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who love our Lord Jesus Christ in her dissolution, she said, with em sincerity and truth.

pbasis, On Sunday, April 15, 1810, after • Jesus, o when shall that dear day, returning from public worship, she That joyful hour, appear!' complained of indisposition but medical aid being afforded, she ob- Agonizing with pain, on being asked tained temporary relief.

Early, if ber sufferings were not very great, however, in the month of May, she - she replied, “ Yes, they are ; but was more seriously ill; and her dis. order continued to increase until it

• Jesus makes this my dying bed

• Feel soft as downy pillows are ; terminated in her dissolution.

During this severe affliction (for otherwise my pain would be irat some tinies her pains were ex

supportable. tremely violen!) she was

Sensible, and most sweetly comheard lo utter a murmuring word; posed, she took a lasting farewell of but uniformly evinced a patient re

her relatives then around her; and signation to the divine will. Soon

with the tenderest affection, with after she was seized with her fatal her dying lips, kissed each of them; disorder, she considered hier disso. but as more than an hour passed Jution as certain.

after this, and she continued to posOn the afternoon of Saturday, sess her mental faculties, we again May 3, it was clearly evident, that saw her; and being desirous of har. she wasnot onlythe subjectof corpo. ing the fullest satisfaction as to the seal naiady, but of soul-perplexing state of her minds she was again conflict and fear. To health, when asked if she continued to prove at any time speaking on eterniiy, Christ precious. Being greatly ershe expressed strong emotions and hausted, she replied, I am too ticariott concern; but now she weak to talk now. We said, “ Tho spoke on those subjecis with a pe. you are too weak to speak, yet il culiar emphasis, and exclaimed, you continue happy, give us some "0, 1 would not die under my pre

ieken of it, by the holding up of 8vnt views and feelings for ten thou- your hand." She did so; and gently sand worlds!' -- and with a look, of pressing her bosom, with a look of which words can convey but an in- inexpressible sweetness, she replied, adequate idea, she said, 0, the va • I aw happy!' About four o'clock lue of the precious inmortal soul! she exchanged the earthly for the If that should be lost, all will be celestial Sabbath. lesi!' Thro' the following week On Monday, June 4, her remains she endured a great sight of aftlic were committed to the dust, in tions, and was sorely harrassed by

sure and certain bope of the resurthe fiery darts of Satan.

rection to eternal life,' by her highly From the commencement of her respected friend the Rev. Mr. Long illness, Mrs. Yates entertained not a

Hutton, Rector of Maid's Mouton, bo'e of recovering ; yet it appear. Bucks. The Rev. Messrs. Pinnoci ed she did not conceive herseit so and Bishop also were present on near the borders of an eternal worid,

the occasion. On the succeeding till the morning of the day of her

Lord's Day evening the providence diss.lution. Perfectly sensible, with was improved by a funeral disa sweet serenity of mind, she ex course, at the dissenting meeting. pressed herself thus: • Present my

FILIUS. Christian remembrance to my minister. Tell him, I had hoped to . RECENT DEATHS. have spent a pleasant hour with him to-day, in conversing on di

Lately died, at Tewksbury, Mrs. vine supj« cis; but the Lord has or. Ann Cecilia Doddridge, last sur: dered another work for me; and i viving daughter of the pious and How teel, and have done for some learned Dr. Doddridge, of Northhours, ecaih cieeping, as it were, ampton, who died in 1751. Through my veins.' Though im. Oct. 10, died the Rev. Mr. Banis. patiently waiting the moncot of ter, vi Wareham.


A Refutation of Calvinism ; in which depicts as unfriendly to virtuc ; as

the Doctrines of Original Sin, favourable to spiritual pride, unGrace, Regeneration, Justifica

hallowed security, and vice in getion, and I'niversal Reremption

neral; ; as inconsistent with the proare explained, and the peculiar priety and utility of a system of Tenels maintained by Calvin upon

moral means; and as destructive of those Points, are proved to be con.

freedom of choice, moral obligaIrary to Scripture, the Writings tion, and the accountableness of of the Ancient Fathers of the Chris

man. This absurd and impious bian Church, and to the Public For. scheme he is pleased to call' calmularies of the Church of England.

