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ef u Visit to Walton Hall. [Jan.
fine statue of Ulysses and his dog.
Here, too, is seen a singular and very 23 large wasp's nest, brought from the
forests of Guiana by Mr. Waterton.
The principal drawing-room, in the
windows of which are the finest plate - glass, and abundant and most splendid mirrors in the pannellings of the walls
ficent apartment, and is furnished with
The rich moulding which runs round
rare and curious pictures of scenery
in Moldavia, or some Eastern region, is by Tiepoli. Indeed there is not a pic. its
ture in the room which may not be nt justly classed as a first-rate work of art.
We next noticed a beautiful ivory ue crucifix, which is a soul-stirring proከ- n- duction of most exquisite art. The ed sculptor is unknown; but it would
appear to belong to the fifteenth cens; tury. The history of this crucitix (of he
a very large size) is most interesting.
It belonged to the notorious Duke of of Alva, who, as is well known, figures l in the historr of the Low Countries. y The maternal uncle of Mr. Water
ton, (Mr. Bedingfeld, of the Norfolk
Duchess of Alva as a guest in his
My attention was next arrested by
1848.] Random Recollections of a Visit to Walton Hall. loss of a single feather. Mr. Water- calling the portrait to mind, I in ton procured it in the bird-market, at who that lady was who was thus the Pantheon in Rome, and certainly almost out of sight. Who sho has exhibited all the masterly powers be but “Good Queen Bess," t of his art in dissecting it, and in re- certainly not so designated in the storing it to its pristine form and fea- gory of Walton Hall. I immed tures, and in assigning to it the exact recollected that I was well acque position which it assumes when perched with the very counterpart of this on the house top. Mr. Waterton feels trait in the Fellows' common roo convinced that it can be no other bird Jesus college, Oxford. It is und than that to which the royal psalmist edly a strong likeness of that (in his grievous complaint) likens him- minded monarch, 'for it has al self, and as my readers will recollect, characteristic features, with yellow in the seventh verse of the 1028 and freckled skin. psalm, “I watch and am as a sparrow We now pass into the hall, w alone upon
the house top.” The Latin at the foot of the staircase, on version of this sorrowful exclamation Mr. Waterton's and collectic of the afflicted and lonely psalmist runs natural history is placed, and thus :- Vigilavi et factus sum sicut we may call his “museum,” are
passer" solitarius in tecto. Pararo, several objects of high interest. in Spanish, is the generic name for a first picture which struck me w bird of any kind, and thus Mr. Water- fine head by Rembrandt; the ton does not admit the correctness of a magnificent bacchanalian piece the translation - sparrow." Indeed Lucas Giordano, and by its side a the expression may be understood of trait of the same artist, by himse any solitary bird, and especially of the masterpiece of composition and owl. The Jews bad flat roofs upon cution. their houses, and there birds of solitude Higher up on the staircase (to would come and sit alone in the night left) is a modern picture season, to which David, forsaken by wild boar rushing out of a wood, his friends and acquaintances, and every bristle up, and distinctly mar mourning over his sorrowful state and It is a tearfully true picture, co condition, as I have before said,) from the life. The frightened f likens himself. For a detailed account seen leaping into the water, was of this beautiful specimen of the bird by Mr. Waterton for the artist to p: of solitude I must refer my readers to This remarkable picture was paii page four of Mr. Waterton's Second by Pietro Vallati (a modern artist Series of Essays, which Mr. Waterton Rome. It was he who discovered (with his characteristic benevolence) beautiful picture by. Correggio o wrote for the widow of the far known nymph reading and in a recumł and justly appreciated author, the posture. Pietro Vallati valued laborious Mr. Loudon, in her hour of picture at 40001. It subsequently distress.
came the subject of a lawsuit. Before quitting this splendid apart- Another modern painting, of gi ment, we must take one more parting merit in its way, next presented it look at the two wonderful paintings --the interior of a butcher's shop, w by Tiepoli. They were painted about the carcase of a pig suspended bef a century ago, and were purchased by being cut up.
