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her to every good work, and which pointed time would I wait, till my never abated. The hints she fre- change come. My will is whoily quently gave her minister, were so swallowed up in the will of my respeciful, kind, and suitable, and heavenly Father.' - In conversation delivered in a tone so free from dic- with her minister, she said, I think tatorial authority, that she soon I am a Christian, for I feel my soul secured his confidence and esteem. is so completely different froni what The death of such a woman was a it once was The Sunday Schoo very great loss; especially so to has been very pleasant to me, espeJane : but it was an event which cialiy conversing with the children placed her in the situation of a about their souls. After pausing house - keeper to her master, who for want of strength, she contiuued, was more than 80 years of age. I cannot think my confidence is

Soon after Jane was first taken delusion; for my soul cleaves to the ill, she consulted a physician ; who holiness of God, and I shall soon be at once perceived tnere was little like him!' With great emphasis hope of recovery. He kindly asked she added, "I long to be entirely her what was her own opinion of like him !' her danger; and thus gently hinled At another time, after she had to her, that he did not wish to alarm been so ill in the night that she was her ; yet he thought it right to'say, thought to be dying, she said to her that he was apprehensive that ber minister, in the morning, ' I have case was very serious. She calmly met with a great disappointmeut : ! replied, . That does not alarm me ; thought my soul was within a few my mind is in a good degree pre- minutes of Heaven ; and I felt on pared for whatever it pleases God fall stretch to be gone, - but when to send me."

I found life returning, my spirits In the early part of her illness sunk within me!' she said to her minister, “I feel no After this she so far recovered, as reluctance to dić: if it be the will to walk about the room. She then of my heavenly Father, I am re- said, “I know not what the Lord signed. He has done so much for is about to do with me!' Being me, I cannot doubt his kindness. asked, “ Do you not now feel some It is an infinite mercy that ever I hope of recovering ?' she replied, came to this house! 0! how much

os I cannot call it hope ; for I have I owe to the instructions of my dear

a greater desire to dic than to live" mistress, and to the admonitions This revival lasted but a short liye, and prayers of my kind master !!

as the next day she grew worse than This should be an encouragement

To her sister she said, speakto pious families to be attentive to ing of her pains,. It is a hard thing their servanls. It recalls to my to die;' but when a little relieved, mind a similar instance, which I her sister observing her lips move, witnessed lately. When visiting a asked her if she was sensible : - she young woman, recently married, said, I was singing in the last stage of a sapid decline, I found her mind spiritual, well

“My willing soul would stay informed in the doctrines of the lo such a frame,' &c. gospel, and peaceably resigning herselt to the will of God. She told death (which took place early in the

Late in the evening before her me, that she owed her conversion morning) she took leave of her wito the conversation and prayers of nister ; and said, • I shall soon bave a Christian master, in whose house

a triumphant entrance into the she had lived before her marriage; kingdom of my Father! About an and which she wished ine to men

hour before she departed, she sail tion to him, with expressions of her

to a young friend (which were the dying gratitude.

last words she was heard to utter) About a fortnight before Jane

• I am happy! I am going to the died, she said to her sister, . In a few

Church above, to sing redeeming days more, it may be a week, and I

grace and dying love! shall be gone. I would not be im. Portsea.

J. G. patient: all the days of my ap


REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS, &c. Strictures on Two Critiques in the

on some great occasion. The one Edinburgh Review, on the subject nite Being ; the other reduces him

makes the Deity what he is, an Infiof Methodism and Missions ; with

to the level of a creature ! and aot. Remarks on the Influence of Reviews in general on Morals and only is this Deistical notion of the Happiness. In Three Letters to a

Reviewer derogatory from the per

fection of the divine nature, but it Friend. By J. Styles. 8vo, 38 6d

betrays egregious ignoraoce of the We are sorry to find that any of mutual connection and dependen: those Periodical Journals, wbich cies of things. In the arrangements have hitherto supported a high cha- of the divine economy, what men racter for literature and science, are used to call little and great, are should degrade themselves by an so intimately blended, that if the attack on vital and practical reli- one were neglected, the other could gion. So far as our Magazine is not exist.' Tbis he goes on to concerned in the Strictures upon it prove, both as respects the mateby the Edinburgh Reviewers, we rial and the moral world;' and we have only to thank them for extend- should be glad to cite his arguments ing our popularity by introducing at length, did not the limits of our us to a new circle of readers: but work forbid; .but the following we feel for our opponents. • It is Extract is so truly excellent, both hard for them to kick against the 'in sentiment and language, that goads. It is an awful thing to jest our readers would have cause to with the religion of the gospel. complain of us if we did not insert

