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sympathies ought to be sufficient to stimulate to local exertions.
After his removal to Wales, though separated from intercommunity of religious thought and worship, he ceased not to cherish the enlarged views of the character and government of God which he had embraced, and to increase his knowledge by the daily study of the Scriptures. Amidst various trials, his declining years were blessed by the increasing serenity and cheerfulness with which he dwelt on these life-giving truths.
He was the private friend of all who needed his support or assistance, and an invaluable coadjutor in various public institutions, whether for the relief of want or the dissemination of knowledge. So deeply was he respected by persons of all parties, for the soundness of his judgment, the activity of his benevolence, and for the unbending integrity of his character, that his removal from Kendal was lamented as a general loss to the town.
Possessed of refined taste and cousiderable literary attainments, he beheld with pleasure the rapid spread of knowledge, and anticipated with delight the progressive improvement of society. From principle, he was the steady friend of civil and religious liberty, nor could time abate the auxiety with which he watched every measure affecting the great interests of man.
Though retired and domestic in his habits, yet his almost unabated activity of body and vigour of mind have caused his sudden removal to be deeply felt in the circle in which he moved; but though called away from usefulness, a review of the past ought to afford abundant consolation to his surviving friends, and to encourage them to hold fast the truths which he so highly prized, and which produced to him so much enjoyment. The captive, as he drops his chains, rejoices in his freedom; and the mind which feels itself unfettered from the bonds of Calvinism, rejoices in the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free, and delights to expand its charities to the whole universe of God.
MR. HENRY STANSFELD. September 22, at Burley, in the 34th year of his age, HENRY, ninth son of the late DAVID STANSFELD, Esq., of Leeds.
The feelings of those who have experienced the loss of near and dear friends, are best relieved by dwelling upon their
virtues, and by indulging in retirement those melancholy but delightful reflec tions which sooth and comfort the mind, and give them the cheering hope of being reunited in a better world.
When an individual is taken from us, in whom piety and every religious principle were so firmly fixed, that his excellent life was an example to all who knew him, it is fit that it should be communicated to a larger sphere.
Such was Henry Stansfeld. It pleased God to remove him from this world at a time of life when the vigour and power of mind and body are the strongest, and when every effort was exerted by him for the good of those to whom he was bound by the ties of blood and affection.
He was one of a large family whose ancestors had been long known and highly respected in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The principles of religion and virtue were deeply engrafted in his heart, not only by the precepts, but by the example, of good and pious parents. He settled at Leeds, and during his, alas! short and chequered life, experienced heavy family affliction aud great worldly reverses. The mind of a good man becomes strengthened by such discipline, and so it was with him.
In all the cheerfulness of social life, the resources of his well-stored mind made him the delight of every circle in which he moved; his natural playfulness and his discrimination of human nature were joined to superior powers of couversation. Of him it might truly be said,
"That aged ears played truant at his tales,
And younger hearers were quite rav ished,
So sweet and voluble was his discourse."
He was strictly an Unitarian, and a member of Dr. Hutton's congregation; between the preacher and the hearer a friendship had been formed which amounted almost to brotherly affection. His loss will be deeply felt in that religious society; for many years he had taken an active part in the management of the school and the concerns of the chapel.
He bore his long and painful illness with patience and submissive resignation. As a son, a brother, or a friend, his conduct was good aud exemplary. No stronger proof could be given of the estimation in which he was held, than the general interest which was excited during his illness, and the numerous attendance at his grave. Old and young, rich and poor,
met together, to pay their last tribute of respect and affection to the memory of one who, though taken away so early, had set so bright an example.
MR. EDWARD HESKETH. Oct. 12, at Birmingham, Mr. EDWARD HESKETH, of Edgbaston, in the neigh bourhood of that town. His health had been scarcely less firm than usual, when an irresistible disease called him, suddenly, and almost instantaneously, from the business which he was in the act of conducting, from the arms of a numerous and beloved family, and from all mortal duties and enjoyments, to the region where is no working, or device, or love, or hatred. On the day preceding his dissolution, he had occupied his accustomed seat at public worship. He was a valuable member of general societylong known and much esteemed, throughout no narrow circle. Of the domestic sympathies and virtues he was, in particular, a fine example. Religion appeared
have great ascendancy over thoughts, words, and actions. May its principles and spirit govern, and its promises cheer, the hearts of those who bitterly mourn their loss of him! In that their purest, richest sources of consolation will be found; and next in affectionately recording, contemplating, and imitating the excellencies of the husband, the father, the brother, the master, and the friend. May the God whom he conscientiously adored, even the one God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, be their refuge! Nor may such illustrations of the precarious tenure of life, and of terrestrial blessings, address themselves in vain to the sensibilities of any under whose observation they are brought! For who has not the sentence of death within himself; and who can say that he shall not soon fall by it?
""Tis all a transient hour below, And we who fain had kept thee here, Ourselves as fleetly go !"
