fallibly certain and supremely impor- To that part of Mr. Cogan's letter tant, a doctrine which is to be the which is intended to shew the unreafoundation of his hope and the guide sonableness of rejecting Christianity, of his life, not because there is suffi. I have nothing to object. I am an cient evidence of its truth, but be- advocate for natural religion, not an rause some person who calls himself opposer of Christianity. And I think his spiritual director, tells him it must it important to remark, that in my be believed, does, I confess, appear to judgment, the most complete convicme to savour more of the credulity tion of the eternal truth and univerof a child, than of the wisdo of sal authority of natural religion, is a man. If, however, this complete in perfect harmony, with an entire

prostration of the understanding" belief in the supernatural origin and be, as Mr. Cogan represents it, a great importance of the Christian rematter of necessity, or, according to velation. From the gracious hand of the doctrine of a Right Rev. Bishop, the Giver of every good and perfect a duty, in either case, as it appears gift, and not through the medium of to ine, Protestantism and every thing the unhallowed decrees of usurping connected with it is at an end; since priests, or earthly magistrates, I grateif so great a sacrifice must be made, fully and joyfully receive both. The it is quite obvious, that the Church latter, I verily believe to be true ; the of Rome has a much fairer claim to former, I certainly know to be so. it than any other power whatever.


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1824. Jan. 5, at his father's house, est reliance, and in whose affection they Oakhill, Somersetshire, Peard, second felt a source of the highest satisfaction. son of Win, Peard JILLARD, Esq., at the Early in December, Mr. P. Jillard haring early age of 22. Mr. P.Jillard was a pupil completed his term of residence in Lonof the late Dr. Estlin, of Bristol, for four don, returned to his father's house to ar. years, and on the Doctor's giving up his range and prepare for entering upon his school, removed to Birmingham to como new duties. It was seen with regret that plete his classical studies under the care his health appeared delicate, but no se. of the Rev. Mr. Corrie. He then returned rious disease was either evinced or appreto Bristol, and was articled to an emic hended. When congratulated on the first went solicitor of that city, residing during of January that the long-expected day bis clerkship in the family of his former was at length arrived, and when welpreceptor, to which he was related. He comed as one of the new partnership, he afterwards went to London, where he sighed, and manifested a depression of passed a twelvemonth in an assiduous spirits which was quite unusual to him. attention to those studies which were to He went, however, in a carriage into complete the period of his professioual Shepton, a distance of three miles, on education, and there is reason to believe the 1st and 2nd of January, examined that his health was impaired by his un- the lodgings he was to occupy; saw some remitting diligence in acquiring all the of his friends and new clients, and re. knowledge he wished to possess. He turned to Oakhill. On the evening of was particularly ardent in his pursuits the 4th, he appeared much worse than daring his abode in London, that he he had been before, and in the course of might qualify himself for dicharging with the night it was evident to his medical advantage to his clients, and credit to attendants that a change had taken place himself, the duties of a most eligible con- in his disorder, indicating a speedily fatal nexion in partnership, which had been termination. At the request of his faformed for him with a highly respectable mily it was communicated to him by bis solicitor of Shepton Mallet.

physician that he had but a few hours to On the first day of the New Year the live. This awful information was quite partnership was to commence; a period unexpected by him, but he received it anxiously looked forward to by himself, with great composure. He said it was a and not less so by his family, who re- very short warning, and desired that his joiced at the prospect of having settled family would come to his bedside. To near them a son, a brother and a friend, cach, he said something kind and affecon wliose judgment they placed the great- tionate; expressed a grateful sense of

the advantages he had enjoyed from pa- circumstance. The Rev. Mr. Kay, who rental solicitude for his welfare ; hade was then minister of a Calvinistic cunthem a tender farewell, and hoped they gregation at Kendal, becoming a Unitashould all be re-united in heaven. He rian, preached a sermon declaring his referred to some little remembrances change of sentiment, and dissolving his he had brought from London for some connexion with the society to which he friends who were absent, and expressed was then united. With this sermon Mr. his wishes respecting them: he desired Barwise was much impressed. He sat also that his body might be examined, to down seriously and impartially to study discover the nature of his disorder. Be. the subject, and rose from his inqu fore the morning dawned, he expired, a decided Unitarian. For the last eleven retainiog his faculties and his firmness years of his life he was a member of the to the last.

society at Warrington, where his unos. It was ascertained that the immediate tentatious piety, his judicious zeal, the cause of his death was inflammation of integrity with which he followed and the the bowels, coming on in an insidious acuteness with which he defended what manner, without manifesting the usual he conceived to be truth, gained him a symptoms of that formidable malady. general esteem. The circumstances of There was also some disease of the lungs. his death were peculiarly painful; owing

