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'Tia toWits Hk < & thine that we fiddly turn ? To see how the figfct of the heart may shin *? , And tf A a ^ are so few , that the ' more we motirn The blight df . a lily so chaste as thine . Oh , may all who uicmrn thee the path pursue , Which thy young feet herfc iflUmeekness trod , Till they pass , like thee , this vain life through , To the home of the pure- —thfe ~ laud of God 1 Sept . 26 , 1823 .
— - 17 , after a short illness * at Thickthorn 9 near Ilminster , Somerset , aged 70 , the Rev . Thomas Thomas * for twentytwo years minister of the Dissenting congregation worshiping in the did Meeting atWareham , Dorsetshire , which situation he relinquished twelve months ago * Mr . Thomas was brought np at Davetitiy ,
under Dr . Ash worth , attd had for his class-fellow and friend the late Thtfrnas Northcote Toller , of Kettering , Northamptonshire . Upon finishing their academical course these gentlemen were both settled in congregations , Mi \ Toller at Kettering , and Mr . Thomas within a few inites from his friend , at Welling *
borough . And it was a source of mutual satisfaction that the vicinity of their situations afforded them the opportunity of cherishing the friendship' of tfeeir early years by frequent intercourse . Daring Mr . Thomas ' s residence at WeHJttgborough he was much esteemed arid beloved
by the society ot which he was pastor , and experienced from some of ItSweaJ&H ier members a kiadness and attention which are somewhat rare in the history of Dissenting congregations . But the respect in wMch he was held watt not confined to Ms hearers . By the
Dissenters of the county in general he was Justly regarded as one of the triost able and intelligent among thefr ttfitateters . At WelHngborough he reskfed between ten and twenty yeans and there , perhaps , be « "ght hate finished hia days had not a sadden and cruel dtsappetatineirt , la a
t- ? Jj f ° * Poking a 4 Mr- BeJahaoiV J ^ Jt of the Daventry $£ udantg . ( Mob . £ 5 ° * P * W « J that they ^ aished ***** euccM 8 w , Miv Rabins ; » nian ! ~^^ asnmleclhaib know Mir , will ?^ ittetitieifc without b-fecirt ) g rt the
matter which Jay nearest to his heart , determined htm to quit the neiglibour-Jiood for ever . When the peace of his mind was sufficiently restored to allow him to resume the regular exerctee of his profession , he was settled at En field , Middlesex . There he did not remain
many years , out upon marrying a lady of his congregation removed to Wareham , where he was respected by men of every denomination * and where he has l&h behind him the affectionate remembrance of those amongst whom he laboured . In point of talents Mr . Thomas was
very respectable ; and he had so far cultivated a literary taste as to find in it a source of interesting amusement . In bis Teligious sentiments he was what is commonly termed moderate , but perhaps with some peculiarities of opinion which would not have allowed him to class himself
decidedly with any party * But whatever were his views an doctrinal . subjects , he wa& too deeply impressed with the value of practical principles to attach an undue importance to matters of speculation , which do not seem to bear on the great object of religion—a virtuous and holy life . Ad a Christian minister be was ar *
deotly solicitous to promote the best in * terestfi af his hearers ; as a man he was a pattern of every thing that is upright , honourable and benevolent > he had a heart that was wariji with the kindest affections , and a generosity of spirit which raised him far above every thing artful , mean or selfish . But what chiefly
distinguished him from almost every other man was a , fiingolar delicacy of mind , and a peculiar refinement of feeling in every thing that concerned the feelings of others . He behaved to evtjry man a * though every man ' s sensibilities answered to his , own ,, ami was carefcil to excess , if there can he egress * io > that which i » bo
amiable ,, to do uathiog , even i * trlfies ^ which might appear to indicate an iodi& fopaikce to the pleastu-e or eoH ^ ort trf miothe ^^^ 'Ehfe % rief but j « 9 t t Abate of pcapect i » ^ ald to Mk ciiatacter by < nm wh « knew t hiiki ^ pwatda of forty yewm *
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1 ^ 23 . Aug . , at Pittsburgh * United States , Mr . George Courtauld , late of Braintree , Essex .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 605, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/45/