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public attention was immediately daughter, to the writer of this article turned towards Mr. Dwight as his in the country, it is feelingly observed: successor. He was accordingly elected “ He was perfectly sensible to the last to the presidency of Yale College, at hour, and though for the last week bis the first meeting of the corporation; sufferings in his stomach with the opand inducted into office the sueceeding pression on his breath were dreadfully September. Dr. Dwight did not dis- severe, he went off very calmly; he appoint the expectations of his friends. had long anticipated what to bim has Under his superintendence the College been a happy release from suffering, soon began to flourish beyond all and we can never forget the example former example; and perhaps its re- nor cease to lament the loss of so exputation was never more extensive cellent a parent.” His remains were than at the time of his death. As intered by the Rev. Thomas MorPresident, it was his duty to superin- GAN, in that vast and crowded receptend all the general interests of the tacle of the dead, Bunhill Fields. college ; which, in so large an esta- Islington, Aug. 18th, 1817. J. E. blishment, demanded no inconsiderable portion of his time and attention.
Lieut. D. Young He likewise took upon himself the Aug. 26th, at Poole, in the 23rd whole instruction of the senior class year of age, Lieut. David Young, in rhetoric, logic, metaphysics and of His Majesty's Royal Marines. ethics,-heard two disputations each This young officer was at the burnweek, and once, each during the same ing of Washington, in the late Ameperiod, gave the class an informal rican war. He came home an invalid, lecture on the first principles of theo- having had the misfortune to break a logy. As. Professor of Divinity, it blood vessel, which is supposed to was his custom to deliver, in the fore- have laid the foundation of a pulmonoon of each sabbath, a discourse nary disease that finally terminated in forming part of a general system of his death. He was interred on the theological science, which it usually Sunday evening after his death in the took four years to complete; and, in burial ground belonging to the Unithe afternoon, a discourse on some tarian Meeting, in Poole; and a miscellaneous subject, such as he sermon from Prov. xxvii. 1, was dejudged the circumstances of his audi- livered on the occasion, by Mr. Bercnce to require. In addition to this, NETT, to a numerous congregation, be had under his care and instruction a supposed to consist of from ten to class of graduates, pursuing the study twelve hundred persons. The meetof theology, with professional views. ing-house, though large, was so full
that numbers of people went away July 12th, in the 71st year of his without being able to get in. age, Mr. WILLIAM Cotes, silk weaver, Spitalfields. The gout, that Sunday, Sept. 21st, after a short cruel and inexorable disease to which but severe disease, Mr. GEORGE MBAD, he fell a martyr, had for many years of Billericay, Essex, aged 56 years. past assailed his bodily frame, so that He was deservedly beloved by his his protracted sufferings were aggra- family, esteemed by his acquaintance, vated and severe: but he bore his af- and respected by his neighbours. He fliction with the fortitude of a man was equally characterized by a solid and with the resignation of a Chris. judgment and an affectionate heart. tian. Since the decease of the Rev. His Christian walk was unostentatious, Hugh WORTHINGTON, he had at- but he possessed and exemplified the tended the ministry of the Rev. Joun principles and feelings of a faithful folEvans, Worship-street, Moorfields, lower of Jesus Christ the Righteous. who had long known and esteemed him. His afflicted widow and family, Addition to the Obituary of Mr. Winwho were most “assiduously attentive der, (p. 190) being the conclusion of the to the alleviation of his sufferings, and Discourse on occasion of his death, by who were best acquainted with his Mr. Luke Kirby. Mr. Winder died virtues, affectionately revere his me- July 31st, 1817, aged 45 years. mory. In the communication of the The distinction of a funeral sermon intelligence of his death, by his eldest from any other is mainly this, that it says something in relation to the dead of the liver. Perhaps few men eyer for the good of the living. It never suffered more and said less of their afwas my habit to say much, nor shall I fiction; and it might be from this on the present occasion; but it is pe- calm habit of mind that he said so culiarly pleasing to me, and I doubt little in his last illness of that, or of not to you too,) that what little we death itself. Mentioning the subject have known of the deceased, as a to him, he said, “ there is always friend and a minister of the gospel, something for which we wish to live:" has left on our minds impressions that no doubt referring to his wife and will only be lost wheu memory shal} family. 'I observed, 'that what we have lost its office. Mr. WINDER think our lives necessary for, may, by was ‘no common man; he did credit Providence, be ordered in a very difto the discernment of his predecessor ferent way, and I hoped this affliction who reccommended him to you, and would be for good: he replied with to you who chose him to be your mi- considerable emphasis, “I cannot in nister: bis mind was of a superior the least doubt it.” He had said to cast, bold, penetrating and generous. others, he did not wish to live longer He could not be held in fetters by than he could be useful. I forbear enwhomsoever formed or imposed. This largement, but let me recommend to made him leave the Wesleyan con- you his example, not that he was pernexion after having been a preacher fect; he pretended to no such thing: among them some years; and follow- but let me recommend to your imita. ing his sober convictions, be united tion his humility, his meekness, his with a congregation of General Bap- patience, his brotherly, kindness, his tists, in Norwich, where, for some charity and his zeal for truth and time, as among the Methodists, he righteousness; and remember, you was popular; and there he became are accountable for all you have seen an Unitarian.
