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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Thomas Emlyn (search)
of others by express or unhandsome opposition; I doubted whether this was my duty, or proper in the pulpit, where I could not have freedom to say all that was requisite in such a controversy, and whether I ought at once to cast myself out of a station of service without a more particular and direct occasion given me to profess my mind, which I did apprehend might offer, and which I was determined to accept when it did. Thus it appears that with Emlyn, as it has since been with Lindsey, Robertson, and many others who have finally sacrificed their worldly prospects for the sake of the truth, the adoption of so decided a step was a subject of much serious and anxious deliberation, and was delayed even for years beyond the time when the change of doctrinal sentiment had been fully completed. While this subject was dwelling on his mind, his domestic happiness was painfully interrupted, first by the death of an infant son, and afterwards (towards the end of 1701) by that of his wife.
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Caleb Rotheram, D. D. (search)
Locke and Clarke. On his return from Aberdeen, Mr. Aikin became for a short time an assistant to his former friend and tutor, Dr. Doddridge; agreeably to the practice which that eminent man was accustomed to pursue in the conduct of his academy, by engaging in succession for several years such students as had particularly distinguished themselves by diligence, proficiency, and propriety of conduct, during the period of their academical course. Besides Mr. Aikin, Mr. Job Orton, Professor James Robertson of Edinburgh, and Mr. Samuel Clark, the subject of the preceding article, obtained this distinguishing mark of their tutor's approbation; and Mr. Orton observes, that they thought themselves happy in his friendship, and in the opportunities they had, by his conversation, instructions, and example, to improve themselves, while they were assisting in the education of others. It is probable that he left Northampton in 1739, when Mr. Orton succeeded him. During this engagement, Mr.