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Death of Mr. Thomas Dobson.* (From the New York Gazette, March 22.)
THIS worthy citizen and eminent Christian was released from his sufferings on Sunday the 9th instant, in the 73d year of his age. He had been a resident in Philadelphia upwards of 39 years, and so long as health permitted him to attend to business, his store was a place of resort by many of the most intelligent and respectable inhabitants of our city, as well as by strangers. He stood deservedly high as a bookseller, for he strictly adhered to the principles of integrity. His conversation was so interesting, and his manners were so pleasing, that it was only necessary to know him, to esteem and love him. He possessed a rich fund of information on a variety of subjects, and had a peculiar facility in adapting his conversation to the tastes and capacities of those who were in company. Yet there was about him nothing servile or obsequious. Although no man could be more modest and unassuming, he was manly and dignified. Wherever he was present, levity was repressed, and vice stood abashed. It was his benevolent desire to be useful, and by every innocent means to afford pleasure to others, that induced him to acquit himself so well, whether he was associated with scholars or persons of humble attain ments. Even when he had occasion, and felt it to be his duty to admonish and reprove those who were faulty, his manner was so free from any appearance of arrogance or harshness, he spoke with so much tender and unaffected concern for the offending party, and there was such evident kindness in the whole of his proceedings, that it seemed impossible to withstand his influence. His reproofs were like excellent oil, which, far from bruising, tended only to heal. During the prevalence of the yellow fever in 1793, he was one of those who essentially contributed to the relief of the sufferers; and as an inspector of the State Prison, he will long be remembered as a judicious, humane and efficient officer. In the circles of his particular friends he appeared to great advantage, and his society was highly prized and eagerly sought by many of our worthiest citizens. But, although his benevolence was diffusive, he preferred the delights of
lated; but this cannot be matter of regret, to those who knew that from early youth, he had been following peace with all men, and holiness, and that he had been seeking for glory, honour and immortality, by a patient continuance in well doing. He trusted in the mercy of God as revealed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and he died in peace. Those who enjoyed his friendship and confidence, as well as his near connexions, have much to relate respecting the heavenly frame of mind which he preserved under circumstances peculiarly trying. While they are fully sensible that it is their duty to be thankful for this happy deliverance, they can never cease to feel the deprivation of sweet and improving communion with one of the best of men. Although at the time of his funeral the weather was peculiarly unfavourable, it was attended by a large number of his acquaintance and friends. Ministers of religion of various denominations united in paying the last offices of respect to one who, whatever might be thought of the peculiarities of his religious faith, was esteemed and honoured as a bright aud shining example of fervent, yet unostentatious, piety, and of whatsoever things are lovely and of good report. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."-" The righteous shall be had in everlasting remem brance."
THE Rev. JAMES LAMBERT, whose death was noticed in our last, p. 312, as the Senior Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, was the son of the Rev. Thomas and Anne Lambert, the father being at the time of his birth Rector of Thorp, near Harwich, and afterward Rec tor of Melton, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk. He was a member of the Zodiac Club at Cambridge, consisting of the most eminent literary characters of that day, and was not less remarked for his attainments than for the polished urbanity of his manners. His son James, born the 7th March 1741, old style, received the rudiments of his education at the Grammar School at Woodbridge, under Mr. Ray, till he was about fifteen years of age, when his father superintended it till he went to College, to which he was admitted in the year 1760. In the year 1763 he became a scholar on the foundation. In 1764 he obtained the Chancellor's Gold Medal for classical attainments, taking his first degree in the same year, when he was fifth or sixth in the first Tripos, or what is generally called fifth or sixth Wrangler. In the year 1765, he was elected Fellow of Trinity College, having about that time been ordained, and becoming officiating curate of Bawdsey and Alderton, near Woodbridge. In 1767 he took his degree of Master of Arts, and became a resident and assistant tutor in Trinity College. In 1771 he was elected Greek Professor. About
this time the great question was agitating of subscription to the Thirty-Nine Artifor the relief of the clergy, in the matter cles, which was greatly supported by of the University of Cambridge; among many of the most distinguished members them Mr. Lambert was by no means the least active. In 1772 he received a proposal to accompany Prince Poniatowsky to Poland, which he declined. In 1773 he formed the resolution not to accept any clerical preferment, in which he persisted to his death, having repeatedly passed by the best livings in the gift of the College, which in succession were offered to him. In 1774, the University was much occupied with the resolution then
proposed by Mr. Jebb, for annual examinations, of which Mr. Lambert was a strenuous supporter, and was named one of the syndicate, or committee, to estawith the accustomed mathematical and blish a plan of uniting polite literature philosophical studies of the place. In this attempt he had, among other eminent men, for his intended colleagues, Watson, afterwards Bishop of Landaff; Hallifax, successively Bishop of Glouces ter and St. Asaph; Hey, afterwards
AT Lexington, Kentucky, aged 33, WILLIAM NASSAU BENTLEY, Esq., son of Mr. B. of Highbury. By this event his family and friends are thrown into heavy affliction, for he was much respected and deeply regretted by all who knew him At the time of his death, he was engaged in writing an account of his travels with a view to publication, and in which he had made considerable progress. He was eminently qualified for the task, and for which he had abundant materials, having travelled (by land and water) about twenty-five thousand miles, including in this account no journey of less than one thousand miles. He had traversed the principal parts of the United States, and coursed along the great rivers Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi, down to Orleans: no doubt his description and observations upon the newly-settled Western States in particular, would have been acceptable to the public. His literary, astronomical, and scientific attainments
in general, were considerable, and, had he lived, it is probable mankind would have been benefited by his labours. Monthly Mag.
