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where Samuel presided. Instead of recourse to arms, he seeks the advice and prayers of that man of God, who had assured him of the throne of Israel. Here the blood-bounds of Saul pursue and find him ; but, behold the power of God! they are turned into lambs ; for “when the messengers of Saul saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.” Surprizing change! It is good to " wait at Wisdom's gates, and watch at the posts of her doors," for there, frequently, the Lord commands the blessing," even upon those led there by curiosity, yea, by malice. Hardened Saul, unconvinced, unsubdued, sends a second, and a third, set of messengers; the event is the same; they are restrained, and they also unite with the sacred college in sentiments of piety and praise. At length Saul, probably suspicious of the fidelity of luis servants, or charging them with weakness and enthusiasm, undertakes the task himself; when, lo! before he reaches the place, he also begins to piophecy; strips ofi* his royal, or military garb, and, prostrate on the ground for a whole day and a whole night, is consțrained, by a supernatural ecstacy, to becoine a prophet too. Well might a proverbial phrase take its rise from this strange event! - Is Sául also among the Prophets ?
Too often, alas, the proverb is literally verified. Men, care nal and wicked as Saul, thrust themselves into the sacred office; perhaps obtain gifts, popularity, and success: they are changed, but not sanctihed. But the use we would make of this striking story is this, --- It shews the power of God's Spirit over the spirits of men : let them rage and threaten as much as they please, they are altogether at the Lord's disposal. “ Their hearts are in his hand, and he turneth them, as the rivers of water, whithersoever he will.” He is at no loss to make the wrath of man to praise him, or to restrain it at his pleasure. Let us apply this to the present state of our threatened country, and let it be an argument for confidence in God.
ENQUIRY CONCERNING THE SAMARITANS.
There is a curious account, in “Lewis's Antiquities of the Hebrew republic," respecting the modern Samaritans. He has first given a confession of faith, sent by their high priest Eleazar, in the name of the Synagogue of Sichem, to the great Scaliger, about the year 590*. Mr. Jones, of Tewksbury, intimates, that they sent two letters to Scaliger t: but I would wish principally to excite the attention of the most curious of your readers, to a letter sent from the Samaritans of Sichem, about a century later, to their brethren in England #; by which Lewis, vol. III. chap. xii. p. 57.
† MS. Notæ in Goodwini Mosem & Aaronem. Lewis has inserted the whole Lefter, vol. III, chap. xiii. p. 60–63.
CONCERNING THE SAMARITANS. - ANECDOTE. 537 à, appears, that a number of Samaritans were then resident, and had a synagogue in London. This letter was sent by the hands of Dr. Huntingdon, who had visited Sichein; and gave the Samaritans an account of their English brethren. The foriner says, “ That R. Huntingdon, an uncircumcised, is arrived here from Europe, and has acquainted us, that you are a great people, composed of men, pure and holy, like ourselves; and. that you
have sent liim to desire of us a Copy of the Law; to whom we would not give credit, till he had written before us some characters of the holy language, in order to assure you that we have the same Mosaic region that you profess." Never having been able to get any farther information of these English Samaritans, nor to get the sight of Dr. Huntingdon's Letters, I should be much gratified if any of your correspondents can impart any information concerning them.
Are there any particulars concerning a synagogue of Samaritans meeting in London, towards the close of the seventeenth century? when did they come into England? and do any of them yeț remain ? Or, was it a mere artifice of Dr. Fluntingdon, to obtain a copy of the Pentateuch from the Samaritans at Sichem, by intimating to them, that there were a people in England who worshipped the same God; and wished for a copy of their law ? I lately began to suspect this may have been the case, though Lewis gives no intiination of the kind.
Dr. Huntingdon was made Bishop of Rapho, in Ireland; but died twelve days after his consecration, in the year 1701. He had been, in earlier life, chaplain at Aleppo, froin 1670 to 1681, and travelled through Galilee and Samaria; at which time it was, I suppose, that he visited Sichem, and there obtained a copy of the Samaritan Pentateuch, and two other books, to be conveyed to their brethren in England; from whom they, in return, asked for a copy of the Book of Joshua. - Lampe, in his Coinmentary on Julin I, refers to Dr. Huntingdon's Letters, as published in 170+; and afterwards mentions the Letter of the Samaritans to their English Brethren Il
S. C. Vol. I. p. 710.
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A Person meets another returning, after having heard a popular preacher, and says to him, “ Well
, I hope you have been highly gratified :” • Indeed I have;' replied the other. • I wish I could have prevailed on you to hear him; I am sure you would never bave relished any other preacher afterwards. * Then," returned the wiser Christian, “I am determined I never will hear him; for I wish to hear such a preacher as will give me so high a relish and esteem for the word of God, that I shall receive it with greater eagerness and delight whenever it is delivered.
MR. B. STENNETT, was on the brink of eternity. Hai
my wounds been fatal, I must here Was born at Torling, in Essex, perished for ever. All this struck March 18, 1752.
