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organ near him, which was his instrument. It was engraved by James Basire, and is an admirable likeness. He was afterwards applied to by Hogarth, to superintend and revise the “* Analysis of Beauty.”
He was a very early contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine ; and in May 1770, p. 153, is a copy of his Latin verses, “ Eruditissimo Viro Thomæ Ashton, S. T. P."
In 1775, he was appointed Chaplain to the Garrison at Portsmouth; and he several years preached Mr. Fairchild's anniversary Botanical Sermon on Whitsun Tuesday, at St. Leonard's Shoreditch..
His detached publications are numerous.
1. “ A Sermon preached at Kew Chapel, in January 1732."
2. He wrote the “ Life of Dr. Edward Littleton," which is prefixed to the first volume of his Sermons, 1735.
3. “Poems on Divine Subjects; original, and translated from the Latin of Marcus Hieronymus Vida; with large Annotations, more particularly concerning the Being and Attributes of God; Lond. 1732," Svo; 2d edition, 1736.
4. “ The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer, in the Original, from the most authentic MSS. and as they are turned into modern Language by the most eminent hands; Lond. 1737," 8vo. [Anonymous.]
5. “ A Copy of English Congratulatory Verses on the Marriage of the Prince of Orange with the Princess Anne, 1737."
6. "Sermon preached at Kew Chapel, occasioned by the Death of the Queen ; 1737,” 8vo.
7. “ Fast Sermon, Jan. 9, 1739-40," 8vo. 18. “Philalethes and Theophanes; or a Summary
Præpostors, repeated to them the stranger's words, who, aware of the dignity of their visitor, instantly came up, and, introducing themselves, offered, in a most respectful manner, to shew him the College. He accepted their offer; and, after visiting every part of it, with a view of discovering the information and attainments, as well as gratifying the politeness of his guides, parted from them, bighly pleased with the attention which had, been shewn him."
View of the last Controversy, occasioned by a Book entitled, “The Moral Philosopher,' Part I. Lond. 1739," 8vo; 2d Edition 1740.
9. “ The Christian's ET IVIXIOy, or Song of Triumph; a Paraphrase on 1 Cor. xv. attempted in Blank Verse ; with Annotations, explanatory and critical; Lond. 1743," 4to.
10. “ Hope, a Poetical Essay (in blank verse) that Christian Grace, in three books, 1745."
11. “ The Use and Importance of Music in the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving; a Sermon preached at Worcester, at the Anniversary Meeting of the Three Choirs, 1747," 8vo.
12. Spenser's Works ; by subscription, 1747.
13. “A Sermon preached before the University of Cambridge, at the Epiphany, January 6, 1742; to which is added, a general Character of the late Reverend and learned Dr. Andrew Snape, Provost of King's College, 1743,” 8vo.
14. “ Euripidis Hecuba, Orestes, et Phænissæ, cum Scholiis antiquis, et versione notisque Johannis King, ferè integris, curante Thomâ Morell ; qui Alcestiu adjecit, cum Scholiis quæ extant, novâ versione, et notis perpetuis, in Usum Scholæ Etonensis, Lond, 1748," 2 vols. 8vo..This edition had many deviations from King's text, of which the Reader was not sufficiently apprized, as in the Hecuba, 1. 514, for τοιάδ αμφίσης λεγω he read τοιάδ' du ' oñis hoyos. The Alcestes was entirely his own.
15. “ Hecuba, translated from the Greek of Euripides, with Annotations chiefly relating to Antiquity, Lond. 1749," 8vo. Very feebly rendered.
16. On Easter Wednesday 1753, he preached a Sermon (which he afterwards printed in quarto) before the Lord Mayor, &c. intituled, “The charitable Disposition of the present Age considered.”
17.“ A Specimen of his “ Thesaurus,” containing the Three First Letters of the Alphabet, 1757.
18. “ Philoctetes, 1757," 8vo. :
19. “ Thesaurus Græcæ Poëseos: sive Lexicon Græco-Prosodiacum ; versus, et synonyma, (tam
tationen svo. 1774 in preach Clergy
ad explicationem vocabulorum, quam ad compositionem poeticam pertinentia) epitheta, phrases, descriptiones, &c. (ad modum Latini Gradûs ad Parnassum) complectens. Opus, in studiosæ juventutis gratiam et utilitatem, ex optimis quibusque Poetarum Græcorum monumentis que adhuc prodierunt, nunc primùm constructum. Cui præfigitur, de Poesi, seu Prosodiâ Græcorum Tractatus. Autore T. Morell, S. T. P. 1762, 4to. with Hogarth's Portrait.
20. “ Aloyuko Iloquyosus AeruwTys, cum Stanleianâ Versione, Scholijs a, B (et y ineditis) amplissimisque variorum Notis; quibus suam adjecit, necnon Scholia de Metro, ac Anglicanam Interpretationem, T. Morell, S. T. P. S. S. R. & A.S. * 1767," 8vo. 1774, 4to.
21. “A Sermon preached at the Anniversary Meeting of the Sons of the Clergy, 1772," 4to.
