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not till I have hid myself in the wounds of Christ; that so the punishment that would else overtake me, may pass over me ;'* then look, and say unto my soul, I have forgiven thee; and by the work of thy mercy,

in soul, make me feel it, through Jesus Christ our only Lord and Saviour. Amen."

To the above prayer, the editor will add a dedication which Mr. Adam made of himself, the day before the sacrament. The only date which it has, is Sept. 30,” but no year is added.

Knowing and assuredly believing the promises of God made over to me for the free forgiveness of my sins, through faith in the blood of Christ; I do, from à detestation of my sinfulness, and a hearty sense of my want of pardoning grace, accept his covenant of rest and peace; trusting in him for the accomplishment of my whole salvation, in the way of gospel holiness, by his Spirit; and resolving, without delay, to put myself into his hands for that purpose.

“ And may the God of mercies keep me steadfast in this faith and engagement; and carry me on from strength to strength; that I may be one with him, and with my Saviour : and live for him ; and love him with all my heart, and with all my soul. Amen."

Here the editor takes occasion to insert the copy of a paper written by Mr. Adam, and fastened on the inside of his study door.

* The passage marked as a quotation is part of Archbishop Laud's prayer upon

the scaffold.-See Christian Observer, 1805,

p. 204.


Whoever thou art, who enterest here, If thou hast found the Life of thy own Soul, Faith and Conversion,

and comest here to attend

and with an earnest will to serve the Lord Jesus Christ

in the Ministry, This place will be a paradise to thee. But if thou art one of the world of fallen Mankind, an Hireling, false to thy Vows, and a Traitor to thy Master, and leavest thy Flock to follow thine own will and pleasure,

go where thou wilt, Conscience will follow thee, happiness will fly from thee, and thou canst only be

a Self-Tormentor."*

Mr. Adam considered himself to be treading on the verge of the eternal world, a year or two before his final dismissal came. During that period he bore repeated testimony to the comfort he enjoyed from “ the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost.” Several times during the four months he was confined to his room, both he and his friends apprehended that his dissolution was at hand. On these occasions he gave the fullest proof that he had, through faith in his only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, obtained entire victory over death : and he showed an earnest longing to be translated to the blessed regions of glory.

He was preserved in a settled tranquillity and peace of mind, and found the doctrines which he had embraced and maintained a constant support and consolation to his soul.

* The gentleman who succeeded Mr. Adam, as rector, was the Hon. and Rev. John Lumley, afterwards Earl of Scarborough, who was killed while hunting, in the year 1835.—Edit.

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After a restless night he was addressed by the editor's mother, in the following manner :

I fear, sir, you have had a very bad night.” To which he answered, “Mrs. Westoby, God sends no bad nights. I have, it is true, passed a night of great pain and restlessness.”

Mr. Stillingfleet says, “He was thus far indeed enabled to declare, to the honour and excellency of the faith of Jesus his Saviour, and to the evidence of his own happy state in consequence of his assured hope of an interest in him, “I find my foundation is able to bear me.' Thus he expressed himself several times to a friend who was near him. His very weak state would not permit him to say any more.

On one occasion, being a little revived, when his attendants were changing his posture in bed, he said, “If I could be sensible what these persons were doing, at the moment they put me into my coffin, it would be one of the most agreeable sensations I have ever known.”

The transition of this aged servant of Jesus Christ from this world to a better was, at the last, perfectly easy, and without a groan. He had been long waiting with anxious desire, yet with humble patience, for the coming of his Lord; he had many times hoped that his dismission was at hand before the hour came.

The disorder of which he died was the asthma of old age. His former malady had now ceased to return as usual ; and his asthma increased daily.

For some time before his death his friends were repeatedly surprised to witness the strength of his

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constitution. Nor when the appointed hour arrived were there any symptoms to lead them to expect that his death would take place at that time, rather than during some time before.

His man-servant, who had lived with him many years, was appointed to sit up with him that night. Mr. Adam requested his assistance to secure a posture which had afforded him some ease. his hand to the servant, he complained that it was cold, and drew it back into the bed again. The servant, on putting aside the curtain of the bed, and seeing an alteration in his countenance, went into the adjoining room to call up Mr. Adam's relatives. Before his return the soul of this good man had bidden an eternal farewell to all below, and had winged its flight to the realms of everlasting bliss. His biographer adds this pious wish, which has been granted to him also: “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."

The death of Mr. Adam took place on the 31st day of March, 1784, in the eighty-fourth year of

his age.

By his direction he was buried in the churchyard at Wintringham; and by his desire was carried to his

grave by six poor people, who lived the nearest to the rectory. Several of the neighbouring clergy, and numbers of the inhabitants of the nearer villages, as well as the parishioners, attended his funeral, and paid their last token of respect to his memory.

The will of Mr. Adam contains nothing remarkable. He left

He left very little property behind him. His charities were numerous, and his income not large. During the latter years of his life he had given a small monthly charity to twelve poor widows. On going to the rectory before service on the Sunday morning, two at a time, they received two shillings. The editor's father, after the death of his beloved pastor, continued to these widows the same relief during the remainder of their lives. The editor remembers the widows coming to the house on a Sunday morning for their shillings, which he often gave into their hands. If they had not been at church the preceding Sunday, they were questioned, and sometimes spoken to respecting their souls.

Some remarks under the following heads, were drawn up by the Rev. Mr. Stillingfleet, and revised by the Rev. Mr. Richardson and the Rev. Joseph Milner, of Hull.

1. The excellences of Mr. Adam.
II. His defects.
III. An address to the clergy.

1. The excellences of Mr. Adam.

He was ready at all times to adopt St. Paul's words, “ By the grace of God I am what I am ;" and, “yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” Yet his attainments as a scholar; his diligent labours as a parochial minister, to bring the people to Christ; and the useful character of his writings which were published during his life, will be conceded by all competent judges.

1st. His patriotism.

Mr. Adam seems never to have taken any part in politics ; but it appears he sometimes furnished use

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