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vine Being to place him in life, the grave, and we shall meet a-
and the great advantage he had gain.”
enjoyed in the acquaintance and “ On Monday morning, the
friendship of some of the best 9th of February, on being asked
and wisest of men of the age in how he did, he answered in a
which he lived, and the satisfac- faint voice, that he had no pain,
tion he derived from having led but appeared fainting away grad-
an useful as well as happy life. ually. About eight o'clock he
He this day gave directions a- desired to have three pamphlets
bout printing the remainder of which had been looked out by
his notes on the Scriptures (a his directions the evening be-
work, in the completion of which fore. He then dictated as clear-
he was much interested,) and ly and distinctly as he had ever
looked over the first sheet of the done in his life, the additions
third volume, after it was cor- and alterations which he wished
rected by those who were to at- to have done in each. M-
tend to its completion, and ex- took down the substance of what
pressed his satisfaction at the he said, which was read to him.
manner of its being executed. He observed, “Sir, you have

« On Sunday the 5th he was put in your own language ; I
much weaker, but sat up in an wish it to be mine.' He then
arm chair for a few minutes. He repeated over again, nearly word
desired that John, ch. xi. might for word, what he had before
be read to him ; he stopped the said, and when it was transcrib-
reader at the forty-fifth verse, ed, and read over to him, he said,
dwelt for some time on the ad-“ That is right; I have now
vantage he had derived from done."
reading the scriptures daily, and " About half an hour after he .
recommended this practice.- desired that he might be remov-
66 We shall all (said he) meet ed to a cot. About ten minutes
finally ; we only require differ- after he was removed to it, he
ent degrees of discipline suited died ; but breathed his last so
to our different tempers, to pre- easily that those who were sit-
pare us for final happiness.”- ting close to him did not imme-
Mr. coming into his room, diately perceive it. He had put
he said, “ You see, Şir, I am his hand to his face, which pre-
still living,” Mr. observed, vented them from observing it.
66 that he would always live.- • He was born March 24,
6. Yes, I believe I shall ; we shall 1733,
meet again in another and a bet-
ter world.” He said this with The following remarks on the pre-
great animation, laying hold of ceding account of Dr. Priestly,
Mr.'s hand in both his own. are extracted from the Chris-
After evening prayers, when his tian Observer.
grand-children were brought to Such is the account inserted,
his bed-side, he spake to them as it should seem, by the Doctor's
separately, and exhorted them to friends, of his las moments. It
continue to love each other, &c. evinces great composure and
“ I am going (added he) to sleep tranquillity, a vigor of mind and
as well as you ; for death is on-industry unabated by disease,
ly a good long sound sleep in and a confidence in the truth of

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the religious principles he pro- tion with pleasure. It is remarkfessed. We think it our duty, able, that the scripture no where however, to caution the younger lays any stress upon the feelpart of our readers against con- ings which distinguish the hour founding the soundness of prin- of death, or holds up any remar: ciples with the sincerity with kable example of a death-bed which they are believed, or con- scene, as a model for imitation, sidering the composure which or a proof of true religion. In any principles inspire as a proof fact, its great aim is to direct of their truth. Too much stress the attention to a proof far less has, we apprehend, been laid by equivocal than feelings dependail parties on the firmness with ent upon circumstances; the which their respective adherents tenor of a holy life spent in conhave met their last hour. Com-formity to the word of God. An posure in that awful moment erroneous idea is also frequentinay arise from various and even ly entertained concerning the opposite causes. Natural forti- true nature of a Christian detude, a habit of great submission parture. Mere tranquillity, nay, to what is inevitable, a morbid abounding hope and triumphant insensibility, a regard to deco- | assurance, form, of themselves, rum, and even to posthumous no just and clear indication of character, will produce it. Still the right state of the soul. A more frequently will it originate different standard of excellence, in ignorance of the guilt of sin, or proof of the reality of reliand of the purity of the divine gion, must not be assumed for nature, in habitual insensibility the hour of death from that of conscience, or in a self-right- which was justly laid down for eous confidence. In a word, let the vigor of health. In both seaa high idea of the mercy of God, sons it is not the excellence of without regard to his justice, be one grace or virtue, which stamps combined with a low standard the character, but rather the posof morals, and the result, in al- session of all, the uniform and most every case, will be an ex- complete conformity of the tememption from uneasiness res- pers and conduct to the delinepecting a future state. Hence ation of them exhibited in the we may account for the similar scripture. Upon a death-bed, indifference which persons of therefore, no peculiar or new very different religious systems have exhibited at the prospect blackest vice, says, in that very work of death. The soldier braves its which contains a confession of his approach, the savage exults in crimes, that no man can come to the its toriures, the enthusiast greets throne of God, and say, I am a better it with rapture. Hume was spor

