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judgment, and may be read with times and of individuals, much that interest and instruction by those is trifling, or unimportant or unwho wish to gain an insight into founded, and still more

that is the state of literature, and of the illiberal. Mr. Beloe's attachment opinions, manners, &c. of the 16th to bis own religious and political and 17th centuries.

sentiments seems to bave been too The Sexagenarian is a gossiping powerful for his Christian cbarity book, containing, amidst some cu- and candour. rious characteristic anecdotes of the

MR. Pitt's TUTOR.

Mr. Pitt's tutor was so inti- the Senate House under examinamately connected with every thing tion for his degree, Professori relating to his illustrious friend, thought he was not likely to have that we cannot any where more justice done him, and desired Dr. properly introduce what appears in

to see what he could do, he our manuscript about him. This was so much under the influence eminent person's mind is of far too of prejudice against him that he high a stamp to experience any declined it, to his most obvious disthing like mortification or chagrin advantage. at the mention of his origin, and “He felt himself, bowever, bound the rank of his forefathers. It has, in duty and gratitude to acknowindeed, been said, that some remoterledge that never were first impresbranch of the family had been of sions more fallacious.

He was the rank of baronet. Be this as it afterwards admitted to the Bishop may, when our friend first went to on ternis of familiariiy, indeed we the university, he spent a part of may say friendship, and a more the day where he remembered ste. amiable, courteous, excelent man ing the name connected with some never lived. But to ex patiate on lucrative mercantile concern. This these qualities here, would be wauhe afterwards found was the father, dering from the course. Fortuwho, on his son's elevation, retired nately for Dr. Pembroke from business to a very respectable was ihe college selected for Mr. and comfortable residence in the Pitt's place of education. The place where he had lived so long society could then boast of po other and so reputably: and died not long person equally qualified to supersince, full of years and peace. Ou intend the studies of a youih, so our friend's arrival at Cambridge, circumstanced, and so endowed. It Dr. P. was soon pointed out to him, was perfecily natural, that a great and he was at first very unfa- intimacy should be progressively vourably impressed with his forbidformed and cemented between the ding appearance. His countenance instructor and the pupil, and it is was, to his apprehension, strongly alike honourable to both, that ibis marked with harshness and austerity. atrachnient continued without inThis idea weighed so deeply upon terruption to the very last moment his mind that afterwards, when in of Mr. litt's 100 abbreviaied life.

Among If we

Among his other qualities and their duty, unless they enforce the accomplishments, Dr. - had most familiar acquaintance with, one, by the exercise of which he and the repeated contemplation of had atiained the highest distinctions the Elements of Theology.

But in the power of the University to we can only touch on these subjects; bestow; and which could not fail for having much to say of many, it of being peculiarly useful and im- appears necessary to curtail our portant to Mr. Piit in his situation friend's memorandums, and be saof Chancellor of the Exchequer. tisfied with giving their substance, This was a remarkable acuteness even when speaking of those who, and knowledge with respect to like the Bishop of — -, would every thing connected with nume. justify long and circumstantial derical computations. This talent tail. was of course exercised to good ac- “It has been understood that Mr. count. Mr. Pitt was not at all Pitt took much and anxious pains backward in acknowledging the to elevate his tutor and friend to merits of his early instructor, and the see of Canterbury, and that he the claims of his friend.

would have succeeded, but that the mistake not, bis first preferment King considered himself as pledged was a Prebend in Westminster; this to Bishop - Nobody enterwas not held long before in quick tains the smallest doubt that the succession it was followed by a Archbishopric of York was inCanon Residentiaryship, a Deanery, tended for him, if Lord Grenville and a Bishopric.

had continued in office. It is “ In all these situations Dr. equally notorious, that at the decease

proved himself no indolent of Bishop Randolph, the Bishopric consumer of the emoluments of his of London was pressed upon him, high offices : a more vigilant, active, which, however, for various reasons, useful Prelate never adorned the important to himself and his family, bench. The able works which he be declined. There is one more has produced in succession, are to fact to mention concerning this be classed among the most valuable distinguished prelate, and we must publications of modern times. Not have done. alone useful to students in theology, “ A wbimsical old gentleman of to the rights of the church, and the Lincoloshire, whose name was T--, general interests of literature, they conceived a great partiality for the form standard books of reference Bishop, and principally from his and authority for all writers on punctual and conscientious distheological subjects, now and here. charge of the Episcopal duty. after. Perhaps the Refutation of After a few interviews, this attachCalvinism is that which displays ment increased, and be openly most effectually the Bishop's powers avowed his determination to make of argument, extensive reading, and Dr. P his sole heir and recontroversial skill. This work has siduary legatee. But the matter been repeatedly attacked, but never was supposed to be suspended but will be answered. They who shall on a slight thread, for Mr. Thave the charge of pupils intended had done the same by others, and for the Ecclesiastical profession, made similar promises again and uerer can be said to have discharged again. Indeed, if our friend was



