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OBITUARY. DEPARTED this life, March 12, 1806, with him without receiving edification, Joseph MAGOFFIN, Esq. late merchant conviction or comfort. Of himself, and of this city, in the seventieth year of his his attainments, he ever spake with moage. His remains were interred the fol- desty and diffidence; and it was his prelowing day in the burial ground of the vailing disposition to esteem others (i. e. first presbyterian church.
other christians) better than himself. He Joseph Magoffin was a native of Ire. had a peculiarly happy mode of adminisland. His mother and maternal grand- tering reproof, and in this respect he father were eminently pious; of the for. was a faithful friend. By many his samer he cherished, through life, the most youry admonitions will long be rememaffectionate remembrance, and spoke in bered. In his views of religious truth, he his last hours with the tenderest feeling. was fixed and unwavering; he had from Early in life he emigrated to this country; a child known the holy scriptures, “which and, after twice re-crossing the Atlantic, are able to make wise unto salvation,” and he settled in Baltimore, where he com- he had long held and professed his faith menced business, and in a short time ac. in the doctrines of grace through the allquired a moderate fortune. About the atoning merit and righteousness of the commencement of the revolutionary war, lord Jesus Christ. He was however no he married, and soon after removed to sectarian; his charity and regards exYork county in this state. He was a repre- tended to all who love the Lord Jesus sentative of that county in the state le. Christ in sincerity; and like the great gislature during the greater part of the apostle of the gentiles he was willing to struggle between the colonies and mother become all things to all men where there country. At the conclusion of the war he was a prospect of meeting in Jesus as removed to Philadelphia, where he resi. their common Lord and Saviour. The ded till his death. Wherever he lived he severity of the winter of 1804, and the did not fail to gain the confidence of the sufferings of the poor are not yet forgotwise and good. In the years 1793 and ten; contributions were made for their 1794, he was a member of the legislature relief, and distributing committies apfor the county of Philadelphia: after pointed. He was placed on the committee serving two years in the common council, of the extensive ward in which he lived. he declined being re-elected on account His indefatigable exertions amidst cold of increasing years and infirmities. In and wet, produced a disorder in his breast these and some subordinate situations, which, tho' in some measure alleviated, he always acted with that attention and was never removed, & finally put a period fidelity which could defy the tongue of to his mortal life. By an act of benevolence malice; and was so fortunate to the last, he laid the foundationof his death, and duas not only to deserve, but to retain a ring his confinement he enjoyed as much character wholly unsullied.
freedom from pain as could well be supHe was tender and sympathetic unto posed, where the silver cord was gradu. all, and aftectionate to christian brethren; ally loosening; and at length he expired he knew well how to make allowances for without a struggle. “Blessed is he that
poor human nature,” as he was wont considereth the poor,” “ the Lord will to express bimself, even in the best of strengthen him upon the bed of languishmen, Few perhaps have been better qua. ing. Thou wilt make all his bed in his lified to act the part of a friend than he sickness.” The most fepvent wishes he exFas. His deep sense of unworthiness, pressed were for resignation to the divine induced him to expect but little from will, and of this grace he exhibited a others; and for any marks of kindness bright example. Naturally of a despondhe received, he was ever grateful, but to ing disposition,” and disposed to view those who were among his friends, he every thing on the darkest side, he had was a friend indeed: in their afflictions his fears and doubts. Indeed he well knew he bore a part. He could rejoice with that a mistake nowwould be irremediable. those that rejoiced, and weep with those “ Yet I know said he,” it is the legality that wept. His conversation was such as of my heart which sets before me the sins became the gospel
, and it is the testi- of my youth, and the unprofitableness of mony of one who was favoured with his my life.” He declared he had no doubt acquaintance, and his confidence, for of his sincerity in serving God. He could twelve years, that he seldom conversed say with confidence, “ Lord I have loved
the habitation of thy house the placement.” He felt the pangs of separation where thine honour dwelleth, I have ha- from those he loved on earth; his feeling ted the congregation of evil doers, to sit were not those of a stoick; yet he met with such I have shunned. Gather not death with the fortitude of a Christian my soul with sinners.” When his disor. He always spoke with calmness of his apder had affected his head, and his mind proacbing dissolution: and to one of his seemed deranged with respect to every friends he gave directions respecting his thing else, it was not so with regard to funeral, and the place in which he wished religion; happy proof, that those ideas his flesh to rest in hope. Humility was a had made a deep impression. Death could leading trait in the character of this good not separate him from the love of God. man. Though he always heard with as. One or two evenings before his death, dent pleasure the experience of others, one of his family asked him, if he now pos- and with great faithfulness pointed out to sessed a confidence in the peculiar love those committed to his care, what ought of God to his soul; he answered, “Yes, to be the exercises of their minds, he se! though not in that degree or with that dom spoke of his own religious experience. fervour I could wish.