His father was a me so forcibly one night in bed, useful minister in that place ; and that I'wept sorely, and proposed do descended from a family which, for myselt a new way of life.' I read near a century, had honourably the Bible, and prayed constantly supported the ministerial charac- every night for a month ; but all ter. His mother likewise was the this was conviction only.
I re. daughter of a pious minister, at turned again to pleasure and va. Colchester. Sprung from a family Rity.". Thus, as the messages of devoted to the service of the sanc- grace had been neglected, the ter.. tuary, we cannot wonder that his rors of an immediate prospect of parents wished to have trained him death were equally unsuccessful : up for the same work; but the nor was it till some time after he death of his worthy parent, who was married that he was brought in Jeft a widow and three young chil.
earnest to seek the God of his iner. dren to lament his loss, frustrated cies. Of this, he speaks thus: this design, His son Benjamin was .“ In July 1780, my sisier Susanna, then only nine years old; but in the came to town to assist my dear year 1762, Dr. Stennett and his wife during her confinement. On sisters brouglı him to London, and the first evening I read a chapter; put him to business.'
when she immediately said, 'Wirat, Like most Christians who have brother, do you neglect prayer ?" been favoured with a religious edu- This much affected me; and I had cation, he was the subject of early the most dreadful sight of my lost convictions. He was oiten, when state. Soon , after, a dear friend quite a child, atlected much under camie ; and I opened my mind to the word; but he soon relapsed her. She told ine that the blood into a state of indifference, and left of Christ was sufficient to cleanse a convincing proof that the word from all sin; and urged mę not to had as yet found no place in him. give way to unbeliet, to which the In his twenty-fourth year, intend Tempter was persuading me. jog a Sabbath-Day's pleasure, he From that time I endeavoured to hired a liorse to go to Lufield: the take courage, and began to find horse was very spirited; but went
comfort from the words of peace well till he got to Tottenham, in the gospel.” when he ran up to a carriage with Since this period, he appears to such-violence, that his rider was have been deeply affected with the very near having his leg broke.
mercy of God; and regarded him. However, he threw it off the saddle, self as such a miracle of grace, that and stood in the other stirrup. he felt the irt most humility while While thus endeavouring to extri- taking encouragement from the pros cate himself, his spur struck the mises of God. In August he joined horse, who ran ofi, and dragged the church in Little Wild Street, him for some yards with his head then under the care of Dr. Stennett. to the ground, when providentially In this church he was a. worthy his lég got loose. He was taken tip member for near twenty-one years, muchi hurt; but a surgeon having when some arrangements taking dressed the wound, he was at last place which did not meet his views, got to town. During this illness, he was dismissed to the church in he says, "My feelings, at the time Dean Street, under the care of the of the accident, were brought to Rev. Mr. Button; where he conmy recollection. The horse dragged .tinued highly respected till his de: me, - my eyes striking fire : -I cease,
539 On Wednesday, April 20, 1803, Mr. Button called, conversed and he had symptonis of a vivient bi- prayed with him ; and went away lious complaint; but no immediate rejoicing on his account: and as danger was apprehended till Mon- he did not expect to see Mr.Button day, -On Tuesday it was too evi- any more, he begged a friend to say dent to admit of doubt, that a mor- that he wished him to improve the tification had taken place; and Mrs. event, by preaching from : Junni. Sennett was inforned of it. About 7, “ The blood of Jesus Christ, his hoon she was enabled to tell him Son, cleanseth us from ail sin." of it. He replied, “ It is all well!” In the evening, Mr. Brooksbank • For you, my dear,” said she, it came in. Before he went to prayer, may ; but for me, - He said, Mrs. Stennett asked the deceased, “ Yes, my de:r, for you too; and What he should pray for ? He I trust you will be enabled to say looked earnestly at her, and said, so, and to put your trust in God, "He can ask nothing for me but who will fulfil his promises. Re- what I shall be in full possession of member, “ thy Maker is thy hus- very soon; but let him pray, if it band; the Lord of Hosts is his would please God, to grant me an name." Yes; he will be a Father easy dismission.” Expressing mucha to my children, and a Husband to affection for Mr. Brooksbank, he
Cait you,' said she, “so aiterwards requested that he miglit easily resign us? He sweetly an- preach from Acts iv. 12, “Neither swered, “ Flesh and blood cannot is there salvation in any other.” do it; but I know in whom I have Seeing Mrs. Stennett overwhelmed believed. I can leave you in the with grief, he said, “ Pray, my hands of a faithful God." He en- love, endeavour to compose your quired, How long it was supposed spirits." She exclaimed, "What he should continue ?
