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MRS. JANE HOWARD tenth chapter of Hebrews, and

could not help noticing the condeWas born January 7, 1749. She scension of God, particularly from had the advantage of a pious edu. ver. 7 to the 14th. On the 18th she cation; but it does not appear that said, She often doubted having any the work of grace was begun in her grace, because she could not tell heart in early life. In Oct. 1777, the particular time when the Lord she was married; and in Nov. 1785, called her : – being answered, You was united to the church of Christ can say, I was once blind ; now I at the Tabernacle, near Moor- see,' she said, “I see I am a fields; since which, by her humble great sinner!". She complained of and consistent conduct, she adorned great deadness in prayer, &c. and of the doctrine of God her Saviour. not finding lier mind quite reconciled Through the care of her family, to the will of God : she expressed and afflictions of her body, she was grief for dishonouring God so much often confined from the house of by unbelief; and spoke of a book God; yet when any of the family called. “ Songs in the Night:" she returned from it, she would eagerly found pleasure in it, as it was both enquire the text, subject, &c. On Scripture and experience. She de. Sunday, Dec. 19, 1802, she said to sired a friend to read and pray with her daughter, “I have three cares: her; saying, “ We may never meet the care of my body, the care of again on earth ; but, I trust, we my family, — and, what is of far shall meet in Heaven, where we greiter importance, the care of my shall for ever admire the way the soul. I am not so comtortable as í Lord our God has led us through was; but I have been thinking, the wilderness." that Jesus lives to intercede for sin. 191h. After reading the fortierk ners; and why may. I not hope for chapter of Isaiah, she spoke of the myself? 'Tis true, I have not had the encouragement there was to wait advantages you have had, yet the upon God. In the evening, ap. Lord kept me moral in my younger pearing worse, she was reminded of days; that was a mercy! I have this promise, “My grace is suffinot heard God's ministers with that cient for thee; ' - she said, “ Yes, attention ) should have done: I it is." have gone sometimes and thought, 20th. She desired the third now I will try what I can remem- chapter of John, &c. night be read ber, and see if I can't get gocd; and to her. In the afternoon, she took I have come away just as I went. an affectionate leave of her sister; I have had a family, but that was saying, “ I hope, my dear, you will no excuse ; and if I am spared to seek Christ, as nothing else will hear again, which is not likely, avail when you come into my sishall I hear an; better? I am afraid tuation. not; yet I think there is reason to 21st. She said to a friend, “I Hope that Jesus intercedes for ine : as am very uncomfortable; I can neiI have so much encouragement in ther believe, nur pray.' Her friend his word. He says, “ Seek, and ye said, “Then you can hope in God's shall find; ask, and ye shall receive; mercy.' She said, “ Yes, I can do knock, and it shall be opened," that.” God was in Clirist, reconciling the 22d. Being restless, those words world to himself; and “him that were repeated to her, 'Oh, that I cometh to me, I will in nowise cast had wings like a dove, for then 0111." She then desired the seventh would i Ry away, and be at rest! chapter of Romuns might be read She said, “ Yes; for I shall have to her.

no'more rest here!” Thursday, Feb. 17, 1863, she 23d. One asked her, If she recolsaid, She had been reading the lected that verse, "For our light


affliction, which is but for a mo- the illuminating influence of the
ment?' &c. she said, “ Yes.” Holy Spirit, a depraved sinful crea-
A verse of one of Mr. Hill's hyinns ture; having a heart that was de.
was repeated to her:

ceitful above all things, and des-
" When Jesus we io glory meet,

perately wicked. To a person who Our utmost joy shall be compleie!

called upon her soon after her conWhen landed on that Heav'nly shore,

finement; and who observed, that Death and the curse shall be no inore !” her life had been very good and She desired the hymn might be read virtuous, so that she could not have to her. She said io a friend, “What any sin to answer for, - she said, shall I do?" Her friend replied,

“ You don't know the heart : you

don't know the wickedness that is “ God's love in time past

That slie had a

in my heart!"
Forbids you to think
He would leave you at last,

lively sense of it, was very appa-
Io trouble to sink !''