The anatomy of Mr. Waterton at Wurzburg. Tiepoli animal is perfect, and it may be valı (the painter) was a Venetian, and was as a painting most faithfully true employed ten years in ornamenting the every respect; royal palace at Wurzburg in Bavaria. There is, likewise, a very fine pai
In the small dining-room my at- ing of Sir Thomas More; and up tention was riveted upon a portrait, the landing-place of the staircase by an unknown artist, and most inap- the left) is the very same clock t] propriately suspended in the shade. in his study marked the hours as th At first I could hardly recognize the rapidly passed away. features, which nevertheless appeared " On the father's side," writes 1 somewhat familiar to me. I looked and Waterton in his Autobiography, gazed again, and then, not perfectly re- come in a direct line from Sir Thom
The gun was left to Sir Richard Be
und, apparently, prepared without the
More, through my grandmother; while presenting letters of recommendation by the mother's side I am akin to the from the friends or acquaintances of Bedingfields of Oxburgh, to the Charl- Mr. Waterton. tons of Hazleside, and to the Swin- After having thus delightfully emburnes of Capheaton.” Thus," Fortes ployed some hours in inspecting the creantur fortibus et bonis," as he truly mansion, its pictures and curious relics, and aptly quotes.
and the unrivalled collection formed But of all the pictures in the house the by the vigorous traveller, and now general visitor will be most attracted constituting a most valuable (nay, inby the one painted by Captain Johnson, estimable) museum, we recrossed the a friend of Mr. Waterton, and which elegant iron bridge over the lake, and represents the “hero of the wilds and walked through the stables and homeforests of Guiana” bareheaded, stripped stead buildings into the beautiful vegeto his checked shirt, and, as his wont, table and flower-gardens, situated to barefooted, riding across the back of an the north of the Hall. In these Hesalligator, and holding on by his fore- perian grounds, terrace is raised above legs, or paws, crossed over its neck, terrace, and seats are disposed upon and thus breaking the resistance of them at convenient distances, whence the monster, who is drawn along by one Mr. Waterton can unobserved indulge British sailor and several red-ochred his ruling taste by quietly contemIndians from the lagune in which it had plating and studying the habits of the taken the bait into its stomach. Some feathered tribe which, at all seasons of Indians are looking on, under the cover the year, crowd this umbrageous and of tufted trees, in a state of great ap
silent solitude. Mr. Waterton some prehension and alarm, and seem ready forty years since planted for this very to give " leg-bail” should the rope purpose a forest of fir and other trees break. The hook and the rope are upon a drained morass, and many of preserved in the same frame. Captain them have attained to a majestic height Johnson has introduced into this ex- and large diameter. traordinary picture all the beautiful Envying Mr. Waterton the means birds of South America captured or thus provide l here by himself for the shot during his wanderings by lír. happy continuance of his ornithologiWaterton, and ultimately prepared by cal studies, watching and noting the hinself in the way described above. movements of birds, which present an Opposite this pictorial record of Mr. infinite variety of characters, and Waterton's daring deed, you see the afford an exhaustless source of mental identical monster alligator itself in a gratification, (“ leading from nature glass case, looking tremendously fierce. up to nature's God,") I recalled to A little above this gentle inhabitant of mind the congenial sentiments exthe lagune is a terrific monster of the pressed by Mr. Jesse in his interesting forests of Guiana-a boa constrictor- work entitled, “Favourite Haunts and one of the largest, if not the very Rural Studies," so well adapted to the largest, ever met with. Mr. Waterton religio loci” of Walton Hall, and found it asleep, and with his wonted the daily pursuits of its devoted prodaring drove a spear through its neck prietor, whose book has long been and pinned it to the ground, and man- “nature herself." • It always affords fully accomplished the victory over it, me," writes Mr. Jesse, só infinite pleanotwithstanding its mighty struggles, sure not only to listen to the various and dangerous gyrations.
