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Memoir of Mrs. Lindsey. God as taught in the scriptures of advantages for virtue and the divine fas both the Old and New Testami nts, voui, if my own insensibility to it, had ook

defeated the r eans more ihan it ought : to which the life of her most cs- yet I would hope so much good has been cmplary husband had so long acquired as to lay the foundation of gobeen devoted. She was far from ing forward hereafter, and may finally being clated by the uncommon

end in joy unspeakable.”

Where is ihe heart so cold, as tribute paid to her talents, and to that extraordinary energy of mild to rưad this without involuntarily which enabled her to become a

exclaiming, Amen, so be it? Yes, general benefactress to her rela. my friend, thy painful struggles tions and friends, and to mary

with a highly nervous irritable sysothers variously connected. The tem, are now all over they are following account of herself, drawn vanished like the deepening shades it will be confessed with no flat. of vight, on the glorious approach

Our setering pen, extracted from a let. of a summer's morning. ter written in the year 1797, will paration probably will not be long, sufficiently prove and establish and when,

and when, “in some nobler manthis.

sion of our father's house,” we

mret again, how transcendent will “ You have a thousand pleasant visi. ons and gratifications belonging to your

be the Transformation! temper, of which I am quite incapable,

“The change will come: this active from my irritable frame, sadly increased

mind, by early impressions, in which pleasure

To earin's dark scenes no more conwas not an ingredient : duty and neces

fin'd, sity have niade me do some right things;

Shall burst the chains with glad sur. nobody would love me if they knew me

prize, as I know myself, and therefore I never

And in the Saviour's image rise." thought they did it much, and did not

For the last four or five years, wonder at it. I have been rrore of a Mis. Lindsey's health and active useful than loveable creature, from powers were visibly declining, and meaning well and taking pains to do when I last saw her in the Sept. what was allotted to me. This is not a good picture of your friend's mind, but of 1808, her constitutional nerit is a true one. My chief happiness vous irritability was painfully in. has arisen from an union with one of the best, gentlest and most indulgen of human

reased, heightened no doubt by beings, and being employed in doing the extreme anxiety for her angelic rough work in the important station to husband, who had suffered rewhich he was called, and which kepi peated slight paralytic attacks and me from the world and its temptations, was calmly approaching the last which ought to have made me better : but I have not caught his spirit, owing month of his earthly pilgrimage ; to the discordant particles of which I his composed benign countenance am composed, “I wish they mayenď seeming to say,

* All the days with this corruptible body." Nor was this an insulated feel. until my change come.” . She

of mine appointed time will I wait, ing; it was her usual strain continued, however, her wonted whenever she spoke or wrote of exertions for the relief of the poor, herself.

I shall give one more and especially of the diseased short specimen froin a letter dated the 29th of Sept. 1806.

poor, who are usually very núme. “I begin at least to address you on

rous in the little narrow lanes and this memorable day, which 46 years ago alleys of the Essex Street neigh. began the career of my distinguished bourhood. Petitions of various happy destiny, marked throughout with sorts were almost daily pouring


to per

in; the medical skill of Dr. Black- aim like the subject of it, burne was in constant requisition fect loliness in the fear of God.” for their relicf, and his prescrip. It will be seen that this principle, tions were sent to an eminent afflicted as she was by the most druggist, and made up at the ex. painful nervous irritability, was pense of their generous benefac. her support and consolation, a pere tress. llie last leiter I received petual incitement to useful and from her, seven weeks ago, was benevolent exertion ; and if like dated on the 181h of Dec. and it ber, they are so happy as to have has obtained with me a kind of more enlightened views than others sanctity as being ler last letter, of the Christian dispensation, (that It is short, but written in her usual best gift of God io man) and to manner, containing many affectio join in a pures worship, let them onate expressions of esteem and beware that they do not by a life regard. “You I know," she says, of thoughtless dissipation, by con. “ will be kind to me, whether I forming to the manners and gainwrite or not.”

ing the habits of the fashionable On Monday (Jan. 15th) a par. world, around them, insensibly ty of her particular friends drank imbibe iis spirit; and thus bring tea with her, and she appeared discredit on ihe sacred name they much as usual; they were struck, bear. Let not the question which however, on taking leave, with the has so frequently been asked with' fervent manner in which she pray, apparent triumph, have the specie ed that God would bless them; ous sanction of their name for be.

