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1891.) OBITUARY.-James Humphreys, Esq.
181 treated ber to accompany bis daughter in which some of the royal family did to Tournay, and stay till he could en. not give her some token of kind regage a proper person to take the place membrance. To a letter, offering for of governess. To this Madame de Gen- her acceptance splendid aparimellis in lis consented ; and as circumstances the palace of the Thuilleries, where ibe prevented the Duke of Orleans from present reigning family of France are procuring another governess for bis expected in a short time to take up their daughier, she retained the situation. own abode, tbe Countess was engaged When the Austrians reconquered
in writing a grateful denial, and her Flanders, Madame de Cienlis withdrew reasons for it, to his Majesty, until with her pupil to Switzerland, and nearly three o'clock in the morning of wi-hed to serile at Zug, where they ber decease. At ibat bour she was put were joined by the Duke de Chartres, to bed, and at ten o'clock she was found who always retained an affection, a corpse. The wife of General Gerard amounting to veneration, for his go- was her grand-daughter, and was in her verness ; but the magistrales of the house when it was made known tbat town would not permit their stay; and the distinguished lady was no more. General Montesquieu, who had emi. grated to Bremgarten, provided for
JAMES HUMPHREYS, Esg. these exiled and wandering females an asylum in the Convent of St. Clair. Nov. 29. In Upper Woburn-place, The Princess of Orleans shortly alter James Humphreys, Esq. barrister, of quitied Madame de Genlis, and went 10 Lincoln's Inn; author of “ Observations reside under the care of her aunt, the on the English Laws of Real Property." Princess of Conti, who at that period He was a native of Montgomeryshire, resided at Friburgh.
and was introduced to the study of the Madame de Genlis hersell quitted the law as an artirled clerk to the late Mr. Convent of St. Clair in May 1794, and
Richard Yeomans of Worcester. Ar an went to Altona, whence sbe removed to early age, however, be relinquished that Hamburgh. There a Monsieur Revoral branch of the profession, entered himattacked her with ber own weapons
self of Lincoln's Inn, and became a wit and boumour, but she defended her- pupil of Mr. Butler, who was even tben self bravely. She next retired to a a conveyancer of considerable celebrity, farm-house at Silk, in Holstein, where Alter Mr. Humphreys had himself cum. she wrote ber works enritled “ The menced practice, he obtained a respecte Knight of the Swan," “ Rash Vows," able business, derived mostly from the “ The Rival Mothers," and “ The Lic. West of England and Wales ; but he tle Emigrants." She also published " A was seldom employed in large London Refuiation" of the calumnies which had trausartions, nor did he ever, for extent been beared upon her fur ber conduct of practice, rank in the first class of conduring the Revolution.
veyancers. From his first arrival in In ibe year 1800, Madame de Genlis town be professed the most “ liberal" obtained leave to return to France, and opinions ; and was intimate with many Napoleon gave her apartments in the of the popular leaders, from Fox and Arsenal, and a pension. Since that pe- Romilly down to Clifford and Horne riod her pen bas been constantly active ; Tooke. He was also a member of the her works are as numerous as those of Fox Club, and of Browkes's. Voltaire. The “ Theatre of Education" It is not ascertained what credit is is considered much the best of them ; due to the assertion that his famous all, however, are written in a very work was originally undertaken at the graceful style, with much ingenuity, and suggestion of Fox ; but the plan of it display an active mind and an elegant was certainly conceived many years befancy.
fore its completion. Its publication Ever since the return of Louis-Phil- took place in 1826 ; and the public atlippe of Orleans (tbe present King) to tention was speedily attracted so it by France, after the restoration of ibe an article in the Quarterly Review from Bourbons, great kindness has been the pen of his old master, Mr. Butler. shown to this accomplished writer by A long and acrimonious controversy enbis family, up to the last moment of her sued; in the course of which Mr. Humlife. For i wo days previous to her death phreys published his “ Letter to Sir Edshe bad, as usual, been occupied with ward Sugden," and a “ Letter to the her literary and other labours until a Editor of the Jurist.” The main partilate buur. Up to twelve at night, she culars of the controversy will be found was dictating to ber attendant, after in the first volume of « The Law Mawbich she commenced arranging a let- gazine,"—from tbe last number of ter to the King. Scarcely a day passed which publication we glean the facts
OBITUARY.--Henry Mackensie, Esq. [Febr related in the present article. The ex- but difficulties were at length sur: cessive interest wbicb Mr. Humphreys mounted-tbe bouk appeared anony, took in the dispute may be judged from mously—and the warmest enthusiasm the fact that, not content with Baron was excited in its favour. The ladies of Falck's assurance that the Code of the Edinburgb, like those of Paris on the Netherlands was not in operation when appearance of La Nouvelle Héloise, all be wrote, be actually burried over to the fancied themselves with the author. continent to ascertain the trutb by pers But the writer was unknown; and a sonal inquiry of M. Von Maanen. Mr. Mr. Eccles, a young Irish clergyman, Humphreys was the writer of the article was desirous of appropriating the same “ Devise," in the Supplement to Viner's to himself. He accordingly was at the Abridgment; and be delivered a limited pains of transcribing the entire work, number of lectures at the London Uni- and of marking the manuscript with versity. At tbe height of bis fame it erasures and interlineations, to give it was proposed to call him and Mr. Butler the air of that copy in which the author to the Bench of Lincolu's Inn; an ho had wrought the last polish on his piece nour seldom, if ever, conferred on a before sending it to the press. Of course stuff-gown conveyancer.
