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... MRS. ANN CLARKE, when she had been a wife only
- The 'venerable relict of the Rev. nineteen months. Thomas Clarke, formerly 'curate She was not only highly respected of Chesham, Bucks, died on the by all who knew her, as a most ami. 5th of January last, in the souh able and worthy woman, but she year of her aga. She was called was considered hy the best and most by grace out of a gay fainily, and disinteres
ind disicterested jodges, a genuine and suffered some unkind ireatment, on growing Christian. :? account of her piety. This circum
When very young, she was restance rendered her the peculiar oh.
markably th vughtful and serious, iect of Mr. Clarke's atientiou : he not being more than 10 years of age was then curate of Amersham, where "
era when she felt the exceeding sinfulness his ministry was blessid to scans of sir!, and groaned under the burden Mrs. Clarke, who had been 16 years of 11
of it. These early convictions were a widow, was accustoined to speak not permitted to die away, as they in the bichest terms of gratitude to often have done in many young perGod for the communication of his sous as they advanced in life, and special grace to her, and for the drank into the'spirit of their gay and happiness she enjoyed in her relation vain companions : but as she adto Mr. Clarke. She was a cheerful vanced in years she grew in the love and happy Christian, and a great of retirement, and of the worship friend to the poor and amicted; and and ordinances of God. Her 80such was her candoor, that she not quaintance were not only circum.. only assuciated with thie Evangeli. .scribed asło number, but extremely cal Dissentars where she resided, but select ; she, iherefore, seldom or left £ 100 to the place of worship
ever mingled with young people in in wbich the Rev. Mr. Surman offi.
their worldly amusements and parciates. Her property was consider ties of pleasure ; and before she had able: out of which she bequeathed reached malurity, in point of age, handsome sums to her relations, to she gave satisfactory proofs of bethe poor, and to several charities. ing a true and experimental ChrisA few hours before her departure,
tian, who had devoted herself to the she said to Mr. S. “I am going to glory and service of him who had Jesus, mis adorable Saviour !'° On redeemed and sanctified her to him. the 17th of January, her remains self.,.. . were deposited in Chesham Church. When the truly interesting and be. yard, in the same vault wherein neficial system of Sunday School. her valuable husband had beea in teaching was established in her terred. The Rev. Mr. Woosley, peighbourhood,
neighbourhood, she became an accurate of Olner, preached an excei. live and successful helper ; and took Jent scrinon on the occasion, from great delight in this labour of love. Heb. vi. 12, • That ye be not sia th. till domestic circumstances and an ill ful, but followers of them who,
siate of healib prohibited ber at, through faith and patience, inherit
tentiin to it. the proinises.'
Hier illness proved long and trying; during which she would some
times say, That hymn is very suitMRS. MARY CHAPMAN,
alle to my case : Wife of the Rev. Mr. Chapman, "To every trouble, sharp and strong, of Greenwich.
'My soul to Jesus flies.' This excellent and jostly esteem. She was enabled to do this for ed woman departer to a beiler world heiself; and to him, whose grace is Dec. 10, 1809, before she had at all.sufficient, she looked in all her tained the 23d year of ber age; times of need ; and though greatly
exercised with bodily pain and weak. Dec. 9, Saturday Morn. She beness, as well as by spiritual conflicte, came much worse ; breathing was she was enabled to bear all with very difficult, and she could scarcely great resignation, knowing that her articulate, when she said to me, it God and father was too wise to erp, will soon be over now!' little and too good to be unkind.
thiaking she had before her 24 hours The following account principally hard conflict with the last enemy refers to a few of her last days; and About a quarter before six, she said, was taken down by her afflicted parte "This is hard to nature !' and ner. The substance of it was soon asier, with great emphasis, mentioned in the funeral - sermon Jesus is precious ! which was proached for her by the About half past eight she exRev. John Townsend, to a very claimed, 'When will it be over! If crowded and attentive audience, it were bis will, I could wish he from Job i. 21.
