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excellent Liturgy teaches us to pray, that God will not suffer us in our last hour for any pains of death to fall from him. Not long before he expired, Mr. Bowdler asked him, after he waked from a calm sleep, whether he should repeat a prayer: the dying Christian assented. Mr. Bowdler repeated the collect from the order for the visitation of the sick, beginning with these words : “ O Lord, look down from heaven, &c." when he had said, Give him comfort and sure confidence in thee,” Mr. Stevens said very calmly and distinctly, Amen! but as he did not repeat it at the end of the collect, it is presumed his mind was exhausted. When the clock struck three in the morning, he said to the servant, "My time is come. Oh dear, good God:)" and fell asleep without a struggle or a groan. •

The remains of this valuable man were deposited, on the 14th of February, in Otham church-yard, in the county of Kent, which, though not the place of his nativity, yet, from being the parish of his : maternal relations, he had always regarded as his home; and in the church-yard of which he had always expressed his desire to be buried. Indeed to the church of Otham he had, during his life time, been a great benefactor, haying laid out about £600 in repairing and adorning it. The following Epitaph, written by a friend, (to whom, when young and an orphan he had been a father, and from whom, in his declining years, he had received all the dutiful and affectionate attentions of a sön) is placed upon a marble tablet in the church; and is the best and truest summary of the character of this extraordinary man that could possibly have been given:

Sacred to the Memory of

William Stevens,
Late of Broad-street, in the City of London, Hosier,

And many years Treasurer of Queen Anne's Bounty; Whose remains, by his own desire, were deposited near this

Church, Which he delighted to frequent as the place of his devotion, And which he repaired and adorned by his munificence. Educated, and during his whole life engaged, in trade,

He yet found means to enrich his mind With English, French, Latin, Greek, and especially Hebrew

Literature; And connected by blood and affection With many of the most distinguished Divines of his Age,

He was inferior to none, In profound knowledge, and steady practice, Of the doctrines and discipline of the Church of England:

Austere to himself alone, Charitable and indulgent towards others, He attracted the young by the cheerfulness of his temper,

The old by the sanctity of his life : And tempering instructive admonition with inoffensive wit,

Uniting fervent piety towards God
With unbounded good will and well regulated beneficence

towards men,
And illustrating his Christian Profession by his own

consistent example,
He became the blessed means, by divine grace,

Of winning many to the ways of righteousness,
· He finished his probation, and entered into his rest,

On the 7th day of February, A.D. 1807,

In the 75th year of his age.

On Sunday, the 15th day of February, the day after Mr. Stevens's burial, his intimate and affectionate friend, the Rev. Mr. Prince, in the chapel of the Magdalen Hospital, of which charity Mr. Steyens had acted on the Committee for many years, in a Sermon on the text.of St. Paul, “ That ye sorrow not even as others, which have no hope,”. introduced a very just and affecting eulogium upon the religious character and conduct of his dear, departed friend : and, as is usual with that excellent person, he endeavoured to enforce upon his hear

ers the necessity of following the steps of this bright example in the paths of virtue and holiness. He thus concludes this animated discourse:

“ His body is at peace, and his spirit returned unto God who gave it: he is gone to his grave, like as a shock of corn cometh in its season. It is our's, who knew, and loved, and revered him, to imitate, far as we are able, the pattern he hath left behind; by a life of faith and holiness, of piety and charity, and of active, cheerful benevolence; discharging the duties of our respective stations well; using this world, as not abusing it; doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. So, whensoever it shall please the Almighty to call us hence, Death will not find us unprepared; but we shall have hope in our death : and when the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, we shall ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words !”

It may be supposed that a man of such extensive benevolence, and whom Providence had blessed with temporal prosperity, would, being a bachelor, by his will have left large sums for charitable uses. But no such thing. All his conduct was formed upon principle: and he had often said, and acted upon that opinion, that charity is a personal grace; and that if a man has exercised that virtue during his life, and also carries on his benefactions by will, he deprives his successors of the means of exercising those virtues as he has done ; and thus prevents them from shewing themselves to be good stewards of the bounties of heaven. Accordingly, except two legacies, one of four thousand pounds stock, and another of two hundred pounds sterling, one of which lapsed by the death of the individual before him, he left the whole of his fortune to his first cousin, the Rev. William Horne, Rector of Otham, in the county of Kent, the brother of the venerable . Prelate so often referred to in the course of this

work. · I have now completed, though not in a manner equal to my own wishes, or to the deserts of the inimitable person whose life is recorded, what I had determined with myself to perform : namely, to give a true and accurate account of a man, as extraordinary for virtuous attainments, as any that has ever been offered for public observation. Some may have attained to equal degrees of excellence; but few have begun their course of virtue and religion so eårly; few have continued it so uniformly; and few in the private walk of life have taken the opportunity of exercising virtuous propensities to so great an extent. It appears that from his earliest youth to the age of seventy-five, the life of Mr. Stevens exhibited an uniform series of undissembled piety and pure Christian charity. His erudition was solid and various, and his mind was directed principally to the cultivation of sacred learning, though it delighted itself continually with whatever was admirable in literature; and the vigour of his intellectual enjoyments accompanied him to the last. He was a true member of the Church of England, whose institutions and discipline he thoroughly understood, and whose worship, to the very close of his life, he most conscientiously attended. His memory will remain for the benefit of those who survive, as a man whose piety and obedience to his Maker were zealous, whose faith in his Redeemer was pure and unshaken, and whose charity and good-will to man, from the only solid principle, love to God, were extensive and universal.

“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.” May all who knew this great master in the art of holy living,

and all, into whose hand's this account shall fall, profit by such an example; may they live the life of this righteous man, assured that living as he did is the only method of acquiring a well founded confidence that their last end shall be like his !

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