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placent voice, and bade us all adieu without the least faltering of the tongue, or moisture of the eye. One of his characteristics, exuberance of thought, seemed sometimes, even when it pleased, as if it oppressed him ; and in this last illness, when he was awake, his mind worked with astonishing rapidity. It was not delirium, for on our recalling his attention to present objects, he would speak with perfect rationality; but when uninterrupted, the greater portion of his waking hours was passed in rapid soliloquies, on a variety of subjects, the chain of which (from his imperfect utterance) we were unable to follow. We seldom interrupted the course that nature was taking, or brought him to the effort of connected discourse, except to hear how we could assist, or relieve him. But as in no instance, except in a final lapse of memory, did we discover the least irrationality, so there was no despondency; on the contrary, the cheerful expressions which he had been accustomed to use were heard from time to time, nay even that elevation of the inner side of the eyebrows, which occasionally accompanied some humourous observation in the days of his health, occurred once or twice, after every hope of life was over. But if we were thankful for the firmness of his mind, we had to lament the strength of his constitution. I was not aware how powerful it was, till tried by this disease. I said, ‘It is your great strength which causes this suffering ;’ he replied, “But it is a great price to pay for it.' Thus passed into the Land of Spirits, the soul of the righteous man. He died loved, lamented, and respected by all. His parishioners and friends erected a handsome monument to his memory,” and the little girls cried out weeping, “We shall never see poor Mr. Crabbe go up into the pulpit again with his white head.” We think that we ought not to bid farewell to this interesting volume, without expressing our humble admiration of the feeling and good sense with which it has been composed. Undoubtedly Mr. Crabbe has put a restraint upon himself, in including in so brief a memoir the history of his father's long and honourable life. Yet we think he has done his duty wisely and well. He has given us a faithful and finished portrait; and what could he do more ? Nothing can be more prejudicial to the fame of those who are the subjects of biography, than the huge and cumbersome volumes which their misguided admirers are heaping upon their memory; they are only marks of the want of skill, in the writer, to detect and bring to light the leading and characteristic features of the person they describe. Gray's history, it is true, was composed chiefly of his Letters. But who can write—who has written—such letters as Gray? Dr. Johnson's biography has swelled into many volumes; but so may, and so ought, the biography of all who can delight and instruct as the old Lexicographer could, and pour out his wisdom and his wit at will. This memoir appears to us to be most judicious. We have perused it with increasing interest and delight, and as the vernal season advances, and nature awakes again to life, and as we take our (now, alas ! solitary,) rambles through the very lanes and woods trodden so lately by the feet, and immortalized by the pen of the Poet, our mind will often revert with pleasure to the history we have just recalled. The county in which Mr. Crabbe spent his early life, possesses many learned, many venerable, and many excellent and conscientious pastors of flocks still we hope and believe attached to them; but years may roll on, and even ages may glide away, before another man, gifted as GeoRGE CRABBE was, and knowing how to ennoble and adorn those gifts by the use of them, appears in the land.—Hail, and farewell
* The inscription was inserted in the Gentleman's Magazine for December.
* MANOR-House OF SAND, IN. SIDBURY, DEvoN shi RE.
MR. URBAN, THE present farm of Sand or Sonde in the parish of Sidbury, Devon, formerly made two distinct properties; Higher or Over Sand, and Lower or Nether Sand ; each of which appears to have given name to its possessor. The first alone is noticed by the old county historians. - Florence (Tremayle) the widow of Nicholas Ashley, grandaughter and heiress of the judge, Sir Thomas Tremayle, possessed Higher Sand in the first part of the sixteenth century, being heir general (through different heiresses of Farway, Trivet, Waltherm) of a family designated De Sande. Sir William Pole, in his Collections for the History of Devon, p. 165, says that it was “granted about Kinge Henry III. tyme unto William [and] Deodatus de Sand his sonne.” Sir William Pole's authority is not to be questioned lightly; a grant however now in existence, from Roger Wynkelegh, Dean of Exeter, to William de Sand, ‘and Deodatus his son and heir, only remits part of a rent charge. Florence, and her son, Robert Ashley, sold Over Sand in the year 1561, to Henry Huyshe, who was descended from a younger branch of the family of Huyshe, of Lud Huyshe and Doniford in the county of Somerset; of which see Mr. Protheroe's account, Gent. Mag. Nov. 1831, vol. cI. p. 305, and Dec. 1831, p. 487. Nether or Lower Sand, in the middle of the sixteenth century, was the property of Richard Rowe and Osmond, Garrett, the representatives of two co-heiresses of John Walrond, of Parke, in the parish of Willand, who inherited it through heiresses of Holbein and Pyle, probably from AElanus de Sand. It is certain that Ælanus possessed land here