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mon to the meanest of the brute species, If the student be unacquainted with will be found capable of this resolution the science of music, perlaps, he will or sound.

Your's, &c. Letter understand the precise measure

JAMES WRIGHT. ment or distance of these full slides of December 27, 1809. sound, by an example, in nature, of in

MEMOIRS AND REMAINS OF EMINENT PERSONS.

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ACCOUNT of the LATE

early removed to the Universities of GENERAL MELVILLE. Glasgow and Edinburgh, where he con

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tinued to apply with the happiest sucfrom the Melvilles of Carnbee, in His fortune being but moderate, Fife, a branch of the ancient and noble he, in compliance with the counsels of family of his name, of which the chietis his friends to select one of the learned the present Earl of Leven and Melville. professions, turned his vicws to the study The original stock of this family was a of medicine: but his genius strongly Norman warrior, one of the followers of prompting-him to follow a military life, William the Conqueror, who, on some and the war then carrying on in Flanders disgust he conceived at his treatment in presenting a favourable opportunity for England, withdrew into Scotland, in the gratifying his natural tendencies, young reign of Malcolm Carmore, from whom Miclville could not resist the temptation. he received lands in Lothian, about Without, therefore, the knowledge of his 1066; and branches of his family were friends, he privately withdrew to Lonafterwards established on lands in Angus, don, where, upon a statement of his and Fife.

·motives and determination, he was furGeneral Melville's parents dying when nished with the necessary means of carhe was very young, tiis guardians placed rying liis projects into eilect. He acliim at the grammar-school of Leven, cordingly repaired to the Netherlands; where he soon dist ished himself by a and early in 1744, he was appointed an quick and lively apprehension, united to ensign in the 25th regiment of foot, then å singularly capacious and retentive forming a part of the allied army. That memory. From this semivary, his rapid campaign he served under Field-Marshal progress in his studies enabled him to be Wade, and all the following, up to the

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peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, in 1748, under constantly successful during an attack, H. R. H. the Duke of Cumberland, after a night's march, and the surprise partly in the Netherlands, and partly in of a post very close to the French camp, Britain, whither the regiment had been the major was entering a house just drawn in 1745, on account of the po- abandoned by the enemy, when it exlitical troubles in the kingdom. In tlic ploded, and he was blowi to a considerend of 1746, the regiment returning to able distance, and taken up for dead. the Continent, Ensign Melville, at the Proin the immediate effects of this battle of Lafeldt, conducied himself in accident he soon recovered: but to such a way, as to merit being selected by the same cause must be attributed the his colonel, (the Eart of Rothes,) to de- decay of sight, with which, in his latter liser to the Commander in Chief the years, he was afflicted, and which at last colours of a French regiment, taken by ended in total irremediable blindness. the 25th, on which occasion he was pro- lu recompence for his services in Gua. moted to a lieutenancy.

daloupe, Major M. was directed by the His regiment, after the battle of Fon- commander of the forces, (General Bare tenoy, was besieged in Ath, where Lieu- rington,) to succeed Lieutenant Colonel tenant Melville narrowly escaped de- Debrisey, in the defence of Fort Royal, struction: for the enemy directing their which be held until the reduction of the jire at the fortifications alone, in order island, when, in addition to the governto spare the town, a shell from an over ment of that fort, he was appointed lieucharged mortar passing over the ram- tenant-governor of the island of Guadaparts, fell in the middle of the night, loupe, and its dependencies, with the when he was absent on duty in one of lieutenant-colonelcy of the 63d regia the outworks, on the house where he was quartered, and, piercing the roof, actually Brigadier-general Crump, who was made its way through the bed he usually made governor of the new colony, dying occupied.

in 1760, Lieutenant-colonel M. sucOn the termination of the war, Lieu- ceeded to the government, with the comtenant M. proceeded with his regiment mand of the troops. In this situation he for the south of Ireland; and on the exerted himself to the utinost, and was passare was shipwrecked on the coast of at very considerable expense, in order Normandy.

to impress the new French subjects with In 1751, being promoted to the com- favourable notions of the justice and mand of a company in the same regi. liberality of the British government. In ment, and employed in recruiting in Scot- this attempt he was so successful, noć land, his onesampled success drew the only in the colony immediately under bis notice of the commander of the forces, coinmand, but in Martinique, and the and he became aid-de-camp to the Earl other neigtibouring French islands, that of Panmure. In 1750, he was made a secret correspondence was established inajor of the 38th regiinent, then in An- with the leading people amongst the tirua, where it had beer stationed for enemy, which in a great measure prohalf a century, since its removal from duced the speedy surrender of those Gibraltar.