VINISM. Does not this writer know, By George (Prettyman] Tom

that no denomination of Christians kinc, D. D. F. R. S. Lord Bishop of lias furnished so great a number of Lincoln, &c. 8vo, 125.

writers, inculcating the practice of

piety and universal boliness, as the It has been frequently remark Calvinists? Does he not know that, ed, that the usual and inost success to the purity of their morals, and ful artifice of infidels, in their at their living protestation against tacks upon Christianity, has been to fashionable vices and palliated sins, dress it in a disguise of odious and they have had to ascribe the obloquy disgusting deformity, and then to of the world, and the reproaches of hold it up to ridicule and condem- being gloomy, rigid, and righteous nation. In the controversies which over-much? Is he ignorant that have uplappily agitated the Chris. the requisitions of the divine law, tian world, this disingenuous pro- and the natural capacity and irreceeding has often been adopted : a versible obligations of unen to yield proceeding which, on what side so a perfect obedience to it, are proved ever it is employed, must in, the with a force of reasoning, and urged long run, be doeply, injurious to with a holy pathos and fervoor inat the cause of truth, and can be fa. have never been exceeded in the vourable only to error. The Bishop sermons and treatises of the most of Lincolu can promise himsell lit emiaent Calvinists? Has he never tle honour froin joining in the heard of the writings of Archbishop train of such, unfair disputation. Usher, Bishop Hall, Bishop Rey We do not suppose that he is, in all nolds, Bishop Hopkins, Archbishop cases, intentionally disingenuous. Leighton, Owen, Howe, Flavel, EdWe are willing to believe, that he wards, Maclaurin, Witherspoon, is not perfectly conscious of the and Bellamy? Has he never seen prejudices which infest his mind; the Corpus Confessionum ? Or if and that the numerous misrepre- this be too much to expect from sentations wbicli disgrace bis book, him, has he never picked up in corhave oftea been engendered by versation, that the system of docmisapprehension: but the utinest trines which he dreams of refuting length to wluch this apology will is, with none but minor and ungo, does not abate our surprize and essential variations, the unanimous concern that igcorance so gross, profession of all the Reformed and confusion of understanding, so

Churches If the Bishop of Lina palpable, should exist in a divine colu is really ignorant of these facis and a man of letters, who has en. and of these authors, let him call in joyed for twice twelve years one his book, let bim sit down to a stuof the largest dioceses in the kingo dious aud impartial re-examination dom.

of the subject, and let him humble' Bishop Tomline has wielded his himself before God and nan for weapons against a supposititious taviny judged uurighteous judgschede of religion, or, more justly ment, and spoken evil of the things speaking, of irreligion, which he which be understood vot. li, un'

the contrary, he will not shelter human mind. Calvinists strens bimself beneath the screen of dis ously maintain that the require creditable ignorance, we know not men's of God, in his law and in his kow he can escape the imputation gospel, are commensurate with, but of being a foul defamer of the pious by no means transcendiog, the naliving and the illustrious dead. tural faculties and abilities of meni

This author tells us that Calvin- that the inotives to obedience arise ists contend that the sin of Adam from the most just and seasonable introduced into his nature sach a views that can be addressed to the radical impotence and depravity, understanding and the conscience that it is impossible for his dccend- of an accountable being : that, in ants to inake any voluntary effort short, nothiog hinders my maa towards piety and virtue, or in any from a cordial compliance with the respect to correct and improve notificd will of God, but the disintheir moral and religious character; clination of his own mind; that is, and that faith and all the Chris. the voluntary love of sin. Such tian graces are coinınanicated by disinclination to goodness, is that the sole and irresistible operation Calvinists call moral inubility: they of the Spirit of God, without any regard it as the germ and principle endeavour or concurrence on the of all impiety, unbelief, and rebelpart of man' (p. 2): that it .de- lion against God; and, because it stroys thc free agency of inan' to is a voluntary aversion, consistascribe both his good will and good ing solely in the wilful and perworks solely to the resistless influ

verse en uity of the affections to ence of the Holy Ghost.' He inti. that which is morally excellent mates that the doctrine of Calvinists and amiable; and involving no

