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MRS. SARAH PORRIT method of salvation; and was filled. Was born at Runswick, a village with joy and peace in believing. on the coast of Yorkshire, near From this time she continued to Whitby. In her early years she had live under the influence of the gosfew opportunities of knowing the pel; and by her piety and circumtruth; for in that part of the York- spection, her patience and benevoshire coast, the gospei is little known. lence, and her attention to the vaBeing possessed, however, of an in- rious duties of the Christian life, quisitive mind, she was much given she adorned the doctrine of God to reading, and made great progress her Saviour, During the latter pe. in the acquisition of knowledge. riod of her life, she seldom enjoyed Having a lively imagination, and a good health ; but her frequent affeeling heart, she was a great lover flictions served to make her live of poetry, and wrote some poetical nearer to God, and abound in the pieces herself. But her talents and exercise of every Christian grace. her knowledge were, for a long In August, 1806, she was attack. time, unaccompanied with real re- ed by a rheumatic disorder, which, ligion. Her behaviour was decent; in a short lime, became severe, and and she was regular in attending the assumed a dangerous form, being church - but she knew not the accompanied with other diseases, Gospel in its purity and power! which had previously weakened her At last, however, it pleased the Al constitution. This illness she bore mighty to awaken her, and lead her with amazing patience and fortito seek salvation through the tude. Sometimes, indeed, her spiblood of Christ. Various means
rits were depressed with sickness : were blessed for this important end : at other times she was agitated with amoug these we may mention severe violent pain. Nor was she altogether afflictions, the reading of the Scrip- exempted from doubts and anxieties tures, and the perusing of some with regard to her spiritual condireligious poems, but especially Dr. tion. Yet her mind habitually Young's Night Thoughts: a book rested in the Lord, depending on which she highly valued, though the meriis of Christ, and the proshe afterwards found, that soine maises of a faithful God. sentiments which it contains, are not deny himself,” she was wont tu not strictly evangelical. By such say;" he will not leave ine;" and the means the Spirit was beginning his thoughts of his unalterable truth work in her soul; but, she did not and unchanging lo
forded her obtain clear views of the scheme of the sweetest comforts amidst acute salvation by grace, till Providence and tedious paing. gave her an opportunity of hearing From the beginning of her illness, the gospel in its purity.
Mrs. P. was apprehensive that alle In the year 1799, Mr. Porrit, her would not recover ; but the proshusband, who was master of a ves- poct of death did not alarm her: sel, fell overboard, and was drown- for sometime, however, the thought ed, at a short distance from his own of leaving her young family gave abode. · After this peculiarly afilict- her considerable uneasiness : she ive dispensation, Mrs. P. came, with was afraid lest any of them should her family, to reside at Whitby. neglect religion, and perish in unhe. Here she attended the ministry of lief. This distressing apprehension the Rev. Peter Thomson, a worthy often filled her with anxiety; but at Minister, who died some time ago,
last she was able to dismiss these at Leeds. Under his ministry Mrs. P. anxious tboughts, and was willing obtained a distinct knowledge of the ' to leave them to the care of her
“ He can
Heavenly Father. “I find,'' she said, A hope so securely founded coala " that, to die comfortably, we must not be overturned ; and Mrs. Por. love God above all earthly friends.” rit's joy and confidence in a reShe was comforted with the thoughtdeeming God, increased in propor. that God could easily bring her tion as her dissolution drew nigh. children to himself, independent of While her corporeal frame was the means which she, had she been racked with pain, she still relied on spared, might have used for their her Heavenly Father, and blessed salvation. “Who knows,” said she, him for his goodness. During the “ but my death may be the means last days of her life, her increasing of their conversion :"
