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state had not yet attained such matu- years, one of the brightest ornaments rity as to afford satisfaction to them- and most useful members of the selves, or to the officers of the church. church with which she now became But among those received on the first connected. [To be continued.] examination was the eminent Chris. tian, whose story is here recorded, and Died in London, on the 13th Sept. who was to be, for more than sixty The Right Hon. Charles Fox, Esq.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Memoirs of President Davies, in continuation, were received too late for this number.
J.C. will perceive that we have promptly complied with his request. Our pages are open to candid and useful discussions.
THEOPHILUS has very happily exhibited the perfection of Christ's example ; and proved from that example the divinity of the gospel. This respected Correspondent is requested to add another number, presenting the proof of Christ's true divinity, which may be fairly deduced from the perfection of his moral character. This is a topic of argument to which several excellent wri. ters have referred, but which none have exhausted.
T. on Infidelity, is in type for the next number.
The acknowledgements to Salvian, made in several former numbers of the Panoplist, render our present apology difficult. It must be perceived by intelligent readers, who have noticed past intimations to Salvian, and our delaying to publish his communication, that the expediency of its publication was not obvious. The Editors, after deliberately weighing the subject, have to request their ingenious and esteemed correspondent to excuse them, if they now express their full persuasion that the interest of the Panoplist forbids the admission of metaphysical discussion. Aware of entering on this ground, the Editors, with some hesitancy, admitted the 5th letter of CONSTANS, entire, and subjoined a note to guard against improper inferences. The well written performance of Salvian would probably call from Constans a laboured and minute reply; and there doubtless would be a wish on both sides to extend the controversy to an unprofitable length. Our readers expect to find in the Panoplist, the great principles of evangelical truth stated and defended in the plainest and most intelligible manner; and were metaphysical communications introduced, they would justly charge us with a departure from our professed original design. The public, we hope, will do us the justice to believe, that this resolution is adopted, not because we wish to discountenance the most free and thorough discussion ; but because we apprehend, that the introduc. tion of this controversy would not tend to the accomplishment of our prime objects, which are the elucidation and defence of the peculiar doctrines of the gospel, and the consequent advancement of Christian piety and morality..
Our correspondent, who handed us the communication concerning Bowdoin College, is informed that it did not contain the Address of the President, and is therefore omitted.
We received two reviews from different hands, of Dr. Nott's Sermon. Though we have adopted neither entire, we hope both will be satisfied.
LEIGhroy is received. We thank him for his seasonable communication.
We have added a half-sheet to this number, and omitted several reviews, to give room for interesting intelligence.
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THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.
NOVEMBER, 1806. [No. 6. Vol. II.
MEMOIRS OF PRESIDENT DAVIES.
(Continued from page 160.) HAVING detailed the leading and what he attempted, he acincidents of the life of Mr. Da- complished." ries, we will pause, and contem- How pleasing to contemplate plate some of the prominent and a mind of such elevation and most interesting features of his energy, divested of the pride of mind and heart.
talents and of science, moulded The Father of spirits had en- into the temper of the gospel, dued him with the richest intel- and consecrating all its powers lectual gifts ; a vigorous under- and exertions to the promotion standing, a glowing imagination, of religion “I desire," says a fertile invention, united with a he,, in a letter to his intimate correct judgment, and a reten- friend, Dr. Gibbons, “seriously tire memory. None, who read to devote to God and my dear his works, can doubt that he country, all the labours of my possessed a portion of original head, my heart, my hand, and genius, which falls to the lot of pen; and if he pleases to bless few. He was born for great any of them, I hope I shall be undertakings.' He was destined thankful, and wonder at his conto excel in whatever he under descending grace. O, my dear took. “ The unavoidable con- brother ! could we spend and be sciousness of native power,” says spent, all our lives, in painful, Dr. Finley,“ made him bold and disinterested, indefatigable serenterprising Yet the event vice for God and the world, proved that his boldness arose how serene and bright would it not from a partial, groundless render the swift approaching eve self-conceit, but from true self- of life! I am labouring to do a knowledge. Upon fair and can- little to save my country, and, did trial, faithful and just to which is of much more consehimself, he judged what
souls from could do ; and what he could, death, from that tremendous When called to it, he attempted; kind of death, which a soul can Vol. II. No. 6.
