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TO MISS With a Copy of Dr. Young's Sermons entitled The African Stranget. Go, stranger, to the pensive bower Say, Mercy's seast is now prepar’d, Of lov'd Eliza,- wait the hour
By many a dusky stranger shar'd, She seeks to be retir'd alone;
From bonds and torture, all at Unfold thy casket,-shew her there The Christian's wish- the Christian's That Peace presides — that Friendship prayer,
flowsCompassion for the Negro's moan! That Joy in ev'ry hosom glows Long, long, alas! she's known it true,
And each, in blessing others, blest. The woolly head and sable hue
Now happier moons begin to rise, Have brook'd the hellish brand of And brighter hopes to gem the skies ;
LO! the sweet smile of Jesus' The rufian's wrong the clotted
Salvation spreads her charms divine, The iron scourge's torturing pain- And everlasting glories shine And free-born Nature's bitterest Op injur’d Afric's honest race. throe !
To glad the weary on their way, Say (for her tender soul will joy To lead them to the gates of day, To hear it from a Negro boy,
Is poble aim ! Angelic theme ! And every heart - chord, gladdening, Then speed the glowing chariot's thrill)
wheel, That Britain's genius folds thee round While millions rise for Afric's weal, On Freedom's high and hallow'd For Afric's children's good supreme. ground,
G. With Hospitality's warm veil.
ON A POOR CHRISTIAN WOMAN,
Who recently died of a Cancer.
Printed by G. Auld, Greville Street, Londen.
THE LATE REV. JAMES SOMERVILLE,
OF BRANTON, IN THE COUNTY OF NORTHUMBERLAND.
There are many invaluable characters unknown to the world, and seldom mingling in the busy scenes around them, whose example and talents, though they do not illuminate the crowded city, or fascinate the gay metropolis, like suns of another system, spread their benign influence throughout the circle in which they live. Such shall, at the last, be owned as those who have turned many to righteousness, and shall shine as the stars for ever and ever. Such was the Subject of the follow, ing Memoir. Blest with piety, learning, and eloquence, which would have done honour to the most public station, it was his lot to spread abroad the Saviour's name in regions of comparative obscurity. Here, unknown to Fame, and without any object but the good of souls, he spent a life of labour, usefulness, and peace, testifying the truth of the gospel, and affording a bright example of the efficacy of divine grace on the minds of men.
Mr. Somerville was born at Pitmuir, in the parish of Lauder, and county of Merse, Scotland, in 1743, of poor but eminently pious parents, who taught him to read, and instructed him how to pray. Happily, he soon took very great delight in both these exercises. When six years of age, he was put to school with Mr. H. Wilson, of Netherhaughton : bere he learned writing, &c. He learned Latin, and probably Greek, at the GrammarSchool of Lauder. Learning and books were his principal delight; and, tho' only a child, at this school he first manifested a strong inclination to become a preacher of the gospel. When but a boy, he made conscience of secret prayer; and conducted the worship of God in the family when his father was absent. He was admitted to the Lord's Supper when only 13 years of age : this he received not in a careless manner; but, sepsible of the XVII.
solemnity of the ordinance, and the great importance of a right participation thereof, he spent the whole night preceding his approach to it, in self-examination and prayer.
When very young, he went to visit some relations in the neighbourhood of Channelkirk, where the late Rev. Mr. Scott was holding an examination : he was examined, together with other children; when his answers discovered a knowledge of divine things-very uncommon at his age ; Mr. Scott faid his hand upon bis head, and said, 'There is something in that boy more than common.' From that time, Mr. Scott took particular notice of him, assisted him in his learning, and at last was the instrument of sending bini to college.
He entered the University of Edinburgh in 1762, and continued there ten years. Here he made great proficiency in various branches of useful literature and divinity, under Professors Steward, Hamilton, Russel, Robertson, Stephenson, and Ferguson. He generally had some young men with himn; to whom he taught the mathematics, &c. in the evenings. He was often engaged with them till 10 or 12 o'clock; after which, he had his own exercises to prepare for the next day, so that he se kdom got to bçd before 2 or 3 o'cloek in the morning ; and, one night in every week he never went to bed at all. After attending the lec. tures of the day, he usually retired, and committed to paper the most important observations he had heard. So earnest was his desire to be thoroughly grounded in evt.y science, that, while attending a course of Lectures on Natural Philosophy, which the Professor had apnounced would conclude the next day, Mr. S. finding himself deficient in some particulars, wrote an anonymous card, beseeching him to be more explicit in his last lecture. This letter the Professor acknowledged publicly, expressing the highest esteem for the writer, and requesting him to make himself known; this Mr. S.'s great modesty prevented: the students were, however, favoured with an additional lecture, containing a copious analysis of the whole course; from which Mr. S. derived all the information he needed. He spoke with great delight, many years after, of the opportunities he enjoyed at this time of bearing the very eminent ministers of that city, particularly the late Dr. Erskine and Mr. Plenderleath.
He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Lauder, Dec. 3, 1771; and, in Oct. 1772, was recommended, by Mri Scott, of Heckmondwike, to the congregation at Stainton, near Kendal. At this place he began his ministry. Having only a small congregation, he had much leisure, wbich he carefully employed in the prosecution of his studies ; and thus acquireci much useful knowledge, and was gradually prepared for more extensive services.
In 1775, he received an invitation from the congregation at Ravenstonedale, in the same county, which he accepted ; and preached his first sermon there, May 28, from Agis x. 29. He