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ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS.

Rev. John Ward, M. A. rector of Stoke Rev. Thomas Theophilus Humphries, Ash, Occold R. Suffolk.

M. A. Baldock R. Herts. Rev. F. Palmer, Combpyne R. Devon. Rev. Richard Lloyd, St. Dunstan in the

Rev. William Aldrich, elected to St. West V. London, vice Williamson, resigned. Mary Elms perpetual curacy, Ipswich, vice Rev. Robert Hales, M. A. Hemisby V. Edge, dec.

co. Norfolk. Rev. B. W. Salmon, rector of Caistor, Rev. Dickins Haslewood, M. A. Aycliffe next Great Yarraouth, Thrigby, R. Nortolk. V. co. Durham.

Rev. R. Llewellyn, M. A. Tolesbury Rev. John Forster, of Newcastle, Ryther living, bear Colebester, Essex.

R. co. York. Rev. J. Banks Jenkinson, B. A. Hawkes.

Rev. John Francis Stuart, M. A. Marbury V. co. Gloucester.

ket-Weston R. co, Suffolk. Rev. T. Frere, M. A. Finningham R. Rev. T. Williams, M. A. Weybread V. Co. Suffolk.

co. Oxford. Rev. T. Tordifle, Holcombe R. Oxon. Rev. Joon Edge, B. A. Naughton R.

Rev. Edward Bogges, M. A. Hasketon co. Suffolk. R. co. Suffolk.

Rev. J. Carr, M. A. of Leeds, rector of Rev. Michael Thomas Becher, M. A. Great Oakley, Essex, to a prebendal stall master of the grammar-school in Bury, in Hereford cathedral. Wotton-Wawen V. co. Warwick, vice Rev. John Knipe, M, A. Charlton-uponGaches, dec.

Otmoor R. co. Oxford, vice Fothergill, Rev. Richard Williams, M. A. rector of dec. Great Houghton, co. Northampton, of Rev. Wm. Wood, M. A. of Woodthorpe, Markfield, co. Leicester, and vicar of Pud- to be minister of St. Johu's, Wakefield. dington, co. Bedford, to the prebend of Rev. Charles Wedge, B. A. Borough. Longford-Manor, in Lincoln cathedral. Green R. co. Cambridge.

OBITUARY.

A FINE child, upwards of two years old, Rev. Matthew Thompson, rector of Brad. belonging to Mr. Blenheim, of Bond-street, field and Mistley, Essex, and in the combeing at nurse at Blackheath, fell into a mission of the peace for that county. He well in the garden, and was drowned, it, was invited, with a party, to dine with Col. having no cover or fence. The father and Righy, at Mistley ; when the company mother, on the day before Christmas-day, were informed that dinner was ready, Mr. when risiting the child, foresaw the danger, Thompson, in the act of rising to go into took dimensions for a cover, and sent it by the dining-room, fell down, and expired the coach on the 26th, but the accident had immediately, leaving a wife and 11 chile happened before its arrival.

dren to lament his sudden departure. Burnt to death, Mrs. Gooch, of Sloane- During the funeral procession of Lord square, mother to the Lady of the Bishop Nelson's remains on the river, a lady of of Bath and Wells.

the name of Bayne, was so affected at the At Cawthorne, near Barnsley, in her scene, that she fell into hysterics, and 18th year, Martha Mellor, who was shot died in a few minutes. by Samuel Ibbotson, a boy 12 years old. Aged 70, of a mortification in his foot, Having gone into the house where the girl occasioned by cutting a toe-nail to the was, he took up a gun, but was desired to quick, Mr. Abraham Parkinson of Leeds, lay it down immediately, which he did; formerly a liquor merchant, but had rebut shortly afterwards took it up again, tired from business. and, seeing the girl in another room, said Mr. Houghton, shoemaker, at Bury St. ke would shoot her, which he immediately Edmund's. He was in apparent good did.

