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one to Mr. Mauduit. Upon The father of Mrs. Steele was your arrival in London, please to a dissenting minister, a man of write a few lines along with primitive piety, the strictest inmine to Dr. Doddridge, inform- tegrity and benevolence, and the ing him where to find you, that most amięble simplicity of manhe may commit his answer to ners. He was for many years your care.
the affectionate and faithful pas“ And now, dear Sir, with af- tor of an affectionate congregafectionate salutations to your tion at Broughton in Hampshire, family, my whole self wishes where he lived all his days greatyou a most hearty farewel.” ly beloved, and died universally
The ardent and active mind lamented. Mrs. Anne Steele, of Mr. Davies entered with a his eldest daughter, discovered lively interest into the concerns in early life her love of the of his country.
Her prosperity muses, and often entertained her and honour, her sufferings and friends with the truly poetical her wrongs, he regarded as his and pious productions of her own. During that gloomy pen pen : but it was not without ex. riod when the French and In- treme reluctance she was predians were ravaging the fron- vailed on to submit any of them tiers of Virginia, and when a to the public eye. It was ber general listlessness and inactivity infelicity, as it has been of many seemed to have seized the peo- of her kindred spirits, to have ple, he exerted all his faculties a capacious soaring mind enclos. to rouse a spirit of resistance. ed in a very weak and languid The sermons, which he preach- body. Her health was never firm, ed for this purpose, exhibit him but the death of her honoured to great advantage as a Chris- father, to whom she was united tian patriot.
by the strongest ties of affection(To be continued.) ate duty and gratitude, gave such
a shock to her feeble frame, that she never entirely recovered it,
though she survived him some MRS. ANNE STEELE. years.
Her state of mind upon that The writings of this amiable and awful occasion will best be con• excellent lady have endeared her ceived from the following affecthas read them. Her Hymns, selected ing discription of it by herself. by Dr.
Belknap, arc among the best Still bleeds the deep, deep wound! in his Collection, There are many
- Where is the friend others in her “ Miscellaneous Pieces,' To pour with tender, kind, indulgent of equal excellence, not generally hand, known in this country, with which we The lenient balm of comfort on my sbail occasionally cnrich the poctic heart? department of the Panoplist. We Alas, that friend is gone !_Ye angels in feel confident that we shall gratify say, our readers by presenting them with Who bore him raptur'd to your blest the following biographical account of abode ? Mrs. Steele, drawn up by Dr. Evans Can ought on earth compensate of Bristol, and prefixed to a volume of her Miscellaneous Pieces.
Ah, no! the world is poor, and what EDITORS.
A helpless, solitary worm, that creeps greater activity. The duties of Complaining on the earth! Yet e’en friendship and religion occupied
to worms The care of Heaven extends, and can
her time, and the pleasures of I doubt
both constituted her delight. If that indulgent care extends to me? Her heart was apt to feel too ofFather of mercies, trembling at thy ten to a degree too painful for
feet, Give me to vent the heart oppressing
her own felicity, but always with grief,
the most tender and generous And ask for comfort! Can I ask in sympathies for her friends. Yet vain
united with this exquisite sensiof him whose name is Love? But O bility she possessed a native
the boon My craving wishes ask is large cheerfulness of disposition, which indeed
not even the uncommon and Yet less will leave me wretched. agonizing pains she endured in Gracious God,
the latter part of her life could Give me to say without a rising doubt; deprive her of. In every short “Thou art my Father”-thy paternal love
interval of abated sufferings, she Alone can cheer my soul, thy kind would, in a variety of ways, as compassion,
well as by her enlivening conCan ease the load of heart oppressing versation, give pleasure to all
grief. O may I know my Father pities me! around her. Her life was a life And if he pities, sure he will support: of unaffected humility, warm beWhat cannot love Omnipotent effect! nevolence, sincere friendship and Ah! now one tender, one endearing genuine devotion. A life which
tie, That beld me down to earth, death is not easy truly to describe, or has torn off,
faithfully to imitate. And with it rent my heart-strings- Having been confined to her bid me come
chamber some years before her To thee my refuge; prostrate at thy death, she had long waited with feet,
Christian dignity for the awful O bid me say, with faith and humble hope,
hour of her departure. She ofHeal, gracious Father, heal my ten spoke, not merely with tranbleeding heart :
quillity, but joy of her decease. Thý healing hand alone can bring When the interesting hour came,
relief For woes like mine ; can bring what she welcomed its arrival, and most I want,
though her feeble body was ex. An humble resignation to thy will. cruciated with pain, her mind How hard the lesson! yet it must be was perfectly serene. She utter. learnt,
ed not a murmuring word, but With full consent to say, “Thy will be done."
