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A FEW BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE LATE MASTER J. R. BOOKER.

ALTHOUGH recollection swells with if upon that charge thou hast been killed, many circumstances highly interesting to thou hast suffered most unjustly*.” The à parental heart, they will chiefly be reader will conclude the little Naturalist "kept and pondered there," till that heart was caressed and commended for his obshall cease to beat, and the tender inter servation. May thousands of ill-judging course, wþich has been interrupted by men learn wisdom from this child, and death, shall be renewed in a state of bliss; spare, in future, a persecuted, harmless where will be no more sorrow or separation. species of animals, physically incapable Only such incidents will, therefore, here of committing the wrongs imputed to be recorded, as may have an useful or in them! On the contrary, they are benestructive tendency. And one of those in- ficial to man; being destructive only of cidents occurred when the youthful sub- slugs and noxious reptiles, which secrete ject of these brief memoirs was not more themselves by day in banks and hedges, than five years old, - proving that the and at night sally forth to devour the principles of Religion cannot too soon be fruits of the garden or the labours of the implanted. “ For, whom shall we teach field. The same accuracy of observation knowledge ?” says the Prophet: “Whom distinguished the dear boy throughout shall we make to understand doctrine ? his short and innocent life. Nor did any even them that are weaned from the milk, one ever converse with him without being and drawn from the breasts." Isaiah frequently astonished, and always dexxviii. 9.-Having done something which liglited. Of Natural History and Agrihis tender mother (who is now a Saint in culture he was particularly fond : and a heaven) judged deserving of punishment, respectable gentleman, of extensive knowshe gently corrected him ; at the same ledge and experience in husbandry, near time telling hin “that, by the fault, he the place where he was at school, dehad offended his Heavenly Father.” Soon clared that he had often been taught afterwarıls the child was missing; and something by hins worth remembering, his mother and aunt becaine somewhat relative to land or crops, sheep or cattle, alarmed respecting his safely : when whenever his little favourite became his the latter (without bis perceiving her) companion round his farın.” The condiscovered him, in one of the most cern evinced by that gentleman and his retired places he could find, prostrate family at the melancholy disaster which upon his knees, with his little hands up befel him, was of no common kind. Inlifted in a most earnest manner, in the deed, all who knew him felt a tender in. act of devout supplication to God to par terest in his fate.---When first taken to don. When about the same age, while school (being then not quite ten years walking with him in the fields, a dead old) his indulgent friends had supplied his hedge-hog was observed near the path, box with a plentiful stock of dainties; which greatly excited his wonder and cu which, he was told, were to last him a riosity. After giving him soune informa- long while. But, before I left him, he tion concerning its fornier habits and came and whispered this reqnest in my economy, I concluded by observing, Papa, will you give me leare to " that it probably owed its death to a per- divide my cake and gingerbread among suasion, very generally received, that my schoolfellows ?" In a few minutes hedge-bogs sucked the teats of cows while they were thus disposed of, without relying down in their pastures.", Jinmedi- serving for himself the smallest portion. ately on hearing this (before I had ex On embracing and quitting him, pressed my own disbelief of the circum “Some natural tears he dropt, but wip'd stance) he began, with a small stick which

them soon," he had in his hand, very attentively to and entered, with all the vivacity and examine the mouth of the dead animal; sweetness of disposition which were so pė. cautiously asking, at the same tiine, wie culiar to him, into the sports and amusether it had attained its full growth? On meuts of his new companions. At the being told that I never saw one larger in first vacation, when he came home from my life, he exclaimed, “Why, Papa, it sehool, he one day said to me--" Father, is impossible! for look at the size of the I shall be obliged to you if, in future, poor thing's mouth, and look at the size you will not let me be a parlour-boarder : of the teats of a cow. Its mouth would fur I think the little distinctions and inbardly take in one of my fingers : while duigences I receive make iny schoolfelthe teat of a cow is as thick as my wrist.” dows envious. ludeed, I am sure they do Then, plaintively commiserating it, he not like me so well as they would if I said, “ Poor creature! poor creature ! were treated just as they are; and I do

* This sentiment and remark will apply to some communications lately inserted in the pages of the Gentleman's Magazine on this subject. Gent. Mag. August, 18!!?.

