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father secluding himself from ing at Broughton, first under public view, than ambitious of the ministry of the Rev. Mr. notoriety, while calmly and Lewis, and subsequently under steadily advancing in science, that of the Rev. Mr. Steadman, he was acquiring reputation, as the present valuable tutor to the a teacher of youth, without once Baptist Academy, at Bradford, making those efforts to circulate in Yorkshire. În 1793, Mr. the nature of his establishment, Steadman became more intinot improperly adopted by men mately connected with Mr. whose qualifications are indis- Webb's family, by marrying his
. putable. Without a single ad sister. At that time, Joseph vertisement, it was known at was about fourteen years of
age, each end of the kingdom, that and, as Mr. Steadman observes there resided at Birmingham, in a letter to the widow, “very an amiable and accomplished becoming and serious in his atinstructor; and, as well as in tendance on the worship of God, contiguous parts, it became an and very exemplary in the whole object of parental solicitude, of his deportment, and much. even in Scotland, so famed for inclined to learning. The first its systems of education, to sub-information of his inclination to mit the culture of the minds of the ministry I had from his fachildren to the superintendance ther, in a conversation on a of my friend.
journey, in the autumn of 1795. So growing was his reputation Upon further enquiry, I found that, notwithstanding the ad- he had been brought to a thoyance of his terms and the en- rough sense of the importance creased number of his pupils, of eternal things, and an entire there were generally applica- devotedness of himself to God tions, even down to the period of through Jesus Christ, by means his lamented death, to fill up va- of a sermon of mine from Matt. cancies as they occurred by the xvi. 26, delivered, at Wallop, removal of earlier pupils. on Lord's day afternoon, June
The few particulars of his 29th, 1794, nearly seventeen life, which either my enquiries months previous to my having or the kindness of his friends any knowledge of it. In Fehave supplied, are as follows: bruary, 1796, he was baptized
Mr. Webb was born at An- and received a member of the dover, in Hampshire, in 1779, church at Broughton; and, in whence his family removed the month of April following, when he was about three years came to reside with me at old. His father then settled at Broughton, beginning a course Quarley, in the same county; of study with a view to the miwhere he supported a respect- nistry. In the subsequent months. able character as a farmer. of July and August, he accom
The subject of this memoir panied Brother Saffery and mywas his second son. The fa- self in our first excursion into mily had been in the habit of Cornwall; and, if I mistake not, occasional attendance on divine preached, for the first time, in the worship, at the Baptist Meet-Baptist Meeting at Launceston.
Soon after his return, he was quent instances. It pleased God regularly called out to the mi- to smile upon my labours at nistry; and, during the remain- Tiverton. When I went, the der of his residence at my house, church was very much decayed, preached frequently in the neigh- and few came to its solemn bourhood. The whole of his feasts. At their weekly eventime he distinguished himself ing meetings they had often not for piety, zeal, and amiableness more than six oreight, and some of deportment. He made a very times still fewer. rapid progress in learning, so “ But, in the progress of the that he entered the academy at next year, several were baptized; Bristol, with some very con- two or three villages had weekly siderable advantages. Thither lectures, and our congregation he weht in August, 1797." was so far increased as to render - An unfinished letter from Mr. the erection of side galleries Webb to Dr. Marsham, of Se- eligible; which were put up and rampore, enables me to conti- paid for that autumn, and we had nue, with sufficient minuteness the pleasure of seeing thenceof detail, the history of his life, forward à pretty regular confrom the period of his leaving gregation of from four hundred Broughton till that of his set to five hundred people, many ttement at. Birmingham, from of whom were led to declare in which I will make a pretty full Zion what the Lord had done extract, as it refers to the part for their souls, and the prospect of his life most strongly marked' of usefulness was extensive and with variety of incident. *“ It encouraging; when it pleased was in the summer of 1797, the Most High, by one of those that I left Broughton, and en- dispensations, of which he giveth tered Bristol Academy, 'where no account to mortals, suddenly I became acquainted with you. and totally to lay me aside from My first vacation I spent at the ministry! Part of May and Broughton; my second, at Ox- June, 1804, I was requested to ford, when you sailed; and my visit the church at Plymouth,desthird, at Tiverton. In February titute in consequence of Mr. Winand March, 1801, I supplied terbotham's removal to Horsley. at Cannon Street, Birmingham. After