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made good his general proposition; greater consideration than has been whether its application in every in- given to it in modern times, and the stance be just and whether more might religious public is indebted to the not have been usefully said of the learned preacher for bringing it for. exceptions to the rule, may admit of ward. inquiry. The subject is entitled to



De Corsica.
Barbara præruptis insula est Corsica saxis

Horrida desertis undique vasta locis;
Non poma Autumnis, segetes non educat Æstas,

Canaque Palladio munere bruma caret;
Umbrarum nullo Ver est lætabile fætis,

Nullaque in infausto nascitur herba solo;
Non panis, non haustus aquæ, non ultimus ignis;

Hic sola bæc duæ sunt, Exsul et Exilium.

The rude bleak rocks that guard this Isle express
The savage prospect of its nakedness,-

A Besart all around;
No golden fruit the mellow Autumn flings

Upon the fertile ground ;-
No rip'ning cropsthe smiling Summer brings,
No Winter-olive grows,

(“Palladio munere") No where Spring spreads around her leafy wings,

Her Zephyr never blows ;-
No verdure blooms within this hapless Isle

'Neath show'r and sunshine born ;-
No flowers,-10 crystal streams,-no Funeral pile

Around which friends may mourn ;-
Ah here! from all Man's sweet Society apart,
But these exist,--Sad Exile and a Banished Heart.

R. B.


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* Of the eight Epigrams," Hæc in schædis Pythæanis palam Senecae adscribuntur," in the folio edition, this is one, and “ De Temporam Mutabilitate," inserted and paraphrased in the Repository for August, p. 479, is another. The latter being there erroneously stated to be a passage in one of Seneca's Tragedies.

What a striking illustration this Epigram presents of the intluence of Exile, in acerbating the mind, even of a great man! Barren, however, as Corsica may be, it gave birth to another, and more celebrated exile-Napoleon.

To find such men as Seneca and Napoleon, as well as some of the most distinguished of our own countrymen pining in exile, while it may cause us to heare a sigh for the weakness of human nature, should teach us how to prize the blessings of society and liberty.

R. D.


1823. July 20, at Dundee, Scotland, within some years of his death, conducted of a short illness, David Hughs, for a large boarding and day-school. In this many years a member of the Unitarian capacity he gained the gratitude of many church in that place. He was a member excellent persons, who considered themof the first Unitarian church established selves under great obligations to him for in Scotland, by Mr. Christie, of Mon- the ability and faithfulness with which he trose ; and also the first who joined Mr. discharged the duties of his station. The Palmer in Dundee, where he gave zealous respected subject of this notice was reand effectual support to that gentleman, markable for a quickness of susceptibility, in his endeavours to establish a Unitarian which, while it sometimes evinced itself church in that place.

in a trausient irritability of temper, rendered him liabitually alive to every call

of duty, and disposed him to take a deep August 28, at Bridport, the Rev. interest in the welfare of all who had MATTHEW Anstis. A few particulars, claims upon him. His readiness to symwhich have been ascertained respecting pathize with sufferiug, his lively concern the life of one who was known to many for the welfare of mankind, especially as readers of the Monthly Repository, and a identified with the progress of truth and brief notice of bis worth of character, liberty, and his liberality, amounting at will, perhaps, not be thought unsuitable times to profusion, in pecuuiary contribufor insertion here. Mr. Anstis was born tions, whether for the aid of individuals at St. Germaids, in Cornwall, Feb. 27, or for public purposes, will not soon be 1740. A near relative gives the following forgotten by those who had the best opaccount of his early history : “ You are portunities of estimating his character. aware that his situation in the country, in ju rather early life Mr. Austis adopted early life, prevented him from having the the Unitariau system, and was an arowed benefit of a classical education, and it was believer in “ One God and oue Mediator not until about the 17th year of his age between God and men, the man Christ that he entered upon a course of study Jesus," at a time when the great majority with the Rev. Thomas Morgan, the Dissent- of Uvitarians in the West of England ing minister at Liskeard, preparatory to still held Arian opinions respecting the his going to the Academy at Carmarthen, person of Christ. Although he withdrew where I find he was in the years 1762 from the charge of a congregation, he and 1763, uuder the tuition of the Rev. still occasionally preached, and never reJames Thomas. Here he formed an ac- laxed in his zeal for the diffusion of pure quaintance with Mr. David Jones, late of Christianity. The writer of this knew Newberry, and corresponded with this Mr. Anstis only after the burden of fourgentleman till his death a few years ago ; score years had impaired his energies, he also corresponded with his tutor for and is therefore not competent to speak some years. I think he must have left of what he was in the full vigour of life. the Academy about the year 1765, and It was pleasing, however, to observe that gone to serve the Dissenting Meeting- amidst bodily and mental infirmities, he house at Falmouth : but as his religious never ceased to realize the full assurance views did not accord with the general of faith in the One Truc God, the God tove of his congregation, and as he was and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and not inclined to conceal what he believed, that this faith enabled the sufferer to he did not long remain there, but in the express his firm conviction, in the subyear 1766 went to Colyton, in Devonshire, lime and beautiful sentiment of the venewhere he preached for a short time, not, rable Lindsey, that “ all things are from I thiuk, more than a year, and kept a God, and for good to all." school. I hardly know when he first

