standing; our persons and our houses arc no longer threatened, and the great body of the inferior orders, long
misled, are beginning to perceive and to feel the difference between real friends and artful seducers.
The most p nverful medicines are perhaps the most distasteful; and the exertions of a Magistrate who
seeks not the praise of man are the same; but the favourable opinions expressed by spontaneous offerings of
the wise, the wealthy, and the good, while they are not unfrcqucntly wanted, countervail very far all the
irritation excited by the waywardness of others, and leave the object of them flattered at least by the assurance
that his endeavours however imperfect, however unskilful, have not wholly been disapproved.
My connexion with you, though not of long continuance, has in many respects to myself been eminently
delightful. How long it may be continued, and whether usefulness may not depart before life, it is impossible
for you or for me to predict; but of one fact I feel assured, that if, in the close of life, bodily debility should
leave any portion of mental energy, its last aspirations will be directed to the best interests, present and future,
of the Parishes of Blackburn and Whalley.
After many months of impaired health Dr. Whitaker died at his vicarage in Blackburn
on the 18th of December, 1821, in the G3rd year of his age. His funeral took place on the
following Monday the 24th of December, when his body was conveyed for interment to his
ancestral chapel at Holme. Many of the townsmen of Blackburn accompanied the
procession, and others from Burnley and its neighbourhood testified their respect by joining
it at that place.
Mr. Allen, who had long acted as Dr. Whitaker's amanuensis, had at this period deter-
mined to enter the ministry of the Church, and it is remarkable that his ordination took
place in the interval between the death and funeral of his revered master. The following
letter (partly published at the time in the Gentleman's Magazine) may now be printed as
it was written.
The Rev. S. J. Allen to Mr. Nichols.
Blackburn, December 26, 1821.