the close of the service of On leaving the Academy that the last sabbath of my stay there, summer, I went, by invitation, I was a good deal disturbed by a again to Tiverton , and, before slight 'spitting of blood, but it the close of the year, was or- soon went off, and I little susdained there, and married. My pected the cause or the danger. dear wife's name was Chritiana I returned home, and felt no Jones, daughter of Mr. Jones, more till the end of June, when Wilder Street, Bristol, belong the rupture of another artery in ing to Broadmead; and to her the lungs, and a more copious kind care and unwearied atten- discharge, began such an era tention, I have been indebted, of agonizing affliction to myself under God, for the preservation and my dear partner, as my pen of my life in a thousand subse- is unable to describe, and-memory to detail. On July 14th, the progress of convalescence. 1804, after a three years' re- In all this season of retirement sidence at Tiverton, we finally and sorrow, I had many solemn left it for Bristol. The last reflections. I trust I had some week of that month witnessed ground of hope, that as to my a very violent and hopeless re- past ministry I had so declared lapse, to a degree hardly ever the counsel of God, as to stand surpassed, even when the pa- free from the blood of all men; tient eventually died: but he and those great doctrines of the who knoweth our frame mer- Gospel that were my chief topic cifully remembered we were then, were my only consolation dust, and directed us to the ad- now; nor had I ever before so vice of the late Dr. Beddoes, clear an impression of their truth at a period when every hope and their infinite value. And I was extinct. In a state of in- may truly say, for
dear wife fantine debility, I was removed and myself, · Unless the Lord to Clifton, and there, by his had been our support we had perecommendation of the digitalis rished in our afflictions. But, purpurea, the unremitting assi- blessed 'be his name, hitherto duities of my dear wife, and the he hath helped us.' blessing of our heavenly Father “ In the latter end of the upon their joint exertions, I autumn, 1805, I left Hampbegan imperceptibly to amend. shire and came to Bristol, and, So far as medicine was soon after, proceeded to Bircerned, the foxglove was the mingham on a visit of friendship, great article in checking that where, in the course of the year excess of arterial action that for 1806, my health having someso many wearisome nights and thing amended, a few friends months threatened the springs were desirous we should stay of life. The progress of con- and engage in the education of valescence was so slow, that youth. To this proposal we when, at Dr. Beddoes' recom-acceded, and took four pupils mendation, I left Clifton at the at the beginning of 1807 ; these latter end of October, for my soon increased to eight; and, father's house in Hampshire; I by the end of the year, we prowas unable to walk across the posed limiting our number to room without help, and, for a twelve, at which it still contilong time afterwards, did not nues. The very delicate and venture out of doors.
enfeebled state of my health “ In the beginning of April, rendered it necessary for me to 1805, still at my father's, though take an 'assistant, in whom I unable to walk any distance, I have been very comfortable ; was yet capable of taking a little and, though my constitution exercise on horseback, and ap- seems now settled down into a peared visibly gaining ground, state of permanent infirmity, when the imprudence of the sur- with ''occasional variations of geon, in taking blood from the worse land better, that renders arm, broughton a relapse, and re-me incapable of any extra effort, tarded, for many tedious months, of going 'much into society, of
any inclemency of the weather, less serviceable to support a and requiring unintermitted care, buoyancy of spirits under the imposing on my dear wife the accumulating load of disease. task of constant nursing, and It was, I believe, in the authe anxiety of constant fear; yet tumn of 1811, that Mr. Webb we have abundant reason to be was first introduced to this genthankful to that amazing mercy tleman's society. He had conby which we have been sup- sulted him on professional subported to the present hour! My jects, which led to the placing complaint is supposed, by some of his eldest son under Mr. medical men of skill, to ori- Webb's care. The intimacy ginate in a debility of the mus: encreased, and continued to furcular action of the heart, and nish Mr. Webb with one of the not to proceed immediately most interesting sources of plea-, from an affection of the lungs; sure from human society, which but, in either case, all hope of he enjoyed during the last few the resumption of the ministry years of his life. is expired. Who shall attempt It was in the beginning of to say to the Judge of all the September, 1814, that the hæearth, What does thou?" Ra- moptissis took place, which, in ther let me say, though my hopes six weeks, sunk him into the are crumbled into dust, Not shades of death. His complaint, my will, but thine be done!'”
