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a delightful companion to the young , as well as to those of maturer years . His kind sympathies extended , too , to the * wants of his less fortunate brethi 4 »« * From principle , he disapproved and condemned indiscriminate almsgiving ; but in eases of real and obvious distress , or when satisfied by investigation of the justness of a claim for relief , his compassion was deeply touched , and his hand most generously opened .
It remains to speak of Mr . Touchet ' s religious character . From inquiry and conviction , as well as from early example , he was a Dissenter from the Established Church ; and he not only maintained , zealously and uniformly , the principles of his dissent , but endeavoured to perpetuate them by a liberal patronage of the various institutions which have been formed for
educating ministers of his own persuasion . But with this zeal there was no tincture of bigotry or intolerance . In the friendly intercourse of life , and in accomplishing works of practical benevolence , he was in the habit of mingling cordially with persons of various religious persuasions ; and in this way he frequently softened the animosities of sects , and became , within his sphere , a bond of union between Christians of all
denominations . His religious views and principles tended to confirm that constant cheerfulness , which was partly the result of natural temperament ; and he enjoyed , with habitual gratitude , the bounties which Providence had so liberally placed within his reach . In the duties of divine worship , both public and private , he regularly and earnestly
engaged . He felt that they warmed and cherished his piety , — encouraged his aspirations after virtuous excellence , — and were his best support under those trials , which he was not unfrequently called upon to bear , both in his own person , and in the removal of those who were attached to him by the tenderest natural ties , and by the most amiable and engaging qualities .
Mr . Touchet's habitual temperance happily exempted him almost entirely from the ordinary infirmities of old age , and secured to him , in almost uudiminiahed vigour and eujoymeat , the possession of the faculties of his mind , and the sympathies of hia heart , till within ft few months of his death * Nothing is more usual than for aged persons to retain a correct remembrance of
the events of earlier life ; but it ia very rarely that , in them , the power survives of recalling recent facts and dftte « > and
of recollecting trains of reasoning which have been lately , for the first time , pre-| euted to their minds . In this respect , ifljUToutbet exhibited a striking illustration of the maxim of the Roman moralist— " Manent ingenia senibua , mod 5 permaneaot atudinm et induatria : nee ea soluni in clarissimis viri » , se < t § in vit& etiam private et quieta . " His last
illness , though tedious from its duration , was happily unaccompanied by acute suffering ; and on the first of the present month , he calmly and without a struggle closed a life full of years and honour , leaving to all an example of Christian excellence , and , to those who enjoyed a nearer view of his character , a persuasive lesson to " go and do likewise . "—Manchester Chronicle , Jme 16 , 1827 .
Rev . John Horsey . ( See above , p . 448 . ) Of the earlier part of Mr . Horsey ' 9 history I know little more than that he was the sou of a very pious minister at Ringwood , in Hampshire , was educated for the ministry at Homer ton , and in a short time after leaving the Academy , was invited to become the pastor of the
Independent Congregation worshiping at the meeting-house on Castle Hill , m Northampton , in which situation he remained till his death . Soon after he was settled he married a daughter of the Rev . Mr . King , of Welford , in the same county , who died about two years before
him , highly-respected for her strength of mind , clearness of judgment , and exemplary conduct as a wife , a mother , a friend , and a Christian . She was the mother of three daughters and two sons ; the elder son died , about 1793 , the youuger and his three sisters survive their parents .
The writer of this became a member of Mr . Horsey ' s family in 1792 , as a divinity student , and having completed the usual course of five years , left the Academy . A residence of five years , as a member of his family , together with occasional interviews since , induced him , as well as others of his pupils , to form such a view of his character as affords no moderate degree of pleasure in the recollectiou .
The Rev . Thos . Belsham having relinquished his situation as Divinity Tutor at Daventry , Mr . Horsey was appointed by Mr . Coward ' s Trustees to succeed him , and in 1789 the Academy was removed to Northampton . The first two or three aessionH , it is understood ! were
Obituary . — John Horsey . 609
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 609, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/57/