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cension; which rendered her amia- and revered her. Those who had ble in the eyes of all. Her whole the happiness of being the best acdemeanour was equally remote from quainted with her, could enlarge the a disgusting familiarity on the one most on the sabject, and will not hand, and a haughty preciseness on think this account exaggerated. the other : it was easy and respect. By them she will long be remenful. In the management of her do- bered with admiration and regret. mestic concerns the utmost regula.

A. Q. C. rity prevailed ; - industry and eco. nomy were visible in the whole. From respect to the memory of

MASTER JOHN HALL, the pious dead, she became a mo. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hall, in St. ther to the orphan. In a manner Mary Axe; Loudon, was born Jan. adopting for a son, she reared, with 5, 1794. From an early period of the tenderesi affection, the eldest childhood his disposition and mauson of ihe late excellent Mr. Pearce, ners were very engaging. Concernof Birmingham, whom, considering cd to educate him in tne fear of the as liaving become fatherless, in some Lord, his parents endeavoured to . measure, through the zeal of his pa- instruci him in those things which rent for the cause of Christ, it relate io the everlasting welfare of strongly recommended his descend. the soul. He listened with great atants to her regard.

tention to their affectionate advice; Given to hospitality, she was ever and seemed pleased to go with them ready to receive under her friendly on the Lord's Day io hear the Rev. roof the friends of Christ with the Mr. Nentou. utmost cordiality, and slie spared no Aboui three years before his pains in providing for their comfort, death, hearing ihai Mr. Gaiiee ca- ,

Her altendance on the means of techized coildren, once a month, at grace was regular and diligent. She his inceiing - house in New Broad enjoyed her privileges, and, there- Sireet, he requested of his parents fore, prized thein ; and would oiten permission to attend those exercises. say, " We know not how long ve Being earnestly desirous of his spimay have the opportunity of serv. ritual good, they cucerfully coning God here, --- let us einbrace the sented ; and he regularly attended, present.” All her concerns were 3.) while abie to go oui. arranged as not to preveni her from If the ibings spoken on those ocfilling up her place, either on Sab- cisions were not the ineans of his bath or week-day opportunities:- erst saving impressions, they estaneither business, nor pleasure, nor

buished his mind in the truths of the a slight inconvenie..cc, nor sickness, gospel, and resdered the divine hindered her.

cuange God had wrought on his Her duty and affection to her heari more conspicuous. His pahusband was uncommon; and it rents say, that tie anticipated ihe happily met with a suitable return. reiurn of ihose exercises with great No person could be conversant in tagerness; and never would allow the family without observing and any mouve of relaxation, however admiring the great harmony that lawful in ilost, to prevent his alsubsisted between them. She con

tending Afterwards he used to formed to bis inclinations, and con- dweli much, in conversation with stantly end'avoured to promoie his his parents, ou the suisiance of the comiort and happiness. She would exhortations that had been given io Carefully conceal from him what she the chilrun. When he had repeatthought was likely to grieve him. ed the caiechism through, in the By every means in her power she answers to each question, he went strengthened his hands, being al- over it again, with the proofs froin ways ready to unite with and assist Scripture; and the attention he paid him in any good design.

to the statement and vindication of Let not this imperfect sketch of Christian docirines, was very evi: her character be thought too highly dent from his frequently observing coloured, the writer bas long knowy afterwards to others, concerņias

things advanced in sermons he vantage. He exemplified great pa-heard, that they were established tience under sufferings, frequently on the appropriate passages which checking himself when pain extorted supported the doctrinca'siated in the a sigh or a groan, lest it should apCatechism.

