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affection for them, and the une in his house, enforced a strict obspeakable glory he felt in his own servance of the Lord's Day; and mind. The joys of Heaven seemed his grand aim was, in the most ento expand his breast even before gaging manner, to bring up his he leti the body: he anticipated children in the fear of God. them. They appeared to over- In public, he was active and distrain their usual bounds to pre- ligent in the discharge of his office: pare this highly-favonred servant he guided his affairs with such dise of the Lord for the mansions of cretion, that he always found time bliss! His death appeared to be for visiting the afficted, and going but the transition from joy to joy, after the wanderer from the told. and from glory to an exceeding and He took every opportunity of im. eternal weight of glory! He de- pressing religion on the minds of his parled October 11, 1802.
friends, especially of the young.1. M.
Feeling an ardent desire for the welfare of Zion, and rejoicing in
every effort to promote her cause, JAMES CLUNIE,
the prosperity of the churches, and of Castle Street, St. Mary-le-Bone.
the extension of the Redeemer's
kingdom among the Heathen, were On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1803,. the subjects of liis daily and fervent died, in his fifty-sixth year, Mr. J. prayer. Clunie, who had been thirty-one As his life he gave abundant years a Member of the Associate proof of his unaffected piety, it Congregation, Wells Street, Lon- pleased him, whose dispensations 10 don; during twenty-one years of his people are mercy and love, to which he filled the office of an take him so suddenly to himself, Elder.
that his friends did not enjoy the He was born near Forres, in satisfaction of receiving his lasi tes. Scetland, of pious parents ; for timony to the truths he had so long whose instructions and example he belived. The following extracts ever expressed the highest grati. from some of his papers will, how, tude. These instructions ever, express the pious feelings of blessed to his soul; and, at his soul on different occasions : – early period, he sought the Lord In one paper he thus expresses himGod of his fathers. Though, like self: “1, last Sabbath, heard the Jacob, he early left his father's love of Christ preached on, from house, God, who preserved the pa. Songi.4. Alasi that I have heard triarch, watched over him also; so much of this ravishing subject, and protected him from the evil and have been so little inspired with tendency of the ungodly company it! I hope, however, I have felt with wliich his business sometimes something of its divine infuence! obliged him to intermingle; so that o lovely and loving Saviour! I impressions of divine truths were think I have had, and now have, not erased from his mind, but che- some love to thee. Draw me, and rished and increased.
I will run after thee! I put my Constant in his attendance on heart into thy hand, o form it for public ordinances, the delight of thyself! Keep me in the love of his soul, he could say with the God, and patient waiting for the Psalmist, “ A day in thy courts is coming of Christ! I thank thee, better than a thousand :” but in that last Sabbath I had an opportu, this he did not rest satisfied; fornity of sitting down at thy iable ! the word of God was the subject Thy name, o Jesus! was as ointof his daily study and devout me. ment poured furth; therefore do ditation.
I love thee. O let the passion of When placed at the head of a love no longer warm my breast family, he studied to conduct him. than this breast is warmed with seli as a Cliristian husband and fa- love to him who loved me, and ther. He erected the altar of God gave himself for me!" – In ad
other paper (dated Nov. 1789) he engaged about divine things, and hath these words: “ It is now more' especially the blessedness of Heathan twenty years since the word, O my God, came with much sweet- As it was his earnest desire to ness; and, I hope, divine power! abide in the tabernacle of his God, "I live loved thee with an ever- the manner of his death was so orlasting love. What is this? I dered, that he was permitted to know not what to say or think of worship in public the whole of it. What am I ? Buc so it seemed the preceding Sabbath. Two of good in thy sight. Surely, wonder the discourses were peculiary suit. and praise become me!" On the 'ed to his near approach to the eterdeath of a child he thus wrote :' nal state : that in the morning, on “ O help me, my heavenly Father, the Song of the Angels, in Rev. v. rightly to conceive of and improve !, 12; and that in the evening, ou this stroke of thy heavenly hand ! Lazarus being carried by the An. Make the niother and me to profit gels into Abraham's Busom, in by this visitation ! Lord, have Luke xvi. 22. In the former it was mercy upon the sufferer i Wash observed, that the great teacher, him with the washing of regenera- Death, would inform the believer, tion and the renewing of the Holy in one moment, more of the naGhost! Heal the bone which thou ture of the work of praise in Hea. hast broken! Grant patience to ven, than he had learned by all his parent ! Lord, I am thine, by the sermons heard about it on my own voluntary dedication; and earth. A blessed truth, which he niine have l, in like manner, dedi- was soon to experience ! Being cated to thee! Help me to think much impressed with these disa and act accordingly."