calls upon a man indolently to want of natural ability to choose wait for the workings of the Spirit, and exercise the opposite disposiwithout any effort of his own, any tions, they regard it as the proper endeavour after righteousness' (p. object of the holy displeasure and 60): that it teaches that “grace is punitive justice of God. It is, in irresistible,' and necessarily and their opinion, what the Scriptures solely produces a gudly life, so as call the carnol mind, the heart of to leave no room for faithfulness slone, the naiural man, the old man. on our part' (p. 70): that the They hold, that this moralinability Holy Ghost effects the salvation of is no more a palliation of sin, or a men without any exercise of their plea in bar of the judicial rengeunderstanding and will' (p. 58): ance of Heaven, than the covetthat Calvinists maintain that God

ousness, or perfidy, or malevaoffers salvation to men upon a con lence of a man's disposition can fardition which it is iinpossible for nish an excuse for his fraudulent, them to perform ; and that he in- treacherous, or murderous actions : flicts punishment for the violation and, in support of their sentiment, of a command which they are ab- they appeal to the common sensa solutely unable to obey' (p. 193). and universal judgment of mas. Quotations to this purpose might kind, which considers an invetebe multiplied, as the Bishop repeals rately, base aud wicked dispositiva the same idea again and agaiu in as an aggravation, instead of au ek. the course of his book.

tenuation, of any criminal act. Now every person, who is but 2. That the Bishop's zeal against moderately acquainted with theolo- Calvinism far outstrips his knowgical subjects, nust perceive the ledge, he has supplied another extraordinary confusion of things proof in the manner in which he exthat differ, and ignorance of the presses himself on the subject of doctrines opposed, under which inela physical liberly. It is inexcuse Bishop Tomline labours.

able in any man to write on this 1. He is either disgracefully ig- subject, who has not studied PresiBorant, or disingeniouly regardless, dent Edward's loquiry into the of the distinction between the natu Freedom of the Will: - a work tai and the moral powers of the

which divines and philosophers of

the most opposite sentiments in re- tion, those very endeavours are a ligion have acknowledged as enter- proof and effect of divine grace ing into the heart of the controvers already operating: but by the lat. sy, and as worthy of, at least, a re ter, no rational man can regard spectful attention. It is properly them as available to holy and savthe standard work, as declaratory ing purposes. No language can exof the vicws of all well-informed press this more decidedly than that Calvinists. Had our author taken of the 13th Article of the Church of the trouble of this study, he could England. Works done before the not have confounded idcas so es. grace of Christ and the inspiration sentially distinct as free agency and of his Spirit, are not pleasant to philosophical liberty. The former God, forasmuch as they spring not is maintained by Calvinists ; and in of faith in Jesus Christ; neither do Mr. Edwards's great work, just al- they make men meet to receive luded to, it is shewn that a real and grace, or deserve grace of congruivirtuous Free Agency is consisteut ty: yca, rather, for that they are with Calvinistic principles alone ; not done as God bath willed and and that the doctrine of Philoso. commanded them to be done, wc phical Liberty (or what is less pro- doubt not but they have the nature perly, but more cominonly, called of sin.' - At the saine time, the confree will in the Arminian sense) is sistent Calvinist regards the work of so far from being friendly to the the Holy Spirit, in restoring the utility of means and the interests of image of divine holiness to the piety and holiness, that it really fallen sinner, as a work wrought subverts and destroys the distinc and finally consuminated in a mantions of virtue and vice, and all the ner at once suitable to the gracious foundations of God's moral governa sovereign power of its Anthor, and ment. — See Edwards on the Will, to the rutional nature of its subject. Part ni. Sect. 6.

The inental laste is purified from 3. His Lordship shews an equal the guilty prejudices of its foriner want either of discrimination or of enslaved and vicious state ; and logical justice, in his representa motives which the sanctificd undertion of the Calvinistic doctrine of standing, cordially approves, are divine influence in the causation and preschied to the mind, and rendered the maintenance of a holy disposi effective of holy dispositions and aftion and character. He manifestly fections, resolutions and actions. designs to represent that doctrine The people of Christ are made as teaching a mechanical force, • willing in the day of his power.' rather than a moral and suasive

[ To be continued.) energy: a power that operates against, not with, the will and affec

A Funeral Discourse, occasioned by tions of its subject. The Calyinist does indeed hold, that the renewing

The Death of the Rev. Thomus Spitze and sanctifying influence of the cer, and preached to his officled Holy Spirit is sovereign and gratuit

