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ous sentiments a decided Unitarian Christian : and if he entertained certain notions upon the sacred prophecies which are imaginary and erroneous , let it be remembered that almost all who have
presumed to apply these prophecies to the states and revolutions of Europe , hare failed in their conjectures , and that the books of prophecy still remain , in many respects , sealed up from human investigation and developement .
" The errors of a disordered imagination , or a fond attachment to peculiar opinions , are not errors of the heart , and cannot destroy the excellence of character . The memory of the benevolent and just is blessed . " Let us seek rather to attain the
reputation of the good than of the great . Ooodness , indeed , is true greatness , whether in the humble and private walks of life , or in the broad and open path of activity and usefulness . A Cornelius , ¦ ' who feared God with all his house ; ' a Dorcas , * who was full of good works , ' and < alms-deeds which she did ; ' a
Saviour , * who went about doing good , ' — throw all the splendour of ambition in the shade . " Mr . Aldred possessed great integrity of mind , and was strictly conscientious in acting up to that which he considered as liis duty . The pure and simple doctrines
of the gospel were firmly embraced by him . These he was zealously desirous to disseminate , and these were his solace and support during a long and truly painful illness . Consoled and animated by these , he looked forward to his approaching dissolution with composure , and with a well-grounded hope of immortality .
One of Mr . Aldred ' s ancestors was of the number of Ministers ejected by the Act of Uniformity , 1662 , and afterwards was minister of Morley Chapel , near Leeds , where his remains were interred .
Several of the family were ministers of note among the Protestant Dissenters . His father , as noticed above , was pastor -of a very large and respectable congregation at Wakefield ; and the subject of this brief memoir was himself a warm
and decided advocate of the right of private judgment , and of the liberty of worshiping God according to the dictates of an enlightened conscience . J . W .
Oii the 16 th November , at her house , the WiUowb , near Preston , Lancashire ^ deeply lamented by her family and friends- , Mrs . Pilkington / relict of the late Johft Pilkiugton , Esq ., whose death was recorded in the obituary for January last , pp . 61—63 . She was the second daughter of Mr . Ormerod , of Foxstones , near Burnley , in this county , and was born in the month of June , 1750 .
Though educated in the principles and accustomed to the form of woVship of the Established Church , she possessed a mind too independent to be confined within the limits of human creeds , too ingenuous to attach infallibility to the opinions she had imbibed , too ' charitable to condemn those who differed from her in matters of faith
and worship , too deeply convinced of tht importance of right views of religion to be indifferent as to tfcfe system she espoused . With a mind thus adapted for the reception of truth , sl * e became the wife of one who encouraged and assisted her in the pursuit of it .
By the study of the Scriptures , together with the conversation and example of her beloved partner , she was induced gradually to abandon ** the traditions of the elders , and the commandments of men , " and to adopt the plain but sublime , faith of the gospel . She rejoiced that her researches had introduced her to a
better knowledge of the only living and true God , the universal Father , and- to a more scriptural view than she had hitherto entertained of the one Mediator between God and men , the Man Christ Jesus , It has beeu asserted that Unkarianism
affords no ' heating b&lm for the ills of life , no firm and chastened hope of acceptance and happkiess beyond the grave ; in short , that it is tbe frozen zone of Christianity , wherein the san of Divine love and ^ mercy never shines , in whose ungeiiial clime the fairest blossoms of religion tvither , and its choicest fruits fall blighted from the
parerit tree . It is delightful , however , to oppose to the dogmas of this uncharitable theory , the practice of oner of the professors of the faith every where spoken against . She found it to yield comfort and happiness to her heart even when the trials of life assailed her ; and with respect to its influence on her temper and conduct , it produced those virtues , which
the apostle calls the " fruits of the spiritlong-suffering , gentleness , goodness , faith , meekness , and . temperance ; " together with that highest and best attainment of the Christian character , complete resignation to the will of God . : ltrrwas ihe * aim and delight to observe trtaftcrtlyi andGonScientiousjy the several duties of ber 34 atjoa ; ; as an affectionate and dutiful wife * a tea-
770 Obituary . —Samuel fFhitchurch , E&q : —Mts . Pilkington .
Oct . 26 , at Salisbury , Samuel Whitchurch , Esq ., the universal supporter of all Christian denominations and societies in the city . In him all men seem to have lost a friend , for his charity was almost unbounded . — Evang . M < xg .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 770, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/50/