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June 1663, Sir Charles Sedley being of one which Sir Charles had lately in company with Lord Buckhurst, worn, and made his appearance in it afterwards the celebrated Earl of in public. To punish his vanity, Dorset, and Sir Thomas Ogle, at a Sedley hired a bravo, or bully, who, tavern in Bow-street, the whole party accosting the actor in the Park, as he became so thoroughly intoxicated, was strutting along in his holiday that they committed the grossest in- clothes, pretended to mistake him for decencies, in the sight of the passen- the poet, and alleging that he had gers; and when they had collected received a very insulting message a large mob, Sedley stripped himself from him, caned the poor son of Thesnaked, and in that situation proceeda pis very soundly. În vain did Kyed to harangue them with considera- naston protest that he was not the ble eloquence, though in the grossest person he was taken for; the more he and most impious language. The in- protested the harder were the blows dignation of the populace being ex- laid on, as a punishment for his encited by this shameless conduct, they deavouring to escape chastisement attempted to break into the house, by so impudent a falsehood. The and a desperate riot ensued, in which story soon got wind, and when some the drunken orator and his equally of the belaboured actor's friends redrunken companions had nearly paid monstrated with Sedley upon this for their frolic with their lives, being harsh treatment of an inoffensive forced by repeated vollies of stones to man, he coolly told them that their retreat into their room, the windows pity was very much misplaced, and of which were dashed to pieces. For ought rather to be bestowed on him, this outrage, the baronet and his as- since Kynaston could not have sufsociates were indicted in the court of fered half so much in his bones, as he King's Bench, in Michaelmas Term, himself had done in reputation from 35 Charles II, and having pleaded the whole town believing it was he guilty to the charge, Sedley was fined who had been thus publicly distwo thousand marks, imprisoned a graced. week, and compelled to find sureties He was a man whom it was not for his good behaviour for three years. easy to get the etter of, or to disHe conducted himself with great in- compose. Amongst the facetic of solence when brought up to receive his days it was the custom when a sentence, and when in order to repress gentleman drank a lady's health as a it, the Chief Justice, Sir Robert Hyde, toast, by way of doing her greater asked him if he had ever read » the honour, to throw some part of his Complete Gentleman,” he replied dress into the fire, an example which with more rudeness than wit, that he his companions were bound to follow had read more books than his Lord by consuming the same article of ship. The culprits employed Killi- their apparel, whatever it might be. grew, remembered in our times but one of his friends perceiving at a as the King's jester, though then a tavern dinner that Sedley had on a man of considerable influence, with very rich lace cravat, when he named some others of the King's favourites, his toast committed his cravat to the to solicit a mitigation of their fine; flames, as a burnt offering to the but in the true spirit of court friendó temporary divinity, and Sir Charles ship they begged it for themselves, and the rest of the party were obliged and exacted its payment to the ut- to do the same. The poet bore his most farthing. It was probably to loss with great composure, observing silence their importunities or threats, it was a good joke, but that he would that Sedley sold the manor of Great have as good a one some other time. Okeley, which had been in his family He watched therefore his opportuever since the time of Henry VII. nity, when the same party was as
Another of his recorded freaks sembled on a subsequent occasion, was more witty, and less discredit- and drinking off a bumper to the able to him. Though somewhat in- health of Nell Gwynne or some other clined to corpulency he was a hand- beauty of the day, he called the waisome man, and very like Kynaston ter, and ordering a tooth-drawer into the actor, who was so proud of the the room, whom he had previously resemblance that he got a suit of brought to the tavern for the pure clothes inade exactly to the pattern pose, made him draw a decayed tooth which long had plagued him. tine as he was, felt her degradation, The rules of good-fellowship, as then which this title rendered but the in force, clearly required that every more conspicuous. His wit, howone of the company should have a ever, for even on a daughter's and an tooth drawn also, but they very na- only daughter's fall he would be witty, turally expressed a hope that Sedley seemed to be at least as keen as his would not be so unmerciful as to en- resentment when, as he came out of force the law. Deaf, however, to all the House of Commons on the day their remonstrances, persuasions, and that William and Mary were crownentreaties, he saw them one after an ed King and Queen, on being asked other put themselves into the hands why he appeared so warm for the of the operator, and whilst they were Revolution, he replied, " From a writhing with pain, added to their principle of gratitude; for since his torment by exclaiming “ patience, late Majesty has made my daughter gentlemen, patience, you know you a countess, it is fit I should do all I promised that I should have my frolic can to make his daughter a queen.". too."
