Imatges de pÓgina
[blocks in formation]

Of the eight Epigrams, Hæc in schædis Pythæanis palam Senecæ adscribuntur," in the folio edition, this is one, and "De Temporum Mutabilitate," inserted and paraphrased in the Repository for August, p. 479, is another. The latter being there erroneously stated to be a passage in one of Seneca's Tragedies.

What a striking illustration this Epigram presents of the influence of Exile, in acerbating the mind, even of a great man! Barren, however, as Corsica may be, it gave birth to another, and more celebrated exile-Napoleon.

To find such men as Seneca and Napoleon, as well as some of the most distinguished of our own countrymen pining in exile, while it may cause us to heave a sigh for the weakness of human nature, should teach us how to prize the blessings of society and liberty.

R. D.


1823. July 20, at Dundee, Scotland, of a short illness, DAVID HUGHS, for many years a member of the Unitarian church in that place. He was a member of the first Unitarian church established in Scotland, by Mr. Christie, of Montrose; and also the first who joined Mr. Palmer in Dundee, where he gave zealous and effectual support to that gentleman, in his endeavours to establish a Unitarian church in that place.

August 28, at Bridport, the Rev. MATTHEW ANSTIS. A few particulars, which have been ascertained respecting the life of one who was known to many readers of the Monthly Repository, and a brief notice of his worth of character, will, perhaps, not be thought unsuitable for insertion here. Mr. Anstis was born at St. Germains, in Cornwall, Feb. 27, 1740. A pear relative gives the following account of his early history: "You are aware that his situation in the country, in early life, prevented him from having the benefit of a classical education, and it was not until about the 17th year of his age that he entered upon a course of study with the Rev. Thomas Morgan, the Dissent ing minister at Liskeard, preparatory to his going to the Academy at Carmarthen, where I find he was in the years 1762 and 1763, under the tuition of the Rev. James Thomas. Here he formed an ac quaintance with Mr. David Jones, late of Newberry, and corresponded with this gentleman till his death a few years ago; he also corresponded with his tutor for some years. I think he must have left the Academy about the year 1765, and gone to serve the Dissenting Meeting house at Falmouth: but as his religious views did not accord with the general tone of his congregation, and as he was not inclined to conceal what he believed, he did not long remain there, but in the year 1766 went to Colyton, in Devonshire, where he preached for a short time, not, I think, more than a year, and kept a school. I hardly know when he first went to Bridport, but I think it must have been about the year 1767." For a few years after he became a resident in Bridport, Mr. Anstis performed the du ties of the pastoral office to a small society of Dissenters at a village in the vicinity. He was induced, however, by what particular circumstances does not appear, after a time to devote his attention to the education of youth, and till

within some years of his death, conducted a large boarding and day-school. In this capacity he gained the gratitude of many excellent persons, who considered theinselves under great obligations to him for the ability and faithfulness with which he discharged the duties of his station. The respected subject of this notice was remarkable for a quickness of susceptibility, which, while it sometimes evinced itself in a transient irritability of temper, rendered him habitually alive to every call of duty, and disposed him to take a deep interest in the welfare of all who had claims upon him. His readiness to sympathize with suffering, his lively concern for the welfare of mankind, especially as identified with the progress of truth and liberty, and his liberality, amounting at times to profusion, in pecuniary contributions, whether for the aid of individuals or for public purposes, will not soon be forgotten by those who had the best opportunities of estimating his character, În rather early life Mr. Anstis adopted the Unitarian system, and was an avowed believer in One God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," at a time when the great majority of Unitarians in the West of England still held Arian opinions respecting the person of Christ. Although he withdrew from the charge of a congregation, he still occasionally preached, and never relaxed in his zeal for the diffusion of pure Christianity. The writer of this knew Mr. Anstis only after the burden of fourscore years had impaired his energies, and is therefore not competent to speak of what he was in the full vigour of life. it was pleasing, however, to observe that amidst bodily and mental infirmities, he never ceased to realize the full assurance of faith in the One True God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith enabled the sufferer to express his firm conviction, in the sublime and beautiful sentiment of the venerable Lindsey, that "all things are from God, and for good to all.”

