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attention she noticed with gratitude, ing remained, until some time before adding, “ I ain truly astonished at her last sickness, when, ou hearing such kindnass to one so worthless ; a minister who preached in the and I greatly suspect, were I in their neighbourhood, insist on the faithsituation, and they in mine, I should fuliess of God to his promises and fail in shiewing them equal regard.” threatenings, she made an open proThe powers of Nature seeming al- fession by joining a few religious most to fail, collecting their smail people ; one of whom, falling into remains, she repeated those lines, sin, she received soch a shock as from llart :
almost brought her to conclude, “Joyless and fat all things appear,
that religion was vain; but God, in The spirits languirl, thin the flesh; infinite goodness, delivered her from Med'cines can't ease, por cordials the pit, by bringing her under the cheer,
sound of the gospel, which publishes Nor food support, nor sleep refresh ! pardon for the chief of sinners,
From the nalure of her complaint, through the righteousness and blood she was constantly obliged to sit up
of Jesus, in bed, and goi but littie rese;
Eut the most remarkable period whichi, when she did enjoy, she ex- of her experience was during her pressed much thankfulness for. On illness ; for although her weakness the Tuesday evening pieceding her was extremely great, yet she bore death, the Lord was pleased, in an
ber sufferi.gs with uncommon pasver in many prayern, so to shine tience : thai sweet promise, “ I will unon her soul, as to dispel every rever leave thee," &c. gave her cloud, dissipate every fear, and en- great support,
she said God was able her to triumph in his sovereign
ber reconciled Father in Christ; and Jove. She said, "I now
believe that she had proved the truth ofthe Satan has made his last attack; and doctrine of election. At another I ain as sure of Heaven as though I time, she broke out into an holy vere now in the actual enjoyment rapti'e, saying, “ O come and reof it!" On the following morning joice with me, who am now enabled she said, with inuch animation, 1 to rejnice in Jesus !" About three hare
gone thro' many diep waters, monihs before her death 1 visited but the Lord enables' me at last tó her, in company with another per. pass over Jordan dr sirod." Alier son, who declared he scaicely ever taking a most affeciio:ale farewell witnessed such an instance of faitb. of her risconsolate husband, dr. When ihat sweet hymn of Dr. Dodshe adreal, “ Coire, Lord Jesus, cridge's was repeated, " Jesus, I come quickly ;" and then sicvily love thy charming name," she seemexpired without either a sign or a ed peculiarly refreshed. At one groan. Thus, in this stbject of di- time she said, “I can rejoice even vine grace', was eminentis verified in suffering !" At another, “ Althat:ncouraging cleclaration, "They though I cannot praise him as I that sow in tears shall reap in ju?! would, yet I can louk up with comThe words from which her d. ath foit to my Father in Jesus: I feel was ir proved, and whith she her- Jesus daily supporting me: he is scif chose, were,
Jesus said unto my Jesus, - I can trusi in Hin and her, I am the Resurection and the not be afraid! Glory, glory, glory, Life," &c.
J. C. be to bis name for ever! O how Brigg.
long to be with him!” ELIZABETH ELLLOCK,
A shvittime previous to her death,
op being asked if any particular porOF FRADDON, IN CORNWALL, tion of God's word was precious, -Vas a it markable instance of the she repeated, “ Him that cometh to powerful operations of the Holy me I will in nowise casi out;" which pirit; for although she could re- she said was the first promise she collect thal, from a child, she had could take any comfort frem; and frequeno chechs of conscience, and vhich, wy her desire, was improved used io weep on account if the suf- in a serion reached at. her bouse, ferings of Jesus, — yet uoling last: just before her interment. J. D,
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
The Causes of the Increase of Me. pear nce of zeal, and gives an op.
thodism and Dissention, and of portunity of adapting prayer to the the Popu’arily of whut is called circumstances of the congregation; Evangelical Preaching, und the
and he adds, that " the common Means of ebriuting them : in à people usually prefer a dissenting Sermon preached ui the l'isitation congregation where this is pracof the Rev. the Archdeacon of
tised, to the church." He adds, Leicester, at Melton Mowbray,
that “ frequent and fainiliar interwith Ippendixes, &c.