afflietions prevented her from speakHaving cast this, her greatest ing much ; but it was evident that care, upon the Lord, she ceas d to her mind was daily growing more wish for recovery; nay, she earn- detached from the world, and more estly desired" to be absent from the elevated towards God and Heaven ; body, and present with the Lord.” at the same time she had a strong When she was asked, if slie wished regard for the church below; and that God might prolong her life, the interest which she felt in its afher answer was, “Not a moment, if fairs, was strikingly discovered, even it be bis will;" and this eagerness for on the day before she died : it was her departure did not arise from the Lord's Day; and the communion impatience, but to a strong love to was observed in the congregation. Christ and to Heaven. She one by the advice of her physician, she day was heard to exclaim, “O to be frequently took a little opium, to in the place where there is no sin!” procure rest, and abate her pain : On that blessed place she often fixed in the morning shc had taken a ker thoughts; and the incidents little; but when she recollected which took place around her, were that it was the Communion Sabbatb, improved for raising her affections she regretted having taken it; and, tbither. On one occasion, when she resolving not to sleep while het had felt pleasure in conversing with fellow-christians were commemorata Christian friend, she made this ing the Saviour's dying love, she de. beautiful remark: "If the company sired one of her daughters to read of a saint on earth be so pleasant, to her a sermon on the Lord's Suphow delightful will it be to enjoy per; and her mind was so impressed the company of all the glorious with the subject, that sleep was enhosts above!” At another time, tirely banished. In the evening her when it was observed that the end was evidently drawing near; beains of the sun were shining plea- her voice failed her ; but though santly into her chamber, she said, she could not speak what she felt, - There is a betier Sun, whose beams she gave clear indications that she are more refreshing." Her strong was rejoicing, in hope of the glory hopes of immortal glory were ac- of God. A little before her deparcompanied with genuine humility: iure, she was heard to say, “Sweet she trusted in the merits of Jesus, Jesus, receive my soul!--the kind as a ruined sinner, who could fiee to Redeemer soon heard her voice, and po oiher refuge. She often won- received her to himself in the morndered that God could shew mercy ing of April 6, 1807, in the 47th to such a sinner. When she was .-year of her age. once expressing her low thoughts of On the following Sabbath her herself, and was reminder that death was improved, in the congre. Manasseh, an odious tyrant,- and gation of Cliff-lane, by a discourse Paul, a blasphemer and persecutor, from Job vii
. 1.6, “I loathe it: 1 are now in licaven, among angels would uot live alway:" a text whick and glorified saints, she replied, she herself bad selected, and which with much emotion, 0, bow as- is peculiarly expressive of her contonished will they ber to see ine tempt for the world, and ber desire there!'
of eternal life.
Died, on Saturday, Sept. 12,
1807, at Deptford, Mrs. Ann Rout, The Rev. Dr. Daniel Fisher lately aged 77. To a life of unbounded finished his course at Hackney, benevolence was added a confidencs aged 76. He was born near Cock in the approach of death, that noermouth, in Cumberland; and re- thing but a well-grounded hope in ceived his academical education in the inercy of God, through our Lord *London, under Dr. Marryat. For Jesus Christ, could inspire. several years he exercised his ministry at Warminster, where he kept a Rey. Mr. Braithwaite, minister of
On Wednesday, Sep. 30, died the Nourishing boarding school. In
Hatton Chapel, London, in the 33d 1771, he succeeded the late Dr. Walker, as classical and mathema: year of his age. On Tuesday, Oct. tical tutor, in the acadeiny at Ho- the chapel (where they had been
13, his remains were conveyed from merton: he was afterwards appoint. laid during the preceding Sabbath) ed divinity tutor, in the room of in a hearse drawn by four horses, Dr. Conder: he was also one of the and attended by his friends, in 24 Tuesday lecturers at Broad Street. When the infirmities of years in mourning coaches, to Blackfriars crease!, he resigned his tutorship, in a vault adjoining to that of the
Church, where they were deposited and spent the rest of his days in
late Rev. Mr. Romaine. private. He was a Calvinist in sentinent; and his discourses, though
Several very striking instances of not popular, were evangeličal, ju- sudden death have of late occurred dicious, and practical. He was pos
in the parish of D- An
aposessed of great prudence, and unaf- thecary, not long ago, was called fected humility. He was exact in from public worship for medical inordering all his affairs. In conver
terference; but (awful to relaie!) sation he was pious, cheerful, and he was only permitted to be an eyefull of anecdote ; his tcmper was
witness of the sudden summons a mild, placid, and peaceable. In neighbour had received to quit for short, his whole moral and religious ever all terrestrial things, and to character was not only unexception- stand before the righteous bar of able, but truly ainiable.
