Boswell Brandon Beddome

This obituary appeared in the Baptist Magazine at the time. It begins:

Died on Tuesday, October 29, 1816, at the house of his son-in-law Dr Gregory, of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Mr Boswell Brandon Beddome, of Walworth, aged 54 years.
Mr Beddome was the third son of the late Rev B Beddome, AM of Bourton-on-the-water, Gloucestershire, a minister well known in most of our churches, and by whose admirable sermons now publishing, he, "being dead, yet speaketh." He had, therefore, enjoyed the benefit of the early and constant instruction of a parent of great piety and correctness of sentiment; and having thus been trained up in the fear of God, he always chose his principal associates among persons of professed piety. This circumstance, together with an accurate knowledge of the theory of religion, and much frankness and benevolence of character, led him, in his own estimation, and, perhaps, in truth, to satisfy himself for years, with the form of godliness, while he was destitute of the power.
It pleased God, however, by the dissolution of the tenderest of earthly ties, nearly twenty years ago, to convince him of the vanity of all mere notional religion, at once to wean him from all earthly and mistaken dependencies, and bring him to an intimate acquaintance with himself, and a cordial acquiescence in the plan of salvation through the atonement of "God's dear Son." At that period he joined the Baptist church at Maze-pond, Southwark, then under the pastoral care of the Rev James Dore, AM; of which church he was chosen a deacon about three years afterwards: and during greater part of the sixteen years in which he filled that office, he devoted himself most conscientiously, and, (considering the way in which his time was necessarily employed in secular occupations,) most sedulously to promoting the interests of religion generally, of that church in particular, and especially to the encouragement and guidance of the younger members of that community. Animated by a like spirit, he for many years took an active part in the concerns of the "Baptist Fund," and of the "Deputies appointed to protect the Civil Rights of Protestant Dissenters." Since the establishment of the "Stepney Academical Institution," he had also, from a persuasion of the advantages likely to accrue from such a seminary in the vicinity of the metropolis, readily devoted himself, as a member of the committee, to the promotion of its important objects.
The rest is here. See page 23.

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