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who has a predominant love to divine, and that every thing sin, be at the same time heartily contrary to them is dangerous disposed to deny it? In a word, errour and delusion.” how can a man act from princi- “Whatever article of christe ples, which he has not ? These ian faith has a plain and neces. hints are sufficient to show the sary connection with the great necessity of a divine operation object of christianity, viz. the to implant in our souls a new, glory of God in the salvation supernatural principle." of men, as exhibiting a neces

VII. The belief of gospel doc- sary cause, condition, or means trines.

of it, is to be esteemed essential “Would we remain steadfast to christianity. For instance, in the true doctrines of the gos- those truths, which exhibit the pel, let us love them for their free grace of God the Father, transcendent excellence and the mediation, infinite atonepurity ; let us not only confessment, and justifying righteousthem with our mouths to be ness of God the Son in our na. truths, but believe them with ture, and the effectual influences our hearts ; let us be cordially of the Holy Spirit in bringing willing they should be true ; home to particular souls the let us rejoice with the greatest grace of the one, and the recomplacency in the whole sys- demption of the other. These tem of revealed truth. If our doctrines are eminently fundaWills and affections do thus em mental objects of belief.” He brace and cleave to the truth, asserts the same of the docour understandings will be pre- trines, which exhibit the conpared to see more and more of ditions, and the means of our its reality and beauty.”

salvation. There may be some very

In showing the unreasonableplausible arguments brought a ness of an unsettled temper in gainst the truth ; but a truly religious matters, he observes ; pious heart would quickly solve “God has given us all needful all difficulties, and remove all helps to determine us ; the clear objections. The weakest christ- and bright sunshine of his word ian, that has an upright, sancti- to inform us what is truth, duty, fed temper, can readily and interest, and the grounds and certainly distinguish between evidences of each.” the voice of Christ and his VIII. Practical and experitruth, and the voice of hirelings mental views. and hereticks, in every point “Let every man consider that is essential to true religion. seriously the transcendent evil For he has a spiritual taste, of sin, which is no less than a which discerns, relishes, and direct affront to our infinite feeds upon thé vital, saving Creator and Governor, by viotruths of christianity, and so lating the law which he values, has the witness in himself, that as a transcript of his own holy these doctrines are true and nature, and enforces by the

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penalty of eternal death. Letion of sinners ; so a cordial reus read the nature of sin in the ception of it must presuppose dismal history of its effects and and powerfully cherish a humconsequences. Let us first see bling sense of personal guilt the fall and ruin of a whole and depravity, and a disposition species effected by a single act to ascribe the needed blessings of sin. See the deluge. See of pardon, holiness, and eternal the only Son of God suffering life to the infinite mercy of God and dying. To add a finish- operating through the perfect ing picture of the malignity of atonement of his Son. Acsin; when we shall see the cordingly the habitual views elements melting with fervent and exercises of every real heat, and the heavens passing christian harmonize with the away with a great noise ; when prayer of the publican, God be we shall see the judgment set, merciful to me a sinner ; with the books opened, the irrever- the acknowledgment of our asible sentence pronounced on postle, by the grace of God I am the impenitent; then we shall what I am ; and with the song understand, that it was sin, that of the heavenly hosts, salvation made all these desolations, that to our God, who sitteth on the kindled all these fires, and will throne, and to the Lamb. Whostill be kindling a much greater, ever cordially repents of sin even the fire of hell, which shall and embraces the gospel, will burn for ever. Consider, oh readily unite with our apostle in sinner, all these scenes of hor. esteeming himself less than the ror; and know that there is least of all saints, and in ascribunspeakably more evil in sin, ing all his privileges and hopes than in all these.”

to the riches of divine mercy.' “I grant that to love any ob- “ The reason of things, as ject merely for the reward or well as the arrangement of the happiness of loving, is not so Lord's prayer,

instructs us to properly to love, as to traffick, ask our daily bread, or needed and flows not from pure affec- external good, not merely as an tion to the object, but from self. instrument of animal, much less ish regard to our own interest. of sinful gratification, but as But on the other side, to love a requisite or conducive to our worthless thing, to embrace a serving the purposes of his cloud, or cling about a bramble, kingdom ; yea, to beg the forin short, to place our affection giveness of our sins, and delivwhere we can expect nothing erance from temptation and all but disappointment and misery, evil, not barely for selfish ends

, is very absurd, phrensical, and but that God's 'honour and kingruinous."

dom may be promoted by our The following passage is pardon, sanctification, and final quoted from a sermon, which happiness, and by our correshe wrote just before his death. pondent, everlasting returns of

“As christianity is the relig- service and praise.

These quotations may serve also taught her to write, and at as a specimen of the Professor's ten years old she used to write sentiments on doctrinal and the sermons which he preached practical subjects. We rejoice with tolerable exactness. She to find that a divine so univer. mentions in her Diary, that she sally beloved, and so highly afterwards read these sermons celebrated by all descriptions with great comfort and edifiof men for his candour, know- cation at the distant period of ledge, and piety, harmonized sixty years. She was remarkin sentiment with the fathers of ably happy in her natural temNew England, with the fram- per, which was cheerful, easy, ers of the excellent catechism, and affectionate. She was piand with the host of worthies, ously disposed even from her who have blessed the church of childhood, and very sensible of God in different ages.

the religious advantages which

she enjoyed in the instructions From the Christian Observer.

