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OBITUARY.-Mrs. Siddons.

[July, actress since the time when Booth gave date his company : “You see, madam," such general satisfaction in the cbarac- said the Doctor, “wherever you come ter of Cato.

there is a dearth of seats." When she In the summer, this great and amiable retired he said to Dr. Glover, “ Sir, she actress went to Dublin, the inhabitants is a prodigiously fine woman." "Yes," of which were equally astonished at her replied Dr. Glover, “but don't you think powers. On ber return for the winter she is much finer on the stage, when (1783-4), she performed for the first adorned by art ?"_" Sir," said Dr. time By command of their Ma- Johnson, “ on the stage art does not jesties.” During the succeeding sui- adorn her ; naturc adorns her there, and mer she took a second trip to Ireland, art glorifies her." and also visited Edinburgh : in both Sir Joshua Reynolds never marked places she not only received great his name on his pictures, except in the salaries but very considerable presents. instance of Mrs. Siddons's portrait as the Envy and malice, as usual, pursued Tragic Muse, when he wrote his name merit; and to these alone can be attri. upon the hem of her garment. When buted the attack made on her in a Mrs. Siddons first saw the picture in its newspaper, respecting ber treatment of finished state, she went near to examine an unbappy sister, &c. These reports, the pattern of this, which appeared to however, had such an effect on the town, be a curious classic embroidery, such that on her first appearance on the being, at that time, much in fashion, stage in 1784, she was saluted with tbe and she then perceived it contained his cry of, “Off! off!"

Her friends at name; when making the remark to Sir lengih obtained her a hearing; and her Joshua, who was present, be very pohusband and brother, by means of un- litely said, “I could not lose the hocominon exertion, succeeded in resuting nour this opportunity offered to me, for the calumnies to which she had been my name going down to posterity on exposed. She was accordingly restored the hem of your garment." to public favour.

“I wish,” said Henry Siddons to the Tbeir Majesties at this time paid ber the late manager of the Newcastle much attention. Her talent in reciting theatre, then acting manager at Man. dramatic works bad been bigbly spoken chester, “ I wish, Mr. Nicholson, that of, which reaching the ears of tbe royal you would be kind enough to give this family, she was frequently invited to letter to Mrs. Siddons.”

"Tu your Buckingbam-bouse and Windsor, where mother?"-" Yes, Sir ; you can do it she and her brotber often recited plays. in the course of business; she will be When some relaxation, on account of offended if I intrude on her." The obber health, was considered necessary, ject of the letter was to obtain the conshe quitted Drury Lane for a time, and sent of tbe great actress to perform for performed at Weymouth, Plymouth, her son's benefit. She sent for him on Liverpool, &c. with additional reputa- reading the letter, and in a loud tone tion. She also visited several of her demanded to know how he dared to noble patrons, amongst whom Lord and take so great a liberty as to ask her to Lady Harcourt stood conspicuous. By play for him (she had dune bim that means of these friends and accomplish- bonour a short time before ac Preston.) ments she acquired a very good fortune, I thought, Madam," said Harry, besiand for some years retained a consider- tatingly," that as Tuesday was a vacant able sbare, or mortgage, on Drury Lane night" “I dine at the Bishop of theatre.

Llandaff's (Dr. Watson) on Tuesday Nature bestowed on Mrs. Siddons a evening, Sir, and cannot, therefore, majestic person, a striking countenance, comply with your request."-" Good and a fine voice; the judgment with evening, Madam."-" Good eve, Sir." which the last was modulated has sel- And so the curious dialogue, filial and dom been equalled.—“Mrs. Siddons," maternal, ended. When Henry Siddons said Lord Byron, “ was the beau ideal engaged in the Edinburgh theatre, Mrs. of acting; Miss O'Neill I would not go Siddonsis said to bave advanced him 80001. to see for fear of weakening the impres- by way of loan, which, however, she sion made by the Queen of Tragedians. thought proper to recal before it could When I read Lady Macbetli's part I have be applied according to the purpose of Mrs. Siddons before me ; and imagina- the borrower; yet when the audience tion even supplies her voice, whose tones so roughly greeted Mrs. Siddons for rewere superhuman, and power over the fusing to play for the benefit of poor heart supernatural.”

Digges, she brought her children on. When Mrs. Siddons visited Dr. John- stage, and in a manner dignifi son, be paid ber two or three very ele- affectionate, said, “ Here a gant compliments. There

logies." chairs enough in his room to accommo- Mrs. Siddons was less

were

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1831.] Rev. Wm. Fawssett, D.D.-Rev. John Clowes, M.A.

