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hundred pounds towards rebuilding St. James's Church, Bath; and not many yaars since he renewed the leases of most of his tenants at their old rents, though the estates had, by a fair estimation, risen in value one hundred thousand pounds! About 35 years ago, on account of his relinquishing an inconsiderate promise of marriage that he had made to the accomplished mifs Lin. ley (afterwards the first wife of Mr. Sheridan), he Mas brought on the stage (in a comedy called the Maid of Bath) by that unsparing satirist, the English Aristophanes, Mr. Foote.

In Queen-street, Edgwarc-road, Mr. Wm. Taplin, veterinary Sur. peon.— lie was well known us the author of several publications, on subjects connected with his profession, and may be regarded as the originator of those improvements in the veterinary art, which have latterly taken place through the medium of a public institution. — In 1/88 he published his first volume of The Gentleman's Stable Directory; which was soon followed by a second. In 17£)6 appeared, in an octavo volume, his Compendium of Practical and Experimental Farriery. H'a last avowed publication was the Sjiorting Dh/ionary, about the year 1804. lie is uuderstood to have been the editor of The Sportsman?* Cabinet, a splendid work, in two volumes, royal quarto, containing a history and description of the various species of 'he canine race.— Mr. Taplin was also known as the writer of several detached pieces in the earlier volumes of the Sporting Magazine; particularly some de. viiptions of the royal chase in Windsor Forest, written in the genuine spirit of a sportsman.—About two yean since, from family

affliction, his faculties became impaired; and from that period his health had been declining until his death. At Plymouth, licut. col. Hatfield.

George Wright, esq. many years a major in the East-India Company's service.

At Elson, near Gosport, aged 7S, captain Henry Ashington, who served more than 60 years in the royal navy.

At the age of 6"9, sir R. Hetley, knight, of Alwaltou, Hunts.

Mr. William Sumner, silversmith, Clcrkenwcll-close.

At Uippon, in Yorkshire, Mr. Jefferson, comedian; the friend, cotemporary, and exact prototype of the immortal Garrick. He had resided many years at Plymouth; anil, as often as his age and infirmities permitted, appeared on that stage, in characters adapted to lameness and decay, and performed them admirably; particularly at his last benefit, when he personated Lu-signun and lord Chalkstone. He owed part of his support, of late years, to the theatrical fund. Mr. Jefferson was on a visit to a daughter, who is settled in Yorkshire, when death closed the last scenes of this honest, pleasant, and much esteemed man.

Feb. 1. In Francis.street, Bedford.-quare, Alexander Watt, esq. aged 06.

2. Mrs. Macarthur, wife of Mr. John Macarthur, of New-street, Gough.square.

At Stationers-hall, in the 9otk year of her age, Mrs. Bearsley, widow of the late William Bearsley,. esq. of Oporto.

At Kennington, Aaron Lemago, esq.

At West Hill, Wandsworth, the wife of Charles Hooke, esq.

In Dublin, William Preston, esq., barrister at law.

4. Mr. Benjamin Tett, the oldest chorus-singer of Covent-gardcn Theatre.

Mrs. Gooch, wife of G'eorgc Gooch, esq. of Brunswick-square.

In Ely place, Mrs. Knoules.

•Edward Gilbert, esq. formerly wholesale stationer, of Watlingstreet.

AtStamford-hill, in his 70th year, Mr. William Iloldswonh, formerly of the Hank of England.

5. At Riehardby, near Carlisle, aged 80, Wni. Richardson, esq.

Lieutenant.colonel Vassal!.—Of the life, or early services of this officer, who fell at Monte Video, wc know nothing; but the bravery and fortitude which he evinced in his last moments, deservedly place him o;i the list of British heroes. J. 15. Mathews, his orderly Serjeant, has delivered " a plain un. varaished tale" of his noble conduct, which, instead of attempting to embellish, we shall deliver in his own words, as follows :—"On our approach to the walls, we missed the breach; the grape and urns. quetry flew so hot, they drove the . men in confusion, and numbers of them were about to retreat, but for his exertions. When he observed any of them stop or flinch, he cried out, as loud as possible, 'My brave men, don't flinch! every bullet has its billet! Brush on, follow me, 88th!' He called to them in this manner, till he got them inside of the breach. He immediately directed a party to take possession of the cannon-battery next to the sea, which Whs done in a few minutes; and another party, under the command of major Koss,

