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one of the principal pillars of the episcopal church in Marblehead. In his private character, he was very estimable, and was much endeared to all, who bad the happiness of his acquaintance, by his amiable and unassuming deportment. Habitually kind, indulgent, and affectionate ; as a husband, a father, and a master, he was greatly and justly beloved and revered. In all the relations he ever sustained he so discharged the duties, which devolved upon him, as to render him an honour and a blessing to his family, to his friends, and to his country.
BO6TON, MASS. 632. Note. The hon. RoberT TREAT PAINE, LL. D. departed this life at Boston, on the 12 of May, 1814, at the age of 83 years. On the sabbath after his decease, the rev. Joseph M.Kean, Boylston professor of rhetorick and oratory at Harvard university, delivered a sermon at the First Church in Boston, in which he offered the following sketch of the character of that venerable patriot.
“ The commanding features in the character of the late judge Paine are, it is sincerely believed, correctly described in the words of the text. His intellectual, moral, and religious character were strongly marked with sterling integrity. Regarded either as a private or a publick man, may it not truly and emphatically be said of him, He put on righteousness and it clothed him ; his judgment was as a robe and a diadem? Uprightness eminently marked his
usual course of domestick and social duty; justice was the constant aim of his official service.
“There is a natural and commendable curiosity to trace the origin of those individuals, and the development of those powers, which have been employed for the honour and benefit of society. Regretting that my means of gratifying this are so few and incomplete, the little which is known is submitted to your candid acceptance.
“ The age, which you know that he attained, directs to the year 1731, as that of his nativity; the time was 11 March. His father had been pastor of the church ‘at Weymouth, in this vicinity, but had removed to this metropolis, where he was engaged in mercantile business. From the sermon, which he delivered at his ordination, for it was then the custom for the pastor elect to preach on such occasions; and from a sermon on original sin, at the Thursday lecture, which has been held so long in this church, both of which discourses were published; it is evident that he possessed a mind of much vigour, and deeply imbued with evangelical piety. His mother was a daughter of reverend Samuel Treat, of Eastham, in the Old Colony, a son of the governour of Connecticut. From this very famous statesman and hero our late friend received his name, and he did not dishonour it. His maternal grandmother was a daughter of reverend Samuel Willard, pastor of the Old South church in this town, of which the subject of the present notise afterwards became a member.
"Descended from zealous and fervent christians, ke was early initiated in the knowledge of religious truth, and trained to habits of virtue and piety. His after life demonstrated that these advantages were not lost. For a time he contemplated the clerical profession, and ever retained, amid all his ardour of literary inquiry, a special fondness for whatever related to the history and doctrines of christianity.
" His preparatory classical education was under the justly famous mr. Lovell, among whose pupils, great numbers, besides him, have attained high distinction among our statesmen and divines. He entered the neighbouring university in 1745, and received the customary academical honours in regular course. In 1806 the well merited honorary degree of doctor of laws was conferred.
“ For several years, his attentions appear to have been miscellaneous. A part of the time was given to the study of theology, a part was occupied in business, which led him to visit Europe. He afterwards concluded to devote himself to that profession, in which he gained such respectability and distinction. He became a student in the office of the very eminent mr. Benjamin Pratt, after. wards, chief justice of New York; and, about 1759 settled as an attorney at Taunton, in the county of Bristol. Here he became acquainted with his surviving consort. Their connection was most afectinnate and happy. Sanctioned by heaven and mellowed by time, it cheered and suothed him to life's latest hour.
“ His preparation for the bar was worthy of his cela ebrated instructer. He was soon known as a sound lawyer; most faithful and assiduous in the business entrusted to him ; and he rapidly acquired notice and confidence. His townsmen testified their sense of his worth, by an election to the provincial genoral court, about 1769. Those, who are familiar with our history, will recollect that as a season of of much difficulty and solicitude; well adapted to call forth the energy of the master minds of the country. Mr. Paine was among the zealous and active friends of the popular interest, in the questions, which were agitated between the assembly and the royal governours, by whom he was marked as one of the busy spirits, that must be put down. The part, which he took from conviction, he resolutely maintained ; and was returned as a member of the provincial congress, from which he was delegated to the first continental congress, 5 Sept. 1774, In this body he was efficient and prompt in action, resolute and wise in council; and retained his seat till, on the adoption of the Massachusetts constitu. tion, he was appointed the first attorney general in his native state. This office he discharged, in a season peculiarly trying, with great ability and fidelity; and, in 1790, he was commissioned as one of the justices of the supreme judical court. Inflexibly just as a publick prosecutor, he received the approbation and secured the gratitude of the wise and good. His was also another tribute, often not less imequivocal, the dislike and censure of the turbu
Jent and unprincipled. Those, by whom the laws were pronounced grievances, were not to be expected to feel much complacency towards the upright and faithful functionaries of justice. All, who were Rot ripe for rebellion, were denounced as enemies. For fourteen years he continued on the bench, highly esteemed by his associates, and of most important service to the publick. His hearing having become greatly impaired by a severe cold taken on one of the circuits, he resigned in 1804, when he was immediately elected into the executive council of the commonwealth. He declined a re-election ; and resolutely withdrew from publick life.
How these several important trusts were fulfilled, the history of our country will bear testimony. His name is inscribed on the charter of its independence; and while the spirit, which animated the principal actors in that memorable scene, shall remain alive, he will not be forgotten. His opposition to the measures of the parent county arose from a well principled attachment to the chartered constitutional rights of the colonies, and not from a mad zeal for exciting and promoting alienation. With prospective wisdom he estimated the interests and duties of his countrymen. He did not, with incendi. ary fury, strive to blow up the flames of civil discord ; nor make calculations of gaining popularity or office, by severing the bonds of allegiance to Great Britain. That his motives were pure, will be allowed by all, who know the opinions and corTEV, 1. VOL. ITTI,