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pearance of Mr. Thomas seemed ly explained in a discourse npon to promise that his life would be his death, by his intimate friend, prolonged to an advanced period; Dr. Newman. To this he added, but he whose thoughts are not as as appropriate to his present our thoughts had otherwise de- feelings, those lines of Dr. Watts's termined. He was seized with 71st Psalm, an internal complaint, which pro- “ By long experience have I known duced jaundice. In the month Thy sovereign power to save : of August last it increased upon At thy command I venture down him, yet not so as to produce se
Securely to the grave.” rious apprehensions either in After Saturday evening he spoke himself, or among his friends, till but little, his general strength and about a fortnight before his powers of articulation gradually, death, when his strength rapidly and almost imperceptibly, dedeclined. At this time, knowing clining, till about a quarter before that gentlemen of the medical eight on Monday morning, Octoprofession sometimes encourage ber: 4, when, as their patients, by expressing pressed it in a letter to the writer, hopes much stronger than they one gentle sigh his fetters themselves entertain, he pressed broke.” Such was the effect of those who attended upon him to the peace of God ruling in his give him their real opinion of bis heart, and such the solidity of his
After consúlting together, faith, and the liveliness of his they gave him to understand that hope, that all around his dying their hope did not extend beyond bed were ready to exclaim, " Let the mere possibility of his resto- me die the death of that righteration, when he calmly replied, ous man, and let my last end be “ The will of the Lord be done ;" like his.” and from that time directed his To his numerous friends at a whole attention to the solemn distance, especially in the Prineichange that was drawing nigh. pality, it may be gratifying to be He spoke with great satisfaction informed, that on Monday, Octoof the gospel, which he had faith-ber 11, the body of Mr. Thomas fully, for the salvation of sinners, was interred in Buohill-fields, endeavoured to preach, and add- where it awaits the morning of ed, “ It is a holy gospel-a holy the resurrection, when it shall gospel,” warning most earnestly rise a spiritual, glorified body, his dear children, and others together with those (which now around him, not to neglect “ so occupy the same spot) of Owen great salvation."
and Waits, Bunyan and Gill, other expressions, which indi. Gifford and Stennett, and a very eated the ground of his faith, great company who also have and the stability of his hope, he slept in Jesus, and whose bodies repeated, a few days before his there rest “in sure and certain death, with peculiar emphasis, hope of the resurrection to etertbat noble
of the nal life, through our Lord Jesus apostle Paul, “ I know whom Christ." I have believed, and am per- At his funeral, as at that of suaded that he is able to keep Stephen, many devout men of difthat which I have committed to ferent denominations, and from him against that day." These several churches, made lamentawords were afterwards particular- tion over him, while his friend,
the Rev. Mr. Griffin, delivered an | were characterized by strong appropriate address. The pall sense, and not less by a strong was supported by the Rev. Dr. savour of evangelical piety. Abrahain Rees, of the Presbyte. Those who meet for worship in rian, and the Rev. Mr. Innes, of this place, must have often heard the Independent, denomination, him expatiate with great solemniwith four of his Baptist brethren, ty on the dignity of the person of the Rev. Messrs. Button, Ivimey, Christ, and the depth of his vos Hoby, and Broady, who, together luntary abasement for our rewith a train of relatives, ministers, demption--the universal depraviand private gentlemen, occupied ty and misery of mankind occasix mourning coaches-sorrowing sioned by the fall -- the sovereignmost sincerely “that they should ty and grace of the Holy Spirit see his face no more !"
in regeneration and sanctification On Thursday evening, October the privileges of God's elect14, Dr. Newman of Stepney de the perpetual obligation of the livered the funeral sermon, from law, the necessity of a holy and the words befor entioned, to a useful life to prove our faith sinnumerous and highly respectable cere--and, in short, all the other audience, at Devonshire-square. topics which these must presupAs we are fully of opinion that pose, or include, or draw after the character there given is cor- them by necessary consequence, rectly drawn,' we insert an "In public prayer, I think it will tract.
be allowed that he excelled most I always admired the dignity of his brethren. Those of you and simplicity, the honesty and who knew our late venerable warmth, and the noble frankness friend Mr. Booth, must have been of his temper. He had a high often reminded of him, wheir
you sense of rectitude and propriety have seen our brother engaged in which would have done honour conducting that part of public to any man--to any Prince in worship. Europe. He was cheerful with- “ Having had a free and confiout levity. If all our students dential intercourse with him for and young ministers should re- more than six-and-twenty years, semble him, we shall have the I need not hesitate to add, I satisfaction of seeing them, ac- | loved him; and, if I live long, I cording to a good old maxim, shall long lament the loss I have • lively, but not light; serious, personally sustained by his death. and yet not sad.'