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not wish to be treated otherwise.” About of my dear boy, his master related the two years afterwards, on saying I had an circumstance, and said, “Now let us see intention of placing him at another semi who is right :” and immediately turned nary, for the sake of having himn nearer to the terrestrial globe, which stood upon to me, he replied, “I think, Papa, it a table in the room; when the intelligent will be best to let me remain where I am little sufferer was discovered to have given another year; for Mr. T

will an opinion perfectly accurate. Nor was make us work: and, in that space of time, his recollection less perfect with respect I shall go with more credit to the school to history, whether antient or modern; you mention.” Unfortunately, I acqui- and especially natural history, of which esced : and, before the expiration of that he was remarkably fond, making whatyear, the dreadful calamity happened! a ever he read, on these and other subjects, calamity which deprived me of a son--too his own; eagerly imbibing knowledge, as amiable and too good for the present the thirsty earth driuks in the dew. His world!

feeble hands, though trembling with the - Thus Heav'n doth oft convey fatigue of holding his books, while lying Those first from the dark prison of their in bed, would scarcely ever quit them clay,

when he had nobody to converse with. Who are most fit for Heav'n."

Nay, for a long time he had only the use Of his mind, the few simple circum of one hand, much of the flesh, and all the stances here related will furnish ä faint nails, having been burnt of the other*, picture. Of his person it were frivolous ' in his endeavours to extinguish the flames to speak; since a face and a form which which were consuming him; yet with this were most animated and pleasing are now single hand would he retain, till the close invested with angelic beauty. His ac of day, some volume that was calculated quirements, for his age, were perhaps to improve and adorn his mind. And the extraordinary ; being only just turned of reader may be assured that the Volume of twelve when the disastrous 5th of Novem Inspiration was not by him neglected; ber arrived. In Latin and French he had for every other kind of knowledge was niade a considerable progress. Of his considered but subordinate to that “which own language he had an accurate and maketh wise unto salvation.”-One day, critical knowledge. In arithmetic he had during his long and painful confinement, proceeded as far as decimal fractions and

when conversing with him on some imthe cube root. He wrote and drew beau- portant topicks of religion, and aftertifully. And, that he was well versed in wards praying with him, I said, “I hope, Geography, the following little anecdote my dear boy, you do not neglect your will demonstrate. News laring just ar- private devotions; since fervent rived of the capture, by our forces, of a prayer from your own heart will be of particular island in the West Indies, his much more avail than a thousand from master and medical attendants, after com mine." To which he replied, with great municating to him an account of the pleas- earnestness, “Neglect them! no, surely ing event, entered into an argument re not, Papa; for I am convinced none but specting the geographical situation of the GOD can restore me.” On asking him island ; one stating it to lie in such a la whether he suited any part of his prayers titude, and the others somewhat differing to bis 'then present situation ? he said, in opinion : when the juvenile pupil and “Yes, always; as well as I can.” “Give patient (though writhing with torture at me a specimen," said I. “Why," he the time, from the painful process of answered, “I pray that - God, who, for dressing his wounds) said, “Sirs, I beg some wise purpose, has been pleased to your pardon ; but I think you are all permit this calamity to befall me, may wrong: for, if I mistake not, you will find also be pleased, in his mercy, to support it lies so many degrees," &c. On the me under it; and either in his own good gentlemen returning to the parlour, where time to restore me from it, or take me to I was anxiously waiting to know the state himself.” The pious reader must suppose

* This was the only injured part of his delicate frame which I had fortitude enough ever to see; and, on first seeing thut (which was not till the young nails and flesh began again to grow) my countenance expressed, I believe, the wounded feelings of my mind : wlien, in a lively encouraging tone, he said, “ My dear Father, I never cared much about this” (holding up his mangled, emaciated arm) “ I never cared much about this, otherwise than as it made me more helpless-this was but a mere flea-bite.” May no other parent ever suffer anguish like that which wrung my heart through all the stages of his suffering! And, as similar disasters have recently occurred at Eton, at Winchester, and at Hereford, occasioned by gunpowder, may those disasters, as well as the one which destroyed my son, operate as a lasting caution to heedless youths, in every place, how they use so dangerous an article ! This is my principal motive, Mr. Urban, for troubling you and your readers with these mournful particulars.

