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A Genealogical Account of Fielding, Earl of Denbigh.

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HIS noble family is defcend. fons and one daughter. His eldest

ed from the earls of Hapf- fon, Bafil, who succeeded him, was burgh, in Germany. Geoffrey, knighted by queen Elizabeth. His earl of Hapfburgh, being reduced youngest son William, waiting on to extreme poverty by the oppref- king James at his first entrance fion of the emperor Rodolph, one into the kingdoin, was knighted at of his fons went into the service of Belvoir-castle, on the z3d of April, Henry III. during his wars in Eng- 1603; and in the 1800 year of that Jand'; and because his father had prince's reign, was advanced to the pretensions to the dominions of peerage by the title of lord Fielding Lauffenburgh and Rhin-Filding, of Newnham-Padox, in the county took the name of Fielding. Henry, of Warwick. On the 14th of Sepconcerned at the low condition of tember, 1623, he was created earl this gallant young nobleman, gave of Denbigh. him a considerable Tuppor: in rents On the breaking out of the civil and fee-farms, lying in different war, he adhered stedfaftly to the parts of England. He was succeed- royal party, performed the part of ed by his son Sir John Fielding, a brave and useful oficer in sevewho having served in the.wars of 'ral engagements, and was at last France, was dignified with the ho- mortally wounded in a sharp skisnour of knighthood. He married mish with the enemy near BirmingMargaret, daughter of William ham, in Warwickshire, on the 3d Purefoy of Drayton, in Warwick- of April, 1643. He married Mary, Thire ; and at his death left an only daughter to Sir George Villiers, and fon, William, who married Agnes, sister to the duke of Buckingham, daughter and heir to Sir John Luz. by whom he left ihree sons and He was afterwards knighted by four daughters. Henry VI. and lost his life in the He was succeeded in his honours battle of Tewksbury.

and estate by Balil his eldest son, William was succeeded by his who, at the beginning of the civil son Everard, who was created a wars, joined the parliament's forces, knight of the Bath at the marriage under the earl of Effex, and was at of prince Arthur, son to Henry VII. the battle of Edgehill, where his His son and succenfor, William, was faiber commanded in the king's knighted by Henry VIII. He mar- army ; but afterwards concurrin ried Elizabeth, daughter of Sir in the restoration of king Charles Il. Thomas Poulteney; and was suc- was, by that monarch, created lord ceeded by Bafil Fielding, Esq: mar. St. Liz. He married four wives; ried to Godith, daughter of Wil- bis first was Anne, daughter to liam Wallington of Barcheston, in Richard Weston, earl of Portland, Warwickshire, Eg; and left two lord-high-treasurer of England; his May, 1763.



Second Barbara, daughter to Sir of Utrecht, and fifter to the Marchi. Jahn Lamb; his third, Elizabeth, oness of Blandford, by whom he had daughter and coheir to Edward only one son, Basil, the present eart Boucheir, earl of Bath; and his of Denbigh, born the 3d of Janu. fourth, Dorothy, daughter to Francis ary, 1719. Lane of Glendon, in the county of On the death of his father, which Northampton, Esq. But having no happened on the first of August issue by either, he was succeeded in 1755, he succeeded to the honours his honours by William earl of Del- and estates of that noble family, mond, his nephew, fon and heir to He married Maria, daughter to Sir George carl of Desmond, his bro- John-Bruce Cotton, of Conington, ther.

in Huntingdon fhire, bart. by whom This nobleman married, first, he has a son and heir, born the 15th Mary, daughter and co-heir of of June, 1760. Henry Cary, earl of Monmouth, Armorial Bearings.] Argent, on by whom he had no issue. His a fess, azure, three lozenges, or. second wife was Mary, daughter to Creft.] On a wreath, an eagle Sir Robert King, by whom he had with two heads displayed, sable, two sons, Basil and William, and armed and membered, or, and a daughter, Mary, married to Eve- charged on the breast with the lyn Pierpoint, marquis of Dorchester. above paternal coat. Bafil, bis eldest son, succeeded him Supporters.] Two bucks, proper, in his honours, and married Hefter, attired, and unguled, or. daughter tu Sir Bafil Firebrace, by Motio.) Crescit sub pondere virtus. whom he had four fons and six Virtue gains strength from adverdaughters. He died on the 18th of fity. March, 1717, and was succeeded by Chief Seats.] At NewpbamWilliam late earl of Denbigh, born Padox, in Warwickshire; at MarOktober 26, 1697.

He married tinthorp, in the county of Rutland; Isabella, daughter to Peter de Young and Hanover-square, London.

The Hi Aory of Omro and RASSID. An Oriental Tale.

