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We find also, in Rev. xxi. and xxiv, that the holy city, the New Jerusalem, had twelve foundations; and in thein the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb:” and, no doubt, the apostle, in this passage, bad this ancient custom in view; so that his design is to represent to us not a seal on the foundation of God, but an inscription or device, to assure us of its strength, permanency, and solidity.
To the Editor. As we have heard frequent and just complaints of the pernicious habit in
which some professors indulge themselves of speaking against ministers, to the great injury of their usefulness, may we not hope to lay the axe to the root of this evil, by cautioning ministers themselves against setting the wretched example. - If you think the following extract from a Sermon by Mr. David Some, on the methods to be taken by ministers for the revival of religion, will promote this end, you will oblige, by its insertion,
J. B. “Our treatment of each other, says the preacher to his fellow-labourers, ought to be generous and kind, sincere and friendly; remembering that we are engaged in a cause which will require the strictest union to support is. If we are divided among ourselves, and make it our business, by little stories, to lessen one another in the eyes of the people, the common interests of serious piety will suf'er very much by it. Are our hearers such strangers to the arts of backbiting and defamation that they need to be taught them by our exainple? Or is it a thing so reputable, that we should desire it may appear to be a part of our character? Are we secure that, after all, the reproach will not turn upon ourselves; or that the very persons we are speaking to will not despise drs, as actuated by principles of and ill-nature? Or, if we are sure the reflection would fix where we intended it, is the usefulness of ministers so great that we should desire to hinder it? Is an attachinent to one minister, to the neglect of all others, so amiable a temper that we should attempt to infuse it into those commiited 10 our care? Should we endeavour to revive that carnality which the apostle condemns in the Corinthians, “ While one said, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos" should we not rather make the most vigorous efforts to suppress every thing of this sort, as that which will always be prejudicial to Christianity? T'he prevalence of these evils bas led me to mention them with a warmth and severity which their malignant nature does require, since I never yet saw religion Hourish where there was not harmony and friendship among the ministers,"
On the mode of preventing infection in sick rooms, recommended in our last, a Medical Correspondent observes," It is most undoubtedly of inestimable value." He adds, “ It should be remembered, however, that the fumes which issue from the mixture, materially irritate the lungs of many people. It is better, if possible, to remove the sick person, for the time, to another apartment, giving an opportunity of changing the bed-linen ; to let the cup, containing the mixture, be put into the room, which should then for some time be kept close shut; after which, air should be re-admitted as freely as possible. It should also be remembered, that this is the remedy for which Dr. Carmichael Sinith obtained a parliamentary reward.”
1. N. N. enquires, Is it possible for a Christian not to know what is his most easily besetting sin? and, What sign is it when, afier close examination, he cannot discover which, out of many sins, appears to be most predominant?
II. In Acts ix. 7, we are informed, That the men who journied with Saul towards Damascus, “ heard the voice, but saw no man:" - and in chap. xxii. 9, Saul hinself, relating this miraculous event, says, “They that were with me saw indeed the light, but heard not the voice.” How are these texts reconciluable !
III. In 1 Tim. iv. 10, our translation reads, “ We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those who believe.” The variantes lectiones, in notes to my Testament, observe,“ That instead of the word ourng, the New College manuscript, Oxon. bas matig. What antiquity and authority has that manuscript and this last reading? Does it not best agree with the context and the general sense of the Bible ?
IV. Is it the duty of a bankrupt to consider himself bound, in the sight of God, to make up his dividend 20s. in the pound, it, after setting up in business again, he prospers, and is able to do it? or, May be retire from business without making up his dividend, when he finds bimself possessed of sufficient property; and consider himself an honourable Christian, eligible for any public station in the church?
Other Correspondents beg solutions or illustrations of the following passages of Scripture, viz. Cack. xviii. 24.- 1 Thess, V. 12, 13.
