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severe animadversions : * perhaps , indeed , jY might be open to exceptions from those whose general system of religions belief most nearly coincided with his own , particularly with regard to some of the political inferences with which it concludes . It did iwr , however , appear to attract so
much notice as its real merits deserved , and never came to a second edition . In 1812 , Mi \ Watson published what he very properly entitled , " Au Useful Compendium of many important and curious Branches of Science and General Knowledge ; " first , on Astronomical Science , the constellations , planets , eclipses to
1900 , equation of time , uses of the golden number , epact , dominical letters , &c , alteration of style , &c . &c . ; 2 uci , Chronology , with the various aeras and calendars ; 3 rd , Geography ; 4 th—6 th , History , sacred , ancient and modern ; 7 th , various curious articles relating to practical mathematics , weights , measures , specific
gravities , heat , sound , &c . ; 8 th , various rational recreations : furnishing many entcrtaining and instructive exercises for young ; people . His next appearance before the public was at the request of the writer of this brief memoir , who being engaged in compiling " , and partly composing , a set of Family Prayers for the use
of the Newcastle Tract Society , and having had frequent occasion to admire the . simplicity , and at the same time appropriate variety , with which he conducted these domestic services , applied to his venerable friend for his assistance , which was very kindly and promptlv granted .
The manuscripts which were transmitted were so much beyond his expectations , both as to number and variety of subjects , that he thought it right to print them as a supplement , under the title of " Devout Social Addresses or Prayers , adapted to various Circumstances and
Duties of the Christian Life , offered as Helps to Heads of Families in the conduct of Domestic Worship . " The excellent author afterwards added considerably to their number and variety , and rcf ) iil ) i ? shed them himself in the * same fonn with his other works . + In 1819 , were published , " Various Views at Neaih , for illustrating the Wisdom and
benevolence of the Divine Administration , 1 ( 1 conducting Mankind through ( hat ; jvvful Change / ' [ See Mon . Repos . XVI . ; > 0 ; k ] There is something very intercst m in an aged person , whose life had ' ^ n engaged in the instruction of his
It was , indeed , somewhat roughly ' ¦ audled in the Eclectic Review for Nov . * Ml 8 . t All of which may be had of Messrs . ¦'" "Knian and Co ., London .
fellow-creatures , devoting hU seventyeighth year to the Contemplation of the close of life in all its most pleasing- and encouraging points of view . The " various views , " indeed , philosophical , political , moral and religious , in which the important subject is placed—the moral ad ran rages of disease , as leading to serious thought , and as calling forth some of the most amiable virtues ; and of the uncertainty of life , as keeping alive the religious spirit and stimulating to a constant watchfulness , while many miseries would accrue from a fixed aud known
standard of lite—the good purposes for which the fear of death is implanted , allayed , however , as it is by the hope of immortality , encouraged by nature and turned into certainty by the gospel—the composure with which this prospect enables good persons to die—the changes in
man by death , preparing him for the future state , &c . &c , are treated in an able aud interesting manner . Some rather problematical things are advanced in a chapter on war as one of the causes of death , in which it is considered as " an unavoidable evil , which , while it
produces great misery , calls forth splendid virtues , rouses slothful and corrupt nations , and contributes to civilization and knowledge / ' There is also a curious chapter on the marks of respect paid to the dead in the several ages and nations of the world . We are tempted to extract the last paragraph ( we should have
liked to have given the last four pages ) of this interesting work : " These various views of death must impress every reflecting mind with the full conviction of
the interference of Providence in directing all thii ; gi > : our station in Jife , the ^ measure of our days , the time and the instruments of our dissolution , are all appointed by God , and are under his direction . In all these we see the wisdom and
benevolence of the Divine administration : we see great good arising from apparent evil ; we reel convinced that the . shortness and uncertainty of life are blessings to creatures constituted such as we are ; that the fear of death is implanted in man for good purposes ; that it retains man to his station ; that the
darkness of death is the passage to everlasting light , aud that temporal evils conduce to eternal enjoyment . From these views we see how unlit we are to judge of the ways of Providence . Our duty is
then to receive with submission all God ' s appointments , and to improve them well , keeping constantly in view the final issue . For the same kind Providence will with equal wisdom and goodness carry forward the grand [ dan of the future happiness of mankind . He will cause the grave to surrender its prisoners , the dead to hear
Obituary . —Rev . Thonuu Watson . 625
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 625, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/49/