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bis god-father Sir Edward Walpole, and This extraordinary and aspiring imposhis early friend Colonel Barré, down to tor was born at Warwick, April 3, 1772, the leading Members of Lord Liverpool's and baptized at St. Nicolas church in administration. He possessed a mascu- that town, on the 15th of the same month, line understanding, with a particular being the daughter of Mr. Robert Wilquickness and acuteness of observation.o
mot, a house-painter, and Anna-Maria During a long and active career in th his wife. She was educated under the public service (upwards of sixty-one years) protection of her uncle, the Rev. James he was remarkable for those qualities Wilmot, D.D. Fellow of Trinity college, which eminently pointed him out for Oxford, and Rector of Barton on the offices of great trust and responsibility. Heath in Warwickshire, and whilst living
His personal character may be summed with him, shortly after quitting school, she up in one word-he was a finished gentle- appeared as a witness upon a very extraman of the old school in the best and
ordinary trial for a burglary in her uncle's highest sense of the term. On a first in- house, for which two men were convicted terview something bordering on austerity and executed. Her story was very marmight be perceptible in his manner, but vellous, and her condnct, as she reprethis common attribute of official men sented it, highly heroic. almost instantly vanished, and the natural
At an early age she was married to amenity of bis disposition displayed itself Mr. John Thomas Serres, who had the in the most attractive colours. His appointment of Marine Painter to the countenance was prepossessing in the ex- King and Duke of Clarence, and was a treme;
bis eye, though keen and piercing, son of Count Dominick Serres, one of clearly demonstrated a benevolent as well the early members of the Royal Academy. as ardent mind. He delivered his opini. After a few years they separated, and ons on all subjects with the utmost energy Mrs. Serres had to support berself and and decision, and with an empbasis pecu. children by her own efforts. In 1806 she liar to bimself. Few men could rival him was herself appointed Landscape Painter in the variety and correctness of his in- to the Prince of Wales. We believe she at formation, or in the extent of his memory, one time made her appearance on the stage, at a very advanced period of life. Such and she is said to have performed Polly was the accuracy and minuteness of his iu the Beggar's Opera. Mr. Serres died research, that it was dificult to call in
on the 28th of December 1825; and a question any historical fact, or even date, memoir of him will be found in the Genwhich he advanced. The same degree of tleman's Magazine, vol. xcvi. i. 280. exactness pervaded the arrangements of Always possessing a busy and romantic his private life, and nothing could exceed imagination, Olivia at an early age essayed the beauty and elegance of bis handwriting, her powers in original composition ; but but the vigour and perspicuity of his epis- we believe she did not venture before the tolary style.
public until the year 1805, when she It is to be hoped that a detailed me- printed a novel called “ St. Julian.” In moir of this venerable man will be given the following year, she put forth her poto the public by the same admirable pen, etical miscellanies, under the title of which some years ago illustrated, in one of “ Flights of Fancy.” She also published the most beautiful biographical sketches the - Castle of Avala," an opera ; and extant, the virtues and talents of his dis- “ Letters of Advice to her Daughters.” tinguished son, Barré Charles Roberts, In 1813 she embarked in the first of her Student of Christ Church, Oxford. (4to. attempts to gull the British public, by 1814.) In the mean time this feeble tribute proclaiming her late uncle before mento the memory of Mr. Roberts is offered
tioned to have been the long-sought auby one who felt himself both honoured thor of Junius. His pretensions were and gratified by his friendship.
advanced in an octavo volume, entitled, [We may add that at the time of bis. “ The Life of the Rev. James Wilmot, decease, Mr. Roberts was the senior D.D.” (see the Monthly Review, N. S. member of the Company of Apothecaries LXXII, 94, and Gent. Mag. LXXXIII, ii. of London, of which he served the office 413.) The claim was completely negaof Master some years since, and in which tived by letters from Dr. Butler of society he was regarded with the highest Shrewsbury and Mr. G. Woodfall, which respect.]
appear in the Gentleman's Magazine for
August 1813 (ibid. p. 99.) Mrs. Serres Mrs. O. SERRES.
replied in Nov. p. 413, and Mr. WoodNov. 21.
