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MR. W. ODDY,
ed an injury from any one, he strove OF HOXION SQUARE,
to do such person soine act of kind
ness. He had very humbling views Died January 24, 1811, aged 62.
of himself; and thought he was un. At the early age of serenteco, he deserving the comforts he enjoyed. was brought to the saving know- During his confine dent, bis time ledge of Christ, under the ministry of Mr. Madan, at the Lock Chapel, When told how many fervent pray.
was mostiy occupied in prayer. – having been invited to go there to
ers were offered up on his account, hear the singing. None of his fa- he replied, “ How ihaokful should I mily 'seing serious, he persevered be, that I am so laid on the hearts in the ways of the Lord, amidst the of God's people! When any of his most violent opposition; but he so fainiiy took leave of him, he would · well filled up his relative duties, emphatically say, • Don't forget me
that, like Daniel, they could find at the throne of grace.' His patience no occasion against him, except concerning the law of his God. This was conspicuous to the last; he
never coinplained unless enquired natural disposition was so ainiable, of, although, from the nature of his that all who knew him, loved him; complaint, he must have suffered and at all times he had a word in much pain. His disposition was season, tempered with so much rather timid; and he aiways feared 'cheerfulness, and earnest desire for the article of Death, though never the good of those with whom he its consequences. The Lord, there conversed, that even irreligious fore dealt mercifully with him, and characters admired its effects in concealed its pear approach. For him. His conduct through life was two days he was so delirious as pot highly consistent with his profes- to be able to converse, althouga he sion; and his widow, with whom he
knew his family; but his expressive was united 40 years, can witness looks spoke most forcibly to the that, although he had many severe heart. The last sentence he was trials, he never uttered a murinur
heard to articulate was, • I shall be ing word; but considered them as
satisfied, I shall be satisfied; yes, I the wise discipline of a tender Fa- shall be satisfied, when I awake up ther. That great man of God, Mr.
in thy likeness !' He sufiered much Whitefield, was acquainted with
at the closing scene, till his happy him; and one day he called, and spirit took its flight to the realms of said, My dear young friend, I con
bliss, surrounded by his weeping gratulate you!" Mr.o. enquired on
family, who have sustained a loss what account. Mr. W. replied, I which none but God can make up. give you joy of the cross of Christ,
This providence was improved at having just heard that a pear rela
Hoxton Chapel, Fcb.3, by the Rev. tion has disinherited you on account
T. Taylor, of Bradford, from 1 Pete of your religion!' He was also a
i. 17. Christian in private. The word of God was his constant companion : be searched the Scriptures; and
MRS. EVANS. found them exceedingly precious. FEB. 4, 1810, died, at Aamim lle enjoyed the public ordinances sler, Mrs. Evans, wife of Mr. Wile of God's house, and highly esteein- liam Evans, clothier. She was boro ed his ministers. He was a member at South Molton, April 19, 1767; at Surry Chapel, from the time of its but her father dying before she was erection, till within the last few 12 months old, her mother (sister years, when he found it more con to the late Rev. Samuel Lavington, venient to attend and communicate of Biddeford) removed with her to al Hoxton Chapel. During the ill- Oitery. At the age of 10 years she ness, which terininated in his death, was taken by her aunt, wife of the he drank deeply into the spirit of late Rev. Samuel Buncombe, to live Christ. Resentinent and pride bad with them; where it pleased God mo appearance in bim: if be receir- 90 to bless their instructions and
sample, that her spirit, which had she had an inflammation on her been too stubborn to be controlled lungs, which brought on a decline, by her pions mother, was effectually that soon proved fatal. At first, nasubdued ; and she was brought, un- ture shrunk from the prospect of der deep and abiding convictions, death; and Satan greatly distressed wbich inade her a supplicaut at tlre her with his fiery darts; but the Throne of Grace.
