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jsh, wicked, and vexatious thoughts be useful. They will be closed with are almost constantly working their an attenipt to give th. most striking way into my mind, because I have features of her character, so much of that time, which you talk Among the natural powers of her of, for meditation. And, in addition mind, she was most of all distinguishto all, I become lazy and indolent, ed by that faculty which has been de. and do nothing as I ought to do. No, nominated common sense, and of which I was a great deal better of when I it has been truly said, that “though bad some worldly business to which no science, it is fairly worth the serI could attend moderately. It did en.” Except on the subject of religme good in every way. I must get ion, she had read but little ; and in along as well as I can, now that I am what is usually understood by mental incapable of business, but I find it no improvenient, she had made no great advantage, but the contrary, to be progress. Her powers of judging without it.” It is believed that this and distinguishing were naturally was the language of truth, of nature, strong, and these she had improved of experience. Those who have led a by thinking much, and observing busy life, should contract their busi. accurately. Hence she seldom gave ness as age advances, but they will an opinion »hich did not deserve to seldom find it beneficial, even to a
be heard with respect, and which was life of religion, to be wholly unemploy. not proved by experience to be just. ed in worldly concerns.
This was the source of the influence Mrs. Hodge had three attacks of an which she possessed, and which was apoplectic or paralytic kind, within singularly great. Often bas the wri. the last sixteen years of ber life. But ter of these sketches remarked, that she wonderfully recovered from them, she was a striking example of what and possessed all her faculties, in a solid sense, sterling integrity, and degree of vigour beyond what is usual- sincere piety will eficct, without the ly seen in persons of her age, till advantages of refined education, great about two years before her death. Wealth, or even of that sex which Then her decay became rapid and usually claims the highest respect. visible. On the 16th of Dec. 1805, It was his belief that for many years, in going to bed, she was seized with her opinion had more influence in a fit. Medical aid was used to re- the large religious society to which store her, and she recovered so far she belonged, than that of any other as to know and speak to those who
individual in it. Yet it may be rewere about her, especially to the pas- marked with truth, and the truth is tors of the church' to which she be. much to her honour, that she did not Jonged. In the course of the evening, appear to know the influence that she they both, at different times, prayed possessed. She was truly diffident with her, and she appeared capable of and unassuming, and never intruded joining in the service, at least for a her opinions upon others, nor deliverpart of the time. But her mind was ed them as if she supposed they were evidently in a broken, wandering, and important enfeebled state.
Still, however, it She possessed great sensibility, and seenied to draw to the centre which strong passions, which caused her mahad so long attracted it. Help, ny a sore conflict. Yet the united inLord Jesus! help; come Lord Je- fluence of religion and good sense, sus, come quickly,' were sentences had given her as a habit, a remarka. thai she often repeated. She had a
ble self-command; so that she was succession of slight paralytic affec. capable of managing, with a happy tions during the night, and early in address, the most refractory spirits of the morning, fell asleep in the Loril
, others. She could remain self-pos. expiring without a sigh, a struggle, sessed and silent, till the time for or so much as the motion of a single administering reproof was come, and muscle.
then give it with the most complete Few persons in the city of Philadel. effect. Many examples of this were phia had so extensive a religious
known to her acquaintance. acquaintance as Mrs. Hodge. To Kindness and affability were dis, bem these memoirs will be interest. tinguishing features of her character. ing, and to others a part of them may They rendered her company unusual.
ly agreeable and pleasing ; so that conversion and piety of a native Afri. even the young and the gay sought it, can woman, whom her husband had and were often delighted with it. purchased, and whom she had assid. They could not but admire in her a ucusly taught the principles of relig. strictness of piety, united with a ten- ion. This woman died at last in derness, an attention, and a desire to Christian faith and triumph, uttering, give pleasure, which they seldom in broken English, sentiments that found. To the last she was visited would have adorned the lips of the by the young as well as by the old. oldest and best instructed saint.