The Editor of the Edinburgh Re- it: view, in an unlucky hour, admitted • Here I may fairly retort upon two articles, the one in ridicule of the critic the baneful tendency of Methodism, in Number XXXIV; the that character of Providence, which other of Missions, in the following. be considers so elevated and majes

In the former article, the Re- tic. If the Superintending Mind viewer makes very little attempt at never interferes in the government reasoning. He sets out with con- of mankind but on some occasion founding Churchmen and Dissent awful and sublime, -what is the ef

ers, Calvinists and Arminians, with 'fect that such a notion must pro- men of every other shade of lu- duce on the minds and characters of

pacy,' as he is pleased to term it, individuals ? Each one will consiinto one mass of Fanatics, with der himself as in a 'fatberless world ; whom he does not think it worth alienated from his God, who regards while to reason ; and therefore only not his trivial affairs: he will cease ridicules. Mr.Styles, however, meets to pray for the guidance of his wishim on his own ground, and beats' dom, or the protection of his power. him with his owo weapons. He does In the difficult path of virtue, conmore: he enters into argument, scious that he must struggle alone, and shews that the Reviewer's no- without assistance or support, he tions on Providence and God's go- will soon abandon every effort, and veroment of the world, are very de- sink into the listlessness of indiffer. fective and inaccurate.

ence, or the torpor of despair. marks on this subject are judicious, Finding the task of subduing his and his illustrations striking. After passions, of maintaining a steady drawing the character of the great firmness in those principles which Governor of the Universe in the ele. digpify his nature, too mighty for vated language of the prophets, his accomplishment, all his virtues be proceeds thus : - Now contrast will be stunted in their growth; or, with this view of God, the idea chilled by the coldness of neglect, which represents him as interfering will wither and die: and let the idea in the government of the world only once possess the vicious mind, that

His re

God is too great to watch the pro- sence of which affords a wide range gress of individual guilt, to blast its to Atheism, with all its train of schemes, to counteract its desigos crimes and woes.' and with what unwonted zeal will he The Second Letter enters on the gratify every lust! and at the altar subject of Missions in general , and of passion with what ardour will he here ne again charges the Reviewer sacrifice all the charities of human with Infidelity, 1, Because he treats life! A disordered and an aban- with levity the gross and cruel sudoned world will present to him a perstitions of Paganism ; 2, Because wide field of indulgence; and crimes he pours ridicule and contempt on of every hue will shoot forth with Christian Missionaries, merely for an unnatural luxuriance in so con- their attempts to propagate Chris. genial a soil. But the thought, the tianity; 3, Because he argues against Methodistical thought, if you please, Missions (particularly to India) on that God is the God of individuals, the ground of political expediency, that there is no being so insignifi. to the exclusion of the providence cant in his wide domain as to escape of God, and in opposition to the his providential care; but that, as a eternal principle of moral duty.' father, he hears the suppliant's, cry, The third and last Letter conguides bis way, and controuls his siders the present state of Literature destiny,-operates most powerfully and of the Reviews, and their in the cause of religion and virtue. avowed hostility (with the excep: The mind, contemplating a present tion of the Eclectic) to Evangelical Deity, adorex his perfections, and Religion. - This Letter we partiseeks to enjoy a consciousoess of his cularly recommend to those who, favour; the character rises, and is while they reject all other Antimatured under his transiorining in- christian works, continue to enfluence; the siruggles against temp- courage and prefer those monthly tation, sin, and sorrow, in a vale of journals wbich are direcily hostile tears, become successful, because to Christianity. they are animated by the inspecting Upon the whole, we consider this eye of the Divinity, and the feeble as a masterly performance. The creature, armed with the omnipo. argumentative parts are strong and teace of Heaven, is more than a convincing; the satire occasivo. conqueror. Mighty are the triumphs ally introduced keen and poignant, of principle over passion, and of without being illiberal or low; piety over the world. And what a and the language in general, perspipowerful check to vice is furnished cuous, energetic, dignified, and in by a consciousness in the bosom of some instances, Bilbime. the sinner, that he cannot hide him- The author, äs in his Answer to the self from the presence of his Judge! Barrister, has introduced a few notes, that the Almighty Beiog surrounds which tell well in their places ;$ Iris path, and is acquainted with all and from one of them we were his ways! Let this impression be much surprized to find, that, for all once felt, and the pleasures of vice the riba dry lately introduced in the lose all their captivating charms; Edinburgh Review, the public stand. the heart sickens at temptation. indebted to a Reverend Diviise', . God is here,' irradiates the dark, the Author of 2 volumes of Modern ness of the night, tears off the cowl Serinons. of sccret villany in the face of day, and s) alarms the conscience, that Sermons, by Benjamin Grosvenor, imagined crimes are destroyed in the D. D., Now first collccled into a embryo: thus iniquity is restrained Volume, by John Davies, with a in the heart, which bows Dot to the Recommendatory Preface, by the. sceptre of virtue ;-- and, call them Rev. D. Boguc, A. M. 8vo, 99. by, what names we please, those must be the friends of society and DR. GROSVENOR was one of the human happiness who give pre-emi- most celebrated of the Presbyterian nence to a doctrine which the world preachers in the metropolis, during is too prone to forget, and the ab. the former half of the eighteenth XVII.


