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I could be more consistent and connected.” Before he lost his reason, which was about ten o'clock on Friday night, he requested that Doctor M.Whorter might preach his funeral sermon from Prov. xviii. 10. “ The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it, and is safe;" and on Saturday, between the hours of five and six P. M. he breathed out his foul to God, without a struggle or a groan! On Monday, at ten o'clock A. M. his remains were conducted to the church, attended by a number of his brethren in the ministry, and a large concourfe of his mourning parishioners and friends. Dr. M.Whorter, in comphance with the dying request of the deceased; delivered a funeral discourse from Prov. xviii. 10.--The occafion in itself was truly mournful, and every tender enotion of the heart was called into action, by the pathetic address of the aged Doctor, and the other funeral solemnities, in which the Rev. Mr. Woodruff, and the Rev. Mr. Hillyer, took a part. The church was, on this occasion, truly an houfe of mourning; and I hope there was much of that godly sorrow which worketh repentance. .
Perhaps no inan ever lived more beloved, or died more lamented, by the people of his charge, than Mr. Smith. He had been settled with them little more than a year; and yet, fo indefatigable had he been in his parochial duties, that he had visited every family under his charge, for the purpose of prayer and pious conversation; thus, like the Apoitles of old, breaking the bread of life from house to house. Thus they lived in the most delightful harmony-not one discordant voice was heard- Detraction opened not her mouth, and Envy's self was put to filence! But how suddenly the prospect changed! While they were enjoying all the benefits of his zeal and knowledge, and were flattering themselves with the idea of years of increasing happiness, the tender tie was severed, and their full blown hopes buried in the dust.
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It is worthy of remark, that thirteen days before his death he preached a funeral sermon in a neighbouring parish, and took for his text, “ This year thou malt die." He was remarkably animated and affecting in his application of this fubject; and while he pretfed' it upon'the consciences of his hearers, his own pure mind was so stirred up, that he seemed to realize that there was but a step between him and death. The next day he was taken ill, and though the fickness of so many of his family at the same time was calculated to overspread his mind with gloom, ftill he maintained an uniform cheerfulness, and enjoyed such sensible manifestations of the love and presence of God, that he, more than once, made it the fubject of grateful acknowledgment in the presence of fome pious friends.
Were we, my dear friend, to consult our carnal reason, and judge from our own imperfect view of things, we should be at a loss how to account for, and unable to submit to, this afflictive stroke. To see an amiable man snatched, in the flower of his days, from a tender wife and helpless family, while thousands are continued in the world a burden to themselves, and a pest to those around them.' To see a well instructed fcribe so early put to filence, and the faithful steward called to render up an account of his stewardship, just as he had entered upon the duties of his office, while numbers remain and outlive their ufefulness; these are matters inscrutable to human fight! But though we see through a glass darkly, and are in heaviness by reason of manifold temptations; though we are prone to call good evil, and evil good; yet, thanks be to God, there is a time approaching, when we shall see face to face, when all these feeming mysteries of providence shall be unravelled, and the whole scheme of divine government unfold it felf in com
plete harmony to our enraptured souls; while our willing voices shall unite, with golden harps, to sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “ Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are all thy ways, thou King of faints.” At present, let us keep in mind, that this is a state of trial and probation, and let us remain stedfast in the Faith, trusting the promises of that God who cannot lie, and in his providence, for “he doth all things well;" and in due time we shall reap, if we faint not.
