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excellent a manner, that it may be justly some portion of the Scriptures daily: afirmed that of all his pupils there is not daily he meditated on the sublinie preone who does not feel deeply indebted to cepts they inculcate and the glorious him, not only for the actual kuowledge prospects they unfold, and he was uniwhich he gained, but for the improve- form in his aitendance on the ordinances ment which his understanding received of public worship. In a word, he was from his method of teaching. It was truly, what he ever deemed it his honour this valuable talent which reudered him to be, and to be estcemed, a Christian. so well qualified to commence that plan He was a Christian from conviction ; he of communicating an accurate knowledge was a Christian in feeling; he was a of the Scriptures which we owe to him, Christian in conduct. and which will render his name honoured

S. S. and revered. * That plan occupied his thoughts many years : when he had suf- Oct. 25, at Sheffield, where he had reficiently matured it, he spared no time sided for the last few years of his life, nor labour to carry it into effect. Aud the Rev. EBENEZER ALDRED, at the adhis efforts were crowned with success. vanced age of 77. His remains were He has added to the reasonableness of interred in the burial-ground belonging the plan, the proof from experience, that to the Unitarian Chapel at that place, it is capable of accomplishing, to a very Nov. Ist. The following extract from great extent, what it professes. It is an the funeral sermon has been kindly furinstrument of diffusing the knowledge of nished by Dr. Philipps, by whom it was Christianity in its genuine simplicity and delivered. The text of the discourse was beauty, such as has never before been taken from Acts xi. 24 : “He was a good thought of, and such as, if fairly tried, man.” cannot fail of success. And if through “ I have been led to the choice of this the want of zeal or the want of virtue, subject in consequence of the death of Christians neglect it, it will afford ano- the Rev. Ebenezer Aldred, who for many ther melancholy proof that to think for years was the minister of the united conthe good of mankind, and to shew them gregations of Protestant Dissenters asthe clearest and surest means of securing sembling for public worship at Great it, is too often vain and futile.

Hucklow, Bradwell, Middleton and AshSeldom does there exist a more disin- ford, in Derbyshire. He was the son of terested mind than that of this excellent the Rev. Johu Aldred, formerly pastor to man. He was benevolent and virtuous the Presbyterian Chapel in Wakefield, in the highest sense, for he laboured for and was himself intended for the pulpit. the welfare of others simply from a desire The early part of his education was couto promote their happiness, and without ducted with a view to this object, but he any reference to his own gratificatiou or entered on commercial life. In this walk profit. He was truly pious. There was he proved unsuccessful, and he determined always on his mind a serious and devout to retire from the world and devote himsense of the superintending providence of self to that profession for which he was the Deity; of his dependence upon him; originally designed, and was settled as a of his accountableness to him, and of the minister of the gospel in the places before duties which he owed him. Aud these mentioned. His public services were for dutics it was his sincere and habitual en

many years highly acceptable and useful; deavour to perform. He knew the ten- but growing infirmities and increasing age dency of the pursuits of life to absorb compelled him to resign his office, and the mind, and therefore he was careful he removed to Sheffield, where, after a not to neglect the means of keepiog up a confinement to his bed for some years, sense of religion in his heart. He read the scene of his pilgrimage and his life

was closed.

“ The character of Mr. Aldred for be. See a tract entitled, The Plan of nevolence, and that most feeling and Dr. Spencer's Institution in Bristol, for active, will long be remembered by the acquiring and communicating an accurate poor of Hucklow and its neighbourhood, and critical Knowledge of the Holy Scrip- where he gave the vaccine inoculation to tures without Expense. London: sold by many hundreds of families with the greatR. Hunter, (Successor to J. Johnson,) 72, est success, and was in the habit of perSt. Paul's Churchyard ; and by Barry and forming many other acts of kindness, Son, Bristol. 1817. See also The Chris- rather beyond than below his scanty means tian Reformer, Vol. III. pp. 368-372; and income. He administered consolation and, for a still more detailed account, see and assistance to the sick wherever they The Monthly Repository for August 1822, were needed and desired, and this withart. Nonconformist, No. XXV. pp. 419– out regard to any religious opinions or 425.

party whatsoever. He was in his religi. VOL. XVII.

