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with his defire the following dif course, was drawn up, in the best manner I could, amidit the languors of an infirm constitution, and the interruption of many necessary avocations. And it had been long ago preached among you, had not a wise providence permitted an unhappy accident to befal me, which confines me at home. It is the most grievous circumstance in this affliction, that I am prevented from visiting you, performing the service assigned by my ever-honoured friend and father, and personally suggesting to you such confolations and advices as may, in present circumstances, be peculiarly useful. To supply this lack of fervice, I am constrained to send you the discourse from the press: and this, I hope, will be a fufficient apology with those, who may think it unworthy of public regard. It is fome fatisfaction to me to reflect, that discourses, on such solemn occafions, have been attended with great
usefulness, especially to the acquaintance and friends of the deceased, which has often flowed, not so much from the thoughts and advices contained in them considered alone, as viewed in connection with the awful events which occafioned them. I hope, Therefore, that a recollection of the Doctor's eminent worth, and the loss his family, his flock, and the public sustain by his death, will cast a veil over the imperfections of this difcourse, and fill every reader's heart with so much seriousness and tenderness, as may make way, for the plain remarks and admonitions contained therein, to impress it, and through the influences of the Spirit of Jesus, produce some valuable effect.
I cannot conclude this address without expressing my warmest gratitude to you, for all the respect and affection with which you honoured me, during the agreeable years I spent amongst you.
And it is my earnest wish and prayer, that you may yet
flourish, and be edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and the comforts of the boly Ghoft: particularly that you may act upon those noble and truly christian maxims of candor and unanimity, which your late Pastor inculcated upon you, and the public, in all your future conduct, and especially in the choice of his successor; that the Head of the Church would give you a pastor after bis own beart, under whom you may daily grow in christian knowledge and holiness, and be training up for the perfection and happiness of the heavenly state. These are the daily prayers of,
My dear FRIENDS, Your very affectionate Friend, and Servant, for Jesus sake,
i Cor. xv. 54. latter part. - Death is (wallowed up in Victory.
HE dying bed of an eminent Christian is a most melancholy, and at
the same time a most delightful scene: grief for the dominion of sin and death, and the loss we are sustaning by his removal, jay in the supports of religion he feels, and the promises of the gospel he rests upon, take place in our minds by turns, and sometimes mingle together. But in a soul formed to a relish for virtuous friendship, and deeply impressed with the great truths of Christianity, the joy will preponderate ; and the pious heart will overflow with sacred delight to see the terrors of death removed, to observe how wonderfully God sustains his servants in their last conflict, and what an attestation they give to the fulness and sweetness of Christian consolations. In this instance in particular, God graciously makes his providence a commentary upon his word, and illustrates the promises of his gospel by
the joy and peace he diffuses into the hearts of his dying saints. Our text has often been the means of producing this joy, and is indeed one of the most comfortable declarations, that mortal creatures can hear ; and the awful event, which directs my thoughts to it confirms the excellency and suitableness of it. It should, certainly, be regarded by all with an attention becoming dying crea
But there are two circumstances, (my Friends) to recommend it to your peculiar regard, viz. that it was exemplified in the closing scenes of the life of
late worthy Pastor, fo justly dear to you and to me, and that, out of a particular concern for your support and encouragement living and dying, it was his express, his last, and almost dying request, that I would discourse to you from it, on this very melancholy occasion.
The excellent and reviving chapter of which the text is a part, was intended to
confute the opinion of those who said, there * Whitby was no refurrection of the dead *. Their er
ror seems to have been in afferting, that what Christ and his apostles had said of a refurrection, did not refer to a resurrection of the dead, but a refurrection or renovation to a life of holiness from a state of fin, which is