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said he was very much astonished

at the pleas urged; as if liberaliSALARY OF MINISTERS. ties to other institutions, aiding to

build meeting houses, erecting

costly houses, making sumptuous Extract from a Circular Letter of the marriages, or contracts to amass Baptist Georgia Association, in wealth, could exonerate from a America, for 1808.

positive duty. I remarked, he had made a short crop, and had

nothing to spare; to wlrich agreed " The church in conference J, K, L, and M. N said, he was assembled, “The deacon arose poor, and though witling, was unand said, It is time, brethren, able to do any thing, with whom to make up something for the O, P, apd Q agreed. R stated, support of our minister,' (offer- that short crops, and poverty, ing a subscription) whereupon, A might excuse from doing much, said, he thought it to be a matter but could be no just plea for do of mere charity, and (as charity ing nothing ; since it is required begins at home, he was bound to according to what he has, and not provide for his own; at any rate, according to what he has not. S he thought the minister to be as said, he never subscribed to any well off" as he and many of his paper. To whom T said, 'Yes, brethren were, and, therefore, brother, I am for none of this obconsidered himself under no obli-ligation, if I get any thing to spare, gation. B replied, that it could I will give it, and be done witla not be a matter of charity at all, it.' V, W, X, and Y, alleged, that since the laws of nature and of they thought it rather dangerous God enjoined it; and their own to give liberally, lest they should call of the brother, made it a make their minister proud, and matter of moral obligation. C so hinder his usefulness, &c. alleged, that he had subscribed 2, rising soberły, said, he had liberally to a useful institution, attended to what had been said and must be excused in that.case. on the subject, and was grieved D said, he had assisted freely in in spirit to hear so many objeebuilding the meeting house, and tions to the discharge of a rea. must have time to recover it. E sonable and just duty: he feared rejoined, he had been building that a spirit of pride and covete. houses, or mills, and had no mo- ousness, had disposed them to ney left for any purpose. F said, serve themselves of the good he had a son lately married, and things of God, without returnit had called for all he coulding him one thankful offering: raise. G stated, that he had he wondered how Christians made several contracts, and feared could expect the continuance of that he should not be able to the blessings of life, who are weet them, &c.

and more abusive of, and unthank

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H arose,

ful for them, than heathens who on the one hand, or have de. never use any of a new crop, till tected a hypocrite, freed the they have offered the first fruits church of a pest, and the world to the Giver of all good. To the of an impostor, on the other. brethren, who are so afraid of The faithful servant of Christ, spoiling the minister by liberali- instead of being haughty, would ties, he said, ' Are not your sons be humbled by the abounding of and daughters as lovely, and their your liberality. How relieved souls as precious in your sight as and comforted would the poor your minister? If so, why do you minister be, if his brethren were not govern them by the same to say to him, as a late meek old rule; and when the sons request minister, said to a young one on superfines to wear, high-prized bis commencing the ministry." gaily horses, and fifty or sixty" Go on, my brother, in the cause dollar saddles to ride, and the of your Master, and be not anrious daughters lutestring dresses with about the family, for they shall trails from three to five feet in never suffer as long as I live." length, fine bonnets and feathers, But we speak not with respect to and other costly equipage of want, or that we desire a gift, dress,Why do you not say, but, that you may have fruit, "No my lovely children, these which may abound to your acwill make you proud and ruin count, to praise, and honour, at you." No, your families can be, the coming of Christ, the chief and appear in all the fashionable Shepherd. Phil. iv, 11-17." elegance of dress, and your boards loaded with all the luxuries of life, without adverting to the COWPER, THE POET, evil consequences of such con

WHEN the celebrated Cowduct. I would,' said he, brethren would be consistent.

