|Photos||St Leonards Church, Streatham 1790|
|Documents||Henry Thrale epitaph printed in Gentleman's Magazine|
|Headstones||Henry Thrale's memorial tablet|
This epitaph to Henry Thrale (1730 - 4/8/1781) is taken from the book Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson by Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi which was first published in 1786.
"The following epitaph on Mr. [Henry] Thrale, who has now a monument close by hers [Hester Maria Salusbury, Hester Thrale's mother] in Streatham Church, I have seen printed and commended in Maty's Review for April, 1784; and a friend has favoured me with the translation:-
Hic conditur quod reliquum est. HENRICI THRALE
Qui res seu civiles, seu domesticas, ita egit
Ut vitam illi longiorem multi optarent; Ita sacras
Ut quam brevem esset habiturus praescire videretur,
Simplex, apertus, sibique semper similis,
Nihil ostentavit aut arte fictum aut cura Elaboratum.
In senatu, regi patriaeque Fideliter studuit;
Vulgi obstrepentis contemptor animosus,
Domi inter mille mercaturae negotia Literarum elegantiam minime neglexit.
Amicis quocunque modo laborantibus,
Conciliis, auctoritate, muneribus adfuit.
Inter familiares, comites, convivas, hospites,
Tam facili fuit morum suavitate Ut omnium animos ad se alliceret;
Tam felici sermonis libertate Ut nulli adulatus, omnibus placeret.
Obiit 1781. Consortes tumuli habet Rodolphum patrem, strenuum fortemque virum, et Henricum filium unicum, quem spei parentum mors inopina decennem praeripuit. Ita Domus felix et opulenta, quam erexit Avus, auxitque pater, cum nepote decidit. Abi viator! Et vicibus rerum humanarum perspectis, AEternitatem cogita!
Here are deposited the remains of HENRY THRALE, Who managed all his concerns in the present world, public and private, in such a manner as to leave many wishing he had continued longer in it; And all that related to a future world, as if he had been sensible how short a time he was to continue in this. Simple, open, and uniform in his manners, his conduct was without either art or affectation. In the senate steadily attentive to the true interests of his king and country, He looked down with contempt on the clamours of the multitude: Though engaged in a very extensive business, He found some time to apply to polite literature And was ever ready to assist his friends labouring under any difficulties, with his advice, his influence, and his purse. To his friends, acquaintance, and guests, he behaved with such sweetness of manners as to attach them all to his person: So happy in his conversation with them, as to please all, though he flattered none. He was born in the year 1724, and died in 1781. He was born in the year 17242, and died in 1781.
In the same tomb lie interred his father, Ralph Thrale,
a man of vigour and activity, And his only son Henry, who died before his father, Aged ten years.
Thus a happy and opulent family, Raised by the grandfather,
and augmented by the father, became extinguished with the grandson.
Go, Reader! And reflecting on the vicissitudes of all human affairs,
Meditate on eternity.
|Hester Maria Cotton's mourning tablet |
By Joseph Wilton, epitaph by Dr. Samuel Johnson.
|Sophia Thrale's mourning tablet|
By John Flaxman at St Leonards Church, Streatham.
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord
from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours;
and their works do follow them. Rev Chap XIV Ver 13. [Book of Revelation]
Sacred to the memory of
Wife of Henry Merrik Hoare Esqr of London
Third daughter of Henry Thrale Esqr
And grand-daughter of Hester Maria Salusbury
Whom in her recorded virtues she equalled
And the excellence of whose mind
Was expressed in the beauty of her countenance
Born 23rd July 1771. Died 8th Novr 1824.
|Thrale family burial vault, St Leonards, Streatham.|
The very large leather decorated, lead-lined coffin in the middle, is that of Henry Thrale. The plaque which is inscribed…
Henry Thrale Esq.
Died 4 April 1781
aged 53 years.
The other coffins are his children.
|1.||St Leonards Church||Streatham, Surrey, England|
Matches 1 to 3 of 3
|Last Name, Given Name(s)||Christened||Person ID|
|1||Thrale, Anna Maria||17 Apr 1768||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I217|
|2||Thrale, Henry Salusbury||3 Mar 1767||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I670|
|3||Thrale, Lucy Elizabeth||16 Jul 1769||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I218|
Matches 1 to 13 of 13
|Last Name, Given Name(s)||Buried||Person ID|
|1||Cotton, Hester Maria||Unknown||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I683|
|2||Mostyn, Thomas Arthur Bertie||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I429|
|3||Thrale, Anna Maria||23 Mar 1770||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I217|
|4||Thrale, Cecilia Margaretta||Unknown||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I96|
|5||Thrale, Frances||8 Oct 1765||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I216|
|6||Thrale, Frances Anna||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I91|
|7||Thrale, Henry M.P.||11 Apr 1781||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I83|
|8||Thrale, Henry Salusbury||28 Mar 1776||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I670|
|9||Thrale, Lucy Elizabeth||26 Nov 1773||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I218|
|10||Thrale, Penelope||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I219|
|11||Thrale, Ralph||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I220|
|12||Thrale, Ralph M.P.||1758||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I69|
|13||Thrale, Susannah Arabella||Saint Leonards Church, Streatham, Surrey, England||I93|