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the weaknesses and vices of their bre- and continued candonr, without com. 6.
tbren. If a man write and publish his promising. in any one point, her own own memoirs, he is at liberty to expose belief, or her own experience. Chris what he pleases of his heart and life tians, of cvery denomination, she sina for the good of others. But when cerely loved. But in principlo sho death bas removed the party from a was a Baptist, and a Calvinist, never World of imperfection, let survivors shrinking to avow sier attachment to cherish the remembrance of all that the great truths, for the vindication of was divine, and make no effort to fasten which the early Protestant reformers,
on their own memories, or on those of and our Paritan ancestors, bad lived, eteen others, what was human.
and written, and preached, and sufferTo give a high colooring to the ed, and died. jorrate life or death of the removed is widely She adhered warmly to the church
different, and may prove injurious even of Christ. Taking a deep interest in to the cause which it was inteuded to the affairs of the Society to which sho promote. On behalf of such a practice, particularly belonged, she held it a sa. no good apology I conceive can be cred duty to discharge ber obligations offered. But the profound silence of membership; and spared neither her which is often maintained on the de- property, nor her time, nor her pains, fects of a truly Christian character, to promote its prosperity. How difstands on higher grounds, and may be ferent is the spirit of somo professors, viodicated on the claims of natural who, from the time they join, till they feeling and Christian love. I make leave a church, discover no vital con, these reflections the more freely, be- nexion with it, express no grict' at its cause the present Obituary stands clear trials, nor joy in iis welfare, and take of any liability to such objections. In not one step to advance its true felicity the death of Mrs. Hird, there was no.
or honour. e te thing remarkable. It was ber life Mrs. Hird was regular, early, uni
chiefly wbich honoured the ductrine of form in her attendance upon publicorGod our Saviour. And, in the early dinances, and made domestic arrange
part of her days, before she gave any ments and social intercourse subordiEristiane evidence of being on the Lord's side, nate to bigber claims. Her conduct in
persons have been more correct in society recommended her profession. their deportment. It is my mournful Among an unusnally numerous body office to record her removal from a of relatives and connexions, where, as church, of which she was a useful usoal, every variety of rank and cha
member, and a shining ornament; and racter was to be found, she exercised Data from a large body of relatives and a prudence, a gentleness, a firmness, a
friends, to whom she liad long endeared kindness, a cheerfulness without levity, herself by unaffected piety, by steady and a seriousness without severity, benevolence, and by all the offices of which rendered her society equally ackindness and attention.
ceptable to the young and the old, and She bore a striking resemblance in threw great weight on her peculiar many of her spiritual features to the principles, as a disciple of the Saviour, late excellent Susanna Hird, her mo- A friend to peace, an enemy to discord, ther, of whom a brief memoir will be she rejoiced in their joys, and sympafound in the Baptist Magazine for thized in their sorrows; promoting bar. July, 1813. She removed to Liver. mony and love among them all. pool, with ber widowed mother, from
Her benevolence was routed and Yorkshire, about forty years ago. In active. To every class of calls, ber
1812, she joined the Baptist Church in purse was open, according to her abio Lime-street, under the care of J. L. to lity. Pablic institutions, connected of the great joy of ber aged mother; and with the spread of the gospel at bome
since that time, she has majotained a or abroad, received her liberal and spirit and conduct highly consistent steady support. Nor was ber benevowith the solemn profession which she lence confined to contribution. There
were local institutiops, in wbich, from She has held fast the truths of the their commencement till her removal, gospel. Towards such as differed from she took a special interest, and in the her in the faith, she exercised a steady promotion of whose welfare shie em
ployed much personal lahour. The mormor or a complaint escaped ber.the friends of the Liverpool Femulo Peni- She lay in the Lord's hands, willing to do tentiary, and the Ladies' Benevolent live, to suffer, to enjoy, or to die, as Society, will not soou forget her works should seem best to his unerring wisof faith, and labours of love, from which dom. At last she fell asleep in the Euro she never desisted till budily debility Lord, and her released spirit joined the prevented.
general assembly and first-born, whoso Her last days were tranquil and names are written in heaven? happy. For a long time ber bealth and
JAMES LISTER. vigour had been gradually declining. Liverpool She was repeatedly confined to the bouse for several weeks, and compelled 1824, aged 65.
Mrs. Hird died 16th December, the to abandon, in succession, all her active engagements in the world and in the church. In her last illness she suffered freqnently from acute pain,
RECENT DEATHS, and when that was suspended, froin an overwhelming lassitude.
