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afterwards, the smile on her coun, prayer to God; but it is not to be tenance, in the agonies of death, understood, or indeed expected, spake the sensation of her mind. that he was without imperfections When she could scarcely articulate, in his natural teinper. Upon the she was heard to say, “ Happy! whole, from this' inan's example, happy! happy me!" And they who is now gone into the joy of his were the last words that were un- Lord, we have an evidence of these derstood by her sorrowing children. glorious truths, mentioned in the In a short space afterwards, she sacred oracles, namely, “ That the breathed out her spirit ; and de- blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from parted, to be ever happy with the all sin; and that whosoever will, Lord, Oct. 11, 1301, in the sixty- may come and take of the waters of

A. M. life freely.” It is only final im

penitency and unbelief that will


of the human race. But RHYMING DICK.

it must always be remembered, to On the sst of August, 1802, died prevent mistakes in religion,--that Richard Nancollas, of St. Austell, where there is true repentance and in Cornwall, commonly known by faith, it will be accompanied with the name of Rhyming Dick, when out the fruits of righteousness, which on his rambles; which were fre- are by Jesus Christ, to the praise quently repeated, during a long and glory of God. W, P. course of years, thro' the western St. Austell. counties of England. His most general practice was to excite sinful

HENRY HITCHCOCK, merriment among the drunkards, &c. by extempore versification. In

(A STROLLING PLAYER) this wretched employment he pos- The subject of this obituary, was sessed a marvellously fruitful ge- a native of Lisbon. His parents nius; and, if his abilities had been gave him a liberal education ; but, properly employed, he would have through giving his mind up to the made a considerable figure as a pomps and vanities of this transipoetical character. He was, how- tory life, the same, until a few ever, frequently brought home, to months before his death, appeared the parish of St. Austell, in rags, to profit him but little. Early in infected with disease, and covered life he commenced a strollingwith vermin. But, concerning this player ; and continued in that danman, we have an opportunity of ex- gerous and contemptible profession, tolling the marvellous efficacy of until God, who is rich in mercy, sovereign grace in his conversion. visited him with the fatal coll For the space of three or four years plaint which terminated in his previous to the time of his death, death. This was a cancer in his he became an example of virtuous right side ; with which he was afconversation and self-denial. His Hicted for upwards of two years ; whole delight was to hear gospel. and which butiled the skill of the sermons, and join with the religious medical gentlemen who, with unin prayer, &c.


and he was never remitting diligence, attended him beiter pleased than when any of in the various stages of his disorder. God's people would converse with About four months before his him about the unsearchable riches death the compiler of this account of Christ, and the perpetuicy of his was, by a neighbour of the de. love. His faith was strong in the ceased, requested to visit hini when Redeemer ; and, by divine grace, be a patient in the London Hospital, lived to the praise and glory of where he was found very dangero God. He manifested a bitter hatred ously ill, and a total stranger to against all sin ; and especially those things that make for a poor against those sins which did so sinner's etcrnal welfare ; but being easily beset him before his conver- of a teachable disposition, these sion. In his departing moments he friends, by his earnest desire, con was exercised in breathing out tinued to visit him, and had the unspeakable pleasure of seeing him frequently observe, That it would athirst for the knowledge of God not profit him to hear of Christ until a 'few hours before his death. having made a satisfaction for sin, After he cane out of the hospital unless he had an interest in his love, to his own house, he was recoin- and was enabled to bear his afflic mended to the Willow Walk So. tion with inuch patience and resige ciety, Shoreditch, instituted for nation to the sovereign will of God. visiting the sick at their own ha- On the Friday, evening before bitations; and, during the same his death (which was on the Lord's time, was also visited by the Laza- Day) he put one of his arms out rus Society. Their joint labours of bed, and said to a person that of love concurred, under the divine stood by," See, this arın is moulderblessiog, to prove to him his state, ing away ; but dust it is, and unto and caused hin' to cry mightily to dust it will soon return." A few God to have mercy upon him a.

hours before his death, the commiserable sinner! His ideas, as to piler of this obituary, and a Christhe spiritual meaning of God's tian woman, called to visit him, and holy word, were, at this period, found him with longing desires to very dark; but he was very im- be gone, that he might land on the portunate in his enquiries, and shore of everlasting bliss. He exearnestly desired an interest in the pressed a fear, however, lest where petitions of God's people. He re. death should cut the slender thread peatedly desired to know how God of life, his bodily pain should be so could be just, and yet the justifier great as to deprive him of those of those who were born in sin and sweet foretastes of God's love he shapen in iniquity. Upon being then enjoyed. About nine o'clock informed from the Scriptures, he in the evening he breathed his last; was enabled to ask of God to im- -sensibly departing without a sigh part that measure of faith that or a groan; and, we trust, is now shonld enable him to behold his among the redeemed. This was interest in the blood of Christ; and on Nov. 14, 1802, being only twen: would frequently request his wife ty-five years old. to read those parts of Scripture, es- It is hoped this Obituary will en. pecially the New Testament, where courage many that have the love the promises were recorded. He of God in their hearts, to visit sick frequently expressed a fear of being and dying persons ; and that others, delivered from his affliction, lest in affluent circuinstances, may be he should be permitted to resume encouraged to assist Societies formhis former evil practices. In the ed for this laudable purpose. last stages of his disorder, he would

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1.- E. E. professes himself inuch puzzled with that article in te Apostle's Creed, that Christ“ descended into Hell ;” and as to the true meaning of these Scriptures, Ps. xvi. 10. and Acts ii. 27.

II. - A Young Pilgrim earnestly inquires, What line of conduct a child ought to pursue, who beholds his parents indulging in sensual gratifications, and devoting themselves to the world ; and either des- . pising or disregarding all religious exercises ?


Extract of a Leller from a Minister in a small Sea-port Turun in Scotland.

“I have just now heard of a dreadful scene : One ---, for many years master of a coasting-vessel, an inhabitant of this place, had, in his younger days, made a distingrished profession of religion, and, among the sinall but respectable body to which he belonged, he was deemed an entinent Christian. Many years ago, this man became a Deist; nay, an avowed Atheist - and inide the Being of Deity and a future state the subjects of his ridicule and profane inockery. For horrid swearing and lewedness he had perhaps few equals in Scotland. Last night, in a public-house, when in a rage of swearing, he dropped into eternity in d moment, by the rupture of a blood vessel.--How awful, to be hurried before the tribunal of God in the very act of blasphemy !"

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