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to be, an example for others, to avoid the appearance of evil; to be decided in his conduct, by well-doing, putting to silence the clamours of ignorant and malicious men. We may observe that Scripture is decided here : - “ Blessed is the man that walketh viot in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful*." And the same inspired penman considers it as an evidence of his sincerity, that he was a companion of those that feared God, and kepr his preceptst. “ He that walketh with wise men," says Solomon, “shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." It inay be objected, that these passages have an allusion to practising the ways as well as joining in company with the wicked. But, do not evil communications corrupt good munners ? — and what concord hath Christ with Belial, or be that believeth with an Infidel? Can two walk together, except they be agreed? We are inclined to favour the negative, in the cominon concerns of life; and will it not hold good in religion? Our divine Master exhorts his disciples, even to forsake a refractory brother, and esteem him as an Heathen man, or a publican. The writer of this article well knows that it is no pleasing part of duty to separate from those with whom, previous to conversion, we may have forged attachments; but the duty may not be less necessary, thougla painful. We are called upon to “ deny ourselves;, and take up our cross daily.". Let us cheerfully“ go without the camp, bearing the reproach of Jesus :" like him, be harmless, undefiled, and separate from siniers," hating eyen the garment spotted by the flesh;” bearing in mind, that we are exhorted to “ come out from the world and be separate," if we clain a relation to the Almighty; for " the friend of this world is an enemy to God” At the same time, not forgetting that Christian philosophy which teaches and excites to weep over, pray for, and tenderly admonish our friends and relations, convincing them, that we feel for them, are kindly atfected towards their welfare, while we maintain a steady attachment to our holy religion, by not countenancing their evil practices. Thus we shall appear to be followers of Jesus indeed!

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No. I.

AN ORIGINAL LETTER
FROM THE LATE REV. R. ROBINSON,

OF CAMBRIDGE.

My dear Brother,

NOTHING could be more acceptable to me than your vaJuable present by the German. I was at that time too ill to converse much, and had been so six weeks before ; but, thro'

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tender mercy, I am now recovered, and able to write. Pero mit me to assure my dear Mr. L-4, that neither length of time, distance of place, nor multiplicity of affairs, have been able to erase from my mind that deep-rooted regard which (I will not say formerly, but constantly) to this moment has subsisted for you. The pleasing moments we have enjoyed together, stamped in me a veneration for a name which, when I cease to respect, I shall also cease to live. But when shall we have an interview? I have a thousand questions to ask, and a thousand things to tell. Bear with me a little in my folly. I bave two of our Tabernacle Society situated near me, pastors of two congregational churches; but alas ! where is that ancient siinplicity and power?. They are modernized ; and a vain affectation of academic pride and insolence has taken place of Methodistie zeal and energy. I confess, there. fore, freely to you (for friendship, admits of po reserve) that while I long to know how you are in the ministry, I am afraid to enquire, lest I should not find you such as I would. O that I had a window, think I, into his heart, that I might see the secret spring of his conduct! or, O that I had a seat in meeting, that I might read his heart in his actions ! Does be court popularity and applause ? or is be aiming at winning souls for Christ? Does he give himself airs? Does be study the art of the finger; show of the ring, cut of the band, size of the wig ? &c. or, dead to these, is his holy soul absorbed in the presence of God, importance of his errand, misery of sin, bowels of the Saviour, and certainty of an approaching judyment, when he must give an account? The former are baubles, fit only for babes and idiots; - the latter, worthy the desires of a minister of Christ. You see I am putting your patient friendship to the trial; but, believe me, real love makes me speak. I enquired several years before I heard where you was. I intended to have visited you last barvest; but sickness prevented. Now, I beg to see you at Cambridge. Somebody told me (I fancy Mr. C--) that you was moreable; if so, pray let me see you at Cambridge. A pretty cons gregation, thirty miles from me, want just such a man as ! hope you are : there is a plenty of fish; and there, should I have a world of pleasure in seeing you catch men. I have mentioned you to this people, and told them (what I heard) that you intended to leave

-; and I, this day, received a letter from them, desiring me to inform them more particularly about you, aud to enquire the truth from you. Do me, therefore, the favour, my dear J-my, to write by return of post. Direct for me at Mr. F--'s, Cambridge ; and, however it be in regard to a removal, do not deny me a visit. We have some Jonulis, though in the belly of Hell; - I mean, though at Cambridge.

