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some time before they fought; but, deluded by a false notion of honour, believing their courage would be called in question if they did not fight, ther armed themselves with swords and pistols. went, without any malice, in the same coach, to the place where the matter was to be decided ; and on the first discharge of the pistols, Sir Choinley was mortally wounded, and died a lew days after, lamenting the umbappy occasion, and that none of their friends would be so good as to endeavour to make up the matter before they fought; for it seems there were some days between the challenge and the engagement: nor was Mi. Thornbill less aßicted than his dying friend, for the unfortunate muriler which that false notion of honour bad in, cited him to commit on a gentleman in whose defence he would readily have ventured his own life at another time. I have related this the more largely, that gentlemen, reflecting on this unhappy adventure, may, when passionate words are let fall, deliberate a little before they run headlong to their own destruction. It has been observed, that the Romans, the bravest men that ever ruled the world, gave no encouragement to this practice of daelling. They thought there was more honour in passing by an affront, than resenting it; especially in so outrageous a manner. The highest point of honour among them was, the saving the life of a fellow citizen ; and among us, no man is thought brave till he has murdered a friend : and shall Christians, whose very characteristic is a forgiving benevolent temper, become more savage than heathens, by encouraging these barbarous encounters: The Parliament, it is true, was so sensible of the inhumanity of the practice, that a bill was brought in this sessions (1711) to prevent the infamous practice of duelling; but it was unaccountably dropped; and we have yet no law that sufficiently restrains gentlemen from cutting the throats of their friends and relations! for that absurd notion still prevails, That he is a scoundrel who refuses to be a murderer!

See Memoirs of the Life and Reign of Q. Anne. In reading the anecdote, in your last Number, upon "Infidel Wit repelled,” I was reminded of a certain minister, who was more busied in the pleasures of the chace than in superinterding the souls of his flock. This gentleinan, one day, meeting with little sport, proposed to entertain his companions at the expence of an inoffensive Quaker, whom he had often very rudely ridiculed ; and who was then approaching them. Immediately he rode up briskly to him, saying, “Obadiah, have you seen the hare?" — Why, neighbour, hast thou lost him?' said the honest Quaker. “ Lost bim! yes, indeed."

Then replied be, 'If I were the hare, I would run where I ain sure thou wouldst never find me.' “ Where the D- is that?" said the blustering son of Nimrod. Why, neighbour, the other answered, I would run into thy study.' M. W,

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Obituary.

WILLIAM HUGHES. abled to leave them all in the hands

of the Lord ; -- I have never given I LEARN, from the church-books. myself a moment's uneasiness about that about nine years have elapsed them." since he was called by rrace. Тle 1113 patience was equal to his re. had frequently ittende i the preach. signation. Not a murmur escaped ing of the gospel; but the solemn from his lips during a long and pain. providence of a brother's death ful confinement. He was enabled first seriously alarmed his mind, eminently to illustrate the resoluand made hiin direct his views to tion of pious Job,“ all the days of eternal things. He was admiited my appointed time will I wait, till member of a Christian church, in my change come.I saw him in Banbury, in the year 1757 ; and one of the severest attacks of his since that time he has filled up the pains occasioned by wounds made stations of a husband, a father, a in different parts of his body, thro' servant, and a member of a Chris. long co:finement; but while writhtian Society, with comfort to him. ing with agony, lie was employed self, satisfaction to others, and hon- in admiring the gowdness of Gud, our to the cause of religion. He or praying for divine assistance in had a pleasing gift for prayer; and his exigeiicy :

Lord !” he exthe church will doubtless feel his claimed," look upon a poor unloss, at their social meetings for this worthy sinner, and seni? lielp from purpose. The affliction which ter- above.” Had I then been required minated his death was a rapid de. by an infidel, to prove the excet cline. This fatal disorder, in the lency of Christianity, I could not course of a few months, reduced a have done better than to have taken vigorous frame of body to a truly lim to the sick chamber of this dedeplorable spectacle ; but while parting Christian ; while should his outward man decayed, liis in- have been induced to exclaiın, with ward man was renewed day by day. holy triumph, “ Here is the patiHe enjoyed an astonishing share of ence of tlie saints !" the divine presence; and in him the His faith was strong, and founded pronrise was amply verified, “ As on the Rock of Ages. It was his thy day is, so shall thy strength be.” privilege to be assured of his inteHis conversation, in his last mo- rest in a covenant God. When I ments, will display the wonderful once asked him the state of his combination of Christian graces mind, he replied, " I bless God I which richly adorned this departed can say I know in whom I have besaint.