as if,” says Mr. Frend, "she ing again repeated; What do ye had a kind of presage of her ap. inore than others? How is the proaching dissolution." On the value and importance of your ree Tuesday evening, she bail a slight ligious principles, exemplified in paralytic seizure, which deprived your temper and your conduct ?' her, the next day, of the use of If, on the other hand, this at. speech : and the pressure on the tempt at the plain statement of a brain increasing, she gradually few interesting facts should be sunk into a state of insensibility, read by any who on some subjects without pain or suffering of any think very differently from the cha. kind, until Saturday morning the racter bere delineated; if it may 18th, wben she calmly and iran. not overcome their prejudices, at quilly expired. It was ber daily least may it improve their candor, prayer that her last sickness might and lead them to receive with cau. not be long, so as to be a burden tion those vehement theological to her friends, and her prayer was anathemas, by whatever authority heard.

enforced, which consign to overlasta Happy will the writer of this ing perdition whoever shall preimperfect memoir esteem herself, sume to question the peculiar dogif any of those whom it may inte. mas of their own sect or party. rest, and especially the young The truiy Catholic spirit, so hapo who are just embarking on the pily evinced by the generous pro. eyentful voyage of human life, moters of the British and Foreign may be induced by the example Bible Society, has done much to of real excellence it exhibits, to soften and ameliorate the rancour

118 Brief Memoir of the Rev. Edward Harries. of these little party animosities and orders, and was inducted into the distinctions, and to hasten the dawn livings of Cleobury Mortimer, and of that happy day, when all men Hanwood, both in Shropsbire. At shall «

perceive” with the ven.. the latter of these, which was with. erable apostle,

" that God is no in a mile of his principal place of respecter of persons, but in every residence, he diá regular duty for s nation he who feareth him and several years, edifying his hear. worketh righteousness, is accepted ers, not only by the doctrines of him.”

which he inculcared from the I am sorry, Mr. Editor, to pulpit, but by the uniform in. have engrossed so many of the iegrity and benevolence of his life. pages of your Repository; but Mr. Lindsey's secession from the subject is of no common oc. the church, and the " Apology" currence ; and the mere mention, which he published upon that oc when speaking of Mrs. Lindsey, casion, made a strong impression of her talents and her virtues, could upon his mind, which was remark, not have done justice to either, able not only for the acuteness of

I am your obliged and con- its reasoning powers, but for a de. stant reader,

grec of candour and freedom from CATHARINE CAPPE. prejudice, of which we unhappily

have but few esamples. He was

induced 10 consider more deeply Brief Memoir of the Rev. Edward than he had hitherto done, the Harries.

foundation upon which, what are Died on Saturday the 1st of termed, gospel mysteries are laid. February in the 69th year of his He studied the sacred writings, age, the Rev. EDWARD Har. and a number of the best compo. BIES, of Ascott, in the county of sitions which have been given to Salop.

the world upon this momentous He was the eldest son of an subject; and the result of these ancient and respectable family, inquiries is well and forcibly exreceived the early part of his edu- pressed by himself, in a sermon, cation at the free grammar school preached at the Unitarian chapel, in Shrewsbury, and was after- in Shrewsbury, a few months wards entered as a student at before his death: -". There have Magdalen College, Cambridge ; been many exceHent books written where, in due time, he took the by great and good men, with the degrees of Bachelor and Master best design, to reduce Christianity of Arts. His ancestors had been to the belief and worship of the warm supporters of what are call. One True God; but the plainest ed high church principles, and book on this subject is the New the writer of this heard him, within Testameut.” the last six months, mention with Thus convinced that “ Our self - congratulation, the change Lord is One, and his Name One:" wrought in his mind, during his “ that there is but One God, residence at college, chiefly by a pe. the Father; and one mediator fusal of Locke's Letters on Gov- between God and men, the man ernment,” and the “ Independent Christ Jesus ;" he found bimself Whig." At the usual time he took unable conscientiously to read

many parts of the church liturgy; which he accordingly did, in severhe could only worship the Lord al successive sermons. After this his God. No threefold being, to time, he regularly did duty on be united and separated at plea- Sundays at his own house, adopt. sure, was the object of his adora. ing first the form of prayer used at tion! He could only bow down the chapel in Essex Street, and before the God and Father of our afterwards one composed for & Lord Jesus Christ; and with feels congregation in the West of Eng. ings similar to those of his late lund, consisting of ten services. excellent friend Mr. Evanson, he A few of his neighbours thought left out of the service all that ap- with him, and constanly attended; peared olijectionable. His con- but as he seldom touched upon gregation seemed by no means doctrinal subjects, the few strandispleased with what he did ; in- gers who occasionally dropped, in, deed the church was never so re. had no chance of having their gularly well filled as during his preconceived opinions shaken, and, ministry in it. But some person, of course, notwithstanding the im

