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· would have made a landscape engrav. perience and situation gave him of witer, so various and so versatile were his nessing the merits of an artist, and the powers. In short, with a remarkably difficulties of climbing to an emiclear intellect, and an enthusiastic nence in science from “life's low thirst of knowledge, his scientific at- vale," there were those who expected tainments were intuitively rapid, and that the president of the Royal Socieof the most various descriptions. The ty would have done himself the honour general praise (as we cannot but rec. of bequeathing Mr. Lowry some mark ollect here) has been so frequently be- of his regard ; but they were mistaken. stowed on others, that to some readers In his youth, and during the heyit may appear no more than ordinary day of his life, he was also somewhat reputation ; but of Wilson Lowry it is addicted to metaphysical disquisition as literally true, as of Lord Verulam; -not that the eniployment of this for very few men have known so many term, addicted, is intended to convey arts and sciences, and known them so the faintest shadow of reproach on profoundly ; so much so, that like that those interesting studies, of which distinguished philosopher, he could Lowrie was at that time fond, and in converse with ingenious men of almost which he greatly excelled. With the any profession, without its being dis- writings of Hobbes, Collins, Hume, covered that he was not of that pro- and Helvetius, he was intimately consession : wherefore, in mathematics, versant. The writer of the present chemistry, optics, and the numerous memoir has frequently heard him distrain of arts and sciences that depend pute with men of sense and erudition on these, such as mechanics, mineralo- --if a style of argument so mild as his, gy, geology, perspective, algebra, in may be called disputing-and always its analytical application to logic and with advantage. "Collins and Helvemathematics, and the department of tius were his chief authorities; but he art to which he professionally attached reasoned for himself; was subtle withhimself, few men were his superiors, out sophistry, and always, from conspeaking severally of those branches of viction, on the side of pecessity, in the knowledge, and not many his equals. great question concerning the foundaThe present writer during this middletion of morals. Latterly, however, period of his life, belonged as well as since he became a member of the he, to three distinct societies, of which Royal Society, his mind has apparentthe objects were philosophical discove- ly interested itself more in the practical ry and discussion, and of which Low- detail of science and the arts, and in ry was decidedly the most efficient imparting to others what he knew of member, although Drs. Dinwiddie and these matters, which he always did Tilloch, as well as several other gen- most willingly. And, whether in lofty tlemen of considerable scientific attain- speculation he argued with the docments, were of the fraternities.
tors, or instructed his pupils in the He became a Fellow of the Royal rudiments or minutia of mechanical or Society about twenty years ago, and imitative art, his manner of the Geological Society from the era kind-hearted and unassuming—as much of its institution, in both of which he so as if he was inquiring, or investigatwas beloved and respected, and often ing a subject in concert with a circle consulted upon occasions interesting to of friends and by his own fire-side; the progress of knowledge. With the and even when clearly victorious, he late Sir Jos. Banks, and Sir H. En- was the farthest of all men from apglefield; and with the present Dr. pearing triumphant. Woolaston, Mr. Lee, Mr. Greenough, The nearest approach to any thing and other of the most learned mem- of the kind that is remembered, hapbers of those Institutions respectively, pened upon an occasion of meeting he was more particularly intimate : in- Holeroft at the house of a rnutual deed from Sir Joseph's apparent friend ; when the two philosophers fell friendship for him, and from the op- into conversation concerning Holcroft's portunities which that gentleman's ex. favourite dogma that “all crime is
mistake.” Whether Lowrie question is on that very account to be regretted, ed the truth of this position is not rec for the men who write most for the ollected; but he questioned the postu- real benefit of society, are those who, lator, to whom he was then introduced like Bacon and Selden, are knowing for the first time, and who, perhaps a chiefly in these things. It is also to be little disconceried_said somewhat regretted that no Xenophon has writpeevishly, “Why you're treating me ten his memorabilia. like a child. You're catechising me." We have mentioned above, bis nuUpon which Lowrie returned, “ And merous acquaintance among the learnwhat then? If you know your cate- ed. But there are those also, who, chism, will you be affronted ? Ought without being learned, would be you to be affronted ?"
