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which, however futile it may at first appear, there is reason to hope that considerable sums may be raised. The money which children, from the highest to the lowest classes, spend in gingerbread, pastry, and other articles which often prove injurious to their health, and are the means of their acquiring a pampered appetite, and a disposition to extravagance, is very considerable, and is the source to which we allude..
No doubt can be entertained that many of these children, or at least those who are the offspring of religious parents, and those who are trained up at serious schools, whether boarding, day, or Sabbath schools, niight be disposed to pity the poor Heathen who are ready to perish, and to aid the blessed cause by contributing their penny (or halfpenay) per week to the support of Missions. If a Society be formed, and properly conducted, a considerable sum might be thereby raised ; and if the plajı be generally adopted throughout the kingdom, its amount would exceed the most sanguine expectations, and afford very important aid to the excellent Society it is designed to support.
Although the leading object in the formation of this Juyen;le Inst;tution be the enlargement of the funds of the Society, may we not indulge a prospect still more animating and delightful to the mind? We inay presume that children, from having their attention thus early directed to this important subject, and being from time to time put into possession of information relating to it, may, under the divine blessing, have their sympathy excited, and be led to lift up their infant hearts to God for a blessing on the poor Heathen. And may we not sweetly.au. ticipaté, that many of those who in childhood contribute their inite, maj, in their riper years, be sent forth as labourers in the Lord's Vineyard and, having themselves tasted that the Lord is gracious, becoine the Heralds of Salvation to the Heathen ?
Proposed Plan of a Juvenile Auxiliary Missionary Suciely. First, That this Society be called the Juvenile Auxiliary Missionary, Society.
Second, That all children subscribing one penny per week, be con. sidered members of this Society.
Third, That suitable addresses be published, from time to time, giving them such information of the state of the heathen as is calculated to ex cite their attention, and improve their minds.
Fourth, That such addresses shall be cisculated among families and the heads of schools ; who shall be solicited, either by letter or personal application, to receive the subscriptions of such children as may be disposed to contribute, and to pay the same to the Treasurer quarterly."
Fifth, That the printed addresses be sent gratis to each child that sub. scribes.
Sixth, That the whole amount of the childrens subscriptions be remitted quarterly to the Missionary Societs, without any deduction whatever.
Seventh, That for defraying the expences of printed addresses, and viher charges attendant upon the Institution, a distinct fund be established by adult subscribers of 2d. per week and upwards; from whom shall be chosen annually a Committee, Treasurer, and Secretary
- and if an's surplus of the fund remain, after paying all expences, the same to be carried to the childrens' fund.
Eighth, That all ministers who countenance this Society, be considered as Members of the Coinmittee. Ninth, That an Aonual Meeting of the adult subscribers be licld at
i at which time the Committee and Oficers be chosen for the ensuing year.
(We are much obliged to the unknown friend from whoin this paper is received ; and are glad to find that the proposed plan bas been in past adopted in Bristol, and at several other places.]
turn home by way of New York.
