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THE LATE REV. JOSEPH FLEPCHER, D.D.,

PASTOR OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, STEPNEY, LONDON. Though our materials for a memoir of venerable father could fail to recognize this distinguished servant of Christ are in him the best features of patriarchal exceedingly scanty, we cannot with Nonconformity, of which, through a long hold from our readers a tribute of and spotless life, he had been an ornawarm affection to the memory of one ment and a defence. Of his mother, “whose praise is in all the churches," too, we have heard it recorded, though and with whom we have been wont to we never had the pleasure of meeting associate, on terms of strictest friend. her, that she possessed a large share ship, for more than a quarter of a cen. of that urbanity and sprightliness of tury. As we have reason to believe nature which imparted so peculiar a that, at no very distant period, the charm to the mental character of her public will be favoured with a more son. Beneath the parental roof, he ample account of the life and labours had every thing to make home happy, of our lamented friend, we are the less and to foster those habits of thoughtreluctant to anticipate it by the fol. fulness which, in subsequent years, lowing imperfect sketch. Few public developed themselves in the form of men of the present age have earned early piety and intellectual pre-emifor themselves a more fragrant name, nence. than the late honoured pastor of the Accordingly we learn, that the mornancient Meeting-house, at Stepney. ing of his being was hallowed by the

The subject of this brief record was inward and powerful struggle of reliborn in the city of Chester, on the 3rd gious principle ; repressing the wayof December, 1784. Descended from ward propensities of a fallen nature, parents who greatly feared God, he and asserting the supremacy of conenjoyed advantages of religious train- science at a period when passion too ing eminently fitted to enlist both his frequently usurps the place of reason. convictions and his heart on the side It appears that he was indebted for of truth. Few who have met his late some of the first risings of spiritual VOL, XXI,

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THE LATE REV. JOSEPH FLEPCHER, D.D.,

PASTOR OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, STEPNEY, LONDON. Though our materials for a memoir of venerable father could fail to recognize this distinguished servant of Christ are in him the best features of patriarchal exceedingly scanty, we cannot with Nonconformity, of which, through a long hold from our readers a tribute of and spotless life, he had been an ornawarm affection to the memory of one ment and a defence. Of his mother, “whose praise is in all the churches," too, we have heard it recorded, though and with whom we have been wont to we never had the pleasure of meeting associate, on terms of strictest friend. her, that she possessed a large share ship, for more than a quarter of a cen. of that urbanity and sprightliness of tury. As we liave reason to believe nature which imparted so peculiar a that, at no very distant period, the charm to the mental character of her public will be favoured with a more son. Beneath the parental roof, he ample account of the life and labours had every thing to make home happy, of our lamented friend, we are the less and to foster those habits of thoughtreluctant to anticipate it by the fol. fulness which, in subsequent years, lowing imperfect sketch. Few public developed themselves in the form of men of the present age have earned early piety and intellectual pre-emifor themselves a more fragrant name, nence. than the late honoured pastor of the Accordingly we learn, that the mornancient Meeting.house, at Stepney. ing of his being was hallowed by the

The subject of this brief record was inward and powerful struggle of reliborn in the city of Chester, on the 3rd gious principle ; repressing the wayof December, 1784. Descended from ward propensities of a fallen nature, parents who greatly feared God, he and asserting the supremacy of conenjoyed advantages of religious train- science at a period when passion too ing eminently fitted to enlist both his frequently usurps the place of reason. convictions and his heart on the side It appears that he was indebted for of truth. Few who have met his late some of the first risings of spiritual VOL. XXI.

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