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to me the freedom of your corporation, to which you did me the honour of admitting me some time ago.

"I have the honour to be, Sir,

"Your most obedient humble Servant,

"The Worshipful the Mayor of Liverpool."

The following letter from Mr. Huskisson's private secretary was published the same day :

"Eccles Vicarage, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

"SIR,With the deepest grief, I have to acquaint you, for the information of yourself, and of the community over which you preside, that Mr. Huskisson breathed his last at nine o'clock this evening. He was attended from the moment of the accident, with indefatigable assiduity, by Dr. Brandreth, of Liverpool, Dr. Hunter, of Edinburgh; and Mr. Ransom, Mr. Whatton, Mr. Garside, and Mr. White, of Manchester.

"His last moments were soothed by the devoted attentions of his now distracted widow, and by the presence of some of his distinguished and faithful friends.

"I have the honour to be, Sir,

"Your most obedient humble Servant,

"The Mayor of Liverpool."

During the whole of the day the shops of Liverpool were shut, in compliment to the memory of its late excellent member, and business was wholly at a stand. A meeting of several gentlemen took place, and a requisition addressed to the Mayor, of which the following is a copy, was prepared for signature:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you will, as the official organ of the inhabitants of Liverpool, make an immediate application to the friends of our late lamented representative, requesting that his remains may be interred within the precincts of this town, in which his distinguished public worth and his private virtues had secured for him the respect and esteem of the whole community."

This requisition was signed in two hours by nearly 300 persons of the greatest respectability. It was delivered to the Mayor, who very properly confided it to the hands of the Rev. J. Brookes, the Rector of Liverpool, for presentation. The reverend gentleman, on his arrival at Eccles, found it too late to make any com

munication to Mrs. Huskisson on Thursday, and on Friday Lord Granville kindly undertook to mention it to her. Mrs. Huskisson was deeply affected by the application, her own feelings being decidedly in favour of a private funeral at Eartham. On mature consideration, however, this estimable and strong-minded woman truly saw, in the manifestation of public feeling, the highest tributé of respect to the memory of her lamented husband, and she consented to the proposal. The following is a copy of the letter in which Lord Granville communicated Mrs. Huskisson's acquiesence in the wishes of the requisionists:—

"Eccles, Sept 16.

"SIR, Mr. Wainewright having put into my hands a letter which you had addressed to him, and which was brought here late last night by the Rev. Mr. Brookes, enclosing a requisition, most respectably signed by the merchants and other inhabitants of Liverpool, expressive of their wish to pay the last tribute in their power to the memory of their representative, by his remains being interred within the precincts of the town of Liverpool, and expressing also your sincere concurrence in that wish, I took the earliest opportunity, this morning, of communicating these papers to Mrs. Huskisson. Mrs. Huskisson had felt the strongest wish that her husband should be buried at his own place at Eartham ; but, impressed with a most anxious desire to make every sacrifice of her own private feelings to what may be considered as due to his memory and to his public character, she has authorised me to express to you her deep sense of the honour intended; and, pleased with this testimony of respect to his memory, she is willing to accede to the application.

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“Mrs. H. was much flattered by Mr. Brookes having undertaken to be the bearer of this requisition.

"I am, Sir, with great respect,

"Your obedient humble Servant,

"To Sir George Drinkwater, Mayor of Liverpool."


A committee of the most respectable inhabitants of Liverpool, consisting of thirty gentlemen, of which committee Colonel Bolton was the Chairman, and Sir John Tobin the Deputy Chairman, determined that the day of the funeral should be Friday, the 24th of September, and the place the centre of the new Cemetery; and on that day, and at that spot, the melancholy ceremony took placé, with every demonstration of public respect.

