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the remains of their departed now more than doubled their orifriends. Business having called ginal value; and I understood, on me to this important town, dur- the last payment, that a dividend ing the present summer, the Gene- of 12 per cent. rewarded the public ral Burial Ground was one of the spirit of the proprietors. objects of interest I resolved to Long, very long, have I wished visit, and I must say it afforded that the Dissenters of London me melancholy satisfaction to would unite in such a scheme. behold this respectable and appro- I therefore addressed to you, in priate establishment, alike credi- 1825, a paper, which you intable to the public-spirited indi- serted in the June number, entividuals who projected its plan, tled “ Remarks on the proposed and consolatory to those who Metropolitan Cemetery ;” but have there to seek a safe and which I regret excited no attenagreeable burying place, where tion. A paper has appeared in they may bury their dead out of the last number of the Evangeli. their sight. I found it a commo. cal Magazine, “ on Dissenting dious field of four acres, enclosed Burial Grounds,” which justly with a wall of sufficient height, describes the gorged and disand skirted on all sides by a gusting state of Bunhill Fields. luxuriant shrubbery ; convenient The writer of that article, though gravel paths are laid for the visi. Dissentiens Senex, has not sugtors, and the green-sward is pre- gested, as I conceive, the wisest served with commendable neat- course to secure the opening of ness. The whole of the field is a general cemetery in the metrodivided and numbered in a ground polis. The great body of Evanplan, prepared for that purpose, gelical Dissenters know quite and the vaults and monumental enough of Dr. Williams's Trustees, stones are all of one size, pat- to dissent in toto from his retern, and material; the stone- mark, that “they would be as masonry being prepared on the suitable and eligible a body as premises. The entrance is from can be found amongst us, to have the Rusholme Road, by two the establishment invested in their lodges, a sketch of which I have hands, and its management conalready sent you. The right hand fided to their care." building is the residence of the Nor can I think him more Rev. W. M. Walker, the Regis- happy in naming the managers trar, and the left is neatly fitted of Widows' Fund, or of the up as a small chapel, where the Funds for Poor Ministers. To varied religious services are per- my mind, the duty of engaging formed. Besides the general su- in this attempt devolves with perintendence of the respectable greater force on the Body of DisRegistrar, the ground is guarded senting Deputies than on any other by watchmen and dogs, and addi- already organized. That Assotional security is afforded by the ciation includes about 200 of the introduction of gas. I find that most respectable laymen of the the purchase money was raised Three Denominations, who could, by 600 shares of £10. each, which without any difficulty, become were all bought in a fortnight! subscribers in £20. shares to this and that such success has at- much needed establishment, by tended the undertaking, that be which a sum would be raised sides the accommodation which that would go far to secure the is secured, and which was the adequate capital; and who can only object in the first instance doubt that there are a great num-, contemplated the shares have ber of families amongst us, who
would cheerfully subscribe at least and duty, and though they canfor a share, seeing that the outlay not have the honour of originatwould be considerably less than ing a plan, which has already is required to secure a decent been accomplished in Manchester vault in the ancient cemetery to and Liverpool, yet I trust they which I have alluded.
will speedily follow, and by their Surely, Gentlemen, it is time union, liberality, and taste in this that the Dissenting Body in the matter, sustain the respectability metropolis prove to their brethren which has hitherto been associated throughout the kingdom, that they with their name throughout the are alive to their own interests empire.
B. J. P.
XXXIX. - Dr. Isaac Watts to his your letter I am determined against it, Brother Mr. Enoch Watts.* though I hope to see the child myself
to-morrow in London, at Mrs. Richier's, Monday Evening, Feb. 28, 1736-7. where my lady has a hired apartment DEAR BROTHER, -I thank you for for our house once a week. With reyour kind regards to me, which run gard to my father's will, I supposed through your whole letter; and though
that he might leave me 3 or £400, you despair of any hearty reconciliation having never given me any thing but between sister B- and brother R-, yet
my education, and that (you know) was I find neither she nor you are averse to not very expensive to him, but only for such a conduct as may bear the ap
books and clothes; and since I had pearance of mutual civility. But I never offended him, I imagined I might wonder why you should enter so largely stand as much in his favour as Brother on repeating her sorrow and repentance, Tom, who I suppose had not much less when I am persuaded there is not a than £400 from him, and I imagined sentence in my letter that intimates or brother R- to have had near £300; supposes it. I had no thought of any but if I had wanted it, I verily think he submissions, but a perfect oblivion of would have left me mare. As for yourevery thing on both sides, without which self, I always thought he would leave I know any sort of reconciliation is im- you more, because you wanted it, and possible. But I was desirous to know my sister, who personally well deserved from my sister and you, whether on this it, as well as you, and her family would foot it was desired, that I might make stand in need of it. I declare myself, use of the death of a father as a me- therefore, well satisfied with my father's dium, or rather an occasion, to attempt will. But I told you I feared brother the re-union of his family. I had this R- would repent it (viz.) his not having project also in hand, (viz.) having heard so much as mourning: for however he at No. 2, Pancras Lane, that my niece had not carried it dutifully to my moSally is in or near town, (which they ther, yet I thought he had generally always learn by some means or other,) paid more respect to my father than I thought of appointing one of her bro
your letter intimates. However, she thers to bring her to me, for I should be
not leaving him mourning, I feared glad to see the child; and then I would
would be so far resented as to prevent have carried her to see her uncle, and my scheme of reconciliation, and therenot left her alone there a imoment, but fore I could not but advise it: and I have made use of it to soften their cannot but think still it will look well hearts. I confess my nephew Joseph in the eye of the world for the executors, did not encourage me in it, but by even without any retrospect to the will,
to send him £20 on that account, and • There is so much in this letter illus
as I told you I will readily give half of trative of the Doctor's Christian temper it myself, without his knowledge of it, and private history, that our readers, we whether he accepts it or no, 'twill als presume, will readily bear with the rather ways have a good aspect on your side, lengthened reference he makes to family But after all, I cannot say I desire you disputes.-Ed.
