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teristic excellence as a preacher, I would say, that it lay in his being mafter of Scripture sentiment and Scripture imagery; with which he illuminated, enlivened, and enriched his discourses, which, being delivered with a grave, forcible, dignitied, and impressive utterance, peculiar to himself, never failed to make a deep and tolemn impreffion upon the minds of his audience. You, my friends, can bear testimony to the truth of what I say. You have yet freth in your minds inany of the discourses he delivered in your prefence. And you well remember with what attention and eagerness you would have hung upon his lips. But his majestic voice you will hear no more. He is removed far from mortals, has taken his departure froin our world, and left us to lament that a great man is fallen in Israel. Truly we may say of him, what our Lord taid of John the Baptist : “ He was a burning and a Thiving light.” He burned remarkably in the law, and shone conspicuously in the Gospel. He burned in severity against fin, and thone in compassion toward finners.' He. burned in love to and zeal for God, and thone in evidence and perfpicuity of discourse. He was a burning and a thining light ; and as often as you, my friends, of this congregation, were favoured with his occasional ministrations, ye rejoiced in his light.
This great and good man passed through a lengthened series of years, increafing in knowledge and in piety, in zeal and usefulness, beloved and respected by persons of every rank and every description. As the evening of life advanced, he advanced in Chriftian and ministerial improvement. This luminous western star continued to shine. with increasing luttre, even to the last. It was but a Thort time he was incapacitated for public usefulness. When he felt himself declining under the pressure of the infirmities of age, and that he must put off this tabernacle, as the Lord had shewed him, he exemplified an holy trust in God, and patience under his sufferings. When the harbingers of death were encamping around him, with serenity of mind he computed himself for his dying work. During his whole life he was a man given to prayer, but his two lait days in this world were spentin almost nothing else.
When asked by one with relpect to his hope, he replied,
My hope is the hope set before me in the Gospel, and I rejoice in hope of the glory of God." He was uncommoniy freih and recolle&ted upon the last day of his life. lle was in a posture of waiting for the coming of his Lord. Vol. IX.
A: Ciferent times te was Leard to fav, " on w Christ come in? wien w... Corcone in Tbeie are lume of the deact.cc ientences in bis prayers, wsch were orertéaid by sis riends wto attended tim. * O Lid. iec parience in me bave its feriest wuis, for the case of jeius C:* inen.”—“ Lord. frenghen ne with all righi, aida dog to tty gloricus pove, und ai patience and lungene, viti justuincis, for the sake of Jetus Chia: Amen. -- Lorj! enable me to leare all, and give up as and wine to thee. through Jei's Choiit! Amen."-": Inco shine band I comrit my ipirii. Thou haft redeered me, O Jehovali, God of truth "_"0 Lord! Taile me above ail my inirmities, for the sake of Jetus Ci:11. Annen.” Te next morning. at four o'cicak, lis prayer was heard. He was then taken to be wid Gud, tice ard enior for limielt what he had all his life been preachi: sand recommending to others. " Vars t..e perfect tran: and let the upriglk: for the end of that man is peace."
When the role Paul scok his final farewell of the Church of Lpicius, I remember it is recorded in the sets, that they ail wepi to:e, and ieil upon his neck, and kitied lim, forrowing, mok of all for the words which he fpake, that they thi aid lee lis face no more. Weil, my friends, are we to see the face of our worthy father in this world no more? Then, let us give thanks to God for preserving him to be so long and fu eminently useful in the service of the Church.--- Are we to see his fáce no more? Then let us pray to God iliai be mav raise up many such eminent men, many luch buining and ihining lights, for a bieling
It was truly moving, fy's Vr. Young, to see this faithful servant of Gol, in his latt firugzien, wien to ule his own exortition, “ hards and teet ard faith were all at work.” But in the languige of Scripture, “this poo: man cried," " Ari te Lord neard him anjatij him out er all his troubles “ Some days lefore his death," java svír. Y. “while I was in: portig lim in waiking acrois the room, the day being uncom-. 'moriy dark, and the rain deiceniing in scrients, making the harselt an heap in the day of g iei ard det; trate sorrow, having looked out at the windox, he tuitud t. me, arú izid with an energy and expretion or counte, malice, I can never forget; so what a day! It is enough !o turn inelanc ciy ijo mourning Mly mind wou'll no:v be curapki'y without suport, bu: for the peace of God that pafreth all underitavirg."-" I rec liec?," ty, Vir. Y. “ to have asked him one treniny, What he thought o Miafliisi's Sermono?” " They are," rep'ied lie, full of French declaration, and are dry bones to hungry fouls." But he added, - I admire that which is said of him; that he died as a good birtops ought to die, without werden and withioni dt5:."
to the Church and to the world.---Are we to see his face no more? Then let us recollect what we have heard from him, and seen in hin, for our edification. Those things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in him, do, and the God of peace shall be with you.--Are we to see his face no more? Let us take occafion to reflect, that the time is fast approaching when we too Thall see one another's faces in this world no more. And let all of us be concerned to be making ready for taking our departure into the world of spirits.--- Are we to see his face no more? Then, finally, let us be followers of him, and of them, who, through faith and patience, are now inhe. riting the promises: God grant that we, when dying, may be enabled, in the exercile of a truc and lively faith, to resign our departing foul into the hand of our heavenly Father, saying, like llim, “ Into thine hand I commit my Spirit! thou hast redeemed me, () Lord God of truth.” Then shall it be our fclicity to meet him in heaven, and to be with Christ, which is far better.