He was early initiated into the doctrines To a particular friend, who was with of the gospel, and evinced in after life the him shortly before his death, he expres- truth of the wise man's observation, 'train sed himself as follows. “You and I have up a child in the way he should go, and long professed faith in Christ. Oh, we do when he is old he will not depart from it' not believe, we do not trust bim lialf Here he was jealous of himself, with a enough; keep close to Christ my friend; godly jealousy; and be frequently es. you are safe no where else. Tell the breth. pressed his fears; that as he had been an ren of our little society* (a pleasing one observer of religious duties, his religion it hath been to me) to keep close to the had in it something of chance, especially Redeemer; let his excellency, suitable. as he found not in his change those regu. ness, and ability as a Saviour be the be. lar steps laid down by some. But tho'tluse ginning and end of your meetings; and were often the desponding exercises of let brotherly love continue. Pray for me his own mind, to those who knew him that I may not be left in the critical mo. best, bis manner of life left no room to
doubt that for him to live was Christ, to
die gain !' The society here alluded to is com.
During the last seven or eight years of posed of male communicating members his life it was his custom to retire three from different Presbyterian Churches, and times a day for secret devotion; which at meets once every week in private houses particular scasons he accompanied with for social conference on religious subjects religious fasting. Though free from the and for prayer
least appearance of superstition, he was The following is an extract of a letter a strict observer of the Sabbath, sancti. written by him to that society, (for which fving it with all those over whom he poshe deservedly obtained the name of a
sessed authority. To the souls of such he father) during his illness.“ Resignation is endeavoured faithfully to discharge his a very different thing, from what we are duty; the priest of his family, he taught apt to think, when matters seein to go them to offer the morning and evening well with us. We think we have attained sacrifice, and when visited by any of his it; but let distress come upon us in per: relatives, he always took the opportunity son, family, character, and substance, that of impressing their minds with what bé. will try us. The whole secret may be longed to their eternal peace. He sighed found in these few words. " Let him deny at abounding iniquity, and while in stahimself, and take up the daily cross and tions of public confidence earnestly e sertfollow me.” We are all divided be. ed himself for the suppression of theattween God and self, and self has many rical exhibitions, and murder by duel. He. ways to work in us: If we could get clear was an example of our Saviour's precept of self, we would do. I have heard there “if you love me, keep my command. seems a kind of apathy to have fallen on
ments.” but my dear brethren let me just ask, Early devoted to his Saviour's cause, can we not watch with Christ one hour! He sought with zeal the honour of his It seems to be a time of falling off, even laws, here, but can we not hear loim who is Through life a champion for the faith he saying, will ye also go away, shall we not stood, rather say with good Nchemiah, shall In death his peace, his hope, his rest was such a man as I fee?
A brief Account of the last illness and death glory in the earth. He also fervently gave of Amos Munn.
thanks to God tür his goodness and merMr. Munx made a profession of reli- cy, and especially for this instance of his gion in his youth, and to the day of his great goodness in giving him the use of death, supported a christian character.
and that he was permitted, beHe was seized with a violent inflam- fore leaving the world, renewedly to taste matory fever which baffled the skill of redeeming love, and see, with comforthis physicians, and in five days terminated able assurance, the all-sufficiency of the his life. From the first, his mind was Saviour's righteousness; and that he was considerably deranged. More than eight now enabled, in the comfortable exercise and forty hours before his death, he be. of faith and hope to commit his departing came so raving that for the most of the spirit to the arms of his Redeemer. time it required, at least, two men to This prayer greatly strengthened and keep him on his bed. This circumstance comforted a number of pious people who in a peculiar manner, affected the heart were present, and filled other spectators of his pious mother. In her distress, it with astonishment and trembling. The was her constant and fervent prayer, that writer of this sketch came to the house he might not be taken out of the world just as the prayer was ended. Every in this state of derangement; that he countenance seemed to express a solemn might before be expired, possess a com- sense of death and eternity. The impresposed mind, receive fresh tokens of par. sion made by this prayer he trusts, still doning mercy, and leave to his surviving remains on the minds of a number who friends comfortable evidence that he had heard it, though nearly twelve months made a happy exchange of worlds. have since elapsed. Immediately after he
A few hours before his death, the use ceased praying, he fell into a lethargic of his reason appeared perfectly restored. state, in which he continued till he exHe then lifted up his eyes to heaven and pired. in a solemn, pertinent, and impressive Thus were the prayers of a pious mo. manner, prayed for his afflicted family, ther literally answered, and thus it pleasfor his aged parents, and for the church ed God to give to a number, who stood of which he was a member, that God around this dying christian, an opportuwould pour his Spirit upon it, and make nity to witness the power of that religion, additions to it. That God would appear in which has often taken from death its bis glory to build up Zion, that he would sting, and from the grave its victory. disappoint her enemies, and make her a
On the insertion of the following Poem, siderably to increase the numbers whom we cannot omit to announce, that it is de- they relieve: but they cannot execute signed to recommend The Asylum for edu- their design without liberal and extensive cating the Deaf and Dumb. That institito support; and such support, we bope, that tion has existed fourteen years, and pro- they will not ineffectually entreat. Furduced eiiects most grateful to the philan- ther information may be obtained from thropic and pious heart. “ The Deaf in- Henry Thornton, Esq. M. P. Birchin deed hear, the Dumb speak; and to these Lane, Treasurer; or the Rev. John Townpoor babes the gospel is preached.” The send, Rotherhithe, Secretary, who will Funds of the Society are however very gratefully accept any Donations for the inadequate to the relief of the numerous intended' Building, or Annual Supscrip. and atfecting objects who solicit their as- tions towards the general expenses of the sistance. Only twelve candidates can be Society.