to do it, unless you and my sister are
convinced in your own judgment 'tis pared with proper answers. But some proper to be done. I would by no months hence will be time enough for means have you do it merely upon my that affair. In the mean time I leave advice, though I have been concerned you to Divine guidance in all your ways. in families wherein these very things have May everlasting grace be with you, and been matters of resentment, and much my sister, and brother Brackstone, and wiser persons than I have thought the all their household. executors giving mourning would have I am, Your's, affectionately, been a proper mollification thereof. I
1. Watts only mention this matter again, but will
P.S. by no means insist upon it. But why
There is one line in your let
ter, which, upon a review, I must not should you imagine, dear brother, that
leave unanswered. Let my sister BI should stand in awe of Pancras Lane?
be assured, that how much soever I I believe with you he cannot hurt me;
plead for, and practise forbearance and and I know that while he lives and
self-denial, for the sake of peace, yet, if practises physic in London, his interest
any occasions offer in the face of the depends much more on my good opinion
world, I have always represented my and good word than 'tis possible mine
sense of the conduct of my brother Rcan upon him. No, brother, but I can
and his wife, in this affair, in that light do almost any thing to procure peace
in which I have received it, and I am and amity. Perhaps 'tis my cowardice,
sure that is so favourable on her side and weakness of spirit. Be it so; but
as leaves little excuse for their violent 'tis such a weakness that bears so much
resentments. When I told him yesterresemblance to the glorious self-denials
day morning of your kind acceptance of of Christianity, that I am content to be
his letter on our father's death, he took weak. I bad rather bear (and I have
it exceeding well, and burst out into borne in the world) more indignities and reproaches than most ministers in
tears; and I wish he had humility
enough to ask pardon of sister B- for London, for my moderation and recon
his hard usage of her. ciling doctrines, opinions, and conduct.
This day, being in London as usual, And yet, at the long run, there are few
I met my brother R- accidentally, and who have been favoured with a more
talked a little with him universal esteem of the Christians of all
affairs, but not about Southampton, so parties than myself: and my ability to
that I shall be able, I hope, to satisfy bear reproaches without replies, hath
him, as well as possible, about the affair had no small share in procuring ine this
of the will, next time I see him. esteem. Yet not I, but the grace of God, which is with me: and I want
Tuesday, March 1, 1736-7. still to be more mortified to reproaches, to have more patience, submission, and XL.- Rev. John Berridge to Mr. self-denial. Forgive me in all this talk
B. Mills. of myself, and, as St. Paul expresses it, bear with me in this foolish confidence
Everton, 3d Oct". 1783. and boasting. God has humbled me DEAR SIR,-Your kind letter is reby long illness, and I would live yet ceived with an inclosed note for the more bumble, and become all to all, poor sufferers at Potton; an haystack that I might, by any means, gain some which had been long smoaking, and nesouls to piety and goodness. I am glad glected, at length threw up large flakes you design to send me a copy of my of fire into the air, and these being father's will, which I think cannot be drove, and scattered by the wind, set withheld from brother R-. Salute my half the town on fire in 20 minutes, sister Brackstone again from me with Whatever the fire reached it consumed, great tenderness and affection. Jemmy and the mischief was done in four hours. went from me on Friday,Jo. on Saturday. If, during that time, the wind had I hope they will both answer my sister's shifted from north to south-east, the good desires for them, in things of this whole town had been fired. The best life and a better.
part of the town, I mean the best houses, As for my father's Poems, I desire are burnt; and the poor have suffered, your advice about them. I question but not in such numbers as the rich, whether any of them will be fit to Professors have fared the best, but not appear in the world in this age, but as I wholly escaped. Much of the marketexpect more urgencies from Southamp- place is burnt, with the two great inns, top to print them, so I would be pre- and the large street leading from the