thought so, and from this quarter, one He was, moreover, benevolent and tax of being eminent and liberally comdisinterested in conduct and in fact, municative, has, during the latter pornotwithstanding that in argument bé tion of Lowry's life, been somewhat asserted and maintained the selfish unfeelingly exacted of him. He has theory. This, however, is scarcely been too much bindered in his valuamore uncommon, than to find the re- ble pursuits, by the idle obtrusions of ality of selfishness, attended with the dandy philosophers, and those dabhypocritical cant of disinterested be- blers in virtù and experimental philonevolence.
sophy who are scientific, just as honoIt would seen as if-warned of the rary secretaries and unpaid magisdanger, more than convinced of the trates are attentive to their duties : fruitlessness of abstruse metaphysics, videlicit, only at their leisure. Such and of what are termed politics—hé persons, of both sexes, will saunter in had of late years desisted from these droves with their little cans, coming species of philosophising, and attached at every feasible opportunity to fill or restricted himself, more to the them at the accessible fountain of one study of physics; being in fact, a
who is habitually studious: and to quiet English subject, and an excellent drones and smatterers of this descrippractical christian, although not pro- tion, who contribute nothing to the fessing it.
general stock of knowledge, while With this various proficiency, and their busy intermeddlings often retard this communicative urbanity of man- the labours of others; if the Royal ners, his friendships and acquaintances Society is not impervious, Lowry must among the leared in art and science, have been but too far within their reach. were numerous, as might be expected; In the year 1796 our artist marriand a large portion of the original ed Rebecca Dell Valle, a lady of an matter, written for Dr. Rees' Cyclo- ancient family—the aunt, if we are pædia, was supplied by Lowry's con- rightly informed, of the late Mr. D. nexions. Being a sort of living Cyclo- Ricardo, the political economist, — pædia, he could doubtless have suppli- who is become a public instructress of ed many of them himself, in addition reputation, in the science of mineraloto his highly valued engravings ; but gy, and is mistress of a valuable collecthis he ever avoided, as the present tion of minerals and fossils, formed writer believes, further than revising, and arranged for that purpose with the in a friendly way, what some of the nicest discrimination and at a considerDoctor's coadjutors had written. As able expence, by her late husband. he resembled Socrates in his style of The offspring of this marriage, are, a reasoning, and in his dispassionate son, who, having been well grounded mildness of demeanor, so, like that in mathematical studies, is striving great philosopher, he would not un with considerable promise of success to dertake to write any regular disserta- follow in the steps of his father ; and tions, conceiving himself not qualified a daughter, who is already the authorin point of literary attainment. In ess of an elementary treatise on minerfact, he was learned in things, rather alogy, which is esteemed among the than in words: but yet, this avoidance best works of its kind.,
No artist was ever more free from day who excel in the treatment of ruinlow-minded jealousy. On the contra- ed edifices, as well as those who are ry, bis mind was made of broad parts; famed for their engravings of finished and whatever feelings of rivalry, or architecture and apparatus, will readily hopes of professional superiority at acknowledge their deep obligations to any time possessed it, were of the Lowry's instructions, which were almost honourable kind, and tempered ways freely and liberally imparted; with the greatest deference for the at- and to his example, which was of tainments of other engravers,
course available to all : and that Engtemporaneous and deceased. He al- land hence derives in a great measure, ways appeared to see more merits in her superiority over the engravers of their works and far less in his own the continent. These also, study and than impartial justice would warrant. emulate his works, but, wanting that If his estimates as an artist were ever local information which he orally and incorrect, it was in these respects, and most readily imparted, they imitate his in these only. Moreover it is believed style with less happy success than the that those engravers of the present artists of our own island.
THE BARGE'S CREW.
