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dency. She was often searching her perfect righteousness of Christ, as heart, questioning and examining her- the only foundation of her hope. Newself, to ascertain whether she was ton's Letters, and Owen on Indwell. truly a disciple of Christ ; and this ing Sin, were, next to the Holy continued to the very last. Few Scriptures, the books which she Christians have ever more fully re. most delighted to read. nounced themselves than she, and ex. Thus has an imperfect sketch been pected salvation as the purchase of given of the character of this excel. the Saviour, and the free gift of God lent woman, of whom a man, who through him. The idea of human had seen much of the world, was merit in the sight of God was the ab. heard to say, as he followed her horrence of her soul. Some of the corpse to the grave, “I would rather poor, whom she relieved, would some- be Mrs. Hodge than Bonaparte.” times suggest that her abundant Beyond all question, her life was charities would render her the fa- more enviable, her death more hap. vourite of Heaven. Such intimations py, and her eternal destiny infinitely she always received with manifest more desirable, than that of any un. disgust, and it is believed never fails sanctified hero, patriot or sage, whose ed to reprove the parties who gave actions or whose wisdom have furthem, and to endeavour to convey nished the theme of the poet's song, juster notions of the manner in which the materials of the historian's volwe must be recommended to God. umes, and the objects of emulation to She panted ardently after holiness a blinded world.
« Blessed are the and inward conformity to the divine dead who die in the Lord ; yea, law; but a clear sight and a deep saith the Spirit, for they rest from sense of her remaining depravity made their labours, and their works do her abhor herself, and cleave to the follow them.”
AN OCCASIONAL HYNX.
Then guilty passions wing their flight,
Sorrow, remorse, affliction cease ; Religion's yoke is soft and light,
And all her paths are paths of peace. THROUGH shades and solitudes profound,
Ambition, pride, revenge, depart, The fainting traveller winds his way; And folly flies her chastening rod ; Bewildering meteors glare around, She makes the humble, contrite heart, And tempt his wandering feet a- A temple of the living God. stray:
Be;ond the narrow vale of time, Welcome, thrice welcome to his eye, Where bright celestial ages roll,
The sudden moon's inspiring light, To scenes eternal, scenes sublime, When forth she sallies thro' the sky, She points the way and leads the
The guardian angel of the night! soul.
Pursue the phantom, bliss, in vain ; The gate of paradise restord;
Her voice the watching cherub hears, And life a pilgrimage of pain ! And drops his double-flaming sword. Till mild Religion, from above, Baptis'd with the renewivg fire, Descends,
a sweet engaging form, May we the crown of glory gain The messenger of heavenly love, Rise, when the host of heaven expire, The bow of promise in á storm! And reign with God, forerer reign,
T's “ Observations on the account given in Rev. xx. 4-6, of the first and second resurrection, shall appear in our next number.
B's critical observations on several texts of Scripture, are approved, & on file.
A review of Mrs. Warren's History of the American Revolution, and of D, Mason's sermon, on Messiah's Reign ; and also Memoirs of the late Rev. John Sergeant, father of the present missionary of that name, and of the Rev. John Moorhead, are received, and are intended for publication next month.
We thank our respected correspondent Beta, for the letters he has sent us, “ from an aged clergyman, to a young student in divinity.”
The attention of our readers, and particularly of magistrates and legislators, is invited to the piece on the execution of laws, which will well re.ward a careful perusal.
TO THE PUBLIC.
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The Editors have experienced very considerable difficulties in closing their accounts for the first year, arising from unavoidable imperfection in their early arrangements, and the scattered and distant situation of many of the subscribers and agents, from some of whom arrearages are yet due. Most of these inconveniences, they think, will not occur again.
The profits already received, have been disposed of as follows :
pious and ingenious young men, in indigence, to acquire educa- 8100 00
tion for the work of the gospel ministry, To the Hampshire Missionary Society
108 00 To the Berkshire Missionary Society,
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MEMOIRS OF JOHN HOWARD, ESQ. From Dr. Samuel Stennett's Sermon, occasioned by his death, which hap
pened January 20, 1790. I SHALL not take up your time knowledge of the world than he, with the particulars of his having conversed with personbirth, education, and fortune. ages of the first rank in life, and The advantages of this kind with with those in the meanest stawhich Providence indulged him, tions; with chan:cters eminent and of which he was truly sensi- for virtue and piety, and the most ble, were of trifling considera- abandoned and wretched; so no tion, when brought into view was more fully persuaded with those personal endowments, than he of the universal depravinatural and religious, by which ty of human nature. With the he was distinguished from most discernment both of a Philosoother characters.
pher and a CHRISTIAN he enterHe possessed a clear under- ed into the principles, maxims, standing, and a sound judgment; and views of men of all ranks which were enriched and im- and conditions of life ; and knew proved by a variety of useful how to apply the knowledge he knowledge. And as he had a thus acquired to the most imtaste for polite literature, so he portant purposes. was well versed in most of the His moral endowments were modern languages, which he perhaps more extraordinary than took no small pains to acquire, those just mentioned. Here he that he might be the better ena-' shone with distinguished lustre. bled to carry his benevolent The two virtues of Fortitude and purposes into effect. He had a Humanity were the prominent just idea of the civil and relig- features in his countenance. ious rights of mankind, accom- Nor could his modesty conceal panied with a true sense of the them from the public eye, no, worth, importance, and dignity not from the view of all Europe. of man as a reasonable, social, They were interwoven with his and immortal creature.
