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Father has given me one stripe too .many."
On January the nth, jtist before her departure, she was tempted to think that it would have been better for her to have destroyed herself, than to endure such pain and sufferings; but, said she, " I know that the temptation comes from Satan: and Christ has conquered Satan; and I long to be—I shall be with Christ soon." Her desires were speedily fulfilled; and her spirit fled to the enjoyment of that precious Saviour, whom on earth she so ardently loved. Cfan we forbear exclaiming, "Here is the faith and patience of the saints. Let me die the death of the tighteous I"
Her funeral sermon was preached on the Sabbath week following, at the Independent chapel, Queenstreet, by Mr. Ebenezer White, from Psalm xcvii. 12. «'Light is found for the righteous, and joy tor the upright in heart."
Chester. E. W.
MISS ELIZABETH CULLIS.
On Monday, the 7th of February, died, aged fourteen years, Miss Elizabeth Cullis, daughter of Mr. John Cullis, ship-broker, on the Broad Quay, Bristol. She had enjoyed the privilege of hearing the gospel, and of receiving religious instruction from her parents,which, through the blessing of God, produced a happy effect on her mind, and rendered her a truly amiable, tender-hearted, and dutiful child. Before the commencement of her last illness, she appeared to be considerably impressed with a senre of divine things, and especially of the day of judgment, and the futuie state. Wlule lying upon her deathbed, being, at her own request, visited by the Rev. Mr. Wait, several times during her confinement, the grace of God wrought in her a complete resignation to his sovereign will. She shewed a willing. nass to die, rather than live in this miserable sinful world, because she loved Jesus Christ, and was satisfied she should be with him in glory; but at all times desired that his L will, not hers, might be done.— On die Thursday preceding herdis
solution, she recovered her senses and speech, after having lost the use of them for fliirty hours; and> almost immediate^exclaimed," The Lord helpmc! what poor miserable wretches are we!" She requested a hymn-bcok; and, after reading a little therein, she sung, in a very strong manner, the first verse of the hymn beginning " Day of judgment, day of wonders," &c. which she was very fond of: and then exclaimed, "Christ's precious blood cleanseth from all sin;" and to her mother, she said, " Watch and pray!" In the evening she begged her mother to forgive lier; to which her mother answered, *' You have not offended me; beg of God, my dear, to forgive you." When she quickly replied, " God has forgiven mc!" Several times in the night she was observed to lift up her hands and eyes, and to say, "My God, my Ged !" after which she sung the first part of the 77th Ps. new version. On Friday morning her mother a.-ked her if she was afraid to die; to which she answered, "No, 1 had much rather begone than s'ay here;" and tru-n sung part of that hymn, *' Ah I lovely appeirance of death!" Sec. In the evening, it was observed to her, — « Christ says, Him that Cometh,'—" Aye," said she, interrupting the speaker, " Him that cometh to me I will in nowise cast out!" The whole of Saturday and Sunday she was very weak; yet still repeated 'many broken sentences, which could not be perfectly understood. On Monday morning earlv, she sung the first verse of Dr. Watts's'hymn, "Why do we mourn departed friends?" Arc. and at half pist six fell asleep in Jesus.—On the Sabbath following, at her particular request, the scdeiiin providence was improved over iter, at St. ?%Iai) i( Port church, by the R'cv. Mr. Wait, from Phil, iii. 23 and aist verses, selected by herself; alter which she was interred in the same church. The pall wa- borne by six young ladies, near her owrt age, dressed in uniform white. The hymns, above cited, were sung at intervals during the service.
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When we'reviewed the first volume of this work in our Magazine for October lust, we explained the plan and nature of it, and gave a favourable opinion on its execution, winch we have seen no reason to retract. For the further information of our readers, we shall now give some extracts from the article Methodism, in tire second volume :—
"This denomination was founded in the year 1729, by one Mr. Morgan and Mr. J. Wesley. In the month of November that year, the latter being then fellow ot Lincoln College, began to spend some evenings in rcad.ng the Greek Testament, with Charles Wesley, student; Mr. Morgan, commoner of Christ Church; and Mr. Kirkmai, of Merton College. Not long afterwards, two or three of the pupils of Mr. J^hn Wesley, and one pupil of Mr. Charles Wesley, obtained leave to attend these meetings. They then began to visit the sick in dilicrent parts uf the town, and the prisoners alsu, who were confined in the castle. Two years after, they were joined by Mr. Ingram, of Queen's College, Mr. Broughton, and Mr. Hcrvty; and, in 1755, by the celebrated Mr.Whitefield, then in his eighteenth year. At this time their number in Oxford amounted to about fourteen, They obtained their name from the exact regularity of their lives, which gave occasion to a young gentleman of Christ Church to say, " Here is a new sect of Methodists sprung up ;" alluding to a sect of ancient phylicians who were called Methodists, because they reduced thi whole healing ait to a few common principles, and brought it into some method and order.