REV. JOHN GOODRICII. plained of inability to think closely on any subject for a short time, or to hear On the 2nd March, after a proeven a book read to ber, more than a tracted illness, departed the Rev. John few minutes. She had no fears, and Goodrich, upwards of thirty ycars pasgo triumphs. Equally remote from tor of the Baptist Church meeting at despondeney and from ecstatic bope, Stony Stratford. she enjoyed uninterrupted serenity of mind, in a humble reliance on the sacrifice and obedience of the great Re
REV. JOHN SAFFERY. deemer. She repeatedly declared, that On Wednesday, March 9, Rev. J. bem she bad no other refuge, that Jesos Saffery, many years pastor of the Bap-tieto was a sufficient refuge, and that she tist Church at Salisbury, was called to take vunted no other. In Immanuel she his heavenly reward. For further in a plan had long found and enjoyed a salva. formation as to this mournful event, wo tion which was complete, which in- refer our readers to the Missionary volved all her desires for time and Herald of the present month. We havo eternity. If one grace predominated the promise, also, of a more enlarged over another in her last days, it was account of this esteemned minister of submission to the divine will. Not a Jesus Christ for our next Nuinber.
Review. 1. A Discourse on Prayer: explaining this expression of our desire, that they
its Nature, enforcing its Importance, may find a place in every oratory, and and unfolding the Benefits which flow become the means of effecting all the from it. By J. Thornton. Pp. 374. good they are designed and adapted to
communicate. Baynes. 12mo, 5s.
Whether we contemplate prayer as 4 II. Thoughts chiefly designed as prepa- service of homage to the divine Being, rative or persuasive to private Devo- as a devout statement of our desires in tion. By John Sheppard. Second his presence, who has engaged to fulil Edition, considerably enlarged, the desires of them that fear him-or, as 12mo. 6s.
the appointed medium of sacred inter.
course between God and his creatures, We have, for a considerable time, been we are thankful to find ourselves utterly desirous of introducing these two valu- incompetent to calculate the evils they able treatises on prayer. We can truly escape, the advantages they possess, and say, that the perusal has procured for the benefits they may expect who live in them our most cordial approbation, but the constant and conscientious discharge paramount claims have till now prevented of this pious duty,
, then, can be a mofe afecting not only expose the shallow presumption, I real evidence of our calamitous defection from the unintelligent profaneness of those
God, than a disinclination to call upon his who deride the doctrine of spiritual in
name! And yet this reluctance is uni. Auence; but they should also greatly penyi versal, except in so far as the mind is heighten my persuasion of the paramount elen ,
brought under the illuminating influence importance of prayer for the gift of the or by the efficacious operations of the Holy which such prayer may have already proSpirit
. And even then these exhortations, cured me, by influences secretly leading Parer!
admonitions, and invitations, to the exeré to good, and diverting from evil; and of ak cise of prayer are by no means superflu- the still happier and more decisivo results
qus : for so powerful, and often so suc- which may be expected from continuing, 5.6 bene cessfal, is the counteracting influence, more importunately, to entreat this un
by which the principle and tendency of seen control and direction. Let me never genuine piety, are opposed, that every begin the day without earnestly imploring, auxiliary which can be brought to hear that the great Searcher of hearts would against the determined foe must be ac
cleause the thoughts of my heart by the THIS
ceptable, and becomes an occasion for inspiration of his foly Spirit;' that he gratitude.