87 Tate society than is generally imagined wbich he continued until the moment by those who had infrequent opportu- of bis dissolution, on tbe morning of the nities of seeing ber. She sung many subsequent Sunday. He was buried at simple ballads with infinite taste; and, Asbied, in Surrey. He left one daughter; when in very limited society, she intro- and also a widow, wbo was the youngest duced a peculiarly dry humour into daughter of Peter Stoughton, esq. of those amusing trifles. Johanna Baillie Norfolk. says the effect she gave to the cumic To Dr. Fawsselt, may be applied that passages of Sbakspeare was the most best of eulogies-he was a good Chriswonderful proof of her genius.

tian. As a preacber of the Gospel, be The remains of Mrs. Siddons were in- was called to exercise a very responsible terred at Paddington church on the ministry among a well-educated and 15th of June. The funeral procession well-judging congregation, whose esteem consisted of a bearse, drawn by four and respect he conciliated by his plain, borses, followed by two mourning coacbes simple, and unobtrusive manner. His and four, containing the relatives of public instruction came from the heart tbe deceased ; afterwards fourteen of the speaker, and therefore pene. mourning coaches drawn by two borses, trated to ibe heart of the hearer. 'The each containing four gentlemen belong- duties of private life were discharged by ing to the theatres ; two gentlemen's him from the pure principles of a love carriages brought up the procession. of God and of a sincere faith in the The number of persons assembled to merits and assistance of the Redeemer. witness the suneral could not be less His bumility was unaffected.

No one tban 5000.

thought more modestly of himself ; Mrs. Siddons's son died at Edinburgh, no one was more anxious to acknowwhere he was manager of the tbeatre, ledge the merits of others. In bis April 12, 1815, and is briefly noticed in charities he went about doing good. our vol. Lxxxv. i. 380. Sbe bad also His time was much occupied in protwo daughters, one of whom died at the moting some benevolent plan; and time she was engaged to marry the late those who needed not bis pecuniary aid Sir Thomas Lawrence, Pres. R. A. have beneficialiy availed themselves of

“ Memoirs of Mrs. Siddons, inter- his kind counsels. spersed with Anecdutes of Autbors and Actors, by James Boaden, esq. tbe au

Rev. John Clowes, M.A. thor of tbe Life of Kemble,' were pub- May 29. At Warwick, aged 87, the lished in 1897, in two volumes octavo, Rev. Jolin Clowes, Rector of St. Jubu's embellished with a striking likeness, ta- church, Manchester. ken by Sir Thomas Lawrence when she Mr. Clowes was born in Manchester, was in the prime of lise.

Oct. 20, 1743, O.S. the sourih child of
Joseph Cluwes, esq. barrister, who for

many years practised in that town Rev. W. Fawssett, D.D.

and its neighbourhood, and Katherine, June 19. Aged 57, the Rev. Wil- daughter of a respectable clergyman liam Fawsselt, D.D. Minister of Bruns- named Ellwards, Rector of Llanbedar, wick Chapel, Berkeley-sireet.

near Rutbin, in Wales. His excellent This gentleman was born in Norfolk, mother died when he was about eight Sept. 25, 1773. He was a student of years old, but even at that tender age Caius College, Cambridge, where be her piety and example had made a deep graduated B.A. 1797, M.A. 1801. By impression on bis mind, and up tu a very The munificence of Ricbard Howard, esq. late period of bis life be had a grateful (uncle of i be present Lord Bagut), he remembrance of the debt which he owed was presented, in 1799, to tbe consoli- to her constant care and solicituile in dated livings of Castle Rising and Roy- implanting and cultivating every sweet don, in Norfolk. Through the kind and gentle affection ; and to bis faiber offices of the same patron he obtained, also for following up by an admirable in 1800, the crown-mediety of West course of Christian education the inWalton. He relinquished, in 1825, the struction which she had so bappily beliving of Castle Rising, for the Ministry gun.

