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1831.) OBITUARY.-T. S. W. Samwell, Esq.-T. G. Bramston, Esq. 273 two daughters : 1. Paul and 2. Paul, whò by his next brother, Wenman Langham borb died in infancy; 3. Sir Richard Paul Watson Samwell, Esq. His remains were Jodrell, Bart. of Magdalen ball, Oxford, deposited in the family vault at Upton, M.A. 1806, who succeeded to bis ba- on the 27th of January, ronetcy in 1817, on the death of his great uncle Sir John Lombe, who took

T. G. BRAMSTON, Esq. that name instead of Hase in 1762, and Feb. 3. Ac Skreens, near Chelmsford, was created a Baronet in 1784 ; be Thomas Gardiner Bramston, Esq., late married in 1814, Amelia Caroline King, M.P. for Essex. daughter of the Earl of Kingston, and He was the eldest son of Thomas has several children ; 4. Edward Jodrell, Berney Bramston, Esq., who was Knight Esq. of Trin. coll. Oxford, M. A. 1811; in Parliament for that county from be inarried in 1812, Mary, 4th daughter 1779 to 1802, and who died in 1813, at of Wm. Lowndes Stone, of Brightwell, in the age of 80. The gentleman now deOxfordshire, Esq. and has issue ; '5. the ceased came forward only on the death Rev. Sheldon Jodrell, of Trin. coll. Camb. of Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey, in March M. A. 1815, Rector of Saxlingham in

1830. He then declared that “his poNorfolk; 6. Sophia ; and 7. Louisa (twin litical principles, wbich had been adoptwith Supbia), who was married to Rich. ed in his early youtb, would ever remain Jennings, Esq. and died in 1826.

the same.

He looked to the Bill of

Rights alone for the privileges and the T. S. W. SAMWELL, Esq.

rights of the people. He looked to the Jan. 15. Ac Upton Hall, near North- time of the Revolution, and avowed him. ampton, Thomas Samwell Watson Sam- self of those principles wbich, in confır: well, Esq. for upwards of forty years one mity with the coronation oath, declared of His Majesty's acting Justices of the that a sovereign of these realms should Peace for the county, a Deputy-Lieut., be a Protestant; and tbat the bishops, and Verdurer of Whittlebury Forest. clergy, and the church were to be main

He was the eldest son of Thos. Atber- tained in their rights and privileges.” ton Watson, Esq. of Bedlington in Nor- After a contest of five days, be was thumberland, by Catherine, daughter of declared duly elected, having polled Sir Thomas Samwell, the second Baronet 1,840 votes, and Henry John Conyers, of Upton, (and his second wife Mary; Esq. ihe opposing candidate, 661. daughter of Sir Gilbert Clarke, of Chilcot The fatigues of bis Parliamentary duin Derbysbire), and sister and beiress ties, however, proved too great for bico. to Sir Wenman Samwell, the 4th and last The late hours of the House were illBaronet. On the decease of Sir Wen- suited to the regularity of bis domestic man in 1789, the family estates de- habits; this, and bis anxiety to serve volved, under the limitations of tbe will his constituents, added to the sudden of Sir Thomas the third Baronet, to his

transitions from heat to cold on the nepbew Mr. Watson, who adopted the breaking up of the House, produced inpame and arms of Samwell, by Act of disposition, accompanied by inflamma. Parliament in the following year.-A pe

tion. Under these circumstances be digree of the family will he found in declined his bonourable post at the Baker's History of Nortbamptonshire, general election in August. He was supvol. I. p. 224.

posed to be recovering from bis tedious In the early part of his life Mr. Sam- illness, when his life was suddenly closed well was in the army, and for several by the bursting of a blood-vessel. years in active service in America and As a private gentleman, be was bethe West Indies. Wbilst attached to the loved for tbe benevolence of bis dis15th Fout, be was taken prisoner at St. position, wbich rendered him accessible Eustatia. After his return to England,

to the humblest class : and in his public he was, in 1803, appointed Lieut.-Col. character as a magistrate be distin, of the old Northamptonshire militia, and guished bimself by his unwearied vigiin 1813 Lieut.-Col. commandant of the lance and anxious exertions for the central regiment of Northamptonshire public benefit. He was a liberal patron Local Militia.

of all cbaritable institutions, and by bis Few persons have passed a more active conduct through life he has secured a and useful life, being always ready to af- lasting respect to his memory. ford bis services at the call of his coun)- Mr. Bramston married, Feb, 6, 1796, try and bis friends, and ever accessible Miss Blaauw, daughter of Wm. Blaauw, to persons of all ranks.

