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Heavenly Father. “I find,' she said, A hope so securely founded could
that, to die comfortably, we must not be overturned ; and Mrs. Por. love God above all earthly friends.” rit's joy and confidence in a reShe was comforted with the thought deeming God, increased in proporthat God could easily bring her tion as her dissolution drew nigh. children to himself, independent of While her corporeal frame was the means which she, had she been racked with pain, she still relied on spared, might have used for their her Heavenly Father, and blessed salvation. “Who knows,” said she, him for his goodness. During the " but my death may be the means last days of her life, her increasing of their conversion : "
afflietions prevented her from speakHaving cast this, her greatest ing much ; but it was evident that care, upon the Lord, she ceas d to her mind was daily growing more wish for recovery; nay, she earn
detached from the world, and more cstly desired' to be absent from the elevated towards God and Heaven ; body, and present with the Lord.” at the same time she had a strong When she was asked, if she wished regard for the church below; and that God might prolong her life, the interest which she felt in its afher answer was, “Not a moment, if fairs, was strikingly discovered, even it be bis will;" and this eagerness for on the day before she died : it was her departure did not arise from the Lord's Day; and the communioa impatience, but to a strong love to was observed in the congregation. Christ and to Heaven. She one by the advice of her physician, she day was heard to exclaim,“O to be frequently took a little opium, to in the place where there is no sin!” procure rest, and abate her pain : On that blessed place she often fixed in the morning shc had taken a her thoughts; and the incidents little ; but when she recollected which took place around her, were that it was the Communion Sahbath, improved for raising her affections she regretted having taken it, and, tbither. On one occasion, when she resolving not to sleep while her had felt pleasure in conversing with fellow-christians were cominemorata Christian (riend, she made this ing the Saviour's dying love, she debeautiful remark: "If the company sired one of her daughters to read of a saint on earth be so pleasant, ..to her a sermon on the Lord's Suphow delightful will it be to enjoy per; and her mind was so impressed the company of all the glorious with the subject, that sleep was enhosts above!” At another time, tirely banished. In the evening her when it was observed that the end was evidently drawing near ; bcains of the sun were shining plea- her voice failed her ; but though santly into her chamber, she said, she could not speak what she felt, ** There is a betier Sun, whose beams she gave clear indications that she are more refreshing." Her strong was rejoicing, in hope of the glory hopes of immortal glory were ac- of God. A little before her deparcompanied with genuine huility: iure,, she was heard to say, “Sweet she trusted in the merits of Jesus, Jesus, receive my soul!the kind as a ruined sinner, who could fice to Redeemer soon heard her voice, and no oiher refuge. She often kon- received her to himself in tbe morndered that God could shew mercying of April 6, 1807, in the 47tba to such a sinner. When she was .-year of her age. once expressing her low thoughis of On the following Sabbath her Jerself, and was reminded hat death was improved, in the congre. Manassch, an odious tyrani,- and gation of Cliff-lane, by a discourse Paul, a blasphemer and persecutor, from Job vii. 1.6, “ I loathe it: I are now in Heaven, among angels would uot live alway:" a text whick and glorified saints, she replied, she herself bad selected, and which with much emotion, 50, how as- is peculiarly expressive of her contonished will they be to see in tempt for the world, and ber desire there !"
of eternal life.
Died, on Saturday, Sept. 12,
1807, at Deptford, Mrs. Ann Rout, The Rev. Dr. Daniel Fisher lately aged 77. To a life of unbounded finished his course at Hackney, benevolence was added a confidence aged 76. He was born near Cock- in the approach of death, that noermouth, in Cumberland; and re- thing but a well-grounded hope in ceived his academical education in the mercy of God, through our Lord * London, under Dr. Marryat. For Jesus Christ, could inspire. several years he exercised his minis. try at Warminster, where he kept a Rey. Mr. Braithwaite, minister of
On Wednesday, Sep. 30, died the Nourishing boarding school. In
Hation Chapel, London, in the 33d 1771, he succeeded the late Dr. Walker, as classical and mathema
year of his age. On Tuesday, Oct.
