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Memoir of the late Rev. Joseph Cornish, of Colyton : Drawn up by
Himself, for the Monthly Repository.
Exeter, Devon and Somerset, to the Lunatic Sir,
Nov. 8, 1823. Asylum and Eye Infirmary in Exeter, TOUR readers have been informed and to the Widows' Fund and the
(p.607) of the death of my highly- 'newly-established Society for the Revalued friend Mr. Cornish, the minis- lief of Infirm and Aged Ministers in ter of Colyton. Called upon, by his London. And his brethren in the written request, to perforin the last ministry and their families frequently office of humanity, I attended his re- partook of his kindness.* mains to the grave on the 17th of The memoir which accompanies last month, accompanied by the cler- this was drawn up with a request gyman and many of the most respect- that it may be perused by his bro. able parishioners. Every one deeply thers Manning and Yeates, and if felt the loss the town had sustained they sce fit, may be forwarded to the by his death; and his fervent piety, Editor of the Monthly Repository and simplicity of manners and active be- Christian Reformer to insert the whole neficence will be long remembered or part in either of the above publiwith veneration and gratitude. His cations.” views of the principal doctrines of In compliance with this request of religion were the result of serious in- our friend, Mr. Yeates and I have quiry. While he assorted and main- perused the meinoir, and, after some tained the Unity of God and admitted abridgment, have sent it to be disonly one object of worship, he believed posed of as you may judge proper. in the pre-existence of Jesus Christ.
J. MANNING. But, however he might differ from others on this and other theological
“ JOSEPH CORNISH was born at subjects, his mind was free from bigotry, and he esteemed it his hap. 16, 1750. His father, Joseph Cornisli,
Taunton, Somersetshire, December piness to number among his friends many valuable members of the Es- all arrived at manhood. Two of these
was the youngest of nine sons, who tablishment, and particularly the highly-respectable vicar and curate John Cornish served a respectable
were educated for the ministry. Mr. of his parish, with whom he lived on the friendliest terms; and it is equally His brother, James Cornish, was the
society in Leather Lane, London. creditable to these gentlemen that they shewed him every mark of at. pastor of a society at Dulverton, So. tention while living, and of respect to his memory when dead. It is with pleasure I mention these circumstances * His pious and benevolent spirit renso honourable to both parties. dered it nearly impossible for him to
He was strictly and uniformly fru- have any enemies; and the innocence gal in whatever related to himself, but and simplicity of his manners and the very generous where the wants of fidelity with which he discharged the others required his assistance. Eco- duties of his profession, will leave a deep nomy and benevolence, which are ge- his friends. Thus much a regard to truth
and lasting impression on the minds of nerally a check upon each other, were in him happily united. By the for- has led me to say concerniug my departed mer he was enabled, out of an income friend. Few have known him so long
as I have done, and I thankfully and of forty pounds per annum, and the publicly acknowledge the favour of Diassistance derived from a few scholars, vine Providence in leading me to an to pay the debts of his father, who early acquaintance with this excellent died insolvent, and indulge in the man, and blessing me with so great a luxury of doing good. He was a share of his friendship during fifty years benefactor to the County Hospitals of of my life. VOL. XVIII.
merset. He was much beloved by tion to a small society at Colyton, bis people, and held in high esteer by Deson. There Dr. Toulmin began Messrs. Grove, Amory, and others, liis ministry, and was also very dewho endeavoured by their preaching sirous of seeing the place supplied by and example to promote free inquiry his pupil. Whilst at Hoxton, he had and genuine Christianity. Joseph, occasionally preached at Epsom, from the youngest son, was brought up to whence he received a unanimous invithe trade of a tucker or dresser of tation. TI same had been received woollen goods. Honour, the second from Colyton. Its nearness to Taunwife of Joseph Cornish, was mother ton, where his aged father was still to the writer of these memoirs. She living, made that place upon the closed her life in the year 1769. Her whole more eligible. On the resighusband, though unfortunate in busin nation of that learned divine and poness, through the unhappy disputes pular preacher, Mr. Farmer, he was with America, was respected by all proposed by several members of Sal. who knew him, and received substan- ters' Hall congregation to succeed tial tokens of esteem towards the close Mr. Farmer as' afternoon preacher. of an upright life, peaceably ended Dr. Furneaux, who was then, toge. in 1776. "Joseph Cornish was the ther with Dr. Prior, the Sunday Evenyoungest of seven children, six of ing Lecturer, was desired to make whom, born at three successive birtlis, the proposal, and he kiudly urged were soon removed.