rightly informed, the circumstance examination for degree, he was not of his tea not being made one even- able to encounter the fatigues and ing in a manner perfectly agreeable anxieties of the Senate House, and to the old gentleman's palate, was was accordingly put to his probavery near overturning the baseless tion privately in his room. It must fabric. He went home exceedingly have been a vexatious circumstance, chagrined and out of humour; but for he had so distinguished himself on the suggestion that it was ano- in the schools, that it was generally ther's fault, and that the Bishop imagined he would have been the could not possibly help it, he re- senior wrangler of his year. This covered his temper, and suffered honour was, however, well bethings to remain as they were. stowed on a Mr. Oldishaw, a gentleHe died, and the property to a man of Emanuel college, who was very great amount came into the afterwards domestic chaplain to Bishop's possession : the whole Bishop Sutton, and now, if we miscould not be estimated at so little take not, resides on preferment in as two thousand a-year. One Norfolk, given him by his patron, pleasing circumstance attended it: where also he has the rank of Archon felicitating the Bishop on an deacon. event so bighly flattering in itself, Mr. as might naturally and beneficial to his family, bis be expected, was a participator of lordship assured our friend, as ap- his brother's good foriune. He obo pears from the manuscript, that tained the chancellorship of Lthere were no poor relations who and a prebend in the cathedral of could justly complain of being in- N- He was to have been jured. This estate, with its appur- Canon Residentiary of St. Paul's, tenances, has since beep settled on but this, if our information be corthe Bishop's eldest son.

rect, was objected to by the King “ The Bishop had a brother, of himself, who learning that it might Pembroke college also, who was by possibility happen that the Dean nearly our friend's contemporary. with his brother might form a maHe had the reputation of talents jority in the chapter, for this, and which had the same bias as those of for this reason only, refused his. the Bishop, but he was of infirm consent." health; and at the usual time of

ANECDOTES of Porson.

Porson was born at Earl Rus- opportunities he afterwards enjoyed, ton, in Norfolk, on Christmas Day, and so well improved. Porson had

His father was parish-clerk certainly, when quite a child, the to Mr. H., who was also minister practice of making letters on any of B. Mr. H. was a most amiable sandy or moist surface upon whicha and truly benevolent man; and be. they could be conspicuously formed. yond all doubt was the first encou- His relations were wont to draw inrager of Porson's early disposition ferences very favourable to his intelto learning, and the individual also lect, from this circumstance; but to whose exertions he owed the after all, this is a very common


practice, indeed much too frequen: lenophilus, tijat Mr. Summers, to to be considered as any indication whom afterwards Porson went to of a prodigy. Mr. W., who was school, was a plain man, who promentioned in the preceding chap- fessed nothing beyond English and ter, noticed in him very soon an the common rudiments of Latin. extraordinary quickness with regard This is not quite correct. Mr. Sunito figures--this was much more to mers was, and it is presumed is, a the purpose and this be ever re- very respectable scholar. He was tained.

living when this was first written, “ Porson's father and mother april was master of the Free School were both totally destitute of any at Happisburg, in Norfolk. education, except so far as being " Another inaccuracy in that acable to read and write. The father count must also be corrected. It is was a man of exceedingly strong there stated, that at nine years of sense, very silent and very thought- age, Porsou and his youngest broful, and was accustomed with great ther Thomas were sent to the rilregularity to exercise Porson's me- lage school kept by this Mr. Summory. To what an extraordinary mers. But at this period, bis brodegree of perfection exercise finally ther Thomas was not born. It is brought this faculty in the Professor, further remai ked in that publication, must be in the recollection of many; that the Rev Mr. H, heard of Poryet, strange to say, he who wrote son's extraordinary propensity for