The motion this gross attempt at deception was not originated, it is believed, with Lord long successful. The Man of Feeling Brougbam and Sir Thomas Denman ; was published in 1771 ; and the éclat and was opposed, and eventually thrown with which its real author was received, out, by Sir Edward Sugden and the pre- when known, induced him, in the same, sent Vice-Chancellor. Mr. Humphreys' or following year, to adventure ibe pubequability of temper, varied knowledge, lication of a poem entitled The Pursuit and fund of anecdote, made him ex- of Happiness. tremely popular in society; and he had Mr. Mackensie's next production was considerable taste in architecture and The Man of the World ; a sort of second sculpture,
part of The Man of Feeling, but, like
most second parts, inferior to its preHENRY MACKENSIE, Esq.
decessor. Dr. Johnson, despising and
abhorring the fashionable whine of sen. Jan. 14. At Edinburgh, aged 85, sibility, treated the work with more as. Henry Mackensie, Esq. author of “The perity ihan it deserved. Man of Feeling."
Julia de Roubigné, a novel, in the He was the son of Dr. Joshua Mac- epistolary form, was the last work of kensie ; and after receiving a liberal this class from the pen of Mr. Maceducation, devoted himself to the law, kensie. It is extremely elegant, tender, and in 1766 became an attorney in the and affecting; but its pathos has a case Court of Exchequer at Edinburgh. Ul of sickliness, and the mournful. Dature timately his practice in that court pro- of the catastrophe produces a sensation duced him about 8001. a year; be be- more painful than pleasing on the mind came comptroller-general of taxes for of the reader. Scotland, with a salary of 6001. a year, In 1773 Mr. Mackensie produced a and altogether his annual income was tragedy under the title of The Prince of upwards of 20001. He married in 1769 Tunis, which, with Mrs. Yates as its heMiss Pennel Grant, daughter of Sir roine, was performed with applause for James Grant, of Grant, by whom he had six nights at the Edinburgh Tbeatre. a family of eleven children.
of three other dramatic pieces by Mr. When very young, Mr. Mackensie was Mackensie, the next was The Shipwreck, the author of numerous little pieces in or Fatal Curiosity. This was ali alteraverse ; and, though of a kind and gentle tion and amplification of Lillo's tragedy temper, the credit which he enjoyed for of Fatal Curiosity, suggested by a perwit induced him occasionally to attempt usal of Mr. Harris's Philological Essays, the satiric strain. It was, however, in then recently published. Sume new tenderness and simplicity-in the plain- characters were introduced with the tive tone of the elegy--in that charming view of exciting more sympathy with freshness of imagery which belongs to the calamities of the Wilmot family: the pastoral, that he was seen to most Rather unfortunately, Mr. Coleman had advantage. He next aspired to the sen- about the same time takeu a fancy 10 timental and pathetic novel; and, in alter Lillo's play. His pruduction was 1768 or 1769, in his hours of relaxation brought out at the Haymarker, in 1782; from professional employment, he wrote, and Mr. Mackenzie's at Cuveni-Garden, what bas generally been considered bis in 1783 or 1784. The Force of Fasbion, masterpiece, The Man of Peeling. At a comedy, by Mr. Mackenzie, was acted first the booksellers declined its publi- one night at Covent-Garden Theatre, in cation, even as a gratuitous offering; 1789; but, from its failure, it was never
183 printed. The White Hypocrite, another Essay on the Education of the Blind," unsuccessful comedy by Mr. Mackensie, &c. In political literature he was the was produced at Covent Garden in the author of a Review of the Proceedings season of 1788-9.