22. “ A Sermon on the Trinity, preached at Lady Moyer's Lecture, 1774,” 4to,
He published, a corrected edition of Hederic's Greek Lexicon, dedicated to the present Duke of York, when young; and a corrected edition of Ainsworth's Dictionary. He also had, at one time, a Newspaper controversy with the Methodists, in which he was frequently known to display great quickness : their name he derived from psdoevely, to deceive.
24. “ A Dissertation on the Corbridge Altar (inscribed 'Hpax el Tugiw A10.wpa Ayiegela, now in the British Museum); in a (Latin Letter to the Hon. Daines Barrington, Vice President, 1774," printed in the Archæologia, vol. III. p. 332. *
25. “Sacred Annals; or the Life of Christ, as recorded by the Four Evangelists: with Practical Observations. Compiled from the Works of Bp. Taylor, Locke, Cradock, Whiston, Le Clerc, Lamy, Macknight, and other Harmonizers of the
* The Prometheus Captivus is one of the most striking monuments of genius that has been transmitted to us from Antiquity; and Dr. Morell's care and diligence in this edition of it were highly meritorious. His blank verse translation, though not impreg· nated with the fire of Eschylus, has been uscful to school-boys.
Gospels; principally Dr. Doddridge. Designed for general Use; but particularly for the Sundayexercise of the young Gentlemen educated at Eton School, 1776," 4to.. .
26. “ Dr. Morell wrote also the words for Handel's Oratorios; in which he has very great merit.
He died Feb. 19, 1784, and was buried at Chiswick,
27. A Translation of “ The Epistles of L. A. Seneca, with Annotations; 2 vols. Lond. 1786,” 4to.
In this posthumous publication, there are many not unagreeable specimens of the garrulity of age. « Old as I am,”. (says the Translator) “ I never knew an injury that was not easily forgiven, nor a distress but what was tolerable, and, as the world goes, rather required a contemptuous smile than a tear.” This was at the close of life: and there are few but would be pleased to hear an old man make such a declaration. He imitated the peculiar' manner of Seneca with considerable spirit, and at the same time gave a correct and faithful translation.
28. “ Notes and Annotations on Locke on the Human Understanding, written by Order of the Queen *; corresponding in section and page with the edition of 1793. By Thomas Morell, D. D. rector of Buckland, and F. SS. R. and A. 1794," 8vo.
He devoted a long life to classical learning; and though his attainments or his keenness were not equal to those of a Porson, he rendered many services to classical readers. Nor should it be forgotten that the calls of Literature never rendered him neglectful of his duty as a Clergyman; and, as long as Learning is cultivated among us, the value of his labours will be known, and the public neglect of them, while he lived, will be lamented. . He was warm in his attachments; and was a cheerful and entertaining companion. He loved a jest, told a good story, was fond of musick, and would occasionally indulge his friends with a song. In . * He says, “ I was preparing these for Merlin's Cave at Richmond, by order, 1735.” See Gent. Mag. vol. V. p. 498.
his exterior appearance, however, he never condescended to study the Graces; and, unfortunately for himself, he was a total stranger to economy *.
A character of him may be found among Lord Lyttelton's Letters.
* I have now before me an angry but characteristic Corre. spondence between Dr. Morell and Mr. Bowyer, which is not worth preserving at large; but from which I shall make some extracts. The Doctor and Mr. Bowyer were very old friends; and the squabble was a mere trifle, the whole matter in dispute not amounting to forty shillings.-In October 1766 the Doctor wished to engage Mr. Bowyer to print his “Prometheus Vinctus ;" of which 250 were to be in svo, for Dr. Foster, for Eton School; and 250 in 4to, for Dr. Morell's benefit.
Oct. 1766. “Rev.Sir, As you own yourseif a bad economist, it is one step to your ceasing to be so. To the same purpose I must beg leave to tell you, I do not chuse to print your book, unless you find the paper for it; as Booksellers always send in the paper for the books in which they have the property. I would advise you, by way of econoniy, to get subscriptions, and put the money by in a drawer, to pay your Printer."
Dec. 26. “Sir, Half a sheet in two months, and that a very indifferent one, far beneath your usual care and great abilities, is what, I believe, no one would subinit to with patience. I own I cannot. It would have been more just in you, at first, instead of sending me an impertinent letter, about getting subscriptions (which, though often intended, I never yet could stoop to) to have told me that you wanted either leisure or inclination to serve me; for, when I take a work in hand, as I cannot apply myself to any thing else, this delay has been so much loss of time to me; which, at my age, cannot but be very disagreeable. If you doubted your pay, I told you the money should be advanced beforehand, or at least by the sheet. I know not why you should treat me in this manner, and desire to be delivered from this suspence one way or other.
T. M." Dec. 28. “Rev. Sir, I cannot blame you for being displeased at the delay of Æschylus. But I beg you will believe, that, as your copy is a little intricate, I cannot get a Compositor who will undertake it, especially while there are so many English works which may be carried on with abundantly more ease. The labourers are too few, or too feeble, for the harvest. To prevent any further disappointment, I have returned the copy without any sort of ill-will, as I hope you will receive it. If any expres. sion in my letter gave offence, I am sorry for it, and ask pardon. But the substance of it, viz. a desire of having the money advanced for the paper, or to have the paper sent in by the proprietor, I believe you will find agreeable to the expectation of every other Printer.