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human foot till then. One of the villains continued to chase him down a part of the inountain; but, perceiving that the friendly negroes had taken the alarm, and were coming to Captain Read's assistance, he returned ; and, joining his bloody associates, they all ran into the woods for shelter; many of the other negroes and whites pursuing them.
After a strict search of two days, they were apprehended ; and, on the ist of October, they were tried, and executed at Port Antonio, and their heads cut off, and stuck upon poles near the spot, which had been the scene of their horrid barbarity.
The poor orphan-boy, who was thus in a moment deprived of both his parents, was taken from the house by Messrs. John and Joseph Dixon, who live near the place, and are relations of the deceased. The mangled remains of Mr. and Mrs. Rudd were taken to Warsaw; and, after the inquest, were interred together in one grave.
These three remorseless villains had been purchased only a short time before. The unfortunate victims of their savage ferocity, unparalleled in some instances, had resided only a month on the fatal spot, whither they had removed from Hope Bay; and, as it appears from various accounts, were very greatly respected by all who knew them.
One of the several letters detailing this horrid circumstance, says, that Mrs. Rudd survived the wounds, which had been so cruelly inAicted, about twenty minutes! The poor little infant boy, terrified by the cries he heard, had (seemingly by a supernatural direction of Prol vidence) covered himself over with some clothes on the floor; and escaped the hands of the merciless villains.
The unfortunate pair, as has been already mentioned, were buried at Warsaw; a numerous and most respectable train of friends and acquaintance attending their mournful obsequies. The place of their interment is a garden, belonging to Mr. Dixon; and when ihese appalling accounts were dispatched, a monument' was preparing, upon which it was in. tended to place the following inscription:
" While sepulchral marble points out the ashes of the great; let this • plain tomb inform, that underneath it lie the remains of Thomas Tro. “ hear Rudd and Mary, his wife, both of the county of Cumberland, in * England. And let it also be a lasting monitor, that neither Virtue, “ Humanity, Charity, nor Benevolence, are at all times a shield against
Savage Barharity, Ferocity, and Ingratitude !
"In their prime of life, they were barbarously murdered, on the 15th " of September, 1803, by some of their own negroes, to whom the most « tender and attentive duties of a master and mistress had been intended, " and shewn, in a most indulgent manner.
" Their conduct through life had gained them the esteem and affec« tion of a numerous and respectable acquaintance, and their untimely is and unhappy fate drew unseigned tears from thousands; and all who “ knew their merits and virtues, justly join in pronouncing that they fell " the victims of humanity. T.T. Ř. nat. obm-M. R. nat. ob.” '
Several letters (as already intimated) have been received by the relas tives and friends of the deceased, on this afflicting subject, It appears, from some of these, that Shildaw Plantation (that is the name of the place) was only intended by Mr, and Mrs. R. as their residence for a few weeks, on account of its cool situation; but Mr. Rudd having re. solved upon their quitting the island, it was intended that Mrs. R. and their little boy should sail for England with the next feet, Mr. Rudd purposing to follow them in the spring
in i .Dec, 1. nec. 1.) At St. Mary's Scilly, Mr. Henry Harland, a truly veteran soldier, aged 73, in his Majesty's service 55 years, the last 23 of which he enjoyed the station of master gunner to this garrison, dwelling in a comfortable house within the lines, to which convenient premises and lexcellent gardens are attached, built purposely, and were appropriated as a retreat for meritorious service. During his arduous exertions in earlier days, his hair.breadın escapes were many and various, two of which, the most distinguished and providential may suffice :-At the still to be regretted defcat of General Braddock, he felt near the side of a young American officer ; they both, while warm, crawled from the spot a short distance, into the bushes, and thereby escaped the death stroke of the Indians. After the action, the mother of this officer sent servants with horses to Icarn the fate of her son. Fortunately they were descried nearly together just able to speak, they were taken away together to the mother's house, the son died, but Harland recovered. The late General Washington at this time was Majot in the English service, and Harland has often been heard to declare, that had the General embraced the Major's advice as to the mode of fighting the enemy, the sad disaster would have been prevented. At a later period, by the powder barrels taking fire, while he was above in the house, he was with the windows and roof blown into an orchard, and found hanging in an apple tree. His scars were inany, and a very large wound accompanied him to the grave. It is the general wisli, and not doubted, his successor may be selected from the list of talent and meritorious service at this juncture more than ordinarily required at this garrison. He has left no children, but a widow wholly unprovided for.