courses, lie, in the most feeling 1802, he thus expresses himselt: manner, spake of them that everja “ I bless thee, O God, for thy pa. ing and the two following inorn. tience and long suffering! I have, ings; on the latter of which, he tinis first Sabbath of a new year,
mentioned to his beloved partner been permitted, in thy great mercy,
these lines of the pious Craig : to worship thee with thy people. O teach me to double my diligence
“ O'er to the New Jerusalem,
Where I with Christ may dwell; as a Christian and an Elder! I am
And ever hear his owo dear lips clothed with the memorials of the
His own dear story tell. death of a brother-elder (Mr. Hastie) with whoin, for upwards of
** Where, in his presence, I shall find
The Heav'o thai I desire; twenty years, I have had the most
And the sweet glories of his face intimate friendship. The church liath lost one of its most distin
Eternally admire !" guished helps. Help me, O most and then spake of those delighiful merciful God and Saviour, to do words recorded in Isaiah xxxv. $. my duty, in the view of my being 9, 10. To those wlio believe that soon called to give in my account. the most minute circumstances are
He enjoyed good health until directed by Him to whom noabout five years before his deatlı, thing is contingent, it will not be when he was attacked with some unworthy of observation, that, as symptoms of that disorder which it appeared by a mark in his Bible, afterwards terminated his valuable which lay before him when taken life. From that time, it was evi. ill, the sixteenth Psalm was the dent that his constitution was con- last paisage he had read; the lat. siderably weakened : his zeal and ter verses of which he had repeatactivity, in the ways of God, ne. edly spoken ot, for soine tinie pre. vertheless, seemed io increase : his 'ceding. mind appeared gradually taking He was in his usual health and jeave of the world ; and his conver- spirits, at dinner, on Tuesday ; but sation clearly manifested that his was soon after, while alone, seizce thoughts and affections were much with an apoplectic.tit, which de
prived him of speech, and almost tended with tenfold aggravations. of the use of one side : he had, If, in addition to religious instrucs however, recollection sufficient to tions, the grace of God should come to the door of the room in make a conquest of their hearts, which Mr». C.was, without alarm- how eminently conspicuous, will ing any other person. When she their advantages appear ! Initiated, spoke to him, he smiled, as he did in early life, into the principles of also when one of his sons envered our holy religion; acquainted with the apartment, thereby, apparently, its docirines and precepts; and intimating that all was well. Tho' brought to experience their superspeechless, it was evident that he lative excellency; - they will be. was sensible of his situation ; for come burning and shining light, in his countenance remained tranquil the world. Such was the characand placid, except when he per. ter of our deceased friend. She ceived his dear partner, who sat enjoyed those advantages; and dis. near him, agitated through the covered, in a great degree; the evi. alarm. About five o'clock he fell dences of divine grace, both in her into a slumbering state; from life and death. which, as the event proved, he was She was the daughter of Mr. and not to awake uneil ihe morning of Mrs. Grafion, near Stanbridge, the resurrection. Abullt twelve at who have had the pleasure of live night, without a struggle, he sweet. ing to see their pious labours and by fell asleep in Jesus. “ Mark' earnest prayers crowned with sucthe perfect man. and behold the Mrs. Hurst was married at. upright; for the end of that man an early age to a respectable me. is peace!” His pastor, the kev. A. chanic in Fole-hull; by whom she Waugh, spoke of his grave; and had seven children; iwo died in on the Sabbath, ths 27111 of Nov. their intancy; and the remaining improved the aftlicting dispensation five are left to deplore the loss of by a serinon, troin Ps xxxix. 9.- a serious and attectionate mother.May this trying dispensation be May divine grace be as conspicusanciitied to ihe church, and espe- ons in them as in their deceased cially to his aged widow and her parent ; and her dying prayers for sons? Miy tay follow the pious their salvation be answered Her example of their friend and rela- aftliction was short, but severe : 2 tive ; finish their course with joy; pulmonary complaint, which, in and, at last, join with him and all the course of a few days, removed the redeemed, in ascribing. Sal. lier from this world of sin and sor. vation to our God, who siileth up
No fatal symptoins appear. on the throne, and unto the Lamb!" ed until the day preceding her Amen.
