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Sweet were the hours we spent together in perusing such books as were calculated to strengthen those injunctions . * The result was , that my friend ' s character , under the Divine blessing , became remarkable for piety and virtue . Her devotion was fervent without enthusiasm , and her seriousness was decided without affectation . Sincerity , which is the life and soul of religion and friendship , was her characteristic .
In the course of a long life , she experienced many vicissitudes and trials , but she bore them all with exemplary fortitude and Christian meekness ; and I am convinced that the choice she made in her youth of devotedness to God , and an entire reliance on his infinite wisdom
and goodness , proved in her severest afflictions a cordial support . The same principles which produced in her calm resignation under her own sufferings , powerfully operated in calling forth a tender sympathy with the sufferings of others , and prompted her , to the utmost of her abilities , to relieve the necessities
of the indigent , and to afford consolation to the wretched . She continued through life to cultivate a taste for reading ; her memory was remarkably retentive ; her natural cheerfulness of temper never forsook her , and thus her society was rendered truly delightful . When she was surrounded with a small circle of
attached friends , her heart dilated with pleasure , and shone out in her illumined countenance while she entertained them with remarks on the subjects of her reading , or recited some interesting anecdote . As her health declined , her faith gained new accessions of strength . Not long before her death she frequently said
to her affectionate daughters , whose kind attentions had been her solace during the gradual decay of her health , that the principles on which she grounded her hopes of happiness , when she should be called from this sublunary state , were her constant support . These were the strict unity and paternal character of
pod , and the mediation of Jesus Christ , according to the declarations of the gospel . She did not rely on her own merits for salvation , but believed that eternal Jife is the gift of God , proceeding from his love to the creatures whom he has made capable of enjoying his favour . She did not regard Htm as a
Being who arbitrarily selects a chosen few from all eternity , but as one who confers this gift upon all who conform to the terms proposed by his beloved Son . As she approached the confines of the eternal world , she evinced a strong wish to indulge in such meditations . Her last words were , " Do not disturb me , but pray for me ; " and soon after ,
with a composure and a tranquillity which few persons have enjoyed in that solemn hour , she entered into that rest which remaineth for the people of God . Thus lived and thus died , a Christian ! Her memory will ever be dear to her friends , and to none more so than to the author of this sincere but imperfect testimonial of departed worth . ANNE HOUNSELL . Bridport , Feb . 15 , 1827 .
298 . Obituary . —Mr . William Clarke .
Feb . 16 , in his 57 th year , Mr . William Clarke , of Much-Park Street , Coventry . The loss of this truly excellent man will long be felt by the surviving members of his family , from whose minds the recollection of his many endearing qualities can never be effaced . As a husband and a father , his conduct was such as secured to him through life the most ardent attachment of his wife
and children ; and he had the satisfaction of witnessing in the latter the maturing of those seeds of virtue and piety which he had early laboured to implant in their minds , and to which his own example was so well calculated to , give the desired effect . As a tradesman his dealings were uniformly characterized by the most inflexible integrity , and he had the happiness of seeing his indefatigable exertions in business so far crowned
with success , as to be enabled to spend his latter days in ease and affluence . His virtues were of a truly Christian stamp ; and though , from the natural bent of his disposition , he shunned to meet the public eye , his ' purse was ever open to the calls of charity , whether of a public or a private nature . On the 17 th of
February in the preceding year , he sustained a very severe shock in the loss of Jiis youngest son , ( a youth of the most promising talents and amiable disposition , ) and it is believed that the grief occasioned by that event , which incessantly preyed upon his mind , materially contributed to hasten his own death .
WBHH ^^ BM Mr . William Clarke .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1827, page 298, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1795/page/66/