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the Duke of Wellington had reached the in terms of strong but respectful zenith of his Peninsular reputation, when he reminded Lord Teignmouth of the

remonstrance respecting this illcomplete verification of his prediction.

judged, degrading, and irregular “ During the latter part of Sir John order. He says :Shore's administration, Colonel Wesley “In the different conversations you was a frequent guest at his table. The did me the honour to hold with me upon peculiar characteristic of his great mind, which the Governor-General especially

this subject, I uniformly stated it to be remarked, and often in after-life adverted

my determination that every assistance

should be given to work and fight the to with admiration and astonishment, ships. I told you that the directions of was an union of strong sense and boyish the captains of the Indiamen, upon those playfulness which he had never seen ex

occasions, would of course be obeyed : emplified in any other individual. On

and I communicated to you an extract the object of the expedition, to the direction of which he was destined, Colonel manding the troops on board the differ

of my instructions to the officers comWesley furnished a spirited plan, and

ent ships upon this subject, which you corresponded with the Governor-Ge- thought fully sufficient. Confiding, then, neral.”

that there would be no order from SuThe biographer has inserted a

perior Authority to put me, or the regi

ment I have the honour to command, in copy of this memorandum, which

any situation under the command of the is characteristic of the Duke's pro- captains of the Indiamen (however I or verbial powers of foresight, and pro- every other officer might think it necesviding against contingencies. The sary that we and the men should obey Duke writes to Lord Teignmouth, embarked with the regiment ;=a step

their orders upon certain occasions), I to say that his father always treated which, however attached I may be to the him “with great kindness and King's Service, I would sooner have condescension,” but that he is not quitted it than have taken, had I known aware that he has any letters of his that matter was to be arranged as I find

it is. in his possession, as he was not at “ In addition to the objections I have that time in any official situation to to be under the command of persons who occasion correspondence with the have thrown so many difficulties in the Governor-General . He promised way of the Service,

and who are now to look among his papers, to see if be obliged to write an official complaint he could find anything, but he does of some of them before the fleet sailsnot appear to have succeeded. Lord and in addition to the difficulties of Teignmouth, however, has inserted obliging officers (particularly field offia letter from the Duke, with his cers) to put themselves under the com

mand of captains of Indiamen, or of takfather's reply, both of which are

ing the soldiers from under the orders of characteristic of the men, and much their own officers, there is this legal obto their honour. The GovernorGeneral had inadvertently issued Charles, he would make him his heir ;

of Methodism, that if he had a son named an order placing the troops, when and he accordingly defrayed the exembarked, under the officers com- penses of Charles Wesley, John's bromanding the ships, in the event of ther, at Westminster school ; but Charles their engaging the French cruisers.

not choosing to go to Ireland, “lest

worldly prosperity, and its consequences, Colonel Wesley* (Wellesley) writes might lead his heart from due attention

to his eternal interests,” Wesley of Dan* Lord Wellington, at that time, spelt gan made Richard Colley, of Dublin, his his name “Wesley,” as his family had heir; Colley taking the name of Wesley. always done ; and as this may puzzle Colley afterwards became the first Lord some readers, Lord Teignmouth should Mornington, and was grandfather to the have stated the reason. Dr. Adam Duke of Wellington, and the Marquess Clarke, in his Memoirs of the Wesley Wellesley The Marquess, we believe, family, says, that a branch of the English first changed his name from Wesley at Wesleys had long been located at Dan- his creation to his title in 1797, and his gan, in Ireland ; that one of the Wesleys brothers followed his example. It was of Dangan, being a man of large pro- not, perhaps, pleasant to two aspiring perty, and having no son, told Samuel young man to be called by this methoWesley, the father of John, the founder distical nane.

cumstances.

jection to the measure ; viz. that the alacrity, and spirit shewn by yourself, captains of the Indiamen have no legal and the officers and men of your regimethod of enforcing obedience to their ment; and I had flattered myself with orders from their own seamen, much less the pleasing expectation of having, as will they have it of enforcing obedience far as depended upon me, done every from soldiers ; and therefore if it does thing in my power to render the Service not suit the pleasure of the men, they agreeable to you. will not obey them.

