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To the Editor of the QUARTERLY VISITOR. By the insertion of the Fragment, addressed to the Fates, (No. 6, p. 262) I have been induced to transmit you the following brief memorial of its author, extracted chiefly from the Biographia Cumbriensis, published in Hutchinson's History of Cumberland. CLERICUS.
ISAAC RITSON, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Ritson, of Emont-Bridge, near Penrith, was born in the year 1761. His parents were of that religious society called Quakers; but his father dying when he was young, and he being lame and infirm, his mother became desirous, and accordingly exerted herself, to give him such an education as should enable him to support himself in the world.After having acquired the first rudiments of learning, he was put under the care of that excellent master, the Rev. Mr. Blain, curate of Greystock; and his progress was so uncommonly rapid, that at nine years of age he had made no ordinary proficiency in Greek.-Ritson was, indeed, uncommonly apt in every branch of learning in which he engaged; and his advances therein seemed more like the revival of what he had previously known, than the acquisition of new information.
From an anxiety in the mother for the preservation and purity of the religious principles of her son, he was removed, at thirteen years of age, to the Quaker-school, at Kendal, though much against his own inclination, for