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MRS. MARY KENT, After his decease she was much
Aged 104 years.

cast downl, not knowing where to

attend to hear her favourite subMRS. MARY KENT was born at

ject, Jesus Christ preached. One Birmingham, May 12, 1700, and Lord's Day morning, in company descended from a pious family, who with her husband, she went outre. were Dissenters. Her grandmother, lying, on Providence, when her who had been favoured with cove.

steps were directed to the meeting nant-mercies many years, was ho. of the Rev. Mr. Hitchin, of White noured with a pleasant dismission Row, Spitalfields. She listened from the body. Being at break- with attention and with pleasure, fast, she desired the things might be received the same truths which she removed, for she should drink 110 had embraced before, and was ad. more till she drank new wine in her mitred a member of the church, in Father's kingdom." She then de- which she continued fiity years. sired her son might be sent for, She often mentioned her pastor and requested him to unite with

with much affection; and the profit hrer in prayer.

After which she she found under his ministry, and called the children of the family that of his successor the late Rev. around her (of which Mary was the Mr. Trotman. Her attachment youngest) gave them suitable ad.

of her age.

was strong towards the church Vice, and blest them: then, with with which she was connected, and ujinfter hands, she exclaimed, among whoin she worshipped till "He is coming ! --- Oh! glory, the death of her husband, which glory! come, Lord Jesus!” She happened about the ninetieth year continued some ume in a rapture of joy ; ssing a short hymn; then re

By the advice of her friends, she clining her head, as though ex- was removeď to Edmonton; and, hausted by her exertions, she fell as long as her strength would per. asleep in Jesus.

mit, she attended public worship Mrs. K. remained in her father's

at Edmonton chapel. Natwithhouse till after his decease; when, standing her great age, the strength her mother being left with a nir- of her mental faculties was uncom. merous family, she came up to mon, particularly her memory. I London, where Providence pro. was astonished, on visiting her, to vided her a situation; and she con- hear with what facility she would tinued single till the age of fifty, mention occurrences which hap. when she was married to Mr. Kent. pened sixty or seventy years before. Norwithstanding the religious ad. She possessed a clear understand. vantages of her family, she conti. ing of the doctrines of the gospel, pued a stranger to vital godliness and enjoyed much consolation from till berunion with Mr. K. They them. She had a deep sense of attended the ministry of the Rev. her own unworthiness, while the Mr. Steward, who preached to mercy and love of God to such a crowded congregations, at Garlick sinner were her pleasing themes. Hill church. Under a discourse Mrs. K. was a warm advocate for delivesed by hiin on Abraham of the divinity of Jesus Christ; and fering upliis son Isaac, the glorious often declared, none but an Al. ducurine of salvation by Jesus mighty Saviour, God and Man Christ was revealed to her soul, united, could save so vile a sinner. She was one of his constant hearers, The last year of her pilgrimage and always spoke of him with much she was favoured with strong con, allection. Mr. S. being of a eak fidence : – frequently, with uplift. constitution, his zealous labours ed hands, and tears of joy, she and abstemious living brought on a would exclaim, “ Jesus is predecline, which removed him from cious; he is all my salvation and his work to his Master's presence. all my desire ; and ļ shall praise

him for ever." Private prayer was

this young man to continue but a her delight; and she was often short time. — The sphere of action heard by the fainily where she which he chose for himself, conlived singing hymns in the day, and trary to the opinion of his friends, frequently in the night.

became the cause of a very early On the Lord's Day afternoon pre- death. Some severe colds, which vious to her departure, she was were taken by marches in wet wease:zed with a fainting fit, which, ther,during the rebellion in Ireland, for an hour, threatened her disso. induced an indisposition which issue lution, On her recovery she re- ed in a confirmed phthisis. Like a tired to her chamber. The next returning prodigal, he was received morning she appeared insensible to by indulgent parents, whose peace all around, repeating to herself of mind he had repeatedly broken, The promises! the promises !” When die enjoyed the blessings of A friend enquiring what promises ? renewed parental care, he also was she answered, “ All the promises directed, by the grace of God, to are precious-- Jesus! Jesus!"_She the means of religious knowledge, lay with divine composure waiting and was disposed to go occasionally for her dismission; and on Thurs- to the place of worship. Onune opday, March 3, 1803, the happy portunicy of this kind his mind was spirit, which had inhabited the te. peculiarly impressed by a text of nement of clay one hundred and Scripture the inoment it was read, four years, took its departure to the which absorbed his thoughts, and land of rest.

made him to hate himself for his On Tuesday following I buried former infidelity and blasphemous her remains in the front of our evil, viz. “ a lying tongue is but chapel, where a neat tablet is erect. for a moment." He then discover ed to her memory.

ed, for almost the first time, that Edmonton.

