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In the Mediterranean, the Active frigate, Captain Gordon, attacked a convoy lying in the harbour of Ragosniza, after having obtained possession of the batteries on shore. The result of the attack was, that three gunboats and eighteen merchantmen were taken, and ten burnt.
Several of the enemy's privateers have been taken by our ships; and a large praam, of four twenty-four pounders and sixty men, has been captured in the roads of Calais by the Skylark sloop, which at the same time drove the Commodore's praam ou shore.
Rev. Dickens Haslewood, vicar of Aycliff, Durham, Sacrist and Librarian of Durham cathedral. The Rev. Edw. Valpy, B. D. of Reading, elected Head-master of the Free-school, Norwich. • * *. James Wright, Hinderclay R. Suffolk. Rev. Wm. Morrice, B. D. Tackley R. Oxon, vice Fineh, deceased. Rev. Charles Mytton, Cheshire. Rev. R. Massie, Aldford R. Cheshire. Rev. Edward Wallis, Willoughby R. Lincolnshire, rice Bowyer, resigned. Rev. J. V. Chute, M. A. South Pickenham R. Norfolk. Rev. James Newcombe, B. A. Dean's vicar, sub-treasurer, and custos of Exeter cathedral, Willand R. Devon. Rev. Thomas Robinson, M. A. Saint Hilary W. Cornwall, vice Hitchens, deceased. v. Henry Fielding, Crundile R. Kent. Rev. Wm. Rous Ellicombe, M.A. Clist St. George R. Devon, vice Rous, deceased. Rev. Vaughan Thomas, B. D. Dunstbourn Rous R. Gloucestershire. Rev. Rich. Venables, Clirow V. Radaor. Rev. John Hayter, Henworth R. Suffolk, vice Rev. Wm. Moore, resigned. Rev. Wm. Speare, D. D. to a Prebend of Exeter cathedral, vice Rev. Sir Harry ‘Frelawny, bart. resigned. Rev. Thomas Bromley, M. A. Bishop
stone R. Wilts.
Rev. Mr. Barnes, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, a Minor-canon of Durham cathedral, tire Jackson, deceased. Rev. William Camplin, Clatworthy R. Somersetshire. Rev. H. Helyar, Pendomer V. Somerset. Rev. J. R. Thackeray, M. A. Downham Market R. Norfolk. Rev. J. Prowett, M. A. Edburton R. Sussex. Rev. James Morgan, D. D. prebendary of Gloucester cathedral, Llantrissent W. South Wales, tice Rickards, deceased. Rev. R. Stephenson, Witchford W. to Whish, deceased. Rev. John Lamb, Stretton R. Ratland. Rev. Wm. Moore, Chagford R. Devon. Hon. and Rev. Richard Bruce Stopford, M. A. one of his Majesty's chaplains, w a Prebend of Hereford cathedral. Hon. and Rev. George Herbert, B.A. Trbenham V. Norfolk. Rev. W. Newcome, M. A. Belaugh R. with Scottow V. annexed, Norfolk. - Rev. Wm. Edge, B. A. Naughton R. So folk. Rev. Nath. Colville, M. A. Brome R. Norfolk. Rev. J. G. Sherer, Godmersham and Co. lock united W.W. Kent. Disp. Ex sation. Rev. Peter Sandisord, M.A. to hold Neoton R. Isle of Ely, with Fulmodesmue” Croxton R. Norfolk.
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T; following paper is taken from a small pamphlet, published in 1736, entitled “The tritophant Christian, or the dying Words and extraordinary Behaviour of a Gentleman, who departed this Life on the 5th Day of September, 1725, in the 59th Year of his Age; faithfully transcribed from the Notes taken by a Person that attended him in his Sickness. Worthy the Perusal of every serious Christian, and published with a sincere Design of Good to all.” The editor states, that as the object of the publication was to promote the glory of God, and the good of his people, and not to raise a reputation either for the deceased or his surviving relations, it had been deemed expedient to conceal the name, family, and place of abode of his departed friend. He adds, and I thiuk with truth, that “there is nothing in history which is so improving as those accounts we meet with, of the death of eminent persons, and of their behaviour in that dreadful season.” The reasoa of this he conceives to be, our being sure “that some time or other we shall ourselves be in the same circumstances. The general, the statesman, or the philosopher, are, perhaps, characters which we may never act in ; but the dying man is one, whom sooner or later we shall certainly resemble.” We only liberty I have taken with the original is that of somewhat shortening it, by excluding ouch expressions of the dying man *were only repetitions of what had \\\\ said before. I am, &c. - S. (waist. Onserv. No. 129.
THE TRIUMPHANT chrisTIAN, &c.
