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Mr. Editor, Though yours is a Magazine, and not a Newspaper, as you sometimes
announce the death of eminent persons, indulge me by inserting the fol
lowing reflections ON THE DEPARTURE OF MY LATE MOST VALUABLE FRIEND,
THE YEAR 1806: --Last night, at frelve o'clock, expired a friend, of whom, take him all in all, perhaps 1 shail never see his like again. As I stood by and saw bis last moments, I exclaimed, “ llow our blessings brighten as they take their flight !" For now came rushing upon my memory all the good qualities of the deceased, and all the advantages I derived froin his company. Ah! he was a steady friend; to his latesi breath he stood by me, and never ceased to do me good. I have seen many changes in the affections of men; they have been mere swallows, the birds of summer : but summer and winter, by night and by day, he was a friend indeed. Every time I lay down to rest, he gave me a parting word of advice, in case I should never see him again; and each morning, as I opened my eyes, I saw him by my bed-side, inviting me to accept his renewed aid, to live for God.
How many pleasures I have enjoyed in his company! To count them, would be to number the grains of sand which bound the ocean;
to compass the detail into this paper, Mr. Editor, would be to take up the ocean in the hollow of my hands. Two things, however, I must notice : the first is, That for three-hundred-and-sixty-five days he introduced me, more than once a day, to a closet-audience with the King of Kings ; -and although ) must own to you that, in his Majesty's presence, I was so delighted that I forgot the departure of my friend, he never upbraided me with it, but seerned betier pleased with me for it all the day. The other tribute of gratitude which I must pay to the memory of my friend is, to own that to-and-fifty times in his lite he proposed to me to spend the day in pleasure, io imitate the life of angels, and begin Heaven without waiting for dismission from earth. And oh
66 How pleas'd and blest'was I
To hear the joyful cry,
Come let us seek our God to-day !" To how many profitable discourses have I listened on these days, and almost reproached my friend for bringing them to a close! Shall I ever see the friend with whom I shall enjoy again such halcyon days !
But as I have a friend dearer lo me even than the late deceased, whose elegy | how write with tears, this renders him especially precious to my plamive memory, that he was ever forward to give me opportunities to serve the Lord, who bought me with his blood. He woulu often tell me this was all he came for; and was never better pleased than when I treated him as if he were good for nothing but to help me to work for God. adh! hour ofien he roused me when diowsy, aud jugged my elbows when lazy in this cause! Now his lips are sealed up in siience, and I hang over his cold corpse. I seem to hear his voice, louder than before, when he used to cry, * Awake, siusgard ! was I only sent to see thee sleep :". Thus, roused by his repeated faithful warnings, I have enjoyed the felicity of at least altempting to do something for him who has done and suffered all for me. Aud to tell the truth (without fearing a frown from the angry shade of my departed friend) is the most picasant reflection I can take,, on the review of our pasi friendship
“ Millions of ages hence,” the dear deceased used to say, “ you may be the better for ny company, and accordwg as you treat me well or ili, your
" whose years
very Heaven may taste of it.” Who then, of all the thousand readers of your work, will not sympathize with me in the loss of such a friend, or refuse to judnige me in the eulogium wbich we love to pass on those whom death has iorn from our embrace ? especially, as I could hint, he was no very distant friend of theirs neither. On! join with me in blessing him know no erd;" for the Lord gave if the Lord hath iaken. Yes; I gratefnlly adore hiin ihat said, “ Spare iim yet another year.” But I am afraid your pious readers who hath hitherto sympathized with me in my irreparable loss, will now start off with horror, when I disburden ny oppressed conscience, and own to you that I have been, in a great degree, the murderer of the deceased! What ! murder such a friend as you have described : What a wretch! I confess the blackness of my guilt, and am too much my own accuser to palliate my crime; though, if I were disposed, I could siience the loud:st voice, by saying, “ He that is without this sin among you, let him case the first stone." But such recrimination ill suits the feel ings of any heart. 'Tis true, I never with malice propense, as the lawyers speak, openly said, like some, “ Let us play to kill time;" for he must be a murderer in grain who would, in cool blood, kill so good a friend as Time. But thes, if by repeated slights and injuries, we may murder a man by inches, so that he may at last die of a broken heari, I fear I am verily guilty of the blood of the deceased. Ah! how often he reproached me for my treatment of him, and told me I shouid repent of it when it was too late, aile was gone for ever! Surely, he possessed a prophetic spirit; for & feel the truth of his words thrill through my afflicted soul. An! of bow much murdered time and abused talent may one year accuse us before the bar of Cod! Oh! thou whose blood cleanselh from all siu, blot out this my guilt, and let this soleinn returning period of time, be at least improved to renew my application to that atonement, which
“ In the gospel now appears
Pardoning the guilt of num'rous years." And since I may never have another, for this year I may die, “ so teach me to number my days, as to apply my heait unto wisdomn.”