per first resided at Olney, the

late Rev.John Newton was cuDear brethren, the spirit and re- rate of the parish. On the

evensult of the above are often seen in the face of your subscription ing of the Lord's day, in a very papers. Thus we see annexed to large room of a house near the some names, ten dollars; to others church, Mr. Newton used to five, others one, and others no- meet his parishioners, and dething; some giving, and others liver an exhortation, founded withholding more than is meet; upon a hymn which he had by which it much oftener happens composed the day before for that the preacher is like the colt the occasion; and also on a tied where two ways meet, than Tuesday evening, when he exlikely to be exalted by the abun-pounded the Pilgrim's Progress, dance of your liberality. And, At these meetings, his friend indeed, if any of you think the Cowper used, occasionally, to standing and usefulness of your commence the service by exminister depend on his poverty, we would advise you to be liberal tempore prayer. It is said, by to him, that he may be proven, persons in Olney, that he prayed and stand in his true light; and, with such remarkable fervour especially, we recommend this and spirituality, that the common measure, as thereby you will observation was, “ We never have done your duty, and re- heard any one who prayed, so lieved a poor minister of God excellently as Mr. Cowper."

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Obituary.

JOSEPH CALDICOTT, son of that you have no hope?' I Joseph and Mary Caldicott, was have been such a great sinner.” born in the village of Long Here he pointed him to the Buckby, February 13th, 1802; Saviour of sinners; the glorious taken ill on the 14th of Septem- invitation, and exceeding great ber, 1815, and died on the 19th and precious promises in the of the same month. Born of reli- gospel. He wished him to pray by gious parents, and restrained by him; and whilst in the exercise of à religious education, he was not that duty, he offered up many left to run to the extremes of fervent ejaculations, especially iniquity, but nevertheless mani- when praying that the affliction fested too great a love to the might be sanctified to his soul, vanities of the world, and too his sins be pardoned, and he great a conformity to its vices. made meet for eternal glory. InThough not unmolested by the deed, every friend that came to stings of conscience, yet, it was see him, he eagerly pressed to not till near his dissolution that pray by and for him. The writer, he manifested a serious concern at this time, had an interview for the state of his soul. His with him. His fatlier asked what father, who had been absent on he should

pray
for : That

my a journey at the commencement sins may be pardoned." He of his illness, addressed him on again rejoined his amen to imhis return in an impressive and portant petitions offered up on his alarming manner, respecting a behalf, and especially for an infuture world; but a cherished terest in the Saviour of sinpers. hope of recovery induced him to His father said, “My dear son, do treat with inattention the paren- you love the people of God now tal admonition.

as well as you

did
your

former Three days afterward, on the wicked companions ?' “ Yes, but Tuesday morning, while his mo- I have no hope.” His countether, overwhelmed with trouble, nance indicated a soul filled with was earnest in prayer, that the anxiety. He was again asked, Lord would have mercy on him; Do you think hard of the Lord he eagerly said, “On my poor for laying this heavy affliction on soul ?" His mother replied, 'Ah! you ? With a sort of holy indigit is your soul that I am con- nation, he replied, “ No," It was cerned about ; your body is pre- an amazing heavy affliction, but cious to me; but nothing to your he bore it'with admirable patience. soul.' A friend coming in, he It appeared about this time he begged him to pray for him : had a hope of salvation, through He did, and the prayer seemed Christ being revealed to his soul. to make some impression on bis He was recommended to look to mind. His father, in a few minutes the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and after, said to him, My dear son, prayer.-"I do, in my poor way, should

you like to go to Heaven as well as I can.” Reclining his when

you die ?' “ Yes, but I have head upon the arm of his father, no hope." What is the cause the latter said, ' My dear son,

you
love
your

father and mother. , as safe as the hope of assurance." * Yes." • Do you love the dear When asked, Can you use the Redeemer ?'

« Yes.”

