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very Heaven may taste of it.” Who then, of all the thousand readers of your work, will not sympathize with me in the loss of such a friend, or refuse to indulge me in the eulogion which we love to pass on those whom death has. torn from our embrace : - especially, as I could hint, he was no very distant friend of theirs neiilier. On! join with me ia blessing him “whose years know na ed ;'' for the Lord gave if the Lord hath iakea. Yes; 1 graternily adore him inat said, “ Spare isim yet another year.” But I am afraid your pious readers who haih hitherto sympathized with me in my irreparable loss, will now start off with horror, when I disburden ny oppressed conscience, and own to you that I have been, in a great degree, the murderer of the deceased ! What ! murder such a friend as you have described ! What a wreich! I confess the blackness of my guilt, and am too much my own accuser to palliate my crime; though, if I were disposed, I could silence the loud: si voice, by saying, “ He that is without this sin among you, let him east the first stone." But such recrimination ill suits the feel ings of my heart. 'Tis truc, i never with malice propense, as the lawyers speak, openly said, like somne, “ Let us play to kill time;" for he must be a murderer in grain who wouid, in cool blooil, kill so good a friend as Tiine. But thes, if by repeated slights and injuries, we may murder a man by inches, so that he may at last die of a broken heari, I fear I am verily guilty of the blood of the deceased. Ah! how often he reproached me för my treatment of him, and told me I should repent of it when it was too late, aicie was gone for ever! Surely, he possessed a prophetic spirit; for i feel the truth of his words thrill through my aillicted soul. An! of bow much murdered time and abused talent may one year accuse us before the bar of God! Oh! thou wiose blood cleansed from all siu, blot out this my guiit, and let this solenn returning period of time, be at least improved to renew my application to that atonement, which
“ In the gospel now appears
Parduning the guilt of nu!'rous years.” And since I may never have another, for this year I may die, “ so teach me to number my days, as to apply my heait unto wisdom.”
MRS. ANN WRAY.
evening lectures; by which her Mrs. Ann Wray was born at mind became gradually serious, and Chelmsford, Nov. 25th, 1765. At her aliendance more frequent and the age of thirteen she lost her fa- regular. In May, 1789, she was ther; after which she went to reside married to Mr. G. Wray, a respectwith a relation, where she enjoyed able tradesman ; and they both atfew religious advantages, but was tended the means of grace. She had exposed to peculiar danger. For very feariul apprehensions of Gol's seyeral years, she spent much of the displeasure; and, for more than a' summer at Margate, Brighton, &c. year, telt her sis a burden intolerenjoying the imaginary pleasures of able. During the time of continethis delusive world. During these meni with her first chid, when her years of youthful yanity, and sur- budy was very weak, and licr soul rounded with temptativos, sie spent almost overwhelmed within her, it her time differentiy from the gen- pleased the Lord to visit her with an erality of young people, who move uncommon degree of gospel liberiy. in that gay circie. She was even
Out ofthe fuluess of her heart, she now an attentive observer of the spoke with rapture to all around her. world, as appears from a journal To their greaiest astonishmaent, sho which she kept.
Her person and said, “ My glocm is removed. 1 manners were engaging; her mind have clear views of ny interest in capacious and inquisitive, and her the merils of iny dear Lord and sentiments liberal.
