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mentary on the Epistles of Paul,” in the without falling into this strain. - He had; very handsome form which the first or doubtless, his defects; but they derogate 4to edition, lately published, exhibits. little from his worth. He was, as has In his political sentiments, Dr. Pett was, been said, very diffident, and his diftias might have been expected from his dence might sometimes resemble weakfamily and his education, a Whig, and ness. Akiu to this failing, was occafriendly to every real and salutary reforn. sional indecision of mind, leading to proHe rarely expressed strong indignation, crastination. Judging favourably of hu. except when the arrogant assumptions of man nature, and warm in his affections, oppressors, and the invasion of the inde. he reposed too large a confidence in some pendence of nations, and of the rights of whom he admitted to his friendship. By man were the topics of conversation. constitution he was extremely irritable, His best affections were with the nations and this temperament might, though of now struggling on the continent of Eu- late years more rarely, be occasionally rope for their liberties, and he expressed seen in his language and manners : this to the writer, not long before his death, natural disposition being considered, it that he felt too keenly on this subject is wonderful that he should have obtained for his own comfort. The opinions, such a command over himself, and acboth political and religious, of Dr. Pett, quired such an habitual kindliness of had their root in benevolence, and hence demeanour : the fact shews the power of they produced no unpleasant feelings to. his benevolent principles and feelings, wards such of his acquaintances and and deserves to be recorded in recomfriends as differed widely from himself mendation of the rare, because difficult, in both. No one could be more remote and therefore meritorious virtue of self in belief from the Roman Catholic reli- gorernment. On the whole, Dr. Pett gion : yet he sympathized with the Ro- was an extraordinary instance of moral man Catholics as far as they were op. goodness. In any one good quality he pressed for conscience? sake, and would might have many equals, though few have scrupled no exertion within his superiors, but in the aggregate of his power on their behalf. When the absurd character he excelled most persons. He and hypocritical cry of “No Popery" had his peculiar place in society, in which prevailed in 1813 and 1814, and a peti- his death has created a total blank. No tion echoing it was got up in the parish one cau be expected to be to his friends of Hackney, he associated with a few and neighbours exactly what he was. neighbours to ascertain the practicability By all that knew him, it will be long beof a parochial meeting in order to pro- fore he is thought of without pangent test against the measure : through the regret, or spoken of without strong emoprejudice of the many, and the timidity tion. of the better-informed, it was found that
A. public opposition would be fruitless or rather injurious to the cause of liberality; hut Dr. Pett was not satisfied without
Dr. T. F. Middleton, making some attempt to stem the torrent of bigotry, and accordingly, having ob
(See Vol. XVII. p. 772.) tained permission of the author, he was 1822. July 8, at the Presidency of chiefly instrumental to the repriating of Calcutta, after a short but severe illness, a considerable impression of Mr. Charles in the 53d year of his age, the Rev. ThoButler's admirable “ Address to Protes. MAS FANSHAW MIDDLETON, D.D., F.R.S. tants," (inserted in our Vilsth volume, His Lordship was in the fall possession pp. 149, &c.), and to the circulation of of his health on the preceding Tuesday, it, by leaving a copy at every respectable when he visited the college. On the day house in the parish. In the same liberal of his death, he was cousidered to have spirit, he was a subscriber to the Roman passed the crisis of his disorder, and to Catholic School at Somer's Town, where be out of danger; at half-past seven he he also sometimes attended gratuitously was thought much better than before, in the exercise of his profession; induced but at eight he was seized with a violent to this partly, no doubt, by his friend- paroxysm of fever, and at eleven o'clock ship for the excellent patroness, Miss he expired, to the great grief of all who Trelawney, daughter of Sir Harry Tre- had the honour of his acquaintance. lawney, with whom in earlier life he was Dr. Middleton was born io Jan. 1769, very intimate, and for whom, amidst all at Kedleston, in Derbyshire, and was the the Baronet's vicissitudes of faith, he en- only child of the Rev. Thomas Middleton "tertained sincere respect.--This brief me- of that place. He was educated at moir will appear to strangers to be a Christ's Hospital, under the rigid discipanegyric; the writer can only say that pline of the Rev. James Bowyer, who has he could not trace the life of Dr. Pett been not iuaptly termed the Busby of
that establishinent. Here he was con- 'of St. Pancras, in which he found a potemporary with Sir Edward Thornton, pulation of upwards of 50,000 persons, our present ainbassador to the court of with only the ancient very small village Sweden; the Rev. George Richards, D.D. church, which could not accommodate F.R.S., author of the Aboriginal Britons, a congregation of more than 300. On and Bampton Lectures ; aud Mr. Cole. this occasion he published " Au Address ridge the poet, from whose fertile pen to the Parishioners of St. Pancras, Midhas issued a just tribute of gratitude to dlesex, on the intended Application to the zeal and ability of their tutor, Parliament for a New Church." Dr.
