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A hort ACCOUNT of the late Mr. I never obtruded on his habitua , ROBERT ROBINSON, of Ches. cheerfulness. Singular, however, as TERTON, near CAMBRIDGE. , was his application, benevolence ever
appeared the leading feature in his THE life of the late celebrated character,--displaying itself not only
Mr. Robinson, who was one in great exertions, but in the tenour of the few extraordinary instances of of his general intercourse with manthe force of native genius triumph kind. By a cheerful urbanity he ing over all impediments, deserves adapted himself to all classes of men: particular notice. The circum
with the poor, in particular, who stances that forin such a character revered him as their father, he conmerit close attention, and have been versed freely in their own style. well depicted in Mr. Dyer's interest- | He instrucied and catechised their ing account, from which we borrow children, and would frequently even our materials *.
| indulge himself in a train of rustic His origin, though low, did not jocularity. His chief satisfaction, it entirely deprive him of the advan- is true, conGifted in relieving their tages of a liberal education, though | diftrell's as far as his circumitances be was principally indebted to his adinitted; yet he would patiently own industry for his quick advance. I listen to all they had to impare, how. ment in knowledge; for the ardour | ever tidious and uninteresting; for : and perseverance with which he cul- it was a constant maxim with him,-tivated talents that procured him at " that nothing humanises the heart length an eminent rank amongst so much as bearing with the infirmi. men of literature, were astonithing. 'ties of others.”
Very early in life he connect di He was the author of several learn. himtelf with the diflenters, and by ed works, which, by degrees, made his honeft zeal attracted their atten- him known, and procured him adtivn; for, being naturally eloquent, mirers of the most refpectable chas hedilplaved his powers with facility ; racter in the established church, as and the faicinating simplicity of his well as amongst the diffenters; for,
though some of his writings were of • He commenced his career as a a controversial caít, they are all in
preacher, at Norwich, where he mar- genuous, breathe all the ardour of ried; and renoved from thence to liberty, and have extended his repuHauxton, in Cambridgeshire, at the tation beyond the limits of the dilrequest of the congregation of a senters. baptist meeting. He lived there for Thus was he employed as a scho. many years in a 1mall cottage, on a lar; but his love of agriculture and Tiender income, pursuing literature i commerce was equal to his ardour with great succefs, and became the fa- for literature,-be having removed ther of a numerous family. Yet, while from Hauxton to Chesterton, where he was thus cultivating his extraor- i he purchased a small farm, and cula dinary abilities, he found tinie fully tivated it with uvremitting diligence. to discharge his domestic and pasto- ! During his residence there, he visited ral duties. Though he was uncom- | London, by the defire of an affociamonly servent in his pursuits, his tion of diffenters, to collect materiais Learning was untinctured with pe- | for composing an elaborate eccle. Cantry, and his most abstract studies i Giaftical history which they had folia'
I cited him to undertake. But finida * Memoirs of the Life and Writingsing his time too much engroffed by of Robert Robinson, by G. Dyer, late of other engagements, which his present' Emanuel College, Cambridge
i popularity as a preacher rendered