« ForrigeFortsett »
DEATHS.JAN. which, being the birthday of his old his income, he took a part in the tuition master and kind friend, king George of University College, in conjunction the third, the king was wont to say, with his brother and Mr. Fisher, now "Do not speak to me, Lord Eldon, till master of the Charter House. He also I have paid my respects to you on your read lectures as the deputy of sir Robirthday." He received his youthful edu- bert Chainbers, the Vinerian professor cation, under the care of the rev. Hugh of common law. This was from 1774 Moises at the grammar school of Newcas. to 1776; on the 9th February, in the tle, and at the early age of fifteen was sent latter year, he was called to the bar, to the university of Oxford. In those and quitted Oxford for the metropolis, days, the few stage coaches were known He gave his attention principally to by their armorial bearings, and the conveyancing, and the practice of the never forgotten motto upon the New courts of equity; but, after some years castle coach that conveyed the young of laborious study, his prospects were man to Oxford was,
so discouraging, that he resolved to quit "Sat cito, si sat bene.''
London, and practise as a provincial
counsel in his native town. However, This was in 1766, in which year he in the spring of 1781, in consequence of was matriculated and admitted a com. the occupations of Mr. Cowper not per: moner of University College, under the mitting him to attend as leading counsel tuition of his brother, the late Lord in the case of the Clithero election Stowell, then an eminent scholarin that petition, for which he was retained, society. Jobo Scott was elected fellow Mr. -, the solicitor for the petition, of university, July 11, 1767; proceeded resolved to entrust the conduct of the to the degree of bachelor of arts, Feb. cause to Mr. Scott, who then lived in a 20, 1770; and gained the chancellor's small house in Carey-street. After he prize, “On the advantages and disad- had retired to bed, he was awakened by vantages of foreign travel," in 1771. the offer of the brief in the matter, Ms. Scott's original destination appears which was to be argued the next mornto have been the church and his pros. ing before a committee of the House of pects in that profession were sufficiently Commons. Mr. Scott, after some deli. encouraging, when a circumstance oc- beration, said, “ It is at this short nocurred which at once destroyed every tice impossible for me to argue the prospect of preferment from college, and case ; but, if you will be content with even rendered it doubtful by what means my stating the facts to the committee, he was to procure a maintenance. This and they will grant me a short indul. was Mr. Scott's marriage with Miss gence, I will endeavour to make myself Surtees, a young lady of Newcastle, to master of the law, and will do my best." whom he was ardently attached, and With this condition the solicitor was to whom he resolved to unite himself in satisfied. defiance of the advice of his friends, and Mr. Scott was ready before the mornto all appearance, of common prudence. ing with a knowledge of the facts, and It was afterwards resolved that he appeared before the committee. Having should be called to the bar, and taking stated his case at some length, and with lodgings at the university, he applied great perspicuity, he explained the situhimself to unremittingly to the study ation in which he was placed, and his necessary for that profession, that great unavoidable inability to do any justice fears were entertained by his medical to the merits. “I hope," he added, friend and adviser, of his undermining “ that I am not improperly trespassing, his constitution. It is no matter, by venturing to solicit a few hours' inMr. -," said the late chancellor, in dulgence.” It was instantly granted. reply to his remonstrances on the sub- The ability which he manifested was ject," I must either do as I am now soon circulated through the profession, doing, or starve." Mr. Scott proceeded with the report that he had resolved to to the degree of M.A., February, 1773, leave London. Mr. Mansfield and Mr. baving been admitled a member of the Wilson, two of the most eminent counMiddle Temple in the preceding month. sel, conjured him not to quit WestmiaWith the exc on of keeping term, Hall. They assured him that his be resided, however, in or near Oxford. success was certain, and accordingly he During this time, in order to increase shortly after became the leader on the
DEATHS.JAN. northern circuit. The great lord Thur- bis leaving court at the conclusion of low soon understood, and therefore ap- the trial. The real character of his preciated, his abilities; he would have proceedings in the execution of his bestowed upon him a mastership in office may be inferred from the followChancery, which, however, Mr. Scott ing fact. A few weeks after these declined. His powers now became ma- trials, sir John Scott met, in Westminnifest, and, in 1783, a patent of prece- ster Hall, Mr. Horne Tooke, who walked dence was granted him by lord Lough- up to him, and said. “Let me avail borough, then first commissioner of the myself of this opportunity to express great seal. In the same year, Mr. Scott my sense of your humane and considewas introduced into Parliament, upon rate conduct during the late trials.” Lord Weymouth's interest, for the In 1796, sir John Scott was returned for borough of Weobly, for which he con- Boroughbridge as the colleague of sir tinued to sit until 1796.
