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THE following extract from "Review of Ecclesiastical History," written by the late venerable John Newton, forty years ago, appears to merit a republication in the Evangelical Magazine at the present time. Noticing the" Heresies propagated by false teachers in the Apostle's days," chap. iv. 343, he observes, "That there were persons who abused the doctrines of grace, as an encouragement to continue in the practice of sin, may be inferred from the epistle of St. James, and several passages of the other apostles: such, in our modern phrase, are styled Antinomians; a name, it must be confessed, of very indeterminate application. It is an epithet which many would fix, indiscriminately, upon all who preach a free salvation by faith in the blood of Jesus. If it is all of grace, and we can do nothing of ourselves; if it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy,-then we may live as we pleass; endeavours are useless, and obedience unnecessary These are the inferences which the unenlightened heart charges as unavoidable consequen-, ces from the Gospel doctrine; and from hence we obtain a corroborating proof, that we do not mistake St. Paul's sense, or preach a Gospel different from his, because he foresaw that the same objections would seem to lie against himself; and he guards and protests against such a perversion ‡. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid !' It seems to have been upon this account that he was slandered, and by some affirmed -to have taught, Let us do evil, that good may come;' that is, in modern language (and such things are not spoken in corners amongst us) if any man could be a proper subject of what they call grace, let him become still more vile, and plunge into the most atrocious wickedness; for the greater the sinner, the better qualified is mercy. We are content to be reproached (as St. Paul was in his time) for the truth's sake; and we would be chiefly concerned for the unhappy scoffers, who, unless God is pleased to give them repentance unto life, will one day wish they had been idiots, or lunatics, rather than have vented their malicious wit against the grace of the Gospel of the Lord Christ.

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* Rom. xi. 6. 2 Cor. iii. 5. 2 Rom. ix. 16. + Rom. iii. 7. and 9, 19.

Rom. vi. r.

Extract from the Coronation Oath administered to the King of

Great Britain.

Archbishop or Bishop. "Will you, to the utmost of your power, maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the Gospel, and the Protestant reformed religion established by the law? and will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this realm, and to the churches.committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges as by law do, or shall appertain unto them, or any of them?"

King." All this I promise to do, so help me God.”


"Go into Poland, as the Jews were ordered to go to Shiloh, Jer. vii. 22, and see what an angry God has done there for the iniquity of his people. Socinianist made a gap for popery: their Racovian vanities were the Roman vehicle. Wherever the righteousness of Christ goes out, the man of sin comes in. The Arians, who denied his divinity, prepared the way for Mahomet; and they who denied his satisfaction, made room for Antichrist. Thus, as they went a whoring from their God, they fell to the mother of harlois and abominations.”


Mr. Bradbury on Rom. viii. 33, in the Lime Street Sermons.



From an American Publication.

Nor long since, a youth in his 15th year, by a sudden casualty, suf. fered an internal injury, under which he languished in extreme distress, for a number of days, and then expired. He was a person of a serious mind and amiable manners, and much esteemed by all who knew him. In his illness he exhibited an example of patience and resignation; and, in the near view of death, and in the full exercise of reason, he expressed a calm hope of a blessed immortality.

On the Lord's Day next preceding his death, a number of young people, returning from public worship, made him a visit. He received them with attention, and addressed them in the following manner :"You see, my friends, the situation which I am in. A few days ago, I was in health, like you. By a sudden accident I am confined to my bed, and probably shall soon be laid in my grave. None of you know how soon you may be in a condition like mine. You see in me the early necessity of being early prepared for death. I advise you to think seriously of the uncertainty of life, and to prepare for death immediately. Delay not such a work any longer; no, not one single hour-you may as well attend to it now as hereafter. There can be no advantage in delay. If ever you begin religion, you must bring the matter to a point; you must make it a present business.

"I particularly advise you to reverence the Sabbath and the house of God. There are some young people who are too vain in their talk on the Sabbath, and too light and inattentive in their appearance in the time of worship. Avoid these evils. They will cause you to mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed; and to say, How have we hated instruction, and our hearts despised reproof! Never use profane language. This is a sin which young people too often practise; I have sometimes heard it with grief. Remember, that for every profane, yea, for every idle word, you must give an account. Obey and honour your parents, and treat all elderly people with respect; ask counsel and instruction from them, that you may grow in wisdom, and in favour with God and men. Read the Scriptures, that you may learn the way of salvation, and turn your feet into that way. Get an acquaintance with yourselves, that you may see your need of a Saviour; and get an acquaintance with your Sa. viour, that you may trust in him. You must go to him, that you may have life. You are dependent on the grace of God; but you must seek, if you hope to obtain it. Seek unto God betimes: seek him, while he may be found. You think religion is important to me, because I am soon to die. It is as important to you, as it is to me, for you are as mortal though perhaps you are not to die quite so soon as I shall. Whenever you die, you will need its comforts, as much as I do now. I beg you to secure these comforts in season; and this is the season.

