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return to Fulham he resumed with undiminished assiduity all the duties of his high station.
Soon after his arrival, about the end of October, he was surprised by the unexpected visit of a Prussian Clergyman, the Rev. Mr. Usko, who had been for upwards of twenty years Chaplain to the German Factory at Smyrna, and for the last eight to the English Factory in the same place. This gentleman had been introduced to him before, when on a former visit to England; and, both then and on this last occasion, he considered him as a man of high character, and of astonishing attainments in the Eastern and European languages. A passage, written at the time I am now speaking of, very strongly marks his anxious wish to fix Mr. Usko in this country, in a sta
tion of all others best adapted to his talents.
"As such a man," he says, "may throw much new light on those treasures of Oriental MSS. which are now shut up in our libraries public and private, and especially in the British Museum, I have strongly recommended him to the Trustees of that national Establishment; and I shall do every thing in my power to place him in a situation, where he may have the best opportunity of displaying his prodigious stores of Oriental learning to his own honour and advantage, as well as to the benefit of the literary world."
Unfortunately no vacancy occurred, so as to enable the Bishop to carry into execution this judicious intention: but as he felt the utmost solicitude to manifest in some way or other his respect for
a clergyman, from whom he expected such essential benefit to the cause of Christianity; and as, not long after, the valuable living of Orsett, in the county of Essex fell to his disposal, he eagerly seized an opportunity, which might not, and in fact did not, again occur, and immediately presented him to that benefice. It has been thought, I well know, that he acted in this instance with too little consideration; but I also know, that he did it in the warmth of his heart, and with the best and purest design of rendering a most important service to the Church of England. I trust it will soon appear, that the hope he so fondly cherished, has not been forgotten. Mr.Usko stands solemnly pledged in honour and in duty to fulfil the engagement which he made with his deceased and venerable Patron. The public look with no small
anxiety anxiety to some production illustrative of the Christian Scriptures, and worthy of his own superior erudition; and he cannot, I should think, satisfy his own mind, certainly he will not satisfy the expectation which has been excited, unless he give this substantial and unequivocal proof of his gratitude and sincerity.
On the 8th of May 1808, the Bishop entered into his 78th year; and it is remarkable, that on the same day he preached his last sermon in St. George's Church. It was a discourse on the following text from the Revelation of St. John:—" Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." During the four months that he had
spent at Clifton, he had employed himself in reading the Apocalypse with great attention; and from the impression made upon his own mind, by the grand, comprehensive views of that sublime and interesting Book, he was anxious to stimulate others to acquaint themselves with its contents, which, though undoubtedly of a high mysterious nature, might, he conceived, by a reasonable degree of application, steady perseverance, and the assistance of able and judicious expositors, be very well comprehended, at least in its most material and useful parts, by persons of little learning and moderate understandings.
This, in general, was the object which he had in view; but in the course of the sermon he adverted particularly to that part of St. John's Revelation, which pre