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July 21 , at Dr . Williams ' s Library , in Red-Cross Street , London , the Rev , Thomas Morgan , LL . D ., in the 69 th year of his age . The disease which brought on his dissolution had for many months preyed upon his frame , and was of a most
distressing nature ; but he supported himself under its irresistible progress with that fortitude and resignation which Christian faith and elevated piety alone can inspire , and his memory will long be dear to those who knew his worth , and shared his friendship .
He was born at Laugharn , a small town in Carmarthenshire , South Wales , Dec . 26 , 1752 , and was the only son of the Rev . Thomas Morgan , who resided in that town , and was minister to a large congregation of Protestant Dissenters , at a place called Henllan , in its vicinity After a residence of several years , Mr . Morgan
removed with his family into England ; and settled first at Delf , in Yorkshire , and finally at Morley , near Leeds , to which place he went in 1763 . On the highest ground in this populous village , stands the chapel ( formerly an Episcopal church ) in which he officiated , and here Mr . Morgan preached to a numerous and affectionate congregation , till a paralytic stroke ended his labours and his life .
He was a popular preacher among the moderate Calvinists , and a man of considerable ability and learning . The son was brought up for the same profession as his father—that of the Christian Ministry ; and this destination of a revered
parent , became the object of his early choice and approval . He received the advantages of an excellent classical education , principally at Batley School , under the Rev . Mr . Hargrave . He was placed here in 1764 . Afterwards , he was a short
time in the Grammar School at Leeds , the Rev . Mr . Brook , Head Master . When he had nearly attained his 16 th year ( 1768 ) he was entered a student in the college at Hoxton , near London . This seminary was then under the direction of the Rev . Dr . Savage , Dr . Kippis , and Dr . Rees ; gentlemen pre-eminently qualified to fill
the several departments of Theology , the Belles Lettres , and Mathematics , to which they were appointed by the Trustees of the late Mr . Coward , who , at that time , supported two Institutions for the education of young men devoted
to the Christian ministry , among the Protestant Dissenters . Under the able tuition of the professors in that college , and the truly judicious and paternal superintendance of the resident tutor , Dr . BUfes , Mr . Morgan continued six years ,
a year having been allowed him in addition to the usual course of academical study . Of this favour he made the best advantage ; and leaving the college with ample testimonials to his proficiency and good conduct , he was chosen the assistant preacher to the Presbyterian congregation at Abingdon in Berkshire , then under the ministry of the Rev . Mr . Moore . The resignation of that gentleman , occasioned by age and infirmities , took place soon after his settlement , and Mr .
Morgan was unanimously invited to succeed him in the pastoral office , and was ordained at the chapel m the . Old Jewry , by the tutors of his college , supported by Drs . Price , Furneaux and Amory . His services at Abingdon were well received and eminently useful within the circle of that small but respectable congregation with which he was connected . His
union with this society did not , however , continue very long ; for on the death of Dr . William Prior , the aged minister to the . Presbyterian chapel in
Ahffe Street , Goodman ' s Fields , Mr . Morgan was appointed to the vacant pulpit , and he filled it with acceptance and usefulness , till the lease of the place was nearly expired , and the congregation was consequently dissolved .
During . the latter period of his connexion with this society , he officiated as one of the Sunday-evening lecturers at Salters' Hall , in consequence of the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Rev . Dr . Rees .
In the year 1783 , he was elected a member of Dr . Williams ' s trust ; and in the spring of 1804 , was appointed to the office of Librarian , on the condition of resigning his place in the trust ; the office of librarian being incompatible with that
of a trustee . No man could be a more proper person to fill this honourable and important situation than himself . He was well acquainted with general literature , had a good knowledge of books , was regular and punctual in his habits , and never absent from his station during the hours of
business , till a few days before his decease , when he was compelled reluctantly to withdraw to a sick chamber , and lay his head on the pillow of death . In the year 1819 , he was presented with the diploma pf Doctor in the Civil Law , by the University of Aberdeen ; and certainly few
persons have better deserved the rank which was conferred upon him by that learned body . This honorary degree , m the scale of literature , was obtained for him by his intimate friends and associates , entirely without his knowledge ; and was so handsomely , as well as dencately , announced to him , that ( a » tne
492 Obituary . —Rev . Thomas Morgan , LL . D .
to add , that our departed brother was a good husband , an affectionate father , and a faithful friend .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 492, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/52/