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In England, May 6, WILLIAM PETTY, Marquis of Lansdown, Earl Wycombe, Viscount Calne, Baron Wycombe, in England, Earl of Shelburne, (the title he used to be known by in America) Viscount Fitzmaurice, Baron Dunkerson, in Ireland, Knight of the Garter, and a General of the Army, aged 69. He filled a large space in society as a statesman, an orator, an accomplished gentleman, a liberal patron of the arts, and a most amiable man in private life.

At Paris, M.FRANCISTA NOISE, clerk in the French treasury, aged 88. He left behind him no less than ten widows, though he was a bachelor until 1792. In his will he declares he never intend. ed to marry, had not the National Convention passed the law for easy divorces. He leaves to each of his widows an annuity of 200 livres (501.) as he says they were all equally dear to him. Not one of them is yet thirty years of age.

In Russia, March 20, the Right Rev. Father GABRIEL GRUBER, General of the Society of Jesuits.

In Berlin, Feb. 25, FREDERIQUE LOUISA Queen of Prussia, of the House of Hesse d'Armstadt, and widow of Frederick William II.King of Prussia, born Oct. 16, 1751, aged 54.

In Jamaica, Mrs. MILLS, aged 118; she was followed to the grave by 295 of her children, great grand children, and great great grand children, sixty of whom named Ebanks, belong to the regiment of militia for St. Elizabeth's parish. For 97 years she practised midwifery, during which period it is stated that she ushered 143,000 persons into the world! She retained her senses to the last, and followed her business till within two days of her death.

At Brandon, (Ver.) of the Scarlet Fe. ver, alias CankerRash, onthe 2d of May, MATILDA HARRIS, aged 10 years. On the4th, NABBY HARRIS, in the 17thyear of her age. On the 9th, LUCINDA HARRIS, in the 14th year of her age. On the 21st, OTIS HARRIS, aged 19; children of Mr. Nathaniel Harris, of that town. The parents of the deceased appear to endure these afilicting dispensations of divine Providence, with the meekness and fortitude of Christians. In July, 1803, they buried two daughters who died of the dysentery.

June 19th, Mr. GEORGE TUCKER, of Milton, aged 56, in attempting to place himself on the tongue of a waggon, he was driving through Roxbury, accidentally fell before the wheels, which passed over his body, and instantly terminated his life.

In Portsmouth, June 8th, Mrs. MARY, the amiable consort of the Rev. Dr. BUCKMINSTER, aged 39. She was in the enjoyment of her usual health about three hours previous to her death.

In Mifflin county, (Penn.), the Rev. Mr. LOGAN. The manner of his death was remarkable: For a considerable time he had been ailing, but was still able to officiate in the pastoral office. On the 19th ultimo, he went to church as usual, performed divine service, and immediately afterward sunk down in the pulpit, and expired.

At NEW HAVEN, (Con.) Mr. ELISHA ATWOOD, by the bursting of an overcharged musket, a piece of the barrel passing through his head.

In Boston, the 15th inst. Mr. THOMAS BALDWIN, jun. aged21, the only son of the Rev. Dr. Baldwin. He was assistant instructor in one of the publick schools in this town, in which situation he gave general satisfaction. Open in his deportment, he possessed a mind truly generous, and a heart void of deceit. He bore a formidable operation and most afflictive disease with manly fortitude, and met the last enemy with that firmness and resignation, which consoles the bereaved parents and friends, and leaves them to sorrow, not as those without hope.

Drowned, on Saturday afternoon, June 29, in the outer harbour, Mr. GEORGE SPRAGUE, of Boston; he was on a party of pleasure with a number of his friends, and was unfortunately knocked overboard by the shifting of the boom. He was a young man of most amiable character.

In Cambridge, on Friday evening last, JACOB SHEAFE WILLARD, aged 17, son of the late President Willard, and student at the University.

In Boston, suddenly, Miss ANN G. HINCKLEY, aged 20.-Miss HANNAH FENNO, aged 46.

At Weston, July 25th, Mr. PHINEHAS UPHAM, aged 37.

Poetry.

ON READING THE LIFE OF COWPER.

Addressed to Mr. H.

PLUNG'D deep in sorrow,

And dead to all those phantom forms of bliss,
Which once awoke this soul to keen delight;
To nature's charms, to friendship's sacred glow,
And e'en to hope's delicious transports dead,
What magic pow'r shall set the prisoner free,
And give again forgotten ecstacies ?
Is it a dream, or do those favoured sools,
Who from high heaven inhale celestial light,
And beam benevolence on meaner worms,
Is it a dream, or do they round my home,
This little nook obscure, diffuse their beams.
Steal the torn heart once more from Mis'ry's

grasp,

And bid it rise and glow with Virtue's fire ?
Yes, 'tis reality, the saint, the bard,
With silent awe long honoured and rever'd,
Discloses the mild graces of his soul,
Refinement, tenderness, benevolence,
And with a charm ineffable, unfolds
All that is excellent in human kind.

