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his friends, and exhorting such of ed and loved. Eight of them his children as were with him. carried the corpse to the grave ; He frequently cried out, “ Why and a sermon suited to the occamove the tardy hours so slow ?" sion was preached by the Rev.

The next day, July 16, termi- Richard Treat of Abingdon. nated his conflict. His speech A Tomb Stone, with an Eng: failed him; although he made lish inscription, covers his grave many efforts to speak, he could in Philadeiphia; and at Prince. seldom do it so distinctly as to ton, the Trustees of the College be understood. A friend desir- of New Jersey have erected a ed liim to give some token Cenotaph to his memory, with an whereby his friends might know, inscription in Latin. whether he still continued to triumph; whereupon he lifted up his hand, and said, “ Yes." In the afternoon he spake several

BRIEF MEMOIRS OF LADY HEXsentences, but little could be collected from them. Some of the last words he spake concern

(From a Supplement to Dr. Gillica'

Historical Collections.) ing hiinself were,

after one or two engagements more, the con- In the list of those, who, in flict will be over.” In the even the present century, hare ing, about 9 o'clock, he fell into not only proved grace in the a sound sleep, and appeared to be reality of its existence, but have much more free from pain than also shown it forth in the evihe had been for many days be- dence of its operation, LADY fore. He continued to sleep HENRIETTA HOPE justly claims without changing his position, the privilege of enrolment : she till about one o'clock, when he was third daughter of John Earl expired without a sigh or a of Hopetoun. sroan.

There can hardly be a stronDuring his whole sickness, he ger, and certainly not so amiable, was not heard to utter a repining a criterion of a person's worth word; and in all the farewels and good qualities, as their behe bid his friends and relations, ing the object of general affeche was never seen to shed a sin- tion and esteem in the particular gle tear, or exhibit any mark of place of their habitual residence. sorrow.

Estimating by this rule, Lady He was interred in the second Henrietta Hope possessed indis. Presbyterian church in the city putable pretensions to the most of Philadelphia, adjoining_his favourable representation; for once intimate friend, the Rev. she was universally beloved by Gilbert Tennent. The exces

all around her where she resided. sive heat prevented his being This affection, from superiors removed to Princeton, where and inferiors, is a circumstance the dust of his predecessors lay, always honourable, and rendered but many of the students came peculiarly so in some situations. from thence to pay the last Lady Henrietta Hope, by natribute of respect to the remains ture, was formed for eminence. of him, whom living, they admir- Possessed of a strong, clear un derstanding and sound judg- Being thus brought from darkment; much improved by read- ness to light, and her mind reing, conversation, deep thought, lieved from anxiety respecting and observation, she gave early her own state, the language of presages of proving highly use- her heart was that of the Royal ful and ornamental to society, if. Psalmist : “ What shall I renpermitted to see those years der unto the Lord ?” Believing necessary for maturing the pow- it her duty, and viewing it as her ers of the human mind; and the privilege, she made an entire great expectations formed by her dedication of herself, with all she friends were not disappointed. had, or ever should stand possesShe possessed the nicest moral sed of, to that great and gracious sense, a heart for friendship, a Being, who had dealt so bountikeen sensibility of human pain, fully with her. Nor did she with an unceasing desire to re- ever breathe a wish to recal the lieve, or at least alleviate, in solemn deed : no; the residue every possible way, the varie- of her life, by its uniform tenor, gated distresses of her fellow- proved the sacrifice, not only creatures. Yet, though favoured sincere, but universal, in so far with a mind thus enriched with as her situation would permit. every virtue of the moral charac- The deepest humility marked ter, united to the most amiable Lady Henrietta Hope's chardispositions and engaging man- acter, almost to excess. From ners, it was not till her twenty- principle, she courted the shade, fifth year, that Lady Henrietta though her mind, formed by Hope began to inquire about the natural and acquired abilities, great realities of eternity. At fitted her for shining as a bright that time, an impression con- example of the transforming cerning the one thing needful power of sovereign grace, united was made upon her mind, which to every requisite for filling the Dever after was effaced. Her most useful station in the Chrisown words upon this subject, at tian line. From this excess of that memorable period, are, “O the most amiable virtue, the to grace how great a debtor! publick eye discovered but a few Called at first out of nothing; of the numerous instances of her and, after twenty-five years obsti- generous and judicious exertions nacy and rebellion, awakened for the cause of religion in parfrom a state of sin, misery, and ticular, and the general good of death, and brought to the light her fellow-creatures at large, as of the glorious gospel, to the she generally acted through the knowledge of Jesus Christ re- medium of others, who, she bevealed therein, and (though by lieved, (from overrating their slow degrees, through various abilities as she depreciated her mazes, manifold temptations and own) were better qualified to apsundry trials, may I not, in all pear on the stage of life, as the humility say) tó good hopes witnesses of Jesus ; but, though through grace; how shall I unknown to many, they are all praise the riches of that grace, noted in the divine records, and which has abounded towards will, ere long, be read aloud beme !"

