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respects distinguished among his received, not, as he feared, with countrymen, which will render the displeasure, but with great cordiafollowing brief sketch of his life lity, he was exceedingly affected, interesting.
and with tears described the dis“ Above fifty years ago he be- tress of his mind during the precame concerned for the salvation ceding days. of his soul, and felt a strong im “In 1749, he was baptized, and pulse to attend the preaching of ever after remained faithful to the our missionaries, and their private grace conferred on him. He had iustructions. However, he could an humbling and growing sense of not at once forsake his heathenish the depravity of his heart, but he customs. It happened once that also made daily progress in the he attended the merry-making of knowledge and grace of his Lord his countrymen. Even into this and Saviour Jesus Christ. house of riot the good Shepherd “God had blessed him with a followed this poor straying sheep. good natural understanding. He The late brother Frederic Martin, had learned the business of a mapassing by, and being made atten- son well, and had the appointment tive to the uproar, looked in at the of master-mason to the royal door, and immediately espied his buildings, in which employment scholar Cornelius. He beckoned to he was esteemed by all who knew him to come out, and, in a friendly him, as a clever, upright, and disbut serious and emphatic address, interested man. He laid the founrepresented to him, that it was not dation of each of the six chapels becoming for one who had de- belonging to our mission in these clared that he would give his islands. He was able to write heart to our Savionr, to attend and speak the Creole, Dutch, Dasuch meetings as these. 'Here,' nish, German, and English lansaid the missionary, 'the devil has guages; which gave him a great his work, and you have assured advantage above the other Neme that you will not be his slave. groes. Till 1767, he was a slave But now I discover that your in the royal plantation, which af. heart is still in his power; for you terwards belonged to Count Schimlove the vanities of the world, and melman. He first purchased the the company of the children of freedom of his wife, and then ladisobedience, in whom he rules. boured hard to gain his own liberIt would therefore be better that ty, which, after much entreaty, and you left off coming to our meet- the payment of a considerable ranings, and to the school.' This of- som, he effected. God blessed fended him greatly, and he thought, him and the work of his hands in
What is that to the White man, such a manner, that he could also and what do I care for him?' by degrees purchase the emanciHowever, his amusement was pation of his six children. spoiled for that time; he went “In 1754, he was appointed ashome much displeased, and re- sistant in the mission. After his solved never more to visit the emancipation, he greatly exerted missionaries, or attend their meet- himself in the service of the Lord, ings. But his heart was not at especially among the people of his rest, and his convictions grew so own colour, and spent whole days, strong that he could not sleep at and often whole nights, in visiting night. The address of the mis- them on the different plantations. sionary sounded continually in his He possessed a peculiar talent for ears, and made so strong an im- expressing his ideas with great pression upon him, that he altered clearness, which rendered Iris dishis mind and visited him. Being courses pleasing and edifying, as
well to White people as to Ne. dressed them in the following very groes. Yet he was by no means solemn and impressive manner: elated by the talents he possessed.
« * I rejoice exceedingly, my His character was that of an hum- dearly beloved children, to see you ble servant of Christ, who thought once more together before my detoo meanly of himself to treat parture; for I believe that my others with contempt. To distri- Lord and Saviour will soon come bute to the indigent and assist the and take your father home to himfeeble was the delight of his heart, self. You know, dear children, and they always found in him a what my chief concern has been generous and sympathizing friend respecting you, as long as I was and faithful adviser.
with you; how frequently I have “While thus zealously exerting exhorted you not to neglect the himself in promoting the salvation day of grace, but to surrender of his countrymen, he did not ne- yourselves with soul and body to glect the concerns of his family. your Redeemer, and to follow him We have already seen how sedu- faithfully. Sometimes I have dealt lously he cared for their temporal strictly with you, in matters which prosperity, in working hard to
to I believed would bring harm to purchase their freedom. But he your souls, and grieve the Spirit was more solicitous for the wel- of God; and I have exerted my fare of their souls. God blessed parental authority to prevent mishis instructions, and he had the chief; but it was all done out of joy of seeing his whole family love to you. However, it may share in the salvation of the Lord. have happened that I have someBeing found faithful, they were times been too severe. If this has employed as assistants in the mis- been the case, I beg you, my dear sion.