If traditionary evidence may be Of a disposition to make light of believed, Sedley was given to the his own misfortunes as well as those dangerous practice of reading in bed. of his friends, rather than lose a jest Harefield-place, about three miles he would make one at his own ex- from Uxbri ge, once the seat of Lord pense. When the comedy of Bell- Keeper Egerton, and then honoured amira was acted, the roof of the thea, by the presence of Elizabeth,-and tre fell in, and he was one of the few where also Milton was a frequent vis that were hurt by the accident. His sitor, and his Arcades was performed friend, Sir Fleetwood Shepherd, con- by the Countess of Derby's granddoling with him on his ill-fortune, children,-was burnt down about the told him that the fire of the play had year 1660, in consequence of his thus blown up the poet, house and all; to carelessly amusing himself, when on which he replied, “No; the play was a visit to his brother's widow, to so heavy that it broke down the house whom this seat had been bequeathed and buried the poet in his own rub- by her first husband, Lord Chandos. bish.”
Associating on terms of equality After the disgraceful affair at Bow- with the nobility and other men of street, his mind took a somewhat fashion and “ of parts,” (to use the more serious turn, and beginning to phraseology of the times to which I apply himself to politics, he repre- refer) abounding in the reign of sented the borough of New Romney, Charles II. Sedley seems also to in the neighbourhood of his property have been a patron of genius in hunand his birth-place, in the parliament ble life, as we find him accompanying assembled at Westminster in the 31st bis friends, the Earls of Rochester and of Charles II. (1678) in that at Os. Dorset, and other persons of distincford in the next year, and those of tion, on a visit to Oldham the poet the 10th and 12th of William III. at Croydon, where he was master of as he was also returned for it in those the school attached to Archbishop called in the 2d and 7th years of Whitgift's hospital, at the time that he the same reign, but he made his elec- wrote his satires against the Jesuits, tion for Appleby in Westmorland, which, together with some other of whence he had also been returned, bis works, these wits had seen in mathough soon vacating his seat, on the nuscript, and were therefore anxious second occasion, to be re-elected for for a personal acquaintance with their his old borough. He was extremely author. By a very natural mistake active for the Revolution, a circum- they were introduced to Shepherd, the stance which some thought extraor- master of the hospital, who would dinary, as he had received favours very willingly have taken the honour from James II, but these were com- of a visit from such distinguished chapletely cancelled by that monarch’s racters to himself, though he was having taken his daughter into keep- soon convinced to his mortification ing as a mistress. To gild over her that he had neither wit nor learning disgrace he created her countess of enough to sustain a part in such a Dorchester, an honour by no means company. agrceable to her father, who, liber, His conduct in parliament seems
always to have been dignified and m- berty notoriety), passed by a previous dependent. He opposed the intro- settlement to Sir Charles Sidley, of duction of a standing army, pithily St. Giles's in the Fields, Knightma assigning as a reason for doing so, third cousin of the poet's, by descent that if the nation was true to itself, from Richard, the younger brother of ten thousand men were sufficient for the first baronet of the family, its defence; whilst if it was not, a hunwho was himself raised to the same dred thousand would be too few. On rank by the same stile and title, when another occasion he closed a speech the baronetage became extinct by the against a bill for dissolving the par- death of his more celebrated namesake. liament, which many members of the His son removing into NottinghamHouse of Commons supported, from a shire on his marriage with Miss Firth, fear of losing their seats if they did an heiress, who brought him the seat not vote for so popular a measure, of Nuthall Temple, and a good estate with this manly sentiment: “ Truly, in that county, the long established sir, for my part I renounce those connection of the family with the partial measures ; and if I cannot county of Kent was considerably be chosen on account of general weakened; and his son and sucservice to the nation, I will never cessor, Sir Charles Sedley (for his decreep into the favour of any sort of scendants adopted the poet's orthomen, and vote against my judgment.” graphy) put an end to it entirely by
Gay as his life had been, and in- selling, I believe, every acre of land temperate, especially in the earlier left to them there. part of it, Sedley lived to the age of This Sir Charles Sedley, the last 90, passing in the country near Lon- baronet of the family, resided chiefly don the few
years immediately preced- at Nuthall Temple and Nottingham, ing his death, which happened on the which borough he twice represented 20th of August, 1701, at Hampstead, in parliament. He was a convivial where he occupied a house on Ha- and popular character, of an amiable verstock-hill, in which Sir Richard disposition, and highly esteemed in Steele afterwards resided, though I the county in which he lived. He can find no other trace or memorial was one of the persons upon whom of him there.