Saviour; and oi ihe partioning love In the year 1786, she returned to of my heavenly Father. The divino Chelmsford. Curiosity led her, oc- word is applica with power to my casionally, to hear the gospel at soul, is it with light, lite, and liberty.” She continued to speak namely, plays, cards, tea-gardens, with such Cuency and zeal, that her coutry rides, watering-places, &c. ; inost pions frienu's entreated her to which exposed me to various tempdesist tearing she should injure her tations mai might have proved ruinhealth. It pleased the Lord to ous boih to body and soul; but out restore her to prericot breaith ; but of them all the Lord delivered me. the savour of this visit of pardoning A particular circumstance brought love never lett her. It would be me to my native place, where a kind peculiarly grateful to my feelings Providence bas placeu me in a comcould I trace ber sleps through tue
fortable situation. I have had sixteen succeeding years ; but this triais, but they were for wise ends ; would occupy too much of your thai the Lord might craw me to valuable Miscellany. The only ob- himseit. I first went to hear the serve, that she soon after joined the gospel, not from love, but it was church, under the care of the Rev. maade ellectual. It is now about S. Douglas, and was a pattern of twelve years and a half since I first good works. We can say of ber, felt the burden of sin ; and about that she adorned the doctrine of God ten years and a halt since tie Loid her Laviour in all things. In her removed that burden, by enabling
vily, she was frugal and indus- me to trust in Cbrise for a whole trious ; feared and loved by child- salvation; and, blessed be the God ren and servants. In the church, and father of inercics, who, by bis she was viewed by meinbers and hoiy Spirit, has enabled me to enjoy pastor as the chief ornament. Her thai hope in Christ, which I first attendance was regniar and serions; received, to this present day; and, and wheil any of ihe congregation
i trust, will never leave nor forsake were athirst for novelty, her prayers, me, till he briug ine to those happy support, and altendence were cers manstors winca ne is gone to pretamu. She studied to conceal the pare íor his people. Oh, the amazing faults of others, and wita mieckness love of Christ!" instructed those who opposed thein- Every Lord's Day she took her selves. In the town and neighbour children into her room, heard ihem lood she was greatly esteemed and repeat their catechism ; conversed blessed. The sous and daughiers of familarly with them; always inatlliction had always a place in her sisting on regeneration, holiness of compassionate breasi. She went liic, and diligence in the use of means; about doing good. She made it her liever ong to pray with them consiant business to feed the hungry, for a divme blessing to aliend her - clothe ide naked, instzlict the insiructions, and the word they were ignorani, and comfort the feebie. about to bear. She always caine minded. Her unwearied labours in from ber knees to a place of worvissuing the sick were crowned wiih sp; and, wstead of trilling on her great success. Though she had a return, a Roiy jealousy over tier own large family, and has remarkably heart, and an ardent desire to imattentive to every domestic duty, prove by what she had heard, led yet she seldom passed a week win- her, as soon as possible, to her out visiting and relieving some affiict- closet again. This was remarked
by children and servaüls; and had, August 10, 1800, slie began to doubtless, a beneficial entici. 'That heep a diary: au exiraci from which she heard sermoos with uncommon may bust display her spirit and piety: attention, appears from the remarks My mwd has been engaged this
sue made in der diary. Thus she day in reviewing my past lite. hihen persevered increasingly zealous of i consider froni what evils the Lord good works, until she was contined has preserved me, and in wbat
with her minth child. She was safely Troubics de las granted me support, deliveres, and every thing promised I am a wonder to myseis. 'Taken a speedy recovery. A few days after, from my parenis in the carry pari of however, she was seized svieil toe lile, to reside with a reialivii, inerel miliary fever. Au uusaa) conceri enjoyed what the world calis pleasule;
was wanilested by all who kilew heri
and the whole church was incessant Mrs. Richmond war reading the 23d in prayer for her recovery. The Psalm in Bishop Horne.
When she means were blessed, the disorder took
read the words, “ Tho' I walk thro' a favourable turn, and she was pro- the valley of the shadow of Death,” nounced out of danger. As soon as
&c. – he said, That is a comfort she was able, she sent for all the indeed to me!'
his head turned workmen, one hy one, exhorting giddy, he sunk down on a sopha, on them, when they went home, to pray which Mrs. Richmond sat, and exferveatly for themselves, for their pired in her arms. families, and then for her. She continued thus about a week; and when
On the 18th of November died, all her friends were rejoicing, she aged 75, the Rev. John Kingdon, was suddenly taken ill on Friday, who was 43 years pastor of the Bap; June 6. She was much worse on tist Church, Frome. He was interred Saturday.
In the evening of that the following Lord's Day morning in day the physicians pronounced her the meeting - house. Dr. Kylanı! dangerous. On Sabbath morning, preached the funeral- sermon from about four o'clock, a medical friend Rom. v. 9, 9; and Mr. Sibree, an inwho sat up with her, told her she dependent minister, of Frome, prowould this day begin her eternal Sab- nounced the funeral oration. The pall bath; - she replied, “ Do you think was supported by two Baptist, two In80? — then I must make the best of dependent, and two Methodist minismy time,”
She first solemnly ad- ters. His life was honourable, and dressed those in the room ; and then his death was comfortable. But as called for her husband and children,
we have received a Memoir of Mr. delivering to each a suitable and an Kingdon, which we shall insert as affecting address. She afterwards soon as possible, we think it unnecessent for several young people who sary to enlarge. attended the meeting:
To see the
Died, Dec. 2, the Rev. T. Towle, dear woman take each by the hand, B. D. in the eighly-third year of his - to see the grief and solemnity age. He was the oldest Minister of. which sat on each countenance, was
the Independent Denomination in affecting beyond all description ! London. He had been pastor of the and while Death and Heaven stood church which formerly assembled in in view, to hear the dying advice, di- Ropc-makers’ Alley, Moorfields ; and rections, warnings, and encourage- since, at Aidermanbury Posteri, for ments, which flowed from her fer- 59 years. For 20 years pas: he sufvent heart and pale tips, was awfully fered much from the distressies pains sublime; and when her speech began of the stone; and for the last 21 to falter, she lifted up her feeble months of his life, was confined voice and prayed, “Oh, God grant wholly to srig bed, as in that situation me the use of my speech a little lon- he entered less forture, which was ger!” which was granted ; and having incessaii, ihan in any other position. addressed every one present, she said, Wat his agonies ai livres must have “ This is what I long wished for!
