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ing; farewell, farewell, fare thee well.”_" Compose yourself (answered she), you will soon be in glory.”—“I am a poor sinner," was his reply; and the last sentence be uttered intelligibly, his face beaming composure and delight, was, “ I am a poor sinner ; sweet Jesus, come quickly!" He resigned bis spirit March 31, 1802, in the 40th year of his age. His remains were interred in Bunhill-Fields, April 7, the pall being supported by Dr. Hunter, Messrs. Reynolds, Simpson, Steven, Nicol, and Jerment. Brooksbank delivered the oration at the grave; and Mr. John Humphries preached the funeral sermon on the following Sabbath, from 2 Cor. iv. 7. We have this treasure in earthen vessels, 8c. Mr. Maurice left a widow and several children, on whose behalf the church and his friends exerted themselves with much zeal, and raised a liberal sum for their support. (B)
GEORGE BURDER.--After the death of Mr. Maurice, the church in Fetter-lane continued destitute of a pastor upwards of fifteen months, during which time they were supplied by various ministers, till the month of June, 1803, when the Rev. George Burder, of Coventry, was invited to settle with them. This gentleman is a native of Loudon, and was baptized by Mr. Rawlin, a former pastor of the same church, in which both his father and brother were active and useful deacons for many years, till their death, in 1788.
(B) Mr. Maurice published but two discourses, both preached upon public occasions ; and they afford good specimens of his pulpit talents. The first, “ The Meridian Glory of the Redeemer's Kingdom," founded on Rev. xi. 15. and delivered before the Missionary Society, at the designation of the missionaries appointed for the second mission to the South Seas. The second discourse, “ Mercy Triumphant,” founded on 1 Tim. i. 16. and occasioned by the untimely death of John Osborn Dawson. This young man had been condemned for forgery, and was visited by Mr. Maurice, who was the honoured instrument of effecting a happy change in his mind, and accompanied him to the place of execution.
Mr. Burder, who was originally a member of the same congregation, was bred an artist, and employed soine of his early years in limning and engraving. But he quitted this profession for the ministry. After some preparatory studies, pursued with little assistance from otbers, he commenced his first stated engagements as a preacher, at Ulverstone and Lancaster. At the latter place he was ordained to the ministerial office, in the year 1777. He continued at Lancaster about six years, during which period he was much engaged in itinerant labours, in Cumberland, Westmorland, and adjoining counties, and contributed much to the introduction of the gospel into several towns and villages which were destitute of evangelical preaching.
In 1783, Mr. Burder removed to Coventry, to take charge of a much larger congregation, then newly raised, and originally a separation from the late Mr. Dalton's church in Vicar-lane. There his ministry was made very useful, and the place much enlarged. He continued at Coventry nearly twenty years, when some cause of dissatisfaction arising, he closed with an offer to remove to the metropolis. The Rev. John Eyre, of Hackney, dying in 1803, Mr. Burder was invited to fill his place as secretary to the Missionary Society, and editor of the Evangelical Magazine. The congregation in Fetter-lane being then vacant in consequence of the death of Mr. Maurice, he received an unanimous invitation to fill up that vacancy also. As he had formerly belonged to this congregation, and it was the seat of his earlier connexions, the call was peculiarly agreeable ; and he was set apart in the above meeting-house, on the 6th of July, 1803. Since his settlement in Fetter-lane, the church has been doubled in number, and the congregation much increased. In 1806, the place was thoroughly repaired, and underwent a considerable enlargement, and a fourth gallery was added.
In the same year, Mr. Burder was chosen one
of the Tuesday lecturers at New Broad-street, in the room of Dr. Fisher, who resigned. He has two sons in the ministry, the eldest of whom is one of the tutors in Hoxton academy.
