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tertained of the beneficial effects of of Effingham on his lately proposed those waters, induced him to become a Act of Insolvency,” 8vo. warm patron in promoting the interest These were works of acknowledged of the inhabitants; and the magnificence merit and authority. He was, however, of the place owes its fame chiefly to the induced to relinquish the profession of recommendation of the venerable Dr. law. In very early life he had formed Kerr, and the public spirit of others. a close intimacy with Mr. Pitt and the On the 10th of September his remains late Duke of Leeds, who, being anxious were interred in a vault within St. Se to attach to their party one so highly pulchre's church, attended by upwards talented, prevailed upon bim to embark of forty governors of the Infirmary, in political affairs. who all sympathized in the loss of their In 1787 he was returned M. P. for Tevered friend, ---Gentleman's Magazine. Helston in Cornwall, and in 1790 re
chosen. In August 1789 he was ap
pointed one of the under secretaries of L
state for the foreign department. In
the course of that year, Mr. Burges LAMB, Sir James Bland, Bart. published an * Address to the Country D.C.L. This gentleinan, when known Gentlemen of England and Wales, on by the name of Burges, greatly distin County Courts,” 8vo.; and in 1790, guished himself in politics and litera · Letters on the Spanish Aggression at ture.
Nootka,” 8vo. published under the sigHe was the only son of George nature of Verus. He also privately Burges, Esq. a military officer, and printed a “ Narrative of the Negociaafterwards comptroller-general of the tions between France and Spain in customs in North Britain, by the bo 1790." In 1794, Mr. Burges, Evan nourable Anne Wichnoure Somerville, Nepean, and Stephen Cotterell, Esqrs. only daughter of James, tenth Lord So
were appointed Joint Commissioners of merville, and was born at Gibraltar, the Privy Seal. June 8, 1752. He was about seven Mr. Burges and another under secyears under the tuition of the Rev. Dr.
retary of state, of congenial talents and Somerville, author of “ The History of attachment to the British constitution, the Reign of Queen Anne, &c.” during not mere servility to the government of which time he attended for the space of the time, were the founders of “ The two years the University of Edinburgh. Sun” newspaper, under the sanction of He was then placed at Westminster Mr. Pitt. Among the effusions of wit, school, where he continued till Christ. humour, and satire with which he enmas 1769, when he was removed to livened the columns of that newspaper University college, Oxford, and placed in its early days, were a series of verses under the tuition of Dr. Scott (now entitled The Casuist, in wlrich he pourLord Stowell). Having left the Uni- trayed, with poetical spirit and characversity in 1779, he made the tour of teristic truth, the chief members of the France, Italy, Switzerland, and part of Opposition at that period; and several Germany. On his return he attended admirable tales, among which was The the courts in Westminster-hall; and in Bishop's Wig. Of a graver cast were a Easter Term, 1777, was called to the series of letters under the signature of bar by the society of Lincoln's Inn. Alfred, in which he took a comprehen
On the 19th of June that year, he sive view of the several states, political married the honourable Elizabeth Noel, objects, and relative interests of all Eusecond daughter of Edward Viscount
ropean governments. These letters he Wentworth, who died in 1779, without collected and published in 1792, in one issue. In 1778 he published “ Heroic 8vo. volume, which contains such solid Epistles from Serjeant Bradshaw in the
matter as may be useful to statesmen at Shades, to John Dunning, Esq." De
all periods. cember 16, 1780, he married, 2dly, On resigning his office of under seAnne, third daughter of Lieutenant- cretary of state, he was created, October Colonel Lewis Charles Montelieu, Ba 31, 1795, a Baronet, of Burville, ron of St. Hypolite; by whom (who Berks; and was also appointed for life died October 17, 1810) he had issue Knight Marshal of the King's houseten children. In 1783 appeared his hold. “ Considerations on the Law of Insol. Having now retired from all political vency,” 8vo; and a “ Letter to the Earl duties, he devoted himself entirely to
literary pursuits. In 1796 he published ceum Theatre by the Drury Lanc Com-
a much-approved poem, entitled “ The pany, was published in 8vo. in 1810; and
Birth and Triumph of Love,” 4to. The to him has been ascribed the Comic
plan was taken from a series of plates, Opera of “ Tricks upon Travellers,"
The Birth and Triumph of Cupid," never printed. The Romance of “ The
published by Mr. P. W. Tompkins, in Dragon Knight" was undoubtedly his.
