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ing; for, in addition to the works that bore her name, she was a constant contributor to magazines and annuals, either anonymously or under assumed titles. Those who knew her intimately were the more astonished at her powers of composition, as they saw how actively and constantly she attended to every domestic duty; and how zealously and usefully she exerted herself to relieve the wants and distresses of others. To no one could the following lines be more appropriately applied:
He prayeth best who loveth best,
She was all love, and the doing good to Others was the engrossing object of her heart. Deeply distressing is it to know that such goodness was not appreciated where it was most exercised ; and that this amiable Christian was doomed to suffer the keenest torments and indignities, resulting from the follies and passions of those who ought in duty most to have blessed and cherished her. In most of her stories on the moral endowments, such as “Energy,”“Self-denial,” “Patience,” &c. (particularly in the last,) are to be traced evident descriptions of these trials ; but in most cases the fiction falls short of the reality—the romance was less unnatural than the truth. . Often, very often, have the wonder and pity of kind hearts been excited when they beheld that amiable and admirable woman, endowed with such great natural talents, with the most active and exemplary domestic habits, and the most pleasing and interesting powers of social conversation — disregarded, despised, and abused. She deeply suffered, but as freely forgave ; and, to the day of her death, excused, loved, and blessed those who had most wronged her. We do not willingly allude to these matters; but, in taking a review of the life and character of this excellent woman, we feel we should be doing her injustice were we to omit speaking of those trials which most strongly proved the depth and power of her goodness. The best evidence of Mrs. Hofland's claims as an authoress will perhaps be shewn in the fact that about seventy works have proceeded from her pen; of which in this country alone an aggregate amouwt of nearly 300,000 copies have been sold! In addition to this is to be calculated the several translations into the
continental languages; and the immense numbers circulated in America, which can perhaps be imagined by the circumstance of 20,000 copies of the “Czarina” being printed and sold there upon its first appearance. When this immense circulation is considered in connexion with the fact that all her works were successfully devoted to improve the heart by pleasing and powerful lessons, we may form some idea of the debt of gratitude and esteem that is her due. In addition to those already named, the following works by Mrs. Hofland may be particularly noticed : the novels of “Beatrice,” “Says she to her Neighbour, What?” “Captives in India,” and “The Unloved One;" and the tales of “ Ellen the Teacher,” “Merchant's Widow,” “Adelaide, " “ Humility,” “Fortitude,” “ Decision,” “Tales of the Priory,” and “Tales of the Manor.” She was also the writer of a celebrated letter that appeared during the unhappy differences between George IV. and Queen Caroline, entitled “A Letter of an Englishwoman,” which it is believed suggested the still more celebrated “Letter from a Sovereign to his People.” In 1818 was printed for presentation 100 copies in folio of a “Descriptive Account of Whiteknights, a seat of His Grace the Duke of Marlborough,” embellished with 23 engravings from pictures taken on the spot by Mr. Hotland. Mrs. Hofland wrote this work, which concluded with a very clever poem, remarkable for the same peculiar and striking imagery that distinguishes Spenser. We ought not to omit mentioning that her son by Mr. Hoole grew up worthy of his father and mother, was educated for the church, and became curate of St. Andrew's Holborn, in which office he died in March 1833, his death being ascribed principally to his great and zealous exertions in fulfilling his responsible duties. We need hardly add that to his mother he was a devoted and affectionate son. Mr. Hofland having earned considerable reputation as a landscape-painter, died at Leamington on the 3rd of January, 1843; and a memoir of his life, written by his widow, (and originally communicated to “The Art Union,”) will be found in our vol. xix. p. 540. The interesting and aged subject of our history was not, however, left desolate. In a letter we have of hers, she says, “life has been stormy with me, but I trust my sun will set peacefully;” and so it did. She engaged the affections of kind neighbours with hearts akin to her own, and for the last two years of her life was cherished with every attention. Her loss will be severely felt by those neighbours, and a large circle of friends; for her great moral worth, happy temper, and interesting powers of anecdote and conversation rendered her esteemed in private society in the same degree as her literary productions had made her popular with the world. She was buried at Richmond on Nov. 16.
W. S. Boyd, Esq.
Aug. 13. At Surat, William Sprot Boyd, esq. Political Commissioner in Guzerat, and Resident at the Court of Baroda.
Mr. Boyd fell a victim to that which is said to kill more than half of the AngloIndians, “one year too long in India.” He had for some time previous been unwell, and had stopped at Surat on his way down to Bombay. Had he lived, it was i. intention to have proceeded to Engand.
