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satisfaction to his friends, respect, From her first seizure, with a ing the views he had of death and an paralytic stroke, she expected the eternal world, were repeated a few resul, and spoke of it with much days before his death. He said, in resignation and composure. She reply, he could not say that he had had glorified God loy her life, and go much of the feeling sense of the found hiin to be the strength of her puresence of God as he liad hiari and heart, and her portion in death. read of some Christians enjoying; ler references to the Saviour were but he thought the Lord made this frequent and affectionate. She np to him in sleep. " Yet i know," would repcał, saiel he, « in whom I have believed,

66 Other refuge have I none : and have not the least doubt of being Hangs my helpless soul on thee." happy," To a serious friend, who ikked him if he had any desire to

Extending her hand, she said, live, he answerod, “Not unless ii “Let me touch the hem of his garwas to do good.” About five o'clock ment.” When drinking cold water, on ihe day lię died, iny mother told se compared it to the water of life, him, she thought he would not have " of which," she said, “ L'am going long to suffer sere; he answered, in drink, and I shall eat too of the " I hope not; and, wiih a cheer- bread of life, and of the hidden ful smile looked up, and said,


She notice the con. See the kind angels at the gates,

mencement of the Sabhall, sayiog, Inviting us to come ;

"Ismail non joli theas andiy ihich There Jesus the Forerunner waits,

never breaks mp;" and immediaicis To welcome sinners home,

added, " There shall I see his face ; A short time after, he said, “O

and never, never, never, sin.” The that I might awake up in glory!"

evening previous to her seizure, she

hcard M. " Not,” added be, as if checking

from these words, himself , “ that I wish to get rid of these words she frequentiy repealed

Who makeih tree to door!” suffering here." Many other remarks be made, but they could not

with forvent gratitude. The 1031 be distinctly bcard. From this iime psalm being read, she dwell with his difficuliy in breathing increased,

emphasis on the words “Childrens' and he seemed much in prayer till

children," expressing an carnest nine o'clock, when he bicaved his

desire to see all her grandchildren in

Heaven. last without a grvan or sigli, and

Being supported by one

of her children, she said, “ May God heemed perfeciiy sensible till the last

put his everlasting arms around you." minule,

She adverted ofien to these lines, Thus died this respectable and much lamenied young man, ai the

" Jesus, thy blood and righteousness age of 20, The gospel he had enle Niy beauties are, my glorious dress." braced, and which it was his ardent

"The vein of scriptural sentiment, wish to publish among dying mon, and the joy which pervaded her last was found by himseli to be an eñec

momenis, were equally astonishing tual solace in the exiremities of sick,

and delightful. So may her child. ness and death. Though not permit.

réli, and so may all our readers, take ted to enter fully upon tlie work of their leave of surviving friends and ile the ministry, liis Divine Master sees

world. Her funeral sermon actions in Ine designs that lead to preached to the numerous branches them; and has already said, "Il

of her family, and to a large conwas well that it was in thinc heart."

grogativii, by Mr. Porter, from

Paaun ļxxiii. 24.
Dep al Bazing December 9, 1806,
in the 70:1 year of her age, Mrs.

RECENT DEATH, 6. Erill, forty-hve years member of Dec, 23d, died the Rev. M. Pows the Lapist Church now under the ley, W. A. 'twenty-nine years' Picar panora, çare of Mr. Porter

bi bewsbury, near Wakefield.



A Catechism for the Us of all the Q. Why are we bound to all these

Churches in che French Empire. duties?”' &c.
Translated from the french, with The answer refers first to God, who
Prefino and Votes, by David Bogue, creares Empires, avil who distributes
1 2m0, 38, 6d.

them according to his will, “ in load

ing our Emperor with layoutss and Wuen this publication was first an- who has made him his image on earth 1.* nounced, no small degree of curiosity it is also addeit, because " he is bea was excited; but the perusal of it will

come the anointed of the Lord, by the turn that curiosity into astonishment, consecration which he has received front for no Protestant could have expected,

the Chief Pontifi, head of the Unis after what has lappened in France, that

versal Church." such a production should have issued

The editor justly observes, that "the from the national press. It might have moral duties which it specifies, are all been hoped that the experience of

on one side ; and that what inferiors France, in the efica of her religious

owe to their superiors, is minutely de: absurdities and murmeries, which cer- tailed and sternly enjoined ; but what tainly gave occasion to the Revolution, superiors owe to their inferiors, will bå and swelled that torrent of Inidelity sought for in vain ; for not a word oil and Atheism which carried all before i,

the subjeit is to be found.” would have prevailed to render their

In short, we may see from this spea new formula less exceptionable that cimen, that whatever light is diffused that which originated in the ages of

in the world, Popery appears to be palpable darkness : but we are here still the same; and, disgusted as the surprized to find all the former errors rational reader will be at many things and superstitions of the Papal church which he will meet with in this Catea restored, restored by the authority chism, he may indulge a hope, that illa of a man who has proved himself an retention of all the old and prepostera arch-infidel !

