MR pictures Hall in old age as slightly more relaxed, spending time with younger children and grandchildren, walking his dog, recounting tales to the kids about going to see the King, or what it was like at the Tower of London, or how there used to be highwaymen and robbers. Slowly a rather more avuncular figure emerges – “even if he appeared a pious old prig to the rest world!” Visits to London appear to have been twice-yearly. On one of these, on June 17, 1801 the 72 year old set out for London with his wife and Mrs Snooke. They got as far as Witney when he was taken ill and the party was forced to return. His son Benjamin takes up the story “My father continuing to get worse, Dr Cheston, a Physician from Gloucester, was sent for who came on the 23rd. Dr Cox also came on 26th and Mr. and Mrs. Griffith from Bath. My brothers in law” (ie step-brothers) “William and Francis with my cousin Eliza came on the 30th. July 2nd, a little before 6 o’clock in the morning my dear father departed. Mr. Davidson an esteemed friend of my father and one of his executors came on Monday 6th. On Sunday 7th my father’s remains were interred in the Meeting Yard at Bourton – the Revd. Thos Smith of Shipston-on-Stour officiated. On the following day Mr. Davidson and Mr. Francis Hall left for London and Mr. Griffith & Mr. William Hall for Bath."
As already mentioned, Rippon ended with the words “Mr Hall was certainly not distinguished among his religious connections for the felicity of his disposition but we are given to understand that he has left behind him the testimony of an affectionate husband a kind father and a sincere friend”. The family were outraged by this, and according to son Benjamin wrote to tell Rippon what they thought of him but no trace of the letter remains.