W. B. G.

[Mr. Anstis was a liberal contributor to various Unitarian charities, under the signature of Senex Cornubiensis. He held a peculiar opinion with regard to the Lord's Supper, which he asserted and defended in several volumes of the Monthly Repository, in papers signed P. K. The reader is referred to Vol. III. p. 495, and Vol. X. pp. 571 and 749. There is

[ocr errors]

also a paper of his, "on the Judgment of the World by Jesus Christ," Vol. III. p. 39, to which his intimate friend, the late Mr. Howe, of Bridport, replied in the same volume, pp. 563 and 605.]

than he had; or could more easily and thoroughly see into the real character and intentions of men. He was distinguished for a love of order, and executed any little mechanical work, of which he was very fond, with peculiar neatness. Oct. 1, at Key, West Thomson's Island, and was no mean judge of painting; and He had an exquisite relish for poetry, West Indies, Lieutenant STEPHEN ROGERS, of the American Marine Corps, the had he applied his attention to it, it is believed, by some who were acquainted sixth and only surviving son of the venerable William Rogers, D. D., of Phila- with him, that he would have been no mean proficient in this charming art. delphia. He was carried off in the 24th year of his age by the yellow fever, and This opinion is formed from a portrait of which he is supposed to have caught by the Musical Coal Man, which be executed attendance upon the sick; so that he fell during his residence in the metropolis. a sacrifice to his humanity! He appears As a tradesman, Mr. Wood's punctuality, to have been an amiable and interesting prudence and industry were exemplary; youth, possessing all those qualities which which, together with the urbanity of his endear the child to the parental heart. manners, and his cheerful accommodating In 1818, he graduated at Brown Univer- temper, rendered him very successful. In sity, Providence, Rhode Island, and sub- social intercourse he was a delightful sequently at Nassau College, New Jersey. companion the life of every friendly At both of these literary institutions his circle in which he appeared. He had a talents and attainments ensured to him rich fund of anecdotes, which he used to academical distinction. Having entered relate with great propriety and charm; sometimes with the most pertinent effect; the navy of the United States, he was acting under Commodore Porter, the ob- he often benefited while he pleased, “and ject of whose commission was, with his laughing could instruct." He was also, squadron, to scour the seas of those pl-ligious professions, a sincere and pious though peculiarly unpretending in his rerates by which they had been long in- Christian; whilst he lived in London, he fested. A favourite with his superior attended upon the ministrations of the officers, he would have risen to eminence Rev. Francis Spilsbury and the Rev. Hugh In the service of his beloved country. But Farmer. For their memory he ever rethese flattering prospects have been tertained the utmost reverence; and used minated by a premature dissolution. Mysterious Ruler so it hath seemed good in often to express his thankfulness to Prothy sight! His excellent parents, and vidence, which had so disposed his int, three sorrowing sisters, whose loss is ir- as to permit him to enjoy the ministry of two such men from which he had, as reparable, have drunk too deeply into the was very evident through all his succeedspirit of the glorious gospel of the blessed God, not to bow submissively to the willing life, derived the most important and of heaven. In the eye of Christian faith, and beneath the beamings of Christian hope, these distressing bereavements are "only so much taken from the enjoy ment of time to enrich the prospect of eternity pa

[ocr errors]

J. E.

November 7, at Bury, Lancashire, in the 83rd year of his age, Mr. ABRAM TWOOD, ironmonger, of this place. He was the son of a respectable farmer, a truly conscientious aud pious man, and was born at Stubbins, about four miles distant. In the early part of his life Mr. Wood lived in London. He afterwards opened a shop as an ironmonger in Sheffield, whence, more than forty years ago, he removed to this town, where he has continued in the same line of business ever since. Mr. Wood was possessed of a very strong, intelligent, comprehensive and penetrating mind. Few persons have a greater knowledge of the human heart

if not quite a regular, attendant on the lasting benefit. He was also a frequent, evening lectures of the Rev. Dr. Fordyce,

he attended at the Upper Chapel, upon at Monkwell Street. While at Sheffield the valuable ministerial services of the Rev. Messrs. Evans and Dickenson,