man than Rousseau. And just before tive in his last hours, and Rous- he expired, he observed to his mis

tress, “ Ah ! my dear, how happy a seau* contemplated his dissolu- thing it is to die when one has no

reason for remorse or self-reproach !”. * Rousseau, the hardened villany Then addressing himself to the Alof whose life is almost without par- mighty, he said, · Eternal Being ! allel in modern times, and who seems the soul that I am going to give thee to have assumed the mask of virtue back, is a's pure, at this moment, as for no other purpose, than that of pro. it was when it proceeded from thee pagaring, with more sticcess, the I render it partaker çf thy felicity."


graces are called into action; but, and best of men. It would have
the solemnity of the circum- given us pleasure also to have
stances, and the greatness of the heard the promises of the gos-
occasion, will heighten and ex- pel urged to cheer the fainting
alt them all. Not only should spirits, to confirm the doubting
faith be more lively than usual, mind, and to encourage the well-
or hope be elevated to assurance, founded expectations of peni-
but repentance ought to be deep- tence and faith. Above all, we
er, humility more profound, looked with earnest desire (and
charity more fervent and exten- we deeply regret our disappoint-
sive, resignation more perfect, ment) to have seen the mention
love to God of a purer kind, and of that adorable name, which,
obedience to his will more con- unto all who believe, is precious
spicuous. Judging by this rule,
we confess that we are not en,
tirely satisfied with the frame of require his present thoughts ; to which
mind the Doctor appeared to the number and nature of angels, and.

he replied, • That he was meditating, possess as far as we can judge of their blessed obedience and order, without it from the narrative of his which peace could not be in beaven ; and, friends. We could wish to have oh ! that it might be so on earth. After heard the language of humilia, which words, he said, : I have lived tion, and should have been glad bations, and I have been long preparing

to see this world is made up of perturto perceive the traces of a rever- to leave it, and gathering comfort for the ential awe at the prospect of ap: dreadful bour of making my accountwith pearing before the judge of the God, which I now apprebend to be near: earth. Such just and suitable and though I bave by, bis loved

gracę, feelings have marked, and we

him in my youth, and feared bim in

and labored to have a conmay truly add, adorned the clos- science void of offence to him and to all ing scene of some of the wisest* men ; yet if thou, O Lord, be extreme

to mark what I have done amiss who * The dying expressions of Hook. çan abide it ; and, therefore, where I er occurring to us while we were wri- bave failed, Lord, shew mercy to me, ting this paragraph, we insert them for I plead not my righteousness but the in this note, not as exhibiting the best forgiveness of my unrighteousness, for his illustration which might be found of merits who died to purchase a pardon for the last moments of an excellent man, penitent sinners : and since I owe thee a but as sufficiently expressing that deatb, Lord let it not be terrible, and general assemblage of Christian dis- then take thine own time. I submit to positions on which we have insisted. it. Let not mine, O Lord, but let thy “ After receiving the blessed sac

will be done.' With which expression rament of the body and blood of our he fell into a dangerous slumber, dan. Lord, his friend Dr. Saravia, who at- gerous as to his recovery ; yet recovtended him, thought he saw a rever- er he did, but it'was to speak only end gaiety and joy in his face ; but it these few words— Good Doctor, God lasted not long, for his bodily infirm- bath beard my daily petitions, for I am ities did return suddenly, and became at peace with all men, and ke is at peace more visible, insomuch that the Doc- with me, and from which blessed assurtor apprehended death ready to seize ance I feel that inward joy which this him. Yet after some amendment, world can neither give nor take from me.' he left him at night with a promise More he would have spoken, but his to return early the day following, spirits failed him ; and after a short which he did, and then found him conflict betwixt nature and death, a better in appearance, deep in contem- quiet sigh put a period to his last plation, and not inclinable to discourse, breath, and so he fell asleep."—Walwhich gave the Doctor occasion to ton's Life of Hooker.

