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whatever else was necessary to their comfort . The total absence of pride was another remarkable trait in Mr ; R . 's character * He was originally in business as a grocer , but coming into possession , by inheritance , of a considerable fortune , he relinquished trade altogether . It is the common effect of riches , especially where they come to the individual late in life , to harden the heart or to produce
ostentation ; but in the present case , they produced no outward visible effect . In his personal expenses , he was as moderate , and in his exterior deportment he was as humble as before . His superfluous wealth was , the writer believes , wholly expended for others . He seemed to live for others ; in self-indulgence , he had no pleasure ; his highest gratification was to see those around him happy by his means .
But the strength of his religious principles was most strikingly evinced in his fortitude under suffering . For more than two years he was afflicted with a fearful malady , which totally incapacitated him from engaging in those pursuits in which he was accustomed to
employ himself . Yet a word of repining never escaped his lips ; he often spoke of the acute pain to which he was exposed , but he was ever cheerful , and , in the intervals of ease , loved to dwell on the goodness of God to him . He wad sensible of the blessings with which he
Western Unitarian Socieiy . At the Annual General Meeting of the Western Unitarian Society , held at Yeovil , ou the 17 th of July , 1828 , the following resolution waa passed unanimously : " While we cordially and fully unite in the expressions of honour and thankfulness alreadycouveyed by the British and Foreign Unitarian Association to Lord
Holland , Lord John Bussell , and John Smith , Esq ., and other distinguished members of the Legislature , who have , in various ways , promoted the cause of civil and religious liberty , and particu larly by the employment of their talents and exertions to bring about the rejieal of the Corporation and Teat Acts , and also in the sentiments expressed by the Association of warm and respectful in < -
had been favoured , and in consideration of them , bore with fortitude his present sufferings . They were not the punishment of sin ; but they shewed faith and patience , and he could - rejoice in tribulation , as fitting him for converse with God . It was at this time that the
writer ' s acquaintance with him commenced , and he never saw so bright a display of the value of rational religious notions and of the efficacy of Christian principles . It may well be supposed that a man of such active benevolence as Mr . Rowlaud would not confine himself to the advancement of religious objects ,
merely as such . The same principle interested him in any cause that geemed connected with the welfare of the human race . In his vigorous days he was distinguished as a politician , and advocated every measure o f liberality and freedom . The late Major Cartwright intimately knew him , and appreciated his worth . He had also a slight
acquaintance with several eminent political characters of the present day , from whom he received many marks of respect , and who always hailed with pleasure his attendance at their annual meetings . But he is gone—and while we deplore his loss , it behaves as to follow in his steps , that we may receive the same unfading reward . G . L . Boston , Aug . 19 .
terest in the regard shewn , during the late proceedings in Parliament , to the unshackled right of private judgment by so many of the bishops , and by great numbers of the clergy and laity of the Establishment out of Parliament , as well as in the earnest desire that all
civil disqualifications ou account of religious opinions may speedily be terminated j we fed peculiarly called upon , as a religious society , uniting and now assembled to promote the doctrines of Unitariauism , because we believe them
to be the * truth as it is iu Jesus / to ex * press , and to convey to William Smith , Esq * M . P ., our high estimation of the services which , dining nearly half a century , he has rendered to the Dissenting interest in the House of Commons , and of the enlightened intelligence of Christian character , with which he has supported
718 Intelligence . —Western Unitarian Society .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1828, page 718, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2565/page/62/