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people's desires. Sir F. Burdett strongly supported the Bill. Lord J. Russell replied, and the House proceeded to a division : For the second reading, 367 ; against it, 231 ; Majority in its favour 136. The Bill was then read a second time, and ordered to be committed on Tuesday next.

July 10,—The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that he did not intend to renew his proposition for a tax on steam-boats.-Lord Milton gave notice that when the Reform Bill was in committee he would move that the right of voting in counties be not given to leaseholders. Also, that the entire schedule D be omitted, and all the boroughs of that schedule be inserted in schedule C, in order to enable all the newly constituted boroughs to return each of them two Members.—The House then went into a Committee of Supply on the Miscellaneous Estimates, and several votes were granted.

July 11.–The House having resolved itself into a committee on the Customs Act, the Chancellor of the Exchequer renewed his propositions of last Session regarding the Wine Duties. The right hon. gentleman stated the plan to be

that the duties on foreign wines shall be equalized : the duty henceforth to be 5s.6d. • per gallon, and to be carried into effect this year; the duty on Cape wines to be

2s. 90. till 1834.—The House then went into a Committee of Supply. Mr.G. Daw. son rose to bring before the House the case of Sir A. B. King, to whom a remuneration of 25001. per annum had been awarded, as an equivalent for his surrender of the King s patent for stationery for Ireland. The patent might be revoked; but it would be unprecedented to do it without compensation. The House divided on Mr. Dawson's proposition, which was negatived by a majority of 58. The Lunatic Bill was read a third time and passed.

July 12.-Mr. Hunt presented a petition from a meeting of the working classes held in Portman Market praying for universal suffrage, annual parliaments, and vote by ballot.—On the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, his Majesty's message concerning a provision for the Queen was read; after which his Lordship moved the Order of the Day for a Committee of the whole House to take it into consideration. The resolution was agreed to, and the House resumed.- The House baving resolved itself into a Committee on the Reform Bill, Lord Maitland moved that he might present a petition from Appleby, praying that Counsel might be heard at the bar against the disfranchisement of that borough. This led to a considerable discussion; and no less than seven divisions took place in the course of the evening. Lord Maitland's motion having been seconded by Colonel Conolly, Lord John Russell urged that the progress of the Bill ought not to be impeded by this proposition, the Bill not being one of pains and penalties : the question was one of fact, the amount of the population of Appleby, and to ascertain that fact it was not necessary to call in Counsel. Sir R. Peel defended the petitioners. The Attorney-General opposed the application, and reprobated the object of the petition, Sir E. Sugden supported the petition. The House then divided : For the motion 187, against it 284, Majority 97. On the question that the Speaker do leave the Chair, various members addressed the House, speaking to the general question, and occupying the time till one o'clock. Colonel Conolly, Mr. Fane, Mr. C. Pelham, and Mr. Attwood were amongst the members who condemned the Bill as violent, revolutionary, sweeping, delusive, incongruous, incomprehensible, and “repugnant to the first principles of justice, to the known maxims of the constitution, and to every thing that favoured the security of property; also as a flagrant insult to the understanding of the British nation.' Colonel Gordon moved an adjournment. Lord Althorp pressed for the committal of the Bill—the House then divided : against the adjournment 328, in favour of it 102, Majority 226. In the absence of strangers the House again divided on the question “ that the Speaker do leave the Chair,” the numbers being-For the motion 286, against it 90, Majority 196. A long and warm debate then took place on the motion that the debate should be ad. journed till Thursday: For the motion 63, against it 235, Majority 172. Lord Stormont moved that the debate be adjourned till to-morrow at five o'clock, on which the House divided : For the adjournment 44, against it 214, Majority 170. The debate upon the question of adjournment was again resumed with much vigour on both sides, upon the motion of Lord Stormont, seconded by Mr. Praed; after which the House again divided, when the numbers for and against the adjournment appeared to be -Noes 203, Ayes 37, Majority 166. The adjournment was again moved, and after another discussion equally animated, and carried on with equal perseverance as any of the preceding ones. The House again divided; For the adjournment 25, against it 187, Majority 162. The motion for adjournment was again put, and after a consequent discussion upon it, in which Sir C. Wetherell and others, who were opposed to the Bill, were very conspicuous, the House divided for the last time: For the motion 24, against it 187, Majority 163. Sir C. Wetherell then asked if no compromise could be entered into by the two conflicting parties. The Speaker_" The question before the House is, that I do now leave the Chair. As many as are of that opinion say Aye"-(a loud burst of Ayes). The right, hon. member then vacated the Chair at Half-past Seven.

