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who entertained just and liberal siderations about union among notions of the right of private Protestants. Vindication of judgment and toleration ; which Nonconformists from charge of he was honest and zealous schism. Account of the nature enough to maintainin his writings, of the Protestant religion. when the times were the least Octavo. Two catechisms. encouraging ; not only when the Rules forchurch fellowship. DiDissenters were suffering perse. atriba de justitia divinæ. Morticution under Charles II. but in fication of sin in believers. Dis1647, when the Parliament was course of the true nature of “arrived at full power, and he was schism. Review of ditto, with in much repute.”

a vindication of Congregational Works. Folio. The saints' churches. Nature and power of perseverance. Expositions on temptation. Defence of Cotton the Hebrews, 4 volumes. Com. against Cawdry. Exercitationes plete collection of his sermons 4 pro sacris Scripturis. Divine and several tracts. Discourses origin and authority of Scripture. on the work of the Spirit. Primer for children. Animad

Quarto. A display of Armin- versions on Fiat Lux. Vindicaianism. Duty of pastors and tion of ditto. Brief instruction people. Salus Electorum San. in the worship of God. Nature guis Jesu. Of the death of of indwelling sin. Truth and Christ. Vindiciæ Evangelicæ, or innocence vindicated in a surthe mystery of the gospel. Of vey of a discourse of ecclesiasticommunion with God, Father, cal polity. Brief vindication of Son, and Spirit. De naturæ, or- the Trinity. Of the Sabbath, tu, progressu, and studio veræ &c. Of evangelical love, church Theologiæ. Exposition of the peace and unity. Vindication of 130th Psalm. Doctrine of jus- his book on communion with tification by faith through im, God, against Dr. Sherlock's exputed righteousness. Glorious ceptions. Nature of apostasy. mystery of the person of Christ. Reason of faith in Scripture. Grace and duty of being spiritu. Ways and means of understandally minded. Inquiry into the ing the mind of God in Scriporiginal, nature, &c. of evangelie ture. Testimony to the goodcal churches. True nature of a ness and severity of God in his gospel church, and its govern dealing with sinful churches ment. Review of the annota- and nations. Work of the tions of Grotius. Discourse on Spirit in prayer.

Meditations liturgies and their imposition. on the glory of Christ, &c. in Indulgence and toleration con- two parts. Dominion of sin and sidered. A peace-offering, or

grace. Evidence of the faith of plea for indulgence. Church God's elect; and three sermons of Rome no safe guide. Con- in the morning exercises.




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see myself a poor worm drawing, OF LADY HUNTINGDON.* near him. What hope could I Extracted from a Letter to the entertain, if I did not know the

late Dr. Erskine, dated Juo efficacy of his blood, and turned ly 20, 1795.

as a prisoner of hope to this

strong hold? How little could Having fortunately met with any thing of mine give a moa short account of the last days of ment's rest to a departing soul? the Countess of Huntingdon ; So much sin and self mixing though I could not obtain her with the best, and always so life, and knowing that you wish- short of what we owe! It is well ed something upon the subject, for us that he can pity and par I here with transmit it for your don : and we have confidence Supplement; and shall be pleas that he will do so. I confess, ed to hear you are of the same my dear friend, I have no hope opinion with some of your breth- but that which inspired the dy: ren in Edinburgh, viz. that there ing malefactor at the side of my is no impropriety in publishing Lord ; and I must be saved in an account of Lady Huntingdon's the same way, as freely, as fully, death, without the life. I have or not at all." subjoined a letter from her med. The friend said, “ Madam, I ical friend. If you approve of cordially join you, and fall in it, as it bears such a strong tes with you. Though our lives timony in her favour, and cor- may be devoted to the work of roborates the truth of the pre- Jesus, and our deaths the conseceding narrative, I hope both quence of the service, it is not

