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The providence was improved by mediocrity. She had very consisther minister, Mr. Brewer, from Job ent views of the docérines of the gosv. 26, “ Thou shalt come to thy pel; and though she was strictly grave in a full age, like as a shock Calvinistic in sentiment, she was of of corn cometh in his season.” a truly Catholic spirit, as her join
J. B. ing the Methodist Society, and conMRS. ELIZABETH HORTON,
tinuing therein till her death, evi
denily proved. She was unwearied Or North Searle, in Lincolnshire, in proinoting the best interests of died March 18, 1807, aged 40. all around her; and her liberality About 14 years ago, the Lord was to the needy was, perhaps, nore pleased, by a variety of adverse pro- than equal to her circumstances. vidences, to bring her to see her For many years she had strong dreadful situation as a sinner. She symptoms of a decline, the disa immediately svught him with dili- order which eventually terminated gence in the means of grace among her existence ; yet it was not till a the Methodists, then in that village; few weeks before her dissolution but laboured under the terrors of a that she was considered, either by guilly conscience for about four her friends or herself, in immediate years; when, being informed that danger ; but the disorder after this the Rev. Mr. Macdonald (in the took such rapid strides, as to elude connexion of the lale Countess of the power of medicine, and produce Huntingdon) was to preach at a every symptom of a speedy deparsmall distance, she was determined ture. to hearhim; and apprehending that It was in her affliction as it had something was still wanting to com- been in health : the Accuser of the plele her happiness, she went; and brethren was permitted frequently heard him speak from Psalm xxxvi. to harrass her mind respecting her 7,“ How exceilenl is thy loving interest in Christ, though at interkindness, () God! - therefore, the vals she was 'enabled to rejoice in children of men put their trust under the prospect of a happy iminorta: the shadow of ihy wings.' From lity, and converse about Death and what șne then heard of the origin Eternity with the greatest compoand perpetuity of the Lord's love to On my visiting her a short his people, and its divine effects up- time before her death, I found her on them, she was enabled to em- extremely reduced; but perfectly brace the truth with the firmnest con- sensible : it was soinetimes with the fidence; and hence received solid greatest difficulty I could hear hit comfort and establisiiment.
$, eak. Though I found her at first Though her attendance on the labouring under much desertion, I mcans of grace vas constant,- iho' had the pleasure, before I left her, she was much in secret prayer,
to observe a visible change, and hear though slie was possess d of a more her express herself in the most satisthan ordinary tender conscience, factory manner. After this, enthough her public usefulness, in quiring how she felt her mind, -many respects, was eminent, – tho' with a most penetrating look, she she uniformly maintained the strict- answered, “ O Sir, it would puzest integrity, yel, with the excep- zle the tallest Archangel to contion of a few intervals, she was like ceive how such a wretch as I am Hansah of old,“ A woinan of a sor- can be saved after all !". Thus rowful spirit.”. The enemy was per- hopes and fears alternately pervaded mitted to assail her mind, and, in her mind, until the former happily some particular instances, to a very and finally prevailed. She exhorted extraordinary degrec. So powerful several who visited her, in the most have her teinptations soinetimes solemn and impressive manner, to been, that she has been led even to seek an interest in Christ. She was call ihe being of God into question. also visited by many of her Christian -From her indefatigable attention friends, who appeared to rival cach to the sacred Scriptures, her know- other in their kind endeavours to Je lze of divine things was above administer relief; whose assiduous
attention she noticed with gratitude, ing remained, until some time before adding, "I am truly astonished at her last sickness, when, ou hearing such kindnoss to one so worthless ; a minister who preached in the and I greatly suspect, were l in their neighbourhood, insist on the faithsituation, and they in mine, I should fuliess of God to his promises and fail in shewing them cqual 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 such a shock as from llart :
almost brought her to conclude, “ Joyless and fiat 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, nor cordials the pił, 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 nature of her complaint, through the righteousness and blood she was constantly obliged to sit up
of Jesus, in bed, and got but littie rest;
But the most remarkable period which, when she did enjoy, she ex- of her experience was during her pressed much thankfulness for. On illness ; for although her weakness i he Tuesday evening pieceding her was extremely great, yet she bore death, the Lord was pleased, in an
her sufferings with uncommon pasver lo many prayers, so io shine tience : thai sweet promise, “I will upon her soul, as to dispel every
rever leave thee," &c. gave her cloud, dissipate every fear, and cri- great support, she said God was able her to triumph in his sovereign ber recoveiled Father in Christ; and Jove. She said, “I now believe that she liad proved the truth of the Satan has made his last attach; and doctrine of election, At another I am as sure of Heaven as thongh I time, she broke out into an holy were now in the actual enjoyment rapture, saying, “ O come and reof it!". On the following morning joice with me, who am now enabled she said, with much annuation, to rejoice in Jesus !” About three hare
gode thro' many diep waters, monilis before her death 1 visited but the Lord enables me at last tó her, in company with apother perpass over Jordan dr sirod.” Afier son, who declared he scaicely ever taking a most affeciio:ale farewell witnessed such an instance of faith. of her disconsolate husband, &c. When that sweet hymn of Dr. Dodshe added, “ Coire, Lord Jesus, dridge's was repeated, " Jesus, I come quickly ; " and then stievily love thy charming name," she seemexpired without either a sigir or a ed peculiarly refreshed.