Evan. Mag now annually admitted; and at the last half-yearly election, forty-seven applicants PETITION OF THE DEAF AND DUME. were unavoidably rejected: some of whom
by their age, rendered unarmis- Who is that little blooming boy? sible; and others have brothers and sis. Why do no books his mind employ? ters suffering under the same afdiction. Why does he breathe no sound of joy? The Society have, therefore, determined
Oh, he is deaf and dumb! t", build a more catcnsive Asylum, & con
And who that maid, so passing fair, And aid, with lib'ral hands, bestow
You who can list to pious lays,
And in the Church unite to raise Would that my language could relate The fervent hymn of heartfelt praise, Their woe-fraught pangs and cheerless Assist the deaf and dumb!
state! And how I pity their sad fate
From Heav'n may great success descend, Who are both deaf and dumb! And constant fruits their toils attend,
Who labour anxious to befriend Their infant years were never blest
The hapless deaf and dumb! With a soft lullaby to rest : No prattlings e'er their love exprest, And whilst we thus deplore their lot, For they were deaf and dumb! May that great God be ne'er forgot,
To whom we owe that we are not, Where healthy youthful sports abound, Like them both deaf and dumb! And others play with merry sound, They walk alone, or gaze around, As they are deaf and dumb!
LINES ON THE THOUGHT OF DEATH. When unseen dangers rush most near, O, for that car which bore the man' of They stand unmov'd, devoid of fear;
God Nor kindest cautions can they hear, Triumphant to the realm of endless Since they are deaf and dumb!
Safe to convey me to that bright abode, Not all the melodies of Spring
Far from Death's gloomy vale to mark To them can soothing pleasure bring:
the way! Vainly, the sweetest birds may sing To the dull deaf and dumb!
A thousand diff'ring tracks its entrance
gain; From cheerful scenes to gloom they steal; Dark, dreary, loathsome to the sickenAnd should they pain or rapture feel,
ing soul; They can no joy nor pain reveal, Decrepit age, and fell Disease's train, Whilst they are deaf and dumb! And accidents in frightful forms that
roll. What knowledge can their minds acquire? Who can their breasts with truth inspire? Hark! from the skies a voice, than mortal Or kindle pure celestial fire
more, In the sad deaf and dumb ?
Aloud proclaims, " Thy anxious fears
dismiss; If rich, Science, with beams so bright, “ Nor faint to tread the lonely valley May much dispel their mental night;
o'er, And e'en illume with heav'nly light “The only way to everlasting bliss! The darksome deaf and dumb!
“ The path thou hast to walk I have But if their parents should be poor,
made plain: Then (though they might obtain a cure) “ See, where my footsteps mark the All their sad woes they must endure, dreary road, And die both deaf and dumb; * Press on; nor fear, Immanuel is my
name; Must they, ye good whose hearts can sigh“ Nor doubt the promise of a faithful For human grief, thus must they die?
Jesus, at thy command my fears subside;
Death's terrors now no more my soul Children whose bosoms joyful beat
appal: Around the social hearth to meet, On thy kind arm I lean, Celestial Guide, Who can your much-lov'd parents greet, Be thou my hope, my strength, my life, Pity the deaf and dumb!
Studens Theologie Parents, who purest transports know, Hasten your gratitude to show,