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time be determined with considerable accuracy; and if at some future period an instrument should be invented, that would give the altitude of the moon with as much accuracy as that of the sun, this problem would be of very great importance, as a inore perfect method, and less liable to. errour, than the lunar one now pursued for discovering the longitude at sea.

Various circumstances contributed to render unpleasant the latter part

of Mr. Walker's. residence at Durham. Though the stipulated salary ought to have exceeded 501., yet it had averaged considerably less; and the payment of this, from some culpable neglect, was always protracted. A lukewarmness and indifference about religious concerns, too, had generally pervaded his congregation for a number of years, and had previously been a source of great dissatisfaction to his uncle ; for nothing certainly can tend so strongly to discourage the well-meant and earnest endeavours of an ingenuous mind, as to find them accompanied with little or no effect.

Independently of the personal mortification inflicted, the consciousness that you are scattering your seed upon a barren soil, where no friendly culture, no diligence of attention, can nurture it into maturity, sinks the mind at once into languor and despondence. At one time he was so overwhelmed by these considerations, that he had serious thoughts of abandoning his profession, as affording no prospect of advantage either to himself or to others. After detailing the various causes of his discontent in a letter to his uncle, he continues : “ Every :“ thing is discouraging. Even on Sundays, “ when I should look for my only consola“tion, I meet nothing but solitude and in“ difference ; yet I sit hereindolently repining

lot without endeavouring to better “ it ..... I am doomed to have no prospect “ in life, either of a private or public, a selfish “ or benevolent kind ; to be flattered with “ the notion of abilities more than common,

yet to noend; to be of noimportance to my“self, or to any one around me; to waste my


at my

“ youth and health in hardly providing for

my daily wants, while tomorrow is all uncertainty; yet all this (I lay my hand upon my heart and

say it) owing to no conscious “ misconduct on my part. Perhaps you will

say, I betray a discontented mind. I “ do not think so. Were I old and feeble, I should think it my duty, to sit down

resigned'; but while I have youth and “ abilities, I think I owe to myself, and to “ the world, to endeavour to extricate my“ self out of so mortifying, so impotent a “ situation. You do not however in your " last approve of such an intention, and my “ friends at Newcastle join with you

in opinion. I submit therefore, to sacrifice “ myself and all my hopes.”

During this unpleasant state of his mind, he was invited by the congregation at Great Yarmouth, to become one of their ministers. In answer to their inquiries respecting him, the following spirited character of him was sent them by the Rev. Mr. Lowthian of Newcastle:

“ New

“ Newcastle, 19 October, 1761. 67 My dear Friend,

6 Your last is before me, to which “ I would have replied sooner, had I not been

indisposed : I think myself honoured by “ the deference you and the gentlemen con“ cerned have paid to my judgement, and “ will endeavour to secure your good opinion

by using the same openness and freedom; though’t is with some reluctance I give you

a character of Mr. George Walker, appre“ hending it may contribute something to

my being deprived of a very agreeable “ neighbouring brother : but friendship demands, and I will comply. “ The method of his compositions is always natural, and consequently adapted to “ excite and secure attention ;-his invention " is lively, but under the correction of judge“ ment;-his diction is pure and elegant, sc. and his delivery spirited (some think too “ theatrical)—his devotional performances

are animated and fervent, flowing from grateful piety and warm benevolence: in

" these


“ these however he is apt at times to hesitate " a little, owing I apprehend to his being too “nice and scrupulous in the choice of his

epithets, and therefore I hope time will

remedy it.-In his ordinary conversation “ he is frank, cheerful, and facetious; but

prudently so.----He is apt to be somewhat “ keen in argument, but 't is more in his

manner than in his temper.-In short, in « him


will find a good scholar, a rational “ popular preacher, a young man of irre" proachable morals, a steady and an affec« tionate friend.—Thus, my dear sir, you " have the mere outlines of the young gentle- man's character drawn without art or co56 louring from personal acquaintance and my own knowledge, and


my 66 free leave to make what use of it

you 66 please, for I am confident he will do honour to ny recommendation.

(+ SAM. LOWTHIAN." Dissatisfied with his present situation, he had no hesitation in acceding to this proposal, though the place which he was to fill


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