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and said," That is my experience.” and Hymn-Book. He then urged He passed through Monday with his mother to send a message to Dr. much composure of spirit; but L-, his kind and attentive physi. said little, for want of breath. Upon cian, in London, expressing his his mother's expressing her carnest sense of obligation; then said, “I wish that he might yet be raised am very near deati." Soon the up again, he said that he did not painful struggles came on ; in one wish it; but appeared much to of which he said, “ The vision is dread returning to a world where le now plain, - I see it clearly. The must meet with continual incite. will of the Lord be done!” (we ments to swerve from the path of suppose he referred to the sight duty; he mentioned particularly of his Saviour, mentioned beiore) dress, vain amusements, and gay and then finished his course; and, company; and said, witli tears, * í we doubt nui, entered into the prewish no one would pray for my sence and enjoyment of God and the life."

Lamb.

R. Early on Tuesday morning, he said to his mother, “ I teel myself dying, and have only one thing to

MRS. BUCK. trouble me; and that is, how I shall pass through the dark valley. Can. On Tuesday, July 10, died Mrs. not you read or mention some suit. Buck, of Bury, Suitulk, in the fifty. able Scripture?” The tiventy- seventh year of her age. Being third Psalm being read, and those providentially prevented from setia words nientioned, “At evening- ing out that day with Mr. Buck, tide it shall be liglit,"

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on a visit to her family in London, " I hope it will be so !” And af. she passed the day in taking leave ter sitting a little time, as if musing, of her friends, and preparing for the he said, “ I have seen the valley: intended journey the next morning, it looks like a little dark arch, It was not till eight in the evening which I have to pass under; but I the fatal fit of an apoplexy arrested see onre at the further end, holding their progress, and terminated in out a light, and beckoning me to her departure for a better world, come to himn. 'Tis my Saviour!" about eleven o'clock. She had ex. and then, as if he reaily saw some- perienced a degree of debility for body, he aid, “ Lord, I will come some considerable time, which be. to thee immediately, but I inust

came familiar to herself and family, stay till thou sendest Death to re- and furnished frequent occasions lease me !” Then turning to those

for the exercise of tender attention in the room, he said, Perhaps, and intercourse. The awful and you think I have been dreaming unexpected approach of this disbut be that as it may, I am sure pensation, aggravated the anguish this is sent to comfort me, and I of her surrounding family.

dt bave no fear now !”

times, she expressed fears, lest her At nine o'clock he desired his fa- last sufferings should be pa'nful ther to pray with him for the last and lingering. It pleased God mertime: then wišlied that his sisters cifully to supersede the tediousness and brother, who lived at home, of her final conflict by the et verity might be called ; took an atlections and suddenness of the attack. ate leave of them; and requested The subject selected for a funethat they (with the rest of his ral discourse (which was numerouse brothers) might each have a Bible ly and respectably attended) was provided for them on his account, appropriate to her life of faith and as expressive of his veneration för tilist in her Redeemer, Rev. xiv. the Holy Scriptures ; adding, that, 13, “Blessed are the dead which perhaps, it might be an inducement die in the Lord from henceforth; to them to the more frequent and yea, saith the Spirit, that they may attentive reading of that blessed rest from their labours, and their book; likewise, Dr. Watis's Psalin works do follow them."

J. B.

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

An

A Plea for Religion and the Sacred

we give him full credit for the best Writings, addressed to the Disci.

intentions ; but had Christian ples of Thomas Paine, and Wavering calmness and candour prevailed, Christians of every Persuasion. With

he would not have expressed himAppendix, containing the Author's Determination to have relinquished

self with such extreme severity. Let

us hear, however, his own apology his Charge in the Establisherd Church, and the Reasons on which that Deter

(page xx, Preface.) mination was founded. By the late “ If he is thought severe upon the episRev. David Simpson, A. M. copal and clerical orders of men, let it be Third Edition, 8vo, Price 75.

reniarked, that he esteems them all very This is an edition, very inuch highly in love for their otñce sake, be!

