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much more when" he saith,“ Wash, easy, and peaceful her end! To and be clean!" - and when we are the glory of rich grace it is retold to believe in the Lord Jesus marked, that during the whole of Christ, and we shall be saved, it her affliction, she never expressed seems, at first, such an easy remedy, that she had one conflict from the that our pride will hardly submit to enemy of souls, nor one fear of it; but since, I have known inore of death as to its consequences! Premy own heart, I find believing the cious in the sight of the Lord is the hardest thing in the world, and am death of his saints.' This bereay. constrained to cry out, • Lord, I ing providence was improved in a would believe, lielp thou my unbe. funeral - sermon, preached by Mr. lief.:--- O for a strong and lasting Cooke, from those words, which faith,' &c.
were her only support during her Mrs. Il. told a female friend (who illness : Good hope, thro'grace.' visited her a few days after she took.. to her room) that she believed she should never inore rise from that
WILLIAM SIMS, ESQ. bed.' At one time she told the ser
Was removed from this world vant what a niserable creature she should be if she was afraid to die;
on Friday, March 8, aged 65. but added, “ I am not afraid to dic.: Early in life he was called to the To her minister who visited her, 40 years a member of the church
knowledge of the truth ; and was she said, “What a wretched creature should I now be, but for a
at Stepney, and more than 20 years
a deacon. He was strongly attachgood hope, through grace!!
On the saturday preceding hered to the doctrines of the gospel: death, she was very ill; and from
and proved himself a sincere friend
to all who love our Lord Jesus, the report of the doctor who attended' her, no hopes were enter though they differed from him in tained of her recovery. Next day
the circumstantials of religion. It
pleased God to bless him with great she grew worse, and found great difficulty in breathing. In the even-markable for his humility and con
worldly prosperity; yet he was reing the coid sweats of death came
descepsion. About this time she
It was his delight to called her amicted husband to her assist the cause of God and cruth. bed-side, and asked him to pray to
He was a generous supporter of the the Lord to release her. Some time Missionary Society; and ever ready after this she raised her voice, and ters. He was a steady, faithful, af
to relieve the wants of poor minisrequested him to read one of the Olney Hymns, in which are these the world, and in the church, he
fectionate friend. In his family, in lines,
was highly esteemed. • His love in time past
During his last illness, he was in Forhirts ne'o think
a calm and resigned frame. When He'll leave me at last,
his minister entered his chamber lo trouble to sink !'
the last time, and asked him how She had a very restless night; he was, he answered, · Here I am, and remarked to the nurse, No one lying as clay in the hand of the polknew how bad she was the day be- ter : 1 have a covenant God to look fore. Abont four o'clock on Mon- to, and gracious promises to trust day iñorning, she was favoured with in!' The night before he died, he a iitle sleep: waking, she request- said,“ This has been a tedious night; ed the nurse to turn hier on the but the Lord's time is alwars the other side; adding, 'I hope the best time! After this he said,- Dg. Lord will favour me with some iog work is hard work!'. Be pra. sleep; for I have had a resilessed very affectionately for his fa night.' Soon afier, she gave a gentle mily; and gave theni his blessing sigh or two; and was mercifuly in a very solemn and impressive heard in that slie feared,
soon after which he fel nies of death: bier dismissiou was asleep in Jesus.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
A Visitation Sermon, preached at
- but without the experimental Slony Stratford. By The Rev. L. knowledge of the truth as it is in . Wainwrighi, M. A. F. A. S. Rector Jesus, the church will not be mucb of Great Brickhill.
benefited by the best scholars.