J. F.

c. in the midst of sintul mirth there is inadness; and that tho'a young

man may rejoice in his youth, MR. GEORGE BENYON

and his heart may cheer him in the

day of his youth, yet after all, God Was blessed with parents who will bring him unto judgment.” It did " command their children pleased the Lord to spare this proand household walk in the digal son from a sudden death. way of the Lord.” They en- I hough, by his vices, he seemed joyed the comfort of having dis- fisting for destruction, yet the longcharged their duty, although (as is suffering of God gave him space but too often the case) their son's for repentance. Once falling down conduct was a declaration that he from a chair, at the commencement “ hated knowledge, and would not of his last confinement, bis situation choose the fear of the Lord.". So was such, that had not his father at far luad he advanced in irreligion, the moment entered the room, he that, upon an occasion, when it was must have been strangled. Men. proposed to read some portion of tioring this at a later period of his the Scriptures, he shut up the illness, he declared his assurance, book, seemingly with indignation, that, had he then died, he cero and left the room; and it is remem- tainly should have gone to Hell, bered, that when some suitable ar. with all his sins about him, unre. ticles were packing up with his pented of, and unforgiven. clothes on his departure to his regi- Nov. 13, 1802, it began to be ment (in which he was surgcon and manifest that a real work of convere lieutenant) his mother desired a sion was wronglit in him by the Bible might be put among them; Holy Spirit; he saw the evil of his which, when he discovered, he past ways; he lamented his fornier threw out of his chest, saying, that disobedience; and did hope that, he would only have a prayer-book. tho' "at the eleventh hour," Jesus

It pleased the Disposer of all would save him. He tervently events to permit the prodigality of prayed that he, a wretched sinner,

to

might be a partaker of that blood till I want no more." "Yes, moe! and righteousness of Christ which ther, Jesus Christ will feed me; I saves de guilty, and renders ac- know he will, though I have been ceptable the unworthy. Turning so wicked.” On the Tuesday fol. to his mother, he remarked, - Jesus lowing he was much weaker, and says, “Him that conieth unto me, I speaking became difficult. He said, will in nowise cast out." Wicked « Satan suggested to his mind that and wretched as I am, I trust Jesus God would not have inercy uzun will receive me at the last! O my him; but Jesus says, he will finish mother, pray that Satan may not be big work.” His mind became permitted to deprive me of my weary of much reading or talking; hope in Jesus. Though Satan is but when his sister departed, he like a roaring lion, he is a chained said, “A good night, dear sister, ore also.-- Oh what did Jesus love Jesus Christ; put not cons Christ sutler to redeem my wretch-fidence in any thing but liim, and ed soul from Hell!” Addressing he shall bless you. * On Thursday his sister, he said, “ Think of his evening, he said, with a sweet sinile, dear hands being pierced for me! to his father *, “My dear father, Oh what is my pain to his!- I do death is on me; I am going to my not sutier according to my sins ! - Heavenly Father, Come, Jesus, Pray that my senses may be pre- come quickly!" He aitempted to served.” Recollecting his deceased sing, " Jesus, lover of my soul,” . brothers and sisters, who, lie hop- &c. but could not. He consoled ed, were singing “ Worthy is the himself with saying, “ Soon I shall Lamb," &c. he replied, “ And so sing without sin or weakness.” shall I shortly." He desired we Kis mother, coming to him, said, would join in singing “ Glory to • My dear child, how you sufier !' Godonlighi," &c. and “How con. He directly answered, with a re. descending and how kind – was newed strength and smile, “ I do God Eternal Son,” &c. He wept not suffer half a quarter enough:much; and observed, His salva- think what a precious Jesus has tion had cost his Saviour inany a sutiered to save my wretched soul groan!