Bond Street ; the beautiful designs of All were marked by taste, judgment,
which originated from the Princess learning, and imagination.
Elizabeth. A copy of this was sold at Sir James the third time entered the
his sale*, with a complimentary letter matrimonial state, by marrying, Sept. 8.
and a manuscript Latin poem on Love 1812, Lady Margaret, daughter of
by Dr. Vincent
James, 5th Earl of Balcarras, and re-
During 1799 and 1800, Sir James lict of Alexander Fordyce, Esq. By
was engaged in composing and printing her, (wlio also died before him, Decem-
an heroic poem in 18 books, celebrating ber 1, 1814), he had no issue.
the character and achievements of Rich In 1821, by royal siga manual, he
ard the First. Whilst it was passing was permitted to assume the name of
through the press, he sent copies to Lamb only, and bear the arms of Lamb
many of his poetical friends, for their quartered with those of Burges. In
opinion on its merits. They were ac the latter part of his life Sir James de-
companied by the following note : voted his talents to theological writings,
“ Sir James Burges takes the liberty and in 1819 he published in quarto,
of requesting that, as this is merely a “ Reasons for a new Translation of the
private impression of a very few copies, Bible.”
for the sole purpose of obtaining a can Sir James was tall in stature, and
did criticism of the work, it may not be handsome in person. His manners
shewn to any one. In this confidence, displayed dignity without pride. He
he has the honour to send it to Mr. was conscious of his own talents and
The remainder is printing, and will be attainments, but always ready to respect
forwarded as soon as possible.
those of others. In the private relations
“ Dartmouth Street, Jan. 25, 1800.” of life he was kind, affectionate, and
At the sale of Sir James Lamb's libra- hospitable; an admirer of music, and a
ry, three of these copies, each containing performer. It is singular that, even
the above note, were sold; one “ with when iu public life, no pen was ever
remarks and corrections by J. Anstey;” employed personally against him. His
another with very discouraging “ re own pen was never instigated by per-
marks, corrections, and general observ- sonal pique, but simply inspired by an
ations throughout, by Mr. Boscawen ;” ardent desire to aid the general welfare.
and the third with particularly flattering Gentleman's Magazine.
“ remarks throughout, and an auto LEMON, Sir William, Bart. D.C.L.
graph letter, by Richard Cumberland." M.P. December 18, 1824, at his seat,
A fourth copy followed, “collated by Carclew, one of the most beautiful man-
Sir J. B. Burges, with Cumberland, sions in Cornwall, which county he had
Sotheby, Fitz-gerald, Pye, Anstey, represented in twelve successive Par.
Boscawen, and Archd. Nares; manu liaments, during a period of half a cen-
script letter & Mr. Boscawen's in. tury, and at the time of his death was
serted.” The poem was finally pub-
Father of the House of Commons.
lished in 2 vols., 8vo., 1801. A few The family of Lemon is of some an-
years after he produced, in conjunction tiquity in Cornwall. Sir William's
with Mr. Cumberland, a sacred poem, grandfather brought considerable wealth
entitled “ The Exodiad,” which is into it by his own industry. He en.
characterised by a poetical as well as a gaged in several profitable speculations
pious fervour. The first part appeared in mines; and he wisely laid out the
in 1807, the second in 1808, 4to. His product of the bowels of the earth in
play of “ Riches, or the Wife and the purchase of many fair acres on its
Brother," founded Mas ger's surface.
