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MR. JAMES PULTON, modesty and diffidence; and reIt is a pleasing task to relate peatedly intimated his desire that
his hopes might be built upon the the power and progress of divine right foandalion ; and his fear lest grace upon the heart, and particu
he should deceive himself. harly when the happy subjects of
The dying experience of this dear its operations not only exemplify, young man was highly satisfactory.
On visiting him, Wednesday, July death, the reality of the religion of
17, he replied to a question I put to Christ.
him, that he fell his ruind quite I have much pleasure in present. comfortable in the prospeci of ing some account of Mr. James
death ; and that all his liopes cenPuiton, of Launceston, who died in
tered in the Lord Jesus Christ. Durthe Lord, on Sunday, the 24th of
ing his confinement to his bed, he July, 1810, aged 21.
remarked to diflerent persons, “I · Previous to the last 12 months of have enjoyed more pleasure during bis life, his conduct was wild and
the last year than I did all my life profligate ; and although in the ha
before. I would not part with tha. bit of atteuding frequently the
religion I have for all the world ! preaching of the word, yet he walk
I shall soon lose my company; but ed according to the course of this
I am going where ihere is plenty of world,' and was influenced by the good company. Speaking one day spirit which worketh in the children
upon the incomprehensible nature of Disobedience.' It pleased God, of God, he said, It is true, I cannot however, in August, 1807, to im
explain God's nature; but I know press his mind very powerfully, un that in heaven der two discourses, from Isaiah xxvi. 20, Come, my people, enter * There sits my Saviour, crown'd with into thy chambers,' &c. From that
light, Time he become evidently concern
• Cloth'd in a body like our own! ed for the salvation of his soul. In
On the following Sabhath he a conversation which I had with
breathed his spirit into the hands him about a fortnight after, he re
of God, and entered into the joy peatedly expressed his fears that
of his Lord, to celebraic the riches all was not right, and his earnest de
of that grace, which had plucked sires that it might be so.
him as a brand from the burning. He made a rapid progress in the His funeral-sermon was preaclied divine life, -- serious and profane to a crowded and attentive audimarked the change that had taken
ence, by the Rev. R. Cope, from place: he applied himself diligently' Psalm xxvii. 37, "The end of that to reading, meditation, and prayer,
man is peace ;' and there is reason regularly attended all the means
to hope, that many young porof grace, and wholly renounced his
sons were then impressed with the former vain companions. The
importance of vital godliness. pleasures he once loved lost all Their relish, – the song, the toast, sketch of the power and eificacy of
May the youth who read this the card - table, were deprived of their enchantments; and be gloried be concerned io scel the same
religion upon my late yonng friend, only in the Cross !
grace, that they may hereafter enHis disposition, which before his
joy the same glory! İGDALJA. conversion was haughty and passionate, became soft and gentle. So careful was he of falling into any
DAVID CROWTIER, old sin again, that he avoided te The following narrative relatos appearance of evil. When he spake to D. Crowiber, of Moriey, near of houself, it was with the greatest Leeds, who died in the 21st year of
his age. His parents considering of God's clect, that I may be enabled the salvation of their children of to receive and cntirely rest upon vast importance, were careful to in- him for salvation. His blood and struct him in the best things; so righteousness are precious to be that, like Timothy of old, from a licvers; and I hope they are spiritchild he was acquainted with the ual food for my soul!". Scriptures. In the early part of life his In 1805 he was taken into the mind was affected with these divine church, and his mother at the same truths, and he had some knowledge time. Ilis progress in divine things of his fallen state; but hath often made those who were acquainted since said he was then a stranger to with him judge, that the Lord dethe grand scheme of salvation by signed him for the ministry: his life grace, thro' a Mediator. While other and conversation endeared him to children of his age, however, were all with whom he was connerted; engaged in the pursuit of Vanity, and by well-doing, he put to silence his leisure tiine was spent in reading the ignorance of foolish men : the scriptures, prayer, &c. but the expectations of his friends
In bis addresses at the throne of and relations were soon blasted, by grace, he was not only concerned afflictions which proved the harbinfor the peace of his country, and gers of death, under which he lathe prosperity of religion at home, boured a long time, with much pa but that the Missionaries in foreign tience, and without murmuring: parts mighi have success, and sin- Some time before his death, through vers be converted to the Saviour. the temptations of Satan, and the Though his knowledge and experi- remains of indwelling sin, bis mind enceexceeded many; yet he was jea- becaine embarrassed, and he could louis over bimself, knowing that the noi think, or be persuaded, that a heart is deceitful above all things, work of grace could consist with and desperaiely wicked; and while what he fell; and was led to conothers admired his conduct, he was clude himself nothing but an empty sensible of his own imperfections. professor, and destitute of those ke hath left several shects in writ- marks which are peculiar to the ing respecting his experience and children of God; but the Lord, who views of divine truths." I shall tran- will not suffer his people to be scribe a brief passage, which may tempted above what they are able to be of use to others :- I have often bear, was pleased, in bis own good been distressed, fearing I have not time, to send deliverance, and en. scen into my own vileness and the abled him to rest upon an all-sufficvil of sin, as real Christians do : cient Saviour for coinplete salvabecause I never had such terrors of tion: he enjoyed in his mind the inind as many have felt. I find my peace of the gospel, while his cry heart very hard and careless, and was, • An unworthy sinner saved am far from