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his dissolution ; but his temper was always thankful and resigned . And , in the concluding scene , he so illustriously displayed thv lakh , the submission , the hope of a Christian , that it might justly have been said to his most bigotted neighbours , > fc Come , and see , in what
peace a Christian , and a Lnitanan Christian too , can die . " No cry , no murmur , no peevish expression of discontent , escaped his Hps ; no gloomy apprehension sat on his countenance . One , who attended him , and marked him well , declares that his death bed was the death bed of a saint . When he
could no longer speak his confidence in God , he looked the most placid submission and the most cheerful hope . At length , he sweetly fell asleep ; regretted by ail who knew him , and especially by two of his younger brethren who now unite in paying a deserved though imperfect tribute to his worth . J . D . J . T .
Edward Jeffries , Esq . On the 27 th of last January , died at Trrrhill , in the parish of Bagborough , near Tauntou , Somersetshire , Edward jE-FFHr . ES , Esq . aged 88 . This
gentleman v , as a native of Taunton , but his father , a clothier in that town , removed , when ( his son was very young , to Trowbridge- in Wilts . Mr . Jeffries resided the greatest part of his life in London , and followed with assiduity
and reputation the business of a Blackwell-Hall factor . In this period of his life he attended , partly on the preaching of Dr . Fleming , and partly on that of his kinsman , Dr . Joseph Jeffries , Professor of Civil Law in Gresham
College , at Pinners' Hall . He was for some years Treasurer of St . Thomas ' s Hospital : and , when the Protestant Dissenters petitioned parliament for the repeal of the Test-Laws , he was chosen Chairman for conducting the application . This originated with and was prosecuted by the Deputies and
Committee appointed for supportingthe civil rights of the Protestant Dissenters : to whose generous , disinterested and judicious exertions , on that , and on many occasions , from their first formation in 1732 , the cause of civil and religious liberty owes great obligations . Mr . Jeffries rilled the chair , not merely with official punctuality and attention ,
24 < i Obituary . — Edzcard Jeffries , Esq .
but con amove , with activity and interest . At the wish of some gentlemen , who conceived that a short and concUe view of the principles and views af the dissenters , to put into the hands of such
as were not disposed ( o read , or probably would not meet with ,, the larger tracts published to advocate their cause , might secure notice and iempve prejudice , he drew up a paper , addressed % o the members of the established church . *
The conspicuous part he took in that affair , so essentially connected with the rights of English citizens and the honour of Protestantism , was iniquitously abused to inflame the malignant pas , sions of the rioters at Birmingham in
1791 ; when a forged letter , signed with his name , was read by one of two men , on horseback , before Mr . RusseTs house then ia flames , pretended to have been found in it ; purposing that the Presbyterians intended to rise , Xo bum down the church , to blow up the parliament , to cut off the ki « g ' s head , and abolish all taxes , f
On other occasions Mr * Jetjries dis * tinguished himself as the warm ft lend of civil as well as religious liberty , and took au active part in transactions which , as it appeared to him ,, were essentially connected with th ^ preservation and support of the British constitution . He was the friend of free
inquiry ovt theological questions 5 ia his own views , an Unitarian iu the strictest s « nse , 'and one of this earliest members of the Unitarian Tract Society , in London : though in the days <« f his youth , through his connection , as an apprentice , he was a hearer ofi the celebrated and Rev . Thomas Bradbury *
He used to express himself a * greatly indebted , for behi £ led ' int . o jubV a n * i rational sentiments , the result of thought and investigation in subsequent life , to Dr . Fleming and his preaching ; bv whom , after an
acquaintance of many years , h < e \ yas appointed an executor in trusi . Mr , Jeffries treated with marked ^ attention and respect the enlightened and litye * ral divines of his day , pRrcE , Prxest-LKY , KlPPIS , LINDSEY , 1 'ARMKR
* This paper shall be given in our next . En . t Priestley ' s Second Appeal tq the Public on the Riots at Birtningharrj , " p , 6 tf , 69 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 246, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/46/