Mr. Boyd was the eldest son of Edward Boyd, esq. of Merton Hall, Wigtonshire. His intellectual powers were of a superior order, and his acquirements very extensive. He was well read, and intimately acquainted with the political state of India; and his knowledge of the habits and customs of the natives generally was so excellent, and frequently brought to bear with such facility and effect, that it surpasses description. In his public character he was prompt and decisive; in whatever capacity he was serving the government, whether as collector, commissioner, secretary, or resident, he was beloved by all his inferiors, and the name of Boyd was never spoken of by them but with respect and admiration. In his private character he was frank, upright, and full of honourable feeling ; generous, affable, and unostentatious, he was universally esteemed by all who had the honour of his acquaintance. He was appointed Assistant to the Chief Secretary and to the Sub-Treasurer 9th June and 21st July, 1819; acting under the Commissioner in the Deccan 1st June, 1820; Second Assistant to the Collector and Magistrate of Ahmednuggur 21st Feb. 1822; First Assistant to the Collector and Magistrate of Ahmednuggur, 29th Oct. 1827; Officiating Collector and Magistrate in the Northern Conkan 20th 1829; Collector and Magistrate of Candeish 15th Feb. 1830; Collector and Magistrate of Belgaum 24th July, 1838; Acting Secretary to Government in the
Persian Department, 25th April, 1839; Political Commissioner in Guzerat and Resident at Baroda, 29th June, 1840.
William Miller, Esq. Oct. 25. At Dennington, near Woodbridge, the residence of his son, the Rev. Stanley Miller, aged 76, William Miller,
Es - #. was the son of Mr. Thomas Miller,
bookseller, of Bungay, in Suffolk, who died July 25, 1804, and of whom an account and character appear in Nichols's Literary Anecdotes, III. 681, VIII. 471. £ho is a good portrait of him engraved by E. Scriven, from a miniature by Edridge. Mr. W. Miller was born at Bungay, on Lady Day, 1769. When a youth he was fond of drawing, which his father much encouraged. In his 17th year some of his performances were sent to a relation in town, who showed them to Sir Joshua Reynolds, who advised the youth to come up to town, and promised to place him as a student at the Academy. The father brought the son to town in 1787, with a view to introduce him to Sir Joshua ; but the first evening after his arrival, a consultation of friends was held ; the Arts were discarded ; trade was determined on ; a situation in Hookham's house presented itself, which was accepted, and the President of the Royal Academy never heard more either of young Miller or his drawings. In 1790, Mr. Miller commenced business on his own account in Bond Street, where the first publication which he put forth was Dr. Miller's (his uncle) “Psalms of David, with music, and adapted for the Sunday service.” To this work there was a list of more than 5000 subscribers. In Bond Street he pursued his publishing career by a series of successful works under the titles of “Costumes of China, Russia, Hindostan,” &c. in large 4to. Howlett's “Views of Lincolnshire,” “Stoddart's Remarks upon Scotland, " &c. Forster's edition of the “Arabian Nights' Entertainments,” &c. In 1804, Mr. Miller removed to a larger house in Albemarle Street, where he continued till his retirement from business in 1812, when he was succeeded by the late Mr. John Murray. During this period he was one of the most popular publishers in London. Works of equal extent, utility, and magnificence were hailed and encouraged by the fostering patronage of the public voice. He took shares in the popular poems of Sir
Walter Scott, and published solely that poet's edition of Dryden, in 18 vols. 8vo. His reprint of the “Antient Drama,” “ British Drama,” and “Shakspere,” Blomfield’s “History of Norfolk,” 11 vols. &c. showed that he was not indifferent to the cause of substantial literature; while his edition of “Richardson's Works,” 19 vols. supplied a desideratum generally admitted. The “Travels of Viscount Valentia,” Sir R. C. Hoare's “Giraldus Cambrensis,” and “History of Antient Wilts,” are among his most splendid undertakings; but his “ British Gallery” was unquestionably a work of unrivalled merit on the score of the art of en
