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termost! What an alarm to presence of God. It is presusleeping Christians and mere med that you do not sorrow on professors! What a decided her account, that she is taken testimony of the real truth of from this vale of tears. You the words the carnal mind is en- have no reason to be disturbed mity against God? The same in your mind when you contemprinciple is in every natural plate her present state with deheart, only more restrained.-parted spirits. She gave every Who, that know the Lord Jesus evidence of her friendship to Christ, will not ackowledge, that God and his kingdom, and her in this case was acted out the union to the Lord Jesus, while same heart which they see in living. The weight of the cathemselves, and in every human lamity sustained by surviving creature ; and which would relatives must be greatly diminhave been probably much worse ished by the consideration that in them were it not for the pow- their departed friend has gone er of restraining and converting to eternal rest. What is your grace? There is room firmly loss is her gain. She is now and feelingly to believe the doc- borne beyond all the toils, pains, trine of man's depravity. The and sorrows of time in which Lord teaches it not only in his she had an unusual share ; yes, word but in the dispensation of she has arrived to where there his Grace; he teaches it in most is no more death, neither sorsolemn accents.

row, nor crying, Let us make our peace with Your worthy parent has been him, by humble submission : removed by a righteous God. that when we die we may as

The arrow was not shot at r'ancend to that “ bless'd abode," dom, which occasioned her death. where we may find all the disci- Not by blind chance, or unmeanplinary scenes of this world to ing fatality was she brought to have terminated for our good ; the grave ; but by a wise, perand where a precious Redeemer fectly wise, and holy proviwill be forever new and com-dence. You hope you love God, pletely entertaining:

and profess to make his glory your first object. All that his hand doth amongst men is to

display his perfections. You A letter to a female friend on will then cheerfully submit to

hearing of the death of her his afflictive providences, and mother.

from the consideration that he

reigns you will derive consolaDec. 16, 1805.

tion and joy in the darkest and My FRIEND,

most trying seasons.

If, as you hope, you are one sorrowful intelligence of the of God's children, this bereavedeath of your mother. I know ment is designed for your best you must be in great affliction, good, and will be sanctified 10 and feel myself to be in some this end. All things will work measure affected by the provi- together for the good of them dence. I feel for you, and wish that love God, to them who are and pray that you may have the I called according to his purpose.

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Whom the Lord loveth, he chas- | ver be made up in the same 'teneth, and scourgeth every son | kind of good. whom he receiveth. Many You have lost one of the best Christians, like David, have friends you had upon earth. found it good to be afflicted. Job None but one among all the sons was rendered more eminent in and daughters of men had that grace by reason of his sore af- affection and concern for you. Äictions, and so is every child She was unwearied in her laof God. The Lord doth not af- bors for your good, and both fict willingly, nor grieve the night and day ministered to your children of men ; but if need be, comfort in sickness and distress. he brings his people into the fur- You have lost her society. You nace of affliction, to purify them might improve and feel happy from dross, and make their in her presence. To female graces to shine.

delicacy and modesty, she uniGod in his goodness contin- ted such dignity of deportment úed to your enjoyment an affec- as every where commanded restionate and faithful parent thro' pect. Her discourse was never your forming age, and until you vain, trifling, or slanderous; but left your father's house to have always seasoned with good sense, a family of your own. Many prudence, and grace. She could children have been left without speak for virtue and for God. the care, attention, and counsel Her conversation ministered ed. of a fond mother when they ification to those who heard her. most needed them. You see the Her example was instructive ; great difference in this respect, peculiarly so to her children, between your own case and ma- and much so to society. You ny around you. Your mother have been a witness to her dilihad the happiness of living to gence and economy, her sobrisee her daughters comfortably ety and composure of mind, her settled in the world, and her patience and submission in trouonly son to arrive to manhood, ble, her attention to the scripindustrious, steady, and sober. tures, and sacred regard for the It was all for their good. Such sabbath. As she was often deconsiderations, as those now sug- tained from the house of prayer, gested, should console your heart you know how she embraced in this day of trouble, and cause every opportunity to worship you to rejoice and be thankful God with his saints. She seemin the midst of adversity. ed to have the feelings of the