" Row the boat merrily-merrily, oh !! SECOND-HIM heart-him! Why, are, and fish it aboard.” But you'll
aye, Mr. Editor, I sees you un- say, what has all this to do with the derstand the larned lingoes ; though, Barge's Crew; steer a straight course, for the matter o’that, there was a and don't yaw about to every point of whole cargo of crinkum-crankums in the compass, like a Dutchman. All the same Gazette : you call it Greek, in good time, Mr. Editor, don't get in and mayhap it's all ship-shape; for Í a passion, I'm only trying my trim : don't know much about talking short- for, of all my consarns, I loved the hand, only it looks comical to me how. Barge the best, particularly when I people can get such crooked letters pulled the stroke oar, and Nelson's into their mouth. But sailors know a flag was flying in the bows, though he little about languages too. Why, I didn't live to carry it without the balls; remembers Jem Scupperlug, when he I was with him that ere time up the was carpenter's mate of a man-of-war Mediterranean,
Carraciolli brig on the coast of Brazil, and they was executed through the cruelty and sprung their mainyard. Well, d'ye intrigues of Lady That's a dissee, they anchored at a small town, tressing story, and some day, when I'm and the Captain inquired if there was in the mood, I'll tell you all about it ; any body that could palaver Portu- for I never shall forget seeing the old guese; and so Jem offers his services, man, with his grey locks flowing over and the Captain took him ashore to his shoulders, as he hung at the forethe mast-maker of the place. “Ho! yard-arm of the Neapolitan frigate. Seignior !” says Jem, “ You must « It is an awful spectacle, (whispered humble-cum-stumble, we want a roun- Ned Kentledge, as he bent down to his dem-come-squarem to make a main- oar ;) and I never believed before yardo for de English brigo, d’ye hear?” that woman's heart could exult in such
-“ No entendez, Seignior, (replied a scene." Poor Ned was a worthy the Portuguese,) no entendez.”. fellow, he had the next thwart to me; “What does he say, Jem ?" (axed the and Sam Spritsail was alongside of skipper)—“ Says, sir ! why, he says him, for we pulled double-banked. he can't make it these ten days." Ned was shipmate with Jack GDoes he ? well, then, come along, that was afterwards first lieutenant of come along; we must go to sea as we the C- frigate ; indeed, Ned
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taught him his duty from first to last, my Jack, so you let him know I'ng when he warnt much higher than a here.” The captain and nearly the pint pot-showed him how to hand, whole of the officers were walking the reef, and steer-sweep, swab, and quarter deck, when the first Lieuteswear-coil away a cable, or clear nant, hearing a confusion at the ganghawser, with any hand aboard ; and way, came forward to see what the Ned was as good a seaman as ever bobbery was—“What's this noise, raised a mouse upon a stay, or seized here, Sentry; who's that alongside ?» a breeching to a ring-bolt. Well, “I don't know, Sir ; it's some old girl Jack was a smart fellow, and so hé says she wants her Jack.” The Lieugot promoted to the quarter-deck; tenant looked into the boat ; but no and after a time the Captain got a luff- sooner had he cotched sight of the tackle to bear, and bowsed out a com- little punchy dame, than the manmission for him ; but he never forgot ropes slid through his hand, and down his old station, his promotion didn't he jumped into the cockle-shellspoil him, and he always remembered “What, my mother, is it you ? (cried former messmates. When he got to he,) I can hardly believe my eyes; be first lieutenant of the C she they told me you were all dead ; this was a long time in Ingee; but at last this is indeed a welcome surprise; but they found her in such a rattle-trap come along, old lady, mount-areeveo” state, that she was ordered to take -and he helped her up the side with convoy to England ; and so she gath- the utmost care and attention. As er'd 'em together at Ceylon, and pro- soon as they had reached the deck, ceeded to St. Helena; but the storms she threw her arms round the Lieuoff the Cape shook her ould timbers, tenant's neck, and sobbed with joy. that when they reached the island ev- Then she gazed at him with a moery body thought she would have gone ther's pride, and again folded him to down; however, they frapped her to- her heart_ Oh! my Jack, my Jack ; gether with hawsers, and at last reach- now you glad my ould heart, and I ed Plymouth. Well, a morning or shall follow your poor father to the two after their arrival, an ould Bum- «grave in peace.” The captain, offiboat woman comes paddling along- cers, and men, started with astonishside, puffing and blowing like a gram- ment to see the round little personpus off Cape Horn. She was a short age in her striped cotton jacket, short bulky body, though for the matter o’ thick petticoats, and high heeled shoes, that she was as round as a tun butt. hugging their first Lieutenant (dressed Alongside she comes, and hails the in full uniform) round the neck; and sentry at the gangway: “Keep off! many began to laugh, but the working (cried the Marine, and then turning of nature cannot be suppressed ; the to the quarter-master,)— Zounds ! look Lieutenant felt it no disgrace to be born there, did you ever see such a corpo- of honest, though poor parents; and ral substance ?"_" Aye, aye, (rejoin- the rich feeling of filial love flowed ed the veteran,) 'tis a whale adrift in without restraint. That moment was a butter-boat.” —Again the old girl perhaps one of the happiest of his hailed, " Is my Jack aboard ?” “ Your life. He thought only of his mother, Jack, (replied the Sentry) who the and repaid her caresses with interest. botheration's your Jack-we are all The scene was truly affecting. The Jacks here.” “ No, you arnt, (says rising laugh was entirely subdued, she,) for you're a pike; and so please and many a furrowed cheek was moisto answer the question I axed you, or tened by a tear. It taught a useful else my Jack 'll let you know who's lesson to the young officers, who wit
“ Here, master at arms, (he nessed the affectionate emotion of the chuckle-ated the royal), here's a cus- parent and the dutiful conduct of the tomer for you, she's too sharp for me.”
