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nour stations of no small importance , are fully sensible of their obligations to her disinterested , intelligent and pious counsels . For a considerable time her bodily privations and sufferings were severe : for many years before her death , she had totally lost
her sight ; yet her presence of mind , her cheerful disposition , and her quickness of intellect , wonderfully supplied the loss . Her devout submission , during several months of lingering and acute disease , was exceedingly instructive . She delighted to think and
to converse on the paternal character of God , and on his promises of pardon , of support , and of immortality in the gospel . Her humility was unfeigned and profound ; but it was impossible not to perceive that her
moral and religious attainments were of no ordinary rank . * As her whole life adorned her Christian principles , which were strictly Unitarian , so in the approach of her dissolution , she fully experienced the consolation and vigour that they afford .
** You should never dismiss from your memory one relative , or one friend , or one good man , who has deserved , while he lived , your affection and esteem / ' f- They who feel the force of this sentiment , will not think
an apology to be requisite for the no * tices thus laid before the public . Friendship is soothed and gratified , and a rising race may be admonished and encouraged , by these recollections . The virtues of those who have
preceded us belong , in a very interesting sense , to the generation which immediately follows : nor does it frequently happen , even where no offspring is left to weep over a parent ' s grave , aad to imitate his excellencies , that there are
not some young persons who are particularly concerned in such representations of departed worth . Upon the reader , to whatever stage of life he lias reached , let one fact be impressed : all the individuals whose names have passed in review , cherished the religious principle 3 while they dif
-* The recitation , ami , occasionally , the composition of devotional poetry , cheered some of Jier solitary moments . t * George Walker ' s Sermon on the death of D * . Currie .
fered from each other , in various degrees , in respect of their theological opinions . Happy they who , like these estimable persons , have their
" Witness in Heaven and their record on high ; " in this persuasion , and in the state of mind and conduct Which it nourishes , truly happy ; inasmuch as while they , remember , they , at the same time , emulate the honoured
dead" Farewell , pure spirits ! Vain the praise we give ; The praise you sought , from lips angelic flows ; Farewell ! The virtues which deserve to l ive , Deserve an ampler bliss than life bestows , " * N .
Brief Notes on the Bible . No . XXII . C ( Though I am rude in speech , yet I am not in knowledge . " 2 Cor . xi . 6 m Fragment of a second Dialogue . FTpRINITARIAN Well , I have % never thought of questioning "
that the Bible only , which you parade such a reliance on , is the rule of faith ; but why set yourself , in your construction of the sacred volume , in suct f fl ^ t opposition to the judgment of men surpassing you in understanding , ia knowledge , in ancient and modern lore , in all the acquirements requisite
to a just interpretation of the bcriptures , such as you cannot assume to possess j in opposition to the collected wisdom of councils , hierarchies , theologists and divines of successive ages y in the ^ ain presumption that your mind , forsooth , is more enlightened than theirs , and that a comparative handful of a
sect—Unitarian . —You have taken heart , it seems . Bear with my interrupting you to inquire , Is it the multitudes , the genuine , -abounding piety , or the superiority of intellect , within the pale of orthodoxy , which you thus build your profession upon ? ¦
. , . T . —On all combined . Tiiegreatest names , the profoundest schgiars , the most conscientious seekers # ft ; er truth , * Shen 8 tone . Elegy ii | Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire .
Brief Notes on the Bible . No . XXIJ . 746
VOL ,. XVII . 5 C
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 745, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/25/