the honorary degree of DCL. was His works were collected and pub- conferred on the opening of the Radlished in two very neatly printed vo- cliffe library, in 1739. Dying at his lumes, 12mo, in 1788, with the “Me- seat, on the 25th of August 1778, moirs of the Author's Life," written, without issue male, the baronetcy of as the title tells us, by “ an eminent Sedley, of Southfleet, became a second hand,” though in truth the production time extinct, and has never been reof some miserable bookseller's-hack, vived. A year after his death, his as such anonymous “ eminent hands only daughter married the Hon. Henry half a century since pretty uniformly Vernon, fourth son of George Venawere. I am not aware of any other bles first Lord Vernon, who there, professed memoir of his life than those upon took the name of Sedley, and contained in Jacob's and Cibber's bore it after the decease of his wife, lives of the poets, neither of which the last of the Sedleys, which hapgives us much information about pened on the 16th of March, 1793, him; and much is not, I am satisfied, until, on the death of his elder bronow to be obtained. There are two ther, George Venables, without issue engraved portraits of him mentioned malé, he succeeded to the title of Lord by Bromley and Noble, one by Van- Vernon, and re-assumed his family der-Gucht and the other by Richard- name. In his Lordship and his chilson, but both from the painting of an dren, two of whom, (a son, the heir unknown artist.
apparent to the title, and a daughter) Dying without issue male, for he he had by Miss Sedley, the property had no children but the Countess of of the Sedley family now vests; Dorchester, all his family estates though all the estates which once had (except the manor of Mottenden, the poet for their owner, have long which went to his daughter, and from since passed by sale into other hands. her to her second son Charles, second His Lordship's eldest son by his seEarl of Portmore, who sold it to Al- cond marriage with the daughter and derman Sawbridge, of Wilkes and Li- heiress of Sir John Whiteford, Bart.
who is now a Lieutenant and Cap- whose name has thus singularly tain in the Grenadier regiment of disappeared from the list of live Foot Guards, bears the name of Bed- ing men, is to be found in the charitley in addition to his christian name able foundations and bequests for the of Henry, and the family ones of Ve- encouragement of learning, already nables Vernon.
mentioned, to which may be added Of the Sedleys of Great Chart it the legacies of four hundred pounds is only necessary to say, that the title to the schools at Wymondham and became extinct some time before 1771, Southfleet, and one hundred pounds on the death of Sir Charles Sedley, each to Merton and Magdalen Colthe ninth baronet of this branch of leges, Oxford, by Sir Charles Sedthe family, who was a journeyman ley, the first baronet of the third creaupholsterer in London, in 1741, having tion, and the foundation of the school succeeded to the title on the death of at Southfleet, by his ancestors. Nohis brother Sir George without issue. ble, in a note to his continuation of Whether he left any children who Grainger, from some imperfect memight be claimants of the baronetcy, moranda collected in Kent, says of a had they the means either of prosecut- branch of the Sedley family, whom ing their claim, or supporting their he confounds with the real founders of rank, if they could succeed in esta- one of these charities, “ they built blishing it, I know not. At all events, a hospital at Aylesford, but forgot
, there can be little doubt that if there to endow it, or pay its income.” The be any of his male descendants alive, will of John, the elder brother of Sir -and it is singular that three titles in William Sidley, of Aylesford, the one family should become extinct in first baronet of the family, and the little more than 150 years from the steps which Sir William himself took grant of the first of them, and each as his executor, disprove however with a Charles, a name fatal it would this last statement; though we regret seem to the Sedleys, as Sextus was to add that too much colour has been to Rome - they are sunk in that afforded to it, by the long continued poverty and obscurity in which the appropriation of the endowment to namesake of the licentious wit lived private purposes. The Earl of Portand died.
more is now the patron of the hosThe best memorial of a family, pital.