Peace be to their memory. What do you want, old 00-man, The diamond will sparkle, however (enquired the latter ;) do you want roughly set; and if to snatch from any one in this shippá “ Yes, I wants oblivion one example worthy of imi
tation be meritorious but there, 'tis so that he returned several paces afonly my duty, and I arnt much skilled ter his shipmates. The French were in siinper-thetics. The Lieutenant close upon them. In a few minutes was worthy of his teacher, for never the wounded man would have been was there a nobler soul than Ned's. in their power. Again Sam looked He was a great favourite with Nelson round, rushed back to the spot, and, (and died in the Victory on the self- stooping to raise the Lieutenant from same day, though the hero was more the ground, received a mortal wound attached to Sykes than any of us, and in the chest, and fell upon him. The mayhap he deserved it. Now for last effort of struggling nature roused Sam Spritsail : Poor Sam was a light- him up; he sprang upon his feet, lifthearted easy-going blade, never with- ed the officer in his arms, and ran toout a smile-indeed, they said he was wards his companions, who faced inborn laughing. Blow high, blow low, stantly about, resolving either to suc'twas all the same to him ; but he cour him or perish. He reached their didn't stop long in the ship; he was centre, gently laid his burthen down, picked out for the long-shore party faintly uttered “I have done my duthat was to go bush-fighting with the ty!” and expired. The whole deFrench. Well, d’ye see, one of the tachment paused for an instant, then officers of the C -not knowing the came to the charge, drove back their cut of his jib, and being unaccustom- pursuers, and in another half hour ed to see a man always happy under the British union waved on the ramevery privation, took it into his head part of the fort. Where could there one day that Sam was ridiculing him, be a death more glorious ? I
Mr. and so he ordered the Boatswain's Editor, his memorial shall live in mate to give him a starting with a your columns; and if it should meet rope's end. This almost broke his the eye of any who were present on heart. 'Twas the first blow he had that day, they will shed a tear of ever received in a man-of-war; and grateful remembrance, and glory in the deep indignity so preyed upon his poor Sam. After he left us, his birth nind, as almost to stupify him. A was filled up by Jack Junk, a sly old day or two afterwards the party re- codger, with a comical nose, a half ceived orders to storm a fort near Ca- squint with one eye and a whole pua, and Sam prepared to do his du- squint with the other, so that he could ty; but there was a listless indiffer- see half a dozen ways at once. He ence in his manner, that ill accorded was a famous hand to look out for a with his former spirit. They advanc- fleet, and none could beat him at ed to the attack and a very smart making signals ; why he could use two scrummaging took place; but a fresh spy-glasses at once. Jack had been body of troops poured in, and the shipmate along with Bill C—, him boarding party were compelled to re as played Lord II- the trick with treat. The Lieutenant (the same as the goose, and that war’nt the only had ordered the punishment) behaved one. At the short peace, Billy (who most gallantly, and kept in the wake always messed with the Admiral when of his men, while they were retreat- at home) axed leave of absence from ing. On turning an angle of the bat- the house to go and visit some of his tery, the enemy opened upon 'em family relations that lived down to the with a long 24-pounder that did very northward. Now Lord H—'s moorgreat execution, and Mr. at the ings was very near Portsmouth ; so second fire, fell. Sam, in an instant, the old gemman, in the goodness of hove all aback. He saw the officer his heart, granted his request, and fall-his daring intrepidity returned — gave him a liberty ticket for 591.
, and and he rounded to, to pick him up. à fine clean-going, neat-rigged bay He did not know who it was at first; horse to carry him. Away posts but when he looked on his face, re- Billy for London, intending to stop sentment for a moment deadened the only one night, and then haul his wind feelings of generosity and humanity, for Yorkshire ; and somehow or other