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Intelligence concerning JOSEPH LAN: station, have not only delighted Mf
Lancaster by their personal conference ; I believe I shall not value my but from their private purses have “ life, if its sacrifice will finish kindly bestowed that assistance which " the work I am engaged in, is always so useful, and have stiled his
" better than its perpetuity.” institution in London, “ The Royal Letter from Mr Lancaster to A. H. Free School.” These are truths which VI ERY few labourers, in the humble must be gratifying to all lovers of pub
yet highly useful walks of practi- lic virtue. It is honourable to Scotcal education, have, in modern times tish philosophers, that among the triattracted so much of the public atten- butes which have been paid to the tion, as Mr Joseph Lancaster, of the system of “ the free school," and to society of Friends. Although un the merits of its founder, the most poworthily traduced and persecuted by lished, as well as the most remarkable persons of loose principles, or those for its innate superiority, has appeared whom we may more charitably con- in a late volume of a useful periodical clude to have been misled, this gentle work, published in this city. man has moulded his exertions into It is not by any means my intention a regular and independent system. to retrace the events of Mr Lancası Hundreds of poor children have been ter's life. A few notices of promintrained under his eye, to habits of in- ent importance in the pleasing retrodustry and rectitude, and multitudes spect of his success, were however of them in a less advanced stage, are thought proper as a prelude to the inby his means, at this moment, hasten- telligence that he is now engaged in ing in their progress to that point of the task of writing his own memoirs. moral discipline and capacity, which Surely no person can be supposed to is to render them valuable members be so well qualified for writing the of the state. In spite, however, of history of another's life, as that man Mr Lancaster's unassuming manners, his-self must be. This rule loses and of the obvious tendency of his much of its force in the instances of plans, some men in that rank of great men who have been busily emBritish society, which should be re- played in some elevated sphere of somarkable for a liberal sanctity, have ciety. In glancing with “ the mind's been so unfortunate as to join in stig- eye,” over the lapse of recent experimatizing him, and to oppose the force ence, this exception would be strikingof authority to the benign influence of ly verified, and the attention would real knowledge. The facts upon be arrested, to pay a tribute of subwhich this statement is founded, are missive admiration, in the instances of of such an abominable nature, that, the splendid, the solid Roscoe, and were they produced in their proper de- the philosophic Stewart. With names formity, the persons to whom they re like these, there exists the most fase late, would appear rather to approxi- cinating recollections, and indeed, the mate to the character of assassins, than major part of profound thinkers, will to that of ministers of peace and truth. be disposed to admit, that some of their Subsequent events have shewn the im sweetest and most profitable hours becility of their malignance, and it have been spent in conning the pages will be well, for the present, to let of biography. Narratives which have them remain under the veil of their particular reference to the characters own confusion. The King and Royal of contemporaries, will be executed to Family, actuated by the force of their most advantage by persons who have individual opinions, opinions which in been actively employed, or who wish this case do honour to their exalted to represent their own" motives and Dec. 1809.
conduct. This rule, as a'modification Lancaster, is likewise requisite for the of our former maxim, is subject to the justification and practical illustration influence of fewer objections. Altho' of his principles, as no institution of the a man who writes his own life should kindinScotland has emanated from him. have the wish to put a false colouring Those which have been announced, have upon his conduct, yet amidst his pre- not been established with his approbavarications, a discerning mind can sift Lion, and therefore the utilities of his meout the true springs of action, and thod cannot be estimated from them. many points of character will be de. This is no more than a fair allowance, upveloped which might have eluded the on the same principle that we would research of a more skilful biographer. believe a man more capable of using Upon these principles, much instruc- with effect, an instrument which he tion may be imparted in the memoirs had invented, than another person, by of Mr Lancaster, though they involve whom it had been borrowed or stolen. in their progress neither the fates of Making a moderate calculation of kingdoms, nor the filthy intrigues and Mr Lancaster's zeal aad abilities, and cabals of cabinets and factions. He keeping in view what he has done, as informs me, that his “ life will be an well as the distinguished friendship
interesting series of events, expressed which he now enjoys, real good may “ in plain language.", Simplicity be expected to flow from his future en. must indeed form the chief feature in deavours. The words at the beginning His intended work, if it is conducted of this notice have been quoted from by the amiable spirit that characterises one of his letters, merely to show the his writings which have already been force of his ideas on his interesting lapublis. ed. Those who have read Mr bours, and the natural warmth of feel. Clarkson's memoirs of the abolition of ing with which he expresses liis-self upthe slave trade, and who have appre- on them.” Even those who are the oiated that honourable record in its least disposed to lay much stress on true light, will wait with agreeable the more elevated moods of human and lively expectation, the appearance nature, would, after the perusal of such of a narrative, which is to trace the sentiments, be inclined to respect the progress of the Royal British system writer, and this the more, from his 66 of education."
