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his breakfast than have been de- 66 Jesus can make a dying bed prived of the pleasure of that exer
Feel soft as downy pillows are." cise. But his illness, viz. a consumption, now returning with great
Seeing his mother greatly affected, violence in the spring of 1806, in
he said, “ Dear mother, weep not. duced him once more to revisit the hope to meet you and all my friends
for me : I shall soon be in glory! I habitation of his kind father.
there : I shall have the white robe To a friend, who was kindly waiting upon him, he said,
of Christ's righteousness !
Suppose, after all, I should be mistaken !" " Death cannot make our souls afraid but immediately added from a If God be with us there !" hymn,
Having had many restless nights, “ How firm a foundation, ye saints of his mother said to him one morning, the Lord,
My dear, you have had a very bad Is laid for your faith in his excellent night.' " Not so bad,” he replied, word!”
“as you think ; for I have been He often said,
very comfortable !"
His mind was
in a calm and serene frame, which "'Tis religion that can give
continued to the last. For twentySweetest pleasure while we live,” &c.
three weeks, which was the duration Conversing with another, who was
of his last illness, not a murmuring frequently with him, he observed, of word was heard to escape him ; and the love of Christ, ss The mercy was
when it was observed that his sufso great, surely, it was too much for ferings were great, - he answered, such a sinful creature as I am !” The there were some who suffered more life of that truly excellent man Mr.
than he did. To a friend standing Pearce, gave him much pleasure. by, he said, “Welcome Death, wel O that my faith,”he said, may be come glory!
I feel myself going : as strong as his !”
Come, Lord Jesus! Why are thy In the former part of his last ill- chariot wheels so long in coming ? ness, his reserve was extremely great, Lord Jesus, I commit myself into arising from the excessive timidity thine hands!" About a week before of his spirit and the tenderness of his he died, he called up the servant, conscience, lest he should not only and said, “ Ann, I have been giving deceive himself, but his friends. Not away my books: here is one for a single word could be obtained from you. I shall very soon leave this him concerning the state of his mind; world ; and'I beg of you to read it
On the last Sab. but in proportion to his increasing with attention.” debility, his spirit became more set
bath of his life, he said, “ I was in tled, and his prospects less clouded. hopes I should have spent this day
On the 29th of last August, he said in glory!" To which a kind friend to his mother, whose tenderness and answered, 'I hope you will wait assiduities were incessant," I think, with patience. He immediately remother, I shall not be here long, for joined,“ All the days of my appointthe dropsy will soon take me off: I ed time will I wait, till my change hope I am not building upon a
come !" To his young friend bewrong foundation. I
fore mentioned, he said, “how sinner, and all my hope is in the amazing is the love of Christ to me sighteousness of Christ!
I know I am a
a sinner !” and after lamenting the
weakness of his faith, he added, "O could I make tbese doubts remove, These gloomy doubts that rise,” &c.
“ The weakest saint shall win the day, Tho' Death and Hell obstruct tbe
way. Do not weep for me, for the Lord supports me; and I hope will you. He requested that his funeral-serWhatever the Lord's will is concer mon might be preached from Psalm ing me, I am sure is right. He cxix. 75. A very little before his knows what is best for me, and in departure, he said, w batever way he disposes of me,
I " See the kind angels at the gates, desire to acquiesce!
Inviting me to come,” &c.
Having taken a most affectionis and considered it valuable adly as it lenye of his father anâ mother, his michi be employeú for the glory of happy spirit soon after entered into God and ile inimortal interests of thejoy of his Lord, Sept. 19, 1806 : men ! his remains were alte ided to the grave It pleased the Lord to permit his on Sunday, Sept. 28, hy a rast con- faithful servant to continue his work course of people. During the su- till within a fow wecks of his death, lemn procession, one of his la ourite which was occasioned by a rapid dehymns was sung, - Jesus, lover of cline of his bodily strength, whilst my soul,” &c. After the interment in his inental faculties remained vigor. the Disseniers’ burying-ground, the ous to the last. During his continefuneral sermon was preached by Mr. ment, he expressed, ionch gratitude Stevenson, to a large and attentive to Cod. “I might,” says he,“ have auditory.