a task !' He replied, “I wish it, that the apothecary thought twen- my dear, for your own sake, and ty-four hours would determine, that of the dear children; but if he said to Mrs. Stennett, “ My that is not enough, pray do it for dear, do not deceive yourself. My my sake! It would give me great complaint is too near my heart : plea ure," said he, " to see ail my I shall not live twelve.sHe then dear children before I die; but conversed with the greatest com- that cannot be *. The Lord's will posure; and observed, that the be done !" He then addressed calm he now felt arose from a full four of his children who were at persuasion that he was interested in home, in the most affectionate the atonement made by Christ for and solemn manner. -- Mrs. Stensinners. In the course of the after- nett left the room, while the youngnoon, he spoke very affectionately est child was taken to him, á little to several friends, of repeating, boy, three years old, of whom bie ** He hath loved me, and washed was passionately fond. Не сх. .' me from my sins in his own blood.” pressed a desire to see all the faHe was scarcely silent through the mily; and spoke to them, indiviremainder of the day ; and when dually, of the pleasures of religion, it was observed to him, That he exhorting them to choose that good had not been used to preach, tho' part which should never be taken now, at his death, he was become from them. a preacher, he replied, " My He continued sensible till about time is short; and I wish to say all one o'clock on Wednesday; and I can for God." He looked seve. expired about twenty ininutes atter. ral times very earnestly at Mrs. wards, without a struggle or a Stennett, and said, “Oh, my dear, groan, April 27, 1803, aged fittythe last !", She said, “The Lord In his dying moments, he will not leave you.' He replied, appears to have been peculiarly fa. * It is sometimes a hard struggle; voured. From some expressions, but at even-tide it will be light."- it would seem that he had very
• His eldest son, Mr. S. Stennett, has foor some time been in Dublin, preaching to the Baptist corgregation ineeting in Swill's Aley
clear manifestations of heavenly
RECENT DEATHS happiness. Once he was heard to whisper, with great earnestuess, “I
OF MINISTERS. am coming, I am coming!" JULY 21, 1803, died at Trowe When asked what he meant, - he bridge, the Rev Nic. Cross, in the replied, “I thought I heard a seventy-second year of his age In voice, saying, Come up hither." the year 1780, he resigned his Yet, at the same time, he disco: charge, through growing infirmi. vered the most perfect rationality, ties, after having been xar thirty and knew all who spoke to him as years Minister of the Independent well as in any part of his life. congregation in that tov. On
Though he moved not in any the 28th, his remains were interred public sphere, yet in private life, in the family vault in the Mecung. his character was marked with a house Yard, his pall being borne good degree of respectability and by six ministers ; and his summer.l. usefulness. The strictest integrity sermon was preached by his sucwas manifested in all his conduct, cessor, from Heb. vi. 19. combined with the greatest gerie- Also, more recently, the Rev. rosity. His equanimity of mind in and aged Mr. Allison, of Ponder's bearing troubles, was truly remark. Ead. Also the Rev. Mr. Brown, able; especially as it was connected of Harlow. with that sympathetic benevolence. Nov. 3, died suddenly, the Rev. which could weep witk those that C. Parsons, Minister of the Gospel, wept, and rejoice with those that at Kington, Warwickshire, aged rejoiced.
sixty-ei, hı. On the following Sa. As a Chri tian, he was sincere turday, after attending his remains and consistent. His religion was to the grave, his death was im. niore real than ostentations. With proved in a funeral-sernon, preachout the least tendency to ented by Mr. Moody, of Warwick. siasın, lie was zealously concerned The grief manifested by the whole for the spread oi divine truth; and village, but especially by the conthough not forward in obtruding gregation, was niore than language his sentiments on others, yet when- can weil express. ever they were introduced, he spoke On Friday, Nov. 4, died the Rev. with such fervour as demonstrated R. De Courcy, near thirty years the strength of his atiachment to Vicar of St. Alkmond's, Shrews them, and his affectionate desire bury, where his ministerial labours that others might become interested have been abundantiy blessed and in the blessings of the gospel. owned among all surts of people.
He had his failings; but few were His view of the Gospel was clear more sensible of them than himself; and evangelical ; and he held forth and no one felt inore of his own the Word of Lite with an energy 21 worthiness at a throne of grace, and pathos which seldom failed io He walked closely with God, -yet effect his congregation in the most he had his fears; and perhaps many sensible manner. - His death is who had not half his piery, have supposed to have been brought boasted of greater confidence. He on by the bursting of a blood. was both a Christian in heart and, vessel. His remains were inan exemplary Christian; for in terred at Shawbury, on the gth, every walk of life lie adorned the attended by a considerable number doctrine of God his Saviour. How of his friends, who were anxious to tender as a husband, how affec- render to his memory this last tri. tionate as a parent, the writer of bute of respect. this narrative, with the most punsent feelings can declare ; and cellent men, we hope, in the course
Of several of the above exwhile he drops a tear at the memory of the guide of his youth, readers with interesting Memoirs ;
of the next year, to present our rejoices in bearing his testimony to that excellence which he has so Correspondents who may be able
and strall be obliged to any of our often witnessed !
to assist us with materials.