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ident of the United States. Written tion, with large additions incorporatin the year 1800. New Edition, with ed; comprising all the late English a Preface. Boston, E. G. House. 1809. Law compiled from decisions since

Letters addressed to Clarinda, &c. Mr. Gwillim's edition. And also, a never before published in America; complete Abridgment of American with a choice Selection of Poems and La' compiled from all the American Songs. By Robert Burns, the Scot. Decisions now extant, in six volumes. tish Bard. To which is prefixed, WORKS PROPOSED. a Sketch of his Life and Character. Williams & Whiting of New York, Philadelphia, Jane Aitkin. 1809. propose to republish that new and in

Self Knowledge, a Treatise shew. teresting work, Thornton Abbey; a ing the nature and benefit of that im series of Letters on Religious Subportant science, and the way to attain jects; in one large volume duodeci. it. Intermixed with various reflec- mo, at 1,25, in boards, or 1,38 bound. tions and observations on human na. Samuel T. Armstrong of Charlesture. By John Mason, A. M. Bos. town, presents to the citizens of the ton, Farrand, Mallory, & Co. 1809. United States of America, and friends IN THE PRESS.

of religion in particular, Proposals Farrand, Mallory, & Co. Boston, for publishing by subscription, Ser. have in the press The Scripture Doc. mons on various Subjects, Divine and trine of the Atonement examined, Moral. Designed for the use of by John Taylor of Norwich. To Christian Families, as well as for the which is added, candid remarks up. hours of devout retirement. By Isaac on Mr. Taylor's Discourse, entitled Watts, D.D. To which will be addScripture Doctrine, &c. By George ed Memoirs of the Author, by an Hampton, M.A.

eminent hand, in 2 vols. 8vo. price to 1 Farrand, Mallory, & Co. Boston, subscribers 2 dolls. per volume. and William P. Farrand, & Co. Phila. Thomas & Whipple, Newburyport, delphia, have in the press, A New have in press The Military CompanAbridgment of the Law, by Mat. ion : being a system of Company Disthew Bacon, of the Middle Temple, cipline, founded on the Regulations Esq. with considerable additions, by of baron Steuben. Designed for the Henry Guillim, of the Middle Tem- use of the Militia. Third edition, ple, Esq. Barrister at law. The first improved. Ornamented with handAmerican from the last London edi. some Copperplates.

OBITUARY.

MRS. CATHARINE EMERSON, late that habitually governed her conduct. wife of Mr.John Emerson of Hancock, Though possessed of superior judgN. H. was born A. D. 1743. She ment and lively sensibilities, they was the youngest daughter of Mr. were so far under the influence of Noah Eaton of Reading, Massachu. grace, which reigned in her soul, setts, and enjoyed the advantages of that even the profligate and profane a religious education. Under the were constrained to acknowledge the faithful preaching of the Rev. Mr. excellency and power of true religion. Hobby, her mind early became sub. The gentleness of her temper, the ject to religious impressions.

meekness of her mind, the cheerful She was admitted a member of the sobriety of her deportment, the cor. first church of Christ in Reading, rectness of her sentiments, the piety September 24, 1769. .

of her conversation, her devout atHer subsequent life evinced the tendance on the institutions of the sincerity of her profession : that she gospel, and unwearied exertions to was a christian, not in name only, do good, proved her a follower of Jebut in truth. That divine charity, sus Christ, and gained her the es. which Paul describes as the essence teem and applause of every person, of true religion, was the principle who enjoyed her acquaintance.

In the education of her children, to reverence as a holy sabbath te she exhibited equal wisdom and as the Lord. The manner in which she siduity. Recognizing ber covenant taught them the Assembly's Cateengagements, when she gave up her chism and explained the Scriptures, children in the sacred ordinance of was peculiarly tender and engaging, baptism, she was faithful to that cov. and the salutary effects produced, enant by “training them up in the proved that the high estimation in nurture and admonition of the Lord.” which she held the practice was judiShe was a mother, who not only gave ciously placed. After closing the her children the best counsel and ex business of the day, instead of per. amples, but carried them on her heart mitting her children to go into vain to the throne of grace ; and, in an- or dissolute company, she would of. swer to her prayers and labors, the ten call them round her and spend blessing of Abraham descended upon the evening in conversing with them them. Of nine children, who were on the great things of religion, and spared to adult age, eight of whom particularly on the various dangers survive ; she had the satisfaction, and duties peculiar to their age. several years before her death, to Noble exception from prevailing see fide come forward and publicly practice! In administering correc. profess their faith in that divine Re- tion, she pursued a practice worthy deemer, whom she had long embrace - of imitation. She first retired into ed as her only portion.

