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On Thursday, the 19th inst. the Rev. Boyd, of Newtown, presided; the Rev James P. Wilson was installed pastor Dr. WILLIAM M. TENNEXT, of Abingof the first presbyterian church in this don, preached the sermon; and the Rev. city, which has been vacant since the JONATHAN FREEMAX, of Bridgetown, death of Dr. John B. Linn.
(N.J.) delivered the charge to the minisUpon this occasion, the Rev. JAMES ter and people,
OBITUARY. DIED, on the 3d ult. at Portsmouth in rents, and to her father more particularir, New Hampshire, in the 79th year of his who was himself a member of the same age, the Rev. SAMUEL HAVEN, D. D. christian society; and who now enjoyed pastor of the church in the south parish the unspeakable satisfaction of realizing of that town.
an answer to his many fervent supplica. And on the 5th ult. in the 60th rear of tions, that he might live to see his dear her age, Mrs. — HAVEN, the late con children devoting themselves to Go<l in an sort of Dr. HAVEN. Her health had been everlasting covenant. such as to enable her to aflord him unre. Immediately after this solemn engage mitted attention during his sickness: and ment, Miss Davies, conscious tbat the whilst her mourning garments were pre- vows of God were upon her, became untiparing, she received her summons, and sually circumspect with regard to the in a few hours was separated from earth operations of hier mind and her daily de. and its enjoyments. She and her late hus. portment: and as a mean of invigorating band were taken together to the tomb. her christian graces, of preserving a tel. Dr. Haven had been pastor of the South derness of conscience, and promoting the Church for FIFTY-FOUR years.
divine life in her heart, she adopted the very commendable resolution of making
daily remarks upon her employment, her MISS MARY ANN DAVIES.
conduct, and her experience. Her diary, Miss DAVIES, eldest daughter of Mr. which contains a large quantity of excel. Robert Davies, of Shoreditch, London, lent matter, at the same time that it ex. when under two years of age, became an presses in every page, in every line almost, object of the peculiar affection of two the fears and discouragements to which aunts, a few miles from the metropolis, she was subject, discovers that tenderness who took her under their care at that ten- of disposition, that holy, heavenly, patient der age, and with whom, from that period temper, that zeal for the divine glory, and she almost constantly resided. When a that affectionate concern for the best inte. mere child, she was the happy subject of rests of her dearest connexions, which serious impression; which appears to have eminently characterize a genuine disciple acquired a considerable degree of strergth of the blessed Jesus. as she advances in years.
There have been, it is probable, but fer Having heard a sermon, occasioned by serious christians whose spiritual everthe death of Miss Bowyer, of Pall Mall, cises have been more painful than her's. preached by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, from But she was enabled under all, at some Proverbs viii. 17, “ I love them that love happy seasons, “to encourage herself in ! me; and those that seek me early shall the Lord her God;" and in the most sor. find me," she made the following memo- rowful intervals had reason to say, “ that randum: “ I was much affected with the as ber tribulation abounded, her consoladiscourse, and it was much impressed up- tion did much more abound." on my mind afterwards; and very desirous While greatly valued by all her acquain. was I that the impression might not be tance, and in the enjoyment of every erased.” But, for several years prior to blessing vihich this world could afford, for this event, religion was evidently the busi- several years her habit of body was cri. ness of her life, the principal subiect dently consumptive; and, to the no sinal] which occupied her aitertion, and the grief of her friends, her health appeared great object of her pursuit.
to be gradually declining. But the conso. In the month of May, 1799, she was em lations which the gospel is so adınirably bollened to make a public profession; and calculated to communicate, were, in a was received, with her two younger sis. great measure, withheld during this the i ters, into communion by the church under season of her increasing weakness and the care of Dr. Rippon; a circumstance pain, till within about six weeks of her highly gratifying to her affectionate pa. dissolution ; when the Lord was gracious.
ly pleased to deliver her from all her unto us, but unto thy name give glory for fears, and inspire her with all joy and thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.” Be. peace in believing.
ing at another time in great pain, sbe said, From this time she was enabled to ex- “It is the Lord, let him do as it seemeth press the feelings of her mind in the most him good.” Referring to Mr. Toplady's escheerful manner, and assured her sur say, entitled “Life a Journey;" in which he rounding friends, that she did not wish observes, that the nearer the believer an. her consolations to be increased; for that, proaches to heaven, the clearer frequently in her present feeble state, she should not are his views of it, she then added with be able to support them. At the last visit him, but one which her father paid her, he thus “ Divinely fair, and full in sight, addressed her, “Seeing the Lord has “The shining turrets risc.” been so very gracious to you, I can only S ome time after, the adversary was beg the Holy Spirit to continue these con- permitted, for a short season, to gain an solations, and, if it be his will, to increase advantage over her; upon which, with a them.” “O no, father!” she immediately sorrowful countenance, she addressed her replied, “not increase them; for if I had sister, “I am afraid that my religion is all more comfort I should certainly lose the a delusion.” But the Loril, in infinite exercise of my reason." In another con- compassion, soon appeared for her relief; versation she enjoyed with her dear parent, and, after a few minutes, she expressed she said, “ Father, your prayers have herself with a pathos which will not be been the means of my conversion.” What soon forgotten: “I can tread Satan under a powerful incentive should this be to all my feet: help me to praise, help me to parents daily to supplicate the throne of praise. Pray, my dear sister, live near to mercy in behalf of their children and do the Lord; for I feel it to have been of the mestics!
