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he could not but at times fcel con- 'partner experienced, yet, there was siderable depression in the wait of nothing particulaly distressing in his her sociely. However, it was so or- last illuess. It was happy for him dered in the course of Providence, thal, when the time of his departure that he sinuid shortly after remove arrived, he had nothing to do but to Bristol with his family, where, as to die; yet, it must be admitted, he it respected his worldly concerns, it had some little dread of the passage was nis lol lo move in a more ele. through the swellings of Jordap. vated sphere than before; and where However, the event proved that his he soon after became acquainted with (ears were groundless. He did not thie worthy person who proved to appear to endure, cren in bis dying be his second wife; but here the moments, that excruciating torture goodness of God towards him was which fails to the lot of inany. The remarkable, for never were two paio of body he feit during his illo persons united more congenial in ness he was enabled to bear with pasentiment, especially on religious tience and resignation to the divine subjects; and few instances have oc- will. His mine was in a great de.
curred, wherein any two persons have grec tranquil, and his faith fixed on . ... more uniformly studied to render the Rock of Ages. The atouement
each other happy. She was admir- and perfect righteousness of the ably calculaled to render his declin. 'God.man were the foundation of his ing years comfortable ; and the con- hopes; and 'he rested fully on the sideration of this circumstance veracity of that God, who hath said would at times almost overwhelm 'I will never leave the nor forsake
him vith gratitude to God for the thee! - Care of his good providence lowards A day or two prior to his cleath, him.
one of his sons, being on the point For about 10 years his union with of commencing one of his regular this excellent woman lasted; when jouroies, and inpressed with the it pleased God lo deprive him, in a thought that he should never more most unexpected manner, of this his behold his dear father in this worid, greal si earthis blessing. Theshock, waited on him for the last tiine. In as ini ht have been expccled, was this interview he was anxious to as. very great ; but he was enabled to certain the state of his father's bear it in a manner beyond the ex. mind; and 0! how delightful was peciation of many. With Christian it to hear the venerabls saint, at the fortitude he stibinilied to the be- close of such a long Christian reavement, not doubting his hea- course, express his unshaken confivenly l'aiher must have had in view dence in God and his faith in the the accomplishment of some wise Lord Jesus! Many, many years,' design, probably to raise bis affic. said be, has it been a maiter betions entirely above the world, and yond a question with ine, - My til him for his uwa great change, perfect salvation chrough the comwhich was s:) shortly to take place, plete work of my adorable ReAs the grave, one of bis friends cold deemer. Of my interest in my him she believed he wonk soon fol. blessed, blessed Jesus, I have no low his belovej wife, although at more doubt than I have of my exthe time there was a particularia. istence ?' In the most satisfactory dication of his speedy removal. magner did he thus express himself, However, such as the event; for in to the no small consolation of bis about six months after, he was called surviving relatives and friends; and ho follow her to that bright world thus was ho enabled, through' divine where so and sorrow for over ceas:; grace, to triuinph in the near apand tous, like the waters of yope proach of deaih. ample stream, s vered by the piers After a short illness, his happy of a staidly bridge, they speedily re- spirit was releas d from the earthly whiteu in meilabis kury!
tabernacle, on the 23d of November Although Nir. D. was pot favour. 1809, in the 67th year of his age. ed with that saddun transition from A suitable oration was delivered earth to bczyce, which his svar at the inlernent, by the Rev. Mr,
Sloper; and an interesting sermon following Sabbath (the 21s!) he said was preached at the Tabernacie, he had been much disquivied; but Bristol, on, the followiny Sabhath in the last two or three days he had evening, by the Rev. Mr. Tozer, of found a solid resting place on the Taunton.
