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right hand. So powerfully, indeed, MRS. ELIZABETH MARTIN,

does the love of my Saviour inWuose sun is gone down while flame iny soul, that I am conit was yet day, being only in her strained to offer myself to come 26th year, 'was the daughter of Mr. and partake of his fesli

, which is and Mrs. Tice; and was born at Wil. meat indeed, and his blood, which ton, in the county of Wilts.' Blest is drink indeed. This I desire to with a pious mother, the principles do with his assembled saints on of Christianity, at an carly period, earth, till time with one shall be no were instilled into her mind; the more; till I shall be called from the powerful effects of which were Church militant here below to join never wholly lost. Having been the more noble throng in the brought up in the nurture and ad; Church triumphant above; where monition of the Lord, she was ac I hope to behold my Saviour face customed from her childhood to to face, and to sit down in com. venerate the ordinances of religion, pany with all the saints at the marand to attend the dispensation of riage supper of the Lamb. I praise the gospel in its purity. But she the Lord for what he has done for had no reason to conclude that any my soul, and trust him for the rest, saving impressions were made upon and would unite with the Psalmist her heart until about 18 months in saying, Bless the Lord, O my previous to her being received into soul, and all that is within me; bless full communion with the Church of his holy name. Bless the Lord,'&c. Christ at Ponder's End, Jan. 3, 1808: The illness which terminated in and even then the work appears to her death was of short duration ; have been effected in a gradual but it was pregnant with much inway; so that from that tiine she struction to her friends and neighfelt a desire which she never knew bours, who, it is hoped, will never before, to hear and understand the forget the serious, faithful, and imdoctrines of the gospel; and expe- pressive admonitions, which drop! rienced a pleasare in the conversa from her faultering lips: and the tion of Christian friends and read hearts of her dear relations were ing good books, which she had oe- exceedingly comforted, even while ver before experienced : particu- oppressed with grief in the prolarly, she says, in a letter to her spect of her deecase, to witness the minister, when she applied for ad- holy triumphs of her soul, and her moission to the Lord's table, 'I found earnest longings to depart, that she great comfort in reading Macgow. might be for ever with the Lord. an's Death, a vision ; and Romainc's Her hopes were established on Life of Faith.' She moreover ob- Jesus Christ, the Rock of ages; and serves, • Within these four months to her he was pleased, towards the past my doubts concerning my in- close of her existence upon earth, ferest in Christ have been con- to manifest himself in an eminent siderably removed. My mind was degree. impressed with a sermou you lately Ön the first Lord's Day, Nov. 18, preached about the Wonian of Sa- after she was confined to her bed, maria. From that time I have supposing, that she was struck found great comfort to my soul, with death, she was exceedingly under the sound of the blessed gos. happy in the prospect of it. She pel; and likewise at a throne of remained in a comfortable state grace ! have been enabled by the until Wednesday morning: when sweet influences of the Holy Spirit her mind was apparently beclouded to pour out my soul before God, until eleven o'clock on Thursday and' by the eye of Faith to bebold morning, -- then, having slumbered my dear Redeemer kindly making for a few minates, she awoke, and, imtercessivo tur se at tus l'atber's with peculiar emphasis, observed,

* All was darkness, - gloomy dark-such appointments; but the hopes ness, - but, blessed be God, I saw entertained by his senior brethren no fiends, no infernals waiting for of active and long-continued sermy soul.' Then, pausing awhile to vices, were soon bafied by a conrecover berself, she exclaimed, sumption, which he bore with

Glorious light! Precious light! Christian patience and resignation; and, with outstretched arms, she and wbich carried him off in March, added, Come, blessed Saviour! 1809, in the triumph of faith, after Come! - Come and take me now having committed his widow and to that heavenly mansion ! 0! fatherless children (one of which how I pant after the living water was then unboro) te the care of brooks! - How I long to be with his heavenly Father. llis widow, my blessed Saviour! Afterwards, soon after this painful bereave. clapping her hands, she exultingly ment, evidenced symptoms of an said," How can I describe the joy incipient consumption; which, in that I have feltr' -and in this sweel the few months preceding her de frame she continued till Saturday cease, made rapid progress, and evening, when she passed the im- brought her also to the chambers portant hour of death to see, as she of death. desired, the King in his beauty ; Mrs. F. appears to have been and to behold the land that is very drawn to the Saviour in very early far off.

