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common gaol $ anOMpou conviction before three magistrates, may be -*S committed to the workhouse, there to be kept to hard labour; "for the first offence one month, and for every subsequent offence, six months each." — If a slave, the penalty for the first offence is the same, and for each succeeding one a public \fioggixg; — if a white, to sulfer such punishment as the ** court shall see Jit to inflict, not extending to life."— Pained as we are by this informa. tion, we feel confident in the guarxlian care of Providence; and are persuaded that no Prince of the -House of Brunswick will sanction any laws which tend to rekindle the flames of religious persecution.'
ArRIL 19th, the Bishop of London held a visitation of the clergy at St. Martin's Church, where a Sermon was preached by the Rev. Gerrard Andrews, rector of St. James's, Westminster, from Roru. xi. 13. *• I magnify mine office:" after which his Lordship delivered a charge to the clergy.
On Sunday afternoon, May 15, ryjr. ■frey, a converted Jew, now under the tuition of Mr. Bogue,for missionary labours, preached a sermon to thejews at Sion Chapel, from Gen. K'iii.i. "And Abraham said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee, between roe and thce,&c. tor we be brerhren." The texts referred to in the discourse, were first recited in Hebrew, and then in English. • A prodigious congregation was collected, among whom were observed about two hundred of the children of Abraham. After the sermon, several of them came into the vestry, and spoke in a friendly manner to the preacher.
Tuesday morning, May 31st, the Rev. Richard Cecil, A. M. preached before the Society for Missions to Africa and the East, at Blackfriar's Church, from Isaiah xi. 3-. ** Prepare ye the way of the Lord." The moral state of the heathen, the means, which it is our duty as Christians to use for their salvation, and the motive" to stimulate us to ihe use of such means with energy and fervour, formed the leading branches of his discourse. In de
sionary called and lent of God, Mr. Cecil paid an honourable tribute to the memory of the late venerable Mr. Swartz, the Danish Missionary, who died in India, Feb. 13, 1798. — The church was well filled, and. many evangelical clergymen and dissenting ministers were present.
The Rev. W. B. Williams, late Curate of High Wycomb, succeed* Mr. Eyre, as Minister of Homerton chapel.
The Rev. Watts Wilkinson, chaplain to the Haberdashers'Almshouses at Hoxton, is appointed, by the Haberdashers' company, to the, Lectureship of St. Bartholomew behind the Royal Exchange, vacant by the death of the late Dr. Finch.
It is a circumstance worthy of general notice, and peculiarly encouraging to the ministers of the gospel, that, of late years, a generous attention has been shewn by the British churches to the widows and families of deceased pastors. In addition to former instances of this kind, it is with pleasure we record, that the sum ol 1611I. has been raised. by the congregation and friends of the late Mr. Maurice, of Fetter Lane, London, for the use of his family..
The death of the Rev. Mr. Newell (mentioned in our Obituary) who has left a widow and three children, totally unprovided fur, will give another opportunity to the religious public, who, we trust, •• are not weary in well.doing," to testify their regard tc the Lord Jesus, by their kindness to the bereaved and distressed family, of one of hit most fumble and faithful ministers. Benefactions, we understand, will be received by O. Oldham, Esq. of Brook-House, HoL born; and by the Rev. Mr. VVilks, of Old-street Road.
The Rev. George Burder, late of Coventry, is removed to London, liaving been recently chosen Secretary to the Missionary Society, and final'Editor of this Magazine, instead of the late Rev. Mr, Eyre, He has also accepted an unanimous call from the church, lute under the Dastor.il care of Mr.
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THE LORD'S PRAYER.
Our Father, God! who art in Hrav'n, To thy great name, be rev'rence giv'n! Thy peaceful kingdom wide extend; And reign, O Lord, till time shall end 1
Thy sacred will on earth be done,
As 'tis by angels round thy throne;
And let us ev'ry day be fed
With earthly, and with heav'nly, bread..
Our sins forgivt', and teach us thus
Thine is the kingdom to controul,
ON THE PROSPECT OF DYING.
At thy command I meekly yield
Fix thou the time (the time is KV4.
In the divine decree):
And I will answer tbec.
My flesh and soul to thee I've grv'a
In their united Mate:
With each when separate?
To dwell on earth with roe:
"Where I am thou shaft be •"
Th)r glorious angels stood prepar'd,
His parting spirit to convey
Those morning stars thro- all my way-
And will they not, when loos'd from clay.
O glorious faith! that bears the soul
Lar'ring to reach the heav'nly goal,
THE LATE REV. JOHN ERSKINE, D. D;
If honourable birth arid personal endowments,—if amiable manners and extensive benevolence,— if-early and exemplary piety and unremitted zeal, dining a long and laborious life ; — if any, or all these qualities combined, can give weight and interest to character, Dr. John Erskine must be ranked among the most eminent persons of the age in which he lived.
This excellent man was descended from two of the most ancient houses in the peerage of Scotland; and his nearest relations belong to some of the most distinguished and respectable families of that country. His father, Mr Erskine of Carnock, who will always be mentioned as a man of superior worth and eminent talents, was an advocate at the Scotch bar; and, for some time, Professor of Scotch Law in the University of Edinburgh. His " Institates of the Law of Scotland," in five folio volumes, as a book of authority and of profound information, is well known to have placed his name among lawyers of the first rank.
Dr. Erskine was the eldest son of this respectable man; and Hi ill be allowed to have added, in no small degree, to the honour of his family. His noble soul animated a feeble and slender body; and yet, through the goodness of Providence to the church, and to the "world, he was enabled to sustain many se~ vere shocks of adversity; and was preserved. With his faculties unimpaired, till he had outlived almost all his contemporaries.
His original talents were far beyond the ordinary standard, He was distinguished by the unusual extent and com prehension, of his understanding; by the acutene-is, the accuracy, and the perspicuity of his reasonings, and by the general clearness and solidity of his judgment
Dr. Erskine feared God from his earliest youth. Even when at school, though he excelled as a scholar, he had a settled
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