xt7qjq0stw34_5080 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0stw34/data/mets.xml https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0stw34/data/1997ms474.dao.xml unknown archival material 1997ms474 English University of Kentucky The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.  Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. W. Hugh Peal manuscript collection John Timbs letter to S. Dyer Knott, with clippings text 43.94 Cubic Feet 86 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 22 items Poor-Good Peal accession no. 11453. John Timbs letter to S. Dyer Knott, with clippings 2017 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7qjq0stw34/data/1997ms474/Box_59/Folder_22/Multipage27219.pdf 1837 February 6, undated 1837 1837 February 6, undated section false xt7qjq0stw34_5080 xt7qjq0stw34 MR. JOHN TIMES,

AT an age which is said to afford little
to make life desirable or tolerable, this honest,
hard—working man has vanished from the scene.
For more than half a century Mr. Timbs laboured
in the field of literature. He ploughed, indeed,
with other people’s heifers, but he was useful in
his generation. As he worked hard, so did he
work cheerfully. His work, it is true, needed no
thought for its accomplishment, and he was not
himself a man given to reflection. It may be said
of him, as Dryden said of Cymon,-—

He whistled as he went, for want of thought.
Mr. Timbs’s name is on hundreds of volumes; if
not always his name, his hand is there. He pro-
bably never wrote an original line, but he had an
apt way of taking not only lines but pages from
other writers, and arranging them in a readable
form. Humble was the work, but it enabled many
readers to form an acquaintance with writers who,
but for Mr. Timbs’s zeal, would, perhaps, have re-
mained unknown to them. He was ever ready to
compile and bring into the market any book on
any subject. Nothing came amiss to him except
real authorship, but he was facile princeps at
gathering materials. The Society of Antiquaries,
in his former days, thought him worthy of being
elected an F.S.A. Those days, however, passed
away, and with age the old worker found his
strength no match for his purpose. Although
of a cheerful disposition when young, Timbs was
proud—a little impracticable and wayward when
helping hands were stretched out to him. He
quitted even the harbour of the Charter House,
and preferred living and labouring where he could
have the companionship of an old friend with
whom he had lived for many years outside. Still
there was succour at hand before the supreme
moment set him beyond all need of it. And so died
this hard-working man. But he did not die an
F.S.A. When Mr. Timbs ceased to be able to pay
his subscription, his name was erased from the list
of Fellows. With unfeigned respect for the Society
and its President, we must say that the Council
did not do itself honour, nor John Timbs justice,
when it gave this wound to the shy, proud man,
to whom admission was granted:—whcn he could
pay for it. A; III/moi ’ r)


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