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Haven * of reputable parents. great change in his temper, in
His descent was from the Hon- | his feelings, in his views, in his
orable Stephen Goodyear, the aims and resolutions : they were
first deputy governor of the col- all new. They had respect to
'ony of New Haven. As he en- God his glory and kingdom.
joyed no peculiar advantages, in | His sorrows and joys were new.
his youth for mental improve-'| He mourned for sin, and re-
ment, he was not distinguished / joiced in the Lord.
from his coevals. But at about He appeared not to be his
twenty-two years of age it pleas- own but the Lord's. Far from
ed God of his sovereign mercy, being ashamed of Christ and his
effectually to call him into his gospel, even in his youth, he
kingdom. At this time his at- | came out from the world, and
tention was uncommonly arrest- made a public profession of su-
ed, and his mind penetrated with preme love to his Saviour, and
a pungent sense of his exceed- / of attachment to his interests
ing sinfulness ; of his self-ruin- and friends. As he professed
ed, utterly lost and helpless religion, he made it the great
condition. He saw and felt concern and business of his life.
himself to be a great sinner, un- | As the knowledge of God was
der the curse of the law and just sweet to his soul, he searched
ly exposed to the all-consuming | the scriptures abundantly, and
displeasure of a holy God. For read other books of piety and
a considerable time he continued devotion as well as on points of
deeply impressed with a sense of doctrine, and being a constant
guilt, and with alarming appre- and attentive hearer of the word,
hensions of eternal damnation. / he made happy proficiency in
But at length, as he hoped, in divine knowledge. He was dis-
view of the glory of God, and creet, temperate, sober, diligent,
the mediatorial glories of Jesus faithful, zealous, inoffensive, and
Christ, he was brought to re- sound in the faith. He was
nounce all self-righteousness righteous, charitable, meek and
and self-dependence, · to re- steadfast abounding in the work
sign himself into the hands of a of the Lord; so that he became
sovereign God, and to seek par- | distinguished among his breth..
don and life wholly on the foot-ren, as a pillar in the house of
ing of mercy, as it reigns thro' | God. Their eyes and hearts
the righteousness and boundless were fixed upon him ; and they
fulness which there is in Christ. / appointed him to the office of a
Him he apprehended as divinely deacon, in which he served, to
lovely, as willing and able to save great acceptance, for more than
unto the uttermost them who thirty years. During this long
come unto God by him. In him period he was an example to hia
he hoped he believed, in him he brethren, with singular dignity,
rejoiced as his strength, as his propriety and patience sustain-
righteousness, as his ALL in ALL. | ing the burdens, and perform-
From this time he experienced a sing the duties of his office. As

the church and congregation for

a great part of the time were now forms the parish of Mount-Car-, destitute of a pastor, he was in mel.

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He was able and fervent in pray- such discretion, and so happily er, and in an edifying and judi- redeemed time, that it never cious manner led the public wor- seemed to injure him in his temship, when the people had no poral affairs. † He was diligent preacher. He visited and pray- | in business, fervent in spirit, ed with the sick and dying. At serving the Lord. funerals he prayed and convers- He was called, as all God's ed with propriety, to edification, people are, to endure chastiseand general acceptance. He ment, and tried as gold seven vas one who comforted the times in the furnace of affliction. mourner, made the hearts of In the year 1776 he was called the widow, the fatherless, his to bury the wife of his youth, mourning brethren and friends truly the desire of his eyes ; his glad with words of instruction, eldest son, at the age of twentypeace and consolation. He in- two years; and two claughters, structed and counselled those one aged twenty, and the other under serious impressions, and, thirteen years, in the term of with his worthy fellow deacon, about two months. The chilexamined those who were admit-dren were amiable and dutiful, ted to the communion. By his bound to his heart by every prudent, peaceful and happy endearment. The aspects of management, the church, in the Providenee at the same time, midst of many changes, and with respect to the country, great dangers was kept together, whose interests lay near his and enjoyed a good degree of or- heart, were most gloomy and der, peace and purity. He lov- | alarming. But amidst these reed the ministers of Christ, as- iterated and sore bereavments, sisted and supported them with and threatening aspects, he was all his power and influence; was submissive, calm and serene, public spirited, and always libe- and was borne up by such chrisral to the house of God. | tian fortitude as was almost as

