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Sir,

To the Editor. If not inconsistent with the plan of your Miscellany, permit me to beg the

savour of you to insert the following Question; and I should, at the same time, solicit some one of your judicious Correspondents to add to your kindness by a reply.

SIGMA. A MINISTER, whose lot the creat Lord of his church and people hath cast into a wilderness situation, and who hath a large congregation, considering the distance he is from any town, hath been requested to itinerate round the neighbourhood, where there is no gospel. Would it be acting right to shut up his own chapel one part of the Lord's Day, in order to preach to those who, if so inclined, could frequently attend upon his stated labours ? - It should be observed, that being in the heart of a manufacturing country, the people will pot attend on any other but the Sabbath-day:

QUESTIONS
PROPOSED BY VARIOUS CORRESPONDENTS,
WHO WILL BE GRATIFIED BY JUDICIOUS ANSWERS,

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What is the best way to obtain support under, or deliverance from, the fiery darts and blasphemous suggestions of Satan? and if melancholy or outward troubles bave any share in occasioning these trials, how are they to be cured: A. B.

What is the meaning of John iii. 13,“ No man hath as€ended up to Heaven but be that came down from Heaven; even the Son of man, who is in Heaven ?"

L. A. B. requests a few remarks on that beautiful parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard.

Matt. xx. What is the scriptural mçaning of a Christian making his calling and election sure?

G. H. R. will thank any Correspondent to reconcile the two following texts, apparently contradictory:

Is. xxviii. 16, “ He that believeth shall not make haste."
Iş. xlix. 17,“ Thy children shall make haste.”

A person wishes to know, What judgment he may forın af himself, who has long sat under a staied minister, with an eainest desire to profit, yet thinks he never seceived any benefit; but has found himself more evided when he has heard oiber preachers occasionally? He wishes to know, Whether he ought not to attend upon another minister, whose preaching he thinks has been blessed to him, though he is of a different opinion as to some pon-essential points!

Dbituary.

She was,

MISS 1. THOMPSON,

Court chapel. Mr. Moody's visit

was remarkably useful to her, esdied Aug. 10, 1803,

pecially his farewell-sermon. Under

and on

ihis she wept excessively; in the fifteenth year of her age.

returning home, 'when it was reThe conversion of a soul at any marked, What an affectionate disperiod of life, is so inestimable a course has been delivered! - she. mercy, as to inspire angels with joy replieil, “ It was a farewell-sermon and gratitude; but if this change indeed I” and added, as if she had be effected in early life, the bless- had some presentiment of her death, ing is more abundant, and calls for “ I am sure I shall never hear him the loudest praise.

again!” This assertion proved The subject of this obituary, the true; for in two months after, she daughter of Mr. Thompson, a re

broke a blood-vessel. The conse. spectable linen - draper, in High quence was a decline; of which she Holborn, was an early victim to died in about twenty weeks. death ; but, blessed be God, an On the night she ruptured the earlier trophy of divine grace! It blood vessel, her mother was greatly was her privilege to be brought up alarmed; but she, on the contfary, by parents who watched over her was quite composed. spiritual interests with a Christian therefore, supposed to be insensisolicitude ; and enforced, by an

ble of her danger; and being asked endearing carriage, what they re- the next morning it it was su, - she commended in word. Knowing the answered, “ I expected every modangerous tendency of the niode of ment to be my last; but had not the bringing up children at

For sorte least fear of dying."

many boarding-schools, it was their con- time previous to her illness, the cern to place her, and a younger general tenor of her prayer was,, sister, under the care of a pious That God would prepare her for lady, at Islington, who, conceiving the hour of trial; and on being inreligious instruction to be a neces- formed, after the bleeding was sary part of female education, en- stopped, that the physician appredeavoured to fix upon her mind a hended a consumption would en serious regard to the best things. sue, - she exclaimed, “ Pleasing At the time Miss Thompson was

news! May it be a lingering one, in this school, several of the young that I may be well tried!" ladies were under serious impres. During a confinement of five sions. One of these earnestly re

months her frame was diversified; Presenting to her the importance of but seldom was she in great disa Paying a due attention to the 'salva. To most of the questions tion of her soul,- from that period put to her, such answers were given a visible change was discovered, as discovered a mind divinely enboth in hier deportinent and dispo- lightened, and placed on things sition. She expressed to her above, On being asked, if she younger sister what a great sinner' knew the precise time when she she was; how deeply she was at- was called ? She answered, “ No; fected; and sought opportunities I have been drawn by the cords of for retirement, for the purposes of love; but this I know, that whereseading the Scriptures and secret as I was blind, now I see.” prayer.