From Christ's Hospital he proceeded, Middleton's influence and perseverance upon one of the school exhibitions, to caused a Bill to be brought into Parlia. Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, where he ment, for powers to erect a New Church ; took the degrees of B.A. 1792 ; M.A. but the Bill was lost in the debate upon 1795 ; and B. and D.D. in 1808. the second reading.
In March 1792, after taking the de- In 1813, the Rev. C. A. Jacobi, a Gergree of B.A. and being ordained Deacon, man divine, having been appointed one by the then Bishop of Lincolu (Dr. Prets of the missionaries to India, Dr. Middletyman), he entered upon his clerical du. ton was requested to deliver, before a ties at Gainsborough. In 1794, he was special meeting of the Society for proselected by Dr. John Prettyman, Arch. moting Christian Knowledge, a charge to deacon of Lincoln, and brother of the the new missionary, previous to his deBishop, to be tutor to his two sons; and parture. it was probably to this circumstance that About this time the friends of the estahe was indebted for the future patronage blishment of Christianity in our Eastern of the Bishop, who presented him, in dominions, were very active in prevailing 1795, to the rectory of Tansor in North- upon Government to establish an episamptonshire, vacant by the promotion of copacy in those vast regions; and Lord Dr. John Potter to the see of Killala, in Castlereagh, in a debate on the renewal Ireland. About this time he published of the East India Company's Charter, ada periodical essay without his name, en- verted to the expediency of such an estatitled “ The Country Spectator.” blishment. It was subsequently enacted,
In 1797, Dr. Middleton married Eliza- that the Company should be chargeable beth, eldest daughter of John Maddison, with certain salaries, to be paid to a Esq., of Gainsborough, and of Alving. bishop and three archdeacons, if it should ham, in Lincolnshire.
please His Majesty, by his letters patent, In 1798, he published “The Blessing to constitute and appoint the same. In and the Curse; a Thanksgiving on oc- the autumn of 1813, Dr. Middleton recasion of Lord Nelson's and other Victo. ceived an order to wait upon the Earl of ries ;” and in 1802, obtaiued from his Buckinghamshire, President of the Board former patron the consolidated rectory of of Controul, by whom he was recomLittle Bytham, with Castle Bytham an- mended to His Royal Highness, the Prince nexed, which he held with Tansor, by Regent, as the new. Bishop of Calcutta. dispensation.
He was consecrated on the 8th of May, In 1808, Dr. Middleton established his 1814, at Lambeth Palace, the Archdeareputation as a scholar by the publica- con of Winchester having preached the tiou of his celebrated “ Treatise on the consecration sermon. On the 17th of Doctrine of the Greek Article, applied to the same month, he attended a special the Criticism and the Illustration of the meeting of the Society for promoting New Testament;" and the following Christian Knowledge, to receive their year, “ Christ divided; a Sermon preach- valedictory address, delivered by the Bied at the Visitation of the Lord Bishop shop of Chester; on the 19th, he was of Lincoln."