notes of our numerous song birds, but It is impossible, by enumeration of to watch their habits and instincts. all the curious specimens in this mu- They appear to enjoy a degree of hapseum, to do full justice to the extensive piness peculiar to themselves; but in collection, procured by the energy and a state of confinement it is far otherskill and science of Mr. Waterton in wise. A caged blackbird pours forth South America for the illustration of its melancholy and complaining notes ; his natural history. The collection, and the sky-lark flutters, as if wanting to be fully comprehended and duly to stretch her airy wings towards heaestimated, must be carefully inspected. ven. It is no longer the warbling Permission to do so naturalists and songster of the sky, but a moping other visitors are sure of obtaining by wretched prisoner. In fact, the con
trast between birds in a wild and con- monumental” grief, but is identified fined state is very striking.".
with his existence. But the autumnal sun is fast setting The cause of this deeply-fixed sorwith unclouded glory, and gilding the row we are not, however, left to conwestern horizon with the gaudiest co- jecture, for Mr. Waterton thus exlours. The evening is now far ad- plains it in his brief autobiography.vanced, and we have to retrace our * In 1829 I became the happiest man steps homeward a long distance, ere in the world; but it pleased Heaven the shadows of night come upon us. to convince me that all felicity here The carriages are ordered, and we below is no more than a mere illusive, are making hasty preparations for our transitory dream, and I bow submisinstant departure.
sive to its adorable decrees. I am But before quitting Walton Hall, and left with one fine little boy, who looks all its various and characteristic attrac- up to me for light; I trust that I shall tions, one kind word of grateful farewell succeed in imparting it to him.” is due to its talented, learned, classical, But still Mr. Waterton's is a green and benevolent proprietor, whose col- old age, and he still possesses the enerlections and works on natural history gies of stout manhood, and even now have instructed and delighted so many would climb a lofty tree with as much less gifted than himself. The mild agility and courage as when wandercharacter of this accomplished student ing amid the forests of Guiana in the in nature is easily discovered in his days of his youth. This “ viridis sedifferent works, “ veluti descripta ta- nectus" Mr. Waterton owes to his tembellâ vita Senis." The Quarterly and perate habits of life. He told me that Edinburgh Reviews have extended the during forty and seven years he has knowledge of two of his most impor- never even touched malt liquor, and tant works; his " Wanderings in South has taken no wine for sixty-five years, America," and his “ Essays on Natural and that the same number of years History.” Strongly attached to the have elapsed since he indulged in faith of his ancestors, he displays in his museum several manifest expres
" His saltem accumulem!” sions of his own religious views. No liberal-minded Protestant will quarrel Rectory, Rother field Grey's, Oxon.
Yours, &c. W. M. K. with Mr. Waterton for these demonstrations of personal sentiments on matters of Church belief, to make
21, Green Street, which he is fully entitled by the con
Grosvenor Square. stitutional law of our free country. IN a communication I had the hoHis“ mitis sapientia,” learned con- nour of addressing you, under date of verse, and benevolent manners, and February, 1819, and inserted in your most amiable deportment, fully recon- Number for the following month, it is ciled my mind to some characteristic virtually, though not expressly, stated arrangements. It was impossible to that Lieut-Gen. William Byam, founder be in Mr. Waterton's company with- of the Transatlantic family of that out being sensibly impressed by the name, in the island of Antigua, was a conviction that a cause of early grief son of Dr. Henry Byam, whose epitaph, (the death of his estimable lady) still at Luckham, in Somersetshire, is, at dwells heavily upon his heart, and ren- the same time, given. Now, Sir, misders him the constant though silent led by appearances (Dr. Henry having, mourner over an irreparable loss. This indeed, a son of the same name, like evidence of a deeply-rooted and unso- age, and answering in every respect laced sorrow (delicate as the mention save that of identity), this is an error, of it must be engaged all my warmest which, for the sake of myself, that of sympathies in the mental sufferings of posterity, and yourexcellent miscellany, this good and amiable man.