ous absurdities of the Papal church The infallibility of the church, the

may have a favourable influence on the distinction between mortal and venial

Protestants France, in rendering gins, the seven sacraments, transan)..

Popery more abominable to them; anit stantiation, confessiou to the Priest, in

in inducing thinking persons to forsake dulgences, satisfaction, purgatory, the the Roman Catholic church, and unite worship of created beings, are all re- themselves to a purer body. The ridiz tained, but very properly animadverted culous zeal of Bonaparte will probably upon by the worthy editor, whose in.

produce the same happy efect, for he troduction and notes do him much

labours to restore what, after the dea honour. Mr. Bogue observe ;, that the

tection of the impostures of priestcraft sources from whence the Catechism is

in the revolution, might have heert drawi), are the Apocrypha and Tradi

thought impossible, -- the reverence tion, and not the divinely inspired for relics ! for we are assured that he Scriptures of truth. Indeed, it is bas lately transporterl, with soleinn chietiy copied from that of Bossuet,

pomp from Italy, the identical crown of the celebrated Bishop of Meaux (the incins worn by our Saviour ! zealous defender of Popery against On the whole, we think that this puh: the Protestants, in the days of Louis lication will have a valuable tendency 1 rtvih) a principal design of the work it will render the British Protestant seems to be to establish the authority thankful for cieliverance from the sys: of Napoleon, as will appear from the tem of Popisla error, au : careful ta following questions, &c.

resist any attempt tisat may be made “Q. What are the daties of Chris- for its revival in this country. tians in regard to the princes who govern them ? and in particular, What are our duties towards Napoléou I, our Emperor:

Oriental Custons, or ai illüstration af " A. Christians owe to the princes

the Sacred Scriptures, cse.

By 3. wiro govern them, an', we owe in par

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Chap. 8, Cautions as to a worldly then intimated in his Preface. The Spirit, Dress, Recreations, &c. ; present volume is strictly what he pro- Chap. 9, Discouragements considered, posed, “ of a similar nature, though

&c. ;

Chap. 10, Encouragement from perfectly distinct” from the former, the Promises, Examples, Evidences, and contains elucidations of a great

&c. Humber of texts, collected with no From this brief analysis, the reader small labour from a variety of writers,

will perceive that much interesting and with such a constant regard to con- master is compressed in this volume, of ciseness, that the reader possesses

great consequence to young Christians; " much in a little.” This volume, like

and the whole is treated in a plain, the former, is well adapted to the help experimental, and useful manner, formof Biblical students, whether devoted ing a pleasing source of instruction and to the work of the ministry, or laudably consolation, and a very agreeable book desirous of acquiring an accurate know

to be put into the hands of every serio, ledge of the sacred Scriptures. We ous enquirer, whether of a tender or a gladly, therefore, recommend his pre

more advanced age. sent publication, as a desirable addition to his former valuable work; and close with observing, that it may be An Affectionate Reception of the Gos. used with benefit, separately from the pel, recommended in Two Sermons, first volume, as well as jointly with it.

preached at Walworth, by the Rev.

G. Clayton, 8vo, Price 25. The Young Christian's Guide, or Suit

In these discourses the author is ahle Directions, Cnutions, and En

anxious to impress the hearts of his couragement to the Believer on his

hearers by an affectionate address from 1 Thess. i. 5.

In the first sermon he First Intruncé into the Divine Life. By Charles Buck, 12m0), 38.

enquires, On what accounts the apos.

tles termed the message they delivered The Christiap world is already much Our Gospel ? and shews in what indebted to Mi, Buck for several useful

manner it was received by the Thespublications. The present volume is salonians. In the second, he points dedicated to the service of young con• out“ by what means they may secure verts, and especially to young per- such a reception of it among them