Perhaps you may think, that psalmist, “ I was glad when they though the sentiments now men- said unto me, Let us go up to tioned may diminish your sor- the house of the Lord.You row; yet there are so many remember her pleasure and joy other considerations calculated at the time of refreshing from to swell the tide of your grief, the presence of the Lord, when that you cannot suppress it. I she saw some of her own chilknow, dear friend, that the cup dren, with a multitude of their which God has given you to companions, seeking after God drink is indeed a bitter cup. and subscribing to be his. You Your loss is great, and will ne-, have seen her aversion to strife

and contention. Her voice was

ever for peace. She practised | their powers - and influence to kindness, hospitality, and equi- promote the cause of vice and ty, while she looked well to the irreligion. Others, who seem 'ways of her household. Indeed, to have no ability to be useful in I may say without exaggeration, society, but may be considered her example shone with singu- as a burden and a nuisance, are lar lustre.

continued in the land of the liv. You have lost her good coun- ing to an unusual age. At the sel. She was capable of advis- same time, many, who appear ing in your domestic concerns, singularly promising, being furand as to your general deport- nished with strength and brilment; but, especially, in the liancy of mind, improved by cdthings of religion. She was an ucation, and enriched by grace, excellent counsellor in spiritual are cut down in the midst, if darkness and trouble.

not in the, morning of life.You have, furthermore, lost | Your departed friend was in a her prayers.' Such was her re- situation, and had a heart to do ligious life, and such her sense much good. She has been reof the importance of piety, and moved in the midst of life, while such her concern for the future you see others, who are a great welfare of her children, that we injury to the community, spareci. may presume you was daily re- Why it is so, perhaps we can membererl in her addresses at only say with Christ, Even so the throne of grace. Perhaps Father, for so it hath seemed good it is in answer to the prayers of in thy sighi.... faith that the richest blessings I trust you do not need to be are bestowed upon the children taught how to improve the death of pious parents. The prayer of your friend. But, notwithof the righteous man availeth standing, suffer me to observe much. All these losses you that the apostle's words furnish have sustained in the death of us with cautions under the your mother. No wonder you frowns of providence, which are sorrowful under the bereave- well deserving our ment. But remember that God heed ; My Son, desfiise not thou hath taken away, only what be the chastening of th: Lord, nor gave. He had the best right to faint when thouart reluked of him. the blessing. Then be still and We are in danger of erring in know that the Lord is God. one of these two extremes ; a

Your parent is taken from you mecium is.cheerful submission in the midst of life. According to the will of heaven ; and this to the course of nature she might is both our duty and happiness. have lived to have been an ac- Every such calamity as that tive instrument of good to her you have been called to experifriends and society for many ence, should increase your huyears. And here is one of the mility, your dependence upon mysteries of divine providence. God, your prayerfulness, your The wicked often live, become alienation from the world and old, yea are mighty in power. heavenly mindedness. This We sometimes -sce the vilést providence should improve eviof men living to a great age, ry grace and stimulate to a though they seem to exert all Vol. VI. NO. 10.

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prompt and faithful discharge of colors ? and did not the Father every duty.

prepare for his son Jesus, a Your honored father, who is body curiously wrought in the now descending the hill of life, lower parts of the earth? Did you will not forget in his discon- Joseph, at the command of his solate state. He has felt the father, go to seek his brethren bereavement more sensibly than and enquire for their welfare ? his children. He has commit- and did not Christ at his Father's ted to the dust the wise of his command, come into the world youth, the desire of his eyes, to seek and save his brethren of the friend of his bosom. In his the human race, and his kindred other aftlictions he hari one to according to the flesh ? Did the sorrow with him and help bear reproofs of Joseph procure the his burdens ; but now he is a hatred of his brethren ? and did lone. You are planted nigh by not Christ's brethren, the world, his dwelling ; visit him often, hate him because he testified of and show yourself an affectionate it, that the deeds thereof were child. That the dealings of di- evil ? Did the brethren of Joseph vine providence, both merciful conspire against him and sell and afflictive, may subserve your him to strangers ? and did not best good is the sincere desire the Jews conspire against Christ of yours affectionately,

and deliver him to the Gentiles ? T. S. Was Joseph faithful to his

master? and did not God's servant, Christ, deal prudently?