He was so popular among his tonishing to those who knew not brethren, and they reposed such the power of religion and the cntire confidence in him, that sweetness of divine consolations. he was chosen almost universal. He appeared in patience and ly, to represent the church in peace to possess his soul. Like every ecclesiastical council in the pious Habakkuk he rejoiced the district while he was in of- | in the Lord, and joyed in the fice. In councils he was par- rock of his salvation. The trial ticularly useful, as he was judi- of his faith appeared more precious, candid and pacific. Thus cious than that of gold which a very considerable portion of perisheth. Like the sun he his time was freely employed in kept his course, and vas steadserving the interests of the Re- fast, immoveable. deemer's kingdom, of his fel. Under injuries he was meek, low christians and mankind. * patient and forgiving, overcomYet he managed his affairs with ing evil with good. In his gen

* He was captain of the militia in the time of the revolutionary war, and spent much time and property in the defence of his country.

+ A generous pity fills his mind: Yet what his charity impairs, He saves by prudence in affairs, And thus he's just to all mankind.

eral deportment he was vigilant ry commencement he appreand inoffensive, careful to lay no hended it would be his last. stumbling blocks in the way of | And he expressed an entire acothers. Like the excellent De- quiescence in the divine will. metrius, he had good report of | As he had lived for usefulness, all men and of the truth itself. and as he considered that now

In private life he was no less very much at an end, he seemed amiable than in public. He was to ehoose death rather than life, particularly attentive to the reli- | if it should comport with the digion and government of his fam- | vine purpose. He appeared to ily, reading the scriptures and delight in the prospect of being praying daily with them, at the absent from the body and presusual seasons, and laboriously ent with the Lord. His views instructing them in the doctrines of the gospel plan of salvation, and duties of religion. He spar- | and of things unseen and eternal, ed no pains to train up his chil- which he had on his death bed, dren in the nurture and admoni- | were reported to be more clear tion of the Lord. In all his re- and transporting than any which lations he was discreet; kind, af- he had before experienced. His fectionate and faithful.

hopes therefore brightened up But notwithstanding the ex- | to a more happy and full assurcellencies which others saw in ance. him, and his usefulness in the Those who were his attendhouse of God, he was deeply l'ants in his sickness report, sensible of a body of sin and “ That he seemed to live in full death cleaving unto him. He view of the glory and blessedness bewailed the remains of sin and of the invisible world, and to imperfection which he discover grasp for them with every ed in himself; and in view of breath." That this was his lanhis sinfulness, barrenness and guage, “ I long to be gone, O unprofitableness seemed to loathe how I long to have this mortal himself and to be clothed with body dissolved, and to be with humility. He spake of himself Christ which is far better? I as a great sinner, and represent- long to be with Christ to see him ed that his only hope was in the as he is, and to behold his greatness of the divine mercy, / glory.” Though his desires through the perfect atonement to be with Christ were thus and boundless fulness of Christ. ardent, yet they were mixed Thus he lived as one who had with patience and submission.come in the unity of the faith, \ In his last agonies he closed his and of the knowledge of the eyes, and folded his hands upon son of God unto a perfect man. his placid breast, and expired

