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OBITUARY.-Captain Sir T. Staines.

[Sept: Two days after the final subjugation ten, with whom Liedt. Staines continued of Corsica, Mr. Staines was removed as first Lieutenant until Oct. 16 followfrom the Lowestoffe frigate into the ing. During this period he was present Victory, a first-rate, bearing the flag of at the capture of three French frigates Lord Hood, in which ship be assisted at and two brigs of war; also of an armed the destruction of l'Alcide French 74, galley, a transport brig laden with brass near Toulon, July 13, 1795. He aster- guns and ammunition, and twenty merwards served as mate of the signals, une chant vessels, most of which were cut der the immediate eye of Sir Jobn Jer- out from the enemy's harbours by boats vis, by whom he was made a Lieutenant, under his own directions. and appointed to the Peterel sloop, July In May 1799, the Peterel was sent to 3, 1796. In Dec. following, Lieul. Staines inform Lord Nelson, then at Palermo landed on the coast of Corsica, took pos. with only one line-of-battle ship, that a session of a martello tower, and threw powerful fleet from Brest, having eluded the gun, a long brass 12-pounder, over the vigilance of Lord Bridport, had a precipice into the sea. The Peterel passed the straits of Gibraltar. On bis was at that time commanded by the arrival of the north-west end of Sicily, Hon. Philip Wodehouse, and subse- the wind being easterly, Capt. Austen quently by Lord Proby. In June 1797, despatched Lieut. Staines with the imLieut. Staines obtained permission from portant intelligence, overland to the cathe latter officer to attack a French pri- pital, where he arrived at nine o'clock vateer, which had violated the neutrali- in the evening of May 13, having perty of Tuscany by taking forcible posses- ormed a journey of at least 24 miles in sion of several merchant-vessels. Two two bours and a quarter, notwithstandboats, containing twenty officers and men, ing the road was very bad, and bis horse being placed under his orders, he suc- so little used to such great exertion tbat ceeded in carrying her, aster a sharp it died the following morning. For his conflict, in wbich five of his party were very zealous conduct on this occasion, wounded. On this occasion he was per- Lieut, Staines received Nelson's personal sonally opposed to the French commati- thanks. He soon after became tbird der, who died soon afterwards in conse- Lieutenant of his Lordsbip's flag-ship, quence of his wounds. The vessel tbus the Foudroyant 80, and was ever aftertaken mounted two long guns and seve- wards kindly noticed by the great naval ral swivels, with a complement of 45 hero. In the Foudroyant, Lieut. Staines meu.

assisted at the capture of two French In Sept. 1798, the Peterel, then at Rear-Admirals, Perrée and Decres, Feb. Gibraltar, under the command of Capt. 18 and March 30, 1800. Digby, was charged with dispatches Aster Nelson's departure from Legfrom Earl St. Vincent, to be landed at horn for England, June 1800, the FouFaro on the coast of Portugal, for the droyant received the fag of Lord Keith, Lisbon packet. In the execution of this under whom Lieut. Staines served as service, Lieut. Staines had a very nar. signal officer during the whole of the row escape ; the Peterel's jolly buat, in Egyptian campaign. The superior me. which he was proceeding to the shore, dal of the Turkish order of the Crescent being upset by a beavy sea near the bar (or more properly speaking, of the Star of Faro, by which accident four men, in- and Crescent) was presented to him for cluding the pilot, were drowned, and his services at that memorable period. himself and the only other survivor ex- On the 3d Dec. 1801, Lieut. Staines posed to the most imminent peril for was appointed to act as Commander of upwards of four hours.

tbe Romulus troop-ship, during the illOn the 12th of the following month, ness of Capt. John Culverhouse; and in tbe Peterel was captured near the Ba- her we find him employed conveying a learic islands, by four Spanish frigates. detachment of the 541h regiment from It was fortunately re-taken the next day Alexandria to Malta, where be rejoined by the Argo; but Lieut. Staines and the the Foudruyant, Jan. I, 1802. crew were carried off prisoners, first to On the 15th May following, Lieut. Carthagena, and then to Malaga. Their Staines was promoted by Lord Keith escort used them with great severity, into the Cameleon brig; and during tbe and Lieut. Staines received a sabre remainder of the short peace, Captain wound on the wrist. Having been re

