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DEATH OF A CHILD. was perverse and untractable; and

was the occasion of great grief to The Catechetical School at the her parents. About July last, hav. Tabernacle, was instituted at Easter ing strongly betrayed that symptoin 1796. The general average number of a degenerate and fallen nature, who attend to repeat, are 200, di- her parents conceived it their duty vided into various classes. Upon to correct her; and added chastise. having learned the Assembly's ment to reproof. A week or two Shorter Catechism, consisting of after this, the catechetical exhor. 107 questions, with Scripture proots, tation happened to be on the paraeach child is examined; and if it is ble of the Wheat and Tares (Mat. correctly repeated, they receive the xiii.); and on this occasion (is reward of a neat Pocket-Bible and she said since her calamity) she Janeway's Token for Children. was convinced of sin. Her parents Their Catechisms, and Dr. Watts's observed, with pleasure, a great Songs, are also provided for the change of disposition, a readiness to children, gratis ; and, on the same oblige them, and a correctness of terms, the teachers give their la- behaviour altogether; and which bours.

they supposed an effect of the Lord's It is usual for some one of the blessing on their correction; but friends to close the service with a from what they have learned since short explication of some lively pas. from the child, it seems pretty evjsage of Scripture, or to improve dent, that it was owing to the work some recent providential event; and of the Spirit quickening the word the teachers have been stimulated of life. From that time her con. by observing the diligent attention duct has been as becometh the gosof many children, and the good ef- pel of Christ: dutiful to her pafects of their labour of love. Seve- rents and teachers, loving to her ral young minds have been impress- brothers, and very attentive to the ed with the power of Divine truth; opportunities and means of grace. some of whom have been adinitted She arose a little atter six o'clock to the holy Communion. The fol- on Monday, March 7, to light the lowing account of the death of one fire for her mother, as usual; in of the children, affords the most doing which her clothes unhappily pleasing encouragement :

caught fire; and before any efiectual Ann Botcheba, a girl about help could be obtained, she was so twelve years of age, was admitted much burned as to presage the into the school something more than fatal consequence which did ensue. a year ago; and was in the upper When the accident happened, her class but one, where the stage of screams alarmed her poor mother, progress is perfection in all the an- who ran down stairs, and ende xvourswers, and in the proofs from forty.ed to quench the fame ; which, to seventy. Her general disposition with great difficulty and personal shewed itself more in reading than injury to herself, she did. "The in needle-work, and it was not dif- child exclaimed, “Oh, my Lord and ficult for her to learn six or eight my God, forsake me not now in the verses of a chapter while nursing time of my trouble!” and then, adthe smaller children, during the ab- dressing her mother, said, “ Pray sence of her parents at public wor. to the Lord Jesus for me;" and ship; and this accounts for that added, “Oh, it is hard work now ! readiness with which, in her con- How long have I walked and sinned versation, she adapted Scriptures while others have been serving to her own case, during her afflic. him!” and then repeated the same tion.

Her temper, however, until words, adding, “Oh, I suffer! but within the last eight or nine months, it will soon be over; there is a

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mansion prepared for me." Her God forgave sin? Of which she pains being very acute, she cried seemed to have clear conceptions, áloud for mercy,' and repeated, and to give satisfactory answers. “ Blessed Jesus, wash me, wash On his exhorting her to patience me in thy precious blood !”. On and submission to the doctors, she her father (who had been sent for} said, " I have prayed for patience, coming ir, he exhorted her to pray and the Lorá has answered my to God to forgive her sins; when prayers; and then, “ The Lord is she replied, ** Father, he has !" the best Physician.” When under The father hearing her avow this great pain, her mother being with with such unexpected confidence, her, and before the mortificarion and fearing she might deceive her- came on, she exclaimed, “ My self, said, ' By what right?' She Lord and my God !" and clasping replied, “ Christ has died for me, her poor arms about her mother, and rose again for my justification.' cried out, “ We are his people, and This she pronounced with great he is our God,” - solicitous to in. energy, even with vehemence; and clude her parents in a blessing, of then added, “ Come, Lord Jesus, which she seeined to have a sensicome quickly." On beholding her ble enjoyment. mother weep, she said, Oh, ino. The last five days of her life werd ther, weep not for me !"

