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There's not a tint that paints the rose,

Or decks the lily fair,
Or streaks the humblest flower that grows,

But Heaven has placed it there!
At early dawn there's not a gale,

Across the landscape driven,
And not a breeze that sweeps the vale,

That is not sent by Heaven !
There's not of grass a simple blade,

Or leaf of lowliest mien,
Where heavenly skill is not displayed,

And heavenly wisdom seen!
There's not a tempest dark and dread,

Or storm that rends the air,
Or blast that sweeps o'er ocean's bed,

But Heaven's own voice is there!
There's not a star whose twinkling light,

Illumes the distant earth,
And cheers the solemn gloom of night,

But mercy gave it birth!
There's not a cloud whose dews distil

Upon the parching clod,
And clothe with verdure vale and hill,

That is not sent by God!
There's not a place in earth's vast round,

In ocean deep or air,
Where skill and wisdom are not found!

For God is every where!
Around, beneath, below, above,

Wherever space extends,
There Heaven displays its boundless love,

And power with mercy blends!
Then, rise my soul, and sing His name,

And all His praise rehearse,
Who spread abroad earth's glorious fraine,

And built the universe !
Where'er thine earthly lot is cast

His power and love declare,
Nor think the mighty theme too vasta

For God is every where!

J. C. W.


Deuth of Mr. Thomas Dobson.* domestic life to all other enjoynicuts of (From the New York Gazette, March 22.) mily, he was singularly happy. As a

a social kind. In the bosom of his fa. Tuis worthy citizen and eminent husband and a parent, as the friend and Christian was released from his suffering guardian of the orphan and the unprotecton Sunday tle 9ih instant, in the 73d ed, he can never be forgotten by those who year of his age. He had been a resident

were so happy as to reside under his roof. in Philadelphia upwards of 39 years, For nearly five years during the latter and so long as health permitted him to

part of his life, he was incapable of attend to business, his store was a place attending to business; and from the time of resort by many of the most intelligent that his worthy and amiable wife was and respectable inhabitants of our city, taken from him, he was often heard to as well as by strangers. He stood de. say, that many things which formerly interservedly high as a bookseller, for he ested him, had lost their attractions. This strictly adhered to the principles of inte- was not the effect of spleen or discontent, grity.' His conversation was so interest- for no man could conduct himself with ing, and his manners were so pleasing, greater equanimity when he was deprived that it was only necessary to know him, of the partner of his life. His temper to esicem and love him. He possessed a was affectionate, and his attachment had rich fund of information on a variety of been strengthened by time and full expesubjects, and had a peculiar facility in rience of her value; but his feelings and adapting his conversation to the tastes affections were under the control of Chrisand capacities of those who were in com- tian faith and pious resignation. His pany. 'Yet there was about him uothing heart retained iis accustomed warmth, servile or obsequious. Although no man and the happiness of his friends never could be more modest and unassuming, failed to yield him pleasure. Although he was manly and diguified. Wherever habitually cheerful, he never had any he was present, levity was repressed, and relish for the gaieties of life. It was vice stood abashed.' It was his benevo- only to what is vain and empty in this lent desire to be useful, and by every transitory world, that he was in a man, innocent means to afford pleasure to ner dead. To his latest days, he loved others, that induced him to acquit him, to hear of whatever tended to increase self so well, whether he was associated the means and to augment the measure with scholars or persons of humble attain- of human happiness. Above all, he rements. Even wheu he had occasion, and joiced in the spread of the gospel truth, felt it to be his duty to admonish and and in the prevalence of pure and undereprove those who were faulty, his man- filed religion. During more than four ner was so free from any appearance of years he was much afflicted, his sufferings arrogance or harshness, he spoke with

were often so intense as almost to prosso much tender and unaffected concern

trate him; yét, although writhing in for the offending party, and there was

agony, he was never known to murmur such evident kindness in the whole of

or complain. He prayed frequently and his proceedings, that it seemed impossi. ferrently for patience and submission, ble to withstand his influence. His re