W. B. G. went to Bridport, but I think it must have been about the year 1767." For a [Mr. Anstis was a liberal contributor few years after he became a resident in to various Unitarian charities, under the Bridport, Mr. Anstis performed the du- signature of Senex Cornubiensis. He held ties of the pastoral office to a small so- a peculiar opinion with regard to the ciety of Dissepters at a village in the Lord's Supper, which he asserted and vicinity. He was induced, however, by defended in several volumes of the Monthwhat particular circumstances does not ly Repository, in papers signed P. K. appear, after a time to devote his atten- 'The reader is referred to Vol. III. p. 495, rion to the education of youth, and till and Vol. X. pp. 571 and 749. There is

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also a paper of his, “ on the Judgment than he had; or could more easily and of the World by Jesus Christ," Vol. III. thoroughly see into the real character p. 39, to which his intimate friend, the and intentions of men. He was distialate Mr. Howe, of Bridport, replied in guished for a love of order, and executed the same volume, pp. 563 and 605.] any little mechanical work, of wbich be

was very fond, with peculiar neatness. Oct. 1, at Key, West Thomson's Island, and was no mean judge of painting; and

He had an exquisite relish for poetry, West Indies, Lieutenant STEPAEN Ro. GERS, of the American Marine Corps, the had he applied his attention to it, it is

believed, by some who were acquaiotel sixth and only surviring son of the venerable William Rogers, D. D., of Phila- with him, that he would have been no delphia. He was carried off in the 24th "This opinion is formed from a portrait of

mean proficient in this charwieg ant. year of his age by the yellow fever, and the Musical Coal Man, which he executed which he is supposed to have caught by attendance upon the sick ; so that he fen during his residence in the metropolis

. a sacrifice to his humanity! He appears

As a tradesman, Mr. Wood's punctuality, to have been an amiable and interesting prudence and industry were exemplary youth, possessing all those qualities which which, together with the urbanity of his endear the child to the parental heart. manners, and his cheerful accommodating In 1818, he graduated at Brown Univer: temper, rendered him very successful. la sity, Providence, Rhode Island, and sub- social intercourse he was a delightful sequently at Nassau College, New Jersey: circle in which he appeared. He had a

companion ; the life of every friendly At both of these literary institutions his rich fund of anecdotes, which he used to talents and attainments ensured to him academical distinetion. Having entered relate with great propriety and charm;

sometimes with the most pertinent effect; the navy of the United States, he was acting

under Commodore Porter, the ob he often benefited while he pleased, “ and ject of whose commission was, with his laughing could instruct.” He was also, squadron, to scour the seas of those pi- ligious professions, a sincere and pious

though peculiarly uppretending in his rerates by which they had been long in- Christian ; whilst he lived in' London, he fested. A favourite with his superior attended upon the ministrations of the officers, he would have risen to ensinence Rev. Francis

Spilsbury and the Rev. Hogh in the service of his beloved country. But

Farmer. For their memory be erer rethese flattering prospects have been ter

tained the utmost. reference, and used minated by a premature dissolution. Mys. terious Ruler—so it hath seemed good in often to express his thankfulness to Prothy sight! His excellent parents, and vidence, which had so disposed his lat, three sorrowing sisters, whose loss is ir

as to permit him to enjoy the ministry of reparable, have drunk too deeply into the two such mea; from which he had, as spirit of the glorious gospel of the blessed

was very evident through all bis succeedGod, uot to bow submissively to the will ing life, derived the most important and of heaven. In the eye of Christian faith, if not quite a regular, attendant on the

lasting benefit. He was also a frequedi, and beneath the beamings of Christian hope, these distressing bereavements are evening lectures of the Rev. Dr. Fordvee, « only so much taken from the enjoy, he attended at the Upper Chapel, upon

at Monkwell Street. While at Sheffield ment of time to eurich the prospect of the valuable ministerial services of ibe eternity !"