her closet to examine the state of her In no situation is a pious female mind, and then prefaced the punishmore amiable, useful, or respecta. ment with some calm, affectionate ble, than in rearing a numerous fam- observations on the guilt of disobe. ily in the principles of true religion, dience, especially as an offence and guiding them in the paths of vir- against God. tue. Mrs. E. did not deem it a ser- Mrs. E. had, several times, beer vice too arduous, or an office too low, reduced to the brink of the grave, to take the religious part of her child and more than once had taken an af. ren's education into her own hands. fecting leave of her family and friends, Too well she loved them ; too much in expectation of a speedy departure. she regarded the welfare of their In that situation, a situation which souls, to neglect a concern of such tries the hopes of men, she manifestinfinite moment. While she possess. ed the utmost calmness and confi. ed their love, respect and obedience to dence in God, and patiently waited an unusual degree,she was noless hap the expected summons. Her last py in keeping their consciences awake lingering illness she bore with christo an abhorrence of sin in every form, tian fortitude and submission. That and to a regard to every branch of re- grace which sanctified her heart and ligion, by affectionately instilling into life, softened her dying pillow. In their minds the most important truths the calin triumphs of faith, she yield. in a manner adapted to their capaçi. ed her spirit into the arms of that ties. A suitable proportion of every Savior whom she had often recomSabbath day was deyoted to this ob- mended to others, and entered into ject. That day she taught her chil. her rest on the 21st of December, dren by precept, and by the devout 1808, in the 65th year of her age. manner in which she spent it herself,

DONATION 1809, Aug. 3. To the Massachusetts Missionary Society, from the Ladies Cent Society in Newburyport, by the hands of Rev. Dr. Spring, $97, 36.

TO CORRESPONDENTS. Several Biographical Sketches, Obituary Notices, and Reviews, are on hand, and which shall be early inserted. We thank our correspondents for these communications.

To give room for the proceedings of the General Association, we have given a half sheet extra, for this month.

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MISSIONARY MAGAZINE UNITED. No. 4. SEPTEMBER, 1809. Vol. II.

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Gentlemen, Your readers were gratified the last year, with memoirs of the Rev. JOHN News

TON. Every thing which relates to so extraordinary a man, is interesting to the religious world. I therefore transmit some further particulars of his character, selected from his life, written by the Rev. Richard Cecil; together with some remarks which fell from him in familiar conversation. The whole is submitted to your disposal. Yours, &c.

MR. NEWTON was unquestion. Such was the early attention ably the child of a peculiar prov. which his mother paid to his re. idence in every step of his prog- ligious education, that, at four ress; and his deep sense of years old, he was not only able the extraordinary dispensations to read the Bible, but had learnt through which he had passed, by heart Dr. Watts' little hymns was the prominent topic of his and catechisms, together with the conversation. Those who per- answers in the Assembly's Cat. sonally knew the man, could echism ; and she flattered herself have no doubt of the probity with the hope that, in a future with which his narrative, singu. period, he might be sent to St. Jar as it may appear, was written. Andrew's, in Scotland, to be ed. They, however, who could not ucated for the ministry; but the view the subject of these memoirs Lord had designed him for anoth. so nearly, as his particularfriends er school. did, may wish to learn something We have omitted a circum. farther of the early part of his stance, during the early part of life, and of his character with his life, of some importance to respect to his literary attain the narrative. Having made an ments—his ministry-his family appointment to go one Sunday on habits--his writings--and his board a man of war, but coming familiar conversation.

too late, his companion went To the early part of his life, without him, and was drowned, as circumstantially related by with several others, by the over. himself, and widely circulated, setting of the boat ; but he was little could be added.

much alarmed and affected to VOL. II. Nero Series.

think that his life should have new and old I say, in pursuit been preserved, by a circumstance of this point, he might have apparently so trivial and acci. adopted the apostle's expression, dental. About this time he also “One thing I do.” By a prin. derived some serious impressions ciple so simply and firmly direct. from reading Bennet's Christian ed, he furnished his mind with Orator, and the Family Instruc. much information. He had con. tor; but these impressions wentno sulted the best old divines—had farther than externals, and left read the moderns of reputation him open to the temptations of with avidity; and was continu. infidelity, which followed. ally watching whatever might