His early death has excited much emo- to his engagements in the excise, he was tion among a large circle of acquaintance obliged for the last eleven months of his and attached friends. He was a young life to reside in London while his family man of considerable talents and acquire- remained at Warrington; to this privaments; of great energy of character; pos- tion he cheerfully submitted, animated sessing a high sense of honour, a strong by the pleasing expectation of soon rejudgment, a kind and affectionate dispo- turning to the objects of his solicitude sition, and the strictest integrity. Had with increased means of securing their Providence been pleased to spare his life, respectability and augmenting their comthere is little doubt that he would have fort. He was thus employed when Mrs. proved an ornament to his profession, Barwise received a hasty summons to and a valuable member of society. His London, where she arrived just time death has disappointed the fondest hopes enough to witness his last demonstraof his family, but they bow with humble tions of affection, and behold him die. resignation to that will which they are He had been seized ten days previous to convinced appoints only what is for the her arrival with a paralytic stroke; the best and wisest purposes.

attack was too violent to be controlled If a parent's heart is wrung by this by medicinal aid, and he sunk under it sudden termination to all his anxious, in the 49th year of his age. The body his active and his successful endeavours was conveyed to Warrington and interto promote the worldly interests of an red in the presence of a crowd of weep. affectionate and dutiful son, a salutarying friends. Amidst this apparently selesson may have been taught of the wis. vere dispensation, his afflicted relatives dom of moderating all our views and have but one stable consolation ; this wishes respecting the objects and pur- exists in coppexion with that all-anima. suits of this life. To have secured for ting hope, which, with a divine mupifhis son a situation of immediate useful- cence, has thrown' her fair and everness, iufluence and independence, must blooming flowerets even across the path prove a source of gratifying recollection; of death. but it will be far surpassed by the satisfaction of having giren him that education and those principles which have en- Jan, 22, in the 45th year of her age, abled him to meet death with peculiar SARAH, the wife of Mr. William STEVENS, fortitude, and which have left him to of Bishopsgate Street. Her maiden name necupy so high and so lasting a place in was Hargrave. She was a member of the estimation and regret of his family the Church meeting in Parliament Court, and friends.

under the instruction of the late Mr. Vidler, from the age of seventeen years

until that church was dissolved. She Jan. 15th, in London, Mr. WILLIAM then joined the Society called Free-ThinkBARWISE, of Warrington. The deceased ing Christians, of which her husband had was born 1776, and received his first re. been some years a member, and when hgious impressions among the Metho. dissensions drove her husband and about dists, with whom he continued till 1810, thirty others from that society, she adwhen his attention was drawn to the dressed a letter which was read by the Unitarian controversy by the following Elder expressive of her view of, and re


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gret at the conduct she had wituessed in poor, and the moral improvement of the
that assembly, concluding by withdrawing rising generation, he greatly contributed
herself from that connexion. She, then, by his exertions to the establishment of
immediately joined the Seceders, kuown the Royal Jubilee Schools; and the suc-
as a Christian Assembly, meeting at No. cess of that useful institution was very
6, East side of Moorfields, of which so. much indebted to his continued indefat.
ciety she remained a member till her igable exertions for its interests. His
deaih. She was beloved and respected general usefulness and assiduity was ac-
for her active usefulness, and her loss knowledged by the subscribers, by his
has been severely felt by that Church being annually re-elected a member of
during the last year a year of sorrow their committee. As connected with this
and pain, borne by her with Christian public institution, which does so much
fortitude, the agonies of which termi. houour to the town, his death will be
nated a short time before her decease, felt as a public loss; while the numerous
and her latter moments might from their objects of his bounty must long venerate
tranquil nature be considered as falling his memuory.
asleep, but it was the sleep of death. In the concerns of religion his couduct

was equally exemplary, though it might

not be so popular; but that was not his On Monday, Feb. 16, at the advanced concern. Impressed with an ardent zeal age of 80 years, at his house in Albion for the true interests of religion, he was Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Mr. Wil- equally an enemy to bigotry, superstition LIAM Robson, formerly a ship and keel and priestcraft, and contributed much to builder on the North Shore. În early enlighten the minds of those within the life he had the management of the keels circle of his acquaintance, on the most belouging to the extensive colliery at important subjects copnected with huWillington, belonging to Messrs. Bell mau happiness. Renouncing entirely all and Brown, and in the discharge of his civil authority in matters of religion, he important duty he had the courage to built not his faith ou human creeds, and attempt, with happy success, the intro- alike despised the dogmas' of priests : duction of a system of moral discipline his theology was wholly drawn from the among the keelmen employed in that Scriptures, and there only he wished to conceru; a class of men not in general learn his duty to God and to his neighremarkable for orderly and good con- bour. In short, his religion was “ to duct. By this he engaged the high es- do good.” In his religious profession he teem of his employers, and the almost was an Unitarian Christian of the Bapdevoted gratitude of the men. During tist denomination, On the minds of the latter years of his life, after he bad young persons he was particularly assiretired from business, the same goodness duous to impress the great practical of heart and benevolence of disposițion truths of Christianity; and he had a impelled him to devote much of his time particular affection for serious, ingenu. to the exercise of acts of charity and ous young men, whose ninds he found mercy among the poor and unfortunate, unsophisticated and undebauched by the who ever found in him a kind friend and popular dogmas of superstition. Such generous benefactor. His modes of do- were the peculiar objects of his attention ing good were indeed numerous and and tender regards; and his highest hapvaried, according to the various circum- piness was to direct and assist them in stances of individuals. In cases where their honest inquiries after truth. Some any disastrous accident or severe mis- of these while they continue to revere fortuve had befallen a worthy individual his menory, ackuowledge that they owed or family, by which their prospects in to him the highest obligations. life were blasted, and themselves likely