been, may be better imagined than now my work is done, and I am
described; for after his death a stone ready to go!” She continued to
was extracted from his body three breathe easily aboué half an bour inches in length and one inch and a longer, when she fell asleep in Jesus half in diameier, weighing Wiree June 8. It is expected that her Lei
ounces and one diam. Toi he was ters, and parı of her Diary, will be enabled to bear all with firmness and published.
patience; sayiug, he was not only resigned to, but satisfied with the will
of God. The Rev. Mr. Kello deRECENT DEATHS.
livered the oration at the grave in Oct. 4. Died suddenly, at Stock- Bunhill Fields The funeral-sermon port, Cheshire, Dr. II. Richmond (sva was preached on Lord's Day afterof the late Rev. Leigh Richmon) noon), Dec. 14, by the Rev. Mr. many years a resident physician at Kingsbury, of Southampioa. The Bath. At the moment of his death discourse we hear will be printed.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
On the Duly of Christians to discountenance Publications of a sceptical and
erroneous Tendency. Mr. Editor,
I was much struck with the following paragraph, in the Preface to the second volume of the Eclectic Review, given in the Nuinber for the present month :
“ If the conductors of the Eclectic Review may be allowed to glance at the ob'ligations of others, while they recognize their own, they would observe that this is not a time for supineness and indiference. The enemies of sound principles will be active, if their friends are not. The field of public sentiment cannot be left waste : if good seed be not sown, tares certainly will. It is therefore a necessary and incumbent duty of all who rank themselves on the side of pure Chris-, tianity and its attendant moral virtues, cautiously to estimate the tendency of those literary productions which they countenance and support. Such a discrimipation, conscientiously exercised by each individual who feels its importance, would do more to diary error, and give the ascendency to truth, than a myriad of learned disquisitions and moral harangues."'
It is the latter part, as you will conclude, that I refer to ; and I do it for this reason, That it gives a just statement of a duty incumbent on every Christian, but which, too generally, is practically slisregarder. To judge from fact, it seems to be considered by very few as an obligation resulting from the profession of the " faith delivered to iže saints,” to weigh with caution the influence produced upon religious and moral principle by the literary publications, in the support of which they are applying the precious talent of property. Surely, it is not an unreasonahle and un just demand of the law of Christian allegiance, that the disciples of Chrini should so für he faithful to their Lord and true to their own cause as not to contribute to the maintenance and encouragement of agents, confessedly employed in opposition to the establishment of his gospel among men. Such an agent, un. doubteilly, is every literary production wlich, either ignorantly or wilfully, disseminates sentiments contrary to the simplicity or purity of evangelical truth : anti, in our days, are these either few or unsuccessful? Unhappily, very far from it.
From the statements recently published of the extent of sale possessed by existing periodical publications, to which I now chietiy refer, it is evident that some of those very works are the most encouraged, which every considerate Christian would wish to be consigned to oblivion. How much of the dedicated treasures of tire sanctuary, I mean the property possessed by Christians, goes to swell this tide of success, it is impossible to say; but I suspect, that were it faithfully withdrawn, as conscience requires it to be, the stream would be confined to a much narrower channel.
It seeins difficult to account for the blindness and unconcern with which Be. lievers have thus put weapons into the hands of the Intidel and the Deceiver. They woul!, doubtless, think it wrops to purchase quarto or octavo volumes, filled with anti-Christian or immoral sentimenis; but they hesitate not to bring into their houses Magazines and Reviews, which are the known advocates of Error, both in doctrine and practive. Let them, however, be assured, that it is hy this minor class of publications that, in the present day, both truth and falsehood are chetly disseminated. If good men are not aware of this fall, bad mer are; and it is the more requisite that it should be attendeil to, in order both to discourage existing noxious productions, and to prevent the rise of lieshi ones.