Carclew became his property
“ City Madam," and acted at the Ly. in 1749. The Rev. Mr. Polwhele, in
Anne, daughter of John Williams, Esq. disposition, united with that intrepidity,
of Carnanton, the subject of this me we are to ascribe his success in pleasing
moir, another son, and two daughters. all, though he flattered no man's pre.
Sir William Lemon was born in 1748. judices, and did homage to no man's
He was first elected to Parliament in opinions. That Cornwall cannot boast
1769, for the borough of enrhyn. of others rese ng Sir William Le-
In 1772 he vacated his seat by accept mon, I would by no means insinuate.
ing the Stewardship of the Manor of Without such characters we could never,
East Hendred, in order to stand can. after so long a struggle with difficulties,
didate for the county of Cornwall; but in history unexampled, have attained our
losing the election, he was re-chosen for present height of prosperity and glory."
Penrhyn. In 1774 he was returned Sir William made several additions
for the county, which he continued to to the family estates in the county of
represent ever after. He generally Cornwall. In 1768 he purchased the
sided with the Opposition. He was manor of Fenton, or Venton-Vedna, in
created a Baronet, May 3. 1774. In the parish of Sithney, of Sir Edward
1803 he was chosen Colonel of the Dering, Bart. and others the repre-
Royal Cornwall Militia.
sentatives of the Lowers. In 1786 he
Sir William Lemon married Jane, purchased of the Trefusis family the
eldest daughter of James Buller, of manor of Trythance. In 1792 he pur-
Morval, Cornwall, Esq. (by Jane, chased the manor of Ardevro, or
daughter of Allen first Earl Bathurst), Ardevora, in the parish of Filley, of
through whom he acquired great in Sir James Laroche, Bart. one of the
fluence. By her he had issue twelve devisees of the last Earl of Radnor.
children, the tenth of whom, Charles, He also purchased the manor of Res-
who has been Member for Penrhyn, tronguel in the same parish as Carclew,
succeeds to the title and estates.
of the late Lord Clinton.
Mr. Polwhele (iv. 112.) gives the His brother, Lieutenant - Colonel
following character of this venerable John Lemon, who represented Truro,
Cornish representative :
&c., in several Parliaments, died in
“ Sir William Lemon has passed April 1814.- Gentleman's Magazine.
through perilous times, such as the an LENS, John, Esq. M. A. ; His
tagonist of Sir Robert Walpole never Majesty's Ancient Serjeart at Law;
saw; and with a power possessed by August 6; at Ryde, in the Isle of
few, he bas been able not only to re Wight; in the 69th year of his age.
concile contending parties, but to con Mr. Serjeant Lens was born Jan. 2,
ciliate to himself their esteem and affec. 1756 ; he was a native of Norwich,
tion. In him we justly admire the and may be justly ranked amongst the
old country gentleman, faithful to his most distinguished of its citizens. He
King without servility, — attached to was the son of Mr. John Lens, an
the people without democracy. Whilst eminent Land Steward, and was edu-
many, fearful of incurring the suspicion cated at Norwich ; during which time
of republicanism, abandoned the cause he nearly lost his life whilst bathing at
of liberty, Sir William stood firm in Heigham, but was rescued from a pre-
the ranks independence, and had mature death by the intrepidity and
even the resolution to express his dissent exertions of a schoolfellow. After he
from the Minister at that unheard-of left Norwich school, he was placed for
moment, when opposition to Adminis some time under the tuition of the
tration was considered as synonymous Rev. John Peele; from whom he went
with disaffection from Government. to Eton, Thence he proceeded to
Such was the conduct resulting from St. John's College, Cambridge; where
a strong mind, a sagacity in judging he took a degree in 1779 as Fourth
of the probable issue of things, and in Wrangler (the three before him being
penetrating the views of men, and from Jones, late Tutor of Trinity; Marsh,
a conscious feeling of integrity. Open the present Bishop of Peterborough ;
and unaffected, however, as he always and Christian, late Chief Justice of
was, there were none who could mis Ely) and Senior Medallist. He after-
take his principles : candid, courteous, wards became one of the standing
and benevolent - there were none who Counsel to the University, and a Fel.