* Mr. Dickenson the writer of this article never knew; but he has often heard him spoken of in the highest terms by those who did know him, both as a man and a preacher. Mr. Evans was one of the first friends of the writer's ministerial life; and a better Christian, or a more judicious divine, he has never known! He was, indeed, a scribe well instructed to the kingdom of God; and of him it may, with the greatest justice, be said,

He shewed the path to heaven, and led the way."

[ocr errors]

The writer would have felt uneasy if he

circumstance which he often spoke of stance deserves particular notice; after with the warmest gratitude and pleasure. he found himself, from the infirmities of As long as ever the state of his health age, incapable of attending much to buwould permit, he was a constant and siness, he spent a very considerable portion of his time in the perusal of the sexemplary attendant on the public exercises of religion. He felt a very warm Scriptures, and, in a peculiarly neat and interest in the welfare of the religious legible hand, transcribing, in well-arsociety to which he belonged, and took ranged and orderly sections, those pasparticular pleasure in superintending and sages which most struck him. This pracdirecting any work that was vas to be done tice, as he observed to the writer of this about the chapel, a task that was always account, he found of great service to him assigned him by his fellow-worshipers. under the weakness with which the apAlthough his catholicism was unbounded, proach of mortality was attended. I band he loved, as he was loved by most, cannot now reason much," said he, " but good men of all parties and denomina- different passages of Scripture are often tious, he was a firm Dissenter and a steady, occurring to my mind, and afford me consistent Unitarian, using that term in suitable and unspeakable consolation." alits broad, legitimate sense, i. e. as com- He could look up to his heavenly Father, prehending all who pray to God the Fa- and say, sup seoda lis gnieasszony ther only, through Jesus Christ our Lord. «When nature sinks and spirits droop, Mr. Wood married Miss Jackson, of Thy promises of grace Leeds, one of the best of women, and to da Are pillars to support my hope, whom he was always a most kind and And there I write thy praise." pa affectionate husband. He was particu-sid enofan arly distinguished by the tender attention Thus lived and thus died this excellent he paid her during a heavy affliction, un-boman! By his decease many persons have bader which she laboured for many years,as been deprived of an esteemed acquainton the latter part of her life. She died dance; some of a valuable beloved relative; about seven years ago. By her he had the Christian society to which he belonged Butivo sons, who survive him, and by whom of a consistent, greatly-respected, and its od their father's memory will be ever held oldest member; and what is of greater od dear. By the wise and judicious treat moment still, the world has lost an ho. stament of them he adopted, by making mest man. But the day is coming when -9 himself their companion and friend, he they shall see him again! May all who brendered his intercourse with them de-knew and respected him imitate his vir-elightful, their home desirable and happy, atues that their latter end may be like Jo and formed them to usefulness and res to pectability. As Mr. Wood's life had been es honourable, useful and pious, his death, -boas might be expected, was attended by busthat peace which marks the end of the Jasperfect and upright man. One circum Salt to taste luating on


bid not paid this feeble tribute of grateful O respect to the memory of this good man. He hopes, also, to be excused if he uses the present as an opportunity to express his best wishes for the prosperity and happiness of the religious society assembling at the Upper Chapel, 175) the abundant success

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

their present excellent minister. From the fathers of the present members of 626 that body, perhaps from some few present remaining members themselves, he ceived the most kind and friendly attentions, during his residence in their neighbourhood in early life, and while memory lasts, the recollection of the many delightful hours he has passed among them, both in the house of God and the enjoy ment of private social intercourse, will Almondale, in Scotland, in be ever dear; while his heart can breathe year, the Right Hon. THOMAS a wish, its most fervent wishes will be LORD ERSKINE. (Of this distinguished breathed for the welfare of that society. advocate and friend of Liberty, we shall

probably communicate some further ac consigned to the narrow house. count hereafter.)

