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190 OBITUARY.-W. Fletcher, Esq.-G. H. Wheler, Esq. [Feb the stability of its constitution in church for which, from early recollections, he and state,
always felt a strong attachment. It bad But that which formed the peculiar happened that in bis infancy he had feature in the character of this upright been nursed in that village, where he and amiable member of society, was his also passed the first year of his childhood, benevolence, or rather, the considerate and hence arose ibat kindness, and those nature of his benevolence; to be charit- multiplied proofs of it, which that place ably disposed is one thing, to study how and its inbabitants ever experienced to be charitable in the most serviceable from him. For, besides the gifts of the way another : and it was the character windows, he new pewed and paved, and istic of Mr. Fletcher's charity, to be dili- Otherwise improved the church; he also gent in finding out what he considered built a substantial stone house for the to be the best ways and means of ad. parish clerk, with a school-room adjoinministering to the wants, comforts, and ing; every year of his life be used to bappiness of his fellow-creatures. This bestow alms in a variety of ways upon babit of pondering upon sorrow in its young and old, and he has bequeathed less obvious distresses, and upon poverty by will several legacies and benefactions in all the little details of its wants, led to individuals, or for permanent purposes, him to unfrequented paths of kindness, at ibat place. This force of local aliachand to modes of charitable donation, ment and early associations still further which a less studious almoner would shewed itself in bis desire to be buried never have thought of, and one less there, and in the grave which he had strenuous would not have been disposed long before prepared for himself in the to undertake and pursue.
parish church. But amidst the studies of his benevo- As a man of business, Mr. Fletcher lence, and the avocations of his business was clear, exact, and punctual. Tu all and his duties, Mr. Fletcher found op- within the circle of his acquaintance, portunities to pursue, and with consider friendship, or connection, he was candid, able success, some antiquarian enquiries sincere, and kindly affectioned. Mr. respecting the counties of Oxford and Fletcher never having been married, he Berks, having made some interesting made his nearest and dearest relatives collections for the illustration of the the objects of his paternal regard. But topography of those counties. It may that wbich completed the character of be important to add, tbat they are now this christian philanthropist, was his in the possession of his nephew, Tho- humility. Wealih, office, high reputamas Robinson, esq. of the Oxford Oid tion, and universal esteem, were not for Bank.
a moment able to change the lowliness The same love of antiquity led him of his heart ; and so precious in his eyes into a line of enquiry, which, when he was the garb of humility, that he, who entered upon it, was less pursued than it had always worn it so gracefully through is at present; be made large collections life, wisbed to indicate even after death of ancient stained, or painted glass, upon how much he prized it, by leaving it as a variety of subjects in sacred and pro- bis request, that his remains from the fane history, heraldry, and portraiture ; hearse to the grave, might be borne on and be was as munificent in giving, as tbe bier, and be covered with the pall of he was diligent in collecting and preserv- the parish. ing, wbac had escaped the ravages of time and the fury of fanaticism. Out G. H. WIELER, Esq. F.S. A. of these collections, be formed (hy a Feb. 3. At Gordon's Hotel, in Albe. symmetrical arrangement of the several marle streer, aged 50, Granville Hastpieces) some large and splendid windows, ings Wheler, esq. F. S. A. of Oxerdentwo of which he presented to the Uni- place in Kent, and of Ledscon-lodge in versity of Oxford, and placed in the Yorkshire. He was descended from the tower of ibe Picture Gallery ; to wbich, Rev. Sir George Wheler, the traveller, he also contributed original portraits of (of whom an account is given in vul. Mary, Queen of Scots, and Lord Bur- LXXXVI, ii. 426,) and was related to Sir leigh; other windows he gave to the Charles Wheler, bart. Curators of the Bodleian; one, entirely By the marriage of his grandfather, composed of the Oseney Abbey glass, to the Rev. Granville Wheler,* only survivthe Dean and Chapter of Christ Church: ing son of the above-mentioned Sir for which acts of munificence, he re- George, with the Lady Catberine Maria ceived the charks of those learned Hastings, sixth daughter of Theophilus, bodies.
seventh Earl of Huntingdon, he was He also presented a suite of windows of painted glass to the church of Yarn- Author of various papers in the lon, a village in the vicinity of Oxford, Philosophical Transactions.