much interrupted with delirium; Ti being found difficult to pro- but the frame of her mind then was cure medical helj, in the neighbour- evidently happy. The last words hoot (the people and neighbours wliich she was lieard to articulare, hood are very poor) her parents pro- were, " Father, forgive me;" and posed the hospital, and she appear about half an hour afterwards she ed quite resigned to it. On be- fell asleep in Jesus. ing put into a coach, she made some

W. B. Bppropriate remarks on her rain and sutterings; but these she boro with fortitude, for she looked at an

MR. ROBERT BISHOP object of greater suiering than hers, Departed this life March 14, at and that calmed her spirit; for she his house in the Spa-fields, in the said, “ What did Christ sufier ? he sixty-first year of his age. He was sweat great drops of blood."-Was born at Hamiltoti, in Scotland, in nor this the teaching of divine wis- the year 1742, where he continued dom! - When she arrived at St. till about the year 1963. He then Bartholomew's Hospital, she scem- came to London ; and, about seren ed impatient for the Saviour, cry years after, married the widow of bug out. “ Conie, Lord Jesus, come Mr. Taylor, who kept a Norwich. quickly." To her n:other, " Weep crape and bombazeen warehouse, pot; a mansion is prepared for nie. in London; which business he car. The conversations of her parents ried on with great credit, for the with her, while she retained her support of a large ianily, near thirty senses, were generally of the kind years, and then retired upon a moalready mentioned. en being ex- d rato competency, which made the horted to patience, she replied," He evening vf his life close in peace. has given me patience, blessed be In the year 1780, when that dreada his boly naine."

ful spirit of anarchy and confusien One of the persons who had bruke ont, Mr. Bishop proposed to taught her the calechism, called on his brother housekeepers, to aim her at the hospital, and found her ju themselves, and learn the military a very distressing situation; but discipline. His proposal was cheers que resigned. He said, 'My dear fully embraced :' tliey formed them. child, it is probable this calamity selves into an association, and ap may end in your death; pray to God pointed Mr. Bishop their captain. to forgive your sins.' She replied, As a tradeyran and public charac. very cainily, “ Sir, I hope he has ter, few were better known, of forgiven them." He then asked more respected; particularly on acher, if she knew the way in which count of his punctuality. But as

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305 a Christian, he shone the brightest. all his faculties were shut up, and In his own house he had an altar he was scarcely able to speak artierected for God. One evening in 'culately for several days; but he the week it was open for a few select seemed to have full possession of friends, where they used to meet for his senses to the last, and appeared prayer ad praise, and which was much engaged with God in humble continued to the time of his death, prayer. He was many years a monRearly twenty years; and from this ber of the cliurch of Christ under private meeting much public good Mr. Hart in Jewin - Street, who was has resulted. That very excellent succeeded by Mr. Hughes, Mr, school, for the clothing and educat. Woodgate, and now Mr. Priestley. ing 106 poor children in the princi- to whom Mr. Bishop was many ples of the Protestant religion, years a deacun.

T. B.
which attends at Tottenham-court
chapel, originated here. The nun.
ber who met at that time was seven,

heads of families; and, it is remark-

OF LOUDWATER, able, four of whom died within the AFTER living many years in the bast ten months, in the comfortable most unremitted habits of friend. expectation of that glorious rest ship, sharing many of her coin, that God has provided for thein forts, and most of her suferings, I who love and serve him *. Three have observed some excellent traits survive ; one of whom writes this in Mrs. W's. character ; some of article.