nature, and always acted in unino man had a more extensive son with each other. Vol. II, No. 8. W w
Such was the firmness of his prevail on him when on the camind, that no danger could de- reer of duty and danger, in the ter him from his duty ; not the least to relax his painful exerpainful fatigues of long and, tions. hazardous journies ; not the per
“ Firm to the mast with chains himils of seas infested with merciless
self he bound, barbarians; not the loathsome Nor trusted virtue to th’ enchanting infection of dungeons ; not the
sound.” dread of assassination by the
With this Roman fortitude hands of miscreants, who draw their gains from the vitals of was united uncommon Humanity, those committed to their custo- He felt for the miseries of mandy, nor the apprehension of kind in general. He felt for the
miseries of the oppressed. Yea, the plague in a ship with a foul
he felt for the miseries of the bill, and in the confinement of a Lazarétto; no danger, however guilty, for he well remembered formidable, could shake his reso
that we are all guilty before God.
Their distresses existed not in lution. “ Having made up his
his imagination only ; they mind to his duty," as he told me when expressing my appre
were realized to his eye, his ear, hensions for his safety, “he
his touch. As the Poet expressthrusted all consequences from
es it, when speaking of him, his view, and was resolved to
“ He quitted bliss that rural scenes follow wherever Providence led.” bestow, And in a letter I received from To seek a nobler amidst scenes of wo, him, when just embarking on å
To traverse seas, range kingdoms, dangerous ocean, with the pros. Not the proud monuments of Greece
and bring home, pect before him of performing å or Rome, forty-two daysquarantine, he thus But knowledge such as only dunexpresses himself, “ I bless God, ińy calm spirits and steady resolu
And only sympathy like his could
reach.” tion have not yet forsaken me.”
He was superior too to the The number of prisons he frowns and the contempt of the visited, at the hazard of his health envious and the avaricious, who and life, it would be difficult to represented him as petulantly collect. Nor did he stop at the officious, or extravagantly insane. iron gate of the most gloomy Disappointments he did meet dungeon. He entered those with, and obstructions were dreary mansions of silence and thrown in the way of some of his darkness, and, in some instances, benevolent plans. But none of of cruel oppression ; poured these things moved him. And tears of commiseration on the more than one instance I might wretched inhabitant; and with mention of his asserting the his own hand ministered assistcause of the oppressed, in the ance, while his heart was meditaface of a kind of opposition ting plans of more general and which would make most inen effectual relief. “ The imfirestremble. Nor, on the other sions, says he, which these scenes hand, could the Syren song of of misery made on my mind, no case, indulgence, and pleasure, length of time can efface." It
may therefore easily be imagin- There is one more trait in his ed that, with a sensibility pecu• character which must not be liar to himself, he affixed that ex- overlooked, and that is his pressive motto to his book,
Temperance. Such a mastery
-he obtained over himself, that a “Ah!-little think the gayWhom pleasure, power, and affluence little foorl, and that chiefly of the surround,
vegetable kind, satisfied the deHow many pine in want, and dun- mands of nature ; and with one geon-glooms;
night's rest out of three he could, Shut from the common air."
for a long course of time, pursue
his journies. No consideration Here I might paint, but I shall could prevail on him to partake rather leave it to you to imagine, of the luxuries of the most elethe extatic joy which many gant table, or to allow himself groaning under oppression felt, more rest than was absolutely at starting into life and happiness, necessary. Nor yet was he inthrough the interposition of this Auenced, in this kind of discitheir generous Patron ; and the pline he observed, by cynical gratitude too, which even those austerity. He found this mode who justly suffered imprison- of living most agreeable to his ment felt, for the alleviation of constitution, and best qualified their miseries by his kind offices. him for those active exertions,
His disinterestedness also in which were the pleasure of his these exertions for the good of life. mankind, is deserving of our
Such were the moral endowparticular notice.
For besides ments of this extraordinary the consideration of the fatigues man ; such his Fortitude, bis he endured, the dangers to which Humanity, his Disinterestedness, he exposed his person, and the and Temperance. I go on now to expenses of various kinds be in. speak of bis religious character. curred, he well knew the reports He was a firm believer of dihe made to the public would af. vine revelation. Nor was he ford disgust rather than enter. ashamed of those truths he heard tainment, and so be read and re- stated, explained, and enforced
garded by few. He wrote there. in this place. He had made up fore not for the amusement of his mind, as he said, upon his the curious, and could expect no religious sentiments, and was not applause from the unfeeling. to be moved from his stedfastness Indeed his object was the infor- by novel opinions obtruded on mation of Legislators, of whom the world. Nor did he content he sought, and from whom, to himself with a bare profession of his great satisfaction, he obtain- these divine truths. He entered, the redress of many evils he ed into the spirit of the gospel, complained of. “ As nothing, felt its power, and tasted its says he, but a consciousness of sweetness.
You know, my duty could have enabled me to go friends, with what seriousness through all the disagreeable scenes and devotion he attended, for a which lay in my way, so I had the long course of years, on the happiness of being placed out of worship of God among us. It the reach of other incitements." would be scarce decent for me to