probably of the neighbourhood, pressive manner in which he de(prompted perhaps by an attach- livered the service, and the high

meni to tenets into the scriptural respectability of his character, the foundation for which he had never number of his hearers did not in. candidly inquired, wrote to the crease. bishop of the diocese an anony His life from this time passed mous letter, stating the manner in in a succession of useful and hon. which the duty at Hanwood was ourable employments : he was a performed. This letter, the bishop builder, a planter, and the kindest inclosed in one of mild remon. and most indulgent of landlords ; strance to Mr. Harries, who on never adding a shilling to the rents the receipt of it could no longer of his cottagers, but on all occahesitate respecting the course he sions desirous of increasing their pught to pursue. His living at coinforis, and relieving their wants. Cleobury he had before resigned, Nor were bis benevolent exertions on account of a required residence; confined to his family and neigh. and the adv.wson of Hanwood bours : on many occasions, he being bis own, he immediately stood forward as the powerful ad. resolved to dispose of it. vocate of right and justice, and

During his ministry in the was happy in being the means, charch, and omission of many more than once, of materially parts of the liturgy, he seldom if benefiting those whose cause often ever enforced his own particular falls to the ground for want of an opinions, doubling perhaps of the able and disinterested defender. strict propriety of doing so in that His bodily frame was strong, place, restricted as the clergy and would probably have lasted of the establishment are, in their long, had ii not been for an ine interpretation of the scriptures: ward complaint, from which he but before he finally quitted it, at times suffered much, and which he judged it necessary to state to he was well aware was likely at his hearers, (who usually consisted length to terminate his life : but of double the number of his parish- he endured with true Christian ioners,) what those opinions were : fortitude, ardently praying that

120 Intelligence.--Mr. Wright's Missionary Tour in Scotland. his patience and resignation might his intimale friend, was one of still be equal to the trials which those who conversed with him on he who “ does not willingly aftlici his death-bed, and returning from the children of men,” had menci. bis chamber, derply affected, de. fully alloited for him.

clared that he hail hardly ever • The fervent prayer of a righ. seen any one in so truly Christian trous man availeth much!” he a frame of mind! supported his last illness, which May examples like this incite continued thron h many 'weeks, in every one of us to look carefully a manner which most strongly into his own conduct and princi. evinced the fil'mncss of the rock on ples! Let us diligently search which he leaned for support. All his after fruth, and fo:low its lead intimate friends were admiited in joyfully, whether into“ good re. turn to his bedside, and to each port or evil report ;' and above all of them he expressed the full salis. ihings, endeavour by the holiness, faction which he then telt in the purity and usefulness of our lives, principles which, upon entire con 6 adorn the doctrines of our viction he bad forinerly embraced. Lord Jesus Christ;" that through He

reposed with humble and grate. bim we may be admitted into ful confidence upon the mercy of those heavenly mansions, where our great and good God, as de. " there will be no more death, clared unto us by our Lord Jesus neither sorrow nor crying, but Clirist; and in this faith first God himself shall wipe away

the delivered in the saints,” he found tears from every eye !" true rest unto his soul. The wor.

M. H. thy rector of his parish, who was



Extracts from Mr. Wright's Jour, quence of the miscarriage of a leta nal of his Missionary Tour ter no notice had been given, and

in Scotland, 1811. when I arrived it was too late. I (Concluded from p. 55.)

had interesting conversation with

several friends : and should have Stirlingshire. In this county visited them again and preached there is some stir among the Anti. there; but it was inprac ticable. Burghers; one of thrir ministers At Stirling, I could find no openis at present suspended under the ing for preaching. charge of heresy.

Perthshire. In this county, I from a pamphlet he has published, visited the following places. to be a Sabellian. I visited Fal. 1. Blackford. This is a village. kirk, where there are some Unita. There is one avowed Unitarian, rians, though they do not meet re. and other persons favourable to gularly : there are some the cause, in it. I preached in a formed and steady friends to Uni. room to about 100 attentive bear. tarianism in the neighbourhood. ers; and had conversation on se. I went to l'alkirk with an expec- veral subjects with a small party xation of preaching, but in conse. afterwards.

He seems,

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