MEMOIRS OF PERSONS LATELY DECEASED.
MR. Roscoe.

of his admiration for studies of a lighter This distinguished individual expired character; and, urged by the example of last month at Liverpool. His health bad a friend to attempt the perusal of the been declining for some time, and the Latin classics, he commenced the transinfirmities of age, though not affecting lation of Cicero's “ De Amicitiâ.” As his mental powers, had long rendered it does not appear that he had any aid in the repose and tranquillity of domestic this undertaking, but such as he could privacy essential. Few persons conse- derive from a grammar and dictionary, quently, except the members of his fa- and perhaps the occasional suggestions mily and his immediate connexions, bad of his friend, the task must have been been allowed of late to enjoy the pleasure one of no slight difficulty. But he sucof his rich and useful conversation; and ceeded in it sufficiently well to encouhe was thus already to many people of rage him to proceed, and he continued the town, on which he had conferred ad- his Latin studies till he had made himvantages of the most valuable descrip- self acquainted with all the best authors tion, as one of the great and good of a in that language. His professional avoformer age. But though this declining cations were in the meantime attended state of health, and the apprehensions to with unabated steadiness, and we have which eighty years naturally inspire, heard it said by one well acquainted had given warning of his approaching with his early history, that he did as dissolution, the attack which carried much of the office-work as all the other him off was sudden ; and the letter which clerks together. The period of his apacquainted his sons in town with his prenticeship had not been long expired, illness, was followed the next day by when he was invited by Mr. Aspinall, a one which gave intelligence of his death. solicitor of extensive practice in LiverThe career of Mr. Roscoe began like pool, to accept a share in his business. that of many other celebrated men under The invitation was in many respects adcircumstances little calculated to encou- vantageous to Mr. Roscoe, and it placed rage ambition ; but the difficulties which him in a situation in which his talents subdue ordinary minds, seem to be re- and industry could not fail of being progarded by intellects of a higher order, ductive of fortune and eminence. His as only placed in their way to be over- literary tastes, however, suffered nocome : and we are disposed to believe thing from the increased demand which that genius stands greatly in need of professional cares now made upon his that moral chastening in its youth, which attention. In the midst of the most acits buoyancy and pride would prevent tive pursuits, he found time to cultivato its receiving from any other monitor but his early love for poetry and the arts in adversity. The parents of Mr. Roscoe general; and in December 1773, he dewere far from affluent, and, owing to livered an ode before the Society estathis circumstance, were unable to offer blished in Liverpool, for the encouragehim any other advantages of education ment of painting and sculpture, and, but such as could be found in a common some time after, several lectures which school for reading and writing. With a contained many indications of that ele. strong consciousness, however, of his gance of taste for which he was subseown powers of acquiring knowledge, he quently distinguished. But to the boresolutely resisted the intention of send- nour of this excellent man be it spoken, ing him to school at all, as the one cho. his genius was ever on the watch for sen for him had so little to recommend opportunities of serving the great cause it, and he was in consequence left to ac- of humanity, and his voice was heard quire the rudiments of education as his among the first that were raised against own natural good sense and ability dic- the Slave Trade. On the appearance of tated. The experiment, not dangerous a work entitled " Scriptural Researches only in such cases as his, succeeded. into the Licentiousness of the Slave He read the best writers of his own lan- Trade," written by a Spanish Jesuit, guage with delight and profit. As early named Raymond Harris, he undertook as the age of sixteen he wrote verses of the investigation of the subject, and proconsiderable merit; and as a still greater duced a reply, which was published unproof of the general strength of his mind, der the title of A Scriptural Refutation he was found qualified at about the same of a Pamphlet lately published by the time to enter, as articled clerk, the office Rev. Raymond Harris.” This work was of Mr. Eyes, one of the most respectable followed by his well-known poem, “The solicitors of Liverpool. The most zea. Wrongs of Africa,” of which the first lous attention to the studies of his pro- part appeared in 1787, and the second fession, and an equally zealous and how the following year. The breaking out of nourable endeavour to fulfil the wishes the French revolution afforded him anoof bis employer, characterized the young ther ample and spirit-stirring theme; poet in his new situation, and he acqui- and both his heart and his imagination red golden opinions from all around him. caught the fervour with which most But, careful as he was in his more ne- men like himself, at that eventful period, cessary occupations, he lost no portion were inspired. His admirable ballads,

