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REMEMBER them who have a considerable time he walked in spoken unto you the word of darkness, without seeing satis. God, whose faith follow. À factory evidence that he had been review of the lives of pious, and renewed by divine grace. At faithful ministers, is highly use. length, looking to Jesus, the Au. ful and edifying. It has a ten. thor and Finisher of his faith, dency to stimulate others, who he obtained peace of mind and are partakers of the same faith, the comfort of hope. Having to imitate them in those things, been called by divine grace, he by which they attained to emi. deterinined to devote his future nence and usefulness. The Rev. life to the gospel ministry. The Tristram Gilman, late Pastor of flower of his days was spent in the first church in North Yar. those studies, which were premouth, was one, whose memory paratory to preaching a crucified is deservedly dear to his acquaint. Savior to sinful men. Early in ance. He was the son of a pious 1769, he came to the people of and useful minister in Durham, his future charge, and was or. New Hampshire. He was born dained the December following. in the year 1735, and was grad. In his settlement among that uated, at the first University in people, he experienced serious New England, in 1757. Edu. difficulties. His predecessor was cated in a religious manner, he a man of different sentiments from preserved the character of a son his own, and many of the church ber and moral youth. He did and parish were highly attached to not, however, build his hopes of him, and much opposed to Mr.Gil. everlasting life upon his morali. man. After much time spent in ty, or think himself a christian, prayer, for divine direction, and merely because he had escaped having the advice of a venerable those grosser vices, to which council, he determined to take the thoughtless youth are liable. He oversight of them in the Lord, was led to view himself as a sin. The event proved the correctness ner, and justly exposed to the of his decision. By his amiable penalty of the divine law. For conduct, and christian prudence,
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his opponents were reconciled, doctrines of total depravity, and he ever after lived with them particular and eternal election, in great harmony and friendship. regeneration by the special inHe, who is the source of wisdom, fluences of the Holy Spirit, jus. and the giver of every good and tification by the righteousness of perfect gift, had blessed him with Christ, and the perseverance of a strong and vigorous mind, and the saints. He adopted the de. an inclination to devote himself termination of the great A postle to those studies, which pertained of the Gentiles, to know nothing to his profession. A close ap. among his people, save Jesus plication to study, and habitual Christ, and him crucified. His diligence in the duties of his call. doctrines were sound, and his ing, were prominent traits in his manner grave and serious. Con. character. He was a scribe well scious that he was sent to nego. instructed unto the kingdom of ciate between God and men, heaven, and was a workman who when speaking of the awful needed not to be ashamed, right. 66 concerns of judgment and ly dividing the word of truth. mercy” he was studious to avoid The Old Divines, next to the "lightness in his speech.” 66 He Bible, were his chosen compan- was serious in a serious cause." ions. Regardless of the lighter Without attempting to provoke ornaments of dress, he sought a smile, by the prettiness of ex. thetruth, and these Divines great pression and the brilliancy of Jy assisted him in his pursuit. wit, he was anxious to feed his
· Mr. Gilman stood high in the flock with the bread of life. It estimation of discerning minds, was an important object in his who knew how to appreciate preaching, to shew the connexmerit. In ecclesiastical coun. ion of gospel doctrines, and their cils his judgment was much tendency, when cordially resought and highly valued. In ceived, to lead to a holy and the Association of which he was blameless life. While he was a a member, he was much esteem. son of thunder to the careless ed, and was for many years their and impenitent, he was the Moderator. When Bowdoin “messenger of grace” to those College was incorporated, he who felt their need of mercy. It was named in the act, as one of was his delightful employment, the Trustees, and presided at that to lead the trembling and inquirBoard till his age and infirmities ing sinner, to that gracious Reinduced him to resign. As an deemer, who has said, 66 Him other proof of his worth, he was that cometh unto me I will in no elected the first President of the wise cast out. In his preaching Maine Missionary Society, which he aimed more to enlighten