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On Thursday, the 18th of January, at At Saffron Walden, on Friday, March Doncaster, after a short indisposition, in 1st, 1816, in the 73d year of his age, the 81st year of bis age, the Rev. Richard Mr. Joseph Eedes, for many years a Hodgsox, Unitarian Minister at that place, deacon of the Gene Baptist Church in where in connexion with Long Houghton that town. He was a worthy member of he continued preaching until six months society in general, and particularly useful before his death, for the last fifteen years. to the religious society to which he belongHe was the son of the Rev. Jobn Hodgson, ed. He was a bright and ornamental chathe minister at Lincoln. He received his racter as a Christian ; loved and respected education at Glasgow and Warrington : on by persons of different persuasions in relihis removal from thence he married Missgion for his mild and peaceable temper, his Lightfoot, daughter of the Unitarian minis- charitable disposition and good will to all. ter at Osset, at which place he commenced He truly adorned the doctrines of Chris the ministry, succeeding his wife's father, tianity. His death was easy and calm ; he and for sixty years faithfully and unremit- was resigned to the will of heaven, and fell tingly preached the gospel. He had by asleep without a sigh or groan. He was her seven children, (two having since died) interred March 12, in his family vault, in four of whom he had the satisfaction to see the burial ground belonging to the General advantageously settled in Sheffield. From Baptists in Saffron Walden. An impressive Osset be removed to Monton and continued sermon was preached on the occasion by to discharge the various duties of the minis- his minister, the Rev. S. Philpot, from try for many years. He afterwards went 1 Thessalonians iv. 13, 14, to a respectable to Namptwich, where he preached thirty- and crowded audience, who testified their one years. The former part of his time regard to the good man by paying this last there he devoted to the education of a tribute of respect to his memory: an apsmall number of young gentlemen. He propriate Oration at the grave finished the then succeeded the Rev. Mr. Scott, at last part of the solemn scene. Doncaster. Although the smallness of the congregation there would often cause him a momentary concern, yet it proved no Died, March 220, 1816, in her fiftydiscouragement to his zeal and perseve- second year, Anx, wite of Mr. Robert rance ; he seldoni suifered any thing except Blyth, of Birmingham, (to whom she was indisposition to interfere with the perform- married April 10, 1783), and daughter of ance of liis duty, and could not be prevailed the late Mr. George Brittain, merchant, of upon by luis children or friends (who long Sheffield. The best qualities of the under-' thoughi lim unequal to the exertion) to standing and of the heart were uuited in retire, until he was completely incapacitated this valuable woman. A worshipper, on in for public service. He was blessed with quiry and froni conviction, of the one God, a strong constitution, uncommon vigour and the Father, in the name of the man Christ Bctivity at his advanced period of life, until Jesus, she adorned her religious profession the loss of his excellent wife, who died the by the spirit of genuine meekness, humility, 10th of October, 1812, in the 76th year of devotion -and beneficence. Her estimable her age : that deprivation produced in him and liberal-minded parents had educated a material change, though he bowed with her in the principles of the Established humble submission to the will of heaven ; Cliurch. The events, however, of her early since that time his intellectual faculties lost life, led her to examine the foundation of their vigour, and his health was gradually Unitarian Dissent : she reflected and read on the decline. Thro ghout life, he exhi- much on the subject ; and, comparing with bited a natural cheerfulness of mind united the scriptures what she heard respecting it with sensibility of heart, and in his last in conversation and in public discourses, illness he exemplified the true spirit of she saw reason to embrace that simple faith Christian fortitude, patience under is suf- in the evidences and obligations of which she ferings, and derived great consolation from assiduously instructed her children; ten out those principles of faith he had imbibed of eleven, of whom surrtve to bless her melimuselt, and endeavoured to instil into the mory and attempt the imitation of her virminds of others" The memory of the just tues. In her family and neighbourhood, is blessed." His children will ever remem- in a large circle of associates, through which ber his tender concern for their welfare, the sweetness of her temper and manners and his grandchildren his affectionate dis- unitormly shed delight, and in the religious position and engaging mavners.

community of which she was a distinguished The above is inserted as a tribute of af- ornanent, her death has occasioned a vasection and respect by a part of his surviv- cancy that will not be casily supplied. All ing family.

her dutta were discharged with eminent Sheffield, March 19, 1816. K wisdom, affection and fidelity. As a daugh