would turn the current of my soul, as We have neither space nor disposition the rivers of water, whithersoever he to examine the respective merits of these will!'” two performances. They are sufficiently distinct to make it desirable that they The value of this second edition is con. should both be possessed ; and they are siderably enhanced by the addition of two sufficiently alike to make preference diffi- interesting chapters, one of which relates cult
. They breathe the sanie spirit; they to a correspondence between the pious enforce the same practice; and they seek author, and the late Lord Byron, introthe same result. "We hail their appear. duced into the Appendix, and the ingerance, and are happy, that, in the discharge tion of which in this article will, we have of our duty, we can conscientiously re no doubt, be highly gratifying to all our
“ Frome, Somerset, Nov. 21, 1821. " That fitful and Auctuating piety, which
MY LORD, depends on others, and rises and falls “ More than two years since, a loroly with the tide of fashion, is of very little and beloved wife was taken from me by worth. Some pray in their calamity, lingering disease, after a very short union. while an indefinite calamity hangs over She possessed unvarying gentleness and them; for it is truly said, Nature in an. fortitude, and a piety so retiring, as guish is no atheist; but, the pain assuaged, rarely to disclose itseli in words, but so and the danger past, their devotion is at inquential, as to produce upiform benean end.' Others keep up a form of reli- vulence of conduct. In the last hour of gion so long as, like the ostentatious pha life, after a farewell look on a lately born risees, they can engage attention, or se- and only infant, for whom she had evinced cure applause. • For what is the hop inexpressible affection, her last whispers of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, were, ' God's happiness !--God's happiwhen God taketh away his soul? Will ness! Since the second anniversary of God hear his cry, whep trouble cometh her decease, I have read some papers, opon him? Will be delight himself in the which no one had seen during her life, Almighty? Will he always call upon and which contain her most secrot God?' job xxvii. 8-11. The drift of thoughts. I am induced to conimunicate these questions is so easily perceived, to your Lordship a passage from these that it is almost needless to answer them. papers, which, there is no doubt, refera to The hypocrite will not always call upon yourself; as I have more than once heard God; for his religion is but a creature of the writer mention your agility on the circumstances. What never wins and rocks at Hasti.gs. possesses the affections, is readily re "Oh, my God! I take encouragesigned and given up. If we have ment from the assurance of thy word, to complacency in God, we can have no real pray to thee in behalf of one for whom I communion with him." Pp. 369. have lately been much interested. May
Treating on the importance of diving the person to whom I allude, (and who is influence on the thoughts," Mr. Sheppard now, we fear, as much distinguished for says:-"On the whole, these reflections his neglect of thee, as for the transcenda
or of the
ant talents thou hast bestowed on him,) be choly a topic. I say pleasure, because awakened to a sense of his own danger, your brief and simple picture of the life and led to seek that peace of mind, in a and demeanour of the excellent person proper sense of religion, which he has whom I trust that you will again meet, pl found this world's enjoyments unable to cannot be contemplated without the adprocure! Do thou grant that his future miration due to her virtues, and her pure example may be productive of far more and unpretending piety. Her last mo. extensive benefit than his past conduct ments were particularly striking; and I and writings have been of evil; and may do not know, that in the course of reading present the Sun of Righteousness, which, we trust, the story of mankind, and still less in my will, at some future period, arise on him, observations of the existing portion, I
Pi be bright, in proportion to the darkness of ever met with any thing so unostenta. those clouds which guilt has raised around tiously beautiful. Indisputably the firm
Saturday him, and the balm which it bestows, believers in the gospel have a great ad. healing and soothing, in proportion to the vantage over all others-for this simple keenness of that agony which the punish- reason, that, if true, they will have their ment of his vices has inflicted on him!' reward hereafter; and if there be no &c. "Hastings, July 31, 1814.'
hereafter, they can be but with the infidel
in his eternal sleep, having had the assist“ There is nothing, my Lord, in this ance of an exalted hope through life, extract, which, in a literary sense, can at without subsequent disappointment! all interest you; but it may, perhaps, ap. since, (at the worst for them,) out of nopear to you worthy of reflection, how thing, nothing can arise, not even sorrow. deep and expansive a concern for the hap. “ But a man's creed does not depend A1 piness of others, the Christian faith can upon himself; who can say I will believe thata awaken in the midst of youth and prospe- this--that-or the other i and, least of all lects rity. Here is nothing poetical and splen- all, that which be least can comprebend.co did, as in the expostulatory homage of I have, however, observed that those who saved M. Delamartine ; but here is the sublime, have begun with an extreme faith, have, dis end my Lord; for this intercession was offered in the end, greatly narruwed it, as Chil. on your account, to the supreme source lingworth, Clarke, (who ended as an of happiness. It sprang from a faith more Arian,) Bayle, and Gibbon (once a Catho. confirmed than that of the French poet; lic,) and some others; whilè, on the other and from a charity which, in combination band, nothing is more common than for with faith, showed its power unimpaired, the early sceptic to end in a firm belief, amidst the languors and pains of ap- like Maupertius and Henry Kirke White
. proaching dissolution. I will hope that “ But my business is to acknowledge & prayer, which, I am sure, was deeply your letter, and not to make a disserta. sincere, may not be always unavailiog.
tion. I am obliged to you for your good “ It would add nothing, my Lord, to wishes, and more than obliged by the the fame with which your genius has extract from the papers of the beloved surrounded you, for an opknown and object, whose qualities you have so well obscure individual to express his admira. described in a few words. I can assure tion of it. I had rather be numbered with you, that all the fame which ever cheated those who wish and pray that wisdom humanity into higher notions of its own from above, and peace, and joy, may enter importance, would never weigh in my sucb a mind.”
mind against the pure and pious interests
which a virtuous being may be pleased to The Answer,
take in my welfare. In this point of
view, I would not exchange the prayer of “ Pisa, Dec. 8, 1821. the deceased in my behalf, for the united
glory of Homer, Cæsar, and Napoleon,
could such be accumulated upon a living “ I have received your letter. I need head. Do me, at least, the justice to not say that the extract which it contain
suppose, that ed has affected me, because it would im
Video meliora proboque ply a want of all feeling to have read it with indifference. Though I am not quite however the Deteriora sequor may have sure that it was intended by the writer been applied to my conduct, for me, yet the date, the place where it
“ I have the honour to be, was written, with some other circum.
