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OBITUARY.

1815, Dec. 30, at Coseley, Staf. ed was thoroughly perfect and with fordshire, Mr. JOSEPH MAULLIN, out blemish, this is not the lot of frail aged 85. In his early days he was humanity ; but, though his unusual one of the catechumens of the Rev, energy of mind and warm feelings Samuel Bourne, then one of the mi- might sometimes betray an over-hasnisters of Coseley, in conjunction with tiness of temper, yet he certainly bore Birmingham, the memoirs of whose the general traits of a valuable and life have, not long since, been given excellent character.

He was upon to the public by the late truly excel- principle a Protestant Nonconformist, lent Dr. Toulmin. Under the pious and well understood the rational and well-adapted instructions of that grounds of dissent from the hierarchy able and assiduous pastor, Mr. Maul- set up and endowed by human aulin had in his youth a serious sense thority. In his religious opinions he of the importance and value of reli was completely Unitarian, having a gion impressed upon his mind, which clear view of the doctrinal sentiments was afterwards greatly beneficial to which are usually so denominated, him in the regulation of his conduct. and a strong attachment to them, as So strongly did he feel himself in the genuine truths of divine revelation. debted to his useful admonitions and He frequently avowed his firm pergood counsels, as to retain a lively suasion of the entire unity of God, and grateful recollection of him to the aud of the instrumentality of his Son latest period of remembrance; and he the Mediator, of the perfect freeness never spoke of his labours, or men. of divine grace, and of eternal life's tioned the name of Mr. Bourne but being the gift of God the Father with high applause, evidently prompt through Jesus Christ our Lord. These ed by the feelings of grateful respect. most important truths of the glorious Being thưs disposed in early life he gospel formed the foundation of his formed good habits before he attained Christian hope, were his satisfaction to manhood, which led him to so in active life, and the support and briety, industry, practical integrity, consolation of his mind in the various a regular attention to divine worship, vicissitudes he experienced. and an exemplary concern for the In his declining years, and when promotion and prosperity of religion. the infirmities of age were making From his youth to the decline of life rapid advances, his life was embitterhe was industrious and active in his ed by some sore afflictions both in worldly occupation, and it pleased his person and family. While sufferGod in his providence to crown bis ing the frequent and violent attacks assiduity with considerable success. of an asthma, and the increasing symHis zeal for the interest of the place toms of losing his sight, the ravages of worship which he constantly at of mortality among his near relatives, tended as long as he was able, and some of whom might have been exfor the welfare of the schools belong. pected from their comparatively youthing to it, was no less conspicuous; ful age, long to survive him, were for it was enlightened by a good un- painfully felt. But he was far from derstanding, and animated by warm considering these mournful events as benevolence. Indeed he was ardently occurrences of chance, or repioing at desirous of seeing the cause of sacred them as the effects of an undue setruth in a flourishing state, and of verity. He devoutly acknowledged having education and religious in- the providence of God in these afficstruction extensively diffused among tive strokes, regarded them as the the numerous poor children of his fatherly chastisements of an all-wise neighbourhood, which was testified and merciful Being, as means to be by his liberal contributions towards improved for weakening his love of the support of religion, and the school this life, promoting his preparation institutions established by charity, and for leaving the present world, and by his unwearied endeavours to ren- advancing his meetness to inherit a der himself useful to them.

better state. He accordingly expressIt is not pretended that the deceas- ed it to be his desire, prayer and en

Obituary.-Mrs. Lewin.--Rw. Francis Blackburne.

109 deavour, to exercise the most humble lieve. Her sorrowing friends will and patient submission to the will of draw consolation from her firm faith God under all the adversities with in the Christiao religion, which fortiwhich he was tried.

fied her mind on all occasions; ber When low sunk in the vale of years, truly religious character which led reduced by infirmities to helpless de- her never to pass over a single day crepitude and total blindness, and en without devoting a considerable part during acute bodily pains, he still re- of it to her Maker; and her rare and tained a considerable portion of his excellent virtues, while they deeply former mental faculties and vigour; regret her loss. and his piety shone with a mild lustre

D. N. through the decay of nature. Just views of the gracious sovereignty of the Divine Being, and the resigned

Sunday, the 21st of January, at spirit of his holy Master, were often Richmond, in Yorkshire, the 'Represent to his mind, for to this effect verend Francis BLACKBURNI, Vihe frequently exclaimed, “ I wish to car of Brignall, which living he held bear all my afflictions in such a man- thirty-five years, residing upon it and ner as becomes a rational creature of performing in the most exemplary the great God, and a faithful disciple manner all the duties of a parish priest, of the Lord Jesus Christ, who, when till increasing infirmities compelled enduring the heaviest afflictions and him to retire to Richmond, whence, sufferings, said, Not my will but however, he in every year paid frethinc be done,' and. The cup which quent visits to his parishioners, by my Father hath given me to drink whom he was universally beloved. shall I not driuk it" Under the in. He was buried, at his express desire, fluence of this great example he was