Francis Burdett. On the death of sir From the first, Mr. Scott attached James Eyre he succeeded him as lord himself to the party of Mr. Pitt, who chief justice of the Common Pleas; and, was his personal friend, and with whom on the 18th of July, 1799, was raised to he always remained upon the most inti. the peerage as baron Eldon, of Eldon, mate and cordial terms. As a parlia in the county of Durham. But this was mentary speaker, Mr. Scott's merit was only a foretaste of the honours wbich considered inferior to his professional his consummate knowledge and ability abilities
as a pleader. In the month of were certain to secure; and accordingly, June 1788, Mr. Scott was appointed in 1801, he became lord high chancellor solicitor-general, and was knighted—an of England. In the same year he was honour which it appears he was desirous nominated high steward of the univerof declining, but it was insisted upon sity of Oxford by the Duke of Portland, by his Majesty. Only one instance had then chancellor of the university; a then occurred of a solicitor - general nomination ratified by the unanimotes being knighted since 1723, though sub- vote of convocation, by which the desequently it has becoine customary. gree of D.C.L. by diploma was imme. Shortly after this time, his Majesty's diately after conferred upon him. We first illness occurred, and the country may also here notice lord Eldon's mewas in consequence much agitated upon morable contest with the late lord Grenthe regency question. The Bill intro- ville for the chancellorship of Oxford in duced by Mr. Pitt on that occasion was 1809. The three candidates were, the drawn by sir John Scott; to whom late duke of Beaufort, lord Grenville, and also are attributed the line of conduct Jord Eldon; and the exertions made by adopted by the minister, and the truly their several friends were perbaps never constitutional doctrines for which he equalled in the annals of academical contended. Sir John Scott's progress elections. The result, after a poll that towards the highest honours was certain lasted throughout one day and night, but gradual. On the 13th of February, and part of the next day, was — For 1793, he was appointed attorney-general, Lord Grenville, 406; Lord Eldon, 393; which office he held for six years. Dur. Duke of Beaufort, 238. In the year ing that time his labours were unre- 1830, a law scholarship was founded at mitting. Often was he seen at five Oxford, by the subscription of many o'clock in the morning in Lincoln's-inn• distinguished persons, in honour of the fields, walking to his chambers. Among earl of Eldon. Lord Eldon resigned the the most painful duties of his high great seal on the 7th of February, 1506; office, may be mentioned the prosecu. he was re-appointed April 1, 1807, tion, in the year 1794, of Thomas from which period he continued in office Hardy and Mr. Horne Tooke, and other until 1827, being altogether a period of defendants, for high treason. These nearly twenty-five years. prosecutions, it ought to be known, were Testimonies to the judicial merit of always against the advice of Sir John Lord Eldon are so common, that the Scott. As the active agent of govern- difficulty lies in selection. Perhaps that ment, on this occasion, he incurred, of sir Samuel Romilly is the highest in however, considerable odium among point of authority. He stated in the the populace, who even shewed a dis- House of Commons, on the 7th March, position to acts of personal yiolence on 1811, " that there nøyer was a man in DEATHS.JAN. the court of Chancery who more en Corfe castle, county of Dorset. By his deared himself to the bar, or exhibited will, Jord Eldon, after providing for his more humane attention to the suitors. daughters and their children, left all There never presided in that court a the residue of his vast property to the man of more deep and various learning present earl of Eldon, with remainder in his profession; and in anxiety to do over to the male children of his daughjustice, that court had never seen, he ters in succession, in the event of his would not say the