“I repeat my regret at an occur“In my opinion, it would have been rence which appears to have afforded better to have left the matter where I you any uneasiness; and add my hope placed it ; and have trusted to the good that the Orders despatched yesterday, sense and honour of the officers, and to in revocation of that part of the instructhe spirit of the soldiers, that every as- tions which has been the occasion of it, sistance would be given when the occa- will reach the ships before their desion might require it : and in that case, parture.” as they would not have felt themselves or their Service disgraced, their exer

We will now quote a few pastions would have been greater, and their sages bringing the narrative down assistance more cordial, than it can be to Lord Teignmouth's return to expected to be under the existing cir- England.

“However, Sir, uncomfortable as I “ Saadut Ali consented, by treaty, to feel it embarking under such circum- an increase of the subsidy paid by Oude stances, I shall do every thing in my for the stipulated protection of the Conipower, and shall make those under me pany, and the cession of the important do every thing in their power, to forward fortress of Allahabad. Had the Gothe Service : and I hope that you will vernor-General been actuated more by find that those whose ambitious claims personal than by patriotic considerahave been complied with will do the tions, he might, as he states, by comsame."

promising these advantages, have added In this letter we find, as in

half-a-million sterling to his fortune."

many “ The Governor-General's decision of his dispatches and published let- on the Oude succession was universally ters, an intrepid assertion of the approved by the British inhabitants of rights of the body to which he be- India, and by the native powers. It

was ratified at the India House, as well longed; a powerful adduction, in

as by the Ministers of the Crown, Mr. few words, of unanswerable rea- Pitt and Mr. Dundas." sons, as well as mere technical re- “ The secret spring of the composure monstrances; and then, having exhibited by the Governor General, in vindicated honour and principle, a

the trying circumstances, and under the

consciousness that his decision, whatself-denying and patriotic deter

ever it might be, would be open to animination expressed to overlook madversion, is disclosed in a passage in personal considerations, and “un- his “ Selections from a Journal,' written comfortable circumstances,” in or

several years afterwards, on its being

intimated to him that his proceedings at der to forward the Service.”

Oude were threatened with ParliaLord Teignmouth's answer is also mentary impeachment. honourable to the writer; because * • Under the circumstances alluded in it he expresses, in the most to, I have frequently retired to a prifrank manner, his concern and

vate room, praying to God to direct my

judgment, in forming a decision on the vexation at the order, and his alternative which was before me without prompt endeavour to prevent its bias or partiality. The recollection of operation.

this afforded a consolation to me, which

made me indifferent to censure or accu“ By what inadvertence it escaped sation. Some time after my arrival in me, I am at a loss to conceive ; but I England, General Kirkpatrick, the father am anxious to impress you with a con- of a Colonel Kirkpatrick whom I had viction that inadvertence alone could nominated in Bengal to the Residency have occasioned, on my part, any in- with the Nizam, called on me; and instructions hurtful to your feelings, or formed me that Dr. Laurence, a Memto those of the gentlemen under your ber of Parliament, and the intimate command.

friend of Mr. Burke, intended to im“No man

can be more impressed peach me in the House of Commons, than I am with a sense of the zeal, for my transactions at Lucknow ; and

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advised me to prepare my friends to Peerage. Mr. Dundas had recomsupport me. Expressing my obligations mended to the King the option of a to him for his information, I told him Peerage, or of the Order of the Bath. that my reasons for my conduct were Hugh Inglis writes to him :-* It recorded ; and if they would not bear was left to your friends to choose a me out, I had nothing more to urge in title that was not already occupied ; and, my defence. But my real consolation in consequence, Sir Francis Baring, arose from the recollection of my prayer Mr. Bensley, and myself, fixed upon to God for assistance and direction, Teignmouth. We selected this title as under the consciousness that I had not a good sounding one, and a place that been influenced by any interested or you must naturally have a regard for. improper motive in the dispossession of I trust, my friend, you will approve of Vizier Ali and the appointment of what we have done.' Saadut Ali : and I can safely and con- “ He writes to the Earl of Morningscientiously say, that I never felt any ton from Lucknow, Jan. 28, 1798 : alarm or uneasiness under the appre- 'I despatch this to offer to your Lordship hension of the threatened impeachment.' my most cordial congratulations upon