practice being in such strict coinciWith the benevolence of a true dence with his expressions. If the philanthropist, Mr Lancaster has turn- tendency to trust in such professions ed his attention towards digesting a be a disease, it is fortunate that it alplan for the introduction of his system most always makes appearance in an of education into Scotland, upon a re- intermittent form. However, I trust gular basis, and under his own revision, that some who may happen to read Were no other advantage to be ex- these remarks, will be induced to form pected from this arrangement than a dispassionate estimate of Mr Lancasthat of extending the usefulness of the ter's merits. After the review of his present charity schools, by instructing works, they may join in the expresa great number of children at the sions of certain justly-valued literary same expence which is now requisite journalists, upon a similar occasion, for a few, 'the intention ought to be and “ rise with pleasing and favourhailed with joy. But, if the proposal" able inpressions of human nature in be received with the same spirit in which it is made, the most astonishing
I effects may arise from its adoption for the children of the poor. This mea. * Edinburgh Review, Vol. 12. NO. 24, sure of a regular establishment by Mr
} Alexr. Hendersox.
I feel peculiar satisfaction in mak- celebrated son of the above mentioning this statement. And it seems to ed. be reasonable that the mind should
To preserve the Remembrance delight to dwell upon the progress of of a long and valuable life, the higher orders of mankind, from spent in the most useful of all employthe same cause that it'inclines to pon- this marble is inscribed with the name
ments, der on those wonderful appearances in
of the material world, which are often as
RICHARD YATES, M. A. inexplicable, as the real nature of that Fifty-eight years master of the Grameconomy by which its own functions
mar School in this Town; are carried on.
an accurate knowledge of Roman litera.
ture, 23d Nov. 1809.
a just and harmonious Elocution, :unwearied Diligence,
a serious attention to the moral EPITAPHS.
and religious improvement of his pupils ( Continued from p. 815.)
for the important station which he held. 96. On Godfrey of Bullein ; in the He died December the zist. A. D. 1781, church of the Holy Sepulchre at Je and in the Eighty-first year of his age. rusalem.
100. In Emanuel College Chapel, Hic iacet inclytus Godefridus de Bug.
Cambridge. lion qui totam istam terram acquisiuit
M.S. cultui Christiano, cuius anima requies
Michaelis Smith, S.T.P. cat in pace, Amen.
De agro Dunelmensi nati,
Ecclesiae de Freckenhamni com. Suff. 97. On Baldwin of Bullein, the
in hoc collegio co.optatus,
non vulgaribus Spes patriae, vigor Ecclesiae, virtus
corpus suum in hoc porticu
Obiit 6 Maii 1773,
101. In-St John's Church-yard, New
castle upon Tyne.
Here lie the remains of
Of his excellence fifty-four years
as a pastoral poet, Master of this Free School,
His works will remain a monument who died Sept. 29, 1799, aged 88 years's
After this temporary tribute of esteem also
is in dust forgotten. ELIZABETH,
He died in Newcastle, September 18th, Wife of the Rev. WILLIAM PALEY,
1773, aged 44. who died-March 9, 1796,
102. In the chancel of St John's aged 83 years.
Church, Newcastle. 99. In the church of St Laurence, Hic quod remanet Johannis Shaw hujus Appleby; written by Dr Paley, the
ecclesiae pastoris :
Deo, ecclesiae, patriae, regi pie fidelis With Music, Image, Sentiment, and obiit, Maii 22d A. D. 1689.
Never to die !
This monument was erected 1762. Exuviae Gulielmi Astell
106. In St Stephen's church, ColeQuas sub die resurrectionis spe
man Street, London. Fideliter hic custodiendas Lubens deposuit
To the memory of that antiert ser. Sept 14. Ao. Domini MDCLXXXIII. vant of the city with his pen, in divers Iterumque die illo magno . . . crucis employments, especially the Survey of Hinc cum gaudio petendae
London, Master Anthony Munday, citi. Gloriose induet immortalitatem.