the office he held at his death. In understanding and mend the his religious sentiments, he was heart, than to please the fancy, strictly Calvinistic and Evangel. and gain the applause of his ical. The Deity and atonement hearers. His sermons were fill. of Christ, he considered the foun. ed with sound sense, and real in. dation, and corner stone of the struction; and to the pious they gospel building. In his preach. were highly delightful.and edify. ing, he dwelt much upon the ing. His usefulness as a minister of Christ was not confined to man of piety, and the christian the sacred desk. The spirit of minister. that gospel, which he publicly In the affairs of the present preached, followed him into pri life, Mr. Gilman interested him. vate life, and had a commanding self but little. He gave himself influence in every situation. He wholly to the work of the min. was truly an example to his flock istry, and his profiting, in read. in conversation, as well as in doc. ing, meditation, and prayer, was trine. In the house of affliction very apparent. The riches and and mourning, he was a welcome splendor of the world, with him guest ; and it was his object in found but feeble attractions. He such seasons, to awaken the was blessed with one of the best minds of the careless, and to of wives, whose prudence, econ. sooth the pious with the conso. omy, and gracious endowments, lations of religion. As a hus. rendered her a help mete for him. band, parent, neighbor, and She was a woman of superior friend, Mr. Gilman deserves the attainments, who was admirably highest commendation. Affec. calculated to conciliate the love tionate, tender, and faithful, he and esteem of all her acquaint. acquitted himself in those rela. ance. She was that virtuous tions as a christian of superior woman whose price is far above attainments. His mansion was rubies. The heart of her husthe residence of love, and the band safely trusted in her. Her most endearing sensibilities. He children arise up, and call her undoubtedly had his imperfec. blessed. Well knowing that tions, as do all good men; but by the reputation, and usefulness divine grace he was enabled to of her husband, depended very keep a conscience void of of. much upon his freedom from fence towards God and towards worldly cares, she willingly took men. To his friends, and espe. upon herself the burden of do. cially christian ministers, his mestic duties. In his union with house was the abode of hospi. such virtue and accomplishments, tality. To the poor and needy Mr. Gilman's cup of family bleshis liberal hand was extended sings seemed to be full. But in for their relief. His kindness the height of the greatest conju. and benevolence were manifest. gal felicity, it pleased a holy and ed, not only, in acts of charity sovereign God to remove the deto their bodies, but in recom. sire of his eyes by a stroke. mending religion to them, by Soon after the birth of her youngprecept and example, as the one est child, she was, it is believed, thing needful. To strangers his associated with the spirits of just first appearance indicated reserv, men made perfect. In this sea. edness; but acquaintance con. son of deep affliction, Mr. Gil. vinced them that he was an open man manifested the faith and re. and agreeable companion. On signation of a saint. At the subjects of science and politics, tomb of his departed friend, he he could converse with the great. spoke with that calmness and est propriety ; but religion was composure, which indicated a his chosen and most constant mind remarkably resigned to the theme. In this he shone as the dispensations of heaven. This was known to be, not the effect and parish, who tenderly loved of unfeeling apathy, but of faith him, to mourn his loss. The and hope. Soon after this righteous shall be had in ever. mournful providence, God was lasting remembrance. pleased to honor his ministry by the effusions of his Spirit. In the year 1791, there is reason to AN ACCOUNT OF LORD ROCHESbelieve, many were called out of
TER. darkness into marvellous light. During a little more than a year John WILMOT, afterwards and a half, one hundred and earl of Rochester, was born in thirty-two members were united 1647, at Ditchley in Oxford. with the church. From that shire. After his education was time to his death, sixty-two more completed, he travelled into were admitted. Though the re. France and Italy ; and, at his ligion of some of these proved as return, devoted himself to the the morning cloud, and early court, and was in great favor dew, the greater part continued with Charles the second. He to manifest the sincerity of their had very early an inclination to profession. During the whole intemperance, which he seemed term of his ministry, 293 persons to have totally subdued in his were admitted into