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ther. It is not long since, in some of the pact was fulfilled to the satisfaction of all New England States, there was an edict parties; the Pennsylvanian only allowing in force, that no man should travel on å himself, through the day, gently to aniSunday, and this, while all men were madvert upon this abridgment of the lieligible to the highest honours of the berties of the citizens of the United States, state, let them believe or disbelieve as by the decree of the citizens of Connectilittle or as much as they might. *
cut, which might not always be as agree“ Alluding to this edict recalls to me able to them, as in this case it was to the adventure of a Penusylvania farmer, hiin; and departed the next morning aswhich, as it may elucidate the good suring his host that he should be happy humour with which this people yield to to repay his hospitality to him or his the whims of each other, I will repeat to friends, whenever either might choose to you. The good farmer was bound on his travel his way on a Sunday, or a Saturway to Boston, and found himself within day, or any day of the seven. the precincts of Connecticut on a Sunday “Some years afterwards, standing one morning. Aware of the law of Calvin, Sunday morning at the gate of his own but still being in haste to proceed, our farm, in Pennsylvania, he perceived a man traveller thought of shifting himself from riding along the road and driving before the back of his steed into the mail which him a small flock of sheep. As he ap. chanced to overtake him, and which, ap. proached, our farmer recognized him for pertaining to the United States, was not a neighbour of his ci-devant host in Conunder the law of Conneciicut. The driver necticut. "Ah, friend! that's an odd advised him to attach his steed to the back occupation you are following on a Sunof the vehicle, thinking that when they day! True,' replied the man of New should have passed through a certain town England, and so I have chosen a byewhich lay before them, the houest farmer road that I may not offend the scrupumight remount in safety; but, as ill luck lous,'. 'Yes, friend; but supposing you would have it, the citizens were just offend me? and supposing, too, that the stepping forth from their doors on their Pennsylvania legislature should have passed way to church when the graceless horse a law which comes in foree this day, that with a saddle on its back, passed before
neither man nor beast shall travel on a them. Stopping at the inn, a citizen Sunday?" 'Oh! replied the other, I made up to the side of the vehicle, and have no intention to disobey your laws; civilly demanded if that horse was his; if that be the case, I will put up at the and if he was aware that the Sabbath next town.' 'No, no; you may just put was a day of rest, not only by the law up here, I will shew your sheep to the of God, but by the law of Connecti- stable and, if you be willing, yourself to cut, The Pennsylvanian as civilly replied, the chureh. This was done accordingly; that the horse was his ; begged to re- and the next morning the Pennsylvanian, turn thanks in his name for the care shaking hands with his Connecticut friend, shewn to his ease and morals; and offered begged him to inform his old acquaintto surrender the keeping of both, until his ance when he should return home, that return, to the individual who address. the traveller and his horse had not fored him. I will most willingly lodge the gotten their Sabbath-day's rest in his horse in my stable, and his master in my dwelling, and that, uubacked by a law of bouse,' returned the other; but the the legislature, they had equally enforced people will not see with pleasure the the law of God upon his neighbour and beast keeping the commandinents and the his neighbour's sheep. man breaking them.' "Well, friend; “There is a curious spirit of opposition then beast and man shall keep them in the human mind. I see your papers together. I will eat your dinner, and he full of anathemas against blasphemous shall eat your hay; and to begin things pamphlets. We have no such things properly, you shall show bim to the stable here; and why? Because every man is and his master to the church. The com free to write them; and because every
man enjoys his own opinion, without any *"The constitutions of two or three of arguing about the matter. Where relithe states require, that the chief officers gion never arms the hand of power, she shall be Christians, or, at least, believe in is never obnoxious; where she is seated a God; but, as no religious test is en- modestly at the domestic hearth, whisperforced, the law is, in fact, a dead letter. ing peace and immortal hope to infancy By the constitution of every state in the and age, she is always respected, even Union, an affirination is equal to an oath ; by those who may not themselves feel the it is at the option of the asseverator, either force of her arguinents. This is truly the to iniroke the name of God, or to affirm, case here; and the world has my wish, under the pains and penalties of the law, and, I am sure, yours also, that it may be in cases of breach of faith.”
