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WISS HARRIET PARKER friends, only for their and her own
edification and improvement in the Was one of the subjects of a di- divine life. vine work, which prevailed consi- Having now joined herself to the derably in the independent or con- Lord by the determination of her gregational church, under the pas- heart, and, by a solemn act of selftoral care of Drs. Hollingshead and dedication in secret (a copy of which Keith, in Charlestown, in the year was found after her decease) she 1796. She had enjoyed the advan- entered upon a public profession at tage of an early religious education, the same time with her three sisters, under a pious mother; but seemed in the summer of the year 1796; not remarkably impressed till the and her profiting soon rendered her above - mentioned year. Several an ornament of her profession. conversations which she had with. Among the incidents contributing some of her devout friends, were, to this end, was the decease of her. by the divine blessing, the means youngest sister, who died of a conof engaging her attention more par- sumption in the spring of 1797, ticularly to the concerns of religion. leaving behind her a strong testiHer conviction of a sinful state gave mony of her faith and confidence in her many painful reflexions, accom- the son of God, and of the power panied with strong apprehensions of of his gospel, as her support in the the just indignation of the Al hour of trouble. This event made mighty on that account. She fre- a deep impression upon her mind, quently said, she considered herself and was very useful in establishing as one of the most unworthy of sin- her in the faith, and animating her ners; and thought that the glory diligence in the pursuit of the great of God required her condemnation. objects of religion. She said, that But, through infinite mercy, the the death of her sister, not only same means which had been effec- made her more sensible of the va. tual to her awakening, proved, in a nity of all temporal enjoyments, short time, the means of her conso. but seeing her die triumphantly, lation. From that happy period, seemed to disarm Death of his ter, she felt her soul released.' Having rors, greatly to reconcile her to the a clear discovery of the grace of thoughts of dissolution, and to inGod, thro' the Lord Jesus Christ, spire her with more admiring she was enabled to embrace the thoughts of redeeming love. hope of salvation with confidence, About this time, the disease which and enjoyed an assurance of the ful. had been for several years gradually ness and suficiency of redeeming undermining her constitution, began grace, which she never after lost to assume a more threatening apsight of. The change wrought in pearance, and to require more par-, her by regeneration, now began to ticular attention. This she subbe apparent to all around her. Be- mitted to as a matter of duty ; but ing naturally diffident, she spoke with little expectation of eradicatbut little on the common topics of ing a disorder which already had conversation ;. but her heart was made a great progress. It was a captivated with the things of God, grief to her friends to perceive, that - and out of the abundance of her all medical aid was likely to prove heart, she could not refrain from ineffectual for her recovery. This, speaking. She dwelt on divine sub- however, furnished another evijects, particularly on the delightfuldence of the power of religion in theme of redemption by the blood her soui. She would often' say, of Jesus, with peculias pleasure; when they expressed an anxiety for and seemed ever desirous of spend the continuance of her life, “ How ing her opportunities with her pious can you desire it? I have no will
of my own; I see that the Lord
nish my mind before-hand with his knows infinitely best what will be precious promises for this time of most for his own glory and my ad. trial." - She had been living upon vantage. It would be presump
God's word ; and it was daily her tion in me to desire to live a mo- support when she was unable to ment longer than he sees fit to ap- read or converse. point ; and in whatever way he may When one of her ministers ob. dispose of me, I desire perfectly to served to her, how sure the proacquiesce in all his will." In this mises of God are, -"yes !" said. sweet frame she continued under she,“ I have found them so ;-lexall the varieties of the disease, till perience their fulfilment every hour, death put a period to her trials. in this my weak state of body. My Her love of divine ordinances in- cough is often severe, and my pain duced her to surmount many diffi-, so great, that if it were not for diculties, to obtain the enjoyment of vine support, I could not bear up them. For many months she was under it; but the Lord does not unable to attend public worship forsake me. I hope I am not misoftener than once on every Lord's taken, when I think I stand upon a Day; and then only as she was sup- sure foundation. I know that the ported by medicine : but even in covenant is ordered in all things, these circumstances she spoke of it and sure.”-It was remarked again, as matter of the most lively grati. How suitable are the provisions of tude, that she was indulged with this covenant
to every circumthis privilege. “O!” she would stance! “Yes; I thank the Lord say, Hif the inany who slight the that he has placed me on this bed of worship of God in health, did but sickness, where I have found them know the pleasure of spending an so to me; and this encourages me hour in spiritual worship in his to expect support from then to the earthly courts, how gladly would
end." Her ininister said, You they relinquish all worldly pleasure will see how all the promises are for this ! O had I their health and fulfilled, when you arrive in Heastrength, what Sabbaths should I ven.' • Yes; I have not a doubt enjoy! But the Lord knows best of the faithfulness of Christ. He what is good for me ; his will be has made this sickness the means of done! I hope I shall enjoy an eter- instruction and restraint to ine ; nal Sabbath when I coine into his and notwithstanding my present presence and glory."