MRS. ANN WRAY.
evening lectures; by which hes Mrs. Ann Wray was born at mind became gradually serious, and Chelmsford, Nov. 25th, 1765. At her alle dance more frequent and the age of thirteen she lost her fa- regular. In May, 1789, she was ther; after which she went to reside married to Mr. G. Wray, a respectwilh a relation, where she enjoyed able tradesman ; and they both atfew religious advantages, but was tended the means of grace. She had exposed to peculiar danger. For very fearful apprehensions of Gol's seyeral years, she spent much of the displeasure; and, for more than a' summer at Margate, Brighton, &c. year, telt her sins a burden intolerenjoying the imaginary pleasures of able. During the time of confinethis delusive world. During these ment with her first chiid, when her years of youthful yanity, and sur- body was very weak, and her soul rounded with temptations, she spent almost overwhelmed within her, it her time differentiy from the gen- pleased the Lord to visit her with au erality of young people, who move uncominon degree of gospel liberiy. in that gay circie. She was even Out of the fuluess of her heart, she now an attentive observer of the spoke with rapture to all around her. world, as appears from a journal "To their greaiest aston:shment, sho which she kept. Her person and said, “My giocm is removed. 1 manners were engaging ; her mind have clear views of any interest in capacious and inquisitive, and her the merils of my dear Lord and sentiments liberal.
Saviour, and of ihe partioving love In the year 1786, she returned to of my heavenly Father. The divinc Chelmsforil. Curiosity led her, oc- word is applied with power to my casionally, to hear the gospel at sout, filling it with light, life, aid liberty." She continued to speak namely, plays, cards, tea-gardens, with such Cuency and zeal, that her country rides, watering-places, &c. ; inost pious frienus entreated her to which exposed me to various tempdesist fcaring she should injure her tations thai might have proved ruinhealth. It pleased the Lord to ous both to body and soul; but out restore her to perfect bealth ; but of them all the Lord delivered me. the savour of this visit of pardoning A particular circumstance brought love never lett her. It would be me to my native place, where a kind peculiarly grateful to my feelings Providence has placey me in a comcould I trace ber sleps through the
fortable situation. I have had sixteen succeeding years ; but this iriais, but they were for wise ends ; would occupy too much of your that the Lord might draw me to valuable Miscellany. We only ob- himseit. I first went to hear the serve, that she soon after joined the gospel, not from love, but it was church, under the care of the Rev. made effectual. It is now about 8. Douglas, and was a pattern of twelve years and a balf since I first good works. We can say of her, felt the burden of sin ; and about that she adorned the doctrine of God ten years and a half siuce the Lord her saviour in all things. In her
removed that burden, by enabling family, she was frugal and indus- nie to trust in Christ for a whole trious ; feared and loved by child- salvation; and, blessed be the God ren and servants. In the church, and Father of mercics, who, by bis she was viewed by members and Hoiy Spirit, has enabled me to enjoy pastor as the chief ornament. Her that hope in Christ, which I first attendance was regular and serious; received, to this present day; and, and when any of the congregation
i trust, will never leave nor forsake were aihirst for novelty, her prayers, ine, till he briug me to those happy support, and attendence were cer- mansions winch he is gone to pretalu. She studied to conceal the pare for his people. Oh, the amazing faults of others, and wita neekness dove of Christ !" instructed those who opposed thein- Every Lord's Day she took her selves. In the town and weighbour children into her room, heard them hood she was greatly esteemned and repeat their catechism ; conversed blessed. The sons and daughters of familiarly with them; always inalfiction had always a place in her sisting on regeneration, holiness of compassionate breasl. she went life, and diligence in the use of means ; about doing good. She made it her never oming to pray with thema constant business to feed the hungry, for a divme blessing to atiend her
- clothe ine naked, instruct the instructions, and the woru they were ignorani, - and comfort the feebie- about to bear. She always came minded. Her unwearied labours in from her knees to a place of worvisiiing the sick were crowned, with sp; and, bestead of trilling on her great success. Though she had a return, a hoiy jealousy over her own large family, and nas iemarkabiy heart, and an ardent desire to imattentive to every domestic duty, prove by. what she had heard, led yet she seldom passed a week wiin- her, as as possible, to her out visiting and relieving some aftlict- closet again.
