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him hers; and opening it on the Articles of religion, he was exceedingly angry at the idea of the gross imposition she meant to put upon him ; for, having one day seen another prayer-book, with Lady Huntingdon's Hymns, he concluded that the Articles of religion were foisted in, to support her way of thinking; especially as he had gone to church for twenty years, and never heard any thing like them preached ; but that the Calvinists were always spoken of as erroneous, He, however, some time afterwards, happened to open a Bible, given to a servant in the house, in which he found the same Articles, and read them. He was surprized to find them such as he bad before seen in his sister's prayer-book; and began to think that nobody would dare print them with the Bible, if they did not profess to believe them. The consequence bed to an enquiry how they cailie there; and, like thousands of others, who never read the Articles, or knew they were the standard of our religious profession, he gave them a thorough serious examination.

In consequence, he was induced to come and licar with his sister; and was struck with the clear and evident correspondence of what he heard, with the Articles respecting which he had been so displeased. Conviction ins stantly followed: he confessed he had been in utter ignorance of the doctrines of the church ; and that, hencefort!), he never would again attend any worship and preaching where the doctrines of the Articles were not inculcatcd. - It is superfluous to observe, that he was immediately stamped Niethodist by all his acquaintances. - How immense is the number of those in the Church of England, who never knew such Articles existed, or never gave them a serious examination! The inexcuseableness of such neglect is too obvious to admit of a doubt, and therefore cannot be too soon acknowledged and amended. Let the Articles speak for themselves.



I was lately called, in Providence, to visit an unhappy old man, who lay at the point of death. For several years he had been an avowed infidel: he had been accustomed to scoff at the sacred Soriptures ; but principally oxercised his prophane wit in ridiculing the justice of God, and the future punishment of the wicked; and strenuously denied that there was a Hell. He died convinced, but not converted. With his last quivering breath he exclaimed, “ Now I know there is a Hell, for I feel it!" and expired. — “ The righteous hath hope in his death; but the wicked is driven away in his wickedness. Verily, there is a God who judgeth righteously ; and they who despise his gospel shall feel his vengeance."


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was perverse and untractable; and

was the occasion of great grief to The Catechetical School at the her parents. About July last, hay. Tabernacle, was instituted at Easter ing strongly betrayed that symptom 1796. The general avera, e number of a degenerate and fallen nature, who attend to repeat, aie 200, di. her parents conceived it their duty vided into various classes. Upon to correct her; and added chastise. having learned the Assembly's ment to reproof. A week or two Shorter Catechism, consisting of after this, the catechetical exhor107 questions, with Scripture proofs, tation happened to be on the paraeach child is examined; and if it is ble of the Wheat and Tares (Mat. Correctly repeated, they receive the xiii.); and on this occasion fas reward of a neat Pocket-Bibic and she said since her cala:nity) she Janeway's Token for Children. was convinced of sin. Her parents Their Catechisms, and Dr. Watts's observed, with pleasure, a great Songs, are also provided for the change of disposition, a readiness to children, gratis ; and, on the same oblige them, and a correctness of terms, the teachers give their la- behaviour altogether; and which bours,

they supposed an efectof the Lord's It is usual for some one of the blessing on their correction; but friends to close the service with a from what they have learned since short explication of sume lively pas. from the child, it seems pretty evisage of Scripture, or to improve dent, that it was owing to the work some recent providential event; and of the Spirit quickening the word the teachers have been stimulated of life. From that time her con. by observing the diligent attention duct has been as becometh the gosof many children, and the good ef- pel of Christ : dutiful to her pafects of their labour of love. Seve- rents and teachers, loving to her ral young minds have been impress- brothers, and very attentive to the ed with the power of Divine truth; opportunities and means of grace. some of whom have been admitted She arose a litile after six o'clock to the holy Communion. The fol. on Monday, March 7, to light the lowing account of the death of one fire for her mother, as usual; in of the children, affords the most doing which her clothes unhappily pleasing encouragement : - caught fire; and before any effectual

Ann Botcheba, a girl about help could be obtained, she was so twelve years of age, was admitted much burned as to presage the into the school something more than fatal consequence which did ensue. a year ago; and was in the upper When the accident happened, her class but one, where the stage of screams alarmed her pour mother, progress is perfection in all the an- who ran dowli stairs, and endeavour. swers, and in the proofs from fortyed to quench the fline ; which, to seventy. Her general disposition with great difficulty and personal shewed itself more in reading than injury to herself, she did. The in needle-work; and it was not dif- child exclaimed, “Oh, my Lord and ficult for her to learn six or eight my God, forvike me not now in the verses of a chapter while nursing tiine of my trouble !" and then, adthe smaller children, during the ab- dressing her mother, said, Pray sence of her parents at public wor- to the Lord Jesus foi me ;” and ship; and this accounts for that added, “Oh, it is hard work now ! readiness with which, in her con- How long have I w:lked and sinned versation, she adapted Scriptures while others have been serving to her own case, during her aftlic- him!” and then repeated the same tion.

