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American Ornithology, or, the Nat. whole he completed. Samuel F. ural History of the Birds of the United Bradford. Philadelphia. States; comprehending those resident A Volume of Sermons on important within our territory, and those that subjects ; by the late Reverend and migrate bither from other regions.; pious Samuel Davies, A. M. some among which will be found a great time President of the College in New number of land and water birds hith- Jersey. This is an additional volume, erto undescribed. Specifying the collected from the author's manuclass, order, and genus to which each scripts, never published in America. particular species belongs. Follow. Conilitions. The vojume will comprise ing with a few exceptions, the arrange about 450 pages octavo. It will be ment of Latham. Describing their printed on a new type and fine paper, size, plumage, places of resort, gen. and will be handsomely bovind. The eral habits, peculiarities, food, mode price to subscribers, who pay for their of constructing their nests, term of books on delivery, will be one dollar incubation, migration, &c. &c. By and seventy-five cents. To those who Alexander Wilson. Conditions : The become responsible for ten copies, a work will be printed in large imperial discount of ten per cent, will be made quarto, on a rich vellum paper, and from this price. To non-subscribers issued in Numbers, price Two Dolar's the price will be two dollars. Should each, payable on delivery. Three à sufficient number of subscribers be plates, 13 inches by 10, will accompa- obtained in season, to defray the exay each number, containing at least pense of publication, the work will be ten Birds, engraved and coloured from ready for delivery by the first of Octooriginal drawings, taken from nature.
ber next. S. GE Butler. NorthThe numbers to be continued regu- ampton. 1807. Jarly once every two months, until the
Ox Wednesday, the 19th inst. the third church in Hingham. Rev. Dr. new church in Hingham was conse. Eliot of Boston made the introducto. crated to the service of Alinighty ty prayer. Rev. Mr. Pierce of God.-Rev. Mr. Whitney of Hing Brookline preached the sermon from ham, made the dedicatory prayer. 1 Tim. fi. 1. Rev. Dr. Reed of Rev. Dr. Ware preached a sermon Bridgwater made the orduining pray. on the occasion from Exod. xx. 24. er. Rev. Dr. Lathrop of Boston gave Rer. Mr. Whitney of Quincy made the charge. Rev. Mr. Whitney of the concluding prayer.
Hingham expressed the fellowship of In the afternoon, Mr. HEVRY the churches. COLEMAN was ordained pastor of the
To the Editors of the Panoplist. languished in extreme distress, for a If you will insert in the Panoplist the He was a person of a serious mind and
number of days, and then expired. following account of the death, and
amialle manners, and much esteemdying advice of a youth, you will grat- ed by all who knew him. In his ill. ify a constant reader. THEOPHILUS.
ness he exhibited an example of pa
tience and resignation, and, in the Not long since, a youth in his 15th near view of death, and in the full year, by a sudden casualty suffered exercise of reason, he expressed 2 an internal injury, under which he calm hope of a blessed immortality,
On the Lord's day next preceding important to you, as it is to me, for his death, a number of young people, you are as mortal as I am, though returning from public worship, made perhaps you are not to die quite so him a visit. He received them with soon as I shall. Whenever you die, attention, and addressed them in the you will need it's comforts, as much following manner:
as I do now. I beg you to secure “ You see, my friends, the situa. these comforts in season. And this tion which I am in. A few days ago, is the season. I was in health like you. By a sud. “I am faint and weak. I cannot den accident I am confined to my bed, say much to you. I entreat you to reand probably shall soon be laid in my member the little I can say. Omy grave. None of you know, how soon friends ; I see you now in tears. You you may be in a condition like mine. think, you will follow my advice. I You see in me the necessity of being hope you will. But I fear, you will early prepared for deatin. I advise soon forget it. You will not always you to think seriously of the uncer- feel as you do now, while you are tainty of life, and to prepare for death looking on my dying body, and hear. immediately. Delay not such a work ing my feeble voice. But that you any longer; no ; not one single hour. may bring my advice to your mind, go You may as well attend to it now, as sometimes to the place, where my hereafter. There can be no advan. body will soon be laid. Perhaps a tage in delay. If ever you begin re. sight of the clods which cover it will ligion, you must bring the matter to remind you of my advice, and awaken a point. You must make it a present your resolution to follow it.