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ter and a wife, not less than as a mother, racters it would be difficult, if not impossible
she was, above most, deservedly admired to scrutinize in the short period of ten days;
and beloved. To the voice of friendship but by the constant and unwearied efforts
and the feelings of enlightened piety she of the subject of this article, with the aid of
was ever alive : and her submission to the other persons of great respectability, who
Divine Will, through many years of bodily felt that on the issue of those trials depend-
languor, presented a truly engaging and ed the liberties and safety of every man in
edilying spectacle. Of such a character a the realm, as well as the lives of the ac-
sketch is now given, that the graces of it cused ; the characters and motives of four
may be emulated : around such a tomb hundred and twenty-one persons were fully
Christian mourners may join in two em- investigated in the time allowed: the ininis-
ployments which are among the noblest, ter was bathed, bis spies detected, and lim-
the most beneficial and the most soothing, seit discomfited and disgraced.
of any that can occupy the contemplative Many private trusts were conmitted to
mind-in virtuous recollection and in the in- the care of Mr. Joyce, which he executed
dulgence of sucred and even exulting hope ! with fidelity and to the satisfaction of those

for whose interests he was engaged. He On the 29th of March, in the 60th year bas left a widow and ten children to deplore of his age, and exactly seven weeks after his loss: the latter by imitating his virtues the death of his mother, (see p. 110,) will do honour to the character of an exMr. Josuus Joyce, of Essex Street, cellent parent, aud probably secure Strand, highly respected as well for the theniselves the reputation and success in uctivity and usefulness of his talents as

the world which are, to the young and well for the uprightness and integrity of his disposed, always objects of laudable am. conduct in every relation of life. By the bition. death of his father in 1778, when he was a Highgate.

J. J. very young man, the care of the junior branches of the family, in a great nieasure, devolved on him, whose concerns he ma

Addition to the Obituary of MR. JAMES uaged with zeal and disinterestedness. The Drovrn, p. 13-1. (Extracted from the patrimony resulting to them was small, but conclusion of Mr. Aspland's Funeral Serto the younger brother, in addition to an mon for bim, just published.) equal share with the rest of the children, Here I might conclude. But I shall be was bequeathed a small copshold, supposed expected perhaps to say a few words on the by his father, to be his right as youngest sad occasion of this Sermon ; and I shall

The subject of the present article fulfil this expectation as far as appears to was, however, informed, when he appeared me consistent with propriety and servicein court to pay the usual fine, in behalf of able to the cause of rigliteousness and truth. his brother, that he might dispute his Funeral sermons are however for the benefather's will and claim it for himself

, the fit of the living only, and any further praise idea of which he instantly rejected. By of the dead thian may excite the virtuous this act of disinterestedness the youth, in imitation of survivors would be useless and whose favour it was done, was enabled, even painful: within this limit I shall strictwhen he came of age, and had complied ly confine myself. the term of his apprenticeship, in which lie The sentiments of the discourse which had been engaged about a year, 10 quit you have just heard were familiar to the mechanical employments and to devote mind of our departed brother, Dir. JAMES himselt, under the patronage of the late Rev. DROVER. He was in the constant habit Hugh Worthington, to those studies that of putting down his thoughts and feelings are necessary qualifications for the profes- in writing ; and amongsť his last-written sion of a dissenting minister. In 1794, when manuscripts there has been found a paper, his brother was singked out by the late Mr, with this remarkable sentence, “ lihen I Pitt as a victim, with others, io be sacrificed, arrive at the closing perini of my existence, if at the shrine of his wicked ambition, Mr. I can wok back with as much satisfactim as I Joshua Joyce zealously interested himself now wok en mi present sentiments, 1 shall die in his behalf, and that of the other state with confidence in the divine mercy." prisoners ; and the late Mr. John Horne

Hence it appears, that though the death Tooke has frequentiy asserted, thiat himself of our respected friend was sudden, it was and friends were more indebted to his exer

not, in the most important sense of the tions than to those of any other nuan in de word, untimely ; it did not find him unteating the projects ut ministers, who, at prepared. He was, in fact, a truly religious that period, were conspiring to subvert the I know no one, not engaged in the liberties and constitution of the country, study of divinity by the duties of a profesThe minister hind hoped to perples and sion, who read and thought so much upon coufound the prisoners, by sending to each, sacred subjects. He was accustomed to or causing to be sent, an unheard of num- frequent retirement; and the papers which ber of persons as jurymeno aid to use his he has left behind show how his retirement own phrase a cloud of uitnesses whose cla. was occupied, namely, in the inquiry after