life, and devoted herself to his Mrs, Martin, being thus sup- service in Sunday Schools, and ported in her expiring moments other labours of love. with the lively hope of a glorious In addition to the loss of an af. immortality, and feeling an anxious fectionate husband, she experienced concern, from the gracious deal- other painful domestic trials, which ings of God to her, that the minds she bore as a Christian; and when of her Christian friends in general the faithfulness of Christian affec: may be encouraged and comforted tion informed her it was not probain the prospect of their approach- bie she could be restored to health, ing dissolution, it was her earnest she would with sweet resignation .. request that the language of God, reply · The Lord will do all things by the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, well,' he must do right: I can com(xxxiii. 17) should be the founda- mit my soul into his hands as a tion of her funeral discourse, both faithful Creator. After an alarmat Ponder's End and in her native ing fit, about ten days before her place; and likewise that Hymn cx. death, she expressed some regret Book 2, Dr. Watts, should be sung that it had not been the messenger at the close of each serinon. Her of death; but said "I am to wait a desire was punctually fulfilled on little longer; the Lord give me faith Lord's Day afternoon, Dec. 2, by and patience ! the Rev. J. Knight, her pastor, at Being questioned by the Rev. Ponder's End; and, on the follow- Mr. W. who kindly visited her, and ing Lord's Day evening, by the Rev. improved her decease in a funeral Mr. Sloper, at Willon.

sermon, as to the ground of her hope, -- she declared that it was

founded on the rock Christ Jesas: MRS. FLEETWOOD,

that she had been enabled to rely Wno died Jan. 25, 1811, in her on hin, or she never could have 26th year, was the daughter of the borne up under the repeated trials late Mr. Bridgman, many years she had been called to endure. The high constable of Finsbury, and minister speaking of the prospect an active promoter of the gospel. of beaven, she replied · I have many

At the age of 21 she inarried friends there: a dear father and
Edw, 1 lectwood, whose piety brother, and a very dear husband

tinguished activity in the and Jesus is there, which is best of
God, induced his election all! Yesterday I was overpowered
Committee of Spa Fields with joy in contemplating the Lamb
I an age very unusual for in the midst of the throne, who

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shall feed them and lead them to that you may be enabled to walk living fountains of waters; and God in your dear brother's steps !'. shall wipe away all tears from their She afterwards took leave of her eyes.

sisters, and of her children, with At a second visit Mr. W. speak- the most affectionate petitions for. ing of the necessity for amictive their eternal happiness. exercises to wean ys from the During the remainder of her illworld, and observing to her that ness she would often break out in she had been exercised with bereav- triumphant expressions, such as 'O ing providences, the emphatically I long to be gone! Come, my Jesus, replied, they were all in love, to come, Lord, come quickly! Why loosen my attachment to earthly are thy chariot-wheels so long in things.' 'My Jesus hath done all coining? «The Lamb in the midst things well.