Same.

cause he is persuaded it is of divine apimproved, of a work which has ex

pointineat; and that, if at any time he cited considerable attention, and has given way to his indignation, and ex. which is rendered remarkably in- pressed himself in strong terms against teresting by the vast fund of anec. these orders, it is never intended to affect dore wliich it contains. In the für any but ihe culpable part of them; and mer part of the volume, the author that both the prophets under the Old Tese gives us, ist, Examples of dying tament dispensation, and Christ and his Infidels; 2d, Examples of Persons ajusties under ihe New, have done the

We cannot follow better exe recovered from their Infidelity;

amples." 3d, Examples of dying Christians, who had lived in the spirit of the Mr. Simpson, having given a world ; 4t11, Examples of Persons compendious account of the preliving and dying in Faith. The sent state of church preferments, prophecies concerning Christ and &c. proceeds to exhibit a view of his church are amply discussed, the religious bodies of Dissenters with a view to demonstrate the and Methodists. In his statement divine authority of the sacred writ of the dittcrent classes of Dissenters ings. Mr. Paine's objections to (see Note on p: 70) we are persuad.. the Scriptures are particularly con. ed he is incorrect :-“The Qua. sidered and answered ; while his ker.," he Says. are numerous, beabuse of them is treated with the ing aboui 50,005; but the Baptists severity it deserves, and his ex- are still more numerous than either treme ignorance and diabolical ma- thie Quikers, or the Presbyterians, lignity are properly exposed. This or Independents, or Moravians."'. is a part of the work peculiarly va- Some, however, who are well acluable. The atrocities committed quainted with these denominations, by the infidel governors of France apprehend the Independents are are depicted in an awful manner. considerably more numerous than Among the objections made by the the Baptists. Deists to the gospel of Christ, Mr. Two Appendixes are subjoined; Simpson takes occasion to introduce the former of which contains some some severe censures of the Estab. farther thoughts on a national relishment, and cf the Clergy ; and form; and the latter, the author's dilates largely on the “ shameful reasons for resigning his preferment instances of non-residence, patron- in the religious establishment of age, and pluralities of livings. the couniry. This step, it is well That there is much to complain of known, he was not permitted to on these and other points on which take; the Lord being pleased ra the author dwells, we believe few remove him, by a short illness, to good men will deny; yet we can. that only church in which there is not but think Mr. Simpson dipped no defect, and in which good mea Juis pen in gall when he wrote iliose of all classes will cordially unite in pages. From a knowledge of his the praise of their comnica Lord, truly pious and amiable character, without a dissonant note.

Upon the whole, we think the ers, and the whole church at Jerus Work highly valuable; and by an salein, made a solemn decision unusual mixture of the utile dulci, on the controverted question, Whies such as may be read, especially by ther or not the Gentile converts younger persons, with a happy should be circumcised, and obey union of profit and entertainment. the law of Moses?

The author maintains, that this Periodical Accounts of the Missions of meeting is not an instance of a repre.

the United Brethren, No. XL IS. sentative church, consisting of de.

Tuis Number contains, 1. A legates from several congregations; Letter from Antigua;

- 2. A Let

that it was not a council, as the ter from Jamaica ; -- 3. Extract of Episcopalians assert, nor a Synod, as the Diary of Bavian's Kloof, 1802 ; the Presbyterians affirm, but a

- 4. Various Accounts from Suri- meeting of the whole church (all nam, Goshen, and the West In- the multitude, ver. 12.) together dies; - 5. siccount of the Mission with their elders, and all the apos. among the Cherokees ;–6. Account tles then residing at Jerusalein in of the Creek Nation; 7. Of the short, that it was an Independent Negres in North Carolina.

church, such as, he thinks, all the The e Accounts will always be primitive churches were : and to perused with pleasure by the faith- confirm his opinion on this subject, ful subjects of our common Lord, he largely quotes, in the Appendix, who rejoice in seeing his kingdom a learned and scarce work of Mocome among any denomination of sheim,-De rebus Christianorum ane their fellow-men. – Some particu- Constantinum Magnum; of which he. Jars, extracted from this Number, also gives an English translation. will appear in our Religious Intel. The title of the paragraph is, ligence for the present month. Omnes Ecclesios prime cetatis Iniepewa

dentes, or, “ All the Churches of Sermons on Important Subjects. the first century Independent.”

By the late Frasi Davies. To Mr. Ewing, though a friend of which are added, Three Occasional the congregational mode of church Sermons, Memoirs of thu Author, &c. governient, expresses himself in Svo, 3 vol. 5th crit. bils. The is. strong terins against those who

think that every measure, however THESE Serinons are already co

trifting or cbvious, should be well known, that a review of then brought before the church for geis scarcely necessary.

