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classics . For eight and forty years he kept a journal of the ^ alterations of the weather and of remarkable natural occurrences . He was a great observer of nature . Milton was his favourite author .
He is said to have been a great admirer , as well as Mr . Addison , of Chevy Chace . He was a gentleman - of great candour and good breeding , without stiffness or formality , and
possessed an open countenance £ ind a temper always communicative . As a divine hewas trulycatho-Jic in his principles , and never confined himself to the sentiments
of any party , but followed wherever his reason , his conscience and the scriptuies led him . His modesty prevented him from courting popularity . With all his accomplishments , it is said that his name was scarce known
but to a few select friends . Among them however he thought himself happy that lie could number Mr . John Hughes , Dr . William Harris and Dr . VVatts . His friend Dr . Hughes preached his funeral sermon .
Mr . Say appeared little in print . He published only three sermons ; one preached before the Society for the Reformation of Manners , from Isaiah xlix . 4- 1736 ;
another on a Fast-day , February 4 , 3 740—41 , from Isaiah v . 4 ; and the third , a Charge delivered to Mr . Crookshank , at his ordination , in Swallow Street ,
Westminster , January 23 ; 1734 " —5 , printed in connexion with a sermon on the same occasion by James Gordon , A . M . and Mr . C / s Confession of Faith . After Mr . Say ' s death , there was pubim ^ ed by subscription ^ in qne
volume 4 to . a collection of hi « pieces in prose and verse , by Mr . William Duncombe , younger
son of Mr . John Duncombe , of Stocks , in Hertfordshire , and the friend of Archbishop Herring . The list of subscribers attests the
esteem in which the author was held . Mr . Duncombe prefixed , a prefatory memoir . The poems do not-rise above mediocrity ^
but there are two Essays in prose at the end of the volume , which have been generally admired for the taste and critical ingenuity display * ed in them . The first is on the
harmony , variety and power ofnum * berSj whether in prose or verse , the second on the numbers of Paradise Lost . This latter , which , seems to have given birth to the
former , was written at the desire of Mr . Richardson , the painter , who lent the plate etched by himself , of the fine head of Milton ^ which is prefixed to the Essay .
In the " Correspondence of John Hughes , Esq . " in 3 vols . cr . 8 vo . by John Duncombe , M . A . there are preserved several letters of Mr . Say ' s , and also , drawn up by him , " The-Character of Mrs . Bridget Bendish , grand -daughter of Oliver Cromwell . "
Jyo . I . J \/ Ir . G . Say s License ' , as a Dissenting Teacher , 167 a . iVb . 2 . A Paraphrase on the Clergies address to the JCingy 1688 . No . 3 . Original Letters of Dr . Watts s to Mr . Say . Letters i . ii . iii .
THE SAY PAPERS .
The Say Papers . —Mr . G . Sa ^ s License *
No . I . Mr . G . Say ' s ^ icensc , as a dissenting Teacher , 167 a . £ 'The License is printed in imitation of iv r it ing on a halfsheet ofpaper 9 small jolio * The blanks are filled up in writing ) ex * pressed here by italics . ]
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1809, page unpag, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1732/page/7/