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245 Christian truth and in the cultivation of a His last illness was so rapid and so enpious temper. He was particularly con- feebling as to allow of few opportunities for versant with the Holy Scriptures, and his the expression of his opinions and feelings ; family and nearest friends can bear witness but his dying hours were marked by pahow he prized this inestimable volume. tience under suffering, serenity in the midst His religious opinions underwent of late of change, gratitude for conjugal and filial years some considerable change, and he is kind offices, and resignation and devotion well-known to have embraced cordially and to God. to have professed unreservedly the Unita- Such is my honest view of his character, rian faith. He thought himself the happier which I think it the part no less of religious and the better for the change ; nor was he duty than of friendship to hold up to public singular in this persuasion. But whatever imitation. May we, my brethren, be foto may be the judgment of the world upon lowers of him, as far as we believe that he his creed, it may be confidently affirmed followed Christ ! May you especially that that no one can ascribe his adoption of it were his friends, take warning from his to a want of examination or to a defect of sudden departure, to prepare to meet your religious feeling, much less to notives of God, that you also may enjoy a peaceful self-interest. He sought for truth in the end and sleep in Jesus! And may you, Holy scriptures, and, persuaded that he above all, that are mourning a relation, a had found it, he held it firmly, and recom- father, a husband, be comforted by the remended it to the conscientious considera membrance of his faith and virtue, and be tion of his fellow-christians.

led by his example to live the life that you His zeal was at the same time tempered may die the death of the righteous! And by charity. He condemned no one for re- may God Almighty of his infinite love and taining opinions which he himself gave up. mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ grant He esteemed and honoured highly many that when time shall be no more, we may Christians, whom I see before me, whose all rise with our sleeping brother in the resurfaith was very different from his own. On rection of the just, to enjoy the blessedness the same paper from which I borrowed the of them that die in the Lord, and to enter sentence which I have just read, there is together into that holy and heavenly state, the following record of his liberality, which where truth will be no more shaded by agrees with the tenour of all his conversa- error, where piety will be no longer weaktions on the subject, " I do think many are ened by the influence of time and sense, us sincerely wrong as others are sincerely right.where friendship will be interrupted by no

Our deceased Christian brother's piety cloud of imperfection, where there will be was manifested by his regularly filling up no more death nor sin por separation nor liis place in this House of Prayer, where pain ; where Jesus Christ, in the glory of his he was an attentive hearer and a devout exaltation, will be our eternal companion worshipper, and by his daily observance of and wonderful counsellor, and where God, the too inuch neglected duty of family de- the ever-living, ever-gracious Father, will be votiou.

all and in all through endless ages. Amen and What he was in the intercourse of life, Amen. his neighbours and friends are best able to declare. But I know I shall not lay my. At Bath, on Monday, the 15th instant, self open to contradiction, when I say that in the 70th year of his age, Mr. William though he had failings which he himself MATTHEWS, of the Society of Friends, and was the first to acknowledge and lament, Secretary to the West of England Agriculand over which it was the business of his tural Society. The Newspapers, from life to get the mastery, he was just in his which we extract this notice, state that Mr. dealings, temperate in his enjoyments, in- Matthews was the author of a Tour in the nocent in his discourse, ready to serve his manner of Sterne, and of some religious and fellow-creatures, especially such as were in moral Tracts. We hope to receive an trouble and distress, and of an independent authentic account of this gentleman from and public spirit.

some one of our correspondents.

INTELLIGENCE.

DOMESTIC.

report of the Committee, which was read by RELIGIOUS.

the Secretary, gave a favourable account of Christian Tract Society.

the continued prosperity of the itestitution, The seventh anniversary of this Society and of the increasing approbation with was held on Tuesday the 13th of February, which its labours are viewed by the religious at the Old London Tavern, Bishopsgate public. It stated that three new tracts had Street. At the meeting for business, w, been published in the course of the preFrend, Esq. was called to the chair. The ceding year, by which the Committee had VOL. XI.

