April 27, 1844
Coleraine, County Derry
DEATH OF THE LATE REV. CHARLES BOYTON, D.D.
DOCTOR BOYTON, thus snatched away in the prime of life, and from the bosom of his family, was a person of no common powers and of no ordinary position. He attained his Fellowship at a very early age, and under circumstances the most unprecedented ; and such was his character for talent and learning, so great his popularity as a public man, so high the estimation in which he was held in private life, that, as a tutor, his chambers became filled shortly after his ordination; and, on his retirement from the College, he could claim a greater number of pupils, and of a higher class and order, the majority being fellow-commoners, than any one in his situation could ever boast. On the formation of the Brunswick Clubs, and subsequently on the establishment of the Protestant Conservative Society, Mr. Boyton sprung, almost in a bound, into the station of a political leader ; and occupied a position in the public eye whch no man had previously enjoyed. The Freeman's Journal, a political foe, pays the following tribute to his political character :--
"We regret to have to announce the death of the Rev. Charles Boyton, late Fellow of Trinity College, once so famous as an active leader in the Conservative Society. With Mr. Boyton we differed widely in politics--yet, as a political opponent, we always admired the bold, honest, and manly avowal of principle which characterised his public life, which, while it challenged our opposition, seldom failed to win our respect. For a series of years Mr. Boyton was the recognised leader of the Conservative party in Dublin, (sic) To his energy, zeal, and talents they owed much ; and, had he not retired from active political life, there is no question but his talents as a speaker, and as a practical politician, would have retained him in the same position to this day.
When Dr. Boyton retired from college, and took the cure of souls in a wild and an extensive district, he withdrew altogether from public and political life, and devoted his time and his talents, with Christian diligence and perseverance, to the cares and duties attendant on his sacred ministry. He was a kind and warm hearted friend, an affectionate husband, and fond father ; and, although learned and deeply read beyond most of his contemporaries and associates, yet was characterised for modesty and unobtrusiveness in company and conversation. The living of Tullyagnish is in the gift of the College--one of the first class, and of considerable value.--Evening Packet.
THE WILL FORGERIES.--At the Central Criminal Court, London, on Monday, Barber and Fletcher were sentenced to transportation for life ; William Saunders, to be transported for seven years; and Lydian Saunders, and Georgina Dorey, each to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for two years.--Northern Whig.
Presbyterian Marriages.--The Primate.--In the Lord Primate of Ireland, the Presbyterians possess a sincere, and ardent, and anxious friend and advocate of their rights and privileges.--Newry Telegraph.
Railway Extension.--We have received a map of the projected junction line of railway between Drogheda and Portadown to perfect the line from Dublin to Belfast. We are glad to perceive that the line takes in both Dundalk and Newry. The Kells branch is to run on the south side of the Boyne, to near Navan, where it will cross.--Drogheda Argus.
We have authority for stating that it is the intention of the land commission to present a short report this session; and that, on the return of its members to Dublin, steps will be taken for preparing the document.--Evening Mail.
Henry Moxham, for waste and dilapidation, was sentenced at Longford Quarter Sessions to six months’ confinement and hard labour. Moxham held a farm and farm-house, under the Hon. Mr. Harman, near Ballymahon, and being about to emigrate to America wanted to sell his interest, which being refused, previous to giving it up, he dilapidated the house.
Church Education Society.--We are sorry we have not room in our present number for the excellent letter of Rowley Miller, Esq., J.P. which has appeared in the Dublin Evening Mail. Our readers however may depend on having it in our next publication.
In our advertising columns will be found a list of New York Packets sailing from Liverpool, and for which Mr. Fisher of Derry is agent in Ireland. We are led to believe the accommodation is excellent, and terms moderate.
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