Seeing her mother weep, she said, Her parents, on every other Sab. ". Think what troubles and trials bath, indulged her and her sister I shall escape, to which you have with dining at home, and attend- been exposed I Why should iny ing divine worship at Tottenham inother weep, seeing her child is

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going to glory?" and then repeated, self!" "If then you are so great with considerable energy,

a sinner, do you imagine Christ “ Then while ye hear my heart strings

will save one so vile as you?' break,

« Yes," was her answer; “I can How sweet my minutes roll! trust my soul in his hands, who A mortal paleness on my cheek,

died for the vilest." Many more And glory in my soul!"

questions to the same effect were Being informed one day, of a put, and answered with as much profriend at the point of death, who priety. Being told of a neighbour, anxiously wished to be restored, who said, on hearing of her illness, she answered, “ What is there to That she would be sure to be attract her here !

happy, for she had no sins to an" All is vanity I see!

swer for, she replied, with empha“ Lord, I long to be with thee !”

sis,“ I am glad I do not think so !"

An intimate female friend, during Having had two or three very her illness, paid her several visits, good days, in the advanced stages which were not a little impressive. of the disorder, it was suggested, if she should have one or two more, ed,' says her friend, 'What a mercy

At our first interview, I remark. there would be some hopes of lier it is that you have not now a God recovery. She shook her head,

to seck; having been enabled, by and said, “ Do not say so; I would

divine grace, to commit your all come back again into the

unto him while in health!' world!” A friend, one day, asked

yes,".

,” she replied, “it is a mercy, her, If she did not find the enemy

for which I can never be suffici. busy with her?

“I find,” replied ently thankful! Had this illness she, with great firmness, " that

commenced a twelvemonth ago, I there is one above him." Indeed,

know not how I should have borne she seemed, in general, to possess

it!” a sweet composure and fixed de- frame of her mind, she said, " In

Upon enquiring into the pendence on Christ. One of the general, I enjoy a solid hope of in. ministers of Tottenhanı Court

terest in the Redeemer ; but I do chapel having paid her an unex

not feel any rapturous joys; nor pected visit, was requested to re

can I say that I am wholly free new it; which he frequently did.

froin doubts and fears. However, On one of these visits she intimated, i desire to be thankful for that dethat it had been for some time on her mind to go to the Lord's Ta. Srec of serenity with which I am

indulged.” The second time I saw ble; and said, If noc improper, it

her, she was considerably worse ; would gratify her to commemorate

and her cough so troublesome, as his deaili, who had taken her sins

to prevent much conversation, upon himself. The minister, pre- From what she dropped at intervious to administering the sacra

vals, I could perceive that her ment, had thought, as this very mind was calm, and free froin disyoung person appeared peculiarly tressing fears. Among other things, calm and confident. perhafs the

she said, “I live oiten thought, work of conviction for sin uas ex.

with inuch piestie, upon a verse tremely superficial; and, therefore, in Dr. Rippon's Selection: put several question“, tending to discover whetlier that were the case:

"" The arrows that shali wound rey desh, •Well, Miss, as you are but young,

Were given tom above ;

Dirt in the great Riucenier's blood, have never been permitted to run

And feather'd all with love !" into outward sin, and have had a religious education, I suppose you Our last meeting was solenn and must have a prerty good heart?' afiet ting; and left on my mind an O no, no," replied she, with a impression which time can never solemnity on her countenance not to ettáce. When I entered the room, be described, “ deceitful above all slie exclaimet, with animation and things, the chief of sinners, sparkiing eyes, “ The physician has viler than the thie :- I abhor my- given me up; and I liase no desire

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to live!" My feelings, at that Conversion of an aged Sinner. time, cannot be described ;

Sir, To the Editor. see one so near eternity, even on the very brink, looking forward to On the 18th of October I was death, not only calm, but also joy- called to visit a poor man of the ful and criumphant! “Yesterday," na ne of Owen, in dying circum. said she, “ i had the ordin.ince; stances, residing at Drayton, in and though not wholly devoid of Berkshire; and who died on the fear, yet, upon the wooke, I tound 25611, at the great age of eighty. it a refreshing, pleasant, and, [ six. A gracious won.in, who has trist, a profitable opportunity to

been quite blind for years, request my soul !” She seemed desiroused me to go with her, She had that her death might be sanctified been a few days before, and prayed to her young friends; and wished with hiin; but he discovered an to see some of thein, to inform them uirer aversion. However, he had of the supports which she had felt, gume knowledge of the Scripture; and which only religion could yield. and said, as Felix to Paul, “ Go “Tell them,” said she, “they can thy way for this time; — when I never be happy till they find the have a convenient season I will send Saviour. Proin experience I can for thee :” but she still persisted to say, his ways are pleasantness, and talk to him; and when she was in his paths peace !” Speaking of the prayer by his bed-vide, he endea. joys of Heaven, she said, with a

voured to push her away. When look I shall never forget,

I went with her, I found him very

ill; and as he was deaf, seemed so " See the kind angels at the gates, Inviting me to come! prejudiced, and so far advanced in

I There Jesus, the forerunner, waits

years, I feit much discouraged. To welcome trav’liers home."

went, however, up to his bed-side,

and spoke to him, but, poor man, After spending a little time in he seemed more inclined to speak prayer, she said, " This is the last of temporal concerns than spirit. time we shall join the work of ual; and when the friend above prayer ; but not of praise.” None nientioned spoke to him, she could could approach the bed of this dear get but little or no answer. I enchild without being astonished at deavoured to converse with him on the supports she found under all the state of his soul; pointing out her sufferings.