Eccles. viii, 16.
arise from ignorance of himself: he On the 27th of September, 1803, was deeply sensible of his sinfula died Francis Walker, of Leeds, a
"I suffer,” said he, while respected member of the church the writer was one evening sitting under the pastoral care of the Rev. by him, “as a sinner; and yet," E. Parsons. He was a man of an added he, “ I trust I am a saint in excellent spirit. By the influence some small degree, though altogeof the religion of Jesus, his temper, ther unworthy of that name," His which was naturally mild, was ren- hopes of future happiness were Jered uncommonly engaging. He built solely upon the rock Christ always spake of himself in the most Jesus. “ Mine eyes,” said he, at humiliating terins; and whenever another time,“
upon his opinion was asked, he gave it Christ, not upon myself.” A friend with the greatest diffidence.
asking him if he found his recolThe disorder (the scrofula) which lection fail him, he answered, “Not at length proved mortal, hé consi. so much but that I still remember dered as the means of first leading the promises." — Upon another obhim to reflect upon the necessity of serving that he hoped he found attention to religion, at about the them as breasts of consolation to his age of sixteen. As such, he re- soul, he said, “ Yes, yes," with garded it as one of the greatest such a degree of earnestness, that blessings of his life. He loved the indicated the deep interest he felt ordinances of religion. This was in them. strikingly evinced by his frequent His patience was almost astonishappearance in the house of God, ing. Though his last illness was when his weakness was such as long and severe, yet was he never rendered his attendance extremely heard to utter a murmuring expres. difficult and painful. Indeed, his sion. Indeed, in general, he was love of public worship, and especi. even cheerful in the midst of all his ally of the ordinance of the Lord's sufferings, Often did the pleasant Supper, evidently increased as he manner in which he spoke extort a drew nearer to the eternal Sabbath. smile from those who were around Often did he mention the uncom- him. His gratitude was also remon pleasure with which he at. markable. The most trivial fa. tended some of the last sermons he vour always met with his grateful was permitted to hear. At those acknowledgment. Indeed, to men. seasons he was favoured with the tion all the pleasing evidences he most delightful foretastes of that gave of a gracious state, would far happiness, the fulness of which, it exceed the limits of this paper. It is confidently hoped, he is now en. is hoped that the many pious exjoying. He was particularly fond pressions, and earnest exhortations of those more private, religious which proceeded from his dying meetings, at which the mere pro- lips, will leave a lasting impression fessor is seldom seen.
upon the minds of his surviving re“Let me die the death of the
lations. righteous, and let my last end be The last time I saw him was the like his,” must have been the peti- evening before his dissolution. He xion of all who had an opportunity then seemed to take no notice of of observing his taith and patience those who were around him; yet, throughout his last sickness. while his brother was engaged in # The chamber where the good man prayer, though unable to speak, he meets his fate
evidently joined in that solemn ex. Is privileg'd beyond the common walk ercise. The next morning, about of virtuous life, quite on the verge of seven o'clock, he bid a final adieu Heav'n.”
to all his sufferings, and entered ir: He possessed a hope full of im- to the joy of his Lord, aged 22. » mortality. This did not, however, Leeds.
MRS. E. ALLEN.
glorious company. I thought of
you, and interceded for you and FEB. 13, 1804, died Mrs. E. many others." But she afterwards Allen. She was trained up in the said, “I think there was something paths of religion; and, from her delirious in my frame then, which earliest days, sat under the sound shews the rational, discriminating of the gospel; but it was not, till state of raind she generally possess about seven years ago, that she felted ; and thus gives more weight to the power of the truth. After a her last sentiments and expressions. declaration of her experience, she When some of her Christian friends was received into the church where called upon her, at their return she first drew the breuih of life; from the house of God, she shewed and, from that period, adorned hier where her heart was, by asking profession in the former part of what was the text. When intorm, ilie illness by which she was re- ed that it was i Cor. xv, 10, “ By moved, her minister being absent the grace of God I am what I ain," on a journey, she expressed an ear. " Al!” said she, " It is all of nest desire to see him. “He has pure grace. What was I! a poor, been," said she, “ blessed to my vain, thoughtless, worldly creature! soul. I was decent and moral, and, What could Jesus see in me to being brought up strictly, I con- merit any thing at his hands? It stantly attended the preaching of was his own grace that saved me! the gospel; but I never understoord When lier minister asked her or felt any thing unul I heard him once what he should pray for on her preach on the work of the Holy behalf, she replied, " That I may Spirit. I then saw what a change honour my profession, and glorify must be wrought on me ; and, by God in my death; especially that the influences of that good Spirit, my death may be a means of doing was led to Jesus for salvation. I good to my family. I do