Our summary of Mr. Huskisson's character must be brief. In his early career (we adopt, with some abridgment, the opinion which has already been pronounced upon him by an able public writer*) he was a warm and zealous reformer; and to the end of his life he retained the most enlarged and liberal views of social government. Of eloquence, in the ordinary sense of the term, Mr. Huskisson had but little. He could neither gripe and hold fast the heart, like the honourable and learned member for Yorkshire †, by the irresistible energy of his appeals; nor could he please the ear and the fancy with the nicely modulated language and effervescing wit of his lamented friend and predecessor, the right honourable member for Liverpool. Yet not even the former, in his most solemn adjuration, nor the latter, in his happiest flight, ever commanded the attention of his hearers more completely than Mr. Huskisson. He was never unprepared, whatever might be the subject of discussion; and it was not in set harangues only that he excelled he was a clever and able debater. When he first entered on his subject, his manner was cold, almost heavy; his intonation equable, almost monotonous; he had no peculiar grace of action. The secret of his oratory lay in the facility with which he could bring a number of facts to bear upon his argument, and in the soundness and comprehensiveness of his views. He was not an opponent with whom it was difficult to grapple, for he disdained all slippery arts of avoiding an antagonist; but he was one whom the stoutest champion found it impossible to throw. To the matter-of-fact arguer, Mr. Huskisson could present an accumulation of details sufficient to stagger the most practical; while to him who looked to rules rather than cases, he could offer general principles, conceived in so enlarged a spirit, that even in his dry. and unadorned enunciation of them they rose to sublimity. Nothing could be finer than the splendid perorations of his more elaborate speeches. It was by the combination of an attention so accurate that the most minute objection did not escape its vigilance, and a judgment so comprehensive that the greatest could not elude its grasp, coupled with habits of unremitting industry and perfect integrity of purpose, that Mr. Huskisson, on every question of complication and importance, reigned almost undisputed in the House of Commons.

Irresistible as it generally proved, no one, however, dreaded his power. He convinced, or he silenced, but he never irritated. His peculiar calmness of temper kept him from indulging in sarcasm.

In the Spectator.

+ Now Lord Chancellor.

He seldom uttered an ill-natured word, because he was seldom influenced by an ill-natured feeling.

From the uniform report of friends, nothing could be more amiable than the current of his domestic life. He belonged not to that class of pseudo-patriots who would persuade mankind that the public are unallied to the private virtues. The same simplicity, and kindness, and integrity, which formed the charm of the member of the Legislature, shed their hallowed influences around the fireside circle of the private citizen.

Such was William Huskisson on Wednesday morning; and on Wednesday night, all that remained of the ornament of the senate, the delight of his acquaintance, the idol of his family, was a mass of mouldering clay, to which "the worm was a sister, and the slow-worm a brother and a kinsman!"

To the Parliamentary Debates, to the Annual Register, to the various publications of the day, to the able assistance of a kind friend, and to our own recollections, we are indebted for the materials of which the foregoing Memoir has been composed.

No. XVI.



THE melancholy intelligence of the death of this brave, excellent, and extraordinary man, was received with a general feeling of regret by the whole kingdom; and throughout the Highlands of Scotland, the event was considered by every body in the light of a personal bereavement, or domestic calamity. For years to come sighs and blessings will be wafted from many a Highland hearth to the distant island in which he rests.

General Stewart, who was the second son of the late Robert Stewart, Esq. of Garth, was born in the year 1772, and entered the army as an Ensign in the 42d regiment, in the year 1789; being then only in his seventeenth year. In 1791, he was with the regiment in Edinburgh; and even then he was remarkable for the qualities which afterwards so greatly distinguished him; namely, steadiness of conduct and firmness of character, united with a benignity of nature and an amenity of manners peculiar to himself, together with an ardour and perseverance in every pursuit that he embarked in, which gave promise of the distinction he was afterwards destined to attain.

He served in the campaigns of the Duke of York in Flanders; and was present at the siege of Nieuport, and the defence of Nimeguen. In 1796, he accompanied the regiment, which formed part of the expedition under Sir Ralph Abercromby, to the West Indies, and was for several years actively employed in a variety of operations against the enemy's settlements in that quarter of the world; particularly in the capture of St. Lucia, and in the harassing and desperate contest which was carried on with the Caribbs in St. Vincent and other islands, the extermination of that fierce, cruel, and untractable race having become indispensable to the safety of the colonists. In the landing near Pigeon Island, the General was among the first who jumped ashore, under a heavy fire of round and grape shot from a battery so posted as almost to sweep the beach. He was promoted to the rank of Captain-Lieutenant in

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