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Yet sach was the young suffering Saint's vourable symptoms appearing in his case, humility, and mistrust of his own perform the most sanguine hopes were entertained >'ances, that he requested “a proper one of his speedy recovery ; when, by his demight be composed for him.” I told him sire, the following thanksgiving prayer was his own was a very proper one; and de- prepared for him :-" Almighty and allsired he would continue to use it, embo. gracious God I from whom cometh every died in his usual forms, and varied as fa- good and perfect gift; who art able to vourable or unfavourable symptomis might bring down the strongest, and to raise up require. Nevertheless, I said, another the weakest, by thy power; I bless Thee should be prepared for him, to use occa for the happy change which has taken sionally; and accordingly gave him the place in my condition. Oh! be pleased following: “O almighty and most merciful to perfect what Thou hast begun, and give God! in whose hands my breath is, and me still greater cause to praise Thee, as from whom cometh my salvation, I, thy the God of my salvation !

Be Thou my youthful servant, looking up to Thee, in guide and guardian even unto death. my present state of suffering, as the Au. Should the life Thou sparest be lengthened thor of life, of health, and every human to hoary hairs, grant that it may be comfort, do humbly beseech Thee to bless spent in holiness and virtue, and every the means used for my recovery. Thy good work; in piety towards Thee, a. Holy Word informis me that, without thy in usefulness and integrity towards my permission, not even a sparrow falleth to fellow-creatures! As I grow in years, the ground: therefore, I know that, for my I grow in grace; and, like thy holy some wise purpose, Thou hast permitted child Jesus, increase in wisdom as well as my present trials to visit me. Oh! may in stature, and be in favour both with God they conduce to my temporal good, and and man! Oh! enable me, I pray Thee, work for me a far more exceeding and to follow his steps here; and, hereafter, eternal weight of glory! Thy Holy Word may I be received into thine everlasting informs me also, that Thou " givest heal- kingdom, through the merits of the same ing, and bindest up them that are bruised*.”. Jesus Christ, my only Mediator and ReLord, heal my wounds, I pray Thee, and deemer. Amen." The favourable sympsupport my feeble nature; that, restored toms just alluded to were, alas! but of a by thy mercy to strength and soundness, I delusive nature. A fever soon afterwards may live to thy praise; and never (like seized his enfeebled frame, and filled his the nine ungrateful men whom my Re- anxious friends again with sorrow and deemer recovered from their leprosy) be alarm. Still he continued the same amiaforgetful of thy goodness; but, after the ble, resigned, and engaging creature. example of the tenth, “who retnrned and Not long before his gentle spirit took its fell down at his feet, giving him thanks,” . Right for the realms of bliss, an affecmay I retain a lasting sense of thy favour. tionate relative overheard him moaning as And, like him whose crippled limbs were · if in extreme pain ; and tenderly endea. strengthened at the beautiful gate of the vouring to soothe him, he said, “I am in Temple, may I joyfully pour forth my pain, and cannot help expressing it: but thanksgivings; evermore acknowledging I do not murmur. No: I have borne, and I Thee my gracious restorer and deliverer, will bear, whatever God may please to do through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen." with me." When every hope of recoAfter his removal, in a litter, to the resi- very had vanished, and the only concern dence of his excellent grandmother, where of those who loved hin was, that his pas he died, on a pitying friend observing to sage, from a state of suffering, might be him that he had suffered, she was afraid, smoothed into one of unending felicity, I a great deal, and particularly by so long prayed over and passionately kissed him, a confinement to his bed (about 18 months commending his spirit into the hands of having then passed over bim in that state) the God who gave it. On which, he fixed he replied, “ Yes, my confinement has his dying eyes upon me, with a look that been long: but what is it compared with that was more than mortal, with a sweetness of my good unclet? He bas seldom been and vivacity that told me “the bitterness out of his bed for several years; and I of death was passed ;'' or rather that its have not yet been confined to mine for “sting" was taken away. Again having

You speak also of my susferings: tenderly embraced and blessed him, he it is true I have suffered a great deal, and faintly articulated " Amen! Amen!” and still must sutler. But I think not of eyils shortly after he expired without a groan. that are past, vor of evils that are to My lovely boy, may, my last end be like

I consider only my present com thine! * Ecclesiasticus XXXVIII. 2. Ezek. Accipe et hæc, manuum tibi quæ monu.