not wish wish I could see the instrument of that my children may have any of that happy change now; but if I the great things of this world, but do not see him any more in this that they may be partakers of the world, we shall meet in Heaven." grace of God." She had, some On his entering the room after his time before her death, been asked return, she said, “ I never expect. if she would have her children ed to see you again in this world; called; but she declined, saying, but if I had not, I should have “ At a proper time I will call ior blessed God to eternity for having them." Within about an hour be. heard you. I have been brought fore her departure, she desired her very low, but God has been won. husband and children to come round derfully gracions to me. I have her. Having cast a most expres. enjoyed more than I can express.” sive look upon her husband, as lie Some one said, “You have suffered sat by her, she desired each of the a great deal within an without;' children to come and kiss her. She but she replied, with much eino. observed the order of their ages, tion, “ It has been all without;--- and would not sufier a younger to within, I have had nothing but joy come before an elder. Having had and peace; the teinpfer has not occasion to order one of them to be been suffered to come near me once. corrected during the day, she kiss. I am astonished at the goodness of ed that one twice with peculias God." She frequently repeated, emotion, giving a dying testimony with plea ure, parts of the hymn that a parent's corrections spring commencing, " Jesus, lover of my from tenderest affection. Her mia soul," and gave much emphasis to nister then asked her if he should the worris, Other refuge have I cornmend her spirit into the hands none." Reviving once from a kind of Christ? She intimated her con. of swooning er dosing state, she sent, and, clasping her hands, dis said to her father, “ I have been to covered a lively interest in each pe. she top of Mount Zion, and saw the çition. The powers of speech
seemed to have failed, but her acquaintance with literary subjects mental faculties were in the fullest and the best authors. In the latter exercise. Shurtiya ter, she sweetly part of his cullegiate life his mind slept in Jesus.-On beholding such was deeply impressed with divine a death, who could refrain fromex. truth; a'id he was led to an expericlaiming, “ What symptoms of im- mental knowledge of the glory of mortality!" While the mortal the Redeemer. frane was dissolving, and just on As a Christian, he was humble, the point of dropping into dist, the exemplary, and submissive, partisoul discovered no signs of decay; cularly on the loss of his only son, seemed conscious that it had 110- in the seventeenth year of his age, thing to do with death; went thro' while a student at Yale college. the work of departure with entire As a Minister, he was fuithful, self-possessin, in full enjoyment evangelical, and indefatig ble in his of immortal vigour.
pastoral services, being tilled with Here the Christian might stand love to the souls of his people.
“On death, where is thy Under his ministry there were tour sting?". Though conscious that her seasons of remarkable revivals of departure was at hani, and alive ro religion. all the awful importance of eter
As a Theologian, he was eminent, nity, far from shrinking with fear, and was twice elected Professor of every look seemed to say, “ Never. Divinity, both which elections hc theless, I ain not ashamed, for I declined. But his superiority as an know whom I have believed."
instructor, drew around him many Let these things endear 10 11 the who were designed for the ministry. principles of the gospel, whence Nearly fifty liad been nembers of she derived her victory. Let it in, bis Theological school, most of duce ministers frequently to preach whom are now pastors of Christian on the work of the Holy Spirit, churches. which was blessed to her conver. The first attack of discare, which sion, and with which she always disabled him from his public work, declared herself peculiarly delight. was on Aug 31, 1801, and termi. ed. A she expressed some regret nated in lus death, Dec. 30, 1803. on her dying-bed for having beern In this long sickness he enjoyed as she thought, too reniiss in keep much of the divine presence; and ing her children under the minister's the last words he as heard to instruction in catechism, let parents whisper were, “ Glory to God in take this hint.
the highest; and on earıh peace, Romsey.
good will towards mer..”
The friends of Zion, in the neiglıbourhood where he inved, deeply
feel on this occasion, being sensible DR. CHARLES BACKUS,
that a luninary of great magniyude Pastor of the Church in Somers Town, in their churches is now extin
guished. Connecticut, North America. DR. BACKUS was born at Frank. lin, Nov, 5, 1749 received his edu.
RECENT DEATH. cation at Yale College, and com. meuced his ministry in June 1773'; September 11, 1804, died, much was ordained Aug. 10, 1774, and esteened and limented, the Rev. continued the faithful pastor of the J ADAMS. of Salisbury, after a church at Somers Town more than short illness of only three days. Of twenty-nine years,
this excellent and usetid man, is At college he made a distinguish. well as ot several others lately ing proficiency in science. His un. taken to their eternal rest, we hope derstanding, which was naturally to give a more full account in oir clear, and his judgment, which was biographical department ;– for the correct, were improved by a general niewiory vf the just is blessed.