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He did well that it was in his heart * , and in proportion to his generous zeal will be his ultimate reward .
Additions to and Corrections of the Memoir of the late Rev * W « . Vidlero * My Mr * Teuton . . ' . ' Sir , BeCo 3 d P 1817 . " CONFESS myself pi easingly disap-I , pointed in your Memoir of . my late respected friend , Mr . William Vldlei \ ,
[ X 1 L 65—72 , 129—136 , 193— £ 00 , ] by finding it contain much more information concerning him than I supposed could have been collected | and to nearly the whole I can give my testimony of its correctness . There are some few particulars in which I think
it may be amended . Mr . Vidler came to town in February 1794 , to baptize * and on Mr . Winchester leaving England in May 1794 , he was unanimously invited to come from Battle and keep the congregation together till such time as they could hear from Mr . Winchester . He was to have had
an income of £ 150 . per annum : here always appeared to me the mistake of Mr . Vidler and his friends . It was an engagement with any body , every foody and nobody ., The consequence wasp that ' Mr . Vidler never had' < £ l 00 o a
year 5 yet out of this little , through his abstemiousness ,, notwithstanding the benevolence of his disposition and the largeness of his family , be had paid off £ 98 . Ss . 6 d . in December 1799 , of debts that had before accumulated- To my knowledge , these debts preyed much on his spirits , and prevented a great deal of that active usefulness for which
lie was peculiarly calculated ; and though his few encumbrances might have been easily removed had he wiade them known to a few confidential friends , he had such a sense of the very appearance of being mercenary , that lie could not do it . I believe I
knew most of his anxiety , and its cause , but I did not know all ; and when I did know it , it was too late for my remedying . You observe [ p . 134 ] that a small party in the congregation considered themselves as the Church . This is not strictly the fact- In 1778 , a small
society began to meet at a large room in Shoreditch : persons of all sentiments were welcome visitors , " with full permission / on'notice , to controvert any religious opinion . ' These meetings were held every Tuesday evening , and were frequented by ' Ministers of the Establishment as well as Dissenters , The heads of this so-
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We cannot" refrain- from extracting also the following passage , which Mr . Belsham inserted into his sermon , from a letter of his learned and much-respected- friend , the Rev . W . Broadbent , father pf the deceased : It is indeed a severe stroke , if I
could call any thingsevere which Gqd does ; peculiarly severe as it regards my feelings and all my views and hopes respecting this worldc But these perhaps were wrong , and stood in need of correction ; even those which regarded my hopes of service and instrumentality in the church of
Christ . We are gratified , and I hope not blameably , in being honoured as instruments in such a causeo But if the service which God requires be
performed , and it most surely will , we ought to be satisfied « . We have authority , indeed * for believing that it is good that it was in our 'hearts , though the service is denied us .
But I feel the strongest conviction that this event was appointed in infinite wisdom and benevolence : that it entered into the original plan of Providence , with all its circumstances
the arrangement of which will not fail to produce those consequences both immediately and remotely which infinite wisdom and goodness has intended . Who then am 1 that I should
complain ? And I am confident that the distresses which I feel do not , in any degree , exceed what the benevolent and moral purposes of the Divine government require . In such reflections as these I have
experienced invaluable consolation . I wish to bow , and I hope I do bow with dutiful and pious submission to the appointment of God . I am sure it is all wise , all right , all good- My faith also in the great doctrine of the resurrection is cloudless and strong , aod greatly strengthens my consolation .
[ The Portrait of Mr . T . Broad bent :, which accompanies ,, this Number , is eiagraved from a Miniature Painting * , by Partridge * JKi > ] " ewsBggggSjteWB * .--
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1818, page 4, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2472/page/4/