Nov. 18, at Bristol, aged 64, after a short illness, the Rev. SAMUEL Lowell,' upwards of twenty-four years minister of the Independent Chapel in Bridge Street, of that city. He possessed respectable talents and enjoyed considerable reputatation as a preacher. He was generally supposed to belong to that large class of Christians who are called Moderate Calvinists. He was formerly minister of a congregation of that faith at Woodbridge, in Suffolk. Whilst there he published, in 1794, "Two Sermons," entitled, "The Mystery of Providence and Grace, and The Sins of Britain," and, in 1795, a Sermon against "Superstition," "Suggested by the late Consecration of Colours in various parts of this Kingdom." The free sentiments contained in the latter were far from pleasing to some of the author's religious connexions. About the time of his leaving Woodbridge for Bristol, Mr. Lowell published an 8vo. volume of Sermons, which have been praised for their moderation, good sense, and easy composition.


occasion was improved by a discourse from our Lord's words,-" Therefore be ye also ready.”

Dec. 7, at Bridport, JOSEPH GUNDRY, Esq., aged 73. The subject of this no tice passed through life in the modest discharge of its various duties, and experienced few of those vicissitudes which furnish matter for interesting biography. In every relation of domestic and commercial life, he secured the affection and esteem of those who knew him, by his unpretending excellence of character. As a member of religious society, his firm attachment to Unitarian principles, his readiness to aid in promoting their diffusion, and his exemplary regularity in attending the worship of God, demand Till within a fortparticular notice. night of his death, he ceased not to occupy his place in the house "where prayer is wont to be made," although for many months the infirmities of age pressed so heavily upon him, that nothing but a deep conviction of the importance of the service could have sustained him in the performance of it. His family and friends treasure up the recollection

29, aged 26 years, ANN, wife of of his various excellencies with pensive James HILL, Esq., Wisbeach.

Dec. 19, at Wisbeach, Mrs. FARDELL, wife of Mr. Fardell, Leather Merchant. She was present at Mrs. Hill's Funeral Sermon apparently in good health, and on the second Sunday after, she was herself

[ocr errors]

pleasure, and are encouraged to hope that he was in some good measure quali fied, by humble piety and sterling virtue, for admission to the society of the blessed in the life to come.


DOMESTIC. Unitarian Chapel in the Potteries. THE above Chapel was opened for public worship on Wednesday, November 19. The introductory part of the morn ing service was conducted by the Rev. H. Hutton, of Birmingham, and the Rev. J. H. Bransby, of Dudley, after which, the Rev. R. Aspland preached an appro priate sermon from Acts xxiv. 14-16. The discourse was, an Apology for the Professors of Unitarianism, the topics of which were suggested by the language and conduct of the Apostle of the Gentiles. After the service, the ministers and other friends, who favoured us with their presence, sat down to an economical dinner, Mr. Aspland in the Chair. When the cloth was withdrawn, a succession of sentiments and names were given from the Chair, connected with the cause of truth, virtue and liberty, which called

W. B. G.

forth from individuals present a series of interesting speeches, some of which furnished the company with most gratifying information as to the progress of that righteous cause in this and in other parts of the world. The pervading spirit of the meeting, seemed to be one of satisfaction and delight, not unmingled with wonder at the new and pleasing situation in which they were placed, that being the first meeting of the kind ever held in this important and populous district. In the evening, the Rev. J. Yates delivered a discourse on the Superior Obligations to Virtuous Conduct arising from the Superior Purity of Unitarian Principles. On the following evening, a sermon was preached at Newcastle, distant from Hanley about two miles, by the Rev. J. H. Bransby, on the Advantages of Public Worship; and, on the following Sanday, Mr. Aspland preached again at Hanley twice. The services were well attended, and the collection liberal,

« AnteriorContinua »