Within the rules of the fall honoured her with one more rejoinder King's Bench, in ber 63d year, Mrs. Olivia in Dec. p. 545. The lady was indulged Serres, the self-styled Princess Olive of with further attention in the next volume, Cumberland.
pt. i, pp. 213, 344, 535, pt. ii, 24, but the
Mrs. HEMANS. falsity of her pretensions was already May 16. At Dublin, Mrs. F. D. Heapparent to every intelligent person who mans, the most able of our female poets. paid attention to the subject.
For the following memoir of her history Her next extraordinary freak was as- and writings we are indebted to the Athesuming the character of a theologian, by publishing in 1814, “ St. Athanasius' Felicia Dorothea Brown was born at Creed Explained, for the advantage of Liverpool, in the house now occupied by youth. By Olivia Wilmot Serres, niece," Mr. Molyneux, in Duke Street. Her &c. &c. It will be observed she had father was a native of Ireland, her mother already began to traffic in assumed a German lady—a Miss Wagner-but names; for that of Wilmot was not given descended from, or connected with, some her in baptism.
Venetian family, a circumstance which About the year 1817 she first discovered Mrs. Hemans would playfully mention, that she was not the daughter of Robert as accounting for the strong tinge of Wilmot, but of Henry Duke of Cumber- romance and poetry which pervaded her land, brother to King George the Third. character from her earliest childhood. At first she was satisfied to be accounted When she was very young, her family reillegitimate; but she shortly professed moved from Liverpool to the neighbourherself to be his legitimate daughter; first hood of St. Asaph, in North Wales. her mother was Mrs. Payne, sister to Dr. She married at an early age--and her Wilmot, and afterwards she became the married life, after the birth of five sons, Doctor's daughter. On these pretensions was clouded by separation from her hus. she proceeded to forward her claims to band. On the death of her mother, with the Prince Regent and Royal family, and whom she had resided, she broke up her the officers of Government.
establishment in Wales, and removed to She enıployed herself in fabricating Wavertree, in the neighbourhood of Liverseveral absurd and contradictory docu- pool-from whence, after a residence of ments; the most weighty of which was about three years, she again removed to a will of George the Third, bequeathing Dublin, her last resting-place. her 15,0001.; some of these were printed, From childhood, her thirst for knowfor the amusement of the readers of the ledge was extreme, and her reading great Gentleman's Magazine, in the number and varied. Those who, while admitting for July 1822. In the following June the high-toned beauty of her poetry, acSir Gerard Noel was induced to move for cused it of monotony of style and subject, an investigation of her claims in the (they could not deny to it the praise of House of Commons, and was seconded originality, seeing that it founded a school by Mr. Hume; but Sir Robert Peel, in of imitators in England, and a yet larger a clear and convincing speech, completely in America,) little knew to what histori. set the matter at rest, and enlightened the cal research she had applied herself-how few who had been deceived by her extra- far and wide she had sought for food with vagant assumptions. He pointed out that which to fill her eager mind. It is true her documents were framed in the most that she only used a part of the mass of injudicious and inconsiderate manner, information which she had collected,— many of the signatures being such as for she never wrote on calculation, but could never have been made by the parties from the strong impulse of the moment, to whom they were assigned. (see Gent. and it was her nature intimately to take Mag. vol. xcii, i. 637). He concluded home to herself and appropriate only what by humorously observing that, “ if these was high-hearted, imaginative, and refined. claims were given up, there were others Her knowledge of classic literature, howwhich could yet be pressed. The lady ever, may be distinctly traced in her had two strings to her bow. He held in Sceptic,' her Modern Greece,' and his hand a manifesto of the Princess
many other lyrics. Her study and adOlivia, addressed to the high powers of miration of the works of ancient Greek the Kingdom of Poland, and stating that and Roman art, were strengthened into she was descended from Stanislaus Au- an abiding love of the beautiful, which gustus!”
breathes both in the sentiment and struc. From this time, however, the Princess ture of every line she wrote (for there are Olive was constrained to relinquish her few of our poets more faultlessly musical carriage and footmen in the Royal liveries, in their versification); and when, subsewhich some simple tradesmen bad permit- quently, she opened for herself the treated her to display, and her latter years were suries of German and Spanish legend and spent in obscurity and poverty within the literature, how thoroughly she bad imbued rules of the King's Bench.
herself with their spirit may be seen in
her • Siege of Valencia,' in her glorious manner of Tieck, and Goethe's Kunstand chivalric · Songs of the Cid,' and in Romanen, as likely to be congenial to her her · Lays of Many Lands,' the idea of own tastes and habits of mind, and to which was suggested by Herder's · Stim
prove most acceptable to the public. men der Völker in Liedern.'