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cessors,

been able to complete a third volume. The the Society was originally formed. Several entire number of Tracts printed and reprint- names were added to the list of subscribers. ed during this period, was mentioned to be ten thousand. It appeared that since the

Unitarian Book Society. first establishment of the Society in the The twenty-fifth anniversary of this Socimonth of May, 1809, there had been print- ety was holden on Friday, March 29, at the ed in all 208,500 Tracts; aud that the en- oid London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street. tire number circulated, was 162,600, of In the morning the Society met at the which 22,000 had been issued from the Chapel in Essex Street, where an able disSociety's warehouse during the last year. course was delivered by the Secretary, the

The following statement was presented of Rev. Jeremiah Joyce. As this discourse the Society's property.

is already before the public, having been Estimated value of the stock 1. s. d. printed at the unanimous request of the on hand,

241 0 O general meeting, where upwards of four Due to the Society from the

hundred copies were subscribed for, it is publishers, &c.

122 7 8 unuecessary to give any statement here of Balance in the Treasurer's

the preacher's subject and reasonings. Mr. hand,

66 13 0 Joyce was considerably agitated in the

delivery, at the commencement, owing to

430 0 8 the recent and sudden death of an esteemed Due from the Society for

brother, of whose decease he had been inprinting, &c.

94 4 11 formed only a few hours previously; but

the sympathy which he claimed he fully reAmount of the Society's pre- 334 15 9 attention was amply repaid by the increased

ceived from all who heard him, whose sent property,

The Report announced that Messrs. fervour and animation which this aflicting Cradock and Joy having discontinued to calamity imparted, as he proceeded, to his act as the Society's publishers, Messrs. language and manner. Sherwood, Neely and Jones, of Paternoster At the meeting for business, after the Row, had been appointed to be their suc- service, Mr. Ruti was called to the Chair.

Nir. Belsham produced a letter which he The Resolution of the last meeting re- had received from Mr. Joyce, (of whose specting the time of holding the annual company the society was unfortunately meetings was re-considered, and it was deprived after the close of the religious agreed that in future the anniversaries service,) notifying his resignation of the should be held on the third Tuesday in office of Secretary. This communication January, in each year.

was received with deep regret by all preThe thanks of the meeting were voted to sent, who considered the Society as emiMrs. Mary Hughes and the other literary nently indebted 10 the unremitting activity .contributors to the Society; to Messrs. and laborious pains of Mr. Joyce for its Cradock and Joy for their attention to prosperity during the last fourteen years. the interests of the Society while they acted The following resolutions were then passed as its publishers, and to the officers of the unanimously: Society for their services during the last Resolved, on the motion of Mr. Belsham, year.

That this resignation be accepted ; but tbat The following gentlemen were elected Mr. Joyce be respectfully solicited to favour into office for the year ensuing:

the Society, by continuing to perform the TREASURER. - James Esdaile, Es duties of the office until a successor can be SECRETARY.-- Rev. Thomas Rees. 'appointed.

COMMITTEE.-Messrs. Roberts, Titford Resolved, on the motion of the same, Gibson, klart, Parker, Thomas Foster, That the cordial thanks of this meeting be Lean, Croper, Frend, Hall, Barton. returned to Mr. Joyce, for his long, able,

AUDITORI.-Messrs. Parks, Mackmurdo and meritorious services as secretary ; and and J. Taylor.

that it receives with the liveliest regret his The subscribers and other friends of the resignation of an office, the arduous duties Society, to the number of seventy, dined of which he has during fourteen years, vogether; Thomas Gibson, Esq. in the discharged in a manner so honourable to Chair. Although the meeting was deprived, himself, and so highly advantageous to the through the state of the weather, and other Society. circuinstances, of the company of some of Resolved, That the thanks of this meets the friends of the institution whose presence ing be returned to Mr. Joyce for his very has“ usually enlivened its assemblies, the appropriate, eloquent and energetic disevening past off with considerable spirit; course delivered this moming. and much interest was imparted to it by the The members of the Society afterwards speeches of several gentlemen who addressed dined together, in number about seventy, the Chair on topics connected with the at the Old London Tavern, Bishopsgate srcat objects, for the promotion of which Street, Wm. Smith, Esq. M. P. in the Chair. Intelligence.-Southern Unitarian Fund.