die. I have but little success of stupid. But when I had any late ; but, blessed be God, it little sense of things, I generalsurpasses my expectation, and ly felt pretty calm and serene ; much more my desert. Somes and death, that mighty, terror, of my brethren labour to better was disarmed. Indeed, the purpose. The pleasure of the thought of leaving my dear famLord prospers in their hands.". ily destitute, and my flock shep
Mr. Davies' religion was, in herdless, made me often start principle and spirit, purely and back, and cling to life ; but in eminently evangelical. It brought other respects, death appeared him to the foot of the cross, to a kind of indifferency to me. receive salvation as a free gift. Formerly I have wished to live It penetrated his soul with the longer, that I might be better profoundest reverence for a par- prepared for heaven; but this doning God, and the tenderest consideration had but very little gratitude to a dying Saviour. It weight with me, and that for a engaged him in an ardent and very unusual reason, which was vigorous pursuit of universal ho- this :- After long trial, I found liness, while, at the same time, this world is a place so unfriendit rendered him humble and dis- ly to the growth of every thing satisfied with himself, amid his divine and heavenly, that I was highest attainments. These afraid, if I should live longer, I traits of character are strongly should be no better fitted for. illustrated by some passages in heaven than I am. Indeed, ! a letter to the friend above-men- have had hard yany hopes of evtioned, to whom he was accus- er making any great attainments tomed to disclose the inmost re- in holiness while in this world, cesses of his heart. Having though I should be doomed to spoken of a violent sickness, stay in it as long as Methuselah, from which he was just recover- I see other Christians indeed ing, he proceeds in this style : around me make some progress, “ Blessed be my Master's name, though they go on with but a this disorder found me employ- snail-like motion. But when I ed in his service. It seized me consider that I set out about in the pulpit, like a soldier twelve years old, and what sanwounded in the field. This has guine hopes I then had of my been a busy summer with me. future progress, and yet that I In about two months, I rode have been almost at a stand ever about five hundred miles, and since, I am quite discourpreached about forty sermons. aged. O my good Master, if I This affords me some pleasure may dare to call thee so, I am in the review. But alas ! the afraid I shall never serve thee mixture of sin, and of many much better on this side the renameless imperfections that run gion of perfection. The thought through, and corrupt all my ser- grieves me; it breaks my heart, vices, give me shame, sorrow but I can hardly hope better. and mortification. My fever
My fever But if I have the least spark of made unusual ravages upon my
true piety in my breast, I shall understanding, and rendered me not always labour under this frequently delirious, and always complaint. No, my Lord, I
shall yet serre thee; serve thee to the test the principles and through an immortal duration ; motives of his actions, and sewith the activity, the fervour, the verely condemned himself for perfection of the rapt seraph that every deviation from the peradores and burns. I very much fect rule. Having been solicited şuspect this desponding view of to publish a volume of poems, the matter is wrong, and I do he conimunicated to a friend the not mention it with approbation, following ingenuous remarks ! but only relate it as an unusual « What affords me the greatest reason for my willingness to die, discouragement, attended with which I never felt before, and painful reflections, in sucli cases, which I could not suppress,
is the ambitious and selfish spir“ In my sickness, I found the it I find working in me, and inunspeakable importance of termixing itself with all my Mediator, in a religion for sin- most , refined and disinterested ners. (! I could have given aims. Fame, for which some you the word of a dying man professedly write, is a strong, for it, that Jesus whom you though a resisted temptation to preach is indeed a necessary, me ; and I often conclude, my and an all-sufficient Saviour, attempts will never be crowned Indeed he is the only support with any remarkable success, till for a departing soul. None but the divine glory be more sinCHRIST, yone but Christ. Had cerely my aim, and I be willing I as many good works as Abraç to decrease, that Jesus may inham or Paul, I would not have
It is easy to dared build my hopes en such a down this vile lust of fame; but quicksand, but only on this firm, oh! it is hard to extirpate it eternal rock.
