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ROBERT PRESTON, Esq.
MR. ANDREW PICKEN. Nov. 19. After a short illness, in his
Nov. 23. In London, aged 45, Mr. 73d year, Robert Preston, Esq. of the Andrew Picken. Lower House, West Derby, Lancashire. Mr. Picken was born at Paisley, the
Mr. Preston was the representative of son of an eminent manufacturer, and the Prestons of Cockerham, in Lanca- was educated for mercantile pursuits. shire, who were a younger branch of the At an early age he visited the West Invery ancient family of Preston of Pres- dies; but finding that the business in ton Richard, Levins, and Preston Pa- which he was engaged afforded no very trick, in Westmoreland, and of the bright prospects, he returned to Europe, Manor and Abbey of Furness, in Lan- and obtained a confidential situation in cashire; another younger branch of which the Bank of Ireland. To the great refamily was seated at Holker, in the latter gret of his Irish friends, he subseqnently county.*
removed into Glasgow, aud entered into His father was the only surviving son business. Here he first came before the of Richard Preston, Esq. of Cockerham, worid as an author, by publishing “ Tales by his 2d wife Mary,t daughter and co- and Sketches of the West of Scotland," heiress of Henry Hastings of the city of a work which had great local success. Dublin, a descendant of the Earls of In this volume appeared, for the first Huntingdon; but, in consequence of his time, the pathetic story of Mary Ogilvie,” father having dissipated by gambling the which showed no common power of comwhole of his fortune, excepting that por- bining the ordinary incidents of life, into tion which was settled on the issue of his pictures of intense and harrowing infirst marriage, he was so slenderly pro- terest. Among the sketches, was one vided for, that, notwithstanding that he “ On the Changes in the West of Scotadhered during the whole of his life to a land during the last Half Century,” most rigid frugality of expenditure, he which contained much playful satire, and found it a matter of no small difficulty to not a very few hard hits, that severely educate his family, and he died in 1788, wounded the vanity of the Glasgow boaged 74 years, in extremely poor circum- dies. This, combined with some other stances.
circumstances, induced the author to quit His eldest son, the subject of the pre- Glasgow; he removed to Liverpool, sent notice, was born in the year 1761 ; where he established himself as a bookand foreseeing; that, upon his father's seller. death, he should inherit but a small estate, The unfitness of literary men for *yhilst his brothers would be totally un- business, is proverbial ; dwelling in the provided for, he determined to enter into ideal world, they shrink from encounterbusiness; and, accordingly, in the year ing the stern realities of life, 1783 he commenced his career as a merchant in Liverpool.
And pen a stanza when they should engross. There his great integrity soon obtained Poor Picken was, besides, as simple as a for him a high character; and by much child, the most unsuspicious, the most industry, perseverance, and sagacity, he charitable in judgment, of all mortals, was enabled, in the course of a few years,
full of enthusiasm, ardent in hope, ready to lay the foundation of one of the most to lend a credulous ear to every one who extensive businesses in the kingdom. made him a proffer of friendship. The From this he derived, until the end of mania of speculation, which in 1821 his life, a very considerable income, and seized even on those who were deemed he has died possessed of immense wealth. paragons of worldly wisdom, found him
Mr. Preston was a warm friend, an too ready a victim; he joined in some of affectionate parent and husband, and the wild progects of the time, and lost a most excellent master; and his loss his all. But his creditors, with one will be long and severely felt by the poor, voice, bore honourable testimony to his to whom his purse was ever open. integrity, and expressed their sorrow for
his misfortunes. He came to London * Vide Burke's Commoners, vol. I. with the manuscript of a novel, the com
position of which bad been the amuse. + This Lady survived her husband 44 ment of his leisure hours, and subseyears, and died in 1765, aged about 100 quently his consolation in difficulty and years ; having been supported by her distress. 6. The Sectarian,” as this prorelative, Theophilus, 9th Earl of Hunt- duction was called, was published by ingdon, from the time of her husband's Colburn, and excited considerable interest death until the decease of that benevolent at the time of its appearance; it showed nobleman, which took place about 20 great skill in what may be termed the years before her own dissolution.
morbid anatomy of the mind, and one
picture, of madness caused by religious the date of the story is about the time of melancholy, which was drawn from na. the Battle of Fontenoy, a period new to ture, gave considerable offence to persons novel readers. This manuscript is the who are apt to confound an attack upon only legacy, besides the memory of his fanatacism with hostility to religion. This virtues, that he has bequeathed to his error prevented “ The Sectarian” from widow and six children. obtaining the success which its merits Mr. Picken resembled the Dominie of deserved.
his own tale, simple, affectionate, retiring; Mr. Picken now became a frequent dwelling apart from the world, and blendcontributor to Magazines and Reviews. ing in all his views of it, the gentle and The publication of “ 'The Dominie's tender feelings reflected from his own Legacy,” in 1830 finally established his mind. fame as an historian of Scottish humble life; and had great success.