knowing myself as I by grace, through Jesus Christ! ought; but I think sometimes the What now seeined to affect him Lord has given me to see and feel most, was the pain he should expesomething of my inbred corrup- rience at death ; but our heavenly tions gradually, and so discovered Father is often better to us than our anto me the way of pardoning fears; and so he was to him. There mercy, with the suitableness and suf- were many prayers offered up at the ficiency of Christ as a Saviour, in throne of grace, that strength might order to keep me from despair and be granted equal to his day; which such deep distress as others have the Lord was pleased to ansser. He experienced. If I look to myself for departed this life without much pain soinething to recommend me to on October 28, 1808 ; and so slept in God, I may well be discouraged, for Jesus. A sermon was preached, acI have nothing of any own, but cording to his request, by Mr. what would fit me for everlasting Cloutt, from Heb. ix. 27, 28, And as misery; yet in Jesus there is every it is appointed unto meu once to thing I canu need! Ob, for the faith die,' &c
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there is a strong cast of an original The first volume has reached its mind. They powerfully imprese fourth edition, and the other its the reader with the deep importsecond; a proof, we presume, that ance of true religion. The disthese volumes are diffusing their tinguishing doctrines of the gospel influence in a wider circle than that forin a prominent, though not diswhich was filled by the living voice proportioned feature: - The total of the preacher.
Ruin of Man (Ser. I, vol. 1); the The editor has mentioned ano- Operation of the Holy Spirit (Ser. ther object which he had in view, XVI, vol. 2); the Doctrine of Elecin the selection of such sermons as tion, or Privilege, and Duty stated in the opinion of the author him- (Ser. XVII, in the same vol.); the self, bad he been alive, would have capital Doctrine of Justification by appeared best adapted to the spirit. Faith in the Son of God (ser. IIT, ual concerns and existing circum- vol. 2); though we do not find in stances of his audience. He thought this discourse such a luminous dis(the editor asserts) that he per- play of that important subject as ceived a proud, worldly spirit, and Mr. M. gave in Two Essays, which the excessive love of gain cating our readers may recollect we reout the love of Christ and of his printed in this work *, from a full cause, in many who had once conviction that, in point of argu. seemed to walk humbly with their ment, nothing superior bad recently God, to be zealous for the truth as been said on the subject. it is in Jesus, and to provoke one As a specimen of Mr. M.'s mananother to love and good works.' ner on doctrical subjects, we quote,
Vol. xiv, p. 447, &
from the Sermon on Election, pages the designing hypocrite, and the 225, 226, the following passage: evangelical religionist, are cach pre
41 have set forth the doctrine of sented in his true colours. We Election at large. It is intended select the following example:by the Father of mercies, to afiord • Of a Religionist. By bearing strong comforts to his tempted, yet the word of the gospel, he has, in a sincere children. Let then take crude manner, acquired superficial the comfort from it that is intend- knowledge of the doctrines of truth: ed; and may the Lord bless it to and, though a stranger to the faith them! Let those who cannot re- and hope of the gospel, fancies that, ceive the doctrine, be quiet and because he holds the doctrines of patient at present, saying, " What I the fall and of salvation by Christ see not, teach thou me! This is alone, through grace, he inust be more proper than to cavil and dis- right. His orthodox opinions he 'puie ; but are any inclined to takes for faith, though he never abuse the doctrine, and say · I am came as a lost sinner to Christ; and one of God's elect? I may live in his decent morality, though it flows sin, and yet go to Heaven;" let not at all from Christian principles, them know they are wresting the he mistakes for the fruits of the Scripture to their own destruction. Spirit. Thus he is doubly armed These would take one inseription with a false hope. He thinks he has without the other, though both go both faith and good works, though together. The second is, Let every in realiiy he has neither. How is one that nameth the name of Christ, he to be tried ? Turn rot away in depart from iniquity :' that is, Let anger, I besecch you, from the every one who professeth to look charitable work which is before , for salvation by Christ alone, see to of attempting to undeceive you, and it that he answer the character of thus to save your precious soul his elect, - that he be holy in all his from destruction; – but if any are life and conversation, and aðstain unwilling to give me a fair bearing, from all sin, and baie and fight if any are so vainly confident that against it to the end of his life. they are saved by grace, as to fancy This connection between election that they need not try what manner and boliness is very remarkable; of spirit they are of, their very une they always go together in Scrip- willingness to be probed, is itself a ture. One can scarcely recollect a suspicious circumstance against passage which speaks of election, them. Bring your state to the test : ihat does not also speak of holiness. you cannot stand the test: your One quotation shall serve instead of very fruits are eren contrary to many. He hath chosen us in him those of a sound Christian. You before the foundation of the world, may expect to be honoured and that we should be holy, and with- looked upon as a person of cousiderout blame before him in love. He able consequence in religion ;-you does not choose men because they are infallible as a pope, and cannot are holy:- on this plan none would mistake: – you bear not the least be saved, because all are unholy; contradiction with patience;- you but by virtue of his choice of them, are ever apt to imagine your attainthey are made holy. So far is his ments in religion to be greater than electiug love from being an eneny those of others; and no one underto holiness, that it is the cause of stands so well as you. Is this low. all the holiness that is in the world. liness of mind : 'Is this este ming Take it away, and none will be left.' others beiter than yourself?