health, chopping a faggot, the same after

noon, when he accidentally cut one of his tered, and flew to an apartment in which fingers, and, on his wife's expressing a wish Mr. Bankes of Salisbury was on business, to dress it, he said, “ Never mind, my she was entirely enveloped in flames; and dear; what is this wound compared to Lord though Mr. B. used every exertion, with Nelson's ?” and immediately fell down in an the assistance of two servants, to extioapoplectic fit, from which he never re- guish them, and were much burnt, their covered to utter another sentence.

efforts were unavailing, till her clothes were At Ashe, near Basingstoke, Hants. nearly cousumed. She bure her sufferaged 60, the Rev. George Lefroy, rector ings with fortitude and resignation till of that parish, and of Compton, Surrey. she was happily released from them by

At Fern-house, Wilts, the seat of Tho. death. mas Grove, Esq. Miss Mary Anne Grove', In the prime of life, in consequence of his fourth daughter, a fine young lady', a severe wound by an accident from his aged 13. By some accident, her muslin thrashing-mill, which caught his hand, dress caught fire, when there

tore off his arm, and fractured the opposite oue in the apartinent with her except a collar-bone, Thomas Whittington, Esq. of younger sister, who was incapable of as. Haniswell-house, near Bath. sisting her. Terrified by her alarming Mrs. Ramsay, wife of Mr. William situation, Miss G. ran out of the house; R. of Belfast, in Ireland. Her death was but, unfortunately, no one was at that in- occasioned by taking a large quantity of stant on the spot; and when she again en- laudanum in mistake.

was NO

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.

We beg to inform John, that the first volunes of our work are reprinting. Notice

will be given when they are ready for publication. The letters sent by R. J. are under consideration; also B; J. P. T.; and Fidelo, 2.; S; A PLAIN HONEST MAN; C. L.; and JOHANNENSIS are received, and will appear. C. B. Li's purpose has been anticipated. ANTIVENOM; A. D.; and Tristis, have been received.

ERRATUM.

LAST NUMBER.

Payr 65, col. 1. last line but one, for York read London.

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To the Editor of the Christian Observer. Extract from · The Oracyon or Pro

cesse rehearced of Philipp MelanchN your number for September

ton, at the Buryall of the Reverende last, you inserted a very inter

Man, Doctour Martyne Luther, esting account of the death of Dr.

translated by Johan Bale. Anno Martin Luther; which, I trust, did 1566't. not escape the observation of many

Myselfe verye

oft

commynge of your readers. I fear, however, sodenlyc upon hym, have founde that it may have been passed over bym in most fervent prayer, with by some, from the omission of a

abundaunce of tearesronnynge from sħort introduction, which would hys eyes for the prosperouse estate have directed their attention to its of the unyversall Christen churche. merits. I beg leave, therefore, to He appoynted to hymselfe everye recal that important paper to their daye, a serten tyme of psalmes readminds. For this purpose, I have

ynge, wherin he mixed hys pray. sent you some extracts from two

ers to God with contynuall syghdiscourses in the same volume from

ynges and wepynges. And said which the account of the death of commonlye, that he allowed not Luther was taken; one of which, is them whych, eyther for wordlye an Oration pronounced at his fune- worke or for ssouthfulnesse, supral, by Melancthon; the other, a

posed it ynough a lyttle to mourne Sermon delivered on the same great in their devocyons. For none other occasion, by Dr. Pomeranus, Chief Pastor of the Church of Wittem. purpose (sayth he) are fashyons of burgh. The passages which I have Lordes appoyntement, but that

prayer prescrybed unto us, by the extracted from Melancthon's Ora- through readynge, our myndes tion, though short, contain some myght be infianied, and that our strikingtraits of the great reformer's royce myght so confesse outwardlye sentiments and character. The ex

that God whych ys onlye to be tracts from the Sermon, though prin- called upon. cipally consisting of a very singular account of the death of " Master lates to a town which is printed Ballis, for Ambrose Bernarde," will be deem- which read Hallis. In my map, I find this ed bighly curious and interesting

