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FEMALE BENEVOLENCE EXEMPLIFIED.
•She promoted no less than three charitable Institutions in her own neighbourhood, and was Secretary to them all. On giving up her books, her countenance was a true index of her mind. When the different ladies were retired, she exclaimed · Blessed be God for this. I should not have liked my husband or children to have been reproached with upprincipled or inaccurate accounts. Religion is with me a sacred cause, and concern for its honour in every thing, little or great, a sacred duty. Indeed, there is nothing about religion ļițile, because it all regards God. She examined all her papers, destroying those she did not wish to have preserved, and neatly folding up all the rest. An inventory of all the household furniture, and of all the children's apparel, was written and given to her husband. She had cut with her own hand, and laid by in the order in which it was to be used, work for her dear little girl for 12 months to come; but how am I going on! Yet I have much more I wish to notice. Her prudence was pre-eminent. She seemed intuitively to perceive all the proprieties of action. This quality is to be chiefly noticed in her as the wife of a minister. This I have always considered as one of the most difficult spheres for a female to fill up properly ; but she filled it up without censure and without envy. She had no heralds to carry and bring news respecting households and individuals ;-she had no familiars into whose possession she completely put herself; though she had her select friends, they were chosen after slow and judicious observation; and, in all her intercourse even with them, rememberipg her peculiar relation, she maintained a degree of dignified reserve. Often, when sounded respecting the characters or actions of others, she would say · You forget that I am a minister's wife ; she may tell her husband what she thinks and hears, but she must only tell his flock what is calculated to promote their peace.' She never embroiled her husband in ecclesiastical contests ; never urged him to look abroad after a more popular sphere; never stimulated him to exact more prerogative; never made him discontented by intimations that the respect shewn himn was not equal to his claims.'
TOO LATE! ABOUT two years ago, a pious young man was called to visit an aged person (belween seventy and eighty) who was dangerously ill. He found him sitting in an armed chair, supported by pillows. My first enquiry,' says he, .was into the state of his mind ; which I found to be very dark and ignorant. I endeavoured, in my poor way, to direct him to Jesus, as the way to salvation, and as the perishing sinner's only
Friend. I exhorted him also to prayer; earnestly intreating hiin to suffer no delay in this most important concern. For a few minutes, he listened with serious at. tention-till, all at once, he burst out into a flood of tears, and exclaimed with a loud voice,-Ah! my young friend, had I thought on these things thirty or forty years ago, what a happy man might I now have been : bạt now (wringing his hands) IT IS TOO LATE! Heil must be my portion for ever!'
* These words made an impression on my mind, which, I think, will never be erased ; and should their insertion in your valuable work produce, by the power of the Holy Spirit, a good effect on the inind of any one of your numerous readers, we shall have cause to rejoice in the heavenly world, that a soul was saved, before it was • TOO LATE.
her through the valley of the shaMRS. HUBERT.
dow of death, and not suffer the Died on Monday, the 19th of waters. to overflow. her ;--she ex November 1810, at the house of her claimed, with great confidence, ' I son-in-law, Mr. Thomas Cundy, of know he will. It was also obPimlico, aged 81. Mrs. Hannah Hue served to her, it was a mercy that her bert, relict of the late Mr. Henry affairs for eternity were settled, and Hubert, of Westminster, whom she her interest secured; she replied, If survived 38 years; and in that long it were not so, it would now be too period, lived to see a large family Jate.' The pain of body was so very of nine children confortably settled extreme, that she could not attend around her in London; as also seve- either to reading or prayer; and the ral of her grandchildren, the num- intervals of ease were so short, that ber of whom boru amounted to 83, it was distressing to her to converse of whom 55 now survive her, as do with her dear children, who sureight of her great-grandchildren. rounded her dying bed ;—but being
Mrs. Hubert was born at Mous. reminded that she knew most of the ham, near Chelinsford, in Essex,Oct. Scriptures by heart, she replied, 3, 1729, and married in April 1755. with thanks to God, that she could Afier spending 17 years of uninter- then ponder over them. •0 (said rupted happiness with an ainiable she) afflictions are not joyous, but partier, God saw fit to take him grievous ; altho' they last but for a home November 25, 1772.
moment, and work out for us a far She was early taught of God; more exceeding and eternal weight and possessed an uncommon firm- of glory.' Within two days she was ness of mind, which, under sancti- so overpowered with pain that confying influence, enabled her • to vulsive fits came on; yet at intertrust in the name of the Lord,' who vals she was heard in feeble accents supported her thro' all the chequer- praying for her children ; at other ed scenes of her subsequent life. times quoting passages of Scrip
Her constant care was to incul. ture. Her agony seemed to make cate on the minds of her offspring her rather impatient, as she said, the truths contained in God's holy •Why are thy chariot-wheels so long word ? and many times she has been in coming ? but this was immediateheard to praise God for his kindness ly followed with a petition, that the in perinitting her to live to see her Lord would forgive her iinpatience, family professing themselves a seed and grant her resignation to his to serve him.