Norrisian Professor of Divinity, and Author of Lectures on the Thirty-Nine Articles; Farmer, well known among Shakspeare critics and book collectors; Paley; Tyrrwhitt, the well known Unitarian, who shewed his zeal for the University by leaving at his death £4000 for the encouragement of Hebrew literature; Pearce, afterwards Master of Jesus College, and Dean of Ely. The colleagues were not, however, all agreed in the approbation of the plan, for we find by Dr. Jebb's account of the proceedings of these times, that Dr. Hallifax and Mr. Farmer "did all in their power to obstruct and distress their brethren," Farmer declaring that the proposed grace "would be the ruin of the University, and shake the foundations of the constitution in church and state." In consequence of the appointment of the syndicate, nineteen resolutions were proposed, which were all rejected, there being for the first six, Ayes 43-Noes 47. For the next five, Ayes 41-Noes 48. For the next eight, Ayes 38-Noes 49. Some other attempts were made, but equally failed, and no alteration took place till the year 1780, when another day was added for examinations, and more stress was laid upon Natural Law and Moral Philosophy, and particularly on Locke on the Human Understanding. In 1775, Mr. Lambert quitted the Assistant Tutorship, and 1777 left College to superintend the education of Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bart. and his brothers, residing with them at Lady Leicester's, partly in London and partly at Tabley, in Cheshire. In 1780, he resigned the Greek Professorship, and returned to College with Sir John Leicester in 1782. His connexion with the Leicester family continued till 1787, when the two younger brothers, Henry and Charles, took their Bachelor's degree, from which time he resided principally in College, making occasional excursions on visits to his numerous friends in different parts of the island. In 1789 he was appointed Bursar of the College, which he held for 10 years from this time. To nearly the end of his life he was punctual in his attendance at the annual examinations, as also at the examinations for scholarships and fellowships. Mr. Lambert, though well versed in the severer studies of the University, paid more attention to polite literature and theology. To the latter subject his conscientious scruples necessarily made him devote much of his time, and it was not till after a thorough examination of the Scriptures that he gave up the doctrines of Athanasius, and adopted in their stead the precepts of our Saviour accord
ing to the true principle of Protestants, that from the Bible and from the Bible only, their religion is established; and though he sacrificed much to his conscience, the consequent losses did not excite a moment's regret, and no one seems to have followed better the apostolical precept, Rejoice evermore. Natural History in every branch was among his favourite pursuits. The elegant and moral turn of his mind is well known to those friends to whom on various occasions he communicated those poetical effusions which never failed to unite instruction with amusement. He particularly endeared himself to the young, who never lost their regard for him in after age. His cheerfulness did not forsake him to the last, and after a wellspent life, he left this world with the utmost resignation to the Divine will and the Christian hope, that he should in a future life be admitted to participate in the glories of his Saviour. Though he outlived many of his friends, sufficient are left to cherish his memory with the recollection of his virtues, that integrity of character, amiable disposition, and highly gifted mind, for which he was so eminently distinguished. He departed this life on the 28th of April, at the house of his beloved friend and relative, Mr. Carter, at Fersfield, in the county of Norfolk, and was buried, agreeably to his wish, in the parish church of that village.