" Millions be free,” and “ The Vine- and long-established banking-house of covered Hills,” were echoed, not only Clarke and Sons, of Liverpool. The folthrough every part of the United King- lowing year he was chosen member of dom, but in France itself, with an en- parliament for that town; and during the thusiasm which at once raised their au- short period he occupied a seat in the thor to the zenitb of popularity. These House of Commons, he appeared as the topics, however, of temporary interest, warm and untiring friend of slave emandid not prevent him from forming cipation. At the dissolution, which hapschemes for establishing his literary re- pened in 1807, Mr Roscoe's party was putation on a firmer basis ; and in 1790, not in a condition to secure bis return he began his “ Life of Lorenzo de' Me- again for the borough; and he declined dici," a work which exhibits a greater standing, though urged to do so by a large variety of excellence than any of a simi- body of his friends. His retirement, lar kind that had appeared in our, or however, from parliament was not the perhaps any modern, language. It was consequence of any dislike to politics; published in 1796, and printed in Liver and he continued, by means of pama pool at an office which Mr. Roscoe es- phlets, to impress his sentiments on all tablished, at his own risk, for that pur- the most important questions of public pose. At the head of this establishment interest. The extensive and prosperous be placed Mr. M'Creery, who was re- concerns in which he was in the mean commended to him by early acquaintance time engaged, placed him in a situation and a similarity of taste, and whom we of more than ordinary affluence, and his have heard pronounce the name of his house became the resort of the most disvenerable friend with the gratitude and tinguished men of the country. Among affection, which such a name must in- bis visitors were the Dukes of Sussex spire in every worthy bosom. The flat- and Gloucester, many noblemen eminent tering manner in which the “Life of Lo- for their talents as well as station, and renzo" was received by the public, was several of the highest literary characters a reward which the author well merited of the age. The names of Rogers at its hands. Few works of celebrity and Parr,--the most learned men of bis have been produced under circumstances time, were his intimate friends; and of greater difficulty. No large collection the present Lord Chancellor was conof either books or manuscripts was to be nected with him by the double tie of found in the neighbourhood, and he had personal and political attachment. The consequently to obtain his materials not munificence with which he supported only at great expence, but with many every project calculated for the public interruptions and delays. Add to this, good, and the extent of his private cha. the only time he could, or was willing rities, were in perfect harmony with the to devote to the undertaking, were the noble hospitality of his domestic estahours which remained after the business blishment. The Athenæum, the Botanic of the day was over, and which might Garden, and other literary and scientific very fairly have been expended in re- institutions, owed their origin or succreation of a lighter kind. The origin cess mainly to his liberality or judgof his love for Italian literature is to be ment; and while he thus sought to imàscribed, we believe, to his acquaint- prove the taste of his fellow-townsmen ance with a gentleman who was ardently by these judicious efforts, he formed a attached to the pursuit; and who, during collection of books and paintings, which his travels in Italy, had collected several rendered his own library one of the most documents and notices, which the his- splendid that a private individual had toric eye of our author at once saw might ever possessed. But while thus engaged be rendered highly useful to enlarged in pursuits equally honourable to him biographies of the Medici. As the most as a man of business and a man of lettrifling circumstances, in regard to the ters, the bank received a shock from the productions of men of genius, are con- particular circumstances of the times, sidered interesting, we may mention which it was alike impossible for human that the whole manuscript of the Life prudence to foresee or prevent. By that of Lorenzo" was written with a single event, Mr. Roscoe, now verging towards pen! Mr. Roscoe, soon after the ap- the seventieth year of his age, found pearance of this work, retired from prac- himself called upon to sustain a heavy tice as a solicitor, and entered himself trial of his fortitude. We need scarcely at Gray's Inn, with the intention of be- say, that it was sustained as wise and coming a barrister. During his residence gond men will ever bear such trials; and in town, he commenced the study of those who had loved and admired him Greek; and, in compliance with the before, instead of feeling any call upon suggestions of numerous admirers of his their pity at his misfortunes, only loved Life of Lorenzo,” began that of “ Leo and admired bim more than ever. The the Tenth.” This latter work appeared magnanimity with which he refused to in 1805 ; and, shortly after its publica, accept of his library, handsomely restored tion, he became a partner in the wealthy to him by the claimants on his estate,

1 Literary Institution in Liverpool.

presented one of the many traits of his G. Wallace, Esq. B.A. to the Second Mastercharacter, on which the future biogra- ship of the King's School, Canterbury:- The pher will love to expatiate. Since the

Rev. G. Pearse, to the Vicarage of Henley, above period, Mr. Roscoe lived in con

Suffolk, vacant by the resignation of the Rev.