superior, but the lordship (who has three daughters) not equal, of the lord chancellor. If he had having male issue. The personal proa fault, it was an over-anxiety to do perty was sworn to be under 700,0001. justice. His reported judgments are The body of the ex-chancellor was recontained in twenty volumes; and of moved on Monday, January 22, for inthe whole, few indeed have been re- terment to Kingston, county Dorset, the versed. To complete our view of his parish in which his estate of Encombe labours as chancellor, we have only fur- is situated. It was attended out of ther to consider that during his occupa- town by a train of more than eighty tion of the office, its legal business was carriages, including those of two niemat least doubled, whilst its political bers of the royal family, and other disduties and anxieties were certainly tinguished personages. greater than at any former period. At 13. At Frankfort, Ferdinand Ries, a the coronation of King George the distinguished master of modern German Fourth, the lord chancellor was pro- music, and performer on the pianoforte. moted to the dignities of viscount En- 14. At his house near Kingston, combe and earl of Eldon, by patent county of Dublin, aged 74, Sir William dated July 7, 1821, in which it was ex. Stainer, bart, alderman of Dublin. pressly stated, by his majesty's special 15. At the Broadway, Westminster, desire, that the said titles were con- aged 67, the celebrated vocalist, Mrs. ferred " in consideration of his pro- Bland. She was born at Caen, in Norfound knowledge of the laws of his mandy. Her parents were Italians, and country, and the distinguished ability they came to London shortly after she and integrity which he had invariably was born.
When she was only four evinced in administering them in his years old her vocal powers were extrasaid office of chancellor, during a period ordinary. She sang at Sadler's Wells, of nineteen years." His lordship finally when under five years of age, and when resigned the seal April 30, 1827, having so little, that to ensure her being seen, she then kept it for a longer period than any was placed on a table. After performing of his predecessors. He would probably at various minor and provincial theatres, have inclined to persevere in the la- she made her first appearance at Drury bours of office for some years longerLane in 1789. In 1791 Colman engaged could he conscientiously have agreed in her for the little theatre in the Haythe policy of yielding to the Roman market; and subsequently wrote for her Catholic claims. With regard to his characters in all his musical dramas. personal temperament, Lord Brougham In 1822 she began to exhibit symptoms said of him in the House of Commons, of mental imbecility, which rapidly inin 1818," A more kindly disposed judge creased upon her; it proved to be a to all the professional men who practise low nervous disorder, nearly allied to in his court never perhaps existed.”— melancholy madness, In 1834 a beneBy the lady already mentioned, Eliza. fit was got up for her at Drury-lane, beth, davghter of Aubone Surtees, esq., the proceeds of which, with other sums, banker, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the were vested in an annuity, which she earl of Eldon had two sons and two enjoyed till her death. Mrs. Bland's daughters, viz. the hon. John Scott, died voice was a mezzo soprano, of great in 1805, leaving issue one son, John, sweetness and flexibility; her style was now earl of Eldon; Lady Elizabeth, pure, and her intonation perfect. She married to George Stanley Repton, esq. was practically and theoretically a good architect; the hon. William Henry John musician, and in Handel's sacred pieces Scott, barrister at law, who died in she peculiarly excelled. As an actress, 1832; and lady Frances Jane, married to she was arch and sprightly. the rey. Edward Bankes, prebendary of 16. Suddenly, at the residence of his Gloucester and Bristol, and rector of son-in-law in Dartmouth, Richard HarDEATHS-JAN. rison Pearson, esq. vice-admiral of the he was charged by his majesty to direct blue.