to advance' to the greatest church; and was also advancing himself, when a grape-shot broke his leg; and as soon as he fell, he cried out, 'Push on, my good soldiers ! charge them ! never mind me! somebody will take me up! it's only the loss of a leg in the service!' lie sat up and helped to lay on a handkerchief, to stop the blood. He cried out all the time of the action, 'I don't care for my leg, if my regiment does their duty; and I hope they will!' As soon as the town surrendered, he heard the men cheer; he joined them in as great spirits as though nothing had happened; and called to me (o have him carried to the head of his regiment.—1 felt to the heart for his loss to his family. I could wish to have fell with him, sooner than part with a man who was so good » friend to me. 1 have humbly taken this liberty, as always having the care of his things, which I hope to give a faithful account of to colonel Dean and major Nugent, who settle his affairs. At half past three in the morning of the 3d he received his wound, and at one o'clock on the morning of the 7th he departed; and at eight in the same evening, was interred at the entrance of the great church, with all military ho. iioins, as well as his most intimate friend, litut. col. Brownrigg, who was mortally wounded with him." Lieut, col. Vassal has left a widow, with three young children, to bewail his loss.

At the age of 82 years, at his house, near the Edgware-road, after a short but most painful illness, which he bore with fortitude and resignation, the celebrated general Paoli, who, after having employed the early and best part of his life at

the the heail of his countrymen, in rescuing Corsica from the tyranny of the Genoese government, and defending its liberties against the Gallic invasion; overpowered at tast by the superior force of the French arms, he retired, with a few followers, to this country, where he has, with the short inter, ruption of a few years, resided ever since.—It has been stated, thai the general was godfather to Buonaparte; but this is not true. In the Annual Register for 176*9, appears the following paragraph, dated Leg. horn, the 19th of June of the same year :—General Paoli, who arrived at this port on the loth instant, on. board an English merchant-ship, came ashore yesterday. Me went immediately to the house of sir John Dirk, the Knglish consul, who had invited him to lodge there."—It is sufficiently ascertained, that the present emperor of France was not born until two months after Paoli had left Corsica, when the island was considered as abandoned to the French, and their Hag flying; viz. on the ] 5th of August 1769. General Paoli was not, therefore, the godfather of Napoleon Buonaparte; but might have been, and it is believed, really was, the godfather of the elder brother, Joseph, lately created king of Naples.—Mr. Boswell, in speaking of his first interview with this distinguished person, in Corsica, iu the year 1765, says, ■* I.easing my servant with the guides, I passed through the guards, and was met by some of the general's people, who conducted me into an ante-chamber, where were several gentlemen in waiting.

"Signor Boceocampc had notified my arrival, aud 1 was shewn into Paoli's room. I found him alone,

and was struck with his appearance. He is tall, strong, and well made, of' a fair complexion, a sensible, free and open countenance, and a manly and noble carriage. He was then in his fortieth year. He was dressed in green and gold. He used to wear the common Corsicau habit; but, on the arrival of the French, he thought a little externa) elegance might be of use, to m.-.kc the government appear in a more respectable light.

"He asked ine what were my commands for him. I presented him a letter from count Hivarola. He was polite, but very reserved. I had stood in the presence of many a prince, but I never had such a trial as in the presence of Paoli. I have already said, that he is a great physiognomist. In consequence of his being in continual danger from treachery and assassination, he has formed a habit of studiously observing every new' face. For ten minutes, he walked backwards and forwards through the room, hardly saying a word, while he looked at me, with a sfedfast, keen, and penetrating eye, as if he searched my very soul.

"This interview was for a while very severe upon mr. I was much relieved when his reserve wore oil", and he began to speak more. ( then ventured to address him with this compliment to the Corsican«, 'Sir. I am upon my travels, aud have lately visited Rome ; I am eome from seeing the ruins of one brave and free people; I now see the rise cf another.'—He received my romplimeuts very graciously; but observed,' that ' the Corsicans had nr chance of being, like the Romans,.: great conquering nation, Who should extend its empire over half the

globe. globe. Their situation ami the modem political systems rendered this impossible.' 'But,' said he, 'Cor. *ica may be a very happy country." General Paoli had a pension of 2000/. a year. He lived in a liberal and hospitable manner, but has been able to leave a considerable property to some of his relations in Italy.

6. At his mother's house, in St. Alban's, in (he 28th year of his age, Rich. Greaves, esq. of the house of Grundy and Greaves, merchants of Birmingham ; a young gentleman of the brightest promise, who to a high degree of commercial knowledge, and the most unsullied integrity, ad.led many useful and ornamental acquirements..By moans of a very retentive memory, and intense application, he had become a great prolicicnt in thu modern European languages, particularly French, Julian, Spanish, and German. His tnstc fur the fine arts was elegant and correct, and his native vigour of mind enabled him to make considerable excursions in the extensive tield of science.

At Walthamstow, Thomas Weatherhead, esq.

Aged 87, general John Reed, colonel of the SSth regiment of foot.

