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only two ministers for upwards of a century-f . During a life and a ministry protracted beyond the accustomed period , it was the lot of Mr . Hirons to witness painful changes
in his neighbourhood and connections . But bis private and his public labours were rendered use- < ful to several—to many who , like him , are now gathered to their fathers , and to some who yet survive . Had his characteristic
modesty permitted , he might have said , with Mr . Orton , who was one of his tutors at Northampton , and whom he , in some views , resembled , " I hope many aged
persons have been edified by my services , and not a few young people trained up in sentiments of wisdom and piety / ' His desire of doing good was particularly gratified with reference to a large and
very interesting class of the rising generation—the children of the poor . A valuable charity-school which he visited with parental vigilance and unwearied zeal , is among the best monuments to his memory : it was instituted by Dr »
Clark ; and of the young persons whom it has educated there are those on whom lasting impressions
• f Dr . Clark ' s immediate predecessor was the Rev . Jonathan Grew , a native of Atherstone , in Warwickshire . ( The
Nonconformists'Memorial , ad Ed . VoL iii . 34 1 , 343 . ) Whether Mr . Grew wu the first minister of the congregation at St . Alban ' s is somewhat doubtful . Whom he succeeded the writer cannot at this moment ascertain .
The Rev . Jabez Hirons . Died at St . Al ban ' s , Herts , Dec . 21 , 1812 , the Rev ., Jabez Hirons . He was born there , July J 1 , 1728 , and had his grammar learning partly under a respectable clergyman in Leicestershire , partly under Dr . Aikin , at Kibvvortl ) , in the same county . For his academical education he was placed with the excellent Dr . Doddridge , at Northampton , where he spent five years . In I 75 O he assisted , and in 1751 succeeded , Dr . TI ! lark , in the charge of a dissenting congregation in his native town . He was invited in
17 ? 0 , to be the minister of a respectable society at Dudley , in Worcestershire , but declined the invitation , and continued at St . Alban ' s to the day of his death , when he had sustained the pastoral relation in o . ne place for nearly sixty-two years * . It is a memorable and almost unparalleled circumstance , that this congregation was under the successive care of
* The following sentences are extracted from a pathetic and interesting sermon , entitled , " The Old Marts
Calendar : a Discourse on Joshua xiv . 10 . Delivered in the first Parish of Hingham , in America , on the Lord ' s Day , August 26 , 1781 , the birth-day of the Author , EevNEztm . Gay . 2 d JEd . London , printed 1733 . "
" Lo , now , my brethren , I am this day fourscore and five years old ¦¦ a wonder of God's sparing mercy I Sixtythree of these years 1 have spent in the work of the ministry among you——I am the third in the pastorate of this church . "—~ p . 34 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 52, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/52/