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says something in relation to the dead for the good of the living . It never was my habit to say much , nor shall I on the present occasion $ but it is peculiarly pleasing to me , ( and I doubt
not to you too , ) that what little we have known of the deceased , as a friend and a minister of the gospel , has left on our minds impressions that will only be lost when memory shalJ have lost irs office . Mr . -Winder
was iio common man ; lie did credit to the discernment of his predecessor who reccommended him to you , and to you who chose him to be your minister : his mind was of a superior crfst , bold , penetrating and generous . He could not he held in fetters by whomsoever formed or imposejd . This
made him leave the Wesley an connexion after having been a preacher among them some years ; and following his sober convictions , he . united with a congregation of General Baptists , in Norwich , where , fur some time , as among the Methodists , he was popular ; and there he became an Unitarian .
Coasideri ng be was nearly altogether self-taught , his penetration and diligence must have been wonderful . He could not satisfy himself by Jvpoking o 4 the surface of things , nor yet at his own side of a question , though it
were ever so particular : he was wilJing to give the opposite all its weighty he was not more eager to retain his own opinion than he was generous to allow others to differ from him . Some have thought he went too far to meet those who do not entertain the same
views of revelation as the generality of Christians . If he erred here , those who knew him would rather ascribe k to lils charitable and generous miud than to any wish to encourage
scepticism and infidelity . It would , we think , at least , be uncandid for any one to say he violated his conscience in not dealing faithfully with all descriptions of his hearers .
His abilities as a public speaker it is not for me to eulogize before you : his voice was good and * his manner of address powerful , even to astonishment , when his weak habit of body
was looked at . It appears , as a medical gentleman who last attended him , Observed , he had been several years labouring under the complaint of which he tlied ^ namely , an affection
of the liver . Perhaps few men ever suffered more and said less of their affliction , and it might be / roni this calm habit of mind that he said so little in his last illness of that , or of death itself . Mentioning the subject
to him , he said , " there is always something for which we wish to live : " no doubt referring to his wife and family . I observed , that what we
think our lives necessary for , may * by Providence , be ordered in a very different way , and I hoped this affliction would be for good : he replied with considerable emphasis , " I cannot in the least doubt it . " He had said to
others , he did not wish to live longer than he could be useful . I forbear enlargement , but let me recommend to you his example , not that he was perfect j he pretended to no such thing : but let me recommend to your imitation his humility , his meekness , h \ &
patience , his brotherly kindness , his charity and his zeal for truth and righteousness ; and remember , you are accountable far all you have seen and heard o , f him , according to Christ Jesus , to do , as you would meet him at the last day , with joy and not with grief . And let me just say , one of the
best marks of respect for the deceased will be to be kind to the widow and children , as it is well kuawn they are cast upon the wide world unprovided for , at a time vefry unfavourable to poverty . But while I mention tin ' s I accuse my&elf of offieiousiiess , conscious that vour kindnes 3 will not be buried in the grave of the deceased .
Obituary «—JMr . Winder *—Madame de Stael . oo 5
—¦ ¦¦ ! — Addition to the Account ( p . 429 ) of Madame de Stael . [ From the Morning Chronicle . ] As several groundless rumours have prevailed respecting the last events of M \ dame i > e Stafx ' s life and the
nature of her unpublished writings , we are requested to lay before the public the following authentic particulars on these subjects : — She manifested , to her lust moments , the same sincere and zealous
attachment to the JVotes taut faith from which her judgment had never deviated . The distribution of her fortune was made with a considerate regard to every equitable claim on her bounty . It is thoroughly approved by the Duchesse de Broglie and the Baron de Stael , who not only shew the most
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1817, page 555, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2468/page/43/