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ttnuing' there ^ ve years settled , in the year 1778 , with a congregation at Horwich , n Bolton , in Lancashire . There he continued until the year 1797 , when he was invited to be co-pastor with the Rev . Thomas Tayler , minister of the congregation at Carter-lane , London ; but being * only afternoon preacher , and having hut
few hearers , he soon became dissatisfied with his new and flattering situation , and in a very few years removed to Daventry in Northamptonshire . In this place he continued until bodily infirmities rendered him unable to perform the duties of his
office , when he found it advisable , a few months ago , to go to Birmingham , where his only son resides . Here his health improved , and he supplied the congregations of Cradley and Stourbridge several Lord ' s days ; but his afflictions soon returned and removed him out of our world .
He published , in the year 1792 , a Sermon on Charity , which he preached at Horwich , for the benefit of the Manchester Infirmary , as did many other ministers of that neighbourhood at that time . He also , in the year 1810 , favoured the public with a Memoir of that excellent man the Rev . Thomas Robins , [ Mon . Repos .
V . 362— -364 , ] who was laid aside , many years before his death , both from preaching and tuition , by the relaxation of the organs of speech , occasioned by being very unhappily prevailed on to preach three times in one day to a large congregation , when he was indisposed with a cold .
Wisdom is necessary to direct . Be soberly w \ se . Mr . Watson was a truly religious person , of simple and unaffected manners , a plain , sensible and serious preacher , but his delivery was not sufficiently energetic . A volume of his discourses would , probably , be found far preferable to many that are daily issuing from the press .
In his last letter to me , which is dated Birmingham , June 27 , 1817 , speaking of another minister who had lately resigned his charge , he says , I have not heard whether he means to continue in the
ministry , but I suppose not as a stated preacher . But , like me , probably he will preach occas ionally in the place and neighbourhood where he resides 5 thus we are re * winded of our declining years , and our approach to that time when we shall cease
to speak in the name of the Lord . It is humbling to think how little g-ood we have done , and I am sometimes pained with the reflection that I might have done more had * exerted myself more , and my only re-¦ ou rce is to acknowledge it before God , ftnd
cast myself upon his sovereign mercy . And yet I am not without some hopes that * have been useful , in a number of inst ances , in the course of my ministry , but , f *** ! how few io comparison of the many ** which t see no evidence of good done . "
Farewell , brother Watson , a long * farewell . All who , by the grace of God in Christ Jesus , shall get safe to a better world , will doubtless find thee there . But , for the present , farewell . I can now , in a moment , run , in idea , through the whole clerical history of my deceased friend , and , O , what a shadow it appears ! " Mine age is as nothing before
thee /'—Psalm xc . Of how little importance it is where we spend the few fleeting moments of life , so that we spend them in the fear of God ! Verily , every man and every minister of Jesus Christ , in his best state , is altogether vanity . JOSEPH JEVANS .
September 21 , at Riverkead in Kent , at the advanced age of eighty-five years and four months , Mary , the wife of John Simpson , formerly of Hackney . Her death was sudden , though not
unexpected 5 years and infirmities had longoppressed her—she had been afflicted more than thirty years with deafness , and in her last year she nearly lost her sight : thus cut oft * from her favourite employment reading , she would request that others would read to her , which was ever cheerfully complied with , though it required great exertion of voice to reach her
hearing . To her honour she filled up everj relation of life , as became a woman professing godliness , and will ever be remembered with the sincerest affection by her surviving partner , ( with whom she had lived in matrimonial harmony sixty-two years and seven months , ) and by her numerous offspring of children and grandchildren . She was interred in the burial
ground at Worship-street , on Friday 26 th of September , and the Rev . Mr . Gilchrist addressed a mourning audience at the grave . ^ J . S .
Obituary . —Rev . G . Watson *—Mrs . Mary Simpson , &c . < 325
— 29 , aged 64 , Mrs . Anna Taylor , of Banstead , Surry , only surviving daughter
of the late Rev . Henry Taylor , Rector of Crawiey and Vicar of Portsmouth , the author of Ben MordecaPs Letters , Stc .
Oct . 7 y at his apartments at Brompton , the Right Hon . J . P . Cobban . He is almost the last of that brilliant phalanx , the contemporaries and fellow-labourers of Mr Fox , in the c ^ use of general libectj , Lord
—^^~* mmm ^^^~^ — 23 rd , at Abergavennyy of a paralytic stroke , received whilst travelling in a postchaise to that place on the 14 th , Henry Hinckley , Esq . of Guildford-street , for some time Treasurer to the London Unitarian ( Book ) Society .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 625, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/53/