MR. ALFRED NICHOLSON. When Colburn's “Juvenile Library' Nov. 23. In Charlotte Street, Portland was projected, Mr. Picken undertook to Place, aged 45, Mr. Alfred Nicholson, supply the · The Lives of Eminent Mis- painter of landscape in water colours. sionaries,' but before his work was com- This gentleman was the only surviving pleted, the Library was at an end. The son of Francis Nicholson the celebrated volume was subsequently published by and now veteran artist ; who, in his Kidd, and two large impressions sold. eighty-first year, continues in the full en
Mr. Picken's next publication was joyment of his mental and bodily powers. • The Club Book,' to which several of Early in life Mr. Alfred Nicholson enthe most popular living writers contri- tered the Royal Navy, on board bis buted. The tales written by the editor Majesty's ship Berwick, and saw some were in happiest style; that entitled "The service on the coasts of Holland and Three Kearneys, was founded on cir- Portugal. cumstances which be had witnessed during When employed at Lisbon in 1808, his residence in Ireland, and it showed embarking the French Troops under the that Mr. Picken bad thoroughly inves- Convention of Cintra, he was so severely tigated the mixed character of the Irish wounded in superintending the shipment peasantry.
- The Deer stalkers' was also of some horses, that amputation of the leg a tale of great interest; it was recently was declared to be necessary, although dramatized at the Queen's Theatre, and ultimately the limb was saved. Among was much admired.
Soon after appeared the anecdotes which Mr. Nicholson used a work on the Canadas, professedly a to tell of his naval adventures, was one compilation; in preparing this volume, which occured a few days previous to this Mr. Picken received very valuable assist- accident. Being in command of a Transance from his friend Mr. Galt. This was port, and ignorant of the French language, followed by Waltham,' a tale published he was addressed by a French cavalry in Leitch Ritchie's Library of Ro- officer demanding “ Avoine "_" Avoine.” mance.
-" Have Wine". -" Have Wine?” reIn the course of the present year, was peated Nicholson; “ by all means, my published his . Traditionary Stories of honest fellow,” and motioning the way Old Families,' in two volumes; designed to the cabin, he placed a bottle before as the first part of a series, which would him, which without further conversation embrace the legendary history of Scot- they dispatched together in the most land, England, and Ireiand. It was only friendly manner. With the last glass the in our Magazine for October (p. 290) former demand of “ Avoine” was repeated. that he made a request for assistance in Certainly” replied Nicholson, and he obtaining materials. Before he could produced another bottle. The second avail bimself of he communications which bottle was finished, but still the demand of had been made to him, he was attacked “ Avoine " succeeded it. “ Well,” said by the disease which terminated his life. Nicholson, "you seem to be a jolly fellow On the 10th of November, while con- enough for a Frenchman, and wine you versing with his son, he was suddenly shall bave-here's another bottle for you ; struck down by apoplexy, and was con- but as I have my duty to attend to upon veyed home insensible. After a short deck, you must drink it by yourself—and time strong hopes were entertained of his here's another bottle , to the back of recovery, but on the 23d his spirit passed that.” The result of the adventure was away almost without a struggle.
the officer being carried ashore under arA little before his last illness, Mr. rest unable to communicate his business. Picken had completed a novel, entitled, Nor was it, until years afterwards, that - The Black Watch. This was the ori. Nicholson discovered Avoine to mean ginal name of the gallant 42d regiment; Oats. Overhearing a little girl repeat her
French lesson, the meaning flashed upon of this may be instanced in the case of a him.
gentleman by whose lengthy visits his time After a few years Mr. Nicholson had been unreasonably encroached upon. abandoned the naval profession for the 66 When Mr.
