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fore, he neither wantonly lavished it, nor withheld it austerely. But invective he neither provoked nor feared, and as to the severities of contempt, he reserved them for occasions where alone they could be einployed with propriety; and where, by himself, they were always employed with effect; for the chastisement of arrogant dunces, of censorious sciolists, of intolerant bigots in every sect, and unprincipled impostors in every profession'!'
Nor have such been the sentiments of those only who fully coincided with our author in matters of speculation, or in points of doctrine. The late Mr. Archdeacon Blackburne, so well known for his Confessional, hath treated with an equal degree of respect the memory of Dr. JORTIN. He speaks of him as a writer of far superior abilities; as a worthy preacher, a great and good man;• one who was completely qualified to do justice to any subject he undertook to handle, and to whose remains a kind of veneration is due;''one who had incomparably the art to recommend a hundred things to our serious attention, which a confident paradoxical adventurer would make perfectly ridiculous.'--And, after paying a very liberal tribute of acknowledgment to him, as a man of innate candour, modesty, and diffidence,
- Would to God,' he concludes, “I had the talents to perpetuate the rest of his excellencies to the latest posterity! But—he rests from his labours, and heareth not the voice of the oppressor, nor of the petulant scorner. His works will sufficiently speak for him while there are any remnants of piety, learning, and good sense among the sons of Britain; and will follow him to those man
See Tracts, by Warburton, and a Warburtonian, &c. printed for Charles Dilly, 1789, p. 197.
sions, where neither envy, malevolence, nor the dogmatical arrogance of ignorant supercilious criticism will deprive him of his reward.
• Dum juga montis aper, fluvios dum piscis amabit, Dumque thymo pascentur apes, dum rore cicada, Semper honos, nomenque tuum, laudesque manebunt.'
To testimonies like these, at once so very respectable, and so ably expressed, even filial piety can hardly suggest an addition. Their veracity has been felt, and will be acknowledged by the best judges of literary ability. The heart of the grateful Editor is much flattered by them. He ranks it among his truest honours to have this further occasion of announcing them to the judicious reader, as a last parting tribute to parental worth.
& See Historical View of the Controversy concerning an Intermediate State, &c. Second edition, pp. 268. 289. 296