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cock, the Snoripa, our Pturmigan in its winter coat, the Hirpe is the Northern name for the Borasia or Hazel-hen, a species not found in England; if it is one, must be the female ; but, as it is figured with feathered feet, which the Hazel-hen, the Gelinotte of the French, has not in Buffon's Planches Enlumines, much apprehends it is the Ptarmigan in its summer dress.
“Mr. Tunstall is much obliged to Mr. Allan for the inspection of Mr. Bewick’s Animals; but he had sent him by Mr. Bewick *, at his desire, almost all of them ; has subscribe for some copies for himself and friends. Should Mr. Bewick publish Birds t, thinks he could assist him by many non-descripts, both in Drawings and in Preserved Birds ; but the latter, at least, must be copied here, as it would be very difficult to send them."
“Wycliffe, Aug. 21, 1789. Mr. Tunstall's best compliments wait on Mr. Allan; begs his acceptance of an impression on vellum, and four on paper, two with and two without a border, of the Chillingham Bull, from a wood block by Mr. Bewick." * “ Sir,
Newcastle, May 6, 1788. “ I cannot set about the Chillingham Cattle so soon as you and Mr. Tunstall seem to wish, being engaged and at present very busily einployed upon a sett of Copper Plates for Sir H. G. Liddell's Lapland Tour, hy Captain Consett. Have herewith sent you specimens from three of the Plates, and shall send you the others when finished. Have also sent a wood-print of the Chillwild Cow. Mr. Tunstall, in a Letter to us, says, that the Drawings by Mr. Bailey are better done than this Print. I can. not help differing in opinion with him; for I think the Drawings, parti cularly the Bull, very faulty, and out of joint. Be so obliging as to tell me honestly what you think. As Mr. Tunstall only wants a few impressions of the Wild Cattle, I would strongly recommend their being engraved on copper, in Aqua Tinta ; which secret, as well as others, we have discovered since I began the new employment of engraving in that way. Our History of Animals' will be put to press as soon as the paper for it arrives ; we only wait for that. May we venture to add Mr. Pennant's name to the number of Subscribers? We shall be proud to do so, and also to execute any thing that he may want in our way. He expresses a wish that I would do something for him. If he wishes to set me to work for him, I will do so with great pleasure. Is the hatching a tedious and laborious business? If so, I should think the discovery of no value; as every effect can be produced by the other way. Perhaps Mr. Surtees will, at some future opportunity, be so obliging as to inform you of this. If we do a History of Birds, we shall be much obliged for the loan of what Prints you may have in that way. But our engaging in that undertaking will depend much upon a successful sale of the Work on hand. We have a great many Birds already drawn with great accuracy, and coloured from Nature ; they may some time come in use. I am much obliged and thank you for the excellent Print of Mrs. Allan; but would have preferred a black to a red impression. Please to accept one of these books of Animals ; and, with my most respectful compliments to Mr. Hutchinson, beg his acceptance of the other. They are not well printed; they were done by poor Angus a short time before his death; he printed 20 of each Catalogue and meant to go through the whole, but could not get the job done ; he indeed could hardly stand at press when he did these. I I shall return the Mr. Nichols's Life of Hogarth; and the other book on Friday. We shall detain Belon a while longer, if you can spare it. Mr. Bailey is kept very busy with the Plan of Newcastle. The Work will be out in a short time. I am, Sir, your much obliged and buinble servant, THOMAS BRWICK." + Mr. Bewick's “ Birds" were afterwards published in 1797 and 1804.
