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could be shown,” said the former, "if I had a copy of the Botanical Garden." "You shall have it," said this eccentric pilgrim, and immediately drew one out of his saddlebags. The passages were directly found, and an angry
blush suffused his cheek. It is believed that Dr. Campbell's works on Christian Baptism are considered by the eastern literati among the most able which have appeared in our country. And it is said upon good authority, that, in consequence of this, he was about to receive, in company with the Rev. J. J. Janeway, of Philadelphia, a Doctor te from Nassau Hall. He was prevented, however, by being unexpectedly called to the higher honours of a better world. His Review of Robinson's history of Baptism was published before the American edition of that work appeared. The genuine European edition contained some sentiments wbich, after Dr. Campbeli's exposure, were deemed too gross for republication in this country. The most palpable, dishonesty, also, detected by the Review, is covered in our copy by an arbitrary alteration of the text, without the fact being notified to the reader. There are still, however, sufficient traits of Socinianism and Infidelity in the work to justity its heavy condemnation by Fuller and the Orthodox Baptists of England, and to render its editor and patrons in this country inexcusable for its circulation.
His greatest labour was spent in the defence of the doctrines of the reformation, in opposition to Mr. Themas B. Craighead, and his disciple, Mr. Bartun W. Stone, both deposed for vital errors.
in these contro.
versies he had, most manifestly, a great advantage in talents as well as in truth. He had an active hand in the struggle of the church in those trying times, and set a bright example of self-denial and zeal, patience And fidelity.
He had collected materials and issued proposals for publishing, by subscription, a literary work, to be entitled Western Antiquities; and had it also in contemplation to publish a history of the Church in the Western country: but it pleased God to remove him before either of these works was prepared for the press.
In the autumn of the year 1813, he moved to the neighbourhood of Chillicothe, state of Ohio, and died there in October 1814. The Chillicothe Recorder; from which much of the above information is copied, thus anounced his death:
"It has become our duty to announce the death of our respected friend, John P. CAMP5EL). On October 24th, he was taken with a fever, which in a few days exhausted his strength, and terminated his life. In the evening of the 4th inst. he departed, having a few weeks before completed the 46th year of his age.
** In him, society tas lost one of her most useful members, and one of her brightest ornaments. He possessed strong patural powers, well improved by education, and extensive reading. His talents, we believe, were faithfully employed for the honour of his God and the good of mankind. lle was distinguished as a naturalist, having carefully studied the works of the Creator. He was an accurate linguist, an able logician, an eloquent writer and speaker, a skillful physician, a sound
and judicious divine, and an evangelical, zealous, and animated preacher of the gospel. The doctrine of the cross was his favourite theme. On this, he used to dwell with engaging and persuasive eloquence. In the state of Kentucky, where most of his ministerial labours were employed, he performed services highly important to the church in the time of her adversity, when the enemy was coming in like a flood, when des. tructive error and a spirit of disorganization prevailed. While many others departed from the faith of the gospel, he stood firmly to his post. When the precious doctrines of the Reformation were publicly assailed and villified, he appeared in their defence, and in va. rious publications, successfully combatted and exposed the prevalent errors of Pelagians, Socinians, Deists, and Atheists. By this labour of love, he incurred the displeasure, reproach, and persecution of many who ought to have been grateful for the truths which he exhibited to their view from the sacred scriptures, and to have received them with meekness and humility. As he bad an infirm, delicate constitution, and was subjecte ed to many temporal difficulties, his pilgrimage through this world was frequently unpleasant, and sometimes distressing. But he has outlived the reproaches of his enemies. His toils are now ended. His conflicts are
We may safely say, he is more than a conquer
He has made his exit from this world of sin and sorrow, and, we doubt not, is now before the throne of God in heaven.
“As his life was devoted to the service of God, so his last end was peaceful. Mark the perfect man, and thë
upright: for the end of that man is peace. Towards the closing scene, on account of his extreme debility, he was able to speak but little; but expressed his resignation to the righteous will of heaven. He said his heart had been rebellious; but praised God, who, by the gracious influence of his Spirit, had given him a submissive temper, a sweet serenity of mind, and a disposition to say, “The Lord's will be done."
“He was three times married, and has left behind him a wise and nine children, who are worthy of the tenderest regard and most friendly attention, in their state of bereavement and heavy affliction. May God be their father, their friend, their stay, and their exceeding great reward. May this dispensation of Divine Providence be sanctified by them, and to us. May we all remember, that our days are as a hand-breadth, our life as a shadow passivg over the plain, our time swifter than a weaver's shuttle-that death is approaching with unabated rapidity-and that eternity, with all its solemn, inexpressibly important realities, is near to every one of us.
Let us not procrastinate the great work of preparation for death, until it shall be eternally too late. Let us awake from our lethargy, and consider who we are, what we are doing, whither we are tending, and what is to be our final, our everlasting state. Let us realize our guilt, our depravity, our helplessness, our need of a Saviour-cry with every breath for mercy, pardon, and renewing grace-fly from the wrath to come, and lay hold of the hope set before us—and take no rest until we shall have obtained an interest in Christ
and all his precious benefits; and can, on scriptural grounds, rejoice in kope of the glory of God."
The humble compiler of this imperfect sketch was the favoured companion of Dr. Campbell's journey from Kentucky to Connecticut in 1812. He obtained from his own hand, while living, that list of his works which was first published in the Weekly Recorder, afterward in the Almoner, and now copied above; and be had the mournful, though edifying, privilege of closing his eyes in death. He spoke but little. Yet to his friend, who was leaning over him, with emotions which none but a friend can know, he expressed a desire to leave his dying assurance of the truth of those doctrines which he had preached and written; and to bless God for the happy experience which he then had of the reality and efficacy of those gracious operations of his Divine Spirit, which, through much reproach, it had been the business of many years to defend,
SKETCH OF THE LIFE- AND CHARACTER OF
Tue subject of this sketch was in Kentucky at the head of a rising family as early as 1784, and was one of those who assisted Mr. Rice in collecting and organ.