your bodies may be laid by mine. “ I particularly advise you to rever- May our souls meet in that world, ence the Sabbath and the house of where is no pain nor death." God. There are some young people
This is the substance of the young who are too vain in their talk on the man's advice to his fellow youths, as Sabbath, and too light and inattentive it was related, the next morning, by in their appearance in the time of wor- his father to the minister of the par: ship. Avoid these evils. They will ish, who visited the family. cause you to mourn at the last, when The father is a respeetable man, your flesh and your body are consum. and has ever appeared a friend to reed, and to say, How have we hated ligion ; but, on professed scruples, instruction, and our hearts despised had delayed to atiend on the Lord's reproof. Never use profane language. supper.
The minister thought he This is a sin, which young people too might profit by the present occasion often practise. I have sometimes in renewing former advice. He there. heard it with grief. Remember that forę spake to him in the following for every profane, yea, for every idle word you must give an account. “I am grieved in your affliction, Obey and honour your parents, and and am refreshed in your consolation treat all elderly people with respect; I admire your son's counsel to the ask counsel and instruction from them, young. The concluding part of it that you may grow in wisdom, and in strikes me with peculiar force. He favour with God and men. Read the advised them to visit his grave, that Scriptures, that you may learn the way they might better remember and of salvation and may turn your feet into more deeply feel his dying exhortathat way. Get an acquaintance with tion. This is so similar to the dying yourselves, that you may see your command of Christ, that I cannot need of a Saviour; and get an ac- forbear to remark to you the similiquaintance with your Saviour, that tride. The Saviour, when he was on you may trust in him. You must go earth, spent the greatest part of his to him, that you may have life. You ministry in giving good instructions are dependent on the grace of God; to as many as would hear him. When but you must seek, if you hope to cb. the time of his death drew near, his tain it. Seek unto God betimes. instructions were more frequent and Seek him, while he may be found. aiłectionale; and he cnforced them by You think religion is important to me, the solemn and impressive circum. because I am soon to die. It is as stance of his approaching death. He
well knew, that good counsels were a respectful and affectionate remem. easily forgotten. He therefore re. brance of the virtuous dead, especial. commended the frequent remem- ly those, who have filled any public brance of his death, as a mean to im- station, either in church or state. press his words more deeply and in- In the character of the late Mr. delibly on the heart. The place of Shaw, as a minister of Christ, there his burial could not be visited by his some distinguishing excellendisciples in all ages and in all parts of cies, which ought to be had in everthe world. And if the place could be lasting remembrance by those who visited, his body would not be there, come after him. Among these, may for it was soon to rise. He therefore be mentioned his devotedness to the instituted a particular ordinance to be peculiar duties of his profession ; his the representation and memorial of intimate acquaintance with the holy his death ; and he commanded, that scriptures ; "his affectionate concern this should be frequently observed and for the eternal welfare of the people attended in remembrance of him, to of his charge ; his honest zeal in shew forth his death until his second what he called, to use a favourite coming. The end for which he ap- phrase of his own, “the cause of pointed this ordinance was, that we evangelical truth ;” and the peculiar might remember the words which he fervour and solemnity of his manner, spake, the death which he suffered, both in praying and preaching. This and the benefits which it procured. was such as to be particularly re
“Now, Sir, you certainly think, that marked, and will not easily be foryour son gave his companions good gotten by those, who have heard him. advice, when he recommended their His remarkable readiness to officiate visiting his tomb, that they might re
in the duties of bis office, on all pubtire the remembrance, and renew the lic occasions, when a number of his impression of his instructions ; and brethren in the ministry were present, you wish they would comply with it. was a feature in his character which And ought not we, much rather, to ought also to be remembered to his regard the dying command of the Sa. honour. Though naturally modest viour, who has required you, and me, and unassuming, it is believed he was and all, to come to the place, where never known to decline public duty he is set forth, as crucified for us, and on such an occasion, without the inost there to awaken the recollection of his obvious and satisfactory reasons. instructions, and our resolution to In regard to his devotedness to the obey them! Their attention to your duties of his profession, it was almost son's counsel is expedient; our obedi. literally true, that he gave himself ence to the Saviour's command is in- wholly to these things. He was redispensable.”