course beiween these ministers and
Ey Robt. Acklom Ingram, B. D.
the lowest orders of people is an ob
vious token of zeal,--- of great avail It sometimes happens, that a po- in engaging their affections." He lemical writer, mounted onolis eccle- ascribes the same effect (rather siastical Pegasus, like our friend J. strangely) to their delivering the Gilpin, goes larther than he intend.
most frightful descriptions of evera ell. This is the case with Mr. Ingram, lasting punishment. who, while he sorely laments the in- Ile then proceeds lo notice some crease of Methodisin and Dissenlion negative causes of the success of (as he chooses nn kindly to term Dis- Evangelical Preaching, viz. the sent) pays unwittingly the highest apathy and supineness of inany
of compliments to the persons whom tie clergy, - a mode of life not al. he opposes. Ile ascribes the popu- together confornable to the clerical larity of Evangelical Preaching to character, too forbidling a disCalvinistic opinions, which he thinks tance from the generality of their are accommodated to the gross con- parishioners, discourses not suiliceptions of ignorant minds; while, ciently intelligible, - a want of on the contrary, many of his bre- union and co-operation, and nontiren think that Calvinism contains residence. We do not dispute the speculations far too high for the truih of these representations; but common people. He next observes, we expect few of his brethren will that these preachers adopt the words thank him for them; and do not and phrases of the cominon trans- wonder that the Orthodox Churchlation of the Bible in their dis. man's Magazine declined his comcourses, which, he says, is a pre. munications. simptive argument with common He admits that many of the minds, that their preaching is inore churches are badly constructed for conformable to the gospel of Christ. the voice; the central parts occuHe is further of opinion, that the pied by principal families; the poor practice of what is commonly (per- crowded into distant corners, ill-achaps rather inaccurately) denomi. commodated and exposed to cold pated extempore preaching, contri- blasis ; so that he does not wonder hutes to popularity,
that they prefer a warm room or a likely to secure attention than read- comfortable meeting-house. ing a sermon, - is more fumiliar, To obviate these causes of popumore intelligible, &c. He thinks larity, Mr. Ingram 'recommends also, that by the frequent use of er- Endeavours to enlighten the minds tempore or memoriter preaching, a of the lower orders, hy a judicious minister acquires the art of varying attention to the education of chile his mode of expression to existing dren, and by familiar intercourse circumstances. It is another recom- with the adult. He fears that the mendation, he says, of the same class people disapprove of many of the of teachers, that they expound the clergy, on account of a deficiency Scriptnies; and he wishes this were of what the Methodisis, he says, done in the parish-churches. Ex- "not improperly call mitol Relitempore 'rayer is another source of gion.” He recommends, " That, popularity : it carrica with it an apa in lieu of invective against these
people, the clergy should use all education of the clergy, and their proper means of correcting these association for religious purposes; evils, and obviate every reasonable but he discovers the malignity of plea ihat the Evange cal clergy or his mind in his reflections on those Methodists, can have for reducing who dissent from the church. The his fiock." In these prais: worthy following passage is a specimen : endevours we sincerely wish him “A persoa that has lost his characGed-speed.
ter in the estimation of church men, What Mr. Ingram says about Cal- betakes himself to the Methodists : vinism, siens, "however, ihat he is he is quickly regarded as a coovert; unacquainted with the writers on and, under an hypocritical mask of that subject, or he could never inti- religion, perhaps carries on his nemaie that it is maintained by evan- farious practices with greater secu. gelical divines, that “ a great part rity.” Mr. Ingram is, therefore, of mankind are prelestinaled atsoo very anxious to restrain these people; lutely, i.e. withont any considera- lamenis ihe ease with which meet, tion of their demerit, ?, a state of ingrhouses are liconced; and would everlasting suffering.' Calvin held couline the indulgences that disno such opinion, nor do modern senting icaclers, enjoy, to persons Calvinisis. Their sentiments are of literary eminence ; and allow no well expressed in the 171h Article of licences for places till the following the Church of England. Mr. in- enquiries be satisfactorily answered, gram's objections to some passages viz. Under what denomination they in the Village Sernions, arise from are to be ciassed: -- what are their his dislike to the distinguishing doc- principal object ons to the Church trine of the gospel; which is, that of England 1 - how many of their “by grace we are saved, not by class, it Dissente: s, reside in the paworks.”
rish? - and what is their distance The author tells us, that “ Over- from the nearesi licenced congregaton, ai the first appearance of The tion of their class ?
