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sabbath and week-day evenings, at, and shall receive the kingdom pres Slimbridge, Cowley, Avening, Pitch- pared for them from before the combe, Hampton, Stonehouse, foundation of the world”. Nympsfield, &c. &c. He studied As he seemed to be worse, Mrs. W. much, and always thought it his was desirous of calling in some duty to ponder in private before he person to sit up with him, not appeared in the pulpit, and to seek however apprehending any immeaid of Him, whose messenger he was. diate danger. He went to prayer He had the happiness to baptize with his family, and retired to bed three of his own children during his soon after, but seemed to be still ministry at Kingstanley.
He asked for some of his He lost two by death in their in- medicine, and after he had taken it, fancy. His eldest son, who was said, “ I am better now." He soon designed for a Missionary to India, after said, « 'tis death! 'tis death! and a daughter, died happy in the do not distress yourselves, it is Lord. Although these providences all well
. I think I cannot live were very trying, and very keenly through another spasm of pain;" in felt, yet they were but light com- a short time after he breathed his pared to what lic latterly was called last, in the 59th year of his age. to pass throngh amongst some of
64 The time was come for him to rest his own people: but "he now rests from his labours;" and the days of
Beneath the peaceful clod ; his mourning are ended.
And happier still the time more blest
Før him to dwell with God." He had not been hindered from preaching but three sabbaths by The mournful event was improved illness, since his ordination. The on the following sabbath by the Rev. sabbath before he died, he com- Mr. Hawkins, of Eastcombs, from plained of being poorly, and after Rev. xiv. 13,“ Blessed are the dead he had left home, on his way to the which die in the Lord," &c. Meeting-house, he was taken so il} with violent spasms about his heart, that he was necessitated to return
MR, THOMAS BOSWORTH. home, he could but just reach the middle of the room, when he fell down quite exhausted, exclaiming On the 17th of February last, died at the same time, “ I think my Mr. Thomas Bosworth, aged 25 work is done." In the afternoon he years, who was appointed, by the seemed better, and was desirous of British and Foreign School Society, preaching, but Mrs. W. did not deem to establish the British System of it prudent-medical aid was resort- Education at Port au Prince, in ed to, and he did not seem much consequence of the invitation of the worse till the Wednesday evening president, Petion. he dicd. He had attended his He arrived there in July fast, and school the same day, and continued directions were given to prepare a in his study till about ten o'clock school for him on a large scale, with in the evening.–He appeared to every reasonable hope of success. have been writing a sermon, which In the mean time, through the kindhe had some time before preached ness of the Methodist Missionaries, from 2 Tim. iv. 6, 7, and 8th verses, he opened the first school on this “For I am now ready to be offered, system at Port au Prince, in the I have fought a good fight, I have Meeting-house used by that Society. finished my course, I have kept. After having once recovered from the faith: Henceforth there is laid fever, he was again seized with inup for me a crown of righteousness,” termittent fever just as he was apo &c. &c. He laid down his pen for pearing to prosper in the object of the last time at the conclusion of his Mission. How inscrutable aro the following passage :
“Then shall the ways of Providence! On the the souls and bodies of the righte- side of Christophe, the plan succeeds ous be raised in the likeness of the and prospers so that five schools glorious body of the Son of God, were established, when the last aca
counts were forwarded, and ten The British system has extendmore were in preparation : while, ed so greatly on the side of king on Petion's side, the first Teacher is Henry, that it bids fair in a few years carried off just at the commence- to be generally adopted. The king ment of his labours.