If we follow him to the bed of, without a groan. Mark the perdeath, he will appear with the | fect man and behold the upright same christian and lovely fea- for the end of that man is peace. tures ; his mind was composed, Blessed are the dead who die in calm, peaceful and serene as the the Lord. summer's evening. He was In review of these memoirs it strong in the faith, still trusting is natural to reilcct in the Lord. The sickness 1. That the christian religion which terminated his life was is a divine, a glorious reality. long and distressful. At its ve-' It is not a dormant, but power. ful principle of piety, righteous- | portunities to destroy the noblest ness and universal goodness. hope, peace and comfort of othAs our Saviour hath said, it is ers, and to reduce them to the a well of water springing up in- same hopeless and miserable to everlasting life. Like streams condition with himself. His of living water, it is refreshing throat is an open sepulchre, he and beneficial to its subjects, sets his mouth against the heavand highly useful and advanta ens, blaspheming the Son of geous to others. How was this God, and pouring out hatred and exemplified in the death of Dea- reproach against his people, and con Goodyear? How do the excel his tongue walketh through the lencies and happy effects of chris earth. While he lives he detianity demonstrate its divine ori stroys much good, and when he ginal? What but a religion dies, it is either in horror and from God, could thus attract the despair, in dreadful expectations heart to him, and cause men 1 of the judgment to come, or in thus to imitate him as dear chil doubt whether he shall die like a dren? What but this could ena beast, or transmigrate into one ; ble them thus calmly to endure or whether he shall be punished affliction, to go about doing good, with everlasting destruction from and thus gloriously to triumph the presence of the Lord and over death? What can the age the glory of of his power. The of reason? What hath, or can | latter is the destiny to which the infidelity produce in compari- faithful sayings of God have apson with these? How wide is pointed him. the difference between the Chris 2. That the advantages of early tian and the infidel? The one piety are exceedingly great. It warmed with divine love, and was deacon Goodyear's acquaintanimated with a lively hope, pu- | ance with God and love to the rifes himself even as God is truth, in his youth, which laid pure. He is pious, and does all the foundation for his distinmanner of good to men. Hav | guishing piety and usefulness ing fed on Christ, and tasted that in life ; for his comfortable asthe Lord is gracious, he invites surance and triumph in death. others to come and feast with | Those who have been most dishim on the heavenly manna. tinguished for piety, and have His tongue is a tree of life, give done the greatest public services ing glory to God, and adminis- in the church and the world, as tering instruction, grace and Samuel, David, Daniel and the consolation to all who hear him. three children, Timothy and Having been the servant of God, Apollos, feared God from their and the benefactor of men he youth. Early piety secures dies full of peace, hope and im- salvation to the subjects of it, mortality.

| should they die in youth. If The other lives in unbelief, I they live to old age it lays a fraught with rancor against the foundation for long and happy Saviour, his truth and people, improvement in the divine life, lives without God, without hope, | for great experience and comwithout all divine peace and fort in walking with God, for comfort. Instead of doing good, great usefulness in the church he employs his talents and op. I and in the world, for comfort in

old age, assurance and triumph Though she was willing to leave in death, and for distinguishing all with the Lord, and chose to blessedness and glory in heav- have him do with her as would en. What engaging motives be most for his glory; yet, if are these to persuade all young consistent with the divine will, people to remember now their she longed and prayed that she Creator in the days of their might be made more submisyouth ?

sive, and that God would lift 3. How important is it that upon her the full light of his we all become followers of those countenance before she died; who through faith and patience which it pleased him, who hearinherit the promises ? How eth the cries of his children, to honorable and blissful must it grant, in a wonderful measure. be to live as they have lived, to For on the evening of the Lord's die as they have died, and with day, May 6, she broke out in them to inherit the promises? | the following words, which were May this be our happy lot.- taken from her mouth : “Oh, Amen.

the happiness of the saints in glory-when shall I leave this

body of sin and corruption and Aleinoir, of Mrs. Sally Mor- go to enjoy God in his heavenly

TON, of Williamsburgh, Mas- kingdom? My friends, praise sachusetts, who left this world God.-I must soon go and leave May 19, 1804, in the triumphs you, but Christ can comfort of a gospel faith, cheerfully you. My dear husband and leaving her consort and young children, may God provide for family with Jesus. '

you, trust in him and you have M rs. MORTON was the nothing to fear. Praise God for I I daughter of Col. May of his wonderful works to the chilGoshen, Massachusetts. It is a dren of men. Oh, join with me number of years since her par- and sing redeeming love. Christ ents deceased, hopefully in the has redeemed his friends from Lord. Col. May was a chief the curse of the law. Oh, praise pillar in the town, and a very him! Let Saints and Angels, worthy deacon in the church.-- and all the heavenly choir, join Mrs. Morton, his daughter, was, with me and sing redeeming as we hope, converted to God in love. Christ stands with open her youth; ever after which she arms ready to receive me to was an example of Christian himself, and the holy Angels meekness and piety, that did stand prepared to welcome me honor to her profession

to the joys of the heavenly paraIn the beginning of her sick- dise. Come, my friends, ascribe ness, she could hardly think of holiness to the Lord, for he is leaving the world with that dis- worthy, worthy, worthy, worthy easc, having a great desire to is the Lamb that was slain, to live and bring up her children ; receive honor and glory. Let but she soon became in a good us all join in the heavenly song. measure submissive to the will

“ Glory to God on high, of the Lord, and said, “I can

can And licavenly peace on carth; have all with God, he can take | Good will to nien, to Angels joy care of my family without me." As the Redeemer's birth.”

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