The following catalogue of Mr. Burder's publications evince a considerable degree of diligence and respectability. 1. Early Piety, for the Use of Children. 1776. price 6d. Many editions of this little book have been printed, both in town and country.-2. The Good Old Way; or, the Religion of our Forefathers as expressed in the Articles, Liturgy, and Homilies of the Church of England. This was first printed at Lancaster, in 1780, and a copy sent to every house in the town. Since then it has been often reprinted, probably to the extent of more than a hundred thousand ; and it las been adopted by the Religious Tract Society. Some church-wardens supposing it to be written against the Methodists, purchased a considerable number, and caused them to be distributed at the church-doors.-3. A Collection of Hymns, intended as a Supplenient to Dr. Watts. 1784. This has passed through many editions.-4. Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, divided into chapters, with notes and reflections on each. 1786.-5. Pneumatologia : or, a Discourse on the Holy Spirit. Abridged from Dr. Owen. 1792. A second edition of this book was printed in 1809, with additions from other works of the same author upon that subject.-6. A Charge delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. Daniel Fleming, at Nuneaton, 1795.-7. The Weaver's Pocket-Book. Abridged from the original of Dr. Collinges, of Norwich, for the use of the Ribbon Weavers, at Coventry. 1794.-8. A Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. Richard Alliot, at Nottingham. 1795.-9. A Sermon at the Formation of the Missionary Society. 1795.10. The Doctrine of Justification. Abridged from Dr. Owen's two quarto volumes upon that subject. 1796.-11. The Welch Indians : A collection of Papers respecting the
Descendants of the Welch, who are said to have settled in America about the eleventh century, under Prince Madoc. 1797.-12. A Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. Jonathan Evans, at Foles-bill, 1797.-13. Village Sermons. The first volume was published in 1797, and contained twelve short and plain discourses on the principal doctrines of the gospel, adapted to the use of families, Sunday-schools, and companies assembled for religious instruction in country villages. The acceptance which they met with encouraged the author to publish a second, a third, a fourth, and at length a fifth volume. A sixth volume on the Divine Perfections, we understand, is now preparing for the press. These sermons have been reprinted in America. It has been computed that sixty or seventy thousand volumes have been circulated since this work made its first appearance.14. The Life of the Rev. John Machin. A new edition. 1799.-15. The True Messiah : a Sermon at Coventry. 1798.-16. Two Appeals to the candid Inhabitants of Litchfield. 1802.-17. Tracts for Prisoners. 1802.-18. The Assembly's Catechism dissected : from Dr. Wallis, &c. For the use of children. 1802.-19. The Pilgrim's Progress versified for children. 1803.-20. Bunyan's Holy War with Notes. 1809.-21. A Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. John Jerard, Mr. Burder's successor at Coventry. 1804.-22. Lawful Amusements: a Sermon at Fetterlane. 1805. This passed through two editions.-23. The History of the Holy Bible: improved from the text of the Rev. Lawrence Howel, M. A. 3 vols. 8vo. and 12mo. 1805.-24. A Sermon on the Death of the Rev. James Moody, of Warwick. 1807.-25. Essays to do Good. Written by Dr. Cotton Mather, of New-England. A new edition improved; with a sketch of his Life. Second edition. 1807.-26. A Vindication of the Dissenters in the City of Litchfield, against the Charges brought against them. 1808. --27. Memoirs of Dr. Watts, prefixed to the new edition
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of his Works in Quarto. 1810.-28. Several Tracts published by the Religious Tract Society. Besides the foregoing, we understand that Mr. Burder is the writer of a great number of small pieces in the Gospel Magazine ; the Theological Miscellany ; the Christian Magazine ; and the Evangelical Magazine.
On the site of the present meeting-house, formerly stood a substantial brick-building, which is said to have been originally in the occupation of the celebrated Mr. John Wesley. It was afterwards held for some years by Mr. John Green, a Calvinistical clergyman, in Mr. Whitefield's connexion, and who, we believe, received his orders from one of the mendicant Greek bishops. Mr. Green, besides being an occasional assistant to Mr. Whitefield, also taught school, by which he raised a subsistence. One day, as he was hearing some of his scholars read in the fourteenth chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians, he was led to reflect upon the mode of prophesying mentioned in that chapter, and thought it justified the order observed by the Quakers. He, therefore, proposed to a venerable friend, the institution of a meeting in a similar way. Monday evenings, were the times appointed for holding these meetings. He began as usual, and after following a short