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to the Hebrews. St. Peter uses a style which, in any uninspired writer, would have been called Cant; for he speaks of his name, his person, his blood, his promises, as all precious, -exceeding precious to the believer; and well am I persuaded, that the true and only reason which makes the language of inspiration appear too bold and presuming is, that we are not filled and animated, as the first disciples were, with the love of Jesus. It is true, these terms may be assumed and abused by hypocrites; but go to the death-bed of the triumphant Christian, where hypocrisy and cant can have place no more; hear the dear name of Jesus reverberating on his feeble lips, till the departing spirit takes up the dying sound, and flies with it to the realms of glory. PHILO.

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PLENTY OF WORK AND SCARCITY OF HANDS.

Wanted immediately,

IN THE SERVICE OF KING IMMANUEL, A VAST number of active Young Men and Women of a right spit, who are not afraid of work. No idlers, no drones, no fine-fingered gentry, afraid of soiling their delicate hands,—but labourers, who will find their reward in their labour, and their meat and drink in their service.

Plenty of work! Potent enemies, great oppositions and difficulties to encounter; sin, and its attendant wretchedness gaining ground with alarming strides; thousands of immortals hurrying along the broad road to everlasting ruin, in want of faithful ministers to warn them of their danger; thousands of poor children in the Sunday-schools, apparently, eager to hear and learn the words of eternal life, in want of instructors; in some places, fifty or sixty collecting together, and no teacher to meet them, obliged to return home! The state of the villages, &c. is, in this respect, deplorable in many instances. Hark! the groans of deep distress from the wretched abodes of poverty and want!-See pale Sickness stretched, languishing on her humble couch of miserable straw ! - See the death-struck sinner, alarmed at the approach of the King of Terrors, with pallid countenance, stretch the nerveless arm, and call for the soft hand of humanity and Christian love, to wipe off the tear of anguish, and point to realms of everlasting life and bliss! Rouse from your lethargy, ye lazy Christians, and come to your work.

Plenty of employ for all ranks and conditions; something for every hand to do. The poor children in the Sundayschools, &c. without sufficient clothing to shield them from the piercing winds and pinching cold of inclement winter:

some without shoes or stockings, some without hats, &c. Those who cannot contribute liberally, can lend a hand to mend old garments, &c. If you cannot give a talent, there is no one but has a mite to contribute. You can do something. Are there none will come forward like men, and nobly volunteer their services, and sacrifice a little of their time and ease? The time is short, the day is far spent, the work is great and arduous, the night is at hand, when no man can work; and be doing therefore, for there is neither knowledge nor device, nor work in the silent grave, to which you are rapidly passing. Opportunity once lost, lost for ever!

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Great wages and good encouragement will be given to faithful servants; namely, the pleasure arising from the work, the approbation of conscience (one hour of which outweighs the world) the joy arising from the consideration of being made instrumental to the salvation of immortal souls, -an inheritance, a kingdom, a crown of eternal life, the reward of grace. MINIMO MINOR.

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P. S. Apply to the servants of IMMANUEL, in town and country.

Sir,

BILL OF MORTALITY

IMPROVED.

To the Editor.

THE publication of a bill of mortality annually, appears to me a wise and a pious measure, calculated, not merely to aid the researches of the philosopher, but to improve the meditations of the Christian. It seems almost impossible to contemplate the ravages of death without religious emotions, especially if such a paper be accompanied with suitable remarks. I have, therefore, long wished to see an article of this kind in your Miscellany; and if you think the following Extract and Reflexions likely to be useful, they are very much at your service.

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An Extract from the General Bill of Christenings and Burials in London, from Dec. 15, 1801, to Dec. 14, 1802; according to the report made to his Majesty by the parish-clerks.

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Total 19918

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9889

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- 10 parishes of Westminster 4689

to the Hebrews. St. Peter uses a style which, in any uninspired writer, would have been called Cant; for he speaks of his name, his person, his blood, his promises, as all precious, • Berding precious to the believer; and well am I persuaded, that the true and only reason which makes the language of inspiration appear too bold and presuming is, that we are not filled and animated, as the first disciples were, with the love of Jeans. It is true, these terms may be assumed and abused by hypocrites, but go to the death-bed of the triumphant Christian, where hypocrisy and cant can have place no more; hear the dem name of Jesus reverberating on his feeble lips, till the departing spirit takes up the dying sound, and flies with it to the weals of glory.

PHILO.

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some without shoes or stockings, some without hats, &c. Those who cannot contribute liberally, can lend a hand to mend old garments, &c. If you cannot give a talent, there is no one but has a mite to contribute. You can do something. Are there none will come forward like men, and nobly volunteer their services, and sacrifice a little of their time and ease? The time is short, the day is far spent, the work is great and arduous, the night is at hand, when no man can work ; - up and be doing therefore, for there is neither knowledge nor device, nor work in the silent grave, to which you are rapidly passing. Opportunity once lost, lost for ever!

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Great wages and good encouragement will be given to faithful servants; namely, the pleasure arising from the work, the approbation of conscience (one hour of which outweighs the work) the joy arising from the consideration of being made instrumental to the salvation of immortal souls, an inheritance, a kingdom, a crown of eternal life, the reward of grace. MINIMO MINOR. P. S. Apply to the servants of IMMANUEL, in town and country.

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Sir,

BILL OF MORTALITY

IMPROVED.

To the Editor.

THE publication of a bill of mortality annually, appears to me a wise and a pious measure, calculated, not merely to aid the researches of the philosopher, but to improve the meditations of the Christian. It seems almost impossible to contemplate the ravages of death without religious emotions, especially if such a paper be accompanied with suitable remarks. I have, therefore, long wished to see an article of this kind in your Miscellany; and if you think the following Extract and Reflexions likely to be useful, they are very much at your service.

Z.

An Extract from the General Bill of Christenings and Burials in London, from Dec. 15, 1801, to Dec. 14, 1802; according to the report made to his Majesty by the parish-clerks.

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-Fem ales

9354

Total 19918

Males

9889

Females 9490

19:79

10 parishes of Westminster 4689

Males 10564

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The Periods of Life in which the foregoing number have died :

Under two years
Between two and five

five and ten

ten and twenty

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twenty and thirty

1199

ninety and 100

62

thirty and forty

1782 One hundred, or more

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1. In reading this bill, it is natural to reflect on that remarkable equality which, by the providence of God, is preserved, as to the number of each sex born into the world. The number of males to that of females, is nearly ten to nine. I believe it is frequently still nearer to a level; but as more males are usually cut off by war and their various hazardous employments, a provision seems to be made for it.

2. The number of births and burials are nearly equal: 19918 and 19879. Probably, if we consider, that many sick persons retire into the country and die there, the inequality would be still less.

3. it is affecting, to observe what a great number of infants die. Almost half the deceased in this bill, were removed before they had lived five years. Thus death continues to reign over myriads of the human race, who have not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression. Painful reflexion; yet alleviated by the thought, that they" are taken away from the evil to come."

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4. In this list we observe more than 1000 who died between twenty and thirty; at a period in which animal gratifications and the pleasures of the world are most eagerly pursued; many, probably, the victims of vice. O let not the young presume on numerous years! O let them flee from youthful lusts, which war against the soul!

5. A glance at the table of diseases, convinces us, in a moment, of the dreadful evil of sin, which opened a door to such a

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