13, his remains were conveyed from tical tutor, in the academy at Ho the chapel (where they had been merton: he was afterwards appoint. laid during the preceding Sabbath) ed divinity tutor, in the room of in a hearse drawn by four horses, Dr. Conder : he was also one of the and attended by his friends, in 24 Tuesday lecturers at Broad Street. mourning coaches, to Llackfriars When he infirmities of years increase!, he resigned his tutorship, in a vault adjoining to that of the
Church, where they were deposited and spent the rest of his days in
late Rev. Mr. Romaine. private. He was a Calvinist in senTiinent; and his discourses, though
Several very striking instances of not popular, were evangelical, ju- sudden death have of lais occurred dicious, and practical. He was pos
in the parish of D- An
aposessed of great prudence, and inaf- thecary, not long ago, was called fected humility. He was exact in from public worship for medical inordering all his affairs. In conver
terference ; but (awful to relaie!) baiion he was pious, cheerful, and he was only permitted to be an eyefull of anecdote ; his temper was
witness of the sudden summons a mild, placid, and peaceable. in neighbour had received to quit for short, his whole moral and religious ever all terrestrial things, and to character was not only unexception- stand before the righteous bar of able, but truly ainiable.
God. A few days aiier this solemn Though the failure of his speech, occurrence, another person in the and of his intellects, towards the neighbonrhood, who in the evening Jast, prevented his expressing a high retired to rest, enjoying a very ladegree of joy in the prospect of yourable state of health, was found dissolution, he had long discovered in the morning a stiil pale corpse! a settled hope and a calm expecta
---But a short interval elapsed, and tion of future blessedness, and a pa- a young woman, walking in the tient waiting for it. The powers of street toward evening, fell down understanding, memory,
and almost instantly expired.so totally forsook him, that his dis- Shortly ailer, a female servant of inission from the body became a respectable family shared a similar 'more desirable than his continuance faie. She retired to bed ai ihe usual in it.
hour in good health and spirits, His remains were interred in Bun with the other servants. At the hill-fields, wlien the Rev. Mr. Kello time of rising in the morning, she pronounced the funeral oration. appeared rather unwell, and on
The 'Rev.: Mr. Wall, preached the being spoken to, heared two or three funeral sermon, at his meeting- deep signs, the last of which sighed house, Moorfields, Dr. Fisher have her soul into eternity. In about ing been a meinber of the church at half an hour after, the writer was that place for many years, . In the
a witness io the solemn scene; and afternoon of the same day, another attempted to improve it, by making funeral discourse was delivered at a few appropriate reflections, and Hackney, by the Rev. Mr. Paliner, addressing the almighty with humwhich is published, and from wbická bie supplications, in the presence of bebis, sburi account is taken.
the mourning relatives and trenda,
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
Christian Memoirs, in the form of a priate titles; while the steady, uoí
New Pilgrimage to the fearenly form, lively Christian, is represented Jerusalem; containing, by way of by such characters as Candidus, Allegorical Narative, a great Newinan, Serious, Valiant, Ardent, variety of Dialogues on the most &c. &c. interesting subjects. By W. Shrub. Mr. Shrubsole was well acquaintsole. 3d edit. eorrected, with the ed with religion, and with the reliAuthor's life, sro, 78. ; 12mo, 48. gious world; and he has drawn, with
considerable ability, a picture of his ALLEGORICAL writing is confessed
own times, which may be surveyed ly the most difficult species of com- with pleasure and profit by the spiposition. It requires the exercise
ritual spectator, and particularly by of a sound judgment and a correct
those who were acquainted with the taste; and if it be not well exe
then living characters. In short, to cuted, it excites disgust rather than
use the words of a former reviewer, affords delight. A fevi, a very few “ There is scarcely any religious authors, have been eminently suc
character which is not appositely in. cessful. To such persons the tri- troduced; nor any evangelical truth bute of public esteem has been libe- but what is scripiurally recommend. rally paid; and to none more deserv- ed; nor any fundamental error but edly than to honest John Bunyan, what is judiciously exposed.” What whose Pilgrim has been, for more
the author says, in his preface, he than a century, the admiration of aimed at, we think he has accomthe Christian world. His success plised in a considerable degree. has created a thousand imitators; is i have been solicitous to enforce few of whom have risen to medio- the fundamental principles of the crity; and many have sunk bencaih gospel; to discountenance bigoiry contempt. Bui Mr. Shruhsole has to any form of worship, or non-essucceeded far 'seiter than most of sential points of doctrine; and warmour allegorical writers, of which this Ty to recommend love, candour, and third edition of his Christian Me.
