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196 Original Oil Portrait of Dr. Isaac Watts.
197 Description of ditto.
198 Portrait of Father of ditto.
199 ProGle Portrait of the Rev. Thomas Adkins, in wax, by the Southampton Sculptor,
R. C. Lucas, Esq.
200 Above Bar Chapel in 1819.
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201 Two Pictures illustrative of Isaac Watts's Birthplace, No. 22, French Street.
202 Book containing Portrait of Isaac Watts.
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203 Birthplace of Dr. Isaac Watts, 22, French Street. Front elevation.
204 Ditto ditto ditto Back elevation.
205 Grammar School in Bugle Street, where Dr. Isaac Watts was educated.
206 South Castle Gate andi Old Gaol, where Dr. I. Watts' Father was incarcerated, in
1683, for his Nonconformity.
207 South Castle and Old Gaol in 1784.
XII.—Memorials of Charles Dibdin.
Charles Dibdin, the Sailor's Poet, was born at Southampton March, 1745 (exact date not known); baptised, in. private, in Holy Rood Church, 4th, and received in Church 29th March, 1745. His father, Thomas Dibdin, was Parish Clerk at this Church and kept the Registers until bis death in 1759, wherein is recorded his own marriage to Sarah West-gath in 1722. According to the same Register he had 14 children, of whom the poet was the 12th. Mrs. Dibdin died at Southampton aged about 90. The poet lived in Southampton until he was eleven years of age, when he became a chorister in Winchester Cathedral, and was educated at Winchester School; but at the death of his father, and on the invitation of his brother Thomas, who was nearly twenty years his senior, he went to London to pursue his musical ambitions and inclinations, both being brought to a climax by the death of his brother in 1760. His memory will always be kept fresh so long as " Tom Bowling," which is the poet's epitaph to his brother, remains a part of English literature. The musical works of Charles Dibdin, from his first connection with Covent Garden Theatre in 1760, his enterprises and vicissitudes in the theatrical world, his immortal sea songs, are national history. He wrote about 1,200 songs, novels, plays, a Tour through England and Scotland, a History of the Stage in Ave vols., an Autobiography in four vols., built several theatres, wherein patriotism and loyalty to King and country were the key notes, and his public life was one of almost unequalled activity, for he invented, wrote, composed, and performed the whole of his entertainments. The M.SS. of nearly the whole of them may be seen in the Reference Library of the British Museum. The latter part of his life was cheered by the enterprise of the " Morning Chronicle" in response to whose appeal of March 16th, 1810, all the popular singers of the day came forward to give assistance, and about invested for his use. He
then retired to Arlington Street, Camden Town,where, in 1813, he bad a paralytic stroke, and on the 25th July, 1814, at the age of 69, Charles Dibdin died. He was interred in the burial ground of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Pratt Street, Camden Town, and the stone over his remains is inscribed with the lines in which he himself had drawn the character of his brother—
'* His form was of the manliest beauty,
His heart was kind and soft ;
Faithful below he did his duty,
And now he's gone aloft-."
Charles Dibdin lived in a time when this country was engaged in a struggle, in which the national safety from invasion depended almost entirely upon her "wooden walls." He made for himself an enduring
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