weak imperfect state, in which I Much of her time was spent in fear I often dishonour him, I know retirement with her Bible; which that he will bring me where pain. she read with attention, and select and sickness, and, what is best of all, ed many passages applicable to the where sin shall distress me no inore.” state of her soul ;, by which means As her disease gained upon her she became possessed of a treasure she became less able to go to public which was singularly useful to her worship; but she thonght it her, when her strength failed, so that duty, on sacrainental occasions, to
she was unable to read much more. declare publicly her attachment to - The fruit of this was apparent, the cause of Christ, to profess her
to mention only one of many in- subjection to him as the Saviour in stances :- When her brother, Dr. whom she hoped, - and to express Parker, read her several passages, her adoration of him as the sove. which he supposed to be suitable to reign of her soul. She had to use her state of mind, in Clark on the great efforts on these occasions, to Promises, she listened with atten- be able to keep up thro' the exertion and complacency till he had cises of the morning; but she said, done, and afterwards turning to her she was always repaid in sensible mother, said, “ That is a valuable tokens of the divine favour. and useful book. But what a It gave her great uneasiness to mercy have I experienced, and how observe, how unprofitably the progood has the Lord been to me, to, fessors of religion often spent their enable me to read my Bible, to fur. time together, in trifting and levity,
163 instead of striving for edification. wasted arm, and said, "See, to how "O (she would say) did we but low a state it is possible for God to consider the value of time, and the bring us. My dear brother, let nie importance of a due preparation for intreat you to prepare for death. eternity, we could not spend the I have prayed for you, that God precious opportụnities of convers- may bless you with things spiritual ing together to so little purpose, and temporal ; -- I continue to pray and in a manner so little becoming for you. May the Lord bless you, our condition, who have so short a and make you happy here and here. time for improvement before we
after! You see me a going to die; shall be called upon to give up our but the moment when I cease, i account. Speaking on this subject shall enter into life.” At one time to her sisters, she left it as one of her she said, she felt apprehensive last admonitions, that they would that Satan would be permitted to allow themselves to go nowhere distress her before she obtained the freely, where they could not carry victory, and that she seemed to Jesus with them ; nor join unneces- dread the onset; “but I look to sarily in any party where religion Jesus, and the enemy fees away. cannot be admitted. She considered I know that if he be permitted to carelessness on this head, both as disturb me, yet my heavenly Friend the cause and the symptom of luke. will never leave me ;-his promises warminess among professors,—and a
are sure !" great occasion of stumbling and of. On Lord's Day morning, June 6, fence to others.
