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Mrs. E. Filliter-Rev. Mr. Barker-Mrs. P-well. dowed with such qualities, it is scarce manners, which would have secured her necessary to add, that under those suffer- a gratifying reception in the circles of ings peculiar to her disorder, she await. gaiety and fashion, and, at the same ed with patience and resignation the time, endowed with talents which would termination of her mortal life, which have qualified her to shine in the purhappened on May 9, when she expired suits of mental culture, she gave herself without a groan, in the full and assured up to the faithful discharge of the doo hope of a glorious resurrection.
mestic duties. Per abilities and good
JUVENIS. sense, were, for some time, exercised " May - at Wareham, Dorset, Mrs. in the early education of two promising ELIZA FILLITER, youngest daughter children. Maternal tenderness did not of Thrmas Brown Esq. of the same town. in her degenerate into foolihsly indulgent This amiable lady was married in the fondness; he was able to give up her beginning of the present year, to Mr. F. own gratification for their future good. a repectable attorney at Wareham. Indeed she could bear any thing for her Her prospects on her entrance into ac- children, as she has been known to say, tive life were singularly pleasing; but but she did not think she could bear alas! such is the instability of all sublu- their loss. That trial, however, was nary good, that she was destined to live in reserve for her. About the middle with her affectionate partner only the of 1805, in the space of a month, both short space of seventeen weeks. An in- were taken away from her. It was a flammation of the bowels carried her heavy stroke; for a time it was over. to her last home. Like young Timothy powering; but she knew the hand which of old, however, it was her happiness, inflicted it ; she learnt to trust though to have known the scriptures from her she could not trace, and she bowed subchildhood She was a member of the mi sively to the appointments of Provi. Presbyterian Church at Wareham, under dence. Again her hopes were raised the passo: al care of the Rev. 1. Thonias. by the birth of another child: bút, beThe calmness with which she met death, fore the bud of intellect and affection demonstrated the worth of religion in a had begun to open, that too was remov." dying hour. She was willing, yet noted from her. At first she seemed to anxious to live-ready, but not importu- sink under the accumulation of sorrow; nate to be eased from her pains by death. but it was not for a long time; she rose Often, during her illness, did she ex. superior to it with the placidness of repress her thankfulness for youthful piety. signation. • Father, not my will, buc *Death-bed repentance,' would she say) thine, bę done,' was now the language ! I always thought very dangerous, be- of her heart. It was a noble instance of cause very uncertain, and now, I am the power of religious principle; and a more than ever convinced of its fatal noble example she has set to tho.e who impropriety. Let me die the death of are now called upon to deplore her loss. the ri, hteous."
Another, and a healthful babe, produc.“ June 28. The Rev. Mr. BARKER ed a renewal of maternal pleasures and
of Burslem, an occasional preacher at anxieties. For a little time they were the Methodist Chapel, in Stafford. In her's; and then she suddenly sunk into the midst of his discourse on Sunday the silent slumbers of the tomb. cvening, he expired suddenly, without Thy ways, O Lord, are little known any previous simptoms of illness, and To our weak, erring, sight; fell from the pulpit, to the great terror Yet shall our souls believing own, and amazement of the congregation." That all thy ways are right.
Press. « Her religious belief coincided with " On Monday, July 6th, after an ill-.ch
the Unitarian system. It would have ness of less than two days, Mis. POW. ELL, wife of Mr. Joseph Powell, Mer
been unnecessary to mention this, were chant' in Exeter. T'he loss of this truly think the Unitarian tenets capable of
. it not the fact, that numbers cannot excellent woman, will long be deeply felt, not merely in the doniestic circle, ir
ply affording consolation in the hour of dism
ffo but among those who had the privilege the
isess. The great modern defender of of her friendly regard. Pos e ,scd of
lege those tenets, felt their efficacy both in in elegance and a genuine polish
purifying the heart, and in supporting of
under afliction : it has been feit, too
Miss Martba Fordham. by many who, beyond the little circle youth, health, and beauty are as the of their friends, have been unknown flower of grass, the grass withereth, and both in their life and in their death; it the flower falleth; thus do human beings was felt by her whose loss we mourn. fade away in their ways. It seemed to be her earnest desire and "In the 9th year of her age, she was aim, to regulate her affections and acti- attacked with a fever, from which she ops by the will of God; and though we very slowly recovered, and from that mourn her loss, and sympathize with period symptoms of the decline of which those who must most feel it, we sorrow she died, began to make their appearnot as those who have no hope ; for we ance. The remainder of her life (which look forwards to a period, when, with comprehended 9 years of sickness, with all who have faithfully acted up to the few and short intervals of health,) were - light they possess, she will be received, years of great interest to those who delight by her Great Master, into tho e regions in the contemplation of religious and where sin and sorrow will be known no moral improvement, considering it not more"
only as the one thing needful, but as the chief ornament of our nature, and the only foundation of lasting happi.