W.C. death; when expectation suddenly
ceased, and her breathing, became
very laborionis, attended with every MRS. HURST,
symptom of a speedy dissolution. Wife of Mr. John Hurst,
At this period, having attended my
ministry several years, she went for in the Parish if puleshill, near Coven.
me, that I might have (as she extry, died May 6, 1804, nged twvirity's pressed ii) the satisfaction of see
ing the happiness arising from an The advantages arising from a interest in Clirist; and a good hope, religious education are many and through grace, in the important argreat. Happy are those children ticle of death. I found her mind who enjoy the benefit of the fervent perfectly tranquil, – a mortal paleprayers and pious counsel of godly ness in her face, but glory in her parents! Such persons cannot sin soul! I never witnessed greater är so cleap a rate as others; but submission to the will of God, abshould they ungratefully disobey stractedness from the world, nor a their parents, and act contrary to more settled peace of mind ! their advice, theis sin will be at. ist, Her patience under afilicien,
and submission to the will of God. said, “ I know in whom I have bë. «« The passage," said she, “is lieved,” &c. sharp; but, I trust, it will be short, I requested her to spåre herself, Pray that I may have an easy dis- as her exertion injured her, by in. mission, if it be the will of my creasing the difficulty of breathing : God; but if not, his will be done: she replied, “ Do not hinder nie his grace is sufficient for me! It from doing all I can for the glory will soon be over!” Not a mur- of God in death, I have done so muring word escaped her lips; but little for him while I had healthi all was serenity and acquiescence and strength. Iain naturally diffi. in the will of Gud.
dent; but now I am bold for 2dly, Her abstractedness from the Christ !" world. - She was strongly attach- Her husband once gave her sied to her children: they were the milar advice ; but she replied, objects of her constant and anxious “My dear, you would not wish care ; but she was enabled entirely me to leave the world without sayto resign them into the hands of ing something for your comfort. God. She once said, “I should I am greatly supported : the Lord like to see my children before I is more precious than ever!" I die;" but alnóst instantly added, said to her, . It is a mercy you was "I had better decline it; it will enabled to seek the Lord in early teithier do them nor me any good : lite : you have now the comforts I have committed them into the of religion when they are so neceshands of my covenant God; and sary :' - she replied to this, “ Rathere I can safely leave them !” ther say, the Lord sought me ; or
As a wife, she was affectionate. I had never sought him. He came Observing her husband sitting on to seek and to save that which was the side of the bed, much agitated lost !" She exhorted all who came and distressed, she said to him, to see her, agreeably to the state
My dear, do not grieve ;- the she supposed they were in ; and Lord does all things well!. There she particularly warned is mercy mixed with the present against an abuse of their privileges. affliction ! It is far better the When I took leave of her, she Lord should remove me than you : said, “ Farewell! we shall meet in it is in your power to provide bet. a better world. Give my love to ter for the dear children than I Miss E-y: I love her; because could ; God will take care of she loves Jesus Christ ! My best then and you !”
