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THOMAS ROBINSON, M.A.
Vicar of St. Martin's and All Saints', in Leicester ; Rector of Foston, in Leicestershire ;
and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
“ At est bonus, ut melior vir Non alius quisquam.”
“ Meus divinior atque os Magna somaturum."
“ Commisisse cavet, quæ mox mutare laboret."
" Qualis ab incepto.”
“ BE THOU AN EXAMPLE OF THE BELIEVERS, IN WORD, IN CONVERSATION, IN CHARITY, IN SPIRIT, IN FAITH, IN PURITY.”
I Tim. iv. 12.
“ I WILL GIVE YOU A MOUTH AND WISDOM."
Luke xxi, 15.
“ HEAL THE SICK, CLEANSE THE LEPERS, RAISE THE DEAD, CAST OUT DEVILS.”
Matt. x, 8.
“ WHEN A MAN'S WAYS PLEASE THE LORD, HE MAKETH EVEN HIS ENEMIES TO BE AT PEACE WITH HIM."
Prov. xvi. 7.
At length I redeem my pledge, by publishing a memoir of my beloved and most esteemed Friend!
When, on the solemn occasion of his interment, I yielded to the request of a mourning band of clergymen who had walked before his hearse, I had a very inadequate conception of the difficulties in which my engagement would involve me.
My scanty materials have not been procured without some expense of time and pains; and my numerous avocations, stated and incidental, have so retarded the progress of my work as nearly to force upon me the conclusion, that I was wrong in undertaking it. More than once I would gladly have committed the task into other hands; but an unwillingness to relinquish it, arising from various motives which the reader will readily comprehend, kept it fast in my own.
The parochial minister of an extensive charge in a populous town has no business, I am much inclined to say, to commence author: but, if this
greatness be thrust upon him,” may he not hope that his situation shall be allowed to furnish some excuse for a delay which would otherwise be unpardonable, and for some faults and imperfections in his work, which might be visited heavily on one who has less to do? Methinks it should mitigate censure, if it may not wholly repress it.
I owe acknowledgments to many friends for the kindness with which