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lily long letter to his nephew, Dr. Forster, the very day before his decease, which was probably the last he ever wrote, as he retired to bed on the Saturday night of the 7th of March, after a short, and to all appearance slight, illness from cold, and expired, apparently with perfect ease, early on the Sunday morning, much lamented by his relations, friends, and all who knew him. — Genlleman'i Magazine.
CASK IN, the Rev. George, D.D. Prebendary of Ely, Rector of Newington, and St. Benet Gracechurch, in the city of London; at the Rectory, Stoke Newington, June 29. 1829; aged 77.
This truly venerable man filled the office of Secretary to the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge for the long period of thirty-seven years, and during that period was extensively known, especially among the clergy of the united church, by whom he was very highly revered. He was born in 1751, at Newington Green, in the parish of Islington. His parents were in humble station, but distinguished by the virtues which make any station respectable, and without which high station is only eminence in disgrace. Their remains are guarded by a plain stone in the churchyard of Islington, with the following inscription : —
"Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of John Gaskin, Citizen and Leatherscller of London, who died Oct. 27. 1766, aged 56.; and of Mabel Gaskin, who died April 19, 1791, aged 84.; the honoured parents of George Gaskin, J), D. Lecturer of this parish."
The industry and frugality of this worthy couple enabled them to give a good education to their only child, who was accordingly sent to a classical school at Woodford in Essex, and admitted as a Commoner at Trinity College, Oxford, in 1771. He there took the degree of B.A. in 1775, of M.A. in 1778, and of D.D. in 1788. He was ordained Deacon in Feb. 1774, by Dr. Edmund Keenc, Bishop of Ely, at the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Priest by Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Rochester. His first official station in the church was the Curacy of St. Vedast, Foster-lane, in 1774. In April 1776 he was appointed Lecturer of Islington, and in the year 1778 Curate of Stoke
Newington. His first benefice in the church was the Rectory of Sutton and Mepal in the Isle of Ely ; and this, after his election tii the Secretaryship of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge in 1^86, was exchanged, through the kind patronage of Bishop Porteu« in Oct. 1791, for the Rectory of St. Benet, Gracechurch-strcet, the duties of which he considered more consistent with the performance of those which his public office constantly involved. His third preferment was to the Rectory of Stoke Newington, on the death of Dr. Cooke, Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and Dean of Ely, in 1797. At that time he had been eighteen years Curate of the parish ; and on the Sunday succeeding the death of the Rector, after a well-merited culogium on that venerable man, he addressed tlie congregation as one endeared to him by so long a connection, but from which he feared lie might be very soon separated. "Who may be likely," he remarked, "in the course of God's providence, to succeed to the vacant rectory I know not; but I fear that my office among you, endeared as the congregation has been by a connection of eighteen years, may soon determine." On the Sunday following he officiated as Rector. The sermon on that occasion was published; and was characterised, as all he ever composed were, by sound theology, expressed in appropriate language, with a brevity almost liturgical, and hardly less significant.
The last advancement he received in the church, which few men have more faithfully served, may be attributed to the estimate of his merits entertained by the late Archbishop of Canterbury. By his Grace's application to the present Bishop of Ely, a Stall in that Cathedral was obtained for him, which enabled liim to resign the Secretaryship into younger hands. This was precisely what he wished, as a temporal reward of his endeavour to do his part in the vineyard; and he often expressed his peculiar satisfaction in the circumstance of the lot having fallen on Ely, a place associated with his early days as a clergyman. The revenue of the Stall also enabled him to resign the Lectureship of Islington, which he held forty-six years, and by most faithful ministrations kept together the afternoon fold in that church, which was usually as well filled as at the morning service.
The predominance of religious principle and feeling in Dr. Gaskin's character was such, that lie would have been a vessel set apart for pious uses, if he had not been riveted to the church by ministerial obligations. And while, in order that prophecy may be fulfilled, and the divino counsels effected, the cause of Christ must have those in its service who will traverse seas and brave visible dangers, going to the extremity of the earth to preach the Gospel to all nations, and pursuing a path enlivened by continual excitement and novelty, — not less important to the prosperity and extension of that cause arc the uniform and patient services of the faithful and apostolical men who, at the head quarters of a citadel like the English church, keep watch against the open attacks of avowed enemies of the fuith, and the more secret wounds of enthusiasts, or sciolists. — Greatly abrilgal from The Gentleman's Magazine.
GRIG BY, Joshua, Esq., at Irs seat at Drinkstone, In Suffolk, March 6. 1829; aged 70.