, ihis sketch of his friend, has re- study. Of course, the writer could peatedly heard him assert, that he not possibly have known that Pore had not naturally a good memory, son's father was Mr. H.'s parishbut that what he had obtained in clerk. this respect, was the effect of disci- « There is still another error in pline only. His recollection was that memoir, of no immediate conreally wonderful. He has been sequence with regard to Porson, but known to challenge any one lo re- somewhat unaccountable, considerpeat a line or phrase from any of ing the quarter froni which it proihe Grerk dramatic writers, and cerded. It is stated in the Aihe. would instantly go on with the con- næum for Nov. p. 430, that Por. text. The Letters of Junius, the son married Mrs. Lunan, the sister Mayor of Garratt, and many fa- of Mr. Perry, editor of the MornFourite con; positions, he would re. ing Chronicle, in 1795, and that she peat usque ad fustidium. But, to died of a decline in 1797. Whereas return; the solidity and seriousness the fact is, that Porson married Mrs. of Porson's father seem to have Lunau in Nov. 1795, and the lady been well relieved by the cheerful died some time in the April followand sprightly temper of bis mother, ing. The rest of ihe memoir is who was very lively and very light- generally unexceptionable. With hearted. She had a'so a taste for respect to the tulogium passed at poetry, very seldoin met with in the the conclusion of the article in the vise of a cottager; she was familiar Morning Chronicle, these are the with the writings of Siak-peare, sentiments ipsissimis fere verbis, of and could repeat many of his fa- Mrs. H. as expressed to an inquiring vourite and popular passages.

friend. “ It is siaied by the writer in the · I wish it had been suppresserl. Athenæum, who calls himself Hel. The extilor, I have no doubt, liad


the most obliging intentions in the purposes of educating Porson, and world, when he represented me as of maintaining bim at the Univeran amiable and accomplished wo- sity. The individuals who interested man : but I really have no taste for themselves about him, were highly such flattery He must have known, respectable, both with regard to from my siiuation in early life, that their rank, their character, and it was impossible I should possess their number. Among them was any accomplishments. I wish not Bishop Bagot, one other Bishop, to be brought before the public; whose name has escaped, Sir George my only ambition is, at the close of Baker, Dr. Poynter, Dr. Hammond, lite, lo have deserved the character Prebendary of Norwich, &c. Sir of having been a good wife to my George Baker was the Treasurer. husband, and a good mother to my But there was a lady among them, children.'

whose zeal and anxiety concerning "It is impossible to record these Porson, surpassed perhaps that of sentiments, without admiration of her gentlemen coadjutors. This their good sense, modesty, and me was Mrs. Mary Turner, the grandrit. It is with great satisfaction we daughter of Sir Charles Turner ; are enabled to subjoin, that this she was related to Mr. Norris, by lady's busband is a brewer at Col- whom Porson was introduced and tisball in Norfolk, extremely re. recommended to her. She after. spectable, and in fourishiug cir- wards became his principal procumstances.


Her house was always open “ The sentimients of Mrs. H. as 10 him, and wbenever he returned above expressed, demonstrate con- from Eron, to pass his holidays in geniality of feeling with her brother. Norfolk, he enjoyed at Mrs. TurNo man was ever less assailable by ner's house the most constant and flattery, or disliked it more; nor unrestrained hospitality. could any one be possibly more “ Sbe was afterwards entirely alieaverse than he was to be pointed nated from hin; for which the out-digimo prætereuntium. But following reasons have been aldet us proceed.

leged. She was very piously dis“ di the age of nine, Porson was posed, and was exceedingly anxious placed under the care of the above- ihat Porson should go into the mentioned Mr. Summers, by whom church. The decision to which be he was well grounded in Latin. He came, of not subscribing to the remained with him three years. articles, and consequently of reAt twelve, he was taken under the signing his Fellowship, was to her care of Mr. H. who was then em- uiterly incomprehensible, and ex• ployed in the education of his own ceedingly shocked and distressed children ; with him he also con- her. But the publication of his tinued three years. By him he was Letters to Travis gave the coup de introduced to Mr. Norris, of Wit- grace to our unlucky friend. Some fon, the adjoining parish to Bacton; officious person represented this and tbis gentleman became his pro- work to the old lady as a calamnious fessed patron

First, by his ex- atrack upon Christianity, and as ample, and afterwards by bis stre- malignanıly intended io call io nuous recommendation, a subscrip, question the truth of the Gospel. tion was set on foot for the general It could only be the work of an 1817.



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