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Z has our thanks for his seasonable remarks “ On the neglect of the Old Divines.” A continuance of his correspondence is requested.
The friend who sent us the interesting account of Professor FRANK, will perceive that his communication was acceptable, by its prompt insertion.
Amicus Philo is informed, that his wishes have been anticipated in part. The Editors have received from Philo, No. I. of“ Observations and facts respecting the TRINITY," collected chiefly from the “Age of Revelation,” by Dr. BOUDINOTT. We hope other correspondents, on a similar plan, will direct their attention to the doctrine of atonements, and of future rewards and punishments. Whatever different views christians may entertain on these great doctrines of our religion, none will object to having the foundations of our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, strengthened, by any arguments, which can be fairly deduced from heathen mythology, and ancient history.
Patmos, on “ The Wickedness of Skepticism,” shall have a place in our next number.
Christianus" on the accountability of men for their faith,” is receiv. ed. We thank him for his attention to this seasonable subject.
The lines by Filius were received too late for this number.
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From the Christian Observer.
MEMOIRS OF MRS. LETITIA COCKBURN. Mrs. Letitia COCKBURN was life, or her affections : she was descended in the female line from therefore perfectly at ease in the the noble family of the Russels. course which she was pursuing. Losing her parents when young, But it pleased God, by means of the care of her education devolved some afflictive dispensations, to lead on an affectionate aunt; a woman her to consider her ways more per: of fine fense, polished manners, and feetly, to perceive their vanity, and exemplary virtue. Whilft under by degrees to appreciate more juftthe age of twenty she was united ly her state and character before to an officer in the army; who, God, and to apply her heart to by distinguished merit in his pro- trưe wisdom.
After drinking féllion, attained to a high military deeply of the bitter cup of afflicrank. In this situation she was tion, she found that the world, led to mix with persons in the up- with all its pleasures, was a miseper ranks of society, and to partake table comforter ; that her best with the gaiety of youth, of the friend was her God and Saviour, pleasures and dilipation peculiar and her fafest counsellor the word to the fashionable world. But of his grace. Various events lead. though placed in such unfavoura- ing her to a more private situation ble circumstances, the still discharg- in life, she was now lefs diverted ed, in a conscientious manner, from religious pursuits ; and to the duties of a wife and a mother. the utmost of her ability the emNor did her intercourse with the played herself in the exercise of piworld make her forget the impor- ety, benevolence, and charity to tance of religion : The had been the poor. Indeed she was by nataught, whilst a child, to think of ture generous, kindly affectioned, religion with the highest reverence, and given to hospitality, though, and the impression remained after at the same time, her temper was she was grown up. She was in the halty, impetuous, and impatient constant habit of reading her Bible, of restraint. nor did she permit herself, at any It pleased God, in his great time, to neglect attendance on pub- goodness at this time, to introduce fick worship, or the exercise of pri- to her acquaintance several per. vate devotion. She even persuad- fons, who “ knew the
of ed herself that the loved God and God in truth,” and who did not kept his commandments ; in short, fhun to declare to her the whole that the fulfilled every demand counsel of God. Their friendly which religion had, either on her admonitions for some time seemed to be as feed buried in the earth ; ring the conversations which she but at length it produced fruit to frequently had with a pious cler. his glory. As the was returning gyman of the Church of England, from church on the 25th of May, who frequently visited her in her 1804, she was attacked with a illness, and who was made the a painful and dangerous disorder, instrument of great good to her and from that time she became ev. foul, when reminded by him of idently more alive than ever to the her lost estate by nature, and that great concerns of eternity. Deep- the atoning blood of Christ was ly convinced of the spirituality of the only foundation of her hopes, God's holy law, and of her own The conitantly professed that the guilt in having violated it, the knew she was a finner, had no merplainly felt her awful situation as it of her own to plead, and thather á loft sinner, and