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peared never to have one serious compose the whole ; to understand doubt respecting the safety of her them in their order and connexion ; spiritual state. Her cheerfulness and to perceive the symmetry and from that time could not escape the beauty, the excellence and glory, of observation of any person who saw the entire system. The peculiar docher; but the full solution of it was trines of tbe gospel were not more not at first discovered. When her thoroughly understood by her, than friends were at length constrained to they were cordially embraced. The allow, what she had unitormly wished doctrine of the cross was to her the them to believe, that her recovery power of God, and the wisdom of God was not to be expeeted, she declared To this she repaired, and to this she what God had done for her soul, and ex adhered, as the ark of her salvation. pressed an assured hope of future Here it is that we are to look for glory. The origin of this assurance the origin of that holy confidence, she distinctly and accurately traced. which rendered her triumphant in

It did not arise from a sudden im- death. “Jesus Christ, having made pulse. No passage of scripture was atonement for sin, has promised that impressed on the mind; no voice, in every penitent sinner, who believes in her sleeping or waking moments, pro. him, and becomes conformed to his nounced her character or destination. example and laws, shall be pardoned, Nor was it derived from a conscious. justified, and saved. But I find ev. ness of high attainments in Christian idence of my repentance, faith in Jevirtue. She uniformly expressed the sus Christ, and .conformity to him. deepest conviction of human de. I therefore am confident of my par. pravity, and of her personal unwor. don, justification, and salvation.” thiness, sinfulness, and guilt ; and Such was her method of reasoning : took notice of the religious attain. and her conclusion was not to be ments of others, who, it is presumed, shaken. To the evidences of the would gladly have received counsel genuineness of her faith and penifrom her lips, and improvement from tence, and of the other Christian her example.

graces,she had been sedulously atten. It was an assurance gradually ob. tive ; and had not to lay again the tained, which, in common with all her foundation of repentance from dead spiritual attainments, she ascribed to works, and of faith toward God. Havdivine and sovereign grace. Her ing resolved every doubt concerning prevailing impression had, for several the reality of religion in her own soul, years, been that of confidence in God. she confided in the faithfulness of She had been seeking, waiting, hop- Him, who hath promised with as ing, and trusting. Her bible was the much assurance as she believed the oracle, to which she daily repaired truth of her own existence. for instruction ; and this pious exer. Another process of reasoning, by cise was accompanied with prayer to which she arrived at the same conthe Father of Lights for divine illu. clusion, was by tracing her religion mination and guidance. The promise, to its divine origin, and then again Then shall we know, if we follow on to applying the word of promise. " God know the Lord, was fulfilled. By per. hath, by his spirit, implanted a prinseverance in seeking, she found the ciple of holiness in my heart.

But knowledge of God. The additional God will never leave his work unfin. promise was fulfilled: If any man

ished Therefore the work, which will do his will, he shall know of the he hath begun in me, he will perfect doctrine. By cherishing a conscien. in glory.” Here she had recourse tu tious desire of conformity to the will the great doctrines of divine election, of God, she obtained a deep and ex. regenerating grace, the covenant of tensive acquaintance with the truths promise, the immutability of God, of scripture, and at the same time be the divine nature and absolute promcame thoroughly furnished to all good ises of Christ, and the final persever: works. Not satisfied with a general ac. ance of the saints. In the firm belief quaintance with scriptural doctrines, of these truths and promises, and of she was studious to obtain a distinct her own personal interest in them, knowledge of the several parls, which she was confident of this very things

that He, who had begun a good work in asked. Being answered, that she her, would perform it until the day of did ; “Have I then,” she rejoined, Jesus Christ

. She was assured, that "any thing to do but to die ?” She she should be kept by the power of God, continued to the last to speak of death shrough faith to salvation.

with familiarity and delight. Every The Christian hope being now an step she considered as tending to the anchor to her soul, sure and stetf 1st, termination of her pilgrimage through the winds and tempests could neither the wilderness ; and she dwelt with agitate nor disquiet her. This hope sacred pleasure on the thought of raised her entirely above the fear of reaching the banks of Jordan, and death, whose approach she uniform. plunging into its cold waters, that ly regarded as that of a welcome mes. she might pass over into the land of senger. Having with perfect compo. promise. The happiness of the resure, and with her usual discernment deemed was a favorite subject of and prudence, made domestic ar. her contemplation, and the nearer rangements, and adjusted all her tem. the view, the stronger were her an. poral concerns, she calmly waited to ticipations. Her joy was literally un. receive the summons for her depar. speakable and full of glory. ture. She had several paroxysms of It pleased God to fulfil all her peti. severe pain and distress, but never tions. Her sufferings were gradually uttered the language of complaint diminished, and she at length fell or impatience. After these parox.