fore an assembled world. Suf

fice it to say, Lady Henrietta ful discharge of every trust reHope, on many occasions, united posed in her, we must say, the with others, and guve largely, portrait is pleasing, the character both of judicious counsel and exemplary. pecuniary aid, towards erecting But as no degree of moral chapels, building schools, and en- excellence, or strength of grace, dowing them, together with ex- can procure the Christian an tensive, both occasional and sta- exemption from trials, Lady ted, provision for the poor and Henrietta Hope, though possesdistressed of every description; sed of the favour of her God, the while she used her influence esteem of the world, the affecwith those in the higher walks tion of her relations, and the love of life, to gain them over to the of her Christian friends, yet interests of vital, experimental suffered much in the last years religion ; for which she was well of her life, from a very delicate qualified, not only as holding frame, which gave rise to many forth by example the word of life distressing complaints, all which in the most amiable light, but she endured with that calm fortialso from a thorough acquaint- tude and unbroken resignation, ance with the doctrinal and that nothing but true religion can preceptive parts of the holy reli- inspire. gion she professed, together In autumn, 1785, Lady Henwith no inconsiderable degree of rietta Hope went to Bristol Hotelocution and command of her wells, where, after every medipen. Availing herself of these cal exertion proving ineffectual, advantages, with a single eye to and the medicinal virtue of the the glory of God, and with that wells yielding no relief, she extreme modesty and winning meekly rendered up her ran3oftness peculiar to her, she of somed soul into the hands of her ten carried captive the minds of gracious God, who called her those she addressed, at least so home to receive her great refar

to gain approbation. ward, eternal life, the free gift of Nothing short of the inter- the Most Higb, upon the 1st day position of a Divine Agent can of January, 1786, leaving behind produce in the human mind, that her a fair copy of every thing belief of the important truths of praise-worthy, and of good rethe gospel, termed by the apos- port. A considerable part of her tle, " the substance of things fortune she left for pious and hoped for, the evidence of things charitable purposes. not seen.” Yet the divine bles- Of humble spirit, though of taste sing often renders effectual the refind, feeble attempts of Christians to Her feelings tender, though her will effect this great purpose ; and Calld, by affiction, every grace to

resign'd; there is reason to believe this

prove, eminent servant of God did not in patience perfect, and complete in labour in vain. If, to what is al

love ; ready said of this amiable lady, o'er death victorious, through her we add, her unwearied attention She reigns triumphant with the o every relative duty, her faith- saints in light.

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Religious Communications.

For the Panoplist. times, is nothing strange; espe. LETTER IV.

cially considering the circle, in

which you have moved, the ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DECISION.

preaching you have heard, and Dear Brother,

the sentiments and characters,

which have been constantly apYou well describe the moral plauded in your ears.