of the Parliament which met first in the Sume years afterwards he and a few of year 1784, and of a series of Letters bis friends, mostly lawyers, who used to under the signature of Brutus. In all meet occasionally at i taveru kept by those exertions which, during the war M. Bayll, a Frenchman, projected the of the French revolution, were found publication of a series of papers on mu- necessary to support the government ra's, manners, taste, and literature, and preserve the peace of the couniry, similar to those of the Speciator. The no person was more honourably or more society, uriginally designated the Taber- usefully zealous. nacle, but allerwards the Mirror Club, Mr. Mackenzie was remarkaby fond consisted of Mr. Mackensie, Mr. Craig, of rural diversions, of fowling, hunting, Mr. Cullen, Mr. Barnalyne, Mr. Mac- and fishing. In private life his converleod, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Solicitor- sation was ever the cbarm and the pride General Blair, Mr. George Home, and of society. Mr. George Ogilvie ; several of whom afterwards became Judges in the su
THOMAS Davison, Esq. preme Courts of Scotland. Of these, Dec. 28. In Bedturu.row, aged 65, Mr. now Sir William Bannatyne, a ve- Thomas Davison, Esq. the eminent nerable and accomplished gentleman of printer, of Lombard-sireet, Whitelriars. the old school, is the only survivor. Mr. Davison was a native of Durham, Their scheme was speedily carried into and was brought up as a printer. effect; and the papers, under the title About forty years ago he comm-liced of the Mirror, of which Mr. Mackenzie business in the metropolis ; and by his was the editur, were published in weekly talents and perseverance greatly contrinumbers, at the price of three pence per buted to the rapid improvement made in folio sheet. The sale never reached the typographic art during his time. beyond three or four hundred in single The beauty and singular correctness of papers ; but the succession of the num. his works spon obtained for him a cunbers were no sooner closed, than the nection with Mr. Murray, Messrs Longwhole, witb the names of the respective man, and Co., and most of the success. authors, were republished in three duo- ful publishers of the day. His skill in decimu volumes. The writers sold the the manufacture, and especially in the copy-right; vut of the produce of wbicb drying of inks, a secret of which he they presented a donation of 1001. to bad for some time the exclusive possesthe Orphan Hospital, and purcbased a sion, greatly aided him in bolding so hogshead of claret for the use of the distinguisbed a rank among bis compeClun.
titors. Out of many others we may seTo the Mirror succeeded the Lounger, lect as specimens of his art Whitaker's a periodical of a similar character, and History of Richmondsbire, the new Ediequally successful. Mr. Mackensie was tion of Dugdale's Monasticon, innumethe chief and most valuable contributor rable editions of Lord Byron's works, to each of these works.
Roger's Italy, &c. &c. These works, by On i be institution of the Royal Society their great accuracy and elegance, will of Edinburgh, Mr. Mackensie became carry down the name of Davison to one of its members; and, amongst the pa posterity, amongst the must eminent of pers with which he enriched the volumes che English typographers. of its Transactions, are, an elegant tri- In private life Mr. Davison was bigbly bute to the memory of his friend Judge esteemed hy a numerous circle of friends, Abercromby, and a Memoir on German to whom his easy and agreeable manTragedy. For this memoir he bad pro- ners made him always welcome ; and cured the materials through the medium those who have had the pleasure of bear. of a French work; but desiring after ing bim sing, will never forget his exwards to enjoy tbe native beauties of quisite taste, or the sweetness of a voice German poetry, he took lessons in Ger- which retained to tbe last all the comnian from Dr. Okely, who was at that pass and freshness of tbat of a young time studying medicine in Edinburgh. man. To bis social qualities was added The fruits of his attention to German a generosity not often exceeded, careliterature appeared further in the year less of self and prompt in answering 1791, in a small volume of translations every call of friendship or distress. His of two or three dramatic pieces. In death will, therefore, be truly lamented, 1793, Mr. Mackenzie edited a quarto and his nemory long fondly cherisbed, volume of “ Poems by the late Rev. Dr. not only by his family, but by a wide Thomas Blacklock, togetber with an and respectable acquaintance.
