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note distance and animosity among members of churches ; and tha, there. fore, we should watch against every thing that would further his end.
11. To consider how much more good we can do in the world at large, and in the church in particular, when we are all united in love, than we could do when acting alone, and indulging a contrary spirit.
12. Lastly, To consider the express injunctions of Scripture and the beautiful example of Christ, as to these important things. — Eph. iv. 32. 1 Pet. ii. 21. John xiij. 5, 35.
WIDOWS' FUND. Among the excellent Institutions which happily abonnd in this nation, the
following, we believe, is not so generally known as it deserves to be. We insert a short account of it, not so much for the purpose of increasing the nuinber of Applicants, as in hope that benevolent individuals, both in town and couutry, will, by the perusal of it, be induced to swell the List of Subscribers, by the addition of their Names.
Society for the irelief of Necessilous Widows and Children
of Protestant Dissenting Ministers, deceased. This charity was first instituted in 1783; and extends to the families of such ministers of the Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptist denomipations, as, at their death, stood accepted and approved as such by the body of ministers of that denomination to which they respectively belonged; and who died so poor, as not to leave their Widows and Children a sofficient subsistence. Previous to their being relieved, the above cir- cumstances must be attested by one or more ministers; and the Petition signed by a Member of the Society, — Every person subscribing One Guinea or upwards for two years, the same to be paid on or before Midsummer in each year, becomes, after that time, a Meinber of this Society, during the contissuance of his subscription.
The annual sum now given to the English Widows, is £ 12 12s.; and to the Welch Widows, £
The number of Widows annually relieved, has lately been upwards of 160. The Managers are likewise empowered to give the sum of £ 10 each to as many as Ten Widows in one year, who may be in want of im:nediale assistance; and whose cases are peculiarly dist essing and properly authenticated. The Managers may also give the sem of £ 10. for apprenticing out any child of a deceased minister.
Alcneral Meeting of the Subscribers is held once a year; when 24 MaNazers, together with a Treasurer and Secretary are chosen. A sermon, recommending the useful purposes of this Society, is preached annually, in the month of April, at the Meeting-honse in the Old Jewry; after which & Colleetion is made. The Managers meet on the First Tuesday in every Moolh, at Batson's Coffee-house, Cornhill, London, to receive applications. Fiben. Maitland, Esg. Coleman Street, Treasurer ; Mr. J. Webster, Queca Street, T heapside. Secretary.
In English Widow, having £ 30 per annum income, is not deemed a proper object, unless she have one child to support. If she have € 35 per Sear, she is a proper object, if she bave three children to support; and so progressively, allowing £ 5 of income for every iwo children.
hrers Welch Widow, having an income of £ 18 per annum, and one child to cupport, or an income of £ 21 per annon, and three children to support, is deemed a proper object; and so progressively, allowing an intiease of incode of $ for an increase of every two children.
ANECDOTES, &c Sr. Ferrard says, ' Every good mau's heart is the temple of God, and his house at prazer Leto in bed, abroad in thy fields, at home in this chut the place makes no diference: thy praycit will consecrate and who il sa kagitation of God's point aud giaciu ia plesenice.'
Thar indefatigable servant of Christ, the Rev. George Whitfield, preached, in the course of his ministry, which included 34 years and a quarter, cig hi ten thuit une sermons; which was somewhat more than fire hundroid verano is a poor. The day preceding his death, he expressed a great desire to enter his eternal rest at the same time saying, Lord, thou hnowest I am not weary of thy work, though I am weary in it!
Wr have been repeatedly desired to recoinmend the most suitable Books for the Perusal of Your l'ersons, wbo bave not the advantage of a living preceptor to direct them in their choice. This we shall attempt, confining our observations to two classes of boohs: those intended to convey religious instruction, strictly considered, and those which are adapted to expand and improve the nuind in a more general view,
We shall begin with two of the most admirable and important Works in the English Language: lioduridge's Rise and Progress of Religion, and Waily on the improvement of the Mind. The former adapted to alarm the conscience and awaken the mind to religion; and the latter to open the understanding, expand the faculties of the mind, and direct its enquiries after the most important trutlis. The former is of a nature purely religious; the latter leads the mind to the pursuit of literature and science; but still under the direction of the same spirit which quickens the mind to scck the wisdom which is from above.
