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wood, A. M. pastor of the second church in Woodstock. Hartford. Lincoln and Gleason. The great question answered ; or, the pure doctrines of the cross exhibited and explained. In two parts. To which is added the sentiments of Feneion on the inward teachin of the Holy Spirit. J. Howe. For sale by S. Etheridge, Charlestown, and Lincoln and Edmands, Boston. The Religious Repository. Published once in two months. By the New Hampshire Missionary Society. Price 50 cents per annum, 10 cents single. Concord. George Hough. An account of the several religious societies in Portsmouth, N. H. from their first establishment, and of the ministers of each, to the first of Jan. 1805. By Timothy Alden, jun. menber of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and of the society in the State of New York, for the promotion of agriculture, arts, and manufactures. Boston. Munroe, Francis and Parker. 1808. \ The Conquest of the last enemy, or, a complete victory over death. A discourse, delivered March 9, 1807, at the funeral of the Rev. Samuel Foxcroft, A. M. late pastor of the Congregational church in New Gloucester. By Jonathan Scott, pastor of the first church in Minot. Charlestown. S. Etheridge. 1808. An alarm to unconverted sinners, with divers practical cases of conscience judiciously resolved. By Joseph Allein, late minister of the gospel at Taunton, Somersetshire. Charlestown. S. Etheridge. 1807. The twelfth edition of Rollin's Ancient History is now in the press, two volumes of which are before the public. Boston. Etheridge & Bliss, and S. Etheridge, Charlestown. Self-Employment in secret, left under the hand writing of the Rev. Mr. Corbet, late of Chichester. has lately been republished by S. Etheridge. Charles' own. Divine Goodness in Aflictions. Considered in a discourse delivered August 9, 1807, communion day, to the West Church in its widowed State, and also to Mrs. Crocker, a Member thereof, and her Children ; it being Lord's day after the Interment of her Husband and their Fathcr, Capt. John Crocker, who died of
a cancer. By Jotham Waterman, A. B. v. p. M. pastor of the east church in Barnstable. Boston. Lincoln & Edmands. 1808.
works IN THE PR Ess.
Mr. Charles Pierce of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has put to press and will speedily publish, Religious Cases of Conscience answered in an evan. gelical manner at the Casuistical Lecture, in Little St. Helen's, Bishop-gate-street. By S. Pike & S. Hayward. To which is added, the Spiritual Companion, or professing Christian tried at the bar of God's word. By S. Pike.
Isaiah Thomas, jun. of Worcester has in the press the following works :
The complete works of the late Rev. Jonathan Edwards, President of the College of N. Jersey. This work will be comprised in eight octavo volumes.; it is publishing on an entire new type, and fine wove paper.
Whiston's genuine works of Flavius Josephus, the learned and authcntic Jewish historian, and celebrated warrior. This work will be published in three octavo volumes, from the last Edinburgh edition, printed in 1804.
Schrevelii’s Greek Lexicon. This work will be completed in the course of the winter.
Brown's Genuine Dictionary of the Holy Bible; containing an historical account of the persons; a geographical and historical account of the places; a literal, critical and systematical description of other objects, whether natural, artificial, civil, religious or military , and the explanation of the appellative terms mentioned in the writings of the Old and New Testament ; the whole coinprising whatever is known concerning the antiquity of the Hebrew nation and church of God—Forming a sacred commentary : a body of Scripture history, chronology, and divinity; and serving in a great measure as a Concordance to the Bible—in two vol. umes. This valuable work has just becm printed in Edinburgh under the immediate direction of Mr. B, own’s sons, and has many valuable additions and corrections made by the Author previous to his death. A sketch of Mr. Brown's life is prefixed to this Edition.
Character of Deacon john Larkin, of Charlestown. Who died December 14th, 1807, in the 73d year of his age.
