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an opportunity to shew it. In autumn 1663 he had relieved with money one Palmer, a non-conforming minister, then in Nottingham jail, and on the with of October that year, a body of soldiers came to his house at Owthorpe, and conducted him a prisoner to Newark; and here he continued no man coming to him, or letting him know why he was brought there. On the 19th of October he was carried by a party of horse to the Marquis of Newcastle's, who treated him very honourably, and dismissed him without a guard to his own house. On the 22d of October another party of horse came and carried him back to Newark, from whence he was soon removed to London, where he was confined in the Tower, being committed by a warrant of Secretary Bennet for treasonable practises. On November the sixth he was carried to Whitehall and examined by Bennet himself; whose questions to him were answered in such a way, as to leave no impression of guilt. Soon after he was examined a second time with the hope of entrapping him, but with no effect. It seems the suspicion was founded on the idea of a northern plot: when Sir Allen Apsley appealed to the Chancellor, his answer was your brother is the most unchanged person of his party.”
An order at length came to remove him to Sandown castle, on the sea side, close to Deal, in Kent. “When he came to the castle, he found it a lamentable old ruined place, almost a mile distant from the town, the rooms all out of repair, not weather free, no kind of accommodation either for lodging or diet, or any conveniency of life.”
There being no room for his wife or family, Mrs. H. and her daughter were obliged to take lodgings
at Deal. Yet the Colonel did not lose his chearfulness. He entertained himself with sorting and shadowing cockle shells; but his business and continual study was the scripture. As it drew towards the close of the year, Mrs. H. was obliged to go to Owthorpe to fetch her children and other supplies to her husband. His daughter and brother staid at Deal, and coming to him every day, walked out with him to the sea-side, a liberty with which he was now indulged. When his wife went away, he was well and chearful, and confident of seeing Owthorpe again. On the third of September, after walking by the sea-side, he came home aguish, and went to bed. The disorder, with some variations, increased, and on the fourth day he rose to sleep no more until his last sleep came upon him, continuing the whole time in a feverish distemper. The day on which he died was the 11th of September, 1664. His body was conveyed to Owthorpe for burial. He died in the forty-ninth year of
Art. XXIII. Three Brief Biographical Notices.
DR. GLO'STER RIDLEY. Dr. Glo'ster Ridley was of the same family with Dr. Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, who fell a martyr to the persecutions of Queen Mary. He was born 1702, on board the Gloucester East-Indiaman; from whence he took his name; educated at Winchester; Fellow of New College, Oxford, LL.B. 29 April, 1729. Here he laid the foundation of those acquirements, which afterwards distinguished him as a poet, historian, and divine. For many years his only preferment was the small college living of Weston Longueville, in Norfolk, and the donative of Poplar in Middlesex : to these the College afterwards added the donative of Rumford in Essex. In this seclusion he was content with domestic happiness; and the friend. ship of a select few, distinguished for learning and worth In 1740 and 1742 he prea hed eight sermons
ferment 2. Miss
. at Lady Moyer's Lecture, which were published in 1742, 8vo. In 1763, he published “ The Life of Bishop Ridley” in 4to. In '705, he published his “ Review of Philips's Life of Cardinal Pole;” and in 1768 in reward for his labours in this controversy, and in another which the “ Confessional” produced, was presented by Archbishop Secker to a golden Prebend at Salisbury. He died Nov. 3, 1774, æt. 72, leaving a widow, and four daughters; of whom Mrs. Evans, the only married one, published several novels.
In the latter part of his life, he lost both his sons; each a youth of abilities. The elder, James Ridley, was author of, 1. The Tales of the Genii. 2. A hu. morous paper, called “The Schemer,' afterwards collected into a volume. 3. The History of James Love. grove, Esq.; and some other literary works. Thomas, the younger, died of the small-pox, a writer at Madras.
Two poems by Dr Ridley, one styled “ Jovi Eleutherio, or an offering to Liberty;" the other, called “Psyche,” are in Dodsley's Collection. “Melampus," the sequel of the latter, has since been published by subscription. His 'Transcript of the Syriac Gospels has been published with a literal Latin translation by Professor White, in 2 vols to. at Oxford. From a Note to Nichols's Collection of Poems, Vol.
Vill. p. 74.
2. MISS PENNINGTON.
This young poetess died in 1759, at the early age of 25. She was daughter of the Rev. Mr. Pennington, Rector of Huntingdon. Mr. John Duncombe has celebrated her in his “ Feminead,” for her “Copper Farthing," printed in Dilly's “ Repository," 1777, Vol. I. p. 131. Her “ Ode to a Thrush" is in Dodsley's Collection ; and her “Ode to Morning” and “a Riddle” in Nichols's Collection.
From the same, Vol. VI. p. 27.
3. MISS FARRER.
This lady was a cotemporary, and probably of the same neighbourhood, with Miss Pennington. Mr. Edwards, (in Richardson's Correspondence, edited by Mrs. Barbauld,) speaks of her “charming Ode on the Spring;” and in the same publication is inserted the following “Ode to Cynthia.”
ODE TO CYNTHIA,
BY MISS FARRIR.
« Sister of Phæbus, gentle Queen,
Art, XXIV. The Ruminator. Containing a series
moral and sentimental Essays.
[CONTINUED FROM P. 110.)
On the state best adapted to human happiness.
" Vitam quæ faciunt beatiorem,
MARTIAL 8. 47.
Translation by Cowley.