and heard of him, according to Christ Considering he was nearly altogether Jesus, to do, as you would meet him self-taught, his penetration and dili- at the last day, with joy and not with gence must have been wonderful. He grief. And let me just say, one of the could not satisfy himself by looking at best marks of respect for the deceased the surface of things, nor yet at his will be to be kind to the widow and own side of a question, though it children, as it is well known they are were ever so particular: he was will. cast upon the wide world unprovided ing to give the opposite all its weight; for, at a time very unfavourable to he was not more eager to retain his poverty. But while I mention this I own opinion than he was generous to accuse myself of officiousness, consciallow others to differ from him. Some ous that your kindness will not be have thought he went too far to meet buried in the grave of the deceased. those who do not entertain the same views of revelation as the generality Addition to the Account (p. 429) of of Christians. If he erred here, those
Madame de Stael. who knew him would rather ascribe [From the Morning Chronicle.) it to his charitable and generous mind As several groundless rumours have than to any wish to encourage scepti- prevailed respecting the last events of cism and infidelity. It would, we MADAME DE STAEL's life and the nathink, at least, be uncandid for any ture of her unpublished writings, we one to say he violated his conscience are requested to lay before the publio in not dealing faithfully with all de- the following authentic particulars on scriptions of his hearers.
these subjects :His abilities as a public speaker it She manifested, to her last moments, is not for me to eulogize before you: the same sincere and zealous attachhis voice was good and his manner of ment to the Protestant faith from which address powerful
, even to astonish- her judgment had never deviated. ment, when his weak habit of body The distribution of her fortune was was looked at. It appears, as a me- made with a considerate regard to dical gentleman who last attended every equitable claim on her bounty. him, observed, he had been several It is thoroughly approved by the Duyears labouring under the complaint chesse de Broglie and the Baron de of which he died, namely, an affection Stael, who not only shes the most profound respect for not only her dicated. The object of it is, to de. testamentary dispositions, but have scribe the society and the goveroment already displayed an anxiety to give of this country as they appeared to her effect to every wish and intention during her last visit, with very favour. which they can reasonably believe to able opportunities of observation, and have been entertained by her.
at one of the most critical moments in Her unpublished work, which will the history of Europe. The whole of form three volumes in octavo, is en- that volume has not received the last titled, “ Considerations on the Prin- polish; a circumstance peculiarly un. cipal Events of the French Revolu- fortunate in the case of a writer, who, tion." The principal part, amounting with all her ardour and boldness of ex. to two-thirds of the whole, extending pression, never presumed to offer any from the first administration of M. composition to the public till it had Necker to the battle of Waterloo, is undergone frequent, patient, and sin. finished and corrected by her own gularly minute revisals. hand. The style secms scarcely to She has left the care of her Manuneed the last touches which she was scripts to the Duke de Broglie, the accustomed to bestow on her writings Baron de Stael, and the celebrated as they were passing through the Mr. William Augustus Schlegel, who press.
