursue Mr. Sheridan into political teraction of high endowments with rulgar life, we shall have equal cause to admire infirmities and unfortunate habits, ordi the vigour and versatility of his genius. nary men derive lessons of candour and The field op every side of him was occupied contentment. We cease to murmur at any by the ablest men who had appeared in seeming partiality in the distribution of in Parliament for more than half a century. tellectual gifts among mankind, when we Burke, whose mature mind was richly fursee the most useful qualities withheld from nished from the intellectualestores of all or disdained by those upon whom the ages and of all nations-Pitt and Fox, not most splendid ones have been munificently left like Sheridan to chance, but trained lavished. It extends our charity, and and moulded into orators and statesmen ; abates our pride, to reflect with calmness these were formidable checks to the on the fale of one who was equally the de. rise of an adventurer not recommended by light of society, and the grace of literature character nor connexion--never educated --whom it has been for many years the for public life-beset by a thousand misfashion to quote as a bold reprover of the chievous habits crusted over with indoselfish spirit of party; and throughout a lence, and depressed by fortune. Some period fruitful of able meu and trying cir wonderous internal power buoyed him up, cumstances, as the most popular specimen and a temper invulnerable to ordinary atin the British senate of political consist tacks left him at all times in possession of ency, intrepidity, and honour.
his unshaken faculties. In co-operation, Panegyric becomes worthless when it is therefore, or rivalry, or hostility, with the no longer true and we do not mean to first men of his day, he distinguished himeulogize Mr.Sheridan in unqualified terms. self amongst them by wielding with success Neither fact nor principle will bear out the the various weapons for which they were silly adoration with which, for some days respectively celebrated. In flow of diction past, he has been worshiped by the most he yielded not even to Mr. Pilt-in force furious of his old detractors--by men who and acuteness he might justly be compared seem inclined to pay their debts to his cha with the great Opposition Leader--while racter wish usurious interest, as if they in splendour of imagination he equalled were discharging a post.obit bond.
Burke, and in its use and management It is needless 10 say much on those in far excelled bim. His sarcasms tellectual powers whose living memorials finer, but less severe, than those by which are formed to command the admiration of Mr. Pitt indulged his anger; and the wit
The astonishing talent displayed by Sheridan in Pariiament was, for observation, and kuowledge of charac, perhaps, from the suavity of his temper, Gent. Mag. July, 1816.
every future age.
much less sharp than brilliant. But the on Mr. Sheridan's patriotic spirit, we shall quality which predominated over all its merely observe, that one object of our companions in the mind of Mr.Sheridan was admiration is tbe exquisite judgment-the his exquisite and highly finished taste. In dexterity of tact-with which be at all this rare talent he had no competitor; times seized the full tide of public sentiand this it was which gave such ioimitable inent, and turned it into the proper changrace to his expressions, and which, in nel. But it must be acknowledged that arguing or declaiming, in eulogy or invec the longer he remained in the House of tive, disposed his thoughts with an effect Connons, and before the publick, the so full and admirable. We cannot expa more his personal consequence declined, tiate farther on his rhetorical qualifications Mr. Sheridan had never in his happiest than by observing, that he joined to the days effected any thing by steady applia higher attributes above spoken of, the va cation. He was capable of intense, but lural advantages of a clear and melodious not of regular stady. When public duty voice, a distinct, emphatic, and unaffected or private difficulty urged him, he endured utterance, and a manly and becoming ac the burden as if asleep under its pressure. tion. As Mr. Sheridan has produced a At length, when the pain could be no comedy which may be described as nearly longer borne, he roused himself with one the best in our language, so did he by a mighty effort, and burst like a lion througua carious felicity of genius put forth, in bis the toi's. There are reasons for believing speech on the trial of Hastings, the finest that his constitutional indolence began its specimen of English senatorial eloquence operation upon his habits at an early age. of which modern times can boast. Of this His very first dramatic scenes were writdivine oration, although none but those ten by snatches, with considerable interwho heard it can adequately judge, enough vals between them. Convivial pleasures remains to justify our praises in the frag had lively charms for one whose wit was ments handed down to us by the publica- the soul of the table; and the sparkling tions of that period, and in the recorded glass--the medium of social intercourse sentiments of the leaders of all parties, had no small share of his affection. These who hung in rapture and amazement on were joys to be indulged without effort : his words. Mr. Sheridan then reached the as such they were too well calculated to pinnacle of his fame. No length of days absorb the time of Mr. Sheridan, and could add to the celebrity at that moment sooner or later to make large encroachpoured around him, as an orator and states. ments on his character. His attendance man of comprehensive and transcendant in Parliament became every year more powers-10 human fortune could have languid--the vis inertiæ more incurable surpassed the expectations then formed of the plunges by which his genius had now his future eminence. Why they have not and then extricated him in former times since been realized, is a question wbich less frequent and more feeble. We never posterity will not fail to ask. We pass by witnessed a contrast much more melanthe details of his parliamentary progress, choly than between the brilliant and comfroin the discussions on the regency in manding talent displayed by Mr. Sheridan 1789, to those on the same subject in throughout the first Regency discussions, 1811. Many important questions, many' and the low scale of nerve, activity, and dangerous crises, which arose in the long capacity, to which he seemed reduced, interval between these periods, gave Mr. when that subject was more recently agiSheridan the means to establish for him- tated in Parliament. But indolence and self an occasional interest with the people intemperance must banish reflection, if