on the 24th, at Brignall. Mr. Blacksolicitous that his heavenly Father burne was the eldest son of the late would afford him strength equal to venerable Archdeacon Blackburne, his day, and not permit his faith or whose sentiments on religious and cipatience to fail to the last moment of vil liberty he asserted on all proper his mortal existence. His surviving occasions, with that calmness and relatives may with satisfaction indulge dignity which was peculiar to his the hope that his pious wishes were

character. He was the intimate friend accomplished, that he calmly fell into of Mr. Wyvill, and co-operated with the sleep of death as a subject of the him in all those measures, whose obDivine favour, and as a sincere dis- ject was the amelioration of the repreciple of Jesus; and that he will be sentation in parliament, and extennumbered among them who will here- sion of religious liberty to all classes after joyfully awake to a blissful im- of his Majesty's subjects, being firmly mortality.

convinced that wherever the truth F. lay it was to be maintained in the

spirit of brotherly love, and not by 1816, Jan. 15, aged 70, Mrs. Lewin, pains or penalties, or restrictions of the wife of the Rev. R. Lewin, of Li- any kind. The peculiar feature in his verpool. The greatest part of her life character is delineated by a term we was spent in the domestic circle, believe peculiar to and most expresthough she possessed mental acquire sive in our own language, Good Temments that would have adorned the per. By this, and a charity extensive must polished society: her suavity of as bis means, he was endeared to all manners appeared in all her actions, around him, and particularly to the her conversation was energetic, but poor, whose blessings will accompany mild, never giving way to ill-natured him to his grave. As a father, husremarks ;

her performance of the du- band, neighbour, friend and parish ties of a wife and parent have stamped priest, his memory will be long cheupon her afflicted family the most rished by those who stood in these Jasting impression of her excellent relations to him. He left behind him heart; nor was the character of the a widow and three children, two sons Christian ever more brightly exem

and a daughter; the latter married to plified; her heart was always open Mr. Frend, whose name frequently to the keenest sensibility for those in

occurs in this Repository. distress, and her hand ready to re

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Obituary.--Mrs. Hannah Joyce, Feb. 9, greatly "respected, and of the Rev. John Oakes. This was in the full enjoyment of her fa- in the year 1745, and she continued culties, at Cheshunt, Herts, in the a member of that church so long as goth year of ber age, Mrs. Hannar it remained in the same connexion. Joyce, relict of Mr. Jeremiah Joyce, The successor to Mr. Oakes was the who died in the same place, Sept. Rev. John Mason, author of nume17, 1778. Mrs. Joyce was grand- rous excellent works, of which the daughter by her mother's side to the most celebrated is, a “Treatise on Rev. John Benson, a dissenting mi- Self-Knowledge;" au edition of this nister residing at Hoddesdon, in Hert. with some alterations, and a biografordshire, at the period of the Revo- phical account of the author was in Jution; but who, in 1690 or 1691, re 1809 published by Mrs. Joyce's youngmoved to Sandwich, in Kent. This est son, who dedicated it to his mo. gentleman had nine children, of whom ther as the last surviving member of the eldest, John, was educated for Mr. Mason's church. She has left the ministry, among the Dissenters, four children, who cannot cease to and was afterwards settled at Chert. remember with emotions of filial piety sey, in Surrey. His sixth child, Mar- and gratitude, the constant care and tba, was married to Mr. John Somer. attention which she ever manifested sett, of St. Mildred's Court, London, in forming their minds to habits of by whom he had six children. Of usefulness, integrity and virtue. these, Hannah was born Sept. 5,

J. J. 1726, 0. S. and was baptized the Highgate, Feb. 24, 1816. following day, by the Rev. Mr. Grosvenor, of Crosby Squarc. The fact is noticed in the Register kept by Mr. After the death of Mr. Oakes, a vo• Benson, who adds, “ And she is now, lume of his Sermons to young persons was June stb, 1727, visiting (with her published by bis successor, Mr. Mason. mother) her grandfather John and The following Questions in Mr. Oakes'. grandmother Hannah Benson, at Sand- hand-writing, will shew on what terms wich, in Kent, whom God long

pre- nion with him at that time, who was pas

persons were admitted to church commuserve as a blessing to herself and pa- tor of a presbyterian congregation. rents." Hannah remained in London only till she was about twelve years QUESTIONS publicly proposed to such as of age, when she was taken into the offer themselves to the communion with family of Mrs. Harding, of Cheshunt, who kept a very respectable and flou

1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is rishing boarding school in that vile the Son of God and the Saviour of the lage, but who afterwards married Mr. world? Lewis Jones, at that time of Reading, 2. Do you believe that Jesus Christ died in Berkshire, who removed to Hack- for our sins according to the scriptures, ney, where he and Mrs. Jones died and that he rose again from the dead for and were buried.