C. R. Millard ; to the Rectory of St. Saviour, tented, and, we may add, elegant retire. and to the Perpetual Curacy of St. Martin at ment; his name held in universal vene Oak, both in Norwich.—The Hon. and Rev. E. ration, and his infirmities alleviated by Pellew, to the Perpetual Curacy of Great Yarthe tender assiduities of affectionate mouth.-The Rev. T. Clowes, to the New children. His faculties remained active

Church or Chapel of St. Mary, of Southtown, to the last; and we may say the game of Suffolk.The Rev. J. Hoste, A.M. to the Rec

tory of Ingoldisthorpe, in Norfolk.-The Rev. his generous love of liberty, and his ar

A. Matthews, B.D. to the office of Canon Resident, consistent benevolence. The pro dentiary, void by the death of the Rev. Canon gress of the Reform question afforded Russell.—The Rev. Sir G. W. Bishop, Bart. him the highest pleasure, for he felt it M.A. to the Deanery of Lismore, Ireland. as the triumph of opinions he had advo- The Rev. T. R. Wolcombe to be Rural Dean cated through life; but his political

of the Deanery of Castlemartin, vice the Rev.

C. Phillipps, resigned.—The Rev. W. Dasaufeelings never perverted the goodness toy, M.A. to the Rectory of Exton, void by the of his nature; and we have been inform- decease of the Rev. J. Baynes.-The Rev. G. ed by one of his nearest connexions, that Goodden, B.A. to the Reciory of North Barwhile the examination of Prince Polig row, Somersetshire.—The Rev. P. Jacob, to nac and his associates was pending, he the Rectory of Crawley, near Winchester, vawrote to General Lafayette, begging him

cant by the death of the Rev. H. T. Dampier.

-The Rev. C. Pilkington, B.C.L. to the Recin the strongest terms not to let the tri- tory of St. Lawrence, Winchester, vacant by umph of French liberty be polluted by the death of the Rev. Dr. Gabell.—The Rev. the

shedding of one drop of blood on the R. Roberts, to the Rectory of Wadenhoe, Norscaffold. The General answered him as thamptonshire, vacant by the resignation of the one man so great and good might be ex

Rev. J. Shillibeer.—The Rev. Wm. Knight, pected to answer another of similar cha- Myton, Yorkshire-The Rev. J. Clifton, to the

M.A. to the Perpetual Curacy of St. James's, racter on such a subject. The literary Vicarage of Willoughby-on-the-Woulds, Notts. merits of the author of the “Lives of - The Rev. C. Sympson, A.M. to the Rectory of Lorenzo and Leo the Tenth," have been Taversal.—The Rev. s. Hudson, jun. to the fully discussed by the public, and by Rectory of Castle Carrock, vacant by the death critics of every description. His chief of the Rev. Mr. Bowe. - The Rev. G. H. Bowcharacteristics as a writer were the

ers to the Rectory of St. Paul, Covent Garden,

vacant by the death of the Rev. Dr. Randolph. taste which enabled him to appreciate -The Rev. S. Cragg, M.A. to the Curacy of the the beautiful, under whatever form it New Church at Ilford, Essex.—The Rev. J. N. can appear; and an amenity of style Davidson, M.A. to the Vicarage of East Harpwhich has been rarely equalled. Consi- tree, Somerset.- The Rev. C. 11. Lutwidge, dering, moreover, that he was the first B.A. to the Perpetnal Curacy of St. Paul, English writer in the class of biography,

Huddersfield.--The Rev. St. Y. L. Hammick, to which he devoted his talents, he Marylebone, vacant by the death of the Rev.

M.A. to the Ministry of Brunswick Chapel, justly merits the claim of originality; William Fawssett. and to him, without dispute, belongs in a great degree the revival in this country Married.}-At Chelsea, the Rev. C. J. Glyn, of a taste for Italian literature and art. Rector of Witchampton, Dorset, to Augusta, Of his character as a man, we could daughter of John Granville, Esq. hardly say too much-his virtues were

At St. George's, Hanover Square, M. T.

Smith, Esq. M.P. to Louisa, third daughter of so in harmony with the unstudied dispo- Sir M. W. Ridley, Bart. M.P. sitions of his heart, that we must believe At St. Mary's, Bryanstone Square, the Rev. them to have been born there; they R. Berners, to Eliza, third daughter of the late were at the same time so consistent with

General Sir C. Cuyler, Bart. sound principle and reason, that they

At St. James's, J. Warrender, Esq. to the

Hon. F. H. Arden, daughter of the late Lord may be regarded as the fruit of religion Alvanley. and philosophy.-Athenæum.

