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claimed all intention of meeting Combe, who was found incompeagain upon that occasion.
tent to the discharge of so arduous In 1791, Dr. Parr having re- a task; and not only was Dr. Parr's ceived two anonymous letters, pro- assistance towards the second bably undeserving of notice, pub- volume withdrawn, but he was licly attributed them to the rev. induced to publish some severe Charles Curtis, rector of Solihull, animadversions* on the work in in Warwickshire. This unlucky the “ British Critic.” In reply to surmise rested on a few slight coin- this, Dr. Combe published a pamcidences, which suspicion, as usual, phlet, entitled, "A Statement of magnified into proof. There is Facts, relative to the behaviour of strong reason for believing that the rev. Dr. Parr to the late Mr. these letters emanated from Dr. Homer and Dr. Combe, in order to Parr's own pupils, who were fond point out the source, falsehood, and of encouraging literary warfare. malignity of Dr. Parr's attack, in Mr. Curtis, in justification of his the British Critic,' on the chaown character, contradicted the racter of Dr. Combe, 1794.” In charge in the St. James's Chronicle, this statement, Dr. Parr was acwhich produced from the doctor an cused of breach of promise, violaoctavo pamphlet of two hundred tion of friendship, and even want and seventeen pages, thickly strew- of veracity. Being styled by his ed with notes, and a proportionate antagonist the “ literary Ajax,” appendix, entitled, “A Sequel to he, to make that epithet good, the Printed Paper lately circulated replied, in a closely printed octavo in Warwickshire by the rev. Charles pamphlet of ninety-four pages, Curtis, a Birmingham Rector,” &c. called “ Remarks on the Statement 1792. This huge Sequel tempted of Dr. Charles Combe, by an occaCumberland to enter the field with sional Writer in the British a humorous pamphlet, called Critic, 1795." The following “ Curtius rescued from the Gulph, extract from this pamphlet contains or the Retort Courteous to the rev. Dr. Parr's own account of his critiDr. Parr, in answer to his learned cal labours :Pamphlet, entitled A Sequel,' &c.” * The reader will, I trust, excuse From the title-page
me, if, for reasons of delicacy, I “ Ille mi Par esse deus videtur, now take an opportunity to state Ille, si fas est, superare divos.”- the whole extent of the share I
have ever had in reviews. To the to the word FINIS inclusive, • British Critic,' I have sent one “ Jam sumus ergo Pares !"
article, besides those which were it was one string of puns.
written for the Horace. For the In 1793, he was plunged into Critical Review,' I have furnished the depths of another and more im- a few materials for two articles portant controversy. Dr. Parr had only. For the Monthly’I have been induced to afford valuable assisted in writing two or three, advice and assistance to Mr. Homer and the number of those which are and Dr. Charles Combe, in editing a most splendid edition of Horace. • This critique, which was continued On the demise of Mr. Homer, printed in 1812, “ with alterations and
through five numbers, was partly rethe labour of completing the additions,” in the fifth volume of the undertaking devolved on Dr. « Classical Journal.”
entirely my own does not exceed ture. There is no one review in six or seven. In almost all these this country but what is conducted - critiques, my intention was to com- with a considerable degree of mend rather than to blame, and the ability : and though I decline the only one in which I ever blamed task of deciding upon their comwith severity, related to a classical parative excellence, I have no hesiwork, the editor of which deserved tation in saying, that all of them reproof for the following reasons. deserve encouragement from learnHe clothed bad criticisms in bad ed men. They much oftener asLatinity. He had not availed him- sist than retard the circulation of self of that information, which pre- books--they much oftener extend ceding editions would have supplied than check the reputation of good to any intelligent editor. From books they rarely prostitute comthe stores of other critics he cole mendation upon such as are nolected very little, and from his own toriously bad. For my part, I he produced yet less that was valu- am disposed to view with a favourable. But he had indulged himself able eye the different opinions and in rude and petulant objections propensities which may be traced against Dr. Bentley ; and for this in the minds of the different wrichiefly I censured him. Here ends ters. By such collisions of sentithe catalogue of my crimes hitherto ment truth is brought into fuller committed in reviews; and, as I view, and a reader finds himself now have somewhat more leisure impelled, by the very strongest than I formerly enjoyed, it is pos- curiosity, to examine the reasons sible that I may now and then add upon which men of talents nearly to their number. But I assure equal have founded decisions toDr. Combe and the public, that tally opposite. By posterity, too, whensoever I take upon myself to reviews will be considered as usedeal rigorously with any writer, I ful repositories of the most splenshall not shrink from the strictest did passages in the most celebrated responsibility. My contributions works. They will show the proto works of this kind are occasional, gress of a country, or an age,