Her benevolence and liberality have The piety of Mrs. Hodge was in. already been mentioned. Many will deed eminent, but its peculiar charac. feel their loss, and, ungrateful as the teristic was humility. Those who world is, many will long remember had heard much of her did not al. with gratitude the benefits she con- ways find their expectations realized, ferred.
wlien they became acquainted with She was remarkable for sincerity. her. They found that she was not There was nothing that she abhorred one of those who anticipate continu. more than dissimulation or bypocrisy. ally and with confidence the leavenly She could not endure it in others, joys, who are raised by this above all and she stood at the greatest distance fear of death, and who seem to be from it herself. She loved to hear rapped into a better world while they and to speak the truth in all its sim- remain in this. A person who, from plicity. On some occasions, the
what he had heard of her, was led to frankness and explicitness of her believe that she possessed something manner gave offence. Such instance of this character, after a short aces, however, were not numerous ; for quaintance, offered to present her though she would never speak what with a handsome copy of Mrs. Rowe's she did not believe, she was often si. Devout Exercises of the Heart. lent, when she differed from the Her reply to him was this: “I know sentiments of others, and when she son ething of that book, Sir, and I thought that speaking would do no thank you sincerely for offering it to good. But her silence on many such But I must say that it is a book occasions was eloquent, for it was
which does not suit me. I wish I not easy for her countenance to con- was more like Mrs. Rowe than I am. ceal any sentiment that she strongly But her exercises were so far superior fcit.
to mine, and her descriptions of them In domestic life she was indeed a are so strong, that, to tell you the bright example. Intent on doing truth, they rather discourage me than good in this, which is the principal help me. If you please, let the book sphere of female usefulness, and hav. be given to Mrs - I think it will ing always a small family of her own, exactly suit lier.” In this there was sle brought up a number of orphan no atiectation, to which indeed she or destitute children, received several was a stranger. She believed that female boarders into her house,* and others had made attainments far be. made it a charitable asylum to others yond her own, attainments which she who had once seen better days. Ma- wished to make, and mourned that ny of these, especially the youth, re- she wanted; but to which, as she ceived the most essential benefit believed she did not possess them, from her example, her conversation, she would make no pretensions, her instruction, ber admonitions, and There were some considerable porher prayers.
A domestic incident tions of her life, and many short sea'on which she loved to dwell was the scattered torough almost the
whole of it, in which she rejoiced and * The last of these was the aged and triumphed in God her Saviour. But aminble wistow of the late Rev. Dr. as a habit she did by no means posFinley, whose company and conversation sess the “full assurance of hope." were the principal earthly solace of Mrs. On the contrary, she had frequent Hotge in the lust years of her life: doubts and fears, and great anxiety And to whom the writer here begs leare about her spiritual state ; though to dedicate these memoirs of her dear never, after her first exercises, did departed friend.
she sink into any thing likę despon.
dency. She was often searching her perfect righteousness of Christ, as heart, questioning and examining her- the only foundation of her hope. Newself, to ascertain whether she was ton's Letters, and Owen on Indwell. truly a disciple of Christ ; and this ing Sin, were, next to the Holy continued to the very last. Few Scriptures, the books which she Christians have ever more fully re. most delighted to read. nounced themselves than she, and ex. Thus has an imperfect sketch been pected salvation as the purchase of given of the character of this excel. the Saviour, and the free gift of God lent woman, of whom a man, who through him. The idea of human had seen much of the world, was merit in the sight of God was the ab. heard to say, as he followed her horrence of her soul. Some of the corpse to the grave, “I would rather poor, whom she relieved, would some- be Mrs. Hodge than Bonaparte.” times suggest that her abundant Beyond all question, her life was charities would render her the fa- more enviable, her death more hap. vourite of Heaven. Such intimations py, and her eternal destiny infinitely she always received with manifest more desirable, than that of any un. disgust, and it is believed never fails sanctified hero, patriot or sage, whose ed to reprove the parties who gave actions or whose wisdom have furthem, and to endeavour to convey nished the theme of the poet's song, juster notions of the manner in which the materials of the historian's volwe must be recommended to God. umes, and the objects of emulation to She panted ardently after holiness a blinded world.
« Blessed are the and inward conformity to the divine dead who die in the Lord ; yea, law; but a clear sight and a deep saith the Spirit, for they rest from sense of her remaining depravity made their labours, and their works do her abhor herself, and cleave to the follow them.”
AN OCCASIONAL HYNX.
