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promoter of innocent cheerfulness upon in whose welfare he did not take the
all occasions; yet he was the last man interest of a father or a brother, and
with whom a scoffer, or a libertine, during his long life this delightful union
would have ventured to take a freedom. of hearts was perer, in a single instance,
His musical acquirements contributed broken or impaired. He was accus-
their aid to the charm of his society. tomed, about erery seventh year, to risit
Nature had gifted him with a voice of Norfolk, there to assemble bis relations
great power and excelleut quality, and around him: and nerer were the inter-
he had cultivated both vocal and in- changes of family affection more sin.
strumental music with considerable suc- cerely and conspicuously manifested.
cess. His taste was remarkably pure; His feelings on one of these delightful
and some of his Psalm-tuues may be occasions are thos described in a letter
reckoned ainong the most perfect speci- to his colleague, the Res. Joseph Hut-
mens of that description of composition. ton, in the sowmer of 1796 : "I can-
He was for mauy years a member of not,” he says, “ espress how much I
one of the musical societies of Dublin, am affected by the kind and upreinitting
then adorned by the talents of Steven- attentions of all my dear relatires to
sou, Spray, Smith, and T. Cooke. His fill up erery hour in ratioual enjoyment
brethren in the ministry were particu- which sleep does not occupy. We are
larly attached to him, and always de at niy brother Jorn's, where we are en-
lighted in his cheerful and entertaining joving the constant feast of his company
society. With these distinguished so- and courersation, to which few women
cial habits, however, he neglected not could add so much as the very uncom-
the domestic duties. His home to him mon aud elevated character with which
was always the centre of bappiness, and it has been his merited good fortune to
from him that happiness was diffused to become united. This is to be our grand
the humblest being within the reach of week of family union. Our meeting
his influeuce. He was dearly loved by will be large, and promises as auch
every inmate of his house. In his gar- lappivess as cau reasonably be hoped
den he took great delight, and few for. Yet tell the worthy members of
could excel him iv horticulture. Many our flock," he adds, “ that their absent
av affectionate frieud will remember the pastur, ereu amidst these scenes of
order which pervaded it, and the luxu- abundant domestic gratification, is uerer
riance of its productions : but when in forgetful of them, or indifferent to their
the evening, sealed in the midst of his interests. I rejoice to bear of their ge-
happy circle, le delighted all hearts veral welfare. I beg you will present
with the beauty of bis reading and the my affectionate regards to all, as you
excellence of liis selections—it was in shall happen to see them, and espress
these bours he might be said to present the pleasure I bare in the hope of re-
a perfect pattern of benign enjoynient turning to them with better bealth and
and domestic felicity. In all arrange- capacity to serve them as I could wish."
mevts of life, he was remarkably exact, Dated Norwich, July 19, 1796.
and his pecuniary engagements were ful Mr. Taylor was a Nonconformist of
filled with scrupulous puuctuality. To the old school : steady, couscientious,
his friends and connexions he was erer unflinching, in his attachinent to the
hospitable, and to his neighbours geve. priuciples of civil and religious liberty,
rous and kind. He took with hini to through a period and in a country in
the grare the blessings of the poor, and which such a consistent profession was not
as lie never made an enemy while he easy. His earliest religious and political
lived, so his memory is sacred in the impressions were formed at a time when
hearts of all who ever knew bim. As a the attempt of the Pretender to regain
husband, a father, and a friend, he stood the crown of his ancestors was a com-
pre-eminent, and as a bright pattern of paratively recent event; and when,
Christian excellence, le presented a mo. among the Dissenters in particular, po-
del which well and fitly illustrated the pery and slavery were terms seldom
doctrives be impressed upou others. He disunited. Among his first associates
possessed, in a remarkable degree, ata in the ministry were those who had
tachment to all the litewbers of his fa. been actively engaged in opposing that
mily, and also to bis vative city; and puny bapiling of legitimacy in his march
though early separated from luis paternal to Derby; ayd bis future residence in
roof, neither time nor distance had the Ireland was not likely to induce a for-
power to weaken those bonds of affec- getfuluess of the evils and errors of
tion which united him to them. Of bis popery. Hence prejudice might bare led
numerous relations, there was not one him, as it did many of his less consistent