1802, when the morning-gun was For several weeks before her fired at the fort, in the harbour, she death, she grew very hoarse, and said; “ ( this is the blessed mornsuffered much from bodily pain; ing of the sacramental Sabbath!" her cough also was unusually trou- and then offered a fervent pathetic blesome ; but she bore it with pa- prayer for the divine presence with tient submission, and endeavoured the communicants. As the day. to make all the improvement of her light came on (which used to pain time which so incommodious a state her eyes) she desired that the cure would allow; particularly, in ad. tains might be drawn, that she ministering comfort to her afflicted might once more see the light of mother and sisters, who were much that blessed day of God! - In the distressed with the thoughts of part. afternoon, death seemed sensibly to ing with her. “My dear mamma," be approaching. About an hour said she, on one of these occasions, before her departure, she seemed to “ my love to you and iny sisters is lose her speech, and continued foc more than I can express; but I can some time in apparent agony :--at, cheerfully leave you, to go and dwell length, when it was thought she with my dear Saviour; - and would would speak no more, she opened you wish to detain me any longer her eyes upon her mother, who was from his presence, and the happi. anxiously watching her, and said, ness of Heaven? I have no fear of “ The tempter is gone." What she dying. If you love me, do not pray said afterwards was not distinctly for my life, -do not request iny con- articulated; but, from what was tinuance any longer.”—Her mother understood, it was supposed she said to her, ' My dear, how much meant to signify that she had obyou suffer !! She replied, “I am tained the victory in the name of sometimes in great pain indeed; but Jesus. Shortly after this she exthese bitter sufferings are sweet, pired. when compared with sin."
It may be observed of this young During ihis period of her greatest lady, that she was a remarkable inweakness, she was strong in faith, stance of a full assurance of hope, unshaken in her confidence in God from her first outset in the Chrisa her Saviour, and was never known tian course, She seldom had a to have a murmuring thought.. doubt of the sincerity of her des
Her youngest brother coming in pendence on the Lord Jesus, though to see her, she shewed him her she had a great sense of her own
OBITUARY. weakness and imperfection, and al- poor, and being greatly distressed ways acknowledged herself a debtor on that account, having scarcely a to free unmerited grace.
morsel to eat, he said, “ Mother, also diligent in the use of all the never mind ; God will send some. means of improvement, and main- thing, — God is a father to the fatained a close walk with God. therless, and a husband to the Such a death offers many conso
widow : though my father has lations to surviving friends, - dis- forsaken is, God will not." He plays most convincingly the power was very particular in asking a blessof gospel-grace for the support of ing on his food; and once, appre. the soul in the most trying circum- hending that his mother was about stances, and furnishes a bright to eat without doing it, he was and encouraging example of faith, greatly agitated. - When he was patience, and diligence in the Chris- told, at the time of the election, that tian course.
there was music in the street, and Charlestown, South Carolina.
asked, whethier he should not like
to go and hear it! He said, “No; SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
I am glad I am here ;- I am glad I Sir,
am out of it." - When asked, As every instance of the utility of Sun.
Whether he did not wish to get day-Schools tends to the glory of Goil,
well, that he might go abroad to and operates as a stimulias 19 fresh
play? he said, “No; all is vaexertions in their support, I beg the nity ;-I want to die." And being insertion of the following.
asked, Why he wanted to die ? he Yours,
replied, “ I want to go to Christ !"
