Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sundays Obituary~ John Imlah Esq.

The following appeared on page 35, Column 2 of " The Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser for the Counties of Aberdeen, Banff, and Kincardine" on Saturday 28th of February 1846:
At Hammersmith, the residence of his brother, near this town, on the 9th January, deeply lamented by his relatives and friends, sincerely regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintances, JOHN IMLAH Esq., a man of unaffected manners and great singleness of heart, who to a lively imagination and versatile talent, possessed a ready store of general knowledge of works of modern literature, which rendered his society very acceptable to those whose congeniality of mind had led them to similar pursuits. Mr. Imlah was the author of a collection of lyrical poems, chiefly Scottish, of considerable merit, and several productions of a higher order not yet collated for publication. He died in Christian hope and resignation, and, we trust, in an odour of mind like that which dictated, in one of his sacred poems, the following line: -
 " O,dark would be this of tears- more dark the vale of Death,had we no hope, through God-ward thoughts- no saving trust through faith. Where tear shall never dim the eye, nor sob disturb the heart,Where meet the holy and the just- and never more to part."
~Cornwall Chronicle , Jamaica.

In column 3 of the same page the following appeared:

The Death of this gentleman, which it is our painful
duty to record to-day, will, we are sure, be matter of
deep and lasting regret to many of our readers. Mr.
Imlah, while alive, was perhaps better known and more
generally like than any other person in the same sphere
of life. During a long residence for the better half of
each year in London, he had formed a wide and intimate
acquaintanceship, and his periodical visits to the north
of Scotland had secured for him an attached circle of
friends, in almost every town an district, from the Tay
to the Pentland Frith. His lively and social disposition
based on intelligence, uprightness, a sense of honour,
and real goodness of heart, made him a general favourite
with all classes.
Mr. Imlah possessed a great deal of nationality -Nationality
of the right kind; not the ignorant assumption of undue
superiority, but a rational apprehension of the real
excellencies of the character and position of his native
land. In  England, he was ever foremost to defend Scotland
and Scottish habits from prejudiced assailants; while,
in Scotland, on the other hand, he was equally ready to
point out our shortcomings, and wherein we might
advantageously take a lesson from our Southern neighbors.
To all the metropolitan associations established for the benefit
of his poorer countrymen, he was, according to his means, a
liberal contributor, and, in his private capacity, he was never
found wanting when the claims of the needy, unfortunate, or
the meritorious were urged. to such recommendations (sic) it
might seem trifling to add that he bestowed much time,trouble,
and expense in making his friends at home when they visited
London, were it not that it affords additional proof of the 
kindness of his disposition.
Mr Imlah has been cut off prematurely in the vigour of life,
while performing a duty of affection which he had long
looked forward to with pleasurable anticipations. Two brothers-
the one resident in Nova Scotia, the other in the West Indies-
had been separated from him for a period of thirty years. At length
an opportunity occurred of meeting them together at Halifax. After
a joyful, and ( to him) complimentary parting in London, he
set sail, and had a delightful meeting with his relations. He
spent some time in Novia Scotia, and then accompanied one
of his brothers and a nephew to Jamaica, where he was seized
with the fatal disease of the island, and cut off in twelve days.
Among his last requests was to be remembered kindly to his friends
in his country, by whom we are certain he will not soon be forgotten.

John Imlah  my 1st Cousin 5X removed.

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