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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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OBITUARY. Mr. N. T. Carrington. [March, dwelt with great delight on his recol- bracken, passes in front of the village lections of the scenery around Maid school-bouse,' &c. But the teacher stone, and the character of what he used of Gandercleugh possessed advantages to term “its fine spiriced inhabitants." which never fell to the loc of the writer

At the solicitations of a circle of of this work. Engaged, like that farfriends at Plymouth-Dock, who wished famed personage, in the education of bim to undertake the education of their youth, bis labours have seldom been sons, he returned in 1808 to tbat town, relinquished till the close of our longest after a residence in Maidstone of about summer evenings, when, instead of res two years; and the academy which he tiring to the banks of a beautiful stream, then established he continued to con be bas almost uniformly been driven by duct till within six months of his death, business connected with his arduous being a period of twenty-two years of profession, or by literary cares, to bis unceasing toil. This long course of si solitary study at home. There, delently-discbarged daty presents none of pressed by the previous fatigues of the those points of inciting interest wbich day, he has occasionally indulged in occur in the lives of men of more pre composition; and hence this volume, carious and more stirring fortunes. the production of many 'a pensive abo During nearly the whole of the above strácted hour.". named period, Mr Carrington was em Columns of description could not conployed, in his laborious duties as a pub vey a better idea of the difficulties under lic teacher, from seven in the morning which the “ Banks of Tamar” was com. in summer till half-past seven in the posed, tban is conveyed in the above evening ; in the winter bis labours com few simple words. The first edition of menced at nine in the morning and conjé tbis poem appeared in 1820. He bad, tinued till eight at night. It was after previously to the printing of this work, this bour that he found his only oppor published many little fugitive poems of tunities of cultivating the taste for lite great beauty, and wbich attracted much rature with which he had been gifted by attention, particularly in Devonshire, nature. Although passionately fond of wbere the author was best known. He composition, be never suffered it to in next publisbed “ Dartmoor, a descriptersere in the slightest way witb the tive poem," the first edition of which more important duties of his station, appeared in 1826. This poem was writ and of this be frequently spoke with the ten for the purpose of being submitted exultation arising from the conscious for the premium offered about two years ness of his never having sacrificed busi before, for the best poem on that subject, ness to inclination. The nature, bow. by the Royal Society of Literature. By ever, of Mr. Carrington's studies cannot some accident the premium was awarded be better learned than from the follow three or four months before Mr. Carringing brief and affecting address prefixed ton was aware that the time of presento the first edition of his 6 Banks of tation had arrived. It is needless to say Tamar."

that his poem was not forwarded to be : " To the Reader.

Society ; the author threw it by with: * The severity of criticism may be out entertaining the slightest intention softened by the intimation that the of ever publishing an effusion on what MSS. of this volume passed from the he imagined the bulk of the reading author to his printer without having public would thirik a most unpromising been inspected by any literary friend. subject. By some chance, however, the

“ Other circumstances, very unfa poen came under the notice of W. vourable to literary composition, have Burt, ésq., Secretary of the Plymouth attended this work. In the celebrated Chamber of Commerce, wbo persuaded tale of Old Mortality' Mr Pattiesun, Mr. Carrington to publish it; and it acthe village teacher, after describing with cürdingly appeared, with explanatory admirable fidelity his anxious and dis notes by tbat gentleman. “ Dartmoor" tressing labours during the day, obo met with far greater success than the serves, «The Reader may bave some autlior bad ever Jared to anticipate. conception of the relief wbich a 'solitary It was received with much delight by walk, in the cool of a fine summer even the public; it was very higbly spoken of ing, affords to the head wbich has ached hy the periodical press, and the conseand the nerves which have been shat quence was that a second edition was tered for so many hours in plying the called for not more than two months task of public instruction.'

after the appearance of the first. “My chief haunt,' he continues, We are now approaching a very painin these bours of golden'leisure, is the ful portion of our poet's story. Two or banks of the small stream' which, wind. ihree years before the publication of ing through a lone vale of green “ Dartmoor," the town of Devonport

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279 was seized with an unaccountable mapia His wanderings and his musings, hopes and fears, for Subscription Schools ; by the estab:

His keen-felt pleasures and his heart-wring tears,

Are past;---the grave closed on him ere those days lishment of the first of tbese academjes

Had come, when on the scalp the snow-wreath Mr Carrington's prosperity, in common plays. with that of several other public teachers

He perish'd ere his prime; but they who know

What 'tis to battle with a world of woe, residing in the town, was materially in.

