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confidential conversation, Tie expressed his belief, that the climate of Jamaica wuld not agree with him; " hut," he added, "I would not object 'o going there on that account; for if I were ordered to march up to a battery, I should do it, though I might he of opinion that I should lie killc-d before my troops could carry it; and, in like manner, 3 think I oughr not to hesitate as to gnin? to Jamaica, if his Majesty's service requires it, though I may be of opinion tll.it I shall tail • victim to the climate." But little is known in England of what happened in Jamaica during the short period that General Villettes lived after his anival in that island. It is, however, well known, that his amiable disposition, and (hit firm, but conciliatory conduct, which always formed so remarkable a part of his character, soon engaged the continence and esteem of the whole community, Jii the month of July, 1o08, he undertook a 'military tour of inspection through the island. JJeither the bad state of his health, nor the Unfavourable weather, could induce him to postpone doing what he considered to be his duty. General Villettes left Kingston on the 3d of July, and proceeded as fir Port Antonio, ■where he inspected some of the troops. He set out from thence on the 11th, to go to Buff Bay, in the parish of St. George, to inapect a battalion of the 60th, which was atationed there; hut in this journey he was seized with a (ever, which, on the third day, ■put a period to his life. He died on the 13th July, at Mrs. Brown's estate, named Union; retaining in his last momen's the same serenity of mind for widen his whole life had been so remarkably distirgu'ulied. The regret expressed on this occasion by ail descriptions or persons in Jamaica, far exceeded what could have been supposed possible, when the short period that General Villettes had resided among them is taken into consideration. His body was interred near Kingston, in the parish of Half-Way-Tree, in which he resided. Thefuneral was attended by the Duke ot Man■■chester (the Governor of the Island), as chief mourner, and was conducted with all the military honours so justly due to the rank and zncrit of the deceased. Fe*v men have possessed, in a degree superior to General Villettes, the talent nfarquiring the good will of almost all, the ill will of scarcely any, who knew him. The chief rea^n was, that he licit good will towards all, and his conduct was suitable to his feeling:. His friendship, though by no means restricted to a lew, was far trom bem^ indiscriminate; but any person who once ready enjoyed it, Was sure tnat it woulo never be wiredrawn On the application of three friends of Ihc late LnulenantSUeneral Villr'tics, the. Dean and Chapter of Westminster have consent! d that a monument thould be placed to the mrroory of that muth lamented mheer, ut.i the monument oi his.
late friend the Hon. Sir C Stuart. Mr,
Westmaiott is employed as the sculptor; and the following inscription is to be engraved on the marblet
"Sacred to the memory of Lieut.-Gen. William Abns Vittint!, (second son of Arthur Villettes, Esq,, hia Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Turin, and to the Helvetic Cantons,) who, during a period of thirty three yean, rendered es?cntial service to his country, ac Toulon, in Corsica, at Malta, and in many other places. In consideration of these services, he wns appointed Colonel of the tV4th regiment of Infantry, and Lieutenant-Governor and Commander oi the Forces in Jamaica; but, while engaged in a tour of military inspection in that island, he was seized wii-h. a fever, and died near Port Antonio, on the 13th of July, 1808. aged 54 years.—A worthy member of society was thus taken from the public; a valuable officer was lost to the King's service; and the Island of Jamaica was deprived of a man well calculated to promote its happiness and prosperity. His residence there was indeed short; yet his min'.j but mild virtues, his dignified but affable deportment, and his rirm but conciliating conduct, had secured him the confidence a-,4 esteem of the whole community. "The sculptur'd marble shall dissolve in dust, And fame, and wealth, and honours, pass away; Not such the triumphs of the good and just. Not such the glories of eternal day.** At Cronroe, I. Ambrose Eccles, esq. a chav racterof the highest respectability. A profound scholar, a perfect gentleman, he was an ornament to society. Asa critic, he was distinguished amongst the commentators on Shakespeare. On the qualities of his heart, it is not, at present, intended to expatiate. We Shalt only observe, that, perhaps a purer spirit neverstood before the throne of the Almighty than that of the subject of this article. Perhaps a better husband, a better father, and, in every respect, a better man never existed. But full justice will, we trust, yet be done to his memory. Nothing more is now infendct than an hasty sketch of his life and character. After a regular course of education, in the college of Dublin, he went to the Continent. Here Ins stay was not long. From Franca he proceeded to Italy, but i 1 health limited his tour in that interesting country From Rume he returned to Florence, where ha studied the Italian language, with creac assiduity and success, under a celebrated professor. But he was soon compelled try- tbc sutc ot his health, to return home. On bjs way, he paused in Loncon, where ha exstrized to reside somet'me. ustaciarirtg »it* some of the remaikable literary charanrv* «af the day. With the lat: Dr Johnson, ne bcustcu no intimacy, but he haul mart lam u