lieved,” &c. It was his felicity to His resignation was great. He be enabled to streach out the hand had not many montis been united of Faith, and appropriate the prowith an agreeable pious partner;:

mises of the gospel to his urgent he was the parent of an engaging necessities. A few times the sunchild, about six or seven years old, shine of Comfort was intercepted the fruits of a former marriage; by clouds; but he was sensible that he was in the prime of life, and re- his doubts were the offspring of a spected by all who knew him, yet, tempter, working upon a weak from the first prospect of death, he franje; and he carried them to God, never breathed a wish for a longer and received satisfactory and conrespite ; but left all his affairs in soling answers from the throne of the hands of God. When I first grace. At one time he said, “I went to see him, I asked liim par- am still enabled to rest upon a faithticularly, how his mind was af- fțl covenant-keeping God. Blessed fected respecting his worldly con- be God! he is the same yesterday, cerns ?. His reply was, “ I am en. to-day, and fur erer.” At another

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time, when doubts had intervened, nearly past, are spared. An affecte he said, “I have been feasting on ing instance of this kind, has lately that promise, “When thou passest been experienced in the family of through the waters,” &c. - and Mr. Graham, of Newbury, whose sirengthened by a dependence on eldest daughter died on the 28th of its eternal truth, he added, “ Yea, May, aged seventeen last Christo though I walk through the val- mas - day. The influenza, with ley," &c.

which she was seized in March, His love to his Redeemer was ar- Jeft her in a very languid state, and dent. How did he long to depart settled upon her lungs; and proved and be with Christ! How free the cause of her dissolution, after quently did he repeat, “ Comé, nearly eleven weeks illness, borne Lord Jesils, come quickly! Do in an exemplary manner with Chriscome, dearest Lord !” Nor can I tian resignation forget his once laying his hand on The Lord, in infinite mercy, very his heart, and appealing seriously early in life enabled her to seek him, to Heaven, in the language of a as her only portion ; and to prefer zealous disciple of old, “ Lord, afiliction with the people of God, thou krowest all things; thou to the enjoyment of the pleasures knowest that I love thee."

of sin. At six years of age she had His hope was truly animated. I strong convictions of sin ; which led will mention ane instance: -- When her to cry to God, in secret prayer, I called one day, he was fronized for pardon. At that time she had with pain, and groaning beneath learnt, and repeated to her parents, his tortures. I stood by the bed. “ Dr.Warts`s Hymns for Children;" side io silence. He suddenly raised but it was the ninth hymn, on “The his head, and lifted up his hands to all-sceing God," that more particuHeaven, while his dying eyes beam burly affected her mind, especially ed with inexpressible delight, and the second and last verses ; toge. exclaimed, with equal energy of ex- ther with reading that excellent pression, “ Look into one, and be book, “ Janeway's Token for Chilo. ye saved all ye ends of the earth!” dren.". Hereby she was led to re.

His humility was an ornament to fect that prayer, and even secret the whole of these graces. Asit duty, were not acceptable in God's it is an established custom at Ban. sight, uniess from the heart. From bury, on the deth of a member, to this time she had a clear view of improve the event by a funeral- herself as a sinful creature ; and sermon, he selected Rev. xiv. 13, undone, without an interest in as suitable for the occasion ; but Christ. Family-religion, and the requested that the latter clause instructions of her parents, were sivuld be left out, sensible that he much blessed to the establishment was a poor uworthy servant of of her mind. At the age of thir. Christ; however, after an explana- teen, she had a strong desire to join tion of the nature of the passage, he the church of Christ, under the lef: it to the minister's pleasure. pastoral care of the Rev.J. Winter; ko ste qe in Jesus, May 27, aged but was fearful of being rejected on thirty-one. His funeral-sermon was account of her age. Sometine preached by Mr. Cobbin, at the afterwards, clearly seeing it to be New Chapel, Banbury, on the Sab- her duty, she opened her mind to a bath evening after his interment, to friend; and was cheerfully ad. a large and crowded auditory. mitted, to the entire satisfaction of Banbury.

