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EUROPEAN MAGAZINE,

AND

LONDON REVIEW.

JUNE 1822.

MEMOIR

OF

J. T. BARBER BEAUMONT, Esq.,

ONE OF THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE FOR MIDDLESEX AND WESTMINSTER, F.A.S., &c.

WITH A PORTRAIT, ENGRAVED BY JAMES THOMPSON, FROM AN ORIGINAL PAINTING.

MR. BARBER BEAUMONT is one In 1802, Mr. Beaumont made his first of the many persons in this country, appearance as an author; when he pubwho have been less indebted for opu lished an account of a tour in South lence and distinction to adventitious Wales; to which his skill in drawing circumstances or fortuitous events, than

enabled him to add many appropriate to their own genius and industry. His and elegant embellishments. This work mind early exhibited that germ of in was very favourably received by the dependent principle, without which no

public, and went through two editions. thing great is likely to be attempted, Soon after this period, Mr. Beaumont and nothing good to be produced. On had an opportunity of obtaining dishis first entrance into life, Mr. Beau tinction, and meriting applause, by exmont had to contend with difficulties, ertions of a very different kind; but and to make his way through obstruc- which strikingly proved the versatility tions; but those difficulties and obstruc of his talents, and the energetic actions only exalted his courage, animated tivity of his character. The country his exertions, and strengthened his per was threatened with an invasion from severance,

France; and the government either felt, In his youth, Mr. Beaumont mani. or affected to feel, considerable alarm. fested a strong desire to obtain eminence At any rate, whatever might be the real as a painter; and it is probable that if feelings of the ministry, it cannot be he had confined his talents to the use of doubted but that the alarm was really his pencil, few persons would have risen felt among the people. Many who went to a higher degree of celebrity. The to bed at night, expected to hear of the Royal Academy at Somerset House ho- landing of the French before the mornnoured some of his performances, in the ing. It was in this unquiet and agibistorical line, with the most flattering tated state of the public mind, that Mr. approbation; and he received several Beaumont, with all the ardour of

pamedals from the Society of Arts. triotism, co-operated with the govern

Mr. Beaumont had early resolved to ment in exhorting the people to associacquire a fund of general knowledge, ate for the defence of the country, in which he might convert to purposes of case the enemy should succeed in putting utility. This caused, in some measure, a his threats of invasion into execution. dispersion of his faculties; and though For this purpose, the subject of this meit prevented him from acquiring the moir published several tracts, in which highest excellence in his first profes- he particularly recommended, that the sion, yet it has more than compensated people should be armed as sharp-shooters for that loss by other great and nume and as pikemen, in which mode, he rous advantages.

argued, that the mass of the population

might be brought to oppose the in- agreeable to his natural feelings, and fool most ,

Even the harrass his regular troops by the most arts of destruction may be honourable, galling and destructive war. The works when they are practised for truly pawhich issued from the pen of Mr. Beau- triotic purposes, and are designed to mont, at this important crisis, were, vindicate the liberty and independence a paper in the British Patriot for July, of our native land. But the highest 1803,-“ Considerations upon Internal species of distinction, the least quesDefence, -“ Instructions for Sharp- tionable kind of glory, is that which is shooters," -“ Arcanum of National De- obtained by alleviating the wretchedfence." And in order to keep the pub- ness, by diminishing the vice, and by lic attention at that time incessantly adding to the virtue and the happiness alive to the ambitious projects of Buo- of mankind. The life of Mr. Beaunaparte, and to the spirit of vengeance, mont will exhibit several instances in with which he was actuated against the which he has shewn himself the true prosperity of this country, Mr. Beau- friend of the poor, and has been sinmont established a newspaper, called gularly instrumental in promoting the “The Weekly Register.” Nor were his moral habits and domestic comfort of patriotic exertions confined exclusively persons in humble life. to these literary efforts, for Mr. Beau In the Spring of 1806, he was sucmont actually put in practice what he cessful in establishing what he denoso earnestly recommended to others, minated the “ Provident Institution, or and exhibited to the country a memora Bank for Savings." This was the first ble example of a truly disinterested institution of the kind ; and it has and a highly praiseworthy patriotism. since given birth to numerous similar He not only projected but organised establishments in different parts of the a rifle corps of singular efficiency and kingdom, by which the condition of the unrivalled skill. Of this corps, which poor has been considerobly improved, was known by the name of the Duke of and by which, perhaps, more than by any Cumberland's sharp-shooters, Mr. Bare other contriyance, habits of industry ber Beaumont was the Major-Com- have been invigorated, a spirit of frugalmandant. These troops acquired such ity diffused, and the virtue and happiness a talent for ball-firing, and had become of the community consequently augsuch accurate marksmen, that Mr. Beau mented. The following works on this mont, on one occasion in Hyde Park, subject have issued from the

pen

of Mr. evinced his confidence in their extraor Beaumont:-“ An Account of the Prodinary skill, by actually holding the vident Institution,” &c. - Cadell and target while his men discharged their Davies, 1806. “ An Essay on Proviguns, and successively perforated the dent Banks,” with “A detailed Account bull's-eye, though at the distance of one of the Plan, Regulations and routine of hundred and fifty yards. Whether Mr. Management of the Provident Bank, in Beaumont did not, in this instance, the parish of Covent-garden.” Mr. Beauexhibit a little more temerity than right mont gave striking proofs of his zeal reason will approve, may be a question; in the same cause, by a variety of adbut no one can doubt the confidence he dresses on the ubject, in which he felt in the skill of his corps, or the adapted his language and sentiments to tranquil intrepidity which must have the comprehension of the less informed predominated in his own breast. part of the community; and, in a very

During the late war, a trial of skill forcible manner, impressed them with was continued for the space of eight the importance, and convinced them of days, between the different rifle corps the advantages, of a constant and perin and near the metropolis. In this severing economy in early life. To contest, the corps which Mr. Beaumont make the poor provident is the best way commanded far surpassed all their

com to improve their condition, and to augpetitors for distinction; and Mr. Beau ment their happiness. If Mr. Beaumont himself obtained the first prize, mont had dropped into the grave, the by putting more shots in the target moment after he had instituted the first than any other man.

Savings-Bank, he would well have meWe are now to contemplate Mr. Beau rited to have had his tomb inscribed mont, acting with the same ardour, and with the honourable name of a benedistinguished by the same earnestness, factor to his species. in another department, but one more Of the numerous companies, or

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