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Supporters of this Institution met at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate-street; Florence Young, Esq. in the chair. The Report stated, that since the origin of the Institution, in 1777, to the present year, the number of patients admitted were 131,980, out of which only 4586 had died; and during the last year 4195 were admitted, of whom 78 only had died.
St. Giles's Irish Free Schools.-Tuesday, March 12, the Annual Meeting of the friends and benefactors of these Schools, and a public examination of the children instructed therein, took place at the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen-street, Lincoln's Inn Fields; his Grace the Duke of Bedford, Patron, in the Chair. In the Report, the operation and effects of the Charity, from its formation, in 1813, were very fully exemplified. Since the formation of this Establishment, four others, precisely on the same principles, have been instituted in the neighbourhood of St. Giles's, by which no less than 3500 children have been admitted and instructed in reading, writing, arithmetic, and in religious principles. At the conclusion of last year's accounts, a balance of £71. 5s. 10d. was over-drawn, for which the Institution was indebted to the Treasurer. The Children then passed in order round the room, after which they were drawn up near the platform, and underwent an examination. The Boys repeated several passages of Scripture from memory; and several questions in arithmetic were put to them, by their master, Mr. Finnegan, which were answered in a manner that highly delighted the auditory.
Jews' Hospital.-On Thursday, March 14, the Friends and Supporters of this Institution assembled at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate-street, for the purpose of celebrating their Anniversary Festival; his R. H. the Duke of Sussex in the Chair, supported by Earl Pomfret, S. Whitbread, Esq. M.P. and other persons of eminence. The Report stated, that only 28 individuals could be provided for at the origin of the Institution, in 1807, but now 80 were protected by it; and it was in a most flourishing condition. A handsome collection was made.
St. Patrick's Schools.-The festival of St. Patrick falling this year on a Sunday, it was celebrated, by anticipation, on Saturday, March 16, at the City of London Tavern, by the friends of St. Patrick's Charity, being their 37th anniversary; the Marquis of Lansdowne in the chair, supported on his right by the Duke of Wellington, the Canadian Chiefs, and Lord Darnley, and on his left by the Marquis of Londonderry and Mr. Canning. After the usual toasts, about 150 of the children were introduced, and walked through the room, whilst the band played "Saint Patrick's Day in the Morning." The subscriptions amounted to £1665, including £300 from the Marchioness of Londonderry, being the produce of the Memoirs of Lady Suffolk, written by the Marchioness.
Irish School Society, Dublin.-The Anniversary of this Society was held on Monday the 18th of March, at the Lecture Room of the Dublin Institution; Lord Viscount Powerscourt in the Chair. The Report was highly gratifying. A considerable increase has taken place in the number of Schools for teaching to read the Irish language. They now amount to 48 Sunday and Daily Schools, containing 2178 scholars, of whom 888 are adults. The number of Schools last year was only 22. An Irish School has been established in the County Gaol of Galway; and the like is recommended in other prisons. About 3000 copies of the Scriptures have been circulated in the Irish lan
guage; and it appears that there are two millions of the population acquainted only with that tongue.
Asylum for Deaf and Dumb Children-Wednesday March 20, the Anniversary Dinner of this laudable Institution was held at the London Tavern; the Duke of Gloucester in the Chair. The Report stated, that 500 persons had been instructed to speak, read, and write, and likewise in the use of arithmetic, since the establishment of the Institution; and that 200 were now enjoying the benefits of the Charity. Out of 20 families, consisting of 157 children, that had applied to the Institution, there were no less than 79 deaf and dumb, most of whom were relieved.
London Auxiliary Irish School Society.-Monday, March 25, a General Meeting was held at the Freemasons' Tavern, when an Auxiliary Society in London, in aid of the Society established in Ireland, for promoting the Education of the Native Irish, through the medium of their own language, was formed. The Bishop of Gloucester (one of the Vice-Patrons) took the Chair, and a liberal subscription was entered into.
Marine Society-Thursday, March 28, the Friends and Supporters of this Institution held their Anniversary Festival at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate-street. In the absence of the Duke of Clarence, Lord Viscount Exmouth took the Chair. The Report stated, that from the year 1769 to December 1821, 21,885 boys were fitted out, and sent on board the King's ships; 5113 were also apprenticed to the merchant service, and to the Hon. East-India Company; 518 boys were discharged from the King's service and again fitted out for sea; and 403 were placed to various trades. The total number of boys provided for since the commencement of the establishment, in 1756, amounts to 33,063; and 39,360 landmen, volunteers, have been elothed as seamen, and employed in his Majesty's service; making a total of men and boys, 72,423; 444 boys were on board on the 31st of December, 1820; and on the 31st of December, 1821, 128 remained on board.
