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Kelloe Church.--Campbell's British Poets. [Jan. Early in the fourteenth century a Mr. URBAN, Bow, Jan. 4. family who assumed the local name


URING the last thirty years the. was of some consequence

in this press has gradually yielded such place, and gave a Bishop to the See an extraordinary ivcrease of works of Durham in 1311, in the person of under the multifarious names of SeRichard Kellaw. In 1312, his bro lections, Beauties, Minstrelsy, Exther, Patrick Kellaw, commanded the tracts, Fugitive Pieces, &c. &c. ga. troops of the Bishoprick against the thered from our established poets, Shavaldi, or freebooters of Northum- that the sixteens, twelves, duodecimos, berland, who (taking advantage of octavos, and imperial octavos, might Bruce's attack on the Palatinate,) form an extensive juvenile library, issued from their fastnesses, and le- had any school-boy a smattering of vied plunder and contribution. Pa ambition to be dubbed “ a collector.” trick Kellaw defeated the banditti ip Fortunately the compilers, while they Holy Island; and their Captain, John have increased the mass by“ pouring de Wadale, perished in the action *. out of one phial into another,” have

By an heiress of the Kellaws, the also crushed the young bibliographer's possessions passed into the Forcer rising passion, by their tedious gameFamily; the last of whom, Basil ness. They possess only one generic Forcer, died without issue in 1782. character, and duplicates of modern The Manor was sold in his life-time works that only vary in the unimporto Jobo Tempest, esq. who devised tant features of paper and type, are it to Sir M. Vane Tempest; on whose of little or no estimation. The stripdecease it became the property of his ling that has imbibed a taste for poeheiress, the present Lady Stewart. try, will read Milton, Gray, or any

The Church and Parsonage stand other standard poet, in a sixpenny above half a mile from the Village edition with equal enthusiasm as if of Kelloe, in a long hollow vale on embellished and bot-pressed by Da the North of a small trout stream, Roveray or Sharpe. called Kelloe Beck.

It was my chance sometime since The Church, which is dedicated to to be invited by an eminent city pubSt. Helen, consists of a nave and lisher to become editor of a few choice chancel of equal width, both sup morsels of English poetry, or in the ported by buttresses, and a low square language of business, “ Do a work tower at the West end of the pave. for the Row.” Unfortunately for the The East window is divided into three speculation, the announcement of my lights, under a pointed arch. The long-respected friend Mr. Murray of nave has three windows of similar a similar publication, made us dread form, and the chancel three narrow the curse of rivalship, and the being pointed lights, all to the South. crushed by a long and widely puffed

Thornlaw Porch, or Pity Porch, forestalment. Such a compilation which projects from the North side was well adapted to a pedagogue of the nave, seems to have been ori. whose little leisure is stealing one ginally a Chantry, founded by the hour a day from my scholars, and it Kellaws in 1347. It was endowed required only a smattering of taste, a with lands, which at the dissolution small portion of judgment, and very were valued at 101.

little research. The materials | deThe Vicarage of Kelloe is in the pended upon seemed ample. There . patronage of the Bishops of Dur. was Dr. Anderson's and Mr. A. Chal. ham; but formerly in the Masters mers's British Poets, with those useful of Sherburne Hospital. The Glebe selections by Ritson, Ellis, and is all inclosed, and estimated to con- Southey. Aš to biographical or cri. . tain 222 acres. The present worthy tical notices, they were easily fung vicar is the Rev. George Stephen- together by pilfering from the His

tory of English Poetry, Censura LiHere we for the present take our teraria, British Bibliographer, Restileave of Mr. Surtees's Work; but we tuta, and other modern works of si. shall shortly be called upon to notice milarcharacter. Besides these sources the publication of a Second Volume of I was assured of the covetable assisthis interesting labours.-Edit. ance of two geotlemen, well known

for their literary attainments, and * See Mr. Surtees's General History, deeply read in antient poetic lore p. xxx.