Mr. W. seems to be as ill-informed Tris preacher commences his concerning some of the modern discourse by showing the necessity sects, as of those of former days. and importance of committing the He classes the various enemics instruction of the church to a dis with whom he has to contend' untinct order of men,' duly qualified der three heads : • Professed Unfor the work; and here, he says, believers, the Adherents to the Ro' I cannot avoid noticing an opinion man Catholic Faith, and Protestant which has not merely been enter Sectaries. The last of these he tained by a few private individuals, branches out into three divisions. and made the topic of casual con The first of these, he says, is that versation, but has been deemed of of the Socinians or Unitarians;' the sufficient magnitude to constitute second is, the Rational Dissenters;' the subject of a grave and delibe these, he thinks, will soon' merge rale discourse from the pulpit. — into some of the motley groups by The opinion to which I allude is no which they are surrounded ;'- but, other than this, That learning is a he adds, - the last, and, beyond qualification by no means requisite comparison, the most formidable in the regular clergy.' We are
body of dissidents to be found in really at a loss to guess who can the kingdom, is comprised under have made such an assertion; it is the respective denominations of true that apologies have been made Methodists and Anabaptists.' This for the ministry of plain, godly, gentleman seems not to know that pious, and well-informed men, who there are now any such people as kave not had the benefit of a regu Independents in England ; nor does lar and liberal education; but we he really know the sentiments of the Tiever heard of any one who merino other denominations. Hear his ac. tained that learning is by no means count of them : 'I would not call the requisite in the regular clergy.' increase of these religionists alarme This we know, that seminaries for ing for no (any) other reason than the education of ministers among because they differ from that sysDissenters are much on the increase. tem of faith which we have emThe author seems to be very ill braced (Does he mean the 39 Artiacquainted with the history of our cles?) • or because they own themcountry when he says, “ That this selves unfriendly to that admirable assertion (concerning the useless establishment to which we are so ness of learning) should have been justly attached : But, we ask, May made during the ascendency of the they not dissent from that establishi. Presbyterian, or the Independent ment, without being unfriendly to faction, is nothing more than might it, without being considered as taturally be expected. The fact is, enevirs ? Again, he adds, most inthat both these denominations were juriously in our opinion, the prin. remarkably attentive to the educa- cipal share of uturon' (alarmed tion of their ministers; and some of again !) ' which they ought to exbe best English writers on theology cite, must arise from the inevitable were of their number. Some lay tendency of their doctrines to open undoubtedly preached then, pose the happiness of the species, as well as now; but the greater part by condenining ine exercise of reaif them were well acquainted with son in ail religious subjects.' This the Bible, if not with languages and is, indeed, a false charge! Let Mr. philosopby. We respeci learning; Wainwright look at their Semina
ries,- let hin visit Blomerton, Hos- separatists, the most formidable of ton, Wyrondley, Kotherlain, Gos- them, the Roman Catholics; and port, Idle, Bristol, Manchester, Roch- especially the very sparing use of dale, Asminster, Wrexham, ('armar- exhortation to the clergy, on the then, &c. and then examine whe- most important and momentous tother the students therç, preparing pics, while their temporal rights for the ministry, are taught to vilify are dwelt on at some length, and the use of reason; then let hiin with much apparent coniplacency. peruse the learned productions of The author then proceeds to conTutors of these Dissenting Colleges, sider, what he justly styles the locsin and of persons educated by them, of alarm, which the bishop batla and blush at the unfounded charge. sounded against the schismatics,
Equally unjust is his accusation both within and without the pale of of the preachers referred to, that the church; and says, ' If the picibey.cloud the simplicity of the ture drawn be distorted, - if some gospel of Christ by mystery the of the charges can be proved to be wost absurd, and fanaticism the groundless, – if the religious opimost unbounded.' Their • myste- nions so severely stigmatized. be ries' are those of the gospel, which either misrepresented or inaccuthe autbor, and all his clerical bre- rately defined, - and, in a word, if thren have engaged to maintain; the reincdies pointed out be totally and their fanaticisin,' as he calls inapplicable, I beg" leave to ask it, is their ardent love to God and your Lordship, and to appeal to the the souls of men.
public at large, Whether it be just, To remedy the evils complained wise, or candid, in this nuanner, to of, Mr. W. proposes the diffusion commence an offensive attack at of rational principles and liberal your primary visitation?' knowledge. In this we heartily join We wish we could follow the auissue with him; and also in the thor in his treatment of these parmeans he recommends, the Instruc- ticulars; but our contracted limits tion of the Poor. In this work, forbid it. We gladly refer our however, the persons whom he ac readers to the pamphlet itself, cuses are some of the most for.
which is written with perspicuity, ward. Let those who blame, imi- with pious zeal for the truth, with tate and excel them.
candour towards the Dissenters, and
yet in temperate spirit, and with A Letter, respectfully addressed in becoming respect to bis Lordship.
the Lord Bishop of London, ofier a Perusal of the Charge delivered Practical Sermons, by the late Rer. al his Lordslip's Primary fisita Joseph Milner, l'icar of Holy tion in 1810. By An Lpiscopa
Trinity Church, Huil. By the lian. Price 1$. 6d.
