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Nemarkable Testimony in farour of the strict Observance of the
Lord's Day. A YOUNG man, who had been employed in a gentleman's garden in Suffolk, had a strong inclination to try his fortune near the metropolis. Accordingly, he came to London; and soon got into a situation at the west end of the town; where he, in a few years, acquired so much property, that he look some ground, and entered into business for himself. He had been brought up in a religious manner, and in the strict observance of the Sabbaih; but the love of the world now so far got the ascendency, as to induce him to violate that sacred day, by selling various articles which his garden produced. Providence, however, frowned upon hjin, so that his prospect of great gain proved delusive. By some unaccountable means, he failed of success in all his schemes; and in a short tiine became a bankrupt. His sister, a pious young woman, who kept his house, told him her apprehensions; that the cause of his misfortune was, his profanation of the Sabbaih; and strongly urged him to begin business again upon a small scale, offering to lend him all she had (which was but thirty shilling) to buy a few necessary articles, upon this condition, that lze should sel nothing upon the Lord's Day, but devote it wholly to religion; in which case, she told him, he might hope for a divine blessing. He agreed to take her advice; and he soon experienced the wisdom of it; for he quickly began to find his business wonderfully to prosper ; and, in a few years, rose to such affluence, as to purchase the ground he had hired ; and io be able to cominuuicate largely of his substance for the honour of God, and for the good of many.-The truth of the above can be allested by persons iiving, who knew the inan and his history. The reader is left to make his own reflections.
To the Editor: The following extract from Dr. Symmons's Life of Milton (an able and -, crudite performance) as it is charming evidence of the pious resignation
of our sublime poei to one of ihe greatest afflictions which life is heir to, I will perhaps be acceptable to your readers, and will not undeservedly
occupy a portion of your Evangelicana. It is a part of a letter on the subject of his Blindness, addressed by Milton to one of his literary friends.
J. S. “Inave made up my mind to my case, as one evidently beyond the reach of cure; and í often refiect that, as many days of darkness, accordiuc to the wise man, are alloited to us all, inine, which, by the singular favour of the Deity, are divided between leisure and study, are recreated by the conversation and intercourse of my friends, are far more agreeable trian those deadly shades of which Solomon is speaking. But if, as it is written, “ Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proecedeih ont of the month of God," why should not each of us likewise acquiesce in the reflection, that he receives the benefits of sight, not from his eyes alone, but from the guidance and providence of the same Supreme Beius? Whilst He looks out, and provides for me, as he does, and leads me abouí, as it were, with his hand through ihe paths of life, I willingly surrender my own faculiy of vision in conformity to his good pleasure ; and, with a heart as strong and as steadfast as if I were a Lynceus, I bid you, py Philarus, farewell.”
Life of Millon, p. 331.
VALUE OF BIBLES ON BOARD A SHIP. Sir,
To the Editor: If you think the following information will be of any serviee to the Society
for Distributing Bibles; &c. you will oblige me by giving it a place in the Evangelical Magazine.
Being in company with a young officer in the East India Company's service, lately arrived, he mentioned that one of the seamen died on the passage home; and, when that happens, it is a custom amongst ship-niateg to sell all their clothes by auction, and this was done to the person alluded to above. In his chest was a Bible, which was put up by itself at 6d : it presently got up to 128. and the captain desired the auctioneer to knock it down, as it was too much for it, he said. And my informant farther added, he had no doubt but that it would have sold for a guinea, if they had been let alone. He also said, that a Bible was considered a valuable acquisition by many of the seamen on board of that ship; and that frem qucntiy, at leisure hours, one person read the Scriptures to many of his ship-mates, who were all attention to hear. This account I am the more disposed to give credit to, as it proceeded from one nowise attached to the cause for which the society were instituted, but rather the contrary. I am respectfully, Rev. Sir, your obedient servant,
SHORT SENTENCES ON FAITH. Nothing greater can be said of faith, than that it is the only thing which čan bid defiance to the accusations of conscience.