will. Her last whisper was,
- Lord Some years after the decease of Jesus receive my spirit.' She expirher husband she suffered a severe ed without a struggle or a sigh in the. attack of the pleurisy, the effects of midst of her affectionate children. which remained on her, in some de- Her remains were deposited in St. gree, to the day of her death. She John's Burial Ground, Westininenjoyed a serene and happy state ster, attended by her nine children, of inind, and free from much bodily three of her sons-in-law, and by a pain, till six days previous to her long train of her grandchildren and demise, when her old malady seized relatives. her with great force, and an inflam- Eighty-six persons are now living mation, terminating in mortifica- out of the 114 who may call this tion, put a period to her life ; but venerable woman their mother, inperhaps she may be said to have glo- cluding wives and husbands of her rified her God more in this furnace children and grandchildren. It is of affliction, by her patience and re- remarkable that all her nine chile signatiou, than in her long well spent dren were alive at the time of her life. In the course of this painful decease ; so that no death happened trial she was reminded by one of in her family for 38 years; and that her children, that the God who although the youngest is 37, they brought the martyrs to the stake were not so dispersed but that they and through the lire, could bring could meet at their parent's funeral.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
A Defence of Modern Calvinism :
to the best advantage. In the uncontaining an Examination of the deviating amiableness of their Bishop of Lincoln's Work, en
spirit and manner, both these
authors furnish tilled a Refutation of Calvinism.
a rare model of By Ed. Williams, D. D. 810, 12s.
controversial writing: and if the
Bishop has any sense of justice, or It is pleasing to contemplate feelings of gratitude, as we trust he the diversity of holy and valuable has, he cannot avoid being sensitalents with which the everlasting ble of deep obligations to his kind Spirit has, in all ages, replenished and merciful antagonists. the church :-a well-adapted suffici- The close method in which Dr. ency, without material defect; and Williams has composed this work, a rich profusion, without waste. gives hiin, no doubt, great advanThe varying circumstances, habits, tages in respect of perspicuity, conand mental tastes of men, are suited ciseness, and conclusiveness. The from the heavenly treasures of book, is divided into seven chapwisdom and knowledge; truth is ters, each of which is again distriplaced in new lights, and shines buted into sections; and the plan, with a fresh and more pleasing briefly detailed, is as follows: lustre; the exigencies of the church Chap: 1. II. and III. An Examinaare supplied; and the cause of tion of the Bishop's avowed Senti, Christ is strengthened and advanced. ments on the subjects of Original These thoughts are excited by the Sin, Free-Will, the Operations of the perusal of the work which we now Holy Spirit, Regeneration,Justificaintroduce to our readers, in com- tion, Faith, Good Works, Redempparison with the volumes of the tion, and Predestination. Chap. IV. venerable Mr. Scott on the same Sentiments ascribed by his Lordtopic. The common subject of ship to Calvinisis, which are not both is the same, and the senti- applicable to them; being either ments of the learned and pious things which belong to no existing authors on alıuost all points of sect of Christians, or adduced in a minor explication remarkably coin- sense notoriously disowned by Caleide: and yet it is scarcely possible vinists, or which are totally foreign to conceive of two books more dif- to Calvinism and peculiar to other ferent in the plan and method of sects. In Chap. V. His Lordship’s execution. Each bas its appropri- quotations from the Fathers are ate character and excellence : and examined. Of these, some not only is there no semblance of shewn to be perfectly irrelevant to rivalship, but neither can one be the points in question, others to considered as superseding the other. militate against the Bishop's own Mr. Scott follows his adversary principles; some to be doubtful in through all the dark meanderings expression but not in meaning, and of ignorance and presumptious dog others to be grossly unscriptural, matism, and, with the meekness of both in languave and sentiment. wisdom, holds them up in detail - Chap. VI. An Inquiry into this to the light of truth. Dr. Williams, Grounds of the Inconsistencies apwith the same liberality and mcek. parent in the Bishop's avowed senness, first confers a generous boon timents, and in his quotations from on the Bishop of Lincoln, by cols the Fathers. In this chapter the lecting his disorderly paragraphs anthor calls forth his great powers and incoherent assertions, into a of mind to most important exerfucid method : and then he pours cise. Those who are delighted with forth the energies of his compre- close thinking, luminous exposihensive miod, his profound and ac- tion of abstruse and perplexed curate, knowledge of divinity, and subjects, and masterly argumentahis forcible logic, upon the strength tion, will find them here. In Sect. i, of his adversary when marshalled the Bishop is convicted of loose,
inconsistent, and sometimes absurd, pensities, – nature and grace, application of the Terms which de- the passiveness of man and his note the chief ideas in the whole agency, — divine equity and sovecontroversy; such as Power, Abi- reignty,-exhibited and subjective lity, Cause, Salvation, Election, grace, - faith as a principle, and &c. On this species of sophism faith as a duty, --redemption and (for the employment of which the the price of redemption, &c. The infidel Tindal was pre- eminent) viith and last Chapter is a most Dr. W. well remarks: While men