"At the time this Society was formed, it is said that the whole kingdom of England was tending fast to infidelity. "It is come," says Bishop Butler, " I know not how,-to be taken for granted by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of enquiry; but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious; and accordingly they treat it as if, in the present a,ge, this were ana-veement among all people of discernment, and nothmp, remained bur to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, as it were, by way of reprisals for its having so long interrupted the pleasures of the world." There is every reason to believe that the M«
thodists were the instruments ofstemm'nj this torrent. The sick and the poor also' tasted the fruits of their labours and benevolence: Mr. Wesley abridged himself of all his superfluities, and proposed a fond for tlu" relief of the indigent; and to prosperous was the scheme, that they quickly increased their fund to eighty pound, per annum This, which one should have thought would have been attended with praise instead of censure, quickly drew upon them a kind of persecution: some of the seniors of the university began to interfere: and it was]rcported," that tho colltge*censors were going to blow up the Godly Club." They found themselves, however, patronized and encouraged bj some men eminent for their learning and virtue; so that the Society still continued, though they had suffered a severe loss, ia 17^0, by the death of Mr. Morgan, who, it is said, was the founder of it. In Oct. ■735, John and Charles Wesley, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Delamotte, son of a merchant in London, embarked for Georgia, in order to preach the gospel to the Ind ans. After their arrival they were at first favourably received; but in ashore time lost the affection of the people; and, on account of some differences with the storekeeper, Mr. Wesley was obliged to return to England. Mr.Wesley, however, was s..on succeeded by Mr. Whitcfield, whose repeat, d labours in that part of the world are well known.
"Tbtir Untn. — After Mr. Whitcfield returned from America, in 1741, he declared his full assent to the doctrines of CaJvin. Mr. Wesley, on the contrary, professed the Armiman doctrine, and had printed in favour of perfection and universal redemption, and verv strongly aqainst election: a doctrine which Mr.Whitcfield believed to be scriptural. The difference, therefore, of sentiments between these two gre.it men caused a srpa;atlon. Mr.Wesley preached in a place called the Foundry, where Mr Whitcfield preached but onto, and no more. Mr. Whitcfield then preached to verv large congregations out of doors; and soon after, in connection with Mr. Ccnnick, and one or two more, began a new house, in Kin^swood, Gloucester* shire; and established a school that favoured Calvinistical preachers. The Methodists, therefore, were nrw divided f one part following Mr. Wesley, and the ether Mr. Whitcrielu."
The author here explains at large the opinions of Mr. Wesley, in his own -vords. lie then enters into the J. 1
discipline of the Methodists $ —explains fully what is called ihtitjfew Connection, and concludes with the tollou ing account of their numbers and success :—
"Notwithstanding the gv-neral contempt thai has been ihrown upon them, and the opposition they have met with, yet their numbers arc very considerable. In Mr. Wesliy's connection there are upwards of 400 preachers, and about 170,000 members. In 17S6, they sent Missionaries to the West Incics. Societies were formed in Barbadoes, it. Vincent's, Puminica, St. Christopher's, Ncv:f, Antigua, St.Lu^atU, Tortola, and St Croix.' i'hese Societies are now.very numerous; among whom, it is said, there are nut less than ii,:o •lacks. They have also 250 preachers employed on the continent of North America, and their Societies there consist of 6o,roo members. Among the Calvinistic Methodists there are also a considerable number of preachers, whose congregations and Jock-lies are very extensive: some of their places in London are the largest *nd best attended in the world: it is almost incredible to see the numbenoi ??o[ lew ho flock to these places In Lady Huntingdon's connection alone (ni<_l"d:.ig the country congregations) it is s<tiJ, tlure .tic 110 less than ico,cco hearers. As to their success in doing good, it is evident, thar, though many ignorant cmliusta-.'.s have been lound among them, yet no people have done" more to moralize mankind than they; nor have they resteJ there: t'u-y have not orily contributed to render thousands better members of society, but been the instruments of promoting tlu'tr spirt uvl and eternal intercsrs. by simplicity ot language, fervour of address, patience in opposition, unweariecmess in labour, piety of conduct, and dependence ou Almighty God, they certainly have been the m.e.1115 of doing -as much or more rc,al good than any other denomination whatever. A shrewd writer, therefore, who cannot be suspected of Mrthochsm, jusily S3ys, That these people have, in the hit fifty y?ars, ■ instructed more of the lower orders of the people in the obligations of Christhr.iiy, and. have called more from gros? vie-to piety and virtue, than the chinch h.iicver done since the Reformation; while, at the lame time, they have not cost government one farthing, but have becu treated with insult and contempt."
