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happy hours, when my views of agony, carry nothing terrible in the glorious method of salvation them. through a mediator appear in au « Clasp'd in my heavenly Father's obscure light, and my compla- arms cence in it is wavering or lan- I would resign my feeting breath; guid: when the fervour of de- And lose my life amid the charms votion is abated, and my soul is Of so divine and blest a death." lulled asleep in a carnal securi- “Dear, dear Sir, I have openty : but my mind cannot rested to you some of my senti: under this uncertainty :. it ments on experimental religiony is loo important a matter to and, you know, we unhappily make an implicit venture in. differ upon sundry points relate Oh! Sir, an eternity of .consun- ing to it. Our differences on mate happiness! An eternity of many other points, and sundry the most intolerable misery of thein exen with respect to My mind sinks beneath the un- this, have but a very remote wieldy thaught, and I cannot fin. connexion with everlasting sale ish the sentence! If I am mis- vation; and, no doubt, multitaken in this, if I form to my- tudes arrive in the same heaven, self some.easy scheme of relig- who are tenacious of different ion that may suit the humour of sides. But that thorcugh change this world well epough, but will of heart, usually denominated not obtain the approbation of the regeneration; that distressing supreme Judge, then my reason conviction of our.undone condiis a pernicious superfluity, ny tion by sin, and utter inability to rery being an eternal curse; relieve ourselves by virtue of Wo is me, my mother, that thou that strength common to man. didst bear mie. Bul, in those kind in general ; that humble acjoyful hours, wlen I can rest my ceptance of Christ as our only guilty soul on an ali-sufficient Saviour and Lord, by a faith of Redeemer with all the humble divine operation, that humbling confidence of a confirmed faith; sense of the corruption of huwhen I can read the evidences of man nature, and eager pursuit regenerating grace upon my and practice of universal holi. heart ; when I can recollect Dess, which I have, I beliere, che solemn transactions between mentioned in conversation and God and my soul, and renew my letters, appear to me of abe them in the most voluntary ded- solute necessity. ication of myself, and all I am : “ I should be glad you would and have, to him, through the read the second and third of Dr. blessed Mediator; then immor. Doddridge's Sermons on Per tality is a glorious prospect ; generation, which, I think, give the grizzly phantom, death, is a very just and rational account disarmed of all its horrors, and, of that important change. I with the inviting mildness of an would not venture my soul on a angel, charnis me into its cold religion short of this for ten embraces. Then the mortal thousand worlds, and I am inexpale, the dying cold, the quiver- pressibly anxious, (pardon the ing lips, the falling jaws, and all perhaps needless anxiety of my the grim attendants of thic,laşt Love) lest you should, faually misrake bere. My anxiety is assert it, I could not embrace it heightened when I consider without wilfully throwing myyour favourite authors. Tillot- self into ruin. . son's and Sherlock's works, the “You know, Sir, what use I Whole Duty of Man, and such would have you make of these authors, are truly valuable in hints; and I am confident you their place, and handle prary will pardon the affectionate solipoints to peculiar advantage ; citude for you, which prompts but if I know any thing of expe- me to them. I speak solemnly, rimental Christianity, they treat dear Sir, solemnly as in the presof it very superficially, and, l ence of God, and not with the think, in their most obvious contradictious spirit of a dispusense, tend to mislead us in sun- tant. Of all the systems of dry things of great importance practical religion, which have relating to it, not so much by come under my examination, I asserting false doctrines, as by have endeavoured to choose the omitting sundry branches of it most sure as the foundation of absolutely necessary. I have my hopes ; and I should show a examined the matter with some guilty and unfriendly indiffercare ; and I am sure their de- ence about your immortal interlineation of Christianity is not ests, should I not recommend it an exact copy of what I must to you, and caution you against experience before I can see the those that appear insufficient. Lord : I must indeed come up It matters little to me whether to their account