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ous sentiments a decided Unitarian Chris. On the 15th November, at her house, tian : and if he entertained certain no. the Willows, near Preston, Lancashire, tions upon the sacred prophecies which deeply lamented by her family and friends, are imaginary and erroneous, let it be Mrs. Pilkington, relict of ihe late Jobs remembered that almost all who have Pilkington, Esq., whose death was represumed to apply these prophecies to corded in the obituary for January last, the states and revolutions of Europe, have pp. 61–63. She was the second daughfailed in their conjectures, and that the ier of Mr. Ormerod, of Foxstones, near books of prophecy still remain, in many Burnley, in this county, and was born in respects, sealed up froin human investi. the month of June, 1750. gation and developement.

Though educated in the principles and “ The errors of a disordered imagina. accustomed to the form of worship of the tion, or a fond attachment to peculiar Established Church, she possessed a mind opinions, are not errors of the heart, and too independent to be confined within the cannot destroy the excellence of charac- limits of human creeds, too ingenuous to ter. The memory of the benevolent and attach infallibility to the opinions she had just is blessed.

imbibed, too charitable to condemn those “ Let us seek rather to attain the re- who differed from her in matters of faith putation of the good than of the great. and worship, too deeply convinced of the Goodness, indeed, is true greatness, whe. importance of right views of religion to ther in the humble and private walks of be indifferent as to the system she life, or in the broad and open path of espoused. With a mind thus adapted for activity and usefulness. A Cornelius, the reception of truth, she became the • who feared God with all his house ;' a wife of one who encouraged and assisted Dorcas, ' who was full of good works,' her in the pursuit of it. and alms-deeds which she did ;' a Savi- By the study of the Scriptures, togeour, who went about doing good,'— ther with the conversation and example throw all the splendour of ambition in of her beloved partner, she was induced the shade."

gradually to abandon “ the traditions of Mr. Aldred possessed great integrity of the elders, and the commandments of mind, and was strictly conscientious in men," and to adopt the plain, but sublime, acting up to that which he considered as faith of the gospel. She rejoiced that his duty. The pure and simple doctrines her researches had introduced her to a of the gospel were firmly embraced by better knowledge of the only living and him. These he was zealously desirous true God, the universal Father, and to a to disseminate, and these were his solace more scriptural view than she had hitherand support during a long and truly pain- to entertained of the one Mediator be. ful illness. Consoled and animated by tween God and men, the Man Christ these, he looked forward to his approach. Jesus. ing dissolution with composure, and with It has been asserted that Unitarianism a well-grounded hope of immortality. affords no healing balm for the ills of life,

One of Mr. Aldred's ancestors was of no firnu and chastened hope of acceptance the number of Ministers ejected by the and happiness beyond the grave; in short, Act of Uniformity, 1662, and afterwards that it is the frozen zone of Christianity, was minister of Morley Chapel, near wherein the sun of Divine love and mercy Leeds, where his remains were interred. never shines, in whose ungenial clime the Several of the family were minister of fairest blossoms of religion wither, and note among the Protestant Dissenters. its choicest fruits fall blighted from the His father, as noticed above, was pastor parent tree. It is delightful, however, to of a very large and respectable congre. oppose to the dogmas of this uncharitable gation at Wakefield; and the subject of theory, the practice of one of the profes. this brief memoir was himself a warm sors of the faith every where spoken and decided advocate of the right of pri- against. She found it to yield comfort vate judgment, and of the liberty of wor- aud happiness to her heart even when the shiping God according to the dictates of trials of life assailed her; and with rean enlightened conscience.

spect to its influence on her temper and J. W. conduct, it produced those virtues, which

the apostle calls the “ fruits of the spiritOct. 26, at Salisbury, Samuel Whit. ineekness, and temperance ;” together

long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, CHURCH, Esq., the universal supporter of with that highest and best attainment of all Christian denominations and societies the Christian character, complete resignain the city. In him all men seem to have tion to the will of God. It was her aim lost a friend, for his charity was almost and delight to observe strictly and consciunbounded.- Evang. Mag.