I am now in my eighth year at Cambridge, with a people

who abound in love to me and each other; so that I never kvew what a wish for a remove meant; and was I to choose this day a people in the three kingdoms, this is the people I should choose. I am only troubled that I can serve them no better. Would to God I had the gift of an archangel for so wortby a people. I have plenty of work in Cambridge, and villages adjacent, where I preach in my poor way often : I trust, not altogether in vain. I live in a village four miles from town; I have four daughters, a son, and a wife, who fear God. - I have judged of your love to me by mine to you, and have therefore stuffed in trifles, not worthy of being related to other people; but Friendship is inquisitive. Tell your lady, I should take pleasure in shewing her the University, &c. With tears I conclude, praying that the Almighty God, who led us formerly, “ when the land was not sown,' would bless you indeed here and hereafter. I can get in no more. Love to Mrs. L. and Mr. S. 1 am, my dear brother, llaurton,

yours unalterably, Nov. 19, 1766.

R. ROBINSON. P.S. My mother was in the room when your letter came : she rejoiced with me. She lives twelve miles off; but begged I would insert her love when I wrote.

ANECDOTES.

THE LATE REV. S. PEARCE. MR. P. being one week-day evening in town, and not en.' gagéd to preach, asked his friend Mr. S. where he could hear a good sermon. Mr. S. mentioned two places. “Well,” said Mr. P.“ tell me the character of the preachers, that I may

Mr. D.' said his friend, exhibits the crator, and is much admired for his pulpit eloquence. Well,” said Mr.P. “and what is the other?” Why, I hardly know what to say of Mr. Ç.: he always throws himself in the background, and you see his Master only.' “ That's the man for me then,” said the amiable Pearce; i let us go and hear him."

A CURIOUS PROOF OF CONVERSION. Abobr the time of the conclusion of the peace of Reswick, the noted Therouet died at Montreal. The French gave him Christian burial in a pompous manner, the Popish priest, who attended him in his sickness, having pronounced the poor Indian to have been a true Christian ; « for," said he," while I explained to him the passion of our Saviour, whom the Jews crucified, he cried out, Oh! had I been there, I would have revenged his death, and brought away their scalps !"

Colben's Hist. of the Five Nations, vol. j. . 203

Dbituary.

DORCHESTER.

JAMES OLD,

greater excellencies than Mr. Old, he also had his faults. His natu.

ral temper was hasty and irascible. The righteous shall, doubtless, This was his easily besetting sin: be held in everlasting remembrance. he used often to complain of it, and Atter death, indeed, their survivors earnestly to pray against it; yet it soon forget thena; but it is a cou- was evident to all, what influence soling truth, that they are ever the love of Jesus had on his natural known into the Lord. “Their disposition to restrain and sweeten names are written in the Lamb's ' it. book of life, they have a place The dispensations of Providence among the living in Jerusalem, and are subservient to religion. Oneare nunibered among the citizens of simuis fed from the service of his Zion. At death, believers only Master to Rome: his conduct was part to meet again at their Father's wrong; but it was over-ruled for house: they will certainly know his spiritual advantage. In this each other in Heaven. Possessing place he heard St. Paul preach the a perfect knowledge of the cealings gospel, which was inade the power of God, they will relate to each of God to his salvation. In the other all the way in which the days of youth, Mr. Old left an un. Lord ied them, and admire every kind master, and went to London part of his conduct towards them. 10 follow his occupation. It was Í am finly persuaded that the in this place that he was brought subject of this account now stands to a known concern for his eternal before the throne, and is mingling state. The ministry of Mr.White. his praises with all the ransumed field was rendered very useful to of the Lord For many years he him when he first began to walk in followed the Saviour; and mani- the ways of God; and he lised 10 fested the most unshaken confi- speak,' with peculiar delight, of dence in the doctrines of the gos: the many comfortable seasons lie pel. Amidst very indigent circum- enjoyed under the early morning stances, and the greatest sufferings, discourses of that eminent servant the promises ot the word were liis of the Lord Jesus. He afterwards constant support., he had a clear joined the church under the care of view of divine truth, a deep ac- the Rev. Mr. Hart; amd, for inany quaintance with the human heart, years, adorned his profession as a and a zealous' attachnient to the useful member of that Society. On doctrines of the gospel. The pre- account of growing affictions and cepts of the word also were his de increasing infirmities, he lett Lonlight; and he was very diligent in don, and came into the country: thie perturmance of religionis du. For many years past, he has resided ties.' The character of Börnabas in the alms-house at Durchester, may, with great propriety, be ap- the place of his nativity. By his plied unto him : “ He was a good death, the church' there has lost man, full of the Holy Ghost and one of its most active members and of faith.” No luman character is brightest ornaments. · During the perfect : spots of impuity are time of my residence in that lowli, found in the most eminent believe I had frequent opportunities of ob.