calls again, John," arts. In 1813 he was induced to visit said Nicholson to his servant, “ say that I Ireland, where he resided for three or am not at home.” The gentleman called four years; and during this period he ac- and was so informed by the servant. cumulated a large collection of elaborate But having seen his master in the window sketches of Irish scenery, particularly in he insisted on going up stairs and enthe counties of Sligo, Kerry, Cork, tered the room accordingly,
6 Did not Limerick, Wicklow, and Dublin.
my servant tell you that I was not at It may perhaps be worth mentioning, home ?” said Nicholson. “ Yes, but I that in Ireland he has left his name im- saw you in the window, and so I did not pressed upon a remarkable locality-a believe him, you know." " Then Sir, I stone in the river Foherish (the Noisy beg you will believe him in future; for as Water) near Macroom. This stone is you can't disbelieve me, allow me to tell situated in the centre of a wild river you that I am not at home.” For the abounding with falls, and from it is com- last three or four years Mr. A. Nicholson manded the best view of the most pictur- suffered severely from ill health; he has esque of these falls. Here more than left a widow and two infant children. once was Alfred Nicholson seen by the peasantry, sketching, with his legs buried
John MURRAY, M.D. in two singular hollows of the stone, re- Sept. 12. At his house in Westgate sembling what in Sweden are called street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, aged 65, Alfquarnar; and as a sketcher in Ireland John Murray, esq. M.D. is always an object of wonder or inquiry, He was the son of the Rev. James his name having transpired, the stone has Murray, who was the first Minister of the ever since been pointed out to the tourist Meeting-house now occupied by a conor stranger as “ Nicholson's Breeches." gregation of Scotch Presbyterians in the
About the year 1818 he became perma- High Bridge, Newcastle; and also author nently resident in London, and was almost of numerous works on religion and poliexclusively occupied by the instruction tics ; to whose memory there is a graveof pupils. In 1821 he made a short ex- stone in St. Andrew's churchyard, bearing cursion through Ireland and North Wales, this inscription :-" The congregation of considerably enriching his collection of Protestant Dissenters, assembled at the sketches; and in subsequent summer ex- High Bridge, in this town, have placed cursions he visited the islands of Jersey this testimony to their late faithful and and Guernsey, and his native county of esteemed minister, the Rev. James Mur. York, where his pencil was assiduously ray, who fought a good fight, kept the employed.
faith, and finished his course the 28th Many have been the convivial bets lost June 1782, aged 50 years.” Dr. Murand won upon Alfred Nicholson's birth- ray's mother was Miss Sarah Weddle, place; as he was invariably mistaken whose father had an estate near Belford from his accent and manner for an Irish- in Northumberland, from whom it was man, a belief indeed which his partiality inherited by the subject of this memoir to Ireland led him rather to encourage and his brother William, who is a silk tban contradict.
manufacturer in Manchester. He had The drawings of Mr. Alfred Nichol- also two sisters, Jane wife of Mr. Charles son are chiefly remarkable for a graceful Hay of Newcastle, and Isabella now and delicate touch, combined with the residing at North Shields. force and vigour of general effect which Mr. Murray studied Medicine in Glasdistinguish those of his father, after whom gow; and for many years practised with his style was naturally modelled. They great success and celebrity as a surgeon. are generally of small sizes, and are very He was an intimate friend of Drs. Clarke rarely to be met with. In his sketches and Young, and medical adviser to themneatness and freedom are singularly com- selves and families. Dr. Ramasy had bined. In private life he maintained the also a high opinion of his medical talents. bigbest character. He was an excellent Prior to his death he had been 33 years companion, and somewhat of a humourist, surgeon to the Newcastle Dispensary, the fond of the society of his friends, full of last report for which bears this honourahle wbim and repartee; and the generally testimony to his character, and zeal for agreeable and genuine eccentricity of the interests of that adınirable institution: manner which he imbibed in early life “ His valuable services for a period of from the naval service, appears never to 33 years—his talents and merits in the bave left him. A characteristic anecdote faithful discharge of its professional duties GENT. MAG. Vol. I.
--his numberless acts of beneficence and habits systematically regular and abstemiprivate charity towards the poor--and his ous. Milk, coffee, and tea were his comconstant endeavour to promote the essen- mon beverage; all fermented and distilled tial objects of the department he so ably liquors he hated, and never tasted; still, upheld, will be long remembered and however, for many years be could not be deeply appreciated with gratitude, not said to have enjoyed good health. For at only by the Committee and Governors, times be suffered much from gout; and but by all classes of the community.”, for thc last two years of his life, some
Mr. Murray, in the early period of organic affection, it is supposed in the life, bad a strong passion for scientific and brain, gradually deprived him of all conliterary pursuits. In 1792 he was a mem- sciousness of what was passing around ber of a small society of friends, who him; and friendship and affection, for met weekly for mutual improvement in some months before his death, could only various departments of science, and who gaze on the living ruins of one who, in were the auspicious planters of that broad the prime of his intellectual powers, was and umbrageous tree of knowledge, “the the soul of the society he moved in, and Philosophical Society of Newcastle.” the charm of domestic life. Chemical science at that time was just He married Mary, daughter of Mr. beginning to unfold its wonders and its Stoddart Rutherford, a wine-merchant in benefits to the inhabitants of that place; Newcastle, and widow of Mr. Clerk, but and Mr. Murray was the first who pre- died without issue. His remains were pared Soda Water there for sale. This interred near those of his wife and father he did by the common mode of pressure in St. Andrew's churchyard. J. H. then in use.