peer like marmuring against God. In October 1806, it pleased God When a friend enquired how he felt to lay on him an afliction which himself, " In body,” said he, terminated in his death, after long very low; but the peace, happi. and sharp sufferings. At the com- ness, and comfort I find in my Samencement, of bis illness, he request. viour I cannot describe :

it is so ed that Mr. Gaffee might be sent great, that it is better felt than for. He had his desire, and his re- tongne can express !" To a young ply to enquiries conceroing divine friend visiting him he made this resubjects, and the only method of mark:~"" This affliction has been salvation by the sacrifice and righte- more pleasure than pain to ine, from ousness of Christ, with the desire a sense of the love of Christ !” he expressed for their proper in- When it was observed that the fluence on the heart, characterized sun shined upon him,

he said, him a subject of that heavenly in- “ But what is that to the Sun of struction, which brings testimonies Righteousness!” When his friends to the Saviour's honour, even from supposed he was dozing, on their rethe lips of children.

marking that the book some one Divine truth was precious to his had just taken up, was a reward he heart ; and though so young, he received for his attention in learning felt the importance of knowing the Catechism, he suddenly lifted Christ and the power of his resur. his hands, and exclaimed, ** But I rection. He was persuaded, that have a better prize than that, for I unless the tree be made good, the have won Christ!" fruit cannot be good; and that re- He particularly requested Mr. ligion must hate its seat in the Gaffee would deliver the oration at heart.

his grave; and preach a funeralTo Mr. Gaffee and others who vi- sermon at the meeting-house, as an sited him, he expressed a deep con- improvement of the event to chilviction of a siniul nature, derived dren and youth. The text he chose by union to Adani, -- the absolute for that occasion was Psalm cii. 11, need of an interest in Christ, in or- 12,“ My days are like a shadow that der to salvation, the equal neces- declineth,” &c. sity of the blessed Spirit's work to His miod was chiefly occupied, convince and convert sinners, and through ihe whole of his trying ill. enable them to trust in Jesus for a ness, about spiritual and heavenly righteousness to justify them, and things. He expressed great joy and communicate grace to sanctify and confort derived from the love of prepare them for Heaven.

Christ and the thoughts of Heaven ; His mind vas greatly supported, saying, “ The Lord has been my and, in general, very much coin- support hitherto ; and, I trust, he posed, during the whole of his try will guide me through to the end. ing afiliction.

Before he was laid He is good and gracious, full of tenaside, he used every endeavour der mercy, shewing love to the afamong his young acquaintance at flicted!" school, and in every circle, to ir. On the morning of the third Lord's press their minds with the awful Day in March, he said, cordition of sinners, and the import- shall very soon be where I wish, ance of seeking Christ early in life. with my dear Jesuis, my precious The same mind was discovered on Jesus, for he is mine!”,

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and so it his sick bed, by his addresses to proved; for in the afiernoon of the some who visited him; and bis de- same day he deparied this life, ser, sire that those who were catechised sible to the last, and very composed, at Broad Street might improve the aged only 13 years and a few weeks. opportunity for their spiritual ad

B. G.

6 Now

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

Lectures on the History of Joseph. commended in the author, would

By G. Lawson, D. D. Minister of have given us additional pleasure. the Associate Congregution in Sel. The New Testament furnishes uno kirk, 12mo, Price 48.

equalled patterns of that union be. TAE very useful practice of ex

tween practical and evangelical inpounding the sacred Scriptures in adapted to promote the spiritual

struction, wbich is certainly best public worship, which we apprehend welfare of mankind. to be reviving in England, is well known to prevail commonly in

We have perused the whole voa North Britain. That of publishing seemed less worthy of being ex

lume without finding a passage that Lectures thus delivered, seems to

tracied than the rest. We do not increase ; and if all expositors equal remember to have read a book so led the author of this volume, we should by no means wish it to be Instead, therefore, of selecting any

uniformly and equally interesting. diminished. practical commentator, is probably part of Dr. Lawson's comment, we well known to many of our readers, cordially recommend the whole. by his former volumes on Esther and Ruth. His track, in those parts of Scripture, was comparatively un- Mistakes in Religion exposed : an beaten , and his performances tend