serious and instructive dissertation consider themselves privileged to on the excellency of religious use equivocal terms in an unde- knowledge, and the best way of obfined sense, instead of candid con- taining it.' troversy, for the purpose of inves
(To be continued.) tigating and ascertaining truth (its legitimate end) their contest will Cottage Poems; by the Rev. Patrick invariably degenerate into unprofit- Brontë, B. A. Minister of Heartsable and irritating logomachy. head cum Clifton, near Leeds, Were theologians and writers on Yorkshire. 35. 6d. moral science to imitate the laud
We are always happy to see able example of mathematicians and evangelical writers devote their judicious writers on natural philo- talents to the poor. A thousand sophy, by fixing either unequivo- Cottages have received wise and cal or defined terms to specific salutary instruction from the tracts ideas, their lucubrations would be of Mrs. More :-instruction which far more honourable to themselves, seasonably and with considerable and useful to the public.' P. 478. effect, aniidoted the most pestiferSect. ii. That the Bishop assumes ous sentiments, both in politics and certain principles as the grounds of religion. Since the happy effect of the obligation of man to comply Sunday and Lancasterian Schools, with the will of his Maker; which and other charitable institutions of are demonstrably false, or flatly in- a similar nature, in giving to the consistent, or destructive of all children of the poor the elements rational religion, by subverting the of knowledge, tracts, essays, magavery nature of a divine moral go-zines, and sermons adapted to the verument. Sect. iii. The Bishop's condition and capacities of the poor, very unreasonable and unscriptu- have been read with pleasure and ral notions respecting the supre- . improvement, we trust the day macy and prerogative of God, are is not far distant when the paternal exposed and confuted: and it is
wish of our venerable king will be shewn that God, in the exercise of accomplished :-That every poor his sovereign prerogative, is no child in his empire will be able to respecter of persons ; that, with read his Bible. out its exercise, the salvation of a The author before us, has pressed sinful creature would be a hope "sweet poesy'' into this important Jess and impossible case ; and that service. He writes, he tells us, for its exercise, while the source of the lower classes of society; - and holiness and happiness to all the for their convenience he has endeasaved, is injurious to no part of the voured not to burden his subject intelligent creation. Sect. iv. The with matter; and, as much as he well wrong notions which the Bishop as- could, has aimed at sinplicity, plainsumes, and which widely prevail, ness, and perspicuity, both in inanon the primary sources of virtue ner and style. and vice,--are subjected to exami- His subjects are twelve in numnation. Sect. v. It is shewn, that, ber ;--six of which, viz. The Happy from a want of acquaintance with Cottagers, - The Rainbow, reconciling and harmonizing prin- Irish Cabin --The Cottage Maid, ciples in theological science, the Epistle to the labouring Poor ---and Bishop entangles himself in endless the Cottager's Hymn,---relate ininconsistencies: such as confound- mediately to his design; ' To shew ing pbysical powers and moral pro. (the poor) that he who would be
truly happy must be truly religious' small volume altogether. The work On rural and cottage scenes he is appears to be written by a person quite at home: and must have taken well acquainted with ihe scripsome of his pictures from real life. tures and the instruction of youth, His sentiments are evangelical and particularly in Sunday Schools; and his poetry interesting. He often the author has taken pains to adapt unites the feeling of Burns with the it to their capacities, and to refer piety of Cowper. Our readers must
on every part of the History to the be contented with a short specimen authority of the Scriptures. We or two in his epistle to the labour- can therefore safely recommend ing poor.
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strong impression on the memory • The aged man with tears of young persons; for which reason
Spoke of the lovely maid, Verse has been so oflen made the llow earnestly she strove
vehicle of Religious Instruction; To lend her father aid.'
and the impression of the facts of And as he ran her praises o’er,
Sacred History is certainly made She gently ope'd the cottage door. With vegetable store, the table soon
much stronger by the aid of Cuts, she spread,
when those are well executed, as is And press i me'to partake, whilst certainly the case in these little blushes, rosy.red
volumes. With respect to the Suffus'd her face.
Poetry, though it has not the eleThe old man smil'd,
gance and ease of Cowper, it is Well pleased to see
generally superior to works of this His darling child.
kind; and these are passages of su. With venerable air he then look'd up perior merit. Upon the whole, to God,
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This work is on a scale 'some- of Canaan: a Figurative History, what smaller than Dr. Watts's, and in Seven Books. Comprizing Inis in the narrative, instead of the tercsiing Events, Incidents, and catechetical forin; but its pecu- (horacters, founded on the Holy liar feature is, that it is divided into Scriptures. By Miss O'Keeffe. 12 parts, each containing a distinct In Two Vols. 12r10. 9;. portion of history, which may be THE Authoress of these vogiven separately; and will form it lumes has employed ber fertile in