At St. George's, Hanover Square, Sir John

Ogilvy, Bart. to Juliana Barbara, youngest ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. daughter of the late Lord H. Howard.

Professor Lee, of Cambridge, to the Prebendary of Bristol, vacant by the death of Dr. Died. )–At Twickenham, Mrs. E. Wilmot. Randolph. - The Rev. F. G. Leach, to the In Argyll-Place, James Northcote, Esq. R.A. Rectory of Stackpool-Elidor, otherwise Cheri At Clifton, Eliza, the wife of Lieut.-General ton; and the Rev. Wm. Allen, to the Vicarage Sir Hussey Vivian, Bart. of Bosherston; both in Pembrokesbire, vacant In Albemarle Street, Sir John Thorold, Bart. by the demise of the Rev. J. Jones.--The Rev. of Syston Park, Lincolnshire. Mr. Harries, of Trevacoon, in the same county, At Liverpool, W. Roscoe, Esq. aged 79. to the Prebendal Stall at St. David, also vacant At Devizes, E. F. Bourke, Esq. late of Penn by the death of the Rev. J. Jones.- The Rev. House, Amersham. C. F. Millard, B.A. to the Vicarage of Sedge At Bath, R. Maryan, Esq. formerly of Hatford, Norfolk.-The Rev. W. H. Drage, M.A. field Peverel, Essex. of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to a Minor In St. James's Square, Sir G. Montgomery, Canonry in Rochester Cathedral.-The Rev. S. Bart. Hall, B.D. to the Rectory of Middleton Che Elizabeth Countess of Eldon, eldest daughter ney, Northamptonshire, vacant by the death of of Anbone Surtees, Esq. of Newcastle-uponthe Rev. R. Charton.-The Rev. H. W. Cottle, Tyne. to the Vicarage of Watford, Northamptonshire, In the vicinity of Rome, the Rt. Hon. Lady vacant by the resignation of the Rev. T. Cole. Clifford, daughter of Cardinal Weld.

ORIGINAL PAPERS.

ABERNETHY, the late Mr., 182. Anecdotes of 352, 356
Æolian Harp, Lines to a broken one, 61
Association for the Encouragement of Literature 244
Biography of Odd Fellows, No. I. 428
Bridal of Pisa, The, a Poem, 395
Calas, The Execution of, 49
Call to Poland 72
Campbell, Thomas, bis Remarks on the Geography of the Ancients 1.

On the View from St. Leonard's 187. Lines on Poland 217
Captivity among the Rockites 233
Carnival, The Quakers', in Dublin, 163
Christopher North and Reform 294
College, Memorials of our, 264
Convent Sketches, No. I. 362
Decline of the Stage, On the, 259
Dialogues of the Deck, No. I., 298
Dublin, State of Parties in, 306

Epigram 384
Epsom Races; a sketch from Life, 275
Execution of Calas 49

Falkland's Dream, by James Montgomery, 113
Fashion in Music 23
France and Europe, Letters respecting, 109, 213
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 337
Geography, Remarks on Ancient, by T. Campbell, i
Graces in Ireland, The, 249

Hypochondriac, The, 41
Jack the Giant, by the Author of “ Tales of a Tar," 298
July, 1830, a Poem, 404
Juries, The Unanimity of, 175

Lady of Quality, Memoirs of the Macaw of a, 29, 122
Letters on France and Europe I. 109. II. 213
Life of a Sailor No. I. 87. II. 145. SII. 250. IV. 385
Lines, 1831, 181. On St. Leonard's 187. On Poland 217
Literature of the Day 17. Retrospect of 190, 225, 345

Association for the Encouragement of, 244
Lord Chancellor's Levee, Account of the, 81

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Macaw, Memoirs of a, by Lady Morgan, 29, 122
Madalina, Lines to, 252
Magazine, The New, 17
May-day, Lines to, 22
Memorials of our College 264
Memoirs of the Macaw of a Lady of Quality 29, 122
Mendizabel, Passage in the Life of Father, 362
Montgomery, James, Lord Falkland's Dream by, 113. Retrospect of

Literature by, No. I. 190. II. 225. II. Part 2. 345
Music, Fashion in, 23

Inder.-VOL. 1. NO. IV.

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