He was greatly delighted when any B. B. was the child of poor pa-, serious persons came to see him, esa rents; and when admitted into ine pecially his minister, or the school, schools of Coventry, was extremely master, or any one who would read ignorant, and was as light and tri
or pray with him :--as to any other fling as other children. He had been
persons, he would scarcely notice. a poor afilicted creature from his them. His illness, for the last nine birth; and was lame in one arm. weeks, was very severe; - during He was also subject to fits; which, all that time he could not take a to strangers, gave himn almost the morsel of food; but subsisted appearance of an idiot : but, by the wholly on liquids. But his patience blessing of God on the means of was great, and was never heard to grace, particularly the instructions
murmur. About this time some of his school-master, he became ac- of his school-fellows, not only came, rive and serious, regarded his book to visit and pray with him ; but, of better, and heard the gospel with their own accord, made a little sub. much affection; so that he would scription of their pence for his recarry home much of the sermon, liet. Being asked, If Christ was and repeat it to his mother. At precious to him ? He answered, length it pleased God to visit him when unable to speak, by signs, dewith a severe and tedious illness; noting the extacy of his mind. At in which he was a great sufferer, length it pleased God to sign his and reduced to the appearance of a release; and remove him, we trust, living skeleton, It was during this from a dirty room and wretched bed affliction that the grace of God of affliction, to mansions of more more eminently appeared. Cut off than royal grandeur, in the presence from the public means, his Bible of the Lainb! Shall we not say, became his dear companion. He in the words used for the text of would have it always by him, his funeral-sernion, preached to a read it much as he lay in bed; vast number of children and others, and it remained on his pillow day. " I thank thee, O Father ! Lord of and night. While he enjoyed the Heaven and earth, that thou hast use of his speech, he exhorted all hid these things from the wise and about him, and particularly his prudent, and hast revealed them mother, to attend the means of unto babes; even so, Father, foç grace. His mother being extremely so it seemed good in thy sight f**
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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
First Ripe Fruits : being a Collection tute Sick, from Atts xv. 9. and
of Tracts. To which are added, Two Gal. v.6. In these discourses, te Sermons. By the Rev. John M. perceive the same original bold touc Mason, A. M. With a short Me- of thinking, and fervour of feeling, moir of the Author, 12mo, 4s. 60. by which Mr. Mason's pulpir-conda
Buch Mr. Mason had promised, on the
positions are distinguished urgent solicitation of his friends,
the sermons, but especially the first,
are more finished discourses than before he left Great Britain, last
his serion published last summer autumn, to send over froin New York, for publication, a volume of along with the other Missionary
Serinons; a considerable part of sermons; among which should be
which, we understand, was not writseveral of those which he had
ten till after it had been delivered preached in London. It is not the
froin the pulpit. It is indeed a most partiality of friendship which in
desireable thing, that the ministers daces us to hope that, by the bless
who officiate on these interesting ing of God, those sermons, when
occasions, should have their serthey arrive, will suppy to the Chris
mons fully written and prepared for tian mind a harvest of rich senti. mental and devout satisfaction: it by which means they would more
the press before they preach thein, is probable, that is reference to such
eflectually benefit the friends of the hope, the compiler of the little
Missionary cause, and enable the volume before us, has entitled it,
Directors to gratify them by an in“ First Ripe Fruits.” This volume contains, first, A Memoir of Mr.
mediate publication. Mason's family,-education at New York and Edinburgh, settlement
Letters to an Universalist; contain at the former ; -of his powers as a
ing a Review of the Controversy ben preacher of the gospel, and particu.
trueen Mr. Vidler and Mr. Fuller, Tarly of his zealous and determined
on the Doutrine of Unicorsal Sulvaopposition to infidelity. The first
tion, Svo, 182 PP. 33. tract comprizes, The Letters on frequent Communion; of which an Reviews were forinerly comprcanalytical account was given in hended among those publications our Review for March 1799. The “which not even critics criticize." next tract is, A Funeral Oration on But times are changed, and hyperthe Death of General Washington, criticism is now become too fashionby appointment of a number of the able to need an apology. This alclergy of New York, and published teration is not without its use. la at their request. The last of the reviewing the Review that is before tracts is entitled, “The Voice of us, we must not forget, That what is Warning to Christians, on the Elec- written may again be reviewed. tion of a President of the United There is indeed so little to blame States of America." The object of in this pamphlet, that our objec. which is, to shew the sin and the tions will be limited to the titledanger which a nation professing page. Mr. Fuller is introduced by Christianity incurs, by exalting to the author, as vindicating himself the place of Chief Magistrate, a from the censure of having imputed man of avowed infidel sentiments. to Mr. Vidler a doctrine which he - Of the two sermons, the first is did not profess. The difference, entitled, “ Hope for the Heathen," as it appears from the review of the preached before the New York Mis: controversy, consisted not in things, sionary Society, from Isaiah xxv.6. but in words. Mr.Vidler judged it - The second, “ Living Faith,” proper, after fifteen letters had been preached at Edinburgh, before the exchanged with Mr. Fuller, to Society for the Reliet of the Destis change his nomenclature, and ta