asleep, without a struggle. Had an inysms, she often said, " my sufferings, fidel witnessed her exit,scarcely could i hope, will not continue to be so he have suppressed the exclamasevere; nevertheless, Father, thy will tion : Let me die the death of this Chris. be done." Her great concern was, tian, and let my last end be like her's. shat God in all things might be glorifi Seldom is there a more striking ed, through Jesus Christ.

proof, than her dying apartment On the Tuesday preceding her furnished, of the truth and justness of death, she apprehended herself about the poet's description : to expire ; and every symptom indi. cated approaching death. What lit. The chamber where the Christian tle strength remained was exhausted meets his fate, in the act of giving praise and glory Is privileg'd beyond the common walk to God; and all vital motion apparent. Of virtuous life, quite on the verge of ly ceased. Every person present be. heaven : lieved that she had actually expired, God waits not the last momentbut, to the astonishment of all, respira. owns his friends tion, together with the powers of rea. On this side death, and points them son and speech, shortly returned. On out to men, Friday she expressed an apprehension A lecture silent, but of sovereign lest she had not glorified and praised power. God, at that critical moment, when she considered her departure as at

See the lines which follow, entitled, hand. “Did 1,” she importunately

The Female Pilgrim.

DIED. At Dedham, on the morn ORDAINED. In Rowley, Rev. ing of the 4th July 1808, deeply la- Joseph Merrill, as an Evangelist. mented, that eminent statesinan, and In Branford, (Con.) Rev. Timothy patriot, and eloquent orator, the Hon. P. Giliet ; sermon from Matt. xiii. 52. FISHER AMÈS, Esq. Character INSTALLATION. In Ashfield, in our next.

Rev. Alvan Sanderson, over the church and congregation in that place.


THE FEMALE PILGRIM. If a Guardian Power befriends thee,

'Tis unseen by mortal eyes. A thought, borrowed from MRS. GANNETT, was wrofight into the Yes, unseen, but still, believe me, following poetical lines, which were Such a Guide my steps attends ; presented to her in the last stage He'll in every strait relieve me, of her illness She committed He from every harm defends, them to memory, and often repeated them with a spirit and energy Pilgrim! see that stream before thee, truly admirable.

Darkly winding through the vale ;

Should its deadly waves roll o'er thee, WAITHER go'st thou, Pilgrim stran Would not then thy courage fail?

ger, Passing thro’ this darksome vale ? No: that stream has nothing frightful, Know'st thou not 'tis full of danger, To its brink my steps I'll bend ; And will not thy courage fail ? Thence to plunge will be delightful

There my pilgrimage will end. PILGRIM, thou dost justly call me,

Wandering o'er this waste so wide; While I gaz'd--with speed surprising Yet no harm will e'er befal me, Down the stream she plung d from While I'm blest with such a guide. sight;

Gazing still, I saw her rising, Such a guide!.-no guide attends thee, Like an angel, cloth'd with light.

Hence for thee my fears arise ;


Thelesus is in type ; but is necessarily deferred to the next number.

As friends to free discussion, we are pleased with the ingenuity of Xenos, though we are not prepared to admit the correctness of all his reasonings and conclusions.-We think bis cominunications would have a better effect in a detached form, and together ; we therefore advise bim to pursue his proposed plan. We hope his ingenuous pen will be employed on other subjects, to enrich the Panoplist.

Cephas came too late for this month. He shall hear from us soon on the subject of his communication.

Observations on the Apocrypha by N. E. are approved.

Timothy, in answer to Candidus, is received and shall have early attention. The author bas our thanks.

Erastus, 2 and the author of " Pious Meditations,” are requested to con. tinue their correspondence.

The original letters from the late Rev. John Newton and Mrs. Niles, are re. ceived, and we shall with pleasure give them

early insertions in the Panoplist. The Editors and Publishers of the Panoplist and Magazine have to apologize to their patrons, for the delay of this first number, and for some errors of inadvertence, which originated in the change of the form of the publication, and which were permitted to pass, in the multiplicity of attentions and the hurry necessarily created by the new arrangements. The larger pamphlet should have been numbered, as the smaller, No. 1. Vol. I. new series, instead of No. 37.-Vol. IV.

