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self inscribed on the tomb of one of his earliest and most valued friends Vir priscae virtutis, per omnes vitae gradus, et in omni vitae officio, probatissimae.” At Bath, Mr. W. Meyler, bookseller, and joint proprietor, and editor of The Bath Herald, of which he had been the principal conductor from its first establishment in 1792. No person will be more deeply regretted, or his loss more severely felt than that of Mr. Meyler. Considerate, kind, and compassionate, he was ever ready to render his best services to those who needed them; and most of the candidates for public fame, who have from time to time visited Bath, have experienced his fostering protection. A residence for half a century in that city, commenced in the infancy of its prosperity, procured him an acquaintance with most of the literary and scientific characters of his day; and the suavity of his manners, and his known goodness of heart, deservedly endeared him to all who had an opportunity of fairly estimating his character; whilst the respect in which he was held, obtained for him a civic gown among the body corporate, at a time when that body was almost exclusively composed of gentlemen of the medical profession. Mr. Meyler's pretensions to literature were of no ordinary class; and the public have often been favoured with the productions of his pen both in poetry and prose. As a critic, his judgment was not seldom referred to by the lovers of the drama; but the kindness of his heart frequently softened the severity of criticism into ad

monition and advice. As a man, he was upright, humane, and just; as a husband and a father, he possessed every conjugal and paternal virtue in an eminent degree; and as a citizen and subject, his loyalty and his attachment to his country were deep-rooted and unqualified. Mr. Meyler for many years was a victim to the gout, which, from the severity of its incessant attacks, deprived his bed of rest by night, and his couch of comfort by day, but could not ruffle the urbanity of his temper, nor abridge the practical humanity of his disposition. No one acquainted with this most respectable individual, but must have been impressed with his great urbanity, and the conviction that a more worthy man did not live in his time. Generally speaking the proprietors of provincial papers are the most useful and intelligent persons in their districts, and of the entire class Mr. Meyler has for many years ranked as one of the most able and estimable. His paper was always distinguished for good writing and good taste, and those qualities recommended it to the patronage of many families in distant parts of the empire. It has also been often distinguished for priority of news, and for much information on subjects of temporary interest resulting from the active intelligence of its conductor. On the 15th, at his house in Berner's-street, aged 54, after an illness of several years, Mr. James Bartleman. He was completely educated in music: he was scientific as a singer, and learned in the various erudition of English and Italian composers, particularly in e the madrigalists, and the writers of sacred music. His bias was decided towards those compositions, which, even when he first came into life had already begun to be considered as the ancient music; but all that lay in his own department, he lightened of its heaviness by the brilliancy of his voice, and animated by his energy of manner. He carried much dramatic effect into the orchestra, and he restored the knowledge of Purcell's finest compositions, as well as of Handel's finest opera songs. He was, of his own accord, and under the impulse of his own disposition, rapidly infusing a new grace into bass singing, when the means were afforded him by Hayden's character of Raphael in the Creation,--by Calcott's beautiful songs written on purpose for him, by Pergolesi's “O Lord, have mercy upon me"—by Dr. Crotch's Palestine, and several other things from Stevens, Webbe, Calcott, and Horsley, of durably impressing the stamp of elegance upon this part of the art. The freer admission of ornamental passages, of a cast between those employed by the bass and tenor, naturally followed, while the discontinuance of heavy divisions, and the substitution of speaking, and beautiful melodies, such as we find throughout the Creation, —in Calcott's Angel of Life, and in Horsley's Tempest, completed the enlargement of the bass singer from the imposing constraints of the fo.mer system. Nor has the pure and genuine eloquence of music, that just and forcible ex

ression which is the result of the so adaptation of sound to

sentiment, been abandoned or lost in the change. England owes to the present generation of native composers, a combination of grandeur with grace, not to be matched, we think, in the works of any other race of writers for basses, scarcely excepting the author of