but it was only in qualified terms that he proofs were like excellent oil, which, asked for deliverauce or relief. He often far from bruising, tended ouly to heal. remarked, that he needed this kind of During the prevalence of the yellow fever discipline, and that although it was not in 1793, he was one of those who essen- joyous, yet since it proceeded from the tially contributed to the relief of the love and kindness of his father in heasufferers; and as an inspector of the ven, it was his duty and endeavour to State Prison, he will long be remember- bear it patiently and to receive it thanked as a judicious, humane and efficient fully. On such occasions he would add, officer. In the circles of his particular that he had no solicitude as to the result. friends he appeared to great advantage, The nature of his last illness by prosand his society was highly prized and trating his strength and rendering him eagerly sought by many of our worthiest unable to speak, precluded him from citizens. But, although his benevolence bearing his dying testimony to the truth was diffusive, he preferred the delights of of that religion of which he had long

been a distinguished professor, and for

exemplifying the efficacy of those princi* An Vuitarian Baptist, formerly of ples, consolations and hopes, by which Edinburgh.

his temper and conduct had been reguObituary.--William Nassau Bentley, Esq.-Rev. Jamo Lambert. 357 lated; but this cannot be matter of regret, THE Rev. JAMES LAMBERT, whose to those who knew that from early youth, death was noticed in our last, p. 312, as he had been following peace with all the Senior Fellow of Trinity College, men, and holiness, and that he had been Cambridge, was the son of the Rev. seeking for glory, honour and immor. Thomas and Anne Lambert, the father tality, by a patient continuance in welle being at the time of his birth Rector of doing. He trusted in the mercy of God Thorp, near Harwich, and afterward Recas revealed by our Lord Jesus Christ, tor of Melton, near Woodbridge, in Sufand he died in peace. Those who en- folk. He was a member of the Zodiac joyed his friendship and coufidence, as Club at Cambridge, consisting of the most well as his near connexions, have much eminent literary characters of that day, to relate respecting the heavenly frame and was not less remarked for his atof mind which he preserved under cir- tainments than for the polished urbauity cumstances peculiarly trying. While they of his manners. His son James, born are fully sensible that it is their duty to the 7th March 1741, old style, received be thankful for this happy deliverance, the rudiments of his education at the they can never cease to feel the depriva- Grammar School at Woodbridge, under tion of sweet and improving communion Mr. Ray, till he was about fifteen years with one of the best of men. Although of age, when his father superintended it at the time of his funeral the weather till he went to College, to which he was was peculiarly unfavourable, it was at- admitted in the year 1760. In the year tended by a large number of his acquaint- 1763 he became a scholar on the foundaance and friends. Ministers of religion tion. In 1764 he obtained the Chancelof various denominations united in pay- lor's Gold Medal for classical attainments, ing the last offices of respect to one who, taking his first degree in the same year, whatever might be thought of the peculi- when he was fifth or sixth in the first arities of his religious faith, was esteemed Tripos, or what is generally called Afth and honoured as a bright aud shining or sisth Wrangler. In the year 1765, he example of fervent, yet unostentatious, was elected Fellow of Triuity College, piety, and of whatsoever things are lovely having about that time been ordained, and of good report. “ Blessed are the and becoming officiating curate of Bawd. dead who die in the Lord."- '_" The righ- sey and Alderton, near Woodbridge. In teous shall be had in everlasting remem- 1767 he took his degree of Master of brance."

Arts, and became a resident and assist

ant tutor in Trinity College. In 1771 At Lexington, Kentucky, aged 33, Wil- this time the great question was agitating

he was elected Greek Professor. About LIAM Nassau BENTLEY, Esq., son of Mr. for the relief of the clergy, in the matter B. of Highbury. By this event his family of subscription to the Thirty-Nine Artiand friends are thrown into heary afflic cles, which was greatly supported by tion, for he was much respected and many of the most distinguished members deeply regretted by all who knew him, of the University of Cambridge; among At the time of his death, he was engaged them Mr. Lambert was by no means the in writing an account of his travels with least active. Ju 1772 he received a pro. a view to publication, and in which he posal to accompany Prince Poniatowsky had made considerable progress. He was

to Poland, which he declined. In 1773 eminently qualified for the task, and for he formed the resolution not to accept which he had abundant materials, having any clerical preferment, in which he pertravelled (by land and water) about sisted to his death, having repeatedly twenty-five thousand miles, iucluding in passed by the best livings in the gift of the this account no journey of less than one thousand miles. He had traversed the College, which in succession were offered

to him. In 1774, the University was principal parts of the United States, and coursed along the great rivers Wabash, proposed by Mr. Jebb, for annual exa

