exercise the privilege of enlightened impartial inquiry; and in his search after Christian truth he never forgot to cultivate Christian charity, and to make the principles he professed the means of forming and purifying the best affections of the heart.
These views and feelings he carried into all the relations of life, and more especially displayed their influence in his active and conscientious discharge of the duties of the Christian ministry.
The subject of this memoir was born at Axminster, in Devonshire, December 17, 1700.
His grandfather, the Rev. Matthew Towgood, was one of the venerable two thousand who witnessed a good confession on St. Bartholomew's-day, 1662.
His descendant thus concludes a brief memoir of him inserted in Palmer's Nonconformist's Memorial,—I esteem it a greater honour to descend from one of these noble confessors than to have had a coronet or garter in the line of my ancestry.
I look forward with joy to the approaching happy day, when that glorious