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If this character of Sir William Jones be not exaggerated by the partiality of friend. ship, we shall all apply to him his own words, “ it is happy for us that this man was “ born." I have borrowed the application of them from Dr. Parr; and who more competent can be found, to estimate the merit of the great scholar whom he deems worthy of this eulogium?
In the pleasing office of delineating his virtues, my regret for his lofs has been suf
2. A hundred chiefs rule the world, but thou art an
ocean, and they are mere wells; many luminaries are awake in the sky, but which of them can be compared to the Sun ? Many words are needless to inform those who know all things. The law tract of Atri, will be delivered by the hand of the footman, dispatched by your Excellence. Prosperity attend you !
I add a translation of two couplets in elegant Arabic, addressed by Maulavi Casim to Sir William Jones, The writer was employed by him in compiling the Mohammedan law.
Mayest thou remain with us perpetually, for thy presence is an ornament and a delight to the age !
May no unpleasant event find its way to thee; and mayest thou have no share in the vicissitudes of fore tune!
pended, but will never be obliterated; and whilft I cherish with pride the recollection that he honoured me with his esteem, I cannot cease to feel and lament that the voice, to which I listened with rapture and im« provement, is heard no more.
As far as happiness may be considered dependent upon the attainment of our wishes, he possessed it. At the period of his death, by a prudent attention to economy, which never encroached upon his liberality, he had acquired a competency, and was in a fituation to enjoy dignity with independence. For this acquisition he was indebted to the exertion of his talents and abilities, of energies well directed, and usefully applied to the benefit of his country and mankind. He had obtained a reputation which might gratify the highest ambition : and as far as human happiness is alfo connected with expectation, he had in prospect a variety of employments, the execution of which depended only on the continuance of his health and intellectual powers. I shall not here enlarge
upon the common topic of the vanity of human wishes, prospects, and enjoyments, which my subject naturally suggests; but if my reader should not participate that admiration which the memory of Sir William Jones excites in my mind, I must submit to the mortification of having depreciated a character, which I had fondly hoped would be effectually emblazoned by its own excellence, if I did but simply recite the talents and virtues wliich conspired to dignify and adorn it.
following Epitaph, evidently intended for himself, was written by Sir William Jones, a short time only before his demise. It displays some striking features of his character; resignation to the will of his Creator, love and good-will to mankind, and is modestly silent upon his intellectual attainments.
Here was deposited,
with an ardour
all his pleasures and all his pains:
and who, having devoted
resigned it calmly,
in the year of our blessed Redeemer,
The Court of Directors of the East-India Company embraced an early opportunity of testifying their respect for the merit of Sir William Jones. By an unanimous vote of the Court, it was resolved, that a monument to his memory should be ordered, for the purpose of being erected in St. Paul's Cathedral, with a suitable inscription, and that a statue of Sir William Jones lould be prepared at the expence of the Company, and sent to Bengal with directions for its being placed in a proper situation there.
The posthumous honours paid to his memory by a society of gentlemen in Bengal,