Staines was employed keeping up a comturned to Gibraltar, a court martial was munication between Malia and Naples ; beld, and after acquittal they were all but immediately ou the renewal of bosreturned to tbe Peterel.

tilities with France, he entered upon a The Peterel was then under the com- series of services much more congenial mand of Capt. George Long, who after. to his enterprising spirit. wards fell at Elba; on the 3d Feb. 1799, On tbe 28th June, 1803, the Cameleon he was superseded by Capt. F. W. Aus- joined Lord Nelson off Toulon, and af.

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OBITUARY.-Captain Sir T. Staines.

279 ter a short cruise in the gulf of Genoa, of Ferdinand VII., and requesting that Capt. Staines was sent to Barcelona, os- be would repair to Palma Bay for the teosibly to procure bullocks, but in reali- purpose of treating with the supreme ty to obtain all the information he could Junta on subjects which might be adrespecting the intentions of the Spanish vantageous to their respective nations. government towards Great Britain ; a

The Cyane accordingly proceeded thiconvincing proof of the confidence that ther, exchanged salutes with the Spanish Nelson reposed in his ability and discre- garrison, and communicated with a detion. Capt. Staines returned to the putation from the capital; after which blockading squadron on the 20 August, Capt. Staines bastened with the gratifyand was immediately detached to his ing intelligence to his senior officer, former cruising ground, where he soon Rear-Admiral Thornborough, who imsucceeded in capturing nine sail of mer- mediately despatched Sir Francis Lachant vessels, and a French packet from forey in the Apollo frigate, to negociate Corsica bound to Toulon ; and on the with the Junta. For ten months from 16th November, off Cape Corse, a French this period, the Cyane was almost connational vessel, mounting 12 guns, with stantly employed on the south coast of a.complement of 90 men.

Spain, assisting the patriots, and annoyBetween that period and August, 1804, ing their oppressors. Whilst on this serCapt. Staines was most actively em- vice she was repeatedly engaged with ployed along the coasts of Italy and Pro- the enemy's batteries, and her boats vence, from Genoa to Marseilles. In made several captures. September, he was sent up the Adriatic, On the 20th June 1809, wben Lieut.. with permission from Lord Nelson to Gen. Sir John Stuart and Rear-Adm. cruise for three months. From Decem- (now Sir George) Martin, endeavoured ber 1804 to the following April, he was to make a diversion in favour of Austria, principally employed affording protec- by threatening Naples with an invasion, tion to the Levant trade; and be subse- Capt. Staines was detached, with the quently accompanied a large homeward Espoir and twelve Anglo-Sicilian guo. bound fleet as far as Gibraltar.

boats, to cruise between Procida and On the 15th August, 1805, the Came- Point Miseno. On the 26th the enemy's leon was obliged to throw all her stores flotilla, consisting of forty-seven sail, of every description overboard, and to was seen to approach; and a signal was cut away three anchors, in order to ef- made to the Cyane to prevent them from fect ber escape from a Spanish 74. She entering the bay of Naples. Capt. was consequently paid off at Portsmouth Staines," says the Rear-Admiral in his ofin the following month, and Capt.Staines ficial letter to Lord Collingwood, “ exehad the honour of dining with Nelson, . cuted that service with the same ability on board his flag-ship, the day previous and judgment which he bas shown upon to his last departure from England. every other occasion. Eighteen of tbe gun.

