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SIR, To the Editor.
she wanted to have some talk with If the following Letter, lately sent
him : but he did not come. me by one of our members, be
“Her father perceiving the un. thought suitable for the public
happiness of her mind, was deterred eye, it is at your service.
from using force, or pressing the I am yours, Gaius. matter of her going to church, by
an apprehension of her becoming " Dear Sir,
melancholy; and therefore told her “As you wish for some account she might go, if she chose it, to Oun. of my late dear Mrs. D-, I shallen- dle Meeting. But her mind was deavour to recount a few particulars rather to go to Aldwinkle church. of her life and death ; partly from This was more displeasing to her what I have heard her relate, and father than if she had gone to Oune partly from my own knowledge. dle; on which account he refused
“She was descended from a fami- her a horse. She went, however, for ly of French Protestants, of the name some time on foot, though it was of Hannate. Her grandfather was nine or ten miles distant. At length brought over in the arms of his pa. a horse was allowed her ; and her rents, on the revocation of the edict brother used to take her there. On of Nantes. He lived somewhere in their return, they would often conthe Fens of Lincolnshire, or Cam. verse on what they had been hear. bridgeshire. Her father settled at ing. After a while her father went Yaxwell, near Oundle, in Nor. hiinself, and took her behind him ; thamptonshire. He retained a de. and so interested was he with the cent moral character, and was at. preaching, that after this he would tached to the established church: frequently go, and take her mother, but all serious religion, whatever it and some one of her sisters with might have been before, appears by him. In short, there was reason to this time to have been lost in the hope, that he and several of the family. When she was about four family were brought to the true teen or fifteen years of age, her fd- knowledge of Jesus Christ. God, ther took an apprentice. This lad from the inouth of babes, will pera, had heard the gospel among the fect praise : the entering of a serious Disseniers : he brought several lad 'into this family, proved the books with him, particularly the means of its salvation ! writings of Hervey. These lying * About the year 1776 she came to in her way, she would sometimes Kettering; and soon afterwards we read in them; and having done so,
were married. Here she had greater would converse with the appren- opportunity for religious improve. tice on the subjects. By degrees, ment than formerly; it was not, how. she was convinced that neither she ever, as you know, till within a few nor her parents had any true reli. years of her death that she became gion; and became very unhappy on a member of the church, By your this account.
Dissatisfied with ministry she was much edified and hearing at the parish church, where strengthened in the ways of God. she could obtain no instruction how "After having burne nine children, she should be saved, she for some her constitution was much impaired. time stopped at home on the Lord's A shortness of breath and pain in Day, and employed herself in read. the stomach frequently attended her. ing. Her father at this was greatly It was said at length to be a dropsy displeased; and, in order to induce in the chest: a grievous and sure her to go as usual, told her that if affliction it proved to her : but she did not, the clergyman should though of a nervous habit, and Cuika come to the house and reprove her. sequently rather of a fretful temper, She said she wished he would, for she was enabled to bear it with
much Christian patience, and hum. When unable to read herselt, she ble resignation io the will of her would get one of the children to Heavenly Father. I do not recol. read to her. I once offered to read lect, that during the last four to her the life of Mr. Pearce ; but months of her life, which were very she answered, “ It is so affecting, trying, she ever shewed any signs of I cannot bear it.” I found afterimpatience; though she once on wards, however, that her daughter my going into the room exclaimed, had been reading it to her. with tears," I am afraid I shall not “ The precious promises of God have patience till death!” I answer. were a great consolation to her : she ed,'I hope the God of patience will would often express her assured give you patience;' after which she confidence in the faithfulness of was composed in mind.