has given this plan so decided a preMr. Bosworth belonged to the ference, that the first Teacher on the Baptist Denomination, and was a National or Madras plan, who went truly pious man, and animated with there, was directed to study the sincere and modest zeal to promote British System, under Mr. Gulliver, the moral and religious improve- before he was employed. — We ment of mankind. He was well should not have thought it necessary known in Boston, Lincolnshire; from to notice this circumstance, had his exertions during several years not some of the daily papers, and the in that town, where he was master Christian Observer, after them, reof the British Free School. His presented the Schools under Chrisattention to the children was such, tophe to be national. The truth is, that a great number of them accom- that Christophe calls them National panied him upwards of a mile from Lancastri an, and has adopted the the place, to take their last leave of lessons and form of teaching used by a Teacher, whom they regarded with the British and Foreign School parental affection, and they parted Society. But what is of far more with tears on both sides. The Sun- consequence, he has adopted the day Schools in that neighbourhood fundamental principle of that So. were peculiarly the object of his ciety, viz. “ That no religious creed, care, and if we are not misinformed, or catechism, shall be insisted upon, several of them owe their origin and as the condition of admitting chilsuccess, in a great measure, to his dren into the schools.” zealous and active exertions. The
J. M. Committee of the School under his care, well know the value of such a man; and it is but justice to them
MRS. MARY EASON. to notice, that they would not have been prevailed upon to relinquish such a Teacher, on any other ground, On Saturday, Dec. 20, 1817, died, than to extend the usefulness of a in the 23d year of her age, Mary, the person, who, in the opinion of all wife of Mr. George Eason, Glover, who knew him, was eminently qua- of Yeovil, and daughter of Mr. lified.
William Tooks, Bradford, Dorset. He lived under the influence of Although she had been accustomed Christian principles, and his latter to hear the gospel from her childend was peace.
After labouring hood, yet, like too many others, under severe aftliction 27 days, he she paid but little attention to the finished his course; and although great concerns of her soul, until his residence at Port au Prince was about six years prior to her death, for a few months only, yet so justly when it pleased the Lord to awaken were his talents estimated that in her mind a serious enquiry about several Englishmen, a crowd of na- them. First, by an alarming dream, tives, consisting of his scholars and and afterwards by a sermon at the their parents, with a great number Half-way-house Meeting; in conof the Methodist congregation, fol- sequence of which, she felt great lowed him to the grave. The cerc- terrors of conscience for some time, mony was performed in French by but to her inexpressible joy, the one of the Methodist Missionaries, Lord was pleased to set her soul who say—“The natives have ho- at liberty, under a sermon delivered noured his memory, and done cre- by the same minister, from 1 John, dit to their own feelings. He has iii. 2; and she was enabled to refallen in a good cause, amidst his joice in a sense of pardon, through generous efforts to ameliorate the the blood of the Lamb.' After this situation of his wretched fellow-crea- evident change of heart, her contures.”
duct was very exemplary, and her VOL. X.
attendance on religious ordinances nurse, and another friend who was regular and very serious. About present; “ You must, you must be five years after this, she was con-born again.” To her aunt; cerned to join the people of God at his table. She was proposed and
" A few more rolling suns, at most, gladly received by the members of
Will land you on fair Canaan's coast.' the church under the pastoral care | Tell my mother not to grieve for of the Rev. J. Vickery, whose mi
me, but to grieve for herself.” And nistry had been so peculiarly blessed
in tho-near prospect of death, in a to her, each member hoping she
soft whisper, she earnestly repeated : would prove a lasting blessing to the
“ Why, why are thy chariot wheels society. But, alas, how fading are
so long in coming ?” yet, at one all earthly enjoyments!
time, the enemy of souls assaulted She formed a very suitable and
| her, which made her cry mightily to pleasing matrimonial connexion on
the Lord, that she might not he the 25th of last June, but, before
| distressed by him, and confessed six months were expired, that con
herself a sinful, hell-deserving creanexion was dissolved by death? How
ture, but added, “ Christ is such a uncertain is the continuance of
Saviour as suits me.” sublunary bliss!
A little before her death, as though An inflammation in the stomach
she had been on the borders of the terminated her mortal existence.
celestial world, she sung, in a loud At first the disease did not awaken
voice and with great joy, with hands in the minds of her friends any
lifted towards heaven: serious apprehensions of danger, but each of her few remaining days, " There shall I see his face, raised their suspicions that death And never, never sin; was near, and so it proved.
