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MRS. ANN CLARKE, when she had been a wife only Tre venerable relict of the Rev.. nineteen months. Thomas Clarke, formerly curate
She was not only highly respected of Chesham, Bucks, dieŭ on the by all who knew her, as a most ami. 5th of January last, in the 80ih able and worthy woman, but she year of her aga. She was called was considered by the best and most Dy grace out of a gay family, and disitterested jodies, a genuine and suffered some unkind treatment, on
growing Christian. account of her piety. This circum
When very young, she was restance rendered her the peculiar oh- markably thughtful and serious,ject of Mr. Clarke's atientiou: he not being more than 10 years of age was then curate of Amersham, where when she felt the exceeding rinfulness his ministry was blessed to scany.
of sin, and groaned under the burden Mrs. Clarke, who had been 16 years of ii. These early convictions were a widow, was accustoined to speak not permitted to die away, as they in the highest terms of gratitude to
often have done in many young per God for the communication of his 8018 as they advanced in life, and special grace to her, and for the drank into the spirit of their gay and happiness she enjoyed in her relation vain companions : but as she adto Mr. Clarke. She was a cheerful vanced in years she grew in the love and happy Christian, and a great of retirement, and of the worship
Her 80friend to the poor and amicted; and and ordinances of God. such was her candoor, that she not quaintance were not only circum. only associated with the Evangeli. .scribed asło number, but extremely cal Dissenters where she resided, but select; she, therefore, seldom or left € 100 to the place of worship ever mingled with young people in in wbich the Rev. 'Mr. Surman offi. their worldly amusements and parciates. Her property was consider
ties of pleasure ; and before she had able ; out of which she begueathed reached maturity, in point of age, handsome sims to her relations, to she gave vatistactory proofs of bethe poor, and to several charities. ing a true and experimental Chris
A few hours before her departure, tian, who had devoted herself to the she said to Mr. S. • I am going to glory and service of bim who had Jesus, my adorable Saviour !' On
redeemed and sanctified her to him, the 17th of January, her remains self, were deposited in Chesham Church.
When the truly interesting and be yard, in the same vault wherein neficial system of Sunday School. her valuable husband had beea in teaching was established in her terred. The Rev. Mr. Woosleý, neighbourhood, she became an accurate of Olney, preached an excel
tive and successful helper; and took Jent sermon on the occasion, from great delight in this labour of love, Heb. vi. 12, • That ye be not s'i thả till domestic circumstances and an ili ful, but followers of them who, siate of healib prohibited ber at, through faith and patience, inherit tuotiin to it. the promises.'
Ler illness proved long and trying; during which she would sometimes
That hymn is very suitMRS. MARY CHAPMAN, able to my case : Wife of the Rev. Mr. Chapman, "lo every trouble, sharp and strong, of Greenwich.
My soul to Jesus flies.' Tais excellent and justly esleem. She was enabled to do this for ed woman departed to a beiter world heiself; and to him, whose grace is Dec. 10, 1809, before she had at- all-sufficient, she looked in all her tained the 230 year of her age; times of need ; and though greatly exercised with bodily pain and weak- Dec. 9, Saturday Morn. She beness, as well as by spiritual conflicts, came much worse ; breathing was she was enabled to bear all with very difficult, and she could scarcely great resignation, knowing that her articula!e, when she said to me, ' It God and Father was too wise to err, will soon be over now!' little and too good to be unkind. thioking she had before her 24 hours
The following account principally hard conflict with the last enemy:refers to a few of her last days; and A hout a quarter before six, she said, was taken down by her afflicted part- " This is hard to nature ! - and ner. The substance of it was soon after, with great emphasis, mentioned in the funeral - sermon • Jesus is precious !! which was proached for her by the About half past eight she exRev. John Townsend, to a very claimed, 'When will it be over! If crowded and attentive audience, it were bis will, I could wish he from Job i. 21,