I am,


"I am faint and, weak; I cannot say much to you. I entreat you to remember the little I can say. O my friends, I see you now in tears; you think you will follow my advice. I hope you will, but I fear you wil soon forget it. You will not always feel as you do now, while you are looking on my dying body, and hearing my feeble voice but that you may bring my advice to your mind, go sometimes to the place where my body will soon be laid. Perhaps, a sight of the clods which cover it will remind you of my advice, and awaken your resolution to follow it. Soon your bodies may be laid by mine: may our souls meet in that world where is no pain mor death !❤,



Os Friday morning, Nov. 3, 1809, died Mrs, Mary Moss, the beloved wife of Mr. James Moss, of Mach pelah, near Hebden Bridge, in the 40th year of her age. Being pregnant of her twelfth child, she was seized with the violent pains of labour on Sunday morning, Oct. 29, and continued extremely ill all that day. Besides the agonies incident to females in difficult cases of this kind, she was sorely afflicted with the cramp; but she was enabled to bear all her extreme sufferings with exemplary patience and resignation. Towards night, the pains of labour subsided; but she continued exceedingly ill, and was judged to be in very great danger. As it was concluded that the child was dead, the surgeon who attended her, called her afflicted husband aside, and told him that there was little or no hope of saving the patient's life but by a painful operation, under which she might possibly expire. When it was proposed to her, she consented to undergo the operation, giving herself up into the hands of the Almighty, in hope that it might please him to spare her life for the şake of her affectionate husband and numerous family of young children. After she was delivered, she appeared to be as well as could be reasonably expected, but complained of very violent pain, which continued, and greatly excited the fears of her friends. An able physician was called in, who said it was a case of extreme danger; but he would de every thing for her in his power. Her patience and calmness of mind were wonderful, under all her sufferings. At intervals, some hopes were entertained of her recovery; but they were often soon blasted, by the return of unfavourable symptoms. The inflammation which occasioned her extreme pains, was succeeded by what was still more threatening, and which brought her into a state of such extreme weakness, that, on being moved, she several


times fainted away, and seemed as One dead Her language, when she was able to speak, was such as became a Christian; but such was her regard for her family, that she cherished some hope of being spared to them, till within a few hours of her death.

When I visited her on the Thursday evening, I found her in such state of mind as surprized and affected me much. The first words she expressed to me were, I am dying. I said, Do you think so?

Yes, I know I must die; but' she then began to speak of the glo ries of the heavenly world, the love, the sufferings, and death of that adorable Redeemer, with whom she was going to live and reign for ever, in a manner which I feel myself utterly unable to describe. There

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were many present, to whom she addressed herself with such affection and heavenly sweetness, as moved every heart, and brought floods of tears from every eye. I must say, I have not been witness to such a moving scene for many years all her tender attachments to the dear objects of her affections in this world, seemed to be entirely swallowed up in an overpowering sense of her Redeemer's love, and of the glories of the heavenly world; of which glories, she spoke as if she had been already an inhabitant of those blessed regions. Her own sufferings, she said, had been nothing, in comparison with the sufferings of him who died to save her. Her hopes and views were full of immortality; nor did she signify the least hesitation concerning her immediate entrance into the presence of her Redeemer: the song of Heaven was the grand theme of her discourse :- ་ Worthy is the Lamb. that was slain!' She continued to speak in this strain, without interruption, for a considerable length of time; and with such energy, such fervour, such strength of voice, such celestial sweetness, as filled us all with astonishment. When shf

eoncluded her testimony, she desired us to sing. I expressed my fear respecting our ability to do it, as we were overwhelmed with sorrow but she again begged that we would do it. We attempted then to sing the hymn to which she seemed to refer, Come, let us join our cheerful songs,' &c. in which she seemed to hear a part throughout. Being quite exhaustnd, she lay still for a little while, and then began to speak again in the same strain as before. It was like a gleam of sunshine in the valley of the shadow of death. About twelve o'clock I went into her room for the last time; her speech began to falter, but still I could hear part of the closing sentence, Glory to world without end! Amen.' These were the last words she uttered; for when she had sounded 'Amen,' she immediately began to expire: her breathing continued for a time; and then, without the least struggle, sob, or groan, she gave up the ghost, sweetly falling asleep in Jesus about one o'clock on Friday morning.