would strike at vnce: I fear nothing For several days previous to Dec, from ilac consequences of death, but 7, her mind was in grcat darkness. I dread the struggle.? Doubis prevailed ; which, together About oue, she struggled hard with extreme debility, attended with for breath ; and cried out, • I wish flying pains, rendered her exceed it were over! I asked if she were ingly uncomfortable. On that even still happy in mind. Sbe said, 'Yes.' ing, when I returned home from loc. Having struggled for a considerable iure, I found her very low, and took time, I asked whether she were any her up stairs; but it was with diffi. easier. She said, “No; I don't wish culty she could sit to lie undressed. to be easier: I wish it. were over!' Just after she was in bed, she was I said, “ It will soon be over; and seized with a violent, pain in her then what glory will follow !" breast; which, for a few minutes, “Yes,' said she, ' a glory worth dydeprived her of the power of speech. ing for.' A little after, she repeated We thought she was just going to her earnest desire to have the con• breathe her last. On coming to her. flict over ; and asked if there were
self, she said she thought she never much pulse; saying, ' I fear I shall · should have spoken again. By this be impalient.' attack she was inuich weakened ; so Half past three, when we expected that she could scarcely bear to speak, every breath would be her last, she or to be spoken to. I just asked revived again. I asked if she were whether she doubted her salvation, at all harrassed in mind." She said,
she replied, No; I did not, even No; but I was in hopes I should then' (referring to the violent pain have been landed before now.' with which sie had just been seized). Half past four, I said to her, Yet
- Dec. 8, Friday Afl. I asked if a little time, and he that shall coine in there were any texts of Scripture will come, and will col tarry. She
comfortable to her now; - she re- said, “ Anien." I added, You can plied, Yes ;' and mentioned, . Fear say, Come, Lord Jesus, come not, I am with thee; be not dise quickly! " yes," she replied, mayed, I am thy God;' and, « Tho' “ I have often said so to-day." I walk through the valley of the About six I said,. What a mercy shadow of Dealh, I will fear no evil, that we have religion! What would She added, “That hyma is very you do, or what should I do now sweet:
without it! She said, “It is a • Jesu, lover of my soul,' &c.
mercy';" and then added, “I could
have wished, if it had been his will, Io the evening, I asked her if that we might have lived longer to. there were any other parts of (iod's gether on earth; but as it is not his word comfortable ; --sine answered, will, I don't wish it. We had every * Ycs; that lext, · The eternal God prɔspect of happiness ; but we je thy reluge; and uoderneath are don'i know what might be.' About the everlasting arms. A little after 10 she said, “O that be would come!' this, she said, I enjoy more sup. She afterwards said, this is hard port than I expected I should' work!' " Yes," added 1,“ so Mrse B1. said! and you can add with her, to the a!icntion of a stranger, but
- God is iny Refuge ;' she replied, gave him an honourable seat in ** Yes.''
the circle of friendsbip; there it. On Lord's Day morning, Dec. 10, was known how much the law of after a severe struggle for 24 hours, kindness governed his heart; and she breathed her last; fell asleep in there, breaking through his natu36805, and commenced an eternal ral reserve, it was expressed by the Sabbath.
appropriate com'nunication of the
tongoje in ministering graco to the THE REV.N. RAWLINS hearers.
To the popularity of his address, Wag horn at Morton.in.the. or the brilliancy of his talents, Marsh, Gloucesiershire, 1733. II's none of the friends of Mr. R. father and in other were lons inwill. altributchis success as a bers of the Baptist Church at Birler. preacher, but they will remember, 2017. On his inalernal side, gentne wish veneration, bow well his holy piery is to be traced through pre life and deep personal experience ceding generations. His ancestors enabled hiin to enforce those were among those of wbom the doctrinal subjec's, in which he world was not worths, and who especially delighled. They will reavoided its fur; in persecuting times Colleci the usefulness of discourse, be assembling in solitary plac?s, which finding entrance at the heart, Mr. ll. vas serious from a chili?, abundantly compensated for the and admilled a member of the church want of ekrancies, which had they ai Bourton, at 18 years of age. distinguished the preacher, could The church soon regissed him to not thus nobly have survived himn. preach, and when, aller lorg solici. They will look round on the late tation, his diffidence had yieliled to converts of his ministry, and sce · 15 is reluctant trial of his abilities, how this aged shepherd brought hc was sent to Brisial Academs, home the wanderers from his Master's Here he remaiued four years; durfold, when it was even tide with so this period be supplied the church himsolf, and nature might have" at Trowbridge, and was so far ap- languished for repos€! More than proved as to be called, at the ler. 40 members have been added to . mination of it, to the pasioral the church during the last five years; charge. It was, nevertheless, a sea and the place of worship has been son of allversily; the pomber was crowded... Kants, the brethren were at vari: He was taken ill while altending. ance, and symptoms of disaffection the funeral of the late Rev. Mr. , #the ministry of Mr. R. began to Clarke, of Trowbridge ; and never discover themselves, so that his or preached aft:r,yards. Ile said to a • cination, which occurreri Ortoher friend who caited on him the next solli, 1765, was succeeded by his day, “My work is done ; I have no. sesignation and reinoval in 1771, nothing more to do here.” His when he getiled at B:oughton, in tedious illaess was adinirably sus. Han fhire.
tained, his congulations were not.' · Here he resided six years, when a expressed by extacics, but by the visit to his friends at Trowbride re. peaceful triumph of an abiding nowing all their former attachments, hope, of which he often spake to
sodurred their united and successful thing about hin He died Oct. 7, application for his return. 'He re. 1809. His funeral sermon, by the sawed his charge in November, Rev. J. Barvard, of Bradlord, was 1777. The first settlement was short delivered to an overflowing hensa. and troublesome; the lagt durable it was founded on a passa e seo i anii hapy.
l ected by himself; at one de. . A remarkable integrity of cha. 'scribing the bil seedness of vis past racer, united with great plainness experience, and the emphasis of of maniers, 80!netimes failed in his present joy, 'Christ is all, and ilrbroduce Mr. R. advaırlageously ja all."