, islands to the British arms. Although a That island had often been made a governor in chief froin England had arreceptacle formoffenders, froin regiments rived in Guadaloupe, and Lieutenantat home; and, ihus its mi itary force had colonel M. had not only received his Jong been composed of the most disor- Majesty's leave to repair to Europe derly troops. By the indefatigable zeal for the benefit of his health, but was at of the new major, and from the perfect the same time promoted to the rank of conviction be was able to inspire into the colonel in the army, still resisting very men, that he had their weifare, and that tempting invitations to return'home, lie alone at heart, he at length, with the preferred to remain even as second in assistance of most of the other oficers, command, in the view of accomplishing succeeded in rendering the 38th regis his great object-the acquisition of the ment one of the most oriseily in the French colonies : which, from the intere service : and detachments from it ac course be bad now opened with thein, companied bin in the attack on Mar. must have suffered much interruption tinique, as also on the invasion of Gua- from his absence. In pursuance of ihese daloupe, where Major M. coinmanded projects, Colonel M. proceeded as second the light infantry, at the advanced posts. in imand, with Briyadier-general In one of the skirmishes, which were Lord Rollo, against Dominica, which MONTHLY MAG. No. 195.

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was surprised and taken with very little whose existence little doubt was enterloss. This expedition was concerted and tamed by the French government; yet of conducted witls so inuch skill and cau all the persons suspected, and even tion, ihat the island had surrendered punished on the occasion, not one of letore the French governor of Mar- those actually connected with Colonel tinique was informed of the attack, al- lietville, was even so much as hinted at. though these islands are within sight the The conquest of the French islands, one of the other; and the inportance of the great objecť of Colonel M. Iville's Colonel M.'s service in the attack, as anxiety, being now accomplished, he well as in the previous arrangements repaired to England, where he found his with certain inbabi'anes, were publicly services and general conduct highly acknowledged by Admiral Sir James approved, although, in fact, the measure's Douglan, and Brigadier-general Lord he had privately followed to bring about Rolling the two commanders of the ex- the splendid success already stated, pedition.

could ime, for the sake of the persons inIn the beginning of 1762, Colonel M. plicated, be either publicly known ur commanded a division in the attack un- acknowledged: Koi was the secret ever der General Nionkton, on Martinique; divulgad. Many years afterwards, when and notwithstanding severe illness, 11 as General Midville was employed on a present in the successful assault of the mission to the court of Versailles, applihill and battery o: Tortenson. The cation was made wonin from a vurylogh British had, however, obtained possession quarter, to learn whether certain persona, of a very small portion of the island, whose names were mentioned, were in when a small party arriving at a certain any way connected with his projects in spot in the interior, one of three agreed. Martinique, &c. and upon his cleclaraupou in Colonel M.'s correspondence tion that they were totally unknown to with the principal inhabitants for that him, those persons, or their surviving repurpose, a general detection with a cry lations, were instantly relieved from the et capitulation took place; so that the obloquy and losses they had till that French governor wis compelled to ca- time endured, from the suspicions enterpitulate at the moment, when almost the rainer concerning the boy government. srbole island, with St. Pierre, the ca. Such was tlie impression marte on the pital, and scieral important fortifications, minds of his Majesty's ministers, by the and all the fortresses in the wountains, conduct of Colonel M. in the West Inwere sull in his possession; and which, dies, that in addition to the rank of if at all reducible by the British forces in Brigadier-general in 1763, he was, upon the inland, must have been canied with the recommendation of Lord Eyremont, a very great loss of troops: This rapiel Secretary of State for the Colonies, apconquest was the more important as, pointed by his Majesty, on the o:h of within a few days after the surrender, a April, 1764, to the peculiarly arduous French squadron, with a great body of and mportant situation, of Captain.yefrompis, apprared off Martinique; bui on neral, and Governor in Chief of all the learning the fate of the colony, the com. islands in the West Indies, celed by mander, with ut attempting its relief, I'rance to Britain, by the creaty of 1703, immediately returned to st. Domingo, viz. Grenada, the Gienadines, Domia