God. A few days ailer this solemn Though the failure of his speech, occurrence, another person in the and of his intellects, towards the neighbonrhood, who in the evening Jast, prevented his expressing a high retired to rest, enjoying a very fadegree of joy in the prospect of vourable state of health, was found dissolution, he had long discovered in the morning a stiff pale corpse! a settled hope and a calm expecia. But a short interval eia psed, and tion of future blessedness, and a pa- a young woman, walking in the tient waiting for it. The powers of street toward evening, fell down, understanding, memory, and speech, and almost instantly expired. so totally forsook him, that his dis- Shortly after, a female servant of mission from the body became
a respectable family shared a similar more desirable than his continuance fate. She retired to bed at the usual in it.
hour in good health and spirits, . His remains were interred in Bun with the other servants.
At the hill-fields, wlien the Rev. Mr. Kello time of rising in the inorning, she pronounced the funeral oration. appeared rather unwell; and on The 'Rev.' Mr. Wall, preached the being spoken to, hea.ed two or three funeral sermon, at his meeting- deep signs, the last of whicia sighed house; Moorfields, Dr. Fisher hav. her soul into eternity. In about ing been a meinber of the church at half an hour after, the writer was that place for many years. In the
a witness, to the solemn
scene; and afternoon of the same day, another attempted to improve it, by making funeral discourse was delivered at a few appropriate reflections, and Hackney, by the Rev. Mr. Palıner, addressing the almighty with humwhich is published, and from which ble supplications, in the presence of tbis, skyrt account is taken. the mourning relatives and friends,
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
Christian Memoirs, in the form of a priate titles; while the steady, udí.
New Pilgrimage to the Fearenly form, lively Christian, is represented Jerusalem; containing, by way of by such characters as Candidus, Allegorisal Narrative, a great Newinan, Serious, Valiant, Ardent, variety of Dialogues on the most &c. &c. interesling subjects. By W. Shruh- Mr. Shrubsole was well acquaintsole. 3d edit. corrected, with the ed with religion, and with the reliAuthor's Life, Svo, 78.; 12mo, 48. gious world, and he has drawn, with
considerable ability, a picture of his ALLEGORICAL writing is confessed.
own limes, which may be surveyed ly the most difficult species of com- with pleasure and profit by the spiposition. It requires the exercise
ritual spectator, and particularly by of a sound judgment and a correct
those who were acquainted with the taste; and if it be not well exe
then living characters. In short, to cuted, it excites disgust rather than
use the words of a former reviewer, affords delight. A fev, a very few " There is scarcely any religious authors, have been eminently suc- character which is not appositely incessful. To such persons 'the tri- troduced; nor any evangelical truth bute of public esteein has been libe
but what is scripturally recommend rally paid; and to none more deserv
ed; nor any fundamental error but edly than to honest John Bunyan, what is judíciously exposed.” What whose Pilgrim has been, for more
the author says, in his preface, he than a century, the admiration of
aimed at, we think he has accomthe Christian world. His success plislied in a considerable degree. has created a thousand imitators;
I have been solicitous to enforce few of whom have risen to medio
the fuudamental principles of tbe crity; and many have sunk bencaih
to discountenance bigoiry contempt. Bui Mr. Shrubsole has
to any form of worship, or non-essucceeded far better than most of
sential poinis of doctrine; and warm. our allegorical wriiers, of which this Ty to recommend love, candour, and third edition of his Christian Me.
commucion, to those of every party moirs is, at least, a presumprive who hold the doctrines of grace, and proof
possuss the life and power of Chris. This writer has avowedly taken
tianity.” the Pilgrim's Progress as the model This edition, besides being printed of his work; but he bas adapted it in a very handsome manner, is evto modern times; and has introduced riched with an interesting life of the a great variety of characters, among author, and a preface, which do howhom are the following: Probus, nou' to the filial piety of his soli. Resolute, Friendly, and sincere, re- The work is certainly full of enpresent four different dispositions of te tainment, and well ca'culated to real Christians. Deist, Arius, and communicate valuable instruction, Socinus are introduced, in order to especially to young minds, in the expose their several errors ; as are pleasing vehicle of amusement. also Dr. Tinkle, Dr. Knowall, and Duplex. For the same purposes the author gives us the characters of Dr.
