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directed by the same precepts, which have formed the subject of our own frequent meditations, is knowledge of the most consolatory character.
In this manner a very powerful accession is made to the internal evidences of the truth of the sacred volume; and it has, in multitudes of cases, proved an argument for its reality, which the shafts of infidelity have been utterly unable to overthrow.
The following papers were privately written, for her own use and that of her family, by an eminently pious lady, the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Burroughs, formerly minister of the parish of Cottesbrook, in Northamptonshire. She was twice married. Her second husband was a Mr. Terry, who, after her decease, communicated these papers to a Christian friend, Mr. Matthew Silvester, by whom they were made public in a small volume, now become exceedingly scarce.
The sentiments contained in these papers evidence a close acquaintance with God, with the Holy Scriptures, and with the writer's own heart. The glory of God, the love of Christ, the honour of the gospel, and the anxiety to partake of all its blessings, were the objects nearest to her affections :-the present Editor feels no doubt but they will be acknowledged and acquiesced in, as such, by those who are experimentally acquainted with the pure theology of the word of God. They will readily perceive that the deep humility of heart, the sacred confidence of soul, the unfeigned consciousness of infirmity, the sincere breathings after holiness and communion with God, manifested in these papers, clearly discover the state of a Christian believer training for heaven. To his own mind, during a period of affectionate anxiety, they have afforded instruction and consolation. He trusts they may not be less beneficial to others in their various trials of the heart.
The following sketch of Mrs. Terry's character is given in the language of her original memorialist.
“ A daughter of Abraham is translated from hence to Abraham's bosom, where she now rests in the delightful expectation of her full resurrection unto life eternal. She was a person whom I well knew, and greatly valued ; for I did discern, by free and frequent conversation, treasures of knowledge and grace richly abiding in her; and with great judgment and savour pertinently brought forth by her, in order to her fuller satisfaction and edification in what concerned her soul, as to its duty whilst embodied, and its full bliss when it was to be removed hence.
“ She ever was concerned to know her duty, and the true matter, grounds, and usefulness of her Christian hope, in order to the effectual influencing of her concerned spirit in her determined services and station. She ever was solicitous to know her work, and to discharge her trust as a Christian, and answerably to her relations and family; wherein she behaved herself not as without law to God, but as under law to Christ; and so deported herself with true and commendable exemplariness—as a wife, a mother, and a mistress, and as one full of thoughts and care therein to abide with God, and to approve herself to him in his own solemn day of judgment.
“ She was a person of great exercises, through the tedious urgencies of her long and many bodily infirmities, which she bore with patience, and providently improved unto the great advantage of her better part. She would not suffer sense to sit in judgment upon providence, but fetched her measures of God's dealings with her from that faith, and from those thoughts, which took their directory from God's own sacred oracles.
“ She concealed her troubles, so far as I
could see, from all, save only such as she judged able judiciously to minister to her satisfaction. Her troubles hindered not her converse with God in solitude, nor the fit endearments and improvements of both relative and friendly converse.
She is now gone to the felicity and employments for which she was, through grace and holy industry, considerably prepared.. And what her spirit breathed for and after, may be discerned 'in part by these few instances of her closet work, which her sorrowful husband has thought fit to communicate to the world.
“ Her domestic affairs she managed with great prudence; and in that station she gained love and respect from all. She had a most tender and compassionate regard for the souls of her dear children. She took great care to instruct them in the principles of religion, and encouraging them to read and learn the Holy Scriptures. This her care also did extend to her servants, whom she would on all occasions be ready, either by her advice, or by reading some good book