There, from the rivers of his grace, As the gospel administered the Drink endless pleasures in.” best consolation in life, from the
“ How vain are all things here below, same delightful source she derived divine support in the prospect of
How false, and yet how fair !"death, for she was truly apprehen And then, as though she pecusive of her speedy dissolution, and liarly disrelished all earthly enjoyspoke of it with unusual pleasure. ments, exclaimed : She addressed herself to her medical attendant with great earnestness,
“ No, not a drop of real joy, and said : “ Sir, remember that you
Without thy presence, Lord." must die' as well as l.” To her After which, she gently fell asleep sister; “Remember your Creator in in Jesus; may every reader of this the days of your youth.”. To her memoir enjoy the same blessedness!
The Letter and Spirit of Christian | cious instructions, and parental
Divinity; or, Fifty-two Lectures kindness, which he received under on a connected Course of Evangelical | his tuition; and of his sincere veneSubjects ; by the Rev. Charles Dew ration, as a most distinguished hirst, in 2 vols. 1816. Conder. friend, and an able advocate of
These lectures (the first vol. of evangelical truth. The lectures in which only we have seen,) com
this volume are twenty-six in nummences, with a Dedication to the
ber. On the Being of God-On the late Dr. Simpson, as a testimony of Au
of | Authenticity of the Holy Scriptures the author's obligation for the judi- ||
-On the Importance of the Holy
Scriptures-On the Creation of the such interference. The first Letter Universe-On the primæval State examines the character of the oppoof Man-On the Origin and Effects sition offered by Arch-Deacon Thoof Moral Evil-On the Universal mas to a Bishop of that church. In Dominion of God - On the Provi- the second Letter, he shews the condence of God-On Divine Worship nection of the opposition to the
On the Moral Law“On the Hu- Church Missionary Society with that man Urderstanding-On the Hu- to the Bible Society, as being alike man Will-On the Human Con- the cause of God, and, as such, obscience-On the Human Affections noxious to the worldly and profane, -On the Deep Things of God-On whether in or out of the Church of the Divinity of Christ-On the England. In Letter III. he notices Atonement-On the Resurrection the inutility of providing more of Christ-On the Intercession of churches, while the appoiutment of Christ-On the Kingdom of Christ persons, duly qualified to officiate -On Redemption-On Salvation in them, is disregarded. Letter IV. On the Gospel-On the Holy Spirit takes notice of the strong moveOn Divine Influence-On Rege- ment against the Bible Society, by neration.
the Soidisant Orthodox Divines in The statements of the different Ireland. Letter V. discusses the important subjects are concise and inconsistency of members of the perspicuous; the arrangements cor- Church of England opposing a rect and judicious; the doctrine in Church Missionary Society. Letter a truly evangelical strain, and the VI. examines the principles from applications very warm and im- which the Bible Society has been pressive, highly adapted to awaken opposed, and shews them to be the attention, and interest the heart. same as those to the Missionary
Society. Letter VII. is on the disposition of certain members of the Society for promoting Christian
Knowledge, to regard that Society The Church her own Enerny. Letters as the representative and organ of
to a Friend on thc late Attack of the whole church of England. Letthe Arch-Deacon of Bath, upon | VIII. on the dangerous consethe Church Missionary Society, quences to the interest of religion proving that his Protest is identified arising from the connection between with the late Episcopal Charges the Church and the State. Letter and Clerical Pamphlets against the IX. shews the deteriorating seculaBible Society, and demonstrating rity of the Church of England, in the Existence of a Confederacy | consequenoe of her alliance with against the Friends of vital Reli- the Temporal State. gion, on the Part of certain of its
Having given our readers the professed Supporters. By a Mem- above hints of the substance of these ber of the Church of England. serious and sensible letters, we must 1818. Black and Son, &c. content ourselves with only one
short quotation, which comprehends, The Church Missionary and Bi- in a solemn and appropriate advice, ble Societies, as well as all serious the design of the whole. Christians and evangelical ministers, have found an able and zealous ad- “ Let not our ecclesiastical or temvocate in the author of these judi- poral rulers be deceived—the light which cious and spirited letters. He con
has been diffused through this country, siders that the late attack of the mainly by the instrumentality of those Arch-Deacon of Bath is to be re
very Societies which excite the scorn
and hatred of a worldly clergy, is of garded as one part of a system such a nature, that any attempts to exwhich has long been in silent opera- tinguish it, which may be of a more detion; as the first of a series of other cided character than we have already offensive acts of the same nature, witnessed, are only likely to recoil with provided the sense of the nation be
an overwhelming reaction on their aunot unequivocally shewn against thor."