will certainly approve themselves Though she shunned the pretensions worthy of her confidence in the perwhich would have been implied in the formance of their somewhat delicate title of “ A Parallel between the En. task, respecting the unfinished part of glish and French Revolutions,” yet the the work which they are about to very nature of the subject frequently publish. presented that comparison to her This publication, agreeable to her mind. The unhappy results of the desire, will be followed by a complete attempts of France to become free, edition of her writings, which will turned her eyes to the only great pa- contain some new matter, and much tion of Europe which still maintains important correction of her early proher liberty. Towards the free Con- ductions, intended to bring them more stitution of England she felt a reve- near to the standard of her mature and rence which indeed can hardly be too final opinions. great, and for the national character It will also contain an authentic acan admiration deeper than is com- count of her life, which, in her case, monly preserved in familiar inter- will at least soon terminate the circucourse with nations or individuals; lation of those narratives, which are though in her mind perfectly reconci- not likely to spare her memory, as lable with a warm love of ber native they have attended the death of almost country, and a preference for the so- every considerable person in our time; ciety of her countrymen, over that of seeking a dishonest profit by the grathose whom she might sometimes re- tification at best of vicious curiosity, gard with more distant respect. Ve and often a jealousy and malice, at the neration for the seat of liberty, and expense of inevitable falsehood, of sensibility to the honour and happi- cruel wounds inflicted on the most ness of France, were, indeed, naturally virtuous affections, and of a savage corrected by the filial affectiou wbich violation of the sanctuary of private was the ruling sentiment of her life. life.
To England her third volume is de
tions. Whilst some, considering the RELIGIOUS.
service in an improper light, have Ordination of Mr. Gaskell at Thorne. acted as if they wished rather to esta
AMONG the peculiarities which blish their own authority and power mark the different denominations of over the consciences of men, than to Christians, few have been more vari- give that instruction and important ously modified, than the ordivation of advice to their younger brethren ministers over Christian congrega- which the occasion required; others, disgusted with their extravagnnt con- warm and affectionate manner in duct and absurd notions, have run into which it was delivered, will secure it the opposite extreme, and negleeted a lasting place in the hearts of those it altogether. Indeed, it seems to who heard it. He also offered up the have been one part of the rage of Uni- second prayer. The Rev. Nathaniel tarians, if I may so express m , self, to Philipps, D. D. of Sheffidd, delivered reject as ridiculous and irrational, al- a discourse to the people, from Phil. most every thing peculiar to those i. 27, 28, which was distinguished for who have professed a creed diametri. the hold, manly and independent tone cally opposite to their own. And in which it recommended the people need we be ashamed of acknowledging to strive for the faith of the gospel, that we have erred in this respect and to defend its simple uncorrupted A return to the old method of per- truths before men. The Rev. P. forming the ceremony is not at all Wright, of Stannington, near Shefdesirable. The much-improved plan field, delivered the concluding prayer. of modern settlement services seems to The company afterwards dined' to. have taken the place of the authorita- gether, (Mr. Gaskell in the Chair,) tive system of ordination with impo- and filled up the afternoon by the sition of hands, &c. There are some rational, cheerful and free interchange important advantages to be derived of ideas. From the prevailing senti. from that service, when conducted in ments which were given, might be so truly enlightened a manner as those inferred the cordial interest and sinat Bradford, Elland and Thorne. The cère pleasure which the meeting felt particulars of the two former have in the prospects of the Thorne Society already appeared before your readers;* and of Unitarians in general. and of the latter I shall now give you Mr. Simpson mentioned an error some account. The circumstances of which had obtained some publicity the l'horne Society are too well known respecting himself, which it is but to the public to need any explanation justice to mention in this place. It in this place. They unanimously in- had been stated by Mr. R. Wright, in vited the Rev. John Gaskell, A. M. the account of the Thorne Society, Jate of the college, Glasgow, to under- published in the Appendix to Dr. take the pastoral office amongst them, Philipps' Sermon on the opening of and, on occasion of his settlement, ap- the chapel, that "an avowed unbeliever pointed a public religious service, came to hear him preach.” It appears June 12th.