Brief Memoirs of the Rev. JOHN WALLIS. The Rev. John Wallis, of Queen's College, Oxford, M. A. 1740, was a native of Cumberland, and, after spending a few years in the South of England, became curate of Symonburn, in Northumberland. Here he began to cultivate with effect his botanic genius, and filled his little garden with curious plants. The study of Botany brought with it a fondness for Natural History in general. This was succeeded by his writing “ The Natural History and Antiquities of Northumberland; and so much of the County of Durham as lies between the Rivers Tyne and Tweed, commonly called North Bishoprick, 1769," 2 vols. 4to; the result of “ more than 20 years study :-rocks and dales, woods, heaths, and mountains, the shores of rivulets and the ocean, being his company in the hours of relaxation, after leaving that august and venerable, and truly charming and delightful seat of learning, the University of Oxford, where a period of seven years of his earliest days were spent." The first volume, containing an account of plants, minerals, fossils, &c. indigenous to the County, is reckoned the most valuable. His fortune, however, did not improve with his fame; and a dispute with his Rector occasioned him to leave his happy retreat. But, alas! he had no other to fly to; and he and his wife were received into the family of a humane and benevolent Clergyman, who had formerly been his friend at College. Soon after this he became curale, pro tempore, at Haughton, near Darlington, 1775; and, immediately after, removed to the curacy of Billingham, near Stockton, where he continued till increasing infirmities obliged him to resign at Midsummer 1792. He then removed to the neighbouring village of Norton, where, in a short time, with all the consciousness of a well-spent life, without a pain he expired, July 03, 1793, at the age of 79.— This venerable man, though possessed of good natural abilities, and no small share of acquired knowledge, lived and died in an obscure station. But his situation, perhaps, should not be much lamented, as his disposition was 50 mild, and his sense of duty so proper, that he acquiesced, withont a murmur or a sigh, in his humble fortune *. At an early period of life he married a lady near Portsmouth, where he at that time resided on a curacy: For 56 years they enjoyed all the happiness of their matrimonial connexion ; an happiness so visible, that it became almost proverbial in their neighbourhood: and his widow remained a short time, to lament his loss, and to look forward to their re-union in a future world.—About two years before his death a very small estate fell to him by the death of a brother; and it should be related, to the honour of the present Bishop of Durbam (the Hon. Dr. Barrington), that, when the circumstances and situation of Mr Wallis were represented to him, he agreed to allow him an annual pension after he had resigned his curacy. This unexpected offer made such an impression of gratitude upon Mr. Wallis, that almost the last act of his life was to pack-up an antient statue of
• See the kind endeavours of Mr. Allan and Mr. Pennant to assist bim with Bp. Egerton, p. 745.
Apollo, found at Carvorran, a Roman station near Glenwelt, in the parish of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, which he intended as a present to the Hon. Daines Barrington, brother to the Bishop:- In the early part of his life he published a volume of Letters to a Pupil, on entering into Holy Orders; and he left behind him a small but valuable collection of books, chiefly on Natural History. — A few extracts from some of his Letters to Mr. Allan will exhibit a true picture of his amiable and contented mind. “ SIR,
Billingham, Sept. 13, 1778. “ I with pleasure embrace this opportunity of acknowledging your kind favour, in sending me the Flora Scotica,' and the first volume of Mr. Pennant's Tour*. I shall give the Flora all the dispatch I can, and also the rest; and then hope to have an opportunity to return them myself, and give you my cordial thanks, not only for them, but your kind invitation. “ Your much obliged and humble servant, John Wallis."
Billingham, Nov 4, 1778. “I received your kind present of curious · Miscellaneous Tracts, for which I desire to return my sincerest thanks. The “Legend' is an extraordinary performance of its kind, the offspring of genius, replete with good sense and refined wit. The “ History of the Hospital is a specimen of your abilities for undertaking a more extensive work-a History of your native County from Muniments and Records, of which you are so happy as to be possessed with ample store. It would give you an honourable and distinguished place in the Annals of Literature: it would be erecting a moument to your own memory. ---I am very busy in reading the books which you were so kind as to lend me. As soon as I have read them, which I do very attentively, I shall fulfil my promise in personaliy returning them. JOHN Wallis.” « SIR,
Billingham, March 2, 1779. “ I take this opportunity of assigning the cause why I have not had the pleasure of making you a visit. The parish has been sickly in the course of this winter, and we have had many funerals, and in the late great storm a considerable part of the roof of my house was uncovered; which, together with the days being short, and the roads bad, made me deny myself the satisfaction of seeing you so soon as I intended. In the time of Lent, and at Easter, I am always confined, by attending to the duties of the season. After the Easter-holydays, if the weather is favourable, and nothing unforeseen prevents me, I propose having the happiness of being with you a few days; provided you are then at leisure, and under no necessary engagements of being abroad. In the mean time, I am, with real respect, Sir, your much obliged, and most humble servant, John Wallis." “Sir,
Billingham, June 16, 1779. “ The favour of your kind card came to my hands just time to save the post, to tell you how sorry I am I have not had it in my power to embrace your obliging invitation before now. • By the Rev. Joha Lightfoot, M. A. F. P. S. See vol. III. p. 670.
Confinement is the fate of a Curate; and I think has alwars been my lot; but more so here, as it is hard to get one in my station in the neighbourhood to assist me. About a fortnight ago I obtained the promise of Mr. Aspenwell to do the accidental duty for me after the Visitation, who at the same time made me an offer of his horse, which I shall accept ; and the rather, as it will save the trouble of sending a chaise so far for me. I hope then to have the pleasure of seeing you; and am, with the greatest respect, Sir, Yours, &c. JOHN WALLIS."
