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took some refreshment. At six in the Association closed, having beer the evening, Mr.
William Thomas well attended, and it was conducted preached from 1 Tim. vi. 16. Thus with its usual peace and harmony.
Died, July 1, 1812, at his house, El- dess of her disposition and the softness liot Place, Blackheath, JOHN BRENT, of her manners, he had eleven children, Esq. in the 83d year of his age. He was two only of whom, Mr. Samuel Brent born in the year 1729, at Portsea, in the and Mr. Daniel Brent, live to cherish county of liants, of pious and excellent the virtues of a parent whom they loved parents, who, kno: ing the value of re- and revered. At the time of his death ligion, brought up their children in the he had ninc grand children and eleven nurture and admonition of the Lord. He great grand children. Lo! Children are served h-s apprenticeship to a shipwright (Psalm 128) an heritage of the Lord. As in his Majes:y's Yard at Portsmouih, arrows in the hand of the mighty, so arc and in the year 1762, removed to his children of the youth. Yea, thou shalt see Majesty's Yard at Sheemness, where he thy children's children and peace upon filled the situation of foreman of the new Israel. By his second marriage he united works, along with the late Sir John himself to the eldest daughter of the Williams. About the year 1768, he late truly respectable and reverend John was appointed assistant surveyor to the Sturch, of Newport, Isle of Wight, who East India Company, under the late not only proved a suitable companion in Gabriel Snodgrass, Esq. In the year his declining years, but by her constant 1770, he entered into partnership with kindness and attention smoothed his deJohn Randall and John Gray, Esqs. in scent towards the tomb. the ship-building line, at Rotherhithe. Of his religious character much mighs Here he continued for many years, main- be said. He was only 18 years of age faining a high and deserved reputation in when he joined the General Baptist his profession. His mind was active and church in S. Thomas's Street, Portehis body strong, whilst his skill in naval mouth. Upon his removal to London architecture exceeded that of most men, in 1768, he became member of the Ge. and few did more for its extension and neral Baptist church which, in the year improvement. The comprehensiveness 1688, met for religious worship in Fair of his viens and the promptness of his Street, Horsleydown, tut has now, for conceptions have been the subject of some years, assembled in tặc Old Mectgeneral admiration. The blessing of ing House, Church Street, Deptford, Providence descended on his superior under the pastoral care of the Rev. knowledge and honest industry, by which William Moon, by whom he was inter. mcans he was enabled to retire about red in the adjoining cemetery, and who twenty yeass ago to the enjoyment of afterwards improved the mournful event ease and comfort for the remainder of by a discourse suited to the occasion. life. He had crected a small but peat of the deceased it may be remarked mansion at Elliot Place, Blackbeath, with truth, that he adorned the doctrine where he lived beloved and revered by hc professed. His views of religion all who knew him. His venerable ap- were enlarged and liberal. The good: pearance, his cheerful looks and his kind ness of the Deity, in nature, providence address will not be forgotten by those and grace had made a deep impression who had the happiness of his acquaint- upon his mind. I have heard him more anče, His was a patriarchal dignity- than once espatiale on this his favourite the contemplation of which excited the topic with tears of joy. Jndcod univer. mingled sensations of love and esteem. sal redemplion and its legitimate conco.