R.S. been writii:s with excruciating
pains; whicreas I only feel a gradual
decay : I bless God ihat I have, hiDIR. JOIN ROBINSON,
therto, tie use of my faculties; and, MASTER of the Charity School of
as I lie much awake, I can recollect the Friendly Society in Fox Court, his word, and meditate a little upon Brook Street, Holborn, was taken it. I thank God thai I have not it from his charge on earib to his hea- now to learn. I find that he enables. venly inheritance, January 8, 1807, me to recollect such precious poraged seventy years.
Mr. Robinson tions of divine truth as prove a was called in early life to the know- source of much comfort to my soul.” ledge of Christ, under a sermon. it lle was much engaged in prayer; St. Dunstan's, by the late Rev. Mr. and rejciced that his friends were Venn, from kzek.xxxv.95, 26; the not only kind, but praying friends. · remembrance of which greatly re- On some refreshment being given
freshed his soul upon his death-bed. him, he said, “o Jesus had more to On the institution of the above sympathize with him when he drank school in 1792, ihe primary object the bitter cup: he drank the vineof the foun:lers being the spiritual gar and gail, that I might have instruction of the children, Mr. and wine.” He would sometimes repeat Mrs. Robinson were unanimously part of ihe 23d Psaim, as applicable appointed to the charge; in which io himself; and would frequently situation they have proved them- say, “I have waited for thy salvaselves highly worthy of the confi- tion, O Lord! Whi'si the Lord has elence reposed in them; and there work for me to do, I am desirous to are living witnesses who can iesi ify remain here; but, when that is that the spiritual instruction they re- done, I am ready to say, with good ceived from Mr. Robinson were the old Simeon, Lord, now lettest thou means of bringing them to Christ. thy servant depart in peace, for
Mr. Robinson having been called mine eyes have seen thay salvation." in the church of England, continued I have found it truly a salvation, in her communion, though he re- both as to temporal and spiritual joiced to see the church of Christ in things, not only to niyself, but also crease under every denomination ; to mine. I have had the happiness and was always ready to ile with to see my children united to ChrisDissenters in every good work. He tian churches; and I doubt not was, during several years, an active that they are also united to Jesus and truly valuable member of the Christ. Christ crucified is a sure Good Samaritan Society; and ofteil, foundation to rest upon ; nothing by way of relaxation, after close at- else would do for me now! I ain tention to the duties of the school, thankful that, in early life, I was chwould employ his evenings in visit- abled to make a surrender of myself ing the sick, praying with and ex- to him; and he has now led me on borting them in the inost affection- to the 71st year of my pilgrimage. ate manner. In short, he was a When I look back upon that surman who, living for eteruity, was render, I have no reason to regret fully seasibla of the value of time, it; but can review wiih joy the way
in which the Lord has led me, and interrupted for fifty yea's." He çan see that it has abounded with prayed much for the rising genera. mercies !"
tion, and for the various institutions To his disconsolate partner he formed for the spread of the gospel. said, " I die, but God will be with On repeating the lines, you : he is able to make all grace aboud towards yon, to support
“ A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
On thy kind arms I fall; yoll, and raise you up kind friends
Be thou my sirength and righteousness, and helpers !” He spake with great
My Jesus and my all!" confidence, and repeated to her many encouraging promises ; ex; His daughter replied, “Father, I horting her to subinission to his so- think you can say more than that: Vereign will. To his children he
you can say, lle is my strength and şait, in the language of David to his righteousness.' He said, Yes; it son Solomon, Know thou the God is many years since I coinmitted my of thy faihers, and serve him with all into the Lord's hands; and I a perfect heart. If thou seek him, know in whom I have believed ! ! he will be found of thee; but if shall soon sleep in Jesus: his prethou forsake him, he will cast thce sence is here, he is here to bless inc! off for ever. Receive it as the dy: I have “a mortal paleness on my iny advice of your aged father : cheek, but glory in my soul !" choose such companions as fear About two hours before he died, God. I have found such a blesșing he was in great agony of body and through life; the Lord has been the mind; it appeared that the enemny guide of my youth, and the support was permitted to struggle with him of my declining years ! I have found and, being greatly agitated, he cried the ways of Religion to be the ways out, * Ye powers of darkness, be of pleasantness and peace; there- gone !" This, however, did not last fore be stedfast, unmoveable, al- long : the prey was taken from the ways abounding in the work of the mighty, and the lawful captive deLord; forasmuch, as ye know that livered," although he was not per: you labour is not in vain in the mitted to tell of his deliverance, but Lord.”