entiously the several duties of her station; as an affectionate and dutiful wife, a ten

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der and anxious mother, a kind and sin. 280, and 331, and XV. 112.) This lady cere friend, few could equal her; and, had a great dislike to eulogies of the dead when iu tolerable health, she was never in the public prints, and enjoined her happier than iu being employed iu useful surviving friends to avoid all comment in and benevolent works. At the head of announcing her own departure. an affectionate and united family, her life

Testentur pauperes. might, perhaps, have afforded her as much enjoyment as is usually met with in this transient and chequered state, had it not pleased the Divine Providence to

Dec. 6, at Stoke Newington, in his 75th visit her with personal afliction. During year, John Aikin, M. D., well known to

the world by his numerous elegant and the last fifteen years of her life, her

useful contributions to English literature, health had been extremely delicate, but more particularly so for the six years has done more than any other family in

and the head of a family which perhaps previous to her decease; within which England for the promotion of knowledge period her complaints were frequently and the gratification of the literary taste. attended with the most excruciating pains. Yet in the midst of her sufferings, her A memoir of this valuable writer is condaily and hourly prayer was, not so much templated by his relatives, and when it to be released from them, as to be en.

appears we shall extract from it sone dued with strength patiently to bear that biographical particulars. which her Heavenly Father allotted her. She was thus passing away the evening of

- 8, at Firle, near Lewes, Sussex, Mr. life in the practice of piety, when it John Marten, in the 70th year of his pleased God to deprive her of her be

age. For many years he regularly asseniloved partner.

bled with the Unitarians in the Chapel at The friend and companion of fifty years Southover, Lewes, and was highly esteemcould not be resigned without a struggle ed and respected by Christians of various too severe for her enfeebled frame, and denominations. His mild and unassumalthough she still bowed in submission to ing demeanour, his humility of mind and the will of Heaven, yet her spirits and natural sweetness of temper, could not cheerfulness forsook her, and she waited but engage the esteem and affection of for her summons to depart hence and be

all who knew him. He passed through at peace,

more than they that watch many weeks of languor, weakness and for the morning."

decay, without a single murmur of impaAnd here it is impossible not to notice tience, and at length closed his eyes in the display of God's goodness, even in the death with hope and resiguation. His afflictive dispeosation which deprived her remains were committed to the receptafamily of a beloved parent, and which cles of mortality at Ditchling, on the folmust tend powerfully to soothe their lowing Sabbath, when the Rev. James minds under the loss which they have Tapliu, of Lewes, preached on the occasustained.

sion from Heb. xiii. 14. The near approach of the destroyer was attended with no terrors, no painful suspense, no excruciating pains, for she

23, at Homerlon, Mr. John CLENretired to rest in the evening at her usual NELL, aged 50. He was a native of Newhour, amidst the blessings of her chil castle-upon-Tyne, where he was for a dren, to awake, in the morning, in the considerable period engaged in one of the world of spirits, and to join the iunuiner- manufactures of that town; but the arable company of those, who, having come dour of his mind impelled him to the preout of great atfiction,”

,” “ will hunger ference of literary pursuits, and in these no more, nor will they thirst any more; and in the congenial labours of tuition, nor will the sun strike ou them, or any his latter years were solely employed. heat. For the Lamb that is toward the His thirst of knowledge was very great, midst of the throne will be their shepherd, nor less his desire of its diffusion for and will lead them to fountains of waters general good. (See a Letter of his on of life ; and God will wipe away all tears Subscription Libraries, Vol. III. p. 132.) from their eyes.”