Esq., of Queen Anne-street, by whom He married at St. Kitt's, April 15, he had a numerous family. His son), 1780, Frances, second daughter of the Thomas William Bramston, Esq. married Rev. Hen. Seymour Perfect; but, baving Aug. 12, 1830, Eliza, daughter of the had no issue, is succeeded in his estates late Adm. Sir Eliab Harvey, G.C.B. GENT. MAG. March, 1831.

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274 OBITUARY.-J. T. Batt, Esq.---Captain Stone. [March, JOHN THOMAS BATT, Esq. entertainments;

and bis mind, refreshed March 8. At his seat, New Hall,

hy daily converse with the best authors

of ancient and modern literature, re. Wiltshire, John Thomas Batt, Esq. M.A., Barrister at Law, and one of His Majes

mained fresb and vivid amidst, tbe ty's Justices of tbe Peace and Deputy.

increasing infirmities which pressed, Lieuts. for that county.

though with a gentle band, on his green He was descended from a respectable

old age. Equally ready to discuss ibe family long resident in the parish of

merits of the classics, tbe characters of Duwnton, being the son of John Thomas his contemporaries, or the politics and Batt, M.D., and grandson of William

general topics of the day, the least obBatt, Esq., by Martha, daughter and

serving could scarcely fail to remark the beiress of Jonathan Clarke, of Nunton

peculiar vigour and versatility of intelHouse, Esq. whose ancestors were sel

lect, which ai his age would rapidly pass tled there, and at Falston in the same

from subjects of grave research to enter

with ease into the pursuits and amusecounty, as early as the reign of Elizabeth. Educated at Westminster and Christ ments of the young, or adapt itself to Cburcb, Oxford, Mr. Batt early acquired

the spirit and vivacity of female conand cultivated the acquaintance and

versation. Perhaps no one more thofriendship of many of the most prominent roughly possessed the art of apily accharacters which distinguished the latter

commodating his discourse to his different part of the last century. Having been

companions, without forgetting wbat was called to the bar, he for some time went

due to bimself; and the comitate conthe western circuit, where be obtained

dita gravitas" which marked his address, the confidence of the future premier

was in him not the effort of affectatiun, William Pict, and when that statesman

but the expression of a dignified feeling came into power, he soon gratified his

in bis mind. His observations were aided own feelings of friendship by placing by a diction and voice which a Greek Mr. Batt in an honourable and lucrative

would have called mellifluous. office, we believe that of Auditor for the

tiam enim jam ætatem bominum viveIrish Accounts. In tbis situation be re

bat : nec erat ei verendum, ne vera de se mained many years, enjoying the society prædicans, nimis videretur aut insolens, of Archbishop Markham, Bishop Bar.

aut loquax. Erenim (ut ait Homerus,) rington, Brown, Skinner, Gibbon the

ex ejus lingua melle dulcior Auebat Historian (who chose him for an execu

oratio." tor), Lord Sheffield, and many otbers

To these minor qualifications were equally eminent in public life.

added the more important features of On the dealb of bis uncle, Wm. Batt, unobtrusive piety, active benevolence, of Nunton and New Hall, without cbil

and domestic worih. He saw the gradual dren, the subject of tbis memuir (who approach of dissolution with a reflecting Jan. 14, 1794, married Susan, daughter

but fortitied mind, and, though acknowof James Neave of Nunton, Esq.) suc

ledging his enjoyment in those comforts ceeded to tbe family property; wben be

and, rational recreations which the 10exercised bis taste by architectural im

wearied attentions of bis amiable family provements on bis mansion-house, and

still afforded him, he nevertheless proornamented it by a valuable collection of

fessed a subinissive and christiani resig

nation to the universal law of our pature, paintings. The grounds he adorned with plantations, which he had the rare bap.

and a bumble confidence in the mercy piness of enjoying in their maturity.

of that Providence in another state, “ Ingentem meminit parco qui germine

which in this band happily conducted bim

so far beyond the usual tera allotted to quercun,

our existence, Æquævumque videt consenuisse senem."! In this elegant retirement, which was

