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to say, that they form a suitable present to put into the hands, either of those persons who have not learned to govern their passions by the dictates of religion; or to those who exclude all the passions from its service.
Pocket-Sermons for Families and Village Readings. Vol. s. bound. No name is prefixed to these Sermons; but, on examination, we find they contain the long, scarce, and much esteemed discourses of Mr. Shepherd, on the Parable of the Ten Virgins, which have been particularly commended for their close and discriminating ap. plication to the consciences of professors. Nicodemus ; or, a Treatise against the Fear of Man : wherein the Causes
and sad Effects thereof are briefly described: with some Remedies against it. By Aug. Herm. Franck. 3d edit, 12mo.
The memory of Professor Franck has long been venerated in our churches. Mr. Hervey says, “ I think him one of the most eminent Christians, and most extraordinary men I ever heard of, as his Pietas Hallensis, which I read with admiration and deep humility, sufficiently demonstrates; and had I been a member of the Society for Reformation of Manners, when the dedication of his Nicodemus was presented to them, I should have made a motion to have had an hundred pounds expended in a proper distribution of that most important book, as there can be no material reformation till the fear of man is removed ; and as nothing can be better calculated to extirpate such fear, and promote all the other laudable ends of the Society."
We need add nothing to this encomium to give this book the extensive circulation that we wish. Adelphi : a Sketch of the Character, and an Account of the last Illness of
she late Rev. John Cowper, A. M. Fellow of Bennet College, Cambridge. Written by his Brother, the late W. Cowper, Esq. and faithfully tran. 'scribed from his Original Manuscript, by John Newton, Réclor of . St. Mary, Woolnoth, &c. iamo.
The religious world is much indebted to Mr. Newton for the communication of this valuable little Memoir to the public, which is particularly adapted to recommend vital godliness. Mr. J. Cowper was one of those clergymen (of whom there are, alas, too inany) who minister the forms of devotion to others, without tasting themselves of its spirit and sweetness; but in his last illness it pleased God to make his amiable and much lamented brother (the Christian Poet) the instrument of his conversion to spiritual religion ; and he died happy in its enjoyment. The Rock of Israel. A Sermon preached at Salters' Hall, for the Benefit of the Charity.School in Gravel Lane, Southwark, March 7, 1802. By W. B. Collyer. 8vo.
As an apology for the publication of this Sermon, which the youth of the preacher might seem to require, he pleads the prescription of long-established custom, as it respects the charity, united to the carnest request of friends. The Sermon itself is evangelical and impressive, - the language animated, the appeals to the ex. perience and consciences of the hearers forcible and striking.
Tiventy-four Now Tunes, in Four Parts, composed chiefly 10 Dr. Wants's
Psalms and Hymns, and adapted to the Human Voice, Organ, Piano. forte, &c. By Samuel Stanley, Birmingham. MR. Stanley's confessed abilities in musical composition, will sufficiently recommend this work to all those who know him.
SELECT LIST OF NEW THEOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS.
Sold by T. WILLIAMS, Stationers' Court. Four Sermons preached in May last, before the Missionary Society, by the Rey. S. Lowell, G. Townsend, J. M. Mason, of New York, and Dr. Hawker ; with the Annual Report, List of Subscribers, &c. 8vo, 29. 6d.
A Volume of Sermons, by the Rev. W. Jay, of Bath, Svo, 8s.
Stage Playing Immoral, Vain, and Dangerous in its Tendency. • A Sermon preached at South Molton, April 4, 1802. By J. Cobbin. Published by request. 8vo, is.
A Serinon on the Ignominy of Ministerial Studies, by the Rev. S. Charrier of Lancaster. 8vo, 6d.
A Sermon at the Close of a Series of Lectures, on the Signs and Duties of the Times. By T. Scott, Chaplain to the Lock Hospi. tal. 8vo, gd.
Four Sermons, on ist, Repentance; - ad, Evil of Sin ; --- 3d, Christ's Love ;-4th, Promise of the Spirit. By T. Scott. 25. 60.
A Sermon before the Scots Society for propagating the Gospel in the Highlands, by J. Hughes, A. M.
Sermons and Essays, by J. Maclaurin, 3s. 6d.
The Young Christian's Triumph; a Sermon, by W. Smelle, on the Funeral of his only Daughter. 6d.
Sermons on the Thanksgiving for the Peace. The Great Mercies of the Lord, by the Rey. J. Clayton, is. The Blessings of Peace, by the Rev. S. Lowell, is. I am for Peace ; by J. Evans, A. M. is. Removal of Judgments, by the Rev. W. B. Williams, A. B. s. Also, a Sermon by R. Hall, A. M. of Cambridge.
