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which has felt more for the distressed that head which has thought and studied more for the purpose of benefitting his countrymen-those limbs which have been longer and more constantly employed to promote these ends, than probably any other grave in America contains.
“The paled enclosure was large enough to contain the happy pair who had become companions again after nine years separation. Here, said I, he has found his long lost Maria at last-here they lie in the same position in which they stood at the altar when they first pledged their vows to each other: they are now joined to be parted no more forever--and together shall they rise triumphant at the general doom, to be joined in more perfect union,
“A little gate gave admittance to the solitary visitant, while a willow at each southern corner afforded him a shade. The rich carpeting of blue-grass which covered the surrounding glebe, seemed to add to the tranquil appearance of the place. The peaceful forest at respectful distance on one side, and a row of fruit-trees at equal distance on the other, seemed to secure this vencrable repository from the approach of all idle curiosity. O what, like the manifestation of affection to its corresponding object, so calculated to warm the heart and enliven the pleasing sensations of fancy. I need not tell you how the christian doctrine of future glory charmed me, when I viewed it as the place of rest from so many years of labour, and the reward of so many years of suffering. I have seldom been so fully pleased
with death. O let us try to emulate those whose graves we view with such delight, and whose memory shall he blessed forever."
LIST OF HIS PUBLICATIONS, WITH CALCU
LATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
To do good to the souls of men, and to do good by bringing plain practical truth before the mind, was the great object of Mr. Rice's life. This is peculiarly the character of his writings. The state of society in which his lot was cast did not afford him much time or many opportunities for study-yet the opportunities which he had were improved, and when he considered himself called upon by Providence to speak for his Master through the Press, he was ready.
His publications were:
1. An Essay on Baptism, 1789.-This was probably the first pamphlet which was written in Kentucky. It was printed at Baltimore.
2. A Lecture on the Divine Decrees, 1791. 3. Slavery inconsistent with Justice and Policy, 1792.
4. A Sermon at the opening of the Synod of Ker zacky, 1803.
5. An Epistle to the Citizens of Kentucky professing Christianity, especially those that are or have been deDominated Presbyterians, 1805.
6. A Second Epistle, &c. &c. 1808. And,
7. Letters on the evidences, nature, and effects of Christianity--composed for the use of his sons, in 1812, in the 79th year of his age-and published in the Weekly Recorder for 1814.
Mr. Rice was born in 1733, and died in 1816, aged 83 years.
He was licensed in 1762, aged 29 years. He laboured in Virginia 21 years. He lived in Kentucky 32 years, and laboured there say 30 years.
When in health he preached not only once, and twice, and sometimes three times, on every Sabbath, but also frequently on week days-say, at an average, thrice ev
The whole of his active ministry may be said to have been fifty years, and fifty Sabbaths in every year make two thousand five hundred. This number doubled will probably give nearly the number of sermons or set discourses delivered by him on the great concerns of eternity.
Say that for two thousand Sabbaths of his life, five heard him each time for the last time, and you have ten thousand immortals, who heard the message of salvation for the last time from the mouth of father Rice. Gospel hearer, and preacher of the gospel, it is an awful thought, that in every worshipping assembly, however small, there is probably some one hearing the message of sal Yation for the last time and that very few assemblies on the Sabbath will ever again all meet in any one place, till they meet before the judgment-seat!
Making the average number of hearers for two thousand Sabbaths only fifty, and you have the number of one hundred thousand. And taking into view the extent of country over which Mr. Rice's stated labours were spread, the fluctuating state of society, and the journies of fifty years, one hundred thousand will not be too large a number for the amount of the different individuals to whom be made a tender of salvation. And to every one of these this gospel was, without a single exeention, the savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. And a very large portion of these had departed and rendered their account before the departure of father Rice.
Reader, whosoever thou art, thy account is also soon to be rendered—and the account of thy Sabbath days will be particularly required