I now feel myself bound to correct. ried away with me the certainty Subsequent inquiries of a searching that there is no balm but that of the description having placed it beyond Cross for a heart bruised and crushed doubt that the individual above named like his-that still “hæret lateri lethalis was the son, not as had hitherto been arundo,"—that his, in short, is no supposed, of Dr. Henry Byam, but of
his younger brother Edward Byam, 1639, and was interred in the parish church
“The truth of the premisses is testified perhaps you would kindly open your by the subscription of the said Elizabeth, columns to a few additional particulars relict of the said defunct, who hath re.
turned the certificate into my office, to be concerning a gentleman who has hi
there recorded. Taken by Thomas Pres. therto escaped that historical notice
ton, esq. Ulvester King of Armes, the which may be properly awarded to
first of February, 1689."
To the horrors of the pillage and Luckham, the residence of his father, massacre of the Protestants which the Rev. Lawrence Byam, incumbent shortly after ensued, viz. in and subof that parish, in the year 1584. At sequent to the month of October, the age of sixteen, and in the year 1611, the remaining portion of the 1600, he entered at Exeter college, family was for the most part exposed ; Oxford, where his elder brothers and, of five sons which remained Henry and John had gone before him. behind in the country after the withIn 1612 he was presented to the vicar- drawal of two for the
army age of Dulverton, in the county of land, scarcely a vestige can be disSomerset, and, marrying at Walton, covered a few years subsequent to the in the same county, shortly afterwards, Restoration, insomuch that in the mulElizabeth, daughter of Anthony Eagles- tiplicity of wills registered in the Prefield, rector of the same, and preben- rogative Court of Dublin, from the dary of Wells, he was father of a nu- age of Elizabeth to the present, not merous family of sons and daughters. one appeared on the index in this In the hope of providing more amply name; and the only one which it was for their inaintenance, he in 1625 em- ascertained should have appeared was barked for Ireland, where he presently by a clerical error recorded under became precentor of Cloyne, the dig- the Irish name of " Bryan," instead of nity in that cathedral next to that of the English, or rather the Welsh one Dean. He remained fourteen years
of Byam." in Ireland, where the younger portion
Of the two sons drawn off for the of his children were born, and where army in England, the one, John, then he himself died, at Kilwillen, on the an ensign, “Vexillifer,” died in
gar: banks of the little river of St. Bride's, rison at Bridgwater, where he received in the county of Cork, in the beginning sepulture, “12 January, 1644;" and of June, 1639, and was interred in the his elder brother, William, was at the chancel of the neighbouring church of same period a captain of horse in the Castle Lyons, on the 6th of the same same garrison; and of him, the more month, as appears by a funeral certifi- especial object of the present remarks, cate found amongst the papers of that perhaps you will allow me henceforth eminent antiquary Archbishop Pocock, more exclusively to treat. and still preserved in the British In the year succeeding this, in which Museum.
his conduct was the theme of much “ Edward Byom, late of Castlegones,
commendation on the part of the Court in the county of Cork, clerk, son of Lan.
Gazette, viz. in July, 1645, both Cromrence Byom.
well and Fairfax came before the “The said first-mentioned Edward took place, and, after a storm and desperate to wife Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony resistance, in which one portion of the Englefield, of
Somersetshire, town held out after the other had cain the kingdome of England, by whom he pitulated and was in flames, the whole, had issue six sons and five daughters, Iittle better than a heap of ruins, was viz. Lawrence, eldest son ; William, se
compelled to surrender; and, favourcond; John, third; Henry, fourth; Barry, fifth; and Arthur, sixth son :
able terms having been rejected at the Sarah, eldest daughter; Margarett, se
time they were to be obtained, now cond; Elizabeth, third ; Joan, fourth ;
none other save quarter were to be and Ann, fifth ; all as yett unmarried.