181 nearly allied to that noble family ; and, in the Pointed style. I He evinced the failing the issue of the late Countess of correctness of his taste and judgment in Moira, stood next in succession to the the alterations and additions he was Baronies of Hungerford, Hastings, &c. making at Otterden, and those be sugwhich devolved upon that lady, on the gested at Leeds Castle and otber places, death of ber brother Francis, 10th Earl On all these subjects he was an occasional of Huntingdon ; and at her death, upon correspondent of Mr. Urban. ber son the illustrious Marquess of Hast- He had some peculiar habits and ings, whose lamented death is noticed opinions, which, Though neither of a in our last number. Upon the demise religious nature, (for he was steadily of Francis, 10ub Earl of Huntingdon, attached to the doctrines of the Church Mr. Wbeler became possessed of con- of England,) nor deviations from moral siderable estates in Yorkshire, under the rectitude, were the more regretted by will of the excellent and pious Lady his friends, on account of his many Elizabeth Hastings, * eldest surviving estimable qualities. One of these, an daughter of the before-mentioned Theo- erroneous idea respecting the state of philus, ilh Earl, which she inherited in his health, is supposed to bave shortened right of her mother, one of the daugb- his life, having by injudicious medical ters and co-heirs of Sir John Lewis of treatment of bimself so greatly reduced Ledstone, bart.
bis strength, that his constitution sunk His fatber, Granville Hastings Wbeler, under it. esq. the only son of the Rev. Granville Mr. Wheler had great ecclesiastical Wheler before mentioned, married Sybil- patronage; and to his honour it deJa, one of the daughters of Capt. Robert serves to be mentioned, that he never Haswell, R. N. who, after tbe death of sold any of the presentations to his her busband, married, secundly the Rev. livings. He was patron of Ledsham, John Tattersall, Chaplain in Ordinary Collingham, and Thurp-arch, and had to his Majesty, and afterwards Vicar of the alternate presentation to Harewood Harewood. She is still living, and has in Yorkshire, the perpetual curacy of one surviving daugbter by ber second Otterdon, in Kent. of
in Suffolk, marriage, Frances, wife of the Rev. John and the chapel in Wheler-street, SpitalBaker, Vicar of Thorp-arch, to which fields. Upon the death of bis uterine he was presented by Mr. Wbeler. broiher, the late Francis Tattersall, (to
The subject of this mcmoir was whum be bad given the living of Ledsgentleman commoner of Corpus Christi, ham,) being desirous of placing a clergyiu Oxford. He married Jane, second man who should be resident, and diligent daughter of the Rev. William De Chair in the performance of bis parochial duties Taitersall, Rector of West Bourne, in in that parish, be, at the recommendation Sussex, and one of his Majesty's Chap- of certain of his friends, presented the lains, by whom he had one son, whu died Rev. Christopher Benson (now Master of an insant ; his lady survives him.
the Temple), at that time an entire Mr. Wbeler's favourite pursuit was the stranger to him, to that valuable living, study of antiquity; and be had paid wbich preferment he still enjoys. particular attention to heraldry, and whatever related tu pedigrees and the
T. R. ELLERBY, Esq. kuowledge of descents. He was possess. Jun.29. Aged 37, in Broad-st. Thomas ed of a critical a:d intimate knowledge Robson Ellerby, esq. Surgeon to the of the various styles and of the eras Islington Dispensary, a member of the when the several alterations took place), Society of Friends, and a man of singuof Saxon, Norman, and Pointed archi- lar babits. He left in his will the fol. tecture. No one more beartly lamented lowing extraordinary directions :the dilapidations which antiquaries are “ For the guidance and instruction of so frequently doomed to witness,t or those whom I may appoint as the execumore strongly reprubated the innova- tors of this my last will, I do here set tions in which, under the semblance of dow:) what my wish is, concerning the restoration, some modern arehitects disposal of my body:--After my decease, bave been ioo prone to indulge. At the I request to be placed in a very plain same time be readily gave his unquali- shell or coffin, with all possible despatch; fied approbation to some rece!t strus- that my friends and acquaintances be astures which have been chastely executed sembled as soon as convenient. Prefer
ing to be of some use after my death, I * See vol. LVII. p. 403.
do will, wish, beg, pray, and desire, that + Particularly at Canterbury by the at the conclusion of such meeting of my destruction of those venerable and interesting remains, the South Gate, and Especially the Additions at King's Echelbert's Tower.
