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Warm from the heart the sacred message came,
And liv'd a copy of the truth he taught!
Sweet poesy flow'd in his lays, For mute is the eloquent tongue ; His Muse to his God was addrest All silent his muse and his pen,
In strains of devotion and praise ! His harp on the willow is hung! He knew, like Apollos, to preach ; Escap'd from the regions of woe,
He knew, like a Paul, to indite ; To rest in the bosom of Love, His sermons the weakest could teach; His works shall instruct us below, His letters the wisest delight! And his song be like angels'above,
O daughter of Zion ! your sorrows restrain,
Nor mourn that his spirit has quitted his clay:
Bright rob'd as a seraph, in mansions of day.
His suff’rings are o'er, and his labors are done;
The struggle is finish'd-the victory won !
He burst from the prison, and open'd the door ;
Evan. Mag TO CORRESPONDENTS. Cephas will find his communication on “ Church government,” in this number. In reference to this subject, we here repeat our observations in a former number. “ While the pages of the Panoplist and Magazine are impenetrably shut against angry controversy, they are open at all times to a free and candid discussion of all subjects, which affect the purity, order and wel. fare of the churches. On this ground they readily admitted the communi. cation of Titus, “ we now add, that of Cephas also," on the subject of church government. On points of this kind, where a diversity of opinion exists among good men, the Editors by no means feel themselves pledged for the correctness of every thing inserted in the Panoplist. While the subject is under discussion, they will admit whatever is candidly stated, on all sides, and may assist in forming a correct result.
The Editors are pleased with the bint of w. (p. 78.) respecting the Platform. Such a review of it, as he has intinated, is seriously contem, plated ; and is in our opinion of the highest importance to the order and harmony of our churches at the present time.
The Review of Dr. Kendall's Ordination Sermon, and of Dr. Rees' Cyclo. pedia, in continuation, came too late for this month; they shall both appear in our next number,
Several communications are under consideration, Our Correspondents are requested to forward their pieces early in the month.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. JOHN NEWTON,
CONCLUDED FROM OUR LAST.
The strong desire which Mr. after him Mr. Moody, for about Newton entertained, after his twenty years. Mr. Vennor,* a conversion, to preach the gospel, never forsook him. It was not • A circumstance relating to the one of those transient fits of zeal family of this gentlemen is worth re. which are common to young con.
cording :- At a time when the Non.
conformists were persecuted in War. verts, and which frequently de- wick, the grandfather of Mr. Vennor cline of themselves, or are lost happened to be one of the constables in consequence of worldly pur- of that town; and was obliged, by suits or connexions. His desire his office, with other constables, to to bring sinners to God, appears attendants into custody:
break up a conventicle, and take the
This was to have been constant and invin- upon a Sunday. They attended with cible, notwithstanding the diffi. their prisoners at the courl-house, culties which occurred. He was waiting for the magistrates' return far, however, from acting pre
from church; but, from what cause is cipitately in this important af.
uncertain, they did not come ; and
each constable agreed to take a pris. fair : he seems to have weighed prisoner with him to his house it in his mind for several years,
to dinner, Through the blessing before he was determined on en. of God on the conversation of that tering fully into the ministry, day, Mr. Vennor was brought to the and relinquishing his situation at knowledge of the truth, and beLiverpool.
came a dissenter himself, preferring
the cause of the prosecuted to that His first public attempts to of the persecutors ;-and his grand. preach the word were made at son was the father of a new interest Warwick. After the removal of in the town, which became, (espe. the late Mr. Ryland from a dis- cially under the ministry of the late senting church' in that town, a
Mr. Moody) of very important ser
vice to the souls of men. Thus the separation took place; and sev. only wise God, our Saviour, causes efal pious persons, who were the wrath of man to praise him? Pædobaptists, assembled togeth Mr. Vennor not only built the meet. er for worship in a dwelling
ing-house, but left a minister's house, house, previously to the erection
and four hundred and sixty pounds to of that chapel' in which Mr.
the place, so long as the gospel shall
be preached therein, according to Rowley preached for some time,
the doctrine held forth in the As.
