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Character of the late Rev . Dr . Toulmin * by Mr . Howe . ( See X . 462 , 523 , 661 , 665 . ) Sridport , January 6 , 1815 . Mr * Editor , " XJE not slothful , but followers of JL # them who through faith and patience inherit the promises , " is the admonition of the writer to the
Hebrews . The death of our late venerable friend , Dr . Toulmin , led me to direct the attention of my people , to whom he was well known , and by whom he was highly respected , to the excellences which adorned his
character , and to exhibit him as an example to his fellow-christians , of the pious , amiable and attractive virtues of pure religion , I have since read , with much satisfaction , the
judicious account given of him by his worthy colleague . If you think the following extract from the Discourse which , agreeably to public notice , I delivered at Bridport on this occasion , about three weeks after this eminent
servant of i 3 rod was called " to rest from his labours , " tends to strengthen the salutary impressions which Mr . Kentish ' s Sermon is calculated to make upon the mind of the reader , it is at your service for insertion in your valuable Repository .
THOMAS HOWE . 1 Cor . xv . 58 . After illustrating" the several parts of the textp the preacher thus proceeded . " I have chosen this subject with a view to the recent death of my reverend and beloved brother , and your highly esteemed and amiable friend Dr . Toulmin .
Acquainted -with him in my early youth , my veneration for his character , and my affection for him , produced by the sweetness of his disposition , arid the goodness of his heart , increasing * in proportion to my intimacy with him , I feel myself peculiarly called oij , l | y a sense of duty to departed
worth , to pay a tribute of respect * to his memory . In describing the excellences of « is character , as a , n exemplary Christian , a useful member of society , an ardent friend tothe best interests of mankind , a judicious , faithful , serious minister of the gospel , I take
Jnall for my guide the several particulars of the apostolic exhortation in the te , and shew in what respects be became , ***** Paul exhorted the Corinthian Christians to be ' steadfast , unnmveabte , progressive and persevering in the work of tne Xortl . '
" Our deceased friend wassteadfast . Persuaded that the New Testament contains the revealed will of God , communicated to mankind by his well-beloved son Jesus Christ , he considered it incumbent on him , as a professing Christian , to deduce his articles of faith and rules of conduct from this
pure source , and not from creeds and formularies of human device . He gave every possible proof which one in his circumstances could exhibit , of his searching the sacred records of divine truth , with a pious , humble and candid mind . This led him in the progress of his inquiries , to somewhat different views of the Christian
doctrine , from those he entertained in the early part of his ministry . ' The truth as it is in Jesus , ' was his noble aim , the object worthy of his diligent pursuit , and when he thought he had attained it , he openly aud conscientiously avowed his convictions . These he steadfastly maintained . Persuaded that
Unitarianism is the pure doctrine of the gospel , he was its zealous but liberal advocate . From the current language of the sacred scriptures , our judicious friend deduced the supremacy , unity and overruling providence of God . He plainly perceived that our blessed master Jesus Christ did
not assume the glory of the wonderful powers he possessed to himself , independently qf any other being , but often ascribed them to his heavenly Father as their source , that be was in the language of an apostle , a man approved of God , by miracles and wonders and sisrns which God did
by him . ' Whatever were our friend ' s views of the doctrines of religion , it must be admitted by those who differ the most widely from him in sentiment , that he did not vindicate them in the spirit of arrogance and illiberality . He pronounced no anathemas on those who rejected them . Though steadfast in maintaining what appeared to his mind to be Christian truth ,
always respecting the rights of private judgment , he treated other denominations of religious professors with the most amiable candour , and generous liberality . For the justness of this remark , let the appeal be made to his controversial writings , in which I believe there is not a single sentence ^ that Christian candour would blush to read and wish to erase .
" The Rev , Dr . Toulrain was also ' unmo veable , * nobly preserving bis integrity , i amidst good report aud evil report , * amidst allurements and oppositions . There was a period in the recollection of many
of us , when the open avowal of the sentiments he maintained , and a fervent zeal in the cause of civil and religious liberty exposed its advocate * , in some places , even to popular vengeance , as well as to the misrepresentations and harsh censures of those
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/41/