His design is to stale the du- selves;“' and supplies urgent considerties of young professors, to suggest ations to engage them to receive the cautions, to encourage them in their gospel, “ not in word only, but in difficulties ; and he has judiciously in power.” terspersed a number of incidents and In the close of the second sermon, anecdotes to render the work more the author says to his hearers, “ De. pleasin:

pari then from the house of God, makWe have not room fully to state the ing that improvement of these disvariety of subjects which ihis little courses which your consciences may divolume embraces. The following is an rect you ;' and he adds, “. With regard abstract : -- Chap 1, Religion of Im- to the mere opinions you may form of portance,

Doctrines the Foundation of them, we are wholly indifferent, any Religion, Doctrines stated, Decision farther than as a favourable judgment in them necessary, &c

- Chap: 2,

may be the precursor of your own proReligion not speculative, Experience fit, With regard, however, to the explained, how abused, to be review- opinions of his readers, he appears to ed, but not depended upon ; – Chap. 3, entertain more anxiety; for in his PreHoly Practice the result of Right face, which he calls Notice to the PubPrinciples, Meditation, Self - Exaini

lic, he expresses a hope that “ the senation, Prayer, Reading the scriptures, verity of Criticism will be superceded Human Authors; - Chap. 4, The Sab- by the mildness of Candour;" and pro. bath, Public Worship,

Mini ters,

mises that, if “ this be granted, he will Coming to the Lord's Table, Ohjec. thankfully submit himself to the stroke tions answered ; - Chap. 5, Zeal, Sted- of benevolent reproof, aiming to amend


whatever can be proved erroneous in Let Mr. C. let his hearers, let all his sentiment or unchristian in spirit.” ministring brethren and fellow. Chris

In a note to page 35, Mr. C. 'pro- tians, judge for themselves, whether fesses his predilection for the divinity domestic worship with their families, of the old school; and laments that or public worship with the church, be modern pamphlets, and other epheme- most for their ellification ?

for some ral productions of the new taste, super- persons the former, for others the latcede, in so many instances, the folios ter, may he found preferable ; but we of antiquity; and asks, “Is not the cannot conceive why the public service exchange which has been made, of the of God, at six o'clock in the evening, scarcely portable volumes for the Ma- should be deemed more ostentatious gazine and Essay, a much worse ca- than at three in the afternoon.

In a tastrophe in the theological world, than word, we cannot but express our wish, the substitution of paper currency for that when good men recommend one solid gold in the cominercial ?” Why particular course of piety, they would then does Mr. C. add to this dismal refrain from the censure of their bre. catastrophe by a publication of his own thren who pursue another: had the pamphlet, not more weighty perhaps author done this, our commendation of than a Magazine? or, Does he suppose his discourses would have been unmixed that, while other modern authors emit with this benevolent reproof.”. paper currency only, he alone has the Supposing public and private duties to faculty of furnishing the public with interfere, we have the judgment of holy solid gold? Nor can we approve of Mr.Baxter, that private duties ought to bis unqualified objections to Magazines give place to public worship. Speakand Essays, hy which many thousands ing of the Sabbath, he says, “ The prinof persons are constantly instructed, cipal work of the day is the communion who could have no access to " the folios of Christians in the public exercises of of antiquity,” nor time to peruse them. God's worship. It is principally to be We believe that the truth is now dis-' spent iu holy assemblies; and this is seminated far more widely by these the use that the Scripture expressly “ ephemeral productions," as he calls mentioneth in Acts xx. 7, and intithem, than by all the“ scarcely port

mateth in i Cor. xvi. I, 2. — - My juugable volumez” referred to; which, ment is, that in those places where the however, we revere, as much as the public worship taketh up almost all author; and it is a pleasing reflection, the day, it is no sin to attend upon it that the value of such books is doubled to the utmost; and to omit all such and trebled within these few years. family and secret exercises as cannot

Page 42, the preacher thus addresses bc done without omission of the public; his audience: “ Be thankful for the and that where the public exercises al. habit, ye of our dissenting Israel! who low but a little time at home, the fafrom your ancestry and education may mily-duty should take up all that little have an epithet corresponding to that time, except what some shorter secret of the apostle, who calls himself " a prayers or meditations may have, Hebrew of the Hebrews.” Guard, te- which will not hinder family duties; naciously guard, your home privacy on and that it is a sinful disorder to do the Sabbath from the invasions of com- otherwise, because the Lord's Day is pany; and exchange not the unosten- principally set apart for public, wortatious stillness of the domestic circle ship; and the more private or secret, for the attraction of crowds, " the voice is, as it were, included in the public. of singing men and singing women,' Your families are at church with you; or any other specious enticement." the same prayers which you would put

