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and others , and , among lay-gentlemen , the patriotic and virtuous friends of civil and religious liberty were his select companions and friends . The greatest part of a life
protracted to a very advanced age , was given to the unremitting pursuits of trade . An ample fortune honourably raised by these means enabled him , about 20 years since , to retire to the calm retreats ef the country and to enjoy the relaxation aud amusement of mak .
ing improvements on two estates , which he purchased in succession ; situated on the southern slope , and under the western ridge , of the Quantock Hills , in Somersetshire , seven miles from Taunton : one named
Cothelstone , _ which had been in the possession of lord StaiiePs family ever since the time of William the Conqueror ; the other called East Bagbo-Todgh , contiguous to it , which through the same period , had passed through different families . Here he
terminated ah actiye and useful life in the enfoymetit of great vigour till within a year or two of his death , and in the exercise of a strong and sound judgment to the last * After " a confinement of ten days only to his bed ,
fulty aware of his situation and prepared to - meet the change , with a perfect composure , which might perhaps be equalled but never surpassed , he breathed his last in a sleep without a si ^ h ofr a groan /' 1
One ' who esteems it a felicity of his life £ t 1 mt he enjoyed Min Jeffries * esteem and friendly regards for nearly fiftfc ^ yearg , pays this tribute of gratitikle aiid regret to the memory of a rerjr respectable character , J ' T \ Rev . William Procter .
On Sunday , the 3 rd of April died , at his son's in Market Drayton , Shropshire , the Rev . William PROCTER , about thirty years i the much beloved and much esteemed minmeV of a congregation of
Protestant Di&senters , at Oldbury , near Birmingham . He was born near Nuheaton iu Warwickshire and commenced l > is academical studies in Sept . 1765 , at the college in Hoxtcm , London , uncler the Kev . Drs , Savage and Kippia « ad Miv uo \ y Dr . Rees . He
settled as a minister , first at Oakham , in Rutlandshire , from whence , in 1776 , he removed to Oldbury . About seven years ago , a paralytic seizure laid him aside from his public work . His remains were brought from I > rayton , on Thursday the 7 th instant , to
be interred in the csemetery of the old meeting house , in west Bromwich * Staffordshire . The dmiable and distinguishing traits of his character were an artless simplicity , gentleness and kindness of deportment , and ati humble mind , united with serious , but cheerful piety . The writer of this
recollects that he was first prepared to be introduced to Mr . Procter by this encomium from a very respectable gentleman of his congregation : ** That he was an Israelite indeed , in whom there was no guile / ' He bore his
incapacity for the duties of his office , and the confinement and infirmities which followed it , with great patience and serenity ; and was much touched and gratefully affected with the kind offices of those about him and the tes +
timonies of respect from friends at a distance , A few weeks before his death he had , it is apprehended , a new slight paralytic seizure ; from which time he kept his bed , growing weaker , till he so gently breathed his last , that his attendant wa « not sensible of his
departure . The emotion with which , on a particular occasion , he gave vent to his feelings and expressed himself with much earnestness , was very instructive and characteristic of his prevailing 1 dispositions . It was to this effect : " I do > not pray to be rich : but to
be more humble , more holy , more pious and more content . " His temper to those from whom he differed in opinion was candid and liberal * In » word , he merited the epithet good Mr . Procter , often , when he was spoken of , connected with his name . T .
Obituary . — Rev . William Procter . 247
Mrs . Fullagar . March 27 y is 14 , Died at her house , at Newport , in the Isle of Wighc , Mrs - fuLLAGAR , relict of the late John Fullagar , £ sq . of Higham Hill , and of Hackney , after a long and trying illness , which her friends were consoled on seeing relieved by exemplary n ] ial attentions .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 247, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/47/