Her temper, however, until words, adding, “Oh, I suffer! but within the last eight or nine inonths, it will soon be over; there is

mansion prepared for me." Her God forgave sin? Of which she pains being very acute, she cried seemed to have clear conceptions, aloud for mercy, and repeated, and to give satisfactory answers. “ Blessed Jesus, wash ne, wash 'On his exhorting her to patience me in thy precious blood !" – On and submission to the doctors, she her father (who had been sent for) said, " I have prayed for patience, coming in, he exhorted her to pray and the Lord has answered my to God to forgive her sins; when prayer. ;” and then, " The Lord is she replied, Father, he has !” the best Physician." When under The father hearing her avow this great pain, her mother being with with such unexpected confidence, ler, and before the mortification and fearing she might deceive her- Cime on, she exclaimed, “ My self, said, · By what right?! She Lord and my God!" and clasping replied,

Christ has died for ine, her poor arms about her mother, and rose again for my justification's cried out, “ We are his people, and This she pronounced with great he is our God," - solicitous to inenergy, even with vehemence, and clude her parents in a blessing, of then added, “ Come, Lord Jesus, which she seemed to have a sensi. come quickly." On beholding her ble enjoyment. mother weep, she said, “Oh, mo. The last five days of her life were ther, weep not for me!"

much interrupted with deliriuin; li being found difficult to pro- but the frame oi her mind then was cure metical help in the neighbour evidently happy. The last words hood (the people and neighbours which she was hcard to articulate, lood are very poor) her parents pro- were, ““ Father, forgive me;" and posed the hospital; and she appear about half an hour afterwards she ed quite resigned to it. On be- fell aslcep in Jesus. ing put into a coach, she made some

W. B. appropriate remarks on her pain and sufferings; but these she borc with fortitude, for she looked at an

MR. ROBERT BISHOP object of greater suffering than hers, Departed this life March 14, at and that calmed her spirit; for she his house in the Spa-fields, in the said, “ What did Christ suffer? he sixty-first year of his age. He was sweat great drops of blood."-Was born at Hamilton, in Scotland, in not this the teaching of divine wis- the year 1742, where he continued dom? - When she arrived at St. till about the year 1763. He then Bartholomew's Hospital, she seem, came to London; and, about seven ed impatient for the Saviour, cry. years after, married the widow of ing out, “Come, Lord Jesus, conie Mr. Taylor, who kept a Norwichquickly.” To her mother,“ Weep crape and bombazeen warehouse, not; a mansion is prepared for me. in London; which business he car. The conversations of her parents ried on with great credit, for the with hier, while she retained her support of a large family, near thirty, senses, were generally of the kind years, and then retired upon a moalready mentioned.

On being ex- d rate competency, which made the horted to patience, she replied, He evening of his life close in peace. has given me patience, blessed be In the year 1780, when that dreadhis loly name."

ful spirit of anarchy and confusion One of the persons who had broke out, Mr. Bishop proposed to taught her the catechism, called on his brother housekeepers, to arm her at the hospital, and found her in themselves, and learn the military a very distressing situation; but discipline. His proposal was cheer quite resigned. He said, “My dear fully embraced : they formed themchild, it is probable this calamity selves into an association, and apmay end in your death; pray to God pointed Mr. Bishop their captain. to forgive your sins.' She replied, As a tradesman and public characvery culply,“

Sir, I hope he has ter, few were better known, or forgiven them." He then asked more respected; particularly on achet, if she knew the way in which count of his punctuality. But as

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a Christian, he shone the brightest. all his faculties were shut up, and In his own house he had an altar he was scarcely able to speak arti. erected for God. One evening in culately for several days; but he the week it was open for a few select seemed to have full possession of friends, where they used to meet for his senses to the last, and appeared prayer and praise, and which was much engaged with God in humble continued to the time of his death, prayer. He was many years a mem. nearly twenty years; and from this ber of the church of Christ under private meeting much public good Mr.Hart in Jewin - Street, who was has resulted. That very excellent succeeded by Mr. Hughes, Mr. school, for the ciothing and educat- Woodgate, and now Mr. Priestley, ing 100 poor children in the princi. to whoin Mr. Bishop was many ples of the Protestant religion, years a deacon.

T. P. which attends at Tottenham-court chapel, originated here. The number who met at that time was seven,

MRS. ANN WILD, heads of families; and, it is remark

OF LOUDWATER, able, four of whom died within the AFTER living many years in the last ten months, in the comfortable most unremitted habits of friend. expectation of that glorious rest ship, sharing many of her comthat God has provided for them forts, and most of her sufferings, I who love and serve him*. Three have observed some excellent fruits survive ; one of whom writes this in Mrs. W's. character; sore of article.

