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The expedient intended is what left by William Maxwell, Esquire, people commonly call, spiritualize of Preston, a gentleman of consid ing scriiture ; that is, ingrafting erable fortune in Dumfrieshire. the great truths of religion upon a The eldest was married to the Earl historical factor ancient ceremony, of Sutherland; the youngest, of which has no real or discernible whom we treat, to John Lord conection with such sublime Viscount Glenorchy, only son of truths. If, for example, from the Earl of Breadalbane. these words, “I am Joseph,” a Lady Glenorchy was formed by preacher should take occasion, by
Providence for a superior place in instituting a parallel between Jo- society. Her understanding was seph and Jesus Christ, to declare naturally strong and capacious, and the whole grspel, and, in particu- her memory retentive. Her mind lar, to describe the sinner, first was polished by a liberal education, convinced, then penitent, then di- and richly furnished with ideas by sinely taught the glory of Christ extensive reading and observation. and receiving him by faith ; he Her person was agreeable, her would undoubtedly gain the admi- manner engaging, her fancy brilration of the multitude; he might liant, and atended by a constant edify all, and might purchase for flow of spirits and good humour. himself the honour of an inventive Born to wealth, and allied to a rich fancy. But the best rules for the and noble house, she was fitted to right interpretation of scripture, make a distinguished figureamong would be violated, and too much the great, and to shine in courts. done to foster a whimsical taste in But as Moses, when he was come the hearers.
In this mode of to years, refused to be called the preaching Doctor Tappan's lively son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosimagination enabled him to excel. ing rather to suffer affliction with But his mind was too enlightened, the people of God, than to enjoy solid, and judicious, and his taste the pleasures of sin for a season, too correci to lead him ofcen upon esteeming the reproach of Christ such fairy ground.
greater riches than the treasures The remarks here made do not of Egypt: In like manner, she, in by any means constitute an ade- all the blooi of youth, with all quate description of Doctor Tap: worldly pleasuresat her command, Pax, as a preacher. They are de- laid herself, her fortune, her honsigned only to preserve the re- ours and her talents, at the foot cf membrance of his characteristick the cross of Jesus. views and talents, and to exhibit
About the 23d year of her age those excellencies of his preach- she was visited with sickness : ing, which peculiarly deserve the in recovering from which, her serious and devout consideration thoughts were involuntarily turned of others. (To be continued.)
to the first question and answer of
that form of sound words which is MEMOIRS OF THE VISCOUNTESS GLENORCHY.
given in the Assembly's Cate, From a Supplement to Dr. Gillies' Historical chism : “ What is the chief end Collections. ]
of man ? It is to glorify God, and Among the friends and orna- to enjoy him for ever.” Musing ments of religion, WILHELMINA on these words, they arrested her MAXWELL, LADY GLENORCHY, attention, and naturally led her to holds a conspicuous place. She put to herself the important que: was the younger of two daughters ries: Have I answered the design of my being ? Have I glorified 'publick worship. Well acquaintGod ? Shall I enjoy him for ever? ed with men and things, her con
Reviewing her lifeof thoughtless versation was full of good sense gaiety, she found there was no con- and information : it was often nection betwten such conduct and much enlivened by goodhumoured glorifying and enjoying God; and pleasantry ; but it always was pithat consequently, hitherto, she ous and spiritual, always expres. had not answered the chief end of sive of the high sense she had of her existence. Her conscience the exellence and importance ofrewas awakened ; and, for a consid- ligion, and of her anxiety for its erable time, she laboured under promotion. With peculiar pleasthat anxiety and fear, which usu- ure she always spoke of the person ally attend such a state of mind. or place in which it appeared to
But, on reading the 5th chap- flourish ; and with evident pain, of ter of the epistle to the Romans, those in which it was otherwise. she discovered the way. whereby The sincerity of her religious printhe great God could be just, and ciples was established by her acyet the justifier of the believer in tions. She was not of those, “ who Jesus. She believed; her under- say, but do not.” She built some standing was enlightened ; her places of publick worship at very conscience relieved, and her mind considerable expense. In Edin. restored to peace. The fruits of burgh, she erected a large handher faith soon gave the most une- some chapel, which will hold two quivocal evidence of the truth of thousand people, and which has, that happy change which had tak- for many years, been attended by a en place in her mind.
