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AFFECTIONATE AND DUTIFUL SON,
FREDERICK R. H. SCORESBY,
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS,
December 31, 1834: Aged 16 Years.
BY HIS FATHER,
THE INCUMBENT OF BEDFORD CHAPEL, EXETER ;
AUTHOR OF “ MEMORIALS OF THE SEA," ETC.
"WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? IT IS EVEN A VAPOUR, THAT APPEARETH FOR A
LITTLE TIME, AND TREN VANISHETR AWAY."-JAMES IV. 14,
BOOKSELLERS; IN CAMBRIDGE, BY T. STEVENSON; IN CHEL-
PRINTED BY WOOLMER AND CO., GAZETTE-OFFICE, HIGH-STREET. TO THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION
WORSHIPPING IN BEDFORD CHAPEL.
Two considerations, beloved young Friends, appear, to my mind, to render it peculiarly fitting that I should address this Memorial unto you. The first is, an appropriateness with respect to you, arising out of the kind interest which you have so generally manifested towards the memory of the beloved boy, of whose brief life you have herein a record : and the second, a fitness with regard to myself, as your Minister, depending on the hope that this Memorial might possibly contribute to the furtherance of my labours among you, by being rendered instrumental for your guidance and encouragement in following Christ. With reference to this important result-constituting the earnest and prayerful desire of my heart on your behalf-it has appeared to me, that the faithful record of a very lovely example of filial affection and dutifulness, as well as of personal piety, might, under the Divine blessing, be rendered useful ; and the more influential, in your case-it is reasonable to hope-from the lamented individual being personally known to you.
Though, however, I place before you the case of a youth, exhibiting, in very many respects, an example truly commendable and worthy of imitation ; yet, inasmuch as he also was compassed with infirmities, and these infirmities have been, I trust, fairly represented-it behoves me to admonish you only to aim to follow him, just so far as he followed Christ. Statements of faults and imperfections, as well as of graces and virtues, faithful biography demands; -but these should serve, not for generating self-complacency as to our own infirmities, but as helps to self-examination for our profit, and as warning-beacons for our safeguard. They may also serve, with the humble and anxious