Rev. Messrs. Evans and Dickenson, a J. E.

November 7, at Bury, Lancashire, in • Mr. Dickenson the writer of this the 83rd year of his age, Mr. ABRAM article never knew; but he has often Wood, ironmonger, of this place. He heard him spoken of in the highest terms was the son of a respectable farmer, a by those who did know him, both as a truly conscientious and pious man, aod man and a preacher. Mr. Evans was one was born at Stubbins, about four miles of the first friends of the writer's minisdistant. In the early part of his life Mr. terial life ; and a better Christian, or a Wood lived in London. He afterwards more judicious divine, he has verer opened a shop as an ironmouger in Shef- known? He was, indeed, a scribe well field, whence, more than forty years ago, instructed to the kingdom of God; and he removed to this town, where he has of him it may, with the greatest justice, continued in the same line of business be said, ever since. Mr. Wood was possessed of a very strong, intelligent, comprehensive

“ He shewed the path to heaven, and and penetrating mind. Few persons have

led the way.à

greater knowledge of the human heart The writer would have felt uneasy if be circumstance which he often spoke of stance deserves particular notice; after with the warmest gratitude and pleasure. he found himself, from the infirmities of As long as ever the state of his health age, incapable of attending much to buwould permit, he was a constant and siness, he spent a very cousiderable porexemplary attendant on the public exer- tion of his time in the perusal of the cises of religion. He felt a very warm Scriptures, and, in a peculiarly neat and interest in the welfare of the religious legible hand, transcribing, in well-arsociety to which he belonged, and cook ranged and orderly sections, those pas. particular pleasure in superintending and sages which most struck him. This pracdirecting any work that was to be done tice, as he observed to the writer of this about the chapel, a task that was always account, he found of great service to him assigned him by his fellow-worshipers. under the weakness with which the apAlthough his catholicism was unbounded, proach of mortality was attended, "I and he loved, as he was loved by most, cannot now reason much," said he, “but good men of all parties and denomina. different passages of Scripture are often tions, he was a firin Dissenter and a steady, occurriug to my mind, and afford me consistent Unitarian, using that term in suitable and unspeakable consolation." its broad, legitimate sense, i.e. as com- He could look up to his hearenly Father, prehending all who pray to God the. Fa- and say, ther only, through Jesus Christ our Lord. When nature sinks and spirits droop, Mr. Wood married Miss Jackson, of Thy promises of grace Leeds, one of the best of women, and to Are pillars to support my hope, whom he was always a most kind and

And there I write thy praise." affectionate husband. He was particularly distinguished by the tender attention Thus, lived and thus died this excellent he paid her during a heavy affliction, un- man! By his decease many persons have der which she laboured for many years, been deprived of an esteemed acquaintin the latter part of her life. She died

ance; some of a valuable beloved relative; about seven years ago. By her he had the Christian society to which he belonged

wo sons, who survive him, and by whom of a consistent, greatly-respected, and its their father's memory will be ever held oldest member; and what is of greater dear. By the wise and judicious treat.

inoment siill, the world has lost an ho. ment of them he adopted, by making nest man. But the day is coming when himself their companion and friend, he they shall see him again! May all who rendered his intercourse with them de- knew and respected bim imitate bis rir. lightful, their home desirable and happy, thes; that their latter end may be like and formed them to usefulness and re

his. And when they shall have accom. pectability. As Mr. Wood's life had been plished their appointed course of duty houourable, useful and pious, bis death, and trial, may they, like him, hare only as might be expected, was attended by to wait for their reward, from the Capthat peace which marks the end of the tain of their salvation. perfect and upright man. One circum

W. A. Bury, November 22, 1823.

had not paid this feeble tribute of grateful November 13, in his 66th year, Mr. respect to the memory of this, good man, CHARLES TAYLOR, late of Halton Garden, He hopes, also, to be excused if he uses the London. He was for many years the present as an opportunity to express his Editor and Principal Contributor of the best wishes for the prosperity and happi- Literary Panorama. He distinguished ness of the religious society assembling himself in the Baptist Controversy, by at the Upper Chapel, Sheffield, and for publishing “ Facts and Evidences on the the abundant success of the labours of Subject of Baptism." The public are iotheir present excellent minister. From debted to him for a new and improved the fathers of the present members of edition of Dr. Wells's useful book on that body, perhaps from some few present Scripture Geography. But his most varemaining members themselves, he re- luable work is Calmet's Dictionary, which ceived the most kind and friendly atten- he published with Facts and Hlustrations, țions, during his residence in their neigh- &c. It is thought that the labour of getbourhood in early life ; and while memory ting a fourth and much-improved edition lasts, the recollection of the many de- of that work through the press hastened lightful hours he has passed among them, his dissolution. both in the house of God and the enjoy ment of private social intercourse, will 17, at Almondale, in Scotland, in be ever dear; while his heart can breathe his 75th year, the Right Hon. THOMAS a wish, its most fervent wishes will be Lord Erskine. (Of this distinguished breathed for the welfare of that society. advocate and friend of Liberty, we shall probably communicate some further ac. consigned to the narrow house. The count hereafter.)