The subject of the present account was born of religious parents, was an only child, and heir to an estate of twelve hundred pounds a year. which he lest, with some small additions, to a son and two daughters, the possessors no less of his virtues than of his fortune. His lady, a pious and exemplary Christian. died some years before him. He had had a very liberal education, and studied for some time at a university in Holland, after which he travelled for about two years. He then returned to England, and, having married, settled at his seat about fifty miles from Londou, where he lived till his death, a period of about thirty-five years. He was a man of great knowledge and experience in religion. His person was agreeable, his disposition and deportment sweet and engaging, and his couversation highly instructive. He was humble and courteous, kind to all, most charitable to the poor, and especially to the industrious poor. Many a family has he saved from ruin by his private assistance. His house was a little sanctuary, wher: God dwelt, and where he was loved, obeyed, and constantly worshipped. The utmost harmony and asfection reigned among the members of the family, who were pious without enthusiasm, and serious without affectation, and highly esteemed by all their acquaintance. No mail could leave the world more universally lan:ented by all who knew him. He died in the 59th year of his age, after a life devoted to the setvice of God, and the good of man
kind, and employed in religion and kind offices. The death of this excellent man was caused by a consumption, which for three or four years had slowly but gradually wasted his strength. He preserved, however, a surprising alacrity of mind to the last; nor did he fail in his usual attention to domestic duties, or abate his usual intercourse with his friends, until within a day or two of his departure. On Saturday noon, the day before he died, he was sensible of a very great alteration in himself. The circumstance alarmed his family, but not himself. Physicians being called in, confirmed the opinion he himself entertained, that they could be of no service to him, and that his recovery was now hopeless. On this he sent for three friends, and all his family, into his chamber, when, in-the midst of their tears and lamentations, with the utmost composure of mind, he thus addressed them. “My dear children and friends, I send for you to take my last leave of you, to bid you and all the world farewell. I am going where I hope we shall one day have a joyful meeting; though I shall never return to you, and the places and persons that have known me must here know me no more. Come, my dear children, and kiss your dying father, or you may lose the opportunity of that endearment: death is doing his work apace. Do not be so greatly moved. Nothing but your tears can disquiet me. I have nothing now to do but to die. It is a great work: (), to do it well!—My worldly affairs are all settled: I will not lose one of my very few moments about them. You will find, by the disposal of my estate, how dear you all are to me, and how sensible I have been of the duty and affection you have ever paid me. May God requite you in more valuable blessings than I can leave you.-I have no need to add any instructions to those already given X"; go on as you have hitherte
done, and remember the words of your living as well as dying father. May the God of peace be with you, the Almighty God of Jacob bless and keep you. May your father's God and your own God be your present inheritance and everlasting portion. May your mutual happiness be continued, and your eternal felicity secured. May the glory of God be your great aim at all times; and may all you say, design, or do, tend thereto. May you prove blessings to society, and instruments of much good to the cause and people of Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. My dear friends and children, who for many years have been my best friends and companions, the tenderness of my soul is moved towards you. Nothing in the world besides raises in me the least inclination to stay longer here: it is you only that I cannot so easily part with; and were l not fully persuaded we should meet again, parting would be dreadful work indeed. But let me not indulge this weakness. I am going to the blessed Jesus, and it is with the same Jesus I leave you. He will infinitely more than make up the loss of children to me, and of a father to you.” Here, overcome by his feelings and by the effort he had made, he fainted. They all thought him gone; but in a few minutes he recovered, and, composing himself to rest, slept, or rather slumbered, for two hours. On waking, he thus began again: “Let me pray with you; this may be the last time we shall ever unite in that exercise. I am on the brink of eternity: in a few hours or minutes more, I shall launch into that boundless ocean.” lying on his bed, he then with the greatest calmness, and with his usual fluency, prayed, nearly in the sollowing words. “Most glorious and holy Lord God! Thou art the only living and true God, from whom we receive life and breath and all things. Truly happy are they, and only they, who have an interest in thy favour; for in thy favour is life, and thy loving kindness is better than life. Thou art the only source of true happiness. Afflictions with thy favour are infinitely before deliverance from the greatest distress without it. To have God for our portion, though in the most destitute circumstances is infinitely to be preferred to all the good and glory. of the world without God. With the utmost awe and reverence, O Lord, we would approach thee, duly sensible of thy majesty and perfections, and of the infinite distance there is between that being who is all purity and perfection, and such defiled guilty creatures as we are. It is condescension in God to regard the most perfect adoration and obedience of the blessed above: what wondersul goodness is it then for thee to have respect to those who dwell in houses of clay, and whose foundations are in the dust! Our consolation is, that we have an all-prevailing Intercessor with thee, Christ Jesus the righteous, our most blessed Mediator and Advocate, the Lord our righteousness and strength, through whom unworthy and ruined creatures may have access to, and be accepted by, their great Creator. He hath died, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God. Through him alone we would come before thee, O Lord : may our hearts be influenced by thy most holy Spirit, that our prayers may be such as Christ will plead for above. I am now, O Lord, at thy footstool; I shall soon be at thy bar: O be present with me in these last moments of nature's distress. I am almost at home: O make the passage easy, it it be thy will. Now, O Lord, complete thy work in me, thy goodness towards me. May 1 die to thy glory; in thy favour; to the benefit of all that know or may hear of me; and an encouragement to them to choose God for their portion. For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, fully pardon all my sins, pass by every sailing of my life, sreely forgive whatever has been contrary to thy
holy law and nature, every sin I have committed, all my omissions of my duty, all my sins of ignorance or presumption. Wash me in the blood of Christ from all defilement. Sanctify me throughout, O thou Spirit of the Most High, in body and soul, and give me that comfort and peace which thou alone canst give; and maintain them in me to the last, till death is swallowed up in victory. Let no false fears alarm me, no false hopes deceive me. Let not thy wrath, O Lord, terrify me; let not the greatenemy of souls be suffered to assault me; let not the remembrance of my past sins overwhelm me. May I know that I am fully pardoned for my dear Redeemer's sake.