I hope, Nir. Editor, that I have not violated the bounds either of truth or propriety; but I conless I feel strongly on the subject. Convinced of its great importance, I avow an honest concern that it should receive the attentive considera'ion of every genuine friead of the gospel in the kingdom. mviuch might be added to give weight to the recommendation; but I trust that the conviction of every Christian's mind will supply the pare of any arguments that I could adduce. If I mistake not, it is from the soler-lain led part of the public (which I now wish to address) that the publications chiefly referred to derire a great part of their encouragement. Let it once be understood and felt by their Proprietors and Conductors, ilat the tincel of a little literary ani scientific ingenuity, shall noi screen the religious and moral delinquencies of their productions from pointed reprobation, and their audacity will quickly fcel itself confounded. We are now arrived at the season when readers usually make their arrangements for the year; and I flatter myself, that many will thank you, Sir, for bringing to tbeir remembrance a duty which they may have inadvertently disregarded. Wishing your excellent Magazine every possible encouragement, I am, Sir,
your constant reader, SCRUTATOR,
Sermons, chiefly designed to elucidate
them, generally, “ that Christ is all
and in all." some of the Leading Doctrines of the Gospel. By the Rev. E. Cooper,
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ently exalted by the vicarious sufferAMONG the beneficial effects result- ings and atonement of his own coing from the extensive circulation of equal and incarnate Son, with an applithe Evangelical Magazine, one, and by cation of the subject to the conscience, no means the least, is to make known forcible and pathetic. more generally to the religious public The second demonstrates the great works which bear the stamp of pecil- and important doctrine of the sinner's liar excellence, and whose tendency is justification by faith without works: to diffuse the genuine doctrines of the in which the righteousness of God is grace which bringeth salvation, and manifested through the redemption shew their iniinence on the conscience which is in Jesus Christ. This subject in the necessary and powerful produc- he treats in a tone so decisive and truly tion of righteousness and true holiness. evangelical, as cannot but excite the As such, may we confidently announce wrath of Anti-Evangelical Reviewers, the two volumes of Mr. C.'s Sermons, with all the horde of dignified or dinio. which no real Christian can read with- nutive oppugners of the grace of God in out becoming more so; and no man, who truth; but their invenomed arrows fail hath yet been a stranger to the power impotent on his shield of faith : imof vital religion, can peruse without be- belle telum sine ictu. ing left inexcuseable for having heard The third vinlicates the doctrine of and neglected so great a salvation. the preceding discourse from the charge
The style in general is plain and un- of licentiousness, the cry of the ignoradorned, but forcible, and highly ant, unawakened, and self-righteons, suited to the coinmunication of the from the apostle's day to the present. truths which the author avowedly de- lle demonstrates the powerful efficacy sires to inculcate ; and they are those of faith working by love to produce of the last importance to the souls of righteousness and true holiness, - to men, and truly, as the title intimates, engage the heart of a sinner to a parthe leading Doctrines of the Gospel. doning God with such constraining inHe expects, and no doubt meets the fluence, as whilst it pours contempt on frowns of his fellows and of a gainsay, the grovelling morality of rational and ing world, which our approbation will pharisaical religion, - and cannot but rather tend to increase than diminish ; mortify the pride and goad the enmity but such honour have all his saints. of those who have never tasted the
Our limits admit not a very exten- grace of God in truth, engages, ensive review, but we will present from forces, and n'cessarily secures that the sermons such specimens as we per- spirituality of temper, that real and suadde ourselves, whilst they will highly universal devotedness to God and deadgratify the bulk of our readers, will en- ness to the world, that reculiarity of gage them to gain a suller acquaintance conduct of the 'redeemed from the with the works of this highly respect- earth, which makes them constantly able, though to us personally unknown, exposed to the inconsistent charges of author.
licentious doctrine and over-righteous We are happy to see a second edition severity. The last is indeed the most of the first volume, and that it is ac- ofensive, as testifying of the world that companied by a second. It proves an its deeds are evil, and its professional answer to the prayer with which his religion •hut Bame and form : et hinc Preface closes; and how acceptable his ille lachrymcp. faithful and perspicuous statement of The preceding discourses receive the evangelical truth hath been to the men stronger evidence of their truth, froill of real religion. May succeeding edi- the coosideration of the total deprations enlarge the circle of their useful- vity and desperate wickedness of the ness!
3 human heart since the fall; which, in Each of these volumes contains spite of all the pretended dignity of Iwelve serions; and we may say of our nature and goodness of heart, is