Essay on the Prophecy of Zachaed to shew what could be donc on

rias. By the laie Rev. H. Venn, the subjects. The History of Joseph

M. A. 12mo, Price 4s. is a more customary theme ; and bis illustration of it adınits of a fair This work is so well known, and comparison with the productions of so justly esteemned by religious read. others. It will by no means be dis. ers, that it stands in need from us credit able to Dr. L. His insight in

of little more than to be announced to the natural and religious feelings in a new edition, From the evanof the human heart, his accurale gelical prophecy of Zacharias (Luke observations of human inanners, and i, 68–79) the late excellent author his familiar acquaintance with sacred took occasion to correct a variety and profane writers, eminently qua. of dangerous mistakes, that are, lify him for a profitable discussion and usually have been, but too geof this very pathetic and instruclive neral among persons who profess the portion of sacred history. His exu- belief of Christianity. His animad. berance of remark has sometiines versions chiefly relate to those errors betrayed him into sligbt instances which may be termed Anti-evange: of tautology; and his lauguage is lical ; but he does not pass urino. often injured by the substitution of ticed such as may be called Hyperwill for shall, in the first person fu- evangelical; and are probably more ture, as is usual with persons who frequent and more extravagant are not natives of England. Dr. among professors of religion now, L.'s observations are always con- than they were when the author sistent with evangelical principles; wrote. Thus, oot merely the misand he soinetiines beautifully intro- taken ideas which many hold of duces the doctrines of the gospel to man's native innocence or power illustrate and enforce practical les- to save bimself, &c. are exploded sons. Without approving of perpe- by him, but likewise those which tual typical allusions, or of any tend to the abuse of the covethat are either forced or merely spe- nant of grace, and to the neculative, we confess, that a more glect of good works, are detected frequent reference to the sublime and opposed. We doubt not, that truths of divine revelation, pre- persons whose minds are perplered cisely similar to that which we have or misled, concerning the most es

ter ;

kential points of religious truth, Life and Writings of the Rev. H. will find the perusal of this Work Tanner, of Exeter,

Edited by highly useful

Dr. Hawker. 8v0, 6s.

In our Magazinc for 1805, we gave Á Dissertation on the Hebrew

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man, who, on account of his plain Languages. By the late Rev. A.

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The Bunyan of the West: but be MR Pirię was one of those cha- was by no means à literary characracters that combine so much mo- and we were surprized to hear desty with their intrinsic worth, that of his writings: These, however, they are little known beyond the are of an bumble character ; concircle of their immediate connec- taining only a Memoir of his own tions. He left, however, a consider. Life and Experience, a Spiritual * able quantity of 1155: behind him, Itinerary, -- and some Letters to his which discover him to have been not Friends, which may be said to smell, boly a pious minister, but a man of not of the lump of study, but of the genius, a deep divine, and an emin- furnace of affliction, in which he ent scholar. From these, six vo• appears to have been long and seJumes, 12mo, have been already verely tried. Dr. Hawker, ever published; and several of them have alive to motives of piety and benebeen for some considerable time volence, bas collected these

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venerable man whose name they Mr. Pirie assuming, what we sup- bear, from motives which carry pose our readers will generally with them their own apology. grant, that the Hebrew was the pri- 6. The first, and by far the most mitive language of mankind, en- important object, proposed from deavours to discover some traces of their publicity, is the hope, that, it in the learned and most of the under the Spirit's ininistry, they European languages ; and though may become instrumental, in eterit must be confessed there is no sub- : nal concerns, to many in the project on which Fancy is more apt to motion of the divine glory; and tho « run riot” than in etymology, we second inducement, though not must do the author the justice to equally interesting, yet by no means acknowledge he has discovered con- inconsiderabie in the claims of sosiderable judgment, as well as inge- cial lite, is the pleasing assurance nuity; and persons not accustomed that their sale will minister to the to these studies, will be surprized leinporal advantage of his widow , to find so many traces of the origi- whoin it pleased the Great Head of nal' tongue in our own and other his church, that his laborious sermodern dialects.

