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forbear to pray for the King, you are to hear me neither pray nor preach any longer. No intimation could possibly have been less welcome to me. Distressing, however, as the dilemma confessedly is, it is not one that either requires or will admit of a moment's hesitation. „Entertaining all due respect for my ordination yows, I am firm in my resolution, whilst I pray in public at all, to conform to the unmutilated liturgy of my Church; and reverencing the injunction of an Apostle, I will continue to pray for the King, and all that are in authority under him; and I will do so, not only because I am so commanded, but that, as the Apostle adds, we may continue to lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godlıness and honesty. Inclination, as well as duty, confirms me in this purpose, As long as I live, there. fore, yea, whilst I have my being, will I, with Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, proclaim, God SAVE THE KING!".
Soon after Mr. Boucher returned to this country, the Rev. John Parkhurst, whose invaluable Hebrew and Greek Lexicons have enriched the learned and the Christian world, presented him to the vicarage of Epsom, without solicitation, and knowing him only by character; and here he spent the remainder of his days. Through life Mr. Boucher enjoyed the society and friendship of men of erudition and science; and, on various occasions, employed his pen, not only in defence of those politiçal principles on which the British monarchy is founded, but in critical enquiries and theological duties. Of his discourses from the pulpit in Great Britain, two assize sermons have been printed, and fully justify the request of the Grand Juries, to whom we are indebted for their publication. During the last fourteen years, Mr. Boucher's literary labours were confined to the completion of a Glossary of Provincial and Archäological Words. The public has long looked forward to the publication of this work, fully convinced, from the known abilities of the author, that this supplement to Dr. Johnson's labours, would, in every respect, be worthy of shining on the same shelf with its great prototype. Mr. Boucher was also an ample contributor to Mr. Hutchinson's compilation of the History of Cumberland. The account of the parish of Bromfield, and the very interesting Biographical Sketches of the eminent Cumberland Men, published in the same work, and marked Biographia Cumbrcnsis, were written by him. Mr. Boucher was a patriot in the best sense of the word; he was ever anxious to promote the welfare of his fellow countrymen; and, in many instances, personally contributed, either by pecuniary or literary exertions, to meliorate the condition of society. There is one trait of Mr. Boucher's estimable character, omitted in the account given of him in the Gentleman's Magazine, which must not be passed by unnoticed ; because it is, in the writer's opinion, one of the most lovely features in the portraiture of a good man and of a Christian, and assimilates him in a more marked manner to the excellent person, who is the chief object of this memorial. Mr. Boucher was really the friend of youth; and whenever he discovered in a young man a desire to do well, - he omitted no pains, he spared no attention, and · he avoided no labour, to encourage such a youth, and to enable him to run the career of virtue, and to establish in his mind the sound principles of religion. He had the happy art of winning many to the ways of righteousness; and we may therefore trust that he will himself derive the blessing pronounced upon such men, of shining like the stars · for ever and ever. Upon his death several of his
young friends, who had derived such advantages - from his counsels, his encouragement, and his sup
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port, and all of whom, with one exception, were members of Ņobody's Club, erected to his memory ą monument in Epsom Church, with the following inscription :
Near this place are deposited, ... In the hope of a blessed resurrection to eternal life, The remains of the Rev. JONATHAN Boucher, M.A.F.A.S.
Nineteen years Vicar of this Parish : He was born at Blencogo, in Cumberland, 12th March, 1738;
And died 27th April, 1804. A faithful steward of the mysteries of God, he ever Maintained and enforced, both by his writings and discourses,
That form of sound doctrine delivered unto the Saints; Whilst in his opinions and practice he exhibited a bright
. Example of Christian Charity. .. Few men possessed a larger store of various knowledge, Or greater liberality of communication; and the success with
Which, in the intervals of more important pursuits, he . Cultivated English Philological Antiquities, will excite The regret of all the learned for the event, which has left his
ir Valuable labours unfinished. . . · His loyalty to his King remained unshaken, even when : The madness of the people raged furiously against him; And, for conscience sake, he resigned ease and affluence in America, to endure hardships and poverty in his native land;
But the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before,
Another member of Nobody's Club, John Frere, Esq: late Member of Parliament for Norwich, survived Mr. Stevens only a few months, but was deservedly much valued and beloved by him. -. :
But the time was now come, when, in the dispensations of Providence, Mr. Stevens's friends were to be deprived of their bright exemplar of every religious grace and virtue ; and this faithful
* The greatest part of the above character of the excellent' Mr. Boucher is taken from an account given in the Gentleman's Magazine, for June, 1804, by the late Sir Frederick Morton Eden, Bart. son of Sir Robert Eden, to whom Mr. Boucher felt himself so much indebted.
servant of God was to be called to his reward. Whether he had any presentiment of his approaching dissolution, I know not: but it is certain that the thoughts of death were ever present to his mind, and but one month before his departure, namely, in January, 1807, he writes thus to a confidential friend :
.“ In regard to my man William (meaning himself) you must see he is good for nothing, and no assistance I can get for him will be of any avail. The time is come when Israel must die, however reluctant he may be to it. You see I am scarce able to write, and of course you will not expect to hear much more from me.”
Whatever his inward sensations were, he dined at the house of the writer of this account the very day week before his death. He appeared in high spirits, and read aloud to the family with his usual energy and pathos during the whole evening. The author saw him again on the Wednesday following, and dined in company with him on Thursday, the 5th of February, which was only thirty-six hours before his death; and though on the latter day he was not quite so cheerful as he frequently was, he ate a hearty dinner, and there was nothing in his manner nor in his expressions, to occasion the least alarm in the minds of his friends or admirers. So far this good man's wishes and prayers were heard ; for he had always hoped that his death might not be lingering ; and all who knew him were assured that however sudden it might be, with him it could not be unprepared ; which we presume to be the true meaning of the word sudden in our Liturgy. On Friday, the 6th of February, Mr. Stevens spent the whole morning at home, chiefly in company with his friend, Mr. Bowdler, who says, that his conversation was animated, lively, and very much like
what it ever was, with a friend he so tenderly loved, and whose sentiments were so much in unişon with his own. These two friends were to dine together at Mr. Richardson's, in King's-road. His coachman, who had always been remarkable for his punctuality, and had frequently received the commendation of his master on that account, was, on this day, happily and providentially a great deal after his time; and Mr. Stevens in putting on his great coat, in order to be ready, was suddenly seized with a violent pain in his chest. Mr. Bowdler asked the cause of his sudden emotion; he answered calmly, nothing but death. He was attended immediately by two physicians; and he was bled : and, though restless at times, he, upon the whole, slept quietly. Mr. Bowdler, who never quitted him till a late hour, when he could no longer be of any use, relates an anecdote which proves that the same religious spirit, and the same ready obedience to God's will, whịch pervaded every thought, word, and action, from his earliest youth, continued to operate upon him, even to the latest moment of his existence. After the stroke of death above-mentioned, feeling, (I suppose) that he was dying, he refused the medicines which the physicians had prescribed ; and I (says Mr. Bowdler) was desired to prevail on him to take them, which I did with the usual argument, “ do it to oblige me:" but in vain; for he still refused : at last I was going to say, “ It is your duty to God to do what you can to preserve your life :" but when I had uttered only the first six words, he seized the cup, and drank it to the dregs, and laying hold of my hand, said with great earnestness several times, “ my dear friend, my dear friend !” as if wishing to express, not only his affectionate regard to this excellently good man, but his gratitude for recalling him to his duty to God, at that moment, when, as our