Capt. Staines attained post rank Jan. boats were taken, and four destroyed. 22, 1806; but was not again employed No language which I am master of can until March 28, 1807, when he received convey to your lordship an adequate a commission appointing bim to the idea of the gallantry, judgment, and Cyane of 32 guns and 155 men, in which good conduct displayed by Captain ship he was present during the whole of Staines.” the operations that led to the capitula- In an action witb the enemy's frigate tion of Copenbagen, and the consequent on the 27th, Capt. Staines lost his left surrender of the Danish navy. After the arm out of the sockel, and was wounded departure of the British feet, he was also in the side ; and as both his crew employed blockading Zealand, and af- and vessel bad suffered severely, the fording protection to the trade still re- Cyane was sent to England to be refitted. maining in the Baltic, until Nov. 30, In Rear-Adm. Martin's dispatch announ1807, when he sailed for England. cing this resolution, he stated: “It is

In Feb. 1808, Capt. Staines once more represented to me that nothing could proceeded to the Mediterranean, and on exceed the gallantry which was displayed the 22d May captured off Majorca the by Captain Staines in all these several Medusa Spanish 'letter of marque, of 12 aitacks, in which he was for three days guns and 80 men. This was, we believe, (and with little interruption by night) the last armed vessel taken from that engaged in a succession of battles." power by our cruisers. The Cyane and Capt. Staines arrived at the Motherher boat's had previously captured eight bank, Oct. 16. 1809 ; on the 17th Nov. merchantmen of different descriptions. he obtained permission to accept and On the 3d June, Capt. Staines received a wear the insignia of a Knight of the letter from the Captain-general of the order of Ferdinand and Merit, which Balearic Islands, stating ihat the inha- had been conferred upon bim by the bitants of Majorca had declared in favour King of Sicily; and on the 6th of Nov. 280 OBITUARY:-Capt. Sir T. Staines.--Capt. Nisbet, R.N. [Sept. he received the honour of knighthood LXXXVII. ii. p. 340; and vol. LXXXVIII. from his own Sovereign. A pension of ii. p. 37. £300 was also granted to him on account Sir T. Staines continued in the Pacific, of the loss of his arm.

affording protection to the British inteIn April, 1810, several of the princi- rests, until April 1815. He then returned pal gentlemen in the isle of Thanet gave to Rio Janeiro, and on bis arrival, in Sir Thomas Staines a dinner at Margate, consequence of the conclusion of bostiand presented him with an elegant lities with America, received orders to sword, “ as a mark of the very high ad- accompany his

commander-in-chief home miration in which they beld both bis to England. The Briton was sbortly afpublic and private character.” A few ter put out of commission. days after this flattering entertainment, On the enlargement of the Order of he was appointed to the Hamadryad of the Bath, Sir Thomas Staines was ap42 guns, in which ship we find hiin suc- pointed a Knight Commander, Jan. 2, cessively employed, convoying a trans- 1815. At the coronation of King George port to the banks of Newfoundland (on the Fourth, be was marshalled, in that her way to Quebec,) cruising off ihe character, next to James Alexander GorWestern Islands, escorting some troops, dun, who had also lost a limb in battle. &c. to the mouth of the Tagus, accom- On the 230 Oct. 1823, Sir Thos. Staines panying a fleet of East Indiamen from was appointed to the Superb of 78 gups; St. Helena to the Downs, and cruising in the following month be convoyed part on the Irish station. His next appoints of the 12.b regiment of foot from Portsment was, May 7, 1812, to the Briton mouth to Gibraltar; and subsequently frigate, in which he captured in the Bay visited Barbadoes, St. Vincents, Domiof Biscay, during that and the following nica, Bermuda, and Lisbon, at which year, the Sans Souci French privateer of last place he continued for a considerable 14 guns and 120 men ; La Melanie letter time. The Superb was paid off Dec. 19, of marque ; the Joel Barlow, an Ameri. 1825. can vessel of the same description; and He had recently beld the command of six unarmed merchantmen. He also the Isis, and had returned home from recaptured an English ship and two the Mediterranean scarcely beyond a brigs; drove on sbore two coasting tra- fortnight, when a disease (aneurism of ders; and assisted at the capture of five the aorta) with wbich be bad been afAmerican vessels, the whole having va- flicted for the last five years, and against luable cargoes.