On the fall of Martinique, the remain- nica, St. Vincent, and Tabirge): to this ang French islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, appointment was added that of comGrenada, the Grerjadines, aviet Tobago, mander of the forces in those colonies. submitted to a summous, receiving core In the autumn of 1701, Governor J. dicions equally liberal with those granted proceeded to bis station, carrying out to Martinique

iwo larve store ships, with articles reNo sooner had the conquest of Mar- cessary for fixed settlements in West tinique been effected, than Colonel India islands. T.:20 vas, at that peo Melvolle returned to his post in Guada- riod, restitute of inhabitants, and almunst loupe, to avoid intercourse with the totally covered with wood: thithier, persous by whose means the deficnon chercture, he first repaired from Barbaof Martingale had been brought atrout: does with the stores, and a few clonists and it is remarkable that, although on from that island; and employer his stay the restoration of that, and some other in preparing measures for the projected islands te France, when the inost rigid settlement of the colouy. His nest ob. enquiry was instituted respecung the ject was to enter on the establishment of correspondence with the British, of the Britislı gorernment, in all the islands

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under his jurisdiction, followed by legis. make, in some of the islands under his latures formed on principles similar to command, General M. was swayed much those of the neighbouring British colo- more by considerations of public advannies.

tage than of-private emolument. For During the whole of his governmennt, Tobago, almost a desert, and Dominica, which lasted about seven years, General situated between and within view of the M. only once quitted his post, and that two great French islands, Martinique was in 1769, when he returned to Eng. and Guadaloupe, presented so few atJand, on business of the highest impor. tractions to new colonists, that unless the tance to the future security and prospé- governor, by selecting plantations in rity of the colonies entrusted to his care; ühen, had evinced his confidence in their and notwithstanding the numberless dif- security as British possessions, few or no ficulties he had to surmount, in a govern- adventurers would have hazarded their ment so extensive and so 'coinplicated, property in either of those unpromising lie had the satisfaction to see that his colonies. administration was duly appreciated, and From the period when he retired from gave very general satisfaction. Some his government, General M. adhering partial complaints by a few disappointed to his favorite maxim of taking nuching individuals, brought against him, while for doing nothing, never solicited, nor in London, but directed in fact rather eren wished, for any pension, salary, or against the King's council in Grenada other emolument whatever,' from the than against the governor himself, were public purse, although his eminent sera found to be utterly frivolous, and were vices, and his iil health, and total loss of of course deservedly disregarded by the sight, originally contracted in the disking and council at home. As tó any charge of his public duties, might well charges of peculation, the most coinmon have encouraged liin to proffer claims subject of complaint against persons in so commonly made and allowed in sinnihis situation, nothing of that sort was lar circumstances. ever even insinuated against General When, by the public recognition, on M. on the contrary, it was well known at the part of France, of the independence home, as well as abroad, that with op- of the United States of North America, portunities of amassing wealth, in the hostilities with that kingdom were decmsole settleinent and administration of so ed unavoidable, General Melville was many newly-acquired colonies, such as consulted by administration, on bad never falleu' to the lot of any foreign means to be adopted for the security of governor, General M. resisted the fre our own West India colonies, and for quent and pressing offers made to him the conquest of those belonging to by speculators, to enter into their schemes France; and had the opinions lie offered of acquisition, in which he might, with on those subjects accorded with the views perfect propriety, have embarked; and already entertained boy, his Majesty's miihat practising an honest and honourable nisters, the country would again have abstinence, he retired from his govern- reaped the fruits of his local and military mer:t much poorer than many of the ad- knowledge, in an important command venturers in it, who bad realised their beyond the Atlantic. He was, however, acquisitions, without any original pro- too well acquainted with the nature of perty, on mere speculation and credit. the service on which he was consulted,

li is but justice to add, that although and, above all, with the talents and disa General M.'s salary from home, as go- positions of the Marquis de Bouillé, como vernor of so many islands, hardly ex- mander in chief of tlic French forces in ceeded 10001. per annum, yet he not the West Indies, and this not from reonly refused in accept of the offered, and port only, but from personal intercourse usual salaries from each colouy, but gave 'in the course of his government : with up many oflicial fees, where he conceived the formidable qualities of that distinsuch a step might tend to the advantage guished commander, General M. was too of the new colonists. The duties of a well acquainted to undertake the sermajor-general, throughout the several vices then in agitation, vithout being jstands under his command, he also accompanied by a force, far more reo punctually discharged, without any spectable than that which it seemed to allowance or charge whatever ou the be in contemplation to place under his public on that account. Even in the command. Other ineasures were 2suall purchases of land he chose to cordingly adopted, and the result is well