numerouscongregation, and which time she endeavoured to avoid the has now two clergymen, ministers ridicule which attends true relig- in communion with the church of ion, by concealing it, and mingling Scotland, as its pastors. To this in the society and amusements to chapel is added a free school, which which she had been accustomed ; she endowed, to teach reading, but she soon found it impossible to writing, and arithmetick. The support the spirit and practice of chapel and school together, has not religion, and at the same time be cost less than five or six thousand conformed to the manners of the pounds. She erected and endowed world. She therefore openly a- also a church at Strathfillan, in the vowed her religion and renounced parish of Killin, on the estate of the sinful enjoyments of the world. Lord Breadalbane : and she had From this time her whole life was purchased ground, in conjunction one continued course of derotion : with the late Lady Henrietta Hope, her closet was a little sanctuary for building a place of worship at for Gail, to which she habitually the Hot-wells, Bristol ; and which retired with avidity and pleasure. by her directions, has been executIn her family there was always an ed by herexecutrix since her death, altar for God, and from which, by a very neat and commodious with the morning and the evening, house being built there, called regularly ascended social prayer Hope Chapel. In order to introand praise. She loved the house duce and support the gospel, she of God; and the most painful cir- purchased a very neat chapel at cumstance of her frequent ill Matlock, in Derbyshire ; one health, in the last years of her life, meetinghouse at Carlisle, another was, her being detained by it from at Workington, in Cumberland,
and a third at Newton Burhill, in ed in Edinburgh from Bath where Devonshire ; all these she left in she had spent the winter, in the bethe hands of trustees, or to her ex- ginning of the summer 1786. Her ecutrix, for their original purpose. friends observed, with concern, her She united with others also declining state of health. She in purchasing meetinghouses in spoke much to them of death, and different parts of England. To of her persuasion that, with her, it some able and faithful ministers, was near; and uniformly expresswhose congregations were in poored her satisfaction and joy at the circumstances, she paid the whole prospect. Her conversation was of their salaries ; to others, a stat- nevertheless as easy, pleasant and ed annual sum in part ; to many, cheerful, as ever. Religion, in occasional donations, as she saw her, was not the production of them needful. She educated ma- gloom, either during the progress, ny young men of piety for the ho- or in the near views of the termily ministry. Sensible that igno- nation of life. Almost her last rance and irreligion, idleness and words were, “ if this is dying, it is vice, go together, she founded and the easiest thing imaginable.” endowed schools, and set on foot Disease prevailed, and, not many manufactories for the poor. In hours afterward she expired, on private, the widow and the father- Monday, the 17th July, 1786. Of less, the stranger and the distress- her it may be said with truth, ed, experienced her abundant be. "Her path was as the shining neficence. To enable her to light, which shines brighter and prosecute these schemes of be- brighter to the perfect day.” Devolence, she herself carefully Lady Glenorchy was interred, looked into all her affairs, and agreeably to her own request, in a studied the strictest economy ; vault in the centre of her chapel in and though her dress, her table, Edinburgh. She left 50001. to the her attendants, her equipage, al- society in Scotland, for propagatWays corresponded to her station, ing christian knowledge; 50001. yet she denied herself the splen- for the education of young men for dour which her fortune and rank the ministry in England, and othcould well have afforded and ex- er religious purposes; and the cused. She knew the world too greater part of the rest of her forwell, not to expect its hatred and tune, which was considerable, for reproach for a zealous and consis- pious and charitable uses. tent profession of the gospel ; but her natural fortitude and great
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“ Seest thou this woman?” mation : more than most christ- BLESSED are the tears of the ians, she gloried in the cross of contrite heart! They are not like Christ. The falsehood and ill-na- those of the selfish and carnal, ture, which some time were prop- which only aggravate the disapagated against her, she made the pointments by which they are ocsubject of the most refined and in- casioned. But they are tears unnocent pleasantry. Full of plans to life, which produce tranquillity, for the glory of God, and good of purify the soul, and prepare it to remen, and busy in the prosecution ceive those consolations of thegosof them, this excellent lady arriv- pel, which are neither few nor small.