OBITUARY.-Richard Clark, Esq. F.S.A. (Feb. RICHARD CLAKK, Esq. F.S.A. tbe admiration, and conciliated the afe At Chertsey, in bi, 92d year, Richard Section, of all the numerous individuals Clark, Esq. Chamberlain of London, who witnessed bis faithful and protracted Treasurer of the Royal Hospitals of services. Bridewell and Breblem ; Vice-President Mr. Clark was elected a Fellow of the of obe Huspital for Smali Pus and Vacci. Society of Antiquaries in 1785. He had naciun ; of ibe London Dispersary, a taste for literary company and literary Spitalfields ; tbe City Dispensary, Gro- anecdotes ; of wbich we have proof in the cers' Hall.court ; ibe Rupiure S..ciety; following interesting passage, which we the City of London School, Aldgale, &c. have bren allowed to copy from his own
Mr. Clark was born and baprised in manuscript in the invaluable album bethe parish of St. Bucolph without Ald- longing to Mr. Upcull, of the London gale, in March 1739 ; and amung his Iustitution :earliest recollections was that of buving “ It was Mr. Clark's good fortune, at been present at the execution of Lord about ibe age of fifteen, to have been Luvat in 1746. He was brought up to introlucerl by Sir Jobn Hawkins to ibe the profession of a solicitor, in which he arquaintance of Dr. Samuel Johnson, attained to a very consider able practice. whuse friendship be enjoyed tu ibe last He was elected Alderman of the Ward year of his life. By the Doctor's invila. of Bread-streer in 1776. (on the resignaiion he attended his evening parties ac tion of Benj. Hopkins, Esq., whu had the Mitre Tavern in Fleei-street, where, been elected Chamberlain); and served among other literary characters, were the office of Sheriff in 1777. In 1781 be Dr. Percy afterwards Bishop of Dromure, was a candidate for a seat in Parliament Dr. Guidsmith, Dr. Hankeswurih, &c.; for the Ciry, ihen vacant by the death a substantial supper was served up at of Alderman Kirkman; he was opposed eight o'clock, and the party seldom seby Sir Waikin Lewex, then Luru Mnyur, paraced vill a lace hour; and Mr. Clark who was successtul by a majority of recullocs i bal at all early period of the 2685 to 2387. In 1783 Mr. Alderman murning he with one of the party acClark was elected Treasurer of the companied ibe Ducior to his bouse, Royal Hospitals of Bridewell and Brib- where be found Mrs. Williams, then lem, which office he retained until bis blind, who was preparrd to give them death. In 1784 he was elected Lord tea-which she made and poured out Mayor ; and on the 19th of May 1785, with a degree of elegance. Frequently during his Mayoralty, he was elected bas Mr. Clark visited tbis great and President of Christ's Hospital, on the good man at his house, and met him resignation of Alderman Alsop. This often at dinner parties ; and the lasc pose was resigned on bis becoming time be enjoyed the company of this Chamberlain, and was subsequently great and good man was at ihe Essex filled by the late Sir William Curtis. Head Club, of which, by the Doctor's At the close of bis mayorally, he re- iovisation, be became a member. ceived the unanimous thanks of his “ Mr. Clark's ocrasional retirement, breibren, " for bis constant attention to when bis public duties will permit, is the duties of his office, and to the rights the Purch House at Cherisey, Surrey, of his fellow.citizens ; fur supporting the last residence of that excellent puet the bonour and dignity of the curpura- and good man Abraham Cowley. tion; and for the wise, steady, and firm
“ R. C. 19 Feb. 1894." administration of public justice, during Or Mr. Clark's residence we find tbe tbe whole course of his mayorally." following description in Manning and
On the death of Mr. Wilkes, Mr. Bray's History of Surrey:~"Ju GuildClark was, by the almost unanimous ford-street (Chertsey) is the house suffrages of his fellow-citizens, elected which Conley the poet made bis resiChamberlain of London, in January deuce, and where be died. It is now 1798, and in consequence resigned bis the property and residence of Richard scarlet gown. On every Midsummer. Clark, Esq. Chamberlain of London, day since tbat period be has had the sa- who has built sume additional ruums, tisfaction of receiving tbe unanimous but has religiously preserved all the old suffrages of the livery of London ; and ones and the staircase, the banisters of bis unwearied attention to tbe duties of which are of solid oak, rather rudely the office, bis general complacency of ornamented. One of the bedchambers manners, and the judgment and good is wainscoted with oak in pannels. His taste with which he addressed either the study was a small closet. It ubiained juvenile freemen on their admission, or the name of the Porch House froin a ibe distinguished cbaracters to whom porch which projected cousiderably into the City from time to time presented the street, to the inconvenience of the their public thanks, have ever elicited passengers ; Mr. Clark has removed this
185 porcb, and on the outside of the room present situation, and Charles tbe Sein which Cowley died has placed the fol- cond dined with him ? I confess ( bad lowing inscription :-"The porch of this some ambition to reduce you to the bouse, which projected ten feet into the state in wbich Sir Robert was, when be bigbway, was taken down in the year so reluctantly parted from bis royal 1786, for the safety and accommodation guest, and to have sent you to take posof the public. Here the last accents session of the Mansion-house as merry, flowed from Cowley's tongue.'” A folio but I see you have out-maneuvred me plate of this house, in its original state, -30 I am at your service." was published by Barrow. A plate con- Mr. Clark married Margaret daughter taining both back and front views was of Jubn Pistor, esq. by whom he has left contributed by Mr. Clark to Manning two sons, Richard Henderson Clark, Esq. and Bray's History of Surrey, as was a and the Rev. John-Crosby Clark. His folio engraving, by Basire, of a portrait personal property has been sworn under of Cowley at the age of twenty, from 45,0001. but it is understood that much the original in his possession, considered of his property is vested in trust. curious as an early specimen of crayon There are several portraits of Mr. painting.