was all resignation, peace, and
holy joy. She took the most As the life of Mrs. Steele was affecticnate leave of her weeping for the most part a life of retire- friends around her, and at length, ment in the peaceful village the happy moment of her diswhere she began and ended her mission arriving, she closed her days, it cannot be expected to eyes, and with these animating furnish such a variety of incidents words on her dying lips, I know as arise in the history of those that my Redeemer liveth, gently who have moved in circles of fell asleep in Jesus. Vol. II. No. 6.
Her excellent writings, by
Silent the lyre, and damb the tuneful which though dead she still
That sung on earth her great speaketh, and which are the faith
Redeemer's praise ; ful counterpart of her amiable But now in heaven she joins the anmind, exhibit to us the fairest gelic song, picture of the original. The In more harmonious, more exalted following lines are inscribed on days. her tomb.
THE DIVINITY OF THE GOSPEL pious. His enemies, who' were
PROVED FROM THE EXAMPLE numerous, learned and subtle,
watched him with jealous and
envious eyes ; and though they The miracles, which Jesus, used every artifice to ensnare performed, demonstrate his hea- and embarrass him, they could venly mission. But had he never convict him of sin. Their wrought no miracles at all, his enmity to him arose, not from holy and blameless life would any fault, which they could find have been a proof, that he came in him, but from his freedom in from God, and taught the way of reproving their fanlts. God in truth. No impostor crer Enthusiasts may sometimes, lived in the manner in which he from the warmth of natural paslived. Impostors always have sion, fancy themselves inspiredy some selfish, worldly design at and may teach and practise irraheart ; and though they may tional and absurd things under teach many useful truths, and an impression, that these things may inculcate many excellent are dictated to them by the precepts, and may seem to prac- Spirit of God. But in Christ tise some specious virtues, yet there never was the remotest apgoverned by their favourite ob- pearance of enthusiasm. We ject, they run into many incon- see in him no extravagance, no sistencies of conduct, which be- irregularity, or excess. His pitray their pride, avarice and am- ety was warm, but calm ; his bition. They never support a temper was feeling, but serene ; uniformly virtuous character. his devotions were frequent, but They may for a while deceive not ostentatious; his virtue was the simple and credulous ; but strict, but not austere ; their folly and hypocrisy will, teaching was affectionate, but sooner or later, be manifest to rational ; he inculcated the obthe wise and discerning. By servance of instituted forms, but their fruits they will be known. always made them subservient
The character of Christ, from to justice, mercy and the love of his first appearance to the close God. of his life, was the same; it Such a man as this could not was unexceptionably pure and be an impostor. One, who had
not a good heart, could not live they could conceive and draw as he lived. One, who had a such a pure, consistent and exgood heart, would not pretend to alted character, as they have asa mission from God, when he cribed to Christ, if they had nevknew, he had no such mission, er seen it? The disciples of but spake merely of himself. Socrates, and the followers of
If then we believe, that there Mahomet have given their rewas such a person as Jesus spective masters no such characChrist, and that he really sus ter: and yet their zeal for and tained that holy and blameless attachment to their cause cercharacter, which is ascribed to tainly would have induced them him, we must believe, that his to say as much, as truth could gospel is divine, and that the re- justify, or their own imagination ligion, which it contains, is true could suggest. It was not in and important. They, who pro- their power to frame such a fess to believe, that there was character, as is given of Christ, such a man, and yet disbelieve for such a character had never exhis divine authority; and heaven- isted in their minds. They had ly mission, most palpably contra- never seen or heard of the like. dict themselves ; for such a man What the disciples of Jesus saw & would never have claimed an au- heard, that they have declared s thority, and assumed a charac- for if they had not seen or heard ter, which did not belong to him. it, they could not have declared