and report on a series of observations on - At his seat, Linley wood, county the tides along the whole of the Dutch of Stafford, James Caldwell, esq. a coast, which report was transmitted to magistrate and deputy lieutenant of that professor Whewell, of Cambridge. Among county, and for many years recorder of the various papers which he transmitted Newcastle-under-Lyne, aged 78. to England for publication, was one to
In Hill street, aged 77, the right Sir David Brewster on the invention of hon. Sarah Countess of Essex.
the telescope ; another on the result of 17. At his seat, Broinley-hill, Kent, his experiments upon the velocity of aged 77, the right hon. Charles Long, sound; a third on the comparison of baron Farnborough, of Bromley - hill British, French, and Dutch weights, Place, G.C.B., a privy councillor of Eng. which was published in the Journal of land and Ireland. Lord Farnborough the royal institution, August 1831 ; and was a person of considerable taste and a fourth on the solar eelipse, 7th of Accomplishment, particularly in paint. September, 1820. Several years since, ing, and has been called "the Vitruvius his sovereign conferred on him the order of the present age.” He printed a pam- of knighthood. The citizens of Edinphlet on the projected improveinentsburgh, on the meeting of the British and alterations in the metropolis, called Association in 1834, honoured him with “Remarks on the Improvements in the freedom of the city, and the UniverLondon, 1826," 8vo. He was also the sity that of a doctor's degree, which, author of a sketch of the character of however, he had already acquired ja Pitt, which he wrote for Gifford's Life Holland. In the year 1825, he was of that great statesinan,
offered, but declined, the professor's At Ainsterdam, aged 63, Pro- chair at Leyden (which is considered fessor Moll. He was born in the same higher in rank and emolument than that city, on the 18th of January, 1785, of Utrecht), The University and the About the year 1800 he was placed as city of Utrecht testified their sense of clerk in a mercantile house of great this mark of his attachment by placing respectability, for the purpose of acquir- at his disposal a considerable sum of ing a general knowledge in mercantile money for the extension of bis collection allairs; and although a young man of of astronomical and other instruments, independent fortune, he performed the which valuable collection, together with duties of the office with assiduity and bis library, he bas, by will, left to the attention. All his leisure time, how- university. His knowledge of the Eng. ever, mas devoted to the study of ma- lish language, and his great facility in thematics and Astronomy. His father both writing and speaking it, are well perceiving the turn of his mind, al- known. He also had an equal com. lowed him to relinquish commercial mand of the French and German laopursuits, and to follow his inclination. guages. This was about the year 1806. He - At Bath, aged 61, Henry Haynes, forth with cominenced a regular course esq. a Post Captain, R.N. of studies under his friend Prof. Van 18. At North Aston, Oxfordshire, Swinden, at Amsterdam; thence be aged 64, the right bon. Thomas Scott, proceeded to Utrecht, and finally to second Earl of Clonmel. Paris. In December 1812, he was ap. Aged 65, the hon. James Ramsay, pointed profossor of mathematics and a lieutenant-general in the army, and natural philosophy at the university of governor of Carlisle ; brother to general Utrecht, and was subsequently intrusted the earl of Dalhousie, G.C.B. and to by his majesty the king of the Nether. Lord Panmure. Jands with many important charges. 19, At Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, in der During a considerable period, he had the 80th year, Anne, widow of the hos. superintendance of the “Waterstaat," Henry Pane, uncle to the earl of Westcomprising all the measures requisite for moreland, the protection of that country from inun- 21. Ac Hood house, near Totnes, dation ; the care also of the chronometers lieutenant-colonel John Humphery Edbelonging to the royal navy, was in ward Hill, C.B. trusted to him; and he was one of the Aged 64, the hon, Philip Wodethree examiners of naval officers previous house, vice-admiral of the white; next to their receiving appointments. In 1835, brother to lord Wodehouse.
DEATHS.-Fuß. 23. In Belgrave square, aged 76, the deceased, Princes Philip and DoPascoa Grenfell, esq.
minick. 24. At Abingdon, aged 64, Sir Charles 27. At Eton, in bis 63d year, Mr. Saxton, of Circourt, bart.
