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as possible, and the midshipmen acting as ensigns with the union jack attached to pikes. In this manner they received the submission of the French troops. The disinterestedness and magnanimity of Hoste were displayed on this occasion. On the termination of the conflict in the Bocca de Cattaro, he said to the captain of the Saracen, "Come, Harper, you were the first to conceive the expedition. Let the Saracen take possession of Cattaro." The last action of Captain Hoste consisted of an expedition against a French garrison of 170 men, commanded by a colonel, at Parga, on the coast of Albania, which attempt he was solicited to make by a deputation of the inhabitants, who wished to be freed from the Gallic yoke. The affair, however, was a bloodless one; for on his appearance before the town the tri-coloured flag was hauled down, and Captain Hoste took possession of the fortifications. Soon after this, being in ill health, he quitted the Bacchante, and returned to England as a passenger in the Cerberus frigate. On the 18th of May, 181V, Captain Hoste received the royal licence to wear the insignia of a Knight of the Austrian military order of Maria Theresa, conferred "for his services in aid of the Austrian army on the coast of the Adriatic in 1813." He was raised to the dignity of a Baronet of Great Britain on the 23d of July, 1814; and, in the course of the same year, he obtained the following heraldic honours. To his family's arms, which are Azure, a bull's head caboshed, couped at the neck, between two wings Or, was added as an augmentation, in chief a naval crown, and pendant therefrom by a ribbon a gold medal, subscribed Lissa; and as an additional crest, out of a naval crown, the rim encircled with laurel, an arm embowed, grasping a flag inscribed Cattaro.
On the enlargement of the order of the Bath in January, 1815, Sir William was nominated one of the first Knights Commanders. Subsequently to this, he commanded the Albion seventyfour, stationed as a guard-ship at Portsmouth. His last appointment, which he held till his death, was the command
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of his Majesty's yacht, the Royal George. When the Duke of Clarence made his last visit in this vessel to Plymouth, Sir William was so much shattered in health, that his Royal Highness would not consent to his taking upon himself the fatigue of the command, but prevailed on him to allow the Honourable Captain Robert Spencer, the duke's private secretary, to perform the duty. In person Sir William Hoste was rather tall and thin. He was high shouldered, and stooped much latterly, his chest being contracted, and his appearance in other respects denoting a consumptive constitution. This unfortunate tendency to disease was perceived with the deepest regret by his friend and companion in arms, Captain, now Sir James Gordon; and, much lamented as Hoste universally is, it is doubtful whether his loss has been so keenly felt by any one as by that highly-esteemed and popular officer. Sir William Hoste, while the nation resounded with the fame of his exploits in the Mediterranean and Adriatic, was called the "Young Nelson;" and in like manner the character of Sir James Gordon was similar to that of Lord Collingwood. The constant friendship of Hoste and Gordon also reminds naval men of the firm attachment existing between the two departed Admirals, and, like them, our Captains were never so well pleased as when eulogising each other. It has been seen, that in physical organisation Hoste resembled the hero of Trafalgar—the mind was too much for the body. Trifles sometimes would irritate his temper; but in battle he was the coolest of the cool, another point of similitude to Nelson. Gordon, on the contrary, though equalling his friend in seamanship and bravery, is of the most equable temper, and his suavity of manner frequently carried him through difficulties with comparative ease which the other would probably have found more labour in surmounting. Perhaps no officer in the service gave juniors so many opportunities of distinguishing themselves, and of obtaining promotion, as Sir William Hoste. As we have before noticed, when he could not employ his ship against the enemy, his plan was to send his boats on cutting-out expeditions; and he has been often known to say to one and another of his officers, when cruising in the Adriatic, "There,—you have now an opportunity of making yourself a Captain;" pointing to some vessel of the enemy moored under the protection of a battery. Sir William Hoste was one of the first disciplinarians in the service; his ship was a perfect "man-of-war." Sir William was beloved no less by his men than by his officers; as a proof of which, we have been told that after the action of Lissa, when a vacancy for a boatswain occurred in the squadron, and Sir William offered the warrant to David Buchanan, chief boatswain's mate of the Amphion, the honest fellow said, "No, thank you, Sir; if it's all the same to you, I'd rather serve as chief boatswain's mate with Captain Hoste, and spill my blood in the lee scuppers, as I've done before, than be boatswain of the finest first-rate in the service." This gallant hero died on the 6th of December, 1828, in London, at the house of his brother-in-law, the Earl of Orford; at the age of 48. He was buried in St. John's Wood Chapel. The funeral was attended by many persons of distinction, particularly in the naval service, who had assembled on this melancholy occasion from remote parts; and it could not but have been highly gratifying to the friends and relations of the deceased, to witness the lively and affecting sympathy displayed during the mournful ceremony by the old companions who had served under him as Lieutenants. Among these were particularly noticed Captains David Dunn, O'Brien, and Phillott. Sir William married, April 15.1817, Lady Harriet Walpole, sister to the present Earl of Orford; and has left three sons and three daughters: 1. Sir William-Legge-George, who was born at Rome in 1818, and has succeeded to the baronetcy; 2. Theodore-Orford-Raphael, born at Lausanne in 1819; 3. Caroline-Harriet-Clementina; 4. Psyche-RoseElizabeth; 5. Priscilla-Ann; and, 6. Wyndham-HoratioNelson, born in February 1825. The materials for the foregoing Memoir have been derived from "The Naval Chronicle," "Marshall's Royal Naval Biography," "The United Service Journal," and "The Gentleman's Magazine."
No. II. THE RIGHT HONOURABLE ELIZABETH, COUNTESS OF DERBY.
Many females have risen from the lower and middle classes of society to exalted rank: some on account of their personal charms, others from fortuitous circumstances; but, unfortunately, too few by a union of superior beauty with virtuous conduct. To the subject of the present memoir, however, this high praise is justly due. Miss Eliza Farren was born in the year 1759, and her family was respectable, though not opulent. Her father, Mr. George Farren, was a surgeon and apothecary in the city of Cork; her mother was the daughter of Mr. Wright, an eminent brewer at Liverpool; her paternal uncle was a captain in the 64th regiment of foot, and was a gentleman distinguished by his literary taste and talent. Mr. Farren grew, unhappily, too fond of gay society: he dissipated by irregular habits the little fortune which his wife had brought him, failed in his profession, became a provincial actor, died, and left a young and destitute family, at an early period of life. The children were educated by Mrs. Farren, who devoted herself indefatigably to their care; but whose circumstances compelled her to bring them up to the stage. Kitty, the eldest of seven, was considered clever in the parts of chambermaids; Eliza was equally successful in the personation of such characters as Edward the Fifth in " Richard the Third;" and Peggy, the youngest, was, many years afterwards, wellknown on the London boards as the wife of Mr. Knight, an exceedingly clever actor in light and elegant comedy.