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Bolton, in the year 1716 or 1717. He was placed at Stand school, under the care of Mr. William Walker. He was afterward a pupil of Dr. Rotheram who presided over an academy at Kendal, and from Kendal he removed to the university of Glasgow, where he took the degree of Master of Arts, and finished his education.

He appears to have been early patronised by the society of protestant diffenters in Manchester, who kindly contributed to the expence of his education; and on or before his quitting the university of Glasgow, chose him asistant minister to their pastor the Rev. Mr. Joseph Mottershead.

With Mr. Mottershead, whose prudent and exemplary conduct gained universal respect, he lived on terms of intimacy and friendship. He was married to his daughter Elizabeth in the year 1743, and by her had several children, none of whom now survive. His only descendant is the son

of his daughter Abigail, who married a relation of the name of Seddon, and died

in 1774.

His juvenile years are said to have been remarkably sprightly and cheerful. He was however far from being of a strong constitution, and his too great exertions, probably excited by an overflow of spirits, brought on a nervous and weakly habit, which rendered him a valetudinarian for many of the last years of life. It is particularly mentioned that he received an irreparable injury to his health from walking to Chowbent one Sunday morning, a distance of twelve miles from Manchester, and returning the same day after baving performed divine service.

In his temper he was mild, friendly and affectionate, in his address courteous and obliging, in conversation affable and communicative. He was very liberal to the poor, and unwilling to deny any one who

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applied to him for relief. If there appeared to be an error in this part of his character, it was in the excess of his charity beyond the means of income, and in his being too easy a dupe to the artifice of fraud and imposture.

His general behaviour both as a man, and a minister was deservedly admired. He was particularly distinguished for that “ simplicity and godly fincerity,” which abhors the disguise of cunning, and prefers the interests of truth to the vanity of popular applause. And whilst the fingularity of his sentiments exposed him to censure and reproach, the integrity and amiableness of his manners compelled the tribute of respect and esteem, He received many civilities from those who had an utter aversion to the doctrines which he espoused. It reflects honour on both parties, that in the time of sickness a kind and friendly attention was paid him by the Rev. Mr. Clayton, Fellow

of the Collegiate Church, Manchefter, to whom he had formerly lived neighbour, notwithstanding the very great difference of their religious and political opinions.

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His talents as a preacher were splendid and striking, though obscured in the latter years of life, by that severe indisposition which fo long afflicted him, and at length brought him to the grave. His voice was sweet and musical, his elocution forcible and correct, his manner dignified and folemn, and he addressed his hearers with an earnestness that arrested and secured their attention. His compositions were manly and energetic rather than loose and declamatory, and he aimed more to convince the understanding than to excite the passions. It seldom happens that close and accurate reasoning is accompanied with great fluency of expression, yet the following anecdote 'shows him to have been possessed both of a quick apprehension and a ready utterance.

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It is well remembered, that officiating at Chowbent in the year 1751, a funeral with which he was previously unacquainted entered the chapel. After having gone through the devotional part of the service, he remarked to the congregation, that he wished to direct their attention to the important truths which the folemnity before them naturally fuggefted, but that being unprovided with a fermon suitable to the occasion, he would not make choice of any particular text. He then proceeded to harangue them in a regular and well connected discourse, which greatly affected and impressed the minds of the audience.

He sometimes commenced the public fervice with a feebleness and languor, proceeding from bodily infirmity, that were very distrelling to his hearers. As he advanced in the service, he gradually loft sight of his indisposition, till at length, elevated and infpired by the sacred theme, he delivered

himself,

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