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7, after a few days' illness, during have been printed, one by Mr. Fox, and which the hopes and fears of her friends the other by Mr. John Clayton, Jun. were deeply agitated. She appeared of the political questions connected conscious from the first of her ap- with the Queen's unhappy story, we proaching end, and was resigned to hare not allowed ourselves to express the will of Providence. Her death-bed any decided opinion in this work, nor was a scene of great magnanimity, and shall we do so now, and therefore we we trust we may add, of true Christian say nothing of the distressing scenes feeling. From some of her expressions presented to the public on the removal it would appear, that she considered of the Royal corpse from this country: herself the victim of sorrow. A large but we must be allowed to say, that proportion of the people have prored cold indeed must be his heart, whatthemselves sincere mourners on this ever be his opinions, who does not drop melancholy event. Numbers of pul- the tear of sympathy at the remempits, and in some instances galleries, of brance of the Queen's bitter sufferings. churches and chapels have been hung
1821. June 15, Martha, wife of Jacob with exemplary patience and resignation, Hans Busk, late of Chingford, Essex, now That she should have beeu thus prema of Poirsbourne Park, Herts, Esq., one of turely withdrawn from rational enjoyment che daughters of the Rev. Joseph Dawsou, and substantial usefulness, places her re. late of Royds Hall, near Bradford, York moval among those severe dispensations shire, deceased.
of Providence which, at present, we can Did not custom demand that a tribute account for only by referring them to the of respect should be paid to departed operation of general laws, and of which worth, such a tribute could not have been we cannot hope to see the specific utility easily withheld from the truly amiable until that time when the grand series of woman whose decease is here announced. causes and effects shall be unfolded, and Her excellencies justly claim a memorial when the more calamitous events of life distinct from that which sorrowful recol- shall be explained, as explained, we trust, lection has engraven on the breasts of they will be, by the happy issue in which her surviving friends. She possessed qua- they will terminate. lities which are not often found united,
E. C. and which gave to her character that stamp of individuality which does not July 7, after a long and painful illness, always mark even those whom we justly Hannah, wife of Richard MARTIN, cherank among the virtuous and the good. mist, of Lewes, in the county of Sussca. A sound and well-cultivated understand- She was youngest daughter of the late ing was in her adorned by pleasing and Joseph Marten, (farmer,) of Kingston, graceful manners, manners which, by near Lewes. Becoming a member of the blending dignity with courteousness, General Baptist Church of Southover, in seemed to exhibit the emblem of a miud the vicinity of the above town, in early in which heroic fortitude was combined youth, she eminently adorned her Christian with every thing that is kind and gentle profession to the end of her life, which in the female character, with every thing terminated in the 26th year of her age. that renders an amiable woman the grace She was very zealous for the cause of and ornament of human life. Of her truth and piety, and laboured in her fortitude, the afflictive disorder which has sphere, by every means in her power, to prematurely terminated her valuable life promote them. In social and domestie called forth the most unequivocal and life she displayed many virtues, and cosaffecting proofs ; and to her gentler vir- scientiously discharged her duties. She tues the grief of her surviving relatives was tried for several years with much bears, and will long bear, a mournful bodily affliction, which happily produced testimony. To say that she was a most the peaceable fruits of righteousness, lo excellent wife and a most excellent mo. her last protracted illness, (which was a ther were to say what may be said of constitutional decline,) she' endured the thousands; but there are few, compara- complicated trial of almost constant botively, of whom it can be said with truth, dily pain, which was often severe, and the that while formed to move in the circles certain prospect of being soon separated of polished society, they find it no sacri- from her earthly connexions, to whom she fice to retire into the shade of domestic was tenderly attached by the affection of life, there to discharge duties which, a heart peculiarly feeling and benerolept: though felt by the world in their effects, she felt, exquisitely felt the trial : Job are altogether excluded from its observa was keenly sensible to his sufferings; nor tion. But Mrs. Busk's choicest enjoy- did he conceal his feelings : it was so ments were exper enced in the bosom óf with her; but, like that illustrious sufher own family. Her ambition, if ambi- ferer, she was never so affected as to lose tion she had, was to satisfy the full her integrity towards God, or her resigdemands of conjugal and maternal affec- nation io his will. Whatever she manition, and instead of courting pleasure fested of her feelings, in all this, she abroad, she chose to diffuse happiness at sinned not: she ever confided in the essenhome. But no qualities, however estima- tial goodness and unerring wisdom of her ble, can ward off suffering and death: heavenly Father; truly believing that He and this excellent woman, at the very did all things well. She often expressed time when her affectionate advice, her her confidence in Him, and submissiou to prudent instruction and her admirable all His pleasure : and, as the closing scene example would have been of most service drew nearer, her piety increasingly preto her rising family, has sunk under a vailed and triumphed. malady for which no effectual remedy has Her friends are blest with the consolbeen found, and which subdues its vic- ing reflection, that she died in the Lord, tim hy a more distressing process than and hope to meet her, happy, in the prealmost any other which is allowed to visit sence of that Saviour whom not having the human frame. This nialady she bore seen, she nevertheless ardently loved,
firmly believing in the record of his divine tending its ample wing over all the grada. mission and amiable character, as given tions of civilized society. He hated opin the New Testanient.