The plan of the Rise and Progress of Religion was drawn by Dr. Watts ; but given up, on account of ill health, to his contemporary and friend Dr. Dodăridge, 'who filled it up entirely to his satisfaction, submitted the whole to bis revision, and, when published, addressed it to him in a very respeclful Dedication.
Str. Orton says, This book is a body of practical divinity and Christian experience: and contains, as it were, the substance of the author's preaching *.' The avidity with which it was read, and the approbation it received in the higher classes of rank and literature, was very flattering, while the good effected thereby, was a much higher gratification to the pious author.
The work was at an early period printed in Holland ; and highly approyd by the Prince and Princess of Orange, and the principal persons in that country. There have been also several cditious in French; one of which was lately reprinted by the Missionary Society, and circulaled among the french prisoners.
like other work is of a different character, but no less excellent in its kind. Dr. Jolineon says (speaking of Dr. Matts) • Few books have been perused or me wiv. greater pleasure than his linprovement of the Mind; of which the radical principles may indeed be found in Locke's Conduct of the inderstanding; but they are so expanded and ramified by Vatis, as to corfer upon him nje mot si a work in the highest degree useful and posing the er hin the care of instructing others, may be charged with detaciency in his duty, if this book is vol recommended t.'
Great as in this praisi', considered as coming from Jobzon, it is still be. low the true character of the work. All young persons, of either sex, who dwie a unire lor mentii improvement, shoid make this one of their first books; and every student should read it ihra', at least once a year.
Though published is a percent to the Doctor's admirabic System of Logie, biceause üfterwards written, it is perfectly a distinct book, and should be rear before', 24 well as aller:
Doudridge's Letters, Note, p.121.
+ Lives of the l'oets, vol. įr.
death. This is a fact, atested by
the most unquestionable evidence. OF ATHY, KILDARE COUNTY,
When she felt the approach of the Was brought to the knowledge of disorder; she seemed to have been the truth under the ministry of the fully persuaded that it would prove Res, T. Kelly. For some years she a sickness'unto death ; and from that · walked worthy of the vocation time all the concerns of life appeared wherewith she was called;' and to her as nothing. For many days af
adorned, by her conversation, the ter her confinement, she was a total doctrine of God, her Saviour.' She stranger to peace; and on being possessed, in an eminent degree, the asked by a friend how she found her weekness of the Christian charac- mind, she answered, “ I did not take ter, – seemed, in every thing, to be heed to any ways, therefore, the hand governed by a single eye to the glory of the Lord is upon me.' The same of ber Lord; and manifested an un- question being repeated some time common solicitude for the conver after, she said, - My bodily pain, it sion of her fellow-sinners. Her first is true, is very great; but, when convictions were so deep, as even compared to the trouble of iny to affect her health ; and her sepa- mind, it is nothing, – my heart is ration from the world was sudden ready to break in pieces!' Indeed, and decided. Notwithstanding this, the distress of her mind is not to be abe became an example of the dan- described. It was even painful for ger of neglecting our Lord's pre some time to speak to her of the cept, . Watch and pray.' The world Saviour: the mention of bis name became a snare to her; she mingled only augmented her distress, by too much with those who mind bringing to her recollection the hapearthly things; and at length par- piness she once enjoyed in his sertook, to a melancholy degrec, of vice. She was conscious that she