The religious character of this ood man was formed on the model of the Holy Scriptures. With this sacred volume he was familiarly conversant; and large portions of it, judiciously selected, were treasured up for constant use in his memory. He religiously made the glory of Christ the end, his grace the principle, and his word, the rule of life. His faith was sound, and according to godliness. It was firmly built on the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. For this faith he was a sincere and uniform advocate. By this faith he walked through life, and it cheered and comforted him on the bed of death. The love of Christ was his most delightful theme ; often would he dwell upon it with tears of affectionate delight. The ordinances of God's house were refreshing to his soul. Sacramental seasons were peculiarly precious to him, and were improved as fit seasons, to minister liberally to the poor of Christ's flock. Few characters could with more sincerity adopt the language of the Psalmist: “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord.” He was a constant and very devout worshipper in the sanctuary of Jehovah, till prevented by that sickness which terminated his pious and useful life. He was a man of prayer. The morning and evening sacrifices in the family and in the closet were punctually and devoutly offered. In these duties he was ardent and tender. He poured out his soul before God. The interests of the Redeemer’s kingdom lay near his heart, and its prosperity ever gave him delight. God was pleased to crown his honest industry with success, and to bless him with the means of being useful to those relatives, who were in a degree dependent on his charitable care, to the church and to the poor;
and this talent he conscientiously aimed so to improve, in his life and by his last will and testament, as that he might give to God a good account of his stewardship. He has left that good name behind him, which is better than precious ointment. In his death his family and numerous relatives have been deprived of one, who was deservedly very dear to them ; this church of a respected and venerable officer and pillar ; the writer of this tribute of respect, of a very dear and faithful friend and parishioner; the poor of this church and of the town, of a liberal benefactor; the religious world, of a member deeply concerned for its welfare, and his country of a warm-hearted and very sincere patriot. But we have to be thankful, that he lived to bear fruit in old age, and that he went peacefully to his grave, like a shock of corn ripe for the harvest. Warned of his approaching departure, he deliberately set his l, use in order, and prepared to meet death with composure. Few Christians have ever been more highly favoured in the closing scene of life, than this pious servant of God. His last sickness was not painful, and he was surrounded with everything his heart could desire, or enjoy. Death advanced toward him by slow and regular steps. He clearly espied him at a distance, but he beheld in him nothing terrible. He knew that his Saviour had disarmed him of his sting, and that through Christ strengthening him, he should conquer when he fell. Conscious that he could say, “For me to live is Christ,” he could without wavering add, “and to die is gain.” He was favoured with a constant serenity of soul. In one of his last seasons of private devotion, he had some peculiar and ravishing tokens of the divine love and favour toward him. His dying observations were striking and useful, and will be long remembered by those beloved relatives and friends, who heard them. When he retired to his chamber for the last time, but a few days before his death, he told the writer, with the utmost composure, “This evening I expect to go into my chamber, never to leave it till my body shall be carried thence for burial.” At another time, he said, “I feel that the earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolving, but blessed be God, I trust I have a building of God, an house not
made with hands eternal in the heav-,
ens.” The writer witnessed the death of this good man, and never did iie behold such a scene of mingled sorrow and joy. There was nothing in it ghastly or awful. Not a limb was convulsed, nor a feature of the face distorted. A smile of joy even beamed on his dying countenance. Closing his own eyes, he sweetly fell asleep, not to wake again till the resurrection. Such are the fruits of a pious life. Such the death of a Christian. “Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.” Where now is the spirit of this departed saint With whom is he associated What is his enployment Were he now from the illest abodes, to address us, who lament his departure, he would say, “Weep not for me, Oh my friends, weep for yourselves ; prepare to meet your God. while you live, and your death shall be everlasting gain.”
Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Alexander Mc Lean, who died at Newcastle, ( Maine) january 11, 1803, in the 64th year of his age.
THE Rev. Alexander McLean was born in the Island of Skey, (Scotland) educated at the University of Aberdeen, and introduced into the ministry in his native country. In the year 1770 he came to America, and was settled as a gospel minister in the town of Bristol, (District of Maine) in 1773. About 1798 he gave up his charge in that place, and spent seven or eight years as a missionary in the destitute parts of Maine, under the direction of the Society for prop
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agating the gospel. And such was his diligence, zeal and fidelity, as a missionary, that he was employed by that highly respectable Society, until his bodily infirmities rendered him unable to serve them any longer. He languished under a complieation of disorders for more than a year and a half; but the dropsy finally became the predominant complaint, and ended the struggle." He was a man of strong mental powers, and of extensive information; of a robust constitution, which was literally worn out ; hasty in spirit, but generous and sympathetic ; reserved, and to strangers rather forbidding, in his manners, but very sincere and faithful, as a friend. He had his imperfections; but many of the Christian graces shone with lustre in his life; especially under the heaviest asiiictions. Indeed it may be said, that as a good man, “ his praise is in all our churches.” It appears, that he was the subject of a gracious change of heart about the time he came into this country. Before this experimental acquaint: "... e. with the gospel he was attached to the Arminian sentiments, and opposed to the doctrines of grace; but, from this time, he was led into a better understanding of the gospel. His understanding being enlightened by the Holy Ghost, and his heart reconciled to God’s character, he became a thorough Calvinist in sentiment, and considered the doctrines of grace, as the grand charter of 1.3 salvation. Renouncing all dependence on his own righteousness for acceptance with God, he placed his entire dependence on the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ, who is exhibited in the gospel as the only propitiation for sin. And being confident that Jesus was able to keep what he had committed to his care, he expressed a hope full of immortality, and appeared willing to depart and be with him. In love aching he used great plainness of speech, reproved with author
* At the request of a respectable number of the inhabitants of Bristol, the remains of the Rev. Mr. Mc Lean were removed from Newcastle, and deposited among the people of his former charge, who still loved him.
