, from whose very brief prefatory notice of the author the preceding particulars have been derived.
The sermons shew him to have been an Arian of the same school with Peirce, Chandler, and other liberal divines among the Presbyterians of the earlier part of the last century; and they are productions not unworthy to be ascribed to one whose chief study was that of the Holy Scripts tures of the Old and New Testament; for which he was eminently qualified by a penetrating understanding, critical skill in the learned languages, and a good acquaintance with history and antiquity.
Besides Mr. Willets, Messrs. Hawkes and Blyth, of Birmingham, Fownes of Shrews.
bury, Turner of Wakefield, Bond of Stand, White of Derby, Harrrison of Lancaster, Moore of Abingdon, and Ward of Yeovil, are known to have been pupils of Dr. Latham.
All these, and doubtless many others, adopted antitrinita-rian opinions as the result of the liberal and unfettered system on which their education had been conducted.
fortable state by great care and regular gentle exercise on horseback.
But about the year 1778, his attacks of asthma becoming more frequent and violent, he obtained for a short time the assistance of his late pupil Mr. Houghton; and in 1779 Mr. Wakefield was chosen a regular third tutor.
The asthmatic paroxysms, however, increasing, he grew gradually less able to discharge, without great difficulty, the duties of his proper province, and on the 14th of December 1780, he closed a life of hono vultu!
quantum pondus in verbis!
quam nihil non consideratum exibat ex ore!
Cicero de claris Oratoribus, 76.
The following just and well-merited character of Dr. Aikin forms one of the series of striking and spirited portraits which Mr. Wakefield has sketched of the eminent men who were successively connected with the Warrington academy, in his memoirs of his own life:
Our divinity tutor, Dr. Aikin, was a gentleman whose endowments as a man and as a scholar, according to my sin