Now commences ibe dispensation (AGED 23 YEARS)
ut covenant inercy; for at Charles Gave pleasing hopes to his pa. Town be was detained by so severe rents, that their endeavours 'to
a state of illness that his life be• Lrain him up in the way he should came doubtful; and, during his go' would redound to their own conlinement, his mind was directed comfort iu future life, for they dis- to review past days, and to recolcovered in bin early indications of 'lect his religious pleasures at seriousness. When at boarding school. His apartments were at the school; he was. often observed house of Mrs. B. a serious lady, searching the scriptures during the who put into his hands Dr. Dodhours of recreation ; and, for the dridge's Sermons to young people; better understanding of thein, bis when God opened his inind, and tutor favoured him with the use the contents of the little volume of Dr. Doddridge's Exposition. -- had a ready entrance. Being now On his leaving school, there was deprived of inany religious helps, no deficiency in the judgiaent and and of all friends except the relaprudence of Mr. Purdues parents, - tive who accompanied him, he had nor in bim was observed any vi. recourse to the Scriptures; and his cious propensity , but not having mind was soou engaged in the 88th an immediate situation he became Psalın, the coutents so suiting lis expused, and though he never went situation, that temporally and spifrom religious connexions, yet, in ritually the Psalm became his own; forining his friendships, it was too he was humnbled, he was brought soon evident his chyice had cin.. to the throue of mercy, and he braced soine of gay fančies, who' sought the favour of God; and since seduced bin froin his foriner siin- his return he has often referred to plicity, and his attention from rc- these soul transactions, and ascribed ligious duties. The detail of this it to God's holding him up that he from himself, is deposited in the did not die in despair, or by his bosom of his best earthly friend. own hand. Before be left Charles He summed up the whole with de.' Town he wrote home, and betrayed claring, 'I was never happy after what was going on in his soul. wards?" At a suitable age he ob. This distress did not leave Mr. P. tained a situation ju ove of the upon his being sufficiently republic offices, where be progres- covered to undertake the voyage gively rose to a salary suited to his to England, it continued until he „new arrangements. But just as he was about midway from Charles began to taste of worldly plea- Town, when, betaking himself to yurcs, he was arrested by a fatal the throne of grace, he was enabled consupption. : ! 'the autumn of to pour out his soul before the 1810 his , physician directed him, Lord; and the pleasure he enjoyed without loss of tine, to seck relief at this season he often recollected from a foreign climate ; and he with gratitude; nor could he ever, sailed for Ma leira in the month of by the buffettings afterward known, Septeinber, followed by the cou- relinquish the belief that God was stait prayers of his nuinerous fa- then with him ! On reaching home, mily. During the few months he it was evident his disorder had not was at Madeira, it does not appear abated ; and some of his friends, that lie thought seriously of his who were unacquainted with the Jalter end. After Madeira he vi- above letter, now sought to know witcd Barbadoes, where also he con• his religious views; and the inore, 'tiuued careless and thoughtless. because some had cntertajued lears, He next sailed for Charles "rown: previous to his leaving England, gad at length, after ap absence of that he was sceptically inclined.
He now read books which indi. bitual exertion man can acquire an cated the bias of his mind, Paley's ability to perform spiritual activas. Evidences, and afterwards the Tein- When expressing himself one evenple of Truth, he read through; no ing that he was happy, it was tenother book regularly through, by derly asked what it was that made reason of his extreme weakness. him so: • I have been meditating But the Bible was the fountain to (said he) on the great transactions of which our young friend referred the Three in One, and on the suffer. for every thing to be believed and ings of Christ, which were for every practised. Nor was it a cold assent poor sinner that applies to him.' he gave to revealed truth; for his Our dear friend embraced op: leart was engaged to enjoy the por:unities to be a witness for the power, and to practise the duties Lord. Indeed, immediately on bis of religion.
return to England he wrote to his We must pass over many pleas. companions, declaring his views of ing particulars, and come to his the doctrines of Christianity, and dying roon: and here we found those of them who visited hiin ini him, and left him with his Bible and his chainber more than once rea his God! No' controversy! no ceived his dying testimony; and it dvubiful matter was allowed to en- is well known, on the recommeaceter here; the concerns of the world inent of concern for his own soul, also'were excluded. Converse with how anxious he became for the hiin of soul-matters, engage with souls of his companions. . One of him iu prayer, and your company his young friends, whose views of tvas agrecable; not else. The first divine revelation were known to word of promise he was enabled to Mr. P. gave him an opportunity of rest on was Matt. yii. 7; and dur, speaking on this important subing the subsequent misgivings of ject, and to whoin he was very, afhis heart, when reminded of this fectionately faithful. -'You and I promise, he took fresh encourage- have been long acquainted (said he) jnent, and said, • True, I cannot let and I hope you will not be of go that proinise. Not long after fended when I express my fears his confinement, a pious relative that you entertain objections to from Chelinsford visited him, and the leading doctrines of Chriswhen expressing the pleasure it af tianily. Now, my dear friend, take forded her to find him seriously the advice of a dying man, and, disposed, he repliesl, · Aunt! it is supplicate the Throve of Grace for a solemn thing to die!' adding, the teachings of the Holy Spirit; • Oh! should I find that I have beco without which you cannot undera deceiving myself!' His good friend stand nor believe the Scriptures.' ; exhorted him to rely on Christ Friday, June 17th, his mind vealone for salvation. He answered, came very dark; and he appre• I do cast nyself at the foot of heuded some distressiаg feelings Christ.'-- The writer of this en- before his departure. Lord's Day quired of him one day what were morning following, on receiving his his views of the gospel ; and if he breakfast, he exclaimed, • Could I had any doubt concerning any one