Rock of Ages." In the experience of this excellent He was buried on Tuesday, Feb. man, we see exemp ified a most im. 6, in the meeting-house in which he portant doctrine, namely,' the final had so long laboured. The pall. perseverance o! the saints.' A bearers were six of his brethren in strong evidence this, that where the the ministry: Mr. Barker, of Dept. great work is hegun, it shall be car ford; M. Stodhart, of London ; ried on, and finally crowned in mer. Mi. Newman, of old Ford; Mr. nal glory! This was a doctrine dear Buck, of London ; Mr. Parker, of to the deceased. It was almost a bark!py; and Mr. Williams, of Rat. perpetual snject of rejuicing with cliff. A large concourse of people him, in the midst of his shiarpest aitended; and Mr. Townsend, of trials. He knew that he could not Rotherhithe, delivered the Address miscarry, because his aid was divine. at the interment : • Let the Lord, He had often occasion io.lament his the God of the spirits of all flesh, inward corruption and deadness; set a man over the congregation, but, notwithstanding all his crosses which may go out b'fore them, and and perplexities, he was enabled to which may go in before them, and live alm st 50 years an orrament to which inay lead thein out, and which his ch istian profession, and at last may bring them in, that the conto finish his cours witn joy.--May gregation of the Lord be not as we aiso die the deain o' The righte sheep which have no shepherd.' ous, aúd may our lasi end be like Numb. xxvii. 16, 17.
On Lori's Day, Feb. 11, Mr.Stod.
hart, of London, preached his funcREV. GEORGE GOLD.
ral-sermon to a very crowded au
dienice, from. Rev. xxii. 20, · He JANUARY 29, 1810, died the Rev. which testifieth these things, saith, George Gold, in his 66th year, hav. Surely, I come quickly,' &c. Mr. ing beeu nearly 40 years pastor of Newman also, at Old Furd, noticed the ladependent Church at West his death, from Zech. i. 5, · Your Ham, Ess: x. He has left a widow fathers, wiiere are they? --- and the and a somurous farmy. During the propheis, do they live for ever?' Jast three months of his life, he was corfined to his own house, heavily amited; but the Lord was with him. His general frame of mind
RECENT DEATHS. was serene; - never much elevated, JANUARY 3, died at Turnham Dor much d pressed.
Green, Mr. --Campbell, in the To a neighbouring minister who 84th year of his age. He was 50 visited him (Jan. 16) he said, speak. years an Elder in the Scots Church, ing of the salvation of Christ, Tell Crown Court. As a Christian, bis it out, - to sinners tell. He saves piety and spirituality of mind were me without any help of mine! I most exemplary. As an officeani a poor be pless sinner, fuil of the bearer in the curch, bis zeal and deepest peed! When he was re- fidelity were cospicuous to all. On quested to say if he repented of the the Lith of the same ponth, his doctrines he had preached, he re- mortal remains were intørred in plied, that he could rest his aliupon Buohill Fields. The Rev. Mr. them, -- he would not alter one of Greig, his passor, spoke over his them. Concerning death, though grave; and the foll wing Sabbath he had a very strong impression of morning prenched his funeral serits awful natur , he said he had no inoit, from Eph. ii. 3,- the 'text more fear of dying than of going to cbosen by himself many months preJie upon a bed of down. On the vious to bis decease.
On the 18th of the same month, nently accomplished, viz. Psalm died at his house in Petter Lane, Mr. xxxvii. 57, · Mark the perfect man, George Pirie, in the 60th year of his and behold the upright for the end age, many years member of the of that man is peace ! His death church in Crown Court. Besides his was improved by his son'(an Itinersincere and waaffecicd piety, his d s. ant Minister ia Lancashire) to a very position and manners greatly en- crowded and alieniive congrega. deared him to all who knew him.
tion. On the 22d of the same monih, died at his house in St. George's
On Tues:lar, January 30, died at
Bicester. Oxon. arred 44, after a Fields, Mr. George Rew, sen. in ihe 57th year of his age; another of the
lony and painful illuess, which she
1 Elders of the Church in Crown
susia ned with exemplary patience Court. In him an unusual portion
and fortitude, Mis. Very Fletcher,
hon of humility and self-diffidence were
Mife of the Rave
n blended, with a great degree of that follo
senting Minister of that plaer. The
con charity which think th no evil. lie
following saying will give is fair . le
View of the was ever ready to put the besi con
view of the general siale of her
osing bed : -- 1 teel it wy happy struction on the conduct of others, while his own deficiencies were
s, less that I have not now a Saviour
to seek; but a Saviour to enjoy! strongly felt and lamented. His funeral sermon, and that of Mr. Pirie, were both preached on ibe same day at Crown Court, by Mr.