her God and Saviour ; nor did she Her disorder was of such a nature appear to entertain any doubt as to as, in a great degree, to deprive her her state, though she would often of the conversation of her friends ; say, as conscious of her own unwor: which added to her affliction. You thiness, “Why me, Lord ? why yourself, whom she loved as her me? I have no dependence on any pastor, was not admitted, as you thing I have done, or can do." know, above two or three times dur. For the last six weeks she was ing her illness. She could seldom in constant expectation of death, converse, or hear any conversation She would someumes put her hand from her own family. She told me, on her breast, under what she conhowever, one morning, that she had ceived must be dying sensations, had such affecting views of God, of and cry, “ Welcome death! wel Christ, and of the heavenly state, come death !” but feeling them to that she longed to have had pen subside, would answer herself, and ink to have written them down. “ No, not yet." On the Lord's She would orten say to me,“ Do Day she would say to the nurse, not pray for my life.” One time, “Ó! how I could wish to spend when I went into the room, expect. this Sabbath above! to go and join ing, to find her near her end, she the blessed assembly there !” Her with siniling compostire looked at wish in this matter, I trust, was me, and said, " Come, my dear, granted her; for on Lord's Day cheer up: yon have a family that morning, April the 6th, 1805, ia requires your attention : I must die, the 48th year of her age, she depar. you know, some time.”
ted, seemingly unperceived by her. She was very fond of reading the self, or those about her. " Book of Job," and Mrs. Harri.
Yours, M. D. son's “ Songs in the Niglit."
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Periodicai Accounts relating to the regro congregations in the islands of Missions of the United Brethren,
St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. Jan. ctablished among the Heathen.
In the latter particularly, th: Missi. No. xxxvii.
onaries were obliged, in consequence
of the war, to give up their habit de Tuis number contains, I. Diary tion for the use of the British of the Biethuen's Missions in the troops who were wounded. In this Danishi West India islands, of 1801. hospital death made great ravages ; 11. Lite of the negro Cornelius. for in the space of two months, 122 lll. Various accounts. From the of the soldiers and others died, Diary it appears, that the year 1801 Nevertheless, during these trolle was distinouished by occurrences of bles, “Our Saviour," says the wrie a very alllictive nature among the ter, “caused our negroes to scarch REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. 447 their own hearts, and examine how tained the character of a humble they stood with respect to their love servant of Christ. Wlien death towards him, and those who la. approached (which was in Nov. bour among them in his name ; and 1801) he sent for his fainily; luis how they had regarded his word children and grandchildren assem. preached unto them : and there bled round the bed of the sick pawere various instances of persons, rent: he suminoned up all his whose faithfulness became more strength, sat up in the bed, unmanifest by these trials. One of covered his venerable head, adorn. the negroes at Friedensberg, said, ed with locks as white as snow, and * If we can only get to a place addressed them thus:where we may hear the gospel, and "] rejoice exceedingly, my dearly live in conformity to it as children beloved children, to see you once of God, we are willing to leave all more together before my departure ; the rest.” Another negro-brother for I believe that my Lord and Sain St. Thomas's said, • The enemy viour will soon come, and take your may shoot me dead, or do with me father home to himself. You know, what they please, if they only do no my dear children, what my chiet harm to our teaehers, nor drive concern has been respecting you, as them from the island.". In the long as I was with you; how fre. course of the year, in their six dif. quently I have exhorted you, with ferent settlements in these islands, tears, not to neglect the day of 272 negroes belonging to the con. grace, but surrender yourselves, gregation, departed into eternal rest; with soul and body to your God and pleasing accounts are given of and Redeemer; to follow him faiththe happy death of several of them. fully. Sometimes I have dealt The congregations of believing ne- strictly with you, in matters which groes in the three islands, consisted I believed would bring harm to at the close of 1801, of 10,276 souls. your souls, and grieve the Spirit of
