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the courtenance, or again bold up my head his swinging off the ladder. This accident was in fociety. Let it not be undertlood, my principally occasioned by the rope being tied Lords, that by this declaration 1 infinuste or round a fac board, a part of the scaffolding infer the smallett degree of censure on the of the New Gaol, with which, as we have verdict of the jury. No, my Lords, I know already mentionell, this temporary gallows them all to be gentlemen of the most fair and was confrated. Mr. Fitzgerald then fell irreproachable characters; men not to be on his shoulder, but immediately recovered biatsed, and who could not avoid bringing himself and stood on his legs, and called out me in guilty if I were their brother, from to the Sheriff, saying—" Mr. Sheriff, it is the body of evidence that has appeared an unft impoffilsle but that you thould know such a me--which if I was before acquainted with, rope could not hang any man--pray get a I should have endeavoured to have had wil- better !" The clergymen immediately furnefses to repel that body; but that, my rounded him, when a new rope was obtainLords, is not now a matter for confideration ed and replaced about his neck : he was then -the only thing I plead for is time
requested to go higher upon the ladder, ,“ 11 is also said, my Lords, that I want which he refused to do. The ladder wis that time to commit an act of suicide ; but I drawn away, and the rope being again twisted have too many offences on my back, and round the flat board, it let him down so far dreadful crimes to account for, to defue such that his feet for fome time actually touched a miserable palsport into eternity."
the ground, till the hangman, with much Here he ended his speech, and the Chief difficulty, drew brim up, but in such a man. Baron, with tears in his eyes, recapitulated ner, that he still remained suspended within the rigour of the law, and his duty as a eighteen inches of the ground, where he Judge, observing, that the unfortunate Mr. hung a considerable time, and, on being cut M'Donnel had been sent into eternity with down, the Sheriff, according to Mr. Fitzout a moment's warning; that after sentence gerald's death-warrant, and as the form of of death had been palled, and the order for the law requires, had his body cut, or execution, it was not in the power of the scarred. Court to interfere, and his request must rest Brecknock at first refused to join in any with the liumanity of the Sheriff.
prayer with the four clergymen attending, In some time after the Court had ad- he having before repeated the Lord's prayer journad, Brecknock and Fulton were put in Greek, and said " he would use no other into a koud of cart, drawn by one horse, and he had no occanon, as he had not commit. carried pinioned to the place of execution, on ced any actual sin for nine years patt; at thic the bill of Cutle-bar, where che new gaul is time he had driven the devil from every pore building, and where part of the scaffolding of his body; and he knew he should live was appropriated to the purpose of a gallows. 'a thousand years with Chritt." This it seems lo Come time after Mr. Fitzgerald came out is according to the old heretical tenets of the of the gaol, but had not changed his dress ; Millenarians, of which sect Brecknock proand having previously beseeched the Sheriff felled himself to be a member. He was not to permit him to be pinioned or tied with prefled by the clergymen to join in repeating cords, he walked, without any kind of Dr. Dodd's lait prayer, and was at length askmanacle, to the place of execution, surrounded, if he had any objection to it? His answer ed by strong detachments of both horse and was “ No-he had read it, and saw no harm foot. He was attended by the Rev. Mr. in it ; so they might read it for him." Henry, ar.d, at the gallows, by three other John Fulton, who was the son of a Bailiff Clergymen : while there, he read Dr. Dwi's belonging to Mr. Fitzgerald, behaved at the Thoughts in Prilon, as also bis Last Prayer ; place of execution with great decency and beand when the executioner was about to coming spirit. launch him into eternity, he requested of the The body of George Robert Fitzgerald was Sheriff to give him five minutes longer time, immediately after the execution carried to the and then pulled the cap over his face. Upun ruins of Turlough-house, and was wiked being told that the time was elapling fast, in a stable adjoining, with a few candles place Mr. Fitzgerald replied, “ Sure it is not to ed about it ; on the next day it was carried long! I have just collected myself ; pray let to the church-yard at Turlonghi, where lie me dic in peace!"
was buried on what is generally termed ita By the wismanagement of the executioner, wrong side of the charch, in his cloines, with. the rope by which Mr. Fitzgerald was fuf- out a coffin. pended, instantly broke, on the sudden jerk of
ANECDOTES of the late TIMOTHY BRECKNOCK..