our justification ? While with Mrs. Harding, the sub

3. And do you so believe these things, ject of this article married Mr. Joyce, heartily devote yourself to him, and to

as that you do hereupon sincerely and by whom he had eight children. She God by han ; as it becomes those to do was from a very early period seriously who are buught with the price of his preand deeply impressed with the impor- cious blood tance of religion, and it appears from 4. And is it your fixed resolution and a sort of diary, in her own hand- the soleinn purvse of your soul (in de. writing, but which was never seen, pendance on divine grace) to lead ihe life by her children even, till after her you live in the Aesh by the faith of the decease, that though she had been Son of God, and in a course of dutiful extremely assiduous in her attendance obedience to his commandments ? upon public worship, and exhibited of your heart, and these your settled re

MINISTER. If this be the sincere belief the most decisive proofs of undissem- Solutions, then in the name of Jesus Christ, blęd piety, yet when she was in her and in the name of this Christian Society, 19th year, she made what she deno. I bid you welcome to this feast of the gosminates a solemn re-dedication of her- pel. self to God and his service, by joining the church under the pastoral care

Mr. J. Hennell.-Mrs. H. Aspland.-Mr. Justice Heath.-.Dr. Vincent.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, at his house, in longing to that cathedral. This elevatą St. Thomas's Square, Hackney, Mr. was considered as a most appropriate re JAMES UBNNELL, aged 33. By & most ward of his long and skilful discharge of mysterious visitation of Divine Providence, the functions of master of Westminster this interesting young man is taken away School. from a numerous family and a wide circle It was brought as a reproachful charge of friends in the midst of activity and ase. against Milton, that he had once emfulness. A Sermon on occasion of his ployed his superlative talents in the indeath was preached by Mr, Aspland tu struction of youth. Abilities not inferior the Gravel-Pit Congregation, Hackney, to his own would be required to attach of which he had been a member, for seve- disgrace to an employment not to be comral years, on Sunday morning, Feb. 18th, pared in absolute utility with any other. when a numerous audience testified by The duties of it may be ill performied, and their deep sympathy their sense of the loss it then becomes dishonourable and injusustained by society in this melancholy rious. Yet few instances of its abuse event. At the request of the family of the would probably occur were due judgment deceased, the Sermon is pat into the press; exercised in the selection of proper per. we shall extract the conclusion of it, con sons, and due honour paid to the qualified taining some account of his character and and meritorious. Milton has been debappy death, in our next.

fended, with almost superfluous ability,

by Dr. Johnsou; and nothing further On Saturday, Feb. 3, at Wicken, in needs to be urged in vindication of the the county of Cambridge, at the age of respectability of Dr. Vincent, and of the 64, Mrs. Hannah ASPLAND, relict of the ample remuneration bestowed upon him. late Mr. Robert Aspland, of the same

The example of John Milton is enough to place. Her sufferings were severe and give dignity to any avocation. long-continued, but a deep sense of reli

Dr. Vincent was educated at the cele. gion wbich she had cultivated from ear

brated school which he afterwards directed liest youth bore up her mind with exem

with such success. On that foundation plary fortitude and patience. Her facul

he was elected to Trinity College, Camties were clear to the moment of her dis- bridge. At the end of four years he re. solution, and her last breath was spent in turned, and never quitted the walls of that prayer to her heavenly Father. By her seminary, till it was judged right to terexpress desire, her funeral sermon was

minate his conscientious diligence by an preached at Wicken, on the Sunday fol. ample provision for his old age. Hundreds lowing her interment, Feb. 11th, by her of the nobility and gentry of the land acson, the only survivor of several children, quired under him that taste and that eruMr. Aspland, of Hackney, from 1 Peter dition which so much distinguish the high

. 3, 4, 5, words of her own choice, er orders of society in Great Britain. Withwhich had been her comfort in the failure out injustice to his name, it cannot be seof heart and flesh. A very crowded au- parated from the praises merited by Briditory was deeply affected throughout the tish learning during one half of a century. whole of this trying service.

In other respects, Dr. Vincent acquired

extraordinary literary reputation.

What, indeed, could have been done more Lately, at Park House, Hayes, the than he has done ? Leisure and opportuHon. Mr. JUSTICE Heath, one of the nity were denied him in the midst of a Judges of the Court of Common Pleas. most arduous engagement, which, instead He was in point of service, the father of of admitting the intrusion of other purthe Bench, all his brethren having taken suits, stood itself in need of aid and divitheir seats subsequent to him. He was es sion. Yet, he managed to steal from the teemed the best black-letter man of these school sufficient time to compose his ad. times, deeply learned and of the most so mirable work on the Navigation and Comlid aud fixed principles. He was justly merce of the ancients. This proof of his ranked among those few men, whom no learning and industry is well known at power nor persuasion could divert into a home, and perhaps more highly appreciarelaxation from what he thought right; ted by the learned abroad, who may be yet this virtue had degenerated into the pronounced equally discerning with his vice of obstinacy in his old age, and thus own countrymen, and perhaps less subject begat sternness and severity.----Monthly to bostility or partiality. This was enougle Mag.

for fame.

