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his brother's heir, born 25 Sept., 1796, of Broseley, and afterwards of Stanmore Hall, near Bridgnorth, banker and barrister-at-law of Lincoln's Inn, J.P. and D.L., and for fifteen years M.P. for the borough of Bridg- north, who married in 1845 Jane, daughter of George Osborne Gordon of Broseley, and died without issue 19 Aug., 1891 ; Thomas, a hop merchant in London, who died un- married 1 1 May, 1829 ; and William, who died in infancy and three daughters : Mary Anne, born 9 March, 1795, died unmarried 5 March, 1882 ; Emma, who died unmarried 27 April, 1832; and Eliza, who died in in- fancy.

Pritchard died at his residence, the Bank House, Broseley, 14 June, 1837, and his death was recorded in The Gentleman's Magazine. He was buried at Broseley, where there is a tablet to his memory, one to his eldest son, and another to his two wives and the rest of his family ; also a brass to the memory of his son John and eldest daughter. Two of the inscriptions are :

1. "In Memory of | John Pritchard, [Solicitor, and Banker : | For nearly fifty years | a resident in this Parish. | He died the 14 th June 1837, | In the 78 th year of his age. | A kind and indulgent husband. | And Father, | A ready and faithful Friend | And Adviser : j A Liberal Benefactor of the Poor, | This good man so held his course | As to gain the respect | And affection of all around him, | Showing by his example that | The duties of an active profession, | May be zealously discharged, | Without neglecting those Essential to the character of j A true Christian. The surplus of | A subscription for engraving the portrait of the deceased, | enables his friends and neighbours, | by this tablet, | to perpetuate his memory."

2. " George Pritchard | Eldest son of John and Ann Pritchard. | Died 24 th Deer. 1861, in the 69 th year of his age. | He trod in the steps of his honoured father, | And as a good neighbour, as a protector of the | fatherless, and widow, as an able and upright | magistrate, and as a considerate guardian and | Benefactor of the poor, he so entirely gained the | affection and respect of all around him, that | the church at Jackfield, and the monument in | the public street of this place, were erected by | public subscription to perpetuate his memory. (His domestic virtues and humble piety are best | known to his widow and near relatives, who are | left to mourn his loss, and who desire by this | tablet to record their fond remembrance of one | so justly loved. | ' Bight dear in the sight of the Lord J Is the death of his saints.' Ps. cxvi. 15."

Pritchard's portrait, painted by Devis, was engraved by Cousins, and is in the possession of William Pritchard Gordon of Stanmore Hall.

ERNEST H. H. SHOUTING.

Broseley.


THE LITERARY FRAUDS OF HENRY WALKER THE IRONMONGER.

(See 11 S. x. 441, 462, 483, 503 ; xi. 2, 22, 42.)

12. * A COLLECTION OF SEVERAL PASSAGES/ &C. (continued).

(b) " WALKERISMS " IN THE TRACT.

WALKER'S style in his different tracts and books varies from the most virulent abuse to pious meditations mingled with copious extracts from Scripture and the Fathers ; so much so that ' Taylor's Physicke has purged the Divell ' and his sermon before Cromwell would hardly be believed to be the work of the same man if there were not overwhelming evidence of this being the case. His printer's " Corrector of the Press " must have been responsible for the improvement in style, and, I believe, supplied the quota- tions for him. This, I think, will explain the constant "howlers" in the quota- tions, which, I suspect, the " Corrector " intentionally inserted in order to poke fun at Walker. At least the " Quod tu sinistre legis, nos dextre accipimus," apropos of his Hebrew lectures, can be accounted for in this sense ; and in Walker's dedication to Cromwell of his book entitled ' Tpayrj^ara ' a quotation from St. Peter Chrysologus which he applies to himself and his work runs as follows : " Legendo et medi- cando metimus." Walker knew no Latin, and this must have been a sly hit at his " doctoring up " Father Persons's ' Confer- ence about the Next Succession,' for which he and his printer Ibbitson " reaped " the reward of 301. So, also, his sermon at Somerset House in 1649 had the text "Beware of false prophets" in the title- page.

Many of the texts applied by Walker to Cromwell in the tract I am discussing can be found also applied by him to Charles II., in 1660, in the following tract :

" Serious observations lately made touching his Majesty Charles the Second .... Published to inform the People. Per H. Walker, S.S.T.S."

In any case, the latter tract proves Walker to have been a matchless hypocrite. The reason for the constant references to the " Covenant " in the tract about Cromwell's last hours, and much else in it also, can be found in ' Tpayry/zara ' and in the following compilation by Walker :

" Spirituall Experiences of sundry Believers. Held forth by them at severall solemne meetings