He also proTrue Churchman, was regarded as poses, that the clergymnaa of the paa champion of Calvinismo ;” bui he risk should be allowed to state his adds, “ He denies the fact!” " The objections to ihe licence; and that Christian Observer,” he says, “has the congregations thus permitied, likewise been charged with Calvine “should be subjected to the inspecism. This again is disavowed;” tion and coniroul of the neighbourbut ihe autior subjoins, “ I cannot ing magistrates, who shall bare but remark, that there must be power to deprive them of their li80mxthing very like Calvinism in cences," &c. these publications, or their princi- Our readers will perceive what pies would not have been so gene- manner of spirit the writer possesses, rally m sunderstood.” Pa re51. and how certainly the admission of He tooreio e recomends to " Me- his plan would lead to persecution. thodisi, kvangelical, and Dissecting We beg leave to inform this writer, Ministe's, whose preaching, bear's u that the laws respeciing Dissenlers resemblance to Calvinism," to be know nothing of LICENCES, - the particularly careful, in incir public terin is never used: they require addresses, to obviate any Calvinisthat the place in which Dissenters tie inferences which the cominoa meet ior worship should be certi. people, - the mutilurie, ae dis- tied to the Court of Quarter Sespose ! io draw from them.
sons, or to the Bishop's Court; preachers of this sort, however, we but no savour is asked, riorcan the have nothing to do. If a man be remisicring the place be refused; lieve those doctrines which are ge- and as to tie restrictions proposed, neraliy cailed (alvinistic, he ought we are finily confident, thai, in the boldly to avow them, nor shun that reign of his Majesty King Georye navne of Reproach, now generally the Third, no such violation of the attached to the doctrines of grace. toleration aci will cier be perin.i.
The author expres: es a commenil- ted. Tie oniy way whereby the abie zeal to promote the religious growth of Methodisin cau ever be
prevented by the clergy is, that adduced to guard persons against the which it is said was recommended injurious practice ? On the first to them by King George the Se- head the author is very brief; but cond : “ Outpreach them and out- his fundamental maxim is, Thai "all live them.”—To such a competi- those books are in a greater or less tion we heartily subscribe.
degree iniproper, which tend to undermine the truth, or to oppose the
holiness of divine revelation.” We The Danger of Reading Improper shovid hardly have pardoned the Books : : a Sermon preached at a
brevity of this head, had it not neMonthly Association of Congrega cessarily been illustrated in the protion Minister's and Churches in London, Oct. 8, 1807.
gress of the discourse. By the
The danger of reading improper Rev. J. Clayion, jun. 13. 60.
books is more fully displayed. The This discourse, confessedly on a following particulars are just, and subject of prime importance to the afford the most solid ground of rising generation, is printed at the alarm. We can but merely name unanimous request of the ministers them. “ With respect to the works and gentlemen who heard it. The of infidels, &c. the understa ding is text is judiciously chosen : Acts xix. in danger of being warped by error. 19, “ Many also of them who used There is danger of acquiring a hacurious arts, brought their books bit or trifling with the truth, and of together, and burned them before indulging vain and presumptuous all men,” &c.
speculation ; which darger is inA prevailing taste for science has creased in proport on as the sentirendered this subject peculiarly sca- ments of the reader (as is generally sonable. Whether it be a subject the case with youth) are unfixed and exactly calculated for pulpit discus- unconfirmed."