The piece “ On the name Christian” is continued from p. 507, of the Pan. oplist, Vol. III.

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Rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, &c. Lombard Street, London.

BIOGRAPHERS frequently ob- been a sensible and moral mar, serve, That the calm and even was captain of a merchant-ship. tenor of a clergyman's life sel. His mother was a pious experidom affords those remarkable in- enced christian, a dissenter, in cidents which render a Memoir communion with Dr. Jennings. generally interesting. Mr. New. Mr. Newton was her only child; ton's, however, is a striking ex. and, as she was of a weak constiception (that part of it especially 'tution and a retired temper, she which preceded his conversion devoted herself almost entirely to and entrance into the ministry ;) his education. She taught him and we rejoice to think that, in to read, and stored his memory, giving an account of it, we are not which was then very retentive, confined to those scanty and de- with many chapters of the Bible, fective materials, which are with hymns, and catechisms; and difficulty gleaned from uncertain though these pious efforts did not quarters. We are favored with reach his heart, nor prevent him full and clear memorials, written afterwards from running to a sad by himself, and which have been excess of riot, yet they occasioned long before the public. We re a considerable restraint for a seafer to “ An Authentic Narrative, son. It was long before he could &c. in a Series of Letters to the entirely shake off his religious Rev. Dr. Haweis," published in impressions; and, when he was the year 1764 ; his " Letters to a at length awakened to a sense of Wife," printed in 1793 ; his his condition, the recollection of “ Apologia, letters,” &c.-From these "first principles," proved of these and other undoubted sour- unspeakable advantage to him. ces, we derive the following most Mr. Newton, therefore, justly interesting and affecting particu- considered his own case as affordlars.

ing much encouragement to godMr. John Newton was born in ly parents, to be diligent and perLondon, on the 24th of July, 1725. severing in the religious instrucHis father, who appears to have tion of their children.

Vol. I. Very Series.

His mother, who observed his he was twelve years old. A narmental improvement with pecu. row escape from death by the liar pleasure, earnestly desired fall of a horse affected him for a that he might become a minister time ; but he soon declined again. of the gospel, if the Lord should Struggles between sin and consci. so incline his heart. With this ence were often repeated ; but, on view, probably, he begun, when every relapse, he sunk into greatsix years of age, to learn Latin ; er depths of wickedness. He ofbut soon the intended plan of his ten saw the necessity of religion, as education was entirely deranged, a mean of escaping Hell; but he and he was deprived of the guide loved sin too well to forsake it. of his youth before he was seven One of his religious fits (if we years old,

may so term them) continued for His father who was then at sea, two years. He read, fasted, prayreturned to England during the ed, and became a strict Pharifollowing year, and soon after mar. see ;-but it was a poor religion ; ried again. Thus he passed into it left him, in many respects, unfresh hands : and, though well der the power of sin, and only treated in all other respects, the loss tended to make him gloomy and of his mother's instructions was not useless. repaired. He mingled with pro

In this state of mind he met fane children and learnt their with a deistical book.—“ Lord ways. He was then sent to a Shaftesbury's Characteristics ;" boardivg-school in Essex, where this was exactly suited to his rohe was severely and improperly mantic turn of mind, and he read treated; but, during the latter it with avidity ; but was not aware part of the two years which he of its baneful tendency. No imspent there, he made a considera- mediate effect, indeed, followed ; ble progress in the Latin language, but it operated like a slow poison,

When he was eleven years old and prepared the way for all that his father took him to sea; and, followed. from that time to the year 1742, In the year 1742, his father, he made several voyages, but with not intending to go to sea again, considerable intervals between was desirous of settling him in them ; which were chiefly spent business; but he was averse to the in the country, except a few thoughts of industrious applicamonths at Alicant, in Spain, where tion. At length, a merchant in he had a very advantageous pros. Liverpool proposed to send him pect; but bis unsettled disposi- for some years to Jamaica. He tion, and impatience of restraint, consented ; every thing was prerendered the design abortive. pared, and he was to sail the fol

During this period, his temper lowing week. In the mean time, and conduct were exceedingly va- his father sent him on some busrious. At one time, he would iness into Keni, a few miles from pray, read the Scriptures, and Maidstone, where he was to have keep a sort of diary ; then he staid but a few days; but this litwould grow weary of religion, tle journey gave rise to a new segradually give it up, and become ries of unexpected and uncommon worse than before. He had learn- events, which affected his whole ed to curse and blaspheme before future lise,

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