Billingham, June 23, 1779. “ It gives me real concern that it has not hitherto suited me to make myself so happy as to be with you two or three days at Darlington. I prayed the favour of Mr. Parrington, at the Visitation, to present my respects to you, and acquaint you that I proposed doing anyself the pleasure of seeing you the next week; but, as you are then for setting out to Harrowgate, I will let my visit alone till your return. I am this morning very stiff and weary with my yesterday's journey to Auckland, and shall be glad to have two or three days' rest against Sunday. I have had a very sickly parish; sometimes two or three funerals in a week: and, besides an attention to the sick, other occasional dutics have given me little leisure; which I hope you will be kind enough to accept as a reasonable apology for not fulfilling my engagement in enjoying your company, which would aford me much satisfaction and pleasure. Mrs. Wallis joins in respectful compliments with, Sir, your obliged and humble servant, John Wallis."
Billingham, Oct. 26, 1779. “ For some time past I had hopes of taking a ride to see you with your books, and the · Flora Scotica * ;' but I have been disappointed by my house undergoing a little repair. I have this day delivered the · Flora,' to Mr. Pickering the Bookseller at Stockton, to be forwarded to you. With your leave, I shall keep your two volumes of Pennant's Tour a little longer. I have them under a good cover when in use; and, when not used, always securely locked up, that they may come to no harm.
Is Mr. Hutchinson has favoured me with the second volume of his · View of Northumberland. I am greatly pleased with his book, and thank him for his kind present. JOHN WALLIS."
Billingham, Aug. 1, 1786. “ I have this day delivered your two volumes of Mr. Pennant's Tour † to Mr. Pickering. You may be sure I have had much pleasure in the perusal of them by my detaining them so long, which I should not have done if they had not deserved my particular attention. His liberal and humane turn of mind have engaged my affections so much, that the oftener I read a page of his, the more I admire him ; and I truly believe the benevolence and goodness of his heart is only to be equalled by your own. I hcartily thank you for your kindness in sparing these two volumes so long, and for all your other favours; and I beg you would believe me to be, dear Sir, your most obliged, and humble servant,
JOHN WALLIS." * Mr. Pennant's “ Tour in Scotland," + His " Tour in Wales."
P. 64. Epitaph in Walcot Church, Bath : “ Sacred to the memory of Thomas Pownall, Esquire, who died in this city on the 25th day of February 1805, aged 83.
He was in the year 1755 appointed Lieut.-governor
in chief of the Province of Massachusets Bay,
in Chief of the Province of South Carolina.
(with the rank of Colonel in the Army)
in Three Parliaments,
wbo, dying in 1777, he married in 1784
of Everton House, Huntingdonshire,
to the memory of her late husband,
has caused this Monument to be erected.” P.64. for“Bedfordshire,"r."Huntingdonshire." Everton is in bothCounties.
P. 209. In the “ Antiquarian Repertory" are three drawings by Mr. Tyson: In vol. II. p. 225, a Brass Figure in Trumpington Church, Cambridgeshire; p. 237, “Little Saxham Church," Suffolk; vol. IV. p. 57, “ The Hospital of St. Petronilla at Bury:" The two last are accompanied by descriptions by his Friend Sir John Cullum. “ The View of the Hospital was," Sir John observes, “ the last effort of his excellent pencil.”
P. 224, 1. 3. for “ Francis" read “ Thomas." This Charles Godwin must have been great-great-grandson to the Bishop of Bath and Wells. See Biog. Brit. art. Francis Godwin.
P. *357. Joseph Edmondson, esq. apprenticed to a barber, was afterwards an herald-painter, and emblazoner of arms on carriages. He was a respectable man; and was appointed Mowbray Herald Extraordinary in March 1764. He published a splendid work, “Baronagium Genealogicum, or the Pedigrees of English Peers, 1764–84,” 6 vols folio; “ An Historical Account of the Greville Family, with an Account of Warwick Castle, 1766," 8vo; "A Companion to the Peerage, 1776," 8vo; and “A Complete Body of Heraldry, 1780," 2 vols folio. He died Feb. 17, 1786; and was buried in the cemetery of St. James, Westminster. His Library was sold in 1788; see vol. III. p. 623.
P.369. In addition to what I have observed on“ Bellum Gram. maticale,” 1 may add, that Mr. Bindley possesses a fairly written MS. containing 100 pages in a 12mo size, intituled, “Basileia ; sive Bellum Grammaticale, Tragico-Comedia ; sub Ferias NatiVol. VIII, 3D