AWFUL PROVIDENCE. Greig. The former from 1 Thess. iv. 17; and the laiter from Rom. A person of considerable properly viii. 31, being the last words of Mr. and eminence in the city of N-Pirie. At the same time the preacher who lived in habits of impiely and noticed the death of another inom. profaneness, was seiz d, a few weeks ber of the church, subsequent to since, by an indisposition, which iaMr. Rew's decease. To this chur'h duced him to call in a medical genGod has of laie been speaking in ileman ; but being disappointed for Joud and solemn accenis. May his a time, by his absence from home, voice be heard ! May it awaken se- Mr. L. fell into a violent agitation, rious reflection, and lead to an en which was vented in horrid imprecacrease of personal and family reli- tions. As soon as ihe medical geagion among the relatives of the de- teman arrived, he was saluted with ceascd and the church in general. vellies of paths. The violence of Not less than eight mebeis have his agitation broke a blood vessel; been removed by death during the so that oaths and bloodi continued to last three months. .
fiow from his mouth till he could Died, on the 5th of Januars, at • speak no longer; and in this situaHanley, in Staffordshire, Mr. James
tion he expired! This awful pro
vidence has much aflected his meGrealbatch, aged 57. He had known
dical attendant.--May it operate as the precious truths of the gospel upwari's of 20 years; during which pe.
a solemn warning to such impious riod his condict was so becoming his
transgressors as Mr. L. who found Christian profession, that those who
God 'near him in judgment,'• for as knew hin best, all united at his
he loved cursing, so it came unto death in saying, “ He was a good
him; and as he clothed himself with man.' The principal brails in his
escursing, like as with his garment,
so it came into his bowe's like characier may be seen by turning to the foliowing passages of Scripture:
water, and like oil into his bones Mait. v3; Phil. ii. 15; 1 Thes3. v.
from immediate sin be was hurried 12, 13; James ii. 17; 1 Pet. 11. 4
to instant judgment! Bishop Hall (iatier part); Rev. ii. 2, “And thu
observes, That' suddenness of death patience, &c. Thus he lives a certainly argues anger, when it finds at his death another interestina por.
us in an act of sin. God strikts sume,
that he may warji all! tion of the sacred volume iras emi.
· REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
De noirs of the Life and Writings of having
of having received instructions in the John Calvin ; compiled from the
irue religion from a relation, and Narrative of Thcodore Bezu, and
baving diligentiy perused the Scrip
tures, he began to be disgusted with other Authentic Docuinents, ac
the errors of the church of Rome, companied wih Biographical
and resolved to renounce her comSketches of the Reformation. By
munion. In this place Mr. M. John Mackenzie. Svo, 9s. .
takes an opportunity to shew the BIOGRAPHY is not less pleasing value of human learning, in ils conthan beneficial; and when executed nection with Christianity, and the upon the avowei principle of the importance of early and persevering writer, viz, ' to attend to genuine application to study, as a preparaand attainable excellence of charac- tion for future usefulness. ter in the selection of subject :' it is We are informed that, after the calculated to excite admiration and death of his father, Calvin resided uomoie our improvement. The at Paris. from whence he fed ta
at Paris; from whence he fled to work before us consists of an intro- · avoid a persecution, which was ocdaciion, containing a Brief Sketch casioned by his friend Nicolas Cap, of the History of the Reformation, havin7 spoken freely against public - Memoirs of Calvin's Life, Me. errors in religion, which gave ofmoirs of his Writings, --An Epitonie fence to the parliament. On this of his Institutes, -and an Appendix, occasion we have the following just comprizing Biographical Sketches remarks :-How ignorant of huof the other Retoriners.
