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PRE FACE.

THERE is a fashion in every thing. Its influence extends even to the form and size of books. Time was when thick quartos and bulky folios proceeded from the studies of our puritanical divines. But the times are altered; and instead of them, periodical monthly numbers, just complete, in the course of a revolving year, a moderate sized octavo: such is the volume which is now finished.

But do not the circumstances of the great bulk of Christians of the present age, render this plan the more excellent way? Many of these have but little spare time, and less spare money; and therefore the monthly numbers of a Magazine are well adapted to supply such persons with various and edifying matter for reading and contemplation.

From the extensive circulation of their humble labours, the Editors conclude, that they are not unacceptable to the persons for whom the Baptist Magazine is principally intended. They hope their future numbers, through the continued assistance of their brethren, will be rendered still more interesting; and that an increased sale will enable them to provide an enlarged supply for the Widows of their deceased brethren.

Soliciting an interest in the prayers of their friends, and depending upon “ the God of all grace” for his continued blessing, the Editors see abundant cause still to “ thank God and take courage.”

December 1, 1818.

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Baptist Magazine. .

JANUARY, 1818.

MEMOIR

OF THE LATE REV, W, H. ROWE,

PASTOR OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH AT

WEYMOUTH, DORSETSHIRE.

MR. ROWE was born at Strat- ) and a variety of other things oce ford, near the city of New Sarum, curred, which induced serious August 10, 1777. From child reflection. On a mind of unusual hood he was distinguished by a modesty and sensibility, many mind much disposed to reading causes concurred to produce and to thoughtfulness, which in most distressing sensations, and duced his friends to indulge him religion was regarded as only with the very best education they able to afford effectual consolahad ability to afford ; and their tion. About this time, he bekindness was rewarded by his came acquainted with Mason on rapid advancement in useful Self Knowledge, which God was learning. About the age of four- pleased to use as the instrument teen he was apprenticed to Mr. of greatly promoting his converFreemantle, a linen draper, in sion to himself: now he was Salisbury. Maternal solicitude, more constant in his attendance it seems, had expressed itself in at the Established Church, and earnest endeavours to train up its paid greater attention to the object in the habits of virtue; moral lectures he heard there; but, when he left school, in order but it will exci no surprise that to acquire a knowledge of trade, the darkness of his mind still his mind was destitute of reli- continued. In the month of gious principle, and becoming April, or May, 1795, he was acquainted with young persons reading in his favourite book on of vicious courses, he was allured Self Knowledge, when he was into the pursuit of forbidden asked if he had ever perused pleasures; which, however, he Hervey's Meditations, and, on could never enjoy with the same his intimating he had not, the satisfaction as seemed to be ex- | book was offered to be lent to pressed in the countenances of him, which he very soon received his companions. Thus he con- and read with great profit, findtinued to live till the latter end of ing in it those doctrines and prothe year 1793, when family trials, mises which work salvation,

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when applied by the divine wonderful that these apparently
Spirit. For a considerable time, little events were traced up to
it was his constant practice to the gracious will of God, who,
retire into solitary places to read having predestinated his children
this pious and highly interest to eternal life, employs various
ing author, and there to medi- and suitable means to bring them
tate, to weep, and to pray. The to himself,
representations of a sinner on a In August, 1795, he com-
death bed, of the encouragement menced a diary, from which we
given in the gospel to rely on the are able to learn the pious exer-
truth, and power,

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cises of Mr. Rowe's mind on or-
of God, and of the fulness of dinary, and on very important
pardon, very powerfully impress- occasions. At the very begin-
ed his mind. To a person exer- ning of it, he records the con-
cised in the manner that has been tinuance of that distressing timi-
described, it was natural to de- dity which, for several years,
sire, most ardently, the posses- had embittered · his life, and to
sion of a friend into whose pious which he was always, in greater
and affectionate heart he could or less degrees, subject; and, at
introduce his thoughts and his the same time, mentions the good
emotions, and prayer havmg been effect of a sermon he had heard
made to God for such a favour, from a Mr. Jackson, probably of
it was enjoyed in a new acquain- Warminster, from “ Lord thou
tance to whom he was now intro- knowest all things.” It seems to
duced. At the time it was not have greatly soothed his afflicted
known to him that his new asso- mind, for he expresses his thank-
ciate was the subject of deep folness for this means of grace,
convictions of the importance of because it had more impressively
religion, but Mr. Rowe was de convinced him of the omniscience
termined to communicate his of his Saviour, and induced him
own, and for that purpose, ex- to say, “I am persuaded that all
pecting an interview with him, my distresses are known to Jesus,
introduced the subject by read and that he will cause them to
ing some passages in Hervey's work for my good. I
works which had powerfully af- solved to resign myself to him,
fected his own heart,' when, to and wait his appointed time.”
his utter astonishment he was in another part, he mentions the
informed, that for a considerable gracious influence of the truth of
time his companion had been the God while hearing his pastor on
subject of mental exercises si- the Lord's-day: “I am
milar to those with which he nearer to eternity, am I growing
had been so much occupied. in grace? This has been a pre-
This day, which was the Sab- cious sabbath—God is frequently
bath, was spent in reading and pleased to show himself to his
disclosing to each other the se- children by these means-I trust
crets of their bearts. When the he has discovered himself to me
change wrought in his mind by --my dear pastor has enlarged
the works of the pious rector of sweetly on this subject : all scrip-
Weston Favel, and the seasonable ture is given by inspiration, and
advice, consolations, and reproofs surely he has preached for my
given by his congenial acquain- correction; for I think unbelief
tance are considered, it is not is my besetting sin-it dehars me

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