JAMES PERRY, Esq.-December 4, at Brighton, James Perry, Esq. (or more properly Perie, for so his father wrote his name,) for 33 years Editor and Proprietor of the Morning Chronicle. Mr. Perry was a native of Aberdeen, where he was born on the 31st of October, 1756. He was first sent to the school at the chapel of Gurioch, kept by Mr. Farquhar, father to Sir Walter Farquhar the celebrated Physician, and thence removed to the Grammar school at Aberdeen; and, being intended for the Scottish Bar, he completed his education in the Marischal College of that city. But some unsuccessful speculations of his father, who was a builder, obliged him to relinquish his original destination; and after several vicissitudes, amongst which, was the vocation of a strolling player, performing second-rate characters, (in which his brogue was an insuperable bar to his excelling,) and dancing hornpipes, as interludes between the performances, he obtained a situation as clerk to Mr. Dinwiddie, a manufacturer at Manchester. Coming to London, in 1777, with strong recommendations from the principal houses in the
town in which he had lived for two years, but failing to obtain a situation by their means, what is generally termed an accidental circumstance, threw him upon the profession of a journalist. Being without employment, Mr. Perry amused himself by writing essays and scraps of poetry for the General Advertiser, an opposition newspaper then recently established, which he dropped into the letter-box at the printing office; whence they always found their way to the public. Calling one day at the shop of Messrs. Richardson and Urquhart, Booksellers, to whom he had letters of introduction, he found the latter busily engaged in reading, apparently with much enjoyment, an article in the General Advertiser. After the paper was laid down, Mr. Perry asked the usual question, whether any situation likely to suit him had been heard of, and received the usual negative. Mr. Urquhart accompanied his answer, however, by holding out the paper he had been reading, saying, as he did so-"If you could write such articles as this, I could give you immediate employment.' The reference happened to be made to a humorous essay, written by Mr. Perry himself, as he immediately told Mr. Urquhart, at the same time giving him another article, in the same hand writing, which he had proposed to drop into the letter-box. Great satisfaction was expressed at this discovery; the gentleman to whom it was made, informing Mr. Perry that he was one of the principal proprietors of the paper, for which just such a person was wanted; and as there was to be a meeting of the managers that evening, he promised to propose him as a writer. This was accordingly done; and the next day he was engaged at a salary of a guinea per week, with an additional half guinea for assistance to the London Evening Post, then printed by the same person. In the execution of this engagement, Mr. Perry was most assiduous and laborious, and during the memorable trials of Admirals Keppel and Palliser, he for six weeks together, by his individual efforts as a reporter, sent up daily from Portsmouth eight columns of the proceedings, which raised the sale of the paper to several thousands per day. At this time he wrote and published several political pamphlets and poems. In 1782, he formed the plan of the European Magazine, and became its first editor; though he held that situation but 12 months, having then been chosen by the proprietors, editor of the Gazetteer, into which, by the employment of additional reporters, he introduced a most material improvement in the publication. After continuing to edite this paper, and Debrett's Parliamentary Debates, for some years, in a very superior manner, he became joint proprietor with his friend Mr. Gray (who died soon afterwards,) of the Morning Chronicle, one of the most respectable journals in London, in the Whig interest, of which indeed it was long the organ. Whatever difference of opinion may prevail as to his political sentiments, and we pretend not to vindicate them, the integrity of his motives was never questioned. Men of all parties, and of the highest rank and talent, contributed to his journal; for it was a wellknown remark, that Perry might be trusted with any thing.
He deserves also great credit for his political consistency, from which he had many temptations to deviate. Having been one of the leading speakers at the public Forums in their best days, Mr. Pitt, (who, when a young man, frequented them, though he never spoke there,) had an opportunity of witnessing his talents in debate, especially in reply; and on coming into office, he made a proposal to bring him into Parliament, which would probably have opened his way to a
splendid fortune. This, however, he declined, from his warm attachment to the principles of Mr. Fox, whose eloquence and liberality of sentiment had made so powerful an impression upon his mind, on his first entrance into the gallery of the House of Commons, that it never afterwards could be erased. A similar offer from the Earl of Shelburne, met with a similar refusal. Twice only, during his long career as a newspaper editor, principally in opposition, was Mr. Perry prosecuted by the Attorney General; and on both occasions he was acquitted. His first escape was owing to the eloquence of Lord Erskine as his advocate, and the strenuous stand of one of the jury. On the second trial he defended himself so skilfully, that even Lord Ellenborough summed up in his favour, though the libel, for which he was tried, was upon the King. The house of Lords, however, once committed both him and his printer to Newgate, for a paragraph, which they pronounced a breach of their undefined and undefinable privileges.
