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nor attempt to appear an advocate for any other party besides that which shall stand upon Mount Sion. There it will be seen how sincerely I have been, and so far as occasion offers, am yet

"Your's, affectionately, &c." "Bristol, Oct. 5,1773."

The third was on the death of Mrs. Lanfear, the pious sister of Mrs. Winter.

The fourth was on the death of Mr. John Fryer, of Frampton upon Severn.

The fifth was on the death of Mr. Zacharias Horlock, of Painswick, aged ninety-two.

He published a charge delivered at the ordination of the Editor; and another at the ordination of Mr. Golding, who was also one of his students.

Some valuable reflections are annexed to the life of Mrs. Joanna Turner without his name. Some may not be aware of this, but he was " The worthy dissenting minister" who is there said to have furnished them.

He sent various communications, especially obituary and biographical, to the magazines, which I cannot specify. The life of Mr. Hogg, and of Mr. Adams were written by him.

He was idly appointed final Editor of the Thpological Magazine, but others engrossed all the influence, and no papers were ever sent him. He wrote the preface to that work, which some one contrived to spoil before it was printed.

Mr. Winter frequently mentioned a design to publish some memoirs of that very extraordinary character Salmanazer, but the intention was never executed. This is the more to be lamented as he was peculiarly intimate with him, and attended him in his dying moments. Mr. Winter had hope in his death. He had a fine original portrait of him as large as life. But we hasten to observe him finally— As A Christian.

Of the carbuncle it is remarked that it looks on fire, but when touched it is as cold as other stones. There are persons who soon rectify our mistakes concerning them, by our intercourse with them. They will not endure close inspection. Their piety is official rather than personal. It consists in certain exercises and appearances which are resigned with the occasions that require them: and in company they are the merry companions, the temporizing associates; in the house, the cruel husbands, the negligent fathers, the tyrannical masters.

But it was otherwise with Mr. Winter. His private life was not only consistent with his

public character, but surpassed it. We respect him as a man of letters and knowledge, we love him as a tutor, we revere him as a preacher: but as a christian he excelleth in glory.

And here I find it impossible to do any thing that is very satisfactory to my own mind, or that will probably meet the sanguine wishes of those who intimately knew him. The amiable-r ness and holiness of his daily walk, were so invariable, that, as the whole cannot be produced, so reasons to determine the selection of particular parts are not easily found. Facts, like quotations, are not always specimens; they may rise above the general practice, or be peculiar to themselves, but here the various excellences we adduce are instances; and may be compared to small samples severed from a large piece of beautiful, finely woven cloth; they are of the very same texture and color with the whole, and would have appeared to better advantage in their original connexion than in their detached form. For fifty years here is a man unchangeable in all the varieties of life; by the grace of God, holding on his way without drawing back, or turning aside, or standing still, or even seeming to come short; what the scripture calls a perfect and an upright man, one that fearethGod and escheweth. evil.—Such an one we are called to "Mark and behold."'

His mode of living was very simple and plain. There was nothing superb in his house, nothing superfluous or costly at his table, but a plenitude of wholesome fare attended with such a graceful welcome, and such an agreeable in ter-course, that whoever visited him was more than satisfied, though he might not find all the foolish and gouty indulgences, to which he had been generally accustomed. In a letter to his dear friend Mr. L—e, in acknowledgment of a favor received from him, he remarks, "My manner of life is happily adapted to the times, and as my wants are contracted, I feel none of the inconveniences which crowd upon many, who suppose the ministerial office must necessarily be attended with style, and therefore confound the distinction between a man of property and a minister. A more public situation for which I acknowledge myself unfit, may require an appearance with which I can with propriety dispense, and am bound to acknowledge, I can obtain all I want for myself and my dear wife, with the interest of .£400 which she brought me, and the £50 per annum which my situation produces. But I must be given to hospitality, and an attention to this duty seems to require a little augmentation for which I have trusted Providence, and Providence has honored the confidence reposed in it. The expenceof a plain meal, beyond which I never exceed, differs from that of a feast. Wherever I have been, the poor have closely attached to me, and in fact havebeen part of my family. For their sake I am thankful for such a friend as my dear Mr. L—e, who blesses me with his friendship, and honors me with his pecuniary favors, and affords me the pleasure, by giving me an opportunity to impart to others, which he himself feels in imparting to me."

His family worship was early both morning and evening. Reading the scripture always made a part of it, and a portion of Henry's Exposition generally accompanied it. Singing also was commonly blended with it. He was remarkably fond of psalmody, and could sing well himself. But—the prayer!—Though the frequency of the exercise, and the sameness of the circumstances tend to formality, and allow of little diversity, in domestic devotion; yet his addresses always seemed as new as they were appropriate, and as comprehensive and particular as they were short and free.* I shall

* Mr. Winter was never tiresome in domestic devotion. He often mentioned that Mr. Whitefield being at a friend's house,

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