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For seven months before he died he enjoyed the high eminencë of faith and consolation in the covenant of grace. The word of God appeared to contain truths that had been concealed from him before. He, in very deed, day and night read and meditated on the doctrines of revelation. When refreshed by a tranquil sleep through the night, with his renewed strength he pursued his pleasing search in the Scriptures.

The prosperity of Zion, in any part of the world, or among any denomination, was to him like cooling waters to a thirsty soul.

The Bible and commentaries on it, were the only books seen in his hands. Laying his hand on the Bible and addressing himself to a friend, " I have been thinking," said he, of that passage, Exodus jii. 3. where Moses says, I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. Of this miracle of divine power and goodness, as it regards the church in general and individuals in particular, he spoke at some length. This subject has many charms to draw the mind into a train of pleasing and profitable thought:

A friend of his youth, whose temples are now covered with silver locks, in prayer for him, suggested ideas connected with the passage of the Children of Israel through Jordan whilst the priests stood in the midst with the ark of the covenant. This type of the Christian's safe passage through death was a pleasing and cheering thought to him during his illness.

Two younger brethren in the Gospel ministry having called to see him, a conversation commenced and continued for a considerable time on some of the doctrines of vital christianity. He had been reading Dr. A. Clarke on the Bible. “I would like to hear the Dr. pray, ," said he “ that I might know whether he would pray as a perfect man or as a sinner."

In this agreeable interchange of sentiment and christian sympathy, one of those Gentlemen said to him, what do you think, in your present illness which is likely to be unto death, of those doctrines of the cross which humble the sinner and exalt the Redeemer.

“ They are precious doctrines to me,” was his reply. Being asked how he felt with regard to the Sovereignty of God. My views, said he, “ are the same as they have been." He spoke at some length on these doctrines, acknowledging his own impotency as a sinner, and praising the free grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. He cxhorted these brethren to be faithful unto death. He never omitted this whenever he was visited by a preacher of the Gospel.

When he was confined to his bed, Mrs. Lowe sitting by him, he said to her, “ you commit me into the hands of the blessed Jesus.' "I do," was her answer. “And yourself and yours," he added. She replied, “ I cannot suppress natural feelings, "-"You must, said he.

Some evenings after, he said, “ my exercises are not so lively, but I cling to that rock that is higher than l. I can do nothing of myself." "He wished the 11th Hymn 2d part, in the collection of the

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Reformed Dutch Church, to be sung. The mercies of God were constantly on his lips. His sufferings were lost in contemplations on the goodness of God, which he discovered in all his dealings with him.

After repeating part of the 16th Hymn, There is a land of pure delight, &c. he said to an old friend, " There is not a cloud hanging over my mind.”

Taking some medicine one evening, he made the observation, They gave vinegar and gall to our blessed Jesus. After prayer for him, in which God had been addressed by the tender name of Father, he dwelt on that kind relation in which God stands to his people. “This is the spirit of adoption by which the believer cries, Abba, Father.” He requested the 46th Hymn to be read to him; then with earnest desire he repeated these words.

Come, sacred Spirit, seal the name

On my expanding heart. “O had I strength, how would I delight to speak of the Kingdom of our blessed Saviour, and of his glorious attributes!” After a pause

“ But I know that nature could not support me. I who used to tremble at a leaf, for I had the weakest nerves of mortals, have enjoyed a steady and composed frame of body and mind in

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illIt being remarked to him that his hearing was not so good, « Blessed be God,” said he “my sight is good, and the eyes of my understanding are clear." “ have learned

more in this year's illness than I did in many years when in health.” He mentioned this to many at different times. The 1st Chapter of the Epistle to the Philippians he wished to be read some evenings afterwards. When he apprehended himself about to enter into rest, he requested the 15th Chapter of 1st Corinthians to be read to him.

His mind continued calm and composed, though he could speak but little. A friend saying to him, “I know in whom I have be lieved;" “Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am thy God;" he added "Faithful is he who hath promised. A few more struggles, and the conflict will be over; I shall shout the victory through him who hath loved me and given himself for me.

The perfect blessedness of the saints after the resurrection was mentioned. “Glorious things are spoken of thee, thou city of the living God," were words which proceeded from his labouring breast. Some days after this, when he had received relief, a brother in the Gospel ministry intimating to him that the symptoms of his disease were more favourable, his reply was, "How hard, when just about to enter the port, to be obliged to put to sea again.” When he had become worse, I hope, said a friend, you enjoy the peace which the world cannot give. He laid his hand on his breast, and directed his eyes toward heaven. At this time he could not speak without great exertion.

On Saturday evening the Sabbath being spoken of, with elevation of soul he exclaimed, “How amiable are thy courts, O Lord of hosts. There remaineth a rest for the people of God. O! how I long to see Him whom my soul loveth ; why tarry thy chariot wheels, o Lord, my Saviour !-But patience-by and by."

Having recovered strength; he proceeded. “Doctor. W. said to me this afternoon that I was preaching the Gospel from a sick bed. This ought to silence all murmuring. O how good it is to suffer the righteous will of my heavenly Father! He inquired who was to preach in his church. Being informed, he said, O that my dear flock may be fed! This evening he appeared desirous that the discourse should turn wholly upon Heaven.