CAPTAIN STONE. exchanged in the season for the society of London, be passed the latter years of Feb. 27. Ac the Royal Military Colbis life; and those who enjoyed bis ac- lege, near Bagshot, aged 84, Captain quaintance, will bear witness with the Charles Stone, formerly of the 16th rewriter, how truly the reality of that de- giment of Light Dragoons, and many lightful picture of cultivated and digni- years Paymaster of that Institution. fied old age, represented by his favourite Captain Stone was actively employed Cicero, was exemplified

in America during the war of the RevoHis classical stores, the fruit of a sound lution, and was present witb'a patrul of and early scholarship, were ever at hand, his regiment, commanded by ibe laté to illustrate those varied anecdotes of Earl Harcourt, wben it intercepted and times past with which be delighted the made prisoner Gen. Lee, of tbe American visitors at his hospitable and elegant army, (see the memoir of Earl Harcourt,

bis person:

1831.] OBITUARY.-William Jones, Esq.- Thomas Payne, Esg. 275 in our last volume, pt. ii. p. 177), while George Adams's Works were re-pubthe English troops lay at Pennington in lished by him, with additions and im1776. During bis passage home to provements. To the Encyclopedia BriEngland, he was taken in the English tannica and Rees's Encyclopedia he was Channel by a privateer, and detained a à considerable contributor. prisoner in France for about a year. In the latter period of bis life he was He acted against the “ No Popery" obliged by illness to withdraw from the rioters in London, in the year 1780, at anxiety of business, and chiefly resided the bead of a small party of his regi- at Brigbton, where he was never so ment, with great prudence and firmness; pleasingly engaged as in imparting his and bis exertions materially tended to knowledge to his young and scientifie repress the popular frenzy, then so pre friends. In society he was cheerful and valent in the metropolis. He also served interesting, full of philosophical and on the Staff of the Army in Holland at literary anecdotes, which he oftew dealt different times, under some of the best vut with great good bumour. He has officers in the British Army, of whom it left the entire of his property (excepting may be sufficient to mention the names a few legacies), including an extensive of ihe gallant and lawented Sir Ralph library of scarce mathematical books, to Abercrombie and General Sir David his brother Samuel Jones. Dundas, the celebrated tactician. Capt. Stone was esteemed a brave and excel

THOMAS Payne, Esq. Jent officer, and was partly instrumental March 15. In his 79th year, Thomas in the introduction of the sword exercise

Payne, esq. many years an eminent bookinto the British Cavalry in 1795 and seller in Pall-mall, and so highly respect1796. In private life, bis conduct was ed in the literary world, that perhaps it irreproachable, and always 'marked by would be difficult to mention a gentle strict and inflexible integrity:

man of his profession, whose loss will

be more generally and deeply regretted. WILLIAM JONES, Esq.

Mr. Payne inberited the character as Feb. 17. At his house in Brighton,

well as the name of his excellent father. aged 68, William Jones, Esq. of Islington, The epithet of honest, it has been oband of the firm of W. & S. Jones, Opti: served, was só entirely hereditary, as to cians, Holborn.

be allowed, not by common but by uniHe was brought forward under his versal consent,'to descend, without any father John Jones, an optician of some

bar, from father to son. eminence, and early discovered an ex- Mr. Payne, senior, died in 1799, after traordinary force of understanding, with baving been, for more than forty years, à disposition to cultivate it to the ut- a bookseller of the highest reputation, at must, in mathematical and philosophical the Mews-gale.' He was a native of research, which was much assisted by Brackley in Northamptonshire, and behis frequent intercourse with that very gan bis career in Round-court in the eminent optician and voluminous writer

Strand. Here, after being for some Mr. Benjamin Martin, of Fleet-street. time an assistant to his elder brother He also employed his leisure hours in Olive Payne (with whom the scheme of privately teaching Astronomy, Mathe printing catalogues is said to have ori. matics, and Practical Surveying, and in girated), he commenced bookseller on a few instances gave public lectures on his own account, and issued a miscellaAstronomy.

neous catalogue, dated Feb. 29, 1740, These circumstances introduced him which was almost the first of its kind. to the society of the most eminent From this situation be removed to the mathematical and astronomical profes- Mews-gate, in 1750, wbence he issued sors of the time, Drs. Priestley, Hution,

an almost annual succfssion of cata. Maskelyne, Professor Vince, and others. logues, beginning in 1755, and contiBut during these pursuits, his industry pued till the year 1790, when he reand attention, in conjunction with his signed business to his eldest son, the brother and surviving partner Samuel more immediate subject of this memoir, Jones, were constantly exercised in an wbo had for nearly twenty years been extensive practical execution of his pro- bis partner, and now opened a new litefession, which proved the means of intro. rary channel by a correspondence with ducing many skillul workmen as manu- Paris, whence he bro ht, in 1793, the facturers of optical and mathematical library of the celebrated Lamoignon. instrumelits.