which I would mention, not with a It is in the recollection of mary design to extol her, buit to enguc how well Mr, Bishop filled up the imitation. Her first impression, I character of a principal conductor, understand, were occasioned by the or chairman, in many extensive so. funeral sermon for Mrs. Lane, cieties, particularly that of the Pro- preached by the Rev. Mr. Grove. festant Association, which took To her convictions she was open, place at the remarkable period be- faithful, firm, and persevering. fore alluded te, 1789, where he als She was opposed, yei stoud her ways took the side for moderate and ground; and in time, the Lord legal measures. For this he was brought opposing connections ta well calculated, having a very re- unite with her in the cause of God spectable appearance. Indeed, he and truth, in the year 1782. was endowed with a fruitful genius, Her piety was not of the superticial a strong memory, and a great flow kind; she had strong exercices, of words, strictly grammatical and dark seasons, sore temptations, but correct : but, what is far better, he was not left without suitable aid and was blessed with a tender heart, seasonable comforts. lier matcr. pitying eye, and a hand ever ready to nal trials are still in recollection; selieve ; and he particularly exerted but long-delayed prayer was kindly himself as a friend to the parishe answeredi. poor.

On the 6th of February, 1801, Towards the latter part of his died her wn, a young man unhape life, he was heavily afilicted with a pily distinguibed by almost every kind of nervous fever, which lay species of iniquity; who, after a long in bis head, and precluded him course of wickraness, broke the. from his former usefulness, for some heart both of father and mother ;, months before his death ;' and tho' yet, four months before he died, he was perceived to pray much, it the Lord soutene l, changed, and re. was private, and without speaking newed him ; and he gave the most to be heard by man. Some of his plcasing and satisfactory evidence, friends were greatly disappointed, that the vulture was become a who had formed a hope, that a lite dove. I witnessed the change; so usefully spent, would have been and his parents had joy in his death, closed with a triumphant death. beyond the sorrows of their life :-But this was not the will of God; but their wounds were too deep for

* Mr J. Brookes, of Tottenhamn.court Road; Mr. W. Phips, of Holborar; Mr. Jo Bangs, of Lyon's Inn; and Mr. Bishop.

healing, his father died three months therto hath the Lord brought me ; after, and his mother ten months af. now speel my way. It was soon ter her husband.

“Our days on done. She bed the 28th of March. earth are a shadow, and there is I am informed, that the day fort. none abiding." Her complicated right befo:e, she expressed it the bodily afdictions were the counter- Iruppiest of her life, in meditating poise of her natural bias of mind, on Ixlij.16,“ I will bring the blind which was sensitive and quick;" bilt hy a way that they knew not,” &c. her improper sentiments were very li may be a ked,Had she no im. transient. In moral justice, she perfections?' I reply, that she had no was exact to the smallest consider- perfection ; she could not have any aiion. Her love to the people of as a believer sanctified but in part; God was not partial, she loved those but she was complete in Christ; and of every name without distinction. all her imperfections are dropped Religiousexercises in her own family with her clay. Glory to God! she greatly enjoyed. The chapel It is my sincere prayer, that her was her delight while she had

near relations may be bettered by strength to reach it: there she saw her counsels ; and in future life, Der obligation to be her privilege. imitate her laudable example. “ Here," said she,“ is my home."


T. E. When she was prevented attending, sbe deeply felt the mercy of having the gospel nearer home; and how Dien lately at Rotterdam, at 2 tender a mother she proved in that very advanced age, Mynheer Cor. part of the Lord's Israel, to the nelius Van Brem, a gentleman not Si tis of Levi, the dead has wit- more eminent for every accomplishnessed *, and the living can. ment becoming a member of so

Her tenderness, sympathy, and li. ciety, and the successful merchant berality to the poor, Loudwater can of one of the first commercial cities testity, and its gratitude will not be in Europe, than for all those graces silent: her mind was generous; no

which adorn the Christian. Never instance of kindness was left unno- was the heart of man more sincerely ticed; small offerings had ample re- engaged in any undertaking, than turns. She had fixed her principles, this devoted servant of Christ was and aimed to act from thence ii in every thing which concerned the firm and sincere friendship. As to advancement of true religion in the divine things, her mind was teach- world. He bore a sart in the maable; she could receive instruction nagenient when able, or assisted from a ploughman truly taught, with his conntenance and advice, in with the same relish as from those whatever plans were concerted for who had drawn their knowledge dojug good 19 mankind. In him from the schools. She had much the Missionar cause has lost a zea. to wean her from the love of lite. lous supporter, and the Rotterdam In a letter to me, dated 25th of Feb. Society in particular, one whose she said, “ As to myself, I am very attachiment to its interest was not low; I llave weight upon weight, to be shaken by the convulsions of pressure upon pressure; but the end the state, nor altered by the chang. is at hand; I cannot stand many ing situations of any thing beneath more

