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prayers for mine, and you may moves, and writes, mouldering expect a return in the same into its native element, you may kind.” In another letter, he safely indulge this reflection : says, “ We have now three sons “Well
, once I had a friend ; a and two daughters; whose friend, whose affection could find young minds, as they open, room for me in his retired imI am endeavouring to cultivate portunities for mercy at the with my own hand, unwilling to throne of grace, when his own trust them to a stranger; and I wants were so numerous and find the business of education great, that they might have enmuch more difficult than I ex. grossed all his concern." Or, if pected. My dear little crea- I am doomed to survive you, I tures sob, and drop a tear now shall have the melancholy satisand then, under my instructions, faction to reflect, “My friend but I am not so happy as to see did not live without such assur. them under deep and lasting im- ances of my tender affection as pressions of religion ; and this might engage his confidence in is the greatest grief they afford my useless friendship." me. Grace cannot be commu “And now, when I feel the nicated by natural descent ;'and, soft emotions of friendship, and if it could, they would receive speak of the final period of this but little from me.”
mortal state, I cannot restrain Few have had a higher relish myself from intermixing some for friendship, than Mr. Davies. of the solemnities of religion. Few have better understood its We shall have an interview bedelicacies, or more faithfully and yond the grave, though we judiciously discharged its duties. should never converse more beThese and various other parts neath the skies, in the low lanof his character, are agreeably guage of mortals. But, oh! unfolded in the following letter, on what happy, or on what diswritten in the year 1751. mal coast shall we meet ? On
" My very dear friend, the verdant plains of the celes“I redeem a few nocturnal tial paradise, or in the dreary rehours to breathe out my benevo- gions of horror and despair ? lent wishes for you, and to as The human mind is incapable of sure you of my peculiar re- forming a more important in. gards. Human life is extreme- quiry ; and if the hurries or ly precarious and uncertain ; amusements of this infant state and, perhaps, at your return, I of things can banish it from our may be above the reach of your minds, we have forfeited the correspondence ; or, perhaps, character of rational creatures ; your voyage may end on the we are as really, and more pereternal shore. , therefore, niciously mad than any wretch write to you, dear Sir, in the last in bedlam, though we are not agonies of friendship, if I may stigmatized as such by the use the expression. If, upon world, who are seized with the your return, you only hear my same delirium. The valley of worthless name tost from tongue the shadow of death appear's freto tongue, and find this system quently gloomy and tremendous of clay that now breatlies, and to me ; but, it is in those un.
kappy hours, when my views of agony, carry nothing terrible in
“ Clasp'd in my heavenly Father's
Of so divine and blest a death." lulled asleep in a carnal securi " Dear, dear Sir, I have open: ty : but my mind cannot rested to you some of my senti: under this uncertainty: it ments on experimental religion, is too important a matter to and, you know, we unhappily make an implicit venture in. difler upon sundry points relatOh! Sir, an eternity of consun- ing to it. Our differences on mate happiness! An eternity of many other points, and sundry the most intolerable misery!- of them even with respect 10 My mind sinks beneath the un- this, have but a very remote wieldy thought, and I cannot fine connexion with everlasting salish the sentence! If I am mis- vation; and, no doubt, multitaken in this, if I forin to my- tudes arrive in the same heaven, self some easy scheme of relig- who are tenacious of different ion that may suit the humour of sides. But that thorough change this world well enough, but will of heart, usually denominated not obtain the approbation of the regeneration; that distressing supreme Judge, then my reason conviction of our undone condiis a pernicious superfluity, my tion by sin, and utter inability to very being an eternal
curse ; relieve ourselves by virtue of Wo is me, my mother, that thou that strength common to man. didst bear me. But, in those kind in general ; that humble acjoyful hours, when I can rest my ceptance of Christ as our only guilly soul on an all-sufficient Saviour and Lord, by a faith of Redeemer with all the humble divine operation, that humbling confidence of a confirmed faith ; sense of the corruption of hu. when I can read the evidences of man nature, and eager pursuit regenerating grace upon my and practice of universal boli