I thank thee, Heaven, that earth is not so poor,
As once I deem'd it; that there still is left,
Who taste of friendship's hallow'd mysteries,
Who fill domestick life with peace and love,
Who carry on celestial intercourse,
And who by virtue's animating aid,
Make life's uneven path" a downy road;"
And though there comes an hour, an awful hour,
When Mary's soothing voice is heard no more,
And Cowper's throbbing spirit sinks to rest,
Translated, where the just made perfect, dwell
Live, rise, and reign for ever; and when night
Veils Earth's mysterious miseries from my

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CONVERSATION."

LINES from Corper's
applied to the Character of the late SAMUEL
STENNETT, D.D.

On have seen (nor hope perhaps in vain,
E'er life go down to see such sights again)
A veteran warrior in the christian field,
Who never saw the sword he could not wield.
Grave without dulness, learned without pride,
Exact, yet not precise, though neck, keen ey'd ;
A man that would have foil'd at their own play
A dozen would-be's of the modern day :
Who, when occasion justified its use,
Had it as bright as ready to produce;
Could fetch from records of an earlier age,
Or from philosophy's enlighten'd page,
His rich materials; and regale your ear
With strains, it was a privilege to hear.
Yet, above ALL, his luxury supreme,
And his chief glory, was the GOSPEL theme,
There he was copious as old Greece or Rome,
His happy eloquence seem'd there at home.
Ambitious, not to shine, or to excel,
But to treat justly what he lov'd so well
Christian Observer.

HYMN SACRED TO TRUTH. HAIL, Sacred Truth whose piercing rays Dispel the shades of night,

Diffusing o'er the mental world

The healing beams of light.

Till THOU appear, the wounded soul,
In agonizing pain,

The way of peace incessant seeks,
But finds her efforts vain.
Philosophy, and Moral Sense,
With their officious pride,
Conduct to labyrinths of woe

Whom they presume to guide.
JESUS! thy word, with friendly aid.
Withdraws our wand'ring feest,
Converts the sorrows of the mind

To joys divinely sweet.

The banner of thy cross display,

Dear signal of thy love:
Till ev'ry tongue confess thy sway,
And ev'ry heart approve,

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TO CORRESPONDENTS.

Z has our thanks for his seasonable remarks "On the neglect of the Old Divines." A continuance of his correspondence is requested.

The friend who sent us the interesting account of Professor FRANK, will perceive that his communication was acceptable, by its prompt insertion.

Amicus Philo is informed, that his wishes have heen anticipated in part. The Editors have received from PHILO, No. I. of " Observations and facts respecting the TRINITY," collected chiefly from the Age of Revelation," by Dr. BOUDINOTT. We hope other correspondents, on a similar plan, will direct their attention to the doctrine of atonements, and of future rewards and punishments. Whatever different views christians may entertain on these great doctrines of our religion, none will object to having the foundations of our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, strengthened, by any arguments, which can be fairly deduced from heathen mythology, and ancient history.

Patmos, on "The Wickedness of Skepticism," shall have a place in our next number.

Christianus " on the accountability of men for their faith," is received. We thank him for his attention to this seasonable subject. The lines by Filius were received too late for this number. Reviews of SMITH's Letters to BELSHAM; "The Principles of Eloquence, by T. Knox ;" "The Scripture Catechism;" Dr. Buckminster's sermon at the Ordination of his Son, and of Burder's sermon on "Lawful Amusements," are on file, with several articles for the Biographical, Religious, and Literary Departments, for the next

number.

We have pleasure in announcing the addition of a number of very respectable names to our subscription list, since the appearance of the first number, and of a large increase of patronage.

ERRATUM-In p. 49, 3 1. from 1st. paragraph, for " included fondness,” read "included no fondness."

AGENTS FOR THE PANOPLIST.

Rev. MICHILL BLOOD, Buckstown ;-Mr. E. GOODALE, Hallowell ;THOMAS CLARK, bookseller, Portland ;-W. & D. TREADWELL, do. Portsmouth ;-THOMAS & WHIPPLE, do. Newburyport ;-CUSHING & APPLETON, do. Salem ;-EDWARD COTTON, do. Boston ;-ISAIAH THOMAS, do. Worcester;-WILLIAM BUTLER, do. Northampton ;-WHITING, BACKUS & WHITING, do. Albany ;-T. & J. SWORDS, do. New York ;-WM. P. FARRAND, do. Philadelphia ;-WM. WILKINSON, do. Providence ;-ISAAC BEERS & Co. New Haven ;-O. D. Cook, do. Hartford ;-Mr. BENJAMIN CUMMINGS, Windsor, Ver;-Mr. LEE, Bath, Me.