and example of her excellent The annexed Memoir of that parents ; and she was careful eminently pious woman, Mrs. to profit by them. She contiSAVAGE, is extracted chiefly nued to write down the ser. from her Diary, and though in mons of the ministers whom an imperfect state, I transmit she attended, even to old age ; it to you, that you may judge and she was in the habit of carewhether its probable utility fully reading over what she had gives it any claim to insertion written, endeavouring to fix on in the Christian Observer. The her memory such particulars as well known character of both related to practice, and freher father and brother (Philip quently praying over them in and Matthew Henry) may ren- her closet. der it interesting to your read

In her fifteenth year she parers. Yours,

took, for the first time, of the

E.,P. Lord's Supper, and on that ocA SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE casion she devoted herself to OF MRS. SAVAGE, ELDEST God with a sincerity and so

REV. lemnity which proved a source PHILIP HENRY, OF BROAD- of satisfaction to her in after OAK, IN FLINTSHIRE.

life. She was accustomed to This excellent woman was take an exact account of her born August 7th, 1664. At frame and temper, whenever the early age of seven years she joined in that ordinance, a she could readily construe a circumstance which fully evincpalm in the Hebrew Bible. ed the high value, and esteem The disposition which she man- she entertained for it. ifested to engage in the pursuit . At the age of twenty three of Hebrew literature, induced she was married to Mr. John her father to compile an Eng. Savage, of Wrenbury Wood, in Hish grammar for her use. He the county of Salop. In this Vol. I. No. 5.





relation it was her uniform de- both with them and for them. sire and endeavour to discharge Many instances might be adits peculiar duties as well as to duced of her pious care over adorn, in all things, the doct- them, both in the serious adrine of God her Saviour. She vice which she gave them, and her husband made it their and in the letters which she constant practice to pray with wrote to them when abroad. each other morning and even- Whenever she saw it needful ing, beside engaging in family to give them reproof it was al. and private devotion. Provi- ways done in a manner which dence continued them long to- shewed that she had nothing gether, no less than forty years, in view but their real welfare. blessings to each other and to Mrs. Savage had much all around them, so far as their pleasure in the company and influence and ability extended. converse of her friends, and

Mrs. Savage was the moth- particularly of pious ministers; er of nine children, many of but her chief delight was in her whom died in their infancy: closet : she was constant in her four daughters survived her, retirements morning and evenwho rose up to call her blessed. ing, and in the latter part of She was remarkable for her her life at noon also; in read. care and tenderness toward ing the Scriptures; singing a her children in their infancy, psalm or hymn and praying; but still more for the concern and though these exercises which she manifested for their were so frequent and fervent, souls as they grew up and be- yet she suffered them not to incame capable of receiving in- terfere with her domestic dustruction. Not only was a con- ties. She had recourse also to siderable part of the sabbath the duty of prayer upon any evenings devoted to the im- remarkable tidings, or occur. portant duty of instructing rence, either merciful or afflictthem, but it was her daily en. ive, usually retiring to her deavour, both by precept and closet on such occasions, to example, to train them in the pour out her heart before God: way wherein they ought to go. and in her old age she was still She had a happy method of more abundant in this duty. rendering religion interesting If left alone at her work she to young people, by encourag- was often found by her family ing them to ask questions and on their return in a praying to converse freely on the sub- posture. Her first words when ject; and she was careful not she awoke in the morning conto represent it in a forbidding sisted generally of some petilight by any thing harsh or se- tion or ejaculation, and in the vere in her manners or temper:

same manner did she close the and to these means of improv- day. Her love to the word of ing their minds she daily added God was no less remarkable the most affectionate prayers than her spirit of prayer. She

might truly be said “to medi- garments for them, and she tate therein day and night.” always gratefully acknowledg

She had treasured in her ed the goodness of God in givmemory psalms, hymns, and ing her ability to supply their . catechisms which she could re- wants. She was observed to peat to herself with pleasure be most cheerful on those days and profit during the waking in which she had most calls hours of night; and by frequent upon her charity. reading of the book of Psalms, The submission to the will she had learned the greatest of God manifested by this lady part of them by heart. In some

on the death of her only son, of the last years of her life, she was extraordinary, and satisusually kept her Bible within factorily evinced the excellency her reach while she was at and reality of her religious work, that she might readily principles. She received on tum to such texts as were the that melancholy occasion, masubjects of her thoughts and ny consolatory letters from her meditations. She also delight- friends, particularly one from ed much in reading books of the Rev. Mr, Finch, of Warpractical divinity, as "Bennett's wick; a part of her answer to Christian Oratory, Rowe's De- that gentleman is as follows: rout Exercises, Watts's Ser.

REV. AND DEAR SIR, mons, and Baxter's Saint's “I esteem it a high favour Rest

; but especially her father's that you should take so much Expositions of Scripture, with time from your weighty emthe reading of which she usu- ployments to write to me: and ally began the day. Biograph- for all your kind expressions of ical accounts of eminently pitender sympathy; it is a deous persons were likewise a

monstration that you are qual. favourite study with her: from ified (as every minister should these it was her practice to be) to bind up broken hearts, make extracts for the use of and to speak a word in season herself and her family. Not to them that need it. It has withstanding the variety of pleased our heavenly Father,in those occupations which have wisdom to chastise us, by takbeen already mentioned, she ing away the desire of our eyes was remarkably diligent in with a stroke ; yet I desire to business, carefully redeeming justify him in all his dealings. the time,so that those who lived From his good hand nothing the longest with her think she can come amiss. I was ready was scarcely chargeable with to say this same shall comfort the loss of an hour. The us, and that he would be serypleasure with which she gave ing God on earth, when we alms, or did any kind offices to are silent in the dust ; but inthe poor or amicted, is not to finite wisdom hath ordered be described. She willingly otherwise, and shall human employed herself in making folly dispute ? Qur wise and

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