REV. MR. KESSAL. On Tuesday, April 27th, died, the aged and Rev. Mr. Kessal, in his 77th year. He was carried to the Meeting twice on the Lord's Day before his death. On the Monday he came down stairs as usual; spent the day without any visible alteration, ate his supper, and went to bed. In the morning, between seven and eight o'clock, the servant went to his room to see how he was, and found himn breathing his last: he closed his eyes as she entered the room, without sigh or. eroan, and entered the mansion of eternal bliss. The day before his
departure, he wrote in his Diary the following presage of his own dis. solution :
" Here shall my feeble verses end;
"I'll mount to yon abode,
“Our own incarnate God." Then added, “ Yes, our incarnate God." The Rev. Mr. Wildbore, who had been intimate with the deceased for sitteen or eighteen years, according to a previous agreement, preached his Funeral Sermon from those precious words -2 Tim. iv. 7 and 8. “I have fought a good fight," &c. to a very full congregation, which was heard with great and salemn attention.
ANN SHEPHERD. On the rith of September 1801, died at Lewes, in Sussex, Mrs. Ana Shepherd, widow of the late Rev. Samuel Shepherd, independent minister of Tunbridge. Wells, Kent, in the 86th year of her age She was brought up by religious parents, whose evangelical mode of education was crowned with divine success; for she became, in an early period of life, acquainted with the Lord. The ministers under whom she originally sat, were the late Doctors King and Doddridge, and Mr. Hill, the author of a valuable volume of Sermons, highly esteemed by serious Christians; bv whose ministry she was greatly confirmed in the faith and hope of the Gospel. She was inarried to the abovenamed Mr. Shepherd in the year - ; with whom she lived in that kind of religious friendship, which cemented them in their united purpose of loving God supremely, and one another subordinately, for his sake. Mr. Shepherd died on the reth of July, 1780, after having been pastor of the church there almost forty years. He was a pious evangelical minister, of sound Calvinistical sentiments, aod had a small but very affectionate church, which he had the honour of raising, and the pain of attending many of them to the house appointed for all living." Since his death, the church rapidly declined; paruly by the death of its remaining members, and partly by the seat of worship being removed to Tunbridge. The meeting-house at Tunbridge-Wells is converted into a dwelling-house ; but the Redeemer's cause at Tunbridge flourishes.
Of pious Christians, Mrs. Shepherd stood high in the first class ; she was well read in the Scriptures, had a large fund of Christian experience, and her conscientious attention to the duties of religion was siagular, and bespoke a mind thoroughly persuaded of the truth of the profession which she made. Ifever a person watched into prayer, she certainly did. About two years and an half before her death, she experienced a stroke of the palsy, which caused her to fall in the street as she ivas returning from the worship of God on the Lord's Day. From that time she kepe her bed; but her soul was very comfortable; for she knew in whom she had believed. As the time of her departure drew near, the fears she sometimes expressed concerning the quality of her faith, grearly decreased, and at last, entirtly vanished away; and a strong and well grounded coufidence attended to the last moment. “What a blessing it is," she would often say, “that I have not my religion to seek, when I want it to use. Blessed be God, that when death comes, I have nothing to do but to die.” She took an affectionare leave of all her friends, and lay perfectly composed, and not in much pain, till she yie ded her soul into the hands of her gracious Redeemer, and was ga hered to the church triumphant as a shock of corn fully ripe. Her funeral sermon was preached from Job v. by Mr. Middleton, on the 13th of September, 1801. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints, Lewes.
J. D. M.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The following Letters will be read by all the Friends of the Mis. sionary Society with gratitude and delight. They are calculated to revive the Hope of the most desponding; and to disperse the Gloom which Misrepresentation had spread, for a while, over the South Sea Mission Fuller Dispatches are daily expected, by the Arrival of the Captain ; and we doubt not but the Di. rectors will take such steps, to satisfy the unanimous Request of the Missionaries, as Prudence shall dictate ; especially as one of their Body stands pledged to give a Thousand Pounds towards the next Equipment.
Letter from Capt. Wilson to Joseph Hardcastle, Esq.
