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Another source of consolation to good men is, that there is nothing in the cause of religion that can justly procure such a treatment of it, and of its friends. It is a religion of benevolence and love; it displays the love of God and of Christ, and exhorts its friends to do good to all men; to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world ; and as much as lieth in them, to live peaceably with all men. They who suffer in this cause suffer for righteousness' sake.
The subject affords great encouragement to us who are engaged in the ministry, to preach the word, to be instant in season, out of season. It becomes us to be faithful in our attachments to the apostolic doctrines, and to preach them with fidelity and plainness. If ever we are useful to mankind, it will be by preaching Jesus Christ
and free grace.
To such diligence and fidelity we have many calls : one especially solemn and interesting to us all, in the death of our much beloved friend and brother, the Rev. Dr. Tuacher. To the societies united in this concert for
prayer, this event is particularly solemn, as he was united with us in it from the beginning, and continued to assist us till his ill health deprived him of the opportunity. We this day miss him : we feel our loss, and sorrow most of all that we shall see his face no more. No more shall we enjoy his company and counsel : no more shall we hear his excellent addresses to the throne of grace : no more shall he return to his house; and the place which once knew him shall now know him
We were deprived of the opportunity of conversing with him in his last moments, by
his absence from home. But on the Saturday evening before he sailed, I was with him. He expressed his confidence that he should not recover, but with a peculiar energy, said to me,
the doctrines I have preached are now my only comfort. My hopes are built on the atonement and righteousness of Christ.' But as we are favoured with the extract of a letter, from one who attended his last minutes, I shall lay it before you. It would appear,' says the writer, “that from his first coming among us, he was under the impression that here his days would come to a close. I visited him as often as was practicable, and still found him placid and resigned, waiting for the salvation of his God; particularly on my last visit, a few hours before his death, after expressing his unshaken confidence in the obedience and death of the Son of God, the blessed Saviour of men, he requested me to pray for him, that whether he lived, he might live unto the Lord, or whether he died, he might die unto the Lord; that living or dying he might be the Lord's; to pray also for his family, for his congregation, and for his friends in Boston. All which, after kneel. ing by his bed, was attempted in humble dependence on divine grace; and in which this worthy and excellent minister of the altar joined with all the fervour of his soul. With the first Christian martyr, the last words which he was known to articulate were “ Jesus Christ my Saviour."
May this solemn event have a becoming influence on us his brethren in the ministry, and on you our Christian friends.
To the greatly afflicted family we wish every divine consolation and support; and to his bem reaved flock, hearts devoutly to improve this mournful visitation. And may we all be followers of them who, through faith and patience, are gone to inherit the promises, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever. Amen.
THE BLESSEDNESS OF THOSE WHO DIE IN THE LORD.
REVELATION, xiv, 13. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth ; gea, saith the Spirit, that they may reff from their labours, and their works do follow them.
A MOURNFUL providence hath determined
my choice of this pa sage: a providence in which I myself am chiefly concerned. God most wise and righteous hath seen meet to re. move an affectionate and tender mother by death!
The gloomy tidings were received the day past. I feel the stroke. Nature recoils ; but religion teacheth to say, All is well. In such a case, who can help feeling, seeing the connexion was near and mutually binding? Yet, O my soul, dismiss every murmuring thought, and adore the hand that strikes !
The deceased ever acted a tender, a provident, and an indulgent part. While properly thoughtful of the body, and its concerns, she manifested a prevailing solicitude for the immortal soul : making it evident to all that were about her, that she “travailed in birth again, till Christ should be
* Delivered April 17, 1768, occasioned by the death of the author's mother, Mrs. Mary Stillman, who dicd March 17, 1764; in Charleston, (S. C.) aged 57.
formed in them.” A reflection on such repeated acts of kindness, tends to make the wound the deeper, and to increase the sense of loss in him, who feels that he has the affection of a son.
Had I been on the spot, it would have been expected, that I should make some improvement of the dispensation. It appears no less proper, when so far removed from the place of her death. The parent is no less a parent, for being above a thousand miles distant, neither is the stroke the more tolerable ; rather this circumstance is an aggravation. We all esteem it a felicity to be near to them we love ; and are ready passionately to wish, when any such die at a distance from us, that we might have seen the last of them, and have been among the number of their friends, who took part in their affliction, and contributed all that was in their power to make their death-bed easy. Had inclination made the disposal, this circumstance would have been prevented: but the Lord fixes the bounds of our habitation. We are not left to choose for ourselves, and it is well we are not ; seeing we should follow our own way, till it would either prove our ruin, or our very great disadvantage. We have a striking instance of this in the conduct of Jonah, that disobedient prophet. In obeying the dictates of his own mind, he ran from God; and was soon brought to the sad dilemma, either that the mariners with him must suffer shipwreck, or he be cast into the sea.
An instance this, that may lead us to reflect on our happiness, in being disposed of by an all-wise God; and at the same time, to jus. tify his dealings with us, even when exercised with heavy trials.