children, to forgive me; oh, for“ The infirmities of old age in- give your poor dying father.' creasing upon him, he ardently “ Here he was obliged to stop, longed to depart and be with most of the children weeping and Christ. A constant cough, and sobbing aloud. At last one of his pain in his side, checked his great daughters recovered herself, and activity, caused occasional dejec- said, “We, dear father, we alone tion of mind, and seemed at times have cause to ask forgiveness, for to shake his faith and fortitude. we have often made your life heaHe now and then complained of a vy, and have been disobedient declension of his love to the Lord children.' The rest joined in the Jesus; and once, while meditating same confession. The father then on that text, I have somewhat continued: “Well, my dear chilagainst thee, because thou hast dren, if all of you have forgiven left thy first love,' he exclaimed, me, then attend to my last wish “Ah! I too have left my first love!' and dying request. Love one anoA few days before his end, being ther! Do not suffer any quarrels visited by one of the missionaries, and disputes to arise among you he said, 'I ought to have done after my decease. No, my chilmore, and loved and served my dren,' raising his voice, 'love one Saviour better: yet I firmly trust another cordially: let each strive that he will receive me in mercy, to show proofs of love to his brofor I come to him as a poor sin- ther or sister. Nor suffer yourner, having nothing to plead but his selves to be tempted by any thing grace and righteousness through to become proud, for by that you his blood.' His children and se- may even miss of your soul's salveral of his grandchildren having vation; but pray our Saviour to assembled round his bed, he ad- grant you lowly minds and humCh. Adv.-Vol. XI.
ble hearts. If you follow this ad- ments and means to verify the vice of your father, my joy will be mission and teachings of his mescomplete, when I shall once see sengers, and to be emblematical you all again in eternal bliss, and of spiritual things—these are not be able to say to our Saviour; inysteries. Such were the miraHere, Lord, is thy poor unworthy cles wrought by Christ and his Cornelius, and the children whom apostles, and such was his resurthou hast given me. I am sure rection; and of the very same our Saviour will not forsake you; character are the sacraments, both but I beseech you do not forsake of the Old Testament and the him.' He fell gently asleep in New. In regard to things of this Jesus on the 29th of November, latter kind or order, where spiri. 1801, being, according to his own tual things are found joined with account, eighty-four years of age.” corporeal things, the spiritual
things, symbolized by what is
sensible, remain objects purely of For the Christian Advocate.
faith; but in regard to the sensi
ble symbols, or emblems themNO SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE DOC- selves, it is clear, that what is true
in regard to them, must be judged AND THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRI• of and decided by the external
Hence it follows concluThe argument drawn in favour sively, that we must resort to our of Transubstantiation, from its be senses to determine the questioning no more incredible than the whether the bread and wine in the doctrine of the Trinity, is alto. Eucharist, remain real bread and gether irrelevant and false. Our wine after consecration; or whebelief of the doctrine of the Tri- .ther these elements, which all our nity, is not contradicted by any of senses declare to be still bread and our senses-but the doctrine of wine, are not in fact the proper Transubstantiation, is contradicted natural body and blood of our by all our senses that can be ap- blessed SaviourIt appears, then, plied to the subject-It is contrary that the parallel attempted to be to our sight, our touch, our taste, run between the doctrine of Tranand our smell. To all these senses substantiation and the doctrine of the elements of bread and wine the Trinity, is utterly fallacious. are recognised to be still bread The two things are totally differand wine, as fully after the conse- ent, and can admit of no fair comcration as before.
parison; inasmuch as the one is It has been justly remarked, in an object wholly of faith, with regard to this subject, that there which the external senses have are two kinds of things which are nothing to do; and the other is an proposed to our faith-Those of object in which the external senses one kind are absolutely and entire- have to do, and, as far as sensible ly detached and separated from things are concerned, are the procorporeal things; and these are per and competent judges of the called Mysteries. These things facts, which are and must be adare purely the objects of faith, dressed to our senses. The truth without the external senses having is, the doctrine of Transubstantiaany thing to do with them: and tion is in contradiction to the such an article of faith is the doc- whole evidence-the evidence of trine of the Trinity—it is a mys- the external senses-on which we tery. But there are other things believe the resurrection of Christ, which are sensible and material, and the other miracles recorded in that God makes use of as instru- the Bible.
There is a pleasaut story told His funeral was attended by on this subject, relative to an inter- many of his clerical brethren, and view between the celebrated Eras- by other citizens of respectability, mus, and Sir Thomas Moore, on Saturday the 7th inst., 10 the buwhen the former was on a visit to rial ground of the 2d Presbyterian England. They were both Catho- church, where his corpse was depolicks, but Erasmus was one of sited in the family vault of Dr. those who felt himself at liberty to John White, who kindly offered it question this doctrine of Transub- for this purpose. A funeral service stantiation, or at least to dispute was performed on the occasion, in against it, for the sake of an argu- the lecture room adjoining the bument. Sir Thomas's great argu- rial ground: in this service the ment was the efficacy of faith; Rev. Dr. John M‘Dowell made the that is, believe that in the Eucha- introductory prayer; Dr. A. Green rist you eat the very body of gave out a psalm, and followed it Christ, and then you really eat it. with an address;* Dr. W. Neill folShortly after this dispute, Eras- lowed the address with a prayer; mus returned to Holland, and Sir and the service was closed with a Thomas lent him a small horse, hymn and the apostolical benediccalled a palfrey, to carry him to tion, by Dr. Green. the place where he was to go on THE ADDRESS delivered on the ship-board, and a servant was sent occasion was as followsto bring back the palfrey. But the
FRIENDS AND BRETHREN, story says, that Erasmus took the
Death seldom seizes on a vicpalfrey over to Holland, with himself, and sent back these lines to tim, whom, if permitted, we Sir Thomas
should more earnestly desire to
rescue from his grasp, than in the Nonne meministi
instance in which he laid his Quod nihi dixisti, De corpore Christi,
corpse-making hand on the dear Crede quod edis and edis
brother, wliose funeral rites we Idem tibi scribo
now celebrate. But we are to reDe tuo palfrido,
member that death is God's mesCrede quod habes et habes.*
senger; and as it is not in our power, so it ought not to be our
desire, to interfere with his arrest, OBITUARY.