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ously throughout the New TeslaThe subject of the present Essay ment, without any other mothod or is of universal interest, and of the connection than what nalurally highest importance : its des gu is, arose out of the subjects of dis. in the First Part, to esiablish the course on which they are introfact, That the whole of Revelation duced ; and they are sometimes exis a moral plan oi exercising the na pressed in such a mavner, as doch tural powers of men, congenial with not immediately direct to a deter. their character and present slate as ninate sense; but requires them to intelligent accountable creatures, be considered in connection with agreeably to the principles and rea- other parts of the same revelalinn. sonings laid down in Bishop Butler's If, however, we contemplate the Avalogy of Religion. In the Second analogy which pervades all former Part, is deduced from this fact tho dispensations of mercy, and consinature and import of the gospel. der ihe New Testament as a conti. constitution, with the indispensable nuation of one uniform plan of exobligation of siuners to yield to its ercising the mental powers of inen, authority, and the rationale of its as moral agents, we may sie good ininisierial exercise to poners inde. reason to look on this mode of exfinitely, consistently with the doc. hibiting the truths of Christianity as Irinc of the specially of grace, The an excellency, and instance of di. writer, disclaiming all attachment vine wisdom, in the moral adaptato party or system, inakes his appeal tion of means which are alorded to ihe pure word of God; but if his them for the acquisition of spirival principles must receive a name, knowledge; for, if men are seriously they inay be characterized as those disposed, and desirous to know the of Moderale Calrinism.
certainiy of these things, the word We give the following Extract, of God represents them in a mauner not less for the importance of the sufficiently plain and suhstantially sentimenis it contains, than a span instructive; uut indeed wish artido
cial method and exactness, as pria. ing the will of God as to particular ciples of science, but in a way of doctrines, may sometimes be at. ordinary communication or dis. tended with a degree of darkness course; in which the great truths of and indecision, this may be designed the gospel are practically taught in to operate as a stimulus in quickentheir connection with, and subser- ing their attention, and exercising viency to the faith and hope of sin their miods in searching with more pers, as well as the boliness and coin diligence and earnest prayer the tesfort of believers. Here the princi- timony of God in every part of his ples of Christianity lie fairly open to word. the closet examination, without any' To conclude. We earnestly recom. artful colouring or studied conceal. mend this volume, particularly to ' ment. They niay be suen in their the young, who bave just set out on application to every subject in reli. the path of enquiry, and whose ingion, whether professedly or inci-' genuious feelings, shocked, perhaps, dentally introduced by the penmen at the licentious presumption of of Scripture, who, without previous" Antinomianism, are hurrying them concert, and with evident diversity away in the pride of human reason, of talent and circumstances, have to einbrace tho cold systems of a given us their respective views of vain philosophy; and we fervently the gospel with such perfect agree- join in the prayer of the author, ment, as to the subject matter of the 'That the Fountain of Life and whole, as cannot rationally be ac. Truth may, shed his gracious influcounted for on any other supposi ence on the minds of all who shall tion than that of their being all read this Essay, and assist them in taught and guided by the same un- duly appreciating the authority and. erring spirit of truth.
excellency of the Gospel-dispensa• This manner of revealing the tion !! great truths of Christianity, is also wisely adapied to the spiritual advantage of believers ; being thus set
The Obligations of Christians to atforth, in their proper application and
tempt the Conversion of the Jews. practical influence, as the enliven
By A Presbyter of the Church of ing principles of the whole system; for, though an artificial arrange. This is a commendable effort, to ment of doctrines might have given increase the attention of the Chris. a greater facility to a system of no.' tian world to the miserable state of tions, and have enabled common the Jews. The worthy author, af. Christians more experily to judge of ter noticing the laudable exertions the connection which one part of of various denominations of the the system has with another, this faithful, in diffusing the blessings of would not have arswered so valua. their benevolence, laments, that ble a purpose as is now answered, “one object has been overlooked, by their being distributed promis- overlooked for centuries, the Con. cuously through the word, and ap- version of the Jews.' We readily pearing, as proper occasions requiradmit, that too little general allencd, in erwoven with every part of tinn hias been formerly paid to this Chrisiunity. Believers in general object; yet we ought not to forget would not hav, seen so much of the those endeavours which were made importance of these principles, nor nearly a century aro. Bishop Kid. have had such a spiritual savour of der's Demonstration of the Mes. thein, as they now become sonsible sias' is a work of much labour and of, by ob«erving with what views value; and in the close of that va. they are introduced, and to what Juable performance, where he stirs, !!S"they are applier by the unerra' up his readers luzealous endeavours, ing spirit. This is il cimponnding he says (p. 201) • Yet, after all, of govpel traths into the bread of much may be done still this way ; Bife, for the soiritual nourishment of and I need no other proof of it but renewed 'souls; and though the pe. this, That in fact much hath been @uliar maquer of the Spirit's reveal. done. in the city of Hamburgh, la le