Grant me, O Lord, an assurance of
thy love; and may I have thy Spirit witnessing with mine, that I am the child of God. May the prayers which I put up to thee in the time of my health, for preparation for death, be now answered in mercy. Preserve, O Lord, the faculties of my mind, that to my latest breath I may praise my God, declare my experience of thy faithfulness, love, and power, and furnish a farther testimony that religion is a real principle in the soul. And then may death be an easy passage to me out of a world of sin, snares, and sorrow to immortality, peace, happiness, and glory with God and Christ above. I would commend to the Divine favour my friends and family, with whom I must now part. May the blessing of Almighty God be ever upon them. May the blessings purchased by Christ be their portion for ever. Guide them by thy counsel here, and afterwards receive them to thyself. Hear and accept us, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake, in whom alone is our hope of mercy from thee; and to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the one immortal, invisible, and only wise God, be uninterrupted honour and glory, adoration, blessing, and praise, world without end. Amen.”
The length of this prayer, and the earnestness with which he deliwered it, quite exhausted him, and he was almost motionless 'for about an hour; when the minister whom he attended, a man of eminent piety, learning, and worth, came to see him. As soon as he saw him, he said with surprising alacrity, “My good sir, I am glad to see you : you are come in time to do vour last kind office to your dying friend. I hope by the Divine assistance, you, as well as I, will have comfort in my end. I have a peace within, too reat to be expressed. Your laour has not been in vain in the Lord: I am one testimony to the contrary, blessed be God. I thank you for all your heavenly discourses and prevailing prayers, and for that pious conversation which I and my family have so often been favoured with. Continue it to them; they value it as much as I do, and may one day bless you for it upon a dying bed, as I now do. Is it not amazing, that such a sinner as I am, should be thus casy upon a deathbed, and when just going to appear before the great Judge of the world? O, God has been ever good to me, and l find he will be so to the last. I never yet called upon him in vain. O, living and dying, we should declare the loving kindness of the Lord.” Here, that he might not spend himself too much, the minister began some suitable discourse; but he perceived the design, and said, “I thank you for your kind intention; but allow me to go on, while I can speak, to bless God and to give my dying testimony to his faithfulness, power, and love. Why have I so much strength remaining, but that I may use it for his glory. My speech may shortly fail me: O then bless God for me, and put up your prayers for my departing soul. it not the utmost condescension in God, that he will allow such a worm as I am to bless him at all P He is infinitely kind and plenteous on mercy. All his dispensations to
wards me have been for my best good, and his glory. Even those adverse circumstances which crossed my inclinations and thwarted my designs, I now perceive were designed for my everlasting advantage. God has indeed been my kindest and best friend. God in Christ is my rock, the portion of my soul. What should l now do without an interest in Christ? The precious blood of Christ is of infinite value: I ever said I thought it so: how do you think I esteem it now I am a dying, perishing crea. ture; but I have committed my soul to Jesus Christ, my Lord, and my God: he will conduct it safe to his heavenly kingdom. Through him I have overcome the world; through him I shall soon triumph over death and all the powers of darkness. Shake off thy fetters, my soul, and rejoice in Christ Jesus thy Lord. A few moments more, and thou shalt enter on thy heavenly inheritance. There shalt thou ever be with the Lord. There thy longings after God shall be satisfied. There thou shalt be an eter. nal witness to the Redeemer's truth and power, and to the rich free grace of God in Christ. There shall be no sorrow, and, what is better, no sin; no fear of offending God, no hazard of ruining thyself; but through the endless ages vs eternity thou shalt know and love, enjoy, glorify, and praise God in a manner thou art here incapable of This night, my friends, I am persuaded will be my last night among you, and to-morrow my last sal: bath. What a blessed change will it be, to go from keeping a sabba! with the people of God on earth, to keep an eternal one with God him. self in heaven " After lying still for some time, he again broke out:—“Many, were they to see me, would be pilying my case; but that would be: because they know not my inwa comforts. O, I would not now change conditions with the most wise, most wealthy, most s”