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54 Obituary . —Mr . RaiUon * —David Jennings , E * q : —Mrs . Eglesome
1819 . December 4 , at Woolwich , Mr . John Railton , in the 49 th year of his age , leaving a wife and eight children to lament the loss of him . A fortnight before the termination of his valuable life he was in good health , and , with the sprightliness of disposition natural to him , enjoyed the pleasures of social
intercourse with his affectionate family . So true it is > that in the midst of life we are in death ; that , when in our full strength and all the vigour of our powers , and surrounded by earthly enjoyments , -we are liable to be cut down like a flower . Possessing a sound understanding , he had by steady and persevering
exertions attained respectability . For more than twenty years his religious principles had been firmly established . He was fully convinced of the truth of the Unitarian doctrine , and a fearless professor of it . Though he knew of no other Unitarians in Woolwich , feeling the value of what he believed , he was anxious for the establishment of an
Unitarian place of worship there ; and above a year before his death was instrumental , in connexion with the Unitarian Fund Committee , in procuring a small chapel for Unitarian worship , in which he assisted in conducting the service when a minister could not be obtained .
The opening of this place of worship excited much opposition among the reputed orthodox , many of whom loaded the Unitarians with the bitterest reproaches . This led him sometimes to say , 4 < Thanks be to God 1 we live in a country where they have not the supreme command , otherwise we might fall victims to their
vindictive and intolerant spirit . ' * His leisure time was principally employed in reading the Scriptures and other religious ^) boks , and in instructing his family , whom he endeavoured to lead to habits of piety , jjnfegrity , sobriety and * prudence . In this course he looked to God for the enjoyments of this life and of the life to come .
¦ He gave pleasing proofs 1 that the religion of Jesus affected his hetirt and influenced his mind ; that he regarded it as the only safeguard of man . Had he been spared , there is reason to believe his usefulness as a Christian would have increased . The unity and infinite benevolence of God were to him a rich source of consolation : he said , they preserved him from
perplexity in religious worship , and from the dread of futurity . The gospel he regarded as the most invaluable of the Divine gifts . With such views , and in * : # luenced by such principles , we may Cherish the hope that he was habitually jprepared to 'meet his God . In society he Shewed frankness of manner ; liberality Of sentiment , and utideviating integrity . ' Signified without pride , and cheerful wititoiil WwfoWW ffi ® ^ eveout * e wWti the
world , he did not lose sight of the character he had to support , and the duties he had to fulfil as a Christian . He would discuss subjects with entire freedom , without any tincture of acrimony . Those
who shared his friendship saw that his religion was no less that of the heart than of the head . Among his other pursuits he had studied the English constitution , and none could more warmly admire its excellence . He abhorred
tyranny of every kind , arbitrary sway , and the extravagances of democratic fanaticism . His loss will be long severely felt , and his memory long cherished with affection by his mourning widow and offspring . They will never forget the lessons he taught them both by precept and example . His warning was short : in his last moments he discovered
no terror , and almost imperceptibly breathed his last . On Saturday , December 11 th , his remains were deposited in the silent tomb . JVoolwich . . T . R . ¦
—^ mmmmmmmm . Dec . 6 , David Jennings , Esq ., of Fenchurch Street and of Hawkherst , in the county of Kent , grandson of Dr * Jennings , a respectable Dissenting minister , and grand-nephew of Dr . Lardner . Mr . Jennings was Chairman of the Land and
Assessed Taxes for the City of London , and was a Special Commissioner under the late Property Tax . He was an active supporter of the principal Dissenting Institutions ; and on account of his zeal and his dexterity in managing public
business , was usually put into the chair at committees . He published in 1792 , " Hawkherst ; a Sketch of its History and Antiquities . " 4 to . He put up a monument to Dr . Lardner in Hawkherst
Church , for the inscription on which , see Mon . Bepos . Ht 364 . In the same Volume , p . 48 ^ , Is a record , less honourable to Mr . Jennings ' s name , of his attempt to prevent Dr . Kippis , from being the biographer of Lardner *
1820 . Jan . 10 , In . the 56 th year of her age , Mrs . Egelsome , of Gplden Place , Oxford Road , Manchester . It will be difficult , in endeavouring to embalm the memory of this most excellent woman , to use terms at once appropriate and equal to her merits , without incurring the charge
of partiality from those who were strangers to her worth . It has fallen to the lot of few to experience the fluctuations of fortune , and the sorrows of domestic privation which she sustained , aiid to
none who , under every reverse and check of hope , could have continued tj ^ e unabated exertion , the renewed efforts , which her resolution evinced . ^ She was tflie , great granddaughiter of
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 54, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/54/