title clear, bow I should of its doctrines. His immediate an. long to be gone! In the evening swer was, Not one! for 'though he was more comfortable, although there are some which I cannot fully he was informed that his medical comprehend, there is not one froin attendant doubted if he could sur which I withhold my assent: I be- vive the next day; for when relieve salvation is wholly by Christ.' ceiving this information, he lay, His reply to a question touching down and appeared perfectly tran. his belief of the doctrine of the quil; and, after a little interval, Influence of the Holy Spirit was, requested a friend to eagago in
I find the truth in uiy own expe- prayer, and particularly in pray rience; for of myself I can do no
for faith, lovc, and patience. Ou thing good l This was the rather the family retiring to rest, he in, observed, because he had formerly formed one, that it was impressed iimbibed the notion, that by ba or his mind lie should lose his doubts, and that God would be About seven years since she was better to him than all his fears; visited with a paralytic seizure, which he happily realized before from which she in a great measure his departure. The night of the recovered. In this affliction her 20th was a very restless one. On mind was supported by the word the 21st he prepared all about him of God, particularly Isaiah xl. 28. for his dissolution, by desiring During her violent sufferings she them not to be alarmed. On open- said, Christ' hath suffered a hell ing his eyes, after some time, either for me, and I ought not to comdosing or meditating, he exclaimed plain; but the Lord knows my Beautiful! Beautiful! This in- frame, he remembers that I am but duced the inference from one pre: dust ; he will not let me suffer one sent, Then you are happy! and he pain more, nor one moment longer, gave a significant assent with his than he sees necessary. O! that I head. His erd was now fast ap- may be truly sanctified! I depend proaching; and presently it was on his promise that he will lay no enquired, How do you feel your- more upon ie than he will enable seif? are you still happy? He in. me to bear. O! how happy it is stantly replied, Very? Not long to lie here under a sense of the after, he emphatically said, Happy? pardoning love of Jesus !he hath Happy! and scarcely spake again. burne my griefs and earried my sorAbout half past five in the after- rows ! - he hath suffered my hell, noon he expired. -- Thus termic that I might enjoy his heaven! nated the lifc of a dear youth, be- Our late friend was favoured loved by those who best knew with much confidence in God, and him, who in his juvenile years had appeared to trust him, even in the known something of the power
darkest seasons. She would speak and pleasure of religion; who, suba' sweetly of the Lord as the Refiner sequently, experienced the bitter of his people, adding, I know that consequences of sacrificing religi-, my God is faithful to his promise. ous duties and pleasures to worldly The mountains may depart and the trifles; but whom a gracious God hills be removed, but my lovingwas pleased, by afflictive dispensa- kindness shall not depart from tions, to humble and restore ; to thee, neither shall the covenant of permit him to return to the busom
my peace be removed, saith the of his family, to bear testimony to Lord that hath mercy on thee.' the exceeding riches of His grace ; Her last seizure was on Nov. 23. and make him meet for the inherit. For the first fortnight she was very ance of the saints in light.--On Fri- delirious, but had some intervals day, Jan. 30, his remains were in- of reason, during which she reterred in the family grave, in Bun- peated Isaiah xxvi. 3. After this hill Fields. — On Lord's Day morn- she fell into a lethargic state ; her jug, Feb. 2, Rev. G. Ford improved friends concluded she would speak his death, in a discourse founded more; but during the whole on Gal. iii. 13. HA- time she seemed to be in a praying
frame, raising her hands at inter
vals, and saying O Lord, help me! MRS. ELIZABETH BEST
My God, help me !?. Was born at Lower St. Co- The Lord relcased her from all Juinbe, Cornwall, in 1741. From her sufferings on the 21st of Decentearly years she aceustomed herself ber, 1811, aged 70 years. She left to read the Scriplures; which, un- this world without a sigh, struggle, der God, rendered her thoughtful or groan, to join the general as. of religion, and concerned for the sembly and church of the first-born, salvation of her soul. The mini- whose names are written in heaven. stry of the late Rev. Mr. Biddulph Her death was improved at St. Co. was useful in imparting to her lumbe, on Sunday evening, Dec. 29, much delight and satisfaction; and by the Rev. R. Cope, of Launces she often derived great happiness ton, from Rom. viii. 38, 39: a text from the sermons read in the meet- which she selected upwards of 20 ing-house by a venerable brother.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
1. The Christian Oratory; or, The Letters to a young Dissenter, on
Devotion of the Closet displayed. the General Principles of NonBy the llev. B. Bennet. 6th edit. conformity. By T. Drumninond. 2 volk. 8vo, 18s.