a daily paper, under the name of the Altorhimself, TIMOLEON BRECKNOCK, ney-Generia! 10 ebe Gaz!!!eer, and in 1764 was the son of a grazier in Northampton- re-publiihed Droit le Roi; or, A Digef of Thire, and received his education at Weltmin- the Rights and Prerogatives of ibe Imperial ster. A little before he left Westminster, he Crows of Great Britain, 8vo. which, being exhibited a trait of his future character, by complained of in the House of Lords as forging a draught of his father's on his agent favouring arbitrary principles, was ordered in town for a considerable sum of money, to be burnt by the common hangman. He with which he made ott, and continued a. also rendered himself remarkable by laying broad several years.
an information, about 1762, against the judges On his return, he commenced the fine for wearing cambrick. He either wrote, or gentleman and gambler, and figured away it allifted Mr. Fitzgerald in the writing his Bath for fume time; but his vanity prompting pamphlets and letters in the public papers, him to give a public breakfast for which he and from thence it is supposed the connec. had no money to pay, he was obliged to de- tion between them originated. He was a camp, and a subscription was raised among Member of Lincoln's-inn. the company for the discharge of the break. He had a boldness and decision in his fast, which amounted to 701.
manner, joined to some knowledge and fluHe next turned his thoughts to the law, ency, by which he duped many people, and and coonected himielf with an attorney, gained some degree of credit with his clients. where he would have made no inconsiderable Being concerned for the Portuguese Cbarge progress in the knowledge of the ancient des Affaires about twenty years ago in some common law, but that bis tendencies to transaction with the Secretary of State, and quibble and fraud prevailed in every inquiry. not being able to effect his purpose, he very On fome occasion, whether for debt or a gravely leaned on his hand, and looking the fraud, he again left the kingdom, and was Secretary (Lord Shelburne) full in the face, absent several years.
told him, he would never leave him till he He soon addicted himself to polite letters, brought his head to the block." For this and by degrees withdrew himself from the his client thought him a bold man, and perpractice of his profetion, and commenced au- haps paid him for it as such ; but his menace thor. The first piece we can dricover by him, only ended in being turned out of the office was a poem called, Prejudice detected, an Ethic as a lunatic. Epistle, 4to. 1752, which was followed by His last apparition in London was about others, among which the following may be four years ago, when he seemed to be run mentioned. 2. An Ode on his most sacred out of coat, cbaracier, and conftitution, and in Majesty's Return, fol. 1752. 3. Au Ode to this situation was picked up by Fitzgerald, the Right Hon. Sir Crisp Gascoigne, Pro- no doubt as a cunning man in the law, to detector of the Innocent, and late Lord Mayor fend him in his depredations on society. But of the City of London, fol. 1754. 4. An justice, sooner or later, generally overtakes Ode on his Majesty's Return, fol. 1755. 5.
the most cunning and guarded impostors. An Epithalamium on the Nuptials of Lord In committing himself to Fitzger.d he was Warkworth and Lady Susan Stuart, fol. no longer master of bis own line, and hence 1764. He was also the author of a Plan was lured into a deed, which, had he been for establishing the general Peace of Europe left to himielf, in all probability he would upon honourable Terms to Great Britain, 8vo. not have been fool enough to commit. 1759; and a Treatise upon perennial Ways At the time of his death, he could not be apd Means, with other political Tracts, 4to. less than between 60 and 70 years of age, 1762, besides many other anonymous per- was quite gray, and much debilicated. formances. He for many year's wrote in
HOLME, in HEREFORDSHIRE, the Seat of the Right Honourable the
EARL of SURREY.
[ Illustrated with an ELEGANT ENGRAVING. ] THE Manor and Lordship of Holme, a three miles South-East from Hereford, upon
seat of the Right Hon. the Earl of Surrey, the confluence of the rivers Wye and Lugg, (and which can:e into his Lordship’s pofseflion and was the seat of that ancient and noble by his marriage with the daughter of the late family for more than three hundred years, to Charles Fitzroy Scudamore, Esq. a descendant whom it descended as heirs of the ancient of John Suudamore, Esq. created a Baronet and lionourable family of Tregos. and Viscount by King Charles I.) is situated
THE CHARACTER OF EU DO XU S.