Ere I had known the world, and understood
How many follies Wisdom names its own,
The dreads of sin and death; -ere I had known
Left in some lone place, where the world is wild,
Brought up by Nature as her favourite child,
Emparadised in ignorance of sin,-
Like tender nurse, nought but our smiles to win ;-
REPORT OF MUSIC. The chief subject of conversation embark on his mission, to give his in the musical circles is the proba- attention, it is said, to the further bility attending the establishment of organization of the institution, in the ROYAL ACADEMY OF Music. It which it is also reported, and we beis prosecuted with all the ardour that
lieve correctly, that Mr. Bochsa is projectors usually feel for a new un- his grand assistant. The committee dertaking ; but it is accompanied by meet almost daily, and they have difficulties in the detail, which, divided the course of instruction into though probably foreseen, will op- classes, and issued a circular, repose more impediments to the forma- questing the professional assistance tion of the institution than can be of the following celebrated musicians, easily removed.
These lie princi- according to the order stated. pally in the collection of the sum re
Organ and Piano-forte-Mr. Clementi, quired for the maintenance of the
Mr. Cramer, Mr. Greatorex, Mr. Horsley, establishment, and in the just fears
Mr. Potter, Sir George Smart. the members of the profession enter
English and Italian Singing—Mr. Bratain, lest the country should be over- ham, Mr. Crivelli, Mr. Knyvett, Mr. Lirun with musicians, to the diminu- verati, Mr. Vaughan. tion of their sources of income. It Harmony and Composition_Mr. Att. is computed that not less than from wood, Mr. Bishop, Mr. Coscia, Mr. Kraeight to ten thousand pounds per mer, Doctor Crotch, Mr. Shield. annum will be wanted for all the ex- Corded Instruments-Mr. F. Cramer, pences incident to the design. At Mr Dragonetti, Mr. Lindley, Mr. Loder, present the subscriptions do not
Mr. Mori, Mr. H. Smart, Mr. Spagnoamount to more than five thousand letti, Mr. Watts. pounds. The number of students is Griesbach,
Mr. Mackintosh, Mr. Nichol
Wind Instruments_Mr. Ash, Mr. fixed at eighty; and should they all pay even the highest rate of admis- son, Mr. Puzzi, Mr. Wilman. sion, not more than about nine hun- The invitation appears to have been dred per annum will be yielded. It not very warmly received. In the is scarcely possible to conceive that first class, Mr. Clementi, as was to any such sum as is stated to be ne- be expected, from his age, eminence, cessary can be drawn from the public and engagements, has declined giving by donations, subscriptions, and con- his assistance. Mr. Cramer has, it is certs; and consequently the only said, named two hundred a year as means of addition seem to lie in ex- the consideration for his services. tending the number of extra-students, Mr. Horsley has expressed his willwhose education will involve no other ingness to assist in any object that expenditure than the provision of in- has in view the eventual interests of struments and masters. While, there- the art itself, and of those engaged fore, the desire to augment the funds in it; and Sir George Smart has signiof the society, on the one hand, and fied his wish to be allowed to decline the facility of obtaining the best mas- any personal share in the course of ters, and the most complete course of instruction, tendering, however, a practice, on the other, hold out such donation of 50 guineas. considerable temptations to increase Dr. Crotch has been chosen Prinindefinitely the number of these extra- cipal, and a salary of 500l. a-year students, as the easiest and most ef. assigned him. Mr. Latour has also ficient method of guarding against consented to teach the piano-forte ; pecuniary contingencies, there may but, it is understood, has declined to be reason enough for the doubts and attend any committee. fears which certainly prevail amongst At present, as it seems to us, no all below the very first class of pro- judgment can be formed as to the fessors.
advantages of the institution, until Our ambassador to Florence, the the details of its organization be enpresident of the sub-committee, has tirely settled. All the power certaindelayed for the last three weeks to ly is made to reside with the sub-com