J. C.

every inember, as well as to the

great comfort of her parents, at MISS GRAHAM.

the age of fifteen. Ker walk and

deireanor, as a follower of Christ, T3 Lord's dealings in provia was truly consistent, and gained dence are often very mysterios, her the esteem and attection of her especially 1:bereavements. Onten Christian friends; and indeed of are the young soatched away by all in the circle of her acquaint. death in the bloom of lite; and the a ce ; among whom she was cala kure aged, whose usefulness seems neştiy desirous of being usefula Mr. Wilks preached his till about two o'clock in the morn: funeral-sermon.

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OBITUARY,

395 The Lord denied not her request. ing, of the 28th of May. After a

A testimony of this has been re- very restless night, she said to the ceived by her parents since her de- servant and a friend who sat up cease, from a school at Islington, with her, “I am very sleepy: lay where she for some time resided *. me down, that I may go to sleep: She also bore an active part in the She did so, and never awoke again; Sunday - schools at Newbury; in sweetly falling asleep in Jesus, which she took much delight. without a groan or sigh.

At the commencement of her ill. This striking providence was suitness, her mind was very uncom- abiy improved by her pastor, on fortable for about a fortnight; and the morning of the next Sabbath Satan was permitted to tempt and after her interment, from Prov.viii. disturb her. After this, however, 17 ; and, in the evening, to young her mind was brought into a sweet, persons, by his assistant-minister calm, and serene frame; which Mr, Philp, from Prov. iii. 17. continued to the last period of her

W, G. existence. Quite resigned to the will of God, her desire (as she often

SUDDEN DEATH, expressed it) was to lie passive in his hand, and know no will but his; On July 26, died, in the thirtyand that her affliction night not be seventh year of his age, the Rev. removed till sanctified. Frequently, R. Densham, late itinerant preacher when her parents inquired into the at Petersfield, and the adjacent vilstate of her inind, and said, they lages, under the patronage of the were fearful she would not recover,

Society called The Village [linerury, - she answered, “ I am quite come of which the late Rev. J. Eyre was fortable; I have no fear as to the Superintendant and Treasurer. Mr. consequences of death, for I know Densham, on the 25th, had taken a in whom I have believed :" but one-horse chaise, with intent to (her affection for them being so

meet Mr. Wilks and another mem. strong) she could not bear to con- ber of the Society at Haslemere, verse about parting. When talk about twelve miles from Peters ing one day with a pious friend, field; where they had appointed to who expressed her doubts and fears meet, to consult upon the propriety as to her own state, - she said, “ I of erecting a place of worship in have had a thousand doubts and that borough. On coming into fears; but, I bless God, they are

the town, the horse took tright, all removed ! I think it is sinful for ran with violence into an inn-yard, you to encourage them.” When where the chaise was overset, and asked by her mother, the morning Mr. Densham, falling with his head before she died, “Do you still love against the stable, had his soull Jesus? is he precious to you ? and tractured. The best medical help your only hope?'

She replied, was immediately procured, but “ I should be very sorry if my love without effect; for, about three were so soon turned away. What o'clock, the next morning le exshould I now do? And were it pired. -- The reader will judge of possible for me to spend an eter- the sudden pang that scized the nity of what the world calls Plea- friend.; their pleasures were turna sure, I would gladly resign it all to ed into Sorrow in a moment; and be with Christ!” When her şuf- pen cannot describe how greatly la. ferings were pitied (for it was 'dis- menied he died, having been much tressing to hear her breathe) she belover and owned in his ministry. said, “ What is my suffering, com- On the following Thursday lie was pared to that of Christ! all his inte:red in the chapel at Peters. dealings to me have been mercy.” field, under the pulpir, where, but She still grew weaker; having had four days before, he had been deno refreshing sleep, without medic livering two very impressile disa cal assistance, for nearly te i weeks,

Coor.es.