His heart was open to me at all « Solomon says,
• Wise men times. In walking about London lay up knowledge.' Prov. x. 14. he was my guide and my comOur friend laid up treasure of this panion. I was accustomed to kind in early life; grew richer as lean upon his faithful arm. Frehe grew older; and possessed quently I have said to him, Bromuch more literary wealth than he ther Thomas, I think this must ever showed to the world. Osten- be the true notion of walking by tation, affectation, and artifice he faith-I know not where we are held in unmixed abhorrence. but you know, and that is
“ He had a very clear, correct, enough for me. When he saw and comprehensive view of Christianity. His sermons, therefore, * Multis ille bonis flebilis occidit. as might have been expected,
Nulli Aebilior quam [mihi.) Hor.
nor yet beside the rill, Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he!'
any thing wrong in me, or intensively known than they are. others, or what he esteemed to One is entitled, “ The Mystery of be wrong, he could say the the seven Stars as emblematical of strongest and the sharpest things the Ministers of the Gospel, exin a manner the most kind and plained and improved.” Preached inoffensive.
at the Baptist Monthly Associa. “ We shall miss him at our tion, in the meeting-house, Little weekly meeting of ministers in Prescot-street, Goodman's-fields, Cornbill, which he constantly April 20, 1809. The other is en. attended. I may apply now to titled, “ Jesus Christ the Object him those lines of Gray's elegy, of Prayer," and was “preached which I heard Mr. Fuller apply in Dean-street, Southwark, Japuto Mr. Booth
ary 21, 1819.” This last con
tains in the conclusion some very One morn I miss'd him on th' accustom’d hill interesting views of death and the
intermediate state, which we lit
tle thought the preacher himself « We shall miss him, brethren,
was destined to realize before the year
ended! at our monthly meeting of ministers and churches. The last sermon which he delivered in that meeting, will not soon be A. D. 1620 AND A. D. 1820 forgotten by those who heard it.* We shall miss him in the Stepney
COMPARED, Institution, of which he was the worthy Secretary, and to which he was a cordial and constant
MUSING on the insensible and friend from its commencement.
rapid revolutions of time, [. There are also many in England, found myself burried forward to and especially in all parts of the wards the year 1820. I no sooner principality of Wales, who will thought of the date, than my re. We shall miss him too.'
collections were say,
thrown back The mournful tidings of his death upon the year 1620; and the will be conveyed to his son re- events which then occurred, and sident in India, who will never those which are now taking place, repent of having been most affec. relative to emigration, led me al tionately and gratefully studious most insensibly to repeat the ob. to honour his father while he was
servation of Solomon, ". The living."
thing which hath been, it is that
which shall be; and that which is Funeral Sermon, &c. p. 22–26. done, is that which shall be done ; Mr. Thomas, at the earnest and there is no new thing under
the sun." request of his friends, who heard them delivered at the Monthly
At the former of these periods, Meeting of our ministers and England witnessed the departure churches, printed two sermons,
of some of her best subjects; which deserve to be far more ex- driven from their homes, first to
Holland, and then to the inbos
pitable wilds of America, by the * It has been printed, and is entitled, « Jesus Christ the object of prayer :"
fierce demon of persecution. preached at Dean-street, January 21, Two ships, freighted with persons
belonging to Mr. Robinson's con,
gregation, sailed from Southamp- Whilst the necessity for such ton, June, 1620. These were the expatriation I deeply lament, it intrepid and persevering English-affords me pleasure to consider men, who founded the colony of that our countrymen
pot New Plymouth, and who endured forced away by a spirit of oppresliardships almost incredible, and sion and persecution, as our Puencountered difficulties which ritan forefathers were in the biwould have been insurmountable, goted reign of James the First. had they not been experimental So far from this being the case, ly acquainted with the scriptural they have the encouragement, sentiment, “ The Lord is good; the protection, and the assistance a strong hold in the time of trou- of his Majesty's Government. ble: he knoweth them that trust It is gratifying too, that no mad in him.”