the Creation himself. Mr. Bartleman was a member of the chapel royal, and other choirs, a scientific and erudite musician, and, as a bass singer, has raised the art of expression to a higher pitch than any of his predecessors. He revived the music of Purcell, and supported the school of Handel, indeed, the ancient schools generally, with a degree of energy, purity, and ef. fect, for which the musical world may now look in vain. With this imaginative and energetic singer, the traditionary manner of such things as Purcell's Let the DreadEngines, the Frost Scene in king Arthur, and Saul and the Witch of Endor, will, we apprehend, be entirely lost. His voice had power and richness, yet these werejoined with a lightness that is seldom met with in singing. He was, perhaps, the first Englishman who endeavoured to relieve the mechanical effects, before his time considered inalienable, from basses, and to form this part with spirit, fancy, finish, and a certain portion of elegance; and he was perhaps as successful in the addition of these attributes to the native majesty and volume of tone, that are the foundations of basssinging as any man ever was, or ever will be. His style was strictly English, both in the formation of his tone, and in his elocution, which was highly animated, and (S 2) full

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full of effective transitions. The test of his peculiar excellence appears to be, that no one has succeeded in imitating his manner; nor, indeed, has he left behind him any successor sufficiently strong to buckle on his armour. In private life, Mr. Bartleman was refined and well informed, lively in conversation, and enthusiastically fond of his art. He moved in a most respectable sphere in society. M. de Fontanes. This distinguished individual was born at Niort in 1761, and died at Paris on the 17th. He was of noble family. At the age of 21 he published a translation of Pope's “Essay on Man,” which he subsequently revised and corrected. He was author of several poetical works, and at the commencement of the French revolution published a journal called The Moderator. After the fall of Robespierre, he became a member of the Institute, and a professor in the central schools. He joined La Harpe in the publication of Le Memorial, which paper, with a number of others, was suppressed by the National Convention in 1797. M. de Fontanes then escaped to England, where he formed an acquaintance with the well-known ultra and author M. Châteaubriand, and they became indissoluble friends. Both returned to France when Buonaparte granted an amnesty to the emigrants, and they engaged with La Harpe and Bonald in the Mercure de France. M. de Fontanes became a member and afterwards president of the Legislative Body. In 1808 he was named Grand Master of the University, and senator in 1810. On the 1st of April, 1814, he declared

for the Bourbons, was a member of the committee appointed to draw up the charter, and was elevated to the peerage on the first establishment of that body. His literary talents deservedly rendered him an ornament to his country, but his political principles seem to have been as flexible as those of the other girouettes of the day. At his villa, near Chelsea, on the 24th, aged 63, Alerander Stephens, esq. well known to the literary circles of the metropolis. Though he wrote for the press as much as any man of his time, yet he had a constant aversion to obtrude his mame on the world. It was affixed to the two quartos which recorded the History of the Wars of the French Revolution; but the gross injustice with which that elegantlywritten and accurately correctwork was treated by the Monthly Review, and some other of the periodical critical works, determined him for the future to reserve his Iname. The pages of the Analytical Review abounded in articles which proved his learning and ability; and the elaborated biographies in the Monthly Magazine, the Reviews of French Literature, &c. attested his unremitting industry. He edited the two volumes of Founders of the French Republic, mine of the eleven volumes of Public Characters, and the Biographical Indexes to the houses of . and commons; also the Annual Necrology, published in 1799; and latterly the Annual Obituary, of which he had just completed the volume for 1820. In facility of biographical writing, and in extent

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extent of information on the lives and actions of the contemporary generation, he was equalled by no writer of his age. His industry and integrity are proved by naming the various works which proceeded from his pen, and though every variety of character passed in review before him, he never wrote an ill-natured paragraph, or aided in propagating calumny. And, in like manner, while he respected private feelings, he respected public principles, and never wrote a line which compromised the cause of civil liberty. His habitual sense of honour, and his independent spirit, never permitted him to abuse the press, by rendering it subservient to feelings of private resentment, or to the corrupt purposes of the administration for the time-being. He thus always performed the duties of a good neighbour and a good citizen. He was a native of Elgin, and was educated in the university of Aberdeen. He afterwards entered himself of the Middle Temple, and his first literary production was a Law j. He then accepted a commission in the army, and served with a regiment of foot in Jamaica. Retiring on half-pay, he married a most amiable branch of the Dryden family, and, settling in the neighbourhood of London, passed his time between his books and much respectable society, for the latter of which he was eminently qualified by his conversational powers, his stores of anecdote, and his urbanity of manners, His literary and domestic habits precluded him from public life, but, as a speaker, he often distinguished himself in the local

