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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, the pe. many evangelical clergymen and nalty for the first offence is the same, dissenting ministers were present, and for each succeeding one a public

The Rev. W. B. Williams, late fogging; – if a white, to suffer such Curate of High Wycomb, succeeds punishment as the "court shall see Mr. Eyre, as Minister of Hornerton it to inflict, not extending to life.”.

chapel. Pained as we are by this informa. tion, we feel confident in the

The Rev. Watts Wilkinson,

guar. dian care of Providence ; and are

chaplain to the Haberdashers'Alisa persuaded that no 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. Bartholo:new bea Games 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 ye:irs, a geJames's, Westminster, froin Rom. nerous attention has been shewn by xi. 13. " I magnity mine office :” the British churches to the widow's 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 16211. 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. xvi. 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 En- will 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. she 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 under:

Tuesday morning, May 31st, the stand, will be received by 0. old. Rev. Richard Cecil, A. M. preach- 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 Se. the means, which it is our duty as cretary to the Missionary Suciety, Christians to use for their salvation, and final Editor of this Magazine, and the motives to stimulate us tó 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

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THE LORD'S PRAYER. Our Father, God! who art in Heav'n, To thy great name, be sev'rence giv'ai Thy peaceful kingdom wide extend ; And reign, O Lord, till time shall end !. Thy sacred will on earth be done, As 'uis by angels round thy throne ; And let us ev'ry day be fed With earthly, and with heav'nly, bread.. Our sins forgive, and teach us thas To pardon those who injure us. Our Shield in all temptations prove, And ev'ry evil far reinove. Thine is the kingdom to controul, And chine the pow'r to save the soul : Great be the glory of thy reign ; Let ev'ry creature say, Amen!

NEMO.

Fix thou the time (the time is fix'd

In the divine decree) ;
Call when the time is fully come,

And I will answer thee.
My flesh and soul to thee I've giv'.

Lo their united state :
Ard is it more to trust thee, Lord,

With each when separate ?
I claim thy promise here below,

To dwell on earth with me :
Shall I not trust ine word that says,

“ Where I am thou shalt be ?" Thy glorious angels stood prepar'd,

Soon as the beggar dy'd,
His parting spirit to convey

To faithful Abr’am's side.
Those morning stars thro' all my way

Have been my daily ward :
And will they not, when loosed from clay,

Convey me to my Lord ?
O glorious faith! that bears the soul

Above desponding fear;
Lab'ring to reach the heav'nly goal,
And panting to be there.

J.VE

ON THE PROSPECT OF DYING. At thy command I meekly yield

My body to the dust : Jesus'! I trust in thee alone,

Ang know in ohoin I trust.

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THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE.

AUGUST, 1803.

MEMOIR

OF

THE LATE REV. JOHN ERSKINE, D. D:

IF honourable birth and personal endowments,-if amiable manners and extensive benevolence; - if early and exemplary piety and unremitted zeal, during a long and laborious lite; if any, or all these qualities combined, can 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 Cirock, 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 aniinated a seebie 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 alimnost 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

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