rent: she frequently complained of Conscious of her weakness, she fre she complained of during a long and

it; yea, it was the only thing which quently exclaimed, “ Lord, under singularly painful illness; and, take for me!” and repeated this

until within a few days of her deverse,

parture, she verily thought that shie
" I'll speak the honours of his nane was too bad to be admitted into the

With my last lab'ring breath: heavenly state. On the Thursday
When speechless, clasp thee in my arms, preceding her death, she was vi-
My joy in life and death!”

sited by a particular friend, who On mentioning these words, " I remarked, that if the sickness am the resurrection and the life ; he

which she laboured under should that believeth in me, though he

be unto death, all would be well; were dead, yet shall he live. Be

but she instantly exclaimed, “I lievest thou this?' She said,“ Yes; have a wicked heart! and it is so I have Aed for refuge to the hope wicked, I am afraid I shall not ge st before me!”

to Heaven!” Her friend observed, A few minutes before her depar- and far too bad to be received into

That every bocły's heart was bad, ture, with remarkable emphasis, she said, “ Jesus says, he'll cast glory without a change ; but that out none that come to him ;" and it was a great mercy to feel the ma. soon after, her immortal spirit took lady, since many languished under its fight to realms of glory; and it insensibly, through life, and were she became a partaker of those joys punished eternally. It was further which her weak faith was almost observed, That there was a greaf afraid to anticipate !

M. W.

and good Physician, who had a perfect knowledge of the soul's malady, and who was able to cure it;

yez, who was willing as he was MISS HARVEY.

able. She listened with great ata On Sabbath-evening, March 18, tention to all that was spoken rela1804, departed this lite, Miss Mary tive to those things; and then, with Ann Harvey, only child of Mr. T. an earnestness never to be forgotten, Harvey, of Kigellack, near Pen- she took her friend by the hand, ryn, aged fonrteen years and four saying, “Now kneel down and pray months. Her natural disposition for me; and pray for us all :” and was se remarkably amable, that scarcely was the solemn exercise some of her acquaintance fondly closed, which was affecting as it imagined her to be as much with- was solemn, ere she exclaimed, yitofault before God, as she was “ Now I am liappy!” and from that before men; but with all that ami- time to the inoment of dissolution, ableness of remper and gentleness she experienced such a swect coma of manners, which she uniformly posure ot mind as“ passeth all 110nianifested, and which secured her derstanding." an interest in the esteem of all who On the Thursday, it was thought KDew bese-she saw herself, under that she was at the point of death; “ deep


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and being asked, how the frame of But the time of need, as she empha.
her mind was? she cheerfully re- tically called it, over and over
plied, “ Comfortable, very com- again, was not yet past;
fortable !” — Then you have a called unto deep, - pain followed
hope,' her friend remarked, 'in this pain ;'but all within was calm : her
huir of trial?' - " Yes,” she re- soul was fixed, trusting in God;
joined,“ a good lope!"and shortly and, in the midst of the confia,
afrer, she repeated her favourite she exclaimed, in a way of triumph,
hymri; the 164th, book the second, "My God, my God!"

of Dr. Watts, Why should this were her last words; and soon after,
earth delight is so?" &c, and add- her soul was conveyed into man.
ed the thirty-sixth hymn, second sious of glory.
book," Will the Redeemer come,” Her remains were interred at Bue
&c. Through the whole of the dock church, attended by all the
day following, Friday, the 16th, scholars of a neighbouring board-
she suffered much in body; but ing-school, where she had been in-
still was composed in spirit. In the structed from the fifth year of her
evening she remarked, That 'her age, until within a few months of
friend Mr. W. fiad not called that her decease ; and where her mind
day to see her; and upon being told was first seriously impressed with
that he had been in the liouse ; bin divine things. On the following
that it was judged that she was too Sabbath - evening, March 25, the
much afflicted, either to converse providence was improved to
with, or to see her, -ohe expressed crowded and attentive audience,
much concern at the disappoint- in a Sermon founded on Rev. xiv.
ment; and said to a near relative 13.
who was with her, “ You kliow he


T. W. could have prayed with me, if I was too ill to have converséá with him."

RECENT DEATH. On the Saturday evening she greatly revived, insomuch, that those around her imagined she the forty-ninth year of his age, and