Religion, delineated in the serving his truly Christian spirit; sacred Scry.tures, is perfect; but and can say, I never when exliilised in the lives of

men, company without receiving spirit. it is mixed with more or less sin. mal benefit. His room was a Be. Though few

persons possessed the set apart for the worship of

ers.

was in his

God : few ever departed from it singular talent in addressing others without reading the Scriptures and on religious subjects; and em. prayer. The young, and all under braced every prudent opportunity spiritual distress, found his house of conversing with all he met cons a sanctuary, and his conyersation cerning eternal things. a blessing. Before his friends de- Like Abraham, our friend was a parted, he used to say to them, in man of great taith. Amidst great the language of Archbishop Usher, poverty and pain, his confidence in "Surely, we must have one word Jesus vas firmand uninoved. When of Christ before we part.” Being his worldly stock was exhausted, eminently a man of prayer, he and he had neither bread nor mowrestled much with God; and ney, he used to say, “ I will draw spent much time in this delightful upon my heavenly Banker, for lie exercise. He used to keep a list las neyer yet failed to supply me: of particular persons by him, in his promise is sure. Notwithstand. order that he might present them ing all, I am in good circum. severally before the throne of grace. stances; besides present possesHe was a man of a public spirit, sicns, I am heir to a large esiate,greatly concerned for the kingdom ". an inheritance that is incorrupt. of Christ, and desirous that the ible, undefiled, and that fadeth gospel might universally spread.' not away !" When it met with any hindrance, During his last illness, he suffered like Eli, he trembled for the ark of the most acute pain; but, in geneGod; but when he heard of any ral, bore it with Christian patience, revival of religion; it rejoiced his especially while he underwent a heart. The success of the Mis. most painful operation. He was sionaries that now labour among confined to his bed about three the Heathen, greatly engaged his weeks, during which period he enattention ; and for them he put up joyed much of God." When able many a fervent prayer. Tender

to speak to the numerous friends' compassion for immortal souls par. who visited him, he addressed them ticularly marked his character. "He in the most affectionate and faithotten mentioned, that it was his ful manner. With great solemnity greatest desire on earth that he he thus spake to a young person : might live to see his daughter, his “My journey is almost ended : I on!y child, brought to the know. would not be in your situation for ledge of the truth, that she wight a thousand worlds't i know beforeserve the Lord here, and dwell for hand your troubles : I know someever with him in Heaven. He was thing of the various temptations and very diligent in endeavouring to afflictions you must endure. O live bring others under the sound of near to God! There is no real ens the gospel ; and I have heard him joyment but in him. Be much relate, with pleasure and humility, upon your watch-tower: your path many instances of his success. Be- is a slippery one. It is my earnest ing prudent, judicious, and affec- prayer that you may have strength tionate, his advice and counsels proportioned to your day. Mike were remarkably useful. Under ihe word of God your Counsellor, injuries, he lised to say, “ I live and God will bless you." The by mercy myself; and therefore experience of this good man, in the should shew mercy to others : Jesus last hours of his lite, was a praciibears much with me, and ought cal commentary on that expression not I to bear much with my bre. of the apostle's :

Rejoicing with thren?" He always manifested a joy unspeakable, and fuli of giory! peculiar attachment to the word of For some time before his deatr, he God; and, for a number of years, appeared like an inhabitant of the had never read no other book. other world. When uable 10 The Bible was truly the rule of his speak, he often took his surroundfaith, the support of his mind, and ing friends by the hand; and, with the guide of his life. He had a an expressive look, munitested his

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