An infidel will ask; “ How it; nor would it have come into do we know, that he was so per- their imagination. fect a man? May not this high They appear to be men of character be a fiction of his dis- honesty and candour. In their ciples, who have written the histories they freely relate their memoirs of his life " It must own and each other's faults, their then be supposed, that his disci- weakness, unbelief, dulness of ples were dishonest and wicked apprehension, mistake of the men. And would men of cor- prophecies, ambition of preferrupt hearts and vile intentions ment, expectation of a worldly. have ascribed to their master a kingdom, the treachery of one character, which must condemn in betraying their Master, the themselves? The disciples of an falşeligod of another in denying impostor will always exhibit the him, the cowardice of all in forexample and doctrine of their saking him at the time of his master, in a manner, which tol- crucifixion. If they had seen erates their own vices. They any faults in him, would they not will make him teach and prac- as readily have related these, as tise a religion lax in those their own and each other's faults? points, in which they wish for The candour, with which they indulgence. Yea, is it suppos- have written, shews, that they able that wicked men ; men,
were honest and faithful histowho were in heart utter stran- rians, and that the character, gers to true religion ; (and such which they have given of Jesus, the disciples of Christ were, if is perfectly just. In short, it they were deceivers and liars ;) shews, that as his enemies, who I ask, Is it supposables titat malignantly watched him, could
find no fault in him, so his friends, the family of an obscure man, who were intimately conversant and though he assumed no earthwith him, knew of none. There- ly pomp, was infinitely greater fore, from the example of Christ than the greatest king that ever recorded by the Evangelists, we flourished-in this world. He have full evidence, that the reli- was. God manifest in the flesh. gion of the gospel is divine. As God, he is equal with the Fa.
Christ has left us an example, ther, possessing all the divine not only that we should believe in perfections. He is eternal, ornhim, but also that we should fol- niscient, infinite in power, and low his steps. If the same perfect in goodness. As man, he mind be in us, as was in him, we possessed powers and faculties, bave a witness in ourselves, that which were derived and limited. his gospel is divine, and that we As man, he was the descendant are interested in the salvation of David, and never had exist. which it reveals.
ence, until he was born of the THEOPHILUS. virgin Mary. Viewed in the
mysterious character of God-Man, he is David's Lord, and, at the
same time, David's Son. To JESUS,
this two-fold character he evi. FROM THEIR SINS.
dently referred, in the following The wonderful personage, on remarkable words, recorded in whose character and work, the the Revelation of John; I am the writer of this paper has turned Root and the Offspring of David. his thoughts, is that Seed of the The Word of GOD, or the secwoman, which was to bruise the ond person in the Trinity, being serpent's head. He is “ the true thus made flesh, had power to light which lighteth every man lay down his life, as a sacrifice that cometh into the world.” for sin, and he had power to take To reveal this Jesus is the grand it again, that he might become, scope of the Holy Scriptures. as he is declared to be, the resurTo bim pointed all the sacrifices rection and the life. By the an. under the Mosaic dispensation ; gel who announced to Mary, and of him spake all the proph- and afterwards to Joseph his ets, from the patriarchs to John birth, it was foretold that he the Baptist. The inspired pen- should be called Jesus, a name men of the various books, com- peculiarly expressive of his gloposing the New Testament, have rious and divine person, and of also one great object in view, the great work, which he came which is to unfold the character, into the world to perform. The illustrate the doctrines, and make word Jesus, means a Saviour. It known the kingdom of Jesus. is the same as Joshua, who was Were we to exclude Jesus Christ an eminent type of Christ. The and his kingdom from the Holy incarnate God, or the great MeScriptures, we should render ev- diator, was thus called, because ery part of them uninteresting it was to be his office and work and unmeaning.
to save his people from their sins. This wonderful personage, This divine Saviour is to be though born and brought up in considered, as the Father of the