“ Halle" is situated on the river Saale, or by all those who love genuine Chris. Sauldra, which falls into the Elbe. This tian simplicity. I have only to add, river Saale is " the daungerouse Aode” that the following passages are all mentioned in the narrative of Luther's jour. that are particularly valuable in the ney. The other mistake occurs near the

bottom of the first column, page 518. On two discourses from which they are

referring to the original, I found two words extracted.

omitted in the passage alluded to: It should JOHANNEXSIS*.

be read thus, 'What a cruell sprite our * I beg leave to correct two mistakes common adversary is. We nede, &c.' which occur in the account of Luther, 'in t (in this date there is a mistake, LX. your number for September. The first re- being put for XL.) It ought to be 1516. CHRIST. OBSERV, No. 51.

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More over than thys, as dyverse more feare the stynge therof? Non and manyfolde daungerouse doubtes other is the deathe of our bodyes of publyque parels, have oft tymes now, than an entraunce of a lyfe chanced unto us, we have alwayes contynuall through Jesus Christ our founde hym stronge and myghtye Lorde, whych was for us a most prestomaked, and never cowardlye cyouse sacryfyce. harted, nor yet terryfyed with word- I yet remember it wele, that I lye sorowes. Iléevermore set hande oftty mes hearde thys blessed man upon

the most sure anker. His trust etour Luther saye, as he behelde was in the onlye helpe of God, and anye faythfull persone peaceablye had allwayes to stand by him a depart hens in Christes belefe, The fayth invyncyble.

eternal God of heaven graunt me at Farthermore thys specyall grace hystyme appoynted, so plesauntlye he had, to see verye tarre in thynges to pass hens into the bosome of of great wayght or daunger, and Christ my redeemer, and that my wyselye aforehande to seke out the bodye be not longe vexed with the best remedyes. Neyther was he, terrours of deathe. Notwithstandas manye men have supposed, neg- ynge yet Gods wyll be fulfylled in ligent in consyderac yon of the pub- that matter. lyque welthe, por yet in knowlege • In thys unyversyte now of late wherunto men hath therin bene en- yeares

Mastre Ambrose Bernarde, clyned. But he perfyghtlye knewe a man sober, wyse, vertuouse, and what was most commodyonse ther-soch a one as loved Christ intyrlye, unto, and most warily perceyved chaunced (as ye knowe) certayne and consydered the polycyes and dayes afore he dyed, to be sicke conjectures of hys owne cytiezens: and to keep hys bedde; yet felte he and though he were most quyck of no sore grefe of hyssyckenesse, but ivytt, vet trusted he not all to that, semed by and by therin transfourmhut affectuouslye read the eccle- ed, as it had bene into another lyfe. syastyck wrytynges both olde and For he spoke unto us most solacynewe, sacred and prophane, with ouslye and plesauntlye, that he other hystoryes and chronycles, wolde rejoyce with us, as one ney: whose clere examples he proponed ther felynge of deathe nor yet dy's in all that was to be done.'

He coulde not feare the

deathe, for he felte nothynge therExtraci from · The Christen Scrmon

of. And ever as mencyon was made mude at the Buryall of the Honorable

of Christ, from the verye hart he Doctour Marlyne Luther, by Doc- rejoyced and sayd, that grace, tor Johan Pomerane, the chefe Pas

helthe, and mercye from God the toure of the Churche'of Wittemberge. everlastynge father, hath onlye Anno Domini 1540. Translated

chaunced to us by hys most meke by Johan Bale.'

sufferynges. An unspekable love

had le unto Christ and alwayes call"Now have our dere father here ed

God the father in only obtayued that he longe had in de- sprete and veryte. syre. Wherefor if he wer now 'As mencyon was made of hys agayne amonge us he wolde ernest- dere wyfe and children, or of hys lye rebuke our present mournynges possessyons, rentes, and dettes owwith these wordes of Christ, Joan. ynge hym, he was so ignoraunt in 14. If ye love me, ye wolde trulye all soch causes, as they never had rejoice in my most profytable pas- bene knowne to hym. Us at all sage unto God my eternall father, tymes he knewe as we communed or at the least be contented with my of Christ, and named us by our perpetuall felycyte and quyeti. names. He talked joyfullye, yea Christ hath for us overcomen the he both dallyed and laughed, but deathe, why shoulde we than anye all was in spirytuall thynges; so that

upon

ease.

