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rev . John Yates . John Yates was born at Bo ! tm-le-Moors , Lancashire , November 10 , 1755 . When only six years old he lost his father , but this loss was supplied by the judicious cares of a most excellent mother , whose maiden name was Grundy ,
and who was a woman of sincere piety and of a very sound judgment . Of her he used often to speak , even to the close of his life , in terms of affectionate admiration ; and he sometimes mentioned circumstances , from which it appears that In her were united in no common degree the qualities of steadiness and mildness . Thus were sown in his mind the seeds
which afterwards produced the fruits of a life distinguished throughout its whole course by useful and vigorous activity . During eight or tlvb& "'¦ i * &H He wa £ a pupil at the Free Grammar School of hi « native town , which nas long enjoyed considerable reputation for classical
instruction . In 1772 , he became ^ student on the foundation in the Academy at Warrlfegton , where he applied hiittself to his studies with exemplary diligence aild great success , and where he formed , with many excellent individuals among hid fellow - collegians , a friendship which continued through life , and contributed greatly to his enjoyment and advantage . His eminent abilities and merit as a
student also procured Him the friendship of the three tutors of the College , Dr . Aikin , Dr . Enfteld and the Her . George Walker . He often praisefl the candid and luminous manner of explaining ail the principal questions in theology , morals and metaphysics , which distinguished the first of these most estimable instructors . The
8 eeond of them , who was Lecturer on the Belles Lettres , joined with Mr . Yates and some other students in a system of regular exercises in elocution , and to the pains bestowed upon this attainment , under such guidance , * we may in a great measure attribute the nigh degree of
excellence which he afterwards displayed in reading and speaking from the pulpit * Mr . Walker , In the decline of life , publicly declared his early and long-continned attachment to Mr . Yates , in the dedication of his sermon , preached in 1805 , on the death of Dr . Carrie , which is inscribed " To tiui Rev . John Yates ,
in testimony of a friendship , which , commencing with the relation of Tutor and Pupil , has continued to this hour , with an esteem and affection that have increased with his talents and his Virtues . " Before leaving the Academy , Mr . Yates preached with great acceptance at various country-places , and received several offers , which promised him an
advantageous settlement . Among others , one of his fellow-students engaged to give him a living in the Church of England , if he would conform ; but as he could not do this conscientiously , he without hesitation declined the proposal . At ^ Newcastle , also , in Staffordshire , his services were so much admired , that the celebrated Mr . Wedgwood , the leading
member of the congregation , made him very liberal offers , to induce him to settle in that town . B «* & field & £ la * greater usefulness was presented to him , when , upon the removal of the Ifev . Philip Taylor to Dublin , he was invited to undertake the pastoral charge of the Dissenting congregation in Kaye Street , Liverpool . At this time Dr . Enneld gave the follow * ing character of him in his
recommendatfoj& letter : " With a great share of goo *! sense , a cultivated understanding , and a manly and just elocution , he unites a seriousness of temper and a desire of usefulness , seldom to be found in so young a person . His general behaviour is perfectly suitable to his profession . Through the whole course of his academical
education he has pursued his studies with great assiduity and success , and merited in a high degree the esteem and affection of his tutors and friends . He possesses a steadiness of principle and solidity of character beyond his years , and to these more essential and valuable qualities , he
adds an agreeable address and a pleasing mixture of modesty and politeness . " After preaching in Kaye ^ Street Chapel , on probation , he was ttaaaiinously elected to the office of Minwter , which office he continued to hold during 46 years . * His probationary sermons are upon practical
* Mr * Yatea was ordained on the 1 st October , 1777 ; Dr . Enneld preached the sermon , and Mr . Godwin , of Gateacre , delivered the charge , Both of these excellent compositions were published .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 66, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/66/