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partook of a sumptuous supper, laid out from the land. In the first experiment, on the lawn at Surley-hall, which con the grapple and 1 inch line were prosisted of every delicacy. Upwards of jected with 12 oz. of powder across a 50 proceeded up the river in boats, su rope moored to two anchors, and susperbly decorated; the rowers and cox- pended in the middle by a buoy, upwards swains in appropriate dresses, and ac of 200 yards from the water's edge. The companied by the band of the Stafford grapple keeping a firm hold, the life-boat Militia. After supper, they displayed was launched from its carriage, and their skill and activity in the manage- quickly hauled to the spot where the ment ọf the oar and rudder, by sailing supposed vessel in distress lay, and three times round the most difficult shewed what might have been done by bend in the river, near Windsor. The the hands sent out, to save the crew, tho Marquis of Exeter, Lord Clifton, Lord cargo, and the vessel, even if the supCobham, Mr. Scott, Mr. Miles, and the posed bands on board had been incapaHon. Mr. Henniker, officiated as cox ble of making any efforts to assist themswains. The festivities of the day con selves. A shot attached to a log-line cluded with a grand display of fire-works. was then thrown from the mortar along

July 31. The Impregnable was launch the beach, with the same quantity of ed at Chatham, in the presence of a powder, to the distance of 404 yards; grat concourse of spectators. In conse which was allowed by the seafaring men quence of her having remained in a present to be as far as any cases of disfinished state since September 1809, she tress might require. hari settled so hard on the blocks that

Aug. 5.

The first stone of a new there was considerable difficulty in mak- bridge over the river Wensum, near ing her move, and it was not till the last Norwich, was laid this day. By means block was split out, that she went off in of it the distance from the high road to a very fine style.

Yarmouth will be shortened, and a diAug. 2. A fire broke out at Progers, rect communication opened with the near Wellington, in Somersetshire, by centre of Norwich. which three houses were destroyed. The Aug. 6. Two men of the names of fire broke out at about 11 o'clock at Blake and Dawson, while playing at night, in the house of a poor woman, quoits in a field near Woolwich, had who was nearly burnt to death. This is a dispute respecting wh ch of them the same village where 22 bouses were had thrown nearest to the hod. The destroyed by fire on the 29th of May last. contention was referred to a shoema

Aug. 4. As three children at Wacter, in ker who was present, and who, after Norfolk, were, this day, going to a clay-pit he had decided, desired Blake jocosely to wash their hands, one of them, about to hurl the quoit, and he would catch three years old, fell in; the eldest ran to it; the latter did so, and struck the call their mother, who, in her fright, shoemaker on the temple, who expired jumped into the pit, when her feet stick ou being conveyed home. ing in the clay, she and her child were Aug. 7. The mail-coach from Falboth drowned.

mouth to Exeter was overturned al In a violent storm of thunder, light Truro. Mrs. Palmer, late of Trewarning, and hail, tbis day, at Penrith, thennick, bad ber arm broken, and was considerable daipage was done by the otherwise much bruised; Mr. Morris, of lightning: a barn, containing 10 cart. Falmouth, and a commercial traveller, loads of hav, belonging to Mr. Martin- who were on their way to Bodmin races, dale, of Gutter-lane; and a stack, the were also much bruised and cut. Some property of Sir F. T. Vane, of Hutton of the other passengers suffered less. Hall, were both set on fire, and entirely The guard was very much bruised about consumed. A horse and five lambs were the body, but refused to quit his charge. killed in a field near Penrith. Several The driver escaped unburt. of the hail-stones measured two inches Aug. 8. An affray took place in Ratin circumference.-Same day, the thrash- tington-lane, Canterbury, this evening, ing mill, at Spring field, near Mid Cal between some soldiers of the Queen's der, Edinburgh, with the whole of the Bays and the populace; the former having offices, were fired by the lightning, and attempted to seize a young man whom destroyed.

they suspected to be a deserter from the Captain Manby made, this day, an ex Navy. Two of the soldiers were dreadperiment on the beach at Cromer, of fully wounded with a large knife: the throwing his new-constructed grapple one received two severe euts in the left shot, attached to a line, from a mortar, breast, and the other in the abdomen. for the purpose of giving relief to vessels They were both conveyed to the hospiin distress on a lee-shore, and where the tal, where they lie without hope of resea wasbes far upon it, or a distance covery.