a man not throughlye knowinge the mun those matters in another lyfe, matter, wolde have thought hym and holde soch heavenlye felyshypp never to have bene worldlye-wyse as they never coulde do here. in hys lyfe, neyther yet to have 'The same verye tyme that Docnede of hys bedde at that houre. tour Martyne went so from hym, I In thys innocencye did the Lorde am well remembred that he sayd. Jesus Christ take hym hens, most thus unto me. This inan is surelve plesauntlye and swetelye, without gone, though he seme styll here.. other paynes to all our syght. So for he knoweth no maner of that bavynge knowledge of the thynge perteynynge to the fleshe Christen faythe, with the intyre nor yet to deathe. When we put love of God and hope of the lattre hymi in mynde of hys matters, he resurreccyon, he neyther felte do- knoweth not the worlde nor yet loure nor deathe, neyther tasted it thys life. He is merye, he joyfulnor yet saw it. As Christ sayth iye laugheth, and propoundeth unto Joan. 8. He that observeth

my

us in hys innocent state most wonworde, shall never beholde deathe, derfull mysteries. But in the ende but plesauntiye passe hens from he derydeth us. As who shuld deathe unto lyfe.

saye, fare ye well now, I have no . And though all godlye belevers more to do with thys worlde. The do not so peaceablye depart as did Lorde ofhys intynyte mereye (sayth thys Ambrose, but have great he at the last) graunt me soch a paynes and suffre great anguyshes, gracyouse ende, that in the houre as did on the crosse the dere sonne, of deathe, I nothynge remembre of God; yet when the extreme houre thys worlde. cometh, they trulye see lyfe and no • In lyke maner at an other seadeathe. As our swete father here son, after the seyd Ambrose was did, whych so oft tymes, and so in- buryed in the yeare of our Lorde tyrly commended hys sprete into M. D. XLII. in the monthe of Ja-, the handes of God; whych gra- nuarye, as he one daye passed by, cyouslye hath now delyvered hym he poynted with hys hande to hys from thys lyfe myserable to a lyfe grave, and sayd unto me, Thys man most happye and sure. To him nevther felte hymselfe sycke, neytherfor be honoure and glorye ther yet reckened of deathe, yet was worlde without ende. Amen. he never without Christes know

• Thys helthsome and merrye hys- ledge. Here lyeth he inclosed torie of our Ambrose brought I'in whych yet knoweth of no deathe. here for two causes. First therby O Lorde Jesus Christ, I besyche thee sumwhat to mytygate your present vouchsave to take me so from thys dolours for the absens of our father myserable lyfe. Yea, many tymes here, whych ye have not without sayd thys blessyd father here both cause. Secundlye for that I see the to me and to other. Praye unto our seyd hystorye so conforme to the most mercyfull father, that he shortmatter we have now in hande. Thys lye take me unto hym--for here Mastre Ambrose was verye nygh of can I no more do, neyther yet am I kynne to D. Martyne Luther, whych anye longar profytable unto yow. caused hym oft times to frequent hys, Helpe me hens with your prayers, cumpanye both in hys syckenesse and prolonge not my lyfe' on the and 'afore. And these were the earth. Herehye maye ye well perlast wordes that ever he spake unto : ceyve, that he had no great pleasure hym. Mastre Doctour, I thanke here, but that hys full desyre was as yow of your gentyl vysytacyon. I was Saynt Paules, to bě dysolved hope as gentlye to vysyte yow and with Christ. He sange bys agayne where we shall togyther consummatum longe aforre he decommun of most joyfull causes, parted, commyttynge hys sowle to And now in dede they maye come the handes of God.

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