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He had acquired no small celebrity, as an author, by the publication of “An Inquiry into the Nature and Properties of Opium,” and
of “An Essay on the best Means of providing Employment for the People; which last was honoured with a prize-medal by the royal Irish academy, and procured him admitiion among the members of that body.
27. Sophia Maria Josepha, viscountess Southwell, of Ireland.
29. Dowager lady Throckmorton.
Lately, in his 80th year, Mr. John Fyfield, of Stanbridge, near Romsey, a man of a most eccentric turn of mind and great fingularity of conduct; the manor of Stanbridge he inherited from his ancestors, and it had been many generations in his family. He was of a penurious disposition, yet would scarcely ever suffer any of the timber on his estate to be felled, though it abounded with the finest in the country, a great deal of which was yearly perishing; the price of 50 guineas had indeed once tempted him to part with his far famed oak-tree, but he repented of his bargain, and was happy to repurchase it, almost immediately after, at a higher price. All repairs of his mansion were prohibited, as an useless extravagance that would bring him to poverty; and whilst such a superfluity of materials as would amply have repaid the expences, and rendered his habitation comfortable, were rotting at his door, he chose rather to reside in it with the roof open in many places to the heavens, with hardly an apartment that afforded shelter from the weather, and with the joists and floors rotting with the wet that entered: the out-buildings were in a fimilar state of decay, and their repair was alike prohibited. He was totally blind for many of the latter years of his life, when his chief enjoy
At Shrewsbury, Lady Knowles, widow of the late admiral fir Charles Knowles, bart.
10. The hon. John Forbes, aged 82, the oldest officer in the navy, and general of marines. He was appointed post-captain in 1736, rear admiral in 1747, and admiral in 1758. In 1781 he was appointed admiral of the fleet. He was remarkable, above all other men, for his extenfive and universal knowledge of naval affairs, having studied them in all their branches, with a perseverance, and observed upon them with an acuteness and judgment altogether unparalleled. His mind was capable of embracing the greatest and most complicated objećts; and, having bent it towards the study of that profession of which he was allowed, by the universal voice of his contemporaries, to be a principal ornament, he attained such a summit of nautical skill as rendered him the oracle of all those who were most eminent, whether in the direction of the fleets of this nation, or in the equally arduous task of superintending the civil departments of the different branches of the marine. In the earlier part of his life, he was peculiarly noticed as an able, enterprising, and intrepid officer. He served with much reputation under Sir John Norris, and was no less distinguished as captain of the Norfolk, of 80 guns, in the action of Matthews and Lestock with the combined fleets of France and Spain, when his gallantry contributed in a high degree to save his brave friend admiral Matthews, whose second he was in that engagement. So bright was his honour, and so clear his reputation in those turbuleut days, that though his evidence
that he thanked God he had never been a burthen to his country, which he had served during a long life to the best of his ability; and that he would not condescend to accept of a pension or bargain for a peerage. He concluded by laying his generalship of the marines, together with his rank in the navy, at the king's feet, entreating him to take both away if they could forward his service; and, at the same time assuring his majesty, he would never prove himself unworthy of the former honours he had received, by ending the remnant of a long life as a pensioner, or accepting of a peerage obtained by political arrangement. His gracious master applauded his manly spirit, ever after continued him in his high military honours, and, to the day of his death, condescended to shew him strong marks of his regard. 11. At her house in Kildarestreet, Dublin, after a lingering illness, in her 90th year, the countess-dowager of Aldborough. 13. At her house in Great Cumberland-street, lady Bridget Tollemache, relićt of Mr. Tollemache (brother to the Earl of Dysart) and mother of major Tollemache, who lost his life in the service of his country, at the fiege of Valenciennes. Lady Bridget was a daughter of chancellor earl Northington, and successively the wife of Mr. George Fox Lane and the hon. Mr. Tollemache, who was a captain in the navy, and fell in an unfortunate rencontre at NewYork, with major-general, then captain, Pennington of the guards. By Mr. Tollemache she had an only son, Lionel-Robert, who fell honourably in the trenches before Valenciennes. Lady Bridget struggled under this severe stroke nearly