Dissenting brethren both in Ireland and pelled to abandon them by a sudden and England, to question the propriety of total incapacity.” After gratefully acgranting to the Catholics a full enjoy, knowledging the kind indulgence and ment of their civil rights; but he was affectionate regards of his flock, during governed, not by prejudice, but principle, nearly fifty years of his ministry, he and therefore he was a decided advocate concludes in this beautiful and impresof Catholic emancipation. Firm and un- sive language: “ It is my fervent hope bending, however, as he was, in attach and prayer to the Fountaiu of all Wisment to the principles of nonconformity, dom, that He may preside over your dehe numbered among his friends men of liberations on this important business, all religious persuasions. Amung these and direct you to the clioice of a succeswere Dr.Law, the late Bishop of Elphin; sor to myself, who is rich in spiritual and Dr. Brinkley, the present Bishop of gifts and graces, and abounding in all Cloyne. With the former of these those amiable qualities of the heart learned and accomplished dignitaries of which can make him to you a useful the established religion, who never and acceptable minister, and to my made any secret of his Unitarian con- ever and highly esteemed friend and victions, he lived on terms of cordial colleague a welcome and affectionate amity.

associate." Notwithstanding this letter, Mr. Taylor's pulpit exercises were he continued to officiate until the apdistinguished by a correct style and pointment of his successor, the Rev. chaste elocution. His appearance and James Martineau, in whose ordination delivery were so earnest and dignified he bore a part, on the 26th of October, that no one could listen to his dis- 1828; on the last day of which month courses without advantage. His devo- he was presented by his affectionate tional services were always simple, flock with a most gratifying mark of pure, and impressive; it was in this their esteem and love (as more particudelightful part of the public worship of larly detailed in the Non. Repos. Vol. the sabbath that he peculiarly excelled; III. New Series, p. 446). and flowing as his prayers did from a He continued for nearly three years truly pious heart, they seldom failed to after this period in the enjoyment of engage the responsive Amen of every comparative health, and an almost enhearer.

viable cheerfulness of mind and spirit; On the 8th of October, 1820, after a and at leugth, by a gradual and almost bappy union of forty-six years, Mr. imperceptible decline, saukto rest in Taylor was deprived by death of the Jesus. “ My spirit" (he beautifully faithful friend and partner of his life. says, in that instrument which, as it were, Possessed as she was of a mind highly closed his earthly career ) “I resign cultivated, of mappers the most refined into the hands of that gracious God who and amiable, and piety as warm as it gave me being, and hath crowned a long was siucere and deeply rooted, no wife life with innumerable mercies; humbly or parent, no friend or loved com- hoping that, through His continued pauion, was ever consigned to the grave goodness, my soul may be redeemed amidst more lively or general regret. She from the power of the grave to the pospossessed a heart which overflowed with session of complete and enduring happicharity and beverolence. It was im- pess in a better world to conie." possible to know her without loviug and Who then shall say, after contemrespecting her pure character, and in plating the beautiful life and the peaceevery relation of life she shone bright ful death of our venerable frieud, that and conspicuous to the last.

the Unitarian faith is incapable of susWe now come to the concluding taining the mind and supporting the events of Mr. Taylor's life. On the spirit in such a gloomy hour? Verily, 29th of April, 1827, when he had been his was the faith which triumphs over sixty years an officiating minister, the death, which enables the believer to say last fifty of which he presided over the with the Apostle, “O Death! where is congregation in Eustace Street, Dublin, thy stiug ? O Grave! where is thy vichis increasing infirmities suggested to tory? Blessed be God who giveih us him the prudence of retiring from the the victory through our Lord Jesus pastoral office. In the letter which an. Christ. Amen." nounced his determination, he says, " While still allowed to retain some

MRS. SARAH HERFORD. little power of body and mind, I trust Oct. 30th, aged 40, at Altringham, in that I shall conclude my public labours the county of Chester, SARAH, the wife now with a better grace than if com- of Mr. HERFORI), When worth, talents, and energy, are summoned away in the preciating the value of time, and the full career of their useful action, importance of the often disregarded sewhen the parent of a large family, their ries of small detached portions of this companion, iostructor, guide, and friend, precious gift, she had the happy faculty fulfilling with sedulous and untiring cheer. of finding suitable and useful employ. fulness the varied duties of wife and mno- ment for every passing minute. She ther, is removed from the presence of thus gained leisure for the acquisition those who delighted iu her society, it is of knowledge where others saw only fitting that such an event should be se- constant and wearyiug occupation in riously considered, that the liring should her professional pursuits; and thus was “ lay it to heart." Blind unbelief com- she enabled, not only to continue her plains of the unequal distribution of course of self-education in the various happiness and misery in this world; branches of useful knowledge and eleaud feeble, unreflecting faith almost gant literature, but indulging a predi. shudders at appointments in which, lection which, from her earliest childapparently, unmixed evil prevails; but hood, she had evinced) to surprise her the sincere, the rational, the confiding friends by the continual production of Christian feels a firm conviction that new efforts of taste and skill in more the entire ways of Divine Providence than one branch of the pictorial art, form a mighty and harmonious whole, which shewed, that had she been de. and is enabled to bow with calm resig- voted to that pursuit, as the occupation natiou under the action of the inmuta of her life, she would have been recogble decrees of him who “saw the end nized as one of the painters “ of this from the beginning." *