ness. Of her it may be truly said, Feb. 18, at her brother's house, at that as her outward man decayed, her Ashwell, near Royston, in the 17th year inward man of intellectual and moral of her age, Miss MARTHA FORD. improvement increased. HAM, daughter of Mr. George F. of "To her young companions it may not Sandon.
be improper here to remark that her life · We have taken the first opportunity was a complete confutation of the scale
which our limits would allow, to give objection so often urged, that a close · an interesting account of this young lady, attention to religion in youih, destroys with which we have been favoured. She the spirits, and creates gloomy di posiwas accustomed to worship in a small tions. Alive as she always was to the coogregation in her neighbourhood, chief. subjects of religion, I appeal to all who ly Unitarians. These with a consise- knew her, if she was not habitually ency which we wish were less uncom- cheerful, even to gaiety.' Indeed no - mon, instead of joining any of the Tri- persons can have so ju t reason for cheernitarian Societies around them, assem- fulness as they who by the exercise of a ble together for prayer, reading, and good conscience live in a good degree exposition of the scripturcs, different to their own approbation. There were members taking a part without the as- certain dispositions so pre-eminent in sistance of a settled minister. To this her, that you need not be reminded of congregation, on the Sunday after Miss them, they will always be associated F.'s interment, the following address with her remembrance; such as the was delivered by one of her near rela- most child-like simplicity, the most pure tions.
disinterestedness, and friendship the " It will be recollected by most present most ardent; dispositions it should be that our dear young friend (whose de recollected, which if not found in youth, parture from this life, we have assembled are rarely the growth of maturer years. ourselves together, not so much to de. Another trait of her character fre-h in plore as to improve) was during the first every one's recollection, was the lively 8 years of her life, the very picture of interest she took in conversing with, health, and her days promised to be and usefully amusing children, ar perextended as long as that of any who now sons much inferior to herself in years hear me. But it pleased the all-wise and understanding. Considering the Disposer of events, who numbereth our culture she had bestowed upon her own days, to call her away in the morning of mind beyond her years, this may ap· life, adding another instance to the pear a little extraordinary. It of en hapmany we have witnessed, that health pens in society, that the clderly part of is no security against the stroke of death; ihe company converse upon subjects only tbus verifying the sentiment of inspira- interesting to themselves, and the young vjon, that all flesh is grass, and that are consigned over to neglect. The
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Miss Maribe Fordham. benevolence of her mind disposed her at capacity, have acquired great eminence all times to take up the negle-ted and by simply adhering to a wi e division of forsaken She also found them docile time. To the want of this it often hapdisposed to receive happiness, and to be pens that the great duties of private dethe instrument of diffu ing it, was to her votion, seli-examination, and reading a pure source of joy, making good the the scripture are so imperfectly performsaying o' her great Master. it is more ed, and sometimes altogether ornitted, blessed to give than to receive.' It will even by those who look upon their perbe years before I can forget, how her formance as indispensate christian obcountenance was lighted up with hene- ligations. Though it is obiefly in a relivolence the most tender and sweet, at gious and moral point of view, I wish the unexpected sight of her young ac. to exhibit her example, yet her persequaintan e.