$embly's Shorter Catechism. Vol. I. Nero Serics.
leading person among those who proposed to be raised, that pre. formed this new interest, having vented his settlement at War. received a very strong recom wick; but he was undecided in mendation of Mr. Newton from his mind, whether to go into the Mr. Brewer, of Stepney, invited established church, or to join the him to preach to them for six dissenters. Among the latter weeks on probation.
were his first religious connex. cordingly came (we believe, in ions, which gave his mind a bias the year 1759) with Mrs. New- towards them; but he appreton. During his stay here, he hended that disputes in dissent. used to retire on Saturdays, and ing congregations were common; sometimes on other days, to the and an occasional sermon by Mr. grove, in Lord Dormar's park, Beddome, which he heard at the about two miles from Warwick, Baptist meeting at Warwick, had and to other sequestered spots, a considerable effect on his mind where he composed his sermons. to increase his disinclination to Though he did not fix among this become a dissenting minister. people, yet he always retained a Indeed, at that period, his min. peculiar affection for them; and isterial talents were not very he has been heard to say, long popular; and it does not seem after he settled at Olney, that that he was much pressed to set the very name of Warwick, tle with any dissenting church. would at any time make his heart It was about this time that, leap for joy.* It was not the being at Leeds, he was desired smallness of the congregation at by the late Rev. Mr. Edwards that time, nor the narrow salary to preach for him at Whitechape • Many years after his visit to
el. He met a party of religious Warwick, he thus expresses his af. friends at Mr. Edwards' house, fection :- In returning from Shrop which adjoined the chapel; and shire, we spent two nights at War. took his tea (of which he was wick : the first time I have been remarkably fond) with them. there since my proposed settlement When the hour of preaching apwas over-ruled. There, likewise, we joyed and sorrowed : the people a. proached, Mr. E. intimated to mongst whom my mouth was first him, that if he was disposed to opened, and where I met some sweet retire from the service (as was encouragement on my entrance into then customary with most serious the ministry, will always be dear to ministers) a room was at his ser. me : they are at present but few,but those few are lively and steady: vice; but Mr. Newton declined Letters to C. Clunie, p. 164. Writing this, saying, he was so well please to Mr. Vennor, July 19, 1782, he ed with his company, that he was says. " How many mercies has the unwilling to leave it; and addLord bestowed upon me since my first ed, “I am prepared.” At the visit to Warwick, which is now more than 22 years! I often think of that appointed time the service com-, time with pleasure. There the Lord menced; and after prayer,
Mr. opened my mouth. Many retired Newton read his text, which was, places in your neighbourhood were “I have set the Lord always beendeared to me, by seasons which I fore me: because he is at my can still remember, when I was enabled to seek the Lord, and to pour right hand, I shall not be mov. out before him prayers, which he has ed.” Mr. Newton began flasince abundantly answered."
ently; but in a few minutes he
lost all recollection of his plan; rin's Sermons, in French; which was confosed, stopped, and de. he translated and repeated to his sired Mr. Edwards to come up friend in English, as they went to. and finish the service. Mr. E. gether to the house of God; and urged him to proceed; but Mr. which Mr. Barnes found exceed. N. left the pulpit; which Mr. ingly profitable to him. Indeed E. ascended, and concluded with he seldom walked in the fields an address to the audience, on about Liverpool without a book; the importance of the Spirit's whereby he acquired much use. agency to help out infirmities. ful knowledge, and by which his Such was the confusion occasion. conversation was rendered re. ed by this failure of the young markably edifying. preacher, that when walking in It was not till the 29th of . the streets after it, he fancied, if April, 1764, that Mr. Newton he saw two or three people talk. obtained episcopal ordination. + ing together, that it was the sub. For a considerable time he halt. ject of their discourse. Morti. ed between two opinions; but fying, however, as this circum. at last determined on the side of stance was, he learnt by it, no the Establishment. It may be doubt, to put his trust, not in best to state this affair in his own his preparation, nor in his mem. words :-“ My first overtures ory, but in the Lord alone. * were to the dissenters; and had