J. M. to be reduced to a state of indigence and Newcastle, Feb. 22. destitution, this worthy philanthropist, wbose business and religion was to do good, was frequently known to inter- Feb. 17, aged 47, Miss ANNE RICHARDS, pose his kind offices to avert the stroke daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Richards, of calamity; and when his own funds silversmith, of this place. If the great were inadequate to the extent and ur- end of life be improvement and happi. gency of the case, he solicited from house ness, and example be one of the most to house the aid of his numerous ac- efficacious means of promoting these dequaintance in behalf of the sufferers, sirable attainments, it follows, that obthus mitigaring their sorrows and allevi- scurity and retirement are not presumparing the weight of their misfortunes. tuously violated, by selecting from those Solicitous also 'for the education of the stations such instauces of merit as fall

within our individnal notice, and exhi- Though warmly attached to the mio. bitiog them as patterns worthy of public isters of the church to which she had regard and imitation. And such is pre- given the most uniform attendance, she eminently the case with the name here expressed no desire for their attentions. introduced. The leading and conspicu- She felt no need of human passports to ous features of her character, were gen- ensure her admission through the portals tleness and goodwill to all, affection for of heaven; nor of any viaticum to operate her friends and relatives, and gratitude to as a charm or talisman on her future desthat Being to whom she owed her exist- tiny. Totally incapable of affecting to euce and her powers of enjoyment. These appear to others what she did not feel in qualities, which she possessed in no ordi- strict reality, there was no display for the nary degree, might, with a less cultivated purpose of exciting any admiration of her mind, have easily glided into the delusive energies aud self-possession; but every mazes of superstition and credulity. Her word, look and action bespoke the geinagination warm, ardent, and always nuine integrity which cheered her in the impressed with the most lively sensibility, trying scene. Not a word of alarm or was, nevertheless, tempered and cor- uneasiness escaped her ; nor of regret, rected by a soundness of judgment, which excepting for the trouble she occasioned well fitted her for the duties of life she to those kind friends who felt how much was called upon to perform, and thus she deserved their most assiduous cares. she was doubly endeared to her cog- She bid the last farewell to her friends nexious, and highly respected by the as they individually came before her, with whole of her acquaiutance, A feeble and eyes beaming animation, intelligence and delicate constitution, throughout the course affection to the last, and with a placidity of her life, had made it requisite that of expression, as though she were saying, she should frequently leave her relatives, “Good night, I shall see you again toand be placed under the care of strangers; morrow;" and when too much exhaustand this improved her native propensities ed to continue her attentions to objects to the most indelible gratitude for the without, her countenance and moving lips kind attentions she received from their declared most unequivocally what was hands. No kindness was ever unobserved passing within. or forgotten ; and if the cominon maxim What, then, was her religions creed ? has any foundation in the weakness of -Reader-it was that which has been so human nature, that “we write our vauntingly and falsely denounced as a cold wrongs upou marble and our benefits on and cheerless system in the appalling sand," nerer was there a breast in which hour of trial and need--as affording no the opposites were more decidedly con. consolation when the throbbing heart centrated than in hers,

seeks it in vain from any other source, With such sentiinents and feelings, it and as presenting but a broken reed for might be safely anticipated that the con- support, when the torrent is sweeping all clusion of her life should be in exact ac, before it to inevitable and everlasting decordance with its progress. The heartstruction. Away with this rant of bigo, long accustomed to cultivate and exalt try and superstition! A single autheutithese best endowments of humanity, can cated fact like the foregoing, is of more never relinquish them, nor suffer any ali- importance to prove their futility, than enation. About a month before her dis, thousands of unauthorized and fanatic solutiou, her physician prouounced her assertions-unworthy of utterance, and continuance as hopeless; she knew his of the God in whose injured name they opinion, and contemplated the conse- are promulgated. quences with indescribable serenity, It If her creed may be assumed by one was not fortitude that supported her who knew her well, and who had the mind, for this implies a conflict to sus- best means of ascertaining its import and tain, and a degree of heroism to overcome extent, he would comprise it in one short the difficulty; nor was it exactly the feel- sentence, and confirm the whole of his ing of resignation, for this signifies a assertions by his signature-". God is subdued and voluntary acquiescence in an love,' and his revealed will is all-sufficient erent more or less painsul; but it was ground for my boundless coufidence.” the trangnil composure of an infant re- Admitting, then, the propriety and adelining its head for repose on the breast vantage of a faithful delineation of such of maternal love. “I have no wish for a character, what vehicle so proper for choice," said she, “ I have suffered not the purpose as that of her favourite a little from long continued imperfect Monthly Repository? health; and I know that whether I live

