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Mr . Jambs Touchet . Mr . Toochbt was born in Manchester , where his family had been long and reputably engaged in commercial pursuits , on foe 15 th of Jane , 1742 . He early enjoyed the advantages of an excellent education , first under the Rev . Mr . Russell , of that town , and
afterwards under Mr . Burgh , of Newmgton-Green , near London , the author of " A Treatise on the Dignity of Human Nature , " and of other works . From both these instructors , of whom he was always accustomed to speak with affection and gratitude , he derived a taste for classical and general literature , which continued undiininished to the close of
his life . Nature had endowed him with an excellent understanding and a most tenacious memory ; and he diligently employed those faculties in acquiring stores of knowledge , which were ever afterwards ready at his command , aud at all times applicable to purposes of practical wisdom . He was a striking instance of the safety of an enlarged and
liberal education to one moving within the sphere of mercantile life , and of the perfect compatibility of considerable literary acquirements , with those habits of arrangement and attention to the details of ordinary business , which are essential to active and successful commerce . If , indeed , there was any part of his intellectual character peculiarly conspicuous , it was a sobriety and soundness of
judgment which led him to assign to the various objects of life their just value ; and prevented him from pursuing any one , to the neglect of auother of equal importance . In forming opinions , his vigorous mind investigated facts with caution and accuracy , — examined arguments with coolness and impartiality , —and finally drew conclusions , which might safely be relied upon as guides for his own conduct , and for that of the numerous
friends Whtv in cages of difficulty , were accustomed to have recourse to his counsel *; > No man was ever less in danger of being caught in the snares of sophistry ; orlostjn the mazes of delusive speculation ;; on bad seldomer occasion to recant opiink > D « mice deliberately taken tip . In discuftftton , he united , to an inflexible firmnesft , In defortditfg what appeared to himtto to the truthy bo ranch calmness and candouiy < hat even when he failed
to convince , he never , by exasperating the feelings of an opponent , confirmed him in error , but rather disposed him to a renewed and dispassionate examination of the ground of difference . The subjects most congenial to Mr . Touchet's taste were not those
connected with the physical sciences , nor yet with the lighter and ornamental branches of literature . He delighted most in history , in ethics , in morals , and generally in whatever affects the great interests of man , as an accountable being and a member of society , or tends to establish sound principles of
domestic and international policy . He had diligently studied , and he ardently admired , the British Constitution . He leaned , indeed , to the side of those who think that there is less danger in strengthening the power of the crown , than in giving a greater preponderance to the popular branch of our . Government . But he was a decided and
irreconcilable enemy to every abuse of authority ; and strenuously advocated the extension , as far as appeared to him consistent with the general safety , of civil and religious liberty , to all classes of his fellow-subjects . The moral qualities of Mr . Touchet were in perfect keeping , not only with his intellectual ones , but with each
other ; and it was this harmony and justness of proportion that constituted perhaps the most striking charm and beauty of his character . From nature he derived a temper of uncommon equanimity and sweetness ; and this natural gift he had improved by the constant exercise of the kind and gentle affections , and-of those social feelings which
issued in a generous but well-regulated and unostentatious hospitality . - In his manners there was an urbanity , a composure , and a simple dignity , not unallied with real humility , by which he obtained , unsought , the respect that is reluctantly yielded to persons of greater forwardness and more lofty pretensions .
When in the company of friends whom he esteemed , the benevolence of his heart beamed through his fine and expreasiVe features ; and bis spirits , always cheerful , flowed out in a current of agreeable ; lfaely , and even playful conversation j while >> b 1 s sympathy with the feelings of all ¦ around mm rendered him
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 608, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/56/