His mother giving him in the eleventh hour; yea, at the some tez, he said, “How good iny last lour almost! - Oh, the good dear Lord has been, to give me

Lord has answered prayer! Praykind parents, and every tining ne. ing breath was never spent in va!, cessary! which is all more than I and never will!" He enjoiued a deserve. -Oh for more love to servant, then in the rooin, to scru. Jesus Christ, for more and inore, pulously regard the Sabbath Dły, ull I see inim face tu tice ! -Oh! and to read the word of God; for my mother, I repent of not loving there was a very particular bless. you more, because you loved tlie ing and happiness attendant upon incans of grare: go on, and trust in the young, if they swalitihe Lord him, and you shall not want any in their youth. ile deeply lamentgood thine. He will do all things ei his disobedience and neglect in well for rhem that love his naine. this respect, especially for his disa Don'tzrieve," said he,“father, ino- regard to the Iloiy Scriptures. “It ther, sister, this is a gracious affic- was awtal work," he said, “ to stop tion; I would not change my state till we came to a death-bed."

on for health, nor all the riches that receiving swine liquid, “Oh! ubat this uncertain world could afford kind parents i have; bui though I me; but I pray that the dear dearly love then, I love my tietLoril's will may be my will." He venly Father best! I have grieve then repeated many times the ously otherced him, and yet he has verses, - Guide me, () thon Great forgiven me! I shall soua see my Jehovah, vc. Feed me, feed nie, aviour, aut as tluungh a ghisa,

Mr. Rice Benvon, the fatł,-p of the sulject of this Memoir, was for mary years an emineni azob cary in London; but lately retired from tradi, aud died Sep, 12, 1993, fund of laith and hope in the Lord.

darkly, but face to face." This, whose prisoner she was, smiled sensible to nearly the last hour, upon her approaches to the mercydied this young man, Nov. 19, 1802, seat; and when, at his command, in the twenty-sixth year of his age. she searched his Scriptures to find The lingering nature of his affic. that eternal life which he has said tion

gave an opportunity to those is contained in them, the Holy about him of observing a remark. Spirit testified of Jesus, and gave able change in the state of his her joy and peace in believing. He mind; of witnessing what they be also strengthened her memory to lieve to be a "repentance not to be retain much of the Sermons she had repented of.”

B. heard in London. The bread,

which his servants had cast upon

the waters, thus returned, after SARAH STANBRIDGE

many days, and refreshed her soul. Died 1803

She mentioned, with respectful graIn the last autumn, the writer of titude, the names of Mess., Gattee, this article found, in a village in 1. Clv on, sen. and jun. as having

been made useful to her. When Surry (far from public ordinances) a young person patiently waiting for asked if she wanted any thing, she the salvation of God, while a con.

answered, “That when she was in

London she used to see the Evan, sumption was gradually dissolving

that the acher earthly tabernacle. She toli gelical Magazine ; him that she went to London to

counts of the happy de.this of the procure subsistence in servitude. godly, mentioned there, were very While there, she providentially comforting and encouraging to her heard a serinon from Mr. Upton,

mind; and as she thouglit they which disposed her heart to seek

would be particularly so now, slie

wished to see the Magazine regu. the Lord. Her mistress usually took her with her to church on

larly. She did not experience ecstaSunday afternoons; but, instead of

tic joy ; but, leaning upon the Regoing up to her seat in the gallery of strength to another, till he en

deemer, he led her from one degree she used to go out to a place of

abled her to say, worship in the neighbourhood, Lord Jesus, for I am realy!” and

Now, come where the gospel was preached,

soon after, lifting her mother's hand, taking care to retur! before the sera

and Tice was ended. This being told

pointing it to the head of the to the mistress, she turned lier out

bed, she said, They are waiting! of doors, declaring, that she would they are waiting !" and expired.

J.H. rather keep a Jew in her house than a Methodist. She afterwards lived

RECENT DEATH. with two pious ladies near Finsbury Square, who had set up an altar to Lately died, the aged and venerGod in their house; and here her able Rt. M'Grevor, forty-six years soul was strengthened and grew. pastor of the first Bapeist church Atier a while, she joined the church established at Woolwich, in Kent. in Broad Street; but had not sat He was a man of singular meekness down at the Lord's table above two and unaffected piery; beloved and or three times before she was seized respected by a numerous and exwith a violent fever, which brought tensive acquaintance. He exchangher to the mouth of the grave. She ed this inortal life fora glorious im. recovered from the fever; but its mortality, the 27th April, 1804, effect was a consumption, wliich aged eighty-eight years.

