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It may be allowed the compiler of this Memoir to cite the following passages in a letter lately received from one of Dr. Drury's earliest and most attached pupils, with reference to the projected monument:
“ I saw, with pleasure, in the papers, mention made of an intended monument to Dr. Drury's memory. I trust that in imitation of that raised to the memory of Dr. Butler, in the church of Harrow, it will have, in basso relievo, his full length sculptured; for he had an amenity and mild dignity of expression corresponding with his real temper and urbanity of manners-independent of his features, which an artist would pronounce of the highest order — the intelligence of a sage, with the goodness and tenderness of a parent — preserving well a due gravity and reserve in the midst of frequent occasional facetiousness. I have always identified him, in my mind's eye, with Plato, whom no man ever knew to be in a passion. Dr. Drury, too, could harangue with great effect, in a popular manner, yet in periods classical, terse, and sententious, not without a most harmonious voice. He should be represented with his natural locks gracing his majestic forehead and temples. Why wAS HE NOT MADE A BISHOP ? "
And again :—“ By all means, keep the letters of venerable Drury (as Bede used to be called) till you have no further occasion for them. How beautiful is the character of his handwriting ! - a a perfect model of the italic and clerical, epistolary or manuscript letter - traced, it would seem, with a ruby or a diamond pen, like his speeches, graceful, spiritual, and distinct. In writing his Memoir, his autograph should be engraved; as the character of every man appears in his handwriting.”
“ With regard to a basso relievo for the monument, it would not be amiss to suggest to the artist, while his ideas are in the first heat, and before he casts or fuses his composition into the mould, to refresh his recollection of Raphael by a re
examination of some good (Italian) print of Raphael's School of Athens. It is nearly forty-eight years since I saw last the head, countenance, and figure, with the mild, classical, and apostolic manner, of Drury, — that truly venerable teacher, who could raise the soul of youth to heaven, and make his hearers forget every thing carnal, sordid, or ignoble. Of course, I recollect him as he then was, better than any who have seen him since, especially if they have seen him daily, or from year to year, in the familiar and common avocations of life, and altering more and more, as he descended from the acme of manhood into the vale of years. All that he was in his perfection has been preserved in my memory, as in amber, fixed and unaltered ; and I have no doubt that the figure of Plato, with his right hand pointing upwards, in conference with Aristotle, would come the nearest to the real picture, if any such existed, of Drury. The artist might select some of the youthful figures or portraits - those of Alexander and Xenophon in particular ; and some of that group gathering about, or rather swarming around, Archimedes — not omitting that spirited and graceful adolescent figure going hastily up the steps, from the school of the latter, to hear Plato. His face might not be wholly averted from the spectator, and might represent Byron's profile. It should be almost in alto relievo. The school and spire of the church, and (by poetic licence) the boarding house of the head master, might be given in perspective, in the way these things are done upon antique marbles and medals. But the great point is the composition.”
We have been favoured with the foregoing Memoir from a most authentic source.
ADMIRAL SIR RICHARD GOODWIN KEATS,
GOVERNOR OF GREENWICH HOSPITAL.
This gallant and distinguished officer was the son of the Rev. R. Keats, rector of Bideford, in Devonshire, and headmaster of the free grammar school at Tiverton. He was born at Chalton, in Hampshire, on the 16th of January, 1757, and at the age of thirteen entered the navy, on board the Bellona, 74, on the home station. The Captain of this ship, John Montague, being promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, and appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Halifax station, took the youngster with him into the Captain, of 60 guns,
in 1771. Although hostilities had not actually commenced, this was a busy station, and one well calculated to form the rising officer; and Mr. Keats was very actively employed in boat service, and also in small craft, two of which he commanded. In February, 1776, Admiral Montague received preferment, and hoisted his flag at the fore, in the Romney, 50, as Go. vernor and Commander-in-Chief of Newfoundland; Keats joined him, and remained till he was ready to pass the ordeal of examination; after which he was made Lieutenant into the Ramilies, on the 7th of April, 1777.