The life of Cornelius, a negro. God; and I have exerted my pa. assistant in the Mission at St. Tho. ternal authority to prevent mis. mas's, is interesting.--He was called chief; but it was all done out of by grace above fifty years ago, and love to you ; however, it may have soon began to preach Christ to his happened that I have been somecountrymen. He was blessed with times too severe ; if this has been considerable talents, and was able the case, I beg you, my dear chil. to speak and write the Creole, Dutch, dren, to forgive me. 0, forgive Danish, German, and English lan- your poor dying father!” guages. Till 1767 he was a slave : Here he was obliged to stop, most he first purchased the freedom of his of the children weeping and sobbing wife, and then laboured hard to gain aloud. At last, one of the daugha his own liberty, which at last heef. ters recovering herself, said, “We, fected, after much intreaty and the dear father, we alone have cause to payment of a considerable sum. By ask forgiveness ; for we have often degrees he was also enabled to pure made your life leavy, and have chase the emancipation of his six been disobedient.childreil. The 'children. He learned the business rest joined in the same confession. of a mason so well, that he was ap. The father then continued, “Well, pointed master-mason to the royal my dear children, if you all have buildings; and had the honour to forgiven me, then attend to my last lay the foundation - stone of six wish and dying request. Love one Christian chapels for the use of the another! do not suffer any quarrels brethren. His gifts for preaching and disputes to arise among you, were good, and remarkably accep- after my decease. No, my children,” table, not only to the neg.ves, but raising his voice,“ Love one another to many of the whites. He spent cordially: let each strive to she'w even whole nights in visiting the proofs of love to his brother or sis-different plantations ; yet was by ter; nor suffer yourselves to be O means pulled up, but ever re- teppted by any thing to become
proud; for by tliat, you inay even import and of energy; and the oc. miss of your souls salvation, but casion is improved in a manner pray our Saviour to grant you love. worthy boili of the preacher and Jy minds and humble hearts. If the subject. The Memoir added, you follow this advice of your fa. is indeed short; but it contains ther, my joy will be complete ; some extracts from Mr. Newell's when I shall once see you again in Diary, which shews him to have eternal bliss, and be able to say to heen“ an Israelite indeed, in whom our Saviour, -Here, Lord, is thy was no guile.” Could any thing poor unworthy Cornelius, and the be wanted to recommend the judi. children thoni hast given me. Icions Sermon of Mr. Scott, the am sure our Saviour will not for- title-page to this furnishes four co• sake you ; but I bescech you, do gent reasons, the profits are denot forsake Hiin."
voted to a widow and (three) chil. His two sons and four daughters dren, left almost w holly unprovided are employed as assistants in the for. Mission; by thein, he lived to see twelve grandchildren, and five great A Sermon preached at the Church of grandchildren, being about eighty.
St. Andrew, &c. Blackfriars, May tour years old. He was attended
31st, 1803, before the Society for to the grave by a very large com. Missions to Africa and the East, &c. pany of negro-brethren and sisters,
By the Rev. R. Cecil, M. A. Also who being all dressed in white, the Report of the Committee, List of walked in solemn procession to the Subscribers, &c. Svo, 25. burial.ground at New Hernhut.
The text of this discourse is What Christian can peruse
this affecting narrative without blessing of the Lord ;" from which, after a
Isa. xl. 3. “ Prepare ye the way God, who, to,our sable brethren hath short introduction, the ingenious vouchsafed this abundant grace! and who can refrain from blessing preacher takes occasion to consider, God, who excited the Moravian ist,“ The Moral State of the Heachurch to these labours of love !
ther,” as displayed in some awful and who hath so wonderfully suc.
and striking facts. 2d, "The ceeded their apostolic efforts! Who, the labour's of Missionaries, to
means of their Recovery,” viz. By that has tasted the Lord is gracious, whom Mr. C recommends the will refuse the aid of his heart, his late excellent Mr. Swartz. as a very hand, his purse, in promoting Mis
And, 3d, “ The sionary exertions, so honoured of proper model.
motives to attempt this work, with our God and Saviour !