Add your prayers to ours, my dear friend, that God may sanctify this affiliative dispensation of his providence, to the mourning family and friends of the deceased, and to his destitute and distressed flock; so that they may raise their affections from a dead saint to a living Saviour,
From the Spectator of Saturday, Sept. 5, 1801,
N the 31st day of August last, died at Bloomfield,
in the State of New Jersey, Mrs. Mary Davis, the wife of Mr. CORNELIUS Davis, Bookseller of this city. Though the excellences of this lady's character were not of that obtrusive kind which court the observation of the world, they commanded the esteem and love of all who had the happiness of knowing her; and were well worthy of being remembered and imitated.-Endowed by her Creator with an excellent understanding, she consecrated it to the best and most useful purposes. Having become early convinced of the reasonableness and importance of religion, the embraced it with sincerity, attended on its duties with diligence, and enjoyed its pleasures in a very remarkable degree. In her several domestic relations, she displayed an affection, fidelity, and habitual kindness, which endeared her to all who sustained such a connection, and which rendered her departure an irreparable loss to her bereaved and
mourning family. To the various obligations of focial life, she was eminently attentive. It may, with more than common propriety, be said of her, that the “ did not live to herself." Few persons have been animated with a spirit of more pure and disinterested benevolence than she; few have exhibited more faithfulness and zeal, according to the means afforded her, in performing the offices of kindness and charity which such a spirit dictates, and few have had a deeper interest in the respect and affections of those who were acquainted with her worth.-Corresponding with such a life, her departure was peaceful and happy. She sustained a long and painful course of declining health, with the patience and serenity of one who “ walked by faith;" and finally obeyed the suininons of death with that refignation to the divine will; with that willingness to leave all that interested her in this world to a faithful Creator; and with that triumphant joy in the grace and glory of the Redeemer, which his religion alone can inspire.
REVIEW OF WORLDS DISPLAYED.
· [From the London Evangelical Magazine.] Worlds Displayed, for the Benefit of young people, by a
familiar History of some of their Inhabitants. THE ingenious author of this little work has, under
the form of fictitious narrative, endeavoured to inculcate the most important truths. Wrapi in vision, like the great apostle, he ascends to the third heavens, and attempts to express the unutterable things which he is supposed to hear. But not the celestial regions alone does this adventurous author explore; he visit's also the “ fouls in prison;" and his history of Methusa, supposed to be drowned in the flood, is very interesting and pathetic. Upon the whole, this niiniature volume will afford young readers a feast of entertainment, and it will be their own fault if it prove not equally edifying.
The seventh Anniversary of the London Misionary Society,
held in London, May 13, 14, and 15, 1801. N Wednesday morning, May, 13, public service began in U Surry chapel, at half past ten in the morning, when Mr. Herbert Mends, of Plymouth, preached from Zach. xiv. 6, 7. " And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear nor dark. But it shall be one day, which thall be known to the Lord, not day nor night; but it shall come to pass that at evening-time it shall be light.” On the evening of the same day, Mr. Roby, of Manchester, preached in the tabernacle, on 2 Theff. jjj, I, “That the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” On Thursday evening, in Tottenham-Court chapel, Mr. John Cook, of Maidenhead, preached from Matt. vi. 10. “ Thy kingdom come.” And on Friday morning, Mr. W. Tyler, rector of Braytoft, LincolnThire, preached in Christ Church, Newgate.street, from Gal. i. 14, 15..“ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen, iminediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.'
· Mr. Johnson, chaplain to the British Colony in New Holland, has recently arrived, and been most affectionately received by his numerous friends; but his constitution appears to be much debilitated by anxiety of mind, and the necessary fatigues of his office. By him letters have been received from the missionaries, Haffal, Shelley, and Puckey, wlio were all well, and labouring to be useful in their respective spheres Mr. Harris was gone to Norfolk Ifand, having been strongly recominended to persons in command, a spiritual instructor being there inuch wanted,
Mr. Beniom, stationed at Quebec, has communicated to the Society his journal up to January last; his hearers increase, and liis miniftry appears to be acceptable and useful.
Society for Missions to Africa and the East, instituted by
Members of the established Church of England. On Tuesday, May 26, this Society held their first anniversary mcering, when the Rev. T. Scoit (of the Lock) preached a sernon before the Society at Blackfriars church, after prayers were read by the Rev. Mr. Goode. Mr. Scott introduced his discourse (which was founded on Eph. ii. 12.) by controverting and refuring the opinion of those who would persuade us that the heathey are in a fare state, and gave an affecting representation of