elected a Fellow of the Royal Society; In 1810, he began to act as a magistrate and on the 8th of June, took his deparfor the county of Northampton ; but iu ture for Bengal. 1811, resigued his livings in that county, Upon his arrival in India, Dr. Middleupon being presented, by the same gene. ton was mainly instrumental in founding rous patron, to the vicarage of St. Pau- the Mission College at Calcutta, for the cras, Middlesex, and Puttenham, Herts; following purposes: 1. For instructing and shortly after took up his residence at Native and other Christian youth in the the Vicarage-house, Kentish Town. doctrine and discipline of the Church of
In April 1812, he was collated by the England, in order to their becoming Bishop of Lincolo, to the Archdeaconry preachers, catechists, or school-masters ; of Hantingdon; and in the autumn of 2. For teaching the elements of useful the same year, he directed his attention knowledge, and the English language, to to the deplorable condition of the parish Mussulmans and Hindoos, having no ob
ject iu such attainments beyond secular' pel in Foreign Parts, and the Society for advantage; 3. For translating the Scrip- Missions to Africa and the East, have turesgathe Liturgy and Moral and Reli- each contributed 50001. gious Tracts; 4. For the receptiou of Under any circumstances, the death of English missionaries on their first arri. such a man as Dr. Middleton would be a val in India, for the purpose of acquiring great loss to the profession of which he the languages. Toward the erection and was so distinguished an ornament, and endowment of this college, the Society has caused a chasin that will with great for promoting Christian Knowledge,
the difficulty be filled up worthily. Society for the Propagation of the Gos
The Inquirer, No. III.
1823. Jan. 21, at Chichester, in his one who, of unobtrusive habits, wished 720 year, Mr. Street, surgeon. Mr. S. in the most unobtrusive and unosteuta was one of the oldest members of the tious manner, to be carried to the land Unitarian Chapel in that city, and the of his fathers. He rests in peace : but event of his death was improved, on the while the virtues mourn, Friend, Parent, Sunday following, the day of his fuueral, Pattern,' it may be allowable for a few by Mr. Fullagar, in a discourse, founded moments to cousider his excellence. on the remark of Jesus, recorded John Belonging to a profession in which, it is xvi. 32: “ Behold the hour cometh, yea, notorious, many holding Deistical opiis now come, that ye shall be scattered nions are found, but from which remark, every man to his own ; and shall leave generally speaking true, there have been, me alone; and yet I am not alone, be among the worshipers in this house, many cause the Father is with me."
honourable exceptions, our deceased After enumerating the comforts arising friend was not tainted with the too much froin a sense of the Divine presence and prerailing moral disease of his brethren ; favour, amidst the loss of friends, the he was not tainted with that religious decay of nature, the vacancies occasioned indifference, too common among them, by death in our religious assemblies, and and among us all ; his general conversain the prospect of dissolution; the habi- tion and demeanour, his regularity in tual piety of our Loid, his frequent com- attending the public services of religion, munion with his God, his imitation of demonstrated that devotiou had taken the Divine Being in acts of kindness and possession of his soul. Nor was he merely benevolence, and his uniformly bearing devotional, as far as correct views of the witness to the truth, were stated as the greatness of the Almighty, and of the probable grounds on which he could as- insignificance of man, are calculated to sure himself that the Father was ever inspire awe and veneration for the Deity; with him. “Many," then continued the he was ready to endure difficulty, and in preacher, “ actuated by such feelings, the course of his professional labours he have on their death-bed, invited spec. experienced some slights and incoprenitators