June 8, aged 50, the Rev. WILLIAM Moon. He was a native of Dover, and trained for the Ministry on the General Baptist Education Society, then under the superintendence of Dr. Evans, of Islington. Having assisted the Rev. Joseph Brown, (a pupil of Doddridge,) he at length succeeded him, and was near twenty years pastor of the General Baptist Congregation at Deptford. Here he enjoyed the patronage and friendship of that excellent man, the late Samuel Brent, Esq., at whose expense the chapel was repaired and beautified. This ancient place of worship had the honour of witnessing the labours of Dr. John Gale, whose learned reply to Dr. Wall on Infant Baptism is still in high estimation, and was lately republished for the benefit of the Christian world. Mr. Moon had, about two years ago, a paralytic seizure, from which he never recovered. He, however, continued, though under the pressure of debility, to discharge the dutics of a Christian minister till the time of his decease. The Sabbath preceding his dissolution he administered the Lord's
Supper, after having delivered a discourse from this impressive passage, Acts ii. 42: "And they continued stedfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." About two months ago he visited his native place, where, apprehensive that it would be the last time of his seeing them, he preached a farewell sermon to the church of which he had been a member, and by which he was called to the ministry, and took leave of an aged mother, his alone surviving parent, towards whom he had uniformly conducted himself with an exemplary filial affection. He afterwards attended the General Baptist Association at Bessel's Green, and was present on Whit-Tuesday at the General Baptist Assembly, Worship Street, where he took a part in the business of the day with his usual zeal and attention. Indeed, though emaciated and debilitated, he increased rather than relaxed in his activity. The very last evening of rational life he had enjoyed, with his brethren, in distributing the sums of the General Baptist Fund amongst poor ministers in the country, and intended to have soon met them again on a similar occasion. But Providence had otherwise determined; his work was done. A second seizure on the ensuing morning rendered him speechless, and early on the Sabbath he entered his eternal rest! The sudden removal of the deceased evinces the vanity of life-the evanescent condition of human being! A very short time previous to his dissolution (immediately after the Assembly) he dined and passed the day with the writer of this obituary. Having the preceding year taken a long journey into the West of England, approaching the Land's End, for the restoration of his health, he now meditated a journey into North Wales, hoping that benefit would accrue from the excursion. He was intent upon arrangements for a supply during his absence. Indeed, his conversation on a variety of topics was lively and animated. Much was said
respecting the cause of the General Bap tists, whose prosperity he had warmly at heart. Nor was he silent on the great interests of civil and religious freedom, in allusion to the invasion of Spain by the continental despots, who are intent on debasing the condition as well as perpetuating the ignorance and wretchedness of mankind. He was interred on Monday the 16th inst., by the Rev. David Eaton, in the cemetery adjoining the chapel, his remains having been borne thither, followed by a train of mourners who respect his memory. He forbade any funeral sermon. But his old Tutor, on the ensuing Sabbath, paid a token of regard to his much-esteemed pupil at Worship Street, from Rev. ii. 10: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." To distinguished talents and attainments he made no pretensions. He possessed a good understanding, blended with an affectionate disposition and a benevolent heart. His temper was that of plain and undissembled honesty. Indeed, the leading trait in his character was integrity. From what he believed to be right, either in principle or in practice, he would not swerve. And while zealous and liberal in his religious opinions, he was an ardent well-wisher to the civil aud religious liberties of mankind! His afflicted widow and three daughters, who knew his worth and will cherish his virtues, indulge the fond hope of being reunited to him in a better world. The great John Howe concludes his Blessedness of the Righteous in these words, which will form no inappropriate close of this brief obituary.-"The end approaches. As you turn over the leaves so are your days turned over! And as you are now arrived at the end of this book, God will shortly write finis to the book of your life on earth, and shew you your names written in heaven, in the book of that life which shall never end." J. EVANS.
Islington, June 23, 1823.
Censorship.--The Conversation-Blatt, a monthly publication at Leipsic, gives an account of the operations of the Austrian Censorship during the month of October last. This censorship has different degrees of
judgment, of approval, and of condemnation, very much like those of the late Inquisition at Madrid. There are there the transeat, the admittitur, the correctis corrigendis, and the omissis delendis. The admittitur conveys the highest approbation of the censors; the transeat expresses slight disapprobation. The works to