full commun. travels; but afterwards falling ion with his church, and 1344 into dissolute and vicious compawere baptized. The death of ny, he gave way to his former this highly honored servant of propensity; and became corrupt Christ, was such as might be ex. in his principles, and depraved in pected to follow a life of so much his manners. He lost all senso piety and usefulness. His hopes of religious restraint; and, find. of everlasting life were built up. ing it not convenient to admit the on the atonement and righteous. authority of laws which he was ness of Christ, and they contin. resolved not to obey, sheltered ued to support him in the near his wickedness behind infidelity. prospect of dissolution. He en. As he excelled in that noisy joyed the pleasing hope, that he and licentious merriment which was united to his Savior, and wine incites, his companions eashould be accepted for his sake. gerly encouraged him in excess, With dignity and fortitude, he and he willingly indulged it ; till, looked into the valley of the as he confessed to Dr. Burnet, shadow of death, and feared no he was for five years together só evil. Through the whole of his much inflamed by frequent ebri. last sickness, he was remarkably ety, as in no interval to be maspatient, composed, and submis. ter of himself. sive, and manifested that the re. Thus in a course of drunken ligion, which he had preached, gaiety, and gross sensuality, with was able to bear the soul above seasons of study perhaps yet the fears of death. He entered, more criminal, with an avowed as we firmly believe, into the joy contempt of all decency and or. of his Lord, April 1, 1809 : der, a total disregard to every leaving seven very affectionate moral, and a resoluto denial of children, and a numerous church every religious obligation, he
lived worthless and useless, and long loved, and how much I glo. blazed out his youth and his health ry in repentance, and in God's in lavish voluptuousness; till, at service. Bestow your prayers the age of one and thirty, he had upon me, that God would spare nearly exhausted the fund of life, më, if it be his good will, to and had reduced himself to a state show a true repentance and of weakness and decay.
amendment of life for the time to At this time he was led to an come; or else, if the Lord please acquaintance with Dr. Burnet, soon to put an end to my world. to whom he laid open with great ly being, that he would merci. freedom the tenor of his opin. fully accept of my death. bed re. ions, and the course of his life, pentance, and perform that prom. and from whom he received such ise he has been pleased to make, conviction of the reasonableness that at what time soever a sinner of moral duty, and the truth of doth repent, he would receive Christianity, as, by the Divine him. Put up these prayers, most blessing, produced a total change dear doctor, to almighty God, both of his manners and opinions. for your most obedient, languish. Some philosophers of the presenting servant. age will probably suppose, that
"Rochuster." his contrition and conviction June 25, 1680. were purely the effects of weak. Soon after the receipt of this ness and low spirits, which letter. Dr. Burnet visited him. scareely suffer a man to continue Lord Rochester expressed to him, in his senses, and certainly not to
in strong terms, the sense he had be master of himself ; but Dr. Ofi
of his past life; his sad appre. Burnet affirms him to have been
hension for having so offended 66 under no such decay as either
his Maker and dishonored his Re. darkened or weakened his un.
deemer; the horrors he had gone derstanding ; nor troubled with
through ; the sincerity of his ic. the spleen or vapours, or under
pentance, and the earnestness the power of melancholy.” In
with which his mind was turned proof of this assertion, the fol.
to call on God and on his cruci. lowing letter is produced ; in fied Savior, to have mercy upwhich nothing is omitted but on him. some personal compliments to Discoursing one day of the the doctor.
manner of his life from his youth, 56 Woodstock-Park, Oxford.
and bitterly upbraiding himself shire.
for his manifold transgressions,
he exclaimed, “O blessed God! “ My most honored Dr. Burnet,
can such a horrid creature as I “My spirits and body decay am, who have denied thy being, equally together ; but weak as I and contemned thy power, be am in person, I shall write you accepted by thee? --Can there be a letter.-If God be yet pleased mercy and pardon for me? Will to spare me longer in this world, God own such a wretch as I am ?” I hope, by your conversation, to About the middle of his sickness, be exalted to such a degree of he said ; “Shall the unspeakapiety, that the world may sce ble joys of heaven be conferred how much I abhor What I so on me? O mighty Savior ! nepa