practically, if not verbally, to euce on account of his steady attachment see how a Christiau can die. And the to wbat be deemed Christian truth. It thoughts of those before me have, I doubt was not merely in the sanctuary of his not, coincided with my own, in tracing a God that our deceased friend took his similarity between these principles and constant seat; but he worshiped from those of that old member of this religious conviction with those who are more or assembly, on whom the grave bas this less contemned by the ignorant and inweek been closed. Flattery becomes not terested in what is called the religious this place ; but there are characters to world, especially in the vicinity of aspir whose goodness silence is injustice ; in ing cathedrals. A hope of professional respect of whom, silence is injustice to- lucre did not tenipt him to make shipwards survivors ; in respect of whom, wreck of faith, nor could faction draw silence is injustice towards the Unitarian him, as it sometimes does those who are faith ; which is sometimes declared by only or chietly anxious to appear unto those who reject it, to have in it nothing men to fast, from whiat he believed to be capable of supporting us in the prospect the path of Christiau duty, the asylum of dissolution. If the memory of the of Christian truth. He draok deeply of just be blessed, to trace the actions of the benevolent spirit of Jesus; this made the just is a respect due to their memory. hin, while following a profession in which If there be an undecaying nature in virtue, there is great opportunity either of init is neccssary to rpetuate the remem- posing on the credulity of man, or brance of that virtue, that by imitation of being his friend and helper, pre-emiit may itself be perpetuated. This must pently attentire to all the sons and daughplead my excuse, if I call to your minds ters of suffering, whatever the rauks of life they occupied. Happy will it be men to return to their native dust, the for the poor of this place and neighbour- sleeping saints shall be raised from their hood, and honourable will it be for the slumbers, and this mortal shall be orpresent medical practitioners of our city, dered to put on immortality.” If, from their assiduity, the poor have no occasion to regret that hearen did Jan. 23, at Newbury, in the 75th year not extend, to a longer period, the pro- of his age, the Rev. JOHN WINTER, thirtyfessional labours of our deceased friend. eight years pastor of the Independent He was not, it is true, during his illness, Churcli, in that town. left solitary and alone, for conjugal and filial affection was ever active in its at
29, at Brighton, after a long season tention; but the calmness and serenity of debility and suffering, JAMES WESTON, he displayed from the commencement of Esq., of Upper Homerton, at the age of his illness, assured, as he seemed to be, 63. He has been extensively known for from the hints he dropped, that he would many years as one of the firm of soliderer more join the bustling sons of men, citor's bearing his name, in Fenchurch demonstrated that he had with him in Street, and respected by the public for his confinement, not merely his earthly his honourable character, and highlyfriends, but his heavenly Father also. esteemed hy his numerous friends for the The energies of his nature failed, and his amiableness of his temper and wanners. gradual descent to the house appointed for all the living, was not by art or sollcitude to be impeded; but he knew that - 31, after an illness of a few days, he was in good bands, in the hands of Mrs. ANNE WELLBELOVED, the wife of his Father and his God, and in the joyful the Rev. C. Wellbeloved, of York:."a hope of a future resurrection, with com- woman,” says the York Herald,“ little posure of spirits he was gathered to his known to the world, but in the bosom of fathers in peace. Let me die,' may all her family, and within a small circle of who saw him exclaim, 'the death of the friends, admired, esteemed and loved, righteous, and let my last end be like for her excellent understanding, her ex: his.'