of the throne!' this is heaven to my The minister expressing a fear soul! This poor body ties me lest he should tire her with his ex. down; but I shall break away. On hortation, she replied I love to observing surprise at her strengthe hear the name of Jesus; I cangot be and ani'nation, and expressing a tired; what love is manifested in fear that much talking might bring that passage, “In a little wrath I hid on the cough and languor, she inmy face from thee for a moment, stantly exclaimed · No: it does not but with everlasting kindness will hurt me: I must proclaim my preciI have mercy on thee, saith the ous Saviour's praise.' On repeating Lord thy Redeemier! What a con- some of those clusters of promises trast! a momentary hiding of his contained in Isaiah li. &c. she dwelt face, and everlasting kindness, what sweetly on their fulness and richamazing love!' The advantages of ness, with application to her own making a surrender of soul and personal interest in thein. In this body to the Lord, being mentioned, manner did this highly-favoured she replied,"I have left my children handmaid of the Lord continue to in the Lord's hands; he will faith• evidence the power of the grace of fully keep them; their father com- God on her soul to the last. Da mitted them to him, and they will Friday the 25th she was too low to never want. I bave often gone to speak much; but evidently praying Spa Fields Chapel with a heavy for faith and patience; so teuder load of grief, and bave come away was her conscience, that she was lightened, as if I had left it behind fearful her ansious desires to be me. The servant of God has been with her dear Lord might be miudirected to address his discourse to gled with natural impatience. The my case, and I have found relief: Lord graciously encouraged his that promise,“* As thy day is, so shall servant by enabling her to triumph thy strength be,” has been often a in death; for shortly before her great support and comfort to me.' departure she distinctly uttered Alr. W.observed to her, that he did Victory! Victory ! through the not suppose any of us felt that en blood of the Lamb;' and shortly joyment and consolation which she after, • I shall soon enter in! I shall now did, dying grace being reserved soon enter in !' About a quarter for dying moments ;-she replied I of an hour before her departure, she long to depart and to be with was heard to say, in a low tone of Christ.'

voice, Glory!" and again, as if she To another friend she said, 'I am wished to be understood, she regoing to glory. A brother of her peated inore loudly, Glory! Joy ! husband's being present, whose per- Jesus !'- her voice then faultered, son resembled him so much that she and became inarticulate; but she had formerly fainted on seeing seemed to be endeavouring to ulter him, she calmly said to him, some further expressions of the · Joseph, how often has your form jog she felt on entering upon that agitated my mind! but it will do exceeding and eternal weight of 3* no more. I am now going to glory she was to possess for ever. glory; I shall see my Jesus.

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIOXS.

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A Refutation of Calvinism, &c. they do not entirely pass over in By George (Prettyman? Tom

silence the great duties of morality, line, D. D. F R. S. Lord Bishop of pet, if they dwell so much more

earnestly and more frequently upon Lincoln, &c.

the pecessity and the merit of faith, [Continued from p. 431.]

as to induce an opinion that good The Bishop, as might have been works are of little comparative iosexpected, rings changes upon the portance, the natural consequence ofl. refuted calumnv, that the will be, a laxity of principle and a preaching of the doctrines which he dissoluteness of muners' (p. 170 to opposes is prejudicial to the prac. 172). tice of viriuc, and encouraging to If this were a fair description of vicious tempers and licentious con the character and tendency of Calduct. “If we believed,' savs he, vinism, we could venture to assure • tha: good works were not the apo our Episcopal alarmist that his appointed condition of salvation, we prehensions might sabside, and should of course become indiffer- ihat the great body of those who ent to the character of our actions. now profess it would, with one Convinced that virtue and rice will consent of heart and mouth, rehave no effect upon our future des. nounce and abhor it. But the detiny, the most powerful check scription is false and injurions. would be removed from our pas. It is true that Calvinists are not sions, and we should feel ourselves fond of the word condition, as er. at full liberty, as far as another pressive of the function assigned to world is concerned, to indulge human agency in the economy of every propensity, every inclination, salvation, but their objection is every wish. The fear of eternal we believe, solely founded on the ponishment would no longer either ambiguity of the term. If the word strengthen the hand of the civil be employed to denote something magistrate, by deterring us from either meritorinus or self-originated, those crimes which are destrastive they deny that, in these accepta. of the peace of societs, or prevent tions, it is predicable of works or the commission of the secret sins of faith, or of any human action prompical by avarice, lust, and re- whatcrer: but, if its signification venge, which are so injurious to be restrained to conditia sine qua the comfort and happiness of indi. non, and if the exception be al. viduals. This is the error, as has lowed in cases of physical imposej. been stated, into which they are bility (such as those of children apt to fall who adopt the opinions dying in infancy, and real conver: of Calvin. Those wbo lisira to sions on a death-bed) they as much the enthusiasts of the present day, maintain it, in relation to good too often suppose themselves the works, as any of their antagonists chosen vessels of God, and are per

can do.