“ I have now," she says, (in a letter But though her mind was enriched by written not long since), “ passed through her wide acquaintance with the poetical the feverish and somewhat visionary state and bistorical literature of other countries, of mind often connected with the passionit possessed a strong and decidedly marked ate study of art in early life; deep affeccharacter of its own, which coloured tions, and deep sorrows, seem to have all her productions--a character which, solemnized my whole being, and I now though anything but feeble or sentimen feel as if bound to higher and holier tasks, tal, was essentially feminine. Her im- which, though I may occasionally lay agination was rich, chaste, and glowing; aside, I could not long wander from withthose wbo saw only its published fruits, out some sense of dereliction. I hope it little guessed at the extent of its variety. is no self-delusion, but I cannot help
It is difficult to enumerate the titles of sometimes feeling as if it were my true her principal works. Her first childish task to enlarge the sphere of Sacred Poetry, efforts were published when she was only and extend its influence. When you rethirteen, and we can only name her sub- ceive my volume of. Scenes and Hymns,' sequent poems— Wallace, Dartmoor, you will see what I mean by enlarging its • The Restoration of the Works of Art sphere, though my plan as yet is very to Italy,' and her · Dramatic Scenes.' imperfectly developed.” These were, probably, written in the In private life, Mrs. Hemans was rehappiest period of her life, when her mind
markable for shrinking from the vulgar was rapidly developing itself, and its pro- honours of lionism, with all the quiet gress was aided by judicious and intelligent delicacy of a gentlewoman; and at a time counsellors, among whom may be men- when she was courted by offers of friend. tioned Bishop Heber. A favourable no- ship and service, and homages sent to her tice of one of these poems will be found from every corner of Great Britain and in Lord Byron's Letters ; and the fame America, to an extent which it is necessary of her opening talent had reached Shelley, to have seen to believe, she was never so who addressed a very singular corresponhappy as when she could draw her own dence to her. With respect to the world small circle around her, and, secure in in general, her name began to be known the honest sympathy of its members, give by the publication of her · Welsh Melo
full scope to the powers of conversation, dies,' of her · Siege of Valencia,' and the which were rarely exerted in general scattered lyrics which appeared in the society, and their existence, therefore, New Monthly Magazine, then under the hardly suspected. It will surprise many direction of Campbell. She had pre- to be told, that she might, at any moment, viously contributed a series of prose papers, have gained herself a brilliant reputation on Foreign Literature, to Constable's as a wit, for her use of illustration and Edinburgh Magazine, which, with little language was as happy and quaint, as her exception, are the only specimens of that fancy was quick and excursive; but she style of writing ever attempted by ber. was, wisely for her own peace of mind, To the · Siege of Valencia,' succeeded anxious rather to conceal than to display rapidly, her · Forest Sanctuary,' her • Re- these talents. Her sensitiveness on this cords of Woman', (the most successful of point, prevented her ever visiting London her works,) her“ Songs of the Affections', after her name had become celebrated : (containing, perhaps, her finest poem, and, in fact, she was not seldom reproached The Spirit's Return',) her National by her zealous friends for undervaluing, Lyrics and Songs for Music, (most of and refusing to enjoy, the honours which which have been set to music by her sister, were the deserved reward of her high and become popular), and her • Scenes talents, and for shutting herself up, as it and Hymns of Life.'
were, in a corner, when she ought to have We should also mention her tragedy, taken her place in the world of society as The Vespers of Palermo,' which, though a leading star. The few who knew her containing many fine thoughts and mag- will long remember her eager child-like nificent bursts of poetry, was hardly fitted affection, and the sincere kindliness with for the stage; and the songs which she which, while she threw herself fully and contributed to Col. Hodges”. Peninsular frankly on their good offices, she adopted Melodies.'
