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vault, in the church-yard, which he had some time before caused to be erected. The Inscription on the tomb simply records, in compliance with his own wish, the dates of his birth and death; the former, on the 8th of May 1731; the latter, on the 13th of May 1809.
The Executors to the Bishop's Will were his old and much valued friends, the Bishops of Durham and Lincoln, and his nephew, Mr. Thomas Porteus: and, in addition to various kind remembrances to different parts of his family, the following are the principal Bequests:
TO the Rector of St. James's Westminster, to be distributed by him at his discretion amongst the deserving Poor of that parish, within three months after his decease, £. 100.
To the Vicar of Fulham, in Middlesex, to be distributed by him in the same manner, and within the same time, £. 100.
To the Rector of Hunton, in Kent, to be distributed by him in the same manner, and within the same time, £. 50.
To the Rector of Sundridge, in Kent, to be distributed by him in the same manner, and within the same time, £.50.
To each of his Executors, £.100.
To his dear and pleasant friend Mrs. Kennicott*,
£.500. Stock in the 3 per Cents.
To his excellent friend Mrs. Hannah More, of Barley Wood, in the county of Somerset, £.200 Stock, in the 3 per Cents.
He also bequeaths, after Mrs. Porteus s death (to whom he leaves, as it was his
anxious anxious wish to do, and as indeed by her exemplary piety, her amiable manners, and her affectionate unceasing attention to him, she well deserved *, a most comfortable and liberal provision,) the undermentioned sums to the following public Charities:
* The regard, which the Bishop entertained for this amiable and excellent Lady, is well known. For many years she paid him an annual visit; and he was always charmed by that power of cheerful, animated, improving conversation, by which she is so much distinguished. He had also the highest opinion of her good sense and judgment and talents; and these qualities, combined, as they eminently are, with the greatest humility, and an unremitted attention to every act of religious duty, public and private, could not fail of rendering her a most welcome and "• pleasant" visitor at Fulham.
TO the Treasurer of a Society in London,.called or described by the name of the Society of Stewards and Subscribers for maintaining and educating poor Orphans of Clergymen, till of age to be put apprentice, for the general uses of that excellent Society, £. 2,000. Stock, 3 per Cents.:
To the Treasurer of the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy, for the benefit of the Maiden Daughters
of of Clergymen of the Church of England, £. 2,000. Stock, 3 per Cents.:
* How deeply the Bishop himself felt the truth of this observation, may be collected from the following passage, written some years before his death: "To Mrs. Porteus's kind attention and attachment to me, I owe," he says, "much of the comfort and happiness of my life; and it is my earnest wish and intention to make a provision for her after my decease in some degree proportioned to her merits, and to the situation she has held in life."
To the Treasurer of the Society for the Conversion and religious Instruction and Education of the Negro Slaves in the British West-India Islands, for the general uses of that Society, £. 1,000. Stock, 3 per Cents:
To the Treasurer of St. George's Hospital, near Hyde Park Corner, for the general uses of that Charity, £. 1,000. Stock, 3 per Cents.:
To the Treasurer of the Middlesex Hospital, for the general uses of that Charity, £. 1,000. Stock, 3 per Cents.:
To the Treasurer of the London Hospital, for the general uses of that Charity, £. 1,000. Stock, 3 per Cents.:
To the Vicar of Fulham for the time being, to be divided equally every year amongst the twelve poor Women in the Alms-houses in that parish, the Interest of £. 400. Stock, 3 per Cents.
He also left to his Successors, the Bishops of London, the pictures of his Predecessors in that See, together with his own portrait by Hoppner; his excellent lent and extensive collection of books; and, with the exception of three hundred pounds, applied to another purpose, the value, whatever it might amount to, of the copyright of his printed works, as the commencement of a fund for the erection of a new wing for an episcopal library, to correspond with what is now the episcopal chapel at Fulham Palace.
The Bishop was in person under the middle size, of a thin and slender frame, and naturally of a tender constitution. In his youth he must have been extremely handsome; his features were of a superior cast; and, even when advanced in years, he still retained a remarkable clearness of complexion. These however were not the circumstances, which formed the prominent character of his countenance. There was a mildness, a s 2 gentleness,