vering indu.try in a qui ing useful know“ Although she was far from exalting ledge is worthy of your imitation It is the in-trumental duties beyond the mo- genera ly said, God has made uz rational ral, her conduct in this respect was beings; it is more correct to say, he has worthy of imitation. As far as health given to us the materials by which if we permitted, and sometimes beyond it, be not wanting to our elves, we may she attended public worship, nor did become truly rational. Considering, say she come in late, to the disturbance of some, the shortness and uncertainty of those assembled, nor discourage by life, is it worth while to pres, upon the drowsiness those who were employed in minds of children, any knowledge exlaying before the society the fruits of cept what is necessary for trade, or purely their meditations. On the contrary, religious? Our young friend was cut she took heed both how and what she off in the spring time of life, yet who heard, always happy to repeat the sub- could regret her attention to general ject, stating her opinion in a way that knowledge, or did not perceive the becould offend no per on, but edify all. nefit she derived from it? The pursuit . A letter written to her father, which of knowledge afforded occupation to her passed through my hands more than two mind; idle amusements were not desisyears ago, proves how much she made ed, retirement was disrobed of its religion the business of her life. At the gloom, the foundation of a so id and time of writing it, she wa, only 15 years thoughtful mind was laid ; constant exof age, removed from the eye of her pa- ertion led to penetration, and judgment, rent, being 70 miles from home, attend- induced habits of diligence and patience; ed by a female friend about her own age. and thus it was, she brought to the sa
Being,' as she observed, a stranger in cred volume a mind strengthened and a strange place, we have no vi its to pay matured, better prepared and qualified or receive, and we therefore devote ours to di tingnish the important truths of selves to two great objects, health and revelation from the creeds and comments mental improvement, and as nothing is of fallible men. As a proof of the use done well which is not done with re?u- of past mental labours, at some periods larity, we divide our time between bath of the greatest extremity of pain, she ing, books, and walking, regularly read. hit upon ihe expedient of imposing upon ing every day, in order, a portion of the herself the intellectual exertion of rescriptures, also some good theological peating the first elements of the differwork. The work now reading is Dr. ent sciences she had learnt, endeavouring Priestley's Institutes of Natural and Re. by a voluntary task, to 'abstract her vealed Religion.' After making a varimind from the pains of the body. ety of observations equally interesting, “Let us now approach the concluding the letter is concluded by saying, “I do scenes of her life. Wearisome days and not write these things through vanity, nights were appointed her; seven weeks but amongst the many reasons why I she was confined to her bed, enduring wish to be found in my duty, one is the 'much pain, with only short intervals of desire of your approbation.'
comparative ea:e; did she give way to “Those of you, my young friends, who unavailing lamentations? to murmut. have read birgraphy, must have obse v- ings and repinings? No; on the con.. "ed that many persons of ordinary natural trary, if a sigh or a groan escaped her,
she was dissatisfied with herself, so per- of her friends in dring for her what she fect was her conviction of the divine could roInnger do for herself, when he wi dom and goodness, th it she endured observed their anxiety, perceiving that affic ions with the most exemplary sub- if any human care or int: cession could mis ion. With her it was a favourite avail, they wou d snatch her from imsentiment, that a Being absoluteiy wise pending dan ge! ; when she beheld them and good, couid have no other end in sacrificing health, ease, and rest, to adcreating man, but the happiness of man. minister to her comfort, hoiding nothing For the same reasons she would argue, dear to them, that is it were the will of were amictions appointed, that by the God she might be re tored and retained; proper exercise of patience and submis- acinated by gratitude and affection the sion to the divine will, we may be bet- most lively, death was an undesirable ter prepared to enter his presence. Such event, on'y because it was a temporary, was her confidence in the parental good- separation from her friends. On these ness of God, and his essential mercy and other accounts had it buen the Di. Jevealed through the Son of his love, to vine will, she would have been well all who sincerely and diligently desire to pleased with a further extension o her know and do his will, that he never at any day. But if she was desirous of life, one time expressed the least fear of death when the Divine will was sinified, or its consequences. On this subject when the me senger arrived, she was her mind was perfectly at ease. Never- not unwiling to die. A ked by her theless I shall not conceal from you, her father, only a few minutes before her attachment to, and preference for life, departure, how she was ? she replied if it had been the will of God; and this with a composed and happy countenance, can easily be accounted for. Not with. I shall soon be released,' and after wave standing ill health, she had a great reli hing her hand for her siter, (who had for human life; books, with which she most affectionately watched over her was liberally supplied, afforded her great through every stage of her