in 1284, for he sold a field to Deodatus de Sand in that year. Henry Huyshe purchased this part the year before his acquisition of the other. He appears to have left this to his eldest son, Thomas; and Higher Sand to his son Anthony. The two brothers sold the whole to their cousin, James Huyshe of London, third son of John Huyshe of Doniford. James had 29 children born to him by his two wives (see Stow's London). His eldest surviving son, Rowland, built the present house, (see Plate I.) which, by the date of painted glass in the windows, must have been completed before the year 1594. It has been occupied by the farmers of the estate since the death of James Huyshe in 1724; but the property still remains in the representative of Rowland Huyshe, the writer of this. There are no memorials whatsoever of any members of the family in the church or the church-yard of Sidbury, except a mural tablet in the chancel, which bears the following inscription: o “Beneath this stone, in the burial place of their ancestors, of Sand, in this parish, are deposited the bodies of the four daughters of Francis Huysh, formerly rector of Clisthydon, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Richard Newte, of Duvah, in the parish of Bampton, who themselves closed the eyes of Elizabeth, Nov. 12, 1731, in her 21st year. Sarah, the eldest, and widow of John Thomson, rector of Mesey Hampton, in the county of Gloucester, died Jan. 2, 1794, having completed 86 years. Frances followed her sister, April 22, 1797, at the age of 22. Jane, the youngest, ended that line of the family, with her own blameless life, Oct. 23, 1803, in her 83d year. Where now is the boast, that they and their forefathers of Sand were a branch of the family of Huyshe, of Lud-Huyshe and Doniford, in the county of Somerset; and that the blood of the Plantagenets flowed in their veins, through Joan, daughter of GENT. MAG. Vol. I. 2 L
the 1st Edward 2 Nothing can now avail them but their endeavours, through the grace of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, Titus, i. 13, to be prepared to meet that Saviour as their Judge. Reader, the same judgment awaiteth thee.”
The drawing which I send you is from the elegant and accurate pencil of
Mr. G. Holmes, formerly of Bristol, now of Plymouth.
for M OF PROCEED INGS BE for E A Lo R.D. ii i Gh Stew ARD
Mr. URBAN, -The Court held before a Lord High Steward for the trial of Peers, forms a curious and interesting portion of our constitutional law. No legal principle is more firmly rooted in the minds of the people than the one upon which this Court is founded, namely, that every man, be his station high or low, ought to be tried by his Peers; but yet the happy unfrequency in modern times of cases proper to be tried by the Court of a Lord High Steward, has rendered its proceedings a subject of antiquarian rather than of general knowledge.
I may be permitted to remind your readers that the office of Lord High Steward merged in the regal dignity in the person of Henry IV. and that since his accession the custom has been to grant the Lord High Stewardship not as an inheritable dignity, or a dignity for life; but merely as an office to be exercised upon some particular occasion. At every Coronation a Lord High Steward is appointed to hear claims, to perform honourable services, and, whenever it unfortunately happens that a Grand Jury finds a true bill against a Peer of the Realm, for treason or felony, a Lord High Steward is authorised to try the accused. The proceedings in this latter description of cases are those to which I have referred; and perhaps you may not think it a misapplication of your pages to insert a copy of a paper upon this subject, which appears to have been drawn up from the original record for the information of Lord Burleigh, in whose hand-writing it is indorsed. It remains amongst the Lansdown MSS. No. 1, p. 61, and, as far as I can find, has never been printed. It happens to have been omitted in the General Index to the Lansdown MSS. and therefore has probably escaped attention. The “noble trial” of which it gives an account, is that of Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, a name of sufficient importance to entitle this paper to admission in your pages, even if it possessed no other claim to attention. I shall copy the paper as I have found it, merely adding a few explanatory notes.
The order of the Arraignemo of Edward Duke of Buck. in Easter Terme,
Fyrste, he was indyted in fyve severall shyres, videlt. London, Surr. Kente, Somersette, and Gloucestre, for that the matters wherewyth he was charged were severallye com'itted in theis severall places."
It’m, all theis indytements were removed before the Highe Stewarde, and certifyed there by thands of those before whome they were founde.
It’m, after the kynge by his l’res patents under his greate seale ordeyned Thomas then Duke of Norff. (whose sonne and heyre Thomas Earle of Surr. and also late Duke of Norff.” had maryed one of the daughters of the seyd Duke of Buck.) to be
* The Duke's offences consisted principally of words spoken at a place called the Rose, within the parish of Saint Lawrence Pountriey, in Canwick Street Ward, in London ; at Bletchingley in Surrey; at East Greenwich in Kent; at Henton in Somersetshire; and at his manor of Thornbury in Gloucestershire; hence these various indictments. Wide Stowe, p. 512.
* This Duke died July 18, 1554, and his successor on the 2d June 1572. It may be presumed that this paper was written between these periods.