graving. Mr. Miller's magnum opus as a publisher was—the historical work of C. J.' Fox. He gave no less a sum than 4,500l. for the copyright, (the largest upon record,) to the widow of the deceased author. 5,000 copies were printed in demy 4to. at ll. 16s, by Mr. Savage, and 250 copies on royal 4to. at 21. 12s. 6d., with 50 upon elephant size, 4to. at 5l. 5s. by Mr. Bulmer. The publisher barely cleared his expenses by the speculation. In 1812 Mr. Miller retired from business, in the vigour of life, and with a reputation which was admitted to be excellent even by every “brother of the craft.” It was reported he had acquired a large fortune. “I certainly (says he, in a letter to Dr. Dibdin,) was indefatigable and enterprising—l hope I was liberal, and I feel that I was just and honest to all men. But I beg of you not to talk of my splendid fortune. }. is no such thing—far, very far from it. A decent competency, enough to live upon comfortably, with prudence, and to educate my children as becomes their stations.” Mr. Miller first retired to a ferme ornée in Hertfordshire; but after a trial of a country life removed to Duchess Street, Portland Place. in Dr. Dibdin's “Bibliographical Decameron,” (to which we are indebted for several particulars in this memoir,) there is a good portrait of Mr. Miller, engraved by E. Scriven, after a painting by T. Phillips, esq. R.A. There is also an excellent portrait of Mr. Miller, drawn from the life, on stone, by J. D. Engleheart, in 1826. This last portrait is sometimes prefixed but does not belong to a work which Mr. Miller published in 1826, entitled, “Biographical Sketches of British Characters recently deceased : commencing with the accession of George IV. comprising 230 subjects, chronologically arranged, from the periods of their
death: with a list of their engraved Portraits,” 2 vols. 4to. The work was creditable to the honesty and candour of Mr. Miller. He seems to been aware that in a few instances very strong language was used. “If,” says he, “in this series of characters there should be found some few in elewated life whose glaring vices I have painted in the honest colouring of indignant truth, let no ungenerous motive be attributed. When decency, decorum, and public opinion is thus, in broad day, set at defiance, the posthumous character of the bold perpetrators cannot be too openly exposed to the scorn, contempt, and ignominy of the rising generation.” In a note, Mr. Miller was pleased to pay the following acknowledgment:—“ In composing a work of this nature the author was obliged to glean extensively from other sources. It is but candid in me to state, that I have received considerable assistance from my venerable friend Sylvanus Urban. 'hat useful and well arranged publication, the ‘Gentleman's Magazine,' contains the best modern obituary; from it I have obtained most of the dates and many of the events.” —“As the author, I am answerable for every expression, every sentiment, every opinion conveyed in these pages. When the subject admitted, I have incidentally touched on public institutions, on the arts, and on politics; but if I have expressed any opinions with the freedom which belongs to my nature, and is the birthright of every Englishman, I have done it, if I know myself, without the slightest enmity towards those who hold different sentiments.” The first two volumes comprise the first six years of the reign of George IV. and Mr. Miller promised to continue the work as long as health was granted him. But we believe no more volumes were published; which is much to be regretted. It seems almost superfluous to add that in private life Mr. Miller was highly esteemed, and his death sincerely lamented by his numerous friends.