utmost importance now I am in the near In a visit made her by Dr. Rippon, he prospect of eternity. was greatly instrumental in lielping her A short time before her dissolution, joy. After praying with her, she said, looking at a Bible, she exclaimed, “ I am * Sir, I approve of everything in your interested in all the precious promises prayer but one, your praving for my life; contained in that blessed book.” And in for I think it is a privilege to die young,” the night previous to her departure, she At one time she said to her sister, “I die expressed herself to her aunt, “ I am very triumphantly, and in the full assurance of bad, and do not know what the Lord is faith, all my sins are forgiven, the blood of about to do with me; but all is well; I am Jesus Christ bis Son cleanseth me from going to heaven.” all my sins! Oh I feel such felicity, such In this most delightful frame of mind joy! Heaven is come down to my view; I did my beloved child exchange this world have a full view of it. My sufferings are for a better, on the 21st of June, 1805, in very great, but my joys are likewise very her 33d year. great; I have not the least shadow of a From the commencement of her con. doubt upon my mind! I am triumphing, version to the closing scene, her behaviour I am washed in Christ's blood, and clothed was uniformly exemplary in the highest
in his righteousness; to God be ascribed degree: it may be justly admired, but : all the glory! “ Not unto us, O Lord, not will not be easily imitated. R. D.
Just so the old apostles live again;
woe, His useless mantle down the prophet To distant lands and barb'rous climes threw,
they go, And vanish'd from his great disciple's To polar regions of eternal snow, view;
Where sullen winter holds his horrid reign, The falling robe Elijah used to wear, And frighted simmer flies his whité Elisha caught, and treasured up with care; domain : And God (apostate Israel still to save) Well pleas'l, endure the cheerles dismal The master's Spirit to the pupil gave:
night, His pow'rful voice obedient nature heard, Nor see for months a ray of heav'nly ligh. Chang'd and suspended by a mortal's word. Ordauntless plough the angryfoaming si
Scorning inglorious rest and sluggish ease: Which waft the treasures of a thousand Escap'd from harm, tho' oft with tempest lands, toss'd,
And load with with aMuence the groaning At length they land upon some unknown strands! coast :
Poor are the treasures of terrestrial mold Then o'er vast plains, huge rocks, and fo. And small the worth of perishable gold! rests gray,
Salvation in the purple current rolls, And trackless deserts urge their weary Complete redemption for degen'rate souls; way;
Blessings for ev'ry age and ev'ry clime, And brave the fury of the torrid zone, For vast eternity and fleeting time! Nor heed the lion's growl, or fell hyena's Blessings for every circumstance and state, moan!
The young, the old, th' ignoble and the How mean the trophies are, by Cæsar
Whatever God can give or man receire, won ! How fade the laurels of proud Philip's son!
Grace to repent, love, suffer, and beliere, From land to land ih'insatiate victor fics;
And crowns of life, with heav'nly lustre His aim destruction, intamy his prize!
bright, Before him rumours march, and pallid fear,
... T'adorn the saints in everlasting light! And well-fed vultures hover o'er his rear! And, now, my muse, with penetrating Curs'd be his inem'ry! this shall be his lot:
eye, His name and carcase shall together rot! View the long ages of futurity;
Survey the glories of this earthly ball, Illustrious heroes! friends to God and When great Messiah's kingdom corers all! man!
Hail, happy period! when the cannons rour, Go on to execute your noble plan!
And horrid din of arms is heard no more; Descending bands of angels are your When every swelling hill and spreading guard,
plain Heav'n and eternal life your great reward! Waves its luxuriant robes of yellow grain; Go tell the heathen that Messiah died When peace and love, and cach celestia) (That glorious personage to Gol allied)
grace, His sacred blood on Calvary was spilt, Serenely shines in ev'ry smiling face; To cleanse the vilest of the vile from guilt: When cheerful plenty cottagers possess, Wash'd in his blood, and sanctified by Alike unknown pale want and foul excess grace,
Sweet songs of praise, and swelling anThe last and ineanest of the human race; thems rise, The squalid Hottentot, with filth be. Like curling incense to the list'ning skies: smear'd,
The general chorus makes the earth reRose from his den, and like a man appear’d. sound,
And floating clouds reverberate the sound! O wondrous power, the gospel here displays!