Dr. Vincent was not less intent and as. Lately, at the age of 77, the very siduous for heaven. He had talents ; he Rev. WILLIAM VINCENT, Doctor of Divi. had learning; he had a rare felicity in nity. He had been preferred, in the year communicating the store of his mind to 1808, to the deanery of Westminster, and others. However, he bad higher qualifi. resided, at his death, in the cloisters be- options. His heart was simple, bis max

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Intelligence. ---Persecution of the Vaudois. those whom his station philanthropy. Religion had in Dr. Vinced under his guidance cent an enlightened friend of its cause, rienced in him every and a bright example of its excellence and be prompted by true consolation.-Weekly Mag. No. VI.

INTELLIGENCE.

event,

FOREIGN.

was before precarious, and they also gave Persecution of the Vaudois. them perfect and complete civil equality. We reqnest the attention of our liberal When at length the French were obliged and feeling readers to the subject of a new to gire up Italy, and the King of Sardinia persecution of our Protestant brethren, was restored among the other legitimales, commenced in another quarter, a perse: he issued a proclamation, declaring as null cution which, though in appearance not every act which had taken place during so glaring as that already noticed in France, his absence. By this general declaration, is in reality more atrocious. It has not, the Vaudois have been actually deprived of we believe, as yet been brought before the the revenues for the snpport of their relipublic eye in this country, and should any gion, and as our minister bas neglected reader not be aware of the circumstances to inserl, in the new treaties, the old covewhich render this persecution an act of nant in their favour, they are tbus subject peculiar meanness as well as of atrocity, to the fury of a bigotry which may we leg leave to state a few historical facts again break out with the same rage as it which will serve to represent the matter in did formerly, and in the mean time their its proper colours, and also enable every teachers are deprived of all subsistence. candid mind to judge how far our minis- A single word from our minister might ters have been anxious for the bonour of have prevented the possibility of such an this country, and the interests of the Protestant religion abrond, for which at hoine The following genuine letter, which we they profess so much devotion. The dread- have received from Piedmont, will give ful persecution commenced by the King of our readers a fuller description of the caSavoy, in 1654, against his unoffending lamity which this persecutiou bas brought: Protestant subjects, a persecution during upon that inoffensive people. Here, at which several hundred of innocent victims least, there cannot be alleged against thein perished by the sword, and many others the criine of Buonapartism :amongst Alpine snows, is unfortunately “ La Tour de Pelis, 12th Dec. 1815. too well known to require any detail of “Consternation is in our valleys-we are its atrocities. When the account of that threatened by the Agents of our King persecution reached England, Cromwell, with being robbed of the little which bad who was at the head of the government, been granted to us by the preceding gaimmediately wrote on the subject to the rernments, for the support of our religious different powers in Europe, and to the worship. The Court of Turin pretends King of Saroy in particular : so strongly not to be bound by any convention on this did he express bis abhorrence of the bare subject, and professes to do in this case barous outrage, that the persecutions were as in evcry other, whatever pleases itself, not only put an end to by his interference, or rather whatever pleases the cabal of but even a treaty was made, by which the Monks which rules under its wame. In Protestant inhabitants of Piedmont, known reality, neither the treaty of Paris in 1814, under the name of Vaudois, were specially Dor that lately concluded, makes any meuplaced under the protection of Great Bri- tion of the special protection granted by tain. This treaty was ratified at different preceding treaties, particularly by that of times, and the worship of these Protestants Aix-la-Chapelle, to the Protestants of the was, in fact, supported by English con- valleys of Piedmont, known under the name tribution down to the time in which the of Vaudois. Can England, who formerly present Sardinian King was expelled from acted so generously towards them, have Piedmont. Regardless as the French Re- now changed her system with regard to volutionary government was in many in these eldest sons of the evangelical relistances of church property, yet so great gion, whose aversion to the Roman Church was the respect paid at all times to the vir- is anterior even to the Reformation of Lu. tues and poverty of the Vaudois, that even ther? Can this population of 30,000 souls that government not only endowed the have appeared to the English minister an Protestant church of the Vaudois with a object too unimportant to employ his atten. provision arising out of the revenues of tion amidst the political dismemberment of the country, larger than the sun they had so mauy nations? We cannot believe it; been in the babit of receiving from Eag- for nothing is trifling which involves á land, but they made that perpetual which great moral principle. However, if at a

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