The Ramilies led the fleet on the larboard tack in the action fought by Keppel against D’Orvilliers, on the 27th of July, 1778, when she had twelve men killed, and twenty-one wounded; and the officer-like conduct of the young Lieutenant was so striking, that when his Captain, the Honourable Robert Digby, received the rank of Rear-Admiral, in the following year, he invited Mr. Keats as a follower into the
Prince George of 98 guns. In this ship his Royal Highness Prince William Henry, his present Most Gracious Majesty, commenced his naval career; and Lieutenant Keats had the honour of being, for upwards of three years, officer of the watch in which his Royal Highness was placed. He had been selected as an able and skilful officer, to whom the professional superintendence of the young Prince might be safely entrusted; and the integrity with which he executed his charge is well known. Speaking of Nelson, his Royal Highness observed : 66 We visited the different West India Islands together, and as much as the manæuvres of fleets can be described off the headlands of islands, we fought over again the principal naval actions in the American war. Excepting the naval tuition which I had received on board the Prince George, when the present Rear-Admiral Keats was Lieutenant of her, and for whom both of us equally entertained a sincere regard, my mind took its first decided naval turn from this familiar intercourse with Nelson."
Admiral Digby sailed in the fleet destined for the relief of Gibraltar, as second in command under Sir George Rodney; and on the 8th of January, 1780, had the good fortune to fall in with a Spanish convoy of 16 sail, escorted by a 64, four frigates, and two corvettes, which were every one captured. * Nor was this all. Some treacherous spy had informed the Spaniards that Rodney would have but four sail of the line with him, and they therefore sent a force of eleven two-deckers and two frigates, to wait for him off Cape St. Vincent. But the force under Rear-Admirals Digby and Ross was ordered to proceed through to Gibraltar, instead of parting company, off Cape Finisterre, as at first intended : Don Juan de Langara was therefore caught in his own snare, and the fruits to the British were, four sail of the line taken, two destroyed, and one blown up. The relief of the garrison was then easily accomplished ; and, on the 13th of February, Digby quitted Sir G. Rodney, and stood towards England with the prizes ;
* Sir George Rodney commissioned the Spanish 64, and named her the Prince William, in honour of the Royal youth, who witnessed her capture.
but, as if this début of his Royal Highness was to be stamped with good fortune, in five days afterwards they fell in with a French convoy of thirteen West Indiamen, under the care of a couple of line-of-battle ships, a frigate, and two flutes, of which they captured the Prothée, of 64 guns, and three of the finest merchantmen : the rest were so extremely alert, that though pursuit was instantly commenced, and followed up with the greatest alacrity, they were so successful as to escape.
The Prince George continued from this time employed with the Channel fleet, till the month of March, 1781, when she was one of the nine three-deckers of the powerful fleet with which Vice-Admiral Darby relieved Gibraltar. On this occasion Lieut. Keats had severe labour in the boats; for no less than 7000 tons of provisions, 2000 barrels of gunpowder, and a prodigious quantity of stores and supplies, were landed in the midst of a tremendous cannonade from the enemy. In the following August, Rear-Admiral Digby was ordered to America, where he was to take upon himself the chief command. On the 27th of September he arrived with the Canada and Lion, at Sandy Hook, where he found the ships collected by Admiral Graves for the purpose of forcing the feet of De Grasse, who was blocking up the Chesapeake, to action. The surrender of Earl Cornwallis rendered this spirited measure unnecessary; for it was planned only in the hope of extricating that nobleman from his toils. The Admiral, however, soon cut out work, as a sail-maker would
our Lieutenant, who had, by his attention and promptness on all occasions, endeared himself to his commander; he was, therefore, entrusted with the conduct of the naval part of an expedition for the destruction of numerous formidable boats of the enemy, about fourteen miles up a tide river in the Jerseys. This was conducted with such skill and intrepidity as to ensure success: and Keats was rewarded with a commander's commission, dated the 18th of January, 1782, and an appointment to the Rhinoceros, of 12 guns. From this tub of a vessel he was removed by his kind patron into the Bonetta, of 14 guns, a