Excerpt from Autobiography and Select Remains of the Late Samuel Roberts
Though born in a generation preceding that which has now fairly set forth on an awful but onward career, - though de clining in age almost before the first incipient agitation was perceptible, or the trumpet of preparation sounded afar, yet, where the broad principles of humanity and religion were the watchword, not propelled by outward impulse, but di rected bya light within, he marched with the van of themighty movement embracing the general brotherhood of humanity in his expanded arms, and owning no church but the church of Christ. Yet, (born in a neighbourhood rich in romantic scenery and traditionary lore, ) he did not escape the pre judices Of early association naturally entailed by a poetical imagination on a contemplative mind. He cherished with perhaps deserved preference his country, his native county, and the particular locality in which he was born; but the strong feeling which mingled with it must be supposed to have materially inﬂuenced that preference. Hence (from its connection with that locality) the romantic interest which he took in the history, as well as character, of Mary Queen of Scots. The same imagination and enthusiasm were con tinually bringing on him, in social intercourse, some chilling disappointment. From a few actually existing traits, he drew at once a finished but visionary picture, and had soon to be awakened and find it but a dream.
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