If I had nothing the sun. The arrival of the Evanto do but recline myself into the gelical and Missionary Magazines arms of death, a dismission from in Rotterdam, brought to hiin good the body would be welcome ; but I news from a far country. His coul am weary of life, and yet not will. drank in vieir contents, like the ing to die." But soon was her parehed land the refreshing Vower. language altered! On my next and Nor could he be satisfied till his last interview, she repeated what countryma 2 were made acquainted had been upon her miod: “Hinder with the most imaterial intelligence me not. Keep me not tioni my fd- they contained. Accordingly, he ther's house." On being assisted used to transl::te them into Dutch,, io come down stair's, she said, “ Him and publish them for the encourage.

* Le Ror. Mr. Brodbelt.


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ment of all like-minded. Altho' thought upon his name; some of he never was in this country, his whom are now scattered throughout acquaintance with our language, the provinces, silvered over with and the many excellent books in years, and not only bearing marks divinity he had read, the produc of their earthly warfare, but endurtions of British authors, prepossess- ing hardness as good soldiers of the ed him much in our favour. With Lord Jesus. How faithfully this some valuable ministers in Britain worthy man executed the trust rehe frequently corresponded, and posed'in him, is known to many constantly enquired after them, in hundreds in Holland, and to a few terms which bespoke the warmest in this country. The appellation affection. Among many other pie- applied to him was truly verified ; ces, translated by him into Dutch, für with parental care he watched and which have met with equal suc. over all committed to his charge, cess in Holland as in England, were and had in return their unfeigned Booth's Reign of Grace, and Her- love. While scarce able to walk, vey's Theron and Aspasia; but his and to appearance near his end, yet translations of similar works were would he go about the duties of his numerous ; for no sooner did he office, in the exercise of morning meet with any thing which pleased and evening prayers, with a spirihim, than he immediately set about tuality very different from many in it; and the writer of this article such situations; who, because it saw him busily engaged, although makes a part of the rules and regu. bordering on ninety years of age, lations of the establishment, regard and with an inflamed eye, translat- it as a task, rather than a privilege. ing“ Dr. Rippon's Discourses on He also rejoiced to hear of the the All-sufficent Gracious Assistance success of the London Missionary of the Spirit of Christ,” &c. In Society; and assisted it by his frehim likewise, the Scots Church of quent fervent prayers, Rotterdain has lost one of her It may be remaiked, that both of brightest ornaments. Although a these good men, with many others native of Holland, that he might in Holland, deepiy lamented the for strengthen the hands and encourage fects of French principles in that the hearts of our countrymen in a country ; -and how justly they did foreign land, he became a member, so, only those who have had an and was, many years ago, choses opportunity of seeing their effects one of her elders. This trust he can judge.

R. 0. continued to exercise, to the satisfaction of all, till his death ; which

APRIL 28th, died at Philadelis much regretted by those eminent servants of Christ, Messrs. phia, the Rev. Mr. Ustick, Mimisa Ross and McPhail, ministers of that city. His funeral-sermon was

ter of the first Baptist church in the church, and every Christian in the country to whom he was

preached by his colleague, Dr. W.

" Our known,


Rogers, from John xi. 11,
friend Lazarus sleepeth.” He was

in his fiftieth year.
LIKEWISE died about the same
time, Mr. James Maclean, father of

RECENT DEATH. the English Orphan, or Workhouse, Amsterdam. He had been SATURDAY Morning, June 11, in early life a private soldier, and died the Rev. Jeremiah Newell, afterwards a serjeant in the Scotch Vicar of Great Missenden, &c. who brigade, long in the service of the preached the last sermon before the States of Holland ; in which regi- Missionary Society. We hope to ment, as likewise in others from that present our readers with a short country, were found a remnant of memoir of this excellent man in a those who feared the Lord and future Number,


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