I EXPECTED, when I should reach China, to have had an opportunity of forwarding letters to arrive in London much carlier than myself; but was disappointed in this, as no ship sailed for Europe before the fleet I accompany; and but some Americans a few days previous to our departure, by whose circuitous rout I did not think it necessary to write, except a few lines to Mr. Gillest, which I got on board the first of them when under sail. If it is received, you will have heard of my arrival, and know generally that all is well. The Society, Sir, cannot be more anxious to know,' than I have been to communicate, the state of their affairs at Otaheite; which being favourable beyond the hopes of any, would have rendered this duty the more agreeable : and still, as the Royal Admiral has to deliver a part of her cargo at the Cape of Good Hope,' by which she may be detained, so as 'not to reach St. Helena in time to sail from thence with the fleet, I shall give a few particulars, for the satisfaction of the Society; who will be farther gratified on my arrival, by the journals and letters of the Brethren, whose packet I engaged to deliver myself. In my expedition to New Zealand (which I mentioned in my former letter) events occurred which delayed my arrival at Otaleite to the icth of July, 1801. The Brethren on board were then all in good health ; and before we anchored, we had the happiness to know (by Mess. Henry, Nott, and Bricknell coming off) that they were all well on shore, except Mr. Henry and Mrs. Eyre, both of whom are frequently indisposed; the one from tenderness of constitution, the other by reason of old age. After the melancholy things which have successively reachel the Society's ears, it might have been expected that the natives would have fled to the mountains, on the appearance of a Missionarya ship ; but, on the contrary, Matavai bay never wore a more lively appearance. His Excellency Governor King had sent the Porpoise sloop of war thither, to salt pork for the colony. She lay with seve. ral canoes about her; but the moment the Royal Admiral for whose coming they had heard) appeared round the point, they deserted her, and many more from the shore paddled in haste to us; and crowding on board, I was glad to get an anchor down, even betore we had worked so far into the bay as I wished to be. Most of them knew me and were eager to outdo each other in professions of joy and Lindness. Such a profusion of provisions was immediately poured into the ship, as astonished the new Missionaries; and had a power. VOL. I.
· ful effect in dispelling those clouds of anxiety which had hovered over their minds. The curiosity of the natives was awake to know who were the Brethren that had come to join the rest; and when pointed out, embraced them warmly, and paid them unremitting at. tention for the rest of the evening. When the confusion had a little subsided, I enquired of the Brethren, How they had been treated by the natives, since they were left few in number and was informed, That since the affair at Oparré (which occasioned the separation) they had received the greatest kindness and respect from the natives. The Chiefs, and even Otoo, who was to blame, have endeavoured, by a studied conduct and greater attention, to regain the good word and good will of the Brethren, which they value, and think they lost by that act. They have known two or three very scarce sea sons; yet, at such times, they had always a sufficiency sent then, chiefly by the people of Matavai, and the adjoining districts; and often, from the most distant parts of the island, by people entirely unknown to them. As for the death of Mr. Lewis, though there was cause for suspicion, they never could collect sufficicnt evidence to criminate the natives in it. The property left on the island at the time of the separation, is chiefly in the lands of Pomarre, and sone they retain themselves; but he readily supplies them with what they want, and seldoin gives any away without their leave. Agreeable to an instruction froin the Society, I proposed its being returned to their own store ; and demanded it for that purpose : but the experienced Brethren unanimously disapproved of my doing it; observing, That the Chief had good sense enough to consider it as confidence reposed in him; but to divest him of it the moment they had power, would destroy that idea that remaining with him, they were not exposed to the danger they had formerly found in trying to preserve it; and while they could command it with a word, it would be imprudent to let the Chief know they had the thought of taking possession of it.
The morning after my arrival, Pomarre, Iddea, and their train, visited the ship. Otoo and his brother came alongside also; all expressing their joy at my coming to see them again, and much surprized at so large a ship, which too immediately compared to One Tree Hill. The Porpoise had saluted the Chiefs on her arrival; and Pomarre did not fail to inform me of this; therefore, that we might not be the less esteemed on this account, I fired wine guns, which highly pleased them. Pomarre rose from his chair, and embracing me, said, he would send every day as much provision, ready dressed, as would serve the crew; and this he accordingly did, though we had no occasion for it; so abundant were our supplies from every quarter.
On landing, the following day, I found that the Brethren did not live in the same house together, though near to each other. Mr. and Mrs. Eyre, and Mr. Jetferson, had apartments in the old house ; Mr. and Mrs. Henry had a small, but comfortable house, on the same side of the river, nearer to the point; and Mess. Nott, Bricknell, and Broomhall occasionally resided on the opposite side of the river, in the unfinished house, which they had begun before the separation. Mr. Jefferson had kept the journal ; and Mr. Eyre was storekeeper : as for President or Committee, they have had none since the Duff's }} ure. But now, on strangers joining them, and their number Third, is increased, in compliance with the will of the Directors, and