At his house at Battersea-Rise. Thomas Astle, Esq. he was the eldest son of Mr. Daniel Astle of Yoxal in Staffordshire, and imbibed an early taste for the study of antiquities, particularly that abstruse and Jaborious part of it, the decipliering of ancient records, which the pro. fession of an attorney, to which he was brought up at Yoxal, gave him an opportunity of excelling in, far beyond any of his contemporaries, His father it seems was about to fix him in a good country situation, to practice in the profession he had so aumply learnt, but his genius and ambition (fortunately for himself and his posterity) frustrated that design, and led him like Garrick and Johnson, to court those smiles of fortune, which afterwards shone so propitiously upon him in that great theatre of arts and sciences, London; where every actor (though few doubeless can be found in the same age, and from the same country comparable to the raro aves here produced), who can play his part well, is purest of reaping the reward due to his talents. On his arrival in town, readers of ancient records, &c. being then few in number compared with the present day, his facility and great judgment in that science, soon introduced him to public notice. Sir Joseph Ayloffe gave him the first encouragement, and he afterwards received the patronage of Lord Townshend. His next step to proniotion and wealth, seems to have been an introduction to the Rev. Philip Morant, the author of the History of Essex, a gentleman of good property in that county, whose daughter and heiress he soon after married, and by that means at her father's death possessed his estates. Besides a good private fortune, he enjoyed for many years the advantageous and honourable office of keeper of records in the Tower, and deputy keeper of state papers, Whitehall: and was a member of the prittipal learned societies in Europe. In the London society of antiquaries, he was long a useful and distinguished member, as bis varioua publications in the archæologia, partieularly on Saxon charters, eminently proye.His principal publication was on the
"! origin and progress of writing London 1784, 4to, which was republished with additions but a few months before his death, and will long remain a valuable monument of his skill and erudition as an antiquary. His principal residence has been of late years at Battersed-Rise, a beautiful eminence adjoining Clapham Common where he possessed one of the most choice libraries in the kingdom ; containing not only a large collection of books and MSS but a series of original Saxoni charters hitherto 'unequalled in number, beauty and preservation.
7:] Friday died at Burfield, in Berkshire, after a few days illness, the Rev. Williain Robinson, fifth son of the late Matthew Robinson, Esq. of West Layton, in Yorkshire Mountmorris, in the county of Kent, and brother to the late Lord Rokeby, and the celebrated Mrs. Montague. . 9.] Died 'suddenly, most sincerely regretted by every one to whom he had the honour of being known, Colonel Boardman late of the Royal Scots Greys In addition to a strong, good, and well directed judgment in alt mulitary and civil concerns in which he was engaged, he possessed a pre-eminent fund of sterling genuine wit, joined with a pleasantness and suavity of manners in society, that rendered his conversation and company at all finės fascinating and engaging. Whilst these circunstances coinbine in the recollection of his friends added to his well established courage as a soldier, his loss must ever be remembered with unfeigned sorrow and sincere regret..
