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common gaol; and upon conviction sionary called and sent of God, Mr, before three magistrates, may be Cecil paid an honourable tribute to * committed to the warkhouse, the memory of the late venerable there to be kept to hard labour; Mr. Swartz, the Danish Missionary, for the first offence one month, and who died in India, Feb. 13, 1798. for every subsequent offence, six - The church was well filled, and months each." If a slave, thie pe many evangelical clergymen and nalty for the first otfence is the same, dissenting ministers were present. and for each succeeding one a public
The Rev. W. B, Williams, late Aogging ; - if a white, to suffer such
Curate of High Wycomb, succeeds "punishment as the “ court shall see
Mr. Eyre, as Minister of Homerton Kit to inflict, not extending to life.”
chapel. Pained as we are by this informa. tion, we feel confident in the guar.
The Rev. Watts Wilkinson, dian care of Providence; and are
chaplain to the Haberdashers'Almspersuaded that so Prince of the
houses at Hoxton, is appointed, by House of Brunswick will sanction
the Haberdashers' company, to the any laws which tend to rekindle the
Lectureship of St. Bartholomew beflames of religious persecution.'
hind the Royal Exchange, vacant APRIL 29th, the Bishop of Lon.
by the death of the late Dr. Finch, don held a visitation of the clergy It is a circumstance worthy of at St. Martin's Church, where a general notice, and peculiarly enSermon was preached by the Rev. couraging to the ministers of the Gerrard Andrews, rector of St. gospel, that, of late years, a ge. James's, Westminster, froin Rom. nerous attention has been shewn by xi. 13. “I magnify mine office :” the British churches to the widows after which his Lordship delivered and families of deceased pastors. a charge to the clergy.
In addition to former instances of On Sunday afternoon, May 15,
this kind, it is with pleasure we re. Mr. Frey, a converted Jew, now
cord, that the sum of 162 11. has been under the tuition of Mr. Bogue, for raised by the congregation and missionary labours, preached a ser.
friends of the late Mr. Maurice, of mon to the Jews at Sion Chapel, from Fetter Lane, London, for the use of Gen. xii. 8: And Abraham said
his family. unto Lot, let there be no strife, I The death of the Rev. Mr. pray thee, between me and thee, &c. Newell (mentioned in our Obitu. for we be brethren." The texts re- ary) who has left a widow and three ferred to in the discourse, were first children, totally unprovided for, recited in Hebrew, and then in Enwill give another opportunity to the glish. A prodigious congregation religious public, who, we trust, was collected, among whom were “are not weary in well-doing," to observed about two hundred of testify their regard to the Lord Je. the children of Abraham. After sus, by their kindness to the be. the sermon, several of them came reaved and distressed family, of one into the vestry, and spoke in a of his most humble and faithful friendly manner to the preacher. ministers. Benefactions, we undera
Tuesday morning. May ust, the stand, will be received by O. OldRev. Richard Cecil, A. M. vreach. ham, Esq. of Brook-House, Hol. ed before the Society for Missions born; and by the Rev. Mr. Wilks. to Africa and the East, at Black. of Old-street Road. friar's Church, from Isaiah xi. 3. The Rev. George Burder, late of * Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Coventry, is removed to London, The moral state of the heathen, having been recently chosen Sethe means, which it is our duty as cretary to the Missionary Society, Christians to use for their salvation, and final Editor of this Magazine, and the motives to stimulate us to instead of the late Rev. Mr. Eyre. The use of such means with energy He has also accepted an unaniand fervour, formed the leading mous call from the church, late branches of his discourse. In de under the pastoral care of Mr.
THE LORD'S PRAYER. Fix thou the time (the time is fix'd Our Father, God! who art in Heav'n,
In the divine decree) :
Call when the time is fully come,
And I will answer thee.
In their united state :
And is it more to trust thee, Lord,
With each when separate ?
To dwell on earth with me :
Shall I not trust the word that savs,
" Where I am thou shalt be?" And ev'ry evil far reinove.
Thy glorious angels stood prepar'd, . Thinc is the kingdom to controul,
Soon as the beggar dy'd, And thine the pow'r to save the soul :
His parting spirit to convey
To faithful Abr'am's side.
Those morning stars thro' all my way
And will they not, when loos'd from clay.
Convey me to my Lord ? ON THE PROSPECT OF DYING.
O glorious faith! that bears the soul At thy command I meekly yield
Above desponding fear; My body to the dost :
Lab'ring to reach the heav'nly goal, Jesus ! I trust in thee alone,
And panting to be there. Ang koow in botn I trust.
If honourable birth arid personal endowments, --if amiable manners and extensive benevolence,- if early and exemplary piety and unremitted zeal, during a long and laborious life; if any, or all these qualities combined, cản give weight and interest to character, Dr. John Erskine must be ranked among the most eminent persons of the age in which he lived..
This excellent inan was descended from two of the most ancient houses in the peerage of Scotland ; and his nearest relations belong to some of the most distinguished and respectable families of that country. His father, Mr Erskine of Carnock, who will always be mentioned as a man of superior worth and eminent talents, was an advocate at the Scotch bar; and, for some time, Professor of Scotch Law in the University of Edinburgh. His “ Institutes of the Law of Scotland," in five folio volumes, as a book of authority and of profound information, is well known to have placed his name among lawyers of the first rank.
Dr. Erskine was the eldest son of this respectable man; and will be allowed to have added, in no small degree, to the honour of his family. His noble soul animated a feeble and slender body; and yet, through the goodness of Providence to the church, and to the world, he was enabled to sustain many severe shocks of adversity ; and was preserved, with his faculties unimpaired, till he had outlived alınost all his contemporaries.
His original talents were far beyond the ordinary standard, He was distinguished by the unusual extent and comprehension of his understanding; by the acuteness, the accuracy, and the perspicuity of his reasonings, and by the general clearness and solidity of his judgment .
Dr. Erskine feared God from his earliest youth. Even when at school, though he excelled as a scholar, he had a setuled