Two Letters to the Rev. Dr. Chalmers, of God, so far is its power from extend, on his Proposal for increasing the ing to religion, that the disciples of Number of Churches in Glasgow, Christ are expressly forbidden, in this by an Observer. Ogles, &c.
respect, to acknowledge any authority
but that of God.” These letters were evidently written hy a person zealous in the cause of dissent ; one who well understands the subject, and who advances ar- A Blow at the Root; or, A brief guments, against the establishment Account of the Rise and Growth of of religion by civil authority, which ANTINOMIANISM. By the late Rev. will not be easily refuted.
John Flavel. A new Edition, reIn the first letter, the writer con- commended by W. Newman, D.D. siders, and, we think, satisfactorily and J. Ivimey, with an Appendix, answers, Dr. Chalmers' arguments to prove that the Moral Law is a in favour of national churches; and Rule of Life to Believers. Whitpoints out, in a convincing manner, temore, Paternoster-row, London, the evils which necessarily attach to the system. In the second letter,
In this short Essay three things leaving all inquiries respecting its are principally aimed at: probable advantages or disadvant
1. To give the most probable rise
of Antinomianism. ages, he proposes to refer directly to the Word of God, with a view
2. To state the principal errors of
that sect. clearly to discover the will of the Great Author of Christianity on the
3. To confirm and establish Chrisimportant subject. We shall give
tians against them by sound reasons, the reader a short specimen of the backed with scripture authority. style of this writer, from the sum
The republication of this small ming up of his arguments, page 35. treatise of the well-known and judi
cious author, will, we hope, prove “ Such, Sir, are my reasons for dis- a seasonable antidote against a most approving of national establishments. pernicious principle, which obtains, They are not only an unauthorized in. it is feared, too much in our time, novation in the kingdom of Christ, but
as well as at the time of its first apwe are expressly guarded against the
pearance. The horrid sentiment, principle on which they are founded, ** That sin can do a believer no by the reproofs given to the first churches, hurt,” cannot be excused; it is when they presumed to deviate from the apostolic traditions, and to confound justly said by the author, by saying, the institutions of the spiritual kingdom Any gospel truth may be abused, for of Christ with the government of Israel this is none of thať number, but after the flesh. In point of fact, na- most repugnant both to reason and tional, churches have also been the scripture. We cannot be too much means of establishing and perpetuating on our guard against all slighting the power of the man of sin; and als and vilifying expressions of the holy though the progress of knowledge, and law of God-all disregard and negthe happy civil constitution of this coun- lect of the duties of obedience, untry, render them less pernicious, they der pretence of free-grace and gospel are still productive of many evils; they liberty—all opinions and expressions ciples of Christ, and clog iheir exertions slighting sanctification, as the eviin his cause; they produce party spirit
dence of justification-all tending in civil society, and create disaffection to render it needless to try the state to government, while they do not
of our souls by the fruits of the Spi
posone advantage to counterbalance rit wrought in us, and influencing their bad effects. High Churchmen our tempers and conduct. look on Dissenters as a kind of privi. leged rebels, who disregard the important precept of being subject to the powers that be. They are not sufficiently An Essay on Benevolent Associations, acquainted with the doctrine of scrip- for the Relief of the Poor: of which ture to know, that while civil
the Substance was read to the Lite ment is declared to be the appointment rary and Commercial Society of