The author, apprehensive that this up in secret, you may, usually, put up passage would prove obnoxious to in public and in families; and it is a Diany readers, has subjoined a long turning God's worship into ceremony role, pointing out the evils which he and superstition to think that you must dreads from Sunday-evening Lectures ; necessarily put up the same prayers in which, however, he acknowledges to a closet which you put up in the fa“ have important uses, particularly in mily or church, when you have not time the country,” and which, he confesses, for both (though, when you have time, he himself sometimes preaches, in and secret prayer bath its proper advanabout London, because “ he is desirous tages, wlic. are not to be neglected); of doing good:” a confession and a and also, what secret or family duty reason which render nugatory, in a you have not time for on that day, you great measure, bis objections against may do on aunther day, when yon canthe ostentation of evening services. Rot come to church assembly; and, 3, On - 4, On

therefore, it is an error to think that early life, conversion, ministerial la. the day must be divided in equal pro- bours, and dying experience: a nare portions, between public, family, and rative which unquestionably furnishes secret duties ; though yet I think it a most impressive exemplification of not amiss that some convenient time the subject. for family or secret duties be left on that day; but not so much as is spent in public, nor nothing near it.” Bar- Future Punishment of Endless Durater's Works, vol. iii. p. 782, :83.

tion: Sermon preached at he Monthly Association of Ministers and

Churches in London, Dec. 11, 1806. Religious Tracts. By the Author of

By Robert Winter, 8vo, is. the Ticin Sisters,

It is no small recommendation of These tracts we understand to be the

this sermon, that it was published at production of a young lady. 1, The

the unanimous and pressing request of Character of a Chrissian,

- 2, On the

the numerous ministers and others beExpiatory Sacrifice of Christ,

fore whom it was delivered. The subject the Works of the Creator,

was one of those which were announced Errors, 5, On Forgiveness, 6,

for discussion in the printed lists of On Faith. We are happy to say that

these monthly exercises, before the these pieces are strictly evangelical ;

author removed to London; and was and that the talents of this juvenile assigned to him by the -removal of his writer are by no means despicable. We

predecessor at New Court to another hope she will proceed in this kind of part of the kingdom. composition; and that her productions

The preacher's text is 2 Thess. i. 9, will find a rapid and extensive circula

“ Who shall be punished with evertion, and be made a blessing to those lasting destruction;" from which he “ who are ignorant and out of the way."

proposes to enquire, I, What is the plain unsophisticated doctrine of the

New Testament, respecting the future The Christian's Review of Life and

punishment of the wicked ? and, 2, Prospect of Futurity: a Sermon, What influence should the considerapreached at Warwick, on the Death

tion of its endless duration have on of the Rev. J. Moody, &c. By G. our minds ? In answer to the first en. Burder, 8vo, 19.

quiry, he shews, 1, That a state of conIt has been thought by some critics, scious and miserable existence is rethat preachers labour under a disad- served for the unbelieving and disobevantage in having to state principles dient after death; 2, Immediately rather than exhibit characters. Be this after death, this future punishment as it may, it certainly behoves every commences; 3, The punishment of minister of the gospel to preach the the wicked will be openly awarded to truth in the most characteristic man- them at the great day of the Lord;ner. The sacred volume deals not in 4, This punishment is represented as abstract principles; but displays them their final condition ; 5, It will be as drawn out and embodied in real life. of endless duration ; and this he deWith this view too, some of our most monstrates fully by the decisive testieminent and successful ministers have mony of Scripture. seized suitable opportunities for fune- By the following important reflecral.sermons to recommend religion to tions, the author then points out the the young, or to admonish the aged; - general tendency of this awful truth:to shew by some instances of awful de- 1, It exhibits, in the most affecting pravity and misery, that the impenitent colours, the dreadful malignity of sin ; sinner may expect“ to mourn at the 2, It operates as a most powerful last;" or by eminent instances of ge- motive to repentance and holiness; muine piety and zealous devotedness to 3, It reflects the greatest lustre on the God, to constrain us to be imitators of plan of human redemption by Jesus such as have exemplified the true Christ; - 4, It animates believers to Christian character. This sermon is zeal in their endeavours to save souls. of the latter kind. It is designed to Our limits will not admit of quotadelineate the Christian Minister's Re- tions; we can only say, that we earview of Life and Prospect of Glory. nestly recommend this able and faithThe text is 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8; but the ful discourse to our readers, as well discussion is purposely shortened, to worthy of their perusal, and as a seaadmit the narrative (which occupies sonable antidote to the scepticism of Rearly seventeen pages) of Mr. Voody's our times.

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