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sure that I now present you with the “It is the ratification of our sentifinal decision of the Council of the ments, my Lord-and
shall be. Fleet, because I hope turmoil and dise hold it directly. Jack Adams, jump order are come to a close. Allow me, up on the poop, and give the signal.' through your Lordship, in the name of “ You may depend on't, Davies, my brothers of the Channel Fleet, to I was not slow in my operations yet return my most grateful thanks to the it was with pride I saw my shipmates Lords Commissioners of the Admiral. ascending the rigging, even while I ty for their ready compliance to our was bending on the signal; and no humble requests—to assure them of sooner did it reach the gaff and flutter our steady loyalty to our King, and of in the air, than cheer after cheer arose our affection and zeal in the service of to the skies, absolutely deafeningour country as we are all determined, lessening, and dying away, as it reachunder your Lordship’s command, on ed the other end of the feet. the very first opportunity the enemy “ • Bravo ! cried his Lordship; will give us, to exhibit to the nation why, that was something like the how willing we are to do our duty, to thing, my brave fellow. I must now honour our King in the discomfiture hurry ashore to communicate the good of his enemies, and to make the name news to our anxious countrymen; but of your Lordship, as commander-in 1.will see you again soon, when I hope chief, famous and imperishable.' to have the honour of leading you in
“The Admiral appeared to be highly search of our common enemy.-D'ye pleased-shook us all heartily by the go, gentlemen?' hand-and made a slight signal to an “ The Admirals silently assented, officer, who immediately went below. and followed his Lordship to the He shortly after appeared, followe:l by barge, which immediately shoved off, a number of servants, the foremost of and made for the platform. whom carried a table, and the others “ The nabs being now under weigh, speedily replenished it with liquors of why, I thought it was my turn to various kinds. Filling a glass of wine, spout
a little ; so marching up to Cap, he immediately douced his hat, and tain Lock, I shortly told him I had seizing the glass, said, with peculiar taken the liberty of bringing his barge, emphasis, ' Here, my lads, I cheerful. properly manned, for his own peculiar ly drink to our reconciliation; and use, and that we would all be so hapmay we in future have no other disa
ру ace more to see him on board the greements, nor no other enemies, but Queen Charlotte. The old fellow here those of our King and Country. He gave me a complete damper ; coldly now handed a glass to Jack Morris, declining the honour, as he was pleawho modestly thanked his Lordship, sed to phrase it, his crew would conand drank to the Happy reconcilia fer upon hin-declaring that he had tion of the Channel Fleet to its King got enough of it for one day, but and to its Country ! Now, my Lord, might possibly visit us the next, when continued he, “I have only one piece of he was in better humour. Here was service more to perform ere my duty a choker, my dear lad! an absolute expires-may I have your Lordship's freezer of all kindly or loyal feeling! permission ?
which, though it did not make me Certainly, my lad,” said his swear at the old fellow, absolutely put Lordship, ' but what is it?'
my pipe out for the rest of the night.”
REMAINS AND MEMOIRS OF THE REV. CHARLES WOLFe.* We certainly have read no volumes in the year 1801-on leaving it, lived of the kind, since the Remains of Hen a twelvemonth at home-then was ry Kirke White, nearly so interesting two years under the tuition of Dr as these Remains and Memoirs of the Evans, in Salisbury-and appears to Rev. Charles Wolfe. He was a per- have been about three years at Winson, manifestly of rare intellectual chester school, and a boarder in the endowments, and what is better than house of that excellent man and schoany genius after all, of a truly de- lar, Mr Richards. There he greatly dislightful moral character. - Mr Wolfe tinguished himself—and was as much has likewise had justice done him, by beloved by all for the sweetness of his bis amiable and intelligent biographer, disposition, as he was admired for his Mr Russell, who writes of his deceased genius and talents. In the year 1809, friend in a strain most creditable to he entered the University of Dublin, head and heart, with an earnest sim. under the tuition of the late Dr Daplicity betokening the depth of his venport, who immediately conceived well-founded affection. We are hap- the highest interest for him, and conpy to hear that the work has already tinued to show him especial proofs of his reached a second edition, although we favour. In a few months after his enhave not seen it; and we hope that trance, Mr Russell had the happiness our extracts, even more than our fa- of becoming acquainted with him, vourable opinion, will induce hun- and says, “ This casual acquaintance dreds to give Wolfe's Remains a place soon became a cordial intimacy, which in not the least attractive department quickly ripened into a friendship that of their library. Indeed, there is very continued, not only uninterrupted, much to please everybody, and no but was cemented more and more by thing that we have discerned to dis- constant intercourse, and by unanimiplease anybody ; for, although both ty of pursuits; it was, above all, imauthor and biographer speak with fer- proved and sweetened by an unrevour on the subject of religion, and in served interchange of thoughts on their views of Christianity are, we those subjects which affect our eternal should suppose, what is called Evan- interests, and open to us the prospects gelical, yet there is no abuse of that of friendship which death can only much-abused term in its application to suspend, but not destroy.” Such is them, for all their sentiments seem to the calm, pensive, and pious strain, us to breathe the spirit of the religion in which a good man should speak of of purity and peace.