zen and draper of London. Stay, reader, stay who wouldst, but canst He that hath many an antient tombstone not buy
read, Choice books, come read the church's (I'th' labour seeming more among the library,
dead Which like Sybelline leaves here scat. To live, than with the living) that sur. ter'd flies
vey'd Perus'd alas here by men's feet, that Obstruse antiquities, and o'er them laid lies
Such rare and beauteous colours with In single sheets, then neatly to be bound By God's own hand, when the last trump That (spite of time) those old are new shall sound;
again, Amongst the rest glance on this marble Under this marble lies interr'd; his tomb leaf,
Claiming (as worthily it may) this room, 'Tis Astell's title page, and therefore Among those many monuments his brief,
Has so revivid, helping now 10 fill
He has a monument more fair, more Never hurried on her wheel
107. In the church of St Nicholas, Of all, for his dread Master's cross,
Of John Bennet, both body and bone, 104. In the south isle, same place. ordnance,
George Nicholson deputy town clerk: Which deceased by God's providence he departed 16 February 1624, and Mar- The eighth day of the month of July,
In perfect faith, love, and charity, 4. Corpus heus animus conclusum A thousand, five hundred sixty and Libera clarus
eight; Est fruitur spectat car cere
Whose soul to heaven he trusted went paçe Deum.
Through God's great mercy, bloodshed 105. In Westminster Abbey,
and death, JAMES THOMSON,
Which only he trusted to during bis Ætatis 48, Obiit 27 August, 1748.
breath, Tutor'd by thee, sweet Poetry exalts So trust we his wife and children that Her voice to ages; and informs the Caused this, page
And Captain Carvel a friend of his.
garet his wife,
108. On a Lady who died in child. for the illustration and confirmation
birth, by Dr Templeman. of history. Beneath this humble stove, now rest
The virtues of his heart were equal inshrin'd,
to the endowments of his mind ; jusAlas! what once inclused the purest tice, benevolence, and charity, dictated mind.
his sentiments in promoting the hapYet, while she leaves us for her kind.
piness of mankind. red skies,
He died the sixth of February See from th' expiring flame a Phoenix rise!
MDCCLXXXV. aged LXXVIII. In tesBy the same hand, severely kind was
timony of her affection and sincere giv'n
esteem, his widow erected this monuTo us a Cherub, and a Saint to Heaven. ment to his memory. Adieu, blest shade! alas, too early filed!
110. In St. Nicholas' church, News Who knew thee living, but laments thee
On Mr FORSTER.
I've kept the faith, a good fight fought stain,
have I, So try'd by torture, and unmov'd by My God and sovereign serv'd, here pain!
quartered lie: Without a groan with agonies she strove; With dust disbanded till th elast trump Heav'n, won'uring, snatch'd her to the hence joys above.
Rally these atoms by its influence,
Then with the loyal bands receive I 109. In Westminster Abbey,
may Here lies (expecting the second A crown of glory for the general pay. coming of our Saviour Christ Jesus) 111: In St Nicholas' church Newthe body of Emund Spenser, the
castle. Prince of poets in his time, whose
Mihi palma cupressus. divine spirit needs no other than the
M. S. work's he left behind him. He was born in London in 1510, and died miltono, animi indole, forma corporis
Egregio adolescenti Thomae Ha1596.
& robore prae caeteris insigni, Domi110. Against the wall of St Nicholas ni Patricii, Hamiltonii a Preston filio
church, Newcastle. dignissimo a nobilissima familia Had: In Saint George's porch are inter- dingtonia oriundo, centurioni sub red the remains of Matthew Duone,
Domino Alexandro Leslaeo exercitus of Lincoln's Inn, London, Esq. Fellow Scotiani foederis imperatore, excellenof the Royal and Antiquarian So- tissimo Domino Alex. Hamiltono 'rei cieties, and a Trustee of the Britisha tormentoriae praefectus, avunculus Museum.
moerens posuit, Cum totius exerci. He was of great eminence in the
tus planctu maximo obiit anno Domiknowledge of the law, and of the ni 1640, Octobris 29. Ætatis suae strictest
integrity and liberality in the 20. practice of it, at the same time the 112. In St John's church, Newcastle. friend and patron of the polite and
Here lies buried fine arts, and particularly distinguish The Rev. Richard Cuthbert, S. G. B. ed by his singular skill, judgement,
Vicar of Kirkby in Kendale :
In whose character and taste, in chusing and collecting a
the Christian, the scholar, and the most complete series of Syrian, Phoe
gentleman, nician, Grecian, Roman, and other
rendered each other more illustrious. coins, now deposited in the museum His zeal was happily tempered of the late William Hunter, M. D. with knowledge and moderation.