Rev. Isaac Milner, D. 1. Dean of Wino the author of this Letter is
Carlisle, and Master of Queen a we know not; but he appears to
College, Cambridge. Two rols.
Svo, Price £ 1. 48. be a workman who nccdeth out to be ashamed; a sincere friend of [Concluded from p. 104.] the genuine doctrines of the Esta We extract the following passage blished Church, and an ablc de- from Dr. Miluer's sermon ou Spintender of his misrepresented bre- tual Declensiodi, vol. ii, p. 431 :thren. He makes soine reinarks on • The causes are various, thro' what is omilled, as well as on what the various circumstances, tempera, is asserted in his Lordship's Charge. and situations of different persons ; Inder the first head he notices his but ind welling sin, aided by the almost entirely passing over the crafty of Satan, operates upon all amiable character of his predeces- Is it not so, lvreibrin, that some of sor, Bishop Porteous, which cer. you, who once were thriving in tainly deserved some encuinium. God's ways, are now grownsialy? I!e notices also his omitting to men. That you have lost, in a great me:tion, ail ops lic various classes of sure, your zcal, your love, and your
desire to promote the cause of the impatience of constant work, to Christ in the world, and have not give way to the love of case ; and. now either that communion with then Sin and Satan get an unhappy Christ in your souls, which you advantage over thein. Pride and once had, or that desire for it? Self-conceit lead others astray; You are conscious that your relish they grow too wise for their teachfor godly discourse is abated; and érs; they dispute and argue, little if, through the week, you are full sensible of their own ignorance, of the world, it can scarcely be and often land in some soul-destroykept out of your hearts and heads ing heresy. Unsound views of the on the Lord's Day. You have not doctrines of grace cause them to now that earnest and steady spirit live presumptuously, and hide from of prayer you once had. Your love their own eyes both the evil and of the brethren is grown cold ; and danger of sin. With others, a the breaches and declensions in the rugged, bitter, or impatient temchurch of Christ affect you not as per is indulged and encouraged. in times past. You are more re Such characters are exposed to the tired into self, - or, at least, carry suggestions of Satan, who will fill your affections very little beyond them with prejudices against even your own family. These are all the best men, and narrow their symptoms of a declining state of ininds so completely, that they will Teligion, wirere they are habitual; lose the best advantagés for growth and if you have had them for years, in grace. With others, the childand do not set yourselves carnestly like simplicity of taste, in divine to cure thein, it is a sigu that they things, is gradually lost, and their are very strong on you. The soul contracts a leanness from the case is worse, when you can even want of it: but the most common vindicate them, or encourage your..