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century. If,' says Mr. Bogue in am alive again, my death shall not the Preface, he may not be enti. be their damnation ; nor is my tled to a place among the first three murder an unpardonable sin, but in the Republic of Theological Let- that the blood of Jesus cleanseth ters, he may be justly ranked among from all sin, even the siv by which the thirty who were all renowned that blood was drawn. above their brethren.'

• Tell them, yon have seen the ! In perusing, many of the re- prints of the nails upon my hands ligious books of that age, we are and feet, and the wounds of the led to conceive that the mind of spear in my side; and that those the writer was not on the stretch : marks of their cruelty are so far

They are full of every - day from giving me vindictive thoughts, thoughts; and contain only such if they will but repent, that every ideas as most men, who are well wound they have given me speaks acquainted wlth the subject, could in their behalf, pleads with the Faeasily furnish. Dr. Grosvenor was ther for remission of their sins, and not of this school. It is seen, from enables me to bestow it; and by his writings, that he stirred up his those sufferings which, they may be whole soul, and exerted bis powers ready to think have exasperated with energy to produce the best me against them, by those very ideas, – to express them in his best wounds, court and persuade them language, and to embellish them to receive the salvation they have with the most appropriate decora- procured. Say, · Repent, that your tions. Such a man pays proper sins may be blotted out, against the respect to the public, and makes it times of refreshiug shall come from a present worthy of reception. the presence of the Lord,' Acts ili. Where this is not done, men should 19. not publish, and the world should Nay, if yon meet that poor not be pestered with the indolent wretch that thrust the spear into conceptions of lazy souls !'

my side, tell him there is another To collect, and re-produce the way, a better way, of coming at works of the able writers of a former my heart, if he will repent, and century, is certainly commendable; look upon him whom he has pierced and we hope that, while many and will mourn. I will cherish him private Christians will receive spi- in that very bosom he has wounded.; ritual benefit from this volunie, he shall find the blood he shed an students in divinity, and young mi- ample atonement for the sin of shednisters, will find much to improve ding fit; and tell him from me,

he their minds, and much to imitate in will put me to more pain and distheir discourses.'

pleasure by refusing this offer of my Tbis volume contains sixteen blood, thaa when he drew it forth. sermons on interest:ag subjects; and a sketch of the author's life.