age and uation." She also published a Many circuinstances conspire to ren- comprehensive Chart of History and der the death of Mrs. John Herford un- Biography, in which, by an ingenious usually distressing and deeply impres contrivance, she succeeded in exbibitsive to an extensive circle of relatives ing, not only the rise, progress, and and intimates. Highly gifted by nature, extent, of each empire, but its compaand with taleuts industriously cultivated rative condition of prosperity or decay. and improved, she had for many years In the midst of this constant activity, devoted herself to the work of educa- Mrs. H. never permitted herself to detion; and, incessantly and usefully oc- generate into the mere worldly chacupied, she was happy in the success of racter. Her religious feelings were pure her own efforts, and ever ready to con- and ardent; her admonitions on this tribute to the success and advancement subject earnest and affectionate ; her of others. Especially, she held herself faith enlightened and sincere, and her favoured in being permitted to assist benevolence disinterested and diffusire. and promote the welfare, in succession, Enjoying to the last the complete use of of a number of her young friends, whó her faculties, she was enabled to adminow, profitably employing the informa- nister consolation to her surrounding tion they received from their amiable friends, and to suggest the best possible instructor, recall, with respectful re- arrangements for coutinuing for the begret, the recollection, not of the teacher nefit of her family, the establishment only, but of the kind, the active, and she had succeeded iu forming. the unwearied friend. Thus usefully Such an example is surely worthy of proceeded the days of the excelleut per. being recorded. It shews that the best son whose decease, in the prime of feelings of the friend and the Christian middle life, is here recorded. But her may co-exist with the most assiduous exertions were not confined to the exercise of the mental faculties, and the routine of her engagements. Fully ap. most active occupation of the time. It

shews to the young that the task and

duty of acquiring knowledge need not " It has been ascertained," writes be renounced because their days are a near relative of the departed friend, constantly and laboriously employed. " that there existed an internal disease It presents, in fact, another instance in which inust have terminated fatally if addition to many more which might be peculiar circumstances had not expe- quoted, to prove that the more regular dited its action, and would have caused, and important are the occupations, the while life continued, severe suffering. more opportunities may be found for How merciful then was her removal !" benevolent and intellectual pursuits. This account was received after the

W. H. S, above was written, but what a practical Birmingham, Nov. 6, 1831. commentary does it present! S.

INTELLIGENCE.

Tenterden District Meeting. since the congregation assembling in

this chapel, were unjustly expelled from The Eighth Auniversary of this Branch

their former place of worship in John's of the Kent and Sussex Unitarian Chris

Street. During this period, they regntian Association, was held at Tenterden,

larly assembled for public worship in a on Wednesday, the 19th of October.

school-room, having the services conMr. George Buckland, of Benenden,

ducted by one of their own members, read the Scriptures and offered up the

with the occassional assistance of neighgeneral prayer. Mr. Payne, of Rolven.

bouring mipisters. The attendance on den, preached an excellent discourse

this occasion, and the liberal contribu

this from Colossians iii. 16: “Let the word

tions of many of the members of difof Christ dwell in you richly in all

ferent churches around them, evinced wisdom teachiug and admonishing one

the steady progress of - liberal and chaanother.”

ritable feelings. Among the numerous After the religious services ninety

congregations which attended on the seven individuals, of both sexes, ad.