He was educated at the grammar of Brunswick Cbapel ; this honourable school of Salford, and at the age of appointment he received from the Earl eigbteen bis father was persuaded to of Liverpool. He took bis degree of send bin to Cambridge, tbough noc D.D. at Oxford, in 1828. On the 17th without much entreaty, as he had alof June, a fall from bis pony-chaise, in ready an elder son, Richard, at that Hyde Park, was altended with so violent University. He was entered a pensioner a contusion on the head, that he was of Trinity College, and there are suffitaken up in a state of insensibility, in cient reasons for concluding that he

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OBITUARY.-Rev. John Clowes, M.A. (July, pursued his academical studies with the to the publication of these doctrines perseverance and ability which distin. both in the pulpit and by the press. For guished all that be undertook in aster- many years be was employed in translife ; for in the year 1766, when be took Jating them from the original Latin ; his degree, he was the eighth Wrangler and as each volume was translated, it on the Tripos paper, proving that he was printed by a society establisbed in was no ordinary proficient in mathema- Manchester under his auspices. Tbis tical attainments : and that he was society led to the furmation of another equally distinguished as a classical in London, which is still actively and scholar, is shewn by bis gaining one of busily engaged in printing and circuthe two prizes given by the members of lating the writings of the Hon. Emanuel the University to the Middle Bachelors, Swedenborg. By persons unacquainted for the best dissertations in Latin prose; with the abstract principles of this auand again, the following year, when he ibor, and the nice discriminations of was senior Bachelor, the first prize for thought for wbich be is distinguisbed, a similar dissertation. About this time togei ber with the number and variety he was elected a Fellow of bis College, of the treatises which be bas published, had many private pupils, and was be- the immense labour of these transsides so highly thought of, that it is lations cannot be estimated; but to not surprising he should have looked those wbo are, it is the subject of the forward with ambitious hopes to some bighest admiration, and is only exceeded station of eminence in the profession by the author of those writings, for which he had chosen. In the midst of whose labours and industry it would be this career of academical distinction the difficult to find a parallel. church of St. John, Manchester, then The literary labours of Mr. Clowes building at the sole expense of Edward were not, however, confined to translaByrom, esq. was offered him by the tions, for be published at different times patron; but he actually felt burt, to many other works on subjects connected use his own words, at the idea of his with religion and pbilosophy, and all of being expected to accept an appoint. them agreeing with the profound and ment so unequal to his prospects and his catbolic views of his favourite author, wishes. A severe illness, however, wbich in whose sentiments he to the last encompletely broke down his healib, and tirely acquiesced. His manly and exreduced him to the necessity of giving plicit avowal of these sentiments pruup all stu brought him into what he duced opposite effects, wbile in some it thought a bappy scale of humiliation excited the spirit of persecutioni, in before God, so that upon its being again others it was the subject of approbation offered him by Mr. Byrom, when it was and deligbt. Such was the opposition nearly ready for consecration, be ac- at one time by a few of his parishioners, cepted it wiib cheerfulness as a boon of that secret attempts were made to disProvidence, intended for the improve possess him of bis living ; but the apment and security of his eternal good, plications wbicb were made for this end and he continued its Rectur, refusing were rendered abortive by the Bisbop more than one offer of bigb preserment of bis diocese (Dr. Porteus), srom bis in the church, for the term of sixty-two Lordship’s conviction of bis virtues and years.

piety, and his worst enemies in a few In the spring of the year 1773 he be- years were cbanged into admiring came acquainted with the theological friends. His correspondence alsu with writings of the Hon. Emanuel Sweden- clergymen and others was numerous burg. They were put into his hands by and extensive, and about the year 1816, the late Mr. Horton, of Liverpool, a it is reckoned “that he had not fewer gentleman of great talents and learning, than filly clergymen as correspondents, who was biinself an admirer of the who were satisfied of the truth of Swedsystem of religion which they embrace. enborg's writings."

Much obloquy s. The deligbi,” he said, “produced in was cast upon him in consequence of bis bis mind by the first perusal of the work relaining his living after his adoption of entitled, “Vera Christiana Religio,"* no sentiments not in unison with the language could fully express; and from articles of the Established Church ; but that hour he dedicated all bis energies all this originated in perfect ignorance

of the man, and of the motives of his The whole title of the London edi- conduct. It was not the emoluments tion runs thus : “ True Christian Reli- of the church that bound bim to the gion, or the Universal Theology of the Establishment, but the supposition tbat New Church which was foretold by the Lord. Dan. vii. 13, 14, and in the Apo- + See Adams's Religious World Discalypse, xxi. 1, 2;" 2 vols. 8vo.

played, vol. 11. p. 243.

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1831.] OBITUARY.-Rev. John Clowes, M.A.

