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by that faith which overcometh the world, and all sin and fear at death, and accept all that thy unworthy servant has done here to strengthen his faith, confirm his hope, and O grant thattfaith and love that casts out all fear through life and at death, and make happy the soul through or in eternity, for Jesus Christ's sake, amen and amen, in thy name I hope for acceptance while I subscribe myself,
"JACOB FISHBACK." "Friday the 17th day of March, 1820.-- This day, O Lord, I have set apart, to prepare my heart and soul by fasting and prayer to thee the Almighty, to enable me, by the aid of thy special grace, to make a full, hearty, and sincere surrender of myself according to the words and expressions of the within written covenant. And, O Lord, my most sincere petition is, what I daily beg for in the name, and for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be pardoned and sanctitied, and delivered from the power and dominion of sin, and every error, from every
evil and false way, and that I may be established in the favour of God, and be enabled to overcome the world, the flesh, and satan, and enjoy the liberty of God's children here, and an entrance at last among the sanctified in glory. O that I may be kept from the defilements of sin, and from dishonouring the true and living God here by temptation and transgression, but be enabled to. honour him and the Lord Jesus and his cause, by a life of saving and true faith, hope and charity, while the short remains of my declining life shall be by his kind hand spared.
“Here, Lord, I give myself away,
66'Tis all that I can do.” “O my Heavenly Father, may all be granted through the obedience, and blood, and groans, and agonies, and death, and intercession of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in whose presence I sigo my worthless name.
“JACOB FISHBACK." “P. S. O Lord, thou knowest that none of all my doings are relied on by me to move thee towards me, for thou art unchangeable, and I am ashamed of my best works, and renounce them all, and rely alone for accepi fance in thy sight upon the righteousness and atonement of the great Redeemer, of my person, and duties, and desire to praise thee for ever. Amen."
"Sabbath, 18th of February, 1821.-I am this day left alone; ail gone to Salern; I am afflicted with rheumatic pains. O Lord, enable me this day once more with my whole heart to subscribe this dedication, and be pleased to accept of thy unworthy, unprofitable servant, and his dedication, amen and amen. Lord Jesus ac. cept of me for thy name's sake. Amen.
"JACOB FISHBAGK." 617th of March, 1821, Re-signed,
“JACOB FISHBACK." “Sabbath, 2d day of September, 1821.--I am this day left alone, all gone to Salem to meeting, and being afflicted, in the 73d year of my age, am desirous to subscribe afresh this dedication, relying alone upon the Lord Jesus for acceptance with God.
Though constitutionally possessed of great sensibility to pain, under all his sufferings, which were at times very great, he evinced the utmost patience, and declared that he desired in his sufferings to have a single eye to the glory of God. He was not known to be delirious one moment during his illness. He often spoke aloud to himself in repeating passages of Scripture, and parts of Psalms and Hymns descriptive of the purity and holiness of the Divine nature, and of the mercy and goodness of God in vouching safe his salvation to a helpless sinner through the Lord Jesus Christ, and was often exercised in ejaculatory supplication and thanksgiving. When walking through the valley of the shadow of death, he seemed to enjoy a full answer to his prayer in his dedication, that the Lord God Almighty would strengthen and uphold him at death, by that faith which overcometh the world and all sin and fear at death: Death to the man of God may be considered as a dark but a short passage to the region of eternal day, as the birth of a new and noble existence to the immortal spirit redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. In the agony of his change, this good old man ‘seemed to say to his religious attendants, by the sweet serenity of his countenance, “whither I go ye know, and the way ye know."
Thus lived and thus died Jacob Fishback, the companion of the pious, the benefactor and comforter of the helpless and afflicted, the friend of mankind, the practical christian, and the uniform and unbending advocate of the christian religion.
His remains were committed to the earth between twelve and one o'clock the next day, in a place chosen by himself on his own farm, after a sermon delivered by the Rev. Robert II. Stewart, and an address by the Rev. James Fishback, son of the deceased, suited to the occasion, attended by a numerous assembly.
vid Captain, the founder of the first African Baptist Church in Lexington, and who died at the advanced age of 30, in the summer of 1823, was originally the property of a Captain Duerett, of Caroline county, Va. He was awakened under the faithful preaching of the gospel, and felt his situation as a lost sinner when he was about twenty-five years of age.
When he had been almost reduced to despair, he was relieved by getting a clear and distinct view of Christ as the only Saviour, and the only way of life and salvation, and felt, as he thought, that he was delivered from the power of sin.
Having made application to a regular church of Christ, and having been conversed with and examined in the usual way, he was publicly baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. His heart also felt for the situation of his fellow servants and fellow sinners, and he commenced immediately the work of exhorting from house to house, walking sometimes many miles during night, and on the Lord's day, that he might have an opportunity of warning them of their danger.
The gentleman who owned his wife, who was also pious, having determined to move to Kentucky; that man and wife might not be separated, an excbange took place, by which he became the property of another master, and an inhabitant of this country. His nếw master having settled some eight miles east of Lexington, he was for several years connected with a small Baptist church on the head of Boon Creek. After a few years this church was dissolved, and the members joined such neighbouring churches as they thought proper.
About the time of the dissolution of the church on Boon Creek, Captain and his wife hired themselves of their master, and moved to the vicinity of Lexington. They were there kindly received by ecveral, and particularly by John Maxwell, of whom the old Captain spoke with great affection till his very last. Mr. Maxwell allowed them to settle on his land, close by a noted spring, where the 4th of July was regularly celebrated for many years. He assisted them also to build a cabin, and continued, while he lived, to protect and comfort them as part of his own family.
Having now something like a house and territory of his own, he invited to this house and to this territory his fellow servants, and on Sabbath days he preached to them, as God enabled him, the way