which he bad borne up to the last, terOn the 31st Dec. 1813, Sir T. Staines minated fatally, to the great grief of his sailed from Spithead in company with a amiable widow and of every person who large East Indian fleet; but off Madeira enjoyed the pleasure of his society, and separated from his consorts in order to to the unavailing regret of every inhaassist and protect a disabled lodiaman, bitant of Margate, by whom he was litewith which he arrived at Rio Janeiro on rally adored as a native character, who, the 19th March 1814. From thence the by his bold achievements, had not oply Briton was suddenly ordered round Cape done honour to his King and country, Horn, in quest of a large American fri- but, as they felt, reflected credit upon gate, which he had not the good fortune them.

He married, in May 1819, Sarah, On the 28th August, 1814, Sir Thos. youngest daughter of Robert Tournay Staines took formal possession of Nooa. Bargrave, Esq. of Eastry Court, Kent. » heevah, one of the most considerable of the Marquesas islands; and thence re

Capt. Nisbet, R. N. turning to Valparaiso, steered a course Lately. 1o France, Josiah Nisbet, which ought, according to his chrono. Esq. Captain R. N. stepson to the immeters, and the Admiralty and other mortal Nelson. charts,' to have carried bim nearly three Captain Nisbet was the only son of degrees to the eastward of Pitcairn's Josiah Nisbet, M. D. of the island of Island. He was consequently greatly Nevis, by Miss Woolward, niece to Wm. surprised by its sudden appearance on Herbert, Esq. President of tbat colony. the 17th September; an incident which The subject of this memoir, when first enabled bim to ascertain the fate of his seen by his future stepfather, at ibat Majesty's ship Bounty, which was lost time Captain of the Boreas frigate, and by mutiny in 1789, and, it appeared, ta- senior officer on the Leeward Islands ken to tbat island, where the descen- station, was only three years old; and dants of the mutineers still remain. (See from that time they entertained a muthe interesting narrative of the state in tual regard for each other, until Nelson which Sir Thomas Staines found them, became his legal guardian and instrucin our vol. Lxxxv. ii. p. 597 ; also Lieut. In the war of 1793, Mr. Nisbet acShillibeer's account of them in our vol, companied his stepfather as a Midship,

to find.

tor.

1830.) OBITUARY.-Capt. Nisbet.-W. Pearson, Esq. 281 man on board the Agamemnon of 64 the promotion of my son-in-law, Josiah guns; he continued with him during Nisbet. If from poor Buwen's loss the many services performed in that you think it proper to oblige me,

I rest ship, and completed under bim bis time confident you will do it. The boy is as a petty officer. In the expedition under obligations to me; but he repaid against Teneriffe, Mr. Nisbet was with me, by bringing me from the mole of Nelson as a Lieutenant in the Tbeseus Santa Cruz." In his first letter to Lady 74; and the affection entertained by Nelson, he says: “I know it will add him for bis patron is strongly exempli- much to your pleasure to find that Josiah, fied by his conduct on the disastrous under God's providence, was principally night of July 241b, 1797.

instrumental in saving my life.” Perfectly aware bow desperate a ser. Lieut. Nisbet, according to the wish of vice the attack upon Santa Cruz was his father-in-law, was immediately proJikely to prove, before Nelson left the moted, and appointed to the command Theseus, be called Lieut. Nisbet, who of the Dolpbin hospital-ship, attached to had the watch on deck, into the ca- the Mediterranean fleet., On Nelson's bin, that he might assist in arranging recovery after the loss of his arın, and and burning his mother's letters. Per- return to join his former chief, he receiving that the young man was armed, ceived the following letter from Earl St. he earnestly begged bim to remain be- Vincent, dated Dec. 11, 1798: bind. “ Should we both fall, Josial," " My dear Admirall do assure you, said lie, “ what would become of your the Captain of the Dolpbin has acquitted poor mother! The care of the The himself marvellously well in three inseus falls to you : stay, therefore, and stances : in getting his ship out and take charge of her." Lieutenant Nis joining us off Cadiz soon after we arbet replied, “Sir, the ship must take rived ; in conducting a convoy of transcare of herself; I will go with you to- ports with troops from Gibraltar to Lisnight, if I never go again."