Finding this method tedious and inconvenient, he fell upon the expedient of disposing of it in strong glass
CLERGY DECEASED. bottles, which were made under his direc- Oct. 20. At Rotterdam, aged 79, the tion by the late Isaac Cookson, esq. Rev. James Anderson, D. D. Emeritus The Gateshead corps
Volunteers was Minister of the National Scottish Church formed in 1803 under the command of Lt..
in that city. Col. Ellison, and with Mr. Murray for its Oct. 24. At Cossington House, near Adjutant, in which important office his Bridgewater, aged 56, the Rev. Thomas turn for military tactics was so strikingly Hobbs, Rector of Templeton, Devonshire, displayed, that at every review the inspect, and of Cossington, and a Magistrate for ing officer was delighted with his tact and the county of Somerset. He was of skill in carrying his corps through its va- Oriel coll. Oxford, M. A. 1801; was inrious evolutions. In music, too, he was stituted to Cossington in the same year, a master; and besides various pieces, such and to Templeton recently. as the airs of “ Tsadi the Moor,” 56 The At Cheltenham, aged 37, the Rev. StePoor Village Maid,” “ The Blue Bell,” phen Pope, Minister of St. Mary's chapel, “Dear Mary, my Love,” “ The Merry Lambeth. He was formerly Fellow of Savoyard,” &c. &c. which have been pub Emanuel college, Cambridge, where he lished, he was the author of many other graduated B. A. 1818, M. A. 1821. admired compositions still in manuscript. Oct. 29. At Melton, near Woodbridge,
Though bis disposition was remarkably aged 73, the Rev. William Bradley, Vicar gentle and amiable, he had a firm and vi. of Aldborough, and of Friston cum Snape, gorous mind.
As a companion and a to the former of which livings he was infriend he was cheerful, frank, and sincere. stituted in 1799, and to the latter in 1818. In his profession he could call to bis aid Oct. 30. At Undercliff, Isle of Wight, a natural well-informed and profound sa- aged 37, the Rev. Courthope Sims, M.D. gacity in investigating the latent causes of of Petworth, Sussex. He was the only diseases-a talent which never came into son of the late John Sims, M.D. of Wimvulgar notice, because his modesty threw pole Street, London, and graduated for a veil over his own perfections; but which physic at Trin. coll. Camb. M.B. 1810, could not be hid from the eminent practi- M.D. 1823. tioners who were his contemporaries. Oct. 31, At Thames Ditton, aged 67, And it must not be forgotten to mention the Rev. George Henry Storie, M. A. that while, in bis office of Surgeon to the He was descended from a Scotch family, Dispensary, his skill and attention were the pedigree of which has been published unremittingly exerted among the poorest in Burke's Commoners, vol. i. p. 275; and most wretched of his patients, his and was the eldest son of Thomas Storie, benevolence often supported whole fami- esq. an eminent merchant of London, by lies where disease had destroyed the Hannah, dau. of Henry Roberts, esq. of means of their subsistence. In domestic
Standon in the Isle of Wigbt. He was life he was docile and obliging; and in his for some time Rector of Stow Mary's in
Essex, which church was in his own pa. B.A. 1791, M. A. 1794. In 1804 he was tronage. He married in July 1776, Eliza- Assistant Curate of Pentonville Chapel, Jekyll, youngest dau. of Col. James when, on the death of the Rev. Mr. DaChalmers, of Chelsea, great-niece to the vies, he stood a contested election with Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Jekyll, Master of the late Rev. Henry Foster, for the Recthe Rolls; and by that lady, who died tory of St. James's Clerkenwell. On the March 5, 1825, had issue three sons: 1. 30th of July, after a poll of four days'conthe Rev. John George Storie, M. A. tinuance, followed by a scrutiny, Mr. Vicar of Camberwell, who married in Foster was declared elected by a majority 1822 Elizabeth, daughter of Ald. Sir of fifty-eight votes, out of upwards of two John Perring, Bart. and has two daugh- thousand householders polled. To such a ters ; 2. George-Henry ; 3. Thomas- height had party feeling risen in this contest Chalmers : also two daughters: 1. Eliza- (a glorious specimen of the advantages of beth - Sophia, married to John - Simcoe popular election in the church !) that the Saunders, esq. barrister-at-law, only son friends of neither party were satisfied with of the Hon. John Saunders, Chief Jus. the result. Those of Mr. Lendon detice of New Brunswick; and 2. Margaret- manded the revision of the Court of Frances.
