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tian principles and with the aid of those placid feelings which are produced by the presence p . f retired and beautiful scenery . Nqr did he rejoice in giving such recreations to those of mature age only ; seldom did he experience greater enjoyment than when surrounded by three or four hundred children from the charityschools with which he was connected . He loved to invite them to come and enjoy their pastimes as an incentive to good
conduct . Cheering were the sounds , joyous the sight when they frolicked in all the gaiety of youth , the woods and rocks echoing with their merriment . More soothing were the sounds , deeper the impression , when , assembling after their gambols , they joined in the hymn of praise to their Creator , the author of the beauties they had been surveying , the giver of all their joys . ; and when their venerable and benevolent friend
addressed to them a few words , exhorting them to persevere in the paths of virtuous exertion , which would lead them in peace through this world to eternal bliss in heaven . Thus did he delight to win the young to virtue , representing her ways as ways of pleasantness , and all her paths as peace . And such did he himself
experience them to be ; few men have passed a happier life than he , as few have contributed more to the happiness of others . Yet he too had his trials ; the heaviest of these was the loss of her who had , for so long a series of years , been the sharer of his counsels , of all his joys and sorrows , with whom his own sentiments were so much in unison that it seemed
as if they were actuated by one mind , * Whilst kindred soul was knit to soul , And heart to heart responsive beat . " Mrs . Yates died in 1819 . Her husband had been long in the habit of speaking of their separation by death as an event appointed % the wisdom of Providence , and to which they ought to look forward with the same confidence as to any other event equally certain . This wise and manly Christian fore-thought
enabled him to bear that awful stroke , when it arrived , with exemplary serenity ; and when , a few years afterwards , he felt mortal symptoms in his own frame , the same holy and happy principles cheered his mind , and made tfre close of his life dignified , calm and peaceful . To the members of his family he at various times spoke of his impending dissolution as an event which he looked for with perfect assurance ; and by the simple and unaffected fortitude oi
these occasional remarks he shewed hew ' well prepared he was to meet it . Indeed * the infirmities of age had so far abated his activity , that to liv « seemed . tote regarded by hip < m more an ^ ct of submission thaij to die . " Are yon come /' said he one day to his attending physician , Dr . Priggs , " to patch up a man of snow , after the sun of another world has
begun to shine upon him ? " It pleased Providence to preserve his powers of understanding almost to the last , and whilst his kind affections were as lively and conspicuous as in his most vigorous days , he was aple to converse with great animation almost to the very day when he was confined to the chamber of death .
There the appointed change was seen gradually advancing during six successive days , and he at length expired on the evening of the 71 st anniversary of his birth . Mr . Shepherd , who had , at the request of the family , conducted the funeral service at the Park Chapel , preached at Paradise Street the following Lord ' s-day ,
from the text , " He was a burning and a shining light , and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light . " John v . 35 . No one could have been so well qualified to execute the task of delineating the character of his deceased friend and
brother ; and the crowded auditory shewed how much they were affected by his address . The mourning attendance on this occasion shewed how affectionately Mr . Yates was beloved by all ranks and classes of his hearers , and how highly his piety and integrity , his benevolence and public spirit , were estimated by men of all parties and denominations .
70 Obkuarp .--Mrs . Mutrv Wreford .
Nov . 2 , at King ' s Down Parade , Bristol , aged 54 , Mary Wreford , wife of Mr . R . V . Wreford , and daughter of the Rev . John Reynell , formerly of Thorverton , Devon . The Author of her nature had given to her a happy constitution of body and mind , which was manifested by an unclouded cheerfulness and a uniform
sweetness of temper . The most distinguishing traits in her moral and religious character were true Christian contentment , and an entire trust in the Divine equity and goodness ; a disposition to see causes of gladness and pious gratitude in all situations ; habitual tranqui - ljty of mind , united with great warmth and activity of affection ; and a fortitude in suffering equal to her capacity-of enjoyment . The cheering and enlightened
Mrs . Mary Wreford .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 70, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/70/