[Feb. friends and acquaintances, and at which
Lieut. STOKES, R. N. I particularly wish those medical friends Dec. 9. Ac St. Leonard's, Bridgewho have so kindly attended me through nortb, wbither he bad lately removed, my long iliness to be present, that the aged about 36, William Smith Stokes, shell or coffin in wbich I may be laid, be Lieut. R. N. placed in a plain bearse, with directions He received the chief part of bis edufor it to be taken to Mr. Kiernan's, or cation under Dr. Butler, at the public some dissecting-room of an approved school in Shrewsbury. At an early age anatomical school, followed simply by be entered into the navy, and when not the medical men in one or two plain more than 15, was on-board the Tonant, coaches, and that i bey do there examine at the ever-memorable battle of Tralalit to their full satisfaction, taking away gar, where, in the midst of victory, he such parts as may be of pathulugical was eye-witness to the fall of the Comutility. After which, that ibe remains mander-in-chief. be dissected, or inade wbatever use of In the spring of 1812, be landed in tbe anatomical teacher at such school Spain, and found the whole coast from may think proper.
Puerto Santa Maria to Ayamonte ini a " This I do as a last tribute to a state of blockade, to prevent the French science wbich I have delighted in, and forces receiving supplies by sea; and to which I now regret that I have con- near to Badajos he saw for the last time tributed so little; but if this example, his eldest bruther Lieut. James Marsball which I have set, and desigo for my pro- Stokes, who stortly after, on 6th of April, fessional brethern, be only followed to in leading the 1st battalion of 95tb regithe extent I wish, I am satisfied that ment of foot to the entrenchments bemuch good to science will result from fore that town, fell gloriously among the it; for if medical men, instead of taking slain immediately prior to its being such care of their precious carcases, taken. Since the conclusion of the were to set the example of giving their peace, he bas occasionally resided with own bodies for dissection, the prejudice bis widowed mother at the family resiwbich exists in this cuuntry against ana- dence, Roughton in Worfield, co. Salop. tomical examinations, and which is in- He was of an ancient and wealthy creasing to such an alarming degree, family of his own paternal name, long would soon be done away with, and resident in and about the neighbour. science proportionably benefited as the houd of Tectenball co. Stafford. His obstacles were thus removed. Nay, so grandfather, and other lineal and colo far do I think this a duty incumbent lateral ancestors were the strenuous parupon every one entering the prosession, tisans and secret supporters of the unthat I would bave it, if possible, framed fortunate house of Siuart, though their into a law, that on taking an examina- other political and religious principles tion at a public college for licence to were diametrically opposite to those of practise, whether pbysic, surgery, or that exiled family. He was also descend. pharmacy, it should be made a sine quá eil from Francis Smith, that very celenon, that every one on taking such brated and eminent architect of a cen. license, should enter into a specific agree tury past, from whose excellent plans ment, that bis body should, after his and suggestioris arose the great mandeath, become the property of bis surviv. sions of Partishull, Hallon (now called ing brethren, under regulatiuns institut- Davenport - house), Kinlet, Mawley, ed by autbority."
Ombersley (the seat of the late Lord After this, follows the distribution of Sondes), &c. From that eminent man, the different parts of the body to the whose surname be bure, he at length inedical gentlemen who attended him in inberited very valuable possessions, his last illness ; such parts being those which now devolve on his only brother, only wbicb, from the particular studies Michael Smith Stokes, esq. of Roughof each, were supposed by Mr. Ellerby ton. lo disposition Lieut. Stokes was to have to such of them a peculiar mild, brave, and generous, but careless interest.
of himself, and trifling with his health, Mr. Ellerby was a man of some ac- he brought on a long protracted illness quirements, and only turned bis thoughts and great sufferings, which at length to the profession at a mature age. He terminated bis earthly career. was an active member of the committee appointed by the General Meeting of the
MRS. HOWARD. Members of the College of Surgeons, Jan. 3. The late Mrs. Elizabeth held at Freemasons' Hall, for the pur. Howard, (of whom we
gave a brief pose of petitioning Parliament for re- notice in p. 92), was the only daughter dress of certain grievances now said to of Richard Howard, esq. of Chiswick, be experienced by the body of Surgeons. who held a respectable situation in the
193 Court of Cbancery, when Lord Nor- and delight. She may be said to have thington filled the office of Chancellor ; had, in a remarkable degree, the happy and who, by his marriage with an heir talent of blending the cheerful and social ess of the family of Beresford, came with the intellectual companion. In into possession of a considerable estate sentiment, Mrs. Howard
uniformly in the county of Lincoln.