ity, proclaimed the terrors of the law, and published the glad tidings of the gospel. He was discriminating in his preaching ; dwelt much on the peculiar and leading doctrines of the gospel, and was ready to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, when he saw the enemy endeavouring to overthrow it. He considered the doctrine of Christ’s real divinity, as fundamental in the gospel scheme of salvation, maintained the doctrine of man’s total moral depravity, and insisted that he must be born of the Spirit of God, that he must repent, and believe, and bring forth the fruits of righteousness. And though he discarded all idea of our being justified by works, and contended, that we must be justified by faith without the deeds of the law, yet he did not fail to enforce the authority of the law, as a rule of life, and to require, that those, who believe, should be careful to maintain good works. As a missionary he was abundant in labours, took great delight in his work, and “endured hardness as a good soldier.” He preached the gospel to very many, sowed the good seed over a very extensive field; and we ardently hope, that those, who have heard him, will remember how he has spoken unto them in the name of the Lord, and hold fast the truth ; and that the good seed, which he has sown, will spring up and bring forth much fruit. “The places that knew him will know him no more.” He has kept the faith, has finished his course, and entered, (as we trust) into the joy of his Lord. Them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. May many of those, to whom our highly respected friend has spoken in the name of his divine Master, be of that number, and constitute his crown of rejoicing in that day. And may all that enter on missionary ground tread in the steps of this man of God, and be “followers of him, even as he was of Christ Jesus our Lord,” “who went about doing good.”
ch A R Act ER of R.E. V. G. I. DE O N II AWLE. Y.
The Editors have expected for
some time past a particular account
of the life and character of this emiment and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, for the Panoplist. They still expect it. In the mean time they give the following extract of a letter, written immediately after his death, which has been hitherto delayed, in hope of a fuller account.
October 12, 1807.
“REv. AND DEAR s 1 R,
You have doubtless, by the public papers, been informed of the departure of Father Hawley, I trust to a better world. He expired on Saturday the 3d inst. I visited him on the Tuesday preceding. He appeared Perfectly rational and tranquil. Speaking of his approaching dissolution, and his prospect of futurity, he observed, “I have hope of acceptance, but it is founded wholly on Jee and sovereign grace, and not at all 9n Iny own works. It is true my labours have been many; but they have been so very imperfect, attended with so great a want of charity, humility, &c. that I have no hope in them as the ground of my acceptance.” He expressed his regret, at the same time, that so many of our modern preachers failed in pointing out, so clearly, as they ought, the distinction between grace and works. His expression was, that “they so jumbled them together, that it was almost impossible for common hearers to understand them.” He added, “you know I was always a Calvinist.” Have you not observed, Sir, that those, who have been, while in health, advocates for the doctrines of grace, in a general sense, have been more explicitly and decidedly so, in the near view of death I think I have. He expressed an af. fectionate concern for his people, and his hope that the Society would not forget them.”
Died, suddenly, january, 1808, the Rev. Dr. William Linn, late one of the ministers of the Reformed Dutch Church, in the city of N. r. c.ged 55 years and 11 months. Fr w ministers have attained such a high standing in society as he possessed before disease broke his strength, and impaire' his activity. God had every way fitted him for eminent usefulness. His natural talents were excellent, his acquired knowledge was truly respectable, his disposition amiable. He appeared at first view to be reserved and rather austere; but a fartner acquaintance removed this impression and discovered the man. He was fond of society, especially in the last of his days, and was well qualified to shine in it. His great excellence, however, was in the
ulpit. Long will he be remembered É. those who have sat under his stated ministry. He had a happy faculty of expressing himself in his discourses with plainness and neatness, beyond any one the writer of this has ever heard. His eloquence, with a few exceptions, was natural, impressive and commanding. At times, he had too much vehemence in his manner. His subjects were generally practical; He exalted the Saviour and directed sinners to his Cross as their only refuge. He seemed to fecl the im
ortance of his work, and dealt É.i. with the souls of his hearers. His exhortations were earnest, pathetic, persuasive and alarming. He was peculiarly fitted for convincing the sinner, and urging him to flee to Christ. His ministerial career he
commenced in the Presbyterian church. During the revolutionary war he was a chaplain in the army, and ever since has been a true friend to his country. A few years after the peace he connected himself with the Reformed Dutch Church, and settled in the city of New-York. Indisposition finally constrained him to resignhispastoral charge. The church of Christ, and society at large, have few men like him to lose. As long as health permitted, he devoted his taleats and time to the service of that cause which he early espoused ; a cause which lay near to his heart ; which he loved. His complaints were considered in a at measure as ideal by his numerous riends ; but his death has proved the contrary. It is probabie he has felt more than he wished to declare. He is gone ; we shall see him no more : hear him no more on this side of eternity. His memory, however, will be ever dear to all who were favoured with his friendship, as well as to those who were allied to him by the ties of nature. One who knew him well, and has long been an intimate in his family, pays this feeble but sincere tribute of respect and affection to his merits.
our correspondent on the subject of a General Association shall be heard
in our next. as fast as our pages will admit.
Also others, whose communications are received and approved,
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threatened read treated.