their interests as her own. She had been urged by a friend to un- Her health bad for many years been dertake a prose work, and a series of precarious and delicate: the illness of • Artistic Novels,' something after the which she died was long and complicated, but, from the first, its close was foreseen; had called on the deceased, told him, that and we know from those in close con- after Dr. Pinckard had examined her nexion with her, that her spirit was placid throat, he turned round to write her a and resolved, and that she looked forward prescription, but before he got to the table to the approach of the last struggle with- he fell down, and in less than two minutes out a fear.
was a corpse. Dr. Williams of Bedford
place, and Dr. Moore of Lincoln's-innGEORGE PINCKARD, M D. fields, deposed that they were present at May 15. In Bloomsbury-square, aged the examination of the body, and they had 67, George Pinckard, esą. M.D. Phy- ascertained that the deceased. laboured sician to the Bloomsbury Dispensary.
under a disease termed angina pectoris for Dr. Pinckard was a distinguished mem
a considerable length of time. They ber of the College of Physicians, and in fouud partial ossification in the vessels extensive private practice. In early life
about the heart, and also inflammation of he was attached to the medical department the aorta. The jury returned a verdict of the army, having accompanied the ex- of “ Died by the visitation of God.” pedition of Sir Ralph Abercromby to the
Dr. Pinckard was married June 27, West Indies, towards the close of the last 1817, 10 Miss Eastwood. century, as Physician to the Forces. He was afterwards promoted to the rank of
RICHARD SHARP, Esq. Inspector-General of Hospitals, and con- March 30. At Dorchester, on his road tinued for many years to superintend the from Torquay to London, aged 76, entire medical department of that un- Richard Sharp, esq. of Park-lane, and healthy station. He had a mind enriched Micklebam, F.R.S. and S. A. ; a gentleby the stores of literature, and was the man well known in the literary world as author of several works. Among these, “ Conversation Sharp.” his “ Notes on the West Iudies,” pub- Though a great part of his life was lished in three octavo volumes, 1806, is spent in the superintendence of extensive regarded as a production of standard utility commercial concerns, of which the responas a medical guide to the climate, abound. sibility rested on himself alone, he made ing in original and intelligent views of the such good use of his leisure, as to merit state of society, and accurate statistical and receive the title of a man of letters, information. Dr. Pinckard was the
not the least distinguished of his time. founder of the Bloomsbury Dispensary, His “ Letters and Essays in Prose and and continued the Physician for upwards Verse," recently published, show that, if of thirty years.
To his professional ex- he had more exclusively devoted himself ertions, and unremitting solicitude for its to study and composition, he might have welfare, that charitable institution mainly taken a high station among our moral owes its flourishing state.
The severe pbilosophers and moral poets. His taste visitations of bodily pain, to which for the and judgment were so correct, that Sir last ten years he was occasionally subject James Mackintosh, who was well acby the disorder which so abruptly cut quainted with him, said that Mr. Sharp short bis existence, compelled him to was the best critic he had ever known. relax somewhat in the number of his per- His advice, which was equally valuable sonal attendances at the infirmary, and at in matters of speculation and of practice, the bed-side of the poor ; but his mind * was always at the service of his friends, continued to the last to watch over and in wbose reputation and success in life he promote its interests.
In a pamphlet never failed to take a lively and a generpublished shortly before his death, he has ous interest. He was not less distinleft proofs of the intelligence of his mind, guished by his benevolence and kindness and of his active benevolence in the cause of heart, than by his powers of conversa
tion. At the general election of 1806, he A coroner's jury assembled to inquire was returried to Parliament for Castle into the circumstances of his sudden death. Rising, for which he sat till 1812, and Dr. Rchard Pinckard, bis nephew, said he was afterwards chosen for Portarlington, resided in the same house with the de- for which borough, we believe, he sat until ceased, and on Friday morning, May 1820. In politics he was in principle a 15, his uncle proceeded to take break- steady and consistent Wbig; and though fast, witness reading to him during the he bad latterly retired from Parliament, no time. While thus engaged, a patient one was more watchful of political events, called, and Dr. George Pinckard went or more anxious for the extension of civil down stairs to him. In a minute or two and religious liberty, and the improvment witness heard a sound as if something of the moral condition and happiness of had fallen heavily, and shortly afterwards society. Mr. Sharp has left behind him the bell rang. The female patient who upwards of 250,0001. He has bequeathed
of the poor.
to Miss Kinnaird, his niece, to whom he
He was, however, was most affectionately attached, 150,0001, a firm opponent to radicalism in the and he has fairly distributed 100,0001. profession. among his other nieces and nephews.