To the Editor. REV. SIR, THE enclosed letter breathes such an unaffected strain
of piety and submission to the divine will under very trying circumstances, that it much imprelles my heart ; and should it excite gratitude in our souls for more abundant inercies in Providence, or teach those who are in similar circumstances with the author, to caft their burdens upon the fame Almighty, and never-failing Friend, you will not regret its insertion in your Magazine.--I am sure you will be glad to hear, that a few Chriftian friends, into whole hands the letter unexpectedly came, have generously discharged the good man's debts, and sent him a few pounds, and an ample supply of cloathing for himlelf and family. * -So true is that word, “ Tlie righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles." Pfalm xxxiv. 17. Your's,
PHILEMON. Having often thought of calling the attention of the public to the State of poor Evangelical Minifters in the country, whofe incomes, through the distrelies of their hearers, diminish, as their expences increase, we are
to avail ourselves of this communication, which will speak more to the feelings of our readers than any thing we could offer.
Im H, Nov. 26th, 1800, Y dear and Chriftian friend in the Lord, but to me
unknowi, I received your kind, loving, and welcome letter, Nov. 24. Being so lost in wonder and surprize, that I know not how to express myself, or forın my letter to you as God's distributor to the poor of his flock with all your Christian helpers: the Lord the Spirit help me to indite, and guide my poor hand in truth. --I have an enemy stands at my back, whose name is Mr. Pride, and asks me how I can for 1haine, as a Christian Minister, state my cafe (it being fo unknown and deplorable) to the Church or Chriftian friends abroad: but as God refiits the proud, and gives grace unto the humble, I bid him, in the Lord's name, begone ; for the Lord will have mercy on the afflicted, and I am persuaded my dear friends will not scorn me because of my poverty.
My dear Sir, had you brought in your kind letter to me, I suppose your breaft would have heaved, your cheeks blushed, your eyes dropped, whilft you would have exclaimed, “Alas! my brother!"-I have a poor fick and weak wife, who has been ill for alınoft fourteen years of the rheumatism in the stomach, windy cholic in her breaft, dropsy in her legs, and sometimes with hyfteric fits; and we have nothing to put in her mouth beside a little water, but the water of life is very refreshing. I have a daughter, my oldest child, who has been ill almost four years in a decline, and I am able to get very little or nothing for her ;, but cry to the heavenly Physician for help.--I have a poor ragged boy turned thirteen years, and the country is so poor, I cannot get any work for him ; (even farmers pay off their fervants, provisions are so dear ;) and to put him apprentice is out of my power: I must hope the Lord will hear my prayers in his behalf.--I have another boy, who is eighteen, at service in a farmer's place, but his wages are so low, lie cannot as yet do for himself.---My income in all is only fixteen pounds per annum, (the London: Exbibition, and his Majesty's royal gift included) and the people are so poor, whom I serve, that they can afford me little or nothing, as they are loaded with large families, and some of them on the parith, and their children half naked; fo that I can expect but little from them, poor dear things! As for our linen, both for back and bed, to say I have none would be false ; but to say you would not thank me for it, would be true, for we are exceedingly bare of that article: yet we are happy to be clothed with the clean linen, the
righteousrighteousness of the saints. O most blessed priviledge ! God make me humble and thankful !--As for my bedding, my dear friend, I must beg to be excused; hut this I can say, through divine grace, the chamber is peace, the pillow is sovereign love, the protector is God and his angels, the canopy his Almighty goodness and providence: but I have a bed, homely as it is, and my dear Lord was pleased to go without one for it.---O! for more love and thanks to my dear Jesus, who, procured all my favours with his
precious blood !- Miy family, as to clothing, are but very middling, but bleifed be God for what they have. --As for our yearly fare ; breakfast and supper are chiefly on a little tea, if we can get it ; if not, on mint tea and bread, and a little cheese or butter, if it can be had: but very feldon are we favoured with it. Our dinner in the Spring and Summer is chietly on cresses, falt, and bread; cabbage and salt, and a little butter, when it can be had ; yet a dinner of herbs where the love of God is, is better than a stalled ox with hatred and strife therewith. But my friend, the Paschal Lamb, thouglı eaten with bitter herbs, sweetens every thing we enjoy, biessed be my God! Sometimes in the Sumner we have garden beans and salt, carrots and falt, but little meat; for. I think I can safely fay, we have not had four joints of incat in our house these ten months; for, my friend, where must it come from? My firing tands nie in almost four pounds per annum, and my house and garden two pounds per annum ; coals and every thing is so very dear in this poor bare county. In the Winter, our dinner is potatoes and falt; on that I have dined this day with my family. This is our yearly living, and blessed be God for this ! O, my friend, although I ain often ftraitened for bread on earth, I hope, through grace, I fhall never want water in hell ; 0), the happy thought !—As to my affairs they are too bad to speak of, but I cannot help it, and what I am going to speak is true. I am behind hand in the world almost eighteen pounds, and moft of it for bread, fome of it for other things; but the Farmer that serves me, sees when I receive two or three guineas I take it him, and so he bears with me. This is the Lord's doing, O! may it be ever marvellous in my eyes !---I am almost seventy-four years old, in health pretty well, but exceedingly weak; my wife is fifty-eight years; but she, poor thing ! enjoys but a very poor itate of health. The Lord prepare us both for a happy end! Amen. Sir, I must now tell you the price of provitions in our county,