cause is the love of this present selves under them, from a notion of world, which eats out the love of God's grace in Christ. You are then God, and makes dreadful ravages far advanced in the evil indeed, and
on inany souls.' are sunk very dangerously. It was To every pious reader it must be pever meant that (iod's everlasting, evident, that these sermons sprang love to his church, and his care of. from a heartfelt experience of the his clect, should lessen their dili- power of evangelical truth: this is gence in striving against sin, but in- their master excellence. They never crease it. Sumc indeed bave so play about the imagination; but completely lost the little religion strike powerfully at the heart;-on they once professed, by a plamly, soine occasions, with thoughts that lewd, drunken, or worldly conduct, breathe, and words that burn! Dethat there needs no proof of it, but void as they are of ornament, we what they give from their own doubt not but they will continue daily conduct. With others, tho' to be highly relished by sound the decline is not so visible, yet Christians in general; and though any one may see it wbo considers we cannot, in point of coinposition, what they once were. They them- place them before younger minisselves, though sensible of it, are iers, as models for their initation, not so careful, nor so vigorous, in we devoutly wish that every young their endeavours for a recovery as
candidate of the Christian ininistry they ought. Anong the causes of would give them a serious perusai, such declensions, the love of case especially if in danger of barren orand a slothsul temper, is the princi- thodoxv. He will find a freedoin is
A Christian life, whatever these addresses, which he may look some may think, requires the la- for, for ever and in vain, froin those boor of the whole man. He that writers and preachers who are ticd would serve God, indeed, must not and bound with the cords of a systhink of serving him without la- tem, and feel an edge put upon bour and pains. If men are not on cvangelical truth, which, it acquirtheir guard, they are apt, through ed by himself, will not fail to ren
der hiin an able minister of the New The Salvation of all Infants: a Cero Testament; as the mouth of God,
mon preached at Hornion Street separating the precious from the Chapel, Kensington. By the Rer. vile.
John Leischild. 18. 6d. The Pulpit Assistant ; containing tensions with which this production
Tre modest and bumble preTwo llundred and Fifty Outlines, is presented to the public eye, serve or Skeletons of Sermons, chiejiy to disarm the severity of criticism extracted from various Authors,
on some of the unguarded expres. in 4 Vols. 12mo. 168.
sions which it contains. Good sense Tors is a new and very neat edi- prevails in every page ; but we retion of a work which we have for commend the author to discipline merly noticed with commendation, his mind, and chasten his style, to intended to suggest ideas to those render the next discourse he prints preachers who cannot have access more worthy of publicity. Agree. io tbe works from which they are ing, in the main, with the preacher's extracted. A fourth volume, con- sentiment, we earnestly hope that sisting wholly of original maiter, is his consolalory reflections may disadded to this edition. We are of sipate those gloomy doubts which opinion that these volumes may be have overshadowed the minds and consulted with advantage, especially clouded the joys of some pious inoby young preachers, whose inven-thers in Israel, relative to the salvation may thereby be assisted. The tion of their infantile offspring. short essay on the Composition of a Sermon, prefixed to the first vo- The Christian's Duty and Encoulume, deserves their careful consi
ragement in Times of Distress. deration. Preachers who have not A Serinon at the Tabernacle, Lon. enjoyed the benefit of a classical and don. By J. Hyatt. 2nd edit. Is. academical education, and others whose time is very much occupied, mental discourse on Psalm xxxvii.
Tus is a pious and experimay find their preparation of dis- 5,' Commit thy way unto the Lord, courses for the pulpit facilitated by trust also in Him, and he shall bring referring to these volumes.
We it to pass.' Mr. H. considers what would, however, advise young the text implies,—what it prescribes. preachers not servilcly to copy, or - and what it insures. The sermon repeat them, memoriter, but to use
is well adapted for usefulness. them, as Mr. Hannam, the editor
Mr. Hyait has also published a proposes, as helps to composition.
volume of sermons; but as the sub. The Exaltation of the Messiah, the impression, and have left no copies
seribers have engaged the whole Basis of Consolation in Death: a
for sale, we mean to defer our reSermon delivered at High Wye" marks till we see a new edition. combe, Bucks. By the Rev. Jacob Snelgar. Is.
This is a plain discourse, ex The Advantages of Church Fellow pressed in a neat style, and well
ship, and the Duties of Church adapted to accomplish the grand de
Members. A Sermon at the siga of a preacher of the gospel.
Jionthly Meeling, London. By The text (Acts v. 31) did not ap
Samuel Hackett. pear to us appropriate to a funeral This sermon was so much apsolemnity; but was selected by the proved by the numerous ministers person whose decease occasioned the who heard it, that they prevailed composition and delivery of the ser on the preacher to print it; and mun. Though we cannot expect we are glad to see ii published ; it will be extensively read, we cor. for the subject on which it treats is dially wish that it may be rendered seldom discussed in the pulpit, and useful in that private circle in whicb, still less regarded by modern proit inay be perused.
fessors in their practice. Thc au.