We are glad neral discussion. This he thinks by to see, however, a new edition, as

110 means igreeable to the direc. we believe few Sernions are better

given calculated for usefulness. Dr. Fin. Churches in which it is plain that

the primitive ley's testimony to the character and bevitice-bearers governed them by abilities of Président Davie, siper. instruction and person, accord. sedes any reconniendation of ours,

ing to the word of God. In doing He justly observes, that “his na.

this, he adds, “ They are entitled, tural genius was strong and inascu. line ; Inis understanding was clear; rules of Scripture; and to require

nay, bound, to carry into effect the his memory retentive ; his inven. obedience from the church to those tion quick; luis imagination lively rules when laid before them. А and Horid ; his thulights sublime,

different conduct deprives the and his language elegant, strong, church of the benefit of governo and expressive.”

ment, must give continual encour.

agement to dissention, and is likely A Lecture on Pirrt of the XVth

to make discipline degenerate into Chapter of the Acts of the Apos.

an engine of faction." tles. By Greville Ewing, Mia nister of the Gospel, Glasgow. the several articles in the prohibi

The author proceeds to discuss P.p. 105. 8vo.

tion published by the church reThis is a lecture, or exposition, specting the con luct of Gentile be. on that meinorabie passage in the lievers " to abstain from pollie Acts, wherein the apostles, ideeld. tion of idols, and from fornication,

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and from things strangled, and And the few who perhaps still are from blood." He unites ihe two afraid to touch those things, are last clauses together, judging that laughed at by others,” &c. But they belong to the saine precept, we refer our readers, who choose to that of abstinence trom blood. The enter into these controversial matfirst, he says, guards against eating ters, to the work itself, which is in. blood in the Hesh; the second, geniously written, in the spirit of against eating blood separated from piety and of modesty. the flesh. Things strangleit for the miere purpose of killing them con. veniently *, and from which the

The Confessions of J. Lackington, blood is afterwards taken, do not

laie-Bookseller at the Temple of the appear, from the connexion, to Muses, in a Series of Letters to a come at all within the meaning of

Friend: touhich are added, Two the precept. But things strangled

Letters on the Bad Consequences of for the purpose of retaining the

havin Daughters educated at blood in them, are certainly for

Boarding Schools. 2). 6d. bidden. He observes, that many To a man who has been brought individuals of exemplary piety really to believe and to feel the inmake no conscience of abstaining portant truths of Christianity, it from blood, and that many of the must be cause of the deepest sorablest modern commentators under. row and humiliation to have writ. stand the clause as only of partial ten such a book as Lackington's and temporary obligation. But he Memoirs; and to counteract its subjoins, “ After all the attention banetul tendency must be his ar. we have been able to bestow upon dent desire and unwearied endea. it, and with all our prejudices in vour. Although we do not trace Favour of the lawfulness of the iri these Confessions so much of the practice, we have found it impos. former as we expected; yet we resible to give to the passage what joice to hope, that the latter was appears to be its fair and natural the motive for their publication. explanation, without admitting that Many of the Letters which com it requires the abstinence in ques. pose them. having been written tion from Gentile believers, in when the impressions of truth on every place, wid in every age. " In the mind of the author were slight, support of this opinion, he quotes and his convictions weak and waClemens Alexandrinus, Tertullian, vering, may, perhaps, account for Minutius Felix, and others; but the peculiarity of style, and the he candidly adds the contrary opie want of that seriousness which the nion of a later Father, Augustine, subject certainly deniands. Tlie who speaks decidedly of the prohi- two first, which contain a retrospect bition as temporary; as needful of the progress of infidelity on the only till the wall of partition be. niind of Mr. Lackington and one tween Jews and Gentiles was de- of his free thinking cuinpanions, molished ; and who says, “What afford an awful warning, as they Christian is now so observant of this mark the almost certain end of á precept, as not to touch thrushes or similar beginning. In several subsmaller birds, unless their blood sequent ones, the influence ot in. have been poured out; or not to fidelity in depraving the morals, eat a hare, if it has been struck destroying the bonds of social obliwith the hand on the neck, and not gation, and filling the soul with been killed by a bloody wound? gloom and uncertainty, is delineat.