He embarked in a speculation of Mr. Booth's, for Polygraphic paintings, which did not answer; and sunk considerable property in some mills at Merton, by which he was much harassed for a considerable period. The Morning Chronicle proved, however, an inexhaustible mine of wealth in all his difficulties, netting for many years from six to eight thousand pounds per annum, which enabled its proprietor to live in a style of the first respectability, and to keep the best company, for which his mind and manners eminently qualified him. In prosperity, Mr. Perry did not forget his poorer relatives entirely supporting his mother, who died at Richmond a few years since; and furnishing the principal maintenance of a sister, who married the learned but dissipated Porson. He was a great admirer of Black-letter books, his collection of which has recently been sold for a very large sum of money, having long been esteemed one of the most valuable and curious in the metropolis. In his private life, he was too much a man of the world, to entitle him to commendation in our pages. For some time previous to his death, his declining health had prevented his taking any active part in the conduct of his paper; and for the last four months of his life he had resided at a distance from London, principally at Brighton, where his death happened in his 66th year. His remains were interred in his family vault, in Wimbledon Church; his funeral being conducted, according to the directions of his will, in the most private manner.
PROVINCIAL AND MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.
Deaths.-Oct. 31, 1821. At Shiraz, in Persia, aged 35, Claudius John Rich, Esq. "Author of the Memoir on Ancient Babylon." He was formerly of Bristol, but latterly resident of the East-India Company at Bagdad, to which situation he was raised before he had completed the 17th year of his age, in consequence of his great literary attainments, and distinguished merits. His ardent genius and intense application enabled him to make an almost unexampled proficiency in the Hebrew, Greek, Persic, Arabic, and Turkish languages, as well
as in several modern tongues. Independent, however, of his extraordinary attainments as a scholar, his loss will be severely felt, as an active and devoted agent of the Bible Society, in promoting the the circulation of the Scriptures in Persia, and other parts of the East. His death was occasioned by the cholera morbus, which in the short space of five days, swept off, in the city of Shiraz alone, where he had arrived on his way to Bombay, sixteen thousand persons.—Nov.16. During his voyage to New South Wales, Helenus Scott, M.D. lately in the service of the Honourable East-India Company, and first member of the Medical Board at Bombay. He was a native of Dundee, a contemporary of Drs. Ferriar and Rollo, with whom he lived on terms of great intimacy, and a correspondent of Sir Joseph Banks. Dr. Scott was the author of several papers on medical subjects; but more particularly known,by introducing the extensive and very successful exhibition, both externally and internally, of the nitric and nitro-muriatic acids and other analogous agents, in syphilitic, hepatic, and other maladies, in India.-Dec. 7, Of a dropsy, Pomare, King of Otaheite. His remains were deposited on the 11th in a new stone tomb, at the upper end of the large chapel he had erected for Christian worship in that island. A Regency, consisting of the principal chiefs, has been formed, the heir to the Crown being only two years of age. The Queen, who is a sensible woman, and a Sunday-School Teacher, is one of the number. She is daughter of a principal Chief of one of the neighbouring islands.-Feb. 9, 1822. In the Albany, Piccadilly, John William Stanger, Esq. Rear Admiral of the White.12, Mr. Henry Baldwyn, of Newgate-street, Bookseller, author of several articles in the Retrospective Review, on the Drama and Early Poetry, 25.-17. G. Storey, Esq. presiding Magistrate at Shadwell Police Office.-March, Rev. J. H. Powell, V. of Eccleshall, Stafford, and Dunchurch, Warwick.-Rev. W. V. Ireson, Lecturer of St. Clement's, Eastcheap, and upwards of 40 years Master of the Brewer's Grammar School. At Baltimore, Hon. W. Pinckney, Senator in the American Congress, from the State of Maryland. In the decease of this eminent jurist, eloquent advocate, and enlightened statesman, America has sustained a loss which will be universally felt and deplored. He was buried in the Capitol at Washington, both houses of Congress attending his funeral.-At Rome, Rev. Stephen George Ram, R. of Ringmere, Devon.-In Dartmouth-street, Rear Admiral Abraham Guyot, 75.-4. In Mile-end Road, aged 64, Donald Stewart, Esq. who during his life had travelled on foot over a large portion of Europe, Asia, and America. The American Prophet, Joseph Decker, who preached and baptized, some months ago, in the vicinity of the King's Bench prison. He embarked, a fortnight before his death, with one of his disciples, for France, with the view of journeying to Jerusalem. They had proceeded about a hundred miles in France, without any knowledge of the French language, and wandered they knew not where, when the unfortunate prophet was taken ill of the small-pox, and expired after lingering a week. His body was refused, in the first instance, Christian burial; but his friend having explained, through an interpreter, who the deceased was, and the object they both had in view, the corpse was interred with great pomp and ceremony. Decker wore a surtout with a leather girdle, and went without shoes or hat. His beard was red and long, he was six feet high, and from the singularity of his appearance, attracted much notice, and excited much pious feeling. His wearied companion has re