whenever we perceive that he has
received a commission to strikeDied, at his lodgings, in Phi- Least of all should we do this, or ladelphia, on the 5th of the present be disposed to repine, however month, (Dec. 1833,) the Rev. Ezra great may be our loss, when death Fisk, D. D., Professor of Eccle- is sent to call an eminent friend siastical History and Church Go- and servant of God, from his lavernment in the Western Theolo- bours and sufferings on earth, to gical Seminary of the Presbyterian his rest and his reward in heavenChurch, located in Alleghany Town, in the vicinity of Pitts
* In this address, when delivered, there burg, Pennsylvania.
some inaccuracies and omissions,
which are corrected and supplied in the * Do you not remember
publication. Nothing, however, is changed What you said to me
or added, which at all affects the general Concerning the body of Christ,
character of what was orally delivered; Believe that you eat it, and you do eat it and if any apology be necessary for the The same thing I write to you
changes inade, it is amply furnished by the Concerning your palfrey,
unavoidable and extreme hasle with which Believe that you have him, and you have the address was prepared.
" Why do we mourn departed friends, to his beloved people, a little more Or shake at death's alarms;
than twenty years. 'Tis but the voice that Jesus sends
An affection of the lungs comTo call them to his arms.”
pelled him to intermit the greater The Rev. Dr. Ezra Fisk, whose part of his ministerial duties, ir mortal remains are now before us, the autumn of 1832, and to seek was born in the town of Shelburn, relief by a winter's residence in state of Massachusetts, in January the more genial climate of Geor1785; and in Williams' college, of gia. During his absence, he unthe same state, he received his expectedly received the appointacademical education.
ment of Corresponding Secretary graduated in 1809; having been, and General Agent of the Board during his college course, one of of Missions of the General Asthe little band of pious youth that sembly; which, on his return, he met frequently for prayer, with a declined to accept; under a convicspecial reference io evangelical tion that his health was not such missions; and of which the well as would enable him to endure the known and much lamented Mills labours, hardships, and exposures and Richards were leading mem- of the appointment. bers. His classical studies, previ.
He was recommended in May ously to his entering college, and his last, by the Directors of the Westtheological studies afterwards, ern Theological Seminary, to the were prosecuted under the Rev. Dr. last General Assembly of the PresPackard, the pastor of a Congrega- byterian church, for the appointtional church in the town of his na
ment of Professor of Ecclesiastitivity; and for whom he ever retain. cal History and Church Governed the greatest love and veneration, ment, in that seminary. After his as the man whose early instruc- election to the designated protions had imbued his mind with fessorship by a vote of the Assemthose principles, and given him bly, he visited the Seminary at Althose views, which had effectually leghanytown, and having inspected preserved him from the pernicious its state and prospects, he accepterrors, both in philosophy and the ed the professorship assigned him. ology, which have recently obtain- His separation from the beloved ed a lamentable currency.
people of his pastoral charge was, Having preached as a licentiate both to them and to himself, a for about a year, he was ordained most trying occurrence. His fareas an evangelist in 1810. His la- well sermon to his brethren of the bours in this character were prin- Presbytery of which he was a cipally performed among the nu- member, is published, and remerous destitute congregations, mains to them, and to the attached then in the state of Georgia; people of the congregation that he and here, in March 1812, he en- left, as a memorial of his affectered into the marriage relation, lion, and the depository of his wise with a daughter of the venerable counsels. Dr. Francis Cummins. In the au On his way to Pittsburg, he artumn of the same year, though de- rived with his wife in this city, on bilitated by his residence and la- Saturday, the 2d of Nov. last. In bours in the south, he preached as the evening of the next day, the a missionary for some months, in Sabbath, he preached his last serthis city. In August; 1813, he mon, in the lecture room where we was permanently settled in the mi are now assembled. His text was, nistry at Goshen, in the state of Col. i. 12: Giving thanks unto New York--so that he appears to the Father, which hath made us meet have sustained the pastoral relation to be partakers of the inheritance of