The Christian Keapsake and Missionary Annual

9781235802409: The Christian Keapsake and Missionary Annual

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1837 Excerpt: ... THOMAS CLARKSON, ESQ. Thomas Clarkson was bor n at Wisbech, in Cambridgeshire, on the 28th of March, 1760; his father, the Rev. John Clarkson, a native of Thirsk, in Yorkshire, being, at the time of the birth of the subject of this notice, Master of the Free Grammar School at Wisbech, Afternoon Lecturer in the Church of that town, and Curate of Walsoken, a parish about two miles distant. This estimable clergyman secured very general respect and love by the exemplary fidelity and devotedness with which his various duties were discharged, and in the midst of which he closed his useful life. He ever deemed it an important duty to visit the poor of his flock, especially when they were sick; not only for the purpose of exercising one of the most grateful parts of a Christian pastor's office, viz. relieving their temporal wants; but to administer to them the soothing and welcome consolations of religion. The engagements in the Grammarschool occupied nearly the whole of the day, and left scarcely more than the hours of evening for these visits of mercy. When this devoted clergyman went on this errand to Walsoken, he often did not return until late, occasionally past midnight; but so strong was his sense of duty, that he allowed neither the darkness of the night, the badness of the roads, the intensity of the cold, nor the violence of a tempestuous wintry night in that bleak and comparatively dreary country, to deprive the poor of his presence and sympathy in their seasons of affliction and trouble. On these occasions he always went on foot, carrying in his hand an antique and ponderous lanthorn, which is still preserved as a relic in his family. A fever, taken in one of these visits, speedily terminated his valuable life; and his remains, amidst general demonstrat...

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