from the heart. There is a pa“ I am. rising up, my brother, per in Dr. Watts' miscellaneous with a desire to recommend him thoughts, on this subject, which better to my fellow-sinners, than characterizes me, in this respect, I have done. But alas ! I hard- as exactly as any thing I have ly hope to accomplish it. He seen ; and a poem of his, enhas done a great deal more by titled, Sincere Praise, is often me already, than I ever expect, the language of my heart. ed, and infinitely more than I -“ Pride, that busy sin, deserved. But he never intend. Spoils all that I perform ; td me for great things. Ile has Curst pride, that creeps securely in,
And swells a little worm. beings both of my own, and of
** The very songs I frame superior orders, that can per- Are faithless to thy cause; form him more worthy service. And steal the honours of thy name, 0! if I might but untie the To build their own applause." latchet of his shoes, or draw wa. But though rigid in judging ter for the service of his sanctu- himself, he was exemplarily ary, it is enough for me. I am catholic in the opinions he formmo angel, nor would I murmured of others. He entertained a because I am not."
high regard for many, who disMr. Davies cultivated an inti- fered from him in various points mate acquaintance with his own of faith and practice. Taking a heart. He scrupulously brought large and luminous survey of the
field of religion, he accurately was as ready to forgive injuries distinguished the comparative received, as solicitous to avoid importance of things, and pro. offending others. His heart portioned his zeal accordingly. overflowed with tenderness and While conscientiously tenacious pity to the distressed ; and in on all great subjects, he was his generous eagerness to supgenerously candid in points of ply the wants of the poor, he of. minor consequence. Few in- ten exceeded his ability. While deed have so happily avoided the thus eminent in his disposition opposite extremes of bigotry to oblige, he was equally sensi, and latitudinarianism. Few have ble of the kindness of others ; exhibited so unwavering a zeal and as he could bestow with for evangelical truth, and the generosity, so he could receive power of religion, yet in such without servility. uniform consistency with the sa- His deportment in company cred principles of love and was graceful and genteel, with. meekness. His warm and libe out ceremony. It united the ral heart could never be confined grave with the pleasant, and the within the narrow limits of a accomplished gentleman with the party. Real worth, wherever dignified and devout Christian. discovered, could not fail to en- He was among the brightest gage his affection and esteem. examples of filial piety. The
Truth he sought for its own virtues and example of his exsake, and loved for its native cellent mother made an indelible charms. The sentiments, which impression upon his memory he embraced, he avowed with and heart. While pouring bles. the simplicity of a Christian, sings on her name, and humbly and the courage of a man. Yet styling himself, a " degenerate keeping his mind ever open to plant,” he declared, not only conviction, he retracted his opin- that her early dedication of him ions without reluctance, when- to God had been a strong in. ever they were proved to be ducement to devote himself by mistakes : for he rightly judged his own personal act, but that he that' the knowledge of truth looked upon the most important alone was real learning, and that blessings of his life as immediate attempting to defend an error, answers to ter prayers. As a was but labouring to be igno. husband, he was kind, tender, rant.
and cordial ; mingling a genuHe possessed an ardent benev. ine and manly fondness with a olence, which rendered him the delicate respect. delight of his friends, and the As a parent, he felt all the af, admiration of all, who knew fectionate, trembling solicitudes, him. The gentleness and suav- which pature and grace could ity of his disposition were re- inspire. " There is nothing," markable. One of his friends he writes to his friend, “that declared, that he had never seen can wound a parent's heart so hiin angry during several years deeply, as the thought that he of unbounded intiinacy, though should bring up children to dise he had repeatedly known him to honour his God here, and be be ungenerously treated, He miserable hereafter. I beg your