and murderous spirit of enterThe year 1820 will be memo- prise is contemplated, like that rable in English history, as the which led the Spaniards to coperiod of thousands of her sub- lonize Mexico and Peru. No jects voluntarily preferring the blood-hounds will be required, prospect of cultivating the barren vor instruments of torture eniand inhospitable deserts of Africa, ployed, to destroy unsuspecting to labouring in England, and en-natives, and to rob them of their joying safety and protection un- property and their country. Proder her equal laws, and constituceading to Africa, with the spade tional government. I am ready and the plough, for the purpose to adopt, upon this occasion, the of sowing fields and planting expostulating language of our vineyards, which may yield the evangelical patriotic poet, “What fruits of increase, is so harmless appears in England's case,” 10 in its means, and so beneficial in produce this emigrating spirit? its tendency, that I most sincerely * From side to side of her delightful isle
pray that God may, by his kind Is she not cloth'd with a perpetual smile? providence, bless and preserve Can nature add a charın, or art confer them; for he “ turneth the wil. A new-found luxury, not seen in her ?
derness into a standing water, and Where, under heav'n, is pleasure more pursu’d,
dry ground into water springsOr where does cold reflection less intrude and there he maketh the hungry Her fields a rich expanse of wavy corn, to dwell, that they may prepare a Pour'd out from plenty's overflowing city of habitation.”. horn."
The all-wise and superintendWithout noticing the various ing providence of God, in conreasons by which individuals ducting and controling the affairs would attempt to justify their of his creatures, was wonderfully conduct in expatriating them- displayed in the success which selves, I suppose it will be ad- followed the emigration of the mitted on all hands, that the pre- Puritans to America. The larger valence of such a spirit affords part, however, of the first settlers proof of a redundant population. not only endured unparalleled The amazing increase of inhabit- hardships, but fell victims to the . ants during the last hundred years, privations which they suffered. has at length proved so excessive, They were indeed diminished and that thousands are saying, “ The brought low, through oppression, place is too strait for us; give affliction, and sorrow; but evenplace that we may dwell." tually it has been said of their
children, “ Yet setteth he the with him; and if ye seek him, he poor on high from affliction, and will be found of you; but if ye maketh bim families like a flock." forsake him, he will forsake The comparatively short period you."* of two centuries has increased But the reader is probably a this small afflicted remnant to a person who intends still to renation consisting of many millions main in his native countryof people. Whether the projected the place of our fathers' sepulsetilement at Algoa Bay is des- cbres--the land of Bibles--the tined to produce such astonish- depository of the gospel. Let him ing effects in Africa, as the set- remember that the comforts and tlement at Cape Cod has already ease which he will enjoy in Engaccomplished, is known only to land, beyond what our countryhim who bringeth the blind by a men will experience in Africa, way that they knew. not, and should lead him gratefully to acleads them in paths that they had knowledge the goodness of God not known.
towards him, and call forth all It is higlıly probable that the the energies of his mind to propatient perseverance evinced hy mote, in every way within his the colony of New Plymouth, power, the cause of God and arose from the principles of reli- truth in the world. The signs of gion by which they were in the times both require and favour Puenced. The pleasure which such exertions. A free Constituthey experienced in worshipping tion—a free toleration-a free God without the constraints of pulpit--and a free press-give a human laws, and the imposition high distinction to England in of the inventions of men, enabled 1820, beyond what it possessed them to endure the miseries which in 1620. In all these respects they suffered, but which were in- former times were not better than finitely less aftlictive than those these. that they had borue from the The signs of the times are porviolations of the rights of con- tentous. Blasphemy and Sedition science. To this, likewise, may have of late stalked abroad, and be fairly attributed the blessing the enemy has come in like a of God; which protected them tlood; but the Spirit of the Lord, from the savage tribes of Indians, by the word of truth, and the and caused the labours of their dispensations of his providence, hands to prosper. Let the emi bas lifted up a standard against grants of 1820 imitate, in their tbem. Let the godly unite in pious zeal, the Puritan emigrants fervent prayer, that the sword of 1620, and they may calculate may be turned away from the upon the care and protection of the land. They that trust in the Father of mercies. But to enjoy this Lord shall never be confounded. divine preservation, they must ac- “Oh that men would praise the knowledge God in all their ways; Lord for his goodness, and for his they must erect an altar for God wonderful works to the children wherever they pitch their tent- of men !--Whoso is wise, and will they must act in the fear of God observe these things, even they all the day long. Let them bear shall understand the loving, and regard the advice of Asa, one kindness of the Lord.” of the kings of Judalı, “The Jan. 1, 1820.
IOTA. Lord is with you, while you are
2 Chron. xv. 2,