By DR. COLIGNON.
valleys must be gilded by the morning lence. rays, by the time I get to Eudoxus, for al. He soon arrived at the babitation of Eudoxus, ready have they made the uplands (mile, and who had, in the course of two months, the face of nature chearful. With this solilo. buried an affectionate wife, and a promising quy in his mouth, Philemon sprang from bed, amiable son. He found the worthy Divine and, hurrying on a dress calculated for con- (for such he was) with a book before him, venience rather than show, fallied out to call in which he seemed to read attentively. At on his friend Eudoxus.
the sight of Pbilemon he sprang forward, and, The frethoess of the air, the verdure of. embracing him, placed him on a seal beside every field and tree, the enamel of the mea, him; when, wiping away a tear that would dows, the music of the birds, that with me- force itself into his eye, he thanked him for lodious and chearful voices welcomed so fair a his friendly visit. Philemon law with pleamorning, the curious orient streaks with which fure the Christian deportment of this holy the rising sun embellished the eastern part of motirner. No sallying into loud complaints ; Heaven, and, above all, that source of light, no wringing of the hands, or beating of the who, though he news us all that we see of breast, or wishing himself unborn, which glorious and fair, shews us nothing so glo. are but the ceremonies of sorrow, the pomp rious and fair as himself, quite charmed and and oftentation of an effeminate grief, which transported Pbilemon. He was roused from speaks not so much the greatness of the his extacy by a female songstress, whose voice, misery, as the littleness of the mind. though not governed by skill, did, by its To whom Philemon.--I thought it my duty native sweetness, so repair the want of it, to come, seeing we are not born for ourthat art was absent without being missed. selves only, but by the very condition of our
Curiosity prompted him to see who was nature are obliged to consecrate our lives to the possessor of so much power to please, the service of others : It is a reciprocal debt, whom he soon discovered in the habit of a from which no mortal is free. I rejoice to milk-maid. The fair crcature had the find you so composed, after so severe a visie blushes of the morning in her cheeks, the tation, and could almost wish to ask on what Splendour of the sun in her eyes, the fresh- considerations that comfort is founded, that ness of the fields in her looks, the whiteness so much exceeds the expectations even of of the milk she was expressing in her skin, your friends. the melody of the lark in her voice. Her I'am sorry, replied Eudoxus, if any reacloaths were almost as coarse as cleanly, and fons are thought necessary for my present though they suited her condition, were very composure; but I will faithfully give them ill matched with her beauty.
all. And I will begin by confetsing, that I Having liftened a while attentively to this did, at first, sincerely wish to follow, where artless syren, he pursued his way, when, all I held dear, was gone before. For who in a narrow path, his eyes were faluted by can either marvel at, or blaine, the desire of a far different object; an epitome of human advantage? Can any thing be more natural Itature, a superannuated figure of mortality, than that the weary traveller should long for whose Thriselled meagre face, hollow eye, rest, the prisoner for liberty, and the banithand cattered fqualid rags, recalled to his ed for home? But I recollected what I had imagination the customary ingredients neces. fo often myself preached to others, that, in fary to make a witch, when superstition, general, we should only hope in this world mistake and malice are disposed for such a for content ; that if we aim at any thing work.
higher, we shall chiefly meet with grief and This miserable object was crawling to her disappointment; that our endeavours, as wretched home, under a busthen too much ratiogal beings, should be principally directed for her strength to bear, though consisting at making ourselves easy now, and happy herebut of the refuse of boughs which the wind after; as misery and affliction are not less natural of the preceding night had snapped from the in this world, than sorrow, hail, storm, and lofty trees of a neighbouring avenue. A few tempest; and it were as reasonable to hope answers satisfied Philemon of the reality of her for a year without winter, as for a life withsufferings ; and, influenced by the tenderest out trouble. Life, however sweet it seems, and most powerful instinct of nature, com- is a draught mingled with bitter ingredients, paffion, he hastened to relieve her distress, Some drink deeper than others, before they and to gratify himself in the exquisite rap- come at them ; but, if they do not swim at EUROP, Mac,