Clark; one in the European Magazine “At the end of the town, going to the for May 1806, from a picture by Mather bridge, (it is mentioned in another page) Brown, Esq.; one in the New European were two small almshouses ; some few Magazine for May 1893, painted by years back Mr. Clark removed tbem, Lady Bell; and, lastly, a picture by Sir with consent of the parish, to the end of Thomas Lawrence, for which the CorpoGuildford-street, where he built two ration paid 400 guineas, and which is neat, substantial brick tenements. The now suspended in the Court of Common parisb bas since added four more, two Council. A fine engraving of it bas also on each side of the building, and wbich been published at the expense of the being one story high, form two wings." City. A bust of Mr. Clark, by Sievier,
In the same work, under the parish of was likewise placed in Guildhall by subSt. Thomas in Southwark, it is remarked scription raised by the City officers. that “the bistory of the two famous hospitals will comprise that of the pa
CLERGY DECEASED. risb, the whole of which, except what Dec. 10. At his mother's, Camdenbelongs to Richard Clark, Esq. Cham
terrace, Kensington, the Rev. B. C. Kennell. berlain of London, is tbe property of the Mr. Kennett was eccentric for many years, two foundations."
but the French Revolution, and the incenThe first volume of " Anecdotes,” by diary system in this country, excited him so Miss Lætitia Matilda Hawkins, is dedi- much, that he became monomaniacal, or cated to Mr. Clark,“ because," sbe tells insane on a particular subject. He fancied him, “you are the oldest friend of my that there was a conspiracy against him, family, and because you will be found and that he should be seized as “Swing.' largely a contributor to the amusement To evade the harpies that were in pursuit of of i he reader. I Aatter myself that I him, be went into Mr. Luceti's establishshall deserve the reader's tbanks for res
ment, but soon fancied that Mr. L. also was cuing part of the stores of your retentive in the conspiracy. Dr. Johnson visited him memory from waste, since I find it im- by desire of the friends. They then deterpossible to prevail on you to comidit mined to remove him, under a proper ibem to writing."
keeper, to his own house. Mr. Kennett We have not been able immediately gladly came away, and fancied himself very to turn to any other anecdote in wbich cunning iu persuading Mr. Lucett to come Mr. Clark is personally concerned, ex- with him, as he determined to deliver him cept ove (p. 235) of his going to a musi- into the hands of justice as a conspirator cal party, in order to meet the Duke of against his own life. When Mr. Lucett Leeds, ébe very night he was tu cake left him, at his mother's, he ran out, saying possession of the Mansion-house, on en- be should now be ruined, as the chief enemy tering his Mayoralty. His Grace en- had escaped ! It was in the agony of this deavoured to detain “bis Civic Lord disappointment that he committed suicide, ship" over the bottle; bur, Mr. Clark's by wounding the carotid artery with a sharp babitual temperance remaining firm, be pair of scissors, which were lying on the " at length rose, and good-bumouredly table. said-'Well, I see it will not do ; you Dec. 13. At Wisbech St. Peter's, in are too much on your guard for me. his 85th year, the Rev. Abraham Jobson, Do you recollect we are sitting on the D.D. Vicar of that parish. He was formerly identical spot where stood the house of Fellow of Trin. coll. Camb., where he graSir Robert Viner, when he filled your duated B.A. 1772, being the 11th Wrangler GENT. MAG. February, 1831.