iliness) to pleasure. The ill state of her health leave the room, she fell asleep. I doubt required frequent journies to distant not but some present under the first imparts of the island, which gratified her pression of their loss, may be disposed to curiosity. Her good sense, vivacity, adopt the language of Thomas, on hear. the suavity of her manners, and above ing of the death of Lazarus, his friend, all, the virtucs of her heart, gained her 'Let us go, that we may die likewise;' friends both at home and abroad, and but other desires and language are more during her last illness, she had sketched suitable, Let us live as she lived, that out with care and attention, plans of when the night of death comes, having usefulness, to which she seriou ly de- fini hed our task, we may retire as calni, signed to devote herself in the education composed and happy as he did'; let us of the children of the poor, from which not be slothful buc followers of those, -she promi ed herseif much happiness. who through faith and patience now in
Besides, affection did not bind others herit the promises." to her more ciosely chan she was bound
E. F, .10 them. When she saw the solicitude
the cause, from Hampshire and London The Annual Meeting of the SOUTH. and it is with pleasure we hear hat maERN UNITARIAN SOCIETY ap- ny volunteered their aid toward, propointed to be held at HORSHAM, Sus:Ex, moting the extension of the pure and on the eighth of July, was very respectsimple doctrine of the go.pe, by adding ably attended, not only by the members their names as annual subscribers to the of the society in the neighbourhood, but society. also by several members and friends to
The sermon in the morning was · VI. That the UNITARIAN FUND for preached by the Rev. Mr. Pasker of the support of itinerant preaching, havLewes. It was much approved, and is ing been attended with greater success to be printed for the use and at the ex- chan could have been expected, but pense of the society The evening- wanting additional pecuniary aid to make service was numerously attended. The it more extensively useful, it is the opi. Rev. Abraham Bennet of Dichling dc. nion of this meeting that it ought to be livered a discourse, which was plain, zealously supported. simple and impressive. The meeting VII. That a number of books to the was conducted with much zeal and una. value of ten pounds, be given by this nimity. The conversation was interest- society to the managers of the UNITAing and animating On the whole, there Rian FUND, for the purpose of being could not well be a more useful or plca- distributed by their preachers. sa: t assemblage of friends.
VIII. That a number of books to the John Chatfield, Esq. was called to the same amount, be given to the WELSH chair. After the ordinary business of UNITARIAN SOCIETY, for the purthe meeting was transacted, and the pose of distribution. state of the funds with the accounts of IX. That the WESTERN UNITAthe society explained by the secretary, RIAN SOCIETY, with whom we wish and agreed to by the treasurer, the fol- to cherish a friendly intercourse, be inlowing resolutions passed unanimously. vited to concur with us in the promotion
I. That it is the opinion of this meet. of these several objects, and that our -ing, that a monthly periodical publica- secretary be desired to commence a cortion, supported by men of ability, and respondence with their secretary for this open to writers of all denominations, purpose. may have a powerful influence in pro- * . That our secretary be de ired to moting a spirit of liberality, and serving make known to the Western Society, the cause of rational religion, among the sentiments we entertain respecting persons who may want time or inclina- the two Societies holding their annual zion to peruse long and elaborate trea- meetings occasionally at the same place. tises.
XI. 'That wishing to see an increase of 11. That the MONTHLY REPOSITORY such valuable practical works, as contain is a work which answers the above de- nothing inconsistent with the Unitarian scription.
doctrine, we recommend to the public Ill. That impressed with a sense of attention, two volumes of Family Serits utility, we recommend it to the at- mons, partly selected, and partly origitention of the members of Unitarian nal, which the Rev. James Hews congregations, and particularly advise Bransby, of Dudley, in Worcestershire, that each congregation purchase one or is now preparing to publish by subscribe more copies, for the purpose of circula- tion. ring among those of its members who XII. That the thanks of the meeting may not find it convenient to purchase it be given to the chairman, for his able for themselves.
conduct in the chair. IV. That it is highly desirable, that XIII. That the thanks of the meeting proper steps be taken to introduce into be given to John Kirkpatrick, Eq the public worship of Unitarian congre- Treasurer, and John Fullagar, Esq. Segation, the edition of Archbishop New. cretary, for their zealous and diligent come's Translation of the New Testa- attention to the interests of this soment, which is now preparing for the ciery. press.
XIV. That our next annual meeting V. That as it is of the utmost import- be held at Dicbling, in this county, and ance that christian ministers should be that the Rev. Mr. Blake, of Crewkherne weil furnished with useful knowledge, be invited to preach on the occasiop; particularly those branches of knowledge, or in case of his failure, the Rev. Ruse more immediately connected with their sel Scott, of Portsmouth. profession, we earnestly recommend to
JOHN CHATFIELD, the patronage of che public, the Aca.
Chairman DEMY AT YORK, under the ablc direction of Mr. Wellbeloved.