Oct. 24. At Waltham Cross, aged 82, Harman Dyson, esq. He was one of the very few horse-dealers who have amassed large fortunes; but the bulk of his property was acquired during the late war, by contracting to supply the cavalry. In early life he had been personally known to George IV., but, though he supplied almost all the carriage horses for the Royal Mews, yet he never came in contact with his Majesty until accidentally he one day went down to the Royal Lodge with two riding horses to show the King. Accordingly he was commanded to bring his horses in front of the Royal Lodge, where, to his great surprise, the King walked out, and, in his usual familiar manner, accosted him as his “old friend, Dyson,” expressing the pleasure he had in again seeing him ; and after some conversation about horses “in olden times,” and making some remark upon his horses, said he would take both of them, and ordered the page to see that every attention was paid and refreshments given to him. He was so extremely agitated by this interview, and so completely overwhelmed by the kindness and consideration of the King, that on his return home his whole nervous system appeared to have received a shock, which in a few days terminated in a paralytic stroke, and from which he never afterwards perfectly recovered. Nov. 5. In Jermyn-st. Samuel Hall Lord, esq. of Long Bay Castle, Barbados, father of Mrs. Haywood, of the Willows, near Birmingham. Nov. 13. At Clapham-common, aged 67, Ann, dau. of the late James Atkinson, esq. in York-st. Portman-sq. aged 76, Mrs. Warren. Nov. 14. At Hackney, aged 62, Hylton Dennis Hacon, esq. In Southwick-cresc. Hyde Park, Mary, wife of Matthew T. D. De Vitre, esq. Aged 52, John Toswill, esq. of the Neckinger, Bermondsey. Nov. 15. In Turnham Green-terr. aged 32, Frank Capel Bellis, esq. In Portland-pl. aged 79, Isabella, widow of Gen. Ross. Nov. 16. In Oxford-terr. Hyde Park, aged 44, Capt. Oliver St. John, late of the 31st Madras Nat. Inf. In Howland-st. Fitzroy-sq. aged 74, Mrs. Sarah Hare. In Russell-sq. aged 72, Hannah-Maria, widow of the Rev. Dr. Richards, Rector of St. Martin's in the Fields. Aged 53, Alexander Gompertz, esq. son of the late Barent Gompertz, esq. Nov. 17. Aged 72, William Spike, of Upper Ebury-st. Pimlico, and Clifford'sInn. Nov. 19. In Upper Grosvenor-st. aged 92, Mrs. Charlotte Milner. She was twice married—first, to the late Robert E. FitzGerald, esq., and secondly, to the late Gen. George Milner. In Cambridge-st. Hyde Park, aged 55, Mrs. Mary Inkersole, late of St. Neot's, Huntingdonshire. Nov. 20. At the Royal Hospital, Chel
sea, aged 14, Hugh Percy De Bathe, son of the Rev. G. R. Gleig. At Islington, aged 37, Janet, wife of Charles Wilkinson, M.D. In Duke-st. St. James's, Edward, son of Sir Stephen May, Bart. He was discovered on the bed quite dead, having committed suicide by cutting his throat. The captain of a vessel in which he came to England said that he had known him in Madras. He had been in the army, but was dismissed by a general court-martial, on account of a quarrel with a brother officer, which affected his mind. An inquest was held, and a verdict of “Temporary insanity" returned. At the house of William Walsh, esq, Half Moon-st. Piccadilly, aged 22, Robert, second son of William Lambert, esq. Sowerby, near Thirsk. Nov. 21. In Wimpole-st. aged 86, Adam Askew, esq. of Redheugh, Durham. In Upper Albany-st. Regent's Park, aged 64, Elizabeth, dau. of the late Thomas Price, esq. of Highgate. Esther, wife of Thomas Allan, esq. of Frederick's-pl. Old Jewry, and of Blackheath. In York-terrace, Regent's Park, James Ritchie, esq. late of Bombay. In Oxford-terrace, William Allen, esq. Nor. 23. In Melton-st. Dorset-sq., aged 28, Sarah, wife of Samuel Hamersley, esq. At Blackheath, aged 76, Benjamin Newton, esq. At Blackheath, Jane, eldest dau. of the late James Tennant, esq. of Liverpool. Nov. 24. William Holloway, esq., late of Singapore, and son of the late Charles Holloway, esq. of the Hon. East India Company's Service, at Fort Marlborough, in Sumatra. In Hunter-st. Brunswick-sq. aged 70, John Pattison Panton, esq. Second Secondary of the late Pipe Office in the Exchequer. Mrs. Mary-Ann Bingley, Seymour-st. Euston-sq. Nov. 25. In Gloucester-pl. Portmansq. aged 78, Mrs. Sarah Coope. Nov. 26. In Dorset-sq. aged 87, Mrs. Meyer, relict of Dr. Meyer. Aged 74, Frederick Heisch, esq. of Blackheath, and America-sq. Nor. 27. In Park-lane, Piccadilly, aged 88, Lewis Palaske, esq. In Norfolk-st. Strand, aged 95, Mrs. Ann Phillips. Aged 86, Ann, wife of William Blaxland, esq. of Spencer-st. Clerkenwell. Nov. 29. In Charles-st. Berkeley-sq., aged 58, John Moore, esq. Capt. Thomas Wallace, of the Madras