He published many years ago an Essay C. R. on the Disclosure of the Processes of

Manufactures,” first read to the Literary

and Philosophical Society of his native Dec. 3, at Barrington, in Somersetshire, town, of which, as of several other simiat the advanced age of 91, Mrs. Hannah lar institutions in Scotland, he was a WEBB, relict of the late Francis Webb, member. For some time he conducted Esq. (See Mon. Repos. XI. 70, 189, a periodical work, devoted to his favous


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rite object of making the secrets of arts July 8, at Calcutta, T. F. MIDDLETON, and manufactures public property. He D.D.'F. R. S., Bishop of that Diocese. was also a contributor to several of the He was interred with great solemnity in Cyclopædias. Natural diffidence of man. St. John's Cathedral. ner prevented him from making the most advantage of his respectable powers of mind; but he was ever forward to re

At Venice, Oct. 12, ANTONIO CANOVA, commend and prepared to assist every the great sculptor. He had arrived there plan for bettering the condition of his from Rone on the 4th, when he was fellow-creatures, towards all of whom, seized with the illness that terminated his whaterer were their opinions, he indulged life. He died with the utmost resigna. truly friendly seutiments. His own faith tion. In a codicil to his will, he ordered as a Christian was steady, and confidence his body to be interred in his native place iu the Divine Government was his sup- of Passagno, and his heart to be depo port under all his troubles and amicsited at the Imperial Royal Academy of tions. As his life appeared to draw to a

Fine Arts at Venice, of which he was Chief close, he was anxious that his family Presideut. The funeral obsequies were should take notice that he found in the very splendid. Canova is said to have Unitarian scheme of the gospel all that devoted a great part of his fortune to fainting nature could desire. His end benevolent uses. With the title of Marwas calm and placid ; his last thoughts chese, the Pope couferred upon him 3000 and affections were Christian, and there- piastres of rent, the whole of which he fore happy.

dedicated to the support and encouragement of poor deserving artists. He was

building a church in his native village, Dec. 26, at his residence, Walthamstow, to complete. This edifice is to be en

which he is reported to have left funds after a long, honourable and useful life, riched and ornamented with some of his SAMUEL THORP, Esq., at the age of 85. He was the father of Alderman Thorp,

greatest works. and one of the oldest liverymen of London. He distinguished himself in the city, Lately, (Dec. 1821,) at Shirez, in Per. many years ago, as the supporter of the sia, Dr. Taylor, formerly a Missionary. principles of liberty, and as the friend of the late Alderman Coomb, the only representative of London who adhered to Lately, in the Island of Jamaica, aged the politics of Mr. Fox, during several 44, Dr. SAMUEL FOTHERGILL, for many successive parliaments.

years a physician of eminence in London. He went to Jamaica for a change of climate, where he practised his profession

with success for many years. Deaths Abroad. May 27, at Malacca, the learned and Lately, on his way to Geneva, ALEXrespected Chinese Missionary, Dr. MilNE, ANDER MARCETT, M. D. F. R.S., Honofour days after his return from Sincapore rary Professor of Chemistry at Geneva, and Penang, which islands he had visited and some years eminent as a physician with the hope of recovery.

in Russell Square.



The accounts of the treasurer were

laid before the meeting, duly audited by Manchester College, York. Mr. Edward Hanson and Mr. S. D. Dar. The thirty-sixth annual meeting of the bishire, and were allowed. trustecs of this institution was held in Unanimous votes of thanks were then the Cross-Street Chapel Rooms, Man- passed to the President, Vice-Presidents, chester, on Friday the 2nd of August last, Visitors, Committee, and other officers, John Touchet, Esq. in the chair. for their valuable services during the past

The proceedings of the Committee year; after which the following officers since the last annual meeting of the were elected for the year ensuing, viz. trustees were read, approved of and Joseph Strutt, Esq. of Derby, President; confirmed.