man nature must they be who are In ile Introduction, Mr. M. pro- not instructed in this most ohvi. periy ascribes the Reformation to ous truth, That opposition only the same cause as ihe first propaga- strengthens opinions and confirms tion of Christianity, namely, Divine prejudices !-that it is equally inProvidence; and shews ils friendly capable of subduing truth and of aspect to the libertics and happiness suppressing error.' P. 35. of mankind. As this sketch is com. The persecution which obliged prized in 25 pages, it is, as must be Calvin to quit Paris, favoured the supposed, very brief; but it con- enemies of Truth, and encouraged tains some of the most remarkable Them to calumniate the reformed circumstances in the history of the religion. This occasioned him to Reformation, from its dawn, in ihe publish his Institutes, to repel their time of Wickliffe, to the appearance slanders; and learning that ideas of Calvin ; aud concludes with a de- were cherished in Italy favourable scription of the manner in which our to the Reformation, he visited that Reformer proinoted the cause of the country; but the infernal vigilance Reformation, extracted from the of the inquisition soon obliged him learned translation of Mosheim. to flee, even from the court of the
The first section of the Memoirs Duchess de Ferrare, under whose gives us an account of the early protection he was placed ; but their piety of Calvin, with his rapid pro. Opposition made his doctrines more gress in literature, which, by his generally linoww ; for, we learn, at Owii inclination, was directed to the end of this section, that he Theology; but though his faiber preached at Piedmont with such suc.' procured him a benefice in the cess, ibat à pillar was erected to church; in which, though unor commemorate his arrival at Aousta ; dained, he frequently preached, his which exisis to the present time: pureuits were chaned, by his fa- knother proof, among many, of the
cor's order, to the study of the law, vanity of any attempts to prevent
illustrate the wisdom of God in his ecclesiastics of his time, and com. mysterious providence; it was, no plied with the sanguinary laws of doubi, the determination of the every country in Europe against divine will, that the immediate heretics. scene of Calvin's usefulness should It cannot, however, be denied, be Geneva ; which pace he was that in this instance Calvia acted compe!led, by the war, to pass contrary to the benignant spirit of through, in an intended journey to the gospel. It is better to drop a Basil or Sirasbourg; and though he tear over the inconsistency of hu. was prevailed upon by the argu- man nature, and to bewail those inmenis of a godly, minister and the firmities, which cannot be justified: desires of the Seigneurs to accept a he declares that he acted conscienti. charge in the ministry, be was, for ously; and publicly justified the his opposition to error and vice, act. Cranmer acted the same part banished by the influence of a fac. towards the poor Anabaptists in the tion which bis piety and zeal offend. reign of Edward the sixth. This ed. This caused him to retire to doctrine they had learnt at Rome; Strasbourg, where he was appointed and it is certain, that, with a very Professor of Theology, and pasior few exceptions, it was, at this time of a French church. The influence the opinion of all parties. The of genuine religion in this part of apostles John and James would have the Reformer's life, is strikingly called down fire from Heaven ;exemplified in his affectionate con Calvin and Cranmer kindled it on cern for the church at Geneva; and earth; this, however, is the only upon the overthrow of the faction fault of Calvin ;- but " Let him which had procured his banish. that is without sin cast the first ment, he accepted the invitation to stone.”-p. 9). return to them, though the income la the fourth section, instances was very inferior to that which he are recorded to shew the inflexireceived at Strasbourg.
bility of Calvin in his opposition to This section describes the labours vice, the firmpess of his faith in of Calvin in detailing the errors he severe trials, and his kindness to altacked, the enemies with whom he the persecuted. The unexampled contended, his deterinined and con. persecution in England and France stant opposition to vice; and cone is here noticed, together with the taios besides, a very interesting let. conduct of the Reformers towards ter to Martin Lutber, requesting his heretics; upon which the author, opinion upon an important subject. having referred to the punishment . The third section examines the of Gentilis, takes the opportunity Relormer's conduct to servetos. — to introduce some just remarks on After presenting the reader wiih a the right of private judgment as correct statement of the fact from a first principle of the reformaauthentic documents, the author tion, and on the absurdities as well manifests his candour and impar. as the wickeduess of religious pertiality in the following remarks: secution.
«The civil and ecclesiastical ju. " A slight acquaintance with the risprudence of the tribunals, with history of persecution might be respect to beresy, was undou!tedly sufficient to teach its abettors, not grossly inc osistent with the spirit only its incompetency to enforce of Christianity and the principles conviction, but its uniform tendency of equity: - but, if we could trar's. to stren, then opposition, and conport ourselves into that age, and firm prejudices;- but, it should contemplate the circumstances in seem that there is connected wilh which Calvin was placed, divesiing the act of persecution a certain unour minds of prejudice, we should definable pleasure, which is, at no doubi perceive that the sentence once, the luxury and reproach of was that of the civil judges, and a bigotted and malignant mind. that they s rictly followed the ordi. The real ground of persecution, nary course of the law; that Calvin whatever Svecious forins it may followed the judgment of ail the assume, is the pative depravity of