Army, second son of John Wallace, esq. of Gloucester-pl. Portman-sq. In Piccadilly, Charles James, esq., of Ham-common, late Capt. of the 2d Surrey Militia. Lately. In Frith-st. Soho, Mrs. Eliza Clemons, of Walmer, Kent, widow of Major James Clemons, of the Madras Nat. Inf. In Burton-cresc. aged 76, Mrs. Hamilton, relict of Dr. William Hamilton, of Broad-street. In Queen-st. Westminster, Wm. John Kaye, esq. many years one of her Majesty's foreign service messengers. Dec. 1. At Elm Lodge, Denmark-hill, aged 65, Samuel Sloper, esq. In Beaumont-st. aged 82, Mary, dau. of the late Thomas Nicholl, esq. of Watford, and sister of the present. Dec. 2. In Ebury-st. Chester-square, aged 69, Joseph Dowson, esq. late Capt. in the 14th Light Drag. Harriet, wife of James Mackell, esq. of Park-lane, Piccadilly. Aged 70, Edward Solly, esq. of Bedford-row. Dec. 3. Aged 39, Eliza-Dorothea, wife of William Knight, esq. of Abbey-place, St. John's Wood, and second dau. of the late William Clarke, esq. of Pamoorhouse, Hambledon, Bucks. Aged 31, Mary, wife of Henry Ridge, esq. of Portland-pl. Lower Clapton, and youngest dau. of the Rev. Robert Aspland, of the Grove, Hackney. At Hackney, aged 72, Charlotte-Elizabeth, relict of Joseph Goodhart, esq. late of the Grove, Hackney, and dau. of the late Rev. Dr. Woide, formerly of the British Museum. Dec. 5. In Devonshire-st. Portland-pl. aged 87, Mrs. Babbage, relict of Benjamin Babbage, esq. of Teignmouth, and mother of the celebrated C. Babbage, esq. F.R.S. Dec. 6. At Herne Hill, aged 71, William Devas, esq. In Park-st. Grosvenor-sq. aged 52, Mary-Anne, eldest dau. of the late Right Hon. Sir John Nicholl. At Islington, aged 72, Edward Eyre, esq. formerly of Gray's-inn. At the house of her brother-in-law, Mr. James Dyer, solicitor, Ely-place, aged 52, Miss Sarah T. Shepherd, of Blyth, Northumberland. Dec. 7. Aged 62, Mr. Thomas Nunn (senior partner of the firm of Thomas Nunn and Sons), of Great James-street, Bedford-row, after residing there 38 years. At Clapham, aged 83, Mrs. Newberry. Aged 61, Thomas Joseph Harrison, esq. of Harrison's Wharf, St. Katherine's. Edward Wood, esq. of NorthumberGENT. M.A.G. Wol. XXIII.
land-st. Strand (coal merchant), and of Hanger Wale, Middlesex. He died immensely wealthy. At the residence of her son-in-law, John Watson, esq. of Park-pl. Paddington-green, aged 84, Catharine, relict of the Rev. John Bullen, M.A. of Emmanuel Coll. Cambridge. At Phillimore-pl. Christiana, wife of Major Lutyens, and dau. of the late William Mair, esq. of Colby House, Kensington. In Henrietta-st. Brunswick-sq. aged 21, Charlotte Gent, youngest dau. of Samuel Stevens, esq. of Clare, Suffolk. Dec. 8. In Brunswick-pl. Regent's Park, aged 68, Mrs. Dod. At Molinere House, Wandsworth, aged 82, William Williams, esq. Dec. 9. At Greenwich, John Wadman, esq. late of Abingdon-st. Westminster, formerly one of the clerks under Marquess Camden in the Receipt of the Exchequer. In the Old Kent-road, aged 66, John Watson, esq. At Clapham New Park, aged 49, Major William Henry Grote, late of the 33d Regt. Aged 53, George Langdale, esq. late of Hans-pl. Chelsea. In London. Capt. John Shum, of 26th Regt. third son of George Shum Storey, esq. of Ham Common, Surrey, and Arcot, Northumberland. In Connaught-sq. Hyde Park, aged 92, Elizabeth, relict of John Crosse Crooke, esq. of Kempshot Park, Hants. Dec. 10. At Camden Villas, Camden Town, aged 70, Miss Harriett Francis. In Upper Gower-st. aged 61, Peter Muter, esq. many years of St. Lucia. Dec. 12. At Tottenham, aged 80, Samuel Staples, esq. Aged 87, James Kiernan, esq. of Doctors' Commons, and late of South Lambeth. At Hill-st. aged 30, Louisa-HarrietIsabella, wife of Henry Belward Ray, esq. youngest dau. of the late Rev. John Haggitt. Aged 79, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Marsden, esq. of Hanover-terr. Regent's Park. Dec. 13. In Jermyn-st. aged 57, Henry Rice, esq. for the last 25 years Clerk to the Commissioners of Assessed and Land Taxes in the parish of St. James, Westminster. Dec. 14. Aged 78, Elizabeth-Amelia, wife of Lewis Mansse, esq. of Lawrence Pountney-lane. Mary-Jacintha, wife of Henry Hase, esq. of Islington, and youngest dau. of Major Weston Hames, late of the 2d Drag. Guards.