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DR. SAMUEL STILLMAN. " 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 beyond the 1759. He first settled in the minispresent scene, and excite myself to try near Charleston; but soon left be a patient waiting servant; trust. it, on account of his health ; ing, through the hope the gospel fixed over the First Baptist church gives, that he who has hitherioso 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 shades, gilded by his pre- ness of apprehension. His feelings ecncc, to that world where there is were peculiarly strong and lively, fulness of joy,” &c.
and he entered with his whole 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 inonths tutional ardour, he united a rebefore her decease, the faculties of markable delicacy and sense of prosight and hearing were impaired; priety: Such were the sprignili but she remained the saine 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 quiet transition from earth to Hea- affection, that he was enabled to
I cannot relate it so well as mingle with ali ranks of people, and in the words of her intimate as. to discharge all his duties as sociate ; “You will be affected Christian minisier, and as a ciiizen, 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 most numcrous. had a seizure of the paralytic kind
As a minister of Christ, his praise yesterday noon; but so gcutle in its was in all the churches. For this attack, as io affect only her left great work he was prepared by the hand. She ate her dinner afier. grace of God in his early conver. wards much as usual, and sat in the sion ; and a diligent improvement easy-chair, wishing me to read to
of his natural talents ia a course of her; which I did lill near 4 o'cloek, theological studies, under the diwhen she evidently grew worse.
rection of the late excelleut Mr. Her voice and whole frame were
Hart. Ile embraced the distiuaffectel; and it became necessary 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 nor opened her eyes more. a..d in.repidity. Ile was tavoured Her mind was excecdingly calm at with a pleasant and commanding the first approach of the disorder. voice, wlica he inanaged with great She said, “ God was doing his own success; and his manner was so iawork: welcoide the will of God!" teresting, that he never preached to with a few other short sentences än inattentive audience. which we could with dilliculiy un- His babit of body was weakly, derstand..
wbich occasioned frequent interrup; 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 od Meeting-house, West town. It was his consiant prayer Eroinwich, on Wednesday, the 29th that his life and usutulsesa migrit of Aprii, 1807.
rua parallel; and in this is desires
were gratified. After a slight indis- which occurred at different times position, he was attacked by a during her illness, and which I have paralytic stroke, which carried himn numbered in the order in which they off in a few hours, on the 13th of took place. March 1807, in the 70th year of his
1. I said to her, “ Do you know age.
you are a sinner, my dear? Yes, Dr. Baldwyn, pastor of the Second I do.' I said, “ Christ died for sinBaptist church, delivered a discourse ners.” She replied, with great exon the occasion of his funeral, from pression, 'Yes, he did ;' she added, 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8, to an immensely I have been thinking a good deal thronged and deeply affected as- about these things, and when my sembly; after which, his remains head is a little better, I will tell you were carried to the tomb amidst the what I have been thinking. I hope regrets of a numerous concourse of to
to Heaven if I should die.' I preople, to whom he was once so said, “ Do you think you should dear. His loss will long be felt, not
like to be with Jesus, and enjoy only by his own immediate society, him for ever?” She answered, mine but by all his numerous friends. terestingly, 'Yes. I have thought,'
said she, a good deal about being
serious before I was ill, though I did An Account of the Death of Miss , not mention it. I was struck on
LUCY STAMPORD Percy, daugh reading the obituary in the Evanter of the Rev. J. W. Percy, of gelical Magazine of young children; Woolwick, in a Letter to a friend, and when I found that such little
biis of things kneiv Jesus Christ, I My dear Friend,
thought what a shame it was that I now sit down to fulfil my such a great girl as I did not know promise, in giving you a few par, him. I read one three times over : ticulars respecting my daughter, Catherine Anderson, stov. 1806.' who was lately taken frona us. It 2. I have been praying to the has been one of ihe sharpest trials I Lord. I wish I had know the have ever experienced, tho' mingled Lord sooner.' with much mercy,
But, painful 3. In the morning she said, 'I am and distressing as I have found the very ill; but I shall be dead before dispensation, I hope, I have not io-inorrow night.' In the aiterbeen allowed either to murmur or noon, I went to her bed-side to read complain ; but to say with the to her and pray with her. She said Psalmist, “ I was dumb; I opened she would be set up; for, if she lay pot my mouth, because thou didst down, she could not hear so well;
I have, however, felt most - and I wish, said she, “to hear deeply on the occasion, as she was every word. I said to her,“ Where an interesting, affectionate child, shall I read, my dear :" and most unexpectedly taken away plied, "Where you please, papa.' in the rery bloom of youth. Of I said, “Do you say where you ail my numerous famıly, she appear- should like to have me read?” She ed tắe most healthy; indeed she answered, Where you think it is was the very picture of health : but nost striking.' I read the 39ih every man in his best estate is al. Psalm, aod select portions from the together vanity. On Christmas-day word of God on afflictions and death, she was observed to look remarh, as collected by Mr. Burder, in a ably well; the day following she little piece, entitled, “ Precious Procomplained of a cold ; and, for mises ;” to which she paid the most several days, we all thought it was marked attention. nothing eise ; but, in little more 4 She said to her younger sister, than a fortnight after, it was appa. Jessey, 'Do you desire to be serirent she had got a typhus fever ; aud, ous : I long wished to know Jesus shortly after, very alarining symp- Christ, and in crucified.' | said to toms appeared, so as to leave no her, "Do you know him now, my hope of her recovery;
The follow- dear?” Yes, I hope I do; and I ing are some of the particulars wish I bad kiowa him before.'
