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his voice , and to come from their silent mansions . And when the purposes for which this earth was created . shall be finished , then the earth itself and all the works of men shall be dissolved , and a new heaven and a new earth shall be
created , wherein dwelleth righteousness . " In addition to a sound and solid judgment , well- in formed by a good education and extensive subsequent study , Mr . Watson possessed a native cheerfulness and vivacity , and great power of agreeable and instructive conversation . On these
accounts his society was courted , and his character esteemed and respected , by persons of all ranks . By his influence the Library Society at Whitby was established many years ago ; and if at the age of eighty he did not take much personal concern in the recently-formed Philosophical Institution and Museum , it may
be truly asserted that its establishment was mainly owing to the taste for these pursuits which had almost originated with , and been constantly fostered by , him . In how great respect he was held by his fellow-townsmen may be judged of from the following circumstances . It is one of the primitive , laudable customs preserved
in Whitby , which is peculiarly interesting to strangers , that funerals are voluntarily attended to church , without specific invitation , by all w ) io have had any connexion with , or respect for , the deceased . At Mr . Watson ' s funeral , though with a view to avoid publicity it was celebrated early in the morning , a very large concourse of attendants appeared ; scarcely
any person of respectability , of whatever religions denomination , failing upon this occasion to pay his personal respect to the memory of the venerable dead . His funeral sermon was preached to a crowded audience on Sunday , Sept . 11 , by his friend , the Rev . Charles Wellbeloved , of York , under whose superintendence a volume of Mr . Watson's Sermons is now
passing through the press , which will probably be introduced by a Memoir much more full and satisfactory than this imperfect sketch . V . F .
Favoured with peculiar advantages , he had for several years been engaged in acquiring a knowledge of medicine and surgery , a profession to which he was enthusiastically attached , in which he had made an unusual proficiency , and which he pursued with an ardour that was prejudicial to his health . He had nearly
completed his education by an attendance upon the hospitals and lectures in London , and was expecting in a few months , after having passed his examinations , to commence the practice of his profession in his native city , under circumstances of a particularly favourable nature , when the impaired state of his health , produced by pulmonary symptoms which had for
some time threatened , rendered it advisable for him to take a voyage to a warmer climate . With great reluctance he relinquished his professional studies , though fully coinciding in the opinion of his friends as to the utility of the measure , and with sanguine hopes of recovery he embarked , at the commencement of the year 1824 , for Barbadoes .
He soon experienced the disappointment of finding that the expected improvement of his health did not take place , and in compliance with the advice of his medical friends in Barbadoes , he determined upon residing there for a year . Receiving the kindest attentions from the inhabitants of that hospitable
island , he remained there until March , 1825 . A journal , which he had for some years been in the habifc of keeping , shews , in an interesting and affecting manner , the gradual change which took place in the state of his mind as his complaint slowly advanced , and the hopes of recovery began to fade .
Referring to his health , in a memorandum made on the 1 st of October , 1822 , he says , " The idea of death is horrid , because 1 feel unprepared to meet it . " On the 6 th of August , 1823 , the day of his completing his 22 d year , he
writes , " A failure of my health has caused disappointment of many fond anticipations , but the indisposition of body has , I hope , tended to the improvement of my mind : —yet many of the resolutions I make , during ; times of
increased indisposition , I feel to when a little returning health begins to gild my hopes . The past year was micertain to me , the present will be more so : —it is more than probable that I shall this
never see another birth-day ; and if should be the case , has not my life been longer than the lives of many , and has not a great degree of enjoyment accompanied me all along ? I feel gratitude Heaven for the blessings showered down upon me . " After passing four months in fiarba-
626 Obituary . —Mr . Edward Rochemont Estlin .
September 12 , at his mother ' s house , Bristol , Edward Rochemont Estlin , aged 24 , youngest son of the late Rev . John Prior Estlin , LL . D , Many a bright hope , and many a fond wish , have been disappointed by the early removal of this
estimable young man ; and his surviving friends are called upon for the full exercise of their faith in the wisdom of ail the dispensations of Providence , while they mourn for one , cut off in the bloom of life , who presented the fairest promise of becoming a distinguished member of society .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 626, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/50/