“The following Extracts are from your arrival, and to assure you of the letters written by the Governor-Ge- sincerest disposition on my part to neral to Lady Shore, during his absence merit your esteem and confidence, by from Calcutta :

affording your Administration every ** Christmas Day, 1797.— I have nei- assistance in my power. Happy shall ther performed my duty to you nor to I be to resign the government to your my God, as I ought to have done, this Lordship. The close of my Adminisday : yet, exclusively of my morning tration threatened a serious political supplications, I prayed to Him for storm : the danger is, I trust, past, and blessings upon us all, and to give us a a foundation laid for political security, true sense of His mercies, in sending honour, and reputation in this country.' His Son into the world for our instruc- Lord Teignmouth returned to Caltion, and with the joyful tidings of sal- cutta, and sailed for England, with vation and immortality. I prayed to Lady Teignmouth and his family, now Him for remission of my sins, and for a consisting of a son and two daughters, more lively sense of Áis mercies and on the 7th of March, 1798." my own demerits ; and to strengthen

We have extracted thus largely my own reliance upon Him ; and for resignation under all His dispensations.' from the first volume of this in

January 17, 1798.—My plans are teresting narrative, because most fast drawing to a conclusion; and to- of the facts will be new to that

or next day the dénouement takes place, supposing no accident. "I large body of persons both in our am playing, as the gamesters say, le own and other lands, who knew gros jeu, and with the same kind of Lord Teignmouth, personally or sensation as a man who apprehends by character, during the last thirty losing his all. Yet my conviction that I am right, hourly remains ; and as I years of his life ; when instead of have prayed to God, daily, to direct my plunging into the strife of party ways-and to correct me if I err, to politics, or resigning himself to Him, and feel more repose than might entered upon a strengthen me if I am right. I trust in indolence, after his early toils, he

career of be expected from the situation in which I am. All

, however, will be well, and occupation, the importance and honourably' and successfully settled, i benefits of which it were trust.'

perfluous for us to dwell upon. " At Lucknow, Sir J. Shore received We must not, however, wholly pass a letter from Mr. Dundas, couched in kind and flattering terms, announcing over this valuable portion of his to him His Majesty's recognition of his life ; and therefore shall reserve a services, by elevating him to the Irish few passages for another Number.

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PUBLICATIONS ON TRACTARIANISM. 1. A Charge delivered to the Clergy of the three Dioceses of Calcutta,

Madrus, and Bombay, at the Primary Metropolitan it Visitation, in 1842, 1843. By DANIEL, Bishop of Calcutta, and Metropolitan of

India. 2. The past Dangers, and present Position, of the United Church of

England and Ireland ; a Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Ely; in 1842. By the Rev. J. H. BROWNE, M.A.,

Archdeacon. 3. Two Treatises on the Church ; the first by THOMAS JACKSON D.D.,

the second by BISHOP SANDERSON ; to which is added, a Letter of Bishop Cosin, on the Validity of the Foreign Reformed Churches. Edited, with introductory remarks, by the Rev. W. Goode, M.A.,

Rector of St. Antholin, London. 4. A Defence of the Principles of the English Reformation, from the

Attacks of the Tractarians. By the Rev. C. S. Bird, M.A., late

Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 5. Our Dangers and our Duties, in the present Crisis of the Church ; an

address from a Minister to his Congregation. 6. A Word to the English Laity, in what appears to be their Duty in

reference to the Modification of Popery, commonly called Puseyism.