Mr. N. had an unexpected serve for analogies or illustra. call to London; and on his re. tions, in religion. "A minister," turn, when within a few miles of he used to say, “wherever he is, Liverpool, he mistook a marle should be always in his study. pit for a pond, and, in attempting He should look at every man, to water his horse, both the horse and at every thing, as capable of and his rider plunged into it over. affording him some instruction." head. He was afterwards told, His mind, therefore, was ever in. that, near the same time, three tent on his calling ; ever extract. persons had lost their lives by a ing something, even from the mistake of a similar kind. basest materials, which he could

While he was in his office of turn into gold. tide-surveyor at Liverpool, he In consequence of his inces. had another singular preserva. sant attention to this object, tion, through being a few min. while many whose early advan..! utes too late (though in general tages greatly exceeded his, were remarkably punctual;) for, dur. found excelling Mr. N. in the ing that time, the ship which he knowledge and investigation of was going to iospect, blew up, some curious, abstract, but very before he could reach her, and unimportant points; he was found all on board perished.

vastly excelling them in points of Of his literature, we learn from infinitely higher importance to his Narrative, what he attained man. In the knowledge of God, in the learned languages, and of his word, and of the human that by almost incredible efforts. heart in its wants and resources, Few men have undertaken such Newton would have stood among 'difficulties under such disadvan. mere scholars, as his namesake, tages. It therefore seems more the philosopher, stood in science extraordinary that he should have among ordinary men. I might attained so much, than that he say the same of some others who should not have acquired more. have set out late in the profes. Nor did he quit his pursuits of sion, but who, with a portion on this kind, but in order to gain Mr. N.'s piety and ardor, bare that knowledge which he deemed greatly outstripped those who much more important. Whatev. have had every early advantage er he conceived had a tendency to and encouragement: men qualify him, as a scribe well in. specious titles and high connea: structed in the kingdom of God, ions have received the rewards, bringing out of his treasury things while men, like Newton, without

them, have done the work, the high Calvinists, and as a

With respect to his ministry":Calvinist among the strenuous he appeared perhaps to least ad. Arminians." I never observed vantage in the pulpit; as he did anything like bigotry in his not generally aim at accuracy.io ministerial character; though he the composition of his sermons, seemed at all times to appreciate nor at any address in their delive the beauty of order, and its good ery. His utterance was far effects in the ministry. from clear, and his attitudes un. He had formerly taken much graceful. He possessed, howev. pains in composing his sermons, er so much affection for his peo. as I could perceive in one manu. ple, and zeal for their best inter- script which I looked through ; ests, that the defect of his manner and even latterly I have known was of little consideration with him, whenever he felt it necessa. his constant hearers : at the same ry, produce admirable plans for time his capacity and habit of the pulpit. I own I thought his entering into their trials and ex. judgment deficient in not deeming perience, gave the highest interest - such preparation necessary at all to his ministry among them. Be. times. I have sat in pain when side which, he frequently inter. he has spoken unguardedly in spersed the most brilliant allu. this way before young ministers; sions, and brought forward such men who, with but comparative. happy illustrations of his subject, ly slight degrees of his informa. and those with so much unction tion and experience, would draw on his own heart, as melted and encouragement to ascend the pul. enlarged theirs. The parent.like pit with but little previous study tenderness and affection which of their subject.“ accompanied his instruction, Mr. N. regularly preached on made them prefer him to preach the Sunday morning and evening ers who, on other accounts, were at St. Mary Woolootb, and also much more generally popular on the Wednesday morning. Af. It onght also to be noted, that ter he was turned of seventy he amidst the extravagant notions often undertook to assist other and upscriptural positions, which clergymen ; sometimes even to have sometimes disgraced the re. the preaching six sermons in the ligious world, Mr. N. never de. space of a week. What was more parted, in any instance, from extraordinary he continued his soundly and seriously promul. usual course of preaching at his gating the faith once delivered own church, after he was fourto the saints, of which his writ. score years old ; and that when ings will remain the best evidence. he could no longer see to read His doctrine was strictly that of his text! His memory and voice the church of England, urged on sometimes failed him; but it was the consciences of men in the remarked, that, at his great age, most practical and experimental he was no where more recollected manner. “I hope," said he to or lively, than in the pulpit. He me one day smiling, “I hope I was punctual, as to time, with am upon the whole a scriptural his congregation; and preached preacher; for I find I am con. every first Sunday evening in the sidered as an Arminian among month, on relative duties. Mr.

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