that the spirit of opposition to every The Rev. Richard Astley, of Hali. departure from the orthodox faith, fax, introduced the solemn services of was at that time so strong in the the day by prayer and reading appro- neighbourhood, that the gentleman in priate parts of the Scriptures. Mr. question was stigmatized by his adMartin Simpson, then, in a brief ad- versaries, whilst pursuing his inquiries dress, stated, in behalf of the congre- after truth, as an unbeliever; and gation, the reasons which induced hence appears to have originated the them to request Mr. Gaskell to become mistake. But Mr. Simpson appears their stated minister. This address never to have disbelieved Christianity. was followed by a statement of Mr. To the honour of the Thorne SoG.'s views, in entering on the ministe- ciety be it named, they have had rerial office, and more particularly in gular services on the Lord's day, ever complying with the request of the since the opening of the chapel; for people at Thorne. On the remainder which they have been chiefly indebted of this service, the writer of this could to the disinterested zeal and steady expatiate with pleasure, but must con- conduct of Mr. C. J. F: Benson, a tent himself with observing, that the member of the society, who has led Rev. Charles Wellbeloved, theological the devotions of his fellow-worshipers tutor of the Manchester College, York, in a manner that deserves the imita. addressed a discourse to Mr. Gaskell, tion of others, whose abilities qualify from 1 Tim iv. 16, the intrinsic ex- them for so noble a service. Long cellence of which, joined with the may this infant society flourish under
the fosteriug care of heaven, and be * Vide Mon. Repos. VIII. pp. 687,688, X. pp. 594_596.
the means of bringing up to maturity oh! that this were the case with allmany heirs of immortal glory and hap- we believe that these intervals have piness !
often proved times of much religious
benefit. Many have derived great inThe Epistle from the Yearly Meeting, crease of strength both at these and
held in London, by Adjournments, other times, from retiring to wait upon from the 21st of the Fifth Month, to the Lord; from reading the Holy the 30th of the same, inclusive, 1817, Scriptures with minds turned to their to the Quarterly and Monthly Divine Author, in desire that he would Meetings of Friends, in Great Bri- bless them to their comfort and edifi. tain Ireland, and elsewhere.
cation; and from perusing the pious Dear FRIENDS,
lives and experiences of those who The love of our Heavenly Father have gone before them. But we avoid has prevailed in this our annual assem- prescribing any precise line of conbly. It has united us in the fellowship duct, believing that if the attention be of the Gospel, and has extended to sincerely turned unto the Heavenly our dear absent brethren. Under this Shepherd, his preserving help and influence, our confidence has been re- guidance will not be withheld. newed, that the foundation upon which Thuse of the class whom we have the righteous in all ages have built their just been addressing, may sometimes faith and their hope, is for ever immu- feel that their faith is low, when about table. Notwithstanding our own iu- to attend their meetings in the course firmities, and the discouragements of the week, it may be, under great which surround us, we have felt the outward difficulties. These sacrifices consoling persuasion that the Lord is of time, and opportunities of withstill mindful of us. He who hath drawing from wordly cares, have been blessed us and our forefathers with blessed to many: they have proved, many tokens of his divine regard, is in seasons of deep trial and discouyet waiting to shew himself gracious; ragement, times of refreshing from and by the Spirit of his Son is calling the presence of the Lord. The waitus to purity of heart, and to holiness ing, dependent mind has thus been in all manner of conversation. May enabled to put on strength to persevere we then consider the sacred duties in the Christian course; and under the which devolve upon us as Christians; pressure of many troubles and perthe awful responsibility we are under plexities, to experience an increase of as to a right use of all those gifts and faith in the merciful and omnipotent talents, with whieb we have been in- care of our Great Creator. Be entrusted; and the necessity of becoming couraged then, dear friends, not to a more spiritually-minded people. neglect your meetiogs, however small;
In turning our attention to the state but to believe that by a diligent atof the Society as it has been now laid tendance of them, and a right engage before us, the proper employment of ment of mind therein, you will be the first day of the week, the day strengthened to fill up your stations more particularly set apart for public as faithful and devoted Christians. worship, is a subjeet that has claimed In a well-ordered family, short opour serious attention. It is no small portunities of religious retirement freprivilege to be living in a country quently occur, in which the mind may where much regard is paid to this be turned in secret aspiration to the duty, and it highly becomes us to be Author of all our blessings; and which careful that our example in this respect have often proved times of more than be consistent with the profession we transient benefit
. It is our present make to the world. We desire that concern, that no exception to this heads of families, and our younger practice may be found amongst us; friends also, may closely examine, whe- whether it take place on the reading ther they are sufficiently solicitous to of a portion of the sacred volame, or improve that portion of this day wbich when we are assembled to partake of is not allotted to the great duty of the provisions with which we are supmeeting with their friends for the plied for the sustenance of the body. purpose of divine worship. To those On these latter occasions, may the who are awakened to a due sense of hearts of our young friends also, be the eternal interests of the soul--and turued in gratitude to God, who thus