The Last Days of a Person ivh h id been one of Thomas Paine's Disciples j and ?l/h> departed this Life on
Thursday, Feb. u, 1802. By W,
This Memoir presents us with another proof"of the general truth of the adage, " Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die." Mr.B. the subject of this Memoir, came to Bristol, for the benefit of the water, &c. about a month before his decease; but finding he was not likely to recover, sent for a clergyman; one who, happily for him, wa» able to instruct him in the way of life. He frankly owned he had been an admirer of Thomas Paine; but observed, that no man, having em* braced his notions, could calmly look death in the face. In token of his detestation of that mischievous book, he had committed it to the flames. — At this time he was is norant of the gospel-method of sal vation; but was desirous of knowing it. A retrospect of his misconduct, especially in laying aside the Bible, and in profaning the Lord's Day, created a high degree of anguish. He was oppressed with a heavy burden of guilt; knew that lie must shortly appear before th« tribunal of God; and demanded, in a quiet but impressive manner, what was to be done, in order to his salvation. Mr. Wait preached ta him the free salvation of the gospel, which his mind seemed divinely prepared to receive. He also put into his hands Mr. Biddulph's Shorr Sermons, and Mr. Serle's Christian Remembrancer, which means of instruction teemed eminently blessed to his soul. But it was not till within a very few daysof his dissolution, that he enjoyed any reviving hope of acceptance in the beloved. At length, however, he attained a sweet degree of peace, humbly trusting that God our Redeemer had " received his soul to mercy." Reclining his head on the arm of the mistress of the house, a few minutes before his departure he observed, with great composure that he believed he was going j and inquired, whether she wa* not of the same opinion? Being answered, that in all probability he was going, and, a» it was hoped, to a precious SaVioTir, — he replied, Yes. After praying for some moments, he said he wanted to go to .sleep; and, hav* ing: fallen asleep, he speedily breathed fiis last, in a most gentle manner.
The author concludes the narrative with some proper reflections; warning his readers to beware lest any man spoil them, through philosophy and vain deceit.
We are glad to perceive that this little 7'ract has already reached a third edition; and we heartily recommend it, as a seasonable caveat against Infidelity, and a very suitable present to persons in danger of being infected with it, while it may be circulated at a small expence.
The Inconsistency of Conformity to this World in the Profession of Christianity: illustrated in Three Dialogues, between Mrs. Dormer and Miss Neivm.in. By Thomas Biddulph, M. A. Minister of St. James's, Bristol, and of Bengeworth, in Worcestershire, and Chaplain to the Dovjagcr Lady Bagot. %'vo, is. 6d.
Th E highly respectable author of this treatise, endeavours to engage the attention of his readers, in these dialogues, to such spirituality of manners in the professors of the gospel, at the present too lax system af the lesser morals, if I may use that expression, will hardly admit. Miss Newman, the chief speaker in these Dialogues, states her objections forcibly against worldly company, chosen without necessity, and
profitable substitution for trifling amusements, some may doubt; thp' the acquisition of this language is certainly not very difficult, and may be of great utility to all who wish a fuller acquaintance with the original scriptures. But, perhap., young people may be amused by acquisitions in geography, history, botany, &c. more agreeably, and with equally good effects.