He had been married TWICE.; by his mitant, universal restoration, were themes first wife who died January 23d, 1793, on which he dwelt with rapture. And and who was distinguished for the mild- the benevolent disposition which he chc. rished in consequence of this belief (so of that criminal indifference which is to remote did he deem it from any kind of be found even in some professors of licentiousness) rendered him happy in Christianity. A bigot is the dupe of his himself, useful to his fellow creatures, prejudices and the enthusiast is a slave and a blessing to the world.* His faith to the reveries of his own undisciplined and practice went hand in hand, he never imagination. But TIB CHRISTIAN, even in thought separated them ; for in rational, serious and cheerful, rejoices him they formed a delightful and edify- in the progress of true religion, as a pering union throughout life. Of the manent source of individual h ppiness, scriptures he might justly exclaim, Thy as the firmest cement of society and as statutes have been my songs in the house of the best preparation for eternity! In my pilgrimage! As to public worship, the journeys that my aged friend touk nothing but indisposition could prevent annually during the summer season and his attendance, for his language was- this was his practice for many years) he How amial le are thy tabernacles, O Lord would often tell me, upon his retuin, of Hosts - I love the habitation of thy how gratified he had been to observe house and the place where thine hunour large and flourishing congregations, dwelleth. Nor was it the regularity This feeling was in unison with the of his attendance only that deserves experience of the Psalmist, when he to be mentioned, but the serious and says-Walk about Zion and go round devout manner in which he conducted about her ;, tell the tourrs thereof; mark himself during the whole of the service, well her bulwarks; consider her palaces, He listened to the accents of religious that ye may tell it to the generation followinstruction with delight, and his features ing : for this God is our Go:l for ever and glowed with a heart-felt satisfaction. ever, he will be our guide even unto death, Indeed he often reminded me of the Throughout the whole of his long life picturesque description which Dr. Watts he was blest with an uncommon, share gives of the true worshipper :
of health and strength. It was only Not like a stranger go and come,
within tro years of his decease, his But like a child at home /'
constitution began to be shaken the
slow but certain approach of old age. And with respect to prayer, it was an But he was still cheerful in the social exercise in which he delighted, as an circle and active to the last period of his appropriate homage to the Supreme Be- existence. He had been on a visit to his ing and a principal medium of moral younger son in Essex, but returning improvement. Indeed, with as few im- home was immediately taken ill, and perfections as any man I ever knew, he after a few days indisposirion, expired was anxious to do the will of God in his without a groan! All the days of Me. day and generation. As to his benevo- thusaleh were nine hundred and siriy.nine lence and zeal, his contributions to cha- years and ÅE DIED! But the houry ritable objects and to charitable institu- head is crown of glory when thus emi. tions were cheerful and prompt, agree- nently found in the way of righleousness. able to the ability which Providence I beg leave to conclude with the men. had bountifully given him. His ready tion of a circunstance which may not be support of the General Baptist Education unworthy of preservation. It was my Society from its commencement in 1794, honour and happiness, not only to bę is deserving of particular mention. He introduced to my excellent deceased friend, knew that by means of this institution, upon my first settlement in the metroseveral churches had been supplied with polis, but to share largely in his kindness young men of ability and learning, who and esteem In return for many acts of are assiduous in promoting the cause of friendship and early patronage, i inscrib. truth and righteousness. The interests ed to him my Skelch of the Denominaa of religion lay near his heart. He had tions of the Christian lorld. The Dedi. nothing of that consticutional apathy or cation of the last and twelfth edition,
which was published only six months Though he enjoyed not the advan- ago, had this additional and closing pa. tages of a liberal education, yet he was ragraph. anxious to have his mind well informed, " And now, my dear Sir, at your adespecially on religious subjects. He vanced age of upwards of fourscore years, employed his leisure hours in reading, this is probably the last time I shall have and took the Monthly Review almost the opportunity of addressing you. 1 from its commencement,
have therefore done it at soms length and with freedom. I congratulate you youth, a pulmonary consumption, which that Providence has spared your life to she bore" for many months with great witness the success of a work, in the diffu- and exemplary patience. About two sion of which, from your known cha- years ago she attended the funeral of racteristic love of candour and charity, her youngest bro her, who died of the you were pleased deeply to interest same disorder, and last November, she yourself. May your NUMEROUS DE• followed her honoured and highly beSCENDANTS adhere siedfastly to that lo ed father to the grave ; and, alas, religion which you have professed and in the 20th year of her age, she ceased adorned for more than half a century! to breathe, and is now sleeping in the And may you continue to experience its regions of the dead. As far as her chaabundant consolations, raising you by ri ter was formed, it may be denothe good hope through grace above the fear minated virtuous, which gives her disof death and rendering your last end tressed and affectionate parent a wellPeace. Farewell, my venerable Sir, tilf grounded and cheering hope of seeing we meet in that luminous sphere of be- her beloved daughter rise to glory, ing where neither error oor intimiiy honour and immortality in the world to will remain to exercise our mutual foro come. In this hope the deceased was herrance and where the universality of in erred in the General Baptist Burying Divine Lo.e in the redemption of the ground, Southover. Mr. Bennett, of human race by JH SUS CHRist shall be Bitchling, preached a sermon on the the theme of eternal triumph expressed mournful solemnity, from Job xvii. 11, in the glorious and long-suspended hal.. My days are past, my purposes are lelujahs of the heavenly world!" briken off;' and 'Mr. Morris pronounced
The above account is an Exti act from the address at the grave. May we all 2 SFPM), preached by the Rev. J. stand ready, for in such an hour as we Evans, at Worship Street, from Luke think not, the Son of Man may come. Ixii. 50, HE WAS A GOOD MAN, a id which, by particular request is now in Lately died, at Clifton Hot Wells, of the press, as a tribute of respect to A a rapid decline, PHILIP MALLETT, GOOD MAN's memory. The General Esq. Barrister at Law, önd formerly of Baptists have, within the short period Trinity College, Cambridge. Mr. Malof ihese last two years, lost three of their lett was respected by all who knew him, best friends in the decease of Stephen as a man of distinguished abilities and Lowdell, William Kingsford, and John of ihe most upright, independent prioBrent, Esqs. Their joint ages amount. ciples. He was the editor of a philosoed to 239 years, and their character was phical work of Mr. Hobbes, just pubsuch, that they would have proved an lished, to which he has prefixed a very ornament to any denomination of the valuable life of the author, which he Christian world
just lived to finish. Mr. Mallett also
edi ed Lord Bacon's Advancement of Died 15th July, 1812, Miss SARAH of Learning, together with a Life of MARTEN, of Kngston, near Lewes, that great Man, and an Abridgnient of Sussex. Her illness and death were Locke's Essay on the Human Underoccasioned by that common scourge of standing.
MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;
The Christian's Survey of the Political World. The Dissenters are no longer subject members of the legislature. Neither in to the bigotry of peity magistrates, who the Lords or Commons was any opposi. finding fault with the increase of rel gion tion made to the principle of the bill, among the people, wished to restrain and all parties seemed to be drawing it by their interpretation of the late Act nearer to the Christian precept of alof Toleration. "A new one has passed lowing to their neighbour what the with the unanimous consent of the would wish for themselves. Several ridiculous penalties remain still on our dictates of his own conscience : he has statute book which affeci the members a right to hear and to teach ihose Chrise of the established as well as tho e or the tian truths wh ch he conscientiously other scts; but the good sense of the believes, without any restraints or jus times has go! rid of the folly by which dicial interference from the civil magis. they were enacted, and it may perhaps trate, provided he does not hereby disbe as well that they should be retained, turb the peace of the community " This if it were only to shew to what excesses is firm ground to stand upon, and we the pr.de and the intoler nce of pries- congratulate our country, inat so large craft will run.
a hudy as that of the Wesleyan Me-ho. The Conventicle and the Five M'le dists has come forward in the mainteActs are repealed; but the vo aries of nance of this great and essential right in dissipation and riot have the advantage every Chr stian society. There is, howover the sons of religion. No more than ever an unnecessary preamble to the twenty persons are to meet under this resolution, of which we must take notice; act for the sake of prayer or religious namely, “ All well regulated societies exerc ses,
in any house without a license. and denominations of Christians will The Lady Beitys and Lady Marys of exercise their own rules for the admission the age would have created no small of public or private teachers among tumult in the legislature, if an attempt then.selves" Societies, professing to had been made to res rain their assem- be Christians, have, it is to be lamented, blies for cards or dancing or music to exercised their own rules in the admisa the same number We cannot see the sion of teachers, and every nation almost propriety of this distinction. Wherever exhibits the fatal consequences of the there is a public meeting it may seem to injudicious exercise of this right, and be liable to the cognizance of the public, the impudent assumption of power on one though even here we do not see why side and the base acquiescence of mind on religion should be put under peculiar the other to rules not founded on the scripTestruints; and in such mee ings, as tures, but on the vain and idle traditions decorum is most likely to le preserved, of men. A society may be independent it is sufficient to guard them only from of others, yet in itself may be far from the intrusion o evil-minded per ons, that liberty with which Christ has made who love to disturb the peace of suciety. us free. Its burden may be heavy, its Let us be thankful, however, for vi hat proceedings intolerant. Having laid is granted and trust to time for future down a set of rules, it may be so rigidly improvement. The established sect is attached to them as not to permit any so much on the decline, that it may stand inquiry into the reasonableness or truch in need itself, in no long time, for that of thes. The members may become toleration which it has so lorg denied to slaves to the tenets of a former age, to others.
