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[Medwin’s Conversations and Charles Wolfe].
St. James’s Chronicle  No. 10,453  (6 November 1824)
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The St. James’s Chronicle,

Price 7d.] From THURSDAY, Nov. 4 to SATURDAY, Nov. 6 1824. [No. 10,453.

To the Editor of the St. James’s Chronicle, and General Evening Post.

Sir, Armagh, Oct. 29.
J. S. Taylor, in Morning Chronicle

Having read in your Chronicle of last Tuesday a memoir of Lord Byron, in which a very beautiful ode on the death of Sir John Moore, which had been warmly commended by his Lordship, was attributed to him as its author, I think it due, not only to the sacredness of literary property, but also to the memory of a highly-gifted and most amiable and excellent man, to inform you, that it is well known in this country to have been composed by the late Rev. Charles Wolfe, when a Student in the University of Dublin. The poetical talent which could produce such an ode, was, however, but a minor qualification in the character of this young man, for he combined eloquence of the first order with the zeal of an Apostle. During the short time in which he held a curacy in the diocese of Armagh, he so wholly devoted himself to the discharge of his duties in a very populous parish, that he exhausted his strength by exertions disproportioned to his constitution, and was cut off by disease in what should have been the bloom of youth. This zeal, which was too powerful for his bodily frame, was yet controlled by a vigorous and manly intellect, which all the ardour of religion and poetry could never urge to enthusiasm. His opinions were a sober as if they were merely speculative; his fancy was as vivid as if he never reasoned; his conduct as zealous as if he thought only of his practical duties; every thing in him held its proper place, except a due consideration of himself, and to his neglect of this he became an early victim.

I am, Sir,
Your very Obedient Servant,

P.S. In the last stanza except one your copy is incorrect. The third and fourth lines should be:—

And we heard the distant and random gun
That the foe was sullenly firing.

The word sullenly agrees far better than suddenly with the distant and random gun of a defeated enemy.

In a preceding column we have inserted a letter, which must settle the disputed claim to the Verses upon the Death of Sir John Moore, so highly praised by Lord Byron, since the character of our correspondent can permit no suspicion, either that he is himself deceived, or that he is desirous of deceiving others. Dr. Miller, the gentleman in question, is one of the many valuable gifts which the Irish Church and University have presented to the interests of Religion and Literature. His Lectures on the Study of History, delivered in the Dublin University, of which he was a Senior Fellow and Professor, have obtained for him a distinguished place among the scholars and philosophers of Europe. He was personally acquainted with Mr. Wolfe; and no one who has looked into Dr. Miller’s work can doubt that he was well qualified to appreciate the genius of his friend.