would strike at once: I fear nothing For several days previous to Dec. from ilac consequences of death, but 7, her mind was in great darkness. I dread the struggle.' Doubls prevailed; which, together About ove, she struggled hard with extreme debility, attended with for breath ; and cried out, “ I wish flying pains, rendered her exceed. it were over!' I asked if she were ingly uncomfortable. On that even- still happy in mind. Sbe said, 'Yes.' ing, when I returned home from lec- Having struggled for a considerable ture, I found her very low, and took time, I asked whether she were any her up stairs; but it was with diffi. easier. She said, “No; I don't wish culty she could sit to be undressed. to be easier : I wish it were over!' Just alter she was in bed, she was I said, “ It will soon be over; and seized with a violent, pain in her then what glory will follow !" loreast; which, for a few minutes, “Yes,' said she, a glory worth dydeprived her of the power of speech. ing for.' A little after, she repeated We thought she was just going to her earnest desire to have the conbreathe her last. On coming to her- flict over ; and asked if there were self, she said she thought she never much pulse í saying, ' I fear I shall should have spoken again. By this be impaliert.' attack she was much weakened ; so Half past three, when we expected that she could scarcely bear to speak, every breath would be her last, she or to be spoken to. I just asked revived again. I asked if she were whether sbe doubted her salyalion, at all harrassed in mind. She said,
she replied, 'No; I did nol, even • No ; but I was in hopes I should then' (reterring to the violent pain have been landed before now.' with which sie had just been seized). Half past four, I said to her, Yet
Dec. 8, Friday Aft. I asked if a little time, and be that shall coine there were any texts of Scripture will come, and will oot tarry.' She comfortable to her now;
said, " Amen." I added, "You can plied, “ Yes ;' and mentioned, • Fear say, 'Come, Lord Jesus, come not, I am with thee; be pot dis- quickly!' “ O yes,” she replied, mayed, I am thy God ;' and, - Tho' I have often said so to-day.' I walk through the valley of the About six I said, What a inercy shadow of Death, I will fear no evil.' that we have religion! What would She added, “That hymo is very you do, or what should I do now sweet :
without it! She said, “It is a "Jesu, lover of my soul,' &c,
mercy ;” and then added, " I could
have wished, if it had been his will, Io the evening, I asked her if that we might have liveri longer tothere were any other parts of (iod's gether on earth ; but as it is not his word comfortable ; --sne answered, will, I don't wish it. • Yes; that lext, . The eternal God prospect of happiness; but we is thy refuge; and uoderneath are don't know what might be.' Alrout the everlasting arms. A little after 10 she said, that be would come!' this, she said, “I enjoy more şup. She afterwards said, “ l'his is hard port than I expected I should' work! “ Yes," added 1,“ so Mode
We had every
B1. said! and you can add with her, to the ałcntion of a stranger, but
God is iny Řefuge ;" she replied, gave him an honourable "scat, in ** Yes."
the circle of friendsbip; there it On Lord's Day morning, Dec. 10, was known how much the law of after a severe struggle for 24 hours, . kindness governed his heart; and she breathed her last ; fell asleep in there, breaking through his natuJeans, and commenced an eternal ral reserve, it was expressed by the Sabbalh.
appropriate communication of the
tongne in ministering grace to the THE REV.N. RAWLINS
I'o the popularity of his address, Wag horn at Morton-in-the- or the brilliancy of his talents, Marsh, Gloucesiershire, 1733. JIS none of the friends of Mr. R. father and in other were lon: inin
will altributchis success bers of the Baprist Church at Buur. preacher; but they will remember, ben. Ou hiniriaternal ide, gent ne wish veneration, how well his holy piery is to be traced through pre- life and deep personal experience ceding generations. His ancestors enabled hiin to enforce thosc were among those of whom the doctrinal subjec's, in which he world was not worthy, and who especially delighted. They will reavoided its fury in persecuting times colleci the usefulness of discourse, by assemblsnig in solitary plac?s. which finding entrance at the heart, Mr. R. vas serious from a child abundantly compensated for the and admilled a member of the church want of elegancies, which had they ai Bourton, at 18 years of age. distinguished the preacher, could The church soon regiesied him to not thus nobly have survived bin. preach, and when, after long solici- They will look rowd on the late talion, his diffidence had yieliled to converts of his mivisiry, and see abis reluctant trial of his abilities, how this aged shepherd brought he was sent to Brisiol Academy, home the vanderers to his Master's Here he remaiued four years; duro fold, when it was even-tide with ing this period be supplied the church hims:lf, and nature might have at Trowbridge, and was so far ap- languished for reprise! More than proved as to be called, at the ler. 40 members have been added to Trination of its to the pasioral the church during the last five years ; charge. It was, nevertheless, a sea- and the place of worshóp has been son of allversily; the pomber was crowded. yanly, the brethren were at vari- He was taken ill while altending ance, and symptoms of disaffection the funeral of the late Rev. Mr. on the ministry of Mr. R. began to Claika, of Trowbridge ; and never giiscover themselves, so that his or. preached aft:r,wards. He said to a ciation, which occurrent October friend who called on him the next Hotli, 1765, was succeeded by his day, ' My work is donc ; I have noTesignation and removal in 1771, nothing more to do here." His when he settled at Broughton, in tedious illness was adinirably sus. Harachire.