This was remarked
by citiuren and servants; and had, August 10, 1800, she began to doubtless, a beneficial entici. That heep a diary: an extraci from which she heard sermons with uncommon may best display her spirit and piety: attention, appears from the remarks
My mind has been engaged this sue made a ner diary. Thus she day in reviewing my past lile. When persevered increasingly zealous of I consider from what evils the Lord good works, until she was contined has preserved me, and in what with her minth child. She was safely Troubies die has granted me support, delivereii, and every thing promised I am a wonder to myselí. Taken a speedy recorcry. A tew days after, from my parenis in the carry part of however, she was seized svih toe lite, to reside with a relatii, inerel iniliary fever. Au uuusaaj conceru enjoyed what the world calis pleasure;
was manifested by all who kisew heri
and the whole church was incessant Mrs. Richmond was reading the 23d in prayer for her recovery. The Psalm in Bishop Horne.
When she means were blessed, the disorder took read the words, “ Tho' I walk thro' a favourable turn, and she was pro- the valley of the shadow of Death,” nounced out of danger. As soon as
&c. – he said, . That is a comfort she was able, she sent for all the indeed to me!
his head turned workmen, one by one, exhorting giddy, he sunk down on a sopha, on them, when they went home, to pray which Mrs. Richmond sat, and exfervently for themselves, for their pired in her arms. families, and then for her. She continued thus about a week; and when
On the 18th of November died, all her friends were rejoicing, she aged 75, the Rev. John Kingdon, was suddenly taken ill
" on Friday, who was 43 years pastor of the Bap; June 6. She was much worse on tist Church, Frome. He was interred Saturday. In the evening of that the following Lord's Day morning in day the physicians pronounced her the meeting - house. Dr. Ryland dangerous. On Sabbath morning, preached the funeral - sermon from about four o'clock, a medical friend Rom. v. 8, 9; and Mr. Sibree, an inwho sat up with her, told her she dependent minister, of Frome, prowould this day begin her eternal Sab- nounced the funeral oration. The pall
she replied, “ Do you think was supported by two Baptist, two Inso? - then I must make the best of dependent, and two Methodist minismy time,”
She first solemnly ad- ters. His life was honourable, and dressed those in the room ; and then his death was comfortable. But as called for her husband and children,
we have received a Memoir of Mr. delivering to each a suitable and an Kingdon, which we shall insert as affecting address. She afterwards soon as possible, we think it unnecessent for several young people who sary to enlarge. attended the meeting, To see the
Died, Dec. 2, the Rev. T. Towle, dear woman take each by the hand, B. D. in' the eighty - third year of his - to see the grief and solemnity age. He was the oldest Minister of . which sat on each countenance, was
the Independent Denomination in affecting beyond all description ! London. . He had been pastor of the and while Death and Heaven stood church which formerly assembled in in view, to hear the dying advice, di- Ropc-makers’ Alley, Moorfields ; and rections, warnings, and encourage since, at Aldermanbury Postern, for ments, which flowed from her fer- 59 years. For 20 years past he sufvent heart and pale tips, was awfully fered much from the distressing paius sublime; and when ber speech began of the stone; and for the last 21 to falter, she lifted up her feeble months of his life, was coalined voice and prayed, “Oh, God grant wholly to fris bed, as in that situation me the use of my speech a little lon- he endered less torture, which was ger!” which was granted ; and having incessani, than in any other position. addressed every one present, she said, What his agonies al times must have “ This is what I long wished for!
been, may be better imagined than now my work is done, and I am described; for after his death a stone ready to go!” She continued to breathe easily about half an hour inches in length and one inch and a
was extracted from his body three longer, when she fell asleep in Jesus' half in diameter, weighing three June 8. It is expected that her Lei
I ei he was ters, and pari of her Diary, will be enabled io hear all with firmness and published.