After this, Mr. Newton con not the providence of God retinued to reside at Liverpool; markably interposed to prevent and retained his office of tide- it, I should probably have been surveyor. He could not, how. a brother with you (a dissenting ever, be silent. He used to preach minister, to whom his Four Leta in his own house on Lord's Day , ters, entitled “ Apologia,” I are? erenings. The room was small; addressed) in every sense : but yet those who could obtain ad. my designs were over-ruled. A mission were well pleased and' variety of doors by which I greatly refreshed : some of them sought entrance (for I did not are still alive, and mention these give up upon the first disappointseasons with gratitude and joy;, ment) were successively shut a. for “he helped them much who gainst me. These repeated dehad believed through grace.” Mr. Zachary Barnes, an old disciple, † After repeated conversations many years a deacon of the late with the Bishop of Lincoln, in which Mr. Medley's church, is one of his lordship declared himself satisfied
Mr. Newton avowed his sentiments, this number; and relates the fol- and promised to ordain him. The lowing anecdote:--On a Lord's service was performed at Buckden. Day morning, walking with him This was six years after his applicato Crosby, a village about six tion to the Archbishop of York, which
did not succeed. Letters to Mrs. N. miles from Liverpool, to hear a
p. 91.-He received deacon's orders gospel minister, Mr. Newton April 29; and priest's orders the 15th took with him a volume of Sau. or 16th of June following:
| This book gave considerable of. • See some admirable thoughts fence to some of his dissenting brethOn the Snares and Difficulties ate ren; and was answered by Dr. Mayo tending the Ministry of the Gospel' in a volume entitled, “An Apology - Omicron's Letters, V.
and a Shield."
lays afforded me more time to Newton to think over what he think and judge for myself; and had urged, and pray for direc. the more I considered the point, tion : and concludes by saying, the more my scruples against "Perhaps, before long, it may conformity gave way. Reasons seem to deserve your approba. increased upon me, which not tion. To hear you say so, would only satisfied me that I might make me quite another person; conform without sin, but that for while I remain in this sus. the preference (as to my own pense, I feel, at times, a burden concern) was plainly on that which I can hardly bear, and side. Accordingly, in the Lord's cannot possibly shake off." + due time, after several years By this passage, it appears that waiting to know his will, I Mr. Newton had nearly made sought and obtained episcopal up his mind to preach as a dis. ordination.”'--"Far from hav. senter ; but Mrs. Newton view. ing regretted this interesting parted the matter in a different light; of my conduct for a single hour, and her interposition at this criI have been more satisfied with sis, had a powerful influence on it from year to year.”*
his determination. This is arow. In a letter to Mrs. Newton, ed by Mr. Newton, in a note at dated Liverpool, June 14, 1762, the bottom of the page just re. two years before his ordination, ferred to :-“ The influence of he thus expresses his desire to my judicious and affectionate enlarge his attempts in the way counsellor, moderated the zeal of preaching, or expounding, in which dictated the preceding let. that town. The wish of many ter, and kept me quiet till the here, the advice of many absent, Lord's time came, when I should and my own judgment (I have the desire of
heart!"had almost said
con. “I believe no arguments, but science) are united on one side; hers, could have restrained me which I think would preponder- for almost two years, from tak, ate against Mr. B -'s single ing a rash step; of which I sentiment, if your fears did not should perhaps have soon repentadd weight to his scale." Ile ed, and which would have led me adds, “The death of the late Mț.' far wide of the honor and conJones, of St. Saviour's, has press. fort I have since be favored ed this concern more closely up
with." on my mind. I fear it must be It was by the procurement of wrong, after having so solemnly the late Lord Dartmouth that devoted myself to the Lord's ser Mr. Newton settled at Olncy, in vice, to wear away my time, and Buckinghamshire. The Rer. bury my talents in silence (be. Moses Brown (author of Sunday cause I have been refused orders Thoughts) had long been vicar in the church) after all the great of that place; and, on his rethings he has done for me." He moral to Morden College, Blackthen mentions and answers the objections which occurred to him f Letters to a Wife, vol. ii. p 82. against his plan; and begs Mrs.
# Several admirable letters from
Mr. Newton in this pious nobleman, • Apologia, p. 49, 50:
appear in the beginning of the first volume of his Cardiphonia.