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has occurred to his friends occasionally , that the bar would have been the proper field for the exercise of talents such as his . For the study of the law , and the due application of it , indeed , he was eminently qualified . For the practice of
the bar he would . have been utterly disqualified by the acuteness of his moral feelings , which ever blended themselves with the operations of his understanding ; and he utterly wanted those strong animal spirits which are , after all , the main qualification for acting on the public mind . ,
To conclude , with an attempt to answer a question which may be put with peculiar propriety in the Repository , Could Mr . R . be justly deemed a religious man ? If religion be a system of confident conclusions on all the great points of metaphysical speculation , as they respect the universe and its Author ; man and
his position in the one , and relation to the other—it must be owned Mr . R . laid no claim to the character . But if the religious principle be that which lays the foundations of all truth deeper than the external and visible world ; if religious feeling lie in humble submission to the unknown Infinite Being , which produced all things , and in a deep sense of the of to act and live in
duty striving conformity with the will of that Being ; if , further , Christianity consist in acknowledging the Christian Scriptures as the sole exposition of the Divine Will , and the sole guide of conduct in life—then , surely , he may boldly claim to be a member of that true Christian Catholic church , according to his own definition of it , " an association of men for the cultivation
of knowledge , the practice of piety and promotion of virtue . " H . C . R .
Obituary . ~ Dr . John Jones . 293
dialect ; his appearance altogether » that of a remarkable man , a person of superior powers of mind . ' Of the character of his understanding , and of his powers as a writer , the specimens given , and the books referred to , will enable every one to judge . •' .
But those powers were more highly appreciated by those who associated . with him daily , than by those who knew him only as a writer . The reproach that at an early period of his life he drew upon himself for too free indulgence in vehement censure and unsparing sarcasm , is to be met by this remark—that to
imagine in one character a combination of a passionate love of every thing that is just and generous and lovely , an intense scorn of arrogance and imposture and vanity , with the most cool and impartial discrimination between all the shades of good and evil , would be foolish in a work of fiction , for it has never been met with in one in real life .
It may , indeed , startle those who have a lively recollection of Mr . Robinson ' s tone of conversation , to be told that he was a very humble man , for it is a common mistake to suppose that they who will not fail down before the idols of other men , are worshipers of themselves ; yet , in truth , this praise belongs to him . No man could be less egotic and more free from selfishness in every form than he was . No man could value his own
opinions less than he did ; he never spoke of his writings in his family or to his friends . He never swerved from the political principles with which he first set out in life ; but the vehemence of party feeling had long subsided . He attached himself to the cause of reform , and
concurred gladly in every specific project of improvement . He took a strong interest in the recently-projected London University , but he had very faint hopes of any material improvement in society , for he was of opinion that the evils of social life had a source deeper than the corruptions of government .
Of his character and conduct m active life it cannot be necessary to say much . His judgment was highly valued , and his counsel freely given on all matters connected with business , which he thoroughly understood theoretically and in practice . He took an active interest in the
unsuccessful attempt to introduce East-India sugar on equal terms with the produce of the West Indies . In his parish , St . Andrew ' s , Holborn , he took the lead in resisting the attempts of the clergy to procure the erection of another church aguuibt the will of the inhabitants . It
This accomplished scholar and voluminous writer , whose death was announced in our last number , ( p . 224 , ) was born in the parish of Lanaingate , near Londovery , in the county of Carmarthen . His father was a respectable farmer ; and the son had been destined for agricultural
pursuits , till it was discovered that he had neither taste nor inclination for such occupations . From his earliest childhood he had evinced an unusual predilection for books . It was his frequent practice , immediately after breakfast , to disappear from the , family circle , and retire to the banks of a secluded rivulet , about a mile from the house , and there pursue his stu-
Dr . Jons Jones .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1827, page 293, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1795/page/61/