tained, his. consulations were not Were he resided six years, when a expressed by extacics, but by tie visit to his friends at Trowbridge re. peaceful triumph of an ahiding nowing all their former attachments, hope, of which he often spake to produrred their united and sur ce sful thing about hiin He died Oct. 7, application for his return. He re. 1809. His funeral sermon, by the suned his charge in November," Rev. J. Barnard, of Bradlord, was 1777. The first settlement was short delivered to ai overflowing houso. and troublesome ; the last durable it was founded on a passa e seo i
lected by himself; at one deA remarkable integrity of cha. 'scribing the bl soudness of wis past 5?cer, united with great plainness experience, and the emphasis of of maniers, so!etimes failed in his present joy, Christ is all, and itu?aduce Mr. R. advaırlageously in all."
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
An Essay on the Gospel Dispensa- ciinen of the author's manner and
lion, considered in Connection with style:
• Whatever propriety and adran&c. In Two Paris. By W. Ben: tage may be conceived to arise out bet. 800, 58. 6d.
of a systematical arrangement of
revealed truths, as conducing to a To thos: whose personal ac. clear and consistent view of their quaintance with the co-pastor and harmony, dependence, and relative successor of good old Dr. Conder, importance, we nowhere, in the die has led them to view the suspension vine word, find them, either sysle. of his ministerial labours as a inys: watically arranged, or technically terious dispensation of Infinite Wis- defined. They are rather incidentdom, it must be peculiarly gratify; ally introduced, as proper occasious ing to hear that the years of his re- required, intermixed with matters of tirement have not possed fruitlessly a practical or experimental nature, away: they will open, with pleas.. withont any of that formality and jog expectation, the volume on which sindied precision of language, which the mature investigation of many so commonly occur in productions years has bcen bestowed; and if of human science. Definitions of ihey fail to recognize in these pages Scripture doctrines scarcely ever are the preacher, whose name could found in the word of God; nor is once attract, and whose eloquence any such caution used by the sacred could sway, so numerous a congre- penmen as controversial writers gegation, they will not fail to find the nerally adopt. The divine truths spiritual, temperate, and judicious themselves lie scattered promiscu. divine.
ously throughout the New Tesla. "The subject of the present Essay ment, without any other mothod or is of universal interest, and of the connection than what naturally highest importance : its des gu is, arose out of the subjects of dis. in the First Part, to esiablish the course on which they are introfact, That the whole of Revelation duced ; and they are someliincs exis a moral plan vi exercising the napressed in such a manner, as doch lural powers of mea, congenial with not immediately direct to a detertheir character and present slate as ininate sense; but requires them to intelligent accountable creatures, be considered in connection with agreeably to the principles and rea- other parts of the same revelation. sonings laid down in Bishop Builer's .If, however, we contemplate the Analogy of Religion. In the Second analogy which pervades all former Part, is deduced from this fact tho dispensations of mercy, and consinature and import of the gospel- der ihe New Testament as a conti. constitution, with the indispensable nuation of one uniform plan of exobligation of singers to yield to its ercising the mental powers of men, authority, abd the rationale of its as moral agents, we may sue good ininiserial exerciss to soners inde. reason to look on this mode of ex. finitely, consistently with the doc- hibiting the truths of Christianity as Irinc of the specially of grace, The an excellency, and instance of diwriter, disclaiming all attachment vine wistom, in the moral adaptato party orsystem, inakes his appeal tion of means which are alorded to the pure word of God; but if his them for the acquisition of spiritual principles must receive a name, knowledve; for, if men are seriously They inay be characterized as those disposed, and desirous to know the of Níoderale Calrinism.