Died, on Sunday, March 25, might recover; but the very hope very much regretted by all who was transient, for early the next

had the pleasure of his acquainmorning, a sudden change took place: -Death, the last enemy, ap- who had the happiness of sitting

tance, but more particularly those proached, and darted on his prey. She said, “ I am dyiug: this is a

under his ministry, the Rev. Thos. time of need!" Observing those of the Baptist church, at Middle

Green, twenty-three years pastor who attended her in much distress, she said, “ Why do you weep ?

ton Cheney, Northamptonshire. –

He was in perfect health on the am going to the realms of bliss; a mansion is there ordained for le suddenly tell from his chair,

preceding Thursday morning, when Abutit noon she asked for with a paralytic seizure. He como her father; and on his approaching tipved senseless till the time of his her, she said, “ My dear father, death; and left his surprized Rock T}ow I am going; I am going to

and friends to make a serious imGud; I must go ;

will you resign ine up to him?". Being answered

provement of the truly solemn in the affirmative, she asked again,

Such sudden departures speak
Now, can you do it heartily?"
He said, 'Yes, my dear, heartily!' while it is day.” They strikingly

most loudly to ministers," Work Then she ardressed her weeping address us all, “Be yé, therefore, mother in the same affecting lan ready also; for the Son of Man guage; and having received ihe cometh at an hour when ye think Jike answer, she afiectionately em.

lot." braced them botli, saying, “ Now let me go, let me go to glory!"



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Rural Philosophy; or Reflections on and course of the world, since the

Kveruleuge, Virtue, and Huppiness; original defection; and remarks,
chiefly in Reference in a Life of Re- Page 19,
tirement in the Country. By Ely “ It is only, therefore, when we take
Bates, Esq. ovo, 8s. boards.. into our view the twofold character
This subject has already been guilty man, of a just Ruler and of a tender

which ihe Almighty sustains towards treated by many authors in various Parent, thai we can in any measure recon ways, and with very different de cile the phenoinena of riature and provie grees of merit. The poetry of dence with our ideas of the Divine perfec. Cowper not only pleases, but in. tions. In this case, as we shall no longer stracts as how to acquure the great

consider inankind as re:aining the purity est portion of real happiness in re

of their first paradisiacal state, we shall tired life. Zimmerman is a popular

not be obliged to account why the earth author on this subject; but he is they inhabit is not in all points entirely equally superficial and romantic.

accommodated to their present conveni. Our author is of the good old

ence ; why they are in danger from noxi.

ous plants and animals, and exposed to the school. His theory is not founded

intemperature of the seasons, with other on the romantic feelings of modern disorders of the elements; and shall 'think sentimentalists; but in sober reason it sufficient if we are able to discern, tho' and divine revelation. The work imperfectly, in the present system and itself is divided into three parts. course of the world, considered in relation As true knowledge is the foundi- to man as a sinner, an exhibition of holie tion both of virtue * and happiness,

ness and justice, témpered with much the ist part contains reflections on

long-suttering, and paternal indulgence.” the knowledge of God, - of our.

This view of his subject is urgselves, - and of the world; and ed in proof of the necessity and ad. how far retirement, duly improved, vantage of revelation. Our author may be conducive to this important then observes, p. 25, acquisition.

“ The Bible is the brightest mirror of The remarks upon the knowledge the Deity. There we discern not only his of God are highly worthy of atien, being, but his character; not only his tion. Many writers, both moral and character, but his will; not only what he philosophical, of 10 mean talents, is in himself, but what he is to us, and overlook the justice of God in the what we may expect at his hands. This present constitution and course of knowledge of God, as we have before sugnature, which they consider merely gested, neither nature for providence can as a display of wisdom and good concerning the relation be bears towards

teach us, whatever we may thence collect ness. This, under a shew of ex.

us as the Creator and Governor of the alting the goodness of God, dero

world, or of his propensity to mercy and gates from his governing justice; reconcilement" and, in ministering to !iuman conso- He then proceeds to point out the lation, induces a state of security, means of attaining this knowledge ; so as to render those warnings vain, - by submitting reason to revela. which were graciously intended to tion; by ardent prayer ;

- and be preventive of our final ruin. by a due regard to the works of God. Able as Mr. Paley's Natural Theo.

