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and stated catechetical lectures . On the Sunday-schools of the Society he likewise bestowed a kind and attentive patronage , though for their regular and laborious instruction they were indebted to the gratuitous and judicious exertions
of the younger ladies and gentlemen of the congregation . Neither were the poor , the sick and the aged neglected by him ; on the contrary , they largely experienced his sympathy and generosity . Generosity indeed , and that of the noblest kind , founded on Christian benevolence and
supported by a well-regulated economy , formed a distinguishing feature in his charactei * , so that it might truly be said of him , the blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon him , and he caused the widow ' s heart to sing for joy . As the natural result of such dispositions and conduct he was universally
esteemed and beloved , and his ministerial labours were eminently successful . His capacious place of worship was well filled by a serious and attentive audience , a considerable part of which was formed of labouring mechanics and the industrious poor . Perhaps few instances can be found where a more cordial esteem
and affection have subsisted between a minister and his people . Nor was he thus beloved by his own congregation only , his gentle and obliging manners attracted the regard of all around him , and his truly Christian spirit greatly subdued that disgraceful bigotry which at one time too much prevailed in the town where he resided .
Thus respected and beloved whilst living , it was natural to expect his death would be deeply regretted . This regret was immediately manifested by the inhabitants unanimously agreeing to postpone , till after his interment , a general
illumination , which was to have taken place the day after his decease ; and this , we believe , not at the suggestion of any member of his own congregation . On the following Tuesday his remains were followed to the grave by an immense
concourse of people , who discovered evident marks of heartfelt sorrow . The congregation took upon themselves the management of the funeral , and spared no expense in testifying their affectionate regard to their late beloved pastor . He was interred in the chapel-yard , and the solemn service was performed in a very
appropriate and impressive manner by the Rev . James Manning , between whom and the deceased , a long and intimate friendship had subsisted . Six Dissenting Ministers of different denominations supported the pall , thus manifesting their respect for one whose charity embraced the sincere and upright of every denomination . On the succeeding Sabbath , an
interesting and suitable discourse was delivered to an attentive and crowded audience , by the Rev . T . S . Smith , M . D . who , at the unanimous request of the congregation , has consented to give it to the public . " Mark the perfect man , and hehold the upright , for the end of that man is peace . " S . F .
Nov , 17 , after an illness of three days , in the 77 th year of his age , the Rev . William Tooke , F . R . S . He was born in 1744 , descended from an ancient family in Kent and Hertfordshire , which had already given to the world two literary men ; Dr . Thomas Tooke , the founder of the Grammar School at Bishop
Stortford , and Dr . Andrew Tooke , of the Charter-House , the author of " The Pantheon , " or rather the translator of it from the French of M . Porny . Mr . Tooke was brought up to the liberal trade of a printer , but is said to have been unsuccessful . His mind was forcibly
turned towards literature , for the cultivation of which he entered into Holy Orders ; being ordained Deacon , Feb . 24 , 1771 , by Dr . Terrick , Bishop of London , and admitted into priest ' s orders the March following . In the month of May , of the same year , he went to Russia , as chaplain to the British factory at St .
Petersburgh . Here he was highly esteemed in his professional character , and was unremitting in his literary pursuits . On an accession of fortune in 1792 , he returned to England . Either now or some time before , he is said to have manifested the uprightness of his character by voluntarily liquidating some claims which
existed , not indeed in law or even in ordinary justice , but in his own sense of honour , against him . Henceforth , he resided in London , employing himself as an author , and mixing in the first literary circles . His humour made him every where an agreeable companion . His politics and his religious opinions were very free . So exempt , indeed , was he from
bigotry , that though a clergyman he courted the society of the more eminent Dissenters of the day . He was thought to incline to the system of the German divines , and once contributed a manuscript in exposition of the gospel on the theory of Naturalism to this Magazine , which it was not considered expedient at the time to insert .
During the splendid mayoralty of Sir William Domville , Mr . Tooke was Lord Mayor's Chaplain , in which capacity he preached and published several valuable sermons . As an author , he is chiefly known by his translations , and these , for the most
54 Obituary . —Rev . William Tooke .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 54, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/54/