answers to objections,” Upon the
whole, we consider this as an ani. A Sermon preached at the Parisha mated and masterly performance ;
Church of Great Missenden, Bucks, and though a passage or two may June 19, on Occasion of the Death of
be thought a little severe upon the Rev. J. Newell, Vicar of Great preachers, or Missionaries of inte, Missenden, &c. (published by S. fior talents, we cannot but admire cial Request, for the Benefit of his the catholic spirit and good sense Widery and Children). By Thomas of the following passage :Scott, Kector of Aston" Sandford,
"On the topic of means, I would &c. To which is added, a Me always remark that, while, through moir of the Deieased. 8vo, is. 6d. educatien and connexions, the most In few instances have the words upright and useful men will be of this text (“ to me to live is found in different denominations of Christ, and to die is gain') been Christianity; and while this diver. applied with more propriety, than sity in circumstantials, when wisely to the meek and. amiable man, oa and charitably conducted, may be account'ot' whose decease this Ser- overruled tu ihe producing greater mon appears. The text has been general etfect (as the loadstone is thought obscure by its conciseness; found more powerful in parts than Lut Mr. Scoit, in a very judicious undivided) so the greatest care explication, shews it to be full of should be taken that, in this
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. 449 variety of effort, a unity of design III. To your Tents, O Britons ! be preserved. Each Missionary So. preached at Sutton Saint Mary, July ciety is our natural ally; we should 31. by C. Jerram, A. M. 12mo. cordially co-operate with it as far 34. or 25. bil. per dozen. as is consistent with our plan; we IV. Christian Patriotism : or the should rejoice in its success; and
Duty of Religious People toward carefully watch, lest on any occa• their Country. Preached at Kettet sion, a carnal jealousy should
inz. August 14. By A. Fuller. tempt" Ephraim to envy Judah, or
Svo, is. Judah to vex Ephraim.''
V. The Aspect of the Times con
sidered, and the Duty of Chris. The Value of Life. A Sermon, de
tians described : preachei ut Steplivered May the 8th, 1803, before the ney. by G. Ford. Svo, 15. Correspondent Board in London, of the VI. Britain's Deience : preiched at Society in Scotland, for the Propitza- Battersea, August 21. By Jolia tion of Christian Knowledge in the Hughes, A. ii. Svo, 15. Highlands and Islands. by W.Jay, VII. National Happiness, or the Pri, Svo, 15,6d.
vilege and Duty of Britons: preached After a very ingenious introduc- at Walthamsturv, Hugust 21. By tion from this singular text (Job
G. Collison. 8vo. ii. 4.) the preacher proposes two VIII Pray and Fight: an Address objects. In the first place, we 10 the United K?n5 rums, the shall establish the importance of hu- Alurm of Invasion. Wy W Cooper, man life. In the second, we shall ex. plain the use to which the belief of it
The present eventful period has
called furth should be applied.” The importance
so many discourses of human life is argued froin the from the pulpit and the press, that authority of the Scriptures; froin the
we find it necessary to class thein divine Autlior of human nature ;
together, and, to úvoid giving of. from the connection of this life with
fence by an improper preference, another; from the cpportunity it af. have arranged them according to fords of getting good and doing good. for conveniency of reterence.
their dares, and numbered them Among the useful inferences flow
No. 1. was delivered at the ing from the belief of this fact, Mr. Jay specifies the following : We
chapel of the late Lady Hunting
don, Bath, about the time of the should deplore the destruction of it,
declaration of hostilities, and the not expose it to heedless injury and hazard; be thankful for the con.
preacher, from Isa. xxvi. 20, di, tinuance of it, not be impatient for
rects his hearer, under the first death ; estimate the value of early
alarm of danger, to seek refuge in
the chambers of divine mercy, Ironi piety, improve life to the best pur. poses. I his last idea brings the
the judgments which threaten our preacher to the particular object of country, and the world at large.
In the close of this discourse, Mr. the present discourse, which is pleaded with his usual eloquence
Cooper earliestly enforces a loyal
obedience to civil government, 26 and ingenuity.
well as a holy devotedness to God.
In No. ll, Mr. Jackson, from SERMONS ON THE TIMES. 2 Kings xix. 14—19, considers the
analogy between our present cir. 1. Chanibers of Safety in Times of cumstances and those ot Judah, in
Danger : preached ni Bath, May , the reign of Hezekiah; - points 1803. By W. Cooper. Second out the conduct of that pious Edition, evo, 15.
prince, as an example to us and to II. The Duty of England exempli. our rulers; and the happy conse
fied in the conduct of Hezekiah: quences which did and ever will preached at Stockwell, July 31. By result from national repentance and 1. Jackson. 8vo, 15.
reforniation; the necessity of which