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ence and favour, on which all your prosperity, temporal and spiritual, ultimately depends. Be ye therefore of one mind, having the same love, be of one accord and live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be
To the grace of God I commend you, fervently praying that the God of all grace, who bath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, may make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you in the faith, the practice, the comforts, and the bopes of the gospel, on earth ; and finally receive you to dwell forever with the spirits of just men, made perfect, and with the general assembly and church of the first born, wbich are written in heaven ; that you may serve him day and night, in complete holiness and fulness of joy, in his temple there.
And now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. AMEN.
NATIONAL AFFLICTION, AND NATIONAL CONSOLATION!
ON THE DEATH OF
GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON,
LATE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMIES;
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
WHO DIED AT MOUNT VERNON,
DECEMBER 14, 1799,
IN THE 68th YEAR OF HIS AGE.
DELIVERED JANUARY, 12th 1800, IN THE INDEPENDENT, OR GOX,
GREGATIONAL CHURCH, IN CHARLESTON,
BY ISAAC STOCKTON KEITH, D.D.
THE PASTORS OF SAID CHURCH.
PUBLISHED BY REQUEST.
The following sermon was printed at the time it was preached. The M.S was submitted to one of his respectable Parishoners, who returned it with the following Note.
13th February, 1800. Dear Sir,
I have perused with much satisfaction the enclosed, and am of opinion, that it will not be less acceptable to the public eye, than it was to the audience when it was delivered. I think it contains every thing that ought to be expected in a funeral sermon on the death of the late Gencral Washington. With very much esteem,
Your obedient servant.
GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON.
11. CHRON. XXXV. 24. "AND ALL JUDAH AND JERUSALEM MOURNED FOR JOSIAH.”
It is a very solemn and affecting scene, which is presented to our view, in this portion of sacred history. Though a long series of ages has passed away since it took place, it cannot yet, be attentively reviewed, without exciting in the thoughtful mind, and feeling heart, many serious reflections and tender emotions. With every other part of Scripture, it was doubtless recorded "for our learning," for our instruction and improvement. It shews, particularly, in a striking point of light, how important to a community, are the life and services of a great and good prince; or of a person holding a primary place in the government of his country—and in that elevated station, distinguished by his superior talents, integrity, and public spirit ; and how heavy, and afflictive, is the loss sustained by a nation, when such a ruler and benefactor is 6 taken from its head," by the awful stroke of death.
To these interesting reflections, we are unavoidably led by the consideration of the passage before us