JAMES LUCKCOCK. or die, I am in the hauds of my Almighty Birmingham, Feb. 20, 1821. Father, who will surround me with his protection and loving-kindness,"

Lately, at Barnes, aged 59, the recommended emigration in the present Rev. THBOPHILUS HOULBROOKÉ, LL.B. state of things in this country. To one F.R.S. E., formerly of St. John's College, of his friends, he thus, on that subject, Cambridge. For some time he held the briefly wrote in May last, after a resi. office of President of the Literary and dence there of nearly two years :Philosophical Society of Liverpool. (We “ You will expect that I shall give at hope to receive from some correspondent opinion of this country and people, but a further account of this excellent man.) this would lead me into a very wide field,

which, to travel through in the shortest

way, would be too much for my leisure 1823. Sept. 7, at Frankford, near at present; and there are but few things Philadelphia, aged 57, Mr. THOMAS on which I have, as yet, made up my Smith, formerly of Waddington Heath, mind to speak of in any decided manner. near Lincoln. Mr. Smith was universally How the flyiug travellers who scamper respected for his strict probity, his ex. through three or four thousand miles of tensive information, particularly in sta- country, in the course of a summer, in tistics and rural economy, and his very stages and steam-boats, can briug themamiable temper and manners. He was selves to talk as positively of every thing the author of some well-written letters, they see, as if they had been long resi. published in the Lincoln and Stamford dents, I am at a loss to imagine : but Mercury, in the year 1819, principally on their random assertions, and foolish and the ancient state of the County of Lin. inaccurate remarks, have dove incalcucoln, under the signature Antiquarius, lable mischief ; for never was there a which displayed considerable research country so falsely described, and in a and a discriminating judgment. He was way most fatally to mislead and deceive, pressed by many respectable persons to as this has been by that class of travel. publish them in a collected form, and lers whose works have been inost read though he had a very huinble opinion of by the great body of emigrants; and their value, he intended to have complied who have thus come here with the exwith the request, and with that view had pectation of finding a country in which made some additions to them, but owing the cares and troubles of procuring the to want of time, and a long-protracted comforts of life are greatly lessened, consstate of ill health, he was prevented from pared with the old. For myself, though completing his desigu.

I had read more on America thau most Mr. Smith was consulted by the society people, I bave wondered to find so many of gentlemen, formed in London about things so totally different from what had three years ago, for the purpose of en- been impressed on my mind by the dearquring to restore what is called the tourists; and so many important par. Cottage System ; the remains of which, ticulars which had been wholly left unin Lincolyshire and some other counties, noticed by them. Of the three most are considered to be the principal reason important and leading objects of inquiry why the poor rates have been and now respecting the state of a country, viz. are so much lower in those places than the government, the climate, and the in most other parts of the kiugdom: and character of the people, I can just briefly it is understood that the Society derived say, of the first, that it appears to me to from his communications considerable have all the excellencies which have been assistance in the furtherance of their attributed to it by its warmest admirers. views. He also wrote the short History The climate is most certainly a bad one, of the Presbyterian Congregation and its and the people are not so good as they Meeting-House at Lincoln, inserted in ought to be under such a government. this work (Vol. XIV. pp. 213—216). His There are glaring faults in their manners ancestors for several generations were and character, which the people in the Dissenters; and he was Trustee for, and old countries hare not in the same dea very liberal contributor to, the funds of gree. They have, however, some excelIbat Society.

lencies in which John Bull's people fall Had Mr. Smith lived to return to En- short. But merits and faulis summed gland, as he designed to have done in up on both sides, there would be but a the course of the year, those who knew 'small balance reinain on either. him would have been anxious to have “If you are consulted by any one, seen published the opinions of so judi- either farmer, mechanic, or labourer, on cious an observer upon America, after a the subject of emigration, avoid giving inore than (wo years' residence in that any encouragement. There is not oue country. His views, though probably Englishman in twenty fit to come here; more favovrable than those of Fearon their very prejudice makes them unhappy, and Faux, were not such as would have though thriving ever so fast."

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