At one groah. Thus, in this subject of di- time she said, “I can rejoice even vine grace', was eminently verified in suffering !" At another, “ Althat scopraging declaration,"They though I cannot praise hin as I that sow in tears shall reap in jog !"
would, yet I can foxik up with comThe words from which her dath foit to my Father in Jesus: I feel was ir proved, and whith she her- Jesus daily supporting me : he is self chose, were, " Jesus said unto my Jesus, I can trust in Han and her, I ain the Resuriection and the not be afraid! Glory, glory, glory, Life," &c.
J. C. be to his name for ever! o how Briga:
long to be with him!” ELIZABETH EULLOCK,
A short time previous to her death,
op being asked if any particular porOF FRADDON, IN CORNWALL, tion of God's word was precious, T'as a i't markable instance of the she repeated, “ Him that cometh to powerful operations of the Holy me I will in zowise casi out;" which pirit; for althong she could re- she said was the first promise size colleci that, from a child, she had could take any comfort ficm; and frequenė checks of conscience, and which, by her desire, was improved used io weep on account if the suf- in a sermon oreached at her bouse, serings of Jesus, - yet nothing last; just before her interment.
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 Popularity of what is called circumstances of the congregation; Evangelical Preaching, and the
and he adds, that " the common Means of obviating them in a people usually prefer a dissenting Sermon preached at 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 alppendixes, &c.
course beiween these ministers and Acklom Ingram, B. D.
the lowest orders of people is an oba
vious token of zeal,- of great avail It sometimes happens, that a po- in engaging their affections." He lemical writer, mounted on tiis eccle- ascribes the same effect (rather siastical Pegasus, like our friend J. strangely) to their delivering the Gilpin, goes larther than he intenu. most frightfal descriptions of evera el. This is the case with Mr. Ingram, lasting punishment. who, while he sorely laments the in- Ile then proceeds la notice some crease of Methodism and Dissention negative causes of the success of (as he chooses nnkindly to term Dis- Evangelical Preaching, viz. the sent) pays unwittingly the highest apathy and supineness of inany
of compliments to the persons whom tic clergy, – a mode of life not al. he opposes. Ile ascribes the popu- together conformable to the clerical larity of Evangelical Preaching to character, too forbidding a disCalvinistic opinions, which he thinks tance from the generality of their are accommodated to the gross con- parishioners, — discsurses not sufficeptions of ignoraut minds; while, ciently intelligible, - a
- a want of on the contrary, many of his bre- union and co-operation, and nonthiren think that Calvinism contains residence. We do not dispute the speculations far too high for the truth of these representations; but common people. He next vhscrves, 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 mau's Magazine declined his comcourses, which, he says, is a pre- munications. sumptive argument with common He admits that many of the niinds, that iheir 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 mated extempore preaching, contri- blasis ; so that he does not wonder butes to popularity,
that they prefer a warm room or a likely to secure attention than read- comfortable meeting-house. ing a sermon, is more familiar, 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, by a judicious minister acquires the art of varying attention to the education of chilhis 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 'ital Relitempore prayer is another source of gion," He recommends, " That, popularity: it carries with it an ap- 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
reasonable - but he discovers the malignity of plea ihat the Evango cal Clergy or his mind in his' reflections on those Melhod.sis, can have for reducing who dissent from the church. The his fock." In these prais: worthy following passage is a specimen : endea vours 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, that 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 nemare that it is maintained by evan- farious practices with greater secugelical divines, that “ a great part rity.” Mr. Ingram is, therefore, of mankind are prelestinated avso- very anxious to restrain these people; lutely, i. e. withont any considera- laments ihe ease with which meet. tion of their demerit, t", a state of ing-houses are licenced; and would everlasting suffering.” Calvin held contine the indul;ences that disno such opinior, nor do modern senting icachers, enjoy, to persons Calvinisis. Their sentiments are of literary eminence ; and allow no well expressed in the 17th 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 Sermons, arise from are to be ciassed? - what are their his dislike to the disiinguishing doc- principal object ons to the Church trine of the gospel; which is, that of England: how many of their “by grace we are saved, not by class, if Dissente: s, reside in the paworks."