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1821.] British Poets, edited by Mr. Campbell.

7 (wbich I know little about), who were argue is subtracting nothing. Lastly, to aid with the loan of a dozen or Mr. Campbell was to supplant all that score elder authors of rather a rarer had been done by Headles, Ellis, Ritorder, and who also undertook to son, and Southey.--Now to the truth : dog-ear certain leaves of curious mat Is all this extravagance of bruit acter, fearful I might not hastily disco- complished? Can Mr. Campbell take ver the same; with a caution to be credit for more than his "Essay on particular if two poems were on the English Poetry,” and his “ Biograsame leaf not to adopt the worst. phical and critical Notices :" articles Such was the outline of the plan, and of high merit, and had those parts my select specimens would certainly been given in a moderate sized vobave been completed io TWENTY portly Jume, then those sketches would octavos-But

have found a run of several editions, Mr. Murray announced, and has and which would, to an extensive cirsince published; Specimens of the cle, be even now acceptable. If the British Poets; with biographical and SEVEN volumes were intended to be critical notices, and an Essay on worthy the closet of the literary map, English Poetry, By Thomas Camp. why tax him to load bis groaning bell; or, as the label expresses it, shelves with extremely long extracts BRITISH Posts, by T. Campbell, from poets of most common reference; 7 vols. 31. 138. 6d.-Seven volumes í but Mr. Campbell to secure praise although the works above noticed as should not bave suffered any one poet, sufficient to supply materials for found in the volumes of Anderson or twenty, have rendered copious assist- Chaliners, to have occupied by speciance, and some acute readers have men more than a siogle leaf. He has fancied there may be traced the assist- also erred if he believes any kind of aut band of a friend ; yet has the whole finger-post necessary for the man that been rammed, crammed, and janimed, reads to discover the nervous pasinto only seven volumes ! Cer- sages in our standard poets. On the tainly, however Mr. Campbell is other hand, if it was calculated as a justly entitled to bis well-earned emi- fit work to disseminate a love of poenence as a poet, he must excuse a try and better knowledge of our dolittle blunt honesty in announcing mestic writers, among the junior that he is not quite up to the art of branches of society, who may have book-making, notwithstanding the outgrown the longer needing nursery reports circulated so opportunely be- varieties and the polished pages of fore the appearance of his seven Harris and Godwin, why eke out to volumes.—Then it was rung lhrough seven volumes what might have been echo's trump that the Specimeos were given in a double-columped octavo ? the result, of a close application of

BRYAN BRAINTREE. eight years, which can scarcely be correct, for there are many instances of


Jan. 17. haste discoverable, and so little timeThe epitaphs which appeared in of an author into a trite specimen, a Wrestler, most forcibly brought to that the last six volumes might as well my recollection two epitaphs, written bave passed the press in eight months, about twenty-five years ago, upon as in as many years. Iodeed I strongly one not celebrated for either boxing suspect, from some traits of neglior wrestling, but for a kindred exgence, the whole work was hurried cellency, running. forward from the spreading buzz of Tommy Wilcox (for so he was al. my own project. Another groundless ways called) filled a situation, forassumption was, that the labour, merly very common and very useful, if such light amusement may be de- before the improvement of our roads signato Tabour, was to fiod a re and mode of travelling bad done away muneration of 10001. Surely it capuot with its necessity. He was running be. Booksellers do not now barter footmun in the much-respected family for “ the whistling of a name,

of Joho Blackburue, Esq. the repreand Mr. Murray's purse, on this oc- sentative for Lancasbire. Tommy casion, would be sufficiently light seemed as if born for the situation. ened if it bore the evaporation of a

Below the middle size, he was of a cool 1001., whicb a puoy wit may very compact make, and agile limbs ;