much occupied with the resolution then Ohio and Mississippi, down to New minations, of which Mr. Lambert was a Orleans: no doubt bis description and

strenuous supporter, aud was named one abservations upon the newly-settled West- of the syndicate, or committee, to estaern States in particular, would have been

blish a plan of uniting polite literature acceptable to the public. His literary, with the accustomed mathematical and astronomical, and scientific attainments philosophical studies of the place. In in general, were considerable, and, had this attempt he had, among other emihe lived, it is probable mankind would bave been benefited by his labours. Watson, afterwards Bishop of Landaf';

nent men, for his intended colleagues, Monthly dlag,

Hallifax, successively Bishop of Glouces. ter and St. Asaph ; Hey, afterwards

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Norrisiau Professor of Divinity, and Au- ing to the true principle of Protestants, thor of Lectures on the Thirty-Nine that from the Bible and from the Bible Articles ; Farmer, well known among only, their religion is established; and Shakspeare critics and book collectors; though he sacrificed much to his consciPaley ; Tyrrwhitt, the well known Unita. ence, the consequent losses did not rian, who shewed his zeal for the Univer- excite a moment's regret, and no one sity by leaving at his death £4000 for seems to have followed better the aposthe encouragement of Hebrew literature; tolical precept, Rejoice evermore.

NaPearce, afterwards Master of Jesus Col- tural History in every branch was among lege, and Dean of Ely. The colleagues his favourite pursuits. The elegant and were not, bowever, all agreed in the ap- moral turn of his mind is well known to probation of the plan, for we find by Dr. those friends to whom on various occaJebb's account of the proceedings of these sions he communicated those poetical times, that Dr. Hallifax and Mr. Farmer effusions which never failed to unite “ did all in their power to obstruct and instruction with amusement. He parti. distress their brethren," Farmer declar- cularly endeared himself to the young, ing that the proposed grace “ would be who never lost their regard for him in the ruin of the University, and shake the after age. His cheerfulness did not forfoundations of the constitution in church sake him to the last, and after a welland state.” In consequence of the ap- spent life, he left this world with the pointment of the syndicate, nineteen utmost resignation to the Divine will and resolutions were proposed, which were the Christian hope, that he should in a all rejected, there being for the first future life be admitted to participate in six, Ayes 43—Noes 47. For the next the glories of his Saviour. Though he five, Ayes 41-Noes 48. For the next outlired many of his friends, sufficient eight, Ayes 38-Noes 49. Some other are left to cherish his memory with the attempts were made, but equally failed, recollection of his virtues, that integrity and no alteration took place till the year of character, amiable disposition, and 1780, when another day was added for highly gifted mind, for which he was so examinations, and more stress was laid eninently distinguished. He departed upon Natural Law and Moral Philosophy, this life on the 28th of April, at the and particularly on Locke on the Human house of his beloved friend and relative, Understanding. lu 1775, Mr. Lambert Mr. Carter, at Fersfield, in the county of quitted the Assistant Tutorship, and 1777. Norfolk, and was buried, agreeably to left College to superintend the education his wish, in the parish church of that of Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bart. village. and his brothers, residing with them at Lady Leicester's, partly in London and partly at Tabley, in Cheshire. In 1780, June 8, aged 50, the Rev. WILLIAM he resigned the Greek Professorship, and Moon. He was a native of Dover, and returned to College with Sir John Leices- trained for the Ministry on the General ter in 1782. His connexion with the Baptist Education Society, then under Leicester family continued till 1787, when the superintendence of Dr. Evaus, of the two younger brothers, Henry and Islington. Having assisted the Rev. JoCharles, took their Bachelor's degree, seph Brown, (a pupil of Doddridge,) he from which time he resided principally at length succeeded him, and was near in College, making occasional excursions twenty years pastor of the General Bapon visits to his numerous friends in dif- tist Congregation at Deptford. Here he ferent parts of the island. In 1789 he enjoyed the patronage and friendship of was appoioted Bursar of the College, that excellent man, the late Samuel Brent, which he held for 10 years from this Esq., at whose expense the chapel was time. To nearly the end of his life he repaired and beautified. This ancient was punctual in his attendance at the place of worship had the honour of witannual examinations, as also at the exa- nessing the labours of Dr. John Gale, minations for scholarships and fellow. whose learned reply to Dr. Wall on Infant ships. Mr. Lambert, though well versed Baptism is still in high estimation, and in the severer studies of the University, was lately republished for the benefit of paid more attention to polite literature the Christian world. Mr. Moon had, and theology. To the latter subject his about two years ago, a paralytic seizure, conscientious scrnples necessarily made from which he never recovered. He, him derote much of his time, and it was however, continued, though under the not till after a thorough examination of pressure of debility, to discharge the duthe Scriptures that he gave up the doc- tics of a Christian minister till the time trines of Athavasius, and adopted in their of his decease. The Sabbath preceding stcad the precepts of our Saviour accord his dissolution he administered the Lord's