Lord alone was ber trust and conIn the account which she for many fidence, and she never lost her hope years kept of her experience, she ap- in Jesus. — After this change had pears to have been a strict observer taken place, she said to her husof her temper and conduct; fre- band, 'I feel so comfortable, that I quently complaining of hardness of have been attempting to sing ; my beart and forinality in religious du soul is all joy and praise : Oh that ties, yet praying, hoping, and re I might be in such a comfortable joicing in all-sufficient grace.
frame through the next day (which When about 22 years of age she was the Sabbath) that I might rise was admitted into the Church; and with my heart alive to God, and, thus writes on ber return from her tho' debarred the privileges of his first attendance on the ordinance: house, I might enjoy much of his -“While at the Lord's Table 1 presence at home! Tho' she felt a was in great distress, for fear I ne- desire that she might live for the Yer should meet him whom my soul sake of her family, yet she said, “ If loveth. I did not find that comfort the Lord sees fit to shorten my days, and pleasure which I expected; I I hope I shall be enabled to submit believe I expected too much.' to his will. After this, she took a
In December, 1793, she was mar very affectionate leave of all her ried, and removed to Axminster; children who were at home, exwhere, having a large family, she borting them to mind the one thing pas exercised with various troubles needful; and after committing theni without, and changing frames with- to the care and keeping of her derr #n: she was quick in observing any Saviour, she said, “Now I have not spiritual declensions, and frequently an anxious thought.' lamented that her mind was too She frequently spoke of the wonmuch led away by the world. derful goodness of God, in mixing
She was careful to keep holy the so many mercies in the cup of af Sabbath herself, and was concerned fliction; and would often say, 'Bless that all her family should improve the Lord, oh my soul, and forget It also. Not experiencing, on one not any of his benefits!' She had a Sabbath morning, that satisfaction great acquaintance with the word she longed for, she writes thus:- of God; and many precious proWhat a dreadful Sabbath hath this mises were brought to her mind, been to me thus far! Oh, may the which she called her string of jewevening of it be better iinproved! els, and were her comfort to the let me dow set myself to seek the last. Lord; he is found of them who seek She was much pleased with the bim in truth and sincerity! Ou Poem of the venerable Herbert, enthat I could seek him with my
titled - The Bag;' aud, I believe, whole heart! She took great de.. never a serious person came to visit light in instructing her children, and her in her illness, but she would dewould entertain them thro' the Sab- sire them to read it. - A few days bath-day with a variety of religious before her death, she said to her husinstructions, so that no part of it band, I want to tell you what I might be tiresome, but pleasing and have experienced of the love of profitable; and she had the unspeak- God, and how precious Christ is to able pleasure to see that her labour my soul; but I cannot for want of was not altogether in vain.
breathi' On the last day of April, 1809, she The next morning, which was was delivered of her eighth child, the Sabbath and ordinance-day, she which survived her but live weeks. was very desirous that some of the Soon after the birth of tais child, family should go out; but being
apprehensive that her end was near, tiinated a wish, if it should please none left her ; she said, I thought God, to die on a Sabbath, that she last Friday I was going hoine, but might not omit, even for one SabI was disappointed : I hope it will bath, praising Hin with his people, not be long; but I will patiently either on earth or in heaven. It wait the Lord's time.'
was the only wish she had on this After lying quiet for some time, subjeet; and it was mercifully in. she said to her husband, “I have dulged. She was confined but a had some precious thoughts of the week; and died early on the Sabdear Redeemer; but I can't men bath morning. To an unknowu tion them ;' – and when he said temptation, soine little time before “What a mercy it is to have such a her death, she replied, “Oh, Satan, precious Saviour!” -:Yes,' says this is only what the minister said she, · He is precious, he is very pre a child of God inight experience! cious to me.' After conversing Her last words were, • I see, I see !' some time, she complained of being - Thus she passed into the skies, tired with speaking, and wished to leaving a character, over no part of be still; but all the while her lips which it is necessary to throw any continued moving, as if engaged in veil, or to put any gloss. Five prayer; and, after lying about a daughters survive her; – brought quarter of an hour, she broke out by her prayers and example to with these words: — Blessed! Bles- know the Lord. Her death was sed! Blessed!' – and instaotly her improved by her pastor to an afwilling spirit took its flight into fectionate congregation lamenting the arms of the Redeemer, without her loss, from those words of Job: a struggle or a groan.