The death of Mr. Grigby will be severely felt and deeply regretted by those who were acquainted with his many estimable qualities, and by the frien'ds of truth, justice, and liberality. He was a man of steady principles, of sound judgment, and undeviating integrity, — of quick penetration, a clear head, and a vigorous understanding. With a high sense of honour, he was feelingly alive to every virtuous and dignified sentiment. In the intercourse of society he was animated, acute, well informed, and conversant with the world. His manners win. easy, natural, and correct. Habitually polite and attentive, he never forgot the respect due to others, or trenched on the rules of good-breeding, by obtruding on, or abruptly engrossing, the priviliges of conversation, which are free and common to all; but was particularly distinguished by that urbanity and strict propriety of deportment so becoming and so essential to the character of a gentleman. Constitutionally active and alert, Mr. Grigby's intellectual faculties were always awake, and the energies of his mind were immediately roused to ixertion on every occasion that called him to the post of duty as a public man and a magistrate. In decision he was conscientious, deliberate, and just; in execution, prompt, firm, and intrepid; ever prepared to patronise and encourage any practicable undertaking which had for its ot ject tl.e public gcod, or the
welfare of deserving individuals. While his health permitted, he took an active and leading part with his brother magistrates in the important concerns of the new gaol at Bury, and in its internal regulations und management; an establishment which has been considered one of the best-conducted prisons in the kingdom. In his friendships he was warm and sincere; always ready to devote his time or sacrifice his convenience, whenever his advice or assistance could in any way promote the interest, or contribute to the gratification of a friend. Ever ardently attached to the cause of liberty, civil and religious, he seized uvcry occasion that presented itself to advocate the principles and extend the influence of pure and rational freedom, which he considered inseparably connicted with the happiness of the human race. Impressed with these sentiments, he, at an early period of life, and soon after the close of the American war, indulged the impulse of his enterprising mind, by making a voyage to the United States, and surveying, with great interest, the scenes where the cause of genuine freedom and independence were so nobly contested, in the struggle whith terminated in consequences of the highest moment, not only to that great and rising country, but to the whole civilised world. In the course of his tour he had the honour i?f an introduction to General Washington, the liberator of America, and the illustrious president of Congress; and was highly gratified by his interesting visit to that great man. In 1810 Mr. Grigby served the office of Higli Sheriff for the county of Suffolk, llesiding in the country, he made no sacrifice of his time to dissipation, and having no taste for the sports of the field, devoted his attention to the more useful and important occupations of agriculture. He was assiduous in the cultivation and management of bis estates, in encouraging improvements in husbandry, in promoting the employment of ihe labouring poor, and in forwarding every undertaking calculated to advance the prosperity and happiness of the people; thus adding to the pursuits of a country gentleman a character of practical utility. It should also be observed, that in all his habits and proceedings he studiously avoided every appearance of parade and ostentation. His natural vigour and strength of mind were shown, in no common degree, by the firmness and resolution with which he sustained the sufferings of a tedious and distressing complaint, and the exertions he made to repel its depressing influence. His religion was consonant with the liberal views and sentiments of a rational and enlightened theology; with just notions of the evidences of Christianity, and an humble reliance on the truth and faithfulness of God.
The remains of Mr. Grigby were interred, according to his request, in the gardens at Drinkstone, until a mausoleum be prepared for their reception, attended by a select number of his friends, who voluntarily paid this their last tribute to the memory and virtues of the deceased. The service, on this occasion, was performed by the Rev. W. P. Scargill, the Minister of the Unitarian congregation in^Bury St. Edmund's, to whom Mr. Grigby bequeathed the sum of twenty guineas for his attendance.
He served the office of High Sheriff for the county in 1810. He was twice married; viz., first, in 1784 to Miss Brackenbury ; and secondly, in January 1827, to Anna, the second daughter of William Crawford, Esq., of Hawleigh 1'ark in Suffolk, but has left no issue. — The Monthly and The Gentleman t Magazines*
HALLIDAY, Michael, Esq. ; the Senior Captain in the Royal Navy, July 10. 1829; at Epsom, aged 63.
This officer was born in Dec. 1765, at St. Petersburg!!, where his father, a native of the county of Dumfries, practised as a physictan, and an inoculator of the small-pox, after the introduction of that system into the Russian Empire, by Baron Dimsdale. He entered the British naval service in Feb. 1782, as a Midshipman, on board the Africa of 64 guns; which ship formed part of the fleet under Sir Edward Hughes, in his last battle with M. de Suffrein, June '-'0. 1783; on which occasion Mr. Halliday received a slight wound in the arm. The total loss'sustained by the Afiica was 5 killed and 25 wounded.
Mr. Halliday, after serving for a short time in a merchant vessel, completed his time as a Midshipman in the Crown 64, Fairy sloop of war, and Sprightly cutter. He then accepted a Lieutenancy on board the Twelve Apostles, a Russian flrbt-rnte, and served under teveral Admirals; one of whom, Povaliskin, was
killed in a general battlewith the Swedes. At the commencement of the war between England and the French republic, he embarked as a master's mate in the Nymphe frigale, commanded by the present Viscount Exmouth; his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in the British navy took place about Oct. 1793.