If it was not for Christ, conscience would tear me in pieces. Conscience is the most positive, teazing, tormenting thing in the world, and nothing can silence it but faith.
Thank God for Christ !-Christ for a clean conscience, and the Spirit for giving me a sight of it as clean.
Nothing can pacify an offended conscience, but that which satisfied an offended God; and well may that which satisfied an offended God, pacify an offendcd conscience.
Mr. Adam, of it'intringham.
To the Edilor: The following Conversation between Dr. Johnson and two of his literary friends, contains some hints that appear to me woriby the attention of
0. ?. Boswell. There are, I am afraid, many people who have no religion at all.
- Mr. Seward. And sensible people too. Johnson. Why, Sir, not sensible in that respect. There must be either a natural or a moral stupidity, if one lives in a total neglect of so very important a concern. Seward. I wonder that there should be people without religion. Jona son. Sir, you need not wonder at this, when you consider how large a proportion of almost every man's life is passed without thinking of it. I myself was for some years totally regardless of religion. It had dropped out of my mind. It was at an early part of my life. Sickness brought it back ; and, I hope, I have never lost it since. Boswell. My dear Sir, what a man you inust have been without religion! Why you must have gone on drinking and swearing, and * -Johnson (with a smile). I drank enough to be sure. Seward. One should think that sickness and the view of dcath would make them more religious. Johnson: Siri they do not know how to go about it. They have not the firsi notion. A man who has never had religion before, no more grows religious where he is sick, than a man who has never learned tizures can count when the has nced of calculation:
toswell, voli lll. 362,3.
MRS. BULK LEY.
decorous, but animated and affecom
tionate; - timid, and tremblingly On Friday, April 24, died at conscientious, yet affable; and, to West Bromwich, in Staffordshire, her near acquaintanecs, friendly and in tlie 37th year of her age, Mis. confidential.
Es her Bulkies. This lady was The qualilies of her mind are granddaughter, and the last sur- such as woud naturally be sought vivor of the immediate descendarts for under this exterior. They were of the Rev. Matt. Henry, “ whose the produce of divine cultivation, praise is in all the churches." Her in à soil divinely prepared and great-grandfather, Philip Henry, rendered favourable to their growth : was educated and settled in the the fruits which are brought forth Church of lmgland; and was one an hundred fold from good seed of those excellent mon whom she sown in good ground. Her carly pecied from her bosoin in the year connections were scarcely more pro1662. He was a man of exemplary pitious to genuine religion, ihan piety; learning, and talents; and were the future circumstances and his rank and connection in society habits of her life to its growih and were of the mosi respectable order. improvement. Mrs. Bulkley was Maithey also, the celebrated Como born in London, Nov. 16, 1790. mentator on the Bible, had the edu- Her father, Mr. Thomas Bulkley, cation of a scholar and a gentle- a native of Lymington, in Hampmån. Indeed, the family of the shire, was a silk mercer in Ludgate Henrys were scarcely inore distin- Street, and died when she was very guished by their religious characier, young. The conduct of her eduihan by their engaging courteous- cation, thereforc, devolved upon liess and urbanity of manners. In her mother; - and those who have all these respects, and in wliatever observed the influence of the materwas appropriate to the female wal character, and of maternal character, the deceased was the cares, wben assiduously employed faithful and amiable representalist in the formation of the youthful of her ancestors.