commucion, to those of every party moirs is, at least, a presumptive who hold the doctrines of grace, and proof. This writer has avowedly taken tianity."
possuss the life and power of Chris. the Pilgrim's Progress as the model This cdition, besides being printed of his work; but he bas adapted it in a very handsome manner, is eüto modern times; and has introduced riched with an inieresting life of the a great variety of characters, among author, and a preface, which do howhom are the following: Probus, nou' to the filial piety of his son. Resolute, Friendly, and sincere, re- "The work is certainly full of enpresent four different dispositions of tertainment, and well ca'culated to real Christians. Deist, Arius, and communicate valuable instruction, Socinus are introduced, in order to especially to young minds, in the expose their several errors ; as are pleasing vehicle of amuseruent. also Dr. Tinkle, Dr. Knowall, and Duplex. For the same purposes the author gives us the characters of Dr.
A Sermon preached at St. Ann's, Decree, Dr. Flippunt, Mr. Demure, Blackfriars, May 19, 1807, before &c. The zealous ministers of the
the Society for Missions to Afrios gospel are represented under the and the East, by the Rev. Basil
Woodd, M. . with the Report of names of Fervidus (Mr. Whitfield) who makes a very conspicuous fi.
the Committee, &c. 8vo, Is. gure in the work; Clericus, Apollos, Mr.Woono founds his discourse on Liberal, Hearty, and others. The Isa. xl. 5, “The glory of the Lord lukewarm professor, the prestrmp- shall be revealed, and all flesh shall tuous professor, the Antinomian sce it together : for the mouth of professor, are exposed under appro- the Lord hath spok:n il r" from
which animating prophecy he con- part of his income by the presence siders, 1, The glory of the Lord : 2, of the French, the Committee, in The Revelation of that glory: 3, consideration of his services to the The extent of that Revelation ; 4, society, has sent fifiy pounds. The Its certainty : and, 5, The duty of sum of two hundred pounds has Missionary exertions, in order to pro- been transmitted to Calcutta, in ormote it. Under the last head, he der to promote the translation of the Pleads, in a pathetic manner, the scriptures into the languages of the cause of missions; and, in the con- East; which is now proceeding at clusion, expresses his good wishes that place. for the various societies embarked The committee conclude wiih ex. in this great cause, in terms which pressing a hope, that their design, do much honour to his Christian with respect to Africa, will be greatcandour.
ly promoted by two recent occur. The Report, which follows this rences, the Abolition of the Slave sermon, states, that three of their Trade, and the Formation of tbe Missionaries who had been sent from African Institution. England, in the course of the last year, had arrived at Sierra Leone in Four Sermons, preached al the Geniethe month of September. They ral Meeling of the Missionary Sofound one of the Missionaries who ciety, in May, 1807.--Price 28. 6d. had preceded them, still fully occupied with attending to the spiritual
[Concluded from our last.] concerns of the colony. The other In our last Number we gave an had employed a part of his time in analytical review of two of the Sermaking excursions into the adjacent mons preached before the Missionary country, which afforded him the op-. 'Society at their lasi anniversary; we portunity of perfecting his know- now proceed to notice the latter ledge of the Susoo language, and of two. selecting a proper station for the Mr. Griffin's discourse, which was permanent establishment of the Mis- delivered at Tottenham Court Chapel, sion. The number of Missionaries is entitled —"" The signs of the times being now enlarged, four of them favourable to the cause of missions, (one of whom, however, has since and the text chosen for this subject withdrawn biniself from the service) is, Psalm cii. 13. • Thou shalt were about to proceed to the Rio arise, and have mercy upon Zion Pongas, in order to fix themselves for the time to favour her, yea, the under the wing of a friendly Susoo set time, is come." Mr. Griffin's ob. chief, one of whose sons had been ject is to discuss the following queseducated at Clapham; and, it is tion : Why are the signs of the hoped, had learnt to appreciate the times favourable to the cause of benefits of irstruction.