of it; but I you use the ceremonial peculiarmust not rest there ; there is a ities of the church of England, necessity of experiencing some or not; as I know they have but thing farther than they general- little concern with experimental ly inculcate. The same thing I religion : but our notions of the would inoffensively observe with substance of vital piety ought to respect to all the sermons I have be well examined, and impartialheard in Virginia from the es- ly formed ; as a mistake here tablished clergy. Hence, by the may be of pernicious conseby, you may see the peculiar quences. But I must desist. safety of my scheme ; if their May almighty grace prepare scheme of religion be sufficient, you for a glorious immortality! I am as safe as they, since mine May divine Providence be your includes it; but if it should guardian through the dangers of prove essentially defective, then the boisterous ocean! you see where the advantage « May He, whose nod the hurricanes lies. This difference is not at and storms, all owing to their being of the And blustering waves in all their church of England, for many of
dreadful forms, that church agree with me ; and
With calm adoring reverence obey ;
May He with friendly vigilance preside many Presbyterians with them ; O'cr the outrageous winds and but it is owing to their imbibing · boistrous tide, the modern divinity, which, like And safe thro' crowds of deaths con a pernicious leaven, bas diffused
duct your dang’rous way! itself among all denominations : “I commit two letters to you! and however confidently some care, one to Dr. Doddridge, and one to Mr. Mauduit. Upon The father of Mrs. Steele was your arrival in London, please to a dissenting minister, a man of write a few lines along with primitive piety, the strictest in, mine to Dr. Doddridge, inform- tegrity and benevolence, and the ing him where to find you, that most amiable simplicity of man. he may commit his answer to ners. He was for many years your care..... .
the affectionate and faithful pas“And now, dear Sir, with af tor of an affectionate congregafectionate salutations to your tion at Broughton in Hampshire, family, my whole self wishes where he lived all his days great. you a most hearty farewel.” ly beloved, and died universally
The ardent and active mind lamented. Mrs. Anne Steele, of Mr. Davies entered with a his eldest daughter, discovered lively interest into the concerns in early life her love of the of his country. Her prosperity muses, and often entertained her and honour, her sufferings and friends with the truly poetical her wrongs, he regarded as his and pious productions of her own. During that gloomy pe- pen : but it was not without exriod when the French and In- treme reluctance she was predians were ravaging the fron- vailed on to submit any of them tiers of Virginia, and when a to the public eye. It was her general listlessness and inactivity infelicity, as it has been of many seemed to have seized the peo- of her kindred spirits, to have ple, he exerted all his faculties a capacious soaring mind enclos. to rouse a spirit of resistance. ed in a very weak and languid The sermons, which he preach- body. Her health was never firm, ed for this purpose, exhibit him but the death of her honoured to great advantage as a Chris. father, to whom she was united tian patriot,
by the strongest ties of affection01.7. (To be continued.)
ate duty and gratitude, gave such Lay! a shock to her feeble frame, that :!!
sne Dever entirely reco
though she survived him some MRS. ANNE STEELE.
Her state of mind upon that The writings of this amiable and awful occasion will best be conexcellent lady have endeared her ceived from the following affect. memory to every pious Christian, who has read them. Her Hymns, selected
cted ing discription of it by herself. by Dr. Belknap, are among the best Still bleeds the deep, deep wound ! in bis Collection. There are many Where is the friend others in her “ Miscellaneous Pieces," To pour with tender, kind, indulgent of equal excellence, not generally known in this country, with which we The lenient balm of comfort on my shall occasionally enrich the poetic heart? department of the Panoplist. We Alas, that friend is gone !-Ye angels feel confident that we shall gratify our readers by presenting them with Who bore him raptur'd to your blest the following biographical account of abode! Mrs. Steele, drawn up by Dr. EVANS Can ought on earth compensate for of Bristol, and prefixed to a volume my loss! of ber Miscellaneous Pieces.
Ah, no! the world is poor, and what EDITORS.