bon; and lately, in pushing out to proIn the act of stepping out of the tect the stragglers of the convoy from boat, Nelson received a shot through England in very bad weather; and he the right elbow, and fell; Lieutenant also improves in manners and conversaNisbet, who was close to bim, placed tion, and is amply stored with abilities, bim at the bottom of the boat, and which only want cultivation to render laid his hat over the shattered arm, him a very good character.” Jest the sight of the blood, which In a letier from Naples, dated.Dec. 24, gushed out in great abundance, should 1798, Nelson thus writes to his wife : increase bis faintness. He then exa- “ The improvement made in Josiah mined the wound; and taking some by Lady Hamilton is wonderful; your silk bandkercbiefs from his neck, bound obligations and mine are infinite on that them round tight above the lacerated score; not but Josiah's heart is as good vessels. Had it not been for this pre- and as humane as ever was cuvered with sence of mind in his son-in-law, Nelson a human breast. God bless, him, I love must bave perished. Lieut. Nisbet then him dearly with all his roughness." collected half a dozen seamen, by whose Capt. Nisbet's post commission bears assistance be succeeded, at length, in date Dec. 24, 1798. He was promoted getting the boat afluat, for it bad to that rank in the Thalia of 36 guns, grounded with the falling tide; and, which frigate he commanded on the himself taking an oar, rowed off to the Mediterranean station until the month Theseus, under a tremendous, i hough ill. of October, 1800. Previous to his return directed fire, from the enemy's batteries. from thence, he appears to have given

In a private letter to Sir Jobn Jervis, offence to his father-in-law, by remunthe first which he wrote with bis left strating with him on his infatuated alhand, Nelson strongly recommended bis tachment to Lady Hamilton, an attachyouthful companion for advancement, ment which afterwards bad the unhappy in the following terms: “ by my last effect of totally weaning his affections letter,* you will perceive my anxiety for from bis wife.

Captain Nisbet, we believe, bas held In a letier addressed to the com- no subsequent appointment. mander-in-chief, a few hours before he set out upon the enterprise, be recom

WILLIAM PEARSON, Esq. mended Lieut. Nisbet to the protection Sept. 14. At bis residence in St. Mat. of Sir John, and of the nation; adding, thew's, Ipswich, and in the 68th year of “ the Duke of Clarence, should I fall, bis age, William Pearson, Esq. an emiwill, I am confident, take a lively inte- nent Solicitor of that town, for many rest for my son-in-law, on his name be. years during the late war a Captain in ing mentioned."

the Ist regiment of the Suffolk Yeo. Gent. Mag. September, 1830.

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OBITUARY.-Williain Pearson, Esq.

(Sept. manry Cavalry, and brother to the Rev. at Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he proEdward Pearson, D.D. late Master of ceeded to the decree of LL.B. in 1786. In Sidney Syssex College, Cambridge, a 1782, he was presented by the Nugent falearned, pious, and exemplary divine. mily to the Vicarage of Gosfield; and in

Mr. Pearson was distinguisbed for those 1787, by the Crown, to the Rectory of essential qualities which adorn the cha- Chelmondiston, in Suffolk.“ racter of man, and which deservedly Aug. 30. Aged 75, the Rev. Arthur conciliate the esteem of friends, neigh- Jaques, Rector of Willerby, near Scarbobours, and acquaintance. A kindness of 'rough, to which living he was presented by disposition and an urbanity of manners the Lord Chancellor in 1789. formed so prominent a feature in all bis Aug. 31. At Steyning, Sussex, aged 87, thoughts and actions, as not only to the Rev. Thomas Green, D.D., Rector of mollify and control the harshness of Bramber with Buttolphs. He was of Magd. his professional duties, but to make even Coll, Oxford, M.A. 1766; B.D. 1776; these subservient to the claims of friend- D.D. 1782. He was the oldest member ship and benevolence. Throughout life, of Magdalen College, and was presented to his integrity was unimpeached, his sen- the Rectory of Bramber, Sussex, by that timents liberal and enlarged, bis social Society in 1783. qualities attractive, bis love for litera. At Neath, Glamorganshire, the Rev. Rice ture and the fine arts refined, and his Howell, M.A. of Jesus College, Oxford, attachment to the cause of liberty, both