certainty of these things, the word We give the following Extract, of God represents them in a manner not less for the importance of the sufficiently plain and substantially keulimepls it contaisis, than a spem instructive; but indeed with artidi
cial method and exactness, as pria. ing the will of God as to particular ciples of science, but in a way of doctrines, may, sometimes be atordinary communication or dis- tended with a degree of darkness course; in which the great truths of and iadecision, this
may be designed the gospel are practically taught in to operate as a stimulus in quickentheir coanection with, and subser- ing their attention, and exercising viency to the faith and hope of sin. their miods in sarching with more pers, as well as the boliness and coin. diligence and earnest prayer the tesfort of believers. Here the princi- timony of God in every part of his ples of Christianity lie fairly open to word.' the closet examination, without any To conclude. We earnestly recom. artful colouring or studied coaceal. mend this volume, particularly to ment. They niay be seen in their the young, who bave just set out on application to every subject in reli- the path of enquiry, and whose ingion, whether professedly or inci-' genious feelings, shocked, perhaps , dentally introduced by the penmen at the licentious presumption of of Scripture, who, without previous" Antinomianism, are hurrying them concert, and with evident diversity away in the pride of human reason, of talent and circumstances, have to embrace tho cold systems of a given us their respective views of vain philosophy; and we fervently the gospel with such perfect agree- join in the prayer of the author, inent, as to the subject matter of the That the Fountain of Life and whole, as cannot rationally be ac- Truth may, shed his gracious influcounted for on any other supposi. ence on the minds of all who shall tion than that of their being all read this Essay, and assist them in taught and guided by the same vo- duly appreciatiog the authority and. erring spirit of truth.
excellency of the Gospel-dispensa• This manner of revealing the tion !! great truths of Christianity, is also wisely adapted to the spiritual advantage of believers ; being thus set The Obligatiocs of Christians to atforth, in their proper application and
tempt the Conversion of the Jews. practical influence, as the enliven- By A Presbyter of the Church of ing principles of the whole system ;
England. 13. for, though an artificial arrange- This is a commendable effort, to ment of doctrinės might have given increase the attention of the Chris. a greater facility to a system of no- tian world to the miserable state of tions, and have enabled common the Jews. The worthy author, af. Christians more experily to judge of ter noticing the laudable exertions the connection which one part of of various denominations of the the system has with another, this faithful, in diffusing the blessings of would not have answered so valua- their benevolence," laments, ihat hle a purpose as is now answered,
one object has been overlooked, by their being distributed promise overlooked for centuries,-the Con. cuously through the word, and ap- version of the Jews.' We readily pearing, as proper eccasions requir.. admit, that too little general allencd, interwoven with every part of tion has been formerly paid to this Chrisianity. Believers in general object; yet we ought not to forget would not hav, seen so much of the those endeavours which were made importance of these principles, nor nearly a century amo. Bishop Kid. bave had suci a spiritual savour of der's Demonstration of the Mes) them, as they now become sensible sias' is a work of much labour and of, by ob-erving with what views value ; and in the close of that vathey are introduced, and to what Juable performance, where he stirs. !!$they are applied by the unerr- up his readers to zealous endeavours, ing Spirit. This is il componndin: he says (p. 201) • Yet, after all, of gospel trots into the bread of much may be done still this way; life, for the sairitual nourishment of and I need no other proof of it but renewed 's als; and though the pe. this, That in fact much hath been @uliar maouer vf the Spirit's reveal. done. In the city of Hamburgh, in the