Was Joseph, for his fidelity and Explanation of Scriptural Types. zeal for his master's honor, ma

liciously accused and injuriously No. XII.

cast into prison ? and was not

Christ, for his zealous support JOSEPII a Type of Christ.

of his Father's law and honor, N all biography perhaps, we enviously apprehended and unpure and amiable, nor a life Joseph meek and patient under more replete with interesting the injuries and abuses which scenes and events, than that of he received ? and was Christ Joseph. Adorned in his person led as a lamb to the slaughter? with the most amiable virtues, did he cry, or lift up, or cause he was a dutiful son, an affec- his voice to be heard in the tionate brother, a faithful ser- streets ? when he was reviled, vant, a meck and patient suffer- did he revile again? Was Joer, a wise and excellent prince, seph for interpreting the dreams and a universal benefactor. If of Pharaoh, called Zaphnathwe consider him as a type of paaneah, a revealer of secrets ? Christ, how great the resem- and did not Christ, the only beblance? Was Joseph the fa gotten of the Father, reveal the vorite son of his father Jacob ? counsels and designs of his and is not Christ the beloved son grace ? Did Joseph speak roughof his father, in whom his soul ly to his brethren, and then redelighteth? Did Jacob make for veal himself to them in the enhis son Joseph a coat of many Idearing affection of a brother?

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and doth not Christ often hide ed him at his own right hand himself from his people and on the throne of majesty in the afflict their souls with pain, to heavens, gave him power over humble and prove them, that all things in heaven and earth, he may speak comfortably to authorities, principalities and them and do them good in their powers being made subject to latter end ?-However Joseph him, and the word is gone forth might typify Christ in these in- that to him every knee shall ferior respects, yet are we not bow, and every tongue confess to consider him, principally, as to the glory of God the Father : a type of Christ,

and now, enthroned in majesty 1. In his advancement from and light, he reigns before all deep humiliation and distress, to his ancients gloriously. great dignity and power? When

2. As a great benefactor and Joseph had been taught humili- Saviour ? ty and obedience by the things Joseph in his provident care which he suffered, and the time filled his granaries with the corn of his deliverance was come, the of Egypt, from which he supking sent and loosed him, and plied the Egyptians and his fathose feet which had been hurt ther's house through the famine with fetters, ascended the chariot that consumed the land, saved of state, he was constituted go- much people alive, and became vernor over all the land of Egypt, the common benefactor and to bind princes at his pleasure, saviour of the land of Egypt.' and it was proclaimed before In this how eminently did he him, bow the knee, as a token of typify Jesus Christ, who meruniversal homage, subjection cifully interposed in favor of and obedience. What a sud- sinful man, and became the den and surprising transition ? gracious deliverer and common What a wonderful and honora- Saviour of a perishing word ? ble exaltation? What an im- Joseph supplied the wants of the pressive representation of the distressed from his store houses deep humiliation and abase and granaries, with the corn of ment, and the infinite and glori. Egypt; but Christ relieves the ous exaltation of Christ Jesus, distresses of perishing souls who took upon him the form of from the inexhaustible treasures a servant, who gave his back to of his wisdom and grace, with the smiters, and his cheeks to the true bread which cometh them that plucked off the hair, down from heaven. Did Joseph and hid not his face from shame regard the cries of the distressed, and spitting, whose hands and and grant them relief? and feet were hurt with iron on the doth not Christ, more mercisul cross, on which he expired than Joseph, not only receive amidst the hisses and reproach- all who come to him, rejecting es of the surrounding multitude, none ; but also, in the fielting in agony and groans. But God accepts of compassion, invite loosed the bands of death, and the wretched, Come unto me all exalted him from this abyss of ye that labor and are heavy laignominy and shame above all den, and I will give you rest? principality and power, and Can any resist the address, Ho, every name that is named, seat- every one that thirsteth, come

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