Price 28. 2. Devout Meditations, from the
The design of the Writer, as he Christian Oratory, by the late Rev.
states it in his Preface, is to offer B. Bennet. Abridged and newly
such a view of the general princiarranged by the Rev. S. Palmer. ples of dissent, as may be useful to 800, 85:- 12mo, 5s. bound.
those whose employments in life
afford little leisure for research. MR. BENNET's Christian Ora- The Contents of the 12 Letters are tory, to which Mr. Palmer in his as follows: Religious liberty, of abridgment has given a new title conscience, ecclesiastical establish(far better understood than the forments and principles of dissent; mer) is well known to the religious history of the Church of England ; world, and has contributed to the -church government, liturgies, devotions of the closet, in numer- priests' garments, pictures and staous instances, for almost a cen- tues, 'bells, musical instruments, tury. But the author himself was rules and ceremonies, churches, of opinion that he had exceeded burial-places, &c.; - holidays; all duc bounds in his work, which the Church of England itself the extended to above 700 pages : and principal cause of dissent;-creeds, Pr. Doddridge, while he speaks of articles, &c.; tests and penal it in high terins, says, it would laws; concluding remarks. have been better if it had been less.' On the circumstantials of reli. The religions public is therefore gion, about which truly pious and obliged to Mr. Palıner for the pains good men entertain contrary opinihc has taken in lessening the bulk ons, it is our practice not to deof the work, while he has retained cide, nor attempt to widen those the principal substance of it. breaches which we sincerely la
The general Contents of the work ment. Il is enough, therefore, for are, - The Introduction; -- on the us to give a inere analysis of this place of retirement; the time of little work, and to say that it apretirement;-the obligation to wor- pears to us to be written in the ship God in retirement, and direc- spirit of moderation. tions for the performance of this duty. But the far greater part of the work, in both editions, consists Four Sermons to Young People; to of pious and useful meditations on
which are added, Two Meditations several chapters of the Bible, on
on important Subjects. By the Rev! select passages of scripture, on va
J. Small, of Axminster. rious religious topics, and on parti- The first of thesc discourses is cular seasons and occasions." The on the Evidences of real Piety, worthy Editor of the abridged edi- from 2 Chron. xxxiv. 3. “ While he lion has prefixed Brief Memoirs of was yet young, he began to seek the Author, who was eminently after the God of David, his father. pious, a hard student, and a wise, The second is on the Advantages of... prudent; peaccable, and spiritual early Piety, from the same text. minister. His Christian Oratory. The third is entitled The Frieodly is the Dissenter's whole Duty of Question, “Is it well with thee Man ; butunspeakably superior from 2 Kings, iv. 26: and the last to that work for its evangelical is, The luviladion of Christ to ftrain*'
Thirsty Souls, from John vii. 35,
* Bogue and Bennet's History of Dissenters, p. 432, vol. 111.