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MRS. LETITIA COCKBURN was defcended in the female line from the noble family of the Ruffels. Lofing her parents when young, the care of her education devolved on an affectionate aunt; a woman of fine sense, polished manners, and exemplary virtue. Whilft under the age of twenty fhe was united to an officer in the army; who, by diftinguifhed merit in his profellion, attained to a high military rank. In this fituation fhe was led to mix with perfons in the upper ranks of fociety, and to partake with the gaiety of youth, of the pleafures and diffipation peculiar to the fathionable world. But though placed in fuch unfavourable circumstances, fhe ftill difcharged, in a confcientious manner, the duties of a wife and a mother. Nor did her intercourfe with the world make her forget the importance of religion: the had been taught, whilst a child, to think of religion with the highest reverence, and the impreffion remained after fhe was grown up. She was in the conftant habit of reading her Bible, nor did the permit herself, at any time, to neglect attendance on publick worship, or the exercife of private devotion. She even perfuaded herself that the loved God and kept his commandments; in fhort, that he fulfilled every demand which religion had, either on her Vol. I. No. 3.

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life, or her affections: fhe was therefore perfectly at ease in the courfe which fhe was pursuing. But it pleafed God, by means of fome afflictive difpenfations, to lead her to confider her ways more perfectly, to perceive their vanity, and by degrees to appreciate more juftly her ftate and character before God, and to apply her heart to true wifdem. After drinking deeply of the bitter cup of affliction, fhe found that the world, with all its pleasures, was a miserable comforter; that her beft friend was her God and Saviour, and her fafeft counfellor the word of his grace. Various events leading her to a more private fituation in life, fhe was now lefs diverted from religious pursuits; and to the utmost of her ability fhe employed herself in the exercise of piety, benevolence, and charity to the poor. Indeed fhe was by nature generous, kindly affectioned, and given to hofpitality, though, at the fame time, her temper was hafty, impetuous, and impatient of restraint.

It pleafed God, in his great goodness at this time, to introduce to her acquaintance feveral perfons, who "knew the grace of God in truth," and who did not fhun to declare to her the whole counfel of God. Their friendly admonitions for fome time feemed

to be as feed buried in the earth; but at length it produced fruit to his glory. As fhe was returning from church on the 25th of May, 1804, fhe was attacked with a a painful and dangerous diforder, and from that time the became evidently more alive than ever to the great concerns of eternity. DeepÏy convinced of the fpirituality of God's holy law, and of her own guilt in having violated it, fhe plainly felt her awful fituation as a loft finner, and was led by the Spirit of God to flee for refuge to the hope fet before her in the gofpel. Her diforder, though flow in its progress, was not to be overcome: but to her own confolation, and the great joy of her friends, as her bodily ftrength declined, her fpiritual ftrength manifeftly increased day by day. While difcourfing with her beloved fon, fhe would often fay to him, "I know not to what caufe to afcribe it, but I never felt fuch calm refignation to the will of God, during any former illness, as I now do." When the perceived his grief and anxiety on her account, fhe fweetly reproved him for it. Though in much pain fhe complained not; and with little or no hope of recovery the was perfectly calm, and in her words and actions mild and gentle as a lamb. Even when much enfeebled, fhe was often heard to fing parts of the Magnificat in a clear fine voice, particularly the words "My foul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," and during the fharpeft paroxyfms of pain he would often repeat, Glory be to God.-At intervals of eafe the requested her dear daughter-in-law, whofe attentions were unremitted, to read to her the feven first, and the last stanza, of the 139th Pfalm, N. V. Du

ring the converfations which she frequently had with a pious clergyman of the Church of England, who frequently vifited her in her illness, and who was made the inftrument of great good to her foul, when reminded by him of her loft eftate by nature, and that the atoning blood of Chrift was the only foundation of her hopes, fhe conftantly profeffed that the knew the was a finner, had no merit of her own to plead, and that her only hope was in the tender mercies of her Redeemer, who fhed his blood for the remiffion of fins.

Toward the latter end of September her diforder had made fuch ravages, that hope was at an end, and about the last ten days of her life fhe was confined wholly to her bed. Frequently and most devoutly did the befeech God inhis mercy, to blefs her children and friends, and to forgive all who had injured her, declaring that the herfelf moft cordially forgave them. Such declarations the made repeatedly and emphatically before her participation of the facrament of the Lord's Supper, in which folemn act of devotion her fervid piety was highly edifying. The prayers of her pious friends had been repeatedly offered at the throne of grace for divine fupport and confolation; and both were now extended to her in a remarkable manner. Her foul appeared. to be filled with a sense of her Saviour's love, and fhe feemed to have a foretaste of the happiness. which awaited her in that better world to which the was faft approaching. On the day before her death, fhe fuffered great pain, and was very reftlefs. On the next day, which was her laft, fhe appeared perfectly eafy, with a placid fmile in her countenance expreffive of the ferenity that pre

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