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obtained the situation of one of the Mathematical Masters at Woolwich , where he continued for more than forty years , during which time he published a variety of elementary scientific works , too well known to need describing . He was one of the contributors to Dr . Ilees ' s Cyclopaedia . He possessed a great fund of information , and his talents for conversation made his company attractive The attendance at his funeral at Charlton testified the respect in which he was held .
June 14 , at Daventry , Mr . James Blencowe . It has frequently been urged by the opponents of Unitarianism , that it is incapable of affording consolation and support in a dying hour . Numerous are the instances on record where this assertion has been disproved , but in none more so than in him whose death is here lamented . Few in early life have been called to endure such a long and painful affliction , and few have borne it so well . After serving an apprenticeship to a druggist in his native place Daventry , he removed to London , where he resided some years , gaining by his industry and integrity the esteem and affection of his
employer . Having been early educated in the doctrines of the Established Church , during the greater part of his life he conformed to her ritual , and was often , as circumstances would permit , a worshiper at her altar . Naturally of a thoughtful and inquisitive disposition , his leisure hours were employed in reading
and reflection , and among other subjects which engaged his attention , he deemed religion of the utmost importance . Becoming dissatisfied with the Creeds and Articles in whicli he had been instructed , he was in danger of concluding that Christianity wa 3 indeed a cunningly-devised fable . In this state of mind he
read with caution and patience the arguments for and against revealed religion ; and by his examination of the Sacred Records became a firm and decided believer ^ n the truth of the Holy Scriptures ^ The doctrine of the Trinity and its
appendages , which had been to him " a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence , " his acute and penetrating mind soon perceived , were the inventions of men , and not the doctrines of the gospel . The jmore he read the better was he satisfied , that the father alone is the Christian ' s Ood ; and that he who is in Scripture ^ emphatical ly styled , " the , Father , th «
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ *' is alone entitled to the adoration and thanksgivings of his creatures . Persuaded that the unity of God is a primary doctrine of the Jewish and Christian revelations , and that the supreme and eternal Jehovah is the only proper object of religious worship , he abstained for the last three or four years of his life from the public services of religion , except where it was conducted on these principles . A
change from the religion of our forefathers generally exposes the conscientious subject of it , if not to persecution , to misrepresentation and trouble , from which our friend was not altogether exempt ; but neither the kind entreaties of
relatives , nor the damnatory sentences of others , could draw him from an adherence to the simplicity of gospel truth . He held fast the profession of his faith without wavering , and was ever ready to adopt the language of the great apostle : Though others acknowledge "Gods many and Lords many , to us there is but one
God , and one Mediator between God and men , the man Christ Jesus . " Truth had been the object of his research , for he knew it must be beneficial ; having sought it as the pearl of great price , and found it , he valued it highly , and held it firmly . Leaving London on account of his health , he retired into the country , where it became so far established that his active
and ardent mind could not remain satisfied unemployed . Having the offer of a business at Bewdley , in Worcestershire , he was induced to take it , and for some time had the felicity of thinking that a country situation was adapted to his constitutional disease . Though his residence here was not many months , his business
flourished , and success , more than he expected , crowned his exertions . But the pleasing prospects he had formed of future usefulness and happiness were soon overcast ; scarcely had the brightness of the morning sun risen upon him than it was darkened by the evening shades ; and those delightful associations which , at his
period of life , arise in the youthful mind , were suddenly extinguished . His old complaint returned , and , from this time , he was finally laid aside from active life . Yet not a murmur escaped his lips , nor ever did he arraign the wisdom or goodness of that Great Being , who , no doubt , for wise and benevolent purposes , thus
thought fit to afHict him . 'Tis true he wished for life , and while there was hope , cherished it ; but , during the last few months of his life , he- seemed fully sensible he was hastening to the tomb . To the surprise of many , his fortitude and cheerfulness never forsook him ; the principles he had embraced in healthy supported him in the hour of affliction Wd . 'distress .
370 Obituary . —Dr . Calcott . Air . Blencowe .
May 15 , in the neighbourhood of Bristol , Dr . Calcott , celebrated for more than thirty years for his original genius and profound science as a musician .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 370, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/46/