a dear friend lost to him-but not for The family from which Mr Wolfe ever. Without such belief, constant was descended has not been undis- and pervading, death would be indeed tinguished. Through the military terrible, and this life a desolation. achievements, says Mr Russell, of the Mr Wolfe immediately distinguishillustrious hero of Quebec, the name ed himself by his high classical attainstands conspicuous upon the records ments, for which he was early rewardof British renown. It has also been ed by many academical honours. The signalized at the Irish bar, especially first English Poem which attracted gein the person of the much-lamented neral notice was entitled Jugurtha, and Lord Kilwarden, who was elevated to it certainly possesses, as Mr Russell says, the dignity of the judicial bench. At much boldness of thought, vigour of an early age Charles Wolfe lost his expression, and somewhat of dramatic father, Theobald Wolfe, Esq. of spirit. At the usual period he obtained Blackhall, county Kildare, ---not long a Scholarship with the highest honour, after whose death the family removed and was chosen to deliver the opening to England, where they resided for speech before the Historical Society, some years. Charles, who was born a distinction which, we understood bein 1791, was sent to a school at Bath, fore, is never conferred but on a man
* Remains of the late Rev. Charles Wolfe, A. B. Curate of Donoughmore, Diocess of Armagh, with a Brief Memoir of his Life. By the Rev. John A. Russel, M. A. Chaplain to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Curate of St Werburgh's, Dublin, Dublin : A. and W. Watson, Capel Street, and Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster-Row, London. 2 vołs, 12mo. 1825.
of eminence. We need not follow him to set his own mind at work in the same through his college career, but we direction. shall let Mr Russell tell it in his own “ The facility of his disposition also affectionate and fervent manner. exposed him to many interruptions in his “ For a short period he prosecuted his
studies. Even in the midst of the most studies with such effect as to render it a
important engagements, he had not resomatter of regret to all who were interest
lution to deny himself to any visitor. He ed for him, that he did not persevere in
used to watch anxiously for every knock his efforts, and that he allowed any trifling
at his door, lest any one should be disapinterruptions to divert him from his ob pointed or delayed who sought for him ; ject. He evinced, indeed, a solidity of and, such was the good-natured simpliunderstanding and a clearness of concep- city of his heart, that, however sorely he tion, which, with ordinary diligence and
sometimes felt the intrusion, he still ren. proper management, might have soon
dered himself so agreeable even to his made him master of all those branches most common-placo acquaintances, as to of learning required in the Fellowship encourage a repetition of their importu
nities. He allowed himself to become course of the Dublin University; but, the habits of his mind and the peculiarity of the usual deputy of every one who applihis disposition, and the variety of his
ed to him to perform any of the routine taste, seemed adverse to anything like collegiate duties which he was qualified continued and laborious application to
to discharge; and thus his time was so one definite object. It was a singular much invaded, that he seldom had any characteristic of his mind that he seldom
interval for continued application to his read any book throughout, not even those
own immediate business. Besides, the works in which he appeared most to de
social habit of his disposition, which delight. Whatever he read,' he thoroughly lighted in the company of select friends, digested and accurately retained, but his and preferred the animated encounter of progress through any book of an argu
conversational debate to the less inviting mentative or speculative nature, was im
exercise of solitary study; and his varied peded by a disputative habit of thought, taste, which could take interest in every and a fertility of invention which suggest object of rational and intellectual enjoyed ingenious objections, and started new
ment, served to scatter his mind, and ditheories at every step. Accordingly, this
vert it from that steadiness of application constitution of mind led him rather to in
which is actually necessary for the attainvestigate the grounds of an author's hy.
