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pleted these publications of the Prayer Book and Bible for the
i matter in Mr. Reeves's books. But the permission has been for some years at an end; and no one has now a right to make use of Mr. Reeves's name in printing Bibles and Prayer Books. Though our author discontinued his undertaking of printing Bibles in a new form and fashion, he did not change his mind as to the utility and necessity of improvement in printing the sacred text. Having provided a new sort of Bibles for those who were able to purchase them, he now endeavoured to excite others to provide, for our poorer brethren, a better sort of Bible than that distributed by the Bible Societies. This design may be seen in a pamphlet which he published in April, 1805, entitled “Proposal of a Bible Society for distributing Bibles on a new Plan. Submitted with the Hope of making thereby the Holy Scriptures more read, and better understood.” If Mr. Reeves gave to the public any pamphlet upon the transactions of the times, it was mostly when there was some legal topic that had been passed over, or not sufficiently regarded, as he thought, by the political parties engaged in the contest. In his late Majesty's first illness, in 1789, he published a pamphlet of this sort, entitled “Legal Considerations on the Regency, as far as it regards Ireland.” Again, in March, 1801, he published one entitled “Considerations on the Coronation Oath to maintain the Protestant Religion, and the Settlement of the Church of England, as prescribed by stat. 1 W. & M. c. 6., and stat. 5 Ann. c. 8.” A third was, in the year 1807, entitled “Observations on (what is called) the Catholic Bill.” The first and last of these are without his name; and the second was intended to be so, but, in compliance with a very particular request, he consented to put his name to it. A fourth was published in 1816, entitled “Two Tracts, showing that Americans, born before the Independence, are, by the Law of England, not Aliens. First, A Discussion, &c. Second, A Reply, &c.” The first tract is, “A Discussion on the Question whether Inhabitants of the United States, born before the Independence, are, on coming to this Kingdom, to be considered as natural-born Subjects.” The second tract is, “Reply to the Re-statement of Mr. Chalmers's Opinion on the legal Effects resulting from the acknowledged Independence of the United States.” In these tracts Mr. Reeves maintained that ante nati Americans were, by law, not aliens, while the government offices treated them as aliens, and nine tenths of the public, learned and unlearned, acquiesced in the opinion that they were aliens. In March, 1794, a pamphlet was published, entitled “The Malecontent. A Letter from an Associator to Francis Plowden, Esquire,” which always passed for one of Mr. Reeves's animadversions on the democratical proceedings of the time. And this brings us to recolleet another publication of Mr. Reeves's, which, though last mentioned, and least in size, exceeded in importance and effect all the others, – we mean the single sheet of printed paper, in which Mr. Reeves called upon the people of England to associate for preserving liberty and property against republicans and levellers. This paper is to be seen among “The Association Papers,” collected and published in an octavo volume. The preface to that collection has also been ascribed to the chairman of the Association, Mr. Reeves, under whose direction the papers were collected into a volume, and who must be supposed to have been best qualified to convey some of the intimations contained in that preface. On Mr. Reeves's name being inserted in the new grant of King's printer, he was called upon by the Duke of Portland to resign his office of Receiver of the Police. In August, 1808, Mr. Yorke, then appointed Secretary of State for the Home Department, proposed to Mr. Reeves to take charge of the Alien Office, which situation he accepted, and held till July, 1814, when that establishment was reduced. In the year 1804, it was rumoured that he was actually named by the proper authority to succeed Sir Charles Morgan as Judge Advocate. The appointment, however, did not take place. The last eight or ten years of Mr. Reeves's life were not marked by any event deserving of record. His health had been declining for several months before his death; which occurred at his residence in Parliament Place, Westminster, on Friday the 7th of August, 1829.
Mr. Reeves was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Antiquarian Society, and a Bencher of the Middle Temple. He died very rich; although at one period of his life he kept open house on specified days of the months. He made no will; remarking that the law would dispose of his property precisely as he wished it to go. That one who had gained so much in public employments should by those opposed to him in politics be stigmatised as a time-server is not surprising; but all unprejudiced persons, who were acquainted with Mr. Reeves, will regard him as having been a learned, enlightened, and honourable man, and will reverence his memory accordingly.
The greater part of the foregoing memoir consists of a condensation of a narrative which appeared in seven successive numbers of the European Magazine, in 1818, and several communications with which we have been favoured from private and authentic sources.
THE RIGHT HON. GEORGE LORD HARRIS,
of seriNGAPATAM AND Mysore, IN THE EAST INDIES, AND OF BELMonT, IN KENT; G. C. B. ; A GENERAL IN THE ARMY ; coloneL of THE 73D Foot; Gover NOR OF DUMBARTON CASTLE, &c. &c.
This illustrious officer was born March 18. 1746, and was the son of the Rev. George Harris of Brasted, in Kent, by Sarah, daughter of George Twentyman of Braintree, in Cumberland, Esq. He entered the service as a Cadet in the Royal Artillery in 1759, and was appointed Fire-worker in June, 1762; but in the following month was transferred to an Ensigncy in the 5th foot, promoted to be Lieutenant in 1765, Adjutant in 1767, and Captain in 1771. In May, 1774, he embarked for America, and was engaged in the action of Lexington, and in the battle of Bunker's Hill. In the latter he was severely wounded in the head, and in consequence was trepanned, and came home; but he returned in time to take the field previously to the army landing in Long Island, in July, 1776. Captain Harris was present at the affair of Flat Bush; in the skirmishes on York Island; in the engagement at White Plains; at Iron Hill (where he was shot through the leg), and in every action up to the 3d November, 1778, except that of German Town. In the latter year he was appointed to a Majority in his regiment, and in November he embarked with it for the West Indies, with the force under Major-General Grant, by whom he was appointed to command the battalion of grenadiers, and landed with the reserve of the army under Brigadier-General Medows, at