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above every name that is named those holy volumes much diminin heaven or in earth. It could ished, by reflecting on the unnot, indeed, have been introdu- warrantable liberties he was acçed, according to the Doctor's customed to take with them, on system, as the foundation of hope, his rejection of the authority of but it might, one would conceive, an evangelist, on his denial of according to any system which the conclusiveness of the arguprofesses to be built upon the ments of an apostle, on the ingescriptures, have been mentioned nuity exercised to explain away with that affection, veneration, the obvious sense, or the bold. and gratitude with which the in- ness with which he refused to spired writers, as well as good submit to the plain declarations men in every age, have uniform- of scripture. The mere study ly spoken of it.

of scripture is of little moment As a substitute for that an- compared with the humility with cient foundation of hope, faith in which its dictates are received, the atonement of the Son of God, and the ready submission of the the Doctor rests upon the ex- mind to its authority. pectation of universal salvation. Indeed we conceive, that the This is well calculated, we ac- leading defect in the Doctor's knowledge, to allay apprehen- mind, from the first, was a want sion. Indeed, there cannot be of humility. He formed his sys. much ground for alarm, when tem from his own reasoning, it is believed that there is no and then endeavored to accomworm which dieth not, and no modate the scripture to it, infire that is not quenched. It is stead of humbly receiving his very consoling to look upon God creed from scripture and casting as only preparing all his crea- down every imagination of his tures for final happiness, by dif- mind which opposed it. This ferent degrees of discipline suit- was his fundamental error, and ed to their different tempers.- it naturally led him to cherish a The encouragement this idea spirit of rash innovation, inconholds out is of a very gen-sistent with cool deliberation or eral and extensive kind; for it sound judgment. Yielding himaffords hope alike to all, and self to the influence of this spirit, nearly annihilates all distinction he trampled with disdain upon of character. But our readers the bounds which the wisdom will, probably, agree with us that and piety of former ages had it is a ground of hope never men- fixed. tioned by the inspired writers ; That the Doctor was sincere that the great founder of our re- in the principles he held we ligion evidently directed the doubt not, and that his princi. weight of his influence to estab- ples were calculated to free his lish a contrary belief, and that mind from alarming apprehenwhoever rests upon it, must de- sions, and produce tranquillity at ny or explain away the obvious the hour of death, we readily declarations of scripture. We allow. But God forbid we are told, indeed, that the Doctor should consider this as any evidiligently perused the sacred dence of their truth. By their writings; but we feel our confi- conformity to scripture, and by dence in this mark of regard for the fruits they produce, they

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must be tried. It is useful also
to remark, that in judging of
the fruits which any principles
produce, we must take our ex- A HYMN TO JESUS,
amples from the general cast of
those who hold them, not from Sung by the Hottentots.-See this
the solitary instances of the lea- Magazine, page 472.
ders of a party. The latter ne-
cessarily feel the influence of

(Translated from the Dutch.)
other considerations. Epicurus
himself was soberand temperate, O ZLOM: King! thou Son of God,
though his principles led to in- Behold the purchase of thy blood ;
temperance, and his disciples On thy dear bridelook gently down!
were generally corrupt. It is

Far from thyself, her Head, her Lord, necessary also to examine the

Her Life, her Love, for thee she nature of the fruits which any

longs !
principles produce, by the rules Oh, come and speak some cheering
which scripture has laid down. word,
They must be the fruits of Chris- And soon her sighs shall turn to
tian holiness. Are the Socini-

songs !
ans, taken as a body, the most Forget not souls still dead in sin,
humble of those who bear the

For whom thy precious blood was
Christian name? Are they the shed :
most devout, the most heavenly- Oh, let them feel a life divine,
minded, the most watchful a- Thy mighty pow'r can raise the

gainst sin ? By the answer to
these questions, should their pre-Now let thy glory be display'd,-
tensions be determined as far as

Now cause the deaf thy voice to
the moral effect of principles
determines their truth.

That it of Zion may be said,
It is with reluctance we speak

" This and that man was born in

her." of any persons who have gone to give their account to their Fountain of Life ! Almighty God! Judge, in a manner which may Thy Spirit's influence impart ! seem disrespectful to them.- Oh, shed thy precious love abroad, The importance, however, of the And let it soften ev'ry heart ! truth will, we trust, jusiify the freedom of our remarks on this

Bring Tyrians, Philistines, and Moors,

In the right way thy face to seek : well known person. We should Let Satan fall, while Heav'n adores, have rejoiced to have recorded And the whole earth thy praise in these pages the edifying ex

shall speak!
ample of the departure of a
Christian divine, rather than,
what appears to us, the tranquil
death of a mere philosopher.

hear ;


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