to those sacrifices we could look Some little time before her for comfort in a dying hour." ladyship's last confinement, one She replied “No, verily." And of the clergymen whom she hon- enlarging on the idea of the mixoured with her confidence, spend- ture of infirmity and corruption ing a day with her as he passed which tarnished all our best through London, she spoke of meant services, she added, that herself in a strain so remarkably a șinner could only rest satisfacaffecting, that he could not but torily on one foundation, and mention it afterwards. The would find nothing in the best subject of the conversation was works of his best days, that he the cause of Christ, which could dare produce before God she always had so deeply at for its own sake ; sufficiently heart, and that led to the state blessed and secure, if he could of her own mind and expecta- but cry, God be merciful to me tions. The expressions were 10 a sinner, and let me 'be found this effect, but more forcible than accepted in the Beloved, and those feeble traces of them : “ I complete in him!” To those, in

the course of a long conversa

tion, were added many like words • "To this lady," says Dr. Er- of truth and grace. skine, "might justly be applied the words of the apostle, 2 Cor. viii. 18,

To a paper of importance, " Whose praise is in the gospel, written within a few months bethroughout all the churches.

fore her last illness, were subjoins

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ed these words : “And as I have is filled with glory. I am as in always lived the poor unworthy the element of heaven itself.” pensioner of the infinite bounty They who knew how constantly of my Lord God and Saviour Je- her conversation was in heaven, sus Christ, so I do hereby de- will conclude, that those who clare, that all my present peace, were around her, might fill voland my future hope of glory, umes, instead of pages, with her either in whole or in part, de- energetic expressions. But she pend wholly, fully and finally, hus forbidden it, and the publicaupon his alone merits ; commit- tion of her papers and corresting my soul into his arms un- pondence. reservedly, as a subject of his Weakened by complicated disa sole mercy to all eternity.”

orders, and enfeebled by age ; When the blood vessel broke, when about a week preceding which was the commencement of her departure, she was confined her illness in November, she on the bed of languishing, it said to a friend, on being asked could not but afford surprise to how she did, “ I am well. All all around her, that the vigour is well forever. I see, wherever of her mind was as unabaled, and I turn my eyes, whether I live her intellects as clear, as in any or die, nothing but victory." period of her life. The same She has lately with great empha- earnest concern for the work of sis repeated often, “ The com- God, and the advancement of the ing of the Lord draweth nigh. kingdom of his dear Son, abroad O my friend, the coming of the and at home, occupied all her Lord draweth nigh!"--adding, thoughts. Anxious that an at“The thought fills my soul with tempt to send the gospel to Otajoy unspeakable; whether I shall heite in the South Seas, should see his glory more abundantly succeed, to a friend engaged in appear, .or whether it be an that labour of love, who was sitintimation of my own departure ting by her bedside, she began to to Him."

express her earnest desire that it At another time, “ All the lit- might be accomplished. He with tle ruffles and difficulties which difficulty prevailed on her to surround me, and all the pains I drop the subject, lest talking am exercised with in this poor earnestly might interrupt the body, through mercy affect not rest which was desireable for her, the settled peace and joy of my assuring her that every means soul."

would be pursued to effect so A day or two before her last desirable an event.

“ And toillness, just as she had come morrow," said he, your ladyfrom her room to her elbow-chair, ship shall hear what can be she broke out in these remarka- done.” And when, next day, ble words :

difficulties were raised, and the “ The Lord hath been present two persons who had engaged with my spirit this morning in a to go as missionaries, deinurred, remarkable manner. What he unless they could be ordained in means to convey to my mind, I the Established Church, which know not. It may be, my ap- was refused them; she said, on proaching departure. My soul being informed of it, “ We shall find others, I doubt not :” and circled in the arms of love and gave immediate orders to her mercy.” And, at another time, secretary to write a note to the “I long to be at home : 0, I person engaged in the pursuit, long to be at home.” A little to assure him of her affectionate before she died, she said repeatregard, and to express her love edly, “ I shall go to my God and and honour for his zeal and faith- Father this night :” and shortly fulness. So warmly was her aster, “ Can he forget to be gra. heart interested in this work to cious ? Is there any end of his her very last moments.