• Thou shalt come to thy grave in This solemn event was improved a full age, like as a shock of coru by her pastor, the Rey. Mr. Small, cometh in his season.' J. L. from 1 Thess. iv. 16. The Dead in Christ.
Cath. Davies, aged 25, living with
the Rev. Mr. Berry, of Camberwell, Grace bad bere a trophy and an
was at Camden Chapel the first Sun. ornament. She was brought in early day evening in this year; during life to the knowledge of Jesus, as a
which time she was suddenly takes pecessary, sufficient, and willing with a violent internal pain, which, Saviour, under the ministry of the however, soon went off
, and she honoured Romaine. She was long appeared in good health; but on a regular attendant at Tottenhain the Thursday morning was found in Court and the Adelphi chapels.
her room quite dead, in the attitude Many thorns sprung up in her path of prayer. - Sunday, Jan. 12, this to glory; but she went over them;
solemn providence was improved and went over them rejoicing.
by Dr. D. at Cambden Chapel; and Nearly three years ago, slie came
on the following Sunday at Cam. to reside at Kensington ; and came,
berwell Meeting by the Rev. Mr. B. as all Christiaus who saw her could An aged Christian, at Hadleigh, pot help saying, “ To be ripened for requested liis miuister to preach a glory!" – so highly spiritual was semon froin Isa. i. 18. Circumile fraine of her mind, and so deep šiances occasioned a delay for some and constant her anxiety for the time; but on Jan. 21, the old man best interests of those around her. being present, his wish was comSoon after her residence was fixed price with ; and he appeared highly at Kensingtou, she became subject, graiilicd. In returning from the at intervals, to a very serious illo inceting, while engaged in spiritual pess; but Death bad no sling for conversation, he uropped suddenly her: with similes she looked him aud expired. – Feb. 10, the alarma full in the face; and welcomed his ing providence was improved by approach.
the Rev. Mr. Gunn, troru Jati. She bad very long, and often in. ' saiv. 41, “Be ye aisu ready:
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
The Pilgrim's Progress. By John Mr. Gilpin, with good reason, Bunyan. A new and corrected substitutes for the very rude and Editin; in which the Phraseology quaint attempts of Bunyan's muse, of the Awhor is somewhat ine verses far more congenial to the proved, &c. 8vo, 123.-royal, 188. feelings of the classical reader. As
a short specimen of the alteration The name of the Editor of this inade in this respect, we may give Work appears at the close of a De. the two first couplets that occur: dication so truly elegant and touch When Christian knocks at the ing, as to be worthy of the admired wicket-gate, he says, according to author of the Monument of Paren- the venerable author, · May I now tal Affection. In'an Address to the enter here? Will he within open Reader, Mr. Gilpin thus states the to sorry me, though I have been views with which he undertook the
an undeserving rebel? Then shall work before us: — My intention I not fail to sing his lasting praise was to deal with the venerable
on high.' Bunyau as delicately as possible ; In rhymes not so uncouth, he exaud, in no instance to deprive him of that beautiful simplicity, in
presses himself, according to the
present editor, which he will assuredly stand unrivalled to the end of the world. A wreich oppress’d with guilt and pain?
• May I admission here obtain, I admired his Pilgrim's guise ; and Theo shall I run in Wisdoa:'s ways, wished only to adjust it in a few
And all my future lise be praise !' minute points, where it seemed to be inconsistent with the general de
We think Mr. Gilpin has deserved rorum of his character. It appeared
well of the admirers of Bunyan, by to me desirable, that he should be the pains he has so successfully made to speak with a little more
taken to remove the appearance of grammatical precision, – that his
coarseness and vulgarity from this extreme coarseness should be mo- inimitably excellent and useful derately abated, – that he should work, it may now, without the be rendered less obscure in some apprehension of a laugh of Ridipassages, less tautological in others, cule, or a sneer of Contempt heing and offensive in none.'-- The cor
excited by the vulgarity of th lanrections and alterations which have guage, be put into the hands of been adopted are almost innumer. well-educated and polished youth. able ; but I am willing to persuade The Publications of the Religious myself, that the greater part of them are so contrived as to escape
Tract Society. To which is prethe notice of those readers who
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Altho' in the Religious Tract so far as we have examined the Society we recognize the features edition of Mr. G. the plan proposed of a child, and of course cherish appears to be carried into etfect toward it a strong parental affecwith great propriety and success. tion, yet we are truly happy to The editor seems to be in every find, that it is too well known, too respect qualified for the task, pos. firmly established, and has so sessing the requisite feeling of ad. "widely diffused its reputation for miration for the original work, utility, as to stand in no need of with a taste distinguislied by deli- recommendation from us. Still we racy, and yet free from fastidious- think it but common justice, on
receiving the third voluine, to say, XIX.