89 he could be more generally useful in the within a few months of his decease, he station which he was called to fill in the was fully occupied in writing and dicorder of Providence. He prosessed also a tating fresh works, explanatory of the remarkable and strong attachment to the pure doctrines of Christianity as they forms of the Establisbment. At one are unfolded in the holy Scriptures. time he enjoyed sanguine but delusive During the latter years of his life he expectations, that these opinions would resided wholly at Warwick, blessing, to be universally adopted in the Established the last moments of bis consciousness, Churcb, and he supposed that he should those around him, and blessed by all be able to bring in all the stray sheep who came within the circle of his affccinto his fuld ; but be lived long enough tions. His funeral took place on the to see that this was a hasty and a false 9th of June. The body, on its way from conclusion. He certainly was the in- Warwick, was met near St. Peter's by the strument by wbich ebis class of Chris- personal friends and congregation of the tians became sufficiently numerous to deceased, in number upwards of 200, all form a separale denomination. During voluntarily provided with funeral badges. his lifetime they consisted of two par- At St. John's church the Sunday school ties, Separatists and Non-Separatists. children were ranged in line from the Those whu attached themselves to the door to the gates. The service was read Church of England under the title of by the Rev. William Huntington, and a Non-Separatists bave now lost their hymn adapted to the occasion was sung centre and leader. To bis labours they, by the children. This part of the cereboxever, stand indebied for the diffu- mony was particularly interesting, as sion of thuse opinions not only in this the venerable Rector through bis life bad country but througbout Europe, in directed the greatest care to the younger America, and in numerous parts of the branches of his congregation, and to world. So that it is almost impossible those of the schools most especially, tu travel to any part of the world wbere The body was afterwards carried out to the English language is known, but some the church-yard, wbere it was deposited of these writings, though widely scat- in a vaulc communicating with the tered, are yet to be incidentally found. cburch, 11 Swedenborg is to be considered as the The following is a list of Mr. Clowes's founder of tbe sect, Mr. Clowes, after publications : “An Affectionate Address him, must be considered as his ebief to the Clergy of the United Kingdom of apostle.

Great Britain and Ireland on the TbeoWhatever difference of opinion may logical Writings of Emanuel Swedenexist as to the sentiments of Mr. Clowes, borg," 8vo. “Dialogues on the Nature, there is but one as to the excellence Design, and Evidence of the Writings aud piety for wbich he was distinguished. of the Hon. Emanuel Swedenborg, with As a minister of religion no man was a brief account of some of bis Philosoever more profoundly revered or more phical Works," 12mo. 1788. “ Letters affectionately beloved than he was by to a Member of Parliament on the Chabis flock. In his public life they saw racter and Writings of Baron Swedenand felt that bis whole heart and all borg; containing a full refutation of all his farullies were devoted to their eter- the Abbé Barruel's calumnies against nal welfare; while in his private life the Hon. Author," 2d edition, 8vo. 1799. tbey bad daily before their eyes a prac- A Dialogue between a Churcbman and tical illustration of the pure and Methodist on the Writings and Opinions heavenly precepts which be taught. of Baron Swedenborg," 8vo.

"A few To enumerate the virtues wbich adorned plain Answers to the Question, 'Why do bis life, and to mark tbeir sense of the you receive the Testimony of Baron Swesignal benefits wbich they had derived denborg ?" 12mo. 1806. from bis ministry, the members of his the Christian Observer" in defence of congregation, wben he bad been fifty the same, 8vo. 1807.

« Letters to a years their pastor, erected in bis church Friend on tbe Divine Person and Chaa tablet beautifully sculptured in bas- racter of Jesus Christ,” 8vo.

« On Merelief by Flaxman, in which he is repre- diums, their Divine origin and importsented as instructing the three genera- ant uses, especially in the Regeneration tions of one family in those lessons of and Salvation of Mankind," 8vo. 1814. wisdom which be was accustomed to “ Pure Evangelical Religion Restored," deliver with an affectionate earnestness, 8vo. The Spiritual Sum, its existence and an eloquence peculiarlyhis own. From and operation proved from Scripture the year 1823 his increasing infirmities and Reason," 8vo. " The Parables of of body compelled bim to give up bis Jesus Christ explained," 18mo. 1816. public doties; and from that time until « The Miracles of Jesus Christ exGent, MAG. July, 1831,

« Letter to 1827."

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OBITUARY.-Rev. H. F. A. Delafite.