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willed a handsome one to Admiral Sir second son of S. Galton, esq. of Dudson, • Thomas Boulden Thompson.

near Birmingham. The amiable and P. 136, We take the earliest possible shining qualities of this young an had opportunity of counteracting the injurious endeared him to an extensive circle of aceffects of a misinformation, with respect quaintance, who anticipated the maturity to a gentleman of a most blameless of a manly and noble character. Desirous and exalted character. We have been of increasing his knowledge by an interinformed that he was not related to the course with foreign nations, he had tracelebrated Bishop mentioned in velled through Spain, the Grecian Archia last Magazine; and that he certainly pelago, and Asia Minor. Arrived at never was a Scotch clergyman, but in Malta, on his return to his native country, reality that be, and his father before him, Death reaped the early and rich harvest and all the family, were Dissenters from the of his cultivated mind, and whelmed the Scotch Establishment, and uniformly of hopes of his expecting friends in sorrow the Episcopal persuasion; and above all, and disappointment. that it was a most injurious iysinuation, 7. At Malta, in his 18th year, Louis that he was deeply infected with infidel prin- Lardy, Lieutenant of De Meuron's regiciples, or ever so much as suspected of ment, and son of Lieut.-col. L. commandinfidelity by any one who knew him in ing the said regiment. the large town in which he lived, respected,

In Philadelphia, the celebrated and most respectable, as a firm believer Major Hogan. After leaving this country, in Christianity; as can and may be well appears, he was some time in the capaascertained by the surviving son of the city of a Planter at Cuba, whence he worthy minister Dr.Gordon, who is a worthy went to Washington, and other parts of minister at present in the Established the Continent, and arrived at Philadelphia Church of this Kingdom, and by Dr. Gore only a short time previous to his decease. don's successor in the Episcopal Chapel of July 3. At New-York, aged 46, Thomas Aberdeen, now an eminent minister in an Gilliatt, esq. ; a native of England, but Episcopal Church of this Metropolis. for many years past an inhabitant of

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9. At Monmouth, after a long life, 1809, IN the Port of Luft, in Persia, devoted to usefulness and beneficence, Nov. 27.

near the Gulph of Bussorah, John Partridge, esq. Lieut. Standish Weld, of his Majesty's 10. Dr. Cuthbert Gordon, brother of 47th Regiment, youngest son of Edmund the late George G. of Leith. Weld, esq. of Molesworth-street, Dublin. On the Plains of Alineida, at the head This young officer was engaged in the at of eight squadrons of the 14th apd 15th tack and destruction of Rass al Khyma, Light Dragoons, whilst gallantly charging in Persia, on the 12th and 13th days of the French cavalry, supported by 300 of the month, in which he unhappily fell. their infantry, Lieut.-col. Talbot. The He was also present at the siege and re French fired, and killed two subalterns of duction of Buenos Ayres, on the East the 16th, and about ten privates; both Coast of South America and he had to the fore legs of Col. T.'s horse were boast of what falls not to the lot of many; broken; the animal plunged forward and namely, that in the short space of a year fell, and the Colonel feil over his head on and six months, he bore, as Ensign, the the bayonets of the Enemy, who instantly British standard through the four quarters dispatched him. He was born at Malaof the Globe.

hyde, near Dublin, and was brother to R. 1810, Feb. 26. Of an inflammation in W. Talbot, esq. M. P. for the county of the lungs, in his 30th year, at St. Ippolits, Dublin. Herts, the Rev. Christopher Craddock,

13. At Knightsbridge, the Hon. Mr. youngest son of Sheldon Craddock, esq. Fitzwilliam, (brother to Viscount F:) atof Harforth House, Richmond, Yorkshire. torncy-at-law.

May.... At St. Helena, on his return 14. At Maidstone, Mrs. Jane Punnett, from the East Indies, Fred. Gilchrist, esq.

relict of Thomas Durraut P. esq. surgeon of the Warren Hastings Indiaman. At Inverness, aged 71, Joun Watson,

11. At Berbice, Wm. Bedingfield, of esq. late British Consul at Venice. Needham Market.

17. Leonard Ellington, esq. of Old June 1. At Islington, Mr. Joseph Broad-street, merchant. White, eminent for bis knowledge of coins,

At Hohenzierletz, the country-scat as well as of Natural History. His fine of the Duke of Mecklenburgh-Strelitz, afseries of Saxon Coins, he disposed of in ter a severe illness, which coinmenced his life-time; the remaining part of his June 30, arising from an abscess in the collection has lately been brought to the lungs, Louisa Augusta Wilhelmina Amehammer, except the Natural History, and lia, Queen of - Prussia. Her Majesty was his books, which, we understand, will be the second daughter of the reigning Duke sold in one of the Winter months.

of Mecklenburgh-Strelitz, and niece of 5, At. Malta, aged 26, Theodore, the our most gracious Queen. She was born

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