lay quite still and composed. When His son reminding him that his his daughter, endeavoured to place labour had not been in vain, he re- his head in a more easy posiure, he plied, 66 When we come to
gave her a significant look, and journey's end, we must say, we are thanked her for her love, which was unprofitable servants. Although it the last time he spake distinctly,--. is some pleasure to think we have according to his repeated wish, that nol been altogeiher uscless, as cun- the last act of his life might be all berers of the ground, our services act of gratitude. He appeared to are imperfect, and need washing in relain his scuses whilst his soul re the blood of Jesus. Not by works mained in the clay tenement ; but, of righteousness which we have sinking gradually, he at lengku touk done, but according to bis merey he his happy flight into the mansions of saved us, by the washing of rege- celestial bliss, to be for ever with the neration and renewing of the Holy Lord. Ghost.” Then, being very low, he The remains of Mr. Robinson said," I must lie down: I am a poor were interred at Elim Chapel, Fetter useless creature, my flesh and iny Lane. The fueral was attended by heart are failing ; but I trust God the Committee and the Children of will be the strength of my heart and the Scrool; to whom a very suitable my portion for ever!!!
and impressive address was delivered On Sabbath morning, his son of- by the Rev. R. Winter, of New fering to go and inform a near re- Court; who also, on the following lation of his state, he replied, “Lose Lord's Day, repeated the tribule of not onc moment of the Sabbath, friendship by an appropriate die: They are precious moments! I bless course, from 1 Cor. xv. 58. God I have enjoyed my Sabbaths un
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Dialogues, Letters, and Essays. Ly eternal hereafter. If we relinquish A. Fuller, 12m0, 38. 6d. this, all beyond the grave is uncer
tainty, and our attention will of Bur few of these Essays ar ori
course be confined to the transitory ginal. Many of them have appear, ed in this and other Magazines ; and The conclusion of those who doubt
coucerns of a few revolving suns. the admirers of Mr. Fuller will the resurrection ever has been, and thank the editor for collecting and will be, “ Let us eat and drink, for preserving them.
The latter part to-inorrow we dic.” But believing of the volume is new, and of much
in the Scriptures of truth, immortainterest. The Dialogues (though lity opens to our view.
This is the Mr. Fuiler’s forte does not lie in that seed-time, and eternity the harvest. species of composition) contain a
All that is known of God, and done good compendium of the different
for him in this life is preparatory to opinions among Calvinistic writers,
the joy that is set before us. on the subjects of Imputation, Substitution, and Particular Redemp- Christians, let us bend our attention.
" To this affecting theme, fellowtion ; and is written with much can
Would we be heavenly-minded, we dour, nice discrimination, and good must think of what Heaven is.
James speaks the sentiments Would we set our affections on of the author ; and Peter those of the things above, we must know them, late excellent Mr. B. between whorn there were some shades of difference their superior value to things on the
converse with them, and perceive in opinion; and John is Aloderator.