mind, will not be surprized that the To delineate with even tokrable child of the daughter of Malthew. fidelity this excelleut wonian, would Henry should be successiully trainbe to produce, in some degree, the ed in the footsteps of her forceffect of a personal acquaintance fathers. with her; which, however slight, In a brief record of the changes ever failed of procuring for her of her residence, which she calls the tribuie of esteein. Her person “An account of her various wanderwas interesting. Diminutives dui ings during an abode of 45 years in cati, and valetudinary; yet indi. this wilderness; " it appears, that cative of charming vivacity. Hier at ihe age of icn, when she was.rccountenance exhibited a set of strik siding with lier mother, in the ing features, illuminated by intelli- famiiy of Sir John Hartopp, at gence and benevolence, yet full Epsom, “divine grace direcied the of dignity; ---grave, approaching to wanderer to take the first Iceble sole:nniy; but placid, cheerful, se- and too oft remitting sieps toward rele, and happy. Her manncrs, Canaali :” those aroner own words. though not without a mixture of At liitcen, having by the death of thai punctilious precision which is her inother become an orphan, slie thought to characterize those of her returned into her family, and rent sex who are less connection than to reside with three aunis, the Niss others by social and domestic afl.- Henrys, al Chester. Two of thusa ties (for she lived !!!carriei) were
Bliairying, sie reirored fronr yet highly crisis Strikingly chesier lo pocin, in Shropshire ;
and from thence, in 1748, to West eventful periods, interested her even Bromwich ; where she passed nearly in a very advanced period of her the whole of tho remainder of her life. These, and other kinds of Vite: The paper jusi now mention compositions in which there was a ed, concludes thes: “Oct. 13; 1770.
mixture of anecdote, she used to Removed to Hill Top (a part bf call her“ cager reading ;' and she West Bromwich) froin whence I often pursued it beyond the limits wait iny last remove:" and thence, of her strength. Her conversation in fact, it was made, but not tilla was inieresting and instructive, and period which littie entered into the her epistolary communications rewriter's contemplation. Her cou- inarkably so. The talent for writstitution was delicate, and her health ing which she possessed, rendered $0 extremely precarious, as to aiford her correspondence easy and pleareasonable ground for her constant sant, to her latesi years. The liveexpectation of her final change :
liness of her conceptions, and peeu. an expectation entertained with a liar felicity of expression, imparted calmness of mind, which displayed, to her familiar letters an irresisin a striking degree; the influence tible charın ; whilst the warmth of ef evangelical religion. At West
her asïection, her solicitude for Bromwich she was still amongst her the happiness of her friends, and family connections. Her two aunts her exalted piety, rendered them had been married to two respect- lessons of sound morality and reliable gentlemen, brothers, of the gious instruction. name of Brett, who resided in this In adverting to herself, and her village; — and there also these own experience and history, her amiable women exchanged their predominating sentiments were those earthly for an heavenly abode. of graiitude to the Preserver of a
The life of a single lady spent in life so long protracted beyond her the retirement of a village, can uiinost expectations; and so highly ofier but few incidents requiring distinguished, as she considered it, particular notice; but the features by undeserved mercies. To a friend, of such a character as Mrs. Bulk- who was in the habit of writing to key's, must cèeate some degree of her on every anniversary of her general interest. The sw'cciness of birth, se thus commences 0le of her manners, ber vivacity, and her her answers, having then eniered on active beneficence, procured lier the her $6th year : “ So it pleases thic esteem of persons in all ranks. fler Aimighty' to permit me once inore humility and diflidence were only to take up my pen, in a thankful qualled by ber actual proficiency acknowledgment of ihe secs, vtion of in the graces of the Christ.a:i teni- your favours of the 15th and i 8th inper and life. Her altarlament to stani. I am ashamed to think that the ordinances of religion, and her the lengthening out of so unprofitable diligent improvement of thiem, dis- a life as mine, should engage so much covered the secret of her attain- of your attention: that it sonidocmenis. Devotion was her clement: cupy much of my ow i with serious sie had a lively zeal for public wor- l'efection is righi, hoih in humiliship, and for the purity and pros
ation and thankfulness. perity of the minis ry, ani the “ Siill has my life new wonders seeu church universally. She was fund " Repeated every year; of reading. Her Bible was her com- “ Behold, my days that yet remain, panion, her friend, and her conn
“I trust iu thai Aimisbiy care!" sellor.