That we think it does not come lost wanderer from the paths of behind cither of its predecessors, Ignorance and Sin, and be the ineither in the importance of its sub- strument of producing such a benejects, or the manner in which they ficial effect, as will yield more solid are treated. There are in all 26 pleasure, and confer more lasting tracts in this volume. They con- honour than that which is obtained tain a happy inixture of historical, by either the conquest or the salbiographical, and allegorical sub- vation of an empire. jects. It also contains some wbole This Society is one, out of many, epistles from the New Testament; which has roused the opposition, and many useful lessons of experi- and excited the reproach and conmental and practical piety are scat- demnation of the champions for the tered through tracts which are of alteration of the Act of Toleration, a mixed kind. They are also adapt- as a thing necessary for the preserod to a great variety of characters. vation of the church. Even the Soldiers and sailors, – Catholics and Society for Promoting Christian Protestants, – the moral and de- Knowledge have permitted the pubcent professor, and the open profli- lication of sermons, under their gate, – the rich and the poor,-the sanction; in which are exhibited unfortunate debtor and the harden- charges against the Society, which ed criminal, are all admonished of are as untrue as they are illiberal. the incalculable importance of ob- We will furnish one speciinen, from taining the knowledge of Christ, Dr. Gray's Sermon before that sothe consolations of the gospel, and ciety, in 1803 (p. 20.) grace to practice all the duties of
We must confess, that books of ihat holy religion, of which it is said elementary and popular instruction • her ways are ways of pleasantness, cannot be selected with too scruand all her paths are peace.' pulous regard to considerations of
The Committee of this Society, public utility; and that they cannot somewhat resembling the industri. be circulated with too much inous bee, care pot through whose dustry in the present age, when garden, or over what flowers they those who are insensible to all the rove, provided they can extract most awful considerations that from them that pure and precious should influence the mind, disperse truth, of which the volunie of in every species of production that spiration says; . It is nore to be may undermine the foundations of desired than gold; yea, than much human virtue ; and when those sofine gold ; sweeter also than honey, cieties, which are erected in sepaor the honey-comb. The justly ce- ration from, if not in opposition to lebrated author of the Pilgrim's Pro- our church, boast of having distrigress, – the late polished preacher buted millions of their tracts, -of St. John's chapel, – the late can- which, however they may contain did and pious rector of St. Mary effusions of piety, are so debased Woolnoth, and the able and im- by the intermixture of enthusiasm pressive author of the Calvinistic and varif conceits, that they must and Socinian Systeins compared, vitiate the religious principle at its have all contributed their quota very origin, and concar (however (yea, even Pope Pius has also con; the effect may not be designed) tributed) to make up this useful with the efforts of those who would and instructive volume.
open the gulphs of Misery and DeEach of these little tracts is a spair.' messenger of mercy; and all those
Other writers of the same spirit, who are ambitious, at least of mak. have laboured hard to discredit the ing sone small effort to do good; Religious Tract Society with the Rehave an opportunity of doing it at ligious Public, and to obstruct the a very small expeuce. Who can extensive circulation of its publicatell, Christian reader, but by your tions; but it is all in vain; for becoming a purchaser and distribu. the persecutions of Paul conduced tor of Religious Tracts, you may to the furtherance of the gospel, so be instrumental in reclaiming some the more this institution is slar