in and, therefore, I have no right to taste and arts, in refinement of the benefit of that secrecy which manners, and in the cultivation of it may be wise and honourable for science. They mark the gradathe regular conductors of reviews tions of language itself and the to preserve. Of the share which I progressive or retrograde motions have already taken, and may here- of the public mind upon
the most after take, in these periodical pub- interesting subjects in ethics, in lications, I never can be ashamed. politics, and in religion.” I might plead the example of many In the same year, Mr. Beloe scholars both at home and abroad, published a translation of “ Aulus far superior to myself in vigour of Gellius,” the very learned and juintellect, and extent of erudition. dicious preface to which was writBut I wish rather to insist upon ten by Dr. Parr. the utility of the works themselves, On Easter Tuesday, in the year and upon the opportunities which 1800, Dr. Parr preached his justly they furnish to men of learning, celebrated Spital sermon at Christfor rendering some occasional ser- church, Newgate-street, before vice to the general cause of litera- Harvey Christian Coombe, esq. the lord Mayor. The church, better patronage than this from though large, was crowded to ex- those who know how to estimate cess, and the doctor gratified the his merits; but I acknowledge more intelligent portion of his that a great additional motive with hearers by a discourse, in which me to the offer I now make him, he happily combated the delusive is, that I believe I cannot do any dogmas of those philosophers who thing more pleasing to his friends, ascribe all benevolence and justice Mr. Fox, Mr. Sheridan, and Mr. to a selfish principle. This sermon Knight; and I desire you, Sir, to was soon afterwards printed, with consider yourself obliged to them a number of curious notes : which only.--I have the honour to be, induced the author of “ Political Sir, with the greatest respect, Justice” to publish, in the same your obedient servant, year an octavo pamphlet, entitled
“ FRANCIS BURDÉTT.” “Thoughts occasioned by the pe- “Vicarage-House, Buckden, rusal of Dr. Parr's Spital sermon,
Sept. 26, 1802. being a reply to the attacks of Dr. “ Dear Sir ; After rambling in P., Mr. Mackintosh, and others.” various parts of Norfolk, I went to A suspension of intercourse be- Cambridge, and from Cambridge I tween Dr. Parr and Mr. Godwin yesterday came to the parsonage of was the consequence; but a few my most respectable friend, Mr. months previous to his death, Dr. Maltby, at Buckden, where I this Parr sent Mr. Godwin a message morning had the honour of_reof
peace, and invitation to Hatton. ceiving your letter. Mrs. Parr
In 1801, Dr. Parr was offered opened it last Friday at Hatton, by Alexander Baring, esq., but and I trust that you will pardon declined the vicarage of Winter- the liberty she took in desiring bourne Stoke, in Wiltshire. In your servant to convey it to me in 1802 he was presented by sir Fran- Huntingdonshire, where she knew cis Burdett to the rectory of Graff- that I should be, as upon this day. ham, in Huntingdonshire. The “ Permit me, dear Sir, to request following is the correspondence that you would accept the warmest which passed on the occasion :- and most sincere thanks of my
“Sir; I am sorry that it is not heart for this unsolicited, but most in my power to place you in a si- honourable, expression of your tuation which would become you good will towards me. Nothing -I mean in the Episcopal palace can be more important to my at Buckden: but I can bring you worldly interest than the service very near to it; for I have the you have done me, in presenting presentation to a rectory now va- me to the living of Graffham. cant, within a mile and a half of Nothing can be more exquisitely it, which is very much at Dr. gratifying to my very best feeling, Parr's service. It is the rectory than the language in which you of Graffham, at present worth have conveyed to me this mark of 2001. a year, and, as I am inform- your friendship. Indeed, dear Sir, ed, may soon be worth 2701. ; and
have enabled me to pass the I this moment learn that the in- years of declining life in comfortcumbent died last Tuesday.
able and honourable independence. “Dr. Parr's talents and charac- You have given me additional and ter might well entitle him to a unalterable conviction, that the firma
ness with which I have adhered wishes, and far surpassing any exto my principles has obtained for pectations I have hitherto venme the approbation of wise and tured to indulge. good men. And when that ap- “ I have the honour to be, with probation assumes, as it now does, the greatest respect and most unthe form of protection, I fairly feigned thankfulness, dear Sir, confess to you, that the patronage your very obedient, faithful serof sir Francis Burdett has a right vant,
“S. PARR." to be ranked among the proudest, For this preferment, which reas well as the happiest, events of lieved him as to pecuniary matters, my life. I trust that my future Dr. Parr always expressed a due conduct will justify you in the sense of the kindness of the worthy disinterested and generous gift baronet. Still, however, he conwhich you have bestowed upon tinued attached to his residence at me: and sure I
am, friends, Hatton, where he had secured, Mr. Fox, Mr. Sheridan, and Mr. and ever continued to maintain, Knight, will not only share with the esteem of all his parishioners, me in my joy, but sympathize had greatly embellished the church with me in those sentiments of re- by painted windows, &c. and had spect and gratitude which I shall given it a peal of bells. Nor ever feel towards sir Francis Bur- would he have quitted Hatton for dett.
