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AMONG the eminent individuals from giving his children that eduwho were honoured by Almighty cation which he desired. Joseph God in producing the extensive was however sent to the Grammar revival of religion which has we School at Leeds, and the then trust recently taken place in this usher, the Rev. Mr. Moore, soon country, few have been more dis- discovered his extraordinary talents, tinguished for piety and talent and perceiving from his feeble than the Rev. Joseph Milner, late health, that there was no prosMaster of the Grammar School, pect of acquiring a comfortable and Vicar of the Holy Trinity maintenance in any way, except Church at Kingston upon Hull. by learning, there is reason to His memory is indeed embalmed believe, that he formed a very in the valuable Memoir prefixed early resolution of doing his utmost to the Sermons published shortly to encourage him, and bring him after his decease, by his able and forward, in case the boy should affectionate brother, the late Dean live. He apprized Milner's parents of Carlisle; but it is obvious that of their son's great abilities, and of his character and attainments are the nature of the case in general; by no means generally understood, but, did not much explain his own and it may not therefore be im- intentions or real hopes at that proper to call the attention of our time. He constantly, however, readers to some striking particulars pressed them to persevere in keeprecorded in the above mentioned ing him at school, and never to narrative.

think of any thing else for him but Joseph Milner was born near some literary employment.' Leeds, Jan. 2, 1744, and though Young Milner evinced no talent apparently a healthy child, yet for arithmetical or mathematical suffered so severely from an attack pursuits, but made rapid progress of the measles, when only two or in classical literature, and excelled three years old, as to be reduced in English composition, both in for many years to a precarious prose and verse.

His memory was state, and utterly unfitted for those unparalleled, and Dr. Milner obrecreations and amusements in serves, that it is more than prowhich boys usually engage. His bable, that at about the age of father had been unsuccessful in thirteen, there were very few of business, and having suffered ex- his years equally skilled in Latin ceedingly by accidental circum- and Greek; and perhaps none, stances, which occurred during the who were to be compared with rebellion in 1745, was disabiled him in the accurate and extensive JANUARY 1838.


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knowledge of ancient history. His and frequently he has got the very love of the study of history shewed words for a long way together.'itself as

ever he could This fact was soon blazed abroad; read. His passion for it increased, and it established the reputation of and continued strong for many Milner beyond controversy, at the years; and it was his favourite same time that it increased both amusement and relaxation to the the attachment and the pride of the last. It is no wonder, then, that schoolmaster, who could boast of uncommon excellence should be so extraordinary a pupil. the effect of such a taste, com

• Mr. Moore, for some years past, bined with so retentive a memory.

had entertained secret hopes of • It was at this age that he began being able in due time, to send his to step out of his obscurity. The young friend to the University, learned lad, as he was called, was though he had wisely kept these marked and gazed at as he passed hopes to himself, through the fear through the villages to his school; of being ultimately disappointed. and many zealous and flattering But the premature and sudden prognostications were uttered of death of Milner’s father seemed to his future greatness, by his poor, blast every expectation of this ignorant neighbours. But his sort. He had not doubted but that schoolmaster at the same time he might rely on the father to secured to him, among the richer defray a considerable part of his people of the town, a better-found- son's expences at the University. ed and a more useful reputation. However, the ardour of friends, He grew so fond of his feeble, when thoroughly in earnest, is not weakly pupil, that he trumpeted to be easily damped by untoward his praises every where, introduced events. Often it is rather roused his verses into the newspapers, and by them into greater activity and the author himself often into many exertion. It was so in this instance. of the best families. He told so Mr. Moore, who had been hesitatmany and almost incredible stories ing, whether he should venture to of his memory, that the Rev. Mr. send his favourite scholar to the Murgatroyd, a very respectable University, on account of the clergyman, at that time minister

great expences of that sort of eduof St. John's church in Leeds, ex- cation, and the inability of the pressed some suspicion of exagge- father, now saw no difficulty in ration. Mr. Moore was a man of undertaking the case of the fatherthe strictest veracity, but of a less boy. Mountains instantly warm temper. He instantly offered became molehills; and the event, to give satisfactory proof of his which had threatened to ruin Mr. assertions. · Milner, 'said he,' shall Moore's project effectually, was go to church next Sunday, and made the occasion of carrying it without taking a single note at the into execution with facility. Miltime, shall write down

your sermon ner was already well known in afterward. Will you permit us to Leeds, and had begun to teach compare what he writes with what

grown up children of both sexes, in you preach?' Mr. Murgatroyd, some opulent families, the Gramthe mildest and best-tempered man mar, and the art of composition in in the world, accepted the proposal the English language. This lauwith pleasure; and has very often dable employment procured him a been heard to express his astonish- good deal of ready money, while ment at the event of this trial of several parents, to whom he had memory The lad,' said he, ‘has given much satisfaction by his not omitted a single thought or industry and his skill in teaching, sentiment in the whole sermon; sympathized exceedingly with the

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