which they bend the scr prures, instead The body of Methodists in the Wes- of examin ng the scriptures themselves legan connection has, at a meeting of and bringing every opinion to the test of their general committee, thanked Lord divine truth. The difference between a Stanhope for his " unwearied exertions Chris ian and a worldly socie y is this; in behalf of religious liberıy;' to which that the former cannot lay down any his iordship returned an admirable an- rule in opposition to the scriptures and
In this it is observed, ihat“ the is ever ready to give an answer in nieekalready tottering tower of intolerance ness to the doubts of any inquirer. It could not any longer stand in oppositi n will not turn away from examination. to the power of argumení, aided by the It will not say, such was the faith we force of ridicule. That rotten and received from our fathers; but, on the despicable system has at last given nay, contrary, our forefathers have been in and it is only necessary to attack it error, they were once heathens, then properly and with united efforts, directed papists, afterwards Church of England by the light of principle, to cause it men, many of them extremely bigoted totally to disappear like an empty dream.” to the fallacious opinions they beld. Let The principle of the Methodists respect. us convinced by the example before us, ing the rights of conscience is een in beware of placing implicit confidence in their circular letter, dated July 31, 1812. any men or any set of men of any set of " It is the unalienable right of every rules, which have not the scal of divine man to worship God agreeably to the truth, and above all, let us be upon our guard against unscrip:ural terms, such being scarcely known, and his arrival at as the Trinity, Transubstantiation, &c. it being distinguished only by the preA worldly society, on the contrary, lays sence of a few ecclesiastics, the kingdom down rules, to which it requires implicit of France not knowing or caring more obedience, and its leaders are in a pas- about the matter than they do in this sion if any one dares to call them in kingdom on the visitation of a bishop, question. An instance of this kind may or the arrival of the archbishop at a be seen in the late dealings of a Quaker watering place. society with a member, whose faith was The cause of the removal of his prein unison with that of its original found- tended holiness from a prison to a palace er and who defended it by scripture. is not known. It is connected, we may
The passing of the Dissenters' bill presumie, with the council at Paris, and has also given occasion for a meeting of we may now expect to see its decrees the Deputies of the three Denomina- come forth with the sancrign of the tions, in which several appropriate re. head of the Romish sect. A stronger solutions were passed; but one peculiar proof could not be given to the world of mark of distinction between them and the decline of power in this pretended the Methodists is, that in the latter the holy see. A few centuries ago the Pope merits of Lord Stanhope are peculiarly would have divided with the sovereign recognized, whilst they are entirely the homage at least of che couutry. overlooked by the Deputies, who speak Every where he could have created conof the distinguished services of Mr. fusion. Buonaparte has so clipped his Smith, their chairman. The correspon- wings, and is so secure of his ob dience, dence between the Peer and the Com. that he is not afraid of any convulsion, moner was given in the last month's though he is nearly a thousand miles from number; and so far from depreciating his capital. In fact, the trick is comthe merits of either, we wish that pletely discovered, the impostor is dethe number of such champions was in. tected. He will be used only as far as creased in both houses.' The exertions suits the purpose of the sovereign of the of Lord Stanhope will not be relaxed country, and the day is over of the prefrom the neglect of the Deputies to no- tended spiritual giving laws to the remtice them; for if he was to be biassed poral power of a countiy. This is a merely by popular favour, he has surely, great point gained by the convulsions of the greater encouragement in the appro- the present tiines
, and we wish it to be bation of the Methodists. To the Me- duly considered by our Catholic brethren thodists we are chiefly indebted for the in Ireland. Their pretended spiritual new bill, as without them not a little, head is now the subject of the enemy of we believe, would have been granted to this country. Can it be supposed that the chairman or the Deputies of the Christianity, which is intended for all three Denominations. The latter is, countries, should have sanctioned such indeed a small body in comparison with an absurdity, as that the subject of one the former, and having existed a long country should give laws or appoint time and meeting under old forms, it officers in another country. The great was less likely to be animated with error, however, has been in supposing, that zeal, which upon the present occa- that Christianity gave its sanction to the sion has done so much honour to the existence of such a body of men, as that Methodists.
from which the Pope is elected, and of The religious world has witnessed which he is che head, Christianity knows another phenomenon, which, like the no such order. All Christians are memtoleration bill, is a marked feature of bers of a royal priesthood and are a the present times. A bill, which, a peculiar people. All are laity. hundred years ago, would have set the The Bible Society continues its triwhole nation in a ferment, has passed umphs, and we rejoice in thcm.
The almost without notice : the Pope, who more auxiliaries it receives, and the could not have moved fifty years ago greater the attachment expressed for without occasioning discussions in the ca. the pure and unmixed word of God, binets of princes and a concoarse of the more attentive, we hope, the people, in every town through which members of this Society, will be to the he passed, to prostrate themselves before precepts of religiou. jf they are de. the grand impostor, is now settled at sirous that every poor man should Fontainbleau : his passage to this place have the sacred volume ju his cottage,