* Mrs, Colçorvok and the Miss Martins, of Colebrooke Cow,

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

The History of the Origin and

Transactions of the Missionary
Society, &c.

[Concluded from our last] We have already mentioned the extraordinary cunversion of Dr. Vanderkemp: lil a second Letter, the Doctor adds,

“ You desire to have an account of some particulars respecting the conversion of my soulio Christ.

“ Christianity, to me, once appeared in. consistent with the dictates of reason ; --the Bible, a collection of incoherent opi. nions, tales, and pr judicis. As to ine person of Christ, I looked at first upon him as a man of sense and learning, but who, by kis opposition to the established ecclesiastical and political maxims of the Jews, became the object of their hate, and the victim of his owo system. I often cele. brated the memory of his death by partaking of the Lord's Supper ; but, some tine after, retlecting that he termed himself the Son of God, and pretended to do miracles, be lost ail my former vene. ration

“I then prayed that God would prepare me, by punishing my sins, for virtue and happiness, and I thanked him for every misfortune; but the first observation 1 made was, that though I was oftentimes severely chastised, it did not make ing viser or better. I th refore again prayed to God, that he would show me, in every instance, the crime for which I was punished, that I might know and avcid it ; but finding this vain, I teared that I sbould Dever, perhaps, be corrected in this life by punishment. Siil I hopea linicht bs de. Jivered from pioral tril, aitor digih, in some kind of purgatory, by & seveier punishment; yet rellecting that punishment bad proved itself uiterly inca cual to produce even the lowest degree of virtue in my soul, I was constrained in acknowledge ihar my theory, though it seemed by a priori reasoning well grounded, was tón tally refuted by experience; and I concluded, it was entirely out of the reach of any reason to discover the truc road to virtue and happiness. I confessed this my impotence and blindness to God; and owned myself, as a blind man, who had Jost his way, and waited in hope that sume benevolent man would pass by, and lead me into the right way. -- Thus I waited upon God, that he would take me

by the hand, and lead me in the way ever

lastng.

"I could not however entirely get rid of the idea of being corrected by means of pinistinent ; and I still looked on thic doctrines of Christ's deity and atonement as useless and blasphemous, though I care. fuily kept this my opinion secret.

• Such was the state of iny mind, whers, on the 27th of Juot, 1791, sailing in a boat, with my wife and daughter, for amusement, suddenly a water-spout overtook us, and turning the boat in an instaud upside down, we were sunk before we ape prehended any danger. Both my dearest relations were drowned, and I was carried down by the stream above a mile; and must soon lvave infallibly been lo't also, as from the violence of the storm, no pere son could attempt to approach the wreck, and it was supposed we must all have per rished togrther:

But now

the Lord stretched forth his hand to deliver me:a sironger vessel, lying in the port of Dort, was, by the stormi, rent from its moorings, and blown out of the port towards me, till the men on board thought they discovered a person floating on the side of the wreck, and rescued me from the jaws of death.

“ I considered this terrible event as the severest punishment that could be inflicted on me ; and saw, the next day, as clear as the light, that it had no more power ta correct me than all the loriner providences, and hence concluded my state to be des. perate, and that God abandoned me as ine cutable by correction.

“ The next Senday I went to the church where the Lord's Supper was to be admi• nistered; and though it seemed inconsiste ent with my principles to join in the praises of one whom i süll held to be as ispostor, yet, being asha'ned to withdraw fi on the table, I placed myself among the communicants; but, in order to di. vert my thoughts from the objret of the solemnity, I directed them to God nearly in his kind of medication : -"My God, I could not acquiesce in thy dealings with me, 1788 subit it to thy will; but now I

I chuse to be deprived of my wife and whild, because it is thy will ;-accept them from my hands :- I trust entirely on thes,"

" Ar this moment these words were re presented to my imagination, with an over-ruling authority, “Do not trust them to God, but to me.' I started at the strange idea of not trusting to God, not could I conceive the paradox. I felt mye

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