"Should prayer of Stephen, in his dying you like to leave your parents, moments ?' He immediately said, and go to the Saviour?' “ Yes." | ** Lord Jesus receive my spirit, * Have you any conception what or my soul will be lost for ever.the employment of Heaven is ?' He seemed, at intervals, to be “Incessant hallelujahs to God much in prayer to God, when and the Lamb." If it were the not interrupted by the conversawill of the Lord, should you like tion of his friends.—The change to be raised up from this afflic was manifested by the concern tion?“ Yes." What is the prin- he expressed for his brother and cipal reason why you wish to be sister. He looked at his brother, raised up? “That I may be a use- and, with an impressive tone, said, ful character." Are you more * Thomas, can you pray ?" This composed ? Do

you feel

you have question was once more repeated. a hope?” “Yes: a little.” “What, Sometime afterwards, and after a Do you hope for acceptance with friend had concluded prayer, he a holy God, through a dear Re-was anxious to know, whether his deemer ? “Yes.” Soon after he brother and sister felt the imwas asked, concerning the nature portance of the petitions. This of his hope of salvation; he said, was but a little time before he “I camot positively say I shall departed. He retained his mental go to heaven; I hope I shall, but faculties to the last, and calmly I want a firm hope and well breathed out his spirit into the grounded ; nothing else will do hand of his compassionate Remy soul good.” His father replied, deemer. The hope of reliance is equally Long Buckby.

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this tribute, all the friends and mercies on sinful and undeserving correspondents of Mr. Fuller will men. The excellencies of God's assent. The intimate correspon character, his purity, justice, dence of Mr. Fuller with one of truth, mercy, goodness, patience, his, many friends, for the past fif- wisdom, and immutability, deteen years, was lately examined serve and claim the unqualified for a particular purpose. Some esteem, and love, and confidence, of these letters were very long, and delight of all his rational and embraced a wide compass of creatures. All his favours lay us subjects; they were replete with under the highest obligations to be faithful advice, manly reproof, grateful. In some instances, these prudent direction, and abounded combine and heighten each other. with explicit statements of divine When a Christian not only beholds truth, on a variety of leading to the display of God's love in the pics. But, from them all, little mission of his. Son to sinners in could be collected of Mr. Fuller: general, but learns gradually his the writer was hid behind his own special interest, in that writings. His printed works bear love which is in Christ, the ferthe same impress. They say no- vour of gratitude is added to the thing of the author: they exclu- fire of love; a Thornton's kindsively direct the reader to the ness to others, has produced in subject. In his paintings he drew our minds a profound regard for his master's likeness, not his own. his character. But had we been We were much gratified with the personally the objects of his Doctor's illustration of the first godlike liberality, would not his head, “Theindwelling of Christ in interposition in our behalf have believers." There is a fulness of unspeakably augmented that evangelical truth, and a richness prior esteem which we entertainof Christian experience broughted for his worth? Favours from into it, which will be very edifying a bad man ought to inspire gratito every pious mind. He lays tude, but fail to produce esteem. great stress on a Christian's loving In God, his mercies are expresthe Redeemer for the sake of his sions of his character, and supexcellencies ; and gives such full ply additional reasons for lovand plain elucidations of this first ing his trancendent excellencies. principle in the Christian life, We love our God in proporthat we were rather surprised to tion as we see his glory, and find a postscript on the same sub- we see his glory in the blessject annexed to the sermon. Itings of salvation imparted to is indeed of great moment, but sinners, to us – displayed in the may more easily be enforced by most enchanting light. Thus, unvarished statements of facts gratitude and love are united in than by intricate and abstract the feelings of the Christian toreasonings. Gratitude and esteem wards his Redeemer and his God. are distinct, and sometimes sepe- That religion which originates rate exercises of mind towards altogether in self-love, cannot be others. Benefits conferred com- too much reprobated. Its root mand our gratitude. Moral worth is nature, and its blossoms are is the basis of love. In God, death. Till a sinner be brought, both are united. It is the bene-through divine teaching, to see ficence of his heart which has the infinite evil of all sin, to own led him to confer such invaluable the purity, justice, and even

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