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izing that branch of his charge called the Forks of Dick's River. He had been raised under the Episcopal ministrations in Virginia, and though taught to respect the institutions of christianity, knew little of the power of religion till he moved to Kentucky. He is in fact to be considered as one of the first froits of Mr. Rice's labours in the then wilderness. In his case the wilderness and the solitary places began to be glad, and the desert to rejoice and blossom as the rose.

And in him also it was relized to an eminent degree. “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be fat and flourishing."

But like the palm-tree flourishing,

Shall be the righteous one,
He shall like to the cedar grow

That is in Lebanon.

Those that within the house of God

Are planted by his grace,
They shall grow up and flourish all

In our God's holy place.
And in old age, when others fade,

They fruit still forth shall bring;
They shall be fat and full of sap,

And ay be tlourishing.

After several movements he finally settled

permanent ly in Clarke county; but wherever he had his tent, or hig cabin, or his house, like the patriarchs of old, he had his altar; and every Sabbath day, that he had not worship within his reach, (and he had many of these, nearly one half of his Sabbaths) he had a church in his

house, and his neighbours were invited to join with him in acts of devotion, and bear instruction from the word solemnly read.

On the last Sabbath of May, 1821, the pastor of the place, the Rev. Robert H. Stuart, being gone to the eastward, the writer of this note, assisted by another. brother, dispensed the children's bread to this aged father for the last time which he received it on earth. At the close of the Monday service he took both the preachers by the hand, and in a manner which no words can express, intimated that it was his impression that he never would enjoy another occasion of the kind. And in passing homeward, he observed, that previous to their having a place of worship, meetings had been held on almost every spot between his house and the church, which was a distance of two miles,

The following account of his death and religious character is given hy his son, Rev. James Fishback.

Departed this life in the forenoon of Saturday the 15th of September, 1821, at 9 o'clock, in his own house, in Clarke county, Kentucky, JACOB FISHBACK, in the 730 year of his age. He was born in Culpepper county, Virginia, on the 14th day of April, 1749.

lle had been married more than fifty years to Phebe Morgan, who survives him, and was 70 years old two days before his death, hy whom he had eleven children,* whose living offspring at his death amounted to

* The names of his sons and daughters are, William Fishback, John Fishback, James Fishback, Annie Price, Eliza. beth Mason, Jesse Fishback, Charles Fishback, Hannalı Taylor, Lucy Stonestreet, and Samuel D. Fishback.

58 persons; and with the exception of two infant child ren, who survived but a few weeks after their birth, there had been no-burial in his white family since his marriage; except one daughter-in-law.

He had been a practical believer in the Christian Re. ligion for about fifty-five years, and a member of the Presbyterian Church aboat thirty-seven, and his life was a perpetual commentary on the sincerity of his faith.

But few Christians, who have occupied private and humble stations in life, have had a more extensive and unbroken train of good works to follow them, in acts of charity and beneficence to the needy and helpless; none have been more anxiously concerned for the promotion of the Redeemer's Kingdom'than himself, in his own soul, in the hearts of his children and serv ants, and for its advancement through the world. And none have appeared to be more profoundly penetrated with á sense of human depravity and corruption, and of the purity and holiness of God's nature and law, or more explicit in disclaiming all merit of his own, humbling himself before the footstool of the divine majesty as the chief of sinners, and grounding all his hopes of mercy and salvation on the unmerited grace of God, and the meritorious sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the following Solemn Dedication, found after his death in his own hand writing, in a bundle of papers

of a religious nature, folded up with a copy writen by himself, and endorsed "First signed about thirty years ago," may be seen a correct delineation of his religious chats acter.

DEDICATION. “Having had it in my heart to make this solemn surrender of myself afresh to God, which I have done several times before, and write and sign this covenant on the first day of the year, seventeen days ago, but being so much bindered, I take part of this 17th day of January, 1819, and hope by the grace of God to be enabled to do it acceptably.

“O Lord God Almighty, the God of Nature and of all Grace, I do humbly acknowledge myself thine, though a sinner; my guilt is great, my fallen nature unspeakably vile, my state and condition in myself helpless.-have forfeited thy favour, provoked thy wrath, ana exposed myself to eternal misery, to the just condemnation of thy holy law.

“But O Lord, I have heard from thy holy word that there is forgiveness with thee; thou hast revealed thyself as the Lord, the Lord God, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in goodness and in truth; thou hast provided an all-sufficient, a suitable, and most compassionate Saviour, thou hast in him offered mercy, thou hast called sinners to return and live; I take the encouragement thou art graciously pleased to give, and come unto thee, O God, renouncing my numerous, aggravated sins of heart and of life: I renounce my own righteousness and strength, and accept of thy gracious offer, and humbly take thee, O Lord, to be my God: I take the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Saviour, my all wise prophet, my great atoning High Priest, and my all powersul King: I take thee, great God and Father of all, to be my Father reconciled through the

merits of thine incarnate Son: I take thee, Holy Spirit, to be my sanctifier, my guide, to understand and apply thy blessed word of promise aright, so as to receive the comforts they may afford to my soul. I rely upon thy holy word, and plead thy faithful promises, O Lord. I give myself up to thee, to be thine, to be disposed of to thy honour and glory, devoted to thy service, to show forth thy praise forever and ever; especially thy praises and glory manifested in the great work of redemption.

“To thee I solemnly and deliberately dedicate my. self, my soul and body; my soul, with all its powers of understanding, will and affections; my body, and all its members and senses; my time and talents, my whole family, children and servants; I give up to thee all my estate, all that I am and all that I have or possess. Amen, and Amen. Let all the Angels of Heaven say aA-m-e-n, 0

my

soul. “Adoration, and praise, and thanksgiving, be unto the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the one true and living God, for all his kindness shewed unto me, from my infancy to the present hour, for giving to me, his poor sin ful rebellious creature, so many and such high privileges, more in number and greater in importance than my longue or feeble pen can express, all flowing through the gift and merits of the great Saviour of sinners, to sinners, of whom I am the chief. Adored be God Almightly for the opportunity, capacity, and will, to make, write, and subscribe this covenant this 17th day of January, 1819. O Lord God Almighty, accept this transaction, sanctify, strengthen, and uphold me through life, and at death,

men.

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