Sabbath, May 24th. This day he was remarkably strengthened ; so that he spoke distinctly, and was heard in every part of the room. He preached almost incessantly to many christian friends who came to see him. His words appeared to proceed from the lips of one raised from the dead. For he had been extremely low and weak, and could not speak so as to be easily understood for five or six days before. Admiration was excited in all who heard him.' A valuable opportunity to many of hearing and seeing the Gospel of Jesus Christ demonstrated in a way that is calculated to bring conviction home to the heart, and exemplify in a most striking manner the hopes and consolations afforded to the christian in death, through the faith that is in Christ Jesus. He repeated the 38th Hymn,

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This dying christian conversed with his beloved partner in life concerning their separation for awhile; of their rejoining each other in a better country : he fortified her mind by the promises of the Gospel ; mentioned the weighty charge now devolving upon her of bringing up their little ones in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, quoting promises of God's grace for her support. He wished to see his dear children. They approached his bed one after another. He adapted his parting blessings and instructions to their respective ages, capacities, and situations in life. To his youngest, a child about three years old, he said, “Love your Father who is in heaven.”

To many of his children in Christ Jesus he this day gave his dying blessing... What expressions of kindness and paternal love flowed from his lips! His friends and many of his congregation will not easily forget this sabbath. He preached for the last time to them, from his death bed, the unsearchable riches of Christ Jesus, the only hope of a sinner. He rested the hopes of his own salvation on the very same doctrine of the atonement which he had recommended to others. His soul and body were strong with vigour, that he might bear testimony to the grace of God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In the evening he blessed God for his mercy in giving him rest on the Sabbath ; adding to his friends around his bed,

this is another of the Sabbath day's blessings I have experienced.' “Often when I have been dull and heavy through the week, I have been revived, strengthened, and directed on the Sabbath.” He espressed strong wishes that all the members of his congregation might continue in the way of the Lord; he was particularly solicitous respecting young

believers. In conversation with two or three friends, he said, “In the late weak state of my body, my mind was steady and capable of contemplating divine truth; when my spirit is delivered from this prison of clay, it shall ascend to dwell forever with the Lord.” “Where there is no more sorrow," added one, 6 Where there is no more sin," he subjoined with emphasis. “If I shall not be able to speak to you again, you must not be disheartened; I will speak as long as I can, to encourage you to go on in the way of the Lord.”

The 61st and 63d chapters of Isaiah were read, at his request, and the 1st Hymn, 1st part, was sung.

In the morning of this day, when he awoke from a refreshing rest, at 4 o'clock, “Welcome sweet day of rest,” were his first words. Thus early he commenced his labours on this Sabbath. His style was sublime and grand when speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ. His advices and admonitions, his commendations of the Saviour; his prayers for his friends, and for his churches; his praises for the goodness of the Lord, and thanksgiving, on that sacred day, rendered the duties which his zeal and fidelity prompted him to fulfil, very extensive and laborious.

After this he began to decline fast; and during the following days of his continuance he was very weak. Still patient and calm, however, and always pleased to hear the promises of the Saviour, he would also add a word when he could. As he approached his latter end, he relished no words but the simple word of God from the Bible. To Mrs. Lowe, offering him some medicine, and hoping it would relieve him, when he was in great distress, he said " If it please the Lord.”

In the evening of this day, "He will not always chide,” said be, “ neither will he keep his anger forever.” At the time he was receiving some milk and water in a tea spoon, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst.” Again, what a mercy, “wine and milk without money and without price, the sincere milk of the word, how refreshing.

Doctor J. H. Livingston, his former instructor in divinity, the day before he died, came to see him. The Doctor asked him if he should pray for him, and if he had any particular thing which he wished to be asked in prayer. He answered, “Grace that I may persevere.” Sometime after his aged friend was gone, he said, “Come quickly Lord Jesus.” He improved the relief he had in the after part of this day in prayer, as was evident by the motion of his eyes and hands. He turned his eyes towards a member of his church, and appeared desirous that this person should speak to him. “ The Lord is still with you?” He assented with his head. You can say " the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from allsin ?”He lifted his hand as an affirmative answer. “ You can say the Lord Jesus is all and in all for your salvation."-"O, yes,” was his

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You can say, "bless the Lord, O my soul ?" raising his bead and throwing out his arms, he fixed his eyes towards heaven, and paused in adoration.

Wednesday, June 10th, 1818, a little after 11 o'clock in the forenoon, he quietly and calmly fell asleep in Jesus bis Saviour.

About half an hour before he expired, he clasped bis uplifted hands, and raised bis heavy eyes toward the place of his rest. He continued in this attitude as long as he could-his hands fell-his eyes closed ;-he sat in this posture till his soul took its flight.

The above are a few of the remarks and exercises of this christian preacher in the latter part of his illness; the greater part of which were uttered in the bearing of the writer. One of bis most fervent ejaculations to the Lord, was, O that God would send my people a faithful-a faithful preacher. Pray, cease not to pray for it, said he to a member of his church.

Often would he say when in much pain, Othat it may be sanctified !

To a young man, who, he had understood, wished to be employed in the Gospel ministry, he said, "The Lord bless you, my son, and make you eminently useful in his church."

When he had not spoken for some days so as to be easily understood, after prayer by an aged friend, the power of divine grace upon his heart enabled him to speak out distinctly; and he commenced a conversation with his friend on those subjects that were most interesting to him.

The heart of this preacher of Christ Jesus and him crucified," was so warmed with the love of the Saviour-his zeal so ardentbis compassion to the souls of men so great, that he appeared never satisfied with speaking to fellow-sinners of the great salvation through the blood of Jesus. And he was enabled to do this, in a great measure, until he joined the redeemed above, who sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God almighty ; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints."

MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.

OTAHEITE. Letters from the Missionaries at Eimeo, with their Journal up to September the 22d, 1817, have just been received ; together with letters from the Rev. Mr. Marsden, and other friends, in New South Wales. Mr. Marsden, in a letter dated Paramatta, May 17, 1817, says

, “ The Missionaries in the Harriet have all arrived, and shall be forwarded as soon as possible to the Islands. The Active is gone to New Zealand, but may be expected in six or seven weeks: there is no prospect of any opportunity before that time; they shall not be detained a day longer than necessary."

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