carti. It is true, we can comprcThe Veditation on the Nature and hend but little when all is done. It Progressiveness of the Heavenly is a weight of glory, which, if let Glory, is written in Mr. Fulier's best
down upon our minds in our present manner; and, without departing fechle state, would overset them. It - from the simplicity of the Scriptures, did not appear, even to an inspired or attempting to be wise above what apostle while upon earth, what beis written, gives a rational and cle
lievers would be; but if we can only :vated view of the glories of the liea
obtain a few ideas of it, a glimpse of renly state ; from which we shall glory through the breaking of inter
give the introduction, by way of posing clouds, it will more than respecimen :
pay us for the ulmost attention. * One of the leading characteris
What pains do men take, by artifitics by which the religion of the cial mediums, to descry the heavenly Eble is distinguished from those sys
bodics! teus of philosophy and morality real or imaginary, is to them a
Every discovery, whether which many would impose upon us in its place, is, that everything per- they expceť no possession in these
source of rapture and delight! Yet taining to it bears a relation to eter- supposed workls of wonder. It is nity. The object of all other sys
not the object which they discover, teins is, at best, to forin the mana
but ihe act of discovery, which, by ners; but this rectifies the heart. They aspire only to fit men for this giving birth to a inomentary fame,
is their reward ; and shall we be world ; but this, while it imparts indifferent iowards those blessed those dispositions which tend inore
realities, in which every thing that than any thing to promote peace, we discover is our own, and our own order, and happiness in society, fixes
for ever?" the affections supremely on God and things above. * That such should be the exclu
The Old Testament illustrated; besive property of revealed religion is
ing an Explication of Remarkable not surprizing, since it is this only
Facts and Passages in the Jewish that assumes us of the existence of an Scriptures, which have been objected
to by Unbelievers. In a Series of Demonstration of the Existence of Lcctures to Young Persons.
God, from the works of Nature, Parker, 12mo, 6s.
Translated from the French of FranWe are well pleased with the plan
cois Auguste Chateaubriand ; and deof this little work, so far as it goes
dicated, by Perniission, to the Lord
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This volume, the translator inmuch to its execution. The author forms us, comprizes only a small porindeed claims no higher rank than tion of a work which appeared in that of a compiler. Many of bis Paris, in the year 1802, under the extracts are learned and judicious, title of The Genius of Christianity. and are selected from works not easy
The sensation it produced in France of access to common readers; but we
was almost unprecedented. Some of culars : Ist, He introduces objections of this display of the author's abili. object strongly to the following parti- the first critics of that country
warmly expressed their admiration which arise, not from any difficulty in the text itself, but from the la- ties; while the philosophic party exboured attempts of infidel minds to
erted all the efforts of ridicule, irony, perplex it. 2dly, He is not content misrepresentation to depreciate M. with giving the most natural solu
Chateaubriand in the public opinion. tion 5 but usually adds many absurd Their censures, however, produced and contradictory ones, which in- effects the reverse of what they invpives the reader in more perplexity tended. Many were induced by ciithan they find hiin, e. g. not satis- riosity to peruse a work which was fied with the casy and obvious solu- treated with such acrimony; and tion, a supernatural protraction of seven editions, printed in the short the light at the word of Joshua, we
space of two years, sufficiently be, are led into a maze of enquiries re
speak the estimation in which it was jative to the Phenician and Chinese held, in the most sceptical country History, --- a philological disquisi- in Europe. tion on figurative language ; and,
This abstract is very neatly printlastly, are left with the cold conso
ed. The accounts given of the unilation, that perhaps the text itself verse, the organization of plants and may be interpolated !
animals, the songs of birds, their Ždly, This leads us to remark, that instinct and migrations, together the solution itself is often as much
with various interesting anecdote i, tainted with infidelity as the objec- render it a pleasing and entertaining tion : for instance, when the knot is volume. It comes also highly recut by supposing the text interpo- commended by the respectable prelated, or resolving a plain historical late to whom it is dedicated, who
observes phrase into a strong eastern figure !
of the original work, This method of trifling with Scrip
" That it is calculated to tare is certainly dangerous, and large the views of the ignorant, would not be tolerated in the works
to arrest the attention of the of any profane author of antiquity : thoughtless, to give an impulse to it also sets aside completely the in
the piety of sober-minded men; and spiration of the Old Testament; in
that there are passages in it which which indced Mr. Parker himself emulate the cloquence of Bossuet.” seems to place very little confidence.
The public will farther judge of the A Brief Enquiry into the True Natendency of this work, when they ture of Schism : intended to prove learn that many of the extracis are that Protestant Düssenters are une taken from Dr. Priestley, Dr. Ged-' justly charged with it. By the Rev. des, and other Socinian writers, who, Matthew Henry, Author of the Exthough certainly learned and acute, posiiion on the Bible : 12mo, r ice 4d. are by no means to be commended The outcry of Schism ! schism ! for their attachment to the simpli baş lately been r: ived, with nearly city of Scripture truth,
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