Mr. Halliday was first Lieutenant of the Inspector sloop of war during the West India campaign in 1794; and subsequently served in the Stag frigate, St. George, a second-rate, and Phoebe of 44 guns, the latter commanded by Capt. (now Sir Robert) Barlow, whom he gallantly seconded in the action with La Nercide, a French frigate, which surrendered after a running tight of some duration, and close action of forty-five minutes.
In July 1798, Lieut. Halliday was made a Commander, and appointed to the Woolwich 44, armed enjiule. In the following year, he obtained post rank in the Leander, a ,50-gun ship; but during the greater part of the war, Capt. Halliday commanded the Sea Fcncibles at Pcnzance. — Marshall's Royal Naval Biography.
HAMILTON', Robert, LL.D. Professor of Mathematics in Marischal College; at Aberdeen, Hth July, 1829; in the 87th year of bis age. — Dr. Hamilton was son of Gavin Hamilton, an eminent bookseller of highly respectable character in Edinburgh, and grandson of Principal Hamilton, a name well known, and deservedly esteemed, in the annals of the Church of Scotland. — Having early devoted himself to general literature, and more especialty to mathematical science, Dr. Hamilton's acknowledged and distinguished proficiency in that and kindred departments procured him, in 1769, the important and respectable situation of Rector in the Academy of Perth. The duties of this office he discharged to the entire satisfaction of the public, and with honour to himself, till 1779, when he obtained a Professor's chair in Marischal College. For a period of well nigli fifty years Dr. Hamilton sustained the undivided labour of teaching the mathematical classes; but in session 1814 he engaged a regular assistant, whom within a few years (viz. 1817 he had the satisfaction of seeing associated with himself as his assistant and successor in the mathematical chair, an arrangement which Dr. Hamilton ever acknowledged as having been highly conducive to his comfort. From the time of his ceasing to officiate in the class, till his death, Dr. Hamilton lived in much retirement in the bosom of his family; far, however, from withdrawing himself from College business, in which he continued to take a lively interest, or from those speculations of a deeper and wider interest, which had long engaged his acute understanding, and his benevolent heal t. In both his professional, and his public capacity, as a citizen Dr. Hamilton will be long remembered with respect and high estimation. Were it not that allowing his death to pass without notice might be ascribed to apathy, perhaps silence on the subject of a character to which few pens could do complete justice might be most becoming in those who are best able to appreciate its merits. With no ordinary talents, highly cultivated, and placed as he was in a respectable situation, he devoted himself to the discharge of his professional duty with uncommon zeal, and with which duty no other pursuit was permitted to interfere. But whilst this was the case, his acute and comprehensive mind embraced the national and local interests of the community of which he was a member, and he let slip no opportunity of promoting them. Some of his publicacations were strictly professional; and being the result of thorough acquaintance with his subject, and distinguished by luminous perspicuity, will ever retain a respectable place among works of that nature. But he did not confine himself to subjects strictly professional. In his short treatise on Peace and War, by exhibiting in a clear point of view the slender grounds upon which expensive and bloody wars arc often undertaken, and the inadequacy of national advantages to compensate the loss of men and money incurred by the retcn tion of foreign conquests, he ably combated that unbounded spirit of retaliation and conquest in which high-minded nations are too ready to indulge. His publication, however, on the National Debt and the Sinking Fund, was what raised his name higher in the scale of political writers than any other, and must indeed render it immortal. It exhibited the fallacy of arguments by which financiers had been blinded, and by means of which, for a considerable period, the nation had been kept in the dark; and it opened their eyes to the simple truth, that debts can be liquidated only by a surplus of income over
expenditure. Dr. Hamilton was thoroughly conversant in Political Economy, and the laws of his country; and he applied this knowledge to an object congenial to the benevolence of his nature, namely, the Charitable Institutions of that community of which he was so valuable a member. This part of his character, joined to the perspicacity of his mind, his accuracy in calculation, and his indefatigable perseverance, occasioned him much labour when at an advanced period of life; and his removal, even at the age of 86, will occasion a blank in many charitable associations which cannot be filled up. In private life, Dr. Hamilton's piety was rational, fervent, and unostentatious; and his attention to the duties of Christianity, uniform and unceasing. Of his warm affection for his family and relations, the steadiness of his friendship, and that innate modesty which madi. him desirous to keep his talents and virtues in the back ground, and led him to shrink from his well-earned meed of praise, much might he said. But the recollection of many to whom he was known in the course of his long and valuable life, and of not a few who enjoyed his friendship to his latest hour, will readily supply what is wanting in this brief and imperfect, but sincere tribute to his worth. — SlackwoofCs Magazine, and The Aberdeen Journal.