The danger prosion or not, may possibly be dis- duced by reading works of Imaputed; but when it recollected, gination and Fiction is next conthat these “ monthly-meetings for sidered. “They tend to raise the prayers and sermons,” were origin- affections and passions beyond their ally intended to promote the inte- proper tone; and some of them rests of ihe seminary (now) at Ho- dreadfully pollute the mind.” The Inerton, and that the students were evils resulting froin novel-reading expected to attend, the subject will are suily disciosed; and their miappear to be peculiarly appropriate. serable esiects, in married life espeWe rejoice, however, that it has cially, are strongly represented. been taken up, and that it has been The author descends, in the third so ably treated, “ Men of corrupt place, to notice a lower order of pubminds," says our author, “ have lications ; such as amorous sonsbeen influenced to compose and books, love tales, and nonsensical publish books by all the sinful pro- balads, &c. which have done iinpensities of a depraved nature; and mense mischief among the inferior Their works have been along the
classes of the commuiy. most successful vehicles which the The inconsistency of those heads father of lies has employed to dif
of tamilies who, while they prohifuse Error and extend the empire of bit the above trash from their Vice." - Hence arise the necessity kitchens, yet permit improper books, and importance of placing it under which they allow themselves to read, due regulation ; and I scruple not to to lie in the way of their children say, that it is incumbent on all who and servants,
is exposed with a call themselves Christians, to con- becom ni severity. duct their reading by the precepis " who wouid not se to hear a Suci.. and spirit of Christianity.” nian preach, much less give a guicea
Mr. Clayton then enquires, Ist, towarus bis support, will neverile. What are those books which may be less babirally read inne produce of deemed improper: Zilly, wherein his peo, ani i berally subscribe to: coussis the danger of their perusal? the printed propagation of his s'il3jiy, Fiat considerations can be Lineuis." This particularly relurs
to some popular Reviews and Maga- friends particularly. There are few zines, " ine writers of which, from Ministers wbo might not circulate it behind the ambush of Literature, among the young people of their scatter abroad principles of scepii- congregations with great advar. cism and infidelity *;"
tage; and it will be peculiarly prola the last division of the sermon, per to introduce it into Reading-soMr. Clavion enumerates several con- cieties. We hope the author will side. atinis io guard his readers enjoy the satisfaction of knowing against this inju ious practice. The that his labours are rendered the first respects the nature of sanctiti- happy means of guarding many calion; the second relates to the against the iinmense danger of read. seriplural requisitions as to the ing bad books, and directing their choice of our society; the next, attention to such as will render them, arises from the acknowledged ex- by the biessing of God, wise, good, istence of an inexhaustible variety and useful members of society. of excellent books on all topics. The principal end of reading is then pointed out; and, lastly, Our re
The Uncertainty of the Morrow:
Fulham sponsibility to God for the manner
a Serinon preached at in which we employ our time. A
Church, on Occasion of a Fire in serious and faithful application to
the Neighbourhood, by which a students, to parents and instructors,
Cardener was burnt to death. By
the Rev. J. Owen, A. M. is. to young persons, and to Christians m general, concludes this useful and It is wise and good in tlie ininisinteresting discourse, the value of ters of religion to improve those which will be enhanced to many awful events in their vicinity, which readers who have not had oppore are calculated to arouse the attedtunities of knowing we chai roer of tion of thoughtless mortals, and to authors in general, by a lon Voie improve such vccasions for the inat the close, containing a list of culcation of gospel doctrines on their books which may be read with- minds. Mr. Owen has done this out danger.”
with his usual ability and spirst; and We can very cheerfully recom- we trust that the perusal of this dismend this discuse, to our young
course will be useful to niany.
* The author very properly takes occasion to commend « The Eclectic Review," which was projected on purpose, as an antidote to the poison of the press. The literary reputation of this work is allowed to be considerable ; and it de. serves a much warmer support than it has yet obtained from the friends of evangelical, and vital religion. It is difficult to account for the conduct of those persons who continue to countenance and support Socinian and Sceptical Re. views, while they withhold their assistance from a work of much merit, calcu. lated to prevent the danger of reading improper books."
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