Congregalion at Liverpool, Aug. ous in the priociple of its bestow 18, 1811. By W. Roby. Is. ment, and certainly efficacious in its Mr. Roby takes for his toxl, operation : he cannot conceive that Heb. xiii. 7, 8. • Remember them this ivestiinable benefit of divine that have the rule over you (or grace can be deserved by the merits, rather) remember your rulers, who or set in notion by the previous have spoken unto you the word of endeavours, of any fallen and guilty God; &c. : from which he suggests, creature. For, that we have no 1. The ideas which ought to be merils or deservings in the eye of entertained respecting ministers of the pure and iuflexible justice of Christ; 2. The duties incumbent God, he deems to be one of the first on Christian Churches when deprivciples of the Christian system: prived of them; and. 3. The cons and, its to endeavours, they must be solation provided for those who are either of a truly sincerc and upright lamenting this painful bereavement ? kud, or corrupt, selfish, and hypo This is a sensible, pious, evangeli.crilicat. By the former supposi cal, and affectionate discourse, well

adapted to the solemn occasion on for their religion, and be cxposed to which it was delivered; but which an inquisitorial authority, such as the author's modesty would have bankrupts and swindlers must subkept back from the press, had not mit to; a specimen of which was its publication been carnestly so- exhibited at the late Guildford sesJicited by the mourning congrega- sions. tion.

Mr. Will proceeds to make sone

very sinari remarks on the speech - A Serious Investigation of the Na of the advocate in the late trial;

lure und Effects of Parochial ds. and comments on such expressions sessments being charged on Places as the following: -That the of Religious Worship, prolecled splendid and benevolent donations by the Act of Toleration, wkerein

of the Methodists are viewed with the manifesi Partialiiy, Evil Ten- alarm ; – that by these tbey draw deney, and Ruinous (unsequences people from the Established Church; of such a Taxation are ampiy set

- that they should not be allowed forth. By R. Hill, A. M. 18. 6d.

to indulge in these acts of ostentaMr. Hili commencos his pamph- tious charity, without first contrilet with some encomiums on the buting to the relief of the parochial glorious Revolution, under king poor; - that if this system was suf. William the Third, and the esta- Jered to be extended, it is innposblishment of religious liberty in sible to say where it will end ! and consequence of it; lamenting that yet Mr. Spankie says, ' It must ler: attempts are now made, as contrary m nate in the ulter annihila: an of to sound policy as to religion, to the Established Church.' Mr. S. abridge rather than to enlarge that certainly laid himself open, in the e liberty. Among these he reckons unguarded and intolerant expresthe effort to tax places of worship; sions, to the keen and satiricai pen which have, in general, boen deein of Mr. Hill, who has not spared ed exempt from all parochial taxa- him ; but represents him as the rool tions for 120 years. It is indeed of high-church alarmisis, who, by pleaded, that in the act of the 43d reviving the malicious cry of The of Eliz. on wbich our poor laws are church is in danger,' would gladly founded, all places producios profit abridge the liberty and cramp the may be assessed; but Mr. Hilljusily exertions of good men. observes, that mecting-houses could The author proceeds to shew, not have been intended by that law, that the real danger of the church for none were then permitted. is not from wishout, but from with

Mr. Hill conceives that it is a real in, -- that she will never be inhardship, that any persons whatever jured by sound and orthodox Disshould be obliged to account to a senters, who love her touudation ; unagistrate for his ro'uniory dona but from those of her own body, tions (for sach tiey are) which are who attack the foundation itself. given to a place of worship, wac. Let the doctrines of the church be ther a ticket for a seat is given, or faithfully and zealously maintained, merely a subscription made, -- every and the parish churches will be rehuifpenny so gitin huving been taxed visited with unaccustomed crowds. before.

• But let any other methods be It is observed, that in some pas adopted, and that which is bad will ruchial places of worship, the seats soon become worse. Let the maare let for the emolument of the gistrates throughout the country preacher, or for the benefit of the join the present religious uproar, proprietor ; and it seems that such and levy a partial and persecuting places are as liable to taxation as taxatiou against those whose reis ebapeis and meeting - houses are. gious zeal makes them outsbine To tax the one theretore, and not their neighbours, and they will the other, appears to be partial and soon find that the church wali be in unfair ; but, perhaps, it is thought much greater danger than froin necessary that Meihodists and dis- any cause which the i ertulus of enters should money' the day was pleased to assiga.'

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