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Theatre.—Lieut.-Gen. Burne.— Sir F. Hennicker.—Lord Langford.—Henry Woodthorpe, Town Clerk of London.—Lady Elphinstone.-Mrs. F. A. Harrison, formerly Matron of the Charter-house. —The Earl of Donoughmore.— Lady Eyre. Sir James Bland Lamb, Bart. D. C. L. when known by the name of Burges, distinguished himself in politics and literature. He was the only son of George Burges, Esq. a military officer, and afterwards comptroller general of the customs in North Britain, and was born at Gibraltar, June 8, 1752. He was about seven years under the tuition of the Rev. Dr. Somerville, author of “The History of the Reign of Queen Anne, &c.” during which time he attended for the space of two years the University of Edinburgh. He was then placed at Westminster school, where he continued till Christmas 1769, when he was removed to University College, Oxford, and placed under the tuition of Dr. Scott, (now Lord Stowell). Having left the University in 1773, he made the tour of France, Italy, Switzerland, and part of Germany. On his return he attended the courts in Westminster hall ; and in Easter Term, 1777, was called to the bar by the society of Lincoln's Inn. On the 19th of June that year, he married the Hon. Elizabeth Noel, second daughter of Edward Viscount Wentworth, who died in 1779, without issue.
he had ten children. In 1783 apared his “ Considerations on the Law of Insolvency,” 8vo. ; and a “ Letter to the Earl of Effingham on his lately proposed Act of Insolvency,” 8vo. In very early life he formed a close intimacy with Mr. Pitt and the late Duke of Leeds, who, being anxious to attach him to their party, prevailed upon him to embark in political affairs. In 1787 he was returned M. P. for Helston in Cornwall, and in 1790 re-chosen. In August 1789 he was appointed one of the under secretaries of state for the Foreign department. In the course of that year, Mr. Burges published an “Address to the Country Gentlemen of England and Wales, on County Courts,” 8vo.; and in 1790, “Letters on the Spanish Aggression at Nootka," 8vo. published under the signature of Verus. He also privately printed a “Narrative of the Negotiations between, France and Spain in 1790.” In 1794, Mr. Burges, Evan Nepean, and S. Cotterell, Esqrs. were appointed joint commissioners of the privy seal. Mr. Burges and another under secretary of state were the founders of “The Sun Newspaper,” under the sanction of Mr. Pitt. Among the effusions of wit, humour, and satire with which he enlivened the columns of that newspaper in its early days, were a series of verses, entitled “The Casuist,” in which he pourtrayed the chief members of the opposition at that period; and several tales, among which was “The Bishop's Wig.” Of a graver cast were a series of Letters under the signature of Alfred, in which he took a comprehensive view of the several states, political objects, and and relative interests of all European governments. On resigning his office of under secretary of state, he was created, Oct. 31, 1795, a Baronet, of Burville, Berks; and was also appointed for life Knight Marshal of the King's Household. In 1796 he published a poem, entitled “The Birth and Triumph of Love,” 4to. The plan was taken from a series of plates, “The Birth and Triumph of Cupid,” published by Mr. P. W. Tompkins. During 1799 and 1800, Sir James was engaged in composing and printing an heroic poem in eighteen books, celebrating the character and achievements of Richard the First. Whilst it was passing through the press, he sent copies to many of his poetical friends, for their opinion on its merits. They were accomo by the following note:– “Sir James Burges takes the liberty of requesting that, as this is merely a private impression of a very few copies, for the sole purpose of obtaining a candid criticism of the work, it may not be shewn to any one. In this confidence, he has the honour to send it to Mr. The remainder is printing, and will be forwarded as soon as possible.”—At the sale of his library, three of these copies, each containing the above note, were sold ; one “ with remarks and corrections by J. Anstey;” another with very discouraging “remarks, corrections, and general observations throughout, by Mr. Boscawen;” and the third with particularly flattering “remarks throughout, and an autograph letter, by Richard Cumberland.” A fourth copy followed, “collated by Sir J. B. Burges, with Cumberland, Sotheby, Fitz