HASE, Henry, Esq. Clrief Cashier of the Bank of England, March 28. 1829; aged 66.
He was a gentleman of extraordinary abilities, and of a social disposition, intimately acquainted with the late Dr. Abraham Ries, by whom, and by a numerous circle of friends, be was highly respected. His attention to business, great arithmetical attainments, and strict integrity of principle, were noticed and duly appreciated by the late Abraham Newland, Esq. at whose recommendation, and under whose fostering care, he rose gradually from a comparatively humble station to the office of assistant, or second cashier. He was also one of the executors of Mr. Newland, and at bis decease was appointed by the Honourable Board of Directors to succeed him in his office.
Mr. Hase had been indisposed for a few days previous to the last evening of his life, but was Uien apparently recovering, and expected to have been able to proceed in his carriage to his office on the following day. He had been sitting in his drawing-room, in company with his now afflicted widow, to whom he was fondly attached, when he rose for the purpose of walking into an adjoining apartment, but on reaching the door he fell, and instantly breathed his last. — Gentleman's Magazine.
HEAD, Horatio Nelson, Esq., of the Royal Navy, son of the late Guy Head, Esq., of Duke Street, St. James's, and godson of the immortal Nelson; Sept. 23. 1829; at Kensington, in the prime of life.
This amiable and meritorious young officer may be considered as a martyr to his zeal for his profession. He had served ill all climates, and was appointed to accompany Captain Parry in the last polar expedition, as an Admiralty Midshipman and draughtsman; and the plates in the official account of that voyage bear ample testimony to his diligence and skill. But the severe cold of the northern winter proved too much for his constitution, and brought on the lingering and most painful illness which has just terminated in his death.
His private character was in the highest degree estimable; he wasji kind and affectionate rel.ition. and asincereand faithful friend.— Gentleman's Magazine,
HENRY, John, Esq. Admiral of the Red; August 6. 1829; at his house at Rolvenden, Kent; at the very advanced age of 98.
This venerable officer was born at Holyhead in the Isle of Angleeea, Sept. 28. 1731, and entered the naval service about 1744. Whilst a midshipman, he had his thigh broken by a hawser. In 17f,2 we find him serving as Filst Lieutenant of the Hampton Court, a 64-gun ship, at the reduction of the Havannah.
On the '22d Nov. 1777, he was promoted to the rank of Post Captain by Lord Howe, for his conduct at the capture of Mud-Islnnd in North America, which was considered a most important service. In the early part of May in the following year. Captain Henry was detached by his Lordship, with a flotilla, consisting of several galleys, schooners, and gun-boats to co-operate with a detachment of light infantry under Major Maitland. which was embarked in eighteen flat boats, for the purpose of attacking the enemy's ships lying in the Chesapeake, between Philadelphia and Taunton. On this occasion great destruction was made among the American vessels, the number destroyed consisting of the Washington 32, Effingham 28,
three of 16 guns, three of 10, nine large merchant-ships, twenty-three brigs, and a number of schooners and sloops.
In September and October 1779, Captain Henry, who had previously been appointed to the Fowey of 20 guns, greatly distinguished himself in the command of the naval force stationed at Savannah, which had to cope with the large fleet which brought the French army destined for the conquest of Georgia, but which, after nearly two months' operations, retired without effecting its object.
In 1780 Captain Henry was appointed to the Providence of 32 guns, an American frigate that had been captured at Charlestown; and towards the close of the following year we find him commanding the Renown of 50 guns, attached to the squadron under Rear-Adm. Kempenfelt, when that officer encountered M. de Guichen. He appears to have continued in that ship during the remainder of the war.
In 1793, when hostilities commenced with the French republic, Captain Henry commissioned the Irresistible of 74 guns, and convoyed a fleet of merchantmen to the West Indies, where he assisted at the reduction of the French Islands; and the highest testimony was borne by Lord St. Vincent, in his despatches to government, to the promptitude, as well as judicious skill and bravery, he invariably displayed in the execution of every order with which he was entrusted.
Admiral Henry was made Rear-Admiral 1794; Vice-Admiral 17»9; Admiral 1804. He ranked third upon the list of Admirals, and was considered the father of the British navy. He was married, but had been many years a widower, without children.
In 1805 a pamphlet was published, entitled, " An Account of the means by which Admiral Henry has cured the Rheumatism, a tendency to Gout, the Tic Douloureux, the Cramp, and other disorders; and by which a cataract in the eye was removed; with engravings of the instruments made use of in the seveial operations practised by him." London, pp. 20. — Mars/tail's Royal Navnl Jiingrnplty,
HIGHMORE, Anthony, Esq. formerly of Gray's Inn, Solicitor, July 19. 1829, at his residence at Dulwich, aged 70.; after a long and acutely painful disease, borne with pious and exemplary resignation.
Mr. Highmorc was born in London in