5. On the morning of the day on have reason to believe that what which she died, I said to her, 1o was said at that time, was not you find Jesus precious to you nou', spoken in vain;- and to his holy my dear;” • Yes,' said she. “ Very name be all the praise and all the precious ?” “Yes.?: “Do you love glory! I remain Jesus ?" : Yes.'
your affectionate Friend, 6. About two hours before she died, I said to her, "? Do you know
J.W.P. me, my dear ?" She answered, 'Yes, papa. Pray for me.'
7. The last words that she was REV. JONATHAN SCOTT. heard to speak were, • I am goins, I am going to Jesus.'
On Thursilay, May 28, died at About two hours before she died, Nantwich, in Cheshire, the Rev. J. her countenance was inexpressibly Scott, well known in the religious interesting; and her whole
world as a zealous preacher of the
appearance indicated that her soul was gospel. He was originally a cap-. with God; and that, though she tain of dragoons; but, being called could no longer converse with us, by the grace of God, he felt an she was holding converse with Hea- earnest desire to preach that word
to others, which he had felt to be There was such an artless sim. the power of God to his own salplicity, something so peculiarly in
vation. For a considerable time teresting in her voice, and so ex
after he commenced the ministry, pressive in her language and man
he remained in the army, and ver, as, I believe, will never be for- preached in his regimentals; but, gotten by those who were prosent.
for many years past, he has devoShe died without a sigh or groan ted himself wholly to the work, about 5 o'clock on Saturday after and has been exceedingly useful; noon, Jan. 24, 1807, in her 19th especially by introducing the preach year.
ing of the gospel into several places It was a remarkable circumstance
which were desiituie of it, in Staf. that, though so young, she never fordshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, once expressed a desire to live; nor
and Cheshire. did she ever discover the least fear
He was highly favoured in his of death ; but appeared as though
the fear of death was she had done with this world, and entirely removed from the time he was going to be the everlasting in
began to he confined to his bed habitant of a better. For some
(about a fortnight before his detime before her illness, and when in cease); and his soul was so happy in perfect health, she was strongly im. the enjoyment of the gracious pre pressed with the idea thai she should
sence of his Lord and Saviour, that not live long; and, under that im- he was constantly, when his bodily pression, which never forsook her strength would admit, speaking to altogether, she disposed of all her those around him of his precious little matters to her younger sister ;
and great salvation; and and chose the spot were she giving the most affectionate and should like to be buried.
faithful exhortations to all, in a Cont: ary to all expectation, I was very impressive manuer. The last enabied to attempt to improve her words he was heard to utter were, dcaid in a fuerai-di:course, on
My God!" Lord's Day evenin, Feb. 1, from
His mortal remains were comPhii. i. 21, “To die is gain." 'I mitted to the eartda, at Chester, on was mercifully carried above and Tuesday, June the 9th. 'beyond nature, and found truly that We hope to be favoured with the Lord was abie to make all giace materials for a Memoir of this exabound; yea, able to do “exceed- cellent man, which cannot fail of ing abundautly above all we ask or being higbiy interesting to our think." And, blessed be the Lord! I readers.