vant should leave in indigent circumOne leading view of Mr. Pirie stances at the age of eighty-one. seems to have been to promote the "With respect to the former, I cana study of the Hebrew language, not not question but that the Lord Jeonly among students for the minis. sus will commission these writings try, but others, who have talents to much usefulness in his church. and opportunity to apply to it, by That sweet simplicity and godly sinshewing that much general inforina- cerity which so peculiarly marks tion and entertainment is connected them in every page, is exactly such with the study; and we cheerfully as we find the Lord hath owned, concur in promoting such an object, and blessed to the minds of his as we consider Bibiical learning al people in all ages of his church. ways favvarable to true religion. "La relation to the latter motive,

for which I have gathered together Four Sermons, preached in London, the fragments of Mr. Tanner's pa

at the Thirteenth General Meeting pers, and brought them from their

of the Missionary Society, May 13, obscurity to public view, I have too much confidence in the generosity

&c. 1807, by the Rev. Mess. New. of all feeling minds, to fear censure

ton, Jack, Griffin, and Dr. Draper; on this account.

also the Report of the Directors, Nay, I rather an.

and a List of Sabscribers. 28. 6d. ticipate their thanks, and expect they will meet me more than half- Tre first of these sermons, by the way in their kind reception of them. Rev. S. Newton, of Witham, in Es. Surely, it is impossible but that sex, is founded on that encouraging cvery one who venerates age, and prediction in Psalm lxxii. 17, • All knows how to feel for the desolated nations shall call him Blessed.” Af. winter of it, must wish well to this ter a suitable introduction, the publication. It will, I am persuad- preacher observes, that all nations ed, strike their minds with full con- will not be in a state to call the viction (I confess it did mine most Messiah blessed, till the knowledge powerfully) that a life of labour, of bim be communicaled to them: such as Mr. Tanner's was, and that he, therefore, directs our thoughts, Jife, protracted to so long a period Ist, To the state of the nations which as eighty-seven years, possesseth no are destitute of this knowledge; small claim on the benevolence of 2dly, To some of the effects of the all, and especially of the religious knowledge of the Messiah ; - 3dly, and when to this consideration it be To the universal prevalence of such added, that since the slender means. knowledge; and, Ath, To our afforded him for those long and own duties, as persons looking for. wearisone services, allowed him no ward to this happy eveat. Each of possibility of making the least re- these particulars is treated in a senserve for relations so near and dear sible and scriptural manner. Under to him as his aged partner and the last, Mr. Newton observes, 1. daughter, surely, the very irabi- That it is incumbent on us to be lity seems to have been the result of very thankful to the Father of Mer. Inainite Wisdom in the appointment, cies, who has so distinguished us that it might be compensated an- above most of the nations upon

earth; 2. That real Christians will " And, if the reader will indulge feel, and it is incumbent upon them · ine to subjoin the further thought, to do so, a concern for the glory of I would add, that since the wants of the Messiah, and the spread of big those for whom this work is now kingdoin upon earth; 3. We learn published, are but little, neither, the importance of prayer and enfroin the very order of nature, can deavour for the spread of Christ's they “ want that little long,” I shall kingdom; and, 4. It appears from foster the fond hope, that the pro- this subject, that Missionary Sociefirs arising from this publication will ties are not aiming to bring forward opeu a resource fully equal to their &n impossible or

unpromised utmost wishes, Liké ihe Widow of event. The whole of this discourse arephath with her child, Mrs. Tan- is judicious and solid. er comes forth with her husband's The second discourse in this volabours, to gather the few sticks to lame is by the Rev. R. Jack, a mifurnish the momentary supply, aud nister of the Secession, in Manchesto eat her morsel and nie. if the ter. His text is taken from Isa. Lord shall graciously do by her, in xxvii. 6, “ He shall cause then that this instance, as his servant the come of Jacob to take root. Ísrael Prophet did, by the widow in Israel, shall blossom and bud, and fill tbe I hope this crose of oil will not fail, face of the world with fruit." nur the barrel of meal waste, until The author considers this Scripture that she shail no longer need "the as a promise of prosperity to the bread that perisheth; but is taken church, in respect of number, in to the enjoyment of that which respect of spiritual vigour, in reBadzreth to everlasting life.” spect väfruiifulness, in respect of

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