. heart ; when I can recollectness, which I have, I believe, the solemn transactions between mentioned in conversation and God and my soul, and renew my letters, appear to me of abs them in the most voluntary ded- solute necessity. ication of myself, and all I am
" I should be glad you would and have, to bim, through the read the second and third of Dr. blessed Mediator; then immor- Doddridge's Sermons on Reo tality is a glorious prospect; generation, which, I think, give the grizzly phantom, death, is
a very just and rational account disarmed of all its horrors, and, of that important change. I with the inviting mildness of an would not venture my soul on a angel, charms me into its cold religion short of this for ten embraces. Then the mortal thousand worlds, and I am inex: pale, the dying cold, the quiver: pressibly anxious, (pardon the ing lips, the falling jaws, and all perhaps needless anxiety of my the grim attendants of the last fore) lest you should fatally mis
take here. My anxiety is assert it, I could not embrace it heightened when I consider without willully throwing myyour favourite authors. Tillot- self into ruin. son's and Sherlock's works, the “You know, Sir, what use I Whole Duty of Man, and such would have you make of these authors, are truly valuable in hints; and I am confident you their place, and handle many will pardon the affectionate solipoints to peculiar advantage ; citude for you, which prompts but if I know any thing of expe me to them. I speak solemnly, rimental Christianity, they creat dear Sir, solemnly as in the presof it very superficially, and, I ence of God, and not with the think, in their most obvious contradictious spirit of a dispusense, tend to mislead us in sun tant. Of all the systems of dry things of great importance practical religion, which have relating to it, not so much by come under my examination, I asserting false doctrines, as by have endeavoured to choose the omitting sundry branches of it most sure as the foundation of absolutely necessary. I have my hopes ; and I should show a examined the matter with some guilty and unfriendly indiffercare ; and I am sure their de. ence about your immortal interlineation of Christianity is not ests, should I not recommend it an exact copy of what I must to you, and caution you against experience before I can see the those that appear insufficient. Lord : I must indeed come up It matters little to me whether to their account of it; but I you use the ceremonial peculiarmust not test there ; there is a ities of the church of England, necessity of experiencing some or not; as I know they have but thing farther than they general- little concern with experimental ly inculcate. The same thing I religion : but our notions of the would inoffensively observe with substance of vital piety ought to respect to all the sermons I have be well examined, and impartialheard in Virginia from the es ly formed ; as a mistake here tablished clergy. Hence, by the may
be of pernicious conseby, you may see the peculiar quences.
But I must desist. safety of my scheme ; if their May almighty grace prepare scheme of religion be sufficient, you for a glorious immortality! I am as safe as they, since mine May divine Providence be your includes it; but if it should guardian through the dangers of prove essentially defective, then the boisterous ocean ! you see where the advantage
“ May He, whose nod the hurricanes lies. This difference is not at and storms, all owing to their being of the And blustering wares in all their church of England, for many of
With calm adoring reverence obey : that church agree with me ; and May He with friendly vigilance preside many Presbyterians with them ;
O’er the outrageous winds and but it is owing to their imbibing boist'rous tide, the modern divinity, which, like And safe thro' crowds of deaths cona pernicious leaven, has diffused
duct your dang’rous way! itself among all denominations : “ I commit two letters to your and however confidently some care, one to Dr. Doddridge, and
one to Mr. Mauduit. Upon The father of Mrs. Steele was your arrival in London, please to a dissenting minister, a man of write a few lines along with primitive piety, the strictest inmine to Dr. Doddridge, inform- tegrity and benevolence, and the ing him where to find you, that most amięble simplicity of manhe may commit his answer to ners. He was for many years your care.
the affectionate and faithful pas“ And now, dear Sir, with af- tor of an affectionate congregafectionate salutations to your tion at Broughton in Hampshire, family, my whole self wishes where he lived all his days greatyou a most hearty farewel.” ly beloved, and died universally
The ardent and active mind lamented. Mrs. Anne Steele, of Mr. Davies entered with a his eldest daughter, discovered lively interest into the concerns in early life her love of the of his country.
