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Rev * B . Maurice . Died on the 1 ] th instant ^ at Alccster , Warwickshire , in the 6 > th year of his age , the kev . Benjamin Maurice , twenty-nine years minister to the Presbyterian congregation in that town . He ¦ was a native of P mbrolteshire , atid received hi- academical education at
Caermarihen , under the Rev . Dr Jenkins , rii- first settlement was at Newmarket , Flintshire , whence he removed % o . Alcester , about the ytar J 784 . Mr , JVIaurice was never rnarried . He was a man more distinguished for the goodness of his dispo ition , and the exemplariness of his conduct , than for the
vigor of his powers , or the extent of his acquirements The perusal of Lindsey s Sequel to the Apology had led him to i spouse the sentiments of that excellent man . Being for some years subject to epileptic fits , his capacity for ministerial usefulness was greatly impaired 5 his audience was therefore thin ,
and the contributions towards the support of the ministry in the place he officiated in but small . However , Mr . l ^ Iaurijce net with friends among men of different ranks and professions , especially du / ing a long illness which he endured a few years ago , as well as during that which terminated all his
sufferings . In the Rev . Mr . Maurice was exemplified in a sinking manner the peculiar efficacy of pqrity of character and friendliness of disposition to ensure the good opinion arid affectionate regards of all classes , even when unattended with shining talerits , the advantage of learning , or the influence
of wealth . How many are there , who , though emint nt for their talents and . literary acquirements , yet become fc plague to themselves and their connections , because tneir minds are lingoverned , and suffered often to be dis .
tuibed by ihe angry or boisterous passions , which alienate the affections of their fellou men , embitter their own teropers and feelings , and destroy , or frustiate in their exercise the tender charities ot life 3 whilst others of moderate abilit y , of little or no literary
fame , yet of a m « ek apirUaad lowly heart , are honoured and beloved by those around them , and find in the day of their distress , ev ^ ry tongue droppingthe accents of kinditeste , every bosom heaving the sigh of sympathy , arid every kand ready to wip ^ away t"he tear of sorrow . This was remarkably the case with Mr . Maurice . He was not
unnoticed by the iioble marquis who resides in that neighbourhood ; and vtfhere does true nobility appear to greats er advantage than i ^ ben indulging the feelings of benevolence ! To thehoi ^ f of this nobleman , and as a circumstance favourable to the memory of the dea 4 , it may be mentioned , that he instructed
a gentleman to infor m Mr . Maurice in his illness that he should never wim& From the worthy lector of the parish , and a respectable gentleman pf ^ e faculty well known to the royal family ; 3 the subject of this account received the kindest attentions at all times , but particularly in his illness : neither medical
nor pecuniary aid were wanting . From several professional gentlemen , from Catholics ( who are numerous in that neighbourhood ) and churchmen , from some of the Baptist persuasion ^ ad well as from individuals of > his Own congregation , he experienced great kirietoess . O Christian love ! How kwely arid bfcW
powerful is thy Operation when strengthening the virtuous feelings of our natare . No different modes of worshi p * no diversity of religious pillions * car * extinguish thy sacfed flame- May wtf feel more and more of thy influence .
Spirit of good ! spread and prevail . By thy all-conquering power , subdue the 6 elfi £ h mind , assuage the rage of bigotry , take possession of every hfeart , andrejgn triumphant throughout the earth , dive to mortals a taste cf the joy of aftg ^ fej ' * for love is heaven . and heaven Is love . *
During his illness ( which was not of long duration , as he had preached on the 17 th of January ) j Mr . Maurice was perfectly resigned to the will of God , manifested a truly Christian temper , and as he had Iiverf ^ he diett contented and happy , grateful to Gvd and m&n .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 244, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/44/