their spirit. Her fall was, like the had followed strange gods; and that : fall of believers in general, gradual. she could now derive no help froin
She at first ventured a little way, them; therefore, she said, My fieart had was emboldened by degrees to is sore pained within ine, and the venture farther, till all her peace of terrors of death are fallen upon me; conscience forsook her, and her for fearfulness and treinbling are come mer pleasure and liveliness in the upon me, and horror hath overways of God were changed to weari- whelmed me. She had not one Dess and forinality. While thus comfortable view of the Saviour; 'wandering from the fod of her good and der mind was filled with a cerShepherd, she was neither uncon taiu fearful looking for of judgscious of her state, nor of the even ment and fiery indignation. Defual danger attending upon it; and spair was painted on ber countefrom some things which from time nance; and the thought of inceting to time escaped her, it seems she God filled her soul with horror. looked to the day when she should After this season of darkness had be delivered from the snare liy lasted for some days, at length the which she was bolden. While in Sun of Righteousness arose upon this awful situation, she was seized her soul, with healing in his wings. with one of the most malignant pu- The Lord gave her beauty for astres, trid fevers that had ever fallen under the oil of joy for mourning, and the observations of the physicians by the garinent of praise for the spirit whom she was attended. A few days of heaviness. This blessed change before this, she had intimated to svon discovered itself in the expressome female friends, that she was sion of her countenance; which now cooscious of her situation, and would wore a smile of joy, declarative of not be surprized if the Lord was the feelings of her soul. Being asked. shortly to visit her with sickness and sure time after, how she found her.
self, she said, My body has been prepared for thy people! The folgreatly distressed ; but my soul has lowing emphatical prayer deserves been in a heavenly state! My to be recorded, as it marks the deep thoughts of Jesus have refreshed consciousness which she felt of her my spirit; and of his love to ine ! departure from God: - U thou, have not a single doubt. O what a who art the living God, quicken my Saviour have !
sout! True, Lord, I have grieved On the evening of the 31st of De- thy Holy Spirit! I have departed cember, she conversed freely, and froin the path of holiness, - I have seemed stronger than for soine days brought reproach upon the holy before. Speaking of death, she said, cause of the gospel, 3 I have dis• Though I am now happy in God, tressed the righteous, and betrayed vet what shall I do when the hour my Saviour! Forgive, forgive, o of iny departure comes? If the thou King of Glory, for thy dearest douhis which distressed me so much Saviour's sake! Thou hast forgiven should return, I must sink under me, my God: I know thou hast parthem. O, my dear Saviour, leave doned my sin; I know in whom I me not!' At these worlshe shed have believed! Let thy good Spirit Inany tears, Reing told that Jesus never depart from ine : keep the would never leave her, nor forsake love of the world for ever out of my her;' and that he would safely con heart. Father, heal all my backduct her through the valley of the slidings, love me freely, and guard sadow of Death, she said, “ All me that/ tll no more: let the Holy is well!
Spirit comfort me; and thy power It is worth observing, that where support me in the hour of death! as, when she was in health, she never Otner lords have had dominion attempted to sing: she now over me; but now thou art my only deavoured to einploy her voice in Lord! Bring me safe to thyself at the Redeemer's praise.
