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for the press; but soon after he had begun this work, he was (as to the particular time of it) unexpectedly called to his superior station in God's temple above. Yet, by a kind providence, a few days before his last illness, a young minister who had a desire to improve himself by Mr. Bostwick's notes, which were written in a kind of shorthand of his own invention, applied to him; and, at his request, Mr. Bostwick spent several hours in teaching him to understand them, and, by his means, the copy was recovered from oblivion.'
His character yet lives in New York, though perhaps few men confined themselves more within their circle of duty, or felt more humility, or shewed more freedom from all ostentation. He not only preached the gospel, but lived over what he preached, respected by good men of all denominations. His conversation, led by the Spirit of his meek and lowly Master, breathed nothing but peace and gentleness to all men. He was sorely grieved, when some of his flock became, not fervent Christians, but furious politicians. Mr. Bostwick's heavenly temper and quiet deportment did not perfectly please these religio-political professors; for he knew, that his Saviour's kingdom was not of this world, and that it was no part of a Christian minister's duty to entangle himself with it. He abhorred, as he ought, the too frequent mixture of divinity and politics, and much more the abominable turpitude of making the former subservient to the latter. Thus he lived, and thus he died, an example worthy of imitation, but unhappily not followed, even by those for whom his affections and concern were more immediately engaged !
We are obliged for the further account of this great and good man, which we shall subjoin, to the Editor of his i Tract on Baptism.
• As a man, he was something above the middle stature, comely, and well-set, his aspect grave and tenerable; formed by nature with a clear understanding, quick apprehension, prompt elocution, and solid judgment; his imagination strong and lively, and his memory very tenacious. Of all these, he gave the most convincing proofs, both in public and private life. He directed the course of his studies, in a close and intimate subserviency to the great business of his profession. The apostle's direction, Give thyself wholly to these things, might have been his motto. In divinity his great strength lay. He had an admirable discernment of truth and error in their causes, connections, and consequences; and believed and taught the pure doctrines of
Christianity, as contained in the Holy Scriptures, and as declared in the public confessions of the reformed churches, in their original and genuine meaning. He beheld his BIBLE with reverence, as the grand charter of life eternal. One of the reformed churches distinguished it by this title, Ecce paradisus noster! - Behold our paradise! He knew it to be a revelation from God, and the most wonderful book in the world. He saw its external and internal evi. dence, not only by nature's light, aided by human learning, but also by special illumination from above. He considered it not only as a system of divine knowledge, but as revealing a practical and experimental discipline; and felt its vital energy, and had its truth sealed on his heart, with that kind of evidence, which would doubtless have stood the fire upon the severest trial.
• He had those gifts which rendered him a very popular preacher. With a strong commanding voice, his pronunciation was clear, distinct, and deliberate; his speech and gesture decent and natural, without any affectation; his language elegant and pure, but with studied plainness, never below the dignity of the pulpit, nor above the capacity of the meanest of his auditory. The strength of his memory, and the flow of his elocution, enabled him to preach without notes, but seldom or never extempore : He furnished the lamps of the sanctuary with beaten oil; and the matter and method of his sermons were well studied.
• In treating divire subjects, he manifested an habitual reverence for the Majesty of heaven, a deep sense of the worth of souls, an intimate knowledge of the human heart, and its various workings in its two-fold state of nature and grace. He dealt faithfully with his hearers, declaring to them the whole counsel of God, shewing them their danger and remedy.-He always spake from a deep sense of the truths he delivered, and declared those things which he had seen and which he had heard, and his hands had handled of the word of life; and delivered nothing to his auditory but with a solemnity that discovered its importance.
* His mind had a poetic turn. His style was copious and florid. He sometimes soared, when his subject would admit of it, with an elevated wing; and his iinagination enabled him to paint the scene, whatever it was, in very strong and lively colours. Few men could describe the hideous deformity of sin, the misery of man's apostasy from God, the wonders of redeeming love, the glory and riches of divine grace, in stronger lines and more affecting strains than he. VOL. IV. 2 E
• In the conduct of life, he was remarkably gentle towards all men, vastly prudent and cautious, and always behaved with the meekness of wisdom.—He preached not himself, but Christ Jesus his Lord. In this view his eve was single, and he regarded no other object. He knew in whose place he stood, and feared no man. He dared to flash the terrors of the law in the face of the stoutest transgressor, with the same freedom as he displayed the amiable beauties and glories of the gospel for the comfort and refreshment of the penitent believer.
• As he highly honoured his divine Master, he was highly favoured by him, of which take one instance:
. In a former illness, from which it was thought he could not recover, which happened some months before he died, he was greatly distressed by a deep concern for his widow and his great family, on the event of his death. But GOD was pleased, in a time of great extremity, to grant him & glorious and astonishing view of his power, wisdom, and goodness, and the riches of his grace, with a particular appropriation to himself and his.-- Such as dispelled every fear, and at that time rendered him impatient (or averse) to live; but at length, on his recovery, which commenced immediately on the removalof this distress, his mind settled into a divine calm : He seemed equally willing to live or die, as God pleased. In this temper he continued to his last moment, when placidly he resigned his soul and all his mortal interests, into the hands of his SAVIOUR and his Gov! Such intercourse sometimes passes between the Father of Spirits and the human spirit, and such honour bave they that fear GOD!'
GEORGE WHITEFIELD, A. B. SCARCE any man since the apostolic age, has more fully met with at least the treatment of the apostles, mentioned by St. Paul, than the subject of the present memoir : For the exereise of their ministry was, indeed, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things, 2 Cor. vi. 8, &c. They who can justly solve this