Ile was terminated her life at the age of interred i:1 the vault anderneath his twenty-one. Returning into the meeting-house on Sunday, May 6. country to her mother, she lost the The Rev. Mr. Culver, co-pastor, benefit of public ordinances and of delivered the funeral orationi, from Christian society, as she knew not P3. xxxvii. 37; and the funeral002 soul in the village with whoin discourse was preached on the fole she could take sweet converse; yet lowing Sabbath by the Rev. A. was she not left alone, for God, . Freeman, of Woolwich.

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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

a severe exa

cumstance.

Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. T. stantly broke, the temptation was taken

Wills, A. B. late Minister of Silver away ; and she returned, blessing him Street and Islington Chapels, &c.

who had given her the victory.

" The relation of this circumstance was Svo, 6s.

blest to the conversion of a man and his Tho we cannot recommend this as wife, then present ; and to the completing a fine piece of Biography, we cannot

a similar deliverance. These persons (it question its authenticity, being appeared) pievious to this, had lived in an chiefly compiled from the Letters

almost continual state of enmity ; their

habitation exhibited a scene of discord and Journals of Mr. Wills; and and confusion ; ard often their quarr Is published under the full patronage would end in a total silence. Some coo. of his Widow. There are a few siderable time would elapse before a single things, indeed, relative to his un. word would be exchanged by them. In one happy differences with Lady Ii. of these unhappy seasons, the wife came to and some of his fellow-labourers, the dreadful determination of drowning which might have been omitted. herself. She accordingly left her house There is such an alloy of sin in the for the purpose, and came near the river; best characters, th

but it being too light, she feared, on that mination will always discover blem. therefore, knew not where to go till it

account, she should be detected. She, ishes; and where there are charges grew darker. She at length espied a place and recriminations, the impartial of worship apen: she thought she would reader will generally conclude, go in; and when it was over, it would be there must be “ faults on both suficiently dark. She went in. Mr. sides."

Wills was preaching; and, as before obMr. Wills was certainly an ac- served, related the before-mentioned cire tive, faithful, affectionate, and 11se

She heard with attention ; ful preacher; and his character

the Lord blest what she heard to her need not be built upon the ruins of

conversion ; and the Devil lost his ends. other people's. Among the anec

She returned another person ; and when

she came home, her husband looked at dotes, which are pretty numerous

her with surprize: her countenance, which in this volume, we have found some

before was the index of a malevolent disvery interesting to those who par- position, now indicated the temper of the ticipate in the triumphs of the gos. Lamb. Struck with her appearance, her pel; from which we select the folhusband asked, where she had been she lowing as a specimen :

told him. He immedia'ely interrogaies “ Another circunstance (which, from plied, “ No. He added, “ But I was; and,

her,“And did you see me there :” She reits singularity, deserves notice) I mention in this place :

blessed be God, I found his grace sufficient Preaching, in the course

for me also !” of one of his long journies, at Lady H----'s chapel, in Bristol, he was led to

“ The reality in the change, evidenced

itself in their future lives and conversas the following passage for his text:-"My tion, which was such as became the gosgrace is sufficient lor thee.” In the course of the sermon, he took occasion to relaie pel of Christ ; the grace of whom was sufthe circunstance of a voung woman, who

ficient to renew their hearts and save their

souls." kuew and loved the Lord; but was la. bouring under a strong tempiation to put a period to her life, by drowning herselt; Horz Poeticæ : Poems, Sacred, N1oThe curry so far succeeded, as to prevail

rul. and Descriptive. 70 zuhich are on her to go to the river, in order to put the dreadrul pian in execution; but as she

alded, Four Essays. By Joseph wat adjusting her clorhes, to prevent her

Jefferson. 1.2m1, 35. 66. Elled. from thoaing, she felt something in her paket; -- it was ber Bilile: she thought riched our Miscellany with the

MR. JEFFERSON has so often enshe would take it out and look in it again a lively ettusions of his genius, that for the last time. She did 50; and the above mentioned text immediately caught

we owe him an early attention to his ber cye. The Lord applied it with his volume. The Poems, of which se. own encicy to her suuh; the snare was in veral are translations from the La.

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