Her graidiather's Expo.. "}' have abundant cause for daily sition, and the manuscript notes of and hourly thanksgiving, that these scrmuus, &c which had been pre days of old age are roi as yet ato ferved in the family, were ini livr tevided with extremo pain or vioconstant perusal. Lpon these, and icai inness. Crider ail ny intirthe oder writers ou practical reli- amit, it is a constant anil standing gion, she employed much of her Consulation in mcis, that any Gout Cuine. Biography arici hlasy vi blivna illy fraice,
DR. SAMUEL STILLMAV. * And does no heavy load impose, * Beyond the strength that he be
Dr. Samuel Stillman was born at stows;
Philadelphia, Feb. 27, 1737 ; was
educated at Charleston, South Caroand, by divine assistance, I endea- lina, and ordained there in Feb. vour, by faith, to look bevond the 1759. He first settled in the minispresent scene, and excite myself to try near Charleston; but soon left he a patient waiting servant; trust. it, on account of his health ; and was ing, through the hope the gospel fixed over the First Baptist church gives, that he who has litherio so in Boston, in Jan. 1763. inercifully guided me by his coun- He was endowed with a good sel, will conduct me through death's capacity, and an uncominon quick. gloomy dades, gilde:l by his pre- ness of apprehension. His feelings sonce, to that world where there is were peculiarly strong and lively, fulness of joy,” &c.
and he entered with his wirole soul She suffered no sensible declension into every object which engaged of her powers through several of his attention. With this constiher last years. For some months tutional ardour, be uniied à l'c. before her decease, the faculties of mark able delicacy and sense prosight and hearing were impaired; priety; Such were the sprizntlibut she remained the same 'lively, ness of his conversation, the politeintelligent, and pleasant companion. ness of his manners, combined with Her departure was an easy and a peculiar glow of pious zeal and quict transition froin earth to Hea- affection, that he was enabled to
I cannot relate it so well as mingle with all ranks of people, and in the words of her intimalc as- to discharge all his duties as a sociale : - "You will be affected Christian niinisier, and as a citizen, with the contents of this letier, with dignity, acceptance, and usewhich is to inform you of the fulness. He retained his popularity change that has taken place in the to old age; and his congregation removal of our dear Mrs. Bulkley, which, on his first connection with whose happy spirit took its flight it, was the smallest in the town, was, from the decayed tabernacle of at the time of his death, among the flesh, at five this morning: She inost numcrous. had a seizure of the paralytic kind As a minisier of Christ, his praise yesterday noon; but so gentle in its was in all the churches. For this attack, as iv afect only her lett great work he was prepared by the hand. She ate her dinner after- grace of God in his carly converwards much as usual, and sat in the sion ; and a diligent improvement easy-chair, wishing me to read to
ot his natural talents ia a course of her ; which I did till wear 4 o'clock, theological studies, under the diwhen she evidently, grew worse.
rection of the late excolent Mr. Her voice and wiole frame were Hart. Ile embraced , ihe distiuaffecteil; and it became pecessary to guishing doctrines of the gospel, carry her up to bod, where she which he explained with clearness, quietly fell into a dose, and neither and enforced with apostolical zeal spaké por opened her cyes more. and in repidity. Ilc was favoured Hier mind was excecdingly calm at with a pleasant and commanding the first approach of tlic disorder. voice, wlica he managed with great She said, "God was doing his own
success; and his manner was so inwork: welcolue the will of God!" teresting, that he never preached to with a low oilier short schiences ün inatienlive audience. which we could with dillicully un- His habit of body was weakly, derstand.'.
which occasic ned frequent nierrup. lier remains were intcrred in the tions of his labours; yet he survived burying-ground belongiug to the all his clerical conteniporaries in the Dissenters ofd Meetin-house, West town. It was his constant prayer Bromwich, va Wednesday, le 2914 that his life and usutusesa mig'rt of Aprii, 1807.
run parallel; and in this is desires