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was prepared by himself , and is principally a compilation from other similar works . Of the four forms of which it consists , two are taken , with Iktle alteration , from the Liturgy of our Established Church , But tlnrngh in this work Mr * Hawkes has not the merit
of originality , he has in an eminent degree that of judicious selection . The sentiments are every where pure , holy , rational ; the style , even in those services which are not adopted from the national ritual , is characterized bv
a dignified simplicity , not unworthy of that venerable formulary ; and though every word appears , to have been weighed and scrutinized with the utmost . severity of judgment , there is still diffused # ver the whole that
chastened and temperate fervour of devotion which ought to animate our addresses to Him , who is not only the greatest , but the best of beings . It is perfectly rational , without l * eing cold or meagre , and gratifies the feelings , without offending the understanding .
It is in the professional character of Mr . Hawkes alone that the public can be interested ; but it may be allowable to add , that he discharged all the duties of social and domestic life , with
scrupulous correctness and propriety . In all he said and all he did , there appeared a calm consciousness of ability to judge aright , and of rectitude of intention ; which produced a manly firm ness and steadiness of conduct . His manners , though perfectly plain , were those of a person habituated to good society . Tkere was a lktle reserve in them , not unbecoming the simplicity and dignity of his character . He was entirely free from affectation . His nature was abhorrent of all
disguise , parade or art ; and of every thing mean or sordid . Manchester abounds in men eminent for general ability , and in particular for strength and energy of mind ; and it is a
sufficient proof of the vigour of Mr . Hawkcq ' s understanding , and the superiority of his intellectual powers , that by persons of this description , he was , during his whole life , beloved , admired aud honoured .
It has been already remarked , that several of the latter years of his life , he used manuscript forme of his own composition .
. Mr . Hawkes was perhaps j * ot 86 ex-• tensively known to the world , as from ; his profession and talents' might have been expected . The noblest imputation
to which a minister can aspire , is that which arises from the faithful discharge of his ministerial duties ; from liis jBXr emplary labours for the improyejfnen of his flock in Christian knowletfget and their edification in the virtues aha
graces of the Christian character ; ahd this reputation Mr . Hawkes eayoyed in a truly honourable decree , ft is riot surprising that he should hare disdained ail the petty intrigues and artifices by which some persons build tip for riaernselves a little fabric of celebrity among the writers' or preachers of their day ; vet while there is true wisdom as well
as troe greatness of mind , m estimating the possession infinitely above the reputation of talents and acquirements , it is greatly' to be lamented that , in minds of this high order , there is too frequently a reluctance to appear before the world ; a want of what is surely
a generous ambition to assume that rank among men of letters or philosophers , * which they are eminentl y fitted to adorn . They indulge a fastidiousness of judgment which they find themselves unable to satisfy . They compare their own performances , only witk snodels of the choicest excellence ,
or perhaps with some ideal image they have formed of unattainable perfection ; and are -discouraged by an inferiority which could be discovered by themselves alone . It is happy for society when men thus highly-gifted are placed in circumstances that call forth the utmost exertion of their
faculties . Had Mr . Ha ^ vkes been thus situated , his fame would undoubtedly have been perpetuated by some masterly productions ; that would have descended to a remote posterity with those of a Butler , a Balguy , a Law and a Paley .
Sketch of t / i ? Character 0 / the late Rev . JViUutm Hawkes . 691
* Est enhn gloria , solida quaedani res , et expressa , non adunibrata : ea eat cousentiens laus bonorum , iucorrupta vox ben 6 judicantium de excelleute virtute ; efc virtuti resonat tanquam imago ; , < juhj qma rect& factoruni plerumque comes est , rtori est bonis "drift tejiniftfenda . Cic . Thsscu ? .-14 , 2 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1820, page 691, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2495/page/3/