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Her remains were interred early on the morning of the Lord's Day, in the presence of a large concourse of people, who appeared to be greatly affected on the occasion. In the afternoon, a discourse was delivered from the words which had dwelt so much in the thoughts of the deceased, and on which she had spoken with such divine delight,

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Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing!" Rev. v. 12.


ON Lord's Day morning, Dec. 10, a little after nine o'clock, departed this life, aged 64. Mr. Tho. mas Hawkes, of Piccadilly, Army. Accoutrement - maker. He had been indisposed for some time, and it was feared that his disorders might terminate fatally; but he had walked out on Saturday, to call on several of his friends, and did not appear worse than usual. He arose on the Sunday morning, and united with the family in wor

ship, which was conducted by Dr. Hawker, then on a visit at the house. After making some arrangements for their going to public wor ship, he retired, while breakfast was preparing. A noise was soon heard in the chamber over the room in which the family was sitting down. A servant went up stairs, who called Mr. Hawkes; but no answer being given, others followed, who, bursting open the door, found him on the floor. The position in which he lay, indicated that he expired either in the act of kneeling down to private prayer, or while actually engaged in it; his countenance was undisturbed, and presented a pleas ing smile, rather than the effect of pain. Thus gently was this good man dismissed from a world, in which he had been eminently useful; for, as it pleased God to afford him great prosperity in his business, so be gave of his abundance in princely, but unostentatious manner. He had long been a generous contributor to many useful and charitable institutions; but his name was often concealed. Only a few days before his death, he presented to the Missionary Society, the noble donation of One Thousand Pounds. Mr. Hawkes has left legacies to several religious and charitable institutions, to a very considerable


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The Family Instructor, 2 vols. 12mo, logues, and it is written in a very

price is. in boards.

THIS pleasing work, of which the present appears to be the nineteenth edition of the first volume, and eighth of the second, has always appeared in an anonymous form; but it has been generally, and we believe justly, attributed to the celebrated Daniel De Foe; who, by his numerous writings upon a variety of subjects, has given evident marks of superior talents and genius. This extraordinary man, it is well known, was a Dissenter of the Presbyterian Denomination; and received his education at a Dissenting Academy upon Newing ton Green, under Mr. Charles Morton, one of the ejected ministers. In his religious principles he was thoroughly orthodox; and has been -censured by persons of opposite sentiments, for the asperity with which he maintained and defended them. Many of his writings being directed against high-church politics, he was frequently brought into trouble; and by the government of Q. Ann, was shamefully persecuted. But he sessed a magnanimity of mind that rendered him superior to suffering; and an integrity of conduct, that justly entitles him to respect.


The first edition of the first volume of the Family Instructor was published in 1715. It was divided into three parts: 1. Relating to Parents and Children; 2. To Masters and Servants; 3. To Husbands and Wives. The design of this work was, to impress upon the minds of parents the obligations they were under to instruct their children in the principles of religion and virtue; to lead children to receive with docility the religious admonitions of their parents; to induce masters to com. municate proper instructions in re ligion to their servants; and bus bands and wives to concur with each other in the performance of the duties of family worship. The instructions conveyed upon these subjects is thrown into the form of dia

easy and familiar manner, De Foe observes in his preface, that the whole work being designed both to divert and instruct, the author has endeavoured to adapt it as much as To as possible to both these uses.* certain how well he has succeeded in both these respects, the reader is requested only to peruse the voLume itself.

The useful nature of this work, and the admirable manner in which it is executed, secured for it a good reception in the world; and it was recommended by serious persons, as well from the pulpit as from the press. This encouraged the author divided into two parts:-1. Relating to write a second volume, which is to Family Breaches, and their obstructing religious duties; 2. To the Great Mistake of mixing the Passions in the managing and correcting of children: with a great variety of cases relating to setting ill examples to children and servants. This volume is equally interesting as the foregoing one; the form of dialogue is pursued, and kept up with admirable spirit; and the notes upon each contain many sound maxims of prudence, founded upon an express regard to the revealed will of God! Upon the whole, these volumes contain much real piety, are written with great spirit and simplicity, and are admirably adapted to the purposes of early education. As such, we cordially recommend them to parents and heads of families, and to ali who are charged with the instruction of children. Mr. Chalmers, in his valuable life of Daniel De Foe, informs us, that the family of Gev.1. was instructed by the copy of the Family Instructor, which is now in the British Museum.

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