missions ?" In answer to this inWith a view to the preparation of quiry, he notices, 1, The present young men for the Missionary ser- state of society in Europe and vice, a seminary has been forined in North America, with its probable inthis country, which is placed under fluence on the state of the world in the eye of several clergymen, and general. This is contrasted with the under the immediate superinten- state of society previous to the Redence of a gentlenian who, to his forination. He considers the effect other qualifications, adds a personal of the discovery of the Western Conacquaintance with Africa. To this tinent, the art of printing, and the seminary three young men were increase of the representative system about to he removed from the insti- of government. 2, The analogy of tution at Berlin. That institution, present events with those of the last notwithstanding the calamities which Three hundred years, as favourable Prussia has experienced, still sub- to the same cause. The important sisis, and contains twelve students. and widely-diffused effects of ihe leTo Mr. Jericke, the superintendent, formation are here pointed out, and who had been deprived of the chief the conflict belween the people of
this country and the house of Stuart, In the last place, the preacher die terininating in the Revolution of rects our attention to the near ap-, 1688. While the author laments that proach of that time in which there tremendous political earthquake, the shall be a copious and universal effus, French Revolution, he indulges ihe, sion of the Holy Spirit. The whole. hope of its final result being bene- is then improved by suitable infe. ficial to Europe. He supposes that the commerce of Britain, her in- Our limits will not permit us to creasing colonies, the activity of her remark on each of these important people, and the principles of her particulars. Our readers will perconstitution, are destined to effect ceive that the preacher has a wide important changes in Africa, Asia, scope for speculation. Many of his and South America.
suggestions must be maiters of opi. A third sign favourable to mis. nion; but we trust that, on the whole, sions, is the internal and relative they rest on a solid foundation; and state of Great Britain, which in- that those who long for the extension cludes the excellent spirit of our of Messiab's kingdom may safely conconstitution, the principles and clude, that the aspects of the times habits of Britons, our colonizing are favourable to that event. system, the extent of our lan- * The last Sermon was preached by guage, the rich siries of gospel. Dr. Draper, at St. Saviour's church. truth amongst us, the preponde- The subject, Missionary exer. raling vfluence of Britain in the tions directed and encouraged by political scale of the world; and the Christ,” is founded on the apostolic character and conduct of the Britisha comniission, Matt. xxviii. 18-20, government.
" Go and teach all nations,” &c. Our `author next expresses his Every branch of this commission hopes, as founded on the present is commented upon in a very lively state of knowiedge, and the increas- and energetic manner. The autho. ed means of diffusing it through the rity of our glorious Redeemer is world. Under this particular, le boidly displayed; the evangelical adverts to the institution of Bible, subject of missions is 'cicarly de'Tract, and Book Societies, the vast scribed ;-- the practical manner in increase of Sunday-schools, and the which they are to be enforced is establishment of Missionary Socie strongly insisted upon, teaching eties.
them to obser to all things whatsoever Mr. G. proceeds to notice the I have commanded you ;" and the state of public opinion, and its influ- grand encouragement to missionaence on sociely; he considers podlic ries, aniidst all the opposition they opinion as inc.easingly in favour of may expect, is pointed out, " Lo! I toleration ; and pays a just tribute am with you always, even unto the of gratitude to ihe advocates of the end of the world.” The presence Aboiition of the Slave Trade, who of Christ with his ministers to inhave at length triunphed over all struct theni, to stren on them, to the efforts of sophisiry, self-interest, qualify them for their stations, to and custon.
afford them a delighiful experience In the sixth place, The admirable of the power and comfort of the spirit of most real Christians in the truth they preach, and is crown present day, is considered as a fa- their labours with success. vourable symptom. The spirit of This animated discourse concludes the church is represented as having with an exhortation to the Society been gradually improving, espe- to persevere in their laudable efforis cially in iis liberality and benevo- to evangelize the leathen, and to Hence.
the congregation to assist, hy a li. The aspect of prophecy is next con- boral contribution, in this great and sidered as encouraging, as it relates God-like design. to the diminution of the Papai hier- We believe that all these dis. archy, the destruction of the Mabo- courses were heard by the numerous metan power, and to the conversion audiences to wnich they were adof the Jens.
dressed, with deep attention, and