WHEN Allah beltows his fa- yield to convidion. In Bagdad,

vours upon the faithful, they that superb seat of the califfs, which, Mould return himn their hearty in magoificence and wealth, -vied. thanks; when he with-holds them, with the antiént Babylon ; therei. they thould not repine, but rest lived, in former ages, two citizens contented; for the all-seeing eye of whose industry the Prophet blessed, Him that laid the foundations of the and who rose to wealth by their carth, can alone discern what may unccasing labours. The name of prove hurtful or advantageous to the former was Omri, that of the the fons of men. Let those who latter was Rallid. As they had all doubt of this truth listen to the their lives been neighbours, they history of the families of Omri and were to each other objects of conRafid, and their hearts will readily ftant emulation, insomuch that, Omri thought himself poor if Raflid indeed unabated, and in his eyes poffefsed a sequin more than him- her charms seemed to surpass those self, and Rallid redoubled hi: efforts of Seliina, and even to equal those to grow rich, whenever his store was of the Houries, in whose embraces 'exceeded by that of Omri. In a the faithful are blessed in paradise : word, the happiness of those two but as all those who lived in the men depended entirely upon a mu- neighbourhood, extolled the charms tual comparison of their circum- of Selima above those of Arpafia, stances, and through all the events he thought his happiness imperfect, of life, they kept a constant eye and his bliss was impaired by comupon each other. Many years did parison. Twelve moons had not pafnot pass before Omri took a wife, fed before a son was born to Omri; and Raflid seeing his neighbour his birth was celebrated with great married, resolved not to remain rejoicings, and the scale of Raffid's fingle. Omri had espoused Arpalia, happiness funk as soon as that of the daughter of Hispal, whose beauty Omri began to rise. He every day was of a brightness that might raise importuned Allah and his holy defire in the commander of the prophet Mahomet to grant him a faithful. The ringlets of her hair son, but Selima continued barren; equalled the ebony in blackness; in and Raffid, though he tenderly loved her eyes, which were of the same his wife, could not be happy whilft colour, mildness was blended with heaven refused to crown his love, luftre; and when the spoke, the by granting him the offspring he hearer was delighted, and every wished for, But his discontent word the uttered conveyed pleasure (welled beyond all bounds, when, to his heart.

When Raflid beheld with the next revolving year, a the beauty of Arpasia, he repined daughter was born to Omri, whose to see his neighbour poffefred of infant charms promised one day to such a jewel ; he, for the first time, equal those of Arpasia, and who felt a want that had been unknown was the darling of her father and to him before, and began to with mother. He inwardly repined at he had an amiable companion for the dispensations of heaven, and life. He cast his eyes upon Selima, could scarce forbear to uiter the daughter of Saadi Hasan, whose blasphemous expreilions against charms even furpassed those of Ar- Allah, and against his holy propasia; and if Raflid was happy in the phet Mahomet. His prayers were poffeffion of beauty, his happiness however heard at length, and Sewas greatly enhanced by the re- lima was delivered-of a fon; but his flection that Selima out-thone the birth was a source of adiction, and wife of his neighbour.

not of joy, to his parents. The The happiness of Omridiminished infant seemed to be an out-cast of in proportion as that of Raslid en- Nature, his deformity shocked those created, for his neighbour's felicity who gave him birth, and his fickly was as it were a gkss, in which he constitution gave them constant contemplated his own. The warmth uneafinels. of his pafon for Arpafia continued Raffid now murmured at heaven



for granting his prayers, and Allah them. But prosperity endures only appeared to him as unjust in giving, for a time, and the brightest days as in with-holding what he desired. of joy are succeeded by mourning His impious discontent foon met and sorrow, with farther punishment: Selima The Angel who fends evil upon was the year following delivered of mortals, had long beheld with rea daughter, whose bodily defects gret the continued happiness of equalled, or rather furpaffed those Omri and his family; he resolved of her brother. The unhappy therefore to shed his baleful inparents often wished in secret for Auence upon them, and make them the death of their children, and suffer their fare of misery and their affli&ion was encreased by be- evil. By merchandize, Omri had holding the brilliant beauty and amafled the wealth he was pofleffed rare accomplishments of Omri's son of; with every wind there arrived and daughter. Omri and Arpafia, vefsels from all the ports of the on the otheș hand, exulted in the East, in the cargoes of which he excellencies of their offspring, and poffeffed a share. The angel of their triumph was greatly heighten-, evil therefore, enrious of the proed by comparing their own children. sperity of Omri, raised a storm with those of their neighbour's. in the air, by ich many of his

Almannor, the fun of Raflid, and vessels were cast away, and Omri his sister Zelis, were grieved at be- was on a sudden reduced to a state holding the coldness and indifference of indigence, which almost oblitewith which they were treated by rated the memory of the affluence their parents, they were not con he before enjoyed. Had his suffer, fcious of having done any thing to ings been confined to himself, he incur their difpleasure, and they might have borne them with con, could not without furrow, see their stancy and resolution; but when he dutiful attachment returned with saw bis beloved wife Arpasia, and negle&. They, however, found Ainrain and Zeneide, his children, fome confolation in the company whose happiness was niore precious of each other, and Almannor's ten to him than his own, involved in derness for Zelis was some allevia- the same misery, he found bis an. tion to what the suffered both from guith too severe to be borne, and her bodily infirmities, and the un- he sunk beneath a weight of sorrow. kindness of her parents; whilst the But his ami&tion was greatly inaffection of Zelis for her brother creased when he cast an eye upon çnabled him, in fome measure, to Raflid and his family, and saw them fupport the weight of evil under blessed with affluence and wealth. which he groaned. Yet a state of He could not bear the thoughts of mitigated misery was the most that residing any longer at Pagdad, where these unhappy children could boait, he had been an object of envy ta whilft Amram and Zençide, the son all who knew him; and he resolved and daughter of Oinri, were poffef- to retire to Ballora, and there, by fed of a felicity which excited the labour and industry, endeavour to Gavy or admiration of all who knew procure a lubaftence for himself and

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