markable for visiting his people both The address had a happy effect. in sickness and in health, and besides At the next communion he was pre- his public preaching on the Sabbath, sent, as an interested spectator ; and he not unfrequemly preached in pri. at the next following, he was present
vate houses in remote parts of his as a devout communicant.
parish, on other days. Of sermons
be had probably written a greater WEXOIRS OF REV. OAKS SHAW,
number than any other minister now
living in New England, if not in the Pastor of the second church in Barnsta. world. So intimate was liis acquaint. ble, who died Feb. 11, 1807, in the
ance with the sacred scriptures, that 71st year of his age, and 47th of his
it was scarcely possible for any one ministry.
to misquote a passage, in his pres. It is not for erring mortals to de. ence, without being immediately cor. cide upon the character and eternal rected by him. His affectionate state of their departed fellow crea. concern for the eternal welfare of the tures. This, no doubt, is often done people of his charge was evidenced with too little consideration. There by his fondness for seasoning his are, however, cases, in which a re- common conversation with them, with gard to the good of the living, and to religious anecdotes and reflections as the honour of divine grace, requires well as by the remarkable solemnity us to use our endeavours to perpetuate and fervour of his manner, both in his
devotional and didactic exercises in great doctrines of the cross.... We the pulpit. Here “he spake as a wish you to preach the Deity, the dying man to dying men."
eternal divinity of Him, in whom In his religious sentiments, he was dwelleth all the fulness of the God. strictly and zealously evangelical; bụt head bodily,... who is the wonder of at the same time, remarkably catho angels, the admiration of saints, and lic toward those, who seemed to dif. the astonishment of the powers of fer from him. The evangelical senti
darkness.... We wish you to be full ments of which he was so fond, and and explicit in preaching his great for which he so honestly and earnest. atonement, his perfect mecliatorial Jy contended, he believed to exist at righteousness, for the justincation be. least as much in the heart, as in the fore God of all repenting sinners, and head. He had no confidence in tue the power of his Spirit and grace for efficacy of any religious sentiments, their sanctification however good and true, separate from “ We charge you to inculcate holi. a good life or evangelical holiness. ness of life, as connected with huliness By evangelical sentiments, he meant of heart. We wish you to be full and the plain, simple, una orded and un- explicit in preacling the doctrines of disguised doctrines of revealed truth, divine sorereignty in the communicaas expressed in the language of the tion of mercy, the absolute necessity Holy Ghost. But what he meant by of regeneration, the victorious power evangelical sentiments and evangeli- of grace in the new and herrenly birth, cal preaching may be best learned his distinguishing love in giving any from his own expressions, in a public repentance unto life, and faith in charge to one of his younger brethren* Christ, with benevolent affection of in the ministry, on the day of his or, heart and life, as necessary to qualify 'dination.