J. Cornish's compliance with the “ Joseph Cornish always appeared wishes of those who had approved his fond of reading and early inclined to services. Dr. Furneaux's approbation the ministry. His first classical in- was no small honour to one who had structor was Mr. Patch, a clergyman. but just finished luis acadeinical course. Another of his masters was a Mr. J. Cornish must hare beeu vain to a Glass, educated at Westininster School. high degree if he had not felt his great He resided near Taunton on a small inferiority to Mr. Farmer, and also fortune, and was a strict Churchnian, to Mr. Sowden, of Rotterdam,* on but scrupled ministerial conforinity whom many had fixed their choice, which requires the solemn declaration and a competition with him was posiof being moved by the Holy Ghost. tively declined. Dr. Addington had In 1765, Dr. (then Mr.) Toulmin, ta- been mentioned, but being beyond king pupils, Joseph Cornish was most the middle period of life, he declined happily placed under his tuition till appearing as a candidate, which Mr. Sept. 1767, when, by his recommen. Sowden also had dune; but the friends dation, be gained admission into Mr. of Mr. Sowden were determined to Coward's Academy at Hoxton. The propose him, hoping he might be deeply-learned Dr. Savage, a favour- prevailed on to accept an invitation, ite in early life of Dr. Watts, was the Joseph Cornish reluctantly consented Divinity Tutor. His sentiments were to be nominated with this popular Calvinistic, without the least mixture divine, who obtained a large majority, of bigotry. Those distinguished scho- but the number of highly respectable lars and divines, Dr. Kippis and Dr. persons who appeared in behalf of Rees, most ably directed the students J. Cornish was gratifying. in other branches of literature. By “On the 11th of May, 1773, he was them and the trustees, he was recom- ordained in Dr. Toulmin's Meeting at mended as fit for the ministry, in Taunton. No ordination had taken 1772. Mr. Holden, his class-fellow, place in that town for many years. almost ever since pastor of the society A numerous audience attended, and at Tenterden, in Reut, passed his ex. twenty ministers were present. Dr. amination at the same time with hiin. Toulinin preached. Mr. Kiddle deIt rarely happens that two, coin- livered an excellent charge, and the wenging their public work together, devotional services were conducted by have so long continued with the same Mr. Gifford and Mr. Jillard. A genfoek. By Dr. Amory, the pastor tieman of the Establishment said he and friend of his parents, he was would give many gaineas for a copy particularly noticed during bis academical course, and by hiin strongly recommended to accept of an invita
See Mon, Repos. XIV, 1.
Memoir of the late Rev. Joseph Cornish, of Colyton.
619 of Mr. Jillard's prayer. It was in- nister, unless possessing other means deed excellent, and ministers who of support, could now subsist on such could not so conduct public or family a salary with tolerable decency ; but devotions with readiness, were then before the American and other exlittle esteemed.
pensive wars Britain has since engaged “ J. Coroish thought the choice of in,
a good manager wonld make it the people gave sufficient authority suffice. Goldsmith uses a poetical for the perforinance of every pastoral liceuce when he describes an amiable duty. This opiniou was then novel, pastor as passing rich with 401. 'a and though ordination to the office, year,' and contriving to display geas heretofore conducted, might be nerous hospitality. A single man, unnecessary, yet a public service on however, with that income could even the first settleinent of a minister ap- so lately as 1772 make a decent appears highly expedient and proper to pearance, and be able to spare somebe renewed on every removal. It af- thing for charitable purposes. There fords a suitable opportunity of re was hardly any Dissenting congregaminding teachers and bearers of their tion without some one or more famimutual duties, and on a first settle- lies ready to board a minister, not ment, the public approbation of mi- desiring to guin, aiming only at a nisters and the beads of neighbouring fair recompence. Many ministers at congregations is very proper, as re- that time in the West of England commending a young man to esteem were boarded by respectable persons under a new and seriously important for less than 201. per annun, and in character.
good farm-houses a much sinaller “ Colyton, though a small town, is suin was accepted for being found most delightfully situated withio three everything like other members of miles of the British Channel, fine views the family. A gratis horse was freof which present themselves at very quently at the service of ministers, short distances, as also the devious and both horse and rider kindly recourses of two beautiful rivers, the ceived, on making exehanges and vilittle Coly and the larger Ax, through sits, by soine hospitable hearers. Westrich ineadows and between rising hills, ern: preachers had not far to walk shaded with trees, wbich present in- where they failed of a welcoine from numerable objects to charm the eye some, esteerning theus for their works' and elevate the heart.
sake." Tien : "Io the neiglıbouring towns many "One great advantage attended agreeable friends and brethren resided, boarding in good fainilies; young miwith whom frequent exchanges were nisters beiny introduced to geteel made. Taunton was distant about acquaintance, not belonging to their twenty iniles, and Exéter nearly the own societies, to whom they might same, where he obtained the kind have reinained unknown in a private regards of some truly valuable per- lodging. sons, and thought himself not a little « Towards the end of 1781, J. honoured by the particular notice of Cornish was requested to preach at that champion of the Dissenting cause, Tewksbury, on the removal of Mr. the venerable Mr. Towgood, who Tattershall. Having preached two chose bim to supply his place when Lord's days, he received a unanimons absent, on sacramental occasions par- and pressing invitation to fill up that ticularly.
vacancy, and thinking a removal to “ Hé boarded eleven years in the some larger town eligible, he had family of Mr. Slade, 'a steady friend written a letter complying with the to the Dissenting canse, and whose offer. His friends at Colyton exhouse was for years the chief resort pressed so much concern, particularly of various ministers visiting the town. the worthy fainily with whom he J. Cornish's incoine felt rather short boarded, that he destroyed the acof 40l. per annum, though besides ceptance and forwarded a refusal. some endowments, his hearers_sub- The society at Tewksbury appeared scribed as much as he desired. For a much disappointeil, and in order to few years it somewhat exceeded 501., give them time to procure a minister, but fell back to 401. again. No mni- be agreed to supply them for three