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Death of Mr . Thomas Dobson . * ( From the New York Gazette , March 22 . ) This worthy citizen and eminent Christian was released frotn his sufferings on Sunday the 9 th instant , in the 73 d year of his age . He < had been a resident in Philadelphia upwards of 39 years ,
arid so long as health permitted him to attend to business , his store was a place of resort by many of the most intelligent and respectable inhabitants of our city , as well as by strangers . He stood deservedly high as a bookseller , for he strictly adhered to the principles of
integrity . His conversation was so interesting , and his manners were so pleasing , that it was only necessary to know him , to esteem and love him . He possessed a rich fund of information on a variety of subjects , and had a peculiar facility in adapting his conversation to the tastes
and capacities of those who were in company . Yet there was about him nothing servile or obsequious . Although no man could be more modest and unassuming , he was manly and dignified . Wherever he was present , levity wa 3 repressed , and vice stood abashed . It was his
benevolent desire to be useful , and by every Innocent means to afford pleasure to others , that induced him to acquit himself so well , whether he was associated with scholars or persons of humble attainments . Even when he had occasion , and felt it to be his duty to admonish and
reprove those who were faulty , his manner was so free from any appearance of arrogance or harshness , he spoke with so much tender and unaffected concern for the offending party , and there was such evident kindness in the whole of
his proceedings , that it seemed impossible to withstand his influence . His reproofs were like excellent oil , which , far from bruising , tended only to heal . During the prevalence of the yellow fever in 1793 , he was one of those who essentially contributed to the relief of the
sufferers ; and as an inspector of the State Prison , he will long be remembered as a judicious , humane and efficient officer . In the circles of his particular friends he appeared to great advantage ,
and his society was highly prized and eagerly sought by many of our worthiest citizens . But , although his benevolence was diffusive , he preferred the delights of An Unitarian Baptist , formerly of Edinburgh .
domestic life to all other enjoyments v ( a social kind . In . the bosom of his family , he was singularly happy . As a husband and a parent , 'as the friend and guardian of the orphan and the unprotected , he can never be forgotten by those who were so happy as to reside under his roof . For nearly five years during the latter
part of his life , he was incapable of attending to business ; and from the time that his worthy and amiable wife was taken from htm , he t \* as often heard to say , that many things which formerly interested him , had lost their attractions . This wa 3 not the effect of spleen or discontent , for no irian could conduct himself with
greater equanimity when he was deprived of the partner of his life . His temper was affectionate , and his attachment had been strengthened by time and full experience of her value ; but his feelings and affections were under the control of Christian faith and pious resignation . His heart retained its accustomed warmth ,
and the happiness of his friends never failed to yield him pleasure . Although habitually cheerful , he never had any relish for the gaieties of life . It was only to what is vain and empty in this transitory world , that he was in a manner dead . To his latest days , he loved to hear of whatever tended to increase
the means and to augment the measure of human happiness . Above all , he rejoiced in the spread of the gospel truth , and in the prevalence of pure and undefiled religion . During more than four yeais he was much afflicted , his sufferings were often so intense as almost to prostrate him ; yet , although writhing in
agony , he was never known to murmur or complain . He prayed frequently and fervently for patience and , submission , but it was only in qualified terms that he asked for deliverance or relief . He often remarked , that he needed this kind of discipline , and that although it was not joyous , yet since it proceeded from the love and kindness of his Father in
heaven , it was his duty and endeavour to bear it patiently and to receive it thankfully . On such occasions he would add , that he had no solicitude as to the result . The nature of his last illness by prostrating his strength and rendering him
unable to speak , precluded him from bearing his dying testimony to the truth of that religion of which he had long been a distinguished professor , and for exemplifying the efficacy of those principles , consolations and hopes , by which his temper and couduct had been regu-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 356, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/44/