A Sermon preached at St. Ann's, Decree, Dr. Flippunt, Mr. Demurr,
Blackfriars, May 19, 1807, before &c, The zealous ministers of the the Society for Missions to Afrio: gospel are represented under the and the East, by the Rev. Basil names of Fervidus fMr. Whitfield)
Woodd, M. A. with the Report of who makes a very conspicuous fi.
the Committee, &c. 8vo, Is. gure in the work; Clericus, Apollos, Mr.Woono founds his discourse on Liberal, Hearty, and others. The Isa. xl. 5, “ The glory of the Lord lukewarm professor, the prestrmp- shall be revealed, and all flesh shall tuous professor, the Antinomian see it together : for the mouth of professor, are exposed under appro- the Lord hath spok-u itir" from
which animating prophecy he con- part of his income by the presence siders, 1, The glory of the Lord : 2, of the French, the Committee, in The Revelation of that glory: 3, consideration of his services to the The extent of that Revelation ; 4, society, has sent fifiy pounds. The Its certainty : and, 5, The duty of sum of two hundred pounds has Missionary exertions, in order to pro- been transmitted to Calcutta, in ormote it. Under the last head, he der to promote the translation of the Pleads, in a pathetic manner, the scriptures into the languages of the cause of missions; and, in the con- East; which is now proceeding at clusion, expresses his good wishes that place. for the various societies embarked The committee conclude wiih exin this great cause, in terms which pressing a hope, that their design, do much honour to his Christian with respect to Africa, will be greatcandour.
ly promoted by two recent oceurThe Report, which follows this rences, the Abolition of the Slave sermon, states, that three of their Trade, and the Formation of the Missionaries who had been sent from African lastitution. England, in the course of the last year, had arrived at Sierra Leone in Four Sermons, preached al the Genethe month of September. They ral Meeling of the Missionary Sofound one of the Missionaries who ciety, in May, 1807.-Price 2s.6d. had preceded them, still fully occupied with attendin, to the spiritual
[Concluded from our last.] concerns of the colony. The other In our last Number we gave an had employed a part of his time in analytical review of two of the Sermaking excursions into the adjacent mons preached before the Missionary country, which afforded him the op-. 'Society at their last anniversary; we portunity of perfecting his know- now proceed to sotice the latter ledge of the Susoo language, and of two. selecting a proper station for the Mr. Griffin's discourse, which was permanent establishinent of the Mis- delivered atTottenham Court Chapel,
The number of Missionaries is entitled —“ The signs of the times being now enlarged, four of them favourable to the cause of missions, (one of whom, however, has since and the text chosen for this subject withdrawn himself from the service) is, Psalın cii. 13. 66 Thou shalt were about to proceed to the Rio arise, and have mercy upon Zion Pongas, in order to fix themselves for the time to favour her, yea, the under the wing of a friendly Susoo set time, is come.” Mr. Griffin's obchief, one of whose sons had been ject is to discuss the following quereducated at Clapham; and, it is tion: Why are the signs of the hoped, had learnt to appreciate the times favourable to the cause of benefits of irrstruction.
missions ?” In answer to this inWith a view to the preparation of quiry, he notices, 1, The present young men for the Missionary ser- state of society, in Europe and vice, a seminary has been formed in North America, with its probable inthis country, which is placed under fluence on the state of the world ia the eye of several clergymen, and general. This is contrasted with the under the immediate superinten- state of society previous to the Redence of a gentlenian who, to his formation. He considers the effect other qualifications, adds a personal of the discovery of the Western Conacquaintance with Africa. To this tinent, the art of printing, and the seminary three young men were increase of the representative system about to he removed from the insti. of government. 2, The analogy of tution at Berlin. That institution, present events with those of the last notwithstanding the calamities which Three hundred years, as favourable Prussia has experienced, still sub- to the same cause. The important sisis, and contains twelve students. and widely-diffused effects of the ReTo Mr. Jericke, the superintendent, formation are here pointed out, and who had been deprived of the chief the conflict belween the people of