ment of distinguished eminence in any pothesis, and to satisfy his own mind
pursuit." on the relative probabilities of conflicting
Like most men of genius, Mr Wolfe, opinions, than to plod on patiently through although alive to gaiety, and of a tema long course, merely to lay up in his me
per the reverse of austere, was prone to a mory the particular views and arguments pensive melancholy—and a disappointof each writer, without consideration of ment in his first and only love, very their importance or their foundation. He early in life confirmed, perhaps for the was not content to know what an au remainder of his days, this tendency thor's opinions were, but how far they to serious and mournful meditation. were right or wrong. The examination Something, perhaps, may be discoof a single metaphysical speculation of vered in the latter poems, beyond the Locke, or a moral argument of Butler, mere inspiration of the muse; and it usually cost him more time and thought might therefore appear inexpedient to than would carry ordinary minds through pass by without some short notice, a cira whole volume. It was also remarkable, cumstance in the life of our author, so inthat in the perusal of mere works of fan- teresting as that which the reader may cy--the most interesting poems and ro have already suspected. With the family mances of the day, he lingered with such alluded to in these poems, he had been delight on the first striking passages, or for some time in habits of the most friend. entered into such minute criticism upon ly intercourse, and frequently had the every beauty and defect as he went along, happiness of spending a few days upon a that it usually happened, either that the visit at their country residence, sharing volume was hurried from him, or some in all the refined pleasures of their doother engagement interrupted him before mestic circle, and partaking with them in he had finished it. A great portion of the exhilarating enjoyment of the rural what he had thus read he could almost and romantic scenery around them. With repeat from memory; and while the re every member of the family he soon becollection afforded him much ground of came cordially intimate; but with onefuture enjoyment, it was sufficient also this intimacy gradually and almost un
consciously grew into a decided attacli All things look'd so bright about thee, ment. The attainment of a fellowship That they nothing seem without thee, would indeed have afforded him means By that pure and lucid mind sufficient to realize his hopes; but, un Earthly things were too refined. happily, the statute which rendered mar, Like the Sun, &c. riage incompatible with that honourable station, had been lately revived. His
3. prospects of obtaining a competency in “ Go, thou vision wildly gleaming, any other pursuit were so distant and Softly on my soul that fell ; uncertain, that the family of the young Go, for me no longer beaminglady deemed it prudent at once to break Hope and Beauty ! fare ye well! off all further intercourse, before a mu Go, and all that once delighted tual engagement had actually taken place. Take, and leave me all benighted;
“ How severely this disappointment Glory's burning--generous swell, pressed upon a heart like his, may easily Fancy and the Poet's shell. be conceived. It would be injustice to Go, thou vision,” &c. him to deny that he long and deeply felt it; but he had been habitually so far un. The following verses are no less pader the influence of religious principles, thetic-but Mr Russe}l does not hint as to feel assured that every event of our whether they too were inspired by any lives is under the regulation of a wise real event. Providence, and that by a resigned acqui.
SONG. escence in his arrangements, even our bitterest trials may be overruled for our
Air-Gramachree. best interests our truest happiness. This
1. circumstance, perhaps, weakened the sti. “ If I had thought thou could'st have mulus to his exertions for the attainment
died, of a fellowship, but he had long before I might not weep for thee; relaxed them; it does not, however, ap But I forgot, when by thy side, pear that it had any influence in deter That thou could'st mortal be; mining the choice of his profession, as It never through my mind had past, the prevailing tendency of his mind had The time would e'er be o'er, always been towards the sacred office of And I on thee should look my last, the ministry."
And thou should'st smile no more! This is well said-and probably the following beautiful verses have some
2. relation to reality. They are to us “ And still upon that face 1 look, exceedingly beautiful--not only in And think 'twill smile again; thought and feeling, but in expression And still the thought I will not brook, —and are sufficient of themselves, had That I must look in vain ! Mr Wolfe written nothing else (and But when I speak--thou dost not say, would he had written more than he What thou ne'er left'st unsaid, did), to prove that he had the deep And now I feel, as well I may, and fine sensibility of the poet. The
Sweet Mary !-thou art dead! pathos is pure and tender as the moonlight.
“ If thou would'st stay, e'en as thou art, Song.
All cold, and all serene1.
I still might press thy silent heart, " Go, forget me-why should sorrow And where thy smiles have been!
O'er that brow a shadow fling ? While e'en thy chill bleak corse I have, Go, forget memand to-morrow
Thou seemest still mine own,
4. Lasting as the gloom of mine.
“ I do not think, where'er thou art, Go, forget me, &c.
Thou hast forgotten me;
And I, perhaps, may soothe this heart, 2.