1785, Vicar of Llancarvan, co. Glamorgan, civil and religious, firm and consistent. and Curate of Cowbridge and Llanblethian. The virtues and excellencies of this ami. He was instituted to the vicarage in 1827. able man are thus feelingly and accu. At the Mitre Inn, Oxford, the Rev. H. rately pourtrayed in the following beau- Bagshaw Harrison, MA. late of Magdalen tiful sonnet, from the pen of the * Bard College, Rector of Bugbrooke, in Northof Woodbridge : "

amptonshire, and of Warınington, co. War« To W. P.

wick. Mr. Harrison took his degree of If genuine love of freedom, testified

M.A. in 1788. Alike by words and deeds; if sterling Lately. The Rev. John Nicholl, B.D. of sense,

Jesus College, and formerly Rector of RePure taste, directed by intelligence, menham, Berks. He resigned the Rectory, And candidly to liberal arts applied ;

which is in the patronage of Jesus College, If, with such high acquirements, be allied in 1798, and was succeeded by the Rev. A bearreplete with true benevolence;

James Jane, B.D. of that Society. Mr. Who will assert Ibave not just pretence

Nicholl took his degrees of M.A. 1771, and To call their owner « friend" with ho

B.D. 1778. nest pride ?

(strain's The Rev. John Thompson, Vicar of FramNone would dispute it, might I, unre

field, Sussex ; to which he was presented in By scruples, which but add redoubled 1808, by the Earl of Thapet. He was forstrength

[length. merly a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford ; To all I seel, inscribe my name at

and graduated M A. 1779. As a clergyman Cust what it will, that cherish'd name

of the Church of England, as a scholar, and shall be

[not by me.

as a gentleman, he was justly respected and Honour'd, rever'd, and lov'd, but alter'd

esteenied. He was a constant resident among his parishioners, and exemplary in the dis

charge of his pastoral duties. By his will CLERGY DECEASED.

he has bequeathed the sum of 2001. in trust,

to be applied to charitable purposes for the Aug. 8. At Wantage, Berks, aged 49, benefit of his parish. the Rev. Cha. Tomkins Jennings. He was Rev. Rol:eri Humphreys, Perpetual Curate of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated of Bramley, Yorkshire: to which he was M.A. 1809.

appointed by the Vicar of Leeds in 1822. Aug. 11. In his 63rd year, the Rev. Rev. George Warringlon, Rector of PleasTho. Best, senior Fellow of Exeter College, ley, Derbyshire, to which he was presented Oxford. He took his degree of M.A. in in 1793, by B. Thornhill, esq.; Vicar of 1794; B.D. 1804.

Hope, in the same county; and a Canon in Aug. 18. At the Rectory-house, Brad- the Cathedral of St. Asaph, to which he field, Berks, aged 30, the Rev. Henry Sle- was instituted in 1791. vens, jun. Vicar of Buckland, Berks, eldest Rev. Hugh Hughes, Vicar of Nuneaton, son of the Rev. Henry Stevens, of Bradfield. Warwickshire. He was of Jesus Coll. Oxf. He was presented to his living in 1828, by M.A. 1767; B.D. 1775. Mrs. Rawbone and T. H. Southby, esq. Rev. Stephen Ratcliffe, Rector of Kryne,

Aug 26. At the Glebe House, Gosfield, Meath. Essex, in his 77th year, the Rev. John Aged 35, the Rev. R. Black, B.D. MiThurlow, one of his Majesty's Justices of nister of Ely Chapel, and Curate of St. Anthe Peace for the County. He was educated drew's, Holborn,

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