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^ w ^ MlK ^ tSi ^ f ^^ fricg tfo £ <* fcy rMindi Preserver ! ^ Su ^ h , indeed J , uWfmtl ty&l alleviajti ^ s ; y dth : vvlHC ^ , was induced in , myi affliction , and ^ ch the , soothing consolations communicated to inv mind consolationa c ^ iigununiqajed to my . mind
by * % , prinqiples $£ region , that , up ^ ft the whqie , being % & from bodily pain * I think I , may class the four months pf my confinement among some o > f the most comfortaMejn the course of my life . The warm lancf kind attachment
which my frrentfs shewed to me Hvas greater tl ^ an I before knew that they felt , and it has been a source of much pleasure to nae , that though : I was laid aside from public service , for a long time , my place was regularly supplied . "
This ? alarming fever left Mr . Howe in a condition of great bodily weakness ; it fatally undermined his constitution ; and from that period his friends have been , sensible of the gradual decay which has brought him down to his native dust . He exemplified , however ,
in a peculiarly important and striking sense , the justness of the ; apostle ' s ren > ark , that . & though ^ thfe dutwafcd man : perislnethi . the ? inward , man may be renewed $ &fi by . day 2 ? * Never tdid he apf ^ f ^ itO :, rfose 3 ight , evf ^ nr for ; a moment ^ of what he ! ovv ^ i to hi §
heavenly Benefactor . , On the 2 d of 'Aprfl ; Ji < 8099 ) ihe r ^ tumed toithe , duties of Ithe pastoral office with redoubled , energy His beloved hearers received him from the borders ¦ of the grave with increasing affection and regwd ; and no one could witness the ardour of his zeal it
without being convince ^ that was because he tad felt < the . - inestimable value of th& ime 0 rrnptedL ; doctrin ^ s of the gospel , that Jtte was uiore thari ev ^ i ? anxious to inculcate a fearless ,
diligent , unbiasaed examination of the Hi ^ np . tures , and thus to be mmfe t ! te hoapu ^ ed Instrument of leading his p f * wte "; W a . mj ^ r ^ perfeot ; ae ' q « i ^ tance witJV * Vth ^; tru ^ h as it is in . Je su ^/ an ^ iftf pjrppxotingMOi ^ ng the m the influent ^ f genuine Chttistianity . , / A m r- f ' jji ? yi ? Ti ^ ' ' fjiiricw't ¦ . fT ^ ' iV Vv ¦ n f "t I
I 11 ^ jr ^ parinff , th ^ i servlce ^ ibf ^ ^ te > eju ^ i ^ w M ^^ M ^ it *; ^ ^ w ^ iph rS % ^ r ^ hLe ^ e f ^^ i 3 ^ ec ^^*^ ril- ^ iiii ^^ fefe ^ : found the purest and the mosfc valued of his pleaaure ^ r . ^^^ ili ^ sj ^ li ^ iii ^ tt
wag im j jBxoeeding jciy * ^ mfere % |« te # the devotions of Ms flock \ vith a &otem * nity , a fei ^ ou r ^ a heavenly-inind ^ dness labat were all his o \ Vn . Tiiere he lifted up his voice , nott . tor amuses hut y t ^ convince and to awaken . ; There lie
described th ^ happiness of pietyi by > exhibiting religion in HamosH attractive forms , and by unfolding the purity tpid > the blfes of the heavenly MF&rfdJ ( There he displayed the paternal ch ^ racterr of God and tlhe love , of Christ , which \ wa& , stronger than d ^ ath . His instructions , coming from .. " a heart convi ^ cedV <> f immortality ^' derived thence a , p 63 sver > a beauty , a persuasive tenderness , which it was scarcely possibly to resist . cc He bore his great commission in hia } look ,
But sweetly temperM awe ; and soften'd all he spoke . ' He preach'd the joys of heaven and pains of bell , And wa ^ n'd the sinner with becoming zeal ; But on eternal mercy lov'd to dwell . He taught the gospel rather than the
law , And forc'd himself to drive , but lov'd to draw . " Drydenv ¦ . , „ ¦ ¦ ' ¦ ¦ - ¦ ' - ' ¦ - ' .
Of what he was m his personal and social character , I shaill attempt ridr delineation : I cf ^'\ iib ^ ^^^ votedness id Qod , aWd of the aifpplilcity ^ the chdd ^ ^ a ^}^^ ^^ smg ^ ewm of his heart ; , 1 could say much of tfie candour which he always exercised towards good men of ail denominations ; of his , entire freedom from that exclusive , intolerant , dogmatizingspirit so disgracefully common in the ( Chris tian world ; land of the ^ uilttSteed ¥ ^ his
lief ^ which it w ^ s deli gfcf tf tdim to the abodes of J ; he pi > Qf 9 ' W&ni iS ^ tiip sick and the forlorn V V ' c ^ m ^ m tiiia the . amiaWeness •^|^^ fl | |^|^!^^ 4 but ' these are emb ^ l ^ ed ^ f in t ^ recollections ojf all j ^ f ^ # i )§ w | him , wd the reme >^ mm 4 , * n& i Mfflm « Ov >< B ^ ffi mayvveli soQthe « and coarfort us im ^ U melancholy hdur : . ParAured Mth tiM
vol . xv . 5 a
^ 17 A Tribute 5 < xtHe < Memoiy of the RevxWTifimas Howe . 72 $
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1820, page 721, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2495/page/33/