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who, by being at Ryde in the course erected, after his having, for near of business, some years since, was two years, preached at a house in struck with the necessity of preach- the neighbourhood with encourage ing the gospel there; and who has ing success. Mr Wilson preached generously contributed to the keep from Exod. xx. 24. ing up of public worship, and to. wards the building of the place.
Dec. 12, was opened the New Cominendations are likewise due to
Independent Chapel (called Bethel) the generous and active exertions of
at Leeds, In the morning, Mr. J. Kirkpatrick, Esq., of Newport.
Rayson, of Wakefield, 'preached
from Is. lvi. 7. In the afternoon, Dec. 11, in the afternoon, was Mr. Bennett (pastor of the church) opened a small chapel at Wistan- preached from Zech. vi. 13: la wigg, about four miles froin Mar.. the evening, Mr. Parsons, of Leeds, ket Drayton, by the Rev. John delivered a third discourse, froin Wilson, minister of the Calvinistic Phil. i 18. lat. cl.' The congregachapel at that town; at whose sole tions throughout the day were nu, expence the above chapel was merous and attentive,
DISTRIBUTION OF PROFITS.
January 10, 1803. At a Meeting of the Trustees, the following
Independent. J. Eyre.
5 E. B. Ditto.
5 D. Ditto.
And animate thy saints wito zeal;
May we thy presence with us feel! Since thou hast rescued us foon Death,
To know thy love, and taste thy Grace, O let us spend our life and breath
In winning sioners to thy ways ! Shall we be cold and live supine,
While thousands perih all around ! Duty is ours, - success is chine,
Now let thy pow'r with us be found!
And efforts oft abortive prove,
Fill ev'ry heart with hope and love!
And light, and zeal, and grace supply ; Be thou their guide, iheir God, their friend!
In danger and distress be o:gh! . Bless those who now in distant lands
Are preaching Christ, as all in all! Pur forth thy pow'r, --- break Satan's bands,
Crown with success the Gospel call! O let the seed which may be sowi),
Se water'd with the Spirit's pow's! May Christ thro'ev'ry ciime be known,
And blessings on the heathen show'r!
On reading the Motto on the late ve. • nerable Countess Dowaz ty of Hurt
ting don's Arms, “IN VERITATE VICTORIA, ETERNAL Truth, thou shalt prevail O'er all the Errors that assail, . Or aim to wound thy cause :. Feeble their efforts,--weak their friends Destruction all their plan attends,
And shame upon thein draws. What fierce assaults hast thou repelld, Though with all ormness thou hast held
Thy sceptre and thy chronc: Tho' earth and Hell against thee join, Envy, and pow'r, and craft combine,
Truth shall its focs cast down. Just as the sun with pow'rful light Dispels the darkness of the night,
And mists and shadows Hee; Just so shall Truth in grandeur rise, Errors disperse, and make us wise ;
From darkness set us free!
Of superstitious rites :
I hy blessings praise excites! .
WILLIAM COWPÉR, ESQ.
Few persons, in any age of Christianity, have been equally eminent for Evangelical devotion, and for literary genius and taste. Religious people may, indeed, in general, be regarded as better inforned, because inore accustomed to read, than others in the classes of life to which they chiefly belong : but while an earnest desire of religious knowledge usually renders the pious peasant, or mechanic, superior to his worldly neighbours, it seldom pervades the circles of the polite; and when it does, is likely to render them less ardent in the pursuit of literary excellence, by fixing their principal attention on' objects of ir. finitely greater importance. The very remarkable subject of this memoir, inight, at the first view, be deemed a striking exception to this rule; yet it may reasonably be doubted, whether, if a sovereign dispensation of the providence of God, had not incapacitated him for the sublimer enjoyments of devotion, he would ever have attained to the summit of poetical fame. His life, on the whole, has become an object of great curiosity to all who possess a relish for literature and humanity ; but to the religious mind, especially if in some measure endowed with a similar taste, the enquiry is singularly interesting. We should therefore, gladly have gratified our readers with an earlier Memoir of Mr. Cowper: but, as a full and authentic account of his life, under the sanction of his relatives and intimate friends, was earnestly expected, motives of respect for their inclinations, induced us to wait for its appearance. We can cordially recommend Mr. Hayley's elegant performance to the attention of all whose circumstances enable them to purchase it, as a faithful and satisfactory delineation of his adinired friend and literary associate. The judicious selection he has made from Mr. Cowper's confidential correspondence, comprizing the substance or extracts of nearly 300 letters, exhibits his character in an amiable and instructive point of view. His work includes