loving-kindness ?” About an hour only before Dr. Lettsome had visited her her death, she said to a female between four and five ; shortly friend, who with assiduous atien- after her strength failed, and she tion for many nights and days appeared departing. Alarmed, never quitted the room, “ Is they summoned up a friend who Charles's letter come ?" was waiting anxiously below. had sent for him to supply her He took her hand ; it was bechapel in Spa Fields, when Mr. dewed with sweat: he applied Jones of Langan returned home.) his fingers to the pulse—it had On being answered it is, she ceased to beat--and that instant said, “ It must be opened, to see she breathed her last sigh as he if he comes.” When her friend leaned over her, and fell asleep said, “ I will go and open it;" in Jesus, June 17, 1791, in the she added, “ To know if he 84th year of her age. comes, that is the point.” So The next day, Dr. Lettsome anxiously were the cares of her wrote the following letter to Lawork impressed upon her dying dy A. E. which speaks the worheart : and often she added, thy sentiments of his own heart, when speaking of the people in and the satisfaction which so noher connexion as her children, ble an example afforded him : " I feel for their souls."

“ Dear Lady A. E.-I deeply During the whole of her ill- sympathize with thee and all the ness, her pains never made her family in Christ, in the removal impatiunt; but she seemed more of thai evangelic woman so lateconcerned about those who at. ly among us, the Countess of tended her, than about herself. Huntingdon. Your souls were She said tenderly to Lady A. E. so united, and your affections so and Miss S. A. whose long, endeared together, that I cannot faithful, and tender attachment but feel in a particular manner to ber is well known, “ I fear I on thy account, lest the mournshall be the death of you both," ful state of thy mind may under(alluding to their constant watch- mine thy constitution, and ening with her); "it will be but a danger a life spent in mitigating lew days more.” She appeared, the painful suflerings of body of during the tedious nights and our cieceased friend while living. days of pain and sickness, en- Her advanced age and debilitated paged in prayer, and animated frame, had long prepared my with thankfulness for the unut- mind for an event which has at lerable inercies which she had length deprived the world of its experienced, saying, “ I am en- brightest ornament. How often

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have we, when sitting by her vanced age with the perfect ex® sick bed, witnessed the faithful ercise of her mental faculties; composure with which she has and that under long and painful viewed this awful change ! Not days and nights of sickness she with the fearful prospect of never repined, but appeared con• doubt ; not with the dreadful stantly animaled in prayer and apprehension of the judgment of thankfulness for the unutterable an offended Creator. Hers was mercies she experienced. Wien all peace within, a tranquillity I look back upon tie last years and cheerfulness which conscious of my attendance, and connect acceptance alone could convey. with it the multitudes of others How often have we seen her, el- whom my profession' has introevated above the earth and earth- duced me to, I feel consolation ly things, uttering this language: in acknowledging, that of all the "My work is done, I have noth• daughters of athiction, she exing io do but to go to my bea- bibited the greatest degree of venly Father.” Let us, there- Christian composure that ever I fore, under a firm conviction of witnessed; und that submission her felicity, endeavour to fole to divine allotment, however selow her, as she followed her Reo vere and painful, which nothing deemer.

Let us be thankful but divine aid could inspire." that she was preserved to ad

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THOUGHTS ON JUSTIFICATION. the action, or, if he did, that the

action was no crime. In civil The term justification is not society, he, who is justified, canproperly used, but in relation to not be pardoned, and he, who is a person, against whom some pardoned, cannot be justified. crime is alleged. A person is But as it respects punishment, accused of a particular action. pardon and justification are the By proving either, that he did same even in human courts. not perform the action, or, that He, who is pardoned, and he, the action was no crime, he jus- who is justified, are equally sure tifies himself; and whenever of not being punished. this is proved to the satisfaction It is evident, then, that the of the judge, he pronounces jus- difference between justification tification on the accused person. as used by civilians, and justifi

As it respects human tribu- cation as used in the Bible, has dals, there is a difference be- relation to what is past, ar.d not tween justification and pardon. 10 what is suture. It respects When the judge justifies, or their pasl characters, and noć pronounceth the justification of their future destiny. A person an accused person, he declares, jusufied in either case can either that the latter Dever did ceive no punishment from the law. Vol. III. No. 2,



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