When high in heav'n the missionary O glorious prelude of more happy days!
stands, Look up to heaven, iny muse! What seest And sees the gospel spread thro' distant thou there?
lands Draw back the veil, and what thou seest (Patient he plough'd and sow'd the stubo
born soil, declare. There sits the Saviour on a throne of grace,
Too scantily repaid his ceaseless toil; Soft love and mercy beaming in his face!
in his face with stedfast constancy his work he plod, Behold the crimson torrent flowing wide Till spent with labours and with cares he From his pierc'd hands and feet and
He sleeps in clust; to heaven his spirit flies, wounded side;
And views at last a boundless harrest rise!) The vital river of celestial blood, Vast is the stream, and deep the swelling
His bosom swells with joys to transport
His bosom Anod!
grown, Not Nile itself so large a tide can boast, With joys to brightest seraphim unknown! When yearly it o'erflows the Memphian Father of mercies, send thy Spirit down, coast:
And give thy Son the universal crown! Not Nile itself such boundless riches Let Jews and Gentiles come with one ac. yields,
cord, The fertilizer of th’Egyptian fields; To hail the Saviour, and confess him Lord! Nor stately Thames, Britannia's pride, Let Jesus reign unrivall’d and alone, that lares
And pond'rous ruin crush proud Satan's A thousand navics with its silver waves;
LIFE OF PRESIDENT DAVIES. The Rev. Mr. Samuel Davies, late president of the college of New-Jersey, was born on the 3d day of November, A. D. 1724, in the county of Newcastle, on Delaware. His father was a planter, who lived with great plainness and simplicity, and supported the character of an honest and pious man to his death. His mother, who was greatly distinguished for her eminent piety, some time before the conception of this favourite only son, earnestly desired such a blessing; and as she then had only born a daughter, who was nearly five years old, she had special occasion for the exercise of her faith, in waiting for the divine answer to her petition. In this situation she took example from the mother of the prophet Samuel, and “ Vowed a vow unto the Lord; that if he would indeed give her a man-child, she would devote him to his service all the days of his life.” i Sam. i. 11.
It may well be supposed, that the parents received this child as from God, and that the mother especially, who had reason to look upon him as a token of the divine favour, and an express answer to her prayers, would, with the greatest tenderness, begin the rearing of this beloved plant. As there was no school in the neighbourhood, she herself taught him to read: and, although he was then very young, he is said to have made such proficiency as surprised every person who heard of it.
He continued at home with his parents till he was about ten years old, during which time he appeared to have no remarkable impressions of a religious kind; but beharing himself as is com: Vol. II.
mon for a sprightly towardly child, under the influence of pious example and instruction. He was then sent to an English school, at some distance from his father's, where he continued two years, and made great progress in his learning; but, for want of the pious instruction with which he was favoured at home, he grew somewhat more careless of the things of religion. I
It appears, that about this time of life, careless as he was, he made a practice of secret prayer, especially in the evening. The reason (as he tells it in his diary) why he was so punctual in the evening was, that “ he feared lest he should perhaps die before morning.” What is farther observable in his prayers at this time is, that “ he was more ardent in his supplications for being introduced into the gospel-ministry, than for any other thing.”
Mr. Davies speaks, in a letter to the Rev. Mr. J. Bellamy on the state of religion in Virginia, of a glorious display of divine grace in and about Somerset county in Maryland, of its beginning, as he thinks, in the year 1745, by the ministry of Mr. Robinson, and of its being carried on by sundry ministers that preached transiently there. « I was there (says he) about two months; when the work was at its height, and I never saw such a deep and spreading concern among people in my life as then appeared among them. The assemblies were numerous, though it was in the extremity of a cold winter; and frequently there were very few among them that did not give some plain indications of distress or joy. 0! these were the happiest day's that ever my eyes saw, or are, I fear, like to see.” If Mr. Davies was there (and 1 suppose he was there as a minister) in the year 1745, he was but twenty-one years of age. However, he was sent by the presbytery of Newcastle to Virginia, in the year 1747, when he was but twenty-three years of age. Here he continued till the year 1753, when he was chosen by the synod of New York, at the instance of the trustees of New-Jersey college, as a fit person to accompany the Rev. Mr. Gilbert Tennent to Great-Britain and Ireland, with a view of soliciting benesactions for the said college. In this mission he was highly successful; for to his services, added to the pious and liberal charity of the friends of religion and learning in Great-Britain, received upon that occasion, does the college of New-Jersey, in a great degree, owe its present flou. rishing condition.
On his return home, he again entered on his laborious and beloved task of preaching the gospel to his several congrega. tions; and continued in this work until the year 1759, when he was clected president of the college of New-Jersey, in the room