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confidently expect to be repaid with the coin of early, impartial, and true intelligence of the passing events of the day-'tis a coin which they have a right to expect, but 'tis a coin which they cannot obtain! The result is obvious; they honestly and unsuspectingly are imposed upon. Day after day the same imposition is practised, and so eager is their thirst for information, that unwittingly they continue in error, in hopes that the succeeding day may bring them nearer the fountain of truth. The fact is, that the expectation of finding truth in the newspapers, is almost as hopeless as the expectation of finding the philosopher's stone. The several gentlemen to whom the editorships are entrusted, areundoubtedly possessed of much learning and ability ; but it happens most unfortunately for their patrons, the public, that the sources from whence they gain intelligence are stagnate; consequently clear and wholesome draughts cannot be drawn. In the conduct of a newspaper, with respect to the literary department, it must be known to the public, that many persons are employed. Many of these persons are possessed of learning, and are indefatigable in their several avocations; but their labours, fatal experience has shewn the uselessness of! Instead of directing their attentions to procure early and important information upon points of political knowledge, we find daily long, laboured, inconclusive, and incomprehensible articles, which in the language of the shop are called “ leading paragraphs,"
and which consist wholly of a string of words hud. dled together in the form of sentences, which they obtrude upon the attention of the public, and which in fact are nothing more than their own opinions !These are literary impositions. The public care as much for the opinions of newspaper editors, as they do for the opinions of the sages of the antipodes. Instead of thrusting them forward, the public would be obliged by a plain statement of facts, unaccompanied by these opinions; to which plain statement of facts, if they would also condescend to add a little more intelligence of what is passing at home, the obligation would be doubled.
These observations, however, do not apply to the paper of which Mr. Dudley is proprietor: that paper has been particularly noticed for the conciseness of its political remarks; the gentleman to whom the conduct has been entrusted, very judiciously chusing to leave the public to make their own comments, rather than by an affected display of political knowledge, to endeavour at entrapping the judgments of his readers. Such conduct must deserve well of the public, and the impartiality which is apparent throughout the paper justifies the assertion.
Mr. Dudley has the perpetual advowson of the rectory of Bradwell Juxta Mare, Essex. This living he became the patron of in the year 1780; it was bought in trust for him, subject to the life of the then incumbent (Mr. Pawson). Upon the death of that gentleman, in the year 1797, Mr. Dudley applied to the Bishop of London to be instituted to the living, proposing to vacate that of North Frambridge; but here, most unexpectedly, he was not only refused the induction, by the reverend Prelate, but another person appointed in his room! A very long controvery ensued upon the subject between the Bishop and the Patron; the former contending that the transaction, as between Mr. Pawson and the trustees, was illegal. The consequence of this controversy was as we have stated, although Mr. Dudley waved his own right of presentation in favour of his brother-in-law (Mr.Birch), and consented to a judgment of non pros. being entered on the quare impedit cause, which was set down for trial.
The case was peculiarly hard in respect to Mr. Dudley, (who at the expence of nearly thirty thousand pounds expended in the parish of Bradwell), conceived he had an undoubted right to the induce tion. When Mr. Dudley first took possession of Bradwell, he found the church, chancel, parson. age, buildings, and premises, gone to general de cay; the church-yard fenceless from the sea; the glebe-land, which consisted of nearly three hundred acres, inundated; and indeed the whole appearance of the place such as to give an idea of Arabia Deserta; no rector or vicar residing within many miles, or any decent assistant to be procured for the discharge of the parochial duties. He accordingly commenced his residence as curate, and by a regular performance of the church service, increased the congregation, rebuilt the freeschool, built a new house on the rectory, drained the glebe-lands, and embanked an additional
portion from the sea, for which he received a gold medal from the Society of Arts and Sciences; and by a vigorous and unremitting discharge of his duty as a magistrate of the county of Essex, contributed in the most effectual manner to the good order and government of that part of the county. So well satisfied were the Lord-Lieutenant, Sheriff, and the principal gentlemen of the county, of his meritorious services, that they signed a memorial upon the case, which was presented to the Bishop of London by his Lordship's Chancellor Sir William Scott.
Subsequently to these transactions, however, Mr. Dudley has obtained some satisfaction in return for the hardships of the case from the hands of government. Within the course of the last year he has been preferred to be Chancellor of the diocese of Ferns, with the rectory of Kelcoran, in Ireland, annexed, which are very valuable appointments.
Mr. Dudley is married to a lady, whose accomplishments of mind and person are the themes of universal panegyric. With this lady (formerly Miss White) he has enjoyed an uninterrupted course of domestic felicity for the space of twenty-six years. Perhaps there scarcely exists any instance in which those truly beneficent qualities of mind, feeling, and benevolence, are united so closely as in the persons of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley: objects of charity never apply at their door for relief in vain; and while the heart overflows at the tale of woe, the hand is opened to chase away the gloom of despair. Various are the instances falling within our remembrance, in which, to use the language of the poet, they have
“ Done good, and blush'd to find it fame." Mr. Dudley possesses a vigorous mind, much vivacity in conversation, and is particularly firm in his friendships. As is always the case with men of generous hearts, he is strong in his resentments of injuries: his own honour, which never was tarnished, is slow to forgive a dereliction of principle in other men ; yet he must be allowed to possess a proper sense of that“ charity to the faults of others," which his divine master's doctrines so beautifully inculcate.
Asan author, Mr. Dudley has favoured the public with a variety of theatrical pieces, among which may be noticed The Flitch of Bacon, The Woodman, The Travellers in Switzerland, The Rival Candidates, &c.; all of which have been received by the public with the utmost approbation, and deservedly rank as favourites.
VICE-ADMIRAL SIR A. MITCHELL, K. B.
COMMANDER IN CHIEF AT HALIFAX.
« England, bound in with the triumphant sea,
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
KINC RICHARD II.
THE navy, to borrow a well-known phrase from its own vocabulary, may be justly termed “ the sheet anchor" of the British Isles. In the course of our labours we have been eager therefore to present