Edward Williams of that place, and of In Brompton row, aged 39, Mr. 186, Fleet street, London, for inany Joho Reeve, a popular comic actor. Eton the respected publisher of the
Lately. At Islington, John Jones,
years Classics, &c. bookseller to the col sessing a strong original force of mind, 28. At Oxford, aged 66, Johnny Holimproved by laborious study. He wascall. loway, whose height was little more ed to the bar in 1803, but some ill-judged than three feet. The likeness of this conduct on his part destroyed all prospect diminutive being has often appeared in of success in the profession of the law. the show-windows of visiting artists. He He possessed considerable critical know- always walked on crutches. ledge as a Greek scholar, and was deeply 30. At Bath, aged 65, the right hon. read in the manuscript records of this Henrietta Charlotte Elizabeth Countess and other countries. His printed works of Stamford and Warrington. are :-translated travels of Dr. Bagge -, At Brighton, Lady Campbell, the in the French Republic from the Danish, wife of lieutenant-colonel Charlewood, 8vo. 1801 ; De Libellis Famosis, or the and daughter of the late celebrated Jolin Law of Libel, 8vo. 1812; Cyfamod Hunter. Newydd, or the Gospels translated into Lately. At Newtonbreda, Sarruel OliWelsh from the Greek, 12mo. 1818; ver, aged 104. He was admitted outand an 8vo. volume of the History of pensioner of Chelsea hospital in April Wales. Notwithstanding his unwearied 1775, at which time he was discharged industry, and extensive acquirements, for being consumptive, and had been Dr. Jones's path through life was not receiving the pension from that time till prosperous, and at the time of his death his death. he even suffered from the pressure of At Dublin, in the 100th year of pecuniary difficulties.
his age, John White. He enjoyed ex24. In Kensington union workhouse, cellent health and all his faculties until aged 79, a Swedish baron, Charles Kier- a few days before his death. rull. He was admitted by direction of the magistrates of the police office,
FEBRUARY Marylebone, being found in a state of destitution, on the 24th of November. 3. At Pau, in the Pyrences, aged 35, He left by his will 601. to the charity lord George Hervey, second son of the (the union), 101. to the master, 51. to the
marquess of Bristol, matron for mourning rings, and thus 4. In Dublin, aged 58, the right hon. concludes his will, which he addressed Somerset Richard Butler, third earl of to the master, Mr. French, "may God Carrick, county of Tipperary, (1748) and bless you for the kindness you have tenth yiscount'Ikerrin, (1629); a represhown to the unfortunate Charles Baron sentative peer for Ireland, and a trustee Kierrulf, brigadier-general."
of the linen manufacture. 26. At his rectory, Great Horkesley, Essex-In his 70th year, Thomas Essex, in the 76th year, the right rev. Humm, the Lexden miser. This man William Ward, D.D), bishop of Sodor possessed estates at Lexden, Colchester, and Man, a prebendary of Salisbury, and at Brightlingsea, besides money in rector of Great Horkesley, and of Alp- the funds, yet was bis appearance that bamstone, Essex.
of the commonest mendicant. When At Elmdon ball, aged 83, the he went to London to receive bis divi. right bon. Jane Countess Dowager of dends, he used to beg his way to town. Rosse.
He had a great number of guineas about At Rome, Prince Louis John thirty years ago, and could never be in. Andrea Doria Panfili Lundi, Prince of duced to part with them. Valmonton, &c. The Doria family, 5. At his residence in London, Thomas which has great possessions in the papal Creevey, csq. M.A. barrister-at-law, one dominions, in Naples, and Sardinia, has of the commissioners of Greenwich lost five of its members in a few years. hospital. The preservation of this illustrious
At Thorpe Constantinc, Stafford Dame depends on the two sons of shire, aged 64, William Philip Inge, esq.