ounces and one diam.
patience ; sayiug, he was not only resigned to, but satisfied with the will
of God. The Rev. Mr. Kello deRECENT DEATHS.
livered the oration at the grave in Oct. 4. Died suddenly, at Stock- Bunhill Fields The funeral-sermon port, Cheshire, Dr. H. Richmond (son was preached on Lord's Day afterof the late Rev. Leigh Richmond) noon), Dec. 14, by the Rev. Mr. many years a resident physician at Kingsbury, of Southampion. The Bath. At the moment of his death discourse we hear will be printed.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
On the Duly of Christians to discountenance Publications of a sceptical and
erroneous Tendency. Mr. Editor,
I was much struck with the following paragraph, in the Preface to the second volume of the Eclectic Review, given in the Number for the present month :
“If the conductors of the Eclectic Review may be allowed to glance at the obligations of others, while they recognize their own, they would observe that this is not a time for supineness and indifference. The enemies of sound principles will be active, if their friends are not. The field of public sentiment cannot be left waste : if good seed be pot sowo, tares certainly will. It is therefore a necessary and incumbent duty of all who rank themselves on the side of pure Christianity and its attendant moral virtues, cautiously to estimate the tendency of those literary productions which they countenance and support. Such a discrimination, conscientionsly exercised by each individual who feels its importance, would do more to dismay error, and give the ascendency to truth, than a myriad of learned disquisitions and moral harangues.'
It is the latter part, as you will conclude, that I refer to ; and I do it for this reason, That it gives a just statement of a duty incumbent on every Christian, but which, too generally, is practically slisregarded. To judge from fact, it seems to he considered by very few as an obligation resulting from the profession of the " faith delivered to the saints,” to weigh with caution the influence produced upon religious ansi moral principle by the literary publications, in the support of which they are applying the precious talent of property. Surely, it is not an unreasonable and unjust demand of the law of Christian allegiance, that the disciples of Chrisi should so far he faithful to their Lord and true to their own cause as not to contribute to the maintenance and encouragement of agents, confessedly employed in opposition to the establishment of his gospel among men. Such an agent, undoubledly, is every literary production which, either ignorantly or wilfully, disseminates sentiments conírary to the simplicity or purity of evangelical truth :anti, in our days, are these either few or unsuccessful ? Unhappily, very far from it. From the statements recently published of the extent of sale possessed by existing periodical publications, to which I now chietly refer, it is evident that some of those very works are the most encouraged, which every considerate Christian would wish to be consigned to oblivion. How much of the dedicated treasures of the sanctuary, I mean the property possessed by Christians, goes to swell this tide of success, it is impossible to say; but I suspect, that were it faithfully withdrawn, as conscience requires it to be, the stream would be confined to a much narrower channel.
It seeins difficult to account for the blindness and unconcern with which Be. lievers have thus put weapons into the hands of the Iofidel and the Deceiver. They wouk, doubtless, think it wrong to purchase quarto or octavo volumes, filled with anti-Christian or immoral sentiments; but they hesitate not to bring into their houses Magazines and Reviews, which are the knowu advocates of Error, both in doctrine and practice. Let them, however, be assured, that it is by this minor class of publications that, in the present day, both truth and false. hood are chiefly dissemiuated. If good men are not aware of this fact, bad mer are; and it is the more requisite that it should be attended to, in order both to discourage existing noxious productions, and to prevent the rise of fresh ones.
I hope, Nr. Editor, that I have not violated the bounds either of truth or propriety; but I confess I feel strongly on the subject. Convinced of its great importance, I avow an honest concern that it should receive the attentive consideration of every genuine friend of the gospel in the kingdom. Much might be added to give weight in the recommendation, but I trust that the conviction of every Christian's mind will supply the place of any arguments that I could adduce. If I mistake not, it is from the soler-miniled part of the public (which I now wish to address) that the publications chiefly referred to derive a great part of their encouragement. Let it once be understood and felt by their Proprietors and Conductors, iltat the tinsel of a little literary and scientific ingenuity, shall not screen the religinus and moral delinquencies of their productions from pointed reprobation, and their audacity will quickly feel itself confounded. We are now