From youth to elder manhood, feel too well jured. He still, however, struggled on, That grief at last within the deepest cell though the circumstance of his baving a of the poor heart, will bring decay, and shake

So fierce the soul, that care like age will make Jarge family dependent on his exertions

"The grasshopper a burden. Slowly came rendered the decrease of income, caused The mortal stroke, but to the end the flame by the Subscription Schools, to be very

Of

poesy burnt ou. With feeble hand severely felt by him. Towards the close

He touch'd his harp, but not at his command

Came now the ancient music. Paintly fell of 1827 he was attacked by incipient On his pained ear the strains he lov'd so well, consumption, and in a few months it And then his heart was broken ! was apparent that the disease would in In the course of his illness Mr Carring. evitably be fatal. He still, however, at ton experienced much cbeering kindtended unceasingly to bis school, and, ness, not from his own townsmen, whose although reduced to a mere skeleton, and apathy towards literature is as proverbial weak as an infant, he continued to dis. now as it was when Mr Britton wrote his charge his scholastic duties till March observations on Plymouth Dock, in bis 1830, a periud of nearly three years, "Beauties of England and Wales,"—it when he becanie so completely worn was not from his townsmen that Me out, by the inroads of the deadly com Carrington experienced the kindness plaint with which he was afflicted, that wbich cheered his latter days, but from he was obliged to cease all further efforts. strangers, who knew him only through The most affecting incidents could be his works. Among Mr Çarrington's related of bis noble independence of warmest-hearted friends were the Rev, mind during the distressing sufferings J. P. Jones, of North Bovey, and the with which he had to contend, but it Rev. R. Mason), of Widdicombe, both would not be well to fill the public ear on Dartmoor; Geo. Harvey, esq. F.R.S, with those private matters, though &c, and H. Woollcombe, Esq. of Ply, many-many years must elapse before mouth; from these gentlemen, as well tbey will be effaced from the memory of as from his Grace the Duke of Bedford, bis friends and connections.

It was

Lord John Russell, Lord Clifford, Sir T. during his illness, and in as enfeebled a D. Acland, and other noblemen and genstate of body as ever man composed in, tlemen, Mr. Carrington received much that Mr Carrington wrote and prepared kindness and attention ; nor let it be for the press his last publication-"My forgotten that his late Majesty George Native Village ; and other poems." In the Fourth was a liberal patron of our « My Native Village" he frequently al poet. ludes, in affecting terms, to the painful In July 1830, Mr. Carrington removed nature of his situation. He introduces with his family to Batb, in order to rethe book to the public in the following side with his son, wbo about that time Words :

had become proprietor of the Bath Chro“ I have not published any new vo nicle. By this time he was in the most lume since the publication of “Dart advanced stage of consumption ; inoor so many years ago. A severe and daily grew weaker and weaker, and on the protracted illness bas prevented me from evening of the 2nd of September he exwriting a poem of any length, and if the pired, apparently of mere weakness and reader should occasionally perceive traces exbaustion. As he always expressed the of lanyour in the present publicatlon, I utmost borror of being buried in any of trust he will impute them to the proper great charnel houses of Batb" (as cause. I am not, bowever, without hope be used to term the burial grounds that, although this volume was com of that populous eity), he was interred posed under some of the most distressing át Combhay, a lonely and beautiful little circumstances that ever fell to the lot village about four miles from Barb. of man, the ingenuous critic will find, Mr Carrington's widow and six cbilin some pages, reasons for commenda- dren are now under the protection of tion."

the poet's eldest son, Mr. H. E. CarringIn this poem, as we before observed, tout, of Bath. be alludes most feelingly to his untoward lot. The following lines, refer

SHIRLEY WOOLMER, Esq. ring to the " Pleasant Bard of Hare. Feb. 18. At bis residence in Upper wood," present a touching picture of his Southernhay, Exeter, aged 72, Shirley own sufferings--they were propbetic of Woolmer, Esq. formerly a bookseller in his rapidly approaching fate.

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280 OBITUARY.-Shirley Woolmer, Esq.-Clergy Deceased. [March,

As bibliopolist Mr. Shirley Wool that chapelry, to which he was presented in mer was never surpassed, whilst bis in 1800 by Sir R. C. Hoare, Bart. defatigable exertions in the pursuit of Jan. 4. At Milton, near Northampton, the sciences of Mineralogy and Geology aged 75, the Rev. Francis Montgomery, Recbave rendered his name renowned tor of Harleston. He was of Lincoln coll. amongst those who have devoted them Oxf. M.A. 1780; and was presented to Harselves to these branches of useful know

leston in 1809. ledge. He frequently contributed pa

Jan. 6. In York Terrace. the Rev. Dr. pers on these subjects to periodical pub Robert Thomson, of Long Stowe hall, Camlications (particularly our own), and it bridgeshire. is some consolation to those who hope