REV. THOMAS BELSHAM. Nov. 11, at Hampstead, in the 80th year of his age, the Rev. THOMAS BEL
Although the public career of this eminent and excellent mau had in fact, though not formally, been previously brought to its close by the pressure of accumulating infirmities, it is impossible to record the termination of his earthly existence without deeply feeling what a loss the cause of Truth and Righteousness has sustained in him who was so long its upright, indefatigable, and efficient advocate.
We abstain at present from attempting any outline of his character aud history, as a very short time may be expected to supply materials which will enable us to do so in a more complete and satisfactory manner.
Mr. Belsham's remains were deposited in the same grave with those of his predecessor and friend, the Rev. Theophilus Lindsey, in Bunhill Fields, on Friday, 20th ult. The funeral was attended by Wm. Smith, Esq., M. P, Wm. Sturch, Esq., Thomas Gibson, Esq., - Prentice, Esq., Rev. G. Kenrick, and about fifty friends and admirers of the deceased, from Hampstead to the place of interment, where it was joined by a number of other gentlemen who had been waiting its arrival. The Pall was borne by the Rev. Messrs. Coates, Fox, Davison, Tagart, Porter, and Mardon. The Address at the grave was delivered by the Rev. R. Asplaud, and the Funeral Sermon, on the Sunday morning following, by the Rev. Thomas Madge, at EssexStreet Chapel. We hope that both the Address and the Sermon will be published.
Funeral Sermons have also been preached, or will have been before this meets the public eye, at most, if not all, of the Unitarian Chapels in and about the metropolis; and probably at many in the country. Το do honour to Mr. Belsham's memory is not the concern of any particular congregation, but of the whole Unitarian body. For its distinguishing tenets he was ever a consistent and zealous champion; and by his numerous and valuable publications, "being dead he yet speaketh" on their behalf, with a voice which will reach to distant generations. He is gone to receive the recompense of his many talents diligently improved.
The Wareham Chapel.
Ar a meeting of the members of the Southern Unitarian Society, held at Newport, Isle of Wight, November 2, 1829, to take into consideration a communication from the Rev. Mr. Durant, of Poole, on the part of the Association of Independent Ministers of the county of Dorset, stating that the Rev. Messrs. Durant, of Poole; Gunn, of Christchurch, and Keynes, of Blandford, had been appointed a Committee on the part of the Association, to ascertain whether the persous in possession of the Presbyterian Chapel at Wareham are entitled, in equity, to retain the same, and requesting this Society to appoint three persons, either ministers or laymen, to co-operate with the gentlemen appointed by the Association for the purpose above stated,
It was resolved,
That though a charge of duplicity in the means he employed to deprive the Unitarians of the Chapel at Warcham, has been publicly made against Mr. John Brown, accompanied with an offer to meet him for the purpose of proving the same, which offer he has thought fit to decline; yet we are not aware that any charge has been made against the congregation assembling in the chapel, and consequently we can only look on the proposed inquiry as an attempt to shift the imputation from an individual who seems unwilling to meet it, and to fix the burden of defence on those whose conduct there has been no intention to inculpate.
That we receive, in the spirit of conciliation, the proposal made by the Inde pendent Ministers of the county of Dorset, but we consider that by holding their Association in the Chapel at Wareham, and by assisting at the Ordination of the
Rev. James Brown as its minister, they have prejudged the question they now propose to investigate; and we are the more confirmed in this opinion, by finding that of the persons named on the Committee we have reason to believe two at the least have been instrumental in forwarding those measures which have led to the present occupation of the chapel. We consider, therefore, that under such circumstances it would be in vain to expect that an impartial investigation can be had.
That even could such an investigation be obtained, and should the result terminate in the decision that the Chapel should be restored to those who have been compelled to secede from it, there would be no security that such a decision could be carried into effect, as the parties in possession have given no undertaking that they will defer to the opinion of the Committee; and public opinion, on which we have been desired to rely, has been already sufficiently expressed to prove its incompetency to enforce the demands of equity.
That we should hail with delight any measure which would promote the cause of Christian charity, and tend to heal the unhappy disputes which have so long prevailed at Wareham, but for the reasons before stated, we cannot concur in the appointment of the proposed Committee, as we conceive an inquiry so conducted would only produce increased irritation, and, with respect to Our friends most deeply interested, revive feelings every way painful, many of them connected with relatives who are now happily removed from the trying scenes which their survivors have been called
WM. MORTIMER, Chairman.
Communications have been received from Rev. H. Clarke; P. Valentine; Æquus; N.C.; An Old York Student.-The Obituary of Miss Powell, and of Mrs. Mary Rees, in our next.
We are sorry (for his sake) to hear that Lieutenant Rhind, the Agent of the Reformation Society, has retracted the apology mentioned in p. 862, as made by him at the Norwich Meeting.
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