Sir G. L. Tuthill received the honour
of Knighthood, April 28, 1820. Sir SIR GEORGE TOTHILL, M.D. George's malady was inflammation of the April 7. In Cavendish-square, Sir larynx—his medical attendants were Sir George Tuthill, Knt. M.D. Fellow of H. Halford, Dr. Warren, Dr. Watson, and the College of Physicians. He was of Mr. Laurence. Mr. Knox, of the WestCaius College, Cambridge; in 1794 was minster Hospital, also sat up with him. He fifth Wrangler; and was subsequently died after an illness of 10 days. His funeelected to present a University address to ral took place on the 14th April at St. the king.
Alban's. Many individuals of rank were Sir George Tuthill's entrance upon his desirous of paying the last sad token of professional career was considerably pro- respect to his memory, but Mr. Basil tracted, owing to an untoward circum. Montagu, his executor, directed that his stance, from which he was somewhat funeral should be strictly private, in obediromantically delivered. Previous to the ence to the wishes of Sir George, who war with France, having proceeded to was known to have an aversion to the Paris, he was, with his lady, included pomp and show of mourning. He has among the numerous detenus at that left a widow and daughter. period. When he had continued in His library, containing a good collection captivity for some years, Lady Tuthill of books in medical, botanical, and miswas at length recommended to appeal cellaneous literature, was sold by Messrs. to the generosity of the first Consul; Sotheby on the 26th and 27th of June. and, being provided with a petition, she encountered Napoleon and his suite on Mr. William BLANCHARD. their return from hunting, and respect- May 9. At Chelsea, aged 66, Mr. fully presented her memorial. The result William Blanchard, the eminent comedian. was propitious, and in a few days they He was a native of York, where be was were on their road to England.
brought up by an uncle, the printer of This accomplished physician was for one of the newspapers, who apprenticed many years attached to Betblem and the him to the same business. At the age of Westminster Hospitals, and was highly seventeen, however, he left home to join esteemed by his professional brethren for a company of comedians at Buxton, in his extensive professional acquirements, Derbyshire, then under the management and general erudition. Under a cold ex. of Mr. Welsh. He made his debut under terior, Sir George Tuthill carried a very the assumed name of Bentley, in the part warm heart, and was much beloved by of Allen; a Dale in Robin Hood, and a bis patients and friends—he was pecu- favourable reception induced him to purliarl y straightforward in his transactions, sue his theatrical career.
His success and was always actuated by the finest continuing, he was induced after a year or feelings of a gentleman and honourable two to appear in his proper name, and · man. His friendship was not readily performed' some of the most usual tragic given ; it was never slightly withdrawn. characters, as Romeo, young Norval, Barn. Sir George was strictly a sententious well, &c. speaker-he spoke in quick, short sen
When he bad attained the age of tences, seldom uttering a word more than twenty, he became a manager on his own the occasion required, or omitting one account, and opened theatres at Penrith that was necessary. He was for many in Cumberland, Hexham in Northumberyears a lecturer on the practice of physic, land, and Barnard Castle and Bishop's &c., and, at one time, boasted the largest Auckland in Durham, After a few sea. class in London; of late, his practice had sons be relinquished management a poorer been chiefly devoted to diseases of the man than when he commenced. brain, and his name has usually been in- In 1793 he was engaged by Mr. Brun. cluded among the evidences in the Com. ton, for the Norwich company; in which missions de lunatico inquirendo. He was he bad abundant opportunities for the appointed to deliver the Harveian oration display of bis talents. In particular his at the College of Physicians, on the 25th performance of rustic characters, old men, of June, and with his friends Sir Henry smart servants, sailors, &c. obtained bim Halford, and lately deceased colleague, some applause, and rendered him an estabDr. Maton, was actively engaged in effect- lished favourite throughout that circuit. ing such wholesome reforms in the His increasing reputation attracted the College as he deemed the improvement in attention of the managers of Covent Garthe present state of medical science had den, who at once engaged him for five GENT. MAG. VOL. IV.