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Supper, after having delivered a discourse respecting the cause of the General Bapó from this impressive passage, Acts ii. 42: tists, whose prosperity he had warmly “ And they continued stedfastly in the at heart. Nor was he silent on the great Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in interests of civil and religious freedom, in breaking of bread, and in prayers." allusion to the invasion of Spain by the About two months ago he visited his na- continental despots, who are intent on tive place, where, apprehensive that it debasing the condition as well as perpewould be the last time of his seeing them, tuating the ignorance and wretchedness he preached a farewell sermon to the of mankind. He was interred on Monchurch of which he had been a member, day the 16th inst., by the Rev, David and by which he was called to the minis- Eaton, in the cemetery adjoining the try, and took leave of an aged mother, chapel, his remains having been borne his alone surviving parent, towards whom thither, followed by a train of mourners he had uniformly conducted himself with who respect his memory. He forbade an exemplary filial affection. He after any funeral sermon. But his old Tutor, wards attended the General Baptist As. on the ensuing Sabbath, paid a token sociatiou at Bessel's Green, and was pre- of regard to his much-esteemed pupil at sent on Whit-Tuesday at the General Worship Street, from Rev. ii. 10 : “ Be Baptist Assembly, Worship Street, where thou faithful unto death, and I will give he took a part in the business of the day thee' a crown of life.” To distinguished with his usual zeal and attention, lu- talents and attaiuments he made no predeed, though emaciated and debilitated, tensions. He possessed a good underhe increased rather than relaxed in his standing, blended with an affectionate activity. The very last evening of rational disposition and a benevolent heart. His life he had enjoyed, with his brethren, temper was that of plain and undissemin distributing the sums of the General bled honesty. Indeed, the leading trait Baptist Fund amongst poor ministers in in his character was integrity. From the country, and intended to have soon what he believed to be right, either in met them again on a similar occasion. principle or in practice, he would not Bat Providence had otherwise determin. swerve. And while zealous and liberal in ed; his work was done. A second sei- his religious opinions, he was an ardent zure on the ensuing morning rendered well-wisher to the civil aud religious liberhim speechless, and early on the Sabbath ties of mankind! His atllicted widow and he entered his eternal rest! The sudden three daughters, who knew his worth and removal of the deceased evinces the va. will cherish his virtues, indulge the fond nity of life-the evanescent condition of hope of being reunited to him in a better human being! A very short time previe world. The great John Howe concludes ous to his dissolution (immediately after his Blessedness of the Righteous in these the Assembly) he dined and passed the words, which will form no inappropriate day with the writer of this obituary. close of this brief obituary.--" The end Having the preceding year taken a long approaches. As you turn over the leaves journey into the West of England, ap- so are your days turued over! And as proaching the Land's Eud, for the resto. you are now arrived at the end of this ration of his health, he now meditated a book, God will shortly write finis to the journey into North Wales, hoping that book of your life on earth, and shew you benefit would accrue from the excursion. your names written in heaven, in the He was intent upon arrangements for a book of that life which shall never end." supply during his absence. Indeed, his

J. EVANS. conversation on a variety of topics was Istington, June 23, 1823. lively and auimated. Much was said



judgment, of approval, and of conAUSTRIA.

demnation, very much like those of

the late Inquisition at Madrid. There Censorship.--The Conversation-Blatt, are there the transeat, the admittitur, a monthly publication at Leipsic, the correctis corrigendis, and the gives an account of the operations omissis delendis. The admittitur conof the Austrian Censorship during veys the highest approbation of the the month of October last. This censors; the transeat expresses censorship has different degrees of slight disapprobation. The works to

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