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FOR JANUARY, 1841.

BIOGRAPHY.

MEMOIR OF MR. WILLIAM CANDLER,

Of Colchester:

PY THE REV. PETER M'OW AN. God has made it our duty to be “ followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." We regard it as a singular instance of his goodness to have transmitted to us so many illustrious examples of piety, in words of the Holy Ghost's teaching. True religion is substantially the same in all ages; and though there is an authority inherent in Scripture biography, which it would be impious to ascribe to that which is uninspired, yet it is our duty to cherish the memory, and imitate the piety, of the virtuous dead generally; and especially of the fathers of our Connexion, who were instrumental in raising up our societies, often amidst the storms of local persecution. Their history involves that of the work of God; and gratitude to him, as well as respect for them, should induce us to read the records of their experience with care, to copy their examples with accuracy, and to make ourselves thoroughly acquainted with those great doctrinal truths by the belief of which they were saved from guilt, raised above the fear of man, crucified to the world, stimulated to duty, sustained under adversity, made meet for heaven, and rendered victorious over their final foe. These worthies are, in rapid succession, falling asleep in Jesus; and, ere long, posterity will know them only as their saintly portraits are sketched, and their patient sufferings are recorded, in the pages of this Magazine. It affords me a mournful pleasure to add the name of William Candler to the long list of those worthies in our Israel, who, though dead, yet speak, by the virtues of their minds, the labours of their lives, and the triumphs of their deaths.

Mr. Candler was born at Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, in the year 1766. His parents, though poor, were industrious in their calling, and upright in their conduct. Their family was large; and William being their second son, they found it necessary to call him at an early age to assist his father in his trade, which was that of a shoemaker. This premature occupation of his time in manual labour deprived liim of the opportunity and advantages of an early education; a deprivation which he regretted in after-life, VOL. XX. Third Series. JANUARY, 1841.

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FOR JANUARY, 1841.

BIOGRAPHY.

MEMOIR OF MR. WILLIAM CANDLER,

of Colchester :

PY THE REV. PETER M'OW AN.

God has made it our duty to be “ followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." We regard it as a singular instance of his goodness to have transmitted to us so many illustrious examples of piety, in words of the Holy Ghost's teaching. True religion is substantially the same in all ages; and though there is an authority inherent in Scripture biography, which it would be impious to ascribe to that which is uninspired, yet it is our duty to cherish the memory, and imitate the piety, of the virtuous dead generally; and especially of the fathers of our Connexion, who were instrumental in raising up our societies, often amidst the storms of local persecution. Their history involves that of the work of God; and gratitude to him, as well as respect for them, should induce us to read the records of their experience with care, to copy their examples with accuracy, and to make ourselves thoroughly acquainted with those great doctrinal truths by the belief of which they were saved from guilt, raised above the fear of man, crucified to the world, stimulated to duty, sustained under adversity, made meet for heaven, and rendered victorious over their final foe. These worthies are, in rapid succession, falling asleep in Jesus ; and, ere long, posterity will know them only as their saintly portraits are sketched, and their patient sufferings are recorded, in the pages of this Magazine. It affords me a mournful pleasure to add the name of William Candler to the long list of those worthies in our Israel, who, though dead, yet speak, by the virtues of their minds, the labours of their lives, and the triumphs of their deaths.

Mr. Candler was born at Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, in the year 1766. His parents, though poor, were industrious in their calling, and upright in their conduct. Their family was large; and William being their second son, they found it necessary to call him at an early age to assist his father in his trade, which was that of a shoemaker. This premature occupation of his time in manual labour deprived him of the opportunity and advantages of an early education; a deprivation which he regretted in after-life, Vol. XX. Third Series. JANUARY, 1841.

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FOR JANUARY, 1841.

BIOGRAPHY.

MEMOIR OF MR. WILLIAM CANDLER,

Of Colchester :

DY THE REV. PETER M'OW AN. God has made it our duty to be “ followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." We regard it as a singular instance of his goodness to have transmitted to us so many illustrious examples of piety, in words of the Holy Ghost's teaching. True religion is substantially the same in all ages; and though there is an authority inherent in Scripture biography, which it would be impious to ascribe to that which is uninspired, yet it is our duty to cherish the memory, and imitate the piety, of the virtuous dead generally ; and especially of the fathers of our Connexion, who were instrumental in raising up our societies, often amidst the storms of local persecution. Their history involves that of the work of God; and gratitude to him, as well as respect for them, should induce us to read the records of their experience with care, to copy their examples with accuracy, and to make ourselves thoroughly acquainted with those great doctrinal truths by the belief of which they were saved from guilt, raised above the fear of man, crucified to the world, stimulated to duty, sustained under adversity, made meet for heaven, and rendered victorious over their final foe. These worthies are, in rapid succession, falling asleep in Jesus; and, ere long, posterity will know them only as their saintly portraits are sketched, and their patient sufferings are recorded, in the pages of this Magazine. It affords me a mournful pleasure to add the name of William Candler to the long list of those worthies in our Israel, who, though dead, yet speak, by the virtues of their minds, the labours of their lives, and the triumphs of their deaths.

Mr. Candler was born at Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk, in the year 1766. His parents, though poor, were industrious in their calling, and upright in their conduct. Their family was large; and William being their second son, they found it necessary to call him at an early age to assist his father in his trade, which was that of a shoemaker. This premature occupation of his time in manual labour deprived him of the opportunity and advantages of an early education; a deprivation which he regretted in after-life, VOL. XX. Third Series, JANUARY, 1841.

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