which I would mention, not with a It is in the recollection of many design to extol lier, but to engage llow well Mr. Bishop filled up the imitation. Her first impressions, I character of a principal conductor, understand, were occasioned by the or chairman, in many extensive so- funeral sermon for Mrs. Line, cieties, particularly that of the Pro- preached by the Rev. Mr. Grore. testant Association, which took To her convictions she was openi, place at the remarkable period be- faithful, firm, and persevering. fore alluded to, 1780, where he al. She was opposed, yet stood her ways took the side for moderate and ground; and in time, the Lord iegal measures. For this he was brought opposing connections to well calculated, having a very re- unite with her in the cause of God spectable appearance. Indeed, he and truth, in the year 1782. — was endowed with a fruitful genius, Her piety was not of the superficial a strong memory, and a great flow kind; she had strong exercices, of words, strictly grammatical and dark seasons, sore temptations, but correct : but, what is far better, he was not left without suitable aid and was blessed with a tender heart, a seasonablc comforts. Her micr. pitying eye, and a hand ever ready to nal trials are still in recollection ; relieve ; and he particularly exerted but long-delayed prayer was kindly himself as a friend to the parish- answered. poor.

On the 6th of February, 1802, Towards the latter part of his died her son, a young man onlaplife, he was heavily aftlicted with a pily distinguished by almost every - kind of nervous fever, which lay species of iniquity; who, after a long in his head, and precluded him course of wickedness, broke the from his former usefulness, for some heart both of father and mother; months before his death; and tho' yet, four inonths before he died, he was perceived to pray much, it the Lord softened, changed, and rewas private, and without speaking newed him ; and he gave the

inost to be heard by man. Some of his p!rasing and satisfactory evidence, friends were greatly disappointed, that the vulturc was become a who had formed a hope, that a life dove. I witnessed the change ; so usefully spent, would have been and his parents had joy in his death, closed with a triumphant death. beyond the sorrows of their life :But this was not the will of God; but their wounds were too deep for

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healing, his father died three months therto hath the Lord brought me ; afrer, and his mother ten months af- now speed my way.” It was soon ter her husband. “ Our days on done. She died the 28th of March. earth are a shadow, and there is I am informed, that the day fort. none abiding." Her complicated night before, she expressed it the bodily afflictions were the counter. happiest of her life; in meditating poise of her natural bias of mind, on Is.xlij.16,“ I will bring the blind which was sensitive and quick ; but by a way that they knew not,” &c. her improper sentiments were very It may be asked, " Had she no im. transient. In moral justice, she perfections?" I reply, that she had no was exact to the smallest consider- perfection ; she could not have any ation. Her love to the people of as a believer sanctified but in part; God was not partial, she loved those but she was complete in Christ; and of every came without distinction. all her iinperfections are dropped Religiousexercises in her own family with her clay. Glory to God i she greatly enjoyed. The chapel

It is my sincerc prayer, that her was hier delight while she had near relations may be bettered by strength to reach it: there she saw her counsels ; and in future life, her obligation to be her privilege. iinitate her laudable example. * Here,' said she," is my home.”


T. E. When she was prevented attending, she deeply felt the mercy of having the gospel nearer home; and how Died lately at Rotterdam, tender a mother she proved in that very advanced age, Mynkeer Cora part of the Lord's Israel, to the nelius Vin Brem, a gentleman nut su 118 of Levi, the dead has wit- more eminent for every accomplishnessed *, and the living can. ment becoming a member of so

Her tenderness, sympathy, and li. ciety, and the successful merchant berality to the poor, Loudwater can of one of the first coinmerciai cities testify, and its gratitude will not be in Europe, than for all those graces silent : her mind was generous ; no

which adorn the Christian. Never instance of kindness was left unno- was the heart of man more sincerely ticed; small offerings had ample re- engaged in any undertaking, than turns. She had fixed her principles, this devoted servant of Christ was and aimed to act from thence in in every thing which concerned the firm and sincere friendly. As to advancement of true religion in the divine things, her mind was teachis world. He bore a part in the ma, able; she could receive instruction wagement when abic, or assisted from a ploughmon truly taught, with his countenance and advice, in with the same relish as from those whatever plans were concerted for who had drawn their knowledige duiug good to mankind.

In him from the schools. She had much the Missionary cause has lost a zea. to wean her froin the love of life, lous supporter ; and the Rotterdain In a letter to me, dated 25th of Feb. Suciety in particular, one whose she said, “ As to myself, I am very attachment in its interest was not low ; I have weight upon vieight, to be shaken by the convulsions of pressure upon press?re; but the end the state, nor altered by the chang. is at hand; I cannot stand many ing situations of any thing beneath more storms. If I had nothing the sun. The arrival of the Evan. to do but recline myself into the gelical and Missionary Magazines arms of death, a dismission from in Rotterdam, brought to him good the body would be welcome; but I news from a far country. His soul am weary of life, and yet not will. drank in their contents, like the ing to die.'' But soon was her parched land the refreshing shower. language altered! On my next and Nor could he be satisfied ull his Jast interview, she repeated what countrymen were made acquainted had been upon her mind : “Hinder with the most material intelligence nie not. Keep me not from my Fa- they contained. Accordingly, he ther's house." On being assiited used to translate them into Dutch, to come down stairs, she said, “ Hi- and publish them for the encourage.

Late Rev. M. Brodbelt.

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