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Various interesting topics were touched on This end is pursued by establishing lectures by several speakers. Amongst others in different places, and defraying the er. the proposed edition of Dr. Priestley's penses of ministers by whose labours they Works by Mr. Rutt, to which several new are supported ; assisting necessitous consubscribers were obtained. In his speech, gregations by loans or donations; and inon his health being given, the Chairman ducing individuals who have become conentered into the inquiry how far Religious verts to Unitarianism to form themselves Liberty had prevailed of late, and produced into religious societies. After the service some interesting proots (which we shall lay the report of the Committee was read, by before our readers next month in another which it appeared that the short period part of the work) of the Rights of Con- which had elapsed since the commencement science being better than ever known and of their exertions, in September last, had respected amongst the nations of Europe. been distinguished by the most encourag

ing success. To one congregation in the The Spring Quarterly Meeting of the district very acceptable pecuniary aid bas ministers generally denoininated Presby- been advanced ; and another, in a depressterian, in the district of Manchester, was ed state, has been cheered by an arrangeheld on Good Friday, the 12th instant, at ment for the frequent visits of neighbouring Dukinfield. Dr. Brettell introduced the preachers. A fortnightly lecture at Portservice, and Mr. Elliot proached from 1 Tim. sea has been numerously and respectably v. 22. the last clause: “Keep thyself pure.” attended. A similar one at Gosport, where Though the day was very unfavourable, a con- at first much opposition was experienced, siderable number of friends from a distance has been attended with the happiest results, attended the meeting, especially from Stock. as several families have already united for port and Hyde. Aiter the service, twelve the regular support of Unitarian worship. ministers and between thirty and forty lay. The effect of preaching has been aided by gentlemen dined together, and passed the the judicious distribution of books furnished afternoon in a manner suitable to the occa- by the Southern Unitarian Society. The sion.

thanks of the Society were voted to Messn. Though the Reporter does not undertake Brent, Fox, Follagar, Lyons, Read, Saint, the task of giving a detailed account of the and Treleaven, for their services in these sentiments and speeches at each meeting, lectures. yet it is conceived, that such a brief notice About thirty gentlemen afterwards dined as the present, with the addition of any together at the Fountain Inn, where the interesting particulars when they happen Chair was ably filled by James Carter, Esqto occur, must be pleasing and edifying to Several new subscribers were announced; the friends of rational religion and primitive and the company was highly gratified by Christianity in other parts. By this mode the able and animated discussion of topics of communication, when they are precluded connected with the institution by several from others, may the zealous friends of gentlemen present. The Rev. J. Lyons, truth provoke one another to virtuous and in particular, on the Chairman's proposing unremitting activity in the sacred work of as a toast,“ Success to the London Unitareformation.

J. rian Fund," gave a pleasing account of vaManchester, April 16, 1816.

rious instances of its usefulness which had

fallen under his own observation, and adSouthern Unitarian Fund.

verted to his own change of sentiments in a The first General Meeting of the sub- manner which deeply interested the feels scribers to the Southern Unitarian Fund was ings of all who heard him. held ou Wednesday, 17th of April, at the In the evening an impressive discourse General Baptist Chapel in Portsmouthi. In was delivered by Mr. Lyons, from John the morning the devotional exercises were viii. 31, 32, on the importance of religious conducted by the Rev. J. Fullagar, and truth, the difficulties to be encountered in the Rev. J. Lyons. The sermon was preach- its pursuit, and the characteristics by which ed by the Rev. W. J. Fox, from John iv. it is distinguished. The friends of the 29, Ye worship ye know not what ; but we Southern Fund, the first provincial society know what we worship. After strongly con

of the kind, separated with feelings of untrasting the mystery and absurdity of Tri- mingled pleasure at the good already efnitarian worship with the simplicity and in- fected by their efforts, and its probable telligibility of that wbich is addressed to extension froin the increase of their rethe One God, the Father; the preacher sources ; and with ardent wishes that siapplied his subject to the principles and milar proceedings may speedily be adopted objects of the institution, whose members by their Unitarian brethren throughout the were now for the first time assembled to- kingdom. gether. The Southern Fund Society is formed on the broad basis of Unitarianism, Letter from Dr. Thomson, respecting the disregarding all minor differences, and aim

Chapel at Thorne. ing simply at the promotion and encou- Srn,

Halifax, April 20, 1816. ragement of a pure and scriptural worship. The appeal of our brethren at Thorne

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