“ True philosophy, when kept in due logy is in other respects, we fear it

subordination, is favourable to true relicannot be entirely absolved from

gion, serves to show its necessity, and, by this charge. As an antidote to this

correspondent analogies, to add new evi. partial und dangerous representa- dence and illustration to its doctrines. tion, Mr. Bates directs the atten)- While they proceed together, they say tion of his reader to the whole frame the same thing t; aud the former, when

The words virtuc, rectitude, and reformation, are used by the author for the sake of those persons who could not endure the terms grace, boliness, and regeneration.

+ Nunquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicis.

it can make no farther advances, resigns The knowledge of the world, up its disciple to the conduct of the latter

taken extensively, comprizes the No good man, therefore, ought to reject knowledge of its exterior, or of its the study of Nature, because so many sophistical commentators have set up bir terior, or of its secret principles,

manners; the knowledge of its inlight in opposition to thai of revelation ; but rather should use his best efforts to res.

views, and dispositions; and, lastcue her from such impure hands by a

ly, of its value, with respect to curjuster interpretation."

selves, that is, as transitory, unsatisOn the knowledge of ourselves in fying, and dangerous. This know. our moral situation, he observes, ledge, our author remarks, which We must become acquainted first

is the most important of all, appears with the law of our creation, and

to have been attained by few ; and with our defection from it:' and, ought therefore to engage our more secondly, To what degree, accord particular attention. P.113. ing to the constitution or the gospel, “ lf, then, the knowledge of which we we must be restored to a confornity have been speaking is such as we have with this law, in order to our pre- stated, if it consists chietly in a just view sent peace and final happiness; and of the relation which this world bears to in what manner it is most usual for another, how few are there whose pretenmento deceive themselves upon

sions to it are solidly founded ! Does he this subjeet.

thus know the world, who thinks he has na Among the causes of this decepc and rise up to play? Or he whose entire

other business in it than to eat and drink, tion, he particularly specifies the occupation is to join house to house, and following, p. 63, as one of the most

field to field, till he is placed alone in the general, namely,

midst of the carth ? Does that poliician “ A vain confidence in the privileges thus know the world, who imagines that supposed to be attached to an adherence to nothing is wanting to complete its felicity the Christian profession, though this ad. but liberty and equality, peace and plenty? herence be produced by no higher principle Or that philosopher who konws every than either, first, a faith merely tradi- thing under the sun as well as Solomun tional and customary; or, secondly, a faith himself, except that "the whole is van that mảy be called historical and learned; nity?” No: these are merely novices in or, lastly, what I thall denominate, for the science in which they fancy themwant of a fitter term, an Antinomian selves proficients, and may go for lessons faith."

to the simplest hermit, who is piously siu.

dious of the Bible, and of his own heart.” After evincing the expediency of retirement for the purposes of self. The second part of this work know ledge, and cautioning his considers how far retirement is fareaders against its abuse in conceal. vourable to virtue, from its tend. ing a man from himself, both in ency to weaken the impression of respect of his vices and his virtues, the world ; and also those means his incapacities and his abilities, which tend to the promoting of vir. Mr. Bates concludes this section by tue, viz. education, religion, philo. observing, p. 86,

sophy, and history. “Upon the whole it may appear, that

Under the head of education, retirement and secreiy are suited 10 000).

Mr. Bares quotes both Cicero and tribute, in their turns, to self knowleuge.

an eminent Christian Apologist, to The former, as being peculiaily favourable she's the injury done to youth by to che investigation of truth, will supply us

what is called 'Classical Learning;. with higher standards by which to try and, behind this double shield, ourselves; while the latter is more likely " fears no shafts of censure, whe. (in some instances at last)to shew: us our ther emited from the hands of the strength and weakness, and to detect those principles urich die deep and latent in the polite Greeks, or of those barbarous

Latins who,' as Mr. Locke speaks, heart. What proportion they should bear to each other for the attainment of the end

scarce think their children have hert 13 view, must be left to every indivi

an orthodox education without a dual to determine for himself, alter a due smattering of Paganism !" consideration of his particular constitu- In concluding the sertion on vir. tior, his habiis, and his circumstances.” tue, first, as the production of aca

* Isaiah v. 8.

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