emplary fortitude, her cheerful piety, and “ We yet survive ; and what are the her regular discharge of every social and duties which, from these reflections, seem domestic duty." to be incumbent upon us ? To cultivate pious feelings; to display benevolent af. Feb. 4, at her house in Harley Street, fections ; to be ardent in an inquiry after, Lady RUMBOLD, widow of Sir Thomas and to be dauntless in the profession of, Rumbold, Bart., and daughter of the late Christian truth. Then, by inducing others Dr. Edınund Law, Bishop of Carlisle. by our example to glorify our Father in beaven, we may become instrumental, in the hands of our God, in filling up that
6, at Stoke Newington, in the 53rd vacancy in the church and in society, year of her age, Mrs. Myra HODGKINS, which the renoval of our friend has oc relict of the Rev. George Hodgkins, casioned; then may we find the work many years ininister of the Dissenting of our God prospering in our hands; and congregation at that place. [Mon. Repos. then may we entertain a well-grounded IX. 639 and 788.] By her amiable temhope, that if the decay of nature, or the per and pleasing manners she endeared prior removal of friends, should leave us, herself to all who had the pleasure of to human appearance alone, we shall not being acquainted with her. The removal be ALONE, for that our hearenly Father of this excellent woman from this sublu. will be with us, his promises will sup- nary sphere of being was most sudden port us through the sale of death, and and impressive. She had entertained a the fulness of joy belonging to heaven be party of friends the preceding evening in ours; when, with a voice as resistless as
the possession of her accustomed health that which now commands the sons of and cheerfulness. Seized with an apo
pletic fit, she never afterwards spoke,
and within the hour expired! Little did • Mr. STREET was, for many years, she imagine that Providence had ordained surgeon and dispenser of medicine at the that she should so soon follow her beDispensary in Chichester; which Insti- loved youngest daughter, who was a few tutiou has had the able assistance of Dr. months before consigned to the tomb.Bayley and Dr. Sanden, who, with Dr. A sole surviving eldest daughter and a Silver aud Dr. Powell, whose premature beloved sister remain to bewail her irreand deeply regretted death happened a parable loss, and cherish her many virtues. few years since, frequented the Uniturian "The deccased was interred in the family Chapel,
vault in the ceinetery of the new Church,
Hackney. The writer of this article hav- * Feb. 16, near Vauxhall, aged 60, WIL-
21, at his house, St. Mary at Hill, Feb. 10, at her house Moria Place, aged 74, Mr. Samuel Brown, wine Southampton, suddenly, aged 70 years, merchant. He has left a widow, one of Mrs. YOUNG, widow of John Young, the daughters of the late Rev. Robert Esq., late Professor of Greek, in the Robinson, of Cambridge. He was the University of Glasgow, whose lamented brother of Mr. Timothy Brown, (Mon. death is recorded in our XVth volume, Repos. XV. 553,) who was the friend of
Mr. Horne Tooke, and the associate of
all the principal Reformers of his day, 14, at her house in Guildford- and also the friend of the Rer. E. EvanStreet, in the 81st year of her age, Mrs. son, whose peculiar hypothesis he faTooke, widow of the late Rev. W. voured, as he shewed by causing a New Tooke, whose decease is announced on
Testament to be printed after Mr. Evanthe very same page as, and
immediately son's death, agreeably to his standard of preceding, Dr. Young's, just referred to. genuine scripture.
15, at his house in BryanstoneSquare, the Rev. RICHARD ROBERTS, D.D., Lately, the Rev. Isaac ASPLAND, M. A., late High Master of St. Paul's School. Rector of East Stonham, Suffolk, and
formerly Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cam. 16, at his See House, Ardbraccan bridge. Cavan, Dr. THOMAS LEWIS O'BEIRNR, Lord Bishop of Meath.
ment on the address to the King of FRANCE.
France, earnestly deprecating war with
Spain. The question of war with Spain The importance attached to the remains in the same undecided state. sanction of England to the measures All the population of France, ex- of the French Government was mani. cepting always the priests, are said fested by a fabricated speech of our to be against the projected legitimate King to the Parliament having been crusade. “On the superstitious minds published by the Etoile, an Ultra of the Comte d'Artois and the Journal, in which his Majesty was Duchess d'Angoulême,” says a represented as pledging himself in writer from Paris on the 19th inst., all events to a strict neutrality. “the bad weather has had a serious
The Cour Royal has sentenced M. effect, and some ineffectual prayers BENJAMIN Constant, for the Letter of the Abbé Frayssinous for sunshine to M. Mangin, to a fine of 1000 to light up the invading army, have francs. He is said to have delivered had their share in increasing the ap- a long and eloquent speech in his deprehensions of the war.
Whatever fence. be the cause, a momentary stop has certainly been put to the military
The enlightened and virtuous LloPrince TALLEYRAND made an elo- renti, whose banishment from France, quent speech in support of the amend.
at the instance of the Pope's Nuncio,