could do otherwise than applaud them. low of Downing College; and so
It is to this undissembling spirit, this bighly was he esteemed there, that no
urbanity of manners, and suavity of doubt can be entertained, if he had
desired it, that all parties would have ner, by the Prime Minister in person,
united to place him in the situation agreeably to the express command of
of one of the Representatives of the the Prince Regent: Mr. Lens being
University in Parliament, but he uni- assured at the same time that he should
formly declined every application to be bound to no political line of conduct,
become a Member of the Legislature. and that the appointment should open
On leaving the University he entered to him the first situations in the Law:
himself at Lincoln's Inn, and was in this offer he firmly, but respectfully,
1781 called to the Bar. He first prac. declined to accept. The place of Chief
tised in the "Conrt of King's Bench, Justice of Chester was subsequently
but being created a Serjeant, he con- proposed to him, but which, although
fined himself chiefly to the Common a situation of considerable rank and
Pleas; he was afterwards made a emolument in the profession, and un-
King's Sergeant, and on the appoint- connected with any political feeling, he
ment of Mr. Serjeant Shepherd to the also refused. His knowledge of the
situation of Chief Baron of the Ex- laws of his country was very extensive.
chequer in Scotland, he became the As a speaker he did not affect the
King's Ancient Serjeant, which entitled highest range of oratory, but his
him to the highest rank at the Bar, speeches had merits of a rare and pre-
with the exception of the Attorney and cious kind. He was cultivated in
manners and in mind; his language
Mr. Serjeant Lens first went the had frequently the merit of force and
Norfolk circuit, but soon changed that elegance, and always that of propriety;
for the Western; of which he was for and in all the legal contests in which
many years the leader and ornament. he was engaged, he never for a moment
In 1817, while in full possession of his forgot the character of a gentleman ;
mental and bodily powers, he was in short, both in and out of his profes-
induced by a delicacy of feeling peculiar sion he was considered the standard of
to himself to quit the Western circuit all that was honourable and dignified
for the sole reason that he considered in man. He early attached himself to
he ought to make an opening for the party of Mr. Fox, and was a con-
The Barristers of that stitutional whig, and from these princi-
circuit, on his retirement from it, pre- ciples no excitement of interest
sented him with a splendid silver ink- ambition could ever induce him to
stand, with an inscription expressive deviate.
of their great attachment to him, and Mr. Serjeant Lens had, a year or
their sincere regret at his loss. It has two ago, been visited by a severe mal.
been erroneously stated in some of the ady, which required chirurgical assist-
public prints, that he was disappointed ance, and be was attended by the most
at not being elevated to the Bench; it eminent Medical Professors of the
is believed, that he more than once day. He bore the operation that was
declined that honourable situation, deemed necessary with the patience and
arising from a most extraordinary dif- fortitude which might be expected from
fidence in himself and his own powers. a calm, firm, and resolute mind, and he
During the last illness of his friend rewarded the gentleman who attended
Lord Ellenborough, he undertook the him with a grateful and even princely
duties of a Judge on the Home Cir- liberality. The effect of the disease,
cuit, and he discharged them with a and the nature of the operation, though
dignity and ability which called forth it reinoved the immediate cause, gave,
the unqualified approbation of the pub- however, a shock to his constitution,
lic and the Bar, and reflected upon from which he never recovered, and
himself the highest honour ; lie alone induced him to resign all professional
was apprehensive that he had not done pursuits.
all that the duty of a Judge required. In 1818, Mr. Lens married Mrs.
