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Amongst the number of eminent Thomas Robinson, * the fourth characters recorded in our pages,

son of Mr. James Robinson, a few individuals are more deserving respectable hosier at Wakefield, of frequent contemplation, than the · in Yorkshire, was born Aug. 29, late Rev. Thomas Robinson, Vicar 1749, and was early placed under of St. Mary's, Leicester; one of the care of the Rev. Mr. Atkinson, the most useful parochial ministers

then Master of Wakefield Grammar whom modern times have pro- School, one of those valuable duced. Our Vol. for 1813 contains institutions of which so many were, indeed a brief notice of our departed about the era of our Reformation, friend, and the splendid, but justly founded and endowed for the prodeserved encomium pronounced motion of sound literature and true upon him by the Rev. Robert religion. Here young Robinson Hall; but we were prevented by applied bimself with such diligence various circumstances from insert- and success to his studies, as to ing at that period a more detailed secure at once the favourable notice account; while a reluctance to inter- of his Master and the Trustees. rupt the regular series of Reformers Not merely content with learning and English Divines, has subse- those lessons which were enjoined, quently retarded the narratives of he pursued his studies with the this and of other exemplary charac- utmost assiduity, devoting much ters. Our readers will not how- of his leisure time to reading, and ever eventually lose by this delay. never satisfied unless at the head The leading features of each res- of his class. The beneficial result pective character will afford instruc- of this diligence soon appeared ; tion in every age; and the lapse of a when arrived at the age of fourfew years may, perhaps, allow us teen, it was proposed that he should to speak more fully on some points, leave school, and engage in his which at an earlier period could. scarcely have been noticed without * This memoir is compiled from Mr. exciting undue irritation, and some- Vaughan's account; from the brief narra what of party feeling.

We now

tive prefixed to the later editions of the

Scripture Characters; and from statetherefore purpose to devote the

ments made in different publications shortly biographical part of our Magazine after Mr. R’s death. Many particulars for the present year, to the memoirs however have been added, and some erro. of distinguished modern Divines,

neous statements corrected, from the kind

communications of Christian friends, and commenceing with

the present from documents in the compiler's own eminent and excellent individual. possession. JAN. 1831.

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father's business, but his own dis- made to the writer of this article inclination to the change, the rapid many years since, by one of his proficiency he had already made, brothers ;– My Brother Thomas and the interference of Mr. Atkinson was always serious, even from a and other friends, induced his father boy. The two statements indeed to allow his continuance in the not entirely irreconcileable. school, with the hope that, by fol- Many a young person is impressed lowing the bent of his inclinations, with the importance of religion, an adequate provision might even- and desirous in the main of contually be obtained.

forming to its principles, who Of the events of these earlier has not yet discovered the evil years, few memorials are preserved. . of

commonly prevailing On oire occasion he was so se- amusements ; and a mind deeply riously attacked with fever, that his imbued with classic lore, and life was despaired of; but at the alive to the charms of dravery time his friends were sur- matic poetry, will not readily admit rounding his bed, and expressing the idea, which experience will to each other their apprehension of eventually demonstrate to be cor a speedy dissolution, his mind was rect, that the stage can never be so occupied with the Psalınist's decla- regulated, as to become the school ration, “I shall not die, but live, of morality, but invariably is, and and declare the works of the must be, unfavourable to Christian Lord ;” and he was in due time principles and virtuous conduct. mercifully raised up, to testify of When Mr. Robinson was in his the “goodness of God in the land nineteenth year, and it was therefore of the living.” Some mention is important that he should proceed also made of a remarkable dream to the University, some difficulty which occurred, but which, how- was apprehended on the ground of ever impressive at the moment, expense. His father, though enappears scarcely deserving of re- gaged in a respectable business, cord. Nor are we very accurately had yet a numerous family, of informed on the state of his mind. which Mr. R. was the fourth son, He has been represented at this and it was therefore doubtful, wheperiod, as by no means decidedly ther in justice to himself or his serious, but on the contrary, at- other children, he could engage to tached to dancing, theatrical amuse- provide the necessary pecuniary ments, &c. There is reason, how- supplies. The founder indeed of ever, to believe that this represen- Wakefield Grammar School had tation is not all respects correct, provided, certain exhibitions for but that his mind was early im- the support of deserving students pressed with the importance of at the University, but as each religious truth. In a letter to his exhibition only amounted to twenty youngest daughter while at school, pounds a year, the difficulty still he says, • When I was your age,