gerald, Pye, Anstey, Boscawen, and Archd. Nares; manuscript letter of Mr. Boscawen's inserted.” The poem was finally published in 2 vols. 8vo. 1801. A few years after he produced, in conjunction with Mr. Cumberland, “ The Exodiad.” His play of “Riches, or the Wife and Brother,” founded on Massinger's “City Madam,” and acted at the Lyceum Theatre by the Drury Lane Company, was published in 8vo. 1810; and to him has been ascribed the Comic Opera of “Tricks upon Travellers,” never printed. The Romance of “The Dragon Knight" was undoubtedly his. Sir James the third time entered the matrimonial state, by marrying, Sept. 8, 1812, Lady Margaret, daughter of James, fifth Earl of Balcarras, and relict of Alexander Fordyce, N Esq. By her, who also died before him, December 1, 1814, he had no issue. M. Le Vaillant.—M. Le Vaillant was born at Samaraibo, in Dutch Guyana. His taste for natural history manifested itself from early infancy. His voyages to the Cape of Good Hope, and his travels in the interior of Africa and America, added greatly to the stock of knowledge in natural history, and proved his indefatigable zeal in the interests of science: to him naturalists owe the discovery of many species heretofore unknown, or imperfectly described. The garden of plants, and the cabinet of natural history, at Paris, were enriched with his collections, including the giraffa, or camelopardelis, eighteen feet high, a great variety of parrots, and birds of paradise. He left in literature his “Two Voyages to the Cape of Good Hope,” and “The Natural
tural History of African and American Birds, Birds of Paradise, and Parrots.” He died at Sazanne at an advanced age. Wenvitzer, the actor.—He died at obscure lodgings in Wild-passage, Drury-lane, under circumstances of pecuniary distress. He died indebted to his landlady 14t., the payment of which she never urged during his illness; but after death, hearing that he had relations, she determined on having her money, or at least the value of it. A handsome coffin was provided, in which the remains of the unfortunate actor were deposited, and every arrangement made for the funeral, when the landlady made her demand, and a man was placed in possession. Information was forwarded to one of his relations, and ultimately the body was taken from the coffin and conveyed in a shell to interment. He was a native of London, where he was brought up as a jeweller, which business he exchanged, at an early period, for the honours of an actor's life. Having got some experience in his new professional course, he at length made his debut at Covent Garden Theatre, as Ralph, in the opera of “The Maid of the Mill,” which character he sustained for the benefit of his sister, who, about the year 1785, was held in some estimation both as an actress and singer. Wewitzer's exertions were crowned with success, and indicated so much promise of utility in his profession, that he was engaged by the house, where he soon distinguished himself in the representation of Jews and Frenchmen. He next repaired to Dublin for a short time, under the management of Ryder, and on his
return he resumed his situation at Covent Garden; here he remained till, unfortunately, he was induced to undertake the management of the Royalty Theatre; but, on the failure of that concern, he became a member of the Drury-lane company, with which he continued to perform till the close of his theatrical career. He died at the advanced age of 76, and was in his latter years an annuitant on the Covent Garden Theatrical
Fund. Sir Robert Dallas, Knt. Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.He was the eldest son of Robert Dallas, Esq. of Kensington, by Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. James Smith, minister of Kilberney, in Ayrshire. Being intended from his infancy for the bar, he received a good education, and he determined to accustom himself to public speaking. It is well known that Mr. Burke commenced his career as an orator, and distinguished himself in Bow-lane, before he attempted to shine in St. Stephen's Chapel. Mr. Garrow also prepared himself for Westminster-hall, by his previous attendance at the Westminster forum; while the subject of this memoir initiated himself at coachmaker's-hall, and was allowed by his auditors to be a very correct and eloquent speaker. On being called to the bar, he obtained considerable practice at nisi prius, and went the circuit; but was brought into public notice by being one of the counsel employed by Mr. Hastings on his impeachment. He also distinguished himself on several other occasions, more especially before committees on contested elections, which led to a silk gown, as king's * n In the second imperial parliament, which met, in 1802, he was returned for St. Michael's, Cornwall; but succeeding Sir V. Gibbs as Chief Justice of Chester, Montgomery, Flint, and Denbighshire, a new writ was ordered, Feb. 1, 1805, and he was succeeded by the eldest son of the Duke of Buccleuch. In the same parliament he was returned for the district burghs of Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland, and Dysart, vacant through Sir J. St. Clair Erskine becoming Earl of Rosslyn. In 1808 was published his “Speech in the Court of King's Bench, on a motion for a new trial in the case of King v. Picton,” 8vo. In 1813 he was appointed one of the Puisne Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, and Nov. 5, 1818, was sworn Chief Justice, in the room of Sir Vicary Gibbs, who had resigned. On the 19th of November following he was sworn a privy counsellor. In November, 1823, he signified his retirement from the chief justiceship, on account of the fatigues of official exertion, which had much impaired his health. Sir Robert Dallas spoke less frequently in the House of Commons, while member, than might have been expected from his professional oratory ; he, however, made a long and able speech, May 24, 1803, in favour of the minister's conduct respecting France. Rev. Dr. Parr.—He was born at Harrow. His father was a surgeon in that place, and his paternal grandfather was rector of Hinckley, in Leicestershire. He was at the head of Harrow school in his fourteenth year; and on the death of the Rev. Dr. Sumner, who strongly recommended him