Mr. Lens was held in the highest es- Nares (the widow of John Nares, Esq.,
timation by the present King, who the magistrate), whom, however, he had
considered that his virtues and talents the misfortune to lose in June 1820.
would have adorned any rank. Before The following character of this la-
Serjeant Shepherd was appointed So- mented gentleman, is extracted from a
licitor-General, the situation was offered poem called “ The Bar.”
to Mr. Lens, in the most flattering man-
“Lo! learned LENS - as contrasts lege, Cambridge, where he obtained the
degrees of B. A. 1797, and M. A. 1802.
Like a calm summer lake reposed at On the 5th of December, 1797, he
married Henrietta-Maria, eldest daugh-
Till warm collision, like a mighty wind, ter and heiress of Robert Vernon Ather-
Uplifts the depth and volume of his ton, of Atherton Hall, co. Lancaster,
Esq., and by her (who died August 11,
Then, as if rous'd from slumber, o'er 1820) had issue, Thomas Atherton,
present Baron Lilford, and eleven other
He roars not with a torrent's thundering children, six daughters and five sons.
On Wednesday, the 13th, bis mortal
Nor like a shallow stream runs dimp. remains were deposited in the family
vault at Achurch in the county North-
'Till in faint murmurs all its strength ampton, The funeral was private ;
being attended only by the family and
But gently swelling from its copious immediate connexions of the deceased
Lord, and by the Oundle and Thrapston
Like a vast river, rolls with steady force, troops of Northamptonshire cavalry, of
Bank full - yet ne'er o'erflowing its the latter of which the Noble Lord had
long had the command. Their offer
Orif, perchance, the truant stream should of attendance had been volunteered in
the most respectful and affectionate
It warms and fertilizes on its way, manner, and accepted on the part of the
And strews with many a leaf and classic family with a full appreciation of the
motives under which it was made.
All that was wild and barren waste be.
With powers of mind which fitted
him to take an active part in public life,
But greater, nobler qualitiesthan these, in which, when occasion called him
Are his, who never fawns, or stops to forth, he was not backward to show
himself; he courted retirement as the
Who with stern independence for his chief scene of his duties and pleasures,
devoting his unceasing attention to the
To hollow-soul'd ambition scorns to education of his children, and seeking
delight in domestic endearments and
For power or place, or paltry selfish ends, social intimacies.
Ne'er sells his conscience, nor deserts For both he was admirably calculated
by a sensibility that was deep and tender,
But stands, (nor sighs for proffer'd ho an understanding large and cultivated,
and a taste exquisitely refined. He de-
Unshaken and consistent to the last. lighted in excellence of every kind; but
Rare virtues these ! above all price or chiefly in the excellence of goodness
and wisdom; of which, while studying
And seldom found in these degenerate to form himself after the model of a
revered father, he sought out living
Yet these for one the muse may proudly examples and associates among every
rank and description of men. Upright,
And with their splendid rays emblazon honourable, independent, high-minded,
his temper might have carried him into
New Monthly and Gentleman's Ma too much of abstraction, had not real
gazines, and Private Communications. Christianity given him the right bias
LILFORD, the Right Honourable and aim. His moral mark was always
Thomas Powys, Baron of, of Lilford high, and he pursued it humbly, judg-
Park, co. Northampton, and of Atherton ing every part of his own conduct with
and Bewsey, co. Lancaster ; July 4, in scrutinizing severity, and though always
admired by others, seldom or never
He was the eldest son of Thomas first satisfied with himself. As an imperative
Lord Lilford, by Mary daughter of duty he was diligent in doing good, and
Galfridus Mann, of Brocton Malherbe, unaffectedly careless of showing or con-
and niece of Sir Horatio Mann, bart. cealing it. His mind was distinguished
K.B. Ambassador to the Court of Flo- both by delicacy of feeling and by purity
rence; was born April 8, 1775; and of motive, holding the love of praise in
received his education at St. John's Col. strict subjection; his piety was sincere