After re Last, for the sake of my dear Repeating the following words, she deemer, Jesus Christ! She then sung thein: - Jesus Christ is my said. I have told him all things, Redeemer : he will save me, he will will you now pray for me!' Herjoy come; he will bring poor Ann to was at this time beyond description. bimself! A little time after, she she begred of those who attend. said," I am highly favoured indeed! ed, to tell her friends and relations What am I, that I should be taken bow tenderly she remembered them: from this accursed world to dueil am to inform them of her happy with Jesus! O, my dear Sarionr, state and glorious prospects. She come quickly, thail may see theó also called the servants around her: as thou art! Her body had now aud eshorts them, on the niost af. swelled to an astonishing size, and sectionate aod jatketie manner, to her pains were uncunmonly sevire; seck the hiroir of God; and not but she was enabled to bear them to be found prepared when the all wähout a murur; and, what Judge should summon them to his is very unusual in this disorder, she bar. Soon afier this ber weakness retained the full use of her under- rapidly increased, and her words standing; and was not, during the were scarcely intelligible; but the whole period of her confinement, name of Jesis was still uttered with for one hour incapable of the exer- eight; and some of the last words cise of reason. When her bodily she spoke were, - Hallelujah to the pain was particularly violent, she
Lain', who haii bouglit us a parwould say, "I know ihat all will be don!' When no longerable to speak, soon over; and I shall entes a she signified by her gestures that house. Dol made with hands, eter- her soul was happy. sbefeil eiecp mal in the hewens.' (), my blessed in Jesus on the 7th of January, 1805. Jesus, in this tabernacle i groan, -- Her case is in tructive. She was being burtheoed! I kng to sleep awakened in the prime of life, and pid thice! come, my saviour, abandoned the world for Christ. come to deterre from pain of the love of the world secined, for body, and let me enter into the rest a sea on, to regain ils ascendency:
and she appeared in danger of being exposure to variable weather when captivated by its snares: but sea at 'work; but a predisposition to sonably the saviour appeared for them was evidently excited by freber deliverance. She is snatched as quent intoxication. I mention this a brand from the burning, and taken as a caution to others, having freout of a world wherein she was ex- quently heard it argued, by persons posed to continual temptation, into addicted to drunkenness; that it did a world where her happy spirit, with not injure teir health. It often out interruption or weariness, exults works by slow degrees, but its steps in the Saviour's presence.
Its effects are like a ADOLESCENS. mouldering foundation, which often
continues imperceptibly to decay, Auful Account of J-11
until the superstructure gives way,
and either falls or must be taken It is very useful and consolatory down. Habitual inebriation does to read the experience of many not merely produce inordinate accharacters recorded in the holy tion in the vital parts, but really Scriptures; but we are apt to think changes their structure, and thus their situations and their blessings gives origin to an irremediable dispeculiar to themselves, and, there- order. fore, much more do we feel in During the first few days of my terested in the experience of fel attendence, H. was convales. low-creaturos of our own time. ceni; but, about the third or fourth When we consider their inheritance day, he suddenly relapsed, and had of the same depravity as ourselves, an accession to his previous affecand thcir exposure to the same tions. Of this had not been intemptations and trials, how en- formed prior to paying my accuscouraging to hear one say, in the tomed morning visit; and, theretrying hour, ‘Yea, though I walk fore, did not expect to find him in through the valley of the shadow of bed. On enterivg the room, his death, I will fear no evil; for thou eye almost pierced me to the heart, art with me: thy rod and thy safi The most disiressing anxiety was they comfort me:' but, not less characterized in his countenance, does the agony in death experienced which, at first, I imputed to the inby the ugoslly, which we fluence of his disease. Upon furoccasionally required to witness, ther examination, however, I found prove the veracity of the sacred that this was not the case ; and conwritings. ' Truly, their sins have tinued for a day or two uncertain of found ibern out before the crimison its real cause. His solicitude for catalogue is produced at the judg- my frequent attendance, the avidity inent- seat of Christ; and the wages with which he caught every word which they begin to receive, prove that was attered, and the risible that the way of transgressors is distress depicted on his features, bard;' very hard indeed is that way combined to indicate his state. which leads to the regions of hell. The loss of health excites an Whilst instances. of the former de- earnest desire for its restoration ; scription are calculated to en- and no subject is so interesting to courage, inviances of the latter are the sufferer as that of his own com. calculated to warn.
plaints, or something in reference A few inontis ago, I was request. io them; but it was not so here. ed to visit - H----, in This poor man laboured under dismedical capacity. He appeared to cases from which, in general, much be between 10 and 50 years of age. hodily suffering is experienced; I had attended hiin in one or two but lie answered questions respecto previous illnesses, but without ob- ing it with brief impatience, and &ervieg in dun any concern about spoko on other subjects only with spiritual things. At this time, his his looks, – looks which language complaints did not indicate immi- cannot represent. He seemed, like peat danger. Their immediate the impious Belshazzar, to have Sauso appeared to be, an ingautions seen the fingers of a man's hand