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firmly believing m the record Of his divine mission aftd amiable character , as given in the New ifeatrfiiienL : She was interred in the burying-grotind belonging to fche Southover Baptist Con * which ion
gregatkm ; on occas an appro * priate , solemn , and at the same time animating , Discourse was preached by fche Bev . Wai . Johnston , of Lewes , to a crowded , respectable and attentive con * gregatkm , on the Christian ' s triumph over death and the grave , from 1 Corinthians
xv . 55—57- Twe service was introduced by the Rev . Mr . Taplin , from the General Baptist Academy , and concluded by a serious , impressive Address , delivered at the grave by the Rev . Wm . Johnston .
tending Its ample wing over all the , grada ^ tions of civilized society . He toted oppression , he abhorred every £ pedes of tyranny . And , whilst he lamented the evils attached to the condition of man in
the body politic , he welcomed ^ every 3 y $ * p * torn of reformation , and hailed every amendment that increased the comforts of his fellow-creatures . In this respect , indeed , he was the friend of human feted , the true lover of his country .
" Though he was not a member of any church , yet his mind was strongly imr pressed with the truth-and excellence of the Christian Religion . He venerated the precepts , and rejoiced in the promises of the New Testament , He often wondered how any human being could speak ligfetly of annihilation : he deemed it abhorrent
from all the best feelings of our nature . A future sCate , m hid opinion , was an invaluable discovery of the gospel of Je $ us Christ . It solved the difficulties of Providence , lightened the calamities . . . of life , and was commensurate to the wants , as well as expectations , of intelligent and moral agents . He exulted in the
anticipation of a bles&ed immortality ! A firm believer in relation , he deplored the prevalence of infidelity , persuaded it arose from corrupt human systems , and not from the study of the Sacred Writ ^ ings : and he was a regular attendant on public worship , in this place , for upwards of twenty years . He was aware of the
force of public example . His views- of religious truth were liberal ; advocating the right of private judgment , and condemning every approach towards bigotry . With some peculiar notions , he was attached to the great leading truths , and practised the quiet , unostentatious virtues of - Scriptural Christianity .
& £ ^ k M ^ a ^ a . tf ^ mw . ^ M * -k 4 * 1 % /¦ « " ^ * - <""* 4- ^ ¦^ ^ r' % ^ V > " » *^ W ^ rf-fc . ftr ^ 1 V » . ' ^ - * . ^? ** A Friend , at Maidstone , capable of estimating his intellectual and moral worth , thus writes to his afflicted widow , to the truth of which I can bear testimony : ' For myself , in particular , I shall never forget the many acts of kindness which I have experienced front Mr . Wiche , nor the many pleasant hours I
have spent in conversation with mm . Your and your children ' s loss is , however , by far the greatest ; and 1 most sincerely wish it was in my power to administer consolation . But with the usual * I may say with the only solid grounds of consolation , you are aft well acquainted as myself . We are not , like many others ,
unfortunately at the present period * wfeo * rejecting revelation * have no other grounds of comfort than the necessity we am all uuder of paying th& debt iff nature * We believe that when me lose our friends , tta separation will not be long ; and that when , we meet again , it mil be to aepatate uo moreV To this testimony I have ogfcy
Obituarys-Mr , Thomas Wiche . 491
July 11 , Mr . Thomas Wiche , of Ckiswell Street 9 after a very sudden indisposition . He was , the subsequent Sabbath , buried at Worship Street , by Mr . Eaton , who delivered an appropriate Address at his interment . His funeral sermon was preached by Dr . Evans , from Luke xii . 40 . The account of the deceased was
given by the preacher la the following wwd& " M : y worthy brother-in-law , the late Mr . Thomas Wiche , died oh Wednesday , July 11 , 1821 , iti die 64 th of his age . Violent spasmodic affections of the chest were the means ordained by Providence for the termination of his- mortal course .
He was well the preceding day at dinner , and the next morning a breathless corpse . So precarious Ls the tenure on which we hold not only every earthly possession , but even life itself . He was the eldest son of the Rev . John WSehe , the beloved friend of Lardner , and the
mudl-respected pastor of the General Baptist Church at Maidstone , for < near half a century He passed the early part of life with an excellent maternal uncle , Mr . Thomas Pine , but leaving him , he afterwards settled in town . Here , he for several years assisted the late Mr . Field , bookseller
to the Society for propagating Religious Knowled ge * Him he succeeded , and discharged the duties of hi « station with singular fidelity . His understanding was good , his disposition benevolent * and in all his dealings , a man of singular honesty . Nothing colild tempt him to de what appeared to him wrong . No individual could lead him astray from the
path of rectitude . He had his peculiar views and habits , but in every department of conduct , he exhibited aa irreproachable integrity . From his venerable parent he derived enlarged notions of * j w and Religious Liberty . These he cherished throughout life . Nothing gave Sim . tmtei ' P * Mta «» e tW « n to witness the « iin * siori « tf human happiness * promoted y tne operation ctf good government ex-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 491, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/51/