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Reply to Letter of "A Scotchwo-
Address of Island of Iceland to
REV. OF REV.--Letter of Mr. Wey-
Brown's Prize-Essay on the Be-
Progress of Schools in Antigua.. 59
Malta, &c.: Antigna; Trans-
JANUARY, 1817. [No. 1. Vol. XVI.
For the Christian Observer. SOME ACCOUNT OF THE REV. DAVID BROWN, LATE SENIOR
CHAPLAIN OF THE EAST
INDIA COMPANY, AND PRO
VOST OF THE COLLEGE OF
HIS account is taken from a very interesting work, which has recently been published by Cadell and Davies, entitled, "Me"Memorial Sketches of the Rev. David Brown, with a Selection of his Sermons preached at Calcutta." The work is edited by the Rev. Charles Simeon, of Cambridge, who had been amongst the earliest friends of Mr. Brown; and I unite with that distinguished minister of Jesus Christ, in the hope that it may tend to kindle in the hearts of many, not only a respect for the memory of Mr. Brown, but an ardent solicitude to follow his steps..
The Rev. David Brown was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where his venerable parents, still living, and his brothers, reside. The exact time of his birth is not mentioned; but it must have been in the latter months of 1763, or the first months of the following year. From his early youth he was distinguished for a religious turn of mind, an amiable disposition, and a thirst for knowledge. When about ten or eleven years of age, being on a journey with his parents, he fell into the company of a minister, who, though a stranger, was so much struck with his intelligence, that he offered to take charge of him for a year or two, in order to prepare him for a grammar-school, CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 181.
with the view of his finally entering the church. His parents were induced to acquiesce in the proposal. Young Brown resided for some time, under the tuition of his new friend, at Scarborough. He was afterwards removed to the grammar-school at Hull, then under the care of the Rev. Joseph Milner. Mr. Milner became much attached to his pupil; and while that good man lived, Mr. Brown continued to consult the judgment and confide in the experience and piety of his tutor. Mr. Brown proceeded to the University of Cambridge, and was entered at Magdalen College, where he prosecuted the usual studies preparatory to his entering into the church.
Mr. Brown had been piously educated. The following allusion to this circumstance was found among his papers after his decease:
"Thy goodness, like the sun, dawned on my early days: - a godly grandfather, who poured out prayers for me;-parents who attended to the instructions given them by the ministers of God;~~~ early acquaintance with the Rev. Messrs. Jesse, Stillingfleet, Milner;
mercies all flowing from my God!". What a strong encouragement does the case of Mr. Brown hold out to parents, not only to be assiduous in forming the minds of their children, from earliest infancy, to the fear and love of God; but to provide for them, as far as possible, such friends and associates as may promote their religious progress!
During Mr. Brown's residence at college, he was led, in the course of his correspondence with a pious friend in London, to relate some