“ The ordinary method of killing a fowl is not by strangulation, which would require a considerable time; but by the dislocation of the neck, and consequent injury of the spinal marrow. In this way," he says in the Appendix, " the effect is produced more speedily and more mercifully than by any other inode. lo this way catrie are slaughtered in Iceland, Lapland, Portugal, and some other countries. The late Presi. dent of the Board of Agriculture, Lord Somerville, has recommended this method, and sa iostrument for praciising it."

ness.

ed in the experience of the author the tlames; and this evidence, neither the and his associares. Its awful eftects pretended friends r or the open enemies on a death-beu, are strikingly il

or Christianity, will ever te able to lustrated and pathetically described destroy : – Christianity without this is in an extract 10m Dr. Young's

a body without a soul; - ard all those

who ende avour 10 invalidate this inCentaur not Fabulous. The natural enmity of the heart thing; are talse spies, that bring an

ternal evidence, are “blind, knowing 20of man to God and holiness,, evil report of the goud land: they are wheth manifesting itself in the

in the gail of bitierness and bonds of iniprofessed Atheist, the natural Re- quity, and have neither part nor lot in Îigionist, the dissipated Worldling, the matter ;” and, sooner or later, they or the nominal and fornial Chris. will be found to be fighters aga.c.si God. tian, is justly remarked and exem- " I suppose you are ready to ask, how plified by some appropriate anec

it was possible for me, who " once was dotes. In the Nineteenth Letter enlightened, and had tasted the good word Mr. Lackington begins a more re

of God, and the powers of the world to

come,” how it was possible for me to gular account of his “ Conversion to Christianity.” In the Twentieth lity? Ah, my friend, nothing is more

sink into ignorance, blindness, and infidehe says, “ I was effectually hum- casy! As a real Christian is one that bled, and obliged to cry out, God has been "cailed out of darkness. iata be merciful to me a dreadtul sin- marvellous light;" so, as long as " bis ner;" and the Twenty-ninth we eye is single, his soul is full of light; and transcribe for our readers, oniitting he walks in the light, as God is in the only (for brevity sake) the poetical light; and in him is no darkness at all;" quotations.

yet, if he turn back again into Egyr, he

will again be involved in Egyptian danko « Dear Friend,

The Sun of Righteousness will no " When I look into my Memoirs, I , longer shine upon him. Adam, as soon shudder to see what I have done. I have as he disobeyed his God, at once lost his wantonly treated of and sported with the favour and likeness, and sunk into a state most solemn and precious truths of the gos. of darkness and iç porance; and attempied pel. O God,lay not this sin to my charge! to hide himself from the all-seeing cye Other infidels have obscured, as much as amongst the trees : and when a reviewed they were able, the external evidences of soul falls again into a course of sin, he Christianity ; but I made a thrust at its is at last smitten with blindness, and he vital part. There are many thousands who gropes, but cannot find the door. The never had time or opportunity, or who canule of the Lord no more sbines upon have been, somehow or other, prevented his head. They are blind, and cannot from investigating the external evidences see afar off'; and have forgot that they of the Christian religion, who are yet as were purged from their sins. They will much assured of its divine authority as curse, and swear that they know nof the they are of their own existence. They As they did not like to retain the *" krow that Christ is come in the flesh; knowledge of God," he gives them over that they are born of God; ihat they are to blindness and hardness of heart. They passed from death unto life; that they have “quenched the Spirit, and done de. were once blind, that now they see ; that spite unto it." They no longer know old things are done away, and all things " the things which belong to their peace," are becoine new ;" that they were once they being bid from their eyes. They miserable, but are now happy; they once have eyes that see noi, and ears that hear were without God in the word, but now, by that "faith which is the operation of " This evidence I have attemited to God, the substance of things hoped for, invalidate. God be mercitul to me a the evidence of things not scen, - by this sinner! precious faith, they can say, My Father “ I have, in my Life, said that the Me. and my God." They can “call Christ thedises have diiven pecple out of their Lord by the Holy Ghost.”. They know mind, made them commit suicide, &c. what is the conmunion of saints; and But I solemnly declare, that I never knew often“ sit together in heavenly places in an instance of the kind from my own pero Christ Jesus, and are filled with the ful. sonal knowledge. I have seen it asserted ness of God; and they know when this in pamphlets wrole against them, and also earthly tabernacle is dissolved, they have in newspapers, and I have becó told that a building, not made with hands, ciernal such things have happened; and, urca in the heavens."

such kind of evidence, I have shamefully “ It was this internal evidence which followed others in relating those storica made the martyrs triumph in the midst of alier them

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