Chancery; and those of Mr. Foster deAt Claverdon, Warwickshire, in his sired to remove Mr. Lendon by a sum60th year, the Rev. Robert Wylde, Vicar mary ejectment from Pentonville Chapel. of that parish. He was of Christ-church, Some tumultuous and discreditable scenes Oxford, M.A. 1796, and was presented were the consequence. Finally, by a deto Claverdon in 1828, by the Ven. R. F. cision of Lord Eldon, after three days' Onslow, Archdeacon of Worcester. hearing, in June 1807, Mr. Foster's elec
Nov. 2. At Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, tion was confirmed, and Mr. Lendon then aged 59, the Rev. Walter Brown, Rector left Pentonville chapel. He afterwards of that parish, and Prebendary of Can- officiated for some time at St. John's terbury. He was lately a Student of church, Clerkenwell. He was presented Christ-church, Oxford, where he attained to his City living by the King in 1811, the degree of M.A. in 1797 ; was pre- and collated to the Prebend of Oxgate in sented to bis Prebendal stall at Canter- the church of St. Paul's in the following bury in 1804 by the King, and to the rec- year by Bishop Howley. tory of Stonesfield in 1610 by the Duke Nov. 16. In the Fleet Prison, aged 50, of Marlborough.
the Rev. John Borthwicke Bingley. He Nov. 2. At Clifton, the Rev. Joseph was heir to considerable estates in YorkPorter, Rector of St. John's, Bristol, to shire, where he formerly held a living. which be was presented by the Corpora- Having indulged his predilection for sporttion in 1826. He was of Magdalen ball, ing and gambling, he was reduced to a Oxford, M. A. 1814.
prison about seven years ago. He was Nov. 4. Aged 85, the Rev. Daniel latterly subject to fits of epilepsy, and was Williams, Vicar of Romsey, Hampshire, finally found with his throat cut. Verand ininister of that parish, as Curate and dict, temporary insanity. Vicar, for the long period of fifty-nine years. He was formerly a Fellow of
DEATHS New college, Oxford, where he attained LONDON AND ITS VICINITY. the degree of M. A. in 1776, and was pre- Nov. 20. At Lambeth, aged 69, James sented to Romsey by the Dean and Chap- Pillar, esq. a native of Dartmouth, and ter of Winchester in 1827. His body was many years First Clerk in the Office for buried in a vault at the west end of the Woods and Forests. abbey church.
Nov. 21. At Bryanstone-square, aged Nov. 5. At Clapham, the Rev. Charles 57, J. B. Richards, esq. Birch Woolley, late Vicar of Thrussing- In Charlotte-st., Portland-pl., Mary ton, Leicestershire.
Jane, wife of Lieut.-Col. P. Campbell, Nov. 8. At Brighton, after a long and C.B. severe illness, the Rev. George Charles In Great Russell-st., Bloomsbury, aged Frederick Leicester, of Hatfield Broad- 76, Mrs. Parke. oak, Essex. He was first a member of At Belgrave-st. South, aged 71, James Trinity college, Cambridge, where he took Douglas Coster, esq., 41 years in his the degree of B.A. in 1815, and having Majesty's Household. been elected a Fellow of Christ's college, Nov. 22. 'At Garnault-pl., Margaret proceeded M. A. in 1818.
Macaulay, wite of Mr. James Henderson, Nov 15. At the Cloisters, Westmin- printer, of Gough-sq., and dau. of the ster, aged 66, the Rev. Richard Lendon, late Rev. John Macaulay, of Cardross, Prebendary of St. Paul's, and Rector of Dumbarton. Saint Edmund the King, Lombard-street. Nov. 23. Thos. Stone, esq., M.D., of He was of Trinity college, Cambridge, Newington-pl. Surrey.