“ Your obliged and obedient servant, stances which you mention, render the
· BRON. allusion probable. But, for whomsoever it was meant, I have read it with all the
“ P.S. I do not know that I am ad. pleasure that can arise from so melan, dressing a clergyman; but I presume
an, in that you will not be affronted by the mis.
Bul, unfortunately for the Reviewer take (if it is one,) on the address of this and bis sect, it bas happened, in this ske. paletter. One who has so well explained, instance, as on all similar occasions,
and deeply felt, the doctrines of religion,
extravagance and misrepresentation DOM lieve him its minister."
and called forth the pungent animad
versions contained in the sensible pubThe Progress of Dissent, containing lication we thus introduce, and earObservations on the remarkable and nestly recommend to the attentive and amusing Passages of that Article in individual perosal of all our readers. the Sixty-first Number of the Quarterly Our author pursues the Reviewer Review. Addressed to the Editor, by through the whole line of his argument, a Nonconformist. Pp. 139. Holds- demolishing it as he proceeds; nor will wortb.
he then suffer him to escape, aniil, to
the mortitication of himself and his Direct attacks on nonconformity "critical club," bis palpable and flabave, of late, seldom heen attempted. grant philological delinquencies lavo Sagacious defenders of the established been submitted to the gaze of merited church, duly aware that the cause such efforts have been intended to preju
The plan of this well-written pandice they have invariabls promoted; by phlet is too continuous to admit of anaexciting an increased spirit of inquiry, lysis, but the writer's manner will apwhich has ultimately led to a development of facts and principles that no
from what follows:
pear true son of the church can desire to “ This, Mr. Editor, is a slight sketch have exposed. Except, therefore, some of the principles on which we rest our officious and inconsiderate adventurer cause. I acknowledge that I look on has rushed forward, obtruding his im- them with calmness and confidence. I potent fulminations, dissent was been challenge you to a candid and manly expermitted to remain in tbe calm survey amination of them; and I promise that if of the triumph of conviction, and to you, or the best man of your critical club, observe its steady, unassuming, and in. will fairly try them by any legitimate evitable
mode of argument, and deinonstrate their progress, even amidst the ini.
fallacy, then I will be a churchunan. 1, at plied disparagements of fulsome, loud, least, am not a dissenter, because my faand reiterated Jaudings of “ our most ther was ove; nor because I am smitten cxcellent church," and the multiplying with its temporal bonours and rewards; attractions of ecclesiastical architec- nor because I find any satisfaction in dilture and episcopal consecrations. fering from my brethren of mankind, I
Evidently alarmed, however, by the desire to know the truth, and, knowing it, bumerous and anequivocal symptoms to embrace it, cost what it may. If Dis. of the growing influence of the princi- sent is only the nursling of political dig. ples of nonconformity; not less obvious content, the sophism of a weak-headed in the prevalence of impartial inquiry enthusiast, the unwholesome gangrene of than in the frequency of conscientiou's the benevolent affections--then let it and practical decision, extending itself perish! But if it is the child of truth, not merely to those who never took up of piety, beware lest, in resisting it
and the parent of liberty, and the friend their abode within the pale of the ca- may, haply, fight against God!" p. 114.tablishment, bat even to those wbo have been 'partured obsequiously to
We cannot conclude this article, submit to its forms, avd 10 subscribe without expressing our surprise, and ex animo to its requirements, the indeed, our regret, that the able author Quarterly Review, as the vigilant pa- of these “ Observations," should bave tron and strenuous advocate of a secn- omitted to notice the contemptible arJar churcb, has lifted up its voice in tifice, and extreme meanness, of which monitory strains, which cannot fail to the Reviewer has been guilty, in the awaken the sympathy of all who may beading of bis remarks. The readers be tremblingly alive to the progressive of the Quarterly must be admonished march of untrammelled investigation, of tbe " progress of Dissent,” and, for and the appalling precariousness of this purpose, it became expedient to every merely human institution. announce the publication of the Pro