pression, he abhorred every species of She was interred in the burying-ground tyranny. And, whilst he lamented the belonging to the Southover Baptist Con- evils attached to the condition of man in gregation ; on which occasion an appro- the body politic, he welcomed every symppriate, solemn, and at the same time ani- tom of reformation, and hailed every mating, Discourse was preached by the amendment thai increased the comforts Rev. Wm. Johnston, of Lewes, to a of his fellow-creatures. In this respect, crowded, respectable and attentive con- indeed, he was the friend of human kind, gregation, on the Christian's triumph over the true lover of his country. death and the grave, from 1 Corinthians “'Though he was not a member of any xv. 55–57. The service was introduced church, yet his mind was strongly imby the Rev. Mr. Taplin, from the General pressed with the truth and excellence of Baptist Academy, and concluded by a the Christian Religion. He venerated the serious, impressive Address, delivered at precepts, and rejoiced in the promises of the grave by the Rev. Wm. Johnston. the New Testament. He often wondered
how any human being could speak lightly July 11, Mr. THOMAS Wiche, of Chis- of annihilation ; he deemed it abhorrent trell Street, after a very suddeu iudisposi- from all the best feelings of our nature. tion. He was, the subsequent Sabbath, A future state, in his opinion, was an inburied at Worship Street, by Mr. Eaton, valuable discovery of the gospel of Jesus
who delivered an appropriate Address at Christ. It solved the difficulties of Prothis interment. His funeral sermon was vidence, lightened the calamities of life, tri preached by Dr. Evans, from Luke xii. and was commensurate to the wants, as Er 40. The account of the deceased was well as expectations, of intelligent and
3' given by the preacher in the following moral agents. He exulted in the antifry words:
cipation of a blessed immortality! A “My worthy brother-in-law, the late firm believer in revelation, he deplored Nr. Thomas Wiche, died on Wednesday, the prevalence of infidelity, persuaded it Inly 11, 1821, in the 64th of his age. arose from corrupt human systems, and Violent spasmodic affections of the chest not from the study of the Sacred Writwere the means ordained by Providence ings: and he was a regular attendant on for the termination of his mortal course, public worship, in this place, for upwards He was well the preceding day at dinner, of twenty years. He was aware of the and the next morning a breathless corpse. force of public example. His views of So precarious is the tenure on which we religious truth were liberal; advocating hold not only every earthly possession, but the right of private judgment, and coneren life itself. He was the eldest son demning every approach towards bigotry. of the Rev. John Wiche, the beloved With some peculiar notions, he was atfriend of Lardner, and the much-respect- tached to the great leading truths, and ed pastor of the General Baptist Church practised the quiet, unostentatious virtues at Maidstone, for near half a century. of Scriptural Christianity. He passed the early part of life with an “ A Friend, at Maidstone, capable of excellent maternal uncle, Mr. Thomas estimating his intellectual and moral Pine, but leaving him, he afterwards set- worth, thus writes to his afflicted widow,
Here, he for several years to the truth of which I can bear testiassisted the late Mr. Field, bookseller mony: •For myself, in particular, I shall to the Society for propagating Religious never forget the many acts of kindness Knocledge. Him he succeeded, and dis- which I have experienced from Mr. charged the duties of his station with Wiche, nor the many pleasant hours I singular fidelity. His understanding was have spent in conversation with him. good, his disposition benevolent, and in Your and your children's loss is, however, all his dealings, a man of singular ho- by far the greatest; and I most sincerely besty. Nothing could tempt him to do wish it was in my power to administer what appeared to him wrong. No indi- consolation. But with the usual, I may ridual could lead him astray from the say with the only solid grounds of consopath of rectitude. He had his peculiar lation, you are as well acquainted as vicws and habits, but in every departo myself. We are not, like many others, ment of conduct, he exhibited an irre- unfortunately at the present period, who, proachable integrity. From his venerable rejecting revelation, have no other grounds parent he derived enlarged notions of of comfort than the necessity we are all Civil and Religious Liberty. These he under of paying the debt of nature. We cherished throughout life. Nothing
gave believe that when we lose our friends, him greater pleasure than to witness the the separation will not be long; and that diffusion of human happiness, promoted when we meet again, it will be to separate by the operation of good goverument ex no more! To this testimony I have only
tled in town.