Then guilty passions wing their flight,
Sorrow, remorse, affliction cease ; Religion's yoke is soft and light,
And all her paths are paths of peace. THROUGH shades and solitudes profound,
Ambition, pride, revenge, depart, The fainting traveller winds his way; And folly flies her chastening rod ; Bewildering meteors glare around, She makes the humble, contrite heart, And tempt his wandering feet a- A temple of the living God. stray:
Be;ond the narrow vale of time, Welcome, thrice welcome to his eye, Where bright celestial ages roll,
The sudden moon's inspiring light, To scenes eternal, scenes sublime, When forth she sallies thro' the sky, She points the way and leads the
The guardian angel of the night! soul.
Pursue the phantom, bliss, in vain ; The gate of paradise restord;
Her voice the watching cherub hears, And life a pilgrimage of pain ! And drops his double-flaming sword. Till mild Religion, from above, Baptis'd with the renewivg fire, Descends,
a sweet engaging form, May we the crown of glory gain The messenger of heavenly love, Rise, when the host of heaven expire, The bow of promise in á storm! And reign with God, forerer reign,
T's “ Observations on the account given in Rev. xx. 4-6, of the first and second resurrection, shall appear in our next number.
B's critical observations on several texts of Scripture, are approved, & on file.
A review of Mrs. Warren's History of the American Revolution, and of D, Mason's sermon, on Messiah's Reign ; and also Memoirs of the late Rev. John Sergeant, father of the present missionary of that name, and of the Rev. John Moorhead, are received, and are intended for publication next month.
We thank our respected correspondent Beta, for the letters he has sent us, “ from an aged clergyman, to a young student in divinity.”
The attention of our readers, and particularly of magistrates and legislators, is invited to the piece on the execution of laws, which will well re.ward a careful perusal.
TO THE PUBLIC.
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The Editors have experienced very considerable difficulties in closing their accounts for the first year, arising from unavoidable imperfection in their early arrangements, and the scattered and distant situation of many of the subscribers and agents, from some of whom arrearages are yet due. Most of these inconveniences, they think, will not occur again.
The profits already received, have been disposed of as follows :
pious and ingenious young men, in indigence, to acquire educa- 8100 00
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108 00 To the Berkshire Missionary Society,
229 35 P.-side the above, there is at least an equal sum, for like charitable uses, in uncollected debts, and in the Numbers of the first volume of the Panoplist unsold, in the hands of the Editors and their agents. When the amount of this unestimated property shall be ascertained, it will be carried to the credit of the charity find, at the close of this year, when the Editors intend to exhibit an official report under the hands of the Trustees. In the mean time, they offer their grateful acknowledgments to their numerous subscribers for their past encouragement; and as this work is not intended to enrich its Editors, but to enlighten the minds, and do good to the souls of their fellow-men, to explain and defend the doctrines, and to recommend the precepta of the gospel, and to collect a fund for the benefit of the poor, they confidently solicit continued patronage from the friends of evangelical truth.
MEMOIRS OF JOHN HOWARD, ESQ. From Dr. Samuel Stennett's Sermon, occasioned by his death, which hap
pened January 20, 1790. I SHALL not take up your time knowledge of the world than he, with the particulars of his having conversed with personbirth, education, and fortune. ages of the first rank in life, and The advantages of this kind with with those in the meanest stawhich Providence indulged him, tions; with chan:cters eminent and of which he was truly sensi- for virtue and piety, and the most ble, were of trifling considera- abandoned and wretched; so no tion, when brought into view was more fully persuaded with those personal endowments, than he of the universal depravinatural and religious, by which ty of human nature. With the he was distinguished from most discernment both of a Philosoother characters.
pher and a CHRISTIAN he enterHe possessed a clear under- ed into the principles, maxims, standing, and a sound judgment; and views of men of all ranks which were enriched and im- and conditions of life ; and knew proved by a variety of useful how to apply the knowledge he knowledge. And as he had a thus acquired to the most imtaste for polite literature, so he portant purposes. was well versed in most of the His moral endowments were modern languages, which he perhaps more extraordinary than took no small pains to acquire, those just mentioned. Here he that he might be the better ena-' shone with distinguished lustre. bled to carry his benevolent The two virtues of Fortitude and purposes into effect. He had a Humanity were the prominent just idea of the civil and relig- features in his countenance. ious rights of mankind, accom- Nor could his modesty conceal panied with a true sense of the them from the public eye, no, worth, importance, and dignity not from the view of all Europe. of man as a reasonable, social, They were interwoven with his and immortal creature.
nature, and always acted in unino man had a more extensive son with each other. Vol. II, No. 8. W w