A helpless, solitary worm, that creeps greater activity. The duties of Complaining on the earth! Yet e'en friendship and religion occupied
to worms The care of Heaven extends, and can
and can her time, and the pleasures of I doubt
both constituted her delight. If that indulgent care extends to me? Her heart was apt to feel too of Father of mercies, trembling at thy ten to a degree too painful for feet,
her own felicity, but always with Give me to vent the heart oppressing grief,
the most tender and generous And ask for comfort! Can I ask in sympathies for her friends. Yet vain
united with this exquisite sensiof him whose name is Love? But O bility she possessed a native
the boon My craving wishes ask is large cheerfulness of disposition, which indeed?
not even the uncommon and Yet less will leave me wretched. agonizing pains she endured in Gracious God,
the latter part of her life could Give me to say without a rising doubt, “Thou art my Father”-thy paternal
deprive her of. In every short
interval of abated sufferings, she • love Alone can cheer my soul, thy kind would, in a variety of ways, as compassion,
well as by her enlivening conCan ease the load of heart oppressing versation, give pleasure to all
grief. . O may I know my Father pities me!
mal around her. Her life was a life And if he pities, sure he will support: of unaffected humility, warm beWhat cannot love Omnipotent effect! nevolence, sincere friendship and Ah! now one tender, one endearing genuine devotion. . A life which tie,
is not easy truly to describe, or That held me down to earth, death
" faithfully to imitate. has torn oft, And with it rent my heart-strings Having been confined to her bid me come
chamber some years before her To thee my refuge ; prostrate at thy death, she had long waited with
* feet, O bid me say, with faith and humble.
Christian dignity for the awful hope,
hour of her departure. She ofHeal, gracious father, heal 'my ten spoke, not merely with tranbleeding beart:
quillity, but joy of her decease. Thy healing hand alone can bring When the interesting hour came,
relief For woes like mine ; can bring what
she welcomed its arrival, and most I want,
though her feeble body was exAn humble resignation to thy will. cruciated with pain, her mind How hard the lesson! yet it must be was perfectly serene. She utterlearnt, i
ed not a murmuring word, but With full consent to say, “Thy will Du be done." ;
was all resignation, peace, and
holy joy. She took the most As the life of Mrs. Steele was affecticnate leave of her weeping for the most part a life of retire- friends around her, and at length, ment in the peaceful village the happy moment of her diswhere she began' and ended her mission arriving, she closed her days, it cannot be expected to eyes, and with these animating furnish such a variety of incidents words on her dying lips, I know as arise in the bistory of those, that my Redeemer "liveth, gently who have moved in circles of fell asleep in Jesus.
Her excellent writings, by Silent the lyre, and dumb the tunefuk which though dead she still tongue speaketh, and which are the faith
That sung on earth, her great n, and which are the faith · Redeemer's praise ; ful counterpart of her amiable But now in heaven she joins the anmind, exhibit to us the fairest gelic song, picture of the original. The' In more harmonious, more exalted following lines are inscribed on : lays. her tomb.
TAE DIVINITY OF THE GOSPEL pious. His enemies, who were
PROVED FROM THE EXAMPLE numerous, learned and subtle, OF ITS AUTHOR.
watched him with jealous and
envious eyes ; and though they The miracles, which Jesus used every artifice to enspare performed, demonstrate his hea-' and embarrass him, they could venly mission. But had he never convict him of sin. Their wrought no miracles at all, his enmity to him arose; not from holy and blameless life would any fault, which, they could find have been a proof, that he came in him, but from his freedom in from God, and taught the way of reproving their faults. God in truth. No impostor ever Enthusiasts may sometimes, lived in the manner in which he from the warmth of natural paslived. Impostors always have sion, fancy themselves inspired, some selfish, worldly design-at and may teach and practise irraheart ; and though they may tional and absurd things under teach many useful truths, and an impression, that these things may inculcate many excellent are dictated to them by the precepts, and may seem to prac- Spirit of God. But in Christ tise some specious virtues, yet there never was the remotest apgoverned by their favourite ob- pearance of enthusiasm. We ject, they run into many incon- see in him no extravagance, no sistencies of conduct, which be- irregularity, or excess. His pi. tray their pride, avarice and am- ety was warm, but calm ; his bition. They never support a témper was feeling, but serene; uniformly virtuous character. his devotions were frequent, but They may for a while deceive not ostentatious; his virtue was the simple and credulous ; but strict,- but not austere ; his their folly and hypocrisy will, teaching was affectionate, but sooner or later, be manifest to rational; he inculcated the obthe wise and discerning. By servance of instituted forms, but their fruits they will be known. always made them subservient
The character of Christ, froin to justice, mercy and the love of his first appearance to the close God. of his life, was the same; it Such a man as this could not was unexceptionably pure and be an impostor. One, who had