Jan. 9. At Lewanick, Corowall, aged 35, to join bim in another and a better the Rev. Samuel Archer, Vicar of that parish, world, to know that his exertions ever to which he was presented in 1822 by Lord tended to enhance the goodness of the

Chancellor Eldon. Creator, and to vindicate his Sacred Jan. 9. At Southampton, aged 76, the Book from the attempt of the sceptic Rev. J. C. Gonnet, domestic chaplain to the to bring it into contempt. In our Marquess de Montmorency. He was beJanuary Number was an article of bis loved by all who knew him, and in the reon the Geological Effects of the Deluge, gular habit of devoting half his salary to the wherein he raised his dying voice, as it poor. His remains were deposited in the were, in one final effort to resist the St. James's Catholic burial ground, Win

chester. torrent of infidelity and atheism. Those only wbu knew bis innate good

Jan. 10. At Rochester, aged 42, the

Rev. Robert Lambe Warde, the second son of ness of heart can appreciate his worth. To the world he was known as a keen

W. Zuuch Lucas Warde, esq. of Guilsboinvestigator of science-a devout and rough, co. Northanap. He was of St. John's

coll. Camb. B.A. 1811. consistent professor of the Gospel; to his family and connexions, as a kind and

Jan. 17. At West Bradenham, Norfolk, affectionate parent, and a close and

aged 76, the Rev. James Bentham, Vicar of steady friend, whose advice was ever

that parish. He was the only son of the sought in tbe bour of perplexity.

Rev. James Bentham, M.A. F.S.A. Prebendary and Historian of Ely Cathedral, of

whom a memoir will be found in Nichols's CLERGY DECEASED.

Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth CenDec. 8. At Lyon, the Rev. Ligonier tury, vol. mn. p. 484. The clergyman now Treadway, Vicar of Gayton, Norfolk, to deceased was of Cath, hall, Camb. B.A. which church he was collated in 1812 by 1777, M.A. 1780; and was collated to Brathe present Bishop of Norwich.

denham in 1788 by the Hon. Dr. Yorke, Dec. 16. Aged 67, the Rev. John Coales, then · Bishop of Ely. He republished his Vicar of Addingham, Yorkshire. He was father's History in 1812 ; jointly with the formerly Fellow of St. John's coll. Camb. late W. Stevenson, esg. F.S.A. where he graduated B.A. 1793, as 11th Se Jan. 18. The Rev. John Wood, Vicar of nior Optime, and M.A. 1796. He was pre- Herve, Kent, to which church he was colsented to Addingham in 1790 by Mrs. Mary

lated in 1794 by Dr. Moore, then Abp. of Cupliffe.

Canterbury Dec. 26. The Rev. J. Middleton, Vicar

Jan. 20. At Rome, of a rapid decline, of Melbourne, Derbyshire, to which he was aged 30, the Rev. James Duff Ward, RecJately collated by the Bishop of Carlisle. tur of Kingston, Hants. He was of Trin. Dec. 28. Aged 75, the Rev. William

coll. Camb. M.A. 182——; and was presented Robert Wake, late Vicar of Backwell, So

in 1827 by G. Ward, esq. merset, to which he was presented by the

Jan. 2i. The Rev. Arthur Bold, Vicar Rector in 1787.

of Stoke Poges, Bucks. He was of ChristJan. 2. At Clifton, aged 65, the Rev.

ch. Oxf. M.A. 1802, and was presented to Timothy Slonhouse Vigor, uncle to Sir John his living in 1803 by Lord F. Osborne. Brooke Stoohouse, Bart. He was the third Aged 67, the Rev. James Sewell, Vicar son of the Rev. Sir James Stonhouse, the of Biddulph, Staffordshire, to which he was third Baropet ; was of Oriel College, Ox- presented in 1810. ford, M.A. 1789, and formerly held the liv Jan. 23. Aged 70, the Rev. Isaac Graying of Sunning-hill in Berkshire. He took son, Rector of St. Mary in Castlegate, York, the name of Vigor by Royal siga manual in and of Warthill, Yorkshire. He was for 1795, (his sister Clarissa was the wife of many years Master of the Grammar School Henry Tripp Vigor, esq.); and married in now called St. Peter's School, in York; was 1796, Charlotte Oliver, dau. of the Rev. presented to his church in that city in 1815 Thomas Huntingford, and niece to the by Lord Chancellor Eldon, and to Warthill Bishop of Hereford.

by the Prebendary of that place in York Jan. 3. At Bruton, Som. aged 68, the Cathedral. Rev. William Cosens, Perpetual Curate of Jan. 23, At Whixley, near York, aged

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