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In this Month we present our Readers with the Likeness of that truly patriotic and benevolent Gentleman, SIR JOHN NEwport, Bart.-whofe unceasing efforts for the general and individual wellfare of every defeription of his Countrymen, entitle him, as a Senator and a Man, to the firft and warmest place in their affections.
Account of the Death of Mr. Paull. (With a Portrait.j
N Saturday evening, April 16, an inquifition was held before G. Hougfon, efq. coroner for the county of Middlefex, on a view of the boof the deceased, who, it appeared, had terminated his existence the preceding day, by cutting his throat. The jury affembled at the house of the deceafed, No. 2, Charles-ftreet, St. James's-fquare, and having feen the body, which remained in a bedchamber on the fecond floor, they proceeded to examine the domeftics relative to the melancholy catastrophe. It appeared from the evidence of the butler and housekeeper, that mr. Paull went out on Thursday night, and returned home (generally fuppofed from the Union) about five 'clock on Friday morning. His butler and valet attended him to his chamber, and the deceafed ordered the housekeeper to fend him fome foApril, 1808
He then da water, which he drank requested that he might not be difturbed, and ordered the fervant not to come to his apartment till he rung the bell. About two o'clock a gentleman called to the house, who they underflood to be general Ruffell: he delivered a letter which was carried up to mr. Paull, and the fervant came down without any anfwer. Between four and five o'clock general Ruffell called again, and was introduced to mr. Paull in his chamber. He remained a fhort time with the deceafed, and went down alone and let himself out. (The converfation between general Ruffell and mr. Paull wrs not known, as general Ruffell was not at the inqueft). Between five and fix o'clock the housekeeper went up ftairs with intention to make her malter's fire, when the diftinctly heard the deceafed groan. In attempting to open his room door, fle found it locked within; the had never known her mafter to lock his door
before he then run down and Danvers, the confident friend of mr. alarmed the butler, and they went Paul, at the Grampound election. Mr Paull appeared in good spirits, but after the election a visible alteration took place in his behaviour. On his return to town, mr. B. rode with him, and during a journey of 80 niiles he was unable to obtain one fentence from him, though he had fpoken to him feveral times, with inten tion to enter into converfation. Mr. Paul alfo, on that occafion drank only water. It was ftated in other inftances, that the deceafed had evinced fymptoms of mental derangement; and the jury, after a fenfible charge from the coroner found their verdict. -Lunacy.
into the room adjoining the chamber of the deceafed. In this room' a door oped into the deceased's chamber, w they found unlocked. On go. ing in, the deceafed appeared lying on the bed undreffed, with his arm and head lying on a wath hand fland at the right foot of the bed, his throat cut in a dreadful manner, and the floor covered with blood; a razor was found, which appeared to have fallen from his left hand, with which it was evident he had inflicted the wound in his throat, beginning under the right ear. The deceated was not quite dead, but fpeechless and infenfible. The butler lifted the deceased, Jaid him at length on the bed, and immediately went for furgeon Brodie, of Sackville ftreet. When mr. Brodie arrived, the deceased was dead.On examination of the body he found the wind-pipe nearly fevered, and three wounds inflicted on his right arm with a furgeon's lancet, which was found between the bedding and the wath-hand ftand. The wounds on his arm, in the opinion of mr. Brodie, would not have occafion
ed his death.
Mr. Brodie further mentioned, that he had attended mr. Paull during his long ilinefs, and had obferved an alteration in his intellects, to which he attributed the act he had commit
Great anxiety was evinced by many refpectable perfons during Saturday, to afcertain the truth of the report respecting mr. Paull's death, and in the evening the parlour where the jury fat was crowded by vifitants, to hear the particulars of the melancholy fuicide. It is ftated that mr. Butler Danvers and mr. Sloper found a will made by mr, Paull, which they fealed up in his fecretaire, until the arrival of his relatives in town. It does not appear that mr. Paull has left any family. He had furnished his houfe a thort time previous to his death, in a very fuperb ftile. The expence of furniture alone is faid to amount to 4000l.-Two days before his death, a fervant was employed to carry his books to the India house. Among other inchoherent obfervations, in which mr. Paull had indulged previous to his death, he one day faid, when he died, which would be foon, he trufted that his body would be conveyed back to the Eat Indies and blown up.' His wounds had for a long time given him great pain, particularly the one he received in a duel during his refidence in India, which latterly deprived him of The fact of the mental derange- his right arm. The one he had rement of the deceased was alto confirm-ceived in his difpute with fir Francis ed by the evidence of the hon. Butler Burdett he neglected very much.
Mr. Sloper, mr. Pauli's folicitor, ftated, he had lately obferved a great alteration in the conduct of the deceafed. Mr. Paull had frequently called at his office, to confult him on His affairs, and notwithstanding he advised him on every occation for the leftir Pauli obftinately refuted to accede to his advice, and maintained opinions injurious to his own intereils."