occasion was improved by a discourse

from our Lord's words,-" Therefore be Nov. 18, at Bristol, aged 64, after a ye also ready." short illness, the Rev. SAMUEL LOWELL, upwards of twenty-four years minister of Dec. 7, at Bridport, JOSEPH GUNDRY, the lodependent Chapel in Bridge Street, Esq., aged 73. The subject of this no of that city. He possessed respectable tice passed through life in the modest talents and enjoyed considerable reputa- discharge of its various duties, and extation as a preacher. He was generally perienced few of those vicissitudes which supposed to belong to that large class of furnish matter for interesting biography. Christians who are called Moderate Cal. In every relation of domestic and comvivists. He was formerly minister of a mercial life, he secured the affection and congregation of that faith at Woodbridge, esteem of those who knew him, by his in Suffolk. Whilst there he published, in unpretending excellence of character. As 1794, “ Two Sermons," entitled, “ The a member of religious society, his firmi Mystery of Providence and Grace, and attachment to Unitarian principles, his The Sins of Britain,” and, in 1795, a readiness to aid in promoting their diffuSermon against “ Superstition,"

,” “ Sug- sion, and his exemplary regularity in gested by the late Consecration of Colours atteuding the worship of God, demand in various parts of this Kingdom." The particular notice. Till within a fortfree sentiments contained in the latter night of his death, he ceased not to ocwere far from pleasing to some of the cupy his place in the house “ where author's religious connexious. About prayer is wont to be made,” although the time of his leaving Woodbridge for for many months the infirmities of age Bristol, Mr. Lowell published au 8vo. pressed so heavily upon him, that no. volume of Sermons, which have been thing but a deep conviction of the imporpraised for their moderation, good sense) tance of the service could have sustained aud easy composition.

him in the performance of it. His family

and friends treasure up the recollection 29, aged 26 years, Ann, wife of of his various excellencies with pensive James Hill, Esq., Wisbeach.

pleasure, and are encouraged to hope

that he was in some good measure qualiDec. 19, at Wisbeach, Mrs. Fardell, fied, by humble piety and sterling virtue, wife of Mr. Fardell, Leather Merchant. for admission to the society of the blessed She was present at Mrs. Hill's Funeral in the life to come. Sermon apparently in good health, and ou

W. B. G. the second Sunday after, she was herself


forth from individuals present a series of DOMESTIC.

interesting speeches, some of which fur. Unilarian Chapel in the Potteries. nished the company with most gratifying

information as to the progress of that The above Chapel was opened for righteous cause in this and in other parts public worship on Wednesday, November of the world. The pervading spirit of 19. The introductory part of the morn- the meeting, seemed to be one of satising service was conducted by the Rer. faction and delight, not unmingled with H. Hutton, of Birmiugham, and the Rev. wonder at the new and pleasing situation J. H. Bravsby, of Dudley, after which, in which they were placed, that being the the Rev. R. Aspland preached an appro- first meeting of the kind ever held in this priate sermon from Acts xxiv. 14–16. important and populous district. In the The discourse was, an Apology for the erening, the Rev. J. Yates delivered a Professors of Unitarianism, the topics of discourse on the Superior Obligations to which were suggested by the language Virtuous Conduct arising from the Suand conduct of the Apostle of the Gen. perior Purity of Unitarian Principles. tiles. After the service, the ministers on the following evening, a aud other friends, who favoured us with

was preached at Newcastle, distant from their presence, sat down to an economical Hanley about two miles, by the Rer. dinner, Mr. Aspland in the Chair. When J. H. Bransby, on the Advantages of the cloth was with m, a succession of Public Worship; and, on the following sentiments and pames were given from Sunday, Mr. Aspland preached again the Chair, connected with the cause of at Hanley twice. The services were truth, virtue and liberty, which called well attended, and the collection liberal,


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