as his successor, he was only not appointed to the head-mastership on account of his youth. At Harrow his friendship commenced with Sir William Jones and the Right Rev. Dr. Bennet, late Bishop of Cloyne. Almost all the boys in the upper part of Harrow school accompanied him when he removed, to establish himself at Stanmore, soon afterwards. He was successively master of the grammar-schools of Colchester and Norwich; and in 1780 received his first ecclesiastitical preferment, the rectory of Asterby, in the diocese of Lincoln. In the year 1785, the exchange of Asterby for the perpetual curacy
of Hatton, brought him into War
wickshire, where he continued to reside till his death. Dr. Parr was married, first to Jane, of the ancient house of Mauleverer, in Yorkshire; and afterwards to Mary, sister of the late Rev. James Eyre, of Solihull. By his first wife he had several children, all of whom died in their infancy, except Sarah and Catherine. Of these daughters, both of whom he survived, the former was married to John Wynne, Esq. of Garthmeilo, in Denbighshire, and left two daughters, now living, Caroline and Augusta, the eldest of whom is the wife of the Rev. John Lynes, rector of Elmley Lovet. In addition to the small benefice before mentioned, Dr. Parr held the living of Graffham, in Huntingdonshire, to which he was presented by Sir Francis Burdett. Through the kindness and interest of the present Earl of Dartmouth's grandfather, he also obtained from Bishop Lowth a prebend of St. Paul's Cathedral, which, though for many years of little value to
- him, him, was happily the means of securing him, to an ample degree, otium cum dignitate, in the decline of his life. His classical knowledge, which, however, formed but a part of his many and great at"tainments, placed him far above all his contemporaries in that department of learning; and his death has occasioned a chasm in literature which it will be easier to lament than supply. In the course of his long protracted illness, appearances were, more than once, so favourable as to excite in the minds of his family and his physicians, the strongest hope of his recovery; and to diffuse, through a large circle of those who loved and honoured him, a joy proportioned to the distress which alarming reports had previously produced. But about twelve or fourteen days before his death, all these flattering hopes took their flight. From that time he gradually declined, the vital powers slowly, almost imperceptibly wasting, till exhausted nature sunk, and he gently expired, having completed his 78th year on the 26th of February. Mrs. Franklin, wife of Captain John Franklin, R.N. one of those gallant officers who have been employed in the northern expeditions, so honourable to the enterprising spirit of this country. Mrs. Franklin had not less distinguished herself in the province of literature, by works of poetical and scientific merit. She was one of the daughters of the late Mr. Porden, the architect. Her poem entitled “The Veils,” has been much admired. At Islington, Jan. 26, Alexander Tilloch, LL.D. M. R. I. A. M. R. A. S. Munich, M. G. S.
M.A.S. S.S. A. Edinburgh and Perth, M.S. E. I.N. of France, &c. &c. He was a native of Glasgow, and born 28th Feb. 1759. His father, Mr. John Tilloch, filled the office of magistrate for many years. Alexander, being designed for business, received in the place of his nativity, an education which in Scotland is so much more accessible than in England. Ardent in the pursuit of knowledge, and sanguine in his expectations, the occult sciences, in early life, at one time attracted much of his attention; and when animal magnetism was introduced into this country, its novelty and charms were not without their influence on his youthful mind. The magic, however, of this delusive science soon ceased to operate; yet judicial astrology he was never disposed to treat with sovereign contempt. Among the various branches of science and the mechanic arts, literature was that which chiefly struck his attention; and though totally uninstructed, he soon conceived that the mode of printing, then in constant practice, was susceptible of considerable improvement. He accordingly hit upon the expedient, when the page was set up in type, of taking off an impression in some soft substance, in its comparatively fluid state, that would harden when exposed to the action of fire, and thus become a mould to receive the metal when in a state of fusion, and form a plate every way correspondent to the page when the first impression was received. This with him laid the foundation of the stereotype printing. He began his experiments in 1781, and in 1782 having brought his plates to a state of comparative