was led by the only hope was in the tender merSpirit of God to flee for refuge to cies of her Redeemer, who shed the hope set before her in the gor. his blood for the remiffion of sins. pel. Her disorder, though fow Toward the latter end of Sepin its progress, was not to be over- tember her disorder had made such come; but to her own consolation, ravages, that hope was at an end, and the great joy of her friends, and about the last ten days of her as her bodily strength declined, life she was confined wholly to her spiritual strength manifestly her bed. Frequently and most increased day by day. While dil- devoutly did the beseech God in coursing with her beloved son, she his mercy, to bless her children would often say to him, “ I know and friends, and to forgive all who not to what cause to ascribe it, but had injured her, declaring that she I never felt such calm resignation. herself molt cordially forgave to the will of God, during any them. Such declarations the former illness, as I now do." made repeatedly and emphatically When she perceived his grief and before her participation of the fa. anxiety on her account, the sweetly crament of the Lord's Supper, in reproved him for it. Though in which folemn act of devotion her much pain the complained not ; fervid piety was highly edifying. and with little or no hope of re-. The prayers of her pious friends covery she was perfealy calm, and had been repeatedly offered at the in her words and actions mild and throne of grace for divine support gentle as a lamb. Even when and confolation ; and both were much enfeebled, he was often now extended to her in a remarkheard to fing parts of the Magnif- able manner. Her foul appeared icat in a clear fine voice, particu- to be filled with a sense of her SaTarly the words “My foul doth viour's love, and she seemed to magnify the Lord, and my spirit have a foretaste of the liappiness hath rejoiced in God my Saviour,” which awaited her in that better and during the sharpelt paroxysms world to which she was fast apof pain the would often repeat, proaching. On the day before Glory be to God.-At intervals her death, she suffered great pain, of ease the requeíted her dear and was very restless. On the daughter-in-law, whose attentions next day, which was her last, she were unremitted, to read to her appeared perfectly easy, with a the seven first, and the last stanza, placid smile in her countenance of the 139th Plalm, N. V. Du- expressive of the ferenity that prevailed within. Bean's Prayer for christianity are no where mentionDeparting Souls was read, and, ed ; but it appears, from his own after some interval, the Commen- writings, as well as from the testi. datory Prayer for a Person at the mony of Eusebius and Theodo. Point of Death, which, after anoth- ret, that he was placed, at an earer interval, was repeated. As the ly age, under the instructions of prayer advanced her breathing be- St. Polycarp, the Bithop of Smyr. came weaker ; and as the prayer na, who had been the disciple of ended the breathed her last. Her St. John. His words are, “when spirit and the intercession of her I was yet a child I was in the Lowchristians friends, it is hoped, af- er Asia with Polycarp;" and "I cended to heaven together. Her remember the things then done son, who had not moved from her better than what has happened of bedside for a considerable time be- late : for what we learn being chilfore her departure, held her hands dren, increases together with the between his at this folemn moment, mind itself, and is closely united and received her last breath. to it : Insomuch that I am able Not a groan nor throb was heard, to tell even the place where the nor was the lealt change of coun- blessed Polycarp fat and discourftenance perceptable. --She fell a- ed ; also his goings-out and comsleep in Jesus.
Vol. I. No. 3.
ings-in ; his manner of life ; the Thus died thisexcellent woman, shape of his body ; his discourses at her son's house in Lansdown to the people ; the familiar interplace, Bath, on Sunday evening, course which he faid he had with the uth of November, 1804, in John, and with the rest who had the seventy-second year of her age. seen the Lord ; and how he reMay every reader of this narra- hearsed their fayings; and what tive, encouraged by so striking an they were which he had heard instance of divine mercy, become from them concerning the Lord, a follower of them who, through his miracles, and his doctrines. faith and patience, inherit the According as Polycarp received promises ; that, together with them from those who with their those who have died in the Lord, own eyes beheld the word of life, he may be a joyful partaker of fo he related them, agreeing in that blessed rest which remaineth all things with the scriptures. for the people of God.