Calvinists hold, in the suaded that no conduct, however Janguage of the 12th Article, that atrocious, however unchristian, « Good Works are the fruits of can finally deprive them of eternal faith, and follow after justification;' fclicity, sinccihey are taught to be that they are pleasing and acceptlieve, that though it may be or. able to God.in Christ, and do spring dained that for a time they inay fall out necesarily of a true and liveiy froin grace, se! it is irreversibly faith.' It is also to be observed. decreed that they shall ultimately that Bishop Tomline hinself ** be saved. If these preachers do very strenuous in maintaining that not in so many words teli their good works are in no respect er hcarers, that their moral conduct degree the merilorious cause of vill bave no influence upon the our salvation.' (p. 169) : but he is

ntence which will be pronounced Det equally explicit in rejecting the pon them in tbe last day; or if idea of self-argination. The Cal

vjuistic doctrine, on this part of the plainly forbids the hope which we question, is fully expressed in the wish to indulge, and evinces a will. íoth Article. The condition of ingness to attach this accusation man, after the fall of Adam, is such, to the Evangelical Clergy.' Thue that he cannot turn and prepare author expressly charges them with bimself, by his own natural strength "deluding their unlearned congrega. and good works, to faith and call. tions, and encouraging vice and ing upon God; wherefore, we have immorality among their followers ;' Do power to do good works, plea and he says that he thinks the sant and acceptable to God, without manner in which they perform the the grace of God by Christ pre duties of their ministry, both pubventing us, that we may have a lic and private, iujurious and mis. good will, and working with us, Chievous in the extreme. He rewhen we have that good will.' fers, in a very uncandid and per

The intelligent reader would versenanner, to Mr. Overton's scarcely fail to observe, in the pas True Churchman Ascertained, for sagę just cited from the Bishop's the support of his allegations, book, a very unwary intimation as Alas, how the prejudices of soine to the motivy from which good mens' hearts can darken and stupify works ought to be performed.° In- their understandings! The Bishop deed, this is not the voly place in of Lincola has, in his extensive divhis work from which it is pretty cese, no inconsiderable number of clearly to be inferred, that his ideas those faithful and pious clergymen, of practical religion rest chiefly whose character and labours he is upon the mercenary and gloviny sv anxious to decry: Can he be is. priuciple of a selfish fear. He norant of the light of facts shining ought to know that Calvinists are around him as the blaze of a summore delicate and elevated in their mer's nyon? Can he, in his con. views. Works, however externally science, believe that the Evangeligood, proceeding from no higher cal Clergy encourage vice and immolives thau tbuse which he laus morality among their followers ? down, they regard as no better lu what parishes of his diocese are than gilt counters. They require; the churches most frequented, the in order to constitute a work really Sabbath and all religious iustitut gaod, that it shụuld spring from á tions must devoutly and punctually sincere and disinterested love to celebrated, riot, debauchery, disholiness, and a cordial attachineni honesty, and profageness inost efto the service of ciod as perfect feciually discountenanced? Who freedoin aud the purest delight, are the parish- ministers whoq his

The essence of the charge fol- lordship knows to be the most holy lows; but we confilently deny its in their lives, the most active in truth. Who are the cnthusiasts of the duties of their function, the the present day,' whose doctrines most sedulous in instructing the and practice are such as this writer poor, in visitin; the sick, and in describes?. We would charitably promoting every scheme of beilhope that his allusion is to the little volelice, the most successful in rebands of Antinomians, which un claiming profligates aud in converthappily occur in some parts of the ing sinucrs of every description conutry. But the slightest enquiry. from the error of their ways? ! inight have satisfied his lordship there amau of religiqus observation that those deplorable abusers of the in the kingdom, whose unbiassed grace of God, whose prototype in- , reply to these questions would not tested even the apostolic ministry consist of a refereuce to those chics (See Rom. vi. l.; 2 Pet. si. 1, ?) are gymer and their cures why ara universally disowned, with the called Evangelical? We do not strongest protest against their per meau tu allicm that every one of picious errors, by the great body those excellent men is, strictly of Calvinis's, both in and out of speaking, a Calvinist: but our ar ibe Established Church.

gunient is not affected by this cirAnotlier passage, however, too cumstance. It is sufficiently lutar

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