for the pure joys and glory of heaven, “ We charge you," says he ....“ be You are, on a gospel foundation, to very solicitous, and let it dceply oc- urge it upon all those, who have procupy your mind, that it be in truth, fessed to believe in God, to be careful the very gospel you preach,....not the to maintain good works." novel invented plans of uninspired Such were the ideas which this men, nor those latitudinarian doc. venerable servant of Christ entertain. trines, which may well enough com. ed of evangelical sentiments and port with a boasted age of reason, and preaching; and such were the senti. correspond to the taste of men totally ments, which he himself uniformly depraved. But preach the good old preached, through his long ministerial doctrines of the gospel, the precious doctrines of grace, the doctrines of This charge, which was delivered the reforination ; for it is a matter of with a solennity and carnestness, notoriety, that when awakenings, which seemed to intimate that he had convictions and conversions prevail, a presentiment of his approaching and a serious sense of religion takes dissolution, and that it would be the place, in any remarkable degree, it is
last he should deliver, should it always under the influence of the escape the ravages of time, will re. peculiar doctrines o grace, which main 2 pleasing and respectable presuppose men's natural alienation specimen of Christian eloquence, as from God, and enmity : Gainst him, long as the gospel of Christ shall be and, of consequence, that they are to- lored and respected in the world. tally depraved antecedent to a disine These evangelical doctrines, as he power to renew and sanctify them; called them, were his comfort and that they are lost, perishing, and support in nis last sickness, in which utterly ruined in themselves. We
be exhibited an edifying example of trust you will be cordial for this, and Christian humility, patiener, and rewill not hesitate to hold it forth with siguation, to those who had opportuni. clearness, and with a zeal becoming tv of secing and conversing with him ; the vast moment of the subject. and we doubt not but these doctrines “ We charge and exhort you to be
continued to comfort and support him lively, full and strong, in preaching the while passing through the valley of
the shadow of death, to the heavenly * Rev. Mr. Holmes of Dennis. Canaan,
The writer of this account hand the He discovered much affectionate satisfaction of several pleasing inter- concern respecting the people of his views with him during his declining charge, and the resettlement of a gosstate, both before and after he was pel minister among them. He was, confined to his house.
however, remarkably cheerful and In my first visit to him after he was pleasant. confined to his chamber, which to me Before morning prayers, he desired was one of the most pleasant and me to read the 23d and the 147th edifying I ever made him, I thought Psalms, a part of the latter of which, I discovered more of the amiable he considered as predicting the fumeekness, huinble dignity and per- ture prosperity of the church, in the fect resignation of the Christian than contemplation of which, he observed, I had ever before discovered in him. he lad derived great consolation, It appeared to me that if any state on during his teclining state. this side heaven can be truly enviable, A little before I took my leare, it is that of an bumble Christian, among several other questions, which gently taking his departure out of I proposed, as thinking it very doubttime into eternity; who, as be out- ful whether I should ever see him Harilly decays and grow's weaker and again in this world, I asked hiin, Weaker, is inwardly renewed and supposing we were to confine our grows stronger and stronger ; preaching principally to one point, whom as outward prospects darken, what that point should be. He imthe prospect of a brighter world be mediately replied, “ to impenitent yond the grave grows clearer. This sinners, we must preach their totally appeared to be remarkably the case lost and ruined condition by nature, or with this precious man.
This inter- the fall, (I forget which) and the utter view, the impression of which, I trust, impossibility of their ever being saq:ed, will never be erased from my mind, except by ile free grace of God in forcibly brought to my recollection Christ." Thus did this venerable those lines in Dr. Young.
minister of Christ, who watched for
souls as one that must give account, "The chamber where the good bear his dying testimony to the truth man meets his fate,
and importance of those doctrines, Is privileg'd beyond the common which he had preached through life. walk
The words of dying men are suppos. Of virtuous life, quite on the verge ed to possess peculiar weight, and to of heaven," &c.
deserve peculiar consideration. May
these words of a dying Christian, and When I asked him how he did, he a Christian minister, bc so regarded, teplied, with one of the most expres- by all who shall read them. sive smiles, I ever observed on his Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. countenance, “I am a poor creature Feb. 19, 1807. sinking under the decays of nature, but I am not without comforts. I have many things to be thankful for yet. The celebrated MALLET, author 1 ani now depending on that founda- of many celebrated works on the An. tion which I have always been en- tiquities of Northern Europe, lately deavouring to establish in my preach, died at Geneva, in the 77th year of ing, the mercy of God in Christ, and his age. He was the author of the mlich I believe to be the only founda. history of Denmark down to the close tion, on which any one can stand with of the 18th century. safety. I do not profess to have at. An history of Hesse down to the tained to full assurance, but I have 17th century. such a hope as raises me above all dis. An history of the House of Bruns, tressing fears of death. I am habitual. wick, from its accession to the throne by looking for the mercy of our Lord of England. Jesus Christ unto cternal life. If there An history of Switzerland. is any thing more for me to do, I am An history of the Hanseatic willing to stay and do it in my poor League. tay; but if not, if I know my own His Northern Antiquities, which heart, I am entirely resigned to go." we believe to be the only part of his