maintained the principles of civil and Mrs. Howard was justly distinguished religious liberty ; considering them as in the circle of her friends and acquaint- iuseparably connected with the best ance, by talents of the bighest order, interests of mankind. Diligent in her and by extraordinary and extensive ato inquiries on the subject of religious tainments. An elegant and accom- truib, she applied the singular advant. plished classical scholar, she possessed a ages she possessed in its investigation ; thorough knowledge of tbe learned lan- and attentively perused the sacred writguages; while, at the same time, she ings in their original languages; the was equally conversant with the German, result of which was a firm and decided French, Italian, and Spanish ; all which conviction of their authenticity and inshe read with facility and taste. Yet, portance; and not only in principle, but rare and brilliant as were the acquire. in practice also, was she a sincere and men's of her bighly-cultivated mind, she consistent christian. Mrs. Howard had shone even mure conspicuously in the collected a curious and valuable library, nobler and more estimable qualities of comprising works in various languages, tbe heart.
and in different departments of literature Her genuine benevolence and kind- and science. Among ber friends were ness, the warmth and sincerity of her many persons of talent, learning, and friendship, the purity, candour, recti- private world, whom she greatly valued, tude, and singleness of ber mind, were and always received and welcomed with eminently characteristic; but ber gene- peculiar pleasure. Their frequent visits, rosity and disinterestedness were almost together with her books and her literary without limit ; and, whenever the wel. pursuits, constituted her principal enjoyfare or gratification of a friend could be promoted by any effort or sacrifice on The writer who bas attempted this her part, she scrupled not to make it : imperfect tribute to her fine talents and sor, in her view, self was always the her exemplary virtues, has long known last consideration-a feeling by which her; and esteems it one of the happy she was actuated to a very uncommon occurrences of her life, to have been degree. la manners, this excellent lady intimately acquainted with Mrs. Howwas particularly pleasing, easy, gentle, ard, and to have shared her friendship. and refined, more from the influence of She has often listened with delight, native courtesy than the studied forms when young, to her instructive conversaof artificial politeness; thougb she was, tion; and will ever cherish a sincere and ou all occasions, a nice observor of the affectionate regard for her memory. The rules of good-breeding, buth in herself life of this lamented friend was termi. and others. Accomplishments like these mated by a severe and painsul attack of failed not to secure to their possessor a inflammation on the chest; and ber high degree of respect and regard, from frame, which had never been robust, such as could estimate the full value of evuld not long contend willitbe comso amiable and dignified a character; plaint ; exhausted by previous suffering, nor was sbe less beloved by those who which she bore with christian resignawere unable to appreciate her higher tion and fortitude, she calmly sunk tu attainments.
sleep without a struggle, in full assurWholly free from vanity or ostenta. ance of a happy and glorious immortion, she unaffectedly sought to conceal, cality, baving retained her faculties to rather than to display ber superior know- the last. Her remains were, in conledge; and so great was the natural formity with ber own desire, deposited in diffidence of her disposition, ibat stran- tbe church-yard ar Kensington. gers have sometimes been in her com- The following extract from a letter of pany, wishout discovering that she pus- Mrs. Huward to a common friend (the sessed any extraordinary information. lale Rev. Dr. Disney), on the death of a To those who bad the bappmess of lady well known and highly esteemed enjoying her society in the unrestrained (ilie widow of Dr. Jebb), while it justly freedom of friendly intercourse, her con- delineates in simple and concise, but exversation was bighly interesting ; to pressive terms, the cbaracter of the exthro the treasures of her well-stored and cellent person of whom she speaks, is richly-gifted mind, with a niemory pecu- also so peculiarly applicable to berself, liarly clear and retentive, were unfolded, that its introduction here will require and afforded instruction, amusement, no apology :
184 OBITUARY.Mrs. Shore.—Mrs. Davies.-G, W'. Strong. [Feb.
“We have lost indeed a friend of un- Sept. 29, 1748, and married Oct. 26, common excellence ; with an under 1780, to Mr. Hector Davies, (son of the standing so good and cultivated, so Rev. David Davies,) who died March 6, ardent a spirit, where yet no vapour of 1785. He left by her une surviving child, ill will to any sentient being could find a the Rev. Hector Davies, who has taken place. She has her reward ;--perhaps the name of Morgan, of Castle Hedinghas been mercifully removed before those bam, Essex. She was a zealous advocate faculties which made her bappy, even in of the Church and Stare, a vincere pain and ill health, were blunted by the friend, and an accomplished woman. effects of time."