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yea, though he human heart, a comprehensive may have stood it out against Christ knowledge of mankind, and an ex- these thirty, forty, fifty, or sixty perimental savour of divine truth. years, - "yet, if he shall now hear The style also, in general, happily my voice,” saith the Saviour, “and corresponds to the powers and spirit open the door, I will come in to him, of the author. Scriptural quota- and will sup with him, and he with tions and metaphors abound, by which the subject is placed before
This extract shews that genuine, the reader with the most inviting old-fashioned Calvinism is neither and interesting evidence. The sound afraid nor ashamed of addressing logic, the forcible reasoning, and the sinners of all descr.ptions. Add impressive appeals to the heart, this volume contains many awakenznake these discourses no bad models ing addresses to the ungodly. In for young divines.
fine, it affords much that is profit. The Serinons are not of equal able for readers of all characters merit; but there is a pure vein of and of all opinions. evangelical divinity which runs thro' them all. Yet the experiental unction, the practical spirit, and Ann Essay on the Sanctification of the the awakening energy that pervade
Lord's Day: humbly designed to them, demonstrate how far the recommend that important Duty, author was concerned to preserve
By Samuel Gilfillan, Minister of the doctrines of grace from the
the Gospel, Comrie. Third edit. abuse of professor and profaue. Our apology is due to Mr. Gilfil.
The discourses on“ the Heavenly lan for the delay of this article. Stranger,” are the most interest
The pamphlet was mislaid. How ing, both for sentiment and im- ever, the subject is of unvarying pression. The opening of the first importance. The respectable wrihead contains a masterly descrip- ter does not treat it in that elabor tion of human depravity and ob- ate and argumentative way which stinacy.
Owen and Watis have done. His We shall extract the first para- method more popular, but not graph from the first head in the less useful. The essay is founded sixth sermon; which admirably ex- on Exodus xx. 8, Remember the presses the benevolent spirit of gose Sabbath-Day to keep it holy."'. pel invitations :
The arrangement is good, and coin. “ If any man hear niy voices prises the following sections: - In. How soft, how sweet the expression ! troduction, General Design of kuw extensive the grace! If any the Institution of the Sabbath,
Morality of the Sabbath, - Change gospel. The next Number, which of the Sabbath from the Seventh to will shortly go to press, will include the First Day of the Week, — Holy much curious and interesting inMen in all ages have sanctified the telligence from India. Sabbath, - Preparation for it, Gencral Sketch of its Duties, Concise Account of the Rise and Some Sins forbidden in the Fourth Progress of the Missionary Society. Cominandment, - Address concern- Price 6d. ing the Sanctification of the Lord's Day, --- Appendix
The Missionary Society having
been established nearly twelve years, in the discussion of these articles, and the objects of their attention - Mr. Gilfillan discloses a fund of having been numerous and divergood sense and fair reasoning ; and sified, it became very desirable to intermingles with these a great de- concentrate the'information respectgree of Christian fidelity and bene- ing their concerns, in such a manner volent zeal.
as to give the reader a just view of
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who have noticed the progress of The Third Volume of this intcresting work begins with the pre- pecially to persons who may be in
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An Account of the most Remarklume. The papers contained in
able Footsteps of Divine ProviNumber XVII are, Ist, Extracts
dence in erecting and managing from the Annual Report of the
the Hospital de Glauca, near Halle, Missionary Institution at Bethels.
in Saxony. By Professor Frank. 12mo, 64 pages.
18. dorp, for the year 1805 ; also, several Letters from Dr. Vanderkemp Turs Account has been often reand Mr. Read, coucerning that printed in our country, and recomMission. 2nd, Extracts from the mended to public notice by Dr. Leiters and Journal of Messrs. Woodward, Mr. Whitfield, the late Anderson and Kramer, respecting Mr. Ryland, and others; and is the Mission among the Corannas. now seasonably republished by the 3. Extracts from the Letters and Managers of the Adelphi Chapel, Journal of the brothers C. and A. for the benefit of their SundayAlbrecht and Mr. Sydenfaden, re- School, and other charities. garding the New Mission among It is printed in a cheap form; the Nainacgias, which are uncom- and, we hope, will find its way into monly pleasing and important. 4. the hands of multitudes who have 'The Number closes with an Account not yet read this wonderful disa of the Proceedings of the Miss on- play of the peculiar providence of aries at Otaheite, up to June 1805. God, in favour of a benevolent in
Those of our readers who feel stitution ;- and it serves to teach lhemselves interested in the growing us that human foresight cannot pirosperity of our Saviour's kinga apprehend the height and length com among men, will find in these to linich a good work may be adpriodical publications a full and vanced by a blessing from above; faithful record of events which cati- and it was prove a great encourage. not fail to gratify their best fcelings, ment to those vho are now ene and to cucourage their utmost cx- gaged in schemes of active beneertives for the further spread of the