to considerable degree remy mind was much engaged upon mained; the high character howspiritual subjects; and I am thankful

which Mr. R. received to God that he inclined my heart from the Master, and the interest so early to seek after him, and felt in his favour by the Trustees, thus delivered me

induced one of their number, a snares and distresses.' A compari- highly respectable gentleman of son of dates leads to the conclu- the name of Smith, to propose sion, that Mr. R. speaks of his own that a double exhibition should be experience prior to his admission given in his case. He was conseat Cambridge, and this view of his quently admitted a Sizar of Trinity state is confirmed by an observation College, Cambridge, with an allow

a

ever

from many

ance from Wakefield School of 1768, and was soon regarded as a forty pounds a year.

student of considerable promise. This circumstance in Mr. R's Before his leaving Wakefield, a history may lead us to contemplate person in the lower walks of life the pious liberality evinced by understanding that he was about to the Founders and Benefactors become a clergyman, expressed a of our Endowed Schools, in pro- hope that he would study his Bible viding not only for the instruction that he might be able to feed of youth in the rudiments of Classi- the flock of Christ with spiritual cal Literature, but in supplying also food; at the same time offering to in numerous instances to deserving lend him some practical and exscholars, the means of proceeding perimental books;' an offer which with their studies, and completing was thankfully accepted. About their education at our Universities : the close of his first collegiate year, many eminent characters both in • he was much affected by reading church and state, have by this Hervey's Theron and Aspasio, and pious liberality been enabled to began to view the things concernemerge from a low and obscure ing his salvation in a clearer light. situation, and to become eminently He was persuaded,' says Dr. Joband extensively useful. It sug- son, that it is not by any impergests also to the mind the impor- fect works of inan's righteousness, tance of trustees not only admin- but by God's mercy through Jesus istering the charity entrusted to Christ that he must be saved. He their care

with strict integrity, now applied himself to the study of but endeavouring also, as in the the Scriptures with diligence and case before us, to afford real and

prayer, and devoted the whole of effectual assistance to deserving the Lord's day to the more immeobjects, and thus completely fulfil- diate worship of God, and to the ling the benevolent intention of storing of his capacious mind with their founders; instead of allowing, divine knowledge. He became as is alas too often the case, exten- from this time a decided character, sive endowments to be dilapidated and rarely associated with any color become the means of aggran- legians but those who entertained dizement to unworthy and improper sentiments similar to his own.' persons. It suggests also to parents • It was his habit,' says Mr. who have access to such endowed Vaughan, 'to study a portion of the schools the duty of early introduc- Greek Testament every day, not as ing their children to the benefits a critical but devotional exercise. which are tlieir birthright, and I conclude what his custoin was which may eventually affect all from the particular directions which their future prospects; and above he gave me on this subject when I all it suggests to the young the first went to college. 'Reserve advantages of zealously and dili- half an hour at your rising,' said gently improving their present

their present he, 'for this purpose. Read a few opportunities. Had Mr. R. not verses with close practical applicabeen diligent as a school-boy he tion to your own case and conwould never, in all human proba- science. What do I learn from bility, have become Fellow of Tri- this ? How far have I observed nity College, Cambridge, and Vicar this? How sadly I am condemned of St. Mary's, Leicester. “Seest by this ? What matter of thankful. thou a man diligent in business, he ness and joy is here ! shall stand before kings, he shall have done with reading, pray over not stand before mean men.” the passage. I have little doubt,'

Mr. Robinson commenced his adds Mr. V. 'that his skill and residence at Cambridge in Oct. success in conducting family wor

When you

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