After being re- the difference of having a knowduced alınost to a shadow, and ledge of the truths of the gospel nearly exhausted with two or three in his head, and an experience of hours incessant coughing, she said, them in his heart. I also read part with a sweet sinile, “ One moment of the third chapter of St. John's in Heaven will make amends for all Gospel; and part of the Religious this!"

Tract, entitled, “ Exhortation to On the Saturday evening before Sick Persons;" and then conversed her death, she said, “ I should be about what was read. He listened glad to spend my Sabbath to-mor- with very great attention, and disrow in Heaven ; but I suppose my covered much earnestness to hear, mansion is not prepared.” The putting his head close to mine for evening before her departure, she that purpose ; and, to my great surtold her mother, “When I am in prize, was melted into tears ; these violent sweats, I think of tears, I trust, of genuine contrition. what my dear Saviour suffered When I was reading of the misery of when he sweat drops of blood for the damned, and the holy nature of me;" — and on the morning her the joys of the blessed above, he happy spirit took its flight, she re- said," Oh, to be banished from the quested her mother to read a chap- presence of my Gud for ever!" ter; - and immediately Red to read with emotions of grief in his coun. her name in the Lamb's book of tenance, as thought banishment life, and see his face for ever and from God would be the worst Hell ever! M.W. he could suffer. I asked him, If

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he was afraid it would be his case? On the 23d, when a Christian He said, “ Yes," with a heart friend prayed with him for the last deeply affected. It was truly mov. time, lie seemed much pleased ; ing, as well as pleasing, to observe and tho’ too far gone to converse, with how much earnestness he en- yet he appeared to join earnestly in deavoured to tell 115, both by his prayer. Thus died in the Lord manner in laying his hand on his an aged sinner ; but being “pluck. heart, and as well as his feeble ed as a brand from the burning," is voice would permit, that he now now, we hope, singing the praises had some experience in his heart of otreilecming love in glory. 'R, L. what we were talking about; al. though, poor creature, it was with great difficulty he spoke, as he had

RECENT DEATHS. the thrush very bad.

When we were about to take our leave, he

Lately died at Gloucester, the seemed unwilling to part from us;

Rev. Thomas Stock, A. M. aged and said, with a peculiar emphasis, thirty-three, Rector of St. John « The Lord go with you, and be and St. Aldate, in that city; whose with you to your journey's end !" loss will be most severely felt by I went away greatly refreshed with many serious persons. Mr. Stock my visit, admiring and rejoicing in and Mr. Raikes, of the same city, the riches of free grace, so evi

were the two first who instituted dently exemplified in this poor Sunday-Schools for the instruction aged sinner. I felt a full satisfac. of poor children. Mr. Stock's tion that the Lord had called hiin endeavours were conaned to the at the eleventh hour; and thought, establishment of schools in his how great was the encouragement neighbourhood ;-but Mr.Raikes's for private Christians to visit the exertions, by constantly reconisick, as it appeared probable, that mending the plan in the Gloucester it was by means of our visit, that Journal, which he printed, have the Lord had given him the light been crowned with the desired suc. of the knowledge of the glory of cess, by the general adoption of God in the face of Jesus Christ. them throughout the country, We went again on the zoth instant. Jan. ist, died the Rev.T. Berry, I asked him how he was? He re. Baptist Minister at Newcastle upon plied, “I am a poor creature ;"

;" Tyne, in the fortieth year of his and shook hands with each of us age. He departed in the highest very heartily. His heart seemed triumphs of faith ; but has left a one with those he esteemed the distressed widow and five young people of God: he proceeded to children, wholly dependent on the speak out of the abundance of a benevolence of his friends and the heart full of divine joy and peace public. in believing; – spoke much of the Friday morning, Feb. 3, died the necessity of being born again ;-and Rev. Henry Cox Masun, A. M. it was truly wonderful to think what Rector of St. Mary Magdalen, Ber. a discovery he had of Christ, mondsey; Chaplain to Lord Onswhom he spoke of only as the pro. low, and Secretary to the Instituipitiation for his sins ; of his righte. tion for Relief of the Deaf and ousness, as his; and of him as his Dumb. On Sunday afternoon, the refuge, strength, and portion ; and 19th, his funeral . sermon of the great comfort he found in preached by the Rev. W. Goode, him. siCh what should I do with- from Rom. viii. 37; and in the out Christi” exclaimed he; and evening, Dr. Rippon improved the continued exerting himself as fast bereaving providence at his meetas he could utter words, exulting ing-house; when a subscriptionin Christ as his salvation, and book was opened for the family of longing to be with him ; exalting the deceased. A striking likeness his name, and shewing foşth his of Mr. Mason, from a miniature by praise! At another time he said, Robinson, is just published by Mě. Christ was more to him than a Branwhite.

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