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His heart was eminently formed for christian friendship: Among his intimates and tried friends he was open and free— ever careful to spend the interviews of friendship on subjects useful and important. His company was much sought, it was enjoyed with pleasure, and his friends rarely parted from him without sensible improvement, unless they were wanting to themselves. He possessed a sufficient degree of natural fortitude; was a firm and decided defender of what he believed to be divine truth; but was a friend to the persons of those whose errors he opposed. His writings procured him the esteem of the pious and learned at home and abroad. They have been read and several of them re-printed in Great-Britain. As a mark of this esteem, he, in the year 1768, received his Doctorate in Divinity, from the University of Aberdeen. During the active part of life, he maintained an extensive epistolary correspondence, by which he was beneficial to many, and obtained much useful knowledge to himself. By means of his correspondence in Britain, and especially by his worthy and constant friend, the Reverend Dr. John Erskine, of Edinburgh, he annually received regular accounts of whatever materially affected the state of religion and the interest of the churches in England, Scotland, and other parts of Europe. It has already been mentioned that, in the early part of his ministry, he contracted an acquaintance with the late President Edwards; this produced an intimate friendship, which continued till the President's much lamented death, and which must be abundantly improved now they are happily re-united: To this early acquaintance and friendship with that eminent Divine, must be attributed, in part, the Doctor's improvement in theological learning, and his usefulness in the churches. The reader may perhaps wish to see the Doctor in a more private walk. The leading indications of his countenance were dignity and firmness. He was tall, and, in his youth, slender and of a thin habit; in middle life, well proportioned; in old age, his aspect and mein were commanding and venerable. About the year 1744, he married Miss Frances Sherman, of New-Haven, a lady possessed of many amiable accomplishments and eminent piety. By her he had seven children, five of which survive their parents: two are no more on earth". From nature, education, and piety, Mrs. Bellamy was qualified to fill her station with uncommon usefulness.Among other important branches of her character, it is worthy of remark, that, during the course of many years, and till the decline of health prevented, she sustained almost the whole weight of family care with a cheerful readiness; that her husband might be interrupted as little as possible in his studies and other duties of his office. In her domestic relations she was a great blessing; she was the joy of her husband and children. She merited and possessed the affections of the congregation and the numerous visitors who entered her hospitable door. Faithful to her family, to her friends, to the poor, to the Church of God, and, above all, faithful to her God ; she finished the labours of mortality on the 30th of August, 1785, in the year of her age 62. Doctor Bellamy was one of those who did what their “ hand findeth to do, with their might.” In his study and pulpit, his exertions were ardent and persevering. It was, therefore, to be expected that he should spend fast; and that in declining life, the decays of age should be rapid. This was observed to be case by his friends with a painful sensibility, in some of his last years of active service; and was ac
* Of the two children who died before their father, the first was his second son Jonathan, who finished his academical education, and graduated in Yale College, in 1772. And having pursued the study of the law under an able teacher, and passed the accustomed examination, was admitted to the bar as a practising attorney. Soon after which, the commencement of hostilities between Great-Britain and America, induced him to take an active part. And at the close of the campaign of 1776, just as he was returning to the ardent wishes and prayers of his parents and friends, he was seized with the small-pox, and died at Oxford, Essex county, in the State of New Jersey, on the 4th of January, 1777, in the 24th year of his age.
The other child who did not survive her father, was Rebecca, his second daughter. She was married in her youth to the Rev. Mr. Hart, of Preston, and died in her 42d year, December 24, 1788. Sketches of the life and character of this amiable and pious lady may be seen at the end of the sermon published on occasion of her death.
celerated by the loss of the wife of his youth, and joy of his heart. However, the year following her death, he contracted a second marriage with Mrs. Storrs, relict of the late Rev. Andrew Storrs, of Watertown, in Connecticut. But the prospect of a serene old age was blasted soon after their marriage, by his being seized with a paralytic shock. This happened on the 19th of November, 1786. It wholly deprived him of the use of his limbs on the left side, and greatly impaired his intellectual powers. Able physicians were consulted, and their means applied, but without success. He continued more than three years in this state of deep calamity, with little variation of his disorder; excepting that he had some lucid intervals, in which he appeared to be himself for a short space. In these seasons, he discoursed to those about him on the great things of the Gospel; the dispensations of infinite wisdom in regard to the church and himself, and his joyful hope of approaching glory, to the great satisfaction of his Christian friends, and as might be expected from his former life and ministry. But these intervals of reason became shorter and less frequent in the later stages of his complaint. About three weeks before his death, he appeared to be afflicted with a cold and oppression of the lungs, which produced an ulceration. And after a painful struggle, he received his dismission from sin and sorrow, at 8 o’clock, in the evening of Saturday, March 6th, 1790, in the 72d year of his age, and 50th of his ministry. And, we doubt not, received a welcome to that blessed society, where the imperfections and sorrows of mortality shall never come. His funeral was attended, the Tuesday following, by the clergy of the vicinity, his own congregation, and a numerous concourse of respectable and worthy friends from the neighbouring towns, who did him honour at his death, and mingled their sorrows with those of his family and particular connexions, in a manner which expressed the common sentiment, that a great man was fallen in our Israel. And, after the preceding discourse, and the connected solemnities in the house of God, his renains were deposited in the house of silence with every mark of respect and solemnity.
The removal of such eminent lights from our world, draws a dark veil over the church on earth ! Who shall be found to fill the vacant candlestick, and guide the bereaved flock in the path of life? Who shall instruct our young men who are designed for the sacred ministry? and be instrumental in forming them for usefulness in our churches : Who shall preside in our ecclesiastical councils, and preserve the peace and order of the churches : Who—but no man. Let every anxious thought be silent. The chief Shepherd and Bishop lives, and shall for ever live. He walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. All the churches are his care. He holds the stars in his right hand. The residue of the spirit is with him. And he hath graciously assured us that the walls of Jerusalem are ever before him ; and that the gates of hell shall never prevail. May the falling mantle of our ascended prophet, rest on some favoured Elisha; and the Lord of the harvest send forth labourers who shall be still more eminent and more useful than those who are removed. May their success be still greater. And may our churches be blest with a succession of well-qualified pastors; and flourish in all the branches of Christian piety and virtue, till the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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The whole adapted to the weakest capacities, and designed for the establishment, comfort, and quickening of the people of God.
Isaiah xxx. 21. “And thine eas shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Matthew vii. 13, 14. “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way. that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”