any preferment short of a mitre, “Most assuredly I shall myself which, in 1807, had nearly adoruset a higher value upon your kind- ed his brows. “Had my friends," ness, when I consider it as intend- he once said to Mr. John Nichols, ed to gratify the friendly feelings "continued in power one fortof those excellent men, as well as night longer, it would have been to promote my own personal hap- all settled: Dr. Huntingford was piness.
to have been translated to Here“I shall wait your pleasure ford, and I should have had Glouabout the presentation : and I beg cester. My family arrangements leave to add, that I shall stay at were made; and I had determined Buckden for one week only, and that no clergyman in my diocese, shall have reached Hatton about who had occasion to call upon me, this day fortnight, where I shall should depart without partaking obey your commands. One cir- of my dinner.” After a momencumstance, I am sure, will give tary pause he observed, “in the you great satisfaction, and there- House of Peers I should seldom fore I shall beg leave to state it. have opened my mouth, unlessThe living of Graffham will be of unless (he added with some warmth) infinite value to me, because it is any one had presumed to attack tenable with a rectory I now have the character of my friend Charles in Northamptonshire; and happy Fox--and then I would have I am, that my future residence knocked him down with the full will be fixed, and my existence torrent of my impetuosity. Charles closed upon that spot where sir Fox was a great man; and so is Francis Burdett has given me the your friend William Pitt; and I power of spending my old age with can tell you, that if I had them comforts and conveniences quite both in this room, and only we equal to the extent of my fondest three had been together, I would have locked the door-but first in the form of an epistle to Mr. would have had plenty of wine Coke, 135; and the second volume on the table and depend upon is filled with notes on the ameliorit we should not have disagreed !ation of the penal code and religious
In 1803, Dr. Parr published liberty, plentifully inlaid with citaanother 4to sermon, “preached tions from the classics. Consider, on the late Fast, Oct. 19, at the ing the grotesque arrangement of Parish-church of Hatton.” A let- matter and subjects, it is not surter of the doctor's to the late lord prising that this work should have Warwick, on some electioneering experienced unmerited neglect. disputes, was also printed, but was On December 27, 1816, after suppressed; though, as a specimen about six years widowhood, Dr. of the vituperative style, it is Parr married secondly, Mary, sister worthy of preservation.
of Mr. Eyre, of Coventry, who Twenty years since, Dr. Parr survives him. reprinted some metaphysical tracts: Two small publications, one of " Arthur Collier's Clavis Uni- which was printed by his especial versalis ;” “ Conjecturæ quædam request (containing a critical essay de Sensu, Motu, et Idearum Gene- by Dr. Parr on the character of ratione;" An Inquiry into the Dr. Taylor, the learned editor of Origin of the Human Appetites Demosthenes and Lysias); and of and Affections, showing how each the other of which he was the
arises from Association;" and "Man immediate editor, must not pass . in Quest of Himself, or a Defence unnoticed. They were,- 1st."'Two of the Individuality of the Human Music Speeches at Cambridge, in Mind, or Self.” These he intended 1714 and 1730, by Roger Long, to republish, probably with origi- M.A., and John Taylor, M.A., to nal remarks, but the whole impres- which are added, a Latin Speech sion is stored up in the printer's of Dr. Taylor; several of his juvewarehouse.
nile Poems; some Minor Essays In 1808 Mr. Coke, of Holkham, in prose; and Specimens of his made Dr. Parr an offer of the Epistolary Correspondence; with rectory of Buckingham. This, Memoirs of Dr. Taylor and Dr. however, did not tenpt the doctor Long.” 8vo. 1819. 2ndly: "Four to leave the spot to which he was Sermons : first and second by Dr. so attached.
Taylor ; third by Bishop Lowth; On the death of Mr. Fox, Dr. and fourth by Bishop Hayter; Parr announced his intention of with a preface suggested by republishing a Life of his celebrated marks of Dr. Parr.” friend and political favourite. The A variety of Dr. Parr's minor expectations of the public were literary productions appeared in excited, but were certainly disap- “ The Gentleman's Magazine;" to pointed in a publication of two which he was a frequent and valuoctavo volumes, entitled "Charac- able correspondent. Among these ters of the late Charles James Fox; are two letters on the subject of selected, and in part written, by Howard's statue, a learned letter Philopatris Varvicensis,” 1809. A to the rev. Mr. Glasse, on the word collection of characters from the Cauponari, and several letters to various public journals occupies lord Chedworth (inserted in a re175 pages; an original character, port of the trial on the will of that