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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 30 1 In discharging the private duties of his profession, no individual could be more zealous than Dr. Hunter. The great aim of his life seemed to be in every possible way to extend the knowledge and practice of true religion. To all the religious and charitable institutions of Edinburgh he contributed largely from his own substance ; and wide and judicious was the range of his private beneficence. Both in his pastoral conduct and in the discharge of his duties as a Professor of Theology, no individual could be more completely divested of bigotry or party spirit. He judged of others by himself; and uniformly gave credit to those who were opposed to him on minor points of religious opinion, or as to questions of church polity, for the same integrity and purity of intention by which his own conduct was governed. By his brethren he was much respected ; and his well-known candour procured every attention to his opinions in the church courts.' In the following quotation the character of Dr. Hunter has been drawn by one who knew him intimately, and whose judgment may well be considered no slight authority :-" Eut shall I not mention the known integrity and purity of his mind-the candour and sincerity which so eminently distinguished him through life, and which ever commanded the confidence of those who differed from him most in judgment-the fair, and open, and generous spirit which he invariably discovered, when he judged of other men, or acted with them--the scorn with which he ever contemplated an unfair, an uninterested, a disingenuous proceeding-the mildness of his temper, of which, by the grace of God he had acquired the entire command ; and (what can certainly be said of few amongst us all), which was scarcely ever known to have been roused into passion, either in public or domestic life-the earnestness and godly sincerity with which he followed every good work, and co-operated with other men whom he believed to be sincerely disposed to be useful ; with no shade of worldly selfishness to pervert his conduct ; without ostentation ; superior to envy, and superior to pride ; gentle and forbearing with all men ; but firm and immovable where he saw his duty before him ; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." In the private relations of life few men could be more estimable. He was one of the kindest of husbands-an affectionate parenGand the most attached of friends. At a period of life when actively employed in discharging the duties of his profession and in the full enjoyment of health, on returning from the sacramental services at Leith, he was suddenly seized with inflammation, and died, after a few days' illness, on the 21st of April 1809. The closing scene of his life was as exemplary and instructive as his whole previous conduct had been ; and he looked upon his approaching dissolution with all the calmness, resignation, and hope, which a well-spent life can inspire. Funeral sermons were preached on the occasion by his colleague the P&v. Dr. Simpson, and the Rev. Sir Henry Moncreiff Wellwood, Bart.; and most gratifying tributes of respect were paid to his memory by almost all the clergy of the city. He was appointed Moderator of the General Assembly in 1792.
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302 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Dr. Hunter married, in 1779, Marion Shaw, eldest daughter of William, sixth Lord Napier, by whom he had four children. His eldest son, a member of the Faculty bf Advocates (who afterwards took the name of Arundel in compliance with the wishes of his wife, who was a relative of Lord Arundel of Wardour), succeeded to the estate, and died leaving several children. His youngest son, the Rev. John Hunter, was appointed one of the ministers of the non Church -which charge he held till his death, in conjunction with the late Dr. Brunton, Professor of Hebrew in the University. No CXXII. LORD C R A I ~ . THE father of his lordship, Dr. William Craig, was one of the ministers of Glasgow, author of ‘‘An Essay on the Life of Christ,” and two volumes of excellent sermons. WILLImf-the subject of the Print-was born in 1745. He studied at the College of Glasgow, where he was distinguished for his classical acquirements. In 1768, he was admitted to the bar, and became intimate with several young persons, chiefly of the same profession, who met once a week for the improvement of their professional knowledge. As an advocate Mr. Craig was not so successful as might have been anticipated from his talents. His tastes and habits were perhaps too literary to lead him to legal eminence. He nevertheless had a fair share of business j and, in 1784, when Sir Ilay Campbell became Lord Advocate, he and his intimate friends, Blair and Abercromby, were appointed Advocate-deputes. In 178 7 he became Sheriff-depute of Ayrshire; and, on the death of Lord Hailes in 1792, took his seat on the bench as Lord Craig. In 1795, he succeeded Lord Henderland as a Commissioner of Justiciary. This office he held till ,1812, when he resigned it on account of declining health ; but retained his seat in the Civil Court until his death. Lord Craig was more distinguished on the bench than he had been at the bar. His conduct was upright and honourable ; and to excellent professional talents, and a profound knowledge of law, he joined the most persevering exertion. There were few of his colleagues who despatched dore business, or with greater accuracy, than his lordship. His judgments, formed after careful and anxious consideration, were generally clear and well-founded. The fame, however, of Lord Craig does not rest solely on his character either as a lawyer or a judge. His well-known attainments, and especially his connection with “ The Mirror ” and “ The Lounger ” have raised his name to an honourable place among the literary characters of his native land Most of our readers are aware that the Mirror and Lounger were the joint productions of a club of gentlemen-of whom Henry Mackenzie, author of the “Man
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