These things, by the mercy of
God beltowed on me, I then heard From the Christian Observer. diligently, and copied them out, LIFE OF ST. IRENDEU5.
not in paper, but in my heart; History has conveyed to us and by the grace of God I do confew particulars of the first years tinually and sincerely ruminate on of the life of Irenæus, and has not them.” even specified his country, or the The account which has been alplace of his birth. There is, how- ready given of Polycarp* fuffiever, fufficient ground for believ- ciently thews, that by him Irenæus ing him to have been a Greek, and must have been taught the true to have acquired in his youth a and uncorrupted doctrine of the competent acquaintance with the Apostles ; and was likely also, philosophy and literature, which confidering the deep reverence were then in vogue. The circumtances which led hiin to embrace
The life of Tolycarp shall be given in a future number,
which he felt for his master, to im. throne of the Cæfars, a perfecu. bibe from him a spirit nearly alli- tion commenced against the ed to theirs. Accordingly wę christians, which continued with find him, in after life, to have only occasional and partial interbeen an eminent example of the millions during his reign of nineeffect of genuine christianity in teen years. In 177, the storm fanctifying the heart, and elevat- of this persecution fell with peing the foul above worldly and culiar violence on France, and fenfual objects.
particularly on the churches of Irenæus is also said to have been, Lyons and Vienne. An account for some time, a scholar of Papias, of the miseries which it there prothe Bishop of Hierapolis,* a man duced is contained in an epiftle of unqueitionable piety, but of a addressed by these churches to weak judgment and narrow under their brethren in Asia and Phrygkanding, which, leading him to ia, and written, as is most probamisapprehend fome of the more ble, by Irenæus himself; the subabftrufe parts of fcripture, prov. ftance of which will now be giv¢d the occasion of great errors in en. many who followed him and revered his memory i errors, the “ Who noble ends by noble means ob. contagion of which Irenæus him. tains, self did not wholly escape.
Or failing smiles in exile or in chains ;
Like good Aurelius let him reign or Of the life of Irenæus nothing bleed more is known until the year of Like Socrates ; that man is great inour Lord 177. We then find deed." him acting as Presbyter of the
It would not have suited the poet's Church of Lyons in France, under purpose, or rather that of his infidel in
structor, Bolingbroke, to have exhibitPothinus, who was Bishop of
ed to view, as eminent examples of vir. that fee. The circumstances tue, those whose ardent love of Chirst, which led to his being placed in and whose realizing views of eternity, this situation have not been re
had rendered them superior to eve corded: but the gospel having ery worldly or felfish con&deration :
whom neither tribulation, nor distress, been first planted in Lyons, at no very remote period, by means of edness, nor peril, nor the sword, could
nor persecution, nor famine, nor oak. miffionaries fent thither by one move from the prosecution of the noof the Afatick churches, the Gal. blest end; the glory of God, by the nolick chriitians probably continued bleft means; an entire devotedness of paltors from the fame quarter; vice. No, it is the implacable persecu
themselves, souls and bodies, to his seravailing themselves for that pur- tor of those very men, every period of pose of the commercial inter- whose history is stained with their course subsisting between the two blood, and whose delegated cruelties countries. Pothinus, the Bifh- toward them (though they were, in op, was evidently a Greek as well deed, the excellent of the earth) can
not be read without indignation and as Irenæus,
horror ; this is the man whom our Soon after Marcus Aurelius obriftian Poet selects as his pattern of Antoniust had succeeded to the imperial magnanimity, of true good
ness and nobleness of mind ! See Mile Papias had likewise been a disciple ner's Church History, Vol. I. of St. John.
• It was to the fury of this persecu+ This is the same person whom Mr. tion that St. Polycarp and Justin Mars Pope celebrates in the following lines :
tyr, fell victims,