various services on the day of opening, journed to the Town Hall, where tea

and the succeeding Sunday, they had the was provided. After tea Mr. Holden

happiness to number many of the most was called to preside. One of the first

strenuous and consistent supporters of toasts was the King: to mention his

the Established Church,-and have rea

the name is now something more than a

son to hope, that many went away immere form,--this is shewn by the way

pressed with a more faroorable opinion in which it is received in all asseinblies of Unitarian Christianity, and feeling and for whatever purpose met. In the

that though its professois may differ course of the evening speeches on va- from them in many of their distinguishrious subjects were elicited by the sen- ing doctrines, they are yet not wholly timevts proposed by the chairman ; but

unworthy of the name of Christians and wbatever the topic, there were continual

brethren. allusions more or less distinct to the The morning sermon, on the day great question. Was the topic the

of opening, was preached by the Rev. coming conquests of truth ? Reform Joho Kentish, of Birmingham, who, in would do much for the truth, by, re- a most lumivons, eloquent, and powermoving the supports of error. Was

ful discourse, pointed out the grounds the subject colonial slavery ? Grant

of our disseut from the Established but Reform, and soon will the man

Church of this country. He was foldate be given, to let the oppressed be

lowed, with great ability, in the evening free. Even the passing of the Unita

sermon, by the Rev. Samuel Bache, of rian Marriage Bill was considered to be

Dudley, who, with great force of argucontingent on the success of that mea

ment and warmth of piety, illustrated sure to which all thoughts are turned.

the unity which the Scriptures represent City Missions, and Unitariavism in In

as subsisting between Jesus Christ and dia, were also amongst the topics to

his God and Father, with the powerful which the attention of the meeting was directed.

motives which this doctrine preseuts to The individuals who took a his followers, to imitate his example priucipal share in the discussions of the

in spirit and in conduct, and thus beerening, were Messrs. George Buckland,

come joint partakers with him of the Mace, E. Adams, Payne, Ford, and

ture.Talbot.

E. T. T.

After the morving service, the members of the congregation, with their

friends, sat down, to the number of Opening of the New Unitarian Cha- seventy, to a dinper which had been pel, Wolverhampton.

provided at the New Hotel.

On Sunday, the 23d iustant, notwithOn Tuesday, the 18th instant, the standing the unfavourableness of the Suowhill Chapel, Wolverhampton, was weather, the two services were most opeved for public worship. An interval numerously attended. Iu the morning, of nearly fifteen years has now elapsed, the Rer. Stephenson Hunter, the minis

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ter of the congregation, stated and de. Henley (Oxon) Auxiliary, Hitchin and fepded the distinguishing doctrines of Baldock Auxiliary, Hungerford Branch, Unitarianism; and in the evening the Kidderminster Auxiliary, Loughborough Rev. Hugh Hutton, of the Old Meeting, Branch, Luton Branch, Malmesbury AuxBirmingham, with the impressive elo- iliary, Marshland Branch, Merionethquence for which that gentleman is re- shire Auxiliary, Newark Auxiliary, New. markable, pointed out the richness of castle-upon-Tyne Ladies' Association, divine grace, as more particularly dis- Newport-Pagpel Branch, Pentonville Asplayed in the Christian dispensation. sociation, Peuzance Branch, Reading

S. H. Auxiliary, Scarborough Auxiliary, Ships.

ton-on-Stour Auxiliary, South-Shields British and Foreign Bible Society. Auxiliary, St. Columb Branch, Tavi

In continuation of the Lists, printed stock Apxiliary, Tring and Berkhanistead in our last Number, made up to the 16th Branch, Wandsworth Ladies' Associaof September (not the 6th) we subioina tion, Weald-of-Kent Auxiliary, WeyList of Fifty one additional Societies ad.

mouth Branch, Whitby Auxiliary, Wood

bridge Branch, York Auxiliary. verse to any Alteration in the Constitution.

List of Two additional Societies farourable Acle Branch, Bath Auxiliary, Bec

to Alteration. cles Branch, Bedfordshire Auxiliary, Bi

Brewham and Pitscombe Association, shop-Stortford Branch, Blaenavon Aux- Clerkenwell (North) Association. iliary, Bodmin Branch Society, Bradford The above Lists are made up to the (Wilts) Branch, Bridlington Auxiliary. 17th of October, Bridport Branch, Brigg Auxiliary, Bury (Lancashire) Auxiliary, Chippenham As

LITERARY NOTICE. sociation, Clerkenwell (South) Associa The Subscribers to Dr. Priestley's tion, Corwen Branch, Croydon Aux- Works are requested to take notice that iliary. Cuckfield Branch, Duostable Vol. I. Part I., containing the Memoirs Branch, Exeter Ladies' Branch, Fes- and Correspondence from 1733 to 1787, tiniog Branch, Gloucestershire Auxili- is now ready for delivery, at the Unitaary, Halifax Auxiliary, Halifax Ladies' rian Association Rooms, 3, Walbrook Branch, Hauts (North-East) Auxiliary, Buildings, near the Mansion House.

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