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Mr . Thomas M ullett . TpHB following is the conclusion af the . Funeral Address delivered at the interment of Mr . Thomas Mullett , by . the Rev . John . Evans , in Bunliill Fields , Wednesday , Nov . 23 , 1814 . The Address has been printed merely for circulation among " the relatives and friends of the deceased .
This doctrine of the Resurrection of JesiL * Christ from the dead , forms a most consojatory topic under the deprivation af relatives and friends . The transition ., therefore , is natural and easy to the enumeration of a few particulars relative to our much respected deceased brother , whose removal has brought us together on this mournful occasion .
Mr . Thomas Muixett vras born at Taunton in the year 1745—an era memorable in the annals of British history , for an ineffectual attempt to restore arbitrary power and spiritual tyranny throughout these kingdoms . His parents belonged
to the community of Friends , amongwhom he was brought up , but on his marriage he relinquished his connexion with that Society , Agreeably to the education which he tad received , he soon entered the commercial world . Humanly speaking- —he was the arbiter of his own fortune . Provi
dence , indeed , smiled upon his continued and persevering efforts , so that , at length , he attained to an honourable independency . He visited the United States of America
three times , and formed connexions in that distant part of the g lobe upon a large scale and of hig-h respectability . There , as well as in this country , he was esteemed by a numerous circle of friends—who knew his worth , and will hold in honour his
memory . In the political world also he , at one period , took a distinguished part—for he had not adopted the absurd opinion , that when men become Christians they are to relinquish all concern for the rights and privileges of the civil community . At Bristol , where he began his career , and where he resided for many years , lie took the lead in what included the welfare of
that ancient and populous city . There it was , that through good and evil report , he opposed that unfortunate war which severed the American colonies from the parent stock , and in every stage of its progress he lifted up his voice against its impolicy and wickedness . It was deplored by every friend to humanity . *
* Among' th / R many anecdotes with which the deceased amused and interested his friends , there is oue , respecting £ r&N « RA j
It is a circumstance worthy of mention that he was the lastof the twelve persons who were engaged in inviting- the celebrated Edmund Burke to be the representative of the city of Bristol , than whom no one , both without and within the walls of the senate , reprobated more eloquently the deleterious consequences with which that contest v / as attended . Few-understood better than did
the Deceased the rights of the subject- — none advocated with more manly firmness the principles of civil and of religious liberty , which he knew included in all their rain in cations , the prosperity , of mankind . His intellectual powers were of a superior cast—and he had an intimate knowledge of mankind . There was a clearness in his
perceptions , and a calmness in his deliberations , favourable to accuracy of judgment . He was aware of the perturbed emotions by which the human breast is swayed , and he guarded against those inveterate prejudices by which obliquity of judgment is generated . His infonnatioa on most subjects was correct , and he
exercised the utmost caution in making up his mind . His sentiments , once formed , were seldom altered , and his measures , determined upon , were invariably carried into execution . Indeed , his leading- characteristics were firmness of opinion and consistency of conduct . Having taken a comprehensive view of what was offered to his consideration—his mind was not harassed by any puerile vacillations—but ,
con-Washijvgton , that he told me , which ought not to he lost . When Mr . Mullett first visited the United States of America it was at the close of the war , when he was introduced to General Washington . With this great and good man he passed some time at his seat , Mount Vernon . Beside other flattering marks of attention , General
Washington , when alone with him in hitf library , asked him if he had seen any individual in that country who was competent to the task of writing * a history of that unhappy contest ? Mr . Mullett , with hi * usual presence of mind , replied— " I know of one and one only , competent to the task . "—The General eagerly asked" Who can that individual be ? " Mr Mullett remarked— "C / esar wrote his own
Commentaries ! " The General bowed and replied— Caesar could write Jus Commentaiies ; but , Sir , / know the atrocities committed on both sides have been ho great and many , that they cannot be faithfully recorded , and had better be buried ia oblivioa !
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 56, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/56/