The second Dialogue enters into the subject of what are called the Ahaphora, or things of an indifferent nature. Mrs. Dormer, the defendet of the commonly indulged amusements, gives up the playhouse, as the sink of impurity, and a school of profanenessl How our gentry, nobility, &c. will except" to such a concession, their practice demonstrates j but no sanction, however great, can alter the nature of things. Sufficient has beensaid by Mr. Law, D'.' Witherspoon, Dr. Bray, and many others, to prove the contrariety of the stage, and its performers, to the purity of the gospel; but, as to a curd-party, a song, or a dance, or such innocent amusements, Mrs. Dormer perceives nothing contrary to the spirit of. a Christian, in occasionally countenancing them by her presence, iho" she may not join in them. Mis« N. argues against the dangerous tendency of all these, however considered in the abstract as ind ifferent or innocent; and endeavours very strongly to prove the injurious effects of all these things; the loss of time, temper, and money, almost
countenancing the generally-allowed
lied innocent necessarily involved in these pur
scenes of what is ca dissipation, eten by bei.ig a party though without joining in them. She allows this will lead to a particularity of conduct, offensive to the world, but essential to the character and comfort of a real Christian. She censures the impropriety of pa, tents, so early introducing their daughters into the circle of public company, to the injury of the *' modesty and shamefacedness," recommended by an apostle, but judged at present a little obsolete. She describes the parental instruction she received and submitted to. Whether the study of the H< brew lajigu.'ge. be the mo>t amusing and
suits; and the impossibility of retiring Irom any such company without unfitting the mind for communion with God; and that the harm resulting from these is threat to body and soul, and inconsistent with, every baptismal engagement. Tlie argument is supported by strong quotations from Kishops Bcveridgr, Home, &c. But authorities w;eigh little against general usage. Vital Christianity is so far removed from nominal profession, that, like the strait gate that leadeth to /life, few find it. A truth too certain, from the li[>s eft* the Saviour, to admit dispute with his real dUciples; but
too shocking and offensive to the herd of Christians in name, to be ever supposed.
The fact is, all Miss N.'s arguments will nev-cr acquit her of austerity and affected sanctity (alias Methodism) in the eyes of all but a few, who have chosen the better part, and sought and found a happiness superior to what these thirgs, so zealously pleaded for, ever could afford.
We cordially wish these Dialogues may be deeply and seriously considered; fully persuaded, that the mi-erably unsound religion in vogue, ■will awfully deceive its delude.1 votaries, and leave them, as the foolish virgins, without. To such as are pleased with the sober seriousness of scriptural truth, much edification and conviction, such as Mrs. Dormer in the last Dialogue acknowledges, will be ministered; but if they look for point or anecdote, these enlivening touches will not be found.
Infant Salvation: an Essay, to prove the Salvation of all -who die in Infamy , with Answers to Objections. Second Edition, corrected S<vo, is. The first edition of this interesting pamphlet having escaped us, the great importance of the subject induces us now to recommend it to our readers; which we most cordially do, particularly to parents tinder distressing apprehensions as to the state of "their departed infants. Such the author endeavours to console with a variety ot Scriptural arguments j and which we think forcible and satisfactory.
An Essay on the Inspiration of the
Holy Scriptures of the Old ami Nnu 'T'tflament. By John Dick, A. M.
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In onr Magazine for Feb. 1801, with a brief analysis of this work, we gave it ourdecided approbation, as a comprehensive and masterly defence ot the doctrine of inspiration; ■which has of late years been much opposed, not only by avowed enemies, but by professed friends to revelation. The present edition being corrected and enlarged, has still greater claims to public patronage;
and we know not of any books of the same extent more suitable for young and wavering minds, than this and Mr. Boguc's celebrated Essiy: the one generally establishing the divine origin of Christianity; and the other pamcularly proving the claim of its sacred writers to inspiration from above.
Miscellaneous Papers, chiefly in the Form ofStrmons; written by the late George Griffiths, of Bristol a pious youth, who died at the Age oj Sixteen Years: also, a short Account of his last Days, To which is added, the Funeral Discourse which his Death occasioned. By S. Lowell, iimo. 144 pp. is. bd.
George Griffiths was a remarkable instance, not only of early piety, but of amiable disposition and promising talents. Before, however, those talents were matured for public usefulness, it pleased the Lord to call him to himself. His active mind anticipating the work upon which his heart was set, composed the outlines of several discourses, which are here presented to the public; and which, considering the age of the writer, may teach us to regret his loss. By these, being dead, he yet speaketh; and unites his voice with the servants of God of every age, to call upon us to " repent and believe the gospel." These short discourse* are not only pious, but animated, and generally judicious. The short exordium to the third discourse, appeared to.us particularly striking. The seventh sermon, on affliction, is very experimental; and the Discourse on the Love of God, written in his illness, is sweet and pious.
The Funeral Discourse, by Mr. Lowell, on the example of Josiah, is judicious and pathetic; the benefits of early piety, and the evili. of procrastination in religion, are represented with much energy and force of argument. We were surprized, however, that this sermon, which is said to be 'added,' is prefixed to those of Griffiths; and that his discourses, which (p. j.9) are called 'preceding,' act^'ly follow. But this confusion of arrangement is probably owing to the error of cither the printer ox the binder.