James Touchet; Esq. of Broomhouse,

near Manchester, Peter Martineau, Esq. son of - Martineau, Esq. of Norwich, of St. Albau's, Daniel Gaskell, Esq. of entered the College at the commencement Lupsett, near Wakefield, Abraham Cromp- of the present session as a student for too, Esq. of Lune Villa, near Lancaster, the ministry on his own foundation, and the Rev. John Yates, of Tosteth Park, Mr. Arthur Tozer Cloutt, son of the Rev. near Liverpool, and the Rev. John Ken- Thomas Cloutt, of London, has been subtish, of the Woodlands, near Birmingham, sequently admitted on the foundation of Vice Presidents; George William Wood, the Hackney Education Fund, procured Esq. of Platt, Treasurer ; Thomas Ro. for him on the recommendation of the binson, Esq. of Manchester, Chairman of Rev. Thomas Belsham. Applications for the Committee ; Mr. Samuel D. Darbi- admission for the session commencing in shire and the Rev. John James Tayler, September 1823, accompanied by the reof Manchester, Secretaries ; and Mr. quisite testimonials, should be addressed Samuel Kay and Mr. Joseph Mason, Au- to the Secretaries before the 1st of May ditors. The office of Visitor continues to next. be filled by the Rev. William Turner, of The Treasurer's report of the state of Newcastle; and the trustees have much the funds was, on the whole, a satisfacpleasure in stating, that the Rev. Lant tory one. The difference between the Carpenter, LL.D. of Bristol, has accepted discontinued and new subscriptions during the office of Assistant Visitor for the cur- the last year was stated to be 18s. 6d. in rent year.

The Rev. Joseph Hutton, favour of the College. The congregaB. A. of Leeds, and the Rev. John Gooch tional collections during the same period Robbards, were appointed Public Exa. have produced 1091. 68. 8d., and the beminers, with a request, to which they pefactions, including 241. 88. from Felhave subsequently acceded, that Mr. Hut- lowship Funds, amount to the sum of ton should attend the Easter and Mr. 1231. 185. On the general statement of Robberds the Christmas examination. the accounts there appcars to be a ba• The Committee of the last year was lance due to the treasurer of 1171. 98. 10d. re-elected, with the exception of the Rev. At this meeting, a series of resolutions William Johns, Mr. Robert Philips, Jun., was passed, in reference to the permaand Mr. James Potter, who are succeeded nent fund, which had been previously a by Mr. John 'Touchet, Mr. Robert H. subject of consideration with the ComGregg, the Rev. J. J. Tayler, all of Man- mittee, and had been by them strongly chester, and the Rev. Arthur Dean, of recommended to the adoption of the Stand.

trustees. These resolutions, which are The Deputy Treasurers were also re- given at length below, the trustees conelected, with the exception of Alfred sider very important, and they are in Estlin, Esq. of Bristol, who has resigned duced to believe that they will contribute his office. "He is succeeded by the Rev. much to the permanence and welfare of Dr. Carpenter: and Thomas Eyre Lee, the College. Esq. of Birmingham, and the Rev. George Resolved unanimously, B. Wawne, of Bridport, are appointed That a large proportion of the proDeputy Treasurers for their respective perty of the College consists of buildings places of residence.

which are subject to a gradual decrease The divinity students in the College of value, and that the existing practice during the past session were fifteen in of making a regular deduction of 24 per number, all on the foundation. Of these, cent. per annum from the current estiMr. Edmund Kell has completed his mated value of the buildings in Mancourse, and entered upon the duties of chester, and a regular deduction of 75 his profession as a Protestant Dissenting per cent, per annum from the current Minister,—and Mr. John Smale, the trus- estimated value of the buildings in York, tees regret to state, has been under the is judicious and proper, and ought to be necessity of retiring from the College in continued. consequence of ill health. Of the several That it is highly important to the percandidates for admission on the founda- manent prosperity of the College, ihat tion, three have been received into the the money value of its property should College on probation, viz. Mr. Edward be maintained at its present amount, Talbot, son of Mr. John Talbot, of independeut of such future additions as Leeds ; Mr. Robert Brook Aspland, M.A. the generosity of its friends, or any other of the University of Glasgow, son of the cause, may enable the trustees to make Rev. Robert Aspland, of Hackney ; and thereto. Mr. John Stowe of Birmingham; making That it is the opinion of this meeting, the present number of students on the that an addition should be annually made foundation sixteen. Mr. Martineau, to the permanent fund, out of the curreut

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