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known :: in a short tiine M. de Bouillé , the business; and Mr. Young, (the prowas in possession of the greater number sent Sir William Young,) was joined in of the British colonies in the West Indies. the mission,

The resemblance, in many important The success of the application at Verpoints, between these two commanders, sailles, exceeded the most sanguine exwas peculiarly striking; both men emi. pectations: and to the beneficent mag nently endowed with all the qualities re naninity of the ill-tated Louis XVI.. quisite for the discharge of their several on the liberal suggestions of his truly reduties; buth men of consummate valour spectable minister for the navy and the and military, skill; both peculiarly dis- colonies, the late Marshal Duke de tinguished by a high sense of honour, and Castries, that success was by General M. actuated by motives the most disinterest- uniformly attributed. Let it however be ed, generous, aud humane; both accusa added, by one who, as secretary to the tomed to service in the probable scene of General on that occasion, had indubitable action; and both personally acquainted evulance of the fact, that the represellwith the quarters where that service tations of the minister, and the cousewould probably be required; both in- quent decisions of the sovereign, were Hamed with ardent zeal in the cause of very materially influenced by esteem for their respective countries, and each with the character of General M. and cons a deterinination to recommend himself fidence in the manly, candid, and how to his antagonist by the faithful discharge nourable conduct be displayed in every of his duties : a contest between two part of the negociation. The humanity, such commanders, on proper terms, inust, liberality, and disinterestedness, which lave furnished ample room for the in- had marked the whole of his adininistrastruction of every ipilitary man. tion in Guadaloupe, while it remained

The last service rendered to his country under the British Aay, and the whole of by General Melville, in a public capacity, his general government of the ceded related to Tobago, an island originally . French colonies, had in the persons of setiled by hiin, and long fostered with some individuals, and in the connections peculiar care. This colony, in the course of others of distinction in France, seof the conguests of M. de Bouillé, fell cured for General M., a cordial, and: into his hands, after a defence in winch confidential reception, which it may have the civil governor (George Ferguson, been the happiness of few negociators to esq.) and the inhabitants so greatly dis. possess. At his last interview with M. tinguished themselves, as to merit, and de Castries, that minister expressed his to obtain, from the captor a most liberal royal master's entire satisfaction with the capitulation. By the preliminary ar General's manageinent of so delicate a ticles of peace, concluded in the be- negotiation; adding, that his Majesty ginning of the year 1783, Tobago was was convinced the General had, through. ceded to France, without any of those out the whole business, pe formed the stipulations for the advantage of the Bri- part of a genuine and impartial friend tish settlers, proprietors, and traders, and umpire between France and Tobago: usually granted on similar occasions.

Vous avez agi en orui tiers, was To remove as much as possible the the expression, aların excited by this circumstance, in Ex pede Herculem.--To present some the minds of all persons interested in the idea of the spirit by which General M. fate of Tubago, measures were adopted was actuated in his administration of by those in Britain, for obtaining from allairs, civil and military, in Guadaloupe, the court of France some amelioration of and its dependent islands, the following their condition. The first step was to specimen may suffice. select a proper negotiator; and for this

By the capitulation, the Erench royal purpose all eyes were turned towards council had been preserved in the full General Melville, wbo was requested to exercise of all its functions and privileges, repair to Versailes, there to solicit for and the French laws, civil and criminal, the unfortunate colonists of Tobago remained in their original force: the gothose indulgencies to which, from the vernor, who was, ex officio, president of terins of the cession, they could form no the council

, was the only British subject clain. In acceding to this request, the in that body. At a meeting of the coun. General, that the application from the cil, in the capital of the island in 1760, new subjects to their new master might while General M. was seated at the head appear the wore decorous, suggested that of the council-table, the board, being * coadjutor should be given to him in complete, and the crown-lawyers cons

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