Tom Dsvies'Sj and paid the most respectful The praise bestowed on thfm, by the author
ntrention to his conversation. Some of hii of an lt>say on the revival of the drama in
opinions and remarks, which hud impressed Italy, note 3, p. 270; is only justice to their
themselves deeply upon his memory, he used merit. -'As you like it," was prepared lor the to take pleasure in icpeating. Revering
he was surprised to hear the doctor pitiful fellow.'' But he was
Tillorson, call htm
still mure astonished to hear him acknow ledge, •* long a.tcr he had been employed in preparing his Sh'k.3peare for the public eve, indeed a very shol/ time before it issued from the press, that he had never yet read the plays ot Leaumoi.t and Fletcher," Preface to the plays, Lear and Cymbcline, Dub. 17*.'3. During his residence in London, the theatre engaged much of his attention, and his passion lor that elegant amusement grew with hii years. *< Ht loilowea the best performers from theatie to theatre, and studied Che l>cst cramatic writers. From an admirer he became a critic. luolisinar Shakcprare, he olten lamented 'hat his Jrii'is had susfcred in their stiucrure, from the ignnrance or carelessness of the first editors. This determined lnni to attempt a transposition of the scenes, in a lt» places, from the order in which they have been handed doevn by successive editions. •' This," he continues in the modest preface to his rditioo ol Le-ar, "will doubtless be thought by many a hardy innovation, but if it be considered in what a clsordeily and neglected stale this author's pi.ccs are reported to hive been left bj him, and how little certainty there is that the scenes have h:therio preseivcd their original arrangement ; the presumption with which this attempt is chargeable, will admit of much ex.enuation, aim it were, at least, lo be wished that no privilege of alteration more injurious to bhakespeare, had ever heen assumed by any of his editors." \\hat he attempted, he has accomplished with great ingenuity and much taste in his editions of the lolloping plays:—Lear ana Cymbcline, Dub. 1793, and the Merchant of Venice, Dub. 1B05.* To each play he has assigned a separate volume, containing, notuniy notes ar.kt illustrations of various commentators, with remarks by the editor, hut the several cr trcal and historical essays that have appeared at different times, respecting each puce, lo (J)mucline he ha, aaded a new tr.uiiatf-.n uf UK ninth story ol Sceond Day of the De-dmeione, ana an original air, which accumpaies the words or tlie elegy on Fidsle's ocath, composed on purpose for his pu licatioo, oy Sg. Giordani. 'i hese ctlitians
press upon the same plan, but it sleeps with the editor, to whim we shall now return. His person wis tall, wrll proportioned, and majestic. His countenance beamed benevolence. His manners were soft, easy, ani polite. His mind was richly stored' with classic lore, and every moial virtue. His conversation was a stream of elegant information, occasionally enriched witli just cnci- _ cism and solid argument. Graced with every accomplishment himself, his family became highly accomplished unJer his direction. Of the fine arts, music, (which he lias so aMy defndel in a note on the"Metchint of Venice,'• p. 2o'J-v.''y, was his favourite. Accordingly it was particularly cultivated in his tutinly, who seems tn inherit not only his accomplishments, but his virtues. To this slight sketch nf hiv character, we shall oriTy add, that he closed an useful life at an advanced age, at his beautiful seac of Crunroe, where he hac' loni; resided inelegant hospitality, ■ ministering to the comforts ol his surroundingtenantry, a 'd exhibi'ing in his public ani private conduct, in his studies and in hist aenusem-nts, a nioJel worthy the imitation of every country gentleman.
At Philadelphia, on the i'lh of February last, aged about 116 years, James Kembcrcon, esq. of the society called Quakers; hy »hich, no less than by the community at large, he was eminently distinguished for the upright discharge of his religious and civil duties. He was long the colleague of' Dr. Beniimm Franklin, in representing that (hi* native) city, in the general legislature of Pennsylvania, pievious to the revolution; ana after jt, he sjcceedrd the philosopher as president of tlie society, instituted for pran-.oting the interests of the enslaved Africans; which, with various other benevolent objects, engaged a large proportion of his time more than half a century. On the 13th, at the interment of his'rem-iine. the respect felt for his memory was manifested by a very nutritious attendance of his f:llow citizens, of all ranks and denominations. His temperature, and regular habits, contributed to preserve, almosL to the last, the unimpaired enjoyment of his intellectual -faculties, with a capacity for exerting them; and his closing moments evinced the peaceful retrospect of a wellhpent life. "Mark the perfect man, an*
will yet be considered as a valuable accession behold the upright; tor the end of that man to thectiical labours ot the commentators of our immortal bard. According as they are better known, they
,11 rise in estimation.
is p -ace.
On board Us Majesty's Ship Wanderer, in the West Indies, in the 4f1st year of hia agr, Lieutenant Willism White, of the royal navy, eldest son of A. W. White, esq.' ot Surinam. l
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