Before bis time, the little shop at the Mr. W. Jones published Descriptions Mews-gate had become the constant of the Orrery; of a Case of Maibe- resort of men of rank and literature, malical Instruments; and of Hadley's

and is often mentioned in the correQuadrant. The whole of the late spondence of scholars and antiquaries as

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OBITUARY.– Thomas Payne, Esq. [Márch, their daily resort for conversation, and Henry Foss, who had been his apprentheir daily resource when in quest of

tice. books of rarity and value. Mr. Payne Mr. Payne enjoyed for many years an senior died February 9, 1799, in his excellent state of health, but in 1825 eighty-second year, and was buried at became sensible of much weakness, and Finchley, near the remains of his wife was obliged to desist from his favourite and brother. Of bis family the only relaxation of travelling. He had occasurvivor is his daughter, Mrs. Burney, sional returns of apparent strength, but widow of the late Admiral Burney. on Tuesday evening the 8th of March, he

Mr. Payne, bis eldest son, was born experienced an apoplectic attack, under Oct. 10, 1752, and was educated at M. which he languished until the 15th, Metayer's, a classical school of reputa- when he breatbed bis last ; and it is a tion in Charterhouse Square. His fa- source of consolation to all his friends, ther was anxious that be should be in- that during the whole week it did not structed in every branch of education appear that his sufferings bad been acute. necessary to an intimate acquaintance In point of integrity Mr. Payne was with the contents and reputation of the legitimate successor of his father, buoks in foreign languages. This ini- but it yet remains to be added (for i he tiation into the history of books, the present writer cannot easily depart from late Mr. Payne augmented, even to a the subject) that his personal excellence high degree of critical knowledge, by was kindness of temper, and a gentlefrequent, tours on the Continent, and man-like suavity of manners. He was particularly by an amicable intercourse not indeed exempt from the provocawith the eminent scholars and collect- tions of pertness and ingratitude, but ors, whose conversation for many years resentment did not enter into his comformed the attraction of his well-fre- position. When angry, which was but quented premises ; and perhaps tbere is seldom, be seemed rather to be acting no public or private library now exist- a part, and he acted it ill, and gave it ing that has not been indebted to the up soon, to return to what, formed the extensive purchases which his judgment charm of his company,

the natural equaenabled him to make both at home and bility and calmness of bis temper. abroad. We need only appeal to the His friendships, many of long standRoxburgh, Borromeo, Larcher, and Mac- ing, were inviolable. in conversation, art by collections ; and to the very co- as may be expected, be discovered much pious, correct, and, we may add, scien- acquaintance with literary history and tific catalogues which have issued from anecdote, and his communications were his establishment for some years past- the more interesting, as be bad survived catalogues not only requisite for the all bis brethren, and was at the time of immediate purposes of sale, but as books bis death tbe father of the booksellers. of reference for the completion of every But such was his modest deference to library, and as bigbly promoting that his friends, that be was, especially of taste for bibliography, which began and late years, far uftener a hearer than a was perfected in bis time.

speaker, and willingly gave way to the Confidence was uniformly placed in vivacity of youth. It was this bappy his judgment and opinion by the most temper which endeared him to all who eminent and curious collectors, which lived with him in intimacy, and with themselves or their survivors are now these we have more than once beard it eager to acknowledge by every expres- as a question, whetber Mr. Payne could sion of esteem, and every testimony of possibly have an enemy. regret. Another trait of his character Mr. Payne was interred in the parish bas frequently been brought forward, church of St. Martin's in the Fields, on and can never be forgot-the readiness Thursday the 24th.