It is the feelings of many, when you say, object of this letter, not so much that it is impossible for you to come

to reprehend you, as to afford to any fixed conclusion, as to the you some brotherly aid in extritrue system of religion, and that al- cating yourself from those diffimost every subject is involved in culties, which you so frankly lay obscurity. In another part of

open, and in discovering the your letter, you disclose one oc- plain path of truth and duty. casion of your uncertainty. “A

Why, my dear brother, do you mid the various denominations of allow yourself to be so perplexed Christians, and the clashing of op- with the diversity of opinions, posite sentiments, how shall I know which mankind entertain rewhat is truth, and what is er specting religion? Are you thus tor?” This uncertainty in re- perplexed with the different senligious concerns is one of the timents which they embrace on characteristics of the present any subject of a civil nature ? Do generation. At some periods, you feel a total uncertainty repeople in general have been specting the Newtonian philosogoverned by superstition.

At phy, because it has been a subother times, through the in- ject of warm dispute among the fluence of bigotry, it has been learned ? Do you embarrass your accounted a crime, to call in inquiries on other important subquestion a single point of com- jects with considerations, which mon belief. Yea, the same cer- do not belong to them? Do you tainty and importance have been darken the evidence of truth, attached to the subordinate parts and debar yourself from the comof revelation, and even to trifles fort of rational decision, by ponof human invention, as to the dering upon all the doubts which sublimest and most essential ignorance has bred, or upon the truths of God. But now the sophistical objections, which multitude have gone to the oppo- learned prejudice has raised ? site extreme. Their minds are You may say, it is natural to greatly, and, in many instances, expect that new discoveries will totally unsettled. They know be subjects of controversy, where not what sentiment to embrace, ignorance and prejudice prevail. hor what to reject. They are al. But is it not still more natural to together doubtful, what religion expect that men, in their present is.

moral state, will be divided on That you, my brother, have religious subjects? Being govcaught the general spirit of the erned by corrupt inclination, will Vol. I. No. 7.

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they not be backward to receive instructions of revelation are: for truth that, which forbids their The Bible was intended for compleasures, or humbles their mon use. Therefore the wispride ? Corrupt inclination, opera- dom of God took care, that it ting in various ways, accounts in should be intelligible to common a great measure for the resolute people. The instruction it gives opposition, which is kept up respecting divine things is easy against the truth, and for the to be understood. None can astonishing variety of errors mistake its meaning, except propagated in the world. Now through the influence of bad pas. if this is the source of the various sions. We are told by truth itunscriptural opinions, which self, that, if any man will do have prevailed in Christian coun- God's will, he shall understand tries ; can their prevalence juste his doctrine. To an honest,

ly have such 'weight in your obedient heart the Bible is plain. mind, as to render you doubtful Even those instructions, which concerning the truths of reli- respect the character and governgion?

ment of God, and the scheme of But waving these considera- redemption, are as plain as they tions, let us, my brother, repair can be consistently with truth. to the Bible. The Bible is our They must be incomprehensible, guide, said our excellent father, in order to be true. They must whose life and death proved its be incomprehensible, or they .worth. I seldom speak of the would have no just claim to beBible, without recalling his hon- lief. Still those inspired truths, oured name and pious instruc- which relate to the sublimest tions. How happy am I to ob- and most incomprehensible subserve, that young as you were, jects, are expressed in such simthose instructions were not whol- ple terms, and with so much ly lost upon you, but that you plainness and precision, as to be still manifest a solenın reverence intelligible to the most unlearnfor the word of God. May infi- ed. “The testimony of the níte mercy erase the wrong im- Lord is sure, making wise the pressions, which have been made simple.” on your mind by intercourse Consider secondly, the fulness with the vain world, and dispose of scripture. It contains a comyou to use the Bible, as your plete system of religious truth. only guide. Be determined, be As it teaches us what to believe, constant in this, and your gloo- it is a perfect rule of faith. As my doubts will soon give place it teaches us what to do, it is a to the clear, light of revelation, perfect rule of practice. How and to a happy certainty respect exactly it is adapted to the va. ing the great truths of reli- rious characters and situations of gion.

It rises with the king on - If you would be fully convin. the throne, and teaches him how ced of the unsuitableness and to reign. It goes with the judge criminality of such a doubtful, un- to the bench, and teaches his settled state of mind, as you heart, and his lips. It enters manifest, I beg you to consider, the domestic scene, and instructs in the first place, how plain the the husband and the wife, the

men.

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