(July, plained," 18mo. 1816. “ Scripture His. who were driven out of France by the tories, selected from the Old Testa- revocation of the Edict of Nanies. His ment," 18mo. 1817. “ Tbe true end father, a man of great piety and learuand design of the Holy Sacrament," ing, was Chaplain to the Prince of 12mo. " Letters to the Rev. Jolin Orange; while the virtues and accomGrundy on the Unitarian Controversy,” plishments of his mother attracted the 8vo. 1817. “ A Letter to the Rev. notice of the late Queen Charlotte, and, W. Roby on some passages in his Lec. after the death of her busband, recomtures," 8vo. 1820. “A second Letter mended her to the office of French goto the same, in reply to his Pamphlet verness to tbe Princesse This appointentitled, Anti-Swedenborgianism," 8vo. ment (which Mad. Delafite filled for 1821. “ The Gospel according to Mat- many years, with the high esteem of the tbew, translated from the original illustrious family to whom she was alGreek, aud illustrated by Extracts from tached) led to her sou's receiving an the Hon. Eman. Swedenborg, 1819; English education at Trinity College, St. John's Gospel, on the same plan, Oxford, wbere he attained the degree of 1819; St. Luke's, 1824; and 5t. Mark's, M. A. July 5, 1805. Mr. Delafite was

“The two Heavenly Memo. for nearly thirty years lecturer of St. rialists, or Love and Truth stating to Paul's, Covent Garden ; but, though the Christian World their peculiar dis- not altogether forgotten by the exalted tresses, and imploring reliel," 8vo. 1818. personages who had enjoyed the benefit “On the two Worlds, the Visible and of his mother's eminent services, and Invisible, their nearness to connection who originally directed his choice of a and operation on each other," 8vo. profession, he never emerged, even to a 1819. A Treatise on Opposites, their benefice in the church, of which be was nature, origin, and uses, as affecting a zealous labourer, from tbat bumble both the Natural and Spiritual Life of station which he was satisfied to adorn Man,' 8vo. 1821. " Christian Tem- with his intelligent conversation and his per,' 8vo. 1822. “ The Twelve Hours mild and benevolent virtues. of the Day," 8vo. 1823. "On Delights, Though little known as an author, their Origin, Variety, Uses, and Euds," Mr. Delafite has not left the public al. 8vo. 1824. “ Letters to a friend on toget her without proofs of his scienthe Human Soul, its Immateriality and tific information and extensive reading. Immortality,” 8vo. 1825.

“ Letters on

Having lived on terms of strict intithe Human Body," 8vo. 1827.

macy with the late illustrious geologist, Science, its Divine Origin, Operation, De Luc, during the latter years of that Use, and End," 8vo. 1828. “ Sermons eminent man's life, he, in the year 1812, preached at St. Jobn's church, Man- published, under the eye of the author, ebester," 2 vols. 8vo. Sermons on a translation of De Luc's “Elements of the Call and Deliverance of the Children Geology ;" and in other respects was inof Israel out of Egypt," 8vo. 1803. strumental in making the English pub“ Sermons on the Parable of the Mar- lic acquainted with the immortal labours riage of the King's Sun," 8vo. 1812. of the father of that important science. “ Short Dialogues on Creation and Re- But his most valuable service to the demption," 18mo. 1820. Sermons on geologic student was the composition of tbe Lord's Prayer and Ten Comipand- a work which he had just completed at ments, 8vo. 1821; on the Beatitudes, the time of his decease, being a new 8vo, 1825 ; on the Parable of the ten edition of De Luc's “ Letters on the Virgins, 8vo. 1828. “ Religious In- Physical History of the Earth;" to which struction for Youth," 2 vols. 18mo. he has prefixed an introduction, con“ Family Prayers,” 18mo. To which taining a general view of the labours of might be added a great variety of single that great geologist, and a vindication Sermons; a translation from the Psalms, of his claims 10 original views respecte with Notes and practical Illustrations; ing the fundamental points in the and a Posthumous Work now preparing science. Such being the limited extent for the press.

of Mr. Delafite's labours for the press,
they alone who enjoyed his friendsbip are

in a condition to appreciate bis talents
Rev. H. F. A. DELAFITE.

and acquirements, his various erudition, May 18. The Rev. Henry Francis bis enlightened opinions, at once orthoAlexander Delafite, M.A. Evening Lec- dox and liberal, and his familiar acquaintturer at St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and ance with the stores of ancient and Foreign Secretary to the Royal Society modern learning and science. He was of Literature.

distinguished by the absence of personal The family of Mr Delafite was amongst pretensions, united with the warmest those virtuous and exemplary citizens zeal for the honour and interest of his

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