R. S. with which he assisted literary men in their pursuits, by furnishing them with

MR. N. T. CARRINGTON. books not easily procured, and by point- Sept. 2. At his son's bouse, in St. ing out.sources of information, to wbich James's-street, Batb, after long and retired scholars seldom have access. patiently-endured suffering, from con

After carrying on business at the sumption, aged 53, Mr. N. T. CarringMews-gate, almost from his infancy, ton, author of “ Dartmoor,” “The Mr. Payne removed, in 1806, to Pall- Banks of Tamar," “ My Native Vil. mall, where his stock, now amazingly Jage," and other poems. increased and increasing, could be seen He was boro at Plymouth in the year to the greatest advantage, and where his 1777. His parents were engaged in a learned friends had a place of assembling retail grocery business, and, at one more commodious than any in London. period of ibeir lives, were possessed of In 1813 he took into partnership Mr. cousiderable property. His father was

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277 also employed, in some capacity, in the of my life (My life) which, say they, if Plymouth Arsenal. When the subject of hereafter prefixed to my Remains," our memoir had attained his fifteenth may probably be productive of some beyear, his father proposed to apprentice nefit to the family. It is this considerahim to Mr. Foot, then First Assistant in tion, my dear son, and this only, that the Plymouth Dock Yard. On this subject prompts me to leave you some materials we are enabled to quote Mr. Carring- from which you may draw up a memoir. ton's own words, "A bandsome sum Let it be as correct, and as near the of money was to have been paid down spirit of the MS. as possible.-I am, my as the price of my admission into the dear Henry, your affectionate father, Yard as Mr. Foot's apprentice. Such

“ N. T. CARRINGTON." things were allowed then; I believe that This brief epistle is admirably illusthey now manage very differently. In trative of Mr.Carrington's cbaracteristic consequence, however, of some differ- modesty ; and it is much to be regretence, I was finally bound apprentice to ted that he did not commence the task Mr. Thomas Fux, a measurer.

at an earlier period, as it may be safely " I was totally unfit, however, for the said that his complete autobiography profession. Mild and meek by nature, would bave possessed considerable infond of literary pursuits, and inordi- terest. We have quoted the whole of nately attached to reading, it is strange tbese hasty memoranda (for they are that a mechanical profession should nothing else), with the exception of a have been chosen for me. It was prin- few prefatory lines. cipally, however, my own fault. My To resume our simple narrative:-Our father was attached to the Duck Yard, poet's occupation in Plymouth Dock and wished to see me in it; and as the Yard grew every day more irksome to popular prejudice in those days among him, and, after remaining there about the boys of the town was in favour of four years, he, to use a common phrase, the business of a shipwright, I was car- resolved ou “ running away,” having in ried away by the prevailing mania, and . vain endeavoured to prevail on his pawas accordingly bound apprentice. This, rents to place him in a situation more however, bad scarcely been done when consonant with his favourite pursuits. I repented ; and too late found that I bad On leaving the Dock Yard, not knowing embraced a calling foreign to my in- whither to turn his steps, be, in a moclinations. Dissatisfaction followed, and ment of bitter desperation, caused by the noise and bustle of a Dock Yard the injustice with which be thought bis were but ill suited to a mind predisposed parents had treated him, entered himto reflection and the quietest and most self as a seaman on board a ship-of-war, gentle pursuits. The ruffianism (I will and served in the action which took not change the term) of tuo many of place off Cape Finisterre, Feb. 14tb, the apprentices, and, indeed, of too many 1797. His first verses on record were of the men, sickened me.

Let no parent

written in commemoration of this event; place his child in the Dock Yard at Ply, they attracted the notice of bis Captain, moutb, unless be bave previously ascer- who, perceiving that he deserved a bettained that his health, strength, personal ter situation, and that some very uncourage, and general habits of thinking toward circumstances must have occurand acting, will make him a match red to induce him to seek this line of for the desperate spirits with whom be life, gave him his liberty and sent him will have to contend. I hope that the home to bis native town. He then comcondition of the Yard in respect to the menced the business of a public teacher apprentices is ameliorated now; but I at Plymouth. Dock (now Devonport), and cannot help, although I have been eman• speedily attracted considerable attencipated so long, and am now. 53 years tion by bis acuteness in bis modes of inof age-I cannot, I say, refrain from struction. It should be bere observed, registering my detestation of tbe black- that Mr. Carrington was indebted enguardism which did prevail in the Yard tirely to his intense love of reading and at the time of my unfortunate appren- research for the knowledge which he ticeship.”

possessed ; and he has often been heard The above observations (written short- to remark, that he recollects having ly before bis decease) have been found learned nothing of consequence at school in a rough memorandum-book, accom- with the exception of reading, writing, panied by the following nute to his arithmetic, and the elements of English eldest son, now proprietor of the Bath grammar. He subsequently went to Chronicle.

Maidstone, in Kent, where be opened “Dear Henry,

school. He remained in that town "I have been repeatedly spoken to by about three years, and it may be ob„various persons, to leave some account served that, in after life, he frequently

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