had, and those alone conceded. Such “ The said first-mentioned Edward de. of the late garrison as had borne the parted this mortall life at Killwillin, in rank of officers were escorted to Lonthe said county, about the 6th of June, don, and lodged in the Tower, the
Gatehouse, and other prisons of the vernor; an office to which in like manmetropolis, in which, to prevent a ner he was annually re-elected for six longer detention than it were possible successive years, when at the Restorato avoid, after a surrender or com- tion, in virtue of a royal proclamation, position for their properties, many of commanding all officers to occupy the officers accepted the only terms their present
offices until further offered for their enlargement, which orders, he became governor for the was a pass“ to go beyond seas,” crown, and was afterwards more forwhich, however, after the example of mally installed in the same by a separate what had been conceded to Ragland and express commission from his MaCastle, and other royalist garrisons in jesty. He afterwards continued in England, was freely tendered without command for six years more, until by any conditions. Thus liberated, Col. the treaty of Breda, in 1667, the coHumphry Walrond, Major Byam, and lony was formally ceded to the Dutch others of the late royalist garrison of in exchange for New York, on the Bridgwater, retired to Barbados, in continent of North America, when which island discomfited royalists hav- Major, by this time Lieut.-Gen. Byam, ing assembled from all parts, to the was once again to seek a home, and, amount of many thousands, the Par with his wife and infant children, he liament, in 1651, thought proper to fit sailed to Antigua, an island ceded in out an expedition, under the command perpetuity to Great Britain by the of Sir George Ayscue, for their reduc- same treaty that surrendered the tion. A division having been effected former possession of Surinam. in the royalists' camp by the defection In Antigua his posterity has reof the force under the control of Sir mained to the present day, one of his Thomas Modiford, a leading man of own name,
“ William Byam," being his party, after a resistance of six still a member of her present Majesty's months' duration, and protracted into council for the island. The general, the year 1652, the governor, Francis after a while occupying in a district of Lord Willoughby, of Parham, was his new habitation a post analogous compelled to think of a surrender, and to that he had so long filled in his amongst others appointed Major Byam preceding abode, being in fact (as a commissioner on the part of the crown, documents in the Register's Office to treat of terms with other commis- still testify) governor of the island, sioners, at the same time appointed on died about three years after his last the side of the Parliament. After a change, in or about the month of Dedisplay of no mean or unstatesman- cember, 1670, in the 48th year of his like qualifications, articles between the age, and, as is strongly suspected, of two parties were at length concluded, what is usually termed a
" broken which by writers of every shade of po- heart," wrought by his numerous vexlitical opinion are admitted to be ations and grievous disappointments, "alike comprehensive and honour together with the little oil of consolaable;” but hardly were the Parlia- tion poured into a wounded spirit by mentarians in possession of the island, a Master for whom he had so often when, contrary to the tenour of the risked his life, and had otherwise said articles, which promised full in- served with a fidelity and devotion demnity for all past political opinions scarcely surpassed in those days, when and actions, they proceeded by separate so many were found ready to sacrifice additional acts to the banishment of themselves at the shrine of what they Lord Willoughby, Major Byam, and conceived to be their bounden duty, all those by whom the late treaty had and for the purpose of preserving unbeen concluded.
stained their allegiance to their earthly Thus enforced to seek a new asylum, sovereign. the subject of this memoir, with a And now, Sir, fearful I have already wife he had of late espoused, Doro- too much trespassed on the limits of thy Knollys, arrived on the main of your valuable columns, I shall conSouth America, where he was, byclude by appending the following exthe unanimous suffrages of the recently tract from the Matriculation Register founded colony of Surinam, composed of the University of Oxford, in relachiefly of royalists, chosen their go- tion to three of the sons of the Rev. Gent. Mag. VOL. XXIX.