In thinking too of thee; " Like the Sun, thy presence glowing, Yet there was round thee such a dawn,
Clothes the meanest things in light; Of light ne'er seen before,
And never can restore !"
Charles Wolfe had no sooner lost turn to his parish, after a short visit her by separation, whose image was to Dublin. to be with him always, than he was “C. Caulfield, Jan. 28, 1818. deprived of another dear friend by
* MY DBAR death
“ A man often derives a wonderful “ In a short time after this severe dis advailtage from a cold and fatiguing jourappointment, and a few days previous to
ney, after taking leave of his friends, viz. his ordination (which took place in No
he understands the comfort of lolling vember 1817), his feelings received ano
quietly and alone by his fire-side, after ther shock by the death of a * dear fellow
his arrival at his destination- a pleasure student, one of his most valued and inti.
which would have been totally lost, if he mate friends. Under the deep impression had been transported there without difof two such afflictive trials, he was obliged ficulty and at once, from the region of to prepare for a removal from society borrows much of its character from that
friendship and society. Every situation which he loved, from the centre of sci. ence and literature to which he was so
by which it was immediately preceded. much devoted, to an obscure and remote
This would have been all melancholy and country curacy in the north of Ireland,
solitude, if it had immediately sùcceeded where he could not hope to meet one
the glow of affectionate and literary conindividual to enter into his feelings, or to
viviality; but, when it follows the rumhold communion with him upon the ac
bling of a coach, the rattling of a postcustomed subjects of his former pursuits.
chaise, the shivering of a wintry night's He felt as if he had been transplanted journey, and the conversation of people into a totally new world, as a mission
to whom you are almost totally indiffer
ent, it then becomes comfort and repose. ary abandoning home and friends and cherished habits, for the awful and im
So I found at my arrival at my own cottage, portant work to which he had solemnly
on Saturday; my fire-side, from contrast, devoted himself.”
became a kind of lesser friend, or at least, At first he engaged in a temporary
a consolation for the loss of friends. curacy not far from the situation in * “ Nothing could be more fortunate than which he was afterwards permanently the state of things during my absence ; fixed-at Ballyclog, Tyrone-and in a
there was no duty to be performed; and
of this I am the more sensible, as I had letter written to a friend, dated Dec. 11, 1817, he says, “ I am now sitting
scarcely arrived before I met a great sup
ply of business, sud as, I should have by myself opposite my turf fire, with
been very much concerned, if it had ocmy Bible beside me, in the only furnished room of the Glebe-House, sur
curred in my absence. I have already
seen enough of service to be again fully rounded by mountains, frost and snow,
naturalized. I am again the weatherand by a set of people with whom I
beaten curate : I have trudged roads am totally unacquainted, except a dis
forded bogs-braved snow and rain-bebanded artillery man, his wife and two come umpire between the living-bave children, who attend me, the church counselled the sick-administered to the warden and clerk of the parish. Do dying-and to-morrow shall bury the not, however, conceive that I repine; dead. Here have I written three sides I rather congratulate myself on my without coming to the matter in hand. situation.” In a very short time he was settled at Castle Caulfield, and the
“ Yours affectionately, following letter was written on his re
“ C. W."
*“ The Editor cannot forbear indulging his feelings by a brief record of the lamented friend, alluded to in the above passage. The name of Hercules Henry Graves, with whom we were both united in bonds of the closest intimacy, will not be read even by a common acquaintance without awakening sentiments of regret for the loss which society has sustained in the early removal of so much intellectual and moral worth. He was the second son of the learned and excellent Dean Graves, Professor of Divinity in the Dublin University. With talents at once solid and shining, he combined an invincible perseverance, a masculine strength of understanding, and an energy of spirit which crowned his academic labours with the most distinguished honours, and afforded the surest pledge of rapid advancement to professional eminence. These rare endowments of mind were accompanied by qualities of greater value,-a high moral tastema purity of principle-a generosity of spirit-and an affectionate temperament of heart --which secured him the respect and regard of every individual of his widely-extended acquaintance.
* This happy union of mental and moral qualities was set off by a constant flow of good humouran equability of temper, and frankness and cordiality of manners, which diffused an instantaneous glow of exhilaration through every circle in which he appeared. He was on the point of being called to the Irish bar, and was universally allowed to be the most promising aspirant of his contemporaries to its honours and emoluments, when, unhappily, his health began to break down. He was ordered to the south of France, where he died in November, 1817, • in the fear of God and the faith of Jesus Christ,' as he himself wished it to be recorled on his tomb."