From the first discourse, on Luke Letters upon Arianism, and other. xv. 41; • Beginning at Jerusa,

Topics in Metaphysics and The lem,' we present our readers with

ology ; in Reply to tke Lectures the following delightful passage :

of the Rev. Ben. Carpenter. By ? Tell them, that as I was sent to

'Thomas Belsham, 8vo, 4s. the lost sheep of the house of Israel, MR. CARPENTER, sometime since, so, if they will be gathered, I will published • Lectures on the Works be their Shepherd still. Though of Creation, and the Doctrines of they despised my tears, which I shed Revelation ;'which were intended as over them, and imprecated my

a defence of modern Arianism, blood to be upon them, tell them though he tells us, he is not very it was for their sakes 1 shed both; solicitous to make proselytes to his that by my tears I might soften their system ;' as he conceives that every hearts towards God; and by my sect of professing Christians believes blood I might reconcile God to all that is necessary for salvatiop ; them.

and that each is able, as he expresses. • Tell hem I live ; and because I it, to select those motives from

Scriplare which are best adapted to ples, and however necessary he may promote their own edification :' and feel it to be to state such consethese he takes to be the ingredients quences, in order to guard others of true candour.

against pernicious and dangerous On this subject, we beg leave to opinions. cite a passage from Mr. Belsham, • Of the opinion that rejects all which we do with the more pleasure, controversy, and renouuces the as we cannot often quote him with spirit of Proselytism,' says Mr. B., approbation :- Candour, surely, it may become us to recollect that does not consist in believing all sys-' there is such a duty as Christian tems to be equally true, or equally zeal, - or zeal for truth; and that false, or equally uncertain, or equals the disciples of Jesus are exhorted ly indifferent ; nor is it bigotry to to contend earnestly for the faith endeavour, by all fair and honour- which was once delivered to the able means, to propagate the doc. saints. Of this the apostle Paul was trine which, after, due examination, an eminent example; so likewise is judged to be true and important, was the apostle John. Their episeven though it may occasionally tles are chiefly controversial. They disturb the slumbers of those who, express great indignation against from ignorance, or indolence, or the errors and pernicious principles self-interest, may be desirous that with which the Christian doctrine, mankind should always remain in in that early age, began to be corerror. If this be candour, Christ rupted.' P. 15. and his apostles were the most un

These sentiments we cannot but candid of all men ; and the great approve and consider as a sufficient reformers, to whose vigorous efforts apology for the earnestness with the present generation is indebted which we find it necessary to coofor its civil and religious liberties, tend for what we consider as the and for its mental and moral im- most important and essential truths. provements, “ were unchristian bi. On reading the celebrated work of pots;' — for they were the great Mr. Wilberforca, Mr. Carpenter disturbers of the peace of mankind ; has this reflection : -' Has God and, by their zeal for truth, and created an order of beings, amongst their bold and determined oppo

whom vice and misery are more sition to established error, they in- prevalent than virtue and happiness, curred the charge of turning the - and will be more prevaleot thro' world upside down. - In my estiina. eternal ages ? O distressing and tion (continues Mr. B.) that man horrid thought! Nothing short of is truly candid with respect to his demonstration shall convince me of own opinions, who avows his prin- its truth; and against such demouciples fairly, and without any dis. stration I would wish to close my guise or mealal reservation ; and he eyes in everiasting sleep! Is it is candid with respect to others, possible an intelligent man can imwho readily concedes to them in pose on himself by such a sophism ? practice, as well as in words, the - Is it wonderful that such a man same right of private judgment, should remain unconvinced ? which he claims for himself, who On the question, Whether the sys. makes every reasonable allowance tem of Mr. Wilberforce or Mr. Belfor the effect of early prepossessions, sham be best adapted to promote and other circumstances which tend religious and moral excellence ? he imperceptibly to bias the judgment; decides in favour of the former ; -who does not hastily impute to arguiug both • from observation his opponents inproper motives, and from fact,' and acknowledges who is willing patiently to listen to that Mr. Fuiler has established this arguments, and to consider objec- conclusion in his Defence of the tions, and who does no: charge his Calvinistic System. antagonist, personally, with conse- It is a curious fact, in the history yuences which he disavows, how- of modern Heresy, That the ene. ever clearly they may appear to mies of the doctrine of the Trinity kimself to follow from his priucie bave coatinued to siak lower and

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