By John POYNDER, Esq. 7. Identity of Popery and Tractarianism ; or Pope Pius the Fourth's

Creed, illustrated by Tractarian Comments. Published by the Refor

mation Society. 8. The Approaching Downfall of Popery and Civil Despotism in Europe,

with especial reference to the recent progress of Popery and Puseyism

throughout the World. By a Layman. 9. Letters from Oxford in 1843. By IGNOTUS. 10. A few Thoughts on Church Subjects ; namely, Uniformity, Daily

Service, Gown and Surplice, Private Dress, Pews, and Preaching. By the Rev. E. SCOBELL, A.M., Incumbent of St. Peter's, Vere Street, Vicar of Turville, and Lecturer at the Parish Church of St. Mary-le

bone. 11. A Protest against Tractarianism; being an Explanation and

Defence of an Address delivered at a Missionary Meeting in London

derry. By the Rev. G. Scott, A.M., Rector of Balteagh. 12. The Synagogue and the Church ; being an attempt to shew that the

Government, Ministers, and Services of the Church were derived from those of the Synagogue, [not the Temple), condensed from the Latin work of Vitringa. By J. L. BERNARD, A.M., Curate of St. Mary's,

Donnybrook. We shall pursue our wonted plan There is one point, which we of taking up a pile of publications have urged from the first, and upon Tractarianism, from the mul- which the signs of the times imtitudes which collect around us; press with increasing vividness of heading them with an episcopal application ; namely, to beware of Charge. If the subject has lost reaction; not to allow one error to much of its novelty, it has assuredly goad us into the opposite; the not lost

any of its importance; and perversion of one truth to induce therefore we do not shrink, even at us to pervert another; exaggerathe risk of some repetition, from tion to betray us into indifference ; laying before our readers another the errors of Rome to drive us to series of passages relative to it. Geneva, or those of Geneva to send us back to Rome. We said from their churches after the second the very first that the false claims Lesson, instead of where the rubric set up on behalf of the Fathers and prescribes it, after the third ColTradition, would lead many to lect; and yet some persons have undervalue, and not a few to ridi- ignorantly imagined that this obecule, what is really venerable and dience to the rubric, which to most Scriptural in primitive antiquity; clergymen has been familiar from and thus would the church of their childhood, is a new Oxford Christ, and particularly our own discovery, and an indication of branch of it, lose treasures of wis- Tractarianism. We might mendom and holiness, memorable facts tion other similar facts. These and valuable precedents, which things are very absurd; but they ought not to be rashly set aside shew the wisdom with which the because mixed up with much that clergy ought to conduct their prois superstitious, puerile, or un

un- ceedings, so as to be faithful to sound. So again with regard to their Ordination vows as conscienour own Apostolic Church, the tious and consistent churchmen ; preposterous pretensions urged on and yet to avoid all just cause of her behalf, and to which she is no jealousy and suspicion. For the party; and the worse than absurd most part, things were well enough affectation of Romanising her rites, in these matters, if well were let Orders, and Liturgy ; are causing alone. But we will not delay our many

who called themselves readers with our own remarks, churchmen, and meant to be so

when we

have in hand the consistently, but who knew little of very interesting and highly importcanons, rubrics, or ecclesiastical ant Metropolitan Charge of our discipline, to confound a just and Right Reverend friend who pretemperate regard to her obser- sides

the

Anglo-Indian vances, with the innovations of Church; a Charge replete with those who, under the mushroom facts and business; but chiefly title of “Catholics,” are striving devoted to a consideration of the to “unprotestantize" her. The momentous questions connected “Evangelical Clergy" (as they are with the Tractarian controversy. popularly called) may probably be It is warm, energetic, faithful ; yet forced into a painful position with judicious and well-reasoned ; full some zealous friends, who cannot of scriptural truth and devout discern between things that differ ; exhortation. We feel deeply and who, in their just and honest thankful to God for his alarm at Tractarianism, may be by his “ Divine permission,” there too ready to suspect this heresy should be placed over the Church where it was never dreamed of. of India at this crisis of its history We were astonished last month to such a man as Bishop Wilson; a learn that for a sick person to de- man singularly qualified for the sire “the prayers of the church" office; uniting evangelical doctrine was a Tractarian innovation, and with apostolical order; and who that we had therefore been Tracta- can afford to say even strong things rians for more than thirty years as an Episcopalian and an Anglican without knowing it. In our churchman, because he keeps Volume for 1819, p. 86, was them in their right place, disinserted a paper written by, or tinguishing between means and under the eye of, the late Rev. ends; and not building up forBasil Woodd, complaining of the malism, or opposing irregularity “ inadvertent irregularity' of some and schism with popish weapons clergymen in allowing singing in or for popish objects; but seek

over

mercy, that,

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