concerns of his parish: on one occasion, filling the chair of the Middlesex Grand Jury, he arraigned the conduct of the notorious Aris, and exhibited his malpractices in a petition to the house of commons, which led to a royal commission, and ultimately to the dismissal of the governor from an employment which had been abused. His spirited conduct on this occasion procured him the plaudits of all independent IIlen. He sometimes acted as agent for suitors to the house of lords, and conducted with honour and success the claim to the Roxburgh peerage, during which he became acquainted with some of the principal members of that house, and obtained their personal esteem and friendship. In his circle he has left a void, which will not easily be supplied. He was, in many respects, a noble in nature, and was respected wherever he was known. On the 26th, in the 46th year of his age, the rev. William Neilson, D. D. M. R. I. A. Professor of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and head master of the classical school in the Belfast Academical Institution. Dr. Neilson, was the fourth son of the Rev. Dr. Neilson, Presbyterian minister at Redemon, county of Down, who still survives to lament the loss of his son. From early years he displayed an ardent taste for literary knowledge, especially for the study of languages, of which the Greek soon appeared to be his favourite. At an early period of life he finished his philosophical studies, in the university of Glasgow. For some years subsequent he assisted in conducto: lls

his father's academy. In 1797, he was ordained Presbyterian minister of Dundalk, where he gave to the world his Greek Exercises, English Grammar, Greek Idioms, and Irish Grammar. He was also the author of many valuable Essays on subjects connected with languages, in various literary Journals. His character in literature stood so high, that the university of Glasgow conferred upon him the degree of doctor in divinity—an honour which was equally unsolicited and unexpected. The royal Irish academy invited him to become one of their members. In 1818 he was invited to become professor and head master in the Belfast Institution and in the full and laborious exercise of his duties in that literary establishment, he was unexpectedly arrested by death, after a residence of little more than three

ears. The literary fame of Dr. Soon, particularly as a linguist, was great, and was even more extended in England and Scotland than in his own country. His labours in the composition of excellent elementary works, calculated in particular to facilitate the knowledge of the Greek

anguage, have been appreciated in all parts of the empire. Notwithstanding his various avocations in Belfast, he gave to the world, about a year ago, an edition of Moore's Greek Grammar, with large additions and improvements, which has been already adopted as a text-book in some of the universites of Scotland, and has been highly approved by the best judges. His speculations on the more intricate and philosophical parts of grammar and language, were refined and philosophical. His great and unremit

ting labours in the Institution can be fully estimated by those alone who were intimately acquainted with him, or by those who had the advantage of receiving his instructions. To the Belfast Institution, since his removal to it, he always displayed the warmest attachment, founded upon the rational hope, from what it had already performed, of its becoming of the greatest benefit to the north of Ireland. In the death of Dr. Neilson, the institution and the town of Belfast have sustained a great loss. As a christian clergyman, he was distinguished by pure and rational piety; and in discharging all the duties of his religious office, he was anxious to impress the truths which he himself sincerely felt. May. At his house in Paradise-street, Lambeth, W. Cragg, esq. under secretary to the board of agriculture. At her house in Park-street, in her 89th year, viscountess Pery, relict of viscount Pery, and mother of viscountess Northland, and the honourable Mrs. Calvert. In the fleet prison, Hannah Barber, aged 85, who had been confined thirty-two years, for contempt of the court of chancery, during which time she had never passed the gates. Lady Taylor, at Twickenham, relict of the late sir John Taylor, bart. In Langham-place, after a long illness, Walter Spencer Stanhope, esq. of cannon-hall, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. At his seat at Enys, near Penryn, Francis Enys, esq. aged 69. He retired to rest apparently in good health, and was found by his servant dead, the next morning. At

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