Mr. Milner was a characteristic • Blow off the thin varnish of preacher. The various means of Christian phrases and outward obself-deception are laid open by the servances, and you sec nothing but band of a master in Israel. The what a Pagan moralist inight assent man of the world, the careless sin- to.' Der, the self-righteous formalist, (To be sincluded in our next.)
An Essay on the Identity and Ge. the Resurrection of the Human neral Resurrection of the Human Body is possible, probable, and cerBody; in which the Evidences in tain. These general divisions are Favour of these important Subjects
ramified into an extensive variety ure considered, in Relation both of subordinate particulars; but in to Philosophy and Scripture. By such a manner as to make the ar. Samuel Drew. 810, 10s. 6d.
rangement at once perspicuous and
sufliciently scientific. The subjects of this Essay, tho' involved in considerable obscurity, of this pature, several of the topics
As might be expected, in a work must not, therefore, be considered
are remote, and but indirectly tend cither as uninteresting or unimport: to support the author's main arguant. Philosophic enquiries and ment; and if some of his positions reasonings, when conducted by a and deductions are purely hypothedevotional mind, in reference to tical, and others of them arbitrary the Identity and Resurrection of the or fanciful, we are neither .surHuman Body, may tend powerfully prized, nor, on that account, dislo confirm the sacred Scriptures, to posed to undervalue the superior confound the Infidel, and to esta merits of the work in general. Problish the faith of the humble be- bable arguinents, derived from the liever. As the doctrines of Reve- analogy of nature, if they do not lation, and the conclusions of right mathematically demonstrate the reason, where the latter can be le- points at issue, must at least often gitimately employed, are never at put to silence the ignorance of variance, we are always glad to ob- foolish men.' serve the advocates of Christianity The doctrine of personal identity employ Reason and Philosophy in is confessedly among the most abdeinolishing the objections of its struse within the sphere of Chrisopposents, and in eliciting truths tian philosophy. On this branch of acknowledged as matters of faith, his subject, Vr. Drew has discoverand placing them on the basis of ed very considerable acuteness, in scientific principles, beyond the ca- distinguishing between the nature vils of the sceptic, or the contempt and the evidence of identity. Were of the profane. Mr. Drew deserves it not that we were in want of room, our best acknowledgements for his we should furnisli our readers with atempt in the Essay before us. an extract on this topic, which
The following is the general view would both exhibit a specimen of of the contents of the work. Of the our author's general manner, and seven chapters under which our tend to justify our commendaauthor has arranged his subjects, tion of the work; but we the first three, which may be con- only refer them to the passage in sidered as introductory, treat of the
145, 146. State of Man before the Introduc
We were, however, somewhat tion of Moral Evil ; - its Introduc- disappointed to find, that our distion and Influence on the Human cerning author, though he has dc. Body; and the Result of the Anni- scribed ininutely what is included hilation of Moral Evil, as highly fa- in the different species of identity, vourable to the Resurrection of the as · the identity of substance, of Human Body. The fourih chapter parts,' &c. has not defined the abconsiders Identity in general ;-the stract notion of identity' itself; or, fifth is on the Analogy between Ve- in other words, shewn, Why the getation and the Resurrection of the things thus described, confer on Human Body; – the sixth consists their subject the denomination of of Arguments, to prove that the identity. Our own views on this Identity of the Human Body must point are well expressed in the folconsist of some Germ or Stamen lowing words: • Identity seems which remains immoveable ; - - the to be a simple idea, no less than lael chapter professes to prove, both unity and essence; therefore, a defrom Philosophy and Scripture, that finition of it is extremely dilicuit;