of England, distinct from any that could not corrected by it; since no man could bave been derived from mere proofs of ta support the torture of perpetual self. lent, or jufluence of party. On the mu reproach. Aggravated, we fear, by some tiny at the Nore, he enjoyed the credit of such causes, the vaturally careless temper essentially contributing to save the state. of Mr. Sheridan became ruinous to all his Whenever the liberty of the press was at better hopes and prospects. Without a tucked, ihat bulwark of the constitution direct appetite for spending money, he found in him its most zealous and consist thought not of checking its expenditure. ent defender : and when the early burst of The economy of time was as much disre. Spanish patriotism had raised a strong garded as that of money. All the arrangesympathy throughout this country, it was ments, punctualities, and minor ohliga. Mr. Sheridan who first gave form and ex, tions of life were forgotten, and the house. pression to the feelings which swelled every hold of Mr. Sheridan was always in a state English heart ; and who traced in Parlia- of nature. His domestic feelings were ori. ment the natural relation between the sup. ginally kind, and his manners gentle : buc port of Spain and the deliverance of Eu. the saine bad habits seduced him from the rope. Without instituting a too severe or House of Commons, and from home ; and invidious scrutiny into the justice of those equally injured him as an agent of the pub. wigh encomiums which have been passed lic good, and as a dispenser of private
happiness. It is painful, it is mortifying, and affections which are necessary to the but it is our sacred duty, to pursue this existence of intimate friendship. That history to the end. Pecuniary embarrass Mr. Sheridan had as many adınirers as ments often lead men 10 shifts and expe- acquaintances, there is no room to doubt: dients-these exhausted, to others of a less but they admired only his astonishing doubtful colour. Blunted sensibility-re powers: there never was a second opinion, newed excesses-loss of cast in society or feeling as to the unfortunate use which. follow each other in melancholy succes. he made of them. sion, until solitude and darkness close the We have now performed an honest duty,
and in many particulars an humbling and It has been made a reproach by some most distressing, one we have found it. persons, in lamenting Mr. Sheridan's cruel Never were such gifts as those which Prodestiny, that “ bis friends" had not done vidence showered upon Mr. Sheridan so more for him. We freely and conscien abused-never were talents so miserably tiously declare it as our opinion, that bad perverted. The term “greatness” has Mr. Sheridan enjoyed ten receiverships of been most ridiculously, and, in a moral Cornwall instead of one, he would not have sense, most perniciously applied to the died in affluence. He never would have character of one who, to speak charitably attained to comfort or independence in bis of him, was the weakest of men. Had he fortune. A vain man may become rich, employed his matchless endowments with because his vanity may thirst for only a but ordinary judgment, nothing in Eng. single mode of gratification. An ambitious land, hardly any thing in Europe, could man, a bon vivant, a sportsman, may se. have eclipsed his name, or obstructed his verally cuntrol their expenses ; but a man progress. It is the peculiar praise and who is inveterately thoughtless of conse glory of our political constitution, that quences, and callous to reproof-who great abilities may eme ge from the mean. knows not when he squanders money, be est station, and seize the first honours of cause he feels not those obligations which the community. It is the nobler praise, constitute or direct its uses-such a man and purer happiness of our moral system, it is impossible to rescue from destruction. that great vices throw obstacles before the We go further—we profess not to conjec- march of ambition, which no force nor suiture to what individuals the above re. periority of intellect can remove." proach of forgotten friendships has been applied. If against persons of illustrious We shall now enter more minutely on rank, there never was a more unfounded the circumstances of his life, as related in accusation. Mr. Sheridan, throughout his another respectable publication, and which whole life, stood as high as he ought to could not with propriety be engrafted with bave done in the quarters alluded to. He the preceding observations, received the most substantial proofs of Richard Brinsley Sheridan was the third kind and anxious attachment from these son of Mr. Thomas Sheridan, who, howpersonages: and it is to his credit that he ever eminent as an actor, was still more was not insensible to their regard. If the so for his excellent lectures on elocution, mistaken advocates of Mr. Sheridan were and his judicious and unremitted attention
much bis enemies as to wish that he had in contributing to the improvement of nabeen raised to some elevated office, are tional education. As a performer, his they not aware that even one month's ac declamatory powers constituted his chief tive attendance out of twelve he was at all merit ; and to the admirable exercise of times utterly incapable of giving? But them Churchill, in his Rosciad, bears unwhat friends are blanied for neglecting qualified testimony :Mr. Sheridan ? What friendships did he « Were speech-fam'd Quin himself to hear (ver form? We more than doubt whether
him speak, he could fairly claim the rights of friend. Envy would drive the colour from his ship with any leader of the Whig admini
cheek.” stration. We know that he has publicly His works, with the exception of some asserted Mr. Fox to be his friend, and that Plays which he altered, and the Life of he has dwelt with much eloquence on the Deao Swift, which he prepared for publi. sweets aud enjoyments of that connexion : cation, in general relate to the elements but it has never been our fortune to find of language, and the instructiou of youth, out that Mr Fox had on any public or pri- The following is a list of his principal Vate occasion bound himself by reciprocal Works :- The Loyal Lover, Romeo and pledges. Evidence against the admissiou Juliet, together with Coriolanus, all alterof such ties on his part may be drawu ed and acted; British Education ; a Disfrom the well-known anecdotes of what course delivered in the Theatre at Oxford, occurred within a few days of that states and in the Senate-house at Cambridge; A * man's death. The fact is, that a life of Dissertation on the Causes of the Difficulconviviality and intemperance seldom fa ties which occur in learning the English vours the cultivation of those better tastes Tungue ; a Course of Lectures on Elucu.