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8 Epitaphs on Tommy Wilcox, Running Frotman. [Jan. and bis gait was very remarkable. rector, who was no other than the He could scarcely be said ever to Rev. E. Owen, of Warrington, the walk ; his pace was a kind of amble well-known and far-famed translator or shuffle, which he could accelerate of Juvenal, as witty as he was wise, froin the slowest rate to the quickest; as ingenious and facetious as he was going at least ten miles an hour: and learned. The rector did any thing his head always appeared as greatly but praise. He hemm'd and he ha'd, busied as his feet, keeping time with and at length censured it, as too long them, and nodding slower or faster, winded, and breathing too much the according to his own loco.motion. spirit of Sternbold and Hopkins, sayIndeed his head was quite as light as ing at the same time," let me see if I his heels; encumbered with nothing, cannot mend it.” To work he accordexcept now and then with a message, ingly went, and in about half an hour, or some other business of fetching and after many pulls and twists of the wig, carrying. His perseverance was equal and amidst much smoke occasioned to his speed. When the present by some vehement puffs of the tobacco Member for the County was first re tube, out comes the following, which turned at Lancaster, Tommy atiend appears so very like in expression and ed in his capacity of running footman, conceplion to the epitaphs alluded to whether still retained in that situa above: tion, or a volunteer upon this occa By mortal runners ne'er was be surpass’d, sion, I cannot say. When his inaster

Death only prov'd bis overmatch at last. set out on his way home, with that Rest, Tommy, here! till with recruited rapidity which good fortune generally breath, gives, and good news seem to require, Thou ris'st to triumph o'er thy conTommy was left at first greatly be queror-Death! hiod, and it was thought that he could Should what are here sent be ac. never regain on that day his accus ceptable to Mr. Urban, the same hand tomed precedence : but long before cao supply him with a few others the travellers had reached home, much of the same kind, written upon Tommy passed the carriage, and was persons as celebrated as Tommy in the first to announce his master's ar. their way, and who have struited, rival and success. This journey was and frelted their day, and acted their upwards of sixty miles, and perform parts ed at the rate of ten miles an hour. UPON THE BANKS OF THE MERSEY. He had oo sustenance upon the road, but what he derived from tobacco, Mr. URBAN,

Jan. 20. with which his mouth was always well

"He two following Tablets have supplied.

very lately been set up in the of this notable man, his career be Abbey Church of St. Alban; the ing finished, and his last breath gone, latter by Sir Edward Siracey, a new some gentlemen, who admired his ta

created Baronet, understood to be lents, wished to preserve the memory. son to Sir John : It was proposed to erect a stone over “In the Vault below are deposited the his grave, and inscribe it with a suit- mortal Remains of the late 'Rev. John able record. Though the stone was Payler Nicholson, A. M. formerly Stunever erected by them, the epitaph dent of Christ Church Coll. Oxford, afterwas written at their request by the

wards Head Master of the Free Gram. Curate of the parish, who had gained

mar School in this Town, and more than some reputation for such-like compo- twenty years the pious and exemplary sitions : and it was as follows:

Rector of the Abbey Church. He dyed

on the 9th day of May 1817, aged 58 His race is run! his journey's o'er !

years, highly revered, deeply regretted. Lo! here he rests to run no more!

His mournful Family, in grateful and Tho' by the swiftness of his beels,

duteous remembrance, have raised this He cou'd out-run the chariot wheels;

Tablet." And if on errands he did go,

“ Sacred to the Memory of that worWou'd Ay “like lightning to and fro;" tby man, Sir John Stracey, Knight, ReYet he that runs by night and day O'ertook him on life's weary way,

corder of London, obiit 1743.

“ Also of Mary his Wife, obiit 1743. And swifter than all mortals-Death

“ Also of Mary, their eldest Daughter, Soon ran poor Tommy out of breath. obiit 1767.

This Epitaph, the curate, antici “ All highly beloved, and greatly lapating no small praise, she wed to his mented,"

J. B.



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