Lady Ashurst, wife of sir \V. II. Ashurst, of Waterstock, Oxon.

At Chesterfield, Richard Slater, esq.

7. William Stcevcns, esq., of Old Broad-street.

At Queenby Hall, Leicestershire, William Latham, esq.

Ac;cd 107, Mrs. Ann Morgan, of Haverfordwest.

8 In Great Jamcf-strcot, Bedford.row, Thomas Lashlcy, M. D. and I'". 1>. S.

At Chelsea, Samuel Wyaf, esq. an eminent architect.

The right hon. baroness Dufierin and Claneboye, of the county of Down, Ireland, aged 80.

Miles Southern Branthwaitc, esq. of Taverham, Norfolk.

At Brent Bridge, Edg ware-road, Mr. George Bell, who, about 40 years ago, prophesied the destruetion of London.

10. The hon. and rev." Win. Augustus Irby, third son of lord Boston, and rector of Whistou, Northamptonshire.

J-l. Mrs. Jupp, widow of Richard Jupp, esq. late architect to the East-India Company.

12. At Soiithborough, lient. col. James Holwcll.

In his 73th year, the rev. William F.iliston, D.D. master of Sidney College, Cambridge, and rector of Kcyston, in Huntingdonshire.

13. Mrs. Smith, sister of sir Nash Grose, aged 71.

Suddenly, at his house in Grc. lille-street, Ilatton-garden, aged 74, Mr. Alexander liare, near 50 years an inhabitant of the parish of bt. Andrew, lloluorn.

Aged 6\, lieutenant colonel James Holnell.

At Greenwich. Hannibal Hili, esq. formerly of Clerkcnwell.

Mr. Isaac Milburn, hop-merchant, Borough.

At Barbadoes, Jonathan Wen. man, esq. solicitor-general of that island.

14. Aged 78, the rev. Samuel Ilingkton, rector of Boj ion, and of liolton, in Suffolk.

In the 7jth year of his age, C.

Lincoln, esq. late deputy of the

ward of Aldgatc, and many years

a member of the Corporation of

London, London, and a goTernor of Christ's and St. Thomas's Hospitals.

At Hampstead Hall, George Birch, esq. a magistrate for the county of Stafford.

£dward Evans, esq. late captain in the 23d regiment.

William Stevenson, esq. banker.

15. Aged 69, George Shepley, esq. of Carshalton.

17- Sir William Ramsay, of Banff, bart.

18. At Edinburgh, Wm. Dunbar, esq. writer to the signet.

Mr. Broderip, of the Hayraarkct.

In his 69th year, William Hurry, esq. formerly merchant and shipowner, of Great Yarmouth.

19. Mrs. Vincent, wife of the Tery rev. William Vincent, D. D. dean of WestDiinstcr.

AtLasswadc, Wm. Simpson, esq.: he was the first who introduced into the paper-manufacture the improved method of bleaching by means of the muriatic acid.

Suddenly, in consequence of a ruptured blood-vessel, Dr. Robert Scott, ofNewbery.

In Dover-street, the hon. Charles Saville.

At Bath, the hon. Mrs. Brown, niece to the marquis of Sligo.

Mrs. Hawkes, of White-friars wharf, London.

20. In his 45th year, sir John Alston, bart.

21. James Slade, esq. cashier of

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John Carr, esq. architect, one of the aldermen of York.

23. Suddenly, on the Corn Ex, change, Mr. Breeze, corn-merchant.

General William Dalrymplc, colonel of the 47th regiment, and lieutenant-governor of Chelsea Hospital, in his 72d year.

At Clifton, Mrs. Lushington, wife of William Lushington, esq, of Moor-place, Herts.

In Duke-street, Adelphi, Mr. Geo. Thompson, coal-merchant.

Master Henry VVhite, aged 15, one of the unfortunate sufferers in the melancholy catastrophe at the Old Bailey. Impelled by a curiosity natural to young people, and in some instances, a!as! too powerful to be controlled, he Vent to the eventful spot j and though, on all occasions, he possessed both spirit and conduct, yet he was overcome by the pressure of the immense crowd, swooned, and rose no morel . He was just finishing his education, through which he was passing with credit to himself, and satisfaction to his tutor, who loved him as his own child. He was to have been placed in the counting-house of his father, an eminent wine-merchant at Portsmouth, who, together with his partner in life, have borne this severe dispensation of Providence with a truly christian fortitude and resignation. He was beloved sot only by his relatives and friends, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His sorrowful tutor, deeply affected by the early and premature death of an amiable pupil, bears this sad tribute of respect to his memory.'

25. In Bread-street, Mr. Michael Verbeke, merchant, in his 4/th year.

26. Suddenly, at Pimlico, George Marshall, esq. of Dundee.

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