16.] At Bally Common in Ireland, Captain Dodgson, of the 4th dra. goon guards. The death of this gallant officer, is a subject of genera! Lamentation in the regiment to which he belonged, as well as amongst all those who had the happiness of his acquaintance, from the many 'amiable qualities which adorned his character, and the intrinsic worth and probity of his nature. The following letter, addressed to Major Sirr, by Captain Longfield, of Mount I.ucas, who commands a yeo. manry corps in that neighbourhood, and wliose zeal and activity for the maintenance of public tranquillity are highly meritorious, conveys the melancholy intelligence of that event:--
is Dear Sir, “ In consequence of your information, I searched the gaol of Philipstown' on Friday, and also another house in the town, where I thought it not unlikely that Wylde and Mahon might be concealed, but did not meet them there; I then thought it probable that they might be in a house at Bally-common, within two miles of Philipstown, which the gaoler 'at Philipstown had lately taken; and on consulting Captain Dodgson, of the 4th Dragova Guards, and Lieut. Sherlock, of my Yeoman Troop, we thought the most likely' way of taking them would be by surprise; and, in consequence, we three went there a little after a ji o'clock, A. M. and just as we got there the door was shut on us, and I sent off Lieut. Sherlock for a detachment of the yeomen. Capt. Dodgson and I determined to watch till the guard came up, and in con. séquence 'took post on the flank of the house, from whence we were inmediately obliged to retire. The house having a parapet wall all round it, the persons within threw down stones and flags on us, and, on our retiring from the house, we saw two men looking over the parapet wall, one with a blunderbuss, the other with pistols or other arms, 'A shot was fired at Cápt. Dodgson, which unfortunately killed liim; two more were fired at me, by one of which I was slightly wounded, Captain Dodgson fired one shot, and I fired three, but I am sorry to say, with, but effect; and by the Captain's unfortunate death, and my wound, the villains made their escape. The gaoler of Philipstown and his wife are in confinement. The house the villains were in is an uncommonly strong
one ; and I understand since, that a report was in the country, that some deserters harboured there, which put them on their guard, and, that being the case, nothing but cannon could dislodge them. They left behind them in the house a pound of powder, and near six pounds of bail. I had parties of military out immediately after them; but the bogs being so close to the house and so extensive, they have hitherto eluded our search, though I am still in hopes that may be taken, as I think they have not left the country : they took their arms with them. Major Morris has the yeamaury still out in every direction in search of them.
“I remain, dear Sir, “ Mount Lucas,
“ Your's most faithfully, Dec. 17, 1803.
« JOHN LONG FORD.” At his Vicarage House of Sutton in the Forest, aged 74, the Rev. Andrew Cheap, M.A. formerly Fellow of Baliol college, Oxford. He held the living of Sutton 35 years, being presented to it by Archbishop Drummond, on the decease of Laurence Sterne, the celebrated author of Tristram Shandy: he afterwards succeeded to the prebend and vicarage of Knuresborough, and was one of the Canon Residentiaries of the Cathedral Church of York.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. IN recommending brevity generally to our friends, we had no intention
of giving offence to any, much less to our highly-respected corré. spondent, INSPECTOR. The nature of his coinmunications is such as to render the continuity of them peculiarly acceptable to ourselves and our. readers. But essays of a miscellaneous kind we could wish to see come pressed within moderate liinits. To give room, this month, for various favours, which have lain too long by us, we have postponed numerous articles of review, which we intend shall occupy a larger space than usual in our supplementary Number.
P. 281, line 8 from the bottom, read zonno.
- line 2, for inscrutabidi read inscrutabili.
line 6, for prccordi nati read præordinati.
line 10, sor accertum read ac certum.
line 49, for arætum read Christum. P. 321, line 19, for Plaisere read Plaifere.
ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S · MAGAZINE AND REVIEW,
For DECEMBER, 1803.
The Servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all Men, mpt to teach patient, in MEękness instructing those that oppose themselves,
2 Tim. ii. 24. 23.
THE LIFE OF THE REV. PIILIP SKELTON.
Continued from Page 336.
M R . SKELTON never made use of spectacles in the pulpit, not even
I in his old age. To avoid the necessity of which, he first made his own sermons, so that he had the chief part of them already in his head; and next, he had them copied in a large fair hand, so that he could easily read them without spectacles. He generally hired a servant who could write well, to copy at leisure hours his serions.
Being in Lisncskea church one Sunday, where the rector spoke in a low squeaking voice, he remarked to him, after dinner, before some. others, “Sir, you speak in company loud enough, but you squčak so in church, that we cannot know a word you say.”
In 1770 he published his works by subscription, in five volumes octavo, for the benefit of the Magdalen charity. The first volume contains deism revealed; the second and third the discourses and, sermons he published in England; the fourth an additional volume of sermons never published before. To these four volumes he prefixed a dedication addressed to Lady Arabella Denny, the illustrious patroness of the charity, dated Fintona, June 7th, 1770. The fifth volume, which consists of Miscellanies, he dedicates to the the Rev. Dr. Henry Clarke, who had some time been his tutor in the university. These five volumes obtained for the charity five hundred pounds.
The additional volume of sermons he preferred to the others, as his understanding was more mature when he wrote them. His sermon on these words, the children of this world are, in their generation, wiser than the children of light, I have always admired for its just observations on mankind.
In the fifth volume, there are a few pieces not published before, of which it may be necessary to take notice. Supplem. to Vol. V. Churchm. Mag.