The early part of her life bad been
spent in the society of literary and enMRS. SHORE.
lightened persons; but in her few reDec.9. Aged 65, Harriet, the beloved maining years, the power of intellect wife of Samuel Shore, esq. of Norton- had greatly failed. By the paternal side hall, Derbyshire. The following extract she was nearly connected with the celefrom a funeral sermon, preached at the brated lawyer, Sir William Blackstone, parish church of Norton, Dec. 24th, by her grandfather being the judge's broibe Rev. Henry Pearson, the Vicar, gives ther; on the maternal side she was desome traits of the character of this scended from the Ashbys of Harefield, amiable lady :
in Middlesex. (See Gent. Mag. xciu. ii. “She was indeed, 'full of good works,' p. 212.) wbich she did not from ostentation, and Her remains were deposited with her for a name, but from a benevolent heart family, the vault of St. Mary's, Islingand christian feeling. In her we are ton, followed by her son, the Rev. H. D. forcibly reminded of the charitable Dor. Murgan, M. A., Rev. Richard Lendon, cas, of whom such bonourable mencion
M. A., Mr. Taylor, and Mr. W. H. is made in the Scriptures of Truth. Gwyn. Well may her own sex lament her, for she was a pattern to them. Well may
GEORGE-William STRONG. her surviving partner deplore the disso
At Woodbridge, Suffolk, aged 7, lution of a union, founded on mutual George-William, youngest son of the Rev. affection, and cemented by many suc- William and Susanna Strong, of Stanceeding happy years. Alas! it is a sor
ground, Hunts. rowful memento to others also, united
It is seldom that even parental affection by the same sacred bonds, that the dear.
can find an apology for obtruding upon the est friends must one day separate ; and uninterested reader its reminiscences of so that it is a perishing finger on wbich the short a career ; but there was a peculiarity ring is placed. Well may her children in the character and conduct of this child, cherish the fond remembrance of her which seems to render it a duty that the invirtues; for ber walk and conversation fluence of such an example should not be were worthy of their imitation. Being confined within the narrow circle of his own dead, she yet speaketh,' and to them is- family, or the span of his earthly sojourn. sues a voice from the grave, ‘Be ye fol. With uncommon strength of intellect and lowers of me.' Well then may her own unusual manliness of disposition, he comaffectionale family and household, grieve bined an acute perception of inoral rectitude for such a deprivation; for, in every rela- and a scrupulous attention to all the protive duty, as a wife, a mother, and a mis- prieties and delicacies of inore advanced age. tress she was without reproach. I may His character was entirely of a religious truly add, well may tbe poor, who shall cast, but unshadowed by the slightest tincnever cease out of ibe land, be afficted ture of melancholy. Prayer was his pleasure, and mourn, for they bave great reason to scarcely less than praise. After having stand weeping over her to aib, and, sbew- copied a part of “ Patrick's Devotions," he ing the coats and gardients which she had at length begged to have the book, and had provided for their use while she the good use which he made of it cannot be was with them, they may say, 'I was, better exemplified than in the two following hungry and she fed me; I was thirsty, instances. On the morning of the last anniand she gave me drink; I was naked, versary of his birth, no sooner had bis and she clotbed me; I was sick, and she father quitted his room than he hastened visited me.'”
from play, in which he was briskly engaged,
and entreated his mother to join him in MRS. S. Davies.
offering up the prayer recowmended for Jan. 8. After about two monihs ill- such an occasion. He had also selected for ness, aged 78, Mrs. Sophia Davies, of private devotion the “ Prayer for a Student," Islington Green, in which parish the contained in the same work; this he used greatest part of her life had been spent. daily until his studies were in some degree She was born in the parisha of St. Bride, interrupted by a visit into Suffolk; thither