from the first, was consumption, We now come to the closing which had its origin in the rupscenes of the life of my inesti- ture of a blood vessel, through mable friend. There is but one too great exertion; and which circumstance that occurred, sub- was retarded, for many years, sequent to the date of the above chiefly by his prudence, and the letter, of sufficient importance calmness of his temper. to be introduced into this brief This is the account of Dr. Memoir. This was the inti- Johnstone, to which I must, in macy formed with his physician, justice, add the skill of his Dr. Edward Johnstone, a gen- medical attendants, and the untleman uniting great urbanity of remitting attentions of an affecmanners with extensive classical tionate wife. knowledge. His professional Mrs. W. in a letter to me, thus attentions were exemplary and describes the commencement unremitted. His prompt at- of his final attack. “ The last tendance, the tenderness of his evening that we were blessed sympathy, and kind watchful with his dear society, in the ness to the last moment, cannot parlour, was peculiarly pleasant; þe erased from the grateful re- that delightful serenity of mind, membrance of the widow of my and that natural cheerfulness friend. But, while the medical which so constantly distinguishskill of this gentleman greatly ed him, were particularly noticed contributed to hold in check the by us, all: little did I then progress of disease, the friend know what the next rising sun ship of a person of literary taste, would witness. We went to congenial with his own, was no bed as usual, and my dear
Joseph slept till two in the him after the violent attack, he morning, when he awoke and put out his hand, and, with a coughed, and it was blood. For smile, which indicated the afnearly a fortnight, during the fection and the calmness of his expectoration of blood, he was mind, said, It is the Lord; delirious. In the first interval let hím do what seemeth him of reason, he desired me to good.' His desires vere earnest bring his MSS. which I ar- and frequent, that those around ranged according to his direc- him, and his friends, should tion. He took up his Saxon make his case the subject of grammar, and said it had afford their prayers. On being asked ed him many hours of pleasure, what he wished they should though he was not permitted pray for, he replied,
• That to finish it, . When speaking of God may be glorified, whether the probability of his not con- it be by life or by death.' Soon tinuing long, I asked him where after the fatal illness had comI should look for materials for menced, on being asked if he some account of him. With experienced divine consolation, that modesty which always he said, 'Yes, yes, I know in characterized him, he replied: whom I have believed,' &c. but * Remember, I have been an added, “I cannot talk. Another obscure individual for many time, on being asked whether he years; there is nothing to say felt the presence of Christ preof me.' But, when I urged the cious in his afflictions, he replidistress it would occasion me, ed, yes, very precious. In for life so valuable to sink the course of his illness he into the grave unnoticed, he frequently said, “It is trying, mentioned some papers, and but the Lord's time will be desired me to send them to you.' best.'
murmur ever Mr. Webb's extreme debility passed his lips: all. was subtowards the last, forbade con- mission. Once, when he thought versation, not only from himself, himself better, he said, “The but by others who were with Lord has been good to me: as him. T'he usual method of inter- my day has been, so my strength course was by a pencil, on a has been. If he had not helped card. His death was precisely me, I had perished in my afthat which might be expected, fiction, and added with fervour, from such a life, closing in Glory to his name.'. The these circumstances.
state of his feelings, in the imThe state of his feelings, dur-mediate conflict with death, ing the attack that terminated may be conceived from the folhis life, is thus described in a let-lowing account of his last interter to me from his assistant, Mr. view with a highly esteemed Phipps : “ The first time I saw friend;* and which occurred but
* Miss S. Thomas, the daughter of the Rev. Mr. Timothy Thomas, of Islington, a young lady whose friendship was greatly prized by Mr. Webb. The extract is made from a letter addressed to her sister, soon after the decease of her friend.