rish? - and what is their distance The author tells us, that “ Over, from the nearest licenced congregaton, at the first appearance of The tion of their class ? He also proTrue Churchman, was regarded as poses, that the clergymaa of the paa champion of Calvinisio ;” but he risa should be allowed to state his adds, “ He denies the fact!” “The objections to the licence; and that Christian Observer,” he says, " has the cougregations thus permitied, likewise been charged with Calvin- "should be subjected to the inspecism. This again is disavowed;" tion and coniroul of the neighbourbut the author subjoins, “ I caonot inç magistrates, who shall have but remarh, that there must be power to deprive them of their lisomething very like Calvinism in cances," &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 misunderstood.” Pa e 51.. and how certaivly the admission of He thereto e recommends io " Me- his plan would lead to persecution. thodisi, kvangelical, and Disserting We beg leave to infurm this writer, Ministe s, whose preach bears at that the laws respecting Dissenters resemblance to (alvinism," to be know nothing of LICENCES, — the particularly careful, in their public term is never used: they require addresses, to obviate any Calvinis- that the place in which Dissenters tie inferences which the compou mect for worship should be certipeople, tne multitude, die dis- fied to the Court of Quarter Sespose ! io draw from them. With or to the Bishop's Court; preachers of this sort, however, we bui no favour is asked, norcan the have nothing to do. If a man be- re istering the place be refused; lieve those doctrines which are ge- and as to the restrictions proposed, nerally called (alvinistic, he ought we are fully confident, thai, in the boldly to avow them, nor shun that reign of his Majesty King George name of Reproach, now generally the Third, no such violation of the atiached to the doctrines of grace. toleration act will ever be perinil
The author expresses a comiend- ted. The oniy way whereby the abie zeal to promote the religious growth of Methodis:n caa 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 fandamental maximis, 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 should hardly have pardoned the Books :
: a Sermon preached at a Monthly Association of Congrega cessarily been illustrated in the pro
brevity of this head, had it not netion Minister's and Churches in
of the discourse. London, Oct. 8, 1807.
The danger of reading improper Rev. J. Clayton, jun.
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 aları. 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 oi trifling with the truth, and of together, and burned them before indulging vain and presumptuous all men,” &c.
speculation ; which dauger is inA prevailing taste for science has creased in proportion as the sentirendered this subject peculiarly sea- 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 is 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 note the inte- proper tone; and some of them rests of the seminary (now) at Ho- dreadfully pollate the mind.” The inerton, and that the students were evils resulting froin novel-reading expected to attend, the subject will are fully disclosed; and their miappear to be peculiarly appropriate. serable effects, 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 been influenced to compose and books, love tales, and nonsensical publish books by all the sinful pro- ballads, &c. which have done iinpensities of a depraved nature; and mense mischief among ihe inferior their works have been among the
classes of the communiy. 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 ihey 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 ny severity. Such persons duct their reading by the precepis " who wouid not go to hear a Soci.. and spirit of Christianity.".
nian preach, much less give a guioca Mr. Clayton then enquires, Ist, towards his support, will nevertheWhat are those books which may be less habitually reas ihre produce of deeined improper : 2dly, wherein his peo, and liberally subverse ty coussis the danger of their perusal? the printed propagation of his s.3Jly, that considerations can be lineais." This particularly refurs