He had for fome time, it is faid, paid, his charges against marquis Wellefbis addreffes a young
pectability and fortune,dy of ref. ley, but allied himself, with the most
It is fuppof. ed that his first defign was by opening a vein to bleed to death, but that, urged by the importunities of his feryants in calling on him, he had recourfe to the
political faction in this country: and, to complete the meafure of his filly ambition, announced himself as a candidate for the reprefentation of Weltminster. The vio
perpetrated trazor, with which he lence and fcurrility with which he en
It is far from our intention to infult the memory of this unfortunate man. -Whatever his follies and his vices may have been, he has now ceafed from troubling the world, but his character and his conduct ought to be the fubject of fome obfervation, fince he had forced himself into the notice of mankind, and it is therefore a du ty to fociety to hold him forth as a warning to thofe who may act from finlar motives and with fimilar views. He was by no means deftitute of abilities, which might have enabled him to pafs relpectally through life, if his conduct had been directed by right principles. But he was vain, felth, and ungrateful.He had acquired fome fortune in the Eaft Indies but not fufficient to juftify the ftyle of life which he adopted on his return to this country. In this refpect, however, he was actuated by policy rather than pride, for lie thought by inftituting charges against marquis Wellesley, he should have raifed himself into diftinction, and per haps be bribed into filence. His ingratitude to that nobleman was of the bafeft kind, and lie was properly punifhed by the deepest mortification, when he found that the marquis in flead of entering into any compromife with his worthlefs antagonift, courted an inquiry into his conduct, and looked for a recompence of his great fervices in the approbation of his country. But mr. Paul had in a great meature accomplished his purpofe, for lie became known to the public, and in order to keep his name aliye he not only prefevered in
deavoured to fupport his pretenfions were as obvious as his vanity and prefumption. At length it was found by the defperate party to whom we allude, that his finances were noti a profperous way; and therefore, confidering him as likely to be rather a burthen than a useful inftrument, it was determined that he fhould be difcarded, and the office was left to a man grown grey in artifice, and whofe craft is only equalled by the hardnefs of his heart. But this man had an additional motive for readily undertaking the defpicable office, fince his intereft was affected, and he feared that mir. Paull might be a rival in his defigns upon a dupe whom he wished to keep exclufively to himfelf.-Mr. Paull then, without the fhadow of any reafon that his own party could urge for this unexampled difmiffion, was at once doomed to be the mark for a public attack, in order to bring on him digrace and mifery. The deign was obvious, the manner was contempuble.-Mr. Paull aufwered this attack with fpirit and abiluy, and produced d'unning proofs of the duplicy and tallehood of the inan who aflaled him, which alfo deeply implicated the perfon whom the latter intended by thele means to fecure to himself.
The rest of mr. Paul's hiftory is well known. He engaged in a duel with fir Francis Burdett, whom he had really never offended, except by uning his name in an advertement in fuch a manner as then intimacy and their joint political views fully juitified. The refult of this duct was a wound, which, with the embarrassments of mr. Paull's fituation, from when
which there was no profpect of re-but, as my father cannot furnish lief, gradually impaired his intellects, the means, and as I knew that you and at length, flung with fhame, was fond of drawings, I was embolmortification, and defpair, drove dened to make this application to him to the dreadful refource of you, in hopes that you would purfuicide. His chief affailant, if he chafe the copy, to furnish immediate has any feeling, will perhaps indulge help, and I must trust to my industry a favage triumph over his deplorable and good fortune, for future advanceend; but all his other enemies, if ment.' they have any thing liberal in their nature, will pity his miferable fate, however they may defpife the folly and abhor the vices by which it was occafioned.
SOME years ago, while profeffor Krahe was fuperintendant of the gallery of paintings at Duffeldorff, he received a vilit from a youug baker of the town; who, after a very fhort introduction, took a book out of his pocket, which he prefented to mr. Krahe, expreffing a defire that he would purchafe it. The fuperintendant found upon examination, that it was a prayer book, ornamented, in the ancient ftyle of religious foppery, with a number of coloured figures and engravings. It was the one which the elector Clement Auguftus, of Cologne, had ordered to be publifhed, and was become very fearce and valuable. The profeffor enquired whence he had it; and the young man answered, with a modeft bluth, that it was a copy from one he had boirowed. By whom? By myfelf, rejoins the youth. Upon a clofe examination, mr. Krahe could fcarcely diftinguith the copy from the original. He could not conceal his furprile, and afked, why he did not practice engraving, rather than continue a baker?
Early the next morning the profef. for called upon an intimate friend at Anecdotes of Schmitz, a German Keyferfwerth, a few miles diftant Artift. from Duffeldorff; of which place this young man was a native.
The friend, with the power, had the difpofition to do good. Krahe told him the ftory, fhewed him the workmanship, and begged of him to lend the young artift two hundred become in a few years, a diftinguithHe will doublefs, adds he, ed engraver, and be able to reimburse you. I will be furety for the payment.
Call here to-morrow, without fail, fays mr. Krahe, with an emphalis that manifefted pleasure and aftonishment.
The youth anfwered, that it was the with of his foul, but his father, having a numerous family, could not afford the expence of suitable inftructions. I defign to travel,' adds he,
I take no fecurity, anfwered his friend; and he advanced three hundred crowns.
Krahe returned to the aftonished and transported baker with the money. He quitted the oven, learned geometry and perspective, applied to drawing according to the rules of the art, and acquired a competent knowledge of hiftory.
for the fpace of two years, the young After affiduous application, for man had made fuch rapid progrefs, that mr. Krahe advised him to quit Duffeldorff, where no further inprovement was to be expected, and vifit Paris, promifing him a letter of introduction to mr. Willes, a celebrated engraver in that metropolis.
Schmitz (for this was the young man's name) put his advice in execution; and in order to economize his little ftore, he travelled on foot from Duffeldorff to Paris. But unfortunately