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from one of them will well depict j the general frame of his mind on the < prospect of dissolution . 1 tC € The solemn moment is at length arrived . 1 look forward to it with
awe , but by no means without hope . The views of Christianity which I have Jong entertained have afforded the rule of my life , and will be my consolation in the hour of death . '
** He had for some years expressed his wish that his dismission might be easy , or in his own words , that he might be let gently down . . His wish was granted . After having taken some refreshment with considerable
relish , he caught hold of the servant ' s arm , and closed a long , honourable and useful life , without a struggle or a groan . " Dr . Cogan ' s 4 € mental constitution was singularly happy . He viewed every thing in the most favourable light , and contrived to extract something of satisfaction from those little
vexations which discompose and irritate ordinary minds . Qualities were combined in him which do not often exist in union . Though his vivacity enlivened all who enjoyed his society ,
he invariably pronounced gravity to be his character saying , that through life he had been grave for himself , and cheerful for his friends . His wit , which remained with him to the last ,
was so chastened by a natural sweetness of temper , that it was never exercised to give pain to any human creature , and his playfulness , which
might have appeared inconsistent with habits of sober thought , was the ebullition of the moment , which immediately left his mind at liberty to collect its energies for serious reflection . Reflection indeed was his
favourite occupation , as his writings seem sufficiently to testify . And the subjects on which he reflected most , because they appeared to him to be most closely connected with human happiness , were morals and religion .
And the moral principles which it was the chief object of his literary labours to inculcate , had a constant influence on his own mind , and in their practical effect pervaded the general tenor of his life / It may be truly said that benevolence was the habitual affection of his mind . Of this a signal proof has been
already" recorded 5 and many Equally decisive proofs might be adduced from his private life . He professed to love his species , and knew it to be the first ambition of his life to promote their welfare . * To his latest moment he
was emyloyed in a scheme for the benefit of one of his relatives , concerning which he said with great emphasis ; that , if he succeeded , he should finish well . As a writer Dr . Cogan occupies a
middle , but truly respectable rank . His style is unpretending ; sometimes it is adorned with the simple graces ; and examples might be pointed out of passages where the fervor of his mind has raised him to a strain of rich and
powerful eloquence . His frequent residence on the Continent , where the French is a sort of universal language , led him into a familiarity with all the more eminent writers of that tongue . The celebrated French preachers were his fa * vourite authors : their onction was
congenial with his own taste . He seems not to have consulted profit in his publications . He has allowed more than one cheap edition of his most popular work , the Letters to Wilberforce , to be printed for thp use of the Unitarian Book Societies . [ The Editor regrets that the remainder of this Memoir micst be deferred till the next NumberJ \
Tribute to the Memory of the late Mr . G . W . Meadley . Sir , IN the concluding Number of your former Volume , [ XIII , 772 , ] yoi
have noticed the death of your late occasional Correspondent , my very worthy friend , Mr . G . W . Meadley . It will , probably , be interesting to many of your readers to peruse , in the mean time , the following tribute to his memory , delivered on the Sunday eveuing after his funeral , by the respectable personf who usually
con-* These are his o > wn words , in the Preface , p . xxiii . of Ibe 2 nd Volume on the Passions . f Mr . Thomas Graham , shoemaker . We copy , for the sake as well of example as of information , the short account of this society 9 inserted in a * Historical and Descriptive View of Sunderland and the Two Wearmouths , " no tor publishing in numbers ,
THiuteta the Memory of the late Mrs & . W . Meadley . &
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 5, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/5/