love to Mrs. E-." She then said, As a daughur, she felt tenderly "! I long to depart, and to be with for her parents:
She said, “ How Christ! Come, Lord Jesus, come distressed will my dear father and quickly!” Her last act was re. mother be, when they hear of ny peating that precious Mymn, death, - an event so unexpected by them ; but they have a God to “ Jesus, lover of my soul, go to in their trouble, who can
“ Let me to thy bosom fly,” &c. and will support them; and they She then sweetly slept in that Jer, will have the consolation of reflect
suis who loved her, and washed her ing, that they have another child in from her sins in his own blood, and
was translated from an earthly Sabzdly, The happy state of her bath to spend an cternat one in his mind in the immediate prospect of eternity. She mentioned many
At her request, I preached a fusuitable promises, which were the reral-serinon for the benefit of the support of her soul; ainong the living, to a crowded and attentive rest," Fear not, for I am withi thee; congregation, from Heb. ii, 11, 17: be not di-mayed, for I am thy which i conceived peculiarly appliGod," &c. “I will never leave cable to her case. thee, nor fórsake thee;" and utica
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Letters on the Evidences of the Chris-
them in one year, for religious and First printed in the Oriental Star, afterwards reprinted at Serampore. perfectly accurate, or not, it is
Whether the above statement be A netu Edition, corrected and en.
certain that there are, in that city larged. Price 35.
and country, a goodly number of We have been told, that the serious Christians, from whom Ingreat body of Europeans in the fidelity has met with some boid and East lodies are Deists, paying no
decided resistance. Among other manner of regard to the Scriptures, attempts to sap its foundations, and and frequenting no place of 'Chris- to establish the Christian faith uptian worship. If it be so, it is not on its ruins, we may reckon these very surprizing. Young gentle.
" Letters on the Evidences of the men, who leave their native coun
Christian Religion.” They are try without the possession of any ileman who for some years resided
said to have been written by a genthing like Christian principle, are not very likely to be proot' against in India, in the service of the Comthe insinuations of Infidelity in a
pany; and were first printed in a foreign land. We have heard of Calcutta newspaper, called “The late, however, and with no small
Oriental Star." In 1802 they were pleasure, that the state of things reprinted at Serampore ; and now, in that part of the world, is much at the desire of some friends, have more promising than formerly. I undergone a third impression in has been lately stated in a periodical England, with additions, by the publication *, that “ A very con.
author. siderable amelioration in the man.
This able writer, if we be not ners of Calcutta has been gradu- misinformed, was himself once en. ally taking place since the adininis. tangled in the spares from which tration of Lord Cornwallis, when a
he labours to extricate others. We tiew tone was given to the general congratulate Bengaì in having such sentiment on the subject of religion. a. production as this written and The influence of religious princi- circulated in it. It has acquired ples has become much more predo. much deserved fame by its litcrury minant. The churches are welat. researches ; and, we hope, these tended; and the decorium and at. will be followed by many decided tention of the congregations strike attempts to defend and propagate new comers with surprize. Family
the gospel. worship has been established in
The work consists of twelve let. several houses; and a great com
ters ; 10 which is now added, AC:n. parative degree of regularity and clusion, “ On the Effects of Chris correctness of conduct has, very tianity on the Minds of those who generally, taken place of the dis- embrace it," sipation for which the capital of our
We shall consent ourselves with Indian empire was formerly distin. selecting a passage or two as in. guished. In Calcutta there are
stances of his calm but acute manneither plays nor masquerades; and
ner of overturning, as by a single gaming is absolutely put down. stroke, the writings of some of our As a proof of the growing regard
most noted Infidels. of the people of that place to reli. “Jir. Gibbon makes use of much of gion, it is stated, that no less than
that ir direct in situation, and mashed forty-two thousand rupees (between ridicule, which have 80 often been elde 5 and 60o3l.) were raised among ployed by his coa ijiors in the ministry
* The Christian Osserver,