Her prosperity muses, and often entertained her and honour, her sufferings and friends with the truly poetical her wrongs, he regarded as his and pious productions of her own. During that gloomy pen pen : but it was not without ex. riod when the French and In- treme reluctance she was predians were ravaging the fron- vailed on to submit any of them tiers of Virginia, and when a to the public eye. It was ber general listlessness and inactivity infelicity, as it has been of many seemed to have seized the peo- of her kindred spirits, to have ple, he exerted all his faculties a capacious soaring mind enclos. to rouse a spirit of resistance. ed in a very weak and languid The sermons, which he preach- body. Her health was never firm, ed for this purpose, exhibit him but the death of her honoured to great advantage as a Chris- father, to whom she was united tian patriot.
by the strongest ties of affection(To be continued.) ate duty and gratitude, gave such
a shock to her feeble frame, that she never entirely recovered it,
though she survived him some MRS. ANNE STEELE. years.
Her state of mind upon that The writings of this amiable and awful occasion will best be con• excellent lady have endeared her ceived from the following affecthas read them. Her Hymns, selected ing discription of it by herself. by Dr.
Belknap, arc among the best Still bleeds the deep, deep wound! in his Collection, There are many
- Where is the friend others in her “ Miscellaneous Pieces,' To pour with tender, kind, indulgent of equal excellence, not generally hand, known in this country, with which we The lenient balm of comfort on my sbail occasionally cnrich the poctic heart? department of the Panoplist. We Alas, that friend is gone !_Ye angels in feel confident that we shall gratify say, our readers by presenting them with Who bore him raptur'd to your blest the following biographical account of abode ? Mrs. Steele, drawn up by Dr. Evans Can ought on earth compensate of Bristol, and prefixed to a volume of her Miscellaneous Pieces.
Ah, no! the world is poor, and what EDITORS.
A helpless, solitary worm, that creeps greater activity. The duties of Complaining on the earth! Yet e’en friendship and religion occupied
to worms The care of Heaven extends, and can
her time, and the pleasures of I doubt
both constituted her delight. If that indulgent care extends to me? Her heart was apt to feel too ofFather of mercies, trembling at thy ten to a degree too painful for
feet, Give me to vent the heart oppressing
her own felicity, but always with grief,
the most tender and generous And ask for comfort! Can I ask in sympathies for her friends. Yet vain
united with this exquisite sensiof him whose name is Love? But O bility she possessed a native
the boon My craving wishes ask is large cheerfulness of disposition, which indeed
not even the uncommon and Yet less will leave me wretched. agonizing pains she endured in Gracious God,
the latter part of her life could Give me to say without a rising doubt; deprive her of. In every short “Thou art my Father”-thy paternal love
interval of abated sufferings, she Alone can cheer my soul, thy kind would, in a variety of ways, as compassion,
well as by her enlivening conCan ease the load of heart oppressing versation, give pleasure to all
grief. O may I know my Father pities me! around her. Her life was a life And if he pities, sure he will support: of unaffected humility, warm beWhat cannot love Omnipotent effect! nevolence, sincere friendship and Ah! now one tender, one endearing genuine devotion. A life which
tie, That beld me down to earth, death is not easy truly to describe, or has torn off,
faithfully to imitate. And with it rent my heart-strings Having been confined to her bid me come
chamber some years before her To thee my refuge; prostrate at thy death, she had long waited with feet,
Christian dignity for the awful O bid me say, with faith and humble hope,
hour of her departure. She ofHeal, gracious Father, heal my ten spoke, not merely with tranbleeding heart :
quillity, but joy of her decease. Thý healing hand alone can bring When the interesting hour came,
relief For woes like mine ; can bring what she welcomed its arrival, and most I want,
though her feeble body was ex. An humble resignation to thy will. cruciated with pain, her mind How hard the lesson! yet it must be was perfectly serene. She utter. learnt,
ed not a murmuring word, but With full consent to say, “Thy will be done."
was all resignation, peace, and
holy joy. She took the most As the life of Mrs. Steele was affecticnate leave of her weeping for the most part a life of retire- friends around her, and at length, ment in the peaceful village the happy moment of her diswhere she began and ended her mission arriving, she closed her days, it cannot be expected to eyes, and with these animating furnish such a variety of incidents words on her dying lips, I know as arise in the history of those that my Redeemer liveth, gently who have moved in circles of fell asleep in Jesus. Vol. II. No. 6.