« She hash done what she could,” tempt the silly throng, she chose said our blessed Saviour, with eyes to sin in a more sober, retired, beaming compassion and benevo- premeditated manner. Her comlence upon the woman. It was not panions were the free thinkers of much, but it was all she could do the day, who said, there is no God, and all that Jesus required. She and with them she jeered at the repented, and came to confess her solemn worship of the temple. sins, to mourn for them with hu- With them she vied in magnifi. mility, love, and faith. The queen cent entertainments and equipage, of Sheba could do no more. For in the haughtiness of her demeanthe gold of Ophir could not make our, and cruelty of her heart. Or an atonement. Jesus only could perhaps, she was a sinner of a less pay the price of her redemption. conspicuous and more common Much was forgiven, for she loved sort. Her understanding cultivatmuch.*
ed, her tenrper mild, an amiable This woman, perhaps, had been daughter, sister and wife, and one of the fashionables of Jerusa- lacked only the one thing needful. lem, and, in the opinion of the “God was not in all her thoughts.” world, sustained an unblemished Religion never appeared to her a character. But the rule, by which matter in which she had any conthe world judges, is not the law of cern. She beheld the smoke of God, and therefore it is commonly the morning and evening sacrificerroneous. She had been proba- es, as it rose to heaven, and she bly, one of the thoughtless, loqua- heard the songs of praise, which cious, giddy tribe, whose only pur- issued from the temple, yet her suit is amusement, and who seek heart never glowed with devotion. it, free from the restraints of mo. Not like the holy Anna, who contal principles. Her companions secrated her days to God, she remay have been those, who like garded passovers and sabbaths onherself were never less happy than ly as unwelcome interruptions of when at home, nor ever more so, her household affairs. The law than when at shews and specta- and the prophets were neglected, cles, or wherever amultitude were and her affections entirely engrosassembled. In her mind, actions sed by the world. Alas! where were classed, not into virtuous and is the distinction between indiffervicious, but like her garments, in- ence and contempt; neglect of to fashionable and unfashionable: divine worship, and infidelity and When reflection exercised her profaneness? Is it not a heinous mind, her thoughts were of sin to be any thing less than whol“ changeable suits of apparel, and ly devoted to God? the mantles, and the wimples, and Whatever may have been the the crisping pins, the glasses, and peculiar traits in the character of the fine linen, and the hoods, and this woman, it is certain she was a the veils."+
sinner, and Christ came to call ev: Or perhaps, more sedate and ery sinner to repentance. Behold lofty in her carriage, disdaining the wandering sheep returning to vulgar vices, and viewing with con- the fold, and observe how kindly
*"The porable of which this is the appli. the benevolentshepherd greets her cation, (says Dr.Guise) plainly shews that ter loving much is mentioned, hot as the cause or return! There are no chidings; reason, but as the office and evidence of her nothing cold and repulsive in his it. And in this manner the particle for is often manner. The lost sheep is found and ased. Sie Husea ix. 15." Editor.
there is joy in heaven, She coines Isa. iii. 22, 23
with humility, penetrated with comfort.” It is grace, that trishame and forrow for her past life, umphs when the proud finner is confefling her guilt, and ready to subdued, and brought a willing surrender herself to divine justice. captive to the throne of mercy. She comes with ardent love to God, Not like the conquerors of this adoring his chara&er, and over- world whose trophies are the gowhelmed with gratitude for the ry arms and garments of their mercy, which had suffered her laughtered soes; the trophies of crimes so long, and now submitting the Holy Spirit are the lerenity, with all her heart and soul to his the joy, and the holiness of the government.
She comes with converted foul. faith, believing that God is in
LA TRAPPE. Chrilt reconciling the world to himself, and overpowered with the To the Editors of the Panoplist. vaft idea of his condescensiun and love to a fallen world, which is If the following Proofs fthe Universal Del. now unfolded to her mind. She uger taken from Bry nt and carious other au
thorities, are deeinel of sufficient merit for haitens to cast herself at the feet of publication, they are at your disposal PHILO. Jesus, whom she had so long re
The certainty of the universal garded with dislike, and glorying in deluge is of great moment to the repentance, she makes it as publick christian faith. Though the faas ber crimes. She enters the house cred history stands strong on its of Simon, presses through the own basis, there are men, who crowd, kneels at his feet, washes converse, and write more, than them with streams of tears, kisses they read or think, exerting all them, wipes them with her dishev. their force to invalidate the testielled trelles, and pours on them the mony of heaven. Their popular precious spikenard. “Ah Lord !” talents, their burning zeal in the does she seem to say, “My Lord, cause of infidelity, sometimes gives and my God! Against thee have currency to their superficial phiI linned. Punish me and I will losophy, and men of corrupt not murmur. Because thy mercy minds are persuaded to deny one is infinite, therefore it reaches to of the plainest narratives of revesuch a vile worm as I am. I will lation. This renders it a sacred follow thee whithersoever thou duty for those, who have leisure, eft, and to bear thy reproach thall to collect the proofs of the Flood, be sweeter than even the applause found in the volumes of the learna of the world was to me. Those ed, and to exhibit them to the pube who love thee shall be my friends lick. We will attempt, therefore, and companions. The world shall to establish the fa&t from the relig. have no more a share in my heart; ious rites and ceremonies, the hieLord I give it all to thee; conde roglyphicks and traditions of genicend to make it thine. O that my
from various phehead were waters, and my eyes nomena of the globe, and final. fountains of tears, that I might ly from the authority of scrip. weep for my fins, as I have cause ture. to weep. O that I could forever It may be reasonably supposed, sit at thy feet, that I might nev- that so extraordinary an event as er more depart from thy presence, the universal deluge, would leave for no where else shall I find any an awful impression on the minde